Marie Curie worker gets award for her fundraising

Occupational therapist Jackie Brooks has received a national award for her ‘tireless fundraising’ for the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull. Despite spending all her working hours at the new centre in Marsh Lane, Jackie has also devoted her spare time to raising much-needed funds for the cause so the hospice can continue to support terminally…

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Baby had a lucky escape after tree falls on chapel in Solihull

A tree crashed into a bridal shop on Warwick Road yesterday and it has emerged that a young baby narrowly avoided injury. When the tree crashed into the 100-year-old chapel, a child was lying in its carry-cot just moments before it hit. http://www.itv.com/news/central/update/2014-02-13/baby-makes-lucky-escape-in-chapel-tree-fall/

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Double-crewed ‘traditional’ ambulances could be stationed at Solihull Hospital

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) agreed to put the ambulances back into the borough after a series of problems created by its Make Ready scheme to base traditional ambulances at a new hub in Erdington and rapid response vehicles in communities. Among the key problems experienced during the switch were delayed response times which led…

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The National Motorcycle Museum is planning a number of events to mark its 30th anniversary

The museum first opened its doors on the Coventry Road near the NEC in 1984 with just 200 bikes. Three decades later its collection has grown to 950 machines and 250,000 people a year visit there. The region was an ideal place for the museum because of the Midlands’ proud manufacturing record of making motorbikes….

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Phantom Flan Flinger recalls his time on Tiswas

There was one question on everybody’s lips back in the day – just who was the Phantom Flan Flinger in cult kids’ TV show Tiswas? Each week he would pounce on an unsuspecting celebrity guest. Now 78, Benjamin ‘Benny’ Mills, from Solihull, a former TV extra and retired taxi driver who worked for TOA (the…

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Dorridge-born Sainsbury’s boss Justin King is to step down after 10 years as chief executive of the supermarket chain

The move, which ends months of speculation about his future, will see commercial director Mike Coupe takeover at the helm of the group. Locally, the major supermarket chain has been at the centre of controversy with residents of Dorridge up in arms over plans to build a Sainsbury’s in the village centre. As well as…

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Castle Bromwich spinster left a fortune in will found on crumpled note

The crumpled note was found stuffed inside one of many bags and boxes that cluttered penniless spinster Edna Hales’ front room by carers who faced the task of clearing the squalid property following her death. Mrs Phil White, who had tended to Edna for 14 years, fished out the lined notepaper as she was about…

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A Solihull teenager has spent a week helping with eye operations in an Indian hospital – and has set up a charity to aid more people

Vikram Thakur, 16, spent a week in a rural village near Raipur assisting his mother, Uma Thakur, an ophthalmologist at Kidderminster Hospital, with the diagnosis and treatment of cataracts. The sixth form pupil from King Edward’s School, Birmingham, helped his mother with 40 diagnoses and 20 cataract surgeries during their visit. Vikram said: “My mum…

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A new 4,000-plot cemetery in the West Midlands is “desperately needed” because of a lack of burial sites, claim Muslim leaders

Plans have been submitted to locate a Muslim burial ground at Catherine-de-Barnes. Solihull Council said it had received more than 160 objections and 180 submissions of support. Funeral director Mohammad Khalil said Muslim communities in the West Midlands were in “dire need” of burial spaces. He said: “The population is growing very rapidly and the…

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Three people have been injured, one seriously, in two road traffic collisions near Birmingham Airport

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A45 Coventry Road at 7.40pm last night (Thursday 6th February). Two rapid response vehicles, one staffed by a paramedic area support officer, attended along with three ambulances. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The first collision at the junction with Catherine de Barnes Lane, involved a…

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