Aldridge Charity Cricket Match and Barbecue this afternoon!

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Looks like a great event! Why not pop down?

Jasmin Fisher has been in touch to ask if I’d let readers know about the above event – a Charity Cricket Game and Barbecue being held at Aldridge Cricket Club at 1:30pm today, Sunday 31st August 2014.

The match is between Aldridge Cricket Club XI and Walmley Cricket Club.

The teams feature some top cricketing names – including Warwickshire’sDominic Ostler and Nick James – and a host of Brum Premier League players, so it’s guaranteed to be a good game.

The game is all in aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK, a very worthy charity indeed who are  fighting a really horrid condition, so it’s all for an excellent cause.

Parking and entry are free, so what’s not to love?

The match is at:

Aldridge Cricket Club, The Green
Off Little Aston Road
West Mids
Postcode WS9 8NH

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Shed burglaries in Shire Oak overnight: did you see anything?


Shire Oak is normally pretty quiet….

Terri Fallon Nicholls from Lichfield Road in Shire Oak has been in touch today regarding the fact that her shed, and that of a near neighbour were burgled in the early hours of Saturday, 30th August 2014.

Hi Bob

Please ask readers to be vigilant!

We were robbed last night when our shed was broken in to between the hours of 2am – 8am.

The thieves stole a hedge trimmer, lawn mower, strimmers, chain saw, drill etc. They climbed over our 6ft fence/gate!

We live in Lichfield Road, Shire Oak and our neighbour had his lawn mower robbed too.

Just trying to make everyone aware, we thought our garden was really secure, our gates are massive, but it seems not. 

Take care folks!


I’d like to offer my sympathies to Terri and her neighbour, and I thank her for letting us know. You can keep up with news from the Shire Oak area in the Shire Oak group on Facebook.

I say this every time, but it bares repeating: lock up your house properly, don’t leave valuables on display or keys where they can easily be taken. Ensure sheds, garages and outbuildings are secured, and if possible, have alarms fitted.

A shed alarm isn’t expensive and can save your stuff.

It’s sad that we have to be like this, but it pays to be that little bit more careful.

Brownhills is generally a low-crime area, and this current grim patch seems to be unusual. The people doing this are more than likely doing it to raise cash from the proceeds of selling what they steal. If you know of anyone hawking around gear that seems to be dubious, please grub them into the police – the stuff they’re flogging is probably nicked.

Anyone with information is urged to contact West Midlands Police by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please, lets see if we can nail these thieving buggers.

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Walsall Wood battle Stafford Rangers in FA Cup match this afternoon


Walsall Wood FC have a great reputation for entertaining football, and a keen, loyal and friendly bunch of supporters! Come join in the fun tonight and see some cracking football.

Saturday 30th August 2014

Walsall Wood FC at home to Stafford Rangers

This is a remarkable occasion – can the plucky Wood boys slay the mighty Staffordshire lads in this vital FA Cup match?

Can manager Neil Kitching do for Rangers what he did for Rushall last season and go away with a win?

Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes

3:00pm kickoff

Please come and get behind your local club

For The Good Of The Wood!

Oak Park, Lichfield Road, Walsall Wood. WS9 9NP.


Let’s hope it’s Walsall Wood’s day…


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Urgent – wallet lost in Brownhills


Keep an eye out on the High Street please folks – Dave Whitehouse has lost his wallet. Let’s see if we can find it.

Hi folks

Just a quick enquiry from reader Dave Woodhouse.

This morning (Friday, 29th August 2014), Dave was walking up Brownhills High Street towards Walsall Wood at about 7:30am, and he thinks he lost his wallet somewhere on the way. The wallet is black with a silver closure/clasp.

Could anyone finding the wallet contact me – either by commenting here, by email on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com, on Twitter as @BrownhillsBob or Facebook as William Roberts.

Cheers all, it’s a bugger losing your wallet. Please keep an eye out.

Best of luck to Dave with the search.

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On Broadway – and I don’t mean east Walsall


This looks set to be another cracking show from Brownhills Musical Theatre Company.

Old pal of the blog and top local musical whizz Jamie Norgrove contacted me from Brownhills Musical Theatre Company a few days ago to ask if I’d give their latest production – Brownhills Goes to Broadway – a plug.

The show runs in November, from the 5th-8th inclusive, but I’m advertising it now as I know just how hard it is to get tickets to these shows.

The show will be at the excellent Prince of Wales Theatre in Cannock. Whilst this is an brilliant venue, it’s sad that with a theatre in Brownhills lying underused, the company have had to move out of town. When schools abandon their communities it’s a sad day indeed.

Jamie wrote:

Dear Bob

Firstly, apologies for the group email but I wanted to let as many people as possible know about mine & Helen’s next show!

We’re performing in ‘Brownhills Goes To Broadway’ at our society’s new Autumn home, The Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock in November.

Please come back to me or Helen if you want tickets – we’d love to sell them to you so if you can, avoid the numbers on the attached for now!

Currently the society hold the best seats in the house for all performances so via us is a good option!!

Group discounts of 10+ tickets can be arranged!

We hope this email finds you well and we’d love your support. Tickets are selling well so book soon!!


If you’d like to get in touch with Jamie directly for tickets as he suggests, please drop me a line and I’ll hook you up. BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com or comment here.

Brownhills MTC have an excellent reputation for staging sellout shows, and they’re fresh from their latest success ‘Crazy for You‘, which received great acclaim.

Why not check out Brownhills Musical Theatre Company’s Facebook page or Their website?

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Come on down to Mutt Fest!

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The Shoulder of Mutton – one of the oldest inns in Brownhills and a real community pub. Imagery from Bing! Maps.

Local lady Susan Matthews has been in touch to ask if I’d let you readers know that there’s a great music and entertainment charity event coming up a week on Saturday (6th September 2014)  at the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Church Road in Brownhills.

There will be live music, food, raffle and a bouncy castle for the kids. This is a popular pub going from strength to strength in the last 12 months and this charity event will be well worth checking out.

If anyone has a band list they could send me, that would be ace, cheers.

Susan has also tipped me off about some other local charity events that went on last weekend at Wilkinson and Tesco – it’s great to see these big-name stores working for the local community and I know Wilkinson in particular have been very active for local charities in the past, and continue to do so.

Susan wrote:


Wilkinson staff undertake a cycling challenge for Midlands Air Ambulance last weekend. Image posted on Twitter by @toria1989.

Hi Bob

Could you advertise please?

I write to make you aware of our amazing little town Brownhills. Last weekend alone our fabulous Wilkinson store had one of its employees cycling away to raise charity funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance, and our Tesco store was raising money outside its doors for Diabetes UK.

Also, one of our small local pubs has taken on the challenge of hosting a small festival called ‘Mutt Fest’ – Purely non profit split between NMC (Neuro-Muscular) and Stacey Coley Leukaemia, which are very dear to their hearts.

Whilst Tesco and Wilkos have held their charity events last weekend, Mutt Fest will be held on Saturday, 6th September  2014 from 2pm onwards featuring live bands, a raffle, bouncy castle and various food stalls.

This is a non-profit event and all proceeds go to the chosen charities.

I’m hoping as this is such a small town with such a big heart that maybe you could run a story…

Wilkinson have a town charity fund whereby it donates goods to local businesses for chosen events.

Please contact me Suzie Matthews on 07743304340 for more information.


Thanks to Susan for the tipoff – always welcome.

Please remember I’m happy to advertise any local events here, charity or otherwise. Please do drop me a line with details of anything you’ve got going on to BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers!

If anyone with any further details of Mutt Fest could contact me, that would be ace too.

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Woodmen battle to a draw at Stourport


Walsahes Meadow – home to Stourport Swifts. A nice spot for a bank holiday match. Image from the Stourport Swifts FC website.

Well, on bank holiday Monday (25th August 2014) the boys from the Wood had a day out in Stourport, and brought a respectable 1-1 draw back home.

I know many of you lot love the match reports and news from Oak Park, and it’s great to be able to share them: I thank Bill Shaw profusely – he’s a top bloke.

Bill wrote:

Hiya Bob,

Wood came away form the banks of the Severn with a hard earned point, but it could so easily have been three.

Stourport Swifts 1 v 1 Walsall Wood

Defences ruled for most of the game, with goalscoring opportunities few and far between.

Swifts had the better of a very tight first half, but it was Walsall Wood who went ahead after dominating for most of the second, going ahead on 73 minutes, substitute Dave Carns powering his way across the box from right to left before drilling a shot into the bottom left hand corner.

This goal woke Swifts up and skipper Gary Walker capitalised on indecision in the Wood box just six minutes later to fire home the equaliser from 10 yards.

Both sides had chances to win the game as defences tired in the last 10 minutes, but a draw was a fair result over the 90 minutes.

It’s FA Cup action for Wood next weekend, when on Saturday 30th August 2014 Stafford Rangers are the visitiors. Can manager Neil Kitching do for Rangers what he did for Rushall last season and go away with a win?

Bill Shaw.

Walsall Wood Football Club are a top local side with a big-hearted faithful who know how to have a great time supporting their lads, and welcome all comers to come enjoy great local soccer. The boys from The Wood have been at the heart of the local community for a century or more, so please do go check out a match or two if you’re curious.

I guarantee you’ll have more fun cheering on the local chaps than you ever will watching the over-priced prima donnas on TV…

Cheers old chap. For the good of The Wood!

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