Beware: Indecent exposure incident at Clayhanger

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Northfields Way is used as a cut-through between the Watermead Estate, Clayhanger, the canal and Common. Take care, it’s an isolated spot. Imagery from Bing! Maps.

Worryingly, the incidents of indecent exposure locally seem to be ongoing, as I note social media reports yesterday (Monday 23rd November 2015) of an incident near Northfields Way in Clayhanger.

A  similar incident on the Pelsall Road at Highbridges earlier this year.

A lady reported the following on a local Facebook group:

Approx 11.30 this morning I meet a lady just coming off the common at the end of Northfields Way, who warned me she had just been flashed.

I’ve asked her to report it but please take care when walking alone. I think she said he was dressed in black and appeared to be wearing black makeup around his eyes.

This follows other worrying reports of flashers targeting school kids around High Heath and Pelsall in the last few weeks.

Please be careful if you’re out and about in the area by yourself; even in the middle of the day parts of our area can be very isolated, so take care where you go alone.

If you or your children are subject to anything like this, please do contact the police. These types of offences can escalate, and the culprits need to be caught before they do more serious harm.

If you have any information related to this incident call Walsall Police on 101 or 0345 113 5000, or you may also speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The Police urge anyone who falls victim to such an indecent exposure to call 999 immediately.

It’s worth repeating the advice about flashing incidents and suchlike issued by West Midlands Police last year:

Police Constable Richard Jackson, from Walsall Police, said: ‘Although this type of offence is rare, there are many parks and open spaces on the east side of Walsall that have historically attracted offenders.

‘They usually target women, often when they are alone in parks, canals or country tracks.

‘We take any such offences very seriously and saw five people arrested in 2012 when we set up an operation to reduce this kind of offending.’

Walsall Police have issued the following guidelines for the public if an offence occurs.

  • Please phone 999 immediately! The Walsall Police plan involves an immediate response for officers to attend and try to capture the offender. Please do not wait until you get home.
  • Try and get a good description of the offender, including detail of clothing. This is very valuable to police, and if the offender is in a vehicle, the registration number is also extremely important to help identify them. The make and model is also very useful.
  • Details of where the offender was last seen, or last seen heading to is very valuable in assisting police to locate them quickly.
  • Never put yourself at further risk to obtain these details, but if have seen them please commit them to memory, or write them down if you can. This information can then be passed straight out to officers via police radio to ensure that a meaningful search can take place straight away.

For advice on staying safe when out, visit:

Any information? lease call Walsall Police on 101 or 0345 113 5000. You can also speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Carte before the horse

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Ordnance Survey 1:10,000 map of Clayhanger, Walsall Wood, High Heath and Pelsall. Published 1947, it was revised in 1938. Click for a large version.

Above is a map section from the Ordnance Survey 1:10,000 1947 publication epoch. It was revised officially in 1938, and shows some map lag. But that aside, this week I noticed something very, very interesting and a little bit peculiar.

I’m not going to tell you, let’s see if readers can guess. It’s a great excuse to study a lovely bit of mapping in any case – just revel in that drafting. The rail lines, watercourses and boundaries.

See what I see? Comment or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

If nobody gets it, I’ll expand in due course. This has the potential to be quite a large story.

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Life’s a Holbeach as Woodmen tame Tigers

Images and captions kindly supplied ny David Evans.

Yesterday (21st November 2015) Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Finlanders Holbeach United, and after some great football, Wood emerged the victors with an impressive 4-1 scoreline.

Bill Shaw was there, and came home a happy man:

Hiya Bob,

Another first step on the road to Wembley, a very competitive 60 minutes with the United Counties League high flyers nowhere near as much a handful as last season’s F.A. Vase opponents from the same division, Wisbech Town. Two goals from a revitalised Corey Currithers put Wood in the driving seat but the Tigers worked hard for a second equaliser.

Joey Butlin put the game beyond them with a sublime finish. Goal No.15 from Dan Griffiths was the icing on the cake as the once again patched up side showed just how good this injury hit squad really is.

Next up on Saturday it’s fading Long Eaton United as Wood look to make it five wins out of five in November and the catalyst for a concerted push up the table.

F.A. Vase Round 2
Walsall Wood 4 v 1 Holbeach United

Wood’s entry into this season’s competition saw them comfortably dispatch the high flying United Counties League visitors to advance a step closer to Wembley.

The win was deserved but the visitors were always in the game until Wood sewed the game up on 65 minutes when a slide rule through ball by Max Black set up Joey Butlin to calmly fire Wood into the next round.

Defences were on top with the game condensed into the middle third of the pitch until on 20 minutes a lovely move in from the Wood left saw Corey Currithers win a corner that was delivered to the near post for Currithers to power a header home.

The Tigers nearly equalised from the kick off, Jake Clitheroe racing onto a ball into the right of the box to fire a rising drive over the near angle. Three minutes later from a left wing corner Nick Jackson headed just over the bar. On 33 minutes Wood lost the ball in a right wing mix up from a throw in, Clitheroe playing a clever ball inside to set up Josh Ford to fire a first time effort over the bar. Five minutes later a flowing left wing move saw Jordan Thomas find Lee Beeson in the D, he played the ball to Clitheroe on his right who switched play to the left hand post and Ford scored with a header back across the keeper. Right on half-time a defensive mistake let in Clitheroe who raced for goal only to be fouled from behind just outside the D, Jamie Stevens firing the free kick over the wall and the bar.

Wood came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half, pinning the Tigers back, on 49 minutes Currithers made space on the right of the box, powered his way into the six yard box and his vicious low near post drive had too much venom for keeper Rick Drury who got a hand to the ball but couldn’t keep it out.

Four minutes later the ever dangerous Clitheroe went on a right wing run, cut in along the byeline and his driven low cross was cut out by Grant Beckett to deny Ford. Then four minutes later an intricate left wing move presented Stevens with a shooting chance, from 30 yards he sent a first time low drive inches wide of the left hand post. Wood were living dangerously and four minutes later Beeson hit a low cross from wide right, Ford hitting a first time effort that deflected off Anthony Juxon and flew the wrong side of the post.

Having weathered the storm Wood went looking for the goal that would put the game safe, it nearly arrived on 63 minutes, Harry Harris delivered a left wing free kick into the right of the box to pick out Currithers, he beat his marker, crossed low across the face of the six yard box, Max Black sliding in only inches away from applying the finishing touch. The killer goal arrived two minutes later, a crisp move through the middle found Black in the centre of the D, his exquisite ball through the right of centre released Joey Butlin into the box, the big man, calmness personified as he gave the advancing Drury no chance with a low drive. Wood began to exert pressure on the Tigers defence who started to get a little desperate. When on 75 minutes Jackson picked up a second yellow the game was over as a contest, but on 86 minutes substitute Ollie Gale raced into the left of the Wood box, pulled the ball back to Stevens who turned his marker and fired over.

Deep into injury time Butlin powered into the right of the box, checked back and fired in a low drive that was blocked by Drury, Butlin was first to the rebound playing the ball off to his left, Dan Griffiths making no mistake with a trademark finish.

Wood deserved to progress into Monday’s Round 3 draw but the Lincolnshire Tigers made them fight all the way, they lost a little of their composure in the last 20 minutes as Wood piled on the pressure, but another good win on the road to Wembley for the Wood.

It’s Long Eaton United next for Wood at home on Saturday 28th as they look to make it a 100% November…

Bill Shaw

The Teams:

Walsall Wood: Evans, Deakin, Beckett, Wright, Juxon, Black L. Harris, H. Harris (Captain), Butlin, Hayles, Currithers, Taylor, Sidibe, Griffiths, Aiton, Delaney.

Holbeach United: Drury, Worthington, Ward, Warfield, Jackson, Stevens (Captain), Beeson, Tidswell, Ford, Clitheroe, Thomas, Pinner, Gale, King, Keeble, Roberts.

As ever, thanks to Bill for the report, and the young David Evans – always appreciated – for The Good of the Wood!


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Rosie’s Christmas Gift Fair on today!


Looks like fun!

Here’s a very late one just in courtesy of Linda Mason: Rosie’s There’s a Christmas Gif Fair on today in Aldridge, in aid of Rosie’s Helping Hands Charity. It takes place from 11pm to 4pm at Aldridge Compass Suites.

I’m sure readers know the story of how the charity started, and the charity always stage excellent, fun events.

In case you’re wondering, the Compass Suites are just off the Green by the church in the centre of Aldridge. Just bang WS9 8NH in your satnav or see this page here.

The organisers posted on their Facebook page:

We are delighted to hold this popular annual event supported by Aldridge Compass Suites and a variety of local craft people and businesses to help make your Christmas shopping inspiring and easy! Stalls include beautiful handmade gifts and cards, handbags, wooden frames and personalised plaques, delicious jams and food hampers . (Stallholder please note – We do not have any spare stalls all the spaces are booked).

On sale limited edition prints of ‘Rosie’s Poppies’ by local Artist Debbie Flenely – all proceeds to Rosie’s Charity.

The Elves will be in their pop up workshop to help children prepare for Christmas; making decorations, cards and letter to Santa. Photos with Chief Elf and gift bag included. (Charges apply).

Refreshments (including licensed bar) open throughout the event.

Please pop along and help this great local cause.

Best wishes to Karen and Sean, this looks like a wonderful event!

Rosie's Walk 2013 Press Release copy

This is a great local charity.

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In the Wernick of time

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This football team are causing a fair bit of head scratching… Image kindly supplied by Brian Stringer.

Friend of the blog, community activist and Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer has sent the above image of a local football team and is desperately trying to identify the unknown chap (who is, I believe centre front row).

The team were Wernicks FC in 1962 – Wernicks, as many will know, were a joinery company on the Lindon Road on the Walsall Wood/Brownhills border. They made sheds, fencing and mobile buildings. I think they were where the indoor play park is today. These days I think they’re in Aldridge.

Brian wrote:

Hi Bob,

I have been asked to send you this photo in the hope of finding the missing player.

Apparently lots have tries but failed so Jeff Corfield, who is on the pic, wondered if the blog could help.

If anybody can…

Cheers mate

There are many, many brownie points on offer if you can solve this one! Comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks!

Cheers to Brian for a great enquiry, and don’t forget – especially with Christmas coming up – that Brian’s latest book about his time involved with local community football is still available from Brownhills Library in the Parkview Centre, Brownhills – but they’re selling out fast, so get in there quick.

You can find out about ‘Who’s Putting the Nets Up’ in this post here.

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Love the cover cartoon – available right now from Brownhills Library at the Parkview Centre.

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Quiz Night and Supper at The Memo tonight!

Looks like a great night out!

Tonight – Saturday November 21st, 2015 – there will be quiz night and supper up at The Memo in Lichfield Road, Brownhills, starting at 7:30pm.

The organiser, Julia Willett said:

Fab quiz night again. £3.50 per person. Teams of 4. Supper included and don’t forget to bring your own drinks.

If you pop down, why not comment here and let us know how you got on?

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Road accident at Sandhills – avoid if you can

Updated 12:35pm: road is now clear

Hi folks

Thanks to reader Stephen Hill, I can share the news that there’s been a road traffic collision at what appears to be the junction between the A461 Lichfield Road and Barracks/Cartersfield Lane at Sandhills , between Shire Oak and Muckley Corner.

Two vans appear to have been in collision. It’s not known if there have been serious casualties.

Stephen said:

One of the vans pulled a cross the crossing as another van was coming along the road according to witnesses and they collided the silver van rolled and landed back upright on all 4 wheels

I believe the road to be currently closed (Saturday, 21st November 2015, 12:10pm) and emergency services are in attendance.


Image kindly supplied by Stephen Hill


Image kindly supplied by Stephen Hill


Image kindly supplied by Stephen Hill


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