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It’s time for the rut – beware, folks – the deer are getting horny….

Time to repeat this post as I’m starting to hear stories of deer with a cob on again… The above excellent video is a fallow deer stag filmed up on Cannock Chase by reader, contributor and top friend of the blog Peter … Continue reading

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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, right now!

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since it’s such a lovely autumn day it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where you can chat … Continue reading

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Catch a great match at Oak Park this afternoon – the Woodmen face Gresly!

Today, Saturday 19th September 202 The Wood are at home, entertaining Gresley Walsall Wood FC versus Gresley FC Kick off is 3:00pm Social distancing will be fully observed! For the Good of the Wood!  Oak Park, Lichfield Road, Walsall Wood. WS9 9NP. … Continue reading

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Why not join this Sunday’s Walsall Wood community litter pick?

The next Walsall Wood community litter pick by Walsall Wood Wombles take place this  Sunday 20th September 2020 – and all are welcome to join in. The Wombles said: Reminder it’s the litter pick this Sunday! You need your own … Continue reading

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Why not join the Orange Army litter pick this morning in Brownhills?

There is a community litter pick event taking place in Brownhills this morning, Sunday, 13th September 2020 from 10am, meeting at Smithys Forge car park in Lichfield Road, Brownhills (Just off the Miner Island)  – all are welcome to join … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Worcester City this afternoon

Saturday 12th September 2020 Walsall Wood FC away to Worcester City in a big-name match! Worcester City FC, Claines Lane, Worcester WR3 7SS 3:00pm kickoff This is a ticket only match restricted to 300 spectators in compliance with social distancing rules – … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood beat Romulus in lively start to MFL season

Images very kindly supplied by the young David Evans A boisterous home match against Castle Bromwich team Romulus at Oak Park kicked off the 2020/21 MFL football season at Walsall Wood on Saturday (5th September 2020) and saw the visitors … Continue reading

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Why not join the Orange Army litter pick next Sunday morning in Brownhills?

There is a community litter pick event taking place in Brownhills next Sunday, 13th September 2020 from 10am, meeting at Smithys Forge car park in Lichfield Road, Brownhills (Just off the Miner Island)  – all are welcome to join in. … Continue reading

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Great local football today! Walsall Wood at home to Romulus at Oak Park

Saturday 5th September 2020 Walsall Wood FC at home to Romulus FC Don’t break your vows be at Oak Park tonight and be faithful to your local heroes Social distancing to be observed! 3:00pm kickoff Please come and get behind your … Continue reading

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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, right now!

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since it’s such. nice day it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where you can chat to, and … Continue reading

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Don’t forget there’s your local Navy Cadet Force Open Day today!

Just a heads up that the local Navy Cadet Force – T.S. Vigo based in Walsall Wood in the units opposite Barons Court on Lichfield Road in Walsall Wood – are having an Open Day today, Saturday 29th August 2020. … Continue reading

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Wood stand strong against Tamworth tempest

Walsall Wood FC last Tuesday evening (25 August 2020) got in what has been a very rare thing so far this year – a match at home. With full social distancing and pandemic safe measures, encouraging audience and gate, this … Continue reading

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The drought ends: Walsall Wood at home to Tamworth this evening

Tuesday 25th August 2020 Walsall Wood FC at home to Tamworth FC Don’t break your vows be at Oak Park tonight and be faithful to your local heroes Social distancing to be observed: Maximum 150 spectators allowed so get there early! … Continue reading

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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, right now!

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since the rain is clearing it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where you can chat to, and … Continue reading

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Why not join the Orange Army litter pick this Saturday Brownhills?

There is a community litter pick event taking place in Brownhills this Saturday, 22nd August 2020 from 10am, meeting at the gates of Holland Park – all are welcome to join in. The pick is being organised by new local … Continue reading

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Don’t forget there’s a Navy Cadet Force Open Day in Clayhanger coming soon

Just a heads up that the local Navy Cadet Force – T.S. Vigo based in Walsall Wood in the units opposite Barons Court on Lichfield Road in Walsall Wood – are having an Open Day soon, on Saturday, 29th August … Continue reading

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Shattered Dreams

It’s not very often I do politics here anymore – it’s not that I’m no longer political, or that I’ve mellowed, even: It’s more that the current political situation in this country and the wider world is now so far … Continue reading

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When the fighting stopped

I’m always fond of little-known local histories here on the blog, and some months ago, old pal of the blog and top lad Ian Bourne got in touch to tell me of a history he had a bit of a … Continue reading

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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, right now!

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since the rain is clearing andlockdown is eased, it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where you can … Continue reading

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A mystery of time and place – can you solve it please?

While I’m very busy elsewhere (sorry folks for continued low output), the local history work continues in the background, via the tireless and thorough work of folk like the young David Evans, who’s turned up a mystery photo in a … Continue reading

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Fancy finding out more about local wildlife? You can, right now!

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since the weather seems decent and that lockdown is eased, it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust to recommence their vital work

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to share the latest news for local history enthusiasts and members of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group – Sandfields is … Continue reading

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Locked out: A miner’s pay packet from 1928.

John Anslow – local historian and along with his late brother, one of the foremost chroniclers of the history of Walsall Wood – has been emailing again with another fascinating artefact from The Wood and he makes some fine observations … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since the weather seems decent and that lockdown is eased, it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where … Continue reading

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Get ready for the next Orange Army litter pick coming soon in Brownhills!

There is a community litter pick event taking place in Brownhills soon (Saturday 22nd July 2020) from 10am, meeting at the gates of Holland Park – all are welcome to join in. The pick is being organised by new local … Continue reading

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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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Can you help Walsall Wood kick off again?

One of the sadder social side effects of the pandemic locally has been the necessary, and totally appropriate cessation of community sport, in particular Walsall Wood Football Club. As things inch back to normality, sporting activities are resuming and The … Continue reading

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Ogley hay Juniors in the late 60s: Who can you spot?

I’m indebted today to local lady Gail Hughes who posted this wonderful pair of Ogley Juniors photos  – the upper one appears to be from the annual May Day event in 1965 (which has featured here many times before from … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids or grandkids are at a loose end today, since the weather seems decent and that lockdown is eased, it would be an excellent chance to grab the young ones and nip up to Stubbers Green where … Continue reading

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A journey down the lost canal in pictures

Andy Tidy, otherwise known as the Canal Hunter and creator of the great canal history series on YouTube that I have plugged before here about lost local canals – including our own lost stretch of canal from Ogley Junction to … 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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Why not stay at home Wednesday and meet Walsall Humanists in your lounge?

Here’s a quick plug for Lichfield, Walsall and South Staffordshire Humanists – a philosophical debating group – who have their quarterly meeting this Wednesday 15th July 2020 at your home! They are trying this time, since Coronavirus restrictions mean they … Continue reading

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Elementary my dear Watson…

While I’m busy today, here’s an interesting family history enquiry from Jo Clifford, who’s tracing her family which seems focussed on the Pelsall area – and I know we have lots of the Pelsall Contingent in. Jo wrote: Dear Bob, … Continue reading

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In good Stead

As you know I’m very into local industrial history here on the blog, and there’s an area of it that has not received much coverage since the sad death of grandfather of all Walsall local history, Jack Haddock. I am … Continue reading

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A heartfelt happy birthday to Aer Reg!

  Today, Thursday 25th June 2020), is a very important date for one of the foremost members of this little online community: Happy (belated) birthday to the Grandfather of the Brownhills Blog, Reg ‘Aer Reg’ Fullelove, now resident in Norton but … Continue reading

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Some mystery Brownhills photos, Walsall Wood Cricket team and young Violin wranglers – a photo special!

I’ve had some terrific photo submissions for the blog in recent weeks and also some great articles in the bag – including a mammoth one that’s very special indeed from old pal Ian Bourne. Sorry updates and new material is … Continue reading

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Can you help Ray find an old workmate, please?

Just had this interesting enquiry from Ray Hart, who’s looking for a former workmate who lived at least for a time in the high rise blocks in Brownhills, and worked at Hardy Spicer (Now GKN Driveline) in Erdington, near Castle … Continue reading

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Abnormal load likely to cause traffic issues in Brownhills this week

An important one here from Staffordshire Police who are warning that a large, abnormal load is coming through Staffordshire and through Brownhills this week. The load is a 40-metre oxygen tank being transported from Cheshire to Warwickshire. The tank will … Continue reading

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A token of my curiosity

Here’s a quick one for a Sunday afternoon – reader Elaine Griffiths has sent me the below image of a token that’s been dug up in a Norton Canes garden. The question is simple: What is it, and what does … Continue reading

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A hundred years apart: Way out west of here…

Old friend of the blog Ian Broad has been in touch again to continue his series of hundred years apart photos – this is the eighth set – he’s creating as part of his lockdown exercise bike rides. This set … 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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Can you identify this mystery cottage?

Here’s a fascinating one that’s literally just come in: Aldridge history buff and genealogist Colin White posted this picture this afternoon, found in his family effects, and asked where it stood. Colin believes this image was where his wife’s family … Continue reading

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A hundred years apart: Up the junction

Old friend of the blog Ian Broad has been in touch again to continue his series of hundred years apart photos – this is the seventh set – he’s creating as part of his lockdown exercise bike rides. This set … Continue reading

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

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New allotments for Brownhills and Chasetown – what do you think?

Hey folks – a couple of weeks ago I featured an article prompted by an email from Declan Hammonds of Sewell Hammods Group who have purchased a site near Chasewater that was for many years occupied by a sewage works. … Continue reading

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A hundred years apart: Meet me on the street

Old friend of the blog Ian Broad has been in touch again to continue his series of hundred years apart photos – this is the sixth set – he’s creating as part of his lockdown exercise bike rides. This set … Continue reading

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The demolition of a much loved local

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Ogley Hay May Day 1952-3: A historical Staple!

Images kindly supplied by Elizabeth Staples. Click for larger versions. In the last couple of weeks old friend of the blog Elizabeth Staples – mother of the remarkably talented Mark Staples who, with others, created the 1880s Brownhills local history … Continue reading

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Reports of bogus workmen preying on local elderly: Please warn your friends!

I note with concern that the bogus workmen touting for gutter clearances and gardening and then bullying victims to pay an inflated bill are once again in operation and targeting the local elderly folk. I have seen several reports in … Continue reading

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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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