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Pictures and video from Brownhills 2019 Remembrance Sunday

Yesterday, Sunday 10th November 2019 saw the annual marking of Remembrance Day in the UK and I’m pleased to say Walsall and South Staffordshire did themselves and the fallen proud and staged a whole range of parades and events that … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood Remembrance Sunday 2019 pictures

The young David Evans yesterday (Sunday, 10th November 2019) went to his local Remembrance event in Walsall Wood and sent in a wonderful gallery of images to mark this most sombre of  days. And as always Lee Bragginton of Walsall Wood … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust November 2019 public meeting takes place this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 11th November 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Details of 2019 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. Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance … Continue reading

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Police appeal following hit and run in Lindon Road

As many of you will know, there has been a hit and run road traffic collision on the Brownhills -Walsall Wood border at Lindon Road by the old Wheel Inn yesterday evening  (4th November 2019) at around 7:30pm. A man … Continue reading

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2019 local Remembrance events – still making a list – can you help please?

This is just a quick request for help – in past years, we have crowdsourced from readers a list of local Remembrance parades and events taking place throughout the area, that was popular and useful to many of the readership. A … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC bonfire and fireworks event this evening

If you’re looking for an a great, family focussed and fun bonfire party, here’s a great event this evening (Sunday 3rd November 2019) at the Walsall Wood Football Club Ground, Oak Park, Walsall Wood, kicking off at 5:00pm. 🎇🔥BONFIRE NIGHT AT … Continue reading

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MATCH OFF! Walsall Wood at home to Uttoxeter this afternoon

Sadly called off due to poor weather GAME OFF Folks sorry@UttoxeterTownFC @TheWoodTV @sy968 @BrownhillsBob — Walsall Wood FC (@WalsallWoodFC) November 2, 2019 Walsall Wood’s famous stand and the hearty welcome the club is famous for.Image kindly supplied by David Evans.1 … Continue reading

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Bogus gardeners still operating in Brownhills – be vigilant

Reader Andy from Shire Oak has been in touch who is very concerned and upset that his mother has been again conned by bogus ‘gardeners’ who claimed to have undertaken gardening for her and then charged an extortionate fee. Andy said: … Continue reading

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Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular at Hammerwich Cricket Club this Saturday

Quite a few bonfire events this weekend – one of them being the legendary Hammerwich  Cricket Club Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular. It takes place on Saturday evening 2nd November 2019 and is always a great night out and the weather … Continue reading

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Coming soon – Aldridge fireworks event!

  Another fireworks event coming up next weekend that looks a much better value affair than Walsall Council’s gigs this year will be taking place next Saturday 2nd November 2019 at Aldridge Stick and Wicket Club, The Green, Aldridge. Gates … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Stourport Swifts this afternoon!

This afternoon, Saturday 26th October 2019 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 Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of … Continue reading

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2019 local Remembrance events – let’s make a list – can you help please?

This is just a quick request for help – in past years, we have crowdsourced from readers a list of local Remembrance parades and events taking place throughout the area, that was popular and useful to many of the readership. I’d … Continue reading

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Details of Walsall Wood FC bonfire and fireworks event now available!

If you’re looking for an alternative to the frankly extortionate Walsall Council bonfire and fireworks event at Holland Park this year, there’s a great event at the Walsall Wood Football Club Ground, Oak Park, Walsall Wood on Sunday 3rd November … Continue reading

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When Amy Turtle silenced the skinheads at Chasewater

You all know I’m fascinated by Chasewater and it’s history – but there’s a period of history that’s not too well documented or understood, and is full of myth and foggy reality: The Amusement Park era from the 60s.  At … Continue reading

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Can we solve the mystery of an old Ogley Hay influencer from the 60s?

A quick enquiry here from reader Ray who yesterday sent me in this headscratcher of a question which seems ideal for a Sunday. He wrote: Hi Bob I was hoping you may have information that can help me out. Whilst … Continue reading

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Woodmen fight hard to send Leicester up the road in last minute nailbiter

Photos kindly supplied by Simon Evans Walsall Wood FC last weekend (Saturday 12th September 2019) ventured out to Leicester Road FC, hopefully to continue their unbeaten run – but the Leicester lads had other ideas, and a spirited, nailbiting match … Continue reading

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2019 Autumn Leaves Running Day at Aldridge Transport Museum this Sunday

  This Sunday 20th October 2019 it’s the annual ‘Autumn Leaves’ running day at Aldridge Transport Museum, when you can ride vintage and classic busses for free, browse stalls, admire classic and vintage cars, explore the museum – and visit … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe October meet up – get together and get things fixed this Saturday!

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with the excellent Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which continues it’s regular residency this Saturday afternoon (Saturday 19th October 2019) … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust October 2019 public meeting takes place this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 14th September 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC away to Leicester Road FC this afternoon

Saturday 12th October 2019 Walsall Wood FC v Leicester Road FC Leicester Rd, Leics, LE10 3DR  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes Kickoff 3pm Please come and get behind your local club For The … Continue reading

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Important appeal: Did you know Kate Pugh from Stafford?

This is one of those requests that pops up from time to time, and I really hope readers can help. Reader Kevin Patrice has contacted me to try and get in contact with a lady called Kate Pugh, following a … Continue reading

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Details of Walsall Council’s park bonfire events for 2019

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, 26th October 2019. Other … Continue reading

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Highly polished Wood gives Tividale the slip

Pictures and captions kindly supplied by David Evans Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 5th October 2019) Walsall Wood were again at home – and entertained visitors Tividale at Oak Park. Following a good sporting match, Wood emerged the victors cementing their run … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood at home to Tividale this afternoon!

Saturday 5th October 2019 The Wood are at home! Can they continue their unbeaten run? Walsall Wood FC versus Tividale FC Kickoff at 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood! Check out Walsall Wood FC’s … Continue reading

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It’s nearly time for musical mayhem – only a few tickets left!

I’ve been contacted by the Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer who’s asked me to let you all know that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a Night of Musical Mayhem with the Aldridge Ukulele Band … Continue reading

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Remembrance: An important question from John Bird

I had an email in a couple of weeks ago now from John Bird, a respected member of the Brownhills British Legion and old friend of the blog. John is not known for mincing his words, and has posed an … Continue reading

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Mines, canals, railways and other mysteries: A local photo gallery mystery tour

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Woodmen fail to give Highgate the elbow

Photos and captions very kindly supplied by the young David Evans.  Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 28th September 2019) Walsall Wood were visited by Highgate United, who held the Woodmen to a one-all draw in a somewhat intemperate game. David Evans was … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC v Highgate United at home this afternoon

Saturday 28th September 2019 Time for some great football at Oak Park! Walsall Wood v Highgate United  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes Kickoff 3pm Please come and get behind your local club For … Continue reading

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Two sugars please: join the Macmillan 2019 World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this Saturday in Brownhills!

John Fogarty from Brownhills Community Association has been in touch to point out they have an event planned this Saturday 28th September 2019 as part of the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning campaign. Their Coffee Morning will take place at … Continue reading

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Wood neutralise Normanton

Last Saturday, 21st September 2018), Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Derbyshire club South Normanton Athletic at Oak Park, and in an entertaining, gripping match the Woodmen sent the visitors home roundly defeated five nil. David Evans was there to enjoy the … 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 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. The above excellent video is a fallow deer … Continue reading

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Fancy some musical mayhem? Have fun and Back The Track!

I’ve been contacted by the Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer who’s asked me to let you all know that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a Night of Musical Mayhem with the Aldridge Ukulele Band … Continue reading

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

Saturday 21st September 2019 Walsall Wood FC at home to South Normanton Athletic FC Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes! 3:00pm kickoff Please come and get behind your local club For The Good … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe September meet up – get together, celebrate and get things fixed this Saturday!

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with the excellent Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which continues it’s regular residency this Saturday afternoon (Saturday 21st September 2019) … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill is open this Sunday for the last open day of 2019

There’s a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (22nd September 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday for the last open day of 2019. I can heartily recommend the place – … Continue reading

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Get set for Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge 2019 Canal Heritage Gathering next weekend!

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 21-22nd September 2019, and takes place at Huddlesford, near Lichfield. There will be boats, vintage and classic … Continue reading

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Woodmen make Swift work of stomping Stourport

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans. My apologies to readers – busy weekend and very much behind at the moment – should catch up in coming days. Apologies – Bob Walsall Wood FC were on stonking … Continue reading

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Gerald Reece’s Chasewater in the 1960s

I thought I’d continue sharing the hugely popular recent run of archive images today and the real treat from the immense Gerald Reece collection this weekend consists of some rather special, but austere-looking shots of Chasewater, I’d say in it’s … Continue reading

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Chapel and church, a gallery…

I’m continuing to share the Gerald Reece photos (and it’s really hard to spin them out but there’s some astounding stuff in the queue, let me assure you!) and today there’s a small gallery of images of local places of … Continue reading

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Bogus caller claiming to be from British Gas operating in Brownhills – Beware!

There’s been a fair few reports surfaced in the past few days of a bogus caller operating in the Brownhills area last Thursday (5th September 2019), saying he’s from British Gas telling householders he’s signing them up for smart meters. … Continue reading

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Just a fortnight to go until Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge 2019 Canal Heritage Gathering!

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 21-22nd September 2019, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield. There will be boats, … Continue reading

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Fancy a 1940s themed tea this Saturday?

Mmmm. Cake! Image supplied by Vicky Tugby. Just a quick headsup for folk who might be interested in a lovely 1940s themed tea and social event being organised by those wonderful folk at Brownhills West Community Centre this Saturday 7th … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust September 2019 public meeting takes place next Monday evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 9th September 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Gerald Reece’s world of lost pubs and watering holes…

Here’s yet another photo treat for folk who remember the 70s, 80s and 90s in Brownhills – David Evans met up with the wonderful Gerald Reece on his 80th birthday walk a couple of weeks ago and Gerald shared some … Continue reading

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Woodmen battle hard for draw with an unpliable Lye

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 31st August 2019) Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Lye Town at Walsall Wood. A tense, nail-biting match full of drama that the young David Evans watched keenly to see the two teams draw in a six goal match … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill – Step back in time to the 1940’s today!

New Hall Mill is a splendid place, restored and run by wonderfully dedicated volunteers. Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today, Bank Holiday Monday (26th August 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… It’s New Hall Mill’s 1940s event! … Continue reading

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The Royal British Legion are here to help – but need our help too!

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. I owe an apology … Continue reading

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Changing times and changing places

Here’s yet another photo treat for folk who remember the 70s, 80s and 90s in Brownhills – David Evans met up with the wonderful Gerald Reece on his 80th birthday walk a couple of weeks ago and Gerald shared some … Continue reading

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