Staffordshire news and blogs Wednesday 22 February 2017
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Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit author J.R.R Tolkien’s Rock… 

20 Feb

Fans of fantasy epic Lord of the Rings now have the chance to live in the author's Staffordshire home.

VIDEO: Theresa May says Brexit will be a ‘real opportunity’ for… 

20 Feb

Prime Minister Theresa May says her plan for Brexit will help Stoke-on-Trent's pottery industry expand its exports around the world.

Big Issue: Where are the women on Stoke-on-Trent Central’s ballot… 

17 Feb

Nine men and one woman.

Motorcyclist dies after Burntwood crash 

16 Feb

A motorcyclist has died after a crash in Burntwood.

Motorcyclist from Cannock dies after accident on Burntwood 

16 Feb

A 31-year-old motorcyclist has died following an accident on a Staffordshire road.

Time running out to register for 2017 Staffordshire Ironman event 

16 Feb

Time is running out for people to sign up for the Staffordshire Ironman event.

Tories by-election campaign: ‘Our students need to make a success… 

15 Feb

The Tories have visited Staffordshire University today as the battle to become Stoke-on-Trent Central's next MP hots up.

VIDEO: Home Secretary Amber Rudd says more police ‘not the whole… 

13 Feb

Home Secretary Amber Rudd says increasing the number bobbies on the beat is 'not the whole answer' to dealing with city centre crime.

Tory chairman insists party is taking Stoke-on-Trent Central… 

13 Feb

Conservative chairman Patrick McLoughlin insists his party are taking the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election 'very seriously'.

Engineers to lower levels in Chasewater reservoir during dam maintenance work 

10 Feb

The water level in Chasewater reservoir is set to drop as maintenance work takes place on the dam wall.

VIDEO: By-election: Transport Secretary Chris Grayling insists… 

9 Feb

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling says Stoke-on-Trent will still benefit from HS2 despite the city missing out on being chosen as a terminal for the high speed rail line.

Police name man who died five days after being hit by car in… 

7 Feb

Police have named a man who died five days after being hit by a car in an early-morning crash.

Police warn public about home security after spate of burglaries… 

7 Feb

Staffordshire Police are warning the public to stay vigilant and ensure their homes are properly secure after a spate of burglaries across the county.

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Sport »

Chillington Colour Coded Race – Final Details 

21 Feb

The final details for the Chillington Colour Coded on Sunday 5th March are now available.

Match Preview: Ilkeston (A) 

21 Feb

We head to Ilkeston for the second time this season after the original game was controversially abandoned with just four minutes to go back in September.

Mens Summer League 2017 

21 Feb

Cannock Men's Hockey Club are looking for two Summer League Captains to their new two sides that play in the Mercian Summer Hockey League.

Weekend Report No 21 

20 Feb

Weekend Report No 21  1s 1 V 1 Sheffield Hallum University  Cannock entertained the Sheffield Students this weekend at Chase Park.

Callum Roberts Loan Extended 

20 Feb

Hednesford Town Football Club can confirm that the loan of young defender Callum Roberts has today been extended.

Hednesford Town 5-0 Skelmersdale United 

19 Feb

It was a five-star performance from Hednesford Town as they overcame a hapless Skelmersdale United to record a comfortable victory at Keys Park.

Squad Update 

17 Feb

Hednesford Town Football Club are pleased to announce that experienced defender Nat Brown has today joined on loan for a month from Boston United.

Match Preview: Skelmersdale United (H) 

17 Feb

The Pitmen return to action on Saturday as we host Skelmersdale United at Keys Park.

Players wanted. 

16 Feb

The Club has spaces in the following age groups: – Boys Development Centre – for boys aged 4, 5 and 6.

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Comment »

Update on recent Chasewater Dam works from Andy Dennis 

19 Feb

There's ongoing interest in the drainage works taking place at Chasewater Dam, and I'm indebted to reader and top blog contributor Andy Dennis who's kindly sent me another bunch of pictures and a short video of what's going on.

Growing the County town and beyond 

15 Feb

I keep repeating that growing our county remains a priority for the County Council and stagnating is not an option.

Delivering the Health and Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan 

13 Feb

It’s been a busy and mixed week, with a lot happening.

Cannabis factory fire in Walsall Wood High Street 

11 Feb

It's been a busy night in the area for the emergency services as Saturday evening (11th February 2017) saw a major accident on the Pelsall Road in the Highbridges area, an incident that closed the M6 Toll for a while and now a blaze in what West ...

Road accidents on Pelsall Road and near the M6 Toll this evening 

11 Feb

I'm receiving bits of information about a couple of road accidents this evening (Saturday, 11th February 2017) - a clearly quite serious one on the Pelsall Road between Brownhills and the Fingerpost, and another either on, or on the approaches to the...

Staffordshire County Council issue statement on Chasewater Dam works currently ongoing 

11 Feb

I've been asked by more than a few people this week what's going on with Chasewater Dam - in the last few weeks water levels have been lowered and traffic blocked from the dam road; crews and equipment have been working on apparent drainage works.

Nominations now open for Staffordshire’s dignity in care Awards 

8 Feb

It’s that time of year again when we start the search for our Dignity in Care champions and you’re invited to nominate care workers, carers, volunteers, young people, family members, teams and organisations.

Moving towards life long learning 

7 Feb

I’ve spent the weekend at the Staffordshire University strategy weekend, along with the other governors.

Approving plans for record spending on care 

3 Feb

I met with Cabinet colleagues on Wednesday to approve plans for a record £300million spend on caring for the elderly, people with disabilities and vulnerable children.

An enduring history 

2 Feb

There are two subjects I really wish I could feature more of here on the Brownhills Blog - recent, postwar history and images of Chasewater, and more on local industry, like the BRD - well, today I get to feature both are reader David Hughes recently...

Back in the black 

30 Jan

Today (Monday, 30th January 2017) I was contacted by Irene 'The Swan Lady' Hodges who was in a state of some enthusiasm, as amongst her usual daily cohort of swans and waterfowl at Chasewater, there was a single black swan, which she fed and caught ...

How we fit in with the Government’s new Industrial Strategy 

30 Jan

Last week saw the publication of the Government’s Industrial Strategy , it’s plan to grow the UK economy and spread the benefits across the whole country.

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Features »

The Secret Into Designing The Perfect Website/ Blog 

22 Feb

    Are you thinking of designing your own website? Maybe you want to create a blog for yourself where you can share your life experiences, hobbies, passions and more.

Thriller Live Reviewed at the Wolverhampton Grand 

22 Feb

Thriller Live opened at the Wolverhampton Grand this week and last night I went along to review it.

From jeans to Chic: How to Dress Up 

21 Feb

Image source If you aren’t used to dressing up, it can be an extremely difficult ask.

A Judgement in Stone at Birmingham’s New Alex Theatre 

21 Feb

April 1978.

£10 Sienna X Spray Tan Offer 

21 Feb

Who’s dreaming of being on that holiday already? Let’s fake the tan now with our £10 Sienna X spray tan offer.

February 19th – I had to be in work on a Sunday, unusually,… 

21 Feb

February 19th - I had to be in work on a Sunday, unusually, early in the morning.

Floral Embellished Skater Dress from Lovedrobe 

20 Feb

There are some dresses that make you feel like a princess when you wear them.

What makes the best parties so great? 

19 Feb

There is nothing like a good party.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Twitter Party 

19 Feb

On Thursday UKMumsTV and a host of bloggers hosted a very special party on Twitter to celebrate the launch of the DVD version of ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen .


19 Feb

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Things to consider when planning a loft conversation 

17 Feb

A loft conversation can often be the answer when you are struggling for space in your current home.

Four Subtle Decor Tips for New Moms Looking for a Cozier Sleeping Space 

17 Feb

Let’s face it: it’s only natural to let your bedroom décor fall to the wayside after you become a new mom.

Trend Watch 2017: This year’s best timepieces 

16 Feb

One of the greatest gifts you can buy someone – or yourself for that matter, is a luxury watch, both as an investment and a point of pride.

When you need a little financial Advice. 

16 Feb

The Low Interest rates we have been experiencing over the last few years have proved to be good news for those with a mortgage, but less good news for those with traditional savings held in bank accounts.

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Business »

New Brexit study centre proposes radical transport solutions for the West Midlands 

26 Jan

Making the M6 Toll free to use, expanding superfast broadband, expanding the Midland Metro beyond existing proposals, bringing forward shelved railway investment and providing fast links from the Blac...

Power provider Aggreko set to turn up the heat on Winter Olympics 

4 Jan

PORTABLE power and air conditioning group, Aggreko has been awarded a major supply contract for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Wolverhampton pub creates 65 new jobs after £1m revamp 

22 Dec

A WOLVERHAMPTON pub has undergone a million pound plus investment, creating 65 new jobs in the process.

Wheels firm on a roll after new acquisition 

19 Dec

A STAFFORDSHIRE firm supplying wheels and tyres to the caravan, trailer and commercial markets has grown with the acquisition of a firm in Yorkshire.

Former Cannock colliery site ready for £21 million industrial development 

4 Dec

The Kingswood Lakeside scheme, set to created 425 jobs, is first to secure grant funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority...

Vitally needed warehousing pledged for Staffordshire business park after multi-million funding injection 

2 Dec

A £21.6m development along the corridor of the M6 Toll is the first project to receive backing from a new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) investment fund.

As route becomes political punchbag, M6 Toll prepares for major user landmark 

2 Dec

THE 200 millionth customer to use the M6 Toll could use the pay-to-drive motorway today.

Police investigate fire at Amazon warehouse 

14 Nov

STAFFORDSHIRE POLICE are investigating a fire that started in the early hours of Sunday morning at Amazon\'s warehouse in Rugeley.

M6 Toll improves performance but losses still top £18m 

1 Oct

CONTINUING roadworks on the M6 have helped to improve the financial performance of the M6 Toll but the pay-to-drive motorway still racked up losses of more than £18m in its last financial year...

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LocalGov »

Cannock Chase District Council Tax – Bankruptcy instead of enforcing Charging Orders 

14 Feb

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to Deb Williams on 14 February 2017 .

Payments Received for S106 Agreements 

10 Feb

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to keith myatt on 10 February 2017 .

Dumped fridge, 9th February 

9 Feb

Been there 1 month Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Melbourne Road, Heath Hayes Report on FixMyStreet...

LOTS of dog mess, 8th February 

8 Feb

A large amount of dog mess down New Penkridge Road, outside house number 17 down to 33.

Dumped duvet, 7th February 

7 Feb

Duvet dumped on roadside -on the left as you approach from Pottal Pool.

Dumped bin bag, 7th February 

7 Feb

Black bin bag dumped close to the visitor attractions sign as you approach The White House from Pottal Pool direction.

Households affected by the household benefit cap 

7 Feb

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to Jenny Pennington on 7 February 2017 .

Information about the organisations information technology team and infrastructure equipment 

6 Feb

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to Julie Cornish on 6 February 2017 .

Cannock Chase District Council Tax – Bankruptcy instead of enforcing Charging Orders 

6 Feb

Response by Cannock Chase District Council to Deb Williams on 6 February 2017 .

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Sprinkler system minimises damage at Amazon 

14 Nov

Firefighters have praised Amazon for installing a potentially life-saving sprinkler system which helped to supress a blaze at its Rugeley site.

Brownies present crews with potentially life-saving O2 masks for pets 

26 Oct

Kind-hearted Brownies have presented firefighters in Cannock with specially designed oxygen masks to treat pets suffering smoke inhalation.

Latest update on Oak Farm fire 

21 Sep

Following the Tactical Assessment Meeting (TAM) this morning, the burning stack at Oak Farm in Slitting Mill will now be capped with soil as agreed by the multi-agency partnership.

Public meeting held with residents regarding Oak Farm fire 

21 Sep

A public meeting took place at Rugeley Fire Station last night to reassure residents about the fire at Oak Farm.

Air quality monitoring equipment to be deployed 

21 Sep

Cannock Chase Council’s Environmental Health Team are to deploy equipment to monitor the air quality in the immediate area of the fire at Oak Farm, Slitting Mill.

Update on the fire at Oak Farm, Slitting Mill 

19 Sep

Staffordshire Fire Rescue Service (SFRS) have engaged a national expert in waste fires to support the ongoing situation at Oak Tree Farm.

Fire at Oak Tree Farm Slitting Mill Rugeley 

15 Sep

Staffordshire Fire Rescue Service is endeavouring to deal with the ongoing situation at Oak Tree Farm in Slitting Mill, by constant monitoring in conjunction with the Environment Agency and working closely with Cannock Chase Council.

Firefighters dealing with blaze at Rugeley farm 

6 Sep

Firefighters are continuing to deal with a fire today at a farm in Slitting Mill, Rugeley.

Last few places on Cannock driving course up for grabs 

22 Mar

The last few places on a young drivers’ course are up for grabs.

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