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A quick enquiry here from reader Ray who yesterday sent me in this headscratcher of a question which seems ideal for a Sunday. He wrote: Hi Bob I was hoping you may have information that can help me out. Whilst … Continue reading
Belinda Bedworth has been in touch to ask if anyone present on the above photo of Ogley Hay Girls School could get in touch as she’d love to organise a reunion.
Ian Cassidy has been in touch to let readers know of the sad passing of his mother, Rita Joan Cassidy (nee Percival) who passed away on the 9th December 2017, and to invite all who knew her to her funeral next Monday, 8th January.
Images kindly supplied by Elizabeth Staples. Click for larger versions. In the last couple of weeks old friend of the blog Elizabeth Staples – mother of the remarkably talented Mark Staples who, with others, created the 1880s Brownhills local history … Continue reading
it’s time, I think for the last set in the amazing collection of images sent in by old pal of the blog Dawn Hayton, from her mother’s personal collection – and this is a fantastic set continuing the recent Ogley … Continue reading
I have a request here from a lady called Dylis Richards, who is looking for her sister Valerie Jean Myatt who grew up in Brownhills and maybe still lives in the area – I believe Delis currently lives in Hayle.
Another great Ogley School image was sent to me a couple of days ago by reader Malcolm Kelly, who was reading my post last week regarding the mystery of the name of a forgotten teacher, and took part in the … Continue reading
Reader Janet has sent me an absolutely gorgeous school photo from the early 1960s at Ogley Hay infants in Brownhills – from the activity and dress depicted, I think this may be a May Day celebration which I believe was customary at the school at the time?
Following Janet Bullock’s wonderful photo posted here in the last few weeks there has been a terrific response to the Ogley Hay May Day them, with a further image of the same event being Kindly donated by Kate Dixon, and her mum May Queen Linda Horobin – now we have a further great image sent in by Sheila Kelly of May Day the following year.
Following Janet Bullock’s wonderful photo posted here a few days ago – which turns out indeed to be the May Queen celebrations at Ogley Ha Infants School in Brownhills – there was much discussion here and on social media about this traditional event, and reader Kate Dixon turned up local history gold.
A couple of great images reach me from top blog contributor the young David Evans, and reader Maria Fitzgerald – both are of kids in their Sunday best clothes in celebration.
From time to time here I have material to publish that’s of a more – shall we say – technical nature and I always struggle with exactly how to present it. Such is the case today with this important article … Continue reading
A lovely photo comes in via reader Malcolm Kelly, who’s dug out an excellent photo of Class 4A at Ogley Hay junior Schooling 1963, and is wondering if readers can help with the faces he can’t recall?
Following the welcome news of the extension of the National Express West Midlands service 10A to Lichfield coming late this July (But just in time for the school holidays) there was some concern expressed locally about the continued route, timings … Continue reading
The local history has been a bit patchy of late, thanks to a bit of a rash of news stories and the fact that I’ve been working very long hours – but I have a real treat today that’s come in from David Evans written by longstanding contributor and friend of the blog Pat Lynk.
There’s a really important public meeting going on at Brownhills Memorial Hall this Thursday afternoon at 2:15pm, regarding cuts to local school budgets, and anyone concerned is invited to attend.
Right people, the weather – I’m writing this at 12:30am on the Sunday night before the Monday Morning, and unless something remarkable happeneds between now and then, the conditions for tomorrow’s travel are not looking good.
I get asked some unusual questions here on the blog and I was asked in the last week on Facebook what I knew of the poem The Bells of Brownhills, and what they in fact were; this was actually quite … Continue reading
As anyone who reads my other channels will know its been a hard week, and frankly, I’ve been too knackered to properly manage the blog – sorry for the lack of content over the last week and thanks for bearing with me.
Again, I’m writing this at 12:30am on the night before, and in many respects the travel omens are looking worse for the morning commute on Tuesday than they did on Monday.
So, the Beast from the East (I’m sure I worked with her once) has made itself felt and we’ve had some really quite grim weather conditions here in Brownhills over the last 24-48 hours, and now we have powdery, dry snow to compound the misery.
by reader Mandy Cockram, whose mother went to Ogley Hay Girls School in Brownhills in the e
It pleased me greatly yesterday to see that the hugely respected elder statesman of Brownhills Geof Harrington – a record breaking athlete in his younger days – has been recognised by Walsall Council for his tireless service to the community … Continue reading
A couple of postcard images send to me yesterday by the young David Evans that I feel I had to share immediately – they come from the fascinating collection of Dorothy Ruddock, and I think they’re amazing.
I’ve been contacted by Jenny at the St James Brownies up at St James in Ogley Hay to ask if you could help by voting in a competition they’re entering for community group funding, from galaxy hot Chocolate.
That there Clive Roberts – documenter of the history of the Shire Oak Inn and collector of local postcards – has been at it again He’s picked up another postcard of Brownhills at a fair, and mailed me scans of the front and back to post here on the blog.
While I’ve been busy today with hardware difficulties and preparing some stuff in the background (more on that later tonight), Beryl Marklew sent the following wonderful Ogley Hay Girls School images from the early 1950s, via Facebook.
Over the past couple of posts, the subject of Holland Park in Brownhills has come up, and reader Peter asked where it got it’s name – I knew it was named after Hyla John Holland, one of the great names in the history of Brownhills, but I realised I didn’t know much about the chap, or exactly what he did beyond being a councillor.
Of late, I’ve featured a lot of material here on the blog concerning local schools – this is wonderful, but as I have much more to come, but I thought we’d have a brief break today and feature some of the work of eminent local historian Gerald Reece, author of what has to be the greatest work on Brownhills, ‘A walk in Walk Into History’.
Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler has come upon an interesting football related query after finding something unexpected whilst looking for articles of Brownhills soccer teams as I requested in my post last Sunday.\ Continue reading
Local history has proven to be a more complex thing than I ever imagined when I started this blog – back then, I foolishly believed that different people had different memories, but generally coincided enough so that a diligent researcher might be able to form a cogent impression of things.
Last week, I posted the first part of Andy Dennis’s wonderful exploration of the old roads that formed our area, and received a wonderful response: here, I conclude the piece with some remarkable – and maybe contentious – research.
The Mavis Woodhouse material featured here of late is a local history gift that just keeps giving, and yesterday, I had a fascinating email very kindly sent to me by Ann Grinstead, the lady who edited the initial copy of Mavis’s family history, subsequently later edited for the blog by the young David Evans.
I am very pleased and honoured to present today this lengthy but detailed work by eminent local historian Gerald Reece, who wrote what has to be the greatest work on Brownhills, ‘A walk in Walk Into History’.
Well, here it is – not merry Christmas (although that’s bearing down upon us) but the fourth and final instalment of the history of Ogley Hay, as researched and written by local historian Gerald Reece, in his remarkable book ‘Brownhills A Walk Into History’.
Not many of my generation or younger would realise, but Brownhills has quite an illustrious sporting history – from the likes of top footballer Dicky Dorsett ‘The Brownhills Bomber’, to Cecil Poynton; we were home to notable motorcyclists, drivers and power-boaters.