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​Woman seen drinking wine AND on her phone while driving in… 

22 Feb

A WOMAN has shockingly been seen driving while drinking a bottle of wine and using her phone in Walsall.


"Forgotten" Syrian refugees to receive aid from Walsall… 

22 Feb

KIND-HEARTED Walsall charity workers are heading to Greece to hand out presents to "forgotten young Syrian refugees this weekend.


‘Worst I’ve seen’ – disgrace as black bags dumped at… 

21 Feb

BUNDLES of black rubbish bags have been dumped at a notorious fly-tipping hotspot with a local resident calling it the worst he's ever seen.


Travellers move on to ANOTHER Walsall car park, this time… 

21 Feb

TRAVELLERS have moved on to another car park in Walsall.


WEATHER WARNING: Dangerous storm set to bring damage and… 

21 Feb

AMBER ALERT: Very strong winds between 70 to 80mph are being predicted as Storm 'Doris' heads for the West Midlands - with warnings it could mean injuries and DANGER TO LIFE.


Driver of crash which killed young Walsall man Ryan Coney ‘lost… 

21 Feb

POLICE say a crash which tragically killed a young Walsall man could have happened because of the driver losing control, an inquest heard.


Work on multi-million pound new Walsall Manor unit to start soon… 

20 Feb

BUILDING work on a new multi million pound Walsall Manor unit is set to start soon after funding from the NHS was released.


England cricketer Joe Root comes to the University of Wolverhampt… 

20 Feb

ASPIRING young Walsall cricketers were bowled over after meeting the new England Test captain Joe Root this week.


Sewage outbreak in Walsall caused by fishing rod 

20 Feb

A FISHING rod caused a stink in Walsall after it forced a sewer to overflow.


Tributes to West Bromwich Albion fan and Walsall schoolboy Joshua… 

20 Feb

HEARTBREAKING tributes have been paid to a Walsall schoolboy found unconscious in his bedroom.


​Teens injured after taxi crash at junction of Wolverhampton Road… 

20 Feb

TWO teenagers were injured after a taxi and car crashed in Walsall last weekend.


Thousands of litres of suspect alcohol seized in raids across the… 

17 Feb

THOUSANDS of litres of suspected illicit alcohol have been seized in raids across the West Midlands and the North West including in Walsall, Great Barr and Erdington.


​Teens arrested after early morning Walsall raid 

17 Feb

FIVE teenagers have been arrested after early morning raids across the West Midlands including Walsall.


House fire in Clare Road, Walsall caused by tumble dryer fault 

17 Feb

A HOUSE fire in Walsall this morning (Friday, February 17) was caused by a tumble dryer fault, firefighters have confirmed.


How much is council tax going up in your area? Search your… 

17 Feb

YOU can now see how much your council tax is set to rise this year with our COUNCIL TAX CALCULATOR.


JCB forklift catches fire in Walsall 

16 Feb

FIREFIGHTERS were called to deal with a JCB forklift on fire in Walsall yesterday (Thursday, February 15).


Arson feared after burnt-out vehicle is dumped near Barr Beacon 

16 Feb

FIREFIGHTERS believe a car was deliberately torched on a country lane off Barr Beacon with police now launching an investigation.


Autistic teenager suffers horrific injuries in Walsall street… 

16 Feb

AN autistic teenager who suffered horrific facial injuries in a suspected robbery has said she is now too frightened to go outside.


Petition calls for safety measures at ‘vile’ Walsall junction… 

16 Feb

CAMPAIGNERS have launched a petition calling for increased safety measures at a 'vile and dangerous crossing' after a baby suffered serious injuries when hit by a car.


Mother and son from Walsall arrested over claims she faked her… 

15 Feb

A WALSALL teenager and his mum have been arrested for allegedly faking her death.


Baby girl ‘seriously injured’ after being hit by car in Pinfold… 

15 Feb

A BABY girl has been 'seriously injured' after being hit by a car in Walsall, paramedics have confirmed.


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Comment »

Who ate all the pies? 

22 Feb

When the manufactured scandal has blown over and the dust has settled, the name of Sutton United`s reserve goalkeeper will return mercifully to deserved obscurity in about the same time as it takes to invent another scandal for the back pages of ...


Appeal – do you know Barbara Roberts, formerly of Valley View? 

22 Feb

Hi folks, an unusual enquiry please but I hope it's one the readership might be able to help with.


Bogus gardeners operating once more in Brownhills – be vigilant 

21 Feb

Reader Andy from Shire Oak has been in touch who is very concerned and upset that his mother was conned by bogus 'gardeners' who claimed to have cut her back hedge and then charged an extortionate fee.


Corby 

21 Feb

To: Gaz From: Baz 2 hours ago Message: This has come straight from Rupert...


Is the Walsall Buy to Let Market Over-Saturated? 

20 Feb

If I were a buy to let landlord in Walsall today, I might feel a little bruised by the assault made on my wallet after being (and continuing to be) ransacked over the last 12 months by HM Treasury’s tax changes on buy to let.


Historic England refuse Great Barr Hall planning application 

20 Feb

It is not widely known but Historic England submitted a further response to Walsall Council on 29 November 2016, about the Great Barr Hall and parkland planning application.


The Portman Collection – part three: Final forms, and on with the sport 

19 Feb

In the third serialised article of what will turn out to be quite a few, here's the next three photos from Walsall Wood Secondary School in the 1950s with accompanying notes, as introduced in this blog post here - This time, I am including the ...


A message of thanks from the Shed 

19 Feb

Just a quick note to than friends of the blog Steve Hames from SJH Computing and Ray Johnson who helped Aldridge Shed project with donated computer hardware following their recent request for help, which I publicised here on the blog.


I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again… 

19 Feb

Never argue with an idiot.


Update on recent Chasewater Dam works from Andy Dennis 

19 Feb

There's ongoing interest in the drainage works taking place at Chasewater Dam, and I'm indebted to reader and top blog contributor Andy Dennis who's kindly sent me another bunch of pictures and a short video of what's going on.


Woodmen fight Coventry United for a well-earned draw 

19 Feb

Walsall Wood FC were at home to Coventry United yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 18th February 2017), and much to the relief of the hard-pressed faithful, they Woodmen pulled off a hard-fought draw.


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    Pratts Mill Railway Aqueduct on the Wyrley and Essington Canal in Bloxwich, Walsall, West Midlands.

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A breezy day (WS7weather report 22-2-2017) 

22 Feb

It is a breezy start to the morning and these increased wind speeds will remain with us for much of the daylight hours.


Reducing air pressure (WS7weather report 21-2-2017) 

21 Feb

It is another mild start to the day with the air temperature at 06:30 hours already at 10c.


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Features »

Health & Happiness 

22 Feb

Filed under: Uncategorized...


First Timers and Record Breakers – 18 February 2017 

21 Feb

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Jonathan CRAMPTON 24:27 Charlotte GARNER 31:56 Anita HOLLAND 25:45 Steve MASON 32:41 Amanda WALLACE 26:22 Jayne MASON 33:47 Lucy A FARRINGTON 26:41 Joshua RICKELS 34:14 Sharmila ...


UFOs & Radar: The 1950s 

21 Feb

Over at Mysterious Universe , I take a look at three intriguing radar-based UFO encounters from the 1950s...


Activities Week 2017 

21 Feb

Activities Week 2017...


How to get your work selected for an Open Exhibition 

20 Feb

Yesterday I was lucky enough to be selecting for Open All Media at RBSA, it was my fist time and I was on a panel with 4 very experienced artists.


Basque Pork – Essington style. 

20 Feb

I’m not a foodie but I do like cooking and of course eating the results.


A weekend away with the Toyota C-HR 

20 Feb

Last weekend we had the pleasure of test driving the new Toyota C-HR, a beautiful beast of a hybrid car that simply wowed me.


Going back to Edinburgh 

20 Feb

Back in December 2004, Greg and I celebrated Hogmanay on Princes Street in Edinburgh.


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Walsall FC »

Morris ready to step up 

22 Feb

Morris ready to step up Vitalfootball:Walsall:22/02/2017 18:41:00 Walsall's Kieron Morris is hoping to impress after his first start in months against Peterborough United.


Oztumer delighted with home form 

22 Feb

Oztumer delighted with home form Vitalfootball:Walsall:22/02/2017 18:30:00 Playmaker Oztumer describes the Saddlers' recent home form as 'scary'.


Oztumer – “We’re Going into Every Game Like it’s Our Last” 

22 Feb

Walsall attacker Erhun Oztumer has spoken to club journalists and discussed the Saddlers' recent spell of form, which has seen them move further away from the relegation zone and cement a place in the chase for the Play-Off places, insisting...


Cela’s Strike Gives Walsall the Win Over Morecambe 

22 Feb

On Wednesday afternoon John Ward's Walsall Development side played host to Morecambe Reserves in the latest Central League (North West) fixture of the season.


Morris Keen to Make the Most of His Starting Spell 

22 Feb

Walsall winger Kieron Morris, who has returned to the starting line-up following the injury to Flo Cuvelier, has spoken to club journalists and discussed his desire to make the most of his opportunity, as he seeks to earn a permanent starting...


Luke Hatfield’s Walsall update – Feb 22nd 

22 Feb

Luke Hatfield offers the latest Walsall video update.


Walsall togetherness key in upturn of form says Kieron Morris 

22 Feb

Kieron Morris believes Walsall’s togetherness has been the main reason for their upturn in form.


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Sport »

Villa out of PP League Cup 

22 Feb

Alvechurch 4 Pelsall Villa 1...


Players wanted 

21 Feb

Our U11s Lazers Boys and U10s Pumas girls have a couple of spaces abvailable for new players.


Public Liability Insurance 2016/17 

21 Feb

The club’s Public Liability Insurance document is attached.


Local Disability Teams reach Regional Finals of The FA People’s Cup 

21 Feb

Sunday 19th February 2017 saw Staffordshire FA host the local disability heats of The FA People’s Cup which provided participants with the opportunity to later play at Wembley Stadium...


Match day for Villa 

21 Feb

League Cup Tie at Alvechurch tonight.


The FA & McDonald’s looking for Community Football Day venues 

20 Feb

The FA is working with its Official Community Partner McDonald’s to celebrate grassroots football and create opportunities to play for all across England.


Lennox Clarke still undefeated after hard fought victory 

20 Feb

Lennox Clarke made it 15 professional victories as he defeated the resilient Bartlomiej Grafka in what was his toughest test to date at Walsall FC on Friday evening writes James Eley.


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Business »

New Range Rover needs to be a winner 

22 Feb

Prof David Bailey says latest car from Jaguar Land Rover is entering a sector dominated by big German marques...


Jaguar Land Rover set to launch all-new Range Rover model 

22 Feb

Jaguar Land Rover has teased the launch of its latest new product, a mid-range Range Rover, in what is seen as another major boost for the West Midlands motor industry.


Canadian fund plans to reduce stake in Birmingham Airport 

22 Feb

The private sector investor in Birmingham Airport is looking to sell a minority stake to take advantage of its current attractiveness.


Revealed: First look at new Range Rover 

22 Feb

Jaguar Land Rover gives a glimpse of latest addition to the Range Rover family ahead of big unveiling next week...


City council pleads for investors to bolster Innovation Birmingham 

21 Feb

Birmingham City Council is hunting for a new investor to ensure the pioneering work conducted at Innovation Birmingham Campus can continue.


Controversial business rate changes will boost Midlands economy, insists Sajid Javid 

20 Feb

Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid insists tax changes will benefit Midlands employers as Government faces rebellion over impact on the south...


Brexit and UK car manufacturing: Industry expert David Bailey gives inaugural lecture 

20 Feb

Leading UK car industry expert and media commentator talks Brexit and the implications for industrial policy in his inaugural lecture for Aston University.


Tata Steel invests £4m in Black Country factory 

20 Feb

Steel group has created new high-tech robotic welding line at its service centre in Wednesfield...


Councillors fail to buy into new supermarket scheme 

17 Feb

Plans to build a discount supermarket next to a giant Asda store on the outskirts of Birmingham have been rejected by councillors.


Wasps out to sting the opposition after securing new JLR deal 

17 Feb

A Coventry sports team has secured a new sponsorship deal from one of the citys best known businesses.


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Outdoors »

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 

22 Feb

1220 - 1320 showery, 9c : Little Egret 3, GC Grebe 4, Cormorant 5, M.


February 21st – Unfortunately, I forget my camera so just one… 

22 Feb

February 21st - Unfortunately, I forget my camera so just one picture for today, and that’s not brilliant, sorry.


Tuesday 21st February 2017 

21 Feb

0940 - 1220 cloudy, 10c : Little Egret 4, Oystercatcher 3, Lapwing 60, Goosander 8, Wigeon 8, Pochard 6, Tufted 30, Teal 21, GC Grebe 3, M.


My mate the Paparazi ! 

21 Feb

I have said before that although I may get all the credit, running a blog is actually a strange sort of team effort.


February 19th – I had to be in work on a Sunday, unusually,… 

21 Feb

February 19th - I had to be in work on a Sunday, unusually, early in the morning.


Monday 20th February 2017 

20 Feb

1330 - 1400 cloudy, 13c : Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 52, Wigeon 6, Pochard 4, Tufted 28, GC Grebe 2, Common Gull 3, Heron 2, Cormorant 8.


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Cult classic Trainspotting to be brought to Nuneaton stage 

20 Feb

A CULT classic will be brought to life on a Nuneaton stage by a company renowned for pushing the theatrical boundaries.


Review: Thoroughly Modern Millie at New Alexandra Theatre in… 

15 Feb

LOVE was well and truly in the air on Valentine's night as little Millie Dillmount, played by Strictly Come Dancing winner Joanne Clifton, eventually found her man, albeit not the one she first hoped for.


Jack Whitehall’s new show ‘At Large’ at Birmingham’s Genting… 

13 Feb

THIS year sees one of the UK's brightest comedic talents return to the stand-up stage as Jack Whitehall announced an extension to his biggest ever tour.


Prepare to scream for the Dreamboys 

3 Feb

PREPARE to scream for The Dreamboys in what promises to be their sexiest show to date when it arrives at The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry later this year.


PREVIEW: Wonderland at New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham 

3 Feb

FOLLOWING sold out international seasons in Tampa, Texas and Tokyo, the multi Grammy, Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated Frank Wildhorn's Wonderland comes to Birmingham next week, as part of its UK and European premire.


Visit My Mosque Sunday 5th February 

29 Jan

The post Visit My Mosque Sunday 5th February appeared first on Aisha Mosque Islamic Centre .


Birmingham date for Kaiser Chiefs 

19 Jan

FRESH from a run of sold-out summer shows and a headline slot at this year's V Festival, Kaiser Chiefs have announced a brand new single Hole in my Soul and their first UK arena tour in two years in support of the forthcoming album Stay Together.


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999 »

Brave bobby receives award after helping children from burning bus 

20 Feb

A brave West Midlands Police officer who helped evacuate schoolchildren after their bus burst into flames has received an award.


Teens arrested in early morning raids 

16 Feb

Stab vests, knives, drugs and a suspected stolen motor bike were among the haul in early morning raids across Birmingham today (Thursday 16 February).


Woman (79) in hospital after bag snatch – help us catch callous thief 

15 Feb

A pensioner has been left bruised, battered and facing a lengthy hospital stay after a cold-hearted bag thief attacked her in a Coventry street.


Police appeal for help to find missing man 

15 Feb

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 60-year-old patient who went missing from University Hospital in Coventry yesterday afternoon.


Appeal after man dies in Walsall collision 

12 Feb

Police are appealing for information after a man died when a car hit a wall in Pelsall last night (Saturday 11 February).


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LocalGov »

Primary exclusions in Walsall 

22 Feb

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Kristofor karolski on 22 February 2017 .


Reduced overall benefit cap- numbers and average benefit deduction 

22 Feb

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Robert Claridge on 22 February 2017 .


Current Social Care System 

22 Feb

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Michelle Large on 22 February 2017 .


30cm hole in footpath, 21st February 

21 Feb

For at least 2 years, their has been a hole in the footpath, with a rock badly placed inside to try and prevent injury.


Caravan left on land which they don’t own when they have a driveway on another street, 21st February 

21 Feb

Caravan has been left on Laburnum Close, whereas the house they own and their driveway is on spinney close Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 5 Laburnum Close, Pelsall Report on FixMyStreet...


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