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Space Week to Lift Off at Sandwell Museums

A planetarium show and a series of family fun activities are taking place at Oak House Museum in West Bromwich to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing.

Space Week lifts off at the Oak House on Tuesday 23 July, followed by two fun days of space-themed crafts on Wednesday 24 July and Thursday 25 July.

The Explorer Dome Live Space Show on Tuesday 23 July runs from 12noon to 4.15pm and includes a planetarium show for adults and children aged 4+, where you can go star-spotting to discover the constellations and the stories behind them through the gods, heroes, myths and monsters.

Tickets for the show cost £3 per person – there are limited spaces, so please call 0121 553 0759 to book. Face painting, crafts and trails are also available on the day. The tea room and Oak House will also be open.
On Wednesday 24 July and Thursday 25 July from 12noon to 4pm, make space-themed crafts in our barn classroom from 50p and find our space trail hidden around the Oak House. Light refreshments are available.

Meanwhile at Haden Hill House, Cradley Heath, on Sunday (21 July), 2pm to 5pm, people can celebrate the Moon landings by making some space-themed crafts (50p to £2), find a space trail hidden around the house and enjoy space games.

Find out about activities and events across Sandwell’s museum sites at www.sandwell.gov.uk/joininmuseums or follow ‘Sandwell Museums’ on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


CCG Celebration Event and Annual General Meeting invitation

Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group would like to advise you of their celebration event (incorporating Annual General Meeting) which is taking place on Thursday 5 September 2019 at the West Bromwich Albion Football Ground, The Hawthorns, West Bromwich B71 4LF.

This event will be staged in two parts. There is no need to book for the drop-in celebration event.

12.00 – 3.00 pm: celebratory drop-in event. The CCG would encourage you to go along and talk to staff about their fantastic achievements to improve health outcomes for patients/public and enjoy the entertainment.

You are more than welcome to stay for the AGM and evening entertainment but you will need to book a place. Tea and cake will be served in an alternative room while you wait for the AGM to start.

If you would like to attend the Annual General Meeting booking is essential, as this is part of the event is seated.

4.00 pm – 7.00 pm: Registration, Annual General Meeting, refreshments and early evening entertainment to round off the celebrations.

Please book a place by telephoning 0121 612 1447 or email swbccg.engagement@nhs.net


Multi-Faith Day – Connecting Faith Centres to Community Development

As a part of the Connecting Faith Centres to Community Development theme, Sandwell Community Hubs is working with the Wednesbury Baptist Church to organise a Multi-Faith Community Event.

Please see the attached Multi-Faith Event Poster.

The event will be held at the Wednesbury Baptist Church, Vicar Street, Wednesbury WS10 9HF on Saturday 27th July from 11 am to 2 pm. The aim of this event is to celebrate the diversity also to bring faith groups together in sustainable development of faith centres across Sandwell.

The event will include, cultural food stalls, cultural entertainment, health and various service stalls, healthy cooking demonstration, inspirational talks by faith leaders, face painting and Mendhi, toys crafts, games, refreshments and faith centre capacity building consultation.


Tipton Community Fun Day

A feast of community and family entertainment is set to thrill people of all ages at the 13th Annual Community Fun Day in Tipton. The event will be held at the Victoria Park, Victoria Road, Tipton, from 12 noon to 6 pm on Sunday, 4th August 2019.

A mini zoo, fairground rides, car boot sale, bouncy castle, children’s activities, dancing and a live band are among many attractions. There will be something for all and a lot of fun to be had.

This highly anticipated community and the family event attracts thousands of people from Tipton and across the borough. Please click link to see videos and pictures of previous events.

The event is a great opportunity for public and the private sector agencies to promote their services and take advantage to engage with the community.

To book a stall please contact Syeda Khatun on 07533675358, 01215576766 or email Syeda.Khatun@bwa-org.co.uk.


Summer Sale at the Art Yard

Following the success of last years sale exhibition, The Art Yard would like to invite local artists to submit their work for their Summer Sale 2019 exhibition.

This is an opportunity for artists to submit their work at a reduced fee of £1 per piece (up to 50cm in either direction) for one week only. There is no special requirement on the type of art or subject, all work is very welcome.

Attached are the following documents:-
1. Submission Form

Submission forms are to be returned by Saturday 27th July 2019.

Can you please ensure that your work is ready to hang and has cord or fixing plates fitted to the rear of the work. On the labels could you include the original price and the sale price for each piece of work you wish to exhibit

If you have any questions regarding exhibiting at The Art Yard, about hiring the Gallery facilities for future events, Martyn would be pleased to discuss your requirements either call 01384 910968 or email infoartyard@gmail.com.

Please feel free to share the attached with other artists who may also be interested in taking part.

The Art Yard is looking forward to seeing your work and supporting the development of Artists and the arts in the community.


Dorothy Parkes Summer Fayre

Did you Know Dorothy Parkes is having its Summer Fayre on Saturday, 20th July 2019? Entrance is free and all are welcome.

Activities commence at 10.30 am and finish at 3.00 pm. There will be stalls, hot and cold food, beverages, a live DJ, raffles and a tombola. There will also be live performances, church tours and much more.

Check out the website to find out what else is happening at the Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road, Smethwick, B67 6EH


Engagement Opportunity – Transforming Care For Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities

Service users, families and carers, professionals, members of the public and local community organisations are invited to attend our event to help shape local services for children and young people living with Learning Disabilities and /or Autism in the Black Country.

The event is being run by the Transforming Care Partnership which was established in April 2016 to transform health and care services for children and young people with Learning Disabilities and /or Autism who may display behaviour that challenges.

As part of NHS England’s Building the Right Support plan, the programme aims to reduce the number of children and young people with learning disabilities residing in hospital so that more can live in the community, with the right support, close to their home.

The event will take place on Thursday 25 July, 10am to 3pm at Village Hotel, Walsall, as part of our ongoing engagement with service users, their families and other stakeholders about the proposed changes; We would now like to share the feedback we have received so far and continue to build on this great work alongside all of you, to improve learning disability services for children and young people.

To book your space please visit our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transforming-care-for-children-young-people-with-learning-disabilities-andor-autism-in-the-black-tickets-64601481771

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

If you have any queries please contact Helen Codd at H.Codd@NHS.net or feel free to contact me directly if you need any support.

We hope you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you there.


Ola Sandwell and Birmingham Mela

The Ola Sandwell and Birmingham Mela is the biggest Asian music festival in Europe.

Music, dance, food and traditional arts and crafts bring the sights, sounds and spicy aromas of South Asia to Victoria Park, High Street, Smethwick, on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2019.

The biggest names in the UK and International Asian entertainment scene perform on the stages at the Mela.  Go along and enjoy the extravaganza!

Check out the website


Charity Commission Issues Cybercrime Alert for Trustees

The Charity Commission has published an alert for charity trustees with information on how to report cybercrime.

The regulator said the alert comes “amid ongoing prevalent threats, particularly around phishing emails”.

Its alert says that “all charities should be vigilant to the threat of cybercrime and make sure appropriate defences are in place, including raising awareness with their staff and volunteers”.

It adds trustees of charities which have fallen victim to cybercrime, or any other type of fraud, should report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or by visiting the organisation’s website.

The Commission recommends that charities should also report fraud to them as a serious incident.

“We require prompt, full and frank disclosure of incidents. Serious incident reporting helps us to assess the volume and impact of incidents within charities, and to understand the risks facing the sector as a whole,” it says.

“Where appropriate, we can also provide timely advice and guidance, either to assist individual charities and get them back on track, or to warn the wider sector about prevalent threats.”

The alert directs charities to other sets of guidance already published for charities to help prevent cybercrime.

It says the cost of a cyber breach to a charity can range from £300 to £100,000.

Last month, the government published its Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019, which revealed that one fifth of charities had experiences a cyber breach last year.

Source: Civil Society


Beat It Percussion Therapeutic Drumming Sessions

Beat It Percussion would like to invite you to join them on a Tuesday morning at Myra Harris Community Room, Brickhouse Lane, West Bromwich, B70 0DZ from 10.30am till 11.30am for their therapeutic drumming sessions.

The first session is being held on Tuesday 16th July 2019 where you will have the opportunity to take part in simple rhythm activities and group rhythm building. With two more sessions taking place on Tuesday 23rd and Tuesday 30th July 2019.

It is a great way of reducing stress and anxiety, reducing muscle tension and physical pain, increasing well-being and positive mood but more importantly it is a chance to recharge your barriers whilst participating in a fun and friendly activity.

Dementia friendly and no need to book – just drop in!

Hand drums and percussion instruments are provided.

For more information call Lynn Kay on 07875 090946 or email beatitpercussion@gmail.com


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