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Woman organises charity cycle in memory of late Silhillian husband 

23 Sep

Student Marketing Manager, Sophie Oldacres has organised the two-day bike ride setting off on Saturday (September 23) to raise money for the Brain Tumour Research charity.


Solihull Moors v Dagenham & Redbridge 

23 Sep

Live coverage of Saturday's National League game between Solihull Moors and Dagenham & Redbridge.


Editor’s Comment on online grooming, and letters in this week’s Solihull Observer 

22 Sep

ONLINE grooming and sexual exploitation of children is as unacceptably prevalent as it is sickening.


Cuts to counter-terrorism slammed by West Midlands police chief 

22 Sep

CUTS to the counter-terrorism budget of 7.2 per cent mean the government is 'failing in its duty', claims West Midlands police and crime commissioner David Jami...


Four women charged with conspiracy to defraud John Lewis.  

22 Sep

Four women have today (22/09) been charged with conspiracy to defraud after an investigation found that false refunds were being issued at John Lewis in Solihull.


Walsall woman charged with conspiracy 

22 Sep

Donna McNamee, 52, of Farnol Road in Yardley, Sandra Ellis, 53, from Yoxhall Road in Shirley, Laura Ellis, 26, from Greenslade Road in Shirley and Cerris Sanders, 57, of Wentworth Road in Walsall were voluntarily interviewed by investigating officers...


What we’ve learned from moderating ASYE portfolios 

22 Sep

By Deborah Hadwin, workforce development officer at Solihull council, and Lesley Parish, practice facilitator at the University of Worcester The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme will be familiar to all social workers, but ...


Solihull Moors: Nick Green and David Bridgwater leave Damson Park backroom staff 

22 Sep

Assistant boss Nick Green and coach David Bridgwater leave Solihull Moors, who sign Joe Payne and Richard Brodie.


RCS’s Coriolanus review: modern political parallels brought to the fore 

22 Sep

Examination of the use and abuse of power and influence hits the spot in the end after a slightly muddy journey...


Touchwood shopping centre to dim lights to raise awareness of autism 

22 Sep

TOUCHWOOD in Solihull will be standing in solidarity for Autism Hour this autumn.


RSC’s Kingdom Come review: striking visuals bring English Civil War to life 

22 Sep

Created and directed by Gemma Brockis and Wendy Hubbard, this intriguing piece makes the most of the Other Place's other places...


Reports of children caught in domestic abuse rise by one third in a year, says NSPCC 

22 Sep

THE number of people reporting concerns about children caught up in domestic abuse has dramatically risen by a third in the West Midlands in a year, says NSPCC...


Legal action continues against travellers in Solihull 

21 Sep

LEGAL action is being taken against a group of travellers which had set up camp in Hillfield Park in Solihull.


Sheldon hit and run victim has part of leg amputated and police issue new appeal 

21 Sep

A 26-year-old victim of a hit and run in Sheldon has had his leg amputated.


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Sport »

SWIFTS PUNISHED WITH SIX OF THE BEST 

19 Sep

A round half dozen without reply for a Highgate side which eased its way through to the MFL Cup Second Round...


Walsall survive as Kidderminster drop 

18 Sep

It looked as if Kidder would drop to Division One with a whimper as they fell to 64-6, chasing Dorridge’s 283-7 (Connor Smith 3-62), but a stand of 160 for the seventh wicket between Tom Kimberlin (93) and Liam Weston (79) revived their hopes...


Horse Race Night 

16 Sep

Join us on the Start line for a night at the races at Solihull CC ~ Saturday 16th Sept ~ Starting at 7pm with 1st race at 7:30...


STUDENTS LET OFF LIGHTLY 

16 Sep

Just Lei Brown's 10th minute goal separated the two sides after Gate had squandered enough chances to have handed out a real caning to the students...


SEVEN UP 

9 Sep

Ellesmere put to the sword as Gate set up a Vase meeting with Whitchurch Alport...


BACK ON TRACK 

8 Sep

Cometh the hour cometh the man, Lei Brown scoring the only goal as Gate win for the second time on the road...


Wasps Club Cashback 

6 Sep

Make money for your club by watching Wasps.


Slade records broken 

4 Sep

Slade previously held the records for most aggregate runs in a season (1,407) and most centuries in a season (seven) – both in 1978.


Roger Cupit 

31 Aug

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Roger Cupit passed away last weekend.


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More Rogue ‘Recycling’ Bins 

8 Sep

After having the one illegally placed in Monkspath (see post of 29 August – https://cllrkenhawkins.


St. Patrick’s Church – Blythe Ward 

7 Sep

From 1 September St Patrick’s Church, Salter Street, Cheswick Green will officially be a single parish church covering, Monkspath, Cheswick Green, Dickens Heath and parts of Earlswood.


Blythe Walk – extention 

31 Aug

This is a continuation of the walk, from Monkspath,  over the motorway to the River Blythe; see this link for details: https://cllrkenhawkins.


Rogue ‘recyling bins’ – Monkspath 

29 Aug

I just happened to be near the school chatting to a resident the other day when we noticed a blue van roll up, park outside the green recycling bin (unlawfully placed) and the two occupants get out to empty the bin of its contents.


Baddesley Clinton – Local National Trust Walk 

21 Aug

Yesterday Jan and I, together with Mille, undertook the5 and bit miles circular walk encompassing Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House, both National Trust properties.


Monkspath Post Office 

15 Aug

I received a letter from the Post Office informing me the office in Monkspath will be closed for refurbishment on Monday 4 September, reopening at 1pm Wednesday 6 September.


CIL Funding for use in Hillfield Local Nature Reserve 

10 Aug

I have made a formal request for Community Infrastructure (CIL) funds be made available for some improvements in Hillfield Local Nature Reserve (aka Monkspath Park).


M42 Junction 6 Improvement Scheme 

9 Aug

Many will have no doubt heard or read about Highways England preferred route announcement for Junction 6 of the M42.


River Blythe walk – from Monkspath 

3 Aug

As promised, another short walk that can be reached from Monkspath.


The Noise App 

2 Aug

We all have some inconvenience from noise now and again, and who hasn’t held a party or gathering of some sort that hasn’t gone on into the early hours? However, although these ‘one-off’ events are generally accepted there are some people who...


Greener buses scheme set for expansion 

25 Jul

Bus scheme driving cleaner air and better facilities for Solihull town centre.


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Features »

1st Solihull Open Day 

21 Sep

1st Solihull Scout Group, on Lode Lane, are blessed with 18 acres of woodland, a mill pool and two scout huts and are throwing open the gates to give local residents the chance to look round on Saturday 23rd September.


Upcoming Training Event 

11 Sep

The training team are putting on a number of training session over the coming months which will cater to a variety of Modules and Validation.


Fischer’s – Austrian Restaurant London 

11 Sep

For the past couple of years, I've scrolled through Tweets applauding Fischer's food and ambience (including Nigella Lawson if I remember rightly)and so I've always said to MCH (My Carnivorous Husband) that our next trip to London should include a ...


Roverway 2018 – Solihull Patrol 

25 Aug

Applications are now open for Roverway 2018 in The Netherlands! The event brings together over 3,000 scouts from across Europe for 11 days of adventure, camping and discovery.


Countdown to Spruce Up 

23 Aug

This summer 1st Solihull Scout Group (based at the mill pool, Lode Lane) are running their own version of DIY SOS, minus the film crew.


Eleven Network Members from Solihull on top of the world at World Scout Moot in Iceland 

14 Aug

Alice Bennett, Alice Norbury, Hayley Butterworth, Keryn Boyle, Lauren Evans, Liam Clarke, Matt Fitzgerald, Matt Spencer, Megan Hauge, Peter Hopton and Russ Luckhurst from Solihull have spent 10 days living and working with Scouts from almost 80 ...


6th Solihull Take to the High Seas 

9 Aug

Typhoon and Vulcan Troop Scouts from 6th Solihull spent an amazing weekend in mid-June on board a 49ft Oyster Ketch with Adventures Offshore based from Ipswich Marina.


Veggie Food in Malta 

8 Aug

Watching the rain beat against my window on this so-called August day, makes me yearn for hotter climes and for hazy afternoons spent in flip-flops, listening to Despacito as it booms from café stereos whilst letting sandy shale drain through my sun...


Din Dins at Min Mins 

19 Jul

I suppose a number of my recent posts have been reminiscent of past events or have been prompted by things I’ve come across (again).


Charity Night with Belinda Carlisle – The High Field 

19 Jun

It is very exciting to hear that two things I enjoy very much – The High Field Birmingham and 80’s music are collaborating for a charity extravaganza! Photo: c/o The High Field On Saturday 15th July 2017, Th e High Field will be hosting a very ...


Breakfast in Budapest 

17 Jun

Photo: Word In Veg Ways Photo: Word In Veg Ways Looking back at some old photos, its triggered memories of my visit to Budapest in Hungary last year.


24th World Scout Jamboree Information Evening 

8 Jun

Were you born between 22 nd July 2001 and 21 st July 2005? Do you want to join 45,000 Scouts from 150 countries in America for a once-in-a-lifetime experience? The next World Scout Jamboree is being held at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout ...


Solihull Selects Jamboree Leaders 

6 Jun

We are very pleased to announce that Solihull Scout County has chosen George Wilkinson and Simon Johnson to lead eighteen Explorer Scouts to the next World Scout Jamboree.


Solihull Scout County’s AGM 2017 

1 Jun

This year’s annual meeting of the Solihull County Scout Council, will be held on Wednesday 21 June 2017 in the Civic Suite at Solihull Council at 8pm.


Summer Newsletter 2017 

1 Jun

Awaiting Content please send Nuthurst Grange Hotel newsletter...


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Business »

Chamber’s new business awards shortlist unveiled 

20 Sep

The best Solihull companies and individuals will be recognised at a ceremony next month...


Free Energy Efficiency Seminar – Jaguar 

8 Sep

Gardner Denver are holding a FREE Energy Efficiency Seminar at Jaguar Visitor Centre, Castle Bromwich on the 10th October 2017.


Next step in forming new business improvement district 

23 Aug

Shadow board leading move to create Shirley BID will now work on draft business plan before vote next year...


UK Central chiefs move to revamp HS2 station plans 

9 Aug

Next step in plans to create major mixed-use development have been taken as growth company submits proposals to change planned infrastructure around Solihull HS2 station site...


Heraeus Infra-Red Heating System Helps in The Manufacture of Auto Glass 

2 Aug

A fast response medium wave (FRMW) infra-red heating system from Heraeus Noblelight is helping Dura Automotive Systems of Castle Bromwich to ensure the reliable and precise adhesion of molded thermoplastic sealing’s to custom-designed, automotive...


Aston Medical School gets go-ahead to recruit its first medical undergraduates 

1 Aug

School successfully completed latest stage in GMC quality assurance processFirst cohort to include local students on widening participation programmeUndergraduates to embark on five years of study for medical degree from September 2018Aston...


Merito chief launches new financial advisory firm 

27 Jul

Eastcote Wealth Management will have around 30 staff and 500 million of funds under managament...


Five Birmingham shops under threat as fashion chain collapses 

12 Jul

The Shirley-based group has been battling losses for several years and has now closed all of its shops...


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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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LocalGov »

Damaged Traffic light opposite Shakespeare Drive, 23rd September 

23 Sep

The traffic light is not clearly visible to traffic exiting Shakespeare Drive because it is facing the wrong direction possibly from being hit by passing vehicle - could be dangerous.


Large potholes on left hand side of Windmil, opposite small 40 mph sign, as travel from A452 torts Wibmill., 22nd September 

22 Sep

We have just hit this pothole tonight, but it appears from this website that these potholes have been here for some months, and reported by others previously too.


Policies relating to service complaints, data protection and freedom of information 

21 Sep

Follow up sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Phil Kershaw on 21 September 2017 .


Committee terms of reference 

21 Sep

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Phil Kershaw on 21 September 2017 .


Policies relating to service complaints, data protection and freedom of information 

21 Sep

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Phil Kershaw on 21 September 2017 .


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  • Poplar Road, Solihull – Lloyds Bank

     on flickr 18 Jun 17
    I got the no 5 bus from Solihull Town Centre, and as usual it goes a weird route via Widney Manor and Monkspath before reaching Shirley Town Centre.

    A very hot sunny Sunday afternoon in the borough!


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