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Helen set for half marathon for MS Society 

30 Mar

Running in memory of late dad Jim Tuite...

Tudor Grange duo claim national table tennis title 

30 Mar

TUDOR Grange Academy are celebrating after being crowned national table tennis champions in Hinckley.

Phil ‘Tuffers’ Tufnell fielded questions about his life and hosts quiz 

29 Mar

MORE than 160 guests enjoyed a pie and mash dinner with former England cricketer and TV personality Phil ‘Tuffers’ Tufnell at Solihull’s St Johns Hotel.

Third consecutive defeat leaves Solihull Moors seven points above the National League drop zone 

29 Mar

SOLIHULL Moors are in danger of being dragged into the National League relegation scrap after tasting falling to a third consecutive defeat at home to Torquay United.

League title goes down to the wire for Hampton-in-Arden ladies 

29 Mar

HAMPTON-in-Arden ladies are preparing for one of the biggest games of their lives when they take on Edgbaston in their final game of the season this Saturday.

Bike menaces arrested during morning raids 

29 Mar

SEVEN more suspected bike menaces have been arrested from their homes during raids morning – as West Midlands Police underlines its commitment to tackle lawless road rallies.

Former Solihull School pupils set to climb Mount Snowdon in honour of Alex Diez-Jones 

28 Mar

A GROUP of former Solihull School students are set to scale Mount Snowdon to raise money for charity in memory of a former classmate.

Solihull Barons finish fourth to set up Solway Sharks clash 

28 Mar

SOLIHULL Barons concluded their regular league season with a 6-4 home defeat against last season’s double winners Blackburn Hawks.

Solihull Moors v Torquay United 

28 Mar

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

Blossomfield Ladies up to second spot 

28 Mar

SOLIHULL Blossomfield made a welcome return to winning ways after beating North Staffordshire Ladies 2-0 to move up to second place in the Midlands Division Two table.

Highgate have goalkeeper Brendon Bunn to thank after goalless stalemate against Loughborough University 

28 Mar

GOALKEEPER Brendon Bunn was the hero for Highgate as he produced a string of outstanding saves to earn his side a point following a goalless stalemate at home to Loughborough University.

Legal advisers are named for Arden Cross plans 

28 Mar

THE ARDEN Cross Consortium - comprising landowners Birmingham City Council, Packington Estate, Coleshill Estate and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council - has appointed Gowling WLG as legal advisers...

Spring into action and sign up to Knowle Fun Run 

27 Mar

AS THE spring flowers start to poke their heads above the parapet Knowle and Dorridge Lions are calling upon Silhillians to get out their running shoes and get in training for the Knowle Fun Run.

Barrow home defeat is a ‘reality check’ for Solihull Moors claims manager Liam McDonald 

27 Mar

SOLIHULL Moors boss Liam McDonald has described Saturday's 4-2 defeat at home to Barrow in the National League as a 'reality check'.

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Sport »


29 Mar

Gate twice concede leads as they are only able to scrape a draw against bottom side Tividale...


27 Mar

Funeral Arrangements...


25 Mar

Highgate will have been the happier of the two to come away with a point after being outplayed for long periods by a very good visiting side...


22 Mar

A hard fought encounter decided by Marco Adaggio's 39th minute goal, but will it be enough - more to come...

Annual Dinner 

20 Mar

Tickets now available...


18 Mar

Marco Adaggio's hat trick the highlight of an outstanding Highgate performance which lifts them up to twelfth place in the MFL League table...


14 Mar

Lei Brown and Jarrell Hylton score the goals which lift Highgate up to the dizzy heights of 15th place in the MFL Premier Division table.


11 Mar

Having led from 27th minute Gate twice conceded before the break through Jake Webb penalties, Scott Turner equalising twenty minutes from the end.


11 Mar

Medals amongst items stolen from a house break-in at Tony's sisters in Coleshill...

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Blogs »

Communities under threat after two mayoral candidates back second runway at Birmingham Airport 

27 Mar

Communities under threat after two mayoral candidates back second runway at Birmingham Airport Mon, 27/03/2017 - 10:50 Monday, 27 March, 2017 Dame Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden has expressed her disappointment after two of the candidates in the ...

Andy Street Conservative Mayoral Candidate for the West Midlands 

16 Mar

Andy Street Conservative Mayoral Candidate for the West Midlands Thu, 16/03/2017 - 12:06 Thursday, 16 March, 2017 Andy Street - Conservative Mayoral Candidate for the West Midlands Andy Street has given up his job running John Lewis to stand as ...

Solihull Borough still under threat from ‘divisive’ boundary changes 

16 Mar

Solihull Borough still under threat from ‘divisive’ boundary changes Thu, 16/03/2017 - 11:11 Thursday, 16 March, 2017 The Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman, MP for the Meriden constituency is urging residents of Solihull Borough to have a say in the ...


14 Mar

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Monkspath Community Litter Pick 

14 Mar

A local resident, Bob Summers, suggested we do this in our local park, Hillfield Local Nature Reserve and together with the Olton Library Litter Pickers/Love Solihull Team (SMBC) we got together yesterday afternoon.

Spotlight on GP Appointments 

13 Mar

Fed up with hearing that GP appointments are hard to come by? Come to a public meeting about the situation in Solihull.

The state of adult social care funding 

12 Mar

Just a few months old but this report from the Local Government Association can be considered a detailed and accurate report about the issue.


12 Mar

I have been a governor at schools in Solihull for over 25 years (Monkspath and the Federated Special Schools of Forest Oak and Merstone).

Solihull Sleep Out – St Basils 

10 Mar

I will be taking part in the Solihull Sleep out on behalf of St Basils this evening and wish to make a few points about the issue in Solihull.


9 Mar

Beat Surgeries have returned and here are the dates, time and venues of surgeries in or near to Blythe ward: March Tuesday 14 th – Dickens Heath Parish Office 1000 x 1100 Wednesday 15 th – Notcutts Garden Centre 1100 x 1300 Friday 24th – ...

Housing Provision for Disabled in Solihull 

5 Mar

A question posed at Full Council to me this week related to this issue and the timing allows me to expand on the issue in a more general way to help inform residents of the borough Within the draft local plan review the Council is committed to ...

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Features »

Just a Coffee…. at Damascena 

26 Mar

Last Sundaywas just one of those lovely Sunday afternoons that flowed from one nice thing to another.

Seasonal Food in February 

9 Feb

So it’s February.

We’re Searching for New District Commissioner 

7 Feb

As Andy and Chris finish their terms as District Commissioners for Blythe and Cole, the process of selecting replacements has begun.

County Night Hike 2017 – Results 

29 Jan

Congratulations to Intrepid Explorers ‘A’ and Nelson Sea Scouts ‘A’ on winning the Walking stick and boot trophies respectively.

Baxters Souper Swap Challenge 

28 Jan

Lunch during the working week cansometimes come andgo without any aplomb, with choices made on autopilot or with only'hobson's choice' from the local shop or fooddelivery van it can be all quite groundhog day.

Help needed for 6 Summits 

23 Jan

Adult Leaders   34th Six Summits Challenge April 29 th to 1 st May 2017  The Six Summits Challenge is a 36 mile, 3 day expedition for Scouts and Explorers.

Ukrainian Christmas Festivals 

20 Jan

January is always verybusy for me, hence I'm only now just sitting down to write.

Mothering Sunday Lunch 

12 Jan

Surprise your Mother this Mothering Sunday with a fabulous 6 course Sunday Lunch that she thoroughly deserves.

Merry Christmas & Happy 2017! 

31 Dec

It's New Year's Eve and I can't believe it is 'that time' of year again! Honestly, where has it gone??! Just thinking about the blogging part of my life, I've enjoyed trying out all the new places opening up in and around Birmingham and checking out ...

Burns Supper 

25 Dec

Robert Burns was born into a farming family at Alloway in Ayrshire, he died in Dumfries at the early age of thirty seven.

Valentines Day 

25 Dec

Treat Your Loved One to a Romantic Valentines Evening Full Name * Address * Telephone * Email Address * Date: * Number of People * Preferred Time Additional Comments or Special Dietary Requirements Treat the special person in your life to a romantic ...

Seasons Greetings at this festive time of year 

22 Dec

Seasons Greetings at this festive time of year 2016 has been another fantastic year for Solihull Scouts: It Saw hundreds of young people receiving their Chief Scout Awards as well as 10 receiving their Queen Scout Award and Duke of Edinburgh Award ...

Cubs100 Promise Party 

21 Dec

Cub Scouts up and down the country celebrated a 100 years of adventure with Cubs 100 Promise Parties – Cubs joined together with thousands of other to renew their promise.

Rise of Social Enterprises 

15 Dec

Having frequently seen Miss Macaroon on the Birmingham food scene over the years, I was really pleased to hearwhen MD Rosie Ginday announced that she was opening a shop in Birmingham's Great Western Arcade .

Food Roots Interview – Joudie Kalla 

14 Dec

After thoroughly enjoying reading and reviewing Joudie Kalla’s cookbook – Palestine On A Plate , I thought it would be interesting to interview Joudie via my Food Roots Interview series to find out about her and her heritage and how it fits in ...

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Business »

Warrior Doors in Tyseley 

26 Mar

Warrior Doors Ltd is an SME manufacturing company making stainless steel, aluminium and fully glazed high  security doors  for commercial properties, industrial premises, banks, bullion dealers, jewellers, local authority housing and housing...

Builders’ merchant set for fresh expansion in Birmingham 

16 Mar

Shirley-based builders\' merchant, EH Smith is set for fresh expansion in its West Midlands heartland.

New UK Central ‘Hub’ to create 77,500 jobs 

15 Mar

New 20-year masterplan outlines grand vision for area surrounding new HS2 station in Solihull including homes and commercial space...

Growth chiefs outline 20-year strategy to maximise UK Central 

14 Mar

The 20-year plan to capitalise on one of the Midlands most strategically important development sites has been officially unveiled.

Manufacturers react to Hammond’s pledge of £392m to Midlands Engine 

14 Mar

Midland manufacturers have continued to react to Philip Hammond’s recent pledge of £392m to the Midlands Engine Strategy from the Local Growth Fund.

Pension fund puts prime offices up for sale at £20m 

10 Mar

A Solihull office building has been put up for sale by its pension fund owner at an asking price of more than £20m.

Birmingham’s medical research, low energy technology and house building industries benefit from £54 million funding boost 

10 Mar

Communities Secretary Sajid Javed unveiled details of the latest Greater Birmingham and Solihull Growth Deal following the budget...

MIPIM 2017: How Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country plan to impress at the international property show 

9 Mar

MIPIM 2017 could see millions of pounds of investment flood into Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country...

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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 »

Incorrect spelling on road sign, 28th March 

28 Mar

Sign giving directions towards fordbridge and kingshurst.

Building regulations enforcement S36 notices issued. 

28 Mar

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Adam A on 28 March 2017 .

Camera pointing directly at my property from neighbouring property, invasion of privacy., 26th March 

26 Mar

End Terrace, No.15 Chilvers Grove, installed cameras, one of which is pointing directly at my home, the camera covers one of my bedrooms and my bathroom.

Large pothole, 25th March 

25 Mar

Large pothole, fills with water Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 132 Dorridge Road, Dorridge Report on FixMyStreet...

Opposite junction with Hathaway Road, 24th March 

24 Mar

Recent deep hole has appeared a couple of feet from nearside kerb.

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  • Moonscape

     on flickr 18 Nov 13
    Tried to capture the moon but it’s not as clear as I would have liked. Maybe a lesson on sky photography is on the cards.

    This was captured with a Sigma 100-300mm lens at 300mm F6.7 ISO 100 1/500


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