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Sir Tom steps in to keep Karl Loxleys dream alive 

6 Mar

JUST when it looked like Karl Loxleyamp;#039;s dreams of fame on The Voice were over, music legend Sir Tom Jones stepped in to offer him a lifeline.

Rail line re-opening next week following Harbury landslide 

5 Mar

THE RAIL line between Leamington and Banbury is set to re-open next week.

Touchwood expansion plans to go on show 

5 Mar

A PUBLIC consultation on plans to extend Touchwood is to take place at Solihull Arts Complex - beginning tomorrow (Friday).

Ian Paterson timeline of missed opportunities to uncover and stop him 

4 Mar

Missed opportunities and key dates of Ian Patersonamp;#039;s time at Spire Parkway and Little Aston hospitals as highlighted by the Verita report: December 2007/January 2008: The chief executive of HEFT writes to Ruth Paulin, hospital director at ...

Victims of breast surgeon Ian Paterson demand justice 

4 Mar


Archbishop of Canterbury visits Valley Primary School 

4 Mar

THE ARCHBISHOP of Canterbury visited Valley Primary School in Solihull on Monday, February 23, as part of a three-day tour of the West Midlands.

Violinist follows American dream 

3 Mar

VIOLINIST Helena Logahamp;#039;s dream came true when she was selected to join the San Diego Youth Symphony this summer.

Concerns over missing Solihull solicitor 

2 Mar

POLICE have issued an urgent appeal for help to trace an unemployed solicitor who went missing after a job interview.

Hospital signs shows what helps on offer in Solihull 

2 Mar

NEW SIGNS are set to be put up across Solihull Hospital to explain what emergency services are on offer to patients.

End of the road draws near for Land Rover Defender 

1 Mar

As the clock ticks down on the last year of production of the Land Rover Defender, Enda Mullen visits the production line in Solihull...

Win tickets to the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show 

26 Feb

THE NATIONAL Homebuilding amp;amp; Renovating Show - with a record number of over 15 self-build, renovation and home improvement specialists - is coming to Birminghamamp;#039;s NEC from March 26 to 29 - and The Observer has got 20 pairs of tickets to...

Distraught Acocks Green allotment holders targeted by vandals 

26 Feb

ALLOTMENT holders in Acocks Green have been left distraught after being targeted by an ongoing spate of thefts and vandalism.

Karl Loxley the Voice 

25 Feb

BALSALL Commonamp;#039;s own star of The Voice Karl Loxley is set to fight for his place in the next stage of the competition when he takes to the stage in the battle rounds of the show this weekend.

Trail of destruction left by latest gypsies 

25 Feb

GYPSIES have left a trail of destruction in Shirley.

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Untitled Post 

5 Mar

  Naomh Padraig GAA & Warwickshire GAA mourn the passing of Paddy Reilly RIP.

Congress – information 

4 Mar

Please note that the two motions below, as passed at Congress, will not become rule until 1 January 2016.

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27 Feb

    O'Rahailly's GAA & Warwickshire Board mourn the death of Paul Flynn brother of Aden Flynn our President.

SRUFC Annual Dinner – ALL CHANGE 

26 Feb

You will have read previous postings advising Phil Vickery was to attend this event on 18/4/15.

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25 Feb

Time changes for this Sundays Football League Action.

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24 Feb

Sunday 1st.


21 Feb

Lei Brown's Hat-Trick had the shine taken off it by Morgan Hurley's injury time winner for Stafford Town condemning The Gate to a rare defeat.


20 Feb

Following a successful period as 'Caretaker Manager' the club are pleased to announce that Ashley Pulisciano has agreed to take the role permanently...

Under 6 – U6 Player of the week 15 Feb 15 

17 Feb

Player of the week 15 Feb 15...

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“We Want To Help Small Firms Compete” 

3 Mar

Cllr Howard Allen Debates Small Business In London...

Are you interested in becoming a Parish Councillor? 

3 Mar

The Elections in May 2015 are fast approaching, and there will  be 7 positions on the Parish Council instead of 5.

Solihull Greens Propose Living Wage For All Core Council Employees 

27 Feb

Solihull Tories vote down Green amendment at full council to set the annual budget...

Council Tax FROZEN for 5th year running 

27 Feb

Your Conservative-run Council is rated as one of the best in the country for managing the money it receives, whilst constantly striving to provide high quality services at a price we can afford.

Green Party General Election Launch 

24 Feb

Solihull Cllr Howard Allen: "Parliament needs a clear, strong Green voice now, perhaps, more than ever.

Follow Lorely’s 2015 campaign 

24 Feb

Please click here for the latest on Lorely's campaign to keep delivering better NHS services, more apprenticeships and more funding for schools in Solihull.


20 Feb

Following much pressure from the Action Group, councillors, a petition and a debate in the House of Commons, the airport announced that since the flight path trial concluded on 13thFebruary, a modified version of so-called Option 6 has been ...

Cable meets apprentices as College goes for record 

17 Feb

Business Secretary Vince Cable visited Solihull College and met trainees and apprentices there as the College gears up to train more apprentices than ever before.

Burt Report attacks ‘unconscious bias’ in government communications 

17 Feb

Solihull MP Lorely Burt has urged the government to 'think inclusively' about women-owned businesses in her report as Vince Cable's Ambassador for Women in Enterprise.


17 Feb

Please find posted the latest report from the Rural Sector Neighbourhood Teams – covering Blythe, Knowle, Dorridge and other areas in this side of Solihull: Newsletter Feb 2015 Filed under: Blythe , Cheswick Green , Dickens Heath , Monkspath , ...


12 Feb

Planning application 2015/69 relates to an retrospective planning plication which reads ‘RESUBMISSION OF PLANNING APPLICATION 2014/1688 FOR RETENTION OF FENCING AND DECKING ON DERELICT LAND ADJACENT 168-170 MAIN STRET, TO BE USED AS AN OUTDOOR ...

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Maccas Mouthpiece…Tuesday 3rd March 

2 Mar

Fancy a Swift one? I know every word to Shake It Off.

Review of Greens 24/7 Book 

1 Mar

Carrot cake has been the long standing example of successfully using vegetables in cakes/sweet goods and its popularity continues to shine with consumers and bakers alike.

Go Mad With O’Rourkes 

26 Feb

An evening drinking and eating.

Ukrainian Pancake Topping for Butter Week 

21 Feb

I know that Shrove Tuesday has been and gone and those that are sacrificing something for Lent are well on their road to abstinence by now.

Cauldron’s Ultimate Street Food Guide & Vegetarian Yuk Sung 

13 Feb

Over the past couple of years, I’ve documented how the street food phenomenon has taken Britain by storm with special events happening countrywide and vendors upping their gameand becoming more adventurous in their offerings.

Chief Scout’s Silver Awards Evening Reminder 

11 Feb

The Mayor of Solihull has kindly agreed to present Chief Scout’s Silver Award certificates in Solihull School Chapel at 6.45 for 7.00pm on Friday, 24th April 2015 .

Frying Pan Review Ahead of Shrove Tuesday 

7 Feb

With Shrove Tuesday on the horizon, thoughts turn to pancake making.

Fathers’s Day Lunch 

7 Feb

  If you have previously dined with us at Nuthurst Grange then you will be familiar with the excellent standard of dining experience our restaurant delivers.

Royal Ascot Ladies Luncheon 

7 Feb

Royal Ascot day is a relaxed and enjoyable day out which starts with arrival drinks canapés followed by a three course luncheon and live TV coverage from Royal Ascot.

Easter Sunday Lunch 

7 Feb

So, where better to enjoy a delicious Sunday lunch on this special day than at Nuthurst Grange.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Nuthurst Grange 

5 Feb

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.

Masterchef Evening at Nuthurst Grange 

5 Feb

Masterchef evening is back and there is most certainly a score to settle this time! The winning Dish from the November event was the pan fried fillet of sea bass.

Valentines Weekend Packages 

5 Feb

At Nuthurst Grange in Hockley Heath, Solihull, we have put together an exclusive Valentine’s Package designed to make that special someone feel even more special.

2015 Food Trend Predictions by The Plough Harborne 

1 Feb

The Plough , in Harborne Birmingham is no stranger to accolades.

Gluten Free Lunch at Frais Living 

24 Jan

As a vegetarian I know the hardship of not always being able to find things to eat when you dine out (or the limitations of that) and so I extend my empathy to those with additional allergies and the difficulties they must face when they eat out at ...

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BPS Birmingham and Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP launch SME funding portal 

6 Mar

The website (www.

GBSLEP in life sciences sector push 

3 Mar

THE Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has announced the launch of a new Life Sciences Commission as a step towards attracting businesses from that sector into the reg...

Holiday Inn Solihull embarks on £1m ground floor refurbishment 

2 Mar

The eight-week project is set to be completed by the middle of March...

Heating firm completes MBO in locally funded deal 

26 Feb

A MIDLANDS heating and plumbing specialist has completed a management buyout with the support of a £200,000 invoice discounting line from Solihull-based Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance.

Positive finance news for chicken wholesaler 

25 Feb

SOLIHULLS Summer Poultry Products has secured a £475,000 finance facility from Birmingham-based invoice finance specialist Positive Cashflow Finance.

Stone Manor Hotel under new ownership 

24 Feb

Couple behind Hogarths Hotel Restaurant in Solihull have acquired their second property...

Minster joins Business Secretary at Westminster 

19 Feb

On Tuesday 3rd February, Susan Marlow (Director at Minster)joined a Made in the Midlands (MIM) delegation to meet Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable, at the Houses of Parliament.

Countdown to the Powertrain Conference 2015 #PTC2015 

18 Feb

Powertrain Conference, Stand 4 25-26th February, 2015 National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull Jonathan Lee Recruitment have been busy preparing for the Powertrain Conference that is now less than one week away.

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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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No checks made before issuing court summons 

6 Mar

Follow up sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Enid Brighton on 6 March 2015 .

Litter in public area, 6th March 

6 Mar

A car tyre ,rope,bottles,cans and general litter has been deposited in the wooded area along side an sssi site in the edges of the playing field.

John Shepard Agency for sale board erected on green, 5th March 

5 Mar

John Shepard Estate Agency for sale board erected on council land in Coppice Close, I do not think this should be on this land and may set a precedent for any further or future advertising, as well as a health and safety issue with children...

No checks made before issuing court summons 

5 Mar

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Enid Brighton on 5 March 2015 .

International Women’s Day | Business of the House | Commons debates 

5 Mar

I thank you for your guidance, Mr Deputy Speaker.

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