Chelmsley Wood kids’ football coach freed from road rage jail sentence

A kids’ football coach who punched a woman in the face during a road rage attack has been freed from jail by appeal court judges. Benjamin Andrew Williams, 29, damaged a couple’s car whilst “impatiently” overtaking them on the inside lane of a dual carriageway. He then lost his temper and attacked the parents in…

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St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School to grow seeds from space!

Children at St Andrew’s Catholic Primary School in Solihull are preparing to become space biologists and embark on a voyage of discovery by growing seeds that have been into space. In September 2015, 2kg of rocket seeds were flown to the International Space Station (ISS) on Soyuz 44S where they will spend several months in…

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New centre in Solihull demonstrates gadgets for better lives

A new ‘demonstration home’ where people can test out gadgets which could help them to lead healthier and more independent lives has opened in Solihull. The Better Living Centre at Elmdon Trading Estate features a kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom where people can try equipment including a stair lift and specialist furniture, as well…

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Hospice staff strut their stuff at charity fashion show

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice staff and supporters hit the catwalk all in the name of fashion and fundraising! The hospice hosted its first ever charity fashion show in their Dorridge boutique store on Thursday 18th February to raise awareness of hospice care and its high-end charity shops. Around £500 of vital funds was raised on…

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Road in Solihull to be named after war hero Ken Trueman

A local war hero who died last month is to have a road named after him, his family has revealed. Ken Trueman, a former member of Bomber Command and resistance fighter, died on 30th January – he was 93 years old. His funeral, to be attended by the Royal British Legion and Royal Air Force…

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Surgeon Ian Paterson’s trial could be moved out of Midlands

The trial of breast surgeon Ian Paterson could be moved out of Birmingham to the South East. Birmingham Crown Court was told on Monday (22nd February) that the doctor might not get a fair trial if the proceedings remained in the Midlands. Paterson is charged with 21 counts of unlawfully and maliciously wounding 11 patients…

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Legacy concert raises £30,000 for three local charities in memory of Solihull Theatre Company chairman

A legacy concert held at Solihull Arts Complex has managed to raise a staggering £30,000 in memory of Solihull Theatre Company’s chairman, Chris Macrow – who tragically died in a cycling accident in 2014. The money will be split between head and neck charity Get-A-Head, FAITEC who research into prosthetics for face cancers and injury…

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Plus-size beauty from Chelmsley Wood named as finalist in national pageant

She was once attacked by school bullies for being overweight – but now Leah Deacon, from Chelmsley Wood, is proving big is beautiful by wowing judges to make it through to the finals of Ms British Beauty Curve 2016. The 28-year-old beat hundreds of hopefuls to come third at the Miss Plus Size International global…

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100 firefighters tackle flames at Goodyear Dunlop offices

Fire crews were damping down almost 12 hours after a blaze ripped through the ventilation system of an office block in Castle Bromwich. Staff could still not access the headquarters of international tyre firm Goodyear Dunlop early on Friday morning following the fire which started at about 8pm last night (18th February). More than 100…

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Turtle Bay planning to open new restaurant in Solihull

Turtle Bay, the Caribbean restaurant chain, has applied to Solihull Council for a licence in the town centre. They currently have restaurants in Birmingham and Leamington Spa. The restaurant would be housed at 36/38 Station Road in Solihull in an established area that includes Jimmy Spices, JD Wetherspoon and Shimla Pinks. The building was previously…

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