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Renowned as the traditional centre of England, the village was formerly the home of Triumph Motorbikes and more recently in the middle of a gypsy stand-off that made national headlines.

Caroline Spelman MP

Battle begins for YOUR vote in General Election

The General Election campaign has begun and this week Cathrina Hulse and Annette Belcher take a look at the Prospective Parliamentary Candidates for Solihull and Meriden

MP hails new 640-place uni tech college in Chelmsley Wood

A new university technical college will be opening in Chelmsley Wood next year.

Caroline Spelman

Meriden MP blames Trust after latest delay to plans for care centre

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman is demanding answers after plans for a new urgent care centre at Solihull Hospital have been delayed for a third time.

Plans for historic Meriden Hall are blocked by council

Solihull Councillors have refused to accept plans to attach a modern glass building on to Grade II listed Meriden Hall.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb

Fairer funding campaign for schools is taken to top

A Campaign calling for fairer funding for schools in Solihull has made its way to Government level.

Catherine-de-Barnes residents vent anger at plans for giant M42 service station

Residents packed Catherine-de-Barnes village hall to condemn plans for a giant M42 service station earmarked for ancient woodland.

Santa visits to children in Marston Green and Chelmsley Wood have been saved following an appeal in the Solihull News.

That was the year that was - the highlights and lows

From a randy rodent to thieves stealing from grieving families, we take a look back at some of the highlights of 2014.

Solihull MP slams £65M plan for M42 service station

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

Solihull's hotel for dogs unveils brand new suite

There's even more for pampered pooches in Solihull because In The Dog House, in Meriden, has unveiled a brand new suite, sensory suite and exercise area.

Victoria Doyle, owner of Blue Bean Photography, with GM of the Forest of Arden Hotel Eamonn Thompson.

Award joy for Meriden baby photographer

The awards just keep on coming for newborn baby photographer Victoria Doyle, based in Meriden.

An artist's impression of the glass extension to Meriden Hall.

Solihull Councillor slams glass extension for Meriden Hall as 'worst plan'

Solihull councillors have turned down the plans for the extension to grade two listed Meriden Hall, but they fear permission could still be granted on appeal after English Heritage gave its full backing to the scheme.

Meriden has claimed the coveted Best Village award in the Solihull Neighbourhoods in Bloom competition The Chair and Clerk of Meriden Parish Council, with representatives from Dovetail.

Meriden scoops best village title for the borough

Meriden scoops best village title for the borough in the Solihull Neighbourhoods in Bloom competition.

The travellers camped on land at Chadwick End, Solihull

Solihull villagers erupt in anger after travellers' arrival to Chadwick End

Travellers arrived in Chadwick End in 16 caravans after gaining entry to the privately-owned field which lies behind the village hall and playground.

Property website Zoopla named Crawshaws Road in Castle Bromwich as the most sought after address in the West Midlands

Computer glitch rates Castle Bromwich street West Midlands' most expensive

Red faces at property website Zoopla after it claims average home in Crawshaws Road is worth worth almost £3.6 million

Archie the pug at the In The Dog House hotel, Meriden

Pets in the lap of luxury as hotel for dogs opens in Solihull

In the Dog House is Solihull’s first dog hotel, featuring ten extravagantly themed rooms for the most pampered of pooches.

Aeroplanes landing at Birmingham International Airport as seen from Bickenhill

MP demanding a halt to airport flight path trials

Caroline Spelman has demanded the Transport Secretary calls a halt to flight path trials across Meriden.

Sales Advisor Sheila Hawkins and Site Manager Alex Lacey at Bellways new Digby Court development in North Solihull.

Work begins on 106 new homes at former school site

Work is now underway on 106 new homes on a former school site in North Solihull.

A sneak preview of one of The Dog House's exclusive rooms with founder Nyoka Scarlett

Pooches get a pampering at borough's luxury dog hotel

At Solihull's first luxury dog hotel, owners will want to stay with their pets.

Runners give their all at Dorridge Fun Run

Dorridge Fun Run sets fundraising record

More than 1,600 runners, walkers and cyclists turned out to support the tenth Dorridge Fun Run, setting a new fundraising record of £35,000.

Victoria Doyle runs Blue Bean Photography in Meriden. Picture courtesy of

Photo business is baby booming

Victoria Doyle's newborn baby photography business Blue Bean Photography has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

Videos & Photos

Debden Close in Dorridge, Solihull.

Extended Dorridge home with lots of space

Double fronted bungalow in Coleshill Heath Road, Birmingham.

Coleshill Heath Road bungalow is easy on the eyes

Evenson Court in Dorridge, Solihull

Evenson Court in Station Road


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