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Walsall school handed grant to continue sports club 

31 Aug

LUCKY pupils at a school in Walsall have been given thousands of pounds worth of funding once again to expand their newly-formed sports club.


Bank Holiday weather: Damp, cloudy and outbreaks of rain 

31 Aug

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


All the colours of the rainbow at Walsall Pride 

30 Aug

Walsall's fourth Pride event was held in the town centre.


Jailed in July: See our gallery of criminals locked-up last month 

29 Aug

See photos of offenders locked up by Midland courts during July.


Campaigners call for ‘starter homes’ to be built on derelict… 

29 Aug

CAMPAIGNERS have launched a petition calling for a derelict site in Walsall to be designated for starter homes for younger people.


Walsall village group saves family fun day after two-year hiatus 

29 Aug

A DEDICATED village group has pulled out all the stops to ensure a popular and exciting family fun day returns in Walsall after a two-year hiatus.


Toby Carvery Streetly looks to cook up roast dinner world record 

29 Aug

A TOBY Carvery in Sutton Coldfield is attempting to become Guinness World Record holders for the largest online photo album of roast dinners.


Toby Carvery Streetly looks to cook up roast dinner world record 

29 Aug

A TOBY Carvery in Sutton Coldfield is attempting to become Guinness World Record holders for the largest online photo album of roast dinners.


Thousands of M6 drivers hit by 50mph speeding fines – but hundreds let off because of broken cameras 

29 Aug

Almost 8,000 drivers have been fined for breaking the 50mph temporary speed limit on the M6 - but hundreds escaped punishment due to faulty cameras.


‘Inadequate’ schools in Walsall are highlighted 

29 Aug

The number of schools rated inadequate by Ofsted in part of the Black Country over the last year was more than three times the national average.


Walsall Pride returns ‘bigger and better’ this weekend 

29 Aug

A POPULAR free celebration event which seeks to 'dispel myths' about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community will take place in Walsall for the fourth time promising to be 'bigger and better than ever'.


‘It’s supposed to be weed': Man found with £2m of amphetamines jailed 

29 Aug

Drugs with a street value of £2 million was seized by police on the M6 in Staffordshire, a judge heard.


Afghan ‘migrant’ boy arrested on M5 

28 Aug

A 13-year-old boy from Afghanistan found walking on the M5 alone in the dark is arrested on immigration matters, police say.


Concern as numbers of asylum seekers housed in Birmingham rises 

28 Aug

14 per cent increase of people being put up in Home Office funded accommodation in city...


Ready and raring to go: Meet the West Midlands Fire Service dogs 

28 Aug

They are ready and raring to go.


Jobs on the menu at Darlaston firm Alamgeer Foods 

28 Aug

Growth is on the menu for a Darlaston-based food importer and manufacturer after a £100,000 investment from Lloyds Bank helped it win a string of new contracts.


Love and laughter just the ticket for 60-year marriage 

28 Aug

A FORMER Sutton Coldfield milkman is celebrating an udder-ly spectular marriage milestone this week.


Love and laughter just the ticket for 60-year marriage 

28 Aug

A FORMER Sutton Coldfield milkman is celebrating an udder-ly spectular marriage milestone this week.


Walsall FC vs Chelsea: Cheer the Saddlers to success, says mayor 

28 Aug

The Mayor of Walsall has called on the town's football mad residents to get behind the Saddlers when they take on Premier League champions Chelsea next month.


Mystery solved – it was Pelsall Pirates in snap 

28 Aug

A mystery black and white photograph handed in to the Express Star has been identified.


Mum’s plea: Help us find the driver who ran over my 15-year-old son and left him to die 

27 Aug

Mandy Ruston in emotional plea six months after tragic death...


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Comment »

Everything went off without a hitch… 

30 Aug

Sometimes, something pops up that raises lots of questions - and so it is with this snippet from the Lichfield Mercury of 12th July 1940, when the emergency services, officials and even Boy Scouts of Brownhills and the local area came together to ...


He staked his all for the miners 

30 Aug

Today I post another great piece from Peter Cutler that I've had in the bag for a while - undeservedly so, for it's important and yet again shines light on someone the more lofty local mining historians seem to have cruelly overlooks: Albert Stanley ...


No shame in loss for Villans 

30 Aug

Bill Shaw can't leave the football alone, and since Walsall Wood had the day off yesterday, and since Bill lives in Leicestershire, it was a no-brainer for him to pop to Nuneaton to watch his other love, Pelsall Villa in action against Nuneaton Griff.


One and a half centuries 

29 Aug

Here's a film I've been keeping an eye out for for a while, and it was finally uploaded to YouTube last week by David Harper, for which I'm very grateful.


New Hall Mill open this Bank Holiday Monday – come and get crafty! 

29 Aug

New Hall Mill is open again this Monday for their Arts and Crafts Day and I can heartily recommend the place - It's fascinating and I had a great time there on Spring Bank Holiday Monday - not enough people know about this wonderful building.


Walsall Wood under 18s flatten Kidsgrove 

29 Aug

Since the main team are on a layoff today, both I and the young David Evans thought it might be good to highlight last weeks evening fixture from the Walsall Wood Under 18s team, when it's fair to say the Wood kids hammered visitors Kidsgrove ...


Get your live music fix at the Chase Inn this weekend! 

29 Aug

The revival of the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills continues apace - there's not only great ale and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, but great live music most weekends, too - tonight, (Saturday 29th August 2015) at 9:00pm you can catch rock covers band...


Dystopia 

29 Aug

There are marginally fewer books and films depicting the future breakdown of civilisation than there are infinite possibilities in a multiverse that can only be explained using string theory via the voice box of Stephen Hawking...


Another busy surgery yesterday at The Square, New Invention. 

28 Aug

Another busy surgery yesterday at The Square, New Invention.


Ticket to ride 

28 Aug

A lovely enquiry for the Bank Holiday weekend came in a couple of days ago courtesy of reader Lawrence Hodgkinson, who has submitted a beautiful scan of a rather unusual ticket stub from a railway special excursion in 1952.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – August public meeting this evening 

27 Aug

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening (Thursday 27th August 2015) there is a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly ...


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August Bank Holiday Monday Weather 

31 Aug

It is a very damp start to the Bank Holiday Monday with around 8mm of rain already received in the Hammerwich area by 08:30 hours.


August Bank Holiday Sunday weather 

30 Aug

Today sees the second day of the  Lichfield Food Festival around the city centre and it should be another dry and mild day for organisers, visitors and stall holders.


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Features »

Walsall player 462. Jimmy O’Neill 

30 Aug

Jimmy O’Neill (born 24 November 1941 at Larne, Northern Ireland) was a Northern Irish footballer who played for Sunderland and the Northern Ireland national football team as a forward.


Walsall player 461 William Anthony “Billy” O’Neill 

30 Aug

• William Anthony “Billy” O’Neill (born 29 December 1919) was an Irish professional footballer who played as a midfielder.


Some Mela people 

30 Aug

A few of the lovely people I met at the Walsall Mela...


To J. J. Rousseau 

30 Aug

THOU shrill-voiced dreamer of that Golden Age When men together dwelt in amity, And, wars and wealth unknown, simplicity Made justice possible ; before the sage Turned priest or lawyer ; before the sage Betrayed the nations to worse slavery.


Planner pages w/c 31st August 2015 

30 Aug

These are my pages for next week.


Life’s Experience 

30 Aug

To me in early time they came A vision of a lofty good ; It stirr'd me with ambition's aim, And sent a fire along the blood ! I spurn'd beneath my feet as dross Whate'er seem'd alien to my dream, And wealth and ease I counted loss, To reach ...


Walslall Mela Photos – take one 

30 Aug

Here are some Walsall Mela photos, more to follow.


Start Of Term Arrangements 

30 Aug

The new Year 7 and Year 12 will begin school on Friday 4th September 2015.


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Walsall FC »

 

31 Aug

Sports Desk Live - August 31...


 

31 Aug

Transfer Rumours - August 31...


Blackpool 0 Walsall 4 – Face in the crowd 

30 Aug

Can you see your face in the crowd? Check out our gallery of fans who made the trip to the seaside and saw Walsall thrash Blackpool.


REACTION | Neil McDonald – “We Were Totally Outplayed” 

29 Aug

Blackpool manager Neil McDonald has spoken to his club's official website following Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League 1 defeat to Walsall, and has taken full responsibility for his side's poor performance as they were put to the...


REACTION | Smith – “It’s a Manager’s Dream” 

29 Aug

Walsall manager Dean Smith has spoken to his club's official website following Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League 1 victory over Blackpool, and has praised his side as they collected their sixth win in a row.


REPORT | Blackpool 0 Walsall 4 

29 Aug

On Saturday afternoon, Walsall Football Club travelled North to take on Blackpool in the latest Sky Bet League 1 fixture of the season.


Five things you may have missed 

29 Aug

Emotional tributes, winning runs extended and ageless strikers - BBC Sport rounds up Saturday's Football League action.


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POINTS SHARED BETWEEN PICS’ & SPORTS 

30 Aug

RICHARD SNEEKES GIVES HIS POST MATCH VERDICT AFTER 1-1 HOME DRAW WITH MICKLEOVER SPORTS...


Star run out of steam. 

29 Aug

Star’s FA cup journey came to an abrupt end today as they visited Newcastle Town.


11s Panthers 12 Wolves 1 

29 Aug

A massive well done to our Under 11s Panthers Girls who beat Wolves U11s 12 – 1 today at Long Lane.


U18s suffer cruel defeat 

28 Aug

Young Pics fall to stoppage time strike...


Pics in action twice in three days 

28 Aug

Rushall's home clash with Mickleover followed by a trip to Stourbridge Monday night...


INTRODUCING OUR MATCH SPONSOR 

28 Aug

NEW SPONSOR FOR THE PICS...


ARE YOU A GOLDLINE WINNER THIS WEEK 

28 Aug

CHECK OUT THE LATEST GOLDLINE RESULTS...


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Business »

Availability of long-term growth capital threatens MSB expansion plans 

28 Aug

GAPS in the funding ladder could be preventing medium-sized businesses in the West Midlands from realising their growth ambitions, according to a new report.


Service sector firms reporting healthy growth over last quarter 

27 Aug

SERVICE sector firms in the UK have reported healthy growth for the three months to August, with optimism improving at the fastest pace for a year, according to a new study.


Cradley Heath developers turn into Blackburn rovers in search of property hotspot 

26 Aug

A BLACK Country property developer has identified Blackburn as a new buy to let hotspot after the town was named the best place in Britain to make a living.


Carillion-owned subsidiary opens new hotel at the NEC and airport 

26 Aug

A HOTEL management company, which forms part of Wolverhampton-based Carillions operations, has opened a new venue in the NEC complex.


Walsall retail park acquired by BP Pension Fund 

26 Aug

Reedswood Retail Park, home to many national retailers, has been sold for 23.8m by the Church Commissioners for England ...


Virgin sees significant improvement in West Coast Main Line revenues 

26 Aug

VIRGIN Rail Group\'s West Coast rail service is continuing to perform strongly following changes to its franchise agreement, the groups minority shareholder has said.


Carillion storms the £2bn revenue barrier 

26 Aug

WOLVERHAMPTON construction and support services giant Carillion has seen its six month revenue total surge past the £2bn mark.


Former Rolls Royce executive to head Midland-based Energy Research Accelerator 

26 Aug

Gordon Waddingtons appointment follows the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of an initial 60 million funding for the Midland-based energy research and development hub ...


Family law partner joins Irwin Mitchell’s Midlands team 

26 Aug

Clare Wiseman has joined Irwin Mitchells Birmingham team from George Green Solicitors ...


Alamgeer Foods increases spice imports thanks to funding facilities 

26 Aug

By securing an international trade finance loan and an invoice discounting facility the firm is set to increase imports ...


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Outdoors »

Farewell to Summer 

31 Aug

There we go then.


Follow-up to this afternoons posting – Of interest to more serious birders? 

30 Aug

My encounter today with some unusually dark juvenile Blackcap has led me to do a little research on clinal variation.


Sunday 30th August 2015 

30 Aug

1345 - 1400 drizzle, 15c : Great Crested Grebe, Greylag 2, Cormorant 3, Heron, Mute Swan pair + cyg.


Valley Girl 

30 Aug

I’ve been spending a lot of time this year looking at the bats of what some of the locals call the Holbrook Valley in Walsall.


What a glorious day! 

30 Aug

Photo by mali (Lakenheath Warren) I left the house at about 10.20 this morning and told Mrs Chaz that I would be back in an hour.


         “Okay– I’m clearly interrupting something. I’ll come back later.” 

30 Aug

         “ O kay I’m clearly interrupting something.


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“Incredible Service” Makes Impression on Mayor of Stourport 

28 Aug

The vital work of a local charity was highlighted as the Mayor of Stourport-on-Severn paid a recent visit to Acorns Children’s Hospice.


Full House at Children’s Hospice Fundraising Event 

28 Aug

A long-standing fundraiser has raised an impressive £933.49 for Acorns Children’s Hospice thanks to a bingo night.


Acorns Shop in Pershore Gears up for Plum Festival 

25 Aug

Acorns Children’s Hospice shop in Pershore is gearing up for the Plum Festival this weekend with the creation of a very special window display.


Children’s Hospice Physio Calls on Fundraisers to Join Marathon 

25 Aug

A road-running physiotherapist is calling on fundraisers to get out of the blocks to help provide vital support for children and their families.


Dedicated Fundraiser Signs up for Run in Memory of Brother 

25 Aug

A road-running Tipton man is gearing up for a marathon challenge in memory of his brother.


Mayor of Worcester Inspired by Children’s Hospice Visit 

20 Aug

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Worcester has said he was ‘inspired’ after spending time at Acorns Children’s Hospice recently.


Donations Needed as Children’s Hospice Gears up for Garden Fete 

18 Aug

Excitement is building for the annual garden fete at Acorns Children’s Hospice in Selly Oak and the charity is appealing to members of the public for their help.


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Man arrested after car ‘stung’ on M6 exit 

27 Aug

Police have arrested a man after a stolen vehicle was ‘stung’ in Great Barr this morning (27 August).


Police search for man missing from work in Walsall 

26 Aug

Police in Walsall are searching for missing man Robert Elwell.


Two people charged with murder of Bloxwich woman Susan Whiting 

21 Aug

Detectives investigating the death of Susan Whiting have charged a man and a woman with her murder.


Police searching for missing Walsall woman find body 

19 Aug

Detectives searching for missing Walsall woman Susan Whiting have found a body at a house in Walsall.


Missing from Walsall: Susan Whiting 

18 Aug

Walsall Police are growing increasingly concerned for the safety of a missing disabled woman.


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LocalGov »

Unsafe LED Street Light, 28th August 

28 Aug

Friday 28/8/15 @ 15:00 ...


Agency Spend 

28 Aug

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Francesca Sandiford on 28 August 2015 .


Essential maintenance affecting electronic forms 

28 Aug

Due to essential maintenance work, there will be some intermittent disruption to all Council online forms between 9:00 Wednesday 2nd September 2015 and 18:00 Friday 4th September 2015.


Graffiti on Wall., 27th August 

27 Aug

Large amount of graffiti on the wall which faces on to the playing field.


Spending on different Public Health concerns 

27 Aug

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Jack Stanson on 27 August 2015 .


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