Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 64 of the long lost freesheet, from January 1995 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.
David Evans, very kindly granted access to the archive held by former editor and contributor Brian Stringer, has been assiduously and conscientiously scanning them all. Every single issue. Every few days, I’m going to feature the next in the series.
This is a 24 page issue with huge local concern over a (doomed) opencast mining proposal, the Jobburns celebrate their 60th anniversary, strong opinion on the letters page, little Martin Woodward saves his mum’s life (he was 5), Brian Rollins the local mining expert has a book published, Ogley Hay football from the archives, local school news plus loads more.
If you’re wondering what happened to issue 62 from November 1994, that was the very first one I featured in this post – it kicked the whole series off.
It’s worth noting the magazine has, at this point, been expanded to cover Pelsall, and there’s a fair bit of relevant content.
The history of how the Brownhills Gazette came to exist has been detailed in this post thanks to the wonderful John Sylvester.
If other bloggers want to use this material, can you please drop me a line first? I don’t mind, there’s just sone stuff I’d like to clear about the usage, thanks.
Cheers to Brian and David for sharing a wonderful thing, that’s part of our community history.
If you have any memories, questions or observations please do comment or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.
Do we have a spelling mistake on page 6?
Should it read Brian Rollins?
Hah – well spotted!
Thank you Bob and to David who seems to have spent many a long hour scanning and copying for our benefit……… I wonder the Jobburns? Any connection with what was Jobburns Pit (the spelling could be wrong of course) which I believe was roughly behind what is now Northgate around the area of the Petrol Station and ABS etc, I think it’s being used today as an open storage area for trucks etc…………
I seem to remember seeing the name way back when on another article, perhaps something to do with the Grange.
Just a thought……….. I wouldn’t be too surprised if young Pedro is passing a keyboard anytime soon!
Thanks again Bob.
Jeavons Pit c1849-1914 (part of Wood Farm Colliery)
220 yards S of Lichfield Road and now covered by the M6….probably named after the person who worked it.
You’ll have my finger worn out!
All the best, Pedrão (note the accent!)
I dont think Mr and Mrs Jobburns will have got married at Walsall Wood Parish Council..page one..
suspect a trainee reporter on first assignment.. and first experience of homemade wine, possibly.
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