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GCSEs 2014: Top grades success at Hydesville Tower School 

21 Aug

TOP GCSE grades were celebrated at Hydesville Tower School with sixty per cent of grades achieved by Year 11 pupils either an A*, A or B.


GCSEs 2014: More grades at A or A* than ever before at Barr… 

21 Aug

MORE GCSE grades at A or A* were achieved this year at Barr Beacon School than ever before.


GCSEs 2014: More grades at A or A* than ever before at Barr… 

21 Aug

MORE GCSE grades at A or A* were achieved this year at Barr Beacon School than ever before.


GCSEs 2014: ‘Exceptional’ performances by students at Streetly… 

21 Aug

TWO-THIRDS of students at Streetly Academy achieved five A* to C grades including maths and English.


GCSEs 2014: ‘Exceptional’ performances by students at Streetly… 

21 Aug

TWO-THIRDS of students at Streetly Academy achieved five A* to C grades including maths and English.


Neil Elkes: Labour seize the reins of power in Walsall 

21 Aug

Labour councillors in Walsall saw their 14 years of opposition brought to an abrupt end last week as they seized the reins of power.


GCSEs 2014: Just under a quarter of grades top of class at Abu… 

21 Aug

JUST under a quarter of all grades received by students at Abu Bakr Girls' School were A or A*.


Walsall girl passes maths GCSE with an A at the age of SEVEN and then gets an A-Level aged just TEN 

21 Aug

Esther Okade, from Walsall, is setting her sights on a degree after achieving the astonishing exam double...


GCSEs 2014: 12 high-flyers receive 10 or more top grades at… 

21 Aug

TWELVE students achieved 10 or more top grades in what was a record year for GCSE results at Aldridge School.


Footage of police officers’ collision with pensioner driving… 

21 Aug

WEST Midlands Police has released footage of the moment brave police officers prevented a serious collision when a pensioner drove the wrong way on the M6 toll in Sutton Coldfield.


VIDEO: Police take wrong-way driver head on 

21 Aug

Two traffic officers have been praised for their bravery after stopping a wrong-way driver on the M6 toll.


GCSEs 2014: Record-breaking year for Shire Oak Academy students 

21 Aug

A RECORD-BREAKING year of GCSE results were recorded at Shire Oak Academy.


First glimpse of new Walsall leisure complex 

21 Aug

This is the first glimpse of a new multi-million pound leisure centre which will be built in Walsall Wood.


Caught on camera: Wrong-way driver smashes into police on M6 Toll 

21 Aug

This is the moment a car smashed into a police car after driving the wrong way down the M6 Toll.


Police confirm identity of body found in Burntwood 

21 Aug

A body found in a field was that of a missing woman, police have confirmed.


Police officially confirm body found in Burntwood field as Amanda… 

21 Aug

POLICE have officiallyconfirmed that a body found in a field in Burntwood is that of missing Walsall woman Amanda Hawkins.


WATCH: Moment cops risk head-on collision with car going wrong way along M6 Toll 

21 Aug

Police car crashed into Honda Jazz to bring it to halt on northbound carriageway...


Video: Police in Head-on M6 Toll Crash 

21 Aug

The footage is from an in-car camera police were using at 9.50pm on Tuesday 19th August.


Mum devastated after thieves target Walsall baby’s grave three… 

21 Aug

A DEVASTATED Walsall mum who recently laid her son to rest has spoken of her heartbreak as callous thieves and vandals have targeted his grave three times in two months.


Video: Mum describes terrifying moment M5 coach overturned – breaking her neck 

21 Aug

Sharlodane Beckles suffered a horrific head wound and needed 21 stitches following the motorway smash near Stroud...


‘Dangerous burglar’ from Erdington jailed after being found with… 

20 Aug

A MAN from Erdington who is described as being a dangerous burglar has this week beenjailed after he was found with a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone.


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You can’t trust all you read in the paper… 

22 Aug

Whew - panic over Yesterday, following a report in the Express & Star, I wrote of my concern that the old leisure centre at Oak Park in Walsall Wood would be demolished before a new one was built to replace it.


Demolition, man? 

21 Aug

There was an interesting report in Monday's Express & Star (18th August 2014) which points out the project to replace Oak Park leisure centre in Walsall Wood and the similar facility in Bloxwich is to start 'next month'.


Walsall residents urged to keep an eye-out for distraction duo 

20 Aug

I notice in the last week or so several reports of attempted and possible distraction burglary incidents in Walsall - the most recent report seems to have occurred yesterday - please, if you have and elderly family friends or neighbours, please do ...


THE HORROR: The Four Stages of Comms Facepalm 

19 Aug

We’ve all been there working in comms, marketing, web and PR… the ridiculous request that gets made of you that is dafter than a box of frogs.


Road closure in Brownhills from tomorrow 

19 Aug

I see that tomorrow, Friezland Lane in Shire Oak will be closed from 9am-5pm by Walsall Council for ten days for much needed resurfacing works - this is good news for residents and folk who use this cut through, but may cause delays and disruption to...


New Website for Pheasey Labour 

19 Aug

Due to some issues with blogspot, we are moving the website to https://pheaseylabour.


Another crash on Queslett Road 

18 Aug

This is no real surprise to read of another crash just outside of the Motorway bridge.


War. What is it good for? 

17 Aug

A hundred years after the war to end all wars began, we haven't grown out of this? That's not good enough.


Back where it all began 

17 Aug

I am very pleased and honoured to present today this lengthy but detailed work by eminent local historian Gerald Reece, who wrote what has to be the greatest work on Brownhills, 'A walk in Walk Into History'.


The Woodmen get back on track 

17 Aug

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 16th August 2014) saw Walsall Wood face Heath Hayes at Oak Park, in a hotly anticipated FA Cup match - this is always a bit of a notorious pairing, and the blog football correspondent Bill Shaw was, as ever, in ...


A late one just in – Aldridge Transport Museum Open Day today! 

17 Aug

I'm very, very late with this but today (17th August 2014) Aston Manor Road Transport Museum just off Northgate, Aldridge will be a hive of activity again as they hold a running day celebrating 100 years of Guy busses.


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Air pressure reducing as the week closes 

21 Aug

The barometer is showing that the air pressure is reducing slowly and the isobar charts are also identifying that a low pressure system, currently centered over north Scotland, will be beginning a journey south over the next few days.


Similar to May 

20 Aug

The jet stream is still sitting on the southern edge of the UK and this mean that for our area the cooler northern climate is dominating.


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Features »

Have your say on Walsall Council’s budget 

21 Aug

Council bosses in Walsall have launched their budget consultation as they start to prepare proposals that will save £85 million over the next four years.


SWALLOW DORETTI NEWS LETTER 

21 Aug

I could publish all of the Doretti Newsletters, but I won’t unless asked! However I will publish number 1 and the final one available Number 255, Here! NEWSLETTER No.


The story of my 1954 Swallow Doretti, chassis # 1118 

21 Aug

Here is the story of Number 118 off the production Line .


Well twist my nipples and send me to Venus 

21 Aug

From one end of the emotional scale to the other, I have been offered a job.


Family Fun Day 

21 Aug

Don’t miss the Bank Holiday fun at Walsall Leather Museum on 25th August, as we see the summer holidays out with style with our annual family fun day.


Thanks Bugle for reuniting me with friend of 57 years ago 

21 Aug

I AM writing to say a big thank you to The Bugle and its readers for all their help.


GCSE results: A star performance 

20 Aug

Our pupils are celebrating achieving more A* or A GCSE grades than ever before.


SWALLOW DORETTI ADDS October 1954 

20 Aug

  Sorry unable to produce this adpage any lardger without it being out of focus.


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ANTON REID FOUNDATION: BLACK TIE EVENT 

21 Aug

The Anton Reid Foundation have released details of this years 'Black Tie Event', which will be held at Walsall Football Clubs Banks's Stadium on Saturday 4th October 2014.


The Guest Blog – Season 2, Episode 5 

21 Aug

The Guest Blog - Season 2, Episode 5 Vitalfootball:Walsall:21/08/2014 19:25:00 Our regular blogger, Adam Guest, ponders how do you solve a problem like Romaine...


Bradshaw enjoying time at Walsall 

21 Aug

New Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw says playing for the Saddlers has lived up to his expectations and is a pleasure.


BLOG: STRENGTH AND DEPTH 

21 Aug

In the latest of his regular blogs Scott Brotherton takes a look at the Walsall's start to the season, and considers whether the Saddlers have the depth of squad to get a winning run going.


HIGHLIGHTS: GRIMSBY TOWN U18 0 WALSALL U18 4 

21 Aug

Yesterday evening, Walsall Football Club's Under 18's side travelled to Blundell Park to take on Grimsby Town Under 18's in the Midland Youth Cup, with a place in the semi-final up for grabs.


WALSALL LFC LINK-UP WITH SUPPORTERS’ TRUST 

21 Aug

Walsall Ladies Football Club have today announced a link-up between the club and  Walsall Football Supporters' Trust , aimed at promoting both sides and building stronger partnerships between all levels of the club and its supporters.


IN BRIEF: SMITH LOOKS AHEAD TO LEYTON ORIENT 

21 Aug

Walsall Football Club manager Dean Smith has today spoken to the club's official website and offered his thought's on the upcoming Sky Bet League One fixture, away to Leyton Orient.


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Sport »

WELCOME RETURN FOR KATY JANE 

21 Aug

MORE TOP CLASS DALES LANE ENTERTAINMENT...


Under 10s Panthers Girls – live band fundraiser. 

21 Aug

Our Under 10s Panthers Girls are hosting a team fund raiser at the clubhouse on September 19th – doors open at 7.


U12s Saturday Team begin their preparations 

21 Aug

Wyrley Juniors u12 (Saturday) begin their preparations with a trip to Coventry Copsewood this weekend, the team will be without a few players Tom Roberts into the squad.


BDO major spots available in Wolverhampton 

21 Aug

BDO major spots available in Wolverhampton...


Brewood reach the Black Country T20 final 

21 Aug

Brewood battled through the fog to defeat Stourbridge and book their place in the final on a dramatic night at the Black Country Twenty20 tournament.


Lichfield City FC hoping to keep unbeaten league run going 

21 Aug

Lichfield City FC Lichfield City FC will need to put their FA Cup heroics behind them as they return to league action.


Darlaston in seventh heaven 

21 Aug

Worcester Olympic 1 Darlaston 7DARLASTON quickly banished the disappointment of last week's result with a dominant and emphatic win in the Worcestershire countryside.


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West Midlands SMEs invited to exhibit at huge hospital networking day 

21 Aug

On Thursday 9 October health sector chiefs, procurement leaders and senior design teams from some of the UK’s largest construction firms will converge on West Bromwich for ‘Meet the hospital bidders’.


Made in the Midlands appoint Chief Operating Officer 

21 Aug

The industry body that promotes manufacturing and engineering has also promoted one of its founding group Directors into a key role in the business to lead the march of the makers.


BREAKING NEWS: Carillion calls off Balfour Beatty merger 

20 Aug

WOLVERHAMPTON-based construction group Carillion has called off its merger with rival Balfour Beatty after the latter rejected a revised offer.


Unpredictable economy makes interest rate decision difficult says WBS academic 

20 Aug

THE UK economy remains difficult to predict, which is why policy makers at the Bank of England remain split over when to raise interest rates, a Warwickshire academic has said.


Expectations remain high for manufacturing growth over next quarter 

20 Aug

EXPECTATIONS for manufacturing output growth in the next three months remain strong, despite an easing in the rate of expansion over the past quarter, a new report claims.


Bank split over interest rate rise 

20 Aug

TWO members of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) have voted for a 0.25% hike in interest rates in the first split vote on rates since July 2011, it was disclosed today.


Balfour rejects latest merger bid by Carillion 

20 Aug

Support services group dealt latest, and possibly, final blow in its bid to secure a deal to create construction giant...


Balfour Beatty rejects revised merger offer from Carillion 

20 Aug

UK construction firm Balfour Beatty has rejected a revised merger offer from Wolverhamptons Carillion claiming the deal poses a risk to the business and fails to accept compromise over the sale...


Lifestyle: Motoring – Jaguar XE; Lexus RC F; Audi A7 

19 Aug

JAGUAR Land Rover is keeping full details of its most important car for decades under wraps until its official launch next month.


Carillion ups ante with improved offer for Balfour Beatty 

19 Aug

Black Country support services makes latest bid to tempt rival into merger deal with 36 per cent premium on previous valuation...


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Outdoors »

August 21st – For some reason, of late the Canada geese really… 

21 Aug

August 21st - For some reason, of late the Canada geese really have taken a shine to the marina in Silver Street, Brownhills.


August 21st – A grey and depressing day with a heavy, punishing… 

21 Aug

August 21st - A grey and depressing day with a heavy, punishing wind.


August 20th – In late summer, in an overcast moment, Coppice (or… 

21 Aug

August 20th - In late summer, in an overcast moment, Coppice (or Goblin) Woods between Walsall Wood and Shelfield are silent, dark and beautiful.


August 20th – I had to pop into Walsall for some bits and pieces… 

21 Aug

August 20th - I had to pop into Walsall for some bits and pieces on my way home, and so I rode up Church Hill and down the marketplace.


August 19th – This is Victoria Park in Darlaston, once a railway… 

20 Aug

August 19th - This is Victoria Park in Darlaston, once a railway line.


August 18th – He was only a kitten, really; a sharp eyed, keen… 

19 Aug

August 18th - He was only a kitten, really; a sharp eyed, keen whiskered black and white mog exploring his world.


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POLL: Who do you want to win Celebrity Big Brother? 

21 Aug

The new Celebrity Big Brother series began on Tuesday 19th and the upgraded Borehamwood bungalow is now home to 14 brand new famous faces.


Bullring Bloggers Event 

19 Aug

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Bullring Bloggers event.


Connecting Futures 

18 Aug

Connecting Futures Bringing together housing association customers to revolutionise the customer experience.


Saddle-sore cyclists complete Severn Valley challenge 

18 Aug

More than 150 cyclists have biked round some of the West Midlands’ most beautiful countryside in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice.


I fell out of love with Lua 

16 Aug

I used to like Lua a lot and now I don’t.


Prison staff run lottery in aid of Macmillan 

16 Aug

Macmillan Cancer Support would like to say a huge thank you to Featherstone prison for their generous donation of £200 to the charity.


Final push for bike ride 

14 Aug

Bikers have till Thursday 14 August to sign up for the annual Severn Valley Cycle Challenge.


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Brave traffic police bring wrong way M6 motorist to a safe stop 

21 Aug

Brave traffic police bring wrong way M6 motorist to a safe stop Dramatic footage shows the moment brave police officers prevented a serious collision on the M6 toll after a car travelled the wrong way on the northbound carriageway towards oncoming...


Industrial action 

8 Aug

Update issued at 2.05pm Saturday 9 August: This lunchtime’s two-hour strike by firefighters ended at 2pm.


There goes my gun… 

18 Jul

We’re holding a firearms amnesty between July 19th and August 2nd 2014 during which people can turn over weapons without fear of being prosecuted for gun possession.


News Update 11 July 

11 Jul

I made the mistake of having a few days off and came back to a mountain of work so my Facebook posts have been a little thin this week!  Here is a selection of what I have been able to upload.


Firefighters’ strikes 

11 Jul

Update issued at 8.05am Monday 14 July: During this morning's two-hour strike by firefighters, which ended at 8am, we had 13 fire engines and one Brigade Response Vehicle available to deploy.


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LocalGov »

Tampering with social services records 

21 Aug

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Mr k Hopkins on 21 August 2014 .


Walsall students celebrate GCSE reults 

21 Aug

GCSE pass rates are mixed across Walsall schools, results issued today have revealed.


Have your say on Walsall Council’s budget 

21 Aug

Council bosses in Walsall have launched their budget consultation as they start to prepare proposals that will save £85 million over the next four years.


Try your hand at countryside crafts 

20 Aug

From corn dollies to besom brooms - with a willow reindeer for good measure - a host of countryside craft sessions are being run in Walsall over the next few months.


Wooden Cabinet dumped on corner of Booth St/Stanley St, 19th August 

19 Aug

Large cabinet was dumped on Monday 18/8/14.


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