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Cinema blaze is treated as ‘suspicious’ 

20 Sep

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service said about 50 firefighters were involved in tackling the 'severe' blaze in the early hours of Tuesday(19...

Trees felled as high winds hit 

19 Sep

The storm's high winds felled trees in Willenhall, Stafford, Wolverhampton and Great Barr, as well as in gardens, car parks and train lines across the West Midlands...

Old police HQ being used as playground 

17 Sep

Chief Superintendent Andy Parsons, commander at Walsall Police, has said youngsters are putting themselves in danger by entering the dilapidated building on Green Lane...

Walsall 1-4 Doncaster Rovers 

15 Sep

Doncaster come from behind to claim a thumping win at Walsall, emphatically ending the hosts' unbeaten league start.

Walsall tower set to become new homes 

14 Jun

Nottingham-based Tameway (Midlands) is planning to convert Tameway Tower, on Bridge Street, Walsall into 143 flats...

Erhun Oztumer: Bolton Wanderers sign Walsall midfielder on a two-year deal 

13 Jun

Bolton Wanderers sign midfielder Erhun Oztumer on a two-year deal following the expiry of his contract at Walsall.

Labour set to remain in power in Walsall 

15 May

The party has four less seats than the Tories after this month's local elections, but is set to remain in power after Labour group leader Sean Coughlan secured the support of two independent councillors and two Lib Dem councillors...

Cat freed from tiny cavity 

15 May

The West Midlands Fire Service crews were called to assist RSPCA officers in Mill Lane, Willenhall, at around 4...

Farmer takes sheep into Walsall school for food campaign 

11 May

Farmer and TV presenter Adam Henson has been encouraging students to ask about their food's origin.

Police presence in Burntwood will not be hit by sale of Chasetown Police Station, says Crime Commissioner 

11 May

The presence of officers in Burntwood will not be hit by the sale of Chasetown Police Station, Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has said.

Machete thug is locked up 

19 Apr

Szyman Palucki was in Walsall town centre with friends – one of whom was celebrating her 18th birthday – when deliberately targeted by a gang of thugs, a judge heard...

Violent crime doubles in Walsall 

19 Apr

The second half of 2017 saw a rise in crime in the borough, as serious incidents doubled compared to 2013...

Mylee funeral donation box 

15 Apr

People are welcome to pop in to the reception of William Mitchell Funerals in High Street, Aldridge, to donate money between the opening hours of 8...

Walsall 2-3 AFC Wimbledon 

14 Apr

Wimbledon complete a stunning comeback with a stoppage-time penalty to win at relegation rivals Walsall.

M6 stretch is region’s worst 

14 Apr

Only 51...

Carpetright to close more stores 

12 Apr

The company has unveiled plans to shut another 81 shops - including at Merry Hill shopping centre, Stafford, Walsall and Lichfield - under a sweeping restructure which will see 300 job roles lost...

Oldham Athletic 1-1 Walsall 

11 Apr

Oldham and Walsall ease their relegation fears with an entertaining draw at Boundary Park which all but relegates Bury from League One.

PM makes Sikh pastries on Walsall visit 

11 Apr

The PM dropped in to the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara temple in West Bromwich Street today on a visit to the Black Country and Birmingham...

Walsall level crossing death: Closure extended until October 

11 Apr

Fourteen-year-old Sarah Athersmith died when she was hit by a train in Walsall.

Men jailed for hiding £250k of cannabis 

29 Mar

Tariq Khwaja's and Venelin Mihaylov have both been locked up after police dogs found the cannabis in Khwaja's car after the pair were stopped by officers on the M6 near Stafford...

More changes to Lichfield and Burntwood services after bus subsidies are cut 

28 Mar

Another bus company has confirmed that services to and from Lichfield and Burntwood will be changed after cuts to subsidies.

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Top Tipton 

23 Sep

William Perry, legendary pugilist and son of Tipton rages at the rain clouds – but the hardy were undaunted Despite the bad weather yesterday (Saturday, 22nd September 2018) I took the afternoon out to support a great event in the industrial heart ...

A question of visibility? 

22 Sep

This view of the old LNWR station was taken from High Street, a suffix applied to it’s name between 1924 and 1930.

Fancy a jumble sale today? 

22 Sep

Tracey, take a meow… Here’s a great looking jumble sale taking place today (Saturday 22nd September 2018) in the buildings just opposite Barons Court Hotel near the Snooker Club – and it’s in aid of a wonderful charity.

Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this Saturday morning 

22 Sep

What a lovely thing this is! Continue reading...

Walsall Wood at home to Coventry United this afternoon! 

22 Sep

Welcome to Walsall Wood, Hereford FC This afternoon, Saturday 22nd September 2018 The Wood are at home to Coventry United! Continue reading...

A great sing along showing Grease this very evening in Brownhills! 

21 Sep

This could be the one you want… for a great singalong this very evening! Continue reading...

John Dennis, rest in peace 

21 Sep

The Memorial Hall and the wider Brownhills community has lost a true friend.

Do you know a kid who could make Brownhills alive… With the Sound of Music? 

20 Sep

Looks set to be a great show, as usual! Continue reading...

Left Turn Arrow at Lichfield Rd/Crab Lane Junction 

19 Sep

At long last the Council contractors have painted in the ‘Left Turn’ arrow at the mini island on the Lichfield Rd/crab Lane island.

Demand for Tories to explain change of heart over purchase of the Saddlers Centre 

19 Sep

Since gaining control of Walsall Council back in May this year, it would appear that the Tories have had a massive change of heart over their opposition to the purchase of the Saddlers Centre by the previous Labour/Lib Dem administration.

Fly Tipping on Coppice Farm Neighbourhood Park 

19 Sep

I’ve reported in to Clean and Green the three fridges dumped on Coppice Farm Park behind Hillbury Drive (thanks goes to an eagle eyed resident who let me know).

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  • The Locksmith's House, Willenhall 14/09/2013

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    One of three of my images to be included in the 2014 Willenhall Heritage Trust calendar.

    This is 54 New Road, Willenhall near Walsall, former home and workshop to the Hodson family.

    Once an integral

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First day of Autumn weather (WS7 weather report 23-9-2018) 

23 Sep

Today is the first day of Autumn (astronomically) and the weather is trying to welcome in the new season in typical Autumnal fashion.

Travel risk tomorrow but what about today? (WS7 weather report 22-9-2018) 

22 Sep

It was a mild but overcast start to the day.

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Features »

Life’s A Beach – Our Week In Kos 

23 Sep

Kalimera! We're back from a week spent on the Greek island of Kos, situated in the Dodecanese peninsula.

Sixth Form Open Evening 

21 Sep

Sixth Form Open Evening 22 nd November 6.00pm – 8.30pm Sixth Form Open Evening is your opportunity to find out about the wide range of A level and Level 3 BTEC courses we offer, as well as hear from the Sixth Form Leadership Team about what makes ...

Event 341 – 15 September 2018 

19 Sep

The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Walsall parkrun Results Page.

First Timers and Record Breakers – 15 September 2018 

19 Sep

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Josef LOSINSKI 27:05 Rohan CHEEMA 36:54 Jake DAVIES 28:56 Rose BENNETT 36:56 Katie TUCK 29:09 Gavin HICKS 37:36 Macauley DACASTO 29:10 Allyson COPE 38:27 Macaulay SKINNER 29:24 ...

Staying at Vienna House Dream Castle Hotel // Disneyland Paris 

19 Sep

At the end of August, we spent four days in France having the time of our lives at Disneyland Paris...

The Mothman Festival In Photos: Road Trip! 

18 Sep

A bunch of photos from this past weekend at the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, which was a great time...

Walsall 1:4 Doncaster Rovers 

17 Sep

A game very much disrupted by bad refereeing and smart football by Doncaster.

Britax Römer KIDFIX III M Car Seat // Review 

17 Sep

As a family, we often travel quite a distance at the weekends so making sure the boys are safe and...

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Walsall FC »

Loan Watch: Sangha & Peters Earn More Match Minutes 

23 Sep

Summer signing Slinn is on season-long spell with Rushall Olympic, whilst academy products Cockerill-Mollett, Sangha, and Peters are enjoying short-term stays with AFC Telford United, Ashton United, and Bromsgrove Sporting respectively.

Audio: Keates Delighted as Walsall Get Back to Winning Ways 

22 Sep

Walsall-born Keates, who had seen his side suffer their first league defeat of the season in a 4-1 loss to Doncaster Rovers last weekend, spoke of his pride as goals from summer signings Morgan Ferrier, and Zeli Ismail saw the Saddlers get ...

Match Report: Oxford United 1 Walsall 2 

22 Sep

Dean Keates Saddlers arrived at this weekend's match on the back of last Saturday's defeat to Doncaster Rovers, Gavin McCann's side inflicting the first defeat of the season upon the Banks's Stadium side as they won the clash by four-goals-...

Youth Alliance: Walsall 1 Preston North End 3 

22 Sep

The young Saddlers, who are managed by Graham Biggs, arrived at this morning's match looking to build upon last weekend's Alliance Cup draw with Shrewsbury Town, Alfie Bates' first-half penalty proving enough to secure the first point of the...

Dean Keates Expects Struggling Oxford to Pose a Threat 

21 Sep

The U's, who are currently managed by Karl Robinson, sit one place above the foot of the table heading into this weekend's meeting, and have secured victory in just one of their opening eight league games, something they will need to improve...

Dean Keates ‘Pleased to a Point’ After Reaching Six-Months at the Helm 

20 Sep

The manager, who saw his side suffer their first league defeat of the season against Doncaster Rovers last weekend, replaced Jon Whitney on 16th March and has undertaken almost a complete overhaul of the first-team squad and backroom team.

Staffordshire Senior Cup: Walsall Win on Penalties to Reach Round Two 

19 Sep

John Ward's Walsall Development side went into this evening's match with something of a young line-up as first-team boss Dean Keates looked to rest his senior side ahead of this weekend's League One clash with Oxford United.

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Early Cup Exit for Walsall 

22 Sep

Walsall 12 Earlsdon 17...

Elfyn Pugh Vets day and more 

20 Sep

From veterans to the future.

Lucas Tibbs Fundraiser! 

19 Sep

The Club is heavily involved in supporting the family of Lucas Tibbs, a player who started in the Boys Development Centre and has gone on to greater things, playing at professional club Academies.

Injury Hit Walsall Team Struggle to Contain Leek 

16 Sep

Leek 26 Walsall 7...

Match reports from across the club 

16 Sep

Match reports 15th and 16th September...

Elfyn Pugh Veterans Match 

15 Sep

Elfyn Pugh British Empire Medal Veterans match...

Volunteers wanted please… 

14 Sep

The Club has a number of coaching opportunities available for enthusiastic individuals.

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Business »

Staff from Burntwood building firm ready to tough it out for charity 

19 Sep

A team of staff from a Burntwood building company will be wading through mud, crawling through fire pits and swimming through open water this weekend – all in aid of charity.

Managers at Burntwood building business to serve up coffee for charity fundraiser 

14 Sep

Managers at a Burntwood building company are serving up a treat as part of a charity fundraiser.

Protective coatings made by Indestructible – a family-owned company in Sparkhill 

9 Aug

‘ Indestructible Paint , a manufacturer of high performance paints and coatings, started in 1978 in a small workshop in Acocks Green.

Training company confirms plan to open new centre in Lichfield 

26 Jul

A training provider has confirmed it will be moving into Lichfield.

Burntwood site manager named as one of the best in the country 

25 Jul

A site manager with a Burntwood building firm has been named as one of the best in the country.

Lichfield District Council launches prospectus to attract new business investment just days after Friarsgate plan collapses due to lack of private funding 

13 Jul

Economic development officer Jonathan Percival and Cllr Ian Pritchard launching the new ‘Investment Prospectus’ A new guide outlining why companies should invest in Lichfield has launched – just days after the collapse of...

Burntwood building firm outlines plans to convert former Chasetown Police Station site 

3 Jul

A Burntwood building firm has unveiled plans to transform the former police station in Chasetown.

Burntwood building firm’s work on Barton development recognised at awards ceremony 

22 Jun

A Burntwood building firm has seen work on a new housing development in Barton recognised at an awards event.

Lichfield tourism organisation given a makeover in a bid to promote the city as a visitor destination 

22 Jun

The tourism organisation for Lichfield has been given a new look.

Members flying the flag for Walsall at Made in the Midlands expo 

18 Jun

Made in the Midlands members will be flying the flag for Walsall when they participate in this year’s MIM Expo on Thurdsay (June 21).

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Sunday 23rd September 2018 

23 Sep

0930 - 1100 rain clearing, 9c : Mute Swan 8, Pochard drake, Teal 11, Shoveler 4, Tufted 6, Cormorant 16, Little Grebe 2, GC Grebe 2, Snipe, Lapwing 90, Buzzard 4 over quarry, Collared Dove 4, Green Woodpecker, Rook 3 over, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail ...

Saturday 22nd September 2018 

23 Sep

0930 : Teal 25, Gadwall 2, Cormorant 20, Heron 6, Lapwing 122, Stock Dove 2, House Martin c40, Swallow c12.

My first Saturday away for months and what happens? 

22 Sep

Pale Morph Arctic Skua: Photo Moss Taylor Something good turns up at Chasewater! Never mind it was a Grey Phalarope , always a good tick but thankfully not one that I needed for Chasewater so missing it doesn't really sting.

Wednesday 19th September 2018 

19 Sep

1100 - 1145 strong south-westerlies, 17c : Shoveler 5, Teal 2, Heron 5, Cormorant 15, Lapwing 105, Herring Gull 24, GBb Gull, LBb Gull 60, Buzzard, Collared Dove 3, Pied Wagtail, Starling 250+, House Martin 11, Swallow, etc.

Tuesday 18th September 2018 

19 Sep

0945 - 1045 : Shelduck, Shoveler 5, Teal 17, Cormorant 18, GC Grebe 2, Little Grebe 2, Lapwing 92, Herring Gull 15, House Martin 8, Pied Wagtail 2, Chiffchaff 2, (RP) Speckled Wood 11, Comma 2.

Just a quickie 

18 Sep

Had cause to go down the garden this evening at about 18.45 and was blessed to hear a sound that I was already missing as sixteen House Martin flew over the garden and away across the Marsh.

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How to extract a data-rich service from a monolith 

23 Aug

As people get more interested in microservices, there is a growing interest in how to split up an existing monolith into microservices.

David Owen Norris 

6 Aug

When: Tuesday, 14 August 2018 from 19:45 to 22:45 (BST) Where: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus Magdalene Road WS1 Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this ...

Graham Fitch 

6 Aug

When: Monday, 13 August 2018 from 19:45 to 22:45 (BST) Where: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus Magdalene Road WS1 Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this ...

Christine Stevenson 

6 Aug

When: Sunday, 12 August 2018 from 19:45 to 22:45 (BST) Where: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus Magdalene Road WS1 Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this ...

Karl Lutchmayer 

6 Aug

When: Saturday, 11 August 2018 from 19:45 to 22:45 (BST) Where: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus Magdalene Road WS1 Walsall United Kingdom Hosted By: The Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton Register for this ...

Unity’s Staging Packages 

16 Apr

Ya’ll know what Unity’s Package Manager is right? It’s an awesome way Unity is making itself more modular, being able to add functionality and update that feature in an isolated way instead of the whole editor.

I suck at Game Design 

6 Apr

I’ve been enjoying working on Tub.

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Teens arrested over car-jack series – as others charged with car thefts 

26 Jul

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings in Birmingham.

Betrayed husband is convicted of wife’s murder in Willenhall  

26 Jul

A jilted husband who stabbed his wife to death after finding her lover at their family home has today (Wednesday) been jailed for life after being convicted of her murder.

Appeal to help find missing Walsall teenager 

22 Jul

Police are urgently appealing to help find Aaron Taylor who went missing from his home in Hilton Road, New Invention, Willenhall yesterday (21 July) at around 5pm.

Two charged with murder of James Brindley 

14 Jul

A man and a teenager have been charged with the murder of James Brindley.

All out day sees UK’s most wanted brought in 

14 Jul

One hundred wanted people were rounded up in just nine hours in the latest blitz on criminals from West Midlands Police.

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LocalGov »

Traffic lights at the bus gate are not working correctly., 21st September 

21 Sep

We have received numerous reports from bus drivers that the traffic lights near to the Bell Inn going towards Walsall are not working correctly.

Tree has fallen down on Walsall Council Land, 21st September 

21 Sep

Tree has fallen over and leaning onto 2 Aldis Road.

Rubbish dumped at our back gate., 20th September 

20 Sep

We live at number 14 Telford Road.

Traffic Lights Out of Phase? WS4 1ED, 19th September 

19 Sep

Extensive queuing traffic along A461 heading to Walsall this morning.

Response to Home Education – Call for Evidence and revised DfE guidance 

18 Sep

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to A Thurstan on 18 September 2018 .

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