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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.


Upcoming Training Event 

11 Sep

The training team are putting on a number of training session over the coming months which will cater to a variety of Modules and Validation.


Fischer’s – Austrian Restaurant London 

11 Sep

For the past couple of years, I've scrolled through Tweets applauding Fischer's food and ambience (including Nigella Lawson if I remember rightly)and so I've always said to MCH (My Carnivorous Husband) that our next trip to London should include a ...


Roverway 2018 – Solihull Patrol 

25 Aug

Applications are now open for Roverway 2018 in The Netherlands! The event brings together over 3,000 scouts from across Europe for 11 days of adventure, camping and discovery.


Countdown to Spruce Up 

23 Aug

This summer 1st Solihull Scout Group (based at the mill pool, Lode Lane) are running their own version of DIY SOS, minus the film crew.


Eleven Network Members from Solihull on top of the world at World Scout Moot in Iceland 

14 Aug

Alice Bennett, Alice Norbury, Hayley Butterworth, Keryn Boyle, Lauren Evans, Liam Clarke, Matt Fitzgerald, Matt Spencer, Megan Hauge, Peter Hopton and Russ Luckhurst from Solihull have spent 10 days living and working with Scouts from almost 80 ...


6th Solihull Take to the High Seas 

9 Aug

Typhoon and Vulcan Troop Scouts from 6th Solihull spent an amazing weekend in mid-June on board a 49ft Oyster Ketch with Adventures Offshore based from Ipswich Marina.


Veggie Food in Malta 

8 Aug

Watching the rain beat against my window on this so-called August day, makes me yearn for hotter climes and for hazy afternoons spent in flip-flops, listening to Despacito as it booms from café stereos whilst letting sandy shale drain through my sun...


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.


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More Rogue ‘Recycling’ Bins 

8 Sep

After having the one illegally placed in Monkspath (see post of 29 August – https://cllrkenhawkins.


St. Patrick’s Church – Blythe Ward 

7 Sep

From 1 September St Patrick’s Church, Salter Street, Cheswick Green will officially be a single parish church covering, Monkspath, Cheswick Green, Dickens Heath and parts of Earlswood.


Blythe Walk – extention 

31 Aug

This is a continuation of the walk, from Monkspath,  over the motorway to the River Blythe; see this link for details: https://cllrkenhawkins.


Rogue ‘recyling bins’ – Monkspath 

29 Aug

I just happened to be near the school chatting to a resident the other day when we noticed a blue van roll up, park outside the green recycling bin (unlawfully placed) and the two occupants get out to empty the bin of its contents.


Baddesley Clinton – Local National Trust Walk 

21 Aug

Yesterday Jan and I, together with Mille, undertook the5 and bit miles circular walk encompassing Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House, both National Trust properties.


Monkspath Post Office 

15 Aug

I received a letter from the Post Office informing me the office in Monkspath will be closed for refurbishment on Monday 4 September, reopening at 1pm Wednesday 6 September.


CIL Funding for use in Hillfield Local Nature Reserve 

10 Aug

I have made a formal request for Community Infrastructure (CIL) funds be made available for some improvements in Hillfield Local Nature Reserve (aka Monkspath Park).


M42 Junction 6 Improvement Scheme 

9 Aug

Many will have no doubt heard or read about Highways England preferred route announcement for Junction 6 of the M42.


River Blythe walk – from Monkspath 

3 Aug

As promised, another short walk that can be reached from Monkspath.


The Noise App 

2 Aug

We all have some inconvenience from noise now and again, and who hasn’t held a party or gathering of some sort that hasn’t gone on into the early hours? However, although these ‘one-off’ events are generally accepted there are some people who...


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.


FORE BUSINESS PARK 

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.


ST PATRICK’S – TEDDY BEARS PICNIC 

13 Jun

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ST PATRICK’S CHURCH, SALTER STREET – In Memoriam Service 

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.


FORE BUSINESS PARK, MONKSPATH 

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 ...


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