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New crop of talent to share stage with Paris G! 

25 Jun

The next crop of up and coming musical talent will take to the stage alongside Paris Georgia in Heat 2 of Balsall’s Got the Voice on Friday 10th July at the Berkswell & District Royal British Legion.

Lord Heseltine calls on council leaders to embrace elected mayor plan 

22 Jun

The former Conservative minister, who is now a passionate advocate for devolution, made the call while addressing the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s annual conference...

Green light for Solihull mixed-use development at Mell Square 

18 Jun

Owner IM Properties already under offer for restaurant element of four-storey scheme which is due to open next September...

Going, going, gone! 

14 Jun

Super slimmer and local resident Noreen Burgess has been disappearing before our eyes over the last year.

Knowle Waitrose “on hold” 

13 Jun

A WAITROSE plan for Knowle is “on hold” because of concerns about its viability, the firm has said.

Man charged over dumped pig heads 

11 Jun

A man is charged after pig heads were dumped on the doorstep of a community centre in Solihull.

2015 Balsall’s Got the Voice season gets underway 

9 Jun

The second edition of Balsall’s Got the Voice – Balsall Common’s search for musical talent – gets underway this Friday (12th June 2015) at the Berkswell & District Royal British Legion opposite Berkswell railway station.

Nephew in court over woman’s murder 

9 Jun

A man appears in court, charged with the murder of his aunt after she was assaulted at her home in Solihull.

Nephew charged with woman’s murder 

9 Jun

A man is charged with the murder of his aunt after an assault at her home in Solihull.

West Midlands ‘super-authority’ could ease social work recruitment challenges 

8 Jun

The creation of a West Midlands super-authority with devolved powers has moved a step closer as Coventry voted to back the idea.

Killed churchwarden remembered 

7 Jun

Services of remembrance are held for a churchwarden who died after being attacked in a house in Solihull.

New Musical gets underway 

5 Jun

Friday 5th June 2015: The curtains go up on an ambitious original works by Centre Stage as their new musical Triple Cross gets underway at The Heart of England School this evening.

Shakespeare’s birthplace is West Midlands’ most expensive for first-time buyers 

5 Jun

Stratford, Warwick and Solihull all feature high in list of region's most impenetrable markets when it comes to getting a foot on the property ladder...

East and West Midlands unite to call for fair share from BBC 

31 May

Politicians in Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Coventry and Solihull back Post campaign for fairer deal from publicly-funded broadcaster...

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30 Jun

The Youth team management have moved training/trials to Wednesday's...

James Connollys GAA & Warwickshire GAA Devastated by the death of Joel Richards 

28 Jun

Joel Richards represented his Club & County on many occasions and was a talented football.

200 Club Winners 

27 Jun

Congratulations to the following 200 Club winners...

Royal Star and Garter 

26 Jun

Silhillians support Royal Star and Garter during their rugby world cup events.


24 Jun

Shane Benjamin and Darryl Jones are both set to make a dramatic return to The Gate...

Rugby World Cup 

24 Jun

September 18th - October 31st...

RWC: Solihull Corporate Touch Festival 

23 Jun

Bring some new faces down to the club...

200 Club Summer Draw 

19 Jun

The 200 Club 'Bumper Summer Draw' will take place on Saturday 27th June 2015...


19 Jun

Youth management pair Chris & Tom Hughes were very impressed with the quality on show at Thursday's Youth team trials.

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Special offer from Mummy’s Cupcakes of Dickens Heath 

21 Jun

During July, local small business Mummy’s Cupcakes is offering a box of four free cupcakes if you order a box of twelve.

Jake and Oliver’s charity car wash – Saturday 4th July 

10 Jun

Charity Car Wash Saturday 4 July 2015 at Solihull Fire Station, Streetsbrook Road 12.00 – 3.00 pm Only £3 per car! How dirty is your car? Whether it’s mildy dusty or you can no longer remember what colour it is under the mud come along ...

Street Racers – Stratford Road, Monkspath 

26 May

Residents near to the Tescos and Notcutts car park have endured a lot of hassle from cars and motor bikes using the car park at weekends for a meeting place and for some of their owners to use the Stratford Road and car park as some sort of race ...

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.

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White Fillings In Solihull 

1 Jul

Fillings are quite a typical and standard treatment that dentists offer.

Getting Dental Implants In Solihull 

28 Jun

When your looking at replacing your teeth, there are now multiple options that may be suitable to meet your needs.

Culinary Captures – June 2015 

28 Jun

Welcome to Culinary Captures! This will be my monthly (or thereabouts) round-up of food and/or food related goodies that have come my way or that I have seen on my travels and want to share with you! I hope you will enjoy reading about them and ...

Demoing on the Wot’s Cooking Trailer – Asparafest 

28 Jun

Regular readers of my blog will know that I love all things asparagus and I have, over the years, written about my days out at the Asparafest event.

The Countdown is on to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree 

24 Jun

In just 30 days Scouts from Solihull will be heading to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

Posh London street to be blessed with Montenegrin footfall 

18 Jun

I must admit I love it when the underdog manages to ruffle the feathers of a few supreme peacocks.

New Years Eve 

13 Jun

  Glitz, Glamour, Champagne and good times.

Boxing Day Lunch 

13 Jun

Relax and enjoy yet more festivities and a delicious four-course meal.

Christmas Day Lunch 

13 Jun

Enjoy the warmest welcome of welcomes from the team at Nuthurst Grange on this special day.

Festive Sunday Lunch 

13 Jun

Enjoy Canapés on arrival in our cosy Lounges.

The One Pot Gourmet Gardener 

11 Jun

There are plenty of cookery books on the market right now that feature recipes only and so I was intrigued with the twist within this book when I was given the opportunity to review The One Pot Gourmet Gardener (written by Cinead McTernan Jason ...

The Passing of Anne Dunkley 

9 Jun

On behalf of 1st Marston Green Scout Group we would like to express our sadness at the loss of Anne Dunkley, who had been a tireless supporter of Scouting from the mid 1990’s.

Review of Marco’s New York Italian – Kenilworth 

6 Jun

Having enjoyed the hospitality at other Marco Pierre White venues, I welcomed the opportunity to sample the ambience and menu at Marco’s New York Italian restaurant in Kenilworth.

Food Roots Interview – Selina Periampillai 

30 May

For my latest Food Roots Interview , I’ve had the opportunity to find out a little more about Mauritian food and culture through London based Chef Selina Periampillai .

Birmingham Pride March 2015 

25 May

The late May bank holiday weekend saw the annual Birmingham Pride march through the city centre.

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Greater Birmingham LEP rings the changes 

29 Jun

THE Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has announced a number of new appointments.

City Briefs: Paragon Group; Hummingbird Resources; Halfords; WH Ireland 

26 Jun

Paragon SID to step downSOLIHULL-based Paragon Group has announced that Edward Tilly is to retire from its board as Senior Independent Director.

Competition watchdog threatens Hill & Smith with investigation 

25 Jun

THE proposed £10.5m acquisition by Shirley-based Hill & Smith of a Telford galvanising firm is to be referred to an in-depth investigation by the UK competition watchdog unless it receives assurances...

Midlands should be top of the agenda at BBC charter debates, MP claims 

23 Jun

Solihull MP Julian Knight demands the state broadcaster starts to listen to the region ahead of a special debate on BBC investment...

Media Buzz: Rees Bradley Hepburn; WAA Chosen; National Sea Life Centre 

22 Jun

Drayton Manor fun for Rees Bradley Hepburn WARWICKSHIRES Rees Bradley Hepburn has been appointed to lead the creative development of radio, TV and VoD for Drayton Manor Theme Park.

Marks & Spencer to close two stores 

22 Jun

Company says it will shut its base at The Fort in Castle Bromwich and Simply Food store in Shirley in a move affecting more than 120 staff...

Motoring: Bespoke Defender celebrates seven decades of Solihull production 

22 Jun

CELEBRITIES have joined with senior Jaguar Land Rover managers to produce a special edition of the iconic Defender to mark the production of the two millionth version of the historic vehicle.

Duck and Cover recruits RBH for new campaign 

22 Jun

Meriden-based agency wins brief with well-known men's fashion brand to manage photoshoots and advertising...

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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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Fly tipping, 1st July 

1 Jul

Fly tipping of general plastics / household waste Report on FixMyStreet...

Driveway stones across the road, 1st July 

1 Jul

The driveway to Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel is made of loose stones.

ABA Therapy in Local Offer 

1 Jul

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Jenifer Tark on 1 July 2015 .

Request for contact details 

1 Jul

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Les Trumpeter on 1 July 2015 .

New Data Centre Business Case 

30 Jun

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Mark Craddock on 30 June 2015 .

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