Skate park jam!

A summer Skate Jam comes to Lightwoods Park’s skate park in Bearwood this Saturday, 19th August.

The event includes three disciplines for Scooters, BMX and Skateboards with three age ranges – 12 and under, 13 to 16 and 16 and above.Prizes are available for the top three spaces provided by The Skate Hut as well as an opportunity to win a bespoke BMX in The Big Sleuth raffle – where all proceeds will go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.


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Life’s a beach…

Still a few tickets left for 6pm


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The great get together in Lightwoods Park

If you are local to Bearwood, why not take a stroll down to Lightwoods Park on Sunday, if you're not already planning a meal out to treat Dad?! Bring your family, something to sit on, and a picnic, and if you can spare it, maybe bring along a dish for the communal table to share with everyone.

Like Jo Cox, I believe that we have more in common than that which divides us, and for me the international language of food is always a great leveller! It brings us together and allows us to sample a little of each others' lives.

On Sunday we will have a communal picnic table on the bandstand, where you are free to share a dish with people, or if you woud prefer, simply bring your own picnic and eat with your own family. I am busy thinking whether there is time for me to make my gran's recipe welsh cakes before Sunday!

We are also providing a selection of samosas and bhajees from local businesses for free, so please come along and meet your neighbours from 12 – 3pm this Sunday.

Ceri Saunders


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Vintage in the Park

Two new vintage fairs in Lightwoods Park…


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Top award for Lightwoods House

Sympathetic restoration work to a Grade II listed Sandwell house has been recognised in a building excellence award.

The Lightwoods House restoration scheme picked up the Best Public Building title in the West Midlands Building Excellence Awards.

The house and park have undergone a transformation under the £5.2 million Lightwoods Park and House restoration project, with £3.6 million secured from Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG). As part of the project the Grade II listed house, built in 1791, has been lovingly restored back to its former glory and is now a high-quality venue for a wide range of community activities as well as public and private events.

Now there is a tea room, community rooms for training, classes and exhibitions, a children’s centre, a large function room for events such as wedding ceremonies, receptions and conferences as well as numerous office spaces to let.

The building’s many original features have been carefully restored by the contractors, Conservation Heritage Building & Conservation (Staffordshire) Ltd, working alongside architects from Sandwell Council’s Urban Design team.

Nominations for the prestigious awards are made by building control teams from councils across the West Midlands metropolitan region and were presented to winners at an event held at Birmingham’s ICC on 28th April.


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Springtime in Lightwoods park


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Work in progress…

Lightwoods House is nearing completion, and Richard Marshall has been inside for a sneak preview…


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