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Ilkeston best Woodmen in second half nail biter

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans Bad news for the Walsall Wood faithful on Saturday last (18th August 2018) as they entertained visitors and long-time nemesis Ilkeston Town FC, and played a bold match – only … Continue reading

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Picture this: A Chasewater childhood

A wonderful one reached me yesterday morning from old pal of the blog Stuart Cowley, whose memories of growing up at Chasewater in the 1960s and 70s have been some of the most popular posts in the history of the … Continue reading

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Blooming canal volunteers impress judges

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the efforts their volunteers have made for Lichfield’s entry in the annual Britain in Bloom competition, with a Garden of Memory and other … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC v Ilkeston Town at Oak Park this Saturday!

Saturday 18th August 2018 Walsall Wood F.C. v Ilkeston Town FC Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes 3:00pm kickoff Please come and get behind your local club For The Good Of The Wood! … Continue reading

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Beware of courier fraud and other phone scams – criminals are targeting our elderly family and friends

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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Oddfellows local

Had a great enquiry in this week from Nick Pilley, who’s looking for help with his Walsall Wood family history, particularly that of his Grandfather Alfred Merrick who was a deputy at Walsall Wood Colliery. Nick wrote: Hi Bob I … Continue reading

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Meet your local coppers this Saturday in Aldridge and Streetly!

I received notice of this great event from Walsall Police via the excellent WMNow service this morning, advertising a pop-up meet the police event this Saturday, 18th August 2018 at Aldridge Library from 10:30am until 11:00am where you can meet your … Continue reading

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Sad news: Police searching for missing William Newman discover body

Awful, awful news this evening from Walsall Police: A couple of days ago I published an appeal to see if anyone could help locate missing dementia sufferer William Newman, 56, who had gone missing from Walsall Manor Hospital on Wednesday … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust August 2018 public meeting this Monday evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (13th August 2018) there will be the August 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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A handy advance

Thanks to generosity of reader Grahame Taylor, David Evans has sent a couple of what are thought to be 1950s photographs of Walsall Wood Boys Brigade at summer camp in Abergele. This sit well alongside similar images of the Brigade … Continue reading

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Do you remember the Station Hotel talking clock?

I’ve had an interesting enquiry come in from reader Bee who’s asked something that has very much intrigued me – do you remember the ‘speaking clock’ next to the Station Hotel, Brownhills? For those too young to remember, the Station … Continue reading

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Woodmen unfazed by Worcester’s sauce

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans A grey Saturday afternoon yesterday (Saturday 11th August 2018) saw Walsall Wood FC hold visitors to Oak Park, Worcester City to a respectable one-all draw, in an entertaining match that … Continue reading

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Looking for the Herriott family please – can you help?

Hi folks – I need a favour please, so if you can help it would be really appreciated. A blog reader is trying to get in touch with the Herriott family who lived in Simmonds Way, Shire Oak around 1998, … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway – 2018 Annual Charities Day this Sunday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Sunday (12th August 2018) staging it’s Annual Charities Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains, and there will be charity stalls and activities at Brownhills West … Continue reading

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Hednesford festival on today!

Thanks for Stuart Cowley for the tipoff, I can also share the late news that today, Saturday 11th August 2018 it’s Hednesford Festival in Hednesford Park, and there’s loads to do with a market, stalls, fun and games, classic cars … Continue reading

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Craft fair & Market on right now at Grasmere Garden Centre, Brownhills!

Just become aware of this nice-looking event happening right now (Lunchtime, Saturday 11th August 2018) at Grasmere Garden Centre, Brownhills – up there over the Canal Bridge on the Lichfield Road. Join us for our Craft Fayre & Market Saturday … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood play Worcester City this Saturday at Oak Park

Saturday 11th August 2018 Walsall Wood FC at home to Worcester City in a big-name match! Can the Woodmen continue their winning ways? 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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Police urgently looking for Walsall dementia sufferer – please help if you can

Please – take a look at the photo above – 56 year old dementia sufferer William Newman went missing from Walsall Manor Hospital sometime around 8:30pm, Wednesday 8th August 2018. Have you seen this gentleman? If so, please contact the … Continue reading

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Get stoned and smile this Saturday morning in Clayhanger

There’s a lovely thing going on at Clayhanger Community Centre in Church Street, Clayhanger this Saturday morning 11th August 2018 – a smile stone workshop. There’s a lovely craze around the area at the moment for painting, hiding and finding … Continue reading

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Coffee, cake and great social events in the heart of Pelsall – what’s not to love?

Images posted on Facebook by the Reading Rooms It’s always great to hear from old pals of the blog, and Laura Hucker mailed me a couple of days ago to tell me about the great events they have going on … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (12th August 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday for one of the last few open days of 2018. I can heartily recommend the … Continue reading

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2018 Big Bounce family fun day coming this Wednesday to Holland Park!

Just a headsup to point out there’s a Big Bounce family fud day taking place at Holland Park, Brownhills this Wednesday, 8th August 2018, as well as others over the school holidays throughout the area. It’s £6 per child, with … Continue reading

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Warning for local dog walkers: Beware of adders!

Hi folks – time for a warning – I’m seeing reports that dogs are being bitten by adders at Chasewater and other heathland at the moment, so take care. Adders are the UK’s only venomous snake, and the sun brings … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood launch new season beating Romulus in sunny scorcher

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans A pleasant summer’s afternoon match at Oak Park that kicked off the 2018/19 football season at Walsall Wood yesterday (Saturday 4th August 2018) saw visiting Romulus beaten in a hard … Continue reading

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Reading mysteries

One for the weekend I’ve been meaning to raise here for a while – there’s a historical mystery just down the road from here we’ve never properly explored, and I’d be interested to see what we can find out about … Continue reading

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Harvest home

You know I love quirky films, drone footage, big machinery and the local landscape, right? Well here’s a couple of wonderful films made by local drone pilot Don Elson that he’s posted on YouTube in recent days of local growers … Continue reading

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Fancy strawberries and cream this morning?

I notice there’s a coffee morning this morning (Saturday, 4th August 2018) at Brownhills Methodist Church, Silver Street, Brownhills. This one’s a bit special: It’s a coffee morning  with strawberries and cream, which can’t be a bad thing, and runs … Continue reading

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New season kicks off today for Walsall Wood FC!

Images and captions by the inimitable and young David Evans Nice to see Walsall Wood FC are gearing up for the new season with a full match schedule,  revitalised spectator facilities and a whole host of great stuff to come, … Continue reading

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Inflatable fun day at Aldridge today!

Just a heads to point out there’s an inflatable fun day taking place at The Green, Aldridge today (Friday 3rd August 2018) from 11am until 3:00pm, then from 4:00pm until 8:00pm. It’s £5 per person – and there will be … Continue reading

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A5 Live this weekend – it’s not too late to get tickets!

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), last year becoming A5 … Continue reading

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Police incident at Chasewater yesterday evening

Update 5:25pm, Wednesday 1 August Latest statement from Staffordshire Police: Armed police deployed to Chasewater Country ParkStaffordshire Police received a call just after 8pm yesterday (31 July) reporting that a man had been assaulted with a weapon at Chasewater Country … Continue reading

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Ladies beware: Several indecent exposures in Brownhills

It’s my duty to share with you all the concerning news that there seems to be a man exposing himself to women around the canal towpaths and other parts of Brownhills, particularly in the areas of Clayhanger Common and Silver … Continue reading

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Beware: Nasty dog attack in Holland Park leaves pet injured

Images posted on Facebook by Lisa Joanne Sherwood This is a warning to dog walkers in Brownhills – there was a very worrying incident in Holland Park today (Sunday, 29th July 2018), when a local lady was horrified to witness … Continue reading

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The McClean Way: A beautiful new greenway

Yesterday evening, I took a stroll out before dusk to check out something I’ve been meaning to do for a while – the newly accessible trail between Smithy’s Forage along the old railway line under he Miner Island in Brownhills … Continue reading

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Prims and proper!

Right then, as things get a little bit back to normal here at Bob towers (and the welcome opportunity of a rainy day to get things sorted) I have some very early Walsall Wood football material kindly shared by the … Continue reading

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Mabel’s Vintage Fair at Chasewater Railway today!

I notice that today Sunday, 29th July 2018, there’s a rather fun looking vintage event being staged at Chasewater Railway by Mabel’s Vintage. The fair runs from 11am until 4pm at Brownhills West Station (Use the Chasewater main entrance from the … Continue reading

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Muttfest 2018 – a great Brownhills music festival on TODAY!

I’ve just been alerted to the fact that there’s a great charity music festival on right now, Saturday 28th July 2018 at the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Church Road, Brownhills running until late tonight. Muttfest features live music, food, fun … Continue reading

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Weather dull? A great sing along showing of Beauty and the Beast starts at 6pm in Brownhills!

Very late notice of something starting in an hour at Brownhills Community Centre on the Miner Island in Brownhills – a sing-along version of the Bauty and the Beast film in a relaxed environment which kids and adults will love. … Continue reading

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Acceptable in the 70s – a new local book you’ll love!

You all know that I like to champion local writers and creatives here on the Brownhills Blog – well there’s a great new book available that I’m eagerly waiting to read that’s getting rave reviews – and people of a … Continue reading

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Meet your local police drone team at Brownhills this morning!

There’s a local police pop-up event this morning (Wednesday 25th July 2018) with a bit of a difference – near the rear of the Tesco store in Brownhills, our local policing team will be demonstrating the drone capability provided by … Continue reading

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Business premises targeted by masked gang

Yesterday, (Monday 23rd July 2018) Staffordshire Police released the following statement about an armed robbery that took place at Midland Safe Load Indicators on the A5 Watling Street, between the Rising Sun and Turf islands in the early hours of … Continue reading

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The way of the Sons of Waetla

As I’m still catching up, I thought today might be a good time to feature the writings of an old pal of the blog, Gerald Reece, and his musings on the A5 Watling Street, Newtown, Knaves Castle and the pubs … Continue reading

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Gaining traction

As I posted yesterday, there’s a great steam fair on today at Barton Gate between Yoxall and Burton until 4pm today (Sunday 22md July 2018) and you can still make it if you’re quick. Here’s a selection of photos I … Continue reading

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The secret portal

Here’s a lovely thing from local teacher and top chap Eryl Powell, that he sent me last week: A hand drawn map of Brownhills Common in the Parade/Watling Street/Chester Road triangle – designed specifically to make the Common magical for … Continue reading

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A5 Live just two weeks away – band lineup released!

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), last year becoming A5 … Continue reading

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Keep your hair on – Brownhills Wilkinson are getting wiggy with it!

Toria Amy has been in touch – she’s just one of the great community minded folk who work at the Wilkinson store in Brownhills, and they’ve informed me that they have organised an event as part of the ‘Get Wiggy With … Continue reading

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Fancy getting into something steamy this weekend?

There’s a great steam, vintage vehicle and generally fun event on this weekend near Barton Under Needwood, Staffordshire, which I think many blog readers would enjoy – Barton Under Needwood Steam Rally takes place this Saturday and Sunday 21st-22nd July … Continue reading

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Anyone lost a bike?

Local top bloke Eryl Well has spotted this bike lying around in Brownhills and is wondering if anyone’s had it stolen? It looks well used and in reasonable condition. If you recognise it, or know whose it is, please do … Continue reading

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An unbearable loss: The Plastic Hippo has left us

It’s my sad duty to report to readers and the wider Walsall online community that one of it’s finest, most respected writers has passed away – The Plastic Hippo was taken from us on Friday 13th July 2018 at his … Continue reading

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The 1977 Silver Jubilee – up and down the town!

A theme that keeps popping up here at the moment is the 1977 Royal Jubilee, and the street parties and celebrations connected with it – Well, here today I have two great pics from opposite ends of our area of … Continue reading

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