Tag Archives: Graham Evans

Spend this Sunday morning on the bog…

The Friends of Norton Bog – the area of wetland lying northeast of Chasewater – are taking a special interest in their particular protected habitat, and are holding their next event this Sunday, 28th October, at 10:00am.

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Get some work done on the bog

The Friends of Norton Bog – the area of wetland lying northeast of Chasewater – are taking a special interest in their particular protected habitat, and are holding their May event this Sunday, 16th September, at 10:00am. I was contacted … Continue reading

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Flying the bog standard!

The Friends of Norton Bog – the area of wetland lying northeast of Chasewater – are taking a special interest in their particular protected habitat, and are holding their May event this Sunday, 11th August, at 10:00am. I was contacted … Continue reading

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Bogged down?

The Friends of Norton Bog – the area of wetland lying northeast of Chasewater – are taking a special interest in their particular protected habitat, and are holding their May event this Sunday, 17th June, at 10:00am. I was contacted … Continue reading

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Follow my drift?

I’ve had some interesting contributions on the subject of Anglesey Wharf and the drift shaft there. Both Andy Dennis and Chasewater Wildlife Group’s Graham Evans have added hugely to the debate with the following information. My apologies to both Andy … Continue reading

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Plover drive

This is an important request from Graham Evans and Chasewater Wildlife Group. Conservationists and birders are very concerned at the moment about the safety of a delicate little ground-nesting bird that’s taken residence at Chasewater. Little Ringed Plovers are quite … Continue reading

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Get down to it in the bog

The Friends of Norton Bog – the area of wetland lying northeast of Chasewater – are taking a special interest in their particular protected habitat, and are holding their May event this Sunday, 13th May, at 10:00am. I was contacted … Continue reading

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An unfounded slight

Now, here’s an interesting, if slightly bizarre thing. For a while now, I’ve been chatting on twatter to a Brownhills lad exiled in San Antonio, all the way over in Texas, USA. He goes by the name of PorkTorta – … Continue reading

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Don’t tell me mum!

In response to my drain adventure at Chasewater on Sunday, I had a very interesting email yesterday… Hi Bob Might be best if you don’t mention my name, my mom might be reading… :) When I was a young bad … Continue reading

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Culvert investigations

Before I start, I’d like to point out that this investigation was conducted by two people – myself and [Howmuch?]. We are both sensible (well, usually) adults and have experience of, and training for, confined spaces. Entering such environments – … Continue reading

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Bog standard

The Friends of Norton Bog – the area of wetland lying northeast of Chasewater – are taking a special interest in their particular protected habitat, and are holding their April event this Sunday, 15th April, at 10:00am. I was contacted … Continue reading

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Reports of his death have been grossly exaggerated…

People who’ve been with this blog from the beginning will no doubt recall the terrapin, presumably a dumped pet, that lived around the Nine-Foot pool in the days before the Chasewater Dam Works. Often drawing a crowd when he came … Continue reading

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It’s time to commune with nature…

After previous successful events, the Friends of Norton Bog are holding another of their scheduled work parties this Sunday. The Friends of Norton Bog – the area of wetland lying northeast of Chasewater – are taking a special interest in … Continue reading

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Nothing concrete…

Chasewater Wildlife Group and it’s leading light, Graham Evans, have recently posted a brilliant piece on their news page. I was aware last week of the publicity binge Staffordshire and Lichfield Councils were undertaking on the subject of Chasewater, and … Continue reading

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Want to know more about Chasewater?

I note from the news page of the excellent Chasewater Wildlife Group that this evening, Tuesday, 14th February 2011 at 7:00pm, Graham Evans will be giving a talk, ’The Natural History of Chasewater’ to Norton Canes Historical Society at Norton … Continue reading

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It’s time to get on the bog again

After a successful event in January, the Friends of Norton Bog are holding another of their scheduled work parties this Sunday. The Friends of Norton Bog – the area of wetland lying northeast of Chasewater – are taking a special … Continue reading

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Now it’s your turn to spend time on the bog…

Regular readers will know that I’ve not quite been at my glistening best recently, and I’ve spent, as a consequence, a long time studying the domestic plumbing arrangements. Now’s the opportunity for readers to get more familiar with their local … Continue reading

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Oops, I nearly forgot…

I’ve been meaning to say for a few days now that for anyone visiting Chasewater at the moment, the eastern dam route has reopened to pedestrians and cyclists. This means that for the first time in 12 months, park users … Continue reading

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Down in the bog

Sorry for the patchy nature of the updates lately, I’m a bit busy with work and stuff at the moment, so please bear with me. Normal service will be resumed in a week or so. In the mean time, I … Continue reading

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Chasewater in 1919: the mapping jigsaw

Continuing to fulfil Graham Evans’ request (and for that matter, to keep all the map geeks happy – I know you’re out there – over 600 downloads of the 1884 map alone last week) here’s a map of how Chasewater was around about … Continue reading

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On the waterline

Further to Graham Evans’ request, here’s a map of how Chasewater was around the late Victorian era. There’s much that’s of note here – the shape of the lake, the pits and surrounding railways. Note also that Jeffrey’s Swag doesn’t … Continue reading

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Memories of Old Stonnall

The fantastic, resourceful and dedicated Julian Ward-Davies has been in touch to point out that there’s a new article on his blog entitled ‘Memories of Old Stonnall’, a collaborative work with Gordon Mycock whose memories of his life in the … Continue reading

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Down the chute

There is continuing interest and debate on the nature of the pump house and spillway at Chasewater. I’ve had some excellent contributions, and I must get up there soon to investigate some of them. My previous poke around was very … Continue reading

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Overflowing with ideas

The recent attention paid by Dave Fellows, Graham Evans and Andy Dnnis, amonst others, to the long lost steam powered pumping station at Chasewater has caused some curiosity and no small amount of debate, particularly between myself and top local … Continue reading

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Chasewater: Plugging away

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of days, you’ve probably noticed a host of stories about the ‘plug being put back in at Chasewater’ and a lot of self-congratulatory claptrap from the dam team, largely … Continue reading

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Feeling pumped

Sorry about the patchy nature of updates at the moment – life is really interfering with my blogging activities at the moment. This is just a quick note to say to people interested in the intriguing question of the Victorian … Continue reading

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Chasewater pump house – Graham Evans is the man

Following Brownhills Past supremo David Fellows’ request for information about the long-gone pumphouse near the Nine Foot pool at Chasewater, the reader response was muted, to say the least. After a grand total of zero replies, Graham Evans, wildlife expert, … Continue reading

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Chasewater: Bracing for impact

I notice today that grim news has been posted on the website of the excellent Chasewater Wildlife Group. I haven’t had time to get over to the park for a week or so, so haven’t been keeping up with progress … Continue reading

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Chasewater: ‘From now on, it’s project-managed properly.’

A fascinating piece on Radio WM’s Ed Doolan show today about Chasewater, the predicament Lichfield Council has got itself into, and the handover to Staffordshire Councty Council. In an unusually thorough piece, Mark Winnington of Staffordshire Councty Council and Graham … Continue reading

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Chasewater: Lichfield District Council wave the white flag

Tonight, Lichfield District Council posted on their Chasewater Dam Blog the news that the whole park had been signed over to Staffordshire County Council, who would henceforth be responsible for the completion of the dam works, as well as eventually, … Continue reading

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Checking out Chasewater

I’ve been meaning to plug Chasewater Wildlife Group again here for a while now; it’s been a while since I mentioned them last, and along with the excellent Chas Mason’s Clayhanger Marsh Log, their site is essential reading. It’s easy … Continue reading

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