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Borough resident was taken on a spiritual journey whilst overcoming ovarian cancer 

1 Oct

OVERCOMING cancer has led a Henley resident on a spiritual journey, even possibly bumping into a ghost along the way.

Borough runner is dusting off her running shoes to take part in the Great Birmingham Run to raise vital funds for Cure Leukaemia 

1 Oct

A NOVICE runner from Sheldon will be lacing up her trainers to take part in the Great Birmingham Run and raise vital funds for Cure Leukaemia in memory of her beloved father.

Maidstone United v Solihull Moors 

1 Oct

Live coverage of Saturday's National League game between Maidstone United and Solihull Moors.

Nimble-fingered residents are knitting bobble hats for innocent smoothie bottles to raise funds for Age UK 

1 Oct

NIMBLE-FINGERED residents across the borough are being called upon once again to knit the little bobble hats for the top of innocent smoothie bottles to raise money Age UK.

Marcus Bignot: Solihull Moors manager keen to sign contract at Damson Park 

30 Sep

Solihull Moors' Marcus Bignot, the manager with no contract, is now ready to sign his first deal at Damson Park.

Solihull MP Julian Knight is pushing for changes in the law to allow private landowners to evict gypsies 

30 Sep

SOLIHULL MP Julian Knight is calling for changes in the law to allow private landowners to evict travellers once a court has decided they should be moved on.

Motorcyclist killed in collision at Jaguar Land Rover has been named as Kieren Rowe 

30 Sep

A MOTORCYCLIST who died in a collision on the Jaguar Land Rover factory site on Monday (26 September) has been named as Kieren Rowe.

Specialist greyhound re-homing centre is still booming with success more than ten years after opening 

30 Sep

A SPECIALIST greyhound re-homing centre in Solihull is booming with success, more than ten years after first opening to the public.

Comment: Greater Birmingham is no brainer but political realities mean it will not happen 

30 Sep

Artificial grouping of the Black Country, Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry under the West Midlands Combined Authority banner has a big identity problem.

Birmingham set to bid to host Commonwealth Games in 2026 

30 Sep

COUNCILLORS in Birmingham have announced their intention to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games, and are calling on the region to get behind the bid.

Birmingham announces its intention to officially enter the race to host the Commonwealth Games in 2026 

30 Sep

Birmingham is announcing its intention to officially enter the race to host the Commonwealth Games in 2026 and those looking to bring the global sporting event to the city are calling on the entire region to get behind the bid.

Andy Street, the MD of John Lewis, confirmed as the Conservative candidate for West Midlands Metro Mayor. 

29 Sep

Polling stations across the region will open in May 2017 to elect the first West Midlands Metro Mayor.

Long-serving hardware shop owner prepares to pull down the shutters and welcome a life of semi-retirement 

29 Sep

A LONG-SERVING hardware shop owner from Solihull will be pulling down the shutters for one last time on Sunday (October 2) as he welcomes a life of semi-retirement.

The F-Pace is boldly going where no Jaguar has gone before 

29 Sep

The F-Pace's aggressive design has clearly proved popular with buyers - Jaguar's order books for the Solihull-built car are full.

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1 Oct

A transformation after the break saw Gate dominate, Adaggio and Lei Brown score, and the hosts fully deserve their victory over fellow strugglers Wulfrunians...


29 Sep

Second half goals from Aaron Brown and Scott Turner saw Highgate progress in the Worcestershire Senior Urn ending a run of four defeats.


27 Sep

Enfield Town have agreed in principle to visit The Coppice next summer to play Highgate United in a pre-season friendly...


24 Sep

Marco Adaggio's second half equaliser was not enough to save Highgate the indignity of defeat to underdogs Paget and being dumped out of an FA competition for the second time in the space of a week.


22 Sep

Travel weary Highgate well beaten by leaders Westfields...


21 Sep

Gate manager Ashley Pulisciano has swooped to seal the signature of the highly rated Emmitt Delfouneso from Stratford Town.

Wasps’ ticket cash back scheme 

20 Sep

Sils get 15% cash back on Wasps tickets...


17 Sep

Westfields' name goes into Monday's draw following this FA Cup win, but for Ashley Pulisciano's Highgate nothing but pride as they went close to breaking the hosts 100% record during a ding dong contest which looked to be heading for an anticipated...


13 Sep

Highgate were well beaten by a strong and determined Lye side which shrugged off Saturday's FA Vase defeat for a comprehensive victory over hosts who were never at the races...

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27 Sep

I have today received a document from Arden Cross which provides a timely update on the proposals for the High Speed 2 interchange area once the HS2 Bill receives its Royal Ascent (at the end of this year) and subject to Solihull’s own Local Plan ...


6 Sep

CLLR BRIAN HOLMES CALLS FOR URGENT MEETING OVER BERRY MAUD LANE DEVELOPMENT ISSUES administrator Tue, 06/09/2016 - 08:44 Tuesday, 6 September, 2016 Shirley West Councillor, Brian Holmes recently attended a meeting of residents concerned about a ...

Planning Application on Shirley Aquatic site 

1 Sep

Planning application PL/2016/02122/PPFL relates to a proposal to develop an 87 bed care facility for Barchester Healthcare.

The full line up of performances for FOTG 2016! 

30 Aug

The 2016 Dickens Heath Festival on the Green takes place on Saturday 10 September, with free entry for everyone.

Caroline Spelman MP urges residents to take part in Hampton-in-Arden ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ consultation 

17 Aug

Caroline Spelman MP urges residents to take part in Hampton-in-Arden ‘Neighbourhood Plan’ consultation administrator Wed, 17/08/2016 - 11:13 Wednesday, 17 August, 2016 Local MP, Caroline Spelman, has urged local residents to submit their views on...

Blythe Ward Councillors keeping an eye on Blythe Valley Park Plans 

16 Aug

Blythe Ward Councillors keeping an eye on Blythe Valley Park Plans administrator Tue, 16/08/2016 - 09:23 Tuesday, 16 August, 2016 Blythe Ward Councillors, Ken Hawkins, Alex Insley and Richard Holt are aware that proposals for Blythe Valley Park (BVP...

Elmdon Cllr Martin McCarthy supports residents in their fight to end the blight of ‘Off Road’ illegal bikes 

15 Aug

Elmdon Cllr Martin McCarthy supports residents in their fight to end the blight of ‘Off Road’ illegal bikes administrator Mon, 15/08/2016 - 10:08 Monday, 15 August, 2016 Elmdon Ward Councillor, Martin McCarthy, is delighted to see that the recent...

SOLIHULL and International Promotion 

12 Aug

At cabinet yesterday evening we agreed to seek greater trade and other links with our traditional twin towns (Cholet and MTK) as well as forge new links with two cities in the USA and China.

SOLIHULL Town Centre Plan 

11 Aug

An interesting report to Solihull Cabinet this evening related to Solihull Town Centre and the Master Plan we are looking at; a public consultation will be launched next week (which I will post when the survey is launched).

Caroline Spelman MP honoured with a DBE 

5 Aug

Caroline Spelman MP honoured with a DBE administrator Fri, 05/08/2016 - 12:14 Friday, 5 August, 2016 We are delighted to hear the great news that Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden has been nominated to receive a DBE by David Cameron.


3 Aug

Residents of properties on Monkspath that surround the Shirley Aquatics are today being delivered a leaflet outlining a proposal from Barchester Group to build a care home facility on this site.

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Review: Tapas Revolution Birmingham 

29 Sep

Walking into to a huge ‘Buenos Tardes’ greeting as we set foot into Tapas Revolution , was just what we needed to wipe away the traffic jam drama we’d encountered en route.

Warm Vegetable Salad 

19 Sep

Following the food demos by The Vegetable Butcher at selected stores this summer, Sainsbury’s are really flying the flag for vegetables right now, with so many new products on the shelves like black garlic and spiralised boodles, there are new ...

Moot 2015 

18 Sep

Test, Where does this go...

Night Hike 2017 – SATURDAY 28TH / SUNDAY 29TH JANUARY 2017 

11 Sep

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that the 2017 County Night hike for Scouts and Explores will be taking place on the evening of  Saturday 28th January 2017, Hike HQ will be Solihull Riding Centre.

Solihull Scout Awards Night 2016 

11 Sep

Congratulation to Solihull Scouts for achieving top awards Solihull Scout County held an awards evening to recognise the top achievers in solihull who have achieved their: Young Leaders Awards, Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Chief Scout Platinum, Duke of ...

Review: The Almanack – Kenilworth 

7 Sep

A bit clichéd I know, but I have to say whenever I go to a Peach Pub I feel it is like putting on a pair of fluffy slippers with diamantes – comfortable but with a hint of glitz.

Food Roots Interview: Sumayya Usmani 

5 Sep

Sumayya Usmani Photo: Joanna Yee Back in springtime, I reviewed a book called Summers Under theTamarind Tree which focused on Pakistani food and the culinary memoirs of author Sumayya Usmani .

Operation Chameleon 2016 booking is open! 

1 Sep

It is with great pleasure that we can now announce that bookings for Operation Chameleon 2016 are open! The event is taking place on 15th October, to enter your teams and for more information go to;   www.

Can Your Holiday Go On & On Via Food? Article: Express & Star 

28 Aug

There is always a sense of sadness when holidays are over and whilst we can't live in sun-drenching bliss forever, we can keep that holiday vibe going (for a short time at least) via food - recreating those meals or dishes that we enjoyed whilst we ...

Mr & Mrs Wright’s Wedding Highlights 

26 Aug

Mr Mrs Wright's Wedding Highlights from Elizabeth Blunt on Vimeo .

Review: Nourishing Noodles 

21 Aug

Everyone has been at it for months if not longer and yet I am new to the spiralising party, but hey, better late than never.

Wedding Enquiry Form 

19 Aug

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Review: Folkington’s Presses 

16 Aug

This time of year is when I want something thirst-quenching but with flavour, that’s refreshing but won’t leave me even thirstier than how I began.

Foodies Festival – Birmingham 

12 Aug

June saw the return of Foodies Festival in Birmingham back in its residence of Cannon Hill Park.

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Dunelm to open new store in Solihull 

30 Sep

Homeware retailer will create more than 50 new jobs when shops opens in December at the Mell Square development...

John Lewis boss installed as Conservative candidate for West Midlands Mayor 

30 Sep

THE boss of John Lewis and the former chairman of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, Andy Street has been officially adopted as the Conservative mayoral candidate for the West Midlands Combined ...

Land Rover unveils all-new Discovery 

29 Sep

LAND ROVER has unveiled its latest Discovery SUV in a major publicity stunt on the eve of the Paris Motor Show.

Strong car market drives H1 growth for finance firm S&U 

27 Sep

A STRONG new car market has helped Solihull motor finance provider S&U see a record first half.

Housebuilder’s move puts business park to the Fore 

27 Sep

HOUSEBUILDER Taylor Wimpey is relocating its regional office after signing a 10-year lease at Fore Business Park in Solihull.

Italian wine brand fizzy with ambition 

22 Sep

WITH the prosecco industry rapidly bubbling up, it\'s only fitting that Solihull\'s shopping and entertainment complex should celebrate its 15th anniversary with a pop up bar of the brand that now ser...

Secure Trust looks to maximise growth opportunities by ditching AIM 

14 Sep

SOLIHULL-based Secure Trust Bank has confirmed its intention to switch its listing from the Alternative Investment Market to the main market on the London Stock Exchange.

Jaguar to invest £100m in Castle Bromwich plant 

12 Sep

Production of Jaguar XE model will transfer over from Solihull to factory in north Birmingham in a move which will 'future proof' the site...

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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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Virtually never litter picked…, 1st October 

1 Oct

Solihull Council generally don't litter pick this street and it looks disgusting.

Information ref new Average Speed ANPR Fixed Speed Cameras 

1 Oct

Request sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by dennis fallon on 1 October 2016 .

Traffic light missing, 30th September 

30 Sep

When turning right from Lode Lane onto Solihull Bypass, there really needs to be a traffic light in the middle of the junction.

Lamp post cover loose, 29th September 

29 Sep

Metal cover over electrical connections is loose and will not stay in place.

Organisational Structure chart for adult and children Services 

27 Sep

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to frank rufus on 27 September 2016 .

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  • Carluccio's – High Street and Drury Lane, Solihull

     on flickr 20 Mar 16
    Artwork for Carluccio’s and the Mell Square redevelopment in Solihull now on the hoardings at the corner of the High Street and Drury Lane.

    It is the start of the first phase.

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