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Arthur John Craddock of Walsall Wood: Can you help, please?

This one has me in a bit of a head scratcher. Angie Barnett writes in all the way from New Zealand, referring to a gentleman I have apparently mentioned on the blog. There’s only one snag. Neither of us can … Continue reading

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May I make a correction?

An interesting mail winged its way in here a couple of weeks ago from longstanding reader Keith Jemison-Mills who was a pupil at Ogley Hay School and featured in a couple of the wonderful May Day celebration photos we’ve featured … Continue reading

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Walking group sets off again in Brownhills this afternoon!

I’m glad to see that some important social activities are resuming in light of their cancellation for lockdown – and the resumption of the Wednesday afternoon walking group in Brownhills is great news. I have checked this is going ahead … Continue reading

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Clayhanger Methodist Church Centenary Parade in 1985 – what do you remember?

Images kindly shared by Chris Booth by original photographer Ted Hassall. Click any one to see a larger version. A remarkable collection of photos today wings its way in from old friend of the blog Chris Booth, taken by Ted … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since the rain has cleared and it’s a decent day it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Stourport Swifts this afternoon!

This afternoon, Saturday 17th October 2020 The Wood are away on their travels again! Walsall Wood FC versus Stourport Swifts FC Walshes Meadow Stourport on Severn Worcestershire DY13 0AA Kickoff 3pm Strict social distancing measures to be observed! Hopefully, a match … Continue reading

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Why not join the Orange Army litter pick this coming Sunday morning in Brownhills?

There is a community litter pick event taking place in Brownhills this Sunday, 18th October 2020 from 10am, meeting at Smithys Forge car park in Lichfield Road, Brownhills (Just off the Miner Island)  – all are welcome to join in … Continue reading

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Walking group sets off again in Brownhills this afternoon!

I’m glad to see that some important social activities are resuming in light of their cancellation for lockdown – and the resumption of the Wednesday afternoon walking group in Brownhills is great news. I have checked this is going ahead … Continue reading

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An important statement from Walsall Wood Football Club

I have been asked to post the following statement by the Chairman of Walsall Wood Football club, Justin Hodgin. This is for information only and comment is neither invited, nor appropriate. Walsall Wood FC said: Statement From Walsall Wood FC … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since the rain has cleared and it’s such a lovely day it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood play Worcester City this afternoon at Oak Park

Saturday 10th October 2020 Walsall Wood FC at home to Worcester City in a big-name match! Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes 3:00pm kickoff STRICT SOCIAL DISTANCING TO BE OBSERVED! Please come and … Continue reading

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The mystery of the car in the bomb crater: Can you help with the local link?

I’ve become aware in the last few days of a remarkable history project relating to an incident during the Coventry Blitz and an absolutely iconic image of the destruction following the Second World War air raids that decimated the city. … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood send Selston forth

Images kindly supplied by David Evans Last Tuesday evening (6th October 2020) Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Selston F.C. at Walsall Wood. A belter of a match and home victory ensued, that roving reporter the young David Evans clearly enjoyed very … Continue reading

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Walking group sets off again in Brownhills this afternoon!

I’m glad to see that some important social activities are resuming in light of their cancellation for lockdown – and the resumption of the Wednesday afternoon walking group in Brownhills is great news. The Walsall Healthy Spaces Team volunteer led … Continue reading

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Why not catch some great footy this evening? Walsall Wood play Selston at Oak Park

Tuesday 6th October 2020 The Wood entertain Selston FC at Oak Park! Come watch the lads at home this evening Kick off is 7:45pm STRICT SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE OBSERVED! Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the … Continue reading

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A credit to any sports meeting

Also, while I’m busy – a quick bit of Walsall Wood School ephemera for the Wood Massive very kindly sent in by John Barlow, who said: Hello Bob I came across this a few days ago and thought it might … Continue reading

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A nice local history challenge for a Sunday…. The Kerr family

Here’s an enquiry I received in the last week from Julie Roberts, resident in Lincolnshire but with local family. I think folks might find this an interesting challenge, particularly in respect of an unfound grave in Ogley Hay (presumably St … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since the rain seems to be clearing it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where you can chat … Continue reading

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Why not catch some great footy this afternoon? Walsall Wood play Redditch at Oak Park

Saturday 3rd October 2020 The Wood entertain Redditch United at Oak Park! Come watch the lads at home this afternoon Kick off is 3:00pm STRICT SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE OBSERVED! Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of … Continue reading

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Woodmen take swift Lye down

Images kindly supplied by David Evans Last Tuesday evening (29th September 2020) Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Lye Town at Walsall Wood. An more even match than the final score belied, this fine game has very much impressed the young David … Continue reading

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90 years ago today: The Grove Pit Disaster

Ninety years ago today, the 1st October 1930, an underground blast killed 14 men working in a coal mine, The Grove Colliery, underneath Brownhills Common. Ten of those lost souls are buried in the Churchyard of St James, Brownhills, in … Continue reading

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Why not catch some great footy this evening? Walsall Wood play Lye at Oak Park

Tuesday 29th September 2020 The Wood entertain Lye Town at Oak Park! Come watch the lads at home this afternoon Kick off is 7:45pm STRICT SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE OBSERVED! Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the … Continue reading

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Brownhills Central School: A 1930s mix?

A real treat here today for folks interested in Brownhills Central School and the history of education and schools in Brownhills, and a great addition to the tranche of photos from the same school some decades later sent in by Margaret … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since it’s such a lovely autumn day it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where you can chat … 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 I’m starting to hear stories of deer with a cob on again… The above excellent video is a fallow deer stag filmed up on Cannock Chase by reader, contributor and top friend of the blog Peter … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since it’s such a lovely autumn day it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where you can chat … Continue reading

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Catch a great match at Oak Park this afternoon – the Woodmen face Gresly!

Today, Saturday 19th September 202 The Wood are at home, entertaining Gresley Walsall Wood FC versus Gresley FC Kick off is 3:00pm Social distancing will be fully observed! For the Good of the Wood!  Oak Park, Lichfield Road, Walsall Wood. WS9 9NP. … Continue reading

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Why not join this Sunday’s Walsall Wood community litter pick?

The next Walsall Wood community litter pick by Walsall Wood Wombles take place this  Sunday 20th September 2020 – and all are welcome to join in. The Wombles said: Reminder it’s the litter pick this Sunday! You need your own … Continue reading

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Why not join the Orange Army litter pick this morning in Brownhills?

There is a community litter pick event taking place in Brownhills this morning, Sunday, 13th September 2020 from 10am, meeting at Smithys Forge car park in Lichfield Road, Brownhills (Just off the Miner Island)  – all are welcome to join … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Worcester City this afternoon

Saturday 12th September 2020 Walsall Wood FC away to Worcester City in a big-name match! Worcester City FC, Claines Lane, Worcester WR3 7SS 3:00pm kickoff This is a ticket only match restricted to 300 spectators in compliance with social distancing rules – … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood beat Romulus in lively start to MFL season

Images very kindly supplied by the young David Evans A boisterous home match against Castle Bromwich team Romulus at Oak Park kicked off the 2020/21 MFL football season at Walsall Wood on Saturday (5th September 2020) and saw the visitors … Continue reading

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Why not join the Orange Army litter pick next Sunday morning in Brownhills?

There is a community litter pick event taking place in Brownhills next Sunday, 13th September 2020 from 10am, meeting at Smithys Forge car park in Lichfield Road, Brownhills (Just off the Miner Island)  – all are welcome to join in. … Continue reading

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Great local football today! Walsall Wood at home to Romulus at Oak Park

Saturday 5th September 2020 Walsall Wood FC at home to Romulus FC Don’t break your vows be at Oak Park tonight and be faithful to your local heroes Social distancing to be observed! 3:00pm kickoff Please come and get behind your … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since it’s such. nice day it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where you can chat to, and … Continue reading

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Don’t forget there’s your local Navy Cadet Force Open Day today!

Just a heads up that the local Navy Cadet Force – T.S. Vigo based in Walsall Wood in the units opposite Barons Court on Lichfield Road in Walsall Wood – are having an Open Day today, Saturday 29th August 2020. … Continue reading

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Wood stand strong against Tamworth tempest

Walsall Wood FC last Tuesday evening (25 August 2020) got in what has been a very rare thing so far this year – a match at home. With full social distancing and pandemic safe measures, encouraging audience and gate, this … Continue reading

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The drought ends: Walsall Wood at home to Tamworth this evening

Tuesday 25th August 2020 Walsall Wood FC at home to Tamworth FC Don’t break your vows be at Oak Park tonight and be faithful to your local heroes Social distancing to be observed: Maximum 150 spectators allowed so get there early! … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since the rain is clearing it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where you can chat to, and … Continue reading

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Why not join the Orange Army litter pick this Saturday Brownhills?

There is a community litter pick event taking place in Brownhills this Saturday, 22nd August 2020 from 10am, meeting at the gates of Holland Park – all are welcome to join in. The pick is being organised by new local … Continue reading

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Don’t forget there’s a Navy Cadet Force Open Day in Clayhanger coming soon

Just a heads up that the local Navy Cadet Force – T.S. Vigo based in Walsall Wood in the units opposite Barons Court on Lichfield Road in Walsall Wood – are having an Open Day soon, on Saturday, 29th August … Continue reading

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Shattered Dreams

It’s not very often I do politics here anymore – it’s not that I’m no longer political, or that I’ve mellowed, even: It’s more that the current political situation in this country and the wider world is now so far … Continue reading

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When the fighting stopped

I’m always fond of little-known local histories here on the blog, and some months ago, old pal of the blog and top lad Ian Bourne got in touch to tell me of a history he had a bit of a … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since the rain is clearing andlockdown is eased, it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where you can … Continue reading

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A mystery of time and place – can you solve it please?

While I’m very busy elsewhere (sorry folks for continued low output), the local history work continues in the background, via the tireless and thorough work of folk like the young David Evans, who’s turned up a mystery photo in a … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since the weather seems decent and that lockdown is eased, it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust to recommence their vital work

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to share the latest news for local history enthusiasts and members of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group – Sandfields is … Continue reading

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Locked out: A miner’s pay packet from 1928.

John Anslow – local historian and along with his late brother, one of the foremost chroniclers of the history of Walsall Wood – has been emailing again with another fascinating artefact from The Wood and he makes some fine observations … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since the weather seems decent and that lockdown is eased, it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where … Continue reading

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Get ready for the next Orange Army litter pick coming soon in Brownhills!

There is a community litter pick event taking place in Brownhills soon (Saturday 22nd July 2020) from 10am, meeting at the gates of Holland Park – all are welcome to join in. The pick is being organised by new local … Continue reading

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All aboard – for the reopening of a local treasure!

I’m pleased to be able to gradually announce the reopening of local attractions and facilities as they happen, following closures for the pandemic response – and how strange it is to type that even still! One of the most welcome … Continue reading

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