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Din Dins at Min Mins 

19 Jul

I suppose a number of my recent posts have been reminiscent of past events or have been prompted by things I’ve come across (again).

Charity Night with Belinda Carlisle – The High Field 

19 Jun

It is very exciting to hear that two things I enjoy very much – The High Field Birmingham and 80’s music are collaborating for a charity extravaganza! Photo: c/o The High Field On Saturday 15th July 2017, Th e High Field will be hosting a very ...

Breakfast in Budapest 

17 Jun

Photo: Word In Veg Ways Photo: Word In Veg Ways Looking back at some old photos, its triggered memories of my visit to Budapest in Hungary last year.

24th World Scout Jamboree Information Evening 

8 Jun

Were you born between 22 nd July 2001 and 21 st July 2005? Do you want to join 45,000 Scouts from 150 countries in America for a once-in-a-lifetime experience? The next World Scout Jamboree is being held at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout ...

Solihull Selects Jamboree Leaders 

6 Jun

We are very pleased to announce that Solihull Scout County has chosen George Wilkinson and Simon Johnson to lead eighteen Explorer Scouts to the next World Scout Jamboree.

Solihull Scout County’s AGM 2017 

1 Jun

This year’s annual meeting of the Solihull County Scout Council, will be held on Wednesday 21 June 2017 in the Civic Suite at Solihull Council at 8pm.

Summer Newsletter 2017 

1 Jun

Awaiting Content please send Nuthurst Grange Hotel newsletter...

Deposit Secures Your Table 

27 May

I’ve known Alex Claridge almost as long as I’ve been blogging, so since 2012 I’ve been following his work and projects around Birmingham and I’ve watched him move from one challenge to another.

Bardolino Birmingham 

15 May

Yesterday, I had a very nice little lunch with two of my closest friends at Bardolino’s in Birmingham.

Gluten Free Veggie Crisps 

10 May

Photo: Word In Veg Ways I find it’s a dangerous game opening a bag of sharing crisps.

Mountain Berries & Desert Spice 

30 Apr

I absolutely loved Sumayya Usmani’s first book – Summers Under The Tamarind Tree with its introduction to Pakistani food and culture brought to life by stunning imagery, anecdotes, memories and family stories.

New Cole DC Appointed 

23 Apr

We are delighted to announce that following a successful conclusion to the Cole District Commissioner Search Process over the last few months, Liz Rashvand has been appointed as the new District Commissioner for Cole.

Solihull Scouts Receive Queen Scout Award at Windsors Castle 

23 Apr

Alex Buck, Ashley Shadbolt and Luke Shadbolt are being honoured by international adventurer Chief Scout, Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen’s Scouts Awards on Sunday 23 th April 2017.

Put St George’s Day on the Calendar 

22 Apr

It is one of my bugbears that St George's Day here in England isn't celebrated with the gusto that it should be.

Buckholt Scout Troop Sleep Rough to Raise Money and Awareness for St Basils 

22 Apr

12 Scouts and 4 leaders from Buckholt Scout Troop took part in the Solihull St Basils Sleep Out 2017, to help raise awareness of homelessness and raise funds to help St Basils provide beds and much more for local homeless people.

Supercharge Breakfast with Manuka Honey 

8 Apr

My BFF Sonia is endeared with the fact I have a 'weekend' breakfast cereal.

Lunch at Leon Restaurant 

4 Apr

Photo: Word In Veg Ways Leon Restaurants.

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.

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Greener buses scheme set for expansion 

25 Jul

Bus scheme driving cleaner air and better facilities for Solihull town centre.

Mercedes – Planning Application – Monkspath 

20 Jul

Planning application PL/2017/01715/PPFL relates to an application by Mercedes to develop a new dealership on the present Prologis Site at 1, Monkspath Hall Road (on left as you drive into Monkspath from Stratford Road).

Telecoms Mast – Stratford Road 

11 Jul

Planning application PL/2017/01792/PNTC relates to the proposal for a telecoms mast on Stratford Road near to the entrance to Shirley Golf Club.


4 Jul

A planning application has been submitted by IM Properties as follows: Hybrid planning application for employment development at Fore Business Park to comprise in full: erection of two office buildings (Use Class B1) with ancillary automotive ...

Stanbrook Road area – car parking issues 

30 Jun

This post is a follow-up to one I posted on 5 May, which can be read here: https://cllrkenhawkins.

Special ticket offer for Solihull Pop Chorus gig at Town Hall Birmingham 

27 Jun

Solihull Pop Chorus was born in Dickens Heath.

Local Nursery Offering 30 Hours Funding 

21 Jun

Dickens Heath based nursery ‘Blossoms’ will be offering spaces for the 30 hours early education funding from September 2017 onwards.


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13 Jun

There is an In Memoriam Service being held at St Patrick’s Church, Salter Street, Cheswick Green at 4pm Sunday 2 July.

FORE BUSINESS PARK – Investment proposals 

9 Jun

On Tuesday I and fellow ward councillor Alex Insley attended Monkspath JI School where IM Properties held a drop-in consultation event regarding their proposals for the development of new business units on the Fore Business Park, off Stratford Road, ...

Hillfield Local Nature Reserve – a walk near Monkspath 

4 Jun

There are still a lot of local people who are not aware of the walk via the ridgeway in Hillfield Local Nature Reserve.


26 May

Posted below is a letter I received toady in relation to a proposal to develop office accommodation on Fore Business Park, Monkspath by IM Properties (this site is between Notcutts Garden Centre and the M42).

Blythe Valley Park – investment in Solihull 

17 May

Planning Application – PL/2017/01205/PPRM relates to the: ‘Erection of five warehouse buildings (Use Class B2/B8 with ancillary B1) with associated internal access roads, car parking, substations, service yards, landscaping and all other details ...

Bogus Callers 

17 May

This is a message sent to me via WMNow.

Interested in Local Policing in Solihull? 

17 May

I have copied this from a message sent to me regarding the IAG’s: Do you think you could offer advice and support to the Police in Solihull? If yes, why not join our Independent Advisory Group where you can help influence local Policing decisions ...

BOGUS CALLERS – Distraction Burglaries 

6 May

I have been notified by West Midlands Police of reports about bogus callers and they have sent useful advice which we could all refresh ourselves with.

Stanbrook Road – parking issues 

5 May

Just to update residents in the area of Stanbrook Road, following a meeting I had with people at Listers Land Rover Dealership, Stratford Road.

Marie Curie – London Marathon 

26 Apr

Whilst down in ‘That There London’ for the Marathon I thought I would try and capture as many images of other Marie Curie runners.

ANDY and the London Marathon 

26 Apr

One of my sons, Andy, ran the London Marathon on Sunday, undertaking the challenge on behalf Marie Curie.

Caroline Spelman to seek re-election in snap General Election on 8th June 

18 Apr

Caroline Spelman to seek re-election in snap General Election on 8th June Tue, 18/04/2017 - 13:15 Tuesday, 18 April, 2017 Earlier today the Prime Minister, Theresa May, advised that she would seek Parliament’s permission to hold a snap General ...

Wild flower hedgerows in Solihull 

13 Apr

Land changes out of the blue is the headline for the council press release, which reads; Eagle-eyed residents who have seen some areas of land in Solihull turn blue recently may be wondering why.


12 Apr

At yesterday Full Council meeting we received a presentation from Dave Martin, Independent Chair of Solihull Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) and Sue Walton – SSAB Business Manager.

HEART AND SOUL – Magazine from Heart of England NHS 

11 Apr

Please find here the link to the Spring 2017 edition of this useful magazine: Hamp;S_spring_2017 This edition has information about baby Boxes, Parkinson’s, Cardiac study and much more.

Planning Application Land At 146-150 And To Rear Of 152-162 Tilehouse Lane Tidbury Green Solihull 

10 Apr

Planning application PL/2017/00477/PPOL refers to ‘ Outline planning application for the redevelopment of existing haulage yard and residential properties, for residential development of up to 48 dwellings including the means of access, with all ...

Planning Application – Blythe Valley Park 

5 Apr

What I consider a welcome planning application is reference number                     PL/2017/00627/PPRM which relates to the: Erection of an office building (Use Class B1(a)) with associated internal access road, car parking, ...

Appeal re HGV’s on Rumbush Farm dismissed 

4 Apr

An extremely pleasing result for residents of Tidbury Green, especially those living on Rumbush Lane and Norton Lane.

Multi Agency Vehicle Operations, Solihull 

4 Apr

I have received this message from Solihull Police and can share this good news more widely.

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 ...

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