Paint it black

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A remarkable sight at Chasewater – taken at 11:02am, Wednesday 17th September 2014. Image very kindly sent in for the Swan Lady by Dawn Hodges-Adcock.

There has been huge interest in the post I published last week on the subject of the rare and rather beautiful black swan spotted at Chasewater last Wednesday by The Swan Lady, Irene Hodges.

Irene and her husband spend a whole lot of time (and very probably cash, too) feeding the swans and waterfowl at Chasewater, keeping an eye on them in general and monitoring their wellbeing.

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The Swan Lady – Irene and her husband – feed the swans during the heavy snows of late March, 2013. They were incredibly pleased to see their champions!

Irene, since getting that wonderful photo to me, has also sent a videoclip of the bird too – it’s fascinating. If anyone else has photos or footage of this very rare occurrence, or happens to know if the bird is still around, please do comment or mail me.

Very few Chasewater stories have garnered as much traffic as this one – and folk keep mailing me for information! If I get anything more, I’ll post it up.

It’s worth reading up on Black Swans – they’re native to the Antipodes but there were less than 50 feral birds in the UK in 2004.

Thanks to all involved – and especially The Swan Lady herself, for doing such wonderful and selfless work out of the kindness of her heart. Cheers, Irene!

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Walsall Wood FC v Dunkirk FC away this afternoon!

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Dunkirk FC are a Nottingham team…

Saturday 20th September 2014

Walsall Wood travel to Nottingham

Walsall Wood v. Dunkirk

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

3:00pm kickoff

Please get behind your local club

For The Good Of The Wood!

Match report to follow!

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Serious accident between car and horse drawn cart near Stonnall

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Lazy Hill and Stonnall – a bad stretch of road. Imagery from Bing! Maps.

Following an incident this evening (Friday, 19th September 2014) a large amount of rumour has been circulating on local social media about the nature of a road traffic accident involving a horse-drawn vehicle on the Chester Road, at Lazy Hill, between Aldridge and Shire Oak.

Please note, there was one cart involved, and no race took place. The baseless rumours circulating are not helpful – please show respect for the injured and please keep comment on social media reasonable and responsible. Speculation isn’t helpful.

My sympathies to all concerned.

West Midlands Ambulance Service issued the following statement at 11:30pm:

Serious injuries to boy and teenage girl following collision between car and horse-drawn cart in Walsall

Friday 19th September 2014 – 11.30pm – Claire Brown.

A collision involving a car and a horse-drawn-cart in Walsall this evening has left a boy and a teenage girl requiring emergency pre-hospital treatment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the Chester Road and Lazy Hill in Stonnall shortly before 8.30pm (Friday). Three ambulances, a responder paramedic, a paramedic area support officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and medics from the Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (CARE) team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: ‘Upon arrival crews found a horse-drawn cart and a car which had been involved in a significant collision.

‘A young boy, who had been riding the horse at the time of the collision, sustained a serious head injury and abrasions to his body. Due to the nature of the boy’s condition, medics took the decision to anaesthetise him on scene to stabilise him. The boy was immobilised before being taken by ambulance on trauma alert to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

‘A 17-year-old girl, from the cart, was thrown some distance in the collision. Upon assessment medics found she had sustained suspected spinal injuries. She was given pain relief and further pre-hospital care before being carefully immobilised by ambulance staff and alerted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a regional trauma centre, for further emergency treatment.

‘A man and two-year-old boy, both from the cart, were assessed by ambulance staff and found to have suffered less serious injuries. Both were taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.

‘The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 70s, sustained a minor head injury. He was also taken to Walsall Manor Hospital as a precaution.

‘Sadly, the horse was pronounced dead at the scene by an emergency vet.’

ENDS

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Shire Oak to be refurbished

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Looks interesting.

Looks like the Shire Oak is just about to be refurbished after a couple of years in the doldrums. Find out more here

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Rare black swan seen at Chasewater

Thanks to the wonderful Swan Lady, I can let readers know that yesterday, at around 11am, a rare black swan was photographed at Chasewater, just by the play fort on the south shore.

I’m not aware of any black swans being seen here before; I know the pool by the JCB plant in Rocester is noted for them, but this is a remarkable and beautiful thing.

It’s worth reading up on Black Swans – they’re native to the Antipodes but there were less than 50 feral birds in the UK in 2004. They also give their name to an interesting probability theory.

Thanks to all involved in sending the picture in – what an extraordinary thing!

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A remarkable sight at Chasewater – taken at 11:02am, Wednesday 17th September 2014. Image very kindly sent in for the Swan Lady by Dawn Hodges-Adcock.

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Walsall Wood let it Lye

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Sadly Walsall Wood were defeated by Lye. Maybe next time…

Last Tuesday evening (16th September 2014), Walsall Wood FC entertained Lye Town at home – Sadly, the Woodmen lost.

Bill Shaw, as ever, was there to catch the action…

Hiya Bob,

Walsall Wood 1 v 2 Lye Town

A disappointing result after the recent good run of form.

An own goal after 23 minutes put Lye ahead, but Wood had plenty of chances to equalise and go well in front, but somehow they couldn’t apply the all important final touch.

Things got worse on 63 minutes when a lovely move in from the right ended with Neil Barnfield setting up Ricky Anslow to score from 15 yards.

Wood halved the deficit within 4 minutes, Harry Harris swung in a free kick, Chris Gennard sliced his clearance and it ricocheted off Anthony Juxon into the net.

Both sides went looking for another goal but both keepers made good saves. So Wood lost their first League game in five attempts, but oh those wasted chances proved so very costly.

So it’s away to Dunkirk on Saturday, if you are going A42 – A453 allow plenty of time, the roadworks are horrendous on the A453.

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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Urgent – Have you lost a Rottweiler dog on the Hussey Estate?

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Someone on the Hussey must know whose dog this lad is?

Hi folks – an urgent one just come in here. Becci Saich messaged me this evening (Wednesday 17th September 2014)  asking if anyone has lost a Rottweiler dog on or around the Hussey estate in Brownhills? She’s going frantic trying to find the owners…

Hi Bob

I’ve found an male Rottweiler on the hussey estate. He has a red collar and a chain lead. There are no tags on him.

I’ve knocked on so many doors but no look hopefully someone will come forward thank you

Becci Saich

If you know, please comment here, mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com, or contact Becci direct via Facebook.

Cheers all…

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