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M6 motorway link scheme near Walsall to take extra six months 

23 May

WORK to repair a link road on a busy motorway near Walsall will take six months longer than originally planned, bringing further misery to drivers.


Walsall homes nod after eight year battle 

23 May

Controversial new homes will finally be built in Walsall after an eight-year battle against the scheme, it has emerged.


Uproar as travellers set up camp in Walsall 

23 May

Travellers have set up a camp on fields in Walsall close to where a new multi-million pound leisure centre is being built.


Placement paves way for Walsall College student’s new career 

23 May

A HARD-WORKING student who put his own stamp on Walsall College's new multi-million pound development as part of work experience has secured full-time employment.


Protest after Walsall Mayor’s VE Day snub 

23 May

War veterans furious after the Mayor of Walsall snubbed the town’s VE Day commemoration as it clashed with the local election count, have raised a petition in protest.


First pictures of Midlands mother and daughter killed in Kent crash 

22 May

Tragic Gloria and Dawn Roberts died after car they were travelling in collided with motorbike earlier in May...


How the Irish community were vital to a growing Birmingham 

22 May

Carl Chinn looks at how the famine-stricken Irish made their mark on the city even as they continued to endure such harsh living conditions...


11 West Midlands earthquakes you probably didn’t feel 

22 May

British Geological Survey has revealed there have been 11 recorded earthquakes in the West Midlands over the last 15 years...


Train manager assaulted after passenger fails to show valid… 

22 May

A TRAIN manager sustained cuts and bruises when he was attacked on a platform after a passenger failed to show a valid ticket on a Walsall-bound train.


Two people risk their lives and bring trains to a halt after… 

22 May

Trains have been brought to a standstill across North Birmingham and Walsall this morning after two people were found sitting on overhead lines.


Two people risk their lives and bring trains to a halt after… 

22 May

Trains have been brought to a standstill across North Birmingham and Walsall this morning after two people were found sitting on overhead lines.


Damning Ofsted report reveals failings of Black Country UTC in… 

22 May

GOVERNORS at a Walsall school, which will close its doors within months, have apologised to students and parents after its failings were laid bare in a damning Ofsted report.


Firefighters tackle blaze at Willenhall factory 

22 May

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a Willenhall factory.


Neighbours’ tribute to generous Jason found dead in Walsall 

22 May

Devastated friends and neighbours have paid tribute to a 'generous and helpful' man who was found dead in Walsall.


Walsall could become ‘one of first dementia-friendly communities’… 

22 May

A GROUND-BREAKING scheme could lead to Walsall becoming one of the first dementia-friendly communities in the UK.


Walsall leisure site building beginning to take shape 

22 May

Work is forging ahead on a new Walsall leisure centre as the steel skeleton of the new building takes shape.


Delays after smash between car and lorry in Walsall 

22 May

Motorists using a busy Walsall road faced delays when a lorry and a car collided.


Inspiring Images of Social Care 2015: The winners 

22 May

The winners of Community Care’s third ‘Inspiring Images of Social Care’ photography competition have been decided.


Empty eyesore Walsall flats to undergo £800k revamp 

21 May

Ten empty eyesore flats in Walsall that once suffered vandal attacks will get a long-awaited £800,000 revamp after they were taken over by a new landlord.


Veteran ‘saddened’ by lack of leaders at Walsall VE Day ceremony 

21 May

A VETERAN has slammed a ceremony that was held in Walsall to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two as embarrassing.


Thousands head to Walsall Arboretum for Cancer Research UK’s Race… 

21 May

MORE than 2,000 women and girls turned out in force at Walsall Arboretum last weekend for an annual charity event to raise vital cash for cancer research.


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Do you remember Brownhills United? 

23 May

A great enquiry reaches me from Florida, USA the home of Brownhills lad Andrew Richards, who emigrated there in 1990 - when Andy lived here, he played for Brownhills United and has written a wonderful piece requesting information on this lost local ...


Aldridge Cinema – come see Big Hero 6 this afternoon! 

23 May

This afternoon at 2:30pm (Saturday 23rd May 2015), Aldridge Cinema are showing family feelgood film Big Hero 6.


Join the adventure – try Scouting this Saturday! 

22 May

Heres an excellent thing for kids going on this Saturday, drawn to my attention by Walsall Wood Scout Leader Lee Bragginton - a chance to take your kids along to try out scouting for free, taking place this Saturday 23rd May 2015 at Shire Oak Academy...


Great news – missing Walsall teenager found safe and well 

22 May

Thanks for all your shares, retweets and reblogs - missing Walsall teenager Ellie Remington has been found safe and well - great news for all concerned.


BIG Switch – Latest Fuel Switch Info 

22 May

We received the following email off Walsall Council updating us on the latest fuel switch.


Parking Orders Advertised – your chance to have your say 

22 May

Walsall Council has responded to a number requests for action to resolve parking problems across the Borough some of which have been as a result of campaigns by the Liberal Democrat Focus Teams across Willenhall.


Travellers pitch up at Oak Park 

22 May

In recent days, there has been a traveller encampment at Aldridge Airport, which has now moved on, whilst another has sprung up on the Oak Park playing field near to the Football Club in Walsall Wood.


Walsall’s future on a knife edge 

21 May

Wednesday 3rd June 2015 is “Decision Day” for those Walsall Councillors who do not belong to either of the two major Parties.


Urgent police appeal: Please help find missing Walsall teenager 

21 May

West Midlands Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of teenager Ellie Remington who has gone missing from her home in Walsall, and are appealing for the public’s help in finding her.


Can We help? Willenhall Lib Dems regular advice surgeries….. 

21 May

“Being able to help people is the most rewarding part of our job.


In Dublin`s fair city 

21 May

Any gesture of reconciliation, regardless of how small has to be considered as a very good thing if truth and peace are to be re-established...


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Yourweather Walsall


Best time to mow the lawn? 

23 May

Today sees our area covered in a general blanket of medium height cloud.


A mild night 

22 May

After a very mild night the overnight minimum temperature was still in double figures at its lowest point (10.6c – 05:31 hours) then today will continue this mild theme.


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Features »

Reliving holidays from my childhood 

23 May

Thinking back to when I was a little girl, holidays were always really exciting.


Were Pleck horse killings connected to the Great Wyrley Outrages… 

23 May

IN THE late 1980s and early '90s, there were regular news bulletins on what seemed to be a disturbing new phenomenon horse ripping.


BEECHDALE- Three Men In A Boat. 

22 May

HERE’S AN ITEM FROM TODAYS ISSUE OF THE NOIZE.


Walsall Arboretum parkrun, Event number 166 – 16th May 2015 

22 May

This week there were 258 runners, of whom 22 were running their first parkrun and 1 were first time tourists.


Reminiscing Over Retro Games 

22 May

Today of writing this article 22nd may 2015 is the 35th anniversary of the release of pacman, first this does make me feel at tad bit old as at the time of release I would have been 6 nearly 7 years old.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 16 May 2015 

22 May

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Andrew CADMAN 23:39 Helen HARRIS 32:46 Deborah FENELON 25:16 Elizabeth MAUND 34:00 Chris MORRIS 26:10 Sophie KING 35:52 Devinder Singh DHANI 27:22 Isabella HATELEY 36:17 Julian ...


May Newsletter 

22 May

Its been a busy term so far at Barr Beacon, check out our latest news in the May newsletter.


Sixth Form Graduate! 

22 May

This afternoon, sixth formers celebrated the formal finish of their timetables with a special event in which they reminisced on their time at school.


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Walsall FC »

PAPER TALK: Smith – “Richard Will Be Missed” 

23 May

Walsall manager Dean Smith has spoken to the local press following Friday's departure of first-choice 'keeper Richard O'Donnell to Wigan Athletic, and has discussed his disappointment at the Sheffield-born stoppers move.


PAPER TALK: Smith Seeking ‘High Calibre’ Goalkeeper 

23 May

Walsall manager Dean Smith has spoken to the local press following Friday's departure of first-choice 'keeper Richard O'Donnell to Wigan Athletic, and has insisted that he is seeking a 'high calibre' replacement.


Smith Disappointed To Lose O’Donnell 

23 May

Smith Disappointed To Lose O'Donnell Vitalfootball:Walsall:23/05/2015 11:15:00 Boss feels disappointed to lose O'Donnell as he felt club did alot of work to make him the player he was today.


Smith Looking For High Calibre Keeper 

23 May

Smith Looking For High Calibre Keeper Vitalfootball:Walsall:23/05/2015 11:11:00 Smith already looking for O'Donnell replacement...


Whitness The Fitness: Part I 

23 May

In the latest of Walsall Football Club's YouTube specials Head of the Medical Department, Jon Whitney , discusses how the squad will maintain their fitness levels during the off-season.


Wigan Athletic has ‘Premier League feel’ says Walsall keeper… 

23 May

Richard O'Donnell says 'the Premier League feel' at Wigan Athletic is what convinced him to leave Walsall for the DW Stadium.


Walsall’s Dean Smith keen on high class keeper 

23 May

Walsall boss Dean Smith is confident of finding a “high calibre” replacement for keeper Richard O’Donnell -– who has signed for Wigan.


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Sport »

 

23 May

The Big Interview: James DeGale...


LEAMINGTON ADDED TO PRE-SEASON FIXTURES 

22 May

BRAKES HEAD TO DALES LANE...


ARE YOU A GOLDLINE WINNER THIS WEEK 

22 May

CHECK OUT THE LATEST GOLDLINE RESULTS...


 

22 May

BMW PGA Championships: Robert Rock crashes out...


Lichfield City FC to face neighbours Walsall Wood in pre-season fixture 

22 May

The first of Lichfield City FC’s pre-season fixtures has been confirmed.


YOUR CLUB NEEDS YOU! 

21 May

Summer Demo season is starting soon and your club needs you to attend to join in the demos, give out flyers and chat to potential new students.


Get involved with the Cerebral Palsy Football Championships at St George’s Park 

21 May

The Football Association has been successful in its bid for the 2015 Cerebral World Championships which will be running from the 16th-28th June at St George’s Park, the home of English Football.


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Business »

1,000 more jobs on the way as Jaguar Land Rover doubles size of factory 

22 May

Jaguar Land Rover is to almost double the size of its factory on the outskirts of Wolverhampton and create around 1,000 more jobs.


Profits slump by more than half for Severn Trent 

22 May

COVENTRY-based utility Severn Trent has seen its profits slump by more than 50% as a result of a massive investment programme.


Pershore Weir Hydro Station wins Institution of Civil Engineers award 

22 May

Green energy plant in Worcestershire crowned region's best while Birmingham Airport runway extension and the restoration of Waterstones also win awards...


UK manufacturing sector expands in May as export orders improve 

21 May

THE UK manufacturing sector expanded again in May, as export orders improved, according to a new survey.


RICS property awards – winning schemes revealed 

21 May

SOME 31 of the West Midlands most impressive property schemes battled it out at Birmingham City Hall on last night at the RICS West Midlands Awards 2015.


Road scheme serving new St Modwen scheme gets underway 

21 May

WORK on a major road improvement scheme to serve a new Staffordshire business park is set to begin.


MG expands dealership network with strategic new outlet 

20 May

BIRMINGHAM-based MG has expanded its dealer network still further, opening a new outlet in Scotland.


MP’s delight after council agrees to think again on street advertising 

20 May

Lichfield’s MP says he is “delighted” that Lichfield District Council has agreed to re-examine the way it approves street advertising in the city centre.


CBI president in pro-Europe plea 

20 May

CBI president Sir Mike Rake will ramp up the European Union debate tonight when he calls on businesses to speak out in favour of remaining within a reformed EU.


AC/DC’s Brian Johnson pays television tribute to MG 

20 May

The singer and self-confessed car fanatic made his television presenting debut with Quest TV’s Cars That Rock and the success of the show has seen him return for a second series...


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Outdoors »

Unbelievable !!! 

21 May

This morning I awoke to a glorious may day, one of the best for a while, and I thought to myself; " What a great day for finding the first passage Dotterel for the Marsh ".


May 20th – I’m intrigued by these deep yellow poppies, which… 

21 May

May 20th - I’m intrigued by these deep yellow poppies, which seem very, very early and somewhat unusual.


May 20th – I had reservations about the fate of the Kings Hill… 

21 May

May 20th - I had reservations about the fate of the Kings Hill Methodist Church, next to the park at Kings Hill, Darlaston - but it looks like they were needless.


A morning with some old friends and chicks 

21 May

This morning saw Ben and Tony joined by an old friend Denise in order to check more nest boxes and ring the chicks, which were at the right age.


Midweek Update 

19 May

Kev paid a brief visit today and found a Common Sandpiper on the Mere along with the pair of Oystercatcher and their two chicks but more interesting was the presence of a pair of Gadwall on the marsh.


Nest Box Monitoring 

19 May

We have a number of nest boxes around our site and are there to suit a number of species.


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Thousands set to flock to Birmingham Gay Pride 2015 

22 May

Birmingham Gay Pride organisers announce record-breaking ticket sales following it's BIGGEST ever line-up - and it takes place this weekend.


Face your Fears with Acorns Aston Villa Abseil 

22 May

Acorns Children’s Hospice and Aston Villa have come together to offer daredevils a once-in-a-lifetime fundraising challenge.


Lord Mayor of Birmingham Reopens Updated Acorns Charity Shop 

21 May

In one of his first engagements as the new Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Ray Hassall officially reopened the Acorns Children’s Hospice shop in Castle Bromwich today.


Old Tree Nursery set to flourish under Accord Group 

19 May

Heantun Housing Association, part of the Accord Group, has acquired a licence to occupy the Old Tree Nursery site in Pendeford, Wolverhampton.


Bark in the Park for Acorns Children’s Hospice 

18 May

From shaggy Shetland sheepdogs to bounding border collies, over 100 pooches hit Sutton Coldfield yesterday (17 May) for a very special four-legged fundraising event.


Incoming Lord Mayor to Attend Acorns Shop Reopening 

14 May

In one of his first engagements in the role, the incoming Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Ray Hassall, will officially reopen the Acorns Children’s Hospice shop in Castle Bromwich next week.


Macmillan Takeover in Wolverhampton 

14 May

Macmillan Cancer Support are taking over Wolverhampton on Friday 5 June.


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Extrication challenge 

11 May

Hundreds of people headed for Walsall Community Fire Station on Saturday (9 May) for its ever-popular open day – and to watch firefighters compete in a skills challenge.


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17 Apr

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Preying on the Vulnerable: More Scams. 

10 Apr

Just like my last post, this one is all about scams – they seem to be the big thing at the moment.


WBA support police appeal to find hit and run driver 

2 Apr

WBA support police appeal to find hit and run driver Adam Jones, from Wednesbury, died when he was hit by a blue Volkswagen Bora as he crossed the junction of Beacon View Road and Walsall Road in West Bromwich with his bike just after 7.30pm...


Three Current Scams. 

2 Apr

In this blog I’m talking about scams – a crime type which, unlike many others, seems to be on the way up.


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LocalGov »

Sign out, 22nd May 

22 May

One way sign not illuminated S3 Blakemore Road Report on FixMyStreet...


Street Lights on 24/7, 22nd May 

22 May

The street lights in Oak Road (Shelfield) were not working for about a week, but since someone has been out to repair them, they are now on constantly.


Insurance claims management arrangements 

22 May

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Sudhir Basquiat on 22 May 2015 .


Meet the Buyer a resounding success 

22 May

Forty local businesses were given the platform to pitch their products and services to key developers who are working on multi-million pound projects at a unique event...


Motorists parking cars on Double Yellow Lines, 21st May 

21 May

Cars, Taxis and Large Vans constantly parking along Oxford Street even though both sides of the road have double yellow lines.


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