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When Amy Turtle silenced the skinheads at Chasewater

You all know I’m fascinated by Chasewater and it’s history – but there’s a period of history that’s not too well documented or understood, and is full of myth and foggy reality: The Amusement Park era from the 60s.  At … Continue reading

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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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Woodmen fight hard to send Leicester up the road in last minute nailbiter

Photos kindly supplied by Simon Evans Walsall Wood FC last weekend (Saturday 12th September 2019) ventured out to Leicester Road FC, hopefully to continue their unbeaten run – but the Leicester lads had other ideas, and a spirited, nailbiting match … Continue reading

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2019 Autumn Leaves Running Day at Aldridge Transport Museum this Sunday

  This Sunday 20th October 2019 it’s the annual ‘Autumn Leaves’ running day at Aldridge Transport Museum, when you can ride vintage and classic busses for free, browse stalls, admire classic and vintage cars, explore the museum – and visit … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe October meet up – 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 afternoon (Saturday 19th October 2019) … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away at Coventry Sphinx this afternoon!

This afternoon, Saturday 19th October 2019 The Wood are away to Coventry Sphinx! Sphinx Drive, off Siddeley Avenue, Stoke, Coventry, CV3 1WA Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood! Check out Walsall Wood … 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 October 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this Saturday morning?

I know we have a lot of running folk amongst the readership, and in the mass of volunteer, community organised stuff in recent years, one of the most impressive demonstrations of this has been the growth of the free, Saturday … Continue reading

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Community litter pick in Walsall Wood this Saturday morning!

I know folk always complain they never caught notice of these, so this is just a note to say there’s a community litter pick this Saturday morning in Walsall Wood, organised by the fab Walsall Wood Wombles group. Tomorrow, Saturday 19th … Continue reading

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Soultime October – Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie and pals tonight!

The inimitable soul DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing his regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this evening, Friday 18th October 2019 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of … Continue reading

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Don’t forget there’s a Navy Cadet Force Open Day in Clayhanger this Saturday

Just a heads up that the local Navy Cadet Force – T.S. Vigo based in Clayhanger at the Community Centre in Church Street – are having an Open Day this Saturday, 19th October 2019. There will be loads of family … Continue reading

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Stuart Williams – goodbye my friend

It is my sad duty to share the news with readers here that yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 15th October 2019, fellow local blogger, friend of the Brownhills Blog, total geek and dedicated local historian Stuart Williams passed away following a period … Continue reading

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Why not come meet Walsall Humanists this Wednesday evening in their new venue!

Here’s a quick plug for Lichfield, Walsall and South Staffordshire Humanists – a philosophical debating group – who have their quarterly meeting this Wednesday 16th  October 2019 at their new home – the Walsall Arms pub, 17 Bank Street, WS1 … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust October 2019 public meeting takes place this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 14th September 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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On Annie Thomas, and Friezland Lane Working Men’s Club…

In my neglectful absence, David Evans has been busy gathering material as he does, and he sent me the following, very generous and lovely photographic donation from local lady Shirley Downes regarding Annie Thomas. Now I believe Annie was a … Continue reading

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When it was all different

After a frighteningly busy few weeks which have left me tired and unable to do as much as I’d like on the blog, it’s nice to get back onto a bit of local history, which let’s not forget, is the … Continue reading

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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, this afternoon!

I note that since the rain seems to be clearing it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids of even just by yourself and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC away to Leicester Road FC this afternoon

Saturday 12th October 2019 Walsall Wood FC v Leicester Road FC Leicester Rd, Leics, LE10 3DR  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes Kickoff 3pm Please come and get behind your local club For The … 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 12th October 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this Saturday morning?

I know we have a lot of running folk amongst the readership, and in the mass of volunteer, community organised stuff in recent years, one of the most impressive demonstrations of this has been the growth of the free, Saturday … Continue reading

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Why not join the community litter picks this weekend in Brownhills and next weekend in Walsall Wood!

I know folk always complain they never caught notice of these, so this is just a note to say there are two community littler picks this weekend, from Brownhills Community Wombles and Walsall Wood Wombles groups. There’s a community litter pick … Continue reading

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Important appeal: Did you know Kate Pugh from Stafford?

This is one of those requests that pops up from time to time, and I really hope readers can help. Reader Kevin Patrice has contacted me to try and get in contact with a lady called Kate Pugh, following a … Continue reading

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Someone in Time – a great new book by a brilliant local author

Burntwood lad and old friend of the blog Stuart Cowley has been busy publishing his first book, which I’m really happy to see and very much looking forward to reading. You’ll all know how important it is to me that … Continue reading

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Brownhills very own autism support group meets this lunchtime in a new home

Just a heads up to let folk know that the popular local autism support group ‘Supporting the Rainbow’ is meeting today (Tuesday 8th October 2019) – and there have been some changes as now the group is inaugurated as a … Continue reading

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Details of Walsall Council’s park bonfire events for 2019

Readers have been asking for details of this year’s Walsall Council Bonfire Night events in the borough, and particularly Brownhills, so here is the latest information. The Brownhills Holland Park event will take place on Saturday, 26th October 2019. Other … Continue reading

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Highly polished Wood gives Tividale the slip

Pictures and captions kindly supplied by David Evans Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 5th October 2019) Walsall Wood were again at home – and entertained visitors Tividale at Oak Park. Following a good sporting match, Wood emerged the victors cementing their run … Continue reading

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Great dog show event this afternoon at Walsall Arboretum

I’ve just spotted that there’s a fun open dog show happening right now at Walsall Arboretum (Sunday, 6th October 2019) – and it looks like real fun with all breeds being welcome. It’a ll in aid off Greyhound Gap, a … Continue reading

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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, this afternoon!

I note that since it’s an unexpectedly decent day it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids of even just by yourself and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are there … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood at home to Tividale this afternoon!

Saturday 5th October 2019 The Wood are at home! Can they continue their unbeaten run? Walsall Wood FC versus Tividale FC Kickoff at 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood! Check out Walsall Wood FC’s … 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 5th October 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this Saturday morning?

I know we have a lot of running folk amongst the readership, and in the mass of volunteer, community organised stuff in recent years, one of the most impressive demonstrations of this has been the growth of the free, Saturday … Continue reading

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It’s nearly time for musical mayhem – only a few tickets left!

I’ve been contacted by the Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer who’s asked me to let you all know that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a Night of Musical Mayhem with the Aldridge Ukulele Band … Continue reading

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Eddie Fallon rest in peace: Funeral details released

Following the sad news of the death of much loved local man Eddie Fallon, his daughter Tess has shared the arrangements for his funeral for anyone who wants to pay their respects. Eddie’s funeral will take place on Friday 11th … Continue reading

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Remembrance: An important question from John Bird

I had an email in a couple of weeks ago now from John Bird, a respected member of the Brownhills British Legion and old friend of the blog. John is not known for mincing his words, and has posed an … Continue reading

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Mines, canals, railways and other mysteries: A local photo gallery mystery tour

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Woodmen fail to give Highgate the elbow

Photos and captions very kindly supplied by the young David Evans.  Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 28th September 2019) Walsall Wood were visited by Highgate United, who held the Woodmen to a one-all draw in a somewhat intemperate game. David Evans was … Continue reading

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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, this afternoon!

Sorry folks due to bad weather an ill health, today’s Swan Patrol is cancelled. Get well soon, Ann! Hopefully back next week. – Bob I note that since it’s a decent day it would be an excellent chance to nip … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC v Highgate United at home this afternoon

Saturday 28th September 2019 Time for some great football at Oak Park! Walsall Wood v Highgate United  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes Kickoff 3pm Please come and get behind your local club For … 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 28th September 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this Saturday morning?

I know we have a lot of running folk amongst the readership, and in the mass of volunteer, community organised stuff in recent years, one of the most impressive demonstrations of this has been the growth of the free, Saturday … Continue reading

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Two sugars please: join the Macmillan 2019 World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this Saturday in Brownhills!

John Fogarty from Brownhills Community Association has been in touch to point out they have an event planned this Saturday 28th September 2019 as part of the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning campaign. Their Coffee Morning will take place at … Continue reading

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

The inimitable soul DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing his regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this evening, Friday 27th September 2019 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of … Continue reading

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Wood neutralise Normanton

Last Saturday, 21st September 2018), Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Derbyshire club South Normanton Athletic at Oak Park, and in an entertaining, gripping match the Woodmen sent the visitors home roundly defeated five nil. David Evans was there to enjoy the … Continue reading

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It’s time for the rut – beware, folks – the deer are getting horny….

Time to repeat this post as this morning I was riding to work and spotted a stag on Green Lane, Walsall Wood, clearly angered by the traffic interfering with his prancing activities. The above excellent video is a fallow deer … Continue reading

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Brownhills very own autism support group meets this Tuesday lunchtime!

Just a heads up to let folk know that the popular local autism support group ‘Supporting the Rainbow’ is meeting today (Tuesday 24th September 2019). Today and on coming Tuesdays they will be meeting at lunchtime from 1:30-2:30pm in the … Continue reading

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Fancy some musical mayhem? Have fun and Back The Track!

I’ve been contacted by the Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer who’s asked me to let you all know that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a Night of Musical Mayhem with the Aldridge Ukulele Band … Continue reading

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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, this afternoon!

I note that since it’s a decent day it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids of even just by yourself and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are there this … Continue reading

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Don’t miss Walsall Wood at home to South Normanton FC this afternoon!

Saturday 21st September 2019 Walsall Wood FC at home 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 and get behind your local club For The Good … Continue reading

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Active Games Club for kids at Brownhills Community Centre this morning!

As well as Stay and Play, this Saturday 21st September 2019 if you’ve got older kids why not try the PEPA Active Sports Club at Brownhills Community Centre from 10amn-11am? It’s suitable for kids from 6-11 years old and there’s … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe September meet up – get together, celebrate 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 afternoon (Saturday 21st September 2019) … Continue reading

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