Urgent – motorbike just stolen from Walsall Wood

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This Honda NSC50R Repsol has been taken from Quantock Close, Walsall Wood, between 9-10pm this evening (Thursday 30th October 2014). Image supplied by Caroline Cash.

Hey people – please be on the lookout for a stolen Honda NSC50R Repsol motorbike, taken in this evening between 9 and 10pm from Quantock Close, just off Occupation Road, Walsall Wood.

The Registration is DN13 TGF, and the lad who owns it is bereft of his pride and joy.

If someone you know has just inexplicably tooled up on a bike, check it out, please – after all, it might be your stuff they steal next. The theft has been reported to the police.

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

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January 1990 – Call for flood investigation…

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Brownhills Gazette January 1990 issue 4 – Another great campaigning issue, with a very interesting piece by long-time campaigner Lorraine Stanistreet about the landfill at Birch Coppice.. Click for a larger version.

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 4 of the long lost freesheet, from January 1990 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. I’ve just compiled the next few into PDFs and I can tell you there are some treats in store – including the only decent photo I’ve ever seen of Holland Park’s lost bandstand.

Note in this one the Collins photo with names written on it.

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 first, 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 4 January 1990 – PDF format

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Bonfire and fireworks in Brownhills this Saturday!

Hopeflly that's a scheduled display and not another closed pub or listed building being 'dealt with'... picture from The Daily Best.

Hopeflly that’s a scheduled display and not another closed pub or listed building being ‘dealt with’… picture from The Daily Best.

Just a quick reminder that Brownhills Bonfire is at Holland Park this Saturday evening (1st November 2014) – the fire will be lit at 7pm and the fireworks kick off at 8pm.

Entry will be £4 for adults and £1 for kids and little ones under 5 get in free.

There will be food and children rides to enjoy, too.

For safety reasons – no fireworks or sparklers. No alcohol allowed. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

With upcoming council cuts, his could well be the last such event in Brownhills, so why not attend and make this one to remember?

Walsall Council are still appealing for pallets – can you help?

Borough businesses can help the borough’s next two bonfires go with a bang – by answering park rangers’ pleas for hundreds of pallets to build the massive blazes. 

More than 3,000 visitors enjoyed the first council bonfire of the season at King George V Playing Fields in Bloxwich on Saturday night and events are being held at Brownhills and Willenhall over the next two weekends.

But rangers need hundreds of wooden pallets to be donated and delivered to help them stage the popular events.

John Millard, Walsall Council senior ranger, said: “Bloxwich bonfire was brilliant on Saturday with more than 3,000 visitors and we want to put on just as good a show at Holland Park, Brownhills, and Willenhall Memorial Park.

‘We desperately need hundreds and hundreds of wooden pallets because the fires we build are so huge. In previous years we’ve had a great response from supermarkets, warehouses and factories which have all rallied round to donate and deliver to us.

‘We’re asking for the same support this year too as we look forward to giving Walsall residents of all ages a safe bonfire night to remember.’

If anyone can donate and deliver wooden pallets they are asked to contact John on 07736 388409 or Clean and Green Services on 01922 654893.

Pallets need to be delivered by the day before each event to allow time for the fires to be built.

The bonfire at Holland Park, Brownhills, is on Saturday 1 November, with Green Flag Award-winning Willenhall Memorial Park on Saturday 8 November.

Bonfires are lit at 7pm with firework displays at 8pm. Admission is £4 for adults, £1 for children and free for under fives.

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Woodmen dull Continental Star

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Walsall Wood FC – scene of a great match, and home of a fantastic club.

On Tuesday evening (28th October 2014), Walsall Wood FC faced Continental Star at home, and a remarkably tense, high scoring game ensued.

Bill Shaw submitted the following match report:

Hiya Bob,

Another night of high drama and excitement at Oak Park as Wood made it seven wins out of seven over near neighbours Continental Star since August 17th 2013. The visitors twice came from behind to take the tie into extra time but Wood deservedly went through to face an away tie with Heath Hayes for a place in the last eight of the competition.

Walsall Wood 5 v 3 Continental Star
League Cup (After extra time)

Both sides started confidently in the blustery conditions but it was Wood who drew first blood on 11 minutes, Max Black breaking through the centre of the Star defence, his diagonal ball into the left of the box calmly slotted home by Corey Currithers to open his goalscoring account for the season. Both teams had chances in an open first half but it stayed 1 – 0 until the break.

The second half continued in the same vein with open attacking play from both sides, but it was Wood who scored next. Danny Forrest winning the ball left of centre on 56 minutes and finding Jamel Fuller wide left, his ball into the box was dug from under his feet by Leon Taylor who scored with a low drive.

On 67 minutes a long ball forward through the centre found substitute Daniel Elwell on the edge of the box, he ran on and calmly reduced the arrears. The game was then turned on it’s head in 3 crazy minutes when on 78, Danico Johnson collected the ball on halfway and raced for goal, brushed aside 3 tackles before his low drive tied the game up at 2 – 2.

Walsall Wood’s reply was immediate, from the restart the ball was played out wide left to Drew Aiton, he made ground before coming inside and crossing to the far right of the box to find Ben Evans. Ben calmly cut back inside, faded across the face of the box, before drilling a low drive into the left hand corner.

Wood won the ball back from the restart and Joey Butlin raced onto a ball into the right of the box, going down under a challenge, loud penalty appeals from the crowd but the ball was unceremoniously cleared upfield to just right of centre to find Elwell, who raced into the box and equalised with style for his 2nd and Star’s 3rd.

Wood nearly won it right on 90 minutes, Craig Deakin’s ball into the box finding Aiton, he sidestepped his marker and fired the ball the wrong side of the left hand post.

So it was extra time and as so often happens in these circumstances Wood were ahead within a minute, Currithers won a left wing corner, the ball was delivered into a congested goalmouth and it was he who scored through a packed six yard area.

On 10 minutes Lee Stretton made a great last ditch tackle to deny Elwell his hat trick and a minute later Johnson hit a first time effort just too high from 20 yards. A peach of a move on 14 minutes nearly put Wood 2 ahead when Aiton played a clever 1 -2 wide right with Butlin, then racing into the right of the box to hit a vicious rising cross shot that brought a superb one handed save from keeper Jordan Ellis.

A minute into the second half Black raced through right of centre, his ball out right was collected at pace by Ben Evans who cut inside and sewed the game up with a sweet low drive thar gave the heroic Ellis no chance. It was Ellis late on denying Black the goal his hardworking performance deserved when he raced from his line to make a brave block save on 28 minutes, a minute later Ben Evans charged down an attempted ball forward and raced for goal, the keeper denying him his hat trick with another superb block.

So it’s Wood into the next round but the visitors go away with credit for the part they played in a thoroughly enjoyable 2 hours of attacking football, not sure about the defending, but come on folks it was a great game, played in at times very difficult conditions so well done both sides.

FA Vase next, Saturday 1st November with West Midland League Premier Division leaders AFC Bridgnorth the tricky visitors.

Bill Shaw

My thanks to Bill for a great report – and for all those he selflessly writes and send to me after every match. They really are popular, and a credit to Bill and the club. Walsall Wood have a reputation for being a great, community spirited group of people and these reports demonstrate that – it’s an honour and joy to feature them here.

For the good of the Wood!

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A son of The Wood

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Walsall Wood Bridge before reconstruction – a remarkable image featured in Clive’s book, from the Bill Mayo archive.

I’ve finally bought my own copy of Clive Roberts’ book ‘ Snippets of History In and around Walsall Wood’ which I review here today – I must say the 79 page £8 book is a cracker – and it’s available right now.

Clive is lifelong Walsall Wood man, and has spent years researching his family tree; as a separate pursuit, he loves exploring local history and has contributed much to this blog. Clive’s contributions are always interesting, well thought out and considered, and this, his second local history book is no different.

Clive’s first work ‘Snippets of History in and around Shire Oak’ was a fascinating and remarkably thorough look at the area around the pub, and gained much praise from readers and local historians alike.

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Clive makes use of lots of great archive material like Tithe Maps.

This time out, Clive looks at Walsall Wood from his usual quirky angle, and it’s a fascinating journey. There’s stuff in here about a lost local pub, The Wheel Inn, including some intimate personal history; the surprisingly long history of Friezland Lane; a fascinating physical geography exploration of Walsall Wood Bridge; the history of a lost Institute and material on local football and all interspersed with great postcards and photos – many unpublished before – and some intriguing archive news material.

It’s all written in a very personable, inimitable Walsall Wood style, and I enjoyed reading the book immensely. It’s so good to have new local history books being written by people who engage with their communities rather than just being compilations by outsiders, and the local knowledge here shines through and is refreshing, honest and charming.

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This image – I’ve cropped the talking point off so as not to spoil it – is from a stereoscopic card, and contained an amazing bit of local history. That Clive spotted it at all is testament to his approach and expertise. All is revealed in the book.

I recommend that if you have any interest whatsoever in Walsall Wood and its past, you snap up a copy of ‘Snippets of History In and around Walsall Wood’ while you still can – I keep banging on about this, but local history books only exist in limited runs, and when they’re gone, they’re gone. I’ve paid way over the odds for many local history books just to secure copies for the blog, and I regularly get enquiries for where to get them.

While you have the chance, take it.

Clive’s book is £8 and can be bought from Egans shop, High Street, Brownhills; Walsall Wood Library; the Corner Shop, Friezland Lane, Shire Oak and also Walsall Local History Centre. Failing that, leave a comment here and I’m sure Clive will reply.

Thanks to Clive for such wonderful book, and I look forward to his next work…

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Out now – get a copy while you can!

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December 1989 – Shopkeepers angry about the neglect of Silver Court

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Brownhills Gazette November 1989 issue 3 – This was the start of what turned out to be a storming campaign about the condition of Silver Court. Lots more inside, too. Click for a larger version.

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 3 of the long lost freesheet, from December 1989 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. I’ve just compiled the next few into PDFs and I can tell you there are some treats in store – including the only decent photo I’ve ever seen of Holland Park’s lost bandstand.

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 3 December 1989 – PDF format

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A life in harmony

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St. John’s, Walsall Wood – venue for a great concert.

Last year,  I ran a series of articles here on the Brownhills Blog about Brownhills Co-operative Choral Society, a very highly respected musical ensemble indeed, and a remarkable, often overlooked piece of Brownhills history.

What I didn’t realise back then was that the Brownhills Choral still exists in the form of Deryk Langford’s Brownhills Wednesday Singers ensemble, who have a concert upcoming at Walsall Wood Parish Church (St. Johns), on the 7th November 2014.

Deryk Langford announced the following yesterday:

Brownhills Choral Society was one of the finest Choirs way back in the 1970s and 80s. It came 3rd in the Llangollen International Festival out of 23 international choirs

We now have the Brownhills Wednesday Singers, a 40 strong mixed voice choir, who are presenting a World War 1 concert along the ever popular Staffordshire Band on 7th November at Walsall Wood Parish Church at 7.30pm.

Tickets are limited and cost £5 obtainable from Deryck Langford 01543 821999.

Come along and join in a singalong of old songs from the Trenches.

David Evans has charted the Choral Society from its very beginning, and also through the years of George Fullelove. Along the way, railway expert and chorister Ian Pell also turned up some great material. This is all part of a complex and surprising musical culture in Brownhills, both in the classical tradition and the more modern sense – it’s very satisfying to see that tradition continue with the Wednesday Singers.

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Douglas Birch MBE and Deryck Langford. Image by David Evans.

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