Climate Change and Air Quality Consultation

Sandwell Council have produced a draft Climate Change Strategy and draft Air Quality Action Plan and it is out to consultation for eight weeks starting on the 20th January 2020. As part of this process we are holding some evening events in schools for the general public to attend. For the Smethwick area the consultation will be on Wednesday 12th February  at Crocketts Community Primary School Smethwick.

The consultation event will run from 5.45pm-7.30pm and will involve a short presentation, some exercises and the potential to ask questions, give ideas and feedback. The key part of the consultation will be an online survey that we will be encouraging everyone to use but we will also be collating  information from these face-to-face events.

Please feel free to share and invite others along to this event, we look forward to seeing you there.

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Outside Left returns to Why Not….

The second OUTSIDELEFT NIGHT OUT proudly presents Millicent Chapanda along with the Germa Adan Trio at Bearwood’s Why Not Coffee on Saturday, 1st February, 2020.

Mbira musician Millicent Chapanda is on a vibrant mission to bring the lived experience of women in Zimbabwe onto international world music stages. She has previously performed as a solo artist or with her duo, ‘Sisters in Mbira’ and in different collaborative projects. Millicent has performed at the Moseley Folk & Arts Festival, Afrika Festival Hertme, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall (THSH), Shambala Festival and most recently in Bearwood supporting Bearwood Action for Refugees at the torchlight procession through Warley Woods.

Germa Adan’s musical journey is no less incredible. Born in Haiti, Germa was raised in the creole soaked southern states of the USA. Germa melds her folk roots with historical British folk melodies to create her sonically unique, and critically acclaimed, sound. Her 2017 LP, Kenbe Fèm is a record of indelibly rare beauty, establishing her as an esoteric, gentle force on the folk scene.

++ (Double+) DJ Warren on the decks until you get tired of dancing…

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Christmas Food and Support for rough sleepers

Sandwell Council officers are supporting rough sleepers and people at risk of homelessness over the Christmas period.

They are working with partner organisations to provide donations of food, plus support and advice on a range of issues.

Rough sleepers and people at risk of homelessness can come along to the YMCA West Bromwich in Carters Green at the following times.

Housing officers, welfare advisors, the Housing First project and Cranstoun’s clinical nurses will all be attending the sessions.

Cranstoun’s nurses will carry out health checks and provide medical support, with drug and alcohol workers giving advice.

Accord Group, Midland Langar Seva, Love Peri Peri Bilston and Avasa are also supporting the sessions.

Anyone sleeping rough over the Christmas and New Year period will be assessed and accommodation will be offered.

Anyone who is concerned about a person sleeping rough should call the council’s Housing Solutions Team on 0121 368 1166 (option 2) in office hours and 0121 569 6883 outside of office hours. The council can then arrange for support to be provided.

Councillor Joanne Hadley, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for homes, said: “No one should have to sleep rough at any time of the year, but the Christmas and winter period is a particular concern.

“I want to thank all staff and organisations who are working over Christmas to help rough sleepers, provide food and support them into accommodation.”

The Housing First project enables rough sleepers to access mainstream accommodation from which to build a stable life.

Sandwell Council works in partnership with community and voluntary agencies to both identify and help rough sleepers.

The Midland Langar Seva provides food and hot drinks from 5.30pmuntil approximately 6.15pm on Wednesdays adjacent to the YMCA in West Bromwich. This service often provides that all important first point of contact to help people off the streets and is enhanced by having officers present to help signpost people to relevant services.

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Jazz for xmas

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Looking good!

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Bearwood Christmas Switch-on

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Police surgery at Lightwoods

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This is…Rebel Music

A raucous celebration of people power set to a soundtrack of Punk, Reggae and 2Tone

West Bromwich Library, 7pm Wednesday 9th October

It‘s the sweltering hot summer of 1976. The country is in economic turmoil. The far right is on the march. Rock Against Racism puts white punk bands and black reggae bands on the same bill – determined to win the culture war and defeat the National Front. Three teenage music fans, Denise, Trudi and Andrew, join the fight for the soul of working class Britain. The trio navigate racial politics and social upheaval in Birmingham alongside their own turbulent teenage years. Can their friendship survive? The new play from Robin French and JMK Award-winning director Alex Brown is a celebration of the diverse musical legacy of the Midlands. The REP have united with award-winning gig theatre specialists Middle Child (All We Ever Wanted Was Everything) for this raucous story of people power, set to a soundtrack of Punk, Reggae and 2Tone. Join the rebellion. This event is suitable for people aged 18 + years old
Tickets here

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Procession of Light

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Live at Why Not?

David Benjamin Blower performs his new LP ‘We Really Existed and We Really Did This’ at the inaugural Outsideleft Night Out, live at Bearwood’s Why Not Coffee shop on Saturday, September 28th…and it’s free!!

Highly regarded as a folk musician and a radical poet, he says of We Really Existed and We Really Did This “The title is reaching for the feeling you get when you let it sink in that your species has triggered an era of mass extinction, a chain reaction of destructive weather phenomena and a new geological age. No species has ever done the amazing things we’re doing now in 4.6 billion years of the earth’s natural history. All of which might result in our own extinction. At first you’re horrified and desperate and anguished. And then you laugh and cry and it feel the sheer wonder of the fact that we ever came to exist in the first place. It’s a record of folk poetry type songs and soundscapes, with nods to Ennio Morricone, and a lot of sadness and joy.”

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