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Hundreds of local people take part in modern memorial to mark… 

1 Jul

Hundreds of local people take part in modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.


Rare Chinese vase used as door-stop in Birmingham home auctioned for £650,000 

1 Jul

An 18th Century Chinese vase that was used as a door-stop at a house in Birmingham sells for £650,000 at auction.


New housing award for Birmingham City Council 

1 Jul

Birmingham City Council has won Social Housing Provider of the Year at the Insider Residential Property Awards 2016.


Man caught igniting petrol bombs moments before they are hurled… 

1 Jul

Man caught igniting petrol bombs moments before they are hurled at a shop in Walsall.


Birmingham police and politicians meeting to fight rise in hate crime and racism 

1 Jul

City MP Shabana Mahmood was victim of abuse in EU referendum campaign...


Birmingham Canals more popular than ever thanks to a £14M… 

1 Jul

Birmingham Canals more popular than ever thanks to a £14M project to improve towpaths.


Infected Northfield Leisure Centre pool closed until 2018 

1 Jul

A Birmingham swimming baths closed after the discovery of a sickness and diarrhoea bug will not reopen until 2018, bosses say.


Thug who left magic set and bizarre objects at ex’s house has sentenced slashed 

1 Jul

A Birmingham thug who left his ex 'scared of her own shadow' after leaving a magic set and other bizarre objects at her home has had his sentence slashed by senior judges.


Child poverty is ‘challenge to Birmingham’s political class’ says city leader 

1 Jul

Labour leader John Clancy also pledges to act on child poverty commission report in full - including more free school meals and no homeless plea...


Families who were helped by nurse rally round to raise cash for her dying husband 

1 Jul

Pete Clohessey has Motor Neurone Disease and cannot walk since diagnosis...


Inquiry slams West Midlands devolution deal for forcing the region to have a mayor 

1 Jul

The West Midlands devolution deal was meant to give the region more freedom - but it's been forced to accept a mayor...


Poverty ‘affects 37% of Birmingham children’ 

30 Jun

Nearly four in 10 children in Birmingham are living in poverty, a report says.


Shotton pens permanent Birmingham deal 

30 Jun

Birmingham City sign defender Ryan Shotton from Championship rivals Derby County for an undisclosed fee.


Birmingham City Ladies: Club plans helped convince Andrine Hegerberg to make move 

30 Jun

Andrine Hegerberg says boss Paul Parker and football consultant Marcus Bignot convinced her to join Birmingham City Ladies.


Man arrested after an elderly woman was dragged to the floor in… 

30 Jun

Man arrested after an elderly woman was dragged to the floor in Handsworth.


Police dog named Bobby in honour of Birmingham boy 

30 Jun

A police sniffer dog has been named after a boy from Birmingham who is fighting a brain tumour.


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Labour Party: reaction from Cheapside, Selly Oak and Perry Barr 

1 Jul

A Cheapside reader emailed to say the last post was ‘spot on’ and that Corbyn is showing up many Labour Party MPs for the neo-liberals they are.


Reflections, learning and relationships 

1 Jul

Strategic Director for Integrated Support Services and Change Angela Probert takes stock after a busy start to her life at Birmingham City Council.


Pub bombings – a difficult and emotional task ahead 

1 Jul

Families of victims have a right to truth...


Solihull resident corrects the Nikkei-owned FT 

1 Jul

Jeremy Mallin, writing from Solihull, firmly admonishes the FT Sir, You argue in your editorial “ Labour must now act to remove Corbyn as leader ” (June 28) that Jeremy Corbyn should go.


Dale’s Diary: WMCA hits ‘a bump in the road’, and is Clancy a Corbynista? 

1 Jul

It didn’t take long for the West Midlands Combined Authority, that gathering of 16 councils and three local enterprise partnerships, to suffer its first public political row – and it’s...


Park Central – constructing an end : June update II 

30 Jun

The construction of the last part of Park Central, the Glenn Howells designed scheme adjacent to Bristol Street and the Middleway continues to progress since my last update of the 17th June, http://birminghamcentral.


Open goal – Corbyn misses 

30 Jun

Steve Beauchampe suggests what Jeremy Corbyn could have said to a beleaguered, battered and beaten David Cameron in Parliament this week.


Is there an ethical basis for ignoring the Brexit result? 

29 Jun

I’m not proposing a middle class revolution but I do wonder if there is an ethical basis for ignoring the EU Referendum result.


Tears, threats and resignations….what’s left for the Labour party? 

29 Jun

Never underestimate the ability of the Labour party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.


No longer round in circles 

29 Jun

After the successful reopening of the Fiddle Bone pub at the end of February 2015, http://www.


Early Years budget ‘less than a third of what is need’ 

28 Jun

A green light has been given by the Council Cabinet today, 28 June, to put all the Early Years services including Children’s Centres out to tender with the contract worth £34m p.


City council leader comments on referendum result 

28 Jun

Cllr John Clancy on planning Birmingham’s future outside the EU.


Brexit: Ten questions facing Birmingham 

27 Jun

In the second of our posts reflecting on the impact of Brexit, Chamberlain Files editor Kevin Johnson takes a look at the questions facing Greater Birmingham.


EU exit a political earthquake, but the aftershocks are only beginning 

27 Jun

Britain has suffered a political earthquake the like of which if it could be measured on the Richter scale would be pretty much off the scale.


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Don’t miss: Brindleyplace Film Festival 2016 

1 Jul

Free and outdoors.


Pensioner, Stan counting on success as English and maths student 

1 Jul

A Stourbridge pensioner has shown that age is no barrier to learning by returning to the classroom more than 70 years after he left school.


Currys PC World @ Bullring 

1 Jul

To celebrate the summer of football, Currys PC World has created the Ultimate Home of Football and invite you to join them this weekend...


The Digbeth Fuse 

1 Jul

Do you have an innovative business idea? Have you been trading for less than two years? Are you a Birmingham-based social enterprise? Then The Digbeth Fuse is just for you – and applications are open now! The Digbeth Fuse is … Continue reading...


Digbeth Bees Please! 

30 Jun

When: Friday 8 July, 19:00 onwards Where: The Anchor Inn, 308 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B5 6ET The Birmingham Friends of the Earth annual Organic BBQ is almost upon us, so if you like fantastic summer evenings with great food and … Continue reading...


The Devil is in the Detail. 

29 Jun

Hello!  I live in Digbeth so I am spoilt- where to start? It is a place of contrast And mood   Of possibilities   All mixed up!  All Digbeth.


Tahini 

29 Jun

When: selected dates in July, 17:30 onwards Where: Another Pop Up, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA Tickets: £35 per person Tahini is a pop-up restaurant night at Another Pop Up in The Custard Factory.


How young people have screwed themselves over in one chart 

28 Jun

Every time you see a young person skating in the park, push them over and refuse to say sorry.


Corbyn must stay and help build the post-Brexit Britain he always envisaged 

28 Jun

There has been a lot of blame shifting and resentment after the vote on Thursday but the first thing we should do is take a long hard look at ourselves.


The Friday Film Session 

28 Jun

When: Friday 1st July 2016, 20:00 onwards Where: The Mockingbird Theatre, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA Tickets: from £7 (available online) This Friday’s film at The Mockingbird is Sex and the City, so it’s time to finally...


Foosball Competition 

27 Jun

Bullring invite to celebrate a summer of sport featuring free foosball tables to mark Euro fever.


New book about Priesthood by Dr Judith Champ 

27 Jun

History lecturer at Oscott College, Judith Champ, has brought out a new book on the priesthood, entitled: The Secular Priesthood in England and Wales: History, Mission and Identity.


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Aston Villa »

Di Matteo Looks To The Youngsters 

1 Jul

Di Matteo Looks To The Youngsters Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/07/2016 18:35:00 With the players back in pre season training now under new manager Roberto Di Matteo, with most fans looking at who else we might sign to strengthen this window...


Crespo Makes PAOK Move 

1 Jul

Crespo Makes PAOK Move Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/07/2016 18:19:00 29 year old versatile defender Jose Angel Crespo has now completed his move to Greek side PAOK.


Gollini To Be The Next Signing? 

1 Jul

Gollini To Be The Next Signing? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/07/2016 18:09:00 It's being reported that Aston Villa have targeted Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, and Roberto Di Matteo is very confident that a deal will be completed...


Back to work with a bang 

1 Jul

This week, the players went back to work.


Aston Villa Around The Social Media Round Up 

1 Jul

Aston Villa Around The Social Media Round Up Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/07/2016 13:33:00 A round up of social media relating to Aston Villa on 01/07/2016...


The Launch – The Video – The Fear!!! 

1 Jul

The Launch - The Video - The Fear!!! Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/07/2016 12:54:00 Had to keep this under my hat, or under my trunks, but the kit launch video and a strange guy called The Fear...


Technical Specifications For The New Kit 

1 Jul

Technical Specifications For The New Kit Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/07/2016 12:10:00 The technical specifications for the new Aston Villa kit manufactured by Under Armour...


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Birmingham City FC »

Blues’ Euro Eleven 

1 Jul

Blues' Euro Eleven Vitalfootball:Birmingham:01/07/2016 18:43:00 Rob Wildey selects a team of ex-Blues players who have (or should have) previously represented a country taking part in Euro 2016...


Blues’ Immense Challenge to Overcome Big Spenders 

1 Jul

Blues' Immense Challenge to Overcome Big Spenders Vitalfootball:Birmingham:01/07/2016 13:56:00 If last season`s Championship table finished in order of highest wage bill to the lowest, Blues would have ended up in 20th...


Know Thy Enemy – 01/07/2016 

1 Jul

Know Thy Enemy - 01/07/2016 Vitalfootball:Birmingham:01/07/2016 11:55:00 A summary of news from around the Championship...


Sports Desk Live – July 1 

1 Jul

Follow all the latest breaking news today from our sports reporters and our clubs.


Two signings down, four more to come? 

1 Jul

Two signings down, four more to come? Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/06/2016 23:04:00 Vital Birmingham editor Tom Heslop discusses how the summer transfer window could pan out for Blues boss Gary Rowett...


Shotton In 

30 Jun

Blues completed their second signing of the summer, bringing in Ryan Shotton from Derby County for an undisclosed fee.


Shotton pens permanent Birmingham deal 

30 Jun

Birmingham City sign defender Ryan Shotton from Championship rivals Derby County for an undisclosed fee.


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Sport »

Essex enquire about Hales and Chopra 

1 Jul

Essex request to speak to Nottinghamshire's England international Alex Hales and Warwickshire batsman Varun Chopra.


U21s pre season training 

30 Jun

Return date set Thursday 14th July...


Redbrick Sport Predicts: Euro 2016 Quarter-finals 

30 Jun

In the penultimate round of predictions from us, our writers tell us who will make it into the latter stages of Euro 2016.


Ward’s golden boot united! 

29 Jun

Kidsgrove Athletic have snapped up Luke Keen from Romulus after the striker shared one of last season's EVO-STIK Northern Premier League golden boot accolades with their their own frontman Anthony Malbon.


First pre season game is Sutton Charity Cup Tie.. 

29 Jun

Romulus Football Club will open their 2016/17 pre season campaign next Tuesday 5th July at LINDRIDGE ROAD..


Warwickshire-Notts abandoned as a draw 

29 Jun

No play is possible on the final day at Edgbaston as Warwickshire's game with Nottinghamshire is abandoned as a draw.


Normal business resumes 

29 Jun

2nd XI Aston Manor 283-5 Barnards Green 238-9 MATCH DRAWN After last week’s debacle against Streetly, normal service was resumed as Manor produced a splendid all round performance at Church Road, but were unable to take the final wicket...


Manor hang on against Brewood 

29 Jun

1st XI Aston Manor 191 all out Brewood 188-7 MATCH DRAWN Manor’s run of disappointing results continued, but at least they managed to hang on for a draw away at Brewood.


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Thousands head to Birmingham for Celebrate Eid 

1 Jul

EUROPES largest Eid celebration will be returning to Birminghams Small Heath Park this week with an estimated 75,000 people expected to take part in the days festivities.


UB40 musician demonstrates the other side to his creative talents 

1 Jul

A FOUNDING member of Birminghams own UB40 is displaying his creative talents via another medium.


Edgbaston Stadium awarded another test match 

1 Jul

Home of Warwickshire CCC will welcome England and the West Indies next summer for first match of test series...


Bistrot Pierre says Bonjour to Birmingham 

1 Jul

AFTER laying dormant for over 150 years, one of Birminghams oldest historic gems is set for a new lease of life - and its all thanks to Le Bistrot Pierre.


Motoring: Lister Jaguar; Citroën C3; Fiat 500 Riva 

1 Jul

JAGUAR Land Rovers decision to travel back to the future by using its Heritage Collection as inspiration for a series of special edition racing cars has seen the rebirth of some much-loved moto...


Trinity Mirror pledges action to mitigate Brexit effect 

1 Jul

NEWSPAPER group Trinity Mirror has warned it will "take the necessary mitigating actions" to support profits, citing increased uncertainty arising from the outcome of the UK\'s referendum on EU member...


Cadbury owner pursues US rival in £17bn takeover bid 

1 Jul

US chocolate maker Hershey has rejected a £17bn ($23bn) takeover offer by Cadbury parent Mondelez International, according to reports in the United States.


Travel Alert: Over-running roadworks cause long delays for motorway users 

1 Jul

MOTORISTS using the M42 southbound in Warwickshire have been warned of long delays trying to access the M6.


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Business columns »

Asda joins Birmingham Central Mosque for Iftari 

1 Jul

Shopping giant co-operates with feeding poor and needy during Ramadan.


New future for Typhoo Wharf is my cup of tea 

30 Jun

Architect Joe Holyoak gives a firm thumbs up to plans to inject new life into former tea factory in Digbeth...


Found – guide to Birmingham’s independents 

30 Jun

New guide celebrates city’s independent retail scene.


Boost for Birmingham smart transport company 

30 Jun

Conigital project awarded £2.2 million to develop next generation of autonomous vehicles.


Trade advisory group launches business culture masterclasses for exporters 

30 Jun

New programme on worldwide markets for exporters.


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Events »

End of an era … The Drum is now closed 

1 Jul

Yesterday, 30 June 2016, marked the closure of The Drum Arts Centre.


Second of the ‘Upstairs at the Pat Kav’ nights 

1 Jul

Upstairs @The Patrick Kavanagh Another great night on Saturday 2nd.


Forrobamba Live at Cafe Forro 

1 Jul

Forrobamba Live at Café Forro , 19:00               Sat 2nd July                              Ort Café, 500-504 Moseley Rd, B12 9AH Forró is a fun, friendly and addictive music style and dance from the North East of Brazil.


Performance of ‘Elmer’ 

1 Jul

Elmer 14:00               Sat 2nd July                                        St Columba’s church, Moseley B13 8DD Tickets £5 per child (Accompanying Adult free), Family ticket £10 Adult + children.


Joseph Chamberlain College Arts Festival 

1 Jul

Joseph Chamberlain College Arts Festival 10:00 – 15:00       Sat 2nd July   Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, 1 Belgrave Road, B12 9FF To celebrate the end of year show of student work, Joseph Chamberlain College are once again staging an ...


Golf Activity in Moseley Park 

1 Jul

Golf Activity in Moseley Park and Pool 10:00 – 16:00              Sat 2nd July                                   Moseley Park, B13 8DD Ever thought about playing golf? Then find out more by testing your skills in the Moseley...


New Show: Beans On Toast 

1 Jul

We’re pleased to announce that Birmingham Promoters will be bringing Beans On Toast to the Hare Hounds on Tuesday 6th December.


Beyond the Bay, Spilt Milk Society, 2 Jul 2016 

30 Jun

2 Jul 2016 - Rock Pop at Rainbow ( Warehouse...


Demob Happy, Tigercub, 2 Jul 2016 

30 Jun

2 Jul 2016 - Rock Pop at Rainbow ( Warehouse...


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Music blogs »

MOVIE ROUND-UP: This week’s new film releases, July 1-July 7 

1 Jul

NEW RELEASE Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (15) The transition of British sitcoms to the big screen… Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP: This week’s new film releases, July 1-July 7 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


LOLA COLT > PLAYLIST 

1 Jul

Described as “one of London’s most exciting live bands” Lola Colt hit the road again this month with their blend of  dark psych rock and cinematic soundscapes.


CREATIVE LEARNING AND PARTICIPATION COORDINATOR REQUIRED 

1 Jul

Punch Records is looking for an outgoing and personable individual to join the team as a Learning and Participation Coordinator to educate young people for the future.


Rock of ages 

1 Jul

You know you’re getting old when the music of your youth is neatly packaged up into compilation albums and package tours/festivals.


Mostly Jazz Interview: De La Soul 

30 Jun

Emerging at a time of strong posturing and aggressive beats, Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul headliner… Read more The post Mostly Jazz Interview: De La Soul appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


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Man charged over pensioner robbery 

1 Jul

A man is set to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (July 1) after being charged with robbing a 74-year-old woman in Handsworth.


Rapist jailed for life after attacking two women in Birmingham 

1 Jul

A rapist has been jailed for life – to serve a minimum of 10 years – after brutal attacks on two vulnerable women as they walked through the streets of Birmingham.


Man arrested in connection with Handsworth bag snatch 

30 Jun

A man has been arrested after a woman was knocked to the floor and dragged across the ground during a handbag snatch in Handsworth.


Serial handbag robber jailed  

30 Jun

A serial handbag robber who targeted lone women in Birmingham has been jailed.


Boy praised for saving mum from knifeman – attacker jailed for sixteen years 

30 Jun

 A man who launched a frenzied knife attack on his partner following a drinking binge at a memorial event has been jailed for 16 years.


Man in wheelchair exposed himself to shoppers  

29 Jun

Police in Wolverhampton are urging witnesses to come forward after a man in a wheelchair allegedly exposed himself to shoppers on a supermarket car park.


Brave Bobby gets new Police Dog named in his honour  

29 Jun

A new West Midlands Police dog has been named after a brave three year-old boy who is battling a brain tumour.


Police appeal for help to find missing Walsall man 

29 Jun

Police in Walsall are searching for a local man who went missing from home this morning (Wednesday 29 June) − and are urging members of the public to report any suspected sightings.


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LocalGov »

Street light not working outside 17 Clarence Road, 2nd July 

2 Jul

Street light not working Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 35 Clarence Road, Sparkhill Report on FixMyStreet...


Every Friday around lunchtime dozens of vehicle create mayhem by trying to park on the traffic island at Peots corner!, 1st July 

1 Jul

I travel from this way and find it dangerous to try and get around the tragic island being constantly stopped by cars driving on and off this island!! This has been happening every Friday lunchtime for past 3 years and I feel that this is getting...


Rat in the flat, 1st July 

1 Jul

Hello, I would like to report a rat in my flat.


Sutton Coldfield businesses back BID with new five-year term 

1 Jul

The Sutton Coldfield Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) has been backed by the business community, with companies voting to extend for another five years.


Birmingham City Council wins award for social housing 

1 Jul

Birmingham City Council has won ‘Social Housing Provider of the Year’ at the Insider Residential Property Awards 2016.


Birmingham canals boost after towpath improvements 

1 Jul

Data shows an average 37 per cent increase in the number of people using towpaths for leisure purposes and commuting Canals in Birmingham are now more popular than ever thanks to a £14 million project to improve 54km of towpath in and around...


Care/Nursing Homes Safeguarding concerns, investigations and substantiated cases of abuse/neglect 

1 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to Kevin Abraham on 1 July 2016 .


Agreement to reduce city centre fundraisers begins 

1 Jul

A new agreement to reduce the number of face-to-face fundraisers operating in Birmingham city centre comes into effect today (1 July 2016).


Fly tipping, 1st July 

1 Jul

Large quantity of garden waste fly tipped two nights running 29 30 June.


Care/Nursing Homes Safeguarding concerns, investigations and substantiated cases of abuse/neglect 

1 Jul

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Kevin Abraham on 1 July 2016 .


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Social media »

SOMME ECHO: It’s simple… as #wearehere shows, just be human 

1 Jul

I’m writing this on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.


Google knows what you did last summer: how to use the My Activity page to make it forget 

1 Jul

Google knows what I was reading last summer If you use an Android phone, the Chrome browser, or even just YouTube , you may at some point have been surprised by how much Google knows about you.


Journalists learning how to code is just journalists learning how to publish 

30 Jun

“I think coding is moving away from the core role of journalism — which is content creation not platform creation” Recently I met for a chat with a co-author about a new book which includes some chapters on coding for journalists.


euro 2016: five lessons from domestic abuse campaigns 

29 Jun

Football tournaments can be a time of joy and rejoicing.


Cartogram or election map? The Guardian vs The New York Times 

28 Jun

A cartogram represents geography diagrammatically.


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