MS Society information event planned

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Pelsall CC to host glittering event

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Road closure next week

Notice from Walsall Council:

ROAD CLOSURE – ALLENS LANE, PELSALL (between the junctions of  B4154 Walsall Road and Goscote Road)

Monday 02 March 2015 to Friday 06 March 2015

This section of Allens Lane will be closed to enable a new water main connection to be undertaken by Integrated Water Services on behalf of South Staffordshire Water.

A signed diversion route will be in operation for affected traffic using B4154 Walsall Road, Hall Lane, Mouse Hill, Allens Lane and vice versa.

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Lib Dem candidate announced for general election

History teacher Ian Garrett has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to fight the Aldridge-Brownhills seat in May’s general election.

Garrett is head of history at St Francis of Assisi School in Aldridge and has served as a local councillor. He has also been a parliamentary candidate for the party in Sandwell.

Announcing his candidacy, Garrett said: “The last few years have not been easy for many people, as the government takes action to tackle the Budget deficit.

“However, I am proud of steps Liberal Democrats have taken, like the Pupil Premium, which targets school funding on to those most in need and increases their chances in life.

“I want us to build on what has already been achieved by Liberal Democrats in government.”

The Aldridge-Brownhills seat is being vacated by Conservative MP Sir Richard Shepherd, who has represented the constituency since 1979. Conservative vice-chairman Wendy Morton has been selected by the party to try to retain the seat, which returned a Tory majority of 15,256 in the 2010 election.

UKIP candidate Paul White announced this week he had stood down from the election battle, while Labour will be fielding John Fisher.

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Quiz night at Methodist Church

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Pelsall author seeks information on local pubs

Pelsall author Annita Bates is asking locals for their stories about pubs in the village for her next book.

The writer, who has written five local history books about the history of Pelsall, is now researching the watering holes that have opened – and closed – in the village over the years.

“Due to the closure of yet more public houses in Pelsall, ie The Old Bush and Pelsall Labour Club, I have decided to write a book about the history of Pelsall pubs, which I began researching at the end of last year,” she said.

She asked anyone who has any information or anecdotes about any existing or now-closed public houses to contact her.

“I always like to include personal accounts in my books if I can,” added Annita.

Anyone who would like to contribute their stories, should contact Annita via email: or write to her at 73 Mill Road, High Heath, Pelsall, Walsall, WS4 1BT.


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UKIP PPC stands down

The Walsall branch of UKIP has confirmed that its would-be MP for the Aldridge-Brownhills constituency has resigned and will not contest the seat in May.

Paul White had been selected by the party to fight the seat, which is being vacated by Conservative MP Sir Richard Shepherd. The sitting MP is standing down after winning the seat in 1979.

Derek Bennett, acting chairman of Walsall UKIP, said: “I can confirm that Paul White has resigned his position as Ukip PPC for Aldridge-Brownhills.

“Having left Walsall for pastures new last year, Paul no longer feels that he can effectively campaign for a seat so far away from his new home.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul for his tremendous contributions to the Ukip Walsall Branch and wish him every success for the future.”

“Ukip is now in the process of selecting a replacement candidate for Aldridge-Brownhills and we will provide further updates once this process is complete.”

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