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Close to the wall – but where?

A quick mystery for a Saturday: This image was found in the whole wedge of stuff generously donated to the blog by Sir Gerald of Reece recently, and the young David Evans is very puzzled by it. I’ll be honest, … Continue reading

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Don’t tell him pike!

Over the years, writing a great deal about Chasewater, I’ve become used to hearing the recounted mythology of the lake north of Brownhills. One legend says excess bombs were dropped there during the war, another that it was covered at … Continue reading

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Don’t miss Walsall Wood away at South Normanton Athletic this afternoon!

Saturday 16h February 2019 After a two-week break in the schedule to allow for bad weather… Walsall Wood FC away to South Normanton Athletic FC Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes! 3:00pm kickoff Please come … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this morning

If you’ve a child or children under 4 years of age, there is a great Stay and Play session running at Brownhills Community Centre in the heart of Brownhills this Saturday morning 16th February 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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The weather may be mild but you can get Frozen in Brownhills this Saturday!

There’s a great sing-along showing of kid’s cult classic animated film Frozen this Saturday afternoon (16th February 2019) in the cinema right at the heart of Brownhills: The Lamp, at Brownhills Community Centre. It kicks off at 1:30pm and you … Continue reading

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Buses by Night 2019 – great local event on this Saturday!

This Saturday afternoon and evening (16th February 2019) there’s a great, innovative event taking place at Aldridge Transport Museum just off Northgate – Buses by Night, which is your chance to ride on some great old vehicles and see the local sights and … Continue reading

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A shore thing

On Saturday last (9th February 2019) I featured a postcard image here of Norton Pool with a picture of a sailing boat on the water before an ornate pavilion, which I believe to be depicting Chasewater early in the 1900s. … Continue reading

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There’s a great autism support group meeting in Brownhills today and every Tuesday!

Just a heads up to let folk know that there’s a popular and regular autism support group meeting in Brownhills every Tuesday lunchtime from 1:30-2:30pm at the Smithy’s Forge pub, Lichfield Road, Brownhills, just off the Miner Island. For parents, … Continue reading

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Man being treated for stomach wound following shooting incident in Walsall Wood

Yesterday evening, Sunday 10th February 2019 there was a shooting incident on the car park of Better Gym, Walsall Wood, following which a man is currently in hospital being treated for a stomach wound. I would ask that anyone with … Continue reading

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The Brownhills tramway to nowhere – a railway expert writes

I always love expanding railway and related threads here on the blog – and it’s always great to hear from local railway historian and expert Ian Pell, this time on the matter of  the lost and somewhat mysterious tramway that is said tohave run close … Continue reading

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Great news: Missing Norton teenager Kassie Griffiths found safe and well

Thanks to you all for your help – Norton Canes teenage Kassie Griffiths who went missing yesterday (Saturday 9th February 2019) has been found safe and well. Dan Griffiths said: *** NOW FOUND *** A massive thank you to everyone … Continue reading

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Chasewater – what of the far pavilion?

An image has been sent to me by a reader this week they tell me they’ve found on internet auction site eBid, but I can’t locate the sale: It’s a fascinating picture of Chasewater before it was developed, so it … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this morning

If you’ve a child or children under 4 years of age, there is a great Stay and Play session running at Brownhills Community Centre in the heart of Brownhills this Saturday morning 9th February 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Locating a lost airbase…

It’s always great to hear from old friend of the blog Ian Broad – many of you will remember that Ian lived in the now derelict quarry bungalow at Sandhills, Shire Oak and his family owned the shop Tom’s Cabin … Continue reading

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You can meet the Vikings this Saturday in Stonnall

For a bit of fun on a winter Saturday, I notice Oak Tree Farm down in Stonnall have a Meet the Vikings day running this Saturday 9th February 2019 from 10:00am until 4:00pm, with fun for all the family. The … Continue reading

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A sunny morning in Pier Street

Continuing with the donations from the wonderfully generous Sir Gerald of Reece, and following some discussion on Facebook over the weekend, here’s a couple of fascinating images from a little-mentioned part of Brownhills: Pike Helve. Pike Helve was a small … Continue reading

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Great news: Anthony Horton found safe and well!

Great news – Police in Walsall have just announced that Anthony Horton form Pheasey has been found safe and well. Thanks for your help everyone, Anthony Horton from Walsall who went missing last night (Tuesday 5th February 2019)has been found safe and well. Thanks … Continue reading

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There’s a great autism support group meeting in Brownhills today and every Tuesday!

Just a heads up to let folk know that there’s a popular and regular autism support group meeting in Brownhills every Tuesday lunchtime from 1:30-2:30pm at the Smithy’s Forge pub, Lichfield Road, Brownhills, just off the Miner Island. For parents, … Continue reading

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Coppice a load of this

The postcard found last week on eBay showing ‘The Coppice, Brownhills’ had much more interest than I expected. Although there was some speculation to the contrary, I’m sure it showed Birch Coppice long before most of it was destroyed by … Continue reading

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Oh brave new world

One of the most loved and respected contributors to the Brownhills Blog is the great Reg ‘Aer Reg’ Fullelove, historian, commenter, author, poet and honorary Grandfather of the blog. Reg regularly digs out stuff for the blog, and it’s with … Continue reading

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Meet your local coppers in Brownhills this afternoon!

Sorry for the late notice, but there’s another local police pop-up event this afternoon Saturday 2nd February 2019 where you can meet the local policing team and discuss issues that are important to you. It takes place in Brownhills Library, … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this morning

If you’ve a child or children under 4 years of age, there is a great Stay and Play session running at Brownhills Community Centre in the heart of Brownhills this Saturday morning 2nd February 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Chasewater Friends have a litter pick and social this Sunday

The revitalised Chasewater Friends group are holding a litter pick at out favourite country park this Sunday morning, 3rd February 2019 and would like to invite interested folk to join them. Gear will be provided, and there will be tea, … Continue reading

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Live Yoghurt!

Regular readers will no doubt remember that I ran a special appeal here a few weeks ago for Jack McCreath who wanted to get in touch with former band-mates Gerald Reece and Bernard Howdle – they were in a folk … Continue reading

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Can you help tell the story of a local historian please?

I have an enquiry in here from old friend of the blog Peter Chadbund who’s long had an interest in the life, times and work of respected Norton Canes local historian and writer Jack Harrison. Jack wrote the sought after … Continue reading

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There’s a great autism support group meeting in Brownhills today and every Tuesday!

Just a heads up to let folk know that there’s a popular and regular autism support group meeting in Brownhills every Tuesday lunchtime from 1:30-2:30pm at the Smithy’s Forge pub, Lichfield Road, Brownhills, just off the Miner Island. For parents, … Continue reading

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New Year 2019 photo competition – the results are in!

Right, it’s been a hellishly difficult thing to do, but the judges (Myself Bob, Phil Griffin, David Evans, Linda Mason, Phil Griffin, the young David Evans and the Wee Pickle have pondered and head scratched in the last two weeks … Continue reading

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When The Wood saw stars…

Last week I teased that David Evans had been granted access to a remarkable local football artefact, the souvenir program and signed photo of a star-studded charity football match the took place at Walsall Wood FC’s Oak Park ground on … Continue reading

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It’s a fair Coppice!

Here’s an interesting postcard spotted on everyone’s favourite tat bazaar, eBay this week – a card I’ve seen before but never, ever in this clarity. It’s fascinating. The card shows a lady and child, posed sat in a wood, with … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC at home against The Mikes this afternoon!

Today, Saturday 26th January 2019 The Wood are at home, entertaining The Mikes! Walsall Wood FC versus Boldmere St Michaels FC Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood!  Oak Park, Lichfield Road, Walsall … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this morning

If you’ve a child or children under 4 years of age, there is a great Stay and Play session running at Brownhills Community Centre in the heart of Brownhills this Saturday morning 26th January 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Plea to find family of two deceased former Walsall residents

Walsall Client Welfare Services Department have issued an appeal to trace the families of two Walsall residents who recently passed away in local care homes – Mr. Royston Coles aged 86, of Walsall and Mrs. Edna Thompson aged 96 of … Continue reading

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It’s not too late to ramble with a popular local historian in his latest book!

I had an email from local historian and author Clive Roberts yesterday, pointing out that his latest book ‘Ramblings of a Local Historian’ is still available, but is selling out fast – so be quick if you want a copy. … Continue reading

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There’s a great autism support group meeting in Brownhills today and every Tuesday!

Just a heads up to let folk know that there’s a popular and regular autism support group meeting in Brownhills every Tuesday lunchtime from 1:30-2:30pm at the Smithy’s Forge pub, Lichfield Road, Brownhills, just off the Miner Island. For parents, … Continue reading

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The Parade route

There’s been a lot of interest and responses to my post on Saturday posing questions from Doug Birch MBE about Holland Park, the Black Path and The Parade, Brownhills. We have more or less established from the fruits of the … Continue reading

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When the stars came to The Wood

Bit of a teaser here for something coming soon – lots of people hereabouts fondly remember a charity football match at Walsall Wood FC that took place on 20th October 1963 – well, intrepid football fan and researcher the young … Continue reading

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On Parade once more!

Well, that’s a few parish notices sorted out, so we can get on with a bit of history – and a great enquiry has come in from well-respected community elder Doug Birch MBE who has posed a number of really … Continue reading

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Appealing for family and friends of Mr. Sam Bennett please

Hi folks. Could anyone who’s friends with or related to Brownhills resident Mr. Sam Bennett please message Paula Horton (on Facebook here) please, or call John Horton on 07970678618. It’s quite important. Thank you

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A great sing along showing of Mama Mia Here We Go Again this very evening in Brownhills!

Very late notice of something this evening (Saturday 19th January 2019) at Brownhills Community Centre on the Miner Island in Brownhills – a singalong showing of the feel good Abba-inspired film hit ‘Mama Mia! Here we go again’ in a … Continue reading

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Here’s something for the kids to do late this afternoon in Clayhanger…

Lisa Taylor, one of the people who work hard to keep Clayhanger Community Centre a vital and well-loved resource for the village has been in touch to point out there’s children’s yoga on there late this afternoon (Saturday 19th January … Continue reading

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Just time to find out about the Friends of Chasewater right now!

I’m very late with this but just time if you’re quick to catch the start-up event for the rebooted Friends of Chasewater group, which has taken on a new format to promote our favourite reservoir and country park. There’s still … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this morning

If you’ve a child or children under 4 years of age, there is a great Stay and Play session running at Brownhills Community Centre in the heart of Brownhills this Saturday morning 19th January 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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A festival of football – coming soon to Walsall Wood!

It’s a ways off yet, but there’s a great football event for girls interested in football coming this spring to Walsall Wood – and the organisers are appealing for teams. Walsall Wood FC has several female teams under its umbrella … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe – get together and get things fixed this Saturday!

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with the excellent Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which continues it’s regular residency this Saturday (19th January 2019) at Curborough … Continue reading

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Tree cheers for Back the Track and Sustrans!

During my daily bike ride on Sunday (which I’ve still yet to write up…) I rode along the cycleway that forms part of National Cycle Route 5 from Lichfield to Walsall where it goes on the old railway line between … Continue reading

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Soultime – Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie and pals this Friday!

Local DJ Peter Leek has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing his semi-regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this Friday, 18th January 2019 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of great soul … Continue reading

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There’s a great autism support group meeting in Brownhills today and every Tuesday!

Just a heads up to let folk know that there’s a popular and regular autism support group meeting in Brownhills every Tuesday lunchtime from 1:30-2:30pm at the Smithy’s Forge pub, Lichfield Road, Brownhills, just off the Miner Island. For parents, … Continue reading

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Final gallery of entries for the New Year 2019 photo competition

Over the 2018/9 new year week just gone, I held a photo competition on the blog and Facebook group on the theme of winter/ Christmas or the general season, and I’m pleased to say I’ve had a wonderful response with … Continue reading

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Courtney Louise Hannon found safe and well

Courtney Louise Hannon/Mannion has been found safe and well. Her mother, Jocelyn Mannion posted: Courtney has been found and feels very very silly I cannot begin to thank each and everyone of you for the help support and shares much … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood Scouts move home – and you can still join the adventure!

David Evans has been in touch to tell me that the 1st Walsall Wood Scout Group, run by old friend of the blog Lee Bragginton has now moved into their new home – the former youth club building in the … Continue reading

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