Category Archives: Clayhanger stuff

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

Brownhills always puts on a sombre, dignified event. Local children paid their respects in 2015, as captured by the good folk of St. James Church. This is just a quick request for help – in past years, we have crowdsourced from … 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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Details of Walsall Council’s park bonfire events for 2018

Always a good display…. 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, … Continue reading

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Teenagers mugged at knifepoint yesterday in Brownhills

Beware on the Black Path. A reader has contacted me with worrying news: It seems a couple of lads were mugged at knifepoint yesterday (Tuesday 2nd October 2018) at 5:30pm on the Black Path through Holland Park, near to Brownhills … 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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There’s going to be a luxury Christmas Gift Fayre in Brownhills – would you like a stall?

Much as I hate to mention it, Christmas is coming and people are starting to organise events, fairs and markets – and our very own Laura Hucker is looking for stalls for her Christmas Food and Gift Fayre at The … Continue reading

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All the latest news from the Community Centre and Lamp Arts Venue for Autumn 2018

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so. The Community Association are based at Brownhills Community Centre, just by the Miner Island … Continue reading

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Beware of courier fraud and other phone scams – criminals are targeting our elderly family and friends

I’ve become aware over the last few days that phone scammers are targeting the local area once more –  and are employing a number of methods, including courier fraud and impersonating tax officials – please warn your elderly and vulnerable … Continue reading

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Looking for the Herriott family please – can you help?

Hi folks – I need a favour please, so if you can help it would be really appreciated. A blog reader is trying to get in touch with the Herriott family who lived in Simmonds Way, Shire Oak around 1998, … Continue reading

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Get stoned and smile this Saturday morning in Clayhanger

There’s a lovely thing going on at Clayhanger Community Centre in Church Street, Clayhanger this Saturday morning 11th August 2018 – a smile stone workshop. There’s a lovely craze around the area at the moment for painting, hiding and finding … Continue reading

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Ladies beware: Several indecent exposures in Brownhills

It’s my duty to share with you all the concerning news that there seems to be a man exposing himself to women around the canal towpaths and other parts of Brownhills, particularly in the areas of Clayhanger Common and Silver … Continue reading

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Muttfest 2018 – a great Brownhills music festival on TODAY!

I’ve just been alerted to the fact that there’s a great charity music festival on right now, Saturday 28th July 2018 at the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Church Road, Brownhills running until late tonight. Muttfest features live music, food, fun … Continue reading

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Local work-van and vehicle crime issues escalate: Be on your guard, folks

A warning to people with work vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – there is certainly a real rash of vehicle break ins ongoing, with incidents reported across the area throughout the last week. Work vans seem … Continue reading

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Ladies? Fancy a game of bowls this Wednesday afternoon?

Vicky Ellen from Brownhills Townswomen’s Guild has been in touch to tell me that there’s the yearly Townswomen’s Guild Federation Bowls Competition this Wednesday afternoon, 4th July 2018, starting at 1:30pm at Pelsall Community Centre. Vicky said: Our yearly Federation’s Bowls Competition … Continue reading

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Thousands of pounds worth of damage caused in vandalism incident at Brownhills School – did you see anything?

The staff car park is along the fence adjacent to the Black Path and Common: Someone must have seen something. Imagery from Apple maps. This is an urgent appeal for help from the headmistress of Brownhills School, Helen Keenan, who … 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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Beware of courier fraud – criminals are targeting our elderly family and friends

I’ve just had warning from the excellent WMNow system (you can sign up here – it’s free and very useful) that there’s a very concerning phone scam in operation locally I think readers should be aware of – and will … Continue reading

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Sporting activities for kids this summer at Clayhanger Community Centre!

There’s some great sporting stuff for kids and mums  going on at Clayhanger Community Centre in Church Street, Clayhanger during the coming weeks and impending school summer holidays. I always get lots of enquiries for details of activities for kids … 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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Brownhills Community Centre Active Games Club on now!

Hey – if you’re looking out for stuff for your kids to do this morning look no further than Brownhills Community Centre (The old Central Boy’s School, or Annex to my generation), just off the Miner Island in Brownhills. Happening … 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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Please be alert for this car stolen from Brownhills last night

Please everyone can you be on the lookout for the above, very distinctive orange Ford Focus car stolen from Lindon Drive, Brownhills possibly at around 3:30am this morning, Saturday 19th May 2018. The car has the registration CX08GOE and you … Continue reading

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Phone scammers again targeting local elderly

I’ve just had warning from the excellent WMNow system (you can sign up here – it’s free and very useful) that there’s a very concerning new phone scam in operation locally I think readers should be aware of – and … 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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Home CCTV captures men brazenly testing if cars are locked

Video footage from Pelsall resident originally posted on Facebook. Following on from last weekend’s warning to people with work vans – that there’s currently a rash of vehicle break-ins in our area – the importance of the message is illustrated in … Continue reading

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Friends of Clayhanger Park Annual General Meeting tonight!

An event coming up for people concerned with the issues surrounding Clayhanger Park  -that there’s the Annual General Meeting of the Friends Of Clayhanger Park group at the Clean and Green Depot, Pelsall Road, Brownhills starting at 7:00pm this evening, Tuesday 15th … Continue reading

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The local work van break-ins continue: Beware, folks

A quick warning to people with work vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – the rash of vehicle break ins continues with another incident on Sunday night/Monday morning 7-8th May 2018 in Lindon Drive Brownhills. Stu Thomas … Continue reading

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2018 Walsall local election results

Well, it was an interesting night at the Walsall council election count last night (Thursday 3rd May 2018) that saw the general collapse of the UKIP vote and it’s return home to the Conservatives, and this was reflected locally with … Continue reading

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Brownhills Community Centre Creative Arts Fayre this Saturday!

Hey – if you’re looking out for stuff to do this coming Saturday (28th April 2018), look no further than Brownhills Community Centre (The old Central Boy’s School, or Annex to my generation), just off the Miner Island in Brownhills. Happening … Continue reading

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Full of love for Mr. Fullelove

Images Kindly supplied by Brian Stringer via the young David Evans. Last week I pointed out that this weekend, there was to be an unveiling ceremony of the restored George Fullelove Memorial Shelter near  The Parade in Brownhills – well, … Continue reading

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Be alert – car stolen in Shire Oak

I see from the excellent WMNow service that there has been a worrying theft of a car from Wrekin View, Shire Oak in the early hours of Wednesday morning (18th April 2018) which has been taken without keys – the latest … Continue reading

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Van break-ins in Ogley Hay and Shire Oak: Beware, folks.

A quick warning to people with vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – On Monday night into Tuesday Morning (15-16th April 2018), there were at least two break-in into vans in the town; one in the Ogley … Continue reading

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Looking after the legacy of a great son of Brownhills

There’s something that’s quite historically important been going on for months now right in the heart of Brownhills, that whilst not earth shattering, is very significant to our local history, and helps to preserve the memory of one of the … Continue reading

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Where’s the fairness in Remembrance funding?

I’ve hd a really interesting email in from a respected elder in Brownhills, someone whose comments on the area I’ve always respected greatly and whose opinion I value and usually agree with – John Bird. John Bird has periodically written … Continue reading

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Police issue statement on incident at Vicarage Road, Brownhills on Friday evening

On Friday evening (13th April 2018), there was an incident in the Vicarage Road area of Brownhills that generated a large amount of speculation on social media. I made enquiries with the press Office at West Midlands Police, and this … 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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Beware of debt collection scam operating locally

I’ve just had warning from the excellent WMNow system (you can sign up here – it’s free and very useful) that there’s a very convincing scam in operation I think readers should be aware of – and will be wanting … Continue reading

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All the latest news from Brownhills Community Association for Spring 2018

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for March/April 2018 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so. The Community Association are based at Brownhills Community Centre, just by … 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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Worrying door to door caller operating in Brownhills – beware

I have been alerted to a worrying incident that happened in Poole Crescent, Brownhills this afternoon (Saturday, 24th March 2018) when a door to door caller was touting for work clearing gutters, and seems to have received payment for work in advance he then did not carry out.

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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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Paramedics cars broken into in Walsall Wood – can you help please?

This is an urgent appeal for help from the West Midlands Ambulance paramedic staff that currently operate out of the old Walsall Wood Library at the junction of High Street and Coppice Road – last night (Friday, 9th March 2018) their vehicles were broken into and medical supplies stolen.

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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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Don’t forget – a great night of music and dance for Back The Track this Saturday!

Just a reminder that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a fundraising concert at the Community Centre in Brownhills on this Saturday, March 10th 2018 and tickets are just £5 with proceeds to the greenway project on the old rail line through Brownhills.
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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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Friends of Clayhanger Park Annual General Meeting meeting this Monday!

An event coming up for people concerned with the issues surrounding Clayhanger Park  -that there’s the Annual General Meeting of the Friends Of Clayhanger Park group at the Clean and Green Depot, Pelsall Road, Brownhills starting at 7:00pm on Monday evening, 26th February 2018.

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Have a great night of music and dance – and Back The Track!

Just a reminder that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a fundraising concert at the Community Centre in Brownhills on Saturday, March 10th 2018 and tickets are just £5 with proceeds to the greenway project on the old rail line through Brownhills.

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Get your request in – a Radio Marathon for Mylee this Saturday!

Old friend of the blog San Brett has been in touch to let me know that her internet radio station Falcon Radio (you can tune in here) will be holding a request marathon in memory and support of Mylee Billingham who tragically died last month.

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Vehicle break-in in Shire Oak: Beware, folks.

A note to people living around the Friezland Lane area of Shire Oak, particularly those around the Hillside Close/Simmonds Way/Hillside areas – yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 7th February 2018) at around 4pm a vehicle was broken into and a large quantity of items were stolen from it.

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Do you recognise these recovered items, believed stolen?

An interesting appeal in from Aldridge Neighbourhood Policing Team who have a number of items (pictured in the gallery above) which they think may have been stolen and are trying to trace the owners.

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