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Bank robber gets more prison time for Featherstone heroin smuggling plot 

1 May

A convicted bank robber who masterminded a plot to smuggle heroin into the prison where he was held has been jailed for a further five years.

Work under way on 330 homes next to A449 

30 Apr

Work has started on a housing development at a former industrial site in Penkridge which will see at least 330 homes built.

Gas leak closes A449 near Stafford 

29 Apr

A gas leak at a building site next to the busy A449 closed the road between Penkridge and Stafford for around two hours this afternoon.

Burglars steal tools worth £20k in factory break-in 

28 Apr

Burglars escaped with a haul of tools thought to be worth about £20,000 in a break-in today at a factory in Acton Trussell.

Penkridge pubs join forces to tackle yobs 

27 Apr

An action group has been set up to tackle yobbish behaviour in pubs around Penkridge.

Primary school students learn about work to restore canal in Lichfield 

26 Apr

Lichfield primary school children were given an insight into the importance of waterways in the Victorian period when they visited the city’s canal restoration project.

Arsonists set woods on fire at Wombourne nature site 

23 Apr

Woods at a protected nature site in Wombourne were set on fire by arsonists.

Staffordshire prison officer caught with child pornography 

23 Apr

A south Staffordshire prison officer has lost his job after being found with child porn.

Children’s social work accreditation risks being ‘punitive’ not supportive, inquiry told 

21 Apr

The Department for Education’s move to introduce accreditation of children’s social workers risks being ‘punitive’ to practitioners rather than developing their skills, MPs have been told.

Apology after drivers hit by major delays in Perton 

20 Apr

Drivers faced rush-hour chaos around Perton as emergency roadworks triggered major delays.

Government expands social work teaching partnerships to ‘raise quality’ of trainees 

19 Apr

The government will expand the number of social work teaching partnerships as it looks to “raise the quality” of trainees and teaching.

Shoppers help donate more than £500 to Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust 

18 Apr

Shoppers have helped boost the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust.

National award for St Giles Hospice bereavement service 

18 Apr

A support service run by St Giles Hospice has been recognised with a national award.

Hapless free range eggers leave receipt at victim’s home 

15 Apr

Hapless vandals throwing eggs at houses in Penkridge left behind a receipt at one of their victim’s homes.

Burglars steal dog from South Staffordshire home during raid 

13 Apr

A dog was stolen from its owners' home during a burglary in South Staffordshire.

Public inquiry called over Essington crematorium plan 

13 Apr

A public inquiry has been called over the creation of a £4 million crematorium on green belt land in South Staffordshire .

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Cricket: Staffordshire seek to continue unbeaten start 

5 May

 Staffordshire will be looking to continue their winning start to the new cricket season this Sunday.

Advertisers required for Tournament Programme! 

3 May

The Club is looking for businesses to take advertising space in it’s annual tournament programme.

Mansty Woods – 8th May 2016 

3 May

Our re-arranged Orienteering Event is to be held this coming weekend at Mansty Woods on the West slopes of Cannock Chase.

British Champs podium place for Bob Dredge 

2 May

Congratulations to Bob Dredge on a fantastic podium place in the M65 class at the British Champs on Brown Clee.

Tamworth Urban 2016 Results 

2 May

Results here Splitsbrowser here Winsplits here Routegadget here...

British Relays WCH podium place on Mens Short 

2 May

Congratulations to Iain Stamp, Mark Stodgell and Mike Barnby on an impressive 3rd place in the highly competitive Men’s Short at the British Relay Champs.

Captains Weekly May 1st 2016 

1 May

“Pats on the back” are numerous this week for several reasons.

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Traffic Alert: Long delays on M6 south after accident 

5 May

DRIVERS using the M6 southbound near Birmingham have been warned of long delays to this morning\'s rush hour because of an accident and fuel spillage.

New historic HQ for Connect PR 

28 Apr

Agency purchases farmhouse in South Staffordshire to start new chapter...

Travel Alert: M6 subject to major delays 

22 Apr

There are currently reports of major disruption to the M6 nothbound through the conurbation due to two incidents involving broken down vehicles.

Travel Alert: More delays on M6 in Birmingham 

19 Apr

THERE are reports of very slow traffic and congestion on the M6 north of Birmingham, where a car fire has blocked one lane.

Free use of M6 Toll set to be debated in Parliament 

19 Apr

WHETHER the M6 Toll should be made free to use during emergencies is set to be debated in the House of Commons today.

Travel Update: M6 in Birmingham 

19 Apr

THE M6 northbound in Birmingham has reopened after being closed for 10 hours following a major fuel spillage.

BREAKING NEWS: Serious fuel spillage shuts M6 

18 Apr

THE M6 northbound in Birmingham is closed at Spaghetti Junction (J6) because of a serious fuel spillage covering the whole carriageway.

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Rates retention and appeals 

5 May

Request sent to South Staffordshire District Council by R Gilmore on 5 May 2016 .

Scum bin drop- off, 3rd May 

3 May

A dozen bags of rubbish dumped to side of road - hopefully containing some evidence for a prosecution Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Orton Lane, Lower Penn Report on FixMyStreet...

Tyres and gas bottles dumped on to Brownshore Pools land, 28th April 

28 Apr

Tyres and a number of large (red and blue) gas bottles dumped over fence on to land at Brownshore pools along Brownshore Lane in 2 separate locations.

Dumped rubbish bags, 27th April 

27 Apr

Scum twelve bags of rubbish dumped to pull in - hopefully with some ID to aid a persecution Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Lawn Lane, Pendeford Report on FixMyStreet...

Forest of Mercia Spring Fair 

26 Apr

Forest of Mercia Spring Fair...

Great Wyrley Jobs Fair 

26 Apr

Great Wyrley Jobs Fair...

Great Wyrley Job Fair 

26 Apr

Great Wyrley Job Fair...

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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.

Events marks offical opening of Kinver Community Fire Station 

15 Oct

Kinver’s new community fire station was officially opened during a special ceremony this week.

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Blogs »

Gavin attends Great Wyrley Jobs Fair 

5 May

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited volunteers at Great Wyrley Jobs Fair held at Great Wyrley Community Centre.

WV11 Local Election, Meet the Candidates 

5 May

Today is the day we can cast our vote in the local election.

Gavin celebrates Central Orchid Society’s 60th anniversary 

5 May

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited the Central Orchid Society at their 60th Anniversary show at Perton Civic Centre.

The Pubs of Great Wyrley and Leacroft: One Swan Inn and One Swan Out 

4 May

The Swan Inn, Walsall Road, Gt Wyrley.

Gavin congratulates Coven pupils in poster competition 

4 May

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited pupils at St Paul’s School, Coven to congratulate them on their efforts to raise awareness of dog fouling along their route to school.

Gavin celebrates Staffordshire Day 

3 May

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, celebrated the first ever Staffordshire Day at Essington Fruit Farm.

The Strawbs @ The Robin 2, Bilston 

29 Apr

Major Orton and me went to this on Wednesday night – a cancelled gig from last year as Dave Cousins was ill or had an accident.

Gavin celebrates all things Perton at Spring Festival 

29 Apr

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, celebrated all things Perton when he attended Wild About Perton’s 10th anniversary at Perton’s Spring Festival, at Perton Library.

Housing Association celebrates innovation 

29 Apr

Date: Fri, 2016-04-29 10:22 Description: South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) is celebrating the presentation of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation to technology specialist Mobysoft.

Gavin joins HomeServe for Big Red Sofa broadcast 

28 Apr

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited HomeServe last week to hear more about the home repairs and insurance group.


27 Apr

Spring 1991, and Ken carries me over the threshold of what will be our home for the next 25 years.

Modern Life is rubbish 

27 Apr

This has been said elsewhere but I crave for a day when you don’t have to deal with a bloody call centre! Today, I’ve had to phone three of them and all despite the best efforts of the internet.

Gavin welcomes progress on Featherstone crime statistics 

27 Apr

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed progress in the Home Office in the issues concerning crime statistics relating to incidents that happen in prisons in the Featherstone and Brinsford area and their separation from crime ...

Could You Spare a Few Hours to Help Kinver Library? 

27 Apr

Kinver Library needs volunteers to ensure it’s here for future generations.

Gavin attends Great Wyrley Parade 

27 Apr

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, attended the annual St George’s Day parade over the weekend in Great Wyrley.

Gavin welcomes falling crime figures in Staffordshire 

26 Apr

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed falling crime figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales.

Gavin celebrates 20 years for Codsall Flowers 

26 Apr

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited Codsall Flowers at their shop this weekend to celebrate 20 years of being in business at their shop.

Staffordshire Schools Cross Country Event 

25 Apr

The Preparatory Department attended the Staffordshire Schools Cross Country Event on 1st March...

World Book Day 

25 Apr

World Book Day 4th March - Students dressed in their favourite book characters.

Musical Concert 

25 Apr

Soloists Musical Concert Success...

Sport Relief 2016 

25 Apr

Whole School Sport Relief 2016...

Maths Team Challenge 

25 Apr

Maths Team Challenge at Keele University...


25 Apr

Fundraising Team Work...

Enriching Young Minds 

25 Apr

Preparatory pupils visit Enginuity at Ironbridge...

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