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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'.

Lynda Bellingham: Solihull actress pays tributes to her 'second mum'

Kathryn Rooney (left) and Lynda Bellingham
Kathryn Rooney, who shared stage with TV star in Calendar Girls and panto, was due to meet her to say goodbye

Knowle duo on final leg of charity effort in aid of Cancer Research UK

Aindi Cronin and sister-in-law Debbie Hawker have taken on 13 half marathons in aid of Cancer Research UK.
A pharmacist from Knowle and his sister-in-law have taken on the challenge of running 13 half marathons in 12 months in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Solihull-based cancer charity demands help from Government

Loraine Ruddle, Oesophageal Patients Association (OPA) trustee, joins the rally at the House of Commons.
Members of the Oesophageal Patients Association, based in Solihull, travelled to London to join other charities from across the country as part of a campaign to raise more awareness of this type of cancer.

Solihull Hospital volunteer celebrates 100th birthday

Friends of Solihull Hospital chairman Bill Jones pays tribute to 100-year-old Millie Skinner
Friends of Solihull Hospital chairman Bill Jones pays tribute to 100-year-old Millie Skinner.

Solihull author Michael Lancashire backed by Carol Voderman

Author Michael Lancashire is giving his proceeds from The Voynich Deception to the Cleft Lip and Palate Association, CLAPA, after his daughter Beth was born with the condition in 2004
Solihull author Michael Lancashire was backed by Carol Vorderman after he pledged to donate half of his profits to the Cleft Lip and Palate Association.
Volunteer Margaret Lilley, Barry Dale, president Knowle and Dorridge Lions and Jill Lambert, chair of VCHP Birmingham.

Knowle and Dorridge Lions raise £12k towards the vision care for homeless people

Knowle and Dorridge Lions have raised £12,000 to improve vision care for homeless people.

Solihull pupils inspired to raise money for disabled sportspeople

Eversfield Preparatory School pupils with Christina Demetriou from Caudwell Children and Bunmi Adenegan, the father of 13-year-old wheelchair athlete Kare Adenegan.
Pupils at Eversfield Preparatory School in Solihull have been inspired to raise funds for disabled sportspeople after receiving a visit from local wheelchair athlete, Kare Adenegan.

Chelmsley Wood reality TV show sparks fears

Sue and Antonio
BBC series that portrayed Mancunians as 'fat, drunk and destitute', People Like Us, turns its gaze onto Chelmsley Wood.

Preston Grasshoppers 19 Birmingham & Solihull Bees 20

Birmingham and Solihull Bees grabbed a dramatic late win at Preston Grasshoppers to end a three-match losing run in National Two North.

Knowle FC 4 Bartley Green 0: Knowle click into gear despite seeing red in Vase

Knowle FC ran out comfortable winners against Bartley Green Illey FC from the 2nd Division of the West Midlands League in the first round of the Birmingham Vase.

Solihull Moors 3 Chorley 1: Moors recover from early blow to keep play-off pace

The Solihull Moors players celebrate Darryl Knights' goal
The win sees Solihull Moors extend their unbeaten league run to six matches elevating the team to eighth in the table and, with a game in hand over their rivals, the play-off positions beckon.
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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