Staffordshire news and blogs Wednesday 28 January 2015
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Former Wombourne batsman reovering after knocked out by ball similar to that which killed Phil Hughes 

26 Jan

Former Wombourne batsman Daniel Hughes was today recovering after being knocked out by a ball similar to that which killed Phil Hughes.

Human rights ruling could see rejected travellers’ sites bids revived 

25 Jan

Concerns have been raised that a court ruling could see previously rejected applications for travellers’ sites return to South Staffordshire.

9,000 vanish from Black Country and Staffordshire electoral register 

24 Jan

More than 9,000 people have fallen off the electoral register across the Black Country and South Staffordshire, it has emerged – with an MP blaming a new application system for putting people off.

Person killed after being hit by a train at Penkridge Station 

22 Jan

A person has been killed after being hit by a train in Staffordshire tonight.

Case against Port Vale fans accused of racially abusing… 

22 Jan

THREE Port Vale fans who were accused of racially abusing an opposition player can now watch their beloved team in action again after the case against them collapsed.

1,700-home plans submitted for new eco-town 

16 Jan

Plans have been submitted for 1,700 homes on the site of a new eco-town in Oxfordshire.

Historic village carnival near Wolverhampton set to return 

15 Jan

A South Staffordshire village carnival is set to return this year, it has been announced, with discussions ongoing as to its format.

Vandalism and drug concerns at jail 

7 Jan

Concerns about vandalism, staffing and drugs at HMP Featherstone near Wolverhampton are raised in a new report.

Chronic staff shortage at heart of Featherstone Prison’s problems 

7 Jan

Chronic staffing shortages are at the heart of HMP Featherstone’s problems, a shocking report has revealed.

Vandalism, drugs and violence: Damning report reveals issues at Featherstone Prison 

7 Jan

Vandalised cells, widespread drug use, bullying and violent prisoners are among the issues laid bare in a report on Featherstone Prison today.

Graffiti threatens Wombourne’s Best Kept Village campaign 

6 Jan

Calls have been made to remove graffiti from a historic bridge in Wombourne as it is threatening the Best Kept Village campaign.

Teamwork to help Staffordshire tourism 

24 Dec

Tourism is worth a massive £104 million to the south Staffordshire economy with more than 2.2 million people visiting the area, it has been revealed.

First chairman of South Staffordshire Council dies aged 88 

24 Dec

The first ever chairman of South Staffordshire Council has died.

Interview: Generation Rent’s Alex Hilton 

23 Dec

Alex Hilton is pissed off with private landlords, dodgy homes and excessive rents.

No confidence vote in Featherstone Prison management 

20 Dec

Prison staff were so concerned for their safety they held a vote of no confidence in the management.

Teen attacked by four men on walk home in Wombourne 

17 Dec

A teenager was attacked by four men as he walked home in Wombourne.

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Charity of the Year – Voting closes on Saturday 

28 Jan

Just a reminder that you only have until the end of the month to cast your vote for the WCH Charity of the Year 2015.

Hednesford Town 3 – 1 Gloucester City 

28 Jan

Hednesford Town made it three home wins on the trot at Keys Park following this victory over Gloucester City, which saw the Pitmen move back into the top five of the Conference North.

Please donate your Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers. 

27 Jan

The Club is again collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers.

Late goal sinks Barton United at Boldmere 

26 Jan

Barton United lost by the odd goal in three at mid-table rivals Boldmere Sport & Social.

Ellie ‘The Enforcer’ Scores first ever goal! 

26 Jan

Just a quick message to say congratulations to Ellie ‘The Enforcer’ Parker who scored her first goal for the Meerkats this weekend.

Aston Villa 2 v Bournemouth 1 – and the Wyrley Dragons played well too! 

26 Jan

The mighty Villa caused a massive cup upset by knocking out Bournemouth AFC.

Captain’s Weekly News – 25th Jan 

25 Jan

Ray’s weekly update should be in member’s mailboxes now, but here’s a copy for info…Captains News 250115 .

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Highways Agency urges last submissions on M54-M6 link before consultation ends 

27 Jan

DRIVERS have until the end of this week to choose their preferred route for the proposed new link road between the M54 and the northbound carriageway of the M6.

City Briefs: eg solutions; Hill & Smith; Pendragon 

8 Jan

Local government contract win for eg solutionsSTAFFORDSHIRE-based back office optimisation software company, eg solutions, has strengthened its portfolio with a major new contract win.

eg Solutions looking to raise £3.2m through shares placing 

17 Dec

STAFFORDSHIRE software company eg Solutions announced this morning that is proposing to raise up to £3.2m through a shares placing.

£40m i54 motorway junction officially opens 

12 Dec

A £40m new motorway junction providing access directly onto the i54 business park in South Staffordshire has officially opened to traffic.

Gough Bailey Wright wins South Staffordshire College brief 

9 Dec

Marketing and PR agency boosts design portfolio with prospectus project aimed at attracting more students...

£40m i54 motorway junction set to open next month 

17 Nov

A £40m new motorway junction providing access directly onto the i54 business park in South Staffordshire is set to open next month.

Manufacturing boss hits back at automation ‘threat’ 

12 Nov

THE boss of a West Midlands manufacturing firm hit back at a recent report that claims automation could threaten a third of UK jobs.

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Information re PCI DSS compliance for securing credit card data 

26 Jan

Request sent to South Staffordshire District Council by Fayrouz Essack on 26 January 2015 .

Sharp edges on childrens slide – horsefair park, 25th January 

25 Jan

The slide does not touch the ground as most slides do and has extremely sharp edges so when the younger children come off the end of the slide, they are at very serious risk of cutting their heads open when they lift their head up.

Dog fouling Wolgarston Way, 25th January 

25 Jan

I take my mother's dog for a walk each day and have noticed the amount of dog excrement along Wolgarston Way near to Wulfric Close.

Overgrown Hedges blocking path, 25th January 

25 Jan

There are some very overgrown hedges at the bottom of canalside close (st19 5tx), in the cul-de-sacs besides the canal (two locations on this street).

Dog fouling outside marshbrook school, 25th January 

25 Jan

Constant re -occuring DAILY dog fouling all along Bellbrook and in front of marshbrook first school this is a MAJOR problem for months- especially hazardous for carrying dog mess into the school.

Fly Tip, 24th January 

24 Jan

Fly Tipping by Cosford Court garages Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Perton Report on FixMyStreet...

Rubbish blocking path, 24th January 

24 Jan

Rubbish still not cleared from path running along rear of Gaydon Close and Cosford Court Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 12 Gaydon Close, Perton Report on FixMyStreet...

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Businesses get the chance to see Staffordshire Police go glove to glove in charity boxing match 

22 Jan

Please support Staffordshire Police Officers in our latest Fundraising event.

Children’s online safety campaign welcomed 

15 Jan

An NSPCC public education campaign that aims to equip parents and carers with the knowledge to help their children has been endorsed by Staffordshire Police.

The Bobbies on Bikes 4 Kids (BOB4K) team thank you 

13 Jan

The Bobbies on Bikes 4 Kids (BOB4K) team would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who supported them during months of training, the event of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats (covering 900 miles in nine days) and donating money...

Protect yourself against courier fraud: 

9 Jan

We have received reports of two incidents of courier fraud in the Amington area of Tamworth this evening.

A460 Lodge Lane to reopen shortly following collision between a Car and Lorry 

7 Jan

Police and Ambulance services are currently dealing with a road traffic collision on the A460 Lodge Lane near Cannock.

Stop and Think – Don’t accept domestic abuse 

16 Dec

Staffordshire Police is to highlight the issues that can cause domestic abuse to help keep people safe and reassured over the festive period.

Festive MASH bash 

12 Dec

Staff at Staffordshire’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), based at Lindum House in Stone, got into the festive spirit last Friday (5 December) with their black tie charity ball at the Stone House Hotel.

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Gavin welcomes response from mobile phone provider 

28 Jan

Three mobile have revealed plans to improve coverage in South Staffordshire.

Walsall 0:0 Preston North End 

28 Jan

History was made last night as Walsall reached a Wembley final for the first time ever in it’s 127 year history.

Gavin calls on Highway Agency to meet over road safety 

27 Jan

Increasing number of accidents on Junction 1 of M54/A460.

St. Peter’s Church 

27 Jan

KinverOnline - Kinver Village Website All residents and visitors are warmly welcomed to join our services in February.

Gavin welcomes falling crime figures 

22 Jan

Crime in Staffordshire fallen by 19% since 2010 Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed news that crime is falling.

Marchesi Night 

22 Jan

Celebrating the birthday of Round Table which was first formed in Norwich, England, by Louis Marchesi in 1927.


22 Jan

You recently posted a comment about current TV drama – well if you want to see something that is truly exceptional, I hope you were tuned to the first part (of 6) of Wolf Hall last night, the dramatisation of Hilary Mantel’s double Booker...

10 Top Tips to Save Money At Home 

22 Jan

At the start of the year, everyone wants to save money but can you really save that much? Well the good news is, it’s possible to save a LOT of money by taking some very simple steps.

Dementia Friends – Information Afternoon 

22 Jan

KinverOnline - Kinver Village Website http://www.

Gavin welcomes new start up loan figures 

20 Jan

42 businesses in South Staffordshire have benefitted from the scheme.

Kinver & District Horticultural Society 

19 Jan

KinverOnline - Kinver Village Website Whether you are an expert gardener or a complete novice, visitors and new members will receive a warm welcome at our monthly meetings held on the last Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in St Peter’s Church ...

Gavin attends performance of Peter Pumpkin 

19 Jan

Performance presented by Friends of Essington Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire enjoyed a pantomime performance of Peter Pumpkin last weekend The performance, which took place at St Johns Primary School was presented by the Friends of ...

Gavin welcomes Chancellor to South Staffordshire 

19 Jan

The Chancellor discussed National Savings and Investment Bonds for pensioners Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, welcomed the Chancellor, George Osborne, to South Staffordshire on Friday to launch of a new National Savings and Investments ...

Los Endos 

19 Jan

There are a number of reasons why I like tribute bands, the main one being seeing the music I like played live.

Gavin Williamson holds Supermarket Surgery 

18 Jan

Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, held a supermarket surgery in Wombourne, last weekend.

Playing different parts 

18 Jan

I wonder whether Orgreave House feels uncertain….

Can you successfully revive old masters? 

16 Jan

Here’s a question for all of you born in the 1960’s: Can you remake some of our old favourite TV shows and make it for a new audience? You see, ITV have re-vamped Thunderbirds and after the disastrous film make by Riker from Star Trek NG...

Gavin presents Gypsy and Traveller petition to Parliament 

14 Jan

Petition had 1545 signatures from residents across the constituency.

The Curious Case of Maud Minnie Mills: Walsall, 1912 

14 Jan

The Bridge.

Gavin slams BT for keeping Pattingham customers in the dark 

14 Jan

Fibre optic Broadband has been delayed 6 months without notifying residents Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has slammed BT for keeping customers in the dark over planned upgrades to the fibre optic broadband speeds in Pattingham.

Gavin pays tribute to retiring headmistress at Codsall High School Awards 

14 Jan

Gavin presented certificates to GCSE students Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited Codsall High School last week to congratulate them on their recent exam results.

In Quest of The Ashes by D R Jardine 

13 Jan

I’ve been meaning to read this book since I bought it way back in 1985 (!) Jardine was the English Captain in the notorious “Bodyline” tour of Australia in 1932-33.

Gavin meets with NFU 

13 Jan

Dicussed a range of topics including price of milk and use of pesticides.

Gavin holds successful supermarket surgery 

12 Jan

Held supermarket surgery in Wombourne on Friday Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, held a supermarket surgery in Wombourne, last weekend.

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