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House damaged in blaze near Wolverhampton` 

25 Nov

A house was left damaged after a fire broke out in South Staffordshire.

City West Celebrates National Award Success 

25 Nov

Staff at City West Housing Trust are celebrating after winning a suite of national industry awards and gaining a top business accreditation.

South Staffordshire crematorium battle intensifies with four different plans submitted 

25 Nov

The battle to build a new crematorium in South Staffordshire has intensified with four developers officially submitting detailed proposals to planners.

Ward to close at Harplands Hospital in Hartshill – because there… 

23 Nov

A WARD is to close at a mental health hospital because there are not enough patients for the beds.

Young renters start earning real money on Wednesday, poll shows 

19 Nov

Young people across the UK spend the first two days of the working week paying for their rent, according to a survey by the TUC and Generation Rent.

PICTURED: Prison officer who tried to smuggle drugs into Wolverhampton jail after falling for prisoner 

19 Nov

This is the Featherstone prison officer who attempted to smuggle drugs and alcohol in to inmates.

Jail for lovestruck prison worker who smuggled drugs for inmate 

17 Nov

A besotted jail worker who smuggled drugs into Featherstone Prison after falling for one of the inmates has been locked up for 12 months.

Opening date set for new i54 junction on Wolverhampton border 

14 Nov

A new motorway junction providing access directly to the i54 business park on the border of Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire will open on December 11.

The Women in Housing Awards 2014 – Winners announced 

14 Nov

The housing world shouted about some of its leading women at an awards ceremony presented by Lulu last night.

Plans for three new gipsy sites and extension of four others in Staffordshire to be discussed 

11 Nov

Councillors in South Staffordshire are set to meet with an MP to discuss proposals for three new gipsy sites and and the extension of four existing sites in Essington.

Man critical after road accident in south Staffordshire 

11 Nov

Middle-aged pedestrian hit by car in country lane near Wolverhampton...

Featherstone villagers ‘living in fear’, say councillors 

8 Nov

A village has been put on high alert after a 14 burglaries in less than two months.

Mobile phone played key role in Featherstone prison plot, trial hears 

7 Nov

A man accused of arranging for a female prison officer to smuggle drink and drugs into a Staffordshire jail has admitted that his mobile phone played a key role in the plot.

Brinsford inmate lashes out, injuring three officers, court hears 

6 Nov

Three prison officers at a young offenders institution were injured when an inmate lashed out with a piece of metal, a court heard.

Construction Apprentice of the Year 2014Construction Apprentice of the Year 2014Construction Apprentice of the Year 2014 

4 Nov

Stockport Homes and B4Box celebrated with Stephen Timoney at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce Property Construction Awards last week, held at the Hilton Hotel in Deansgate.

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.

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Meerkats meet Olivia Fergusson 

26 Nov

Meerkats met Olivia Fergusson the Aston Villa starlet who has roots with Wyrley Juniors!! Great for the girls to meet an inspirational figure that started their career with Wyrley! Thanks Olivia for your time – continue to flourish with...

Wyrley in Wembley 

26 Nov

Approximately 120 Wyrley associated folk made the trip South to witness England Ladies do battle with Germany Ladies.

Halesowen Town 1 – 4 Hednesford Town 

26 Nov

Hednesford Town were, in the end, able to make a comfortable progression into the quarter finals of the Birmingham Senior Cup, but were made to work hard for it by Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side Halesowen Town, writes Scott Smith .

Silent Night Carols at Keys Park 

25 Nov

On Wednesday 10 th December, and in conjunction with a national event which is taking place, we will be holding a Christmas Carol event at the football club in the Chase Suite.

Girl footballers don’t know the Rules!! 

25 Nov

Please read the letter below sent in to a newspaper.

Author donates signed books. 

25 Nov

Many thanks to Paul Mullins who has kindly donated 2 signed copies of his book ‘Leah and the Football Dragons’ to our Birmingham Children’s Hospital Christmas Present Appeal.

Burntwood Town FC still hunting for first league point after latest loss 

25 Nov

Burntwood Town FC suffered their ninth league defeat in a row as they went down 2-0 at Austrey Rangers.

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£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.

Knight Frank appointed as agent on 190,000 sq ft North Staffordshire shed 

11 Nov

COMMERCIAL property agent Knight Frank has been appointed as the letting agent for a 190,000 sq ft warehouse in North Staffordshire.

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...

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M54 – M6 Toll Link Road Consultation 

26 Nov

M54 - M6 Toll Link Road Consultation...

Cost of stray dogs 

21 Nov

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to Carla Bloomfield on 21 November 2014 .

Fly Tipping of Commercial Chiller Cabinets, 20th November 

20 Nov

2 x Commercial Chiller Cabinets have been dumped on verge (week commencing 17/11/2014) in Malthouse Lane.

Dumped fridges (2 off), 17th November 

17 Nov

There two fridges dumped on the verge which have been there for nearly two weeks, flytipping is an ongoing problem in these lanes.

Business Rates 

17 Nov

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to Katy Stone on 17 November 2014 .

Business Rates 

14 Nov

Follow up sent to South Staffordshire District Council by Katy Stone on 14 November 2014 .

Business Rates 

14 Nov

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to Katy Stone on 14 November 2014 .

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Staffordshire Police Chiefs hold online chats 

26 Nov

South Staffordshire residents are being given the opportunity to engage with their Local Policing Team (LPT) Commander during virtual online meetings.

Stop and Think – Stay safe this festive period 

25 Nov

Staffordshire Police have launched a crime prevention drive to keep you and your property safe this festive period.

Going beyond what is expected celebrated at ceremony 

25 Nov

Officers, police community support officers, police staff, special constables and members of the public will be recognised for their commitment, dedication and outstanding contributions to policing at a Staffordshire Police ceremony.

Two charged after cannabis factory found in South Staffordshire 

24 Nov

Two men and a woman have been arrested and thousands of pounds worth of cannabis seized after officers uncovered a huge cannabis factory in South Staffordshire.

First custodial sentence for breach of Domestic Violence Protection Order 

21 Nov

A repeat domestic abuse offender, who breached court restrictions on contacting his partner three times, has been jailed for 21 days.

Pudsey visits Staffordshire Police 

20 Nov

Children in Need’s Pudsey visited Staffordshire Police HQ on Thursday 20 November to take receipt of a cheque for the money raised during the force’s fundraising efforts last week.

Staffordshire Police gun surrender collects nearly 300 items 

13 Nov

A firearms surrender in Staffordshire has netted nearly 300 items during a two week opportunity to hand them in without fear of prosecution for possession.

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Gavin attends Wombourne Christmas Bazaar 

26 Nov

Bazaar was held on behalf of Wombourne Methodist Church Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, attended the Wombourne Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar at Wombourne Community Centre, last weekend.

Gavin visits Central Orchid Society Show 

26 Nov

Show brought together many Orchid growers from across the region.

Big Tree Switch On 

25 Nov

KinverOnline - Kinver Village Website Don’t forget this Friday!!! http://www.

Celebrating i54 South Staffordshire 

24 Nov

It was a privilege to meet up with our partners and businesses at our i54 South Staffordshire celebration event and thank all of the partners involved in the project, including local enterprise partnerships, Government and transport providers.

22/11/14 Finchfield Badgers v Lichfield B 

22 Nov

This week saw us against Lichfield B and as last week another good game ensued.

15/11/14 Finchfield Badgers v Stone 

22 Nov

A slightly belated match report for the Stone game, apologies to my regular readers This was a very good game, with some good hockey played by both teams, which were quite evenly matched, which always makes for a better game for all.

UKIP’s bubble burst? 

21 Nov

Despite the win in Rochester last night, are we seeing an apparent drop off in UKIP’s impetus? Reckless’ majority cut by 70% from when he was a Tory; polls now showing support for EU membership back over 50%; numbers of people voting ...

Gavin calls for school to be granted priority building scheme funding 

21 Nov

Called on Secretary of State for Education to grant funding to Edgecliff High School.

Nuclear Bunker 

20 Nov

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

Gavin speaks in debate on dairy farmers 

20 Nov

Westminster Hall debate spoke on the problems dairy farmers face.

Essington RBL Poppy Quiz 2014 

20 Nov

A close run quiz last night at Essington RUFC saw the one and only Major Orton ably assisted by JC and June win a tie-breaker to claim this years trophy.

Gavin calls for Council to extend Gypsy, Traveller and Showpeople Consultation deadline 

19 Nov

Gavin seeking to extend current deadline of Monday 24th November.

Shrewsbury Town 1:0 Walsall 

19 Nov

Last night, the Brother in – Law and the Niece & Nephew went to the F A Cup replay between Shrewsbury and Walsall.

Gavin calls for help on danger junction 

19 Nov

Called on the Chief Executive of the Highways Agency to improve road markings on the A460/M54 roundabout.

Gavin to visit Orchid Show 

18 Nov

Central Orchid Society Show at Perton Civic Centre Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, will visit the Central Orchid Society Show at Perton Civic Centre on Saturday 22nd November.

Kinver to Play Host to “The Voice of The Balls!” 

17 Nov

KinverOnline - Kinver Village Website Every year for the last 14 years, Alan Dedicote has hosted a quiz in aid of Children in Need and run by Kinver’s Rotary Club.

Gavin welcomes stricter guidelines for prisoners who assault prison staff 

17 Nov

Ministry of Justice taking extra steps to drive down assaults on prison officers.

2nd December – Monastery Drive – From 6.30pm 

16 Nov

Follow @solihullsanta // Langley Hall Road Swanswell Road Merecote Road Swanswell Road Gunns Way Kineton Green Road Grange Road Monastery Drive Halford Road Wroxall Road Stoneleigh...

Healthy Eating in Wombourne 

14 Nov

We are starting a series on Health in Wombourne .

Gavin becomes honorary member of Sedgley and Wombourne Rotary Club 

14 Nov

Club honoured Gavin with a membership certificate.

Walsall 1:0 Sheffield Utd 

13 Nov

Last night, the old gang myself, me Dad, The Brother in Law, The Nephew, 5 Pints and his youngest (now 6ft 2in and mid 20’s) went to the Bescot to see the Johnstone Paint Trophy (Football League Trophy ) match between Walsall and Sheffield Utd ...

Gavin’s campaign moves to Essington 

13 Nov

Gavin is campaiging against increasing Gypsy and Traveller pitches.

Sapper Thomas Jones: Now Has A Place to Call Home 

12 Nov

Short Heath war memorial on the night of 12 November 2014, bedecked by poppy tributes to the fallen.

Housing Day 2014: Staffordshire grandmother helps families of disabled children 

12 Nov

Date: Wed, 2014-11-12 (All day) Description: When doctors told Elizabeth Swingwood that they didn’t have a diagnosis for her severely disabled granddaughter Charlotte’s health issues, it would have been easy for her to become angry and ...

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