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Actress pays tribute to Lynda Bellingham 

24 Oct

SOLIHULL actress Kathryn Rooney has paid tribute to her amp;#039;great actress and friendamp;#039; Lynda Bellingham, who lost her brave battle with cancer this week.

Tory cries foul over leaflet claims 

23 Oct

TRUTH bending and false allegations have caused a political stir ahead of next yearamp;#039;s General Election.

1. Widow of Chris Macrow overwhelmed by donations 

22 Oct

THE WIDOW of Solihull theatre group chairman Chris Macrow says she has been overwhelmed by the response to his death after nearly Acirc;pound;12,000 was raised for charity in his memory.

Severnside Supported Housing Manager shortlisted for National Award 

22 Oct

Severnside are delighted to announce that their Supported Housing Manager, Shirley Castree, has been shortlisted for ‘Best Housing Professional’ in the Women in Business 2014 Awards.

Extra free parking at hospitals 

21 Oct

FREE car parking has been extended to 30 minutes for motorists dropping off patients at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust\'s Hospital sites.

Mum’s support wins a surprise Beacon award 

20 Oct

A \'WONDERFUL and amazing\' mother has been handed a top award from the Lymphoma Association for the support she gave her daughter when she was diagnosed with the disease last year.

Speed hump and crossing plan for Hampton Road 

18 Oct

SIX sets of speed cushions and a pedestrian crossing are planned for Hampton Road, Knowle by council leaders.

’200 miles’ for mental health care 

17 Oct

Emergency mental health patients in Birmingham and Solihull have been sent up to 200 miles away to receive treatment, an NHS trust says.

The Property Show – Episode 11: Getting on the property ladder 

17 Oct

Episode 11 of The Property Show looks at what things in a new home appeal to first time buyers...

College Strike Called off 

17 Oct

STRIKE action by teaching staff at Solihull College was called-off at the eleventh hour after their employers blocked the action.

Guide Dogs always amaze 

16 Oct

THE AMAZING work of Guide Dogs came under the spotlight in Touchwood as the charity used National Guide Dog Week to raise awareness, cash and support.

New plan for dementia care in Solihull 

15 Oct

A LONG-TERM solution to the controversial closure of Solihull Hospitalamp;#039;s Ward 10 dementia unit has been announced.

Poppy Appeal launched 

15 Oct

SOLIHULL Royal British Legion\'s annual Poppy Appeal has officially been launched - and organisers are hoping for yet another bumper fundraising year.

Man appears in court charged with murder of parents 

14 Oct

A MAN has appeared in Court charged with the murders of his parents in Solihull earlier this year.

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24 Oct

New "Number 1 Shirts...

Birmingham & Solihull RFC’s victory at Preston Grasshoppers was emotional 

24 Oct

Battling Birmingham Solihull Bees managed to hold on at Preston Grasshoppers in National Two North, much to the relief of some of the young players.

Three Warwickshire Hurlings in Meagher Champion 15 

23 Oct

Three Warwickshire Hurlers make it to the Lory Meagher Champions 15.


21 Oct

As of the 1st November our website will only feature the First Team, the Reserves and the Youth Team...


21 Oct

There was a feast of goals v Nuneaton as both Lei Brown and Nathan Edgington bagged themselves a hat-trick in Gates' convincing cup win...

Preston Grasshoppers 19 Birmingham & Solihull RFC 20: Bees battle to grab victory 

20 Oct

Birmingham and Solihull Bees grabbed a dramatic late win at Preston Grasshoppers to end a three-match losing run.

Under 9 – Another strong performance from the U9′s! 

20 Oct

Another strong performance from the U9's this weekend.

Birmingham & Solihull RFC’s Matt Spink out with collarbone injury 

17 Oct

Matt Spink will miss out on Birmingham Solihull RFC's game against Preston Grasshoppers tomorrow due to a broken collarbone.

200 Club 

16 Oct

Are you a winner...

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Shirley Golf Club – Planning infringement? 

20 Oct

Readers will be aware of the planning application by the club, to create an academy and driving range (see previous post for details).

Final post 

20 Oct

The site producer is leaving Solihull for Bournville, where trees and green spaces are protected and buildings maintained.

The 9th Organic Producer Conference: St John’s Hotel, Solihull, 26-27 November 

17 Oct

The Organic Producer Conference has a great line-up with more to come.

Solihull Ratepayers Association and the Green Party holding the council to account 

17 Oct

Relates to public concerns circulating for years .

Places available at Dickens Heath Toddler Group 

15 Oct

Dickens Heath Toddler Group, held at Dickens Heath Village Hall every Friday during term time from 9.30am -11am.

Shirley Golf Club Planning Application 

9 Oct

This has been on-going now since 2011 with the ‘current’ application being registered in July 2013 (application 2013/1126 refers).

Proposal for additional Dickens Heath Parish Councillors – your views? 

9 Oct

Dickens Heath Parish Council has asked Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to consider increasing the number of parish councillors that sit on the Parish Council.

Solihull-based Koolmill nominated for the British Business Awards 2014 in China 

7 Oct

Following last year’s news of the 2013 award for Koolmill , which gave a detailed description of this innovative technology, Alec Anderson, Managing Director of Koolmill Systems Limited writes: “With 31 machines installed at 6 mills in China and ...

Neighbourhood Report – September/October 

6 Oct

Two months in one this time.

CBI and British Chambers of Commerce shed light on the drive for ‘aspirational’ housing on Solihull’s green fields 

30 Sep

Mobility is the name of the game – not housing those in need This – replaced by .

No living wage here: is India’s caste system flourishing in Solihull? 

29 Sep

Though its green spaces are at risk and surplus supermarkets are approved, Solihull was named as the best place to live in 2013, a judgement weighted by the income and situation of Silhillians living in more favoured areas.

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23 Oct

Group Skiing Lesson...

Introducing ‘Food Roots’ 

20 Oct

I hope you all enjoyed reading my exclusive interview with Romina Chiappa (from The Chiappa Sisters) for World Vegetarian Day as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Thai Menu Tasting at Tiger Bills 

16 Oct

I was recently invited with my husband to try the new Thai main courses from the revised menu at Tiger Bills Birmingham .

Solihull County Mountaineering Advisor Hits Milestone 

15 Oct

Bob Lane, Solihull Scout County’s Mountaineering advisor, has hit a historic milestone – after 27 years he has reached the summit of all 282 Scottish Munros – summits over 3,000 feet.

Review of Birmingham Independent Food Fair 2014 

11 Oct

As one of the 1500+ that flocked to Birmingham’s Millennium Point on 13 September, I bore witness to the popularity of new event on the block – Birmingham Independent Food Fair .

Hurricane cubs claim top prize in first inter-pack challenge 

8 Oct

Three cub packs battled it out at Alderbrook School on 22 September, and Hurricane cubs (from 6th Solihull) took home the coveted trophy.

County Cooking Competition – Results! 

7 Oct

Eleven teams from Blythe and Cole gathered with sharpened knives, firewood and selections of herbs aiming to be the team that stood out by preparing an outstanding two course meal in two hours that would woo the judges, Paul and Dick.

Chelmsford Round Table Welcome Their Newest Member! 

6 Oct

We're pleased to announce that Mike Sutherland, 30, (the guy on the right!) has become our 15th member.

VIP Treatment At Nuthurst Grange Hotel 

5 Oct

Recently we received feedback from one of our diners which made us feel exceptionally proud.

Savour Our Chef’s Menu Any Day Of The Week 

5 Oct

In our kitchen resides an artist; someone who sees a plate as a canvas; someone who combines flavours in the most creative way to produce awe inspiring dishes just for you.

Dining Out For Lunch At Nuthurst Grange 

5 Oct

Dining out for lunch shouldn’t just be reserved for special occasions.

World Vegetarian Day Special: Interview with The Chiappas 

1 Oct

With the global marking of ‘ World Vegetarian Day’ on 1 st October, I took this occasion to explore a little deeper into one of my favourite cuisines – Italian.

Tories promise pain for those on benefits 

29 Sep

I haven’t looked into the detail of what George Osborne was gobbing on about today with regard to benefit cuts* so I’m only dealing with the headlines.

4 Clubs Challenge 

25 Sep

An evening when all four of the clubs come together to compete for the glory and honour.

Indian Fine Dining at Itihaas 

22 Sep

Photo: c/o Itihaas A lready in possession of a good reputation for purveying Indian fine dining, I was recently invited with a number of other bloggers to sample a bespoke menu showcasing what Birmingham restaurant Itihaas has to offer – ...

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Birmingham bids to shed ‘Cloak of Invisibility’ in moves to Combined Authority 

23 Oct

Solihull, apparently due to its difference in political colour, is more reluctant to throw its lot in with the Labour-run metropolitans.

Midlands Manufacturing is alive and kicking 

16 Oct

Manufacturers have gathered from across the Midlands at an awards ceremony to share their success.

Balances top £500m as Secure Trust Bank looks to sustain growth with new jobs 

15 Oct

CUSTOMER balances at Solihull-based Secure Trust Bank have topped £500m for the first time, the bank has announced.

Solihull-based Koolmill nominated for the British Business Awards 2014 in China 

6 Oct

Following last year’s news of the 2013 award for Koolmill , which gave a detailed description of this innovative technology, Alec Anderson, Managing Director of Koolmill Systems Limited, writes: “With 31 machines installed at 6 mills in China...

ZF Lemforder aligns future expansion to JLR growth after £6.5m investment 

3 Oct

A MAJOR supplier to Jaguar Land Rover has marked a milestone in its production history by aligning its future growth strategy with that of its principal customer.

LEP chair Street in hot water over French remarks 

3 Oct

THE boss of John Lewis, Andy Street, has been forced to apologise after branding France as "hopeless and downbeat" at a dinner in London.

Jerry Blackett: Birmingham isn’t trusted with its own money 

2 Oct

Birmingham City Council has now stepped up its bid to attract more powers for the region by formally joining forces with Solihull to work on projects like the HS2 high-speed rail link.

Jerroms seals second merger in two months 

2 Oct

Solihull accountancy firm has merged with Birmingham practice Trafalgars following a similar deal with Bromsgrove-based Harrison Priddey Co...

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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.

Police investigation continues after deaths in Solihull 

8 Jul

Police investigation continues after deaths in Solihull Officers have moved to reassure the community after two people died at an address in Solihull yesterday (Monday 7 July).

Rescue boost 

29 Apr

People in need of specialist rescue by West Midlands Fire Service are set to benefit from quicker response times.

In safe hands! 

4 Apr

A husband and wife have guided 1,000 tours of West Midlands Fire Service’s Safeside centre in Birmingham, delivering vital safety messages to around 5,000 children between them.

Police appeal after 15-year-old girl is injured in Solihull collision 

21 Jan

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision?nbsp;on Monday 20 January 2014?nbsp;in Solihull involving a...

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Council Spend on Office Space and Internet 

24 Oct

Request sent to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council by Kat Kynes on 24 October 2014 .

Business Rates 

24 Oct

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Katy Stone on 24 October 2014 .

Dangerously parked vehicle, 24th October 

24 Oct

Black vw golf x6alc, parked very dangerously Top of knowle wood road and avenue road junction Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 18 Knowle Wood Road, Dorridge Report on FixMyStreet...

Solihull Secondary School admissions 2014 

24 Oct

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Simon Dillon on 24 October 2014 .

Street light not working for weeks, 21st October 

21 Oct

Streetlight outside 23 Hanbury Road not working for weeks.

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