Birmingham news and blogs Tuesday 20 March 2018
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Your guide to a relaxing day out at Birmingham’s Mailbox with My Bull. 

19 Mar

The Mailbox is an amazing mall for a day out.

John Gregory: Former Aston Villa boss wins Indian Super League with Chennaiyin FC 

19 Mar

Former Aston Villa boss John Gregory wins the Indian Super League with Chennaiyin FC.

The Independent Birmingham Festival arrives this week and here is what ticket holders should expect. 

19 Mar

This is the weekend food fans have been looking forward to.

Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa 

16 Mar

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Bolton Wanderers and Aston Villa.

Birmingham marathon cancelled over new route plans 

16 Mar

Building and road works are restricting options for a new route for this year's race.

Birmingham City v Hull City 

16 Mar

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Birmingham City and Hull City.

Birmingham International Marathon will not be staged this year, says The Great Run Company 

16 Mar

The Birmingham International Marathon will not be staged this year as organisers take time to redesign the event in the lead up to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham .

Ten people arrested over drone plot to drop drugs behind prison walls. 

16 Mar

Police in the West Midlands have arrested 10 people suspected of using drones to smuggle large quantities of drugs into jails across England.

The tastiest, nostalgic cocktails that will take you back to your childhood. 

15 Mar

Birmingham is full of weird and wonderful cocktail bars.

Garry Monk: Birmingham City boss says Blues must deal with ‘adversity’ 

15 Mar

Birmingham City boss Garry Monk says that being in the Championship bottom three is like starting every game 1-0 down.

Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant fined £30K after pleading guilty to food safety and hygiene offences.  

15 Mar

Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant Ltd, on Thorp Street in the city centre, has today (15/3) been fined £30,000 after pleading guilty to fourteen food safety and hygiene offences at Birmingham magistrates court today.

Ideas for what you can do in the dark this upcoming Earth Hour. 

15 Mar

Earth Hour is taking place between 8.30pm-9.30pm on Saturday 24 th March.

Steve Bruce: Aston Villa boss sees April as the ‘defining month’ in Championship race 

14 Mar

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce says the key to his side's Championship promotion chances is how they get through April.

The Silent Child producers go back to school 

14 Mar

Oscar-winning filmmakers Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton show off their award for the Silent Child to schoolchildren in Birmingham.

Birmingham gym locker thief jailed for three years 

14 Mar

Michal Tkacz took phones, watches and bank cards while members exercised or showered nearby.

The pedigree city pubs that are perfectly pooch friendly. 

13 Mar

As the evenings get longer and the weather gets warmer we’ll be looking for summer nights in the city, enjoying the heat and a few relaxing tipples thrown in.

Four reasons why Channel 4’s new digs should be in Digbeth. 

13 Mar

Not long until we receive a decision from the mighty Channel 4 on whether they’ll be moving to our beloved Birmingham.

‘Senseless’ street racers narrowly avoid jail for breaching Car Cruising ban 

13 Mar

Two “senseless” street racers who tore along a Birmingham road at more than twice the speed limit in torrential rain have narrowly avoided jail after admitting breaching the city-wide Car Cruising Injunction.

Trendy Tattu restaurant announces plans to open at The Grand Hotel Birmingham. 

13 Mar

The hotel’s basement will become home to trendy Chinese restaurant Tattu by the end of 2018.

Highways England starts work on the M6 between junctions 2 to 4 to convert this section into a smart motorway 

12 Mar

Highways England will be starting work today (12/03) on the M6 between junctions 2 to 4 to convert this section into a smart motorway.

Aston Villa v Queens Park Rangers 

12 Mar

Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's Championship game between Aston Villa and QPR.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool and Overwatch stars lead the blockbuster line up for MCM Comic Con at the NEC.  

12 Mar

MCM Comic Con, the UK’s largest organiser of pop culture events is back and ready to roll in 2018 with bigger shows, bigger guests and more explosive and interactive content.

New Birmingham Conservatoire ‘vote of confidence’ in music 

12 Mar

Prince Edward officially opened the new £57m venue at a gala performance in the concert hall.

The Botanist unveils new Spring menu and becomes our latest My Bull partner. 

12 Mar

The bohemian Temple Street bar have released their new Spring menu with a large show of dishes catering to all sorts of dietary requirements, including special options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diners.

Crufts’ live final disrupted by Peta animal activists 

12 Mar

Two intruders were wrestled to the ground after breaching the show arena at the NEC in Birmingham.

Steve Bruce: Aston Villa boss says only ‘almighty collapse’ will deny Wolves 

11 Mar

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce says it would take "an almighty collapse" to stop Wolves winning promotion, despite Saturday's win.

What I’d say to my younger self 

11 Mar

Four people from the University of Birmingham's 1000 Elders group on what they might do differently.

Police officer tries to stop Birmingham ram-raid 

10 Mar

The gang used a white flat-bed lorry to smash the front window of a jeweller in Birmingham.

Sutton United v Solihull Moors 

10 Mar

Live coverage of Saturday's National League game between Sutton United and Solihull Moors.

Tram stop killing: Birmingham man sentenced to life 

9 Mar

Alaeldien Ahmed stabbed Anthony Banting more than 50 times in the "frenzied" attack.

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Next Drop-in Session This Tuesday 20 March 

19 Mar

On Tuesday 20 March members of the Committee of the City Centre Neighbourhood Forum (CCNF) will be holding a Drop-in session in Café Nero in Brindleyplace from 6pm onwards.

SS18’s most wearable trends 

19 Mar

Spring fashion style guide...

Quiet Hour at Entertainer 

19 Mar

The Entertainer rolls out nationwide Quiet Hour to create a calming shopping experience for autistic children...

Andrew Robinson Winter Camp 2018 

19 Mar

‘The Kingdom of heaven is close at hand’ The Andrew Robinson Young People’s Trust have ran a Winter Camp for the past 7 years! Each year 5 days are given to 45 young people especially chosen by key staff from Coventry schools in disadvantaged ...

Easter Weekend Opening Hours 

19 Mar

There's lots happening for Easter weekend! Here's the round up please a reminder of our Easter weekend opening hours.

God’s Gardeners 

19 Mar

It’s that time of year again! In every corner of the Diocese, an unsung army of horticultural heroes are beginning to emerge from their winter hibernation, dusting the cobwebs off their wellington boots and ceremoniously rolling out the lawnmowers...

A Musical Weekend in Bournemouth 

19 Mar

For the twentieth year running Catenians from across the Midlands made their way in early February, down south to the seaside resort of Bournemouth for their annual Provincial Weekend way.

New to Debenhams 

18 Mar

Debenhams are happy to announce a range of new brand arrivals to their store from Scandinavia.

New Menu items from Cafe Rouge 

16 Mar

You can try all these delicious new additions at our Bullring store...

Children’s Mental Health Week 

16 Mar

The week 5-9 February was the National Week for Children’s Mental Health.

The Rosary Catholic Primary School achieve the Investors in Pupils Award 

16 Mar

At the Rosary Catholic Primary School, we, as a school, have been working hard towards the Investors in Pupils Award for the last year.

Olympic medallist opens new Coventry facility 

16 Mar

Olympic gymnast and medallist Beth Tweddle recently opened ‘Ready Steady Gymnastics’ new facility at Saint Augustine’s Sports Centre in Radford.

Chance for children to enjoy reading as Bournville Bookfest celebrates fifth anniversary 

16 Mar

Books are being brought to life in Birmingham as the Bournville Bookfest celebrates its fifth anniversary.

Fr Philip Newbold Returns to Dine in the Archdiocese 

16 Mar

Caught on camera at the end of 2017 was Fr Philip Newbold, who retired last year from the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Hednesford, to live in Lancashire.

Induction of Parish Priest at St Osburg’s 

16 Mar

At 7pm Thursday 22 Feb 2018, the Feast of the Chair of St Peter the Apostle, Fr Pontius Bandua, a member of the Apostles of Jesus Missionaries was inducted as the Parish Priest of St Osburg’s Parish.

Students Perform Wizard of Oz 

15 Mar

A cast of over 50 student performers supported by a band of almost 20 student musicians performed ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Stafford’s Blessed William Howard Catholic High School last week.

Education Cannot Wait 

15 Mar

For the last 5 years Christ the King Parish in Coventry have been supporting the ‘Friends of Ibba Girls School’ with a £5,000 per year commitment for five years to help pay a teacher’s salary in the Ibba Girls school.

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A celebration of the life of Andy Hamilton 

19 Mar

Next weekend Andy Hamilton, the great saxophonist would have celebrated his 100th birthday.

Water Aid 

17 Mar

Thanks to John Stokes for this….

Thinking of starting your own business? 

11 Mar

This could be for you...

English for Speakers of Other Languages 

5 Mar

Anyone interested in attending these courses starting after Easter should register their interest at Thimblemill Library...

Police charge victims of car crime hundreds of pounds to give back their stolen vehicle 

21 Feb

Prime Minister Theresa May to investigate after Birmingham MP condemns 'outrageous' charges...

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Could Brummie’s soon be camping in Alton Towers Resort Pods? 

19 Mar

Merlin Attractions are seeking planning permission to bring wooden style pods to Alton Towers Resort.

Police seek to reassure communities after ‘hoax’ bomb threat email sent to West Midlands schools 

19 Mar

West Midlands Police have issued a statement regarding what are believed to be hoax bomb threat messages that were sent to a number of schools and colleges across the region this morning (Monday 19th March).

Man arrested in Frankley street after woman suffers minor injuries 

19 Mar

A number of people have contacted us, concerned about an incident in Frankley this morning (Monday 19th March).

Roadhouse fire ‘thought to be deliberate’ – 50 firefighters tackled Kings Norton blaze 

19 Mar

West Midlands Fire Service have confirmed that a fire at a former Kings norton music venue last night is thought to have been set deliberately.

Eight fire crews tackle blaze at Kings Norton music venue 

18 Mar

Eight crews from West Midlands Fire Service are currently tackling a fire at a music venue in Kings Norton (11pm Sunday 18th March).

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