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Former West Brom striker Delroy Facey charged over match-fixing conspiracy 

2 Sep

Delroy Facey was not required to enter a plea during a two-minute hearing at Cannock Magistrates' Court in Staffordshire...

Photography club members get creative for St Giles Hospice 

2 Sep

Members of a local photography club have been showcasing their talents to raise money for St Giles Hospice.

Birmingham suspect’s attempt to hoodwink police backfires – as his alias was wanted for assault 

2 Sep

Handsworth man wanted over hit-and-run in Cannock Road claims to be his brother after loitering near ATM...

Man posed as brother to avoid arrest – but sibling is wanted for assault 

2 Sep

A man found loitering near cash points tried dodging arrest by giving officers his brother’s personal details - but failed to realise his sibling was wanted by police for assault.

Vandal in town centre window-smashing spree is jailed 

2 Sep

A vandal who went on a window-smashing spree in Cannock town centre has been jailed for a total of 10 months.

Five crashes in four hours on M6 

1 Sep

The Staffordshire-to-Black Country stretch of the M6 was hit by five crashes in the space of four hours.

Petition launched to bring back ‘lifeline’ bus service 

1 Sep

A campaign has been launched to bring back a bus service described by residents as a 'local lifeline'.

Three crashes in three hours on M6 

1 Sep

The Staffordshire-to-Black Country stretch of the M6 was hit by five crashes in the space of four hours.

Man killed after fall onto railway tracks named 

30 Aug

The second man who died after being found injured on railway tracks at Birmingham New Street Station has been named as Hitesh Dhirajlal from West Bromwich.

Poll: Should schools play a greater role in tackling childhood obesity? 

30 Aug

The number of obese and overweight children in Staffordshire is above the national average, according to a new report.

Soldier who lost both legs in explosion joins gruelling charity challenge 

30 Aug

Brave sapper Clive Smith defies Afghanistan wounds to take part in Invictus Ganes...

Cannock biker killed in crash with van in Scotland 

29 Aug

Jim Milligan, 52, died almost instantly following collision on A713...

Gang stole thousands of pounds of petrol 

29 Aug

A gang of thieves stole thousands of pounds worth of fuel from scores of garages across the Black Country and Staffordshire.

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Mountain Bike Dolomiti 

1 Sep

A family holiday taking bikes to Cortina d’Ampezzo brought an unexpected day pass for a big ride whilst Holly and Cath had a day relaxing with books, shopping and ‘Going Ape’ Strangely my back issues didn’t figure in my thoughts on planning...

FA Cup replay after Chasetown FC draw 1-1 at Newcastle Town 

1 Sep

Nick Wellecomme puts Chasetown FC in front.

Wyrley Panthers u8′s reach the final at the midland soccer academy tournament 

31 Aug

What a fantastic day for our Wyrley Panthers under 8′s team this afternoon, the Panthers team played some wonderful football against truly excellent football teams.

Men’s Senior Club Training 

31 Aug

Men's Club Training starts at 18:15 on Tuesday 2nd September 2014, and is open to ALL members aged 14 and above.

AFC Fylde 3 – 1 Hednesford Town 

31 Aug

Fruitless Trip To Fylde For Pitmen … Hednesford Town’s three game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end at AFC Fylde on Saturday afternoon as they suffered their first ever defeat against the Lancashire based side, writes Scott Smith.

Melvin joins The Pitmen 

29 Aug

With the current long term injury list still showing only a glimmer of improvement, Rob Smith and Larry Chambers have moved again to bring in reinforcements and have today signed highly rated Scottish international midfielder Malcolm Melvin...

Match Preview: AFC Fylde (A) 

29 Aug

Hednesford Town boss Rob Smith has praised the fortitude of his squad ahead of Saturday’s tricky trip to AFC Fylde after watching a patched up first eleven record a second home win of the season against local rivals Solihull Moors on Bank Holiday...

Junior Training 2014-15 

28 Aug

With the return to school just around the corner Cannock Juniors HC is gearing up for the new season with new Training Times, New Offers and the promise of hot food all available for members to induldge upon.

Vanarama Conference Awards 

28 Aug

Vanarama, sponsors of the Football Conference, is pleased to announce they will be bringing innovations into play in recognition of performances and commitments both on the field and off it during the coming season, through a number of awards...

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2 Sep

This ones a personal one.

August 2014 Newsletter 

2 Sep

Commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the start of the Great War meant a busy period for the Society.

Staffordshire children to benefit from new special needs care reforms 

2 Sep

Children and families in Staffordshire are set to benefit from the biggest transformation of special educational needs in 30 years.

Youngsters urged to complete summer reading challenge 

2 Sep

Staffordshire’s Library Chiefs are urging youngsters not to forget to complete this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.


2 Sep

Aidan has highlighted the importance of improving earlier cancer diagnosis as a means of increasing one-year cancer survival.

Socialists and the origins of Labour 

1 Sep

Here is the other article to go with the previous article concerning Socialism and The Labour Party.

I’m bringing back socialism 

1 Sep

I’m bringing back socialism’ Miliband’s boast as he unveils plan to increase minimum wage and tax the rich more Read more: http://www.

Did you see a crash on the M6 Sat 16th August? 

1 Sep

Police appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision on the M6 in Staffordshire on Saturday 16 August.

Witnesses sought after thefts of Land Rover parts across the area 

1 Sep

Staffordshire Police appealing for witnesses after a spate of thefts of Land Rover parts across South Staffordshire.

Back to school 

1 Sep

So it’s back to school for many of Staffordshire’s children this week and I’m guessing that many of you with school age children will be ironing labels onto school uniforms, buying new stationery and generally looking forward to the end of the ...

Ringing home 

1 Sep

My parents finished building the house at 155 Bosty Lane, Aldridge by the summer of 1957.

Staffordshire’s 2015 sports calendar gets even better 

1 Sep

I’ve written in the past about how Staffordshire is fast becoming a hub for sporting activity, well I am sure you will be pleased to hear of yet another top sporting attraction in next year’s calendar.

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Reviewed – PaddlePak by Trunki 

2 Sep

I have been a fan of the Trunki brand ever since I saw the first little suitcase on wheels.

Wallis new season – dresses with sleeves! 

2 Sep

Today’s post is a continuation of the look towards the new season ranges that are now hitting stores and websites.

Chasewater Railway Gala – Next Weekend – September 6th & 7th 

1 Sep

Next Weekend – September 6th 7th Beyer Peacock No.1827 and the home fleet...

Classic Streamliners – ‘Route of the Florida Sunbeam’ & The City of Los Angeles 

1 Sep

Classic Streamliners ‘Route of the Florida Sunbeam’ THE FLORIDA SUNBEAM was operated by the New York Central System, the Southern Railway System, and the Seaboard Airline Railroad.

Online banking is becoming more personalised 

1 Sep

Online banking is one of the many conveniences that the digital age has brought with it.

Ringing home 

1 Sep

My parents finished building the house at 155 Bosty Lane, Aldridge by the summer of 1957.

An evening at the races – a few styling tips 

1 Sep

A few months ago I received a very exciting invitation – would I like to be a judge at the Wolverhampton Races Ladies Evening event taking place at Dunstall Park on September 6th.

Model Railway Exhibitions – September 2014 

31 Aug

Model Railway Exhibitions – September 2014 • Soar Valley Model Railway Club – Heart of the Midlands Model Railway Exhibition • Sat 6th September 2014 – Sun 7th September 2014 • University of Loughborough, Holywell Park ...

More cute designs from Chatty Feet 

31 Aug

Chatty Feet , the company who ‘put quirky characters at your toes’ have recently launched a whole range of new designs.

Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – Furness Railway and Furness & Midland Joint Railway 

30 Aug

Some Early Lines Old Railway Companies Furness Railway and Furness Midland Joint Railway The Furness Railway had a more attractive furniture motif than many lines.

Feasting at the Chef’s Table at Grill LaTour 

30 Aug

An invitation to dine at the Chef’s table at one of my favourite Birmingham Hotels was the exciting proposition that dropped into my inbox a couple of weeks ago.

Canal News August 30-31 – Over Canal Festival & Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club Regatta 

29 Aug

Canal News August 30-31 Over Canal Festival Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club Regatta Over Canal Festival Narrowboats on the Gloucester Sharpness Canal, with the River Severn in the background.

Christmas comes Early with Unineed 

29 Aug

With the last bank holiday of the year well and truly over, and with children returning back to school after the summer break, I think it is safe to say that Autumn is well and truly here.

Steam Locomotives of a Leisurely Era 1941 – Gresley Lightweight 2-6-2 – London & North Eastern Railway 

28 Aug

Steam Locomotives of a Leisurely Era 1941 – Gresley Lightweight 2-6-2 London North Eastern Railway No.61701 as running in 1950 This was Sir Nigel Gresley’s last design, and consisted of two engines only, No.3401 ‘Bantam Cock’ and No.3402, ...

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Sports Direct store to open in Cannock 

25 Aug

A new discount sports store is opening on a retail park in Cannock, creating 16 jobs.

Vehicle hire firm with Midlands branches to offer customer service NVQs 

19 Aug

NORTHGATE Vehicle Hire, which has branches in Kidderminster, Cannock, Birmingham and Stoke, has announced plans to upskill its employees by offering an NVQ course in customer service to anyone who joins the company.

More traffic uses M6 Toll but operator still makes £32m loss 

13 Aug

LOSSES have declined for the operator of the UKs only pay-to-drive motorway, the M6 Toll, as more traffic headed through the toll plazas last year.

Amazon taking on 2,500 workers for Christmas at Rugeley base 

9 Aug

Amazon will be taking on 2,500 temporary workers at its Staffordshire base this Christmas – 1,000 more than last year.

Development support wins for Gough Bailey Wright 

25 Jul

Worcestershire PR and marketing agency to support developers hoping to build major outlet village near Cannock...

St Modwen given thumbs up for major housing scheme 

21 Jul

DEVELOPER St Modwen has been given the go-ahead for a large housing scheme in Hednesford.

Cannock designer village plans receive community backing 

18 Jul

PLANS for a major new designer outlet village in Cannock have received an overwhelmingly positive response following a public exhibition.

140-year-old Abbots Bromley School in Staffordshire appoints agency to handle PR 

14 Jul

Rugeley-based Ian Strachan Communications has been appointed to provide PR support to the school...

Plans for new outlet village in Cannock on display for first time 

3 Jul

Rows of shops at knock-down prices - this is what a new designer outlet will look like when it is built in Cannock.

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LocalGov »

Hole in the bridge, 2nd September 

2 Sep

There is a hole in the bridge Anglesey nature reserve Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Herondale, Hednesford Report on FixMyStreet...

Temporary hackney carriage licence 

2 Sep

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to darren matthews on 2 September 2014 .

Burst water main?, 28th August 

28 Aug

Burst water main? Water coming up thro kerbside and residential side of footpath.

Cannock Minor Injuries Unit Consultation 

28 Aug

The consultation into the Cannock Minor Injuries Unit will start 1st September...


22 Aug

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to Paul Evans on 22 August 2014 .

Translation and Interpretation 

22 Aug

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to DJ on 22 August 2014 .

Translation and Interpretation 

21 Aug

Request sent to Cannock Chase District Council by DJ on 21 August 2014 .


20 Aug

Request sent to Cannock Chase District Council by Paul Evans on 20 August 2014 .

Organisational structure and contact details 

19 Aug

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to Emma Smith on 19 August 2014 .

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Chief Constable’s Jane Sawyers Ice Bucket Challenge 

27 Aug

Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Jane Sawyers today took on the ice...

Wanted Cannock man arrested 

22 Aug

A Cannock man wanted by Staffordshire Police is now in custody after being arrested in the Rugeley area within the last hour.

Can you help us find these men wanted by colleagues from West Midlands Police? 

22 Aug

Can you help us find these men wanted by colleagues from West Midlands Police...

Appeal to locate missing Burntwood man 

20 Aug

Staffordshire Police is appealing for the public to report any sightings of a missing Burntwood man.

Crime falls at V Festival Weston Park 

18 Aug

The organisers of V Festival, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire Services and West Midlands Ambulance Service are delighted to confirm that the festival at Weston Park, headlined by Justin Timberlake and The Killers this weekend, has...

Officers, Staff and members of the public honoured 

14 Aug

Officers and staff from the Southern Local Policing team, and members of the public will be honoured for meritorious response and professionalism, and public spirited actions.

Respect: It’s a two way street – Considerate and tolerant neighbours 

11 Aug

As part of the force’s summer campaign Respect: It’s a two way street, police are appealing for people to be considerate and tolerant to their neighbours.

Locals get police reassurancea ahead of V Festival 

8 Aug

Staffordshire Police is set to distribute leaflets in the streets local to this year’s V Festival, which takes place in Weston Park on 16th and 17th August.

Summer drink-drive campaign 

5 Aug

A campaign aimed at getting drink-drivers off Staffordshire’s roads led to 156 arrests.

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