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Borough actress takes lead in Coventry musical 

28 Aug

Kirsty Malpass to star in Crush the musical at The Belgrade Theatre Read More...

Sixth Form College teacher publishes first novel 

28 Aug

A TEACHER at The Sixth Form College, Solihull, has turned published author after getting her first novel...

Lorely Burt secures lifetime peerage and title of Baroness Burt of Solihull 

27 Aug

Lorely Burt secures House of Lords seat

Do you know this man? 

27 Aug

Police want to speak to him about thefts from the NEC Read More...

‘Open visiting’ scheme proves a hit with Heart of England patients and carers 

27 Aug

HEART OF England NHS Foundation Trust is inviting patients, carers and staff to have their say on its...

Treasures of Felix Dennis to go under the hammer 

27 Aug

Your chance to snap up a memento of the unique Felix Dennis Read More...

Solihull Moors boss Marcus Bignot preparing for busy Bank Holiday weekend 

27 Aug

TABLE-topping Solihull Moors will look to keep their unbeaten run going with back-to-back games over the Bank Holiday we Read More...

Rob Oliver paddling his way to Rio 2016 dream 

26 Aug

PARACANOE athlete Rob Oliver has moved a step closer to securing his place on the Team GB squad heading to Rio next year Read More...

Lei Brown on target again as Highgate draw with Sporting Khalsa 

26 Aug

HIGHGATE maintained their unbeaten start to the season on Tuesday night after holding fellow Midland League Premier Divi Read More...

Liam Delves fourth in British Motostar GP125 championship standings 

26 Aug

LIAM Delves scored a seventh and then a sixth place finish in the two races that comprised the seventh round of the Brit Read More...

Solihull Barons on track after Sheffield Spartans win 

26 Aug

Pre-season friendlySolihull Barons 5Sheffield Spartans 3 WITH newly promoted Solihull Barons looking...

Female sailing on the up in Solihull 

26 Aug

EARLSWOOD Lakes Sailing Club is proving This Girl Can thanks to special new females-only sessions to get more women Read More...

Future cycling star Lucy Shaw wins national title 

26 Aug

CYCLING star Lucy Shaw clinched victory at the National Championships in her first season with a professional team.

Knowle Badminton club on the lookout for new players 

26 Aug

KNOWLE Badminton club are on the lookout for new players ahead of the start of the new season in the Coventry Badminton Read More...

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Sport »

First Team – WOUNDED 

26 Aug

There was an air of disappointment in the home dressing room compared to euphoria amongst the opposition as Khalsa grabbed a last kick equaliser...


26 Aug

There was an air of disappointment in the home dressing room compared to euphoria amongst the opposition as Khalsa grabbed a last kick equaliser...

2016 Six Nations Tickets 

25 Aug

2016 Six Nations ticket applications are now invited.

Mac’s ESB Champions 

23 Aug

Sean McDermotts (Warwickshire)  3.13  Tir Chonail Gaels (London)  2.13ESB Home Grown Provincial Football Championship Final...


23 Aug

Substitute Connor Mooney’s 73rd minute strike rescued a point for a Highgate side which had looked far the better of these two unbeaten teams...


23 Aug

Substitute Connor Mooney’s 73rd minute strike rescued a point for a Highgate side which had looked far the better of these two unbeaten teams...

Under 13 – Well done boys. 

16 Aug

Last season.


16 Aug

On behalf of the board of directors a huge THANK YOU is due to all the helpers and volunteers that helped out at yesterdays game v Hereford...


16 Aug

Lei Brown's second consecutive brace tamed the Bulls and was enough to ensure The Gates 100% start against title favourites Hereford...

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Blogs »

New Look, New Products for Darlings of Chelsea 

12 Aug

Summer is a great time to refresh your style, and luxury furniture retailer, Darlings of Chelsea, certainly agree.

Community Litter Pick, Monkspath 

12 Aug

Click to view slideshow.

Summer dance workshops from MK Health Hub 

8 Aug

Check out these brilliant summer dance workshops by Jess Elmer at MK health Hub for kids from 5-16 years! These should be great fun for enthusiastic dancers.

All about Festival on the Green 

8 Aug

With a little over a month to go the plans are almost complete for Festival on the Green! Bring along a picnic and come and enjoy an afternoon of fun with your friends and neighbours.

Ironing service 

8 Aug

Life is hard and sometimes you need a bit of a hand.

Update on Travellers on Lyndon Playing Fields 

4 Aug

Residents will be aware that on Sunday evening, a number of Travellers set up camp on Lyndon Playing Fields off Wagon Lane.


21 Jul

Developers have held talks with Council officers and Ward members about proposals for Blythe Valley.


21 Jul

At last Tuesdays Full Council (14th) I presented the petition, signed by 99 residents, calling for better screening of the new buildings in Monkspath Hall Road/Highlands Road (please see previous post dated 15 May).


21 Jul

Please find posted the latest monthly Neighbourhood Report (from police, council and partners).

Boy Racers – another update 

19 Jul

On Tuesday 14 July I presented to Solihull Council the petition, then signed by 277 people, seeking action by the Council, Police and Tesco’s/Notcutts to stop the congregation of vehicles which leads to anti-social behaviour (the image shows ...

Combined Authority Bid Officially Launched 

9 Jul

Caroline Spelman, MP for the Meriden Constituency, gives a cautious welcome the news of the intent for one of the most ambitious Combined Authority plans in the country.

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Features »

Veggie BBQ at The Highfield 

23 Aug

Having enjoyed their main menu earlier in the spring, I was invited to sample The Highfield's BBQ menu this month in their relaxing patio garden area coupled with the opportunity of trying out their marquee facility.

Wonderful Ukrainians 

22 Aug

It is amazing how in the short space of a week it is possible to feel so much love, hope and affection for people that you have never met before.

My Top 15 Veggie Foods at Birmingham Independent Food Fair 2015 

17 Aug

I can’t believe it’s been almost 12 months since the last Birmingham Independent Food Fair ! Where has the time gone?! And whilst those that attended have been enjoying the memories of last year’s event, organiser Ahmed Ahmed has been busy ...

Dinner at The Rose & Crown Warwick 

4 Aug

Photo: Courtesy of The Rose Crown Photo: Courtesy of The Rose Crown The night we visited The Rose Crown in Warwick, it was the start of the Warwick Folk Festival , so the town and especially this gastropub, were in full swing.

Culinary Captures – July 2015 

26 Jul

With Culinary Captures now in full swing, here is my round-up of foodie finds that I have encountered on my travels this month: ~~~ Wimbledon may have ended, but the love for strawberries is still shining through well into July.

You can protect children 

25 Jul

Our leaders with responsibility for keeping our children safe in our communities are continuing to abdicate responsibility and are relying on children to protect themselves.

Follow Solihull Adventure in Japan 

22 Jul

The World Scout Jamboree is only days away and the SMSAllsorts Unit and IST are heading out shortly, please feel free to follow their adventures.

Lunch at Cherry Red’s 

20 Jul

There is a lot of love on the Birmingham food scene for Cherry Reds , for both their original Kings Heath site and their café on John Bright Street in the city centre.

Review of Veg Out Cafe 

12 Jul

Much love has been expressed for Kings Heath’s Veg Out Café which offers 100% vegetarian food with choices for those observing vegan and/or gluten free diets as well.


8 Jul

The County Commissioner for Solihull has approved a presentation of Chief Scout’s Bronze Award certificates to Beaver Scouts on Friday, 16th October 2015 in Solihull School Chapel at 6.45 for 7.00pm.

PHOM Tea – One Cup At A Time……….. 

5 Jul

I came across Phom Tea not quite by accident but in a ‘need-for-refreshment’ way rather than ‘I’m-looking-for-a-new-tea-product’ way.

How to solve the immigration crisis 

4 Jul

It seems that the immigration debate has been building up a greater head of steam this year – all the bluster of the election along with the sad and worrying crises we have seen in the Mediterranean and the port of Calais.

White Fillings In Solihull 

1 Jul

Fillings are quite a typical and standard treatment that dentists offer.

Getting Dental Implants In Solihull 

28 Jun

When your looking at replacing your teeth, there are now multiple options that may be suitable to meet your needs.

Culinary Captures – June 2015 

28 Jun

Welcome to Culinary Captures! This will be my monthly (or thereabouts) round-up of food and/or food related goodies that have come my way or that I have seen on my travels and want to share with you! I hope you will enjoy reading about them and ...

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Business »

Ashtenne industrial properties acquired in £103.7m deal 

27 Aug

COMMERCIAL property owner Ashtenne - which has a base in Solihull - has sold a further £103.7m of units in its Ashtenne Industrial Fund (AIF) to real estate investment firm Hansteen Holdings.

Overbury fits out new regional HQ for WM Housing 

25 Aug

FIT-OUT specialist Overbury has handed over the keys to WM Housing Groups new administration centre on Birmingham Business Park in Solihull.

Solihull Council leader to chair new West Midlands Combined Authority 

21 Aug

Bob Sleigh won the backing of the leaders to spearhead the proposed new combined authority ...

Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull plant director to step down after seven years 

19 Aug

ALAN Volkaerts, the man who has overseen the largest expansion of Solihulls Jaguar Land Rover factory in its history, is to leave his role.

GBSLEP fills business support role 

18 Aug

THE Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has formed a new role to lead the co-ordination of its Growth Hub, intended to create a one-stop shop for businesses seeking sup...

Post-election profit boost for Persimmon 

18 Aug

HOUSEBUILDER Persimmon, which recently opened a new regional operation at Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, has seen an increase in pre-tax profits for the first half of 2015, bouncing back from a pre-Ge...

MP hits out at petition to save former Powergen building 

15 Aug

Councillors, residents and Solihull MP Julian Knight have hit out at a petition to save the former Powergen building in Shirley, which was designed by city architect John Madin...

Two Après Bars to be rebranded after sale 

14 Aug

PROPERTY consultancy Christie + Co has sold two local Après Bar sites to Intertain on behalf of Town & Country Inns.

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Theft of farm equipment from yard in Meriden 

14 Jan

Theft of farm equipment from yard in Meriden Police in Solihull have released clear CCTV footage of two men they'd like to speak to after 600 worth of farm equipment was stolen.

Shirley Cramer 

18 Nov

Shirley Cramer From: West MidsFire Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 02:00 More in Education...

‘Wicked’ thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 2 

3 Nov

Wicked thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 2 Another CCTV installment of a man suspected of stealing poppy tins in the Solihull area.

‘Wicked’ thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 1 

3 Nov

Wicked thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 1 Despite Remembrance Day approaching and this year being the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, thieves in Solihull are stealing poppy tins.

The Termite-inators…sisters embark on new career in Korea 

26 Aug

The Termite-inators...

Industrial action 

8 Aug

Update issued at 2.05pm Saturday 9 August: This lunchtime’s two-hour strike by firefighters ended at 2pm.

Firefighters’ strikes 

11 Jul

Update issued at 8.05am Monday 14 July: During this morning's two-hour strike by firefighters, which ended at 8am, we had 13 fire engines and one Brigade Response Vehicle available to deploy.

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LocalGov »

Data protection of Elective Home Education records 

28 Aug

Follow up sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Peter D Williams on 28 August 2015 .

Data protection of Elective Home Education records 

28 Aug

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Peter D Williams on 28 August 2015 .

Total Expenditure on Qualified Social Worker Agency Staff 

27 Aug

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Jim Ward on 27 August 2015 .

Footpath encroachment, 27th August 

27 Aug

The footpath / pavement in Canterbury Drive is being encroached upon by the owner(s) of 83 Elmdon Lane Who are dumping soil adjacent to their fence boundary that fronts onto Canterbury Drive They already have very large piles of soil in front...

Sink hole starting?, 26th August 

26 Aug

Browns Lane approx 50 metres from junction of Tilehouse Green Lane,Knowle.

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