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“I’ve been leading the fight to keep Dudley Police Station open to the public over the last year and one of the first things I did when I was re-elected was ask to for a meeting with the Chef Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner.

“I don’t think the timing of this announcement is a coincidence.  I got a commitment from Labour’s Shadow Police Minister that he would expect West Midlands Police to keep the station open if Labour won the election.  With the Conservative government planning to make even deeper cuts to policing budgets the closure is now going ahead.

There’s something for the ladies at Broadfield House Glass Museum ahead of this month’s International Festival of Glass.

The Dudley-Council visitor attraction is home to a Heritage Lottery Funded project which will shine a light on the untold story of women in the area’s glass making industry, from past to present.

The Stourbridge Glass Quarter is world-renowned for its contribution to the glass industry, with its long associations with blown and cut glass. What is less well known, is the role women have played in this industry. This oral history project project aims to share the stories of women who have worked in this skilled, and often dangerous profession, as well as garnering new narratives and living histories from local women who worked in one of the town’s many glass making factories.

People can get unique Christmas gifts this weekend with the Small Business Saturday market in Dudley town centre.

Taking place on Saturday 6 December at Stone Street Square, the stalls will be occupied by Dudley borough residents who make and sell items from their home.

The festive market will run from 10am to 4pm next to the town’s Christmas tree. Family entertainment and music will be provided throughout the day.  

The market is the final event of Dudley’s wider Small Business Week, which also included free business clinics.

 

SEVEN STARS PETITION PRESENTED TO PARLIAMENT

Dudley MP Ian Austin has presented a 2,500 name petition to save the Seven Stars pub to Parliament.

Campaigners are working to protect the Seven Stars pub in Sedgley after Morrisons announced a desire to buy the pub from Marston’s and turn it into a supermarket.

Austin has since worked with campaigners to get the pub listed as an Asset of Community Value, and has pushed for extra protections for community pubs in Parliament.