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Care home would be ‘too close to Walsall school’ 

4 Mar

Fresh plans for a new care home next to a pub in Walsall have met strong opposition with hundreds of people making objections to the proposal.


Truckers targeted as yobs hurl missiles onto Black Country Route 

4 Mar

Police said it was 'amazing' that neither driver was hurt...


Former Walsall FC manager Dave Mackay dies aged 80 

4 Mar

A FORMER manager of Walsall FC has passed away aged 80.


Wards reopen at Walsall Manor following Norovirus outbreak 

4 Mar

Wards have re-opened at Walsall Manor Hospital following an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug norovirus.


Opinion: On the bus(es) – 24’s day with the Homes for Britain Tour 

4 Mar

By Max Salsbury, 24dash reporter Its not often that the 24 team take flight from 24 Towers.


20 new jobs in and around Walsall: Church development worker,… 

4 Mar

These are the jobs available on the Walsall Advertiser today: ReceptionistDescription: Receptionist Working For Barr Beacon School 15,000 Do You Have The Drive To Improve Young People'S Lives? We Are Seeking To Appoint Two Receptioni...


20 new jobs in and around Sutton Coldfield: School assistants,… 

4 Mar

These are the jobs available on the Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer today: Teachers School AssistantsDescription: Required For April 2015 Part Time Pre School Assistants (2 Posts) Full Year, 7:30Am To 1:00Pm, Monday To Friday Based At Highclare St ...


Don’t let Geoffrey be buried alone: Council hunts for family of man found dead at his home 

4 Mar

Appeal to find rerlatives of 66-year-old Darlaston man ahead of his funeral...


David Dein praises Walsall Wembley achievement 

4 Mar

David Dein has praised Walsall’s cup final bid – and warned Albion and Villa fans they face a struggle for Premier League survival.


Walsall men appear in court accused of attempted con that… 

4 Mar

TWO Walsall men will stand trial after appearing in court accused of trying to con 300 from a Sutton Coldfield woman.


Walsall men appear in court accused of attempted con that… 

4 Mar

TWO Walsall men will stand trial after appearing in court accused of trying to con 300 from a Sutton Coldfield woman.


Second Walsall man arrested over Leeds assault that left man, 23,… 

4 Mar

A SECOND Walsall man has been arrested in connection with an assault in Leeds that left another man in a very serious condition.


Rising council tax and loss of services as Walsall Council must… 

4 Mar

COUNCIL tax will rise, children's centres will close, jobs will go and youth services will be reduced in Walsall following approval of this year's budget.


Libraries in Walsall saved for the next year after 11th-hour… 

4 Mar

CLOSURE-THREATENED libraries in Walsall will remain open for at least the next 12 months after the council changed its budget at the 11th hour.


Dog dragged along road by car in Walsall hit and run 

4 Mar

A disabled dog owner watched in horror as his beloved pet was hit by a car and dragged along the road in a hit and run.


Dog dragged along road by car in Walsall hit and run 

4 Mar

A disabled dog owner watched in horror as his beloved pet was hit by a car and dragged along the road in a hit and run.


The weasel and the woodpecker – Trending on Twitter 

4 Mar

The term woodpecker weasel is trending on Twitter on the back of this incredible picture taken by an amateur photographer.


Walsall multi-storey car park demolition set to get go-ahead despite objections 

4 Mar

The demolition of a multi-storey car park in Walsall is poised to get the go-ahead despite dozens of objections.


University of Wolverhampton’s Walsall campus could see improved… 

3 Mar

PLANS have been submitted to make a university campus in Walsall more accessible to the public following a multi-million pound investment.


Walsall designer promises sharp-suited Saddlers team 

3 Mar

Fashion designer Luke Roper has revealed he will suit Walsall's squad in a single breasted blazer and slim leg trousers for Wembley this month.


Two Walsall men alleged of posing as workers to con pensioner… 

3 Mar

THREE men suspected of posing as workmen and trying to trick a vulnerable Sutton Coldfield pensioner into handing over cash for bogus work.


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Walsall Wood draw with The Mikes yet again! 

4 Mar

Last Tuesday evening (3rd March 2015), Walsall Wood FC played Boldmere St.


School admissions – Monday was National Offer Day for Secondary School places 

4 Mar

Monday was “National Offer Day”.


Rebuild it and they will come – a great post by Christine Howles 

4 Mar

The following post was written by Christine Howles and posted on her blog las weekend, and I think it's really well written, and the message it carries is important - I haven't done nearly enough about the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration ...


Changes to Bus services in the Walsall area 

3 Mar

Date of implementation: 08/03/2015 4 National Express West Midlands Walsall – Blackheath via West Bromwich Two additional schoolday only journeys at 0706 Blackheath to Walsall and 0724 West Bromwich to Walsall are introduced.


Rail Information 

3 Mar

Monday 2 – Thursday 5 March Due to planned engineering work the following train service alterations will apply:   Please be advised that from 20 :30, trains operating between Birmingham and Wolverhampton (and vice-versa) will be running on a ...


More on Roads – working together, making our area better….. 

3 Mar

Still on Roads, Lib Dem Campaigner Carol Fletcher has reported in the deep potholes in Jones Road either side of its junction with Heath Road on the Beacon Estate.


Act now on winter ravaged roads or pay the price say Lib Dems 

3 Mar

Roads across New Invention and Short Heath are beginning to show the ravages of winter and Walsall Council needs to act now or pay the price “Cannock Road on the approach to the “Amery” island is a point in case” said ...


BOOK REVIEW & EVENT: Trust Me PR is Dead by Robert Phillips 

2 Mar

If PR sat down and gave some PR advice to PR it would be that the term ‘PR’ was broken.


Matters arising… 

2 Mar

I often get lots of short questions or observations that aren't, despite my best efforts, big enough to make one post out of; so here are a selection of recent ones which aren't connected to each other, but I'm thinking readers may be able to help ...


#Я Борис Немцов 

2 Mar

The really big problem with attempting to convey a really big idea is the necessity to form a really meaningless sound bite or, in this increasingly digital age, a stupid hash tag...


A message from Andy Penn… 

1 Mar

Last week, I posted a promotional ad for local lad Andy Penn's fundraiser, which took place last Friday at the Shoulder of Mutton to raise funds to support his skydive for Birmingham Children's Hospital.


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    The Anglesey Branch Canal, which was originally a feeder of the Wyrley and Essington Canal running from Chasewater Reservoir and entering the Canal at what is now Ogley Junction. This feeder was too small


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Bright and breezy – 4 March 2015 

4 Mar

It is a cool, bright and breezy start to the day.


Jet stream dictates the play 

3 Mar

The jet stream continues to oscillate from north to south across the UK and this will bring us some variable weather across the week.


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Walsall player 278. Anthony “Tony” Dinning 

4 Mar

Anthony “Tony” Dinning (born 12 April 1975) is an English former football midfielder.


Thoughts on the Roswell Slides 

4 Mar

There is one thing about the "Roswell slides" which I think is important, but which seldom gets mentioned.


Walsall player 277. Liam Michael Dickinson 

4 Mar

Liam Michael Dickinson (born 4 October 1985) is an English footballer who plays as a striker for Stalybridge Celtic.


The one with the Greatest Loser award.. 

4 Mar

A few weeks back it was mentioned in group that at the beginning of March, the person who had lost the most weight over the last year would be crowned as a Slimming World ‘Greatest Loser’.


Morag the Monster 

4 Mar

And another new Mysterious Universe article from me.


More on the MIB Audio 

4 Mar

My latest Mysterious Universe article expands on the new audio-version of Albert Bender's MIB-themed book of 1962, Flying Saucers and the Three Men .


SS 2015 Menswear Trends – dressed down to go out look 

4 Mar

* PR collaboration With a new season rapidly approaching, the markets are beginning to fill with new trends.


Self-closing box 

4 Mar

I saw this tutorial on Youtube for the fabulous Self-closing box and just had to try.


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HIGHLIGHTS: YEOVIL TOWN 0 WALSALL 1 

4 Mar

On Tuesday evening Walsall Football Club travelled to Somerset to take on Yeovil Town in the latest Sky Bet League 1 fixture of the season.


JOHNSTONE’S PAINT TROPHY: LONDON MIDLAND NEWS 

4 Mar

Train service operator London Midland have today released some information and advice for Walsall Football Club supporters who are planning on using the country's rail system to get to and from Wembley Stadium for the Johnstone's Paint...


JOHNSTONE’S PAINT TROPHY: TRAVEL UPDATE 

4 Mar

According to reports in the Banbury Guardian , Network Rail has confirmed that the railway between Leamington Spa and Banbury will reopen on Friday 13th March - three weeks earlier than originally expected.


Football League Ready To Sell Soul To EPL? 

4 Mar

Football League Ready To Sell Soul To EPL? Vitalfootball:Walsall:04/03/2015 16:03:00 Football League clubs are being asked to consider proposals for English Premier League U21 sides to enter Football League Trophy.


FOOTBALL LEAGUE TO CONSIDER JPT RESTRUCTURE 

4 Mar

As reported last week, Sky Bet League One and Two clubs have been asked to consider a proposal to allow Premier League U21 clubs to take part in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.


O’DONNELL ON HIS PENALTY SAVE / LOACH 

4 Mar

Walsall Football Club's first-choice goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell has spoken to the press following Tuesday evening's Sky Bet League 1 victory over Yeovil Town, and has discussed his penalty save, along with paying tribute to Yeovil...


Former Walsall FC manager Dave Mackay dies aged 80 

4 Mar

A FORMER manager of Walsall FC has passed away aged 80.


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The FA Coach Mentors 

4 Mar

The Football Association is looking to appoint one Coach Mentor on a self-employed basis to support Staffordshire County FA specifically to work with clubs based in the North of the County.


Millie’s Wyrley Cookie! 

4 Mar

Pictured below is a cookie in Wyrley colours decorated brilliantly by 7 year old Millie from our U8s Kittens! Well done Millie – looks too good to eat...


07/03/15 W’Ton Sporting Community vs Willenhall Town – WMRL ko3pm 

4 Mar

The Lockmen face another important game on Saturday as they visit Wolves Sporting in a "six pointer" league game.


03/03/15 Willenhall Town 3 vs Cadbury Athletic 1- MFCC – semi final 

3 Mar

The Lockmen beat Cadbury in the semi final of the Midweek Floodlit Challenge Cup to set up an all WMRL final.


Website get 5,000th member!! 

3 Mar

The website now has 5060 members – many thanks for your support...


Fundraising Cake Sale 

3 Mar

Cake Sale Success.


Tottenham Legend Dave Mackay Dies At 80 

3 Mar

The Scot passed away at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham on Monday evening.


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Poundland founder’s home on market for £5.75m 

4 Mar

Steve Smith's home near Kidderminster has seven bedrooms in 28 acres but the asking price has been slashed by £750,000...


Surface finisher, Midland Impregnations, is now offering a subcontract service using a US technology that seals micro-porosity in castings and die-cas 

4 Mar

The HVLV system from the American manufacturer, Godfrey & Wing Inc, is said by the manufacturers to offer space savings, unmatched impregnation performance, cost reduction and environmental gains.


Carillion predicts improvements following challenging year 

4 Mar

 WOLVERHAMPTON construction and support services firm Carillion has revealed revenue for the year to December 2014 stayed the same as the previous year at £4.1bn.


In-Comm host Parliamentary Candidate during National Apprenticeship Week 

3 Mar

With National Apprenticeship Week beginning on March 9th, a training provider in Aldridge is creating a legacy for companies across the region by giving young people the skills to become engineers for life.


Security products group expands presence with two acquisitions 

3 Mar

SECURITY products group Assa Abloy has strengthened its position with two acquisitions part advised out of Birmingham.


Land Rover donates Defender to Troop Aid charity 

3 Mar

The Defender, which is now in its final year of production, will help transport equipment and basic necessities for soldiers arriving at UK MOD hospital units, including the Queen Elizabeth in Birmingham...


St Modwen buys South Staffordshire industrial park 

3 Mar

BIRMINGHAM-based developer St Modwen has bought an industrial estate in Great Wyrley, Staffordshire.


New appointment brings wealth of experience to West Midlands freight specialist 

3 Mar

Twente Express Limited, the Midlands based Anglo-Benelux freight specialist, is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Verrall as its new Commercial Director with immediate effect.


Punch lands a blow on opposition with new CEO 

3 Mar

STAFFORDSHIRE-based pubco Punch Taverns has announced the appointment of new a new Chief Executive Officer.


Flights from China to Birmingham across the summer announced 

3 Mar

Flights from Beijing will bring thousands of Chinese tourists to the region, as Birmingham Airport uses Shakespeare to promote itself in the Far East...


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Outdoors »

March 4th – A beautiful day, but still windy. The golden light… 

5 Mar

March 4th - A beautiful day, but still windy.


Midweek Update 

4 Mar

Evening all! Glen was over this lunchtime and had two Teal, twenty Goosander (7M 13F), five Wigeon and five Shoveler (4M 1F) as well as the two Oystercatcher.


March 3rd – I was quite lucky with this, too; also handheld. The… 

3 Mar

March 3rd - I was quite lucky with this, too; also handheld.


Local photographer gets a large bill ! 

3 Mar

And bills don't came any larger than that of a Curlew.


March 2nd – Spotted in Darlaston in Victoria Park – is that a… 

3 Mar

March 2nd - Spotted in Darlaston in Victoria Park - is that a hint of Olympic Rings in spring flowers? Must have been a 2012 project...


March 1st – I noted with some curiosity that earlier that day,… 

2 Mar

March 1st - I noted with some curiosity that earlier that day, the worst potholes and uneven patches in Brownhills High Street had been fixed by the council.


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Prostate Cancer Awareness month in Birmingham, 

5 Mar

March is Prostate Cancer Awareness month, and Macmillan Cancer Support and the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust are helping to raise awareness in Birmingham about the signs and symptoms to look out for.


Book Lovers’ Paradise Comes to Pershore 

4 Mar

Acorns Children’s Hospice is offering a treat for book worms with a special sale in Pershore tomorrow, Saturday 7th March.


Fundraisers Get in the Saddle for Historic Wembley Trip 

4 Mar

Dedicated fundraisers are marking Walsall FC’s historic trip to Wembley with a challenging eight hour bike ride in aid of Acorns Children’s Hospice.


Star-studded V Festival 2015 line-up announced 

3 Mar

The eagerly-anticipatedline-up of the two-day V Festival 2015 this summer has been revealed.


Win David Attenborough’s latest DVD 

3 Mar

We have 25 copies to give away of David Attenborough's brand new DVD Conquest of the Skies.


Fundraising Mum To Take To The Floor In New Charity Event 

26 Feb

A Rowley Regis mum hopes to be dancing for joy when she takes part in an event to raise funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice.


Mum’s Fundraising Fashion Show In Memory Of Daughter 

24 Feb

A local mum is marking what would have been her daughter’s 4th birthday by hosting a fundraising event for Acorns Children’s Hospice.


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Beryl’s lovin’ it! 

9 Feb

Shopper Beryl Bailey (pictured, right) clearly LOVES a good offer - and that’s just what she was getting ahead of Valentine’s Day, from Watch Commander Tony Bucknall! Tony and crew were down at ASDA in Wolverhampton, spreading the word about...


CCTV shows Walsall man setting blaze in attempt to kill ex-lover 

6 Jan

CCTV shows Walsall man setting blaze in attempt to kill ex-lover A spurned lover is facing 16 years behind bars after setting light to his ex-partner's Walsall home.


Don’t stop… 

4 Jan

The NYPD have recently undertaken a form of industrial action – is this ever something that’s acceptable for police officers to do? (Image from NYPD Drills) There are lots and lots of things that us police can do.


Seasonal safety 

5 Dec

Update issued at 12pm, Tuesday 9th December.


Appeal after CCTV captures two thieves stealing a woman’s purse in Walsall 

4 Dec

Appeal after CCTV captures two thieves stealing a womans purse in Walsall Moving footage of two thieves who steal a woman's purse from a Walsall store in the West Midlands has been released.


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LocalGov »

LOBO loans 

4 Mar

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Jonathan Stevenson on 4 March 2015 .


Council – ASC 

4 Mar

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Katie Price on 4 March 2015 .


Retail Premises Relief 

4 Mar

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to David Gillard on 4 March 2015 .


FOI – List of empty residential properties and ownership details 

4 Mar

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Mrs Thomas on 4 March 2015 .


Plea for family of deceased Darlaston man 

4 Mar

Residents are asked to help find family members of a deceased man.


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