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Diogo Jota: Atletico Madrid midfielder joins Wolves on season-long loan 

25 Jul

Atletico Madrid attacking midfielder Diogo Jota joins Championship side Wolves on a season-long loan.

The lollipop man who plays air guitar and sings reggae 

20 Jul

Keith Bennett, 65, is hugely popular in Wolverhampton for spreading joy on the morning commute.

Ruben Vinagre: Wolves sign Monaco defender on season-long loan 

20 Jul

Wolves sign Monaco's Portugal Under-18 international defender Ruben Vinagre on a season-long loan deal.

Canal Festival returns to Wednesfield 

19 Jul

Wednesfield Canal Festival returns for 2017 on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August at Bentley Bridge Moorings by The Nickelodeon pub.

New Cross Hospital building material fails fire test 

18 Jul

Measures including 24/7 fire warden patrols are being taken at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson: Reading sign Iceland striker from Wolves 

14 Jul

Reading sign Iceland international striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson from Championship rivals Wolves for an undisclosed fee.

Dominic Iorfa: Ipswich Town sign Wolves defender on season-long loan 

14 Jul

Ipswich Town sign defender Dominic Iorfa from Championship rivals Wolves on a season-long loan deal.

Ethan Ebanks-Landell: Wolves centre-back joins MK Dons on season-long loan 

14 Jul

League One side MK Dons sign Wolves centre-back Ethan Ebanks-Landell on a season-long loan.

James Henry: Former Wolves midfielder joins Oxford 

12 Jul

Oxford United sign former Wolves and Millwall midfielder James Henry on a free transfer.

Will Norris: Wolves sign Cambridge United goalkeeper for undisclosed fee 

11 Jul

Wolves sign goalkeeper Will Norris for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal from Cambridge United.

Helder Costa: Wolves winger to miss start of new Championship season 

11 Jul

Wolves winger Helder Costa will miss the start of the new Championship season following ankle surgery.

John Ruddy: Wolves sign former Norwich City goalkeeper on two-year deal 

10 Jul

Wolves sign once-capped England goalkeeper John Ruddy on a two-year contract following his departure from Norwich.

Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme diagnosed with leukaemia 

7 Jul

Messages of support have been flooding in for the 31-year-old player following his diagnosis.

Carl Ikeme: Ex-Wolves star Geoff Thomas offers support to keeper with leukaemia 

7 Jul

The former Wolves and England footballer was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2003.

Support floods in for Wolves goalkeeper 

7 Jul

Support's been flooding in for Carl Ikeme after he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

Wolves keeper diagnosed with leukaemia 

6 Jul

It is with great sadness that Wolves can today reveal that Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

Carl Ikeme: Wolves goalkeeper diagnosed with acute leukaemia 

6 Jul

Wolves and Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme will begin chemotherapy after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

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Emma urges residents to have their say on the Black Country Core Strategy 

24 Jul

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East is urging local residents to have their say on the Black Country Core Strategy.

2017 Summer Rota 

6 Jul

3/7 Catherine Lamond, Anne-Marie Beaumont 10/7 Penny Welch, Jane Harvey 17/7 Aidan Byrne, Jane Harvey 24/7 Catherine Lamond, Mike Cunningham 31/7 Paul Barrow, Whyeda Gill-McLure 7/8 Paul Barrow, Whyeda Gill-McLure 14/8 Stuart Farquhar, Sue Gill 21/8 ...

Emma Reynolds MP expresses concerns about potentially flammable cladding on Wolverhampton student accommodation but welcomes plans to relocate students 

5 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has expressed concern following the discovery that cladding on two student blocks in Heath Town is a type of aluminium composite material (ACM) which may be flammable.

Emma Reynolds MP encourages schools in Wolverhampton to mark School Diversity Week 

4 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has encouraged schools to mark School Diversity Week (3-7 July), an initiative organised by the charity Just Like Us.

Emma Reynolds MP welcomes u-turn by the government to give women from Northern Ireland better access to abortion in England and Wales 

4 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP from Wolverhampton North East, has welcomed a u-turn by the government this week, which will give women from Northern Ireland better access to abortion.

Emma Reynolds MP calls for more investment for public services in Wolverhampton and votes in favour of scrapping the public sector pay cap 

30 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, on Thursday 29 June voted against Theresa May’s Queen’s Speech and has called for more funding for schools, the NHS, the police, housing and for local services provided by the City Council in...

MPs write to local mosques following the terror attack on worshippers at Finsbury Mosque 

27 Jun

Wolverhampton MPs, Emma Reynolds, Pat McFadden and Eleanor Smith, have jointly written to mosques in Wolverhampton offering their sympathy following the terror attack at Finsbury which tragically resulted in the death of a man, and further offering ...

Emma Reynolds MP thanks our brave service personnel on Armed Forces Day 

23 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has encouraged people to mark Armed Forces Day (Saturday 24 June).

Emma writes to government demanding action to make tower blocks safe for residents 

22 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has written to the government in light of the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower to call on them to improve fire-safety in tower blocks.

Emma seeks assurances for residents on the safety of high rise buildings in the city 

19 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has today written to the city council and Wolverhampton Homes seeking assurances for tenants and residents in the wake of the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower.

President’s Report 2017 

15 Jun

WBDTUC President's Report The President's report tends to focus on the political situation of the previous year whilst the secretary will report on the many and varied meetings, activities and campaigns of the Trades Union Council In previous years ...

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Features »

Wombourne line carried passengers for just seven years 

25 Jul

BUGLE reader Ramon Williams of Kidderminster has sent in this fine photograph of a steam train that he took some 60-odd years ago.

The Brice is Right 

25 Jul

FUNNY GIRL Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, Monday 24 th July, 2017   Barbra Streisand indelibly stamped herself on this role fifty years ago so it’s a tough job for anyone to follow in her Oscar-winning footsteps.

X Factor Fever Hits Chez Towers. 

25 Jul

This morning absolute pandemonium broke out at The Towers….

Wolverhampton supplier promised unrivalled service in the 1950s 

24 Jul

LAST WEEK we featured pictures from the 1950s of the Wolverhampton wholesale grocery suppliers G.

Has Nigel Potentially Found The Biggest Book In The World In An Evesham Charity Shop? 

24 Jul

This has got to be the biggest book Nigel has ever seen, not in pages but in sheer size, found in one of the charity shops of Evesham…..

Making a Difference – Dictionaries 4 Life 

23 Jul

One person in six in the UK lives with poor literacy.

Evesham River Festival 

23 Jul

I know Nigel has, at times, hankered for the days of the village carnival and the floats that used to pass by Castle Greysquirrel each year …… but yesterday Evesham came up trumps and I have the feeling that we may never hear the melancholy sighs...

World’s first 200mph car built in Wolverhampton 

22 Jul

THE SUNBEAM 1000hp car is among the most iconic feats of Black Country engineering.

A Promise Of Fruitfulness 

22 Jul

Before we went away, I had checked on the blackberry situation and it looked very promising, but on our return Nigel decided to check too ……..

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Wolves »

A Wolf Pack Without Teeth 

24 Jul

Power Supply Was Reduced For Shield Date Gerry Mannion in action in Wolves’ 1960 FA Cup semi-final victory over Villa at The Hawthorns.

Booked – And Emlyn Was Delighted! 

21 Jul

How Hughes Stepped Out Of One Spotlight And Into Another Emlyn Hughes…..

Shaping up 

20 Jul

How would you feel if Wolves didn’t sign a striker in this transfer window? Embed from Getty Images There’s a widely held assumption that one or maybe even two new forwards will enter the equation before the end of August.

No Passports Required 

18 Jul

A Stay-At-Home Preparation For Changing Wolves Bill McGarry….

Cold shoulder 

16 Jul

I was at Rotherham last August, more in hope than expectation that Walter Zenga would mastermind a convincing Wolves victory.

The Boy Don Well…….Briefly 

15 Jul

Gardner Gave Hope – But Where Did He Go? Don Gardiner confronts Luton’s keeper on his Wolves debut.

Three at the back 

13 Jul

The most interesting thing about yesterday’s pre-season win wasn’t the 352 formation, but the personnel of that rejigged backline.

He Was There! 

12 Jul

Graham Reflects On Bird’s Eye View Of USA Spectacular Graham Newton at Perton on his other ‘pitch’.

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VACANCY: First Team & U21 Kitman 

24 Jul

Kitman required for the forth coming season.


24 Jul

New Sponsor Joins Sporting...

Albion v Wolves – the complete history of the Black Country… 

24 Jul

IN THE mid-1970s, Wolves' goalkeeper Phil Parkes made his record-breaking 127th consecutive League appearance for the club; the team played afternoon games due to the electricity strike in the UK.

Three in a row for new-look Darlaston 

19 Jul

WARSTONES 1DARLASTON TOWN 4IN FRONT of a strong travelling contingent of fans who made the trip to Penkridge, Darlaston made it three consecutive pre-season friendly wins on the road as they prepare ready for League action on Saturday 5 August...

Albion v Wolves – the complete history of the Black Country… 

18 Jul

Albion relegated as Wolves miss out on Wembley twice!AFTER an eight-match tour of Australia and New Zealand and a trip to Sweden for Wolves, and a similar tour of Sweden for Albion, it was back to the bread and butter of league football and...

Mementoes of the night Wolves slammed Spartak 

17 Jul

FOLLOWING on from my article of June 21st featuring Colin Shepherd's ticket stubs from 1966 World Cup matches at Villa Park, Colin has shared his autograph book with me.

Clubhouse Cleaner 

15 Jul

We are looking for a cleaner for the Clubhouse...

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Aldi plans new Birmingham store within a mile of Sainsbury’s and Morrisons 

25 Jul

Budget group returns with another application to redevelop site 11 years after it first bought it...

Truckman teams up with Dudley College for new specialist apprenticeship 

24 Jul

TRUCKMAN'S investment in the next generation of composite laminators is being supported by a new partnership with Dudley College.

New flights from Birmingham to New York AND Boston revealed 

20 Jul

After Birmingham Airport suffered a blow when United Airlines pulled out, transatlantic flights are back...

14 UK employers on the future of the workplace, apprenticeships and skills 

19 Jul

Companies including Applied Automation, Triton Showers, Boots and Hargreaves Lansdown give their opinions on how the business world will look in 2050...

Balfour Beatty and Carillion scoop £4bn HS2 contracts 

17 Jul

Companies behind troubled Midland Metro extension and Library of Birmingham development land major projects on high-speed line...

London Midland wins franchise extension on key Birmingham route 

17 Jul

Rail operator will continue running busy commuter service across the city after government misses deadline to award new franchise...

Apprenticeships vs higher education – which is the best option for you? 

17 Jul

It is becoming an increasingly complex world for graduates to navigate every summer when they embark on their careers...

Apprenticeships vs higher education – which is the best option for you? 

17 Jul

It is becoming an increasingly complex world for graduates to navigate every summer when they embark on their careers...

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Where Are The Stick People? 

29 Jul

It’s been quite a few months since I last published a blog post and I’m often asked what’s happened to Stick Child and his friends.

The Professionals 

22 Nov

Imagine a police force that handed out firearms to its officers without training them.

Chain Reaction 

14 Oct

No, nothing to do with an old Diana Ross track, but the title of a presentation I gave at the UK’s first ever TEDx policing event in Leeds yesterday – #OldBillRebuilt, ably organised by Gareth Stubbs.

Freeze Frame 

11 Sep

Watching the TV programme ‘The Force’ last night (which follows the work of officers from Greater Manchester Police), I thought of yet another analogy to help explain why binary comparisons are rubbish.

Schools quiz 2015 

13 Jul

Pupils from a Sandwell school are celebrating, after taking first place in the final of the West Midlands Fire Service Schools’ Safety Challenge 2015.

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LocalGov »

2016/17 Pension Fund Investment Data as MS Excel File 

20 Jul

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to jane doe on 20 July 2017 .

Temporary traffic road sign fallen in road, 19th July 

19 Jul

A temporary maintenance road sign has fallen into the road.

House/flat alarm, 19th July 

19 Jul

The alarm on flats most be faulty as the alarm goes off any time day or night Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 42 Queen Street, Bilston Report on FixMyStreet...

Abandoned vehilce, 19th July 

19 Jul

There is a Grey Citroen C3 parked on the main car park of the Avion Centre in the middle.

2017 MJ Awards 

19 Jul

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to Arthur Smith on 19 July 2017 .

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Events »

The Sculpture Place 

21 Jul

The Sculpture Place offers a range of sculpture classes and workshops.

Infuse Dance Academy 

19 Jul

Infuse Summer Dance Project The opportunity to work with quality dance artists Boys & girls welcome Age 5-16 years...

Sonic Art in the Art Room (Gothic horror) 

17 Jul

Sonic Art in the Art Room 2-4pm Art Room, G6 Work with sound artist Liz Pritchard and visual artist Hannah Boyd to create experimental music using percussion instruments Himalayan bowls and a gong, your voice or body in response to a still life ...

Sonic Art in the Art Room (Journey) 

17 Jul

Sonic Art in the Art Room 2-4pm Art Room, G6 Work with sound artist Liz Pritchard and visual artist Hannah Boyd to create experimental music using percussion instruments Himalayan bowls and a gong, your voice or body in response to a still life ...

Brix & The Extricated 

14 Jul

Brix & The Extricated were formed in 2014 by vocalist/guitarist Brix Smith-Start and the legendary bass player Stephen Hanley.

The Head Wrap Diaries 

8 Jul

Uchenna Dance :  The Head Wrap Diaries a funny and uplifting dance theatre performance by London based company uchenna Dance This is an interactive show set in a hair salon about people, and their ongoing relationship with hair.

Journey Fitness: Zumba Class 

6 Jul

Journey Fitness comes to Newhampton Arts Centre so lets have some fun! to find out more call 07891 140907...

The Met Opera: Cendrillon 

5 Jul


The Met Opera: Luisa Miller 

5 Jul

James Levine and Plácido Domingo add yet another chapter to their legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy based on Friedrich Schiller’s novel Intrigue and Love.

The Met Opera: Cosi Fan Tutte 

5 Jul

Cosi Fan Tutte Goaded by their cynical friend Don Alfonso, soldiers Ferrando and Guglielmo decide to test their fiancées’ fidelity.

Paint the Day Success 

5 Jul

Over 50 artists took to the streets in Paint the Day 2017 and the quality and range of the art work gave the judges and the public a hard time choosing the winners.


3 Jul

Future Perfect presents Flyte Wednesday 27th September 2017           Newhampton Arts Centre – Wolverhampton    Tickets – £7adv Age restriction – 16+ Doors – 7.30pm Curfew – 11.00pm...

John Kirkpatrick 

3 Jul

John Kirkpatrick is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician, as well as a ...

Chris Wood 

3 Jul

Chris Wood is an English songwriter and composer who plays fiddle, viola and guitar, and sings.

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