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Walsall youngster Amber Porterfield with dream of walking unaided… 

23 Jul

TWELVE months on from her life-changing operation the difference is clear for all to see.

Doctor who died after Bridle Lane crash in Streetly suffered… 

23 Jul

A YOUNG motorist died when his car crashed into a lamppost in Streetly after suffering a suspected heart attack behind the wheel.

​Step back in time as Walsall Central Library celebrates special… 

23 Jul

Staff at Walsall Central Library will be turning back time as they hold a special birthday celebration next week.

Streetly couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary in style 

23 Jul

A LOVED-UP Streetly couple have waltzed their way to marriage bliss after hitting a magical marriage milestone last week (July 14).

​Walsall teenage fraudster Azeem Mahmood Hussain has jail… 

22 Jul

A WALSALL schoolboy who was jailed for a remarkably sophisticated fake insurance fraud has had his sentence reduced by appeal judges.

​Day of celebration planned for Joel Richards, Walsall FC fan… 

22 Jul

A DAY of celebration and reflection will take place in memory of a Walsall FC fan killed in the Tunisia terror attack as a legacy fund is launched in his name.

​Inspirational story of Walsall woman Claire Peters’s cancer… 

22 Jul

In a two-year battle with cancer inspirational Claire Peters courageously documented her story with online videos.

Rail services between Birmingham, Lichfield and Walsall disrupted… 

22 Jul

RAIL services to and from Birmingham from Lichfield and Walsall are affected this morning due to signalling problems between Aston and New Street station.

Streetly taxi firm praised for coming to rescue of injured… 

22 Jul

A STREETLY-based taxi company has been praised for saving the life of a hedgehog after it was brutally attacked by a dog in Erdington.

Walsall beauty spots Willenhall Memorial Park, Palfrey Park and… 

22 Jul

THREE beauty spots in Walsall have been recognised as some of the very best in the UK after receiving prestigious Green Flag Awards.

​’Urgent’ re-appeal for missing Walsall man Nicholas Stewart… 

21 Jul

POLICE 'urgently need to trace' a Walsall man who has now been missing for well over two weeks.

​Drug-drive suspect from Walsall arrested at M6 Stafford motorway… 

21 Jul

A DRUG drive suspect from Walsall has been arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs and weapons offences.

​Smoke bomb let off on train after Walsall v Birmingham City… 

21 Jul

TRANSPORT police are appealing for information after a smoke bomb was let off following a Walsall football match this week.

£200,000 summer makeover planned for Hydesville Tower… 

21 Jul

'MUCH needed' improvements will be made to a Walsall school in a six-figure summer makeover over the coming months.

​Walsall care homes The Bungalow and Ferndale in Brownhills shut… 

20 Jul

UNACCEPTABLE standards have seen inspectors close down two Walsall care homes.

​Opening dates for Oak Park and Bloxwich Active Living Centres in… 

20 Jul

THE opening dates for two eagerly anticipated Walsall leisure centres have been revealed after the keys were handed over by contractors this week.

​Firearms warning issued in Walsall after reports of gunman and… 

20 Jul

TWO men were handcuffed at gunpoint after reports of shots being fired in Walsall prompting a police warning of the dangers of carrying replica guns.

​’Severe’ house fire in Fullbrook Road, Walsall caused by… 

20 Jul

A HOUSE fire which has been described as 'severe' by West Midlands Fire Service was caused by overloaded sockets.

Popular St Francis of Assisi head teacher Philomena Mullins set… 

20 Jul

A POPULAR head teacher has retired after more than two decades of service in Walsall.

​Appeal to find family of Walsall Manor Hospital patient 

19 Jul

WALSALL Healthcare NHS Trust are trying to locate the family of one of its patients.

New name and new start for Walsall community centre 

19 Jul

A POPULAR Walsall community centre has welcomed a name change and says the re-branding is part of a fresh new start for the venue.

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Fondly remembering a local musical talent 

23 Jul

It was with a very heavy heart that I announced the sad passing of local lad and noted musical talent Roger Mosedale this week - Roger had many, many friends and was well known, and the reaction to the tragic news was very marked indeed.

Mabel’s Vintage Fair at Chasewater Railway this Sunday! 

23 Jul

I notice that this Sunday, 24th July 2016, there's a rather fun looking vintage event being staged at Chasewater Railway byMabel's Vintage Carriage, who have a regular vintage stall in a carriage at the preserved railway.

Vinyl night at The Chase Inn tonight! 

23 Jul

The Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills goes from strength to strength - there's not only great ale and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, but great live music most weekends, too - and there's a great Vinyl Disco on this weekend.

Walsall Wood Football Club need your help this weekend! 

23 Jul

Andy Roper from Walsall Wood Football Club has been in touch to let me know that they're having a maintenance weekend at Oak Park today and tomorrow (Saturday 23 July -Sunday 24 July 206), from 12-5pm each day.

Lamping it! 

22 Jul

Brownhills Community Association have been busy, and recently got in touch to point out that they have a great new arts and performance space in the refurbished former school hall which is now called The Lamp.

Im memoriam: Roger Mosedale 

21 Jul

It's my sad and solemn duty to report to readers of the blog that local lad and friend to many regulars on this blog, Roger Mosedale sadly passed away in St.

Local football returns, but Walsall Wood sadly no match for Chasetown 

21 Jul

A quiet start to the football season at Oak Park last Saturday (16th July 2016) as the lads from the Wood faced the mighty Chasetown in a pre-season friendly that sadly, didn't go the Woodmen's way.

2 Bedroom Terraced House, King Street, Walsall, WS1. With Yields Of 6.33%. 

20 Jul

A two bedroom terraced house in the Palfrey area of Walsall, WS1.

Stop Press: Oak Park and Bloxwich Leisure Centres Open 9th August 

20 Jul

Just infrom Walsall Council: Walsall Active Living Centres opening date announced  The eagerly awaited opening date for both Oak Park and Bloxwich Active Living Centres became reality this week when the keys for both centres were handed over by ...

Urgent appeal: Walsall NHS Trust looking for relatives of a patient 

20 Jul

This is very unusual, but I think is somewhat important – this request was posted by the Communication Team at Walsall Manor Hospital  Tuesday (19th July 2016) and I’d like all locals to have a think about it, and if any … Continue reading...

The boat people at Norton Pool… But who, and when? 

20 Jul

It's always nice to get a bit of new Chasewater history to share with you readers and this curious image from friend of the blog and canal historian Andy Matthews is no exception.

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    Walking underneath Coal Pool Bridge on the Wyrley and Essington Canal in Bloxwich, Walsall, West Midlands.

    When built the canal ran from Wolverhampton to Huddlesford Junction near Lichfield, with a

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A good weather day for gardening? 

24 Jul

There is plenty of cloud cover around first thing this morning and the radar images clearly show a band of rain cloud  moving across the UK from the W.

First day of the school holiday weather. 

23 Jul

Today sees the first day, for many, of the school holidays and the weather will be joining in with the “celebration” by being generally warm and pleasant.

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Features »

Are you a typical Brit abroad? 

24 Jul

*Collaborative post with Auto Europe Having recently returned from a fantastic weeks holiday in Fuerteventura, we have serious holiday blues.

Old Willenhall shop contents form new exhibit 

24 Jul

WALSALL Leather Museum is hosting an exhibition based on a former Willenhall clothing and haberdashery shop, which will run until mid-November.

Ladies Choir on song for Amber 

24 Jul

PELSALL Ladies Choir gave their annual Charity Concert in Pelsall Methodist Church on Saturday, July 9, which raised 786 in aid of Amber Porterfield.

A Story of Two Chupacabras – Or Of Something! 

22 Jul

A new article from me on the Chupacabra...

Walsall player 154. Doug Ithier 

22 Jul

Doug Ithier (born 20 July 1974) is an Australian footballer who played for Perth Glory, Walsall, and throughout Asiaincluding Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and China.

Walsall player 153. Clayton Ince 

22 Jul

Clayton Ince  (born 12 July 1972) is a Trinidadian football goalkeeper who had lengthy spells in the English Football League at Crewe Alexandra and Walsall.

Olly’s scrapbook of holiday memories 

22 Jul

Back in early June, my little family and I went on a fabulous holiday to one of the Canary Islands.

Activities in the Arboretum 

22 Jul

There are free activities, games and sports every Thursday evening at Walsall Arboretum, 6pm – 8 pm, all welcome.

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PRE-SEASON | REPORT | Walsall 0 Derby County 2 

23 Jul

On Saturday afternoon, Jon Whitney's Walsall played host to Derby County in the latest pre-season clash ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

Walsall 0 Derby County 2 – Report and pictures 

23 Jul

Goals from Darren Bent and Tom Ince saw Derby run out 2-0 winners in a pre-season friendly against Walsall at the Banks’s Stadium.

PAPER TALK | Whitney Set to Go With the Flo 

23 Jul

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press ahead of Saturday afternoon's pre-season clash with Derby County, and has discussed his belief that, following impressive performances versus Solihull Moors and Birmingham City, midfielder...

Walsall v Derby County – LIVE 

23 Jul


Walsall boss is now set to go with the Flo 

23 Jul

The versatility of midfielder Florent Cuvelier will be a valuable asset for Walsall in the new season, boss Jon Whitney believes.

Walsall FC fans have to wait for new kit because of delays 

23 Jul

Deliveries of the new Walsall FC kit and training gear have been delayed until mid-August.

Whitney Wants Supporters to Get Behind Club’s Younger Stars 

22 Jul

Saddlers manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and discussed his belief that Walsall supporters have a key role to play in the development of youngsters.

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Rushall Olympic 2-1 Newtown AFC 

23 Jul

Pics come back from first-minute deficit...

Kidderminster will be closed for the next two weeks 

23 Jul

Please Note Kidderminster will be closed for the next two weeks.

A box of tricks could decide the English title 

23 Jul

The town of Walsall has offered vastly different experiences for the challengers to the Midlands super lightweight title tomorrow.

Newtown visit the Lane 

23 Jul

Bernard McNally takes on his former side...


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Newcastle Borough Council Sports Coaching Vacancies 

22 Jul

Newcastle Borough Council currently have a number of Sports Coaching vacancies available.

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adi Group Scores A Goal For Heart Research UK 

22 Jul

Engineering services company, adi Group, has raised over £3,000 to help hearts in the Midlands.

Threeway welcome over 100 manufacturers to their premises 

21 Jul

The latest Made in the Midlands breakfast networking event hosted by Threeway Pressings, Tipton saw 100 representatives of the Midlands manufacturing sector visit their premises.

4 tips for business leaders post Brexit vote – Chairman’s blog 

21 Jul

On Friday 24th June 2016, the UK electorate cast its vote to leave the EU.

Community spirit in Birmingham is good for business – says Jaguar Land Rover chief 

21 Jul

JLR Head of Community Relations Les Ratcliffe speaks out as firm sponsores Company of the Year category at BPBA 2016...

London Midland boss vows to focus on passengers 

21 Jul

Head of West Midlands franchise operator says company wants to be more passenger friendly as it introduces 'shopping list' of changes in run up to franchise award...

New Metrology Facility Set to Revolutionise Fortunes of Region’s SMEs 

20 Jul

A brand new metrology sub-contract inspection centre within Silverstone Park which will see SMEs across the region able to compete on the national stage for the very first time has been officially opened byChris Heaton-HarrisMPThe Member of...

250 jobs to go at manufacturer as JLR contract ends 

20 Jul

INDUSTRIAL group GKN is cutting 40% of its workforce in Telford after failing to fill the gap left by a Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) contract that had come to an end.251 jobs are being lost, which the unio...

In brief: BJS Distribution; Greswolde Construction; Barratt Homes 

19 Jul

BJS Distribution, the specialist two-man delivery service which counts the Cotswold Company and designer furniture brand Made as customers, has expanded to a second site in Wednesbury to support its g...

Cream of the crop crowned at inaugural business awards 

18 Jul

A HOST of companies were celebrated at the inaugural Nachural Summer Business Ball and Awards dinner at Wolverhampton Racecourse.

Sainsbury’s joint venture to move 120 jobs to Redditch 

18 Jul

A FACILITIES management business is to relocate 18 miles across the West Midlands, moving up to 120 jobs to Redditch.

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Outdoors »

July 21st – It’s been a great week of commuting so far. Sunny… 

22 Jul

July 21st - It’s been a great week of commuting so far.

The Damning Evidence (Of a Bee nuisance)! 

21 Jul

NO - its not evidence of my new salad diet! Well done to Mrs Chaz who succeeded where I failed, by finding the evidence of our Leaf Cutter Bee's activity.

Thursday 21st July 2016 

21 Jul

1230 - 1330 sunny & fine, 24c : Common Sandpiper 2, Lapwing 37, Oystercatcher, Common Tern, LBb / Herring Gull 25, Bh Gull 100+, GC Grebe, Heron 2, Cormorant, Mute Swan 2 + 2, Pied Wagtail 3, Willow Warbler still in song, Chiffchaff 3, Swallow 3, ...

BEE-ing observant 

21 Jul

Leaf Cutter Bees - are they noteworthy? I had another view of one in my garden last night and lo and behold I receive a text from Dave Bate today to say that he has found one in his garden too! Have we just been overlooking these or is this something...

July 19th – I’ve been largely ambivalent about the odd project… 

20 Jul

July 19th - I’ve been largely ambivalent about the odd project to resurface the canal towpath between Walsall Town Wharf and the Bentley Mill Way aqueduct.

July 18th – I like this a lot. On Catshill Junction Bridge, just… 

19 Jul

July 18th - I like this a lot.

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Ghostbusters (12A) – film review and trailer 

23 Jul

IF there's something strange in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? Filmmaker Paul Feig.

Canwell Show 2016: Details announced for event next month 

23 Jul

HORSES, show jumping and a full day of fun are just some of the highlights expected at this year's Canwell Show.

7 Days to Die REVIEW – Addictive gameplay outweighs flaws 

21 Jul

A STRONG narrative is normally the way forward to impressing me when it comes to playing a game, so too are stunning visuals.

Guys and Dolls all set to rock the boat at Wolverhampton Grand… 

19 Jul

GUYS and Dolls is coming to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre later this month.

Joe Pasquale at the Lichfield Garrick theatre 

19 Jul

POPULAR comic Joe Pasquale will be performing at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre next month.

South Asian arts festival Coventry Belgrade Mela 2016 announced 

19 Jul

A FESTIVAL celebrating South Asian arts will be returning to the Belgrade Theatre and promises to be bigger than ever.

Pokemon GO REVIEW 

18 Jul

Staffordshire gamer Dylan Waldron has his say on the hit app Pokemon GO.

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Police appeal after 14-year-old mugged in Castle Vale 

21 Jul

Police have launched an investigation after a teenager was dragged into wasteland and mugged in Castle Vale.

New image released in fresh appeal over Walsall arson attack 

15 Jul

Officers have released a new image of a man they want to trace following a petrol bomb attack on a Walsall butchers shop on 27 June – Do you recognise him? Detectives investigating the attack previously released CCTV footage of a man igniting...

Trial begins for Walsall group facing terrorism charges 

13 Jul

The trial has begun at the Old Bailey in London of four men from Walsall accused of Syria-related terrorism charges.

West Midlands Police moves during innovative Walsall partnership  

8 Jul

West Midlands Police officers have completed a move into Walsall Civic Centre as part of an innovative partnership approach.

Ten men sentenced for sexual offences against young men 

6 Jul

Ten men have been sentenced today (Wednesday 6 July) for committing historical sexual offences against two young men who were both sexually exploited in their teens.

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Organisational Structure chart for adult and children Services 

21 Jul

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Elliot Bailey on 21 July 2016 .

Pavements are in a dangerous condition in St. John’s road., 20th July 

20 Jul

This road was first laid approximately fifty years ago , it has never been resurfaced since, the pavements have been dug up by various utility services and then patched up so many times that it is now dangerous for elderly people like myself...

Contracting for Goods and Services 

20 Jul

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to phil spring on 20 July 2016 .

Cracked and lifting slabs with moss in pavement, 20th July 

20 Jul

The paths are slabbed and most have lifted or cracked and very uneven.

Active Living Centres opening date announced 

20 Jul

The eagerly awaited opening date for both Oak Park and Bloxwich Active Living Centres became reality this week when the keys for both centres were handed over by contractors.

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