Claire Dymond is nearing the end of her tether. Claire is the founder and director of Wings Wines, a company which exports small batch, high quality Italian wines around the world, including – at the moment – the UK. She started the successful business ten years ago and now divides her time between the West […]
Section: West Midlands
In 2022 the Commonwealth games will be coming to Birmingham. Will the games be good for Birmingham? Have your say.
Anger in Walsall as Tory councillors block deputy mayor nomination on mental health grounds
On the first anniversary of Central Bylines the team look back on what it means to them and the difference it has made to their lives.
Surrinder Chera on Making votes matter in the Midlands. How opposition parties can reclaim their share of the vote via electoral reform
Ann Holland looks at how Brailes villages come back to life after 18 months of pandemic. Camaradarie soon returns.
In Part three of two academic years a Midlands head teacher concludes their account of the last two academic years
Since its inception in 1994, one of our favourite times of the year has been Heritage Open Days, taking place each September throughout England.
In this second article, a Midlands junior school headteacher describes what happened to ensure school staff and pupils responded
The Art of Paul Michael Glaser will be exhibited in the Cotswolds in September. Just ten miles away from Stratford, Mr Glaser will bring a little piece of Hollywood to Shipston-on-Stour. His first UK exhibition includes an introductory presentation by Zoom, by invitation only. Running from the 24th to the 26th of September, the public […]
Back in late June, Facebook conveniently reminded me that we’d had a lovely day in Hull when it was UK City of Culture back in 2015. Living less than an hour from Coventry, the current UK City of Culture, we thought we’d take another step out of lockdown and see what the city had to […]
Tory party receives £150k donation two days after Robert Jenrick decides in favour of a planning application for 625 new homes near Ledbury.
The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, begun by UNESCO, is held on the 23rd of August every year. To commemorate this day, Molly Woodcock investigates some links the Midlands had with not only the slave trade, but also the abolition of the slave trade and slavery.
A Stour valley village hall comes back to life as the heart of the community as Covid-19 restrictions ease.
Concerns over Formula 1 sponsor The recent British Grand Prix saw concerns raised by campaigners in Towcester. DHL, a British GP sponsor, has applied to build a massive warehouse near the historic town which could change its character, they claim. The group, No DHL at Towcester said the proposed one million square foot centre is […]
£100 million pound investment secures future of Vauxhall Ellesmere Port to make electric vehicles.
Molly Woodcock reflects on the trials and tribulations of student life during the pandemic lockdown and the damage it leaves behind.
When it comes to parking, surely the Council should be doing all it can to safely encourage people back into the city rather than chase them away?
Before the recent West Midlands elections, Mayor Andy Street did his campaigning tour boldly claiming that the green belt was under threat, and that only a vote for the Conservatives could save it. To the passive political spectator, it was a sure vote winner, but it didn’t take much digging to uncover the paradox in the Mayor’s claims. … If there is a threat to our green belt, it is clear where that threat comes from.
Did five years of groups campaigning for remain in Chipping Norton turn it from blue to red in the latest local elections.
Sheep farming has had a higher profile in the last two years than for decades. Brexit negotiations and HMG’s increasingly frantic attempts to justify its ditching of 40 year-old, highly beneficial trade agreements have brought it to the front. Nothing has highlighted sheep farming more than the public current discussion of the proposed Australia deal. These are a few personal thoughts, from a very small-scale lowland lamb producer in the Midlands.