The Tolkien Society

At the Middle Earth Weekend TNT caught up with Shaun Gunner, chairman of the Tolkien Society, and asked him about the appeal of the fantasy author, J R R Tolkien. May 2013

May Procession at Oratory Church

A huge May Procession was held at Oratory Church on Sunday 5 May 2013. TNT presenter Mina Nixon had the honour of being the May Queen and she was in the procession that toured the streets of a sunny Ladywood.

New look for New Street Station and Liege

The new concourse has opened at New Street Station and everyone seems to think it is a vast improvement on the old station. If you’re impressed by it then you’ll certainly be impressed by the station that opened at Liege, Belgium in 2009. It was designed by an architect called Santiago Calatrava.

St. Patrick’s Day 2013

Around 85,000 people attended the third largest St Patrick’s Day Parade in the world which was held on the streets of Birmingham. TNT was there and here are our impressions of what was a great day.

TNT praised by local MP

Ladywood’s Member of Parliament, Shabana Mahmood stated: ‘TNT is fantastic’ when she appeared on the BBC Sunday Politics Midlands programme to talk about hyper local websites. The influential programme featured the work of TNT, using film captured whilst we filmed with the BBC for the earlier story shown on Midlands Today. January 2013

TNT featured on BBC Midlands Today

TNT not only reported the news, but made the news, when our work was featured on BBC Midlands Today. They recorded a feature about the work of local websites and decided to use TNT as an example of the good work that is produced by local sites in the digital age.

New Secondary School Plan For Ladywood

TNT reports from an area which has been highlighted as the location for a new secondary school in Ladywood.  The last secondary school closed in 1990. Now planners say there is a big increase in the birth rate and also plans for the area include a number of new family sized homes, all of which will increase demand […]

A Timely Reminder Of A War That Ended 110 Years Ago

Birmingham’s Boer War memorial was rededicated in December 2012 in a ceremony held in Cannon Hill Park. The memorial lists the names of over 500 Brummies who were killed in battles in Africa against Boer settlers, which ended in 1902. Joseph Chamberlain MP, the Colonial Secretary, signed the Peace Treaty to end the war. The […]

Mother Of Harry Moseley Switches On Brindleyplace Lights

The lights on the Christmas tree at Brindleyplace were switched on by Georgina Moseley, whose son, Harry, raised around £1 million for a cancer charity by making and selling bracelets. He, sadly, passed away from a brain tumour last year. 
 His mother is keeping the fund raising going and has launched HelpHarryHelpOthers.org.uk
 TNT spoke to Georgina […]

The Pen Trade : Now And Then

In the Victorian era Joseph Gillott was a major producer of pen nibs. The trade declined and virtually disappeared from the Jewellery Quarter where Gillott was based. TNT has found that a new pen manufacturer called Jack Row is producing pens that have made headlines all around the world. You’ll be amazed at this … these […]

The Pen Room is featured on BBC TV

The BBC TV programme ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ visited the Pen Room in September 2012 to find out about Joseph Gillott. This story explains why they were interested in him and includes an exclusive interview with Michael Portillo, the presenter of the programme.

Cycle Chain

A new eco friendly bike scheme has opened on Cambrian Wharf. For a small fee cyclists can leave their bikes at a barge and pick them up again after work, so cutting down on using cars and vans. The bikes are looked after by disadvantaged people, the fee paid by the cyclist goes towards giving […]

Statue Plans For Former West Bromwich Albion Players

A model has been unveiled of a statue to three former West Bromwich Albion players who were role models for black players in the late 1970s. Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson became known as ‘The Three Degrees’. TNT interviewed Cyrille, and also Jim Cadman, a businessman who is helping to run the project, […]

Well Done Kristian

Olympic bronze medallist, Kristian Thomas, returned home to Earl’s Gymnastic Club in Halesowen on 21 August 2012. He was mobbed by an enthusiastic crowd and appeared live on BBC Midlands Today. His gymnastic routine at London 2012 helped Team GB win its first Olympic team gymnastics medal for a century. Well done, Kristian.

Ladywood Pool Plan To ‘Inspire A generation’

We know you’ve all heard this before, but … there is a new plan for a swimming pool to replace Monument Road Baths. The olympic pool plan for a site near Nelson School has sunk with out trace, but the latest plan for the Icknield Port Loop includes a community sports area that could well […]

Birmingham Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

The Queen reigns over us and the rain rained over us too, but that didn’t stop TNT ‘s soggy reporters filming many of the Diamond Jubilee events in June 2012. Look out for the picnic at Oratory Primary School, the Big Picnic held indoors at St Philip’s Cathedral and the Bank Holiday Monday procession from […]

Local TV Plan For Birmingham

This week various companies began to make bids to run a new TV station for Birmingham. We followed one of the bidders, City TV Broadcasting, as they made a promotional video and we found out about their plans for a TV station that will cover the city.

Centenary Of Sinking Of The Titanic

The bottom of the Atlantic Ocean is a long way from Ladywood, but in this story TNT reporters visit Warstone Lane Cemetery where a local businessman, William Edward Hipkins, who went down with the ill fated ship is commemorated on a family tomb.  We discover the size of the Titanic and find out if it […]

A nostalgic trip along part of the No.8 Inner Circle. Bus Route.

The Ladywood History Group’s MADE IN LADYWOOD’ mini museum moves from Ladywood Arts & Leisure Centre at 10.15am on Friday 30 March 2012 with the help of a 1954 Birmingham City Transport double decker bus. What a wonderful time we had today meeting everyone with Yardley Wood Bus Club’s beautiful old bus. Thank you to […]

Soldiers Given Key Of The City

230 soldiers representing five Regiments of the army were in Victoria Square to receive the Freedom of the City. It was Birmingham’s way of saying thank you to them for the work they do in this country and overseas. We interviewed the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Anita Ward, and her son Lance Sergeant Vince Hockley. He was badly […]