Category Archives: Fun stuff to see and do

What was lost, now restored

I am indebted to a Burnell yet again, as top chap and fellow cyclist Richard contacts me and points out something he noticed that I didn’t – Bullings Heath Grove is now a real place, with street signs and everything.
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Don’t disrupt the bingo!

Today, reader and longstanding friend of the Brownhills Blog Stuart Cowley mailed me the above wonderful image of Chasetown Working Men’s Club Committee from years past, when Stuart’s Dad was involved.

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Walsall Wood take shine off Continental’s Star

Easter Monday afternoon (21stApril 2014), Walsall Wood FC faced Continental Star at Dales Lane, and I think it’s fair to say that the lads from Walsall Wood trounced their Rushall hosts.

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If the cap fits…

On Sunday I rode up Coppice Lane in Brownhills for the first time in a few weeks, and noticed that contractors for The Coal Authority – the body charged with monitoring and remediating historic mineworkings – had been hard at work capping the two shafts left over from the West Coppice Colliery, near the old level Crossing. 

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Park up, take a pew…

Over the last few weeks, a newspaper clipping found in the Walsall Observer archive by [Howmuch?] has caused a whole heap of interest, reporting the laying of a foundation stone for the ‘new schools at Watling Street’, readers have debated where it might actually relate to.

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Can Walsall Wood pull off an Easter Monday victory?

This afternoon (21st April 2014) sees Walsall Wood FC away to Continental Star FC in Rushall – can the Woodmen triumph?
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Stroll on

You may remember that I recently plugged a new parent and toddler walking and social group that was starting up a Chasewater – their first meeting and walk took place last Monday Morning, and a good time was had by all.

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Woodmen prove there’s no meat in Quorn

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 19th April 2014), Walsall Wood FC faced Quorn FC at Oak Park, and yet again the Woodmen triumphed over the visitors.

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Egg-straordinary fun at Holland Park tomorrow!

I’ve just noticed this one taking place on Easter Sunday morning (Sunday 20th April 2014) at Holland Park, Brownhills – an easter egg hunt (careful how you say that), kicking off from the play area at 10:30am.

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A very Good Friday

Yesterday, Good Friday 18th April 2014, was a good day for a ride – with the day off and the sun shining (although not as warm as one would have thought), I headed out to Staffordshire to cath the sun and beauty of spring.
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Can Walsall Wood mince Quorn once more?

Saturday 19th April sees Walsall Wood FC at home to Quorn FC – can the Woodmen triumph?
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A respectable draw with the champions

Walsall Wood FC fought bravely last night (Thursday, 17th April 2014), but just couldn’t quite get the better of visitors Tividale FC in a great match that saw the local lads reach a respectable draw against champions Tividale.

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New Craft and Farmers Market coming soon to Chasewater

Thanks to the wonderful Linda Mason for the tipoff – it seems that starting in a few weeks – on Sunday, 4th May 2014 – there’s to be a new Craft and Farmers Market staged as a regular event at Chasewater.

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Woodmen wiped out by Gornal

Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 15th April 2014), Walsall Wood FC faced Gornal Athletic at home, and despite a hard fought match, the home team couldn’t triumph.
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Get them before they’re gone!

Here’s a message from Walsall Local History Centre, specifically for readers of the Brownhills Blog – I’m always banging on about getting copies of local history books while they’re still around, and now’s your chance to bag copies of three of Stuart Williams works about Walsall.

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A treat for the choir and an ignominious extraction

Continuing with the surprisingly rich seam that is the thread originating from the 1931 Watling Street School Walsall Observer article, I’ve had a couple of excellent reader contributions which I just have to share.
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Walsall Wood hold Tipton Town to a draw

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 12th April 2014), Walsall Wood FC faced Tipton Town at home, and yet another hard fought game from the Woodmen.
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Support Walsall Wood FC against Tipton Town this afternoon

Saturday 12th April sees Walsall Wood FC at home to Tipton Town – can the Woodmen triumph?
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The ‘Pics scrape past Wood to win

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Walsall Wood versus The ‘Pics tonight: match of the season!

Thursday 10th April 2014 – semi-final sees Walsall Wood FC at home to Rushall Olympic – can The Wood beat the mighty ‘Pics after their surprise re-enty into the Senior Cup?
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Cheques and balances

It’s often the case that when discussing one topic here on the Brownhills Blog, it leads to an interesting discussion going off at a tangent, and so it has with the subject of the Watling Street School Walsall Observer article from 1931.

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A draw for the Wood – but all eyes on the ‘Pics this Thursday

Walsall Wood FC were away at Rocester last night, and held the home team to a no score draw – Bill Shaw was there to witness the match.Mill view-1 Continue reading

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Tell me on a Sunday

Last Saturday, I featured the above newspaper clipping, taken from the Walsall Observer reporting the laying of a foundation stone for the ‘new schools at Watling Street’ – the image, which was found by local history wonk [Howmuch?], had scant accompanying information, but since posted, he has told me that he’s fairly sure the clip dates from 1931.
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It’s a naked place without cricket

It’s always nice to kick off a new historical thread here on the blog, and this one will be particularly wonderful to curate, as I know there’s a lot of local interest in the old cricketing history of Walsall Wood.

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Middle Oak up for sale

I wouldn’t normally bother too much with this, but there’s been a fair bit of rumour locally and it’s worth pointing out that the current landlords of the Royal Oak in Shire Oak, Brownhills (known as ‘The Middle’) will apparently be taking over a refurbished Royal Exchange in Walsall Wood, and the Royal Oak has been placed on the market by it’s current owners.
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The Wood’s winning ways return

Following Walsall Wood FC’s Saturday away match against Kirby Muxloe, roving supporter and reporter Bill Shaw sent the following match report…
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Models at the museum – a great event happening today

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a ‘Models at the Museum’ event on today.

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Set in stone… but by who, and when?

Here’s a quick puzzle for the researchers out there, and think it’ll also be interesting to Mike Stackhouse, who I know has a particular interest in Watling Street School – a fumble in the newspaper archive has left me coming up empty – so I’m wondering if anyone knows anything about the clipping below?
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Shock news from Walsall Wood FC!

Local football correspondent and through-and-through Wood Mon™ Bill Shaw was in touch yesterday – it seems there’s been a bit of an upset in the Walsall Seniors Cup – Tividale have been expelled, and Walsall Wood are back in the frame.
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Catch a peregrine in Walsall now!

I’m a bit late with this (I’ve only just realised it’s on) but today (Saturday 5th April 2014) is Peregrine Watch at the New Art Galley Walsall – it’s running now until 3pm, so if you can, do pop up.
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The rise and fall – a walk into history tomorrow!

Kate Cardigan Gomex, irrepressible wonder behind Lichfield Lore has organised a walk and tour around the remains of the incredible Fisherwick Park estate with her other project, Lichfield Discovered – it takes place tomorrow, Saturday 5th April 2014.
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How does your garden grow? Community event tomorrow!

Bonita Clayton from Brownhills Community Association has been in touch, asking me to let you all know that tomorrow, Saturday 5th April 2014, there will be a special event at the Activities Centre, to celebrate the annual reopening of the Brownhills Community Association Gardening Club.

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Swept everything before it

Last weekend, I revisited for the first time in ages the subject that was once so prominent here – Chasewater dam – but not in reference to the recent renovations, but to the creation of the reservoir and the failure of the earthwork dam in 1799.
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Walsall Wood falter against Stourport Swifts

Walsall Wood FC seem to have lost their winning mojo of late – last night (Tuesday, 1st April 2014) they fought and lost to Stourport Swifts by two goals to one.
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Classical Gas

I noted the other day that the National Library of Scotland mapping archive was growing, as is the National Newspaper archive – another service that’s quietly gaining content is the Aerofilms archive of aerial photography of Britain from 1919-1953.
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When the dam burst

Chasewater has been, as any long-term reader here knows, a continual and recurring obsession of mine – I love the place; I grew up with it, visiting regularly I came to love its air of faded, end-of-the-pier decay and beautiful, often unexpected wildlife.

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A rarity for The Woodmen

Walsall Wood FC travelled to Alvechurch yesterday afternoon, and returned with a no score draw in an unusually entertaining, but sadly goalless match.
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Going Back

I’ve noticed over the five years that this blog has been running that it brings out often hidden sides to readers, and uncovers talents folk didn’t know they had – the young David Evans of late has been discovering a new talent for a genteel, polite form of Urban Exploration.
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Close, but not close enough: Tividale beat Walsall Wood

Walsall Wood FC fought bravely on Thursday night, but just couldn’t quite get the better of visitors Tividale FC in a great match that saw the local lads knocked out of the Walsall Senior Cup for this season.
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Dead ground?

I’ve had an interesting enquiry from Laura Watkins, about the cemetery in Barnetts Lane, Brownhills, and it’s a little unusual in nature.
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The Wood storm Dunkirk

Walsall Wood FC returned to form in blistering style yesterday evening as they beat Dunkirk FC 4-0 away.
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Barnstorming

David Evans has been busy – not content with turning up the astounding swimming pool photo, he also found time yesterday to nip back to the remarkable barn at Dairy Farm, in Bullings Heath, Walsall Wood, to take some more photographs following the remarkable comment received from Joe Headley in response to the original article.

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In the swim

Here’s one I suspect may trigger a few memories – unearthed by the young David Evans, it’s an image of Walsall Wood Primary School’s swimming pool, which I think is long demolished – I’m not familiar with it myself, but it seems a lot like one Millfield had – and may still do.

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Thanks for an ingratitude

From time to time, I like to feature articles out of old gazetteers here on the blog – they are a great love of mine, and they help shine a new light on old, familiar places, as well as giving a neat insight into the times they were written in.
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Lose yourself in the mapping

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Woodmen lose to Coleshill Town

Walsall Wood FC disappointed Bill Shaw and all the home crowd yesterday afternoon, as they conceded defeat to Coleshill Town FC in a match where the Wood lads couldn’t quite drive it home.

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Aldridge Transport Museum running day today!

Aston Manor Road Transport Museum are currently gearing up for the coming season, and cordially invite you to their first event of 2014 – a ‘Running Day’, today (Sunday, 23rd March) – here the general public can pop in, take a ride on vintage busses, browse stalls of transport ephemera and have have a shufty around.

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Walsall Wood FC v Coleshill Town at home this afternoon!

Your chance to support Walsall Wood at home against Coleshill Town today!
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Brownhills Community Association – from strength to strength

Bonita Clayton from Brownhills Community Association has been in touch to let me have a copy of their March-April 2014 newsletter, asking me if I’d share it on the blog for readers to peruse – of course, that’s no problem at all.8th issue March-April 2014 p1 Continue reading

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Boldmere end Wood’s winning streak

Well, all good things come to an end, and this was never truer than last night when Boldmere St Michaels beat Walsall Wood FC 3-0 in a hard fought match to end The Wood’s remarkable winning streak.
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