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Drunken Wolverhampton mum locked out of flat by daughter SET FIRE to corridor outside 

1 Sep

Julie Battisson, 44, set the blaze as she tried to rouse her sleeping 19-year-old daughter...

Valerie Vaz MP backs fight against housing development near… 

31 Aug

AN MP has backed the concerns of local environmentalists who are fighting plans for a development of 14 large houses in a gated development in Walsall.

More people from West Midlands deserve honours, says Civil Service chief 

31 Aug

Sir Bob Kerslake believes more people from the West Midlands deserve Honour gongs...

Still plenty of time to enter Walsall Run 2014, say organisers 

31 Aug

POTENTIAL participants for a long-standing charity run in Walsall have just weeks left to enter the good cause.

Drunken arsonist loses appeal 

31 Aug

A drunken woman who started a fire outside her daughter’s flat to wake her after she was locked out, has lost an appeal against her jail sentence.

Walsall pupils achieve record results 

31 Aug

Pupils in Walsall achieved record results in this year's SATS, education chiefs have revealed.

Plans for new Walsall swimming pool scrapped 

31 Aug

Plans to close a town centre’s iconic baths and replace it with a new pool and multi-storey car park have been scrapped.

New scheme will see free meals for hundreds of Walsall College… 

31 Aug

HUNDREDS of Walsall College students will have access to free meals when a new scheme launches next month.

New Street Station fall death pair could have been brawling moments before plunge 

31 Aug

Detectives investigating the double tragedy believe the pair fell onto railway tracks after getting involved in a row...

IN PICTURES: Family fun day at Walsall Leather Museum 

30 Aug

MORE than 1,000 visitors escaped the rain to make the most of an indoor family fun day at Walsall Leather Museum.

Celebrations as Walsall Manor Hospital marks 20th anniversary of… 

30 Aug

COLLEAGUES at Walsall Manor Hospital gathered this week to mark the 20th anniversary of its maternity department.

Walsall Police’s magpie officer reunites laptop with Bargain Hunt… 

30 Aug

AN eagle-eyed Walsall police officer has reunited a television auctioneer with his laptop after it was stolen during a train journey.

West Midlands Police officer facing sack over seaside night out attack 

30 Aug

Daniel Sallmon was off-duty when he beat his victim during an argument while he was out in Plymouth in Devon...

Walsall construction worker ‘lucky to be alive’ after falling… 

30 Aug

A CONSTRUCTION worker from Darlaston is "lucky to be alive" after a four kilogram metal wheel fell seven metres and struck his head.

Man killed after fall onto railway tracks named 

30 Aug

The second man who died after being found injured on railway tracks at Birmingham New Street Station has been named as Hitesh Dhirajlal from West Bromwich.

Dedicated Walsall runner to tackle Great Birmingham Run at age of… 

30 Aug

AGE will be no barrier for a dedicated Walsall fund-raiser who will be tackling a half marathon to raise funds for disabled and terminally ill children.

Success as Walsall school children show progress in SATs tests 

30 Aug

Walsall schoolpupils achieved their best ever results in this year's national curriculum tests - known as SATS - 'delighted' education chiefs have revealed.

New Street rail tragedy: Second victim named 

29 Aug

Family pay tribute to Hitesh Dhirajlal, 31, from West Bromwich, who was found fatally injured on tracks...

Senior Walsall Council social worker sacked over ‘serious… 

29 Aug

A FORMER senior social worker at Walsall Council has been suspended after failing to act on concerns about injuries and neglect regarding children with disabilities.

Autism support group to launch in Great Barr 

29 Aug

A newgroup that will support parents and carers of children with autism is set to launch in Great Barr next month.

Driver hurt in M6 crash north of Birmingham 

29 Aug

Major delays after car and lorry collide in roadworks between J12 and J11a on southbound carriageway...

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Excellent… a survey and whitepaper for #commsforchange14 

1 Sep

In September, some of the brightest minds in public sector comms will come to Birmingham for our rather fine #commsforchange14 event.

Grandma`s footsteps 

1 Sep

What`s the time Mr Wolf...

In Deed 

1 Sep

Some time ago, when Brownhills local Councillor Barbara Cassidy very generously donated some excellent images for publication on the blog, there was an extra item David Evans was allowed to handle and photograph, which is a rather astonishing and ...

POST CRISIS: Being an informal whistleblower should be part of the job description 

31 Aug

So now ‘Rotherham’ is doomed to enter the lexican of towns long shadowed by failure.

Looking for Brenda Pitt, please 

31 Aug

I'm interested in contact details for a local lady called Brenda Pitt who was very possibly married to John Thomas - I think Brenda was a Brownhills resident originally, but may also have lived in Rushall and/or Aldridge.

These are not well-to-do folk… 

31 Aug

It's always a pleasure and delight to feature contributions from Walsall Wood history experts John and Paul Anslow - yesterday they sent me an absolutely remarkable group photo following the wedding of Walter Yates from Walsall Wood to Annie Baker of...

Woodmen fail to dent Stafford Rangers 

31 Aug

Before a large crowd of supporters and a coach load of away fans, Walsall Wood FC bravely, but ultimately unsuccessfully fought Stafford Rangers on Saturday afternoon (30th August 2014), to be eventually beaten 3-0.

Aldridge Charity Cricket Match and Barbecue this afternoon! 

30 Aug

Jasmin Fisher has been in touch to ask if I'd let readers know about the above event - a Charity Cricket Game and Barbecue being held at Aldridge Cricket Club at 1:30pm today, Sunday 31st August 2014.

Shed burglaries in Shire Oak overnight: did you see anything? 

30 Aug

Terri Fallon Nicholls from Lichfield Road in Shire Oak has been in touch today regarding the fact that her shed, and that of a near neighbour were burgled in the early hours of Saturday, 30th August 2014.

Walsall Wood battle Stafford Rangers in FA Cup match this afternoon 

30 Aug

Saturday 30th August 2014 - home match Walsall Wood v Stafford Rangers - Come cheer the lads along in this vital FA Cup match.

Pheasey Fit and Fun Day 

29 Aug

John Morris has been in touch with me about this great event tomorrow at the Collingwood Centre.

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A new month but new weather? 

1 Sep

The rain cloud that I spoke about yesterday in now fairly well fragmented and although there is still a 40% risk of some drizzle or light rain this morning the risk is greatly reduced from what was on radar forecast yesterday.

Is today the end of summer 2014 or not? 

31 Aug

Today, according to the Met office, is the last day of summer but is it?  If we go by the equinox then Autumn starts on the 23 September whilst Phenologists decide the seasons by the “movements” in nature.

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More WW2 Recipes 

31 Aug

I have found that doing research into these different things that I do, I am always finding things out which I did not know.


31 Aug

This past week I haven’t felt too well.

Back to School on Tuesday 

31 Aug

Children return to school on Tuesday morning at 8.55 after the Summer holiday.

Silent Sunday 

31 Aug

  Posted with Blogsy The post Silent Sunday appeared first on Petit Mom .


31 Aug

Crash!Bang!Wallop!  has all the things kids love!!! This is the Midlands biggest most thrilling indoor fun centre for children, an indoor adventure wonderland where children can spend hours of adventure and exploration.


30 Aug


First Timers and Record Breakers – 30 August 2014 

30 Aug

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Jordan Preece 22:22 Michael Pallatina 36:09 Joseph Davies 23:57 Lorraine Hodson 36:35 Tim Bakewell 24:49 Adam Hackett 37:47 Mark Green 24:55 Dipty Rathod 39:41 Erica Johnstone 28...

The Mean Green Drying Machine 

30 Aug

This post ain't very rock and roll but I'm so excited about my new toy I just had to share.

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31 Aug

The first two rounds of The FA Women's Cup were drawn at Wembley Stadium on Friday afternoon, as 64 clubs enter the competition at the Preliminary Round stage.


31 Aug

Walsall supporters are invited to attend a Fun Day that is taking place at Bronze Cricket Club in Great Barr on Sunday, 7th September, in memory of Bert Chambers, the father of Saddlers duo Adam and James, who sadly passed away last year.


31 Aug

Yesterday afternoon, Walsall Football Club travelled to Glanford Park to take on Scunthorpe United in Sky Bet League One, below are the highlights.


31 Aug

On Saturday afternoon Walsall Football Club travelled to Glanford Park to take on Scunthorpe United, regular contributor  Berian Lowe was in attendance, and shares his views below.


30 Aug

Earlier today Walsall Football Club travelled to Glanford Park to take on Scunthorpe United in Sky Bet League One.

Scunthorpe United 2-1 Walsall 

30 Aug

Scunthorpe United 2-1 Walsall Vitalfootball:Walsall:30/08/2014 21:17:00 The Saddlers winless start to the season continued with a disappointing defeat at Glanford Park.


30 Aug

Walsall manager Dean Smith has this evening spoken to the club's official website to reflect on Saturday afternoon's disappointing 2-1 away defeat to previously winless Scunthorpe United.

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Walsall’s Daniel Breeze loves being a pro 

1 Sep

Walsall's Daniel Breeze today claimed he has no regrets about turning pro as he prepares for his second paid bout at Aston Villa Football Club's Holte Suite.

Footballer Natty Howell turns pro – as a boxer! 

1 Sep

Natty Howell had the world at his feet as a teenager - now the former footballer is hoping a future will come from his fists.


31 Aug


September 2014 Newsletter 

31 Aug

September 2014 Newsletter...

Wyrley Panthers u8′s reach the final at the midland soccer academy tournament 

31 Aug

What a fantastic day for our Wyrley Panthers under 8′s team this afternoon, the Panthers team played some wonderful football against truly excellent football teams.

02/09/14 Willenhall Town vs Ellesmere Rangers – 7.45pm – WMRL 

31 Aug

The Lockmen entertain Ellesmere Rangers at Long Lane Park on Tuesday night.


31 Aug


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Ian Callum and Classic Motor Cars redesign Mark 2 Jaguar 

1 Sep

The special Mark 2 by Callum Jaguar saloon - an 18-month project - was unveiled at the opening of the company’s new headquarters in Bridgnorth...

Severn Trent to take its time assessing Ofwat proposals 

29 Aug

MIDLANDS utility Severn Trent is to assess new proposals from industry watchdog Ofwat on increases to household water bills.

Callum’s Mark 2 Jaguar showcases Shropshire restorer’s new base 

29 Aug

A UNIQUE Jaguar Mark 2 redesigned by Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum, and re-engineered by Shropshire-based Classic Motor Cars has been unveiled at the opening of the restorers new headquarte...

Prospect of higher mortgage repayments worries homeowners 

28 Aug

UK homeowners are facing the worrying prospect of higher mortgage repayments when interest rates rise and research conducted by comparethemarket.

Balfour Beatty lands Wolverhampton redevelopment deal a week after rejecting Carillion merger 

27 Aug

CONSTRUCTION firm Balfour Beatty has been appointed to a multi-million pound Wolverhampton regeneration scheme just a week after it scrapped plans for a merger with city-based rival Carillion...

Success for Longbridge Technology Park as two new tenants sign up 

27 Aug

DATA centre software specialist Concurrent Thinking and transport logistics specialist STVA have taken space at St Modwens Longbridge Technology Park in Birmingham.

Former Cobbetts partners block payment to secured creditor 

27 Aug

FOUR former Cobbetts partners have succeeded in blocking a payment to the collapsed law firm\'s secured creditor with a threat of legal action.

TNT ad banned over post claims 

27 Aug

AN ad in which TNT Post compared itself to Royal Mail has been banned for implying that it offered the same service and similar prices as its competitor.

Lifestyle: Motoring – The British Convertible; Land Rover; Nissan 

26 Aug

ARE British drivers falling out of love with one of the motor industrys enduring classics the convertible? New research tends to indicate that it might which I venture to say ma...

Concern over taxman accounts access 

26 Aug

PEOPLE may revert to hiding their cash "under the mattress" amid fears that their money is not safe if controversial plans enabling the taxman to seize money directly from accounts are implemented, the Building Societies Association (BSA) has...

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August 31st – It was a gorgeous afternoon – sunny, warm, with… 

1 Sep

August 31st - It was a gorgeous afternoon - sunny, warm, with only a light wind.

August 30th – From the top of Shire Oak heading into Rushall, I… 

31 Aug

August 30th - From the top of Shire Oak heading into Rushall, I stopped to admire the view, as I often do.

August 30th – I don’t go to Shire Oak Park nearly enough…. 

31 Aug

August 30th - I don’t go to Shire Oak Park nearly enough.

August 30th – This has me flummoxed, and quite, quite furious to… 

30 Aug

August 30th - This has me flummoxed, and quite, quite furious to be honest.

August 28th – A bit of a strange day. I wasn’t planning on… 

29 Aug

August 28th - A bit of a strange day.

August 27th – Just on the canal bank between the Black Cock… 

27 Aug

August 27th - Just on the canal bank between the Black Cock Bridge and Walsall Wood Bridge, a crab apple tree with lots of good fruit.

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Introduction to Elizabeth Arden 

31 Aug

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Debenhams store in the Bullring to check out the Elizabeth Arden counter.

Grease is the word for young Walsall performers 

28 Aug

THOSE Summer Nights may be rolling on by but it won't stop 30 young performers from perfecting their hand jives and dusting off their leather jackets ahead of their performance of Grease this weekend.

Great British Bake Off week four 

28 Aug

This week in Great British Bake Off the remaining nine bakers tackled desserts!First up was self-saucing puddings, with most opting for a liquid centre.

Picnic Cinema in Cannock Chase reviewed 

27 Aug

I love films and so when I first heard about Picnic Cinema coming to Cannock Chase I was rather excited! As it was held over the August Bank Holiday weekend there were three films to choose from and I went for the post-apocalyptic zombie flick 28 ...

Kate Bush returns to the stage 

27 Aug

Kate Bush returned to the stage last night after a 35 year gap.

EMMY Awards 2014: The Red Carpet take two 

26 Aug

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EMMY Awards 2014: The Red Carpet 

26 Aug

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Election day… 

22 Aug

Welcome to David Jamieson, our new Police and Crime Commissioner.

Brave traffic police bring wrong way M6 motorist to a safe stop 

21 Aug

Brave traffic police bring wrong way M6 motorist to a safe stop Dramatic footage shows the moment brave police officers prevented a serious collision on the M6 toll after a car travelled the wrong way on the northbound carriageway towards oncoming...

Industrial action 

8 Aug

Update issued at 2.05pm Saturday 9 August: This lunchtime’s two-hour strike by firefighters ended at 2pm.

There goes my gun… 

18 Jul

We’re holding a firearms amnesty between July 19th and August 2nd 2014 during which people can turn over weapons without fear of being prosecuted for gun possession.

News Update 11 July 

11 Jul

I made the mistake of having a few days off and came back to a mountain of work so my Facebook posts have been a little thin this week!  Here is a selection of what I have been able to upload.

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Cost of Road and Pavement Sweepers 

30 Aug

Internal review request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Guy O'Brien on 30 August 2014 .

Meeting – Willenhall North/Willenhall South/Short Heath Area Panel 

30 Aug

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 New Invention Library...

Meeting – Taxi Licensing Sub-Committee A 

30 Aug

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 Conference Room...

Meeting – Audit Committee 

29 Aug

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 Conference Room...

Meeting – Community Services and Environment Scrutiny and Performance Panel 

29 Aug

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 Conference Room...

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