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Five Guys, Cream’s, Subway and Gourmet Burger Kitchen to open in… 

21 Aug

FOUR new restaurants are opening in Walsall as part of a multi-million pound development scheme, it has today (Monday) been announced.


White van man Jamie Humpage becomes FIRST person to be jailed for… 

18 Aug

A PROLIFIC flytipper who struck eight different times has become the first person to be jailed for dumping waste in Walsall.


​Mercedes stolen as thieves break into Tetley Avenue Walsall home… 

18 Aug

A MERCEDES has been stolen in Walsall after thieves broke into a home and took the car keys.


Significant improvements in Walsall’s A-level and vocational… 

18 Aug

"SIGNIFICANT improvements" in A-level and vocational results have been made across the board compared to last year, says Walsall Council.


Vandals destroy charity Poolside Fairy Trail at Wm Wheat and… 

18 Aug

A MAGICAL fairy trail at a garden centre in Sutton Coldfield which raises money for a local children's hospital has been destroyed by heartless vandals.


Thieves smash car window to steal electrical items in Spout Lane,… 

18 Aug

THIEVES smashed a car window in Walsall to steal numerous electrical items including sat navs and a computer.


Merrions Wood ‘trashed’ as travellers move off Chapel Lane in… 

18 Aug

A COMMUNITY asset in Great Barr has been trashed by travellers.


Jeff Bonser’s old factory to be levelled 

17 Aug

The zinc allow castings and bathroom fittings company, called JW Bonser Ltd, has been derelict since the firm collapsed in 2015 which saw the last 20 remaining jobs go with it.


Former JW Bonser factory in Albert Street, Walsall to be… 

17 Aug

DEMOLITION of a former Walsall factory is set to get underway as part of an ongoing regeneration of the town centre.


A-level results 2017: ​Bloxwich Academy 

17 Aug

Students at Bloxwich Academy continue to raise the bar with another record breaking set of results.


Four in court on car ‘clocking’ fraud 

17 Aug

Gurdip Sohal, aged 59, his son Inderjit Sohal, 30, and close family friend Rupinder Singh, 26, are alleged to have carried out the offences in the West Midlands and Staffordshire between September 2012 and December 2013.


A-level results 2017: ​​Joseph Leckie Academy 

17 Aug

Joseph Leckie Academy says it is very proud of its pupils' achievements with an overall pass rate of 95 per cent, 42 per cent of which were A*-B.


A-level results day 2017 – round-up 

17 Aug

Many schools and colleges saw their pass rates rise and around the region happy teenagers were all smiles as they secured places at university.


Off-road bikers tackled in partnership 

17 Aug

West Midlands Police have joined forces with Sandwell Council and West Midlands Fire services to stamp out disruptive behaviour in the borough.


Rare fish found in Walsall canal 

17 Aug

As the Canal and River trust carried out maintenance work at the Walsall Canal, staff stumbled upon the leopard pleco, which is traditionally found in South America.


Jail for look-out in £20,000 burglaries 

17 Aug

George Daulat, aged 32, acted as look-out for a gang who trashed the properties during identical break-ins before making off with their booty.


Flames sweep across farm land 

17 Aug

Shocked residents and passers-by were stunned to see the glow from the blaze on Wednesday night.


Plea to end M5 works misery 

17 Aug

Highway England have been carrying out the work to repair M5 Oldbury viaduct since April.


Two face fire safety charges 

17 Aug

Daniel Orasanu, aged 42, and Carmen Lupu, aged 27, face 29 charges against the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order, including breaching a prohibition notice, following the evacuation of four-storey former office block Metro Court in the High Street.


Cinema to be brought back to life 

17 Aug

Films will be shown from the old Gaumont Cinema in Wednesbury for the first time in 40 years, as exciting plans to bring the building back to its former glory were revealed.


A-level results 2017: Queen Mary’s High School 

17 Aug

The overall pass rate of students achieving between A* and E grades was 98.5 per cent at Queen Mary's High School this year compared to 98.3 last year.


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Food standard report on Spice Vila maybe wrong 

20 Aug

The Express and Star have in THIS REPORT said that Spice Vila, the Indian Takeaway on Beacon Road has failed in a major way a Food standards test.


Up the Ryecroft Junction 

20 Aug

Local rail buff Simon Swain has once again been busy with the camera and maps, tracing out the history of the South Staffordshire railway line that used to run from Wychnor near Alrewas to Dudley, but called at Lichfield, Brownhills and Walsall on ...


A magnificent Walsall man in his flying machine! 

20 Aug

About a million years ago, top pal of the blog and longstanding originator of some great articles for the blog Stuart Cowley sent me details of a Pathe News clip of Walsall flying hero I knew little about:Ft.


The shed of pyrotechnical delights 

20 Aug

Following Chris Smith's great enquiry about his family and connections with Walsall Wood Colliery last week, I've had a great submission from old friend of the blog Charles Street who realised there was a fleeting image of the pit explosives magazine...


A quiet day in the late 1950s… and some views of Norton! 

19 Aug

A quick post of a great local postcard spotted by reader Dean, and the latest post in a series of unusual postcards spotted on everyone's favourite tat bazaar, eBay.


Walsall Wood hammer Hinckley, and other club news including a temporary home for Pelsall Villa! 

19 Aug

I've a whole tranche of Walsall Wood football news today as I feature a disparate collection of submissions - photos of last Saturday's Cadbury Athletic match from Simon Evans, a match report from Bill Shaw of Tuesday's away victory at Hinckley and ...


Your chance to meet a Great War historian! NOTE IMPORTANT UPDATE PLEASE 

19 Aug

Here's one I'm awfully late with, but you still have chance to catch the wonderful war historian Andrew Thornton at the Cannock Chase Military History Weekend tomorrow (Sunday 20th August) and this afternoon if you're exceedingly quick to get up to ...


Be alert – power tools stolen in Brownhills van burglary 

19 Aug

A reader living on the Watermead Estate in Brownhills (The new one between the Pelsall Road and Tesco) has been in touch with me asking to share with readers that her partner had his van broken into last night (Friday 18th August 2017).


Walsall Wood at home to Tividale this afternoon! 

19 Aug

It's the next stage of Wood's Emirates FA Cup journey: come watch the resurgent local team at Walsall Wood this afternoon! Continue reading...


Is May and Co drunk? 

19 Aug

In Spike Milligan’s hilarious novel, Pucknoon , the comic outlines the antics of the inhabitants of a little Irish village that is cut in two by the border between the newly created Irish Free State and Northern Ireland.


New Invention Community Forum looking for volunteers to help run book exchange 

18 Aug

Volunteer in New Invention! Are you interested in making friends and volunteering some of your time to make a difference in the community? The New Invention Community Forum is looking for volunteers to help run their book exchange at the New ...


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What a grey start (WS7 weather report 21-8-2017) 

21 Aug

It is a very cloudy grey start to the day and, sadly, that is how the rest of the day will generally pan out.


A bright start in Hammerwich (WS7 weather report 20-8-2017) 

20 Aug

It is a very bright start to the morning and the barometer is showing that the air pressure is rising slowly.


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Features »

Being a Mummy of two 

20 Aug

I have waited so long to be able to say that I’m going to be a Mummy of two.


A welcome boost of energy from Berocca 

20 Aug

Since becoming pregnant and suffering with morning all day nausea, sickness and an iron deficiency, my husband Shilts has had to...


Our family travel essentials 

19 Aug

*Post in collaboration with Jungle Formula  Holidays are a chance for the whole family to unwind, a chance to do...


Event 285 – 12 August 2017 

18 Aug

This week's Hi-viz heroes: If you can help us out by volunteering in future weeks, please get in touch.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 12 August 2017 

18 Aug

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Franck MOUSSA 22:03 Alexander SIMCOX 39:39 Luke BURTON 22:30 Anna TENNANT 42:16 Chris HINTON 24:07 Amelia STRETTON 42:19 James BAYLISS 26:50 Hardeep KAUR 42:19 Carl GILLARD 28:27...


Modern Life Is Rubbish (And So Was My Latest Sewing Machine) 

18 Aug

What a bloody dump! I complained to Jon as we walked home from the town centre, picking our way past stained mattresses, old fridges, knackered microwave ovens, rancid sofas and sacks of god-knows-what dumped on the pavement by Walsall's residents in...


More On Nuclear Nightmares And Mothman 

17 Aug

There's a new article from me which follows up on my "Mothman and Nuclear Nightmares" article of a few days ago.


A Level Results 2017 

17 Aug

Year 13 Exam Results 2017 ‘A third of grades at A*/A.


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Walsall FC »

Football League Paper | James Wilson Named in the Team of the Day 

21 Aug

Walsall's on-loan Sheffield United defender James WIlson has been named in the Football League Paper's League One 'Team of the Day' following his superb display during Saturday afternoon's League One draw with Portsmouth.


Whitney Welcomes Mitchel Candlin’s Pro Deal 

21 Aug

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to club journalists following the news that young striker Mitchel Candlin had put pen-to-paper on a three-year professional contract, which will see him remain with the club until the summer of 2020.


Mitchel Candlin Signs First Professional Contract 

21 Aug

Walsall Football Club have confirmed that young striker Mitchel Candlin has penned his first professional contract, which will see him remain with the club until the summer of 2020.


Portsmouth v Walsall | Five things you may have missed 

20 Aug

Portsmouth v Walsall | Five things you may have missed Vitalfootball:Walsall:20/08/2017 21:28:00 An alternative look at Saturday's game...


Whitney Would Welcome Transfer Window Changes 

20 Aug

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and discussed the recent speculation surrounding a potential change to the Summer Transfer Window, which could see it close before the start of next season.


LOAN WATCH | Leamington 2 Stockport County 3 

20 Aug

Walsall midfielder Milan Butterfield is currently on loan to Vanarama National League North side Leamington.


AUDIO | Whitney – “I’m Disappointed Not to Win” 

19 Aug

Jon Whitney spoke to BBC WM Sportfollowing Saturday afternoon's League One draw with Portsmouth, and admitted that he was disappointed that his side didn't leave the match with all three points.


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Sport »

Run your team with the Manager app 

18 Aug

With the Manager app from Pitchero, you can manage admin effortlessly and run your team on the move.


Fixture is fundraiser for brave boy 

18 Aug

Rushall Olympic are looking forward to welcoming local hero and quadruple amputee Tommy Brown to their EVO-STIK League clash with Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday.


STAFFORDSHIRE FA BECOME PARTNERS OF STAFFS UNI FOOTBALL COACHING AND PERFORMANCE COURSE 

18 Aug

The 2018 academic year will see the introduction of Staffordshire University’s new Football Coaching and Performance Degree.


Wednesday’s South Division review 

17 Aug

Lincoln United were looking to build on last Saturday’s impressive win at Chasetown when they entertained EVO-STIK League South newcomers Peterborough Sports at Ashby Avenue on Wednesday night, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.


SFA TO RUN MIDWEEK FA LEVEL 1 IN HEDNESFORD 

17 Aug

As a new introduction for the 2017/18 season, Staffordshire FA will be running a mid-week FA Level 1 Coaching Course in Hednesford.


U13s Wanderers seeking players 

16 Aug

Our U13s Wanderers are looking for boys in next school Year 8 to complete their squad.


Darlaston outclass competition to continue winning start to… 

16 Aug

Darlaston Town 4St Martins 2FOR the second successive league game a home crowd exceeding 100 witnessed Darlaston make it six points from two games with a comfortable win against Oswestry-based St Martins FC.


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Business »

Jonathan Lee Recruitment fields 1,000 vacancies as manufacturing booms 

21 Aug

Manufacturing and engineering recruitment specialist predicts competitive market for talentJonathan Lee Recruitment is fielding record numbers of vacancies as demand for roles to support engineering and manufacturing businesses throughout ...


adi Group shortlisted for The Manufacturer MX Awards 2017 

17 Aug

A West Midlands based manufacturing business has been shortlisted in The Manufacturer MX Awards 2017.


WMG invites SMEs to explore innovation and technology in new workshops 

16 Aug

We are pleased to announce that the WMG SME Group has some new workshops on offer to help SMEs discover innovative solutions to current challenges.


Birchills Collaborate with Morgan Motors on 65th anniversary of Plus 4 

15 Aug

Walsall-based exhaust producer, Birchills Automotive have worked alongside Morgan and AR Motorsport in the development of the complete exhaust system for the limited edition AR Plus 4.


Midland Deburr and Finish owners invest £300k to open Casting Impregnation Facility 

14 Aug

The owners of Stourbridge based metal finishing specialists Midland Deburr Finish have invested £300k to open a new company, Midland Impregnations Limited (MIL)l.


Rail Supply Group SME Council appoints JLR’s David Woakes 

14 Aug

Jonathan Lee Recruitment’s group business development manager, David Woakes, has been appointed as a representative of the Rail Supply Group SME Council.


These are the plans to improve Birmingham’s train services as London Midland loses bid 

10 Aug

Key elements of the bid include free wi-fi on all services, 20,000 extra seats for rush hour passengers in Birmingham and 100 new carriages on an extended Cross City Line...


£1 billion rail investment as London Midland loses franchise 

10 Aug

New joint venture between Dutch and Japanese companies will run services across Birmingham and West Midlands from December...


Arc Specialist Engineering Limited: Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Walsall 

6 Aug

Arc Specialist Engineering Limited, formerly known as Bowman Birmingham Limited, is a group of steel processing businesses formed in March 2013 which manufacture and supply various specialist steel products.


£1.5m boost for In-Comm Training 

4 Aug

In-Comm Training has announced it is going ahead with a £1.5m extension that will more than triple the size of its facility in Aldridge.


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Outdoors »

Monday 21st August 2017 

21 Aug

0930 - 1100 overcast/drizzle 16c : Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 3, poss.


Sunday 20th August 2017 

20 Aug

0830 - 1100 sunny/breezy, 18c : Hobby juv.


Its the early bird.. 

20 Aug

that coincides with an overnight fall of migrants.


The Marsh loses a ‘Tick’ 

19 Aug

Celebrating its promotion perhaps - a Common Redpoll It may not be scheduled to happen until January but one of the most important information sites for birdwatchers has already adopted the new version of the British List that brings the United ...


More of the same I’m afraid 

18 Aug

Well, it was more or less a nice afternoon for it! Shame there was nowt to see.


Friday 18th August 2017 

18 Aug

0900 - 1015 fairly sunny, SW winds : Bt Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 96, Heron 4, Cormorant 7, GC Grebe 3, Tufted 4, Teal 8, M Swan 7, Swift 12, Swallow 10, House Martin 4, Chiffchaff, Starling 60, Buzzard, Collared Dove 2, Wren 2, etc.


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Review: Sam’s Saloon at Escape Time in Sutton Coldfield 

15 Aug

LOCKED inside a Wild Western saloon in the Deep South with a bomb about to explode, you could say, we were in too deep.


Ann Martin-Davis (piano) and Brian White (bass-baritone) 

15 Aug

When: Tuesday, 15 August 2017 from 19:45 to 22:45 (BST) Where: The Performance Hub Magdelene Road WS1 3TA Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this event now at : https://www.


West Side Story at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham 

11 Aug

THE New Alexandra Theatre is once again throwing its doors open this summer to welcome in the finest emerging talent the Midlands has to offer.


REVIEW: New UK tour of Miss Saigon at Birmingham Hippodrome 

2 Aug

WE WERE promised the 'experience of a lifetime' and that's exactly what we got.


Graham Fitch: Lecture-demonstration on Bach’s ‘Goldberg Variations’ 

31 Jul

When: Tuesday, 15 August 2017 from 11:00 to 13:00 (BST) Where: The Performance Hub Magdelene Road WS1 3TA Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this event now at : https://www.


Karl Lutchmayer (piano) 

31 Jul

When: Monday, 14 August 2017 from 19:45 to 22:45 (BST) Where: The Performance Hub Magdelene Road WS1 3TA Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this event now at : https://www.


Christine Stevenson (piano) 

31 Jul

When: Sunday, 13 August 2017 from 19:45 to 22:30 (BST) Where: The Performance Hub Magdelene Road WS1 3TA Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this event now at : https://www.


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Teens arrested over car-jack series – as others charged with car thefts 

26 Jul

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings in Birmingham.


Betrayed husband is convicted of wife’s murder in Willenhall  

26 Jul

A jilted husband who stabbed his wife to death after finding her lover at their family home has today (Wednesday) been jailed for life after being convicted of her murder.


Appeal to help find missing Walsall teenager 

22 Jul

Police are urgently appealing to help find Aaron Taylor who went missing from his home in Hilton Road, New Invention, Willenhall yesterday (21 July) at around 5pm.


Two charged with murder of James Brindley 

14 Jul

A man and a teenager have been charged with the murder of James Brindley.


All out day sees UK’s most wanted brought in 

14 Jul

One hundred wanted people were rounded up in just nine hours in the latest blitz on criminals from West Midlands Police.


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LocalGov »

Education information 

21 Aug

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Lily Kerrigan on 21 August 2017 .


Four new restaurants for Walsall Waterfront scheme 

21 Aug

Kier Property, the development arm of the Kier Group has announced four popular food outlets have signed up to be part of Walsall’s £65m Waterfront development scheme.


Dangerous overhanging tree URGENT!!, 20th August 

20 Aug

On Friday a vehicle appears to have been struck by a substantial falling branch and been forced off the road and into the ditch.


Fly tipping, 19th August 

19 Aug

Fridge and mattress dumped Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Wednesbury Road, Walsall Report on FixMyStreet...


Multiple caravans on goscote valley., 18th August 

18 Aug

Illegal caravans on goscote valley.


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