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Arson suspected at Sutton Coldfield Four Oaks Estate 

30 Nov

A HUGE house fire on an exclusive Sutton Coldfield estate has now been classed as suspected 'arson'.

Flower arranging demonstration raises money for We Love Lichfield Fund 

30 Nov

A flower-arranging demonstration has raised almost £250 for the We Love Lichfield Fund.

Huge fire destroys Sutton Coldfield home on millionaires Four… 

30 Nov

A HUGE fire on an exclusive Sutton Coldfield estate has badly damaged a mansion.

WATCH: New appeal launched to find identity of skull and skeleton discovered at side of M54 

30 Nov

Police have made a renewed appeal for information following the discovery of a skull and other human remains on land just off the M54.

Five day weather forecast: Rains and strong winds to continue 

30 Nov

Here is the latest forecast for the next five days from the Met Office along with the long-range outlook for the UK.

Ex-employee threatened to ‘smash up’ office and bring guns 

30 Nov

A disgruntled former employee threatened to “smash up” a recruitment firm in Willenhall and sent threatening text messages to his old boss, a court heard.

Walsall boss Dean Smith odds-on to become next Brentford manager 

29 Nov

Walsall boss Dean Smith is odds-on to become the next manager of Brentford.

Walsall far-right protest will be ‘100 per cent peaceful’ 

29 Nov

A far-right protest march through Walsall will be '100 per cent peaceful' according to organisers.

Drugs courier in huge plot to supply amphetamine wins cut in jail term 

29 Nov

A drugs courier from Walsall who was involved in a huge plot to flood Coventry with narcotics has won a cut in his jail term on appeal.

X Factor star to switch on Walsall hospital’s Christmas lights 

28 Nov

AN X Factor star will kick off the Christmas festivities at Walsall's Manor Hospital this year.

Walsall hospice wins international recognition for innovative… 

28 Nov

AN innovative scheme designed to offer patients with short-term and acute illnesses treatment at a Walsall Hospice has received international recognition.

Multi-vehicle crash on M6 near Erdington causes delays 

28 Nov

DELAYS are to be expected this afternoon (Saturday, November 28) after a multi-vehicle crash on the M6 near Erdington.

Annual Christmas toy and food collection to be held at Walsall FC… 

28 Nov

Walsall FC fans are being urged to make a difference this Christmas by donating to the club's annual Toy and Food collection at today's (Saturday, November 28) match against Bradford City.

Walsall school unveils new provision and refurbished site 

28 Nov

AN expanding Walsall school has unveiled its refurbished early year's site and a new provision for two-year-olds.

​Warning after spate of thefts in Walsall 

27 Nov

A WARNING has been issued to local residents after a spate of Walsall thefts in the last month.

Traffic chaos in Sutton Coldfield expected as key arterial route… 

27 Nov

Traffic delays in the centre of Sutton Coldfield are expected in the New Year as a key road needs to be closed for essential bridge repairs.

New alcohol and drug misuse service officially opens in Walsall 

27 Nov

A NEW alcohol and drug misuse service has officially opened its doors to the people of Walsall.

Far-right group United Patriots to stage anti-Islam and immigration march in Walsall 

27 Nov

A far-right group is planning a march through Walsall in protest against Islam and immigration.

Fire at Walsall shop was ‘accidental’ 

27 Nov

A FIRE that took hold of a shop in Walsall yesterday afternoon was 'accidental', West Midlands Fire Service confirmed.

Two taken to hospital after Walsall shop blaze 

27 Nov

Two men have been taken to hospital following a serious fire at a shop in Walsall.

Two taken to hospital after crash during chaotic morning on M54 

27 Nov

Motorists faced huge delays on the M54 this morning after four vehicles were involved in a crash.

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1 Dec

Should David Cameron tire of being the most disingenuous Prime Minister in living memory, he might consider a change of career and apply for a lucrative post as head of a corrupt sport...

A kindly gentleman… 

1 Dec

Of late, work and other pressing matters have kept me from sorting out and posting some of the more time consuming contributions to the blog - a regrettable situation, but needs must - and I don't like to rush material as great as the following ...

The Allens Centre – Axed by the Tories….. 

30 Nov

As the Allens Centre site clearance nears completion, it’s time for Willenhall residents to take stock as yet another public asset in this part of the borough is axed thanks to Tories running Walsall Council.

Out and about with the Lib Dem Focus Team 

30 Nov

In spite of the absolutely foul weather over the weekend Willenhall Liberal Democrats have been out and about serving the local community.

Ales Beers and Carols 2015 

29 Nov

It’s the time of year when I print out a hundred carol sheets with amusing typographical errors and head out to bring cheer and goodwill to people who drink beer.

Do you know the Perrett family? 

29 Nov

I'm looking for any local relatives of Mary Margaret Perrett who passed away in Burntwood a few years ago - Mary lived with her husband, who is also sadly no longer with us - as far as I'm aware, they had lived in Burntwood for a number of years.

Walsall Wood get Eaton 

29 Nov

Walsall Wood FC yesterday squared off against Long Eaton (28th November 2015), and the Woodmen sadly lost the match, much to the dismay of supporters.

Student Grant 

29 Nov

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the resignation of Grant Shapps is the startling fact that Grant Shapps still occupied an office of government from which he was able to resign...

Can’t see The Wood for the trees 

28 Nov

Earlier today I was contacted by reader Tkevcro who was worried about construction activity around the Coppice Road/Brownhills Road junction near the new leisure centre site in Walsall Wood.

It was different before it all changed 

28 Nov

Thanks to local historian and author Clive Roberts who tipped me off, I can share with readers the above, somewhat remarkable image of the Brownhills end of Pelsall Road from a George Lewis postcard, dated around 1915.

Aldridge Cinema – come see Minions this afternoon! 

28 Nov

I'm pleased to noted that the project to start a community cinema at Aldridge Youth Theatre is a continuing success, and Saturday afternoon screenings continue.

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St Andrew’s Day Weather 

30 Nov

Today is St Andrew’s day, the patron saint of Scotland, but the 30 November was also a special day for all of us that went to the little school with the same name in the Birchills as we also had the day off.

May need to hold on to your hat. 

29 Nov

Today sees us start off with some early morning rain but the radar images are suggesting that this will clear during mid morning to leave us with a dry period until lunchtime.

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Walsall Managers. 

30 Nov

Tge events of the last few hours, have made me bring forward (by a few months) the list of managers of the club, from which I shall put together some items for the blog.

When Bigfoot “Speaks” English 

30 Nov

A new article from me , on one of the weirder sides of Bigfoot.

Beacon’s Got Talent 2015 

30 Nov

An array of acts auditioned for our annual Beacon’s Got Talent 2015 live show.

Y7 & Y8 “Make A Noise” 

30 Nov

On Monday 23 rd November and Friday 27 th November both Year 7 and Year 8 took part in this years’ anti-bullying campaign ‘Make A Noise’.

GCSE Art Work Pupil Standardisation 

30 Nov

Pupils in Miss Kew’s and Miss Liversidge’s  year 10 art group were taken into a specialist room where a gallery exhibition was set up of pupils GCSE work from Streetly school.

CA Communities: Public consultation on Walsall Libraries 

30 Nov

Received from Rita Mills,  Strategic Manager- Development Central Library, Lichfield St, Walsall, WS1 1TR Tel: 01922 653111 www.

Living Arrows 2015 – Week 48 

30 Nov

Living Arrows – Week 48 “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” – Khalil Gibran This weekend we managed to catch up on some of the to-do list which happened to include writing Christmas cards.

Me and Mine November 2015 

30 Nov

Me and Mine November 2015 November has been such a whirlwind month.

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Shrewsbury Town Boss Named as Potential Walsall Target 

30 Nov

The Daily Mail is this evening reporting that Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon has been identified as a potential successor to Dean Smith, who has today joined Sky Bet Championship side Brentford.

Lalkovic Named in the Football League’s Team of the Week 

30 Nov

Walsall winger Milan Lalkovic, who bagged a goal as the Saddlers defeated Bradford City by two-goals-to-one at the weekend, has been named in the Sky Bet Football League's 'Team of the Week'.

Bradshaw out to impress at Shrewsbury 

30 Nov

Walsall top scorer Tom Bradshaw keen to score on his first return to Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday.

Bees Seek to Copy Walsall’s Football Philosophy 

30 Nov

Following the news that Walsall manager Dean Smith had agreed a deal to become Brentford's new Head Coach, the Bees'Co-Director of Football, Rasmus Ankersen spoke to his club's official website and discussed what drew the club to Smith.

Ward, Whitney & Cutler to Take Charge Against the Shrews 

30 Nov

Following the news that Walsall manager Dean Smith and First Team Coach Richard O'Kelly had agreed terms with Brentford, Saddlers Chairman Jeff Bonser spoke to club journalists and revealed that John Ward, Jon Whitney and Neil Cutler will ...

Bonser Disappointed as Smith Departs 

30 Nov

Following the news that Walsall manager Dean Smith and First Team Coach Richard O'Kelly had agreed terms with Brentford, Saddlers Chairman Jeff Bonser spoke to club journalists and has discussed his,and the club's, disappointment that Dean...

BREAKING | Dean Smith Confirmed as New Brentford Boss 

30 Nov

Sky Bet Championship side Brentford have today confirmed the appointment of Walsall manager Dean Smith, following a day of discussions with the West Bromwich born former central defender.

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Sport »

Why do players play? 

30 Nov

According to the University of Notre Dame’s Centre for Ethical Education, research shows: – ” that kids play sports for the following reasons: · To have fun (always #1) · To do something I am good at · To improve my skills · To...

Under 16’s V stoke 

30 Nov

Good win...

Walsall Battle Hard But Gain No Reward 

30 Nov


England’s Jill Scott donates shirt. 

29 Nov

England Lionesses beat Bosnia Herzegovina 1 – 0 in the Euro 2017 Qualifiers today with Jill Scott scoring the winner.

29/11/15 – Match Report – Wyrley Wanderers v’s Great Barr Harriers 

29 Nov

Result – Wanderers 4 – Harriers 1; After a good performance, but disappointing result last week the Wanderers welcomed Great Barr Harriers to a wet and very windy Willenhall Academy.

Windy Away Day At Tamworth 

29 Nov

The Bandits Development Team Spirit...

Wyrley Junior Warriors U7’s match report 29/11/15 

29 Nov

On a wet and very windy Sunday morning at Cheslyn Hay, Wyrley Juniors Warriors faced two games against Old Wulfrunians and Sedgley Scorpions West.

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Business »

Birmingham CEO Named In UK’s Top 100 Manufacturing Leaders 

30 Nov

Alan Lusty, chief executive of Midlands-based engineering solutions firm, adi Group, has been named in The Manufacturer’s Top 100 most influential industry role models for 2015.

Carillion renews £790m banking facility 

30 Nov

WOLVERHAMPTON construction and support services giant Carillion has renewed its main bank facility and extended its maturity date to November 2020 at lower pricingCarillion said the fact the £790m fac...

Salop announces bid to create 60 apprenticeships 

27 Nov

Salop Design and Engineering Ltd have announced their desire to provide 60 apprentices with an opportunity to hone their craft inside their brand new facility in partnership with In Comm Training Services Ltd.

Joe Delucci’s celebrates new Tesco deal 

27 Nov

WARWICKSHIRE ice cream business Joe Delucci\'s has agreed a deal with retail giant Tesco which will see more of its products sold in the supermarket groups stores.

The West Brom insists its performance is “sound” despite profits flatlining 

27 Nov

BUILDING society The West Brom has recorded a flattish set of results for the six months to September 30 with profit before tax of £6m the same as the corresponding period last year.

Fracino trophy cabinet bulging as it picks up two more awards 

26 Nov

BIRMINGHAM coffee machine manufacturer Fracino has now racked up a total of eight awards this year after picking up two from manufacturers organisation EEF.

City Briefs: Clinigen; Britvic; Severn Trent 

26 Nov

Clinigen extends distribution deal with healthcare firm AccordBURTON upon Trent pharmaceuticals firm Clinigen Group has extended its exclusive clinical trial distribution agreement with Accord Healthc...

Autumn Statement – the manufacturers’ response 

25 Nov

MANUFACTURING body EEF has largely welcomed measures announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Autumn Statement.

BREAKING NEWS: Autumn Statement – Chancellor lays out plans on housing, jobs, apprenticeships and infrastructure 

25 Nov

THE Government will build thousands more new homes, invest in roads and create one million jobs over the next five years, Chancellor George Osborne pledged in the Autumn Statement.

LUTZ project seals SMMT Award win for RDM Group 

25 Nov

A Coventry manufacturing specialist is celebrating after winning one of the automotive sector’s most prestigious honours.

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Outdoors »

November 29th – I returned to Brownhills via the cycleway and… 

1 Dec

November 29th - I returned to Brownhills via the cycleway and old Cement Works Bridge, hoping to see deer.

November 28th – back in Brownhills later that afternoon, during… 

1 Dec

November 28th - back in Brownhills later that afternoon, during a respite in the rain I headed to get some shopping in.

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30 Nov

Well whynot...

Final Autumn update 

30 Nov

Yes, today is the last day of Autumn and official Winter begins tomorrow.

Monday 30th November 2015 

30 Nov

0930 - 1000 rain, strong SW, 9c : Mute Swan 3, Cormorant, Shoveler 12, Teal 7, Tufted 18, Mallard 30, Common Gull 2, GBb Gull 5, LBb / Herring Gull 150+, Black-headed Gull 200+, Lapwing 80, Moorhen 17, Coot 10, Pied Wagtail, Siskin.

An accidental post about christmas and feminism 

29 Nov

Make a cup of tea, this may be a long one.

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Tamworth hairdresser’s wish granted as he gets lead role in… 

30 Nov

ALADDIN the pantomime is just a couple of weeks away and the Tamworth actor playing the lead role can still be found cutting hair when he's not on stage.

Stalkers and Abuse – Part 6 

28 Nov

It was December 2014, Andrew after trolling dating websites for years, had been finally picked up by the police.

Stalkers and Abuse – Part 5 

27 Nov

Sorry for the delay on this.

Housing Association seeks donations for Christmas party 

26 Nov

A West Midlands housing association is seeking donations for a Christmas party being held in Birmingham for more than 100 children who will wake up in refuges this Christmas day.

G4 to hit the high notes at St Paul’s Church in Birmingham 

26 Nov

X-FACTOR stars and operatic multi-platinum selling vocal quartet G4 embark on an exciting festive show in Birmingham as part of their Christmas By Candlelight UK tour.

Walsall becomes a dementia-friendly town 

19 Nov

People in Walsall with dementia can now be assured of excellent support and treatment after a number of local organisations have been awarded dementia friendly community status.

The Hoff to star in new musical Last Night A DJ Saved My Life 

18 Nov

TV star David Hoff (formerly Hasselhoff) has arrived on stage in Wolverhampton as part of the world premiere of a brand new musical Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.

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Witness appeal after woman assaulted in Walsall 

26 Nov

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was badly assaulted in Walsall after a night out.

Facewatch launches in Walsall 

24 Nov

In Walsall the police and council have secured funding to help 46 businesses benefit from a crime reporting tool that will allow them to upload images of suspected shoplifters to an app that can be seen by shoppers, other businesses and the...

Police search for missing Walsall man 

17 Nov

Police in Walsall are becoming concerned for a man who has been missing from home since the weekend.

Motorway cops and passers-by awarded for efforts at fatal M6 crash scene 

16 Nov

?Two motorway police officers and two members of the public have been honoured for their efforts in trying to save the life of a man who collapsed at the wheel of his car in Staffordshire.

Armed robbers jailed for violent robberies across Birmingham and Staffordshire 

11 Nov

A trio of robbers who committed violent attacks on homes and businesses across the West Midlands have been jailed for a total of 24 years.

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LocalGov »

FOI Request – Temporary Agency Supply Spend For Schools 

30 Nov

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Caroline Bayliss on 30 November 2015 .

Contact details for team managers 

27 Nov

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Jamie Dean on 27 November 2015 .

Contact details for team managers 

26 Nov

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Jamie Dean on 26 November 2015 .

Surfacing is badly rutted on roundabout, 25th November 

25 Nov

The surfacing has large open cracks on the roundabout when entering it from Brownhills high street - On a bike this means you have to swerve to go around them which potentially puts you into conflict with the traffic who are generally looking...

Audit Commission Corporate Governance report dated 2002 , Walsall council 

25 Nov

Follow up sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by G.

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