Staffordshire news and blogs Friday 17 August 2018
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Lying driver jailed after killing elderly pedestrian in hit-and-run 

16 Aug 18

Parminder Bagri, 28, left Brian Durham dead in the road just days before Christmas…

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Staff Review: The Canterville Ghost 

14 Aug 18

Venturing to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is always an excellent opportunity to see a huge range of theatre, comedy and a little bit of everything else.

The best hotels to stay in when visiting the Birmingham German Market 2018 

13 Aug 18

Birmingham is home to the biggest Christmas market in the UK…

Three men sentenced to up to 18 months imprisonment over fire safety breaches at a shisha lounge in Digbeth 

13 Aug 18

Three men have been sentenced to up 18 months imprisonment over fire safety breaches at a shisha lounge in Digbeth on Christmas day in 2013.

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker 

12 Aug 18


Audition call for four-legged stars in the making at The Rep 

8 Aug 18

POOCHES destined for fame are being called on to sign up to auditions to star as Toto at The Rep’s Christmas show The Wizard of Oz.

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Sun, sand and Santa! 

7 Aug 18

It might be the height of summer but Dudley Zoo is in hot pursuit of Santa! From our very own beach Ow Bin Ya Sands, DZG Assistant Curator Jay Haywood has started the search for a Father Christmas to join our Winter Wonderland grotto – in return …

Mr Jez Hall 

4 Aug 18

Follow up sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Julian Saunders on 4 August 2018 .

Local news
Friends, family and community heroes raise thousands for brave Rubery mum 

25 Jul 18

The friends and family of a brave Rubery mum have inspired the local community to come together to raise thousands of pounds.

The city’s internationally renowned Frankfurt Christmas Market returns on 15th November 2018. 

24 Jul 18

Birmingham’s popular Frankfurt Christmas Market returns in November to get the city in a festive mood in the run up to Christmas, with a tempting selection of food and drink, alongside stalls selling traditional toys, ornaments and gifts.

Charity member who cared for elderly at Christmas retires after 33 years 

20 Jul 18

A MAN who made sure the elderly weren’t forgotten at Christmas has stepped down from his role at Knowle and Dorridge Lions after 33 years.

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Now That’s What I Call Historical 

20 Jul 18

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 1983 when the original Now That’s What Call Music came out I was just 13.

Teenagers help create Marston Green and District Lions Club’s Christmas sleigh 

17 Jul 18

TEENAGERS in Chelmsley Wood are already thinking about Christmas 2019 as they hope to make children’s dreams come true with a magical sleigh.

Curborough July 7 results 

7 Jul 18

Small fields today but some good racing in hot sunshine.

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Your Big Night Out – Autumn 2018 

2 Jul 18

Take a look at some of the exciting events from our upcoming Autumn season.

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Golden years 

23 Jun 18

Here’s one I’m very surprised that the young David Evans hasn’t murdered me for neglecting – I’ve this for ages  (since last Christmas, in fact) but not found time to assemble it and prep it for the blog, but now seems like as good a time …

Pictured: How work on the world’s biggest Primark in Birmingham is progressing – in time for Christmas opening 

23 Jun 18

Giant construction site is still on target to be fully open before Christmas…

‘To Hell before Hull’ and a Christmas meltdown – how Aston Villa fans reacted to the 2018/19 Championship fixtures 

21 Jun 18

AVFC get their campaign underway at Hull City but fans have more pressing concerns…

Birmingham German Market 2018 dates have been revealed 

19 Jun 18

This is when Birmingham’s Frankfurt-style Christmas Market is returning – and there is one change you may not like…

Reassurance over Tipton Christmas events 

15 Jun 18

People in Tipton are being reassured that there will be a Christmas lights switch on and other festive events in the town this year.

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Burntwood Singers on the lookout for new members as they prepare to perform summer concert 

1 Jun 18

The Burntwood Singers are taking to the stage once more.

Local news
[VIDEO] Final instalment of BBC ‘Ambulance’ covers harrowing city centre crash 

31 May 18

IN THE final installment of Ambulance tonight (Thursday) viewers follow West Midlands Ambulance Service on the final Saturday night before Christmas as they deal with the expected regular emergencies and an unexpected major incident.

The best thing about home is CHRISTMAS – here’s why and how it starts NOW 

29 May 18

Meet the caring couple who turn their home into one of the brightest Christmas displays in Brum…

Pothole approx 12″ wide, and 6″ deep, 25th May 

25 May 18

The pothole has been there since before Christmas, because of how deep it is, when cars go over it all the water splashes and covers the pavements and any cars parked outside the properties.

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Promise Dreams Festive Film Day 

11 May 18

Come and join us for this special Christmas event at Light House and into the festive spirit with a seasonal family film.