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Lady sings the blues

Sandwell's libraries and museums take centre stage for Jazz Festival

Published on 16th July 2018

Sandwell's libraries and museums are taking centre stage at this month's Birmingham, Solihull & Sandwell Jazz Festival, which gets under way this Friday (20 July).

Les Zauto Stompers de Paris

International jazz at Sandwell Arts Café

Published on 17th July 2018

International musicians will be delighting audiences at Sandwell Arts Café in West Bromwich as part of the Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival.

Promoting Beat the Burglar sessions in Friar Park

Sandwell Beat the Burglar scheme launches in Friar Park

Published on 13th July 2018

Beat the Burglar sessions are being rolled out across Sandwell to help residents protect their homes and property.

Secrets to success: Sandwell's top 50 fastest growing businesses for 2018 are revealed

Published on 13th July 2018

For the fourth year Sandwell Council has published details of the borough’s 50 fastest growing businesses.

Aerial view of manor

Antiques at the Manor House Museum

Published on 13th July 2018

Visitors to the Manor House Museum, Hall Green Road, West Bromwich are being treated to something different this weekend as an Antiques and Collectables fair descends on this fabulous 13th century building, once the medieval Manor House for West Bromwich.

Promoting the Summer Reading Challenge at Glebefields Library

Sandwell children set for Summer Reading Challenge and mischief making!

Published on 12th July 2018

The Summer Reading Challenge is back at Sandwell libraries – and this year children can hunt for buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers!

Friends of Central Library

New friends group launched at Central Library

Published on 9th July 2018

A new Friends of Central Library has been set up in West Bromwich in a bid to raise more money for special occasions - and to highlight the multitude of services provided at the library.

Black country flag

Bostin events lined up at Sandwell libraries for Black Country Festival

Published on 9th July 2018

The Black Country Festival is already in full swing, and there’s lots of bostin fun lined up at Sandwell libraries for Black Country Day on Saturday (14 July).

St Michael's

Schools praised for anti-bullying work

Published on 9th July 2018

Sandwell schools have been standing up to bullying with everything from rap to designing T-shirts.

Hamstead Primary

Speeding drivers taken to court by Hamstead pupils

Published on 6th July 2018

Drivers caught speeding outside a Great Barr school were shamed into slowing down – by being hauled in front of a court of schoolchildren.

Wartime postcard

Sandwell Archives First World War exhibitions throughout July

Published on 5th July 2018

Find out about the contributions made by local people and industries in the First World War at a series of weekly exhibitions at Sandwell Community History and Archives Service (CHAS) in Smethwick.

Future of digital autopsy facility secured

Published on 5th July 2018

The future of a digital autopsy service used to investigate deaths across the Black Country has been secured.

Leisure chief's heatwave water and fire safety warning

Published on 4th July 2018

Sandwell’s leisure chief has issued a warning to parents and families, urging them to be vigilant and aware of the dangers of swimming in the borough’s pools, lakes and canals during the current heatwave.

Jubilee Park travellers

Caravans moved off Tipton park within hours

Published on 4th July 2018

An unauthorised encampment has again been moved on from a Tipton park in a matter of hours, thanks to powers held by Sandwell Council and the police.

School nurse ambassador project

School nurse ambassadors celebrated

Published on 4th July 2018

Children from schools across Sandwell got together at West Bromwich Town Hall to celebrate another year of the Sandwell School Nurse Ambassador Project (SSNAP).

Sandwell building projects win regional awards

Published on 4th July 2018

Two Sandwell construction projects won top prizes at the West Midlands Regional Building Excellence Awards for high quality housing developments.

Frozen dolls

Pair jailed for selling dangerous fake goods on line

Published on 4th July 2018

Sandwell trading standards bosses have welcomed two ten-month jail terms handed out to a couple who sold counterfeit goods, including fake Disney dolls, which contained a toxic chemical more than 2,000 times the permitted level.

Crackdown on alcohol and tobacco sales to minors

Published on 28th June 2018

Sandwell's trading standards team is continuing its on-going crackdown on local shops which sell alcohol and tobacco products to minors, that is people under the age of 18.

Beth Barnsley

National teaching award for Smethwick teacher

Published on 28th June 2018

Smethwick assistant headteacher Bethany Barnsley has clinched a top award for her teaching – at the very school she went to as a child.

St Michael's students with Cllr Hackett and Kerry Whitehouse

Students spread kindness across Rowley Regis

Published on 26th June 2018

Students at a Rowley Regis School have been carrying out acts of kindness across the community to brighten people's day.

Mathew Lake

Jail sentence for dangerous Sandwell car cruiser

Published on 22nd June 2018

A Tipton man has been jailed after breaching the Black Country-wide car cruising injunction order by racing in Sandwell’s streets.

Hanging baskets

Hanging baskets brighten up town centre

Published on 20th June 2018

The busy West Bromwich shopping centre has been given a colourful summer boost with the introduction of a beautiful collection of hanging baskets.

Council backs Clean Air Day

Published on 20th June 2018

Sandwell Council is backing the national campaign to reduce air pollution across the country by highlighting the work that it being done in the borough to improve the quality of air.

Launch of new guidance on engaging with the public

Published on 20th June 2018

Sandwell Council is setting out a new vision for communicating with residents.

Clay model of statue

Statue to recognise 'Lions of the Great War' and mark centenary of First World War Armistice

Published on 20th June 2018

A 10-foot high bronze statue of a First World War Sikh soldier is planned for Smethwick High Street to commemorate 100 years since the end of the conflict.

Forest school

New forest school for Bristnall Hall Academy

Published on 19th June 2018

A new forest school has been opened at Bristnall Hall Academy in Oldbury.

Lady Sings The Blues

West Brom homecoming for jazz legend Val

Published on 18th June 2018

It will be a true homecoming for jazz legend Val Wiseman when she performs her Lady Sings The Blues tribute to Billie Holiday at Central Library in July.

Harold John Colley VC

Sandwell to mark end of First World War centenary

Published on 15th June 2018

Plans are taking shape in Sandwell to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Reassurance over Tipton Christmas events

Published on 15th June 2018

People in Tipton are being reassured that there will be a Christmas lights switch on and other festive events in the town this year.

Score one for recycling this World Cup season

Published on 15th June 2018

Sandwell Council is urging football fans to give recycling a boost during the upcoming World Cup which kicked off this week in Russia.