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Adam Jones death: Police urge hit and run motorist to ‘fess up’ in Twitter appeal 

29 Mar

Officers use social media site for direct appeal to driver who fled after 15-year-old cyclist died in Stone Cross...

Police Commissioner takes over Victims’ Services for people in… 

29 Mar

Victims of crime will now be helped by a new, more localised service with a 2 million budget, it has been announced.

Outstanding judgement for Walsall school once on brink of special… 

29 Mar

A WALSALL school that was on the brink of special measures a decade ago has been judged as outstanding by Ofsted.

Thousands of jobs set to be created in £400m Jaguar Land… 

29 Mar

A HUGE 400 million investment is to be made at a car manufacturing plant near Birmingham which would mean thousands of potential jobs - directly and indirectly - being created in the region.

Cash grant of £500k will give Walsall apprentice scheme a… 

29 Mar

HUNDREDS of young people in Walsall will be supported into work or training after an apprenticeship scheme was given a cash boost to the tune of half a million pounds.

Irish nurses snub jobs at Walsall Manor Hospital 

29 Mar

Nurses from Ireland have snubbed a call to fill vacant posts at Walsall Manor Hospital, it has emerged.

New scheme to transform gateway to Walsall town centre 

29 Mar

A mix of shops and flats will replace a fire-ravaged town centre building in Walsall, dramatically changing the gateway to the town, under plans unveiled.

Man cut free after ‘serious’ Walsall crash 

29 Mar

A man had to be cut free from a car which had crashed in Bloxwich, near Walsall, last night.

Serious crash closes the M54 

29 Mar

A serious crash has this morning closed the M54 at Staffordshire between Junction 2 and Junction 3 on the westbound carriageway.

Eggs-travaganza of Easter events on offer at Walsall Leather… 

29 Mar

AN eggs-travaganza of Easter events will be held at Walsall Leather Museum for youngsters to keep busy during the school break.

HomeServe recruits again 

29 Mar

HomeServe is expanding its Walsall-based workforce by 20 per cent, as it starts the search for more call centre and sales workers.

Homophobic killer of Walsall man Malcolm Benfold marries his gay lover in prison 

28 Mar

Family anger as Marc Goodwin and paedophile Mikhail Gallatinov given permission for same sex marriage in jail...

Man who murdered Walsall man weds in Britain’s first gay prison marriage 

28 Mar

A man who murdered a Walsall man in a hate killing has gotten married in the first British gay wedding in prison.

All pensioners will pay for community alarms under new Walsall… 

28 Mar

PENSIONERS aged 80 and over will have to pay for community alarms, under a new charging policy that will come into force in Walsall next month.

Paving stone memorial will honour Walsall Victoria Cross hero 

28 Mar

PROUD relatives of a late Walsall Victoria Cross hero have spoken of their joy after a paving stone was unveiled in his memory on the former site of his family's garden.

‘Total stupidity’ as drivers do U-turns on Aston Expressway from… 

28 Mar

DRIVERS have been criticised after images have appeared showing cars doing U-turns on a motorway with oncoming traffic approaching.

Tributes to tragic schoolboy Adam Jones: ‘The laughs, the smiles, it was all because of you’ 

28 Mar

Police still hunting motorist who fled after fatally injuring cyclist, 15, in Stone Cross, West Bromwich...

‘Uplifting’ Walsall College gets highest praise from Government… 

28 Mar

A GOVERNMENT minister praised Walsall College for helping thousands of young people get their feet firmly onto the career ladder during a visit to the site.

Clocks go forward an hour tonight as UK springs into British… 

28 Mar

SIXTY minutes' less snooze time is in store for everyone this weekend as the clocks forward by an hour this Sunday.

Gas holders near M6 Walsall to be flattened to make way for… 

28 Mar

LANDMARK gas holders that neighbour a busy motorway near Walsall will be flattened to pave the way for regeneration.

Overturned car causes traffic on M6 in Staffordshire 

28 Mar

There was traffic on the M6 this afternoon after a car overturned on the southbound carriageway at Stafford Services.

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Sunday puzzle: Who’s in this lineup? 

29 Mar

Here's a great Walsall Wood photo supplied to the blog by David Evans, which was supplied by former Walsall Wood FC player John Hyde, who's trying to put names to some of the faces.

Westfields wipeout 

29 Mar

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 29th March 2015) Walsall Wood FC faced Westfields at Oak Park, resulting in a decisive and pleasing victory for the Woodmen.

Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte 

29 Mar

Even if we embrace and take delight in a constantly evolving language, there are some occasions when the mangling of English is completely unacceptable...

Don’t forget your clocks 

28 Mar

Ian hasn't been at the top of The YamYam for a day or so so I thought I'd help him out.

September 1993 – A day to remember! 

28 Mar

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette - I present issue 48 of the long lost freesheet, from September 1993 for you to peruse and download - I've had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

A local mining accident – more information available 

28 Mar

A couple of days ago I asked for information about a local mining accident, suffered by the Grandfather of reader Gill Joesbury, but the request it was a bit of a mission impossible, as we didn't have a name to go on - since then, Gill has now been ...

Walsall Wood FC at home to Westfields this afternoon! 

28 Mar

Come watch Walsall Wood versus Westfields at Oak Park this afternoon! Continue reading →...

Government loses vote to undermine open elections for Speaker. 

27 Mar

On Thursday 26 March 2015 Valerie voted against a motion by the Government to change the rules on electing Commons speaker.

Valerie’s Intervention Secures Victory for John’s Campaign 

27 Mar

On Wednesday 24 March 2015 the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care and Support, wrote to the Chief Executives of all the Acute Trusts in England to raise the aims of John’s Campaign following a meeting arranged by Valerie Vaz, Member ...

Valerie raises the increase in Student Debt at BIS Questions 

27 Mar

On Thursday 26 March 2015 Valerie raised the increase in Student Debt at Business, Innovation and Skills Questions.

Council responds to complaints about dog fouling 

27 Mar

Walsall Council’s Clean and Green have responded to your complaints about dog fouling…… As part of a coordinated approach to dog fouling Environmental Health, Clean and Green/Streetpride and Area Partnerships are working together on...

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    horse-chestnut tree turning golden orange on the banks of the Staffs & Worcester canal


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29 Mar

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28 Mar

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Walsall player 324. Donald Ralph “Don” Goodman 

28 Mar

Donald Ralph “Don” Goodman (born 9 May 1966) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker.

Walsall player 323. William “Billy” Charles Goffin 

28 Mar

William “Billy” Charles Goffin (12 December 1920 – 15 September 1987), was a former English professional footballer best known for his time at Aston Villa.

UFOs: Microwaved to Death? 

28 Mar

That's the controversial question I ask in my latest feature for Mysterious Universe .

First Timers and Record Breakers – 28 March 2015 

28 Mar

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Richard BIRD 24:17 Janis TAYLOR 36:33 Conor FORD 24:47 Stephen TAYLOR 36:34 Toby CHAPMAN 25:55 Jackie WILKES 36:39 Melissa EMERY 30:07 Ethan SUTHERLAND 37:24 Vanessa LANE 30:33 ...

Can you Help The Police? 

28 Mar

This is the harrowing picture of the car that killed young Adam Jones (15) in Wednesbury the other night.

A local mining accident – more information available 

28 Mar

A couple of days ago I asked for information about a local mining accident, suffered by the Grandfather of reader Gill Joesbury, but the request it was a bit of a mission impossible, as we didn't have a name to go on - since then, Gill has now been ...

Me and Mine: March 2015 

28 Mar

It’s been a month of challenges but we’ve finally got to the end of the month with smiles on our faces.

sounds of the gloaming 

27 Mar

sounds of the gloaming .

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Smith – We Didn’t Deserve That Result 

29 Mar

Smith - We Didn't Deserve That Result Vitalfootball:Walsall:29/03/2015 02:04:00 Smith feels Walsall should have had better result despite not having a shot on target...

Smith Wants Hiwula On Season Long Loan 

29 Mar

Smith Wants Hiwula On Season Long Loan Vitalfootball:Walsall:29/03/2015 02:01:00 Man City star to return next season...


28 Mar

Walsall manager Dean Smith has spoken to the club's official website following Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League 1 defeat to Chesterfield, and has insisted that his side didn't deserve to lose.

England Under-18s hit Swiss for six at Walsall 

28 Mar

Walsall Football Club were treated to six of the best from the England Under-18 team as 2,906 watched them thump Switzerland 6-1 in an international friendly.


28 Mar

Versatile Walsall Football Club defender James O'Connor has spoken to the press following Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League 1 defeat to Chesterfield and has discussed the current level of frustration, within the squad and acknowledged...


28 Mar

Walsall manager Dean Smith has spoken to the press following Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League 1 defeat to Chesterfield, and has confirmed that sixteen-goal striker Tom Bradshaw was absent from the travelling squad due to a hamstring...


28 Mar

Earlier today Walsall Football Club travelled to the Proact Stadium to take on Chesterfield in the latest Sky Bet League 1 fixture of the season.

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Loan striker signs off in style as Chasetown FC hit Sheffield for six 

29 Mar

Paul Sullivan fires home his second.

31/03/15 Willenhall Town vs Pegasus Juniors ko 19-45 WMRL 

28 Mar

The Lockmen face another tough test on Tuesday when Herefordshire side Pegasus visit Long Lane Park.

28/03/15 Willenhall Town 1 – 1 Black Country Rangers WMRL 

28 Mar

The Lockmen gained a valuable point against Rangers.

Rushall Olympic 1-3 Frickley Athletic 

28 Mar

Three Frickley penalties see Pics fall 3-1...


28 Mar



27 Mar

New striker available for Frickley Athletic home game...


27 Mar


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Pubco pledges to work with tenants following new beer ruling 

27 Mar

PUBCO Enterprise Inns has vowed to continuing working with its tied tenants following Royal Assent for a Bill which allows landlords an independent rent review and the right to buy their beer on the o...

Compensation claim lodged for 250 ex-City Link employees 

27 Mar

A CLASS action claim on behalf of workers of collapsed Coventry delivery firm City Link has been lodged.

Revealed: How Jaguar Land Rover now supports more than 250,000 UK workers 

27 Mar

New data shows Jaguar Land Rover now employs 34,000 people in the UK – up by 18,000 in the past four years...

Aldridge firm lights the way to £5m turnover 

26 Mar

AN Aldridge electronics firm is on course to hit the £5m turnover mark for the first time in its seven year-history after reshoring the manufacture of two new products.

More good news for Coventry as Unipart launches new manufacturing business 

26 Mar

FOLLOWING announcements this week from Jaguar Land Rover and Geely that they will be investing heavily in Coventrys automotive industry, Unipart Group has revealed it is to launch a new manufac...

Thought police of Bournville leave a bad taste in the mouth 

26 Mar

Cadbury has sent a document to Cadbury workers with a list of regulations on appropriate behaviour in modern-day Bournville.

Jaguar Land Rover to double the size of operations at Whitely HQ 

26 Mar

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) yesterday announced plans to double the size of its operations at its headquarters at Whitely in Coventry.

BREAKING NEWS: £124m contract joy for Carillion 

26 Mar

WOLVERHAMPTON construction and support services group, Carillion has been awarded a £91m contract for a major new development in the heart of London.

BPN brief for conversion of Cadbury’s Franklin House 

26 Mar

Jewellery Quarter architecture firm working with city developer Court Collaboration on renovation for former chocolate maker's HQ...

Irwin Mitchell secures place on Carillion’s legal network 

26 Mar

The deal means the law firm’s specialist lawyers will provide support on the company’s property and developments work...

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March 28th – Another type of life entirely, and one for the cat… 

28 Mar

March 28th - Another type of life entirely, and one for the cat lovers out there.

March 28th – Even on the greyest days, Brownhills has signs of… 

28 Mar

March 28th - Even on the greyest days, Brownhills has signs of life at this time of year.

March 27th – Hands up, who knew there were still the ruins of a… 

28 Mar

March 27th - Hands up, who knew there were still the ruins of a windmill on the Caldmore-Highgate border in Walsall? One of the town’s best-kept secrets.

March 27th – Sunset over the Tame Valley canal, looking from… 

28 Mar

March 27th - Sunset over the Tame Valley canal, looking from Rushall Junction at Ray Hall, out to Wednesbury, with the twin spires of Wednesbury clear on the skyline.

Mandarin has returned! 

28 Mar

12.45 - just received a call from John Holian to say that the drake Mandarin has returned to Clayhanger and is showing with the Garganey - two ticks at once, Why are you still reading this rubbish? - Chaz...

If you think I am going out in this! 

28 Mar

Illustration (C) Charles R.

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An exciting opportunity to bless our community 

26 Mar

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Birmingham NEC to host UK Games Expo hobby games convention 

25 Mar

Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre (NEC) has won a two-year contract to host the UK's largest annual hobby games convention - UK Games Expo.

Charity Shop Find Spares Bride-To-Be’s Blushes 

23 Mar

A BRIDE-to-be who was facing a disaster over her dress for the big day has found her perfect outfit thanks to a children’s hospice charity shop.

Tenth Annual Acorns Triple Run Open For Entries 

23 Mar

The annual Acorns Triple Run held to raise funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice has officially opened for entries as it celebrates its tenth year.

Over 1,490 cancer patients in the West Midlands rely on charity grants to help with financial hardship 

23 Mar

Macmillan Cancer Support helped a record number of people in urgent financial need during 2014, with 1,493 cancer patients across Birmingham and the Black Country receiving a Macmillan grant last year to help them with costs arising from their ...

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (12A) – Review and trailer 

21 Mar

ADAPTED from the opening book of Veronica Roth's best-selling trilogy for young adults, Divergent is a rites of passage story baked to a similar recipe as The Hunger Games.

Advice for Saddlers fans who fancy a beer at Wembley Johnstone’s… 

21 Mar

SADDLERS fans who fancy a drink before tomorrow's Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final at Wembley have been given details of pubs allocated for Walsall FC supporters.

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Gongs and Gangs 

25 Mar

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

Beryl’s lovin’ it! 

9 Feb

Shopper Beryl Bailey (pictured, right) clearly LOVES a good offer - and that’s just what she was getting ahead of Valentine’s Day, from Watch Commander Tony Bucknall! Tony and crew were down at ASDA in Wolverhampton, spreading the word about...

CCTV shows Walsall man setting blaze in attempt to kill ex-lover 

6 Jan

CCTV shows Walsall man setting blaze in attempt to kill ex-lover A spurned lover is facing 16 years behind bars after setting light to his ex-partner's Walsall home.

Don’t stop… 

4 Jan

The NYPD have recently undertaken a form of industrial action – is this ever something that’s acceptable for police officers to do? (Image from NYPD Drills) There are lots and lots of things that us police can do.

Seasonal safety 

5 Dec

Update issued at 12pm, Tuesday 9th December.

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Tarmac on road in need of resurfacing, 29th March 

29 Mar

Tarmac on road in need of resurfacing Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Pelsall Road, Clayhanger Report on FixMyStreet...

Little Aston Road / Chester Road Island, 28th March 

28 Mar

Small but deep pothole difficult to avoid when using roundabout.

Driving across grass, 28th March 

28 Mar

This car keeps driving across the grass to get to the house in the corner it turns all the grass up and doesn't look good at all for those of us who park on the road...

Driving on grass, 28th March 

28 Mar

2 of our neighbours are driving across the grass to park on it right outside there door and this is what your left with...

Leighswood Ave Aldridge, 28th March 

28 Mar

Deep pothole at junction with Broad Meadow.

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