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New houses to replace former home of Solihull Council’s youth service team 

28 Nov

NINE new homes are to be built on the former home of Solihull Councilrsquo;s youth service team.

Midlands-based money laundering gang who made £35million jailed 

28 Nov

A GANG who used bogus companies to launder pound;35million have been jailed for more than 73 years.

Man assaulted and left unconscious in Solihull 

28 Nov

DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Solihull over the weekend.

Solihull students tackle obstacles in cycling training course 

28 Nov

STUDENTS from Solihull tackled ramps, balancing beams and see-saws in a cycling training course designed...

Win tickets to see Echo & the Bunnymen and Buzzcocks 

28 Nov

THE RICOH Arena in Coventry launching a new programme of live music and sport next month ndash; and...

Solihull Council Chief Executive pedal power efforts raise funds for wheelchair bike 

28 Nov

PEDAL POWER efforts from Solihull Council Chief Executive Nick Page have helped fund a wheelchair bike...

Solihull doctor named physician of the year 

28 Nov

A SOLIHULL doctor has been named physician of the year by the Association of Pakistani Physicians and...

Traffic temporarily diverted as part of replacement of A45 South Bridge near Birmingham Airport 

27 Nov

TRAFFIC has now been temporarily diverted onto the first section of a newly constructed bridge on the...

Solihull students enjoy cycling sessions to promote healthy travel 

27 Nov

STUDENTS from Solihull tackled ramps, balancing beams and see-saws in a cycling training course designed...

Dance pupils perfect their move under expert tuition 

27 Nov

SOLIHULL dance pupils have been perfecting their pirouettes with one of the UKrsquo;s leading dance...

Two solihull shoppers honoured with bravery award in Manchester 

26 Nov

TWO Solihull shoppers have been honoured by the countryrsquo;s top cops for stopping a supermarket till...

How social workers are helping health professionals understand mental capacity 

26 Nov

What is the project all about? Lots of people who should know about mental capacity issues don’t have the information they need.

Captain’s Column – Squad togetherness has been key to Solihull Moors’ success 

26 Nov

IN THE first of a brand new weekly fortnightly column for the Solihull Observer, Moors skipper Theo Streete...

Santa stops off at Solihull grotto 

26 Nov

A SPECIAL grotto which has been bringing Christmas to life for children in Solihull for the last two...

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22 Nov

Tuesday's replay the inevitable result at the end of an extremely poor contest played in the unatmospheric and distant centre of an athletics track...


18 Nov

Two stunning goals from Luke Barlone, his second a last gasp header gave Coleshill all 3 points at a windswept Coppice Tuesday night.

Hednesford 0 Solihull 0 – Report 

16 Nov

A Midlands derby.


15 Nov

Ricardo Richards marked his return to The Coppice with two goals sandwiched between Lei Browns and Tyronne Smiths efforts as Gate recorded a 4-0 win...


15 Nov

Tuesday 17 th .

Hednesford 0 Solihull Moors 0 – Fan pictures 

15 Nov

Check out our fan pictures from Hednesford Town's 0-0 draw with Solihull Moors.

Sils v Bournville Match Highlights 

14 Nov

Sils 19-33 Bournville...

11’s & 12’s Drive Away with The Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup 

12 Nov

Sils U11's & U12's book Twickenham date.


8 Nov

What can only be described as an over-zealous official saw 2 Gate players disappear early as Gate clung on to earn a point in a game of little quality...

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Dickens Heath Parking – Petition update 

22 Nov

Earlier this year, following discussion with traders on Main Street, Dickens Heath I organised a petition and presented it to Solihull Council.


21 Nov

Some excellent news to report: Weather permitting, work will start on 23 November to install two manual barriers at the top end of the car park (commonly known as the Notcutts part).

Devolution agreement reached 

18 Nov

This agreement is worth over £40 million a year and lasts for 30 years.


30 Oct

On Thursday 29 October I attended Dickens Heath Library for a meeting regarding the future of the library.


29 Oct

I have posted several reports about the Local Development Plan (LDP) for Solihull and perhaps a more detailed and succinct report which relates more in-depth towards Blythe ward and Tidbury Green can be found on 28 July 2014, link here: http://...

Solihull Council signs up to West Midlands Combined Authority 

14 Oct

Following a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday 13th October, Cllr Bob Sleigh, Leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, has confirmed that Solihull Council has decided to sign-up as a constituent member of a Following a meeting ofthe Full ...


13 Oct

Please find posted the latest monthly report from the Neighbourhood Teams representing the Rural Sector, which includes Blythe ward.

West Midlands Combined Authority – to be or not to be? 

12 Oct

Cards on the table – I feel there is a lot to be gained with greater communication and work between neighbouring local authorities in the West Midlands Region.


8 Oct

I wish to help inform residents and readers as to what can be and what can not be recycled in the respective household bins in Solihull.

The latest neighbourhood initiative: ShirleyTOPS 

6 Oct

ShirleyTOPS is a community focused web site designed to encourage Shirley residents to support local businesses.

Cllr Ken Hawkins and Local Resident & Campaigner, Alex Insley take on boy racers 

5 Oct


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Review of Lebanese Home Cooking 

22 Nov

Blustery storms, damp weather, dark nights getting earlier and earlier – this time of year always has me rushing towards warm comfort food.

Review of Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant 

17 Nov

Chung Ying Cantonese Restaurant .

A Final Thank You and look to the future 

17 Nov

A message from Ian Carnell, Deputy County Commissioner, “Dear Scouting Colleagues, “Today we bid farewell to our County Commissioner, Dave Lodwig, as he moves to pastures new.

Review of New Autumn Menu at Bistro 1847 

10 Nov

Photo: Word In Veg Ways Birmingham has become fond of veggie trail blazing restaurant Bistro 1847 and its popularity amongst vegetarians and equally meat eaters alike has grown massively since it opened in the city a couple of years ago.

Review of Sage by Heston Blumenthal No Mess Waffle Maker 

1 Nov

Thinking back to my recent travels in America where waffles graced every hotel breakfast buffet, I thought it a fateful coincidence to be offered the opportunity to try out a new waffle maker from Sage by Heston Blumenthal .

Culinary Captures – Postcards From America Special – October 2015 

31 Oct

I hope that you have enjoyed my Postcards From America series this month following my visit to the States in September.

Postcards From America: Spiral Diner Dallas 

26 Oct

In my fourth ‘Postcard from America’ , my travels took me to Texas where My Carnivorous Husband (MCH) and I stayed with friends for a few days.

The Search is on! 

25 Oct

We are looking for a volunteer with management and leadership experience who wants to do more in their community, with good inter-personal skills and the ability to motivate and inspire others to be our next County Commissioner.

Postcards From America: Roxy’s Diner Las Vegas 

18 Oct

Photo: c/o www.

Postcards From America – Nobu at Caesars Palace Las Vegas 

11 Oct

Postcards From America My second little postcard piece in my Postcards from America series this month focuses on my visit to Nobu in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas .

Enlighten Teeth Whitening Solihull 

7 Oct

If you are not happy with the colour or shade of your teeth, you may be contemplating having them whitened.

Postcards from America – Food in Las Vegas 

6 Oct

Postcards from America So here I am, getting my head out of the clouds, fiercely trying to get myself out of holiday mode and back into normality.

All On 4 Dental Clinic In Solihull 

5 Oct

All on 4 is a system that works on the principal of placing 4 implants into the patients jaw for a full arch replacement.

Farewell to our CC 

5 Oct

A message from our County Commissioner, David Lodwig; “It is with some sadness that I have to inform you all that I am stepping down as County Commissioner of Solihull from the 17th November 2015.

National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra 2016 

5 Oct

NSGSO Main Orchestra and (new) NSGSO Wind Band This year is a really exciting one for the NSGSO as we will be running an NSGSO Wind Band alongside the Main NSGSO Orchestra.

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Business »

Hill & Smith goes to Hull and back to complete takeover 

26 Nov

SOLIHULL infrastructure and galvanising products manufacturer Hill & Smith has bought Hull-based Premier Galvanizing for £15.5m.

Midlands business leaders respond positively to the Autumn Statement 

26 Nov

WEST Midlands companies and the bodies that represent them have mainly welcomed the measures announced in the Autumn Statement yesterday.

Cogent Elliott wins brief from The Toro Company 

26 Nov

Global lawn mower firm signs up Meriden agency to support its brand awareness work with national trade and consumer media...

adi Builds Sleep Out Fundraising Target To £2,500 To Mark 25th Anniversary Year 

25 Nov

Staff at a Midlands-based engineering solutions business have pledged to raise £2,500 for St Basils Big Sleep Out, as part of their quarter century celebrations.

Britvic confident despite dip in revenue 

25 Nov

SOFT drinks group Britvic - which has operations in Solihull and Tamworth - has seen a slight decline in its revenue.

KWB lets 12,000 sq ft of offices at Birmingham Business Park 

25 Nov

SOLIHULLS Birmingham Business Park has welcomed two new occupiers as demand for office space in the out-of-town office market continues.

LEP and council to contribute £6m towards the refurb of The Grand Hotel 

24 Nov

THE Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) and Birmingham City Council have agreed to provide £6m of grant support towards the cost of interior works at The Grand Hotel ...

Expectations high at Hill & Smith 

24 Nov

INFRASTRUCTURE and galvanising products manufacturer Hill & Smith says it on track to meet the boards expectations for the full year.

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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 »

Street Light Not Working, 28th November 

28 Nov

Walkway between Longley Walk and Raglan Way.

Cloud collaboration within the Council 

27 Nov

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Tony Cheung on 27 November 2015 .

Recruitment and retention children’s services social workers 

25 Nov

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Loredana Grigore on 25 November 2015 .

Recruitment and retention children’s services social workers 

25 Nov

Follow up sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Loredana Grigore on 25 November 2015 .

Grassroots Sports 

25 Nov

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Steve Hermon on 25 November 2015 .

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