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Hillfield Nature Reserve stream believed to be polluted 

2 May

A BOROUGH stream has been polluted by what is believed to be multiple culverts that feed off various industrial estates near Hillfield Nature Reserve.

Golf enthusiast raises huge £15,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support 

2 May

A GOLFING enthusiast and npower employee has raised £15,000 for Macmillan Cancer Suppoer after organising a range of fundraising activities.

She may not have made Rio, but inspirational borough runner who was told she’d never walk completes London Marathon 

1 May

I MAY not have made the squad for Rio but I completed the course despite hitting a brick wall at 20 miles.

Strictly star Anton Du Beke launches Solihull fashion week 

1 May

STRICTLY Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke proved he can cut it in the style stakes after hosting the VIP launch event for Solihull’s first ever Fashion Week.

COMPETITION: Win a night out at Solihull’s new Turtle Bar restaurant 

1 May

Turtle Bay Caribbean restaurant and bar is set to open its doors to Solihull this May, bringing a brand new, loud, proud and authentic Caribbean dining and drinking experience to the town for the very first time.

Solihull war hero who threw himself on a bomb turns focus to save rhinos and elephants 

30 Apr

A DECORATED Solihull war hero who threw himself on a Taliban grenade to save the lives of his comrades is on a new mission to protect endangered rhinos and elephants from poachers.

Voters to elect new West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner this Thursday 

30 Apr

BOROUGH voters will also have the chance to vote on who is to be the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner on Thursday.

Young Silhillians book dream trip to Twickenham for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 

30 Apr

EXCITEMENT for this year’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final hit new heights for Silhillians Under-12s after they secured their place at Twickenham for the big day.

Kilkennys set to light up Solihull with a blast of Irish spirit 

30 Apr

TRADITIONALLY famous for its long history of brewing fine Irish ale and beer, Kilkenny has a new reason to pride itself as The Kilkennys tour their way into the Midlands.

COMPETITION: Win a family ticket to Lunar Festival 

29 Apr

THE OBSERVER has teamed up with the organisers of The Lunar Festival to offer a fabulous weekend family ticket to the event.

Superstar Richie announces Corinne Bailey Rae will join him for UK tour 

29 Apr

SUPERSTAR Lionel Richie has announced Corinne Bailey Rae will be joining him as a special guest on his UK tour which will be stopping off at the second city on July 7.

Birmingham City Ladies boss Dave Parker dedicates Doncaster win to former Blues captain Steph Williams 

29 Apr

BIRMINGHAM City Ladies manager Dave Parker has dedicated Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Doncaster Belles Rovers to former captain Steph Williams.

Dorridge targeting promotion ahead of new season 

29 Apr

DORRIDGE have their sights set on an immediate return to the Birmingham Premier Division after their relegation last year.

Man arrested over death of Solihull resident killed on the road in Harbury 

29 Apr

A MAN arrested over the death of a cyclist in Harbury has been bailed by police for the third time.

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1 May

Lei Brown provides the one moment of quality to earn Highgate what at one stage looked an unlikely draw.

Pre-Christmas Internationals 

29 Apr

Applications are invited for the first of the pre-Christmas Internationals.


28 Apr

Four goal debutant Luke Rodgers showed his class as Gate come from behind to steal the 3 points...


28 Apr

After 6 games without a win, The Gate managed a back-to-back victory at Walsall Wood...


28 Apr

Young Nathan Corry bagged his first goal for The Gate in this tight affair v Loughborough...


28 Apr

A patched up Highgate were unlucky to lose out to Swifts...


28 Apr

A hard earned draw stopped the rot for a Highgate side beaten in their previous four outings...


28 Apr

Highgate’s losing streak continued with a performance which can be described as ditto as that against Boldmere St Michaels...


28 Apr

Harry Howard’s first half goal condemned Highgate to a third consecutive defeat.

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27 Apr

Following on from the previous post (dated 24 April) I have been in contact with Solihull Council’s environment officers who have reported back: ‘The incident was reported to the Environment Agency on Friday .


24 Apr

I walked Millie around the lake at Hillfields Park the other day and was alarmed at the black sludge that appears to have come from an outlet from a commercial property on Monkspath Business Park.

Local Election 2016 

1 Apr

More information on upcoming elections and the candidates for different wards.

How would Dixon of Dock Green cope today? 

31 Mar

Not a usual post for me but a discussion, occurring on another social media platform, (twitter) made me feel I can add value to.

Flood Defence Grant in Aid Bid – Dickens Heath 

31 Mar

Funding Background In June 2013, the government announced the Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM) Grant in Aid (GiA) national funding available for Spending Review 2013 (SR13).


30 Mar

I posted a few weeks ago that flood attenuation works would not be undertaken on the site until Phase 1 of the development had been completed.

Fast badminton – NBL 

22 Mar

Fast moving badminton – NBL  Fixture Birmingham Lions V.

LOWBROOK FARM – Planning Appeal lost 

15 Mar

I am naturally disappointed that first Tidbury Green Farm and now Lowbrook Farm has been lost to developers (Gallagher’s) on appeal.


15 Mar

Following a review of anti-travellers measures within the borough’s Parks Open Spaces it was noticed that a number of the wooden posts placed around the edges of Hillfield Park were rotten.


10 Mar

This winter has seen severe rainfall throughout the UK and many parts of Solihull have been affected with flooding.


29 Feb

Please find posted the February monthly newsletter for the Meriden area; includes all wards within the Meriden Constituency: Newsletter February 2016 final version Filed under: Blythe , Cheswick Green , Dickens Heath , Monkspath , Neighbourhood ...

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Five Solihull Scouts receive their Queen Scout Award at Windsor 

24 Apr

Matthew Bottomley, Adam Bennett, Jenifer Budd, Thomas Chalklen and Loui Scutt from Solihull are being honoured by international adventurer Chief Scout, Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen’s Scouts Awards on Sunday 24 th April 2016.

Census 2015-2016 

20 Apr

Scouting is continuing to grow in popularity in Solihull with more young people joining the Movement, according to The Scout Association’s latest annual membership figures.

Foodies Festival Returns to Birmingham! 

16 Apr

After a cracking debut last year, Foodies Festival is returning to Cannon Hill Park Birmingham this summer from 3 rd -5 th June, with plenty of culinary attractions to keep you busy all weekend.

A message from our new County Commissioner 

11 Apr

A message from our new County Commissioner, Shirley Brookes; Dear fellow Scouters, So, it’s been just over 4 weeks since I was appointed as the County Commissioner and I would first of all like to say thank you to everyone who has contacted me with...

Eat Like a Londoner Article – Heart London Magazine 

10 Apr

When in London, where do you go to eat? Do you stick to the tourist trail or do you do as locals do and get out into the suburbs? 'Images from Eat Like A Londoner by Tania Ballantine, photographs by Kim Lightbody.

Solihull Leaders Receive Top Awards 

4 Apr

We are  delighted to announce that the following Scouters in the County have been honoured with special awards from the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls.

Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich 

2 Apr

The recent Easter Bank Holiday weekend was perfect for having the time to try out new things.

Solihull County Camp is Back! 

31 Mar

Solihull County Camp is back by popular demand! We are pleased to announce the next County Camp – Discovery 2017 When? Friday 15 th to Sunday 17 th September 2017 Where? Solihull Riding Club , Bentley Heath.

Culinary Captures – March 2016 

26 Mar

The end of March is upon us and it’s also Easter weekend! I hope you are all enjoying having some time off with lots of Easter treats to boot! As always with my Culinary Captures round-up, I bring you some foodie ideas that have come my way which ...

Review: Chi Kitchen 

20 Mar

If I said to you, “think of an eatery at Debenhams department store” – you’d probably think of a traditional style cake coffee café.

Wedding Open Day 

18 Mar

Every couple wants their wedding to be perfect and is looking for professional help to ensure the big day runs smoothly and full of happy memories, that's why our wedding open day on Monday 2nd May 2016 is the perfect open invitation to help couples ...

An Attempt at Objectivity 

17 Mar

As George Osborne’s first Conservative only Government budget was being delivered yesterday my Twitter and Facebook feeds began to be filled with anger, pain and scorn, with an undercurrent  of a deep sense of helplessness.

Birch Water 

14 Mar

Silver Birch Trees Photo: Word In Veg Ways Silver birch trees have been depicted in Ukrainian/Polish/Slavic artwork for centuries.

Congratulations to Shirley Brookes, our New County Commissioner 

9 Mar

Shirley Brooks has been officially appointed as our new County Commissioner today by Gilwell.

AGM Dates Change – Tuesday 24th May 2016 

8 Mar

Due to circumstances beyond our control and the impending E.

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Mentor scheme helps thousands find work placements claims LEP 

27 Apr

A NEW employment initiative in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership area has helped create new jobs for thousands of people, it has been claimed.

Secure Trust Bank backs multi-million electronics acquisition 

26 Apr

SOLIHULL-based Secure Trust Bank has backed investment firm SKG Capital in making a new multi-million pound acquisition.

New head of business at RBH 

25 Apr

Creative communications agency has created new role to spearhead the growth of Meriden agency...

Solihull company wound up by the High Court 

21 Apr

THE latest incarnation of a Solihull engine reconditioning business has been shut down by the High Court following an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

Solihull BID chief joins town’s chamber 

20 Apr

Melanie Palmer adds to executive committee's expertise ahead of first Fashion Week event...

Free use of M6 Toll set to be debated in Parliament 

19 Apr

WHETHER the M6 Toll should be made free to use during emergencies is set to be debated in the House of Commons today.

Solihull insolvency practitioner stripped of licence 

18 Apr

A SOLIHULL insolvency practitioner has had his licence withdrawn following an investigation by Insolvency Practitioners Association.

Purplebricks appoints Grant Thornton as growth adviser 

18 Apr

Birmingham office of financial services firm working with Solihull estate agency on new chapter after flotation...

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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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Small deep pothole entrance to Lansdale Ave, 2nd May 

2 May

Small but deep pothole in entrance in Lansdale Avenue from Damson Parkway.

New Road: Stoneleigh, Crackley Gap, Kirby Corner, A452, A46 

1 May

Follow up sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Paul Thornton on 1 May 2016 .

Blocked Roadside Drain, 30th April 

30 Apr

Roadside drain completely blocked with mud and debris.

List of Roads 

28 Apr

Request to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by James Carter .

Sharp pothole, 28th April 

28 Apr

Sharp pothole opposite lose drain cover (already mentioned on here) on the western side of the bridge.

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