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Blooming hard work for canal volunteers – can you help?

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know aboutGarden of Reflection they’re creating near the canal under restoration near Lichfield, and how they’re helping with Britain in Bloom. If you’re unaware of … Continue reading

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How Morris came to be…

Last week I highlighted what turned out to be a very popular drone film by Danny Whittle that featured a section of The Brownhills Miner – whom many of us know as the Tin Man, Morris or Jigger – and … Continue reading

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Local cafe burgled overnight – did you see anything?

Images posted by Colliers Cafe on Facebook In the early hours of this morning (Sunday 24th June 2018) at 2:50am, Colliers Cafe on West Coppice Road, Brownhills was broken into – the proprietors have posted the above images on facebook. … Continue reading

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Golden years

Here’s one I’m very surprised that the young David Evans hasn’t murdered me for neglecting – I’ve this for ages  (since last Christmas, in fact) but not found time to assemble it and prep it for the blog, but now … Continue reading

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The boat that they rowed – how about some Shire Oak and Walsall Wood Youth Club memories?

Here are a couple of wonderful photos from Walsall Wood Youth Club in the late 60s and early 70s that local lady Sue Mason recently posted to old pal Janey Hatfield’s brilliant, growing Walsall Wood group on Facebook, where Sue … Continue reading

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Fancy some feelgood live music? Catch 3QA at The Lamp, Brownhills this Saturday!

There’s a splendid concert being staged this Saturday evening 23rd June 2018 at the Lamp Arts Theatre at Brownhills Activity Centre, just on the Miner Island in the centre of Brownhills – from 7:30pm, feel good vocal four piece 3QA … Continue reading

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Morris Miner and Brownhills – as you’ve never seen them before!

Morris from aa very unusual angle. Image from a drone video recorded by Danny Whittle. A remarkable drone video has been posted on YouTube by Danny Whittle, who lives in Sidmouth, but I believe is a local lad at heart, … Continue reading

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Chatting with Brownhills – a great new book of Brownhills memories is still available!

A month or so ago I pointed out that there was an excellent new book out of Brownhills memories gathered orally by folks undertaking a project based at Knaves Court extra care facility, near Anchor Bridge in Brownhills. I got … Continue reading

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Do please be deer aware!

Whist out and about on Sunday 17th June 2018, I came upon deer at Chasewater and at Cannock Chase who were either heavily pregnant or who had young fawns – cute as they are, this is a time to give … Continue reading

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Green Lane closed for emergency sewer repairs – It’s a tough jobbie but someone’s gotta do it

Just a quick note for those if might affect: The section of Green Lane Walsall Wood between the end of the houses by the Black Cock pub and the water works entrance is currently completely closed to through traffic, and … Continue reading

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Above and beyond at Chasewater again – and a closer look at the dam house

It’s always nice to see local drone photography and I’m very pleased and honoured to share this set fro former Brownhills lad Steve Martin, whose incredible and high quality work I’ve featured here before. Steve has this time taken a … Continue reading

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

I’ve just had warning from the excellent WMNow system (you can sign up here – it’s free and very useful) that there’s a very concerning phone scam in operation locally I think readers should be aware of – and will … Continue reading

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A sale that shaped Stonnall

A delayed one here today courtesy of old friend of the blog and Stonnall historian Desmond Burton, who’s sent me scans of the sale particulars for Wordsley House Farm in 1918, and it’s attached estate including Fighting Cocks Farm. The … Continue reading

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Playing up The Wood – who do you recognise?

A great couple of Walsall Wood images have been donated by old friend of the blog Christine Burgess from her mother in law, Barbara Grant, and they’re real crackers. The one above is believed to be St John’s play group around … Continue reading

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You don’t have to be puddled to help restore a lost, local canal… but puddling helps!

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the progress they’re making at Fosseway Heath, south Lichfield, and to send out an appeal for volunteers to help push the restoration forward. … Continue reading

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Twenty six ladies, a trophy and an upcoming school reunion. What do you know?

There’s been a real buzz around about the Brownhills Central Boys School/Annexe Reunion event coming to the old school (now Brownhills Community Centre) on June 30th 2018, and to mark the occasion, Janet Davies and co have been digging material … 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, 16th June 2018 at Aldridge Library from 10:00am until 11:00am where you can meet your … Continue reading

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Aldridge Fayre 2018 – this Saturday!

Just a quick note to point out that this Saturday, 16th June 2018 is Aldridge Fayre with fun and entertainment for all the family – and with free entry and car parking, what’s not to love? Aldridge Fayre 2018 – … Continue reading

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Going A5 Live in 2018!

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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Sporting activities for kids this summer at Clayhanger Community Centre!

There’s some great sporting stuff for kids and mums  going on at Clayhanger Community Centre in Church Street, Clayhanger during the coming weeks and impending school summer holidays. I always get lots of enquiries for details of activities for kids … Continue reading

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Full details of upcoming 10/10A bus service changes now available

Following the welcome news of the extension of the National Express West Midlands service 10A to Lichfield coming late this July (But just in time for the school holidays) there was some concern expressed locally about the continued route, timings … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust June 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 (11th June 2018) there will be the June 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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A great new bus service to Lichfield starts this summer!

I have some excellent news for those of us who like to visit Lan-di-dah Lichfield and prefer to use public transport – Following a social media campaign started by railway buff Simon Swain (John) of this parish, Councillor Steve Wade … Continue reading

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Sweet like chocolate

Friend of the blog Shirley Jackson, who’s a Birmingham exile now living in Shire Oak and a great friend of the blog has raised an interesting question here relating to Cadburys and the Bournville factory in the media over the … Continue reading

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A message from Lynn Shaw: A date set for those who wish to remember Bill Shaw

It’s been a while now since the sad passing of Bill Shaw and Bill’s wife Lynn has an important announcement to make – the date has been set for the ceremony to scatter Bill’s ashes at Walsall Wood Football Club. Lynn … Continue reading

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Brownhills Community Centre Active Games Club on now!

Hey – if you’re looking out for stuff for your kids to do this morning look no further than Brownhills Community Centre (The old Central Boy’s School, or Annex to my generation), just off the Miner Island in Brownhills. Happening … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday – with a visit from a TV personality!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (10th June 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday for the third open day of 2018. I can heartily recommend the place – it’s … Continue reading

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

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that this Sunday (June 10th 2018), the fourth 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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Everyone back to school! A great reunion coming soon

Oh my (school) days, there’s a terrific thing going on at Brownhills Community Centre, what my generation called the Annex but was originally the Central Boys School – there’s going to be a celebration, reunion and open day for those … Continue reading

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The fall and rise: Fixing a hole in the cut begins

Following the sudden and unexpected drop in water level of the canal through Brownhills, and the Wyrley and Essignton Canal as a whole, top Canal and River Trust operatives have isolated the leak in the canal bed at Stoney Lane, … Continue reading

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Meet your local coppers next Tuesday in Brownhills

There’s another local police pop-up event coming at Brownhills branch of Tesco next Tuesday, 12th June 2018 where you can meet the local policing team and discuss issues that are important to you. PCSO Astley said: This is a message … Continue reading

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He’s behind you – oh no he isn’t!

A quick one for a Sunday from reader Keith Clegg – can you identify anyone in this photo? He wrote: Photo of Pantomime at the Brownhills church hall guessing about 1968. Do you recognise anyone? I don’t think there’s anything … Continue reading

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The mysterious falling canal level: Water carry on!

Several people have brought to my attention in recent days the falling level of the local canal in Brownhills and surrounds, which has naturally been causing concern, particularly following the recent wet weather which saw the canal overflowing heavily on … Continue reading

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Up hill, down dale, but never run of the mill

People keep asking me for ride galleries, and I’m happy to oblige – and fortunately the weather so far this season has been pretty good, I’m pleased to say – so last weekend I did a century into Derbyshire to … Continue reading

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Mike Sarsfield remembers Lichfield Road and Brownhills in the 1950s – do you?

I was contacted by old friend of the blog Mike Sarsfield a last week, all the way from Wales, and he would like to know if anyone remembers him, or the Brownhills of his youth – I’m sure this will trigger … Continue reading

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Police seek identity of two men following theft from shopper in Aldi, Brownhills

This lunchtime, police in Walsall have issued the above images from CCTV in the Aldi store in Brownhills showing a couple of men they would like to trace after a theft from a shopper there on Thursday 5th April 2018. … Continue reading

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We’m gooin to Barmouth!

Images Kindly shared by Steve Martin Steve Martin whose incredible and high quality work I’ve featured here before, last weekend went to Barmouth, Wales like many locals hereabouts. Thankfully for us, he also took his drone. As many Midlanders do, I … Continue reading

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Did someone say cake? A great new coffee shop now open in Pelsall

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 weeks ago to tell me that she was starting a new venture at … Continue reading

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In the hall if wet – more Ogley Hay May celebration photos!

it’s time, I think for the last set in the amazing collection of images sent in by old pal of the blog Dawn Hayton, from her mother’s personal collection – and this is a fantastic set continuing the recent Ogley … Continue reading

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Elderly man dies after flooding incident in Rushall

Dreadful news from Walsall overnight, where a man believed to be in his 80s died after a car reportedly entered floodwater, following remarkably heavy storms in the preceding hours. My sympathies, and those of the entire blog community and readership … Continue reading

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

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

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Don’t forget Lichfield Bower today!

Well, Spring Bank Holiday Monday is upon us, and that means that it’s Lichfield Bower Day in Ye Olde City – and I be the Lichfield historical folk will be up there, getting up to mischief. I hear an additional … Continue reading

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Local miniature railway open today, Spring Bank Holiday Monday!

Since it’s Spring Bank Holiday Monday , there’s a whole load of stuff going on – and today, Monday (28th May 2018) sees one of the occasional openings of something remarkable I visited way back in spring 2017, and it’s … Continue reading

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Beware localised flooding, folks!

Watch out folks – we’ve had some remarkably heavy storms this afternoon (Sunday, 27th May 2018), and many local roads are flooded with reports of swamped roads and houses across our area. It takes as little as a foot of … Continue reading

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Fire and clay: A lost history unfolds

I see that there David Evans is hot on the local history trail now his beloved Walsall Wood FC have hung up the boots for the summer – and yesterday he sent me a lovely article on a bit of … Continue reading

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Big Bounce family fun day at Holland Park RIGHT NOW

Just a heads to point out there’s a Big Bounce family fun day taking place at Holland Park, Brownhills RIGHT NOW Sunday (27th May 2018) It’s £6 per child, with under fives at £5 – there are two sessions, 11-1:30pm … Continue reading

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I can see clearly now… A lost Brownhills alehouse!

A wonderful postcard of Brownhills I’ve only ever seen in low resolution versions has appeared for sale on everyone’s favourite tat bazaar, eBay. Postally used on the 19th August 1921, this card shows a period view looking up Brownhills High … Continue reading

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Great dog show event this Spring Bank Holiday Monday at Walsall Arboretum

Facebook pal of the blog Mark Poole has asked me to shout out to readers that he’s staging an event in Walsall Arboretum this coming May Bank Holiday (28th May 2018) in aid of the Laradorsinneed.co.uk charity. At Tails in … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway Made in Staffordshire Gala this weekend!

Sorry again for the late notice but I note Chasewater Railway have their Made in Staffordshire 50th Anniversary Gala this spring Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 26th through to Monday 28th May 2018), with loads of steam and diesel heritage traction and … Continue reading

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Meet your local coppers later today in Brownhills and Pelsall

Well, what do you know – there’s a neighbourhood police pop-up event taking place at the Parkview Centre in Brownhills later this afternoon (Friday 25th May 2018), from 3:00pm until 5:00pm. A separate team will also be at the Spar … Continue reading

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