A jazz special…

This Thursday (6th) there is a real feast of jazz music at the Silvershine Jazz Club as some of the finest musicians around grace the stage of the Corks Club.

Bryan Corbett, a simply brilliant trumpet player, brings his Blue Note Quartet to Bearwood. Bryan’s interpretation of some of the jazz blue note classics is wonderful to behold, and as this session is designed to include some of those classics, it really shouldn’t be missed.

Joining Bryan will be the American bass virtuoso Tom Hill, a long time friend of Andy Hamilton’s Bearwood Jazz, and the immensley talented Carl Hemmingsley on drums and pianist Al Gurr.

Seriously…for just £6 admission!! Doors open 8.30pm


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Friends Group relaunch

The Friends of Lightwoods Park and House are having a relaunch on Wednesday (28th).

The meeting is looking to recruit a number of volunteers to serve on the committee.

Anyone interested, please come along, 6.30pm in the Chance Room, Lightwoods House.

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Crime Wave

 There has, unfortunately, been a spate of overnight burglaries in the area in the last 48 hrs

 Homes in Merrivale, Marlborough, Pargeter, Park and Rathbone Road have been targeted; vehicle keys and vehicles, tools and electrical items have been taken. 2 of the attacked premises were shed breaks where 2 push bikes were taken 

If anyone has any information or CCTV in these areas please contact us 

As the evenings are getting darker please…close and lock doors and windows…leave a light on to give the impression that someone is home if you go out…don’t leave valuables on display…if possible fit and use an alarm…ensure fencing is secure and in good repair…fit and use a lock on garden gates…remain vigilant…report suspicious activity

999 in an emergency (happening now and urgent assistance needed)

101 (to report damage or pass on information)

Online at www.west-midlands.police.uk (further crime prevention information and advise can also be found online)

Local neighbourhood team email is smethwicktown@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk 

Message Sent By Lesley Pardoe (Police, PCSO, Smethwick)

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A State of Independence

I read a terrific book earlier this year called Prisoners of Geography, which showed through a series of 10 maps how political developments are often constrained by the geography of the regions. Chapters on Russia, China, India and Pakistan, and Latin America gave a different and quite fascinating perspective on historical events.

Well, in a major scoop for Bearwood, the author, Tim Marshall will be at the excellent Why Not Cafè on Bearwood Road this Sunday (November 11th), at 11am. Talking about his work, and particularly his new book, Divided: Why we’re living in an age of walls. His books have sold over over 1 million copies worldwide and we’re wondering how he will fit all of those fans into Why Not!

After a career spanning the BBC and Sky News, Tim stepped back to concentrate on his writing career and his independent international affairs analysis site, TheWhatandTheWhy.com.

Divided: Why we’re living in an age of walls was published by Simon and Schuster earlier this year and received much critical acclaim. We love his calm delivery of sometimes unpalatable news and when talking live, about his career and books he is a compelling raconteur.

We are seeing walls being built along borders everywhere. Despite globalization and advances in technology, we seem to be feeling more divided than ever. Thousands of miles of walls and fences have gone up around the world in the twenty-first century. At least 65 countries, more than a third of the world’s nation states, have built barriers along their borders; half of those erected since the Second World War sprang up between 2000 and now.”

Why Not Cafe

594 Bearwood Road

Sunday November 11th


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Lots of half term fun at Thimblemill Library

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