Retired Solihull midwife enjoys 80th birthday with first baby she delivered – now 43

Evelyn ‘Gloria’ Wray marked her 80th birthday by being reunited with the first baby she brought into the world. Russell Davies was born at his family’s home in Knowle in April 1971. Now 43, he was among hundreds of Gloria’s special charges who attended her birthday bash at Small Heath Baptist Church – and this…

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Police warn of car raiders after £2,500 watch snatched from unlocked vehicle

A designer watch valued at £2,500 was among items taken from unlocked cars by opportunist thieves across Solihull last month. In total, 129 thefts from motor vehicles were recorded across Solihull borough in April. Twenty-one owners admitted leaving their cars unsecure and another 24 were unable to explain how criminals had gained access to their…

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Son found his mum dead in bed at Heartlands Hospital

A pensioner died at Heartlands Hospital – and no-one noticed for up to half-an-hour, her grieving son claimed. Retired policeman Martyn James discovered his mother Joan dead in bed at the hospital – he said staff told him the 85-year-old widow was last checked by nurses at 1.30pm, more than 30 minutes before he arrived…

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Mum honours son who died in digger tragedy

A Shirley mum has honoured her son who was killed in a tragic digger accident, as part of Worker’s Memorial Day. Engineer Mark Handford was just 22 when he died from head injuries after being hit by a digger bucket on a Redditch building site on 12th August 2009. His family remembered their “lovely and…

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Sam says thank you with a Great effort for charity

A young former cancer sufferer from Solihull has inspired her cousin to start raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Sam Taylor-Bolshaw, 15, from Lancashire, will be taking part in the Bupa Great Manchester Run this month as a thank you to the charity which supported his cousin through her cancer treatment. When Sam’s cousin,…

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Jack Lucas from Solihull in the semi-finals of this year’s MasterChef

Aged just 22, it’s not only Jack Lucas’s culinary skills which have impressed viewers – his good looks have earned him the nickname of “MasterChef Fittie”. Viewers will find out tonight (7th) whether he makes it into the final of the smash-hit BBC show. He beat dozens of other amateur cooks to win a place…

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Six in a row raise £3k

Six rowers inspired by a 12-year-old Solihull girl have put in a marathon effort to help the battle against brain tumours. Champion indoor rowers Ann Atkins, Anna Diamond and Joe White – who all hold national titles – were joined by Chris Donnelly, Tim Sherrif and Simon Eade as they each rowed a marathon in…

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Council leader Ken Meeson to stand down

Council leader – and leader of the Conservatives – Ken Meeson is to stand down from his positions. The Dorridge and Hockley Heath ward councillor has been involved with local politics for nearly 30 years and has spent the last 11 as leader of the Conservatives on Solihull Council and ten years as Leader of…

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HS2 gets Parliamentary support

Parliament has voted to push forward with the controversial HS2 rail project – with borough MPs Lorely Burt and Caroline Spelman in agreement with the decision. On Monday (28th April) MPs voted on the High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill which grants powers to construct and operate phase one of the project and…

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Mother fined for children’s non-school attendance

A mother from Solihull has been fined for her children’s non-school attendance. The woman was found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 30th April 2014. She was fined a total of £800, as well as £588 in costs, on charges relating to a total of 129 unauthorised absences taken by her six-year-old son and…

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