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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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Sport »

Stourbridge RFC make Premiership Final!!! 

21 May

Well our U12s have...

Tom Mole – 30.01.2004 – 26.04.2018 R.I.P. 

15 May

Funeral Arrangements for Thursday 17th May 2018...

Out of Season Pitch Use 

10 May

Summer 2018...

May Weekend – A MASSIVE SUCCESS!!! 

10 May

A look back at one of our biggest May Weekends...

Annual Club Dinner 

10 May

Friday 8th June 2018...

Rosemary Dyson RIP 

10 May

It is with great sadness that the family have to inform you of the death of Rosemary Dyson.

Stourbridge Bus to Luctonians 

10 May

Saturday 12th May 2018...

GDPR and Stourbridge Rugby 

8 May

News on SRFC's preparations for GDPR...

Clash of the Titans 

8 May

Friday 11th May 2018 from 7:00pm...

Rickie Aley 

30 Apr

New Signing for 2018-19...

Ricky Aley 

30 Apr

New Signing for 2018-19 Season...

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Comment »

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.

New Centre Opening in Tipton 

23 Apr

Loving Hands, NTCOG Tipton, 2 Horseley Heath, DY4 7SA opens on Wednesday 25th April 11am-2pm Please go along if you have a Foodbank Voucher or if you would like to make a donation of food and toiletries.

FILM: We the uncivilized – Saturday 21st April 

10 Apr

The film documents the search of a young couple to find a different way of living-to find community, meaning, and a way of living in harmony with the earth and raises questions about our so called ‘civilized’ ways of living and hence the title.

Foodbank Review 2017 

28 Mar

Please have a look at our facts and figures for 2017.

Volunteers Christmas Meal 

31 Jan

On Wednesday January 24th 2018 we held our ‘Volunteers Christmas Meal’.

Rowley, John Thomas 

20 Jun

Advertiser 18 Dec 1915 Advertiser 25 Dec 1915 BRIERLEY HILL SOLDIER’S DEATH.

Terror, being a man, and my son Ben 

4 Jun

I had my son in bed with me again last night because he was frightened.

River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 14th May 

1 May

River Stour clean-up event Date: Sunday14th May Time: 10.15 for 10.30 Place: Still to be decided Other dates: June 11th, July 16th, August 20th Please email Rosanne for further information  rosanneadams@yahoo.

Abortion rights and the wider struggle: a call to arms 

28 Jan

In this week of unfolding dystopia, there is a lot going on.

To my 7 year old daughter on the day of #Womensmarch 

21 Jan

To my lovely baby You belong to you.

Further Ed is vital for a healthy democracy: 5 fatal flaws need changing to let it flourish 

17 Jan

I trained to teach in FE in 2004 and since then have had the privilege of sharing the journeys of hundreds of learners as they progress through college and on to bright futures.

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Features »

Making his Mark! 

23 May

We’ve welcomed Mark Whitcombe to the DZG team as our new Head of Maintenance.

AR12710 in Sodium Light with the Daystar Quark – 22nd May 

23 May

This new active region rounded the suns limb a few days ago, and while it is small has a timely appearance with my new Daystar sodium Quark arriving also.

Mid Disk in Sodium Light – 22nd May 

23 May

Whilst superficially similar to the white light image this mid disk shot taken in sodium light is quite different.

Ha Full Disk – 22nd May 

22 May

Messing around triple stacking with the 50mm Lunt, brings out nice contrast but also highlights uneveness in the image.

Caver Keith Videos Four Million Views 

22 May

21st May 2018 and Caver Keith is celebrating clocking up 4,000,000 caving video views on YouTube, as awell as 20,000 likes ????, 2,000 dislikes ????, 13,000 shares and 3,000 subscribers.

Grrreat to be eight! 

22 May

Our snow leopard Margaash couldn’t wait to sink his teeth into birthday treats at his newly-extended enclosure.

AR12710 in Sodium Light 

21 May

First view with the Daystar sodium Quark this afternoon using the 60mm f6 scope.

Rock on! 

21 May

We’re loving taking part in the treasure-hunt craze of finding rocks – and have found a super one near our burrowing owls.

Ha Full Disk With The Daystar Quark – 19th May 

20 May

The sun is certainly quiet, and you have to look hard for details however they are there.

Money for macaques 

20 May

We’re sending more than £250 to a project helping to protect macaques in Indonesia, thanks to generous DZG visitors.

Royal flamingos 

19 May

We’re tickled pink about Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding today – so we’ve named a pair of American flamingos in their honour.

New Baby 

18 May

Colour Crazy Crafts have a new challenge starting today.

Quick work Kito! 

18 May

It didn’t take Dudley-born giraffe Kito long to find his feet at his new home – he’s already caught the eye of a female called Genevive.

Asha’s big day 

17 May

Our lovely lioness Asha is celebrating her last year as a tweenager, as she turned 12 today.

Asha’s big day 

17 May

Our lovely lioness Asha is celebrating her last year as a tweenager, as she turned 12 today.

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Business »

The Times, the FT and the Chancellor focus on late payment 

13 May

o Earlier two football clubs were commended on this site: Liverpool managed an average of 27 days, beating Arsenal’s 35.

Kind Stourbridge lawyers launch fundraising initiative for Birmingham Children’s Hospital 

20 Apr

STAFF from a Stourbridge-based law firm have pledged their support to help Birmingham Children’s Hospital carry out its life-saving care.

Training success as recruitment firm looks to managers of tomorrow 

17 Apr

A DUDLEY recruitment firm has extended its management training scheme to help future leaders rise through the ranks.

More good news from West Midlands manufacturers: ADI Electrical, W H Tildesley and Brooks Forging 

30 Mar

o Gasification Plant Converting Waste to Fuel – a ’world first’ This post updates the 2016 coverage of Adi Electrical, whose head office is in Kings Norton, Birmingham.

Black Country robotics company launch first-of-its-kind hire scheme 

10 Mar

EMOTIONALLY-intelligent robots could soon by a common place in local businesses thanks to an innovative Halesowen company.

Business leaders invited to free GDPR breakfast seminar 

27 Feb

BUSINESS leaders from across Dudley borough are being invited to a free breakfast seminar being held at The Village Hotel.

Post-Brexit, with an ageing workforce and a shortage of graduates with science, engineering or mathematics qualifications, effective training is needed for younger and older workers 

18 Feb

In April 2017 an apprenticeship levy was introduced.

Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

16 Feb

Shareholders now have a choice between what Melrose and current GKN Management are offering, says Professor David Bailey...

West Midlands Mayor guest speaker was at grant-giving charity’s dinner 

16 Feb

Heart of England Community Foundation trustee Sir Dominic Cadbury welcomed key figures from across the area to a dinner at Muirhead Tower, within the University of Birmingham campus.

GKN to pay shareholders £2.5bn as firm fights off Melrose takeover 

14 Feb

Latest twist in hostile acquisition drama will see GKN sell off division which could be valued at 2 billion...

Halesowen housebuilder contributes £115.1m to UK’s economy – report 

13 Feb

A HALESOWEN housebuilding firm has contributed more than £115.1 million to the UK’s economic output in the past year, according to a new report.

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999 »

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 »

Broken light, 23rd May 

23 May

Red light broken Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 141 Clifton Street, Coseley Report on FixMyStreet...

Racist graffiti, 22nd May 

22 May

Racist graffiti on bus stop nwmtjtwm ref 8708001 Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 5 Blowers Green Road, Dudley Report on FixMyStreet...

Huge pothole, 22nd May 

22 May

There is a huge pothole which is difficult to avoid Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 2 Albert Street, Stourbridge Report on FixMyStreet...

HMO Registered properties 

21 May

Request sent to Dudley Council by Tehmoor on 21 May 2018 .

Roads compensation 1990-2015 inclusive 

21 May

Clarification sent to Dudley Council by Amanda Hart on 21 May 2018 .

Roads compensation 1990-2015 inclusive 

21 May

Response by Dudley Council to Amanda Hart on 21 May 2018 .

Roads compensation 1990-2015 inclusive 

21 May

Response by Dudley Council to Amanda Hart on 21 May 2018 .

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