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Fire engine CRASHES in Walsall 

6 Dec

FIREFIGHTERS are used to coming to the aid of those in need across our borough but they had their own drama at Walsall fire station yesterday (Monday).


Walsall school Phoenix Primary EBS School becomes Phoenix Academy 

6 Dec

A SPECIAL school in Walsall is the latest in the borough to officially become an academy under the Academy Transformation Trust (ATT).


Callous conman steals from pensioner in in Bilston Lane in… 

5 Dec

POLICE are hunting a callous con artist who posed as a gas man to trick his way into a pensioner's home before stealing her purse and bus pass in an appalling distraction burglary.


WEATHER WARNING: Severe fog 

5 Dec

THICK and freezing fog will be reducing visibility down to LESS THAN 100 metres tonight, weather forecasters are warning.


New railway station for Willenhall in Walsall? 

5 Dec

A NEW railway station could be coming to Walsall if a bid for funding is accepted.


Car crashes into lamp post between Mouse Hill and Hall Lane in… 

5 Dec

A MAN was taken to hospital after a car collided with a lamp post in Walsall over the weekend.


80 homes heading to old Harvestime Bakery site 

3 Dec

The site of a former bakery that was once Walsall’s biggest employer will have 80 homes built on it.


Brave bobbies commended after armed hostage standoff in Walsall 

3 Dec

FOUR courageous cops who kept their cool when dealing with an armed hostage situation have received a top honour for their bravery.


Ex-Walsall striker Troy Deeney opens up on turning away from crime 

3 Dec

Former Walsall striker Troy Deeney, whose career was disrupted when he was jailed for affray, has told of how he turned away from crime to get his life back on track.


M54 delays: Lorry blaze blocks westbound motorway 

3 Dec

The M54 ground to a halt today when a vehicle caught fire and a van broke down near Wolverhampton.


Speeding taxi driver jailed over death of Walsall schoolboy Amar… 

2 Dec

A TAXI driver has been jailed for causing the death of a young Walsall school boy in a collision last year.


Teen stabbed during Walsall attempted robbery in Wednesbury Road,… 

2 Dec

POLICE have launched an investigation after a teenager was stabbed during an attempted robbery in Walsall.


Man arrested as police search for second suspect after officer is injured near Lichfield 

1 Dec

A 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an incident near Lichfield that left a police officer in hospital – and another suspect is now being sought.


Car destroyed as blaze rips through garage on Odell Road, Leamore… 

1 Dec

A SEVERE fire ripped through a corrugated garage in Walsall completely destroying a car.


‘Army of residents has arisen’ – heated protest planned… 

1 Dec

A HUGE protest will take place in the centre of Walsall today (December 1) against a perfect storm threatening the town.


Fitness fans look away – Walsall is second-most UNHEALTHY… 

30 Nov

WALSALL is officially home to burger kings and queens after being named the second-most unhealthiest place to live in the UK.


Elf the dog with ‘horrific’ fighting and badger-baiting injuries… 

30 Nov

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog with injuries consistent with fighting with badgers was found in Walsall.


Huge car blaze in Walsall – police deployed to Aldridge… 

30 Nov

AN abandoned car was completely destroyed by fire in Walsall.


LATEST: Police attack and carjacking horror – officer seriously… 

30 Nov

A POLICE officer was still being treated for serious injuries this morning after a horrific incident near Tamworth and Lichfield - in which involved a police chase and carjacking on the A5.


Police officer seriously injured after pursuit on the A5 near Lichfield 

30 Nov

A policeman has been seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle while pursuing a suspect near Lichfield.


Cop ‘seriously injured’ after pursuing violent carjacking HGV… 

29 Nov

A POLICE officer has suffered multiple injuries after being hit by a vehicle while pursuing a 'suspicious' lorry driver on foot near Sutton Coldfield.


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SOCIAL CUP: How to do social customer services… a lesson from Yorkshire 

6 Dec

Look, this is lovely.


Above the law 

6 Dec

It is becoming depressingly clear that sections of the UK media and swathes of the UK public have a remarkably thin grasp of how the law works so here is a word of advice to those attempting to undermine the credibility and national loyalty of senior...


CAFE SOCIETY: How the secret of coffee and cake can network your organisation’s comms 

5 Dec

For five years I worked in the public sector trying to embed digital communications across the organisation and in that time we found two secrets.


“Needs Work” 3 Bed House, Cecil Street, Walsall, WS4. With Yields Of 6.60%. 

5 Dec

A three bed terraced house in the Butts area Walsall, WS4.


Our Village – a great new local history book for Aldridge – out now and selling fast! 

5 Dec

There are a handful of great local history books out at the moment, just in time for Christmas, that would makes great gifts for those with a local interest - last week I noted the new book on Brownhills pubs by Clive Roberts, and I'm posting today ...


Appeal made for household items in aid of couple affected by Wyre Close fire 

4 Dec

Following the unfortunate house fire in Wyre Close, Walsall Wood on Saturday evening (3rd December 2016) friend of the couple affected, Abigail Claire has been appealing for anyone that may be discarding useful household items to donate them if they ...


TRUSTING ME: A quick guide to who, what and how to deliver a better message 

4 Dec

When you’ve got a difficult message to deliver don’t just send out the next cab on the rank.


Ice cream, miners, silent cinema and the Jones Boys. What do you know? 

4 Dec

An absolutely fantastic enquiry came in a couple of weeks ago (see how far I am behind? Sorry) from Sue Clarke in Hilton, Cambridgeshire which blends a number of disparate topics covered here including ice cream, old cycle shops, local music and ...


Woodmen enter new era with draw at Loughborough 

4 Dec

Saturday afternoon (3rd December 2016), Walsall Wood F.


House fire in Walsall Wood yesterday evening 

4 Dec

Sad to report a house fire occurred yesterday evening (Saturday, 3rd December 2016) - apparently in Wyre Close, Walsall Wood.


Zacked 

4 Dec

There is something irresistibly delicious in witnessing a pompous, privileged, and ultimately pathological politician unceremoniously dumped by a savvy electorate...


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    Coopers Railway Bridge which used to carry the now disued South Staffordshire Railway Line over the Wyrley and Essington Canal (known locally as "the Curly Wyrley") in Brownhills, Walsall, West


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An upside down weather day. (WS7weather report 6-12-2016) 

6 Dec

It is going to be a strange day today, weather wise, which due to the high air pressure, low wind speed and increasing air temperature (due to a wind shift to the SSW) will bring us an increasing risk of fog and mist as the morning (and afternoon ...


Gary’s birthday weather (WS7weather report 5-12-2016) 

5 Dec

It is another cold and frosty start to the day with air temperatures still below freezing point at 06:30 hours.


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Features »

What happened to Five Ways pub? 

7 Dec

I HOPE you can help me, my wife and I now live in the south of England, but when we lived in Walsall we sometimes used to go to a pub in Lower Gornal.


Beacon’s Got Talent 2016 

6 Dec

Come and watch Beacon’s stage come to life in Beacon’s Got Talent 2016.


Cooking up a Christmas feast with Bacofoil 

6 Dec

It’s just three weeks until the big day and there’s still so much to get organised.


#WeKnowWhatMatters with Holiday Inn Express 

6 Dec

With Christmas just a few short weeks away, my focus shifts from buying and wrapping presents to making plans for how we’ll be spending time with our families this Christmas.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 3 December 2016 

5 Dec

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Paulinho CARIATA 20:15 Louise ASPINALL 28:08 Thomas HODGSON 23:18 Stephen DOUGHTY 34:21 Ben LEE 24:50 Charlotte LEE 37:43 Stephen BERRY 27:03 Amanda LEE 37:44 Wing LIU 28:02 ...


Top tips for being a busy Mum on the go 

5 Dec

*A post in collaboration with Rennie® Being a Mum is pretty much more than I thought it would ever be.


New Articles Online… 

4 Dec

A few new articles...


All Saints Church Set List 

3 Dec

This Time of Year Let it Snow Sweet Child of Mine Dancing on my Own O’ Holy Night Like a Prayer Somewhere Only We Know Hallelujah Stay Another Day Silent Night Last Christmas Here it is Merry Xmas...


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Walsall FC »

Josh Ginnelly: The best is yet to come at Walsall 

6 Dec

Winger Josh Ginnelly is adamant he is yet to hit his peak for Walsall.


Joseph Masi’s Walsall update – Nov 6 

6 Dec

Joseph Masi returns to bring you the latest gossip and goings-on at the Saddlers including a chat with young star Josh Ginnelly who is finding his feet at the Banks'.


Josh Ginnelly happy to man up at Walsall 

6 Dec

Josh Ginnelly admits he is experiencing a steep learning curve at Walsall – but the winger insists he is enjoying every minute.


Sky’s 10 In 10 – Who Features? 

5 Dec

Sky's 10 In 10 - Who Features? Vitalfootball:Walsall:05/12/2016 22:31:00 Sky Sports being their festive 10 in 10 this week, so who features in the football screening overload for 2016/17...


v Fleetwood Town (A) | Tickets, Travel & More 

5 Dec

On Saturday afternoon Jon Whitney's Saddlers will travel North as they visit Highbury Stadium, the home of Fleetwood Town, for the latest Sky Bet League One fixture of the season.


PAPER TALK | Bakayoko – “We Are An Honest Group & It Will Come” 

5 Dec

Walsall striker Amadou Bakayoko has spoken to the local press ahead of this weekend's League One clash with Fleetwood Town, and has backed his side to move up the table, before discussing his belief that his work for the team is more important...


Ian Sharps & Scott Laird Feature on Tonight’s Episode of Saddlers TV 

5 Dec

This evening's edition of Saddlers TV, which will air on 'Made in Birmingham' at 7:30pm, will see club Media Officer Dale Moon interview newly appointed First-Team Coach Ian Sharps and on-loan Scunthorpe United defender Scott Laird.


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Sport »

Colron Presentation Evening 2017 

4 Dec

The Date has been announced for the fabulous presentation evening at Villa Park...


Jack frost can’t stop us Playing 

4 Dec

Sunday 4th December...


They say what a difference a day makes, but 2 weeks!!!!! 

4 Dec

27th November 2016...


Saturday’s Premier Division action review 

4 Dec

It proved to be an excellent Saturday for Rushall Olympic as they moved to the top of the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League Premier Division table after winning the game of the day against overnight leaders Whitby Town, writes Pitchero's Steve...


Luke Paddock overwhelms a late call up 

4 Dec

Bloxwich’s Luke Paddock was all over his late replacement opponent “like a nasty rash” on Friday night but still had to settle for a points whitewash.


Hamzah Ahmed takes delayed area final 

2 Dec

Walsall Wood’s Hamzah Ahmed will join his West Midlands compatriots in the semi-finals of the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs Championships.


Paddock aims to give Rudolf Seasons Beatings 

1 Dec

Bloxwich’s Luke Paddock is determined to find more punch power than his record suggests when he returns to the ring tomorrow night.


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Business »

Aldi strikes back with fresh plans for controversial new Birmingham store 

6 Dec

The German supermarket has revised its designs for a shop off Queslett Road in Great Barr after suffering a setback during the summer...


HS2 depot site sold by St Modwen 

6 Dec

50-acre plot in north Birmingham acquired by the Government to house a new rolling stock maintenance depot...


Is F-Pace proving too hot for Land Rover? 

5 Dec

LAND ROVER has seen a near 20% dip in vehicle sales in the UK, according to new figures.


St. Modwen confirms strong interest in London project 

5 Dec

BIRMINGHAM regeneration specialist St.


Birmingham Airport delays warning as strike action looms 

5 Dec

Trade union members at baggage handling and ground crew provider Swissport vote in favour of strike action...


Ryanair launches package holiday service and promises ‘lowest prices’ in UK 

4 Dec

Dublin-based airline said holidaymakers have been overcharged for years and promised to 'transform travel industry...


Vitally needed warehousing pledged for Staffordshire business park after multi-million funding injection 

2 Dec

A £21.6m development along the corridor of the M6 Toll is the first project to receive backing from a new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) investment fund.


Birmingham industrial site sold for £25m to support HS2 development 

2 Dec

A PRIME industrial site on the fringe of Birmingham city centre has been sold in a deal worth around £25m.


Members discover how Dudley College support the future of manufacturing 

2 Dec

The latest Made in the Midlands breakfast morning was hosted by Dudley College, who aim to help young people find a job, train for a career, prepare for university by helping them to develop the right skills and knowledge to prepare them.


Traffic Alert: Long delays to M42 after serious accident 

2 Dec

AN accident between a car and a lorry has brought massive disruption to the West Midlands motorway network and threatens to delay people heading to Birmingham Airport.


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Outdoors »

Monday 5th December 2016 

5 Dec

1430 - 1500 hazy sun, frosty, 4c : Lapwing 5 + another 11 on field at Daw End canal, Rushall, Goosander 4, Wigeon 3, Teal 9, Tufted 12, Heron, M.


December 1st – The long-closed Shire Oak Pub at the crossroads… 

5 Dec

December 1st - The long-closed Shire Oak Pub at the crossroads atop Shire Oak hill reopened only a few days ago, and it’s so nice to see the building lit up again at night.


December 1st – Unusual to see cats about more than fleetingly in… 

5 Dec

December 1st - Unusual to see cats about more than fleetingly in the cold, dark evenings, but passing through north Walsall I was accosted by this lithe, shiny coated cat who mewed at me softly.


An Update – with better news. 

4 Dec

After my last posting I received an e-mail from Chris and Graham Weston who paid the site a visit this morning: Hi Chaz, We went over Clayhanger this morning for 1.5 hours and here are the more unusual sightings.


Great White – Elephant! 

4 Dec

Why is it always when I am half way through a meal that someone contacts me with interesting bird news - a certain law must surely apply? So it was that at lunchtime today I received a text from Anita to say that there was an Egret on the island in ...


Twitching by bus – again! 

2 Dec

Photo (C) Jonathan Woodcock After having to turn down a lift on Wednesday and not having heard any news today, I decided to roll the dice and see if I could locate the female Velvet Scoter that has been at Chasewater since Tuesday.


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Crimes Against Christmas – an anti-panto for adults 

5 Dec

AGATHA Christie meets 12 Days of Christmas in the Lichfield Garrick's ultimate anti-panto, Crimes Against Christmas.


Strictly Come Dancing Live is back! 

2 Dec

CELEBRATING their tenth fab-u-lous year, the entertainment extravaganza is back on the road for a supersized amount of Strictly magic! With a new celebrity line-up and a host of breath-taking dance routines guaranteed to leave audiences spellbound, ...


Lichfield Arts hit all the right notes for autumn season 

28 Nov

LICHFIELD Arts opens its new season of concerts with four nights of music for all tastes, ranging from hard rock, to folk, jazz and blues.


Dear Santa comes to life at the Lichfield Garrick 

24 Nov

IT is the time of year when children across the area are putting together their present lists.


Swashbuckling fun as REP sets sail for Treasure Island 

22 Nov

GET ready for some swashbuckling fun as Birmingham Repertory Theatre sets sail for Treasure Island this Christmas.


Aladdin panto swoops into Wolverhampton’s Grand 

21 Nov

ALADDIN is coming to Wolverhampton as the pantomime season gets under way.


Innovative film explores X-ray experience in dance and sound 

18 Nov

HIPPODROME Creative has announced details of an innovative new digital dance film and sonic soundscape commemorating the anniversary of the first medical X-ray.


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Pair charged with murder of Wolverhampton toddler 

24 Nov

A mum and stepfather are set to appear in court today accused of beating their toddler son to death at a house in Wolverhampton.


Police crackdown on distracted drivers using a phone at the wheel  

21 Nov

Reckless motorists who put lives at risk by using a mobile phone at the wheel have been targeted by motorway police.


Man appears is court following major drugs seizure 

21 Nov

A man has appeared in court charged with multiple drug offences after police seized suspected heroin and cocaine worth more than three quarters of a million pounds in Walsall last week.


Third family member charged in Black Country murder case  

17 Nov

A third member of the same family has been charged in connection with the death of a Black Country man killed on his own doorstep.


Motor firm family arrested over car scam plot 

17 Nov

Five members of a Black Country family car business have been arrested on suspicion of running an eBay sales scam and ripping off customers.


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LocalGov »

Cost of Bonfire and Firework Displays 

6 Dec

Follow up sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Chris Bartram on 6 December 2016 .


Communications 

5 Dec

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to A Thurstan on 5 December 2016 .


Communications 

4 Dec

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by A Thurstan on 4 December 2016 .


Rubbish bins and black bags, been their at least a month, 3rd December 

3 Dec

Overflowing rubbish bins and lots of black bags filled with rubbish.


Contracting for Goods and Services 

1 Dec

Follow up sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by phil spring on 1 December 2016 .


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