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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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Don’t forget New Hall Mill open day this Spring Bank Holiday Monday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (27th May 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Monday for the second open day of 2019. I can heartily recommend the place … Continue reading

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Pictures from the 2019 Brownhills BCNS Canalside Festival

I spent a happy couple of hours today (Saturday 18th May 2019) pottering around Brownhills Canalside Festival, which is also running on Sunday from 10am until 5pm. It’s a great do, and the folk of the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society … Continue reading

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The Brownhills Canalside Festival 2019 runs all weekend!

Well, it’s here: The 2019 Brownhills Canal Festival – this year taken over by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society making it a whole weekend event – kicks off this evening (Friday 17th May) and runs until Sunday (19th May). On … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill first open day of 2019 today!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today, Sunday 12th May 2019, that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Sunday for their first open day of 2019, for National Mills Weekend. I can heartily recommend the … Continue reading

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The Brownhills Canalside Festival is reborn in 2019 – and it’s happening all next weekend!

This is your one week countdown for the 2019 Brownhills Canal Festival, which this year has been taken over by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society who are planning to make it a whole weekend event – taking place all next … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill first open day of 2019 this Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (12th May 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Sunday for their first open day of 2019, for National Mills Weekend. I can heartily recommend the … 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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The Brownhills Canalside Festival is reborn in 2019 – and it’s coming soon!

Absolutely terrific news and a huge raspberry to the naysayers – the successful and sadly missed Brownhills Canalside Festival is full steam ahead for a huge revival in May 2019 by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society who are planning to … Continue reading

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The Brownhills Canalside Festival is reborn in 2019 – and it looks magnificent

Absolutely terrific news and a huge raspberry to the naysayers – the successful and sadly missed Brownhills Canalside Festival is full steam ahead for a huge revival in May 2019 by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society who are planning to … 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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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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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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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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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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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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Local canal restoration volunteers celebrate 30 years of progress

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the celebrations the canal restoration group have staged to mark their 30 years since creation. If you’re unaware of the local canal restoration … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill is open this Sunday for the last open day of 2018

There’s a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (9th September 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday for the last open day of 2018. I can heartily recommend the place – … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill is open again this 2018 summer Bank Holiday Monday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (27th August 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Monday for one of the last but one open days of 2018. I can … Continue reading

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Blooming canal volunteers impress judges

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the efforts their volunteers have made for Lichfield’s entry in the annual Britain in Bloom competition, with a Garden of Memory and other … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (12th August 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday for one of the last few open days of 2018. I can heartily recommend 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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New Hall Mill July 2018 open day today!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today (Sunday 8th July 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again right now and I can heartily recommend the place – it’s fascinating and I had a … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill July 2018 open day this Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (8th July 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday = I can heartily recommend the place – it’s fascinating and I had a great … Continue reading

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Blooming hard work for canal volunteers – can you help?

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know aboutGarden of Reflection they’re creating near the canal under restoration near Lichfield, and how they’re helping with Britain in Bloom. If you’re unaware of … 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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You don’t have to be puddled to help restore a lost, local canal… but puddling helps!

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the progress they’re making at Fosseway Heath, south Lichfield, and to send out an appeal for volunteers to help push the restoration forward. … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday – with a visit from a TV personality!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (10th June 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday for the third open day of 2018. I can heartily recommend the place – it’s … 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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Don’t forget New Hall Mill open day today, Spring Bank Holiday Monday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today, Bank Holiday Monday (28th May 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again today for the second open day of 2018. I can heartily recommend the place – … Continue reading

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Don’t forget New Hall Mill open day this Spring Bank Holiday Monday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (28th May 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Monday for the second open day of 2018. I can heartily recommend the place … 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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New Hall Mill first open day of 2018 today!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today (Sunday 13th May 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again today for their first open day of 2018, for National Mills Weekend. I can heartily recommend … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill first open day of 2018 next Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally next Sunday (13th May 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Sunday for their first open day of 2018, for National Mills Weekend. I can heartily recommend the place … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill: The historic wonder on our doorstep gears up for a new season

I’m glad to say that Alan Dawson, Friend of New Hall Mill and also of the blog has been in touch to ask if I’d continue to support the Mill’s activities this summer and of course, I’m delighted to do … Continue reading

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Do the walk this weekend!

Find out how far they’ve come at Summerhill in just two years in this informative film for the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to remind us that … Continue reading

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A great chance for tea and cake in a great country canalside garden this Saturday!

There’s a great event going on in Whittington this acoming Saturday (31st March 2018) in aid of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust ‘Tunnel Vision’ appeal – Eric and Doreen’s All Day Easter Coffee Morning.

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Huge commitment to heavy lift beats big freeze

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about a rather interesting challenge the trust’s engineers had to deal with last weekend when the big freeze hit the UK.

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Two great events coming up from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust!

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about a couple of events the local canal restoration project are holding in the coming weeks, a quiz night on Saturday 17th March 2018 and a guided walk of the Summerhill section on Saturday 21st April 2018.

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Could you help restore a lost, local canal?

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the progress they’re making, and to send out an appeal for volunteers to help push the restoration forward.
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New year quiz 2018 – come on, have a go if you’re up for it!

Hey folks, a little later than hoped it’s the 2018 Brownhills Blog New Year Quiz – and don’t forget the photo competition is also running alongside, and similarly has beer and book prizes to be won! 

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Break in last night at Pelsall Road stables – did you see anything?

An appeal reaches me from Stevie Ansell who runs the riding stables on Pelsall Road, Brownhills – between Thursday night and this morning (overnight 4-5th January 2017), a break-in took place at the yard.

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New year quiz 2018 – get stuck in!

Hey folks, a little later than hoped it’s the 2018 Brownhills Blog New Year Quiz – and don’t forget the photo competition is also running alongside, and similarly has beer and book prizes to be won! 
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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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Carols by the canal – and memories of great friends

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding a carol evening at their Fosseway Nature Reserve site, just off Falkland Road, Lichfield on Saturday 16 December 2017 from 7-9pm and all are welcome.

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Coppice Lane stables raided – can you help?

This is an important appeal for information regarding a burglary that took place overnight, in the early hours of Tuesday, 5th December 2017 at Stevie Ansell’s riding school premises at Coppice Lane/Engine Lane, Brownhills.

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

This is just a quick note to warn people given to exploring the open spaces of the area that over the next 8-10 weeks or so the deer population will be getting amorous – it’s rutting time for our large brown friends, and that means one thing: the heaths around Brownhills, Clayhanger, Pelsall and Chasewater in particular are likely to be host to rather grumpy, aggressive stags guarding their female harems.

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