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Organisers release discount tickets for Balsall Common Festival 

31 Jul

Heavily discounted advanced tickets for this year’s Balsall Common Festival go on sale at local shops from tomorrow (Friday 1st August).

Solihull Officers Awarded For Bravery 

30 Jul

Solihull based PCs Tracy Griffin and Terri Cave were on their way to a party wearing zebra and monkey onesies when they stopped off at a Co-op on Ansty Road last March.

MP calls for end to flight path test 

29 Jul

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman says flight path trials are not working and calls for an "urgent intervention" by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage needs your Heathrow vote 

29 Jul

ANNE Hathawayamp;#039;s Cottage and the Midlands needs your help.

Bungalow approved despite parents’ fears 

24 Jul

A BUNGALOW plan which parents and school leaders fear will put children at risk from extra traffic has been allowed on appeal.

Unipart Automotive Closes With 1,200 Jobs Lost 

24 Jul

Sky News revealed earlier this month how the financier Jon Moulton’s Better Capital was competing against Euro Car Parts to land Unipart Automotive.

Council to look again at Gateway Project 

24 Jul

CONTROVERSIAL plans to axe the pedestrian crossing at the end of Solihull High Street as part of the Councilamp;#039;s proposed Gateway Project have been put on hold while the scheme is given greater consideration.

Ex-MEP on money laundering charge 

24 Jul

FORMER MEP Nikki Sinclaire has been charged with money laundering and misconduct in public office.

Double-crewed ambulances are back 

24 Jul

WEST Midlands Ambulance Service and Heart of England Foundation Trust have agreed costs to base Double-Crewed Ambulances in Solihull Hospital.

Historic touchdown a runway success 

24 Jul

HISTORY was made at Birmingham Airport on Tuesday (July 22) as the first ever flight touched down on its newly extended runway.

Unipart Automotive sheds 1,200 jobs 

24 Jul

More than 1,200 jobs are lost from Solihull-based car parts firm Unipart Automotive as it goes into administration.

Balsall Common Festival plans unfolding at a pace 

22 Jul

The Balsall Festival on Saturday 20th September 2014, will be hosted for the first time across two sites in the village as follows:   Running Order (provisional)   12:00 noon – Senior Fun Run – Heart of England School 12:30pm &#...

No respite for care homes as council fee rates fall again 

22 Jul

Care homes are under increasing pressure as council fee rates fail to keep pace with inflation, market analysis firm LaingBuisson has said.

Bungalow badly damaged in fire 

19 Jul

A bungalow in Solihull is almost completely destroyed by a fire in the early hours.

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Sport »

Warwickshire Provincial Under16 Football Champions 2014 

27 Jul

Provincial Under16 Football Championship Final Warwickshire 0.08 London 0.04...


25 Jul

Lethal Lei Brown bagged a "worldy" as The Gate drew with local rivals Solihull Moors in this pre-season friendly...


20 Jul

The first batch of Midland Youth Floodlit League games have been released which sees Highgate United Youth entertain Lye Town w/c 11 August.

Stock Up For The New Season 

20 Jul

Help raise money for the Sils by shopping online for your new kit.

Stock Up For The New Season 

20 Jul

Help raise money for the Sils by shopping online for your new kit.


20 Jul

Highgate United Reserves have been handed an away match at Continental Star Reserves in the Cup...


20 Jul

A busy schedule lies ahead for the opening month as Highgate face life in MFL Division 1...


19 Jul

Creditable draw for The Gate in their toughest test yet.

Warwickshire U12 head to Croke Pairc 

19 Jul

photo to follow...

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Socially divisive in Solihull: 3000 homes for the relatively affluent – not the homeless 

1 Aug

Who cares about the people on the housing register? On the Brummie aggregator site there was a lead to Cllr Hawkins’ web post reminding readers that the sites identified within the ward for housing development within the ward were subject of ...

Neighbourhood Report – July 2014 

30 Jul

Please find posted the latest report for the Rural section of the partnership – SMBC, Solihull Police, SCH.

Solihull LDP – Blythe ward perspective 

28 Jul

Unfortunately, due to the judgement made at the High Court, in favour of Gallagher’s and Lioncourt Homes, who sought a judicial review into Solihull’s local development plan, the position of developments within Blythe ward are at risk.

Antenatal and postnatal fitness classes in Solihull Lodge, Dorridge and Monkspath 

19 Jul

OneFitMama is the Midlands biggest antenatal and postnatal fitness company, currently serving 800 mothers.

Solihull Council reveals that Asda has paid no rates on the former Powergen site since 2005 

15 Jul

Questions on how much council tax Asda has avoided paying on the former Powergen site will be asked at a full council meeting, open to the public, at 5.30pm on Tuesday 15th July at the Civic Suite Solihull.

Despite protests by councillors and residents, Persimmon-Miller starts to destroy the ‘green gap’ 

9 Jul

Solihull Lodge green spaces destroyed for profit – where next? Barry Avery of the local action team writes: “This is a sad sad day that all local residents should remember – the day that the diggers and earth movers arrived on site next...

Neighbourhood Newsletter – June 2014 

8 Jul

Sorry for the delay in posting this: Please find posted the latest newsletter covering the whole of the rural sector, including Blythe ward, Dorridge, Knowle and Meriden.

Houndsfield Lane – Appeal dismissed 

8 Jul

Its nice to be able to inform readers of good news on the planning front.

Advanced Manufacturing Hub follows MP’s call in Parliament 

7 Jul

The government will fund an Advanced Manufacturing Hub for Greater Birmingham and Solihull following a call in Parliament by local MP Lorely Burt.

Roads, rail and planes – government money to benefit Solihull 

7 Jul

Solihull will benefit from better local transport and an aviation engineering centre at Solihull College, thanks to the Local Growth Deal announced by the government.

MPs set to debate hospital car parking 

7 Jul

Solihull Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt is backing a call by over 100 MPs for a debate in the House of Commons on hospital car parking charges.

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Features »

Halloumi & Strawberry Salad 

28 Jul

Salad can get quite samey this time of year so it is nice to have an incentive to jazz things up.

We Love Summer 

27 Jul

It may have something to do with the beautiful grounds that surround us.

Nuances of Bengali Food (Warwickshire Life Magazine) 

23 Jul

Food Demoat Stratford Food Festival - Moushumi Moran from The Cardamom Pod Recently meeting local Bengali cook and tutor Moushumi Moran from The Cardamom Pod , led me to finding out about the specifics of Bengali cooking as a standalone cuisine ...

Local Training Manager: Blythe 

22 Jul

Are you motivating and able to inspire adults to complete their training?! Are you organised and able to keep on top of admin? Want a new challenge in scouting? Blythe District are looking for a Local Training Manager to work with the County Training...

Lunch At Nuthurst Grange 

21 Jul

Lunch shouldn’t be a quick snack , leftovers or a stale sarnie from the petrol station.

Pasta Bake Alla Puttanesca 

20 Jul

Pasta alla Puttanesca isa romantic sounding dish, but yet when translated from Italian into English it means- harlot's pasta- perhaps compromising its enchanting imagebut certainly not compromising on taste.

Competition Time At Nuthurst Grange 

16 Jul

Afternoon Tea at Nuthurst Grange is a grand affair.

Afternoon Tea Fundraising Event 

16 Jul

You should all know by now that we don’t do anything by halves and when we were asked to help raise funds for St George and St Teresa School in Dorridge we did our best to pull out all the stops.

Conference Facilities Warwickshire 

16 Jul

There must be something special about our conference facilities.

County Abseil: Are you up for the challenge?! 

15 Jul

Do you want to be one of 100 Scouts in Solihull to have the opportunity of a lifetime and do something exciting and truly unique? On Saturday 13th September 2014 we will be running a fundraising abseil for those going to the World Scout Jamboree in ...

Birmingham Independent Food Fair – 13 September 2014 

14 Jul

For those that enjoyed last summer's...

Operation Chameleon Bookings Open 

2 Jul

Bookings for this years event are now open! Register your running team of Scouts, Explorers or your catching team now to confirm your place at this event! Head to our website to find the link to register or CLICK HERE Don’t forget that catcher ...

The Jockey Club – Salinas – Ibiza 

29 Jun

“You have to go there!” “Honestly, it is a must, make sure you go!” These were the verbal reviews I had of The Jockey Club before I headed off to Ibiza recently.

The Potential in Every Child 

28 Jun

My good friend Rob shared this photo on facebook today: That’s powerful.

On the Go – Lizi’s Granola Pouches 

23 Jun

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Business »

Mar City agrees £40m loan facility with HSBC 

1 Aug

MIDLANDS residential develeloper Mar City has signed a five year revolving loan facility with bank HSBC.

Opus Land gets green light for Waitrose store in Worcester 

31 Jul

DEVELOPER Opus Land has been granted planning permission for a Waitrose store in Worcester.

Warwickshire Lawyer becomes trustee of Heart of England Community Foundation 

31 Jul

Lucie Byron, a commercial property expert with law firm Wright Hassall, has joined the board of trustees of the Heart of England Community Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting community based action across Coventry, Warwickshire and...

BAM’s Midlands arm appointed on £33m BUPA development in Oxfordshire 

30 Jul

BAM Construction in the Midlands has been appointed to build a £33m residential care facility in Oxfordshire.

DTZ tips Solihull to become top five retail hotspot 

29 Jul

PROPERTY consultancy DTZ is predicting that Solihull will become a retail hotspot in five years time.

Shirley partners plan resi-led scheme on former PowerGen site 

29 Jul

SOLIHULL Council, Shirley Advance and Asda have signed an initial undertaking to work together to bring forward a masterplan for the redevelopment of the former PowerGen site in Shirley.

Union condemns decision to call in administrators at Unipart Automotive 

28 Jul

Unite union’s top automotive official Roger Maddison said the decision by Solihull-based Unipart Automotive to call in administrators rather than seek a buyer was ‘very disappointing...

Parts Alliance chief keen to ‘safeguard talent’ with Unipart Automotive buyout 

25 Jul

Rescue deal saves 33 branches of Solihull-based company as Parts Alliance marches on to £1bn turnover target...

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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.

Police investigation continues after deaths in Solihull 

8 Jul

Police investigation continues after deaths in Solihull Officers have moved to reassure the community after two people died at an address in Solihull yesterday (Monday 7 July).

Rescue boost 

29 Apr

People in need of specialist rescue by West Midlands Fire Service are set to benefit from quicker response times.

In safe hands! 

4 Apr

A husband and wife have guided 1,000 tours of West Midlands Fire Service’s Safeside centre in Birmingham, delivering vital safety messages to around 5,000 children between them.

Police appeal after 15-year-old girl is injured in Solihull collision 

21 Jan

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision?nbsp;on Monday 20 January 2014?nbsp;in Solihull involving a...

Solihull pub shooting – man quizzed on suspicion of attempted murder 

20 Jan

DETECTIVES investigating a Solihull pub shooting on Friday (Jan 17) in which a man was fired at with a shotgun have arrested a suspect on...

Chief Constable responds to comments by Chief Inspector of Constabulary 

18 Jan

CHIEF Constable Chris Sims, said: ?quot;The experience of West Midlands Police officers and staff who actively work day in day out with...

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LocalGov »

Open / broken manhole cover, 1st August 

1 Aug

Open and broken manhole cover at end of footpath running from Widney Lane to Hillfield Park.

Damaged paving, 1st August 

1 Aug

There is a piece of pavement edging protruding near the small tree at the junction of High Street, Poplar Road and Station Road - this is a serious trip hazard in a busy area near the main bus stops.

Test purchasing statistics for butane cigarette lighter refills 

30 Jul

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Stephen Ream on 30 July 2014 .

Agency spend in schools 2013-2014 

30 Jul

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Rebecca Hughes on 30 July 2014 .

Trip hazard, 25th July 

25 Jul

Concrete manhole cover collapsed - leaving a hole which people could trip on in footpath.

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