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‘Listed’ building plan could scupper Powergen regeneration 

28 Jul

LONG-ANTICIPATED plans to redevelop the Powergen site have been dealt a blow this week after revelations...

Solihull schools urged to pass on first aid know-how 

28 Jul

SCHOOLS are being called on to join forces to help encourage the next generation of life savers.

Norfolk police search for Solihull woman Suzanne Hughes who went missing on holiday in Norfolk 

27 Jul

Solihull woman missing on holiday

Rugby World Cup trophy tour stops off in Solihull 

27 Jul

THE COUNTDOWN to the Rugby World Cup is underway and Jaguar Land Rover welcomed the world famous Webb Ellis Cup when it Read More...

British Gas insulates thousands of Solihull homes in £25m scheme 

27 Jul

Thirty tower blocks in Solihull are warmer and more energy efficient thanks to a 25 million joint effort by British Gas and Solihull Community Housing For the last two years, 30 high-rise buildings have been fitted with solid wall insulation, which ...

Teenager fighting for life after four hurt in Stratford Road crash 

27 Jul

A TEENAGE girl was fighting for her life and three other people were hurt when a car smashed into a tree.

Concern grows for ‘vanished’ woman 

25 Jul

Concern grows for a Solihull grandmother who seemingly vanished in the middle of the night.

“The Rock” smashed as Balsall Common Parish Council deprives Youth and Community Centre of funds 

25 Jul

Balsall Parish Council have decided that the Jubilee Youth and Community Centre is not worthy of its £10K funding per year which has been provided since the centre’s inception over a decade ago.

Solihull man makes an emotional appeal after his wife… 

24 Jul

Solihull man makes an emotional appeal after his wife disappeared during their holiday in Norfolk.

Shirley conman forced to pay derisory compensation to victim 

24 Jul

A HEARTLESS businessman who fleeced an elderly chartered accountant out of more than pound;400,000 has...

Prison cell death of Chelmsley Wood man referred to Independent Police Complaints Commission 

24 Jul

Prison cell death of Chelmsley Wood man referred to Independent Police Complaints Commission Read More...

Prime Minister comes to town 

23 Jul

David Cameron pays visit to borough school community project Read More...

Grant to help budding Chelmsley Wood musicians 

23 Jul

BUDDING SOLIHULL musicians will able to face the music thanks to a regional grant giving charity.

Silhillians owe £4.2million in unpaid Council Tax 

23 Jul

SILHILLIANS owe 4.2million in unpaid Council Tax equivalent to an average of 47 per household according to Nationa Read More...

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Sils Question of Sport 

28 Jul

To launch our RWC programme of events - Sils Main Bar - Saturday August 15 - 7.00pm...

O’Leary Heads South 

24 Jul

Sils front row forward Mark O'Leary has left Sils and is heading south.

Under 13 – Pre-season training starts 19th August 

24 Jul

For last year's U13s (Year 9 from September) pre-season starts 19th August.

Silhillians Beer Festival 

20 Jul

11th - 13th September 2015...

Warwickshire Under12’s Trip to Kildare & Dublin 

20 Jul

Warwickshire under 12s visit to Kildare and Croke Park The under 12s county squad recently went on tour to Kildare and Dublin.

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19 Jul



16 Jul

The Gate will kick off their 2015/16 season in the Premier of the MFL with a visit to Quorn on the 8th August, 3pm kick off.

Webb Ellis trophy tour 

16 Jul

The Webb Ellis trophy is in town this coming Sunday and Monday...


15 Jul

We're looking for companies or individuals who can help us meet the printing costs of our award winning programme.

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21 Jul

Developers have held talks with Council officers and Ward members about proposals for Blythe Valley.


21 Jul

At last Tuesdays Full Council (14th) I presented the petition, signed by 99 residents, calling for better screening of the new buildings in Monkspath Hall Road/Highlands Road (please see previous post dated 15 May).


21 Jul

Please find posted the latest monthly Neighbourhood Report (from police, council and partners).

Boy Racers – another update 

19 Jul

On Tuesday 14 July I presented to Solihull Council the petition, then signed by 277 people, seeking action by the Council, Police and Tesco’s/Notcutts to stop the congregation of vehicles which leads to anti-social behaviour (the image shows ...

Combined Authority Bid Officially Launched 

9 Jul

Caroline Spelman, MP for the Meriden Constituency, gives a cautious welcome the news of the intent for one of the most ambitious Combined Authority plans in the country.

Dickens Heath’s Will to lead Earlswood Cricket Club out against World XI 

3 Jul

Dickens Heath’s Will Windeatt will captain Earlswood Cricket Club against The Lashings, a special team comprising world cricketing legends such as Phil DeFreitas Owais Shah, John Emburey, Chris Schofield and Devon Malcolm, on July 15th in a ...

Special offer from Mummy’s Cupcakes of Dickens Heath 

21 Jun

During July, local small business Mummy’s Cupcakes is offering a box of four free cupcakes if you order a box of twelve.

Jake and Oliver’s charity car wash – Saturday 4th July 

10 Jun

Charity Car Wash Saturday 4 July 2015 at Solihull Fire Station, Streetsbrook Road 12.00 – 3.00 pm Only £3 per car! How dirty is your car? Whether it’s mildy dusty or you can no longer remember what colour it is under the mud come along ...

Street Racers – Stratford Road, Monkspath 

26 May

Residents near to the Tescos and Notcutts car park have endured a lot of hassle from cars and motor bikes using the car park at weekends for a meeting place and for some of their owners to use the Stratford Road and car park as some sort of race ...

Solihull Leader signals intention to join other West Midlands authorities to explore devolution options 

20 May

Leader of Solihull Council, Cllr Bob Sleigh hasinformedAnnual Council that heintends to seek approval for taking forward detailed discussions in principle to support a Combined Authority for the West Midlands.

Highway Works Programme 2015 

19 May

SMBC Highway works planned programme for this financial year (2015-16) has been published and I have posted the document here: Programmes For roads in Blythe ward the relevant pages are: CWay Micro and FWay Slurry Seal (via the tabs at the foot of ...

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Culinary Captures – July 2015 

26 Jul

With Culinary Captures now in full swing, here is my round-up of foodie finds that I have encountered on my travels this month: ~~~ Wimbledon may have ended, but the love for strawberries is still shining through well into July.

You can protect children 

25 Jul

Our leaders with responsibility for keeping our children safe in our communities are continuing to abdicate responsibility and are relying on children to protect themselves.

Follow Solihull Adventure in Japan 

22 Jul

The World Scout Jamboree is only days away and the SMSAllsorts Unit and IST are heading out shortly, please feel free to follow their adventures.

Lunch at Cherry Red’s 

20 Jul

There is a lot of love on the Birmingham food scene for Cherry Reds , for both their original Kings Heath site and their café on John Bright Street in the city centre.

Review of Veg Out Cafe 

12 Jul

Much love has been expressed for Kings Heath’s Veg Out Café which offers 100% vegetarian food with choices for those observing vegan and/or gluten free diets as well.


8 Jul

The County Commissioner for Solihull has approved a presentation of Chief Scout’s Bronze Award certificates to Beaver Scouts on Friday, 16th October 2015 in Solihull School Chapel at 6.45 for 7.00pm.

PHOM Tea – One Cup At A Time……….. 

5 Jul

I came across Phom Tea not quite by accident but in a ‘need-for-refreshment’ way rather than ‘I’m-looking-for-a-new-tea-product’ way.

How to solve the immigration crisis 

4 Jul

It seems that the immigration debate has been building up a greater head of steam this year – all the bluster of the election along with the sad and worrying crises we have seen in the Mediterranean and the port of Calais.

White Fillings In Solihull 

1 Jul

Fillings are quite a typical and standard treatment that dentists offer.

Getting Dental Implants In Solihull 

28 Jun

When your looking at replacing your teeth, there are now multiple options that may be suitable to meet your needs.

Culinary Captures – June 2015 

28 Jun

Welcome to Culinary Captures! This will be my monthly (or thereabouts) round-up of food and/or food related goodies that have come my way or that I have seen on my travels and want to share with you! I hope you will enjoy reading about them and ...

Demoing on the Wot’s Cooking Trailer – Asparafest 

28 Jun

Regular readers of my blog will know that I love all things asparagus and I have, over the years, written about my days out at the Asparafest event.

The Countdown is on to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree 

24 Jun

In just 30 days Scouts from Solihull will be heading to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

Posh London street to be blessed with Montenegrin footfall 

18 Jun

I must admit I love it when the underdog manages to ruffle the feathers of a few supreme peacocks.

New Years Eve 

13 Jun

  Glitz, Glamour, Champagne and good times.

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Business »

International sales provide some fizz for Britvic 

23 Jul

SOFT drinks group Britvic - which has operations in Solihull and Tamworth - has seen a rise in revenue, largely on the back of its performance internationally.

Greater Birmingham could become a leading location for life sciences – report 

22 Jul

AN independent Life Sciences Commission initiated earlier this year by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), has suggested the area could become a centre of excellen...

Secure Trust Bank boss calls for ‘level playing field’ in UK banking market 

22 Jul

Paul Lynam, chief executive of Solihull-based Secure Trust Bank, has hit out at a new eight per cent bank corporation tax surcharge ...

Secure Trust Bank eyes mortgage market following record results 

21 Jul

SOLIHULLs Secure Trust Bank has seen its profit increase by a record 40% and its assets exceed £1bn for the first time.

Rees Bradley Hepburn wins Epyx brief 

21 Jul

Meriden agency to help tech company specialising in automotive sector launch new products to enter fleet market ...

Tributes to Midland skate maker who got Europe rolling 

18 Jul

Derek Morris, the man behind Solihull-based Morris Vulcan Ltd and MV Sports and Leisure, helped transform the UKs toy industry over several decades.

PAB Awarded Government Funds to Help Rebuild British Manufacturing 

16 Jul

The Government has announced the latest winners from a fund to help rebuild British manufacturing prowess.

New proposals to build ‘Solihull Services’ on the M42 in for planning 

15 Jul

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build new motorway services near Birmingham Airport have been submitted to Solihull Council.

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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

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‘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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Agency Spend 

28 Jul

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Francesca Sandiford on 28 July 2015 .

Construction material blocking footpath, 27th July 

27 Jul

There are pallets of paving blocks stored on both footpaths each side of the road forcing pedestrians to walk into the road (including children) Report on FixMyStreet...

Over grown hedge, 27th July 

27 Jul

The hedges trees along the left hand side path of Highlands Rd, between car dealerships and entrance to Arcadia warehouse are wildly over gown to the point where you cant walk along the path.

Potholes, 27th July 

27 Jul

Several large potholes on M42 entry roundabout at traffic lights.

Agency Spend 

24 Jul

Request sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Francesca Sandiford on 24 July 2015 .

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