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Proposals to reduce the number of face-to-face fundraisers operating in Birmingham by more than 70 per cent are set to be discussed by councillors this week. Birmingham City Council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee will consider an agreement drawn up with the Public Fundraising Association (PFRA) to limit charity fundraisers, also known as ‘chuggers’, activity in the city centre.

Macmillan Cancer Support has announced that for the first time urban obstacle race Adrenaline Rush is coming to Birmingham, taking place at Senneleys Park on Saturday 4th June. 35% of all entrance fees will go directly to Macmillan to help ensure that no one faces cancer alone. With a minimum of 20 obstacles in each race including a zip wire, a giant ball pit and a gunge tank, entrants are guaranteed to have their strength, stamina and mental resolve put to the test at every turn.

Veterans will lead the commemorations as Wolverhampton marks the 71th anniversary of VE Day next month. They will join civic dignitaries and members of the public to mark 71 years since the anniversary of the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany to the Allies – an event on 8 May 1945 which heralded the end of the Second World War in Europe.

Following extensive consultation, cabinet is set to approve changes to the housing advice service on 19 April which will build on the success of the city’s Youth Hub – a specialist homeless service for single young people under 25 years old.  The council is reducing the number of Housing Advice Centres and pooling resources to create a similar centre of excellence for homelessness and housing advice for the over 25s.

Quite simply put by more than half of dog owners, they make us happy and almost two thirds of British dog owners say the reason they got their pet was as an added member of the family or for companionship, while as the nation strives to become fitter, almost a third of respondents (31 per cent) also said that they got a dog to drive them to do more exercise – there's no excuse when you have to take Rover for a walk.

It's National Gardening Week, and people tempted to grow their own fruit and vegetables are being encouraged to take on an allotment plot. There are currently a small number of vacancies at selected allotment sites around Wolverhampton – and with spring now firmly sprung, there isn’t a better time for people to join the city's growing army of allotment holders.

Recent changes to the law on domestic abuse could have helped Archer’s character Helen Titchener to escape her husband Rob before she reached crisis point and stabbed him, according to a leading family lawyer. The long-running BBC Radio 4 soap opera has caused controversy with its storyline featuring Rob’s coercive behaviour towards Helen, which reached a crisis when she lost control and stabbed him.

Many dog owners in the UK view their four-legged friends as members of the family and the thought of their pets going missing, even for a short time, is enough to cause great panic and worry. Such a turn of events, however, is sadly a common occurrence in Cheshire – which new research by MORE TH>N shows is the missing dog capital of Great Britain.

Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC began her first day in office as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations last week. Nominated for the post by Dominica, she is the first woman to hold the post. To the rhythm of a steel band, the sound of a gospel choir, and the flair of Quadrille dancers, hundreds of guests welcomed the new Secretary-General at Commonwealth headquarters in Marlborough House. They included well-known figures from the world of politics, sports and broadcasting.

Future Faces - the young professionals’ arm of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce – is to stage its second annual dinner in September following an outstanding debut event last year. The second Future Faces Dinner and Awards to acknowledge the remarkable achievements of its diverse membership will take place on Friday, September 16, in a return to Edgbaston Stadium following last year’s successful inaugural ceremony.

Scientists and campaigners are encouraged to submit nominations for an annual prize that has already awarded over one million pounds to ‘outstanding’ non-animal testing initiatives around the world. With £250,000 available, the Lush Prize – a collaboration between Lush Cosmetics and Ethical Consumer Research Association – is the largest annual global prize fund in the non-animal testing sector.

The Caribbean Diaspora turned-up, sang their hymns and choruses and Bob Marley’s ‘One Love’ as thousands in Toronto said farewell to former mayor Rob Ford, including a joyful moment at St. James Cathedral when his daughter Stephanie, 11, told mourners, “He’s the mayor of Heaven now.”

Health chiefs in Wolverhampton are considering a package of measures aimed at helping to improve the health of children and young people in the city. They are looking at expanding the range of activities which take place in schools and the local community as the city seeks to address high rates of obesity among residents, particularly children.