Charity hits £18,000 for Lymphoma Association

Business woman and fundraiser Charity Hewitt is celebrating after her fundraising for the Lymphoma Association reached an impressive £18,000. This latest mile-stone was hit after kind-hearted employees at Santander decided to team up with Charity after she and her mum, Anne Rendle, went to pay in funds they had raised last year at the Shirley…

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Health chiefs must save £12million over the next three years

Cash-strapped health chiefs have been told they have to save £12million in Solihull over the next three years. The NHS has to reduce its costs to balance its budget, with a national shortfall of £30 billion over the next five years. In Solihull, this means Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is led by local…

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Patrols stepped up after new abduction attempts

Parents, children and schools across Solihull are once again on high alert after two more cases of young girls being approached by strangers. The latest incidents happened last Wednesday 26th March and Thursday 27th March. On Wednesday two Widney Junior School girls were approached by an elderly man – details of the incident are not…

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Law firm demands recall of ALL patients of shamed surgeon Ian Paterson

A Birmingham law firm has demanded a full recall of all of shamed cancer surgeon Ian Paterson’s patients – after claims one had unnecessary treatment for seven years. And Thompson Solicitors say hundreds of unneeded colonoscopy treatments may have been carried out by the doctor while working at Spire hospitals in Little Aston and Solihull….

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Inquest rules Solihull Hospital failings led to death of 22-year-old dad

The devastated partner of a young Solihull dad vowed to fight for “justice” after an inquest ruled that ‘hospital failings’ contributed to his death. Thomas Cooper had been receiving treatment for psychosis at Solihull Hospital’s Bruce Burns mental health unit when he choked on his vomit in the early hours of 12th January 2012. He…

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Don McClean’s delighted to start fun run in Knowle

Former Crackerjack funnyman Don Maclean has been finding out what he’s let himself in for at this year’s Knowle Fun Run. While the actor and comedian won’t be running the 5.2 mile race, Don will officially kick-off the fun run and the four ‘mini runs’ at the event on 18th May. “I’m delighted to have…

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Former Land Army girl Elizabeth Husselbee from Solihull has turned 100

Elizabeth Husselbee puts reaching the grand age of 100 down to ‘good old fashioned hard work’. The centenarian, who survived cancer at 95, celebrated her landmark birthday on Sunday 16th March with family and friends at Bentley Heath Cottages. Elizabeth, who has never married, was born in Birmingham and moved to the cottages, on Tilehouse…

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Search is on for ex-scouts to celebrate 40th birthday

The 3rd Olton Scout Group has launched a search to find former members to share their memories and help celebrate the group’s 40th birthday. Founded on 28th March 1974 to meet a growing demand for places in Olton, the group is now looking to mark the special anniversary by finding out what scouting was like…

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New Shirley Library is ‘on time and on budget’

Councillor Kate Wild, Cabinet member for community services at Solihull Council, has described the new Shirley Library during an unveiling of the architect’s plans as “a new Library for the 21st century”. It is scheduled to open this summer when the Parkgate development opens its doors. The new building will be state-of-the-art and modern in…

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Proposals to build more than 200 homes in Cheswick Green are set to go to appeal

Solihull planning chiefs threw out Bloor Homes’s plan to build 220 houses on Mount Dairy Farm in Tanworth Lane alongside other applications for the Cheswick Green and Dickens Heath area. Planning chiefs said the plans didn’t adhere to the local plan and residents feared there could be flash-flooding and services would be unable to cope…

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