Category Archives: Environment

Bogus callers: Please help keep them out!

With recent incidents in Brownhills and Coalpool in the past few weeks where elderly people have had money stolen by bogus callers, or have been conned out of cash by people posing as workers, this warning from West Midlands Police … Continue reading

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Don’t miss this Winter Craft, Gift and Food Festival this coming Sunday at the Lamp, Brownhills!

Old pal of the blog Laura Tucker has been in touch to let me know that she’s organised a lovely Winter Craft, Gift and Food Festival, which will take place this Sunday, 18th November 2018 at the Lamp Arts Space … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust November 2018 public meeting this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station – a great historic building with immense history and social significance – not just to Lichfield, but to the Black Country. Lichfield Discovered and local historian Dave Moore have saved this valuable asset for the community. Sandfields Pumping … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood Remembrance Sunday 2018 pictures

The young David Evans yesterday (Sunday, 11th November 2018) went to his local Remembrance event in Walsall Wood and sent in a wonderful gallery of images to mark this most sombre of  days. It was a lovely afternoon, and The … Continue reading

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Victorious Wood send Normanton south

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 10th November 2018), Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Derbyshire club Normanton Town Athletic at Oak Park, and in an entertaining, gripping match the Woodmen sent the visitors home defeated one nil – but the Woodmen really had to … Continue reading

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

Get down to Oak Park for some great community and excellent sport! Image kindly supplied by the young David Evans. Saturday 10th November 2018 Walsall Wood FC at home to South Normanton Athletic FC As befits Remembrance Weekend, there will be … Continue reading

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Details of 2018 local Remembrance events – live list

This post is pinned to the top until Sunday – new material will appear below. Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance events, I can again share with readers a list of local Remembrance services taking … Continue reading

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See you up the Poppy Road?

Here’s a heads up for something remarkable I was planning to visit last weekend, but sadly tragic events took over – I will however be visiting in the coming days, and I commend all to go and see this remarkable … Continue reading

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Dronfield defeated leave Wood’s field of dreams

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 3rd November 2018), Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Derbyshire club Dronfield Town at Oak Park, and in an entertaining, gripping match the Woodmen sent the visitors home defeated, three goals to one. David Evans was there to enjoy … Continue reading

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Warning: Attempted break in to occupied house in Shire Oak

A warning here for readers of the blog throughout the area, but particularly in the Shire Oak and Walsall Wood area, where on the early hours of Wednesday 1st November 2018 a resident of Shire Oak suffered an attempted break … Continue reading

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Bonfire and Fireworks at Hammerwich this evening, and Walsall Wood FC on Sunday!

Two firework and bonfire events this weekend – one in Hammerwich this evening (Saturday 3rd November 2018) and the one tomorrow evening at Walsall Wood FC (Sunday 4th November 2018) – both events are always a great night out and … Continue reading

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Don’t miss Walsall Wood at home Dronfield Town FC this afternoon!

Get down to Oak Park for some great community and excellent sport! Image kindly supplied by the young David Evans. Saturday 3rd November 2018 Walsall Wood FC at home to Dronfield Town FC Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be … Continue reading

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Elderly Brownhills couple menaced into handing over cash by bogus workman

Awful news reaches me of a bogus caller menacing and elderly couple into giving him cash for utterly false work in the Whitehorse Road/Howdles Lane area of Brownhills, that took place Tuesday, 30th October 2018. A bogus caller has been … Continue reading

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Bonfire and Fireworks at Walsall Wood FC this coming Sunday evening!

If you’re at a loose end on Sunday evening (4th November 2018), or are looking for a good firework party to take the kids to, there’s a great event at the Walsall Wood Football Club Ground, Oak Park, Walsall Wood  kicking … Continue reading

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Wood eleven leave Long Eaton beaten

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 27th October 2018), Walsall Wood F.C. braved the cold to visit Long Eaton at Grange Park, Leicestershire, and came home with a solid two-nil win.  David Evans was there to enjoy the match, and wrote: Images and … Continue reading

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Holland Park 2018 bonfire and fireworks: This evening!

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 tonight Saturday, … Continue reading

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Urgent appeal: Do you know of a band that could support the Brownhills Remembrance Parade?

Wendy Dance, Treasurer of the Brownhills branch of the Royal British Legion has been in touch to ask if anyone knows a military band that might be available to play in the Brownhills 2018 Remembrance Sunday Parade? Image of the … Continue reading

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Man mugged in Brownhills: Did you see anything?

It seems the crime news doesn’t abate at the moment andI do hope this bad patch passes soon – on Monday night I was made aware that last Sunday evening (21st October 2018) a local man was mugged and severely … Continue reading

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Wood meet Quorn substitutes in Oak Park roast

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 21st October 2018), Walsall Wood F.C. faced Quorn F.C. at Oak Park, and I’m pleased to say Walsall Wood again won in a fast paced game with lots of action. David Evans worte: Images and captions kindly … Continue reading

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It’s getting better – Wood fortunes improve with wins away

A belated Walsall Wood football roundup here for the Wood faithful -Tuesday last (16th October 2018) Walsall Wood FC’s fortunes continued to improve when they beat Boldmere at Sutton following a three-nil win at Smethwick Rangers FC the Saturday before – … Continue reading

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Will Walsall Wood roast Quorn?

Saturday 20th October 2018 The Wood are at home! Can the boys from The Wood beat Quorn FC? Kick off is 3:00pm Come along and support the local lads Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood! Visit Walsall … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe – get together to get things fixed this Saturday!

What a fantastic idea this is! Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with the wonderful Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which continues it’s regular run at … Continue reading

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2018 Autumn Leaves Running Day at Aldridge Transport Museum this Sunday

This Sunday 21st October 2018 it’s the annual ‘Autumn Leaves’ running day at Aldridge Transport Museum, when you can ride vintage and classic busses free, and browse stalls, the museum – and visit Chasewater in style! It’s £5 entry for … Continue reading

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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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BRD days – a 149 page history for you to explore

A few weeks ago I promised a treat for those who were interested in the history of the BRD company in Aldridge – many readers will have worked or had relatives that did in the huge, sprawling engineering company the … Continue reading

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Police seek man following knifepoint betting shop robbery in Brownhills

Can you identify this lads please? If so, Police would love to hear from you. Image posted on Social Media by West Midlands Police. This morning (Saturday, 13th October 2018) police in Walsall issued the above image of a man … Continue reading

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The First Cut and a musical history…

Folk band the Light Side, who will be performing at Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s Autumn Show. Image from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust have … 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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Great news everyone – Matthew Lawley found safe and well

Matthew Lawley now safe and well. Image posted on social media by Danielle Lawley. Great news folks – Matthew Lawley who was missing from home in Walsall Wood over the weekend has been found safe and well. I’d like to … Continue reading

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Woodmen bested by Wulfs in late penalty shocker

Tuesday last (17th January 2016), the Woodmen faced AFC Wulfrunians at Oak Park, and sadly, were met with another resounding defeat.It’s all change down at Walsall Wood FC’s Oak Park ground, where there’s a new team manager in Darren Byfield, and the faithful … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway Coal Train event all this weekend

Who doesn’t fondly remember the coal trains rumbling through Brownhills? Your chance to stir a few memories… 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) … Continue reading

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Don’t miss Walsall Wood at home to AFC Wulfrunians this afternoon!

Saturday 6th October 2018 Walsall Wood FC at home to AFC Wulfrunians Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes – for Darren Byfield’s first match as the Wood’s new manager! 3:00pm kickoff Please come and … 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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Lichfield Waterworks Trust October 2018 public meeting this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station – a great historic building with immense history and social significance – not just to Lichfield, but to the Black Country. Lichfield Discovered and local historian Dave Moore have saved this valuable asset for the community. Sandfields Pumping … Continue reading

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Phoebe James found safe and well – thank you all

Images posted on social media by the James family Great news just in – missing teenager Phoebe James from Burntwood has been found safe and well.Liz James, Phoebe’s mum, posted in the last few minutes: ****update****By the power of Facebook … Continue reading

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Worcester source of Woodmen’s woes – plus an important announcement

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans. A fine autumn Saturday afternoon yesterday (29th September 2018) saw Walsall Wood FC lose to Oak Park visitors Worcester City in an entertaining match that frustrated blog football reporter David … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood play Worcester City this afternoon at Oak Park

Walsall Wood FC have a great reputation for entertaining football, and a keen, loyal and friendly bunch of supporters! Come join in the fun and see some cracking football. Saturday 29th September 2018 Walsall Wood FC at home to Worcester City … Continue reading

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

MacMillan are a hugely important charity to me. John Fogarty from Brownhills Community Association has been in touch to point out they have an event planned this Saturday 29th September 2018 as part of the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning … Continue reading

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Woodmen fight Coventry United for a well-earned win

Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans Walsall Wood FC were at home to Coventry United yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 22nd September 2018, and much to the delight of the faithful, they Woodmen pulled off a hard-fought win. Footage of the match highlights … Continue reading

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Woodmen give it five to send Uttoxeter home defeated

Pictures and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans. Yesterday evening (Tuesday 18th September 2018) Walsall Wood FC faced down weekend away rivals Uttoxeter Town who had, on the previous Saturday held Wood to a two-all draw. I’m pleased … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood at home to Uttoxeter this evening

Can The Wood beat Uttoxeter on home turf? Tuesday 18th September 2018 Walsall Wood FC at home to Uttoxeter Town FC Don’t break your Wood vows be there  at Oak Park tonight and be faithful to your local heroes 7:45pm kickoff Please … Continue reading

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Meet you local coppers in Brownhills this morning!

A great way to get to know your local policing team Sorry for the late notice, but there’s another local police pop-up event this morning Tuesday 18th September 2018 where you can meet the local policing team and discuss issues … Continue reading

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Woodmen washed out by Cleethorpes wave, but dig in against Uttoxeter

Pictures and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans. A bit of a football special this week – a couple of reports and some orphaned footage I couldn’t fit in elsewhere: David Evans covered the Uttoxeter match and his … 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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Working at the BRD – a couple of photos, a magazine… and a treat in store

The crankshaft works at the BRD, Aldridge in full production. These crankshafts will have gone to many local vehicle manufacturers of the day. Image from a source to be revealed. A treat coming for those interested in recent industrial history … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away against Uttoxeter this afternoon

Saturday 15th September 2018 Walsall Wood FC away to Uttoxeter Town FC Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes Note the slightly later than usual 3:15pm kickoff Please come and get behind your local club For The Good Of … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe – get together to get things fixed this Saturday!

What a fantastic idea this is! Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with the wonderful Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which starts a regular run at … Continue reading

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Local canal restoration volunteers celebrate 30 years of progress

Guests at Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s 30thanniversary celebration barbecue watch on as chairperson Christine Bull introduces the three remaining Trust founders, Phil Sharpe, Eric Wood and Dennis Cooper Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been … 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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