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Jamey Coleman hit and run – police appeal for further information

West Midlands Police continue their enquiries into the tragic death of local lad Jamey Coleman, who died following a hit and run accident at the junction of the A5 Watling Street and The Parade in the the early hours of Sunday, March 30th, 2014.
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Brownhills fatal hit run – Police issue statement

Following the fatal hit and run incident at the junction of the a5 Watling Street and The Parade in the the early hours of Sunday, March 30th, 2014, there has been huge interest and sympathy from the community – West midlands Police issued the following statement a few minutes ago…
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Fatal hit and run in Brownhills – appeal for help

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Suspected arson attack in Brownhills last night

The Express & Star is this morning carrying a story about a suspected arson attack at a ground floor flat in Lindon Road, Brownhills – not sure exactly where, as the only maisonettes I can think of up there are on Brownhills Road, up by Streets Corner.

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Making a splash!

You readers really are a remarkable bunch – last Friday, I featured a couple of images posted on social media by Chris Leggett of the Express & Star, as part of their bid to gain funding to digitise and open to the public their photo archive – a huge treasury of newspaper images that current exist in print form only.

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The parachutist, the helicopter and the Brownhills daredevil

Last year, I asked readers to show support for the Express & Star in their bid to gain funding to digitise and open to the public their photo archive – a huge treasury of newspaper images that current exist in print form only. 27555892 Continue reading

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House fire in Brownhills yesterday

As you may have heard on social media and the local grapevine, there was a house fire in New Road, Brownhills at lunchtime yesterday (13th March 2014).

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Brownhills School: driven to distraction

The ongoing issue of Brownhills School’s withdrawal of community access to it’s facilities rumbled on this week, as the Walsall Advertiser published another excellent report about how the Spotlight Youth Theatre Group were told they’d have to move from the school last December.RichardShepherdMP Continue reading

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Brownhills School: Express & Star catches up

Just a quick note to point out that the Express & Star have finally got around to covering the Brownhills School community facilities withdrawal story, with a few extra details.
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Express & Star covers Terrace Restaurant closure

I note today that the good old Express & Star have covered the closure of The Terrace restaurant in Brownhills that shocked so many last week – in an article unusually more detailed online than in the print edition, the paper reveals folks out of pocket with vouchers and others with prior bookings that are now obviously cancelled. A sad state of affairs indeed.
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The need for speed

It seems that reader Tony Winn opened an interesting can of worms when he set this fine question for the New Year Quiz.
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Police appeal for witnesses to fatal road collision in Walsall Wood

This sad news released just now from Walsall Police – sadly, the gentleman involved in the accident this morning in Walsall Wood has died.
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OAP fighting for life after Walsall Wood car accident

There’s been a nasty accident in Walsall Wood this morning, when an elderly gentleman was hit by a car in the High Street – the 86 year old is currently fighting for life after the incident just before 6am.
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House fire in Walsall Wood last night

I note this morning (1st December 2013) that the Express & Star website is carrying the story of a house fire in the roof of a property in Salters Road, Walsall Wood last night.

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Severe car crash at Walsall Civic Centre

There’s been an unfortunate RTA at Walsall Council, and it deserves as wide exposure as possible.
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Police car crash in Brownhills this morning

There was a car accident this morning on the Pelsall Road, Brownhills, just on the east side of Highbridge near the Council Depot – formerly the Edward Rose Plant.
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Express & Star Photo Archive Survey closes this Friday

I have a very important message for readers from Chris Leggett of the Express & Star, who I’ve noted before, are staging a campaign to get their paper photo archive scanned and online for all to access.
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Motorcyclist dies in Brownhills accident

Sad news spotted on Twitter and Facebook this evening – it seems a motorcyclist in his twenties died at the scene following a collision with a lorry near the Rising Sun island on the A5, Brownhills.

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Sharp image

After a week of extolling readers to understand the value of local press and quality journalism, yesterday the Express & Star’s Walsall edition proved the value of good local journalism, as exhibited by dedicated, conscientious reporters.
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Woodmen of old

Top local history wonk Clive Roberts has found this great image of Walsall Wood Football Club’s lineup – he thinks from 1932, but seems more likely 1935/6 to me…

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Urgent: Spate of thefts and burglaries in Brownhills

I have an urgent message for Brownhills residents from Nicky Biddlestone, Communications Officer at Walsall Police.
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Buried dreams

In the miasma of stuff that passes by in the local news stream, I spotted this one from the Express & Star the other day, and It’s puzzled me…
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The far pavilion

I said I’d return to the subject of Walsall Wood F.C. in due course, and today, I have some interesting pieces of the jigsaw to throw in, courtesy of readers. I’ve got other contributions on the subject to come, too, which will be developed in a subsequent post.

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Bad weather, school closures, travel info…

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Further statement from Brownhills Canoe Centre Steering Committee

This afternoon, I received a further statement from Tim Houghton, of the Brownhills Canoe Centre Steering Committee. To be honest, I had no prior knowledge of this group. The best thing I can do is produce Tim’s mail in full.
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A spectator writes…

What I really enjoy about doing this blog is those times when we get a historical snippet, then explore it through various avenues, take it and run with it. Often, this not only reveals the story to be different to that originally stated, but also a fascinating journey through what would otherwise be lost local history.
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Brownhills Canoe Centre: Community Association reply

Nice to see the good old Express & Star taking the lead from local blogs again. Their website is currently featuring a story about the Brownhills Canoe and Outdoor Centre, whose future looked questionable due to the pulling out of prospective partners Bear Creek Adventure.

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Stand up!

In honour of the great footballing occasion currently bestowed upon Walsall Wood, the inexhaustible Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler, assisted by young David Evans has been making busy with the newspaper archives, and unleashed a deluge of historical articles about our favourite local soccer club.

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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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Councillor Harris: Linda Mason responds

Over the weekend, the indomitable Linda Mason has replied to the letter she received from Walsall Councillor and cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, Anthony Harris. The reply has been published on the Save Walsall’s Gree Spaces… blog. Please do … Continue reading

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If that’s the way it’s going to be…

I, and many other folk hereabouts were disgusted by the letter sent by elected Walsall Councillor Anthony Harris to campaigner for Greenspace and top local stalwart Linda Mason recently. The officious and arrogant tone, coupled with clear evidence of the member not reading the material he was sent, has rightly disgusted and outraged many.


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Rather rattled

I see the alternate reality that seems to pervade the Walsall Civic Centre is still in full effect. Today, Linda Mason, lead campaigner against the horrendous cuts in Walsall Council’s Greenspaces team, received this rather tetchy billet-doux from Councillor Anthony Harris – coincidentally member for Aldridge North and Walsall Wood – who’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture.
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Back to school?

Most schools in the borough appear to be back today, Tuesday, 22nd January 2013, but some are still closed. For a list, or to check yours, take a look at these resources.
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School’s out… or is it?

I’m trying to find out the status of local schools tomorrow, Monday 21st January 2013.

Theoretically, there’s a list of all schools closed in Walsall on Walsall Council’s website here, although Serco, the body charged with running education in Walsall, hasn’t bothered to update it since Friday at the current time of publication (9:20pm, Sunday 20th January)…
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Walsall Road, Springhill: on Islands

I note from a a number of email enquiries that there has been some controversy of late locally; a plan has existed for some time now to construct a new cemetery at Springhill on the Walsall (Lichfield) Road, between Shire Oak and Muckley Corner.
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The money trail…

Yesterday, a story popped up on the BBC news that probably passed a lot of folk by in the blur of tinsel and turkey that is Christmas. I think this is worth pulling into the light. The plan for a … Continue reading

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Things that went bump in the night

I’ve long held the belief that if you’re looking for someone in a crowded place, the best thing to do is stand patiently in the same place, and eventually they’ll walk past you. So I’m finding it is with local … Continue reading

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Chase Nursing Home: new statement issued

The saga of Chase Nursing Home in Brownhills, and the withdrawal of it’s contract after a damning inspection report by the Care Quality Commission rumbles on. I’ve just received the following press release from Walsall Council which details current events.
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Walsall Council withdraws contract from Chase Nursing Home in Brownhills

I received the following press release from Walsall Council yesterday. The old Vicarage has, for some time, been a Nursing Home for people suffering mental health issues. I’m sure readers were as concerned as I was when news surfaced recently of the poor inspection report the facility received, and removing the residents can only be a good thing.

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When journalism and politics fail

I’ve been a bit busy for the last couple of days with work, but while I have, a blistering post seems to have slipped under the radar from the best blogger in Walsall, The Plastic Hippo. Walsall folk will be … Continue reading

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Lifted

Here’s a vital question that fellow local blogger and geek The Stymaster raised yesterday. This has touched on an experience I’ve recently had with content being lifted from other websites that’s factually incorrect, and being regurgitated without question. Most of … Continue reading

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No shit, Sherlock

I noticed the above item, oddly tucked onto the front page of the Walsall Express and star last night. I can’t believe they’ve just twigged this, months after Radio WM and I spotted that Tesco had got cold feet. This … Continue reading

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It’s time to let go…

I suspect this post will meet with some derision or controversy, but I’ve been mulling it over for four or five months now, and the issue has just come to the fore again. A very short article in this week’s … Continue reading

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Evil scum

I see from an article on the Express & Star website that a cycle charity in Wolverhampton. The Bike Shed, based at Bradmore Recreation Ground, had their premises broken into and five bikes and workshop tools stolen some time last … Continue reading

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Chasewater: The whining continues

I note from local news services including Licfield Live, the Express and Star and local free sheets that local councillors in Chasewtown and Burntwood are still attempting to make lame political points out of the closure of the dam road … Continue reading

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Road to nowhere

In a week when our local rag is trying to convince us that it’s still indispensable and the most trusted source for news in the area, this fine example of the local newshound’s art caught my eye. Yet again, the … Continue reading

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After the gold rush

I’ve though about this one quite carefully, and can’t see any reason not to share it with the readers to see what they think. Some weeks ago, reader Andy Dennis wrote to me, posing an interesting question about the location … Continue reading

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Poisoning the well?

There’s something odd going on at the moment, that I’d like to get to the bottom of. I’ve now seen four separate instances of the incorrect assertion that the Senior Citizen’s protest stopped the Brownhills Tesco Redevelopment. The first was … Continue reading

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Rain dances

This evening, like yesterday evening, I visited Chasewater. The day’s rain had ceased. I noted yesterday on my 365daysofbiking journal that I think the water level has increased about 500mm in the last week, and I was interested to see … Continue reading

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Never let the facts get in the way of a good rant

The local press is proving a rich seam of content at the moment here on the Brownhills Blog, and I really wanted to resist raiding yet another reader’s letter from yet another op-ed page. However, this one is so unbelievably … Continue reading

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