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Brownhills very own autism support group meets this lunchtime in a new home

Just a heads up to let folk know that the popular local autism support group ‘Supporting the Rainbow’ is meeting today (Tuesday 19th November 2019) – and there have been some changes as now the group is inaugurated as a … Continue reading

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More on Ogley Hay 4A!

Here’;s a great donation I had in in the last week from long time reader and contributor Robert Sault – a couple more photos of Ogley Hay Class 4A from some point in the mid to late 1960s. Rob said: … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids are grandkids are at a loose end today would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are there this afternoon – and every Sunday from … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe November 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 16th November 2019) … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Play for longer – 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 16th November 2019 from 10-12pm – note the … Continue reading

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Why not pop in to Brownhills Christmas Market this evening?

Kicking off the Brownhills Christmas celebrations, this evening (15th November 2019) there’s a Christmas Market at Brownhills Silver Street Methodist Church from 4pm-8pm. There will be all the usual stuff in a friendly and welcoming venue – so why not … Continue reading

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Come and remember Janey – and the game she loved this evening

This Friday evening (15th November 2019) at Walsall Wood FC and Oak Park’s 3G pitch there’s a fun football match being staged in memorial to sadly lost local lass Janey Hatfield for the Jane Hatfield Memorial Trophy. There will be fun, … Continue reading

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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this Saturday morning?

I know we have a lot of running folk amongst the readership, and in the mass of volunteer, community organised stuff in recent years, one of the most impressive demonstrations of this has been the growth of the free, Saturday … Continue reading

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Community litter pick in Walsall Wood this Sunday morning!

I know folk always complain they never caught notice of these, so this is just a note to say there’s a community litter pick this Sunday morning in Walsall Wood, organised by the fab Walsall Wood Wombles group. Sunday 17th November … Continue reading

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Don’t miss this luxury Winter Craft, Gift and Food Festival this coming Sunday in Brownhills!

Old pal of the blog Laura Tarburton has been in touch to let me know that she’s organised a lovely Luxury Winter Craft, Gift and Food Festival, which will take place this Sunday 17th November 2019 at Brownhills Community Centre … Continue reading

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AA group meeting in Brownhills this evening

Here’s an important one – Brownhills has started its own Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings at Silver Street Methodist Church in Silver Street, Brownhills that take place this and every Tuesday (12th November 2019) from 7:30pm until 9pm. I’m told the … Continue reading

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November 2019 Toy and Train Collectors Fair at Oak Park this Sunday

  Here’s one I’ve been meaning to catch for a while, but always seem to miss somehow – the periodic Toy and Train Collectors Fair at Oak Park Leisure Centre, Walsall Wood. This one runs this Sunday, 17th November 2019 … Continue reading

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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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A military parade – but what, where and when?

Also apposite for the day, this single image from the immense pile of material donated to the blog by Sir Gerald of Reece – and I must say, it has the better of us. A military parade featuring what appear … Continue reading

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What was (nearly) lost…

Here’s a little local Remembrance history, appropriate for the day I think. David Evans sent this article to me a week or so ago regarding two rolls of honour he’d been very kindly donated by local lady Gladys Preece. The … Continue reading

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

I note that since we’ve finally got 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 … Continue reading

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To stand, and to remember

Today, Sunday 10th November 2019, is Remembrance Sunday when the people of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth come together to remember those who served, and those serving our country. Not only the ones who paid the ultimate, awful price of … Continue reading

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Fancy a ramble with a popular local historian? A great Christmas gift idea…

I’ve been contacted in the last few days by local historian, friend of the blog and top lad Clive Roberts who tells me that his latest book, ‘Ramblings of a Local Historian’ is still available, but is selling out fast … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Play for longer – 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 9th November 2019 from 10-12pm – note the … 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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The Aldridge Shed – Open days this Friday and Saturday

Just a quick note that the Aldridge Shed project opens its doors at Alrewych Court, Northgate to members of the community (gentlemen and ladies!) tomorrow, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November 2019 from 10am-2pm. You can pop in, have a … 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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Brownhills very own autism support group meets this lunchtime in a new home

Just a heads up to let folk know that the popular local autism support group ‘Supporting the Rainbow’ is meeting today (Tuesday 5th November 2019) – and there have been some changes as now the group is inaugurated as a … Continue reading

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AA group meetings in Brownhills off to a good start…

Here’s an important one – Brownhills has started its own Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings at Silver Street Methodist Church in Silver Street, Brownhills that take place this and every Tuesday (5th November 2019) from 7:30pm until 9pm. I’m told the … Continue reading

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What stopped the merging of Aldridge and Brownhills? Muck and bullets!

Today I thought I’d share a gem again found in the British Newspaper Archive by the young David Evans who has finally found proof of what many of us who were kids in this area already knew – there was … 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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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, this afternoon!

I note that since the rain seems to be clearing it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids or even just by yourself and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are … 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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Why not Stay and Play for longer – 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 2nd November 2019 from 10-12pm – note the … Continue reading

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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this Saturday morning?

I know we have a lot of running folk amongst the readership, and in the mass of volunteer, community organised stuff in recent years, one of the most impressive demonstrations of this has been the growth of the free, Saturday … 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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Trick or Treat Halloween party at Beaudesert this Thursday

Not had many halloween events and activities flagged up this year which is a shame – but I did spot this one which looks fun. The Chase at night is wonderfully spooky and in the safe environment of Beaudesert Activity … 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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Big Bounce family fun day today at Oak Park!

Just a headsup to point out there’s a Big Bounce family fun day taking place at Oak Park Active Living Centre, Walsall Wood WS9 9BH today, Tuesday 29th October 2019 – if you can’t make it today, there are identical … Continue reading

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Ogley Hay Juniors Football Team, 1963

Another great Ogley School image was sent to me a couple of days ago by reader Malcolm Kelly, who was reading my post last week regarding the mystery of the name of a forgotten teacher, and took part in the … Continue reading

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Heart bypass

I’m a bit busy today but one of the things I’ve come across in the Newspaper Archive deserves sharing here: A bizarre proposal in 1964 to tear up Brownhills Common in order to construct a bypass to relieve traffic on … 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 Cats Protection Autumn Bazaar today

If you follow my 365daysofbiking journal or have me on social media, you’ll know I have a great fondness for cats, for which I make no apology. I note that today, October 26th 2019, Walsall Borough Cats Protection have an … 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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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 26th October 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this Saturday morning?

I know we have a lot of running folk amongst the readership, and in the mass of volunteer, community organised stuff in recent years, one of the most impressive demonstrations of this has been the growth of the free, Saturday … 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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Brownhills very own autism support group meets this lunchtime in a new home

Just a heads up to let folk know that the popular local autism support group ‘Supporting the Rainbow’ is meeting today (Tuesday 22nd October 2019) – and there have been some changes as now the group is inaugurated as a … Continue reading

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New AA group meetings in Brownhills starting soon

Here’s an important one – Brownhills is starting its own Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings at Silver Street Methodist Church in Silver Street, Brownhills beginning Tuesday 29th October 2019 from 7:30pm until 9pm. All are welcome. Parking is free, the venue … 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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