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Firefighters deal with blaze after explosion at Stafford… 

30 Oct

FIREFIGHTERS are dealing with a blaze after a fireworks retailer buildingexplodedin the Baswich area of Stafford.

‘Politician, heal thyself!’: Social work academics react to the Baby P documentary 

29 Oct

By Brigid Featherstone (Open University), Kate Morris (Nottingham Univeristy), Anna Gupta (Royal Holloway, University of London), Jane Tunstill (Kings College, London), Sue White (University of Birmingham), James Blewett (Kings College, London), and ...

Building the ‘future model of children’s social services’ 

28 Oct

Achieving for Children is the “future model for children’s services” according to its billing at this week’s National Children and Adults Services Conference (NCASC).

Do a deal on Greater Birmingham by Christmas or we’re off, Black Country leaders say 

24 Oct

Council leaders in the Black Country have given Birmingham an ultimatum over plans for a combined authority: sign it by Christmas or a deal will be sought with South Staffordshire and Telford and Wrekin instead.

Wolverhampton man cleared of attempted murder 

23 Oct

A man from Wolverhampton has been cleared of attempted murder after violence flared outside Perton's Wrottesley Arms pub.

Wolverhampton man accused of attempted murder denies stabbing window cleaner 

22 Oct

A man accused of attempted murder has denied stabbing a window cleaner outside a pub in Perton.

Opinion: Rolling out the welcome mat 

20 Oct

By Robert Flint, solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood As another flatmate moves out to live with his girlfriend, I have been thrust once again into the market as a proto-supplier of private rented accommodation.

‘We don’t have room for more gipsy sites’, say councillors 

20 Oct

Parish councillors in Essington say they fear the village is becoming a ‘dumping ground for unwanted developments’ after plans were unveiled for three gipsy sites in the area.

Cheslyn Hay Allotments Association legal wrangle ends before court date – after THREE-YEAR row 

19 Oct

Dispute began when former secretary was thrown land for allegedly stealing water butts - but case has been settled in 11th hour settlement...

Three Port Vale fans in court accused of racial abuse 

18 Oct

THREE men have appeared in magistrates' court charged with offences alleged to have occurred during a match between Port Vale and Chesterfield.

Firefighters tackling forklift truck blaze inside a property in… 

17 Oct

Fire crews are currently tackling a forklift truck blaze at a property in Stafford.

Knife attack victim recounts assault in court 

17 Oct

The victim of a knife attack has told jurors how he was left fighting for his life after being stabbed outside a pub in Perton.

‘Bedroom tax siege’ man jailed 

17 Oct

A man who threatened to blow up his social home after bailiffs arrived to evict him because of arrears accrued under the bedroom tax has been jailed.

Depressed Seabridge IT worker died after being struck by train… 

17 Oct

DAD-OF-THREE James Twigg killed himself by stepping in front of a train just 10 days after being declared a 'low risk' by a psychiatrist.

Staffordshire dad killed himself 10 days after ‘low risk’ suicide… 

16 Oct

A FATHER of three killed himself by stepping in front of a train near Stone just 10 days after being identified as 'low risk' by health professionals, an inquest has heard.

Codsall High School headteacher tells of ‘shock’ after hearing of minibus crash 

16 Oct

One teenager was badly hurt in the crash in Staffordshire...

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Wyrley Pumpkin! 

31 Oct

Wyrley pumpkin carved by Michelle Painter of our Under 7s Panthers...

League leaders up next for Shenstone Pathfinder 

31 Oct

Shenstone Pathfinder will be hoping to topple league leaders Bromyard Town when the two sides meet tomorrow (November 1).

Women in Sport – let’s do more! 

30 Oct

The Government’s Women Sport Advisory Board Report states that the number of women playing has increased by 62,800 this year and the number of Level 1 coaching badges has increased to 17.1% from 11.5% 5 years ago.

Wonderful young people! 

29 Oct

The club is very lucky to have young people giving up their time for the benefit of other young people.

Burntwood RUFC bag a draw at Clee Hill 

28 Oct

Burntwood’s first ever fixture with Clee Hill ended honours even – a fair result given that the hosts dominated the first half, while the visitors had the better of the second period.

The one linesman was great! and then there was Nicholls! Pumas 2 v Meerkats 9 

27 Oct

Twas a crisp autumnal morning that provide the setting for the derby of the Puma’s v Meerkats.

Under 9s Dragons – players wanted. 

26 Oct

Our very brand new Under 9s will be called Wyrley U9s Dragons and will compete in the Walsall Junior Youth League.

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Regus selects Warwick for first hotel-based Express facility 

22 Oct

WORKSPACE provider Regus has followed up the installation of its new Express business centre at Birmingham Airport with a commitment to a similar facility at the Hilton Warwick/Stratford-upon-Avon hot...

Traffic volumes rise along M6 Toll 

17 Oct

TRAFFIC volumes along the M6 Toll have seen an improvement as operators claim improved customer confidence in the route.

HS2 viaduct plans for South Staffordshire scrapped 

1 Oct

Government responds to local campaign as protesters warned over impact on countryside around Lichfield...

HS2 viaduct plans for South Staffordshire scrapped 

1 Oct

Government responds to local campaign as protesters warned over impact on countryside around Lichfield...

Water company customers praised for charity giving 

15 Aug

SOUTH Staffs Water customers being given a pat on the back for helping to raise £36,204 last year for the company’s nominated charity, WaterAid.

More traffic uses M6 Toll but operator still makes £32m loss 

13 Aug

LOSSES have declined for the operator of the UKs only pay-to-drive motorway, the M6 Toll, as more traffic headed through the toll plazas last year.

A focus on family business 

5 Aug

Joachim Schwass, Professor of Family Business at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) based in Switzerland and co-director of the Global Family Business Center, mainly focuses on owner related issues, in particular from...

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South Staffordshire Small Business Saturday 

30 Oct

South Staffordshire Small Business Saturday...

Fire Services Industrial Action 

29 Oct

Fire Services Industrial Action...

Dumped types, 28th October 

28 Oct

There are now around 20 commercial tyres dumped on the verge.

Business Rates 

28 Oct

Request sent to South Staffordshire District Council by Katy Stone on 28 October 2014 .

Tyres dumped, 22nd October 

22 Oct

About 15 tyres dumped in layby Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Lawn Lane, Pendeford Report on FixMyStreet...

Fly Tipper gets hit with fine 

22 Oct

Fly Tipper gets hit with fine...


22 Oct

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to Scott Davies on 22 October 2014 .

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Firearms Surrender 

24 Oct

Staffordshire Police will be holding a two-week opportunity for people to surrender unwanted firearms and ammunition starting 27 October to 9 November 2014.

Sixth man jailed for child exploitation 

24 Oct

A sixth man was jailed today for his role in the sexual exploitation of a child in Staffordshire.

Police dog Alfie hangs up his harness 

24 Oct

One of Staffordshire Police’s most successful employees has retired after eight years loyal service, dog and pup.

Euro Forces Reunite Against Cross-Border Crime 

20 Oct

Staffordshire Police taking part in the third collaboration between UK and European forces in tackling international criminality on the UK road network.

New Act Encourages Partnership Working on ASB 

17 Oct

New legislation will give power to victims of anti-social behaviour to request a review of how their cases have been handled.

County advocates join anti-cyberbullying campaign 

16 Oct

The Staffordshire branches of two national advocacy groups have pledged their support to a campaign led by Staffordshire Police to stem the tide of cyberbullying in the county.

Incident on the M6 in Staffordshire – statement 

10 Oct

Just before 9am Wednesday 8 October a distressed call was received from a man travelling in the back of a refrigerated lorry on the M6 northbound.

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Halloween Experience 

30 Oct

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

Gavin to join British Legion to sell poppies 

30 Oct

The Royal British Legion will be selling poppies in Perton and Codsall.

Walsall 1943: the Mayor, a Baron and the Merchant Navy. 

29 Oct

A Seaman’s Suit: A poem by Baron Powell to aid the Mayor of Walsall’s appeal for the Merchant Navy Comforts Service (Walsall Local History Centre) Here is a snippet of a story.

Queen to visit Bilbrook to open i54 business park 

29 Oct

Queen to open JLR Engine Centre and stamp printing business Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, is to attend the official opening of the i54 business park, by The Queen, this week.

MP accuses travellers of not travelling 

29 Oct

South Staffordshire Council intending to increase number of pitches.

Winter preparations underway and Royal approval for i54 South Staffordshire 

27 Oct

You might not feel it at the moment, but the colder weather is not far away and our gritting and snow plough crews are gearing up for its arrival.

New Home for Sign 

25 Oct

  The Hammerwich LMS Station sign that was found folded in half amongst rubbish at Lichfield City has been given a new home, complete with a frame at Chasewater Country Park.

Penkridge Beer Festival 

24 Oct

Penkridge Round Table will be hosting the Penkridge Beer Festival, on Friday 24th & Saturday 25th October at the Peace Memorial Hall, Church Road, Penkridge.

Kinver Fitness Collective 

24 Oct

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For Whom the Bell Tolls 

24 Oct

The site of the Old Tollgate Cottage, near Orgreave.

Gavin attends charity event with Brewood and District Inner Wheel 

24 Oct

Raised £760 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

You couldn’t make it up 

24 Oct

Most of us know it’s human nature to foul up but this week has been a good week for UKIP, and Mr Farage must be rubbing his hands.

Be part of South Staffordshire’s celebration of small businesses this December 

23 Oct

KinverOnline - Kinver Village Website Small Business Saturday is returning to South Staffordshire in 2014, following a very positive response from those businesses that took part last year.

Gavin welcomes rise in apprenticeships 

23 Oct

Figures show 3690 apprenticeships started in South Staffordshire since 2010 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed new figures showing 820 new apprenticeships were started by people in South Staffordshire last year.

Whitehall Infant School 1899-1923 (part 2): The Sarah Jane Parker Story 

22 Oct

Whitehall Infant Department, 1926 photographed by W Bullock.

Gavin welcomes RAF Museum decision to house Boulton Paul Collection 

22 Oct

Musuem will look to accession items which support the RAF story Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed the news that the RAF Museum in Cosford has agreed to look into the accession of items from the Boulton Paul Collection and ...

Gavin welcomes new employment figures in South Staffordshire 

21 Oct

Figures show a 45% drop in Jobseeker's claimants.

18/10/14 Finchfield Badgers v Coalville 

20 Oct

Well I don’t quite know what to say about this other than to say the hockey was good but the day was a disaster.

Gavin condemns construction company disruption in Wombourne 

20 Oct

Road disruption caused by construction company vehicles Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has condemned the disruption to local residents caused by vehicles of contractors working on the development of the sheltered accommodation on ...

St Peter’s Church – Festival of Angels 

18 Oct

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Vintage Tea Party 

17 Oct

KinverOnline - Kinver Village Website Enjoy an afternoon chatting with friends over lashings of tea, nibble on dainty sandwiches and partake in the most divine cake selection all served on vintage china, – while listening to some light ...

St Peter’s Church Christmas Fair 

17 Oct

KinverOnline - Kinver Village Website Why not come along to our fair and bring all the family and friends.

Change of venue 

17 Oct

Last night marked a watershed in the social aspects of life in The Principality, namely, we’ve finally abandoned The Min.

Business Meeting 

16 Oct

Penkridge and District Round Table Business Meeting Does this event appeal to you? Would like to get involved? Why not come along and give it a try.

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