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Jasper Carrott’s back on the road with his old school pal Bev Bevan. He tells us how he’s fallen in love with stand-up comedy again...

After 25 years of stand-up, Jasper Carrott decided he was done with live comedy. Until the Stand Up and Rock Tour with founding ELO drummer Bev Bevan came about, that is.

During his career, spanning more than 40 years, proud Brummie Jasper has starred in numerous TV programmes – most notably The Detectives and Golden Balls – written books and even reached number five in the UK charts in 1975 with Funky Moped, which was produced by ELO’s Jeff Lynne. Funky Moped, in fact, sold more than half a million copies and earned Jasper a silver disc award.


He was granted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Comedy Awards in 2008.

Children and young people with disabilities can join a new free sports club in Halesowen.   

Young people can have a go at adapted sports at the weekly inclusive sessions being held at Huntingtree Park.  

Inclusive Club offers disabled children and young people aged 11 and over the opportunity to try out new sports including, rounders, table tennis, boccia, cricket and indoor curling.

A new abstract art exhibition opens at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery this month.

Transformations, by Janet Glazier and Margaret Prichard opens on Saturday 11 February. The show features a selection of abstract and semi abstract paintings based around photographs of natural forms. 

The two local artists have produced a range of 24 new pictures which will be on display with the photographs which have inspired them. The artists have taken the originals and ‘transformed’ them in an abstract way to create original artworks.

Parents and toddlers are set to have a splashing time with a series of special lessons at the Crystal Leisure Centre.

The Dudley Council facility is offering the 30-minute swimming sessions which includes tuition from qualified instructors for children aged four months to four years old and their parents.

The sessions will run on Tuesdays at 9.45am and 10.15am and Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2pm and 2.30pm.

The course helps parents introduce their children to water in a fun and relaxed way. Children learn basic water skills through nursery rhymes, games, use of toys and interaction with other toddlers.

Mayor, Councillor Michael Evans with the pictureAn exhibition dedicated to a single picture is entering its final weeks at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery.

The oil painting, Cromwell at the Blue Boar Tavern, Holborn shows the discovery of one of Charles I’s envoys carrying a secret message from the King, which drives Cromwell on in his quest to overthrow the monarchy.

The exhibition at the Dudley Council museum looks in detail at the painting and puts it in its historical context. With text panels, display screens, artefacts and costumes it attempts to explain how and why the picture was painted.

This exhibition is the first of a planned range of exhibitions in the smaller community gallery space which will allow visitors to see and understand in details some of the hidden gems of the museum’s collection and the Mayor of Dudley was one of the first people to see it.