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Foodies Festival Comes Back to Birmingham 

12 Jun

Foodies Festival has now become a fixture on Birmingham’s events calendar and once again it returns to Cannon Hill Park in Edgbaston ready to accommodate the 30,000 food lovers that are set to visit.

Review: Jacob The Angel 

8 Jun

It's good to go somewhere for a 'nice' coffee.

Engage with Parents Workshop 

3 Jun

The County has asked the Regional Services Team to support you with 2 workshops around how to engage with parents.

Our new brand 

1 Jun

Welcome to our new brand.

Annual General Meeting 2018 

1 Jun

We’ve had a great year.

What’s On The Menu in Krakow? 

30 May

Kraków is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Growth in Solihull 

9 May

Solihull Scouts have recorded another year of growth, including a 5 % increase in volunteers, according to the latest annual membership figures released today.

Talking Rubbish in Solihull 

17 Apr

As well as fundraising for 1st Solihull, Chris Dunster runs a not-for-profit group called Talking Rubbish in Solihull.

Bronze Awards Registration 2018 

17 Apr

The First Chief Scout Bronze Awards of the year will take place on Friday 18th May 2018m, at St Mary’s Church, 30 Hobs Meadow,  Solihull B928PN Starting at 18:45 to sign your beavers up to the event please fill in the below form HERE...

Solihull Radio Appearance 

8 Apr

Since launching on 6 December 2017, Solihull has had its own radio station ( Solihull Radio ) giving the community the opportunity to hear about local events, news and a chance for residents to promote their wares live on air.

Introducing Suzanne Budd, the new District Commissioner for Blythe. 

4 Apr

Today we’d like to introduce you to Suzanne Budd, the new District Commissioner for Blythe.

A Final Word from Andy Baynes 

3 Apr

And it’s goodnight from him… I had the good fortune to inherit a District in fine fettle from Jill Bowman.

Solihull Clean Sweep at Chase Walk 2018 

26 Mar

Solihull Scouting shows their skills of the great outdoors by winning all available trophies at the 2018 Chase Walk.

Nigel Slater: The Christmas Chronicles 

25 Mar

I have daffodils in a vase on my table.

This is only a test Post 

12 Mar

Please ignore this post it’s only being used to test the county website!? I hope it works...

1st Shirley Scout Group – 100 year celebrations 

5 Mar

Back in 1912, a Mr Wyatt who was a teacher at St James School founded a Scout Troop in Shirley but the troop folded when he left the district.

Cole Swimming Gala Canceled 

2 Mar

Due to the snowy Weather the team has decided to Postpone the swimming gala that is taking place tomorrow (03/03/2018).

Review: Zou Bisou Cafe 

2 Mar

Last Sunday's bitter chill and biting cold air acted as a dress rehearsal for the arrival of the 'Beast from the East' or the nightmare that is Storm Emma.

Review: Bulgarian Village Kitchen 

25 Feb

Havingnever quite found agreeable flight times from Birmingham to Bulgaria for a holiday, I recently decided to sample alittle ofBulgaria in Birmingham instead.

Solihull Scout Night Hike 2018 – Results 

11 Feb

After a cold and muddy evenings stroll through the Solihull countryside we have the full set of results for all the teams that took part.

Review: My Vegan Travels 

14 Jan

Veganuary has become a badge of honour amongst those that are looking for a healthier approach to their eating patterns and for some it has gone hand in hand with the abstaining partner of Dry January.

Ian Carnell MBE 

4 Jan

Solihull Deputy County Commissioner, Ian Carnell, has been honored with Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queens New years honors List.

Six Summits 2018 Booking is now Open 

4 Jan

BOOKING IS NOW OPEN! The Six Summits Challenge is a walking-based, 36 mile expedition, held across the Shropshire Hills for Scouts and Explorers.

Six Summits 2018 Booking opens in January 

1 Dec

The Six Summits Challenge is a walking-based, 36 mile expedition, held across the Shropshire Hills for Scouts and Explorers.

Marston Green Drumming Band needs your Help! 

2 Nov

Marston Green Scout Marching Band needs your help, They’re looking for anyone with band experience who can help lead one of the last remaining marching Scout bands in the country.

Building light level Survey 

2 Nov

We are currently applying for Planning Permission to put external lighting around the car park at County Headquarters.


23 Oct


County Cooking Competition 2017 

20 Oct

Results – County Cooking Competition 2017 Well done to all who took part we hope you all enjoyed the competition.

Mayor opens refurbished Scout Hut at 1st Solihull 

28 Sep

On Saturday 23 September the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Stuart Davis, officially opened 1 st  Solihull Scout Group’s refurbished hut in Mill Pool Woods.

1st Solihull Open Day 

21 Sep

1st Solihull Scout Group, on Lode Lane, are blessed with 18 acres of woodland, a mill pool and two scout huts and are throwing open the gates to give local residents the chance to look round on Saturday 23rd September.

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Badminton Umpire 

21 Jun

Can you become a badminton umpire? If you are a badminton player and know the rules, can you become a badminton umpire?  If you play and want to take your badminton one step further then sign up on a local umpiring course.

Staying Cool in Hot Weather 

21 Jun

‘We’re having a heatwave, we’re having a heatwave…’ I cant remember what musical this comes from but it seems we are in for great weather in the next week or so.

Community Litter Pick 

20 Jun

Yesterday we undertook a community litter pick on Stratford Road (A34) in Monkspath.

Royal British Legion launches outreach service in Solihull 

16 Jun

Together with fellow ward Councillor James Butler it was a privilege to support Elaine Butler at the launch of the Outreach Service in Solihull this week.

S2 and S3 Bus Services – Solihull 

12 Jun

I have been engaged with residents from the more rural area of Blythe ward (Cheswick Green, Tidbury Green and Dickens Heath) for a while now; collating details of service disruption.


16 May

We are urging residents to have their say in a government review on unauthorised  traveller encampments.

Volunteering Opportunity – Solihull Libraries 

8 May

A smashing opportunity for anyone over 14 years of age to get experience in a work place environment, which will no doubt add value to Records of Achievement and future references.

Government Consultation: Powers for dealing with unauthorised developments and encampment 

12 Apr

The government has launched a consultation regarding travellers and the impact unauthorised encampments have on local communities.

Medium Term Financial Strategy 

11 Apr

At the Councils Budget setting meeting on 1 March we approved not only the budget for 2018/19 but also the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFS) for the next three years.

Flooding Issues in Ward 

4 Apr

Above are a few videos I took of flood water taken mostly on Easter Monday, 3 April 2019, whilst below is a montage of images taken the same days.

Solihull Police Station 

28 Mar

The dust seems to be settling on this issue, which I feel has been a bit of communications foul-up.

Solihull plan for new urban quarter receives double boost 

13 Mar

Groundbreaking partnership with HS2 Ltd to design new infrastructure and connectivity.

Solihull Fair Trade Trail 

19 Feb

The Fair Trade Trail began in Solihull Town Centre on Saturday and runs for the next fortnight.

Problem with your Brown Bin in Solihull? 

16 Feb

This message may be relevant to some residents: The council is aware that since 2015 we have had an issue with some of our brown recycling bins splitting.


11 Feb

Having been in contact with Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), speaking directly with an officer, Kieron Bridges, I can report the following in relation to the bus services to Cheswick Green, Dickens Heath and Tidbury Green (as well as other areas ...

Solihull Apprenticeship Show 2018 

7 Feb

This is being held at The Renewal Centre, Lode Lane, Solihull tomorrow, between 3pm and 7.30pm.

School Parking in the News 

6 Feb

A great report from Birmingham Mail on their new ‘Birmingham Live’ website covering the issue of inconsiderate parking outside Monkspath Junior and Infants School, Monkspath.

Christingle Service at St Patrick’s Church, Salter Street 

1 Feb

A Christingle Service is being held in St.

Blythe Ward bus services 

31 Jan

This post is really specific to the S2 and S3 Buses , which service Cheswick Green, Dickens Heath and Tidbury Green.

Solihull – Public Health Report 

31 Jan

Please find posted the Solihull Public Health Annual Report 2016/17: Public-health-annual-report...

Tidbury Green Farm – pub 

29 Jan

There has been some speculation about an application to change the existing (listed) Tidbury Green Farm to become a pub/restaurant.

School Gate Parking – Monkspath 

18 Jan

Click to view slideshow.

West Midlands Police and Crime Panel 

14 Jan

The next meeting of the panel is being held tomorrow at Wolverhampton Civic Centre.

HILLFIELD PARK – Woodland Management 

13 Jan

Work will be undertaken to manage the woodland in Hillfield Park beginning 22 January and likely to finish by 5 February.

Cllr Alex Insley 

8 Jan

Alex has been a great ward and council colleague and he has made a big contribution to Blythe ward in the time he has served as Councillor.


4 Jan

We can all do our own bit to help make ourselves safer, less vulnerable to becoming a victim, and making us feel a lot safer.

Costa Coffee, Dickens Heath – my objection letter 

13 Dec

Please find posted my letter formally objecting to the application for a Costa Coffee in Dickens Heath, Solihull.

Staying Well over Christmas 

12 Dec

I hope this information does not apply to you this Christmas and New Year but a bit of preparation can always help when you fall ill or injure yourself over Christmas/New Year.

Coffee Cloud – Press Release 

12 Dec

This is a follow up of the recent post highlighting a planning application for a Costa Coffee shop in Dickens Heath, Solihull – directly opposite to the independent Coffee Cloud: https://cllrkenhawkins.

St. Patrick’s – Christmas services 

11 Dec

Please read the poster for details of Christmas services this Sunday and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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