Trenchside commemoration of the Battle of the Somme

On Friday 1 July, Solihull Council will be holding a commemorative service to mark the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.  The event will be taking place at 10am at CTC Kingshurst Academy, where they have built a life-size replica of a WWI trench – the only one of its kind in the area.

The Battle of the Somme is seen as representing the brutality and futility of much of the fighting during the war and the first day of the battle was the bloodiest in British military history, with the British Army suffering over 56,000 casualties.

24 men who had lived or studied in Solihull died on the first day; many of them part of the Royal Warwickshire regiment. In total 127 Silhillians died in WWI between July and November 1916 (the duration of the battle).

The event at CTC Kingshurst will see the 24 men remembered, as well as poetry readings from students and a minute’s silence.  There will also be an exhibition on the Royal Warwickshire Regiment featuring genuine battlefield relics and information about local people who served.

The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Mike Robinson, will lead the service; he said “The Battle of the Somme was one of the most devastating battles in British history. This commemoration event will be a fitting tribute to those who fell from across the country but particularly from Solihull.

“The trench at CTC Kingshurst is a great way to help people understand what the men on the front line experienced.”

Although this event is invite-only, the following day (Saturday 2nd) there is an open day for the public to visit the trench and see the exhibition. There will an opportunity for children to take part in activities including rope climbing, practicing medical dressings and looking out into no man’s land through periscopes.

Appeal for Information on Solihulls war dead

Solihull Council’s heritage team are appealing for information concerning those who died on the first day of the Battle of Somme on 1 July 1916. 24 men who were residents, or went to school in the borough, lost their lives in the bloodiest day in British Military history.

A special exhibition at the Core called ‘Solihull Remembers’ opened on Saturday 25 June and commemorates the men who died and has further information about those died throughout the course of the war.

The men who died in the fighting on the first day are:

John Balkwill
Geoffrey Jermyn Brand
James Burton
John Thomas Churchill
Harold Clifton
Frederick Percy Cooper
Thomas Cooper
William Henry Furse
Robert Quilter Gilson
John Herbert Hockley
Walter Jennings
Horace Birchall Jones
Maurice Nicholl Kennard
Stratford Walter Ludlow
John Palmer Lyndon
Alfred Mutlow
Harry Rudd
Richard James Smith
George Arthur Smitten
Donald George Harding Truman
Leslie Waters
Albert Weale
James Webster
Willingham Franklin Gell Wiseman

Between July and November 1916, 127 men from Solihull died during the course of the Battle of the Somme.

If you have any information on any of the men, please email

Changes to mobile library service

Changes to mobile library service

Solihull Council is making changes to its mobile library service.

The mobile library service which is run in partnership with Warwickshire County Council, brings books, audio books and other library services direct to people who cannot access community libraries. The service is free of charge and there are no charges for fines or reservations.

Following a survey with people who use the service, the mobile library will stay longer at the Cheswick Green and Hockley Heath stops.

Four new stops will also be created at St Francis Lodge, Solihull; Chestnut Court, Castle Bromwich; Kingslea Road, Shirley and Farmhouse Way, Monkspath.

The full mobile library timetable can be found at: or for more information call 01926 851 031.

Solihull Local Plan Review – an update

The Local Development Schme is available to view online and contains projected timescales for the review:

Scope, Issues and Options Consultation November 2015 – January 2016

Draft Local Plan Autumn 2016

Publication of Submission Draft Spring 2017

Submission to Secretary of State Summer 2017

Adoption of Local Plan Review Winter 2017

If you have any further queries, please contact the Local Plan Review teamm at

Premises Licence request at Shell Box Trees

An application for a variation to the Premises Licence has been received in respect of Shell Box Trees, Stratford Road, Hockley Heath, B94 6NS. The application is to extend hours for sale of alcohol to 0600-2300hours, remove and add licensing conditions and update plans.

The application can be viewed using this link

Should you wish to make a representation it must relate to the effect of the licence on the promotion of the licensing objectives:-

· Prevention of crime and disorder;

· Public safety;

· Prevention of public nuisance; and

· Protection of children from harm

Any representation must be made in writing by 12th July 2016, to the Licensing Manager, Moat Lane Depot, Solihull, B91 2LW, or by email to