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West Midlands congestion charge plan returns 

23 Aug

Congestion charges in town and city centres across the West Midlands are being looked at again, six years after being thrown out.


Jail term ‘important’ for Fast & Furious pirate who cost Hollywood £2.3m 

23 Aug

Film industry and copyright chiefs today welcomed the jail sentence handed to a man who cost Universal Pictures an estimated £2.3 million by being the first person in the world to illegally copy the blockbuster Fast Furious 6.


Man arrested after car overturns in Walsall 

23 Aug

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a car rolled over in Walsall in the early hours of this morning.


Walsall man employed in sports industry was part of major steroid… 

23 Aug

A SHELFIELD man played henchman in an international steroid supply racket which was smashed by a suspicious village postmaster, a court heard.


JAILED: Film pirate who recorded Fast and Furious 6 on a camcorder at Walsall cinema 

22 Aug

Philip Danks used camcorder to copy blockbuster at Walsall Showcase Cinema and uploaded it to internet for sale...


David Jamieson announced as new West Midlands Police and Crime… 

22 Aug

LABOUR candidate David Jamieson has been elected as the new West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.


David Jamieson announced as new West Midlands Police and Crime… 

22 Aug

LABOUR candidate David Jamieson has been elected as the new West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.


Man jailed for filming in cinema 

22 Aug

A man has been jailed for 33 months after recording Fast And Furious 6 from the back of a cinema in the West Midlands town of Walsall.


West Midlands PCC election: Just over 10 per cent of voters went to polls 

22 Aug

The overall turnout in the hastily arranged summer by-election was down on the 12 per cent who voted in the November 2012...


Walsall film pirate who cost industry millions by recording Fast… 

22 Aug

AN internet pirate who cost the film industry millions of pounds by recording a Hollywood blockbuster at a Walsall cinemahas been jailed for more than two years.


GCSEs 2014: Percentage of students achieving top GCSE grades… 

22 Aug

THE percentage of GCSE students achieving five or more A* to C grades has fallen in Walsall for the first time in seven years.


Most wanted in Spain: Holidaymakers could receive £1,000 reward if they spot any of these fugitives 

22 Aug

Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency reveal wanted criminals believed to be in Spain.


Night time garden raiders are targeted in ‘revenge attack’ 

22 Aug

They stole a bird table, plant pots and wooden wheelbarrows to sell under cover of darkness - but got more than they bargained for after someone smashed the windows of their own homes.


Right to Buy fraudsters lose bid for freedom 

22 Aug

A pair of 'intelligent and cunning' fraudsters who were jailed for trying to cheat the Right to Buy scheme have lost their bids for freedom.


Channel swimming legend Bill Pickering dies at 93 

22 Aug

He was once the fastest person on the planet to cross the English Channel unaided and taught comedian Ken Dodd how to swim.


Sky lantern crackdown after huge Smethwick Jayplas fire 

22 Aug

A single one sparked the biggest blaze ever seen by West Midlands Fire Service, and now a new code over the making of sky lanterns has been released.


Jailed: The Fast & Furious film pirate who cost Hollywood £2.3m 

22 Aug

An internet pirate who cost Universal Pictures an estimated £2.3million by being the first person in the world to pirate a copy of their blockbuster film Fast Furious 6 has been jailed.


Organisers say this year’s Walsall Pride will be ‘bigger and… 

22 Aug

ORGANISERS of this year's Walsall Pride are promising that the annual event will be bigger and better with a chart-topper among the line-up of 15 performers.


GCSEs 2014: Progress rises in several subjects following GCSE… 

22 Aug

PROGRESS has risen significantly in several subjects at Shelfield Community Academy, latest GCSE results have shown.


GCSEs 2014: Top grades success at Hydesville Tower School 

21 Aug

TOP GCSE grades were celebrated at Hydesville Tower School with sixty per cent of grades achieved by Year 11 pupils either an A*, A or B.


GCSEs 2014: More grades at A or A* than ever before at Barr… 

21 Aug

MORE GCSE grades at A or A* were achieved this year at Barr Beacon School than ever before.


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Election day… 

22 Aug

Welcome to David Jamieson, our new Police and Crime Commissioner.


You can’t trust all you read in the paper… 

22 Aug

Whew - panic over Yesterday, following a report in the Express & Star, I wrote of my concern that the old leisure centre at Oak Park in Walsall Wood would be demolished before a new one was built to replace it.


Demolition, man? 

21 Aug

There was an interesting report in Monday's Express & Star (18th August 2014) which points out the project to replace Oak Park leisure centre in Walsall Wood and the similar facility in Bloxwich is to start 'next month'.


Walsall residents urged to keep an eye-out for distraction duo 

20 Aug

I notice in the last week or so several reports of attempted and possible distraction burglary incidents in Walsall - the most recent report seems to have occurred yesterday - please, if you have and elderly family friends or neighbours, please do ...


THE HORROR: The Four Stages of Comms Facepalm 

19 Aug

We’ve all been there working in comms, marketing, web and PR… the ridiculous request that gets made of you that is dafter than a box of frogs.


Road closure in Brownhills from tomorrow 

19 Aug

I see that tomorrow, Friezland Lane in Shire Oak will be closed from 9am-5pm by Walsall Council for ten days for much needed resurfacing works - this is good news for residents and folk who use this cut through, but may cause delays and disruption to...


New Website for Pheasey Labour 

19 Aug

Due to some issues with blogspot, we are moving the website to https://pheaseylabour.


Another crash on Queslett Road 

18 Aug

This is no real surprise to read of another crash just outside of the Motorway bridge.


War. What is it good for? 

17 Aug

A hundred years after the war to end all wars began, we haven't grown out of this? That's not good enough.


Back where it all began 

17 Aug

I am very pleased and honoured to present today this lengthy but detailed work by eminent local historian Gerald Reece, who wrote what has to be the greatest work on Brownhills, 'A walk in Walk Into History'.


The Woodmen get back on track 

17 Aug

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 16th August 2014) saw Walsall Wood face Heath Hayes at Oak Park, in a hotly anticipated FA Cup match - this is always a bit of a notorious pairing, and the blog football correspondent Bill Shaw was, as ever, in ...


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    Leigh’s Wood Nature Reserve, which although is only 5 hectares it was once part of an ancient woodland site, dating back to the 12th century when it would have formed the southern boundary of the Royal


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Blue sky looking at me 

23 Aug

Bright sunshine welcomes the day and it is certainly is a most pleasant outlook through the window this morning at 08:30 hours.


A brighter affair? 

22 Aug

The barometer is now showing a steady reading and, outside , I can see some blue sky with the start of some cirrocumulus cloud (mackerel sky).


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Features »

Walsall Arboretum 

23 Aug

This beautiful Victorian park is just five minutes walk from Walsall town centre and contains parkland, lakes, gardens and woodland walks.


Older Books, New Titles 

22 Aug

Just received in the mail new copies of 3 of my earlier books.


1955 Swallow for Sale (but not now) 

22 Aug

I had no idea when I found the first information about the Swallow, that there was so much out there, on a vehicle which was built just up the road from where I spent my childhood! There are several versions of the history of the company, the car and...


For Matilda Mae and Lullaby Trust – My Buggy Walk 

22 Aug

Last year I did a buggy walk with my very tiny baby girl and I’m going to do it again this year and again in memory of Matilda Mae and to raise money for Lullaby Trust.


Swallow Dotti Details from Auction 

22 Aug

Here are the details of Number 1122 in full from the details issued by the company auctioning it for the owner! You can tell that it is aimed at the American market! Lot number 70 Hammer value £32,500 Description Swallow Doretti Registration PCD 514...


Willenhall Flags back in stock!!! 

22 Aug

Flags are now back in stock !! Available from Crazy-Wicks ( the old Daveys Locker) next to The Bell Pub in town - 34 Market Place Willenhall WV13 2AA They are £4.50 – Size is 5ft x 3ft “… Willenhall, may you forever fly my flag&#...


Walsall Arboretum parkrun, Event number 126 – 16th August 2014 

22 Aug

This week, we had 217 runners, representing of 22 different athletics clubs.


Charity Shop Tourism – Chazzing in the Black Country 

22 Aug

Fire up the camper! We haven't been charity shopping (aka chazzing) since Tuesday.


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Walsall FC »

Walsall’s Sam Mantom playing through pain 

23 Aug

Walsall boss Dean Smith admits Sam Mantom will have to play through the pain barrier to finally shake his injury woes.


All of the Saturday match action – LIVE 

23 Aug

Expressandstar.


Leyton Orient v Walsall – Preview 

22 Aug

Leyton Orient v Walsall - Preview Vitalfootball:Walsall:22/08/2014 15:51:00 Walsall travel to League 1 money bags, Leyton Orient hoping to get their first win of the 2014/15 season.


BLOG: ‘SIT DOWN, SHUT UP, SIT DOWN, SHUT UP…..’ 

22 Aug

In the latest of his regular Blog's, Hillary Street-Ender takes a look at the issue of standing at football matches, and reflects on Tuesday evening's defeat to Yeovil Town, where many supporters were left disappointed by the actions...


IN BRIEF: SMITH VOWS TO SIGN STRIKER 

22 Aug

Walsall Football Club manager Dean Smith has today spoken about his search for a new striker, and has insisted that he will have signed a new player before the close of the transfer window.


Leyton Orient v Walsall 

22 Aug

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's League One game between Leyton Orient and Walsall.


Dean Smith vows to get Walsall a new striker 

22 Aug

Dean Smith vows to get Walsall a new striker...


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Sport »

A-Z of West Midlands Football 

23 Aug

CHARLIE SHAW nicknamed 'Shiner', scored 30 goals in only 86 first-class appearances for Walsall between 1885 and 1894.


SNEEKES SAVOURS FIRST LEAGUE WIN OF SEASON 

22 Aug

MANAGER RICHARD SNEEKES DISCUSSES HIS FIRST VICTORY AGAINST WITTON ALBION...


WEEK 22: GOLDLINE DAILY DRAW 

22 Aug

Week 22 winning numbers on the Goldline Daily Draw are now on line (Friday 22 August 2014).


Chasetown FC set for Spalding United trip 

22 Aug

A trip to Spalding United will give Chasetown FC the chance to bounce back to winning ways.


WELCOME RETURN FOR KATY JANE 

21 Aug

MORE TOP CLASS DALES LANE ENTERTAINMENT...


Under 10s Panthers Girls – live band fundraiser. 

21 Aug

Our Under 10s Panthers Girls are hosting a team fund raiser at the clubhouse on September 19th – doors open at 7.


U12s Saturday Team begin their preparations 

21 Aug

Wyrley Juniors u12 (Saturday) begin their preparations with a trip to Coventry Copsewood this weekend, the team will be without a few players Tom Roberts into the squad.


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Business »

Tesco still on track for £65m Wolverhampton store – creating hundreds of jobs 

23 Aug

A long-awaited £65 million Tesco supermarket will open its doors in Wolverhampton in 2016 creating hundreds of new jobs, bosses confirmed today.


West Midlands SMEs invited to exhibit at huge hospital networking day 

21 Aug

On Thursday 9 October health sector chiefs, procurement leaders and senior design teams from some of the UK’s largest construction firms will converge on West Bromwich for ‘Meet the hospital bidders’.


Persimmon commits to £32m Coventry housing scheme 

21 Aug

HOUSEBUILDER Persimmon has committed to a new £32m housing development in Coventry.


Made in the Midlands appoint Chief Operating Officer 

21 Aug

The industry body that promotes manufacturing and engineering has also promoted one of its founding group Directors into a key role in the business to lead the march of the makers.


BREAKING NEWS: Carillion calls off Balfour Beatty merger 

20 Aug

WOLVERHAMPTON-based construction group Carillion has called off its merger with rival Balfour Beatty after the latter rejected a revised offer.


Unpredictable economy makes interest rate decision difficult says WBS academic 

20 Aug

THE UK economy remains difficult to predict, which is why policy makers at the Bank of England remain split over when to raise interest rates, a Warwickshire academic has said.


Expectations remain high for manufacturing growth over next quarter 

20 Aug

EXPECTATIONS for manufacturing output growth in the next three months remain strong, despite an easing in the rate of expansion over the past quarter, a new report claims.


Bank split over interest rate rise 

20 Aug

TWO members of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) have voted for a 0.25% hike in interest rates in the first split vote on rates since July 2011, it was disclosed today.


Balfour rejects latest merger bid by Carillion 

20 Aug

Support services group dealt latest, and possibly, final blow in its bid to secure a deal to create construction giant...


Balfour Beatty rejects revised merger offer from Carillion 

20 Aug

UK construction firm Balfour Beatty has rejected a revised merger offer from Wolverhamptons Carillion claiming the deal poses a risk to the business and fails to accept compromise over the sale...


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Outdoors »

August 21st – For some reason, of late the Canada geese really… 

21 Aug

August 21st - For some reason, of late the Canada geese really have taken a shine to the marina in Silver Street, Brownhills.


August 21st – A grey and depressing day with a heavy, punishing… 

21 Aug

August 21st - A grey and depressing day with a heavy, punishing wind.


My Sons First Canal Cycle 

21 Aug

Today my son and I went for a little cycle, we got on the Walsall Canal and although he was a bit unsteady at first we headed along the tow path towards Walsall, "Can we go to Walsall?", he asked.


August 20th – In late summer, in an overcast moment, Coppice (or… 

21 Aug

August 20th - In late summer, in an overcast moment, Coppice (or Goblin) Woods between Walsall Wood and Shelfield are silent, dark and beautiful.


August 20th – I had to pop into Walsall for some bits and pieces… 

21 Aug

August 20th - I had to pop into Walsall for some bits and pieces on my way home, and so I rode up Church Hill and down the marketplace.


August 19th – This is Victoria Park in Darlaston, once a railway… 

20 Aug

August 19th - This is Victoria Park in Darlaston, once a railway line.


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Shiver me timbers! HSBC Midlands dig deep for Macmillan Cancer Support 

23 Aug

Ahoy there! Staff at HSBC in the Midlands region have taken part in an innovative pirate challenge throughout June and raised the amazing total of over £30,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.


Boosting Mind and Body with Adidas and Stylist 

23 Aug

Last week I was lucky enough to attend an event hosted by Stylist magazine and Adidas.


Press Men Will Face Up To Bankers 

22 Aug

Would-be Ian Bothams or Gary Sobers are being sought for a rather special cricket match.


Launch of a new rambling group 14 

22 Aug

If you love to walk but don't know where to go, try Vicky's Rambling Group to meet like minded people...


Plumb and Part Center choose Macmillan as one of their charities 

22 Aug

Staff at leading plumbing merchant, Plumb and Part Center, have chosen Macmillan Cancer Support as their charity of choice.


August bank holiday 

22 Aug

The Customer First contact centre , which deals with enquires from all members of the Accord Group (except Fry Housing Trust), will be closed on Monday, 25 August, 2014 .


POLL: Who do you want to win Celebrity Big Brother? 

21 Aug

The new Celebrity Big Brother series began on Tuesday 19th and the upgraded Borehamwood bungalow is now home to 14 brand new famous faces.


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Election day… 

22 Aug

Welcome to David Jamieson, our new Police and Crime Commissioner.


Brave traffic police bring wrong way M6 motorist to a safe stop 

21 Aug

Brave traffic police bring wrong way M6 motorist to a safe stop Dramatic footage shows the moment brave police officers prevented a serious collision on the M6 toll after a car travelled the wrong way on the northbound carriageway towards oncoming...


Industrial action 

8 Aug

Update issued at 2.05pm Saturday 9 August: This lunchtime’s two-hour strike by firefighters ended at 2pm.


There goes my gun… 

18 Jul

We’re holding a firearms amnesty between July 19th and August 2nd 2014 during which people can turn over weapons without fear of being prosecuted for gun possession.


News Update 11 July 

11 Jul

I made the mistake of having a few days off and came back to a mountain of work so my Facebook posts have been a little thin this week!  Here is a selection of what I have been able to upload.


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LocalGov »

Tampering with social services records 

22 Aug

Follow up sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Mr k Hopkins on 22 August 2014 .


Several potholes, 22nd August 

22 Aug

A pothole was repaired here a year ago but since then that repair has failed and now there are several more potholes in the same location.


Cockerel Crowing Every Morning 4am until night time, 22nd August 

22 Aug

There is a cockerel, somewhere around the Poplar Avenue/Poplar Road or even the Great Charless street area.


Be bowled over by Arboretum girl power! 

22 Aug

Girl power is alive and kicking at Walsall Arboretum where lively ladies are having a ball and are keen to welcome new members to their club.


Reassurance over leisure provision 

22 Aug

Visitors to Oak Park Leisure Centre are being assured that the current facility will stay open until the new development is finished.


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