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Solihull School impresses All Blacks rugby legend 

29 May

ALL BLACKS legend Sean Fitzpatrick was at Solihull School this month for a sportsman’s dinner organised by the Parents’ Association.

Winners of Touchwood’s children short story competition announced 

29 May

THE WINNERS of Touchwood’s ‘A Summer in Solihull’ short story competition have been announced.

‘Heartless’ thief leaves Wythall Animal Sanctury in need of donations 

28 May

A HEARTLESS thief raided Wythall Animal Sanctuary – stripping the community-run animal centre of its supplies and leaving it more dependant than ever on donations.

Get ready to join this year’s the 2016 Tommy Godwin Challenge 

28 May

THE RED Kite Belles women’s cycling group have helped launch the 2016 Tommy Godwin Challenge which returns for its fourth year on September 25.

Compassionate nursing at Heart of England NHS Trust praised at awards ceremony 

28 May

THE DEDICATION and compassion of nurses at the Heart of England NHS Trust has been celebrated at a special awards ceremony.

Thousands West Midlands jobs ‘at risk’ if Britain votes to leave EU, claims Chancellor 

27 May

JOBS in the West Midlands could be ‘at risk’ if Britain votes to leave the European Union, George Osborne has said.

Solihull Council votes in favour of controversial West Midlands Combined Authority metro mayor 

27 May

SOLIHULL COUNCIL has voted to accept a controversial metro mayor in the next step towards the formation of West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

George Osborne says vote to leave is a ‘leap in the dark’ 

27 May

Chancellor visits Solihull with warning over pensions...

‘Social workers were betrayed by covert filming – but Dispatches has lessons we shouldn’t ignore’ 

27 May

By Adam Birchall, principal social worker at Solihull Council  I can’t help but cringe.

Study underway to unearth the best transport connections in and around airport 

26 May

A STUDY is underway to find out how to build the best transport connections between the airport, Birmingham International Station, the NEC and the new HS2 Interchange Station.

Sports open day encourages borough residents to keep active 

26 May

A SPORTS open day at the North Solihull Sports Centre has encouraged older borough residents to stay fit and healthy.

The Antiques Roadshow is coming to Baddesley Clinton 

26 May

Antiques Roadshow is coming to Baddesley Clinton on Wednesday, June 8 Read More...

Liam Delves claims two point finishes at Brands Hatch 

26 May

TEENAGER Liam Delves produced two strong points finishes in the third round of the 2016 Hel Performance British Motostar championship at Brands Hatch.

Cricketer Amy Jones tipped to be a bit hit for England 

26 May

SOLIHULL’s Amy Jones is a ready-made replacement to fill the void left by the influential Sarah Taylor in the England Women team, according to pace bowler Kate Cross.

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Walsall announce Birmingham City and Solihull Moors games 

23 May

Walsall have lined up two local derbies as they continue to make preparations for the 2016/17 League One campaign.


3 May

Despite being the better side throughout Gate lost to visiting Brocton team which had made the mostof slack defending to take a two goal lead and score the winner with a wicked late deflection...


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...

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Blogs »

Solihull – Local Plan Review 

27 May

Solihull’s Local Development Plan 2013, which planned for development in the borough up to 2023 can be accessed here: http://www.


24 May

Quite a bit of mess was left in Hillfield Park and Local Nature Reserve yesterday by school leavers.


23 May

Please find posted the latest newsletter for the Rural Area of Solihull, which includes Blyth Ward.

Thank You! 

10 May

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who voted Conservative in the Local Elections 2016.


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.

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Features »

Launch Night – Be At One Birmingham 

26 May

I am quite choosy when I go out these days, I like to find places where I don’t feel too old, but somewhere where I can still have a fun time.

Grab & Go at Grand Central Birmingham 

22 May

Modern life means we can’t always take time for a lunch break like we used to and often our lunch is bought on the hop with a limited timeframe to eat it in.

Culinary Captures – National Vegetarian Week Birmingham Special 

17 May

National Vegetarian Week is a great platform for restaurants and organisations to showcase their vegetarian wares and it gives us vegetarians the opportunity to find out what’s new as well as for those who want to just be a little more flexitarian...

Epicurean Mementos Interview – Katy Beskow – Little Miss Meat Free 

16 May

In this very special edition of Epicurean Mementos to mark National Vegetarian Week , I’ve invited Katy Beskow aka Little Miss Meat Free , to share her culinary keepsakes and favourite things, offering us a little glimpse of her life in the kitchen.

Summers Under The Tamarind Tree 

7 May

Even before I open Summers Under The Tamarind Tree , I find myself taking a minute or so to contemplate what’s inside, what the contents is.

Solihull AGM 2016 

6 May

Solihull Scout AGM will be taking place on Tuesday 24th May at 8pm at the Solihull Council Chambers.

Hola! El Borracho de Oro 

4 May

Edgbaston has changed.

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.

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Business »

Owners launch £145m share sale in challenger bank 

27 May

ARBUTHNOT BANKING GROUP, the majority shareholder in Solihull-based Secure Trust Bank, is to sell a £145m stake in the bank to institutional investors.

Electric car manufacturer launches newest site 

20 May

SHOPPING destination Touchwood in Solihull is set for a new tenant as electric car manufacturer Tesla moves in.

Communications agency Cogent Elliott boosts team 

19 May

Meriden-based consultancy grows PR, IT and creative teams following string of new client wins...

Jaguar gives UK debut to new F-Pace crossover 

18 May

THE Solihull-built Jaguar F-Pace sports crossover goes on sale in the UK officially for the first time today.

Briggs Equipment wins £2million contract with Stadco 

17 May

Stadco, a major Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry, has chosen Briggs Equipment as its materials handling partner.

£11m acquisition is no barrier to growth 

17 May

SHIRLEY-BASED engineering group Hill & Smith has paid £11m for an East Midlands barrier firm.

Car market buoys motor finance provider S&U 

17 May

THE buoyant UK car market is continuing to benefit Solihull finance provider S&U, its shareholders will be told today.

Flat first half for Enterprise Inns cheered slightly by £20m deal 

17 May

SOLIHULL pubco Enterprise Inns has concluded a £20m deal for the disposal of part of its commercial property estate.

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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 »

Speed signs have been reversed, 29th May 

29 May

For the last few days I have noticed that the 30/40 mph speed signs on both sides of the road have been turned around by 180 degrees so that they are indicating the wrong speed.

Fly tipping, 29th May 

29 May

Household ware been dumped in parking layby.

Rats and rubbish behind mesh fence to railway line ., 28th May 

28 May

Rubbish behind fence to railway line , amounting up over years --more now -- and rats coming out now on to passageway .

Data on homeowners behind on their mortgage payments 

26 May

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to M.

Empty properties 

26 May

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Nealmah on 26 May 2016 .

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