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Balsall Common Festival plans unfolding at a pace 

22 Jul

The Balsall Festival on Saturday 20th September 2014, will be hosted for the first time across two sites in the village as follows:   Running Order (provisional)   12:00 noon – Senior Fun Run – Heart of England School 12:30pm &#...

No respite for care homes as council fee rates fall again 

22 Jul

Care homes are under increasing pressure as council fee rates fail to keep pace with inflation, market analysis firm LaingBuisson has said.

Bungalow badly damaged in fire 

19 Jul

A bungalow in Solihull is almost completely destroyed by a fire in the early hours.

New Business Breakfast Club for Balsall Common 

18 Jul

Balsall Common’s Business Breakfast Club met for the first time this week, Claire Turner reports on how it went: The first meeting of the Balsall Common Business Breakfast Club was a great chance for local business owners and sole traders to meet ...

KFC vows to be a good neighbour 

18 Jul

FAST food giant KFC has committed to being a responsible neighbour after winning its bid to build a new restaurant next to Shirley Heath Junior School.

Your Communities: Great day of summer fun at Grace Academy 

18 Jul

Grace Academy Solihull hosted an afternoon of summer fun at a family fun day.

New head for Dorridge school 

17 Jul

A NEW headteacher has been announced for Dorridge Nursery & Infant and Dorridge Junior School.

Charity bike ride on Sunday 

17 Jul

CYCLISTS are being invited to a charity ride thorugh the countryside for Knowle & Dorridge Lions on Sunday.

Cancer charity banks 50,000 donation from Hunters 

17 Jul

A PARACHUTE jump from 14,000ft by staff and directors at Hunters Estate Agency has helped the firm to its Acirc;pound;50,000 fund-raising target for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Rainbow was a message from my son 

17 Jul

IT seems Joseph approves of our work in his name - that was how Andy Foote described a rainbow that arched over the headquarters of the charity he set up in his sonamp;#039;s name almost 15 years ago.

More disruption as phase two of congestion project starts 

17 Jul

THE next phase of work to ease congestion around Birmingham Airport and the NEC has started.

Work starts on schools 2.6million sports and performing arts centre 

17 Jul

WORK has finally got underway on the Acirc;pound;2.

Cheetah cubs meet their public at West Midland Safari Park 

17 Jul

MEET the first ever cheetah cubs to be born at West Midland Safari Park in its 41-year history.

West Midlands Arrests in Paedophile Operation 

16 Jul

The operation, which was led by the National Crime Agency (NCA), targeted offenders accessing indecent images of children online.

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20 Jul

The first batch of Midland Youth Floodlit League games have been released which sees Highgate United Youth entertain Lye Town w/c 11 August.

Stock Up For The New Season 

20 Jul

Help raise money for the Sils by shopping online for your new kit.


20 Jul

Highgate United Reserves have been handed an away match at Continental Star Reserves in the Cup...


20 Jul

A busy schedule lies ahead for the opening month as Highgate face life in MFL Division 1...


19 Jul

Creditable draw for The Gate in their toughest test yet.

Warwickshire U12 head to Croke Pairc 

19 Jul

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18 Jul

This Saturday's friendly away v Romulus is now a 3.30pm Kick Off at Sutton Town, Coles Lane, Sutton B72 1NL...

Silhillians Sports Club & Conference Venue 

18 Jul

The Clubhouse will close for a £1.8M redevelopment on Saturday 2nd August at 7.30pm.

Moseley RFC name change plan receives mixed response from Birmingham’s rugby community 

15 Jul

Birmingham Moseley moniker will not go down well at Birmingham Solihull Bees...

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Antenatal and postnatal fitness classes in Solihull Lodge, Dorridge and Monkspath 

19 Jul

OneFitMama is the Midlands biggest antenatal and postnatal fitness company, currently serving 800 mothers.

Solihull Council reveals that Asda has paid no rates on the former Powergen site since 2005 

15 Jul

Questions on how much council tax Asda has avoided paying on the former Powergen site will be asked at a full council meeting, open to the public, at 5.30pm on Tuesday 15th July at the Civic Suite Solihull.

Despite protests by councillors and residents, Persimmon-Miller starts to destroy the ‘green gap’ 

9 Jul

Solihull Lodge green spaces destroyed for profit – where next? Barry Avery of the local action team writes: “This is a sad sad day that all local residents should remember – the day that the diggers and earth movers arrived on site next...

Neighbourhood Newsletter – June 2014 

8 Jul

Sorry for the delay in posting this: Please find posted the latest newsletter covering the whole of the rural sector, including Blythe ward, Dorridge, Knowle and Meriden.

Houndsfield Lane – Appeal dismissed 

8 Jul

Its nice to be able to inform readers of good news on the planning front.

Advanced Manufacturing Hub follows MP’s call in Parliament 

7 Jul

The government will fund an Advanced Manufacturing Hub for Greater Birmingham and Solihull following a call in Parliament by local MP Lorely Burt.

Roads, rail and planes – government money to benefit Solihull 

7 Jul

Solihull will benefit from better local transport and an aviation engineering centre at Solihull College, thanks to the Local Growth Deal announced by the government.

MPs set to debate hospital car parking 

7 Jul

Solihull Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt is backing a call by over 100 MPs for a debate in the House of Commons on hospital car parking charges.

£250 Carer’s Bonus for 3,000 “unsung heroes” in Solihull 

7 Jul

NEARLY 3,000 carers in Solihull would receive a bonus worth up to £250 a year under a Liberal Democrat government, it has been announced.

MP slams ‘kick in the teeth’ fast-food decision 

7 Jul

Solihull Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt has attacked a decision to allow on appeal a new Kentucky Fried Chicken fast-food store on Stratford Road.

First Para badminton experience 

4 Jul

Confusion for Para badminton players……………! Sunday 29 June was an early start at Loughborough University for the Para badminton players.

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Nuances of Bengali Food (Warwickshire Life Magazine) 

23 Jul

Food Demoat Stratford Food Festival - Moushumi Moran from The Cardamom Pod Recently meeting local Bengali cook and tutor Moushumi Moran from The Cardamom Pod , led me to finding out about the specifics of Bengali cooking as a standalone cuisine ...

Local Training Manager: Blythe 

22 Jul

Are you motivating and able to inspire adults to complete their training?! Are you organised and able to keep on top of admin? Want a new challenge in scouting? Blythe District are looking for a Local Training Manager to work with the County Training...

Pasta Bake Alla Puttanesca 

20 Jul

Pasta alla Puttanesca isa romantic sounding dish, but yet when translated from Italian into English it means- harlot's pasta- perhaps compromising its enchanting imagebut certainly not compromising on taste.

Competition Time At Nuthurst Grange 

16 Jul

Afternoon Tea at Nuthurst Grange is a grand affair.

Afternoon Tea Fundraising Event 

16 Jul

You should all know by now that we don’t do anything by halves and when we were asked to help raise funds for St George and St Teresa School in Dorridge we did our best to pull out all the stops.

Conference Facilities Warwickshire 

16 Jul

There must be something special about our conference facilities.

County Abseil: Are you up for the challenge?! 

15 Jul

Do you want to be one of 100 Scouts in Solihull to have the opportunity of a lifetime and do something exciting and truly unique? On Saturday 13th September 2014 we will be running a fundraising abseil for those going to the World Scout Jamboree in ...

Birmingham Independent Food Fair – 13 September 2014 

14 Jul

For those that enjoyed last summer's...

Operation Chameleon Bookings Open 

2 Jul

Bookings for this years event are now open! Register your running team of Scouts, Explorers or your catching team now to confirm your place at this event! Head to our website to find the link to register or CLICK HERE Don’t forget that catcher ...

The Jockey Club – Salinas – Ibiza 

29 Jun

“You have to go there!” “Honestly, it is a must, make sure you go!” These were the verbal reviews I had of The Jockey Club before I headed off to Ibiza recently.

The Potential in Every Child 

28 Jun

My good friend Rob shared this photo on facebook today: That’s powerful.

On the Go – Lizi’s Granola Pouches 

23 Jun

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What happens after England lose…. 

19 Jun

There is more to life than football.

Provamel – Alternative Milk Drinks 

15 Jun

I’m not a ‘milky’ person really - might have mentioned that before.

Shirley Donkey Derby 2014 

14 Jun

A wonderful day out, donkeys, stalls, music, what more could you need.

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Record profit recorded by challenger bank Secure Trust 

22 Jul

SOLIHULLs Secure Trust Bank has seen its profit leap by nearly 50% on a year-on-year basis.

Grant Thornton internship programme continues to target tomorrow’s talent 

22 Jul

Year 12 students came from a range of schools across the West Midlands, including CTC Kingshurst Academy, Solihull, King Edwards VI College, Stourbridge and St Peter’s Collegiate College School, Wolverhampton...

Lifestyle: Solihull’s night time offering wins it a Purple Flag 

21 Jul

SOLIHULL town centre has been awarded a coveted Purple Flag in recognition of its successful night time economy.

Solihull in top 5 destinations for shopping in UK 

19 Jul

Solihull will be one of the five healthiest retail destinations in five years' time alongside the West End of London, Surrey, west and north west London, and Oxfordshire.

MP’s questions over mystery of City TV channel 

17 Jul

Steve McCabe to table parliamentary questions over delayed launch of local TV station for Birmingham,  Solihull and the Black Country...

Jaguar’s XE saloon set for September unveiling 

15 Jul

The Castle Bromwich-based car-maker has pledged to deliver “a true driver’s car” and a vehicle that “redefines the concept of the sports saloon...

Half millionth Range Rover Sport raises £150,000 for charity 

14 Jul

THE half millionth Range Rover Sport to roll off  the production line at Jaguar Land Rovers Solihull manufacturing plant has raised £150,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Jumar announces new partnership with Capgemini 

14 Jul

SOLIHULL software firm Jumar Solutions has forged closer ties with outsourced services giant Capgemini.

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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.

Police investigation continues after deaths in Solihull 

8 Jul

Police investigation continues after deaths in Solihull Officers have moved to reassure the community after two people died at an address in Solihull yesterday (Monday 7 July).

Rescue boost 

29 Apr

People in need of specialist rescue by West Midlands Fire Service are set to benefit from quicker response times.

In safe hands! 

4 Apr

A husband and wife have guided 1,000 tours of West Midlands Fire Service’s Safeside centre in Birmingham, delivering vital safety messages to around 5,000 children between them.

Police appeal after 15-year-old girl is injured in Solihull collision 

21 Jan

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision?nbsp;on Monday 20 January 2014?nbsp;in Solihull involving a...

Solihull pub shooting – man quizzed on suspicion of attempted murder 

20 Jan

DETECTIVES investigating a Solihull pub shooting on Friday (Jan 17) in which a man was fired at with a shotgun have arrested a suspect on...

Chief Constable responds to comments by Chief Inspector of Constabulary 

18 Jan

CHIEF Constable Chris Sims, said: ?quot;The experience of West Midlands Police officers and staff who actively work day in day out with...

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Ongoing litter problems, 21st July 

21 Jul

This picture is an example of the ongoing litter problems on lavender hall park.

Agency spend in schools 2013-2014 

21 Jul

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Rebecca Hughes on 21 July 2014 .

Agency spend in schools 2013-2014 

21 Jul

Request sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Rebecca Hughes on 21 July 2014 .

List of Social Services Managers 

18 Jul

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Sam Atkinson on 18 July 2014 .

Broken street light, 17th July 

17 Jul

Street light stuck on all the time.

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