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Inspirational Walsall cancer survivor to scale new heights in… 

13 Feb

BATTLING and defeating cancer twice, losing her mother to the same disease, and seeing her father suffer through dementia Julie Checkley has been through her fair share in life.


Walsall TGI Fridays to open next week 

13 Feb

Another restaurant in Walsall's new £12 million Waterfront complex is to open next week, it has been announced.


Walsall to get no new money from £300m local government… 

13 Feb

THE borough of Walsall will get no new money from a 300m local government settlement.


Two people ‘ejected’ from car and taken to hospital after… 

13 Feb

TWO people were treated for injuries yesterday afternoon after being 'ejected' from their vehicle.


Walsall school becomes one of the first nationwide to scoop… 

13 Feb

A WALSALL school has become one of the first in the country to win an award for its care for pupils with diabetes.


Relocated St Giles Walsall Hospice shop open for business 

13 Feb

The relocated St Giles Walsall Hospice shop was officially opened at a special ceremony in the borough last week.


Relocated St Giles Walsall Hospice shop open for business 

13 Feb

The relocated St Giles Walsall Hospice shop was officially opened at a special ceremony in the borough last week.


Walsall terror trial: Accused linked to hate preacher Abu Hamza 

13 Feb

A student of hook-handed hate cleric Abu Hamza and 7/7 preacher Abdullah al-Faisal was a guest speaker at a conference at a Black Country hotel, a terror trial at the Old Bailey heard.


​’Unsafe’ Walsall HGV driver disqualified from driving profession… 

12 Feb

AN unsafe Walsall HGV driver who created a false record of his duties to be on the road for 15 out of 19 hours and then 18 out of 24 in the same week has been disqualified from driving professionally.


Primark confirms new store opening date at The Fort Shopping Park… 

12 Feb

A POPULAR discount fashion retailer has confirmed the opening date for its new store at an Erdington retail park.


​Urgent appeal for family of Walsall Manor Hospital patient 

12 Feb

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is urgently appealing for help to locate the family of one of its Manor Hospital patients.


Walsall terror trial: Suspect’s ISIS talk was ‘flirting’ 

12 Feb

A terror-accused told a jury messages he sent to a woman where he talked about radicalisation and going on holiday to the Islamic State were a 'joke' and he was 'flirting'.


​Rapidly improving Walsall school taken out of special measures 

12 Feb

A 'RAPIDLY improving' Walsall school has been taken out of special measures by inpsectors.


Weekend weather and Met Office forecast for next week 

12 Feb

Here is the latest forecast for the next five days from the Met Office along with the long-range outlook for the UK.


M6 Toll goes up for sale 

12 Feb

The M6 Toll is being put up for sale by the banks that own it in a bid to get back the £1.9 billion they are owed.


UK’s first toll motorway for sale 

11 Feb

The loss-making M6 Toll road is put up for sale for nearly £2bn, the BBC understands.


‘Bodies kept in dirty corridor’ claim slammed by Walsall funeral… 

11 Feb

A WALSALL funeral firm has vehemently denied claims by a national newspaper that it stored bodies in a dirty corridor.


Retirement apartment plans for vacant Walsall site given the… 

11 Feb

PLANS to build retirement apartments on the site of a former print works in Walsall have been the go-ahead by council bosses.


Summer start date for work on multi-million pound Walsall Manor… 

11 Feb

WORK on a much-needed multi-million pound unit which will bring two outdated and cramped Walsall Manor Hospital departments together is expected to start this summer.


Far right group march revisiting 2012 Walsall route where anti-Islam demonstrators created havoc 

11 Feb

Far-right protestors will march down the same street in Walsall where anti-Islam demonstrators created havoc four years ago, organisers have revealed.


Australian man missing for 16 years found sleeping rough in Walsall 

11 Feb

An Australian man who went missing for 16 years has been found by his family, sleeping rough in Walsall.


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Clayhanger Villa: what do you know? 

13 Feb

Since it's Saturday, I thought I'd share this great football team lineup pictures from reader Jean Houghton, featuring her dad, Jack Hinks.


Fantastic rock covers band live at The Chase Inn tonight! 

13 Feb

The Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills goes from strength to strength - there's not only great ale and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, but great live music most weekends, too - and there's a great act on tonight.


Walsall Wood FC v Dunkirk FC at home this afternoon! 

13 Feb

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood FC playing Dunkirk at Oak Park this afternoon! Continue reading...


Market forces 

12 Feb

A good friend has recently sent me the above booklet, published in 1992 by Walsall Local History Centre about the oral history of Walsall Market - although generally outside our normal area, I thought it would be of interest to many readers who have ...


On Parade 

12 Feb

Thanks to reader Dean Rogers who contacted me yesterday, I can share with readers the above image of a genuine Brownhills postcard, depicting the junction of The Parade and Chester Road - I'd guess in the early 1960s.


There’s something in the woodshed! 

11 Feb

There's a really great thing starting to take place in Aldridge at the moment, and as a chap that likes to make stuff, repair things and generally create bits and pieces with my hands, this looks like a great project that really chimes with me.


Sign the Petition to Block Off Northfields Way in Clayhanger 

11 Feb

Following recent illegal traveller encampments, antisocial behaviour, flytipping and suspected drugs activity, the people of Clayhanger have had enough and are petitioning Walsall Council to permanently block off the unsed stub of Northfields Way in ...


Ravens Court External Clean-Up Due 

11 Feb

I’ve had confirmation from the Area Partnership that the whole area of Raven’s Court and behind the shops will be getting a good clean up, including this load of rubbish I took in November that’s still there!! It’s planned for the 3rd, 4th or...


Quacks 

11 Feb

For a man of my age and given a lifetime of rather unpleasant and somewhat destructive habits, I am unfairly blessed with remarkably good health...


“Fancy A Quickie?” 2 Bedroom Maisonette, Howdles Lane, Brownhills, WS8. With Yields Of 7.84%. 

10 Feb

A two bedroom maisonette, Howdles Lane, Brownhills, WS8.


Bicycle thieves active in Brownhills: have you seen this bikes? 

10 Feb

Yet again, it's my sad duty to report burglaries in Brownhills - two more bikes have been stolen, one from a shed in Ogley Road at 10am on Monday, 9th February 2016.


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Not a great day for light and shade 

13 Feb

After a few early starts this week I am back to writing this blog at a more “normal” time.


Jet stream heading south. 

12 Feb

Over the next few days the jet stream will be sitting well below our area and this means that over the next few days we are set for a period of cool but mostly dry weather.


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Features »

First Timers and Record Breakers – 13 February 2016 

13 Feb

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Joe HUMPHREYS 21:49 Eleanor LANGSTON-JONES 33:48 Ian RONDEAU 22:24 Craig WEBSTER 33:52 Callum HUMPHREYS 23:26 Donna WEBSTER 33:54 Ben HAWLEY 24:15 Jag KHAKH 33:55 Emma BEECH 25:...


Walsall Arboretum parkrun, Event number 205 – 6th February 2016 

12 Feb

This week there were 280 runners, of whom 15 were running their first parkrun and 11 were first time tourists.


Pine Resin (Part 1: Rosin) 

12 Feb

I’ve been playing about with pine resin this week – there’s like a million uses for the stuff, but I was mainly interested in its fire lighting properties.


Room K, Full Moon, Bristol 

12 Feb

The Full Moon, in the centre of Bristol invited me to decorate one of their rooms in the 70-bed backpackers hostel at the bottom of Stokes Croft.


Black Country Games 

12 Feb

Year 8 and 9 pupils Nina Howard, Riya Mistry, Lydia Roper, Cody Robins and Emily Allen have received certificates for reaching the finals of the Black Country Games.


Year 11 Speaking & Listening Exam: Help Your Child Revise 

12 Feb

iGCSE Speaking and Listening (20%): a 10 minute talk and discussion on a pupil’s chosen topic.


Crafter’s Companion Inspiration Team – Kraft Rose Card 

12 Feb

This card is my second for February for CRAFTER'S COMPANION Inspiration Team.


Give Up Clothes for Cancer Research UK #IGiveUpMy 

12 Feb

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a wardrobe full of clothes and nothing to wear for that special occasion.


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Walsall FC »

MATCH REPORT | Crewe Alexandra 1 Walsall 1 

13 Feb

On Saturday afternoon, Sean O'Driscoll's Walsall side travelled to Gresty Road as they took on Crewe Alexandra in the latest Sky Bet League 1 fixture of the season.


Lalkovic – It Was a Frustrating Result, But Let’s Stay Together 

13 Feb

Following Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League 1 draw between the Saddlers and Crewe Alexandra, Walsall winger Milan Lalkovic took to Twitter to discuss the result, and urge the fans to stay together.


AUDIO | O’Driscoll Pleased with Walsall’s Level of Performance 

13 Feb

Walsall Head Coach Sean O'Driscoll has spoken to BBC WM Sport following Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League 1 draw between his Saddlers and Crewe Alexandra, and has insisted that he was satisfied with his team's' level of performance.


O’Driscoll ‘We Were Excellent’ 

13 Feb

O'Driscoll 'We Were Excellent' Vitalfootball:Walsall:13/02/2016 18:48:00 Head Coach pleased with level of performance despite losing ground on the promotion sides.


Stats: Crewe v Walsall 

13 Feb

Stats: Crewe v Walsall Vitalfootball:Walsall:13/02/2016 18:44:00 All the stats from Crewe (1) vs (1) Walsall, Gresty Road, 13.02.16 Att: 5,123...


Lalkovic Issues Rallying Cry ‘Stay Together’ 

13 Feb

Lalkovic Issues Rallying Cry 'Stay Together' Vitalfootball:Walsall:13/02/2016 18:14:00 Lalkovic called on fans to stay together as their frustrations boiled over on social media following the 1-1 draw with Crewe...


Sean O’Driscoll: Walsall should have won 

13 Feb

Walsall boss Sean O’Driscoll was disappointed with the result but pleased with his side’s performance following their 1-1 draw against Crewe.


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U8s Lions after players 

13 Feb

Our U8s Lions are looking for players to complete their squad.


FOOTBALL: Baggies legend Sneekes and Worcester City loanee Morris… 

12 Feb

WITH three straight losses to end 2015, few people could have predicted Rushall's superb undefeated start to the New Year, and nobody is more pleased about it than manager Richard Sneekes.


Warley & District Sunday League 

12 Feb

Sunday February 7Some fixtures curtailed by weather conditionsAPD Challenge Cup Round 1Khalsa Sports 3--1 Tipton FCO.


Sneekes – We knew something had to change 

11 Feb

Pics manager and loanee give their thoughts on recent form...


Staffordshire host Local Heats of The FA People’s Cup 

11 Feb

Sunday 7th February, saw Staffordshire FA host the Local Heat stages of the Disability FA People’s Cup at St George’s Park.


FOOTBALL: Rushall Olympic hoping to knock on door of Northern… 

11 Feb

RUSHALL Olympic face a big week in their battle to make the Evo-Stik Northern Premier play-offs and boss Richard Sneekes admits the Pics will need to be almost perfect in their run-in if they are to claim a top-five spot.


SNOOKER: Walsall potter Joyce takes Mark Allen scalp on way to… 

11 Feb

MARK Joyce believes he is 'knocking on the door' of a major breakthrough in the snooker world after reaching the German Masters quarter-finals last week.


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Business »

M6 Toll road owners seeking an exit, reports suggest 

12 Feb

THE future of the M6 Toll is in doubt this morning with well-informed reports suggest it has been put up for sale for around £2bn.


Redrow faces more rejection over controversial housing estate 

12 Feb

Plans for disused playing fields in Harborne set to hit the buffers again after housebuilder told proposals are 'unacceptable' due to loss of recreational space...


COMMENT: Don’t let Green Belt guidelines stall the Engine for Growth 

11 Feb

JAGUAR Land Rover has issued the Government and local planning authorities with what amounts to an ultimatum over the latest phase of its ambitious growth strategy.


Midlands Engine in peril as JLR issues ultimatum to the Government 

11 Feb

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has submitted plans for the expansion of its Whitley base in what will be seen as a serious test of the Governments commitment to support the Midlands Eng...


London Midland to provide Ricoh Arena trains for sports fans – but only of the oval ball variety 

11 Feb

THE so-called ghost station which has recently opened at Ricoh Arena in Coventry will, after all, be in use for supporters heading to the ground - as long as they are rugby fans.


Fall in JLR sales in China dents Tata Motors’ Profits 

11 Feb

Tata Motors said today that net profit for the last quarter fell by 2%, hit by lower JLR sales in China.


Call to boycott Cadbury chocolate this Easter over no tax fury 

11 Feb

Methodist Tax Justice Network behind campaign after it emerged firm's owner paid zero corporation tax.


BREAKING NEWS: Q3 revenues dip for Jaguar Land Rover as China slows 

11 Feb

SLOWER sales in China depressed third quarter earnings for Jaguar Land Rover although latest figures out today show the manufacturers sales up 23% compared with the previous years Q3.


Thriving on traditional values 

11 Feb

Thriving on traditional valuesTraditional values are still at the heart of Timsons Engineering which, through its 80 year history, has thrived on being able to meet the high expectations of clients.


Window restoration for St Michaels Church, Barbados 

11 Feb

We were approached by a local company, Morart Design, to help in the restoration of a large cast iron stained glass window frame for St Michaels Church in Barbados.


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Outdoors »

Saturday report 

13 Feb

Good old Kev Clements ( world famous counter of Coot ) paid a visit today while I was in Walsall debauching myself on real ale! ( Good job that somebody takes this birdwatching seriously eh? ).


Saturday 13th February 2016 

13 Feb

0845 - 1000 overcast, cold, 4c : Great Crested Grebe 2, Heron, Cormorant 5, Mute Swan 2, Coot 35, Moorhen 5, Goosander 7, Teal 4, Pochard m, Shoveler m, Tufted 30, Mallard 50+, Pied Wagtail, Starling 20, all 5 common gull species, Blackbird 3, Robin...


February 12th – Still just light for 75% of my commute home, the… 

13 Feb

February 12th - Still just light for 75% of my commute home, the bright western skies were a cheering feature of commutes this week.


Pine Resin (Part 1: Rosin) 

12 Feb

I’ve been playing about with pine resin this week – there’s like a million uses for the stuff, but I was mainly interested in its fire lighting properties.


Friday 12th February 2016 

12 Feb

0930 - 1020, weak sun, 2c : Goosander 5, Pochard, Tufted 33, Cormorant 5, Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, Heron 2, Lapwing 45, Common Gull 6, GBb Gull 12, Herring/LBb Gull 25, Bh Gull 150+, Coot 41, Moorhen 7, Pied Wagtail 3, Starling 6, Goldfinch 2...


Chasewater Roost 

11 Feb

Not much to report in the roost today, a Med gull and a couple of Yellow Legged Gull were the highlights along with the now regular Ring Necked Parakeet which put in a brief appearance.


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Love and war – Call of Duty tournaments heading your way over… 

12 Feb

IF you love playing games then you will probably love watching others play them, so why not tune in this weekend to watch some of the best Call of Duty players compete to win a share of the prize pool - worth just over 69,000.


Love and war – Call of Duty tournaments heading your way over… 

12 Feb

IF you love playing games then you will probably love watching others play them, so why not tune in this weekend to watch some of the best Call of Duty players compete to win a share of the prize pool - worth just over 69,000.


Ubisoft confirms ‘No Assassin’s Creed game for 2016’ 

11 Feb

UBISOFT have released a statement which officially states that there will be no Assassin's Creed video game released this year.


Xbox One version of Rocket League arrives next week 

11 Feb

SPORTS-ACTION hit Rocket League will be available for digital download on Xbox One next Wednesday (February 17).


Collective Minds Strike Pack (Xbox One) review 

11 Feb

IT'S a thumbs up from me for the Collective Minds Strike Pack, which rivals Scuf and Xbox One Elite controllers, as it makes in-game movement smooth and easy.


Nostalgia and hits head to Birmingham Alexandra Theatre for 60s… 

10 Feb

MUSIC lovers will be given a blast from the past when a dynamic 1960s show takes to the stage of Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre.


James Bay announces performance at Cannock Chase Forest 

10 Feb

JAMES BAY AT FOREST LIVE: James Bay will play at Cannock Chase Forest on July 8 as part of Forest Live.


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Walsall drug dealer jailed for decade for gun possession 

5 Feb

A Walsall drug dealer has been jailed for over ten years for guns and class A drugs possession.


Police search for missing Bloxwich man 

5 Feb

Police are searching for a Bloxwich man who has been missing since yesterday afternoon (5 Feb).


Appeal for witnesses to fatal M6 crash 

4 Feb

Crash investigators are appealing for witnesses to a collision on the M6 near Birmingham in the early hours of this morning (Feb 4) that left a man dead.


Man faces Walsall canal theft and attempted rape claims 

4 Feb

A man has appeared before Walsall Magistrates today (Thursday 4 February) charged with theft, possession of a knife and attempted rape.


Trial begins for Walsall pair facing terrorism charges 

2 Feb

A man and a woman from Walsall are due to appear at court today (Tuesday 2 February) accused of Syria-related terrorism charges.


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LocalGov »

Pothole opened up around cover, 13th February 

13 Feb

The surfacing has broken up around the cover creating a large pothole as you enter the island from the Chester rd north heading towards brownhills high street Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps):...


Obstruction in highway, 12th February 

12 Feb

26 Michael Road have installed plastic ramps in the highway creating a trip hazard to pedestrians and cyclists, also impeding water drainage Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 22 Michael Road, ...


Supply spend for Primary schools in Walsall 

12 Feb

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Jane Barnett on 12 February 2016 .


Housing Related Support Commissioning 

12 Feb

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to rwilson on 12 February 2016 .


Litter all along road, 12th February 

12 Feb

Litter all along street Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 117 Cavendish Road, Walsall Report on FixMyStreet...


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