Earlswood singer made it through to the second round of BBC’s The Voice

Melissa Gill, 21, who works at the Co-op in Earlswood, serenaded the audience and panel at the weekend with her rendition of Amy Winehouse’s Love is a Losing Game. Three red chairs turned around – Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson battled it out to become her mentor on the show. The Coventry University…

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Police have revealed plans to bring speed cameras back to the West Midlands – 12 months after they were switched off

A new trial of fixed digital cameras is set to launch in October 2014 across selected sites in Birmingham and Solihull after 305 speed and traffic cameras were switched off across the region in March last year. Since then speed enforcement operations have been carried out by four mobile police camera units, fixed motorway cameras…

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Solihull speed skater has been chosen to carry the flag for Great Britain in tomorrow’s opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Jon Eley, 29, will be taking part in his third Winter Olympics and is the most experienced member of the British short track speed skating team. The Olympic gold medallist said he was delighted to be given the honour of carrying the flag for the 56-strong British team. He said: “Carrying the flag I hope…

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More than 3,000 people have applied for just 330 jobs at a new ASDA in Solihull

Their Shirley store is set to open in April as part of the £80 million Parkgate development. Job roles available cover everything from shopfloor staff to bakers and security guards. Councillor Ken Hawkins, of Solihull Council, said: “The amount of people who have applied for a job at the Parkgate Asda is astonishing. What is…

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Consultation has been extended for Solihull Gateway project

Residents and visitors to Solihull will have another opportunity to discuss the Solihull Gateway project with Council officers following two recent consultation events. Solihull Council’s transport officers will be running an event at Solihull Central Library from 11.00am – 3.00pm on Monday 10th February. The consultation deadline has also been extended until 24th February 2014….

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Solihull is to get 3 ambulances back under revised plans for its Community Ambulance Stations

In a report to Solihull’s Healthier Communities Scrutiny Board Meeting scheduled for 10th February, Solihull is to get three crewed ambulances based at the new Community Ambulance Stations (CAS) in addition to the Rapid Response Vehicles (RRV). At present, stations are operational in Shirley at Green Lane, Olton at Hillborough Road and at Solihull Fire…

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Housing plans in Cheswick Green, Dickens Heath and Tidbury Green are thrown out by planners

At a packed Planning Meeting on 29th January all four Housing Schemes at Cheswick Green, Braggs Farm Road, Dickens Heath Road and Tidbury Green Farm were refused. Three were refused as being premature and not due for release until post 2018 or 2023 and Tidbury Green Farm because it is in Green Belt – a…

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Fancy a pub in your back garden?

A semi-detached house in Solihull listed on Rightmove has all the features of a regular home: ‘Porch, hallway, master bedroom with en-suite, family bathroom – rear garden with pub’. The Watersedge Inn comes with a fully-stocked bar, traditional bar stools, a dartboard and a pool table! Full story and more pictures here: http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/31/pub-in-back-garden-solihull-birmingham-right-move-4285858/

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Solihull theatre group is praised by writer of the musical they are performing

The group has received a special message of support from the writer of the successful Broadway musical it is set to perform after she saw a preview video on YouTube. Jill Santoriello, who wrote A Tale of Two Cities, the musical, contacted Knowle Musical Society after seeing a preview video featuring snippets of songs being…

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Tributes have been paid to a former worker at the Castle Bromwich Spitfire factory who has died at the age of 101

The family of Charles Davis, of Sheldon, who still swam five times a week even after he passed his 100th birthday, said he always took a pride in his fitness. His son, John, revealed that when he fell ill and ended up in hospital shortly before his birthday, it was the first time he had…

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