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Solihull father raises £20,000 in 500-mile Spanish trek in memory of his son 

30 Jul

DORRIDGE resident Andy Foote has completed the world-renowned 500-mile Camino de Santiago walk across northern Spain, raising over £20,000 for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Sky’s the limit for Solihull’s TV hopeful, Rainbow Man 

30 Jul

THE FUTURE is looking bright for a Solihull teenager known as Rainbow Man, who has big plans to start up his own children’s TV show.

Reg Keys launches appeal to fund legal action for British soldiers killed in Iraq War 

30 Jul

THE FAMILIES of the 179 servicemen killed in the second Iraq War have launched an online funding appeal to help them take legal action against the people responsible for their deaths.

‘Bad weather’ delays Solihull speed camera switch-on 

29 Jul

THE BIG switch-on of Solihull’s new speed cameras has been cancelled at the last minute after bad weather delayed work.

Have your say on new M42 service station plans 

29 Jul

“The proposed Motorway Service Area will provide investment, hundreds of jobs and opportunities for businesses to provide locally sourced produce.

Sporting talent in Solihull to be celebrated at prestigious awards 

29 Jul

A CEREMONY to celebrate and recognise some of Solihull’s brightest sporting talent took place at The Core earlier this month where a collection of prestigious awards were handed out.

Fire believed to caused by cannabis cultivation has left two men injured 

28 Jul

AN EXPLOSION believe to caused by cannabis cultivation has sparked in the bathroom of a property in Smith’s Wood leaving two men injured.

Firefighters are dealing with an explosion inside a house on… 

28 Jul

Firefighters are dealing with an explosion inside a house on Burton’s Park Rd in Solihull.

Blues Ladies boss David Parker admits Champions League dream is all but over after Reading draw 

28 Jul

THE TASK of qualifying for the Women’s Champions League is now ‘monumental’ according to Birmingham City Ladies boss David Parker after watching his side drop two points away at Reading Ladies on Sunday.

Transformed Dorridge garden opened to public to raise funds for charity. 

28 Jul

A BEAUTIFUL garden has been redesigned as part of the National Garden Scheme and will be revealed this weekend to raise funds for vital palliative end-of-life care.

Liam Delves celebrates 16th birthday with podium finish at Thruxton 

28 Jul

IT WAS the perfect celebration for teenager Liam Delves who secured a fourth and third place finish on his 16th birthday in his two races in round five of the Motostar British Moto 3 standard class at Thruxton.

‘One of a kind’ Birmingham Airport worker saves cancer-stricken family’s holiday 

28 Jul

A ‘ONE of a kind’ Birmingham Airport employee, who helped a family struck by cancer reach their destination when their summer holiday plans looked doomed when their chicken pox-suffering boy was kicked off a plane, has been praised for her ...

Helicopter over Solihull skies following reports of man ‘brandishing weapon’ 

27 Jul

A HELICOPTER took the skies above Solihull as police investigated reports of a man brandishing a weapon.

More funding needed for ‘increasingly complex crimes’ says West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner 

27 Jul

THE GOVERNMENT needs to do more to help police forces tackle the changing nature of crime, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has argued.

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23 Jul

Pre-Season Friendly...

Highlights of Solihull Moors 0 Walsall 5 

19 Jul

Watch the match highlights as new-look Walsall turned on the style to comprehensively beat Solihull Moors in a 5-0 friendly win.

Solihull Moors 0 Walsall 5 – Report and pictures 

17 Jul

New look Walsall turned on the style as they comprehensively beat Solihull Moors in a 5-0 friendly win on Saturday.

Solihull Moors 0 Walsall 5 – match report 

15 Jul

New look Walsall turned on the style as they comprehensively beat Solihull Moors in a 5-0 friendly win.


28 Jun

The AGM of Silhillians RUFC will take place on Wednesday 6th July at 7.30 in the Clubhouse.


17 Jun

Aaron Blackwood sees promising prospects for the future...


17 Jun

The proposed line-up for next seasons MFL Premiership was announced today.

Pre-Christmas Internationals 

9 Jun

The RFU have now released details of the remaining pre-Christmas Internationals...

Walsall announce Birmingham City and Solihull Moors games 

23 May

Walsall have lined up two local derbies as they continue to make preparations for the 2016/17 League One campaign.

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29 Jul

I attended a briefing on 27 July for councillors on the review of the local development plan.


21 Jul

I was asked to write up my thoughts about development training for councillors following a ‘conversation’ on twitter with Dr.


13 Jul

Recently Cllr Alex Insley and myself were invited by both Cheswick Green Residents Association and Parish Council to informal talks about Blythe Valley Park (BVP) planning application.


12 Jul

Following a meeting with Council officers I can reports as follows: CAR PARKING: I have reported previously the offer by Barny McElholm, from Elegant Homes, to create some 40+ new spaces in the existing car park of Garden Squares East, to allow ...

TIDBURY GREEN FARM – Planning Application 

12 Jul

I have just looked at the application which can be found on the Councils planning portal via this link: http://publicaccess.


30 Jun

Together with fellow ward councillor Alex Insley I attended a briefing session at the Ramada Hotel, Solihull yesterday by representatives of Applegreen.


29 Jun

I received this email from one of the councils ecology officers today – some brilliants news about Orchids, some of them rare to our area.


21 Jun

This post is a follow-up to the a post dated 3 February 2016 (see https://cllrkenhawkins.

How Safe are Our Children? 

21 Jun

A comprehensive review of child protection in the UK from the NSPCC, published today.


20 Jun

Together with councillors from neighbouring wards and planning committee members with Solihull Council I received on Friday a brochure from Applegreen who intend a proposal to build a new motorway service station adjacent to Junction 4 of the M42.

News from the Combined Authority AGM 

20 Jun

The West Midlands Combined Authority intended to hold its inaugural AGM last Friday, 10 June, but a little local difficulty in the House of Commons meant that the legislation hadn’t been completed in time.

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Review: Allergen Free Bread & Cakes 

27 Jul

I probably take bread and its inner fluffy pillowness and crusty exterior for granted, based on the fact I could eat it by the barrow load and not have any side effects.

Review: Spanish Feasting at Amantia 

18 Jul

Noting that a number of my Facebook comrades show a lot of love towards Amantia in Birmingham, I was pleased when an opportunity came my way to see for myself what it is that draws them back there time after time.

Affordable Wedding Venue Warwickshire 

16 Jul

Since its purchase in 2006, Nuthurst Grange has matured in to a favoured wedding venue and, with each passing year, we welcome an ever increasing number of brides and grooms who choose to share their special day with us.

Extended Wedding Facilities Suite Warwickshire 

16 Jul

The evolution of Nuthurst Grange as an iconic Solihull wedding venue continues with the exciting refurbishment and expansion of the Packwood Suite.

Hotel Grounds Image Gallery 

16 Jul

Nuthurst Grange Hotel 16 Jul

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Nuthurst Grange Dining Experience 

15 Jul

We are proud to have Head Chef, Andrew Glover, working at the helm of our kitchen, here at Nuthurst Grange.

Exclusively Yours… 

10 Jul

Nuthurst Grange Country House Hotel can be entirely yours during the week with our Exclusively Yours package available for your private use.

Beyond the Gate 

7 Jul

1st Solihull Scout Group are having an open day on Saturday 9th July 2016 to celebrate the opening of their new Pond Dipping Platform, which will be opened by the Mayor of Solihull.

Vegetarian Parmesan Style Cheese – Gran Kinara from Vorrei 

27 Jun

Not all parmesan cheese is vegetarian friendly.

Review: Japanese Food at Rofuto 

22 Jun

Auckinlech House in Five Ways Birmingham was a prime example of 1960’s architecture.

Europe is (not) a Foreign Country (but they do some things differently there) 

21 Jun

Observations from a week in the heart of the European Superstate Project Beast Europe I’ve recently spent a week in Brussels for Drawnalism (the business I co-own with Matthew Buck doing live graphic recording  at events, amongst other things ); ...

Father’s Day Menu at Chaophraya 

15 Jun

 Photo: Word In Veg Ways When I was telling people that I was going to Thai Restaurant Chaophraya in the Bullring, they weren’t sure where I meant, until I said “it’s the one covered with grass by the church” – “ah yes!” they’d ...

Italian Artisan Goods – The Pop Up Deli Co 

8 Jun

I’ve written about my love for delis numerous times over the years on this blog and nothing has changed, I still love them wholeheartedly.

Culinary Captures – May 2016 

30 May

In a month sprinkled with Bank Holidays and bluebells, May’s foodie offerings have been aplenty too.

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Time to speak up on Greater Birmingham’s economic future 

29 Jul

Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership wants to hear the views of public and businesses to shape the economic future of the West Midlands over the next 14 years...

Made in the Midlands enjoy historic dinner at House of Lords 

27 Jul

Made in the Midlands were honoured to have recently been invited to enjoy dinner in the Home Room of the House of Lords, Westminster by The Baroness Burt of Solihull.

‘Around 80’ stores under threat despite retailer’s CVA 

19 Jul

CREDITORS have voted overwhelmingly in favour of plans to prevent retail chain Store Twenty One from potential closure.

Aldermore drives growth with £1m funding deal 

19 Jul

Solihull logistics firm adds more than 60 vehicles to its fleet after securing a new invoice finance facility with challenger bank Aldermore...

Logistics business in gear for growth with £1m banking deal 

18 Jul

A TRANSPORT logistics business which launched last year has secured a £1m banking deal to boost its growth plans.

Hill & Smith hits the acquisition trail with £10m deal 

14 Jul

SHIRLEY-based engineering group, Hill & Smith, has strengthened its portfolio with a £10m acquisition its second eight-figure deal in the space of two months.

BAM secures deal for £40m care village in Worcestershire 

13 Jul

SOLIHULL-based BAM Construction has secured a major new contract to build a £40m retirement complex in Worcestershire for BUPA-owned client Richmond Care Villages.

Construction giant’s financial services arm sets up new base in Solihull 

13 Jul

THE financial services arm of a global manufacturer has set up a base in Solihull.

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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

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‘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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Deep potholes outside In Moorfield Avenue by school entrance., 30th July 

30 Jul

Deep Potholes along centre of Moorfield Avenue adjacent to Bentley Heath school footpath entrance.

Many potholes ub st john’s close near parking and village hall and entrance to parking behind NAT west bank, 30th July 

30 Jul

Road needs redoing round all parking area marked, especially into council car parks near village hall and behind bank Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 14 St Johns Close, Knowle Report on FixMyStreet...

Agency Spend for schools 2015-2016 

29 Jul

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Rebecca Hughes on 29 July 2016 .

Bentley Heath CoOp parking, 29th July 

29 Jul

Car park outside Co-Op markings erased so frequent poor parking fills space with less vehicles than it holds.

Agency Spend for schools 2015-2016 

29 Jul

Request sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Rebecca Hughes on 29 July 2016 .

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