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Santa sleighs in for Xmas Lights Switch-on 

20 Nov

Balsall Common Lions have once again made arrangements for Santa to swing into to town on his sleigh to switch on the Balsall Common Chirstman lights this Friday (21st November 2014) at 3:30pm in time for a Christmas lights switch-on courtesy of the ...

Solihull starlet on X factor 

20 Nov

SOLIHULLamp;#039;S sweetheart Lucy Martin made a guest appearance on the hit TV show The X Factor last weekend.

Levi Blu parents in court 

20 Nov

THE PARENTS of a Castle Bromwich toddler are on trial for the murder of their son - Levi Blu Cassin - who died last year.

Cuts may close police counters 

20 Nov

SHIRLEY Police Station and the Bluebell Centre in Chelmsley Wood will close their doors to the public in the next 12 months as part of sweeping cutbacks by West Midlands Police.

Man wanted in connection with Shirley attempted abduction 

20 Nov

THIS is the face of a man police want to trace inconnection with an attempted abduction of a Shirley schoolgirl a fortnight ago.

Police Investigate After Attempted Abduction 

19 Nov

Police are looking for a man who tried to abduct a schoolgirl in Solihull.

Lewisham Homes’ Residents Celebrated at Award Ceremony 

19 Nov

Inspirational people and projects were celebrated at the Residents’ Conference on Saturday 8 November.

Residents made homeless by Southampton explosion supported by council 

18 Nov

A number of residents made homeless after a suspected gas explosion on a Southampton street today will be supported by their local authority.

‘Super Council’ devil is in the detail says chief 

18 Nov

THE WEST Midlands can become the lynchpin for the national economic recovery - claims council leaders who are have agreed a historic deal to create a amp;#039;super authorityamp;#039; in the region.

Balsall Business Club needs you 

17 Nov

Are you in business in Balsall Common? Does your business serve Balsall Common? Do you want to meet other local businesses to share ideas, make contacts, and find out more about opportunities in the area? If you do, please join a group of local ...

BID secures second term 

17 Nov

SOLIHULL Business Improvement District - BID - will run for another five years after vote of confidence from town centre businesses who voted overwhelmingly in favour of the scheme which was launched in 2009.

Flood rescue blackspots revealed 

14 Nov

A Shirley road is listed as one of the worst in England for the number of drivers needing to be rescued from flood water.

‘Clear failures’ prompt Trust chief to resign 

14 Nov

THE CHIEF executive of the troubled Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust (HEFT) has dramatically resigned after health watchdog Monitor slammed the leadership of the Trust.

Police dog JJ is a credit to the hero he’s named after 

13 Nov

THE MEMORY of a fallen soldier from Warwickshire is living on in a West Midlands Police dog who has already been tracking down criminals in Acocks Green.

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22 Nov

Gerry Corrigan's reserve side maintained their 100% league record with an emphatic 6-1 victory over local rivals Knowle...

Wasps Ticket Offer – Update 

21 Nov

Easier Ways to Pay...

Under 6 – Player of the week 16th Nov 2014 

19 Nov

Latest player of the week...


19 Nov

2 minutes after going behind, Fellows' looping shot got Gate back on level terms from where they took total command...

Under 9 – U9′s battle Bromsgrove U9′s! 

18 Nov

U9's battle Bromsgrove U9's...

Under 9 – Follow Sils Mini & Juniors on Twitter! 

18 Nov

Follow Sils Mini & Juniors on Twitter...


18 Nov



17 Nov

All at the club are sorry to hear that popular former Highgate player Dan Povey suffered a broken leg in Saturday’s abandoned fixture at Bromsgrove.

Luctonians 21 Birmingham & Solihull RFC 39: Bees are flying now, insists Goddard 

17 Nov

Luctonians 21 Birmingham Solihull RFC 39: Bees skipper Chris Goddard helped his side to a convincing win at fellow National Two North strugglers Luctonians.

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SHELLY CRESCENT AREA – parking consultation. 

22 Nov

A quick follow-up to the previous post: I can confirm the area of Hay Lane near to Wynbrook Grove and Oldberrow Close will come under the area for consultation – the updated plan is attached.

“Hate preacher against women” denied visa – Burt welcomes decision 

20 Nov

Local MP Lorely Burt has welcomed a Home Office decision to deny American 'pick up artist' Julien Blanc entry to the UK.

Chelmsley Wood Garden City 

20 Nov

MPC supports idea of creating Chelmsley Wood Garden City Residents of Chelmsley Wood would benefit from the improved transport network that will be developed as part of the UK Central Hub.

Christmas events in Dickens Heath 

18 Nov

As always there are a host of  fabulous festive events planned for Dickens Heath this year.

Blossoms Nursery to hold party to celebrate first birthday 

18 Nov

Blossoms Pre-School and Nursery, located at Waterside in Dickens Heath turned one on Wednesday 22nd October 2014! To celebrate, they are holding a birthday party on Wednesday 26th November.

Golf Driving Range for Dickens Heath Residents 

18 Nov

Tidbury Green Golf Club is proud to offer a state of the art golf driving range to the residents of Dickens Heath.

Shirley Police Station to close – Burt reacts 

18 Nov

Local MP Lorely But has expressed concern plans to close Shirley Police Station and reduce hours at Solihull Police Station: "Local police stations are a valuable part of their communities.


18 Nov

Your local Conservatives are delighted to report that Solihull Council, Shirley Advance and Asda have now signed an undertaking to work together to bring about a plan to redevelop the Powergen eyesore that has blighted our community for almost two ...


14 Nov

Following many complaints concerning nuisance and inconsiderate parking, particularly near the various junctions on Shelly Crescent, Monkspath the council’s highway officers have drawn up a proposal to make the junctions safer for all users of...

Lost bunny enjoying the sights of the Heath 

13 Nov

Do you know this bunny? He has enjoyed a haircut and a trip to the library so far! Found on Main Street.


11 Nov

All councillors receive notification of licence applications for licensing matters and one in the neighbouring ward of Shirley South caught my attention yesterday.

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Pumpkin/Butternut Squash, Miso & Black Garlic Recipe 

19 Nov

I was reading the Daily Mail’s You magazine Sunday supplement recently and there was a really interesting article in there about fermented food and the benefits of it for health and diet which have been documented in a new book called ‘Cultured ...

2nd December – Monastery Drive – From 6.30pm 

16 Nov

Follow @solihullsanta // Langley Hall Road Swanswell Road Merecote Road Swanswell Road Gunns Way Kineton Green Road Grange Road Monastery Drive Halford Road Wroxall Road Stoneleigh...

Nuthurst Grange Hotel – Attention to Detail 

13 Nov

As you journey down our tree lined drive you get the feeling that this isn’t your average venue and you’d be right.

Make November Matter 

13 Nov

Some people love the freshness of spring and others love the warmth of the summer months, but here at Nuthurst Grange in Hockley Heath, we have a fondness for the beauty of autumn and all that November means.


13 Nov

‘Location, location, location’ ...


13 Nov

The rumours are true; it’s coming - following the success of our last Masterchef Evening, On Friday 28th November it’s back and better than ever.

Wedding Enquiry Form 

13 Nov

Let Nuthurst’s friendly and highly-trained staff look after all your requirements with the utmost care, from your initial enquiry to the end of your wedding.

Growing Popularity of Indian Wine – Express & Star Article 

12 Nov

I have written an article for the online version ofWest Midlands publication Express Star about the Indian wine industry, with a focus on Birmingham's Soul Tree Wines ,their commitment to Indian farmers and their vision to get Indian wine on a par ...

#BeAHero And #DoMore For BBC Children In Need 2014 

10 Nov

Round Table clubs from across the country are taking part in one of the biggest fundraisers in the UK -BBC Children In Need! Want to know what your local Table is up to? A list will be updated below.

Waitrose Cookery School – The Art of Michelin Cooking Course 

9 Nov

A friend of mine regularly attends the different courses at Waitrose Cookery School in London and has always regaled tales of the wonderful things she has cooked and experienced.


9 Nov

Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular Saturday 8 November 2014 After a very wet start in the morning, the weather cleared in the afternoon and the crowds turned out to witness, what many agreed, was the best ever display.

Provamel Zero Sugar Soya Yoghurt 

2 Nov

Provamel Zero Sugar Soya Yoghurt with Breakfast  Approached by the team at Provamel recently, I was asked to sample their new Zero Sugar Soya Yoghurt which has launched this autumn.

VIP Night at Marco’s Stratford 

27 Oct

A cocktail and canapé evening provided the perfect introduction to Stratford Upon Avon’s latest gastro haunt, marking the arrival of Marco Pierre White’s restaurant – Marco’s New York Italian .


23 Oct

Group Skiing Lesson...

Introducing ‘Food Roots’ 

20 Oct

I hope you all enjoyed reading my exclusive interview with Romina Chiappa (from The Chiappa Sisters) for World Vegetarian Day as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

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UK car sales put Moneyway on the road to growth 

18 Nov

SOLIHULL-based motor finance provider Moneyway is targeting an ambitious growth strategy after a successful 12-month period.

Lifestyle: Food & Drink – Hogarths; Aston Manor Cider; 2 Sisters; Wing Yip 

18 Nov

Hogarths wins first AA rosetteSOLIHULL hotel and restaurant Hogarths has been awarded its first AA rosette for culinary excellence.

Full year profits flat for Enterprise Inns 

18 Nov

SOLIHULL pubco Enterprise Inns has announced full year EBITDA before exceptional items of £302m, down £11m on last year due to the groups ongoing disposal programme.

Finance picture is changing as the outlook improves 

17 Nov

The benefits of an improving economy are filtering through to growing businesses, though access to finance remains a challenge.

ZF Friedrichshafen strikes deal to buy TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation 

17 Nov

The deal will see TRW Automotive sites at Stratford Road, Shirley, College Road, Perry Barr, and Nuneaton swallowed up by the Baden-Wurtemberg-based engineering group...

Hill & Smith confident of hitting target for 2014 but warns of slow start to 2015 

14 Nov

SOLIHULL-based infrastructure products supplier Hill & Smith has said it remains on track to meet full year expectations after experiencing a strong trading period.

Paragon Group completes £250m mortgage securitisation 

13 Nov

SOLIHULL-based home credit and mortgages group Paragon has completed a £250m securitisation its third for the year to date.

HCB strikes again as Evesham law firm joins the fold 

13 Nov

FAST-growing Solihull legal firm HCB Group has joined forces with Evesham-based Atter Mackenzie.

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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.

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).

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Over grown vegetation encroaching on the footpath., 22nd November 

22 Nov

The footpath on BIlls Lane, opposite Woods Farm is very narrow and the problem of overgrown vegetation encroaching on the footpath has been a problem for some time.

Social Care Frameworks 

21 Nov

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Ad Dominic on 21 November 2014 .

Secondary School agency Spend for academic year 2013 -2014 

21 Nov

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Callam Finlay on 21 November 2014 .

General Information 

20 Nov

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Karen Worwood on 20 November 2014 .

General Information 

20 Nov

Request sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Karen Worwood on 20 November 2014 .

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