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Three teenagers stabbed in attack 

14 Feb

A boy of 16 suffers serious stab injuries and two other boys are also injured in an attack in Solihull.

Disabled veterans home celebrates centenary year 

14 Feb

THE ROYAL Star Garter Homes, a charity which cares for disabled veterans, celebrated its Centenary with parties at its homes across the country – including Solihull.

Solihull musician aims to hit the big time following release of debut EP 

14 Feb

A BOROUGH musician is aiming to hit the big time following the release of his debut EP ‘She’s Leaving’.

COMPETITION: Lovers of great outdoors in for a treat at the NEC 

13 Feb

LOVERS of the great outdoors are in for a treat as the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show rolls into the NEC at the end of this month.

Rescue pony overcomes fear of humans to land special award 

13 Feb

A RESCUE pony who started life afraid of humans has turned into a confident award-winner thanks to his Henley owner.

Make sure you’re signed up to vote in Solihull’s local elections 

13 Feb

VOTERS in Solihull are being urged to make sure they are registered ahead of May’s local government elections.

In the Paddock: Warwickshire trainer Dan Skelton looks ahead to a busy and challenging schedule 

13 Feb

Warwickshire’s Dan Skelton is one of the country’s brightest young National Hunt trainers and ambassador of Warwick Racecourse.

Brave girls chops locks for charity 

12 Feb

A BRAVE little girl whose hair reached the bottom of her back has chopped off her locks for charity.

Two men arrested after a break in at Jaguar Land Rover plant in… 

12 Feb

Two men arrested after a break in at Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull.

Black Friday profits donated to local charity 

12 Feb

A CLOTHES retailer has raised almost £900 as part of its ‘thanks for giving’ campaign that raises funds for SoLO life opportunities.

Battery-powered trams set to run through Birmingham City… 

12 Feb

Battery-powered trams set to run through Birmingham City Centre Birmingham is to be the first city in the UK to use cutting edge battery technology that removes the need to attach overhead power lines to its historic buildings for trams.

Pair jailed following attack on man who just attended his brother’s funeral 

12 Feb

TWO men have been jailed for violently assaulting a man who had just attended his brother’s funeral.

Youngster Johns aiming high ahead of English Alipine Championships 

12 Feb

DORRIDGE skiing sensation Scott Johns is leaving no stone unturned in his bid to enjoy a successful outing at this month’s English Alpine Championships.

Indoor rowers claim gold at English championships in Manchester 

12 Feb

INDOOR ROWERS from Solihull claimed gold, silver and bronze at the English Indoor Rowing Championships held in Manchester during the last weekend of January.

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Sport »


13 Feb

A goal sweeter than an old Top Deck shandy from substitute Declan Attenborrow proved to be the only shining moment v Continental Star this afternoon...


10 Feb

Two goals from debutant Curvin 'Cizzla' Ellis capped a fine performance from Highgate in Tuesday nights derby on the 3G at Pac Meadow...

Women’s Pitch Up and Play – Sunday January 31st – 1.00 

29 Jan

No experience necessary - no excuse accepted...


27 Jan

Scott Turner’s 61st minute goal saw Highgate through to the Quarter Finals of the MFL Polymac Packaging League Cup...

Sirens Write a New Chapter 

25 Jan

Silhillians Sirens v Banbury Belles...


24 Jan

How do you fancy cheering on The Gate in front of over 3000 fans at Hereford's famous Edgar Street...


16 Jan

Returning to action for the first time in six weeks, The Gate put in an 'A' Level performance to earn a spoil of the shares at Loughborough University...

Club clothing 

14 Jan

You asked for it...

A Night of Music with The Neales 

13 Jan

A Night of Music with The Neales - Friday 22nd January 2016...

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Blogs »


8 Feb

The resurfacing of pavements in Monkspath has been widely welcomed as the former hopscotch effect (as a result of utility works) have been covered over by the technique known as ‘slurry surfacing’.


7 Feb

The nature reserve is within the boundaries of three Solihull wards; Blythe, St Alphege and Shirley South.

The Chalice new chef 

6 Feb

The Chalice warmly welcomes Mark head chef formerly of Mortons.

Parking issues behind Morton’s – tell the council your views 

5 Feb

A meeting held between Solihull planners and the D.


3 Feb

I met today with two officers from Centro at their offices in Birmingham.


3 Feb

The developments in Blythe ward, especially in and near Cheswick Green and Dickens Heath quite naturally cause concern about the numbers of school spaces, especially by parents of school aged children or soon to be school aged.


1 Feb

A busy week ahead, starting today with the meeting of the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel (which I am Vice Chair).

Powergen and Parkgate update 

27 Jan

Solihull Conservatives are pleased to say that after 21 years, a detailed planning application for the former Powergen site has been submitted to Sol The Powergen site is finally to be transformed and Parkgate is fully let.


26 Jan

Please find attached the Health Profile for Blythe Ward.


25 Jan

The first newsletter of 2016 is posted, with news of operations from all partners with the Meriden Constituency area, not just Blythe Ward.


23 Jan

Residents will be aware through leaflets delivered through doors of the consultation relating to the potential development on Blythe Valley Park.

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Features »

Chief Scout Bronze Award Presentation 

7 Feb

The Mayor of Solihull has kindly agreed to present Chief Scout’s Bronze Award certificates in Solihull Methodist Church at 6.45 for 7.00pm on Friday 6 May 2016.

Review: Yutaka Soybeans With Pods 

6 Feb

I’ve made reference to Edamame soy beans in previous blogposts and as a little legume that I enjoy eating from time to time, it was great to have the opportunity to try Yutaka’s latest offering of Edamame Soy BeansWith Pods .

Chief Scout Silver Award Presentation 

4 Feb

The Mayor of Solihull has kindly agreed to present Chief Scout’s Silver Award certificates in Solihull School Chapel at 6.45 for 7.00pm on Friday 22 April 2016.

Night Hike Results 

1 Feb

Congratulations to Intrepid Explorers ‘A’ and 2nd Ballsall Common Scouts ‘A’ on winning the Walking stick and boot tropes respectively.

Culinary Captures – January 

30 Jan

It is really the end of January already? I can’t believe how fast time has flown, Christmas only seems like 5 minutes ago! Nevertheless, the foodie world is busying itself for the year ahead with lots of new promotions and restaurants opening, it...

Dr Sketchy’s 2015 Round-up 

27 Jan

Well, it’s been more than a year since my last Dr Sketchy’s update  ( part 2 – part 3 ), and you may be forgiven for thinking that I’d not been in the last twelve months.

Review of Ferment Your Vegetables Book 

24 Jan

I felt a lot of synergy between myself and author Amanda Feifer when reading through her recipe notes in her latest book Ferment Your Vegetables published by Fair Winds Press .

1st Knowle Scout group fund raise their way to a new mini bus 

19 Jan

MUCH-NEEDED funding for a borough Scout group has helped provide a replacement minibus.

Gratitute for Modern Day Vegetarianism Article in Express & Star 

18 Jan

At times, I’m sure most vegetarians like me think “things could be better/easier/more convenient” when shopping or dining out.

Valentine’s Sunday Roast Lunch 

13 Jan

Sunday Roast Lunch Valentine’s Menu £39.95 pp   Canapés on arrival * Amuse Bouche   Starters   Parsnip White Onion Soup, Bacon Sage Dumplings   Terrine of Smoked Fish, Saffron Potato Salad, Baby Caper Dressing   Crispy Goats Cheese, ...

Ukrainian Community in Birmingham 

9 Jan

This post I know isn't food connected but with it having strong links with many of the food posts I write relating to my Ukrainian heritage, I thought it may be of interest toyou.

When Solihull Explorers went to Japan 

4 Jan

In the summer of 2015, 9 Explorers from Solihull attended the World Scout Jamboree in Japan and they invite you to a presentation evening to share their experiences.

County Night Hike – Saturday 30th January 2016 

4 Jan

Solihull Scout County Night Hike 2016 – Saturday 30th January Venue – Solihull Riding Club Please refer to the links below to enter your scouts / explorers along with all the relevant night hike info.

Emergency Dentist Near Me 

2 Jan

Our practice is located in the easily accessible location of Dorridge, which is next to Solihull, in the West Midlands.

Getting Al-Desko with Perk!er 

1 Jan

Doesn't seem to happen at the weekends, but when at work, I get an awful attack of the munchies about 10:30am and again at 3:00pm.

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Business »

Motor finance arm performance helps S&U to speed ahead 

12 Feb

SOLIHULL-based finance provider S&U has said that current trading remains strong and that its motor finance business is producing record results.

Enterprise Inns reports strong trading 

11 Feb

SOLIHULL pubco Enterprise Inns says it is trading strongly and has reported like-for-like net income growth.

KWB lets 22,000 sq ft at Solihull office scheme 

10 Feb

PROPERTY consultancy KWB has secured the expansion of two existing occupiers, Virgin Media and Rexel UK, at Eagle Court in Solihull.

Law firm George Green leads on local IT sector deal 

8 Feb

A CORPORATE team from Black Country law firm George Green has advised Convergence Group on its acquisition of Networks First.

Solihull roads will be a real-life test track for smart cars 

7 Feb

More than 40 miles of road around Solihull and Coventry will be used to test a new generation of smart cars...

BREAKING NEWS: M6 in Birmingham expected to be closed for much of the day 

4 Feb

THE M6 in Birmingham is expected to remain congested for most of the day, Highways England has said.

Carluccio’s restaurant announced as part of Solihull town centre renaissance 

3 Feb

The Italian restaurant will front a new four-storey building at the Mell Square shopping centre...

Carluccio’s confirms its arrival in Solihull 

3 Feb

ITALIAN restaurant and deli chain Carluccios is to set up a base 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 »

Dog Waste Bin Required, 13th February 

13 Feb

There is a requirement for a dog waste bin on this footpath leading to the park.

Double yellow lines, 13th February 

13 Feb

Double yellow lines required opposite the t junction/giveway at the junction of Middleton Road and Velsheda Road.

No Road Markings and Poor Road Surface, 13th February 

13 Feb

The road surface is particularly poor and is a hazard to vulnerable road users (cyclist and motorcyclists) caused by the loose stone on the surface of the road, which is deteriorating fast.

Street Lamp Not Working, 13th February 

13 Feb

The street lamp that lights the footpath that leads from hurdis to velsheda road has stopped working.

Near middle of road, 12th February 

12 Feb

Pothole in middle of road Report on FixMyStreet...

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    He has finally learnt to wait for me whilst I take a phone shot.
    Bless him :-)

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