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Stafford fireworks factory blaze victim Simon Hillier was a dad and a kickboxing champion 

1 Nov

Tributes paid to 'cracking lad' who died at SP Plastics warehouse tragedy...

Birmingham’s most haunted: Black-eyed children, Dudley Castle and Alexandra Theatre on the list of West Midlands haunts 

31 Oct

Kelly McLaughlin examines some of the most haunted locations in the West Midlands...

Firefighters deal with blaze after explosion at Stafford… 

30 Oct

FIREFIGHTERS are dealing with a blaze after a fireworks retailer buildingexplodedin the Baswich area of Stafford.

Ex-pupils offer scholarship to private school near Lichfield 

30 Oct

Former pupils at a private girls school near Lichfield are offering a scholarship to allow another student to follow in their footsteps.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service save horse stuck in Stone… 

29 Oct

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have saved a horse stuck in a ditch near Stone.

Cannock cigarette smoker hit with £700 fines and costs after lighting up in company car 

28 Oct

Cannock smoker hit by huge bill after failing to pay initial £75 fines...

WATCH: Comedian Omid Djalili in Birmingham chilli eating competition 

28 Oct

Funnyman took part in eye-watering contest in Victoria Square  at the Birmingham Caribbean Festival...

Pieces of bone found near site where officers located bag of… 

27 Oct

OVER the past four days trained police officers, with the assistance of Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team, have been conducting searches within an expanse of field off Slitting Mill Road.

Child dies on Cannock Chase 

27 Oct

A CHILD has died on Cannock Chase after suffering a cardiac arrest whilst riding her bicycle at Marquis Drive yesterday morning (Sunday 26 October).

Cannock Chase black-eyed child: The hunt is on… 

25 Oct

As spooky phenomenon grips interest across the world, Mail reporter Mike Lockley joined paranormal experts on a ghost hunt across the Chase...

M6 Toll U-turn lorry driver in court 

25 Oct

A lorry driver appears in court accused of performing a U-turn on the M6 Toll motorway near Lichfield.

Cannock field cordoned off in search for missing man after clothes found 

24 Oct

Police have been hunting for Stephen Greatrix, 45, for six months...

Comic flees Cannock restaurant in alert sparked by world’s hottest curry 

24 Oct

Omid Djalili among 100 diners forced to leave Dilshad after chef set fire to liquid capcicum and filled building with fumes...

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Wyrley Pumpkin! 

31 Oct

Wyrley pumpkin carved by Michelle Painter of our Under 7s Panthers...

Games Night 

29 Oct

As promised the date and time for our next club Social has been confirmed.

Wonderful young people! 

29 Oct

The club is very lucky to have young people giving up their time for the benefit of other young people.

Futures Cup 2014 – ACTION NEEDED 

26 Oct

Next weekend will see Cannock Hockey Club host the 2014 Futures Cup, if you don’t know already the competition begins on Thursday (30th Oct) and finishes Sunday (2nd Nov).

Under 9s Dragons – players wanted. 

26 Oct

Our very brand new Under 9s will be called Wyrley U9s Dragons and will compete in the Walsall Junior Youth League.

Midlands Champions for Chasers 

26 Oct

            The Midland Championships were held today on the Longshaw Estate north of Bakewell.

Stay in the Loop 

26 Oct

There has been a lot of work put in behind the scenes but members can now keep up to date with ongoing news and events at the club by viewing our new updated notice boards.

Wyrley Juniors United weekend match report 26_10_2014 

26 Oct

Match Report:- Wyrley Juniors United U14’s Season 2014-15 Lichfield League Cup 1 st round.

Top Goal Scorers 

26 Oct

CANNOCK HC TOP GOAL SCORERS (as of 20/10/14) *Missing Games from 3rds and 5ths on 11th Oct Dan Jowett 6 Phil Heighway 5 Aza Wilkes 4 James Bradburn 4 Pete Jackson 4 Andy Hodgetts 3 Brad Park 3 Dan Bosi 3 Issacc Spooner 3 Joe Norwood 3 Lloyd...

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Walsall Born Player 72. Roger Smith 

31 Oct

Roger Smith Personal information Full name Roger William Smith Date of birth 19 February 1945 (age 69) Place of birth Tamworth, England Playing position Right-winger Senior career Years...

Walsall Born Players 71. Sam Smith 

31 Oct

Sam Smith Personal information Full name Samuel James Smith Date of birth 7 September 1909 Place of birth Pelsall, England Date of death November 1994 (aged 85) Place of death England Playing position Centre forward Senior career Years...

Walsall Born Player 70. Harry Smith 

30 Oct

Personal information Full name Harry Smith Date of birth 1885 Place of birth Cannock, Staffs, England Date of death Unknown Playing position Left back Senior career Years...

Walsall Born Player 69. Ray Shaw 

30 Oct

Personal information Full name Raymond Shaw Date of birth 18 May 1913 Place of birth Walsall, England Date of death August 1980 (aged 67) Playing position Wing half Youth career –                                Walsall Senior career...

Walsall Born Player 68. Netan Sansara 

30 Oct

Personal information Full name Netan Nico Sansara Date of birth 3 August 1989 (age 25) Place of birth Walsall, England Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Playing position Defender Club information Current team Fredrikstad FK Senior career Years...

1000 Staffordshire families helped by County scheme 

29 Oct

The lives of nearly 1000 families in Staffordshire have been turned around thanks to a county-wide programme.

Firework lovers warned over the dangers of Chinese Lanterns to animals 

29 Oct

With Halloween night soon upon us and Bonfire night approaching many people are considering buying Chinese lanterns for their celebrations.

Midlands Air Ambulance welcomes new crew 

29 Oct

For six members of staff from West Midlands Ambulance Service, their jobs are really set to take off for the next three years.

Walsall 1943: the Mayor, a Baron and the Merchant Navy. 

29 Oct

A Seaman’s Suit: A poem by Baron Powell to aid the Mayor of Walsall’s appeal for the Merchant Navy Comforts Service (Walsall Local History Centre) Here is a snippet of a story.

Pumpkin patrol returns for Halloween 2014 

29 Oct

Cannock Chase Council’s ‘THINK – be aware who you scare’ campaign has launched to raise awareness this Halloween and Bonfire night.

Rugeley Market art project reaches completion 

29 Oct

Over the summer, young people from Rugeley have helped to brighten up their town’s indoor market by getting involved in a community art project.

Cannock IT firm receives funding from Council Business Support Scheme 

29 Oct

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Steam Railways in Preservation in the 1980s-90s – August 26th – September 2nd 1988 

1 Nov

Steam Railways in Preservation in the 1980s-90s August 26th – September 2nd 1988 Sentinel, departmental Locomotive No.54, takes the Clayton Branch on the Middleton Railway, Leeds, with the ‘All-line’ tour of Sunday, 17th July 1988.

Model Railway News 

31 Oct

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Staffordshire News – Shugborough Yew Tree 

31 Oct

Staffordshire News   Shugborough Yew Tree Shugborough’s Great Yew (the widest tree in Europe) has been shortlisted in the final ten of England’s Tree of the Year.

It doesn’t frighten me… 

31 Oct

There's a very fine line, when it comes to monsters, between terrifying and plain silly.

Canal News, 1st & 2nd November 2014, Crofton and Gloucester 

30 Oct

Canal News 1st 2nd November 2014 Crofton winter work open days 01 Nov 2014 – 07 Mar 2015 10:30 am – 3:30 pm Address Crofton Pumping Station, Crofton, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 3DW Come and see behind the scenes at the Historic Crofton ...

Walk at Hanging Rock 

29 Oct

It may be nearly November, but the weather is still very mild - even if the sky is permanently light-gray.

‘Fight to re-open Railway’ – From the ‘Brownhills Gazette, December 1989 – via Brownhills Bob, David Evans and Brian Stringer 

29 Oct

Fight to re-open Railway From the ‘Brownhills Gazette, December 1989  via Brownhills Bob, David Evans and Brian Stringer This was taken from Brownhills Bob’s latest post (28-10-2014) and is of particular interest to railway followers in ...

Cut for Evans Returns in style 

29 Oct

In recent seasons, Evans  has been a trail blazer when it comes to plus size design.

Steam Railways in Preservation in the 1980-90s, August 26 – September 2 1988, ‘Standard 4MT No.80104’ 

28 Oct

Steam Railways in Preservation in the 1980-90s August 26 – September 2 1988 ‘Standard 4MT No.80104’ Standard 4MT No.80104 departs Swanage for restoration at Swindon.

Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – Wallingford & Watlington Railway 

27 Oct

Some Early Lines Old Railway Companies Wallingford Watlington Railway Incorporated on 25 June 1864, this was the first standard gauge branch of the GWR.

Secret sixties garden revealed 

27 Oct

Some fascinating places are opened up to the public for the National Open Garden Days.

Get the celebrity look featuring Duchess Kate, Poppy Delavingne and Sai Bennett 

27 Oct

It’s time for another round-up of some of the hottest celebrity looks that have been appearing in gossip columns and fashion pages over the past month.

Lots of work to do.. 

26 Oct

The site has been started, lot's to do..

The New Site 

26 Oct

First thing I noticed was that the site looks a mess if loaeded from an old link! The motopress plugin not quite working as expected! No doubt my fault..

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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.

Briggs secures £250,000 contract with Car Parts Industries 

2 Oct

CANNOCK-based Briggs Equipment has won a new contract worth £250,000 to supply materials handling equipment to remanufacturer of automotive parts Car Parts Industries (CPI).

Staffordshire accountancy firms merge to support growth 

26 Sep

TWO chartered accountancy firms in Staffordshire are to merge in order to strengthen their business offering to the region.

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.

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Create a Christmas card competition 

30 Oct

Cannock Chase Council has joined forces with Bescot Promotions to launch a Christmas card competition for young people living in the District.

Cannock Chase residents to benefit from pioneering community solar investment project 

30 Oct

A pioneering new community energy initiative to make Cannock Chase greener while helping the Council’s tenants cut their energy bills is being launched on Tuesday November 4th at Cannock Chase Council Offices at 7.30 pm...

1000 Staffordshire families helped by countywide programme 

29 Oct

The lives of nearly 1000 families in Staffordshire have been turned around thanks to a county-wide programme.

Global company to relocate to the District 

29 Oct

Global company Hellermann Tyton are proposing to relocate their UK Sales and Distribution Centre to Cannock.

Business Rates 

28 Oct

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to Katy Stone on 28 October 2014 .

Staffordshire’s ‘Best start’ consultation is under way 

28 Oct

Parents and communities are being asked to take part in a major public consultation on proposals to change how the county council helps parents to give their children the best start in life.

New interactive map means residents can search when and where to expect fibre broadband roll-out 

28 Oct

The Superfast Staffordshire broadband project has now enabled over 20,000 homes and businesses in Staffordshire with the ability to receive fibre broadband since engineering work began in May this year.

New waste and recycling calendars on the way 

28 Oct

Time to clear some space on your fridge, as the District’s new waste and recycling calendars are on the way.

Spooky goings on in Hednesford Park this Halloween 

28 Oct

Things are getting spooky again in Hednesford this Halloween with the Lantern Story Walk returning to the town.

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Witness appeal – M6 fatal incident 

28 Oct

Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident at 7.20pm on the M6 on Monday 27 October.

Firearms Surrender 

24 Oct

Staffordshire Police will be holding a two-week opportunity for people to surrender unwanted firearms and ammunition starting 27 October to 9 November 2014.

Sixth man jailed for child exploitation 

24 Oct

A sixth man was jailed today for his role in the sexual exploitation of a child in Staffordshire.

Police dog Alfie hangs up his harness 

24 Oct

One of Staffordshire Police’s most successful employees has retired after eight years loyal service, dog and pup.

Officer injured in the line of duty 

20 Oct

We received a call from colleagues in the ambulance service at around 7.30 pm on Sunday 19 October requesting assistance under the Mental Health Act at an address on Wat Tyler Close in Rugeley.

Euro Forces Reunite Against Cross-Border Crime 

20 Oct

Staffordshire Police taking part in the third collaboration between UK and European forces in tackling international criminality on the UK road network.

New Act Encourages Partnership Working on ASB 

17 Oct

New legislation will give power to victims of anti-social behaviour to request a review of how their cases have been handled.

County advocates join anti-cyberbullying campaign 

16 Oct

The Staffordshire branches of two national advocacy groups have pledged their support to a campaign led by Staffordshire Police to stem the tide of cyberbullying in the county.

Gearing Up to Drive Down Car Key Burglary 

9 Oct

Staffordshire Police is to roll out a series of high-tech devices to car owners who are at higher risk of having their houses broken into and the keys to luxury cars stolen.

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