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Willy Boly: Wolves close to signing Porto defender for £10m 

24 May

Wolves are closing in on the £10m signing of Porto defender Willy Boly, who spent last season on loan at Molineux.

As a social worker, should I keep sharing personal stories with the families I am working with? 

23 May

by Andrew Matthews As part of a learning day for my course to become a practice educator we were required to speak with students about experiences and challenges around boundaries.

Frontline social work training costs ‘excellent value for money’, minister told 

17 May

A group of directors of children’s services has told the children’s minister that the “quality of practice skill exhibited by Frontline participants” represents “excellent value for money” after the model was challenged by groups earlier ...

Wolverhampton man charged over ‘offensive’ MP emails 

16 May

David William Hall is accused of emailing the Tory and Labour MPs in December last year.

Crews tackle fire at Wolverhampton Starworks Warehouse venue 

16 May

About 50 firefighters are tackling the fire at the old home of the Star Motor Company.

Bleeding horse dumped in road after Wolverhampton crash 

16 May

Two men were seen unhooking the horse from its cart and leaving the scene, the RSPCA says.

‘You’re doing social work like you would anywhere else; but you’re doing it in a way that allows innovation’ 

16 May

Since its launch in 2014, Achieving for Children (AfC) has increased the number of local authorities in its umbrella by one third.

Wolverhampton market work halted by human remains find 

11 May

The remains could be about 200 years old, Wolverhampton City Council said...

Government orders ‘inadequate’ council to cooperate with ‘peer support’ programme from other London borough 

11 May

The Department for Education (DfE) has ordered an inadequate-rated council to comply with a two-year ‘peer support’ programme from a fellow London borough as it seeks to get its children’s services back on track.

Sarbjit Kaur death: Husband in court over wife’s murder 

10 May

Sarbjit Kaur was found dead at the home they shared in Wolverhampton.

Sarbjit Kaur death: Husband charged with wife’s murder 

9 May

Sarbjit Kaur was found dead at the home they shared in Wolverhampton.

Wolves unveil partnership with Adidas 

9 May

Wolves are delighted to announce a new four-year partnership with adidas, which will see the global sportswear giant become the club’s Official Technical Kit Supplier.

Wolverhampton Wanderers bus tour for League Champions 

7 May

Thousands of fans line the streets to mark their team's return to the Premier League.

Fleetwood Town 2-0 Walsall 

5 May

John Sheridan's reign at Fleetwood ends on a high with a well-deserved win over Walsall.

Sunderland v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

4 May

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Championship game between Sunderland and Wolves.

Black Country: Labour keeps strongholds amid Tory advance 

4 May

Labour has kept control in Sandwell and Wolverhampton but Tories made gains in Walsall and Dudley.

Jasmine Forrester: Uncle denies niece’s Wolverhampton murder 

3 May

Jasmine Forrester died in hospital from stab injuries on 9 February.

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Emma is supporting Dementia Awareness Week 

24 May

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East is supporting Dementia Awareness Week to highlight the support available to those living with dementia.

Emma raises case in Parliament regarding identical twins and serious Personal Independence Payment failings 

23 May

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, recently raised a case involving identical twins who have the same genetic condition which involves lifelong learning disabilities and associated health problems.

Emma is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week, 14 – 20 May 2018 

17 May

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week which runs until the 20 May 2018.

Emma supporting Bikeathon in aid of Bilston War Memorial 

11 May

Tomorrow, Saturday, 12 May at 12pm, Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East will be taking part in a Bikeathon.

Council partners with Trade Unions to improve Health and Safety standards 

11 May

City of Wolverhampton Council has signed an agreement to mark a new partnership with Trade Unions to encourage the importance of health and safety in the workplace.

An Evening with Dennis Skinner 

10 May

Socialist, Trade Unionist Labour Member of Parliament Saturday 23rd June @Lightouse cinema tickets on sale now...

Emma welcomes Wolverhampton aerospace apprenticeships to Parliament 

10 May

Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, Emma Reynolds, was delighted to welcome a group of apprentices to Parliament recently.

Emma speaks in debate in the House of Commons over the treatment of the Windrush generation 

9 May

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, last week I spoke in a debate in the House of Commons about the government’s scandalous treatment of  the Windrush generation.

Emma responds to Tata Steel’s proposal to sell its Engineering Steels business in Wolverhampton 

9 May

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has called on Tata Steel to pause its proposals to sell its Engineering Steels business in Heath Town, Wolverhampton.

TUC Women in Leadership Course 

7 May

Completed applications must be received by 12 noon, Thursday 31 May .

Emma takes part in Westminster Hall Petition Debate on the Windrush generation 

2 May

On Monday, Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East spoke in a debate on a petition calling on the government to grant an amnesty to the Windrush Generation.

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Features »

Looking forward to Final Show 2018 

24 May

The staff and students from the University of Wolverhampton's Faculty of Arts are looking forward to this years final show which is open from Saturday 9 June - Wednesday 20 June from 10am - 4pm (closed Sundays).

Too Much Time On His Hands To Think!???? 

24 May

Running here, there and everywhere during the week for the nursery run, does occasionally get a bit boring, so Darrell tries to make an extra effort in taking notice of every little thing along the way, which also sometimes gets him pondering...

Now …… That’s What We Call Garden Ornaments! 

23 May

Darrell spotted something yesterday that he can’t believe he has never spotted before ……..

A Weird Phenomenon 

22 May

Nigel spotted something very, very weird when he got to Tom and The Lovely Laura’s estate yesterday morning.

How Brilliant Is That ……… 

21 May

Just look what Nigel spotted …….

It Was …….. Emotional. 

20 May

What can we say ……….

Ding Dong The Bells Are Going To Chime ….. 

19 May

We were all up, showered, wedding breakfasted and sat ready on the sofa by 8.30 this morning, there is no way we want to be found wanting in any department of a Royal Wedding audience type nature.

Cutting and Slashing with Karina Thompson 

18 May

On the Saturday 12 th May we had a brilliant workshop with Karina Thonpson.

Well, ……………. We’re Ready 

18 May

We’ve got the flags, we’ve got the badges, we’ve got the mug and enough Monster Munch to host our own upmarket wedding reception.

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Dual Qualification, Dual Interest 

23 May

Midfielder Wanted By Two Teams For Same Game In exalted company….

Review: Between The Golden Lines 

22 May

His inimitable way with millions of indispensable words made David Instone a genuine legend to me as a Wolves fan growing up.

A Dangerous Triangle – One Year On 

21 May

I read over the article I wrote for the Wolves Blog a year ago , and frankly, I had to laugh.

Hibby Hotfooting It Towards Launch Day 

20 May

Countdown To Exciting Print Run A stirring image that makes you want to peel back this front cover! Another Wolves book will shortly be hitting the shelves, with Kenny Hibbitt’s autobiography likely to go on sale next month.

More Acclaim For The ‘Sherpas’ 

17 May

Happy Anniversary To Wolves’ Last Wembley Winners A ticket worth having…… It’s cup final season, which also means we are in a time of anniversaries.

Every Wolves Player Who Made An Appearance in 2017/18 Ranked By Contribution On The Pitch 

17 May

Actually, to clarify the point, ranked by my personal opinion about their contribution on the pitch.

EXCLUSIVE Wolves Blog Meet Kevin Thelwell 

15 May

In something of a coup for Wolves Blog, we were able to meet Sporting Director Kevin Thelwell recently for a chat about his role at the club, the part he’s played in this season’s unprecedented Championship success and the lofty ambitions ...

Note of thanks from Houston 

14 May

Now that the euphoria of Nunohampton Wanderers marvelous season has faded, and before the transfer window opens, bringing every player on the planet to our doors, allegedly, I would like to say a huge thank you.

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17 May

Sporting claim fourth team of the month award...


16 May

Sporting Lift the West Midland Regional Premier League Cup at Brinsford Lane...


14 May

Sporting face Black Country in Cup Final...


2 May


Track Cleaning 

25 Apr

The Track and Field area is closed Monday 23rd April to Wednesday 25th April as the track is having a long overdue deep clean before the season starts.


13 Apr


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The Times, the FT and the Chancellor focus on late payment 

13 May

o Earlier two football clubs were commended on this site: Liverpool managed an average of 27 days, beating Arsenal’s 35.

Post-Brexit, with an ageing workforce and a shortage of graduates with science, engineering or mathematics qualifications, effective training is needed for younger and older workers 

18 Feb

In April 2017 an apprenticeship levy was introduced.

Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

16 Feb

Shareholders now have a choice between what Melrose and current GKN Management are offering, says Professor David Bailey...

West Midlands Mayor guest speaker was at grant-giving charity’s dinner 

16 Feb

Heart of England Community Foundation trustee Sir Dominic Cadbury welcomed key figures from across the area to a dinner at Muirhead Tower, within the University of Birmingham campus.

GKN to pay shareholders £2.5bn as firm fights off Melrose takeover 

14 Feb

Latest twist in hostile acquisition drama will see GKN sell off division which could be valued at 2 billion...

Post Office branch returns to Handsworth Wood a decade after closure 

14 Feb

Community gets their branch back after major cull in 2008...

KPMG hosts debate to mark the launch of MidlandsAbility 

10 Feb

KPMG hosted a panel debate to mark the launch of the new MidlandsAbility network.

BirminghamLive publisher buys Northern and Shell titles including Daily Express and OK! 

9 Feb

Trinity Mirror acquires household names such as Daily Star and celebrity magazine New! in 126.7m deal...

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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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Hmo List 

24 May

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to Luke Ferguson on 24 May 2018 .

Hmo List 

23 May

Request sent to Wolverhampton City Council by Luke Ferguson on 23 May 2018 .

Speeding motorists, 22nd May 

22 May

There are a large number dangerous drivers speeding through from aldersley road onto green lane, accelerating hard around the blind corner often narrowly missing people and parked cars.


22 May

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to Tehmoor on 22 May 2018 .

LOTS of rubbish by Family Park, 22nd May 

22 May

There are LOTS of bags of rubbish which have been dumped on the pavement just outside the park Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 141 Lime Street, Wolverhampton Report on FixMyStreet...

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Events »

The John Hendley Memorial Comedy night 

20 May

A night of comedy to raise money for John’s chosen charities featuring DANDY, Will Morgan, Bob Bignell, Rob Craddock, Velvet Green MC – John Richards...

The John Hendley Memorial Concert 

20 May

Paul Downes & Phil Beer Biil Caddick, Keith Donnelly, John Richards MC – Dave Brookes...

Andre Rieu 2018 Maastricht Concert 

16 May

ANDRE RIEU 2018 MAASTRICHT CONCERT : AMORE, MY TRIBUTE TO LOVE Sat 28 July 7pm & Sun 29 July 3pm ‘Amore, My Tribute to Love’, is the renowned violinists tribute to his love for music, and his love for both of his families; his wife and children, ...

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16 May

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Finding Fassbender 

16 May

Artsfest 2018 Eve’s leaving Wolverhampton to live in the big smoke because it’s something you should do isn’t it? But the capital’s charm quickly wears off and Eve decides to pack her bags and head home to her boyfriend Rich and cat, Steve ...

Hal Cruttenden (Work In Progress) 

14 May

Plus support from Dominic Frisby.


12 May

Andrew Lawrence, star of Live at The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and UK comedy’s foremost controversialist takes a break from all the outrage to present an all new hour of good, clean fun.

Promise Dreams Festive Film Day 

11 May

Come and join us for this special Christmas event at Light House and into the festive spirit with a seasonal family film.

MUSE Drones World Tour 

10 May

Light House is pleased to be able to bring to you a stellar screening from British band Muse for one night only on 12th July.

Long Quan Dao Wu Guan – Way Of The Dragon Fist Martial Arts Association 

8 May

Dragon style Martial arts system.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie 

4 May

Based on a real life story set in Sheffield where the musical originally launched at the Crucible Theatre in early 2017, the action is set in a Sheffield school where 16 year Jamie realises he is different from others, but wants to share his secret ...

Nothing Like A Dame 

4 May

Join us for a special encore screening of NOTHING LIKE A DAME from director Roger Michell.

Classic Film & Cream Tea: South Pacific 

4 May

On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a nurse and a secretive Frenchman who’s being courted for a dangerous military mission.

Human Flow – A Film By Ai Weiwei 

4 May

Wolverhampton Amnesty presents this film by renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

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