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Thug who left victim looking like ‘rag doll’ in Walsall has… 

31 Aug

A THUG whose victim looked like a 'rag doll' as he was kicked and punched in a brutal Walsall attack deserves every day of his 'severe' jail term, a judge has ruled after rejecting his appeal for a shorter sentence.


​Walsall mum Jess Kill set to return home after life-saving… 

31 Aug

A BRAVE and battling Walsall mum who was in a race against time to stop her sinking skull from crushing her spine has been given the all clear to return home after successful life-saving surgery.


​Walsall mum Jess Kill set to return home after potentially… 

31 Aug

A BRAVE and battling Walsall mum who was in a race against time to stop her sinking skull from crushing her spine has been given the all clear to return home after successful potentially life-saving surgery.


​Funeral details of popular former Walsall mayor Alan Davies… 

31 Aug

THE funeral arrangements for a popular Walsall mayor have been revealed.


​Pensioner rushed to hospital after Walsall Green Lane crash near… 

30 Aug

A PENSIONER has been taken to hospital after a crash in Walsall this afternoon (Tuesday, August 30).


Hundreds protest Walsall cemetery maintenance 

30 Aug

HUNDREDS of grieving families have protested in Walsall town centre over a row between the borough council and grave maintenance at Streetly Crematorium and Cemetery.


Pheasey charity match nets £1,000 for The Michael Lewis… 

30 Aug

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Praise for Walsall’s adoption and fostering teams 

30 Aug

THE adoption and fostering teams in Walsall have been praised for their work in providing homes for some of the borough's most vulnerable children and young people.


Walsall Pride 2016 "biggest and best ever" 

30 Aug

WALSALL Pride 2016 has been hailed as the biggest and best ever by its organisers.


Tributes to Walsall war veteran Fred Harvey 

29 Aug

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Walsall war veteran who fought for his country on D-Day.


Walsall youngster one of only 20 to suffer from rare disease 

29 Aug

A CUTE seven-year-old girl from Walsall is one of just 20 people in the WORLD suffering from a disease which is so rare that it took doctors three years to diagnose her.


​Walsall schools unveil book benches in library trail 

27 Aug

COLOURFUL new book benches are now on display at Walsall Central Library for youngsters to sit and read on as part of a West Midlands-wide trail.


New Subway opens in Walsall creating new jobs 

27 Aug

A BRAND new Subway store has officially opened in Walsall.


Work begins on new multi-million pound Walsall Manor specialist… 

27 Aug

WORK has begun on a new multi-million pound specialist unit at Walsall Manor Hospital and the Advertiser was treated to a behind-the-scenes look.


​Men stabbed in Barlow Road, Wednesbury near Walsall 

26 Aug

TWO men have been stabbed near Walsall.


​Walsall mum’s awareness campaign after daughter is born with no… 

26 Aug

I HAVE never told my story before.


GCSE results 2016: Queen Mary’s High School in Walsall 

26 Aug

99 per cent of Queen Mary's High School achieved five A* - C grades and the same figure achieved five A* - C grades with English and maths.


Travellers return to Delves Common in Walsall AGAIN 

25 Aug

TRAVELLERS have returned to a hotspot in Walsall AGAIN.


GCSE results 2016: ​Queen Mary’s Grammar School in Walsall 

25 Aug

AN impressive total of 100 per cent of all pupils at Queen Mary's Grammar School got five A*-C grades while 78.2 per cent of all grades were A* or A, only 0.2 per cent off the school's all-time record.


GCSE results in Walsall improve for third year in a row 

25 Aug

STUDENTS and teachers in Walsall are celebrating an improvement in GCSE results for the third year in a row.


Classy kleftikos back on the menu as Great Barr favourite Lakis… 

25 Aug

A POP-UP Greek taverna which has been a big hit among Great Barr residents over the past few years is to officially reopen its doors on Saturday (August 27).


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HOUSE CALL: I’ll tell you what’s facing housing comms 

31 Aug

There is something still glorious about asking Twitter a question and then watching like pigeons returning to the coop as answers return.


Walsall set to lose out on West Midlands rail improvements claim Lib Dems 

31 Aug

The Walsall area, including Willenhall and Aldridge, once again is once again set to lose out in the bid for improvements to rail services across the West Midlands claims Willenhall North’s Liberal Democrat Cllr Ian Shires.


Fairness, justice and wishful thinking 

31 Aug

As August departs in a blaze of sunshine, with a resigned sigh we contemplate an autumn of discontent and a winter of absolute, all consuming misery...


Chasewater Railway Late Summer Gala this weekend 

31 Aug

I note Chasewater Railway have a Late Summer Gala this weekend (Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2016), with special guest engine Andrew Barclay and a much busier running timetable than normal.


Walsall’s Love Affair with the 24,044 Terraced Homes! 

30 Aug

Call me old fashioned, but I do like the terraced house.


Dropping a Cla’nger 

30 Aug

Friend of the blog, community activist and Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer has sent the above image of the members of Clayhanger Working Men's Club around 1953, and is trying to identify as many people in the picture as he can.


“Bargain Ahoy!” 2 Bed House, Miner Street, Walsall, WS2. With Yields Of 8.14%. 

29 Aug

A two bedroom terraced house in the Birchills area of Walsall, WS2.


Urgent – wallet/cardholder lost in Brownhills 

29 Aug

Just a quick enquiry from reader Susan Matthews, who has lost a card holder/wallet, possibly in Brownhills towards the end of last week (Friday 26th August 2016).


Support Walsall Wood FC away against Sporting Khalsa this afternoon! 

29 Aug

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood FC away at Sporting Khalsa, Willenhall this afternoon! Continue reading...


Virtual tour of Walsall Active Living Centres 

29 Aug

Published on Walsall Council’s website: Last updated: 03/08/2016 12:04:16 As part of the Active Living Centres Initiative a new web portal has been launched to provide residents with the latest on the programmes, prices, special offers and general...


A pictorial record 

28 Aug

Readers may well recall the awful and largely forgotten story surrounding Colenal James Kilian, and his cruelty and subsequent disgrace following the mistreatment of soldiers at the U.


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  • The Canal Festival, Pelsall 27/08/2016

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    The evening of the first day of Pelsall’s canal festival.

    This year the canal festival has taken on a different format as the Inland Waterways Association Festival of Water. With over one hundred boats


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31 August 2016 – Weather 

31 Aug

At the time of my observations (06:30 hours) the air pressure was falling slowly but this is nothing to fear as it will begin to rise again after lunch.


A good way to end the month 

30 Aug

The air pressure starts the day as it ended yesterday with a high reading of around 1024mb.


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Features »

Open Mic Club 

31 Aug

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Pootlers Card Swap – August 

31 Aug

This is my card swap for this month's theme organised again by the lovely Toni which is:- Flower Trees I decided as I use flowers quite a lot on my projects I was just use trees.


See through the SMOG 

31 Aug

Something kind of awesome happened last week – My friend showed me this clipping from the Isle of Wight County Press about Nathusius’ pipistrelles on the island.


Changes in your lifestyle 

31 Aug

Life creeps up on you.


The Me and Mine Project | August 2016 

31 Aug

August has been a really lovely month full of adventures for me and my little family.


Chasewater Country Park 

31 Aug

Chasewater Country Park Chasewater hosts many leisure opportunities including water skiing, sailing, angling and a steam railway.


Murder, Witchcraft, and a Pitchfork… 

30 Aug

A new article from me on a strange and mysterious death; a decades-old story of murder and the black-arts in England...


Shoot That Poison Arrow – Tales From Camper Calling 

30 Aug

In a move that could hardly be considered financially astute I booked to trade at Camper Calling simply because we wanted to see ABC headlining.


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Walsall FC »

Scunthorpe Left Back Signs On Loan Until January 

31 Aug

Scunthorpe Left Back Signs On Loan Until January Vitalfootball:Walsall:31/08/2016 16:48:00 Experienced full back joins on loan as Rico departs...


Rico Henry Joins Brentford For £1.5m 

31 Aug

Rico Henry Joins Brentford For pound;1.5m Vitalfootball:Walsall:31/08/2016 16:32:00 Henry joins for initial pound;1.5m - Fee could rise to pound;5m with add ons...


Walsall sign Scunthorpe left-back Laird 

31 Aug

Walsall sign Scunthorpe United left-back Scott Laird on loan until January, following the departure of Rico Henry.


Laird – “I Want to Help Walsall Get as High as They Can” 

31 Aug

Walsall's latest summer signing, Scunthorpe United defender Scott Laird, has spoken to club journalists and discussed his desire to hit the ground running and get amongst the goals.


Brentford sign Henry from Walsall 

31 Aug

Brentford sign defender Rico Henry from Walsall for an initial fee of £1.5m, which could rise to over £5m.


Rico Henry joins Brentford as Walsall sign Scott Laird on loan… 

31 Aug

RICO Henry has completed his move to Brentford from Walsall, it has been confirmed.


Walsall Sign Scunthorpe United Defender Scott Laird on Loan 

31 Aug

Following the news that Rico Henry had completed an initial £1.5m transfer to Brentford, Walsall Football Club have this afternoon confirmed the loan signing of Scunthorpe United left-back Scott Laird.


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Wyrley Christmas Cards! 

31 Aug

With only 116 days to Christmas, we are taking orders for our very own Wyrley Christmas cards, pictured below.


Referees Needed – Staffordshire Girls League 

31 Aug

Following the expansion of the Staffordshire Girls League for the 2016/17 season, the League require a number of registered officials in order to cover their fixtures on a weekly basis.


Darlaston denied first win of season by late Wyrley strike 

31 Aug

DARLASTON TOWN 1WYRLEY 1DARLASTON were denied their first win of the season when Wyrley's Chris Geldhart turned home a last-minute equaliser to give the visitors a share of the spoils.


Friday Night Footballvll @ Keele University 

30 Aug

We provide the structure, 3G pitch, changing rooms, referee and match balls – you provide the players...


SFA Coaching Roadshow to hit Leek Town FC 

30 Aug

The Staffordshire FA Coaching Roadshow continues into the month of September as County Coach Developer, Ronnie Reason will be delivering a session around the topic of The Principles of Play - Defending.


Kick It Out Calls For Full Time On Hate 

30 Aug

Ahead of the start of the new grassroots season, Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation is calling on the collective force of the game to ‘Call Full Time On Hate’.


We Won!! 

29 Aug

The Club is delighted to announce that through the efforts of all those who voted for the Club in the One Family Foundation vote, we have won £5,000 towards our Harrisons Development, This will be spent on : – £4,000 towards fencing ...


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Business »

Investigation into former Tesco CFO closed 

31 Aug

THE Financial Reporting Council\'s (FRC) investigation into the conduct of Tesco\'s former chief financial officer Laurie McIlwee has been stopped after it decided there was "no realistic prospect" of...


Sonopod – F Vent 

31 Aug

THE CLIENT’S CHALLENGEOne of the UK’s major 1st tier automotive suppliers approached Mechatronic Solutions to solve two challenges:the need to obtain repeatable processing from an operator-dependant processto permanently stake together two...


Pubco benefits from strong property values as estate stimulates income 

31 Aug

STAFFORDSHIRE pubco Punch Taverns has said full year trading has performed in line with expectations as the business focusses on continued growth in its estate.


St Modwen concludes new Longbridge leases 

30 Aug

REGENERATION specialist St.


Cadbury owner pulls out of major US acquisition 

30 Aug

CADBURY owner Mondelez International has pulled out of its attempt to buy US rival Hershey after its offer for the confectioner was rejected.


Special reunion for two historic Jaguars 

26 Aug

TWO historic Jaguar E-Types built on the same day 55 years ago have been reunited.


Carmaker recruits new interns to maintain skills levels 

26 Aug

BIRMINGHAM-based carmaker MG Motor UK, has enrolled new students onto its internship programme.


Global sales up 16% in Q1 for Jaguar Land Rover 

26 Aug

THE need for todays car manufacturers to continue with their massive investment programmes in order to sustain their global competitive edge has been thrown into sharp focus with Jaguar Land Ro...


Sertec Group completes WILD automotive takeover to create £250m giant 

26 Aug

The Jaguar Land Rover supplier has bought Midlands firm WILD automotive creating a roup with 10 manufacturing plants across the UK, Germany and Hungary...


Airport’s profits soar during successful year 

25 Aug

PROFITS at Birmingham Airport have soared by nearly £10m as its passenger numbers continue to set new records.


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Outdoors »

Wednesday 31st August 2016 

31 Aug

1045 - 1155 cloudy, 18c : Greylag, Cormorant 8, Heron 2, Tufted 3, Mute Swan 4, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull 8, Lesser Black-backed Gull 50, Lapwing 61, Pied Wagtail 9, House Martin 11, Swallow 2, Collared Dove 4, Jackdaw 55, Buzzard.


See through the SMOG 

31 Aug

Something kind of awesome happened last week – My friend showed me this clipping from the Isle of Wight County Press about Nathusius’ pipistrelles on the island.


Last Summer Visit 

31 Aug

Well it had to be done, last day of Summer so it seemed like something I should do.


A Quick Visit (before it got too hot) 

30 Aug

Lots more small bird action but nothing of particular note.


Tuesday 30th August 2016 

30 Aug

1000 - 1100 sunny & fine, 19c : Kingfisher, Lapwing 11, Cormorant 7, Heron 3, Mute Swan 4, Pied Wagtail 6, Chiffchaff 3, Blackcap, Swallow, Buzzard 3.


August 29th – Another day, another reservoir, this time Staunton… 

29 Aug

August 29th - Another day, another reservoir, this time Staunton Harold, a wee bit further east than Foremark, but in hillier country.


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CIN gaming podcast – August 2016 

27 Aug

THE CIN video games channel is back with podcast number six and the latest gaming news and discussion from around the world.


Worms W.M.D REVIEW – The best Worms yet 

25 Aug

IN 1995 I was introduced to possibly my favourite party game ever Worms - It was simple, fun and addictive.


Mads Mikkelsen set to star in Kojima’s Death Stranding game 

24 Aug

A NUMBER of images shared on social media has sent gamers into a frenzy over the possibility of seeing Mads Mikkelsen star in Hideo Kojima's upcoming game.


PlayStation Plus membership price set to increase next month 

22 Aug

SONY PlayStation has announced that the Plus membership is set to increase next month.


Deus Ex inspired mural appears in Birmingham 

22 Aug

A MURAL of Deus Ex protagonist Adam Jensen has appeared in Birmingham today (August 22) ahead of the worldwide launch of the latest game in the series.


Mobile game of Mr. Robot TV show launches on Google Play and App… 

20 Aug

GOLDEN Globe-winning television show Mr.


Resident Evil 7 – New gameplay trailer shown at Gamescom 2016 

19 Aug

A NEW gameplay trailer for the upcoming Resident Evil game has been revealed at this year's Gamescom event in Germany.


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Fatal M6 crash victim named   

23 Aug

A Telford man who died in a collision on the M6 on Sunday (21 August) has been named as Anthony Marston.


Witness appeal after baby dies in Walsall collision 

21 Aug

Police are appealing for witnesses after a four-month-old baby girl has died following a collision on the Birmingham Road in Walsall on Friday evening (19 August), just before 8:50pm.


Fatal crash closes M6 

21 Aug

Motorway police are investigating the cause of a fatal crash on the M6 earlier this afternoon (Sunday 21 August).


Bobby is on the ball after winning international rugby call-up 

19 Aug

When West Midlands Police officer Gemma Paul isn’t tackling crime she’s tackling opponents on the rugby field - and now she’s celebrating a first call-up to the women’s GB Police team.


Bikes seized in Bloxwich off road nuisance crackdown 

18 Aug

Three off road bikes have been seized today (18 August) following a crackdown on dangerous drivers across the Blakenall and Coalpool areas of Walsall.


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LocalGov »

Domiciliary Care 

31 Aug

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Callum Finn on 31 August 2016 .


Section 106 money regards planning application ref 11/1576/FL and Stubbers Green 

31 Aug

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Mr Carroll on 31 August 2016 .


Dangerous collapsing wall on public footpath, 29th August 

29 Aug

I am unclear if the wall if council property or private residential property, but a wall to two properties on the busy Pinson Road at the location indicated is severely breaking apart and tipping towards the pedestrian used footpath with only...


Contracting for Goods and Services 

26 Aug

Internal review request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by phil spring on 26 August 2016 .


FOI request: Number of families accommodated under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s Act 

26 Aug

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Jenny Pennington on 26 August 2016 .


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