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All at sea – but where, and when?

Here’s a challenge for the history researchers this afternoon while I’m busy getting some air and autumn – a short but interesting postcard that was addressed to Pier Street, Brownhills. Image of postcard addressed to Brownhills posted for sale on … Continue reading

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Wood meet Quorn substitutes in Oak Park roast

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 21st October 2018), Walsall Wood F.C. faced Quorn F.C. at Oak Park, and I’m pleased to say Walsall Wood again won in a fast paced game with lots of action. David Evans worte: Images and captions kindly … Continue reading

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Institutional bias – what’s the deal here?

I’m indebted as I have been previously San Antonio resident and Walsall Wood ex-pat Porktorta who’s put some time into sorting out the colour on the image of what I (apparently , incorrectly) presumed wast the Walsall Wood Miners Institute … Continue reading

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It’s getting better – Wood fortunes improve with wins away

A belated Walsall Wood football roundup here for the Wood faithful -Tuesday last (16th October 2018) Walsall Wood FC’s fortunes continued to improve when they beat Boldmere at Sutton following a three-nil win at Smethwick Rangers FC the Saturday before – … Continue reading

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Will Walsall Wood roast Quorn?

Saturday 20th October 2018 The Wood are at home! Can the boys from The Wood beat Quorn FC? Kick off is 3:00pm Come along and support the local lads Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood! Visit Walsall … Continue reading

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Macmillan coffee morning on this morning in Brownhills!

A quick note to say there’s a coffee morning for Macmillan going on at the Calvary Pentecostal Church in Brickiln Street, Brownhills this morning, Saturday 20th October 2018 from 10am to 1pm.  There will be cake, hot drinks and great … 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 20th October 2018 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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

What a fantastic idea this is! Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with the wonderful Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which continues it’s regular run at … Continue reading

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Coming soon: great Halloween party in Walsall Wood

Nice to see there are plenty of Halloween events this year, and there’s going to be a wonderful Halloween Party on Friday, 2nd November 2018 at Walsall Wood Football Club at Oak Park. There will be a disco, fancy dress … Continue reading

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2018 Autumn Leaves Running Day at Aldridge Transport Museum this Sunday

This Sunday 21st October 2018 it’s the annual ‘Autumn Leaves’ running day at Aldridge Transport Museum, when you can ride vintage and classic busses free, and browse stalls, the museum – and visit Chasewater in style! It’s £5 entry for … Continue reading

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2018 local Remembrance events – let’s make a list – can you help please?

Brownhills always puts on a sombre, dignified event. Local children paid their respects in 2015, as captured by the good folk of St. James Church. This is just a quick request for help – in past years, we have crowdsourced from … Continue reading

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Summer 2018 photo competition – the results are in!

Eryl PowellWinner Shelley Hankin Winner Jackie Astbury Winner Katie TuckWinner Sean GeraghtyWinner  Sam TurnerWinner Tracy DunnRunner up Kerry ChristieRunner up Anthony HoultRunner Up Sarah Emily ChallisRunner up Chris HillRunner up Laura Taylorrunner up Mick GeraghtyRunner up Sara CampbellRunner up Right, it’s been … Continue reading

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BRD days – a 149 page history for you to explore

A few weeks ago I promised a treat for those who were interested in the history of the BRD company in Aldridge – many readers will have worked or had relatives that did in the huge, sprawling engineering company the … Continue reading

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A lost institution

Walsall Wood Institute on the corner of Coppice Road at it’s junction with Brownhills and Lindon Roads, I’d say 1950s or 60s. Walsall Wood Colliery in the background. Image very kindly shared by Bill Mayo. A quick one for a … Continue reading

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Police seek man following knifepoint betting shop robbery in Brownhills

Can you identify this lads please? If so, Police would love to hear from you. Image posted on Social Media by West Midlands Police. This morning (Saturday, 13th October 2018) police in Walsall issued the above image of a man … Continue reading

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The First Cut and a musical history…

Folk band the Light Side, who will be performing at Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s Autumn Show. Image from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust have … Continue reading

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

What wonderful thing… 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 6th October 2018 from 10-11:30am. … Continue reading

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Stuck in a 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. Thankfully, after much encouragement by a driver, he … Continue reading

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Important event for carers in Walsall coming up this Thursday…

A wonderful thing for people in a very tough position. Here’s an important event taking place in Walsall this Thursday morning (18th October 2018) at the Royal Hotel, Ablewell Street from 10am until 12 noon that will be essential for … Continue reading

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Back the Track – see them on TV here!

Image courtesy of Jo Yarnall Last week I promised to share with you the Central News report on Back the Track which appeared on TV last week – this has proven more difficult than expected, but thanks to the group … Continue reading

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Great news everyone – Matthew Lawley found safe and well

Matthew Lawley now safe and well. Image posted on social media by Danielle Lawley. Great news folks – Matthew Lawley who was missing from home in Walsall Wood over the weekend has been found safe and well. I’d like to … Continue reading

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Final gallery of entries for the Summer 2018 photo competition

About four eons ago, I started the blog and Facebook photo competition for summer 2018 – and I’ve had a terrific response with over 130 entries all summing up something that encapsulated summer for the person who entered it – … Continue reading

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Sunnyside days

 The settlement of Sunnyside was the area bounded by Vigo Road, Vigo and Vigo Farm in this map – the five way road junction shows Walsall Wood Road, Vigo Road, Castle Road and Salters Road. Imagery from Ordnance Survey 1:10,000 … Continue reading

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Coffee and cake morning at the Motivation Hub in Walsall Wood this Monday

I love a good coffee morning… and cake! What’s not to love? 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 … Continue reading

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Woodmen bested by Wulfs in late penalty shocker

Tuesday last (17th January 2016), the Woodmen faced AFC Wulfrunians at Oak Park, and sadly, were met with another resounding defeat.It’s all change down at Walsall Wood FC’s Oak Park ground, where there’s a new team manager in Darren Byfield, and the faithful … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway Coal Train event all this weekend

Who doesn’t fondly remember the coal trains rumbling through Brownhills? Your chance to stir a few memories… Sorry again for the late notice but I note Chasewater Railway have their Coal Train event this weekend (Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October 2018) … Continue reading

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Don’t miss Walsall Wood at home to AFC Wulfrunians this afternoon!

Saturday 6th October 2018 Walsall Wood FC at home to AFC Wulfrunians Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes – for Darren Byfield’s first match as the Wood’s new manager! 3:00pm kickoff Please come and … Continue reading

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

This is proving really popular! 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 6th October 2018 … Continue reading

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So much going on in the heart of Brownhills this autumn!

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter 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 … Continue reading

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Details of Walsall Council’s park bonfire events for 2018

Always a good display…. 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, … Continue reading

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Teenagers mugged at knifepoint yesterday in Brownhills

Beware on the Black Path. A reader has contacted me with worrying news: It seems a couple of lads were mugged at knifepoint yesterday (Tuesday 2nd October 2018) at 5:30pm on the Black Path through Holland Park, near to Brownhills … Continue reading

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Back the Track on Central News this evening

Image courtesy of Jo Yarnall Just a quick headsup to point out that this evening (Tuesday 2nd October 2018) Brownhills very own Back the Track project will feature on Central News, which starts on ITV at 6pm. I’ve covered the … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust October 2018 public meeting this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station – a great historic building with immense history and social significance – not just to Lichfield, but to the Black Country. Lichfield Discovered and local historian Dave Moore have saved this valuable asset for the community. Sandfields Pumping … Continue reading

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Phoebe James found safe and well – thank you all

Images posted on social media by the James family Great news just in – missing teenager Phoebe James from Burntwood has been found safe and well.Liz James, Phoebe’s mum, posted in the last few minutes: ****update****By the power of Facebook … Continue reading

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Worcester source of Woodmen’s woes – plus an important announcement

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans. A fine autumn Saturday afternoon yesterday (29th September 2018) saw Walsall Wood FC lose to Oak Park visitors Worcester City in an entertaining match that frustrated blog football reporter David … Continue reading

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The Bells of Brownhills

I get asked some unusual questions here on the blog and I was asked in the last week on Facebook what I knew of the poem The Bells of Brownhills, and what they in fact were; this was actually quite … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood play Worcester City this afternoon at Oak Park

Walsall Wood FC have a great reputation for entertaining football, and a keen, loyal and friendly bunch of supporters! Come join in the fun and see some cracking football. Saturday 29th September 2018 Walsall Wood FC at home to Worcester City … Continue reading

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Janet Foy found safe and well

Great news – Janet Foy has been found safe and well. Thanks to all who shared and went out looking.

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Emily’s Coffee House and Grill is one year old this weekend – celebrate with free cake!

I’m please to share the news that Emily’s Cafe (formerly the Coffee House and Grill) in High Street, Brownhills is doing really well and celebrating it’s first year in business, during which it has gained a growing number of loyal … Continue reading

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The permissive society

An unusual view of Brownhills Station. Image from Walsall Local History Centre/A Click in Time. Just as I hoped when I first saw the report, local railway historian and expert Ian Pell has been in touch to add his comments … Continue reading

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Lady violently assaulted outside Brownhills Tesco store – did you witness anything?

Tesco Brownhills where a lady was attacked last Friday A worrying incident is being reported locally on social media that’s causing me great concern: It appears that on Friday evening, 21st September 2018 outside the Tesco store in Brownhills a … Continue reading

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

MacMillan are a hugely important charity to me. John Fogarty from Brownhills Community Association has been in touch to point out they have an event planned this Saturday 29th September 2018 as part of the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning … Continue reading

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Some mothers did have them – parties, that is…

Brownhills Mothers Union members at their Christmas party in the 1950s. Image kindly supplied by Elizabeth Staples. Click for a larger version. A little bit of really interesting history passed me by some years ago and popped up again this … Continue reading

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Woodmen fight Coventry United for a well-earned win

Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans Walsall Wood FC were at home to Coventry United yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 22nd September 2018, and much to the delight of the faithful, they Woodmen pulled off a hard-fought win. Footage of the match highlights … Continue reading

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Top Tipton

William Perry, legendary pugilist and son of Tipton rages at the rain clouds – but the hardy were undaunted Despite the bad weather yesterday (Saturday, 22nd September 2018) I took the afternoon out to support a great event in the … Continue reading

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A question of visibility?

This view of the old L&NWR station was taken from High Street, a suffix applied to it’s name between 1924 and 1930. It is looking north-east. The station would continue to operate until 1965. Image from the Peter Shoesmith collection. … Continue reading

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Fancy a jumble sale today?

Tracey, take a meow… Here’s a great looking jumble sale taking place today (Saturday 22nd September 2018) in the buildings just opposite Barons Court Hotel near the Snooker Club – and it’s in aid of a wonderful charity. Tracy’s Cats … Continue reading

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Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this Saturday morning

What a lovely thing this is! 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 very morning, Saturday 22nd … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood at home to Coventry United this afternoon!

Welcome to Walsall Wood, Coventry United! This afternoon, Saturday 22nd September 2018 The Wood are at home to Coventry United! Come watch the match at Oak Park! Oak Park, Walsall Wood WS9 9NP Kick off is at 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report … Continue reading

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A great sing along showing Grease this very evening in Brownhills!

This could be the one you want… for a great singalong this very evening! Very late notice of something this evening (Friday 21st September 2018) at Brownhills Community Centre on the Miner Island in Brownhills – a singalong showing of … Continue reading

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