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July hearing expecting for land protection bid 

27 Apr

A PUBLIC hearing over a bid to protect green spaces in Knowle from development is expected by the end of July.

DDRA hits out at Sainsbury’s traffic changes 

27 Apr

THE Dorridge and District Residents Association (DDRA) has made “strong representations” about road changes as part of the village’s Sainsbury’s development.

You’re welcome to take a seat at Our House 

27 Apr

THEATRE-GOERS in Solihull are being urged to take a seat at Our House ahead of the showamp;#039;s opening night.

Ian Paterson claims he is too ill to fight 

27 Apr

SHAMED amp;#039;cleavage sparing mastectomyamp;#039; breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been ordered to take independent tests to establish his mental capacity after claiming he is too ill to fight legal action because he is suffering psychiatric ...

Cricket: Berkswell women make history 

26 Apr

Berkswell Cricket Club – formed in 1896 – will witness history today as its’ first women’s cricket team take to the field for the first time at the Club’s Meeting House Lane ground this afternoon (Sunday 26th April 2015).

Run Club anniversary takes in London Marathon 

26 Apr

Three Balsall Common Run Club members will be celebrating the Club’s first anniversary the hard way by competing in this morning’s London Marathon (Sundy 26th April 2015).

Memorial game ahead of Mark Scrivens big send-off 

25 Apr

Berkswell & Balsall Common Rugby Football Club are set for a big memorial game tomorrow to commemorate the lives of Mark Scrivens, Mark Brereton and Paul Boneham, all of whom have passed away in recent weeks and months.

No arrests as English Defence League descend on Solihull 

24 Apr

POLICE presence was high in Solihull over the weekend as the English Defence League (EDL) descended on the town centre.

Touchwood plans will hurt businesses 

23 Apr

TOWN centre businesses have slammed the proposed Touchwood extension, claiming it will have devastating effects.

Audiences set to fall under spell of Witches show 

23 Apr

A SPELL is set to be cast over Solihull audiences when a bewitching new show takes to the stage.

Jack and family kick out to find a cure 

20 Apr

LIKE every other four-year-old boy Jack Gauder loves running around, watching Star Wars and kicking a football about.

Knowle bar plan approved 

19 Apr

A BAR plan for a former auctioneer’s showroom in Knowle has been approved.

Less than a month for fun run entries 

19 Apr

ENTRIES for Knowle Fun Run will close on May 12 for the event on Sunday, May 17.

Fabulous Forties Fundraiser 

18 Apr

On Saturday 13 June there will be a 1940s night at the British Legion.

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Sport »


28 Apr

The Gates' newly formed Under 9s are searching for players of ALL abilities to join their team...


27 Apr

We are pleased to announce an ‘Open Trial’ date for next seasons Midland Floodlit League Youth Team.


25 Apr

For the second time in a week The Gate struck 7.


23 Apr

A superb performance from The Gate saw them hit a sorry Studley side for 7 in a one-sided affair at the Beehive.

Untitled Post 

23 Apr

Further Changes to the Weekends FixturesSee "This Weeks Fixtures" on Side Bar...

Worcester Rugby Camp at Silhillians RUFC 

23 Apr

26th - 27th May Boys & Girls aged 6-16...


19 Apr

Karl King took just 15 minutes after coming off the bench and head home Gates 3rd and decisive goal that their commanding performance deserved.


17 Apr

Congratulations to Gerry and the lads...


17 Apr

Striker Ricardo Richards notched another hat-trick in Gates' convincing 6-0 win away at struggling Alvis Sporting...

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Blogs »

Candidates for the 2015 Dickens Heath Parish Council Elections 

14 Apr

Please click here for a list of the candidates standing for election to Dickens Heath Parish Council in May.

Family-friendly welly walk and teddy bear’s picnic – 17th May 2015 at 12.30pm 

14 Apr

Family Friendly Welly Walk and Teddy Bear Picnic Sunday, May 17th @ 12.30pm £5 entry per family For further details email: abradstock@aol.

Dickens Heath & Balsall Common-based Pop Chorus invited to sing at Lord Mayor of London’s banquet! 

14 Apr

Seventy-five members of Solihull Pop Chorus, the amateur choir based in Dickens Heath and Balsall Common, which includes estate agents, chefs, cleaners, council workers, doctors, accountants, store managers, retirees, stay-at-home parents and many ...

NHS SERVICES – Tidbury Green area/cross border 

31 Mar

I have been dealing with an elderly resident of Tidbury Green who has been attending the doctors surgery at Hollyoaks Medical Centre, Wythall for over 60 years.


31 Mar

Concern has been raised regarding Shelly Farm Community Centre, Monkspath.

Creynolds Lane – planning application 

30 Mar

An interesting application has been made to demolish 264 Creynolds Lane and replace it with three dwellings, with two bungalows in the back garden.

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 ...

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Features »

St Georges Parade in Knowle 

26 Apr

This years St.

Queen Scout Award for Beverley Hardwick 

26 Apr

Beverley Hardwick formally from Drake Explorer Scout Unit, the only young person from Solihull is being honoured by international adventurer Chief Scout, Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen’s Scouts Awards on Sunday 26 th April ...

Chief Scout Silver Awards Success 

25 Apr

The Friday night proceeding St.

Lunch at The Edwardian Tea Rooms 

25 Apr

Meeting up with friends the other weekend in Birmingham city centre, we all put our thinking caps on with regards to where we could eat that would accommodate a vegetarian, a pescetarian, somewhere that would suit us and my friend’s teenage ...

Local Explore Questions John Major 

22 Apr

Scouting encourages young people to stand up and have a voice for them selves.

Food & Genealogy for Warwickshire Life 

17 Apr

On the back of my Food Roots Interview feature , I have taken some time to continue exploringthe concept of food and its links to genealogy.

Instructions For Adding New Adults To Compass 

11 Apr

Instructions for Adding New Adults via the Scouts website.

Marmalade Birmingham 

7 Apr

The Rep Bar is how I knew it back in the 1990’s.

Bircher Muesli 

5 Apr

The third in my Flahavan’s trilogy of #PerfectPorridge offerings, comes by way of a Bircher’s Muesli.

Cocktails & Dining at Chung Ying Central 

29 Mar

I have spent many a lovely night over the years down in Birmingham’s Chinese Quarter at Chung Ying and Chung Ying Garden Restaurants.

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.

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Business »

General Election 2015: LEP chair welcomes jobs pledge 

24 Apr

A PLEDGE by the Conservatives to expand Birminghams city centre Enterprise Zone has been welcomed by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Vital signs finance from Secure Trust Bank 

24 Apr

SOLIHULL-based Secure Trust Banks commercial finance arm has provided a £2m invoice finance facility to a corporate signs business.

LEP boss calls on combined West Midlands authority to seal devolution deal 

23 Apr

THE chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has called on a combined authority in the West Midlands to work with the areas LEPs to seal a devolution deal wi...

Hill & Smith to acquire rival group in £10m deal 

23 Apr

Solihull manufacturing group hopes to expand UK coverage with deal to buy Shropshire-based W Corbett Co...

Hill & Smith planning £10.5m acquisition of Telford firm 

23 Apr

SHIRLEY-based manufacturer Hill & Smith Holdings is planning to strengthen its offering to the galvanising services market with the £10.5m acquisition of a Telford firm.

Hundreds of Jaguar agency workers face axe 

22 Apr

Cull at Castle Bromwich factory affecting lines producing XK and XJ models despite £320m investment in new aluminium body shop...

Solihull writer’s Car Share set to make broadcasting history with iPlayer premiere 

22 Apr

All six episodes of Car Share, written by Tim Reid and Paul Coleman, will be available on the iPlayer between April 24 and 28.

Lloyd’s Register letting a major boost for Solihull 

21 Apr

IN what is believed to be the largest letting in the out of town office market this year, Lloyds Register has taken 27,000 sq ft of space in Solihull.

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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 »

Flytipping, 27th April 

27 Apr

Two large bags have been dumped at the roadside on Parkfield Drive.

Broken open drain cover, 27th April 

27 Apr

Open sewer drain cover that is not secure.

List of Cabinet Members since the creation of SMBC 

27 Apr

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Mr Brown on 27 April 2015 .

Immigrants in Social Housing 

27 Apr

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Steve Hermon on 27 April 2015 .

Immigrants in Social Housing 

27 Apr

Request sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Steve Hermon on 27 April 2015 .

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  • Shirley Park – playground

     on flickr 01 Mar 15
    Shirley Park in the late afternoon after a day of rainfall.


    Skate ramp behind

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