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Biker killed in Cannock car crash 

20 Sep

A woman was killed today when her motorbike collided with a car in Cannock.

Birmingham Mail Nostalgia Photos – our look back at this week in years gone by – September 19 

19 Sep

Our selection of the best nostalgic pictures of the week.

Work under way at Cannock Hospital to cater for increased numbers 

18 Sep

Work has begun on transforming part of a district hospital in readiness for its relaunch as a centre for non-emergency surgery.

Road closures set for Tory party conference 

18 Sep

Access to city centre roads will be restricted and a huge security operation will be in place as the Conservative party conference comes to Birmingham next weekend.

West Midlands’ MPs cost taxpayers £2.9m in a year 

18 Sep

MPs' expenses and office costs came to more than £2.9 million in a year for 19 of them in the West Midlands, official figures have shown.

New name for Stafford Hospital 

18 Sep

Troubled Stafford Hospital will definitely change its name - with four possibilities in contention, it can be revealed.

Man who left off-duty soldier with brain injuries in attack is spared jail 

17 Sep

A man who attacked an off-duty soldier leaving him with serious brain injuries in an apparent act of revenge has avoided jail.

Delays on the M54 after two-vehicle collision 

17 Sep

Motorists endured delays this morning after a trailer overturned in a two-vehicle crash on the M54.

99p Stores on the hunt for new West Midlands sites 

16 Sep

The 99p Stores chain is to open more stores in the West Midlands as it expands to open a further 150 sites in the next three year.

Cannock Stadium work to start next April 

16 Sep

Work to redevelop the former Cannock Stadium site and create a new multi-million pound sports complex will start in April next year, it was revealed today.

‘Ruthless’ networks ‘killed’ Phones 4u, says founder 

16 Sep

The Staffordshire founder of the Phones 4u business has launched bitter criticism of the mobile phone networks he blames for the company's collapse.

Man’s body and firearms found at property in village near Rugeley 

15 Sep

Police make shocking discovery while carrying out forensic investigation at house in Armitage with Handsacre...

Drinks ban leaves pupil dehydrated and with chapped lips 

15 Sep

A mother claims her son has been coming home from school dehydrated with chapped lips after a ban on bringing drinks from home was introduced.

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Welcome our U8s Kittens 

20 Sep

Pictured below the latest crop of super Wyrley Girls’ players – please welcome our U8s Kittens! Played their first games today – won both – goals for 14 against 0! Wow...

Boys Development Centre 

20 Sep

We had 19 keen young footballers at the Club’s Boys’ Development Centre today at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre astro turf.

Match Preview: Chorley (A) 

19 Sep

Smith Pleased With Direction of Squad Ahead of Pitmen Chorley Trip … Hednesford Town boss Rob Smith is looking towards tomorrow afternoon’s Vanarama Conference North clash with Chorley in positive mood as his Pitmen team look to...

Boxing legend Roberto Duran chats with Birmingham Mail reporter Mike Lockley 

19 Sep

Face to face with Roberto Duran in Cannock, a ring assassin who has lost none of his menace...


18 Sep

The Club has renamed the Boys’ Academy sponsored by FCL Global to ‘BOYS’ DEVELOPMENT CENTRE sponsored by FCL GLOBAL’.

Chasetown FC’s FA Cup run ended in extra time by Rugby Town 

17 Sep

The Rugby goal comes under pressure.

FA Cup Second Qualifying Round Draw 

15 Sep

This morning the draw for the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round has been made, seeing The Pitman handed a tricky away tie at King’s Lynn Town on Saturday 27th September.

Chasetown FC forced to settle for a replay after FA Cup draw at Rugby Town 

15 Sep

Jermaine Johnson backheels the ball home.

Hednesford Town 1 – 1 Guiseley 

15 Sep

A Marvin Robinson goal three minutes into added time ensured Hednesford Town would extend their unbeaten run to three matches, despite a defiant effort from the ten men of Guiseley which almost saw them run out winners after playing nearly...

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Paint it black 

20 Sep

There has been huge interest in the post I published last week on the subject of the rare and rather beautiful black swan spotted at Chasewater last Wednesday by The Swan Lady, Irene Hodges.

Some Daimler Buses 

20 Sep

Some pictures of Daimler Buses for both West Bromwich and Birmingham Corporation’s Buses.

Duple:Simms and the Daimler engine (Part 1) 

20 Sep

Simms and the Daimler engine the History Engineer Frederick Richard Simms was supervising construction of an aerial cableway of Simms own design for the Bremen Exhibition in 1889 when he saw tiny railcars powered by Gottlieb Daimler’s motors.

The Great Debate 

19 Sep

The Great Debate The BIG VOTE is over! Scotland have voted to stay in the union of Great Britain, or the United Kingdom, whichever you wish to call it! However! Now that they have made their decision, shouldn’t we get a vote on whether or not we ...

Scotland to remain as part of the UK 

19 Sep

After months of campaigning on both sides I am really happy to see that the Scottish people have decided for Scotland to remain as part of the Union.

Duple- Dennis 

18 Sep

Originally known as Dennis Brothers Ltd, the company was founded in 1895 by John (1871–1939) and Raymond (1878–1939) Dennis who made Speed King bicycles which they sold from their shop, the Universal Athletic Stores, in Guildford.

Rare black swan seen at Chasewater 

18 Sep

Thanks to the wonderful Swan Lady, I can let readers know that yesterday, at around 11am, a rare black swan was photographed at Chasewater, just by the play fort on the south shore.

Duple Metsec 

17 Sep

Duple Metsec is a former bus bodywork builder based in West Midlands of the United Kingdom, which usually supplied body kits for assembly overseas.

DUPLE and Thomas Harrington (Part 3) 

17 Sep

DUPLE and Thomas Harrington (Part 3) Here is one last post on Harrington which I found after the last post.

County Council announce ‘Best start’ consultation for Staffordshire’s children 

17 Sep

Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Children and Community Safety was speaking as the authority’s cabinet approved an eight week public consultation on the best way to provide help to under-fives and their families.

Staffs Police target excessive drinking 

17 Sep

Staffordshire Police is to address the drain on its resources caused by excessive drinking with a period of action as part of a nationwide drive.

Witnesses sought for Rugeley robbery 

17 Sep

Police are appealing for the public’s help to catch offenders who committed a robbery at a store in Rugeley.

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Help for Dyllon 

19 Sep

Rusted Rail Images by Gene Bowker Shared publicly  –  Sep 17, 2014   Gene Bowker originally shared : Just one of the pictures in the fund raising offer this month Thanks for sharing with your stream! #snapsfordyllon   #helpfordyllon After a...

The Ciate Mini Mani Manor has hit Selfridges 

19 Sep

Every year, I know that the countdown to Christmas is really on when one particular product hits stores.

Canal News – Sept 20th & 21st 

18 Sep

Canal News – Sept 20th 21st Tipton Canal Festival 20 – 21 Sep 2014 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Address Tipton, West Midlands, DY4 A two day festival on the canal in Tipton.

The John Lewis fashion Magazine – my five fave picks. 

18 Sep

John Lewis has recently released their fashion magazine online, and it is just full of fabulous style trends and key picks for the Autumn/Winter season.

Clayhanger – book and cottage 

17 Sep

Anyone from Staffordshire will immediately react to the word Clayhanger - it being the name of the first of Arnold Bennett's trilogy of novels of family life in the Potteries.

Harvey Nichols Birmingham is taking style underground 

17 Sep

I have been to fashion shows in the strangest of places.

Wallis launch their latest W collection 

17 Sep

The launch of the Wallis W collection is fast becoming something that I really look forward to.

Who is the Smartest Woman You know? 

17 Sep

I absolutely love the new video campaign for Clinique Smart Custom Serum.

Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – Rhymney Railway 

16 Sep

Some Early Lines Old Railway Companies Rhymney Railway The Company was incorporated on 24 July 1854 to build a 9.5 mile line from Rhymney Ironworks to a junction with the Newport, Abergavenny Hereford Railway at Hengoed.

Bingo Helps You Indulge in Some Sinful Cravings of Yours – Here’s How 

16 Sep

Quite sometime back I wrote a post on what I would simply love buying if I won a lottery.

September 14th – Back up on Cannock Chase for the first time in… 

16 Sep

September 14th - Back up on Cannock Chase for the first time in ages, and I really loved it.

Reviewed – Retro Shoes from Naturalizer 

15 Sep

When I was a little girl, there was always something a little bit risque about red shoes.

Truck knot 

15 Sep

As people may know, I collect sightings of the ‘ Stafford Knot ’- it being the symbol of Staffordshire.

276 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Autumn 2004 Part 3 – Beattie Well Tank & Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway 

15 Sep

276 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits Pieces From Chasewater News – Autumn 2004 Part 3 – Beattie Well Tank Bodmin Wadebridge Railway Bodmin North Station View NW: buffer-stops right, Wadebridge left; ex-LSW terminus of branch from Wadebridge...

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Further lettings secured at Gateway Retail Park 

17 Sep

TREBOR Developments and Hortons Estate have secured TK Maxx and Burger King as tenants for their Gateway Retail Park joint venture in Cannock.

Osborne announces new jobs in Cannock visit 

4 Sep

More than 900 jobs are being created by hardware and DIY retailer Screwfix, it was revealed today as George Osborne visited the West Midlands.

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.

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Cabinet formally respond to consultation on Cannock Minor Injuries Unit 

19 Sep

Cannock Chase Council’s Cabinet agreed at a meeting last night to issue a formal response to the public consultation on the redesign of Cannock Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) based at Cannock Hospital.

Funding approved for sport and recreation hub 

19 Sep

A new community sport and recreation hub has moved a big step closer after Cannock Chase Council’s Cabinet approved the capital expenditure to deliver the first phase of the exciting project.

Best start proposal for Staffordshire’s young children 

17 Sep

"We owe it to the children of Staffordshire to change how they are supported; to give them every chance to go on and live a productive and happy life," according to Mike Lawrence.

Hat-trick of awards for Hednesford Army Cadets 

17 Sep

The Chairman and Leader of Cannock Chase Council attended a meeting of Hednesford Army Cadets to congratulate the detachment on an award-winning year.

Dead rat, 17th September 

17 Sep

Dead rat found in the grounds of St Chads church, Cannock Road, chadsmoor.

First World War stories to be shared at brunch event 

16 Sep

People can share their First World War stories over a cup of tea and a bacon sandwich at a brunch event in the District on Friday 26th September.

Residents urged to put the right stuff in the right bin 

16 Sep

Residents are being urged to make sure their blue and brown recycling bins are not contaminated by ensuring they place the correct items into each bin.

Fly tipping, 14th September 

14 Sep

Arch street @ public footpath to Lockside view.

Cannock Minor Injuries Unit Consultation 

11 Sep

A further Cannock Minor Injuries Unit Consultation Meeting Announced.

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Police renew focus on alcohol harm 

17 Sep

Staffordshire Police is to address the drain on its resources caused by excessive drinking with a period of action as part of a nationwide drive.

Robbery in Rugeley 

17 Sep

Police are appealing for the public’s help to catch offenders who committed a robbery at a store in Rugeley.

Incident on M6 Toll, Sat 6 Sept 

11 Sep

On Saturday (Sept 6) CMPG officers were involved in a pursuit with a man from the Kent area who failed to stop on the M6 in Staffordshire.

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.

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