Rare black swan seen at Chasewater

Thanks to the wonderful Swan Lady, I can let readers know that yesterday, at around 11am, a rare black swan was photographed at Chasewater, just by the play fort on the south shore.

I’m not aware of any black swans being seen here before; I know the pool by the JCB plant in Rocester is noted for them, but this is a remarkable and beautiful thing.

It’s worth reading up on Black Swans – they’re native to the Antipodes but there were less than 50 feral birds in the UK in 2004. They also give their name to an interesting probability theory.

Thanks to all involved in sending the picture in – what an extraordinary thing!

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A remarkable sight at Chasewater – taken at 11:02am, Wednesday 17th September 2014. Image very kindly sent in for the Swan Lady by Dawn Hodges-Adcock.

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Walsall Wood let it Lye

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Sadly Walsall Wood were defeated by Lye. Maybe next time…

Last Tuesday evening (16th September 2014), Walsall Wood FC entertained Lye Town at home – Sadly, the Woodmen lost.

Bill Shaw, as ever, was there to catch the action…

Hiya Bob,

Walsall Wood 1 v 2 Lye Town

A disappointing result after the recent good run of form.

An own goal after 23 minutes put Lye ahead, but Wood had plenty of chances to equalise and go well in front, but somehow they couldn’t apply the all important final touch.

Things got worse on 63 minutes when a lovely move in from the right ended with Neil Barnfield setting up Ricky Anslow to score from 15 yards.

Wood halved the deficit within 4 minutes, Harry Harris swung in a free kick, Chris Gennard sliced his clearance and it ricocheted off Anthony Juxon into the net.

Both sides went looking for another goal but both keepers made good saves. So Wood lost their first League game in five attempts, but oh those wasted chances proved so very costly.

So it’s away to Dunkirk on Saturday, if you are going A42 – A453 allow plenty of time, the roadworks are horrendous on the A453.

Bill Shaw.

My thanks to Bill for a great report – and for all those he selflessly writes and send to me after every match. They really are popular, and a credit to Bill and the club. Walsall Wood have a reputation for being a great, community spirited group of people and these reports demonstrate that – it’s an honour and joy to feature them here.

For the good of the Wood!

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Urgent – Have you lost a Rottweiler dog on the Hussey Estate?

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Someone on the Hussey must know whose dog this lad is?

Hi folks – an urgent one just come in here. Becci Saich messaged me this evening (Wednesday 17th September 2014)  asking if anyone has lost a Rottweiler dog on or around the Hussey estate in Brownhills? She’s going frantic trying to find the owners…

Hi Bob

I’ve found an male Rottweiler on the hussey estate. He has a red collar and a chain lead. There are no tags on him.

I’ve knocked on so many doors but no look hopefully someone will come forward thank you

Becci Saich

If you know, please comment here, mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com, or contact Becci direct via Facebook.

Cheers all…

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Brownhills police station set to close

I see from a report in the generally on-the-ball Walsall Advertiser that Brownhills Police Station – virtually mothballed already – looks set to close and be sold off, along with the main Walsall headquarters in Walsall at Green Lane and other local sites.

The police presence in Brownhills will be moved to the former police house next door.

Where this leaves the award-winning Brownhills Police Safety House, I’m unsure, and I think that requires clarification. Surely it can’t fulfil both functions when acting as a station?

The report in the Advertiser says:

Services provided at Brownhills main station will be moved into a modern detached house on the same site, which is the crime prevention facility for the force.

The move is expected to take place over the next two years.

Chief Supt Sturman added: ‘It makes sense to move into a more modern facility because the main station is under utilised.’

The neighbourhood policing team will be accommodated alongside Aldridge, Streetly and Pheasey teams.

Read the full article here.

I’m not surprised, frankly; Brownhills has been virtually abandoned for years, but it’s sad to see it go. As for moving Green Lane into Bloxwich and the Civic Centre, that sounds like madness to me – but the force has the pound signs in their eyes. That land will be worth a fair bit.

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Click on the screenshot to read the full story.

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Cyclist hurt in Brownhills incident

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An ambulance at the scene of the incident. Image used with the kind permission of David Mycock (@Nutdm).

Added 17th September, 9:30am

West Midlands Ambulance service said:

Hi Bob, young boy had fallen from his bike, taken to Walsall Manor with arm and face injuries. 1xamb in att. Called @ 7.26pm.

Thanks to WMAS for that, and my best wishes to the wee fella who fell off!

Earlier this evening (Tuesday, 16th September 2014) there appears to have been an accident involving a cyclist on the Chester Road, Shire Oak, between the Friezland Lane junction and Anchor Bridge.

I’ve had conflicting reports of what’s happened; the cyclist seems to be injured, but OK. West Midlands Police and an ambulance were in attendance. I’m unsure if any other vehicles were involved.

@nutdm (David Mycock) and Barry Shaw tweeted the following:

I will try and get a statement from the relevant authorities in the morning – of course, my best wishes and sympathies to the cyclist involved.

If you know more about this incident, please comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.

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Scouting out the history

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Brownhills Scouts, after years in the Scout Hut by the Memo, now have a great place down Barnetts Lane. Imagery from Bing! Maps.

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.

I think most of us have had contact with, or been in the Scout Movement within our communities. They are a fine organisation, giving young folk access to experiences and social events that are unparalleled elsewhere. I know for a fact that Clive and his group are a credit to our community, and they all work hard to help out with Brownhills events. So please, if you can assist in any way, that would be great.

Clive is appealing for any photos, memories or ephemera that any of you may have. We have talked about Walsall Wood Scouts quite a bit, and I can just imagine that many of the regulars here looked well fetching in short trousers and a woggle. Come on, folks, what do you know?

Please, please, please, do what you can. The local kids are a great bunch, really.

Hi Bob

I wonder if you could help us to get the word out that the 2nd Brownhills-15th Walsall Scout Group will be 100 years old next June (2015).

We would like anyone who has been a member, connected or associated with the Group at any time in its past to contact us, preferably before the end of the year, so that we can finalise our celebration plans etc.

We can be contacted via:-

email: xcwright@virginmedia.com
Telephone: 01543 671941
Post: L.C.Wright. 78 Highfield Road, Burntwood, Staffs., WS7 9BY

Or by visiting the Scout HQ in Barnetts Lane, Brownhills on a Monday or Wednesday evening.

We are trying to obtain as much information as possible on the history of the Group, i.e. stories, documents, photos etc.

We are also interested in obtaining contact details of people who do contact us ready for when we have our party.

Thanks for any help you can give is through your blog

Clive Wright
Group Chairman.

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The Wood still on the up as they beat Kirby Muxloe

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Woodmen versus Kirby always makes for an entertaining match…

Following Saturday’s home win against Kirby Muxloe, Bill Shaw sent me the following match report, which caught me out and about. Sorry for the delay, but here it is…

Hiya Bob

Waslall Wood 2 v 0 Kirby Muxloe

Walsall Wood without their two leading scorers Daniel Holgate and David Carns, (2 goals each) continued their run of good form yesterday, moving into the top half of the table (9th) for the first time this season, as well as taking their unbeaten league run up to 4.

The first half finished goalless with both teams having chances but defences mainly on top. The breakthrough came on 56 minutes with home debutant Ben Evans intercepting a loose pass on halfway before racing for goal, with options either side he played Drew Aiton into the left of the box, calmly steppeing inside his marker before slotting the ball into the right hand corner.

Keeper Mario Kisiel went from villain to hero in the 74th minute, first his mistake let in Pradeep Bahrey and he brought the attacker down. Skipper Ryan Seal’s penalty was brilliantly pushed onto the bar by the keeper.

Wood finished strongly,  but couldn’t apply the killer touch until 3 minutes into injury time. Butlin’s long ball forward saw keeper Warren Butlin race from his box to reach the ball before Craig Deakin, only for him to completely miss his kick, Deakin who had pressured the keeper into the mistake had continued his run and collected the loose ball before running on and aiming the ball into an empty net.

The visitors made Wood fight for the points, but the victory was deserved.

It’s Lye Town at Oak Park on Tuesday night, always goals around with the inconsistent promoted side.

Don’t be late, K.O. 7.45pm.
Bill Shaw.

My thanks to Bill for a great report – and for all those he selflessly writes and send to me after every match. They really are popular, and a credit to Bill and the club. Walsall Wood have a reputation for being a great, community spirited group of people and these reports demonstrate that – it’s an honour and joy to feature them here.

I believe Mr. Vimes will also be doing a report for this match… check out his ‘I See Floodlights’ blog over the next 24 hours or so

For the good of the Wood!

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