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Wanted: A spiritual guide

I’ve been contacted by Sandfields Pumping Station champion and local historian Dave Moore, who’s looking for some help with his next project – readers will remember that Dave worked hard with Brownhills activist Brian Stringer to create an audiobook of Brian’s ‘Clayhanger Kid’ books, and has also made some remarkable video, too.
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Police now ‘Gravely concerned’ for welfare of Amanda Hawkins

It’s now four weeks since Moxley resident Amanda Hawkins was last seen getting off a bus at the Barnets Lane stop on the Lichfield Road at Brownhills – and West Midlands Police now state that they are ‘gravely concerned’ for Amanda’s welfare.
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Amanda Hawkins still missing – police issue video appeal

It’s now two weeks to the day since Moxley resident Amanda Hawkins was last seen getting off a bus at the Barnets Lane stop on the Lichfield Road at Brownhills. Amanda’s family, carers and West Midlands Police are very, very concerned for her safety; Amanda suffers memory loss and mental health issues, requires daily medication and can be considered vulnerable.6 Continue reading

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Police still searching for Amanda Hawkins

Please folks, this is really, really important – after the brouhaha last night of the water loss, police heloicopters and all the other fuss, some folk noticed a Search and Rescue Unit had been called in and was stationed at Brownhills Police Station.

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Please help – missing Amanda Hawkins last seen in Brownhills

West Midlands Police, who are currently very concerned for the welfare of Amanda Hawkins, who went missing from supported accommodation in Moxley last Friday, 30th May 2014, have now located CCTV footage which shows Amanda getting off a bus in Lichfield Road, Brownhills, on the 30th May.
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Police appeal: please help find Amanda Hawkins

Wow – it’s all going on this week, but I make no apologies for running another appeal from West Midlands Police, who are currently very concerned for the welfare of Amanda Hawkins, who went missing from supported accommodation in Moxley last Friday, 30th May 2014.
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Police appeal: Teenager missing from Walsall

This just in from Walsall Police. If you can help, please do; people are seriously concerned for the lad’s welfare – searches are underway in Walsall to trace a missing 17-year-old who has not been seen for three days.

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Lost – Keep your eye out folks

I’ve had a couple of notes about lost items at Chasewater yesterday – a camera and a GPS – one of which got mangled by the server, so I’d appreciate the person involved contacting me again.

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I am a Fireman to my trade

Some weeks ago, I posted a great video made by Public Historian Dave Moore with local author and activist Brian Stringer, about Brian’s experiences as The Clayhanger Kid, as part of the social historian’s ‘Postcards from the Past’ series.
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It’s all in the game…

What to do – a great charity football match yesterday at Oak Park in Walsall Wood; two fine match reports by local footy stalwarts Bill Shaw and the young David Evans, plus some great photos by the latter – nothing for it but to run both.

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Scoring for Stephen – Charity football match this afternoon!

Blimey, it’s all going on this afternoon – as well as other events advertised here, there’s a great charity football match taking place at the Walsall Wood FC ground, Oak Park – kicking off at 3pm, when Shire Oak Saints Under 18s face the Shire Oak All Stars.
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Scoring for Stephen – Charity football match this Sunday!

Blimey, it’s all going on this coming Sunday – as well as other events advertised here, there’s a great charity football match taking place at the Walsall Wood FC ground, Oak Park – kicking off at 3pm, when Shire Oak Saints Under 18s face the Shire Oak All Stars.
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Urgent: Walsall pensioner missing from home

Please – take a look at the photo below – 89 year old dementia sufferer Jaan Pedajas went missing from his home near Barr Beacon sometime after 11:30am today, Thursday 27th March 2014.
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The life of Brian

Last week, I posted a great video made by Public Historian Dave Moore with local author and activist Brian Stringer, about Brian’s experiences as The Clayhanger Kid – the video had a very positive response, so Dave has kindly posted a full version for all of Brians fans to enjoy.
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Nasty robbery in Aldridge on Wednesday – police appeal for help

This is a nasty one – if anyone has any information, please do come forward and contact Walsall Police or Crimestoppers – It seems that just after 4pm on Wednesday (12th March 2014), a pair of thugs robbed two chaps who were sat in their car near Aldridge Post Office in Northgate, near the town centre.

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A public partnership

The collaboration initiated by this blog between top local history wonk Dave Moore and The Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer, is proving to be productive indeed – and a couple of days ago, I spotted a beautiful video interview with Brian recorded and produced by Dave. It’s excellent, and you can watch it below.

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Great news! Dennis Johnson found safe and well.

Dennis has been found safe and well in Chasetown this evening – considering the cold night out there, this is a huge relief.
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Urgent! Please help find Dennis Johnson…

If you’re wondering why the Police Helicopter was up over Brownhills in the last hour or so, West Midlands Police are urgently seeking local man Dennis Johnson, who suffers from dementia.

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For the record

Something popped up on Facebook today that made me happy – it’s not to often I can say that about Facebook, but this genuinely made me grin from ear to ear.
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Pallets still needed for Brownhills bonfire!

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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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All aboard!

Just over 12 months ago, readers may recall I published an appeal for folk to help the 1st Walsall Wood Scout Group raise funds for a new minibus, to enable the gang to broaden their horizons and arrange more trips away – well, in seems they’ve cracked it, and have now received their new vehicle, and what’s more, they’re offering it for the use of other community groups in the area.
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Stolen caravan alert!

Today, I had my attention drawn to a very sad theft appeal on Twitter – I’m always ready to post appeals of this kind, so please keep an eye out. Dave, the owner, must be heartbroken.
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The man in the centre

I’ve received a fascinating enquiry from reader and friend of the blog Tony Briggs, who sent me a lovely photo, and other than his grandfather William Briggs being in the middle of the group, he knows nothing about it.
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An urgent appeal… anyone know Keiron Barley?

This is an odd little appeal for local people – Yesterday, Birmingham Cyclist blog admin @brumcyclist asked me the following:
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Walsall Wood indecent exposure incident

It seems the flashers, undeterred by the recent cold weather, are at it again. Sadly, I missed this press release last week, as I wasn’t following the right feed (now corrected). This is a worrying incident in Walsall Wood which really needs resolving before anything worse happens.

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Urgent help required

There’s something of dire social importance going on in Walsall right now. It’s cold, and people are on the streets. In town, there are a group of people working to help the displaced, the lost and the lonely. Please help them all you can.
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Indecent exposure on Pelsall Wood Common

Jayne Howarth has posted the following on her excellent Common People blog for Pelsall. One would imagine it was too cold for such crimes after the spate last summer, but all one can hope is that the offending scrote gets frostbite in his tackle.
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Police appeal: Anyone know of David Palmer?

This is an unusual one that’s come down the wires today from West Mercia Police. It seems they’re trying to trace a man thought to live in the Brownhills area between 1973 and 1977. Can you help? Police are particularly keen to engage with the Methodist community, as David is thought to have been active within it.
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Aggravated burglary in Brownhills: can you help?

I’ve become aware over the course of the last few days that there has been a nasty burglary incident in Brownhills, and the rumour mill has consequently gone into overdrive. To attempt to help get the the message out there, … Continue reading

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Scouting for assistance

I have been contacted by the Group Leader of 1st Walsall Wood Scout Group, friend of the blog Lee Bragginton, who needs some help raising money for a minibus for the group. This is a fine aim for a great … Continue reading

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Royal memories sought for community project

I was contacted yesterday by Naomi Jones at Brownhills Library, who asked me if I’d like to publicise their local history appeal for Royal Jubilee year. Whether you’re a royalist or not, the social impact of the royal events – … Continue reading

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Do your bit

Yesterday, I had a great email from Lee Bragginton, leader of the First Walsall Wood Scout Group. I have a lot of time for the Scouts and the work they do with the youngsters, and this seems like a wonderful … Continue reading

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Hospice Care Week 8-14th October 2011

There can’t be many readers out there whose lives haven’t been touched by terminal illness in some way. With that in mind, I’d like to draw everyones attention to the first ever Hospice Care Week, to raise awareness of hospices … Continue reading

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Call off the search!

Thanks to everyone who responded to my call for assistance in finding Robert Webster, creator and curator of the now-offline Webster’s Genealogy and Local History site. Thanks to diligent work by both @ziksby and @JoshWilliams94 (who both turned up the … Continue reading

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Is Robert Webster in the house?

This is an appeal for Robert Webster to contact me at the Brownhills Blog. Some years ago, Rob created the ‘Websters Genealogy’ site, which had an absolutely top-notch section on Brownhills local history, containing some excellent material that I’d not … Continue reading

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