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Car fire on M6 caused closure 

20 Apr

FIREFIGHTERS have dealt with a car fire on the M6 near Stafford.

Candidates welcome ‘challenging’ questions from students 

20 Apr

Young people who attended a hustings event have been praised for their “challenging” questions.

Plucky pensioner battles cancer and heart attack to create Wombourne wonderland garden 

20 Apr

He has survived a heart attack and battled cancer, but a Wombourne pensioner has refused to let his health troubles stop him from creating his own version of paradise in his backyard.

Health boss to stand down 

20 Apr

THE chairman of the NHS body buying health services for patients in the Stafford area is to stand down.

Probe into how burglar escaped from Featherstone prison 

18 Apr

An investigation has been launched into how a convicted burglar managed to escape from a prison in Staffordshire, as police continue to try to track him down.

Search launched after prisoner escapes from Featherstone 

17 Apr

A search has been launched after a convicted burglar escaped from Featherstone Prison.

Search launched after prisoner escapes from Featherstone 

16 Apr

A search has been launched after a convicted burglar escaped from Featherstone Prison.

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal project boosted by donation 

15 Apr

A project to reopen the route of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal has been boosted by a £50,000 donation.

Motorcyclist killed in A41 crash near Codsall 

15 Apr

A motorcyclist has been killed after a crash with a car on a major trunk road near Codsall.

Motorcyclist killed in A41 crash near Codsall 

14 Apr

A motorcyclist has been killed after a crash with a car on a major trunk road near Codsall.

Generation Rent withdraws from Homes for Britain campaign amid RTB fallout 

14 Apr

Generation Rent has withdrawn from the sector-wide Homes for Britain campaign, saying the title's great but in reality we believe the strategy is so flawed that it has to date undermined the interests of people suffering the consequences of the ...

Violent attack leaves victim with severe facial injuries requiring 11 stitches 

14 Apr

A 23-year-old man has appeared in court in connection with an attack in Penkridge on another man that left him needing 11 stitches.

Opinion: The right to buy assault on housing associations suggests Homes for Britain was worse than a failure 

14 Apr

By Alex Hilton, director, Generation Rent Today the Conservative Party outlines its proposal to extend the right to buy to 1.3 million households whose landlords are housing associations.

Residents speak of shock as quiet Staffordshire village is targeted by tyre slashers 

14 Apr

Villagers in South Staffordshire have spoken of their dismay after more than a dozen vehicles had tyres slashed within the space of an hour.

Fund started in memory of tragic biker Tom 

13 Apr

A fundraising drive has been launched by the friends and family of a motorcyclist who died following a crash with a 4x4 in Penkridge.

Person cut from car following four-vehicle crash on M54 

10 Apr

One person had to be cut from their car after a crash near Featherstone this evening.

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WOW! 3 million hits!!!!! 

21 Apr

This website has just smashed through the 3 million hits mark – many thanks for your support...

What a weekend, what a season and what a team! 

20 Apr

If I was to be to asked to sum up the Dragons season in one word it would have to be ‘outstanding’.

Season finale for the Meerkats 

20 Apr

Wyrley Meerkats 5 v Lea Hall 2 Saturday saw the last scheduled fixture of the season and the Meerkats wanted to go out on a high.

Captain’s Weekly News – 19th April 

19 Apr

Captain Ray’s weekly news (with added links) is here…Captains News 19 Apr 15...

KICK 4 £50,000 at the Vanarama Big Day Out 

19 Apr

Have you ever dreamt of playing at Wembley Stadium? Well, thanks to Football Conference sponsors Vanarama, you could be on the pitch to kick for £50,000 at the Vanarama Big Day Out on Sunday 17 th May! Three lucky winners will win a trip for...

Wyrley Juniors United Match report 19_04_2015 

19 Apr

Match Report:- Wyrley Juniors United U14’s Season 2014-15 League Div 1:- Wyrley Juniors United 7 v Castle Juniors 2 What an eventful game, some of it good, some of it not so good, we’re quite sure that we’ve never seen a game quite like it...

British Champs 2015 

19 Apr

Congrats to our W14 3rd place relay team: Meg Colclough, Holly Stodgell and Holly Craig – full report to follow but here are the piccys! .

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Pharmacy receives backing to support construction of new HQ 

31 Mar

WALSALL-based pharmacy chain Jhoots has received funding to support the construction of a new £3.2m headquarters.

eg solutions’ “transformational year” sees it return to profit 

25 Mar

STAFFORDSHIRE software plc eg solutions has recorded an impressive set of results, returning to profit and seeing revenue surge.

Stafford retailers warn new complex could “divide” town centre 

18 Mar

Stafford town centre has had more than its fair share of woes during the economic downturn.

Bulleys: Exciting times ahead for i54 

16 Mar

By Noel Muscutt, a partner at Wolverhampton­-based property consultancy Bulleys.

St Modwen buys South Staffordshire industrial park 

3 Mar

BIRMINGHAM-based developer St Modwen has bought an industrial estate in Great Wyrley, Staffordshire.

Hilton Birmingham Metropole predicts bumper year 

18 Feb

THE Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel suggests 2015 could be one of its most successful years yet.

MP opens solicitors new Kinver office 

16 Feb

A WEST Midlands based solicitors firm has opened its new office in Kinver High Street.

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7 car tyres off rims dumped on grass verge next to large layby, 21st April 

21 Apr

More tyres in field-private land Report on FixMyStreet...

Flytipped bed base just before junction 11 M6, 21st April 

21 Apr

Bed base saw it yesterday Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): A460, Shareshill Report on FixMyStreet...

List of Roads 

21 Apr

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to James Carter on 21 April 2015 .

List of Roads 

20 Apr

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to James Carter on 20 April 2015 .

Fly tipping – Builders waste, 17th April 

17 Apr

Bricks and other waste dumped in pull in area.

General waste and mattress, 16th April 

16 Apr

Fly tipped late yesterday just beyond quarry entrance on Bognop Road.

CCTV Cameras across South Staffordshire 

16 Apr

CCTV Cameras across South Staffordshire...

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West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit 

19 Mar

The West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (WM ROCU) is a collaboration between the police forces of Staffordshire, West Midlands, West Mercia and Warwickshire to fight organised crime across the region.

Statement from Temporary Chief Constable Jane Sawyers in response to the determination of Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner on Operation Kalmia 

18 Mar

Temporary Chief Constable Jane Sawyers: “I welcome the determination the Police and Crime Commissioner has reached and remain grateful for the support family, friends and colleagues have given me during the investigation.

Police launch next phase of Counter Terrorism campaign to prevent tragedies 

16 Mar

The National Police Counter Terrorism Network and partners have rolled out the next phase of an awareness raising campaign designed to reach out to families, to help prevent young people travelling to Syria.

Trio jailed after high value car thefts 

13 Mar

Three men have been jailed for a total of 14 years after their plot to steal high value cars in the south of Staffordshire was foiled by police.

Staffordshire equestrians urged to be vigilant 

4 Mar

Staffordshire horse owners and equestrian businesses are being urged to increase vigilance after increased reports of tack thefts around the county.

Six sentenced for disorder at HMP Oakwood 

20 Feb

Four serving prisoners will remain behind bars even longer – and two men are back in prison - after being sentenced for their involvement in disorder at HMP Oakwood.

Midlands gang jailed for armed robberies 

17 Feb

Three men and one woman from the West Midlands were today (Monday, 16th February) jailed for conspiring to commit a series of armed cash in transit robberies in the Telford, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and West Midlands areas...

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Blogs »

Great Wyrley’s Fallen: Alfred Whitehouse 

20 Apr

Alfred Whitehouse (Cannock Library) I thought it was time to return to the Great Wyrley fallen and the name I chose was that of EA Whitehouse.

KSCA – Going For Gold : View the draft plans 

20 Apr

KinverOnline - Kinver Village Website http://www.

Annual General Meeting 

17 Apr

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

Hello world! 

16 Apr

Welcome to WordPress.

Pub #10: The Fountain, Walsall 

15 Apr

An excellent way to bring up double figure with a visit to one of Walsall’s best.

Pub #9: Tap & Tanner 

15 Apr

We ended up here to watch the Grand National and not the most pleasant of pubs mainly due to the lairy clientele but what do you expect in a Sport Bar? I agree with Stymaster about this one However, the beer wasn’t bad and it was fairly smartly...

Great Wyrley and Churchbridge Pub Photo Updates 

14 Apr

I had the good fortune, as the Archivist at the Walsall Local History Centre, to bump into Stuart Attwood a few months back.

Out of the woods 

11 Apr

Great Uncle Jack (John Horton, left) and his younger brother, my grandad (Alfred Noah Horton).

The Pubs of Great Wyrley: The Royal Oak 

10 Apr

The Royal Oak developed from a cottage near what was the one-time hub of the village around 1842.

RIP Richie Benaud 

10 Apr

One of the icons of the great game died today – Richie Benaud.

Easter 2015 

9 Apr

This Easter has been all the usual stuff that this time of the year brings .

Honey Pot 

9 Apr

One of the burdens of using the Internet is of course it’s open to everybody and therefore it attracts users who have a different agenda – I’m talking of course of the spammers and hackers.


7 Apr

On Sunday 8th March 2015 I took two productions to the ISA Drama Competition in Chester.


7 Apr

On Tuesday 12 March 2015 Years 3-6 visited the Big Bang Science Fair at the NEC, read their reviews...

March 2015 News-letter 

6 Apr

The Arthur George mini-series on TV provoked much interest.

Pre-electrification Work at Walsall 

6 Apr

As some of you will know the Chase Line that Runs from Walsall, through Ryecroft Junction, Bloxwich, Cannock, Hednesford to Rugeley TV is undergoing pre-electrification work.

Cahrity Piano Concert – St Peter’s Church, Kinver 

5 Apr

KinverOnline - Kinver Village Website http://www.

New Blog Website 

4 Apr

My Blog website can now be found at www.

A Night out in The Black Country 

2 Apr

Last weekend I fought off the spring virus to go and see my mate Jim at The Hollybush in Cradley Heath perform his “Jimmy Frinton” act at the comedy club there.

Great Wyrley’s Fallen: Patrick Downey Finally Gets His Military Medal 

2 Apr

Patrick Downey gets his Military Medal.


31 Mar

GCSE and A Level Success All the girls at St.


31 Mar

Years 6 - 7 Trip to Rome Monday 23rd March - Thursday 26th March 2015...


31 Mar

Congratuations to our Stafford and Stone Area Winners...

Black Country Museum 

31 Mar

A Journey Back in time on25th March 2015...

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