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Waiting room closed after vandalism 

22 Apr

A NEW vintage waiting room at Dorridge station has closed after it was vandalised.

Homes plan for Dorridge nusery 

19 Apr

PLANS have been submitted to demolish a Dorridge nusery for housing.

Social work on film: Bringing the older people’s care ‘crisis’ to the small screen 

17 Apr

Community Care [Join Community Care's live online discussion on the first episode of Protecting Our Parents, today at 9pm .

Residents demand action after caravans move in 

17 Apr

ANGRY Shirley residents are calling for swift action to remove a group of travellers who have parked their caravans on the Palmers Rough Recreation Ground and Nature Reserve.

Cycling across the Western Front to remember fallen heroes 

17 Apr

A FIREFIGHTER and Policeman are preparing to get on their bikes for a mammoth cycle ride in aid of an Armed Forces charity.

Brave Connie inspires Hospital appeal 

17 Apr

THE PARENTS of a four-year-old leukaemia patient are calling on the generosity of others to help Birmingham Children\'s Hospital\'s dream of a brand new cancer facility finally become a reality.

Gun hidden inside lawnmower 

17 Apr

A SAWN-OFF shotgun and 51 rounds of ammunition were found hidden inside a lawnmower when Police searched the home of a burglary suspect.

Earthquake shakes East Midlands 

17 Apr

A 0.9 magnitude earthquake has hit Solihull, geological experts confirm.

Anger over axed Birmingham to Europe rail link 

15 Apr

COUNCILLORS will tonight be asked to support a motion decrying the decision to scrap a direct rail link between Birmingham International and France.

Join our live discussion of BBC documentary on social work with older people 

13 Apr

Community Care This week sees the first episode of Protecting Our Parents , a three-part BBC documentary on the health and social care of older people.

Work starts on Sainsbury’s building 

13 Apr

WORK has started to put up a new Sainsbury's store at Forest Court, Dorridge.

Average speed cameras could come to Solihull 

13 Apr

AVERAGE speed cameras could be introduced in Solihull as part of plans to return the devices to the borough.

Social Running comes to Balsall Common 

11 Apr

Sports mad personal trainer and keen runner Paul Yeoman has been pounding the streets of Balsall Common, an interest which has inspired him to launch Balsall Common’s first running club, with a social emphasis:   “Running a lot ...

Terrifying kidnap sees pair in prison 

10 Apr

A TERRIFYING kidnap ordeal, which saw a 62-year-old Dorridge man tied up, threatened with a knife and boiling water, bundled in to the boot of his own car and ordered to pay Acirc;pound;50,000, has resulted in jail for robbers Alexander Blake and ...

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First Team – FAT’LL DO NICELY 

22 Apr

Lei-thal Lei Brown grabbed a second half hat-trick in the Bank Holiday Derby as The Gate comfortably beat The Church 3-0...

Sam Returns to Pairc Na hEireann 

22 Apr

THE SAM MAGUIRE A rare appearance within Warwickshire GAA (www.

Keep up to date on Rule Changes 

22 Apr

Football Rule Changes March 2014 The Gaelic Football Rule Changes which become operative on 1 January 2014 are as follows: 1.


20 Apr

A dramatic late goal coupled with The Gate being denied twice by the woodwork resulted in an undeserved defeat for Lee Adams' men.

Blues Ladies believe their Champions League adventure can continue 

18 Apr

Dave Parker's side take on Swedish side Tyresö tomorrow and Colin Tattum caught up with the stars before the clash...

Updated ‘modernised’ badge. 

18 Apr

In order to develop a more 'corporate' identity it would be great if you could all use this on any future kit, social media and stationery.

Easy Fund Raising 

18 Apr

This has to be the easiest way to raise much needed club funds for the Sils.


17 Apr

The Gates' failure to get any joy at Tipton saw Tividale crowned league Champions last night...


15 Apr

A fantastic performance from the Gates u16s saw them defeat newly crowned Champions (by default) Amanah and prove themselves worthy winners.

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GO GREEN event in Mell Square on Saturday 3rd May 

22 Apr

Solihull Faiths Forum  invite all to GO GREEN in Mell Square on Saturday 3 rd May A joint event held with the Gardeners’ Spring Fair .

Wildlife Crime police officer’s enquiry about unauthorised activities on Persimmon Site 15 

21 Apr

Wildlife crime police officer Andrew Timmins (left) is seen here in a field closely resembling the recently scarred landscape off the High Street, Solihull Lodge.

Council orders Persimmon to suspend work – but digging continues 

18 Apr

Julia Sykes (Places Directorate – Solihull MBC) assured local councillor Howard Allen in writing on Wednesday that developers had been told to suspend activity, adding: “I have reminded the applicant that any such work may have potential to ...

An invitation from the Chair of the Solihull Faiths Forum 

17 Apr

On May 1st, the Solihull Faiths Forum will examine a vitally important challenge for us today – how faith communities can help those struggling in the present economy.

Labour wasn’t working 

17 Apr

A new report from the ONS, GVA for Local Enterprise Partnerships, 1997-2012 gives, “for the first time” they say, robustly calculated data on economic output for what are now the LEP areas of the English regions.

Persimmon development: fears of airborne carcinogens, concern about illegal tree felling and a return to the Ombudsman 

16 Apr

Local residents are gathering evidence for the Ombudsman to challenge Persimmon’s declaration that they undertook an adequate public consultation.

Little U’s Easter bonnet triumph! 

13 Apr

LittleU Preschool entered two Easter Bonnets into the Hobbycraft Easter competition recently and were delighted to be voted into first place, winning a top prize of £100 of craft items.

Osman Consulting: an admirable social enterprise in Solihull 

11 Apr

It is refreshing to find an NGO – non-governmental organisation – which is not a charity or community organisation.

Video: The West Midlands Is Full Of Potential 

10 Apr

Vote for the Green Party on 22 May 2014, in the local and European elections.

Alan Carpenter records and commends the BAM/Fitzgerald work on the Stratford Road 

9 Apr

  Alan Carpenter (Shirley recorder) answers: As you know, I have been going up to the area every few days taking pictures and can confirm there is considerable work going on inside the railed off area.

Julian Knight & Chris Grayling MP visit Welcome 

8 Apr

The Secretary of State for Justice and Julian Knight had a successful visit to Welcome on Friday.

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Grow Your Group! 

23 Apr

Grow your Group – The next workshop is on the 30th April at 1st Shirley This session includes = Recruiting Adults, Engaging Parents, Welcome packs and Induction.

Traditions of Ukrainian Easter Breakfast 

20 Apr

Falling on the same day as Western Easter this year, Easter for many Ukrainians is more of a celebration than Christmas.

Twinlake Adventure for Chelmsley Wood Cubs 

14 Apr

1st Chelmsley Wood Cub Scouts went on a Superhero adventure at Twinlakes Theme Park in Melton Mowbary, this day was jam packed with adventure from Tobogganing Siding, Power boat driving, and an indoor play area, with loads more.

Paris Mash 

13 Apr

I used to work with a couple of girls who (like me), used to enjoy perusing through online recipe sites and picking out meals to make at home.

Meridian Nut Butters 

4 Apr

Peanut butter is much of a muchness – right? Well, as I’ve come to discover this isn’t strictly true.

Solihull Gang Show – Auditions! 

31 Mar

Solihull Gang Show auditions will take place on the 13th July at St Marys Church Hall, next door to County Head Quarters at 2.30pm To register to attending please visit solihullgangshow.

County Explorer Camp 

25 Mar

Following the success of last years Explorer Camp at Millpool this years event promises to be on another level.

Packing for Malawi! 

24 Mar

In October 2012 I visited Malawi and set up 2 new Scout troops.

Gourmet Gossip with James Sherwin from ‘The Taste’ 

23 Mar

James Sherwin Recently I had the pleasure of meeting James Sherwin who appeared on Channel 4's 'The Taste' with Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebvre.

Ladies Night At The Theatre 

22 Mar

What better way to thank the good ladies in our lives than to take them to a special meal followed by a night at the theatre.

Royal Ascot Ladies Luncheon 

21 Mar

Royal Ascot day is a relaxed and enjoyable day out which starts with arrival drinks canapés followed by a three course luncheon and live TV coverage from Royal Ascot.

Fathers Day Lunch 

21 Mar

If you have previously dined with us at Nuthurst Grange then you will be familiar with the excellent standard of dining experience our restaurant delivers.

Guinea Pig Night 

21 Mar

Our ‘Guinea Pig’ night is where we raise the bar - our chefs are asked to create new dishes to offer a delicious four course dinner followed by coffee petit fours.

National Youth Rep 

19 Mar

After several years as the County’s Nominated Youth Representative Mathew Spencer has decided to step down so he can concentrate on a number of other Scouting challenges he is involved in.

Snowdome Challenge 

18 Mar

A group of lads throwing themselves down artificial snow on rubber rings - who would not want to be part of that...

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Business »

New funding spurs Ecuity to expansion 

24 Apr

Solihull energy consultancy moves to new base with LEP grant...

Law firm HCB acquires controlling stake in Stratford accountants 

22 Apr

SOLIHULL-based law firm, The HCB Group, has acquired a controlling share in Warwickshire accountants, Hatch Accountancy to enhance its professional service offering.

HCB Solicitors breaks new ground with accountancy firm tie-up 

22 Apr

Solihull law firm headed by Mike Gahan continues deals trend with latest acquisition...

Sigma completes North Arran Way scheme 

15 Apr

RESIDENTIAL and urban regeneration specialist, Sigma, has completed its development of the Smiths Wood village centre in Chelmsley Wood.

Land Rover in Virgin Galactic deal to supply astronauts 

15 Apr

Solihull-based Land Rover has revealed a long-term global partnership with Richard Branson’s pioneering commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic...

West Midlands jobs saved after Albemarle & Bond takeover 

15 Apr

Stores in Birmingham city centre, Bearwood, Kings Heath, Acocks Green, West Bromwich, Northfield and Chelmsley Wood have all survived the cull...

Finance Birmingham targets high growth businesses with new £9m fund 

10 Apr

FUNDING body, Finance Birmingham, is targeting high growth businesses in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area with a new £9m loan scheme.

Brose UK set for growth after sealing Nissan contract 

7 Apr

A contract to supply window regulators for the new Nissan Qashqai is creating more jobs at Coventry automotive supplier Brose UK.

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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...

Phone pest suspect arrested after 999 call rants 

16 Jan

A PHONE pest suspect has been arrested for wasting police time after call handlers were hit by a barrage of drunken rants in the early...

Police get more time to question terror suspects 

15 Jan

Police have been given an extra five days to continue questioning two men who were arrested Monday (13 January) on suspicion of terrorist...

Motorists encouraged to ‘top up’ car security 

15 Jan

DRIVERS filling up their fuel tanks will also be able to 'top up' their car's security this weekend thanks to the Shirley neighbourhood...

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LocalGov »

POt hole, 24th April 

24 Apr

Sambourn Close - Large pot hole in centre of road, plus small ones at the side of the road - in section f the road before it bends to the left.

Pothole on Watery Lane, 23rd April 

23 Apr

After turning off the Warwick Road (A4141) onto Watery Lane there is a significant pothole on the second corner of the road which has developed as a result of the recent bad weather.

Missed Grass Cut, 22nd April 

22 Apr

The council is not taking care of this area at all.

FOI request Road repair 

22 Apr

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Vijay Thaper on 22 April 2014.

Litter Problem, 20th April 

20 Apr

On some days there is a severe problem of littering on Ballard Walk due to the nearby council tenants and children.

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  • Weep, Black and White, no flash

     on flickr 24 Jan 13
    These Willows really do look like they are crying.
    Taken at Babbs Mill.
    Another long exposure shot.

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