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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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We have things in common – we should talk

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting at 7:00pm on Monday evening, 17th March 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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Support in mind…

I’ve been contacted by friend of the blog Vicki Phipps, who’s involved in something that’s very close to my heart, and I’m sure close to that of many of the readers, too; she’s setting up a local support group for folk diagnosed with early onset dementia and their carers.

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Accentuate the positive

It’s good to see that local cyclist, railwayman and blogger Aiden McHaffie has recently had some success in bringing to resolution a case of bad HGV driving, as recorded in a bike cam YouTube video.
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Putting the Staffordshire Hoard in Context

This is just a quick note to flag up a great talk by an excellent speaker coming up at Walsall Local History Centre on Monday 3rd March 2014, when Dr Chris Upton will be hosting a talk ‘The Kingdom of Mercia and the Staffordshire Hoard’.
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A friendly reminder

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting at 7:00pm tonight (Thursday 13th February 2014) of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills.

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Get another glimpse into Brownhills Past

Regular readers will remember that last Autumn, there was an exhibition at Walsall Local History Centre featuring a whole tranche of of historic Brownhills photos and ephemera from the civic collection – this had proven to be so successful, that the top operatives at the town archives have decided to set many of the exhibits up on show in Brownhills Library, at the Parkview Centre, from now until the end of February 2014.
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Ghostly tales and fascinating history

This is just a quick note to flag up a great talk by an excellent speaker coming up at Walsall Local History Centre next Monday evening – ghostly legends and fascinating history of the Black Country will be recounted by talented and entertaining Wednesbury author and historian Ian Bott.

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Hey baby!

Here’s a good one from Walsall Council for parents of babies and toddlers in the local area – there’s a Cradle Club operating at the Parkview Centre in Brownhills – this is a great chance to have a morning out, introduce the little ones to fun stories and meet other parents – and it’s free. Continue reading

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Ran like clockwork

Here’s an interesting one for 80s Walsall music fans, a fanzine of the period – I feature these occasionally, as I come upon them in my stash or as they’re sent in.
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Old Holland

Over the past couple of posts, the subject of Holland Park in Brownhills has come up, and reader Peter asked where it got it’s name – I knew it was named after Hyla John Holland, one of the great names in the history of Brownhills, but I realised I didn’t know much about the chap, or exactly what he did beyond being a councillor.

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Work starts on Holland Park improvements

I had this press release yesterday from Walsall Council, and I think it’s important to share it here – it’s nice to see Holland Park getting some love at long last – the paths and some aspects of the fabric have needed attention for a while now.
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Please help Age UK if you can

Yesterday, I received this appeal from Mark Fellows of Age UK, who’s compiling a list of services, clubs and activities for those aged 50 plus in our area – first up, he needs contact details for Clayhanger Senior Citizens Club, but also details of any such services for senior citizens in out area.

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Court out

Here’s a little bit of a curiosity we’ve dabbled with here on the blog for the last few weeks – Silver Court in Brownhills, and the possibility it was once extended. P1110076 Continue reading

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Anyone for tennis?

Further to the great material sent in by Marion Jones, relating to the lost pumping station on The Spot at Clayhanger, she also sent me some interesting photos of the gardens of the Jones House in Clayhanger in the 1920s.60437345 Continue reading

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Challenging landscapes

Today, I’ve mostly been trawling the paper mapping record for Clayhanger, in order to throw a little more light on the issues it faced in the post war years – debate about subsidence and flooding and the subsequent land restoration that occurred has been ongoing, and this is a really interesting bit of local history for me.

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Free Christmas Carol Concert at Walsall Arboretum today!

Top Walsall Council bod Kate Goodall contacted me to ask if I could plug the Christmas Carol Concert at Walsall Arboretum -it is to be held in the beautifully refurbished bandstand tomorrow, Saturday 21st December 2013, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

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Silver caught?

A couple of weeks ago, I posted the following map here of central Brownhills from the late 1960s, in answer to an enquiry tied up with the thread about the Salvation Army Hall in Brownhills – it’s a great map, and at the time it caused quite a bit of interest.
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It was magic…

I didn’t really know what to expect from the Brownhills Christmas Magic 2013 event, it looked really good on paper but I was curious as to how it would pan out on the day – I was really, really pleasantly surprised.

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Bloxwich: men in tights!

I see that Glen, Dave and all the folk behind the wonderful Cart Before the Horse community theatre company have a great Christmas production on this weekend at the Bookmark Theatre, Bloxwich, which is situated in the new library.1397948_10152080882839101_1132516282_o Continue reading

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Changes to local bin collections this week!

This is a headsup for everyone in the local area – this week, some refuse bin collection days change hereabouts – a full calendar leaflet can be downloaded from Walsall Council’s website, but here’s how it works for local readers.

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New local history book out soon!

It’s coming up to Christmas, and Stuart Williams and Walsall Local History Centre have a message for readers off the Brownhills Blog…Stuart-Williams-with-a-proof-copy-of-his-new-book-and-a-poster-640-2 Continue reading

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Fist of Glory, fists of rage

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Party like its… 1998?

I like this a lot – way back in 1998, an officer for Walsall Council was given the job of taking some pictures of Brownhills town centre, the lady in question was handed a digital camera that took floppy disks, which lay filed away for 15 years until yesterday, when they came to light again.
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Carers’ Rights event at Brownhills and Pelsall this Friday

Hey, this is really important. As many readers will know, the issues surrounding carers and their support is a subject dear to my heart, and in these particularly difficult times it’s really vital that anyone who is a carer, or who may be a carer’s friend or relative makes sure that all the help available is understood and claimed.
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Out of the cradle

Brownhills Cradle Club needs you – Sessions are held every Wednesday morning in term time from 10 30-12 00 at Brownhills Library in the Parkview Centre, where babies can enjoy stories, rhymes and play in a safe and welcoming environment.
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School’s out

I think this might be controversial – from recent activity at the site, it seems like the former St. John’s School, in Lichfield Road Walsall Wood, may be about to be demolished, and it’s site possibly redeveloped, together with the derelict bungalow next door.

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With a little help from our friends

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – if you can make time, do pop along to the meeting this Thursday, 14th November 2013 Brownhills Common will benefit hugely from an active friends group…
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Consultation event in Brownhills this afternoon!

Don’t forget that this Thursday, from 2-4pm, there’s a Walsall Council budget Consultation event at The Parkview Centre, Brownhills – everyone is invited to attend and offer their view on prospect cuts to the local council budget, and Council Officers will be on hand to discuss matters.

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Kingdom of rain

This video takes a journey homewards after work – I pick it up in Walsall Road, Darlaston, and travel through James Bridge, Alumwell and join the New Ring Road at the Rollingmill Street junction.
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Severe car crash at Walsall Civic Centre

There’s been an unfortunate RTA at Walsall Council, and it deserves as wide exposure as possible.
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Shire Oak Park: Come meet the Rangers this Saturday

Helen Sanger, the Walsall Council Countryside Ranger responsible for Shire Oak Park Nature Reserve, has asked me to point out to readers and fans of the reserve that this coming Saturday, 9th November 2013 there will be a chance to meet with Tim Cleary, Countryside Operations Ranger.

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Details of local Remembrance events

Following the request last Sunday evening by Neil Harris for details of Bloxwich Remembrance Sunday Service, readers rallied round to help with details – for which I thank you all – subsequently I, others on local social media networks and top folks at Walsall Council got our heads together and assembled the following list of events.
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Consultation event in Walsalll Wood this evening

Don’t forget that this evening, from 4-6pm, there’s a Walsall Council budget Consultation event at Oak Park, Walsall Wood from 4-6pm.
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Remembrance services – can you help with details please?

This is just a quick request for help – top bloke Neil Harris from Pelsall has asked on Twitter for details of this years Bloxwich Remembrance Parade and associated events, and the net is turning up a blank – it then occurred to me that I couldn’t find details of similar for Brownhills or Walsall Wood.
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The end and the beginning

Thanks to several people including reader and friend of the blog Caz and the Young David Evans who’ve both pointed out that the former Royal Oak in Bullings Heath, Walsall Wood, is currently being demolished.P1090161 Continue reading

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Fair brings history alive at The Crossing today!

A special event bringing local and family history alive across the borough is all set to take place in Walsall town centre this Saturday 2nd November – and admission will be free of charge!

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Pallets still needed for Brownhills bonfire!

I know I plugged it a couple of days ago, but Walsall Park Rangers are still in need of pallets to build the bonfire for the Holland Park Fireworks event, scheduled to take place this Saturday eveningBXgiySBIAAEBy0e Continue reading

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Everyone enjoys a burnup…

Brownhills Bonfire & Firework Display

At Holland Park

Saturday 2rd November 2013

Enjoy our bonfire and fireworks display, food and children’s rides available

Car Park Entry off The Parade. Pedestrian Entrance is through Chester Road North & The Parade.
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Police car crash in Brownhills this morning

There was a car accident this morning on the Pelsall Road, Brownhills, just on the east side of Highbridge near the Council Depot – formerly the Edward Rose Plant.
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Lane’s end

In the circles of my cycling mates, I’m fairly well known for my forthright and controversial vies on cycle facilities – bike lanes, shared use paths, coloured bits of tarmac etc – that generally non-cycling traffic engineers create to try to make junctions easier for us on two wheels.

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Not worth the paper it’s written on

The saga of Aldridge Manor and the winding down of youth services in Walsall is still rumbling on, and the issue is still being pursued by doughty campaigner Linda Mason – in a post on her blog a few days ago Lind detailed a recent letter she has received from Walsall Council which appears to be in almost total denial of the facts.

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Bettered its manners

Last weekend I introduced readers to one of my longstanding passions – the 1930s gazetteer series that is Arther Mee’s ‘Kings England’ – back then, I broached the subject with Arthurs florid, but charming take on Wall, the little local village with the big Roman history.th Continue reading

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