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West Midlands parents paying tens of thousands to be near top state schools

Bishop Vesey's Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield

Families living in the postal district of Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield are forking out 79 per cent more for their property than the county average

Kings Heath Second World War vet reveals how he lied about his age to see action at just 16

Austen Austin, aged 90, from Halesowen
Austen Austin, aged 91, spoke out on the 75th anniversary of the event which saw him pitched headlong into the greatest conflict ever

Birmingham's Jam House celebrates 15 years and a million music lovers

The Jam House
The Georgian venue has seen more than 2,000 acts perform, including the likes of Hot Chocolate and soul singer Beverley Knight

£17,000 appeal to move Birmingham photographer Vanley Burke's flat to Ikon Gallery

Vanley Burke's flat. Picture: Vanley Burke
The renowned photographer was born in Jamaica in 1951 but has lived in Birmingham since 1965

Property of the week: Live like an Earl in £475,000 Bretby Hall

Lord Chesterfield Suite, Bretby Hall, Bretby, Derbyshire
The apartment is known as The Lord Chesterfield Suite after the former owners of this landmark house. Grade II* listed Bretby Hall was originally the home of the Earls of Chesterfield

I'll switch Birmingham's speed cameras back on, new police boss pledges

A speed camera
New police and crime commissioner David Jamieson said he would be looking at the speed camera issue as a priority
Victoria Carpets in Kidderminster

Victoria Carpets returns to black under new management

Victoria Carpets in Kidderminster saw posted a pre-tax profit of £2.3 million, up from a loss of £3.3 million in 2013

Developers lining up for stalled Mere Green scheme

Boarded up shops in Lichfield Road, Mere Green, which are set to be redeveloped
Progress finally being made on long-awaited retail development in upmarket city suburb
Austen Austin, aged 90, from Halesowen

Kings Heath Second World War vet reveals how he lied about his age to see action at just 16

Austen Austin, aged 91, spoke out on the 75th anniversary of the event which saw him pitched headlong into the greatest conflict ever

Birmingham's Jam House celebrates 15 years and a million music lovers

The Jam House
The Georgian venue has seen more than 2,000 acts perform, including the likes of Hot Chocolate and soul singer Beverley Knight

Birmingham Sports Awards - five of this year's categories and why the sponsors backed them

Spotlight on the Lifetime Achievement Award, plus the Amateur Sportswoman, Amateur Sportsman, Professional Sportsman and Professional Young Sportsperson awards

Crazy World of Arthur Brown play Moseley Folk Festival Afterparty

Arthur Brown's outrageous stage show
The sixties psychedelic legend augmented by his band takes to the stage at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath on Friday August 29 after former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr draws the opening day of Moseley Folk to a close

Movie Review: Deliver Us From Evil (15)

Deliver Us From Evil.
Jerry Bruckheimer has changed track to produce a contemporary supernatural horror thriller supposedly based on the life of a New York police officer.
Paul Fielding, Mike Mounfield, both CBD; Rafael Cuesta, Centro; Sir Albert Bore, Rob Valentine, CBD; Alan Bain, JMP.

Birmingham's business community gathered for launch of the Snow Hill Interchange Plan

Birmingham's business community gathered at Two Snowhill for the launch of the Snow Hill Interchange Plan (SHIP), organised by Colmore Business District (CBD).

Cundall open new offices on Colmore Row​ in Birmingham

Riccardo Bragoli hands over a cheque from the charity bike ride to Hayley Miller from Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Cundall recently held a party to​ officially open its new offices on Colmore Row​.​

Higgs & Sons host champagne and canapes night at Birmingham's Bun & Bowl

Alastair Dolman, Higgs and Sons; Charlotte Jackson, Higgs and Sons; Adam Thompson, Higgs and Sons; Daniel Wilson, Edward Cumming, XXIV Old Buildings.
Higgs & Sons' Dispute Resolution team hosted a champagne and canapés evening for their contacts at Bun & Bowl, Birmingham.

New £3.2m funding deal from Santander for MSS Lasers

Warwickshire laser cutting machine outfit set to hire six new staff and bolster operations in UK and Spain

Legal action halts final repayments from Cobbetts

One Colmore Square, the former home of law firm Cobbetts
Lloyds Bank waiting on final payment of almost £337,000 following collapse of law firm last summer

Wakemans wins brief to lead Midshire Business Systems redevelopment

Adrian Cartwright, Wakemans
Property and construction consultancy will project manage £2.2m revamp of West Bromwich head office

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The Jam House

Birmingham's Jam House celebrates 15 years and a million music lovers

Lord Chesterfield Suite, Bretby Hall, Bretby, Derbyshire

Property of the week: Live like an Earl in £475,000 Bretby Hall

Vanley Burke's flat. Picture: Vanley Burke

£17,000 appeal to move Birmingham photographer Vanley Burke's flat to Ikon Gallery

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