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A beautiful game

In recognition of the day, the Young David Evans sent me some rather wonderful photos a couple of days ago – as readers will know, David has a particular interest in the wars in Europe, and has strong connections to Messines and the place where the celebrated First World War Christmas truce and football match is believed to have started.
Image very kindly supplied by Jean Claude Joly

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Something cheesy for Christmas

I’ll keep this brief, as I know there are folk in Short Heath suffering in quiet, restrained dignity as they haven’t had their Liberal Democrat Focus news sheets this week due to the inclement weather – please spare a thought for those less fortunate souls this Christmas.
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Free Christmas Carol Concert at Walsall Arboretum today!

Top Walsall Council bod Kate Goodall contacted me to ask if I could plug the Christmas Carol Concert at Walsall Arboretum -it is to be held in the beautifully refurbished bandstand tomorrow, Saturday 21st December 2013, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

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Changes to local bin collections this week!

This is a headsup for everyone in the local area – this week, some refuse bin collection days change hereabouts – a full calendar leaflet can be downloaded from Walsall Council’s website, but here’s how it works for local readers.

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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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Christmas Fayre at Chasewater Innovation Centre today!

Here’s a chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday, 1st December 2013 – there’s a Christmas Fayre being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre – at the same time, you can check out the Santa Specials at Chasewater Steam Railway, and take a wander around the lake which is now full and teeming with wildlife once more.
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Christmas table top sale this Saturday!

Thanks to long time reader Caz, I can share news of the above event with readers – it looks like a fine thing indeed.
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Ghost train

This one has pulled me up short, and I haven’t got a clue what to do with it. But it’s fascinating for a number of reasons; for one, it clearly describes the railway at Brownhills in the late Victorian era. For a second, it details the water main alongside the track. For a third, it’s utterly mad and delightful at the same time.
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When the fighting stopped

Earlier in the year, reader and friend of the blog David Evans suggested I run an article about the truce at Messines over Christmas in 1914. This outbreak of humanity in the midst of one of the bloodiest wars the world had ever witnessed, captured the popular imagination for years. The idea of opposing sides downing weapons and joining in a game of football in no man’s land is enchanting and solid, and has featured in many forms of pop culture – from rock music videos to films and books.
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Before we man the lifeboats…

Before the water level rises to such an extent that the residents of Brownhills and Walsall Wood are all encamped on Shire Oak Hill waiting for the waters to recede, I’d like to wish all readers, contributors and friends of this odd little blog a very merry Christmas and a very happy, peaceful and prosperous new year.
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Bandstand Christmas Carol Concert at Walsall Arboretum today!

Both Ian Morton-Jones and Kate Goodall contacted me this week to ask me to plug the Christmas Carol Concert at Walsall Arboretum. It is to be held in the newly refurbished bandstand today, Saturday 15th December 2012, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. It’s free, and will make for a welcome, relaxing break from Christmas shopping.

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Christmas Fayre at Chasewater Innovation Centre today!

Here’s a chance to get into the Christmas spirit today… there’s a Christmas Fayre being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre. At the same time, you can check out the Santa Specials at Chasewater Steam Railway, and take a wander around the lake – now well on the way to recovery after recently being drained.
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Christmas events, anyone?

I just wondered if anyone out there had local christmas stuff they wanted publiscising here on the blog. In previous years in Brownhills, the Town Centre Team have had unified ‘Magic of Christmas’ branded events, but since Antonia has moved on to pastures new, it all seems a bit haphazard this year.
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Tree cheers… and thanks.

I know I’ve posted this on my 365daysofbiking journal, but it bears repeating here where there’s a wider audience.

Since Walsall Council no longer centrally organises Christmas Trees for the borough’s satellite towns, most go without, but a few centres do their own thing. Walsall Wood is well provided for, however, due to the generosity of the local Councillors Anthony Harris and Mike Flower
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I’m not a pheasant plucker…

I received this one from David Evans a month ago, and thought I’d save it for Christmas Day. I’m sure many readers recall rearing their own chickens, or maybe working on the farms locally from time to time. As ever, … Continue reading

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All about Eve

Well, it’s Christmas Eve. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a few days now, but it’s a bit cheesy and it feels kind of awkward. I’d like to wish all the readers, contributors, followers and friends of the … Continue reading

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Brownhills Cradle Club Christmas special today!

Wednesday 14th December 2011 Cradle Club Christmas Special Wednesday 14 December, 10.30am to 12 noon. Brownhills Library, Park View Centre, Chester Road North. Toys, songs, stories, rhymes and gifts for children aged 0-2years. Parents & grandparents welcome to join in … Continue reading

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Slipping the reins

I have recently become rather concerned over what appears to be a new pre-Christmas trend. The exhibiting of real reindeer at fetes, events and in town centres locally seems to be increasingly fashionable. In an age when animal circuses are … Continue reading

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Christmas is coming…

Tomorrow, there’s a great Christmas Market scheduled in the Posh People’s Principality of Pelsall. The Pelsall Christmas Market is usually a corker, and this year, there’s to be a two-day ice rink for the kids, to boot. That’s right – … Continue reading

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Who knows where the time goes?

It really doesn’t seem like five minutes since I last wished all you readers a merry Christmas and a very happy new year. This last one has been an interesting and engaging time for me with the Brownhills Blog. I’ve … Continue reading

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Opening out

Yesterday, I tried to think of something to write about the passing of the shortest day and winter solstice, but couldn’t think of anything better than I wrote on the subject last year. This is a really positive step for … Continue reading

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From now, it only gets better…

Today is Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year, the day from which the daylight steadily lengthens into a new year, and warmer, longer spring days enter on tiptoes. From this day, things only get better. Winter Solstice … Continue reading

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