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Brownhills Carnival, circa 1972: A special gallery

I’m pleased and delighted to have been contacted once more by top local photographer and friend of the blog Peter Booth, who this time has sent me some images of Brownhills Carnival in 1972, kindly donated to him by Steve … Continue reading

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Fancy an egg hunt this Easter Sunday?

For a bit of Easter fun on a beautiful weekend, I notice Oak Tree Farm down in Stonnall have an Easter egg hunt this Easter Sunday afternoon 21st April 2019 from 2pm to 4pm. It’s £5 per child – no … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC v Ilkeston Town – crunch away match today!

Saturday 20th April 2019 A top of the table clash that’s been hotly anticipated – a win here for either side will be hard fought and make all the difference! Walsall Wood F.C. v Ilkeston Town FC Away at The New Manor … Continue reading

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Loads going on at the Horse & Jockey Walsall Wood – including a great charity Easter egg hunt and fun day this Saturday!

There’s also a bunch of great stuff going on this weekend at the revitalised Horse and Jockey pub in Walsall Wood (just opposite Barons Court Hotel) which has recently come under new management and is developing a great reputation for … Continue reading

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Brownhills St. George’s Day gig and party at the Memo this Sunday

St Georges Day this year collides with Easter so not many St. George events about – but there is an excellent St. George Charity Gig and party in store at The Memo, Lichfield Road, Brownhills this Sunday 21st April 2019. … Continue reading

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Local miniature railway open this Easter Bank Holiday Monday!

Right, since it’s the first springtime bank holiday of 2019 on Monday, that means there will be one of the occasional openings of something remarkable I visited way a couple of years ago, and it’s well worth a visit. Balleny … Continue reading

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Easter 2019 Big Bounce family fun day coming this Thursday to Oak Park!

Just a headsup to point out there’s a Big Bounce family fun day taking place at Oak Park Active Living Centre, Walsall Wood this Thursday, 18th April 2019. It’s £7 per child and there are three sessions, 10:30-12pm, 12:15-1:45pm and … Continue reading

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Don’t forget Easter Soultime – Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie and pals this Good Friday

The inimitable soul DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing a special Easter set at his regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this coming Good Friday, 19th April 2019, where he and a … 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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Easter Fun Day at Oak Park today!

I see for those of you still with the delightful wee nippers on school holiday, there’s an Easter Fun Day on today, Monday 15th April 2019 at Oak Park Active Living Centre, Walsall Wood, from  10am until 3pm. It costs … Continue reading

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It’s Ogley, ay? The demolition of a local school: Please help with my confusion!

Some more pictures here for a Saturday of a bit of a mystery perhaps readers can help with: Exactly when the Ogley School at the top left of Church Road was demolished. There’s a small but very interesting set from … Continue reading

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Can you help a garden grow for Mylee?

I have a very important appeal for help here from Tracey Taundry, mother of Mylee who tragically died last year – St, James Primary School in the heart of Brownhills is the site of a beautiful garden as a tribute … 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 13th April 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Beware! Bogus door to door charity scammers operating again

I’m troubled to see the return of a scam we’ve seen before in the area – that of  door to door cold callers pretending to be deaf and duping people into giving to a charity that doesn’t exist. I first … Continue reading

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The Brownhills are alive with the Sound of Music!

I note that top local performers Brownhills Musical Theatre Company have their next show The Sound of Music coming up at Lichfield’s Garrick Theatre next month, and I’m getting an advert in early as it’s sure to be a sellout. The show is … Continue reading

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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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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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Lichfield Waterworks Trust April 2019 public meeting tonight

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening, 8th April 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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Chasewater and the trotting track – back to the 80s

I thought I’d continue sharing the hugely popular 80s archive images today and the real treat from the immense Gerald Reece collection this weekend consists of the two related sets below. Here we have two sides of Chasewater in the … Continue reading

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Faid away: The final dinner bell

David Evans has again been chatting to the wonderfully generous Tony Portman, who as many of you will recall, has previously shared a huge number of photos with the blog of Walsall Wood Secondary School in the 1950s. That remarkable … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood fight hard to raze Romulus on the astroturf

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans A chilly afternoon downwind of the rather aromatic Minworth Sewage Works at Romulus FCs Castle Vale ground rewarded the Wood faithful today (Saturday 6th April 2019) with a win in … Continue reading

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A lost local landmark and a snowy market day

Saturday means it’s time for yet more images from the huge Gerald Reece collection – so kindly donated for use on the blog by the great man himself. Today, I have a selection of random images not big enough to … Continue reading

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Got kids? You are invited to a family fun day at Chasewater this Sunday

Local mum Claire Mason is staging something rather lovely at Chasewater this Sunday (7th April 2019) that people with kids (or looking after them!) can get involved with to socialise and have fun. Claire has noticed that it can be … Continue reading

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

The inimitable soul DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing a special Easter set at his regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this coming Good Friday, 19th April 2019, where he and a … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Romulus at Castle Vale this afternoon!

Saturday 6th April 2019 Walsall Wood are away to Castle Vale’s Romulus FC Walsall Wood F.C. v Loughborough F.C. Romulus FC, Castle Vale Stadium, Farnborough Road, Birmingham B35 7LQ Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes! 3:00pm kickoff For … Continue reading

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There’s a disco at the Motivation Hub this Saturday for adults with additional needs

It’s good to see the Moivation Hub in Walsall Wood going from strength to strength – this wonderful facility for those with learning disabilities or other special needs fills a real local gap in provision and provides a warm, safe … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway Littleton Coal Train event all this weekend

One for the train buffs out there – Chasewater Railway have their Coal Train event this weekend (Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2019) with a mixture of diesel and steam runnings, demo trains and working plant. The organisers said: With … 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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Wild boar being introduced locally cause stir

Many of you who keep an eye on local news and events will have spotted a story that broke late last week when night-time traffic on the Cannock Road was held up between Five Ways at Heath Hayes and Burntwood … Continue reading

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The Station currently departing…

I think it’s about time for another excellent, memory-jogging gallery from the wonderful Gerald Reece collection – this one mostly of the end of the Station Hotel which I think would have been around 1988-90, when it was being replaced … Continue reading

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Deer waters rising…

A lovely video here posted on Facebook in the last couple of days by Anna Marie Davies which she recorded of red deer bathing in the canal near Anglesey Wharf, just beyond the M6 Toll Bridge near Wharf Lane, Brownhills. … Continue reading

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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, right now until 3pm!

I note that since it’s such a lovely spring 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 … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Loughborough this afternoon!

Saturday 30th March 2019 Walsall Wood are away to Loughborough Walsall Wood F.C. v Loughborough F.C. University Stadium, Oakwood Drive, Loughborough LE11 3QF  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes 3:00pm kickoff For The Good … 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 30th March 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Do you walk your dog in Hillside, Shire Oak and drop your poo bags – bad luck, you’re on CCTV

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Fancy getting involved with Chasewater Railway? It’s Volunteers Day this Saturday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Saturday (30th March 2019) staging it’s Annual Volunteers Day, when the railway will be holding an event aimed at recruiting more folk interested in helping out with all … Continue reading

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Get your car washed and help a squaddie this Saturday!

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The Brownhills Canalside Festival is reborn in 2019 – and it’s coming soon!

Absolutely terrific news and a huge raspberry to the naysayers – the successful and sadly missed Brownhills Canalside Festival is full steam ahead for a huge revival in May 2019 by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society who are planning to … 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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Changing times on the canal: Local waterways in the 80s

Finally today for Sunday evening after a lovely day, what better to browse Tham the next gallery from the wonderful Gerald Reece collection, kindly supplied by the great local historian himself, and beautifuly scanned by the wonderful David Evans for … Continue reading

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

I note that since it’s such a lovely day (or at least it seems that way after the grimness of the last couple of weeks) it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, … Continue reading

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F Company, blocked roads and tough nuts…

It’s time this week to post an article I’ve had for a week or two but not had time to lay out – a fascinating one on the topic of the local Home Guard and the interesting subject of local … Continue reading

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Wood dominate Coventry, defeat Dunkirk and stuff Stourport

Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans Walsall Wood FC were at home to Coventry Sphinx yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 24th March 2019), and won somewhat resoundly, continuing this seasons run of general good form. This match leaves Wood second in the … Continue reading

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When Brownhills went off the rails

Since it’s Saturday and I’m very busy with work matters, I thought I’d feature the next gallery from the wonderful Gerald Reece collection, kindly supplied by the great local historian himself, and beautifuly scanned by the wonderful David Evans for … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood face Coventry Sphinx at Oak Park this afternoon

Saturday 23rd March 2019 The Wood are at home to Coventry Sphinx! Come watch the lads at Oak Park! Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood! Check out Walsall Wood FC’s website … 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 23rd March 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Models at the museum 2019 – a great event happening this Sunday

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a ‘Models at the Museum’ event this Sunday, 24th March 2019 – It runs from 10:00am until 4:00pm and should be just the thing for … Continue reading

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Fancy a signs of spring walk at Chasewater this Saturday?

The revitalised Chasewater Friends group are holding a ‘Signs of Spring’ walk at our favourite country park this Saturday morning, 23rd March 2019 and would like to invite interested folk to join them. You can join the walk with Ranger … Continue reading

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Bogus workman harasses Brownhills couple for cash: Be alert

It seems there’s no end to the activities of the bogus workmen/gardener scams locally: Yesterday (Monday 18th March 2018) a couple in Castle Close, Brownhills were targeted by a man claiming to have done fencing work at an adjoining property … 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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