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Opanin Edwards: Solihull Moors sign teenage Bristol City midfielder on loan 

19 Jan

Solihull Moors sign teenage midfielder Opanin Edwards from Bristol City on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Birmingham and Solihull residents raise £49,000 for St Mary’s Hospice with Christmas tree recycling scheme 

19 Jan

Residents rose to the challenge of recycling a record number of Christmas trees to raise £49,000 for local charity, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.

Solihull consultant one of those to sign letter of concern to PM 

19 Jan

A CONSULTANT at Solihull Hospital was among those who warned Theresa May patients were dying in hospital corridors because the NHS was so short-staffed and under-funded.

Solihull Mum’s fury at ‘racist’ children’s book found in school library 

19 Jan

AN OUTRAGED Solihull mum has slammed the use in schools of a children's book containing racist language.

Solihull council leader shows government officials plans for major transport developments 

19 Jan

SOLIHULL council leader among those to reveal to government officials several major transport schemes now underway across the West Midlands.

Pervert who filmed himself having sex with 15-year-old girl jailed 

19 Jan

A perverted Solihull man who filmed himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl has been jailed.

Calls for Bayeux Tapestry to go on display at Coventry Cathedral 

19 Jan

Calls have been made for the Bayeux Tapestry to be displayed in Coventry when it comes to Britain.

‘They wanted it more,’ admits Moors boss following FA Trophy exit 

18 Jan

THEY wanted it more than us.

Yardley crash to heavy first defeat of the year 

18 Jan

YARDLEY started the second part of their Warwick Printing MRHA Hockey Division One campaign in defeat against Old Wulfunians.

Rebecca Adlington wants Commonwealth Games to inspire new generation of swimmers 

18 Jan

OLYMPIC gold medallist Rebecca Adlington has said the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will be brilliant for inspiring a younger generation of swimmers.

Blossomfield boost promotion hopes with Stafford win 

18 Jan

BLOSSOMFIELD boosted promotion hopes from the MRHA West Midlands Premier League at the weekend, beating third placed Stafford 2-0.

Restoration plans for Land Rover found in Solihull garden 

18 Jan

One of the first Land Rovers ever built is to be restored after being found in a back garden in Solihull.

Niggling injuries do little to stop strongman Paddy 

18 Jan

NOT even ongoing injuries can stop borough strongman Paddy Doyle as he recorded another set of records at the weekend.

Improvements needed to prevent suicide by mental health patients in the West Midlands 

18 Jan

HEALTH chiefs are not doing enough to prevent suicide by mental health patients in the district.

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17 Jan

Manager Ashley Pulisciano has swooped to re-sign former Gate favourite Richard Batchelor...


13 Jan

Just Aaron Brown's 48th minute goal separated the two teams at the end of an entertaining contest dominated for long periods by the home side.


8 Jan

Luke Barlone's 25th minute goal not enough to prevent Gate losing to Nottinghamshire side Long Eaton United...


30 Dec

Highgate recover from a two goal deficit to earn a point at the end of a scrappy affair at the Valley...


26 Dec

Goals from Denico Johnson, Corey Currithers and Duane Courtney earn Gate a hard earned win over plucky Swifts...


24 Dec

We'd like to wish all our players, staff, volunteers, fans and friends a very Merry Christmas.


23 Dec

Luke Barlone and Aaron Brown score a goal in each half to see Gate home against a South Normanton side somewhat flattered by the final score-line.

Women & Girls Rugby Taster Session 

23 Dec

#SilsSirens #OneClub #LadiesRugby #BringOnTheGirls...


2 Dec

A last minute goal saw Highgate dumped out of the Vase after Josh Hawker's late penalty looked to be sending the game into extra time...

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School Gate Parking – Monkspath 

18 Jan

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West Midlands Police and Crime Panel 

14 Jan

The next meeting of the panel is being held tomorrow at Wolverhampton Civic Centre.

HILLFIELD PARK – Woodland Management 

13 Jan

Work will be undertaken to manage the woodland in Hillfield Park beginning 22 January and likely to finish by 5 February.

Cllr Alex Insley 

8 Jan

Alex has been a great ward and council colleague and he has made a big contribution to Blythe ward in the time he has served as Councillor.


4 Jan

We can all do our own bit to help make ourselves safer, less vulnerable to becoming a victim, and making us feel a lot safer.

Costa Coffee, Dickens Heath – my objection letter 

13 Dec

Please find posted my letter formally objecting to the application for a Costa Coffee in Dickens Heath, Solihull.

Staying Well over Christmas 

12 Dec

I hope this information does not apply to you this Christmas and New Year but a bit of preparation can always help when you fall ill or injure yourself over Christmas/New Year.

Coffee Cloud – Press Release 

12 Dec

This is a follow up of the recent post highlighting a planning application for a Costa Coffee shop in Dickens Heath, Solihull – directly opposite to the independent Coffee Cloud: https://cllrkenhawkins.

St. Patrick’s – Christmas services 

11 Dec

Please read the poster for details of Christmas services this Sunday and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Great News – Phone Mast on Yardley Wood Road Rejected! 

7 Dec

Shirley West Conservative Councillor, Brian Holmes recently campaigned alongside local residents to stop a very large phone mast being sited outside the Lodge Pub, Yardley Wood Road — near to local homes, a nursery and a primary school.

Crime in Solihull – a few thoughts 

28 Nov

In short, crime fluctuates and when it has reduced in the past few years I (and others) have counselled that crime patterns do rise and fall and that we should not get too excited.

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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.

1st Solihull Open Day 

21 Sep

1st Solihull Scout Group, on Lode Lane, are blessed with 18 acres of woodland, a mill pool and two scout huts and are throwing open the gates to give local residents the chance to look round on Saturday 23rd September.

Upcoming Training Event 

11 Sep

The training team are putting on a number of training session over the coming months which will cater to a variety of Modules and Validation.

Fischer’s – Austrian Restaurant London 

11 Sep

For the past couple of years, I've scrolled through Tweets applauding Fischer's food and ambience (including Nigella Lawson if I remember rightly)and so I've always said to MCH (My Carnivorous Husband) that our next trip to London should include a ...

Roverway 2018 – Solihull Patrol 

25 Aug

Applications are now open for Roverway 2018 in The Netherlands! The event brings together over 3,000 scouts from across Europe for 11 days of adventure, camping and discovery.

Countdown to Spruce Up 

23 Aug

This summer 1st Solihull Scout Group (based at the mill pool, Lode Lane) are running their own version of DIY SOS, minus the film crew.

Eleven Network Members from Solihull on top of the world at World Scout Moot in Iceland 

14 Aug

Alice Bennett, Alice Norbury, Hayley Butterworth, Keryn Boyle, Lauren Evans, Liam Clarke, Matt Fitzgerald, Matt Spencer, Megan Hauge, Peter Hopton and Russ Luckhurst from Solihull have spent 10 days living and working with Scouts from almost 80 ...

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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...

Fifty new jobs to be created at builders’ merchant 

23 Nov

Selco will launch branch next month in Solihull as part of major UK expansion programme...

adi Group Employees Prepare To Sleep Out For St Basils 

21 Nov

adi Group employees are preparing to join hundreds of Midlands based businesses and individualsfrom the local community on Friday 24thNovember in support of St Basils Big St Basils Big Sleep Out.

Summit Engineering (Birmingham) Ltd Tidy Their Energy Contracts Up By Working With Control Energy Costs 

20 Nov

Precision machining subcontractor Summit Engineering (Birmingham) Ltd based in Solihull have recently benefited from becoming a client of Made In The Midlands Patron Control Energy Costs.

Fresh Perspectives – The Power of Collaboration: to bridge the skills gap 

9 Nov

Join Aston Business School for an interactive “breakfast brainstorm” event to discuss the skills that SMEs are currently lacking in their workforce and/or struggling to recruit for.

Low Carbon SMEs Launch Event 

6 Nov

Aston University’s Low Carbon SME programme provides free support to SME’s, located in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area, to reduce their energy costs, carbon footprint and enhance resource efficiency.

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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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Dangerous drain cover missing, 19th January 

19 Jan

For several weeks now there has been a drain cover missing in this location, A cone has been put over the top but is regularly removed.

Leaking water pipe still gushing endless amounts of water up through grass verge onto road and flowing like a stream onwards! 7 days since reported but still nothing done!, 19th January 

19 Jan

Leaking water pipe still gushing endless amounts of water up through grass verge onto road and flowing like a stream onwards! 7 days since reported but still nothing done! Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by...

Solihull Social Services Children and family management structure 

19 Jan

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Robert Murphy on 19 January 2018 .

Massive long potholes east bound, 19th January 

19 Jan

Massive long potholes east bound on the A45 between Stonebridge round about and Allesley.

Street light not working, 19th January 

19 Jan

Streetlamp is not working outside no 25 Stonebow Avenue, Hillfield, Solihull , reported by residents previously but still not functioning.

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