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Details of 2018 local Remembrance events – live list

This post is pinned to the top until Sunday – new material will appear below. Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance events, I can again share with readers a list of local Remembrance services taking … Continue reading

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Appeal for the funeral of Janey Hatfield – please help if you can

For those wishing to help following the awful, sudden death of Janey Hatfield of Walsall Wood on Sunday, 4th November 2018, there is a JustGiving appeal running to help raise funds for her funeral. There has been a remarkable response … Continue reading

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See you up the Poppy Road?

Here’s a heads up for something remarkable I was planning to visit last weekend, but sadly tragic events took over – I will however be visiting in the coming days, and I commend all to go and see this remarkable … Continue reading

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You ancestors role in the Great War?

Following the sadness of the weekend, it’s hard but I guess the show has to go on – and since it’s coming up to Remembrance, particularly with it also being the centenary of the end of the Great War, here’s … Continue reading

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Goodbye Janey…

It’s my awful duty to share with blog readers that sad news that today (Sunday 4th November 2018), top local lass, admin of the We are the Wood group on Facebook, and videocaster extraordinaire Janey Hatfield was found by her … Continue reading

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Dronfield defeated leave Wood’s field of dreams

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 3rd November 2018), Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Derbyshire club Dronfield Town at Oak Park, and in an entertaining, gripping match the Woodmen sent the visitors home defeated, three goals to one. David Evans was there to enjoy … Continue reading

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Precautions for war – the local fortress

I’m absolutely indebted to the young David Evans this week who’s been beavering away while I’ve been rather indisposed, as many of you will be aware – anyway, I’m back at it now and David has sent me a whole … Continue reading

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Warning: Attempted break in to occupied house in Shire Oak

A warning here for readers of the blog throughout the area, but particularly in the Shire Oak and Walsall Wood area, where on the early hours of Wednesday 1st November 2018 a resident of Shire Oak suffered an attempted break … Continue reading

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Bonfire and Fireworks at Hammerwich this evening, and Walsall Wood FC on Sunday!

Two firework and bonfire events this weekend – one in Hammerwich this evening (Saturday 3rd November 2018) and the one tomorrow evening at Walsall Wood FC (Sunday 4th November 2018) – both events are always a great night out and … Continue reading

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Don’t miss Walsall Wood at home Dronfield Town FC this afternoon!

Saturday 3rd November 2018 Walsall Wood FC at home to Dronfield Town FC Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes! 3:00pm kickoff Please come and get behind your local club For The Good Of The … Continue reading

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Elderly Brownhills couple menaced into handing over cash by bogus workman

Awful news reaches me of a bogus caller menacing and elderly couple into giving him cash for utterly false work in the Whitehorse Road/Howdles Lane area of Brownhills, that took place Tuesday, 30th October 2018. The couple’s son, Chris Clarke … Continue reading

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Bonfire and Fireworks at Walsall Wood FC this coming Sunday evening!

If you’re at a loose end on Sunday evening (4th November 2018), or are looking for a good firework party to take the kids to, there’s a great event at the Walsall Wood Football Club Ground, Oak Park, Walsall Wood  kicking … Continue reading

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Fancy some musical fun with the Brownhills bad girls?

Old pal of the blog Jamie Norgrove of top local performers Brownhills Musical Theatre Company contacted me yesterday afternoon to ask if I’d plug their latest show – the popular and fun Bad Girls the Musical – which looks set to be … Continue reading

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…And the birds in the trees sang their requiem to the Coppice Pit

A great quick post here from the ever-resourceful Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler who’s found some absolute (black?) gold in the British Newspaper Archive. This article, published in the Birmingham Post in 1964, records the end of the last production shift at … Continue reading

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Wood eleven leave Long Eaton beaten

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 27th October 2018), Walsall Wood F.C. braved the cold to visit Long Eaton at Grange Park, Leicestershire, and came home with a solid two-nil win.  David Evans was there to enjoy the match, and wrote: Images and … Continue reading

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Holland Park 2018 bonfire and fireworks: This evening!

Readers have been asking for details of this year’s Walsall Council Bonfire Night events in the borough, and particularly Brownhills, so here is the latest information. The Brownhills Holland Park event will take place tonight Saturday, 27th October 2018. Other … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Long Eaton at Grange Park this afternoon

Saturday 27th October 2018 Walsall Wood away at Long Eaton United Grange Park, Station Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 2EF Kickoff 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood! Check out Walsall Wood FC’s website here.

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Urgent appeal: Do you know of a band that could support the Brownhills Remembrance Parade?

Wendy Dance, Treasurer of the Brownhills branch of the Royal British Legion has been in touch to ask if anyone knows a military band that might be available to play in the Brownhills 2018 Remembrance Sunday Parade? This is always … Continue reading

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Police arrest 15 year old following Brownhills stabbing

Following Monday’s dreadful attack in Fourth Avenue in which a local man was stabbed, West Midlands Police today announced that they had arrested a 15 year old in connection with it. Thankfully, as I shared yesterday, the victim seems to … Continue reading

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Man mugged in Brownhills: Did you see anything?

It seems the crime news doesn’t abate at the moment andI do hope this bad patch passes soon – on Monday night I was made aware that last Sunday evening (21st October 2018) a local man was mugged and severely … Continue reading

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Exhibition and sale of local artists work at Brownhills Community Centre this Saturday

Hey you lot – there’s an exhibition this Saturday 27th October 2018 of local artwork at Brownhills Community Centre, just by the Miner Island in Brownhills from 11am until 3pm – and it’s free to enter! Janet Davies, from Brownhills … Continue reading

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Police launch enquiry after man stabbed in Brownhills

As many of you will be aware from social media, there has been a serious incident in Fourth Avenue, Brownhills this evening (Tuesday, 23rd October 2018) in which a local man was stabbed. 9:35am Wednesday 24th: A member of the … Continue reading

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Fancy a laugh this Wednesday evening?

A quick headsup for a new comedy club that’s operating in Aldridge and has a host of great acts on this Wednesday evening (24th October 2018) – it takes place at Aldridge Social Club in the High Street and entry … Continue reading

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All at sea – but where, and when?

Here’s a challenge for the history researchers this afternoon while I’m busy getting some air and autumn – a short but interesting postcard that was addressed to Pier Street, Brownhills. The card has been spotted for sale on eBay and … Continue reading

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Wood meet Quorn substitutes in Oak Park roast

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 21st October 2018), Walsall Wood F.C. faced Quorn F.C. at Oak Park, and I’m pleased to say Walsall Wood again won in a fast paced game with lots of action. David Evans worte: Images and captions kindly … Continue reading

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Institutional bias – what’s the deal here?

I’m indebted as I have been previously San Antonio resident and Walsall Wood ex-pat Porktorta who’s put some time into sorting out the colour on the image of what I (apparently , incorrectly) presumed wast the Walsall Wood Miners Institute … Continue reading

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It’s getting better – Wood fortunes improve with wins away

A belated Walsall Wood football roundup here for the Wood faithful -Tuesday last (16th October 2018) Walsall Wood FC’s fortunes continued to improve when they beat Boldmere at Sutton following a three-nil win at Smethwick Rangers FC the Saturday before – … Continue reading

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Will Walsall Wood roast Quorn?

Saturday 20th October 2018 The Wood are at home! Can the boys from The Wood beat Quorn FC? Kick off is 3:00pm Come along and support the local lads Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood! Visit Walsall … Continue reading

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Macmillan coffee morning on this morning in Brownhills!

A quick note to say there’s a coffee morning for Macmillan going on at the Calvary Pentecostal Church in Brickiln Street, Brownhills this morning, Saturday 20th October 2018 from 10am to 1pm.  There will be cake, hot drinks and great … 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 20th October 2018 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe – get together to 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 wonderful Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which continues it’s regular run at their new home this Saturday (Saturday, … Continue reading

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Coming soon: great Halloween party in Walsall Wood

Nice to see there are plenty of Halloween events this year, and there’s going to be a wonderful Halloween Party on Friday, 2nd November 2018 at Walsall Wood Football Club at Oak Park. There will be a disco, fancy dress … Continue reading

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2018 Autumn Leaves Running Day at Aldridge Transport Museum this Sunday

This Sunday 21st October 2018 it’s the annual ‘Autumn Leaves’ running day at Aldridge Transport Museum, when you can ride vintage and classic busses free, and browse stalls, the museum – and visit Chasewater in style! It’s £5 entry for … Continue reading

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2018 local Remembrance events – let’s make a list – can you help please?

This is just a quick request for help – in past years, we have crowdsourced from readers a list of local Remembrance parades and events taking place throughout the area, that was popular and useful to many of the readership – … Continue reading

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Summer 2018 photo competition – the results are in!

Right, it’s been a hellishly difficult thing to do, but the judges (Myself Bob, Phil Griffin, David Evans, Linda Mason, Phil Griffin, the young David Evans and a late addition of a certain young lady) have pondered and head scratched … Continue reading

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BRD days – a 149 page history for you to explore

A few weeks ago I promised a treat for those who were interested in the history of the BRD company in Aldridge – many readers will have worked or had relatives that did in the huge, sprawling engineering company the … Continue reading

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A lost institution

A quick one for a Sunday from respected local historian Bill Mayo – something I didn’t know existed: A photo of Walsall Wood Miner’s Institute which stood at the junction of Coppice Lane and the Brownhills/Lindon Roads, just where the … Continue reading

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Police seek man following knifepoint betting shop robbery in Brownhills

This morning (Saturday, 13th October 2018) police in Walsall issued the above image of a man they’d like to speak to after the Paddy Power betting shop in Brownhills High Street was robbed at knifepoint on Monday 10th September 2018. … Continue reading

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The First Cut and a musical history…

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust have a couple of great fund-raising projects coming up – there’s a great new comic novel on sale in support of the Trust, and also a wonderful show … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this Saturday 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 October 2018 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Stuck in a rut – beware, folks – the deer are getting horny….

Time to repeat this post as this morning I was riding to work and spotted a stag on Green Lane, Walsall Wood, clearly angered by the traffic interfering with his prancing activities. Thankfully, after much encouragement by a driver, he … Continue reading

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Important event for carers in Walsall coming up this Thursday…

Here’s an important event taking place in Walsall this Thursday morning (18th October 2018) at the Royal Hotel, Ablewell Street from 10am until 12 noon that will be essential for anyone who cares for children or young adults with learning … Continue reading

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Back the Track – see them on TV here!

Last week I promised to share with you the Central News report on Back the Track which appeared on TV last week – this has proven more difficult than expected, but thanks to the group themselves, I can share the … Continue reading

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Great news everyone – Matthew Lawley found safe and well

Great news folks – Matthew Lawley who was missing from home in Walsall Wood over the weekend has been found safe and well. I’d like to thank everyone who kept a look out, shared posts and helped with information. Nice … Continue reading

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Final gallery of entries for the Summer 2018 photo competition

About four eons ago, I started the blog and Facebook photo competition for summer 2018 – and I’ve had a terrific response with over 130 entries all summing up something that encapsulated summer for the person who entered it – … Continue reading

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Sunnyside days

It looks like there are some treats in store for the Walsall Wood contingent as the wonderfully generous Tony Portman has allowed the young David Evans access to his private photo album which contains some remarkable, previously unseen material. Tony, … Continue reading

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

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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Woodmen bested by Wulfs in late penalty shocker

Tuesday last (17th January 2016), the Woodmen faced AFC Wulfrunians at Oak Park, and sadly, were met with another resounding defeat.It’s all change down at Walsall Wood FC’s Oak Park ground, where there’s a new team manager in Darren Byfield, and the faithful … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway Coal Train event all this weekend

Sorry again for the late notice but I note Chasewater Railway have their Coal Train event this weekend (Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October 2018) with a mixture of diesel and steam runnings, demo trains and working plant. This event will be … Continue reading

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Don’t miss Walsall Wood at home to AFC Wulfrunians this afternoon!

Saturday 6th October 2018 Walsall Wood FC at home to AFC Wulfrunians Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes – for Darren Byfield’s first match as the Wood’s new manager! 3:00pm kickoff Please come and … Continue reading

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