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Blue plaque in honour of Victorian Birmingham builder John Bowen

First Birmingham Civic Society blue plaque to be erected in Balsall Heath

20 artists' impressions of New Street Station reveal how £600m project has evolved

An early impression of the new New Street Station shows the Pallasades shopping centre as part of the plans
As one of the biggest redevelopment projects Birmingham has ever seen, New Street Station has found itself the subject of much design debate

Great Birmingham Run 2014 on track to be 'biggest ever' in seven-year history

Take part in the Bupa Great Birmingham Run, or be a spectator and cheer the runners on their way. A record 20,000 people took part in 2013 and this year's event is on Sunday, October 19.
A total of 17,000 runners have already signed up for the 13.1 mile run on October 19

City of Colours street art festival set to double next year

The City of Colours festival will make a second outing next year and expand from one day to two
Organiser Becci Wright to host street art festival over two days due to visitor demand for expansion of the event in Digbeth

CBSO opens new season amid £1m fundraising plea

CBSO Youth orchestra which benefits from support programmes run by the orchestra
Symphony orchestra in battle to raise huge amount of money after facing budget cuts of 24 per cent since 2010

Review: Birmingham's Carters of Moseley has inventive fayre which is a true labour of love

Diners and judges have voted it the best UK restaurant in The Good Food Guide Readers Restaurant of the Year. Now Mary Griffin puts Birmingham restaurant Carters of Moseley to the test.

Lasan Group expands with 130 Colmore Row deal

Lasan chef director Aktar Islam and property developer Anthony McCourt outside 130 Colmore Row where Lasan is opening a new venture
Team behind the award-winning restaurant are preparing to launch their latest venture in the heart of the city's business district

Good Beer Guide features West Midlands microbreweries

Andrew Williams, from the Erdington-based Froth Blowers Brewing Company, which features in the Good Beer Guide
New research has revealed the slump at the pump is over as region's independent breweries are now setting up in record numbers
Father Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, also known as Woodbine Willie.

The Worcester curate helping to build bridges with the sweet smell of home

Worcester curate, Father Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, who was honoured for his bravery in the First World War is remembered in an exhibition. Chris Upton reports

Textile designer William Morris named wallpaper after Wolverhampton brewer's home

Compton Hall
A Wolverhampton brewer once filled his great home with treasure from far and wide... and then lost it all. Chris Upton reports

Midland soldier's poignant war diary reveals Christmas truce of December 1914

Regimental Sergeant-Major George Beck, of 1st Warwickshire Regiment.
A Midland soldier lived through the incredible Christmas Truce of December 1914 - and now his diaries are being published.
Rolls-Royce Wraith the fastest most powerful Roller to date.

Road Test: Rolls-Royce Wraith has grace and elegance with raw performance

Rolls-Royce has come up with its fastest and most powerful car. Edward Stephens takes a test drive in the Rolls-Royce Wraith.

Motoring Test Drive: The stylish and super-sleek Alfa Romeo Giulietta JTD Distinctive

Alfa Romeo Giulietta JTD Distinctive
Edward Stephens looks at the subtle changes to the super-sleek Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Motoring Road Test: Sleek Honda Civic Tourer stands out from the crowd

Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 i_VTEC SR
Edward Stephens enjoys packing as many bags as possible into this spacious estate car
Lydebrook Farm in Little Wenlock, Telford, Shropshire.

£6,600,000 Lydebrook Farm in Telford would make a perfect rural business

This collection of farmyards, residences, agricultural buildings and nearly a thousand acres in Telford, Shropshire, could prove tempting to the right buyer, says Alison Jones.

Home of the day: £1,750,000 1920s detached home in Edgbaston

1920s detached home in Arthur Road, Edgbaston.
There is plenty of space to work, rest and play in this well appointed property in the suburbs, writes Alison Jones

Home of the day: £895k Stoners Farmhouse in Feckenham, Worcestershire

Stoners Farmhouse, a delightful period property in Feckenham, Worcestershire.
The exposed materials speak of the long history of this listed country house in Worcestershire, writes Alison Jones

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Lydebrook Farm in Little Wenlock, Telford, Shropshire.

£6,600,000 Lydebrook Farm in Telford would make a perfect rural business

Review: Birmingham's Carters of Moseley has inventive fayre which is a true labour of love

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An early impression of the new New Street Station shows the Pallasades shopping centre as part of the plans

20 artists' impressions of New Street Station reveal how £600m project has evolved

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In This Week's Paper

Journalists

Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor