3d human with empty chat bubbleThere’s still time for you to submit your questions for next week’s Tamworth Listens Question Time event – as the deadline has been extended to Sunday.

Tamworth Listens takes place at Landau Forte Academy in Amington next Thursday January 26th, when a panel made up of representatives from Tamworth Borough Council will be answering your questions.

It will be chaired by Mike Thomas of TCR FM and will be based on the Council’s three strategic priorities; living a quality life in Tamworth, growing strong together in Tamworth and delivering quality services in Tamworth.

The panel will consist of five members of the Council’s Cabinet; Leader, Cllr Daniel Cook; Deputy Leader, Cllr Rob Pritchard and the Portfolio Holders for Communities & Wellbeing, Environment & Culture and Housing Services, Cllrs Stephen Doyle, Joy Goodall and Michelle Thurgood.

The theatre at Landau Forte Academy, Amington will open at 7pm and the Question Time event will start at 7.15pm and finish at 9.30pm.

TCR FM will be broadcasting live from the Question Time for the fourth year, so anyone not able to come along will be able to follow the debate. Tamworth Borough Council’s communications team will also be Tweeting live updates throughout the event. The Twitter handle is @TamworthCouncil and the hashtag we will be using on the night is #tamworthlistens

Tickets for the event are free of charge and can be obtained from Tamworth’s Information Centre, located in the Council offices, Marmion House, Lichfield Street. Tickets can also be obtained by emailing tic@tamworth.gov.uk, calling 01827 709618 / 709581 or texting TBCTIC with message to 88020 to reserve a ticket.

Questions can be submitted in advance and will also be taken on the evening. Email your questions to: tamworthlistens@tamworth.gov.uk . Alternatively, you can post your question to Performance & Corporate Relations, Tamworth Borough Council, Freepost BM6842, Tamworth, B79 7BR by Sunday January 22nd.

art-after-hours-a6-visualSingers, bands, artists and creative individuals of all genres are invited to be part of a brand new online arts service which is being designed to highlight the talent on offer in Tamworth.

The web-based feature is being set up by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team as part of a new Tamworth Arts Network which aims to raise the profile of and increase opportunities for artists and creative groups which want to work in the town.

Anyone interested is invited to attend an initial ‘Art After Hours’ networking event taking place at the Tamworth Castle Grounds Activity Centre on Wednesday, January 25, from 6pm to 8pm. People are invited to attend for fizz and nibbles and to share their ideas about arts provision in Tamworth, including what features they would like to see included as part of the new web feature and how it can benefit them.

Linking from the main www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk website, the online facility will be a comprehensive database, detailing artists and creative groups in Tamworth, together with various tools for things like creating events and searching for funding.

As well as giving artists a prominent web presence, Tamworth Arts Network aims to develop links between local artists and creative industries and identify new opportunities for partnership working. Members will also be able to access advice on funding opportunities, marketing and venue hire.

The new Tamworth Arts Network will expand on the existing ArtSwitch network which has been bringing town artists and groups together for several years.

ArtSwitch members Mal Dewhirst – Staffordshire’s first Poet Laureate – and Simon Quinn of the successful Fired Up Theatre company, will be speaking at the Art After Hours event to share their experiences of being part of the network.

The pair met at ArtSwitch and have both enjoyed many benefits from the networking group, including working with Tamworth Borough Council on town-wide projects and initiatives.

The creation of a Creative Network is one of the many strands of the new Arts in Unusual Spaces project – an Arts Council-funded initiative which aims to boost the arts in Tamworth through new audiences and new opportunities to perform.

Cllr Joy Goodall, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Environment & Culture, said: “As part of the funding from Arts Council England, we want to create a strong network of artists and creative groups to ensure our cultural and arts scene is as lively as possible. This means bringing all those like-minded people together to share ideas, experiences and opportunities for working together.

“It also gives creative people the chance to become part of a brand new web service which will detail the town’s talent in one place for the first time. This is a fantastic opportunity for people to promote themselves on a prominent internet platform. Anyone interested will be able to give their opinions about the new web facility and how it can best work for them at the Art After Hours meeting. I would urge artists of any genre to pop along to find out more.”

Contact Us Phone ButtonThe automated payment line which allows you to make all kind of payments to us over the phone has been changed to a new local rate number.

The new number, which is now operational, is 0345 2307709. Calls are charged at a local rate, replacing the previous high rate number.

The number allows customers to pay a variety of bills over the phone, including rent, council tax and parking fines. The switch to a local rate number means that you will now pay a lot less for the calls – and they can be included in usual mobile phone usage.

You can also make payments online, completely free of charge. If you don’t have internet access, you can come to reception at Marmion House in Lichfield Street to log onto the internet.