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Balsall’s Got the Voice local music talent search 

29 Aug

Organisers of this year’s Balsall Common Festival have announced the date for Heat 2 of their local music talent search, which will take place the the Berkswell Royal British Legion on Station Road opposite Berkswell Station on Friday 12th ...

Sweet Memories open for business 

28 Aug

  We may be a bit behind the times but we’ve only just realised Sweet Memories is re-open for business behind Westwood Hair and Beauty.

New recycling collections start Monday 

28 Aug

A NEW doorstep recycling service will start on Monday.

Crash victim is named by police 

27 Aug

A man who died in a car crash in Shirley is named by West Midlands Police as Stephen Beckett.

Coventry Bus Changes 

26 Aug

It’ll go under Warwick Road to improve access to Central 6 retail park and the Friargate development.

GCSE results slip at Arden 

25 Aug

RESULTS appear to have slipped at Arden in this year’s GCSEs as principal Martin Murphy spoke of “challenging” changes to exams.

New Knowle housing estate to launch 

25 Aug

HOMES on a new estate in Knowle will go on sale on November 1, it has been announced.

Bomb taken into police station 

23 Aug

A road in Solihull is closed and a police station evacuated after someone takes an unexploded World War Two bomb into reception.

Pilot’s artificial arm detaches during landing 

21 Aug

THE CAPTAIN of a passenger plane carrying 47 passengers from Birmingham to Belfast lost control of the aircraft when his false arm came off the controls as he was coming in to land.

Family’s plea to find missing dogs 

21 Aug

HAVING dodged the potential as being served up as dinner in their homeland of Vietnam, beloved family pet dogs George and Loulou have gone missing in leafy Hampton in Arden, just a few weeks after coming to the UK.

Tributes paid to victim of Shirley car smash tragedy 

21 Aug

FLOWERS and tributes adorn the spot where a 59-year-old man lost his life in a tragic car crash at the weekend.

Chief Contable award for brave duo 

21 Aug

SOLIHULL Police officers PCs Ashley Green and Antony Winter have been handed a top award for their efforts in dealing with two life-threatening situations in one night.

Building work on A45 bridge in the pipeline 

21 Aug

BUILDING work to reduce congestion and improve safety on the A45 has been welcomed across the borough.

Residents rally to stop Mount Dairy Farm homes 

21 Aug

THE CAMPAIGN to stop 220 homes being built on Mount Dairy Farm has stepped up a gear as the deadline for the application looms.

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Sport »


30 Aug

We're desperately looking for a local printer with digital print facilities to print & produce our match day programmes.

Under 7 – New Season 

28 Aug

Welcome to the New Season...


25 Aug

Despite enjoying a majority of the play Highgate had to settle for a draw at Cadbury Athletic...


24 Aug

Try saying that after a few sherberts in the clubhouse!! With the absence of our regular reporter, we decided to take a look from the other side...


24 Aug

Lei Brown was back to his old self, bagging a hat-trick as Gate comfortably beat Atherstone...


24 Aug

Highgate literally travelled across the road for today's friendly.


24 Aug

Gary Birch would have been more than pleased with The Gate's response to last weeks defeat after quality finishes from Fellows.


23 Aug

A Superb finish from Brett Fellows along with good goals from Connor Mooney and Lei Brown saw The Gate come from behind...

Open Training Session 30/8/2014 13:00 Silhillians Rugby Club 

19 Aug

Open Training Session to All Seniors and Colts...

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Griffin Lane, Dickens Heath 

19 Aug

This post is mainly for the benefit of residents of Griffin Lane, Dickens Heath, but issues here may be similar to issues in readers areas.

Will Solihull newspapers cover the TTIP? 

17 Aug

Theresa forwarded news of an appeal to publicise the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between Europe and the USA, which is being negotiated in secret with the EU by the White House.

December application for change of use at Monkspath Business Park heard on ‘a good day to bury bad news’ 

16 Aug

This measure was slipped through at a meeting in December 2013 – a busy month for family folk planning Christmas celebrations.

Planning Application – land at Dickens Heath Road/Cleobury Lane 

14 Aug

Planning application 2014/1032   20141032 – Report by the Head of Development Management      was approved by Solihull’s Planning Committee when it met on 6 August.

Are ‘crocodile tears’ being shed about the council-approved change of use at Blythe Valley Business Park? 

12 Aug

A reader sent an intriguing message about a monster ‘acropolis’ which was being built on the Nature Reserve hilltop at Hillfield Park and received planning permission from Solihull Council in October.

Parking Shelly Crescent, Monkspath 

12 Aug

It is the intention of the council’s highways department to consult this autumn with residents and Monkspath Junior Infant School regarding parking in Shelly Crescent.

Solihull Business Park, Monkspath 

11 Aug

As a long standing resident of Monkspath, moving here in 1984, I was alarmed to notice the large buildings appear from the Highlands Road area when walking my dog on the parkland in March this year.

Solihull volunteers –1: Samantha and Dave 

9 Aug

We hope to hear news of many other local ‘volunteers’ – a term we use to refer to people who come forward to give unpaid help, in addition to their own daily work and family obligations.

Socially divisive in Solihull: 3000 homes for the relatively affluent – not the homeless 

1 Aug

Who cares about the people on the housing register? On the Brummie aggregator site there was a lead to Cllr Hawkins’ web post reminding readers that the sites identified within the ward for housing development within the ward were subject of ...

Neighbourhood Report – July 2014 

30 Jul

Please find posted the latest report for the Rural section of the partnership – SMBC, Solihull Police, SCH.

Solihull LDP – Blythe ward perspective 

28 Jul

Unfortunately, due to the judgement made at the High Court, in favour of Gallagher’s and Lioncourt Homes, who sought a judicial review into Solihull’s local development plan, the position of developments within Blythe ward are at risk.

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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.

A short comment on the Gaza conflict 

5 Aug

I think one thing we have to understand is that it is the politicians that are screwing over the citizens of Palestine and Israel.

Halloumi & Strawberry Salad 

28 Jul

Salad can get quite samey this time of year so it is nice to have an incentive to jazz things up.

We Love Summer 

27 Jul

It may have something to do with the beautiful grounds that surround us.

Nuances of Bengali Food (Warwickshire Life Magazine) 

23 Jul

Food Demoat Stratford Food Festival - Moushumi Moran from The Cardamom Pod Recently meeting local Bengali cook and tutor Moushumi Moran from The Cardamom Pod , led me to finding out about the specifics of Bengali cooking as a standalone cuisine ...

Local Training Manager: Blythe 

22 Jul

Are you motivating and able to inspire adults to complete their training?! Are you organised and able to keep on top of admin? Want a new challenge in scouting? Blythe District are looking for a Local Training Manager to work with the County Training...

Lunch At Nuthurst Grange 

21 Jul

Lunch shouldn’t be a quick snack , leftovers or a stale sarnie from the petrol station.

Pasta Bake Alla Puttanesca 

20 Jul

Pasta alla Puttanesca isa romantic sounding dish, but yet when translated from Italian into English it means- harlot's pasta- perhaps compromising its enchanting imagebut certainly not compromising on taste.

Competition Time At Nuthurst Grange 

16 Jul

Afternoon Tea at Nuthurst Grange is a grand affair.

Afternoon Tea Fundraising Event 

16 Jul

You should all know by now that we don’t do anything by halves and when we were asked to help raise funds for St George and St Teresa School in Dorridge we did our best to pull out all the stops.

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Business »

Expansion into new markets 

26 Aug

At Andel we have been waiting with bated and excited breath to announce a very exciting expansion programme, the time has finally come!Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP under the Business Innovation Grant have awarded Andel Plastics a grant...

HCB builds dental arm via merger 

26 Aug

SOLIHULL legal firm HCB Solicitors Group has merged with the Greater Manchester firm Ross Legal, a specialist provider to dentists.

Solihull marketing agency Jask takes on six new roles 

21 Aug

Firm takes on six new staff to meet growth demands during the first half of the year after recent client wins...

Stepnell wins contract to build £2m new facilities at Solihull school 

19 Aug

RUGBY-based construction firm Stepnell has been appointed by Eversfield Preparatory School in Solihull to build its new £2m sports and performing arts facility.

Wireless firm tunes in to Solihull 

19 Aug

A COMMUNICATION infrastructure company has expanded via a new base at Blythe Valley Park in Solihull.

Hill & Smith sells off two local manufacturing businesses 

19 Aug

SOLIHULL-based infrastructure products supplier Hill & Smith has disposed of two subsidiaries as it pursues a policy of focusing on core activities.

Government pledges £8m to facilitate Solihull bridge project 

18 Aug

WORK on a major piece of infrastructure close to Birmingham Airport is set for the go ahead after the government approved the allocation of £8m towards the cost of the scheme.

MIM announce brand new series of networking and knowledge share events 

18 Aug

Made in the Midlands are delighted to offer a new series of breakfast time networking events, fact-finding tours and workshops.

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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 »

Potholes, 29th August 

29 Aug

There are now several deep potholes along the section of Earlswood Road that joins Box Trees Road.

Learning Disability – Placements 

29 Aug

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to N Matojo on 29 August 2014 .

Car parking, 28th August 

28 Aug

Inconsiderate hazardous all day parking by none residents.

Organisational structure and contact details 

28 Aug

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Emma Smith on 28 August 2014 .

Organisational structure and contact details 

28 Aug

Request sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Emma Smith on 28 August 2014 .

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  • Moonscape

     on flickr 18 Nov 13
    Tried to capture the moon but it’s not as clear as I would have liked. Maybe a lesson on sky photography is on the cards.

    This was captured with a Sigma 100-300mm lens at 300mm F6.7 ISO 100 1/500


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