Latest West Midlands Stories

2008-07-29 18:00:44

YOUNGSTERS at West Bromwich schools are learning how to reduce fuel poverty with the help of Sandwell's Warm Zone team. Pupils from Lodge Primary School, Lyng Primary School, Ryders Green Primary School, Guns Village Primary School and Newtown Primary School have learned how to save energy in homes and looking at renewable energy within their schools. All of the schools have also visited Frank Chapman Outdoor Education Centre to experiment with producing alternative forms of energy....

2008-07-25 18:00:33

FIRE crews have been making waves as they use vital new equipment for floods and water rescues. Tamworth firefighters are busy at the West Midlands Water Ski Centre, getting to grips with a new powerboat. The craft is for use at flooding and water rescue incidents and is two acquired the Staffordshire Fire Service. The ski centre is allowing crews to use the lake during its off- peak periods, free. Site owner Simon James said: "We're happy to support the firefighters in their...

2008-07-11 06:00:43

A TEENAGE girl was taken to hospital after an accident involving a minibus in Coventry. It happened in London Road, in Whitley, shortly before 8.15am yesterday. West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the accident as well as a doctor and paramedic from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance in a land vehicle. An ambulance spokeswoman said: "On arrival crews found a teenage girl who had been in collision with a mini bus. "Crews treated the girl on scene following initial...

2008-07-02 18:00:26

By Steve Johnson FORMER pupils of a school are being urged to get back behind their desks to help celebrate its 70th anniversary. The school bell at Olive Hill Primary School in Halesowen is set to chime again for exclassmates in a bid to find stories and pictures from its past. It is part of a celebration of seven decades since the school was built. Coun Liz Walker, Dudley Council cabinet member for children's services, said: "The school has a lot of history and I hope people will...

2008-07-01 18:00:21

By Steve Pain Technology Editor Telmar Network Technology, an Americanowned telecommunications company, is expanding its repair and refurbishing operation at the heart of the West Midlands after a surge in demand for its services. Started up in Solihull by the pioneering partnership of managing director Jai Sharma and operations director Jacqui Matthews, the original two-person operation is now on course to employ more than 30 people by July - less than 18 months after securing its first...

2008-06-29 21:02:39

By JEANETTE OLDHAM A MIDLAND hospital trust treating Britain's war-wounded soldiers has the country's worst record for C.diff infections among the young and the old. University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) recorded 193 cases of the superbug affecting patients aged from two to 64 between April and December last year. The new Health Protection Agency statistics mean the trust, in charge of Queen Elizabeth and Selly Oak hospitals, has more cases of Clostridium Difacile in the age category...

2008-06-25 18:00:00

By Alison Dayani CONTROVERSIAL changes to downgrade a Birmingham A&E by removing the main emergency surgery team will get underway in November, health chiefs revealed today. A timetable to move the surgery team including consultants and other specialists to Sandwell A&E in West Bromwich from City A&E, in Winson Green, was highlighted as NHS West Midlands health authority bosses approved the plans yesterday. Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust directors, in charge of the two...

2004-11-29 06:00:07

The West Midlands population is expected to increase by more than six per cent over the next 25 years, according to latest Government statistics. The region's numbers are expected to swell by 6.6 per cent to 5.7 million by 2028, according to the Office for National Statistics. The predicted increase follows a national pattern, with the North- east the only region expected to see its population decline. The South will continue to show the greatest population growth, with London expected...

Latest West Midlands Reference Libraries

Tamworth Pig
2014-09-02 10:41:13

The Tamworth pig, also known as the Tam or sandy back pig, is a breed of domestic pig that originated from the United Kingdom. It was first developed in Tamworth, Staffordshire in 1812 after a herd of pigs belonging to Sir Robert Peel was crossbred with pigs known as Irish grazers. It was later refined in Staffordshire and number of other regions including Leicestershire and Warwickshire. It is one of the oldest breeds in the United Kingdom and one of the least interbred, so it is highly...

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Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.