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World Book Day at Sandwell libraries

Published on 27th February 2015

Libraries in Sandwell are gearing up to celebrate this year's World Book Day with a range of events.

December crime fall - including big drop in burglaries

Published on 26th February 2015

Recorded crime in Sandwell fell by nine per cent, representing 141 fewer crimes, in December 2014 compared with the year before.

Sports grants boost Sandwell clubs

Published on 26th February 2015

Sports groups have received grants from a special fund Sandwell Council set up to help them improve their facilities and equipment.

Clock fans turn back time

Published on 26th February 2015

Clock enthusiasts will be turning back time when they descend on a Smethwick landmark after discovering a rare timepiece in the town.

Make a friend at your local library

Published on 25th February 2015

Our libraries are a great place for people of all ages and tastes to get involved in social activities.

Support your library

Published on 25th February 2015

If you’re looking for a new challenge, why not join the growing number of volunteers at our libraries?

Volunteer for our school admissions appeal panel

Published on 25th February 2015

Volunteers are needed to serve on a Sandwell Council panel dealing with school admissions appeals.

Children's centres celebrating good Ofsted rating

Published on 18th February 2015

Four children's centres in Sandwell are celebrating getting 'Good' ratings in their recent Ofsted inspections.

Restoration works for Oak House

Published on 13th February 2015

Major repairs to Sandwell’s 500-year-old Oak House - including work to a rare viewing tower - are set to get under way in the spring.

Fireside Tales with Granddad at Sandwell Arts Cafe

Published on 13th February 2015

Enjoy Fireside Tales with Granddad when Sandwell Arts Café stages a unique puppet show.

Sandwell steps up anti-social behaviour action

Published on 13th February 2015

Sandwell is stepping up its drive against anti-social behaviour – with new powers coming into force to protect victims and nip problems in the bud.

New 1,200 place secondary school to open in Oldbury

Published on 12th February 2015

A new secondary school in Sandwell has been given the go ahead by the Department for Education. The school will be built on the former Langley High School site on Moat Road, Oldbury.

Tickets now on sale for Mayor's Big Night Out

Published on 12th February 2015

Talented musicians, dancers, a comedian and a magician will take to the stage at Wednesbury Town Hall for the Mayor’s Big Night Out to raise money for charity.

Bostin' Cafe food kitchen opens in Wednesbury

Published on 10th February 2015

A new food kitchen - called Bostin' Cafe - has opened at Wednesbury Town Hall.

Birchley Island improvement plans

Published on 9th February 2015

Sandwell Council have drawn up plans to improve traffic flow at Birchley Island in Oldbury.

Community Alcohol Partnership on streets in Tipton

Published on 6th February 2015

A special team of council officials, police and other partners took to the streets of Tipton to help raise awareness of young people’s alcohol misuse.

Praise for gritting crews

Published on 6th February 2015

A top Sandwell councillor has praised the council’s gritting team for keeping the roads clear through the recent weather problems.

Building work on track for Wednesbury Leisure Centre

Published on 6th February 2015

Construction work is on track at the £8.1 million Wednesbury Leisure Centre with steel structure now in place.

Lightwoods restoration begins

Published on 5th February 2015

Work is now under way on the £5.2 million restoration of Lightwoods Park and House.

New youth clubs in Friar Park

Published on 4th February 2015

Young people in Friar Park can have fun and stay safe at two new youth clubs, thanks to a £13,000 grant from Sandwell Council.

Dismay over dead horse

Published on 3rd February 2015

Heartless owners abandoned a severely diseased and starving horse on land in Tipton leaving it to die - causing animal cruelty and putting the public at risk.

Ward pledges announced

Published on 3rd February 2015

Sandwell residents are being invited to a series of ‘In Your Neighbourhood' events.

Bostin' Cafe food kitchen to open in Wednesbury

Published on 30th January 2015

A new food kitchen - called Bostin' Cafe - is opening at Wednesbury Town Hall on Monday 2 February.

Final results of Safer 6 campaign

Published on 29th January 2015

Thousands of Sandwell residents received safety and crime prevention advice during the fifth annual Safer 6 campaign.

Local actress Josie Lawrence stars in film raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation

Published on 29th January 2015

A film made by Black Country teenagers to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation is getting hundreds of views online.

Winter warmth supplies go out

Published on 27th January 2015

More than 500 packs containing thermal blankets, hats, gloves and mugs have already been handed out to elderly and vulnerable households in Sandwell as part of a £60,000 scheme to keep people well.

Call for volunteers for Oak House Museum garden project

Published on 27th January 2015

A new volunteer group is being set up to help recreate 17th century gardens at Oak House Museum.

New 'modular' council homes to be built in Smethwick

Published on 21st January 2015

Sandwell Council’s Cabinet has given the green light to a deal which will see 41 sustainable modular homes bought off-plan from a developer, boosting the council’s housing stock.

1% rent rise for most council tenants

Published on 21st January 2015

Council rents in Sandwell are set to go up by 1% for the vast majority of tenants from April this year – as local authority chiefs look to continue investing in homes.

Careers fair attracts more than 1,000 visitors

Published on 21st January 2015

Hundreds of young people turned out for Sandwell’s largest apprenticeship, education, training and jobs fair, which took place at Sandwell College’s new Central Sixth campus.