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Just a Coffee…. at Damascena 

26 Mar

Last Sundaywas just one of those lovely Sunday afternoons that flowed from one nice thing to another.

Seasonal Food in February 

9 Feb

So it’s February.

We’re Searching for New District Commissioner 

7 Feb

As Andy and Chris finish their terms as District Commissioners for Blythe and Cole, the process of selecting replacements has begun.

County Night Hike 2017 – Results 

29 Jan

Congratulations to Intrepid Explorers ‘A’ and Nelson Sea Scouts ‘A’ on winning the Walking stick and boot trophies respectively.

Baxters Souper Swap Challenge 

28 Jan

Lunch during the working week cansometimes come andgo without any aplomb, with choices made on autopilot or with only'hobson's choice' from the local shop or fooddelivery van it can be all quite groundhog day.

Help needed for 6 Summits 

23 Jan

Adult Leaders   34th Six Summits Challenge April 29 th to 1 st May 2017  The Six Summits Challenge is a 36 mile, 3 day expedition for Scouts and Explorers.

Ukrainian Christmas Festivals 

20 Jan

January is always verybusy for me, hence I'm only now just sitting down to write.

Mothering Sunday Lunch 

12 Jan

Surprise your Mother this Mothering Sunday with a fabulous 6 course Sunday Lunch that she thoroughly deserves.

Merry Christmas & Happy 2017! 

31 Dec

It's New Year's Eve and I can't believe it is 'that time' of year again! Honestly, where has it gone??! Just thinking about the blogging part of my life, I've enjoyed trying out all the new places opening up in and around Birmingham and checking out ...

Burns Supper 

25 Dec

Robert Burns was born into a farming family at Alloway in Ayrshire, he died in Dumfries at the early age of thirty seven.

Valentines Day 

25 Dec

Treat Your Loved One to a Romantic Valentines Evening Full Name * Address * Telephone * Email Address * Date: * Number of People * Preferred Time Additional Comments or Special Dietary Requirements Treat the special person in your life to a romantic ...

Seasons Greetings at this festive time of year 

22 Dec

Seasons Greetings at this festive time of year 2016 has been another fantastic year for Solihull Scouts: It Saw hundreds of young people receiving their Chief Scout Awards as well as 10 receiving their Queen Scout Award and Duke of Edinburgh Award ...

Cubs100 Promise Party 

21 Dec

Cub Scouts up and down the country celebrated a 100 years of adventure with Cubs 100 Promise Parties – Cubs joined together with thousands of other to renew their promise.

Rise of Social Enterprises 

15 Dec

Having frequently seen Miss Macaroon on the Birmingham food scene over the years, I was really pleased to hearwhen MD Rosie Ginday announced that she was opening a shop in Birmingham's Great Western Arcade .

Food Roots Interview – Joudie Kalla 

14 Dec

After thoroughly enjoying reading and reviewing Joudie Kalla’s cookbook – Palestine On A Plate , I thought it would be interesting to interview Joudie via my Food Roots Interview series to find out about her and her heritage and how it fits in ...

Mr Crumb Stuffing 

5 Dec

I don’t always make stuffing when putting together a Sunday Roast Lunch, but when I do, it is usually a cheap cheerful packet mix that I can make up in minutes (sorry to all food purists, it is very uncouth of me I know…..

Italian Deli Figs 

28 Nov

Regular readers will recall that I reviewed a vegetarian parmesan style cheese earlier in the year from Italian online deli food providers Vorrei .

Review: Boston Tea Party 

15 Nov

  Boston Tea Party .

Six Summits Challenge April 29th-1st May 2017 

7 Nov

Bookings for the Six Summits Challenge will open on the 1st December.

Palestine On A Plate 

6 Nov

Joudie Kalla’s culinary memoir brings to life a part of the world that I have little knowledge about – the area of Palestine.

Review: Baxters Deli Toppers 

4 Nov

Instead of ketchup or hummus, sometimes it is nice to have something different to top your food with, something that will add a different dimension.

Food Roots Interview – Omar Allibhoy 

30 Oct

Omar Allibhoy Photo: c/o Neil Reading PR I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Omar Allibhoy a couple of times over the years, at Birmingham’s Good Food Show and also recently at the Birmingham Food, Drink Hospitality Awards evening (at which ...

Operation Chameleon 2016 Results 

25 Oct

Saturday the 15th October saw Scouts, Explorers, and Leaders from all around Solihull coming together in a car park ready to head out into an unknown adventure! Just over 500 young people and their leaders were transported from Solihull to Cannock ...

Hi-PRO Peanut Butter & Peanut Butter Hummus Recipe 

23 Oct

Peanut butter is one of those staple jarred items in most people’s kitchen cupboards.

Bar Italia Soho London 

15 Oct

Photo: Word In Veg Ways After hearing the track ‘Bar Italia’ on Pulp’s mid-‘90’s album ‘Different Class’ , it has fascinated me ever since, I always wondered what all the fuss was about and why someone would write a song about it.

Review: Bottomless Brunch at The One Elm 

12 Oct

I actually do love the event of brunch, especially at the weekend when you wake up later than normal, sometimes with a hangover, sometimes with hunger and this hybrid of breakfast and lunch can hit the spot to subside both those feelings.

NSGSO 2017 

7 Oct

We are really pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 NSGSO course are now open.

Cafe London – Your Guidebook to London’s Best Cafes 

5 Oct

On the back of the success of Eat Like a Londoner comes Café London , a more bespoke offering that focuses on the city’s café culture and informal dining scene.

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 ...

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Communities under threat after two mayoral candidates back second runway at Birmingham Airport 

27 Mar

Communities under threat after two mayoral candidates back second runway at Birmingham Airport Mon, 27/03/2017 - 10:50 Monday, 27 March, 2017 Dame Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden has expressed her disappointment after two of the candidates in the ...

Andy Street Conservative Mayoral Candidate for the West Midlands 

16 Mar

Andy Street Conservative Mayoral Candidate for the West Midlands Thu, 16/03/2017 - 12:06 Thursday, 16 March, 2017 Andy Street - Conservative Mayoral Candidate for the West Midlands Andy Street has given up his job running John Lewis to stand as ...

Solihull Borough still under threat from ‘divisive’ boundary changes 

16 Mar

Solihull Borough still under threat from ‘divisive’ boundary changes Thu, 16/03/2017 - 11:11 Thursday, 16 March, 2017 The Rt Hon Dame Caroline Spelman, MP for the Meriden constituency is urging residents of Solihull Borough to have a say in the ...


14 Mar

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Monkspath Community Litter Pick 

14 Mar

A local resident, Bob Summers, suggested we do this in our local park, Hillfield Local Nature Reserve and together with the Olton Library Litter Pickers/Love Solihull Team (SMBC) we got together yesterday afternoon.

Spotlight on GP Appointments 

13 Mar

Fed up with hearing that GP appointments are hard to come by? Come to a public meeting about the situation in Solihull.

The state of adult social care funding 

12 Mar

Just a few months old but this report from the Local Government Association can be considered a detailed and accurate report about the issue.


12 Mar

I have been a governor at schools in Solihull for over 25 years (Monkspath and the Federated Special Schools of Forest Oak and Merstone).

Solihull Sleep Out – St Basils 

10 Mar

I will be taking part in the Solihull Sleep out on behalf of St Basils this evening and wish to make a few points about the issue in Solihull.


9 Mar

Beat Surgeries have returned and here are the dates, time and venues of surgeries in or near to Blythe ward: March Tuesday 14 th – Dickens Heath Parish Office 1000 x 1100 Wednesday 15 th – Notcutts Garden Centre 1100 x 1300 Friday 24th – ...

Housing Provision for Disabled in Solihull 

5 Mar

A question posed at Full Council to me this week related to this issue and the timing allows me to expand on the issue in a more general way to help inform residents of the borough Within the draft local plan review the Council is committed to ...


2 Mar

My original post regarding the budget was dated 22 February 2017 and can be read here: https://cllrkenhawkins.

How can I improve my engagement with you? 

23 Feb

Even being a prolific user of Twitter, Facebook and having my own website to engage with residents and the wider community I do frequently reflect as to how effective these communications are and whether I don’t do enough to engage with those who ...


23 Feb

Solihull residents are being warned not to use ‘ cowboy builders’ or rogue traders to repair or clean up after any damage caused by storm Doris.

Banana Man comes to Solihull 

22 Feb

To help promote Solihull’s Fair Trade Trail I innocently agreed to dress up as Banana Man little knowing the suggestion was real.


22 Feb

At the meeting of the Full Council on Wednesday 1 March we will be setting the budget for the next financial year, 2017/18.

Shared Ownership Homes in Solihull 

20 Feb

As part of new housing developments, Solihull Council has a policy to secure affordable housing, this takes the form of both rented and shared ownership properties.

Go Bananas! Solihull Town Centre Fairtrade Trail 

19 Feb

Spot the banana characters in shop windows and find the clues to solve the Fairtrade Trail.


12 Feb

Many may know the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) held a region wide summit on Friday, bringing representatives from local authorities and police to examine how a joined up strategy can be adopted to tackle problems created when ...


5 Feb

I noticed this on twitter and thought it would be useful to share this more widely so that groups and organisations in the ward (as well as Solihull) might benefit.

A Road Safety Strategy for Solihull 

5 Feb

This is before the Cabinet Member for Highways at this decisions session on Thursday.

Safer Solihull Partnership papers 

3 Feb

Many will have realised there has been a spike in burglaries in Solihull since the start of the year.

Have you got your timer? 

2 Feb

A great idea formulated to address a spike in burglaries in January by the safer Solihull Partnership is #haveyougotyourtimer ? This is a theme for social media, using the hashtag to help promote the concept.

Monthly Report – January 2017 

31 Jan

A new way of working for me and I would value constructive feedback.

Solihull Apprenticeship Show 

31 Jan

Is at the Renewal Conference Centre, Lode Lane, Solihull, B91 2JR on Thursday 30 th March 2017, 3:00-7:30pm.

CHESWICK PLACE – Planning application 

29 Jan

Solihull’s planning committee sees the below application before it at its meeting on Wednesday 1 February.

HEART and SOUL – Magazine 

25 Jan

Please find here the Winter edition of ‘Heart and Soul’ the magazine from Heartlands, Good Hope, Solihull Hospitals, Birmingham Chest Clinic and Solihull Community Services.


24 Jan

The Economic Plan for Shirley sets out a shared vision for Shirley town centre – for local communities, visitors, businesses, and stakeholders.


23 Jan

Many residents will be aware the Local Development Plan (LDP) has had to be reviewed (see rational for this in my previous post: https://cllrkenhawkins.


23 Jan

The 2013 Local Development Plan(LDP) saw development sites approval at Braggs farm and land at Cleobury Lane and Dickens Heath Road.

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