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Wolves v Blues: Police investigate derby violence at Molineux and train station 

26 Feb

Wolves and West Midlands Police have launched a joint investigation into the violence that marred Friday evening’s derby game with Birmingham City.


Zaun, another successful West Midlands manufacturer 

25 Feb

 Zaun, which makes high security and perimeter systems steel fencing, has an extensive range of  perimeter fencing ,  high security fencing ,  sports equipment ,  automatic electric gates ,  security bollards  and  hostile vehicle mitigation...


Merry Hill owner to spend £110m on major revamp 

24 Feb

Intu increases its funding plans to give Black Country shopping centre a large-scale facelift...


Is it time to swap salt for…seaweed? 

24 Feb

A Black Country company has launched a new product to help reduce risk of stroke and heart-related diseases by encouraging people to swap salt for seaweed.


Multi-million manufacturing support package launched to unlock SME potential in the Black Country 

23 Feb

SME manufacturers in the Black Country have been given a major boost this week with news that a new £9.7m business support initiative is officially live and looking to support hundreds of companies in the region.


Merry Hill owner confirms investment plans for the shopping centre 

23 Feb

The owner of Dudleys Merry Hill shopping centre has confirmed that the site will undergo major investment of around £110m this year as it looks to claw back lost revenue.


Black Country corporate finance firm in multi-million care home deal 

22 Feb

A Black Country corporate finance firm has overseen the multi-million pound sale of an accommodation and care provider for people with disabilities.


DX Freight plans for Essington super-hub poised to go ahead despite opposition 

22 Feb

Controversial plans for a £36 million DX Freight distribution centre on green belt land in Essington are poised for approval despite fierce opposition.


Mortgage lending boosts full results for building society 

21 Feb

A Black Country building society has seen strong full year results, buoyed by the positive housing market.


Black Country business park set for refurb after takeover 

21 Feb

A Black Country industrial estate is set to be refurbished to make it more appealing to new tenants.


Manufacturer relocates after £3.5m funding deal 

21 Feb

A Black Country manufacturer has relocated after securing a £3.5m funding deal.


Former Birmingham Post sports writer dies aged 65 

21 Feb

Mike Ward covered West Bromwich Albion and tennis after making the West Midlands his home following departure from native Rhodesia...


Housing regeneration scheme under way in Wolverhampton 

20 Feb

A former bus depot in Wolverhampton is to be redeveloped into a new housing scheme supporting almost 150 homes.


Tata Steel invests £4m in Black Country factory 

20 Feb

Steel group has created new high-tech robotic welding line at its service centre in Wednesfield...


Black Country law firm aims to reach £12m in fees following new appointment 

19 Feb

A BLACK Country law firm has strengthened its senior management team as it aims to reach £12m in fees by the end of 2017.


FA Cup: Wolves vs Chelsea – the day in PICTURES 

19 Feb

The result might not have gone the right way, but  when Wolves hosted Chelsea in the FA Cup this weekend it was certainly a great occasion.


Dudley firm helps to put wireless charging firmly on the map 

17 Feb

A DUDLEY fit-out and display firm has teamed up with to provide businesses with convenient, innovative wireless charging for customers.


Wolverhampton Art Gallery showcases local talent 

17 Feb

Young artists from Wolverhampton are showcasing their work at the citys art gallery as part of a scheme to champion the creative talents of local pupils.


Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Blogs

Imagine 

27 Feb

Imagine that after defying all the odds and confounding both critics and supporters alike, you wake up to find that you have guided Leicester City to unexpected and ultimate success as Champions of the Premier League...


The Portman Collection – part four: Netball, and some outdoor studies 

26 Feb

In the fourth serialised article of what will turn out to be quite a few, here's the next five photos from Walsall Wood Secondary School in the 1950s with accompanying notes, as introduced in this blog post here - This time, I am including the ...


Knitting and Nitty Nora: a wartime schooling in Brownhills 

26 Feb

The local history has been a bit patchy of late, thanks to a bit of a rash of news stories and the fact that I've been working very long hours - but I have a real treat today that's come in from David Evans written by longstanding contributor and ...


Walsall Wood football: Reserves shine, first team still looking for victory 

26 Feb

It's now late February and the mixed fortunes at Oak Park continue - the first team still have yet to bag a win in 2017, and came back from Quorn with a score draw to show; but the reserve team continue their stonking run of good form, beating ...


Aldridge Firefighters deal with unsafe aerial in Walsall Wood 

25 Feb

A few people have asked why Vigo Road in Walsall Wood was shut late this afternoon (Saturday, 25th February 2017) - this was due to firefighters making a rooftop aerial safe on the maisonettes there, presumably following damage from the recent storm.


Hussain – More WM Police Corruption? 

25 Feb

This blog has pointed out time and time again that West Midlands Police have been corruptly protecting Labour Sandwell Council in general and Cllr Mahboob Hussain in particular (who enjoys "special protection" for allegedly rendering certain "...


Get stuck in the bog… 

25 Feb

For those of you into conservation and the local environment, there's this event going on at Norton Bog (that's north Chasewater) this Sunday, 26th February 2017 - the Friends of Norton Bog are a great group and you can find out more about them at ...


Walsall Wood FC away to Quorn this afternoon! 

25 Feb

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood FC away at Quorn this afternoon! Continue reading...


Today’s buy To Let Deal, 2 bed Semi, Bentley Drive, Walsall, WS2. With Yields Of 5.48%. 

24 Feb

A 2 bedroom semi detached house on Bentley Drive, Walsall, WS2.


Walsall Council Budget – New Invention Library, 

24 Feb

Back in October last year Walsall Council only had sufficient funding to keep one library open and that was the Central Library next to the Council House in Walsall.


Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Blogs

10 things that made me smile | February 2017 

27 Feb

February has been a really lovely month for us all.


Granddaughter of 1920s race mechanic sets the record straight 

27 Feb

IN BUGLE 1267, published December 7, 2016, we told the tragic tale of Tom Barrett, the Wolverhampton mechanic who was killed when the Sunbeam car he was riding in crashed at the 1924 San Sebastian Grand PrixThe story came to us from Barrett's great-...


Meal Planning Monday 27th February 2017 

27 Feb

We skipped Meal Planning Monday last week as it was half term for us but it’s now back to school and back to work and routine awaits.


Playtime for Sprout! 

27 Feb

A plastic tub provided provided hours of entertainment for Bornean orangutan, Sprout.


German Confectionary Review No. 3–Milka Kuhflecken. 

27 Feb

Our understanding of the German language continues to gather apace, we now know that Kuhflecken means Happy Cow, and should we ever travel to Teutonic lands, we shall endeavour to mention it in all conversation, be it relevant and irrelevant! What ...


Winston Churchill The Wilderness Years by Sir Martin Gilbert 

26 Feb

This book is one I do enjoy reading it especially as it’s more or less the script for the TV series made in the early 80’s.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 25 February 2017 

26 Feb

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Matthew KELLY 22:39 Craig DUBBERLEY 35:44 Kevin SUMNER 23:33 Kinga GASIOROWSKA 35:46 Paul O'ROURKE 26:28 Bethan DOWNIE 36:22 Joshua ANDERSON 28:28 Kate DOWNIE 36:28 Steven HUNT ...


Row Z 

26 Feb

And that’s where we were! In the proverbial Row Z in the Steve Bull Stand to watch Wolverhampton Wanderers lose to The Blues 1-2 .


NEWS & COMING YOUR WAY 

26 Feb

Coming Your Way March Irish folk Veterans The Fureys have a full touring schedule this month starting March 8 at Ulchedre Centre , Anglesey, North Wales.


BRIO Railway Starter Set and Starter Track Set | review 

26 Feb

I‘ve written before that Olly is a huge BRIO trains fan and our Friday afternoons wouldn’t be the same without a complicated railway being laid out on our play room floor.


Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Sport

Wolves pair Kortney Hause and Jordan Graham ‘weren’t able to train’ 

27 Feb

Disciplined pair Kortney Hause and Jordan Graham weren’t in a fit enough state to train, it can be revealed.


West Brom keeper Ben Foster getting better with age and enjoying his Saturdays 

26 Feb

Injury-time hero Ben Foster is revelling in the confidence that comes with age.


Tony Pulis wants West Brom to keep up ‘relentless’ pace after hitting 40 points 

26 Feb

Tony Pulis has urged his Albion side to keep up their relentless pace in the Premier League after reaching the 40-point mark.


Verdict: Angry fans question Paul Lambert after Blues defeat 

26 Feb

Our fans are left devastated and angry after a fifth successive Wolves defeat.


Police baton use ‘could have been fatal’ 

26 Feb

A retired chief inspector says he filmed footage after the Wolves against Birmingham City derby.


AFC Wimbledon v Walsall 

26 Feb

AFC Wimbledon v Walsall Vitalfootball:Walsall:26/02/2017 16:42:00 The Saddlers' search for a first away victory of 2017 continued as they were beat 1-0 by AFC Wimbledon.


Wolves v Blues: Police investigate derby violence at Molineux and train station 

26 Feb

Wolves and West Midlands Police have launched a joint investigation into the violence that marred Friday evening’s derby game with Birmingham City.


Player ratings – West Brom 2 Bournemouth 1 

26 Feb

Albion came from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at The Hawthorns yesterday as their impressive home form continued.


Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton


Business

Hundreds of jobs at risk at Sainsbury’s depot 

27 Feb

Sainsbury\'s is to leave its distribution site in Stone in a move that puts 275 jobs at risk.


West Midlands Mayoral candidate launches crowdfunding campaign 

27 Feb

The Liberal Democrat candidate in the race to become the first West Midlands Mayor has launched a crowdfunding campaign to boost her campaign resources.


Zaun, another successful West Midlands manufacturer 

25 Feb

 Zaun, which makes high security and perimeter systems steel fencing, has an extensive range of  perimeter fencing ,  high security fencing ,  sports equipment ,  automatic electric gates ,  security bollards  and  hostile vehicle mitigation...


Roadworks threaten months of disruption at Birmingham Airport 

24 Feb

Passengers heading into Birmingham Airport from today (Monday) are set to face months of disruption as a new programme of roadworks begins.


Merry Hill owner to spend £110m on major revamp 

24 Feb

Intu increases its funding plans to give Black Country shopping centre a large-scale facelift...


£10m support programme launched to boost manufacturing SMEs 

23 Feb

SME manufacturers in the West Midlands are in line to benefit from a £10m support initiative.


Merry Hill owner confirms investment plans for the shopping centre 

23 Feb

The owner of Dudleys Merry Hill shopping centre has confirmed that the site will undergo major investment of around £110m this year as it looks to claw back lost revenue.


National Express pulls the plug on UK rail industry 

23 Feb

Birmingham-based public transport group National Express is turning its back on the UK rail sector in favour of more lucrative investment opportunities abroad.


Dudley | Sandwell | Walsall | Wolverhampton








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    More images of the Wharf at Walsall, with the redevelopment nearing completion. Once a transport hub central to the functioning of Walsall’s manufacturing history, this are is now being transformed into




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