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Mourners can download music at modern chapel

Music downloading facilities and a TV hook-up are all part of new services at a state-of-the-art crematorium. The new £3.25million building Sandwell Valley Crematorium, in West Bromwich, has been officially opened by Sandwell Mayor Cllr Joyce Underhill with the unveiling of a plaque. The new chapel is a modern building that replaces the old crematorium on the site. The old building has been converted into offices.

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Badgers will not be upset

Two setts of badgers are being protected so work can go ahead on a new leisure centre without disturbing the animals. The badgers have been found living on scrubland next to the building site of a £15m leisure centre in Sandwell. It is thought there are 16 badgers living near the site, which is due to be the new Portway Lifestyle Centre, to open in 2013.

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Colin keeps on fundraising

Dedicated fundraiser Colin Hunter is travelling all over the world to raise money for a hospice. Colin, 50, of West Bromwich, is committed to raising money for the Acorn Children’s Hospice in Malvern after his daughter Sam was cared for there before she lost her battle with disability complications, aged 19, in 2006.

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Road system wins national award

A road system to reduce congestion in Sandwell has won a national award. The red route scheme, entitled The Route 87 Pilot Smart Route Scheme, won the Congestion Reduction Scheme of the Year Award in the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards.

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New college for West Bromwich

Students are getting ready to move into a brand new state-of-the-art college in West Bromwich. Finishing touches are being made to the modern building, which now dominates the skyline in the town centre. Students and staff will be moving into their home early in 2012. Up to 10,000 full and part time students will use the building in Spoon Lane, which will replace Sandwell College’s three campuses in Oldbury, Smethwick and West Bromwich. These will eventually be closed and sold …

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