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In memoriam, Gwendoline Bird

Rob Bird has been in touch to let readers know of the sad passing of his mother, Gwendoline Bird (nee Phillips) who passed away on the 12th June 2019, and to invite all who knew her to her funeral at … Continue reading

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Help with the June 2019 Brownhills Summer Clean this Sunday!

There’s a community litter pick event taking place in Brownhills this weekend on Sunday afternoon, 23rd June 2019 from 2 until 4pm – and all are welcome. All kit will be provided! This is being run by local lady Kathryn … Continue reading

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Irene the Swan Lady on the telly!

I was really charmed and pleased to see Irene Hodges, the Chasewater Swan Lady, on Midlands Today yesterday evening (Monday, 17th June 2018) – you can see the item in the clip above. Turn your sound up. Irene, you’ll remember, … Continue reading

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There’s a great autism support group meeting in Brownhills today and every Tuesday!

Just a heads up to let folk know that there’s a popular and regular autism support group meeting in Brownhills every Tuesday lunchtime from 1:30-2:30pm at the Smithy’s Forge pub, Lichfield Road, Brownhills, just off the Miner Island. For parents, … Continue reading

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Are you going A5 Live in 2019?

Long term readers will remember the annual music and fun festival that’s taken place on the smallholding just off the A5 at Newtown, Brownhills – formerly called Cockfest (because it took place on a chicken farm), now renamed and revitalised … Continue reading

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Fancy seeing a beautiful English garden this afternoon?

With the weather improving there’s a lovely event this afternoon,  Sunday 16th June 2019 – Ann Astbury-Pemberton’s gorgeous open garden event in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. For a donation you get to see a stunning large garden with remarkable … Continue reading

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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, this afternoon!

I note that since it’s a decent day it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids of even just by yourself and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are there right … Continue reading

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Experience the 1940s at Chasewater Railway this Sunday

I notice that this Sunday, 16th June 2019, there’s a rather fun looking Experience the 1940s event being staged at Chasewater Railway – just the thing to treat the old fella to on Fathers day. The fair runs from 10am … Continue reading

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Active Games Club for kids at Brownhills Community Centre this morning!

This Saturday 8th June 2019 if you’ve go older kids why not try the PEPA Active Sports Club at Brownhills Community Centre from 10am-11am? It’s suitable for kids from 6-11 years old and there’s all manner of fun stuff going … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this morning

If you’ve a child or children under 4 years of age, there is a great Stay and Play session running at Brownhills Community Centre in the heart of Brownhills this Saturday morning 15th June 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Help save Acorns Hospice – in Walsall this Saturday

Also, there’s this event going on at Walsall Tesco Saturday 15th June 2019 (Tomorrow at the time of posting) – all in aid of Acorns Hospicin Walsall, which as you’ll know by now is threatened with closure. There will be … Continue reading

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Fancy seeing a beautiful English garden this Sunday?

With the weather improving for the weekend (hopefully) there’s a lovely event this Sunday 16th June 2019 – Ann Astbury-Pemberton’s gorgeous open garden event in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. For a donation you get to see a stunning large … Continue reading

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Missing teenager Taylor Allen found safe and well

Great news – Taylor Allen, missing from home in Walsall since Tuesday 11th June has been found safe and well. Thanks to all who kept an eye out, shared and retweeted the appeals. West Midlands Police posted: Good news! Taylor … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe June 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 coming Saturday afternoon (Saturday 15th June … Continue reading

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There’s a great autism support group meeting in Brownhills today and every Tuesday!

Just a heads up to let folk know that there’s a popular and regular autism support group meeting in Brownhills every Tuesday lunchtime from 1:30-2:30pm at the Smithy’s Forge pub, Lichfield Road, Brownhills, just off the Miner Island. For parents, … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust June 2019 public meeting tonight

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 10th June 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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When there was a Palace in Brownhills!

There are a selection of articles that David Evans has spotted in the huge Gerald Reece collection that have really interested me and are very much worth a share – they are from a very much lost local history book by noted … Continue reading

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A family history question from The Hussey estate and Walsall Wood: Can you help, please?

I’ve had a very interesting enquiry from Emma Mills who’s working on her family history which involves a family that were resident in Walsall Wood and the Hussey Estate just before World War Two. I thank Emma for a very … Continue reading

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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, this afternoon!

I note that since it’s a decent day it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids of even just by yourself and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are there right … Continue reading

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Fancy a mini market this morning?

I notice there’s a mini-market event this morning (Saturday, 8th June 2019) at Brownhills Methodist Church, Silver Street, Brownhills. Maybe you can catch a bargain, have a brew? It runs from 9am-12noon. All are welcome. The Silver Street Church is … Continue reading

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Active Games Club for kids at Brownhills Community Centre this morning!

No Stay and play this Saturday 8th June 2019 as Stacey is on holiday! But if you’ve go older kids why not try the PEPA Active Sports Club at Brownhills Community Centre from 10amn-11am? It’s suitable for kids from 6-11 … Continue reading

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Find out about the restoration of our lost canal in Brownhills this evening!

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding their Annual General Meeting tonight, Friday nevening (Friday, 7th June 2019) at 7:15pm in Brownhills, at the Parkview Centre (the old Council House on the Miner … Continue reading

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Urgent message from West Midlands Police – beware of courier fraud and other phone scams

I’ve become aware over the last few days that phone scammers are targeting the local area once more –  and are employing a number of methods, including courier fraud and impersonating tax officials – please warn your elderly and vulnerable … Continue reading

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Get some Iron, man – the 2019 triathlon hits Chasewater and South Staffordshire this Sunday

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that this Sunday (June 9th 2019), the fifth Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be staged, with a 1.2 mile early morning swim in Chasewater being amongst the highlights IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire consists … Continue reading

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There’s a disco at the Motivation Hub this Saturday for adults with additional needs

It’s good to see the Moivation Hub in Walsall Wood going from strength to strength – this wonderful facility for those with learning disabilities or other special needs fills a real local gap in provision and provides a warm, safe … Continue reading

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There’s a great autism support group meeting in Brownhills today and every Tuesday!

Just a heads up to let folk know that there’s a popular and regular autism support group meeting in Brownhills every Tuesday lunchtime from 1:30-2:30pm at the Smithy’s Forge pub, Lichfield Road, Brownhills, just off the Miner Island. For parents, … Continue reading

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A lovely steamy Saturday…

Yesterday (Saturday 1st June 2019) I took the annual pilgrimage up the A515 to the annual Steam Party event at Klondyke Mill in Draycott in the Clay, home of the North Staffordshire and Cheshire Traction Engine Club – It’s an event I … Continue reading

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Early another morning: Chasewater from the air

I had a really positive reaction the other day to local lad Ian Henderson’s drone video of Brownhills – well, he’s done another, this time of Chasewater at a similarly early time. I’m a sucker for drone photography and this … Continue reading

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New Pilates classes in Brownhills every Saturday

Just a quick heads up that there’s a new Pilates class on at The Memorial Hall (Memo) in Brownhills this evening and every Saturday onwards. It starts at 6:30pm and runs until 7:30pm, costing a fiver a pop – great … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this morning

If you’ve a child or children under 4 years of age, there is a great Stay and Play session running at Brownhills Community Centre in the heart of Brownhills this Saturday morning 1st June 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Car boot sale and charity car wash in Walsall Wood this Saturday

I know you lot really love a good boot sale and I’ve been alerted to the fact that there’s one going on tomorrow (1st June 2019) at the revitalised Horse and Jockey pub in Walsall Wood. The organisers said: Firefly … Continue reading

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Big Bounce family fun in Burntwood this afternoon

Just a headsup (I’ve only just noticed, sorry) to point out there’s a Big Bounce family fun event taking place at Coppy Nook Playing Field, Hospital Road, Burntwood this very afternoon, Friday 31st May 2019 from 1:30pm until 3:30pm. It’s … Continue reading

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A word about 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 – yesterday a concerned local came across a newly born … Continue reading

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There’s a great feel good film for half term at Brownhills very own cinema this afternoon!

There’s a great sing-along half term showing of kid’s cult classic animated film Moana this Thursday afternoon (30th May 2019) in the cinema right at the heart of Brownhills: The Lamp, at Brownhills Community Centre. It kicks off at 2.00pm … Continue reading

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Clayhanger or bussed!

Boy have I a lot of stuff to catch up with – with last weekend being the busiest event weekend of the summer and me taking a break for some long bike rides, I’ve neglected you guys on the blog. … Continue reading

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Don’t forget New Hall Mill open day today!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (28th May 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Monday for the second open day of 2018. I can heartily recommend the place … Continue reading

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Early one morning: Brownhills from the air

  A lovely video post surfaced o Facebook yesterday from local drone pilot Ian Henderson, and while I’m busy doing the Bank Holiday Weekend thing, I thought I’d post it here for you to enjoy. You all know I love … Continue reading

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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, this afternoon!

I note that since it’s a decent day it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids of even just by yourself and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are there this … Continue reading

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Fancy a pool tournament this weekend? There’s one at The Swan, Brownhills on Sunday!

This Sunday 26th May, The Swan, Pelsall Road will be holding a Pool Match and raising funds for the Brownhills Christmas Tree Appeal – which is going great guns It’s a 3pm start. Register prior to the Match to enter … Continue reading

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Staffs fest is running Saturday and Sunday – and there’s still time to get your tickets and pop along

One that old pal of the blog and top soul man™ Dj Leekie asked me to point out for you this weekend: Staffs Fest Soul Weekender, and local two day music festival at Lower Drayton Farm near Penkridge – just … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this morning

If you’ve a child or children under 4 years of age, there is a great Stay and Play session running at Brownhills Community Centre in the heart of Brownhills this Saturday morning 25th May 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway 60th Anniversary Gala this weekend!

I note Chasewater Railway have their 60th Anniversary Gala this spring Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2019), with loads of steam and diesel heritage traction and a busier running timetable than normal. This event will be well … Continue reading

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Find out how to be more deer aware this Sunday at Chasewater

Just a quick headsup to point out that this coming Sunday, 26th May 2019 there’s a deer awareness day at Chasewater, where you can speak to experts and find out more about the beautiful creatures we share our green spaces … Continue reading

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Don’t forget New Hall Mill open day this Spring Bank Holiday Monday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (27th May 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Monday for the second open day of 2019. I can heartily recommend the place … Continue reading

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There’s a great autism support group meeting in Brownhills today and every Tuesday!

Just a heads up to let folk know that there’s a popular and regular autism support group meeting in Brownhills every Tuesday lunchtime from 1:30-2:30pm at the Smithy’s Forge pub, Lichfield Road, Brownhills, just off the Miner Island. For parents, … Continue reading

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Something wonderful for witches and wizards this coming Holiday Monday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this coming Bank Holiday Monday (27th May 2019) staging a Witches and Wizards Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains and there will be fun, games, … Continue reading

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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, this afternoon!

I note that since it’s a decent day it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids of even just by yourself and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are there this … Continue reading

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Pictures from the 2019 Brownhills BCNS Canalside Festival

I spent a happy couple of hours today (Saturday 18th May 2019) pottering around Brownhills Canalside Festival, which is also running on Sunday from 10am until 5pm. It’s a great do, and the folk of the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this morning

If you’ve a child or children under 4 years of age, there is a great Stay and Play session running at Brownhills Community Centre in the heart of Brownhills this Saturday morning 18th May 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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The Brownhills Canalside Festival 2019 runs all weekend!

Well, it’s here: The 2019 Brownhills Canal Festival – this year taken over by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society making it a whole weekend event – kicks off this evening (Friday 17th May) and runs until Sunday (19th May). On … Continue reading

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