Palace date for Solihull College Principal is by royal invitation

Having spent 38 years in education and leading a further education college for the past eleven, Solihull College Principal Brenda Sheils has collected her OBE at Buckingham Palace, almost three months after learning she was on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Brenda said: “To visit the Palace and meet The Prince of Wales was…

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Smith’s Wood teen’s artwork encourages others to learn from his mistakes

A group of fast-food restaurant workers who were left fearful of going to work have joined forces with the police to educate a group of young people about the consequences of their destructive behaviour. Staff at the Castle Bromwich branch of KFC contacted police to report a group of teenagers subjecting colleagues and customers to…

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Enquiries flood in after NEC Group put up for sale

Birmingham City Council says it has been inundated with enquiries and bids from investors following the decision to sell the NEC Group. There has already been a stampede of applications and interest from potential buyers ahead of this week’s pre-qualification process deadline. The group includes the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), International Convention Centre (ICC) and…

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Solihull barber celebrates 50 years with the same salon

Dave Phipps, who started work at Kent Hairdressers in July, 1963, celebrated the milestone by treating Solihull Mayor, Councillor Joe Tildesley, to a trim. Joe has had his hair cut by the Olton barber for the past 20 years. Dave is the first Kents employee to notch-up a half-century. He joined the company, founded by…

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Alert over abduction attempts at schools

Stranger danger alerts remained in place outside several Solihull schools this week. Teachers, parents and pupils have been urged to be vigilant and on alert for anyone behaving suspiciously. Police patrols have also been increased. It follows abduction attempts near to schools and nurseries in Solihull and Birmingham. West Midlands Police said they were investigating…

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Solihull dad and daughter climb Everest

A father and daughter from Solihull will have their endurance tested to the limit when they take on a trek to the Everest Base Camp to raise money for charity. John and Eleanor Stewart plan to reach the summit of Kala Patthar at over 18,000 feet, via the Everest Base Camp, next month on an…

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Solihull Dad’s cheeky poster has serious health message

A Solihull man has become the face of a new cheeky poster campaign to help raise awareness of the symptoms of cancer. Mahendra Dabhi appears on a series of posters and digital ads around the Midlands alongside the humorous message: “I’m regular as clockwork.” The initiative is part of Cancer Research UK’s new Spot Cancer…

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Solihull Council has bid for and received additional funding for flood damaged roads

The Council has been awarded £723,000 to repair 8.5 miles of damaged roads in the borough in a mix of urban and rural locations. Repairs will be carried out early this year. The funds are part of a £140m government initiative set aside to help local authorities cope with the damage to their roads following…

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Cycling OAP rescued from M42 near Solihull

A mixed-up pensioner riding a pushbike pedalled along a busy motorway in Solihull before being rescued by motorway police. Frantic motorists on the M42 dialled 999 to inform emergency services that the man, in his 70s, was heading south on the motorway at about 3.30pm this afternoon. He had joined the M42 at Junction 5…

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Solihull woman celebrates world record breaking marathon row

A Solihull woman celebrated her 50th birthday with a world record breaking marathon row in aid of the The Brain Tumour Charity. Taking part in the charity’s ‘Row for It’ campaign, Ann Atkins achieved the 26-mile distance in just 3 hours, 24 minutes and 21 seconds, placing her at world number one ranking for her…

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