Category Archives: Fun stuff to see and do

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pictures from Brownhills Canalside Festival 2014

Well, today was the day – and as it happened, it was a great event – Brownhills Canalside Festival was back for 2014 – and it’s very clear indeed that with Brian Stringer at the helm, it was a much better affair than the washout of 2013.
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It’s going to be a great day – Brownhills Canalside Festival on today!

on’t forget that tomorrow (Sunday 29th June 2014) is the 12th annual Brownhills Canalside Festival which has been truly reinvigorated by the boundless energy and enthusiasm of local activist Brian Stringer, who’s been working very hard indeed to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever before.
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A different class

A quick one here from the young David Evans, who’s found a couple of gems from the postwar years of the Walsall Wood County Primary School at Streets Corner – this is the building that David returned to recently and documented so beautifully.
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Saving Sandfields – monthly public meeting tonight

The campaign to save Sandfields Pumping Station in Lichfield for the community continues to garner support – local historian and activist Dave Moore has been putting heart and soul into this for some months now, and he’d like as many people as possible to get involved.

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I walk the line

This Sunday morning (15th June 2014 at 11:00am), there’s going to be a rather excellent event put on by Lichfield Discovered, a side project of Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore – a walk along the line of the great, legendary and hotly debated Hanch Tunnel.

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Please help Brownhills bloom!

Brownhills Town Centre Partnership have been in touch, and asked me to see if anyone fancies helping out with the Britain in Bloom competition entry from our town, which involves planting, litter picking and general sprucing up.

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Have you lost a bird?

An unusual parish notice reaches me from reader and long time friend of the blog Caz – it seems that the colourful birdlife of Walsall Wood is no longer restricted to yaffles, goldfinches, bullfinches and robins – it now extends to canaries, too.
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Local history for a distant son

I thought today I’d just do a small post highlighting a couple of sites that will be of interest to many readers, but mainly to blog stalwart David Oakley, who I sadly gather hasn’t been in the best of health lately.

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Anyone fancy some detective work?

South Staffordshire Water historian Chris Pattison continues to send me fascinating bits and bobs of local water-related history he finds in the company archives, and every one of them has been an absolute gem.1865 Application for Water Supply1 Continue reading

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Fixed in time

I’ve had in a great contribution from a chap who’s been a friend of the blog for as long as I’ve been writing it – Roger ‘Ziksby’ Jones – on the subject of early bicycles, which arose from the image of F. Bradbury recently supplied by John and Paul Anslow.
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The first victim of Walsall’s political chaos

I was surprised and a bit pleased that Friday’s piece on the political soap opera at Walsall Council received a decent reception and appears to have been quite widely read – but I have to say that there’s a cracking article on the subject been published in the Express & Star today.

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Getting shipshape for Brownhills Canal Festival 2014

Well, it’s really nice to see that after a few years in the doldrums Brownhills Canalside Festival is reinvigorated by the boundless energy and enthusiasm of Brian Stringer, who’s working hard to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever before.

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Can you smell fish?

I just thought I’d draw reader attention to the following excellent article published yesterday by the Walsall Advertiser, regarding the fallout from the recent Walsall Council elections, and the struggle for control of our divided authority.
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Cherished Reg

I’m surprised and delighted to note there’s a rather excellent new blog on the scene, and it features the work of a rather wonderful chap who has previously contributed a huge amount to the Brownhills Blog – Reg Fullelove.

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Certified child labour

John and Paul Anslow have been great contributors to the Brownhills Blog over the last year or so – only recently, we had the great debate spurred by his wonderful images of the brass band and that monstink, Mr Bradbury.

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Friends of Brownhills Common – meeting tonight

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting at 7:00pm this evening, Monday 16th June 2014 of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – please meet in the reception.

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Keep strolling!

You may remember that a while back I plugged a new parent and toddler walking and social group that was starting up a Chasewater – well, the group is going from strength to strength and is very popular with local parents and little ones who like to take the air, and get out socialising with other likeminded folk.

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An electoral deformity

It’s interesting to note that Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler is coming over all iconoclastic again – and I, for one, welcome it, as Peter has a fine record of kicking over the statues of the local mining history – particularly in regard the the Harrison colliery dynasty.
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A fresh supply

Things are a bit all over the place this weekend, so I thought it might be a great time to highlight the latest post on Susan Marie Ward’s fantastic local and family history blog, Staffordshirebred.
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Application submitted for large Brownhills housing development

It comes I’m sure, as no surprise that Walsall Housing Group (WHG) have been planning a huge new housing development in central Brownhills for some time now – after all, last month I advertised a one-day consultation on plans to build houses on the former site of Silver Court Gardens, behind Silver Court, on land that’s now vacant.

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Flight paths

This Thursday evening (12th June 2014 at 7:30pm), there’s going to be another great event staged by Lichfield Discovered, a side project of Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore – this time, it’s a walk around the site and remains of the old RAF Lichfield base near Fradley.
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It’ll soon be time for the Brownhills Canalside Festival

Details of this year’s Brownhills Canal Festival have kindly been supplied by The Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer. I’m trying to get as much info as I can, which I’ll let you have as soon as it’s available.
 

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It’s easy being green, and fun too!

This coming Saturday (7th June 2014) there’s a cracker of an event happening in Walsall Arboretum – the Environment Day features all the best is local music, seminars, stalls and all things green and environmentally sound, from gardening to organics and birds to bat advice!
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Craft and Farmers Market at Chasewater today!

Just a quick heads up that today, 1st June 2014 sees the second regular Craft and Farmers Markets staged at Chasewater – the first was well attended and garnered a positive reaction.
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Walsall Wood Family Fit ‘n’ Fun Day – today!

Now that summer is here, the nights have opened out and hopefully the good weather is upon us, why not take the family up to Oak Park today (31st May 2014) – there, and at Walsall Wood Football club next door, you’ll find plenty of fitness and sport activities to get involved in, all absolutely free of charge.
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Military speaker to tell story of the South Staffords in the Great War

This is just a quick note to flag up what looks to be an interesting, engaging and relevant talk by an excellent speaker coming up at Walsall Local History Centre next Monday evening, when Major Ted Green (Retired) will present an illustrated talk entitled ‘The South Staffords in World War 1’.

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Craft and Farmers Market at Chasewater this Sunday

Just a quick heads up that this Sunday (1st June 2014) sees the second regular Craft and Farmers Markets staged at Chasewater – the first was well attended and garnered a positive reaction.
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Friends of Sandfields – can you help?

The campaign to save Sandfields Pumping Station in Lichfield for the community continues apace – local historian and activist Dave Moore has been putting heart and soul into this for ages now, and he’d like as many people as possible to get involved.
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Great family event this Saturday!

Now that summer is here, the nights have opened out and hopefully the good weather is upon us, why not take the family up to Oak Park this Saturday (31st May 2014) – there, and at Walsall Wood Football club next door, you’ll find plenty of fitness and sport activities to get involved in, all absolutely free of charge.
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A bit of a monstink…

I present today a series of three photos, and a wonderful article with some remarkable detail – I’d like readers – not just the Walsall Wood Massive – to help here, please with names and recollections if you have any.
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