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Multi-vehicle smash shuts M5 carriageway 

6 Feb

A multi-vehicle crash has closed the M5 northbound.

Swine flu cases at Walsall Manor Hospital 

6 Feb

A number of patients have been admitted to Walsall Manor Hospital with swine flu in recent weeks, bosses have confirmed.

Walsall Manor Hospital maternity service improvements continue… 

6 Feb

A HOST of new midwives have arrived at Walsall Manor Hospital in its attempts to improve the maternity services.

School bomb threat advice given to Sutton Coldfield and Walsall… 

6 Feb

FOLLOWING a string of bomb threats at schools across the West Midlands a Sutton Coldfield headteacher has written to parents advising on measures he's put in place.

School bomb threat advice given to Sutton Coldfield and Walsall… 

6 Feb

FOLLOWING a string of bomb threats at schools across the West Midlands a Sutton Coldfield headteacher has written to parents advising on measures he's put in place.

Walsall youngsters to grow space seeds 

6 Feb

EXCITED Walsall youngsters are set to embark on an inspirational out of this world science project.

Post office in Walsall to close for refurb 

6 Feb

A post office in Walsall is set to close later this month for refurbishment.

Warning to Walsall residents following huge factory fire 

6 Feb

WALSALL residents and businesses have been told to keep their windows and doors closed as a large factory fire creates plumes of smoke.

IN VIDEO and PICTURES: Firefighters battle derelict factory blaze 

6 Feb

Firefighters have been battling a severe factory blaze in Willenhall.

"Ambitious" Walsall school becomes an academy 

6 Feb

AN ambitious Walsall school is the latest to become an academy following a successful consultation period.

Football hooligan arrests following Walsall FC v Blackpool FC… 

5 Feb

FOUR people have been arrested in dawn raids following an investigation into a clash between rival football fans in Walsall town centre last month.

Four arrested in dawn raids following clash between Walsall and Blackpool football fans 

5 Feb

Three teenagers and a man have been arrested in dawn raids following an investigation into a clash between rival football fans in Walsall town centre.

Concerns grow for missing Walsall man who suffers with mental ill… 

5 Feb

WEST Midlands Police are searching for a Walsall man who has been missing since yesterday afternoon.

Concern growing for missing Bloxwich man 

5 Feb

Concern is growing for a missing Bloxwich man who suffers from mental ill health.

Walsall terror trial: Mother found out via email son training to be ISIS ‘soldier’ in Syria 

5 Feb

A mother found out her son was fighting with ISIS in Syria when she received an email from him saying he was training to be a ‘soldier’, a terror trial heard.

Poll: Should the M6 Toll be opened up free when the M6 is forced to close? 

5 Feb

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has agreed to look into how the M6 Toll can be used during emergencies, after a fatal crash on the M6 closed part of the motorway causing hours of delays for drivers.

Buses to replace trains between Walsall and Rugeley 

5 Feb

FOR the third weekend in succession those wishing to use the rail line between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley are set to face disruption.

Walsall Council tax rise: How much will it cost you? 

5 Feb

Taxpayers in Walsall are facing a rise of nearly four per cent in rates this year - but how much will you be paying...

BREAKING: Walsall Pc sacked after assaulting member of public 

5 Feb

A Walsall police officer has been sacked after being convicted of assaulting a member of the public during a fight in Walsall town centre.

Walsall Council taxpayers could face 10 per cent rise 

5 Feb

Council tax in Walsall could rise by as much as 10 per cent next year, it has been revealed.

Missing Walsall woman found 

5 Feb

A MISSING Walsall woman who left her home on Wednesday morning has been found.

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I sea? 

6 Feb

Here's a bit of a curiosity: posted in the Cannock Facebook group by friend of the blog Chris Edwards after he spotted it on the wonderful Chasewaterstuff's Rail and Canal blog, a photo of the signal box that reputedly stood at Anglesey Sidings at ...

Walsall Wood Roast Rocester 

6 Feb

Fantastic scenes at Oak Park last Tuesday evening (2nd February 2016) as Walsall Wood smashed their way to a 6 - 1 victory over visitors Rocester - congratulations to the Woodmen on a great victory! Continue reading...

Life threatening 

6 Feb

It was my unfortunate experience last night to spend some hours at the local AE at The Manor Hospital in Walsall.

Great live music at The Chase Inn tonight! 

6 Feb

Kim Savage from the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills has been in touch to let me know that there's live music on again at the popular Brownhills pub tonight (Saturday 6th February 2016), with rock covers band Dark page live from 9pm.

Walsall Wood FC vs. Loughborough this afternoon IS OFF 

6 Feb

Yet again, football at Walsall Wood FC's Oak Park ground is cancelled this afternoon (Saturday 6th February 2016) due to a waterlogged pitch - and the second time in a row now that a home match to Lougborough has been cancelled due to the weather.

New Invention Library to close under Tory budget plans 

5 Feb

The library at The Square New Invention will close and the service will be downgraded to a book exchange operating from a local school.

Night lines 

5 Feb

Those wonderful Anslow brothers have been at it again and sent me a lovely bit of Walsall Wood history - inspired by the remarkable 'Poacher's Apprentice' film I featured here a few weeks ago.

Mental Health support and development 

5 Feb

The Council’s next Health Social Care Scrutiny Committee is on the 11th February 2016.

Basket case 

5 Feb

It seems that February will offer no respite from the relentless onslaught of public loss and collective grief that January inflicted upon a heartbroken society.

Have you seen these bikes stolen from Clayhanger last night? 

4 Feb

The shed and garage burglaries seem to be ongoing, although they do seem to be easing off - but Samantha Roberts has contacted me today after her brother had two mountain bikes stolen from his home last night (Wednesday 3rd - Friday 4th February 2016...

Newsletter February 2016 and survey 

4 Feb

Here is the Newsletter February 2016 You will read in the UCU newsletter about the very concerning levels of sickness at the University.

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A day for indoor pursuits 

6 Feb

The rain we discussed yesterday reached our area about an hour earlier than I though but it has deposited nearly 4mm so far (2.6mm last night and 1.4mm today).

Cloudy day but will it rain? 

5 Feb

The air pressure will be reducing slowly today.

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Features »

Celebrating Pancake Day with I Just Love It 

6 Feb

This year Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day as we all know it, falls on Tuesday 9th February.

Olly’s ‘big boy’ wardrobe Joules wish list 

6 Feb

My not-so-little boy turns three years old on Wednesday.

What Are Compressed Files 

5 Feb

This is a question I get asked a lot, what are compressed files, so here is just the basics on these type of files.

Crafter’s Companion Inspiration Team – Layered Card 

5 Feb

This is my first project for February for CRAFTER'S COMPANION Inspiration Team.

Say it with Steak at Beefeater this Valentines Day | a review 

5 Feb

Believe it or not, hubby and I don’t usually eat out very often.

Economist to speak to Walsall political group 

5 Feb

A LOCAL group which supports the values of the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been set up to campaign for people in Walsall.

Walsall Arboretum parkrun, Event number 204 – 30th January 2016 

4 Feb

This weekend was our first attempt at a pacing event.

Travels in India, 2016 – Goa’s Deep South 

4 Feb

The tuk tuk dropped us off just over an hour later in Patnem on Goa's southernmost tip.

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AUDIO | O’Driscoll Disappointed With the Result Rather than the Performance 

6 Feb

Walsall Head Coach Sean O'Driscoll has spoken to BBC WM Sport following the Saddlers' Sky Bet League 1 defeat to Millwall, and has insisted that his team performed well, but are disappointed by the result.

MATCH REPORT | Walsall 0 Millwall 3 

6 Feb

Earlier this afternoon, Walsall Football Club played host to Millwall in the latest Sky Bet League 1 fixture of the season.

Sean O’Driscoll: Walsall were out of sorts 

6 Feb

Boss Sean O’Driscoll expressed his disappointment at Walsall’s defeat to Millwall but insisted there were still positives to be drawn from the performance today.

Walsall 0 Millwall 3 – Report and pictures 

6 Feb

Walsall’s five match unbeaten run in League One came to an abrupt end as Millwall left the Banks’s Stadium with a 3-0 win.

IN BRIEF | Bradshaw Limps Off 

6 Feb

Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw has been substituted during the second half of the Saddlers' Sky Bet League 1 clash with Millwall.

Walsall Team News v Millwall (H) 

6 Feb

Walsall Team News v Millwall (H) Vitalfootball:Walsall:06/02/2016 14:09:00 Youngster Liam Roberts starts in goal, Lalkovic on the bench.

Walsall Launch 2016/17 Early Bird Season Ticket Campaign 

6 Feb

Walsall Football Club have today released details of the 2016/17 Early Bird Season Tickets, with supporters urged to 'believe'.

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Special offer for fans for Tuesday night`s game with West Bromwich Albion...

Barwell come to Dales Lane tomorrow 

5 Feb

Pics face tomorrow's opponents for second time in a month...


5 Feb


Safer Internet Day 2016 

5 Feb

Play your part for a better internet...

Hall of Fame member Olivia Fergusson joins Bristol City Ladies 

4 Feb

The Club is delighted to congratulate ex-player and Club Hall of Fame member, Olivia Fergusson who has joined Bristol City Ladies from Aston Villa Ladies.

Third straight defeat for depleted Darlaston 

4 Feb

DARLASTON TOWN 2ST MARTIN'S 3OSWESTRY-BASED St Martins left the Paycare Pavilion with all 3 points to move into third spot and deny an unlucky Darlaston side a deserved point in a 5 goal thriller.

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New institute of technology to triple city apprenticeships 

6 Feb

Plans to shake up further education and and create new generation of apprentices...

#You think you have history 

5 Feb

Our Chairlady, Jill Dudley-Toole commented yesterday, that our founder, Frank Dudley passed away, 50 years ago on Jan 17th 2016.

New Year’s honours to Jaguar as Big Cat’s sales climb 182% 

4 Feb

JAGUAR proved the stellar performer in Januarys UK car sales table with new registrations for the marque up by a staggering 182%.

AMTC apprentices reach final of ‘Manufacturing on the Moon’ competition 

4 Feb

As British astronaut, Tim Peake, orbits the Earth while carrying out vital scientific research that could advance space exploration to new planets, the team of six Year 2 apprentices - who are all working towards a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship...

The Best Form Of Tax Relief Available 

4 Feb

The best form of tax relief available – a boast fully justified for small and large companies claiming research and development relief.

Smaller manufacturers report stable start to year 

3 Feb

SME manufacturers saw flat domestic new orders and a further small fall in export new orders in the three months to January, according to latest CBI SME Trends Survey.


3 Feb

Tipton based manufacturer Threeway Pressings are set for another fantastic year after further investment and a new approach to branding.

M&B outsources its UK fleet management operation 

3 Feb

PUBCO Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has outsourced the management of its 550-strong car fleet to Fleet Operations.

Lifestyle: Motoring – MG GS; Aston Martin 

3 Feb

BIRMINGHAM-based MG is gearing up for what it hopes will be a busy summer with the eagerly-anticipated launch of its new SUV.

Severn Trent encouraged by strong start to 2016 

3 Feb

COVENTRY-based utility Severn Trent has said it continues to perform in line with expectations following a strong start to the New Year.

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Outdoors »

February 5th – Yet again on a Friday, I found myself cruising… 

7 Feb

February 5th - Yet again on a Friday, I found myself cruising down from Shire Oak into Brownhills.

February 4th – I came back to Brownhills late, and hopped on the… 

7 Feb

February 4th - I came back to Brownhills late, and hopped on the canal from Walsall Wood.

Saturday 6th February 2016 

6 Feb

1000 - 1030 heavy rain, strong SW wind, 8c : Iceland Gull juv, Caspian Gull, Common Gull 2, Bh Gull 150, Herring Gull 65, LBb Gull 15, GBb Gull 31, Pochard 2, Goosander 7, Teal 2, Shoveler, Tufted 32, Heron, Mute Swan 2, Cormorant 2, Lapwing 80, Pied...

Friday 5th February 2016 

5 Feb

1000 - 1100 8c, strong SW winds : Goosander 6, Teal 9, Shoveler 4, Pochard 2m, Tufted 32, Heron over, Coot 37, Moorhen 9, Lapwing 120+, Mute Swan 2, GBb Gull 27, Common Gull 2, Bh Gull 100+, Herring Gull 80, Long-tailed Tit 2, Redwing, Blackbird 2, ...

Autumn – Month Five 

5 Feb

Well lets be honest, we haven't had a winter have we? The number of days the temperature has touched zero can probably just be counted in double figures and the flurries of snow we have had ( twice if I remember correctly? ) were hardly worth talking...

Thursday 4th February 2016 

4 Feb

0900 - 1000 overcast, 8c : Goosander 5, Teal 4, Shoveler 2, Pochard m, Tufted 34, Heron, Mute Swan, all 5 common gull sp.

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Visit My Mosque 7th February 11am to 5pm 

5 Feb

The post Visit My Mosque 7th February 11am to 5pm appeared first on Aisha Mosque Islamic Centre .

Umbrella Corps set for May release date on PlayStation and PC 

4 Feb

UMBRELLA Corps has had its digital release date confirmed for May 2016 on PlayStation 4 and PC.

Focus on Birmingham and Solihull February 2016 

3 Feb

Thursday 4 February marks World Cancer Day.

‘There was only one Terry Wogan’: DJ’s exclusive tribute to… 

1 Feb

Terry Wogan, whose death was announced on Sunday, had to thank a BBC producer called Tony Luke for giving him his big break.

Crash Log Tags 

31 Jan

So in my last blog I talked about how I set up a system to auto-report crashes from Unity to our servers.

Will ‘Mutants in Manhattan’ be the best Ninja Turtle game to… 

28 Jan

DEEP in the sewers and the dark alleys, a rumour emerged a while back that Activision and PlatinumGames were working on a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game for 2016 - thankfully, this was officially confirmed earlier this week.

Automated Crash Processor 

25 Jan

I’ve written an automated crash processer about 4 times.

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Walsall drug dealer jailed for decade for gun possession 

5 Feb

A Walsall drug dealer has been jailed for over ten years for guns and class A drugs possession.

Police search for missing Bloxwich man 

5 Feb

Police are searching for a Bloxwich man who has been missing since yesterday afternoon (5 Feb).

Appeal for witnesses to fatal M6 crash 

4 Feb

Crash investigators are appealing for witnesses to a collision on the M6 near Birmingham in the early hours of this morning (Feb 4) that left a man dead.

Man faces Walsall canal theft and attempted rape claims 

4 Feb

A man has appeared before Walsall Magistrates today (Thursday 4 February) charged with theft, possession of a knife and attempted rape.

Trial begins for Walsall pair facing terrorism charges 

2 Feb

A man and a woman from Walsall are due to appear at court today (Tuesday 2 February) accused of Syria-related terrorism charges.

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SEND Consultant spend 

5 Feb

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Ken Upton on 5 February 2016 .

Pay and Conditions of Care & Support Workers Employed & Commissioned by the Council 

5 Feb

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Elias Motran on 5 February 2016 .

Cost of funding pupils to attend independent special schools 

4 Feb

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by J Downs on 4 February 2016 .

Don’t be caught out by severe weather 

4 Feb

Doctors across Walsall are urging people – especially elderly family members and neighbours – to make sure they are stocked-up with medicines and supplies as weather forecasters predict unsettled weather and cold snaps.

All along rough hay road, 4th February 

4 Feb

Everyday on school run there is dog fouling all along the pavements it is a case of dodging it all along the street there needs to be notices or dog fouling bins or cctv in place as the high volune if children passin along into st josephs school...

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