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The Job Squad 

31 Oct

The Job Squad! Your local handyman service for all those jobs you can’t do, won’t do, haven’t the time to do.

Local starlet Paris joins Spooky Friday ‘Mic Night’ line-up 

31 Oct

Tonight’s Spooky Halloween ‘Open Mic’ night at the Berkswell Royal British Legion will be joined by special guest performer Paris Georgia, well-known on the local music scene generally, and locally around Balsall Common thanks to ...

Celebrating Silver Sunday 

31 Oct

ELDERLY villagers were presented with a green-fingered treat from a local charity to celebrate Silver Sunday.

Barn Dance at the Berkswell Legion 

30 Oct

The Berkswell & District Royal British Legion invites member sof the community to join the for their Barn Dance on Saturday 1st Novembers 2014, an eveng for all the family, complete with profession caller.

Sumatran Tigers get in the Halloween spirit 

30 Oct

IT MIGHT just look like a traditional Halloween game, but introducing items such as ropes, poles, or in this case a carved pumpkin, into the Sumatran Tiger Reserve at West Midland Safari Park is an essential and important part of the Parkamp;#039;s ...

Spooky Halloween ‘Open Mic’ night at the Legion 

29 Oct

The regular monthly Open Mic night at the Berkswell Royal British Legion goes Spook-tacular for Halloween this Friday night.

Touchwood expansion deal approved 

29 Oct

A MAJOR deal has been signed by Solihull Council and the owners of Touchwood, Lend Lease, to expand the award-shopping centre.

Dementia award for Royal Star and Garter 

29 Oct

A SOLIHULL care home which puts is residents at the heart of its work has been awarded the highest accolade achievable for its care of dementia sufferers.

Anger at HS2 depot bid 

28 Oct

COUNCIL leaders have written to Parliament opposing efforts to locate a HS2 depot in Solihull.

Balsall Common’s big Bonfire and Fireworks display 

27 Oct

The Balsall Common Lions have teamed up with the Sports Association as Balsall Common’s, resulting in the merger of the area’s two biggest bonfire events.

Hospital bosses prepared for Ebola 

27 Oct

BOSSES at the Heart of England Trust (HEFT) are prepared to tackle any potential outbreak of the Ebola virus.

Singer Paris dedicates song to Facebook fans 

26 Oct

19 year old singer-songwriter Paris Georgia generously handed over some of her creative process to Facebook fans by inviting them to choose her latest Song of the Month, a cover of Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’, released last night.

Actress pays tribute to Lynda Bellingham 

24 Oct

SOLIHULL actress Kathryn Rooney has paid tribute to her amp;#039;great actress and friendamp;#039; Lynda Bellingham, who lost her brave battle with cancer this week.

Tory cries foul over leaflet claims 

23 Oct

TRUTH bending and false allegations have caused a political stir ahead of next yearamp;#039;s General Election.

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Employment Opportunities 

29 Oct

Silhillians Sports Club...


27 Oct

Get the family down to The Gate to our annual Firework Display THIS SATURDAY...

Welcome Message from Chairman of M&J 

27 Oct

Safe, Fun & Competitive Rugby...

Birmingham & Solihull RFC 20 Hull Ionians 29: Eugene Martin happy with display 

27 Oct

Birmingham Solihull RFC 20 Hull Ionians 29: Director of rugby Eugene Martin was happy with the performance after losing two props last week.

Under 9 – Regional Win For Sils U9’s in the Lexus Tournament! 

27 Oct

Regional Win For Sils U9’s in the Lexus Tournament...

Well Played Under 7′s 

26 Oct

Thanks from Leicester Forest Under 7's...


26 Oct

The Gate made it 6 wins out 6 with a comfortable away win at Racing Club Warwick...

Watch the Autumn QBE at Knowle & Dorridge CC 

26 Oct

08 Nov Eng v NZ 15 Nov Eng v SA 29 Nov Eng v Aus...

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24 Oct

New "Number 1 Shirts...

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Shirley Park “given away for free” to prop up Parkgate 

30 Oct

Solihull Council has admitted the Council handed over 3 acres of Shirley Park for a "nil return" to allow the much downgraded Parkgate scheme to be built.

Loud Banging Noise – Monkspath/Cheswick Green 

30 Oct

Since Monday last (27 Oct) we have heard a loud banging noise in the area.

Shirley Golf Club – Planning infringement? 

20 Oct

Readers will be aware of the planning application by the club, to create an academy and driving range (see previous post for details).

Final post 

20 Oct

The site producer is leaving Solihull for Bournville, where trees and green spaces are protected and buildings maintained.

The 9th Organic Producer Conference: St John’s Hotel, Solihull, 26-27 November 

17 Oct

The Organic Producer Conference has a great line-up with more to come.

Solihull Ratepayers Association and the Green Party holding the council to account 

17 Oct

Relates to public concerns circulating for years .

Places available at Dickens Heath Toddler Group 

15 Oct

Dickens Heath Toddler Group, held at Dickens Heath Village Hall every Friday during term time from 9.30am -11am.

Shirley Golf Club Planning Application 

9 Oct

This has been on-going now since 2011 with the ‘current’ application being registered in July 2013 (application 2013/1126 refers).

Proposal for additional Dickens Heath Parish Councillors – your views? 

9 Oct

Dickens Heath Parish Council has asked Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to consider increasing the number of parish councillors that sit on the Parish Council.

Solihull-based Koolmill nominated for the British Business Awards 2014 in China 

7 Oct

Following last year’s news of the 2013 award for Koolmill , which gave a detailed description of this innovative technology, Alec Anderson, Managing Director of Koolmill Systems Limited writes: “With 31 machines installed at 6 mills in China and ...

Neighbourhood Report – September/October 

6 Oct

Two months in one this time.

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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.

Thai Menu Tasting at Tiger Bills 

16 Oct

I was recently invited with my husband to try the new Thai main courses from the revised menu at Tiger Bills Birmingham .

Solihull County Mountaineering Advisor Hits Milestone 

15 Oct

Bob Lane, Solihull Scout County’s Mountaineering advisor, has hit a historic milestone – after 27 years he has reached the summit of all 282 Scottish Munros – summits over 3,000 feet.

Review of Birmingham Independent Food Fair 2014 

11 Oct

As one of the 1500+ that flocked to Birmingham’s Millennium Point on 13 September, I bore witness to the popularity of new event on the block – Birmingham Independent Food Fair .

Hurricane cubs claim top prize in first inter-pack challenge 

8 Oct

Three cub packs battled it out at Alderbrook School on 22 September, and Hurricane cubs (from 6th Solihull) took home the coveted trophy.

County Cooking Competition – Results! 

7 Oct

Eleven teams from Blythe and Cole gathered with sharpened knives, firewood and selections of herbs aiming to be the team that stood out by preparing an outstanding two course meal in two hours that would woo the judges, Paul and Dick.

Chelmsford Round Table Welcome Their Newest Member! 

6 Oct

We're pleased to announce that Mike Sutherland, 30, (the guy on the right!) has become our 15th member.

VIP Treatment At Nuthurst Grange Hotel 

5 Oct

Recently we received feedback from one of our diners which made us feel exceptionally proud.

Savour Our Chef’s Menu Any Day Of The Week 

5 Oct

In our kitchen resides an artist; someone who sees a plate as a canvas; someone who combines flavours in the most creative way to produce awe inspiring dishes just for you.

Dining Out For Lunch At Nuthurst Grange 

5 Oct

Dining out for lunch shouldn’t just be reserved for special occasions.

World Vegetarian Day Special: Interview with The Chiappas 

1 Oct

With the global marking of ‘ World Vegetarian Day’ on 1 st October, I took this occasion to explore a little deeper into one of my favourite cuisines – Italian.

Tories promise pain for those on benefits 

29 Sep

I haven’t looked into the detail of what George Osborne was gobbing on about today with regard to benefit cuts* so I’m only dealing with the headlines.

4 Clubs Challenge 

25 Sep

An evening when all four of the clubs come together to compete for the glory and honour.

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LEPs join forces to push regional growth agenda 

30 Oct

THE Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has entered agreements with two other West Midlands LEPs to work together to increase economic growth for the region.

Rical Group to exhibit at the SMMT Open Forum 

30 Oct

Rical Group are proud to announce that they will be attending and exhibiting at this years SMMT Open Forum on the4 November 2014 at Cranmore Park Conference and Events Centre, Cranmore Avenue,Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands B90 4LFThe Open...

Marketing body tasked with creating a new brand for Birmingham 

29 Oct

THE Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has commissioned Marketing Birmingham to develop a regional branding strategy.

Katherine Innes Ker quits S&U to chair Mortgage Advice Bureau 

28 Oct

WELL-KNOWN Midlands business figure, Katherine Innes Ker, is to leave her position as non-executive director with Solihull-based credit firm S&U to assume a new role as chairman of Mortgage Advice Bur...

Integrity Security Group expands after venturing east 

27 Oct

Solihull firm secures £250,000 contract to supply cleaning, facilities and security services to Nottingham Wholesale Fruit and Flower Market...

Birmingham bids to shed ‘Cloak of Invisibility’ in moves to Combined Authority 

23 Oct

Solihull, apparently due to its difference in political colour, is more reluctant to throw its lot in with the Labour-run metropolitans.

Midlands Manufacturing is alive and kicking 

16 Oct

Manufacturers have gathered from across the Midlands at an awards ceremony to share their success.

Balances top £500m as Secure Trust Bank looks to sustain growth with new jobs 

15 Oct

CUSTOMER balances at Solihull-based Secure Trust Bank have topped £500m for the first time, the bank has announced.

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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).

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...

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Use of temporary (agency) social workers 

30 Oct

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Dee Green on 30 October 2014 .

Scruffy lamp posts, 30th October 

30 Oct

The majority of the lamp posts along Monkspath Hall Rd are in desperate need of re-painting.

Overgrown foliage on entrance to Greenway, 29th October 

29 Oct

Trees and hedges on the entrance from Hodgetts Lane all the way through to the gateway to the Greenway is over grown, making it difficult to get through in some areas.

Repaired pothole starting to become a pothole again, 29th October 

29 Oct

When travelling south on the A452, turning right onto the A4177 Meer End Road (heading towards Honiley), the pothole that was in the middle-right side of the road (and also experienced when northbound on the A452 heading towards Balsall Common...

construction methods used in building the houses on the Chelmsley Wood 

28 Oct

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Mr L Dalton on 28 October 2014 .

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