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An appeal for help from Aldridge Shed: Can you help?

I have an important appeal for help here from John Morris of Walsall Council on behalf of the wonderful Aldridge Shed project where local folk get together every weekday to make and repair stuff, socialise and generally have a great, creative … Continue reading

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The Aldridge Men’s Shed – Open this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday!

Just a reminder from Area Manager John Morris that the Aldridge Men’s Shed project opens it’s doors at Alrewych Court, Northgate to members of the community (gentlemen and ladies!) from tomorrow, Tuesday 7th June 2016 – then on Wednesday and Thursday, the hours being 10am-3pm.

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A message of thanks from the Shed

Just a quick note to than friends of the blog Steve Hames from SJH Computing and Ray Johnson who helped Aldridge Shed project with donated computer hardware following their recent request for help, which I publicised here on the blog.
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Can you help put a PC in the shed, please?

An enquiry reaches me from the wonderful Aldridge Men’s Shed project via Area Manager John Morris: the group are after an old PC or laptop computer for group use that could be donated – perhaps you’re offloading one you don’t need anymore?

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I know a place – The Men’s Shed launches soon!

For a few moths now I’ve been following news of a new project starting in Aldridge to create a Men’s Shed, and after a whole lot of really hard graft by people from loads of different organisations, Aldridge Men’s Shed now has premises, and organisation and opening dates!

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Urgent – Jenson the cat is missing – have you seen him?

Hi folks – anyone in the area seen the above marmalade puss – he’s called Jenson and has gone missing from Lazy Hill in Aldridge and his owner Adam is missing him terribly.
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News from the Shed

A month ago I ran a heads up for a new project starting in Aldridge to create a Men’s Shed, and the meeting to discuss this wonderful proposal was held on the 12th February as advertised – well, John Morris, Area Manager for Aldridge has reported back very positively from that meeting, which is great news.

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Bogus workmen detained by Aldridge police after tipoff from vigilant bank staff

Partnerships officer Kevin Pitt has sent details of a bogus workmen scam operating in Aldridge that has led to the detention of two men in connection with a scam in which a local OAP was intimidated into withdrawing money from their bank by workmen who claimed to have carried out unsolicited work.

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There’s something in the woodshed!

There’s a really great thing starting to take place in Aldridge at the moment, and as a chap that likes to make stuff, repair things and generally create bits and pieces with my hands, this looks like a great project that really chimes with me.

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A rocky road…

A lovely one here from 1862, spotted by the wonderful David Evans, who I’m glad to hear is now getting well back into the swing of things. It seems that in 1862 – over 150 years hence – people were … Continue reading

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Fancy a brew and a chat? Pop into Brownhills Library today!

Here’s a great chance for a bit of a chinwag, a brew and even a biscuit for anyone who can make it to Brownhills Library, this and every Tuesday morning from 10am until 12 noon, where the new Place of Welcome initiative is running.
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Fancy a brew and a chat? Pop into Brownhills Library today!

Here’s a great chance for a bit of a chinwag, a brew and even a biscuit for anyone who can make it to Brownhills Library, this and every Tuesday morning from 10am until 12 noon, where the new Place of Welcome initiative is running.
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Be on your guard – local spate of shed burglaries

It’s time, I’m very much afraid, to issue another warning – it seems local burglars are at is again – In the last few weeks there have been a large number of break-ins to sheds and outbuildings in the Brownhills, Pelsall and Aldridge areas.945858_10154536985759698_6792720423652817153_n Continue reading

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A great event for the over 50s in Walsall this afternoon!

I note that this afternoon (Wednesday 16th November 2016) there’s a great event on at Walsall Town Hall featuring a showcase of groups, activities and other helpful stuff for those of us over or nearing the age of 50.

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Up the Ryecroft Junction

Local rail buff Simon Swain has once again been busy with the camera and maps, tracing out the history of the South Staffordshire railway line that used to run from Wychnor near Alrewas to Dudley, but called at Lichfield, Brownhills and Walsall on the way.

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Wood & train

Sorry folks, I’ve been very busy again this week and what with the constant news posts of late I’m getting terribly behind. My apologies to people waiting for stories to go up but I really am having trouble fitting things in at the moment. Hopefully the rush will ease off soon.

A cracking shot sent to me by Trevor Shakespeare showing a Class 25 loco (number D5223, later 25073) at Walsall Wood station in about 1964. The loco is facing towards Aldridge near the Lichfield Road bridge, on a train of 16-ton mineral wagons. The Aldridge - Walsall Wood branch closed to passengers in 1930 and the line became a freight-only branch, being singled and terminated at the colliery just north of Walsall Wood station (the line formerly ran to Brownhills Watling Street station and on to Chasewater). The branch closed completely shortly after January 1965, so this may have been one of the very last trains to use the branch. Continue reading

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Laying some pipe

Thanks again to the continued treasure trove that is the local historian Gerald Reece and his astounding photo collection, I can now shed light on something that’s made me wonder for years – the arrangements for the modern overflow system … Continue reading

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Squatters rights?

Sometimes I get emails or contacts out of the blue with subjects that just knock me flat – and overnight I received a lovely, kind email from Malcolm Clarke, an ex-local now residing in New Zealand – Malcolm has an interesting bit of history I had no idea had occurred locally.
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In the Wernick of time

Friend of the blog, community activist and Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer has sent the above image of a local football team and is desperately trying to identify the unknown chap (who is, I believe centre front row).

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2017 New Year Quiz – the results are in!

Hi folks – the quiz is over – sorry, I seem to have made it too hard this year.
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Circling Ravens

I’ve been meaning to write on the subject of Ravens court for probably more than a year now – but quite simply, I have nothing to constructively add about the derelict, decaying shopping precinct in the centre of Brownhills – the Council still press on in taking legal action against it’s owners, and we’re still left with a blot on our town.

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The kiln fields

I am this week indebted to fellow Black Country blogger and history wonk Simon Briercliffe of the superlative Up The Oss Road blog for pointing out the following text about Walsall Wood that he spotted in a Victorian account of brickmaking and structural ceramic manufacture, published in 1950.

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Be on your guard – local spate of burglaries

It’s time, I’m very much afraid, to issue another warning – it seems local burglars are at is again – In the last week or so there have been shed, garage and vehicle break-ins in Shire Oak, Stonnall and Aldridge.
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More Monkey business

A couple of weeks ago I posted an enquiry by reader Margaret King about the location of a pub her Dad remembered from when he was evacuated to Brownhills as a small boy: he remembered the pub as ‘The Monkey Puzzle’, which had me somewhat perplexed.

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Save the Harpers Two!

We’ve talked about Harpers busses here on the blog a lot over the years – many of us have fond memories of catching these distinctive green double deckers and coaches to popular local destinations, like Birmingham, Lichfield and Cannock.

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The old roads

For a long time now, I’ve had a remarkable piece of research from local history buff and great friend of the blog Andy Dennis – it’s something I think will interest many here, and compliments the only other such work I know on the subject, that by Gerald ‘A Walk Into History’ Reece.

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All hands to the coalface

I’m intrigued by the following report in the Lichfield Mercury, from November 15th 1940. I found it whilst searching the newspaper archives for reports of wartime evacuees in the area, and I had no idea adults were evacuated at all. It … Continue reading

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Aston Manor Transport Museum saved again!

I see Aston Manor Transport Museum have apparently been saved again.

I was sad to note that over late summer, the news had emerged that the transport collection formerly resident in the old tram shed in Witton, and forced to move by landlords Birmingham City Council, was having to move a second time from it’s ‘new’ base in Northgate, Aldridge.

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Archdeacon blues

Further to last Sunday’s article here regarding the book I recently acquired, ‘Visitations of the Archdeaconry of Stafford 1829-1841’ I thought I’d take the opportunity to fulfil a couple of requests.
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Where you go, Vigo too…

It’s been a bit disparate here of late. I’m sorry if things are a little disjointed. I’m very busy at the moment, I’m working through the usual backlog of posts, and new stuff keeps cropping up all the while. I … Continue reading

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A solid brick foundation

Students of Brownhills Local History will be aware of an elusive, long lost site by local chap Robert Webster. This great resource ceased to exist a few years ago, when Freeserve, the service provider in whose hosting space the website was based, shut down and merged with Orange.

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A place of common resort, and a school for inferior education

There was a surprising and good deal of interest shown recently when I scanned sections of a recently acquired book, ‘Visitations of the Archdeaconry of Stafford 1829-1841′ published by the Historical Manuscripts Commission and Her Majesty’s Stationary Office (HMSO). This copy was published in 1980, and bears the ISBN of 0 11 440066 0. The work is edited by David Robinson MA, Ph D.
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Standing on the shoulders

Readers will recall that a couple of weeks ago, I was trying to contact local author, and former resident of Brownhills, Gerald Reece. Fortunately, we managed to connect up. Gerald has been very kind and has communicated extensively with me … Continue reading

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Charting an unseen place…

1902, Second Edition Ordnance Survey map, of Stonnall, 1:10000 scale. Click the image to download the high-quality PDF. It’s with great thanks that I can share the above map with the readers of The Brownhills Blog – found in a … Continue reading

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Tanking along…

The question of tank testing in Shire Oak Quarry is ongoing. I’ve received a large number of fine contributions from David Evans, not least this email communication between him and the Tank Museum…. From: David Evans Sent: 26 September 2011 … Continue reading

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Supermarket sweep

It has become evident over the last few months that some shuffling of position has been going on over the retail future of Brownhills town centre. There have been a couple of articles in the local press about how Tesco … Continue reading

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Local history stuff: this much we know

Here we go, then. Following my previous questions about matters of recent history, I had some great contributions. Thanks for your patience while I sorted bits and pieces out for this. From contributors to the blog (both in comments and … Continue reading

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Local history – This is my truth, tell me yours

I’ve had some great contributions on the ongoing subject of local history lately. Please keep anything you’ve got coming in, and if there’s anything you’d like to ask the audience, just drop me a line. I love this stuff, you … Continue reading

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