Birmingham news and blogs Friday 27 March 2015
Careimages website hosting sponsor

Solihull news »

Solar Eclipse plunged Solihull into morning twilight 

26 Mar

THE HEAVEN\'S above were the focus for thousands of Silhillians on Friday (March 20).

Lunar Festival returns to Tanworth in Arden 

25 Mar

THE LUNAR Festival is returning to Tanworth in Arden again this June - with a long list of top acts and attractions announced.

Spotted an alien? May the force be with you 

25 Mar

THE SKIES of the West Midlands are home to aliens - at least that is what some people seem to think.

Raquets club bids for late live music 

25 Mar

KNOWLE & Dorridge Raquets Club has applied to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to host live and recorded music as late as 1am.

Flooded path update 

25 Mar

WATER running across a path in Knowle Park is not due to a leak and is being looked at by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC), The Knowle Society has said.

BBC is ‘London-Manchester carve up’, ex-reporter claims 

23 Mar

Julian Knight, the Conservative candidate for Solihull in the General Election, said the BBC’s promise to reach out to the regions was failing...

Afternoon tea for all at Solihull Marie Curie Hospice 

23 Mar

CLATTERING teacups and delicious cakes will be on offer on Wednesday (March 25) as the Marie Curie Hospice opens its doors for afternoon tea.

Paris Georgia no Stranger to BC 

19 Mar

19 year old former Heart of England School pupil Paris Georgia is feeling on top of the world right now as she prepares to launch her new EP, which she finished recording last week.

Solihull is first hedgehog conservation area 

18 Mar

SOLIHULL is set to become the UKamp;#039;s first dedicated hedgehog conservation area.

Crufts NEC Jagger poison Kennel Club 

18 Mar

A DOG who died after competiting at Crufts was poisoned after returning to Belgium, The Kennel Club has said.

A collection of beards 

18 Mar

A WARWICKSHIRE photographer is making headlines around the world with his collection of beard portraits, currently on show in London.

Huge hedgehog haven plan for park 

17 Mar

A hedgehog conservation zone is to be set up in a Solihull park - aimed at giving the threatened animals a chance to forage and meet mates.

Moazzam Begg Jihadi John Mohammed Emwazi Syria ISIS 

16 Mar

FORMER Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has denied amp;#039;unsubstantiated claimsamp;#039; by a national newspaper that he was at the same Syrian training camp - and helped train amp;#039;Jihadi Johnamp;#039; Mohammed Emwazi.

Woman ‘thrown 30ft’ in crash on M6 

15 Mar

A woman in her 20s is thrown about 30ft (9m) during a two-car crash on the M6 near Castle Bromwich.

More Solihull news

Sport »

Bromyard Town 3 v 6 The Gate (aet) 

26 Mar


Sils Canterbury Sale 

24 Mar

10% OFF...

An Invitation from Wasps 

23 Mar

Wasps End of Season Awards...

Final – Saturday April 4th, 2015 

22 Mar

Allianz Hurling League Roinn 3B 2015 FinalTBCLongford          vs.


21 Mar

A brace from Ricardo Richards helped Gate to a 4-0 away win at a resurgent Pelsall Villa...

Untitled Post 

20 Mar

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIVISION IIIB Top two teams contest the Division IIIB Final Winners of final promoted to Division IIIAFixtures: Longford v Sligo; Warwickshire v Leitrim.


19 Mar

Dean Curtis' 46th minute header proved to be the winner after a late late penalty for Littleton gave the game a deceiving scoreline...

QBE Summer Internationals 

17 Mar

The RFU have confirmed that ahead of RWC 2015 England will play three matches beginning on the 15th August, including two Internationals at Twickenham...


15 Mar

Highgate returned to form with an emphatic win over Coventry based Alvis...

More Sport

Blogs »

Local Election Candidates 

24 Mar

Have a look at our Local Election Candidates Page! Have a look at our Local Election Candidates Page...

Fifth Former Lib Dem Cllr To Stand For Solihull Greens 

23 Mar

Maggie Allen to run in Shirley West...

Solihull Greens React To Budget 

18 Mar

"Billions have been taken away nationally from NHS clinical services...


17 Mar

An on-going issue since the aircraft hanger sized buildings have been developed.

Being a School Governor and Volunteering 

13 Mar

I don’t normally like to blow my own trumpet (go on, say it)  but as we near the time when lots of people will be saying what they will do for this and that people I know have convinced me it is appropriate to evidence WHAT I ACTUALL and ...

SHELLY CRESCENT/HAY LANE – parking restrictions. 

13 Mar

Following the formal consultation into the proposals for parking restrictions in Shelly Lane and Hay Lane, officers have collated responses and have reported to ward councillors as shown in the table below: Representation Officer Response General A ...

Dickens Heath Aero-Modellers Club 

12 Mar

We are looking to see if there is any interest in forming an aero-modellers club for Dickens Heath and the surrounding villages.


12 Mar

Following on from my post of 2 February last I can now report on the following: Together with many business owners on Main Street I organised a petition which read ‘ The facility for patrons to be able to park vehicles when visiting shops, ...


10 Mar

Shirley Station Bridge Update

“We Want To Help Small Firms Compete” 

3 Mar

Cllr Howard Allen Debates Small Business In London...

Are you interested in becoming a Parish Councillor? 

3 Mar

The Elections in May 2015 are fast approaching, and there will  be 7 positions on the Parish Council instead of 5.

More Blogs

Features »

Oat & Banana Smoothie 

25 Mar

Following on from my Oat Crunch Ice Cream recipe using Flahavan’s Porridge Oats , for my next recipe, I decided to use them in a smoothie drink.

Oat Crunch Ice Cream 

20 Mar

I’ll be honest, I’m not really a porridge person.

Solihull Mayor’s Fundraising Ball 

16 Mar

We are thrilled that the Mayor of Solihull has chosen to support Macmillan this year at this highly enjoyable a successful annual event.

Veggie Sunday Roasts at The Plough Harborne (Birmingham) 

15 Mar

I have to say, I was very thrilled to receive an invitation to visit The Plough Harborne .

The Kingdom of God is here… Wednesbury! 

12 Mar

If you’re not from the West Midlands  then chances are you have not heard of Wednesbury – unless you are an Ikea anorak.

Foodies Festival – Cannon Hill Park Birmingham 

8 Mar

Have you heard? Birmingham will be hosting a new food festival this May and I for one am looking forward to welcoming this new arrival to the foodie scene here in Brum! So what is Foodies Festival ? It was launched in 2005 at an Edinburgh hotel after...

Night Hike 2015 Results 

8 Mar

Congratulations to all the teams that took part in the Night Hike 2015.

Maccas Mouthpiece…Tuesday 3rd March 

2 Mar

Fancy a Swift one? I know every word to Shake It Off.

Review of Greens 24/7 Book 

1 Mar

Carrot cake has been the long standing example of successfully using vegetables in cakes/sweet goods and its popularity continues to shine with consumers and bakers alike.

Go Mad With O’Rourkes 

26 Feb

An evening drinking and eating.

Ukrainian Pancake Topping for Butter Week 

21 Feb

I know that Shrove Tuesday has been and gone and those that are sacrificing something for Lent are well on their road to abstinence by now.

Cauldron’s Ultimate Street Food Guide & Vegetarian Yuk Sung 

13 Feb

Over the past couple of years, I’ve documented how the street food phenomenon has taken Britain by storm with special events happening countrywide and vendors upping their gameand becoming more adventurous in their offerings.

Chief Scout’s Silver Awards Evening Reminder 

11 Feb

The Mayor of Solihull has kindly agreed to present Chief Scout’s Silver Award certificates in Solihull School Chapel at 6.45 for 7.00pm on Friday, 24th April 2015 .

Frying Pan Review Ahead of Shrove Tuesday 

7 Feb

With Shrove Tuesday on the horizon, thoughts turn to pancake making.

Fathers’s Day Lunch 

7 Feb

  If you have previously dined with us at Nuthurst Grange then you will be familiar with the excellent standard of dining experience our restaurant delivers.

More Features

Business »

Paragon Group completes £300m securitisation 

25 Mar

SOLIHULL-based home credit and mortgages group, Paragon has completed an important step on its journey to broaden and diversify its funding sources, its chief executive has said.

Massive Castle Bromwich boost as Jaguar Land Rover invests £450m 

24 Mar

Huge investment as new Jaguar XF to be built in Birmingham plant, securing its future for time to come...

City Briefs: Enterprise Inns; Hummingbird Resources; IMI 

24 Mar

New NED for Enterprise InnsSOLIHULL pubo Enterprise Inns has announced the appointment of a new non-executive director.

Solihull challenger bank expands real estate business 

24 Mar

SECURE Trust Bank is expanding its real estate finance division after advancing over £135m of funds to customers last year.

Strong full year results for home credit and motor finance provider 

24 Mar

HOME credit and motor insurance provider, S&U, has announced strong annual results with pre-tax profits rising 34%.

BBC is ‘London-Manchester carve up’, ex-reporter claims 

23 Mar

Julian Knight, the Conservative candidate for Solihull in the General Election, said the BBC’s promise to reach out to the regions was failing...

Secure Trust plan working as customer numbers increase by nearly a quarter in a year 

19 Mar

SOLIHULL-based challenger bank Secure Trust has filed an imporessive set of annual results with profit before tax, customer numbers and customer deposits all on the increase.

Johnson Fellows targeting top retailers after getting Parkgate gig 

18 Mar

JOHNSON Fellows has been appointed joint agent on the retail-led Parkgate scheme in Solihull.

More Business

999 »

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.

More 999

LocalGov »

Extra GP walk-in centre to open in Solihull over Easter 

26 Mar

A temporary GP walk-in centre will open in Chelmsley Wood over the Easter weekend.

Potholes, 25th March 

25 Mar

A series of potholes , between 20 and 30, on a long stretch of the B4101, between Temple Balsall and The Grand Union Canal when travelling from Temple Balsall towards Knowle.

High Speed 2 | Westminster Hall debates 

25 Mar

I also commend the work of the Chairman of the Environmental Audit Committee, as well as the Committee’s work in highlighting the weaknesses in the environmental compensation and in the analysis of HS2’s environmental impact.

Damson Wood Infant School Interim Executive Board members 

24 Mar

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to R.

Number of Potholes with Surface Breaking up, 23rd March 

23 Mar

Around this location there are a number of potholes with the surface of the road breaking up.

More LocalGov

  • KFC – Stratford Road, Shirley

     on flickr 01 Mar 15
    The new KFC on the Stratford Road in Shirley, Solihull. It opens in early May 2015.

    The building already has the walls up – white and red.

    From the path to the primary school.

Yourweather Solihull

Submit your blog or suggest another local website for inclusion in TheBrummie

Blog name:*
Blog url:*
Are you the blog owner? Yes No
Your name:*
Your email:*
Additional information:

Fields marked * are required

Solihull Observer

South Staffordshire Lichfield Cannock Tamworth Birmingham Solihull Coventry Sandwell Dudley Wolverhampton Walsall Image Map