Brierley Hill Lights Switch-On

Winter Fair at Insight House

Shoppers enjoyed festive fun in Brierley Hill on Saturday 24 November when the town centre held its Christmas light switch on event.

The event ran from 1.30 to 4.30pm, and was delivered in conjunction with Birch-Bastock, which manages the Concord Market.

It included a number of free festive events, entertainment and activities for all the family and the Mayor of Dudley sang a festive favourite.

Shoppers took advantage of a winter fair at the former labour club building INSIGHT House on Pearson Street. Stalls sold fantastic Christmas crafts and gifts and people were able to get information and advice from community organisations and services.

At the Moor Centre there was stage entertainment from 1.30pm with performances from Wordsley School, The Bridgnorth Ukulele Band and Brierley Hill Music Theatre. Music and live entertainment also take place across the High Street, in the markets and in Asda throughout the day.

Staff from Dudley Council’s Active Travel team were on hand with advice and information about getting around Brierley Hill on foot, by bike and public transport. They handed out free backpacks, reflective stickers and information packs.

The Mayor of Dudley councillor Melvyn Mottram and Shane Birch-Bastock from Concord Market switched on the lights and Christmas tree at 4.30pm.

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Neighbours News is a non-profit voluntary organisation, formally constitued as a group since September 1999 on the Castle & Priory Ward in Dudley. We produce community newsletters for residents. As of 2004, we have expanded to other areas (most of which are in high deprivation). We want to get a community newsletter for Brierley Hill circulating, because there is interest, however we need to find any potential funders and anyone who might be interested in sponsoring an edition. High Arcal School in Sedgley has sponsored an edition of the Oval & Tudor News in Upper Gornal, for example. We remove the official language and put it in plain English for people to understand, keeping them informed about local issues, training and job opportunities, developments, town centre events, etc. Our local distribution is carried out by community groups and the print group we use trains people with learning difficulties. We are based on the Pensnett Trading Estate, having relocated offices, due to the demolition work being done on North Priory, where our former premises were in Pine Road.

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