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Safer 6 town events to promote safety, crime prevention and health

Published on 23rd September 2016

Sandwell’s six-week autumn Safer 6 campaign launches on Monday 26 September – and organisers are holding events across the six towns for people to get information and advice.

GumBay Sunday

First GumBay Sunday this weekend in West Bromwich

Published on 29th September 2016

Online sellers using eBay and Gumtree are being encouraged to take part in a new-style Sunday market in West Bromwich town centre this weekend.

Parent Mandy with her son eight year old son Alex at one of the sessions

New sessions at children's centres in Friar Park

Published on 28th September 2016

Sessions aimed at children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are now a permanent fixture in Friar Park.

West Bromwich At War exhibition at Sandwell Arts Cafe

Published on 28th September 2016

A new exhibition of photographs and memorabilia, West Bromwich At War 1939-45, will go on show at Sandwell Arts Café in October.

Rowley Regis Crematorium officially reopening

Published on 27th September 2016

Rowley Regis Crematorium and Chapel is officially reopening following a £1.3 million modernisation scheme.

Sandwell names its Top 50 businesses for growth

Published on 27th September 2016

Sandwell Council has released details of its 50 fastest-growing companies, in order to celebrate their achievements and the contributions they make to the West Midlands.

Stoptober campaign helps smokers to quit

Published on 26th September 2016

Smokers in Sandwell are being urged to join the Stoptober campaign as local health chiefs battle to lower the smoking rate for people living in the borough.

Children holding some artwork of book characters with Councillor Simon Hackett and Angela Lydiatt - senior supervisor at Tipton Town Libraries 

Record number of Sandwell children with library cards

Published on 23rd September 2016

There are now a record number of young children who are members of a Sandwell library.

Big thanks for Big Spring Clean volunteers

Published on 22nd September 2016

A huge thank you has gone out to more than 1,700 volunteers who helped keep Sandwell clean as part of the borough’s tenth Big Spring Clean.

Councillor Richard Marshall and Iris Oliarnyk

Gifted, talented and number one!

Published on 22nd September 2016

One of the first young athletes to receive a Gifted & Talented grant this year, Iris Oliarnyk from Oldbury, has just become the number one ranked pentathlete in the country, for her age group, after a

Have your say on SHAPE summer parks activities

Published on 21st September 2016

Parents and young people can have their say on the SHAPE Summer Parks activities which took place over the six weeks summer holidays.

It's a Knockout for the Mayor of Sandwell

Published on 21st September 2016

The Mayor of Sandwell presented a cheque to Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children of £965 from people who took part in this year's It's a Knockout competition at the SHAPE Youth Festival.

Urgent security improvements planned at former college buildings in Smethwick

Published on 20th September 2016

Urgent work to improve security at fire-hit former college buildings in Smethwick is set to start on Wednesday 21 September.

Have your say on possible pest control charges

Published on 20th September 2016

Sandwell Council has launched a public consultation on how best to continue providing a full range of pest control services in the face of reducing budgets.

Work starts on new Travelodge for West Bromwich

Published on 20th September 2016

Construction of a £5 million hotel development has started, creating new jobs and transforming a vacant site in Sandwell.

Support for staff affected by British Gas redundancies

Published on 19th September 2016

Black Country councils, Jobcentre Plus and the National Careers Service have joined forces to help hundreds of people being made redundant by British Gas to find new careers.

£20,000 bill for mouse-infested supermarket

Published on 19th September 2016

A Smethwick supermarket has been ordered to pay more than £20,000 in fines and costs after environmental health officers closed it down because of mice infestation.

Sandwell Men's Shed project launched in Great Barr

Published on 19th September 2016

A community woodwork shop is to be launched in Great Barr next week (22 September) aimed at keeping older men busy and active.

Have your say on Sandwell Valley's Christmas winter wonderland

Published on 16th September 2016

Families can have their say on what Christmas activities they would like to see at Sandwell Park Farm this year.

New date for Mayor's salsa night

Published on 16th September 2016

The Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Julie Webb has announced a new date for her fundraising salsa night to raise money for her charities Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children and Cares Sandwell.

Bear junction improvements on schedule

Published on 16th September 2016

Major improvement work to the Bear junction in Bearwood is well under way, to improve pedestrian crossing facilities and reduce traffic congestion.

Autumn Safer 6 campaign is back!

Published on 16th September 2016

Sandwell's autumn Safer 6 campaign is back.

Bearwood improvements bring big benefits

Published on 15th September 2016

An improvement scheme in Bearwood has brought big benefits to local residents.

Raise a glass to a local World War One hero

Published on 14th September 2016

Historians are raising a glass to Sandwell First World War heroes with a unique project to honour their bravery on commemorative beer mats.

Reduced parking charges in West Bromwich from 1 November

Published on 14th September 2016

Parking charges at council car parks in West Bromwich town centre are set to be halved to attract more shoppers and support local businesses in time for Christmas.

Gum-bay Sunday comes to West Bromwich Town Centre

Published on 13th September 2016

Online sellers using eBay and Gumtree are being encouraged to take part in a new-style Sunday market in West Bromwich town centre.

West Bromwich Town Lead Cllr Steve Melia, centre, with, left to right, Chris Ash, Sandwell Libraries, Liz Nembhard, Sandwell Local West Bromwich, Cllr Shirley Hosell, Cllr Elizabeth Giles and Santokh Singh, Neighbourhood Services

Suggestion box scheme for residents launches in West Bromwich

Published on 9th September 2016

People in the West Bromwich area are to be given the chance to pass on ideas for improvements to their housing areas in a new ‘suggestion box’ scheme launched by the council.

Vote for your favourite green space in national poll

Published on 9th September 2016

You can vote now for your favourite green space in a national poll – with 11 Sandwell sites in the running.

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Q3 Academy Langley opens

Published on 8th September 2016

The doors were opened wide at Q3 Academy Langley in Oldbury to welcome the first 153 pupils.

Your chance to get involved in Remembrance services

Published on 8th September 2016

Preparations for this November’s Remembrance Sunday services and parades in Sandwell are now under way – and organisers are inviting people and organisations to get involved.