LEGENDARY funnymen Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy still have a legion of fans, many decades after their films were made. The monthly meetings of the Midlands branch of the Laurel and Hardy Society have now re-started after the midsummer break and members and friends will be meeting again to view a selection of short films featuring the timeless comedy duo.
HEAD winding gear such as that shown in this photograph would once have cluttered our region's horizon, and it was the coal brought up by it that put the Black into Black Country. But no more though many of us have a father or grandfather who earned his keep down one of our many dozens of mines, none of us today have to endure the filth, darkness and danger of those shafts and tunnels.
The second annual 'Expressions of Care' project was recently hosted by the Douglas Macmillan Hospice which sees many schools from across the area Organised by Douglas Macmillan Hospice, the creative competition was first developed last year and involves sending charity representatives into schools across North Staffordshire to set out what the creative challenge is. Fund-raising co-ordinator at the hospice Jonathan Mathers said: "We gave them a one metre square collage canvas and they were asked to create their own artwork, displaying their emotions and feelings about hospice care.
It comes after Leek man Terry Alcock was alerted to a carbon monoxide leak in his Campbell Avenue home by an alarm he had fitted. The pensioner had started to feel ill the day his alarm bleeped to tell him there was a leak of carbon monoxide - which was later discovered was coming from his oven.
A man who was restrained by two members of the public who believed he had snatched a woman's bag has died in hospital, police have said. Two witnesses to the incident detained the 29-year-old suspect while waiting for police, the West Midlands force said.
WALES' largest contemporary craft fair, Made by Hand, is heading to Cardiff's City Hall for the third year running. New this year, following the huge success of The Pottery Showdown in June at The Contemporary Craft Festival, Made by Hand will welcome the finalists from the BBC's hit TV show, The Great Pottery Throw Down, won in 2015 by Matthew Wilcock.
The LEP Recognition Award has been presented by the Federation of Small Businesses to LEP members working to bring together the business community and regulators to change how regulation is delivered and made more straightforward. Karen Woolley, development manager for the FSB, said: "We were absolutely delighted to award the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership with the FSB's LEP Recognition Award for its work around the creation of a Regulatory Charter which was signed between 19 organisations, including the FSB, to provide a regulatory environment which promotes success in business.
The Never Going To Give You Up singer, 50, is to play a gig at Cannock Chase Forest in Staffordshire. Legend has it the spirits of three youngsters murdered by car mechanic Raymond Leslie Morris in the 1960s live there.
The latest applications have been decided by East Staffordshire Borough Council and include a newsagents becoming a restaurant and hot food takeaway, in Branston extensions to a primary school, in Outwoods, and approval for the conversion of an agricultural building to form a dwelling in Hanbury.
Halesowen News reporter Adam Smith won Scoop of the Year and the Stourbridge News was Highly Commended in the Campaign of the Year award. The annual awards, which is run by Birmingham Press Club, the oldest of its kind in the world, recognise excellence in the field of journalism.