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Employment tribunal claimant fee scrap welcomed by Blythe Liggins 

27 Jul

An employment lawyer has welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to scrap fees for claimants at employment tribunals.

Honoured rocket scientist reveals at University of Warwick how Dan Dare inspired him 

27 Jul

'IT'S not rocket science' as to where those in the highly respected profession get their inspiration from - as Alan Bond revealed.

Peter Kay dances his way to Coventry 

27 Jul

Peter Kay will be dancing his way to Coventry's Ricoh Arena in the new year.

Balsall Common mum raises £5,000 for charities while fighting breast cancer 

27 Jul

A DETERMINED cancer survivor has raised almost £5,000 to fight the disease since being diagnosed last year.

Super council boss to earn £187,500 

27 Jul

Deborah Cadman, currently chief executive of Suffolk County Council, will take up the role at the West Midlands Combined Authority later in the year.

Solihull School decathlon day raises over £6,000 for cancer charities 

26 Jul

Pupils at Solihull School’s junior school have donated more than £6,000 raised from their decathlon day event to four cancer charities.

Soggy moggies survive spin in washing machine 

26 Jul

Two kittens have been affectionately named Persil and Daz by vets after surviving unscathed from an unexpected spin in their owner’s washing machine.

Taxi driver who grabbed woman between legs faces jail 

26 Jul

A taxi driver who grabbed a woman between her legs following a row about the fare has been warned to expect a prison sentence.

Birmingham City: Connal Trueman and Dan Cleary join Solihull Moors on loan 

26 Jul

Solihull Moors sign goalkeeper Connal Trueman and defender Dan Cleary on loan from Birmingham City until January 2018.

£1m scheme to tackle domestic violence across West Midlands 

26 Jul

A NEW £1million scheme aims to cut the number of victims of domestic violence.

Crowds flock to Cheswick Green’s Party in the Park 

26 Jul

PARTY-GOERS were living it up at Cheswick Green's annual 'Party in the Park'.

Ex-Camp Hill youngster James Freeman joins Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs 

26 Jul

A FORMER Camp Hill RFC minis player has signed a two-year contract with Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs.

Campaign to savour for borough swimmers 

26 Jul

SOLIHULL Swimming Club finished a great Mercian League season in second place following a strong performance in the final gala.

The First Kenilworth Food Festival proves mouth-watering success 

26 Jul

The first Kenilworth Food Festival proved a mouth-watering success.

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Girls/womens rugby taster session – Friday September 1st 

26 Jul

Join us at the Sils for an Inner Warrior Rugby taster session...

Jon Whitney: More hard work to come 

25 Jul

The Saddlers kick of the 2017/18 League One campaign on August 5 when they make the trip up to Greater Manchester.

Saddlers seniors set for run-out 

18 Jul

Whitney opted to mix up his squad during Saturday’s opening pre-season fixture at Solihull Moors, with the Saddlers fielding a different team in each half of the 3-2 defeat.

Fell in form for Wolves 

17 Jul

After a relatively sedate start by Amritpal Singh (61) and Matthew Kleindveldt (54), Fell (100no) and Aneesh Kapil (67) belted the Brockhampton attack to all parts before Zen Malik finished the innings with a cameo 21no.

Notice of Silhillians RUFC AGM 

16 Jul

Silhillians Rugby Union Football Annual General Meeting will be held at the Club House, Warwick Road, Copt Heath on Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 7 pm.

Solihull 3 Walsall 2 – Report 

15 Jul

An experimental Saddlers XI enjoyed a 1-0 lead at the interval thanks to a well-taken Maz Kouyhar goal.

Solihull vs Walsall – LIVE 

15 Jul

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Walsall players put through their paces 

11 Jul

The Saddlers squad travelled up to the Lake District on Sunday to take part in a series of tasks designed to test both their physical and mental capabilities.

Saddlers pictured in training 

10 Jul

During the camp Saddlers players are being tested with team bonding and physically exhausting exercises.

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Greener buses scheme set for expansion 

25 Jul

Bus scheme driving cleaner air and better facilities for Solihull town centre.

Mercedes – Planning Application – Monkspath 

20 Jul

Planning application PL/2017/01715/PPFL relates to an application by Mercedes to develop a new dealership on the present Prologis Site at 1, Monkspath Hall Road (on left as you drive into Monkspath from Stratford Road).

Telecoms Mast – Stratford Road 

11 Jul

Planning application PL/2017/01792/PNTC relates to the proposal for a telecoms mast on Stratford Road near to the entrance to Shirley Golf Club.


4 Jul

A planning application has been submitted by IM Properties as follows: Hybrid planning application for employment development at Fore Business Park to comprise in full: erection of two office buildings (Use Class B1) with ancillary automotive ...

Stanbrook Road area – car parking issues 

30 Jun

This post is a follow-up to one I posted on 5 May, which can be read here: https://cllrkenhawkins.

Special ticket offer for Solihull Pop Chorus gig at Town Hall Birmingham 

27 Jun

Solihull Pop Chorus was born in Dickens Heath.

Local Nursery Offering 30 Hours Funding 

21 Jun

Dickens Heath based nursery ‘Blossoms’ will be offering spaces for the 30 hours early education funding from September 2017 onwards.


13 Jun



13 Jun

There is an In Memoriam Service being held at St Patrick’s Church, Salter Street, Cheswick Green at 4pm Sunday 2 July.

FORE BUSINESS PARK – Investment proposals 

9 Jun

On Tuesday I and fellow ward councillor Alex Insley attended Monkspath JI School where IM Properties held a drop-in consultation event regarding their proposals for the development of new business units on the Fore Business Park, off Stratford Road, ...

Hillfield Local Nature Reserve – a walk near Monkspath 

4 Jun

There are still a lot of local people who are not aware of the walk via the ridgeway in Hillfield Local Nature Reserve.

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Din Dins at Min Mins 

19 Jul

I suppose a number of my recent posts have been reminiscent of past events or have been prompted by things I’ve come across (again).

Charity Night with Belinda Carlisle – The High Field 

19 Jun

It is very exciting to hear that two things I enjoy very much – The High Field Birmingham and 80’s music are collaborating for a charity extravaganza! Photo: c/o The High Field On Saturday 15th July 2017, Th e High Field will be hosting a very ...

Breakfast in Budapest 

17 Jun

Photo: Word In Veg Ways Photo: Word In Veg Ways Looking back at some old photos, its triggered memories of my visit to Budapest in Hungary last year.

24th World Scout Jamboree Information Evening 

8 Jun

Were you born between 22 nd July 2001 and 21 st July 2005? Do you want to join 45,000 Scouts from 150 countries in America for a once-in-a-lifetime experience? The next World Scout Jamboree is being held at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout ...

Solihull Selects Jamboree Leaders 

6 Jun

We are very pleased to announce that Solihull Scout County has chosen George Wilkinson and Simon Johnson to lead eighteen Explorer Scouts to the next World Scout Jamboree.

Solihull Scout County’s AGM 2017 

1 Jun

This year’s annual meeting of the Solihull County Scout Council, will be held on Wednesday 21 June 2017 in the Civic Suite at Solihull Council at 8pm.

Summer Newsletter 2017 

1 Jun

Awaiting Content please send Nuthurst Grange Hotel newsletter...

Deposit Secures Your Table 

27 May

I’ve known Alex Claridge almost as long as I’ve been blogging, so since 2012 I’ve been following his work and projects around Birmingham and I’ve watched him move from one challenge to another.

Bardolino Birmingham 

15 May

Yesterday, I had a very nice little lunch with two of my closest friends at Bardolino’s in Birmingham.

Gluten Free Veggie Crisps 

10 May

Photo: Word In Veg Ways I find it’s a dangerous game opening a bag of sharing crisps.

Mountain Berries & Desert Spice 

30 Apr

I absolutely loved Sumayya Usmani’s first book – Summers Under The Tamarind Tree with its introduction to Pakistani food and culture brought to life by stunning imagery, anecdotes, memories and family stories.

New Cole DC Appointed 

23 Apr

We are delighted to announce that following a successful conclusion to the Cole District Commissioner Search Process over the last few months, Liz Rashvand has been appointed as the new District Commissioner for Cole.

Solihull Scouts Receive Queen Scout Award at Windsors Castle 

23 Apr

Alex Buck, Ashley Shadbolt and Luke Shadbolt are being honoured by international adventurer Chief Scout, Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen’s Scouts Awards on Sunday 23 th April 2017.

Put St George’s Day on the Calendar 

22 Apr

It is one of my bugbears that St George's Day here in England isn't celebrated with the gusto that it should be.

Buckholt Scout Troop Sleep Rough to Raise Money and Awareness for St Basils 

22 Apr

12 Scouts and 4 leaders from Buckholt Scout Troop took part in the Solihull St Basils Sleep Out 2017, to help raise awareness of homelessness and raise funds to help St Basils provide beds and much more for local homeless people.

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Five Birmingham shops under threat as fashion chain collapses 

12 Jul

The Shirley-based group has been battling losses for several years and has now closed all of its shops...

Fashion chain collapses into liquidation costing 900 jobs 

11 Jul

Shirley-based group has been battling losses for several years and has now closed all of its shops...

Aston University celebrate success of exceptional event 

5 Jul

The latest Made in the Midlands breakfast event was hosted by Friend member, Aston University on Thursday 28th June alongside The Advanced Services Group.

New head office for sports nutrition group Grenade 

5 Jul

Company founded in 2010 in Solihull returns to town with new headquarters...

West Midlands law firms in buyout deal 

5 Jul

Blackhams expands with acquisition of Solihull practice...

Greater Birmingham LEP launches hunt to find new chairman 

3 Jul

Steve Hollis will step down from the role in September to make way for new figurehead to drive economic growth in Greater Birmingham and Solihull...

Strong growth among region’s start ups 

3 Jul

Annual report from Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP says city region is now fastest-growing in the country after positive 12 months...

The most inspirational female engineers and scientists #INWED2017 

30 Jun

Last week marked the fourth International Women in Engineering Day, a day of events and online activities planned by schools, colleges, universities, industry bodies, businesses, and individual engineers.

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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

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‘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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27 Jul

Follow up sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Andrew Smith on 27 July 2017 .


27 Jul

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Andrew Smith on 27 July 2017 .


26 Jul

Request sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Andrew Smith on 26 July 2017 .

Follow up to earlier request 

25 Jul

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Nigel Beasant on 25 July 2017 .

Dog fouling is constant in Lumley Grove and owners do not pick it up and there are lots of children walking that route to and from school, it’s new name is dog poo alley for want of a nicer word, 25th July 

25 Jul

This is an ongoing problem for some time now and the council seems to do nothing about it.

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  • Bus interior of the no 49 bus on Poplar Road in Solihull

     on flickr 28 Apr 17
    Bus interior of the no 49 bus on Poplar Road in Solihull. Shortly after I boarded it for Shirley Station, and having passed the National Express West Midlands travel shop that was closing down on Friday

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