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Therapeutic Drumming Sessions – Beat It Percussion

Beat It Percussion is a small Community Interest Company founded in 2013 with the aim of bringing music based activities to people in the community. They would like to invite you to attend their Therapeutic Drumming Sessions starting Tuesday 11 June 10-11.30am at Myra Harris Community Room, Brickhouse Lane, West Bromwich, B70 ODZ.

These sessions include simple rhythm and group rhythm building activities for you to enjoy the healing nature of ancient rhythms.

Benefits to health and well-being can include:

  • reduced stress and anxiety
  • Reduced muscle tension and physical pain
  • Increased well-being and positive mood
  • A chance to recharge for those with busy lives and caring responsibilities

Hand drums and percussion instruments are provided for participants with no prior knowledge or experience needed.

Dementia friendly.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited, to book call Lynn 07875 090946 or email

Be part of the legacy conversation for Sandwell Aquatics Centre

In April this year Sandwell Council received planning permission to build a new state-of-the-art leisure centre in Smethwick.  The Sandwell Aquatics Centre will host the diving and swimming events for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

This is great news and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bring unprecedented tourism and visitors to Sandwell.

Over the next few months, Sandwell Council will be running events which will give you an opportunity to share your views on the lasting impact of the Commonwealth Games and the Sandwell Aquatics Centre and how they will benefit the community for years to come.

Your contribution at these events will be collated to create a legacy plan, enabling a greater understanding of how we can generate the greatest benefits for our communities once the Sandwell Aquatics Centre is built. The legacy plan will ensure we are making the most of the opportunities the new leisure centre will provide.

If you would like to be involved in an opportunity to help shape the benefits and outcomes of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and Sandwell Aquatics Centre, please contact

Call for Artists – Open Media Exhibition

The Art Yard would like to invite you to submit work for our open all media exhibition. This exhibition will run alongside the Blast Festival exhibition in the Gallery as part of the Cradley Heath Arts Festival, which will occupy the front and centre galleries.

For this exhibition we have to limit the entries to one piece per artist at a reduced rate of £4.00. There is no special requirement on the type of art or subject, all work is very welcome.

Submission forms are to be returned by Saturday 18th May 2019 to the Art Yard and are attached below:-

1. Submission Form
2. Labels.

Can you please ensure that your work is ready to hang and has cord or fixing plates fitted to the rear of the work. Also, can you please attach the labels provided to the rear of each piece of your artwork.

If you have any questions regarding exhibiting at The Art Yard, about hiring the Gallery facilities for future events, we would be pleased to discuss your requirements, please call Martyn on 01384 910968.

We look forward to seeing your work and sharing this with our community.

Faces and Places – Call for Artists

The Art Yard as part of the Cradley Heath Arts and BLAST Festivals would like to invite you to submit your photographic work for a community based exhibition of photography entitled “Faces and Places”.

The Art Yard are also privileged to have on display, some images of Magnum photographer Martin Parr and will be on display at the gallery for inspiration throughout the exhibition.

This is a free exhibition and all forms of photography will be accepted with the theme being Faces and Places in the community of Sandwell.

If you wish to exhibit your work please complete and return the following documents to the Art Yard at

1. Submission Form
2. Labels.

Submission forms are to be submitted with delivery of the printed photographs to The Art Yard.

Could you also attach the labels provided to the rear of each of your work.

If you have any questions regarding exhibiting at The Art Yard, about hiring the Gallery facilities for future events, we would be pleased to discuss your requirements. Please call Martyn on 01384 910968

We look forward to seeing your work and supporting the development of Artists and the arts in the community.

Mental Health Week Event at Central Library

Sandwell’s library service is organising a special Mental Health Week event to help local organisations to promote their services to the public.

The event at Central Library in High Street, West Bromwich, is on Thursday 16 May and will give the general public, and especially those who have experienced mental health issues, a chance to get more information on support available to them.

Library manager Andrew Wade said: “People will be able to have a chat to the various organisations working in mental health.

“This year’s theme is body image but organisers will be providing information on all other areas of mental health too.”

The event will run from 10am to 2pm.

Happy Birthday Black Country Touring!

Black Country Touring (BCT) is turning 21 this year! To celebrate their big birthday, they are undertaking a sponsored 21 mile walk along the region’s canals on 25th May 2019, from Dudley Port to Wolverhampton and then all the way back to Birmingham via Smethwick. They’ll be joined by artists, performers and board members.

Black Country Touring was established in 1997 as an arts charity, to address the lack of opportunities for local people to access theatre, dance and film, in an area with some of the lowest levels of arts engagement in the UK. The arts have the potential to change lives – they allow us to see new possibilities, develop new skills and strengthen our communities and the places where we live.

They work with local people in the Black Country to programme professional touring theatre and dance into places where the local community can get to see it – this might be a school, community centre, the local library or high street. Through our Young Promoters project, children and young people go behind the scenes of how live theatre happens by transforming their school into a venue. We also make new theatre productions based on the lives and stories of diverse local communities.

Every £1 they raise will be doubled by Arts Council England via their Catalyst: Evolve funding.

More information or to sponsor BCT click here.

For more of their work, please visit or follow them on Twitter @bct_us. You can get in touch via or 0121 533 7129.


Sandwell is Gearing Up For St George’s Day

The 22nd annual St George’s Day parade, organised by Stone Cross St George and supported by Sandwell Council, takes place on Sunday 28 April.

People who want to take part are asked to meet from 10am in Westminster Road, West Bromwich, and the parade will start to make its way to Dartmouth Park at 10.45am. The council has contributed a £1,000 grant towards the event, after organisers feared it may not go ahead this year.

After the parade has arrived at Dartmouth Park there will be an event to celebrate the patron saint including a funfair, a stage with singers and dancers and other activities.

Sandwell Council’s museums service is hosting a dragon-themed week at the Oak House Museum in West Bromwich.

On Tuesday 23 April from 12pm to 4pm there will be a free St George-themed craft events at Oak House where children will be invited to follow dragon footprints, meet real-life knights and create their own dragons.

The week continues with more dragon-themed crafts events on Wednesday 24 April and Thursday 25 April at Oak House from 12pm to 4pm.

Visitors are invited to celebrate St George at Manor House, West Bromwich, from 11am until 3pm on Wednesday 24 April at a Robin Hood themed family fun day with characters and adventures including outlaws, knights and maidens.

The event includes archery contests, knights and princesses, birds of prey, flower crown making and much more. Admission is 50p per person which includes a trail pack per child. Other activity prices will vary.

The week of St George themed activities comes to an end on Friday 26 April at Manor House Museum where where there is a themed quiz night.  Ye olde England quiz starts at 7pm and will test knowledge of themes such as Shakespeare, St George, the Queen or even the Beatles.

The cost to enter is £1 per person and teams should be a maximum of eight people. Booking is necessary and those interested in entering should call 0121 588 2985.

For details of events go to Discover Sandwell –

Blast! Festival of Photography: Talks and Walks

Blast! is like no other festival because it has been produced with, and for, local people. The festival invites 40 outstanding artists, photographers and curators to showcase work, develop projects and collaborate with communities to present stories about everyday life.

With exhibitions, film screenings, events, talks and walks across Sandwell, Blast! will be presented on the streets, the Metro line, in shops, libraries and pubs, on historic buildings and in the community halls and venues of Sandwell. The festival takes place over six weeks in each of Sandwell’s six distinct towns: West Bromwich, Tipton, Rowley Regis, Oldbury, Smethwick and Wednesbury and is open to everyone and is free.

Some of the artists involved include Martin Parr, Niall McDiarmid, Jon Tonks, Erik Kessels, The Caravan Gallery, Liz Hingley, Mahtab Hussain, John Myers, Janine Wiedel, Billy Dosanjh, Jan McCullough and Laura Pannack, to name but a few!

Please look at the website for more information.

Do you have a gazebo to loan?

Sandwell Visually Impaired (SVI) will be holding a tombola stall at the Hawne Basin Canal Festival in May and, ideally, would like to would like to loan a gazebo.

Are you able to help them out? Please contact Tony Averis, Chair of SVI on 0121 525 4810 or email

A Review of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG’s Commissioning Boundary

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG is reviewing its commissioning boundary to ensure our footprint can support new relationships and emerging national policy as integrated care systems take hold across Birmingham and the Black Country.

As a result, in February 2019 the CCG’s Governing Body reviewed a long list of scenarios and identified five potential options for our future. These five options were then discussed in pre-consultation with over a hundred representatives from our CCG and agencies across our local health and social care system to understand which options best worked for them as interested parties. As a result of this pre-consultation engagement, the options have been narrowed to three. We are now taking these options to full consultation with our stakeholders; GP members and other clinicians, providers, local authorities, patient groups, neighbouring CCGs and STPs.

Stakeholder survey – fill in a survey using this link.   Please note the survey will close 6.00 pm on the 6 May 2019

To book a place for our stakeholder event on the 30 April 2019 please book a place via Eventbrite
You will be joining our CCG executives and representatives, and it will take place 30 April 9:30am – 12:00 noon at West Bromwich Albion Football ground.

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