Community News


The Solihull News newspaper, originally the Warwickshire News, will publish its final edition on Friday 21st December 2018, after 88 years.

From Wednesday 2nd January 2019, it will be replaced with a Solihull edition of the Birmingham Mail newspaper.
Knowle and Dorridge Lions 26th Festive Walk is on Thursday 27th December 2018 departing National Trust Baddesley Clinton (B93 0DQ) any time after 8.30am and finishing by no later than 4.00pm.

There will be a choice of 4 routes ranging from 1.4 miles and up to 8.6 miles in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside.

Taking part enables Knowle and Dorridge Lions to raise funds for SoLO Life Opportunities, The UK Sepsis Trust and other local causes.

For more information and to download an entry form visit Knowle and Dorridge Lions website.

An outdoor cinema is coming to Solihull this Christmas . . . and it’s free

All of your favourite Christmas films will be shown for 13 days from Monday 10th December to Saturday 22nd December 2018.  The event takes place at the ‘Shoppers Haven’ in Mell Square.  There will be a marquee with hot chocolate and hot dogs available.

All you need to do is wrap up warm.  Seating is on a first come, first serve basis, and there will also be a limited number of blankets available to use too!

For more information visit Solihull BID website.

Your refuse and recycling collections will change over Christmas

There will be no refuse or recycling collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day. All properties will be affected by the following changes:

Normal collection date New collection date over Christmas
Monday 24 December 2018 Saturday 22 December 2018
Tuesday 25 December 2018 Monday 24 December 2018
Wednesday 26 December 2018 Thursday 27 December 2018
Thursday 27 December 2018 Friday 28 December 2018
Friday 28 December 2018 Saturday 29 December 2018
Monday 31 December 2018 No Change
Tuesday 1 January 2019 Wednesday 2 January 2019
Wednesday 2 January 2019 Thursday 3 January 2019
Thursday 3 January 2019 Friday 4 January 2019
Friday 4 January 2019 Saturday 5 January 2019

Normal collections will resume on Monday 7 January 2019.

Please ensure your bins, boxes and bags are presented at the edge of your property by 7am on your amended collection day.

Bad weather disruption

In the case of snow, ice or other bad weather, please check the waste collection service disruption page.

Recycling wrapping paper and Christmas cards

Recycle wrapping paper and Christmas cards with your cardboard.

Foil wrapping paper, glittery wrapping paper, glittery cards, ribbons, bows and tape cannot be recycled.

Extra recycling over Christmas?

Put extra recycling in a sturdy bag or small box (please keep each material separate) and place beside your red boxes and bags. Please flatten or cut large cardboard in pieces no larger than 1m x 1m. Please visit our recycling pages for further information on what can be recycled and how to present it for collection. You may notice a separate vehicle collecting excess cardboard and plastics during this time. The collection of this excess recycling may also take place at a different time to your normal recycling collections.

Christmas tree recycling

Please cut your real Christmas tree into pieces and put it in your green bin for collection throughout January 2019. Make sure all decorations, tree stands, pots and netting are removed.

If you don’t have a green bin please take your tree to the nearest recycling centre at Princes Drive in Leamington Spa or Cherry Orchard in Kenilworth.

Bulky waste collections

There will be no bulky waste collections on Monday 24 December 2018,  Bulky waste collections will resume on Monday 31st December 2018.

Warwick District Council office closure over Christmas 2018

Warwick District Council main offices will be closed between Monday 24 December 2018 and Monday 31 December 2018.

Missed refuse and recycling collections can continue to be reported online during this time after 4pm on the day of your collection.  Please leave your bins, boxes or bags out in the normal place and they will be collected within 2 working days (not including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day).