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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.

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...

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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.

Great News – Phone Mast on Yardley Wood Road Rejected! 

7 Dec

Shirley West Conservative Councillor, Brian Holmes recently campaigned alongside local residents to stop a very large phone mast being sited outside the Lodge Pub, Yardley Wood Road — near to local homes, a nursery and a primary school.

Crime in Solihull – a few thoughts 

28 Nov

In short, crime fluctuates and when it has reduced in the past few years I (and others) have counselled that crime patterns do rise and fall and that we should not get too excited.

Cllr Brian Holmes calls for plans for large phone mast to be rejected 

28 Nov

Cllr Brian Holmes (Shirley West Ward) is campaigning alongside local residents to try and stop a very large phone mast being sited outside the Lodge Pub, Yardley Wood Road — near to local homes, a nursery and a primary school.

Winter Service Plan – Solihull 

27 Nov

Its getting a bit chilly out there now so it seems a good time to repost the boroughs Winter Service Plan: Winter_Service_Plan The plan is self explanatory and informs us the resources to tackle poor weather must be used: In the right way In the ...

Do we really want a Costa Coffee in Dickens Heath? 

20 Nov

A bit of an issue, especially as Dickens Heath is served by Mortons (which is a really nice restaurant that serves coffee), The Chalice (that also provides coffee), a Tesco Express (that has a take-a-way Costa Coffee) and the wonderful Coffee Cloud...

MIND Christmas Shop and Café 

15 Nov

I have been asked to promote the MIND Christmas shop in Knowle and am more than willing to do so.

Delivering Fairer Funding: Ministers praise ‘exceptional’ local schools 

14 Nov

The Education Secretary, Justine Greening, visited the Borough's MPs recently to celebrate the success of its schools and discuss the recent allocation of new money to schools in the borough.

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