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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 July 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Get steamy near Burton this weekend!

There’s a great steam, vintage vehicle and generally fun event on this weekend near Barton Under Needwood, Staffordshire, which I think many blog readers would enjoy – Barton Under Needwood Steam Rally takes place this Saturday and Sunday 20th-21stnd July … Continue reading

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Parkrun is now at Chasewater every 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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Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie and pals this Friday evening!

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, 19th July 2019 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe July meet up – get together and get things fixed this Saturday!

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 coming Saturday afternoon (Saturday 20th July … Continue reading

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Why not come meet Walsall Humanists – tonight in their new venue!

Here’s a quick plug for something I asked for help with a couple of weeks ago: Lichfield, Walsall and South Staffordshire Humanists – a philosophical debating group – have their quarterly meeting tonight, Wednesday 17th July 2019 at their new … Continue reading

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Help with the July 2019 Brownhills Summer Clean this Saturday!

There’s a community litter pick event taking place in Brownhills this weekend on Saturday morning, 20th July 2019 from 10am until 12pm – and all are welcome. All kit will be provided! This is being run by local lady Kathryn … Continue reading

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There’s a great autism support group meeting in Brownhills today – the last meeting before the six week break!

Just a heads up to let folk know that there’s a popular and regular autism support group meeting in Brownhills this 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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It was in the Blood…

This is the last of thee articles that David Evans has spotted in the huge Gerald Reece collection that have really interested me and are very much worth a share – they are from a very much lost local history book by … Continue reading

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Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge 2019 Canal Heritage Gathering coming soon!

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 21-22nd September 2019, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield. There will be boats, … Continue reading

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

I note that since it’s a decent day it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids of even just by yourself and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are there this … Continue reading

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Back the Track could do with a hand this morning – can you help please?

A really important appeal here from Brian Stringer and all the folk at Back the Track, who’re working so hard to convert the old rail line through Brownhills into a walking a cycle route. This morning, Sunday 14th July 2019 … Continue reading

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The beat of tiny wings

I’ve had an email yesterday from local wildlife expert, Clayhanger lad and old time retired blogger Chaz Mason, sadly one of several recent emails from the fellow that Googlemail has taken as spam and binned without consulting me. Thankfully, I … Continue reading

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Aston Manor Transport Museum in Aldridge – 2019 annual Running Day this Sunday!

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have their annual Open and Running Day this Sunday, 14th July 2019 – It starts at 10:00am and runs until 4:00pm and should be just the thing … Continue reading

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In memoriam, June Lakin

John Lakin has been in touch to let readers know of the sad passing of his mother, June Lakin (nee Mole) who passed away on the 4th July 2019, and to invite all who knew her to her funeral at … Continue reading

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Balleney Green miniature railway garden party this Sunday!

This Sunday (14th July 2019) sees the annual garden party at Balleny Green miniature railway near Little Hay, which is something remarkable I visited way back in spring 2017, and it’s well worth a visit. The garden party is an … Continue reading

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

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 fills a real local gap in provision and provides a warm, safe … Continue reading

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There’s a great 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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The Friends of Brownhills Common – July 2019 meeting tonight!

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting tonight, Monday 8th July 2019 of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – please meet in … Continue reading

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Back the Track could do with a hand this coming Sunday – can you help please?

A really important appeal here from Brian Stringer and all the folk at Back the Track, who’re working so hard to convert the old rail line through Brownhills into a walking a cycle route. This coming Sunday 14th July 2019 … Continue reading

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Getting a barracking

It’s nice to get back to some local history – and this is an absolute cracker from the young David Evans on a topic that gets visited here from time to time, and upon which David has recently been inspired … Continue reading

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

I note that since it’s a decent day it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids of even just by yourself and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are there right … Continue reading

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Shire Oak in the 1950s… The Birthday Party.

David Evans has been busy of late putting together a lot of articles in the background while I’ve been busy – and he’s turning up some gems, like this set of five photos kindly offered by Derek Blakemore of birthday … Continue reading

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2019 Chuckery Festival on this Sunday: A great free live music event in Walsall Arboretum!

On this Sunday 7th July 2019 at Walsall Arboretum Bandstand will be a great live family show – the Chuckery Music Festival 2019 Bandstand Music Event – featuring great local bands and musicians to suit all tastes with food, drink … Continue reading

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Active Games Club for kids at Brownhills Community Centre this morning!

As well as Stay and Play, this Saturday 6th July 2019 if you’ve go older kids why not try the PEPA Active Sports Club at Brownhills Community Centre from 10amn-11am? It’s suitable for kids from 6-11 years old and there’s … 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 6th July 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Don’t forget – 2019 Pelsall Carnival this Saturday!

Just a quick headsup that over in the principality this Saturday afternoon, 6th July 2019 is Pelsall Carnival – just head for the common and the noise. There will be entertainment, food, a fairground, stalls, car boot sale and all … Continue reading

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Parkrun is now at Chasewater every 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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Can you help a local group with a quiet pub venue?

Some time ago I posted here advertising meetings of the Lichfield, Walsall and South Staffordshire Humanists, which have generally been held on the third Wednesday of every quarter, up to now at the Boatman’s Rest pub in Walsall Wood. The … Continue reading

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You could be a poet and might not know it – find out at Freeverse this Saturday!

A headsup here that this Saturday, 6th July 2019 Brownhills Community Centre will be hosting the annual Walsall poetry and spoken word festival Freeverse, which kicks off at 12 noon and tuns until 7pm. There are workshops, performances from leading … Continue reading

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A5 Live lineup announced – loads of great bands and spoken word acts!

Long term readers will remember the annual music and fun festival that’s taken place on the smallholding just off the A5 at Newtown, Brownhills, now renamed and revitalised as A5 Live. This year the music, entertainment and fun returns, and … Continue reading

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There’s a great 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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Fatality at Chasewater – official statement from Staffordshire Police

You may be aware having been to Chasewater Country Park today, or from social media that there was a large emergency services response to an incident in the park late this afternoon, Sunday June 30th 2019. Sadly, a man aged … Continue reading

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In the Regent see period

There are a selection of articles that David Evans has spotted in the huge Gerald Reece collection that have really interested me and are very much worth a share – they are from a very much lost local history book by noted … Continue reading

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Armed Forces Day fun continues today at the Horse and Jockey, Walsall Wood

Following on from the Armed Forces Day fun day and gig at Walsall Wood FC – which I’m told raised over £500 for Help a Squaddie – there’s more armed forces weekend charity-supporting fun at the Horse and Jockey, Walsall … Continue reading

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

I note that since it’s a decent day it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids of even just by yourself and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are there right … Continue reading

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Hey man, that’s acoustic – in Caldmore, this afternoon!

Just a heads up that this afternoon, Saturday 29th June 2019 there’s a great community music event in the heart of Walsall at Caldmore Community Garden in Carless Street. The event runs from 2pm-7pm in the garden, and continues from … Continue reading

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Show our armed forces you care – Great fun day and gig for Armed Forces Day this afternoon

I also note that this Saturday 29th June 2019 is Armed Forces Day, and you can show your support for our folk in uniform with a great fun day of excellent bands, music and entertainment at Walsall Wood FC, all … 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 29th June 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Hey man, that’s acoustic – in Caldmore, this Saturday!

Just a heads up that this Saturday 29th June 2019 there’s a great community music event in the heart of Walsall at Caldmore Community Garden in Carless Street. The event runs from 2pm-7pm in the garden, and continues from 8pm … Continue reading

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Show our armed forces you care – Great fun day and gig for Armed Forces Day this Saturday

I also note that this Saturday 29th June 2019 is Armed Forces Day, and you can show your support for our folk in uniform with a great fun day of excellent bands, music and entertainment at Walsall Wood FC, all … Continue reading

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Summer Fayre in Bloxwich this afternoon!

A late-notice Summer Fayre this afternoon (Thursday 27th June 2019) from old friend Chris Wharton. He said: Thursday 27th June we have our summer fayre at our hospital, The Priory, Lichfield Road, Bloxwich. Please feel free to come along with … Continue reading

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St James Church Summer Fete – this Saturday!

There’s a great Community Fun Day taking place this Saturday 29th June 2019 at St. James Church, Brownhills, from 11am. There will be all the usual summer treats and fun – including cakes and refreshments, barbecue, tombola, raffle and all … Continue reading

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Would you be interested in helping to improve the security of your neighbourhood?

Of recent years there has been much concern locally (and nationally, for that matter) about decreasing police presence in our communities and ongoing crime like antisocial behaviour, vehicle thefts and burglaries. Very often I have heard residents express the view … Continue reading

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There’s a great 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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Exploring the Boundary…

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you’ll know I adore steam engines and British Summertime events. In short, you’ll find me anywhere where there’s the smell of coal smoke on a sunny day, where I can stand with … Continue reading

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

I note that since it’s a decent day it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids of even just by yourself and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are there right … Continue reading

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Did you know Bill Poxon from Aldridge? He’d love to get back in touch!

I’ve had a very interesting enquiry from reader Rebecca Elizabeth who’s trying to trace some of her father’s old friends: The old fella is nearing 60 now and he’d love to get in touch with his old mates again. Rebecca … Continue reading

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There’s a great talent this afternoon in Brownhills!

Friend of the blog Chris Booth has been in touch to let me know about a rather nice Coffee Concert that’s due to take place this afternoon (Saturday 22nd June 2019) at the Silver Street Methodist Church in Brownhills, featuring … Continue reading

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Active Games Club for kids at Brownhills Community Centre this morning!

This Saturday 22nd June 2019 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 6-11 years old and there’s all manner of fun stuff going … Continue reading

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