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Heritage Open Days: 10 great places to visit across the Midlands

The Midlands reveals its historic secrets as part of the Heritage Open Days 2014 weekend between Thursday 11-Sunday, September 14

Aston Tavern owners want new-look pub to be Michelin-star quality

Owner Michelle Monaghan applies finishing touches to the refurbished Aston Tavern
Punters will get a first look at the Aston Hall Road pub when it opens its doors for the first time on Saturday to coincide with Aston Villa’s first home match of the football season

Birmingham street food: Our guide to who's who in fast food revolution

Bourneville Waffle Company serve unique waffles from their retro caravan L-R Paul Desmond, original co-founder Dave Robinson and Jenny Deeley.
The launch of Digbeth Dining Club marked the start of a bustling street food scene in Birmingham. As the weekly Friday feast celebrates its second anniversary next week, Mary Griffin looks at 12 of the traders who have made the city a major player in a national movement revolutionising the concept of fast food.

Town Hall concert celebrates life of acclaimed music writer Lyndon Jenkins

Lyndon Jenkins
Mr Jenkins died in April 2014 at St Mary’s Hospice, Birmingham, aged 75

Warwickshire batsman Jonathan Trott to speak at celebrity dinner in Birmingham

Jonathan Trott
BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen will lead a Q&A session at the event

Take time out for some tea at Stanbrook Abbey in Worcestershire

Stanbrook Abbey, an iconic former monastery built in a Georgian, Gothic revival style is set in 21 acres of Worcestershire countryside.

Food and drink producers gear up for Birmingham's first independent food and drink fair

Ian Parkes - Marketing manager for Purity - with their new brew Longhorn IPA on show at the Birmingham Independent Food Fair at Millennium Point.
As dozens of food and drink producers gear up for Birmingham's first independent food and drink fair next month Mary Griffin finds out what's in store and asks what sets the city's food scene apart.

The miller using traditional techniques at Warwickshire's last working water mill

Miller Karl Grevatt working at Charlecote Mill in Hampton Lucy, Warwickshire.
A young miller is using traditional techniques to turn locally-grown wheat into flour. Mary Griffin steps back in time at Warwickshire's last working water mill
Sir William Dugdale in 1656

Influential Warwickshire historian was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s

An influential historian from Warwickshire was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s. Chris Upton reports

Coventry-born architect set out to create a utopian dream in America

New Harmony in Indiana as it looks today. Thomas Whitwell sailed to America in 1825 to see his scheme come to fruition.
A Coventry-born designer joined forces with a social reformer to build a unique community in the US, writes Chris Upton

The woman who founded Warwick to stifle Vikings

Aethelflaed in a stained glass window in St Andrew's Church, Churchdown, Gloucestershire. Installed in the 1930s, it shows her as an elegant princess surrounded by symbols of peace (the book) and royalty (the crowned 'A').
As Warwick celebrates its 1,100th anniversary, Chris Upton discovers how an Anglo Saxon woman laid its foundations.
Honda Civic Tourer 1.8 i_VTEC SR

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

Edward Stephens enjoys packing as many bags as possible into this spacious estate car

Motoring Road Test: Audi A3 Cabriolet Sport is a stylish drop-top on road to street cred

Audi A3 Cabriolet
Looks are everything when it comes to convertibles, writes Edward Stephens

Cool and compact with road presence

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class SUV
Mercedes-Benz's new GLA model is a class act, writes Edward Stephens
The Almshouse at Harvington near Kidderminster, Worcestershire.

Home of the day: £1,695,000 The Almshouse at Harvington, near Kidderminster

Outdoor "rooms" create areas of interest throughout the grounds of this unusual house, says Alison Jones

Home of the day: £795k Hawford Lock House in Claines, Worcester

Hawford Lock House in Claines, Worcester.
There is no excuse for not making the most of the water that flows by this house as it is being sold with a free cruiser, reports Alison Jones

Home of the day: £875k Wootton Grange House near Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Wootton Grange House on the outskirts of Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
A former manor house makes a comfortable family residence in a famous castle town, writes Alison Jones

Videos & Photos

Ian Parkes - Marketing manager for Purity - with their new brew Longhorn IPA on show at the Birmingham Independent Food Fair at Millennium Point.

Food and drink producers gear up for Birmingham's first independent food and drink fair

The Almshouse at Harvington near Kidderminster, Worcestershire.

Home of the day: £1,695,000 The Almshouse at Harvington, near Kidderminster

Hawford Lock House in Claines, Worcester.

Home of the day: £795k Hawford Lock House in Claines, Worcester

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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