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Cheers! £1m Featherstone Lotto couple in millionaire masterclass 

25 Sep

You scoop the jackpot on the lottery but what to do with your new found wealth? Now there is an answer – millionaire masterclasses run by the team at the National Lottery.


Staffordshire family-run crime group jailed for more than 17… 

24 Sep

A South Staffordshire family-run crime group that set up online marketplaces to sell class A and B drugs to thousands of customers across the globe have been jailed.


Penkridge £6m chicken farm backed by councillors despite 4,000-strong opposition 

22 Sep

Controversial plans for a £6 million poultry farm to house nearly half-a-million chickens have been given the green light.


Featherstone prison ‘among worst in country’ 

22 Sep

HMP Featherstone is among the worst prisons in the country, according to a national report.


Visitors get a rare look inside Burntwood’s historic Maple Brook Pumping Station 

22 Sep

People were given a rare glimpse inside a Grade II listed building in Burntwood as it threw open its doors as part of a heritage event.


Revealed: Drugs, riots and drug-carrying drones inside HMP… 

21 Sep

THE jail where Stoke-on-Trent prisoner Ryan Taylor was found brain damaged after he collapsed in his cell has been at the centre of a string of controversies in recent months.


Family inquiry call over Featherstone inmate’s injuries 

20 Sep

The family of a man who is unable to walk or talk five months after being found collapsed in a prison cell calls for "answers" to what happened to him.


Environmental award for volunteers behind Lichfield Canal restoration efforts 

19 Sep

Volunteers working to restore the Lichfield canal have been presented with a special award.


Mum demands answers as son is left ‘severely brain damaged’ after… 

19 Sep

RELATIVES of a 30-year-old man found collapsed in his prison cell are demanding a full inquiry after medics told them he is now 'severely brain damaged'.


Frenzied knife attack on Costcutter worker caught on camera as raiders jailed for combined 14 years 

9 Sep

This is the moment a shop worker was attacked with a knife in a terrifying armed robbery in South Staffordshire.


Dog walk along the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail to raise money for three charities 

7 Sep

Lichfield Canal volunteers will play a leading role in a fundraising dog walk later this month.


VIDEO: Stafford lorry driver loses licence following M5 collision 

6 Sep

​Horrifying dashcam footage captured the moment a fast-moving lorry smashes into a car carrying a woman and child and another HGV causing 'life changing injuries' to the victims.


Love, loss and timescales: what’s your experience of adoption? 

5 Sep

By Brid Featherstone and Anna Gupta Over the past few months we’ve been privileged to spend time with women and men from different walks of life who had one thing in common – they wanted to talk to us about adoption.


Ambulances called to Staffordshire prisons more than 1,300 times… 

3 Sep

​Ambulances have been called to prisons in Staffordshire 1,353 times since April 2014 according to new figures.


Wolverhampton jobs boost as mystery manufacturer plans i54 factory 

30 Aug

Scores of new jobs could be on the way after a mystery hi-tech manufacturing company put in an offer for a new factory on the i54 development site, on the border between Wolverhampton and South Staffs.


Terror Teds proving a hit for Staffordshire businesswoman 

28 Aug

They’re certainly not your average bears, but one woman from South Staffordshire has made her love of terrifying teddies a popular new business.


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Captains Weekly 25th September 2016 

25 Sep

“Pats on the back” this week go to three of our younger members following the POTOC event in Stone where on the Easy .


Nantwich Town 1-1 Hednesford Town 

25 Sep

The Pitmen, not for the first time this season, had to come back from conceding an early goal in order to rescue something from the game, a fact that will be of some concern to manager, Liam McDonald.


Easter 4 orienteering 

24 Sep

Brought to you by the same team who organise the excellent OO Cup and Bubo Cup is an alternative to JK, Easter4.


Boys’ Development Centre postponed for Sep 24th. 

23 Sep

The Boy’s Development Centre is cancelled tomorrow due to unforeseen circumstances.


Baswich Night-O Results 

23 Sep

Thursday saw the start of winter training, and the continuation of the 2016 night-O league.


Match Preview: Nantwich Town (A) 

23 Sep

After a frustrating evening on Tuesday at Ilkeston, the Pitmen return to action with another away trip this weekend when they travel to Nantwich Town.


Christmas Fair November 28th 

22 Sep

We are having a Christmas Fair on Monday the 28th of November at the club house.


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Black Country park undergoes £3m facelift with help from Yorkshire firm 

15 Sep

A BLACK Country park has undergone a £3m makeover with support from a Yorkshire contractor.


Traffic Alert: Drivers warned of long delays after accident shuts motorway 

14 Sep

DRIVERS using the M6 around Coventry have been warned to expect long delays following a serious accident which has closed the motorway.


Key motorway junction set for major works 

13 Sep

MAJOR works to improve Junction 4 of the M54, including anticipating increases in traffic, are to start on site in October.


New birth leads Kinver mum to set up HR business 

9 Sep

A KINVER mum has decided to use her 15 years of experience and expertise to start up her own human resources consultancy business.


Jaguar Land Rover supplier unveils £126m factory plan 

6 Sep

Car part maker Gestamp Tallent to relocate 800 staff to new state-of-the-art pressings factory near M6 in Staffordshire...


Specialist recruiter relocates after new funding deal 

26 Aug

A SPECIALIST recruiter has relocated to Staffordshire following a new funding deal.


Traffic Alert: Motorway users warned of long delays following accident 

25 Aug

DRIVERS have been warned of long delays on the M6 around Birmingham following an accident between a car and a van.


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Old mattress/ cardboard / old dog kennel dumped, 25th September 

25 Sep

Flytipped mattress .


Abandoned lorry trailer, 22nd September 

22 Sep

Lorry trailer has been in the layby for at least 2 months.


Agency spend for supply teachers per school 

22 Sep

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to Luke Patrick on 22 September 2016 .


Agency spend for supply teachers per school 

16 Sep

Request sent to South Staffordshire District Council by Luke Patrick on 16 September 2016 .


Reprted 

15 Sep

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to Jacqueline Lanchester on 15 September 2016 .


Flytipping (old chair), 15th September 

15 Sep

Flytipping Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Sheepwalks Lane, Kinver Report on FixMyStreet...


Flytipping , cardboard and waste, 15th September 

15 Sep

Flytipping Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Sheepwalks Lane, Kinver Report on FixMyStreet...


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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.


Retained firefighter recruitment drive in Penkridge 

17 Nov

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


Marking a milestone with time capsule burial 

9 Nov

Bilbrook and Codsall Community Fire Station marked a milestone when a time capsule was buried in its grounds.


Firefighters triumph in world rescue challenge 

30 Oct

Firefighters from Brewood returned victorious after winning fourth place in the World Rescue Trauma Challenge competition in Portugal.


Time capsule burial marks milestone 

20 Oct

Bilbrook and Codsall Community Fire Station will mark a milestone on November 4 when a time capsule is buried in its grounds.


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Blogs »

Gavin attends Perton Show 

22 Sep

Gavin attends Perton Show Harriet Thu, 22/09/2016 - 15:03 Thursday, 22 September, 2016 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, opened the Perton Show on Saturday which took place in and around the village of Perton.


Meet Bethany Cooksey, the Designer of the Sheepwalks Shocker Publicity Material! 

21 Sep

Eight year old Bethany Cooksey, of Enville Road, Kinver, pictured with  competitors’ medals carrying the design she created for all publicity material for the annual 10k and 2k runs organised by the Rotary Club of Kinver and Kinver Fitness ...


Gavin visits Cheslyn Hay Townswomen’s Guild 

21 Sep

Gavin visits Cheslyn Hay Townswomen's Guild Harriet Wed, 21/09/2016 - 10:19 Wednesday, 21 September, 2016 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, attended a meeting of the Cheslyn Hay Townswomen’s Guild as part of their Marie Curie ...


Opportunity for groups to run the remaining four community libraries 

21 Sep

We’re now inviting organisations to come forward and take over the running of Cheslyn Hay, Great Wyrley, Loggerheads and Talke libraries.


Gavin attends West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue Open Day 

20 Sep

Gavin attends West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue Open Day Harriet Tue, 20/09/2016 - 13:21 Friday, 16 September, 2016 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited the annual West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue Open Day on Saturday raising money to ...


Gavin welcomes Codsall Post Office upgrade 

20 Sep

Gavin welcomes Codsall Post Office upgrade Harriet Tue, 20/09/2016 - 13:20 Tuesday, 20 September, 2016 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed finalised plans to upgrade a Post Office branch in Codsall.


Battle Tactics of the Western Front by Paddy Griffith 

16 Sep

 This is a basically a very defensive book of the tactics used on the Western Front by the British Army and is quite academic.


Gavin visits PP Control and Automation in Cheslyn Hay 

16 Sep

Gavin visits PP Control and Automation in Cheslyn Hay Harriet Fri, 16/09/2016 - 10:00 Friday, 16 September, 2016 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited PP Control and Automation in Cheslyn Hay last week to learn more about their work ...


Gavin attends West Midland Hedgehog Rescue Centre Open Day 

15 Sep

Gavin attends West Midland Hedgehog Rescue Centre Open Day Harriet Thu, 15/09/2016 - 13:01 Friday, 16 September, 2016 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited the annual West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue Open Day on Saturday raising money to...


Gavin welcomes record number of people in work 

15 Sep

Gavin welcomes record number of people in work Harriet Thu, 15/09/2016 - 08:02 Thursday, 15 September, 2016 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed the news that the number of people in work across the UK is at a record level, the ...


JC and the “Slipping Shaft” 

12 Sep

This weekend has been a return to normality, whatever that is.


Rotary Garden Party Raises £4,000 for Charity 

10 Sep

Charities in and around Kinver together with carefully selected projects overseas are set to share in almost 4,000 raised in an afternoon garden party.


Gavin visits EDS Couriers 

9 Sep

Gavin visits EDS Couriers Harriet Fri, 09/09/2016 - 11:20 Friday, 9 September, 2016 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited Great Wyrley resident Andy Evans at his company EDS Couriers Ltd based in the Cannock area.


Orton Group Wombourne £25k fundraising pledge 

7 Sep

Wombourne based Orton Group are celebrating their 25th business anniversary in true style by pledging to raise £25,000 for five worthwhile charities.


Gavin visits newly refurbished Mount Pleasant pub 

5 Sep

Gavin visits newly refurbished Mount Pleasant pub Harriet Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:29 Monday, 5 September, 2016 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire visited the Mount Pleasant pub, Ounsdale Road, Wombourne after its recent refurbishment.


Kinver Library is Saved! 

3 Sep

A WARM WELCOME TO ALL VOLUNTEERS AND POTENTIAL VOLUNTEERS The Directors of Kinver Community Library Limited (KCLL) wish to thank all volunteers for joining and encourage new volunteers to join our team to help transform Kinver Library into a ...


Gavin welcomes job growth figures in West Midlands 

2 Sep

Gavin welcomes job growth figures in West Midlands Harriet Fri, 02/09/2016 - 13:01 Friday, 2 September, 2016 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed new figures showing that Britain has benefitted from record-breaking inward ...


Changes in your lifestyle 

31 Aug

Life creeps up on you.


Gavin urges community groups to sign up to RBS fund 

30 Aug

Gavin urges community groups to sign up to RBS fund Harriet Tue, 30/08/2016 - 13:27 Tuesday, 30 August, 2016 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has urged charities, social enterprises and community groups to apply to the Royal Bank of ...


The Cannock Area in World War One: The Deggs of Hednesford 

27 Aug

Mr Phillips and Don the Dog raising money for the Tommies, 1914.


Gavin meets with Virgin Media in Featherstone 

26 Aug

Gavin meets with Virgin Media in Featherstone Harriet Fri, 26/08/2016 - 11:12 Friday, 26 August, 2016 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire met with representatives from Virgin Media in Featherstone to hear about the next steps in their ...


GCSE Results 2016 

25 Aug

Congratulations to our GCSE Students for their excellent results, 100% pass rate at GCSE.


Gavin vows to fight on for Landywood 

24 Aug

Gavin vows to fight on for Landywood Harriet Wed, 24/08/2016 - 13:17 Wednesday, 24 August, 2016 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has condemned altered proposals for a housing development on the land off Landywood Lane, after previously ...


Auraveda – should the new frontage stay or go? 

24 Aug

For over a year now, the front of Auraveda in the High Street has had a colourful new look, in stark contrast to the the plain, traditional look of the rest of the village.


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