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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 Lions vs Bromsgrove RFC 

16 Nov

Midlands 1 West - Saturday 25th November 2017...

Lighting Equipment for the M&J Container 

16 Nov

Thanks to Simon Mole for his kind donation of lighting equipment for the new M&J Container...

Christmas at Stourton Park 

16 Nov

Sunday 3rd December 2017 - 12:30pm to 3:00pm...

Volunteers WANTED for the Official AGP Launch 

15 Nov

We need your help again to make the AGP Launch a great event for the Club.

The World Cup Visits Stourton Park 

15 Nov

On Sunday 12th November, the Webb Ellis Cup made an appearance on our new pitch...

Club Shop open this Thursday & Friday 

12 Nov

The Stourbridge FC Club Shop will be open on THURSDAY 16TH and FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER between 1 pm and 2.30 pm.

Club comment on travel partners Prospect Coaches 

12 Nov

The Club would like to place on record its thanks to Prospect Coaches following yesterday's trip to St Neots Town.


10 Nov

This weeks Youth Development Fixtures 11/11/17 - 17/11/17...

Goaldengate Superdraw – week 23 – list of winners 

10 Nov

The winners in the Goaldengate superdraw for week 23 (6th November) can be viewed below.

Stourbridge FC raise over £750 for The Royal British Legion 

9 Nov

We are proud to announce that the total raised by the Club and its fans is £769.73.

Derek Dudley – Charity Match at Sutton Coldfield 

8 Nov

We've been saddened to learn that ex-Glassboy goalkeeper DEREK DUDLEY has a severe liver illness that is considered to be terminal.

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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 »

A champion visit 

18 Nov

DZG keepers spotted a familiar face on site yesterday, as the World Number One darts champion, Michael van Gerwen, paid us a visit.

Christmas Unicorn 

17 Nov

This is my first card as guest DT member for Colour Crazy Craft Challenge.

Zebra sends dogs wild! 

17 Nov

Our four dogs went wild with papier mâché zebra enrichment.

Name our animals! 

16 Nov

Can you help us name our meerkats or flamingos? document.

Panto partnership extended 

15 Nov

We’re thrilled to announce we’ve extended our partnership with Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for the next two years.

Sam scoops title! 

14 Nov

Well done to Senior Keeper, Sam Grove, who’s our employee of the month! Sam, who works with our big cats, ungulates and reptiles, was nominated by colleagues for his commitment and dedication to DZG.

Penguin Fun 

13 Nov

I think I have to agree Christmas is on it's way, so the theme for the new challenge at Make my Monday is Snow Fun The papers and sentiment are from Stampin up The Sentiment has been punched out using its matching punch and the snowflakes are die cut...

Giraffes put through paces 

13 Nov

Trainee Keeper Ellis Robinson is putting our three giraffes through their paces during target training.

Ha Full Disk – 12th November 

12 Nov

It has been some time coming; the full disks I was getting from my trusty DS40 came to an end last year when a slip de-contacted one of the etalons.

Remembering the fallen 

12 Nov

Zoo Director Derek Grove will be representing DZG at the town’s annual Remembrance Sunday event today.

Birthday gifts for Jazz 

11 Nov

Birthday celebrations are continuing in the orangutan house as today it’s Jazz’s celebratory day! Our great ape matriarch turns 26 and keepers have got her a few surprise treats lined up to help her mark her day.

Preparing for winter 

10 Nov

Autumn brings about one of our zoo keepers’ least loved tasks – collecting up fallen leaves! Although it may seem an endless job, our forward-thinking ungulate staff are busy making sure our leaf-eating mammals will be set for winter by ...

DZG attends BIAZA meet 

9 Nov

Two senior keepers represented DZG at the annual BIAZA Mammal Working Group Conference.

Tigers in the frame 

8 Nov

Sumatran tigers, Daseep and Joao, are enjoying their new climbing frame.

New birds fly in! 

7 Nov

Birds Section Leader, Nicola Wright went on a road trip to collect some new additions to our feathered collection.

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Business »

Halesowen home developer Lovell invests in management trainees and apprentices 

17 Nov

HOMES developer Lovell has recruited six new management trainees and apprentices to help deliver its growing portfolio of projects across the region.

New Lush store opens at intu Merry Hill 

15 Nov

LUSH has moved to a bigger store at intu Merry Hill.

Hands-on college event aims to challenge student minds and morals 

9 Nov

VISITORS to Cadbury College's open day are in for a surprise as traditional talks with teachers have been replaced with live interactive experiences.

Halesowen home worth £315,000 to be raffled off for £1 

8 Nov

A HALESOWEN house worth more than £300,000 is set to be raffled off as part of the UK’s first ever house competition platform.

Brumpic launches culture card to celebrate city heritage 

3 Nov

Ticket discount deals are in place with 40 venues including The Glee Club, Cadbury World and art gallery Ikon...

Jaguar landmark gets poppy makeover 

1 Nov

F-Type mounted to side of Birmingham factory has been wrapped in special livery to mark Remembrance Sunday and UK tour...

Worcester Presses moves to Dudley 

1 Nov

MAJOR demand from customers in automotive and white goods has helped a Black Country manufacturing specialist relocate, putting it on course for another record year.

MPs debate laws to help electric vehicle manufacturers such as Jaguar Land Rover 

31 Oct

MPs have asked the public for contributions as they debate the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, designed to help firms like JLR succeed...

Raft of promotions at KPMG 

31 Oct

Big Four financial services firm promotes almost 100 staff in its Birmingham office...

Carillion swoops on Wates for new chief executive 

27 Oct

Andrew Davies will join troubled infrastructure group next year as it pushes on with turn around plan following half-year losses...

Airline to create 120 jobs at Birmingham Airport – here’s how to apply 

26 Oct

Recruitment drive started after operator decides to take ground crew roles in house...

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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 »

Number of asthmatics being vaccinated against flu at dangerously low level 

17 Nov

Not enough people with asthma are being vaccinated against the flu virus in the Black Country, despite being eligible for a free jab on the NHS Whist many people are aware that the flu vaccination is free for people aged 65 and over, pregnant...

Copies of consultation with Summerhill school on provision of CCTV installation in the school toilets 

17 Nov

Response by Dudley Council to Mrs Handley on 17 November 2017 .

Large pot hole on the entrance to the college car park, 17th November 

17 Nov

This has been here for several months and is a nuisance when driving into the College.

Copies of consultation with Summerhill school on provision of CCTV installation in the school toilets 

17 Nov

Request sent to Dudley Council by Mrs Handley on 17 November 2017 .

Pot Holes, 16th November 

16 Nov

Several large pot holes spread over 10 meters Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 53 Queens Road, Sedgley Report on FixMyStreet...

Bushes and Trees overhanging Pavement, 16th November 

16 Nov

The bushes and trees are now 90% over the pavement, due to this people cannot walk on it and have to walk in the road.

Ensuring customers are not subject to unnecessary recovery action, additional costs or hardship 

16 Nov

Follow up sent to Dudley Council by Gwyn Worth on 16 November 2017 .

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     on flickr 17 Oct 11
    The remains of the Grade I listed Dudley Castle a Grade I listed building in Dudley, West Midlands.

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