Category Archives: Walsall community

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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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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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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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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Pity the poor landlord

Five years ago, when I started this blog, one of the largest looming topics was that of the then proposed new Tesco Store in Brownhills – we’d been through a consultation, and the proposal was to build a large hypermarket fronting the High Street.

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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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Please sign the petition requesting pedestrian crossings for Shire Oak

Since the tragic, awful death of 12 year old Jack Garrington on the Chester Road, Shire Oak last Thursday, 10th April 2014, many Brownhills folk and parents of kids attending Shire Oak from further afield have not only paid tribute to Jack, but also want to join together to improve road safety in the area.

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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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Pedestrian Crossings for Shire Oak – a campaign in memory of Jack Garrington

Following the tragic, heart-rending death of 12 year old Jack Garrington on the Chester Road, Shire Oak on Thursday, Brownhills has been in a state of shock – many locals have paid tribute to the young lad, floral tributes have been laid at the scene and it’s fair to say that a perceptible air of sadness has prevailed locally.
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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

Walsall Wood FC disappointed Bill Shaw and all the home crowd yesterday evening, as they conceded defeat to Rushall Olympic FC in a tight, hard-fought match where the Wood lads couldn’t quite drive it home. Bad luck chaps. Bill Shaw submitted … Continue reading

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Child dies in Brownhills Road accident – police statement

This afternoon, Thursday 10th April 2014, there’s been a serious accident involving a child and a lorry in Brownhills – sadly, the 12 year old involved has died at the scene.
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Road accident in Brownhills now

This afternoon, Thursday 10th April 2014, there’s been aserious accident involving a child and a lorry in Brownhills.

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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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Jamey Coleman hit and run – police appeal for further information

West Midlands Police continue their enquiries into the tragic death of local lad Jamey Coleman, who died following a hit and run accident at the junction of the A5 Watling Street and The Parade in the the early hours of Sunday, March 30th, 2014.
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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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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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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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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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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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Brownhills fatal hit run – Police issue statement

Following the fatal hit and run incident at the junction of the a5 Watling Street and The Parade in the the early hours of Sunday, March 30th, 2014, there has been huge interest and sympathy from the community – West midlands Police issued the following statement a few minutes ago…
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Fatal hit and run in Brownhills – appeal for help

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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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Urgent: Walsall pensioner missing from home

Please – take a look at the photo below – 89 year old dementia sufferer Jaan Pedajas went missing from his home near Barr Beacon sometime after 11:30am today, Thursday 27th March 2014.
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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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Brownhills mugging: further information now available

Further to yesterday’s post about a rather unpleasant knifepoint mugging of a school pupil on the Black Path in Brownhills last Monday, the ever on-the-ball Walsall Advertiser now has a great report available with loads of additional information. Click here … Continue reading

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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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School’s out… or is it?

Due to industrial action by teaching staff, some schools in the area will be closed today, Wednesday 26th March 2014 – to find out the latest information about the status of your school, visit the Walsall Council School Closures webpage here.
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Brownhills School pupil mugged at knifepoint yesterday

I’ve just had a text forwarded to me apparently sent from Brownhills School today (Tuesday, 25th March 2014).

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Suspected arson attack in Brownhills last night

The Express & Star is this morning carrying a story about a suspected arson attack at a ground floor flat in Lindon Road, Brownhills – not sure exactly where, as the only maisonettes I can think of up there are on Brownhills Road, up by Streets Corner.

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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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The final lot

The demolition is by now nearly complete – after 155 years extant, and about 40 of those derelict, the former St John’s School in Walsall Wood has now largely reduced to pallets of bricks and oddments of scrap.
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Have you seen Bow?

Please help if you can with the sad case of lost Staffy dog called Bow who went missing from his home in Brownhills West on March 1st. His owners are missing the chap dreadfully, please keep an eye out. The … Continue reading

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Making a splash!

You readers really are a remarkable bunch – last Friday, I featured a couple of images posted on social media by Chris Leggett of the Express & Star, as part of their bid to gain funding to digitise and open to the public their photo archive – a huge treasury of newspaper images that current exist in print form only.

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