Council in hunt for ‘priceless’ lost WW1 painting of Brierley Hill hero

A painting of Brierley Hill war hero Sgt William Jordan rescuing a wounded colleague has gone missing from Brierley Hill library. Sgt Jordan lived in Campbell Street, Brockmoor, an area of which he was hugely proud. He killed on the opening day of the Battle of Loos on 25th September 1915 and the painting, by award winning artist Francis Gibbons, was presented to Brierley Hill Council in 1917. Archivists in Dudley are now being asked to help find the irreplaceable work of art.

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The exciting new vision for Brierley Hill…from 1944!

In 1944 Brierley Hill UDC published its ‘master plan’ for the future of the town. It gave the first recorded mention of the ‘new’ road for Brierley Hill – opened 64 years later as Venture Way, set out plans for new homes and a new Civic Centre. One has to wonder how influential the plan was in the development of the area, but followers of the current Brierley Hill Area Action Plan might feel that the picture of the plan does look strangely familiar!

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Community First Brierley Hill

Important deadline for Community First funding applications in Brierley Hill – cut off date November 11th 2014

News has been received this morning from the Community Development Foundation regarding the time-table for the final year of Community First funding. This is set out in the table below, with the implications being that all applications must be received by 11th November 2014 so they can be circulated for the panel’s last meeting of 2014 scheduled for November 18th.

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Nine Locks Senior Citizens Club and St Paul’s Neighbourhood Learning Centre win grant support

At its March meeting of the Community First panel Nine Locks Senior Citizens Social Group and St Paul’s Neighbourhood Learning Centre were recommended for grants of £957.50 and £2,250 respectively. Looking to its last year of funding the panel also agreed to prioritise projects which help to make organisations more sustainable. Read the minutes here.

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