Black Country news and blogs Tuesday 5 May 2015

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Midland hospitals set to overspend by £100 million – sparking fears of staff and bed cuts 

4 May

Health trusts are running up massive deficits, leaked figures show - and could be forced to cut services or sack staff...

WATCH: ‘Utterly sublime’ singing Bloxwich teen becomes internet sensation 

4 May

A teenager with the voice of an angel has become an overnight sensation after a video featuring her singing in a church has gone viral.

Firefighters heading for National Memorial Arboretum ceremony 

4 May

Hundreds of firefighters from across the country will be in Alrewas for a ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Walsall mugging victim, 76, dragged along floor 

4 May

A pensioner was dragged along the floor and left in the road after being mugged in broad daylight just minutes from her front door.

Plug is pulled on towering Willenhall pylon 

4 May

Work to remove an electricity pylon that towers over homes has started.

Delays at Walsall Manor A&E cost trust £1m in fines 

4 May

Delays at Walsall Manor Hospital’s AE have cost more than £1 million in fines within 12 months, it has emerged.

Mice infested Walsall store hit with £4,400 court bill 

4 May

The owner of a grocery store which was temporarily closed down by environmental health officers after they found a mouse infestation has been handed a bill of more than £4,400.

Drivers warned of overnight closures on M54 

4 May

Overnight closures on the M54 will affect drivers this week.

Nursing home in Walsall ordered to remove its CCTV cameras 

4 May

A NURSING home which installed CCTV cameras in its communal areas without fully following guidelines has been told to switch them off.

Coventry Factory Fire 

4 May

The fire brigade had 60 calls reporting a huge plume of smoke from United Footwear on Holbrook Lane.

Bank Holiday Monday weather: Dry, bright with warm sunshine 

4 May

Today will be a largely dry and bright day with pleasant periods of warm sunshine.

Great Birmingham 10k Run: Did you make our bumper gallery of runners? 

3 May

We celebrate the achievements of city's athletes and run runners at inaugural 10k challenge...

Inspectors order two Walsall schools to improve 

3 May

Two Walsall schools have been told to improve by Ofsted inspectors.

Nod to 170 new homes on former landmark Walsall factory site 

3 May

A major multi-million pound scheme to build 170 new homes on the site of a former landmark factory has been approved.

School says Walsall stabbing rumours ‘are false’ 

3 May

FEARS that a boy had been stabbed at a Walsall school turned out to be a 'false alarm', education bosses said this week.

Doreen Tipton: How Wayne Rooney can cure Britain’s poverty problem 

2 May

Lazy Cow Doreen Tipton tackles Britain's poverty problem...

Community centre garden gets a makeover thanks to Pheasey… 

2 May

Builders have teamed up with local residents to give a fantastic facelift to a Pheasey community centre.

Baby girl joy for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 

2 May

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has given birth to a baby girl.

Smelly garden earns court fines for Walsall couple who allowed… 

2 May

A Walsall couple who allowed dog faeces to fester in their back garden have been fined after complaints from long-suffering neighbours.

Walsall pensioner conned out of £1,100 in courier scam 

2 May

A pensioner from Walsall was conned of £1,100 from his bank accounts as part of a courier scam by someone pretending to be a police officer.

Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion violence: Three men avoid jail after derby day pub clash 

2 May

Rival groups clashed at the Rose Villa Tavern when glasses, bar stools and punches all thrown...

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You are getting sleepy 

5 May

Ask any reasonably competent comedy stage hypnotist how he or she can seemingly control minds, they will lie and say that it is a mysterious gift...

Walsall North Tories – Reckless use of residents personal data 

4 May

Things have started to hot up over the weekend in as much as we are beginning to see some stuff from other Parties in porches as our teams go round New Invention and Short Heath.

Sins of the Fathers: A Rant against laziness and an apology 

4 May

I want to apologise to the young people of Aldridge.

Valerie campaigns in St Matthew’s 

4 May

“Yesterday I was campaigning in St Matthew’s with Eileen Russell and friends from Walsall North.

Ninety years, a true Brownhills sportsman 

4 May

Not many of my generation or younger would realise, but Brownhills has quite an illustrious sporting history - from the likes of top footballer Dicky Dorsett 'The Brownhills Bomber', to Cecil Poynton; we were home to notable motorcyclists, drivers ...

On the doorstep 

4 May

If you are fed up with election leaflets comprising of an airbrushed photograph, vague platitudes and rank negativity, spare a thought for the candidates who need to have them delivered...

Chasewater Rangers Rant Spring 2015 

3 May

I'm doing this one following requests on social media - the Chasewater Rangers Rant newsletter for Spring 2015, and it's rather good, I have to say - paper copies are available free from the Innovation Centre.

25 Reasons to Vote Labour 

3 May


Heroes and Villans 

3 May

Well, you can't keep a good man down, and never was the adage more true than with Bill Shaw, when this surprise match report plopped in to my inbox last night.

Walsall Wood U18s beat Bilston Town at Oak Park 

3 May

Last Thursday evening (30th April 2015) the young David Evans was invited to the Walsall Wood Under 18s home match against Bilston Town - with the first time season over, and the Youth Team performing so well, we thought an insight into their game ...

Blue Badges Fast Tracked 

3 May

Diane Coughlan: Cabinet members for Social Care People with disabilities who rely on a car for mobility are to get a fast tracked service in future as Walsall Council speeds up its systems to handle almost 5000 applications for blue badges each year.

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  • Halloween, Wood Street, Willenhall 31/10/2014

     on flickr 31 Oct 14
    This is the Victorian cemetery in Wood Street, Willenhall near Walsall.

    This cemetery includes the grave of Dr Tonks, Willenhall’s own dedicated and accomplished Victorian surgeon.

    Dr Tonks was born

Yourweather Walsall

Bank Holiday Monday Weather (4-5-2015) 

4 May

Today starts off very bright and the air pressure is rising rapidly although it is still only just above 1000mb and is, therefore, still considered to be low air pressure.

Bank holiday Sunday weather 

3 May

The day has certainly started off with plenty of rainfall.

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Come and say hello at BritmumsLive 2015 

5 May

I’ve been incredibly lucky enough this year to secure my ticket for BritmumsLive via my fantastic sponsor ISA Holistics , specialising in pre-natal and baby yoga classes based in Wolverhampton, West Midlands.


4 May

Willenhall Town Football CLub grabs some more silverware – Winners of the BF Midweek Floodlit Cup! BFA Midweek Floodlit Cup Winners – Willenhall Town Football Club Photo courtesy of Willenhal Town FC, copyright Karl Fryer ( Used...

Willenhall gets its own rock!! 

4 May

You can now get Willenhall Rock!! Yes, thats right!! WILLENHALL ROCK Many thanks Evelyn Burgess of Traditional Sweets in Market Place, Willenhall ( the old Market Travern) for stocking the delicious tasting rock! We are comitted to to Flying the Flag...

Tomorrow: Roswell Slides Day 

4 May

For those who know, don't know, care or don't care, tomorrow is the day the so-called Roswell Slides get unveiled in Mexico.

Creature Weekend – Photos 

4 May

This past weekend I was at the Creature Weekend gig at Salt Fork State Park, Cambridge, Ohio.

Living Arrows 2015 – Week 18 

4 May

Living Arrows – Week 18 We’ve had another busy week here in the Shilton household.

Meal Planning Monday 4th May 2015 

4 May

Hurrah for the Bank Holiday! This weekend has been brilliant as I’ve been away in Leeds on my friends hen do.

Pub #15: The Posada 

3 May

This is one of my Poly haunts so I’ve been going in here since 1979 when it was run by a Sikh chap who spoke like my Uncle.

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Walsall Legend Labels Performance “A Disgrace” 

4 May

Walsall Legend Labels Performance A Disgrace Vitalfootball:Walsall:04/05/2015 16:07:00 Legendary goalkeeper Jimmy Walker labels 'performance' a disgrace...

Wacka: Defeat Was a Disgrace 

4 May

Former Walsall Football Club goalkeeper and current all-time appearance record holder Jimmy Walker has take to Twitter to brand the Saddlers' 8-2 final day defeat to league champions Bristol City a 'disgrace'.

HIGHLIGHTS: Bristol City 8 Walsall 2 

4 May

On Sunday afternoon Walsall Football Club travelled to Ashton Gate to take on Sky Bet League 1 champions Bristol City in the final game of the season.

Smith to Meet With Out-of-Contract Stars 

4 May

Walsall manager Dean Smith has revealed that he plans to sit down with the club's soon-to-be out-of-contract players tomorrow (Tuesday) in a bid to secure his core players ahead of the 2015/16 Football League campaign.

Bristol City EIGHT Walsall 2 – Report 

4 May

Bristol City EIGHT Walsall 2 - Report Vitalfootball:Walsall:04/05/2015 10:44:00 Embarassing, pathetic, lacklustre Walsall thrashed by champions Bristol City.

Stats: Bristol City v Walsall 

4 May

Stats: Bristol City v Walsall Vitalfootball:Walsall:04/05/2015 10:34:00 All the stats from Bristol City (8) vs (2) Walsall, Ashton Gate, 03/05/15 Att: 11,960...

Out Of Contract Stars To Learn Fate Tomorrow 

4 May

Out Of Contract Stars To Learn Fate Tomorrow Vitalfootball:Walsall:04/05/2015 09:32:00 Should they stay or should they go? Walsall boss Dean Smith will sit down with out of contract stars tomorrow.

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4 May

Willenhall Town Football CLub grabs some more silverware – Winners of the BF Midweek Floodlit Cup! BFA Midweek Floodlit Cup Winners – Willenhall Town Football Club Photo courtesy of Willenhal Town FC, copyright Karl Fryer ( Used...


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06/05/15 Willenhall Town vs Pegasus Juniors WMRL ko 7-45pm 

4 May

The final game at Long Lane Park see's Pegasus make the long trip from Herefordshire.

04/05/15 Haughmond 3 – 1 Willenhall Town Read WMRL 

4 May

Playing their 5th game in 10 days proved too much for the Lockmen in this early kickoff.

Panthers under 8′s Torquay tournament 2015 

4 May

What a fantastic weekend in Torquay with the panthers playing some truly remarkable football.

Evo-Stik Club of the Month – April/May 

4 May


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Business »

Sainsbury’s loses battle to build at Kings Norton Green 

1 May

Planning inspector sides with campaigners keen to preserve historic green and plot next to Navigation Pub...

60 Black Country jobs lost as Carcraft crashes 

30 Apr

CARCRAFT, the chain of used car supermarkets with a large operation in Wednesbury, has ceased trading with more than 500 job losses, including 60 at its Darlaston Road facility.

Cameron: Chinese rip-offs are top of my list if elected 

30 Apr

Far Eastern copycat of Range Rover's Evoque is 'just not acceptable' says PM during visit to Longbridge...

KPMG acts on £70m care home refinancing 

29 Apr

A BIRMINGHAM-based team from accountancy and advisory firm KPMG has advised a car home group on its £70m refinancing.

Flights boost to Birmingham Airport 

29 Apr

BIRMINGHAM Airport has received positive news from one of its new operators, Icelandair.

Lifestyle: Motoring – Ferrari 488 GTB; Jaguar Heritage Racing; Car thefts down 

28 Apr

THE latest supercar from Ferrari has been unveiled to the UK public in a typically subdued fashion.

Persimmon promises 1,600 jobs on former Courtaulds factory site 

28 Apr

HOUSEBUILDER Persimmon has vowed to create more than 1,600 jobs in redeveloping the site of a former factory in Coventry after acquiring the land where it once stood.

Walsall food business shut over rat droppings 

28 Apr

A food business in Walsall has been closed down after evidence of rats was found.

Persimmon poised for green light to start Selly Oak Hospital regeneration 

28 Apr

Planning chiefs due to green light first phase of major regeneration to turn former south Birmingham hospital site into new housing estate...

200,000 families reaping the benefits of Jaguar Land Rover’s success 

28 Apr

The Midland car-maker’s growth - which shows no sign of slowing - has seen its workforce doubled since 2008 and thousands of further jobs created in the UK supply chain...

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May 2nd – How can grey days be so beautiful? It was awful… 

3 May

May 2nd - How can grey days be so beautiful? It was awful weather, cold, miserable, wet.

May 1st – Similarly, this poor phone photo of Fishpond Wood in… 

3 May

May 1st - Similarly, this poor phone photo of Fishpond Wood in Stonnall barely does the subject justice either - the bluebells there in the wood just off the Chester Road between Stonnall and Shire Oak were divine in the golden hour.

May 1st – Like an idiot, I left my camera at home this morning…. 

3 May

May 1st - Like an idiot, I left my camera at home this morning.

Belated news for yesterday 

2 May

Busy weekend on this week so apologies for not updating.

April 30th – I returned the same way, but the deer had moved on…. 

30 Apr

April 30th - I returned the same way, but the deer had moved on.

April 30th – This was a shock – I cycled to work for a change up… 

30 Apr

April 30th - This was a shock - I cycled to work for a change up the canal through Walsall Wood.

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A Treat for Furry Friends at Four-Legged Fundraising Event 

29 Apr

Acorns Children’s Hospice is offering a treat for four-legged friends as it joins forces with a local dog grooming company.

Welfare Rights Service claims £4.6million for local people with cancer 

29 Apr

The Wolverhampton Macmillan Welfare Rights Service has claimed a huge £4.6million for almost 1,900 local people affected by cancer since it was established in 2010.

Fundraisers go Underground for Local Children’s Hospice 

28 Apr

A group of friends are taking their fundraising underground for an against-the-clock challenge.

Special Guest To Open Anniversary Fete 

28 Apr

Organisers of a fundraising fete held to mark the tenth anniversary of Acorns for the Three Counties have announced a special guest who will perform the official opening.

Mike and the Mechanics: Our review of the band’s Symphony Hall… 

28 Apr

As a founder member of Genesis, Mike Rutherford was never shy of success; but with a long-held desire to collaborate with other musicians, he decided to give himself that opportunity by forming his own band, Mike + The Mechanics.

Children’s Charity Shop Appeals To Brides On A Budget 

27 Apr

A children’s hospice charity shop is offering brides-to-be the chance to live their dreams at a discounted price after re-opening as a specialist wedding dress retailer.

Stechford School gets Party Planning for Children’s Charity 

27 Apr

Party planning pupils at a Stechford school are gearing up for a special fundraising event to support Acorns Children’s Hospice.

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17 Apr


Preying on the Vulnerable: More Scams. 

10 Apr

Just like my last post, this one is all about scams – they seem to be the big thing at the moment.

WBA support police appeal to find hit and run driver 

2 Apr

WBA support police appeal to find hit and run driver Adam Jones, from Wednesbury, died when he was hit by a blue Volkswagen Bora as he crossed the junction of Beacon View Road and Walsall Road in West Bromwich with his bike just after 7.30pm...

Three Current Scams. 

2 Apr

In this blog I’m talking about scams – a crime type which, unlike many others, seems to be on the way up.

Gongs and Gangs 

25 Mar

My first blog in ages has been prompted by two events in a few days.

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LocalGov »

Non Residential Social Care Charging and Charging for Local Authority provided Transport to Social Care Users 

2 May

Internal review request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Rebecca Trengove on 2 May 2015 .

Local transport schemes funded by the Black Country LEP 

1 May

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Sian Berry on 1 May 2015 .

Walsall LEA Transport costs 

1 May

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Adam on 1 May 2015 .

Walsall May Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening Times 

1 May

Please find the pharmacy opening times for Walsall  here .

Know your healthcare options this Bank Holiday Weekend 

30 Apr

NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding people in Walsall to be aware of their options if they or a family member becomes ill or injured over the May day bank holiday(Monday, May 4) , as some GP surgeries, pharmacies and...

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