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News
50-foot ‘sun’ to shine at intu Merry Hill, extending the summer. 

26 Sep 18

Britain’s joint hottest summer on record may now have passed, but a giant 50-foot artificial sun is being installed at intu Merry Hill on Thursday (27/09) in a bid to extend the summer and make people happier.


Rugby
Aston Villa favourite fires worrying Jack Grealish warning – and discusses Steve Bruce’s future 

26 Sep 18

Jack Grealish attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur during the summer transfer window…


Blog feature
Dug Up. 

26 Sep 18

Last summer, I took some photos on a grassed area outside the front of my parent’s house.


Rugby
‘Levy won’t be mug enough to pay over the odds’ – Spurs fans react to Jack Grealish’s Aston Villa deal 

25 Sep 18

Jack Grealish was a summer target for Tottenham Hotspur – now he’s set to stay at AVFC…


Blog event
Touring Suitcase Diaries: The Fear of Fear 

24 Sep 18

The summer holidays are over, but there’s still time to pack a suitcase… especially if you’re going on a spooky adventure! We asked Stephanie Ridings, the writer and star of The Fear of Fear a few questions about what goes into her case when …


Saddlers
Zeli Ismail Named in the ‘Team of the Day’ 

24 Sep 18

24-year-old, Albania-born Ismail, a former loanee who returned to the club on a permanent basis over the summer, scored the scored the Saddlers’ second goal in a 2-1 victory over Oxford United as Dean Keates’ side returned to winning ways.


FixMyStreet
Temporary lights not working, 24th September 

24 Sep 18

4 way temporary lights are not working in any direction Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Summer Row, Wolverhampton Report on FixMyStreet…


Blog feature
Title Page 

24 Sep 18

This photo taken inside Coventry Cathedral has been sitting in the first page protector of my Midlands album waiting to be scrapbooked for longer than I can remember.


News
Food allergy schoolgirl Natasha Ednan-Laperouse dies after eating Pret a Manger baguette 

23 Sep 18

The 15-year-old was travelling with her father Nadim, founder and CEO of WOW Toys, for a summer break…


Saddlers
Loan Watch: Sangha & Peters Earn More Match Minutes 

23 Sep 18

Summer signing Slinn is on season-long spell with Rushall Olympic, whilst academy products Cockerill-Mollett, Sangha, and Peters are enjoying short-term stays with AFC Telford United, Ashton United, and Bromsgrove Sporting respectively.


Saddlers
Audio: Keates Delighted as Walsall Get Back to Winning Ways 

22 Sep 18

Walsall-born Keates, who had seen his side suffer their first league defeat of the season in a 4-1 loss to Doncaster Rovers last weekend, spoke of his pride as goals from summer signings Morgan Ferrier, and Zeli Ismail saw the Saddlers get …


Weather
Travel risk tomorrow but what about today? (WS7 weather report 22-9-2018) 

22 Sep 18

It was a mild but overcast start to the day.


Rugby
Concerts in the Park event costs Sutton Coldfield taxpayers £20k more after funding shortfall 

22 Sep 18

Lower ticket sales revenue, grants and sponsorship meant Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council’s showpiece summer event needs a 20k bail out…


News
Trees to tell an interesting tale at Wigginton Park 

21 Sep 18

A COMMUNITY project that has developed a ‘tree trail’ of fantasy stories and characters will be launched at an exciting live event in Wigginton Park on Saturday, October 13.


Rugby
Look who was watching Aston Villa star Jack Grealish against Rotherham United 

19 Sep 18

The Villa midfielder could get an international call despite staying in the Championship amid Premier League interest from Tottenham over the summer…


Blog
Just a quickie 

18 Sep 18

Had cause to go down the garden this evening at about 18.45 and was blessed to hear a sound that I was already missing as sixteen House Martin flew over the garden and away across the Marsh.


Saddlers
Dean Keates Insists Saturday’s Teammate Tussle is ‘Done and Dusted’ 

17 Sep 18

Summer signing Ferrier allowed anger and disappointment to get the better of him as, shortly after James Coppinger had put the visitors 3-1 up, he ran the length of the pitch to remonstrate with Leahy, with the pair having to be separated by…


Rugby
Aston Villa pipped Championship rival to signing this summer 

17 Sep 18

AVFC transfer news includes Blackburn Rovers boss on John McGinn’s transfer from Hibs…


Rugby
Revealed: The role Ross McCormack played in this Aston Villa summer transfer 

17 Sep 18

The striker has been training away from the AVFC first team with his relationship with Steve Bruce irreparable…


Saddlers
Loan Watch: Slinn, Cockerill-Mollett, and Sangha All in Action 

16 Sep 18

Summer signing Slinn is on season-long spell with Rushall Olympic, whilst academy products Vann, Cockerill-Mollett, Sangha, and Peters are enjoying short-term stays with Matlock Town, AFC Telford United, Ashton United, and Bromsgrove Sporting…


Rugby
Better Late………..! 

16 Sep 18

Midlands 7’s – Summer Fund Raiser…


Blog feature
Looking Back 

16 Sep 18

Over the summer I spent a lot of time scrapbooking photos taken locally over the past few years.


Blog feature
A bad tomato harvest 

15 Sep 18

It’s that time of year where I clear out my tomato plants from the greenhouse.


Blog feature
Working for or against Justin ? 

15 Sep 18

I have to ask the question because after the Archbishop of Canterbury (ABC) spoke out against the loan company WONGA in the Summer of 2014 it transpired that the Church of England held shares in it.


Rugby
Cheikh Ndoye has this criticism of Birmingham City 

14 Sep 18

The Senegal international returned to Ansgers on loan from BCFC during the summer…


Rugby
Aston Villa pipped Championship rival to signing of long-term transfer target this summer 

14 Sep 18

AVFC transfer news includes Blackburn Rovers boss on John McGinn’s transfer from Hibs…


Local news
Open Evening at Turves Green Girls’ School 

13 Sep 18

Turves Green Girls’ School is holding an Open Evening on the 18 th September from 6.30pm, Turves Green, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 4BP.


Blog feature
Blog Post: Reflections on a Theme 

13 Sep 18

Since last September the hardworking volunteers at RSPB Sandwell Valley have been working on a small patch of land tucked away between Storytelling Corner and one of our Pond Dipping ponds.


Rugby
Birmingham warned Beast From The East set to return as UK braced for early winter 

13 Sep 18

Birmingham was gripped by skyrocketing temperatures this summer – but snow is coming…


Rugby
Birmingham City ‘misused me’ claims Cheikh Ndoye as midfielder discusses Blues struggles 

13 Sep 18

The Senegal international returned to Ansgers on loan from BCFC during the summer…


News
Man sentenced to seven years imprisonment following a series of crude break-ins in the Jewellery Quarter 

13 Sep 18

A burglar has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment after West Midlands Police linked him to a series of crude break-ins at apartments in the Jewellery Quarter.


News
Summer of free activities helped to get Tamworth fit and sporty 

13 Sep 18

THOUSANDS of children aged two and over have been busy enjoying another exciting programme of free sports and activities during the summer.


Event
End Of Summer Showcase, 15 Sep 2018 

13 Sep 18

15 Sep 2018 – Rock Pop at Hawker Yard Fursty Records brings you their first event with a day time, multi-genre line up.


Blog feature
3rd Warwick Islamic Education Summer School explores Formation of Muslim Female Faith & Educational Leadership 

12 Sep 18

The 3rd Warwick Islamic Education Summer School brought together an enthusiastic group of researchers, practitioners, and community activists representing diverse social, national, educational and linguistic traditions for three days of presentations…


Rugby
Revealed: Former Aston Villa midfielder has been offered this trial 

11 Sep 18

Latest AVFC transfer news includes an update on one of the players released over the summer…


Rugby
86 Premier League players Aston Villa could sign for free next summer 

11 Sep 18

Here’s the full list of Premier League players that are currently out of contract in the summer…


Blog feature
Last Days of Summer 

11 Sep 18

Phew! Doesn’t time fly? I can’t believe it’s been a week since I last blogged.


Rugby
“I didn’t really want to be there” – Aston Villa starlet opens up on first team frustrations 

11 Sep 18

Mitchell Clark joined Port Vale on loan from AVFC in the summer…


Rugby
Here’s what John Terry told Aston Villa’s summer signing 

11 Sep 18

Abraham joined AVFC on loan from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal…


Rugby
86 Premier League players that Aston Villa could sign for free next summer 

11 Sep 18

Here’s the full list of Premier League players that are currently out of contract in the summer…


Rugby
Revealed: Former Aston Villa man has been offered this trial 

10 Sep 18

Latest AVFC transfer news includes an update on one of the players released over the summer…


Rugby
Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn vows to learn from this mistake 

10 Sep 18

The 23-year-old signed for Villa from Hibs in the summer…


Rugby
Moreira, Abraham, Elphick and every other summer transfer at Aston Villa rated 

10 Sep 18

Alex Dicken rates all 10 of Steve Bruce’s big transfers at Aston Villa this summer…


Blog feature
Garden Quick Fixes To Create A Perfect Place 

10 Sep 18

Just because Summer is becoming a distant memory it is no excuse to abandon and neglect our garden.


Weather
Last few days of summer (WS7 weather report 10-9-2018) 

10 Sep 18

Today see the commencement of the last fortnight of summer.


Blog feature
Yew Gardens 

9 Sep 18

It’s been so long since I blogged, I began getting lazy back in the summer as it was so hot, but I did do lots of scrapbooking so hope to share it over the next few weeks.


Blog comment
Picture this: Catching up with the Summer 2018 photo competition 

9 Sep 18

Hey people – for those not on Facebook it’s time for the Summer Photo Competition I’ve been promising this year – I had a terrific response to the new year one, and I promised, especially for those that missed the first one, to run a second …


Saddlers
Loan Watch: Slinn & Vann in FA Cup Action 

9 Sep 18

Stopper Slinn, who joined the Saddlers on a free transfer from Port Vale over the summer, is with Rushall Olympic, whilst academy products Vann, and Peters are with Matlock Town, and Bromsgrove Sporting respectively.


Blog
Quiet is not the word for it! 

9 Sep 18

It must be the doldrums – I’m even counting Tufties! A pleasant Sunday Morning, cooler and overcast so I thought there might be a chance of some passage migrants dropping in.


Rugby
John Terry next club odds: The bookies are pointing at one destination 

9 Sep 18

Terry has been linked with a return to Aston Villa this summer…







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