Category Archives: Fun stuff to see and do

All aboard – for the reopening of a local treasure!

I’m pleased to be able to gradually announce the reopening of local attractions and facilities as they happen, following closures for the pandemic response – and how strange it is to type that even still! One of the most welcome … Continue reading

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Beware – bike theft is a growing problem locally

It’s time, I’m very much afraid, to issue another warning – theft of bikes and ebikes in the Brownhills and wider Walsall area continues to escalate in the wake of the bike boom and  general retail shortage of new machines … Continue reading

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Beware – bike thefts from garages and sheds occurring locally again

It’s time, I’m very much afraid, to issue another warning – it seems local burglars are at it again – In the last few weeks there have been a number of break-ins to sheds and outbuildings in the Brownhills and wider Walsall … Continue reading

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I live where it’s grey: A mystery image surfaces

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The demolition of a much loved local

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Time to be careful around the local deer, please…

I need to alert readers if possible to the issue of the local deer population at the moment, many of whom will be giving birth or nurturing this season’s young – last year a concerned local came across a newly … Continue reading

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A further sad update from New Hall Mill

Yesterday, I had another sad update from Alan Dawson about New Hall Mill, that fabulous historic gem of a working watermill just down the road near Sutton Coldfield. Regular readers will know well I always plug their events and am … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust April news update

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to share the latest newsletter of  the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group. In the current pandemic, the trust has had to … Continue reading

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A coin of some value

A great spot on eBay here for folks into local church history. Most of you will know that Walsall Wood Church of St John is older than Brownhills, which was ex-parochial until St James’ was constructed in 1850. Walsall Wood … Continue reading

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A sad but timely message from New Hall Mill

One of the incidental effects of the current pandemic (how odd it is to type those words) that is slowly dawning on me is that most of the things that I treasure about summer are unlikely to happen this year … Continue reading

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The Friends of Brownhills Common – March 2020 meeting tonight!

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting tonight, Monday 16th March 2020 of the Friends of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – please meet in … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust March 2020 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 9th March 2020 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Woodmen emerge from the deep to sink Newark

Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans Walsall Wood FC yesterday (Saturday 7th March 2020) got in what has been a very rare thing so far this year – a match at home, on a Saturday afternoon. With an … Continue reading

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Finally some Saturday football at Oak Park: Walsall Wood at home to Newark Flowserve this afternoon

Saturday 7th March 2020 Providing there’s no sudden deluge, Oak Park will see it’s first Saturday home match in quite a while! Walsall Wood FC at home to Newark Flowserve FC Kickoff 3pm Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be … Continue reading

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Buses by Night 2020 – a great local event on this Saturday!

This Saturday afternoon and evening (7th March 2020) 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 … Continue reading

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Fancy some Northern Soul and Motown? Aldridge is the place this Friday!

DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing with his superb Northern Soul and Motown set this Friday evening 6th March 2020 at Aldridge Social Club from 8pm until late. I’ve yet to meet anyone … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust need volunteers – can you help save a great piece of history?

I know lots of you are looking for interesting volunteering opportunities locally – and here’s a fun one for people with a whole range of skills – helping to save Sandfields Pumping Station in Lichfield and turn it into a … Continue reading

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Got a little one? Would you like a stroll in the park this Monday morning?

I’ve always supported the wonderful parent and toddler walking and social group that took place weekly at Chasewater – Chasewater Strollers, which grew via the human dynamo of Esther Allen and others into the wonderful Spark movement in Burntwood – well, the … Continue reading

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

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 Friday evening, 28th February 2020 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of … Continue reading

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Got a little one? Fancy a stroll in the park this Monday morning?

I’ve always supported the wonderful parent and toddler walking and social group that took place weekly at Chasewater – Chasewater Strollers, which grew via the human dynamo of Esther Allen and others into the wonderful Spark movement in Burntwood – well, the … Continue reading

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Brownhills in the mid-1990s: A miscellany

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There’s a lovely coffee concert this afternoon in Brownhills!

Friend of the blog Chris Booth has been in touch to let me know about a rather nice Coffee Concert that’s due to take place this afternoon (Saturday 15th February 2020) at the Silver Street Methodist Church in Brownhills, featuring … Continue reading

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SORRY MATCH OFF DUE TO WEATHER!

Saturday 15th February 2020 Walsall Wood FC away to South Normanton Athletic FC In light of storm Dennis, keep an eye on Walsall Wood FC’s Twitter feed to make sure the game is a goer before leaving home… Don’t break your Wood vows … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe February 2020 meet up – 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 coming Saturday afternoon (Saturday 15th February … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust February 2020 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 10 February 2020 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 away to Lye this afternoon

Saturday, 8th February 2020 The Wood are away to Lye town Come watch the lads at the Stourbridge Road ground Sports Ground, Stourbridge Road, Lye, DY9 7DH Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of … Continue reading

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Fancy some Northern Soul and Motown tonight? Aldridge is the place this Friday!

DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing with his superb Northern Soul and Motown set this Friday evening 7th February 2020 at Aldridge Social Club from 8pm until late. I’ve yet to meet anyone … Continue reading

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Got a little one? Fancy a stroll in the park?

I’ve always supported the wonderful parent and toddler walking and social group that took place weekly at Chasewater – Chasewater Strollers, which grew via the human dynamo of Esther Allen and others into the wonderful Spark movement in Burntwood – well, the … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood pipped by Coventry in last minute clincher

Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans Walsall Wood FC were at home to Coventry United yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 1st February 2020) for a game dedicated to the memory of club stalwart Ron Tranter whose passing has been deeply felt by all … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood beaten by boys from the brown stuff

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans A chilly afternoon downwind of the rather aromatic Minworth Sewage Works at Romulus FCs Castle Vale ground punished the Walsall Wood faithful yesterday (25th January 2020) as their lads were … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Romulus at Castle Vale this Saturday afternoon!

Saturday 25th January 2020 Walsall Wood are away to Castle Vale’s Romulus FC Walsall Wood F.C. v Loughborough F.C. Romulus FC, Castle Vale Stadium, Farnborough Road, Birmingham B35 7LQ Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes! 3:00pm kickoff For … Continue reading

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

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 Friday evening, 24th January 2020 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of … Continue reading

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Very much on form Woodmen see Long Eaton beaten

Images and captions supplied by the young David Evans Walsall Wood FC took the trip to Long Eaton on Saturday afternoon last (18th January 2020), and actually got a match in after weeks of weather cancellations. I’m pleased to note … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe January 2020 meet up – 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 Saturday afternoon (Saturday 18th January 2020) … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Long Eaton at Grange Park this afternoon

Saturday 18th January 2020 Walsall Wood away at Long Eaton United Grange Park, Station Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 2EF Kickoff 3:00pm For the Good of the Wood! Check out Walsall Wood FC’s website here.

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Celebrate a long life in music with the legendary Deryck Langford in Brownhills this Saturday afternoon!

Here’s a rather nice concert that’s due to take place this Saturday afternoon at the Silver Street Methodist Church in Brownhills, featuring the wonderful local musical legend Deryck Langford.   It’s happening this Saturday, 18th January 2020 at 2:30pm and … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust January 2020 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 13th January 2020 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 Woodaway to West Auckland this afternoon in FA Vase action

Saturday 11th January 2020 Walsall Wood travel all the way to County Durham for FA Vase action! West Auckland Town FC v Walsall Wood FC Wanted Stadium West Auckland Bishop Auckland Durham DL14 9AQ  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, … Continue reading

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Come support Walsall Wood FC away against Willenhall’s Sporting Khalsa this afternoon

Saturday 4th January 2019 The Wood are away – but only up the road a bit! Walsall Wood FC versus Willenhall’s Sporting Khalsa FC Kick off is 3:00pm Come see the Woodmen at the Aspray Arena, Noose Lane, Willenhall WV13 3BB For … Continue reading

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Fancy some Northern Soul and Motown tonight? Aldridge is the place this Friday!

DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing with his superb Northern Soul and Motown set this Friday evening 3rd January 2020 at Aldridge Social Club from 8pm until late. I’ve yet to meet anyone … Continue reading

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New Years Day Mince Pie Special at Chasewater Railway right now!

Bit late here but there’s an ongoing event right now at Chasewater Railway today (1st January 2020) who have their Mince Pie Special for New Years Day with a mixture of diesel and steam runnings plus all the usual favourites. … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC away at Selston MATCH OFF

Selston FC’s Parish Hall ground looks like a lovely pitch. Let’s hope it’s playable this Saturday. Image from the club. Saturday 28th December 2019 Walsall Wood travel to Nottinghamshire Walsall Wood FC v Selston FC Parish Hall, Mansfield Road, Selston, … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood – AFC Wulfrunians Boxing Day MATCH OFF

Sorry folks – Boxing Day match is OFF following pitch inspection Boxing Day 26th December 2019 Walsall Wood FC at home to AFC Wulfrunians Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes! Note the early 1:00pm … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Tividale at The Beeches this afternoon

Saturday 21st December 2019 Walsall Wood away at Tividale FC Stay tuned for results of pitch inspection! Kickoff 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood! Check out Walsall Wood FC’s website here.

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

The inimitable soul DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing a special Christmas set at his regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this coming Friday, 20th December 2019, where he and a number … Continue reading

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Meet your local police team for a chat in Brownhills this evening!

There’s a local police ‘Reassurance Session’ event coming at Brownhills Community Centre, just off the Miner Island in Brownhills this evening (Friday 13th December 2019) where you can meet the local policing team and discuss issues that are important to … Continue reading

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Free Christmas Carol Concert at Walsall Arboretum this Saturday!

I’d like to take this opportunity to plug the Carols in the Bandstand event at Walsall Arboretum, which is to be held in the beautifully refurbished park bandstand this coming Saturday afternoon 14th December 2019, from 12:00 noon. The event … Continue reading

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2019 Brownhills Christmas Tree Festival switch on tonight with events throughout the weekend!

If you fancy something to really get you in the festive Christmas spirit over the next few days, you could do little better than pay a visit to the Brownhills Methodist Church Community Christmas Tree Festival, back by popular demand for 2019 … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust December 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 9th December 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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Woodmen gored by Gresley

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans Walsall Wood FC were left licking their wounds yesterday afternoon (Saturday 7th December 2019) following a shock 3-0 defeat at the hands of Gresley FC. David Evans was there, and … Continue reading

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