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Brother and sister duo from Walsall raise thousands through Great… 

28 Nov

TWO youngsters from Walsall have raised a fantastic 5,500 for good causes running the Great Midlands Fun Run in support of their uncle who sadly died just months after this year's event.


Police bosses urged to rethink plans to close three stations in… 

28 Nov

CALLS have been made for West Midlands Police to review their decision to leave Walsall with just one police front counter serving the whole borough.


GALLERY: Queen look-a-like comes to Walsall 

28 Nov

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Shoppers stunned as Queen look-a-like whizzes round Walsall town… 

28 Nov

Shoppers in Walsall were stunned yesterday (Thursday November 27) when they thought they caught a glimpse of the Queen whizzing around a town centre on a mobility scooter.


Much-loved Shabila leaves lasting legacy as £5,500 raised… 

28 Nov

FRIENDS and family of a Walsall woman who died from cancer have granted her last wish by raising thousands of pounds for the hospice that cared for her.


Fifteen lollipop men and women being taken on 

28 Nov

Fifteen new lollipop men and women are being taken on by Walsall Council just months after the service was saved from the axe.


Toll roads are a rip-off, say UKIP 

28 Nov

Pay-to-drive roads including the M6 Toll were declared 'highway robbery' today as part of a campaign.


M54 to shut as £10.8m roadworks start 

28 Nov

Part of the M54 will close every night for the next five months from tonight as part of a £10.8 million roadworks scheme.


Weekend weather: Your five-day forecast to the week ahead 

28 Nov

What's the weather forecast for this weekend? Check out the map above to find out a synopsis for where you live.


Formal plans to build crematorium on outskirts of Walsall are… 

28 Nov

DEVELOPERS behind controversial plans for a crematorium on the outskirts of Walsall have submitted an official planning application.


Can you help find stolen goat Maisy? 

28 Nov

Police are appealing for information after a pygmy goat was stolen and may now be in Willenhall or Wolverhampton.


Royal British Legion unveil restored remembrance plaque in… 

27 Nov

A ONCE lost plaque to recognise and remember those who served in both World Wars has been given pride of place in Brownhills.


Malcolm Finlayson: A life in pictures 

27 Nov

The Express Star delves through the archives to chronicle the late Malcolm Finlayson's career in images.


Walsall Council slammed after figures reveal £20,000 spent… 

27 Nov

CRITICS have accused Walsall Council of "wasting money" after new figures revealed that almost 20,000 has been spent on public consultation over plans to save 86 million.


Walsall man facing terror charge ‘took brother’s passport’ 

27 Nov

Alex Nash, of Bentley Lane, used 'stolen' travel documents to travel to Turkey but was detained by authorities, court hears...


Dozens of NHS staff join fair pay picket lines across Walsall 

27 Nov

THE fight for fair pay rumbled on this week as dozens of NHS staff in Walsall joined picket lines during a four-hour strike.


Does Walsall need any more clubs? Concern as nightspot allowed to stay open until 4.30am. 

27 Nov

Walsall town centre risks being 'overrun' with bars and clubs after one was allowed to stay open until 4.30am, it has been claimed.


IN PICTURES: The Magical Journey re-opens 

27 Nov

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Shop in Walsall closes for second time in seven months after… 

27 Nov

A WALSALL shop has been closed for the second time in seven months due to the filthy, insanitary and rodent infested conditions which food was being prepared in.


Star Wars 7 trailer: See all the original trailers from a Galaxy,… 

27 Nov

Friday sees the release of the much-awaited first trailer for the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.


Walsall man charged with identity theft following arrest on… 

27 Nov

A MAN from Walsall who was arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences has been charged with identity theft.


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Lose, and you’re in the drink! 

28 Nov

Here's a rather wonderful, quick photo to get the grey matter going amongst the readership - yesterday, Godfrey 'Oakparkrunner' Hucker sent me the above excellent photo, sourced from Linda Robottom, of a Walsall Wood tug of war team.


Howdles Lane convenience store saved! 

28 Nov

Back at the beginning of October, I had a somewhat concerning enquiry from reader Dave about the Co-operative convenience store in the small precinct just off the A5 in Brownhills by Howdles Lane - reports were that the Co-op were closing it and the ...


Walsall Wood crash out of Midland League Cup 

28 Nov

Walsall Wood FC snatched defeat from the jaws of victory last Tuesday evening (25th November 2014) at Heath Hayes, where a somewhat intemperate and distracted match clearly disappointed match reporter Bill Shaw...


House of Commons Governance Select Committee – Thursday 27 November 2014 

28 Nov

On Thursday 27 November 2014, the House of Commons Governance of the House Committee, of which Valerie is a member, heard evidence from Andrew McDonald, former Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority; Steve O’ ...


Gerald Reece talk: on tonight! 

28 Nov

Top contributor, commentor and all round good egg David Evans has been busy over the last few weeks organising a treat for local history buffs in Brownhills and the wider community.


October 1990 – Wake up Brownhills – does anyone care? 

27 Nov

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette - I present issue 13 of the long lost freesheet, from October 1990 for you to peruse and download.


Valerie supports Friends of St Augustine’s Church 

26 Nov

On Tuesday 25 November 2014, Valerie attended a reception hosted by Laura Sandys MP in the Speaker’s House supporting the proposed Pugin and St Augustine, Education, Research, and Visitor Centre in Ramsgate.


House of Commons Governance Select Committee – Wednesday 26 November 2014 

26 Nov

On Wednesday 26 November 2014, the House of Commons Governance of the House Committee, of which Valerie is a member, heard evidence from John Borley, Director General of Facilities at the House of Commons; and Sir David Higgins, Chair of HS2 and ...


Black Friday warning 

26 Nov

For some reason in this country we have decided to copy the Black Friday concept from the US.


Dancing Queen of the Night 

26 Nov

If the old adage that any publicity is good publicity is true; then that there Home Secretary is putting herself about a bit...


Just William 

26 Nov

The interesting history of William Roberts – the father of modern Brownhills – continues, and this time, Peter ‘pedro’ Cutler has taken issue with some other, intersecting local history, and just when exactly William Roberts came to ...


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No need for the ice scraper. 

28 Nov

This morning sees a return to some milder air temperatures.


Not much to cheer. 

27 Nov

It is a misty and, therefore, damp start to the day in Hammerwich.


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Features »

Pine Cone Bleaching, Part 1… 

28 Nov

So I tried an experiment – bleaching pine cones.


Walsall foreign player 24. 

28 Nov

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.


Walsall foreign player 23. Daniel “Danny” Hay 

28 Nov

Daniel “Danny” Hay (born 15 May 1975) is a New Zealand footballer who has represented New Zealand as a centre back and captained Waitakere United in the New Zealand Football Championship.


East Coast Park parkrun, Event number 23 – 22 November 2014 

28 Nov

There's an extra run report for you this week, courtesy of Simon Richards.


Apprenticeships With Jaguar Landrover 

28 Nov

Looking at Jaguar Landrover Apprenticeships On Thursday 27th November 9 students who had expressed an interest in engineering were involved in a video link up with Jaguar Landrover to discover more about their Apprenticeship scheme.


RIP Phil Hughes 

28 Nov

By now we all will ahve heard about the tragedy which happend on the field of play at a cricket match in Australia.


Year 9 Basketball 

28 Nov

The Year 9 Basketball team earned themselves a merry sing song home after a splendid opening game vs St Francis.


Beechdale says Goodbye to Morrison’s 

28 Nov

Well today sees the ernd of the Morrison Van running around the Estate, as the contract for maintenance of the houses changes to Laker’s Here ar some pictures taken of the change over.


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Walsall FC »

PAPER TALK: PRESSLEY TAKES A SWIPE AT MANSET 

28 Nov

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has spoken to the press ahead of Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League One tie against Walsall, and has taken a swipe at Saddlers' summer signing Mathieu Manset, who had a brief spell with the Sky...


SMITH – BELIEF IS THE KEY TO OUR SUCCESS 

28 Nov

Walsall manager Dean Smith has spoken to the press as he continues to prepare for Saturday afternoon's Sky Bet League One tie against Coventry City, and has discussed his side's recent good run of league form, putting at least some...


Coventry City v Walsall 

28 Nov

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's League One game between Coventry City and Walsall (15:00 GMT).


Coventry v Walsall – Preview 

28 Nov

Coventry v Walsall - Preview Vitalfootball:Walsall:28/11/2014 12:10:00 We make the short trip down the M6 to face Coventry City whom are now back at the Ricoh following a one year absence.


Sports Desk Live – November 28 

28 Nov

Follow all the latest breaking news today from our sports reporters and our clubs.


PREVIEW: v COVENTRY CITY (A) 

28 Nov

This weekend Walsall Football Club make the short trip to the Ricoh Arena to take on Coventry City in the latest Sky Bet League One fixture of the season.


Dean Smith: Belief the key in Walsall’s rise 

28 Nov

Manager Dean Smith claims an increased belief has been key to Walsall’s rise up League One.


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Sport »

3rd XV – Game V Veseyans – CANCELLED 

28 Nov

No game this week.


Girls teams meet ex Wyrley England Player. 

28 Nov

The Club has 3 ex-players in its Hall of Fame, including Olivia ‘Chick’ Fergusson who played for England at U17s and currently plays on the wing for Villa Ladies.


Christmas Party Tonight 

28 Nov

Can everyone that going to the Christmas Party Tonight, Please make sure you give car registration number to the front desk.


3 new Club Welfare Officers 

28 Nov

The Club is delighted to announce 3 new Club welfare Officers – to make 5 in all! Welcome Sare Michael, Rui Leitao and Eric Battison...


Westmids TKD News 28th November 2014 

28 Nov

Urgent Please note There will be no training at following clubs Tonight due to the Christmas Party.


Staffordshire School Games 2014 

28 Nov

On Wedneday 26th November 2014 schools from across Staffordshire took part in the level 3 School Games Football Competition at Rowley Park.


Spaces Still Available on Level 1 in January 2015 

27 Nov

Staffordshire FA have a Level 1 Coaching Course taking place at Chesterton High School in January.


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Business »

Lord leaps in as JLR pay row threatens our greatest industry 

27 Nov

Midland-based peer Kumar Bhattacharyya should know what he is talking about when it comes to industrial disputes, argues Jon Griffin...


Wesleyan adds former KPMG partner to its board 

27 Nov

INSURANCE company Wesleyan Assurance Society has added former KPMG partner Andrew Neden to its board of directors.


It’s all Greek to Birmingham Airport as more Athens flights announced 

27 Nov

AEGEAN Airlines, Greeces largest carrier, has announced that it will increase capacity between Birmingham and Athens next summer by 8,500 seats.


West Brom back on track with a £6m profit 

27 Nov

BUILDING society The West Brom has reported a pre-tax profit of £6m for the six months to September 30 compared to a loss of £7.6m for the corresponding period last year.


March of the discounters continues as Poundland’s sales surge 

27 Nov

DISCOUNT retailer Poundland has seen its sales leap by 15% in six months as shoppers continue to hunt for a bargain.


Tata will look abroad if JLR pay row goes on, union told 

26 Nov

Lord Bhattacharyya says car giant's  owner 'will not hesitate' to invest overseas if bitter wage dispute drags on...


Former M&B Pump House to go under hammer 

26 Nov

Victorian brewery pump house and part of an 18th century country residence are among the lots at an auction next month...


Jaguar Land Rover named most trustworthy OEM 

26 Nov

MIDLANDS carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has been named the most trustworthy original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in a new study.


Transport: Busy October leaves Birmingham Airport in buoyant mood 

26 Nov

BIRMINGHAM Airport has ended the summer flying season on a high as nearly 900,000 people chose the Midlands airport in October.


Who dares wins as Flybe signs ‘white label’ agreement with SAS 

26 Nov

AIRLINE Flybe has signed a white-label agreement to fly services for SAS, Scandinavia\'s largest carrier.


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Outdoors »

Pine Cone Bleaching, Part 1… 

28 Nov

So I tried an experiment – bleaching pine cones.


November 27th – I again returned via Walsall Wood, but unlike… 

28 Nov

November 27th - I again returned via Walsall Wood, but unlike the night before, it was clear.


November 27th – A difficult day. I had to dash back from Walsall… 

28 Nov

November 27th - A difficult day.


A flock Of Tits Saved The Day 

27 Nov

For a bird ringer today’s weather was ideal.


November 26th – A dreadfully weary, damp homeward commute in… 

27 Nov

November 26th - A dreadfully weary, damp homeward commute in heavy mist that soaked and deadened everything.


November 24th – A gorgeous, frosty winter morning. I had a call… 

24 Nov

November 24th - A gorgeous, frosty winter morning.


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Acorns Shop in Shirley Gets Set For Christmas With A Makeover 

27 Nov

The Acorns Children’s Hospice shop in Shirley is set to welcome shoppers after an extensive two-week refurbishment.


When does the Radio Times Christmas 2014 edition go on sale? 

27 Nov

Christmas TV is one of the things we look forward to, with plenty of big and festive films and dramatic episodes planned there's plenty to keep you busy!So if you think it's not Christmas until you've got your hands on the double Christmas edition of...


Star Wars 7 trailer: See all the original trailers from a Galaxy,… 

27 Nov

Friday sees the release of the much-awaited first trailer for the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.


Recruitment Firm Signs Three Year Children’s Charity Fundraising Partnership 

26 Nov

Midlands recruitment firm First Personnel has signed a significant three year fundraising partnership with Acorns Children’s Hospice to become one of the charity’s official partners.


Destination Christmas: Selfridges 

26 Nov

It didn’t feel right to mention the ‘C’ word until now.


New Opening Times, and an update. 

26 Nov

From January 2015, we will have new opening hours.


Sir Elton John to perform in Walsall as part of European tour 

26 Nov

POP superstar Sir Elton John will perform at the home ground of Walsall FC, in what will be its first outdoor concert in more than 20 years.


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999 »

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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LocalGov »

Software license 

28 Nov

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Leo Wu on 28 November 2014 .


Temporary disruption to library computers 

28 Nov

Computers at Walsall's libraries will be unavailable this weekend due to routine maintenance work.


Charter for Women | Women and Equalities | Commons debates 

27 Nov

If there was such a charter or Bill, would not there be an obligation on television companies, including the BBC, to explain why it is that, while men in their late 70s can carry out their job as lead presenters—and do it very well, no...


Shop closed twice over health risk concerns 

27 Nov

A Caldmore shop has been closed for the second time in seven months due to the filthy, insanitary and rodent infested conditions which food was being prepared in.


Pavement covered in leaves, 26th November 

26 Nov

The pavement is covered with leaves which no pile some 2' high up against the church wall (St.


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