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Dudley Zoo wants perfume donations for its animals 

20 Feb

A zoo is appealing for unwanted perfume to help boost "happy hormones" in its big cats and primates.

Ofsted praises council for improving social work practice despite staff turnover concerns 

10 Nov

Improving social work practice has been praised in an ‘inadequate’-rated children’s service.

School move to install cameras in pupils’ toilets divides parents 

2 Nov

Summerhill School in Kingswinford, West Midlands, say the cameras are to help combat bullying.

Corbyn Road: What voters want from politicians 

11 May

People on Corbyn Road in Dudley reveal their wish list in the run-up to the general election.

Fire rips through Wall Heath Hickory’s Smokehouse restaurant 

25 Aug

A severe fire rips through the thatched roof of a restaurant.

Dudley murder arrests after man’s body found 

12 Aug

Two men are arrested on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in the Black Country.

Motorist makes lucky escape in Dudley crash 

11 Aug

A motorist makes a lucky escape after his car overturned and he was left trapped for half an hour.

Family’s tribute to crash death mum, 18 

22 Apr

The family of an 18-year-old mother killed in a crash in Stourbridge say she was a "beautiful, happy, smiley girl".

Link up tackles loneliness among the elderly 

24dash 8 Apr

According to Age UK more than a million older people in the UK go at least a month without talking to anyone.

‘Serious failures’ in child services 

5 Apr

"Serious and widespread failures" are identified in services for children and young people needing protection in Dudley.

DfE troubleshooter to assess whether to outsource Dudley children’s services 

5 Apr

The Department for Education has sent a troubleshooter into Dudley council to decide whether to strip it of control of children’s social care.

Children’s services rated ‘inadequate’ 

5 Apr

"Serious and widespread failures" are identified in services for children and young people needing protection in Dudley.

VIDEO: Hypnotherapy helps chicken nugget diet 

23 Mar

A Dudley teenager who lived on a diet of chicken nuggets, chips and white bread uses hypnotherapy to help...

VIDEO: Britain’s worst tourist attraction? 

16 Mar

The Dudley Eye has been branded "the worst tourist attraction in the UK" by some national newspapers.

Council leader defends ‘Dudley Eye’ 

16 Mar

Council leader Pete Lowe says criticism of the Dudley Eye big wheel is "absolute nonsense".

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Sport »

Gerry Byrne 

Stourbridge RFC 25 Sep

We are sad to report that Gerry died on Monday.

Haden Donovan 

Stourbridge RFC 25 Sep

We are sad to report that Haden Donovan passed away last week.

This Saturday for Stour’s Teams 

Stourbridge RFC 25 Sep

Saturday 29th September 2018...

Friday Night Lights for Casuals & Vets Teams – CANCELLED 

Stourbridge RFC 24 Sep

Friday 28th September 2018 at Stourton Park...

Family Bonfire & Fireworks Display 

Stourbridge RFC 24 Sep

Friday 2nd November 2018...

The 40th Ex-Players’ Lunch 

Stourbridge RFC 24 Sep

Saturday 13th October 2018 - Stourbridge vs Wharfedale...

London to Paris Bike Ride 

Stourbridge RFC 18 Sep

Mitch attempts to cycle 400 miles for charity...

Away Coach to Peterborough Lions 

Stourbridge RFC 18 Sep

Saturday 22nd September 2018...

What’s On at Stourton Park 

Stourbridge RFC 17 Sep

Events for the 2018-19 Season...

This Saturday for Stour’s Teams 

Stourbridge RFC 17 Sep

Saturday 22nd September 2018...

Friday Night Lights for Casuals & Vets Teams 

Stourbridge RFC 17 Sep

Friday 28th September 2018 at Stourton Park...

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Apple Juicing Day at Ashfield Gardens – Sunday 23rd Sept 

Transition Stourbridge 20 Sep

Apple Juicing Day at Ashfield Market Garden, Stourbridge Date: Sunday 23rd Sept, from 10am Where:   Ashfield Camphill Market Garden , Sugar Loaf Lane, Iverley, near Stourbridge, DY10 3PB.


Black Country Food Bank 30 Aug

The support we receive from schools, Churches and other organisations over Harvest time is crucial to BCFB as its a time to replenish our shelves which are currently empty! All the resources to help you collect donations are available here and you ...

Vote for Boris 

19 Aug

The latest Polls today state more people than ever want to leave the EU, interestingly 48 % of the people polled now considering our political classes are wilfully attempting to damage our Brexit to satisfy their own political remain agenda.

What A Real Conservative Can Do 

28 Jul

While Fake Conservatives Run “Our” Government any true Conservative knows that to kick start your economy you use Tax cuts to put money in the pockets of the Blue collar let them spend but this spend can only be used for internally produced ...

Ablewell Advice Holiday/Lunch Club 

Black Country Food Bank 23 Jul

In partnership with Tesco Extra in Walsall,  Ablewell Advice  in Walsall will be holding a lunch event every  Wednesday  during the 6-week school summer break.

Springs Church, Gornal, collect 1 tonne of food! 

Black Country Food Bank 19 Jul

Churches support Black Country Foodbank quietly and consistently in the background.

The Betrayal of a Nation 

10 Jul

Over two years ago, we the people of this United kingdom were given a vote.

School Council Visit to the Storehouse 

Black Country Food Bank 3 Jul

We had the pleasure of showing The Ridge Primary School, Wollaston, Stourbridge around our warehouse.

The IBL and the left – response to Adam Ozanne’s overview of the UCU factions #ucu2018 #ourUCU 

100 miles from the sea 14 Jun

(In pic: Pura Ariza (UCU left), Rob Goodfellow (IBL), Adam Ozanne (IBL), Dave Muritu (UCU left), pictured at the regions and nations meeting on the eve of UCU2018) Earlier today the IBL faction published their account of what happened at congress ...

Crisis? Transformation? Reflections on #UCU2018 #OurUCU 

100 miles from the sea 14 Jun

It’s been a couple of chaotic weeks since UCU’s annual and most explosive yet congress was held in Manchester.

Modern Day Slavery Event 

Black Country Food Bank 10 May

A big thank you to Khizra Dhindsa from West Midlands Police and James Henderson from Transforming Communities together for presenting up to date information about signs of modern day Slavery to our Foodbank volunteers.

Thank you Sainsbury’s 

Black Country Food Bank 9 May

Thank you to the customers and staff at Sainsbury’s, Sandringham Way, Brierley Hill and Sainsbury’s, Reedswood, Walsall who held a collection day for us on Saturday 5th May 2018.

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Features »

Keith’s Cavers in The Search for the Missing Potholer – Part Two 

Dudley Caving Club 26 Sep

In part one I wrote about how the idea for Keith's Cavers was born and how it was key to get the opening credits sequence perfect, but at that stage I didn't have an idea for the video.

Four pigs turn six 

26 Sep

Brothers Hamm, Wilba, Chuck and Little Ernie pigged out on birthday boxes full of treats as they are about to turn six.

Humboldt headcount 

25 Sep

Bird keepers are p-p-pleased to reveal we’ve got 74 Humboldt penguins – including seven babies – after their September stock-take.

Keith’s Cavers in The Search for the Missing Potholer – Part One 

Dudley Caving Club 24 Sep

In 2017 at Hidden Earth I won the video salon competition, although the Hidden Earth website still credits my video to 'The Dudley'.

A hundred babies on board! 

24 Sep

Dudley Zoo’s very own Spider-Girl rode her motorbike to work with a pile of passengers on board – around 100 baby spiders to be precise.

Ha Full Disk – 23rd September 

23 Sep

The sun was very quiet today, with only a few very small filaments on the disk, however a collection of nice small proms made up for this.

Sunday Prominences – 23rd September 

23 Sep

The sun was quiet today but was putting on a nice show of prominences.

Closeup in Calcium – 23rd September 

23 Sep

The seeing was better than I expected today and I managed to get a close up of the faculae that was visible mid disk.

CaK Full Disk – 23rd September 

23 Sep

The sun was mighty quiet today in CaK light, with a few small patches of brighter faculae really the only features on the disk.

Hoppy Rabbit Day! 

23 Sep

Hoppy International Rabbit Day from Otis, Bran, Snowball, Snowflake, Velvet, Jo, Celine, Amelie and Fleur – DZG’s nine beautiful bunnies.

Animal additions 

22 Sep

We’ve welcomed a chinchilla, two snakes and a bearded dragon to our Discovery Centre.

Winged Feet 

21 Sep

The Paper Shelter are the sponsors for our new challenge here at Colour Crazy Craft challenge and this is one of there images a matching background papers called Urban/Modern Boy .

Great going Laura! 

21 Sep

DZG’s Laura Partridge has been handed the Employee of the Month title for her continued dedication despite having broken her arm.

There’s no place like gnome! 

20 Sep

It appears a collection of popular creatures have vanished from the zoo without a trace – a community of gnomes from the 70s and 80s.

A rip-roaring hour 

19 Sep

Our two Sumatran tigers had a rip-roaring time when they tore apart an enrichment device made by their keeper.

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Business »

Far Eastern delights for AWI as it prepares to make Wire China debut 

18 Sep

BRIERLEY Hill-based Alloy Wire International (AWI) is stepping up its expansion in the Far East by exhibiting at Wire China for the first time.

Halesowen firm raise the roof after recent success 

21 Aug

A HALESOWEN roofing company has marked 25 years in the trade by being listed in the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 companies to Inspire Britain’.

Protective coatings made by Indestructible – a family-owned company in Sparkhill 

9 Aug

‘ Indestructible Paint , a manufacturer of high performance paints and coatings, started in 1978 in a small workshop in Acocks Green.

Historic Halesowen firm undergoes ‘globalisation’ rebrand 

9 Aug

ONE of the country’s oldest firms is staying true to its Black Country heritage as it undergoes a rebrand.

Alloy Wire International targets Japan as part of Far Eastern sales drive 

3 Aug

A BRIERLEY Hill based-manufacturer is targeting a major sales drive in Japan as it looks to boost its presence in the Far East.

Property agency appoints new partner at Halesowen base 

31 Jul

A HALESOWEN property agency has appointed a new partner as it looks to expand its commercial sector across the region.

Halesowen firm moves 20 jobs into new base 

30 Jul

A HALESOWEN based distributor of specialist engineering products has moved 20 jobs into a 14,000 sq ft industrial unit in the town.

Businesses urged to help boost town by joining Halesowen BID committee 

20 Jul

PEOPLE who want to make a difference in Halesowen are being urged to join the town’s BID committee.

Salts Healthcare, now at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston. 

17 Jul

Last year Salts Healthcare , which manufactures medical devices, moved into the Apollo building in Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.

£270k investment set to transform Halesowen pub 

17 Jul

BUILDING work has begun this week on a major £270,000 refurbishment of the Hare and Hounds pub in Halesowen.

Renovations and recruitment as Halesowen firm hits record growth 

9 Jul

A GAMING firm has transformed its Halesowen headquarters into a state-of-the-art studio, complete with a gym and canteen.

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Stay ‘wheely’ safe! 

19 Oct

Cyclists are invited to a free event dedicated to safety on two wheels, being held at Brierley Hill community fire station.

International rescue! 

4 Jun

Six West Midlands firefighters are heading to Germany this Sunday, to take part in an international extrication challenge. 

17 Apr


Industrial Action 

18 Feb

Update issued at 12.10pm Wednesday 25 February Since the 24-hour strike by firefighters started at 7am today, we have attended two incidents: 07:30 Sutton Coldfield: false alarm 11:27 Aston: false alarm We have 23 fire engines, one Brigade...

Appeal after man attacked in West Bromwich 

11 Feb

Appeal after man attacked in West Bromwich Police are appealing for witnesses following an attack on a man waiting for a bus in West Bromwich.


6 Feb

West Midlands firefighters are set to wage ‘pancake war’ on Monday 16 February, when crews from various Black Country stations will battle it out for the title of ‘fastest flipper’! The brigade’s Black Country South partnerships team has ...

Forgotten victims of domestic abuse 

Dudley Safe and Sound 9 Dec

For most children Christmas means fun, presents and Santa, but for some, the festive period means…...

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LocalGov »

% of young people with EHCPs in certain age bands 

26 Sep

Response by Dudley Council to Rebecca Cox on 26 September 2018 .

Abandoned vehicle 6 St James’s Road DY1 3JL, 26th September 

26 Sep

There is an abandoned vehicle at the rear of 6 St James's Road DY1 3JL.

% of young people with EHCPs in certain age bands 

26 Sep

Request sent to Dudley Council by Rebecca Cox on 26 September 2018 .

Use Of Ripa 

24 Sep

Response by Dudley Council to Bhajan Singh on 24 September 2018 .

School places 

24 Sep

Response by Dudley Council to Richard Worth on 24 September 2018 .

Maintenance requests 

24 Sep

Response by Dudley Council to Richard Worth on 24 September 2018 .

Potholes, 24th September 

24 Sep

Dangerous for motor cycludts Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 1 Clockfields Drive, Brierley Hill Report on FixMyStreet...

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    Went to Dudley Zoo today. Lovely day. Really enjoyed the Lemur trail.

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