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  1. Chris Halpin

Thieves steal lead from roof of historic swimming baths

Thieves have stolen lead from the roof of an historic swimming baths which were saved from dereliction by a £4 million pound transformation earlier this year.

The Edwardian Stirchley Baths in Birmingham reopened as a community centre in January.

It hadn't been used since the late 1980s and had been struck by vandals twice, causing damage costing thousands as Chris Halpin reports.


  1. Robert Townsend

Weekend Picks: Natural Christmas Ornaments in Stately surroundings

Kedleston Hall, Derby: Weekdays and weekends throughout December

When we begin to buy our festive decorations or think about different themes we often want to try to perhaps match a new decor or colour scheme in our homes with shop bought accessories.

We often think immediately of glistening baubles and twinkling fairy lights - but before they came along Christmas decorations were a very different affair and the more traditional look is now making something of a comeback.

This weekend, you can drop in to the beautiful Kedleston Hall and learn how to make some of the festive decorations which may have once adorned the grand house itself in a self-led, family-fun activity.

Make more of a day out of your trip with a visit to the grand state rooms and see how Christmas was celebrated by the halls Curzon Family since they moved in around the year 1200.


  1. Robert Townsend

Weekend Picks: Dementia Friendly Carols by Candlelight

Northampton: Saturday December 10th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

A magical evening of 'Dementia Friendly Carols by Candlelight' is being held in Northampton this weekend.

The event, which is in consideration of the areas 8000 dementia patients -will feature traditional readings and winter treats as event organisers, The Alzheimer’s Society have organised a line-up of local musicians to take part.

Lively musical performances from Classical Reflection and the Northampton Male Voice Choir will take place at the All Saints Church.

There will be stewards on hand and clear signs in the venue to help people find their way around.

So help spread some charitable cheer and bring the whole family along for a magical evening and help transform the lives of people affected by dementia, all proceeds will be donated to helping improve their lives within the community.


The M5 Southbound is blocked and traffic is stationary due to a multi-vehicle accident.

The incident is between J1 A41 / A4252 / Birmingham Road (West Bromwich / Birmingham) and J2 A4123 (Oldbury / Birmingham).

Weekend Picks: The Snowman tour comes to Coventry

Coventry Cathedral: Saturday December 10th (2 showings)

‘The Snowman’ and ‘The Nutcracker’ is a live orchestra production guaranteed to get viewers of any age in to the festive spirit.

This timeless classic is brought to life on stage during two special screenings this weekend, as part of a national tour, where you can expect:

  • Christmas Overture
  • A Festive Guide to the Orchestra
  • The Nutcracker Suite – Tchaikovsky
  • Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Waltz of the Flowers The Snowman Waltz

The live orchestra element is enhanced whilst playing out in the beautiful surroundings of the New Coventry Cathedral.

The event is promised to be a perfect winter outing for all of the family. Performances begin at 4pm and again at 7pm, to book your place head over to the Cathedral website.

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