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Cinema blaze is treated as ‘suspicious’ 

20 Sep

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service said about 50 firefighters were involved in tackling the 'severe' blaze in the early hours of Tuesday(19...


Trees felled as high winds hit 

19 Sep

The storm's high winds felled trees in Willenhall, Stafford, Wolverhampton and Great Barr, as well as in gardens, car parks and train lines across the West Midlands...


Old police HQ being used as playground 

17 Sep

Chief Superintendent Andy Parsons, commander at Walsall Police, has said youngsters are putting themselves in danger by entering the dilapidated building on Green Lane...


Walsall 1-4 Doncaster Rovers 

15 Sep

Doncaster come from behind to claim a thumping win at Walsall, emphatically ending the hosts' unbeaten league start.


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.


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NEW RULES: This what you need to know if you make video, social and web content 

26 Sep

Some new regulations have quietly come into force that will have a big impact if you work in public sector comms.


Lady violently assaulted outside Brownhills Tesco store – did you witness anything? 

26 Sep

Tesco Brownhills where a lady was attacked last Friday A worrying incident is being reported locally on social media that’s causing me great concern: It appears that on Friday evening, 21st September 2018 outside the Tesco store in Brownhills a ...


30 days of human comms #53 Davis Community face down a hurricane on Facebook 

25 Sep

Always when you know human comms when you see it and it can be in unexpected places.


Two sugars please: join the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this Saturday in Brownhills! 

25 Sep

MacMillan are a hugely important charity to me.


LOCAL DIGITAL: Don’t let bright digital ideas be killed by poor comms 

24 Sep

It was good to see localgovcamp in its spiritual home Birmingham and with it a surprise.


Some mothers did have them – parties, that is… 

23 Sep

Brownhills Mothers Union members at their Christmas party in the 1950s.


Woodmen fight Coventry United for a well-earned win 

23 Sep

Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans Walsall Wood FC were at home to Coventry United yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 22nd September 2018, and much to the delight of the faithful, they Woodmen pulled off a hard-fought win.


Top Tipton 

23 Sep

William Perry, legendary pugilist and son of Tipton rages at the rain clouds – but the hardy were undaunted Despite the bad weather yesterday (Saturday, 22nd September 2018) I took the afternoon out to support a great event in the industrial heart ...


A question of visibility? 

22 Sep

This view of the old LNWR station was taken from High Street, a suffix applied to it’s name between 1924 and 1930.


Fancy a jumble sale today? 

22 Sep

Tracey, take a meow… Here’s a great looking jumble sale taking place today (Saturday 22nd September 2018) in the buildings just opposite Barons Court Hotel near the Snooker Club – and it’s in aid of a wonderful charity.


Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this Saturday morning 

22 Sep

What a lovely thing this is! Continue reading...


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  • The Work's Bridge, Pelsall 31/12/2017

     on flickr 31 Dec 17
    As Big Ben counts down to the start of 2018, this is a view of Pelsall Work’s Bridge on the final evening of 2017.

    Thank you to everyone who has viewed and commented upon my photographs during 2017.


Yourweather Walsall


A clear sky to start (WS7 weather report 26-9-2018) 

26 Sep

There was a bright and clear full moon shining down when I made my observations at 06:30 hours this morning.


Back reporting (WS7 weather report 25-9-2018) 

25 Sep

Firstly, can I apologise for not presenting my usual weather blog yesterday, however, I was a little too ‘under the weather’ to be able to sit and write.


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Features »

Skip Hop Doubleplay Reversible Playmat Zoo // Review 

26 Sep

When you have a baby, every month sees a different development milestone.


The Road To Ruins – A Trip To Kos Town 

25 Sep

Kos Town is the capital of Kos and, with a population of 14,750, the only sizable town on the island.


The Disneyland Paris Diaries // Day Two – August 2018 

25 Sep

We knew that our time at Disneyland Paris would be brief so we didn’t rush and cram in everything to...


The Disneyland Paris Diaries // Getting there and Day One – August 2018 

24 Sep

At the end of August we booked a last minute four-day break to France with a couple of days in...


The Disneyland Paris Diaries // Baby Switch Service 

24 Sep

If you’re taking a baby with you who cannot go on any of the rides at Disneyland Paris, you must...


100% Attendance Winners 

24 Sep

Last year, we had 118 people with 100% attendance.


A new chapter 

23 Sep

Probably the same for most families at this time of the year – students starting university and that’s the case for my Nephew and so another chapter begins for our family.


Life’s A Beach – Our Week In Kos 

23 Sep

Kalimera! We're back from a week spent on the Greek island of Kos, situated in the Dodecanese peninsula.


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Walsall FC »

Walsall Announce Partnership With LNP Sound 

26 Sep

LNP Sound have been commercial partners of the club for five years and have now enhanced their relationship to improve the quality of events the club offer at Banks's Stadium, which is commercially known as 'Walsall FC The Venue'.


The Last Time We Met: Accrington Stanley 

26 Sep

Ahead of Saturday's clash were taking a look back at the most recent meeting between the two sides, which was a Carling Cup - First Round match, which took place at the Crown Ground on Tuesday, 11th August 2009, and saw Stanley advance to the...


Fiery Ferrier Keen to Repay the Faith 

26 Sep

London-born Ferrier, who enjoyed youth spells with Arsenal.


Walsall’s 2018/19 PFA Player Ambassadors Have Been Confirmed 

25 Sep

Seven Saddlers players have been named player ambassadors for the 2018/19 season, coordinated by Walsall FC Community Programme and the PFA, the players visit a range of community activities at schools and local projects.


Charlton Athletic (H): Fixture Rearranged 

25 Sep

The clash between the Saddlers and Addicks will now take place on the evening of Tuesday, 6th November, with kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm.


Morgan Ferrier: Hard Working Saddlers Motivated By Underdog Status 

25 Sep

23-year-old Ferrier, who has bagged four goals in ten first-team appearances, is among a growing group of players who have started the season in superb form and believes that the squad is confident in it abilities and goes into games keen to...


Keates Still Keen to Add Another Player to His Squad 

24 Sep

Keates, who saw his Saddlers side return to winning ways as they secured 2-1 victory over Oxford United, admitted that whilst he is happy with the squad at his disposal, there is one player he would still like to bring in.


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Sport »

Long Lane passes with flying colours. 

25 Sep

Good news! The Club has to undergo a Football Foundation interview each year, looking at the financial management, community usage, facility development and upkeep of Long Lane.


Early Cup Exit for Walsall 

22 Sep

Walsall 12 Earlsdon 17...


Elfyn Pugh Vets day and more 

20 Sep

From veterans to the future.


Lucas Tibbs Fundraiser! 

19 Sep

The Club is heavily involved in supporting the family of Lucas Tibbs, a player who started in the Boys Development Centre and has gone on to greater things, playing at professional club Academies.


Injury Hit Walsall Team Struggle to Contain Leek 

16 Sep

Leek 26 Walsall 7...


Match reports from across the club 

16 Sep

Match reports 15th and 16th September...


Elfyn Pugh Veterans Match 

15 Sep

Elfyn Pugh British Empire Medal Veterans match...


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Business »

Staff from Burntwood building firm ready to tough it out for charity 

19 Sep

A team of staff from a Burntwood building company will be wading through mud, crawling through fire pits and swimming through open water this weekend – all in aid of charity.


Managers at Burntwood building business to serve up coffee for charity fundraiser 

14 Sep

Managers at a Burntwood building company are serving up a treat as part of a charity fundraiser.


Protective coatings made by Indestructible – a family-owned company in Sparkhill 

9 Aug

‘ Indestructible Paint , a manufacturer of high performance paints and coatings, started in 1978 in a small workshop in Acocks Green.


Training company confirms plan to open new centre in Lichfield 

26 Jul

A training provider has confirmed it will be moving into Lichfield.


Burntwood site manager named as one of the best in the country 

25 Jul

A site manager with a Burntwood building firm has been named as one of the best in the country.


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).


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Outdoors »

Tuesday 25th September 2018 

25 Sep

1100 - 1230 sunny, strong SW wind, 15c : Shoveler 5, Teal 11, Tufted 4, Cormorant 16, Heron 4, Little Grebe 3, GC Grebe 2, Lapwing 128, GBb Gull, Buzzard 3, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel f, Pied Wagtail 3, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Song Thrush 2, Chiffchaff 2, ...


Sunday 23rd September 2018 

23 Sep

0930 - 1100 rain clearing, 9c : Mute Swan 8, Pochard drake, Teal 11, Shoveler 4, Tufted 6, Cormorant 16, Little Grebe 2, GC Grebe 2, Snipe, Lapwing 90, Buzzard 4 over quarry, Collared Dove 4, Green Woodpecker, Rook 3 over, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail ...


Saturday 22nd September 2018 

23 Sep

0930 : Teal 25, Gadwall 2, Cormorant 20, Heron 6, Lapwing 122, Stock Dove 2, House Martin c40, Swallow c12.


My first Saturday away for months and what happens? 

22 Sep

Pale Morph Arctic Skua: Photo Moss Taylor Something good turns up at Chasewater! Never mind it was a Grey Phalarope , always a good tick but thankfully not one that I needed for Chasewater so missing it doesn't really sting.


Wednesday 19th September 2018 

19 Sep

1100 - 1145 strong south-westerlies, 17c : Shoveler 5, Teal 2, Heron 5, Cormorant 15, Lapwing 105, Herring Gull 24, GBb Gull, LBb Gull 60, Buzzard, Collared Dove 3, Pied Wagtail, Starling 250+, House Martin 11, Swallow, etc.


Tuesday 18th September 2018 

19 Sep

0945 - 1045 : Shelduck, Shoveler 5, Teal 17, Cormorant 18, GC Grebe 2, Little Grebe 2, Lapwing 92, Herring Gull 15, House Martin 8, Pied Wagtail 2, Chiffchaff 2, (RP) Speckled Wood 11, Comma 2.


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How to extract a data-rich service from a monolith 

23 Aug

As people get more interested in microservices, there is a growing interest in how to split up an existing monolith into microservices.


David Owen Norris 

6 Aug

When: Tuesday, 14 August 2018 from 19:45 to 22:45 (BST) Where: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus Magdalene Road WS1 Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this ...


Graham Fitch 

6 Aug

When: Monday, 13 August 2018 from 19:45 to 22:45 (BST) Where: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus Magdalene Road WS1 Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this ...


Christine Stevenson 

6 Aug

When: Sunday, 12 August 2018 from 19:45 to 22:45 (BST) Where: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus Magdalene Road WS1 Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this ...


Karl Lutchmayer 

6 Aug

When: Saturday, 11 August 2018 from 19:45 to 22:45 (BST) Where: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus Magdalene Road WS1 Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this ...


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.


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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 »

There is no rubbish bin at this bus stop., 26th September 

26 Sep

There needs to be a rubbish bin at this bus stop.


Drones, 26th September 

26 Sep

There are lads flying drones over the airport field.


Vehicle left there for the last two weeks, covered in cob web vrn bk51gmg – corsa – silver, 23rd September 

23 Sep

Vehicle partilly on the pavement and partly on the road causing motorist to drive on the other side of road to overtake.


Traffic lights at the bus gate are not working correctly., 21st September 

21 Sep

We have received numerous reports from bus drivers that the traffic lights near to the Bell Inn going towards Walsall are not working correctly.


Tree has fallen down on Walsall Council Land, 21st September 

21 Sep

Tree has fallen over and leaning onto 2 Aldis Road.


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