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Professor urges robust discussion on future of social work degrees in the face of ‘greedy’ universities 

23 Jul

The current debates around social work education are “paradoxical”, social care professor Brigid Featherstone has told Community Care ahead of her keynote speech at the Joint Social Work Education Conference (JSWEC) , which starts today.

New exhibition exploring the First World War opens in Lichfield 

23 Jul

An exhibition exploring the unique role played by the Staffordshire soldiers during the First World War has opened in Lichfield.

Toploader headline Brewood Music Festival 

14 Jul

It was four days of top names and nostalgia as a biennial music festival took over a Staffordshire village this weekend.

Officer numbers plummet in two Midlands jails 

14 Jul

The number of prison officers at two jails in South Staffordshire have fallen by at least a third in the past three years, new figures show.

Thousands Race for Life at Himley Hall 

14 Jul

Women gave cancer a kicking as around 2,000 friends and relatives took part in the Race for Life in the grounds of Himley Hall.

£54,000 bill for Wombourne boss who sold fake T-shirts 

12 Jul

The director of an online clothes business who sold counterfeit designer brands to customers has avoided a jail term but been ordered to pay back £54,000 of ill-gotten gains.

Deregulation Bill could weaken checks on social work providers, experts warn 

10 Jul

The Deregulation Bill currently on its way through Parliament could have a damaging impact on how accountable third-party providers of children’s social work services are, social work academics have warned.

Brinsford Prison officer crashed into tree after pub drinking session 

9 Jul

A prison officer who crashed into a tree while over the drink drive legal limit has been banned from driving.

Brinsford Prison worker crashed into tree after pub drinking session 

9 Jul

A prison worker who crashed into a tree while over the drink drive legal limit has been banned from driving.

Staffordshire paint plant blaze was an accident 

9 Jul

A large blaze at a paint production factory in south Staffordshire was caused accidentally, it has emerged.

Broad Street hotel fire: Crews tackle blaze in restaurant area 

8 Jul

The fire started at 6:15am at the 20-storey Hilton Hampton on Broad Street...

Investigation into ‘suspicious’ fire at Broad Street takeaway 

8 Jul

The fire started at 6:15am at Food Republic next to the Hampton by Hilton...

Firefighters tackle factory blaze 

7 Jul

Residents are urged to keep their windows shut as more than 30 firefighters battle a fire at a paint factory in Cheslyn Hay.

Remembered: Five First World War heroes from Rudyard 

7 Jul

Private John Pass of 2nd Suffolk Regiment, died on October 8, 1918, aged 21.

Changes at Featherstone prison after inmate’s death 

7 Jul

A series of changes have been made by a South Staffordshire prison when responding to healthcare emergencies after an inmate collapsed and later died.

Controversial Staffordshire camping plans to be discussed at meeting 

5 Jul

Outraged residents have called a public meeting to discuss controversial plans to erect a campsite in a South Staffordshire village.

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Vanarama becomes Title Sponsor of the Football Conference 

30 Jul


Hednesford Town 1-0 Wolves U21s 

30 Jul

Despite many of the eyes in the crowd at Keys Park last night trained on the exiled Wolverhampton Wanderers ‘Bomb Squad’, it was Pitmen striker Steve Diggin who showcased his talents the clearest as the recent signing from Brackley...

Peace Games this Sunday 

29 Jul

This Sunday.

Skipper’s ton can’t halt the league leaders 

28 Jul

A big unbeaten hundred by Himley captain Greg Wright could not stop West Bromwich Dartmouth in the Birmingham District League Premier Division.

First team make Villa Park! 

27 Jul

Our intrepid first team and their manager Phil McGuinness completed a sponsored bike-ride today to raise funds for the new season.

Hednesford Town 1-1 Wrexham 

27 Jul

Hednesford Town continued their positive preparations ahead of the new season on August 9th with another encouraging performance against higher placed opposition, this time versus Wrexham of the Football Conference.

Academy coach wanted. 

24 Jul

The Club is looking for a committed coach for our Boys’ Academy that meets Saturday mornings.

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St Modwen gets approval for large mixed-use scheme in Derbyshire 

29 Jul

BIRMINGHAM-based developer St Modwen is to deliver a primary school and contribute £1.5m towards secondary education in Hilton, South Derbyshire, as part of its plans for a mixed-use scheme on a brown...

Talbot Construction chosen to build new Porsche dealership 

7 Jul

ASK Developments and Trebor Developments have selected a non-regional construction firm as the contractor for the new Porsche dealership next to Junction 2 of the M54 near Wolverhampton.

Birmingham set for summer of commuter misery 

17 Jun

A host of roadworks, including to the A452 Chester Road, between the Bagot Arms roundabout and Junction 5 of the M6, could affect tens of thousands of drivers...

Manufacturer PP Electrical concludes supply deal as funding backs its growth 

2 Jun

A STAFFORDSHIRE manufacturer has signed a national agreement with one of the worlds leading pneumatics, fluid power and automation specialists.

Institution of Civil Engineers crowns Smart Motorways top project 

22 May

'Birmingham Box' scheme, which aims to ease congestion on busy strip of M6, takes home project of the year prize at award ceremony...

Grant boost for hotel business 

16 May

A landmark hotel popular for weddings in South Staffordshire has been handed a vital lifeline of grants worth almost £90,000 which will allow bosses to expand and create more than 20 jobs.

Board overhaul paying off at eg solutions, AGM will hear 

13 May

STAFFORDSHIRE-based back office software specialist eg solutions has reported encouraging financial performance since the year end.

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Payments system scheduled maintenance 

30 Jul

Payments system scheduled maintenance...

Lottery win to fund new sport facilities 

30 Jul

Lottery win to fund new sport facilities...

Corporate Peer Challenge 

25 Jul

Corporate Peer Challenge...

Secondary school agency spends 

25 Jul

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to Chris on 25 July 2014 .

Secondary school agency spends 

21 Jul

Request sent to South Staffordshire District Council by Chris on 21 July 2014 .

Springhill Cricket Club reach finals 

21 Jul

Springhill Cricket Club reach finals...

Dangerous Parking, 19th July 

19 Jul

Vans keep parking on Forge Close Evenings and Weekends, this is on the entrance to Forge Close as you turn off the A34, this proves difficult to see pas and is very very dangerous.

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Home Secretary announces new Inspector of Constabulary 

25 Jul

The Home Secretary today announced that Mike Cunningham has been appointed as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary.

Snap to it and review your security 

24 Jul

Police are urging people to take simple crime prevention measures to thwart would-be thieves following an increase in burglaries in the Lichfield and Burntwood areas.

Protecting victims of domestic abuse 

18 Jul

Staffordshire Police has applied for eight Domestic Violence Protection Orders since they were introduced to protect victims of domestic abuse at the end of June.

Code sets out National Standards for policing 

15 Jul

Today sees the national launch of the police’s Code of Ethics, which sets out standards of behaviour that the public can expect from officers and staff at every role and at every level.

Gift tractor to aid successful rural crime effort 

10 Jul

Staffordshire Police is set to reinforce its dedication to fighting rural and wildlife crime, with the help of a new recruit, a four-ton tractor, kindly donated by a local firm.

They did it!!! Cycling Yoxall to Barmouth and back in one day 

7 Jul

Sgt Nigel Roberts (based at East Staffordshire Local Policing Team) and PC Dave Rowley (based at police headquarters) carried out their challenge to raise funds for three charities.

Don’t let a burglar ruin your holiday 

1 Jul

Police are urging holidaymakers to check their home security and entrust a neighbour to keep an eye on their property when they are away to help stop would-be burglars breaking in.

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31 Jul

Programme of Events: Fencing Does this event appeal to you? Would like to get involved? Why not come along and give it a try.

Finding ‘N’: The Pleck Canal Mystery, 1915 

30 Jul

The Scarborough Rd Canal Bridge, from around the point where ‘N’ was pulled from the water.

Technology Intrusion? 

29 Jul

As is my wont and when business allows, I do like a lunchtime stroll to loosen up the muscles especially on a Tuesday when I’m sore after football the previous evening.

End of Le Tour 

28 Jul

This weekend has been rather mundane in reality – cleaning up, meal for parents, helped JC shift Dave and Adam’s toy garage and went round Wednesfield with The Duffer and his wife.

Gavin backs SSCVA funding application 

25 Jul

SSCVA is a community support development organisation.

MP calls on local schools to back British farmers 

25 Jul

New initiative will benefit thousands of farmers.

Norman King 

25 Jul

Date: Fri, 2014-07-25 12:41 Description: Norman King Keywords: Norman, King SSHA was sad to hear of the death of Norman King on 13 July, aged 91.

MP works as volunteer driver 

24 Jul

Schemes help less mobile people travel in local area.

Gavin helps out on Pattingham farm 

24 Jul

Gavin visited with local farmer John Roberts.

From Brownhills to Brandwood: Thomas William James and the Pity of War 

24 Jul

The emphatically completed ‘Roll of Honour’ form for Thomas William James (Staffordshire Record Office) Read the tragic story of the elusive on-time Brownhills, Wyrley and Brummie man, Thomas James and the attempt to get him a recognised ...


22 Jul

Traffic problems at Cheslyn Hay Primary School.

MP to act as volunteer driver 

22 Jul

MP helps out with Local Village Transport scheme.

Holiday Reading 

21 Jul

Just a note about a couple of books I read in Italy whilst on holiday: Submarine by Thomas Parrish.

Sport overload 

21 Jul

In days of yore, each of the major sporting events would be spaced out enough so that the collisions in scheduling would be minimised.

Gavin slams JLR advert ban 

18 Jul

'Art of Villainy' video featured Tom Hiddlestone.

Stalin by Robert Service 

17 Jul

At last I have finished this book.

Rifle Shooting 

17 Jul

Programme of Events: Rifle Shooting Does this event appeal to you? Would like to get involved? Why not come along and give it a try.

MP calls on Council to empty ‘dumping ground’ 

17 Jul

Authority using field to store building materials.

MP welcomes Core Maths Early Adopter 

17 Jul

Cheslyn Hay school to offer the new course.

The Origins of Great Wyrley 

16 Jul

Lead statue of Minerva found in Great Wyrley (Portable Antiquities Scheme: WMID-B76FD0) This article is for those that are having trouble sleeping, or are really interested in the possible early origins of Great Wyrley (and the wider area), From pre-...

MP welcomes further fall in unemployment 

16 Jul

Number of claimants down by 6% on May 2014.

MP welcomes new funding for Wolverhampton Casuals 

15 Jul

Local club has been awarded £1500 by Football Foundation.

Essington Fun Fest 2014 

14 Jul

Just about got over Essington Fun Festival after a scoring day running the HQ tent along with the next door neighbour and The Stymaster.

MP opens Essington Fun Fest 

14 Jul

Gavin came third in the egg and spoon race.

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