Pictures from the 2015Waslall Wood Family fit ‘n’ fun day

Sadly, I was busy and couldn’t make it to the Walsall Wood family fit ‘n’ fun day at Oak Park, but thankfully, reader and certified Walsall Wood Mon™ the young David Evans was on hand to see what all the fuss was about – he caught the event as it was setting up.

David took some excellent pictures, which he’s kindly send to me to share with readers. My thanks to him, and our gratitude to everyone who took part an organised such a splendid community event.

Cheers to David, and if you’ve been to an event and would like to review it for the blog, feel free. Contact me at BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.

All pictures courtesy David Evans

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Rosie’s walk and festival tomorrow!


What a fine local charity.

To continue the rash of parish notices, tomorrow (Sunday 5th July 2015) sees the Rosie’s Charity Walk and Festival in aid of the wonderful Rosie’s Helping Hands Charity. I’m sure readers know the story of how the charity started, and now in the fourteenth year, this event raises a whole lot of cash for local good causes and proves that good things really can come from tragedy.

As well as the walks, there are events for all from 12:o0pm at the old Aldridge Airfield site off Bosty Lane. There will be loads of stuff to do and live music right up until 4pm – and this year has a Bollywood theme!

The organisers posted on their Facebook page:

Please join us on Sun 5th July Aldridge Airport from Noon for a great day out! You can enter the walks on the day or just come along for the entertainment on site.

Money raised will help various children and young people’s projects in the Walsall area, as well as providing more outdoor items for the play attached to the children’s ward at Walsall Manor Hospital.

Choice of 2 easy short walks : Pleasant 1 mile woodland walk or pretty 3 mile walk with live music and BBQ at the Longhorn Pub on the route.

Non walkers welcome to join in festival from Noon until 4pm with live music, art & craft activities, craft stalls, pony rides, circus skills (no clowns) children’s fun fair and much more. Walsall Studio School are organizing the live entertainment on stage.

Please pop along and help this great local cause.

Best wishes to Karen and Sean, and best foot forward to all walking. Looks like being a cracking day.

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This is a great local charity, and a fine annual event.

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Get your live music fix at the Chase Inn this weekend!


Love the flyer!

The revival of the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills continues apace – there’s not only great ale and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, but great live music most weekends, too – this Saturday (4th July 2015) at 7:30pm you can catch Electric Soup with support from Black Light Secret and in the afternoon slot on Sunday (5th July 2015) highly rated band Going Diablo play from 4-7pm.

The pub was in the doldrums for years, but now under new management, the buzz around the Chase Inn has been building. The recent real ale and cider festival was a real hit – it’s so good to see a local pub revived.

Why not get down there? You’re guaranteed a great night…

For the satnav folk, the address is: 6 Watling Street, Newtown, Brownhills WS8 6JS

You can contact the pub on: 01543 899568 or visit their Facebook page.


Great bunch of lads.

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Cars in the park – On now and tomorrow


I love a good car show! Image from Cars In The Park Facebook page.

Sorry folks, very busy and hanging on by the seat of my pants here – but right now and tomorrow as part of Festival Weekend in Lichfield, it’s the Cars in the Park event at Beacon Park, Lichfield.

(To avoid angering the Principality even more, it’s Pelsall Carnival today too. Just go to Pelsall and head towards the noise. Take your own pitchfork and try to act normal.)

For those missing the late, lamented Chasewater Transport Show, this is a great alternative with loads of classic vehicles and stuff to do and see – and best of all, it’s free!

It runs from 9am-5pm today (Saturday 4th July 2015) and tomorrow (Sunday 5th). If you pop down, why not send me some photos?

You can check out the Facebook event page here and the website here.

The organisers have this to say on their web page:

Dear Participant,

It is some time since we offered a prize for the car clubs to theme their stands so we thought we would reintroduce it this year, the theme for 2015 will be American Independence Day.

We are also hoping this year to have more commercials along with military, PSV and motorcycles. If you own one of these vehicles please let us know, you will be very welcome. This year’s event is over the weekend of the 4th and 5th July.

In 2012 we had the Midlands Air Ambulance as our chosen charity collecting over the weekend and again our President has asked them to be our main charity for 2015, so please give generously to their collectors who will be around the site. We are very fortunate that we have support from the Lichfield Mercury and associated newspapers, and from our Main Dealer friends without this there would be no show.

We are pleased to welcome Lichfield Lions Club who this year are looking after the parking for us. There is a charge of £3 on the Saturday and £5 on the Sunday. We are also offering parking for The Medieval Market on the Saturday at a cost of £2.

Catering will be similar to previous years and there will be security with dog handlers on the Friday and Saturday night. We thank Strongs Plastics for donating the cost of the sound system, and this year on the Sunday we have displays from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, Staffordshire Ambulance Service and hopefully The Red Barrows with their superb show. Depending on operational needs we also hope to have a flypast from one of the Helicopters from Midlands Air Ambulance.

For those joining us as visitors on the Saturday and Sunday admittance is by donation to Midlands Air Ambulance, there is a charge for parking (we have to make a charge to cover the costs of the hire of the park and toilets, insurance etc.) There will be a separate Disabled Parking area so please ask the marshals for directions.

Once again we hope to have a large variety of stalls available over the weekend. There will be a Rotary stand at the event so if you are interested in discussing joining us please feel free to come and chat.

The Rotary Club of Lichfield St Chad thank all of our sponsors for their help, and please remember everything raised goes to Charity. We don’t charge so please give freely to the collectors on the park.

Ian Hodgson
Cars in the Park

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On now – 2015 Walsall Wood Family Fit ‘n’ Fun Day

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A cracking, and well supported event comes to Walsall Wood this Saturday.

Now that summer is here, the nights have opened out and hopefully the good weather is at last upon us, why not take the family up to Oak Park today (Saturday 4th July 2015)?

There, and at Walsall Wood Football club next door, you’ll find plenty of fitness and sport activities to get involved in, all absolutely free of charge. There will also be stalls and all kinds of fun for all the family. If you’ve been feeling the effects of a winter indoors, why not pop over and see what’s on offer?

It runs from 11am until 3pm, and previous events have been a blast.

Why not pop along and see what it’s all about?

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A huge range of stuff to see and do

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It’s all kicking off in Lichfield!


Lichfield: it’s full of historical stories and hidden surprises. Why not explore them?

It’s a busy old time in Lichfield over the next few days, with The Lichfield Waterworks Trust having a stall at the Lichfield Festival Market this Saturday (4th July 2015), and Kate Cardigan’s incorrigable Lichfield history group, Lichfield Discovered holding an informal monthly pub meeting on Tuesday evening (7th July 2015).

Dave Moore said:

Hi Bob

Any chance you could post details of an event were attending this weekend please?

Florette Festival Market at Lichfield Festival – Saturday 4 July

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust (Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station) have a stall at the Florette Festival Market in Lichfield, and will be on hand to chat and answer questions. Do pop along and say hello, stand C16 in the Cathedral Close.

John Child will have his live steam working model of a Newcomen Atmospheric engine on our stand, it is an amazing and detailed working replica of the very first working steam engine, invented right here in the midlands.

The Florette Festival Market will also be featuring artists and craftspeople from across the region, the popular Lichfield Festival Market is a great day out for all the family. Choose from around 150 craft stalls or sample a variety of local food and drink. You can also watch demonstrations of traditional crafts or take a tour of the Cathedral, while younger visitors have their faces painted or take their turn at a number of charity game stalls.

With entertainment from local performers throughout the day, this is a perfect day out for all the family.

Stalls will be set up in and around the Cathedral Close, Dam Street and around Minster Pool will once again be brimming with artistic flair, as over 150 stalls are set up featuring local artists and crafts people selling handmade goods from jewellery to pottery and paintings, woodcarving and stained glass.

Keep a look out for those baby elephants

David Moore

Kate had this to say about Tuesday evening’s event:

Hi Bob

Would you mind putting this on blog please?

The Lichfield Discovered informal monthly meet-up for July is at 7.30pm this Tuesday (7th) at the Duke of York on Greenhill, Lichfield.

Everyone is invited to come along, get involved in planning events, sharing ideas and chat about local history over a drink.

No obligation to come every month, just come along as and when you can. You’ll always be welcome!

Many thanks, Kate

As ever, apart from at the pub, the best places to find Lichfield Discovered are on Facebook and on Twitter (@lichdiscovered).

These events are increasing in popularity, and I can see why; this is a collection of dedicated but offbeat local history enthusiasts who really know how to make their subject engaging and entertaining. And it’s absolutely free to attend. What’s not to love?

Please do attend, it’ll be great fun!

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Does anyone know where Spring Nob is?

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The only place I’ve ever heard referred to as ‘The Knob’ is the remains of Brownhills Colliery off Engine Lane where the old spoil heaps are. Imagery from Google Earth.

I like this one – over the weekend an enquiry came in from friend of the blog Gillian Gaiser, as to the location of a place she members being called Spring Nob.

Gillian has, of course, contributed much to the blog, and I’d like to see the local knowledge ferrets sort this out. Always assuming this isn’t a joke ;-)

Gillian wrote:

Hi there Bob!

Gill Gaiser again from Canada!

Interested in what you have to say about memory Bob and it led me to wondering whether anyone might remember/know where the Spring Nob is/was?

I believe it to have been in the Norton Canes area somewhere.

Apparently at one time there were allotments there where local people could put in a garden. Any clues as to where it is located would be gratefully received!


Come on then, what have you got? Comment on this post or mail me: Brownhillsbob at Googlemail dot com.

Thanks to Gillian for a superb conversation point!

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