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A return to the crease – fancy a reunion?

There’s been some interest online lately about local cricket clubs in Brownhills and Walsall Wood which many men of a certain age locally played for, or enjoyed spectating. Sadly, both clubs dissolved years ago now, so the halcyon days of … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Worcester City this afternoon

Saturday 12th January 2019 Walsall Wood FC away to Worcester City in a big-name match! The Victoria Ground, Birmingham Road, BromsgroveWorcestershire B61 0DR 3:00pm kickoff Please come and get behind your local club For The Good Of The Wood! Check out the club … 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 12th January 2018 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Irony is dead

It’s not often I get political on the blog these days – local politics is a stagnant mess and national politics is so far beyond satire it’s impossible to make anything out of it. But something popped up in my … Continue reading

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Can you help identify this mystery band with a Brownhills connection?

Reader JD Sharon has been in touch with a mystery photo, and would like to ask readers if they know anything about the band pictured, who look like a fun bunch of lads, I must say. JD said Hi Bob … Continue reading

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Worrying damage at local riding stables – did you see anything?

This is an important appeal for information regarding a strange incidence of criminal damage that took place yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 8th January 2019) at Stevie Ansell’s riding school premises at Coppice Lane/Engine Lane, Brownhills. Stevie sent me the following important … Continue reading

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The Brownhills Canalside Festival is reborn in 2019 – would you like a stall?

I have some excellent news for Brownhills folk and those who like canal boats and waterway life – the successful and sadly missed Brownhills Canalside Festival is being revived in 2019 by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society who are planning … Continue reading

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There’s a great new 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 January 2019 public meeting next Monday

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that next Monday evening, 14th January 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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Toy and train collectors fair at Oak Park RIGHT NOW

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 today Sunday, 6th January 2018 from … Continue reading

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Images from up the cut

Last week I spent a fascinating (and rather frustrating) evening delving through the Canal and River Trust photo archive, which is always a curate’s egg: Whilst there are many stunning images (and many more waiting to be found) the cataloguing … Continue reading

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Woodmen away at AFC Wulfrunians this afternoon!

Today, Saturday 5th January 2018 Walsall Wood FC face AFC Wulfrunians away at Castlecroft. CKW Stadium, Castlecroft Road, Castlecroft Wolverhampton WV3 8NA Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the good of The Wood! Visit the Walsall Wood FC club website … 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 5th January 2018 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Remember Yoghourt? Looking to contact Gerald Reece and Bernard Howdle please

Hello folks – have a special appeal here to get in touch with Gerald Reece and Bernard Howdle – their old bandmate Jack McCreath is looking to get in touch again and recall the old days. Gerald Reece is of … Continue reading

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An old friend of the blog needs some local history help please!

It’s another request for help please – this time from old friend and top cake and coffee purveyor Laura Hucker, who runs the fantastic Reading Rooms coffee emporium in Pelsall and has put on the lovely craft and gift fairs … Continue reading

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Can you help a local girls football team grow?

Over the new year break I had this opportunity for volunteer football coaches at Walsall Wood SSE Wildcats sent in – can you help this wonderful local girls team develop further? They asked: Walsall Wood SSE Wildcats are expanding the … Continue reading

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Man turns himself in following police appeal earlier today

Police in Walsall have released the following statement in relation to a man they wished to identify earlier in connection with a robbery at Ward’s Store, Shire Oak. They said: Good news! A man has turned himself in to police … Continue reading

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Big Bounce family fun at Walsall College this afternoon

Just a heads to point out there’s a Big Bounce family fun event taking place at Walsall College Hub (right on the ring road in Walsall, opposite Tesco) this very afternoon, Wednesday 2nd January 2018. It’s £6 per child with … Continue reading

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It’s 2019 New Year photo competition time!

Hey folks – regulars here will know that over Christmas and new year on the Brownhills Blog we normally have a quiz where real prizes can be won – mini kegs of Backyard Ale or books – well, I think … Continue reading

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The many, changing faces of the Birmingham Canal Network

As I promised yesterday, some selected images here that caught my eye from the book I was bought for Christmas ‘The BCN in Pictures’ – a remarkable 1982 picture booklet of achieve images of the local canal network, the boats … Continue reading

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Cutha and the crest

Well, it seems we’re no nearer finding any documentary evidence for Saxon King Cutha being buried at Catshill or indeed anything for a ‘Battle of Shire Oak’ as posited by those adopting the Brownhills Urban District Council seal, as described … Continue reading

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Woodmen give Long Eaton short shrift

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 29th December 2018), Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Long Eaton United at home – and the visitors left defeated by some margin. David Evans was there to enjoy the match, and wrote: Images and captions kindly supplied by … Continue reading

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Right down the line: Mapping the BCN

Here’s a treat for canal enthusiasts and other people interested in local waterway history. For Christmas a good pal acquired and gave to me a book of photos, published in 1982 by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society and called ‘The … Continue reading

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Two very distinctive bikes stolen from Rugeley: Keep your eyes out bike folks

Here’s a sad one that came to my attention late last night – but I feel asleep writing the post, sorry. Can everyone please keep a lookout for two missing bikes and bike parts, stolen locally on Thursday night-Friday morning … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood face Long Eaton at Oak Park this afternoon

Saturday 29th December 2018 Walsall Wood versus Long Eaton United Come shake off the post-Christmas blues and watch the lads at Oak Park for a great afternoon of football Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of … Continue reading

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Anyone lost an adult bike?

Just a quick one here – if anyone has lost an adult’s flat bar hybrid/road bike in the Brownhills area then it’s very possibly been found. A resident on Lindon Road has taken the bike in and it’s being collected … Continue reading

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Of King and Council

Some years ago, I featured an article here from a local paper believed to be from the early 1960s, when Brownhills Urban District Council were making moves to turn Chasewater into a pleasure park, the end result of which was … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Lye this afternoon for Boxing Day soccer action!

Boxing Day, 26th December 2018 The Wood are away to Lye town! Come see if the lads can pull off a festive cracker Sports Ground, Stourbridge Road, Lye, DY9 7DH Kick off is 3:00pm For the Good of the Wood! … Continue reading

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So here it is, merry Christmas…

I’d just like to take a few minutes here to wish all readers, contributors and friends of the Brownhills Blog and followers of the associated social media a very happy Christmas, and a peaceful and prosperous new year – it’s … Continue reading

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Discovering Clayhanger’s lost big house – what do you know?

Here’s an interesting one from old friend of the blog Steve Sambrooke, who now lives in New Zealand but was originally from Clayhanger – a photo from the grounds of Caddick House, and it’s genuinely something I thought I’d never … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC v Highgate United at home this afternoon

Saturday 22nd December 2018 Time for some great football at Oak Park! Walsall Wood v Highgate United  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes Kickoff 3pm Please come and get behind your local club For … Continue reading

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Beware – look after your keys: Key fishing leads to BMW being stolen in Shelfield

Here’s an important warning from local police which reached me in the last couple of days – cars are being stolen by criminals fishing for keys through letterboxes again. There is currently somewhat of a vehicle crime wave ongoing: Homes … Continue reading

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It’s not too late to ramble with a popular local historian in his latest book – just the thing for Christmas!

I had an email from local historian and author Clive Roberts yesterday, pointing out that his latest book ‘Ramblings of a Local Historian’ is now available, but will sell out fast – so be quick if you want a copy … Continue reading

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There’s a great new 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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From beat room to ballroom!

An overdue article here from Colin Corbett, whom you’ll no doubt remember a few weeks ago was telling us about an upcoming article in the Black Country Bugle about the Cannock band he was a member of in the early … Continue reading

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A rocky road…

A lovely one here from 1862, spotted by the wonderful David Evans, who I’m glad to hear is now getting well back into the swing of things. It seems that in 1862 – over 150 years hence – people were … Continue reading

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Flying down the line

I note there’s a wonderful video clip been posted by the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust who as regular readers will know, are reconstructing the canal between Brownhills and Lichfield. The video is a great aerial fly-trough and is … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Christmas 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 15th December 2018 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC away at Quorn this afternoon!

Saturday 15th December 2018 The Wood are away at Quorn! Farley way, Quorn LE12 8RB Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow! For the Good of the Wood! Visit Walsall Wood FC’s website here

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Dreaming of a White Christmas? Top up the feel good feelings in Brownhills this Saturday evening!

Fancy getting into the Christmas spirit this Saturday evening in Brownhills? This Saturday, 15th December 2018 The Lamp Theatre in Brownhills Community Centre on the Miner Island in Brownhills are hosting a singalong showing of the festive classic White Christmas … Continue reading

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Christmas market at Chasewater Railway this Saturday!

I notice that this Saturday 15th December 2018, there’s a rather fun looking Christmas Market being staged at Chasewater Railway. The market runs from 10am until 5pm at Brownhills West Station (Use the Chasewater main entrance from the A5 and … Continue reading

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Join in the conversation this lunchtime in Brownhills!

I haven’t got a handle on what this is about yet but I notice there’s a community meeting event today from 12:45 PM – 2:45 PM at St James Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Brownhills, WS8 6AB. As far as I can … Continue reading

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A party this Friday for Janey!

There’s a great party event happening this Friday 14th December 2018 at King Street Club in Walsall Wood, in memory of the one and only Janey Hatfield who sadly passed away recently. There will be a disco and karaoke, singer … Continue reading

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There’s a great new 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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Tyred out – huge thanks to a pair of a local heroes!

Here’s a lovely thing Brian Stringer from the Back the Track group has asked me to share with readers, to thank local lad Ian Neville and his daughter Nicola who have performed a remarkable feat this weekend. The Back the … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood prove equal to Shepshed – but leave loyal supporter tea’d off!

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 8th December 2018) Walsall Wood FC faced Shepshed Dynamo at home, and fought an excellent match which ended in a four-all draw. David Evans was there for the action, and found some changes afoot at the Wood he … Continue reading

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Ramble with a popular local historian in his latest book – just the thing for Christmas!

I had an email from local historian and author Clive Roberts yesterday, pointing out that his latest book ‘Ramblings of a Local Historian’ is now available, but will sell out fast – so be quick if you want a copy … Continue reading

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A public service announcement…

Right folks quick update for readers. Stuff’s a bit slow right now. I have a bit of a problem at the moment in that the weekend I need to do my end of year financial shit for the bean counters … Continue reading

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Remembering Janey

The funeral of Janey Hatfield will take place today, Friday 7th of December 2018 at Streetly Crematorium’s West Chapel with the service starting at 1.45pm. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Janey’s family, friends and all attending today … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust December 2018 public meeting this Monday

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this coming Monday 10th December 2018) there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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