‘I love Chelmsley Wood – and this is why you should too’


“I’m not living in a bubble, I know there are parts of Chelmsley Wood that are bad but I love living here.” Meet Victoria Cox, a very contented north Solihull resident. The 32-year-old moved to Chelmsley Wood from Reading four years ago. She was so angry by the latest Public Health Annual Report from Solihull…

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Solihull Council donate £5k raised from recycled metals to Acorns Children’s Hospice


Solihull Council has donated £5,000 raised from the recycling of metals from cremations at Robin Hood and Woodlands to Acorns Children’s Hospice. A cheque was handed over by Councillor Tony Dicicco, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Partnerships, to one of the charity’s community fundraising officers Joanne Danaher at a ceremony earlier today…

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Solihull Krav Maga enthusiast fights off machete-wielding robbers in his home


A martial arts-trained man fought off four machete-wielding robbers who forced their way into his Solihull home demanding money. The masked men broke into David Pugh’s property in Catherine-de-Barnes in the early hours of Tuesday (13th February) also armed with baseball bats and golf clubs. Mr Pugh, 55, who is trained in Krav Maga, said…

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Solihull gets new crossings for pedestrians AND cyclists


Solihull is one of the first places outside London to create special crossings that include cycle lanes – known as parallel crossings. The five parallel crossings in north Solihull, combine a traditional pedestrian zebra crossing with a parallel cycle lane. This gives cyclists the same priority as pedestrians so stops any confusion drivers might have…

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Shirley retirement development celebrates grand opening with former garden centre owner

Woolmans Lodge, Shirley, West Midlands open day...  L-r..Caroline Cartwright, sales executive,   Kate Riley, Area Sales manager, Phil and Sue Rogers, residents and  Mark Tredwell who used to own the garden centre where the development now stands, with  Regional Sales and Marketing manager Rachel Walsh and sales executive Anne Pinfold

Churchill Retirement Living has celebrated the opening of its new Woolmans Lodge development in Shirley. Over 140 visitors attended the grand opening of the purpose built retirement development on Solihull Road – where potential purchasers were given the opportunity to view the new sales centre and show apartment, before being treated to sparkling wine and…

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Dog who left terrified neighbour hiding in garden shed must die, judges rule


A “loud and aggressive” dog called Simba must die after biting a warden and putting neighbours in fear, senior judges have ruled. The Bullmastiff-Dogue de Bordeaux cross is the beloved pet of Balsall Common woman, Abbie Killeen, and she has campaigned to save his life. But, while recognising the “distress” caused to Mrs Killeen and…

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Peaky Blinders founder to build massive film studio in West Midlands


Peaky Blinders founder Steven Knight has revealed more about the massive TV and film studio he plans to build in the West Midlands. The Brummie writer said he wants the studio, with six sound stages, to be up-and running in the next two years. And, after this ringing endorsement of the region’s creative industry, he…

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Investigation launched after police receive reports of a sexual assault in Solihull park


Police have launched an investigation after reports that a woman was sexually assaulted in Kingshurst on Sunday (4th February). It is believed that the 26-year-old was walking home through Babbs Mill Recreation Ground at around 9pm when she was attacked. Detective Inspector Westley Martin, from Solihull’s Public Protection Unit, said: “Police were alerted to the…

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Team behind Zindiya to open Indian gastro pub in Solihull


The team behind Zindiya in Moseley are set to open a new restaurant in Solihull this April. The Tap & Tandoor will replace The Saddlers Arms. Located on Warwick Road near Mell Square Shopping Centre, The Saddlers Arms closed permanently in May 2017 citing tough trading conditions. The new venue, which has been dubbed by…

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Drivers cause chaos outside school – where there are ’450 parking spaces nearby’


Parents have hit out over selfish parking at a Solihull school where there are said to be 450 car spaces within a five-minute walk. Mums and dads said they feared it was only a “matter of time” before someone was injured outside Monkspath Junior and Infant School. Now a school governor, Councillor Ken Hawkins, has…

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