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Kick-off with a luxury breakfast this weekend before you cheer on the Villa boys in the Championship Play-off Finals. 

25 May

Aston Villa and Fulham will be playing against each other in the hopes of gaining a spot in next season’s Premier League.


Aston Villa v Fulham: Championship play-off final ‘worth £160m’ to winners 

24 May

Aston Villa or Fulham, who meet in the Championship play-off final, will receive at least £160m in revenue after promotion.


Daniel Blount crash death: Man charged with murder 

24 May

Andre Thomas, 25, is accused of killing 31-year-old Daniel Blount in a fatal crash in Birmingham.


Malibu are releasing a new Mango flavoured spirit and we have the perfect recipe for amazing boozy ice lollies using this fruity tipple. 

24 May

Everyone’s favourite tropical drink, just got even more exotic.


Birmingham councillors back £31m tower block sprinkler plan 

24 May

They will now be fitted in 213 blocks in Birmingham after initial plans stalled.


Birmingham’s hotbed of tech talent could be key to success says leading innovation director 

24 May

Greater Birmingham and the West Midlands has a unique opportunity to embrace the latest PropTech trend says a leading innovation director from property experts JLL, with the largest tech digital sector outside London.


Mekel Sterling: Two guilty of drive-by shooting murder 

24 May

Mekel Sterling, 36, was shot dead outside shops in Hockley in Birmingham.


Birmingham Botanical Gardens is offering free entry to anyone who joins The Big Walk, celebrating community spirit. 

24 May

The event, on Saturday 26 May, is organised by The Big Walk.


Aston Villa fan, 9, wins prize to be Wembley mascot 

24 May

Hayden, nine, will be Aston Villa's mascot for their Championship play-off final game on Saturday.


Birmingham man fails to overturn gang injunction 

23 May

Appeal court judges make their ruling as a Birmingham man challenges his injunction order.


Get ready for some Fowl Play as chicken specialists Rebel Chicken launch their clucking exciting new venture in the Jewellery Quarter. 

23 May

Rebel Chicken is a buzzing new chicken restaurant set to open early next month (01/06).


The wait is almost over for beer lovers as Head of Steam announce their launch date. 

23 May

We are a city of beer lovers, there’s no denying that! Craft breweries and bars are popping up all across Birmingham serving up expertise in every sip.


Woman wanted in connection with an unprovoked assault at New Street Station 

23 May

Officers, from British Transport Police, have released an image of a woman they would like to speak to following an unprovoked assault at New Street Station.


Jailbird a New York style Seafood & Steak House is coming to Birmingham with a menu to die for. 

23 May

As one door shuts, another opens and that is the case here, as Birmingham waves goodbye to Nosh Quaff and introduces Jailbird – a New York Seafood and Steak set-up.


You are not alone. Chances are 5 of these 20 people will be suffering from a mental health issue. We talk to Virgin Care Private about mental health and how they can help. 

23 May

Mental health problems affect more than 1 in 4 people and left unchecked, minor problems can become more serious and more difficult to treat as time goes by.


Man trying to board ferry arrested on suspicion of murder after Handsworth shooting 

23 May

A man,  aged 23,  has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a fatal shooting in Handsworth on Tuesday (22/05).


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Whither West Midlands 

24 May

If the answer was Brexit, then surely, we were asking the wrong question.


Mayor launches Faith Action Plan 

23 May

Faiths unite to help Mayor tackle key issues.


The award-winning Warehouse Cafe in Digbeth has moved downstairs and is open again 

23 May

Birmingham Friends of the Earth’s building, The Warehouse, enters the final stage of its refurbishment project.


Save Our Nurseries campaign lobbies the Council and calls on Labour councillors to use the extra £95m reserves to fund services 

23 May

The Birmingham Mail report of the protest, with videos of speakers, can be seen here – https://www.


The Conservatives’ Brexit Divide 

22 May

Extending the timescale for Brexit could work to the Conservatives’ electoral advantage suggests Steve Beauchampé.


Building a National Education Service – what are Labour’s plans and how can we contribute? SEA Public Meeting Wednesday 20 June 7.30 Council House 

21 May

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The Council’s reserves increased by £95m last year. We say use the extra money to fund vital services! 

19 May

The Save Our Nurseries campaign says the Council should find the extra money to top up the budgets of the 14 Council-run day nurseries.


Housing 31: reform taxation, build community housing, use surplus public land 

18 May

Will Cllr Ward, lauded for recent political manoeuvring , continue John Clancy’s good housing initiatives? A Bournville reader has drawn attention to a Guardian article which says falling house prices are not disastrous, ever-rising house prices ...


Council: Ward breaks new boundaries 

17 May

Ian Ward may have been the leader of Birmingham city council for little more than six months, but he’s already achieved two things of significance that eluded his immediate predecessor...


Never mind who you voted for, where did you do it? 

14 May

They’ve become a standard feature of the election season – complaints about the complete or partial closure of schools selected as polling stations.


Yeezy vs. the People 

13 May

Comment Writer Kieren Williams argues that Kanye West's recent Twitter outburst has negative repercussions for the black community The post Yeezy vs.


Theresa May Must Answer to the Windrush Generation 

13 May

Immediate action needs to be taken to punish those responsible for creating a 'hostile environment' for the Windrush Generation, argues Comment Writer Kieren Williams The post Theresa May Must Answer to the Windrush Generation appeared first on ...


Join Local Futures at Earth, Culture, Economy 

11 May

25th-29th June | Schumacher College, Totnes, UK What would the world look like if humans lived harmoniously with nature rather than creating environmental mayhem? What strategies can be employed to overcome the entrenched power of big business, big ...


SAVE BIRMINGHAM NURSERIES – lobby of the new Birmingham Council, Tuesday 22nd May at 3.15 at the Council House 

10 May

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Birmingham comedian Lovdev Barpaga: from carer to UK pun champion 

25 May

In a special immersive feature Mathilda Warder spoke to Birmingham comedian Lovdev Barpaga about his journey from carer to stand-up comedian, what is needed in Birmingham’s growing comedy scene — and meeting his wife in a Pizza Hut.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS 

24 May

New EU GDPR* privacy laws come into force this Friday 25 May which mean we will have to remove your personal details from our database.


Travel Information: PRIDE 

23 May

We would like to advise customers of some road closures taking place over the PRIDE weekend...


Project Ocean Selfridges 2018 

21 May

The world’s first edible water ‘bottle’ comes to Selfridges Birmingham...


Local candle business Hamptons Candles featured in the Royal Wedding Collection 

21 May

Candle-making company Hampton Candles are being featured in the Royal Wedding collection in the lead-up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this Saturday.


World Cup Flavours 

15 May

Whether you’re a footie fan or more of a foodie fan, we’ve got another reason to embrace the season, with food from many of the competing countries.


#SunAwarenessWeek: 7 ways to protect yourself in the sun 

14 May

Today marks the start of #SunAwarenessWeek and as the UK enjoys another heatwave, we asked Public Health England for their top tips on how to stay safe in the sun.


In their shoes: ME Awareness Week highlights seriousness of the condition 

14 May

Local charities and support groups congregated as part of the #MillionsMissing movement for ME Awareness.


#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek infographic: Suicide in Birmingham – what you need to know 

14 May

Today marks the start of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek across the UK.


Gun surrender launched in West Midlands Police bid to combat violent crime 

14 May

A fortnight-long firearm surrender was launched today by West Midlands Police as part of their efforts to tackle violent crime.


Brain cancer research funding doubled in tribute to Tessa Jowell 

14 May

PM Theresa May met Baroness Jowell last February / Source: Number 10 (Creative Commons) Research funding to tackle brain cancer will be increased to £40 million by the Government, Theresa May and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced on the ...


Ramadan: How to keep healthy whilst fasting 

14 May

Flickr/raasiel Muslims in the UK are expected to fast for around 18 hours this Ramadan, with the Suhoor – pre-dawn meal – time ending before 3 AM at the end of Ramadan.


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Aston Villa »

Save the date 

24 May

Villa are off to Wembley and Dave Woodhall is getting a bit excited at the prospect.


Villa Are in a Final, and Wasn’t it Fun? 

24 May

I’ve been putting this off, largely because I haven’t wanted to think about the play-off final.


‘Jam packed 

18 May

Stephen Pennell falls even deeper under the spell of AffieJam.


On the march with… 

15 May

A 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough means Villa are off to Wembley, as Dave Woodhall watches.


Play-off Semifinal Leg Two: Aston Villa vs. Middlesbrough 

15 May

By now, we’ve read all the takes on Saturday’s 1-0 win at the Riverside—“defensive masterclass” seems the most common, and it’s hard to argue with the hyperbole.


Thirdway to paradise 

13 May

Villa won 1-0 at Middlesbrough in the Championship play-offs first leg.


Play-off Semifinal Leg One: Middlesbrough vs. Aston Villa 

12 May

Here we are.


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Birmingham City FC »

BCFC Quarterly Supporters Forum 24 May 

24 May

Russ represented J&S at the supporters forum today.


White gets player of the year nomination 

21 May

Blues Ladies and England forward Ellen White has been nominated for England’s Player of the Year award.


Prices frozen, Students axed 

21 May

Blues have released details for 2018/19 season tickets with the headline news being a price freeze for the 6th year.


Jlloyd Samuel 

15 May

I heard this afternoon that Jlloyd Samuel has died aged 37.


The top club in England is… 

15 May

Which is the top club in the land? Which teams are punching above their weight and which historic powerhouses languish in the lower divisions? The Ultimate League for 2017/18 has arrived...


Most improved club in England is… 

14 May

We have ranked every club for league improvement in England's top four tiers - so where does your club sit...


When does your club’s season start? 

14 May

The new Premier League season starts on August 11, but champions Manchester City will be in action a little earlier.


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Sport »

Florence and the Machine coming to Birmingham Genting Arena – how to get tickets 

25 May

London-based indie rock band led by singer Florence Welch announce UK tour dates including Birmingham...


New hoardings have appeared around world’s biggest Primark in Birmingham 

25 May

This means we're getting one step to the megastore opening...


World leaders to gather in Birmingham to discuss the end of the petrol car 

25 May

Birmingham is to host the world's first zero-emission vehicle summit, as the UK plans to ban sale of new petrol and diesel cars...


The secret behind the success of Aston Villa’s record-breaking boss Steve Bruce 

25 May

What has worked in the past - and how will the AVFC boss use that to his advantage this weekend...


The crunch talks Aston Villa are planning after the play-off final 

25 May

Steve Bruce has revealed what will happen in the days after the Wembley clash with Fulham...


Birmingham City boss Garry Monk shows his class once again 

25 May

The Birmingham City manager has backed his 'very good friend' to succeed...


‘Have a few beers! – Aston Villa fans will love this Wembley plea from Steve Bruce 

25 May

You have the manager's permission - no go and do your duty...


Teenage boy arrested over Small Heath road rage stabbing 

25 May

Boy, aged 16, and man, 20, arrested after the road rage incident which left victim with 'life changing' injuries...


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

    13 May

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    Data protection help for small businesses 

    21 May

    Innovation Birmingham start-up launches online platform to help businesses cope with GDPR.


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    21 May

    Industrial action provides the inspiration for recycling expansion.


    Midlands housing provider seeks ambitious planning reforms 

    21 May

    Call for affordable homes schemes to cover Midlands.


    Boost for Birmingham brownfield development 

    17 May

    £3.6 million backing from WMCA Collective Investment Fund.


    Primera Air launches Birmingham operation 

    15 May

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    Events »

    Charity Football Match and Fun Day, 26 May 2018 

    24 May

    26 May 2018 - Community at St Andrews Stadium (suitable for under 18s...


    New Show: Clean Cut Kid 

    23 May

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    National Youth Dance Company Workshop , 26 May 2018 

    23 May

    26 May 2018 - Workshop at Birmingham Hippodrome FREE (suitable for under 18s) Sadler’s Wells searches for thirty new talented young dancers to join the National Youth Dance Company each year and are running a free workshop in Birmingham this ...


    Silent Disco at John Lewis 

    23 May

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    Everything Eyes Masterclass 

    22 May

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    22 May

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    Topman Tailored Suiting 

    21 May

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    MUJI Birmingham Reopens, 25 May 2018 

    21 May

    25 May 2018 - Community at New St FREE (suitable for under 18s) Japanese lifestyle retailer brand MUJI opens the doors of its Birmingham store after a 5-week refurbishment on Friday 25 May.


    Learn To Ski – Go Skiing, 24 May 2018 

    21 May

    24 May 2018 - Community at The Ackers (suitable for under 18s) Learn to ski with our Go Skiing sessions on a Thursday evening from 6:00pm - 7:30pm for ages 8+..


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    Music blogs »

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    25 May

    With two weeks until Parklife Festival, Music Editor Issy Campbell gives you some top tips to make the most of the weekend The post Redbrick’s Guide to Parklife Festival 2018 appeared first on Redbrick .


    Parquet Courts – Wide Awake 

    24 May

    Here's one for the file marked 'Great singles by a band I've never had any interest in before and quite possibly won't again'.


    Beatles anniversaries to be celebrated in Kings Heath 

    23 May

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    Live Review: U.S. Girls 

    23 May

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    Preview: Carnival Magnifico 2018 

    23 May

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    999 »

    Unashamedly Ambitious Plans for West Midlands Police 

    24 May

    I’ve never been keen on the word Ambition, always associating it with striving to succeed at all costs.


    My Health and Yours 

    20 May

    My healthcare, and that of my family and friends, is absolutely none of your business.


    Interim Report: MHA Review 

    7 May

    Last week, Professor Sir Simon Wessely published his interim report after being asked in 2017 by the Prime Minister to look at the Mental Health Act 1983.


    Reasons to be cheerful 

    3 May

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    Interim Report: MHA Review 

    1 May

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    23 Apr

    Policing is not the problem here: the extent to which we rely upon policing – that’s the problem.


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    LocalGov »

    Rubbish piled up on corner, 25th May 

    25 May

    Happens all the time.


    Dumped obstacles, 25th May 

    25 May

    The usual...


    Pothole approx 12″ wide, and 6″ deep, 25th May 

    25 May

    The pothole has been there since before Christmas, because of how deep it is, when cars go over it all the water splashes and covers the pavements and any cars parked outside the properties.


    Use of Empty Rates Relief for Commercial and Industrial Properties 

    24 May

    Request sent to Birmingham City Council by L Jones on 24 May 2018 .


    Rubbish has not been collected and it been avoided by the Rubbish collectors every week and the Rubbish is piling up it near the Lamp Post 27 Witton Road opposite the number 7 bus stop., 24th May 

    24 May

    Rubbish has not been collected and it been avoided by the Rubbish collectors every week and the Rubbish is piling up it near the Lamp Post 27 Witton Road opposite the number 7 bus stop.


    Recruitment Spend 2017/2018 

    24 May

    Follow up sent to Birmingham City Council by mercy on 24 May 2018 .


    Gate lock, 24th May 

    24 May

    Gate lock broken Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 20 Cornerway, Kings Norton Report on FixMyStreet...


    Bird poo, 24th May 

    24 May

    Five ways island on the entrance and exits of the tunnels under there the footpaths are covered in pigeon muck due to nesting birds.


    Overhanging branches blocking the public footway, 24th May 

    24 May

    A beech tree that is growing on the council owned green space between Clifton Road and Runcorn Rd is blocking the footway along Clifton Road, to the detriment of pedestrians.


    Illuminated Give Way sign damaged by a collision, 24th May 

    24 May

    The Illuminated Give Way sign at junction of Ladypool Rd and Clifton Rd has been damaged by a collision and wires are exposed.


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    Social media »

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    16 May

    As comms people it can be easy to forget the importance of our bread and butter communications in the chase for flashy content, funny videos or slick campaigns.


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