Bonjour to “boules” in Cannock Park Cries of “Bravo!” and “Bien joué” could be heard in the parks of Staffordshire last week as JLH Languages held its first boules tournament to commemorate the 14th July, France’s national day. JLH Languages teaches French to adults in a creative and innovative way, concentrating on practical French taught in […]

This is the weather forecast for Monday 22nd July and the outlook for Tuesday 23rd. The morning. A cloudy, breezy warm start to the day with the temperature around 19 degrees. Cloud will fragment and break allowing bright and sunny spells. The afternoon. Winds will ease a little but it will still be breezy. It […]

Monday 22nd July. Cloud will clear turning into a sunny hot day 25 centigrade. Tuesday 23rd. A sunny, very hot day, 28 centergrade. Possible thunderstorms move up from the South West into our area during the evening and night. Wednesday 24th. Risk of some thunderstorms to start the morning. Cloud clearing to allow some good […]

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2019 World Aquatics ChampionshipsDates: 12-28 July Venue: Gwangju, South KoreaCoverage: Highlights on BBC Two, updates on BBC R5L Sports Extra, and reports on the BBC Sport website and app.British swimmer Adam Peaty has become the first man to swim 100m breaststroke in under 57 seconds – breaking his own world record with a time of 56.88.The 24-year-old has dominated both the 100m and 50m in recent years, setting the 14 best times in the 100m breaststroke.Peaty’s latest fastest time came in the semi-finals of the World Championships in South Korea.

“There’s no other word except for ‘incredible’,” he said.He is now unbeaten in five years over the distance in major competitions.”Obviously I’ve been chasing that for three years now, ever since I touched that wall in Rio [in 2016] I was like, I could go faster,” Peaty added.The Olympic champion eclipsed his own record by just over two-tenths of a second and won comfortably in the second men’s semi-final on day one in Gwangju.Compatriot James Wilby and Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki finished almost two seconds behind Peaty, with China’s Yan Zibei winning the first semi-final in 58.67 to qualify second behind Peaty for Monday’s final.Peaty previously claimed he could break his own 100m world record in South Korea, calling it the “magic 57-second barrier”.”I could blow it away, get near it or be miles off it – but it’s looking good,” Peaty told BBC Sport.He recently revealed he practises “active meditation” to aid his mental health after suffering a dip following his gold-medal winning performance in the 100m breaststroke at Rio 2016 and has since backed mental health campaigns.Peaty will attempt to retain his Olympic title in the 100m breaststroke at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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This is the weather forecast for Sunday 21st July and the outlook for Monday 22nd. The morning. Mainly cloudy with just the odd brighter spell. The afternoon. A cloudy afternoon, chance of a spot of light rain or drizzle. Feeling warm with today’s temperature reaching 20 to 21 centigrade. The evening and overnight. A very […]

A new provider has been found to run school minibuses for children with disabilities and special educational needs.More than 4,000 children in Birmingham relied on the service from ATG, which went into administration in March.West Midlands Accessible Transport Ltd, part of National Express, will run it from September.Birmingham City Council said it was “really pleased” to have found a new provider for the “vital service”.After ATG collapsed, Birmingham City Council’s cabinet approved £1.4m funding over 12 weeks to keep the service running for school children.As well as supporting children getting to school, ATG also had 72,000 registered users for its ‘Ring and Ride’ door-to-door service for elderly or disabled people who have difficulty accessing public transport.National Express is also in discussions to take on this contract from Transport for West Midlands, which has financed the service since ATG collapsed.Follow BBC West Midlands on Facebook, on Twitter, and sign up for local news updates direct to your phone.

Port Vale have signed defender Callum Evans on a one-year deal following his departure from Macclesfield Town by mutual consent.Evans, 23, is reunited with boss John Askey, who he previously worked with at the Silkmen, winning promotion into the English Football League.The ex-Manchester United academy player has played 49 senior games, including 18 for Macclesfield last season.

“I’ve had Callum before, he’s got a decent pedigree,” said Askey.”He’s from Bristol but he was at Manchester United as a youngster. He played for me when we got promoted and he’s only 23 so there’s more to come from him.”Find all the latest football transfers on our dedicated page.

Smoke could be seen across Birmingham on Saturday after a fire broke out at a derelict factory.

Mel C has been forced to cancel her performance at a Pride event hours before she was due to take to the stage.
The Spice Girl was due to perform at Hull Pride today as part of the city’s celebrations but she had to pull out after being taken ill, reports Hull Live .
Known as ‘Sporty Spice’ she was set to take to the stage alongside legendary club collective Sink the Pink, Claire Richards from Steps and Honeyz but revealed on Twitter that she’s got a throat infection.
She wrote: “I’m gutted to have to cancel my show at Hull Pride today. Over the last few months I’ve been working incredibly hard and now I’ve picked up a throat infection.

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“I hate to let you down but I’ll update you later when I’ve seen a doctor. I hope I’ll be up to Hull soon. All my love.”
The singer has recently been on a massive UK-wide tour with the Spice Girls and put it down to working so hard over the last few months.
The official Pride in Hull Twitter accounted posted: “Really disappointed to announce that Melanie C is unable to perform at Pride in Hull today. We still have an amazing day lined up for you and can’t wait to see you all later today.”
Melanie isn’t the only one to come off the tour with a bad throat – Jess Glynn has cancelled a number of shows over the last month on the advice of her throat surgeon.

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She was due to sing at a number of Forest Live concerts in July, one of which was in Cannock Chase Forest.
The singer admitted that she’d been partying with the girl band following the end of their UK tour together but said that on the advice of her doctor she’d got to take a break and rest her voice completely for 10 days if she wanted to remain as a performer.

This is the weather forecast for Saturday 20th July. The day. A day with bright and sunny spells. There is a chance of a shower during the afternoon and even the possibility of hearing a rumble of thunder. Top temperature reaching 20 centigrade. The evening and overnight. A dry evening and night, the sun will […]

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