Solihull aid worker will stay in Afghanistan despite horror attacks

A British aid worker from Solihull has spoken of his resolve to continue working in Afghanistan – despite being fearful following a string of horrific attacks on fellow aid workers. Mark Harvey, aged 56, is currently working as an Infrastructure Advisor for the Department for International Development (DFID), heading up the road-building and infrastructure programmes…

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Solihull’s Poppy Appeal smashes all previous records to mark centenary of WW1

Solihull’s Poppy Appeal has smashed all previous records, making the poignant centenary year of WW1 a landmark fundraising year. A massive £75,797 was raised in the appeal – £14,791 on the previous best and £20,483 more than last year. Solihull Royal British Legion chairman Dave Mouzer has paid tribute to everyone involved with the campaign…

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Solihull teenager Joseph Lockington awarded for his bravery

An inspirational teenager left paralysed by a stroke at just 14 has been recognised for his bravery. Joseph Lockington, now 17, was struck down in January 2012 as he prepared for a new term at Langley School. He spent 15 months recovering in Birmingham Children’s Hospital before returning home – where he needed 24-hour care…

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Heart of England NHS Trust named among worst for complaints

Heart of England NHS Trust has been named and shamed as one of the worst in the country for patient complaints. The Trust – which runs Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope hospitals, received 958 complaints to the Health Ombudsman over a 12-month period from 2013 to 2014 – a figure that equates to almost three…

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Solihull travellers’ pitches plan approved

Plans for 31 new travellers’ pitches in Solihull have been approved by council leaders. The spaces will be delivered at five sites over two phases between 2017 and 2027. A report to councillors said there are currently seven pitches for travellers in the region. The approval comes after an independent planning inspector concluded in October…

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Mother fined for daughter’s school absence

A mother from Solihull has been fined for failing to ensure her child’s school attendance. The woman was found guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 26th November 2014. The mother was fined a total of £200, as well as £326 in costs, for a total of 29 unauthorised absences taken by her 14-year-old daughter…

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Star and Garter bring wedding to Grandma Joan

When Solihull grandmother Joan Senior had to miss her grandson’s wedding, The Royal Star & Garter Homes came to the rescue. Joan, a resident at The Royal Star & Garter Home in Solihull, was delighted to receive an invitation to her grandson Alex Penn’s wedding to his fiancée, Ali. When the big day arrived however,…

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White Christmas is guaranteed in Solihull this year

There’s one place in England that is guaranteed a white Christmas – it WILL snow in Solihull! That’s because local businesses have forked out to provide snowmakers, which will billow out ‘snow’ on the high street. Solihull Business Improvement District (BID) will unveil the machines at the annual Christmas lights switch-on this Saturday 22nd November….

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Ten new digital speed cameras to be switched on in Birmingham and Solihull

Speed cameras are set to be switched back on at 10 sites across Birmingham and Solihull next year in a £1 million trial. Birmingham City Council is workingalongside colleagues in Solihull and West Midlands Police to introduce digital cameras at sites where obsolete “wet film” cameras were switched off last April. Seven of the new…

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Anger after Solihull Muslim cemetery plan is rejected

Plans for a controversial 4,000 plot Muslim cemetery in a Solihull village have been thrown out. The decision was immediately branded “Islamaphobic” by some members of the local Muslim community. The graveyard scheme in Catherine-de-Barnes, was rejected by planners with concerns it was inappropriate development within the greenbelt and fears it would contaminate local water…

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