October 1994 – Vandalism Strikes Again!

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Brownhills Gazette October 1994 issue 61 – large 28 page issue with local vandals giving rise to stinging editorial, possible job losses at the community association, youth club was safe for now, it was the end of an era for Jaygor Supplies, Clayhanger Methodists were getting a new church hall, Tom Rivers was appealing for Remembrance volunteers, and mines rescue and schooldays pictures were pulled from the archives, plus loads more. Click for a larger version.

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 61 of the long lost freesheet, from October 1994 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

David Evans, very kindly granted access to the archive held by former editor and contributor Brian Stringer, has been assiduously and conscientiously scanning them all. Every single issue. Every few days, I’m going to feature the next in the series.

This is a large 28 page issue with local vandals giving rise to stinging editorial, possible job losses at the community association, youth club was safe for now, it was the end of an era for Jaygor Supplies, Clayhanger Methodists were getting a new church hall, Tom Rivers was appealing for Remembrance volunteers, and mines rescue and schooldays pictures were pulled from the archives, plus loads more.

It’s worth noting the magazine has, at this point, been expanded to cover Pelsall, and there’s a fair bit of relevant content.

The history of how the Brownhills Gazette came to exist has been detailed in this post thanks to the wonderful John Sylvester.

If other bloggers want to use this material, can you please drop me a line first? I don’t mind, there’s just sone stuff I’d like to clear about the usage, thanks.

Cheers to Brian and David for sharing a wonderful thing, that’s part of our community history.

If you have any memories, questions or observations please do comment or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

Brownhills Gazette issue 61 October 1994 – PDF format

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Do you remember Brownhills United?

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Church Street recreation ground in Clayhanger, formerly home to Brownhills United FC. Imagery from Bing! Maps.

A great enquiry reaches me from Florida, USA the home of Brownhills lad Andrew Richards, who emigrated there in 1990 – when Andy lived here, he played for Brownhills United and has written a wonderful piece requesting information on this lost local team.

It’s a great question and a side I’m keen to find out more about, as although we have plenty of material about Walsall Wood FC, and a little about Brownhills Albion, I don’t think we’ve really covered much local soccer in Brownhills.

Please, if you can help, do comment or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.

My thanks to Andy, who wrote:

Hi Bob

Discovered your blog a few months ago and have enjoyed it immensely. I lived in the area back in the 70s and 80s before emigrating to Florida in 1990. We lived on Watling Street just down from Whitehorse Road, our two daughters were educated at Brownhills Comp and before that at the junior and infants school at the junction of the Parade and Watling Street.

I wondered if anyone had ever come to you with memories of Brownhills United FC. I played for them for 10 years on and off as a goalkeeper and have some great memories of my playing days and the people I met but have now lost contact with.

In the early 70s we played in the Staffs County league our home ground was at the recreation ground in Church Road, Clayhanger getting changed in the Church hall. While holding our own in the league but not setting it alight we did have success in the Fazeley Cup, one of the oldest cups in the area. We reached the final two years running, winning once and losing once, I think it would be 1972 and 1973.

The team as I can remember from those days was made up of the following:

Me (Andy Richards), Bob Dolan, Michael Joberns, Alan Portman, Horace (Hoss) Timbrell, Pete ???, Bruce Fryer, Michael Cook, Bob Hobster, Alan Winter, Michael Brookes, Alan Dixon, John and Barry Cooper. The team at that time was managed by Bob (Libby) Hill. Apologies to thise I may have missed.

In the years following the team did start a reserve side and the first team was later managed by George Martin and then Mick Geary and became quite a force in the Staffs County league before it lost traction and I believe broke up in the early to mid 1980’s. I think one of the problems came from not having a solid home ground in the Brownhills area as over the years the team moved from Clayhanger, to Walsall Airport to Ogley School to Rushall etc.

It would be great to hear if anybody else remembers the team and its achievemnets.

Best Regards
Andrew (Andy) Richards

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Aldridge Cinema – come see Big Hero 6 this afternoon!

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Big Hero 6 is a popular, fun family film – and you can see it this afternoon in Aldridge!

Ages ago, I ran a piece about a project to start a community cinema at Aldridge Youth Theatre, to bring films back to the local community – including Brownhills. The project would be in support of Aldridge Youth Theatre, where the screenings would take place.

The project garnered huge support on Facebook, and now has it’s own website. It’s getting fantastic reviews and is very busy!

This afternoon at 2:30pm (Saturday 23rd May 2015), they are showing family feelgood film Big Hero 6. It’s just £4 a ticket and normal popcorn and drinks are only 50p.

Watch the trailer for Big Hero 6 below…

Aldridge Cinema said:

Tomorrow we’re showing Big Hero 6, a film about the special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Doors open at 2.00pm for 2.30pm showing… family screening so tickets are only £4 each. You can reserve online now or just come on the day (but can’t guarantee seats as we are filling up quickly)

There are films running to a variety of tastes Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Find out more about the Aldridge Cinema project here.

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Join the adventure – try Scouting this Saturday!

Heres an excellent thing for kids going on this Saturday, drawn to my attention by Walsall Wood Scout Leader Lee Bragginton – a chance to take your kids along to try out scouting for free, taking place this Saturday 23rd May 2015 at Shire Oak Academy from 10am until 12pm.

JOIN THE ADVENTURE.
1st Walsall Wood Scout Group
Saturday 23rd May 10am-12pm

Do you have a sense of adventure, crave new experiences indoors and out?
Want to make new friends, have fun and learn new skills?

Come along with an adult and try Scouting for free!
Open to boys and girls ages 6 to 18

Shire Oak Academy- Main Hall
Lichfield Road Walsall Wood WS9 9PA

Call for information on 07539 936 454
or email info@walsallwoodscouts.org.uk

Walsall wood flyer

This sounds terrific. If you’ve got a little adventurer, why not give it a go?

 

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Great news – missing Walsall teenager found safe and well

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Thank you graphic from West Midlands Police. Isn’t it neat?

Thanks for all your shares, retweets and reblogs – missing Walsall teenager Ellie Remington has been found safe and well – great news for all concerned.

West Midlands Police issued the following statement this morning:

Some great news to kick off your Friday… missing Walsall teenager Ellie Remington has been found safe and well in the town.

Your likes, shares and comments meant the appeal was seen by almost 500,000 people on Facebook!

As ever, thanks for all your support – you really help us to make a difference.

It’s really good to see a happy resolution to these incidents, and thank you all. This is a positive use of social media and it’s what community is all about. Long may it continue.

Cheers
Bob

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Ellie Remington, 15 – now safe and well – thanks, all. Image from West Midlands police.

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Travellers pitch up at Oak Park

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The encampment at Oak Park, Walsall Wood. Image and tipoff kindly supplied by a reader.

In recent days, there has been a traveller encampment at Aldridge Airport, which has now moved on, whilst another has sprung up on the Oak Park playing field near to the Football Club in Walsall Wood.

Council officials have been informed, and do tend to act quickly, and suspect the encampment will be moved on fairly swiftly.

Yesterday evening (Thursday 21st May 2013) police and council officials were reported to be in attendance.

Thanks to the kind reader who tipped me off.

This post is intended for information only.

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Urgent police appeal: Please help find missing Walsall teenager

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Thank you graphic from West Midlands Police. Isn’t it neat?

Thanks for all your shares, retweets and reblogs – missing Walsall teenager Ellie Remington has been found safe and well – great news for all concerned.

West Midlands Police issued the following statement this morning:

Some great news to kick off your Friday… missing Walsall teenager Ellie Remington has been found safe and well in the town.

Your likes, shares and comments meant the appeal was seen by almost 500,000 people on Facebook!

As ever, thanks for all your support – you really help us to make a difference.

It’s really good to see a happy resolution to these incidents, and thank you all. This is a positive use of social media and it’s what community is all about. Long may it continue.

Cheers
Bob

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Ellie Remington, 15 – have you seen her? If so, please contact the police. Image from West Midlands police.

West Midlands Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of teenager Ellie Remington, who has gone missing from her home in Walsall, and are appealing for the public’s help in finding her.

They issued the following press release this morning:

Issue Date: 21/05/2015

Plea to trace missing Walsall teen

Police in Walsall are appealing for the public’s help to trace a missing teenage girl.

Ellie Remington, aged 15, was reported missing on Saturday, 16 May, when she failed to return home.

She was spotted two days later on Monday 18 May at around 1pm when she visited a friend’s house in the town.

Although Ellie has gone missing several times before, this is the longest she has left home without contact and officers are now growing increasingly concerned about her.

Officers have spoken to her friends and family, searched the area near her home and visited several addresses as part of their on-going inquiries.

She is described as white with long blonde hair and a pieced top lip. When she was last seen, she was wearing blue jeans, a black jumper and a cream coat.

PC Charly Killeen, from Bloxwich police station, said: ‘Due to her age, Ellie is considered to be vulnerable and we just need to know she is safe and well. I would urge anyone who sees her to call us on 101.’

Anyone with any information about Ellie’s whereabouts is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101 or the Missing People charity on 116 000.

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