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The Darkness star Justin Hawkins strips off for Walsall mums’… 

25 Oct

ROCK legend Justin Hawkins has praised the enthusiasm of two Bentley mothers, who have created a nude calendar to raise vital funds for a cancer charity.


Pedal-powered Cycle for Freedom team visit Streetly Academy to… 

25 Oct

A PEDAL-POWERED team made an inspiring visit to a Sutton Coldfield secondary school highlighting the 'ugly' issue of human trafficking.


Pedal-powered Cycle for Freedom team visit Streetly Academy to… 

25 Oct

A PEDAL-POWERED team made an inspiring visit to a Sutton Coldfield secondary school highlighting the 'ugly' issue of human trafficking.


Lorry driver accused of doing U-turn in 44ton vehicle on the M6 Toll 

25 Oct

A lorry driver has been charged with dangerous driving after being accused of doing a U turn in his 44-ton vehicle on the M6 Toll in Staffordshire during rush hour.


Education board vows to end Walsall school slump 

25 Oct

AN education board will be set up as part of an action plan to tackle failing schools in Walsall.


MP for Aldridge-Brownhills, Sir Richard Shepherd, to step down at… 

24 Oct

THE MP for Aldridge-Brownhills, Sir Richard Shepherd, has announced that he is to step down at the next election.


MP for Streetly, Sir Richard Shepherd, to step down at next… 

24 Oct

THE MP for Streetly, Sir Richard Shepherd, has announced that he is to step down at the next election.


Coach crash driver to be charged 

24 Oct

The driver of a coach carrying children from the West Midlands that crashed on the M5 in Gloucestershire is to be charged with driving without due care and attention.


M6 blocked in both directions after three-car smash 

24 Oct

Collision between Junctions 6 and 7 northbound causes rush-hour chaos as vehicles are removed...


Miles of diversions for Walsall motorists as arterial route… 

24 Oct

MOTORISTS will face four-mile diversions when an arterial Walsall route closes for more than a year from this weekend.


Tributes paid to former West Browmich Albion FC and Walsall FC… 

24 Oct

A MUCH-loved sports coach who taught hundreds of school children and worked with some of the top Premier League football teams has passed away.


Support thrown behind campaign to honour Walsall swimmer at… 

24 Oct

A CAMPAIGN to honour a Walsall world record breaker at the leisure centre where he worked for more than three decades has received support from across the continent.


Walsall family firm at war after brother escorted from premises 

24 Oct

Joseph Dixon Tool Company facing employment tribunal claim...


26 new jobs: Female care assistants, operational contracts… 

24 Oct

These are the latest jobs posted on Sutton Coldfield Observer website.


IN PICTURES: Four Seasons Garden in Walsall opens for charity 

24 Oct

BRILLIANT reds, oranges and yellows will dazzle in an award-winning Walsall garden when it opens to the public.


Weekend roadworks report: Avoid the hold-ups this weekend 

24 Oct

These are the latest reports of roadworks according to the Highways Agency.


Weekend roadworks report: Avoid the hold-ups this weekend 

24 Oct

These are the latest reports of roadworks according to the Highways Agency.


Sir Richard Shepherd, Conservative MP for Aldridge-Brownhills, to stand down at election 

24 Oct

Tory MP Sir Richard Shepherd is standing down from his Aldridge-Brownhills seat at the next election.


Parking charges to be introduced across Walsall 

24 Oct

PARKING charges will be introduced for the first time in areas across Walsall in a bid to rake in up to £100,000 next year, it has emerged.


Driver who killed Aston Villa fan Joseph O’Reilly due to be sentenced today 

24 Oct

Fahid Saber pleaded guilty last month to causing the death of 22-year-old Joseph O’Reilly by dangerous driving...


Police helicopter helped find speeding motorist hiding in Erdington back garden 

24 Oct

Rhys Sylvester had been pursued by police from the M6 to Gravelly Hill before abandoning his car...


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Walsall Local History Fair on right now! 

25 Oct

Walsall Local History Fair will take place now, today (25th October 2014) at The Crossing at St.


Walsall Wood away at Lye this afternoon 

25 Oct

Your chance to support Walsall Wood away against Lye Town today! Continue reading →...


All hands to the pump! 

24 Oct

It's really getting busy for top local history wonks Dave Moore, Chris Pattison and their Freinds of Sandfields Pumping Station campaign group, who seem to be really getting somewhere with this fantastic Victorian edifice; not only has their ...


Questions being asked about footway resurfacing on the Allens Rough Estate 

24 Oct

Questions being asked about footway resurfacing on the Allens Rough Estate reports Willenhall North Lib Dem Activist Carol Fletcher.


Walsall Wood Councillor Mike Flower to stand down at next election 

24 Oct

It's with some surprise that I noted a post on the long dormant blog of Walsall Wood Councillor Mike Flower yesterday lunchtime, announcing that at the next election, he was to stand down.


Mike Flower to take a break at the next election 

23 Oct

It has been an honour to represent Aldridge North Walsall Wood for the past nine years.


Bescot Blog: Time to look for a new manager? 

23 Oct

A time comes when you just have to say enough is enough.


Breaking the ground 

23 Oct

Last weekend, I had the good fortune, courtesy of the young David Evans to be able to feature here the November 1994 issue of the long lost, but not forgotten local freshet/magazine for Brownhills, The Brownhills Gazette.


This week’s Lib Dem Surgeries in Willenhall North 

23 Oct

Remember the clocks go back this weekend, so we all get an extra hor in bed Sunday morning.


IN PICTURES: Innovative learning at Beacon Primary School, New Invention. 

23 Oct

Published on The YamYam   Walsall Advertiser   22 Oct 14 INNOVATIVE technology that has been used by NASA allowed pupils at a Willenhall school to tour a Norfolk farm from the comfort of their own assembly hall.


Walsall Wood in Wonderland… 

23 Oct

There was a real treat for the Walsall Wood fans on Tuesday Evening last (21st October 2014) as a patchy home team were proven unexpectedly superior to their visitors, and the Woodmen fought to a very respectable victory over Hednesford.


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  • Barr Beacon

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    Barr Beacon is a hill on the edge of Walsall, West Midlands, England, very near the border with Birmingham. It gives its name to nearby Great Barr (the Beacon borders the Pheasey area of Great Barr).


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On the right side 

25 Oct

As we discussed in yesterday’s post the UK is clearly divided between low and high air pressure systems.


A pleasant weekend? 

24 Oct

Today starts off a bit “damp and drizzly” first thing this morning although it is mild (13c at 06:30 hours).


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Features »

A Long Day Out! 

25 Oct

I haven’t posted for a while, although I have needed to.


New Home for Sign 

25 Oct

  The Hammerwich LMS Station sign that was found folded in half amongst rubbish at Lichfield City has been given a new home, complete with a frame at Chasewater Country Park.


Walk to School Week 

24 Oct

How did your class do in Walk to School Week? We had so many children walking this week that we ran out of stickers! Some classes also ran out of space to stick them on to the tree! Well done everyone.


Walsall Born Player 55. Mel Eves 

24 Oct

Mel Eves Personal information Full name Melvyn James Eves Date of birth 10 September 1956 (age 58) Place of birth Darlaston, England Playing position Attacker Senior career Years...


Walsall Born Player 54 Neil Davis 

24 Oct

Neil Davis Personal information Full name Neil Davis Date of birth 15 August 1973 (age 41) Place of birth Bloxwich, England Playing position Striker Club information Current team Coleshill Town Senior career Years...


Walsall Born Players 53. Richard Davies 

24 Oct

Richard Davies Personal information Full name Richard Peter Davies Date of birth 15 May 1990 (age 24) Place of birth Willenhall, England Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Playing position Midfielder Club information Current team Barrow Youth career ?–2008 ...


Leamore past and present 

24 Oct

  All three of the public houses above have gone! Two The Butlers Arms and The Black Horse have been demolished.


For Whom the Bell Tolls 

24 Oct

The site of the Old Tollgate Cottage, near Orgreave.


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Former Academy Coach Passes Away 

24 Oct

Former Academy Coach Passes Away Vitalfootball:Walsall:24/10/2014 20:49:00 Bernard Day passes away following short ilness.


BERNARD DAY 

24 Oct

Bescot Banter is sad to learn that, former Walsall Football Club academy goalkeeping coach Bernard Day passed away on 4th October, following a short illness.


PAPER TALK: SMITH CONTINUES TO BELIEVE 

24 Oct

Walsall manager  Dean Smith has once again spoken to the press ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League One match against Chesterfield, and has insisted that he continues to believe in what he and his coaching staff are doing, and has no...


SMITH BOOSTED BY MANTOM RETURN 

24 Oct

Walsall manager Dean Smith has spoken to the club's official website ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League One clash with Chesterfield, and has expressed his delight at the recent return of 2013/14 Player of the Season, Sam Mantom...


BRADSHAW DELIGHTED TO BE BACK 

24 Oct

Walsall Football Club top scorer Tom Bradshaw has spoken to the club's official website ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League One clash with Chesterfield, and has expressed his delight at being passed fit for the big match.


Walsall v Chesterfield – Preview 

24 Oct

Walsall v Chesterfield - Preview Vitalfootball:Walsall:24/10/2014 13:35:00 Walsall welcome Derbyshire outfit Chesterfield to The Banks's Stadium, with pressure continuing to mount on Dean Smith and his players...


Smith ‘Im hurting as much as anyone’ 

24 Oct

Smith 'Im hurting as much as anyone' Vitalfootball:Walsall:24/10/2014 13:17:00 Smith shares pain felt from supporters.


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Sport »

ARE YOU A GOLDLINE WINNER THIS WEEK 

24 Oct

CHECK OUT THE LATEST GOLDLINE RESULTS...


U7/8′s – Training this Sunday 26th Oct, 11-12 

24 Oct

Fixture change...


Wyrley Girls off to Wembley! 

24 Oct

The Club’s girls’ section is taking nearly 110 players and parents to the England v Germany Ladies match at Wembley next month! Wow! Thanks Steve Willis for organising.


Luke Paddock good and ready for fight night 

24 Oct

Bloxwich’s Luke Paddock would have fought anyone to get his Midlands light welterweight title shot at Wolverhampton Civic Hall tonight.


County Under 18 Representative Team make a winning start to their competitive programme. 

23 Oct

The County Under 18 Representative Team under new Head Coach David Billingham, made a winning start to their competitive programme with a 4 – 1 victory over Nottinghamshire at Mansfield Town FC on Sunday 12th October 2014 in the First Round...


Newlife Santa Dash – who’s up for it? 

23 Oct

The club has a history of supporting charities – Meningitis UK, Acorns Hospice, RBL, Compton Hospice, Birmingham Children’s Hospital to name a few.


RAF Football Appeal Scores Impressive Milestone 

23 Oct

A football shirt charitable appeal based in Shropshire has completed an incredible milestone in passing the magical 100000 items delivered worldwide.


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Business »

Former MG Rover bosses to share £6m payout 

25 Oct

Phoenix Four and ex-chief executive in line for bumper pay day following deal with liquidator...


Cadbury Bournville can’t return to ‘days of women in hair nets’ 

25 Oct

Cadbury workers must accept owner Mondelez International's modern practices 'ultimatum' to survive, claims MP Steve McCabe.


£8m MG Rover pension settlement reached ten years after firm collapsed 

24 Oct

SOME 95 former MG Rover workers are to be given a pensions boost after an £8m settlement was reached.


Ten-year MG Rover pension delay finally resolved with £8m payout 

24 Oct

Saga branded an 'impenetrable mess' by MP will see 95 former Longbridge staff receive additional money following 2005 collapse...


Manufacturing growth slows as exports fall away 

23 Oct

THE recovery in British manufacturing continued in the three months to October, but the pace of growth slowed as new export orders declined, according to a new survey.


Supermarket giants have only themselves to blame for decline 

23 Oct

Retail giants Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Asda have forgotten what made them successful in the first place, and are ignoring the needs of the customer.


Join us for a FREE celebration event of business in the Black Country 

23 Oct

GTG Training Academy, in conjunction with Finditintheblackcountry, presents:Opportunities for SuccessJoin us on Thursday 6th November for a celebration of local businesses with buyers, suppliers and GTG Training Academy.


Sainsbury’s jobs saved despite scrapping of night shift 

22 Oct

Trade union jubilant after negotiating packages and redeployment as up to 100 supermarket workers were left facing redundancy...


New recruits bolster Enoch Evans’ growth plans 

22 Oct

The appointments of Cheryl McSheen-Bailey and Jade Cranch come as the firm celebrates its 130th year in existence...


Lifestyle: Motoring – Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience, The Italian Job and Toyota’s GT86 

21 Oct

FOR many Land Rover owners the closest they may ever get to offroading is taking their 4x4 over a kerb - which could go some way towards explaining the success of the Land Rover Experience events.


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Outdoors »

A week in #walsall 25th October 2014 

25 Oct

A week in #walsall 25th October 2014...


its inside saddlers center just look up walk from argos 

24 Oct

its inside saddlers center just look up walk from argos...


October 22nd – Spotted in Darlaston after a tipoff by [Howmuch?]… 

23 Oct

October 22nd - Spotted in Darlaston after a tipoff by [Howmuch?] - what I must presume to be a World War Two air raid shelter.


October 22nd – In the offices of Smarm, Smarm, Bignob and… 

23 Oct

October 22nd - In the offices of Smarm, Smarm, Bignob and Braces, advertising agency for SSE Power: 'Nigel, it's a great advert for energy.


October 20th – Oh my goodness this is clever, but I’ve… 

21 Oct

October 20th - Oh my goodness this is clever, but I’ve given up trying to think of a way to explain it - it’s just best to take a look yourselves.


October 20th – I had to pop into Walsall Wood on my way home, so… 

21 Oct

October 20th - I had to pop into Walsall Wood on my way home, so shot up the Lichfield Road.


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The Darkness star Justin Hawkins strips off for Walsall mums’… 

25 Oct

ROCK legend Justin Hawkins has praised the enthusiasm of two Bentley mothers, who have created a nude calendar to raise vital funds for a cancer charity.


REVIEW: Oh, What a Lovely War! The Circle Players, Aldridge Youth… 

23 Oct

SINCE this company was formed in Kingstanding 80 years ago they have built a reputation for staging good dramas and comedies, so tackling Joan Littlewood's musical look at World War 1 was a real challenge.


Members look back as Walsall theatre group The Circle Players… 

23 Oct

A LONG-STANDING theatre group that holds performances at Aldridge Youth Theatre is marking a special milestone this year.


VIDEO: Singer Alvin Stardust dies aged 72 

23 Oct

Pop singer Alvin Stardust, born Bernard William Jewry, died at home with his wife and family around him after being recently being diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.


I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2014 

22 Oct

Ant and Dec will soon be back on our screens when ITV's I'm a Celebrity...


VIDEO: ITV’s Grantchester trailers 

20 Oct

Episode three ofGrantchesterairs on ITV at 9pmtonight,Monday October 20.


Loose Women panellist Lynda Bellingham has died aged 66 of cancer 

20 Oct

The actress, who had terminal bowel cancer, filmed her final appearance on the ITV show last week.


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999 »

West Midlands Ambulance Service | 4025 | Emergency Ambulance | Citroen Relay | On shout in Worcester 

7 Oct

West Midlands Ambulance Service | 4025 | Emergency Ambulance | Citroen Relay | On shout in Worcester West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) | 4025 (BN60 WNB) | Emergency Ambulance | Citroen Relay | On shout from Croft Rd to Dolday and up The...


David Jamieson makes his acceptance speech 

17 Sep

David Jamieson makes his acceptance speech West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson speaks after the result of the election is announced on 22 August 2014.


David Jamieson takes the Police and Crime Commissioner oath of office 

17 Sep

David Jamieson takes the Police and Crime Commissioner oath of office Before they can take office, all Police and Crime Commissioners must take an oath of office that is set out in law.


Walsall drug raids in Pleck 

10 Sep

Walsall drug raids in Pleck Police swooped on two addresses in the Pleck area of Walsall on 9 September in a clampdown on drug dealing and prostitution.


I won’t share you… 

2 Sep

Want to avoid compromising photos of yourself popping up on the interweb? Tips below! There are lots of things that us normal people don’t have in common with Hollywood celebrities.


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LocalGov »

Blocked/Inadequate drain causing surface water flooding on the road, 24th October 

24 Oct

Surface water flooding from the field is now constantly overflowing onto the road as the drain is blocked, this drain is inadequate even when its not.


Council Spend on Office Space and Internet 

24 Oct

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Kat Kynes on 24 October 2014 .


Business Rates 

24 Oct

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Katy Stone on 24 October 2014 .


Business Rates 

24 Oct

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Katy Stone on 24 October 2014 .


Nursing home beds plan to ease hospital pressures 

24 Oct

Patients who are well enough to leave hospital but not quite ready to return home could live in borough nursing homes for a short time with support if Walsall Council's Cabinet agrees.


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