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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".


VIDEO: Huge 42ft rubbish pile being cleared 

13 Jan

Work to remove an illegal rubbish tip which has towered over homes in Brierley Hill for the last six years is under way.


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Sport »

Stourbridge M&Js at Leicester Tigers 

17 Jan

On Saturday 6th January a number of our M&J Age Groups had a day out at Leicester Tigers...


Young Rugby Ambassadors 

17 Jan

Are you a "Young Rugby Ambassador" for Stourbridge...


Pre-Season Training for the Vipers 

17 Jan

Black Country Vipers have started their pre-season training at Stourton Park...


Six Nations at Stourton Park 

17 Jan

There's a whole programme of events organised for watching the Six Nations at Stourton Park...


This Weekend for Stour’s Teams 

17 Jan

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st January 2018...


Pre-Loved Dress Event 

10 Jan

Wednesday 28th February 2018 - from 7:00pm...


Schools’ Girls Team Rugby Festival 

10 Jan

Thursday 15th February 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm...


Come Taste the Band 

10 Jan

Live Music at Stourton Park - Saturday 10th February 2018...


Girls Rugby – Pitch Up and Play 

9 Jan

Sunday 28th January 2018...


Supporters’ Bus to Chester RUFC 

9 Jan

Saturday 20th January 2018...


Pre-Match Meal for Wharfedale Game 

9 Jan

Saturday 13th January 2018...


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Comment »

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.


Fight austerity, don’t scapegoat migrants: Midlands trades unionists respond to Coyne 

2 Jan

On Monday 2nd January, Unite West Midlands official Gerard Coyne addressed a Birmingham group of supporters as part of his campaign to take the Unite leadership from Len McCluskey.


Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Debate 

14 Dec

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to a debate on corporate governance and social responsibility.


Business, Innovation and Skills Questions 

13 Dec

Margot James answers questions from MPs on subjects including the trends in the number of women on boards and support for the self-employed.


Retail Store Closure: Boxing Day 

13 Dec

Margot James responds to a Parliamentary debate resulting from an e-Petition on closure of retail stores on Boxing Day.


Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film 

8 Dec

Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film You are warmly invited to an evening on ‘Transforming the Food System’.


Scottish Questions 

24 Nov

Margot James answers MPs’ questions relating the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Scotland.


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Features »

Beautiful native birds 

18 Jan

We’ve been surveying the native birds living on our 40-acre site with help from Brewood Ringers and discovered some real beauties.


Garden centre helps out 

17 Jan

We’re sending huge thanks to Willowbrook Garden Centre in Bromsgrove, who have kindly donated surplus potted Christmas trees for our new snow leopard enclosure.


Gelada reveals gender! 

16 Jan

Watch as our Gelada baboon dad, Ebano, reveals the gender of his latest newborn… document.


Pledging panda help 

15 Jan

Our red pandas, Yasmin and Gawa, are two of our most popular animals on site and we’re proud to pledge our support to helping their endangered cousins in the wild for the next five years.


Chimps’ post-festive boost 

14 Jan

Surplus fresh cranberries provided a winter boost for our seven chimpanzee girls.


Birthday party promotions! 

13 Jan

Calling all mums and dads, if you fancy organising a birthday party with a difference for your little monkey this year, then look no further than DZG.


Pretty Ppinky 

12 Jan

I love Ppinky Dolls images and I've really enjoyed colouring this one for the current challenge at Colour Crazy Craft Challenge.


Thanks for the support! 

12 Jan

Huge thanks to two zoo members who have collectively raised £640 for our Orangutan Appeal with products made from their fab photos of our animals.


Bench remembers Paul 

11 Jan

We ’ re remembering DZG gardener, Paul Oakley, with a memorial wooden bench located in the area where he used to tend.


Charlie’s treats! 

10 Jan

Blue and gold macaw, Charlie, is getting stuck into new toys and treats following a festive donation from her adopter.


Winter ready 

9 Jan

Our four Patagonian sealions are bulking up during winter.


Blue Scenery 

8 Jan

It's the first challenge of the New Year at Make my Monday The Theme is Blue and White I have stamped the scene using a multi coloured ink pad in shades of blue and embossed it with clear powder.


Tree-mendous fun! 

8 Jan

Festive firs from our Winter Wonderland Santa’s grotto are proving to be tree-mendous fun for DZG’s animals.


First Sun of The New Year – 7th January 

7 Jan

The sun is very low in the sky for me around the winter solstice, and for a couple of months hides between the trees and rooftops of the urban skyline.


Iceland Aurora December 2017 

7 Jan

I was fortunate to be in Iceland over the Christmas period in December 2017, and as always in Iceland one of my favourite things to do is look out for the Northern lights.


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Business »

GKN rejects another takeover bid by Melrose Industries 

17 Jan

Engineering group says terms of 7.4 billion offer are 'effectively unchanged' from last week's bid...


Award winning foundry divisions merge under new company 

17 Jan

THOMAS Dudley Ltd has merged both of its West Midlands foundries into one seamlessly integrated new business.


Jaguar Land Rover bring back the Defender with 70th anniversary V8 edition 

17 Jan

Defender Works V8 is the most powerful and fastest version that Land Rover has ever created...


Bank of England plays down risk to Carillion’s lenders 

16 Jan

But bank says ripple effect of company going into liquidation is yet to be fully felt as fallout continues over construction group's collapse...


Bank of England plays down risk to Carillion’s lenders 

16 Jan

But bank says ripple effect of company going into liquidation is yet to be fully felt as fallout continues over construction group's collapse...


Cabinet to meet over Carillion crisis 

16 Jan

Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet will discuss the ongoing crisis after firm with major public sector contracts is placed into liquidation...


Cabinet to meet over Carillion crisis 

16 Jan

Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet will discuss the ongoing crisis after firm with major public sector contracts is placed into liquidation...


Jeremy Corbyn says Carillion collapse shows it’s ‘time to take back control’ of services 

15 Jan

Labour leader criticised an outsource-first dogma and insisted it's time we took back control...


Jeremy Corbyn says Carillion collapse shows it’s ‘time to take back control’ of services 

15 Jan

Labour leader criticised an outsource-first dogma and insisted it's time we took back control...


What is Carillion and what does it do? Construction company collapse raises job fears 

15 Jan

The Wolverhampton-based company also offers many outsourcing services for the public sector...


What is Carillion and what does it do? Construction company collapse raises job fears 

15 Jan

The Wolverhampton-based company also offers many outsourcing services for the public sector...


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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.


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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.


Flip-tastic! 

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 »

Walk this way to brighten your mood 

18 Jan

People in the Black Country are being encouraged by the local NHS to walk away the January blues.


HMO licensed properties 

18 Jan

Response by Dudley Council to Mark Garner on 18 January 2018 .


School Agency Spend 

18 Jan

Response by Dudley Council to Francesca Sandiford on 18 January 2018 .


HMO licensed properties 

17 Jan

Follow up sent to Dudley Council by Mark Garner on 17 January 2018 .


Rubbish, 17th January 

17 Jan

Hi, there is a load of rubbish been fly tipped in the area I have indicated on the map, including a fridge, mattresse, plastic Christmas tree and many more things.


Grit bin, 17th January 

17 Jan

Please could we have the grit bin filled which is situated on the corner of prince st and round st please.


Fly tipping Illey lane, 17th January 

17 Jan

Large amount of rubbish/general waste dumped at location Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Illey Lane, Hunnington Report on FixMyStreet...


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