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Ricky Cool & the In Crowd (Photo by Merlin Daleman)

Live music to entertain all as international festival set to launch

Published on 16th July 2019

Live music to entertain all ages gets under way this Friday (19 July) with the start of the Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival.

Family raises awarenness of heart health in memory of Dad

Published on 19th July 2019

Six family members of a Tipton-born man, aged 54, who died from an undiagnosed heart condition, are cycling 180 miles from his home in Gosport, Hampshire to Tipton to raise money in his memory.

Partners celebrate the start of work at West Smethwick Park

Restoration work under way at West Smethwick Park

Published on 19th July 2019

Work is now under way on the £5.2 million restoration of West Smethwick Park – and there are lots of fun activities lined up for the school summer holidays too.

Funding boost for supporting families from abroad

Published on 18th July 2019

A life-changing scheme which supports children and adults arriving in Sandwell from abroad has secured additional funding of £91,000.

Hospital2home

Sandwell is top in country for beating hospital discharge delays

Published on 18th July 2019

Sandwell is the top performing council in the whole country for getting people home after a stay in hospital, new figures have revealed.

Moon

Space Week to lift off at Sandwell museums

Published on 18th July 2019

A planetarium show and a series of family fun activities are taking place at Oak House Museum in West Bromwich to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing.

Councillor Yvonne Davies and David Stevens

Charter signed to make Sandwell slavery free

Published on 18th July 2019

Council chiefs have signed a charter pledging to do all they can to make Sandwell a slavery free community.

Winning the PCC Award

Students in Rowley Regis recognised for their outstanding community work

Published on 18th July 2019

Pupils from St Michael’s School in Rowley Regis are delighted to win the award for Outstanding Young Community Project at the Police and Crime Commissioner Awards on Thursday 11 July.

Councillor Wasim Ali and Sue Knowles

New text messaging service to help residents with bills

Published on 17th July 2019

Sandwell Council is launching a text messaging service to help people keep on top of their council tax bills and get the welfare support they need.

Water safety

Water safety warning for holidays

Published on 17th July 2019

Sandwell Council has put out a summer holiday warning on the dangers of open water at the borough’s lakes, pools, ponds, canals and rivers.

Bruce Adams (Credit - Merlin Daleman)

Free concert at Lightwoods Park this Friday

Published on 17th July 2019

Lightwoods Park – just yesterday named as one of the country’s newest Green Flag parks – will play host to a special outdoor concert this Friday (19 July).

Green Flag Award at Lightwoods Park

Two new parks join Sandwell’s Green Flag Award success story

Published on 16th July 2019

Lightwoods Park in Bearwood and Red House Park in Great Barr today became the latest places in Sandwell to be recognised by the prestigious Green Flag Awards.

Councillor Syeda Khatun, Councillor Jackie Taylor and Councillor Maria Crompton

Thousands attend summer event at Sandwell Valley

Published on 15th July 2019

An estimated 8,000 people came to SHAPE Summer Fest 2019 on Saturday (13 July) to enjoy free activities 

“Life-changing” scheme helping people with alcohol addiction shortlisted for national award

“Life-changing” scheme helping people with alcohol addiction shortlisted for national award

Published on 15th July 2019

A scheme helping people in Sandwell with severe alcohol addiction while easing the pressure on emergency services has been shortlisted for a top award.

West Bromwich pupils take on bad parking at their school

Published on 15th July 2019

Pupils at a West Bromwich school are taking on bad parking. Children at St Mary Magdalene CE Primary, in Stanway Road, have designed banners that are now on display outside their school.

Movers and shakers: Sandwell's Top 50 fastest growing businesses are revealed

Published on 12th July 2019

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

Love Parks Week

This week is Love Parks Week in Sandwell

Published on 12th July 2019

Sandwell is celebrating national Love Parks Week (12-21 July) – and there’s a host of events and activities for people to enjoy.

United Against Honour-Based Abuse

Support available for victims of honour-based abuse

Published on 11th July 2019

People suffering honour-based abuse are being urged to seek help and support as Sandwell marks an annual Day of Memory on Sunday (14 July) to remember lost victims.

More support to go smokefree

Published on 10th July 2019

Sandwell Council is stepping up its efforts to encourage more people to quit smoking with a new support team in place.

Students at Sandwell Park Farm

International students visit Sandwell

Published on 9th July 2019

Students from Jinhua in China enjoyed a trip to Sandwell Park Farm as part of an exchange trip to the UK. 

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys

Music for all ages as international festival returns

Published on 9th July 2019

Enjoy music across Sandwell's six towns with the Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival.

Warning over lottery scam

Published on 8th July 2019

Sandwell Council's trading standards team is warning residents to be aware of a lottery scam trying to trick people into parting with their money.

Sandwell libraries praised for service

Published on 8th July 2019

Sandwell Council provides a “very valued” and “high performing” library service to people in the borough, according to a special survey of its work.

Building schemes in Sandwell win praise from Black Country Garden City Panel

Published on 8th July 2019

Two innovative housing schemes in Sandwell have been awarded prestigious Black Country Garden City status by a panel of planning and regeneration experts.

Bakery ordered to pay £30,000 in fines and costs for food hygiene offences

Published on 8th July 2019

Council health chiefs have welcomed the prosecution of a Smethwick bakery ordered to pay £30,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to more than 20 food hygiene charges.

Music-themed workshops for families for jazz festival

Published on 4th July 2019

Families can enjoy music-themed workshops and craft activities in the run up to the Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival.

Promoting Wednesbury in Bloom

Still time to enter Wednesbury in Bloom

Published on 3rd July 2019

Wednesbury in Bloom is back and there is still chance to enter this summer’s competition to win a range of prizes.

Celebrating the new pitch at Ferndale Primary School

New artificial football pitch for Ferndale Primary

Published on 2nd July 2019

A new artificial grass pitch at a Sandwell school is giving young footballers the chance to become stars of the future – and have ambitions of playing for their country.

Tell your Black Country joke and win a prize

Published on 2nd July 2019

Local libraries are hoping to have a laugh with local jokers as they celebrate Black Country Day on Sunday 14 July.

Collins Street eviction

Tenant evicted after allowing cannabis to be grown in his council home

Published on 2nd July 2019

Sandwell Council has evicted a tenant who allowed cannabis worth an estimated £25,700 to be grown in his council home in West Bromwich.