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Dangerous junction work almost compete 

22 Mar

The junction of Gospel End Street in Vicar Road in Sedgley is having now road markings and signs installed to improve safety for motorists...

Apartments plan for Himley Hall 

20 Mar

A former stable block will be converted into homes to give people the chance to live in the scenic surroundings of the park on the Dudley-South Staffordshire border...

Misery for M54 drivers 

19 Mar

The work will see the westbound carriageway from junction 2 of the M54 near the i54 business estate to junction 10A of the M6 for Essington, closed from 8pm until 6am...

Bearings distributor moves to Pensnett 

17 Mar

John Handley Bearings has moved from Wombourne to Building 69, Bay 6, at The Pensnett Estate, from where the family-run business will supply high-quality linear bearings, split bearings, rod ends and plain bearings that are used in applications in ...

Campaigners fighting to save library 

15 Mar

Staffordshire County Council is drawing up plans to make Penkridge Library community-managed – claiming the Grade II listed library is one of the least used services in the county...

Group charged over drone plot 

15 Mar

HMP Oakwood and Featherstone near Wolverhampton and HMP Birmingham, known locally as Winson Green Prison, were among those targeted...

Punters unite to celebrate pub’s win 

14 Mar

Stourbridge's The Cat Inn won praise after it was named Dudley and South Staffordshire's pub of the year by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA...

Canal volunteers beat the Beast from the East to move 230 tonne concrete tunnel into place in Lichfield 

7 Mar

Volunteers working on the restoration of the Lichfield Canal overcame the worst the elements could throw at them to move over 230 tonnes of concrete tunnel into position at Darnford Moors.

Scrap freight depot plan, says residents 

3 Mar

A huge 99 per cent of respondents to a consultation organised by MP Gavin Williamson insisted they were against the West Midlands Interchange, which could be built at Gailey in South Staffordshire...

Schools closures on Friday 

1 Mar

The majority of closures have hit schools across Stafford, South Staffordshire, Lichfield and Cannock Chase boroughs...

New college principal announced 

1 Mar

Ms Boliver has left the college after five years to become principal and chief executive at South Staffordshire College...

Full list of school closures 

1 Mar

More than 170 schools are closed across Staffordshire, with around 70 of these in the Stafford, South Staffordshire and Cannock Chase boroughs...

New homes for Dudley and Penkridge 

27 Feb

Land near Stourbridge and land north of Penkridge have been included as preferred sites in a report assessing where tens of thousands of new homes will be built over the next 20 years to meet the needs of the rising Midlands population...

Protecting yourself against compassion fatigue: key tips 

26 Feb

This article comprises of tips taken from a guide on Community Care Inform Children about burnout, secondary trauma and compassion fatigue, written by social worker Lori Goosen.

Defence Secretary visits tennis club 

26 Feb

South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson stopped by at Wombourne Tennis Club to admire its £27,000 revamp...

Pensioner held on suspicion of murder 

24 Feb

The 79-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday after an 82-year-old man, named locally as Dennis, was found dead in Raven Close, Huntington...

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Unwanted clean clothes, bags, shoes, boots wanted please. 

21 Mar

Your help please, please, please.

Warrington Town 4-1 Hednesford Town – 1 

21 Mar

Hednesford Town fell to defeat against automatic promotion hopefuls Warrington Town thanks to three goals from two former Pitmen players.

Old spectacles wanted! 

20 Mar

The Club collects no longer used spectacles that it hands on to Kelchers Optometrists in Great Wyrley.

Club signs up to Amazon fundraising 

20 Mar

The Club has signed up to Smile Amazon – an online shopping means of raising funds for the club without spending an extra.

New Forward Signs 

20 Mar

This morning we have completed the signing of Anthony Dwyer from AFC Telford United – and he is available for selection in this evening against Warrington Town.

Match Preview: Warrington Town (A) 

20 Mar

After getting back to winning ways on Saturday, the Pitmen look to build on those three points when we head to promotion hopefuls Warrington Town this evening.


19 Mar

Wyrley Meerkats U15s – Champions of  Staffs Girls Ladies League 2017/18 – PILE ON...

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Review of 2017 – February: Facelift for M6 junction, new cycle lanes and council cuts U-turn 

24 Dec

Highways chiefs announced plans in February to spend 64m improving a busy M6 junction and new images were revealed showing how Birmingham's 'cycle superhighway' could look...

Hilton Birmingham Metropole sold as part of £500m deal 

7 Aug

Property investor founded last year has made its debut in the hotel sector with double purchase...

New Hilton hotel at Birmingham Airport to assembled like a Lego set 

21 Jun

Hotel rooms to be built in China and shipped over for assembly on site...

M6 Toll launches campaign to urge females to become a HGV driver 

20 Jun

Government statistics also show that by 2022, the HGV industry needs to recruit 1.2 million more people...

M6 Toll sold to Australian investors 

15 Jun

IFM which co-owns Manchester Airport and Anglian Water is behind the deal to keep the toll motorway in private hands...

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.

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2 fridges fly tipped, 22nd March 

22 Mar

2 fridges fly tipped been there a few days Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 144 Broad Lane, Essington Report on FixMyStreet...

Lots of rubbish has been deposited in the layby at the top of the bank on the right hand side as you go towards stourbridge. very unsightly., 18th March 

18 Mar

Lots of rubbish deposited in layby at the top of the hill as you go towards Stourbridge.

Rehousing Out of Area 

15 Mar

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to David Adams on 15 March 2018 .

Rehousing Out of Area 

14 Mar

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to David Adams on 14 March 2018 .

Lorry load of tyres, 13th March 

13 Mar

Lorry load of tyres fly tipped during last few days also bad litter everywhere in the area.

3 bulk bags dumped, 13th March 

13 Mar

3 bulk bags of rubbish dumped at side of road also large amounts of litter in hedgerows.

Large bag household rubbish also all along Bognop Road large amounts of litter in the hedgerows., 13th March 

13 Mar

In Old Hampton Lane there is a large bag of rubbish.

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Penkridge Community Fire Station is officially opened 

13 Jun

Firefighters, public figures and residents celebrated the official opening of the new Penkridge Community Fire Station last night (Monday June 12).

Firefighters tackle huge woodland fire 

27 Apr

Firefighters have responded to a large woodland fire near Kinver.

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).

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More cold weather 

18 Mar

This weekend has been a bitch of bad weather.

Regulating the Internet and Cloud Computing 

14 Mar

M’ learned friend has recently written about * Cloud* Computing as being somebody else’s computer in somebody else’s data centre and I have to agree with him.

Gavin urges Staffordshire County Council to support bus services across South Staffordshire 

7 Mar

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, argues that changes will have a negative effect on constituents Following the County Council’s decision to remove support for several bus routes, a number of residents have been in touch with Gavin to ...


6 Mar

This past few days have seen some of the heaviest snowfall in the country for some time, so this has meant a lot of people have been restricted to home and the surrounding area for some time bringing with it a feeling of living in a cave or “cabin ...

Gavin visits Wombourne Tennis Club 

6 Mar

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, had an update on recent improvements...

Gavin discusses freight hub proposals with CEO of South Staffordshire Council 

1 Mar

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has repeatedly expressed his opposition to the proposal The West Midlands Interchange proposal, led by Four Ashes Ltd, was met with an overwhelming amount of opposition when they led their public ...

Gavin visits Perton Bowls Club 

27 Feb

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, joined residents at the Civic Centre.

Bomber Command by Max Hastings 

26 Feb

This book is probably the one you should start with if you are interested in the Air Offensive in World War II.

More wood 

26 Feb

Well this weekend has been quite cold (and getting colder) so it’s been a Saturday of more wood preparation for the fire – two hours – what do they say about wood makes you warm twice? Also of note this weekend was The Nephew passing his ...

Gavin welcomes reopening of Kinver Post Office 

22 Feb

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, is pleased that residents will have access to a local post office.

Gavin officially opens Coven Park gym 

20 Feb

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, joined residents at the opening event...

Commemorative Bench 

20 Feb

Autumn 2017 Mr.


19 Feb

Back to work today and a bit knackered as I’ve spent the weekend mostly shifting wood around which involved sorting the shed out.

Ambitious plans for i54 South Staffordshire Expansion to go on show 

15 Feb

We all recognise the importance of creating more better paid jobs and growing our economy for the benefit of everyone living in Staffordshire.

The Bleak Mid-Winter 

12 Feb

I do find the middle of February a mental struggle.

Gavin visits Rodbaston Animal Zone 

7 Feb

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited the college which is currently home to over 70 owls.

Dirty tricks strikes the Essington by-election 

6 Feb

Who would have thought that local politics could raise such passion in the small village of Essington! But of course you know the answer to that is true – by it’s very nature, politics is very local and none more so than here.

A Hectic weekend 

29 Jan

January is usually pretty dull but lately, people are using Burns Night as an excuse to carry on Christmas and so it was for me as a guest of Essington Rugby Club on Friday night.

Bomber Offensive by Bomber Harris 

25 Jan

You can get this book online in paperback but I found a 1947 hardback in a shop in Hampshire.

Gavin officially opens new Science Laboratory 

24 Jan

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, joined staff and pupils at Brewood CE Middle School The school’s science lab has recently undergone a £60,000 makeover.

New MMA Centre opening in Wombourne 

24 Jan

The Jet Singh Trust (JST) is excited to announce the unveiling of their state-of-the art not-for-profit Martial Arts Centre in the heart of Wombourne.

G2 at the Robin 

21 Jan

An odd thing occurred to me whilst watching this tribute band : are we actually watching some sort of museum artefact? My thoughts are that Genesis no longer perform and the music from this era is generally derided by most of the population so as in ...

Gavin opens The Courtyard Wombourne 

18 Jan

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, officially opened the restaurant which is now under new ownership The Courtyard Wombourne is owned by Louise and Simon Ward, a couple with over 25 years hospitality experience.

Gavin meets with South Staffordshire Police 

18 Jan

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, met with representatives from the Parish Council, County Council and Police Force.

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    Olympus OM-1n using Kodak Tri-X 400 and red filter.

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