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Walsall residents urged to keep an eye-out for distraction duo

I notice in the last week or so several reports of attempted and possible distraction burglary incidents in Walsall – the most recent report seems to have occurred yesterday – please, if you have and elderly family friends or neighbours, please do advise them to take care, and never buy goods and services at the door.

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Road closure in Brownhills from tomorrow

I see that tomorrow, Friezland Lane in Shire Oak will be closed from 9am-5pm by Walsall Council for ten days for much needed resurfacing works – this is good news for residents and folk who use this cut through, but may cause delays and disruption to busses that use the route.
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Back where it all began

I am very pleased and honoured to present today this lengthy but detailed work by eminent local historian Gerald Reece, who wrote what has to be the greatest work on Brownhills, ‘A walk in Walk Into History’.

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The Woodmen get back on track

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 16th August 2014) saw Walsall Wood face Heath Hayes at Oak Park, in a hotly anticipated FA Cup match – this is always a bit of a notorious pairing, and the blog football correspondent Bill Shaw was, as ever, in attendance to watch the flare-ups and cheer on the local lads.

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

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Believed to have been a good man…

To my shame, I have been sitting on this article for a while now – Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler fist sent it to me at the end of July, and getting it into an article just hasn’t been possible, for which I wholeheartedly apologise.
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Our Albion

Here you go, a quick one this afternoon before some meatier local history over the weekend – Paul Ford, top local history operative, whizz behind the ever-brilliant Wyrleyblog and researcher at Walsall Local History Centre posted this image on Twitter.

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Walsall Wood v Heath Hayes – FA Cup home match this afternoon!

Saturday 16th August 2014 – F.A. Cup home match Walsall Wood v Heath Hayes – Can the Woodmen get back to their winning ways?
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Important appeal: Did you know Michael Syrett?

This is one of those requests that pops up from time to time, and was issued by the Communication Team at Walsall Council last Wednesday, August 13th 2014 and I’d like all locals to have a think about it, and if any of you can do so, please help.
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Woodmen fight back to beat Continental Star

On Wednesday evening (13th August 2014), Walsall Wood FC faced Continental Star at Dales Lane, and after a rum start to the season, the Woodmen seem to be slowly rediscovering their lost mojo.

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Perfect Timings

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about industry in Brownhills, and why so little memory of it seems to come to light – recently, I mentioned Ogley Mill and the Superalloys Works – Brownhills was never a mining town as such, it was instead a town of a fair few trades
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Photos from the 2014 Brownhills Community Fun Day

Last Saturday, as I advertised here on the blog, it was Brownhills Community Fun Day at the Activity Centre – what used to be the old Central Boy’s School or Annexe, and Bonita Clayton from the Community Association has been in touch with a note of thanks and some photos of the day.
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Absent freinds

Last night at an extraordinary meeting of Walsall Council called by the Labour Group, a motion was made to remove the leader Mike ‘Blofeld’ Bird and for Labour to take control of the authority.
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Come on a historical Lichfield pub crawl – tonight!

Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore has asked if I could let readers know about her historical pub crawl of Lichfield, taking place tonight at 7:00pm, 11th August 2014 – the walk meets in the Market Square outside St Mary’s, and is free to participants.

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Aspirational my backside

I noticed in early summer that someone had been undertaking clearance work on a site near Brownhills, just down the Chester Road to the south of Shire Oak Nature Reserve, and was curious about it – it now seems that my question has been answered.
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Hednesford Road hit and run: police issue full statement

At 12:50am, Sunday 10th August 2014, there was a hit and run incident in Brownhills West, in which a white van hit two men on the pavement – West Midlands Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Incident in Brownhills West in the early hours?

Seeing social media reports about a car accident in which a couple of lads may have been hurt after midnight last night (9-10th August 2014) in the Wilkin Road area of Brownhills West.Untitled 8 Continue reading

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Woodmen fail to break their losing streak

Walsall Wood FC travelled to Alvechurch yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 9th August 2014), and returned beaten one goal to nil following a match in which both teams were closely matched.p20131109c Continue reading

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What’s the plan?

This is an interesting one I’ve had cooking for a while – reader Bruce Littley has kindly sent me these scans of maps that he’s come across, and he’d like to know more about them – or at least the annotations sketched thereupon.
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From Brownhills to Brandwood – a sad but fascinating history

Hanging on by my fingernails as I am at the moment, I keep meaning to push this remarkable post from the excellent Wyrleyblog – a from Walsall Local History Centre’s top researcher and historian, Paul Ford.
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Walsall Wood FC away against Alvechurch this afternoon!

9th Aughust 2014 – Walsall Wood FC away to Alvechurch…

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Chasewater Railway Annual Charities Day this Sunday

I noticed Chasewater Steam Railway have their Annual Charities Day this Sunday (10th August 2014), with stalls and entertainment for all, and also pet microchipping for a token donation to the RSPCA.
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Walsall Wood lose to Tipton Town

Last Tuesday evening (5th August 2014), Walsall Wood FC faced Tipton Town at Oak Park, and yet another middling match from the boys from the Wood, who seem to be on a bit of a grim patch at the moment.
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Brownhills Community Fun Day this Saturday!

Hey – if you’re looking out for stuff to do this coming Saturday (9th August 2014), look no further than Brownhills Activity Centre (The old Central Boy’s School, or Annex to my generation), just off the Miner Island in Brownhills.Community Fun Day poster Continue reading

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Seam stress

Now, since it’s been a few days of catching up with little bits and pieces, here’s something massive for readers to get their teeth into – this is a historical artefact which I’ve been lucky enough to find, and I’m very excited about it.
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Police appeal: Please help find missing Walsall Wood teenager

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a teenage girl who has gone missing from her home in Coronation Road, Walsall Wood, and are appealing for the public’s help in finding her.Bethany-Wright-cropped1
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Brownhills British Legion First World War commemorative event this morning

Friend of the blog and top bloke Martin Littler pointed out on Facebook yesterday, that this morning (Monday, 4th August 2014) there will be a First World War commemorative event in Brownhills.

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Walsall Wood hold Quorn to a draw

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 2nd August 2014), Walsall Wood FC faced Quorn FC at Oak Park, and this time, it was a 1-1 draw – it’s good to see Bill Shaw back at the reporting desk as I hear he’s not been too well – best wishes old chap.
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You can ring my bell

This is an odd little one for people interested in the history of Brownhills industry – upon the subject of which, we still have very little material, as I alluded to in my last post about Ogley Mill.
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Milling it over…

Here’s an interesting enquiry from reader Tracey hardy, who’s interested in the history of the old mill, in Saddler Road, Brownhills, just at the bottom of Mill Road – originally a steam flour mill, it was a factory for a while then was converted into apartments in the 1990s.
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Robbery of vulnerable lad in Aldridge – can you help police find the culprits?

This is a nasty one – if anyone has any information, please do come forward and contact Walsall Police or Crimestoppers – on Friday afternoon, 11th July 2014, a 17 year old lad with physical and learning difficulties was robbed in Aldridge of his mobile phone by four youths.
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World War One Centenary events in Walsall this Monday

As you will no doubt be aware, it’s the centenary of our entry into World War One on Monday, 4th August 2014, and Walsall Council and other organisations in the borough have arranged some interesting, respectful and well considered events to mark the 100 years.
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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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Truncated

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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