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Tom’s Kitchen Birmingham – Kids Eat Free This Summer 

14 Aug

Tom’s Kitchen is a jewel in Birmingham’s food crown, a great place to enjoy brunch, a pre-theatre meal, or a full blown three courses.


What to Wear at a Funeral: Fashion Tips & Advice 

14 Aug

Funerals are an unavoidable aspect of life that come with a lot of grief, sadness and headache.


Stylish Television – The Bletchley Circle San Francisco 

13 Aug

The stylish TV drama ‘The Bletchley Circle’ has returned to our TV screens this Summer, with the action now relocated to San Francisco.


I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here – Visiting Liverpool 

13 Aug

Liverpool is one of the liveliest, most vibrant cities in the UK, and one that I just love to visit.


Cost of a new boiler? 

13 Aug

Cost of a new boiler? My boiler broke down last week and I had to have it replaced.


3 Benefits of a Shared Workspace 

10 Aug

Whether you’re a freelancer going it alone or part of an established organisation with a fleet of staff, shared office space might be a great business move for you and your company.


Summer Car Journeys With Kids 

9 Aug

The beautiful weather this Summer has seen lots of people opt to holiday in the UK, or, if not actually holiday, at least take lots of day trips to the coast and British tourist destinations.


Summer Security For Your Home 

8 Aug

Summer security is a bit of a minefield, we are all so hot with the current heatwave that it is very easy to leave windows open both day and night, an open invitation to a burglar.


Chemical Peels: Which Peel Strength Is Right for You? 

7 Aug

When you are considering using a chemical peel to improve your skin or treat a certain condition that you are suffering from, you should keep in mind that these chemical peels come with varying acid strengths.


Four Surprising Benefits of a Kids Slide 

7 Aug

Children seem to be spending more and more time indoors; as soon as they get home from school, they settle down in front of the TV or spend most of the night on the iPad.


5 Tips to finding a reputable medical facility near you 

5 Aug

Medical facilities are essential and you should make sure you find a reputable one immediately you move into a new place.


7 Flavours All Vapors Might Want to Avoid 

5 Aug

What’s great about using vaporizers or slick vape pens isn’t just the fact that it’s a healthier alternative to smoking, but also because it comes in a variety of flavors to choose from for the satisfaction of your tastebuds! From cotton candy ...


The TurfToby Carvery Norton Canes 

4 Aug

Norton Canes: Whatever M&B think, this place is The Turf.


Madagascar The Musical Is Great Fun 

1 Aug

Taking an ultra popular kids animated film and turning it into a musical comes with some risks, especially when the action spans the globe, taking in New York, an whole sway of Ocean, Antarctica and Madagascar.


Travel Focus UK: Dorset 

31 Jul

One of the most beautiful and spectacular places in the UK is the county of Dorset, And whilst we may not all be able to afford to live in the millionaires playground that is Sandbanks, the coastal towns of the Jurassic coast are definitely worth a ...


Your Summer Handbag Lifesavers 

31 Jul

I posted a few days ago about my fave Summer bag trends, but what about the essentials that you find yourself carrying in Summer.


Looking After Your Lawn 

30 Jul

We’ve had the most incredible Summer so far.


Summer Bag Trends 

30 Jul

Summer is a time when we want our bags to be cute, practical and fun.


Fashion Forward On A Budget 

29 Jul

How can I be  fashion forward when I’m on a budget ? The answer? Change your shopping habits, and choose to update your existing clothes, being inspired by current trends and designers.


Terrorism Insurance Is Something To Consider.ca 

29 Jul

When it comes to insuring your home or your business, insurance against an act of terrorism may not be something you consider, and if you do think about it at all, it may just be something that you choose to opt out of.


The Complete works of Shakespeare (abridged) at The Old Rep 

25 Jul

NOTICE! The National Production Company take no responsibility for any loss of blood pressure, brain cells or partners during the course of the proceedings.


An Englishman’s Home is His Castle: Unconventional Places to Live 

24 Jul

With the housing crisis, the collapse of the housing market and the all-time high prices of buying and renting property, finding somewhere to live in the UK can be an expensive and stressful process.


The Right Manual For Your Product 

24 Jul

Picture the scenario.


Working From Home – It’s All About Organisation 

24 Jul

More and more of us are taking the option of working from home.


5 Tips to dressing up your jumpsuit or romper 

24 Jul

Jumpsuits and rompers are stylish and great if you want to achieve that chic look, especially in the warm weather.


Blogger Outreach – Why It’s A Win-Win Situation 

23 Jul

It is hard now to think of a world without blogs and bloggers.


3 Ways to Retain Your Youth as a Busy Mommy 

23 Jul

As a busy mommy, you may often find that some days your hair is out of place, you have on two different shoes when you leave the house, and you forget to eat for most of the day.


Flooring Solutions And Maintenence 

19 Jul

Busy family homes need flooring solutions that are up to the job.


Iconic Jewellery Collectors 

19 Jul

This morning I was going through my jewellery to decide what pieces to wear, and once again I opted for a vintage paste brooch, an item that seems to be a bit of an obsession at the moment.


Ladies Day Is Just Fabulous! 

18 Jul

The warm, witty and rather wonderful Ladies Day had its press night at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre last night and proved to be a smash hit with the audience.


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Chasewater Railway – 2018 Annual Charities Day this Sunday! 

11 Aug

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Sunday (12th August 2018) staging it’s Annual Charities Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains, and there will be charity stalls and ...


Hednesford festival on today! 

11 Aug

Thanks for Stuart Cowley for the tipoff, I can also share the late news that today, Saturday 11th August 2018 it’s Hednesford Festival in Hednesford Park, and there’s loads to do with a market, stalls, fun and games, classic cars and ...


Bridge works finished ahead of schedule 

6 Aug

Over the last six weeks our highways crews have been working seven days a week and additional twilight shifts on week days to complete the major improvement scheme on Burton Bridge.


Warning for local dog walkers: Beware of adders! 

6 Aug

Hi folks – time for a warning – I’m seeing reports that dogs are being bitten by adders at Chasewater and other heathland at the moment, so take care.


Lots going on in August 

6 Aug

With many of our colleagues enjoying some well-earned rest and recuperation, one might expect that life back in SCC would be quieter.


County’s carers recognised at annual awards 

3 Aug

There are thousands of carers right across the county, always going that extra mile for the people they look after and this month we got the chance to say thank you to them.


Police incident at Chasewater yesterday evening 

1 Aug

There’s been a lot of understandable concern on social media in the last 12 hours or so due to a large police presence at Chasewater yesterday evening (Tuesday 31st July 2018), including the dog unit, force helicopter and an armed response team...


Dignity in Care Awards 

30 Jul

I didn’t manage to get to this year’s Dignity in Care Awards which took place in Newcastle College last week, but I wanted to mention it, because it is such an important event.


Mabel’s Vintage Fair at Chasewater Railway today! 

29 Jul

I notice that today Sunday, 29th July 2018, there’s a rather fun looking vintage event being staged at Chasewater Railway by Mabel’s Vintage.


Andy Cook New Forward for 2018-19 

27 Jul

Cook To Join Walsall Published by     Tranmere Rovers FC   at     22nd May 2018     Striker to join League One club Striker Andy Cook has joined EFL League One side Walsall on a two-year deal.


Celebrating completion of highways work for multi-million pound development scheme 

26 Jul

This month I met with our partners to mark the completion of a major road scheme supporting the exciting Branston Locks development.


Castle House opens for business 

23 Jul

This week we’re celebrating the opening of the brand new £15.4 million civic centre Castle House, next to Queens Gardens in the centre of Newcastle.


Looking out for older relatives 

19 Jul

There’s nothing like a good World Cup to galvanise the country, local communities and bring together neighbourhoods and families.


Learnings from LGA Conference 

16 Jul

The Local Government Association Conference (LGA) in Birmingham last week was, as always, an opportunity to learn and to understand what is going on across the country in our sector.


County’s growth plans In front of Select Committee 

13 Jul

This week we will see a renewed focus on the County Council’s efforts to boost the economy, deliver major business investment projects and create nearly 20,000 jobs by 2024.


Enjoying the hot weather and staying safe 

11 Jul

I’m sure most people have been enjoying the hot weather over the past few weeks and with it expected to continue, we’ve issued some advice on making the most of it and staying safe.


Showcasing £70m regional partnership to support local businesses 

2 Jul

Last week we got the chance to showcase exciting plans to support over 1,000 innovative businesses as part of a regional collaboration to Small Business Minister, Andrew Griffiths MP The New Keele Deal is enabling businesses to access Keele ...


Congratulations to Matt Biggs, and an update on Network Staffordshire 

2 Jul

I couldn’t begin this week’s entry with any other subject than to congratulate Matt Biggs on being recognised at a national level as local government’s Rising Star of the Year.


Foster Carers Thanked at Long Service Awards 

27 Jun

Earlier this month, over 100 foster carers and members of the fostering team gathered for our Fostering long service awards to celebrate the amazing work that our army of foster carers do every day.


Major engineering works in Burton 

25 Jun

People who live or work in Burton will be interested to hear that our major engineering project to future proof Burton Bridge is now underway and on schedule.


Leading and managing change 

25 Jun

I went to a number of events last week which centred on leading and managing change, and they have set me thinking.


Welcoming back the UK Corporate Games 

21 Jun

While we’re incredibly proud that Staffordshire was able to play its role in helping the England squad in their pre World Cup training at St.


Do please be deer aware! 

19 Jun

Whist out and about on Sunday 17th June 2018, I came upon deer at Chasewater and at Cannock Chase who were either heavily pregnant or who had young fawns – cute as they are, this is a time to give the new mums and babies plenty of respectful, quiet...


Conducting a Peer Challenge in Gloucestershire 

18 Jun

I spent last week in Gloucestershire as part of the Peer Challenge for the County Council.


Above and beyond at Chasewater again – and a closer look at the dam house 

17 Jun

It’s always nice to see local drone photography and I’m very pleased and honoured to share this set fro former Brownhills lad Steve Martin, whose incredible and high quality work I’ve featured here before.


Staffordshire’s growing economy 

14 Jun

The latest unemployment figures issued this week show that only 1.3 per cent of the local working age population here in Staffordshire is claiming out of work benefits and it has been the same over the last three months.


MBEs and BEMs for Staffordshire residents 

11 Jun

Firstly, a huge congratulations to everyone who was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours over the weekend.


Doing things differently and giving children the best start in life 

7 Jun

The County Council is always looking for new innovative ideas and finding new, more efficient ways of doing things.


Get some Iron, man – annual triathlon hits Chasewater and South Staffordshire this Sunday 

7 Jun

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that this Sunday (June 10th 2018), the fourth Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be staged, with a 1.2 mile early morning swim in Chasewater being amongst the highlights IRONMAN 70.3 ...


Remembering D-Day. 

5 Jun

Today is D-Day (well it was during the war) Our Dad was in the South Staffs Pioneer Corps, which I have found out were part of The Royal Engineers.


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