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4,000th home completed and still counting

Published on 10th February 2016

Sandwell Council is celebrating the refurbishment of a landmark 4,000th home as part of a £50 million package of repairs and improvements to 6,000 council properties.

Football matches cancelled this weekend

Published on 10th February 2016

All matches on Sandwell football pitches are off this weekend (13 and 14 February).

Recycling crackdown in Sandwell

Published on 10th February 2016

Recycling bins in Sandwell will be left uncollected if people put the wrong items in them, council bosses have warned.

Turning the clock back on toys

Published on 10th February 2016

Children can ditch their 21st century gadgets and have a go at making old-fashioned toys when Haden Hill House Museum puts on half-term activities.

Manor House Museum at half term

Published on 10th February 2016

Movies, storytelling and crafts are lined up in West Bromwich over February half term.

Tackling dog mess - Sherlock campaign two years on

Published on 9th February 2016

Council chiefs today said a big 'thank you' to all responsible pet owners and everyone who’s helped tackle dog mess since they launched a hard-hitting campaign two years ago.

Half-term activities at Sandwell libraries

Published on 9th February 2016

Sandwell libraries are pleased to announce a bumper series of events and activities for all the family for next week’s half-term holiday.

February half term at the Oak House

Published on 8th February 2016

Meerkats, Oreo the raccoon and cosy craft sessions are on offer to keep the kids entertained over half-term at Sandwell’s Oak House Museum.

Council trackdown on rogue traders

Published on 5th February 2016

Trading standards officers in Sandwell today warned residents to be aware of Rogue Traders ‘cold’ calling in the borough following a number of reported incidents.

Hot food takeaway consultations

Published on 5th February 2016

Sandwell Council is seeking the views of local people on its hot food takeaway planning policies to bring them up to date and to take into account the increase in takeaway premises.

Residents urged not to miss out on cash-saving energy scheme

Published on 5th February 2016

Sandwell residents are being urged not to miss out on a cash-saving energy scheme which could save them hundreds of pounds on their energy bills.

Hedgehog helps with health and safety in the home

Published on 4th February 2016

A new resource has been launched in Sandwell in a bid to keep children safe as part of the Children’s safety in the Home scheme.

Connexions New Year New Start event attracts more than 900

Published on 4th February 2016

More than 900 people attended a special careers fair at West Bromwich held at Sandwell College’s Central Sixth campus in West Bromwich.

Volunteer and support your local library

Published on 4th February 2016

Sandwell’s libraries are looking for volunteers of all ages to donate their time and support to their local library.

Libraries' boost for dementia charity

Published on 2nd February 2016

Staff and customers of Sandwell Library and Information Service have raised £4,887 for Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell (BUDS).

New opportunity to apply for sports club grants

Published on 1st February 2016

Sports clubs in Sandwell can apply for a grant of up to £1,500 thanks to a council scheme.

Nominate community heroes for Pride of Tipton Awards 2016

Published on 28th January 2016

You can now nominate people and groups for the Pride of Tipton Awards 2016.

Police statement - there is no credible threat to Sandwell schools receiving bomb hoax calls

Published on 28th January 2016

Police say there is no credible threat after bomb hoax calls were made to 14 schools in the West Midlands, including nine in Sandwell, this morning (January 28).

Photographer exhibition focuses on Sandwell's hidden pathways

Published on 27th January 2016

A hidden world of pathways and abandoned railway tracks crossing old industrial sites in Sandwell comes under the spotlight in a new photographic exhibition.

Energy deals on offer for businesses

Published on 22nd January 2016

Businesses in Sandwell looking to reduce the cost of their gas and electricity bills are being urged to check out a new energy comparison service on offer to them.

New Year campaign launch for fostering

Published on 19th January 2016

Sandwell Fostering Service is launching into 2016 with an innovative new campaign to recruit new foster carers.

Three schools evacuated after bomb scare calls

Published on 19th January 2016

Three Sandwell schools were evacuated this morning (Tuesday 19 January) after receiving bomb scare calls.

Council tax set to rise for first time in six years

Published on 11th January 2016

Council tax in Sandwell is set to go up for the first time in six years as the authority battles to protect frontline services in the face of further government cuts.

Community-conscious young people in north Smethwick receive Duke of Edinburgh awards

Published on 31st December 2015

Five young people from north Smethwick are celebrating their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards following voluntary work in the local community.

Lightwoods walnut tree history cracked

Published on 30th December 2015

A special family history has been unearthed thanks to restoration work in the historic walled garden at Sandwell’s Lightwoods Park.

Young people shape their future in Sandwell

Published on 22nd December 2015

Young people across a number of schools from Sandwell took part in the council's 'child’s voice' conference held at the Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich on 30 November.

Roof slates with memories at Lightwoods House

Published on 22nd December 2015

Pupils made their mark at Lightwoods House – by leaving messages on reclaimed roof slates about to go up on the restored historic building.

£3.25 million West Bromwich housing development under way

Published on 18th December 2015

Work is well under way on the building of much-needed council homes on the former site of a West Bromwich infant and junior school.

Great Barr Methodist Church toy donation for looked after children

Published on 18th December 2015

Sandwell Council’s foster carers have received a boost with a donations of toys for all ages from the congregation at Great Barr Methodist Church.

Schoolchildren help open new Lightwoods Park play area

Published on 18th December 2015

Christmas has come early for children in Sandwell thanks to a new £100,000 play area with lots of new equipment in historic Lightwoods Park.