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A Journey of Colours Exhibition

A Journey through Colours is a new exhibition by one of Creative Black Country’s 100 Masters, Ranbir Kaur which will be taking place at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery from 3rd April – 20th June 2019.

Ranbir is a national and international recognised Rangoli artist , this will be her second exhibition in a major museum where she is presenting her entire work to date.

A highly celebrated artist, Ranbir has received many awards and create the largest Rangoli in the World in Nottingham that has since entered the Guinness Book of Records.

Free Entry into Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road, Wednesbury, WS10 7HD.

Opening hours:

  • Wednesday to Thursday 11am till 4pm
  • Saturday 2pm till 5pm
  • Last admission 30 minutes before closure.

Call to Artists – March Open All Media Exhibition

The Art Yard would like to invite artists of all medias to exhibit at their March Open all media exhibition by submitting an submissions form. They would recommend that you forward your submission forms at your earliest convenience to ensure space as this will be limited to the main gallery area.

Submission forms are to be returned by 16th March 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.

Artists are required to view and complete the following documents:

Submission Form

If you have any questions regarding exhibiting at The Art Yard, about hiring the Gallery facilities for future events, they would be pleased to discuss your requirements on 01384 910968 or email

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

Chief Executive Officer for the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country

Trustees are looking for an inspiring leader to take on the role of Chief Executive Officer. This high profile role will have overall management responsibilities for The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, providing strong and visible leadership for all Trust staff, volunteers and members.

Salary: £51,250

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and Black Country formed in 1980 from a small group of campaigners who worked to save Moseley Bog from development. It was the first urban Wildlife Trust established in the UK. With 7,500 members, 1,885 volunteers, 19 staff, a strong financial position, and a robust business plan, the Trust looks forward to continuing its leading role in urban nature conservation.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of nature conservation policy and practice, preferably in an urban context. You will have a proven track record of successful leadership and management at a senior level coupled with the ability to get the very best from a motivated team of staff and volunteers. If you can act as an advocate for nature, develop strong relationships and network in the local environmental movement, we would love to hear from you!

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 12th March 2019.

Full recruitment pack and online application available at

100 Masters Shortlisted for Two International Awards!

CBC is a partnership between SCVO, Wolverhampton Voluntary Service Council, One Walsall, Multistory and Black Country Touring who collectively aim to encourage more people to experience the arts in the local area. We work with local businesses, education establishments, the media, libraries and local creatives to develop ideas and realise them.

In 2016, CBC launched the 100 Masters landmark project: profiling the experts of today, in order to inspire the pioneers of tomorrow our aim is to inspire and offer local people a fresh perspective about the strengths, skills, talent and expertise surfacing from their locality and community. The project has included a hugely successful viral video campaign of short films to inspire people across the globe that has received over 9.5m views.

Award success

Over the past 12 months 100 Masters has so far been shortlisted for two international awards and one UK award. During Autumn 2018 Creative Producer, Liam Smyth, and CBC project administrator, Rosalind Argo, were invited to Graz in Austria to accept the award for the winning entry in the European Youth Award’s Open Innovation category.

Managed by the European Centre for Creative Economy the Award for Innovations in Culture and Creativity in Europe (NICE) results will be announced on the 12th February 2019 in Dortmund, Germany.

In March the team will head to Halifax for the finals of the Creative Learning Guild awards as a shortlisted project in the ‘Digital and Film Awards’ category.

If you’d like to find out more about the Creative Black Country click here.

Focus on Community Transport

You may not have heard of CT Passenger, CT Furniture or CT Training services, but you probably will have heard of Community Transport; a local and national charity that originated in Birmingham in the early 1960s, when it’s founder Rev Bryan Scrivener, found his ex-Army Land Rover in high demand for removals and transport work. The Reverend found a local need for storing donated items in his front room and distributing them to families on low incomes, as well as helping local community groups access transport to get to different locations at affordable rates.

Since its registration as a charity in 1966, it has continued to grow and now consists of the three distinct divisions that operate within their own right across the West Midlands and Newcastle.

CT Passenger services is the transport division that provides communities, public and third sector organisations, with the ability to hire minibuses to connect individuals (with and without mobility issues), eliminate isolation and promote social inclusion. With sites covering the Black Country, Birmingham and Coventry, the division works hard to deliver transport services for community and voluntary organisations and also works with local education authorities to deliver school contracts and a variety of bus routes.

CT Training division delivers MIDAS, Health and Safety and many other aspects of transport and safety training relevant to organisations.

Helping you make a house a home
CT Transport supports individuals and families across the West Midlands, by providing access to affordable second-hand furniture.  They collect unwanted furniture items free of charge from your home, saving you from making a trip to the local recycling centre, encouraging reuse of items, and preventing items from going to landfill to help the environment.

Stores can be found in Birmingham, Sandwell (Tipton) and Wolverhampton and are stocked with items ranging from bric –a– brac to beds, sofas, wardrobes and a range of house hold items priced at rates that help individuals and families set up home.

For more information visit


Lottery Windfall for Lees Memorial Sons of Rest

Lees Memorial Sons of Rest are laughing all the way to the bank! After successfully securing funding, from the National Lottery Community Fund, for the next three years to develop and sustain their community activities in Farley Park, West Bromwich.

The community-led club provides community and social activities (i.e. snooker, crib, social evenings i.e. fish and chip suppers, hog roast, bowling, trips, etc.) for elderly vulnerable members of their community, to address local concerns around loneliness, social isolation and exclusion.

Their project seeks to establish a Daughters of the Sons of Rest section of the club, to widen their community activities out to new audiences and members of their community. The proposals also include for some minor refurbishment works to their kitchen, which will enable them to provide hot meals as part of their activities and be used to teach members how to cook healthy quick meals.

If you’d like to become a member of the club or would simply like to find out more about Lees Memorial Sons of Rest or the Daughters of the Sons of Rest, please call John Lawley on 07798626154.

The Art Yard Open Exhibition – Invitation

The Arts Yard are pleased to invite you to exhibit at their February Open exhibition. The Art Yard provides opportunities for all artists and crafts workers to show off their work.  They offer spacious multi-use galleries and studios for exhibitions. 

Please see more information through this Introduction. We would recommend that you forward your Submission Form at your earliest convenience to ensure space as this will be limited to the main gallery area.

Submissions forms are to be returned by Saturday 9th February 2019 and can you please ensure that your work is ready to hang with labels and has cord fixing plates fitted to the rear of the work.

If you have any questions regarding exhibiting at The Art Yard, hiring the Gallery facilities or future events, we would be pleased to discuss your requirements – 01384 910968 or e-mail:


New Year, New Start – Jobs Fair for 14 – 19 Year Olds

Connexions Sandwell, in partnership with The Apprenticeship Works, is hosting the largest Jobs Fair event in the Black Country on Saturday,19 January 2019, 10 am to 2 pm.

There will be advice on careers, apprenticeships, and education and training for 14 – 19 year olds.

Tell your friends and bring the family to this free event.

The Jobs Fair will be at The Town Hall, West Bromwich, High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8DY.

A Successful 2018 for Friends of Tividale Park

The Friends of Tividale Park are a residents’ community group (now in its fourth year) who work to improve Tividale Park in various ways, including fund-raising for new equipment, volunteering, and supporting events.

The Friends of Tividale Park Group support plans to improve the facilities in the park, organise and develop a range of community activities and events, to bring people of all ages together to have fun and enjoy the park.

During 2018, the group have successfully embarked on the following projects:

  • worked with Litter Watch to paint the entrances into the park to enhance the appearance of this local resource,
  • secured funding to purchase six new benches which will be installed on our behalf by Sandwell Council around the park,
  • secured a Co-op Community Fund grant to buy a commemorative World War One bench and
  • held ‘Black Country Gala Festival’ in July to mark the parks 90th birthday which featured five bands, three dance groups, Vikings demonstrations, 30 stalls and much much more.

Our long-term plan within the park is for a community centre and is nearly in fruition as Sandwell Council have cleared an area of land within the park and laid the foundations in preparation for the facility to be put into place in 2019. The Council has also promised 20 Cherry Blossom Trees for the park.

We are currently looking for people to help us to form some new community groups such as neighbourhood watch, walking and running groups who will use the new facility coming in 2019 within the park.

For more information or to become a new member of the Friends of Tividale Park, please email our secretary at or visit our website at

Sandwell in the Spotlight Thanks to National Lottery Players

Parks, nature reserves, local history and community memories are among the many features of Sandwell life that have been boosted since the area was given special status by the National Lottery.

Prior to 2013, Sandwell had not benefitted from HLF support as greatly as other parts of the West Midlands. It was decided to make the borough, one of three priority development areas in the region.

Between April 2013 and October 2018 HLF has awarded no fewer than 46 new grants totalling more than £6million thanks to money raised by National Lottery players.

In addition to this new investment into the area, a further £4.19million National Lottery funding was confirmed in 2013 for the delivery of two major projects in Sandwell.

Sandwell’s flagship award saw £3.8m to support the restoration of Lightwoods Park and House. Rescued from serious decay, the Grade II listed House dating back to 1791, has been restored to its former glory. It is now a popular high-quality venue for a wide range of community activities as well as public and private events.

Meanwhile the surrounding park has seen numerous historical elements brought back to life, including drinking fountains, the 19th century bandstand and the unusual Shakespeare Garden, featuring plants and shrubs from the Bard’s plays.  The restoration was carried out by Sandwell Borough Council and was boosted by a further £1.5m from the Big Lottery.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds was given £630,000 to improve its Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve, a site teeming with more than 200 bird species and many more hundreds of plants and butterflies. The grant meant that a larger, better visitor centre could be built, replacing an earlier building that had been devastated in an arson attack in 2010.

The project has also enabled the RSPB to attract volunteers and publicise more widely the much loved 10-hectare site that provides a vital ecological habitat just outside Birmingham.

Sandwell Citizens Advocacy received just over £85,000 for its Living Memory project to share the unique photography collections and life stories from the diverse communities across the Black Country.

The work, which is well underway, is busy documenting different aspects of everyday life that have been captured through people’s own photographs.  The images hidden in family albums, stored away in shoeboxes, and treasured in the collections of local enthusiasts can all offer rich perspectives on a rapidly changing society. A special website has been created, more than 50 workshops hosted, 60 personal stories shared, more than 900 historic photographs are been professionally archived, and a travelling exhibition put together.

A much more modest but no less important HLF-supported project was Within Walking Distance – Landmarks of Langley, which help the local community celebrate the unique heritage of their area. Centred on Langley Library, where the Friends group was given a £9,800 grant, the project mapped out twenty-four historical landmarks within a square mile, revealing the story of this living and working environment over the past 170 years.

Local people explored different aspects of heritage through workshops, presentations and displays.  A travelling exhibition will have visited several venues by January when elements of it go on permanent display at Langley Library. An animated film with poetry composed by Black Country poet Emma Purshouse is available on YouTube and local primary school children went on guided walks led by older members of the community sharing information across the generations.

Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF West Midlands, said: “Our focus on Sandwell as a priority area for funding over the past six years has resulted in a fantastic range of projects that have transformed so many aspects of local history and heritage. And we have the generosity of National Lottery players to thank for making this possible.”

The National Lottery has awarded a total of £23.25m to 162 projects in Sandwell between November 1994 and March 2018.

Source: Heritage Lottery Fund

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