The Clayhanger Kid – perhaps better known to readers of The Brownhills Blog as Brian Stringer – has been in touch with a bit of an odd request. Brian initially wrote to me a couple of weeks ago to tell me about a public meeting he’s organising to discuss Walsall Council’s approach (or lack thereof) towards the Staffordshire Hoard. As I’ve documented previously, Brian would like to see a bigger Brownhillian involvement with the treasure as it was found so locally.
Sorry to keep banging on but I’ve not given up on the Anglo Saxon Hoard just yet. Responding to the letter in last weeks advertiser I’ve got together with half a dozen supporters and have decided to call a public meeting in the Park View centre on the 9th Oct at 7pm.
The aim of the meeting is to try and kick start WMBC into action and encourage them to show some of the hoard in the New Art Gallery, Walsall. We’d also like to find some way of erecting some sort of permanent monument or plaque on or near the site.
The meeting should give us some idea of the support we may get, and possibly by raising awareness, put pressure on the powers that be, even if it is limited to just a response.
I’ve arranged for Dr. Della Hooke to come and give a talk, throw the floor open to the public to have their say, and listen to anything constructive they may come up with.
I know a lot of your bloggers may be interested so would be obliged glad if you could give us a mention.
Brian wrote to me again today, and posed this rather interesting question. Regulars will remember that I was a tad miffed at New Year when I found that a beacon had been lit on the site of the Hoard’s discovery near the Warrenhouse, unannounced to the people of Brownhills. It seems that this beacon was organised and erected by Hammerwich Parish Council.
Brian is appealing to readers to see if they know the owner of the beacon itself – still in the field, although now stood at a somewhat jaunty angle:
I wonder if any of your readers may be able to help. The public meeting on Tues the 9th of October is still on but before then I’m trying to find out who erected the Beacon on the site of the Hoard find, who it belongs to, and what if anything, they intend doing with it.
I’m told it may belong to Hammerwich Parish Council but I can’t seem to get in touch, and I’m sure someone who reads your blog could help.
By the way, [Referring to my question in the aerial photo post from Saturday] that is a caravan site on the picture. It used to be where Rose Drive and Dingle Rd are now.
So, not to put too fine a point on it, can you help? I’ll give Brian’s meeting a better plug closer to the event, but it the meantime, if you do know who owns the fire basket in the field, comment here or mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.