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Nearly 90 suspected paedophiles snared in West Midlands last year 

19 Mar

A TOTAL of 85 suspected paedophiles were caught last year by a specialist crime unit working in the West Midlands.

Solihull firefighters clean cars to raise funds for Firefighters Charity 

19 Mar

CAR OWNERS snapped up the chance to get their cars washed by Solihull firefighters over the weekend and helped raise much-needed funds for charity.

St Patrick’s Day song and dance raises £976 for the Alzheimer’s Society 

19 Mar

IRISH SONG and dance filled Touchwood on St Patrick’s Day (March 17) as a team of volunteers raised £976 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Silhillians wanted to give young care leavers prepare for independent living 

19 Mar

SOLIHULL Council is looking for residents to give a home to young people leaving care and help them prepare for life on their own.

Antony Sher to put King Lear’s crown back on at the RSC in Stratford-on-Avon 

19 Mar

Antony Sher is putting the crown back on as he returns to the RSC stage in Stratford as King Lear.

EDITOR’S COMMENT: Schools and communities need help amid council cuts 

18 Mar

This week's comment by editor Les Reid...

LETTERS: Your discussion across the borough from this week’s Observer 

18 Mar

Letters from this week's Solihull Observer regarding Solihull Police Station, libraries and council tax...

REVIEW – Habeas Corpus – The Bear Pit Theatre Company, Stratford 

18 Mar

Review - Peter McGarry enjoys the verve and vitality of The Bear Pit Theatre Company's [roduction of Alan Bennet's Habeas Corpus.

WESTMINSTER DIARY: Dame Caroline Spelman MP discusses the automotive sector 

17 Mar

Dame Caroline Spelman MP's column in this week's Solihull Observer...

Solihull Moors v Torquay United 

17 Mar

Live coverage of Saturday's National League game between Solihull Moors and Torquay United.

Olton cruise to big victory 

16 Mar

OLTON & West Warwickshire hosted Conference West basement boys Clifton Robinsons and put them to the sword in an 8-0 thrashing on Sunday.

Solihull Barons are looking good 

16 Mar

SOLIHULL Barons put in a strong performance in their final league game of the season to emerge victorious over Blackburn Hawks, clean sweeping the Lancashire side in this year’s Moralee Conference.

Councillors condemn proposals to close Solihull Police Station 

16 Mar

COUNCILLORS have unanimously condemned proposals to close Solihull Police Station and also demanded an extension to the public consultation process.

Police investigate after youths allegedly assaulted and robbed a bike from teenager in Solihull 

16 Mar

POLICE are investigating after a gang of youths allegedly assaulted and robbed a bike from a teenager on a canal path in Solihull.

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SRUFC Annual Dinner 

19 Mar

Change of Speaker...


17 Mar

Shepshed deserved winners over a lacklustre Highgate in the wind snow and sunshine...


10 Mar

James Wilcock and Richard Batchelor score the goals which lift Gate up to a season's high fourth place in the MFL table...

WASPS Club Takeover Day 

26 Feb



24 Feb

A scrappy affair with both teams reduced to ten men, Aaron Brown and Jamie Molyneux on the mark for Gate, Rugby equalising with a second half penalty.

WASPS EASTER Coach Class at Silhillians – 9-11th April 

24 Feb

WASPS Coach Class...


21 Feb

A comprehensive win and a quick double for Gate over shell shocked visitors from Hereford, Wilcock (2), Molyneux, Brown, Barlone and o.


17 Feb

Battling Gate twice come from behind for a hard earned win at Westfields Aaron Brown's brace and a Richard Batchelor header rewarded with three points...


7 Feb

Corey Currithers and Aaron Brown score in an outstanding Highgate performance as Gate swap places with hosts Sphinx...

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Solihull plan for new urban quarter receives double boost 

13 Mar

Groundbreaking partnership with HS2 Ltd to design new infrastructure and connectivity.

Solihull Fair Trade Trail 

19 Feb

The Fair Trade Trail began in Solihull Town Centre on Saturday and runs for the next fortnight.

Problem with your Brown Bin in Solihull? 

16 Feb

This message may be relevant to some residents: The council is aware that since 2015 we have had an issue with some of our brown recycling bins splitting.


11 Feb

Having been in contact with Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), speaking directly with an officer, Kieron Bridges, I can report the following in relation to the bus services to Cheswick Green, Dickens Heath and Tidbury Green (as well as other areas ...

Solihull Apprenticeship Show 2018 

7 Feb

This is being held at The Renewal Centre, Lode Lane, Solihull tomorrow, between 3pm and 7.30pm.

School Parking in the News 

6 Feb

A great report from Birmingham Mail on their new ‘Birmingham Live’ website covering the issue of inconsiderate parking outside Monkspath Junior and Infants School, Monkspath.

Christingle Service at St Patrick’s Church, Salter Street 

1 Feb

A Christingle Service is being held in St.

Blythe Ward bus services 

31 Jan

This post is really specific to the S2 and S3 Buses , which service Cheswick Green, Dickens Heath and Tidbury Green.

Solihull – Public Health Report 

31 Jan

Please find posted the Solihull Public Health Annual Report 2016/17: Public-health-annual-report...

Tidbury Green Farm – pub 

29 Jan

There has been some speculation about an application to change the existing (listed) Tidbury Green Farm to become a pub/restaurant.

School Gate Parking – Monkspath 

18 Jan

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This is only a test Post 

12 Mar

Please ignore this post it’s only being used to test the county website!? I hope it works...

1st Shirley Scout Group – 100 year celebrations 

5 Mar

Back in 1912, a Mr Wyatt who was a teacher at St James School founded a Scout Troop in Shirley but the troop folded when he left the district.

Cole Swimming Gala Canceled 

2 Mar

Due to the snowy Weather the team has decided to Postpone the swimming gala that is taking place tomorrow (03/03/2018).

Review: Zou Bisou Cafe 

2 Mar

Last Sunday's bitter chill and biting cold air acted as a dress rehearsal for the arrival of the 'Beast from the East' or the nightmare that is Storm Emma.

Review: Bulgarian Village Kitchen 

25 Feb

Havingnever quite found agreeable flight times from Birmingham to Bulgaria for a holiday, I recently decided to sample alittle ofBulgaria in Birmingham instead.

Solihull Scout Night Hike 2018 – Results 

11 Feb

After a cold and muddy evenings stroll through the Solihull countryside we have the full set of results for all the teams that took part.

Review: My Vegan Travels 

14 Jan

Veganuary has become a badge of honour amongst those that are looking for a healthier approach to their eating patterns and for some it has gone hand in hand with the abstaining partner of Dry January.

Ian Carnell MBE 

4 Jan

Solihull Deputy County Commissioner, Ian Carnell, has been honored with Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queens New years honors List.

Six Summits 2018 Booking is now Open 

4 Jan

BOOKING IS NOW OPEN! The Six Summits Challenge is a walking-based, 36 mile expedition, held across the Shropshire Hills for Scouts and Explorers.

Six Summits 2018 Booking opens in January 

1 Dec

The Six Summits Challenge is a walking-based, 36 mile expedition, held across the Shropshire Hills for Scouts and Explorers.

Marston Green Drumming Band needs your Help! 

2 Nov

Marston Green Scout Marching Band needs your help, They’re looking for anyone with band experience who can help lead one of the last remaining marching Scout bands in the country.

Building light level Survey 

2 Nov

We are currently applying for Planning Permission to put external lighting around the car park at County Headquarters.


23 Oct


County Cooking Competition 2017 

20 Oct

Results – County Cooking Competition 2017 Well done to all who took part we hope you all enjoyed the competition.

Mayor opens refurbished Scout Hut at 1st Solihull 

28 Sep

On Saturday 23 September the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis, officially opened 1 st  Solihull Scout Group’s refurbished hut in Mill Pool Woods.

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Apprentice Case Study: Kieren Kirwan Shares His Apprenticeship Journey 

9 Mar

Kieren Kirwan, 22 from Shard End in Birmingham, is in the final year of an Electrical installation apprenticeship with multi-disciplinary engineering firm, adi Group, which has a base in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.

Apprentice Case Study: Josh Patton Shares His Apprenticeship Journey 

7 Mar

Josh Patton, 21 from Halesowen, in the West Midlands, is in the final year of an Electrical Engineering apprenticeship with multi-disciplinary engineering firm, adi Group, which has a base in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.

This 17th century Solihull farmhouse is to be transformed into a pub and restaurant 

19 Feb

Company behind Birmingham bar The Physician is hoping to renovate listed farmyard complex...

New Indian gastro pub to open in Solihull 

8 Feb

The Tap Tandoor will open in Solihull in April 2018...

Design teams chosen for Birmingham’s HS2 stations 

2 Feb

Architects who worked on Eden Project and Millennium Bridge among those who will design new stations in Curzon Street and Solihull...

Quirky cafe bar Paramo Lounge is opening in Solihull 

8 Jan

Paramo Lounge is opening in High Street...

ECMS helps find apprentice for patternmaker 

3 Jan

The Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills has helped a local engineering company create the right pattern for plugging its skills gap by taking on a new apprentice.

Advance Employment crowned team of the year 

27 Nov

Solihull BID names service which helps disabled people get into work among the winners at its 2017 Excellence Awards...

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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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Very large pothole on island, H&S issue, 19th March 

19 Mar

Very large pothole i drove over earlier today, inside lane, est time 10.05 am, could easily damage cars, and cause issues for bicycles Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Warwick Road, Solihull ...

More rubbish added, 19th March 

19 Mar

Rubbish left outside Chelsea court, council still not moved it more added Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Chilvers Grove, Kingshurst Report on FixMyStreet...

Outcomes for Looked after children 

19 Mar

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to G Swanson on 19 March 2018 .

Pothole, 19th March 

19 Mar

Becks lane Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Becks Lane, Coventry Report on FixMyStreet...

Homeless applications and internal review statistics 

19 Mar

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Louis Dowd on 19 March 2018 .

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