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Walsall patients’ details left on train 

29 May

Patient details were left on a train and more than 120 sickness absence letters were sent to the wrong people in a series of health staff blunders in Walsall.

Employment service helps 64 people with mental health issues back… 

29 May

An employment partnership in Walsall has been made a centre of excellence after helping 64 people with mental health issues get back into work.

Reports of domestic violence in Walsall increases by 40 per cent 

29 May

Reports of domestic violence crimes in Walsall have increased by almost 40 per cent in just 12 months, figures have shown.

New partnership will support people in Walsall affected by cancer… 

28 May

Cancer patients in Walsall will be helped to get physically active and feeling good thanks to a new partnership between two key health organisations.

What is a combined authority and why do we need one? 

28 May

Birmingham and neighbours including Coventry, Solihull and the Black Country are preparing to join forces in a new "combined authority".

Walk-in centre planned for Walsall shopping centre 

28 May

Walsall's former Argos store and a block of closed public toilets at its main shopping centre will be transformed into a walk-in health centre, under new plans.

Homes lined up for former business land in Walsall 

28 May

Homes are being lined up for former business sites under regeneration plans in Walsall.

Speed limit project closes motorway 

28 May

A section of the M6 motorway closes overnight for a week as part of a project to introduce variable speed limits.

M6 to be closed for four nights for works 

28 May

The M6 will be closed over night for four nights while cable works take place.

Walsall-based charities call for community to help Nepal… 

28 May

An impassioned plea has been made by two Walsall-based charities for kind-hearted residents to help them fulfil a promise made to 1,000 families who have been left homeless following the devastating Nepal earthquake.

Walsall Arboretum’s £3.5m visitor centre is finally open 

28 May

A long-awaited visitor centre at Walsall's premier park has opened its doors to the public.

Yvette Cooper favoured for Labour leader by Midland MPs 

28 May

Mrs Cooper has the support of at least four of the city’s nine Labour MPs, more than any other contender so far...

Walsall Council Lib Dems are backing Labour 

27 May

Liberal Democrats on Walsall Council are backing the ruling Labour group ahead of a crunch vote to decide who will run the town hall.

Warning to cat owners after one pet dies and three injured in… 

27 May

CAT owners in Walsall have been urged to be vigilant after one pet died and three others were injured in a spate of airgun shootings.

Doctor thought he had cancer after duff test results from Walsall Manor Hospital 

27 May

A retired doctor says he thought he had cancer after Walsall Manor Hospital bungled his test results - and now he is is considering legal action.

When baby bumps become mini works of art 

27 May

It's the latest trend for mums-to-be - and babies get a kick out of it too...

Van crashes through motorway toll 

27 May

A driver is arrested after a van crashes through barriers on the M6 Toll motorway.

Queen’s Speech ‘will create jobs and cut taxes in the West Midlands’ says David Cameron 

27 May

Prime Minister says his Government won't repeat the mistake of letting London leave the rest of the country behind - but councils are under pressure to create a mayor...

Lichfield canal restoration team welcome national award judges 

27 May

Lichfield canal enthusiasts made the most of good weather to make a big impression on judges for a national award.

Masked men ambush petrol station manager in shocking robbery… 

27 May

A PETROL station manager feared he would be killed when he was violently attacked and robbed by masked men in front of his young son as he went to cash in his takings at a Darlaston post office.

Dramatic police chase sees suspected drink driver arrested on foot on M54 

27 May

A dramatic police chase ended up with a suspected drink driver being arrested on foot on the M54.

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Green Pathways Launch Event 

29 May

The launch event for the Green Pathways Health Trail in Willenhall which links Coppice Farm, New Invention and Short Heath takes place tomorrow Saturday 30th May 2015 between 10am-2:30pm at Short Heath Park, Hawthorne Road, Willenhall, WS12 5LS (...

Sneyd Lane footpaths to be resurfaced – but come on Walsall what about the road humps!! 

29 May

There’s some good news and some not so good news about the footpaths in Sneyd Lane.

More Improvements to Darlaston’s Bus Services 

29 May

Doug James welcoming further improvements in Darlaston’s public transport.

Need help? Willenhall Lib Dems regular advice surgeries….. 

29 May

“Being able to help people is the most rewarding part of our job.

Brownhills real ale and cider festival 2015 

29 May

The case Inn at Newtown, Brownhills seems to be enjoying a bit of a renaissance of late after a few years in the doldrums - now with lots going on, this popular community pub on the A5 Watling Street near the Chase Road junction has got a real buzz ...

Flour power 

28 May

Last Monday, I popped out on the overcast, grey afternoon and rode to New Hall Mill for their open day - this is the working flour mill reader Alan Dawson recommended to readers last weekend - I've fallen in love with this remarkable place.

Can We help? Willenhall Lib Dems regular advice surgeries….. 

28 May

“Being able to help people is the most rewarding part of our job.

Lichfield Waterworks Trust – May public meeting tonight! 

28 May

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that tonight (Thursday 28th May 2015) there is a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the ...

Fun activity event for kids on this morning at Brownhills Library 

28 May

Here's a late one just in - if your kids are at a loose end, there's a fun activity event at Brownhills Library in the Parkview Centre, just by the Miner Island this morning from 10-11am.

Walsall Council Lib Dems are backing Labour 

28 May

Published by the Express and Star: Thursday, May 28, 2015: Liberal Democrats on Walsall Council are backing the ruling Labour group ahead of a crunch vote to decide who will run the town hall.

Pull the other one 

28 May

Hang on a minute; just run that by me again...

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    Scenes around Chasewater reservoir near Brownhills.

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Falling pressure 

29 May

As I write this blog (approximately 06:30 hours) light rain is falling and a look at the barometer and radar images suggest(strongly) that there is more rain to come.

West to East 

28 May

As we discussed yesterday the air pressure has now reduced to around the 1013mb mark and the jet stream continues to take a path across the Midlands and the South of England.

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Old men in Sport 

29 May

Today FIFA will elect a new president and hopefully it will not be Sepp Blatter.

Walsall Arboretum parkrun, Event number 167 – 23rd May 2015 

28 May

This week there were 268 runners, of whom 25 were running their first parkrun and 11 were first time tourists.

Splatoon Hype! 

28 May

So a while ago I wrote about my thoughts on whether to buy a Wii U or not and I was surprised when my fiancé bought one.

We Give You… ‘The Ultimatum’ 

28 May

We Give You… ‘The Ultimatum’ Pool Hayes are proud to present a local band made up of our students who are making waves and becoming a bigger and bigger success – we give you… ‘The Ultimatum’.

International Links with the University of Wuppertal 

28 May

International Links with the University of Wuppertal We are very proud to have set up strong links with the University of Wuppertal, in North Rhine Westphalia in Germany, and are hosting three German teacher trainees,  Steffen Paffrath, Christina ...

Walsall player 358 Lee Daniel Holmes 

27 May

Lee Daniel Holmes (born 2 April 1987) is an English footballer who plays as a left winger for Exeter City on loan fromPreston North End.

A Trojan Feast – Reviewed 

27 May

Over at Mysterious Universe , I review Joshua Cutchin's just-published book, A Trojan Feast , which I recommend to just about everyone who has an interest in the world of the unknown - even the skeptics and the solidly belief-driven.

Monster Hunters – In Print 

27 May

Received in the mail today, a review-copy of Tea Krulos' just-published book, Monster Hunters: On the Trail with Ghost Hunters, Bigfooters, Ufologists, and Other Paranormal Investigators .

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The Guest Blog – Close Season Edition 

29 May

The Guest Blog - Close Season Edition Vitalfootball:Walsall:29/05/2015 14:05:00 Our regular blogger, Adam Guest, interrupts his summer break to tell us how annoyed he is with things.

VIDEO: Murphy on Whirlwind First Year 

29 May

Earlier today Walsall striker Jordan Murphy put pen-to-paper on a new one-year deal with the club, following the reveal he spoke to Saddlers Player's Dale Moon, and discussed his 'whirlwind' first year as a pro.

Murphy Delighted With New Deal 

29 May

Murphy Delighted With New Deal Vitalfootball:Walsall:29/05/2015 12:33:00 Striker now aims to kick on a play more first team football next season...

Murphy Signs Up 

29 May

Murphy Signs Up Vitalfootball:Walsall:29/05/2015 12:30:00 New deal agreed with upcoming youngster...

Sawyers Set For 2018 World Cup Qualifier 

29 May

Walsall attacking-midfielder Romaine Sawyers has spoken to the club's official website as he prepares to go out on international duty as his St Kitts and Nevis side take on El Salvador in a two-legged 2018 World Cup qualifier, and has discussed...

CONTRACTS: Bradshaw Offered Improved Deal 

29 May

Walsall manager Dean Smith has today revealed that last season's top-scorer Tom Bradshaw has been offered an improved contract by the club, Smith has also insisted that signing a new deal will not affect any future move Tom may make.

Murphy Looking Forward to the Next Campaign 

29 May

Earlier today Walsall Football Club revealed that young striker Jordan Murphy had become the latest player to put pen-to-paper on a new one-year contract with the club, following the news Jordan spoke to the club's official website to discuss...

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Deadline set to replace Poppies bound Laws 

29 May



28 May

Jack Wood will box on until he's the best...

England Women land in Canada ahead of Women’s World Cup 

27 May

The Lionesses landed in Canada on Monday evening ahead of their final warm-up match, against the host nation on Friday night.


27 May

Wayne Jones is slipping fast in the PDC...


27 May

BDO wildcards again on offer in Wolverhampton...


27 May

Penn skipper Vikul Lal excited over new challenge...

Become a Nike Partner Club 

27 May

The Nike Partner Club Programme was established in conjunction with the FA in November 2013 with the aim of providing a range of benefits to aid with the development of sustainability of Charter Standard Clubs.

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Aerospace division attend Northwest Aerospace Alliance Conference 

29 May

Peter Heap and Matthew Heath of the Jonathan Lee RecruitmentAerospace, Defence and Aviation Divisionattended theNWAA’s (Northwest Aerospace Alliance) second Annual Conference in Blackburn this week.

Carillion acquires Canadian support services firm for up to £63m 

29 May

CONSTRUCTION and support services giant Carillion has bought a Canadian firm for up to £63m.

West Brom sees continued growth on positive mortgage lending 

28 May

THE buoyant housing market has continued to boost mortgage lenders, with the West Brom becoming the latest mutual to report growth in its business.

The West Brom building society reveals best post-recession results 

27 May

The society’s results for the financial year ended March 31 saw substantial growth in residential mortgage lending, with pre-tax profits of £12.4 million...

Councillor hopes new McDonald’s will spark Burntwood business boom 

27 May

A councillor says plans she hopes McDonald’s will be the “first of many” new businesses to come to Burntwood.


27 May

Accelerating profits hit £2.6bn for Jaguar Land Rover...


27 May

Great Barr Sainsbury’s store thrown into doubt...

Lifestyle: Motoring – Mercedes-Benz; Range Rover; Insurance premiums 

26 May

GERMAN manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has taken the honours at this years Fleet Industry awards.

Jaguar Land Rover breaks new profits records with £2.6bn announcement 

26 May

Manufacturer says record profits mark fifth successive year of ‘solid growth, robust financial results and continuous investment in its future...

BREAKING NEWS: Jaguar Land Rover announces steep rise in profit 

26 May

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has seen a £113m rise in full year pre-tax profit, the company announced today.

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29 May

I did the duty today and the sum total of interesting birds worth talking about was two Common Tern and a Stock Dove.

Heres what to look for… 

28 May

Keith Whitehouse read about my bogey bird in the last posting and decided to share his Little Bittern with me - Bless! That really makes me feel better about dipping them all over Europe! Never mind its the thought that counts, so if you ever see one...

Springwatch surprise! 

27 May

I have been very good this year, I haven't made one comment about Iolo Williams and his boring voice - " oh look here's a sparrow, there's lovely !" I didn't want to risk the wrath of the usual blog followers with Welsh heritage who normally give me ...

May 26th – I had cause to visit Walsall Wood on my way home, on… 

27 May

May 26th - I had cause to visit Walsall Wood on my way home, on a surprisingly busy Tuesday evening.

Not much happening 

25 May

Two Common Tern on the Mere, both Oystercatchers with both chicks today.

May 24th – The wildflowers and blossom are wonderful this year…. 

25 May

May 24th - The wildflowers and blossom are wonderful this year.

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Thousands set to flock to Birmingham Gay Pride 2015 

22 May

Birmingham Gay Pride organisers announce record-breaking ticket sales following it's BIGGEST ever line-up - and it takes place this weekend.

Face your Fears with Acorns Aston Villa Abseil 

22 May

Acorns Children’s Hospice and Aston Villa have come together to offer daredevils a once-in-a-lifetime fundraising challenge.

Lord Mayor of Birmingham Reopens Updated Acorns Charity Shop 

21 May

In one of his first engagements as the new Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Ray Hassall officially reopened the Acorns Children’s Hospice shop in Castle Bromwich today.

Old Tree Nursery set to flourish under Accord Group 

19 May

Heantun Housing Association, part of the Accord Group, has acquired a licence to occupy the Old Tree Nursery site in Pendeford, Wolverhampton.

Bark in the Park for Acorns Children’s Hospice 

18 May

From shaggy Shetland sheepdogs to bounding border collies, over 100 pooches hit Sutton Coldfield yesterday (17 May) for a very special four-legged fundraising event.

Incoming Lord Mayor to Attend Acorns Shop Reopening 

14 May

In one of his first engagements in the role, the incoming Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Ray Hassall, will officially reopen the Acorns Children’s Hospice shop in Castle Bromwich next week.

Macmillan Takeover in Wolverhampton 

14 May

Macmillan Cancer Support are taking over Wolverhampton on Friday 5 June.

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Extrication challenge 

11 May

Hundreds of people headed for Walsall Community Fire Station on Saturday (9 May) for its ever-popular open day – and to watch firefighters compete in a skills challenge. 

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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.

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Use of temporary (agency) social workers 

29 May

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Rob Parker on 29 May 2015 .

West Midlands Forum (Elective Home Education) 

29 May

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Mr.

Dangerous Parking, 29th May 

29 May

As I reported last summer this is a dangerous corner as people who dont even live on Brookland Grove park all the way down into it meaning that when you try to exit the grove onto Brookland Road you are driving into oncoming traffic.

Speeding buses and HGVs, 29th May 

29 May

I am increasingly seeing large vehicles travelling well over the speed limit on Dangerfield Lane.

Walsall Festival of Cricket 

29 May

Walsall Festival of Cricket at Walsall Arboretum on Sunday 31 May to take place between 11am and 4pm.

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