A new year at Brownhills Community Centre, 125 years old in 2018!


It’s all going on at Brownhills Community Centre. Image from Walsall Council.

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for January 2018 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so.

The Community Association are based at Brownhills Community Centre, just by the Miner Island in central Brownhills, and always have lots going on for people from the town – and the wider community – to enjoy.

The Community Centre is what my generation would know as ‘The Annexe’ – the old Central Boy’s School, now a bustling community resource. To find out more about the events and activities listed, you can pop in or call them on 01543 452119.

The Community Association have lots of stuff going on, and loads of great facilities, right in the heart of Brownhills. I love what they’re about and all the great things they’re doing.

My best wishes to Janet and the gang, please do pop along and check them out.

125 Years -Welcome to our January 2018 newsletter

In 2018 we mark our historic building’s 125 years of service to the local community.

And we are delighted to announce that Walsall Council has designated the building an Asset of Community Value, recognising its importance to the local community.

In this newsletter we reflect on a little of the building’s long history and also its continuing role as a Community Centre welcoming everyone.

125 Years and Counting

In 1893 the Lichfield Mercury reported: “On January 30th the Brownhills new Central Schools were opened, this building having been erected at some considerable costs, to meet the further requirements of the district.”  The building housed boys’ and girls’ schools until 1932, when the girls’ school moved to Great Charles Street.  The boys had it to themselves until 1972 when a mixed comprehensive was opened in the substantially extended premises.  The school closed in 1980 and the Community Association started running services from the building, starting with a training scheme for local unemployed people and a youth club.   Today the Community Centre boasts a ladies’ gym, a concert venue, a motorcycle training centre, a wide range of activity and social groups, rooms for hire, community services including a job club and a popular nursery. So 125 years on, the building continues to meet the “requirements of the district”.


Mylee Billingham

Rest in Peace.

The Mylee Billingham fund is online at:  https://www.gofundme.com/mylee-billingham-fund




Friendly Gym

Many ladies find conventional gyms intimidating.  Our Friendly Gym is run by ladies for ladies and is is equipped with a range of assisted exercise machines specifically designed for the 40 plus age group, and anyone suffering from a medical condition which makes conventional exercise difficult.

Come and say hello and have a try for free – it may the most important decision you make this year.  Tel. 01543 373222


Brownhills Friendship Group

We will be hosting a new friendship group meeting every second Tuesday of the month starting on 13th February 1pm – 4pm.

Everyone is welcome whether you are married, single, separated or widowed – it is not meant to be a dating agency, but a way to meet old friends and make some new ones.

We will be showing films, playing games, maybe listening to music or having a dance – it is up to the group.


Free Friendly Film club

We want everyone to enjoy our concert & film venue The Lamp, so we will be showing films every Tuesday lunchtime (1pm)(except the second Tuesday of the month) for free to local residents.




Many, many thanks to everyone who bought a raffle ticket or made donations to the our defibrillator fund, including Spotlight Youth Productions and Mid-Counties Co-op.   We are now planning the installation of the unit.



Coming up The Lamp

We are holding a free exhibition showcasing local learners’ artworks on 27th & 28th January 11am – 4pm

On 17th February, Matt Kinson sings ‘songs to make you feel good’ from stars across the years. From Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra through Neil Diamond and Elton John to Michael Buble and Ed Sheeran.


Artist Shane Wiseman will be running a series of workshops staring on 10th March with a Wildlife Art Pastel workshop, 10am – 4pm.

Details from Shane 01922 682870 shane.wiseman@btinternet.com


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