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Don’t forget: The Brownhills branch of the Royal British Legion are here for help and friendship

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. The young David Evans … Continue reading

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In memoriam, Nora Brayne: Funeral details published

Friend of the blog Mick Roseblade has asked me to share the sad news that local lady Nora Brayne has passed away – Nora was well known for her work with Brownhills Scouts which she undertook with her late husband, … Continue reading

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Brownhills McDonald’s Restaurant to be new Vegetarian Brand

Interesting news reaches me  today, which I think will be very interesting to burger-lovers in Brownhills. Many of you will be aware that fast food company McDonald’s was recently given planning permission to demolish the former police station in Brownhills and build … Continue reading

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Berry interesting….

Here’s a nice one to trigger a few memories from locals, and hopefully preserve a little lost local history – do you remember going fruit picking in Stonnall back in the day? Stonnall is a village that grew prosperous on … Continue reading

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Andy Dennis, rest in peace

I’m sad to announce the terrible news to readers that Brownhills lad, planning expert, superlative local historian and narrowboater Andy Dennis, who contributed so much to this blog, has recently passed away. Andy’s cousin, Frank Dennis announced Andy’s passing on … Continue reading

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Aldi post images of likely new Brownhills development, ask for opinion

A very short post I’ve been meaning to do all weekend, but following on from the welcome news that Brownhills is very likely to lose it’s derelict 1960s shopping precinct Ravens Court under a larger brand new Aldi store, the … Continue reading

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Beware – Avian Influenza – Bird Flu – is here and affecting our wildlife

I’m sad to report that Avian Influenza – Bird Flu – has claimed the lives of several swans and geese at Chasewater and this has been confirmed by government scientists from DEFRA. There have been other deceased birds found at … Continue reading

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Unexpected development in bagging area – Aldi buy Ravens Court

Well, this is the news I though I’d never share: 12 years after my first article here about Ravens Court and the then promise of Tesco’s new gold dream that crumbled to dust, it turns out bargain supermarket chain Aldi … Continue reading

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Pictures and video from Brownhills and Walsall Wood 2021 Remembrance Sunday

Today, Sunday 14th November 2021 saw the annual marking of Remembrance Day in the UK and I’m pleased to say the local area did both themselves and the fallen proud staging a whole range of parades and events that were … Continue reading

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It’s not just about the lost, it’s about those that remain too

I normally post a wordy, slightly emotional essay on Remembrance Sunday encouraging people to think not just about the lost and suffering of the two world wars, but about the meaning of Remembrance, the forgotten conflicts like Korea and Aden, … Continue reading

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Geof Harrington’s funeral details released

Following the sad passing of respected local gentleman Geof Harrington, David Evans has kindly sent me details of the funeral arrangements to share with you all, via Geof’s old pal and writing partner, Bill Mayo. My sympathies and condolences remain … Continue reading

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Details of 2021 local Remembrance events – live list

This post is pinned to the top until Sunday – new material will appear below. Remembrance Sunday 2011 Aldridge, by Andrew Watson, posted in his Flickr photo stream. As usual in a normal year, I will try and share with … Continue reading

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The final days of 4-44 Ogley Road and Seedhouse’s Farm

Now I’m clearing some of the backlog and feeling much better, I thought it would be a good time to share some more of the remarkable images shared with David Evans by old friend of the blog, John Bird recording Brownhills … Continue reading

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Lost and found: The search for the war medals of a lost local hero

Some time ago I was proud and honoured to feature here the beautifully presented history of Richard Meanley Anson written by Desmond Burton, who was lost like so many local lads in the Battle of The Somme. Richard was Desmond’s … Continue reading

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Boys and Girls…

As I struggle to catch up with material sent in to the blog, here’s a great post for a Sunday from Pat Ward, who’s a long term reader and lady we’ve previously helped with family history matters here one the … Continue reading

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Former Shire Oak Pupils Celebrate with a 6 decade reunion!

It’s always great to hear from folks having school and workplace reunions, and I was very impressed to see the well organised and attended celebration of the first Shire Oak Grammar School intake in 1961. It was held on 4th … Continue reading

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In memoriam, Mr. Ian Pell

I have some very tragic news for blog readers that I have to share, but which has saddened me greatly: Ben Spears contacted me in the week to inform me that local rail expert and historian, many times contributor the … Continue reading

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Brownhills Canal Festival returns this weekend!

I’m so thrilled to share with you all that Brownhills Canal Festival returns this weekend for two days – today, Saturday 18th and tomorrow, Sunday 19th September 2021 – and is hosted by the wonderful Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration … Continue reading

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Brownhills Canal Festival returns for 2021 next weekend!

Due to the nature of this strange pandemic year, I’ve held off advertising this one until I’m absolutely sure it’s going ahead, but I’m so thrilled to share with you all that Brownhills Canal Festival returns next weekend for two … Continue reading

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From Toffee Roberts to Tuckleys

Hello folks – I’m still getting better and gradually catching up with things, so on this grey Bank Holiday Monday, I thought it would be a good time to share some more of the remarkable images shared with David Evans by … Continue reading

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The future was bright…

A quick one here while I prepare another post – this was inspired by Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler who spotted a different article mentioning the same firm in the British Newspaper Archive – Barbright USAM who were based on Lichfield Road … Continue reading

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Clearance – everything must go!

Well, hello everyone. Long time no post. My apologies: The ever present bad health this year has been very difficult in recent weeks, and I’ve not been able to post. My apologies. But I am backhand on the mend! Have … Continue reading

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Get some Iron, man – the 2021 Ironman triathlon hits Chasewater and South Staffordshire this Sunday

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that this Sunday (July 18th 2021), the sixth Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be staged, with a 1.2 mile early morning swim in Chasewater being amongst the highlights. Since the event consists … Continue reading

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Blind date

Here’s an article to ponder I really intended to post up yesterday, but problems of a technical nature prevented me, which was a shame as it’s a real belter. The young David Evans has been given a three page, hand … Continue reading

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On the Spot

Here’s a quick simple question for debate amongst the readership: Of late, the Young David Evans has given another talk to the children of Holy Trinity School in Clayhanger, about their local history. In the course of this talk, David … Continue reading

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Happenstance: Two tales of Brownhills Canal Heroism

In one of those somewhat odd bouts of synchronicity that often befalls this blog, this week I have stories of two canal heroes that cropped up within days of each other yet are complete unconnected, except by location. A number … Continue reading

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In the Buffs

An interesting enquiry here from old friend of the blog Bruce Littley who’s got an interesting, possibly local artefact from the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, of Buffs for short. The Buffs (who are still a fine and popular organisation) … Continue reading

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From Shire Oak to way out West: Can you help with this family history?

It’s about time we got back to some local history here, so here’s a nice one for the family historians and archive diggers for a wet spring weekend. So sorry for the lack of posts lately: I am very busy … Continue reading

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How Brownhills marked the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh

It’s always good to hear from old friend of the blog and respected elder of Brownhills, John Bird a man I’ve always respected, not just for his activities with and in support of the local Royal British Legion and Remembrance, … Continue reading

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Sandfields reopens for volunteers today!

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to share the latest news for local history enthusiasts and members of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group – Sandfields is … Continue reading

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How you can support Baby Ciaran’s family, plus details of local church support

Sorry folks very, very late with this but following the awful tragedy at the weekend in which baby Ciaran Leigh Morris lost his life following a traffic collision in Brownhills High Street, many people are asking where they can get blue … Continue reading

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Ravens Court to be demolished in ambitious redevelopment plan

Readers who have been here for a while will know that one of the recurrent and most intractable stories on the blog over the 12 years of it’s existence has been the exasperating and somewhat depressing story of Ravens Court, … Continue reading

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Ravens Court – A message from Councillor Steve Wade

A couple of weeks ago I told you to keep watching the Ravens Court situation, as it looks like something is going on. Local MP and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street have been having a big social media push on … Continue reading

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An interesting aside

Sorry folks a bit busy elsewhere at the moment, but something came to light recently I’d just like to point out to readers. In the Walsall Council Cabinet Meeting of 10th February 2021, a private session was held. This isn’t … Continue reading

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Cottage loafing…

Here’s news of a great new group on Facey for canal enthusiasts – particularly those into canal cottages. The BCN Canalside Cottages group has been created by BCN Society member and old friend of the blog Brenda Ward to try … Continue reading

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A corner of Bloxwich remembered – heavy industry in it’s prime

Here’s a great bit of reminiscence for a chilly Sunday from Martin Hughes, the chap that works so very hard to keep the Brownhills Community Centre in the local eye by publicising it’s events and facilities. Martin grew up in … Continue reading

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Distraction burglars and bogus callers operating locally: Be on your guard!

There have been several incidents locally in the last week where elderly people have had money stolen by bogus callers pretending to be from the Water Board. This warning from West Midlands Police is important – please care it with … Continue reading

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When the sound of bikes echoed across the town

A quick one for Saturday while I’m busy – a few weeks ago reader and Facebook group member Jim Wall posted some lovely period pictures of busy days at Wharf Lane Motocross Track that existed in a quarry that’s now … Continue reading

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Bogus callers preying on the elderly are about again: Be on your guard!

There have been several incidents locally in the last couple of weekss where elderly people have had money stolen by bogus callers, or have been conned out of cash by people posing as workers. In one case reported this week, … Continue reading

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May I make a correction?

An interesting mail winged its way in here a couple of weeks ago from longstanding reader Keith Jemison-Mills who was a pupil at Ogley Hay School and featured in a couple of the wonderful May Day celebration photos we’ve featured … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Stourport Swifts this afternoon!

This afternoon, Saturday 17th October 2020 The Wood are away on their travels again! Walsall Wood FC versus Stourport Swifts FC Walshes Meadow Stourport on Severn Worcestershire DY13 0AA Kickoff 3pm Strict social distancing measures to be observed! Hopefully, a match … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood play Worcester City this afternoon at Oak Park

Saturday 10th October 2020 Walsall Wood FC at home to Worcester City in a big-name match! Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes 3:00pm kickoff STRICT SOCIAL DISTANCING TO BE OBSERVED! Please come and … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood send Selston forth

Images kindly supplied by David Evans Last Tuesday evening (6th October 2020) Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Selston F.C. at Walsall Wood. A belter of a match and home victory ensued, that roving reporter the young David Evans clearly enjoyed very … Continue reading

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Woodmen take swift Lye down

Images kindly supplied by David Evans Last Tuesday evening (29th September 2020) Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Lye Town at Walsall Wood. An more even match than the final score belied, this fine game has very much impressed the young David … Continue reading

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90 years ago today: The Grove Pit Disaster

Ninety years ago today, the 1st October 1930, an underground blast killed 14 men working in a coal mine, The Grove Colliery, underneath Brownhills Common. Ten of those lost souls are buried in the Churchyard of St James, Brownhills, in … 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 I’m starting to hear stories of deer with a cob on again… The above excellent video is a fallow deer stag filmed up on Cannock Chase by reader, contributor and top friend of the blog Peter … Continue reading

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Catch a great match at Oak Park this afternoon – the Woodmen face Gresly!

Today, Saturday 19th September 202 The Wood are at home, entertaining Gresley Walsall Wood FC versus Gresley FC Kick off is 3:00pm Social distancing will be fully observed! For the Good of the Wood!  Oak Park, Lichfield Road, Walsall Wood. WS9 9NP. … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Worcester City this afternoon

Saturday 12th September 2020 Walsall Wood FC away to Worcester City in a big-name match! Worcester City FC, Claines Lane, Worcester WR3 7SS 3:00pm kickoff This is a ticket only match restricted to 300 spectators in compliance with social distancing rules – … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood beat Romulus in lively start to MFL season

Images very kindly supplied by the young David Evans A boisterous home match against Castle Bromwich team Romulus at Oak Park kicked off the 2020/21 MFL football season at Walsall Wood on Saturday (5th September 2020) and saw the visitors … Continue reading

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Great local football today! Walsall Wood at home to Romulus at Oak Park

Saturday 5th September 2020 Walsall Wood FC at home to Romulus FC Don’t break your vows be at Oak Park tonight and be faithful to your local heroes Social distancing to be observed! 3:00pm kickoff Please come and get behind your … Continue reading

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