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Centre to host lantern workshops ahead of Burntwood Christmas parade 

26 Nov

Workshops in Burntwood will help people get ready for the town’s annual lantern parade.

Mothballed Burntwood vocational centre could be handed over to schools 

25 Nov

A mothballed vocational centre in Burntwood is set to be handed over to local schools.

Delays for motorists after Lichfield A38 crash 

18 Nov

Drivers in Lichfield have faced delays after an accident on the A38 this morning.

Tristram Hunt: North Staffordshire on the front line in battle… 

17 Nov

BACK in July, when details first emerged of the 1.2 billion contract to provide cancer care across Staffordshire, Andrew Donald, chief officer for the Stafford and Surrounds and Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Groups, dismissed trade union claims...

Wolverhampton One-Stop tycoon tells rags-to-riches story 

16 Nov

Kevin Threlfall writes autobiography - just six months after dying for 40 minutes during cardiac arrest...

M6 Toll: Transport Secretary admits road has flopped 

14 Nov

Patrick McLoughlin admits toll road has 'has not been able to alleviate traffic congestion as was hoped...

Four illegal immigrant suspects arrested on M6 after jumping out of lorry 

13 Nov

Nine other illegal immigrant suspects have been arrested on M6 since September...

Watch shocking moment M6 Toll lorry driver does a U-turn 

13 Nov

The Lithuanian driver performed the highly dangerous manoeuvre into the path of three lanes of on-coming traffic...

Stafford fireworks deaths: Inquests opened 

13 Nov

DNA tests used to identify the bodies of Simon Hillier and Stewart Staples after fire...

Driver injured in Wolverhampton collision 

12 Nov

Motorist cut free from wreckage after crash in Fallings Park...

Christmas shows: Our ultimate guide to panto and performance in Birmingham and beyond in 2014. 

11 Nov

Julian Clary, Duncan James and Gary Wilmot are among the stars of this year's Christmas shows...

Revamp for junior play area at Chasewater Country Park 

10 Nov

Youngsters try out the new swing at Chasewater Country Park Young visitors to Chasewater Country Park are getting the chance to try out a new set of swings.

Staffordshire police officer shot in the eye during 999 call makes YouTube video about his progress 

7 Nov

Sgt Jon King, who has served with the force for 26 years says: "It's just one of those things...

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Match Preview: AFC Fylde (A) 

28 Nov

Two In Two Out As Pitmen Prepare for Fylde Trip … Hednesford Town embark on another tilt at FA Trophy glory with Rob Smith’s men looking to build on Tuesday night’s convincing 4-1 victory in the Birmingham Senior Cup against...

Xmas Baubles 

28 Nov

This December Cannock HC are running their very own Lucky Chistmas Baubles.

Girls teams meet ex Wyrley England Player. 

28 Nov

The Club has 3 ex-players in its Hall of Fame, including Olivia ‘Chick’ Fergusson who played for England at U17s and currently plays on the wing for Villa Ladies.

Meerkats meet Olivia Fergusson 

26 Nov

Meerkats met Olivia Fergusson the Aston Villa starlet who has roots with Wyrley Juniors!! Great for the girls to meet an inspirational figure that started their career with Wyrley! Thanks Olivia for your time – continue to flourish with...

Wyrley in Wembley 

26 Nov

Approximately 120 Wyrley associated folk made the trip South to witness England Ladies do battle with Germany Ladies.

Halesowen Town 1 – 4 Hednesford Town 

26 Nov

Hednesford Town were, in the end, able to make a comfortable progression into the quarter finals of the Birmingham Senior Cup, but were made to work hard for it by Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Halesowen Town, writes Scott Smith .

Silent Night Carols at Keys Park 

25 Nov

On Wednesday 10 th December, and in conjunction with a national event which is taking place, we will be holding a Christmas Carol event at the football club in the Chase Suite.

Fantasy Hockey Update 

25 Nov

See below the latest League Table from our Fantasy Hockey Fundraiser as well as information giving helpful tips in preparation for our January Transfer Window.

Xmas Festivities 

25 Nov

Xmas Festivities – Events Going on at your club which we would love you to get involved with… Xmas PARTY – Saturday 13th December Giving people advanced warning.

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Walsall foreign player 24. 

28 Nov

Clayton Ince  (born 12 July 1972) is a Trinidadian football goalkeeper who had lengthy spells in the English Football League at Crewe Alexandra and Walsall.

Walsall foreign player 23. Daniel “Danny” Hay 

28 Nov

Daniel “Danny” Hay (born 15 May 1975) is a New Zealand footballer who has represented New Zealand as a centre back and captained Waitakere United in the New Zealand Football Championship.

RIP Phil Hughes 

28 Nov

By now we all will ahve heard about the tragedy which happend on the field of play at a cricket match in Australia.

Walsall Wood crash out of Midland League Cup 

28 Nov

Walsall Wood FC snatched defeat from the jaws of victory last Tuesday evening (25th November 2014) at Heath Hayes, where a somewhat intemperate and distracted match clearly disappointed match reporter Bill Shaw...

Walsall foreign player 22. Niklas Gunnarsson 

27 Nov

Niklas Gunnarsson (born 27 April 1991 in Tønsberg) is a Norwegian footballer, who plays as a defender for the Tippeligaen side Vålerenga.

Walsall foreign player 21. Dávid Gróf 

27 Nov

Dávid Gróf (born 17 April 1989) is a Hungarian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Berliner AK.

Out and about with the District Commissioning Leads 

27 Nov

“Over the past few weeks I have been getting out and about and seeing some of the good work we do on the ground.

Herbert Higgs AB: Jutland, the Somme of the Sea. 

27 Nov

Herbert Thomas Higgs, in the Walsall Observer, 17 June 1916 Herbie Higgs turned out to be our only fallen sailor and the search for this man took me from Oldbury to Aldridge, then to Castleford (Yorkshire), then to Heath End (North Walsall) and ...

Chasewater further pictures (The Lake) 

26 Nov

Brownhills bob spoke the other week about the boating pool (or Duck Pond whatever your point of view) being emptied by Lichfield City Council, for cleaning.

Chasewater Railway and Lake. 

26 Nov

This morning Mrs Blog had me take her to Chasewater Railway, so that she could book us up to take the Great Grandchildren on the Santa Express (alright not really an express, more of a slow boat to the other side of the Lake).

Walsall foreign player 20. Marc-Antoine Gbarssin 

25 Nov

Marc-Antoine Gbarssin (born 11 December 1984 in Bordeaux) is a French-born Central African football player who currently plays for Eendracht Aalst in the Belgian Second Division.

Walsall foreign player. 19. Jean-Jacques Eydelie 

25 Nov

Jean-Jacques Eydelie (born 3 February 1966 in Angoulême, Charente) is a French former footballer most noted for his role in the Marseille match-fixing scandal of 1993.

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Puzzling vandalism 

28 Nov

Now and again one comes across an instance of mindless vandalism that is so stupid it's startling.

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre – Tickets selling fast 

28 Nov

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre Tickets selling fast...

Lichfield News – Christmas Festival 

28 Nov

Lichfield News – Christmas Festival Event Date Category Lichfield Twinkly Christmas Market at Minster Pool Walk and Speaker’s Corner Sat 6th Dec 2014 – Sun 7th Dec 2014 Lichfield Christmas Festival Free face painting and trails at ...

Beauty Review – Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturising Serum Concentrate 

28 Nov

In August I attended a special Bloggers event held by the Bullring, and I was introduced to a product that was not actually hitting stores until later that month.

Need help with decluttering pre-Christmas? Then step this way 

28 Nov

Many people talk about a spring clean, but I think Christmas is the perfect time to have a declutter.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 

28 Nov

It may have started as an American phenomenon, but Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the accompanying Cyber Weekend have now become a part of Christmas shopping.

Steam Preservation on the 1980s and 1990s, The final few railway photos from December 17 1993 

27 Nov

Steam Preservation on the 1980s and 1990s The final few railway photos from December 17 1993...

M&S partywear – inspired by those fairies! 

27 Nov

One of my favourite of all the Christmas adverts this year is the MS one entitled ‘Follow the Fairies.

Review – Peter Rabbit animated series books 

26 Nov

A big success on Cbeebies this year has been the gorgeous series based on the Peter Rabbit books by Beatrix Potter.

Steam Preservation on the 1980s and 1990s, A few more railway photos from December 1993 

26 Nov

Steam Preservation on the 1980s and 1990s A few more railway photos from December 1993...

Watching the gravestone 

26 Nov

This graveyard angel is different to most in that, instead of standing above the grave, it is attached to and looking at the gravestone itself.

Hints of pink at Ted Baker 

26 Nov

When you think of the colours and shades that become prevalent at Christmas, you tend to think of all shades of red and green.

Foreign Lines – North Queensland 

25 Nov

Foreign Lines – North Queensland RailwayWednesday In 1999 1079 is at Barron Falls Station during its climb up the range to Kuranda in tropical North Queensland.

This Christmas – check out a Charity Shop 

25 Nov

As regular readers of this blog know, I am a huge fan of Charity Shops.

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Direct Workforce expands into larger Cannock offices 

18 Nov

RECRUITMENT firm Direct Workforce has branched out into larger offices in Cannock.

Strong pound continues to impact performance for Aggreko 

14 Nov

PORTABLE power supplier Aggreko has said it business continues to be impacted by the strong pound despite strong trading over the past quarter.

Manufacturing boss hits back at automation ‘threat’ 

12 Nov

THE boss of a West Midlands manufacturing firm hit back at a recent report that claims automation could threaten a third of UK jobs.

The only way is Essex for Bar Sport 

31 Oct

STAFFORDSHIRE sports bar chain, Bar Sport, has expanded its operations with the opening of a new franchise.

Alumasc planning to sell engineering products arm 

30 Oct

BUILDING and engineering products group Alumasc, which has an operation in Cannock, has reported revenues are up by 5% on a year on year basis.

Taxi and mini-cab firms at loggerheads over new bus-lanes proposal in Hanley 

24 Oct

Mini-cab firms are to be given a one-year trial where they will be able to use some bus lanes in Hanley.

Briggs invests £10.5m in short-term solutions 

22 Oct

CANNOCK-based materials handling firm Briggs Equipment is investing £10.5m in its short-term rental fleet.

Traffic volumes rise along M6 Toll 

17 Oct

TRAFFIC volumes along the M6 Toll have seen an improvement as operators claim improved customer confidence in the route.

Jobs boost for Staffs as Amazon announces workforce expansion plans 

14 Oct

ONLINE retail giant Amazon has said it is to create another 1,000 jobs at its eight fulfilment centres in the UK, including its base at Rugeley.

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LocalGov »

New Hackney Carriage/ Private Hire Driver License Applications 

27 Nov

Request sent to Cannock Chase District Council by Edward Hewkin on 27 November 2014 .

Documentation Relating to Hewkin Automotive Limited 

27 Nov

Request sent to Cannock Chase District Council by Edward Hewkin on 27 November 2014 .

Cannock Council urges you to ‘look before you book’ this Christmas 

26 Nov

Cannock Chase Council is urging residents to check the food hygiene rating of local venues before they visit this Christmas.

“Changing Places” The Mill Street Underpass Makeover 

25 Nov

Cannock Chase Council and WLCT – Community Wellbeing Arts have joined forces again to makeover the Mill Street underpass in Cannock.

Small Business Rates Relief 

21 Nov

Request sent to Cannock Chase District Council by Gareth Elton on 21 November 2014 .

Cannock Council announce 21 new affordable homes for Rugeley 

21 Nov

Cannock Chase Council’s Cabinet have agreed to build 21 new affordable homes in Rugeley.

Hednesford Town Council spearheads ‘dementia friendly’ initiative 

20 Nov

Hednesford councillors are promoting awareness of dementia as they pioneer efforts to become a ‘dementia friendly town.

Residents are over the moon with their new homes 

17 Nov

Completed work on a development of six affordable homes in Cannock, was officially marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

St Luke’s Christmas Tree Festival 

14 Nov

The Chairman of Cannock Chase District Council, Alan Pearson will open the fourth annual St Luke’s Church Cannock Christmas Tree Festival on Wednesday 26th November at 7.30pm.

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Criminal damage in Rugeley – CCTV appeal 

27 Nov

Officers from Cannock Chase Local Policing Team (LPT) have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with criminal damage in Rugeley.

HMIC Report Acknowledges Force’s Performance 

27 Nov

Staffordshire Police has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ in tackling anti-social behaviour in a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) which is being released to the public today.

Appeal for witnesses after fatal road traffic collision in Hednesford 

26 Nov

Officers are appealing for witnesses after a fatal road traffic collision in Hednesford.

Stop and Think – Stay safe this festive period 

25 Nov

Staffordshire Police have launched a crime prevention drive to keep you and your property safe this festive period.

Going beyond what is expected celebrated at ceremony 

25 Nov

Officers, police community support officers, police staff, special constables and members of the public will be recognised for their commitment, dedication and outstanding contributions to policing at a Staffordshire Police ceremony.

Attempted robbery in Cannock – Can you help? 

24 Nov

Officers from Cannock Chase Local Policing Team (LPT) are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Cannock.

First custodial sentence for breach of Domestic Violence Protection Order 

21 Nov

A repeat domestic abuse offender, who breached court restrictions on contacting his partner three times, has been jailed for 21 days.

Pudsey visits Staffordshire Police 

20 Nov

Children in Need’s Pudsey visited Staffordshire Police HQ on Thursday 20 November to take receipt of a cheque for the money raised during the force’s fundraising efforts last week.

Staffordshire Police gun surrender collects nearly 300 items 

13 Nov

A firearms surrender in Staffordshire has netted nearly 300 items during a two week opportunity to hand them in without fear of prosecution for possession.

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