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Local work vehicle key thefts ongoing: Beware, folks

A warning to people with work and delivery vans comes to me from West Midlands Police – there has been an increase in key theft from vehicles left for short periods while their drivers are busy, the keys and personal … Continue reading

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Police issue statement following car and bus collision in Walsall Wood

As many of you will know, there was a road traffic collision in Walsall Wood High Street yesterday afternoon, Thursday 16th May 2019 when a car hit a bus rear the Drunken Duck pub. Thankfully, nobody appears to have been … Continue reading

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Only humanist – in Walsall Wood!

Here’s a quick plug for something I missed due to it landing in my spam folder, but which I think will be interest to many readers here – little did I realise, but the local Humanist group regularly meet at … Continue reading

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Clayhanger Mothers and Children Litter Pick this Sunday morning!

I see that there’s a mothers and children litter pick event going on in Clayhanger this Sunday morning (Sunday 19th May 2019) from 10:00am until 12 noon and all are welcome – kit and gloves provided! Meet up on the Clayhanger … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe May 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 18th May … 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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Lichfield Waterworks Trust May 2019 public meeting tonight

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 13th May 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Brownhills Carnival event and funfair, 1988

As part of the Gerald Reece archive material from the great local historian’s collection, I last weekend featured a large gallery of photos of the 1988 Brownhills Carnival Parade, actually taken by Gerald’s son Gary for a local authority project. … 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 (or at least it seems that way after the grimness of the yesterday) it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids of even just … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill first open day of 2019 today!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today, Sunday 12th May 2019, that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Sunday for their first open day of 2019, for National Mills Weekend. I can heartily recommend the … Continue reading

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The Brownhills Canalside Festival is reborn in 2019 – and it’s happening all next weekend!

This is your one week countdown for the 2019 Brownhills Canal Festival, which this year has been taken over by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society who are planning to make it a whole weekend event – taking place all next … Continue reading

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There’s a disco at the Motivation Hub this evening (Saturday 11th May 2019) for adults with additional needs

Sorry, I’m really, really late with this, but… 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 … 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 11th May 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill first open day of 2019 this Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (12th May 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Sunday for their first open day of 2019, for National Mills Weekend. I can heartily recommend the … Continue reading

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Got kids? You are invited to another family fun day at Chasewater this Sunday

Following the success of her last event, local mum Claire Mason is again staging something rather lovely at Chasewater this Sunday (12th May 2019) that people with kids (or looking after them!) can get involved with to socialise and have … Continue reading

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May 2019 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, 12th May 2019 from … 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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A bank holiday at Chasewater in the swinging sixties

I’m pleased and delighted to have been contacted once more by top local photographer and friend of the blog Peter Booth, who this time has sent me some images froths father’s collection of Chasewater and Brownhills on a bank holiday … Continue reading

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Brownhills Carnival procession, 1988: A huge gallery

I thought I’d continue sharing the hugely popular 80s archive images today and the real treat from the immense Gerald Reece collection this weekend consists of this set from Gerald’s collection but actually taken by his son, Gary for a … 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 (or at least it seems that way after the grimness of the yesterday) it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids of even just … Continue reading

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2019 Rushall May Fayre – this Bank Holiday Monday!

Thanks to Claire Gibbs for pointing this out – there will be the annual Rushall May Fayre this Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May 2019 at Rushall Playing Fields, Rowley Place, Rushall from 10:00am until 4pm. There will be classic cars, … Continue reading

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The building of a Brownhills icon from a different point of view

The other week I blundered blindly into confusion when I was offered not one, but two sets of images of the construction of Silver Street Methodist Church in Brownhills taken by two different photographers. What was even more confusing was … 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 4th May 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Help with the May 2019 Brownhills Spring Clean this Saturday!

There’s a community spring clean event taking place in Brownhills this weekend on Saturday morning 4th May 2019 from 10:00am and all are welcome – kit provided! This is being run by local lady Kathryn Grace and a band of … Continue reading

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2019 Walsall local election results

As is traditional here, I stayed up on local election night (Thursday 2nd May 2019) with a mug of tea and matchsticks propping up the eyelids to see how results were in notoriously knife-edge Walsall. It turns out it was … Continue reading

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Ten. I never thought I’d still be here today.

Look, I’m not going to waffle on here or bore you (any more than usual) but this blog coughed and spluttered into a life of it’s own a decade ago today, on 2nd May 2009. Yes, I’ve been doing this … Continue reading

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The Brownhills will soon be alive with the Sound of Music!

I note that top local performers Brownhills Musical Theatre Company have their next show The Sound of Music coming up at Lichfield’s Garrick Theatre next week, and this is probably your last chance to get tickets as it’s sure to be a … Continue reading

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Lots to do at the Chase Sailing Club 2019 open day this bank holiday Monday

An interesting event is taking place this Bank Holiday weekend, Monday 6th May 2019 at Chasewater, where the Chase Sailing Club (that’s the one on the north shore) will be holding their annual open day for people to come and check … 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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A brief glimpse of summer

Spring has been very odd this year for me. It sort of kicked off early, in a blaze of daffodils and crocuses, then went into remission. Since that early promise, spring continued but has been cold and quite windy. Luckily … Continue reading

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Woodmen fell three teams – but just can’t scrape the league win

Catching up after a busy week or two, I’ve a couple of match reports here for Walsall Wood FC – from their Easter Bank Holiday encounter with Sporting Khalsa and the previous Saturday’s stunning 4-0 trouncing of Ilkeston at their … Continue reading

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Remembering Albert Stanley, M.P.

The subject of miner’s champion and Liberal Member of Parliament Albert Stanley has been a recurring theme on the blog over the years – he seems to have been a thoroughly good man who spoke up for the miners and … 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 (or at least it seems that way after the grimness of the yesterday) it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids of even just … Continue reading

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The end days of a local Chapel

Here’s some images I had in with set from top local photographer and friend of the blog Peter Booth, who sent me a remarkable and very popular bunch of scans last week of the 1972 Brownhills Carnival, with these of … Continue reading

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2019 Aldridge Spring Market – on today!

Just a quick note to point out that today (Saturday, 27th April 2019) is Aldridge Spring Market with loads of stalls and fun for all the family, so what’s not to love? It takes place in the town centre from … Continue reading

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Great football down at The Wood this afternoon!

Saturday 27th April 2098 Following last weekend’s bostin’ footy for your local heroes Walsall Wood FC v Wolverhampton Sporting FC Wood are top of the table with Ilkeston. Can The Woodmen pull ahead?  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be … 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 27th April 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Four decades in Brownhills – celebrate in Style!

Here on the Brownhills Blog I think it’s important to support local businesses on our High Street, and I’m happy to celebrate one that’s been in existence for four decades now! Style Hairdressers has been a fixture in Brownhills for … Continue reading

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The Brownhills Christmas Tree fund is going well – but it’s not too late to donate!

The public appeal launched by Brownhills community activist and friend of the blog Susan Forster for a real community Christmas tree with lights for Brownhills this year is doing well – there’s an appeal page here and as of now, … Continue reading

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The building of a Brownhills icon

Sometimes the blog connects things out of the blue and it’s rather lovely. When I posted the set of carnival images donated by the Craddock family via Peter Booth over the weekend, Peter had said to me he had a … Continue reading

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

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have their Spring Running Day this Sunday, 28th April 2019 – It starts at 10:00am and should be just the thing for vintage transport fans, bus enthusiasts, petrol heads … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood at home to Sporting Khalsa this afternoon in Bank Holiday boster!

Monday 22nd April 2019 The Wood are at home in a bank holiday spectacular! Following hammering Ilkeston4-0 away on Saturday, the Wood are at the top of the table. Can they conquer Khalsa and seize the lead? Walsall Wood FC … Continue reading

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Brownhills Carnival, circa 1972: A special gallery

I’m pleased and delighted to have been contacted once more by top local photographer and friend of the blog Peter Booth, who this time has sent me some images of Brownhills Carnival in 1972, kindly donated to him by Steve … Continue reading

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Fancy an egg hunt this Easter Sunday?

For a bit of Easter fun on a beautiful weekend, I notice Oak Tree Farm down in Stonnall have an Easter egg hunt this Easter Sunday afternoon 21st April 2019 from 2pm to 4pm. It’s £5 per child – no … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC v Ilkeston Town – crunch away match today!

Saturday 20th April 2019 A top of the table clash that’s been hotly anticipated – a win here for either side will be hard fought and make all the difference! Walsall Wood F.C. v Ilkeston Town FC Away at The New Manor … Continue reading

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Loads going on at the Horse & Jockey Walsall Wood – including a great charity Easter egg hunt and fun day this Saturday!

There’s also a bunch of great stuff going on this weekend at the revitalised Horse and Jockey pub in Walsall Wood (just opposite Barons Court Hotel) which has recently come under new management and is developing a great reputation for … Continue reading

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Brownhills St. George’s Day gig and party at the Memo this Sunday

St Georges Day this year collides with Easter so not many St. George events about – but there is an excellent St. George Charity Gig and party in store at The Memo, Lichfield Road, Brownhills this Sunday 21st April 2019. … Continue reading

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Local miniature railway open this Easter Bank Holiday Monday!

Right, since it’s the first springtime bank holiday of 2019 on Monday, that means there will be one of the occasional openings of something remarkable I visited way a couple of years ago, and it’s well worth a visit. Balleny … Continue reading

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Easter 2019 Big Bounce family fun day coming this Thursday to Oak Park!

Just a headsup to point out there’s a Big Bounce family fun day taking place at Oak Park Active Living Centre, Walsall Wood this Thursday, 18th April 2019. It’s £7 per child and there are three sessions, 10:30-12pm, 12:15-1:45pm and … Continue reading

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Don’t forget Easter Soultime – Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie and pals this Good Friday

The inimitable soul DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing a special Easter set at his regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this coming Good Friday, 19th April 2019, where he and a … Continue reading

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