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Annette Belcher

Annette Belcher

Joined the Solihull News in 2011 after four years with the Stafford Post. She is our general news reporter, visiting the magistrates on a weekly basis and tending to look after stories in our busiest news area - Shirley

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An artist's impression of the new Solihull Methodist Church.

Solihull Methodist Church set to undergo big change thanks to a revamp

The last service will take place at Solihull Methodist Church this Sunday before it undergoes a major refurbishment.

NHS protest earns Solihull Moors fans praise

Solihull football fans have been praised for showing their support for an NHS protest which took place in Lancashire at the weekend.

Solihull 'is up with the best' for investment

Solihull is on a par with London and the ‘Big Six’ when it comes to investment, a new report has found.

Councillor Jim Ryan

New Forest of Arden housing plan sparks a barrage of complaints

Solihull Council's planning committee recently gave outline planning permission for developer Catesby Estates Ltd to build 110 homes on land near Kenilworth Road.

Health minister Norman Lamb

Mental health vow made as minister praises Samaritans

Care minister Norman Lamb has pledged to put mental health on a par with physical health in a recent visit to the Solihull branch of the Samaritans.

Postman Paul Bradley has retired after doing the same round in Hampton-in-Arden for 33 years.

Hampton-in-Arden post man retires after 33 years

Paul Bradley has spent over 30 years carrying on the same postal round in the picturesque Solihull village of Hampton-in-Arden.

A woman showing signs of depression

Solihull Samaritans deal with 30,000 calls

The Solihull branch of the Samaritans deals with over 30,000 calls from depressed people each year in the borough alone.

Young Solihull carers have raised £11,000 for ski holiday

A group of young Solihull carers have raised £11,000 so they could go on a well-deserved holiday.

Martyn Abbotts is taking on magnificent 7 to help charity

Fitness fanatic Martyn Abbotts is stepping up a gear to take on seven challenges to raise money for the Friends of Solihull Hospital (FOSH).

Bentley Heath Community Centre revamp gets £25k boost

Bentley Heath Community Centre has been awarded nearly £25,000 to undergo a refurbishment.


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