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West Midlands puts differences aside for greater good 

21 May

Solihull Council's leader Bob Sleigh said he had come to the conclusion it would be better for the borough to be a part of a new combined authority...

Solihull in joint council talks plan 

20 May

Solihull moves closer to joining the proposal for a West Midlands combined authority.

West Midlands nears combined authority after Solihull backing 

20 May

A pledge from Solihull leader Bob Sleigh comes after Coventry City Council backed plans for the new body overseeing areas like skills and regeneration...

Combined Authority deal leaps forward as Coventry and Solihull join Black Country and Birmingham 

20 May

Moves to create a West Midlands Combined Authority joining Birmingham with the Black Country have been boosted after Coventry's councillors and Solihull's leader said they would sign up too.

Berkswell & Balsall Common Sports & Community Association 

15 May

Information The Berkswell and Balsall Common Sports and Community Association (BBCSCA) is a community membership club dedicated to providing high quality sports and leisure facilities for use by the residents of Berkswell and Balsall Common.

Birmingham must agree to elected mayor says George Osborne 

14 May

Chancellor warns that a new combined authority for the city, Black Country and possible Solihull must have a mayor to benefit from new funding for housing and transport...

Defibrillators to save lives on motorways 

11 May

A PIONEERING project between West Midlands Ambulance Service and Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) means millions of drivers are a little bit safer.

Super-sniffer gets a rare OBE posthumously 

11 May

A POLICE dog which sniffed out more than Acirc;pound;5million in cash, firearms and drugs has been posthumously honoured with a prestigious award after he died just weeks before the ceremony.

Berkswell and Balsall Common Sports and Community Association 

11 May

  Berkswell and Balsall Common Sports and Community Association is responsible for the general management of The Lant Community Sports Ground on Meeting House Lane in Balsall Common.

Changes to Sainsbury’s Dorridge approved 

10 May

CHANGES to Sainsbury’s Dorridge store including the relocation of a substation have been approved despite concerns from some neighbours.

Conservatives retain control of Solihull 

8 May

THE CONSERVATIVES have strengthened their grip on Solihull Council gaining an extra three seats.

Solihull Council elections 2015 results pending 

8 May

FOLLOWING the dramatic results of the General Election, Silhillians are still waiting to find out who has come out on top in the Council elections.

Burt loses Solihull and Spelman retains Meriden 

8 May

LIBERAL Democrat Lorely Burt has failed to regain Solihull at the General Election while Conservative Caroline Spelman retained Meriden.

Caroline Spelman storms ahead to fifth victory in Meriden 

8 May

CONSERVATIVE stalwart Caroline Spelman has held onto her Meriden seat for a fifth term.

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Sport »

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19 May

The Warwickshire GAA are delighted to announce that Premier Sports have extended their sponsorship of the county not only for another year but also to include our newly formed ladies football team as well .

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10 May

 Warwickshire  1.15   Leitrim  1.18...


9 May

Another treble from prolific striker Ricardo Richards capped a fine afternoon as The Gate captured the league and cup double...

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2 May

Lory Meagher Cup.

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2 May

Lory Meagher Cup Rd1 - TodaySaturday 2nd MayBrewster Park 1pm.

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30 Apr

Sqaud for Saturdays 2nd.

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30 Apr



29 Apr

The Gate were deservedly Crowned Division 1 CHAMPIONS after a resounding 4-0 victory at Copsewood last night ensuring an instant return to the Premier...


29 Apr

The Gate were crowned Midland Football League Division One Champions following their 4-0 victory at Coventry Copsewood Tuesday night...

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Solihull Leader signals intention to join other West Midlands authorities to explore devolution options 

20 May

Leader of Solihull Council, Cllr Bob Sleigh hasinformedAnnual Council that heintends to seek approval for taking forward detailed discussions in principle to support a Combined Authority for the West Midlands.

Highway Works Programme 2015 

19 May

SMBC Highway works planned programme for this financial year (2015-16) has been published and I have posted the document here: Programmes For roads in Blythe ward the relevant pages are: CWay Micro and FWay Slurry Seal (via the tabs at the foot of ...


19 May

With other ward councillors I was invited to a briefing regarding Blythe Valley Business Park yesterday morning.

Local Elections Results 

15 May

I am pleased to show the link to the borough elections held last Thursday 7 May: http://www.


15 May

Its great to be back doing the real work now the election is over (will post a bit more about that later this weekend).

Little U Family Fun Day – this Saturday! 

12 May

Little U is holding a family fun day this weekend (16 May) to raise funds for the pre-school.

Thank You! 

12 May

General Election success in Solihull and Meriden! On Thursday 7th May, Julian Knight was elected the new Member of Parliament for Solihull with a majority of 12,902 and Caroline Spelman was re-elected with an increased majority of 18,795.

Solihull Health Check Clinic in Dickens Heath wins prestigious award! 

2 May

The Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce held their annual glittering dinner and awards ceremony at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham in late April, with more than 800 business leaders, politicians and journalists in attendance.

SAVE THE DATE! Festival on the Green is coming… 

30 Apr

Keep Saturday 12th September 2015 free and make sure your picnic basket is full, you’ve rallied the neighbours and you’re ready to party.

Charity event held in Dickens Heath for Acorns and Cancer Research 

30 Apr

On Saturday 25th April, the founders of Solihull Health Check Clinic, based in Dickens Heath, held a lavish evening of champagne, loveliness and live music, to celebrate the 1st birthday of the Early Diagnosis Clinic and also to raise funds for the ...

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.

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Features »

Epicurean Mementos – Sarah Wasserman 

17 May

Epicurean Mementos With Sarah Wasserman Chef from Mildred’s in Soho, London Welcome to my new Epicurean Mementos feature! Epicurean Mementos will be where culinary personalities highlight a few of their favourite foodie treasured items with notes...

Review of Mildred’s The Cookbook 

17 May

Much love is evident for Mildred’s restaurant in Soho, London.

Dip Your Own Asparagus – The Highfield 

9 May

The Highfield in Edgbaston, Birmingham has enjoyed a good reputation as a quality restaurant/gastro pub since its opening.

2015 General Election: You can still make a difference! 

8 May

With the majority of constituency results announced it is clear that we will be seeing a Conservative formed government.

Veggie Dining Guide for Birmingham 

6 May

Birmingham .

May 7th…..Remember the poor 

2 May

Where will you put your X on May 7th?   How are you going to decide? If you have a secure job and want what is best economically for you then without doubt you should be voting Conservative.

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.

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Business »

Solihull security specialist opens a base in the South East 

21 May

A £200,000 investment in a new operations centre in the South East is set to help a Solihull security specialist grow its turnover by 30% in 2015.

S&U looks for post-election pick-up 

21 May

MOTOR finance and home credit provider, S&U, has said trading remains satisfactory, buoyed by the strong UK car market.

Fruitful deal sees HCB expand further 

20 May

SOLIHULL-based HCB Solicitors & Accountants has added to its growing portfolio of offices by joining forces with Berry and Berry Law in Greater Manchester.

Paragon looks to the future with optimism 

19 May

SOLIHULL-based specialist finance provider, Paragon is looking forward to the second half and beyond with optimism, buoyed by latest interims which show the company enjoying its best ever start to a f...

Best ever half year profits for Paragon Group 

19 May

SOLIHULL-based home credit and mortgages group, Paragon has announced record half year profits following considerable growth in the buy-to-let lending sector.

Enterprise Inns initiates new approach to maximise returns from pub portfolio 

12 May

SOLIHULL pubco, Enterprise Inns is to implement a new strategy designed to ensure its estate can maximise return to shareholders in what remains, a challenging market.

Solihull sets up joint forum for region’s business improvement districts 

12 May

Solihull BID, which recently secured a second five-year term with a 72 per cent yes vote, has created the regional forum BID Central.

LEP looks to market Greater Birmingham & Solihull to the world 

11 May

THE Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership is aiming to identify how it together with its regional partners needs to promote the area on a national and internatio...

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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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Caseload Information for Troubled Families 

21 May

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Gen Hudson on 21 May 2015 .

Caseload Information for Troubled Families 

21 May

Request sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Gen Hudson on 21 May 2015 .

Give us your views on non-emergency patient transport services 

20 May

Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group would like to hear your views on proposals for a new non-emergency patient transport service in Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell.

School admissions appeals: reception places 

20 May

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Mr Blackburn on 20 May 2015 .

Give us your views on non-emergency patient transport services 

20 May

Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group would like to hear your views on proposals for a new non-emergency patient transport service in Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell.

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