2016 Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade at Chasewater this Sunday!

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The lantern parade is a stunning, fun event –  and there’s a fine Christmas fair beforehand, too.

There’s a further chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday (11th December 2016) –  there’s the Annual Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre.

The fair runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm, with the lantern parade kicking off at 4pm as the fair ends.

Las years event was brilliant and I enjoyed it very much indeed.

It promises to be a truly magical way to begin your Christmas preparations, regardless of your age!

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A fine way to get into the Christmas spirit.

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Great live music at The Chase Inn this evening!

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A band with a great reputation for original rock… don’t miss them!

The team from the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills have been in touch to let me know that there’s live music on again this evening at the popular Brownhills pub.

Tonight (Saturday 10th December 2016) at 8:00pm, original Black Country Rock Band Gunners Law will be on stage, with warm up from Buzzard for some excellent music.

You can check out the Gunners Law 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.

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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 away to Coventry United this afternoon!

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Clayhanger Christmas litter pick this morning!

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Image by Madwblog.

I see from the excellent Madwblog that there’s a Christmas litter pick event going on in Clayhanger this Saturday morning (10th December 2016) from 8:30 to 10:30am and all are welcome – kit and gloves provided!

This is being run by local community volunteers with the support of Walsall Council for the benefit of the community, so it’ll be a worthwhile event to get involved with and help improve the local environment!

Walsall Council supported event open to all. Everyone is invited to attend the 4th and final litter pick for 2016 in Clayhanger. Meet at the co-op carpark 8.30 – 10.30am.

Bags and litter pickers provided by Walsall Council. Mince pies and Mulled Wine for all volunteers after the pick!Meet at Co-op carpark. Litter pickers and bags provided.

This is a walsall Council supported event. 10 minutes or 2 hours, it all has an impact on the health, welfare and appearance of your village. Clayhanger loves you!

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

The previous events have been a huge success, so let’s see if we can make this one even better!

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Attempted armed bank raid in Aldridge – Police issue statement

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Shocking events in Aldridge – a van is reversed into the frontage of Barclays Bank. Image posted on Facebook by Neil P.

Somewhat shockingly, there has been a bank robbery in Aldridge this morning (Friday 9th December 2016), when it appears a van was smashed into the frontage of Barclays in the High Street, whereupon raiders threatened staff with machetes or similar.

The robbers progress was apparently impeded by a christmas tree in the foyer, and the empty handed perpetrators escaped on foot.

Police are not believed to be looking for people who are members of MENSA.

There’s lots of coverage online – read about events here at the Walsall Advertiser, there’s an article here at the Express & Star, another at the Birmingham Mail and even more coverage on the BBC.

Walsall Police issued the following statement:

Police have launched an investigation following an armed robbery at a bank in Aldridge today (9 December).

It is believed that three men armed with machetes, drove a dark blue transit van through a window at Barclays Bank,High Street at around 9.25am.

They entered the bank and threatened staff but were forced to leave empty-handed.

The men were seen running away from the bank towards Little Aston Road.

Officers are in the area and continue to search for the suspects.

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively people can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers the independent charity on 0800 555 111.

My sympathies to the staff and anyone else subjected to what must have been an desperately terrifying incident, and my regards to the police who I hope find these arseholes quickly.

If anyone has any info, please do contact Walsall Police by dialling 101  or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

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Can you help with this enquiry about a 1970s Brownhills business, please?

Image very generously donated by Peter Booth.

I was hoping the answer may have been captured in some of Peter Booth’s wonderful photography, but sadly not. Image very generously donated by Peter Booth.

Here’s a really curious enquiry I feel sure a reader somewhere will be able to help with – and I think it’s quite interesting too – please help if you can.

Jennifer and John Jones, former residents of Lichfield Road, Brownhills wrote:

Good afternoon

We are trying to find out the name of a firm of solicitors based in High Street Brownhills in the early 1970’s. The solicitors had a branch of the Halifax Building Society in their office. We lived in Lichfield Road Brownhills at the time and used the offices regularly but unfortunately we can’t remember the name. We have lived in North Yorkshire for a few years and have lost all touch with Brownhills and have no surviving relatives there now.

If you are unable to help, please could you suggest anyone we could contact to find out this information?

Kind regards,
Jennifer & John Jones.

I genuinely have no idea – I can only vaguely remember the Halifax – was that the one by the old Post Office, or was that the Heart of England?

Thanks to you both for an interesting enquiry!

If you can help with this, please do: comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.

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Christmas Fete at Walsall Wood School – this Friday!

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It’s that time of year again!

Friend of the blog Ray Johnson has been in touch to let me know that there’s great Christmas Fete tomorrow afternoon (Friday, 9th December 2016) at Walsall Wood School – that’s the one just on Brownhills Road at Streets Corner.

The fun starts at 3:15pm and runs until 5:30pm and admission is free-so what’s not to love?

Walsall Wood School PTA had this to say about the fair:

Join us for our Christmas Fete after school on Friday 9th December for fun and prizes! The school choir and our musicians will be performing during the event and we will have lots of fabulous stalls and tombolas including: a Christmas stall for all your festive treats; a chocolate and a bottle tombola; craft activities; the secret room and many more.

Come and meet Santa and enjoy a treat such as a mince pie or cupcake.

We have some wonderful raffle prizes this year such as a hamper full of goodies!

We look forward to seeing you there!

This looks like a great event – don’t forget if you have a Christmas event going on, I’ll be old too happy to advertise it here: feel free to mail BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

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