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Brownhills very own autism support group meets this Tuesday lunchtime!

Just a heads up to let folk know that the popular local autism support group ‘Supporting the Rainbow’ is meeting today (Tuesday 17th September 2019) following their break for the summer holidays. Today and on coming Tuesdays they will be … Continue reading

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Get set for Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge 2019 Canal Heritage Gathering next weekend!

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 21-22nd September 2019, and takes place at Huddlesford, near Lichfield. There will be boats, vintage and classic … Continue reading

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Woodmen make Swift work of stomping Stourport

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans. My apologies to readers – busy weekend and very much behind at the moment – should catch up in coming days. Apologies – Bob Walsall Wood FC were on stonking … 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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Gerald Reece’s Chasewater in the 1960s

I thought I’d continue sharing the hugely popular recent run of archive images today and the real treat from the immense Gerald Reece collection this weekend consists of some rather special, but austere-looking shots of Chasewater, I’d say in it’s … Continue reading

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Sutton Coldfield fire station fun day on right now!

Just a quick one – I note there’s a fun day event today (Saturday 14th September 2019) at Sutton Coldfield Fire Station. These really are great events – always loads to do and if your kids are into the blues … 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 14th September 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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You can help the hedgehogs this Sunday!

Hey folks – this is really important! West Midlands Hedgehog Rescue have an open day planned at Hawkins Sport and Social Club, Coppice Lane, Cheslyn Hay, WS6 7EY this Sunday, 15th September 2019 from 11am until 3pm. There will be plenty … Continue reading

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Coming soon: Tipton Community and Canal Festival

The weekend of Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd September 2019 is a busy old time for canal fans locally. Across both days of the weekend there are not one but two local canal festivals that span both days – the … Continue reading

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Not one, but two community litter picks this weekend in Brownhills and Walsall Wood!

I know folk always complain they never caught notice of these, so this is just a note to say there are two community littler picks this weekend, from Brownhills Community Wombles and Walsall Wood Wombles groups. There’s a community litter pick … Continue reading

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Brownhills very own autism support group is back today after it’s summer break!

Just a heads up to let folk know that the popular local autism support group ‘Supporting the Rainbow’ start meeting today (Tuesday 10th September 2019) again following their break for the summer holidays. Today and on coming Tuesdays they will … Continue reading

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Can you help local Royal Naval Cadets form a marching band for Remembrance?

I have a really important appeal here from the local Royal Navy Cadets at TS Vigo based in the Community Centre in Clayhanger – they’re appealing for new members with a musical aptitude to form a marching band! Last year … Continue reading

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999 problems – and location is just one of them

Just a quick one as a discussion point for an autumnal Sunday evening – these photos (scanned from slides by the indispensable young David Evans) are part of the Gerald Reece collection and are clearly of Brownhills in the Holland … Continue reading

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Chapel and church, a gallery…

I’m continuing to share the Gerald Reece photos (and it’s really hard to spin them out but there’s some astounding stuff in the queue, let me assure you!) and today there’s a small gallery of images of local places of … 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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Bogus caller claiming to be from British Gas operating in Brownhills – Beware!

There’s been a fair few reports surfaced in the past few days of a bogus caller operating in the Brownhills area last Thursday (5th September 2019), saying he’s from British Gas telling householders he’s signing them up for smart meters. … Continue reading

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

As well as Stay and Play, this Saturday 7th September 2019 if you’ve got 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 years old and there’s … 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 7th September 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Parkrun at Chasewater every Saturday – and this one is Back to School theme week!

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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Just a fortnight to go until Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge 2019 Canal Heritage Gathering!

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 21-22nd September 2019, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield. There will be boats, … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust September 2019 public meeting takes place next Monday evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 9th September 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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Gerald Reece’s world of lost pubs and watering holes…

Here’s yet another photo treat for folk who remember the 70s, 80s and 90s in Brownhills – David Evans met up with the wonderful Gerald Reece on his 80th birthday walk a couple of weeks ago and Gerald shared some … Continue reading

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Bill Barnard: Club classic!

One subject I’m continually looking for information about (and haven’t turned up a great deal, if I’m perfectly honest which is a bit sad in a whole decade) is that of Friezland Lane Working Mens Club in Shire Oak. This … Continue reading

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Woodmen battle hard for draw with an unpliable Lye

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 31st August 2019) Walsall Wood F.C. entertained Lye Town at Walsall Wood. A tense, nail-biting match full of drama that the young David Evans watched keenly to see the two teams draw in a six goal match … Continue reading

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Fancy a music and family festival this afternoon? It’s Lock Stock in Willenhall and it’s on until 9pm!

There’s a great music and fun family festuval for this Sunday afternoon (1st September 2019) ruining into the evening just up the road at Willenhall Memorial Park. With three stages and over 20 acts there’s something for everyone at Lock … 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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Why not catch some great footy today? Walsall Wood play Lye at Oak Park this afternoon

Saturday  31st August 2019 The Wood entertain Lye town at Oak Park! Come watch the lads at home this afternoon Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood! Check out Walsall Wood FC’s … 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 31st August 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Parkrun is now at Chasewater every 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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Local lady to undertake skydive in aid of cancer charity

Local lady and old friend of the blog Kim Morris has been in touch to tell me that she’s undertaking a skydive for the Mesothelioma UK charity, which cares for folk suffering illness caused by asbestos. This is a cause … Continue reading

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Find Someone in Time – a great new book by a brilliant local author

Burntwood lad and old friend of the blog Stuart Cowley has been busy publishing his first book, which I’m really happy to see and very much looking forward to reading. You’ll all know how important it is to me that … Continue reading

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September 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, 1st September 2019 … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill – Step back in time to the 1940’s today!

New Hall Mill is a splendid place, restored and run by wonderfully dedicated volunteers. Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today, Bank Holiday Monday (26th August 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… It’s New Hall Mill’s 1940s event! … Continue reading

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The Royal British Legion are here to help – but need our help too!

I have here an important message from the Brownhills Branch (and wider organisation, of course) of the Royal British Legion that old friend of the blog John Bird has asked me to share with you all. I owe an apology … 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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Changing times and changing places

Here’s yet another photo treat for folk who remember the 70s, 80s and 90s in Brownhills – David Evans met up with the wonderful Gerald Reece on his 80th birthday walk a couple of weeks ago and Gerald shared some … Continue reading

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Something wonderful for princesses and pirates alike this Summer Bank Holiday Monday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Bank Holiday Monday (26th August 2019) staging a Princesses and Pirates Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains and there will be fun, games, competitions, … Continue reading

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Parkrun is now at Chasewater every 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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New Hall Mill – Step back in time to the 1940’s on Bank Holiday Monday

New Hall Mill is a splendid place, restored and run by wonderfully dedicated volunteers. Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (26th August 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… It’s New Hall Mill’s 1940s event! … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood’s Bank Holiday weekend music & fun festival starts Friday!

On the Summer Bank Holiday weekend event score, there’s a great music, fun, family and food festival planned right across the break from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August 2019 – and it’s all in aid of charities Livvy’s Smile … Continue reading

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Three bogus caller incidents on Monday morning – warn your friends and relatives

I’m sad to report that there’s one or more bogus workmen operating locally again, preying on the elderly and vulnerable, with three incidents being reported on Monday morning, 19th August 2019 in Aldridge and Shelfield. West Midlands Police said: Aldridge … Continue reading

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Supporting the Rainbow fun day event in Walsall Wood today!

Hey up folks there’s a Summer Fun Day happening today (20th August 2019) in aid of the wonderful Supporting the Rainbow autism support group at the Horse and Jockey pub, just opposite Barons Court in Walsall Wood from 12-4pm. Everyone … Continue reading

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Local micropub The Jiggers Whistle raises over £1000 for charity!

Old pal of the blog Helen José has been in touch to let me know about the wonderful and impressive achievement by local darters playing in the Jiggers Whistle Darts League, who’ve raised a whopping £1008 for Help for Heroes … Continue reading

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Don’t forget: Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge 2019 Canal Heritage Gathering coming soon!

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 21-22nd September 2019, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield. There will be boats, … Continue reading

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Woodmen fight hard to beat the ‘Mond

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans Walsall Wood FC continued their steady progress into the new season on Saturday 17th August 2019 with a hard fought win over Shrewsbury’s Haughmond FC at Oak Park – a … Continue reading

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There’s a great free live music event in Walsall Arboretum on now!

Right now Sunday 18th August 2019 at Walsall Arboretum Bandstand there’s a great live family show – Lakeside Live 19 – featuring great local musicians playing covers from 60s to the 90s plus great original feel good music to suit … 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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Lost and found local businesses: Which do you recall?

Here’s a treat for folk who remember the 80s and 90s in Brownhills – David Evans met up with the wonderful Gerald Reece on his 80th birthday walk last week and Gerald shared some rather wonderful photos for us to … Continue reading

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Why not catch a great match at Oak Park this afternoon?

Today, Saturday 17th August 2019 The Wood are at home, entertaining Shrewsbury’s Haughmond FC: The Shropshire lads beat the Woodmen 3-2 at their home ground last week – can Wood triumph today? Walsall Wood FC versus Haughmond FC Kick off is … 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 17th August 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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