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Walsall children’s services chief is to step down from role 

25 Apr

WALSALL Council's children's services chief has announced that she is stepping down from her role.

Cancer patients in Walsall will get even better help thanks to… 

25 Apr

UROLOGICAL cancer patients in Walsall will be further supported in receiving the highest standard of care and support thanks to the creation of a new role by a national charity.

Brave Walsall boy, six, will face ‘biggest challenge of his life’… 

25 Apr

A BRAVE Walsall youngster born with a condition that has left one of his legs shorter than the other will take part in a charity race in aid of a hospital that has cared for him.

General Election 2015: Survey reveals voters believe UK should… 

25 Apr

Voters believe that the UK should remain within the European Union, although many in favour of a membership referendum taking place.

George Osborne: Tories will ease M6 misery 

25 Apr

A £65 million overhaul of the gridlocked M6 would be lost if Ed Miliband becomes Prime Minister with SNP backing, George Osborne warned as he visited the region.

Postal vote error in key election battleground 

25 Apr

More than 25,000 Walsall voters could be affected by ‘confusing’ postal vote envelopes that would see their cast votes being sent back to them.

Two-car crash closes M54 

25 Apr

Motorists were delayed following a two-car crash on the M54 in Shropshire this afternoon.

Birmingham is the boy racer capital of Britain 

24 Apr

Nearly half of the country's drivers convicted for road racing offences are from city...

Memories of Walsall feature in Noddy Holder’s new book 

24 Apr

FORMER Slade star Noddy Holder remembers the first time he performed in front of an audience like it was yesterday.

Extra £500,000 to ease pressure on Walsall Manor Hospital 

24 Apr

An extra £500,000 is to be ploughed into easing pressure on a Black Country hospital this year.

Cameron to blame for “A&E crisis” in Midland hospitals, says Labour 

24 Apr

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham says Conservatives are to blame for a sharp rise in the number of patients forced to wait hours for treatment...

CCTV image released after train guard threatened on Walsall train… 

24 Apr

POLICE want to speak to this man after a train guard was threatened at Perry Barr rail station after travelling on a Walsall train.

Tip closure criticised after traffic is left backed up on Walsall… 

24 Apr

A COST-CUTTING move that has led to a Walsall tip being closed for two days a week has caused traffic nightmare, a councillor has claimed.

Walking the Fair in Walsall town centre halted after dog bites… 

24 Apr

A TRADITIONAL event in Walsall town centre was halted after a dog attacked a female performer.

Burntwood mum ready for London Marathon challenge 

24 Apr

A Burntwood woman who only took up running to lose weight in 2013 will take on the London Marathon this weekend.

£60,000 roundabouts to slow down traffic on busy Walsall road 

24 Apr

Almost £60,000 of improvements are set to be made to a busy road in Walsall.

Walsall takeaway forced to close after mouse droppings discovery… 

24 Apr

A RESTAURANT in Walsall that was forced to close its doors after mouse droppings were discovered in food preparation and storage areas has reopened.

Police officers who rescued four people from blazing Walsall flat… 

24 Apr

THREE life-saving police officers who rescued four people from a blazing building in Walsall have been handed top awards in recognition of their bravery.

Election 2015: Survey reveals voters in favour of raising taxes… 

24 Apr

Voters believe taxes for those earning above 150,000 should be raised, although many consider cutting government spending as the best way to improve the economy, a nationwide survey finds.

New home proves to be a vital lifeline for Walsall sailing club 

24 Apr

A SAILING club that gives disabled people the skills to navigate the water has been handed a lifeline after moving into a new home in Walsall for the first time in 15 years.

Weather: Make the most of the sun, rain, hail and thunder are on… 

24 Apr

Today's sun is likely to give way to more unsettled weather with the risk of rain as well as hail and thunder.

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Coronation chicken 

25 Apr

This is an interesting bit of ephemera I was first made aware of last year by the wonderful Sir Gerald of Reece who has one of these, and I'd really like (as would he) to know more about it.

A Hustings We Will Go 

25 Apr

Storm clouds gather over Aldridge Comm Last night we attended a Hustings for Aldridge Brownhills.

Coleshill Town dash Woodmen’s third place dreams 

25 Apr

Walsall Wood FC disappointed Bill Shaw on Thursday evening (23rd April 2015), as a weary team conceded a hard-fought defeat to Coleshill Town FC.

….and cue the wedding march. 

25 Apr

You might think that voters and politicians have a fractious, on – off relationship; one in which one side continually complains, ‘They’re only after one thing and when they’ve got it, you never see them again.

Watch Walsall Wood play Heath Hayes at Oak Park this afternoon! 

25 Apr

Your chance to watch Walsall Wood battle Heath Hayes at Oak Park this afternoon (25th April 2015)...

Thirteen days 

25 Apr

Chaos – mayhem – blackmail – a marriage made in merry Hell – the full extent of an electorate recklessly abusing democracy by rejecting a failed and corrupt government will become clear in about thirteen days...

Exploring The Music City Bikeway! 

24 Apr

I recently took the opportunity to ride my bike down to the Music City Bikeway! I got some awesome GPS data on the way to hack around with too...

Aldridge Brownhills election hustings – on tonight! 

24 Apr

Here's a great thing from Russell Smith, the human dynamo behind the very successful Aldridge Community Cinema project - Russell has organised a hustings for the Aldridge-Brownhills parliamentary constituency, where candidates to be our next MP have ...

Labour front line service cuts start to bite! 

24 Apr

Labour Budget cuts are starting to show through already.

Anyone found some keys with USB drives attached in Shire Oak? 

24 Apr

Mandie Taplin posted an urgent request on Facebook yesterday evening (23rd April 2015) - have you found some keys with 2 USB drives on them in Shire Oak? Continue reading →...

April 1994 – Industrialists at war with neighbour 

24 Apr

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette - I present issue 55 of the long lost freesheet, from April 1994 for you to peruse and download - I've had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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    This is a 1.1 Ford Fiesta Ghia, new in 1988. It is automatic with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) gear box. Even today the drive is very smooth due to CVT technology which eliminates conventional

Yourweather Walsall

A cricketer’s conundrum 

25 Apr

Today sees low air pressure now becoming firmly embedded in our area but it is very mild although the breeze is brisk.

Air Pressure On The Slide 

24 Apr

Today sees, for the first day for quite a while, a low air pressure system move into our area.

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Features »

Running Costs of Garden Fish Pond 

25 Apr

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Bloxwich Hawaiian girls identified 

25 Apr

IN OUR edition of March 12, on page 20, we featured a photograph from around 1950, taken at Bloxwich Carnival and reproduced again here.

New Message Alert System 

24 Apr

Parents will have received text messages today from school advising of a change of number to our system.

Walsall Arboretum parkrun, Event number 162 – 18th April 2015 

24 Apr

This week there were 248 runners, of whom 18 were running their first parkrun and 8 were first time tourists.

Mind Wars – Reviewed 

24 Apr

There's a new review from me at Mysterious Universe of the new book from Marie D.

New Book? – We’ve Got It Covered 

24 Apr

One of our pupils will soon be the cover star of a number of forthcoming books, including the re-released editions of The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot.

Year 7 and Year 8 Cricket 

24 Apr

Spring is definitely upon us and Summer is just around the corner which means cricket season is beginning.

Indomitable Explorer Sea Scout Unit (2015 Chase Walk) 

24 Apr

A VILLANELLE is a pastoral Italian poetry form popularised by Dylan Thomas, Oscar Wilde and Sylvia Plath.

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Walsall FC »

PAPER TALK: Mantom to Work Through Summer 

25 Apr

As the Saddlers head towards the end of the 2014/15 Sky Bet League 1 campaign, midfielder Sam Mantom, who has missed the vast majority of the season through a knee injury, has spoken to the local press and discussed his plans for a summer of...

PAPER TALK: Smith Praise for Top-Scorer Tom 

25 Apr

Walsall manager Dean Smith has spoken to the press following Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League 1 victory over Oldham Athletic, and has praised top-scorer Tom Bradshaw, who bagged his 19th and 20th Saddlers goals during match.

Boss Praises Leading Goalscorer 

25 Apr

Boss Praises Leading Goalscorer Vitalfootball:Walsall:25/04/2015 20:15:00 Smith hails Bradshaw as a hard worker with a great personality...

Saddlers Set For Deeney Windfall 

25 Apr

Saddlers Set For Deeney Windfall Vitalfootball:Walsall:25/04/2015 18:44:00 Watford promotion activates clause in Deeney deal...

Smith On O’Donnell Deal 

25 Apr

Smith On O'Donnell Deal Vitalfootball:Walsall:25/04/2015 18:41:00 Keeper dropped but Smith remains optimistic-ish...

Smith Remains Hopeful of O’Donnell Deal 

25 Apr

Walsall manager Dean Smith has spoken to the club's official website following Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League 1 victory over Oldham Athletic, and has insisted that he hopes Richard O'Donnell will agree to a new deal, but had...

Smith on Saddlers’ Saturday Success 

25 Apr

Walsall manager Dean Smith has spoken to the club's official website following Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League 1 victory over Oldham Athletic, and has insisted that his side were worthy winners.

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25/04/15 Ellesmere Rangers 2 – 2 Willenhall Town WMRL 

25 Apr

Matt Dorgan smashed two second half goals to earn the Lockmen a valuable draw against 4th placed Rangers.


25 Apr


Fight night at Walsall Town Hall – LIVE 

25 Apr


Under 8’s – Remaining Fixtures 

24 Apr

Remaining Fixtures...


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24 Apr

Tony Wilson gets to meet Nigel Benn again...


24 Apr

First things first but title rivals could meet again...

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Business »

CSR Briefs: Warwickshire CCC; HomeServe; Peopleline; The Midcounties Co-operative/Central England Co-operative 

23 Apr

Red Devils set to land at Edgbaston Community Open DayTHE Red Devils parachute display team is ready to land at Birminghams Edgbaston Stadium on Saturday 16 May as Warwickshire County Cricket C...


23 Apr

Unhappy shoppers from the West Midlands turn backs on Tesco...

Recruiter identifies six steps to shoring up West Midlands engineering skills base 

22 Apr

With recent data showing the West Midlands to be most adversely affected by engineering skills shortages*, specialist manufacturing and engineering recruitment consultancy, Jonathan Lee Recruitment has identified a number of methods businesses...

Hundreds of Jaguar agency workers face axe 

22 Apr

Cull at Castle Bromwich factory affecting lines producing XK and XJ models despite £320m investment in new aluminium body shop...

Enhanced funding opportunity for higher apprenticeships 

22 Apr

Are you an employer funding employees through their professional development and funding qualifications such as AAT, HNC, CIM (etc)? Did you know you may be better off doing this as part of a higher apprenticeship? There is currently enhanced...

M6 Toll donation boosts Lichfield school’s autism resources 

22 Apr

Work to help students with autism at a Lichfield school has been aided by a £500 donation.

St Modwen reveals plans to open up Albion Gateway 

22 Apr

BIRMINGHAM developer St Modwen has submitted a planning application for 12 more warehousing and trade counter units at its Albion Gateway scheme following strong levels of interest in the first phase...

Markets in Walsall to remain under council control 

22 Apr

Current markets in Walsall are poised to remain under council control - despite moves to relaunch the Darlaston pitch under private operators.

Debt reduction measures successful says Punch 

22 Apr

AFTER a turbulent year characterised by a long running restructuring, Staffordshire pubco Punch Taverns has revealed it has shaved more than £50m off its bet debt levels.

Huge loss announced by Tesco 

22 Apr

THE country\'s largest supermarket retailer, Tesco, has reported one of the worst-ever losses by a British company as it posted an annual deficit of £6.37bn.

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Outdoors »

Ray gets a new Hobby 

24 Apr

No I am not talking about his failed attempts at fishing this week, but today Ray claimed another zero day on the marsh - despite having the first Hobby of the year for the site! Apparently he has seen two or three elsewhere so it didn't count! Some ...

Had enough of the election, or just had enough of politicians? 

24 Apr

Those of you who are regulars will be aware of some of the issues we have at Clayhanger with anti-social behaviour, it is regular on the Recreation Ground and an example of its mildest consequence was the fourteen bags of beer/cider/wine bottles that...

Friday Morning news 

24 Apr

Star bird today not a migrant but a very obliging male Peregrine over the pit mound.

April 23rd – A waiting game. Still she patiently sits on her… 

24 Apr

April 23rd - A waiting game.

April 23rd – Stopped at the lights in Darlaston, I realised a… 

24 Apr

April 23rd - Stopped at the lights in Darlaston, I realised a happy face was watching me from the tailgate of the van in front.

The Wm Wheat Warbler 

23 Apr

Wheat’s Warbler This a story about a small Willow Warbler called 224.

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Paying for Mods 

24 Apr

There’s a lot of craziness about paid mods, a lot of people who don’t know how they feel.

Acorns Scoops Diversity Award 

23 Apr

Acorns Children’s Hospice has been acknowledged for its work in meeting the diverse cultural and religious needs of the children and families it supports with a national award.

V Festival 2015: Comedy tent headliners are announced 

23 Apr

Scottish funnyman Frankie Boyle will lead the comedy shenanigans alongside Essex boy Russell Kane at this summer's V Festival.

All Aboard as Tamworth Shop gets On Track 

21 Apr

Acorns Children’s Hospice is offering a treat for train-lovers with a one-off, three-day sale at its Tamworth shop next week.

Dedicated Malvern Fundraiser Gears up For London Marathon 

20 Apr

A dedicated Malvern mum is gearing up for one of the most famous and gruelling races in the world in memory of her best friend’s daughter.

Western Power Distribution Runners Put The Spark Into Acorns Triple Run 

20 Apr

Runners from electricity provider Western Power Distribution are helping to put the spark into a fundraising event that will this year mark its ten year anniversary.

Spring/Summer Fashion from Joy 

18 Apr

Hello! I decided that as the weather has finally changed for the better and thoughts turn to sandals and dresses rather than boots and jumper, I would do a little post with a few things that I think will make a great addition to your wardrobe this ...

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17 Apr


Preying on the Vulnerable: More Scams. 

10 Apr

Just like my last post, this one is all about scams – they seem to be the big thing at the moment.

WBA support police appeal to find hit and run driver 

2 Apr

WBA support police appeal to find hit and run driver Adam Jones, from Wednesbury, died when he was hit by a blue Volkswagen Bora as he crossed the junction of Beacon View Road and Walsall Road in West Bromwich with his bike just after 7.30pm...

Three Current Scams. 

2 Apr

In this blog I’m talking about scams – a crime type which, unlike many others, seems to be on the way up.

Gongs and Gangs 

25 Mar

My first blog in ages has been prompted by two events in a few days.

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LocalGov »

Visability entering & leaving Woodhaven, 25th April 

25 Apr

2 years and an accident is waiting to happen Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 3 Broadheath Drive, Shelfield Report on FixMyStreet...

Litter in street. Street looks a mess., 23rd April 

23 Apr

Because there is litter everywhere on the street I contacted 'Walsall Clean and Green'.

Worst potholes ever, 23rd April 

23 Apr

There are potholes here covering the full width of the road, right in the centre of the junction.

Traffic lights with failed lamps, 23rd April 

23 Apr

The traffic lights at this junction only have 1 green lamp working out of 4, traveling towards Scott Arms.

Council telephone system problems 

23 Apr

There is currently a problem with the telephone system for calls to the waste management and pest control switchboard.

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