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Would you like to Exhibit/Promote at Sandwell College Freshers Events in September?

Sandwell College Freshers Events will be taking place on Tuesday 10th September 2019 at our Central Campus and on Thursday 12th September at our Central Sixth Campus where we welcome thousands of new and returning students (not to mention hundreds of staff).

The Events will be held in the Atrium entrance of the College Campuses and the events will be “live” from 11.30am – 1.30pm. Setting up time will be from 10.30am

If you are keen to promote to our college community, particularly the large 16-19 population, then please contact

Bookings will need to be made in advance so please make contact ASAP if you are interested or call 0121 667 5022.

Options for Life Charity Treasure Hunt

Following the success of the Community Easter Egg Hunt, Options for Life are proud to announce its latest family feature – a Treasure Hunt!

Their stall in West Bromwich hides a chest – and in the chest… Treasure! But the chest is locked with a code, and the clues to the combination are scattered all around West Bromwich.  You’ll need to bring all your cunning and intuition to put the puzzle together, and get to the loot first!

The Options for Life stall will be open from 10.30 am to 2 pm, on Tuesday, 20 August, 2019, in West Bromwich New Square Plaza. Go along and pick up a clue pack to begin the hunt! Clues will take you all over the pedestrian area of West Bromwich Town Centre.  Tickets are £5 per team.

Buy tickets here

Week of Free Play in Sandwell

Sandwell Play Week will run for five days from Monday 5 August through to Friday 9 August, to coincide with National Play Day on Wednesday 7 August.

Children can take part in sports, arts and crafts galore to celebrate children’s right to play with Sandwell’s first Play Week!

During the week there will be a ‘build-a-thon’ theme with den building, giant cardboard creations and Lego masters, along with sports, games, craft activities and performance art including a street theatre, dance and a community choir.

All activities are free of charge.

Activities take place daily from 11am to 4pm, except at Lightwoods Park which is 11am to 2pm and is followed by sports activities from the Benson Community Project from 2pm.

• Jubilee Park, Tipton, on Monday 5 August
• Barnford Park, Oldbury, on Tuesday 6 August
• Lightwoods Park, Bearwood, on Wednesday 7 August (please park on the top extension field off Galton Road)
• Dartmouth Park Pavilion, West Bromwich, on Wednesday 7 August
• Brunswick Park, Wednesbury, on Thursday 8 August
• Haden Hill Park, Cradley Heath, on Friday 9 August

Play Week is organised by Sandwell Council’s play service, Go Play Sandwell, and four partner organisations: Creative Academies, Groundwork West Midlands, Murray Hall Community Trust and The Albion Foundation.

For more information about Play Week, or to find out about other free play activities on offer in Sandwell, please visit

HMRC’s Criminal Offences For Failing to Prevent Tax Facilitation – What They Are and What to Do

HMRC is reminding companies and partnerships (including charities) that they can be criminally liable if they fail to prevent their staff or those that represent them from facilitating illegal tax evasion.

The offence, which came into force in September 2017, does not substantially alter what is illegal tax evasion, but focuses on who is held accountable for enabling or allowing it.

Rather than try and attribute illegal tax evasion to an organisation, it focuses on the failure of that organisation to prevent those who work for, act for or on behalf of from committing criminal tax evasion.

HMRC has published information about this, including what organisations can do to build their internal procedures in light of the offences. The ‘corporate criminal offences’ can also be found in Part 3 of the Criminal Finances Act 2017.

HMRC has also launched a new dedicated self-reporting route for organisations that have failed to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. Find out how to self-report, and why it may be in an organisation’s interest on the Tell HMRC your organisation failed to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion webpage on GOV.UK.

If you have any queries about preventing tax facilitation please contact HMRC.

Source: Charity Commission Newsletter issue 63

Heart of England Receives Anonymous Donation!

The Foundation were stunned by the further generosity of an anonymous donor after they received a gift of £1,584.094.

The donor has been so impressed with how their original donation of £4 million has been used they decided to gift them with an unrestricted donation!

The total amount, of over £7 million, makes it by far the largest donation in the charity’s 24-year history.

Tina Costello, Foundation CEO, explained that the new donation is unrestricted which means the foundation will have control over where this funding will be distributed, rather than being led by its donors.

She said:
“When I was told the amount of money we’d be receiving, I had to pull my car over – I was just overwhelmed.

“This incredible amount of money will allow us to develop our own grant-giving programmes for the first time.  The majority of our grant programmes are donor led which is great, because it means our donors have a strong say and personal involvement in who benefits from their money.

“However, this wonderfully generous anonymous donor has given us the freedom to develop and implement our own grant programmes, based on evidence of need across our region.

“The anonymous donor has been instrumental in changing the landscape and direction of the charity and has enabled us to grow and develop in the way we support our communities”.

“This money is allowing us to move in a new direction and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

The original £4 million anonymous donation has been used to set up the ‘Building Better Lives’ initiative.

The scheme will be used to support up to three projects across the West Midlands Region that have a successful track record and expertise in delivering capital projects and support for vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

Tina added:
“I have to say a massive thank you to the donor for continuing to support us – it shows an incredible amount of faith in what we do and I couldn’t be prouder.

“The Building Better Lives initiative was made possible thanks to their money, and we hope to distribute the money to projects in the next few months.

“But I still couldn’t believe how large their recent donation was. We can’t wait to use the money to transform people’s lives.”

Source: Heart Of England Community Foundation

Summer Holiday Fun with Splash Pad at Dartmouth Park

The splash pad in Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich, has opened for children to enjoy over the school summer holidays.

The area features brightly coloured flooring containing sprinklers, waterwheels, fountains and water channels.
The splash pad is aimed at four to 14-year-olds and is free to use.

It’s open from around 10am to 6pm every day for the rest of the summer holidays.

The splash pad reopened today (Friday 26 July) following some essential maintenance and minor repairs.

The splash pad was jointly funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Sandwell Council.

Weddings, Holidays, Parties And The Bits In-Between

Weddings, Holidays, Parties And The Bits In-Between is an exhibition being delivered by Ampersand Projects  as part of the Living Memory Project.The exhibition consists of personal family photographs of Black Country residents, revealing the social and private history of the area.

Ampersand Projects has been meeting and talking to people about their family albums and the lives and stories that they contain, images drawn from across the last century, still resonate because the experiences they contain are at once special and unique moments in time, but also everyday and universal.

The exhibition will be on view at Bleakhouse and Thimblemill Libraries as follows:

For opening times go to our events calendar by clicking here and viewing the event.

In our increasingly digital world, there is less place for the physical nature of a photo album and they are becoming less of a tradition in people’s homes. This exhibition celebrates the format of family albums, the way they collect our memories together and their ability to connect us with our past and remind us of loved ones, special occasions and times gone by.

Summer Activities for Sandwell’s Young People

There will be a range of activities, hosted by the Bensons Project, including daily sporting activities at the Hadley Stadium.

The sessions are open access, so young people can attend as and when on the dates and times noted below.

On Sunday 28th August, 1pm-4pm at the Hadley Stadium, is an open day the community can meet police, fire service and ambulance as part of a family fun day! We hope you can make it!

Hadley Stadium: 

Monday 29th August 12 till 4pm 

Tuesday 30th August 12 till 6pm

Wednesday 31st August 12 till 7pm

Thursday 1st September 12 till 6pm

Friday 2nd September 12 till 4pm 

Saturday 3rd September 2.30 till 4.30pm

Sunday 4th September 2pm till 4pm Lightwoods Park

Saturday 17th August, Victoria Park (cape hill) supporting RIVERSTONES in multi-sports 12 till 4pm

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 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

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