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When Chasewater nearly became a zoo: An eyesore that proved a financial flop

One recurrent theme I get when discussing Chasewater’s recent history as a public amusement venue from the 1950s to it’s decline in the 80s and 90s is how wonderful it was. Well, there’s no doubt we’ve all got fine memories … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Romulus at Castle Vale this Saturday afternoon!

Saturday 25th January 2020 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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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this Saturday morning?

I know we have a lot of running folk amongst the readership, and in the mass of volunteer, community organised stuff in recent years, one of the most impressive demonstrations of this has been the growth of the free, Saturday … Continue reading

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Soultime January – Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie and pals tonight!

The inimitable soul DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing his regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this Friday evening, 24th January 2020 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of … Continue reading

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Brownhills very own autism support group meets this Tuesday lunchtime!

Just a heads up to let folk know that the popular local autism support group ‘Supporting the Rainbow’ is meeting today (Tuesday 21st January 2020) – and they’re back to meeting at their original base, Smithys Forge pub in Lichfield … Continue reading

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Very much on form Woodmen see Long Eaton beaten

Images and captions supplied by the young David Evans Walsall Wood FC took the trip to Long Eaton on Saturday afternoon last (18th January 2020), and actually got a match in after weeks of weather cancellations. I’m pleased to note … Continue reading

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2020 new year photo competition – sorry, been a slight delay…

Hi folks just a note to say there’s been a slight delay in the New Year 2020 Brownhills Blog photo competition. I was intending to announce winners this weekend, however due to me not being able to contact one entrant … Continue reading

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Fancy joining the community band?

An important one here I’ve only just been made aware of: If you’d like to join up and help the community bmarching band – that’s the folks who march at Brownhills Remembrance Parade – then here’s you chance today (Sunday … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids are grandkids are at a loose end today, since the weather seems a bit more decent it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol … Continue reading

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Why not join these community litter picks today?

I know folk always complain they never caught notice of these, so this is just another note to say there are two local community littler picks today Sunday 19th January 2019,  Brownhills Community Wombles will be picking in Brownhills as will Walsall Wood … Continue reading

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FREE kids multi-sport session at Brownhills Community Centre this morning!

As well as Stay and Play, this Saturday 18th January 2020 if you’ve got older kids why not try the PEPA Active Sports Club at Brownhills Community Centre from 10am-11am? It’s suitable for kids from 5-11 years old and there’s … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe January 2020 meet up – get together and get things fixed this afternoon!

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with the excellent Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which continues it’s regular residency this Saturday afternoon (Saturday 18th January 2020) … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Long Eaton at Grange Park this afternoon

Saturday 18th January 2020 Walsall Wood away at Long Eaton United Grange Park, Station Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 2EF Kickoff 3:00pm For the Good of the Wood! Check out Walsall Wood FC’s website here.

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Why not Stay and Play for longer – at Brownhills Community Centre this morning?

If you’ve a child or children under six years of age, there is a great Stay and Play session running at Brownhills Community Centre in the heart of Brownhills this Saturday morning 18th January 2020 from 10-12pm – note the … Continue reading

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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this Saturday morning?

I know we have a lot of running folk amongst the readership, and in the mass of volunteer, community organised stuff in recent years, one of the most impressive demonstrations of this has been the growth of the free, Saturday … Continue reading

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Celebrate a long life in music with the legendary Deryck Langford in Brownhills this Saturday afternoon!

Here’s a rather nice concert that’s due to take place this Saturday afternoon at the Silver Street Methodist Church in Brownhills, featuring the wonderful local musical legend Deryck Langford.   It’s happening this Saturday, 18th January 2020 at 2:30pm and … Continue reading

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Why not join these community litter picks tis weekend?

I know folk always complain they never caught notice of these, so this is just a note to say there are two local community littler picks coming this weekend,  Brownhills Community Wombles will be picking in Brownhills as will Walsall Wood Wombles who … Continue reading

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New walking group sets off in Brownhills this afternoon!

I note that since it’s a new year, new start and so forth, there are lots of opportunities to get out and about and work of some of the padding Christmas left behind. One such thing is the new walking … Continue reading

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In memoriam, Sandra Read

Fiona Bayley has been in touch with me and asked me to share with you all the sad news that her dear Mom Sandra Read passed away peacefully on Saturday 11th January 2020. Sandra Read (nee Gooding) was a true … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust January 2020 public meeting takes place this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 13th January 2020 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Final gallery of entries for the New Year 2020 photo competition

Over the 2019/20 new year period just passed, I held a photo competition on the blog and Facebook group, and I’m pleased to say I’ve had a wonderful response with 185 entries! Entries have now closed. Barring any corrections at.the … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids are grandkids are at a loose end today, since the weather seems a bit more decent it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol … Continue reading

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Fancy joining the community band?

An important one here I’ve only just been made aware of: If you’d like to join up and help the community bmarching band – that’s the folks who march at Brownhills Remembrance Parade – then here’s you chance today (Sunday … Continue reading

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Walsall Woodaway to West Auckland this afternoon in FA Vase action

Saturday 11th January 2020 Walsall Wood travel all the way to County Durham for FA Vase action! West Auckland Town FC v Walsall Wood FC Wanted Stadium West Auckland Bishop Auckland Durham DL14 9AQ  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, … Continue reading

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

If you’ve a child or children under six years of age, there is a great Stay and Play session running at Brownhills Community Centre in the heart of Brownhills this Saturday morning 11th January 2020 from 10-12pm – note the … Continue reading

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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this Saturday morning? Bring a bag!

I know we have a lot of running folk amongst the readership, and in the mass of volunteer, community organised stuff in recent years, one of the most impressive demonstrations of this has been the growth of the free, Saturday … Continue reading

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Community litter pick in Shelfield this Saturday morning!

Continuing on the theme of upcoming local litter picks, here’s one I missed from my post  earlier in the week: there’s a community litter pick this Saturday morning (11th January 2019) in Shelfield, organised by the fab Shelfield Pickers group. It … Continue reading

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Congratulations! Walsall recognises Geof Harrington for his remarkable life in sport

It pleased me greatly yesterday to see that the hugely respected elder statesman of Brownhills Geof Harrington – a record breaking athlete in his younger days – has been recognised by Walsall Council for his tireless service to the community … Continue reading

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Why not join these upcoming community litter picks?

I know folk always complain they never caught notice of these, so this is just a note to say there are several local community littler picks coming soon, WASUP have a canal clean at Birchills Top Locak, Brchills, Walsall this weekend, … Continue reading

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Brownhills very own autism support group meets this lunchtime

Just a heads up to let folk know that the popular local autism support group ‘Supporting the Rainbow’ is meeting today (Tuesday 7th January 2020) – and there have been some changes as now the group is inaugurated as a … Continue reading

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On the boardwalk – Back the Track are making great progress, why not take a look?

Just a note here of thanks to Brian Stringer and pals at Back the Track who are still beavering away converting the old South Staffordshire Railway track bed through Brownhills into a wonderful cycling and walking greenway for us all … Continue reading

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Last chance to enter the Brownhills Blog New Year 2020 photo competition – see the entries so far!

My annual Brownhills Blog New Year photo competion where mini kegs of Backyard Ale – award winning grog brewed right here in Brownhills – or books can be won has been open for a fortnight now, and at the time of … Continue reading

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A marvellous tourist attraction…

One recurrent theme I get when discussing Chasewater’s recent history as a public amusement venue from the 1950 to it’s decline in the 80s and 90s is how wonderful it was. Well, there’s no doubt we’ve all got fine memories … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids are grandkids are at a loose end today, since the weather seems decent it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are there this … Continue reading

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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this Saturday morning?

I know we have a lot of running folk amongst the readership, and in the mass of volunteer, community organised stuff in recent years, one of the most impressive demonstrations of this has been the growth of the free, Saturday … Continue reading

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

Saturday 4th January 2019 The Wood are away – but only up the road a bit! 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 For … Continue reading

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No Brownhills Stay and Play this Saturday!

Sorry folks stay and play at Brownhills Community Centre isn’t on this weekend (Saturday 4th January 2020) but returns next week at the usual time (Saturday 11th January 2020. Thanks all.

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New walking group sets off in Brownhills next Wednesday afternoon!

I note that since it’s a new year, new start and so forth, there are lots of opportunities to get out and about and work of some of the padding Christmas left behind – one such thing is the new … Continue reading

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January 2020 Toy and Train Collectors Fair at Oak Park this Sunday

Here’s one I’ve been meaning to catch for a while, but always seem to miss somehow – the periodic Toy and Train Collectors Fair at Oak Park Leisure Centre, Walsall Wood. This one runs this Sunday, 6th January 2020 from … Continue reading

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Fancy some Northern Soul and Motown tonight? Aldridge is the place this Friday!

DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing with his superb Northern Soul and Motown set this Friday evening 3rd January 2020 at Aldridge Social Club from 8pm until late. I’ve yet to meet anyone … Continue reading

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New Years Day Mince Pie Special at Chasewater Railway right now!

Bit late here but there’s an ongoing event right now at Chasewater Railway today (1st January 2020) who have their Mince Pie Special for New Years Day with a mixture of diesel and steam runnings plus all the usual favourites. … Continue reading

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Don’t forget there’s a bonus Chasewater Parkrun today, New Years Day

I know we have a lot of running folk amongst the readership, and in the mass of volunteer, community organised stuff in recent years, one of the most impressive demonstrations of this has been the growth of the free, Saturday … Continue reading

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Letter from America

An intriguing one here from reader Seth Weber – I’m not sure where he resides exactly, but his mother grew up in Brooklyn, New York during the war and had a penfriend Eileen Anslow, who lived on the Pleck Road … Continue reading

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Sunken hunter

Just a quick heads up to a great series on YouTube by a man very familiar to local canal fans: Andy Tidy, proprietor of the Jam Butty, a boat selling preserves that will be recognised by anyone attending a local … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids are grandkids are at a loose end today, since the weather has improved a little it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are … Continue reading

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New Year 2020 photo competition is entries are open now – see the entries so far!

Well, the traditional Brownhills Blog New Year photo competion where mini kegs of Backyard Ale – award winning grog brewed right here in Brownhills – or books can be won has been open a week, and despite a hiccup with Facebook, as … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC away at Selston MATCH OFF

Selston FC’s Parish Hall ground looks like a lovely pitch. Let’s hope it’s playable this Saturday. Image from the club. Saturday 28th December 2019 Walsall Wood travel to Nottinghamshire Walsall Wood FC v Selston FC Parish Hall, Mansfield Road, Selston, … Continue reading

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Don’t forget Parkrun at Chasewater this Saturday morning – and there’s even a bonus Parkrun on New Years Day

I know we have a lot of running folk amongst the readership, and in the mass of volunteer, community organised stuff in recent years, one of the most impressive demonstrations of this has been the growth of the free, Saturday … Continue reading

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In memoriam, Ken Hampton

Reader C Goodwin has been in touch to ask me to inform the blog community that her uncle Ken Hampton has sadly passed away at the age of 84 in Australia. Ken was a miner from Walsall Wood and son … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood – AFC Wulfrunians Boxing Day MATCH OFF

Sorry folks – Boxing Day match is OFF following pitch inspection Boxing Day 26th December 2019 Walsall Wood FC at home to AFC Wulfrunians Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes! Note the early 1:00pm … Continue reading

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