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Walsall man dies after collision 

20 Dec

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a collision with a lorry in Brownhills yesterday(Friday,December 19).

Fatal Brownhills crash: 84 year-old died after lorry collision 

20 Dec

Police investigating after man rushed to hospital with leg injuries, but died shortly afterwards...

Loan shark alert as Walsall landlord launches bid to help tenants 

20 Dec

THOUSANDS of Walsall residents will receive help to avoid loan sharks over the festive period thanks to a new partnership.

Kind-hearted Walsall schoolchildren treat pensioners to… 

20 Dec

RESIDENTS and pensioners were treated to a festive three-course meal and concert at a school in Walsall.

Playgroup hosts Christmas party to show value of Streetly Library 

20 Dec

A MOTHER and toddler group based in a library which is set to close held a Christmas party this week to celebrate its resources in a bid to help save it.

Playgroup hosts Christmas party to show value of Streetly Library 

20 Dec

A MOTHER and toddler group based in a library which is set to close held a Christmas party this week to celebrate its resources in a bid to help save it.

Paramedic admits negligence after death at Walsall Manor Hospital… 

20 Dec

A PARAMEDIC has admitted negligence after a Bloxwich man collapsed and died outside Walsall Manor Hospital.

Men arrested in Walsall after being found in possession of… 

19 Dec

TWO men have been arrested after being found in possession of a machete and a cap gun in Walsall.

Helping dementia sufferers proves rewarding work for Walsall… 

19 Dec

A SOCIAL enterprise in Walsall that provides gifts and activities for dementia sufferers has scooped an award at one of the sector's biggest regional competitions.

Walsall man jailed for raping woman who took pity on him 

19 Dec

A WALSALL man who raped a woman who took pity on him and offered him somewhere to sleep for the night has been jailed for seven years eight months.

Elderly man airlifted after collision with lorry in Brownhills 

19 Dec

AN elderly man has suffered a serious leg injury after he was hit by a lorry in Brownhills.

Pedestrian seriously injured in Brownhills collision 

19 Dec

A pedestrian has been airlifted to hospital today after being struck by a lorry in Brownhills High Street.

Police warning after woman cons Walsall homeowner out of money in… 

19 Dec

POLICE are urging residents to be on the lookout for a lone woman who scammed a Walsall homeowner out of money.

Ambulance Service predicts ‘Black Friday’ as thousands head out… 

19 Dec

Ambulance crews across the region are bracing themselves for their own 'Black Friday' today (December 19) as they prepare for what could be the busiest day of the year so far.

Festive mince pie and a chat with the new contractor 

19 Dec

A festive mince pie, cuppa and a chat was on offer to customers when social housing landlord Friendship Care and Housing announced a change in their Responsive and Voids contractor.

CCTV images released after bike theft at Walsall railway station 

19 Dec

CCTV images have been released of two men police would like to speak to after a bicycle was snatched from a railway station in Walsall.

GALLERY: Walsall FC visit Walsall Manor Hospital 

19 Dec

Gallery created by Walsall Advertiser...

Huge sports club fee rise scrapped in Walsall 

19 Dec

A steep hike in sports club fees is being scrapped in Walsall - but council chiefs have announced a rise of 10 per cent is still on the cards.

Super Saddlers bring festive cheer to youngsters at Walsall’s Manor Hospital 

19 Dec

Smiles lit up the faces of poorly young patients at Walsall Manor Hospital when star Saddlers players popped in to bring them some festive cheer.

Weekend weather forecast: Your five-day forecast to the week… 

19 Dec

How are you planning to spend the weekend before Christmas week? Let us help you decide with a forecast from the Met Office.

​Walsall Council bosses ‘encouraged’ by the responses from budget… 

18 Dec

Walsall Council bosses say they are 'encouraged' by the responses from their budget consultation.

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A lost line 

20 Dec

Weeks ago, I promised to give you some more of the archive of pictures local historian Clive Roberts had happened upon, and haven’t got round to it – so here’s a remarkable blast of pictures of the lost and largely … Continue ...

June 1991 – Is the waiting nearly over? 

20 Dec

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette - I present issue 21 of the long lost freesheet, from June 1991 for you to peruse and download.

Walsall Wood away at Kirby Muxloe this afternoon 

20 Dec

This afternoon, Saturday 20th December 2014: Walsall Wood FC away at Kirby Muxloe! Continue reading →...

Pensioner dies following Brownhills collision 

19 Dec

The Express & Star is now carrying the sad news that the elderly gentleman who was involved in the road traffic collision in Brownhills this morning has sadly passed away.

Brownhills High Street Accident – West Midlands Ambulance Service statement 

19 Dec

West Midlands Ambulance Service have issued the following statement in regard to the serious incident today (Friday, 19th December 2014) on Brownhills High Street near to the Church Road junction when an elderly man had been in collision with a ...

Valerie welcomes upgrade to Darlaston Road Crossing after 3 year campaign with residents 

19 Dec

Valerie has welcomed a decision by Walsall MBC to upgrade the existing Zebra Crossing on Darlaston Road to a signal controlled Puffin Crossing following a 3 year campaign with residents.

Road accident in Brownhills High Street 

19 Dec

I'm getting mixed reports of a serious road traffic accident in Brownhills High Street, which is currently blocked off.

Working with the local neighbourhood Policing Team….. 

19 Dec

Caught up with the local neighbourhood PCSOs at New Invention Library yesterday and took time out to discuss the issues local residents have raised with the Willenhall North and Short Heath Lib Dem Focus Teams.

Film 2015 

19 Dec

As a result of an unprecedented terrorist cyber attack, the lucrative North Korean film industry has withdrawn from release a new comedy film that depicts a plot to assassinate UK Communities minister Eric Pickles...

Well, THAT escalated quickly… 

19 Dec

It seems my post of a couple of days ago about the curious selection delays and apparent favour of outside candidates for the next Consertive prospective parliamentary candidate for Aldridge-Brownhills yesterday caught the attention of Tory Pravda ...

Valerie raises the Governance Committee’s report at Business Questions 

19 Dec

On Thursday 18 December 2014 at Business Questions, Valerie thanked the Leader of the House for the provision of an early debate on the recommendations of the Governance Committee’s report or which Valerie was a member of.

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Last minute shopping 

20 Dec

Today, being the last Saturday before Christmas, is traditionally the day that many go out to complete their Christmas shopping.

Cooling down 

19 Dec

The overnight / early morning rain has, more or less, cleared our area and we can look forward to some bright but breezy weather today as the air pressure is rising rapidly.

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Walsall player 68. Albert Groves 

20 Dec

Albert Groves (1886 – 1960) was a Welsh footballer and manager.

Walsall player 67. Rene Patrick Gilmartin 

20 Dec

Rene Patrick Gilmartin (born 31 May 1987) is an Irish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Championship side Watford.

WHG and Advertiser wage war on Loan Sharks 

20 Dec

Loansharking affects an estimated 310,000 households nationally, and is more common in the run-up to Christmas.

How to grow Courgettes and Marrows 

20 Dec

Courgettes and marrows are technically the same fruit, however marrows are left on the plant to grow for longer.

First Timers and Record Breakers – 20 December 2014. 

20 Dec

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Rob Lloyd 20:28 Dave McHugh 28:32 Matt Reid 25:26 Jo Marson 33:36 Myles Wilson 25:44 Ashley Taylor 40:11 Russ Chaplin 27:59 Hazel Tough 43:59 Joining us for the first time from ...

Walsall player 66. Doug Fraser 

19 Dec

Doug Fraser (born 8 December 1941 in Aberdeen) was a Scottish football full-back.

Walsall player 65. Anthony Forde 

19 Dec

Anthony Forde (born 16 November 1993) is an Irish footballer who plays as a wide midfielder for English League One side Walsall.

Walsall player 64. Wayne Duncan Evans 

19 Dec

Wayne Duncan Evans (born 25 August 1971) in Abermule, Wales, is a retired Welsh professional footballer who played as a defender for Walsall and Rochdale in the Football League.

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Walsall FC »


20 Dec

Walsall manager Dean Smith has spoken to the club's official website following Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League 1 draw with Sheffield United, and has praised his side for a resilient display.


20 Dec

Earlier today Walsall made the trip North to take on Sheffield United in the latest Sky Bet League 1 fixture.


20 Dec

Earlier this afternoon Walsall Football Club played travelled North to take on Sheffield United in the latest Sky Bet League 1 fixture of the season.

Dean Smith content with Walsall point 

20 Dec

Manager Dean Smith felt Walsall showed great resilience to earn a 1-1 draw at Sheffield United in League One.

Sheffield United 1 Walsall 1 

20 Dec

Tom Bradshaw’s 11th goal of the season earned Walsall a point at Sheffield United and extended their unbeaten run in League One to seven games.

Walsall Team News In (v Sheff Utd) 

20 Dec

Walsall Team News In (v Sheff Utd) Vitalfootball:Walsall:20/12/2014 14:35:00 Henry keeps place in starting XI, Saddlers unchanged.


20 Dec

Later this afternoon Walsall Football Club travel North to take on Sheffield United in the latest Sky Bet League 1 fixture of the season.

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U16s Lions donate more presents! 

20 Dec

Last weekend our U16s Lions boys held a charity match to raise monies for our Birmingham Children Hospital appeal.

23/12/14 Gornal Athletic vs Willenhall Town WMRL ko 7.45 

20 Dec

The Lockmen take on the Peacocks on Tuesday in a Premier division game.

Seminar with World Master 8th Dan Paul Donnelly 7th Feb 2015 

20 Dec

Saturday 7th February 2015 Seminar with World Master 8th DAN Paul Donnelly Mr Donnelly has been practicing Tae Kwon Do for over 40 years and now 8th DAN, He was the person who introduced Tae Kwon Do into Birmingham in the mid 1970’s and...


19 Dec


Club looking to help local community 

19 Dec

I’ve just watched the last episode of ‘Operation Meet the Street’ where chef James Martin gets lonely or isolated people in communities to come together – like they used to in the ‘old days’.


19 Dec


Spaces are available on the Basic Referees Course Running in January 

19 Dec

Spaces are still currently available on the Basic Refereeing course that we have running at Erasmus Darwin Academy in January.

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Business »

Carillion selected for £100m London regeneration scheme 

19 Dec

WOLVERHAMPTON-based infrastructure and support services group, Carillion has been selected as preferred bidder for a £100m regeneration project in London.

City Briefs: NewRiver Retail; Hill & Smith; Carillion 

18 Dec

Retail REIT NewRiver expands Midlands portfolioRETAIL property trust, NewRiver Retail, has expanded its portfolio in the West Midlands with a new acquisition.

Apprentice Ashley Baker honoured with JCB Engineering Excellence Award 

17 Dec

Grenville Engineering congratulated one of its apprentices after receiving the JCB Compact Award for Engineering Excellence.

Shoosmiths team advises ERIKS UK on Timken deal 

17 Dec

ERIKS UK is a part of ERIKS NV, an international industrial service provider offering a range of mechanical engineering components and associated technical and logistics services...

Shrewsbury engineering firm open their doors to schools and colleges 

16 Dec

Christopher Greenough, Director of Shrewsbury-based Salop Design and Engineering, one of the UK’s leading engineering firms specialising in pressings, assembling and coating, has long been a believer of giving back to the community.

Property Appointments: Cushman & Wakefield: Stepnell; GBR Phoenix Beard Residential: A Victor Powell 

16 Dec

 Cushman & Wakefield beefs up industrial teamPROPERTY consultancy Cushman & Wakefield has boosted its industrial team in Birmingham by appointing Ed Kennerley as a surveyor.

Bearing manufacturer Revolvo sold to US corporate 

15 Dec

HALESOWEN-based manufacturer Revolvo has been sold by its parent company ERIKS UK to US corporate The Timken Company.

JLR launches new technology to make driving safer 

15 Dec

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has launched a research project to develop technologies that will allow drivers a 360° view out of their vehicle, uninterrupted by the pillars that support the r...

Walsall firm curries favour with investor 

15 Dec

DIY curry kit firm Hares Moor has secured investment from Coleshill-based IM Group to help finance expansion plans.

Manufacturing activity remains steady 

15 Dec

ACTIVITY in the UK manufacturing sector remained steady in December, and production is expected to continue rising in the next three months, according to a new survey.

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Outdoors »

December 16th – A grim return. I’d been in Birmingham on a… 

18 Dec

December 16th - A grim return.

Update on the Diver 

16 Dec

The Great Northern Diver remained on the mere until dusk when it was seen to drift to the middle of the lake at around 16.00 to roost.

Yesterday was what a prat – today is what a LOON! 

16 Dec


December 15th – Brownhills High Street. Darkness, rain and… 

16 Dec

December 15th - Brownhills High Street.

December 15th – A spin around the canal up to Pelsall on the way… 

16 Dec

December 15th - A spin around the canal up to Pelsall on the way home, just to try and get a good angle on the sunset that was developing, and while pinning it down, it rained.

What a prat! 

15 Dec

Having done one apology in recent days it is now apparent that I owe the good birders of the Smestow Valley another one! The area around the race course has apparently been receiving a severe grilling from people trying to find the Mandarin site at ...

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VIDEO: The 20 best films of 2014 

19 Dec

With 2014 coming to a close, we've taken a look at some of the best movies of the year! With so muchchoice,we've picked our top 20 film and hope you'll agree.

Dancing to Remember the Great War 

19 Dec

When: Thursday, 22 January 2015 from 19:30 to 21:00 (GMT) Where: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus Magdalene Rd WS1 Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this ...

Michelle’s Top Yoga Tips for Staying Positive in 2015 

17 Dec

I love nothing more than meeting new people at our classes who say “I just feel so much better for practising yoga.

Children And Families At Acorns Benefit From Generous Donations 

17 Dec

Children and families at Acorns are benefiting thanks to recent donations from the Freemasons.

The Singing Stone 

17 Dec

When: Thursday, 18 December 2014 from 19:00 to 21:00 (GMT) Where: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus Magdalene Rd WS1 Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this ...

Review: Jersey Boys at New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham 

15 Dec

The Four Seasons were regularly referred to as the three black guys and a woman.

Last-Minute Charity Gift Can Make A Difference This Christmas 

15 Dec

Acorns Children’s Hospice is offering last-minute Christmas shoppers the chance to bypass the bustling streets and purchase a gift with a difference.

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Seasonal safety 

5 Dec

Update issued at 12pm, Tuesday 9th December.

Appeal after CCTV captures two thieves stealing a woman’s purse in Walsall 

4 Dec

Appeal after CCTV captures two thieves stealing a womans purse in Walsall Moving footage of two thieves who steal a woman's purse from a Walsall store in the West Midlands has been released.

Beware the Twelve Online Frauds of Christmas 

2 Dec

This advice from West Midlands Police is so relevant I’m reproducing it in it’s entirety (well why re-invent the wheel).

CCTV captures the moment an articulated lorry does a u-turn on the M6 Toll 

13 Nov

CCTV captures the moment an articulated lorry does a u-turn on the M6 Toll This shocking footage shows a lorry driver doing a u-turn on the M6 Toll has been released by motorway police after he was given a suspended prison sentence.

Make it right… 

4 Nov

Scrapping police cautions could mean a greater focus on ‘restorative’ remedies such as cleaning graffiti.

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LocalGov »

Changes to council tax reduction scheme proposed 

19 Dec

Walsall Council's Cabinet has proposed changes to the council tax reduction scheme for working age low income households following consultation.

Christmas rubbish and recycling arrangements 

19 Dec

Households whose normal collections of general household waste and recycling will be affected by the Christmas and New Year bank holidays will be allowed to put out additional rubbish.

Medieval Walsall kicks off new talks programme 

19 Dec

Walsall Local History Centre’s new programme of public talks for early 2015 kicks off at the beginning of January with a talk on the subject of Medieval Walsall, Willenhall and Wolverhampton...

Call for higher quality recyclables prompts review 

19 Dec

A review of recycling collections carried out by Walsall Council and its subsequent disposal has taken place to ensure they meet new regulations.

Snow Champions Wanted 

19 Dec

We’re looking to recruit approximately 300 volunteers to help clear snow and ice from footpaths and walkways in their local community.

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