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Phoenix Collegiate rises to challenge - now rated "good"

Published on 24th April 2015

A West Bromwich secondary school has now been rated “good” by Ofsted – less than two years after inspectors said it needed to improve.

Vaisakhi parade road closures in Smethwick this Sunday

Published on 24th April 2015

The following roads in Smethwick will be closed on Sunday 26 April for the annual Vaisakhi procession.

Volunteers to be recognised at awards event

Published on 23rd April 2015

Volunteer Centre Sandwell will be hosting the Sandwell Volunteer Awards on Friday 5 June 2015 at West Bromwich Town Hall.

Events to celebrate Jubilee Arts 'Unseen Sandwell' archive

Published on 23rd April 2015

Come along to three events to celebrate a new exhibition showing Sandwell life from the 1970s to 1990s.

Social entrepreneurs urged to apply for funding awards

Published on 23rd April 2015

Bright sparks with ideas for social enterprise in Sandwell can apply for awards up to £5,000 to get their business off the ground.

Last lunchtime concert of season at West Bromwich Town Hall

Published on 22nd April 2015

The curtain comes down on this year’s season of free lunchtime organ concerts in Sandwell.

Sandwell to mark VE Day 70th anniversary

Published on 22nd April 2015

Sandwell is to mark Victory in Europe Day and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Creative writing workshops at Sandwell Arts Cafe

Published on 22nd April 2015

Multilinguals can put pen to paper in a series of creative writing workshops being held in West Bromwich.

App to keep businesses ahead of the game on regulation

Published on 21st April 2015

A Sandwell trading standards boss has welcomed a new digital app to help businesses to stay on top of regulatory developments and to keep on the right side of the law.

Appeal for Manor House memories

Published on 16th April 2015

Staff at the Manor House Museum in West Bromwich are appealing for people to come forward with their recent memories of the popular attraction.

Unseen Sandwell photo archive launches this week

Published on 15th April 2015

A unique exhibition of photographs showing Sandwell life from the 1970s to 1990s goes on display at Sandwell Arts Café on Thursday 16 April.

Sandwell libraries mark World Book Night

Published on 15th April 2015

Book lovers can celebrate this year's World Book Night at Sandwell libraries which are hosting a series of events.

Top marks for residential centre

Published on 1st April 2015

Sandwell’s action-packed outdoor residential education centre has been given top marks for safety and learning outside the classroom.

Council seals new jobs deal

Published on 1st April 2015

Council chiefs in Sandwell are making a ‘jobs promise’ to staff as part of a trailblazing new deal – no compulsory redundancies for the next two years.

Winners of West Bromwich Community Recogition Awards

Published on 1st April 2015

West Bromwich has celebrated the efforts of community heroes at a special awards event.

West Bromwich businesses back improvement plan

Published on 1st April 2015

West Bromwich is now officially a BID (Business Improvement District) - securing a resounding 88% ‘Yes’ vote from the town’s retailers and businesses.

Calling veterans for Armed Forces Day medal presentation

Published on 30th March 2015

Veterans in Sandwell who have never had their medals and badges presented to them, or would like them presented again, are urged to get in touch ahead of a special ceremony on Armed Forces Day.

Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago

Published on 27th March 2015

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), the creator of children’s classic ‘The Moomins’ Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road is launching a new e

Smethwick team in national football final

Published on 27th March 2015

A Smethwick football team has won its way into the final of the FA Sunday Cup to be played on Sunday 26 April at Blackburn Rovers' ground.

More than £8 million for Sandwell's roads

Published on 27th March 2015

More than 30 miles of Sandwell’s roads will be improved after a £7.4 million grant was announced.

Only four weeks left to get registered to vote

Published on 23rd March 2015

A giant ad-van is touring Sandwell this week reminding people they have less than four weeks to register to vote.

'Unseen Sandwell' - unique photograph archive set to launch

Published on 19th March 2015

A unique exhibition of photographs showing Sandwell life from the 1970s to 1990s goes on display at Sandwell Arts Café in April – with a series of events also planned to mark the archive's launch.

Praise for Facing the Future programme

Published on 19th March 2015

A special initiative set up to help deal with cuts and to protect front line services in Sandwell has been given a 'thumbs up' boost after an independent review.

'Magnificient seven' taken on by house builder

Published on 19th March 2015

A Sandwell construction site manager looking to recruit one apprentice bricklayer was so impressed with the seven young trainees sent for interview he's persuaded his company to take on all of them.

Successful secondary school summit

Published on 19th March 2015

Secondary school and academy headteachers in Sandwell have agreed to work with the council and each other to improve the standard of education in the borough.

New picture BINgo scheme for blue lid bin recycling

Published on 18th March 2015

BINgo is back! Following last year’s successful recycling reward scheme, a new version of BINgo is set to hit Sandwell’s streets.

Big outdoor gym heading to Sandwell Valley

Published on 18th March 2015

One of the largest areas of outdoor gym equipment in the country will soon be available for Sandwell people who are seeking to get fitter and healthier.

Hundreds of homes planned for Wednesbury

Published on 18th March 2015

Plans are being drawn up by Sandwell Council for 780 new homes to be built on a 50-year-old redundant former Wednesbury sewage works site.

Walkways behind Tipton shops cleaned up

Published on 18th March 2015

Rubbish dumped by fly-tippers at the rear of shops in Princes End has been cleaned up after a call for action from local residents.

Get paid to train as a social worker

Published on 18th March 2015

Graduates who are looking for a career in children's social work can train with Sandwell Council whilst earning at the same time.