Category Archives: Fun stuff to see and do

Brownhills Carnival procession, 1988: A huge gallery

I thought I’d continue sharing the hugely popular 80s archive images today and the real treat from the immense Gerald Reece collection this weekend consists of this set from Gerald’s collection but actually taken by his son, Gary for a … Continue reading

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2019 Walsall local election results

As is traditional here, I stayed up on local election night (Thursday 2nd May 2019) with a mug of tea and matchsticks propping up the eyelids to see how results were in notoriously knife-edge Walsall. It turns out it was … Continue reading

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The Brownhills will soon be alive with the Sound of Music!

I note that top local performers Brownhills Musical Theatre Company have their next show The Sound of Music coming up at Lichfield’s Garrick Theatre next week, and this is probably your last chance to get tickets as it’s sure to be a … Continue reading

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Lots to do at the Chase Sailing Club 2019 open day this bank holiday Monday

An interesting event is taking place this Bank Holiday weekend, Monday 6th May 2019 at Chasewater, where the Chase Sailing Club (that’s the one on the north shore) will be holding their annual open day for people to come and check … Continue reading

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Woodmen fell three teams – but just can’t scrape the league win

Catching up after a busy week or two, I’ve a couple of match reports here for Walsall Wood FC – from their Easter Bank Holiday encounter with Sporting Khalsa and the previous Saturday’s stunning 4-0 trouncing of Ilkeston at their … Continue reading

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Great football down at The Wood this afternoon!

Saturday 27th April 2098 Following last weekend’s bostin’ footy for your local heroes Walsall Wood FC v Wolverhampton Sporting FC Wood are top of the table with Ilkeston. Can The Woodmen pull ahead?  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be … Continue reading

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Aston Manor Transport Museum in Aldridge – 2019 Spring Running Day this Sunday

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have their Spring Running Day this Sunday, 28th April 2019 – It starts at 10:00am and should be just the thing for vintage transport fans, bus enthusiasts, petrol heads … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood at home to Sporting Khalsa this afternoon in Bank Holiday boster!

Monday 22nd April 2019 The Wood are at home in a bank holiday spectacular! Following hammering Ilkeston4-0 away on Saturday, the Wood are at the top of the table. Can they conquer Khalsa and seize the lead? Walsall Wood FC … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC v Ilkeston Town – crunch away match today!

Saturday 20th April 2019 A top of the table clash that’s been hotly anticipated – a win here for either side will be hard fought and make all the difference! Walsall Wood F.C. v Ilkeston Town FC Away at The New Manor … Continue reading

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Brownhills St. George’s Day gig and party at the Memo this Sunday

St Georges Day this year collides with Easter so not many St. George events about – but there is an excellent St. George Charity Gig and party in store at The Memo, Lichfield Road, Brownhills this Sunday 21st April 2019. … Continue reading

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Don’t forget Easter Soultime – Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie and pals this Good Friday

The inimitable soul DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing a special Easter set at his regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this coming Good Friday, 19th April 2019, where he and a … Continue reading

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It’s Ogley, ay? The demolition of a local school: Please help with my confusion!

Some more pictures here for a Saturday of a bit of a mystery perhaps readers can help with: Exactly when the Ogley School at the top left of Church Road was demolished. There’s a small but very interesting set from … Continue reading

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The Brownhills are alive with the Sound of Music!

I note that top local performers Brownhills Musical Theatre Company have their next show The Sound of Music coming up at Lichfield’s Garrick Theatre next month, and I’m getting an advert in early as it’s sure to be a sellout. The show is … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust April 2019 public meeting tonight

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening, 8th April 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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Chasewater and the trotting track – back to the 80s

I thought I’d continue sharing the hugely popular 80s archive images today and the real treat from the immense Gerald Reece collection this weekend consists of the two related sets below. Here we have two sides of Chasewater in the … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood fight hard to raze Romulus on the astroturf

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 rewarded the Wood faithful today (Saturday 6th April 2019) with a win in … Continue reading

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A lost local landmark and a snowy market day

Saturday means it’s time for yet more images from the huge Gerald Reece collection – so kindly donated for use on the blog by the great man himself. Today, I have a selection of random images not big enough to … Continue reading

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

The inimitable soul DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing a special Easter set at his regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this coming Good Friday, 19th April 2019, where he and a … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Romulus at Castle Vale this afternoon!

Saturday 6th April 2019 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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Chasewater Railway Littleton Coal Train event all this weekend

One for the train buffs out there – Chasewater Railway have their Coal Train event this weekend (Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2019) with a mixture of diesel and steam runnings, demo trains and working plant. The organisers said: With … Continue reading

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The Station currently departing…

I think it’s about time for another excellent, memory-jogging gallery from the wonderful Gerald Reece collection – this one mostly of the end of the Station Hotel which I think would have been around 1988-90, when it was being replaced … Continue reading

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Deer waters rising…

A lovely video here posted on Facebook in the last couple of days by Anna Marie Davies which she recorded of red deer bathing in the canal near Anglesey Wharf, just beyond the M6 Toll Bridge near Wharf Lane, Brownhills. … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Loughborough this afternoon!

Saturday 30th March 2019 Walsall Wood are away to Loughborough Walsall Wood F.C. v Loughborough F.C. University Stadium, Oakwood Drive, Loughborough LE11 3QF  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes 3:00pm kickoff For The Good … Continue reading

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Fancy getting involved with Chasewater Railway? It’s Volunteers Day this Saturday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Saturday (30th March 2019) staging it’s Annual Volunteers Day, when the railway will be holding an event aimed at recruiting more folk interested in helping out with all … Continue reading

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The Brownhills Canalside Festival is reborn in 2019 – and it’s coming soon!

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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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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