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Dudley Zoo wants perfume donations for its animals 

20 Feb

A zoo is appealing for unwanted perfume to help boost "happy hormones" in its big cats and primates.

Ofsted praises council for improving social work practice despite staff turnover concerns 

10 Nov

Improving social work practice has been praised in an ‘inadequate’-rated children’s service.

School move to install cameras in pupils’ toilets divides parents 

2 Nov

Summerhill School in Kingswinford, West Midlands, say the cameras are to help combat bullying.

Corbyn Road: What voters want from politicians 

11 May

People on Corbyn Road in Dudley reveal their wish list in the run-up to the general election.

Fire rips through Wall Heath Hickory’s Smokehouse restaurant 

25 Aug

A severe fire rips through the thatched roof of a restaurant.

Dudley murder arrests after man’s body found 

12 Aug

Two men are arrested on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in the Black Country.

Motorist makes lucky escape in Dudley crash 

11 Aug

A motorist makes a lucky escape after his car overturned and he was left trapped for half an hour.

Family’s tribute to crash death mum, 18 

22 Apr

The family of an 18-year-old mother killed in a crash in Stourbridge say she was a "beautiful, happy, smiley girl".

Link up tackles loneliness among the elderly 

8 Apr

According to Age UK more than a million older people in the UK go at least a month without talking to anyone.

‘Serious failures’ in child services 

5 Apr

"Serious and widespread failures" are identified in services for children and young people needing protection in Dudley.

DfE troubleshooter to assess whether to outsource Dudley children’s services 

5 Apr

The Department for Education has sent a troubleshooter into Dudley council to decide whether to strip it of control of children’s social care.

Children’s services rated ‘inadequate’ 

5 Apr

"Serious and widespread failures" are identified in services for children and young people needing protection in Dudley.

VIDEO: Hypnotherapy helps chicken nugget diet 

23 Mar

A Dudley teenager who lived on a diet of chicken nuggets, chips and white bread uses hypnotherapy to help...

VIDEO: Britain’s worst tourist attraction? 

16 Mar

The Dudley Eye has been branded "the worst tourist attraction in the UK" by some national newspapers.

Council leader defends ‘Dudley Eye’ 

16 Mar

Council leader Pete Lowe says criticism of the Dudley Eye big wheel is "absolute nonsense".

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London to Paris Bike Ride 

18 Sep

Mitch attempts to cycle 400 miles for charity...

Away Coach to Peterborough Lions 

18 Sep

Saturday 22nd September 2018...

What’s On at Stourton Park 

17 Sep

Events for the 2018-19 Season...

This Saturday for Stour’s Teams 

17 Sep

Saturday 22nd September 2018...

Friday Night Lights for Casuals & Vets Teams 

17 Sep

Friday 28th September 2018 at Stourton Park...

Dudley Schools Rugby – Girls Programme 

17 Sep

Years 7 & 8 (Under 13s) - Wednesday 10th October 2018...

Roy Howell 

13 Sep

We are sad to report that Roy died on Tuesday after a short illness.

Pre-Match Lunch for Stour vs Tynedale 

12 Sep

Saturday 15th September 2018...

Dudley Schools Rugby – Boys Programme 

12 Sep

Year 8 - Tuesday 25th September 2018 4:00pm to 5:30pm...

Penners Runs for Charity 

6 Sep

Lions regular traverse Scotland in aid of charity...

Next Home Games 

6 Sep

Fri 14th & Sat 15th September 2018...

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Comment »

Apple Juicing Day at Ashfield Gardens – Sunday 23rd Sept 

20 Sep

Apple Juicing Day at Ashfield Market Garden, Stourbridge Date: Sunday 23rd Sept, from 10am Where:   Ashfield Camphill Market Garden , Sugar Loaf Lane, Iverley, near Stourbridge, DY10 3PB.


30 Aug

The support we receive from schools, Churches and other organisations over Harvest time is crucial to BCFB as its a time to replenish our shelves which are currently empty! All the resources to help you collect donations are available here and you ...

Vote for Boris 

19 Aug

The latest Polls today state more people than ever want to leave the EU, interestingly 48 % of the people polled now considering our political classes are wilfully attempting to damage our Brexit to satisfy their own political remain agenda.

What A Real Conservative Can Do 

28 Jul

While Fake Conservatives Run “Our” Government any true Conservative knows that to kick start your economy you use Tax cuts to put money in the pockets of the Blue collar let them spend but this spend can only be used for internally produced ...

Ablewell Advice Holiday/Lunch Club 

23 Jul

In partnership with Tesco Extra in Walsall,  Ablewell Advice  in Walsall will be holding a lunch event every  Wednesday  during the 6-week school summer break.

Springs Church, Gornal, collect 1 tonne of food! 

19 Jul

Churches support Black Country Foodbank quietly and consistently in the background.

The Betrayal of a Nation 

10 Jul

Over two years ago, we the people of this United kingdom were given a vote.

School Council Visit to the Storehouse 

3 Jul

We had the pleasure of showing The Ridge Primary School, Wollaston, Stourbridge around our warehouse.

The IBL and the left – response to Adam Ozanne’s overview of the UCU factions #ucu2018 #ourUCU 

14 Jun

(In pic: Pura Ariza (UCU left), Rob Goodfellow (IBL), Adam Ozanne (IBL), Dave Muritu (UCU left), pictured at the regions and nations meeting on the eve of UCU2018) Earlier today the IBL faction published their account of what happened at congress ...

Crisis? Transformation? Reflections on #UCU2018 #OurUCU 

14 Jun

It’s been a couple of chaotic weeks since UCU’s annual and most explosive yet congress was held in Manchester.

Modern Day Slavery Event 

10 May

A big thank you to Khizra Dhindsa from West Midlands Police and James Henderson from Transforming Communities together for presenting up to date information about signs of modern day Slavery to our Foodbank volunteers.

Thank you Sainsbury’s 

9 May

Thank you to the customers and staff at Sainsbury’s, Sandringham Way, Brierley Hill and Sainsbury’s, Reedswood, Walsall who held a collection day for us on Saturday 5th May 2018.

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Hoppy Rabbit Day! 

23 Sep

Hoppy International Rabbit Day from Otis, Bran, Snowball, Snowflake, Velvet, Jo, Celine, Amelie and Fleur – DZG’s nine beautiful bunnies.

Animal additions 

22 Sep

We’ve welcomed a chinchilla, two snakes and a bearded dragon to our Discovery Centre.

Winged Feet 

21 Sep

The Paper Shelter are the sponsors for our new challenge here at Colour Crazy Craft challenge and this is one of there images a matching background papers called Urban/Modern Boy .

Great going Laura! 

21 Sep

DZG’s Laura Partridge has been handed the Employee of the Month title for her continued dedication despite having broken her arm.

There’s no place like gnome! 

20 Sep

It appears a collection of popular creatures have vanished from the zoo without a trace – a community of gnomes from the 70s and 80s.

A rip-roaring hour 

19 Sep

Our two Sumatran tigers had a rip-roaring time when they tore apart an enrichment device made by their keeper.

Mini maras 

18 Sep

There’s a double dose of joy in our Patagonian mara enclosure following the birth of twins! The two lovely little ones were born to mum Martha and dad Barry on September 2 and are both thriving.

Autumn Leaves 

17 Sep

Here is my Inspiration for the Autumn Colours challenge over at Make my Monday challenge.

A perfect pair 

17 Sep

We’re delighted a female grey-capped emerald dove is proving a perfect pairing for our male.

Panda proceeds 

16 Sep

DZG’s generous visitors helped us pull in almost £500 for red panda conservation during celebrations with our popular panda pair.

Remembering Battle heroes 

15 Sep

The RAF flag takes pride of place above Dudley Castle today as we remember the brave personnel who took part in the Battle of Britain.

Ghoulish goings-on! 

14 Sep

Things are set to get spooky at Dudley Zoo as staff prepare for ghoulish goings-on at our Halloween Hocus Pocus events.

Sticking to five a day! 

13 Sep

DZG’s lar gibbon family soon got stuck in to snacks on sticks which their keeper made as a fun way to give them their five a day! Senior Upper Primate Keeper Sian-Leigh Simner used pieces of bamboo to make natural skewers for chunks of apple, pear...

Emergency rations 

12 Sep

Male sealion Oba enjoyed some emergency rations when keepers tucked treats into old fire hose donated by West Midlands Fire Service.

Otter joy! 

11 Sep

We’re otterly thrilled to announce the arrival of four young otter pups at Dudley Zoo.

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Business »

Far Eastern delights for AWI as it prepares to make Wire China debut 

18 Sep

BRIERLEY Hill-based Alloy Wire International (AWI) is stepping up its expansion in the Far East by exhibiting at Wire China for the first time.

Halesowen firm raise the roof after recent success 

21 Aug

A HALESOWEN roofing company has marked 25 years in the trade by being listed in the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 companies to Inspire Britain’.

Protective coatings made by Indestructible – a family-owned company in Sparkhill 

9 Aug

‘ Indestructible Paint , a manufacturer of high performance paints and coatings, started in 1978 in a small workshop in Acocks Green.

Historic Halesowen firm undergoes ‘globalisation’ rebrand 

9 Aug

ONE of the country’s oldest firms is staying true to its Black Country heritage as it undergoes a rebrand.

Alloy Wire International targets Japan as part of Far Eastern sales drive 

3 Aug

A BRIERLEY Hill based-manufacturer is targeting a major sales drive in Japan as it looks to boost its presence in the Far East.

Property agency appoints new partner at Halesowen base 

31 Jul

A HALESOWEN property agency has appointed a new partner as it looks to expand its commercial sector across the region.

Halesowen firm moves 20 jobs into new base 

30 Jul

A HALESOWEN based distributor of specialist engineering products has moved 20 jobs into a 14,000 sq ft industrial unit in the town.

Businesses urged to help boost town by joining Halesowen BID committee 

20 Jul

PEOPLE who want to make a difference in Halesowen are being urged to join the town’s BID committee.

Salts Healthcare, now at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston. 

17 Jul

Last year Salts Healthcare , which manufactures medical devices, moved into the Apollo building in Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.

£270k investment set to transform Halesowen pub 

17 Jul

BUILDING work has begun this week on a major £270,000 refurbishment of the Hare and Hounds pub in Halesowen.

Renovations and recruitment as Halesowen firm hits record growth 

9 Jul

A GAMING firm has transformed its Halesowen headquarters into a state-of-the-art studio, complete with a gym and canteen.

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Stay ‘wheely’ safe! 

19 Oct

Cyclists are invited to a free event dedicated to safety on two wheels, being held at Brierley Hill community fire station.

International rescue! 

4 Jun

Six West Midlands firefighters are heading to Germany this Sunday, to take part in an international extrication challenge. 

17 Apr


Industrial Action 

18 Feb

Update issued at 12.10pm Wednesday 25 February Since the 24-hour strike by firefighters started at 7am today, we have attended two incidents: 07:30 Sutton Coldfield: false alarm 11:27 Aston: false alarm We have 23 fire engines, one Brigade...

Appeal after man attacked in West Bromwich 

11 Feb

Appeal after man attacked in West Bromwich Police are appealing for witnesses following an attack on a man waiting for a bus in West Bromwich.


6 Feb

West Midlands firefighters are set to wage ‘pancake war’ on Monday 16 February, when crews from various Black Country stations will battle it out for the title of ‘fastest flipper’! The brigade’s Black Country South partnerships team has ...

Forgotten victims of domestic abuse 

9 Dec

For most children Christmas means fun, presents and Santa, but for some, the festive period means…...

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LocalGov »

Single bed mattress dumped at top of Lye Close Lane, 22nd September 

22 Sep

Mattress dumped from champagne coloured Citroen C4 approx 17.05 on Sat 22nd of Sept, tried to get picture but vehicle drove off.

Paint spillage, 22nd September 

22 Sep

Two cans of paint spilt in road.

Public Invited to Dudley CCG’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee Meeting 

21 Sep

Members of the public are invited to attend the next Primary Care Commissioning Committee meeting, which will be held by the Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Traffic signals out completely., 21st September 

21 Sep

All traffic signals at the junction are out completely.

Dudley Council Employee Fraud 

20 Sep

Request to Dudley Council by jeffrey williams .

Drain blockages resulting in flooding to garage’s…, 20th September 

20 Sep

The drains in our driveway are never cleaned out.

All Mediation Services 

20 Sep

Response by Dudley Council to Dominic Millar on 20 September 2018 .

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     on flickr 17 Oct 11
    A currently empty Grade II Listed Tecton Group Building at Dudley Zoological Gardens, Dudley, West Midlands.

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