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Pallets still needed for Brownhills bonfire!

I know I plugged it a couple of days ago, but Walsall Park Rangers are still in need of pallets to build the bonfire for the Holland Park Fireworks event, scheduled to take place this Saturday eveningBXgiySBIAAEBy0e Continue reading

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Everyone enjoys a burnup…

Brownhills Bonfire & Firework Display

At Holland Park

Saturday 2rd November 2013

Enjoy our bonfire and fireworks display, food and children’s rides available

Car Park Entry off The Parade. Pedestrian Entrance is through Chester Road North & The Parade.
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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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Not worth the paper it’s written on

The saga of Aldridge Manor and the winding down of youth services in Walsall is still rumbling on, and the issue is still being pursued by doughty campaigner Linda Mason – in a post on her blog a few days ago Lind detailed a recent letter she has received from Walsall Council which appears to be in almost total denial of the facts.

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Continuing the Exchange

I’m pleased to note the intriguing and rich history of the Royal Exchange pub in Walsall Wood continues to develop and evolve – regular readers will recall that Ann Cross and David Evans did much work to document life at the local hostelry, Ann Cross in particular writing some wonderful accounts of her family’s involvement.
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Bettered its manners

Last weekend I introduced readers to one of my longstanding passions – the 1930s gazetteer series that is Arther Mee’s ‘Kings England’ – back then, I broached the subject with Arthurs florid, but charming take on Wall, the little local village with the big Roman history.th Continue reading

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Free electric blanket checks at Brownhills Library now!

You can get your electric blankets checked over before the autumn switch on at Brownhills Library at The Parkview Centre, Brownhills, Today, Saturday 28th September from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
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Wood you please help?

Taking my life in my hands, I thought I’d run this press release from Walsall Council this week, and I think it’s quite important – most of us enjoy a good burn up on bonfire night, so in the community spirit, can you help with some fuel? If you can, Walsall Park Rangers would be really pleased to hear from you.

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The Cannon made in Walsall Wood

On Sunday last, I ran the last episode of the St John’s School log books, which mentioned Jim Edwards, a local theologian and cleric with a remarkable story – as the comments on the article expanded, it became clear this was no ordinary parish churchman, but a fellow of considerable stature who was well travelled and also experienced in war.
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Nailed it

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Blooming lovely

I note from the Facebook Page of Brownhills Town Centre Partnership that Brownhills this year won a Silver Award in the Britain in Bloom competition.533325_340031132712723_731383535_n Continue reading

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The cruel Manor of their deception

I’d like to flag up a very angry post Lind Mason has written about the situation with Walsall Council’s Youth Service and the vexed question of Aldridge Manor – the Councillors may have wandered away now that the election is over, the Council Officers may be trying to fob us off, but neither I nor Linda have forgotten the issue of Aldridge Manor and the winding down of youth services in Walsall.Untitled 2 Continue reading

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On the circular

Earlier in the week bus expert and local history stalwart Tony Martin sent me a couple of pictures of busses running the 51 route, mentioned in the remarkable David Oakley article about Darlaston. 119 copy Continue reading

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The dirty old town I love

I’ve never made any secret of the fact that I love the Black Country with all my heart – this dirty, post-industrial powerhouse of a place has been prominent throughout my life, although, technically, I live outside it. tumblr_ljie8oCmPj1qib2vgo1_1280 Continue reading

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Some Mummers do have ‘em

There is a long tradition in British history of Mummer’s Plays – folkloric parables, stories and satires – performed for the benefit of the working classes by mostly itinerant actors and Walsall has seen a revival of this very old tradition in recent years with the plays written by former Walsall Wood teacher and local arts supremo Dave Calcutt.
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Stroll down memory lane – around Old Aldridge

I’d like to draw readers attention to the following great local history event taking place in Aldridge on the 12th September 2013 at 7:00pm – the walk will cost just a quid, and will be led by Betty Fox.

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Puddled

We have talked a lot recently about the Birchills Ironworks, Talbot Stead Tube Works (latterly Sterling Tubes), and have ruminated on the nature of metal bashing and other industry – in his initial perusal of The Graphic, Peter spotted the following article relating to metal production in Cleveland, and I think it’s worth a read.
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Following the engine

Yesterday, I featured a fascinating analysis of a great picture of steam locomotive at Brownhills Station in the early part of last century, sent in by reader Ian Pell = the picture originated in a press release for the upcoming Walsall Local History Centre exhibition entitled Brownhills Past & Present.

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Now departed

Yesterday, I posted about a new exhibition coming to the Walsall Local History Centre on the subject of Brownhills Past & Present – Stuart Williams had supplied some really great images with the exhibition press release, one of them being of a steam locomotive at Brownhills Station from ‘the early 1900s’.
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Brownhills Past & Present: new exhibition coming soon

Stuart Williams of the Walsall Local History Centre has been in touch regarding a soon-to-start new exhibition of Brownhills photos and ephemera at the town archives.
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Pictures from Brownhills Music Festival 2013

Well, the day came and despite very poor weather and a wind that would strip the paint from a Vauxhall, at the Brownhills Music Festival the music was great, the beer was fine and everyone seemed to have a good time.
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High-rise histories – can you help a local historian?

Fellow local blogger, Clayhanger man and wildlife expert Chaz Mason has recently posted the following request on his blog – I’m so intrigued by it that I reproduce the post here in full.

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Brownhills Music Festival 2013 – The stage is set

Well, it’s all done and dusted, they’re setting up and Brownhills is ready for it’s first music festival in decades – It’s going to be a grand day out for all, with great music, beer and good company throughout from 12 noon, Saturday, 17th August 2013.
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An overwhelming sense of duty

Sister Dora is a beloved, dear heroine of Walsall; remembered long after her passing, she is a local heroine whose memory shines like a light in the grim, darkened industrial past of Walsall – her statue – finally restored to it’s rightful place on The Bridge, in the town centre – still sees regular laying of flowers and visits by those interested in the remarkable history it records.

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The ever-changing skyline

I’ve had some fantastic contact recently with reader Wyrleyrob, who’s helped on a number of historical issues- he’s interested in the Birchills foundry/power station history, and has spoken to his friend, great local historian Jack Haddock – together, they’ve come up with some fine images which I can share.

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Choose wisely

Today, there is a council by-election in the ward of Aldridge Central & South, brought about by the sad passing of longstanding councillor Tom Ansell – this election will be interesting in a number of ways – although usually a safe Tory seat, it will be intriguing to see how the other parties fair – particularly UKIP and the Labour.
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Local Scouts learn about nature at Shire Oak Park

I should have featured this yesterday, but didn’t get time – in what seems to be a new initiative, Walsall Wood Scouts, a thoroughly fine bunch of lads, have been undertaking small scale, supervised scrub clearance at Shire Oak Park Nature Reserve.

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Power to the people

I’ve had a couple of great responses to my request for material on Walsall’s lost power station that existed at Reedswood, until it’s demolition in the late 1980s.

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Brownhills Music Festival 2013 – Not far away

It’s getting closer – the Brownhills Music Festival will be taking place throughout the day at The Shire Oak pub, Shire Oak crossroads, Brownhills (or Walsall Wood if you please), next weekend on Saturday 17th August 2013.
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Pelsall Summer Fun Day Today!

I know many local folk were disappointed when the Holland Park Fun Day scheduled for last Wednesday was cancelled due to the inclement weather – well, there’s some good news in that Pelsall is holding the same event today.
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The white heat of technology

This weekend, I have been mostly excavating the mapping record for Birchills Iron Works – I know it’s way off our normal beat, but once I started looking at the geography following the remarkable sale post of last Friday, I couldn’t help but be captivated.
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Out of Focus

The old Focus DIY store on Northgate, just between Aldridge and Walsall Wood continues to be a magnet for flytipping, vandalism and other antisocial behaviour – the site has been vacant since the closure of the DIY chain a couple of years ago, and has subsequently just been left to rot.
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Summer fun for kids in Holland Park today!

Kids already driving you mad – tomorrow, Wednesday 31st July 2013, there will be an opportunity to get them off that games console and out into the fresh air with a summer fun event at the popular Brownhills park.
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Eine kleine Nachtmarket

Well, it was a balmy summer evening, and the atmosphere was carnival-like and relaxed. There were loads more stalls than last time, and everyone seemed to be having a great time.
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Walsall Night Market tonight!

This is a quick post to highlight the fact that Walsall’s award-winning Night Market is to return this week, on Thursday evening in the town centre 5pm to 9pm.

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Out on the common…

Walsall Council’s Countryside Services Manager Kevin Clements has been in touch – he wants me to let readers know that there’s now a booklet available for download, which details the work proposed for Brownhills Common, and he’s also written an interesting piece for the blog about the planned tasks ahead, and why they’re so important.
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Following tracks

The wonderful local rail historian and Brownhills Choral Society chronicler Ian Pell has been in touch to tell me that the book he mentioned, ‘Walsall Routes’ is now available to order from the publisher, as well as from Amazon.
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More music…

This Sunday 21st July 2013, the Chuckery Festival finishes in spectacular style – from 12pm to 6pm, there will be another afternoon of great live music at the Bandstand in Walsall Arboretum, and what’s more, it’s free.
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Walking for Rosie

Karen Ross has been in touch with details of this Sunday’s sponsored walk and festival in aid of the wonderful Rosie’s Helping Hands Charity.Rosie's Walk 2013 Press Release copy Continue reading

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Brownhills Music Festival 2013 – Running order announced

The running order of the Brownhills Music Festival has just been announced – this is the free event which will be taking place throughout the day at The Shire Oak pub, Brownhills, on the 17th August 2013 features something for everyone, and it all takes place around and inside a great local pub with excellent ale and friendly locals.
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Jammin’ – pictures from Our Big Gig

Well, I nearly missed it due to other commitments, and like the Bands on the Beacon, I arrived late, but Our Big Gig in Walsall Arboretum this afternoon was brilliant – I can honestly say it was a cracking event the restored Arboretum basked in the sunshine, and Walsall, in all it’s diversity, came out to enjoy an afternoon of music and fun.
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Come to our big gig!

Following the massive success of Bands on the Beacon a couple of weeks ago, the summer of great open-air music in Walsall continues today, Sunday July 14th 2013 with The Big Gig in Walsall Arboretum1053531_10151764631278973_293562474_o Continue reading

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Chuckery Festival on too!

Thanks again to council whiz Kate Goodall for bringing this fine festival happening next week to my attention – along with Caldmore, Chuckery is one of my favourite bits of Walsall and has, to put it mildly, a banging community spirit, with a very diverse community.
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The Summer of Fun continues…

Thanks again to council whiz Kate Goodall for bringing this fine festival happening next week to my attention – along with Caldmore, Chuckery is one of my favourite bits of Walsall and has, to put it mildly, a banging community spirit, with a very diverse community.
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Before Rebecca

This is the blog of Rebecca, who spends a great deal of time with her mother adding names and background to family photos – this is a uniquely intimate and beautiful blog – not huge wordy posts, just great images with short explanatory passages, or longer tales as they crop up.
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It’s going to be big!

Following the massive success of Bands on the Beacon last weekend, and a very popular event in Bloxwich, the summer of great open-air music in Walsall continues on July 14th with The Big Gig in Walsall Arboretum. Again, this is … Continue reading

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In a cursory Manor

Just a quick note to flag up a wonderful post that passed by in a flurry of other stuff late last week. The Councillors may be trying to forget it, Council Officers may be trying to forget they promised another … Continue reading

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Bands on the Beacon today!

It’s turning into a real summer of live music – Sunday 30th June is Bands on the Beacon, and event that’s been sadly under my radar until this year, and with the project is now in it’s fourth year it has a whole bunch of avid devotees from all over the Midlands, who come to Walsall’s highest spot for free music and fun.
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Bloxwich Party in the Park – On today!

Julie Handley contacted me about this live event going down in Bloxwich this weekend, taking place all day Saturday, and there’s some cracking bands on, as well as loads of other attractions for folk of all ages.
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Loud, amplified grumbling

These days, I’ve come to realise that however old I get, this town will never cease to amaze me – just when you think you’ve seen it all, something rolls up, pokes you in the belly and blows raspberries at you.
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