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How to Boldly Add Colour to Your Wardrobe 

26 Apr

Let’s face it, black is always the new black.


Can you Guess the Flowers? 

26 Apr

There is nothing like the look and scent of fresh flowers in your home.


The Power Of Gifts In A Relationship 

26 Apr

Image Credit: Pixabay Gift giving is never done like a chore, it is something initiated from the heart.


Reviewed – Laurige Leather Travel Wallet From Pen Heaven 

25 Apr

With holiday season almost upon us, now is the time to get travel organised.


Introducing Celuu Clothing and a very special competition 

25 Apr

Born from 50 years’ experience of British design, we are a womenswear brand with a fresh approach to style.


The Perfect Use of Your Loft Space 

24 Apr

You’ve made the decision to convert your loft space into a room and have decided to go ahead with a loft conversion.


April 16th – At Chasewater, someone has designed and implemented… 

17 Apr

April 16th - At Chasewater, someone has designed and implemented a cunning Bob-trap, by planting the dam with my all time favourite flowers: Cowslips.


Top 5 Freakiest Coincidences of All Time 

16 Apr

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April 14th – Unexpectedly, I came upon a beautiful sight in… 

15 Apr

April 14th - Unexpectedly, I came upon a beautiful sight in Brownhills - over thirty moored narrowboats from the Historic Narrow Boat Club who’re on their Wyrley Wander tour and stopping here until Monday when they move on to Town Arm in Walsall.


Top 5 Weirdest Things That Fell From The Sky 

13 Apr

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Top 5 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True 

13 Apr

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Top 5 Cases of Spontaneous Human Combustion 

13 Apr

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Classic French Interiors style with Dandelion Interiors 

12 Apr

When it comes to interior style, my tastes definitely move towards vintage and classic looks.


Are Your Kids Safe Online? 

12 Apr

Online is where everyone’s at! We live in a world where information travels fast and we can get all that we want just with the click of a button.


LinkedIn Workshop 24th April 2017 

11 Apr

LinkedIn is the most under-utilised   marketing tool in the business world! This intensive 3-hour workshop provides a step-by-step guide how to find, be found, connect and engage with your ideal clients.


Tekkerz Kid and It’s Romello launch Infinity Nado at The Entertainer, Bullring 

11 Apr

Yesterday was a very exciting day in Birmingham for hundreds of kids enjoying the beginning of their half term holidays.


Eco-Friendly DIY Projects You Can Make With Your Kids 

10 Apr

There is nothing better than crafting with your kids to impart to them the value of taking care of our environment.


Scoot Your Way to Work: The Benefits of Scooting Instead of Commuting 

10 Apr

In today’s world, we’re all too aware of how important it is to remain active.


VIDEO: Top 5 Scariest Ghosts Caught on Camera 

10 Apr

Hi guys! Another weird top 5 video: Top 5 Scariest Ghosts Caught on Camera...


VIDEO: Top 5 Unexplained Disappearances From History 

10 Apr

Hi guys! Here's another new video you might enjoy Top 5 Unexplained Disappearances From History...


VIDEO: Top 5 Strangest Ancient Aliens Mysteries 

10 Apr

Hi guys, Here's a new video, check it out.


The Coolest New Shoe Style For Kids of All Ages 

10 Apr

For kids, being and staying cool is very important.


Find a Property this Spring 

9 Apr

Last week I looked at Spring being the perfect time to sell your home , and some of the practical and aesthetic considerations you need to pay special attention to in order to show your home in its best light.


A Red Carpet night for ‘All or Nothing’ at The New Alex Theatre 

9 Apr

Friday night saw a red carpet event and aftershow party for ‘All or Nothing’ .


Ancient & Early rings 

9 Apr

This infographic will take you through seven different types of eras and what were the most popular pieces of jewellery in each era.


New Body, New Look! 

8 Apr

As moms, our bodies change a lot over the years: pregnancy can alter the size and shape of your body, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to be permanent.


Guide to buying men’s shoes 

8 Apr

This infographic will walk you through which shoes you should buy next.


Go Glam with Gold 

7 Apr

Image source Gold – is there a color more glamorous that this rich, shimmering hue? Probably not.


5 Simple Ways to Make a Fashion Statement 

6 Apr

Most people want to be fashionable by dressing up in daringly bold outfits, but they do not always succeed in making a statement.


March Outfit Post #WIWT 

5 Apr

Another month has been and gone, and I have to say, where is the year going? March is always a month I dread.


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Big Ideas Need Attention to Detail Too 

24 Apr

I spent a very useful couple of hours in Northfield Village in Stafford with Philip Atkins and Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council.


Learning a work: the recipe for success 

19 Apr

I hope that you have all enjoyed a relaxing break over Easter, even if it was only the long weekend.


The story of a Norton Canes ANZAC 

16 Apr

I take huge pride today in being able to post the following article by noted and very much respected war historian Andrew Thornton, who's done so much to record the life, times and service of som many servicemen, local and not so local.


Well, this really floats our boat! 

15 Apr

Yesterday, I pointed out that Brownhills was hosting the Historic Narrow Boat Club who have their Wyrley Cruise event on this weekend, and the tour will be spending a couple of days at Silver Street in Brownhills (15-16th April 2017) before moving to...


Historic canal boat tour comes to Brownhills this weekend 

14 Apr

The sharp eyed amongst you will have no doubt noticed that Brownhills has some rather special guests staying with us over Easter - the Historic Narrow Boat Club have their Wyrley Cruise event on now, and the tour has hit town! Continue reading...


The Care Brokerage Team, SMART working and creating the conditions for more and better jobs 

10 Apr

I spent a very useful and enjoyable hour with the Brokerage Team this week, learning more about how we commission care for the frail elderly.


Friends like these are friends indeed! 

8 Apr

That there Kate Cardigan from Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered and a host of other historical and community based projects is appealing for people to join her and other volunteers in the new Friends of Chasewater Group.


Get the Community Doodle bug! 

7 Apr

That there Lucy Wood from the Saxon Hill Craft Barn shop at Chasewater Innovation Centre has written to let me know that they're holding a free Community Doodle Workshop this Saturday, 8th April 2017 from 10am until 2pm, and all are welcome! Continue...


Working in a flexible organisation 

4 Apr

The office moves in Stafford have been running on rails – I’m very grateful to all involved for the effort and can-do attitude that everybody has displayed.


In the soup at Chasewater – this Saturday! 

24 Mar

Two events in one: Kate Cardigan Gomez from Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered etc.


Backing Stoke-on-Trent‘s bid for City of Culture 2021 

24 Mar

I’ve often spoken about how Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have always been closely linked and are steeped in history with a proud and rich heritage going back many years.


Stationary travellers 

23 Mar

There is a good deal of concern at the moment in Brownhills West about a planning consultation currently being undertaken by Cannock Chase District Council, regarding many aspects of local development, but in this case about future provision for ...


Supporting our armed forces and their families 

22 Mar

Staffordshire has a long and proud military heritage, which continues right up to today.


Where does the water go? Find out this Sunday! 

21 Mar

An interesting history walk is taking place this Sunday, 26th March 2017 at Chasewater, entitled 'Where does the water go?' which takes a look at how the dam infrastructure functions, and some of the industrial history of Anglesey Basin and surrounds.


Chasewater Railway 2017 Industrial Gala this weekend! 

18 Mar

Chasewater Railway - the little gem of a preserved industrial railway right on our doorstep is holding it's annual Industrial Gala this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 18-19th March 2017.


The issues around building houses in Staffordshire 

13 Mar

I spoke at a conference on the subject of development in Staffordshire this week.


Woodmen battle Badgers for a draw 

12 Mar

Yesterday (Saturday 11th March 2017) saw Walsall Wood take a scenic trip over Cannock Chase to Brocton, where despite a good fight, the Badgers held the lads to a one-all draw.


Working through the Chancellor’s Budget 

9 Mar

This week we had the Chancellor’s Budget and while we work through the detail and what it means for Staffordshire, there appears to be support for small businesses, money for skills training, help for  those in need, and more childcare to help ...


Creating a more agile and confident organisation 

6 Mar

This week we had the first Senior Managers’ Conference for almost exactly a year.


Chasewater Railway 2017 season starts today! 

5 Mar

I've noticed that Chasewater Railway - the little gem of a preserved industrial railway right on our doorstep is re-starting passenger services this weekend after the winter shutdown.


Your chance to find out about our local deer this Saturday… 

3 Mar

I don't know much about this one, but just a quick heads up: there's a talk entitled 'The Deer of Cannock Chase' on at Chasewater Innovation Centre at 2:00pm Saturday, 4th March 2017.


Staffordshire Strikes Gold again and hits the national headlines 

2 Mar

This week Staffordshire made the international headlines again with the discovery of yet more golden treasure.


Discussing Smart Working at the Senior Managers’ Conference 

27 Feb

This week sees the first Senior Managers’ Conference for a year.


Nurturing our young entrepreneurs 

27 Feb

It’s great to see thousands of our young people taking part in this year’s young enterprise scheme to help develop their personal and business skills.


Get stuck in the bog… 

25 Feb

For those of you into conservation and the local environment, there's this event going on at Norton Bog (that's north Chasewater) this Sunday, 26th February 2017 - the Friends of Norton Bog are a great group and you can find out more about them at ...


Highways crews battle with Storm Doris 

24 Feb

Storm Doris made herself known this week as she swept across the county, bringing with her winds of up to 60 mph which brought down dozens of trees and power lines.


Fakllen tree at Parade, Brownhills 

23 Feb

Take care folks, it’s windy! Another fallen tree at The Parade Brownhills are causing services 10, 10A & 937 to use Chester Road North #Walsall — NX West Midlands (@nxwestmidlands) February 23, 2017 Filed under: News...


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.


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