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Pups deliver a festive message 

19 Dec

FURRY friends have been on hand to lend a helping paw with West Midlands Policeamp;#039;s countdown to Christmas.

Profumo’s Rice-Davies dies aged 70 

19 Dec

Former model Mandy Rice-Davies, who grew up in Shirley and was one of the main figures in the 1960s Profumo affair, has died aged 70, her publicist says.

Balsall Common Run Club Santa Dash 

19 Dec

Balsall Common Run Club – complete with new club logo – are holding a 4-mile charity fundraising Santa Dash around Balsall Common on Sunday 21st December.

Needless 999 calls could push crews beyond limit 

18 Dec

STOP, think and be sensible - that is the plea of emergency service staff stretched to breaking point across the region this Christmas who fear misuse and abuse of the emergency services could result in there being amp;#039;no room at the innamp;#039...

Rare book discovery interests scholars 

17 Dec

A COPY of Shakespeareamp;#039;s First Folio found gathering dust in a small French town could provide clues to how the plays were first performed.

Dog’s life helps raise cash 

15 Dec

SILHILLIAN employment specialists experienced a day in the life of a deaf person to mark a fundraising milestone.

Remembering Baby Angels at Christmas 

13 Dec

The Lily Mae Foundation, a local Charity that supports parents and families who have suffered a Stillbirth or Neonatal Death, held its annual Little Shining Lights Christmas Remembrance Service to honour those babies born too early, too poorly or ...

Chamber chief to step down 

12 Dec

LONG-SERVING chief executive Jerry Blackett is to leave Solihull and Birmingham Chamber of Commerce after nine years at the helm of the business organisation.

Record Poppy Appeal to mark cenetenary of WWI 

11 Dec

SOLIHULLamp;#039;S annual Poppy Appeal has smashed all previous records, making the poignant centenary year of WWI a landmark fundraising year.

Terror threat sparks police warning 

11 Dec

A amp;#039;TERRORISTamp;#039; threat to kidnap and murder a serving police officer sent shock-waves across the West Midlands force this week.

Trust named among worst for complaints 

8 Dec

UNDER-FIRE Heart of England NHS Trust has been named and shamed as one of the worst in the country for patient complaints.

M42 services plan 

4 Dec

PLANS for a motorway service area between junctions 5 and 6 of the M42 have been unveiled, The Birmingham Mail has reported.

Balsall Common Festival helps local causes 

4 Dec

The local community came together in unprecedented fashion on Saturday 20th September for the Balsall Common Festival, with approximately 4000 enjoying the party atmosphere across two sites during the day.

Developers unveil new M42 service area plan 

4 Dec

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new Motorway Service Area (MSA) in the heart of the Solihull countryside - between Hampton in Arden and Catherine de Barnes - have been unveiled.

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Sport »

Happy Christmas 

21 Dec

Early Christmas Presents as Sils & Saxons Win at Home...


20 Dec

A Lei Brown brace inside the opening 8 minutes and a well taken goal from Josh Hawker saw The Gate record a win to go 5 points clear at the top...

Wasps Family Hospitality 

20 Dec

For the game against Sale Sharks on Jan 4th – Wasps are offering a family hospitality package for 2 adults and 2 children...

Wasps v London Irish 

18 Dec

Ticket, Travel & Parking...

Wasps Invade Sils 

18 Dec

Former Wasps and England rugby legend Paul Sackey visits Silhillians rugby club to share some of his advice and expertise with the M&J's...

Under 13 – Anybody recognise ths lot? 

18 Dec

My how they have changed...

Under 9 – Paul Sackey visits Sils! 

18 Dec

Paul Sackey Visits Sils...

Under 9 – Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

18 Dec

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...


17 Dec

A stunning strike from Trevor Edwatds either side of Lei Brown's 2 goals saw The Gate triumph in this local derby cup match at a rain-sodden Coppice...

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Tax break for homebuyers 

9 Dec

A big shakeup of Stamp Duty that will benefit 98% of homebuyers has been announced in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.

More government help for apprenticeships 

4 Dec

Bosses will find it cheaper to take on young apprentices thanks to a tax giveaway announced in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement.

£150 million for eating disorders 

4 Dec

Local MP Lorely Burt has welcomed the government's announcement that £150 million will be provided for tackling eating disorders.

Solihull’s 11,760 carers need more help – Burt 

2 Dec

On Carers Rights Day local MP Lorely Burt said more needs to be done to support the 11,760 carers in Solihull who are the unsung heroes of the system.

Burt launches police petition 

2 Dec

Solihull Liberal Democrat MP Lorely Burt has launched a petition to protect local police services.

Exhibition by Bellway on new homes plan for Dickens Heath Road – 2nd December 

26 Nov

The post Exhibition by Bellway on new homes plan for Dickens Heath Road – 2nd December appeared first on Dickens Heath dot Net .


26 Nov

Please find posted the latest Neighbourhood Newsletter covering the Rural section of Solihull.

How would you spend £10 million? – Burt asks residents as Tories waste cash 

25 Nov

MP Lorely Burt is asking residents how they would spend £10.5 million after the Conservative-run council's generous giveaway to a big private developer was exposed.

Burt calls for extra NHS funding 

24 Nov

Lorely Burt MP - who is campaigning for more mental health beds in Solihull - has called on the government to urgently commit up to £1.5billion extra for the NHS.

SHELLY CRESCENT AREA – parking consultation. 

22 Nov

A quick follow-up to the previous post: I can confirm the area of Hay Lane near to Wynbrook Grove and Oldberrow Close will come under the area for consultation – the updated plan is attached.

“Hate preacher against women” denied visa – Burt welcomes decision 

20 Nov

Local MP Lorely Burt has welcomed a Home Office decision to deny American 'pick up artist' Julien Blanc entry to the UK.

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Features »

Food Entrepreneurs on the Rise – Warwickshire Life 

18 Dec

Walking round food fayres and markets I have come to recognise that so many of the traders there are independent businesses, many of whom have started out as companies run from home.

Franzls – Austrian Restaurant Birmingham 

14 Dec

The German Christmas Market in Birmingham has now become an annual event in the city, attracting tens of thousands of visitors and its ambience of European style Christmas cheer and Germanic influenced food is what brings people back year after year.

Gołąbki – Stuffed Cabbage Rolls 

9 Dec

This week, Match.

YMCA Black Country Staff Awards 2014 

9 Dec

Last week saw the announcement and presentation of the 2014 YMCA Black Country staff awards.

Foodie Tuesday Interview – BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire 

7 Dec

I had the pleasure of being invited onto Phil Upton's Drive Time show this week to be featured on his 'Foodie Tuesday' slot on BBC Radio Coventry Warwickshire.

Vegan Bites Cookbook 

6 Dec

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Put a shroud over Farage 

6 Dec

So Nigel Farage says that businesses should make up their own rules after a women in a posh hotel was asked to cover herself with a shroud whilst breastfeeding.

Dental Clinics in Solihull 

3 Dec

Where Are We Based? Our practice is situated a short five minutes drive from the center of Solihull.

Festive Treats at Nuthurst Grange 

1 Dec

From the first of December we are planning on lavishing you all with luxuriously laid-back festivities and sprinkling you with festive cheer.

Christmas Parties Warwickshre & Solihull 

1 Dec

December is  a busy month at Nuthurst Grange in Hockley Heath.

Carols by Candlelight 

1 Dec

Christmas is our favourite time of year and on December 22nd, we’re inviting you to be part of our very own sliver of Christmas magic.

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1 Dec

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Solihull Emergency Dentist 

1 Dec

Emergency Appointments We are located right next to Solihull in the adjacent village Dorridge.


1 Dec

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Santa so come along and help us bring Santa to see thousands of local children.

Food Roots Interview – Sami Tamimi 

30 Nov

I am a huge fan of the Ottolenghi deli group in London, (a former blogpost of mine tells you why), and whenever I am in the capital, I endeavour to stop-by at the nearest deli to where I am, buy myself a take-away box and enjoy a little alfresco ...

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Business »

Mazars advises Proteus Software on sale to Sanderson Group 

19 Dec

Proteus, which is based on Solihull Parkway at Birmingham Business Park, was acquired by the Coventry-based software and IT services business...

Mitsubishi Electric Europe moves to Birmingham Business Park 

18 Dec

MITSUBISHI Electric Europe has taken a ten year letting at 3140 Park Square at Solihull\'s Birmingham Business Park.

IMI deal makes it 110,000 sq ft of offices let on Birmingham Business Park in 2014 

15 Dec

THE amount of office space let at Solihulls Birmingham Business Park this year has risen to 110,000 sq ft following manufacturer IMIs relocation to the scheme.

Thomas Horton appoints new head of matrimonial services 

12 Dec

Mr Outhwaite, who is from Solihull, brings extensive experience to the role and is keen to further expand the firm’s family and childcare divisions.

Armchair shopping surge at John Lewis 

12 Dec

Solihull head of branch Julie Blake described the growth in online trade as “incredible...

Stoke City works wth Secure Trust Bank subsidary on season ticket scheme 

10 Dec

PREMIER League football club Stoke City is to work with a subsidiary of Solihulls Secure Trust Bank to make season tickets more accessible for its supporters.

Sanderson buys software firm for up to £1.9m and hints at further acquisitions 

8 Dec

SOFTWARE and IT services group Sanderson has acquired Solihulls Proteus Software for up to £1.9m.

The Parts Alliance unveils blueprint for the future but Andrew Page opts out 

5 Dec

THE Parts Alliance, the Solihull-based automotive buying and distribution group backed by HgCapital, has unveiled its plans for 2015 and beyond.

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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.

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).

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LocalGov »

No checks made before issuing court summons 

21 Dec

Follow up sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Enid Brighton on 21 December 2014 .

Broken street lamp in Coppice Close, 19th December 

19 Dec

The recently replaced street lamp was incorrectly timed and is not working at all now making this very dark corner dangerous to walk on uneven pavements, and the public right of way is now a no go area Nearest road to the pin placed on the...

Twelve trivial trips to A&E revealed by Solihull GPs 

18 Dec

NHS organisations across the Midlands have released the top 12 most trivial AE visits of Christmas, in a bid to reduce the number of people who attend when they don’t need to.

Business Rates 

18 Dec

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Sara Sharif on 18 December 2014 .

Twelve trivial trips to A&E revealed by Wolverhampton GPs 

17 Dec

NHS organisations across the Midlands have released the top 12 most trivial AE visits of Christmas, in a bid to reduce the number of people who attend when they don’t need to.

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    Construction of Building 27 (Waters Edge), part of the Waterside phase of the Dickens Heath development.

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