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Walsall men jailed for shining laser pens at West Midlands Police… 

2 Sep

TWO Walsall men who deliberately shone a laser pen at a West Midlands police helicopter, putting the lives of its three man crew at risk, have been jailed.


BREAKING: Firefighters tackle blaze at The Bromford pub near… 

2 Sep

FIFTEEN firefighters have successfully tackled a blaze after a fire broke out at a derelict pub near Erdington.


Major food chains will open inside £12m Walsall Waterfront… 

2 Sep

LEADING food and beverage chains will openstores inside a 12 million Walsall town centre development with bosses announcing that work will start this month.


Facts about Jennifer Lawrence that you might not know 

2 Sep

Jennifer Lawrence is firmly at the top of the A-list of celebrities after rising to fame at a young age and here we've listed a few facts about her that you might not be aware of.


Walsall men jailed after striking 68 garages in £6,000 fuel… 

2 Sep

TWO Walsall men who were part of a gang that stole nearly 6,000 worth of fuel as they struck 68 times at garages in the area have been put behind bars.


Future of Willenhall post office hangs in the balance 

2 Sep

The future of Willenhall's main post office is still hanging in the balance more than 18 months after bosses announced plans to close the facilit, which is used by thousands of people each week, and move it into a shop.


More nurses planned for Walsall Manor 

2 Sep

More nurses are to be recruited at Walsall Manor Hospital to improve its night cover on wards and reduce the need for expensive and 'less reliable' temporary workers.


My oh My! Noddy Holder’s freedom of Walsall cost taxpayers £13,000 

2 Sep

Noddy Holder's freedom of Walsall award cost taxpayers more than £13,000, it has emerged.


Woman, 24, has murder charge dropped over death of Halesowen pensioner 

2 Sep

A woman accused of murdering a pensioner at her Halesowen home has had the charge against her dropped.


Big name restaurants for Walsall Waterfront 

2 Sep

Four national chains including Pizza Express and Bella Italia will open at the Walsall Waterfront complex, it has been revealed.


£60 cash prize for recycling your rubbish 

2 Sep

Cash rewards of £60 are being offered to get people in Stafford recycling and stop putting their rubbish in the wrong bins.


Woman charged after Brownhills death smash 

2 Sep

A woman has been charged after a 24-year-old man died after being knocked down on a main road in Brownhills by a car while walking home from a night out.


“Burned out” social work manager fails to manage inexperienced team, suspended 

2 Sep

A social worker and team manager who failed to provide adequate management to his “inexperienced” team will be suspended, a Health and Care Professions (HCPC) panel decided.


Man charged with five burglaries and two thefts at Walsall mosque… 

1 Sep

A MAN will appear in court charged with five burglaries and two thefts at a Walsall mosque and school.


Woman charged in connection with Brownhills collision that… 

1 Sep

A WOMAN has been charged in connection with a collision that caused the death of Brownhills man Jamey Coleman.


Sponsors announced for St Giles Walsall Hospice Starlight Walk 

1 Sep

CARING companies from across the borough have come forward to sponsor an upcoming charity walk in aid of a Walsall hospice.


Carer who stole hundreds of pounds from the vulnerable is jailed 

1 Sep

A callous carer who stole hundreds of pounds from the vulnerable people he should have been looking after has been locked up.


Three crashes in three hours on M6 

1 Sep

The Staffordshire-to-Black Country stretch of the M6 was hit by five crashes in the space of four hours.


Five crashes in four hours on M6 

1 Sep

The Staffordshire-to-Black Country stretch of the M6 was hit by five crashes in the space of four hours.


End in sight for Walsall bins crackdown 

1 Sep

A controversial crackdown on recycling that saw bins containing the wrong kind of rubbish go uncollected for weeks will be scrapped under new plans.


Kitchen gutted in Walsall house blaze 

1 Sep

Five men were evacuated and a kitchen completely gutted after a fire broke out at a shared house in Darlaston.


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Comment »

Clear waters rising 

3 Sep

Here's some good news and welcome common sense for those of us who enjoy Chasewater - after being nothing more than a filthy soup of rotting bird faeces, food and feathers for a few months now, Staffordshire County Council have got contractors in to ...


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.


Consultation event in Brownhills this Wednesday! 

2 Sep

This Wednesday, 3rd September 2014 from 10am-12pm, there's a Walsall Council budget Consultation event in Brownhills Library at The Parkview Centre in Brownhills.


Maths in Local Gov 

1 Sep

Local education chiefs are being applauded for an increase in Key Stage 2 SATS results.


Excellent… a survey and whitepaper for #commsforchange14 

1 Sep

In September, some of the brightest minds in public sector comms will come to Birmingham for our rather fine #commsforchange14 event.


Grandma`s footsteps 

1 Sep

What`s the time Mr Wolf...


In Deed 

1 Sep

Some time ago, when Brownhills local Councillor Barbara Cassidy very generously donated some excellent images for publication on the blog, there was an extra item David Evans was allowed to handle and photograph, which is a rather astonishing and ...


POST CRISIS: Being an informal whistleblower should be part of the job description 

31 Aug

So now ‘Rotherham’ is doomed to enter the lexican of towns long shadowed by failure.


Looking for Brenda Pitt, please 

31 Aug

I'm interested in contact details for a local lady called Brenda Pitt who was very possibly married to John Thomas - I think Brenda was a Brownhills resident originally, but may also have lived in Rushall and/or Aldridge.


These are not well-to-do folk… 

31 Aug

It's always a pleasure and delight to feature contributions from Walsall Wood history experts John and Paul Anslow - yesterday they sent me an absolutely remarkable group photo following the wedding of Walter Yates from Walsall Wood to Annie Baker of...


Woodmen fail to dent Stafford Rangers 

31 Aug

Before a large crowd of supporters and a coach load of away fans, Walsall Wood FC bravely, but ultimately unsuccessfully fought Stafford Rangers on Saturday afternoon (30th August 2014), to be eventually beaten 3-0.


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    The Anglesey Branch Canal as it crosses Middleton Railway Aqueduct which carries the canal over the now disused Lichfield – Walsall railway line In Brownhills, Walsall, West Midlands.

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A humid day. 

3 Sep

The high air pressure continues to sit above our area and will do so for a few days yet.


A mild start to September 

2 Sep

High air pressure will continue to sit above our area today and this will bring mild weather to today.


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Features »

ROAD HOLES. 

2 Sep

This ones a personal one.


Competition – Personalised First Day at School Book 

2 Sep

We have teamed up with Born Gifted for my lovely readers to be in to win their little one a lovely personalised First Day at School book, a lovely gift for a child, grandchild or to parents who have a child … Continue reading  →...


Revised Willenhall Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan 

2 Sep

Conservation Area Appraisals and Management Plans Revised Willenhall Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan The Willenhall Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan was originally adopted by the council in November 2007.


Pepie The Lake Monster – Reviewed 

2 Sep

My new Mysterious Universe article starts like this...


Centenary WW1 Battlefield Visit 

2 Sep

Centenary WW1 Battlefield Visit – Year 9 – October 21st -22nd 2014 To commemorate the centenary of the Great War, we have organised a visit to the battlefields of Ypres in Belgium for pupils to experience first-hand the theatre of war and...


CA Activities: Grass Football Pitches from £40, Training from £17.50 

2 Sep

Pitches Available for the new season! Match Slots NOW £40 IF PAID IN ADVANCE! Price includes set up, warm up, 90 minute match, half time and access to male and female changing rooms before and after match.


CA Activities: Match Day Parking 

2 Sep

Car Parking for 2014/15 Football Season Parking for Walsall FC Home Matches 2014/15 Sat 4th October v Bristol – OPEN Sat 18th October v Crewe – OPEN Sat 15th November v Peterborough- OPEN Sat 13th December v Barnsley – OPEN Sat 3rd January v ...


First Day of School Lunchbox 

2 Sep

I gave my son an option between two lunchboxes and he decided on the Munchkin Bento Box which he hadn’t used yet so I was a bit wary of his decision.


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Walsall FC »

PAPER TALK: HOLDEN RELISHING THE CHALLENGE 

2 Sep

Walsall Football Club player/coach Dean Holden has spoken to the press following Saturday afternoon's disappointing league defeat to previously win-less Scunthorpe United, which saw the Saddlers extend their poor run to just three wins...


PAPER TALK: BRADSHAW – “WE ARE HURTING” 

2 Sep

Walsall summer signing Tom Bradshaw has spoken to the press following Saturday afternoon's disappointing league defeat to previously win-less Scunthorpe United, which saw the Saddlers extend their poor run to just three wins in twenty-five...


Walsall’s Bradshaw: All the players are hurting 

2 Sep

Walsall's Bradshaw: All the players are hurting...


Tom Bradshaw: Walsall’s players are hurting 

2 Sep

Striker Tom Bradshaw insists win-less Walsall’s players are “hurting” and determined to right the wrongs of their disappointing start to the League One season.


Sports Desk Live – September 2 

2 Sep

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


LIVE: TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY 

1 Sep

As we reach the end of the Summer Transfer Window, join us here for the latest Walsall Football Club Transfer Deadline Day news and rumours .


IN BRIEF: SMITH DISCUSSES ‘DEADLINE DAY’ DEALS 

1 Sep

Walsall manager Dean Smith has today spoken to the press about the potential for 'Deadline Day' signings at Banks's Stadium.


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Sport »

02/09/14 Willenhall Town 1 – 2 Ellesmere Rangers – WMRL 

2 Sep

The Lockmen weren't able to hold on to get a share of the points.


NEW SIGNING NAMED IN SQUAD FOR TONIGHT`S TRIP TO BARWELL 

2 Sep

PICS ANNOUNCE NEW SIGNING...


Willenhall Town FC – BRIDGNORTH TOWN 5 WILLENHALL TOWN 1 

2 Sep

WILLENHALL suffered a heavy defeat on Saturday to an impressive Bridgnorth side.


The Ombersley Club opens 24th September 2014 

2 Sep

The Ombersley Club opens 24th September 2014.


Jacob Thorssell inspires Wolves to home win 

2 Sep

Swedish star Jacob Thorssell's fine display led Wolverhampton to a 50-42 triumph over Leicester at Monmore Green.


Staffordshire FA Charter Standard Festival 2014 

2 Sep

The Staffordshire FA Charter Standard Festival took place on Saturday 16th August 2014 at St.


UNBEATEN RUN CONTINUES FOR THE UNDER 18`s 

1 Sep

ONE HUNDRED PER CENT RECORD CONTINUES...


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Business »

Land Rover unveils new Discovery Sport 

3 Sep

The Freelander name has been dispensed with as part of a strategy to develop a new ‘family’ of Discovery vehicles...


Partner promotions at KPMG in Birmingham 

2 Sep

Trio join partnership at One Snowhill as 52 promotions are made across the firm's UK offices...


Big name restaurants for Walsall Waterfront 

2 Sep

Four national chains including Pizza Express and Bella Italia will open at the Walsall Waterfront complex, it has been revealed.


Dates for new and existing Skills Factory bite-size courses launched 

1 Sep

The Black Country Skills Factory have launched new dates for new and existing bite-size courses for high value manufacturing (HVM) companies in the Black Country.


Three new partners for KPMG in Birmingham 

1 Sep

KPMG has strengthened its Birmingham office with the appointment of three new partners.


David Bailey: End of the road for UK new car sales boom? 

1 Sep

New car sales are close to record highs and may be peaking, thanks to an avalanche of used cars starting to hit residual values, interest rate rises looming and car makers less inclined to off-load cars in the UK market as European markets...


West Midland manufacturers confident for Q4 but exports could dent prospects 

1 Sep

WEST Midland manufacturers appear at odds with the rest of the UK by maintaining strong growth and optimism for the remainder of the year.


Skills Factory engineering apprentice wage subsidies for companies 

1 Sep

As the new academic term is approaching, the Black Country Skills Factory would like to remind employers of the two types of wage subsidy we have available for high value manufacturing (HVM) companies in the Black Country taking on engineering...


Ian Callum and Classic Motor Cars redesign Mark 2 Jaguar 

1 Sep

The special Mark 2 by Callum Jaguar saloon - an 18-month project - was unveiled at the opening of the company’s new headquarters in Bridgnorth...


Severn Trent to take its time assessing Ofwat proposals 

29 Aug

MIDLANDS utility Severn Trent is to assess new proposals from industry watchdog Ofwat on increases to household water bills.


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Outdoors »

September 2nd – I will continue to rave about the beauty of… 

3 Sep

September 2nd - I will continue to rave about the beauty of Darlaston until I have convinced the whole world how wonderful it is.


September 2nd – A better commute this morning. The sun was out,… 

3 Sep

September 2nd - A better commute this morning.


August 31st – It was a gorgeous afternoon – sunny, warm, with… 

1 Sep

August 31st - It was a gorgeous afternoon - sunny, warm, with only a light wind.


August 30th – From the top of Shire Oak heading into Rushall, I… 

31 Aug

August 30th - From the top of Shire Oak heading into Rushall, I stopped to admire the view, as I often do.


August 30th – I don’t go to Shire Oak Park nearly enough…. 

31 Aug

August 30th - I don’t go to Shire Oak Park nearly enough.


August 30th – This has me flummoxed, and quite, quite furious to… 

30 Aug

August 30th - This has me flummoxed, and quite, quite furious to be honest.


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Facts about Jennifer Lawrence that you might not know 

2 Sep

Jennifer Lawrence is firmly at the top of the A-list of celebrities after rising to fame at a young age and here we've listed a few facts about her that you might not be aware of.


Downton Abbey series five trailer 

2 Sep

The trailer for season five of Downton Abbey has recently been released and fans cannot wait! The one minute trailer shows so much and promises that the new series will be full of the usual drama, romance and more.


Macmillan Charity Cocktail Party 

2 Sep

On Friday 14 May at The Vaults Bar & Restaurant, Birmingham, Kerry Garbett from Rowley Regis hosted a Charity Cocktail Party in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.


Getting Creative for Macmillan 

2 Sep

When Cat Yates, one of our local Fundraising Managers visited Lyndon School recently to do an assembly celebrating the World's Biggest Coffee Morning, she came back to the office with more than just a cheque.


Macmillan Tree of Thought raises over £8000 

2 Sep

This year Christmas tree's across Birmingham and the Black Country were again dedicated to the Macmillan Cancer Support Tree of Thought campaign.


Introduction to Elizabeth Arden 

31 Aug

A few weeks ago, I was invited to the Debenhams store in the Bullring to check out the Elizabeth Arden counter.


Grease is the word for young Walsall performers 

28 Aug

THOSE Summer Nights may be rolling on by but it won't stop 30 young performers from perfecting their hand jives and dusting off their leather jackets ahead of their performance of Grease this weekend.


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999 »

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.


Election day… 

22 Aug

Welcome to David Jamieson, our new Police and Crime Commissioner.


Brave traffic police bring wrong way M6 motorist to a safe stop 

21 Aug

Brave traffic police bring wrong way M6 motorist to a safe stop Dramatic footage shows the moment brave police officers prevented a serious collision on the M6 toll after a car travelled the wrong way on the northbound carriageway towards oncoming...


Industrial action 

8 Aug

Update issued at 2.05pm Saturday 9 August: This lunchtime’s two-hour strike by firefighters ended at 2pm.


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.


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LocalGov »

Walsall MBC's Education IT System 

2 Sep

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Victor Wagner on 2 September 2014 .


Meeting – Appointments Board – membership varies 

2 Sep

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 Conference Room...


School crossing patrol funding considered 

2 Sep

Funding for all school crossing patrols in Walsall is set to continue following consultation feedback about council proposals to stop financing part of the service.


Cabinet to discuss new charging policy 

2 Sep

A new charging policy is being developed for Walsall residents who use community social services.


Meeting – Regeneration Scrutiny and Performance Panel 

1 Sep

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 Conference Room...


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