Great live music at The Chase Inn tonight!

Fancy some great music tonight? Capo 4 play the Chase Inn! Image from the pub’s Facebook page.

The folks from the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills has been in touch to let me know that there’s live music on again at the popular Brownhills pub this evening (Saturday 29th April 2017), with female-fronted rock act Capo 4 live tonight from 8:00pm – and you’d be a fool to miss it!

Capo 4 are a Staffordshire band playing covers and original music, and are highly recommended!

You can check out the band’s Facebook page here.

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.


The Chase Inn is a great local pub for music, entertainment and real ale! Image from the pub’s Facebook page.

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Walsall Wood FC v Westfields FC: Away match today!


Westfield play at the allpay.park ground – Image from Westfields FC’s website.

Saturday 29th April 2017

The most important Wood game in recent history: Can the lads from Oak Park stave off relegation with a much needed win?

Walsall Wood F.C. v Westfields F.C.

Away at Westfields FC
allpay.park, Widemarsh Common, Hereford, HR4 9NA

 Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes

3:00pm kickoff

For The Good Of The Wood!

Looking forward to the match report…

Visit the Walsall Wood FC website here



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It’s good to repair (and share!) – a great event this afternoon near Lichfield

Another great community initiative from the human dynamo behind Lichfield Lore!

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with a new project – Lichfield Repair and Share – which starts today (Saturday, 29th April 2017) at Woodhouse Farm, just north of Whittington, between 2pm and 4pm.

Kate, who’s more usually known for her excellent work with Lichfield local history group, Lichfield Discovered and other projects, has decided to start a community project to help people repair, recycle and put back to good use things that my be broken or need some love.

This looks like a great way to have fun, meet up with other like minded folk and also learn some new skills.

If you’re unsure where to find Woodhouse Farm, check out their contact page here, and you can find out more about the farm – which is a fine community endeavour in itself – at their site here.

I’ll let Kate explain:


On Saturday 29th April, between 2pm and 4pm,  we’re holding our first ever repair & share event at Woodhouse Farm, just outside Whittington.  We have a team of volunteers with a wide range of skills who will be showing people how they can fix their broken items or give their old things a new lease of life. Anyone with anything that needs a bit of TLC can bring it along to see if we can help. 

We want to increase peoples’ skills and knowledge about how to repair and restore things and reduce the amount of stuff that ends up as landfill. We’re so grateful to all those offering their time and skills and delighted that the idea has been met with such enthusiasm. We hope it will be the first of many similar events, both here at the farm and elsewhere in the area.

Woodhouse Farm really is a wonderful thing. Image from Adventures in Lichfield.

Lichfield Re:Cycle will be on hand to help people with bike repairs and maintenance, and we can also offer help and advice on upcycling and repairing furniture and clothing, IT health checks, social media and small business advice, repairing appliances & electrical devices and vehicle maintenance. 

There is no charge but donations can be made to Woodhouse Farm, a not for profit social enterprise, to help them with their ongoing project to preserve the farm’s historic landscape and to become a place where people can develop their skills in growing & cooking food. Refreshments will be available from the farm cafe. 

For more information, contact Kate Gomez at or joing the Lichfield Repair & Share group on Facebook here.

Many thanks as ever!

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Silver Street Church historical display – on now!

Images kindly supplied by David Evans.

Just a quick post while I’m tied up with other stuff – the young David Evans has been to the display of memorabilia and photos at Silver Street Methodist Church in Brownhills, to celebrate the iconic building’s 50th Anniversary, and sent in a lovely gallery of images.

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, there are to be a host of events in celebration, of which the display is just one. I’d hope maybe they could keep the display material available for as long as possible as it looks like a wonderful thing.

David wrote:

Hi Bob

Some hasty photos taken earlier this morning as the ‘setting out’ process is well under way…..

Already some previously unseen artifacts and information re on display – I left the good folk busily making space for more materials.

Many many thanks for the wonderful support your blog has already given to this event.

Kind regards

My sincere apologies to David and the folk of Silver Street for not posting this gallery sooner, but last night I was tied up with work, sadly.

The church was built in 1967 to replace the and combine Mount Zion and the Wesleyan in Brownhills High Street which were lost to redevelopment and it has to be said, old age; latterly, the remarkable building whose design hasn’t dated at all has accepted congregations from other churches and chapels in Brownhills like Park View, Brownhills West and Coppice Side.

The Silver Street Church is busy and has an active congregation and you can find out more about it at their website here and Facebook page here.

There are a fair few events to celebrate the fifty year milestone – note the memorabilia display starting this Thursday (27th April 2017) which will be very interesting indeed:

50th Anniversary Celebrations

During 2017 we will be celebrating 50 years since the opening of the Methodist Church on Silver Street.  There will be events during the year as part of our celebrations.

These events include:

Thursday 27th – Friday 28th April – displays of memorabilia from Silver Street’s 50 years as well as Mount Zion and Wesley Church who came together to form Brownhills Methodist.  

Saturday 29th April – Celebration Buffet with entertainment (6pm for 6.30pm – tickets £8)

Sunday 30th April – Morning service (10.30am) Songs of Praise Celebration; Evening service (6pm) Circuit United Service.

Saturday 1st July – Strawberry Tea (2.30pm)

Saturday 23rd September – Harvest Supper (6pm for 6.30pm)

Thanks to David for letting me know – and as ever, if any members of the Church would care to drop me an email I’m happy to advertise your community events. Just drop me a line.

If you have any memories of the new Silver Street Church – or indeed, the ones it superseded – please do comment or drop me an email. BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

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Fabulous at Fifty – local theatre going strong!

Aldridge Musical Comedy Society are an entertaining and talented bunch! Image from the Society.

It’s good to see local theatre doing so well these days, with not one but great local companies staging shows in the coming weeks – last week I pointed out that Brownhills Musical Theatre Company’s latest 9-5 was coming up, and today it’s the turn of  Aldridge Musical Comedy Society who have a rather special anniversary this year and are putting on a show to celebrate…

Aldridge Musical Comedy Society have a proud history and are well respected for fun, entertaining and very professional shows. You can check out their website here.

Their fiftieth anniversary this year will be celebrated with a special show at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Cannock from the 18th to the 20th May 2017, which is certain to  cement that fine reputation, and is sure to be a sellout so get your tickets quickly!

Details of the show and society are featured below – best of luck to all the performers, crew and supporters.

Aldridge Musical Comedy Society wrote:

Fabulous at 50 – Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock – 18 to 20 May 2017

This May, Aldridge Musical Comedy Society (AMCS) make a welcome return to the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock for a magnificent celebration of fifty years as a society. The show is Fabulous at 50 and never has a title been so apt. Last year, AMCS put on two well-received productions of the highest standard in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Once Upon a Time. You can expect Fabulous at 50 to be no different.

Great voices, breathtaking dance and good humour, Fabulous at 50 features numbers from Les Misérables, Oklahoma, All Shook Up, Oliver, Rent and many more. Direction for Fabulous at 50 is in the safe hands of Julie Lamb with choreography by Sarah Hemming and musical direction – Mark Bayliss.

Julie, who is also chairperson of the society, spoke about the show, “I’m so proud to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of AMCS and feel very honoured to be directing such a talented group of people on this special occasion.”

Also, making a welcome return to the stage is society president, Paula Garratt, who appeared in AMCS’ first ever production – Calamity Jane.

“When I started with AMCS 50 years ago,” Paula said, “I never thought I would be lucky enough to join this great company on stage in celebration of those 50 years. I am very proud of everyone associated with the society.”

AMCS currently has a core of 30 members and are always on the lookout for more of all ages. Rehearsing in Aldridge every Wednesday, the society, in addition to two shows a year, also perform for charity functions and care homes.

And the shows continue. With Smokey Joe’s Café (Nov 2017) and West Side Story (May 2018) already confirmed, the next fifty years is underway. But not until this current celebration is complete and from experience, AMCS guarantee the 50th anniversary show will be nothing less than Fabulous.

Fabulous at 50 is on 18 to 20 May 2017 (1930 start). Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock.

Tickets available from AMCS (01543 480626) or Box Office (01543 578762).

Adults £12. Concession £10 and Under 16s £8.

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Mobile phone lost in Brownhills – can you help please?


The Parkview Centre…

This is an important one I’m hoping readers can help with – a user of Brownhills Parkview Centre surgery yesterday (Tuesday 25th April 2017) lost their mobile phone possibly while using the disabled facilities there.

Emma Mills-Webster wrote:

My daughter has lost her phone Brownhills Parkview Centre’s disabled toilet at about 3.20pm, Tuesday 25th April 2017.

The phone is a Samsung Galaxy J3, the homepage wallpaper of which is a child holding a box of Jaffa Cakes.

If anyone finds this phone please contact me on Facebook here or contact the local police.

If you want you can also email me in total confidence on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com and I’ll pass any information on anonymously for you.

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Urgent appeal: Walsall NHS Trust looking for relatives of John Elkes


Walsall Manor Hospital – surprisingly beautiful at night.

Another important appeal for readers of the blog – this request was posted by the Communication Team at Walsall Manor Hospital  Tuesday (24th April 2017) and I’d like all locals to have a think about it, and if any of you can, please do help.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is searching for the family of one of its patients.

John Elkes, from Willenhall, was born in the year of 1935.

Anyone related to John should contact Julie Venables in the general office at Walsall Manor Hospital on 01922 721172 ext. 4637.

Thanks in advance. If anyone would prefer, email me in total confidence at BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot come and I’ll pass any messages on. 

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