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Bearwood Gardeners – Gardening Competition

Wow – the entries for 2019 Bearwood’s Front Garden Competition are really coming in thick and fast now, and things are building up to make this their best year ever for their front gardens competition!

The aim of the Competition has always been to encourage and inspire everyone with a front garden, however small, to make that space as green and beautiful as it can be, both for yourself and everyone else walking past. Since the Competition started in 2013, more and more people have been joining in, making walking around Bearwood roads a real pleasure, with so many different and imaginative styles of front garden to admire.

If you haven’t put your entry in yet, please do!

You can enter the competition by emailing, or by dropping your completed entry form off at Thimblemill Library or the Warley Woods shop.

If it’s your first time, don’t forget, they have a special First Timer Award this year, as well as Awards for Most Sustainable and Young Green Fingers (under 16s.)

Entries close on 21 July 2019.

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

Volunteers and Community Cycle Clubs Needed!

Do you want to set up a community cycle club or would you like to volunteer for a community cycle club in the Black Country?

Cycling UK can help you on your journey!

If you are a community group that already provides activities and want to add cycling to your programme then Cycling UK can help. Cycling UK can support you with  funding, training and admin support until you feel happy to go it alone.

We need you! – If you are an individual who has cycled for a long time and would like to help others learn to ride or get back into cycling, we need you! Cycling UK can provide volunteers with the relevant training that makes a volunteer confident to help others ride.

Cycling improves health and wellbeing, helps people develop new skills and it`s FUN!

Mental health support, older people’s groups, health organisations, youth groups, workplaces, refugee charities and veteran groups are just some of the settings in which Cycling UK has delivered community cycle clubs.

We would love to hear from you.

For more information please email

Company staff seeking opportunities to volunteer

Staff from from a pharma company are looking to engage in volunteering. They would prefer smaller community based services that have a strong interest in homelessness or children / young people, but really are open to any community service who could benefit.

There may be a very small budget to support.  The company is largely looking to donate skills, manpower and enthusiasm whether that is manual DIY or something softer such as admin.

If you feel your organisation could benefit from this offer, please contact Sharon Preston direct at

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.

Showtime Community Productions Curtain Call for a Charity Secretary

Showtime Community Productions are a newly formed amateur dramatics group based in Wednesbury. They work with like-minded individuals from their local community interested in developing their skills in performing arts, which they put to good use by developing and putting on community pantomimes, for the benefit of the local community.

They are seeking a volunteer to join their management committee to undertake the role of the secretary. The role would include:

• Calling meetings of the group (with the Chair) and preparing the agenda.
• Circulating the agenda, minutes and other relevant papers prior to meetings.
• Noting the decisions of meetings for future action and compiling the minutes.
• Dealing with the group’s correspondence and, where necessary, presenting it to the group.
• Keeping the groups files, minute book and other essential records.

If you would like discuss the voluntary position or have any questions, please contact Linda Pearsall on 0121 5256459 or email

Friends of Tividale Park Needs You!

Are you a Tividale Resident?

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.

The Friends of Tividale Park Group are seeking community minded individuals to join them on their committee (on a voluntary basis). Don’t worry no prior experience is necessary, as access to training and support will be provided and you can give as little or as much time as you can spare (as a guide you need to be prepared to spare approximately 1-2 hours every week for attendance at meetings and on an occasional basis a few hours in between meetings as required).

The friends of Tividale Park are a residents’ community group who work to improve the park in various ways, including fundraising for new play equipment or improvements to the park, volunteering at community and social events held in the park. So why not get involved and help them to make Tividale Park a real hive of community activity.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn new skills with like-minded individuals, support the development of the facilities and community activities taking place within the park.

If you would like to become a friend or for more information, please email

They would love to hear from anyone who is interested in making a positive difference within their community or would just like to find out more about what is involved.

The Friends of Tividale Park want to bring Tividale Park back into the heart of their community making it a community facility that everyone can be proud of!

Why not take a look at their website at www.friendsof

Revenues and Benefits Spring newsletter

Sandwell Revenues and Benefits service have released their Spring 2019 newsletter. This includes important information on the new rules for Council Tax Reduction (help for Sandwell residents with their Council Tax bills), Discretionary Housing Payments, private sector housing news and Universal Credit.

For more information about the Revenues and Benefits Service, please contact Oliver Wright at

Celebrating Community-focused Digital in Sandwell

Do you have a great digital project that you want everyone to know about?

May 13th – 18th will see a celebration of ‘all things digital’ in Sandwell via the iSandwell Digital Festival. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about using digital for social good in the region and meet other people who are interested in using tech.

During the week of May 13th – 18th, Sandwell Council and partners will be holding a series of events, which will range from art, community journalism, digital ‘making’ to helping social entrepreneurs and community groups to set up their own websites.

How can you get involved?

You can come along to one of the featured events that will run from Monday to Saturday, write a blog on how you are using digital or even run your own event, which we will help you promote over the week.

To learn more about the festival or get information on how to get involved, email: or telephone: 0121 569 3556

Dying Matters Awareness Week: 13 – 19 May 2019

Dying Matters, aims to bring conversations and talk about the subject of death and bereavement into the national agenda.

On Tuesday, 14th May, 10.30 am to 11.30 am, Oldbury Library aims to increase awareness of  dying, death and bereavement  to help people make the most of their finite lives.

Go along and gain advice and information from a variety of organisations.  Drink tea, eat cake and discuss death.

Death happens to everyone. It is a normal part of nature’s order. Being aware of it, but not dwelling on it, is a key aspect of living a happy, full and productive life.

Oldbury Library
Jack Judge House
Halesowen Street
B69 2AJ

Telephone: 0121 569 4955

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