A lost line

Weeks ago, I promised to give you some more of the archive of pictures local historian Clive Roberts had happened upon, and haven’t got round to it – so here’s a remarkable blast of pictures of the lost and largely derelict Wyrley and Essington/Lichfield Canal, which ran from Ogley Junction Brownhills (near Grasmere Gardens) to Lichfield via Pipe Hill and on to Huddlesford, near Whittington, where it joined the Coventry Canal.

The canal had 30 locks in total and was believed to have been abandoned around 1933, but formerly closed in 1957. I’m not certain of that – perhaps waterway buffs could enlighten me with the exact date and reason for closure?

The canal is now referred to as the Lichfield Canal and is being restored as part of the Lichfield and Hatherton project, carried out by dedicated enthusiasts.

I’ll give the source in a subsequent post next week – but I don’t want to spoil a further surprise.

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June 1991 – Is the waiting nearly over?

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Brownhills Gazette June 1991 issue 21 – 20 pages of great stuff including the continuing, heart wrenching story of the Malejczuck family, memories of The Memo, news on the upcoming M6 Toll, poetry from Are Reg and some great archive Ogley School pictures. Please click for a larger version.

 

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 21 of the long lost freesheet, from June 1991 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.

Lots of great content in this one – the ongoing heartbreak of the Malejczuck family, memories of the Memo and Ogley Hay School, school and club news and a rather remarkable advert on the last page…

The Canon Ion Camera was the one of the first digital consumer cameras to be available in the UK. It took tiny pictures – very low resolution, as video frames – on bizarre, non-standard 2 inch floppy discs. I saw several in the wild, and wanted but could never afford one. That was more or less the start of a revolution, and you could buy one at Claridges.

Brian Stringer was a brilliant editor who still knows his stuff, and campaigns relentlessly for the place he loves. Brian was clearly working hard and getting into his stride here.

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 21 June 1991 – PDF format

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Walsall Wood away at Kirby Muxloe this afternoon

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Can Walsall Wood beat the lads from Leicestershire? Image from Pitchero/Kirby Muxloe FC.

Saturday 20th December 2014

The Wood are away to Kirby Muxloe FC!

Can the Boys from the Wood bring back some Christmas cheer?

Best of luck to the Woodmen from me and all the readers

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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Pensioner dies following Brownhills collision

The Express & Star is now carrying the sad news that the elderly gentleman who was involved in the road traffic collision in Brownhills this morning has sadly passed away.

This is an awful incident, made even worse by the season. I’d like to extend my sympathies to everyone involved, including the driver, the emergency services attending and witnesses.

West Midlands Police are requesting that any witnesses that they haven’t already spoken to contact them on 101. Ask for the Collision Investigation Unit.

Please respect that the deceased has not been named, and speculation, however well intended, is not helpful. As ever, I request readers continue to react sensitively on social media. There could well be family out there still to be informed, after all.

My condolences to all.

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Click on the screenshot to visit the story at the Express & Star website.

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Brownhills High Street Accident – West Midlands Ambulance Service statement

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West Midlands Air Ambulance landed near Holland Park to attend the incident. Image by @GoProGeezer.

West Midlands Ambulance Service have issued the following statement in regard to the serious incident today (Friday, 19th December 2014) on Brownhills High Street near to the Church Road junction when an elderly man had been in collision with a tipper lorry.

I would point out again, that this was not a hit and run incident as some circulating rumour is suggesting.

My sympathies to all involved.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) posted:

A pedestrian has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Brownhills this morning.

The incident occurred on the High Street at just after 11.20am.

An ambulance together with a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Cosford attended the scene. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a pedestrian had been in collision with a lorry.

‘A man believed to be in his eighties was treated for serious multiple leg injuries together with pelvic and head injuries.

‘The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board. He was also anaesthetised before being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

‘The hospital was alerted to the serious condition of the patient.’

My thanks to all who helped report this incident – including [Howmuch?], David Evans, GoProGeezer and others.

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Road accident in Brownhills High Street

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West Midlands Air Ambulance landed near Holland Park to attend the incident. Image by @GoProGeezer.

I’m getting mixed reports of a serious road traffic accident in Brownhills High Street right now (12:10pm, Friday 19th December 2014), which is currently blocked off.

Contrary to circulating rumour this incident WAS NOT a hit and run. Thanks to Brownhills Neighbourhood Policing Team for that.

12:13pm:

The following has been tweeted by SafePelsall:

12:18pm:

The following has just been posted on Facebook by Raina Kirkham-Cope

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An elderly man has been hit by a lorry in brownhills so if you’re stuck in traffic or are wondering why roads/streets are closed now you know why.
I hope the man is OK, air ambulance are taking him to hospital.

12:23pm:

From travel reporter Tom Stokes:

12:28pm:

Tom Stokes goes on to say:

12:32pm:

Report from the Walsall Advertiser here

AN elderly man has suffered a serious leg injury after he was hit by a lorry in Brownhills.

Emergency services were called to High Street at around 11.25am this morning (Friday).

An air ambulance landed on the Tin Man Island around 15 minutes later as the man required emergency treatment.

Police described the man as having a serious leg injury and said he was airlifted to hospital.

The Advertiser is awaiting further details from West Midlands Ambulance Service.

West Midlands Police have closed off Church Road and High Street and say it is expected to remain closed for several hours.

12:39pm:

From West Midlands Traffic Police

1:54pm:

Report from the Express & Star here

Messages I’ve received suggest a person may have been hit by a HGV, possibly on or near a pedestrian crossing. The road is closed, diversions are in place. It’s reported the Air Ambulance has been in attendance.

More as I get it – if you know anything, comment here or BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

My sympathies go out to those involved.

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Well, THAT escalated quickly…

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And so it did. Image via Memecrunch.

It seems my post of a couple of days ago about the curious selection delays and apparent favour of outside candidates for the next Consertive prospective parliamentary candidate for Aldridge-Brownhills yesterday caught the attention of Tory Pravda ConservativeHome.

I recommend you read their article here.

Later in the day, ConservativeHome gained more information, and issued a post that itself caught wide attention. I suggest everyone interested in the selection of the candidate for what will most likely be our next MP reads it.

It seems the question of whether Marco Longhi was being treated fairly is a side issue now, as the party appears to be in conflict over who’s parachuted in. Probably best if you’re planning a pissup not to subcontract to the Tories, even if it’s to be in a brewery.

The comments on both pieces contain some gems, and some interesting insight into a process that clearly isn’t about us.

I’ll continue to follow this story as I think it’s important people are aware of the manoeuvring that goes on and the fact that politics – left or right – should be held to account.

This has all been a bit of an eye-opener, to be honest…

 

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