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BERKSWELL & Balsall parish councils were due to hold a joint meeting yesterday (Thursday).

The event was scheduled for The Royal British Legion Club in Station Road, starting at 7.45pm.

Solihull celebrates the Diamond Jubilee in style!

SOLIHULL is swimming red, white and blue, with Diamond Jubilee celebrations set to draw to a close today (Tuesday).

Jubilee fun in Solihull

Jubilee fever is set to sweep the borough this weekend with 43 roads temporarily closing as street parties take place

New chair brings new hope to Balsall Parish

A NEW era for Balsall Parish Council has been promised as Coun Ian Hedley takes over as chairman.

Solihull MP answers SOS from residents over HS2 fears

MERIDEN MP Caroline Spelman has stepped-in after frustrated borough residents said they felt trapped in a David and Goliath battle against high-speed rail.

New councillor speaks on HS2

NEWLY-elected councillor Tony Dicicco was due to air his views about high speed rail last night (Thursday).

Brilliant Cheslin skittles out Himley as Berkswell tops table

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Babar Khan's bowling gets Berkswell off to a premier start

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Help needed for Berkswell's Jubilee event

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help run Berkswell’s Diamond Jubilee events next month.

Legion riders descend on Balsall Common

OVER 120 members of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch descended on Balsall Common over the Bank Holiday.

Berkswell Museum reopens

BERKSWELL Museum has reopened for a new season, welcoming visitors from now until the first weekend of October.

History talk in Berkswell

BERKSWELL & District History Group’s next meeting is on Wednesday, May 9.

JLR Solihull acts following parking complaints.

JAGUAR Land Rover bosses in Solihull have been forced to patrol streets near the plant to clamp down on their employees parking there.

Brilliant Berkswell win promotion play off against Old Saltelians

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Anger at HS2's woodland proposal

HIGH-speed rail opponents have ridiculed the idea that ancient woodlands, standing in the way of the route, could be “transplanted” elsewhere.

Berkswell's match against Knowle and Dorridge washed out

“IT’S hugely frustrating,” said skipper Dominic Ostler as the wet weather put paid to Berkswell’s opening game in the Birmingham Premier League against Knowle & Dorridge.

Dream final for Berkswell & Balsall

A MAGNIFICENT run of five successive victories has swept Berkswell & Balsall Rugby Club to just one match away from what would be a miraculous recovery from minus 15 points at the start of the season to a place in the RFU Midlands 1 Division.

Trial continues over castle death

THE company that runs Warwick Castle have been fined £350,000 in connection with the death of a Berkswell pensioner.

Date set for Meriden homes inquiry

A DATE and place have been set for a public inquiry into plans to build 45 homes in Leys Lane, Meriden.

Berkswell & Balsall trounce Old Laurentians

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Fruit machine stolen from Berkswell pub

THIEVES stole a fruit machine from a popular country pub during a late-night break-in this week.

‘New city in Meriden Gap’ claim is dismissed by MP

MERIDEN’S MP has rubbished claims that a “new city” will be built slap-bang in the middle of the Meriden Gap.

Berkswell & Balsall knocked out of Warwickshire Cup by Rugby Lions

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Berkswell well runs dry

BERKSWELL residents are baffled that the landmark which gave the village its name has run dry.

Berkswell homes plan

PLANS have been submitted to demolish a former factory building in Berkswell and replace it with 33 affordable homes.

LOCALS are invited to a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party on April 1 in aid of Marie Curie’s Big Build Appeal.

Visit Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter at the Reading Rooms in Meriden Road, Berkswell from 11am to 3pm.

Pack power lays the foundations for Berkswell & Balsall

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PARTIES clashed over Solihull Council’s budget last week as Labour claimed it will hit the most vulnerable the hardest.

Council Leader Ken Meeson admitted that “difficult decisions” had been made to ensure the local authority found £11.9 million of savings, while once again freezing council tax.

Metal thieves risk lives in Berkswell lane

FOOLISH thieves risked life and limb when they stole 200 metres of copper power cable from a country lane in Berkswell.

Children's services hit as Solihull budget wins approval

PARTIES clashed over the budget last week as Labour claimed it hits the borough’s most vulnerable the hardest.

HISTORY buffs are being offered the chance to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Tower of London.

Serial fund-raiser Loraine Bryan, from Berkswell, has organised a visit to London on May 26 which will culminate in a visit to the famous Tower to watch the 400 year old Ceremony of the Keys.

Prowling panther or benign bunny?

DOES a big cat stalk the streets of Marston Green? The answer, according to experts, is no.

Newly promoted Berkswell CC start net practice

BERKSWELL cricket club’s indoor net sessions for senior players at will start on Tuesday, February 7 at the Wardens ground in Dalehouse Lane, Kenilworth, from 8pm to 9pm and then every week until April 10.

Allport puts Berkswell & Balsall on the road to victory

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Balsall Common Lions boost local charities

FIVE local community organisations stand to benefit after their members volunteered as ‘Santa’s big helpers’ over the festive period.

Pupils battle it out for places at Solihull primary school

OAK Cottage has been named as the most over-subscribed primary school in Solihull - with more than five children battling for every place.

Cricket training starts at Berkswell

BERKSWELL cricket club is starting its pre-season junior indoor net sessions this weekend.

Berkswell survive red card to win by the narrowest of margins

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Solihull planning chief slams HS2 as 'rape of our greenbelt'

PLANNING chief Councillor Stuart Davis has slammed HS2 as the “pillage and rape of our greenbelt.”

Traveller site protest is still gathering pace

A CAMPAIGN against plans for a travellers’ site off Old Waste Lane, Balsall Common, is gathering momentum.


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