Staffordshire news and blogs Thursday 21 August 2014
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Tributes to tragic Walsall teenager found on tracks near New Street station 

20 Aug

A student who died after being found injured on rail tracks near Birmingham New Street Station has been named as 18-year-old Jeevan Singh Dhanda.

MP: ‘Views of 40,000 residents left out’ in Stafford Hospital shake-up 

20 Aug

An MP has hit out at the consultation process over plans to move key hospital services from Wolverhampton to Cannock, saying the views of 40,000 people in his constituency had been left out.

Vulnerable and elderly to pay for pendant alarms after funding slashed 

20 Aug

More than 600 elderly and vulnerable people in Staffordshire will have to pay for pendant alarms in their homes after council bosses slashed funding, it has emerged.

New Street Station fall death teen had been at Snobs nightclub before deadly plunge 

20 Aug

Can you help British Transport Police piece together Jeevan Dhanda's movements on the night he died...

New Street Station deaths: Tributes to teenager who died after falling onto tracks 

19 Aug

Jeevan Dhanda, who was 18 and from Walsall, was found injured on the tracks at New Street...

Stafford Hospital struggling to recruit doctors and nurses 

19 Aug

Nearly a quarter of consultants jobs at Stafford Hospital are currently vacant - with bosses blaming the site's uncertain future for the struggle recruiting staff.

Historic pub near Lichfield reopens after restoration 

18 Aug

Staff celebrating the re-opening of the Red Lion, Longdon Green An historic pub near Lichfield has reopened its doors.

Parcels delivery firm needs 100 workers 

18 Aug

A recruitment drive has been launched for 100 warehouse workers at a growing parcels delivery business in Cannock.

Councils fork out for ‘vital’ rail line after government pull out of funding 

17 Aug

Almost £200,000 is to be spent by three public authorities keeping a heavily used Staffordshire rail line running for another year after government bosses delayed taking over the funding of the service.

Bill of £800 for failure to repair tiny house 

17 Aug

It has been home to countless families for almost 240 years but lack of care over the last two decades has left the tiny terraced house in a sorry state.

Stafford man bought cannabis from car boot because local dealers… 

15 Aug

A STAFFORD man who bought cannabis from a car boot dealer told a court he did so because "the Stafford dealers were ripping off their customers".

Heavy traffic on M6 after accident near V Festival junction 

15 Aug

MOTORISTS travelling southbound on the M6 are facing long delays after an accident involving a lorry and a car.

Amazon development sees Rugeley become flagship 

15 Aug

A multi-million pound scheme to redevelop the Amazon site in Staffordshire will see the site turned into one of the company's flagship locations say bosses.

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JDC Cycle Begins at Cannock HC 

20 Aug

The South West Staffordshire JDC starts this Friday, 22nd August at Chase Park, home of Cannock Hockey Club (6-8pm).

Thank you! 

19 Aug

Many thanks to Great Wyrley History Society for presenting the club with a framed signed Wolves shirt as recognition for our efforts in the Peace Games.

Chasetown FC’s hopes of victory are dashed by a familiar face 

19 Aug

Lee Butler tries to outmuscle his man.

Chasetown FC kick-off the new season with a victory over Gresley 

18 Aug

Lee Parsons challenges.

Hednesford Town 3-2 Harrogate Town 

16 Aug

Two superbly struck free kicks from Hednesford Town’s Danny Glover helped The Pitmen get off the mark in the league following an excellent 3-2 victory over Harrogate Town.

Under 12s Pumas Girls – new squad! 

15 Aug

Thanks to the support of the Wyrley family, it looks like our Under 12s Pumas Girls teams will have enough players to start the season.

Cycling on Lantau – Hong Kong 

15 Aug

Coming soon...

Chasetown FC wrap up pre-season with victory over Barwell 

14 Aug

Chris Slater puts in a tackle.

Wyrley ‘Exceeding Expectations’! 

14 Aug

The Club had a ‘Facility Review’ meeting with the Football Foundation and The FA in July, where we were assessed in a number of key areas – a bit like an Ofsted Report in Schools.

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20 Aug

  Sorry unable to produce this adpage any lardger without it being out of focus.

Swallow Doretti the HISTORY 

20 Aug

Swallow Doretti 1954-1955 Swallow Coachbuilding Company (1935) Ltd.

Swallow-Martjins Pictures. 

19 Aug

Here are the pictures from yesterdays article about Martjins rebuilt.

Swallow Doretti Martijn’s Story 

18 Aug

This story has no pictures at this time! Due to a major computer crash this afternoon which meant that I have lost a lot of the stuff that went along with the story.

Secret gardens come alive at Shugborough this bank holiday 

18 Aug

Good old-fashioned entertainment like apple bobbing combine with a day out for teddies and Seven Secret Doors await visitors to Shugborough over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Police seek witnesses to Codsall robbery following release a CCTV images 

18 Aug

Following Staffordshire Police’s appeal in relation to a robbery at Barclays Bank in Codsall on Wednesday 30 July, CCTV images have now been released of the suspect.

Teenagers tend to German war graves 

18 Aug

Young people from across Staffordshire and Bremen in Germany have teamed up with the Royal British Legion to tend to the war graves on Cannock Chase.

Swallow a little piece of history! 

17 Aug

  The above letters, I found online from one of the Scandinavian countrys.


17 Aug

Welcome to the Swallow Doretti Page which was set up to encourage the maintenance, running and preservation of Swallow Doretti sports cars.


17 Aug


The Woodmen get back on track 

17 Aug

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 16th August 2014) saw Walsall Wood face Heath Hayes at Oak Park, in a hotly anticipated FA Cup match - this is always a bit of a notorious pairing, and the blog football correspondent Bill Shaw was, as ever, in ...

H H HOLMES and Murder at Castle Holmes 

16 Aug

(From the Odgen Standard – July 4, 1914) Memory of Trap Doors, Secret Elevators and Stove, Wherein Bodies of Women Were Burned, Haunted Man for Nineteen Years.

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Check out #IkeaTimeTravel 

21 Aug

Have you seen the fascinating, and downright hilarious new ad campaign from Swedish furniture giants IKEA? If you haven’t, you are in for a treat.

Grimacing grave 

20 Aug

The weathering on this tombstone has left a rather macabre shape...

Railway Miscellany – Railroads Create the First Time Zones – St. Paul Union Depot, Seven Years After Closing 

20 Aug

Railway Miscellany November 18, 1883: Railroads Create the First Time Zones Photo: Railroads.

A trip to Cadbury World 

20 Aug

Cadbury World is undoubtedly one of the Midlands biggest tourist attractions, and one which each year seems to go from strength to strength.

Steam Locomotives of a Leisurely Era – 1939 3-Cylinder 4-6-0 – Great Southern Railway 

19 Aug

Steam Locomotives of a Leisurely Era 1939 3-Cylinder 4-6-0 Great Southern Railway No.801 as running in 1948.

Miami Vice style in a Pink Crepe Blazer from New Look 

19 Aug

The hunt for a perfect pink jacket has been continuing at pace.

Celebrity get the look featuring Kelly Osbourne, Charlotte Dawson and the Duchess of Cambridge 

19 Aug

As summer begins to draw to a close, the time comes for another look at some of the styles the celebs have been sporting this summer.

Keeping feet dry in Milford 

18 Aug

As you'd expect of a well-kept estate like the Shugborough environs, these stepping stones across the stream at Milford are almost too tidy to be believable.

Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – The Newtown and Machynlleth Railway 

18 Aug

Some Early Lines Old Railway Companies The Newtown and Machynlleth Railway The Newtown and Machynlleth Railway (NMR) was a short railway created to allow the Oswestry and Newtown Railway and the Mid-Wales Railway access the Mid-Wales market town of ...

Elizabeth Arden Beauty Event at Debenhams, Bullring 

18 Aug

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Arden products.

Christian Louboutin’s first ever nail colour hits Selfridges 

18 Aug

Say the term iconic fashion designs, what springs to mind? Chanel’s Little black dress? Diane Von Furstenberg’s wrap dress? Vivienne Westwood’s pirate boots maybe? Or Gianni Versace and a certain safety pin dress? There is every ...

Some Foreign Lines – A Hotel on Wheels: Francisco de Goya -The Castles of Britain – Trans-Siberian Railway 

17 Aug

 Some Foreign Lines A Hotel on Wheels: Francisco de Goya Renfe Route: Paris to Madrid Duration: 13 hours, 30 minutes Leave Paris in the evening, enjoy a three-course dinner and the increasingly rural scenery, slumber to the soothing rhythm of the ...

Flying the county 

16 Aug

One sees the flag of Staffordshire (actually,,, the flag of Staffordshire County Council ) relatively rarely, but I think it has a rather good-looking design, so it'd be nice to see it a little more (IMHO).

Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – Mitcheldean Road & Forest of Dean Junction Railway 

16 Aug

Some Early Lines Old Railway Companies Mitcheldean Road Forest of Dean Junction Railway A substantial stone overbridge near Drybrook (Mitcheldean Road Forest of Dean Junction Railway).

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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.

NEW: Goold Estates snaps up Lakeside Plaza post auction 

27 Jun

WALSALL property firm Goold Estates has bought Lakeside Plaza in Cannock for an undisclosed sum.

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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 .

Free ‘MOT’ health checks for cabbies and bus drivers 

19 Aug

Cabbies and bus drivers in the District can get free ‘MOT’ health checks later this month in Cannock and Rugeley.

Organisational structure and contact details 

19 Aug

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

Tender opportunities at Hednesford Park 

18 Aug

Cannock Chase Council is inviting tender submissions for two projects as part of the redevelopment of Hednesford Park.

Temporary hackney carriage licence 

16 Aug

Request sent to Cannock Chase District Council by darren matthews on 16 August 2014 .

Owner of eyesore property fined for failing to carry out improvement works 

14 Aug

The owner of an eyesore property in Cannock Chase District has been prosecuted after failing to make improvements.

Benches in place at Brereton war memorial 

14 Aug

Elderly people were able to take part in the First World War centenary service at Brereton war memorial in comfort earlier this month thanks to a councillor’s efforts to get benches installed.

Youngsters urged to Respect Alcohol this summer 

11 Aug

The Council and our partners have reminded young people to Respect Alcohol over the summer holidays.

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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.

Respect – It’s a two way street 

4 Aug

Parents are being urged to know where their children will be during the school summer holidays and what they will be doing.

Theft of mobile phone in Hednesford 

29 Jul

We are appealing for information after a woman had her mobile phone stolen whilst walking in Hednesford.

Bike tagging in Rugeley 

28 Jul

Officers from Rugeley have been helping youngsters protect their bikes from thieves.

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