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Stepnell appointed for £6.1m Wiltshire care home development 

27 Aug

Work is underway on a 6.1 million specialist care home for local people in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

Knifepoint robbery disrupts Kinver harmony 

26 Aug

A teenager was injured during a knifepoint robbery by a gang of men in Kinver - the first crime of its kind in the village in 12 months.

What is the problem with social work education? 

26 Aug

Every now and then an unsuspecting piece of content shoots an arrow, with laser like precision, into the heart of a social work issue.

‘Lucky escape’ for pair after Great Wyrley kitchen fire 

26 Aug

Two friends had a 'lucky escape' following a kitchen fire in Great Wyrley.

Lightning strike causes fire and train delays 

22 Aug

A lightning strike has caused an electric tranformer to ignite into flames in Penkridge...

Boatload of fun on offer at Huddlesford Heritage Gathering 

20 Aug

A boatload of fun for the family is on offer at Huddlesford Heritage Gathering.

South Staffordshire leisure services aim for zero cost target 

19 Aug

Leisure services in South Staffordshire could be in for a shake-up under a 15-year plan aiming to have services running at zero cost to the tax payer.

Berneslai Homes Shortlisted for Women In Housing Award 

19 Aug

Berneslai Homes’ Apprentice Plumber Rachel Shorter has been shortlisted at the upcoming Women in Housing Awards for Best Female Apprentice.

Careless councils’ data leak shame – Sandwell Council has second worst record in country 

12 Aug

Sensitive personal information has been stolen or leaked in more than 300 data breaches by council's in the Black Country and South Staffordshire over three years, new figures have revealed.

Police hunt three men after bank robbery 

11 Aug

Police are on the hunt for three men after a bank robbery in Penkridge this afternoon.

Revealed: Credit card fraudsters used Google StreetView to seek out isolated victims 

11 Aug

Credit card fraudsters used Google Street View to search for isolated homes in South Staffordshire and target victims.

Broadband boost for Pattingham’s internet users 

11 Aug

Hundreds more residents near Wolverhampton will get high speed broadband this month after an MP led a campaign for better services.

Van hits Wombourne house after careering off road 

10 Aug

A van careered from a road near Wolverhampton and ploughed into the front porch of a house demolishing the wall and door.

‘Don’t accept this narrative of failure – the college achieved a lot’ 

10 Aug

By Ruth Allen, Brigid Featherstone and Gerry Nosowksa- chairs of the mental health, children’s and adults’ faculties of the College of Social Work Now that some weeks have elapsed since the shock announcement that the College of Social ...

Penkridge’s Marathon Mark is running into the record books 

8 Aug

He has been pounding streets across the country for 32 days - and covered more than 800 miles in the process.

Drayton Manor offers animal antics for youngsters 

5 Aug

Children are being given a chance to get up close and personal with animals at Drayton Manor.

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Club Statement – Management team depart Keys Park 

27 Aug

It is with regret that we have to announce that the management team of Rob Smith and Larry Chambers have today departed Hednesford Town Football Club in order to take up the vacant managerial position at AFC Telford United.

BT Sport BIG Weekend Coming Up‏ 

26 Aug

There is a BIG weekend coming up for fans of The Vanarama National League as BT Sport not only start their new featured Highlights Show, they also screen their first full LIVE match of this season.

U13s and U14s girls wanted for teams. 

25 Aug

Our U13s Pumas Girls and U14s Girls are looking for a couple of players to complete their squads for the new season – no experience needed, just enthusiasm.

Website gets 7000th member! 

25 Aug

This site has just had its 7000th member register! Many thanks for your support...

Date announced for Staffordshire Senior Cup tie 

25 Aug

We can now confirm that our Staffordshire Senior Cup 1 st Round tie against Chasetown will take place at Keys Park on Tuesday 6 th October 2015.

Volunteers required for FC United game 

25 Aug

This weekend sees us hosting FC United of Manchester at Keys Park, with a larger than average crowd once again expected to be in attendance.

National League sponsors Vanarama launch four year Bond to raise £3.4 million for new commercial vehicle stock 

23 Aug

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Hilton Birmingham Metropole creates new jobs to meet conferencing demand 

20 Aug

ONE of the regions largest hotels is creating new jobs to capitalise on growing demand for conferencing and events.

Congestion costing West Midlands’ economy £1bn 

20 Aug

Crashes on the M6 - including two during the pastweek - along with poor infrastructure and road works bringing region to halt ...

New chief executive for Warwickshire care charity 

3 Aug

A WARWICKSHIRE charity, which cares for people with conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and Huntingtons Disease, has appointed a new chief executive.

BGF helps Staffordshire logistics firm deliver growth with £5m deal 

29 Jul

THE Birmingham-based Business Growth Fund has invested £4.9m in a logistics firm to help towards the cost of a key acquisition in the North West.

NEC hotels to go on sale months after LDC buyout 

22 Jun

Birmingham City Council to place Hilton and Crowne Plaza hotels on the market as authority continues asset sell off...

Birmingham City Council puts more NEC buildings on the market 

22 Jun

Authority to place freehold of Hilton and Crowne Plaza hotel buildings on the market as authority continues asset sell off...

M6 Toll operator unveils new chief executive 

15 Jun

THE operator of the UKs only pay-as-you-drive motorway, the M6 Toll, has announced its new chief executive.

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Supporting people with a learning disability on General Election 2015 

24 Aug

Follow up sent to South Staffordshire District Council by Vijay Patel on 24 August 2015 .

Town and Country Planning Act 1990 section 215 

17 Aug

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to Peter C.

Town and Country Planning Act 1990 section 215 

15 Aug

Request sent to South Staffordshire District Council by Peter C.

Tree branches dumped, 11th August 

11 Aug

Tree branches dumped to pavement / verge Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Langley Road, Lower Penn Report on FixMyStreet...

Outside The Spinney Flooding from drains, 6th August 

6 Aug

Continous flooding has caused severe damage to path and there is an obvious problem with the drainage.

Support staff 

6 Aug

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to C Willis on 6 August 2015 .

Litter, 5th August 

5 Aug

Litter Report on FixMyStreet...

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Staffordshire Police Open Day Sunday 28 June 

23 Jun

With just days to go until the Open Day this Sunday, Staffordshire Police are busy making final preparations as they set to throw open their gates and host a behind the scenes day at Police Headquarters.

Still time to have your say on Policing and crime in rural areas 

18 Jun

Staffordshire Police is encouraging residents to take part in the biggest ever poll on countryside crime before it closes next week.

Warning against home security scam 

5 Jun

Police have issued a warning about companies offering to install burglar alarm systems, which come with a hidden £3,000 bill.

We support the biggest ever National Rural Crime Survey 

4 Jun

Staffordshire’s residents urged to make their voices heard by taking part in the National Rural Crime Survey...

We support the biggest ever National Rural Crime Survey 

4 Jun

Staffordshire’s residents urged to make their voices heard by taking part in the National Rural Crime Survey...

First conviction for drug driving in Staffordshire 

27 May

Staffordshire Police have secured the first conviction in the county for drug driving.

PCSO recruits to hit Staffordshire streets soon 

22 May

Our latest Police Community Support (PCSO) recruits are flying through their training course and will soon be joining our Local Policing Teams around the county.

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September Events at Betty’s Courtyard 

27 Aug

Betty’s Courtyard are putting on a series of events throughout September that we’re excited about.

Walsall 2:1 Brighton & Hove Albion 

26 Aug

A great victory for Walsall last night in the Capital Cup (League Cup) and a great game of football! After going down 1-0 to a dubious penalty, Walsall levelled with a well constructed goal that started on the right, a step over from Sawyers and a ...

Not the summer of love 

26 Aug

As discussed with various people, women are strange creatures at times.

Gavin visits KOSSMIC in Wombourne 

26 Aug

A summer scheme for young people that takes place at Ounsdale High School Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited KOSSMIC at Ounsdale High School, an activity programme run by volunteers during the summer holidays.

Local charity chooses Wombourne for investment in Centre for Dementia Care 

25 Aug

Local older people and their families from Wombourne and the surrounds are set to benefit from a move by local charity, Age UK South Staffordshire  which has chosen Wombourne as the location for its new day opportunities care centre for people with ...

Free Shuttle bus… This Saturday , August 29th 2015 and Bank Holiday Monday 31st August 2015 between 10:30 and 15:30 

25 Aug

KinverOnline - Kinver Village Website A team of volunteers from the National Trust will be running a free shuttle bus from the Vine pub, along Kinver High Street with a pick up and drop off point at the Clock Tower then on up to the rock houses and ...

Gavin leaves McCain with a smiley face 

24 Aug

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has visited McCain Foods manufacturing site in Wombourne as part of a field to fork briefing from the company.

GCSE Grade Jubilance for St. Dominic’s Brewood 

20 Aug

Hard work has paid off for the Year 11 girls once again here at St.

Gavin calls for free festive parking 

20 Aug

Suggested to Wolverhampton City Council that free parking for Christmas shoppers on weekends in the run up to Christmas Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has called for free parking for 2 hours on weekends during the Christmas period in ...

Gavin calls for meeting on car boot sales 

19 Aug

Mismanagement of car boot sales heavily impacted a number of villages including Shareshill, Featherstone, Himley and Wombourne.

Gavin welcomes further broadband progress 

18 Aug

Thousands more have access to broadband after cabinets went live in Enville, Kinver, Stourton and Pattingham Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire has welcomed progress from Superfast Staffordshire in rolling out fibre broadband to villages in...

Gavin petitions for fairer funding formula for pupils in South Staffordshire 

17 Aug

Gavin is urging constituents to sign the petitions to secure more funding for South Staffordshire pupils Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire launched a petition across the constituency in support of a new national funding formula to deliver ...

Gavin campaigns for fairer school funding formula 

17 Aug

Urging constituents to sign petition to review the fairer funding formaula for pupils in South Staffordshire Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire launched a petition across the constituency in support of a new national funding formula to ...

#Pub 38: The Watering Trough, Walsall 

16 Aug

This is a legendary rockers pub and still smells of vomit and other things associated with this scene.

#Pub 42: The Imperial, Walsall 

16 Aug

Another Weatherspoon’s pub and another 3/5 but I like this place as its usually lively and full of people including the lads from Great Wyrley who do the Wednesfield run on a Friday night on the 68.

#Pub 41: St Matthews Hall, Walsall 

16 Aug

Late at night, beer outside in the warm air and Walsall’s glitteratti promenading down the street, yes this Weatherspoon’s pub did serve a good beer from what I remember.

#Pub 36: The Lyndon House Hotel, Walsall 

16 Aug

Well known by a number of people who know their real ale, this place didn’t disappoint in that score, Batham’s Bitter being well served.

#Pub 35: The Black Country Arms, Walsall 

16 Aug

This pub has a bit of history for me as I have spent some of my early years here especially Christmas Eve.

Harrison’s Fallen: Ernest Thomas and the Wyrley Outrages 

16 Aug

E Thomas, registered as a member of Harrison’s Club from 1910 Read the updated story of Great Wyrley and Harrison’s WWI fallen soldier, Ernest Thomas.

Gavin visits JLR to discuss expansion plans 

14 Aug

Petrol engine manufacturing facility is to open next year Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited the Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre in Bilbrook this week to discuss their upcoming expansion.

July 2015 Newsletter 

13 Aug

An enjoyable morning was held supporting the Walk for Health group.

Jumping for Joy 

13 Aug

Once again St.

Gavin welcomes figures showing the falling number of JSA claimants 

13 Aug

Number of claimants in South Staffordshirehasfallen by 249 since June last year.

Pennocrucium: Roman Penkridge – the Roman Camps 

11 Aug

Camp 1 from the SW.

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