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£17m older person’s village for former rugby home 

3 Aug

Plans have been submitted to turn the former Hilton Park stadium in Leigh, Greater Manchester, into an older person’s village.

A gallon of fuel for 23p – Brothers shut garage doors for final time after 50 years in family 

3 Aug

A gallon of fuel cost 23p in today's money when High Green Garage in Brewood opened its doors in 1962 - although back then it was more paraffin than petrol.

Police search West Midlands for man wanted over assault 

30 Jul

Detectives in Staffordshire have joined in the search for a man wanted in relation to an assault on a woman, who they believe may be in the Perton area.

IN PICTURES: Smashed water main floods Pattingham and leaves streets submerged in muddy water 

28 Jul

A water main burst in Pattingham, causing severe flooding in the village.

Changes at Staffordshire prison praised after being named worst in country 

23 Jul

The turnaround of a prison once named the worst in the country has been welcomed by a South Staffordshire MP.

Nearly 30 firefighters tackle blaze near Featherstone Prison 

21 Jul

Almost 30 firefighters were called to a field fire that broke out near Featherstone Prison.

Stockport Homes commended for welfare reform work 

20 Jul

Stockport Homes has won the Helping Tenants Manage the Impact of Welfare Reform award at the NFA awards.

Brown Edge teacher Phil Craddock retires after 25 years at… 

19 Jul

RESPECTED deputy headteacher has retired from a village school after a quarter of a century.

Agency worker at Featherstone Prison pocketed thousands after submitting false time sheets 

19 Jul

An agency worker pocketed thousands of pounds after lodging false claims for the hours she put in at Featherstone Prison.

Faculty leads set out plan to protect College of Social Work resources 

17 Jul

The College of Social Work’s faculty leads want TCSW’s resources and functions transferred to a temporary ‘holding organisation’, ideally hosted by an existing social care body.

‘Shining stars’ recognised at ALMO awards 

17 Jul

Employees and tenants from across the ALMO sector are celebrating after beingrecognised at the annual National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) Awards at the HiltonHotel in Manchester.

Boy rescued after coming off bike in Staffordshire woods 

16 Jul

A teenage boy who came off his bike on a hillside wood in south Staffordshire has been rescued and treated by ambulance staff.

NFA conference blog: We don’t have big publicity budgets but we’re challenging perceptions 

15 Jul

Louise Huntington, Communications and Production ManagerNorthwards Housing The perception of social housing tenants is at an all-time low.

Race for Life: Thousands brave downpour at Himley Hall to raise £100,000 for cancer fight 

13 Jul

Thousands of women braved a downpour to remember loved ones lost to cancer and raise more than £100,000.

David Clifft troll row: Essington councillor to stay on after public rally around 

10 Jul

A councillor has performed a dramatic u-turn over his decision to quit after he received 'overwhelming public support' to continue in his public roles.

Staffordshire councillor quitting over sickening abuse 

9 Jul

He has represented his home village of Essington as a councillor for 16 years and worked tirelessly for his community.

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Comedy Night Comes To Keys Park 

4 Aug

Hednesford Town Football Club, in association with top comedian Andy Fury , are pleased to announce that on Friday 2nd October a top evening of football-related comedy will take place at Keys Park.

Match Preview: Stafford Rangers (A) 

3 Aug

Rob Smith’s side face their last pre-season game of the summer on Tuesday evening (August 4) when they head to Marston Road, the home of Stafford Rangers.

Last Night of the Proms a great success! 

3 Aug

Based on the feedback we’ve had, our first ‘Last Night of the Proms’ event was very successful! Approximately 200 attended to listen to and join in with a very talented band.

Rhyl 0–3 Hednesford Town 

1 Aug

Hednesford Town gained an impressive victory against Welsh Premier League side Rhyl thanks to a double strike from Adam Thomas and a further goal from Jake Heath.

Trio depart Keys Park 

1 Aug

As manager Rob Smith shapes his squad ahead of the start of the new Vanarama National League North season next Saturday it has been confirmed that three players have this weekend departed Keys Park.


31 Jul

Wyrley Men Q-STA0248 Wyrley Ladies Q-STA0249 Wyrley Juniors Q-STA0250 Wyrley Junior Girls Q-STA0251...

Match Preview: Rhyl (A) 

31 Jul

In their penultimate pre-season fixture, the Pitmen tackle Welsh Premier League opposition this weekend when they travel to Rhyl.

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BGF helps Staffordshire logistics firm deliver growth with £5m deal 

29 Jul

THE Birmingham-based Business Growth Fund has invested £4.9m in a logistics firm to help towards the cost of a key acquisition in the North West.

NEC hotels to go on sale months after LDC buyout 

22 Jun

Birmingham City Council to place Hilton and Crowne Plaza hotels on the market as authority continues asset sell off...

Birmingham City Council puts more NEC buildings on the market 

22 Jun

Authority to place freehold of Hilton and Crowne Plaza hotel buildings on the market as authority continues asset sell off...

M6 Toll operator unveils new chief executive 

15 Jun

THE operator of the UKs only pay-as-you-drive motorway, the M6 Toll, has announced its new chief executive.

Jaguar Land Rover to enter its most exciting period yet 

12 Jun

Ralf Speth was speaking to a gathering of automotive industry leaders at the Automotive News Europe Congress Gala Dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole...

Jaguar Land Rover to enter its most exciting period yet 

12 Jun

Ralf Speth was speaking to a gathering of automotive industry leaders at the Automotive News Europe Congress Gala Dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole...

Software firm grants directors new share options 

22 May

STAFFORDSHIRE back office optimisation software supplier, eg solutions, has agreed new share options to its directors.

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Vacant Properties 

3 Aug

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to Steve Hermon on 3 August 2015 .

2015 Election Canvass 

31 Jul

2015 Election Canvass...

Grass not cut all summer, 31st July 

31 Jul

The grass opposite Broad lane has not been cut all summer.

Mill lane carboot, burning rubbish, 28th July 

28 Jul

Operators of mill lane carboot are burning rubbish from thursday carboot and refuse from sunday carboots after every thursday carboot.

S59 Public Space Protection Order 

27 Jul

S59 Public Space Protection Order...

ERP/Finance Systems 

27 Jul

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to Katie Green on 27 July 2015 .

HR, Payroll and Bacs software contract expiry dates 

24 Jul

Response by South Staffordshire District Council to Andrew Jenkins on 24 July 2015 .

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Staffordshire Police Open Day Sunday 28 June 

23 Jun

With just days to go until the Open Day this Sunday, Staffordshire Police are busy making final preparations as they set to throw open their gates and host a behind the scenes day at Police Headquarters.

Still time to have your say on Policing and crime in rural areas 

18 Jun

Staffordshire Police is encouraging residents to take part in the biggest ever poll on countryside crime before it closes next week.

Warning against home security scam 

5 Jun

Police have issued a warning about companies offering to install burglar alarm systems, which come with a hidden £3,000 bill.

We support the biggest ever National Rural Crime Survey 

4 Jun

Staffordshire’s residents urged to make their voices heard by taking part in the National Rural Crime Survey...

We support the biggest ever National Rural Crime Survey 

4 Jun

Staffordshire’s residents urged to make their voices heard by taking part in the National Rural Crime Survey...

First conviction for drug driving in Staffordshire 

27 May

Staffordshire Police have secured the first conviction in the county for drug driving.

PCSO recruits to hit Staffordshire streets soon 

22 May

Our latest Police Community Support (PCSO) recruits are flying through their training course and will soon be joining our Local Policing Teams around the county.

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Blogs »

The Riddle of the Third Mile by Colin Dexter 

4 Aug

Another one in the Morse series I’m trying to plough through and one more set around Oxfords’ academia than some of the others.

#Pub 29: The Three Crowns, Willenhall 

2 Aug

We rated this pub as a 4/5 despite the real ale turning out sour which was a shame as I really like this pub.

#Pub 28: The Falcon, Willenhall 

2 Aug

Now this pub is a bit of a legend mainly due to it’s reputation for real ale and it didn’t disappoint.

#Pub 27: The Castle, Willenhall 

2 Aug

An easy 4/5 as it was smart, interesting layout, atmosphere pleasant and a good range of ales.

Gavin visits volunteer drivers with Local Village Transport 

31 Jul

The service covers Pattingham, Perton, Bilbrook and Codsall Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, today met with volunteers who drive for Local Village Transport in Perton.

Gavin visits Kelcher’s Opticians 

30 Jul

Gavin visited the Great Wyrley practice to learn about the need for regular eye tests Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited Kelcher’s Optometrists on Wardles Lane, Great Wyrley on Thursday 30th July to learn about why regular eye ...

Gavin meets prisoner resettlement charity 

30 Jul

Family Pathways resettles prisoners that have been released from HMP Oakwood Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, met with representatives from Family Pathways, an organisation that helps to resettle prisoners after they have been released.

Gavin helps out at Brewood Hardware Store 

29 Jul

Gavin helped out behind the counter at the newly renovated shop on Market Place, Brewood Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited Brewood Hardware Store on Market Place, Brewood, last week to help out behind the counter.

Gavin visits Essingon Fruit Farm 

28 Jul

Gavin toured the farm and spoke about issues such as fly-tipping which are blighting the area Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited Essington Fruit Farm on Friday, touring the farm and discussing important issues that affect the ...

Gavin urges local businesses to donate towards life saving equipment 

27 Jul

Met with AEDdonate who raise money to install defibrillators into public places Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, met with representatives from AEDdonate to discuss their campaign heartsafe which raises money to buy defibrillators to be ...

Gavin sees Scouts off for World Jamboree in Japan 

24 Jul

The Scouts from Wombourne and Brewood are headed to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire met with Scouts from Wombourne and Brewood who will be travelling to the 23rd World Scout Jamboree, which is taking ...

5th Annual Fishing Competition 

24 Jul

On Friday 14th August 2015 West Midlands Police and Fatty’s Bait and Tackle will be hosting their 5th Annual Fishing Contest.

Gavin visits small business Excalibur 

24 Jul

Excalibur was started in 2003 by South Staffordshire resident Richard Gilbert Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, visited vending machine refurbishment specialists, Excalibur, to hear about their business and learn about their ...

Great Wyrley’s WWI Fallen: Joseph Dutton 

23 Jul

Joseph T Dutton, signed-up to the Grenadier Guards in November 1915 (Cannock Library) Joseph was a collier when the War started.

Gavin presents awards at Brewood Middle School 

23 Jul

Attended their assembly and later unveiled a memorial to pupils from the school who died in the war Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, recently presented a series of awards to students of Brewood CE Middle School.

Gavin joins Springhill Cricket Club for a game 

22 Jul

Gavinvisited Springhill Cricket Club last weekend to join them for a game of cricket.

Gavin starts first Codsall cross country race 

21 Jul

First race organised byCodsall Community Group, Codsall Parish Council and Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, started the Codsall Community Cross Country Challenge at the weekend.

Pennocrucium: Roman Penkridge pt3 

20 Jul

A palstave with ring, the description of the now lost axe-head from 1726.

A maelstrom of emotions 

19 Jul

These past few weeks have been a tumult of emotions.

Pub #24: The County, Willenhall 

19 Jul

One of Willenhall’s best pubs, and easily rated a 4/5.

Pub #23: The Crown, Willenhall 

19 Jul

This pub has always been a doyen for Banks’s drinkers and is a lot livelier than it used to be which is good because it is a really friendly pub.

Gavin applauds falling crime figures for Staffordshire 

17 Jul

Crime in Staffordshire has fallen by 19% Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed news that crime has fallen by more than a quarter (27 per cent) under this Government – its lowest level on record – according to latest figure ...

Gavin welcomes resolution after Centro bus stop confusion 

17 Jul

Constituents complained after a number of buses failed to stop at designated shelters Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, called on Centro to resolve an issue at a bus stop in Wolverhampton which was causing unnecessary confusion and ...

Gavin welcomes falling claimant count figures 

16 Jul

The claimant count has fallen by 512 in South Staffordshire Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed new figures showing since 2010 the number of people in South Staffordshire claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell by 512 - a 33% ...

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