Urgent! Bike stolen from Brownhills

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Did you see anyone take a silver bike from outside Downes Newsagents? Image from Google Streetview.

Hi folks – while I’m prodding the hardware with a long stick, there’s an important shout out I need to make for a young lad who does a paper round for Downes Newsagents in Brownhills.

This morning (Sunday 19th April 2015) between 9:30 and 10:30am a silver Raleigh mountain bike belonging to him was stolen from outside the shop in High Street, Brownhills. The chap only had it for a couple of weeks to enable him to do the round. He’s understandably very upset.

Here’s a young man who’s trying to earn an honest pound, and some scrote steals his wheels. Let’s see if we can get the bike back – after all, it could be your stuff they nick next…

The bike is silver, and has 21 gears. If you know someone that’s suddenly pitched up with a bike matching that description that you feel could be the one in question, please do contact West Midlands Police by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also mail me in confidence: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

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Image from Needthatcar.com

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Open Mike

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Blimey – there’s a memory. Remarkable photo from Mike Leonard and posted on Panoramio.

Yesterday, whilst mooching on Panoramio for an image of Chasewater (sometimes it’s the best way to find my own photos, oddly enough…) I came upon a gallery by a reader and contributor the the blog, Mike Leonard – it’s remarkable.

I’m not sure how I’ve missed this as it’s a couple of years old now – and Mike has generously contributed pictures from this set to the blog previously – of the Station Hotel, Railway Tavern and Wheatsheaf. But there are other, great images of lost or fading Brownhills in his gallery which is well worth checking out.

The images date, I think from the 1990s, mostly, with the derelict trotting track stadium, Chasewater play area and Silver Court Gardens being seemingly of that era. The Warreners Arms is captured in transition between being a pub, and MacDonalds. The Forward Garage is still selling cars, with a Suzuki SJ413 on the front and a curious ghost-sign. Brownhills Cricket Club is vandalised and derelict, and the former Don Marine works looks ready for demolition.

If Mike is reading this, thanks for sharing these, and I hope you don’t mind me reproaching them here – these are wonderful images and I’m sorry I hadn’t spotted them sooner. Thanks Mike.

You can check out Mike Leonard’s Panoramio gallery here.

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Eaton beaten by Woodmen

Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans

Walsall Wood FC took the trip to Long Eaton yesterday (18th April 2015), and the Woodmen returned to form, beating the home side.

Bill Shaw caught all the action, and sent the following match report:

Hiya Bob,

A hard won three points, another double over one of the league’s high fliers, but more to the point it puts us into fourth place for the first time in our history. With three games still to go, we have beaten last seasons total by two points.

It was another great advert for the inaugural Midland League with both sides playing open, entertaining football. We now only need to win our last three games to be certain of the third place, but Westfields on Tuesday night, Coleshill Town on Thursday night away are not going to give us anything, so if we make it, we will have deserved it.

Can I congratulate Basford United on winning the title with a game to spare, they beat us 3-1 in both games, when we played well, definitely the best side we have played this season, so well done guys, over the nine months you’ve deserved it. Good Luck in Level Four.

So it’s two very difficult away games left, Westfields and Coleshill Town, never easy places to come away with a win, so come on you Reds!

Long Eaton United 1 v 2 Walsall Wood

A goal five minutes from time by Shawn Boothe gave Wood the points to move ever closer to third place, it was a frustrating afternoon for both sides with some mystifying decisions confusing players and fans alike.

An early right wing move by Wood involving Luke Adams and Ben Evans saw Joey Butlin hit a first time low drive whistling inches wide.

It didn’t take United long to threaten, Ben Watkis flicked a header into the left of the box to put Daryl Thomas in on goal, Shawn Boothe with a superb saving tackle. Three minutes later a long ball forward found Watkis on the right of the box, his first time fierce drive pushed round his left hand post by keeper Mario Kisiel.

On 10 minutes an intricate move from the back by Wood saw Harry Harris run at the defence from halfway before threading a ball through the home defence right of centre to find Corey Currithers who ran on and calmly slotted the ball beyond the advancing Scott Low.

Within two minutes the home side were level, a long ball forward wide left was won by a Wood defender, who under pressure from Thomas mishit his pass back to Kisiel, the striker racing onto the ball and firing across Kisiel into the far corner.

On 21 minutes Butlin charged clear wide right, his ball inside was hit first time by Evans, Low pushing the ball away, but only to Evans again whose shot was blocked, Currithers first to the loose ball, his low drive blocked by David Boafo. A minute later Max Black was fouled just in the D, Butlin’s free kick saved low to his left by Low.

A period of home pressure yielded a right wing corner on 28 minutes, Ross Parker powering a header inches too high.

On 35 minutes Currithers wide left, cut inside through three tackles only for Boafo to save United with a superb challenge to come away with the ball. The last goal mouth action came four minutes later, Evans powered into the box from wide right before going down under a challenge from behind, confident penalty appeals ignored.

The first chance of the second half saw United substitute Tom Cooper-Richards make space wide right, he pulled the ball back to Thomas to fire first time over. Three minutes later Butlin pressured a defender into a mistake wide right before cutting inside, Low at full stretch saving his rising drive. It was Butlin again four minutes later collecting a ball wide right, he cut inside and his shot was deflected wide, the corner easily cleared. It was Butlin again on 71 minutes racing into the centre of the box, his rising drive bringing a big hand ball shout that was waved away.

Having weathered the storm back came United when 2 minutes later Brad Wells crossed from wide right to the far post, Watkis putting a weak header wide. It was Wells five minutes later firing a low cross into the Wood box, a scramble developed but the Wood defence held firm.

Back came Wood and two minutes later Currithers powered in from wide left, his rising drive hitting a defender, another loud hand ball appeal ignored. Justice was done when five minutes later Evans won a right wing corner that was headed behind at the far post by Parker, Harris delivered the ball from the left wing corner, Parker was first to the ball, his header deflecting off the head of Shawn Boothe and into the net.

The win puts Wood up to fourth and now within touching distance of third. Whatever happens, it’s Wood’s highest ever placing, can they go even higher?

Bill Shaw.

Thanks to Bill for checking in with us – and good luck to the Woodmen for the next two games. Myself, the good folk who contribute to the blog and all the readers are rooting for you!

What more can I add, but For The Good of the Wood!

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February 1994 – Local trader purchases derelict buildings

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Brownhills Gazette February 1994 issue 53 – Percy Claridge bought some derelict shops in Brownhills, anguish over more food outlets, Potters Clay try to smooth over controversy, the great recollections of Jim Graham at 90, some Bradburys memorabilia, a mysterious archive picture, plus lots more. Click for a larger version.

 

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 53 of the long lost freesheet, from Febuary 1994 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

David Evans, very kindly granted access to the archive held by former editor and contributor Brian Stringer, has been assiduously and conscientiously scanning them all. Every single issue. Every few days, I’m going to feature the next in the series.

Another 20 page issue, when Percy Claridge bought some derelict shops in Brownhills, anguish over more food outlets, Potters Clay try to smooth over controversy, the great recollections of Jim Graham at 90, some Bradburys memorabilia, a mysterious archive picture,  plus lots more.

The history of how the Brownhills Gazette came to exist has been detailed in this post thanks to the wonderful John Sylvester.

If other bloggers want to use this material, can you please drop me a line first? I don’t mind, there’s just sone stuff I’d like to clear about the usage, thanks.

Cheers to Brian and David for sharing a wonderful thing, that’s part of our community history.

If you have any memories, questions or observations please do comment or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

Brownhills Gazette issue 53 February 1994 – PDF format

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Chasewater Spring Fair this Sunday!

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Chasewater from the air – remarkable kite photography by Barry Carpenter.

Just a quick heads up that this Sunday (19th April 2015), there’s to be a Spring Fair at Chasewater – I don’t know much about it but there will be craft stalls, food, amusements and all the usual type things there.

The event is around the Innovation Centre and Cafe and runs from 12-4pm. Worth a punt if you’re at a loose end – and there’s always the Chasewater Railway while you’re up there. I must say, the Cafe at the station has been recently refurbished and does a cracking butty.

If anyone for the innovation centre is reading this, good publicity works wonders… how about giving it a go?

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Walsall Wood away to Long Eaton at Grange Park this afternoon

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Grange Park, home of Long Eaton United. Image posted on Panoramio by Stephen Harris.

Saturday 18th April 2015

Walsall Wood away at Long Eaton United

Kick off is 3:00pm

Hopefully, a match report will follow…

For the Good of the Wood!

Check out Walsall Wood FC’s website here.

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