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Solihull MP slams £65M plan for M42 service station

Huge project is 'at the wrong time and in the wrong place'

Smith's Wood teacher wins top award

Sean Catford, UK school sales director at Pearson UK and Ellie Ellis, head of Religious Education at Smiths Wood Sports Sport College and winner of the Pearson Prize for Pupil Impact.
A Smith's Wood teacher has been awarded a top education award for her efforts towards encouraging more pupils to achieve better grades in Religious Education.

Solihull students give a cash boost to Gambia school

Students from the Sixth Form College with Gambian schoolchildren.
Solihull students, just returned from a volunteer trip to a school in Gambia, have raised more than £8,000 to support the project.

Rosie Lamb opens Santa's grotto in memory of her hero soldier dad

Melissa Lamb, Rosie Lamb, Arabella Arkwright and Raymond Lennox from Hatton Adventure World.
A five-year-old Hatton Adventure World regular has officially opened Santa's Grotto in memory of her hero soldier dad.

West Midland commuters angry as train pain strikes again

Commuters waiting on a platform
Network Rail has admitted it is still not confident the problems on the Stratford to Snow Hill line which goes through Solihull have been fixed.

People Like Us: Chelmsley Wood residents braced for backlash over BBC3 show

(Clockwise from top left) Mary Lodhi, Andrea Riley, Martin Psciuk and Sue Johnson
The Benefits Street-style show's first series was recorded in Manchester and sparked complaints it made its stars look 'fat, drunk and destitute'.
Catering staff Alison Palmer and Barbara Nolan at Dickens Heath Community Primary School in Solihull, which is now using the new government guidelines on healthy school meals.

Healthy eating drive is a tasty plan for pupils at Dickens Heath school

It will be nutritious meals all the way from now on at Dickens Heath Primary after the school has become part of a new Government healthy eating drive.

Solihull Council acts after drugs and knives are found at nightspot

Apres in Solihull
Apres in Solihull was ordered to cut opening hours and scrap a weekly event called Snow following police raids which revealed the use of cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis.

Solihull Council set to deny workers 'a living wage'

Solihull Council House
Solihull Council – which pays its chief executive up to £130,000 – looks set to refuse its lowest earners the £7.85-an-hour living wage.

Birmingham & Solihull Bees 14 Ampthill & District 31: Battling Bees give Ampthill hard time

Birmingham and Solihull Bees coach Henno Venter praised the battling spirit and ferocious tackling shown by his players as they lost out to an experienced Ampthill side.

Solihull Moors 0 AFC Fylde 1: Moors push fancied Fylde all the way to added time

Another goal-mouth scramble as Solihull Moors clash with AFC Fylde
Solihull Moors were lucky on the quarter hour mark when Breeden's save at the right post suggested the ball had already crossed the goal line.

Sheffield Senators 2 Solihull Barons 6: Henry and Soar get Barons of to flying start in Sheffield

Joe Henry goes for a flying finish against the Sheffield Senators
The Bristol Street Motors Solihull Barons opened the second half of their season with a solid win away at the Sheffield Senators.
Wicked The Musical

A round-up of the best comedy, music, theatre and exhibitions, July 22-23

Highlights include Wicked: Birmingham Hippodrome, and Daryl Hall and John Oates: Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Birmingham School Proms: 30 more pictures - is your school among them?

Iris, Dylan and Charlotte from Four Dwellings Academy which held its prom at Harborne Golf Club.
Photos from Acocks Green,Castle Vale, Kings Norton, Great Barr, Walsall, Castle Bromwich, Solihull and more

Birdland Park and Gardens is a beaky blinder!

A pelican watches a gull swooping in for a fish dish at Birdland Park and Gardens
Graham Young visits a truly fowl attraction in the heart of the Cotswolds
Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond return to the UK

Solihull Top Gear star Richard Hammond forced to hide from Argentinian mob in hotel

Pictures show shaken TV stars returning to Britain after fleeing from South American country

Witness in Oscar Pistorius trial 'heard screams' on night Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead

Oscar Pistorius is watched by June Steenkamp, right, the mother of Reeva Steenkamp, as he arrives for his trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 3, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder with premeditation in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)
Evidence came on the first day of Paralympian’s highly-anticipated trial in South Africa

Hague warns Russia over Ukraine

Foreign secretary William Hague
Foreign Secretary says there will be 'consequences' if Russia does not pull back over Ukraine confrontation

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