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Raymond Morris: Calls to stop using public money to pay for prisoners’ funeral flowers 

31 Jan

Retired police officer "horrified" at Ministry of Justice guidelines allowing prisons to buy wreaths for inmates who die in custody...


Number of apprenticeships in Walsall hits all-time high 

31 Jan

THE number of apprenticeship vacancies in Walsall has hit a new high as the town's employers back a new generation of workers.


Award-winning author Vivian French visits academy in Erdington to… 

31 Jan

YOUNSTERS at Oasis Academy in Streetly Road, Erdington were treated to a visit from an award-winning author this week.


Walsall charity speedster is ready to race again in Coventry Half… 

31 Jan

A RUNNING hero from Walsall dubbed 'Usingh Bolt' is limbering up for his next race to raise funds for a cancer charity.


Apprentice star from Walsall to judge Acorns Children’s Hospice… 

31 Jan

A DANCE teacher who starred in BBC's The Apprentice will swap the boardroom for the dance floor after being announced as the judge of a charity dance competition.


Walsall Leather Museum sees 2014 visitor numbers rocket 

31 Jan

THOUSANDS more visitors walked through the doors of a popular Walsall attraction last year compared to 12 months previous, council bosses have revealed.


Walsall care home nurse cleared of manslaughter 

30 Jan

THE family of a 91-year-old woman who died after being looked after at acare home has vowed to continue looking for answers after a care home nurse was cleared last week.


Family of Sutton Coldfield care home resident who died at Good… 

30 Jan

THE family of a 91-year-old woman who died after being looked after at a Little Aston care home has vowed to continue looking for answers after a care home nurse was cleared last week.


Birmingham Tesco closures: ‘Shoppers are becoming more promiscuous’ 

30 Jan

Convenience stores battle in increasingly crowded market as shoppers steer away from weekly shop...


Tonnes of rubbish dumped after fly-tippers force fence down 

30 Jan

Fly-tippers dumped tonnes of rubbish outside a closed Willenhall pub after security fencing was forced down.


Walsall hospice pays tribute to fund-raising efforts following… 

30 Jan

A HOSPICE in Walsall has thanked its loyal supporters who helped fund their vital services after revealing that it treated more patients than ever in the last 12 months.


Nurse cleared of manslaughter over care home death 

30 Jan

A nurse in Walsall accused of the manslaughter of a 91-year-old widow at a care home has been found not guilty after a judge dismissed the case.


Death of Wolverhampton care home teenager could have been prevented by agencies 

30 Jan

Walsall Safeguarding Board criticised agencies after 17 year-old Wolverhampton girl died at Brn Melyn Care home in Shropshire...


Gone in SIX seconds – CCTV shows thieves breaking into van in the blink of an eye 

30 Jan

Police urging drivers to lock up amid increasing thefts of tools and business stock from vehicles...


Iris Teale: Nurse cleared of manslaughter at Little Aston care home 

30 Jan

Judge admits the injuries suffered by the frail widow remained a 'mystery...


Death of Walsall girl in care home fire was ‘predictable’, says review 

30 Jan

It was ‘predictable’ that a teenager who died after a fire at a care home would eventually cause harm to herself or others after her behaviour was not controlled, a serious case review has found.


£4m drive to boost staff levels and cut temporary workers at Walsall Manor Hospital 

30 Jan

Extra nurses are to be recruited at Walsall Manor Hospital under a £4 million drive to boost staff levels and cut temporary worker costs.


Fundraisers in Walsall invited to join the start line for 2015… 

30 Jan

HOPEFUL participants from Walsall for this year's Great Midlands Fun Run are being encouraged to join the start line when registration opens this weekend.


Death of Walsall teenager in Shropshire care home fire ‘could… 

30 Jan

THE death of a Walsall teenager in a fire at a children's home could have been prevented, an investigation has found.


Grandmother who died after alleged mishandling by Walsall nurse suffered brain bleed, court told 

30 Jan

A grandmother who died after allegedly being mishandled by a Walsall nurse at a care home suffered an acute brain bleed for up to three weeks, a court heard.


Public meeting called as future of Walsall mental health centre… 

30 Jan

CAMPAIGNERS will hold a public meeting urging for the future of a Walsall centre to be secured after council bosses revealed that they will meet to decide on whether to sell the building.


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Motorbike stolen from Brownhills last Thursday – can you help? 

31 Jan

Hey people - local lad Ash Evsy has posted the following request on Facebook - please be on the lookout for a stolen Yamaha Aerox 100cc motorbike, taken from Brownhills at around 3:00 am on Thursday, 29th January 2015.


R I P Arthur Bentley, former Willenhall North Councillor, former Mayor of Walsall 

31 Jan

Walsall Council’s flag has been flying at half mast in remembrance of my very good friend and former Mayor Councillor Arthur Bentley who passed away last week.


April 1992 – Diamonds are Forever for Local Pair 

31 Jan

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette - I present issue 31 of the long lost freesheet, from April 1992 for you to peruse and download.


Wood v Alvechurch game cancelled! 

31 Jan

Walsall Wood v.


Support The Wood against Alvechurch this afternoon! 

31 Jan

Your chance to support Walsall Wood at home against Alvechurch today! Continue reading →...


Snow blind 

30 Jan

Here's a quick ride cam for the people out there who enjoy them - I know Trevor in Aus will like this one, as where he is, they don't get much snow.


A day in the life of a Lib Dem Councillor – Friday 

30 Jan

Last night’s Social Care and Health Scrutiny Panel saw some really good debates in particular around the problems surrounding adaptations to what these days is called Social Housing and the recent pressures on Walsall’s Manor Hospital.


A message of thanks from Brian Stringer… 

30 Jan

Yesterday, I published a post requesting suggestions for bands that might be good to play at the 2015 Brownhills Canalised Festival, which is to take place on Sunday, 28th July 2015 at the canalised in Silver Street.


Today’s Willenhall North Lib Dem councillor’s Surgery is at Oakwood Lodge 

30 Jan

This week’s Willenhall North Lib Dem Surgeries…..


Walsall Wood Tesco Express to close 

30 Jan

Just in case you haven't seen it (you must have done by now, surely), the Tesco Express at Streets Corner, Walsall Wood is to close for good on March 15th 2015, as part of a closure program that will see 43 stores close across the country.


Update on Bus services affected by M6 works. 

29 Jan

It is not the fault of National Express about the state of the buses in the morning in particular.


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A slightly improving picture 

31 Jan

For yet another day the jet stream is sitting firmly below the UK but before it makes its journey beyond the south coast it is bringing with some cool winds from the NW.


More snow risk? 

30 Jan

The jet stream remains below the UK throughout, at least, today and tomorrow and this means that we will see a continuation of the northerly climate dominating.


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Features »

First Timers and Record Breakers – 31 January 2015. 

31 Jan

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Daniel Arnold 22:23 Kian Murphy 31:57 Carol Bowen 28:11 Daniel Pesian 32:17 Ruth Robinson 29:20 Frances Robinson 33:06 David Green 29:35 Deborah Pettit 33:56 Nick Matthews 29:38 ...


Me and Mine: January 2015 

31 Jan

I am so excited to be taking part in the lovely photography project that is Me and Mine.


Walsall player 200. Fred Barber. 

31 Jan

Frederick “Fred” Barber (born 26 August 1963) is an English former footballer who played as a goalkeeper and made nearly 400 Football League appearances.


Interview with Fred by Dave Flett of The Press. Yorkshire. 

31 Jan

YORK City’s new goalkeeping coach and assistant manager Fred Barber is putting Michael Ingham through the same training regime that transformed Jussi Jaaskelainen from unknown Scandinavian into his country’s top goalkeeper.


Walsall player 199. Anthony “Tony” Barras 

31 Jan

Anthony “Tony” Barras (born 29 March 1971) is an English footballer who plays for New Mills as a defender.


Walsall player 198. Thomas “Tommy” Barber 

31 Jan

A short post this one.


Walsall plkayer 197. David Kwame “Dave” Barnett 

31 Jan

David Kwame “Dave” Barnett (born 16 April 1967) is an English former football player and coach who played as a defender in the Football League for Colchester United, Walsall, Barnet, Birmingham City, Port Vale and Lincoln City.


Energy-Sucking Vampires 

30 Jan

And there's one more recent Mysterious Universe article from me, this one on theincreasingreports ofenergy-sucking vampires...


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JPT FINAL: THE GREEN MAN BECOMES A SADDLER 

31 Jan

Last week Walsall Football Club progressed to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final, thanks to a two-legged Northern Area Final victory over Preston North End.


The Green Man For Walsall Fans Only 

31 Jan

The Green Man For Walsall Fans Only Vitalfootball:Walsall:31/01/2015 20:43:00 Popular Wembley pub will be for Walsall fans only...


DOWNING TARGETS HOME COMFORTS 

31 Jan

Walsall Football Club vice-Captain Paul Downing has spoken to the club's official website ahead of Sunday evening's Sky Bet League 1 clash with Gillingham, and has discussed the importance getting back to winning ways at Banks's...


PAPER TALK: SMITH SEEKS STRIKING COVER 

31 Jan

Walsall manager Dean Smith has spoken to the press ahead of tomorrow's Sky Bet League 1 clash with Gillingham, and has discussed his desire to sign a player on loan ahead of Tuesday's 'Transfer Deadline Day'.


SADDLERS TO WEAR BLACK FOR JPT FINAL 

31 Jan

Walsall Football Club will be wearing their black away kit during the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final, which takes place at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, 22nd March.


Walsall To Play In Black For JPT Final 

31 Jan

Walsall To Play In Black For JPT Final Vitalfootball:Walsall:31/01/2015 11:20:00 Coin toss decided we shall play in our away shirts at Wembley Stadium...


PREVIEW: v GILLINGHAM (H) 

31 Jan

On Sunday evening Walsall Football Club will play host to Gillingham in the latest Sky Bet League 1 fixture of the season.


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03/02/15 Bewdley Town vs Willenhall Town WMRL ko 7-45pm 

31 Jan

Weather permitting the Lockmen take on Bewdley on Tuesday hoping to continue their unbeaten run in 2015.


04/02/15 Bewdley Town vs Willenhall Town WMRL ko 7-45pm 

31 Jan

Weather permitting the Lockmen take on Bewdley on Tuesday hoping to continue their unbeaten run in 2015.


Congratulations Mainey 

31 Jan

Congratulations go out to former Continental Star FC player, Jermaine Hylton, who recently signed for League one team, Swindon Town FC.


GAME OFF – 31/01/15 Haughmond vs Willenhall Town WMRL 

31 Jan

Following a pitch inspection today's WMRL game at Haughmond is OFF.


WHITBY GAME ON 

31 Jan

PICS MAKE LONG TREK TO THE COAST...


PROSPECTS OF PLAY LOOKING POSITIVE FOR WHITBY TOWN 

30 Jan

GAME COULD BE ON...


ARE YOU A GOLDLINE WINNER THIS WEEK 

30 Jan

CHECK OUT THE LATEST GOLDLINE RESULTS...


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Business »

300 guests attend KPMG’s annual event in Birmingham 

1 Feb

KPMG's annual event at the firm's Birmingham office attracted 300 attendees.


EU Commission event – ‘Accelerate your business using EU funding’ 

29 Jan

EU Commission event - ‘Accelerate your business using EU funding’Hosted by The University of Birmingham this event is sponsored by the European Commission EAC and it is part of a second phase of the campaign 'MSCA Bridging business and Research...


US ban on Cadbury imports prompts Hershey’s protest 

29 Jan

Hershey’s claimed the sale of Dairy Milk and other British-made chocolate products breached trademark laws in the United States...


Phoenix to invest as it hits quarter century mark 

29 Jan

2015 is a benchmark year for Aldridge based precision toolmakers Phoenix Tooling and Development as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.


Petition launched after shock closure of Burntwood’s Go Bananas soft play facility 

29 Jan

A popular Burntwood soft play area is facing permanent closure after a dispute between the owners and landlords.


M&B cheered by strong festive trading 

29 Jan

BIRMINGHAM-based pubco Mitchells & Butlers has said its performance has benefited from a strong festive period.


The ultimate Land Rover Defender… yours for a staggering £150,000 

28 Jan

Leeds-based Kahn Design, which specialises in modifying a wide range of cars, has launched what many are calling the ultimate Defender...


Cadbury progress under Mondelez should give other Midlands firms confidence 

28 Jan

The region’s other manufacturing businesses should take note and encouragement from what Cadbury's American parent company is achieving.


22,000 sq ft letting for St Modwen at Staffs business park 

28 Jan

DEVELOPER St Modwen has secured a letting at its Watling Street Business Park site near Cannock.


NEW: Tesco set to close four stores in the West Midlands 

28 Jan

SUPERMARKET group Tesco has revealed it is to close four stores in the West Midlands as part of a series of closures across the UK.


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Outdoors »

Something I had to share 

31 Jan

I have been seriously grateful for all of the photographs I have received of our Great Northern Diver and really appreciate the generosity of spirit of everyone who has taken the time and effort to send them to me and given me permission to share ...


January 30th – A long day. Out early, the commute was odd. I… 

31 Jan

January 30th - A long day.


Friday morning visit 

30 Jan

Photo: courtesy of Derek Lees After yesterdays adventure I had decided to rest on my laurels for a while and take it easy but the news that there were two Oystercatcher at Chasewater yesterday evening drove me to check if they were our overdue birds ...


Kev the Arctic hero! 

29 Jan

Well done Kev Clements , most of us were staying in the warm this afternoon but Kev was over the Mere at Dusk and confirmed the presence of our Great Northern Diver, 18 Goosander, 18 Pochard and Little Grebe again ( a bird that has been dodging me in...


Doing ‘The Ton’ 

29 Jan

" Then there's that big Betty Mayvery (She's got her own aviary!) She's got the biggest parra-keets I've ever seen!" Benny Hill 1971 Can I have a lie down now? Job done - 100 species seen in January .


January 28th – And this is the thing with Darlaston – it takes… 

29 Jan

January 28th - And this is the thing with Darlaston - it takes your breath away.


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Steal her Style- Maisie Williams at the SAG Awards 2015 

26 Jan

Hello! Hope everyone has been having a good year so far- we’ve been quiet on the blogging front but we have had lots to be getting on with, but there’s lots of exciting things that have caught my eye which I’ll hopefully get to blog...


Acorns Issues ‘Bring Your A-Game’ Challenge 

26 Jan

With research showing that by the end of January, half of all New Year’s resolutions have been broken; Acorns Children’s Hospice is offering an exciting and more achievable alternative.


Apprentice Star is ‘hired’ for Dancing Fundraiser 

23 Jan

A star of the latest series of BBC’s The Apprentice will be swapping the boardroom for the dancefloor in support of the latest fundraising event from local charity Acorns Children’s Hospice.


Acorns Singers Hunt For Male Voices Ready For New Year Challenge 

21 Jan

Acorns Children’s Hospice’s very own vocal harmony group have issued an appeal for men in good voice to take on a new challenge for 2015.


CoMA West Midlands – All-Comers Day 

18 Jan

When: Saturday, 28 February 2015 from 10:00 to 18:00 (GMT) Where: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus Magdalene Rd WS1 Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this ...


A Night of Dirty Dancing at Tamworth Assembly Rooms 

17 Jan

FANS of Dirty Dancing are in for the time of their lives when an all-new, spectacular stage show featuring everyone's favourite hits from the dance phenomenon arrives in town.


Budding Dancers Can Take To The Floor In Charity Challenge 

15 Jan

Acorns Children’s Hospice is seeking pairs or groups of all abilities and styles to take to the floor and help raise over £20,000 with an exciting new dance competition.


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999 »

CCTV shows Walsall man setting blaze in attempt to kill ex-lover 

6 Jan

CCTV shows Walsall man setting blaze in attempt to kill ex-lover A spurned lover is facing 16 years behind bars after setting light to his ex-partner's Walsall home.


Don’t stop… 

4 Jan

The NYPD have recently undertaken a form of industrial action – is this ever something that’s acceptable for police officers to do? (Image from NYPD Drills) There are lots and lots of things that us police can do.


Seasonal safety 

5 Dec

Update issued at 12pm, Tuesday 9th December.


Appeal after CCTV captures two thieves stealing a woman’s purse in Walsall 

4 Dec

Appeal after CCTV captures two thieves stealing a womans purse in Walsall Moving footage of two thieves who steal a woman's purse from a Walsall store in the West Midlands has been released.


Beware the Twelve Online Frauds of Christmas 

2 Dec

This advice from West Midlands Police is so relevant I’m reproducing it in it’s entirety (well why re-invent the wheel).


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LocalGov »

Bins on pavement permanently, 31st January 

31 Jan

The nursery white rabbits at this location always leaves bins on the pavement.


Walsall: Leonard Cheshire, the Living Wage and fees for residential care for younger adults 

30 Jan

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Doug Paulley on 30 January 2015 .


Raising Walsall awareness of FGM 

30 Jan

Further work will be done to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) among frontline staff in Walsall, the borough's health and wellbeing board has agreed.


Walsall JSA claimant figures continue to fall 

30 Jan

The number of people in Walsall claiming JSA has fallen again...


Good news for three of Walsall’s children’s homes 

30 Jan

Staff and young people at three Walsall children's homes are celebrating after Ofsted have given them positive ratings following recent inspections.


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