More Costa jobs up for grabs in Brownhills


It’s been a while coming, but it looks like Brownhills will soon have it’s own Costa Coffee outlet.

There’s been lots of talk here about the new Costa Coffee outlet due to open in Brownhills – and a couple of weeks ago I spotted a job advert for the new store – sadly, this was oversubscribed quickly and many were left disappointed.

Yesterday, I was contacted by Stephanie Barber on Facebook, who’s organising recruitment for the project – she sent me the following message:

Hi could you please put this job advert out:

Anyone looking to joining a new team at the new Costa opening on the high street, please inbox me!

We are looking for 2 full time key holders (supervisors) 2 full time baristas and 2 part-time baristas!

Anyone interested can inbox me for further details and to arrange sending a CV

You can also phone on 07837 306188

Thank you

If you wish to apply, you can contact Stephanie by sending a Facebook message here. Obviously, this advertisement is has no connection with the Brownhills Blog  and I can’t answer queries, which can only be answered by  Stephanie.

Whilst I realise Costa isn’t to everyone’s taste, anything that creates business and fills an empty unit has to be good for Brownhills.

I look forward to my first cup of milky froth…

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Fondly remembering a local musical talent


Roger Mosedale (third left) and freinds in 1971. Image kindly supplied by Jake Williams.

It was with a very heavy heart that I announced the sad passing of local lad and noted musical talent Roger Mosedale this week – Roger had many, many friends and was well known, and the reaction to the tragic news was very marked indeed.

Jake Williams, a great friend of Roger’s posted the above wonderful photo in response on Facebook, and subsequently sent me some of his and Roger’s music for you to enjoy.

I thank Jake for his warm and generous memories, and for allowing me to share them with you all.

Jake wrote:

Very sad at the passing of Roger Mosedale.

After The Sundowners split – Roger and Barry continued playing together in the other bands until 1972.

Roger then, left the live music scene – but he began songwriting and recording between 2010 and 2013.

This photo was taken in 1971. ( Roger is 3rd from the left)

Here are some recordings of Roger.

We composed this song – BACK TO THE SATURDAY DANCE (2010) as a tribute to Cliff and The Shadows. Roger was a Shadows fanatic and he could always imitate Hank Marvin. (Track © Midland Songwriters)

Back To The Saturday Dance

Roger was a big fan of the American – Boyd Coddington – (Amercican Hot Rod) on the Quest channel, so we wrote and recorded a tribute to Boyd. ‘Boyd’s Gonna Build Me A Hot Rod’.

It’s meant to be a Country Rock song – but Roger still managed to make it sound like Hank Marvin!
(Track © Midland Songwriters)

Boyd’s Gonna Build Me A Hot Rod

A Country music ballad – ‘Friday On My Mind’ – and still, Roger put his Hank Marvin sound to it.
(Track © Midland Songwriters)

Friday On My Mind

(If the inline player doesn’t work, click on the link to the song in question). Please note that Midland Songwriters retain copyright to these works.

Thanks to Jake for a true act of community and remembrance.

I know what cherished memories many here have of Roger and the local music scene he was such a part of. Roger commented a lot on the history of Friezland Lane Club and I know he had great memories of both that institution and of playing in The Sundowners.

My sincere condolences to Roger’s family, friends and all who knew and remembered him. Running the blog as I do you become all too aware of time’s arrow and at instances like this the sadness is particularly acute.

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Mabel’s Vintage Fair at Chasewater Railway this Sunday!


Looks like a fun event for vintage ephemera lovers!

I notice that this Sunday, 24th July 2016, there’s a rather fun looking vintage event being staged at Chasewater Railway byMabel’s Vintage Carriage, who have a regular vintage stall in a carriage at the preserved railway.

The fair runs from 11am until 4pm at Brownhills West Station (Use the Chasewater main entrance from the A5 and Pool Road) and there will be entertainment, over 50 stalls, the noted tea rooms and of course the wonderful atmosphere provided by a working preserved steam railway.

Chasewater Railway is a wonderful attraction with regular passenger services at weekends and during school holidays, featuring two excellent cafes and a fascinating museum that chronicles not just railway history, but that of our area and industry.

The whole thing is staffed by helpful and friendly volunteers who are always ready to chat and talk about the railway and rolling stock.

At Brownhills west station there are also a lovely model railway, plus a couple of great vintage and collectible stalls. The railway itself has a shop selling books, rail models, toys and other merchandise.

You can check their website here – trains run this and every weekend from 11am to 4pm with the museum, cafes and stations open earlier.

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Vinyl night at The Chase Inn tonight!


The Chase Inn: a great local pub

The Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills goes from strength to strength – there’s not only great ale and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, but great live music most weekends, too – and there’s a great Vinyl Disco on this weekend.

This Saturday evening (23rd July 2016) there’s a change from the usual with a Vynial Disco – bring your favourite records up and have a party!

The Chase inn said:

Something a bit different…

This Saturday we are having our first ‘old skool disco’ with vinyl… Anyone who wants to dust off their favourite records and bring them along, you are more than welcome!

All lagers £2.50 a pint (our happy happy, happy, hour!) from 8pm onwards (1am bar!)

See you all from 8pm for some vintage disco-ing

It’s free entry and there’s great ale, cider and a banging atmosphere.

Why not get down there? You’re guaranteed an excellent time…

For the satnav folk, the address is: 6 Watling Street, Newtown, Brownhills WS8 6JS

You can contact the pub on: 01543 899568 or visit their Facebook page.

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Walsall Wood Football Club need your help this weekend!


Can you help Walsall Wood FC grow and thrive?

Andy Roper from Walsall Wood Football Club has been in touch to let me know that they’re having a maintenance weekend at Oak Park today and tomorrow (Saturday 23 July -Sunday 24 July 206), from 12-5pm each day.

Andy said:

Your help is needed this Saturday and Sunday for small maintenance jobs in and around the ground. From 12-5pm – Any help is really appreciated!

Jobs include decorating, tidying, small DIY type tasks etc. – the club always need help and this is your chance to help them and have great fun while you do so!

Walsall Wood FC are a popular, community focussed club that I’m proud to support here on the blog, and if you can help them, I’m sure you’d find it satisfying and rewarding.

For the good of the wood!

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Burntwood Wakes on right now!


Back home at Burntwood Leisure Centre – should be a great day!

Sorry, running very behind today but there’s a great family fun event right now up in Burntwood (Saturday 23 July 2016) with the annual Burtnwood Chase Wakes festival kicking off at Burntwood Leisure Centre from 12-4pm.

There will be food, fun activities for all ages, a scarecrow competition, live bands… so why not get up there?

If you attend, why not send in some pictures?Like


So much to do for all the family!

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Lamping it!


There’s a great new arts facility at Brownhills Activity Centre… Image from Walsall Council.

Brownhills Community Association have been busy, and recently got in touch to point out that they have a great new arts and performance space in the refurbished former school hall which is now called The Lamp.

The public debut of The Lamp will be next Friday, 29th July 2016, When it will be Movie Night at the Activity Centre – Buster Keaton’s ‘The General’ will be showning, with live piano accompaniment. Doors open at 7pm, with tickets at a very reasonable £5 or £4 for concessions. Tickets are available now from the Acitivity Centre office.


Come and see this silent classic, performed with a live piano accompaniment, as it was intended. Image from

You can find the the Community Association on the web here, visit their Facebook page here, check out their Twitter here (and that of The Lamp here), or call them on 01543 452119.

In order to find out more about this hive of activity right in the centre of Brownhills, roving reporter, arts correspondent and serial tea taster the young David Evans pooped over to the Brownhills Activity Centre to find out more.

He wrote:

I was delighted to attend this year’s Brownhills Canal Festival, and to take some photos of the super event. One stand caught my eye, among the many – that of the Brownhills Community Association. In the course of the brief time I was able to spend in pleasant conversation with the good folk, I was delighted to learn of their latest venture, ‘The Lamp’.

So taking up the invitation recently, I grabbed my trusty camera and went to have a look for myself. Regular blog readers will remember how accommodating and friendly the team were when I was allowed to view my old Junior School in Walsall Wood some while ago to take some photos.

I met Mr. John Batchelor, Marketing Manager of Brownhills Community Association, who kindly gave me a printed potted history of the building, and he and Mr. Nigel Anderson, Marketing Assistant showed me the Association’s new pride and joy, The Lamp which I remember as being the old school hall. But now it is much, much more and is a suite of rooms that boasts all the facilities to enable a whole range of activities, performances, exhibitions and social events to be held. An amazing transformation and total refurbishment which only took six months to achieve.

I was impressed by the self-evident team spirit and positivity in the centre and also by the range of activities, their breadth and number, that take place in the centre. This is truly an Activity Centre for all of the Brownhills community.

I am pleased to attach the photos I took, some which will bring back memories of school days from times gone by for some, er, more elderly readers, I feel sure…

I would like to thank Mrs Janet Davies of Brownhills Community Association for her hospitality and very warm welcome, and wish all the activity participants and club members of all ages every success.

The Community Association are based at Brownhills Activities Centre, just by the Miner Island in central Brownhills, and always have lots going on for people from the town – and the wider community – to enjoy.

The latest Brownhills Community Association newsletter – click the images for large versions.

The Activity Centre is what my generation would know as ‘The Annexe’ – the old Central Boy’s School, now a bustling community resource. To find out more about the events and activities, check out the newsletter above, or you can pop in or call them on 01543 452119.

The Community Association have lots of stuff going on, and loads of great facilities, right in the heart of Brownhills. I love what they’re about and all the great things they’re doing.

My best wishes to Janet and the gang, and thanks to David for a great report. Please do pop along and check them out. 

Images kindly supplied by David Evans

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