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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'.
Volunteers help to deliver the cookers from Grace Academy, to people's homes in time for Christmas.

Grace Academy Solihull gives families in need way to cook up a tasty Christmas

Grace Academy Solihull has donated eight electric cookers worth more than £2,000 to local families this Christmas.

Marston Green congregation's nativity scene-stealer

St Leonard's congregation with one of the knitted characters.
St Leonard's church in Marston Green is displaying a nativity scene of a different kind after members of the congregation spent the year knitting child-sized figures for the scene.

Solihull martial arts instructor goes global making the case for self defence

Eddie Quinn (far right) with some of his 'Approach' pupils.
A Solihull martial arts instructor who was left for dead after suffering a brutal stabbing attack has made a worldwide career out of teaching other people how to defend themselves.

Hull RUFC 12 Birmingham & Solihull 22

Moseley prop Simon Gardiner has made a major impact at Birmingham Solihull.

Dartford 2 Solihull Moors 0: Moors left to rue string of misses after cup KO

Omar Bogle of Solihull Moors challenges for the ball against Dartford in the FA Trophy First Round Proper
Solihull Moors could not have tried harder in this FA Trophy first round proper tie but paid the price at the end of 90 minutes for their failure to convert any of their many well-worked attacks on goal.

Too many handling errors prove costly for Bees

Solihull Bees went down 20-10 to visitors Walsall in a typical wintery fixture in which handling errors in the muddy conditions helped decide the outcome.
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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