Category Archives: Fun stuff to see and do

Changing times on the canal: Local waterways in the 80s

Finally today for Sunday evening after a lovely day, what better to browse Tham the next gallery from the wonderful Gerald Reece collection, kindly supplied by the great local historian himself, and beautifuly scanned by the wonderful David Evans for … Continue reading

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Wood dominate Coventry, defeat Dunkirk and stuff Stourport

Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans Walsall Wood FC were at home to Coventry Sphinx yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 24th March 2019), and won somewhat resoundly, continuing this seasons run of general good form. This match leaves Wood second in the … Continue reading

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When Brownhills went off the rails

Since it’s Saturday and I’m very busy with work matters, I thought I’d feature the next gallery from the wonderful Gerald Reece collection, kindly supplied by the great local historian himself, and beautifuly scanned by the wonderful David Evans for … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood face Coventry Sphinx at Oak Park this afternoon

Saturday 23rd March 2019 The Wood are at home to Coventry Sphinx! Come watch the lads at Oak Park! Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood! Check out Walsall Wood FC’s website … Continue reading

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Models at the museum 2019 – a great event happening this Sunday

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a ‘Models at the Museum’ event this Sunday, 24th March 2019 – It runs from 10:00am until 4:00pm and should be just the thing for … Continue reading

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The Court of Sir Gerald and the crimefighting oss

Well, since it’s a miserable Saturday here in the Hills I thought I’d feature another gallery from the selection of wonderful photos donated to the blog by noted Brownhills historian Gerald Reece – and this set of Ravens Court is … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe – get together and get things fixed this afternoon!

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 afternoon (Saturday 16th March 2019) at … Continue reading

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Soultime – Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie and pals this evening!

The inimitable soul DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing his regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this evening, 15th March 2019 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of great … Continue reading

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Concerned about local crime issues? Meeting this Wednesday in Rushall

In light of recent events, there’s a very interesting meeting taking place at 7:30pm next Wednesday, 20th March 2019 – that of Rushall, Sheffield, Pelsall and Brownhills Neighbourhood Watch – and there’s a specific invitation to Brownhills residents. The meeting … Continue reading

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Laying some pipe

Thanks again to the continued treasure trove that is the local historian Gerald Reece and his astounding photo collection, I can now shed light on something that’s made me wonder for years – the arrangements for the modern overflow system … 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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Walsall Wood FC v Dunkirk away this afternoon!

Saturday 9th March 2019 Walsall Wood travel to Nottingham Walsall Wood v Dunkirk Ron Steel Sports Ground Lenton Lane Nottingham Nottinghamshire NG7 2SA  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes 3:00pm kickoff Please get behind your … Continue reading

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We’m gooin up Norton Pewul!

In the last few days there has been a lot of interest in the subject of Chasewater in the old days – when Brownhills Urban District Council ran it as an amusement park, which was sadly, ultimately unsuccessful. Many of … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust March 2019 public meeting next Monday

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that next Monday evening, 11th March 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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The lost Brownhills tramway: Did they give a dam?

The mystery over the long lost tramway that is thought to have followed the route of The Parade over Brownhills Common in the 1800s continues today, as I feature another article from Ian Pell, who’s really got stuck in to … Continue reading

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The bridges of Brownhills county…

Lately, I’ve been featuring a selection of wonderful photos from the collection of well-respected Brownhills historian Gerald Reece, which he’s kindly allowed David Evans to scan and share with readers here on the blog. Earlier this week, we featured a … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Stourport Swifts this afternoon!

This afternoon, Saturday 2nd March 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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Under the bridge

Another quick one from the huge number of images generously donated to the blog by Sir Gerald of Reece recently, and this time we have an image of somewhere familiar to all of us, but I bet the folk from … Continue reading

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Woodmen prove the equal of Westfields

Yesterday afternoon (23rd February 2019), Walsall Wood F.C. finally had a match at home following a few weeks away, having a looser schedule this year to help cover any bad weather. The Woodmen held their own against Hereford’s Westfields, coming away … Continue reading

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Finally a match: Walsall Wood FC at home to Westfields this afternoon!

Saturday 23rd February 2019 After weeks without a home match, the boys are back in town – and what’s more it’s a crunch league match! The Wood are at home! Walsall Wood FC versus Westfields Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match … Continue reading

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Soultime – Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie and pals tonight!

Late notice from Leekie, but he’s been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing his semi-regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this evening, 22nd February 2019 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of great … Continue reading

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Voices from the past: Our part in making cholera history

A lovely video podcast has been sent to me by Dave Moore of Lichfield Waterworks Trust about the pumping station in Lichfield that many people are surprised to discover, fed the Black Country with water for nearly a century. The … Continue reading

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Close to the wall – but where?

A quick mystery for a Saturday: This image was found in the whole wedge of stuff generously donated to the blog by Sir Gerald of Reece recently, and the young David Evans is very puzzled by it. I’ll be honest, … Continue reading

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Don’t miss Walsall Wood away at South Normanton Athletic this afternoon!

Saturday 16h February 2019 After a two-week break in the schedule to allow for bad weather… Walsall Wood FC away 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 … Continue reading

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Buses by Night 2019 – great local event on this Saturday!

This Saturday afternoon and evening (16th February 2019) there’s a great, innovative event taking place at Aldridge Transport Museum just off Northgate – Buses by Night, which is your chance to ride on some great old vehicles and see the local sights and … Continue reading

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The Brownhills tramway to nowhere – a railway expert writes

I always love expanding railway and related threads here on the blog – and it’s always great to hear from local railway historian and expert Ian Pell, this time on the matter of  the lost and somewhat mysterious tramway that is said tohave run close … Continue reading

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Chasewater – what of the far pavilion?

An image has been sent to me by a reader this week they tell me they’ve found on internet auction site eBid, but I can’t locate the sale: It’s a fascinating picture of Chasewater before it was developed, so it … Continue reading

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Oh brave new world

One of the most loved and respected contributors to the Brownhills Blog is the great Reg ‘Aer Reg’ Fullelove, historian, commenter, author, poet and honorary Grandfather of the blog. Reg regularly digs out stuff for the blog, and it’s with … Continue reading

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Meet your local coppers in Brownhills this afternoon!

Sorry for the late notice, but there’s another local police pop-up event this afternoon Saturday 2nd February 2019 where you can meet the local policing team and discuss issues that are important to you. It takes place in Brownhills Library, … Continue reading

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Live Yoghurt!

Regular readers will no doubt remember that I ran a special appeal here a few weeks ago for Jack McCreath who wanted to get in touch with former band-mates Gerald Reece and Bernard Howdle – they were in a folk … Continue reading

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Can you help tell the story of a local historian please?

I have an enquiry in here from old friend of the blog Peter Chadbund who’s long had an interest in the life, times and work of respected Norton Canes local historian and writer Jack Harrison. Jack wrote the sought after … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC at home against The Mikes this afternoon!

Today, Saturday 26th January 2019 The Wood are at home, entertaining The Mikes! Walsall Wood FC versus Boldmere St Michaels FC Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood!  Oak Park, Lichfield Road, Walsall … Continue reading

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Here’s something for the kids to do late this afternoon in Clayhanger…

Lisa Taylor, one of the people who work hard to keep Clayhanger Community Centre a vital and well-loved resource for the village has been in touch to point out there’s children’s yoga on there late this afternoon (Saturday 19th January … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe – 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 (19th January 2019) at Curborough … Continue reading

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Soultime – Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie and pals this Friday!

Local DJ Peter Leek has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing his semi-regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this Friday, 18th January 2019 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of great soul … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood Scouts move home – and you can still join the adventure!

David Evans has been in touch to tell me that the 1st Walsall Wood Scout Group, run by old friend of the blog Lee Bragginton has now moved into their new home – the former youth club building in the … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Worcester City this afternoon

Saturday 12th January 2019 Walsall Wood FC away to Worcester City in a big-name match! The Victoria Ground, Birmingham Road, BromsgroveWorcestershire B61 0DR 3:00pm kickoff Please come and get behind your local club For The Good Of The Wood! Check out the club … 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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Lichfield Waterworks Trust January 2019 public meeting next Monday

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that next Monday evening, 14th January 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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Images from up the cut

Last week I spent a fascinating (and rather frustrating) evening delving through the Canal and River Trust photo archive, which is always a curate’s egg: Whilst there are many stunning images (and many more waiting to be found) the cataloguing … Continue reading

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Woodmen away at AFC Wulfrunians this afternoon!

Today, Saturday 5th January 2018 Walsall Wood FC face AFC Wulfrunians away at Castlecroft. CKW Stadium, Castlecroft Road, Castlecroft Wolverhampton WV3 8NA Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the good of The Wood! Visit the Walsall Wood FC club website … Continue reading

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Remember Yoghourt? Looking to contact Gerald Reece and Bernard Howdle please

Hello folks – have a special appeal here to get in touch with Gerald Reece and Bernard Howdle – their old bandmate Jack McCreath is looking to get in touch again and recall the old days. Gerald Reece is of … Continue reading

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Cutha and the crest

Well, it seems we’re no nearer finding any documentary evidence for Saxon King Cutha being buried at Catshill or indeed anything for a ‘Battle of Shire Oak’ as posited by those adopting the Brownhills Urban District Council seal, as described … Continue reading

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Woodmen give Long Eaton short shrift

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 29th December 2018), Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Long Eaton United at home – and the visitors left defeated by some margin. David Evans was there to enjoy the match, and wrote: Images and captions kindly supplied by … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood face Long Eaton at Oak Park this afternoon

Saturday 29th December 2018 Walsall Wood versus Long Eaton United Come shake off the post-Christmas blues and watch the lads at Oak Park for a great afternoon of football Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Lye this afternoon for Boxing Day soccer action!

Boxing Day, 26th December 2018 The Wood are away to Lye town! Come see if the lads can pull off a festive cracker Sports Ground, Stourbridge Road, Lye, DY9 7DH Kick off is 3:00pm For the Good of the Wood! … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC v Highgate United at home this afternoon

Saturday 22nd December 2018 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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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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Walsall Wood FC away at Quorn this afternoon!

Saturday 15th December 2018 The Wood are away at Quorn! Farley way, Quorn LE12 8RB Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow! For the Good of the Wood! Visit Walsall Wood FC’s website here

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Christmas market at Chasewater Railway this Saturday!

I notice that this Saturday 15th December 2018, there’s a rather fun looking Christmas Market being staged at Chasewater Railway. The market runs from 10am until 5pm at Brownhills West Station (Use the Chasewater main entrance from the A5 and … Continue reading

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