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£5,000 reward for information to find Callum Lees murder suspect James Atherley 

16 Aug

A REWARD of up to £5,000 is available for any information leading to the arrest of James Atherley.

Solihull man raises funds for Molly Olly’s wishes while living out life-long dream of climbing the Matterhorn mountain 

16 Aug

A SOLIHULL man fulfilled his life-long dream of climbing the Matterhorn mountain and raised more than £2,000 in honour of a brave five-year-old boy diagnosed with cancer.

Shirley volunteer brings canine therapy to those living with dementia in Solihull 

16 Aug

A KIND-HEARTED Shirley woman has found the perfect way to bring two causes close to her heart together.

More than 200 fail drink and drug driving tests in summer crackdown 

16 Aug

MORE than 200 motorists were caught driving under the influence of drink or drugs as part of a West Midlands Police summer crackdown.

Matt’s Mission takes on 10k race to buy Skegness holiday home for families to enjoy 

15 Aug

Matt Denning set to take on the Aberdeen 10k to help raise funds to buy holiday home for sick children...

Solihull Moors v Barrow 

15 Aug

Live coverage of Tuesday's National League game between Solihull Moors and Barrow.

Chernobyl youngsters enjoy recuperative holiday in Solihull 

15 Aug

A GROUP of Belarusian children has enjoyed a four-week holiday in Solihull, thanks to the Chernobyl Children’s Project.

Spire Parkway Hospital raising funds to sponsor a Guide Dog 

15 Aug

HOSPITAL staff are hoping to help guide dogs put their best paw forward.

Four new signings complete Barons roster ahead of pre-season curtain raiser 

15 Aug

A QUARTET of new signings has completed the off season work for Solihull Barons as they prepare for their first pre-season game against The Dragons this Sunday.

Solihull cycling stars encourage youngsters to take up ‘stepping stone’ cyclocross format 

15 Aug

A PAIR of Team GB road stars from Solihull Cycling Club stars are encouraging budding cyclists to get into the sport's most unique format.

Langley School pupils raise funds for homeless charity with a little help from Olympic swimmer Grant Turner 

15 Aug

KIND-HEARTED Langley School raised funds to help a local homelessness charity as part of a community based project...

BBC Children in Need awards £188,000 in new funding to Solihull charities 

15 Aug

CHILDREN and organisations across the borough are celebrating after being handed more than £180,000 from Children In Need.

Cycle ride helps Birmingham and Solihull Bees raise funds to improve Portway facility 

15 Aug

BIRMINGHAM and Solihull Bees have two home pre-season fixtures to look forward to before kick starting their Midland Premier League campaign in September.

Sandwell contract win for Integrity 

15 Aug

Integrity Security Group, which employs more than 150 people, provides a host of services to Albion BID Co to help create a secure environment for the diverse industries located in the area.

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Sport »

Deja vu 

15 Aug

A second 1-1 draw for Highgate, Marco Adaggio the scorer against a strong and much fancied Sporting Khalsa side...

Latest news on the Development 

14 Aug

Irish Post cover the movements on the Highways agency and the preferred route for the new relief road off the M42.

Southampton sign former Albion keeper 

14 Aug

The 22-year-old left the Baggies this summer after rising through the ranks at Albion and signing his first professional contract in 2013.


12 Aug

Aaron Brown gives Gate a first half lead but all square at the end as Gate fail to punish ten man Lye...

Howkins joins Cambridge on-loan 

12 Aug

The 20-year-old centre-back, who spent last season on loan at Mansfield Town, has returned to League Two until January.


8 Aug

Isaac Jagroop's brace not enough to prevent Gate being dumped out of the FA Cup...

THEN SUDDENLY – The Tony Allden Story 

6 Aug

Now available...


6 Aug

FA Cup extra-prelim.

Frustrating afternoon for dominant Gate 

5 Aug

Highgate come from behind, Isaac Jagroop's 15th minute penalty earning a Tuesday night replay...

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Blogs »

Monkspath Post Office 

15 Aug

I received a letter from the Post Office informing me the office in Monkspath will be closed for refurbishment on Monday 4 September, reopening at 1pm Wednesday 6 September.

CIL Funding for use in Hillfield Local Nature Reserve 

10 Aug

I have made a formal request for Community Infrastructure (CIL) funds be made available for some improvements in Hillfield Local Nature Reserve (aka Monkspath Park).

M42 Junction 6 Improvement Scheme 

9 Aug

Many will have no doubt heard or read about Highways England preferred route announcement for Junction 6 of the M42.

River Blythe walk – from Monkspath 

3 Aug

As promised, another short walk that can be reached from Monkspath.

The Noise App 

2 Aug

We all have some inconvenience from noise now and again, and who hasn’t held a party or gathering of some sort that hasn’t gone on into the early hours? However, although these ‘one-off’ events are generally accepted there are some people who...

Greener buses scheme set for expansion 

25 Jul

Bus scheme driving cleaner air and better facilities for Solihull town centre.

Mercedes – Planning Application – Monkspath 

20 Jul

Planning application PL/2017/01715/PPFL relates to an application by Mercedes to develop a new dealership on the present Prologis Site at 1, Monkspath Hall Road (on left as you drive into Monkspath from Stratford Road).

Telecoms Mast – Stratford Road 

11 Jul

Planning application PL/2017/01792/PNTC relates to the proposal for a telecoms mast on Stratford Road near to the entrance to Shirley Golf Club.


4 Jul

A planning application has been submitted by IM Properties as follows: Hybrid planning application for employment development at Fore Business Park to comprise in full: erection of two office buildings (Use Class B1) with ancillary automotive ...

Stanbrook Road area – car parking issues 

30 Jun

This post is a follow-up to one I posted on 5 May, which can be read here: https://cllrkenhawkins.

Special ticket offer for Solihull Pop Chorus gig at Town Hall Birmingham 

27 Jun

Solihull Pop Chorus was born in Dickens Heath.

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Features »

Eleven Network Members from Solihull on top of the world at World Scout Moot in Iceland 

14 Aug

Alice Bennett, Alice Norbury, Hayley Butterworth, Keryn Boyle, Lauren Evans, Liam Clarke, Matt Fitzgerald, Matt Spencer, Megan Hauge, Peter Hopton and Russ Luckhurst from Solihull have spent 10 days living and working with Scouts from almost 80 ...

6th Solihull Take to the High Seas 

9 Aug

Typhoon and Vulcan Troop Scouts from 6th Solihull spent an amazing weekend in mid-June on board a 49ft Oyster Ketch with Adventures Offshore based from Ipswich Marina.

Veggie Food in Malta 

8 Aug

Watching the rain beat against my window on this so-called August day, makes me yearn for hotter climes and for hazy afternoons spent in flip-flops, listening to Despacito as it booms from café stereos whilst letting sandy shale drain through my sun...

Din Dins at Min Mins 

19 Jul

I suppose a number of my recent posts have been reminiscent of past events or have been prompted by things I’ve come across (again).

Charity Night with Belinda Carlisle – The High Field 

19 Jun

It is very exciting to hear that two things I enjoy very much – The High Field Birmingham and 80’s music are collaborating for a charity extravaganza! Photo: c/o The High Field On Saturday 15th July 2017, Th e High Field will be hosting a very ...

Breakfast in Budapest 

17 Jun

Photo: Word In Veg Ways Photo: Word In Veg Ways Looking back at some old photos, its triggered memories of my visit to Budapest in Hungary last year.

24th World Scout Jamboree Information Evening 

8 Jun

Were you born between 22 nd July 2001 and 21 st July 2005? Do you want to join 45,000 Scouts from 150 countries in America for a once-in-a-lifetime experience? The next World Scout Jamboree is being held at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout ...

Solihull Selects Jamboree Leaders 

6 Jun

We are very pleased to announce that Solihull Scout County has chosen George Wilkinson and Simon Johnson to lead eighteen Explorer Scouts to the next World Scout Jamboree.

Solihull Scout County’s AGM 2017 

1 Jun

This year’s annual meeting of the Solihull County Scout Council, will be held on Wednesday 21 June 2017 in the Civic Suite at Solihull Council at 8pm.

Summer Newsletter 2017 

1 Jun

Awaiting Content please send Nuthurst Grange Hotel newsletter...

Deposit Secures Your Table 

27 May

I’ve known Alex Claridge almost as long as I’ve been blogging, so since 2012 I’ve been following his work and projects around Birmingham and I’ve watched him move from one challenge to another.

Bardolino Birmingham 

15 May

Yesterday, I had a very nice little lunch with two of my closest friends at Bardolino’s in Birmingham.

Gluten Free Veggie Crisps 

10 May

Photo: Word In Veg Ways I find it’s a dangerous game opening a bag of sharing crisps.

Mountain Berries & Desert Spice 

30 Apr

I absolutely loved Sumayya Usmani’s first book – Summers Under The Tamarind Tree with its introduction to Pakistani food and culture brought to life by stunning imagery, anecdotes, memories and family stories.

New Cole DC Appointed 

23 Apr

We are delighted to announce that following a successful conclusion to the Cole District Commissioner Search Process over the last few months, Liz Rashvand has been appointed as the new District Commissioner for Cole.

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Business »

UK Central chiefs move to revamp HS2 station plans 

9 Aug

Next step in plans to create major mixed-use development have been taken as growth company submits proposals to change planned infrastructure around Solihull HS2 station site...

Heraeus Infra-Red Heating System Helps in The Manufacture of Auto Glass 

2 Aug

A fast response medium wave (FRMW) infra-red heating system from Heraeus Noblelight is helping Dura Automotive Systems of Castle Bromwich to ensure the reliable and precise adhesion of molded thermoplastic sealing’s to custom-designed, automotive...

Aston Medical School gets go-ahead to recruit its first medical undergraduates 

1 Aug

School successfully completed latest stage in GMC quality assurance processFirst cohort to include local students on widening participation programmeUndergraduates to embark on five years of study for medical degree from September 2018Aston...

Merito chief launches new financial advisory firm 

27 Jul

Eastcote Wealth Management will have around 30 staff and 500 million of funds under managament...

Five Birmingham shops under threat as fashion chain collapses 

12 Jul

The Shirley-based group has been battling losses for several years and has now closed all of its shops...

Fashion chain collapses into liquidation costing 900 jobs 

11 Jul

Shirley-based group has been battling losses for several years and has now closed all of its shops...

Aston University celebrate success of exceptional event 

5 Jul

The latest Made in the Midlands breakfast event was hosted by Friend member, Aston University on Thursday 28th June alongside The Advanced Services Group.

New head office for sports nutrition group Grenade 

5 Jul

Company founded in 2010 in Solihull returns to town with new headquarters...

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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 »

Care and/or Support Plans 

16 Aug

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to A on 16 August 2017 .

Care and/or Support Plans 

16 Aug

Request sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by A on 16 August 2017 .

Green light not writing, 15th August 

15 Aug

Green light on central refuge not working Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Warwick Road, Solihull Report on FixMyStreet...

Who’s who in Children’s Services 

15 Aug

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to James Judge on 15 August 2017 .

Who’s who in Children’s Services 

15 Aug

Follow up sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by James Judge on 15 August 2017 .

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