Motorbike stolen from Brownhills last Thursday – can you help?

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Have you seen this Yamaha Aerox bike, stolen from Brownhills? Image from Ash Evsy.

Hey people – local lad Ash Evsy has posted the following request on Facebook – please be on the lookout for a stolen Yamaha Aerox 100cc motorbike, taken from Brownhills at around 3:00 am on Thursday, 29th January 2015.

The Registration is FP53 FJX.

The bike was last seen in Pelsall near the The Finger Post pub. If anyone spots it, please call the police or contact Ash on Facebook.

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.

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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April 1992 – Diamonds are Forever for Local Pair

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Brownhills Gazette April 1992 issue 31 – 24 pages covering a diamond wedding anniversary, the commencement of Lorraine Stanistreet’s editorship criticism of the local police, archive pics of local football teams, Chasewater Action Group news, recent school news and much more. Please click for a larger version.

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 31 of the long lost freesheet, from April 1992 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.

This is the first issue with Lorraine Stanistreet as editor, a noted local community activist.

This issue is 24 pages covering a diamond wedding anniversary, local election coverage, criticism of the local police, archive pics of local football teams, Chasewater Action Group, recent school news and much more. Please click for a larger version.

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 31 April 1992 – PDF format

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Wood v Alvechurch game cancelled!

Sorry folks, Wood game cancelled following pitch inspection – waterlogged. Clubhouse still open for those fancying a pint of beer close to water.

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Support The Wood against Alvechurch this afternoon!

Sorry folks, Wood game cancelled following pitch inspection – waterlogged. Clubhouse still open for those fancying a pint of beer close to water.

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Walsall Wood FC have a great reputation for entertaining football, and a keen, loyal and friendly bunch of supporters! Come join in the fun this Saturday and see some cracking football.

Saturday 31st January 2015

The Wood are at home!

Walsall Wood FC versus Alvechurch.

Kick off is 3:00pm

Hopefully, a match report will follow…

For the Good of the Wood!

Check out the club website here

 

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Snow blind

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The snow cleared as quickly as it arrived. I wish it would settle in and give us a good covering for a few days.

Here’s a quick ride cam for the people out there who enjoy them – I know Trevor in Aus will like this one, as where he is, they don’t get much snow.

On my way home last night, as I cycled through Walsall and back to Brownhills, I was caught in a sharp, intense snow shower. It was fun, and made for an interesting, challenging ride. I had lots of layers, snow tyres and good lights.

Join with me as I push homewards through very difficult conditions. Filmed at normal speed, the soundtrack is the utterly sublime ‘Hocussing for Beginners’ by the wonderful Hauntology/electronica project The Advisory Circle.

For the best video quality, click on the little gear symbol in the bottom right of the video box and click the highest number that will play on your computer. Resolutions up to 1080HD high definition are available.

More stuff like this as ever, on my 365daysofbiking journal.

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A message of thanks from Brian Stringer…

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The 2014 Canalised festival was a real success, and I’m sure 2015’s will be even better!

Yesterday, I published a post requesting suggestions for bands that might be good to play at the 2015 Brownhills Canalside Festival, which is to take place on Sunday, 28th June 2015 at the waterside in Silver Street.

Brian is organising the event, and was short on musical entertainment, so asked if I could help get the word out.

There have been loads of replies, and Brian has asked me to thank you all, and tell you that the matter is now settled.

He wrote back to me this afternoon:

Hi Bob.

Blimey mate I never realised the blog reached so many people!

I’ve been inundated with suggestions for bands for the 2015 Canalside Festival and on youtube I’ve done more auditions that Simon Cowell. Some very promising, but unfortunately not right for our gathering, others too expensive and others too that would need more space than we have on stage.

However I’m chuffed with the response and will be getting back to some of them after Monday.

I’d appreciated if you could put the word out that we are are now sorted. Thanks again for the power of theBlog.

Thanks,
Brian

Thanks to Brian for writing, and for his very, very kind words: an he’s right. The power of this blog is surprising and even shocks me! Thanks to all of you who replied. This is what community is all about.

Cheers to you all. Now, roll on summer…

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Walsall Wood Tesco Express to close

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So farewell then, Tesco Express Walsall Wood. Never in a great location, the decision to site it here always seemed odd to me.

Just in case you haven’t seen it (you must have done by now, surely), the Tesco Express at Streets Corner, Walsall Wood is to close for good on March 15th 2015, as part of a closure program that will see 43 stores close across the country.

The decline of Tesco really is a salutary lesson to UK retail giants – from such dominance a few short years ago to the mercy of the markets in 2015. It clearly started to dawn on them a while back that all was not well – abandoning the new store in Brownhills, then the very brief opening and subsequent closure of a store in Burntwood.

The shop at Streets Corner, in the unit formerly occupied by the ill-fated Kwik-Save and Meadow Market before that, has never been a store Ive been fond of, and the Co-op over the road seems to have won out.

For those who fear missing the cashpoint, there is one inside the co-op, just by the bakery section; thank to Walsall Wood adoptee Andy Holyhead for the tipoff.

My sympathies and commiserations to the staff involved. It must be a horrid thing to face.

There’s coverage at the Walsall Advertiser here. Thanks to all the readers who tipped me off.

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