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A rocky road…

A lovely one here from 1862, spotted by the wonderful David Evans, who I’m glad to hear is now getting well back into the swing of things. It seems that in 1862 – over 150 years hence – people were … Continue reading

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Flying down the line

I note there’s a wonderful video clip been posted by the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust who as regular readers will know, are reconstructing the canal between Brownhills and Lichfield. The video is a great aerial fly-trough and is … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Christmas 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 15th December 2018 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC away at Quorn this afternoon!

Saturday 15th December 2018 The Wood are away at Quorn! Farley way, Quorn LE12 8RB Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow! For the Good of the Wood! Visit Walsall Wood FC’s website here

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Dreaming of a White Christmas? Top up the feel good feelings in Brownhills this Saturday evening!

Fancy getting into the Christmas spirit this Saturday evening in Brownhills? This Saturday, 15th December 2018 The Lamp Theatre in Brownhills Community Centre on the Miner Island in Brownhills are hosting a singalong showing of the festive classic White Christmas … Continue reading

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Christmas market at Chasewater Railway this Saturday!

I notice that this Saturday 15th December 2018, there’s a rather fun looking Christmas Market being staged at Chasewater Railway. The market runs from 10am until 5pm at Brownhills West Station (Use the Chasewater main entrance from the A5 and … Continue reading

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Join in the conversation this lunchtime in Brownhills!

I haven’t got a handle on what this is about yet but I notice there’s a community meeting event today from 12:45 PM – 2:45 PM at St James Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Brownhills, WS8 6AB. As far as I can … Continue reading

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A party this Friday for Janey!

There’s a great party event happening this Friday 14th December 2018 at King Street Club in Walsall Wood, in memory of the one and only Janey Hatfield who sadly passed away recently. There will be a disco and karaoke, singer … Continue reading

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There’s a great new 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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Tyred out – huge thanks to a pair of a local heroes!

Here’s a lovely thing Brian Stringer from the Back the Track group has asked me to share with readers, to thank local lad Ian Neville and his daughter Nicola who have performed a remarkable feat this weekend. The Back the … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood prove equal to Shepshed – but leave loyal supporter tea’d off!

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 8th December 2018) Walsall Wood FC faced Shepshed Dynamo at home, and fought an excellent match which ended in a four-all draw. David Evans was there for the action, and found some changes afoot at the Wood he … Continue reading

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Ramble with a popular local historian in his latest book – just the thing for Christmas!

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

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A public service announcement…

Right folks quick update for readers. Stuff’s a bit slow right now. I have a bit of a problem at the moment in that the weekend I need to do my end of year financial shit for the bean counters … Continue reading

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Remembering Janey

The funeral of Janey Hatfield will take place today, Friday 7th of December 2018 at Streetly Crematorium’s West Chapel with the service starting at 1.45pm. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Janey’s family, friends and all attending today … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust December 2018 public meeting this Monday

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this coming Monday 10th December 2018) there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Scouting out the history

Time for a bit of history (makes a change in the run up to Christmas!) and I’ve had this interesting image in from Adam Mayon, who believes it’s of Brownhills Scouts, taken around 1960. His request is simple: Hi Bob,  … Continue reading

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Santa comes to a great local miniature railway this weekend!

Hey folks – if you’re quick you can book up for the Christmas children’s event at Balleny Green Miniture Railway, which takes place at this wonderful hidden gem in Little Hay, near Shenstone, this coming weekend (Saturday 8th and Sunday … Continue reading

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Do you think you could help Knaves Court panto? Oh yes you can!

I know readers here in the past have been very helpful to the community that live in the Knaves Court extra care facility near Anchor Bridge, Brownhills: In the past good people have rallied around to help with the community … Continue reading

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A gentle reminder that it’s Janey’s funeral this Friday

Following the sad passing of friend of the blog and local legend Janey Hatfield, her son Sam Perry made the following announcement regarding her funeral arrangements. Sam said: I’d like to inform people that my mothers funeral will take place … Continue reading

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There’s a great new 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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Walsall Wood recent match roundup

As many of you will know, the Evans clan of late have had a lot to sort out and deal with, so the the regular father and son football correspondent duties have had to go on the back burner for … Continue reading

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Remembering Fred – an early local loss of World War Two

Here’s a sad but fascinating submission from old friend of the blog Greame Clarke who’s asked me to point out that with the greatest respect to David Evans, his list of Walsall Wood Second World War ARP wardens that I … Continue reading

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So Turpin was famous locally…

I’m a bit busy with other stuff this weekend so while I catch up with that, there’s a great story here from spotted by Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler in an April 1967 copy of the Lichfield Mercury. Pit ponies and indeed, … Continue reading

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Buses and Brass – a great Christmas event this afternoon!

I notice that this afternoon (2nd December 2018) Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge will be hosting ‘Buses and Brass’ – a great Christmas music and fun event to really get you in the spirit of the season. It runs from 1pm until … Continue reading

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Christmas Craft Fair this afternoon in Walsall Wood

Just a heads up that there’s a Christmas Craft Fair this afternoon (Sunday 2nd December 2018) at Walsall Wood Football Club at Oak Park. It runs from 2pm until 5pm, is free to enter and all the usual stuff will … Continue reading

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Aldridge Christmas Market on today!

It’s that time of year again, and I welcome news of Christmas Fairs, tree festivals and festive events of all kinds to share with readers – and there’s a great Christmas event in Aldridge today, Saturday 1st December 2018. 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 1st December 2018 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Come support Walsall Wood FC away against Willenhall’s Sporting Khalsa this afternoon

Saturday 1st December 2018 The Wood are away! Walsall Wood FC versus Willenhall’s Sporting Khalsa FC Kick off is 3:00pm Come see the Woodmen at the Aspray Arena, Noose Lane, Willenhall WV13 3BB Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good … Continue reading

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There’s a great Christmas Fair in Brownhills this evening…

Here’s a good one for those of you who, like me, enjoy a really good Christmas fair with Santa and all the festive stuff going on – a great event at Millfield School, Catshill, Brownhills this evening. Today,Friday 30th December … Continue reading

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Aldridge Christmas Market on this Saturday!

It’s that time of year again, and I welcome news of Christmas Fairs, tree festivals and festive events of all kinds to share with readers – and there’s a great Christmas event in Aldridge this weekend. The Aldridge Village Partnership Christmas … Continue reading

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There’s a great new autism support group meeting in Brownhills 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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A responsible job for responsible men

I am once more indebted to David Evans (who’s not having a great time at the moment, so I’d like to wish him the very best and invite readers to join me in doing so) for finding and compiling this … Continue reading

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Police name victim of Walsall Wood collision and charge Walsall man

Following the dreadful fatality in Walsall Wood High Street in the early hours of Saturday, 24th November 2018, police have issued a further statement, naming the young man who lost his life. My condolences to Carl’s family and friends at … Continue reading

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Researching servicemen on the Brownhills War Memorial – can you help please?

Right, now work has slackened off a bit and I’ve got on top of other things that have been burning up my blogging time, it’s long overdue I caught up with some reader requests, and here’s a couple I had … Continue reading

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Remembering the Telstars: Rock ‘n’ roll in Cannock in the early 60s

It’s always good to hear from old friends of the blog and last week I had an email from Colin Corbett, who you’ll remember did so much to preserve and spread the musical legacy of the late Roger Mosedale of … Continue reading

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Police appeal following fatal collision in Walsall Wood

As many of you will know, there has been a fatal road traffic collision in Walsall Wood High Street in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 25th November 2018) as a result of which a 28 year old man … 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 24th November 2018 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Why not support Walsall Wood FC away against Willenhall’s Sporting Khalsa this afternoon?

Saturday 24th November 2018 The Wood are away! Walsall Wood FC versus Willenhall’s Sporting Khalsa FC Kick off is 3:00pm Come see the Woodmen at the Aspray Arena, Noose Lane, Willenhall WV13 3BB Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good … Continue reading

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Soultime – Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie this evening in Walsall Wood!

Local DJ Peter Leek has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing his  Soultime Disco event at The Drunken Duck, Walsall Wood this evening, Friday 23rd November 2018 where he will be fulfilling all your Northern Soul … Continue reading

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St. James Church 2018 Christmas Fayre – this Saturday!

Old friend of the blog Susan Forster has asked me to point out that this Saturday, 24th November 2018 there will be a Christmas Fayre at St. James Church Fellowship Room, Ogley Hay, Brownhills, with the fun kicking off at 10am. All the … Continue reading

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Come and remember Janey – and the game she loved this Friday evening

This Friday evening at Walsall Wood FC there’s a memorial football match being staged in memorial to sadly lost local lass Janey Hatfield featuring Hatfield’s Legends versus Janey’s Wooders. It’s only £2 to get in and there will be fun, … Continue reading

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Annual collectors fair at Aldridge Transport Museum this Sunday

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a collectors fair taking place this Sunday (25th November 2018) from 10:00am until 4:00pm, and should be just the thing for auto buffs, transport enthusiasts and petrol … Continue reading

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Janey Hatfield – funeral details announced

Following the sad passing of friend of the blog and local legend Janey Hatfield, her son Sam Perry has made the following announcements,ent regarding Janey’s funeral arrangements. Sam said: I’d like to inform people that my mothers funeral will take … Continue reading

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Great new autism support group meeting in Brownhills 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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Don’t miss this Winter Craft, Gift and Food Festival this Sunday at the Lamp, Brownhills!

Old pal of the blog Laura Tucker has been in touch to let me know that she’s organised a lovely Winter Craft, Gift and Food Festival, which will take place this Sunday, 18th November 2018 at the Lamp Arts Space … Continue reading

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Pictures and video from Brownhills 2018 Remembrance Day

Pictures from Brownhills Remembrance 2018 –  Images Kindly supplied by Alyssa Timbrell Last Sunday 11th November 2018 saw the annual marking of Remembrance Day in the UK and I’m pleased to say Walsall and South Staffordshire did themselves and the fallen proud and … Continue reading

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Another elderly couple robbed by bogus workmen: Please warn your friends and neighbours

Sorry to note that the bogus Water Board callers are still operating, and have struck again at around 7pm,  Friday 16th November 2018 at Riddings Crescent in Pelsall, when an elderly couple were robbed of their safe.. One of 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 17th November 2018 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Woodmen away at Coventry Sphinx this afternoon!

This afternoon, Saturday 17th November 2018 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 FC’s website … Continue reading

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Were you at Cooper and Jordan School? They celebrate 300 years this Friday and would love to see you!

This Friday (16th November 2018) from 3:45pm until 7:30pm there’s a celebration at Cooper and Jordan School in Aldridge as this well-loved institution marks it’s 300 year anniversary. If you’re a former pupil or current parent, why not visit and … Continue reading

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