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Markets, ice rink and free town centre parking among Christmas… 

22 Nov

WALSALL residents will soon be walking in a winter wonderland when a number of Christmas events are held across the borough.


Vets practice in Walsall backs anti-freeze call after 10 pets die… 

22 Nov

PETlovers in Walsall are being urged by a local vets practice to unite and sign a petition forcing manufactures to add a bittering agent to anti-freeze following a spate of deaths.


UPDATE: Police non-emergency number 101 now working 

22 Nov

UPDATE: The telecommunications problem affecting the police 101 number has now been fixed.


Motorway bridge work will result in six weeks of overnight… 

22 Nov

WORK on a motorway bridge near Walsall will result in overnight closures for the next six weeks.


Pensioner who died in Walsall house fire has been named 

22 Nov

AN elderly woman who was found dead following a blaze in her Walsall bungalow has been named.


Driver jailed for seven years for deliberate hit-and-run in Brownhills 

22 Nov

A disqualified driver who used his van as a 'weapon' and seriously injured a man in a hit-and-run in Brownhills has been jailed for seven years and four months.


Public urged to have their say on proposals to close eight… 

22 Nov

PLANS to close eight libraries in Walsall in a bid to save more than 500,000 have gone out to public consultation.


Pensioner killed in Walsall fire is named 

22 Nov

A pensioner who died in a house fire in Walsall has been named as Anne Fowler.


‘Hateful’ bedroom tax condemned by Walsall MP 

22 Nov

Walsall North MP David Winnick has called the bedroom tax 'hateful' during question time to the Prime Minister.


M6 through the Midlands among Britain’s worst for delays 

22 Nov

Spots at Walsall, Bromsgrove and Sutton Coldfield rated as blackspots...


I’m A Celebrity: Why do Brummies do so badly on reality TV shows? 

21 Nov

As Edwina Curry goes into the jungle for I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! we ask: Just why do Brummies do so badly on reality TV shows...


Bosses expect Walsall healthcare services to run ‘as normal’… 

21 Nov

CRITICAL healthcare services in Walsall will remain operational when some staff walk out in a dispute over pay next week, bosses have vowed.


29-year-old mother of three died two days after routine procedure at Walsall Manor 

21 Nov

A 29-year-old woman died two days after being discharged from hospital following a routine gallstones procedure, an inquest has heard.


Plans to link the region’s motorways to go on show in December 

21 Nov

Plans to build a major link road between the M54, the M6 and the M6 Toll are to go on show in December.


Christmas card sales at Rushall church fair will fund restoration… 

21 Nov

ORGANISERS of an upcoming Christmas fair at a Walsall church are hoping for the local community to turn out in force.


Birmingham vet’s antifreeze plea: Pet owners urged to sign petition on deadly chemical 

21 Nov

Campaign to give liquid a bitter taste after a number of pets in region die of kidney failure from swallowing it...


Council staff search for family of Walsall pensioner who died… 

21 Nov

COUNCIL officers are searching for therelatives of a Walsall pensioner who died recently.


Move to slash Walsall councillors’ allowance will save £82,… 

21 Nov

SPECIAL allowances for senior councillors will be cut by more than a quarter after plans were given overwhelming backing at a meeting this week.


VIDEO: Timelapse footage of Primark redevelopment rising from the… 

21 Nov

IT is a multi-million pound development which council officials say will breathe further life into Walsall town centre.


West Midlands Ambulance Service bosses fear “severe… 

21 Nov

SIGNIFICANT delays of up to four hours in an ambulance arriving at less serious cases is expected across the West Midlands when NHS staff walk out for the second time this year.


Six weeks of M6 closures as bridge repairs begin 

21 Nov

Six weeks of overnight closures will hit motorists on the M6 from next week as bridge repairs are carried out.


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See Emily Play 

23 Nov

If the excitable and somewhat tarnished British media is to be believed, Emily Thornberry has posted the most disgusting, offensive, vile, inhumane and satanic tweet in the short but colourful history of social media...


Stacked 

22 Nov

A few weeks ago, I shared here a mining plan of how workings in the Robbins coal seam under Walsall Wood, Clayhanger and Brownhills affected the railway line above it, showing the coal mine excavations in great detail under the village.


August 1990 – How much longer must we wait for some action? 

22 Nov

David Evans, very kindly granted access to the archive held by former editor and contributor Brian Stringer, has been assiduously and conscientiously scanning them all.


Walsall Wood FC v Causeway United FC away match this afternoon! 

22 Nov

November 22nd 2014, Walsall Wood v Causeway United away at The Grove, Old Hawne Road - get down there for some great local football.


Hednesford Road hit and run: John Thomason sentenced 

21 Nov

At 12:50am, Sunday 10th August 2014, there was a hit and run incident in Brownhills West, in which a white van hit two men on the pavement - it caused quite a stir locally as many readers will no doubt recall.


Did any of you know Alan John Pickering? 

21 Nov

Yet again, this is one of those requests that Walsall Council make periodically, and was issued by the Communication Team at Walsall Council on Friday, November 21st 2014 and I'd like all locals to have a think about it, and if any of you can do so, ...


Valerie Votes to Save NHS from Privatisation 

21 Nov

On Friday 21 November Valerie voted in favour of the Second Reading of the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill in the House of Commons.


The pride of Brownhills unveiled this Saturday! 

21 Nov

I'm a wee bit late with this (for which I apologise, things are a bit hectic of late) but here's some great news from reader and longtime friend of the blog Martin, who writes concerning the Royal British Legion plaque that resurfaced following a ...


CAMPAIGN JUSTICE: What Journalism 2.0 Looks Like and What You Can Learn 

21 Nov

It was around 2010 and as depressing conversations with a reporter go this one took quite some beating.


Have you had difficuly getting to and from Darlaston? 

20 Nov

A number of readers have commented about the difficulties they are having due to  the road works around Darlaston and Pleck.


House of Commons Governance Select Committee – Thursday 20 November 2014 

20 Nov

On Thursday 20 November 2014, the House of Commons Governance of the House Committee, of which Valerie is a member, heard evidence from Lawrence Ward, Serjeant at Arms, and Robin Fell, Principal Doorkeeper; Oonagh Gay, Senior Library Clerk; Paul ...


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Mild temperatures but any rain? 

22 Nov

Milder air is now pushing across our area and this is helping create some mist in our area this morning.


Air pressure reducing on Friday, 21 November 2014 

21 Nov

The air pressure is reducing and the radar images are clearly showing that there is some rain heading in our direction.


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Features »

Walsall foreign player 12. Carlos Carneiro 

22 Nov

Carlos Paulo Martins Carneiro (born 27 December 1975 in Paços de Ferreira) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a striker.


Walsall foreign player 11. Gabor Bukran 

22 Nov

Gábor Bukrán (born 16 November 1975 in Eger) is a Hungarian professional footballer who plays in Belgium for Union Royale Namur.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 22 November 2014. 

22 Nov

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time James Marson 20:23 Sam O’Connor 33:03 Andrew Perrens 23:24 Victoria Coleman 34:37 Jacob Hall 24:38 Adam Cleverley 38:06 Jenny Robinson 28:52 Samantha Cleverley 38:10 Ellen ...


Walsall foreign player 10. Evandro Brandão 

22 Nov

Evandro Brandão Evandro Elmer de Carvalho Brandão (born 7 May 1991) is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a striker for C.


Santa Sleigh: 2014 Flyer Launched 

22 Nov

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our 2014 Santa Sleigh flyer.


St. John’s Christmas Fair 

22 Nov

The St.


The Review: traffic 

22 Nov

That’s the Broadway in Walsall in the picture.


Great Barr is Brum not Black Country 

22 Nov

I WAS reading in The Bugle (October 30 edition) the article re Hamstead Colliery.


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SMITH DELIGHTED WITH AWAYDAY WIN 

22 Nov

Walsall manager Dean Smith has spoken to the club's official website following Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League One victory over Fleetwood Town, and told of his delight at his side's solid away-from-home performance.


REPORT: FLEETWOOD TOWN 0 WALSALL 1 

22 Nov

Earlier today Walsall made the trip North to take on Fleetwood Town in the latest Sky Bet League One fixture of the season.


Dean Smith: A ‘terrific’ victory for Walsall 

22 Nov

Manager Dean Smith hailed “terrific” Walsall after their 1-0 win at Fleetwood Town in League One.


STATS: FLEETWOOD TOWN 0 WALSALL 1 

22 Nov

Earlier this afternoon Walsall took on Fleetwood Town in the latest Sky Bet League One match of the season.


Fleetwood Town 0 Walsall 1 

22 Nov

Romaine Sawyers got the only goal as Walsall ended Fleetwood Town’s nine month unbeaten home run.


YOUTH: WALSALL 2 FLEETWOOD TOWN 0 

22 Nov

Earlier today, Walsall Football Club's Under 18s side played host to Fleetwood Town in the latest Football League Youth Alliance (North West) fixture of the season.


TEAM NEWS: v FLEETWOOD TOWN (A) 

22 Nov

Later this Walsall Football Club will take on Fleetwood Town in the latest Sky Bet League One fixture of the season.


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Sport »

West Mids TKD News – Training and Christmas Party 

22 Nov

Sunday training is on this Sunday 23rd November 2014 in Kidderminster (insert address) £5.00 for the session with Master Vince Farquharson – 2 hour class.


ARE YOU A GOLDLINE WINNER THIS WEEK 

21 Nov

CHECK OUT THIS WEEK`S GOLDLINE RESULTS...


McDonalds Kit Scheme is a huge success 

21 Nov

4,230 football kits have been delivered to FA Charter Standard clubs across the country as part of the new McDonalds sponsorship programme supporting The FA as their official Community Partner.


Wyrley Juniors Benefit from Football Futures Volunteers 

21 Nov

Wyrley Juniors Football Club are reaping benefits from volunteers within the Football Futures programme.


We will remember them. 

21 Nov

Football Remembers.


Duo set the scene for Walsall’s next fight night 

21 Nov

We are hours away from fight week at Walsall Town Hall with Lee Glover and Lennox Clarke visiting the venue to set the scene.


Colron Christmas Raffle 

20 Nov

Festive Fun With Colron FC...


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Business »

Iconic British brands thrive and drive forward on global stage 

20 Nov

Car giant Jaguar Land Rover is sponsoring the manufacturing category at this year's Birmingham Post Business Awards.


KPMG in fast lane following McLaren deal 

20 Nov

ACCOUNTANCY firm KPMG has announced a partnership with super-car and Formula 1 team owner McLaren Group.


Voith secures major facilities management contract for JLR’s new engine plant 

20 Nov

A WARWICKSHIRE automotive supplier has secured a major facilities management contract for Jaguar Land Rovers new £500m Engine Manufacturing Centre near Wolverhampton.


Pictures: Inside Concord House as show apartments launched 

20 Nov

Former Debenhams warehouse conversion branded 'monstrous' by city councillor shows off two new apartments to tempt city dwellers to part with upwards of £275,000...


Tied beer vote threatens 7,000 jobs in pubs sectors says Punch Taverns 

19 Nov

STAFFORDSHIRE pubco Punch Taverns has warned up to 7,000 jobs could be at risk in the pubs sector following a vote in the Commons on tied pubs.


St Modwen Technology Retail Park 100% pre-let ten months early 

19 Nov

A WARWICKSHIRE business park has completed at 100% pre-let  ten months ahead of its scheduled opening.


GTG host networking event to celebrate local business success 

19 Nov

GTG Training, in partnership with Finditintheblackcountry, were pleased to host ‘Opportunites for Success’, a breakfast meeting event that celebrated the success of local businesses, introducing them to buyers and suppliers from the Black Country...


Enterprise Inns brands tied pub vote an “unwelcome development” 

19 Nov

THE defeat of the Government in a Commons vote giving tied publicans more control on where to source their beer supplies has been branded an unwelcome development by a West Midlands pubc...


Inside job as Carillion bags £200m prisons contract 

19 Nov

CONSTRUCTION and support services giant Carillion has won a contract to provide facilities management services in public sector prisons, estimated to be worth up to £200m over five years.


Marches LEP appoints former Business Link chief as new director 

19 Nov

Gill Hamer joins body to help spearhead its mission to boost economic growth across two counties...


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Outdoors »

November 22nd – Despite occasional heavy showers, it was a… 

22 Nov

November 22nd - Despite occasional heavy showers, it was a lovely day.


November 22nd –  I had to nip to Aldridge in the afternoon, and… 

22 Nov

November 22nd -  I had to nip to Aldridge in the afternoon, and on autopilot, rode up the canal, to find it still blocked off for works between Northywood Bridge at the back of Brickyard Road and the Wharf Bridge in Aldridge, between Stubbers Green ...


November 21st – Thank goodness it’s Friday. Another… 

22 Nov

November 21st - Thank goodness it’s Friday.


November 21st – After rain in the night, I rode past the old… 

22 Nov

November 21st - After rain in the night, I rode past the old bowling green at Oak Park on my way to work, sadly noting that it was starting to flood once more for winter.


November 20th – In Kings Hill Park in Darlaston, there’s a… 

22 Nov

November 20th - In Kings Hill Park in Darlaston, there’s a lovely recent sculpture.


20th November – Still clinging on, and looking handsome despite… 

22 Nov

20th November - Still clinging on, and looking handsome despite the decay, the mellow, early winter sunshine lit up the Workhouse Guardian’s Office beautifully.


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Donations wanted for new ‘Clothes Bank’ at Caldmoreaccord 

21 Nov

A Walsall based housing association, Caldmoreaccord, is calling on the local community for donations of unwanted clothes for a new, free clothes bank that it has set up for its customers.


Dame Kelly Holmes’ charity works with Caldmoreaccord to get young lives on track 

19 Nov

World-class athletes set to inspire young people from Walsall Walsall-based housing association, Caldmoreaccord, is working with The Dame Kelly Holmes Trusts team of world-class athletes to help inspire the next generation with a free mentoring ...


AW 14 Winter Running Jackets 

18 Nov

It definitely feels like winter now! November has brought a chill with it, but for those of us who have winter and spring races to complete, training still has to go on.


Christmas Appeal Aims To Meet Continuing Costs Of Caring 

17 Nov

Acorns Children’s Hospice has launched its Christmas appeal with an ambitious target of raising £60,000 to help meet the ongoing cost of the care it provides.


Band Aid 30: Who should sing the first line? (Poll) 

14 Nov

The new Band Aid single will be revealed to the world on this weekend's X Factor results show.


50 Shades (VIDEO): Topless Jamie Dornan features in new trailer 

14 Nov

Mr Grey will see you now, in another trailer of the highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey film.


Christmas 2014: 139 Walsall bars, pubs and restaurants that have… 

13 Nov

With just over 40 days until Christmas Day, the rush will be on for many families, friends and colleagues across the country to book places for a festive meal or party.


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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.


Protect Your Stuff From The Vehicle Burglars 

30 Oct

Vehicle crime is a hot topic here at Walsall Police at the moment, mainly because we’ve seen an increase in vehicle-related crime in many areas of the borough and are focusing a lot of attention on reducing it.


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.


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False statements or reports from social services (aka) SS 

23 Nov

Follow up sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Mr k Hopkins on 23 November 2014 .


Manhole beginning to collapse, 22nd November 

22 Nov

A manhole, probably over a Severn Trent Water sewer, is beginning to collapse on the A4124 Pelsall Road on the Brownhills to Bloxwich section by Becks Bridge, directly outside 107 Pelsall Road.


Business Rates 

21 Nov

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Katy Stone on 21 November 2014 .


General Information 

21 Nov

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Jacob Krendel on 21 November 2014 .


Secondary School spend on agency staff for year 2013-2014 

21 Nov

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Callam Finlay on 21 November 2014 .


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