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Solihull Moors: Kristian Green & Ashley Sammons join National League club 

20 Jan

National League club Solihull Moors sign Stourbridge defender Kristian Green and Hednesford midfielder Ashley Sammons.

Widower pens book of wife’s cancer battle to help others 

20 Jan

Cancer, A Journey's End tells the inspiring story of Tanvi Naik...

As Strictly Live waltzes into Brum we take a look at how Midlands contestants have performed on the show 

20 Jan

As Strictly Live waltzes into Brum we take a look at how Midlands contestants have performed on the show...

Litter pickers clear 145 bags of rubbish 

20 Jan

145 bags of rubbish cleared from Hobs Moat and Olton...

CAPTAIN’S COLUMN – Ryan Beswick reflects on Solihull Moors’ five-game unbeaten run ended by Gateshead 

20 Jan

In his latest column for the Observer, skipper Ryan Beswick looks back on an impressive festive break and firstly gives an update on his injury.

Hampton Surgery re-opens 

19 Jan

Hampton Surgery re-opens...

JLR fined £900,000 after worker loses leg in accident at Solihull plant 

19 Jan

The worker became trapped between two cars on a production line.

Solihull MP Julian Knight calls for extension to Town Centre Cycleway consultation 

19 Jan

Consultation set to end tomorrow (Friday...

Akwasi Asante and Jamey Osborne leave Solihull Moors for League Two side Grimsby Town 

19 Jan

SOLIHULL Moors duo Akwasi Asante and Jamey Osborne have agreed moves to Grimsby Town for an undisclosed fee.

National call-ups for five Solihull basketballers 

19 Jan

FIVE schoolboy basketball players from Solihull are reaping the rewards of their hard work after being selected to play in the region’s top National League Under 14s teams.

Ambulatory Emergency Care helps reduce waiting times at Solihull Hospital 

19 Jan

Ambulatory Emergency Care helps reduce waiting times at Solihull Hospital...

Grimsby Town sign Solihull Moors’ Jamey Osborne and Akwasi Asante 

18 Jan

Grimsby sign midfielder Jamey Osborne and striker Akwasi Asante from Solihull Moors for undisclosed fees.

Excellent Evans knocks out World no7 Cilic to progress in Australia Open 

18 Jan

DAN Evans has labelled Wednesday's magnificent victory over world number Marin Cilic at the Australian as the biggest win of his career.

Another win for Birmingham & Solihull Bees keeps the pressure on the top three 

18 Jan

HIGH-flying Bees kept the pressure on their top of the table rivals with a solid 29-14 defeat of Bridgnorth.

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19 Jan

BBC WM's non-league reporter Steve Hermon recently caught up with us about the forthcoming Tony Allden Commemorations...

Midlands Intermediate Cup Final 

18 Jan

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18 Jan

A Lei Brown hat trick and a brace from Dale Edwards saw Highgate through to the J W Hunt Cup Quarter Finals and a meeting with AFC Wulfrunians...


14 Jan

Today's Midland Premier League game at home v Westfields has been called OFF...

United clock up the three points 

7 Jan

Chris Cox's 25th minute goal direct from a free kick was the only difference between what on the day were two poor sides.


2 Jan

Four goals and it should have been more as rampant Highgate let the well beaten Mikes off lightly for belated New Year celebrations...


31 Dec

2016 went out with a whimper as Gate are beaten by rock bottom Brocton...


28 Dec

Highgate United FC are looking for a local company to sponsor the new 'Tony Allden Memorial Stand...


26 Dec

A disappointing Highgate performance and a flattering scoreline at the end of a poor contest which sees Alvechurch return to the top of the table.

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19 Jan

Reason for the Local Plan Review: Solihull Council needs to undertake a review of its Local Development Plan (LDP), which was adopted in December 2013.


12 Jan

A report to Solihull Cabinet this evening looked at the M42 junction 6 improvement options and the preferred options from Solihull Councils point of view.

Tackling CSE is Everybody’s Business 

11 Jan

I spent yesterday evening undertaking school governor training to recognise and tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

Road works to commence on the Longmore Road / Blossomfield Road junction 

10 Jan

SMBC have announced plans for  Road works on the Longmore Road / Blossomfield Road junction will begin on Monday 16 January and last up to three weeks.


10 Jan

At my decision making session on 3 October I approved a recommendation to market a new development of shared ownership houses on Richmond Road, Olton.

Travellers – incorrect reporting 

7 Jan

The borough saw about ten illegal encampments in 2016, with one group being a particular problem for police, local authority and residents in Shirley.

Homeless Grants for SMBC 

7 Jan

Keen readers may have already been made aware of this great new2s via the media reports that followed the announcement of the grants.

Happy New Year to Video bloggings 

6 Jan

I thought I would have posted in 2017 before now but ‘Man flu’ got to me in the end.

Extra Care Housing Development, Chelmsley Wood 

6 Dec

An interesting report came to Solihull Cabinet last week, with cabinet being asked to ‘approve the development of an affordable ‘extra care’ housing development at Marlene Croft, Chelmsley Wood, being partof the former Coleshill Primary School ...

BVP – Rationale for support 

5 Dec

On Wednesday 30 November 2016 Solihull’s Planning Committee (made up of fellow elected councillors) approved the planning application by IM Properties who sought to build on Blythe Valley Park; 750 homes, a 250 room care facility, a 200 room hotel ...

ROLL OF COUNCILLORS – REPORT via Centre for Public Scrutiny 

17 Nov

The Councillors Commission, launched by the Local Government Research Unit in partnership with the De Montfort University and the Municipal Journal, has produced an interim report on the role of councillors based on the 20 round tables and 147 ...

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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 ...

Mr Crumb Stuffing 

5 Dec

I don’t always make stuffing when putting together a Sunday Roast Lunch, but when I do, it is usually a cheap cheerful packet mix that I can make up in minutes (sorry to all food purists, it is very uncouth of me I know…..

Italian Deli Figs 

28 Nov

Regular readers will recall that I reviewed a vegetarian parmesan style cheese earlier in the year from Italian online deli food providers Vorrei .

Review: Boston Tea Party 

15 Nov

  Boston Tea Party .

Six Summits Challenge April 29th-1st May 2017 

7 Nov

Bookings for the Six Summits Challenge will open on the 1st December.

Palestine On A Plate 

6 Nov

Joudie Kalla’s culinary memoir brings to life a part of the world that I have little knowledge about – the area of Palestine.

Review: Baxters Deli Toppers 

4 Nov

Instead of ketchup or hummus, sometimes it is nice to have something different to top your food with, something that will add a different dimension.

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Children’s nursery adds Wiggles & Giggles to business park 

18 Jan

A children\'s nursery has agreed a 10-year lease deal on space at Birmingham Business Park.

Secure Trust Bank pulls out of unsecured personal loan market 

13 Jan

SOLIHULL-based Secure Trust Bank has said a strong final quarter has put it on course to meet full year market expectations.

Solihull is the most in demand area for property in the UK 

5 Jan

Research suggests that houses in Solihull are in demand more than anywhere else in the country...

Review of 2016 – October: Hamleys toy stores, Michelin stars and local TV 

1 Jan

Legendary toy retailer Hamleys announced in October it was planning to open a concession stand in House of Fraser while Solihull was awarded its first Michelin star...

Region’s politicians receive New Year Honours 

30 Dec

TWO of the region\'s senior politicians have been recognised in the Queen\'s New Year\'s Honours.

Jaguar Land Rover plans massive logistics hub in Solihull 

21 Dec

Luxury car brand continues investment plans for the West Midlands with new development to supply Solihull factory...

Major 750 home development in Solihull gets green light 

16 Dec

The new development will also see the creation of a commercial centre, a hotel and a care home and is expected to create up to 7,300 new jobs.

Garage owner launches bid to wipe out motor industry woes 

15 Dec

An entrepreneur from Solihull who trained as an accountant has introduced one of the UK's cheapest MOT tests, in a bid to combat the "unnecessary profiteering and upselling" by garages.

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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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Internal Disciplinary Investigations 

20 Jan

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to A Williams on 20 January 2017 .

Asb, 20th January 

20 Jan

Green trials bike no reg rider no helmet rider.

Agency Agreement 

19 Jan

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Anastasia Aldridge on 19 January 2017 .

Solihull school spend Sept – Dec 2016 

18 Jan

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Leasa Clarke on 18 January 2017 .

Severe Roundabout/Road Delays, 18th January 

18 Jan

The delays on all entrances to the roundabout are now unacceptable due to introductions of further business to the Birmingham Business Park.

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