Tag Archives: Shire Oak

Down with the kids

Yet again, the young David Evans has played a blinder and come up with some fantastic images of the classes and staff at Walsall Wood County Primary, which was the school that formerly existed in the youth club building at Streets Corner.
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A different class

A quick one here from the young David Evans, who’s found a couple of gems from the postwar years of the Walsall Wood County Primary School at Streets Corner – this is the building that David returned to recently and documented so beautifully.
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Have you lost a bird?

An unusual parish notice reaches me from reader and long time friend of the blog Caz – it seems that the colourful birdlife of Walsall Wood is no longer restricted to yaffles, goldfinches, bullfinches and robins – it now extends to canaries, too.
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Certified child labour

John and Paul Anslow have been great contributors to the Brownhills Blog over the last year or so – only recently, we had the great debate spurred by his wonderful images of the brass band and that monstink, Mr Bradbury.

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Water supply issues in Brownhills, Aldridge & Pelsall

Seeing lots of reports of folk with no water or severely reduced pressure in our area, as far away as Aldridge, Brownhills and Pelsall – here’s the latest updates.
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Walsall Wood Family Fit ‘n’ Fun Day – today!

Now that summer is here, the nights have opened out and hopefully the good weather is upon us, why not take the family up to Oak Park today (31st May 2014) – there, and at Walsall Wood Football club next door, you’ll find plenty of fitness and sport activities to get involved in, all absolutely free of charge.
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Great family event this Saturday!

Now that summer is here, the nights have opened out and hopefully the good weather is upon us, why not take the family up to Oak Park this Saturday (31st May 2014) – there, and at Walsall Wood Football club next door, you’ll find plenty of fitness and sport activities to get involved in, all absolutely free of charge.
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A bit of a monstink…

I present today a series of three photos, and a wonderful article with some remarkable detail – I’d like readers – not just the Walsall Wood Massive – to help here, please with names and recollections if you have any.
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Ballot dance

I’ve agonised over what to write here for days – it is, of course polling day here in Brownhills and Walsall today, and you get double bubble; not just chance to vote for one of your three councillors, but you get chance to vote for your European MP, too.
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At silly mid on

A few weeks ago, the young David Evans started exploring the history of Walsall Wood Cricket Club here on the Brownhills Blog, following some great contributions by Julie Le-Moine – steadily, we’re building up a good record of the lost cricket club, which stood where Boundary Close is now, behind St John’s Church and the Library.

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Family fun day at the Shire Oak tomorrow!

Local chap and friend of the blog Andy Sawyer has asked me to plug the Family Fun Day set to take place tomorrow (May 4th 2014) at the Shire Oak pub (or Top Oak), on the Chester Road, Brownhills.

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Family fun day at the Shire Oak, next Sunday

Local chap and friend of the blog Andy Sawyer has asked me to plug the Family Fun Day set to take place next Sunday (May 4th 2014) at the Shire Oak pub (or Top Oak), on the Chester Road, Brownhills.

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Urgent! Distraction burglary in Shire Oak yesterday…

Yet again, the brilliant Shire Oak group on Facebook draws my attention to crime in the area; this time a distraction burglary in Shire Oak yesterday afternoon (Friday, 25th April 2014).

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Signatures still required on pedestrian crossings for Shire Oak petition

I’m running this request again for signatures to the online petition for pedestrian crossings in Shire Oak following the sad death of Jack Garrington – if you haven’t signed, please do.

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Don’t disrupt the bingo!

Today, reader and longstanding friend of the Brownhills Blog Stuart Cowley mailed me the above wonderful image of Chasetown Working Men’s Club Committee from years past, when Stuart’s Dad was involved.

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Please sign the petition requesting pedestrian crossings for Shire Oak

Since the tragic, awful death of 12 year old Jack Garrington on the Chester Road, Shire Oak last Thursday, 10th April 2014, many Brownhills folk and parents of kids attending Shire Oak from further afield have not only paid tribute to Jack, but also want to join together to improve road safety in the area.

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Pedestrian Crossings for Shire Oak – a campaign in memory of Jack Garrington

Following the tragic, heart-rending death of 12 year old Jack Garrington on the Chester Road, Shire Oak on Thursday, Brownhills has been in a state of shock – many locals have paid tribute to the young lad, floral tributes have been laid at the scene and it’s fair to say that a perceptible air of sadness has prevailed locally.
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Child dies in Brownhills Road accident – police statement

This afternoon, Thursday 10th April 2014, there’s been a serious accident involving a child and a lorry in Brownhills – sadly, the 12 year old involved has died at the scene.
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Road accident in Brownhills now

This afternoon, Thursday 10th April 2014, there’s been aserious accident involving a child and a lorry in Brownhills.

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It’s a naked place without cricket

It’s always nice to kick off a new historical thread here on the blog, and this one will be particularly wonderful to curate, as I know there’s a lot of local interest in the old cricketing history of Walsall Wood.

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Middle Oak up for sale

I wouldn’t normally bother too much with this, but there’s been a fair bit of rumour locally and it’s worth pointing out that the current landlords of the Royal Oak in Shire Oak, Brownhills (known as ‘The Middle’) will apparently be taking over a refurbished Royal Exchange in Walsall Wood, and the Royal Oak has been placed on the market by it’s current owners.
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Going Back

I’ve noticed over the five years that this blog has been running that it brings out often hidden sides to readers, and uncovers talents folk didn’t know they had – the young David Evans of late has been discovering a new talent for a genteel, polite form of Urban Exploration.
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Brownhills mugging: further information now available

Further to yesterday’s post about a rather unpleasant knifepoint mugging of a school pupil on the Black Path in Brownhills last Monday, the ever on-the-ball Walsall Advertiser now has a great report available with loads of additional information. Click here … Continue reading

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Brownhills School pupil mugged at knifepoint yesterday

I’ve just had a text forwarded to me apparently sent from Brownhills School today (Tuesday, 25th March 2014).

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In the swim

Here’s one I suspect may trigger a few memories – unearthed by the young David Evans, it’s an image of Walsall Wood Primary School’s swimming pool, which I think is long demolished – I’m not familiar with it myself, but it seems a lot like one Millfield had – and may still do.

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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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Brownhills Community Association – from strength to strength

Bonita Clayton from Brownhills Community Association has been in touch to let me have a copy of their March-April 2014 newsletter, asking me if I’d share it on the blog for readers to peruse – of course, that’s no problem at all.8th issue March-April 2014 p1 Continue reading

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The final lot

The demolition is by now nearly complete – after 155 years extant, and about 40 of those derelict, the former St John’s School in Walsall Wood has now largely reduced to pallets of bricks and oddments of scrap.
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Breaking down the walls…

The tenacity and charm of the young David Evans continues to be rewarded, and he has again created great pictorial documentation of the demolition process being undertaken on the former St. John’s School in Walsall Wood.
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Demolition, man

Thanks to the keen eye and subsequent alert by reader, fellow local blogger and freind of the blog @thestymaster, plus the outrageous cheek, charm and loquaciousness of the young David Evans, I can present internal and external shots of the former St. John’s School in Walsall Wood, currently undergoing demolition.
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Dazed

I’ve had a request from the young David Evans to re-run some photos from a post I created in 2011 – David has requested this as new reader and commenter Roger Mosedale has joined us in the last few days, and David feels that he may be able to help with the school photos here.
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Brick by brick

Today, thanks to the eagle eye of reader, fellow local blogger and freind of the blog @thestymaster, plus the dedication and guile of a couple of regular blog readers and contributors, we have managed to catch the last days of a local, doomed landmark: St. John’s School, in Walsall Wood.

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Under the thatch

This is an article that’s taken an awful lot of work to prepare – the young David Evans has been toiling on it for some time now, as well as other related matters, and it ties up a number of disparate threads relating to Streets Corner in Walsall Wood, and the families who lived in the thatched cottage that famously stood there for years.

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Burglary in Shire Oak – be on your guard

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When Mom wasn’t pleased to see me

Here’s another great instalment from the series I started a couple of months ago, chronicling the memories of Walsall Wood lady Audrey Proffitt, carefully and faithfully transcribed by reader and Walsall Wood correspondent David Evans.

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That rings a bell…

That there young David Evans has been very busy – not content to loaf around convalescing like any normal person after his recent operation, he’s been preparing some new local history projects, and updating others.

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When an old cricketer leaves the crease

Following the remarkable and fascinating response to Julie Le-Moine’s enquiry last weekend about a mystery cricket team photo from Walsall Wood, Julie has been good enough to send me another image – this time, it’s her Grandfather Walter Hollender.
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Fielding suggestions

Here’s a nice one for the weekend, and I think the Walsall Wood contingent may have a word or two to say about it – this cricket team photo was sent to me earlier in the week by long-time friend of the blog, Julie Le-Moine.1795012_10152044481118778_200813047_o Continue reading

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Get another glimpse into Brownhills Past

Regular readers will remember that last Autumn, there was an exhibition at Walsall Local History Centre featuring a whole tranche of of historic Brownhills photos and ephemera from the civic collection – this had proven to be so successful, that the top operatives at the town archives have decided to set many of the exhibits up on show in Brownhills Library, at the Parkview Centre, from now until the end of February 2014.
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The heart of the community

Bonita Clayton from Brownhills Community Association has been in touch to let me have a copy of their current newsletter, asking me if I’d share it on the blog for readers to peruse – of course, that’s no problem at all.
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Get yourselves connected!

Walsall Area Partnerships have asked me to alert readers who may be involved in groups, clubs, organisations and general community work to a great networking event due to take place this Wednesday evening (29th January 2014).

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A fine rate of Exchange

Last week, I posted the first part of a remarkable article by Susan M Luzy about the history of the families connected with the Royal Echange pub in Walsall Wood – this unassuming, but well-loved pub has been the subject of much local historical study, and since the first part of this article was posted, local historians have turned up some remarkable material which Andy Dennis, David Evans and a whole host others are working on in the background.

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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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A foreign Exchange

The subject of the Royal Echange pub in Walsall Wood, and the families who were connected with it, continues to be the subject of much local historical study – in fact, I don’t think any other pub or building, apart from perhaps The Shire Oak Pub that has generated so much local historical interest.
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Caught on celluloid

I have something remarkable coming up on the blog tomorrow, a film I’ve been tracking down for a while, and thanks to the immense generosity and kindness of local history stalwarts Brian ‘Clayhanger Kid’ Stringer and the Young David Evans, I can present it here on the net for the community to share and debate.

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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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Please help Age UK if you can

Yesterday, I received this appeal from Mark Fellows of Age UK, who’s compiling a list of services, clubs and activities for those aged 50 plus in our area – first up, he needs contact details for Clayhanger Senior Citizens Club, but also details of any such services for senior citizens in out area.

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