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.
Musical theatre icon, Kerry Ellis, has been announced as the headline act for SMARTFEST 2012, and will appear live in Mary Stevens Park on Saturday August 11th.
Kerry made her West End stage debut in the 2001 revival of My Fair Lady and has since performed lead roles in We Will Rock You, Les Miserables, Wicked, Chess and Oliver in both London and on Broadway. In 2010 she collaborated with Queen legend Brian May on her debut solo album, Anthems.
This mix of musical theatre and rock reached number 15 in the UK charts and propelled the duo into a national tour in 2011. She also appeared on the BBC Television shows I’d Do Anything and Over the Rainbow, mentoring potential stars for Oliver and The Wizard of Oz as well as breathtaking
performances on The Royal Variety Performance and a plethora of prime time shows. Kerry is just one of a number of live acts appearing in the three day festival, which celebrating the creativity of people in the Southern Black Country. Others include ENVY, The Picadors, One Sixth of Tommy and support act The Musgraves.
The full line up can be found at smartfest.org.uk along with other details about the event which will feature musical performances, arts and crafts, dance, drama and writers displaying their literary talents over three days packed with fun for all the family.
The festival was launched on Friday March 16th at the Ryemarket Shopping Centre in Stourbridge, supported by an outside broadcast from 102.5 The ‘Bridge who are supporting the festival.
Come and meet Rat, Mole and of course the flamboyant Mr.Toad as they venture forth on the open road and fight the dastardly Chief Weasel and his followers. The perfect treat for the dark winter nights!
Neighbours News has teamed up with Dudley Little Theatre to give away complimentary tickets for Kenneth Grahame’s immortal ‘Wind in the Willows’, at Netherton Arts Centre, near Dudley.
The play runs from Wednesday 7th December – Saturday 10th December at 7.30 PM and the lucky winner will get to attend a performance of their choosing.
On the Saturday, there will be two performances, a matinee at 2.30pm as well as an evening performance. Doors open at 2:00pm, curtain up at 2:30pm.
Tickets for both stalls and circle cost £6.00 (concessions £5.00).
To find out more about the show, visit the website at: www.dudleylittletheatre.org/
HOW TO ENTER To stand a chance of winning (only one entry per household) simply answer the following question: Wind In The Willows is based on a children’s book by which author?
Email your answer to: firstname.lastname@example.org and put ‘Wind In The Willows’ as your subject heading. In your email, please remember to state your preferred date and time for the performance as well as your name and a contact number.
Many borough residents turned out to welcome home the replica Titanic anchor.
The 15-and-three-quarter-ton anchor was officially unveiled in its new permanent position outside Netherton Arts Centre during a celebratory nautical-themed event on 17th September.
The anchor, which was made last year as part of a Channel 4 documentary about the ill-fated Titanic, has spent the last 12 months outside the entrance of the Black Country Living Museum.
But Netherton residents and councillors called for it to be returned to the town, after the original anchor was cast by Noah Hingley and Son’s.
Netherton Regeneration Strategic Group organised the event to coincide with the return, which included a market, street entertainment, activities, pirates, sea-shanty bands, shire horses, donkey rides and a fun fair.
Following the unveiling of the anchor by the Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Michael Evans, a nautical float parade took place along Northfield Road, which was judged by Captain Jack Sparrow.
Singing star Olly Murs performed an intimate gig at Merry Hill on Sunday 25th September to launch a music spectacular.
The exclusive show, saw the X-Factor sensation sing a four-song set after hours, including his chart topping hits ‘ Please don’t let me go’ and ‘Heart skips a beat’ to 300 lucky listeners of BRMB, Beacon, Wyvern and Mercia Radio who successfully won tickets to the show.
The current Xtra-Factor presenter, who stopped off at the shopping centre last year to switch on the Christmas lights, was also joined by new girlband Parade, to launch this year’s Live 2011 pop concert which takes place at the LG Arena on November 26.
During the event, Pixie Lott was announced as the first act to appear at the concert, which last year saw the likes of The Script, Alexandra Burke, The Wanted, Example, McFly, James Blunt and Mark Ronson and Olly Murs perform.
More chart-toppers set to appear at the concert will be announced over the airwaves over the coming weeks.
Last year’s event saw the likes of The Script, Alexandra Burke, The Wanted, Example and Mark Ronson perform, and now brmb Live is coming back to the LG Arena for a night of top pop music on Saturday 26th November! Are you ready?
We’re more than a little excited, and we hope you are too. Especially as we can now reveal that OLLY MURS is helping us get the party started.
Olly will perform at a special invite only launch at Merry Hill on Sunday September 25th – and YOU can be there. To be in with a chance, just fill out the quick form on the link, then sit back and wait to see if you get an invite!
Olly’s performing an intimate set at Merry Hill as a treat for fans! He won’t be able to be at brmb Live 2011 due to Xtra Factor filming, so this is your only chance to get up close and personal with Mr. Murs!
Get in to the launch and not only will you see Olly perform live but you’ll also get the chance to WIN TICKETS TO LIVE 2011, as well as some great prizes thanks to Best Buy.
At the Live Launch we may even give you the gossip on who is coming to Live 2011…if you’re lucky! Make sure you’re listening to Foxy & Giuliano on Monday 26th September at 8am for the first artist announcements!