I’ve just had an excellent contribution from reader Caz, who’s sent in scans of the Walsall Wood County Secondary School opening ceremony program from October 20th, 1967. This contains a wealth of excellent information, including names of staff and pupils. This school would, of course, come to be known as Shire Oak and shared the same site as Shire Oak Grammar School until the two merged years later.
I’ve combined the files into one easy to download PDF file (Acrobat required, but you’ve probably got that already) or click on each page for a larger version. Sadly, the pages aren’t numbered so I’ve put them in the most logical order that appears to me.
I know you probably don’t have much time, what with work, cycling and all your other commitments,and yet you still find time to run the Brownhills blog for the benefit of others, so thank you very much. Keep up the good work.
I don’t know if you personally would find this booklet interesting, maybe not but thought I’d send it anyway for you to decide whether to use it or not. It would probably be better if there were pictures.It might appeal to anyone who went to Walsall Wood Secondary Modern School / Shire Oak and I think the people listed in the booklet, who would be aged between 55 and 60 years old now, may enjoy giving it a once over. I know that when I came across it,I enjoyed skimming through it, although it was depressing noting who’s now passed on. I also noted there’s a David Evans? in there but doubt if it’s the blogs David as from things he’s wrote about, I imagine him to be a little bit older. Sorry, if I’m wrong.
Anyway do with it as you wish, and don’t worry about replying to this email, I know your time’s limited and I know now that I’m scanning and sending them in the right way, so if you don’t use it then I’ll know it was unsuitable material.
best wishes Caz
Thanks to Caz for another wonderful bit of local history. I can assure her that this is exactly the sort of stuff I love. Thanks…