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Burntwood teenager’s fundraising total smashes £2million mark 

24 Apr

Stephen Sutton Burntwood teenager Stephen Sutton has seen his incredible fundraising total smash the £2million mark.


Burntwood’s Stephen Sutton smashes £2 million mark for… 

24 Apr

STEPHEN Sutton has done it again! After another incredible day of fund-raising and a firestorm of celebrity support over social media, the Stephen's Story appeal went viral, stayed viral and smashed the 2m mark.


Comedian visits fundraising Burntwood teenager in hospital 

24 Apr

A Burntwood teenager battling incurable cancer has had a special guest at his bedside.


Stephen Sutton gives thumbs up with Jason Manford when comedian… 

24 Apr

COMEDIAN Jason Manford has visited Stephen Sutton in hospital in Birmingham.


Complaints of disruption as Leyfields garage sites redeveloped in… 

24 Apr

BUILDING work to create more than 90 new affordable homes is causing terrible disruption according to residents in Leyfields.


Body-cams for police in Lichfield and Burntwood 

24 Apr

POLICE officers in Lichfield and Burntwood are now using body-cams in a scheme funded by police and crime commissioner Matthew Ellis.


Van driver admits careless driving after death of Tamworth man 

24 Apr

A DRIVER who crashed his Mercedes van into the back of a stationary car being driven by a Tamworth man, has admitted causing death by careless driving.


Set of human glass eyes auctioned 

24 Apr

A set of 74 antique prosthetic human glass eyes is to be auctioned in Lichfield.


Burntwood teenager Stephen Sutton tells supporters he’s ‘still fighting’ 

24 Apr

Burntwood teenager Stephen Sutton has insisted he’s “still here and still fighting” as he battles incurable cancer.


Stephen Sutton posts new Facebook update thanking all who have… 

24 Apr

STEPHEN Sutton has just posted an emotional Facebook update saying he is "still fighting" and "happy".


Stephen Sutton now at £1.6 million and rising as celebritie… 

24 Apr

THE incredible tally for Stephen Sutton has now smashed 1.6m and continues to rise.


Flag of St George flies proudly over buildings – except West Midlands Police HQ 

24 Apr

The flag of St George was proudly flown on council buildings across Staffordshire and the Black Country – but one police force chose not to participate.


Lichfield wildlife blogger Georgia Locock urges people to look… 

24 Apr

A TEENAGE wildlife blogger has issued a plea for people to take pride in a Lichfield nature reserve.


143 jobs to go as Wolverhampton manufacturing giant shuts plant 

24 Apr

More than 140 jobs are to be axed when global manufacturing giant Sandvik Machining Solutions shuts its plant at Featherstone near Wolverhampton, it was announced today.


New direct bus service between Lichfield and Tamworth 

24 Apr

A NEW bus service between Lichfield and Tamworth is due to start later this month.


New direct bus service between Lichfield and Tamworth 

24 Apr

A NEW bus service between Lichfield and Tamworth is due to start later this month.


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Blogs

Some of the students! 

23 Apr

This series of pictures contains a picture of a Yorkshire minor who could not go back down the mine because of the illness which a lot of miners suffered from.


Back to Portland to the end! 

23 Apr

I returned to Portland after getting the all clear on the Sunday ready to get back to work on the Monday.


BACK ON LINE (For good) I HOPE! 

22 Apr

Well I have got my laptop back after being re installed.


Waterfall 

22 Apr

I’d heard from enigmatic Lichfield news satirist  Five Spires Live  that there was a waterfall near to the newly re-opened Horns Inn in Slitting Mill .


Obesity Time-Bomb Weighs Heavy on Worker Health 

22 Apr

New research published by Nuffield Health shows that obesity can have a negative impact on worker health and wellbeing and can lead to depression and discrimination in the workplace.


Manager of the Season Awards (alternative list) 

22 Apr

We’re coming to the tail-end of the English football season and, for many, it’s all over bar the shouting.


Don’t disrupt the bingo! 

22 Apr

Today, reader and longstanding friend of the Brownhills Blog Stuart Cowley mailed me the above wonderful image of Chasetown Working Men's Club Committee from years past, when Stuart's Dad was involved.


Costa Coffee joins Nando’s & Pizza Express at Ventura Park! 

22 Apr

Costa Coffee is expected to join Nando’s and Pizza Express at Ventura Park.


Nine of out ten families offered first choice primary school 

21 Apr

Nine out of 10 parents in Staffordshire have been offered their first choice primary school, despite rises in pupil numbers putting pressure on school places.


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Blogs

Cherry blossom 

26 Apr

The cherry blossom is pretty special this year.


Another good days Birding in North Warwickshire 

24 Apr

Thursday 24th April 2014 Another interesting days birding centred around two County semi rarities.


Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era – 1925 – ‘Garratt’ London & North Eastern Railway 

24 Apr

Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era 1925 – ‘Garratt’ London North Eastern Railway The engine as running in 1947 The largest and most powerful locomotive ever to run in the British Isles.


Hypergrace – sound or is a warp factor? 

24 Apr

I've today come across Joseph Prince and find him, like the Curate's egg to not be all bad and yet whilst I like much of his Christology and his emphasis on grace there is something that just doesn't quite sit comfortably with me.


Tuesday. 

24 Apr

Plover and Elizabath came cruising by with several other boats including Paddy and Ruth on Comfortably Numb and Echoes.


Stalking Awareness Day – Working Without Fear 

24 Apr

As part of National Stalking Awareness Day police are trying to build a bigger support network for victims.


Three standing bishops 

24 Apr

These three standing stones in Checkley Churchyard are known as the 'Three Bishops' because (the story goes) they were erected, about a thousand years ago, in memory of a nearby battle in which three bishops are said to have died.


Morning Prayer – Apr 24 

24 Apr

Easter Season Thursday of Easter Week Psalm 114 When Israel came out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of a strange tongue, Judah became his sanctuary, Israel his dominion.


Classic car show coming to Catton Hall 

24 Apr

Vintage vehicles will be on show at an event near Lichfield.


Made me laugh – Sleighed 

24 Apr

And realise that the schoolboy sense of humour might be mine forever: definitely not one to be drinking whilst watching...


It’s just a ride – April Dérive this Friday 

24 Apr

The second Lichfield Critical Mass ride takes place this Friday evening, meeting at 6:30pm at Speakers Corner on Dam Street in Lichfield for a fun, leaderless event.


Next Kids Spring/Summer Preview Event 

24 Apr

The range of kids clothing at Next is always a big hit with both myself and Joe.


Cannock | Lichfield | South Staffs | Tamworth


Sport

West Bromwich Albion fan ready to face his boyhood heroes 

24 Apr

BAGGIES fan Richard Peniket says that he is relishing the chance to face West Bromwich Albion next Tuesday.


TONIGHT’S COLTS GAME IS OFF 

24 Apr

Sutton Coldfield have made a last minute withdrawal from the competition, so we proceed to semi-final next Thursday, 7.30 kick off.


Junior Presentation Evening 

24 Apr

                              CANNOCK JUNIOR HOCKEY CLUB   Invite you to attend the Junior Presenttion Evening on   FRIDAY 9TH MAY 2014   AT CANNOCK HOCKEY CLUB   PLEASE ARRIVE FROM 6.30PM FOR A 7PM START   Should you be ...


Tamworth CC target another memorable campaign 

24 Apr

TAMWORTH CC all-rounder Stuart Burrows says confidence at the club is high as the side prepare for life in Birmingham League Two.


Burntwood Town FC still hoping to climb the table 

24 Apr

Burntwood Town FC will be desperate to upset the odds and secure three points this weekend.


Over 35′s 9v9 Summer League 

24 Apr

Staffordshire FA have organised a ‘veterans’ (over 35) summer league which will take place on the outdoor 3G pitch at St.


Alrewas begin well at new level with a draw 

24 Apr

ALREWAS CC FIRST XI (253-2) drew with OCKBROOK AND BORROWASH (179-5)PROMOTED Alrewas got life in Derbyshire Two off to a satisfactory start with a winning draw at home to Ockbrook and Borrowash.


Cannock | Lichfield | South Staffs | Tamworth


Business

143 jobs to go as Wolverhampton manufacturing giant shuts plant 

24 Apr

More than 140 jobs are to be axed when global manufacturing giant Sandvik Machining Solutions shuts its plant at Featherstone near Wolverhampton, it was announced today.


Eastside plans for HS2 college and Unite centre 

24 Apr

A college for apprentices and a training centre for trade union Unite could provide another boost to Birmingham's Eastside area...


St Modwen resi scheme in Staffs green-lighted 

23 Apr

DEVELOPER St Modwen has secured outline planning permission for a residential scheme at Little Haywood in Staffordshire.


Vehicle hire firm with Midlands’ branches appoints assets director 

23 Apr

NORTHGATE Vehicle Hire, which has branches in Cannock, Stoke, Birmingham and Kidderminster, has appointed Mark Goss as asset procurement director as the company sets to expand and build on its growth plans.


2 Sisters founder Ranjit Boparan becomes Birmingham’s first billionaire 

21 Apr

It represents a remarkable rise for Mr Boparan, who started at a butcher’s shop in Bilston and now lives in Little Aston, and went on to take over household names like Northern Foods and Harry Ramsden’s...


Agreement over new Business Improvement District in Lichfield 

15 Apr

An improved city centre could be on the way after an agreement was reached to create a Business Improvement District in Lichfield.


‘Model T’ of BSA guns reborn for modern era 

11 Apr

A Tamworth gun shop is set to launch a 21st century prototype of the “Model T Ford of the firearms world” – in conjunction with world-famous BSA.


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Staffordshire at Westminster »

Business of the House | Commons debates 

10 Apr

As this is export week, will the Leader of the House grant time to discuss the value of local export drives such as the one that I am organising in Tamworth with UK Trade Investment, and the help that local retail banks can provide in sponsoring...


Public Houses | Business, Innovation and Skills | Written Answers 

9 Apr

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what timetable he has adopted for the introduction of a Statutory Code and Adjudicator in the public house sector.


Pupils: Per Capita Costs | Education | Written Answers 

7 Apr

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) total and (b) average funding per head is under the basic funding formula for pupils in Somerset in 2014-15.


Business of the House | Commons debates 

3 Apr

You, Mr Speaker, will know that the Government Whips Office normally operates like a well-oiled machine, yet on this occasion it appears that the Whips believe that there is no interest in HS2 and Second Reading can be held on just one day...


Business of the House | Commons debates 

3 Apr

May I associate myself with calls for a second day to debate the HS2 Bill on Second Reading? May I also ask the Leader of the House for a debate on university technical colleges, which are a tremendous way for young people to gain the industry...


Energy Markets (Competition) | Energy and Climate Change | Commons debates 

3 Apr

There is already a cash gap between what the big six are planning to spend on infrastructure and the amount that needs to be spent.


Planning Permission: Staffordshire | Communities and Local Government | Written Answers 

3 Apr

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning appeals resulted in local authority decisions being overturned by the planning inspector in South Staffordshire in (a) 2009, (b) 2010, (c) 2011, (d) 2012 and...


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