Live 2011: The Launch!

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!

So what are you waiting for? Be at the launch of Live 2011 with Merry Hill & Best Buy – enter now!

Brierley Hillness presents…

A poem about Round Oak Steel Works.



The Silk Scarf

A poem by Jan Yorke

Our dad used to work there
Once when burning ingots rolled along the factory floor
Slowly moving onward without rush

Our dad used to work there
When tapped out furnace fires
Gave the sky a glory glow
And filled the clouds with dust

Our dad used to work there
When heat and sulphur filled
His lungs with every breath
And clinker clung like sweat

Our dad used to work there
When men of steel spilled through the gates
And filled the pub to quench their heavy thirst

Our dad used to work there
A flash of white silk scarf around his neck
At his dirty filthy worst

Our dad used to work there
Upon the fiery hill of Brierley town

Our dad used to work there
And then they closed it down.

For more poetry inspired by Brierley Hill visit

Visit this site for live performance, artwork, memories and photos about the town – and add your own!

Netherton Nautical Day – fun event

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Come and celebrate the final return of the replica Titanic Anchor (16.5 tonnes) in Netherton Market Square on Sat 17th September, 9.30am to 5pm.

30 street market stalls, entertainment, pirate belly dancers, sea shanty bands, shire horses, donkey rides, salvation army brass bands, funfair, nautical float parade, Captain Jack Sparrow look-a-like, titanic themed events and exhibitions and lots more besides. Dress up and join in! Win a 42″ colour TV at our raffle to be drawn at 4pm. Official unveiling of the replica Titanic Anchor at 1pm. See you there me hearties…

Address: Netherton Arts Centre, Northfield Road, Netherton, Dudley, DY2 9ER.

Final Artspace Brierley Hill Classes : This Week!

Free Classes this week for Adults and Family Groups!
Thurs 1st September:
Learn Face Painting: Monsters!
with Marni Smalley

  Jewellery Making
with Phil Stone

Fri 2nd:
Arts and Crafts activities for all

  Textural Paint workshop (Acrylics)
with Sean Counley

  Sat 3rd:
Papier Bead making
Maren Lilley


  All classes take place at Artspace Brierley Hill, 8 Maple Row Mill St, Brirley Hill, DY5 2RH
Find all this months courses on our website at

  For booking please email

  Ed Cartwright

Midlands Air Ambulance in search for thousands of new cash donors for landmark anniversary – Staffordshire News – News – Birmingham Mail

Midlands Air Ambulance in search for thousands of new cash donors for landmark anniversaryBy Brett GibbonsAug 24 2011 inShareShare

A LEADING West Midlands charity wants to recruit 21,000 new cash donors to coincide with its 21st birthday celebrations.

The Brierley Hill-based Midlands Air Ambulance 21K at 21 Appeal is looking for contributors to make regular money awards to them to help fund their three vehicles that operate across the region.They hope the benefactors will be found in time for the charity’s 21st anniversary on May 21 next year.

Charity director Hanna Sebright said: “We know that the public really value the service and will support us as we look to sign up 21,000 regular donors in time for our 21st anniversary year.

“Regular giving – at just £5 a month – from our target of new donors would be a significant contribution towards the £6 million a year we need to run one of the country’s busiest air ambulance services.”

Fundraiser Jeanette Hart, of Kingstanding, was awarded an MBE earlier this year for her efforts collecting cash for the air ambulance.She has been raising funds on the streets of Kingstanding and Erdington every week for several years and has raised over £30,000 for the charity.

She said: “People are always so friendly and generous when they discover I’m raising funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance.

“Everyone always has something good to say about the service and how it has helped their friend, family or neighbour.”

Another Birmingham fundraiser, Chris Hawker of Erdington, was one of the earliest beneficiaries of the air ambulance in 1995.

He was involved in a life-threatening accident on his way to work and the ambulance helped get him to hospital for treatment promptly.

He said: “The Midlands Air Ambulance saves lives, just as it saved mine.“My injuries have at times been hard to get used to, but they could have been worse, so I’ll be forever grateful to the paramedics and doctors who made sure I’m still here today.”

Anyone wishing to become a regular donor to the 21k at 21 appeal should contact the charity on 0800 840 2040 or visit the website

via Midlands Air Ambulance in search for thousands of new cash donors for landmark anniversary – Staffordshire News – News – Birmingham Mail.

Brierley Hillness website now LIVE

Dear all

The Brierley Hillness Project is delighted to tell you about our new on-line project archive and community engagement toolkit.



In 2011 the Brierley Hillness community arts and heritage project sought to find out if people in Brierley Hill shared the belief that the character of Brierley Hill , evident in its historic buildings, should not only be preserved, but used to inspire and inform regeneration and future design in the town. 

Through the project we engaged with over 1000 people through a combination of creative workshops, events and survey work with an emphasis on the buildings, spaces and memorable places that make the town distinctive. 360 local people actively contributed to an understanding of what ‘Brierley Hillness’ means to help developers of the future understand what is unique and special about their town.

The site is for anyone with an interest in the social history and culture of Brierley Hill, and to stakeholders in the town, both public and professional, who want to find out what local people think about where they live, work and shop.

Based on the Brierley Hillness project case study, we have also produced a community engagement toolkit which is aimed at professionals working in regeneration, town planning and the historic environment, and across the wider cultural sector. It may be useful for anyone looking to engage and consult with communities in a creative way using arts and heritage.



This site includes the project archive of live performance, oral history, and the community’s creative responses and thoughts about Brierley Hill. It also features film documentaries, written evaluation and downloadable resources. We share lessons learnt from using nine different participatory approaches to engage with Brierley Hill communities.   

As stakeholders in the town, can I draw your attention to the following sections which may be of particular interest to you: 

Brierley Hillness was led and funded by the English Heritage Outreach team in partnership with Dudley Arts Council, Artspace Brierley Hill, Dudley Performing Arts, Brierley Hill Community Forum, the Adult and Community Learning Service at Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and in collaboration with Audiences Central and the Public Art Unit at DMBC. It ran from January until the end of June 2011.



For further information contact Suzanne Carter, The Community Collaboration Company. Email:


With best wishes



Grants for the Arts

> Just a reminder that we will be holding a talk with Anita Dinam from the Arts Council this Saturday at 1pm at Artspace Brierley Hill. She will be talking about grants for the arts and funding oppertunities. please rsvp to Edward Cartwright if you wish to attend, this talk will be of benefit to any practioners who wish to apply for funding and require advice.

Home of Metal Mural

New Mural Project!
Starts 16th August 1-4pm
Mural workshop with artist David Johnson. Dudley Museum has commissioned a mural to tie in with the Home of Metal celebrations, the theme of the painting will be the journey of metal from ore to industry and  its links with music, in particular Heavy Metal Music.  It will be painted in acrylic on canvas. If you would like to take part in this free exciting project please contact

 ed cartwright

All change at Artspace- New Exhibiton This Sat

> This Saturday sees the opening of a new exhibition of local Artists work, curated by local Artist; Paul Gittens. The Exhibition opens its doors 7-9pm for a special viewing and will be on display untill the end of September in the usual opening hours.
> > Thursday -10-4pm
> Friday – 10-4pm
> Saturday – 10-1pm
> > Edward Cartwright