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“I’ve been leading the fight to keep Dudley Police Station open to the public over the last year and one of the first things I did when I was re-elected was ask to for a meeting with the Chef Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner.

“I don’t think the timing of this announcement is a coincidence.  I got a commitment from Labour’s Shadow Police Minister that he would expect West Midlands Police to keep the station open if Labour won the election.  With the Conservative government planning to make even deeper cuts to policing budgets the closure is now going ahead.

There’s something for the ladies at Broadfield House Glass Museum ahead of this month’s International Festival of Glass.

The Dudley-Council visitor attraction is home to a Heritage Lottery Funded project which will shine a light on the untold story of women in the area’s glass making industry, from past to present.

The Stourbridge Glass Quarter is world-renowned for its contribution to the glass industry, with its long associations with blown and cut glass. What is less well known, is the role women have played in this industry. This oral history project project aims to share the stories of women who have worked in this skilled, and often dangerous profession, as well as garnering new narratives and living histories from local women who worked in one of the town’s many glass making factories.



Dudley MP Ian Austin has presented a 2,500 name petition to save the Seven Stars pub to Parliament.

Campaigners are working to protect the Seven Stars pub in Sedgley after Morrisons announced a desire to buy the pub from Marston’s and turn it into a supermarket.

Austin has since worked with campaigners to get the pub listed as an Asset of Community Value, and has pushed for extra protections for community pubs in Parliament.

There’s still time for veterans to come forward and sign up to receive special medals and badges at this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Armed Forces Day 2015 in association with Let’s Get, will be held at the landmark Himley Hall and Park on Sunday June 28 to celebrate the work of servicemen and women.

The family event runs from 11am to 5pm and will include a performance by The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment, children’s entertainment, a youth marching band competition, and a spectacular Beating of the Retreat.

As always, a highlight of the day will be a presentation to veterans of medals and badges including the HM Armed Forces Veterans Badge by the Mayor of Dudley.