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December 10th – I continued from Chasewater up around Engine… 

13 Dec

December 10th - I continued from Chasewater up around Engine Lane and down to old railway trail to the old cement works bridge overlooking the council depot, where gritters and ploughs were coming and going in a constant stream.


December 10th – They say things come to those who wait, and… 

13 Dec

December 10th - They say things come to those who wait, and overnight between Saturday and Sunday someone turned on the celestial snow machine.


Kids Presents Gifted By A Wicked Uncle 

12 Dec

Question: How can you amaze and impress your children when it comes to present choices this Christmas? Answer: By thinking outside the box when it comes to presents, avoiding the Barbies and Star Wars that are found on every supermarket shelf, and ...


A Gift Of Love From Chapelle Jewellery 

11 Dec

Still trying to track down that perfect gift for the love of your life? Maybe you are looking for something special for your mom, sister, auntie or best friend? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you may just find the answer to what ...


Shopping For Seasonal Bargains 

8 Dec

Tis the season to be jolly, but did you know it is also the season to grab a late bargain? Yes Christmas may only be a couple of weeks away, but December is fast becoming the month to get a bargain.


Peter Pan – Christmas In Neverland Is Coming Soon To The Arena Birmingham 

8 Dec

The World ’ s Biggest Pantomime is back in Birmingham for a host of new Christmas shows this December.


A Cosy Home For Christmas 

7 Dec

I am a real sucker for the Channel 5 Christmas B movies, the sort that star people like Hayley Duff and Nicolette Sheridan and are set in places where they have crisp, deep snow, acres of Christmas lights and the biggest trees you ever did see.


A Guide To Christmas Occasion Dressing 

7 Dec

Christmas calls for the best your wardrobe has to offer.


Your Luxurious Bathroom – Finishing Touches 

6 Dec

On Monday I wrote a post about how even the smallest bathroom could be transformed into a luxurious space with the addition of a few choice pieces of furniture.


101 Dalmatians at the Rep Birmingham – Just Wonderful 

6 Dec

How a 101 Dalmatians would play as a stage show, particularly one based more on the Dodie Smith book rather than the Disney version was a question that I had been asking, particularly after watching a rehearsal session early last month .


Creating A Tranquil Bathroom Space 

4 Dec

We’ve all seen those dream bathrooms in the movies and television, the spaces where you could happily while the hours away relaxing in hot soapy suds, thinking about absolutely nothing.


Christmas At The Botanical Gardens 

4 Dec

Last Thursday was possibly the coldest night of Winter so far, but it was also a night full of magical sparkle and beautiful lights.


More Football Gift Ideas This Christmas 

4 Dec

Following on from my last football gift post today I am bringing you some more gift ideas for those who think that football is the most important thing in the world.


Reviewed: Alice In Wonderland At The Old Rep 

2 Dec

A press day on a Saturday afternoon – it must be nearly Christmas.


November Outfits Post 

1 Dec

My penultimate outfit round up of 2017 is a selection of looks that make up the second half of a very busy November.


Birmingham’s Most Beautiful Grotto Opens At House Of Fraser 

1 Dec

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and, if you have small people in your home, then a trip to see Santa in his grotto is a must.


Channel Meghan Markle This Christmas Party Season 

30 Nov

I have a new style crush.


A Printable Snowman Activity 

30 Nov

One more day! Just one more day and we officially land in December, and then even the grumpiest of Bah! Humbugs have to acknowledge that it is very nearly Christmas.


Review: 12 Days of Joy Gift Box 

30 Nov

Nothing helps build up more excitement for Christmas like a festive advent calendar.


Have You Considered Car Leasing? 

29 Nov

So you want to get a new car.


Christmas Gift Idea:Hofmeister Is Back! 

29 Nov

It was one of the most iconic bear brands of the 1980s, with an instantly recognisable advert and slogan, and now it is back, and not just back, but back and winning awards.


Bond with your children with these five great holiday ideas 

28 Nov

As a mother, spending quality time with your youngsters is so important.


Grease at Wolverhampton Grand – Good Fun 

28 Nov

A new touring production of the classic musical Grease opened at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre last night, and although it was a real crowd pleaser with the appreciative audience simply loving it, you may not recognise all the songs and scenes if ...


Countdown to Cruella Pt 2 – A Chat With The Cast 

27 Nov

Following on from my chat with the director of 101 Dalmatians, Tessa Walker, and puppetry designer Jimmy Grimes, this post is, as promised, a chat with some of the cast who will be bringing Dodie Smith’s much loved classic tale to life at the ...


Christmas Gift Ideas: Beauty Gifts and Stocking Fillers 

27 Nov

Today I am turning my attention towards bath and beauty, and, more specifically, gift ideas in this area.


Car Safety Tips When Driving With Children 

27 Nov

Sponsored Post.


November 35th – I passed through Chasewater in a splendid, cold… 

26 Nov

November 35th - I passed through Chasewater in a splendid, cold golden hour, hoping maybe to catch some red deer.


November 25th – On a bright, cold winter day, near the M6 Toll… 

26 Nov

November 25th - On a bright, cold winter day, near the M6 Toll in Great Wyrley, clematis seed heads looking very alien in a forgotten, edge-land thicket.


The Nutcracker – Christmas Comes To Birmingham 

25 Nov

The Birmingham Hippodrome was once again transformed into the epitome of Christmas as the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s classic production of The Nutcracker opened last night.


8 gardening hacks using everyday household items 

24 Nov

Gardening is incredibly rewarding, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth.


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Gritting crews working round the clock 

11 Dec

Having been working round the clock since Friday to tackle sub-zero temperatures and snow, our gritting crews are continuing their work to keep the roads clear.


Senior Managers’ Conference, and a thanks to our highways teams 

11 Dec

We had our Senior Managers’ Conference last week.


Creature feature 

8 Dec

Here's one to check out if you're up at Chasewater in the week, or maybe this Sunday at the Christmas Fair - a great looking exhibition by local Artist Lesley 'Will' Littleton, which runs at the Innovation Centre until December 21st 2017, open from ...


2017 Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade at Chasewater this Sunday! 

7 Dec

There's a further chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday (10th December 2017) -  there's the Annual Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre.


The Digital Revolution 

4 Dec

We seem to be making real progress on the Smart Staffordshire work, in which the county council is working with our universities, businesses and the Staffordshire public sector.


Any road up? 

4 Dec

I've been busy with real-world work most of this weekend, so apologies for the reduced power in transmission, but here's the first of two interesting articles I've had in from Ian James, both regarding the history and physical geography of Chasewater.


Reggie Bear needs your help! 

30 Nov

Christmas is usually a special time for families and something that children very much look forward to.


On the shore 

29 Nov

While I'm busy, a couple of great postcard images reach me from Dean Rogers in the Norton Canes History Group - these are of Norton Pool around 1910 and seem to have been taken at the same time.


The Budget and what it means for Staffordshire 

29 Nov

Last week we had the Chancellor’s Budget with Pledges to invest more in the NHS this winter, a drive to increase house building and extra investment in education and skills, Alongside this was increases in personal tax allowances for people, and ...


The Woodmen fell Coppice residents 

20 Nov

On Saturday afternoon, Walsall Wood FC took the short stroll up the road to Five Ways at Heath Hayes to comfortably beat Heath Hayes, continuing the Woodmen's somewhat astonishing performance so far this season.


Walsall Wood away to Heath Hays at the Coppice this afternoon! 

18 Nov

Come and watch stellar Walsall Wood play at Heath Hayes this afternoon! Continue reading...


Staffordshire’s best tourism businesses celebrated at awards 

17 Nov

Tourism plays a vital role in our overall economy and on Wednesday over 40 of our top tourism businesses gathered for the 2017 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism Awards.


Pictures and video from Brownhills and Heath Hayes 2017 Remembrance events 

16 Nov

Last weekend, Saturday and Sunday 11-12th November 2017 saw the annual Remembrance weekend in the UK and I'm pleased to say Walsall Borough and South Staffordshire did themselves proud and staged a whole range of parades and events that were well ...


Remembrance, and St Peter’s Bridge 

13 Nov

I am extremely proud of Staffordshire’s close links with the military, and therefore it was humbling to see so many people in our county pay their respects to the fallen over the weekend.


Keeping healthy this winter 

8 Nov

Winter brings with it lots of different challenges for everyone and In my last post, I touched on our winter preparations from a highways point of view.


Putting you front and centre 

6 Nov

Hopefully, you will have received my email message on the recent Connecting Us survey.


Winter preparations underway 

2 Nov

We are feeling the first signs of winter now and rest assured behind the scenes our highways teams have been busy putting our army of gritting machines through their paces so they are ready to be rolled out when needed.


Make it Strictly West End with Brownhills finest – who are also returning home! 

31 Oct

Martin Morris from the Shire Oak group on Facebook has drawn my attention to the fact that Brownhills Musical Theatre Company have their latest show 'Strictly West End' on this week at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock.


Please keep an eye out for this lost wedding ring 

28 Oct

Reader Claire Mason has been in touch yesterday to ask if I would share the following somewhat sad appeal - Her husband has lost his wedding ring somewhere between Chasewater and Brownhills West.


Chasewater Railway – ride the Ghost Train this evening! 

28 Oct

I note Chasewater Railway have Halloween ghost trains running this evening (28th October 2016) with prizes for fancy dress, ghostly fun and games and much more spooky fun for all the family! Continue reading...


Looking forward to further business expansion and more jobs for the county 

25 Oct

Further business expansion announcements made this month were welcome news and will help strengthen the county’s position as a place of opportunity.


Making the most of HS2, discussing the Better Care Fund, and the LEP’s annual conference 

23 Oct

I can never complain about this being a boring job.


Pearls for Tears. 

18 Oct

Princess Margaret in 1951.


National Adoption Week 

17 Oct

This week it’s National Adoption Week and with almost seven out of 10 children waiting for adoptive families from sibling groups, there’s a real need to help find them loving homes.


And now to something close to all our hearts, good food and drink 

11 Oct

This Friday some of the best food & drink businesses from across the county will go head-to-head at the Taste of Staffordshire GOOD FOOD AWARDS.


Chasewater Railway Coal Train event this weekend 

7 Oct

Sorry again for the late notice but I note Chasewater Railway have their Coal Train event this weekend (Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October 2017) with a mixture of diesel and steam runnings, demo trains and working plant.


Unlocking the power of the crowd 

5 Oct

Supporting communities to be at the heart of local initiatives is the future of local government, and the way that we’ll continue to improve the lives of people in Staffordshire.


The Local Government Challenge, and a Connecting Us Survey reminder 

2 Oct

We had two teams participating in Local Government Challenge this week, run by the West Midlands Employers (WME) of whom we are a member.


Fancy joining work parties at Chasewater? They start today and run through October 

2 Oct

A quick appeal here for folk to join work parties at Chasewater starting today (Monday 2nd October 2017) helping the rangers clear the raised beds around the innovation centre and south shore that have become such a mess.


Stuck in a rut – beware, folks – the deer are getting horny…. 

28 Sep

This is just a quick note to warn people given to exploring the open spaces of the area that over the next 8-10 weeks or so the deer population will be getting amorous - it's rutting time for our large brown friends, and that means one thing: the ...


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