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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 »

Friday Night Lights – Casuals & Vets – CANCELLED 

20 Mar

Friday 23rd March 2018 from 7:30pm...

Clocks Go Forward for BST 

20 Mar

Sunday 25th March at 1:00am...

Supporters’ Bus to Hinckley 

20 Mar

Saturday 7th April 2018...

This Saturday for Stour’s Teams 

20 Mar

Saturday 24th March 2018...

In Touch Wins ‘All Star’ Award 

19 Mar

Our weekly e-news has received recognition from its software providers, Constant Contact...

M&Js Training & Games CANCELLED 

17 Mar

Sunday 18th March 2018...

The James Allport Rugby Trophy 

15 Mar

Under 13s Tournament - Sunday 25th March 2018...

Lions’ Lunch for the DK Game 

15 Mar

Saturday 21st April 2018...

NOW AVAILABLE from the Club Shop 

14 Mar

Club Socks back in stock...

This Weekend for Stour’s Teams 

14 Mar

Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th March 2018...

Friday Night Lights – Casuals & Vets 

7 Mar

Friday 23rd March 2018 from 7:30pm...

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Comment »

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.

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’.

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Features »

Knight to remember! 

21 Mar

Visitors could be in for a knight to remember as our first Dudley Castle tour of the year zooms in on knights and armour.

Bat baby boom 

20 Mar

DZG is celebrating the patter of six pairs of tiny feet – after a bat baby boom in our Castle Creatures exhibit.

Percy Grainger collection now partly online and public 

19 Mar

The British Library has released a large collection of English folk song recordings made by Percy Grainger.

Simply Ewe 

19 Mar

It's Easter time here at Make my Monday.

Snow beautiful! 

19 Mar

It looked snow beautiful at DZG as some of our animals explored the white stuff.

AR12702 – Catch It Before It’s Gone! 

18 Mar

Over the past few days a small emerging flux region has developed in the suns northern hemisphere, initially this was a bright area in both Ha and CaK wavelengths, however now a small group of spots have developed.

Bubbles for Barbie! 

18 Mar

Keepers broke out the bubbles today to celebrate Barbie’s 40 th birthday down in our chimp enclosure.

Birds going cheep! 

17 Mar

DZG has taken delivery of its own collection of colourful songbirds to help in an international crisis – but these are the soft and cuddly kind! Our Safari Shop is selling a selection of plush birds which make an authentic bird call – and for ...

Desmona the Dodo 

16 Mar

Our sponsor this week at Colour Crazy Challenge is Di Digi This is one of their images called Desmond the dodo , I love him he's a bit quirky.

Happy macaque day! 

16 Mar

Today is International Macaque Day – and we’re marking the occasion by pledging to help save macaques in the wild over the next five years.

Tender tapir moment 

15 Mar

A beautiful moment between our mum and daughter Brazilian tapirs has been captured on camera.

New reptile resident 

14 Mar

A new Amazon Tree boa has arrived at DZG and gone on display in our Reptile House.

Tipping the scales! 

13 Mar

Keepers have been getting the measure of creatures down on the DZG Farm – with some new digital scales.

Saving Asia’s songbirds 

12 Mar

Dudley Zoo has added its voice to a global conservation campaign to save millions of Asian songbirds from extinction.

Take a Journey To The Sun on The Parker Solar Probe 

11 Mar

Want to get the hottest ticket this summer without standing in line? NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission launching in summer 2018.

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Business »

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.

KPMG hosts debate to mark the launch of MidlandsAbility 

10 Feb

KPMG hosted a panel debate to mark the launch of the new MidlandsAbility network.

BirminghamLive publisher buys Northern and Shell titles including Daily Express and OK! 

9 Feb

Trinity Mirror acquires household names such as Daily Star and celebrity magazine New! in 126.7m deal...

Debenhams to slash 320 store manager roles in cost-cutting drive 

8 Feb

The retailer said efforts to drive down the complexity of management positions...

Comment: Councillors are right on GKN and Street’s silence isn’t good enough 

7 Feb

Councillors Ward and O'Reilly and local MPs are right in stressing the strategic importance of GKN, says Professor David Bailey...

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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 »

Potholes galore, 21st March 

21 Mar

Outside number 9 Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 13 Bath Street, Dudley Report on FixMyStreet...

Large potholes, 21st March 

21 Mar

There is a big long line of potholes in the middle of the roundabout as you head north towards Dudley.

Potholes, 21st March 

21 Mar

There is a line of potholes on Castlegate Drive directly in front of the junction for the new road which leads into KFC, Costa etc.

Notes or minutes from a meeting 23rd January 

21 Mar

Response by Dudley Council to Craig Jones on 21 March 2018 .

Information on care leavers semi supported accommodation 

21 Mar

Request sent to Dudley Council by Mr Mckenzie on 21 March 2018 .

Several potholes, 20th March 

20 Mar

Several potholes on centre line on the bemd of the road so not able to see some of the centre line Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 6 Dudley Road, Kingswinford Report on FixMyStreet...

Several potholes entrance of Trading Est, 20th March 

20 Mar

There are several potholes on the left lane/turning into Pensnett Trsding Est.

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