Category Archives: Chasewater

Chasewater Railway 60th Anniversary Gala this weekend!

I note Chasewater Railway have their 60th Anniversary Gala this spring Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019), with loads of steam and diesel heritage traction and a busier running timetable than normal. This event will be well … Continue reading

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Find out how to be more deer aware this Sunday at Chasewater

Just a quick headsup to point out that this coming Sunday, 26th May 2019 there’s a deer awareness day at Chasewater, where you can speak to experts and find out more about the beautiful creatures we share our green spaces … Continue reading

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Something wonderful for witches and wizards this coming Holiday Monday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this coming Bank Holiday Monday (27th May 2019) staging a Witches and Wizards Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains and there will be fun, games, … 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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Chasewater Railway Littleton Coal Train event all this weekend

One for the train buffs out there – Chasewater Railway have their Coal Train event this weekend (Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2019) with a mixture of diesel and steam runnings, demo trains and working plant. The organisers said: With … Continue reading

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Deer waters rising…

A lovely video here posted on Facebook in the last couple of days by Anna Marie Davies which she recorded of red deer bathing in the canal near Anglesey Wharf, just beyond the M6 Toll Bridge near Wharf Lane, Brownhills. … Continue reading

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Fancy getting involved with Chasewater Railway? It’s Volunteers Day this Saturday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Saturday (30th March 2019) staging it’s Annual Volunteers Day, when the railway will be holding an event aimed at recruiting more folk interested in helping out with all … Continue reading

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Concerned about local crime issues? Meeting this Wednesday in Rushall

In light of recent events, there’s a very interesting meeting taking place at 7:30pm next Wednesday, 20th March 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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Laying some pipe

Thanks again to the continued treasure trove that is the local historian Gerald Reece and his astounding photo collection, I can now shed light on something that’s made me wonder for years – the arrangements for the modern overflow system … Continue reading

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The lost Brownhills tramway: Did they give a dam?

The mystery over the long lost tramway that is thought to have followed the route of The Parade over Brownhills Common in the 1800s continues today, as I feature another article from Ian Pell, who’s really got stuck in to … Continue reading

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The Brownhills tramway to nowhere – a railway expert writes

I always love expanding railway and related threads here on the blog – and it’s always great to hear from local railway historian and expert Ian Pell, this time on the matter of  the lost and somewhat mysterious tramway that is said tohave run close … Continue reading

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Chasewater – what of the far pavilion?

An image has been sent to me by a reader this week they tell me they’ve found on internet auction site eBid, but I can’t locate the sale: It’s a fascinating picture of Chasewater before it was developed, so it … Continue reading

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Oh brave new world

One of the most loved and respected contributors to the Brownhills Blog is the great Reg ‘Aer Reg’ Fullelove, historian, commenter, author, poet and honorary Grandfather of the blog. Reg regularly digs out stuff for the blog, and it’s with … Continue reading

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Can you help tell the story of a local historian please?

I have an enquiry in here from old friend of the blog Peter Chadbund who’s long had an interest in the life, times and work of respected Norton Canes local historian and writer Jack Harrison. Jack wrote the sought after … 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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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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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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Stuck in a rut – beware, folks – the deer are getting horny….

The above excellent video is a fallow deer stag filmed up on Cannock Chase by reader, contributor and top friend of the blog Peter Barker. That stag really has romance on his mind… This is just a quick note to warn people … Continue reading

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Whittington Country and Craft Fair this weekend!

There’s a fine event on this Saturday at Whittington, near Lichfield – the annual Country and Craft Fair with takes place from 10am until 4:30pm at Bit End Field, next to St. Giles Hospice on Fisherwick Raod. Whittington Parish Council … Continue reading

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

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Bank Holiday Monday (27th August 2018) 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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Picture this: A Chasewater childhood

A wonderful one reached me yesterday morning from old pal of the blog Stuart Cowley, whose memories of growing up at Chasewater in the 1960s and 70s have been some of the most popular posts in the history of the … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway – 2018 Annual Charities Day this Sunday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Sunday (12th August 2018) 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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Mabel’s Vintage Fair at Chasewater Railway today!

I notice that today Sunday, 29th July 2018, there’s a rather fun looking vintage event being staged at Chasewater Railway by Mabel’s Vintage. The fair runs from 11am until 4pm at Brownhills West Station (Use the Chasewater main entrance from the … Continue reading

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Classic Motor Show at Walsall Arboretum on right now!

Here’s another one I missed but is happening right now too – there’s a Classic Car Show on at Walsall Arboretum this afternoon Sunday 15th July 2018. It runs from 10am until 4pm, and adult entry is £6, and £3 … Continue reading

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Swanning around…

I’ve had a mail in from reader Natalie Edge-Edwards, who like our very own swan lady Irene Hodges, is very interested in her local birdlife in Rochester and monitors the black swans on the lake by JCB there. We’ve had … Continue reading

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Do please be deer aware!

Whist out and about on Sunday 17th June 2018, I came upon deer at Chasewater and at Cannock Chase who were either heavily pregnant or who had young fawns – cute as they are, this is a time to give … Continue reading

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A message from Lynn Shaw: A date set for those who wish to remember Bill Shaw

It’s been a while now since the sad passing of Bill Shaw and Bill’s wife Lynn has an important announcement to make – the date has been set for the ceremony to scatter Bill’s ashes at Walsall Wood Football Club. Lynn … Continue reading

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Get some Iron, man – annual triathlon hits Chasewater and South Staffordshire this Sunday

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that this Sunday (June 10th 2018), the fourth Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be staged, with a 1.2 mile early morning swim in Chasewater being amongst the highlights IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire consists … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway Made in Staffordshire Gala this weekend!

Sorry again for the late notice but I note Chasewater Railway have their Made in Staffordshire 50th Anniversary Gala this spring Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 26th through to Monday 28th May 2018), with loads of steam and diesel heritage traction and … Continue reading

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An important message from Lynn Shaw

It’s been a while now since the sad passing of Bill Shaw and Bill’s wife Lynn has an important announcement to make – there was to have been a ceremony to scatter Bill’s ashes this weekend, but unfortunately it’s had to … Continue reading

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The Friends of Brownhills Common – May 2018 meeting tonight!

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting tonight, Monday 21st March 2018 of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – please meet in … Continue reading

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Do please be deer aware!

I’ve become aware over the past few days of several reports that the local deer population are becoming defensive and not as docile and tolerant as they usually are – there’s a reason for that – they’re preparing to give … Continue reading

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

An interesting event is taking place next weekend, Bank holiday Monday 7th May 2018 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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Who’s on this team, and who are they?

Since the sad passing of Bill Shaw, old friend of the blog, champion of local football and Clayhanger lad, the tributes have been fullsome, and so richly deserved – but it’s also wonderful to hear the memories and see photos … Continue reading

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Bill Shaw: Further details of funeral arrangements announced

The sheer number of people who have paid tribute following the sad news of the passing of Bill Shaw has been heartwarming, and many have expressed their desire to attend his funeral – well, Bill’s wife, Lynn has been in touch to give further details, including the details of the function afterwards.
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It’s a diesel takeover – this weekend!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a preserved industrial railway right on our doorstep is holding it’s annual Diesel Gala this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 24-25th March 2018.

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Bill Shaw: A personal memorial, by David Evans

Everyone involved with the blog has been saddened and dismayed by the loss of Bill Shaw, Clayhanger lad, champion of local football, commentator and all round decent bloke – and I’m proud and honoured to feature here an obituary for Bill from his fellow match reporter at Walsall Wood, David Evans.

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Branch line summers fade

I always love expanding railway threads here on the blog – and it’s always great to hear from local railway historian and expert Ian Pell.
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Bill Shaw: Tributes, and details of funeral released

Following the sad news of the passing of Bill Shaw, long time contributor to the blog, Clayhanger lad and great champion of local football there, has been a huge outpouring of sympathy and condolence – Bill was certainly a friend and familiar face to many, not just in local football, but in the wider community.


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Goodbye Bill Shaw: There had better be good football up there

It’s my sad duty to report to you that old friend of the blog, Clayhanger lad and football reporter extraordinaire Bill Shaw sadly passed away yesterday following an ongoing, serious illness.

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Great news! Dotty the pug now back home safe and well

Sorry for the late report here, work is holding my attention at the moment but it’s my pleasure to report that yesterday, Wednesday 28th Fberuary 2018 Dotty the pug, who went missing following a burglary at her owner’s home, is now back home safe and well.


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Dotty the pug is now safe and well back home!

This is an important appeal to find the cute wee dog above, Dotty, who’s been stolen in a burglary that happened yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, 27th February 2018) in Brownhills West.

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The Friends of Brownhills Common – March 2018 meeting coming soon!

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting soon, Monday 19th March 2018 of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – please meet in the reception by 7:00pm.

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A great vintage – a brand new shop at Chasewater Railway

I’m always happy to see new attractions at Chasewater Railway, so I was pleased to note the carriage on Platform One now has a new business within, the Chase Vintage Carriage operated by Charley Hughes, and it’s currently open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 4pm.

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Off the wall

Following the revisiting of the Stonnall tunnel legend a few weeks ago, sparked by a great enquiry from our Canada correspondent Brian Edwards, I had some great reader submissions, and a bit of local history news archive gold from Kate Cardigan over at Lichfield Lore, one item of which I’ll hold back for another article.

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Tunnelling through the folklore

I’ve had a really interesting email in from the Brownhills Blog Canada Correspondent Brian Edwards who relates a very interesting tale concerning Stonnall, and the discovery of a tunnel there in the late 1960s.

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2017 Christmas events this weekend!

Right, I’m going to be busy this weekend – come on, the weather is too good to stay indoors – In the meantime, here’s a bunch of Christmas events assembled by readers on Facebook for this weekend- if you have any to add please do get in touch.

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2017 Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade at Chasewater this Sunday!

There’s a further chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday (10th December 2017) –  there’s the Annual Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre.

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The Friends of Brownhills Common – November 2017 meeting coming soon

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting next Monday week, 20th November 2017 of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – please meet in the reception by 7:00pm.

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Chasewater Railway – ride the Ghost Train this evening!

I note Chasewater Railway have Halloween ghost trains running this evening (28th October 2016) with prizes for fancy dress, ghostly fun and games and much more spooky fun for all the family!

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