Join the Scouts for their St. George’s Day parade this Sunday!

  With the good weather and St. George’s Day upon us, it’s great to see so many events coming up to celebrate – and I’m pleased to share this one in Walsall on Sunday, 22 April 2017, which is free and kicks off at 10:30am. This is also a great chance to visit the Arboretum…

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St. George’s Day bash at Walsall Wood today!

With the local Remembrance appeals in mind, I thought I’d advertise this event today (Saturday 21st April 2018): a great St George’s day party at Walsall Wood Football Club hosted by the Bard of Brownhills himself, Ian Neville. The party funs from 2pm until midnight, with last admissions 8pm, at Walsall Wood FC’s Oak Park…

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Woodmen play Racing Club Warwick at Chasetown this afternoon!

Saturday 21st April 2018 Walsall Wood FC v Racing Club Warwick FC Home match rearranged to be at Chasetown FC to accommodate Walsall Wood FC’s St. Georges Fun Day! Chasetown Football Club, Church Street, Chasetown, Staffs. WS& 3QL  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes – win this one and the Woodmen could well…

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Urgent! Please look out for this minibus stolen from Aldridge!

Images supplied by Barry Carpenter. Hey folks – please be on the lookout for this distinctive white Ford Transit nine seater minibus, stolen this afternoon (Friday, 20th April 2018) from Leighswood Avenue, Aldridge, registration no HK61GDH and bearing a private hire licence number plate 547 on vehicle. The van belongs to old mate of the…

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A great disco in aid of a wonderful local charity on tonight!

  Just a quick note to point this event out that’s happening this evening (Friday, 20th April 2018) over in Cheslyn Hay that friend of the blog Stephen Hill has let me know about. It’s a great disco at Cheslyn Hay Working Men’s Club, starting at 7:00pm and running through the eying, It’s just £5…

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Going above and beyond

I’m pleased to see that the expansion of online history resources continues apace, with lots of formerly quite restrictive services opening up with more sensible usage terms and conditions – one such archive is the British Library’s Aerofilms archive of aerial photography of Britain from 1919-1953. Aerofilms, as the leader in such imagery for years,…

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Be alert – car stolen in Shire Oak

I see from the excellent WMNow service that there has been a worrying theft of a car from Wrekin View, Shire Oak in the early hours of Wednesday morning (18th April 2018) which has been taken without keys – the latest in a series of such events across the local area of late. The reader said:…

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Great pub quiz at Brownhills Community Centre this Friday!

Sorry folks – WordPress, the hosts of the blog have been having some technical issues in the last 24 hours so I’ve been unable to post but I’d like to draw your attention to a great quiz night taking place this Friday evening at Brownhills Community Centre. It’s being hosted by the wonderful Followspot Productions…

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Van break-ins in Ogley Hay and Shire Oak: Beware, folks.

A quick warning to people with vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – On Monday night into Tuesday Morning (15-16th April 2018), there were at least two break-in into vans in the town; one in the Ogley Road area and another in Shire Oak. There appear to have been three offenders in…

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Do the walk this weekend!

Find out how far they’ve come at Summerhill in just two years in this informative film for the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to remind us that there will be a guided walk of the Summerhill section of the canal they’re working…

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Mylee Billingham – funeral details, and an extra message from Jane Taundry

Details have just been announced by Tracey Taundry rregarding the funereal of her daughter Mylee in a post on Facebook, which the Taundry family have asked be shared here on the blog. Tracey Taundry said the following: Firstly I would like to thank Brownhills and surrounding areas for the love support and kind donations it…

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Looking after the legacy of a great son of Brownhills

There’s something that’s quite historically important been going on for months now right in the heart of Brownhills, that whilst not earth shattering, is very significant to our local history, and helps to preserve the memory of one of the finest sons of Brownhills: Chorister and Choir Master George Fullelove. I think few people realise…

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Where’s the fairness in Remembrance funding?

I’ve hd a really interesting email in from a respected elder in Brownhills, someone whose comments on the area I’ve always respected greatly and whose opinion I value and usually agree with – John Bird. John Bird has periodically written clear, eloquent and concise letters to the local press – the ones that have always…

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Walsall Wood victory is a Pershore thing

Images and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans. Yesterday (Saturday 14th April 2018) Walsall Wood FC travelled down the motorway to the King George Playing Field Ground to face Pershore Town – and continued their run of goof form, beating the visitors decisively four nil. David Evans was there to witness a great…

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Works to improve the Streets Corner junction getting underway

A number of people have asked about the work currently taking place at the Streets Corner Junction in Walsall Wood, that has seen the wall in front to the shops demolished and excavations taking place on the land there. This work is the first stage of junction improvement works that will see the entire junction…

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Police issue statement on incident at Vicarage Road, Brownhills on Friday evening

On Friday evening (13th April 2018), there was an incident in the Vicarage Road area of Brownhills that generated a large amount of speculation on social media. I made enquiries with the press Office at West Midlands Police, and this morning they issued the following statement: A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault…

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Walsall Wood FC visit Pershore Town this afternoon!

Saturday 14th October 2018 Walsall Wood FC are away at Pershore’s King George ground! Walsall Wood v Pershore  Town 3:00pm kickoff Please come and get behind your local club For The Good Of The Wood! King George Playing Fields, King George’s Way, Pershore, WR10 1QU Check out the club website here Rate this post…

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Who’s on this team, and who are they?

Since the sad passing of Bill Shaw, old friend of the blog, champion of local football and Clayhanger lad, the tributes have been fullsome, and so richly deserved – but it’s also wonderful to hear the memories and see photos emerge of this wonderful man. Bill sadly passed away following serious illness on 4th March…

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Meet your local coppers this Saturday in Aldridge and Streetly!

I received notice of this great event from Walsall Police via the excellent WMNow service this morning, advertising a pop-up meet the police event this Saturday, 14th April 2018 at Aldridge Library from 10:00am until 11:00am where you can meet your local policing team and get help, crime prevention and public safety advice. This is the…

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Building bridges

I had a very interesting reply to my post of last weekend that featured the picture of the old Pier Street pedestrian bridge that crossed the canal for many years and was eventually replaced in 2007 by a much more user friendly structure – the original photo was by respected friend of the blog and Brownhills…

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Mylee Billingham’s funeral details released

Details have just been announced by Tracey Taundry rregarding the funereal of her daughter Mylee in a post on Facebook, which the Taundry family have asked be shared here on the blog. Tracey Taundry said the following: Firstly I would like to thank Brownhills and surrounding areas for the love support and kind donations it…

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From summers long since passed…

I’m also indebted recently to old friend of the blog The Stymaster (whose Piglog and Publog are much older than my blog and both still going strong) for drawing my attention to a thoroughly engrossing Twatter account which a couple of weeks ago featured the wonderful image above. The picture is from the mid 1970s,…

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Beware of debt collection scam operating locally

I’ve just had warning from the excellent WMNow system (you can sign up here – it’s free and very useful) that there’s a very convincing scam in operation I think readers should be aware of – and will be wanting to warn their elderly and vulnerable friends, family and neighbours about. It seems scumbags are…

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Woodmen pull it out of the bag to beat Uttoxeter

Pictures and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans. Saturday week ago (31st March 2018) the blog father and son groundhog double act David and Simon Evans went to watch the away match between the Woodmen and Uttoxeter at a rather damp Oldfields, and whilst there saw another good win – pleasing for the…

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A Chemical Romance

I’ve been asked the question by reader Norman Taylor as to what I know about Brownhills Chemical Works – otherwise known as The Chemical or The Chemy, later the site of a notorious war scrapyard local kids were all attracted to. The Chemical, for those who don’t know, was situated high on the Lichfield Road,…

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Walsall Wood FC away to Stafford Town this afternoon!

Saturday 7th April 2018 Walsall Wood visit Stafford Town Walsall Wood v Stafford Town Kickoff 3pm  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes Evans Park, Off Fairway, Stafford, Staffordshire ST16 3TL View with Google Maps Please get behind your local club For The Good Of The Wood! Match report to follow! Check out Walsall Wood FC’s…

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Walsall Wood’s Motivation Hub Spring Fete this Saturday!

It’s good to see the recently opened 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 and welcoming atmosphere for folk to socialise, learn and hang out. This Saturday…

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All the latest news from Brownhills Community Association for Spring 2018

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for March/April 2018 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so. The Community Association are based at Brownhills Community Centre, just by the Miner Island in central Brownhills, and always have lots going on for people from…

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust April 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 Monday evening (9th April 2018) there will be the April 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group. The meeting is at the Bowling Green pub, Lichfield from 7:30pm and…

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Local lady recovering after traffic collision near the Miner Island in Brownhills – a message of thanks from her family

Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 3rd April 2018) as many of you will know there was a road traffic incident near to the Miner Island in Brownhills, where a local lady was in struck by a vehicle. Although this was a shocking and worrying incident, It’s good to hear from the lady’s daughters – Gina Young, who…

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Oliver in the 1980s: Can we have some more, please?

Way back last year I featured here the details of a musical production and subsequent record called ‘The Devils and the Angels’ (based on Leon Garfield’s book ‘Smith’) created by staff and pupils from Brownhills Compreshensive School in the late 1970s, and in the course of that discussion it became clear that the school had a…

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Sorry, we’ve got the builders in…

As you’ve probably noticed, I’m fiddling today with some of the technical stuff behind the blog – there are a number of things I’ve needed to do and one of them is install a new theme, which dictates the blog appearance. I’m also fixing stuff like dead pages, long expired sidebar links and the way…

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MATCH OFF! Walsall Wood FC at home to Bolehall Swifts cancelled

The scheduled Easter Monday match between Walsall Wood FC and Bolehall Swifts FC, scheduled to take place today has (Monday 2nd April 2018) has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. As usual on wet days, the clubhouse is still open for beer and moaning about the weather! For The Good Of The Wood! Check out…

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Walsall Wood continue their winning ways – match report round up

Due to the lack of accompanying media I’ve held a couple of reports back and Simon sent me a couple together so this is a great opportunity to roll them up into one post – and here it is. It’s safe to say Walsall Wood are still on very good form and yesterday beat Uttoxeter…

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Here comes the flood

Most readers will be aware of how passionately I’ve supported Brian Stringer and his crusade with the Back the Track crew to reopen the former South Staffordshire Railway cutting through Brownhills as a traffic free cycling and walking route for the whole community – well, the project has taken a very odd turn and I’m not happy with it at all.

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It’s all happening at Walsall Wood’s Motivation Hub with an Easter Club and Spring Fete

It’s good to see the recently opened 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 and welcoming atmosphere for folk to socialise, learn and hang out.

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A great chance for tea and cake in a great country canalside garden this Saturday!

There’s a great event going on in Whittington this acoming Saturday (31st March 2018) in aid of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust ‘Tunnel Vision’ appeal – Eric and Doreen’s All Day Easter Coffee Morning.

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Everyone needs a little help from their friends…

Here’s a good one for younger folk looking for experience of work as a park ranger, or maybe retired or older folk looking for something where they can meet the public – this year Staffordshire County Council are looking for volunteers to join the Chasewater weekend ranger team.
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The race for space

Thanks to Stuart Williams of Walsall Local History Centre, I can share with readers today another piece in the remarkable jigsaw that is the Ferrie family history – the Ferries, as many old hands will recall, were a larger than life father and son who were well known in Aldridge and Brownhills for their entrepreneurialism and propensity to acts of community largesse and showmanship.

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Remembering a Brownhills life with Aer Reg: Part 4, Our friends are electric

It’s time for the final instalment of Reg ‘Aer Reg’ Fullelove’s early life story here on the blog, and in this piece, we find Reg starting work, going through National Service and returning to work for the Midlands Electricity Board, in the mean time witnessing some remarkable changes.

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