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Walsall tower set to become new homes 

14 Jun

Nottingham-based Tameway (Midlands) is planning to convert Tameway Tower, on Bridge Street, Walsall into 143 flats...


Erhun Oztumer: Bolton Wanderers sign Walsall midfielder on a two-year deal 

13 Jun

Bolton Wanderers sign midfielder Erhun Oztumer on a two-year deal following the expiry of his contract at Walsall.


Labour set to remain in power in Walsall 

15 May

The party has four less seats than the Tories after this month's local elections, but is set to remain in power after Labour group leader Sean Coughlan secured the support of two independent councillors and two Lib Dem councillors...


Cat freed from tiny cavity 

15 May

The West Midlands Fire Service crews were called to assist RSPCA officers in Mill Lane, Willenhall, at around 4...


Farmer takes sheep into Walsall school for food campaign 

11 May

Farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson has been encouraging students to ask about their food's origin.


Police presence in Burntwood will not be hit by sale of Chasetown Police Station, says Crime Commissioner 

11 May

The presence of officers in Burntwood will not be hit by the sale of Chasetown Police Station, Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has said.


Machete thug is locked up 

19 Apr

Szyman Palucki was in Walsall town centre with friends – one of whom was celebrating her 18th birthday – when deliberately targeted by a gang of thugs, a judge heard...


Violent crime doubles in Walsall 

19 Apr

The second half of 2017 saw a rise in crime in the borough, as serious incidents doubled compared to 2013...


Mylee funeral donation box 

15 Apr

People are welcome to pop in to the reception of William Mitchell Funerals in High Street, Aldridge, to donate money between the opening hours of 8...


Walsall 2-3 AFC Wimbledon 

14 Apr

Wimbledon complete a stunning comeback with a stoppage-time penalty to win at relegation rivals Walsall.


M6 stretch is region’s worst 

14 Apr

Only 51...


Carpetright to close more stores 

12 Apr

The company has unveiled plans to shut another 81 shops - including at Merry Hill shopping centre, Stafford, Walsall and Lichfield - under a sweeping restructure which will see 300 job roles lost...


Oldham Athletic 1-1 Walsall 

11 Apr

Oldham and Walsall ease their relegation fears with an entertaining draw at Boundary Park which all but relegates Bury from League One.


PM makes Sikh pastries on Walsall visit 

11 Apr

The PM dropped in to the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara temple in West Bromwich Street today on a visit to the Black Country and Birmingham...


Walsall level crossing death: Closure extended until October 

11 Apr

Fourteen-year-old Sarah Athersmith died when she was hit by a train in Walsall.


Men jailed for hiding £250k of cannabis 

29 Mar

Tariq Khwaja's and Venelin Mihaylov have both been locked up after police dogs found the cannabis in Khwaja's car after the pair were stopped by officers on the M6 near Stafford...


More changes to Lichfield and Burntwood services after bus subsidies are cut 

28 Mar

Another bus company has confirmed that services to and from Lichfield and Burntwood will be changed after cuts to subsidies.


MP: Watson must return money 

3 Mar

David Winnick, who served as MP for Walsall North for 38 years until last year's General Election, said Labour should have no association with Mosley's money...


Two cannabis factories discovered 

2 Mar

West Midlands Police recovered a sack of cannabis after a routine stop check on a van in Kirkstall Crescent, Bloxwich...


Anne James death: Murder arrest over Walsall attack 

2 Mar

A neighbour found 74-year-old Anne James collapsed at her home with suspected knife injuries.


Elderly woman found dead at Walsall home 

1 Mar

A murder investigation has been launched after a great-grandmother was found dead at her home in Walsall...


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£90,348 spent in Rent by Walsall Millennials Age 35 

17 Jul

Millennials were born between the mid 1980’s and late 1990’s making them between the age of around 22 to late 30’s.


Walsall’s new Tory bosses undemocratic, negative and uncaring say Lib Dems 

17 Jul

The new Conservative administration on Walsall Council has clearly set out its stall as the most negative, uncaring and undemocratic administration to date.


The 1977 Silver Jubilee – up and down the town! 

15 Jul

A theme that keeps popping up here at the moment is the 1977 Royal Jubilee, and the street parties and celebrations connected with it – Well, here today I have two great pics from opposite ends of our area of those days, and I’d love any further ...


Classic Motor Show at Walsall Arboretum on right now! 

15 Jul

Here’s another one I missed but is happening right now too – there’s a Classic Car Show on at Walsall Arboretum this afternoon Sunday 15th July 2018.


Little Hay miniature railway garden party on now! 

15 Jul

Very late notice I know but the good folk of Sutton Coldfield Model Engineering Socially have asked me to to tell you that their Garden Party at Little Hay Miniature Railway – known as Balleny Green – is open right now (Sunday 15th July 2018() ...


Ooh, Betty! 

14 Jul

So, back to some history – this is one I’ve been wanting to explore for ages, and never come up with a conclusive answer, but flicking through an old book, a caption popped on a lightbulb in my head.


Such work, much busy, very apologise! 

14 Jul

Hi folks – a quick apology for the blog readers and faithful – as I appreciate the work and effort the community and readership put in on the blog.


Summer fair in Walsall Wood this Saturday afternoon 

13 Jul

There’s a lovely summer fair in Walsall Wood on the afternoon of Saturday 14th July in the grounds of St john’s Church, Walsall Wood High Street.


LOW risk of flooding as weather set to break – Advice on precautions and action 

13 Jul

I have just received this information from Walsall Council After reviewing the Met Office forecast for this weekend it suggests that minor surface water flooding impacts are probable across parts of England and Wales today (Friday) and possible but ...


Meet your local coppers this Saturday in Aldridge and Streetly! 

13 Jul

I received notice of this great event from Walsall Police via the excellent WMNow service this morning, advertising a pop-up meet the police event this Saturday, 14th July 2018 at Aldridge Library from 10:00am until 11:00am where you can meet your ...


To Leave voters in Walsall North – Will Eddie Hughes deliver the Brexit you voted for? 

13 Jul

68% of Walsall North voters in the referendum on 23 June 2016 voted to leave the European Union.


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A little cooler (WS7 weather report 17-7-2018) 

17 Jul

We received another 0.4mm of rain in our area yesterday.


A little more cloud (WS7 weather report 16-7-2018) 

16 Jul

Today starts of, once again, very mild.


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Features »

May The Fourth Be With You – The Cornbury Festival 2018 

17 Jul

Have I mentioned how much we love the Cornbury Festival? Previous years have been brilliant and this year, our fourth, was phenomenal.


Paranormal Parasites… 

16 Jul

Coming in just 8 weeks from now...


Keeping my skin hydrated with Sanctuary Wet Skin Moisture Miracle // Review 

16 Jul

*A collaborative post  As a busy Mama, when I shower it’s more military operation style in and out rather than...


My Shilton Boys // July 2018 

16 Jul

Late June and early July has been a better month for my boys.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 14 July 2018 

14 Jul

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Robert BIRKETT 26:01 Devid APEL 36:49 Alfie PARSONS 26:43 Stephen LANGLEY 36:50 Lee PARSONS 26:43 Emma WHITTLE 37:14 Stephanie CARR 29:20 Catherine BOLAND 37:22 David RICH 30:16 ...


Event #331 – 7 July 2018 

14 Jul

The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Walsall parkrun Results Page.


Freddie // Six months old 

13 Jul

Earlier this week, our little Freddie turned six months old.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 7 July 2018 

12 Jul

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Craig WADLEY 22:33 Heather BROUGHTON 39:11 James MARTIN 32:19 Martin FENNINGS 39:45 Lisa ROBERTS 32:20 Helen Marie WARD 42:31 Isabelle HADDOCK 32:52 Sukky BADESHA 43:02 Nadira ...


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Watch Live: Walsall v Aston Villa 

17 Jul

The Saddlers arrive at this evening's match on the back of last weekend's defeat to Stoke City, which saw highly-rated defender Kory Roberts suffer a season-threatening double leg break following a fairly innocuous collision with Ryan Sweeney...


Trialist to Feature as Walsall Take on Aston Villa 

17 Jul

The trialist, who is now believed to be 21-year-old former Paralimni winger Michalis Giorkatzis, scored the Saddlers only goal during the defeat to Rushall Olympic and featured in last weekend's clash with Stoke City, and is set to take on ...


Josh Ginnelly to Miss Out as Keates Opts to Rest Pacey Winger 

17 Jul

Keates, who aside from Ginnelly, Kory Roberts and Joe Edwards, has a full-fit squad to select from, has insisted that Josh is not a major injury concern but could benefit from a couple of rest days as the busy 2018/19 campaign edges ever closer...


Dean Keates Working to Address Walsall’s Defensive Woes 

17 Jul

The Walsall-born gaffer, who only has Jon Guthrie and under-23s defender Dan Vann available in the centre of the backline, has been working to add to his squad for several weeks and believes that players will be made available as the 2018 FIFA...


Walsall’s Interest in Olly Marx Cools as Keates Considers His Options 

17 Jul

Marx, who was surprisingly released by the Dragons at the end of last season, featured ten times during Keates' time at the club and was seen as a major prospect for the North Wales side.


Walsall’s 2018/19 Third Kit Has Been Unleashed 

17 Jul

Manufactured by Errea and sponsored by HomeServe, the kit, which you can see below, is similar in design to the home shirt, but is grey in colour with electric green accents on the top and socks along with lime green shorts.


Walsall’s 2018/19 Third Kit to Be Unleashed on Tuesday Morning 

16 Jul

The kit, which is rumoured to be green, is being promoted using the hashtag #Unleashedand joins the club's traditional red home kit and navy blue away kit next season with both said to be selling well as the club continues to reconnect with...


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Sport »

Welcome new players, parents and managers. 

16 Jul

A huge welcome to our new teams.


Wildcats on show!! 

13 Jul

Pictured below 21 of our 25 Wildcats who attend our Tuesday Centre at Long Lane each week.


U11s Allstars after players 

13 Jul

Our U11s Allstars (18/19 season) are looking for players.


All Teams Renamed For 2018/19 Season 

8 Jul

All teams have been renamed ready for the new season.


World Cup at the clubhouse 

7 Jul

It’s comi….


Meet the new Seniors headcoach 

7 Jul

Old boy returns.


2018/19 Affiliation numbers. 

27 Jun

Mens Section  – U-STA1771 Boys Section – U-STA1772 Ladies Section ­ U-STA1774 Girls Section –  U-STA1773...


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Business »

Lichfield District Council launches prospectus to attract new business investment just days after Friarsgate plan collapses due to lack of private funding 

13 Jul

Economic development officer Jonathan Percival and Cllr Ian Pritchard launching the new ‘Investment Prospectus’ A new guide outlining why companies should invest in Lichfield has launched – just days after the collapse of...


Burntwood building firm outlines plans to convert former Chasetown Police Station site 

3 Jul

A Burntwood building firm has unveiled plans to transform the former police station in Chasetown.


Burntwood building firm’s work on Barton development recognised at awards ceremony 

22 Jun

A Burntwood building firm has seen work on a new housing development in Barton recognised at an awards event.


Lichfield tourism organisation given a makeover in a bid to promote the city as a visitor destination 

22 Jun

The tourism organisation for Lichfield has been given a new look.


Members flying the flag for Walsall at Made in the Midlands expo 

18 Jun

Made in the Midlands members will be flying the flag for Walsall when they participate in this year’s MIM Expo on Thurdsay (June 21).


Racking Protection – Column Guards Large Retailer 

14 Jun

Racking Protection – Column Guards Large Retailer We at Welded Presswork (1982) Ltd are delighted to announce that we have won a contract to provide column guards for a large distribution hub for one of the major supermarket retailers.


Plenty of reasons why this year’s MIM Expo is too good to miss 

14 Jun

This year's Made in the Midlands exhibition is now only a week away and excitement is mounting for what promises to be one of the highlights of the Midlands manufacturing calendar.


Aston’s JS Wright sets up prefabrication unit 

14 Jun

As construction workers from EU countries leave following the Brexit vote and the skilled British workforce is ageing, Britain is once more turning to prefabrication.


High calibre speaker programme lined up for MIM Expo 

14 Jun

Made in the Midlands has once again assembled a high profile list to speakers to address seminars at this year’s Expo.


Unique Pre-Apprenticeship Scheme’s Graduation Ceremony Celebrated by adi Group 

13 Jun

Multi-disciplinary engineering firm adi Group’s original approach to addressing the UK skills gap bore fruit last Friday 8th June, when they celebrated the flying colour graduation of all 10 students on their unique Pre-Apprentice Scheme at...


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Outdoors »

Tuesday 17th July 2018 

17 Jul

1015 - 1115 generally cloudy, 20c : Mute Swan pair + 6 cygnets, Heron 3, Cormorant 2, Little Grebe 2, GC Grebe, Coot 32 + 6 young, Moorhen 6 + 3 young, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 41, LR Plover, Common Sandpiper, Bh Gull 40, Swift 8, House Martin 5, ...


Blues and Hairstreaks 

15 Jul

All seen this weekend (White-letter Hairstreaks at Rushall).


Sunday 15th July 2018 

15 Jul

0930 - 1300 sunny, to 26c : Painted Lady, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 3, Comma 3, Small Tortoiseshell, Purple Hairstreak 6, Holly Blue, Common Blue 4, Ringlet Hedge Brown abundant, Meadow Brown 10+, Speckled Wood 6, Small Green-veined Large Whites ...


Thursday 12th July 2018 

12 Jul

1000 - 1330 becoming sunny, 22c : Small Copper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper 3, Common Blue m, Ringlet 40+, Meadow Brown 20+, Hedge Brown 40+, Speckled Wood, Comma 9, Peacock 8, Small Tort.


Sunday 8th July 2018 

8 Jul

0900 - 1130 hot sunny again, 26c : Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 38, Heron 5, Teal, Little Grebe 2 adults, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel m, Buzzard, Jackdaw 60+, Pied Wagtail 2, Swift 20+, Swallow 4, Sand Martin, Willow Warbler 3, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, ...


Saturday 7th July 2018 

7 Jul

0830 - 0930 sunny, 20c : Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 19, Little Grebe 2, GC Grebe 2, Teal 2, Cormorant, Heron, Swan cygnets 6, Bh Gull 51, Collared Dove 4, Grey Wagtail, Swift 25+, House Martin 2, Swallow 2, Chiffchaff, Blackcap 2, Bullfinch 3.


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Unity’s Staging Packages 

16 Apr

Ya’ll know what Unity’s Package Manager is right? It’s an awesome way Unity is making itself more modular, being able to add functionality and update that feature in an isolated way instead of the whole editor.


I suck at Game Design 

6 Apr

I’ve been enjoying working on Tub.


New Forums are Live 

17 Mar

I finally did it.


Playtest Recording 

23 Feb

Every Friday we try to get something ready to test out.


‘Big changes’ ahead as Plough and Harrow pub in Sutton Coldfield closes for 28 days 

22 Feb

The Plough and Harrow, on Slade Road, will close on Sunday...


Birmingham chef moves to world renowned restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham 

22 Feb

MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Louisa Ellis has left The Wilderness...


Did you know these Birmingham chain restaurants are halal? 

22 Feb

The branches of Nando's, KFC, Pizza Express and more which serve halal in the city...


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999 »

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 »

Performance Management Team and Infrastructure 

17 Jul

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Sarah Clein on 17 July 2018 .


Up to date details of current contracts over £5,000 

17 Jul

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Helen McNally on 17 July 2018 .


Walsall MBC and support for schools post OFSTED 

17 Jul

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Dean Hadley on 17 July 2018 .


Walsall MBC and support for schools post OFSTED 

16 Jul

Internal review request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Dean Hadley on 16 July 2018 .


Overgrown trees and Anti Social behaviour, 16th July 

16 Jul

There are large overgrown trees thus also creating an issue with youths gathering underneath them, smoking, drinking, swearing and littering the area.


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