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St Patrick’s Day gig in Touchwood as son pays touching tribute to Irish father 

15 Mar

A SON who tragically lost his father to dementia is preparing to treat Touchwood visitors to some Irish music this St Patrick’s Day as he raises money for Alzheimer’s Society.

Scores contact West Midlands Police as part of Clare’s Law 

15 Mar

MORE than 50 people have contacted Warwickshire Police in the past two years to see whether their partner has a history of domestic violence.

Former plain-clothes store detective becomes new Solihull town guide 

14 Mar

A FORMER  plain-clothes store detective is one of two new guides helping visitors to Solihull town centre.

Young Solihull musicians join forces to play at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall 

14 Mar

HUNDREDS of talented students from schools across Solihull have joined ranks to form a mass orchestra and play at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

Motion to crack down on tax dodgers goes before Solihull Council 

14 Mar

A MOTION to crack down on tax dodgers in the borough has been put before Solihull Council.

Shirley residential scheme on former Powergen site given go-ahead 

13 Mar

SOLIHULL Council has given the go-ahead for a major new residential scheme to be built on the former Powergen site in Shirley, over 20 years since it was vacated.

Solihull drivers warned over not stopping for school crossing patrols 

12 Mar

DrovDRIVERS who fail to stop for lollipop men and women could be fined up to £1,000 and be given three points on their licence.

Solihull gangster may have been murdered by professional hitman 

11 Mar

NOTORIOUS Solihull gangster John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer may have been murdered by a professional hitman.

Air crash couple death report published 

11 Mar

Former Knowle man and wife died in tragedy

Residents get stuck in at free pruning workshop in Sheldon 

11 Mar

STUDENTS, park rangers and members of the Sheldon community got stuck into a spot of pruning on Monday (March 7) afternoon.

Gavin Cowan – Solihull Moors prepared for tough Lowestoft Town test 

11 Mar

SOLIHULL Moors player coach Gavin Cowan knows his side are in for a difficult match when they face Lowestoft Town this Saturday.

Man left in coma following attack in Yardley pub 

11 Mar

A MAN has been left in a coma after an attack in a Yardley pub.

LOOK: Penguins p-p-picked up at Heathrow before travelling to new Birmingham home 

10 Mar

WHO said penguins cannot fly? A new family of Gentoo penguins have touched down in the UK after migrating more than 4,260 miles from Canada to their new home at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham.

Ajax to Ajax – cycling in support of Matt 

10 Mar

Bike ride to raise vital funds for Batesy

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Annual Dinner 

14 Mar

Reserve your place...

Last Coach Trip of the Season 

14 Mar

Next Saturday 19th we have the final coach trip of the season to Burton.


13 Mar

Dale Taylor's 83rd minute penalty sealed 3 points for The Gate following Curvin Ellis' 1st half opener...


10 Mar

It may have taken 3 games plus extra time, but Hereford finally recorded a victory over The Gate in the MFL Cup Qtr Final Tuesday night.

A Note to Spectators 

8 Mar

Please note the following reminder, to all referees.

Change of Year End 

8 Mar

Under our constitution we are permitted to extend our year end...

Sils 21-39 Bridgenorth 

7 Mar

Match report from the Bridgnorth website.


6 Mar

Highgate suffered their heaviest defeat of the season at the end of a poor contest lacking in any real quality.

200 Club Winners 

5 Mar

Congratulation to the following winners in the January/February/March 200 Club Draw.

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10 Mar

This winter has seen severe rainfall throughout the UK and many parts of Solihull have been affected with flooding.


29 Feb

Please find posted the February monthly newsletter for the Meriden area; includes all wards within the Meriden Constituency: Newsletter February 2016 final version Filed under: Blythe , Cheswick Green , Dickens Heath , Monkspath , Neighbourhood ...

Snowshill Drive, Cheswick Green 

17 Feb

Post to allow residents of Snowshill Drive to comment on parking in that location following letter delivered to each residence: Residents of Snowshill Drive Filed under: Blythe , Cheswick Green , Solihull...


15 Feb

It is widely recognised there are problems with parking cars on or near to Main Street, Dickens Heath.


8 Feb

The resurfacing of pavements in Monkspath has been widely welcomed as the former hopscotch effect (as a result of utility works) have been covered over by the technique known as ‘slurry surfacing’.


7 Feb

The nature reserve is within the boundaries of three Solihull wards; Blythe, St Alphege and Shirley South.

The Chalice new chef 

6 Feb

The Chalice warmly welcomes Mark head chef formerly of Mortons.

Parking issues behind Morton’s – tell the council your views 

5 Feb

A meeting held between Solihull planners and the D.


3 Feb

I met today with two officers from Centro at their offices in Birmingham.


3 Feb

The developments in Blythe ward, especially in and near Cheswick Green and Dickens Heath quite naturally cause concern about the numbers of school spaces, especially by parents of school aged children or soon to be school aged.


1 Feb

A busy week ahead, starting today with the meeting of the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel (which I am Vice Chair).

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Birch Water 

14 Mar

Silver Birch Trees Photo: Word In Veg Ways Silver birch trees have been depicted in Ukrainian/Polish/Slavic artwork for centuries.

Congratulations to Shirley Brookes, our New County Commissioner 

9 Mar

Shirley Brooks has been officially appointed as our new County Commissioner today by Gilwell.

AGM Dates Change – Tuesday 24th May 2016 

8 Mar

Due to circumstances beyond our control and the impending E.

International Women’s Day 

8 Mar

It’s International Women’s Day! Women are extraordinary – oppressed and discriminated against throughout history but always fighting for a better world, despite continually being devalued, objectified and forgotten.

Review: The Star & Garter Leamington Spa 

5 Mar

Photo: c/o The Star Garter Lunch with my Mother is always a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon and that is exactly what we did recently at The Star Garter in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

Americans believe only in America 

5 Mar

Intelligent comment from Giles Fraser in The Guardian on American Christianity.

Culinary Captures – February 

27 Feb

A frosty February has seen us swoon over Valentine's Day, toss those pancakes high on Shrove Tuesday and for some, they are still coming to terms with the news that James Martin is leaving the BBC's Saturday Kitchen show.

Warwickshire are looking for a new county commissioner  

27 Feb

With Solihull being days away from choosing a new County Commissioner, it’s time to help our friends in Warwickshire ​Can you help shape the delivery of the scouting provision in WarwickshireCould you guide and inspire adults working within ...

Borderfields #isBetter Challenge & Pesto Recipe 

20 Feb

I love those April/May days when driving through rural lanes and you see a vista of bright yellow rapeseed crops in the fields all around you, I find it quite mesmerizing to be honest.

Launch of new Smith’s Wood Scout Group and mass investiture at the Thinktank 

18 Feb

Solihull Scout County is celebrating the launch of the 2nd Smith’s Wood scout group, with 22 young people invested at the Thinktank.

Review: The Fuzzy Duck – Nuneaton 

15 Feb

Other than taking my mother for a day out to Arbury Hall many moons ago, I’ve never visited Nuneaton otherwise, so when offered the opportunity of sampling some of the fayre at one of the town’s newly(ish) re-launched gastro pubs – The Fuzzy ...

Chief Scout Bronze Award Presentation 

7 Feb

The Mayor of Solihull has kindly agreed to present Chief Scout’s Bronze Award certificates in Solihull Methodist Church at 6.45 for 7.00pm on Friday 6 May 2016.

Review: Yutaka Soybeans With Pods 

6 Feb

I’ve made reference to Edamame soy beans in previous blogposts and as a little legume that I enjoy eating from time to time, it was great to have the opportunity to try Yutaka’s latest offering of Edamame Soy BeansWith Pods .

Chief Scout Silver Award Presentation 

4 Feb

The Mayor of Solihull has kindly agreed to present Chief Scout’s Silver Award certificates in Solihull School Chapel at 6.45 for 7.00pm on Friday 22 April 2016.

Night Hike Results 

1 Feb

Congratulations to Intrepid Explorers ‘A’ and 2nd Ballsall Common Scouts ‘A’ on winning the Walking stick and boot tropes respectively.

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Accountancy group expands West Midlands presence with new acquisition 

14 Mar

A WORCESTERSHIRE accountancy firm has expanded its presence in the region with the acquisition of a Solihull rival.

Expansion puts further squeeze on Solihull business park 

11 Mar

DEMAND for commercial space at a Solihull business park has resulted in just one unit available for lease.

Birmingham garage acquired in Midlands-led deal 

9 Mar

A BIRMINGHAM garage business has been acquired by a Midlands rival in a deal led out of the region.

Powergen offices set to make way for £75m retirement complex 

9 Mar

A £75m residential scheme is set to go ahead in Solihull after the borough council agreed plans for the demolition of one of the areas best-known buildings.

Annual profits strengthen for Hill & Smith 

9 Mar

AN aborted attempt to strengthen its position in the galvanising sector does not appear to have dented Shirley-based engineering group, Hill & Smiths annual performance.

Solihull and Oldbury jobs fears as npower axes 2,400 jobs 

8 Mar

Cuts follow losses of 100 million...

JLR effect is ‘creating market shortage’ 

2 Mar

THE Solihull and the Birmingham out-of-town office market has enjoyed a strong year with several substantial and significant transactions, a new study has shown.

NC Creative wins Solihull BID brief 

2 Mar

Marketing agency will publish magazine InSolihull and collaborate on the forthcoming Fashion Week event next month...

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Theft of farm equipment from yard in Meriden 

14 Jan

Theft of farm equipment from yard in Meriden Police in Solihull have released clear CCTV footage of two men they'd like to speak to after 600 worth of farm equipment was stolen.

Shirley Cramer 

18 Nov

Shirley Cramer From: West MidsFire Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 02:00 More in Education...

‘Wicked’ thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 2 

3 Nov

Wicked thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 2 Another CCTV installment of a man suspected of stealing poppy tins in the Solihull area.

‘Wicked’ thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 1 

3 Nov

Wicked thieves sought after poppy tin thefts in Solihull 1 Despite Remembrance Day approaching and this year being the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, thieves in Solihull are stealing poppy tins.

The Termite-inators…sisters embark on new career in Korea 

26 Aug

The Termite-inators...

Industrial action 

8 Aug

Update issued at 2.05pm Saturday 9 August: This lunchtime’s two-hour strike by firefighters ended at 2pm.

Firefighters’ strikes 

11 Jul

Update issued at 8.05am Monday 14 July: During this morning's two-hour strike by firefighters, which ended at 8am, we had 13 fire engines and one Brigade Response Vehicle available to deploy.

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Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data 

15 Mar

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to Gavin Chait on 15 March 2016 .

Financial & Workforce Efficiencies 

15 Mar

Response by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to J Taylor on 15 March 2016 .

Broken uneven slabs – Trip Hazard, 15th March 

15 Mar

Lots of broken and uneven slabs on path adjacent to 125 Nethercote Gardens B90 1BJ Path is regularly used for access to garages..

Alleyway, 14th March 

14 Mar

The problem is the alleyway between Beamans Close and Campden green , it is being used by drug takers and dealers, the properties and vehicles are being broken into and damaged as a result, it is also being used as a escape route from crimes...

Pothole, 14th March 

14 Mar

Isolated pothole about halfway between Temple Balsall and Gate Farm on Fen End Road Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Fen End Road West, Knowle Report on FixMyStreet...

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