Sandwell Museum On Line Television

Thursday afternoon I was invited to the Oak House, West Bromwich, to officially switch on Sandwell Museum’s very own internet TV Channel and to present certificates of thanks and achievement to the young people.

These young people were from the West Bromwich youth project U-CHOOSE who have made a series of films inspired by their experiences of visiting Oak House earlier this year.

I was proud to see so many young people involved in this project.

Congratulations, not only to the young people but every one involved such as the Black Country Touring, Solar Picture film production company and  Sandwell Staff and the Friends of Sandwell Museums.


Sandwell Show, Horticultural Show


a set on Flickr.

Monday afternoon we had a great time wandering around the marquee looking at the amazing exhibits that were on display. We appreciated all the hard work and effort that went into making the show the success it was, well done. It must have been a terrible time trying to find the winner, you are all winners.

It was so pleasing when we had to award the trophies especially so the young people who made such an effort. These young people are our future.

I must congratulate everyone who made this possible especially the Chair, Steve Melia and members of the committee who made this possible.

Celebrating Pat Valberg’s Life


This evening was a very emotional one when we joined family and friends of Pat to celebrate her life which had been filled with love and compassion caring for the residents of John Dando’s and many others who came to pay their respects.

During the evening balloons and messages were released from the car park in memory of a wonderful lady.

Sandwell Citizenship Ceremonies

My first engagement today was a Citizenship Ceremony at the Council House in Oldbury.  At the ceremony, every applicant for British Citizenship is required to swear an oath of allegiance to the Crown and make a pledge to uphold the values and laws of the United Kingdom.

These ceremonies are very enjoyable and open to the public. If you would like to pop along they are most Wednesday mornings and you will be able to find the dates in my forth coming events or for more information visit the following website.

Speakability, Stroke Related


I have just had a very productive meeting with Margaret and Brian Bevan from the Speakability Association, Margaret is the Group Coordinator.

Margaret and Brian have been to the Mayors Parlour to discuss how I can work with them to promote Aphasia awareness campaign, here goes….

“Aphasia is a life-disabling condition caused by damage to the language centres of the brain. Aphasia can be caused by a stroke, head injury, brain injury or other neurological condition. The communication difficulties that result from this brain damage will generally mean that the person with Aphasia will find it very hard or impossible to undertake many everyday activities such as shopping, making a telephone call, reading, following a film or joining in a conversation.

The aim of Aphasia Awareness is to encourage everyone who may have contact with aphasic people to appreciate the difficulties the aphasic person faces and to become aware of the ways in which they can help in their efforts to either make a request, give information or simply to try to hold a conversation”.

Our local group meets at 12.15pm on the last Thursday of each month at the West Bromwich Labour Club, Sandwell Road, West Bromwich. The meetings are very informal and those who attend enjoy getting together for support, friendship socialising and exchanging ideas.

If you would like more information on Speakability or the Aphasia Awareness Campaign please visit their website.

Margaret and Brian have kindly invited me to the groups Christmas lunch in November and I am looking forward to meeting the group and helping them to raise awareness.