September 1993 – A day to remember!

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Brownhills Gazette September 1993 issue 48 – a 20 page issue, with an unusual silver wedding anniversary celebration, more concern over the upcoming M6 Toll, a new intake at Ogley Hay School, United Carriers people do a truck pull for charity, a remarkable Clayhanger photo from what looks like the 1960s and loads more. Click for a larger version.

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 48 of the long lost freesheet, from September 1993 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.

Sadly, issue 44 (May 1993) is missing from the archive. If anyone has a copy we could scan please, do shout up!

This is a 20 page issue, with an unusual silver wedding anniversary celebration, more concern over the upcoming M6 Toll, a new intake at Ogley Hay School, United Carriers people do a truck pull for charity, a remarkable Clayhanger photo from what looks like the 1960s and loads more.

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 48 September 1993 – PDF format

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A local mining accident – more information available

The honest belief is generally that miners were the salt of the earth, and all the accidents were the cause of the managers, but occasionally, the pitmen were their own worst enemies. One cannot imagine the act of opening a naked flame to get better light – but of course, many miners suffered with their eyes, so the motivation can be understood. Remember that the Grove Pit Disaster was thought to be caused by a miner striking a light down below. Taken from ‘The South Staffordshire Coalfield’ by Nigel A. Chapman.

A couple of days ago I asked for information about a local mining accident, suffered by the Grandfather of reader Gill Joesbury, but the request it was a bit of a mission impossible, as we didn’t have a name to go on – since then, Gill has now been in touch with more information.

Gill wrote:

Hi Bob

My Grandfather’s  name was Solomon Fox and he was born in 1872 in Newhall, Derbyshire. In 1898 he married Elizabeth Dora Whitehouse who hailed from Pelsall.  

As far as the family knows, he worked in the Brownhills area before moving to Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire (don’t know if there was a particular reason for this move or whether it was just where the mining jobs were) and we believe he lost his leg prior to the move.

Hope this is of use and thanks for your help.

Regards
Gill

So, with that extra information, can anyone help further? I know lots of you enjoy a challenge, and any help gratefully received.

Please comment here, or email: BrownhillsBob at Googlmail dot com. Thanks.

I include Gill’s original enquiry below:

Dear Bob

Do you know of any records in existence that recorded mining accidents in the Brownhills area? My Grandfather was a coalminer (loader below ground level) although I don’t know which pit he worked at, just that it was in the Brownhills area.

I believe that he lost a leg in a pit accident, probably sometime in the early 1900’s. Not much to go on I’m afraid and if there are no records then a dead end.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Thank you
Mrs Gill Joesbury

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Walsall Wood FC at home to Westfields this afternoon!

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Walsall Wood FC have a great reputation for entertaining football, and a keen, loyal and friendly bunch of supporters! Come join in the fun this Saturday and see some cracking football.

Saturday 28th March 2015

The Wood are at home!

Walsall Wood FC versus Westfields

Kick off is 3:00pm

Hopefully, a match report will follow…

For the Good of the Wood!

Check out the club website here.

 

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It’s all about roots and wings

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Clayhanger Marsh and Ryders Mere are essential habitats that appear to be losing a great, loyal champion.

Here’s a really nice thing that caught my attention yesterday – fellow local blogger for Clayhanger Marsh and hero of mine (whose mail I must get around to answering, sorry) Chaz Mason has written something wonderful and very, very engaging.

Rather than ramble about it, I’ll let the man tell you about it himself – all I’ll say is that Chaz – birder, old rocker, grumpy bastard and local historian is an in actual fact, despite his protestations an intelligent, sensitive and kind man who really cares about the place he lives, and he’s a hero of mine.

You can read the piece Chaz has written – about how he came to be the remarkable man and wildlife champion he is – here.

Chas wrote in a post on his blog yesterday:

OK – I confess, I am a bit nervous about this!

Don’t you hate people who ‘big themselves up’ or try to make out that you should be interested in them? I do!

And that makes what I have done feel very uncomfortable!

I am a very ordinary bloke and a middling birder with a genuine belief that we are all on the same ladder when it comes to life and that there is only one person at the top and some poor sod at the bottom. Essentially I feel that we are all climbing that ladder, looking up at someones behind and with someone behind us looking up at our behinds. So I am not trying to draw attention to myself (when you are big and hairy, six foot three and a half and weigh-in at eighteen stone you really don’t have to try to be noticed, trust me, I wish that you did).

My sons have been pestering me to do some writing and I have eventually sat down and done it. It is the honest story of how I came to be a birdwatcher but it really doesn’t have to be about me. The fact that it is my story is inconsequential, it could be about anyone who has become a birder, its just that the people mentioned and the anecdotes that are related are actually my friends and my anecdotes.

If you are not interested please don’t bother to read it, I wont be offended. If you are only interested in the birding then skip the first chapter because that is essentially about me and is just for context (and if you are not old enough to remember the nineteen fifties and sixties you won’t relate to it anyway).

It is forty-odd pages long and split into chapters that chronologically relate my journey from when I started to becoming the idiot you all know who writes the blog and I hope it will demonstrate that wherever you are on that ladder I have probably been there at some point and if you look carefully you will find my footprint on the rung on which you stand.

I don’t expect you to understand that for me, putting this in the public domain is very courageous. I have endeavoured not to be unkind to anyone in particular although I have been frank about some aspects of the greater birding community. Feedback will be welcome, but if you don’t like it I would rather not know. I may or may not leave it on the site, I am undecided at present.

If you are interested in knowing more you will find it on the pages list marked ‘Clayhanger Birdman’ I appreciate that this is a very pretentious title and I’m afraid that if you want to know why I used it, you will need to read the very last paragraphs.

I hope it passes a spare few minutes in an entertaining way and if possible inspires one or two of you to take your birding further – Chaz

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A local mining accident – can you help?

From ‘Brownhills and Walsall Wood ion old picture postcards’ by Jan Farrow.

Here’s a quick one to get the researchers scratching their heads – and it’s a very long shot, but please do what you can, I’ve asked for more information from Gill, and I’m hoping she’ll comment here.

Gill Joesbury asked:

Dear Bob

Do you know of any records in existence that recorded mining accidents in the Brownhills area? My Grandfather was a coalminer (loader below ground level) although I don’t know which pit he worked at, just that it was in the Brownhills area.

I believe that he lost a leg in a pit accident, probably sometime in the early 1900’s. Not much to go on I’m afraid and if there are no records then a dead end.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Thank you
Mrs Gill Joesbury

Hi Gill – if we could have a name to go on, that would be great. I’m unaware of any unified lists of pit accidents (but I am welcome to correction on that), but there may be stuff in the paper or other archives if we have a name.

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

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The Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station – March public meeting tonight!

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Sandfields Pumping Station – a great historic building with immense history and social significance – not just to Lichfield, but to the Black Country. Lichfield Discovered and local historian Dave Moore are fighting to save this valuable asset for the community.

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that tonight (Thursday 26th March 2015) there is a public progress meeting for the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group.

Dave wrote:

Dear Bob,

Monthly Progress Meeting of the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station.

The Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station are a constituted group who are fighting to save the Grade II* listed building know as Sandfields Pumping Station for the benefit of the community.

English Heritage has designated Sandfields Pumping Station as a building that has ‘more than special interest’, hence the reason it has been listed at Grade II*

Unfortunately, what some see as Lichfield’s most significant pieces of Industrial Heritage, a true hidden gem form the past is now a building at risk.

All are welcome to become involved in this challenging but rewarding project.

Thursday 26 March at 8:00pm

The meeting place is;
The Cruck House
Stowe Street
Lichfield
Staffordshire
WS13 6BP

Great news, we are now a registered charity called the ‘Lichfield Waterworks Trust’. The Charities Commission has accepted our application to become a Community Interest Organisation (CIO) with charitable status.

At this meeting will we have vote to formally change our name.

See you there!

Dave Moore

Do pop over to Dave Moore’s blog and check out the history of Sandfields Pumping Station, an almost forgotten gem – the group also has a Facebook page.

Dave is, of course, one of the leading lights of Lichfield Discovered, along with Kate ‘Cardigan’ Gomez from Lichfield Lore.

It’s great to see people like Dave encourage a better attitude to our historic buildings, rather than that which we seem to have here in Walsall, where we regard heritage architecture as merely ‘fuel’.

Please do attend if you’re able, it’s sure to be enlightening and educational.

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Walsall Wood send Alvechurch packing!

Photos and captions from Tuesday’s match kindly supplied by David Evans

Last Tuesday evening (24th March 2015) Walsall Wood FC entertained Alvechurch at Oak Park, and comfortably beat the visitors 1-0.

Bill Shaw was there to catch the action:

Hiya Bob,

One goal was enough to give us all three points. It was another hard fought win with some neat football from both sides with Wood having the edge and with just a little more composure in front of goal, the margin of victory could have been greater.

Following the form line with us being beaten twice by Basford United, Alvechurch who had done the double over them should have beaten us comfortably, but then as Greavsie used to say, ‘It’s a funny old game’.

A similar sort of situation for Saturday’s game with Westfields, they went to Long Eaton and won 1-0, in front of only 23 spectators and then a week later they visit lowly Loughborough University and get hammered 6-1.

The form line this season has been all over the place in this division, look at one of my tips for the title, Boldmere St. Michaels, currently occupying 11th place, but then I am to forecasting what Dr. Crippen was to healthcare.

Stay safe and healthy.

Walsall Wood 1 v 0 Alvechurch

Wood moved up to fifth, courtesy of a 27th minute bullet header from Shawn Boothe. There were chances for both sides, but Wood comfortably held out and should have been further in front by the end of another entertaining 90 minutes.

It was all Wood from the kick off and they should have gone ahead on seven minutes, Corey Currithers won a ball on halfway, raced into the right of the box only to fire a cross shot just wide. Three minutes later Anthony Juxon ran through the centre before laying the ball right to Max Black who was fouled 25 yards out, Harry Harris firing a free kick inches too high.

On 12 minutes Jamie Sauntson cut out a through ball but his mis-directed square pass was intercepted by Connor Deards who raced into the left of the box, fired in a low cross that was well held by keeper Mario Kisiel. Two minutes later a ball over the top was collected at pace by Deards, Shawn Boothe clearing the danger with a superbly timed tackle.

A minute later Harris released Joey Butlin into the centre of the box, he powered between two defenders, his low drive bringing a full length save from keeper Shawn Edwards. The keeper denied Butlin on 20 minutes, Lewis Taylor Boyce found Black who chipped a delightful ball over the defence, the keeper quickly off his line to collect, inches in front of the striker.

Back to the other end, Elliot Nash collected a pass from Kyle Morrison on the right of the box; he twisted and turned to fire a low drive narrowly wide of the near post. On 25 minutes Nash charged down an attempted clearance by Boothe, the ball broke kindly for him and he raced into the right of the box, Kisiel out quickly and bravely to save at his feet.

Two minutes later Steven Hayles and Currithers combined wide left to win a corner; Harris delivered the flag kick, Boothe forcing his way through a crowded area to bullet a header home.

On 28 minutes Jess Race broke up a Wood attack and fired a long high ball forward that was collected at pace by Deards, Sauntson racing back to calmly take the ball away from him.

The last goalmouth action of the half came on 32 minutes, Craig Deakin powering down the Wood right, his superb ball into the right of the box put Butlin in on goal, he took one touch and fired the ball past the advancing Edwards, but agonisingly wide of the far post.

It was as you were when three minutes into the second half Brendan Kelly was the fortunate recipient of a ricochet on halfway, his chip over the defence for Deards taken off the strikers head by the alert Kisiel. Two minutes later the ball was whipped in from wide left to the far post by Nash, substitute Dale Edwards seeing his header comfortably saved by Kisiel.

On 56 minutes a marauding 50 yard run by Currithers saw him stopped on the left of the box, Hayles was first to the rebound but his cross went out of play.

Church nearly equalised on 65 minutes, another long ball forward found Nash who raced into the left of the box, Kisiel racing from his line to make a brave block at his feet, the ball squirming slowly goalwards but Deakin was quickly back to calmly come away with the ball. Nash crossed from wide left a minute later, Edwards firing a first time effort well wide.

From the goal kick the ball found Wood substitute Drew Aiton who quickly released the overlapping Hayles wide left, his ball inside was hit first time by Black, Edwards saving at the second attempt low to his right.

On 75 minutes Luke Dugmore judged the bounce of a high bouncing ball better than Sauntson and raced for goal only to be pulled back by the defender. The free kick punched away from a posse of attackers by Kisiel.

There was no more goalmouth action and Wood comfortably held out to gain revenge for the 1-0 August away defeat.

Wood sit proudly in fifth place, their highest ever placing in their long history, the title may be out of reach but they can still have a big say in where it ends up.

Next for Wood it’s the Jekyll and Hyde side of this unpredictable division, Westfields, Saturday’s visitors to Oak Park, should be another good one.

Bill Shaw
Walsall Wood F.C.

Walsall Wood are a good team and an excellent, community-spirited club. They need and deserve our support.

As ever, thanks to Bill for the report – always appreciated – for The Good of the Wood!

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