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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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Can you help Walsall Wood kick off again?

One of the sadder social side effects of the pandemic locally has been the necessary, and totally appropriate cessation of community sport, in particular Walsall Wood Football Club. As things inch back to normality, sporting activities are resuming and The … Continue reading

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Ogley hay Juniors in the late 60s: Who can you spot?

I’m indebted today to local lady Gail Hughes who posted this wonderful pair of Ogley Juniors photos  – the upper one appears to be from the annual May Day event in 1965 (which has featured here many times before from … 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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A journey down the lost canal in pictures

Andy Tidy, otherwise known as the Canal Hunter and creator of the great canal history series on YouTube that I have plugged before here about lost local canals – including our own lost stretch of canal from Ogley Junction to … Continue reading

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Beware – bike theft is a growing problem locally

It’s time, I’m very much afraid, to issue another warning – theft of bikes and ebikes in the Brownhills and wider Walsall area continues to escalate in the wake of the bike boom and  general retail shortage of new machines … Continue reading

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Why not stay at home Wednesday and meet Walsall Humanists in your lounge?

Here’s a quick plug for Lichfield, Walsall and South Staffordshire Humanists – a philosophical debating group – who have their quarterly meeting this Wednesday 15th July 2020 at your home! They are trying this time, since Coronavirus restrictions mean they … Continue reading

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Elementary my dear Watson…

While I’m busy today, here’s an interesting family history enquiry from Jo Clifford, who’s tracing her family which seems focussed on the Pelsall area – and I know we have lots of the Pelsall Contingent in. Jo wrote: Dear Bob, … Continue reading

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In good Stead

As you know I’m very into local industrial history here on the blog, and there’s an area of it that has not received much coverage since the sad death of grandfather of all Walsall local history, Jack Haddock. I am … Continue reading

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A heartfelt happy birthday to Aer Reg!

  Today, Thursday 25th June 2020), is a very important date for one of the foremost members of this little online community: Happy (belated) birthday to the Grandfather of the Brownhills Blog, Reg ‘Aer Reg’ Fullelove, now resident in Norton but … Continue reading

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Some mystery Brownhills photos, Walsall Wood Cricket team and young Violin wranglers – a photo special!

I’ve had some terrific photo submissions for the blog in recent weeks and also some great articles in the bag – including a mammoth one that’s very special indeed from old pal Ian Bourne. Sorry updates and new material is … Continue reading

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Can you help Ray find an old workmate, please?

Just had this interesting enquiry from Ray Hart, who’s looking for a former workmate who lived at least for a time in the high rise blocks in Brownhills, and worked at Hardy Spicer (Now GKN Driveline) in Erdington, near Castle … Continue reading

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Abnormal load likely to cause traffic issues in Brownhills this week

An important one here from Staffordshire Police who are warning that a large, abnormal load is coming through Staffordshire and through Brownhills this week. The load is a 40-metre oxygen tank being transported from Cheshire to Warwickshire. The tank will … Continue reading

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A token of my curiosity

Here’s a quick one for a Sunday afternoon – reader Elaine Griffiths has sent me the below image of a token that’s been dug up in a Norton Canes garden. The question is simple: What is it, and what does … Continue reading

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A hundred years apart: Way out west of here…

Old friend of the blog Ian Broad has been in touch again to continue his series of hundred years apart photos – this is the eighth set – he’s creating as part of his lockdown exercise bike rides. This set … Continue reading

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Beware – bike thefts from garages and sheds occurring locally again

It’s time, I’m very much afraid, to issue another warning – it seems local burglars are at it again – In the last few weeks there have been a number of break-ins to sheds and outbuildings in the Brownhills and wider Walsall … Continue reading

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Can you identify this mystery cottage?

Here’s a fascinating one that’s literally just come in: Aldridge history buff and genealogist Colin White posted this picture this afternoon, found in his family effects, and asked where it stood. Colin believes this image was where his wife’s family … Continue reading

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A hundred years apart: Up the junction

Old friend of the blog Ian Broad has been in touch again to continue his series of hundred years apart photos – this is the seventh set – he’s creating as part of his lockdown exercise bike rides. This set … Continue reading

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I live where it’s grey: A mystery image surfaces

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New allotments for Brownhills and Chasetown – what do you think?

Hey folks – a couple of weeks ago I featured an article prompted by an email from Declan Hammonds of Sewell Hammods Group who have purchased a site near Chasewater that was for many years occupied by a sewage works. … Continue reading

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A hundred years apart: Meet me on the street

Old friend of the blog Ian Broad has been in touch again to continue his series of hundred years apart photos – this is the sixth set – he’s creating as part of his lockdown exercise bike rides. This set … Continue reading

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The demolition of a much loved local

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Ogley Hay May Day 1952-3: A historical Staple!

Images kindly supplied by Elizabeth Staples. Click for larger versions. In the last couple of weeks old friend of the blog Elizabeth Staples – mother of the remarkably talented Mark Staples who, with others, created the 1880s Brownhills local history … Continue reading

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Reports of bogus workmen preying on local elderly: Please warn your friends!

I note with concern that the bogus workmen touting for gutter clearances and gardening and then bullying victims to pay an inflated bill are once again in operation and targeting the local elderly folk. I have seen several reports in … Continue reading

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Time to be careful around the local deer, please…

I need to alert readers if possible to the issue of the local deer population at the moment, many of whom will be giving birth or nurturing this season’s young – last year a concerned local came across a newly … Continue reading

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A further sad update from New Hall Mill

Yesterday, I had another sad update from Alan Dawson about New Hall Mill, that fabulous historic gem of a working watermill just down the road near Sutton Coldfield. Regular readers will know well I always plug their events and am … Continue reading

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Walsall tips to reopen with limited operations – but please be patient!

An important note here to point out that Walsall Council’s tips – known as Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) reopen today, Saturday 16th May 2020 following their closure during the coronavirus pandemic in line with government guidelines that declared tip … Continue reading

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Filtering the evidence

An interesting enquiry came in recently from Declan Hammonds, who is interested in the history of a bit of edgeland in Brownhills, between the former Anglesey Wharf and the M6 Toll/Chasetown Bypass interchange that used to contain a sewage works. … Continue reading

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A hundred years apart: Time, gentlemen please – and a grand clock tower!

Old friend of the blog Ian Broad has been in touch again to continue his series of hundred years apart photos – this is the fifth set – he’s creating as part of his lockdown exercise bike rides. The first … Continue reading

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Fancy a bit of Brownhills poetry?

Janet Grinnell has been in touch from Knaves Court in Brownhills – that wonderful extra care facility near Anchor Bridge for older folk – to let me know that following the great success of their previous book, ‘Chatting with Brownhills’, … Continue reading

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A hundred years apart: A lucky escape for a lorry driver and a ride to the Castles

Old friend of the blog Ian Broad has been in touch again to continue his series of hundred years apart photos – this is the fourth set – he’s creating as part of his lockdown exercise bike rides. The first … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust April news update

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to share the latest newsletter of  the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group. In the current pandemic, the trust has had to … Continue reading

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When poor Pollie had toothache…

Top bloke Ian Broad has been in touch again this week, this time with a postcard mystery, as he knows we love those here on the blog! Ian has currently been working on a series of ‘100 years apart’ old … Continue reading

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A coin of some value

A great spot on eBay here for folks into local church history. Most of you will know that Walsall Wood Church of St John is older than Brownhills, which was ex-parochial until St James’ was constructed in 1850. Walsall Wood … Continue reading

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In memoriam, Eileen and Bill Gough

Susan Arrowsmith has been in touch and asked me to share with you all the sad news that her parents Eileen Gough (nee Bradshaw) and Bill Gough recently passed away within days of each other. Formerly Brownhills residents before moving … Continue reading

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Barnetts Lane Cemetery: An important update from St James Church

I have been asked to post a public notice here by Roger Corbett, Chuchwarden of St. James Church in Ogley Hay, Brownhills and by default responsible for Barnetts Lane Cemetery in the town, operated by the Diocese of Lichfield. This … Continue reading

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A shady mystery!

Thanks to longstanding contributor John Anslow, I have a Shelfield mystery for the readers and researchers this fine Sunday – all help with this would be appreciated, please. John, long time contributor with his late brother Paul sent in a … Continue reading

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Taking the Hammerwich, Hednesford and Chasewater hundreds!

Old friend of the blog Ian Broad has been in touch again to continue his series of hundred years apart photos – this is the third set – he’s creating as part of his lockdown exercise bike rides. The first … Continue reading

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Why not stay at home Wednesday and meet Walsall Humanists in your lounge?

Here’s a quick plug for Lichfield, Walsall and South Staffordshire Humanists – a philosophical debating group – who have their quarterly meeting this Wednesday 15th April 2020 at your home! They are trying this time, since Coronavirus restrictions mean they … Continue reading

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A monumental mystery!

A bit of an interesting mystery today on the blog – Walsall Wood Church of St. John is one we’ve covered a few times over the years, and at heart it’s quite an old building. Heavily extended both by the … Continue reading

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Another hundred years apart

Old friend of the blog Ian Broad has been in touch again to continue his series of hundred years apart photos he’s creating as part of his lockdown exercise bike rides. The first three images featured last Sunday can be … Continue reading

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Some very sad news, yet another fine man has left us – but he left us a puzzle to be going on with

Today, after a week of chaos and bad health, I have finally picked up the reigns of the blog again to catch up. Now nearing full speed again, I’m actually rested and recovering, so welcome back folks – let’s try … Continue reading

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Plea to find family of deceased Walsall resident: Can you help please?

Walsall Client Welfare Services Department have issued an appeal to trace any family of a Walsall resident who recently passed away at New Cross Hospital – Michael Hinton, aged 79, of 30 Lister Street, Willenhall. I realise this appeal is … Continue reading

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Right down the line

Just a quick heads up as the great Canal Hunter Andy Tidy posted two new episodes of a great canal history series on YouTube that I have plugged before about lost local canals – episodes 3 and 4 of Ogley Locks, … Continue reading

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A hundred years apart

A nice diversion here from the relentless tide of bad news – old friend of the blog Ian Broad has been in touch to say that he’s using his current downtime to undertake a rather interesting photo history project – … Continue reading

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Can you help identify a local Landy?

And now, as a famous comedy crew used to say, for something completely different. I was interested yesterday in comments about me not running an April fool piece here on the blog; whilst I think perhaps, on reflection I might … Continue reading

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A break with tradition…

Normally on this day every year I run a hoax or joke article for you folk to enjoy. With the situation as it is this year, right now my heart just isn’t in it and I don’t think it would … Continue reading

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St Giles Hospice needs us more than ever right now…

An important one brought to my attention by David Evans here: A charitable institution down the road that’s very close to my heart needs community support more than ever right now – despite the ongoing pandemic, hospice and palliative care … Continue reading

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Services for Walsall’s vulnerable and older folk during the Coronavirus outbreak

As the Coronavirus situation has developed over the last couple of weeks, services have been formed to support the vulnerable, elderly and isolating during this uncertain and strange time. Our local hub for advice, help, support and all manner of … Continue reading

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Two charged following armed robbery at Brownhills shop

Many readers will be aware of a police operation that took place in Brownhills High Street near to Anchor Bridge on Tuesday evening, 245th March 2020 – police raided a flat and arrested two men. The raid followed an armed … Continue reading

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