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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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Controlled explosions in Burntwood today

Blimey, it’s all happening today – it seems some unexploded wartime grenades were found near Chasewater Industrial Estate, Burntwood (Known as the LCP) in the last 24 hours, which were subsequently destroyed in a controlled explosion.
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Police make statement on Walsall Wood incidents

I know there’s currently a lot of rumour and speculation locally on social media about a series of incidents in Walsall Wood, last night, Monday, 30th December 2013 – a few people have been asking what went on – so here’s an official statement and a request for witnesses or other information from West Midlands Police.
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Walsall Wood honour old friend with 6-1 victory over Saints

Yesterday afternoon (Boxing Day, Thursday, 26th December 2013), Walsall Wood FC faced Heather St Johns at Oak Park, and put in a stellar performance of brilliant football.
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Wood men beat Continental Star, but no Christmas cracker

Yesterday afternoon (Boxing Day, Thursday, 26th December 2013), Walsall Wood FC faced Continental Star at Oak Park.P1000909 Continue reading

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A very festive festival

David Evans has kindly sent in these wonderful images of Brownhills Methodist Church Christmas Tree Festival, where there’s also a Christmas Market on today (Saturday, 14th December 2013) from 9:00am until 1:30pm.
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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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Norton Canes Christmas Fayre this afternoon!

Thanks to readers John Preece and Wendy McGreevy, I can share the following event with readers – it’s an interesting one, and looks fun – it could be just the thing to perk the kids up on a dull Sunday Afternoon – why pop along?

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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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Collectors fair at Aldridge Transport Museum today!

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a collectors fair on today.
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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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Lichfield discovered – everyday objects tell wonderful stories tonight!

I see that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is going from strength to strength with her informal and fun Lichfield local history group, Lichfield Discovered. Now they’ve got the basics sorted, the Lichfield Discovered Group are moving on to … Continue reading

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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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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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Not quite Halloween…

I had this publicity request in from Collette Mumford from Norton Canes Music and Drama Society – the group has a great reputation for local performances, and they’ve got a show on tonight.
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Not what I’d hoped

Yesterday was my usual annual visit to the Cycle Show at the NEC, Birmingham, which I usually love – however, this year’s event left me feeling somewhat disappointed.
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Chasewater Railway Steam Gala this weekend

I noticed Chasewater Steam Railway have a Gala this weekend, with special engines and a much busier running timetable than normal.P1070025 Continue reading

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Some Mummers do have ‘em

There is a long tradition in British history of Mummer’s Plays – folkloric parables, stories and satires – performed for the benefit of the working classes by mostly itinerant actors and Walsall has seen a revival of this very old tradition in recent years with the plays written by former Walsall Wood teacher and local arts supremo Dave Calcutt.
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Live music and fun in Walsall Wood today!

I became aware at the Brownhills Music Festival last weekend that there’s another live music and fun event happening locally today, Bank Holiday Monday (26th August 2013) – It’s taking place at the Horse and Jockey, Walsall Wood, a pub I’m really hearing great things about of late.
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More live music & fun this Bank Holiday Monday

I became aware at the Brownhills Music Festival last weekend that there’s another live music and fun event happening locally this coming Bank Holiday Monday (26th August 2013) – It’s taking place at the Horse and Jockey, Walsall Wood, a pub I’m really hearing great things about of late.
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Aldridge coach rally – on today!

Friend of the blog and Gardner Diesel fetishist The Stymaster informs me that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum, at Shenstone Drive in Aldridge have a Coach Rally on today – it starts at 10am and runs up until 5pm, and should be of interest to bus buffs, transport enthusiasts and diesel heads of all types.

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Eine kleine Nachtmarket

Well, it was a balmy summer evening, and the atmosphere was carnival-like and relaxed. There were loads more stalls than last time, and everyone seemed to be having a great time.
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More music…

This Sunday 21st July 2013, the Chuckery Festival finishes in spectacular style – from 12pm to 6pm, there will be another afternoon of great live music at the Bandstand in Walsall Arboretum, and what’s more, it’s free.
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Walking for Rosie

Karen Ross has been in touch with details of this Sunday’s sponsored walk and festival in aid of the wonderful Rosie’s Helping Hands Charity.Rosie's Walk 2013 Press Release copy Continue reading

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Chuckery Festival on too!

Thanks again to council whiz Kate Goodall for bringing this fine festival happening next week to my attention – along with Caldmore, Chuckery is one of my favourite bits of Walsall and has, to put it mildly, a banging community spirit, with a very diverse community.
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Poetry in motion

Apologies to Dave Moore, but he contacted me a couple of days ago about an event he’s putting on at Cafe Fuse, as part of the Lichfield Fuse Festival in Lichfield this afternoon – Dave is, of course, the passionate and educated local historian who’s working hard to rescue Lichfield’s Sandfields Pumping Station from decay.
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Meet Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in their new home this Sunday!

This Sunday, 14th July 2013, Aston Manor Road Transport Museum will be holding their 26th annual Open day, where the enthusiasts who lovingly maintain and curate this fascinating collection of vehicles will be celebrating the history of Birmingham trams.
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The Summer of Fun continues…

Thanks again to council whiz Kate Goodall for bringing this fine festival happening next week to my attention – along with Caldmore, Chuckery is one of my favourite bits of Walsall and has, to put it mildly, a banging community spirit, with a very diverse community.
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Missing Walsall Wood kids found safe and well

Residents of the Northern Wastes who were at home this afternoon will have no doubt noticed the West Midlands Police helicopter hovering over the southern end of our patch.
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Pictures from Brownhills Canal Festival 2013

I have to say, the weather was dire, and I didn’t arrive until late, but there was much to like about the Brownhills Canal Festival today – I don’t know if it was the poor weather or what, but there seemed a tad more atmosphere to it than usual, and I did genuinely enjoy pottering around.

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Exterminate! Daleks to invade Aldridge

Martin Fisher contacted me from the Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge recently, to let me know about their latest event, taking place this Sunday which looks set to be a must for Sci-Fi fans, Doctor Who aficionados and anyone else into the weird and wonderful.Dalek Ad 2 low Continue reading

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Pictures from Pelsall Canal Festival 2013

Well, the weather behaved, mostly – a couple of sharp showers and a strong wind couldn’t dampen spirits with loads of stalls, activities, people and boats – Pelsall Canal Festival was a great afternoon out.
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On our way to Woodstock…

Hi Folks. It seems there’s a music event going on today at the Horse & Jockey in Walsall Wood.
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Brownhills Common: Scrutiny meeting tonight!

I received a press release from Walsall Council, stating that following the brouhaha over Brownhills Common and the subsequent petition, there is to be a special scrutiny meeting at the Council House on this very matter, tonight Monday, 13th May 2013, at 6pm.

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Collectors fair and auto jumble on in Aldridge today!

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum have an auto jumble and collectors fair on today.
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Brownhills Common: Scrutiny meeting next Monday

I received a press release from Walsall Council today, stating that following the brouhaha over Brownhills Common and the subsequent petition, there is to be a special scrutiny meeting at the Council House on this very matter, next Monday, 13th May 2013, at 6pm.

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Letting off steam

I was saddened to receive yesterday from Chasewater Transport Show organiser Helen Borton, a copy of a mail she’s sent to Chasewater Park management, detailing some conflict within the park community over this popular free show – it doesn’t make pleasant reading.
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Pictures from the 2013 Chasewater Transport Show

Today, it was the fifth annual Chasewater Transport Show, and as ever, Helen Borton and co put on a wonderful event – There was the usual array of old, forgotten and beautiful motors, and although the poor ground conditions had put paid to the heavy commercial vehicles and arena, there was still loads to do and see.

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Fifth annual Chasewater Transport Show on today!

Just a note to remind readers that it’s the Chasewater Transport Show today – After a long winter, petrol heads are preparing to descend in their droves on Chasewater…
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Fifth annual Chasewater Transport Show this Sunday!

Just a note to remind readers that it’s the Chasewater Transport Show this weekend – After a long winter, petrol heads are preparing to descend in their droves on Chasewater…
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Classic Car Gathering at Aldridge this Sunday

Martin Fisher, from the Aston Manor Road Transport Museum – now based in Shenstone Drive, Aldridge – has been in touch to inform me of an upcoming event this Sunday, 14th April 2013 – The museum will be holding a ‘Classic Car Gathering’.

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Walsall Wood FC: Ladies match tonight!

Fantastic ladies football match on tonight.

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On the top deck!

The above wonderful and evocative image was supplied by reader and friend of the blog Tony Martin, who spotted this classic Harpers bus in 1974. The destination board reads “Streetly Works’ and I guess it was performing one of the many services that used to run to local factories. Streetly works was, of course, the BIP, now long since gone.
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The best kept secret in Aldridge – open this Sunday!

Readers will be familiar with the somewhat protracted story of Aston Manor Road Transport Museum, and it’s move to Aldridge last year. Sadly, things didn’t quite go to plan at Beecham Business Park, and the museum had to move again – but the good news is, it’s still in Aldridge, at Shenstone Drive.
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Chasewater Transport Show saved!

The Chasewater Transport Show – the annual event I plug here relentlessly every year – seemed to be in doubt back at the end of January, after major sponsors pulled out. A search for new ones ensued, and Helen Borton, the organiser, has worked hard to locate commercial partners to support this wonderful event.

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Walsall Peregrine Watch this Saturday!

This weekend, focus is the fantastic Walsall Peregrine Watch, which takes place Saturday, March 9th 2013, at the New Art Gallery in Walsall.

I always push this event, as I believe it’s important to show folk that wildlife isn’t just a rural thing, and that conservation, biodiversity and the wonders of the wild are everywhere, even in a post-industrial town like ours.
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Another bomb scare in Brownhills?

There’s been another bomb scare in Brownhills this morning. Thankfully, yet again it was a hoax…

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Chasewater Transport Show – future uncertain

Worrying news reaches me regarding one of my favourite annual events at Chasewater. Helen Borton, organiser of the brilliant, and very well attended annual Chasewater Transport Show has announced that two of the show’s sponsors have pulled out, leaving her in the lurch, and without replacement sponsors, the show just cannot go ahead.
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Meet Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in their new home this Sunday!

This Sunday, 20th January 2013, the museum will be holding a ‘Meet the Museum’ event, where the general public can pop in, take a shufty around and hopefully help shape this valuable collection’s future.
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