Category Archives: Local History

Scouting out the history

I have been contacted by the Group Chairman of 2nd Brownhills Scout Group, Clive Chapman, who’d like to hear from locals who may have been Scouts, or people who worked with the group over the years – it’s their 100th anniversary next year, and Clive is looking to record the group’s history and organise a celebration event.

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Living on the skyline

Hey you lot – I owe you all, and the wonderful people at Distinctly Black Country an apology – for far too long I have neglected to share the excellent work been done by locals and professional historians alike into recording the remarkable histories of high-rise and system built housing across the Black Country.
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Did you know the late Thomas Williams?

Here’s an interesting one that reaches me via Facebook, and is quite sensitive but worthwhile, I think – reader Tracie Miller contacted me in the week appealing for information about her father and his life, in an effort to gain more information about her family.
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Paging local historians…

Here’s a quick but very interesting enquiry from reader Michael Williams, whose enquiry reaches me via Facebook.
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The Acropolis cafe shuts; Middle Oak to close and B&M to open in Focus, Aldridge

Just a heads up on some local taking points I’ve had buzzing around for a couple of days now – A few readers including David Evans and Martin Littler have pointed out the longstanding Ravens Court cafe The Acroplolis seems to have closed down.
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Black Country Echoes – 1950s Vintage Vehicles & Views – On today!

For early September, there’s an awful lot happening this weekend and I’m making a point of advertising this event, as it’s part something special, and very close to my heart – Black Country Echoes.

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Don’t blink

Kate Cardigan Gomez and Sandfields champion Dave Moore have teamed up with their informal local history group Lichfield Discovered to give a free talk in Lichfield this coming Monday evening (8th September 2014) entitled ‘Weeping Angels – Symbolism in Victorian Cemeteries’.

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