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Review: The Apprentice Episode Three 

22 Oct

Walsall's Jemma Bird survives to fight another day - without seemingly doing anything...


Aldridge man died on adventure bike trip in Mongolia after hitting pothole 

22 Oct

Aldrige gas engineer died after bike accident in Mongolia...


IN PICTURES: Innovative learning at Beacons Primary School in… 

22 Oct

INNOVATIVE technology that has been used by NASA allowed pupils at a Willenhall school to tour a Norfolk farm from the comfort of their own assembly hall.


I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2014 

22 Oct

Ant and Dec will soon be back on our screens when ITV's I'm a Celebrity...


5-day forecast: What’s the weather looking like for this weekend? 

22 Oct

Click the map above to find out more about the weather where you live.


Latest jobs: Court manager, graduate design engineer, industrial… 

22 Oct

These are the latest jobs posted on our website.


Latest jobs: Court manager, graduate design engineer, industrial… 

22 Oct

These are the latest jobs posted on our website.


Critics slam Walsall Council plans to save £86m as… 

22 Oct

CRITICS have accused Walsall Councilof producing a "slash and burn budget", with others describing plans to save millions of poundsas "shameful" to the borough.


Renee Zellweger’s new look: Did she look better before (poll) 

22 Oct

Renee Zellwegerlooked almost unrecognisable when she stepped out at ELLE's 21st annual Women In Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel in California on Monday 20th October.


Roadworks likely to affect your journey today 

22 Oct

These are the latest reports of roadworks within a 25-mile radius of Sutton Coldfield according to the Highways Agency.


Woman thrown from car in horrific collision with HGV on M6 near… 

22 Oct

A WOMAN was thrown from the car she was travelling in after it collided with a lorry on the M6 near Erdington.


Do you think Renee Zellweger has had surgery to achieve her new… 

22 Oct

Renee Zellwegerlooked almost unrecognisable when she stepped out at ELLE's 21st annual Women In Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel in California on Monday 20th October.


Celebrations as Walsall pub granted the asset of community value 

22 Oct

PUB-GOERS are celebrating after their Walsall boozer was given a prestigious accolade, ensuring it is safeguarded for the future.


Walsall tips to close two days a week in bid to save £100k 

22 Oct

Tips in Walsall will be shut two days a week to save nearly £100,000, it has emerged.


Western Power Distribution confirm 600 homes hit by Walsall… 

21 Oct

HUNDREDS of homes in Walsall were without power for hoursafter a cut hit the borough.


Tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo causes trees to topple in Walsall 

21 Oct

A LORRY driver has miraculously escaped injury after a tree toppled over onto his vehicle in Walsall.


Facebook campaign to get Lynda Bellingham Oxo ad on TV this… 

21 Oct

After Lynda Bellingham's death over the weekend, an online campaign has been set up to get ITV to air the Oxo advert throughout Christmas Day.


Walsall Council bosses to propose £29m of savings next year 

21 Oct

Key budget proposals over four years will be considered by the authority’s cabinet next week which seek to save £86 million by March 2019.


Walsall Council bosses to propose £29m of savings next year 

21 Oct

Key budget proposals over four years will be considered by the authority’s cabinet next week which seek to save £86 million by March 2019.


Kindle Voyage: What makes it different 

21 Oct

The new Kindle Voyage is the latest Amazon e-reader and at just 7.6 mm thick, it's the thinnest Kindle ever.


New jobs in and around Walsall: Mechanics (diesel engines),… 

21 Oct

These are the latest jobs posted on Walsall Advertiser website.


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Walsall Wood in Wonderland… 

23 Oct

There was a real treat for the Walsall Wood fans on Tuesday Evening last (21st October 2014) as a patchy home team were proven unexpectedly superior to their visitors, and the Woodmen fought to a very respectable victory over Hednesford.


In sickness and in health 

23 Oct

After a period of quiet introspection, I have come to the conclusion that I have been completely wrong in suggesting that Tory ideology is destroying the very fabric of society...


Threat to services on Pheasey 

22 Oct

As you may be aware the Council announced on Tuesday what the scale of the cuts will be for the whole council – LINK Inevitably the most eye catching of the proposals are - Closure of 8 Libraries including Pheasey - Reduction of waste ...


Labour’s budget cuts hit where it hurts most say Lib Dems 

22 Oct

So Walsall’s new Labour bosses have unveiled their plans on how to slice £86 million from the Council’s budget over the next four years.


The Rovers return… 

22 Oct

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.


Valerie raises Locum GPs at Health Questions 

21 Oct

On Tuesday 21 October 2014 at Health Questions, Valerie raised the issue of Locum GPs.


Plight of vulnerable groups raised as youth unemployment figures improve. 

21 Oct

Liberal Democrat Councillor Ian Shires raised the plight of the vulnerable and those with specific needs in the battle to improve the lot of young people in the jobs market at last night’s meeting of Walsall’s Health and Wellbeing Board.


Walsall’s Health and Wellbeing Board to strengthen joint working on health priorities 

21 Oct

Walsall’s Health and Wellbeing Board to build on work done over the past two years as it strives to improve the life chances of its citizens reports Board member Councillor Ian Shires (Lib Dem: Willenhall North) Last night saw Walsall’s ...


Stolen Landrover – please keep an eye out, folks 

20 Oct

I've been contacted by reader Gemma Clarke on behalf of her pal Rebecca Sketchley King, who's asked if I could possibly request readers look out for her stolen Black Landcover Defender, which was taken from Erdington Road, Aldridge tonight (Monday, ...


Speed Kills: Use your head 

20 Oct

West Midlands Police’s WMPTraffic cused a bit of a stir last week on twatter and in the blog world, with this piece on helmets, speeding, and cake .


Walsall Council Cuts 

20 Oct

The Walsall Labour party today announced the scale of the cuts to come – LINK Part of the plans been said that could affect Pheasey are - Children’s Centres to close – no names given yet - Libraries to close – Pheasey is one ...


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Yourweather Walsall


After the storm 

22 Oct

Yesterday’s low pressure system that introduced us to the ex-hurricane Gonzalo is now beyond our area and we are seeing a steady rise in the air pressure.


Good morning Gonzalo. 

21 Oct

Today sees our introduction to the ex-hurricane Gonzalo.


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Features »

Halloween Tickets Now Available! 

22 Oct

Fancy joining me at a spooky and fun Halloween party next Friday with me singing an upbeat live set with fun party games and disco to follow? Tickets £6 each – I’ll bring some to choir tomorrow :) Fancy dress competition and children ...


Domino’s Pizza – Willenhall 

22 Oct

Domino’s Pizza Unit 1 Lion Hotel Upper Lichfield Street, Willenhall, WV13 1PB Telephone: 01902 603700 Opening Hours 11am – 12am 7 DAYS A WEEK...


Walsall Arboretum parkrun, Event number 135 – 18th October 2014 

22 Oct

This week there were 186 runners, representating 17 different athletics clubs take part.


Critics slam Walsall Council plans to save £86m as ‘shameful’ to the borough 

22 Oct

CRITICS have accused Walsall Council of producing a “slash and burn budget”, with others describing plans to save millions of pounds as “shameful” to the borough.


Upcoming Diary 

22 Oct

1 November 2014:  Dress up for Hallowe'en.


Walsall Born-Player 50. Arthur Buttery 

22 Oct

A rthur Buttery Personal information Full name Arthur Buttery Date of birth 20 December 1908 Place of birth Hednesford, England Date of death 1990 (aged 81–82) Playing position Inside left Youth career St.


Walsall born-Player 49. Tom Butler 

22 Oct

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Forthcoming Events – October Half-Term – Chasewater Railway, Lichfield,Walsall 

22 Oct

Forthcoming Events – October Half-Term Chasewater Railway Half Term – A diesel hauled train service will be running on Thurs 30th October, departs Brownhills West station at 11am, 12:15, 13:30 and 14:45.


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Walsall FC »

YOUR VIEWS: TIME FOR CHANGE? 

22 Oct

In the first of our new ' Your Views ' feature, we'd like your opinions on the future of Walsall's current first-team manager Dean Smith.


RESERVES: PORT VALE 0 WALSALL 2 

22 Oct

Earlier this afternoon, Walsall Football Club's reserve side made the short trip north to take on Port Vale in the second group game of the 'Final Third Development League Cup'.


BLOG: DEFENCE OR ATTACK? 

22 Oct

In the latest of his regular Blog's, Scott Brotherton takes a look at Walsall manager Dean Smith's decision to allow defender Andy Butler to return to Sheffield United, and opt for the loan signing of Leicester City midfielder Michael...


Dean Smith: I’m so proud despite defeat 

22 Oct

Walsall boss Dean Smith today told his players to hold their heads high despite falling to a third straight defeat.


Craig Fagan On Trial 

22 Oct

Craig Fagan On Trial Vitalfootball:Walsall:22/10/2014 11:10:00 Local experienced front man set to play for reserves this afternoon...


TRIALIST TO FEATURE FOR RESERVES 

22 Oct

Later this afternoon Walsall Reserves take on Port Vale's Reserve side in the latest Final Third Development League Cup fixture of the season.


Fans Turn Up The Heat On Smith 

22 Oct

Fans Turn Up The Heat On Smith Vitalfootball:Walsall:22/10/2014 08:56:00 Twitter in meltdown last night following third defeat on the trot which saw the Saddlers drop to 23rd in League 1.


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Players wanted for new U9s boys team. 

22 Oct

The Club is setting up a brand new team at Under 9s boys to compete in the Walsall Junior Youth League.


Under 13′s – Results from 19th October 2014 

22 Oct

Results from 19th October 2014...


Perform Experiences at St Georges Park 

22 Oct

Perform at the official Healthcare Provider for St.


Enthusiastic 5 to 7 year old girl footballers wanted! 

22 Oct

The Club is aiming to create even more girls teams for the 2015/16 season and is looking for enthusiastic girls aged 5 to 7 to attend its girls only Academy.


2 Teams mascots at England Game! 

22 Oct

Our U9s Lions and U10s Girls Panthers are mascots at the England v Latvia Futsal friendly at St George’s Park on Saturday 8th November.


Lichfield City FC narrowly miss out on securing unlikely point 

22 Oct

Lichfield City FC came within a whisker of completing an incredible recovery at Heather St John’s.


Late turnaround sees Chasetown FC through in the cup 

22 Oct

Chasetown FC produced a turnaround in the last six minutes against Rocester to progress to the next round of the Staffordshire Senior Cup.


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Business »

Sainsbury’s jobs saved despite scrapping of night shift 

22 Oct

Trade union jubilant after negotiating packages and redeployment as up to 100 supermarket workers were left facing redundancy...


New recruits bolster Enoch Evans’ growth plans 

22 Oct

The appointments of Cheryl McSheen-Bailey and Jade Cranch come as the firm celebrates its 130th year in existence...


Lifestyle: Motoring – Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience, The Italian Job and Toyota’s GT86 

21 Oct

FOR many Land Rover owners the closest they may ever get to offroading is taking their 4x4 over a kerb - which could go some way towards explaining the success of the Land Rover Experience events.


Phoenix 10 regeneration project back on track 

21 Oct

Walsall Council and Homes and Communities Agency begin hunt for developer to relaunch stalled 44-acre development...


Phoenix 10 regeneration project back on track 

21 Oct

Walsall Council and Homes and Communities Agency begin hunt for developer to relaunch stalled 44-acre development...


David Bailey: Just how far will JLR’s drive into China go? 

21 Oct

Jaguar Land Rover has opened its new assembly plant in China through a joint venture as it targets a key emerging market for car sales...


Strong pound dents Q3 performance for GKN 

21 Oct

MIDLANDS-based engineering group GKN has said its third quarter performance was strong, with a 3% increase in sales.


Engineering work slows London Midland revenue growth 

21 Oct

LONDON Midland parent The Go-Ahead Group has revealed that the train companys passenger revenue grew by around 2.5% in the first quarter.


Jaguar Land Rover set to begin Chinese production 

20 Oct

A MAJOR milestone in Jaguar Land Rovers global ambitions is set to be realised today when the first vehicle manufactured under its joint venture with Chery officially rolls off the production l...


HCA and Walsall Council seek partner for Phoenix 10 scheme 

20 Oct

THE Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Walsall Council are looking for a private sector partner to remediate and redevelop the vacant Phoenix 10 site for employment use.


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Outdoors »

October 22nd – Spotted in Darlaston after a tipoff by [Howmuch?]… 

23 Oct

October 22nd - Spotted in Darlaston after a tipoff by [Howmuch?] - what I must presume to be a World War Two air raid shelter.


October 22nd – In the offices of Smarm, Smarm, Bignob and… 

23 Oct

October 22nd - In the offices of Smarm, Smarm, Bignob and Braces, advertising agency for SSE Power: 'Nigel, it's a great advert for energy.


October 20th – Oh my goodness this is clever, but I’ve… 

21 Oct

October 20th - Oh my goodness this is clever, but I’ve given up trying to think of a way to explain it - it’s just best to take a look yourselves.


October 20th – I had to pop into Walsall Wood on my way home, so… 

21 Oct

October 20th - I had to pop into Walsall Wood on my way home, so shot up the Lichfield Road.


 

21 Oct

Timeline Photos music building...


October 18th – In Pelsall to meet a pal for lunch, I spotted the… 

20 Oct

October 18th - In Pelsall to meet a pal for lunch, I spotted the beautiful planters by the common that were still blooming beautifully.


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I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2014 

22 Oct

Ant and Dec will soon be back on our screens when ITV's I'm a Celebrity...


VIDEO: ITV’s Grantchester trailers 

20 Oct

Episode three ofGrantchesterairs on ITV at 9pmtonight,Monday October 20.


Loose Women panellist Lynda Bellingham has died aged 66 of cancer 

20 Oct

The actress, who had terminal bowel cancer, filmed her final appearance on the ITV show last week.


AW14 with Intu Merry Hill 

17 Oct

I’m trying to avoid visiting shopping centres at the moment but it’s proving tricky! Why am I trying to avoid them? Because I can guarantee you I will find something that I want to buy in every shop as I absolutely adore this season.


Which premises aren’t up to scratch with food hygiene? (MAP) 

16 Oct

These are some of the latest food hygiene reports published by the Food Standards Agency.


Flashback Friday: The X Factors Judges Vs Winners / The X Factor… 

16 Oct

X Factor Through the Years - Winners and Judges on MUZU.


SEND and Walsall Local Offer Website 

13 Oct

In response to the SEND reforms Walsall has developed a Local Offer Website.


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999 »

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.


David Jamieson takes the Police and Crime Commissioner oath of office 

17 Sep

David Jamieson takes the Police and Crime Commissioner oath of office Before they can take office, all Police and Crime Commissioners must take an oath of office that is set out in law.


Walsall drug raids in Pleck 

10 Sep

Walsall drug raids in Pleck Police swooped on two addresses in the Pleck area of Walsall on 9 September in a clampdown on drug dealing and prostitution.


I won’t share you… 

2 Sep

Want to avoid compromising photos of yourself popping up on the interweb? Tips below! There are lots of things that us normal people don’t have in common with Hollywood celebrities.


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LocalGov »

Storm damage, 22nd October 

22 Oct

Tree uprooted on green area at the end of kemble close Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Brookthorpe Drive, Willenhall Report on FixMyStreet...


Foster care allowances 

22 Oct

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Robert Cann on 22 October 2014 .


Cabinet to discuss library proposals for Bentley 

22 Oct

Proposals to set up a community run library facility in Bentley at a one off cost to the council of £145,000 are to be considered by Cabinet.


Mayoress serves up afternoon tea at the town hall 

22 Oct

More than 250 guests joined the Mayoress of Walsall for a traditional afternoon tea.


Step inside the Mayor’s Parlour 

22 Oct

Walsall’s Mayor and some of the former First Citizens will be opening the doors of the Mayor’s Parlour and other historical buildings with a series of guided tours.


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