Category Archives: Brownhills stuff

Walsall Wood FC away to Leicester Road FC this afternoon

Saturday 12th October 2019 Walsall Wood FC v Leicester Road FC Leicester Rd, Leics, LE10 3DR  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 The … Continue reading

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Details of Walsall Council’s park bonfire events for 2019

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 on Saturday, 26th October 2019. Other … Continue reading

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Highly polished Wood gives Tividale the slip

Pictures and captions kindly supplied by David Evans Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 5th October 2019) Walsall Wood were again at home – and entertained visitors Tividale at Oak Park. Following a good sporting match, Wood emerged the victors cementing their run … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood at home to Tividale this afternoon!

Saturday 5th October 2019 The Wood are at home! Can they continue their unbeaten run? Walsall Wood FC versus Tividale FC Kickoff at 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood! Check out Walsall Wood FC’s … Continue reading

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It’s nearly time for musical mayhem – only a few tickets left!

I’ve been contacted by the Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer who’s asked me to let you all know that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a Night of Musical Mayhem with the Aldridge Ukulele Band … Continue reading

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Remembrance: An important question from John Bird

I had an email in a couple of weeks ago now from John Bird, a respected member of the Brownhills British Legion and old friend of the blog. John is not known for mincing his words, and has posed an … Continue reading

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Mines, canals, railways and other mysteries: A local photo gallery mystery tour

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Woodmen fail to give Highgate the elbow

Photos and captions very kindly supplied by the young David Evans.  Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 28th September 2019) Walsall Wood were visited by Highgate United, who held the Woodmen to a one-all draw in a somewhat intemperate game. David Evans was … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC v Highgate United at home this afternoon

Saturday 28th September 2019 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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Two sugars please: join the Macmillan 2019 World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this Saturday in Brownhills!

John Fogarty from Brownhills Community Association has been in touch to point out they have an event planned this Saturday 28th September 2019 as part of the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning campaign. Their Coffee Morning will take place at … Continue reading

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Soultime September – 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 evening, Friday 27th September 2019 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of … Continue reading

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Wood neutralise Normanton

Last Saturday, 21st September 2018), Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Derbyshire club South Normanton Athletic at Oak Park, and in an entertaining, gripping match the Woodmen sent the visitors home roundly defeated five nil. David Evans was there to enjoy the … Continue reading

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It’s time for the 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. The above excellent video is a fallow deer … Continue reading

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Fancy some musical mayhem? Have fun and Back The Track!

I’ve been contacted by the Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer who’s asked me to let you all know that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a Night of Musical Mayhem with the Aldridge Ukulele Band … Continue reading

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Don’t miss Walsall Wood at home to South Normanton FC this afternoon!

Saturday 21st September 2019 Walsall Wood FC at home to South Normanton Athletic 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 … Continue reading

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Get set for Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge 2019 Canal Heritage Gathering next weekend!

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

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Woodmen make Swift work of stomping Stourport

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans. My apologies to readers – busy weekend and very much behind at the moment – should catch up in coming days. Apologies – Bob Walsall Wood FC were on stonking … Continue reading

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Gerald Reece’s Chasewater in the 1960s

I thought I’d continue sharing the hugely popular recent run of archive images today and the real treat from the immense Gerald Reece collection this weekend consists of some rather special, but austere-looking shots of Chasewater, I’d say in it’s … Continue reading

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Chapel and church, a gallery…

I’m continuing to share the Gerald Reece photos (and it’s really hard to spin them out but there’s some astounding stuff in the queue, let me assure you!) and today there’s a small gallery of images of local places of … Continue reading

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Bogus caller claiming to be from British Gas operating in Brownhills – Beware!

There’s been a fair few reports surfaced in the past few days of a bogus caller operating in the Brownhills area last Thursday (5th September 2019), saying he’s from British Gas telling householders he’s signing them up for smart meters. … Continue reading

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Just a fortnight to go until Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge 2019 Canal Heritage Gathering!

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 a 1940s themed tea this Saturday?

Mmmm. Cake! Image supplied by Vicky Tugby. Just a quick headsup for folk who might be interested in a lovely 1940s themed tea and social event being organised by those wonderful folk at Brownhills West Community Centre this Saturday 7th … Continue reading

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Gerald Reece’s world of lost pubs and watering holes…

Here’s yet another photo treat for folk who remember the 70s, 80s and 90s in Brownhills – David Evans met up with the wonderful Gerald Reece on his 80th birthday walk a couple of weeks ago and Gerald shared some … Continue reading

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Bill Barnard: Club classic!

One subject I’m continually looking for information about (and haven’t turned up a great deal, if I’m perfectly honest which is a bit sad in a whole decade) is that of Friezland Lane Working Mens Club in Shire Oak. This … Continue reading

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Woodmen battle hard for draw with an unpliable Lye

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 31st August 2019) Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Lye Town at Walsall Wood. A tense, nail-biting match full of drama that the young David Evans watched keenly to see the two teams draw in a six goal match … Continue reading

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Why not catch some great footy today? Walsall Wood play Lye at Oak Park this afternoon

Saturday  31st August 2019 The Wood entertain Lye town at Oak Park! Come watch the lads at home this afternoon Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood! Check out Walsall Wood FC’s … Continue reading

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Local lady to undertake skydive in aid of cancer charity

Local lady and old friend of the blog Kim Morris has been in touch to tell me that she’s undertaking a skydive for the Mesothelioma UK charity, which cares for folk suffering illness caused by asbestos. This is a cause … Continue reading

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The Royal British Legion are here to help – but need our help too!

I have here an important message from the Brownhills Branch (and wider organisation, of course) of the Royal British Legion that old friend of the blog John Bird has asked me to share with you all. I owe an apology … Continue reading

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Changing times and changing places

Here’s yet another photo treat for folk who remember the 70s, 80s and 90s in Brownhills – David Evans met up with the wonderful Gerald Reece on his 80th birthday walk a couple of weeks ago and Gerald shared some … Continue reading

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Something wonderful for princesses and pirates alike this Summer Bank Holiday Monday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Bank Holiday Monday (26th August 2019) staging a Princesses and Pirates Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains and there will be fun, games, competitions, … Continue reading

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Three bogus caller incidents on Monday morning – warn your friends and relatives

I’m sad to report that there’s one or more bogus workmen operating locally again, preying on the elderly and vulnerable, with three incidents being reported on Monday morning, 19th August 2019 in Aldridge and Shelfield. West Midlands Police said: Aldridge … Continue reading

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Don’t forget: 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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Woodmen fight hard to beat the ‘Mond

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans Walsall Wood FC continued their steady progress into the new season on Saturday 17th August 2019 with a hard fought win over Shrewsbury’s Haughmond FC at Oak Park – a … Continue reading

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Lost and found local businesses: Which do you recall?

Here’s a treat for folk who remember the 80s and 90s in Brownhills – David Evans met up with the wonderful Gerald Reece on his 80th birthday walk last week and Gerald shared some rather wonderful photos for us to … Continue reading

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Why not catch a great match at Oak Park this afternoon?

Today, Saturday 17th August 2019 The Wood are at home, entertaining Shrewsbury’s Haughmond FC: The Shropshire lads beat the Woodmen 3-2 at their home ground last week – can Wood triumph today? Walsall Wood FC versus Haughmond FC Kick off is … Continue reading

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Soultime – 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 next Friday evening, 16th August 2019 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of … Continue reading

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Gerald Reece and friends took another walk into history!

David Evans yesterday sent me this lovely gallery from Gerald Reece’s walk from Chasewater Railway yesterday morning (10th August 2019) – sadly the weather was atrocious and although I hoped to make it, I was unable to go and meet … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway – 2019 Annual Charities Day this Sunday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Sunday (11th August 2019) staging it’s Annual Charities Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains, and there will be charity stalls and activities at Brownhills West … Continue reading

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Woodmen away at Shrewsbury this afternoon!

Today, Saturday 10th August 2019 The Wood are visiting the Sports Village, home of Shrewsbury’s Haughmond FC Haughmond FC versus Walsall Wood FC Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood!  Shrewsbury Sports … Continue reading

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Come down to Chasewater Day – a great family fun event this Saturday!

Just a quick heads up that this Saturday (10th August 2019) there’s Chasewater Day, a great family fun event at your favourite country park – the whole thing runs from 10am until 3pm, with all kinds of fun activities, stall, … Continue reading

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Woodmen leave Gresley grazed and beaten

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans Walsall Wood FC kicked off the new season on Saturday 3rd August 2019 with a decisive win over Gresley FC at Oak Park – a good start that delighted the … Continue reading

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Start the season with a great match at Oak Park this afternoon!

Today, Saturday 3rd August 2019 The Wood are at home, entertaining Gresley Walsall Wood FC versus Gresley FC Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood!  Oak Park, Lichfield Road, Walsall Wood. WS9 … Continue reading

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Concerned about local crime issues? Meeting this evening in Rushall

In light of recent events, there’s a very interesting meeting taking place at 7:30pm tonight, Wednesday, 231st July 2019 – that of Rushall, Sheffield, Pelsall and Brownhills Neighbourhood Watch – and there’s a specific invitation to Brownhills residents. The meeting … Continue reading

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Tubs of blood and lost palaces

There has been a great response to the recent series of articles on local cinemas from an old, long out of print Ned Williams book David Evans has spotted in the huge Gerald Reece collection. However, a comment made by honorary … Continue reading

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Vintage Fair at Chasewater Railway today!

I notice that today, Sunday, 28th July 2019, there’s a rather fun looking craft and vintage event being staged at Chasewater Railway. The fair runs from 11am until 4pm at Brownhills West Station (Use the Chasewater main entrance from the … Continue reading

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Fancy joining Gerald Reece for a walk into history?

Hello folks – great news reaches me from David Evans. It seems that he’s been in communication with the greatest historian ever to have written about Brownhills, Gerald Reece, who will be returning to Brownhills on the 10th August 2019 … Continue reading

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Vintage Fair at Chasewater Railway this Sunday!

I notice that this Sunday, 28th July 2019, there’s a rather fun looking craft and vintage event being staged at Chasewater Railway. The fair runs from 11am until 4pm at Brownhills West Station (Use the Chasewater main entrance from the … Continue reading

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There’s a lovely coffee concert starting 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 20th July 2019) at the Silver Street Methodist Church in Brownhills, featuring … 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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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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