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‘Deliberate’ fire ablaze in Sutton Park 

28 Jul

Firefighters are currently tackling a 'deliberate' fire that has been ablaze in Sutton Park since this morning (Monday July 28).


IN PICTURES: Pelsall Music Live at Pelsall Common 

28 Jul

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Thousands turn out for Pelsall festival 

28 Jul

Around 2,000 music fans rocked to the beat at a sun-kissed charity music festival held on Pelsall Common in aid of good causes.


£150 up for grabs to name Walsall retirement flats 

28 Jul

The developers behind a multi-million retirement complex near a park have launched a competition to find a name for the proposed site that will replace a former pub.


£20m Sandwell flood defence project is unveiled 

28 Jul

A multi-million pound scheme to protect a popular beauty spot and around 1,400 homes and businesses from flooding has been unveiled.


Hundreds of council workers to be paid living wage after U-turn by bosses 

28 Jul

Hundreds of council workers are poised to be paid the living wage after a U-turn by bosses - in a move that will cost about £330,000 in extra wages.


Erdington schoolgirls shine in cheerleading competition 

28 Jul

PUPILS from an Erdington school shone at a regional cheerleading competition.


Two cars caught doing more than 100mph in M6 police speed trap 

28 Jul

Two cars were caught doing over 100 mph on the M6 in Staffordshire by a surprise police speed trap.


Pelsall pharmacy manager bids farewell after 22-year career 

27 Jul

A LONG-STANDING Pelsall pharmacy manager has bid goodbye to her colleagues after 22 years in the profession.


Dudley’s mental health trust scoops gold star for inclusion work 

27 Jul

DUDLEY and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has been awarded a gold star rating for its work on equality and inclusion.


Walsall dad spared jail after admitting child porn charges 

27 Jul

Pervert caught with hundreds of sickening films and photographs of children placed on supervision and put on sex offenders' register...


Walsall dad spared jail after admitting child porn charges 

27 Jul

Pervert caught with hundreds of sickening films and photographs of children placed on supervision and put on sex offenders' register...


Walsall engineering student aims to show England how it’s done in… 

27 Jul

A TALENTED engineering student from Walsall is hoping to succeed where our footballers failed and bring some national success to England in Brazil next year.


Watch: Campaigners camp out to save Stafford Hospital services 

27 Jul

More than 50 demonstrators pitched tents on the grounds of hospital against plans to shift vital services and dissolve trust...


Hundreds raised for Staffordshire Regiment memorial by kind… 

27 Jul

GENEROUS Walsall shoppers helped raise hundreds towards the build of a memorial remembering an Army regiment.


Council ‘will build’ on child safety progress 

27 Jul

More work still needs to be done despite children’s safeguarding services in Walsall having its improvement notice lifted, council bosses have said.


Student killed when he fell asleep at wheel and smashed into lorry after night out 

27 Jul

A student died when he fell asleep at the wheel and his car ploughed into the back of a lorry on the M6 a night after being out drinking with friends, a coroner has heard.


40% rise in number of Black Country and Staffordshire children in care 

27 Jul

The number of children in care across the Black Country and Staffordshire has risen by more than 40 per cent in the past five years, as local authorities struggle to cater for a swelling demand on front line services.


Shock figures show many patients waiting WEEK or more to see GP 

27 Jul

Many would not even recommend their own family doctor, says bombshell NHS report...


Barrister slammed for ‘scurrilous’ vote-rigging claims bids to become police commissioner 

27 Jul

Judge dismissed former Liberal Democrat councillor's witness intimidation claims over 2008 poll at election court hearing...


Streetly man rides more than 800 miles to seven coastlines in a… 

27 Jul

A STREETLY man has taken part in a gruelling charity challenge this week to raise money for two charities.


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Labour Welcome Tory U-turn On Living Wage. 

28 Jul

Mohammed Nazir.


Start me up! 

28 Jul

I'm hoping some of the transport buffs or maybe even Ralph Ferrie expert Tony Winn might be able to help with this one that partner-in-crime [Howmuch?] found this week in a junkshop - what appears to be a press photo of one of Ralph's vintage trucks...


Two men have been arrested following an armed robbery at a Black Country petrol station. 

28 Jul

For latest news follow @wmpolice on Twitter Issue Date: 26/07/2014 Two men have been arrested following an armed robbery at a Black Country petrol station.


Police are issuing a car crime warning after crooks stooped to a new low 

28 Jul

Police are issuing a car crime warning after crooks stooped to a new low by stealing a teddy from the back seat.


COMMS ADVICE: Be Bold, Be the bit of Grit in the Oyster 

27 Jul

If there is one piece of advice I came to late in my career that I value in my career it is this… the role of comms is sometimes to be the bit of grit in the oyster.


Down the drive at the side… 

27 Jul

The young David Evans has been at it again, and been has chatting to former teacher,Mrs.


Truncated 

26 Jul

I'm going to share here an absolutely astounding image donated by Brownhills Local History researcher in exile Gerald Reece, which is sure to create some debate - I'm going to be brief, as I feel it's best.


Loosely Comnnected 

26 Jul

This is quite a wierd one: some time ago at a company I work for sometimes, a colleague tried to replace some old 15″ LCD monitors with shiny new 19″ ones, to be confronted by extereme flickering.


Have you lost some keys? 

26 Jul

It seems that reader and long time friend of the blog Caz has a somewhat unique talent for finding and reuniting lost property with it's owners - not content with finding, catching and reuniting last month's lost canary with it's keeper, Caz has ...


Support Walsall Wood FC away against Sporting Khalsa this afternoon! 

26 Jul

Saturday 26th July 2014 - The Wood are away for a friendly against Sporting Khalsa.


Rushall Walsall 

26 Jul

Just got back from a property viewing in Rushall Walsall, and was pleasantly surprised about this area.


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Jet stream sinking south 

28 Jul

Today sees the day start off nearly 5c cooler than the same time last week.


Last week’s top temperature chart 

27 Jul

After last night’s light rain (0.6mm) today has once again started off bright although there is a steady breeze also blowing from the NW-WNW.


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Features »

Willlenhall Memorial Park retains Green Flag award 

28 Jul

Two borough parks are flying high after retaining their prestigious Green Flag awards yet again – to the delight of visitors and volunteers alike.


Home Maternity With Nursing Personnel 

28 Jul

The moment you hold your baby for the first time is so special, and often you have NHS staff and nurses at your beck and call whenever you need advice, worried about something with the baby or are having problems … Continue reading ...


Cycling in Sandwell Valley 

28 Jul

If you’re looking for somewhere to go for a family bike ride, Sandwell Valley Country Park is a great place to visit.


My pals and I spent hours sitting at ‘Elephant Rock’ in Bradley 

28 Jul

I WAS very interested to read Mike Page's article on the GWR line that ran through Bradley in The Bugle (July 10 edition).


Rats Are a Bad Thing (1910) 

27 Jul

(From the Ogden Standard – February 21, 1910) Girls in St.


Deprived of “Dope” – Crime Wave Begins (1915) 

27 Jul

(From the Ogden Standard – May 22, 1915) Government Secret Service Agents in Desperate Battle with Drug Users Since Harrison Act Went Into Effect – Frightful Conditions Reported by U.


The Sunday Ramble: Facebook culture 

27 Jul

I reviewed a little art exhibition in Darlaston this week.


Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery 

27 Jul

If you’re looking for something to do in the Summer holiday, why not try Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery ? It’s located in Chamberlain Square, at the top of New Street, is open every day, and is free for everyone.


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Walsall FC »

Bradshaw, Borja and Bakayoko help Walsall break pre-season duck 

28 Jul

LEAMINGTON 1 WALSALL 3 Friendly GOALS from Tom Bradshaw and trialist Borja Prieto Ruiz brought the Saddlers from behind to claim victory at Leamington.


IN BRIEF: SMITH GIVES MANTOM UPDATE 

28 Jul

Walsall Football Club manager Dean Smith has today spoken about midfielder am Mantom, who has yet to make an appearance during pre-season thanks to a medial ligament strain, which he picked up during the opening week of pre-season training...


LATEST: SQUAD NUMBERS REVEALED 

28 Jul

Walsall Football Club have today released the squad numbers ahead of the 2014/15 Sky Bet League One season.


Walsall announce squad numbers for season 

28 Jul

Walsall announce squad numbers for season...


Walsall boss closes in on his next signing 

28 Jul

Walsall manager Dean Smith was today hoping to make another attacking signing as he expressed growing concerns over Sam Mantom’s fitness.


Manny Smith re-united with Dean Keates in Wrexham trial 

26 Jul

Former Saddler Manny Smith today joined Dean Keates in Wrexham’s 1-1 draw at Hednesford Town.


Mantom/Cook Injury Update-Plus New Signing On Way? 

26 Jul

Mantom/Cook Injury Update-Plus New Signing On Way? Vitalfootball:Walsall:26/07/2014 17:37:00 Walsall dealt a minor blow...


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Rushall Olympic beaten by goal in each half from Solihull Moors 

28 Jul

RUSHALL OLYMPIC 0 SOLIHULL MOORS 2 Friendly RUSHALL'S first pre-season home game ended in defeat as Conference North side Solihull Moors left Dales Lane 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Liam Daly and Omar Bogle.


IN PICTURES: Rushall Olympic hand Solihull Moors stern pre-season… 

28 Jul

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Nick Wellecomme hat-trick helps Chasetown FC to friendly victory 

28 Jul

Chasetown FC swept aside a youthful Port Vale squad with a first half hat-trick from Nick Wellecomme the feature of a strong Scholars display.


THREE MORE SIGNINGS FOR THE PICS 

28 Jul

RE-BUILDING CONTINUES...


Free To Enter Fantasy Football League 

27 Jul

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First team make Villa Park! 

27 Jul

Our intrepid first team and their manager Phil McGuinness completed a sponsored bike-ride today to raise funds for the new season.


MOORS CONTINUE IMPRESSIVE PRE-SEASON FORM 

26 Jul

GOAL IN EACH HALF SEES PICS SLIP TO DEFEAT...


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Business »

Trinity Mirror upbeat despite profit and revenue falling 

28 Jul

NEWSPAPER group Trinity Mirror, which publishes the Birmingham Post and Mail and the Coventry Telegraph, has seen a dip in both profit and revenue.


Special Jaguar F-Type takes on Tour de France role 

28 Jul

The Midland car-maker extended its support as an innovation partner to Team Sky by designing, engineering and building a bespoke F-Type Coupé high performance support vehicle for the team to use during Stage 20 of the race...


Labour councillors push through controversial Conservative club scheme 

28 Jul

Watford-based Gracewell care homes plans to demolish a building in Jockey Road for a new home...


St Modwen agrees Great Western Business Park sale to Wulstan Capital 

28 Jul

The Birmingham regeneration sold the investment on the Great Western Business Park to Wulstan Capital for £365,000...


‘West Midlands families’ spending power increases’ 

27 Jul

THE latest Asda Income Tracker shows that family spending power in the West Midlands continued to increase year on year in the second quarter of 2014.


Drastic fall in Midlands fraud activity – KPMG report 

25 Jul

RESEARCH from accountancy and advisory firm KPMG has revealed that fraud activity in the Midlands has seen the largest percentage fall across any of the UK regions.


St Modwen sells off Worcester property to London investor 

25 Jul

DEVELOPER St Modwen has sold a property on the Great Western Business Park in Worcester for £365,000.


Carillion plots merger with Balfour Beatty 

25 Jul

Wolverhampton-based Carillion is in talks with Balfour Beatty, which is struggling after sacking its chief executive more than two months ago, about a deal...


Salop Design Welcomes New Apprentices 

25 Jul

Over 35 applied for places at the Shrewsbury-based company which runs the apprenticeship scheme in conjunction with In-Comm Training Business Services.


Anglo American confirms sale of 50% interest in Lafarge Tarmac 

25 Jul

GLOBAL mining group Anglo American has confirmed the sale of  its 50% stake in Lafarge Tarmac to Lafarge.


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Outdoors »

July 27th – Brownhills High Street. Next time you hear someone… 

27 Jul

July 27th - Brownhills High Street.


July 27th – After a day of unexpected but nice things – a meal… 

27 Jul

July 27th - After a day of unexpected but nice things - a meal out, some good family time, a bit of productive bike spannering - I slid out on a finely-tuned steed to enjoy the cooler air that had come in during the day.


July 23rd – Riding back home this evening, something shiny in… 

24 Jul

July 23rd - Riding back home this evening, something shiny in the road caught my eye - lying on the edge of Green Lane in Shelfield, the debris from something that really shouldn’t happen.


July 23rd – in the Goscote Valley on my way to work, as the day… 

23 Jul

July 23rd - in the Goscote Valley on my way to work, as the day started to warm up, I was drawn to a continual crackling sound.


21st July – It’s been a lovely day, but the ride home was… 

22 Jul

21st July - It’s been a lovely day, but the ride home was hard.


July 20th – A day coloured mainly by the sad news of the loss of… 

21 Jul

July 20th - A day coloured mainly by the  sad news of the loss of a good man , but as I rode the canal mid-afternoon, taking it gentle, I reflected on life.


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IN PICTURES: Pelsall Music Live at Pelsall Common 

28 Jul

Gallery created by Walsall Advertiser...


Eid ul Fitr Monday 28th July 2014 

28 Jul

It has been confirmed that the Muslim ummah shall be celebrating Eid Ul Fitr on Monday 28th July 2014, Insha Allaah.


Eid Ul Fitr Monday 28th July 2014 

27 Jul

It has been confirmed that the Muslim ummah shall be celebrating Eid Ul Fitr on Monday 28th July 2014, Insha Allaah.


​Fifty Shades of Grey full official trailer 

24 Jul

The full Fifty Shades of Grey trailer has just been released which is likely to whet the appetite of millions of fans.


Brum businessman gets on his bike for Acorns 

24 Jul

A Birmingham businessman has been told by his staff to get on his bike – but it’s all in aid of charity.


Running Gear: Bright and Blue 

24 Jul

Having looked at my favourite running colours, I decided to put together an outfit with a few other things I’ve seen recently- lovely bright blue also looks great in this sunshine, combined with green to really make you feel summery! Down with...


Fifth year in the saddle for Steve 

22 Jul

For the fifth year running a Worcestershire man is getting in the saddle for charity.


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There goes my gun… 

18 Jul

We’re holding a firearms amnesty between July 19th and August 2nd 2014 during which people can turn over weapons without fear of being prosecuted for gun possession.


News Update 11 July 

11 Jul

I made the mistake of having a few days off and came back to a mountain of work so my Facebook posts have been a little thin this week!  Here is a selection of what I have been able to upload.


Firefighters’ strikes 

11 Jul

Update issued at 8.05am Monday 14 July: During this morning's two-hour strike by firefighters, which ended at 8am, we had 13 fire engines and one Brigade Response Vehicle available to deploy.


News Update 27 June 

27 Jun

It’s been another busy and varied week, with posts ranging from a West Midlands Police survey that may affect the future of front offices to a new Crimestoppers campaign and the visit of a supersonic car to Walsall.


News Update 13 June. 

13 Jun

It’s Friday the 13th but fingers crossed, knock on wood I’m OK so far!  No update last week as I ran out of time so loads to fit in this week! Posted Friday 13 June.


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LocalGov »

Borough parks in Green Flag glory 

28 Jul

Two borough parks are flying high after retaining their prestigious Green Flag awards yet again - to the delight of visitors and volunteers alike.


Green Flag joy at countryside sites 

28 Jul

Merrions Wood, famed for its May time carpet of bluebells, has retained its Green Flag - while another nature reserve has received the honour for the first time this year.


Traineeship opportunities at WACC 

28 Jul

Young people aged 16-24 can find out about Traineeships at an Open Day at Walsall Adult & Community College next month...


Graffiti on road service, 26th July 

26 Jul

Spray painted graffiti on road surface.


Constant Loud Music, 26th July 

26 Jul

Fed up of the resident at 194 Lowe avenue having his music on full blast all day long it can't only be annoying me, his house isn't even that close to me and I can still hear it in my property with windows closed Nearest road to the pin placed...


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