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Win a £100 Triumph lingerie voucher 

19 Sep

To celebrate the launch of the new \'Magic Wire\' bra, Triumph is hosting an event at House of Fraser in Solihull today (Friday, September 19) and tomorrow (Saturday, September 20) where there will be complimentary fittings, giveaways and ...

Fun Run road closure and bus service information 

18 Sep

Balsall Common’s first ever Fun Run takes place this Saturday.

Solihull set for Fun in the Park 

18 Sep

THIS yearamp;#039;s annual Solihull Fun in the Park returns on Sunday and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

Former Rugby Lion to hit Balsall Common streets 

18 Sep

Ex-England and British Lions rugby player Tim Stimpson hits the roads with around 500 runners as he participates in Balsall Common’s inaugural Fun Run, part of the Balsall Common Festival, on Saturday 20th September 2014.

Oakes Farm Shop enters Festival fray 

16 Sep

Oakes Farm Shop has thrown additional weight into this year’s Balsall Common Festvial activities, to add to their Fun Run support, by joining the list of official advanced discount ticket outlets for this Saturday’s event (Saturday 20th ...

Dylan flies the flag for Lady K School 

12 Sep

[Dylan Baldwin] 9 year old Dylan Baldwin flew the flag for Lady Katherine School at the Berkswell Royal British Legion on Friday 8th August as he won his place in the Finals of Balsall’s Got the Voice, the music talent section of this year’s ...

Last call for fresh talent to join race for music contract 

12 Sep

Organisers of Balsall’s Got the Voice have set their stall out to find top talent by sourcing a recording contract for the overall winner of an acoustic music competition which concludes at the Balsall Common Festival on Saturday 20th September.

Villagers in battle to evict travellers 

11 Sep

ILLEGAL gypsy travellers have descended on the quiet village of Chadwick End, taking over land behind the Village Hall and play area.

First Jaguar to be built in Solihull launched 

11 Sep

JAGUAR Land Roveramp;#039;s latest sports car - which will bring 2,300 jobs to the region - was given a James Bond-style entrance when it was launched earlier this week.

Invictus Games – Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge 

11 Sep

PRINCE Harry was at Gaydon this week for the start of the Invictus Games.

Borough MPs on opposite sides of track over HS2 plans 

11 Sep

BATTLE lines have been drawn between Borough MPs Caroline Spelman and Lorely Burt over the possible sighting of HS2-associated amp;#039;marshalling yardsamp;#039; in the borough.

Get involved in Balsall Common’s biggest show of the year 

7 Sep

50 stalls | 2 outdoor stages | Live Bands | Balsall’s Got the Voice Finals (winner gets a recording contract) | bouncy slides and rides | Arena Displays | Dog Display | Dog Show | Children’s Go-...

Local charity celebrates new home to offer extra support 

4 Sep

Local charity, The Lily Mae Foundation, are celebrating new office space which will allow them to offer even more support to parents and families affected by stillbirth and neonatal death.

Muslim cemetery plans resubmitted 

4 Sep

Plans for two Muslim cemeteries near Solihull, totalling 11,000 burial plots, are submitted.

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Sport »

Best Wishes Jimmer 

21 Sep

Best wishes to Sils second row Jimmer Hibbard who broke his arm during yesterdays defeat to Newport.

Under 9 – Follow the Minis&Juniors on twitter! 

19 Sep

Keep up to date with everything happening with the minis and juniors by following us on twitter @silsM&J...

Under 9 – Come and join the U9′s ! 

19 Sep

With the Rugby World Cup 2015 imminent, now is as good a time as any to get involved in this fantastic sport...

Birmingham & Solihull RFC prepare players for entire 80 minutes 

19 Sep

Birmingham Solihull Bees boss Eugene Martin believes the best way forward is to prepare players to compete for the entire 80 minutes.

Under 13 – Want to play Sunday rugby? 

15 Sep

We are a small but successful team and always welcome new lads to our squad...

Birmingham & Solihull Bees 36 Broadstreet 38: Bees left shattered by ‘Street mugging 

15 Sep

Boosted by a dominant forward effort, the hosts held a 26-point advantage with 15 minutes remaining.

First Team – BACK ON TRACK 

13 Sep

The Gate returned to winning ways with another impressive display on the road earning Gary Birch's side 3 points at AFC Hinckley...


13 Sep

Full report to follow...

SRUFC number 1 shirts – pale blue 

12 Sep

A number of people have expressed an interest in purchasing new or replacement shirts which aren't available through the club shop on the website.

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New mobile coffee van at Whitlocks End Station 

21 Sep

We have a mobile coffee van company – Kesh’s Coffee Cup and have just secured a pitch at Whitlocks End Train Station! From Monday 6th October, we will be serving up freshly ground coffee, a selection of Teapigs teas, and luxury hot ...

Proposed council closure of children’s centres: the inside story 

20 Sep

 A direct cut by SMBC, not government Solihull Council is considering closing fourteen children’s centres by next year following a £600,000 cut in its central grant from government.


18 Sep

Julian Knight, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Solihull, feels there is a real head of steam behind his campaign for fairer hospital parking charges after a crunch meeting with Heart of England Trust chairman Les Lawrence.

Solihull Youth Unemployment – lowest for 9 years 

17 Sep

The end of Summer 2014 and I have great news, Youth Unemployment across the Borough is at it’s lowest level for nearly 9 years with the current rate falling to 4.7% (745 claimants) in August 2014, a monthly fall of -0.2% or 35 fewer claimants than ...

Caroline Spelman MP appalled at destruction of Pavillion in Chadwick End following Traveller invasion. 

17 Sep

Caroline Spelman, MP for the Meriden Constituency has visited the site occupied by Travellers in Chadwick End to see for herself the trail of destruction left behind following their departure last week.


17 Sep

Julian Knight, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Solihull, has said that we all owe the police a 'debt of gratitude' for their quick action moving travellers on from Tudor Grange Park.

Undeveloped land in Garden Squares – update from Cllr Hawkins 

15 Sep

We have received this update today from Cllr Ken Hawkins: “I have been in regular contact with the Council’s Strategic Land officers regarding the talks with the Liquidators for the failed Parkridge company.

Dance to the Moon & Stars live orchestra: Sunday September 21st 

12 Sep

Invitation: dance to music played by a fifteen-piece orchestra  led by Roger Moon – or join those who simply sit and listen: ‘...


11 Sep

Caroline Spelman has been alerted to anunauthorised traveller encampment of approximately 27 caravans in the village of Chadwick End.

Caroline Spelman MP urges Government for proper compensation for landowners affected by HS2 changes. 

11 Sep

Caroline Spelman, MP for the Meriden Constituency is urging the Government to compensate landowners, whose property would be compulsorily purchased under some changes to the HS2 requirements.

Caroline Spelman vows to keep HS2 marshalling yards away from Solihull 

9 Sep

Neighbouring MP for Solihull, Lorely Burt has submitted a letter to the select committee which is looking into HS2, calling for the marshalling yards originally proposed for Washwood Heath to be brought into the Meriden constituency either at ...

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Autumn Foraging (Express & Star) 

15 Sep

The clement, mild weather this summer has producedthe best apple harvest in 2 years, as well as a bounty of berry fruit on hedgerows - ideal for foraging.

Wine Tasting with Waitrose Vegetarian Wine Cellar Selection 

14 Sep

What are Bank Holiday weekends for if not to catch up with friends? So gathering somechums together over the extended weekend, we decided to have a little wine tasting party following the kind receipt of Waitrose’s Vegetarian Wine Cellar selection.

No Hair for care of cancer 

10 Sep

It's More Than Skin Deep presents #nohairforcareofcancer family day at Nuthurst Grange, Solihull in aid of Macmillan.

When God isn’t there… 

9 Sep

In 1873 a prominent American lawyer called Horatio Spafford sent is wife and four daughters on a steamship to England for a holiday with the plan to follow them shortly after.

NSW 2014 

5 Sep

NSW stands for National Sporting Weekend and is one of the biggest, and most enjoyable events in the year.

Masterchef Evening at Nuthurst Grange 

4 Sep

The concept behind our Masterchef evening was simple; 5 of our chefs were each given the challenge of producing a course for the menu, then diners had the near-impossible task of voting for their favourite.

The Search Is On! 

3 Sep

The search has begun for the new District Commissioner for Solihull Cole District.

Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons 

2 Sep

I like birthdays.

Anybody actually care for Ashya? 

1 Sep

There is a little boy in a hospital somewhere in Spain who has been taken away from his family.

Late Summer Dining 

26 Aug

As dark clouds begin to gather overhead we begin to realise that this wonderful summer is drawing to a close.

County Abseil: Places Left! 

25 Aug

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 ...

Guest Post: Just Turn Around 

23 Aug

This is a guest post from the wonderful and inspiring Pip Pearce.

Spoil your vote 

20 Aug

Tomorrow in the West Midlands we have the ‘wonderful privilege’ of voting once again for the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Spasa – Ukrainian Fruit Harvest 

18 Aug

As summer’s finale begins in the latter half of August, so does an extremely important set of three religious dates in the Ukrainian calendar which are known collectively as ‘Spas or Spasa’.

The Latest Gastro Superstar in Soho – The Palomar 

12 Aug

 The Palomar's Kitchen Team  Seeing the buzz on Twitter for Soho’s latest addition to the restaurant scene – The Palomar , I felt I have been let in on a new gastro secret which is on the verge of being turned into a phenomenon.

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Solihull vets sold to private equity firm 

18 Sep

WILLOWS Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, based in Solihull, has been sold to private equity firm Sovereign Capital for an undisclosed sum.

New member SSE look to the future with Made in the Midlands 

18 Sep

Redditch based System Support Engineers (SSE) have joined Made in the Midlands with the view to expand their existing base here in the Midlands.

Birmingham training company secures £1.4m apprenticeship contract 

17 Sep

A BIRMINGHAM training provider has secured a £1.4m contract to provide hundreds of apprenticeship places in Birmingham and Solihull.

Six specialist hires bolster Lloyds’ SME offering in Solihull 

17 Sep

Headed-up by senior manager, Gary Saxon, the team will be based at Lloyds Bank’s offices on Stratford Road in Solihull, but will also work with customers in Coventry and the wider Midlands...

Mercia Fund Management invests in high-tech auto components firm 

16 Sep

HENLEY-in-Arden-based Mercia Fund Management has invested £300,000 in automotive components firm Impression Technologies.

Colliers instructed to manage Parkgate scheme in Solihull 

16 Sep

COLLIERS Internationals Birmingham investment property management team has been brought in to manage the new Parkgate shopping and leisure centre in Shirley, Solihull.

Johnson Cars launches three new dealerships 

12 Sep

Company's expansion includes largest Volkswagen dealership in Europe at its hub in Shirley...

Politicians challenged to protect nature 

11 Sep

Ahead of the General Election, two of the nation's leading nature conservation bodies are calling for all parties to commit to a Nature and Wellbeing Act - Peter Shirley examines the issues.

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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).

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...

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LocalGov »

Litter, 17th September 

17 Sep

Gulley between Halfords and tile shop is full of litter and grafitti Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 65 Wellsford Avenue, Solihull Report on FixMyStreet...

Spending on different Public Health concerns 

16 Sep

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Jack Stanson on 16 September 2014 .

Parked car blocking driveway, 16th September 

16 Sep

A car with an unknown owner often parks blocking the driveway of 29 Brackleys Way, Solihull, B92 8QJ.

Investigation report published into the death of Christina Edkins 

15 Sep

A homicide investigation report into the events leading up to the murder of Christina Edkins in March 2013 has highlighted the opportunities missed by a number of agencies that could have prevented her death.

closure of Independent Living Fund 

15 Sep

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Frank Black on 15 September 2014 .

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