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Police search continues after man spotted in difficulty in… 

15 Apr

EMERGENCY services are searching for a man said to be in difficulty at the lake of Walsall Arboretum tonight.


Investigation will consider £10,000 scheme for Blakenall… 

15 Apr

COUNCIL chiefs have declared that they must await the outcome of a police investigation before 10,000 is spent on improving a Blakenall road junction where a young girl was killed.


Man Stabbed In Willenhall Park 

15 Apr

West Midlands Police officers have launched an investigation after they were called to Memorial Park on Pinson Road just before 3.30pm following reports of a man with a stab wound.


Town centre shoppers and traders help mammoth Easter Egg donation… 

15 Apr

GENEROUS town centre shoppers have pitched in to donate more than 1,000 Easter eggs for a good cause.


Fire crews battle foam blaze at Darlaston recycling plant 

15 Apr

FIREFIGHTERS battled a blaze involving 15 tonnes of foam at a Darlaston recycling plant.


Shadow housing minister returns to roots to open new development 

15 Apr

Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds returned to the street she grew up on to open a new social rent development.


Brownhills schoolboy death sparks petition for better safety measures on road 

15 Apr

A petition calling for pedestrian crossings to be built on a busy road where a 12-year-old schoolboy died has been started by campaigners.


Man drowns in Walsall Arboretum lake 

15 Apr

A man has drowned in Walsall Arboretum lake tonight, police have confirmed.


Man feared drowned at Walsall Arboretum lake 

15 Apr

Police were tonight searching the lake at Walsall Arboretum after a man was spotted in difficulty in the water.


‘Lifeline’ mobility scooter stolen 

15 Apr

A mother of four has lost her independence after thieves stole her mobility scooter worth £1,500.


Boy, 15, arrested after man stabbed in Walsall park attack 

15 Apr

A fifteen-year-old boy has been arrested after a man was stabbed in a Walsall park in broad daylight.


Future of Darlaston Town FC to be revealed 

15 Apr

Progress on the long-term future of an historic football club dating back almost 140 years will be revealed to supporters at a public meeting tomorrow.


Sex in the Suburbs: Sordid side of beauty spots 

15 Apr

‘There's Stuart and Sue, Warren who used to come in a Transit van, a couple whose nicknames are Rum and Coke’.


Busking policy wins approval of Walsall Council 

15 Apr

A new code of conduct including specific pitches for buskers to perform in town centres across Walsall was approved at a meeting of the full council.


Police arrest boy, 15, after man stabbed in Willenhall Memorial… 

15 Apr

A FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD remains in police custody this morning after a man was stabbed in a Walsall park.


Treat for Walsall fans as team holds open day 

15 Apr

Walsall fans got to meet their heroes as the team threw open the doors to the Banks's Stadium.


Open motorway hard shoulder to traffic, say chiefs 

15 Apr

The hard shoulder of the M5 should be opened up to traffic to boost the wider West Midlands economy, according to the area’s business leaders.


Drive the motorway forwards 

15 Apr

Anyone who has ever crawled along the M6 during the years of miserable roadworks will groan wearily at the prospect of them spreading to the M5.


Black Country Ales turning Bearwood bank into new boozer 

15 Apr

The former HSBC bank is set to be transformed by Gornal-based Black Country Ales as part of a six-figure investment...


£3 million Jhoots Pharmacy HQ given the green light by… 

14 Apr

A MULTI-MILLION pound pharmacy headquarters will be built in Walsall town centre after receiving the backing of borough planners.


Which Willenhall flag design is your favourite? (poll) 

14 Apr

Voting is underway to decide on the design for the flag of Willenhall ahead of Black Country Day in July.


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Get them before they’re gone! 

16 Apr

Here's a message from Walsall Local History Centre, specifically for readers of the Brownhills Blog - I'm always banging on about getting copies of local history books while they're still around, and now's your chance to bag copies of three of Stuart...


A Quiet revolution is going on within our communities with the help of the Liberal Democrats… 

15 Apr

Walsall Council met yesterday evening (Monday) for the last full council meeting before the local elections on Thursday 22nd May.


Please sign the petition requesting pedestrian crossings for Shire Oak 

15 Apr

Since the tragic, awful death of 12 year old Jack Garrington on the Chester Road, Shire Oak last Thursday, 10th April 2014, many Brownhills folk and parents of kids attending Shire Oak from further afield have not only paid tribute to Jack, but also ...


Careless in the community – from The Plastic Hippo 

14 Apr

Originally posted on The Plastic Hippo : Telegraph.


Six long term empty properties face compulsory purchase action…… 

14 Apr

Six long term empty properties across Walsall are to be added to a growing list which could see their owners facing compulsory purchase orders issued by Walsall Council, two of the properties are in Willenhall and one, 139 Lichfield Road, is right ...


A treat for the choir and an ignominious extraction 

13 Apr

Continuing with the surprisingly rich seam that is the thread originating from the 1931 Watling Street School Walsall Observer article, I've had a couple of excellent reader contributions which I just have to share.


11 Things A Public Sector Social Customer Services Should Have 

13 Apr

It’s always good to see slow burning success… and even more so when it comes for people who has worked hard on it.


11 Things A Public Sector Social Customer Services Should Have 

13 Apr

It’s always good to see slow burning success… and even more so when it comes for people who has worked hard on it.


Strolling out at Chasewater – tomorrow! 

13 Apr

Reader Esther Allen has been in touch to let me know about a wonderful thing she's starting tomorrow, a new buggy strolling group at Chasewater that takes place every Monday from tomorrow, 14th April 2014.


FUTURE COMMS: A comms plan to help people sleep at night  

13 Apr

Well, it’s had a great innings but can we now finally bury the idea that using social media ad hoc in an organisation is going to change the world? But what great days we did have.


FUTURE COMMS: A comms plan to help people sleep at night  

13 Apr

Well, it’s had a great innings but can we now finally bury the idea that using social media ad hoc in an organisation is going to change the world? But what great days we had.


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    The Daw End Branch an extension of the Wyrley and Essington Canal in Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands. The extension was created after an act received Royal Assent in 1774 to extend the canal to the


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A sunny mild day, 14 c. 

15 Apr

The weather forecast for the cannock Chase and surrounding area for Tuesday 15th and outlook for Wednesday.


Wall to wall 

15 Apr

Today sees the day start of with a clear sky and the temperature around 2c (at 06:30 hours).


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Features »

Singin’ in the Rain – Prince of Wales Theatre Cannock. 8th – 10th May 2014. 

15 Apr

Hollywood comes to the region during May in the form of Singin’ in the Rain at the Prince of Wales Theatre , Cannock.


Computer problems 

15 Apr

Just to let you know that i ended up turning it off and found out that it had not installed a single update into windows so i have no idea what caused my problem.


The Intake as we start part 2 of our course! 

15 Apr

Big Phil-Dorothy -Jennie-Peter-Yvonne-Andrew-Mike-Lyn-George-Carole David-Aishea-Phillip-Julie-Tutor (stage 2) This was Mr Moseley,s Creme De La Creme, he called all of his students the Creme De La Creme, it was his way of making them feel that they ...


Pammene giganteana–now known as the early oak piercer 

15 Apr

This micro-moth is on the National Scarce List B and is new to south-east Staffordshire.


Nessie on Land… 

15 Apr

Although the overall mystery of the Loch Ness Monsters fascinates me, the one issue that really intriguesme is that of the beasts allegedly being seen on land - and possibly even feeding on land too! As to why I mention this right now: Roland Watson ...


Save Our Oceans – Reuse! 

15 Apr

I’ll be posting some blog posts over the next few days about saving our oceans as part of 5 Gyres plight to clean our oceans of plastic pollution and help our planet and those who live on it.


A punch art Easter Card 

15 Apr

I don't make Easter cards really but our neighbour always sends one to our family so this is the card I made for them.


Review: JJ Cole Metra Changing Bag – a Dads choice 

15 Apr

Ever since Little Mr was born, I’ve had a thing about changing bags.


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GALLERY: Walsall FC training day at Bescot Stadium 

15 Apr

Gallery created by Walsall Advertiser...


BUTLER CONFIRMS CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS 

15 Apr

Walsall Football Club captain Andy Butler has today confirmed that discussions over a new contract are on going.


Butler Talks About His Future 

15 Apr

Butler Talks About His Future Vitalfootball:Walsall:15/04/2014 10:50:00 Butler loves the place and feels he has become a better player at Walsall but needs to discuss plans for next season.


Walsall ace: Another good performance but no points reward 

15 Apr

JAMES Chambers felt Walsall's final ball, pass or shot let them down in Saturday's defeat to Bristol City.


Andy Butler in Walsall contract talks 

15 Apr

Captain Andy Butler today said he wants to know Walsall’s plans for next season before committing his future.


Blog: Hillsborough must never been forgotten 

15 Apr

"You see in England somebody, somewhere, knew what they were doing, and there was this system, which nobody ever explained to us, that prevented accidents of this kind.


Treat for Walsall fans as team holds open day 

15 Apr

Walsall fans got to meet their heroes as the team threw open the doors to the Banks's Stadium.


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Sport »

15/04/14 Willenhall Town 2 – 3 Pegasus Juniors – League Cup Road 2 

15 Apr

The Lockmen nearly came back at the death for the second week running, but again it was too little too late.


Four defeats on spin as Walsall end with Berkswell defeat 

15 Apr

WALSALL RFC 20 BERKSWELL AND BALSALL 26 Midlands One West WALSALL'S final league game of the season proved to be another disappointment as they suffered a fourth successive defeat, this time to a Berskwell side who were relegated despite their...


Senior Challenge Vase Winners – Wolstanton United 

15 Apr

After narrowly missing out on lifting the trophy last season against Hanley Town, Wolstanton United were victorious in yesterday evenings final tie against AFC Hanley Town.


Gethin to defend British title against Mathews at Liverpool… 

15 Apr

MARTIN Gethin's British lightweight title will now be on the line when he faces Derry Mathews at the Liverpool Olympia on Saturday, May 10.


The world cup is coming to Stoke-on-Trent and YOU can take part 

15 Apr

2014 Kicks 5 a side World Cup...


Easter 2014 Closures 

14 Apr

  Updated 14th April 2014 The following Clubs will be closed over the Easter period: Bewdley  will be closed on Saturday 19th April 2014.


Events coming up! 

14 Apr

Reminder we have 2 events coming up next week at the clubhouse: - Thursday 24th – Fashion show.


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Business »

GTG Training awarded ‘Training Provider of the Year’ at IMI annual Skillmiles awards 

15 Apr

We are delighted to announce that GTG Training has been named as 'Training Provider of the Year' at the annual IMI Skillmiles awards.


Speakers announced for Making “Connected” Things Event 

15 Apr

The WMG SME Team at the University of Warwick are bringing together two of their established network groups - "Internet of Things Midlands" and the "Polymer Innovation Network" for a unique event to be held on the evening of Wednesday 7th May...


Land Rover goes all Knight Rider with new model 

15 Apr

Jaguar Land Rover’s next generation Discovery 4x4 has a touch of James Bond and Knight Rider about it with the ability to drive itself.


Land Rover in Virgin Galactic deal to supply astronauts 

15 Apr

Solihull-based Land Rover has revealed a long-term global partnership with Richard Branson’s pioneering commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic...


GKN reveals rise in sales and profits 

15 Apr

The Redditch-based firm saw pre-tax profit rise by 22 per cent to £145 million in the first quarter of the year...


Punch repeats plea for restructuring plan support on back of strong interims 

15 Apr

STAFFORDSHIRE pubco Punch Taverns has reported a strong set of interim results and is again urging stakeholders to support its restructuring plans.


Strong Q1 demand in aerospace and automotive sectors benefits GKN 

15 Apr

STRONG demand within global aerospace and automotive sectors has continued to benefit Midlands engineering group GKN.


£135m refinancing at Fort Dunlop firm Urban Splash 

14 Apr

The firm has also agreed a joint venture with London property group Pears, covering 35 Urban Splash properties...


City Briefs: eg solutions; Carillion; Clinigen Group 

14 Apr

Call centre awards success for eg solutionsSTAFFORDSHIRE-based back office optimisation software firm, eg solutions, has been voted as one of the top contact centre technologies in the 2014 Call Centr...


Flybe unveils new twilight routes from Birmingham Airport 

11 Apr

Birmingham now biggest base for budget carrier with 12 aircraft at transport hub.


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Outdoors »

15th April – I noted when passing this evening that the field of… 

16 Apr

15th April - I noted when passing this evening that the field of oilseed rape at Grange Farm, on the Walsall Wood - Shelfield border was nearly fully in flower.


Pammene giganteana–now known as the early oak piercer 

15 Apr

This micro-moth is on the National Scarce List B and is new to south-east Staffordshire.


April 13th – Hmm. Something is happening. Put on to this by… 

13 Apr

April 13th - Hmm.


April 12th – I got a long ride in today, but the afternoon was… 

13 Apr

April 12th - I got a long ride in today, but the afternoon was dull and overcast and I hardly took any photos at all.


Saturday 12 April 2014 

12 Apr

Belvide Res (permit only) Glossy Ibis to 09:20 when it flew north also Slavonian Grebe the 1w female Velvet Scoter , 1w drake Long-tailed Duck , 11x Scaup , 10x White Wagtail and a Whimbrel briefly.


April 11th – Also in Shelfield. A reminder that the local issue… 

12 Apr

April 11th - Also in Shelfield.


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The UK’s Top Takeaways Are Near You! 

15 Apr

Advertisement Feature Remember those nights when you had to sort through a sad stack of old takeaway menus to find something - anything - for supper? Well those days of disappointing dinners are well and truly over now hungryhouse.


A (Final) Update on Tony Anthony 

11 Apr

It is now 9 months since we learned that International Evangelist Tony Anthony’s testimony had been investigated by the Evangelical Alliance and found to be untrue.


Job seekers just a click away from vacancies with housing organisation 

11 Apr

Job seekers will find searching for work at one of the Midlands largest housing associations easier from today thanks to the launch of a brand new careers portal.


Serializing Shit 

10 Apr

So I was looking at serialization yesterday.


Dogs are heroes! 

10 Apr

Dogs are well-known to be man’s best friend, and their ability to calm and soothe children at a local hospice is just another display of why they make such great pals.


Inspectors Praise Acorns Children’s Hospice 

10 Apr

Acorns Children’s Hospice in Birmingham (Selly Oak) has been praised for the care it provides to local life-limited and life-threatened children and their families.


Businesses urged to abseil for charity 

10 Apr

West Midlands businesses are being asked to encourage staff to go over the edge for charity.


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999 »

News Update 11 April 2014. 

11 Apr

My Facebook page has been red-hot this week.


On your own… 

10 Apr

Time to update your operating system? Support for Windows 3.1 ended years ago, XP has now gone the same way.


How low are you willing to go? 

4 Apr

Stolen in a recent charity shop burglary, can you help with enquiries? The below press release was issued by our Corporate Communications department recently following a burglary at the St Giles Hospice Shop in Walsall Town Centre, I...


News Update 4 April 2014 

4 Apr

Last week I had a new Facebook page set up for work use and have found that I’ve been posting to it regularly (largely because it’s so easy to make a quick comment).


He’s going to take me to that little room… 

3 Apr

As Wiley will tell you, previous arrests might see you turned away from the USA or Canada if you’re not prepared (Image from Clozone) Unlike three hundred years ago when to get to the USA or Canada would require a six month sea voyage...


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LocalGov »

Use of temporary social workers 

15 Apr

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Bob Lee on 15 April 2014.


Use of temporary social workers 

15 Apr

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Bob Lee on 15 April 2014.


Children Services Social Workers 

14 Apr

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to L Dawson on 14 April 2014.


School Cluster Groups 

14 Apr

Awaiting response.


School Cluster Groups 

14 Apr

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Sam Lucas on 14 April 2014.


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