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To be Frank: Bruno pops into Penkridge chip shop 

25 Mar

Frank Bruno might be the former heavyweight champion of the world but he still tucks into a portion of fish and chips on a Friday night.


Great Wyrley crash: Driver faces jail after grandmother died and daughter seriously injured 

25 Mar

A driver is facing jail after admitting causing the death of a grandmother and seriously injuring her daughter.


Confirmation work to solve flooding on Chasetown High Street will start in April 

24 Mar

A notorious Burntwood flooding hotspot could be fixed – but not until next month.


Controversial Codsall commuter car park is backed 

23 Mar

A controversial car park for rail commuters will be built in a village – despite fierce opposition from campaigners.


Bosses rule out South Staffordshire College and Walsall College merger 

20 Mar

A formal merger between South Staffordshire and Walsall colleges has been ruled out by their principals and governors.


Shock as staff locked up by armed robbers during raid on Co-op supermarket 

17 Mar

Traders and residents spoke of their shock as armed raiders struck at a Co-op shop in a South Staffordshire village.


Town crier to take centre stage at Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s spring show 

13 Mar

The city’s town crier will be part of a group performing at the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s spring show.


Holy Wombourne watering hole is blessed by priest after revamp 

10 Mar

Alcohol is believed by many Christians to be a gift from God – so it was fitting that a priest should bless a pub following its six-figure revamp.


Ex-inmate reveals horrors behind bars at Featherstone Prison 

7 Mar

"When I got out of that place I swore I’d never go back.


The future of social work education in universities is under threat 

7 Mar

by June Thoburn, Brid Featherstone and Kate Morris Much attention has been paid to the climbdowns the government was forced into on key clauses in the Children and Social Work Bill last week, with critics labelling the handling of the bill a shambles.


Warning to drivers as Essington road floods 

3 Mar

Drivers in Staffordshire were facing a wet drive home today after an A road flooded near the M6.


DX Freight’s bid for £36m Essington super hub REFUSED again 

28 Feb

Controversial plans for DX Freight’s £36 million super hub have been refused for the second time.


Essington DX Freight row: Decision just hours away on controversial super-hub 

28 Feb

South Staffordshire councillors face one of their most controversial issues in recent years tonight when they decide on DX Freight’s plans for a £36 million super-hub.


‘Shocking’ standards found at Featherstone prison 

28 Feb

Inspectors report violent attacks against staff have risen at HMP Featherstone, with drug use rife.


HMP Featherstone ‘RIFE with drugs as inmates forced to live in dirty cells’ 

28 Feb

Featherstone prison is rife with drugs and violence with prisoners locking themselves up for months on end to escape it all, it can today be revealed.


Aerial photo offers new view of wartime Featherstone factory 

27 Feb

It has been earmarked for a major industrial development which would create more than 2,000 jobs – and possibly bring about a controversial new link road.


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Warrington Town 1–0 Hednesford Town 

26 Mar

Hednesford Town fell to a narrow defeat against play-off chasing Warrington Town in a game with little goalmouth action.


Spring Summer Training 2017 

25 Mar

Our long running spring and summer series of runs, training and events including the coveted domination series competition kicks off on Tuesday 28th March .


WCH prize winners 

24 Mar

The annual club prize giving took place at the recent club party and dinner.


Latest Player News 

24 Mar

Three new players have been signed by the Club before the Thursday 5.00pm deadline yesterday.


Replica Shirt Sale 

24 Mar

As we draw towards the end of the current campaign all Hednesford Town replica shirt prices have been reduced.


Match Preview: Warrington Town (A) 

24 Mar

The Pitmen prepare to return to Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division action this weekend as we hit the road to Warrington Town.


Club collecting Spectacles for Vision Aid Overseas 

22 Mar

The Club is collecting unwanted spectacles that will be forwarded to Vision Aid Overseas ( a charity that sends them to the underprivileged in Africa) via our good friends Kelchers Optometrists.


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Business »

Traffic Alert: Fire closes M6 near Birmingham 

13 Mar

Problems continue on the M6 around Birmingham, with long delays on the northbound carriageway after a serious fire.


Traffic Alert: Multi-vehicle accident gridlocks M6 near Birmingham 

13 Mar

All lanes are reported to be temporarily blocked on the M6 southbound between junction 7 (Great Barr) and 6 (A38/Birmingham city centre) following a multi-vehicle collision.


Regulator clears utilities merger 

10 Mar

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has decided not to continue its investigation into the merger between South Staffordshire Water and South West Water\'s owner Pennon Group.


Traffic alert: Vehicle fire shuts M6 

8 Mar

A vehicle fire has closed the M6 northbound with traffic on the motorway expected to be affected throughout the morning rush hour.


Traffic Alert: Long delays on M6 as Storm Doris blows down trees 

23 Feb

Motorists are being warned of severe delays on the M6 northbound in Staffordshire after strong winds blew down trees onto the carriageway.


Traffic Alert: Long delays to M6 after accident 

17 Feb

Drivers using the M6 in Birmingham have been warned of long delays on the southbound carriageway following an accident between a car and a lorry.


Gordon Ramsey student takes up new #*@!! role in Birmingham 

17 Feb

Birminghams biggest residential conferencing venue, Conference Aston, has promoted its senior sous chef to head chef.


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LocalGov »

Rubbish dumped, 23rd March 

23 Mar

Fly tipped fridge freezer and house hold rubbish strewn down the lane 23/03/2017 also old car dumped in field further up lane .


Rubbish has been dumped near one of our Crash Gates, 22nd March 

22 Mar

Rubbish consisting of cardboard boxes, several black bags (contents unknown), pet carrier and other items have been discarded.


Pile of catering cardboard dumped by pumping station., 21st March 

21 Mar

Pile of catering cardboard dumped by pumping station.


Workforce Management 

21 Mar

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to J Taylor on 21 March 2017 .


Mattress and kids toys, 14th March 

14 Mar

Mattress and toys dumped at side of road over the weekend.


Flytipping, 13th March 

13 Mar

Flytipping near Coppenhall Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Coppenhall Report on FixMyStreet...


Business Rates Occupiers 

10 Mar

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to Gareth Elton on 10 March 2017 .


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Potentially life-saving visits following fatal fire 

17 Nov

Community Safety Officers will be visiting residents in Bobbington, South Staffordshire, after an older man sadly lost his life in a fire earlier this week.


Investigation underway into cause of fatal fire 

14 Nov

A fire investigation is underway this morning into the cause of a house blaze in Bobbington in which a man lost his life.


Retained recruitment event to attract female firefighters 

18 Oct

A retained recruitment event aimed at encouraging more female firefighters to serve the community of Brewood will be held on Thursday, October 20.


Crews in Brewood are to open doors to the community 

29 Sep

Crews in Brewood are inviting members of the community to pop in and see what they do on a day-to-day basis and pick up some top safety tips.


Event marks official opening of Bilbrook and Codsall Community Fires Station 

25 May

Bilbrook and Codsall’s new community fire station was officially opened during a special ceremony last night (Tuesday May 24).


Time capsule burial marks milestone 

3 Dec

Penkridge Community Fire Station marked a milestone today when a time capsule was buried in its grounds.


Retained firefighter recruitment drive in Brewood 

18 Nov

A recruitment drive looking for retained firefighters to help protect the people of Brewood is currently running.


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Blogs »

Gavin visits St Anthony’s Care Home in Wombourne 

24 Mar

Gavin visits St Anthony's Care Home in Wombourne Fri, 24/03/2017 - 10:26 Friday, 24 March, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited St Anthony’s Care Home in Wombourne last week.


Gavin addresses Landywood commuter concerns with National Rail 

20 Mar

Gavin addresses Landywood commuter concerns with National Rail Mon, 20/03/2017 - 16:31 Monday, 20 March, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, met with representatives from Network Rail to address concerns of Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay...


Sheffield Utd 2:1 Charlton Athletic 

19 Mar

Mr Five Pints invited me up to Sheffield this weekend so of course we went to Bramall Lane to watch Blades beat a competent Latics side 2-1.


Gavin visits Wheatsheaf Pub with Greene King 

17 Mar

Gavin visits Wheatsheaf Pub with Greene King Fri, 17/03/2017 - 16:11 Friday, 17 March, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited the Wheatsheaf Pub on Walsall Road, Great Wyrley, to meet their team and customers.


Gavin welcomes lowest unemployment figures since 2005 

16 Mar

Gavin welcomes lowest unemployment figures since 2005 Thu, 16/03/2017 - 15:59 Thursday, 16 March, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed the news that the UK unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in 12 years, ...


Gavin supports Dog Theft Awareness Day 

16 Mar

Gavin supports Dog Theft Awareness Day Thu, 16/03/2017 - 15:49 Thursday, 16 March, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, attended a parliamentary event raising awareness for stolen and missing pets.


Gavin supports Fairtrade event at St Mary and St Chad’s Church 

15 Mar

Gavin supports Fairtrade event at St Mary and St Chad's Church Wed, 15/03/2017 - 11:13 Wednesday, 15 March, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire attended a ‘Big Brew’ event at St Mary and St Chad’s Church, Brewood in support of ...


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Production at Ounsdale 

13 Mar

The students at Ounsdale High School have been working very hard rehearsing and proparing for their new show “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”.


Gavin attends Cheslyn Hay Boys’ Brigade coffee morning 

9 Mar

Gavin attends Cheslyn Hay Boys' Brigade coffee morning Thu, 09/03/2017 - 16:13 Thursday, 9 March, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, attended a coffee morning with members of Cheslyn Hay Boys’ Brigade at Salem Church, Cheslyn Hay.


Gavin joins Friends of Essington for Great British Spring Clean 

8 Mar

Gavin joins Friends of Essington for Great British Spring Clean Wed, 08/03/2017 - 14:27 Wednesday, 8 March, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, joined Friends of Essington to take part in the nationwide Great British Spring Clean event...


Walsall 1:0 Chesterfield 

8 Mar

What else would you do on a rainy cold night in March than go and watch some football as a mid-week treat? Well, Walsall served up some nice football and although they only won 1-0, it was a game they dominated.


How to Fix the Potholes in Wombourne? 

7 Mar

If you driven more than a few yards in Wombourne recently, you’ll have spotted potholes everywhere.


New Opportunity for Teachers in Wombourne? 

5 Mar

We always celebrate new business and ventures in Wombourne.


Gavin welcomes rejection of second round of DX proposals 

1 Mar

Gavin welcomes rejection of second round of DX proposals Wed, 01/03/2017 - 14:04 Wednesday, 1 March, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed the news that following a meeting of the Council on Tuesday evening that a second ...


Winston Churchill The Wilderness Years by Sir Martin Gilbert 

26 Feb

This book is one I do enjoy reading it especially as it’s more or less the script for the TV series made in the early 80’s.


Row Z 

26 Feb

And that’s where we were! In the proverbial Row Z in the Steve Bull Stand to watch Wolverhampton Wanderers lose to The Blues 1-2 .


Gavin visits Vanbrugh Construction 

24 Feb

Gavin visits Vanbrugh Construction Fri, 24/02/2017 - 14:39 Friday, 24 February, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited Vanbrugh Construction in Wolverhampton last week to hear about their modular housing system and view their show...


Gavin quizzed by Featherstone Academy pupils 

23 Feb

Gavin quizzed by Featherstone Academy pupils Thu, 23/02/2017 - 13:45 Thursday, 23 February, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited Featherstone Academy last week to take part in a school assembly and Q&A session with school ...


Charity Race Night 11th March 

23 Feb

Wombourne resident Jo Payne will be running both the Brighton and London marathons in April, in aid of Alzheimer’s Research.


Gavin visits St Bernadette’s Primary School 

22 Feb

Gavin visits St Bernadette's Primary School Wed, 22/02/2017 - 13:27 Monday, 20 February, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited St Bernadette’s Primary School in Wombourne last week to meet pupils who are coming to Westminster ...


Gavin judges bake-off at Cheslyn Hay Primary School 

22 Feb

Gavin judges bake-off at Cheslyn Hay Primary School Wed, 22/02/2017 - 13:25 Wednesday, 22 February, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited students and teachers at Cheslyn Hay Primary School last week.


Basque Pork – Essington style. 

20 Feb

I’m not a foodie but I do like cooking and of course eating the results.


Gavin continues to push for access to Mobile Breast Screening Unit 

17 Feb

Gavin continues to push for access to Mobile Breast Screening Unit Fri, 17/02/2017 - 14:58 Friday, 17 February, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, met with representatives from NHS England to discuss the option of mobilising a Breast ...


Gavin welcomes record high employment figures 

16 Feb

Gavin welcomes record high employment figures Thu, 16/02/2017 - 09:45 Thursday, 16 February, 2017 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed the news that employment across the UK has reached its highest rate since records began, and ...


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