STW Emergency Sewer Repair Works on Chester Road, Castle Bromwich – Victory Hall

We are working on behalf of STW on the Emergency repair works to the collapsed sewer on Chester Road adjacent to Victory Hall & the Bus Stops.
We are commencing the Site Works on the 04-01-2022 – Chester Road is closed off at the Works location with diversionary route established.

Christmas Parking Enforcement Suspension

Solihull Council has announced that it will again be suspending parking enforcement in residential areas over the Christmas and New Year period.
Parking enforcement will be suspended from Monday 20 December until Monday 3 January. People should still continue to park considerately and safely and continue to comply with the Highway Code.

Relaxation applies to roads subject to single yellow line restrictions only. Parking enforcement will resume as normal from Tuesday 4 January 2022.

Cllr Ken Hawkins, Solihull Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “In taking this decision we want to support local people as they visit friends and relatives and enjoy Christmas together, in line with current Government Covid guidelines. Please park considerately and help everyone to have a safe and happy time over the festive period.”
For more information about the Council’s Parking and Enforcement service, please visit

For more information contact the press office on or 0121 704 6136.

New Solihull pop-up vaccination centre at Jaguar Land Rover’s

A big thank you to NHS England and Jaguar Land Rover for making this happen as it reiterates our shared commitment to helping our residents get protected against the ever growing cases of COVID.

The centre is open daily until 24 December from 8am to 6pm, (2pm on 24 December) offering first, second and booster doses for the public and Jaguar Land Rover staff. No appointment is needed, simply turn up and get jabbed!
For details of how to access the new vaccination centre and information on a free shuttle bus service from Chelmsley Wood, including a community transportation service for residents who are unable to get to the vaccination centre from anywhere across the borough, visit Covid-19 Vaccinations in Birmingham and Solihull.
Details of alternative vaccination centres can also be found here.

Finally, Council business comes in all guises, and sometimes it may seem trivial or unimportant, but has a huge effect on our environment and how we feel about our shared spaces. We are currently asking for comments on the updated Environmental Crime Strategy and Action Plan, which sets out the Council’s approach to tackling environmental crime up to and including 2026. This is alongside consulting on two proposed Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) relating to dog controls.

These may seem less important to some people than the issues I have been talking about recently. But it is vital people have their say on these topics so we can keep Solihull clean and pleasant and enjoy both our green spaces and vibrant urban areas. We need to know what you want so that we can put in place the services that will deliver a borough we can all be proud of.

Please get fully COVID vaccinated, especially make sure you get your booster jab – you don’t want to miss out this Christmas!
Join me in wearing a face covering when you’re in crowded spaces, on public transport and in any badly ventilated spaces and keep testing regularly- particularly before and after attending large gatherings, or seeing friends over Christmas to check you haven’t unknowingly got the virus or are likely to spread it!
Take care.
Councillor Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council

To Report Scam Messages

Fake emails and text messages are a common tactic used by cyber criminals, their goal is often to convince you to click a link. Once clicked, you may be sent to a dodgy website which could download viruses onto your computer, or steal your passwords and personal information.

In order to try and convince you that their messages are legitimate, criminals will pretend to be someone you trust, or from some organisation you trust. This could be your Internet Service Provider (ISP), local council, even a friend in need. And they may contact you by phone call, email or text message.

Reporting suspicious emails:

If you have received an email which you’re not quite sure about, you can report it by forwarding the email to the Suspicious Email Reporting Service at:

As of 31st October 2021, the number of suspicious email reports stands at more than 8,100,000, with the removal of more than 67,000 scams and 124,000 URLs.

Reporting suspicious text messages:

You can report suspicious text messages to your mobile network provider, for free, by forwarding the text to 7726.

If you forward a text, your provider can investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious. If 7726 doesn’t work, you can find out how to report a text message by contacting your provider.

(On many Android devices and iPhones, pressing and holding on the message bubble should present the option to forward the message)

For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website:

Solihull Council Launch Electric Bikes (eBikes)

As part of a region wide launch, electric bikes (eBikes) have been added to the West Midlands Cycle Hire Scheme for the first time in Solihull. From today, you’ll be able to test one out for yourself and make the most of the 10% off launch day offer.

eBikes are rapidly increasing in popularity, both for leisure and commuter travel. They offer a convenient and eco-friendly way to get around town and explore your local area. With 68% of journeys in the UK being less than 5 miles, eBikes are ideally suited to these trips. They can be especially handy on those seemingly never ending hills that you may encounter from time to time. The electric motor will begin assisting you as soon as you start pedaling all the way up to 15.5mph to give you that extra boost.

To find your nearest eBike, download the Beryl Cycle Hire App and look for the nearest lightning bolt symbol. Then click on the dock icon to open up a screen which shows you how many eBikes are available and their existing range. When you arrive at the docking station, hiring an eBike is no different from a pedal bike – simply scan the touchpad or enter the Bike ID and you’ll be ready to go.

eBikes cost £1.50 to unlock and 10p per minute of riding. Alternatively, users can hire them as part of a minute bundle and only pay 5p per minute. You can find out more about eBikes by visiting West Midlands Cycle Hire’s blog. Once you’ve downloaded the Beryl app, you’ll also find handy help-guides available in-app too.

Councillor Karen Grinsell, Deputy Leader of Solihull Council and Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Tourism and Sport, said:
“It’s fantastic news that anyone is now able to hire eBikes here in Solihull. This is a brilliant opportunity for those who have always been curious about trying one out but have never had the opportunity to do so. Being able to readily hire one, even if it’s just for a taster session, will hopefully lead to more people considering eBikes as one of their regular modes of transport in the future.

“It’s great to be working with Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) to improve the cycling infrastructure across the whole of the West Midlands. We share their ambition to deliver an integrated approach by creating a world class network of docking stations.

“We’re always keen to encourage active travel, given the health, well-being and environmental benefits that it delivers. On top of that, encouraging more active travel has a key part to play in reducing congestion issues, especially with traffic now very similar to pre-pandemic levels. I encourage everyone that’s tempted to experience an eBike to download the Beryl Cycle Hire app and give it a go.”

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said:
“It has been a fantastic year for Cycle Hire going from nought to 1,500 bikes on the streets since March and now these eBikes are ready to take to the scheme further.

“The greater range makes it a clean and green alternative to the car for even more journeys around our region, it also opens up the opportunity to cycle for many more people.

“We are not stopping here, Cycle Hire has proved popular and we are looking to expand it further, reaching more people and more communities so they too have easy access to bikes – after all cycling is good for the environment, good for our health and great fun too.”

For more information contact the press office on


BBV Skills Academy Gen Ops #4 Programme Starting 240122

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WORLD CAFE EVENT. Raise awareness around violence against women and young girls.

Saturday, 4th December 2021

The Smithswood NHT will be hosting WORLD CAFE event. The event is to Raise awareness around violence against women and young girls.
If you want to make a difference in your community, have your chance to voice your opinion or even just to meet your local Neighbourhood team, please come along.

Every Attendee will also receive a £20 amazon voucher for turning up. Cakes and refreshments are also available.

Date : Saturday 4th December 2021 at 1200 till 1500hrs
Venue : The Pavilions Club
Meriden Drive
B37 6BX

The Event will be having guest speakers, stands will be placed around the venue with different partner agencies to offer advice and leaflets etc.
Some of the partners that are attending are :

WMP Partnerships
POW – Mental wellbeing
Local Neighbourhood Team Offering info on Spiking of drinks and Personal attack alarms etc
Alison O’Connell MBE – West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit
Fire Service
Age UK

There are limited spaces available to book you places simply email the team below.

PCSO Steph Brady & Michelle Collins
Police Community Support Officer
Castle Bromwich NPT
Chelmsley Wood Police Station
Office Number: 101 Ext: 892 6043

Thank you
Vicki Phelps (Police, PCSO, Chelmsley Wood, Smith’s Wood, Kingshurst and Fordbridge,Castle Bromwich, Marston Green NEC)

COVID-19 Community Mobile Testing Unit

This service is for local people who do not have COVID symptoms and for those who also may be working in the general area where the unit is stationed. No appointment is needed simply turn up.

Please visit regularly for the most up-to-date schedule of mobile testing locations. These are currently subject to change at short notice to respond to known outbreaks particular areas.

Henshaw Court, Chester Road, Castle Bromwich

Monday 6 December from 9:30am-4:00pm
Tuesday 7 December from 9:30am-4:00pm

What will happen when I go for my test?
When visiting one of our Community Testing Hubs or the Mobile Unit follow the one-way systems and wait at the entrance. Staff will signal when you can enter. If you do have to queue, please maintain social distancing.

Use the hand sanitisation stations provided You will be required to use these when you arrive and when you leave the building/ van.

A member of staff will greet you on arrival and check you do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

You must wear an appropriate face covering when in the building. If you do not have one, you will be provided with one.

You will then be escorted to a testing area where a member of staff will talk you through the test including how to register your test.

You will need to put the swab in the back of your mouth near your tonsils.
You will then need to put the swab up your nose.
Next carefully place the swab into the tube provided.

A member of staff can then process the test. The results will be sent off and you will receive your results via SMS message from NHS Test and Trace within the hour.

What happens next
If you receive a positive test result you must self-isolate immediately for 10 days, if you don’t you could be fined. Unvaccinated adults who live with you must also self-isolate.

Please note if your positive result was from an LFD test taken at either of our Community Testing Hubs or the Mobile Testing Unit you should also take a follow-up PCR test as soon as possible and within 2 days of receiving the positive LFD test. You must book this via the online national booking system or by phoning 119 to access a PCR test.

If you develop COVID symptoms within your isolation period, start a new 10-day isolation period by counting 10 full days from the day following your symptom onset.

If you test negative for COVID you still need to follow hands, face, space, fresh air including in your workplace (and wear the correct PPE).

Remember to take a rapid COVID test every 3-5 days.

All test results are managed by the national NHS Test and Trace Service. If you do not receive your test results within 12 hours, then you will need to rebook a new test. For more information please see the official NHS guidance.

Where can I get help and support?
Solihull residents who test positive for COVID-19 who cannot be contacted by NHS Test & Trace system may be contacted locally by the Solihull contact tracing service to see if there is any practical, financial and emotional advice and support they can provide to help you and your household self-isolate.

For more information about the range of support available please visit our Here2Help page and if you need help with something we don’t currently provide, please let us know at and we’ll see what we can do.

If you generally feel unwell or develop symptoms (high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change in sense of smell or taste) you need to book a test through the online national booking system where you can order a PCR test to do at home or book an appointment to get one at regional testing site, the nearest of those being at Monkspath Hall Road and Birmingham Airport. Alternatively you can phone 119.


Castle Bromwich Parish Council is looking for some new councilors who have a local knowledge and an interest in the environment and are keen to commit to this voluntary position based at Arden Hall.
Expressions of interest are welcomed from residents who are aged over 18 years old and reside in Castle Bromwich Parish Council.

As a Parish Councillor representing your community you can make a difference to all those around you and represent the views of local people. You will be supported in your role and be expected to undertake training.

The Parish Council currently meets on Wednesday evenings from 19:00pm . If you like to help make a difference and have a can-do-attitude, please contact the council office on or 01217476503
2021-11-25 Park Hall Casual Vacancy

2021-11-25 Bradford Casual Vacancy

Parish Council Carol Concert – 23rd November 2021 5:45pm

Our annual Christmas concert and lighting of the Christmas tree will be held on Tuesday 23rd November at Arden Hall. Doors open at 5.45pm. Admission is by ticket only, and can be purchased at the council office (rear of Arden Hall) between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tickets cost £3 per person, or a family ticket of £10 for two adults and up to three children. The ticket includes refreshment and a raffle ticket.