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Can we solve the mystery of an old Ogley Hay influencer from the 60s?

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

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Anyone for a 1960s Ogley Hay School reunion?

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.

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In memoriam, Rita Cassidy

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.
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In the hall if wet – more Ogley Hay May celebration photos!

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

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Can you help reunite these sisters?

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.
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September 1993 – A day to remember!

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 48 of the long lost freesheet, from September 1993 for you to peruse and download – I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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Ogley Hay Juniors Football Team, 1963

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

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June 1991 – Is the waiting nearly over?

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 21 of the long lost freesheet, from June 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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May be? Ogley Hay infants in the early 1960s

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?

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Accession to the throne Brownhills stye

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.

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It’s a special occasion – get on your Sunday best!

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.
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Fit for a queen

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.

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Ogley Hay Class 4A, 1963

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?
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Full details of upcoming 10/10A bus service changes now available

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

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Knitting and Nitty Nora: a wartime schooling in Brownhills

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.
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Brownhills schools facing budget cuts – meeting this Thursday

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.

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Blooming canal volunteers impress judges

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the efforts their volunteers have made for Lichfield’s entry in the annual Britain in Bloom competition, with a Garden of Memory and other … Continue reading

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Christmas, 1957 – but who’s that girl?

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.
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You don’t have to be puddled to help restore a lost, local canal… but puddling helps!

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the progress they’re making at Fosseway Heath, south Lichfield, and to send out an appeal for volunteers to help push the restoration forward. … Continue reading

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Snow update – Monday 11th December 2017

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.


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Miss Hall’s girls

by reader Mandy Cockram, whose mother went to Ogley Hay Girls School in Brownhills in the e

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Snow update – Tuesday 12th December 2017

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.

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Can you help with memories of a popular Brownhills school Caretaker?

I have a very unusual enquiry here from friend of the blog Tara Hackett relating to her Grandfather, Tony Hackett – he was a popular local school caretaker for years, and is a bit under the weather at the moment, and Tara thinks it would be great if anyone has any memories relating to Tony they can share.

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The Bells of Brownhills

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

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Blooming hard work for canal volunteers – can you help?

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know aboutGarden of Reflection they’re creating near the canal under restoration near Lichfield, and how they’re helping with Britain in Bloom. If you’re unaware of … Continue reading

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Sweet James

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.

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Snow update – Friday 2nd March 2018

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.
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An unusually clear view

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.

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Staff card?

Here’s an interesting thing. Reader Clive Roberts mailed me with an image of six rather serious looking ladies on a postcard, bearing the handwritten note ‘Staff at Ogley Hay School’.
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Brownhills Brownies need your help!

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.

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Old Holland

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.

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Back on the team?

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.
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In the shade

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.\images Continue reading

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We have things in Common…

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’.

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Bradford on Brownhills

Here’s something found by Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler in the newspaper archive that crosses over from the Ogley Hay school into the area covered by Doctor Bradford’s predecessor, Dr. Maddever in his report to the health of Brownhills in 1910.

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January 1995 – Environmental nightmare continues with latest mining bid

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.

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56 bus service: Travel West Midlands to fill the gap

Excellent news from Councillor Steve Wade on the future of the 56 bus service from Brownhills to Birmingham following his meeting with Travel West Midlands last Thursday.

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Details of 2016 local Remembrance events

Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance events, I can again share with readers a list of local Remembrance services taking place locally this Remembrance Sunday, 13th November 2016.

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Message in a bottle

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.

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A gift from Brian…

Reader Brian Clenton today landed us with a surprise: some excellent photos of Brownhills and Clayhanger life, mostly in the 1950s – these beautifully scanned images are wonderfully diverse, but Brian didn’t say much about them.
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Following the old roads

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.
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On a clear day

The wonderfully generous and knowledgable Sir Gerald of Reece recently sent me some scans of aerial images dating from 1948-52, taken of Brownhills and and stored on transparency, which I feature here today.
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I’m after all the tanners!

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.

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Dancing was allowed

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’.

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Back where it all began

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’.

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Ugly Ay it?

Today, it’s long overdue that I expand on a thread I commenced some weeks ago; that of Charles Foster Cotterill – you may remember that I raised the question of the man’s history as the named Bankrupt in a sale notice Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler found in the Birmingham Gazette in 1850.
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Ninety years, a true Brownhills sportsman

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.

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Small increments

I’ve noted here before that change to a place most often happens incrementally, in small but contiguous steps…
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Class of… when, and who?

I’ve been contacted by David Evans, with the following request – I’d really like to name the submitter as it could help greatly with the identification of folk on the photo, but I’m not sure if I can – It looks early sixties to me, maybe Ogley Hay, anyone recognise themselves or any other kids?
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Such was his devotion

Back to William Roberts, then – railway plate layer, ganger, publican, entrepreneur, civic stalwart, JP and philanthropist – a very rare man in his time, he appears to have been generous, considerate, imbued with a real sense of social justice, and was undoubtedly a sharp-dealing rogue too.

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