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A temperamental old lady

When I playfully prodded Tony Winn earlier in the week to see if as one of the most knowledgable contributors on the subject of Ralph Ferrie, he might have information on one of the entrepreneur’s old trucks, I never expected to strike gold.

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Lady mugged in Brownhills – be on your guard!

Brownhills resident Samantha Lucas has been in touch on Facebook to ask me to warn Brownhills folk, and appeal for information following the very unpleasant mugging of her mother near the A5 Watling Street this morning.

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The Woodmen scrape past Romulus for a win

A pleasant summer’s evening match at Oak Park on Tuesday (29th July 2014) saw visiting Romulus beaten in a hard fought match by the Boys from the Wood, a game free of the unfortunate intemperance that coloured their match on the previous Saturday.walsall-wood-oak-park-211 Continue reading

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You can’t bank on it

There has been a fair amount of dismay and disbelief locally in response to the decision of Barclays Bank to close their branch in Brownhills, which will apparently cease trading on Friday, 24th October 2014.

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Holland Park fun day today – get down there with the kids!

Summer holidays – kids already driving you mad – today, Wednesday 30th July 2014, between 10:30am and 4:00pm there will be an opportunity to get them off that games console and out into the fresh air with a summer fun event at the popular Brownhills park.
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Walsall Wood hold Sporting Khalsa to a draw

It was a surprisingly intemperate ‘friendly’ at the Aspray Arena in Willenhall last Saturday (26th July 2014) when home side Sporting Khalsa held our boys Walsall Wood to a 1-1 draw, in what sounds like a distinctly unsporting match.Willenhall 005 Continue reading

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Youth service in Walsall – important meeting tonight!

I note that Walsall Council have a scrutiny meeting this evening on the vexed matter of the Integrated Young People’s Support Service – that’s pretty much anything the council provides for kids and young people, including youth justice, targeted support, youth centres, the Education Business Partnership and parent partnership services.
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Mill Road violent assault: two men appear in court

Readers may well be aware from social media and local gossip that a man was seriously attacked in a house in Mill Road, Brownhills in the early hours of last Saturday morning (26th July 2014).

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Start me up!

I’m hoping some of the transport buffs or maybe even Ralph Ferrie expert Tony Winn might be able to help with this one that partner-in-crime [Howmuch?] found this week in a junkshop – what appears to be a press photo of one of Ralph’s vintage trucks, with a young lad pulling on the starting handle.
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Down the drive at the side…

The young David Evans has been at it again, and been has chatting to former teacher,Mrs. Eleanor Holland, who’s supplied this wonderful image of the St. John’s School Infants Class of 1960.
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I’m going to share here an absolutely astounding image donated by Brownhills Local History researcher in exile Gerald Reece, which is sure to create some debate – I’m going to be brief, as I feel it’s best.
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Have you lost some keys?

It seems that reader and long time friend of the blog Caz has a somewhat unique talent for finding and reuniting lost property with it’s owners – not content with finding, catching and reuniting last month’s lost canary with it’s keeper, Caz has found a bunch of keys in Green Lane, Walsall Wood.10548241_566318253490532_6051210102728345453_o Continue reading

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Support Walsall Wood FC away against Sporting Khalsa this afternoon!

Saturday 26th July 2014 – The Wood are away for a friendly against Sporting Khalsa.
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Brownhills canal indecent exposure incident

Worrying news reaches me of an indecent exposure incident on the canal in Brownhills last Wednesday night (23rd July 2014), when a lady cycling on the towpath between the Pier Street pedestrian Bridge (near Tesco) and Catshill Junction witnessed a naked man on the far side of the canal near the Silver Court Gardens site.

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Funeral arrangements for Gareth Perrins-Seedhouse

Following my post a few days ago where I shared the awful news that Gareth Perrins-Seedhouse had passed away, I received a lovely and very kind email from Mick Roseblade, a close friend of the family, who’s also asked me to publicise the arrangements for Gareth’s funeral.
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Tividale outshine Walsall Wood

Walsall Wood FC fought bravely on Tuesday night, but just couldn’t get the better of visitors Tividale FC in a match where Tividale outshone The Woodmen.
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Body found in search for missing lady Amanda Hawkins

It is with great sadness that I share this press release from West Midlands Police, who report that a body has been found following the prolonged search for missing Moxley lady Amanda Hawkins, who was last seen in BrownhillsAmanda Hawkins(1) Continue reading

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For the love of the printed word

As an avid reader, I’m glad to see that the only independent bookshop for miles around – Southcart Books in Walsall – has got off to a flying start, and is proving very popular with local bookworms and authors.

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Reunited

Goodnight, Tommy old lad – I bet you and Dolly am ‘avin a ball right now – you will be greatly missed, as another little bit of our Black Country fades from the present, into the past.Tommy2 Continue reading

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Car accident in Brownhills on Saturday afternoon

There’s been some interest in a car accident that occurred on Saturday afternoon in Brownhills – official detail is scant and somewhat contradictory, but yesterday evening I spotted this press release from West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS).
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On the loss of a great, great man

It is with great sadness and a large degree of personal grief that I must share the tragic news that Brownhills lad, Walsall Council Parks guy and top fundraiser Gareth Perrins-Seedhouse yesterday passed away following a tenacious and long fight with cancer.
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Brownhills Central Boy’s School: Can you help?

A very interesting request for help came in last week from Bonita Clayton of Brownhills Community Association, who as you’ll know, are based at the former Brownhills Central Boy’s School, or as my generation knew it, the Annexe, which is just by the Miner Island in Brownhills.
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Walsall Wood show The ‘Pics who’s boss

With the commencement of the 2014/14 season, I’m happy to welcome back regular match reports from top Walsall Wood footy correspondent Bill Shaw here on the Brownhills Blog, with this report of yesterday’s storming defeat of Rushall Olympic at Oak Park.
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Have you just lost a pair of dogs in Brownhills?

This just in from top Brownhills rozzer PC Simon Bytheway – two dogs have been spotted roaming loose in Lichfield Road, Brownhills up by the Memo – one is a German Shepherd and the other a black Labrador…

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Walsall Wood versus The ‘Pics on soon – bring a brolly!

Saturday 19th July 2014 – Walsall Wood FC at home to Rushall Olympic – can The Wood beat the mighty ‘Pics after the Woodmen lost to them last season?
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Brownhills Town Festival – On today!

Today (Saturday 19th July 2014), it will be the second Brownhills Town Summer Festival, staged by Brownhills Town Centre Partnership and Walsall Council – following the success of the Christmas event last year and the excellent Canalside Festival, this one looks set to be a belter.
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A clean sweep at Chasewater – at last

I’m pleased to see that, in all probability, people power has worked over the issue of the filthy state of the walkways around the boating lake at Chasewater, which this week have been cleaned to a decent standard – you’ll remember that last week, I posted about the disgraceful mess there.P1070011 Continue reading

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The Pitmen best The Woodmen

With the commencement of the 2014/14 season, I’m happy to welcome back regular match reports from top Walsall Wood footy correspondent Bill Shaw here on the Brownhills Blog, with this report of Tuesday’s home match against Hednesford Town.
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Bandy Walsall legs, Sedgley trulls and the thieves of Brum…

Still juggling work, home and the blog, this week has been as mad as ever, but in light of the recent Black Country Day success, I feel I must share this wonderful piece found by Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler, even if it does risk raising the maelstrom of a Black Country internecine bloodbath…
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It’s festival weekend in Brownhills!

This Saturday (19th July 2014), there will be the second Brownhills Town Summer Festival, staged by Brownhills Town Centre Partnership and Walsall Council – following the success of the Christmas event last year and the excellent Canalside Festival, this one looks set to be a belter.
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Philip Larkin’s Lichfield – talk tonight!

I see that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is going from strength to strength with her informal and fun Lichfield local history group, Lichfield Discovered. This evening, (Monday, 14th July 2014) the group will be staging a talk about … Continue reading

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A retirement, a birthday and an anniversary

I always love being able to publish old local photos that have never been shared publicly before, and I have recently received three cracking scans donated to the Brownhills Blog by local Councillor Barbara Cassidy, as well as an additionally interesting historical item which I’ll detail in a future post.

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Woodmen start season on stonking form

With the commencement of the 2014/14 season, I’m happy to welcome back regular match reports from top Walsall Wood footy correspondent Bill Shaw here on the Brownhills Blog, with this top account of recent friendlies.
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Streets ahead

Things have been a bit lax this week, due to my atrocious working schedule which has meant that so far, I have been unable to share a remarkable bit of video from reader Charles Street, who’s a big fan of the blog.
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Support Walsall Wood FC against Coventry Copeswood this afternoon!

The Wood are at away for a friendly – Walsall Wood FC versus Coventry Copeswood FC.

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Chasewater – you can’t polish turds

Of late, Lichfield District Councillors and Staffordshire County Council have been cock-a-hoop about Chasewater – they’ve suddenly discovered our local reservoir, and just how fine it is – but there’s a bit of a problem.P1060535 Continue reading

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Get in the Clubhouse!

On tonight (Friday 11th July 2014) – the rand opening of the new clubhouse at Walsall Wood Football Club, Oak Park – it Looks set to be a great night, and you can check out the great facilities for the community.
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Oil, steam, steel and water

When I attended the Craft Market at Chasewater last Sunday I popped into the innovation centre at Chasewater to see the latest exhibition there – and found the most remarkable paintings on display by local artist Christopher Holloway.

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Browhills canal assault: police issue statement

Yesterday I posted a warning and appeal for information after a local lady walking her two dogs was assaulted on the section of canal in Brownhills between the Lichfield Road and Chase Road Bridges: this area is at the side of the Castings factory, and often called ‘The Chemical’.

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Assault on dog walker in Brownhills: take care people

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The water, of course!

Our intrepid urban explorer, the young David Evans, has been out and about on the mean streets of Walsall Wood again, searching for his nemesis, the lost brook of Brook Lane.

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A late one just in – Aldridge Transport Museum Open Day today!

I’m very, very late with this but today Aston Manor Road Transport Museum just off Northgate, Aldridge will be a hive of activity again when they hold their Annual July Open Day today (6th July 2014)  in Shenstone Drive.

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Safe as houses?

I’m pleased to say that, somewhat like rust, Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler never sleeps, and his tireless and somewhat relentless pursuit of the evidential history behind some of the commonly accepted ‘authoritative sources’ of local mining history continues unabated.

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The mothers and daughters of Cannock Chase

After I published the piece about Cannock Chase from 1925 that Peter “Pedro’ Cutler found in the Lichfield Mercury archives – ‘This wild land of heather and gorse’ – readers seem to have become very engaged with matters concerning Cannock Chase.
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It’s all kicking off for the Woodmen – catch them at Great Wyrley this afternoon!

Local football correspondent and certified Wood Mon™ Bill Shaw has been in touch to ask if I’d let folk know that the pre-season friendlies are now upon us, as the soccer year gears up once more – this afternoon, the Woodmen face Willenhall Town at Long Lane, Great Wyrley – kickoff is at 3:00pm.P1000426 Continue reading

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Craft Market at Chasewater this Sunday

Just a quick heads up that this Sunday (6th July 2014) sees the third regular Craft and Farmers Markets staged at Chasewater – I’ve been to the first two, and whilst not really a farmers market, the craft and handmade stalls have been decent.
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Enemy at the gates

Yet again, in another place, I have come into contact with people calling themselves ‘historians’ who only want feedback and facts that augment their particular view of local history.
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Wanted: A spiritual guide

I’ve been contacted by Sandfields Pumping Station champion and local historian Dave Moore, who’s looking for some help with his next project – readers will remember that Dave worked hard with Brownhills activist Brian Stringer to create an audiobook of Brian’s ‘Clayhanger Kid’ books, and has also made some remarkable video, too.
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Down with the kids

Yet again, the young David Evans has played a blinder and come up with some fantastic images of the classes and staff at Walsall Wood County Primary, which was the school that formerly existed in the youth club building at Streets Corner.
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