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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...


Walsall murder probe as woman, 74, dies from knife injuries 

1 Mar

Anne James, described by her family as "amazing", died in "a shocking, violent attack".


Walsall man jailed for sending ‘Islamic State’ video link 

1 Mar

Christopher Soares sent a link to a 29-minute Islamic State group instructional video.


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Comment »

Support for a Task Force over M&S Closures gains momentum 

24 May

Walsall’s Marks and Spencer’s is just one of a hundred stores in the chain across the country to be threatened with closure, there are others across the West Midlands.


Don’t forget New Hall Mill open day this Spring Bank Holiday Monday! 

24 May

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (28th May 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Monday for the second open day of 2018.


An important message from Lynn Shaw 

24 May

It’s been a while now since the sad passing of Bill Shaw and Bill’s wife Lynn has an important announcement to make – there was to have been a ceremony to scatter Bill’s ashes this weekend, but unfortunately it’s had to be postponed.


Aldi REJECTED 

23 May

Great news that Aldi has been rejected planning permission for their plans at the Old Horns.


Derek Weaver rest in peace: Funeral details released 

23 May

Following the sad news of the death of Derek Weaver, Wendy Dance has asked me if I’d share the arrangements for his funeral for anyone who wants to pay their respects.


The ‘Hodgepodge’ of Walsall Property Mini Markets 

22 May

A Royal Wedding, Russia, Facebook, Brexit, Trump, House prices up, House prices down … the Press is full of column inches on Brit’s favourite subjects of politics, scandal, weather and not forgetting (and I appreciate the irony of this!) the ...


Walsall’s night of the long knives 

22 May

For the first time in 70 years Walsall has a Mayor who has served two consecutive terms.


Local miniature railway open this Spring Bank Holiday Monday! 

22 May

Since it’s Spring Bank Holiday Monday next weekend, there’s a whole load of stuff going on – and Bank Holiday Monday (28th May 2018) sees one of the occasional openings of something remarkable I visited way back in spring 2017, and it’s well ...


Valerie speaks at Emergency Debate on Private Members’ Bills Money Resolutions 

21 May

On 21 May 2018, as Shadow Leader of the House I spoke in the Emergency Debate on Private Members’ Bills Money Resolutions.


Walsall Council – Reputations will be won or lost at tonight’s Mayor making ceremony 

21 May

Walsall Council still remains in no overall control following the Local Elections on 3rd May 2018.


Today’s Buy To Let Deal, 2 Bed Terraced House, Camomile Close, Walsall, WS5. 

21 May

A two bedroom terraced house, Camomile Close, Tamebridge, Walsall, WS5.


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Dull start (WS7 weather report 24-5-2018) 

24 May

It is a dull start to the day with a blanket of medium height cloud covering the area.


A bit of a change (WS7 weather report 23-5-2018) 

23 May

This morning starts off mild but rather cloudier than we have become accustomed to over recent days.


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Features »

Event 324 – 19 May 2018 

24 May

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


First Timers and Record Breakers – 19 May 2018 

24 May

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time David FLAVELL 19:54 Aman BOLA 35:30 David WALKER 21:51 Amy RHODES 36:55 Kegan HIGHWAY 22:50 Desmond HAMILTON 37:31 Major SANDHAR 26:47 Elaine RIDGWAY 37:57 Tom POULTON 28:40 ...


New Data Protection Rules 

24 May

Hi sing2gether followers.


Printmaking Workshops 2018 

24 May

I will be doing a number of Printmaking workshops at Birmingham Printmakers between now and the end of the year.


Reading Challenge Competition Winners 

24 May

Four of our avid year 7 readers were rewarded for their commitment to reading with prizes on Wednesday.


The Black Diary: June 5 

23 May

My new book, The Black Diary:M.


Trying to conceive and struggling? // Can PROCEIVE® help? 

23 May

Before anyone asks, no, we’re not trying for another baby.


10 Recent Articles From Me… 

21 May

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Walsall FC »

Banks’s Stadium: Pitch Renovations Well Underway 

24 May

Leicestershire-based, Woodward Turf Care, who have worked with the club for several seasons, confirmed that their representatives have started to strip the pitch before levelling and seeding can begin.


Darren Byfield: Former Walsall Striker Named Manager of Stratford Town 

24 May

The 41-year-old, who managed Redditch United during the 2016/17 campaign, enjoyed a long and distinguished career which began as an apprentice at Aston Villa and included permanent spells with Walsall, Rotherham United, Sunderland, Gillingham...


Dean Keates Happy to Scour the Lower Leagues in Search of Signings 

24 May

39-year-old Keates, who recently returned to his hometown club following a spell with National League side Wrexham, is keen to add new players to his side following a season which saw the team struggle towards the foot of the League One table...


Walsall’s 2018/19 Kits Have Been Unveiled 

24 May

Manufactured by Errea and sponsored by HomeServe, the home kit comes in traditional red while the away has already been compared to that of French giants Paris Saint-Germain, with all three kits will be available to purchase in store this weekend...


Andy Cook Wishes Tranmere ‘All the Best’ as He Begins Life as a Saddler 

23 May

The twenty-seven year-old, who was the National league top-scorer after bagging twenty-eight goals in all-competitions, sought to praise both the club and its supporters as he prepares to say his final goodbyes before making the move to the...


Andy Cook: Keates Compares New Arrival to Club Legend Andy Rammell 

23 May

Keates believes that Cook, a player who he had been tracking since his days at Wrexham, could play a major role in the Saddlers' future and have a similar impact to that of Andy Rammell, who became a cult figure in the late 90s.


Keates Welcomes Andy Cook to the Club 

22 May

Bishop Auckland-born Cook was not short of options following a campaign which saw him score twenty-eight goals in all competitions including one during Rovers' Vanarama National League Play-Off Final victory over Boreham Wood.


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Sport »

Colron Presentation Evening 2018 At Villa Park 

23 May

Please see managers for tickets- tickets are priced at £8 each - Colron players are already paid for.


Mens Reserves 18/19 seeking players 

23 May

Our newly created Mens Reserves team is looking for players to join ts ranks – please see the flyer below.


Players wanted for U18s girls 18/19 season 

23 May

COMMITTED PLAYERS WANTED! Wyrley Wanderers U18 Ladies finished 3 RD in the Shropshire/Staffordshire U18 League last season.


Tournament has limited spaces left! 

23 May

The Club’s 21st annual tournament, with 121 teams taking part is almost full! We only have the following spaces left: – June 9th U6s boys – FULL U8s boys – FULL U10s boys – FULL U14s boys – FULL June 10th...


Afternoon Tea Party – 22nd July 

23 May

We have a fundraiser at our Long Lane clubhouse on the afternoon of July 22nd.


Players wanted for new U11s team. 

20 May

The club is creating a new U11s team for next season.


U9s seek manager/coach for 18/19 season. 

20 May

The Club is looking for a keen individual who would like to take on a group of U9s (next season’s age) who have played together for 2 seasons.


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Business »

Handicare joins leading Midlands industry network 

24 May

Kingswinford-based Handicare has joined leading Midlands manufacturing and engineering membership group Made in the Midlands to share best practice, win new business, collaborate, and raise its profile within the local community.


Air Products join the MIM network 

24 May

Air Products are delighted to announce that we have joined the leading Midlands manufacturing and engineering membership group Made in the Midlands.


Made in the Midlands Patron helps manufacturer achieve 15% cut in energy usage 

24 May

Made in the Midlands Patron CEC Direct has enabled a leading tier one supplier of castings and machined components to better control its energy costs.


Made in the Midlands Patron helps manufacturer achieve 15% cut in energy usage 

24 May

Made in the Midlands Patron CEC Direct has enabled a leading tier one supplier of castings and machined components to better control its energy costs.


JLR pledges to continue with £4.5bn investment programme 

24 May

Jaguar Land Rover has pledged to continue with its massive investment programme despite a slowing in sales.


West Midlands Mayor to open Made in the Midlands Exhibition 

23 May

Hundreds of manufacturers will be demonstrating their resilience in the face of a slowing sector when they take part in this year’s Made in the Midlands exhibition.


Chemique Adhesives Celebrates 25 Years of Employee Service 

21 May

This year, three employees of Aldridge-based adhesive manufacturer Chemique Adhesives are celebrating 25 years of continuous employment with the company.


Welded Presswork (1982) Ltd joins Midlands industry network 

18 May

Title: Welded Presswork (1982) Ltd joins Midlands industry network Welded Presswork (1982) Ltd are delighted to announce that we have joined the leading Midlands manufacturing and engineering membership group Made in the Midlands.


CPE Precision Engineering Co. Ltd Join the MIM Network 

16 May

CPE Precision Engineering Co.


Rhopoint Metrology are now part of the MiM Family 

15 May

Rhopoint Metrology is delighted to announce that we have joined the leading Midlands manufacturing and engineering membership group,Made in the Midlands.


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Outdoors »

Getting ahead of the rain brings some surprise observations 

24 May

Sedge Warbler I was going to do the Marsh tomorrow but as it looks like I will need a lightening rod and an inflatable dinghy to get around I thought that today would be a better option.


Tuesday 22nd May 2018 

22 May

1030 - 1200 sunny, breezy, 19c : GC Grebe, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, LBb Gull 29, Herring Gull 4, Kestrel, Buzzard 2, Collared Dove, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Swallow 4, House Martin 5, Swift 9, Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff, Blackcap...


Monday 21st May 2018 

21 May

1500 - 1600 sunny 21c : GC Grebe, Kestrel, Willow Warbler 3, Chiffchaff, Blackcap 2, Bullfinch 2, Reed Bunting 2, etc.


Saturday 19th May 2018 

19 May

1200 - 1400, sunny 22c : Dingy Skipper 3, Common Blue m, Brimstone m, Orange Tip 3, Large White 2, Small Gv Whites, Speckled Wood 8, Burnet Companion 2, Cinnabar, Small Yellow Underwing, Blue Tailed Damselfly.


Friday 18th May 2018 

18 May

1000 - 1200 hazy 15c : Grey Wagtail 3, Oystercatcher, Herring Gull 6, Heron 2, Swallow 3, Willow Warbler 4, Chiffchaff, Blackcap 2, Kestrel, Bullfinch m, House Sparrow 2, Reed Bunting 2.


Hooray – now I can really celebrate… 

18 May

The Royal Wedding! I had reached the point of despair and had given up hope of being able to enjoy a bottle of celebratory beer with the Royal couple ( as some of you will know, the only interest that I have in royal events ).


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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 »

Roads compensation 1990-2015 inclusive 

24 May

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Amanda Hart on 24 May 2018 .


Payments to adult social care providers for sleep ins. 

24 May

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Ruth Bryan on 24 May 2018 .


Travellers on park, 24th May 

24 May

Travelers have broke the gate lock and accessed the park, as this is park land they need removing immediately Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): The Starting Point, 21 Rowley Place, Rushall Report...


Looked after children 2017 

23 May

Follow up sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Christina Savage on 23 May 2018 .


Adding to the problems, 22nd May 

22 May

Fed up residents no proper planning for parking permit or parking spaces always getting there cars hit by other people cars and now to add to it a black BMW parked up to use the conservative club to park is car when they have parking spaces...


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