Seek and you shall find something familiar at The Lamp Arts this Friday!

Personally, I’ve always loved Georgie Girl the best!

There’s a splendid concert being staged this Friday, 22nd September 2017 at the Lamp Arts Theatre in Brownhills Activity Centre, just on the Miner Island in the centre of Brownhills – Sounds Familiar will be playing all the familiar Seekers hits you know and love all in aid of the Brownhills Remembrance Day Parade Fund.

Tickets are just a fiver a head and all proceeds go to fund the Brownhills Remembrance event we all value so highly

Nigel Anderson, events manager at the Community Association said:

I would particularly like to highlight a very important event that is raising funds for the Brownhills Remembrance Day Parade.

On Friday 22nd September 2017 we are pleased to be presenting ‘Sounds Familiar’, a tribute act singing all the hits of  sixties group, ‘The Seekers’.

Tickets are priced at just £5 and all proceeds are going towards Brownhills very own Remembrance Day Parade. I have attached a publicity poster and any help you can give in spreading the word is, as always, greatly appreciated.

If you haven’t yet visited The Lamp for a show, you really are missing out; it’s a wonderfully modern and intimate community theatre with a wonderful atmosphere operated by a lovely community of dedicated folk, located in the old Annex or Brownhills Central Boys School right there on the Miner Island in Brownhills. You can find out more here.

There are several ways that you can purchase tickets for The Lamp Arts events. For all events, tickets can be ordered by Post. Telephone or Email. For some events, tickets can be ordered and paid for online.

All details can be found at this link here.

Please ring the crew on 01543 452 119 if you have any queries or need any help or email:

There’s loads going on at the Activity Centre on the Miner Island in Brownhills!

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Traffic incident causing holdups in Brownhills this morning

Thanks to readers Mandy, Stephen and Philip I can share the information that there has been a road traffic accident in Brownhills this morning (Tuesday 19th September 2017) involving a car and a bus.

The collision between a Travel West Midlands double decker bus running the 10 service and an Audi took place near the junction of Ogley Road and High Street at about 8:20am and delays and traffic congestion have been ongoing since.

Thankfully, nobody appears to have been hurt. My sympathies to all involved.

Cheers to all the readers who helped with this post.

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A past landscape from a surprise source

Stubbers Green and Walsall Wood in 1964 from a recently discovered collection. Click for a larger version.

A quick post here with a real curiosity found by the young David Evans – an aerial image from 1964 of Stubbers Green and southern Walsall Wood showing the brickwork, tilers and marl workings that did so much to shape the current area today.

There’s a whole bunch of stuff to come from the source, which I won’t spoil yet, but for today, just marvel at the view of a very much plundered landscape, the rapacious quest for brick clay and aggregates changing the geography here forever; and and the little bits of social history that lurk in-between.

David Evans has studied the photo and had this to say:

A childhood memory from the early 1950s, of sitting by Coppice Lane  and looking down into a huge quarry, seeing the digger and dumper trucks at work..the dumper truck labouring up a slope track out of the clayhole..

You can see the road, half way down the right of the image, heading across the image,  and the quarry, below the road and at the right-hand side of the image.

Just visible above the road and at the extreme right hand side..the rectangular Vigo Pool which was a dangerous yet irresistible place for youngsters…. Cloudy waters, sheer sides, and a raft made from two scaffolding planks.

Centre left is the quarry where a big unexploded Second World War bomb was unearthed by a hapless digger operator…

Just out of shot and to the right was the Vigo brickworks with its  tall square chimney belching out smoke that drifted across the area to the distaste of the ladies whose washing hung out to dry in the back gardens of the houses in Walsall Wood.

You can also see a railway track and raised loading platform from the kilns.

I notice at the right hand edge of the image are the lines of pre-fab bungalows beside ‘Paddys Graveyard’, the Irish part of the cemetery, by the railway track in Vigo Road.

To the upper left, in shadow, are the Coppy woods with the Jockey Meadows and Bullings Heath.

This is a remarkable photo!

Kind regards

Thanks to David for finding and illuminating a remarkable thing, and I’m sure this will provoke a lot of comment – either do so here on this post directly, or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

My thanks to David for genuinely leaving me speechless. Just when you thought you’d found pretty much everything…

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Urgent! Please look out for this stolen motorbike seen in Walsall Wood


Images posted Facebook by  Jo Edwards

Hey folks – please be on the lookout for a stolen motorbike, taken on Friday 15th September 2017 at around 9pm from Pelsall while the owner was at a friend’s house.

The blue Lexmoto bike has been seen with three lads in the Bridgwater and Wyre Close area of Walsall Wood on Saturday night and is also believed to have been seen in the Oak Park area on Sunday. It may have since had the registration plate removed.

Jo Edwards said:

My boyfriend has had his motorbike stolen outside of our friends house in pelsall around an hour ago! Whoever has it can’t have gone far and will definitely try selling it on!

Registration plate is BW66 OZE

If someone you know has just inexplicably tooled up on a new bike, check it out, please – after all, it might be your stuff they steal next.

Anyone with information about this theft is urged to contact West Midlands Police by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also contact Jo Edwards directly via Facebook here.

You can always mail me in confidence if you’d rather – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.

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Picture this – A lovely, local thing

Derek Morris took this astoundingly beautiful, prize-winning image on his phone at Shire Oak Nature Reserve. It’s absolutely gorgeous. Thank you.

Everyone who reads this blog will know I love and prize several things above most others – the love of the outdoors, an eye for natural beauty and human creativity, however that manifests itself.

Over the past few weeks, there’s been a wonderful thing been going on that has delighted and surprised me.

Debbie Etches and the members and admins of the Shire Oak group on Facebook – a small,  friendly residents group for the area in south Brownhills – held a photo competition, with the prize being a meal at the Shire Oak Pub.

The only remit was that the photos should show something of the local area – and from the gallery below, I think you’ll agree the entries are stunning  and they are by turns beautiful, charming and very well taken.

There have been some great entries, and the winner by Derek Morris – of a wee lass and her dog off to explore the park – is genuinely stunning. I really, really love the image, as it doesn’t matter that the subjects are facing away from the camera – it’s the essence; that childhood eagerness and friendship in a beautiful local place. Just brilliant.

I asked to feature the images here as they’re so lovely I thought more folk should see them.

I’d like to thank everyone who took part for genuinely brightening my days as I looked at the latest entries as they were posted. I love to see how others perceive the world and this was a wonderful bit of sunshine in a rather grey autumn.

Apologies to any I’ve missed or miscredited – if I’ve dropped a goolie or missed anyone out, just shout up. Comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail do com. Thanks

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Dog walkers beware – possible bait found on Clayhanger Common again


Clayhanger Common and other local heaths and open spaces are very popular with dog walkers. Take care, people, there are some morons about.

Reader Andrea Atterbury has been in touch to warn readers that items of what is believed to be meat bait have been recently found on Clayhanger Common including pig’s trotters, leading to renewed fears that poisoned lures may be being placed on the common again.

Andrea wrote:


It has been noted that fresh meat, pigs trotters, have been found on the spot in Clayhanger.

There is concern that these may contain poison, as a dead fox and dead cat have recently been found in the same area.

Please warn all dog walkers, just in case. It has happened before.


In January 2016 the local media carried a story from a lady mourning her dog whom she believed ate poisoned meat whilst being walked on Clayhanger Common and warned other dog lovers to beware – a number of other suspicious finds occurred, including a lucky escape for Baxter the dog leading to concerns that someone may well be trying to poison foxes or birds of prey there.

There are periodic reports of this kind of thing; in 2015 there were a series of reported incidents in Pelsall that caused great concern. If you walk your dog on commons and heaths locally, keep an eye on them and be aware of anything they show particular interest in.

I can’t imagine what’s going through the head of anyone who would do such a thing. Just awful.

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Feisty Leicester send Woodmen up the road

The Leicester Road ground: A great venue. Image from Travel Blog.

Walsall Wood FC yesterday ventured out to Leicester Road FC, hopefully to continue their 100% league run – but the Leicester lads had other ideas.

Bill Shaw was there, and wasn’t amused with the Woodmen’s performance:

Hiya Bob,

A frustrating 90 minutes for Wood as they surrendered their 100% league record to a hardworking, well organised Leicester Road, as they failed to score in the league for the first time this season.

A test of character now as they look to bounce back on Tuesday night with a visit by Chelmsley Town in the League Cup.

Leicester Road 2 v 0 Walsall Wood

Wood were beaten for the first time in the league as they turned in a strangely lacklustre performance. Leicester Road halted a run of defeats that had seen them drop to 12th in the table but in the end they won comfortably as Wood failed to score in the league for the first time this season.

After just a minute Wood gave away a right wing free kick that was flicked on to Matt Langham to turn and shoot, Lloyd Ransome with an easy save. Two minutes later Nuno Gomes raced into the left of the box, checked back inside, his low drive well held by Ransome.

On seven minutes skipper Darren Campion broke up a home attack, played the ball up the left to find Joey Butlin, his ball inside found Paul Sullivan in the left of the box, Callum Rudd making a superbly timed tackle.

A minute later Gomes got clear on the left, went across the face of the box to find Jake Holt on the right, his cross headed just over by skipper Greg Downes.

On 12 minutes a Wood right wing corner was headed out to Andy Westwood to fire first time just over.

With 27 minutes gone a long ball forward wide left found Langham, he cut inside and hit a cross beyond the far post that was met with a Downes diving header that was held at full stretch by Ransome.

Three minutes later a right wing throw found Sullivan in the box, his touch back found Peter Till who fired in a low drive to bring a full length save from keeper Will Highland. On 38 minutes Craig Deakin combined cleverly with Till wide right before crossing into the centre, Rudd cutting out the ball to deny Sullivan. Two minutes later a right wing corner was headed back across goal by Mitch Tolley, Sullivan putting a header fractionally over.

On 41 minutes a loose ball forward was collected by Gomes right of the box, his rising first time effort cannoning off the bar.

Wood carved open the home defence a minute into the second half, a right wing throw found Butlin who played Lewis Taylor Boyce into the box, his through ball found Sullivan in the centre of the box but under intense pressure he fired wide of the left hand post. Five minutes later Deakin delivered a right wing corner, the ball came back to him on the apex of the box, his vicious cross shot pushed away from under his bar by Highland.  The turning point of the game came on 61 minutes, a measured through ball by Jordan Fitzpatrick saw Sullivan reach the ball a split second before Highland who dived at his feet, Sullivan running on to score into the empty net, only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul on the keeper, an appalling decision.

After lengthy treatment to the keeper the game continued, the ball was launched up the other end, Holt racing into the left of the box only to be stopped by a superbly timed tackle by Deakin.  The breakthrough came on 74 minutes, a right wing free kick was half cleared to Downes 25 yards out, his low drive through a packed area just inside the left hand post. Two minutes later Langham was strong in centre midfield, cleverly fed Sam Munton wide right who cut inside, hit a low drive that was pushed away by Ransome at full stretch.

Three minutes later Sullivan played a one-two wide left with Till, his cross headed goalwards by Tony Clarke but Highland saved comfortably.

Wood chasing the equaliser were caught out on 86 minutes, a ball out of defence was played over the top of the Wood back line, Gomes first to react, racing for goal and calmly slotting home to condemn Wood to their first league defeat of the season.

A minute from time Fitzpatrick found Sullivan on the left edge of the box, he turned cleverly and his rising drive was tipped over by Highland.

Wood huffed and puffed but were frustrated by a hard working defence who creaked alarmingly at times but held out to record the victory that puts their season back on track.

Wood are at home to Chelmsley Town in the League Cup on Tuesday 19th, travel to Cradley Town in the FA Vase on Saturday before returning to league action with a trip to Racing Club Warwick on Saturday 30th.

Bill Shaw

The Teams:

Leicester Road – Highland, Acton, Kingsley-Smith, Downes (captain), Rudd, Earls, Munton, Lyne, Langham, Holt, Gomes, Kennedy, Burrows, Grady, Unsworth, Blewitt.

Walsall Wood – Ransome, Deakin, Campion (captain), Slater, McFarlane, Tolley, Till, Westwood, Sullivan, Butlin, Taylor Boyce, Clarke, Okojie, Hayden, Fitzpatrick, Faultless.

Thanks to Bill for an excellent report, and let’s hope this was just an off match.

Remember, it’s all For the Good of The Wood!

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