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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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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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Are you ready for Walsall Wood’s Summer Bank Holiday music fun festival?

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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Up for some Boats, Beats and Bites this bank holiday weekend?

Since we’re getting close to August Bank Holiday weekend, the events for the last mid-year Bank Holiday of the year are coming in thick and fast – and the first of these is a very interesting looking food, music and … Continue reading

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The Greatest Show comes to Brownhills this Thursday!

There’s an interesting looking fund day event happening this Thursday, 15th August 2019 at Millfield Primary School, Catshill, Brownhills from 11am until 2pm – and it’s totally free, with crafts, art, games, food and fun – and as it’s being … Continue reading

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Supporting the Rainbow autism support group have a holiday catch up today!

Whilst the popular Supporting the Rainbow autism support group is having a well-deserved summer break from it’s usual venue at the Smithys Forge pub, the group are organising some special meet-ups you can bring your kids along to – the … Continue reading

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Gerald Reece and friends took another walk into history!

David Evans yesterday sent me this lovely gallery from Gerald Reece’s walk from Chasewater Railway yesterday morning (10th August 2019) – sadly the weather was atrocious and although I hoped to make it, I was unable to go and meet … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust August 2019 public meeting takes place Monday evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 12th August 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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Chasewater Railway – 2019 Annual Charities Day this Sunday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Sunday (11th August 2019) 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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Brownhills now has a fantastic independent coffee and cake shop!

Laura Tarburton mailed me over the last couple of days to tell me that she was starting a new venture right in the heart of Brownhills with baker extraordinare Tina Williams: Bean and Baked in the Community Centre on the … Continue reading

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Woodmen away at Shrewsbury this afternoon!

Today, Saturday 10th August 2019 The Wood are visiting the Sports Village, home of Shrewsbury’s Haughmond FC Haughmond FC versus Walsall Wood FC Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood!  Shrewsbury Sports … 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 10th 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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Come down to Chasewater Day – a great family fun event this Saturday!

Just a quick heads up that this Saturday (10th August 2019) there’s Chasewater Day, a great family fun event at your favourite country park – the whole thing runs from 10am until 3pm, with all kinds of fun activities, stall, … Continue reading

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Exploring the history of Rugeley’s lost hall

It’s always a pleasure to feature the work of other historians here and this has been a longstanding tradition since the very start of this blog over a decade age: Today, I’d like readers to welcome a new contributor to … Continue reading

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Woodmen leave Gresley grazed and beaten

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans Walsall Wood FC kicked off the new season on Saturday 3rd August 2019 with a decisive win over Gresley FC at Oak Park – a good start that delighted the … Continue reading

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

I note that since it’s Sunday 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 afternoon – … Continue reading

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There’s a litter pick at Chasewater this morning!

There’s a community litter pick event taking place in Brownhills this morning (Sunday 4th August 2019) from 10am until 11:30am at Chasewater ‘beach’ being organised by Burntwood #LitterHeroes. This event is being run by a local band of volunteers for … Continue reading

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Who lived in a in a house like this, and where was it?

I won’t beat around the bush. I’m knackered and way behind with lots of online stuff like 365days – so quick posts here this weekend – but I have some fabulous quick queries you all can ponder over. The first … Continue reading

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Start the season with a great match at Oak Park this afternoon!

Today, Saturday 3rd August 2019 The Wood are at home, entertaining Gresley Walsall Wood FC versus Gresley FC Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood!  Oak Park, Lichfield Road, Walsall Wood. WS9 … 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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Brownhills music festival A5 Live starts today and runs all weekend!

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, now renamed and revitalised as A5 Live. This year the music, entertainment and fun returns to … Continue reading

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Concerned about local crime issues? Meeting this evening in Rushall

In light of recent events, there’s a very interesting meeting taking place at 7:30pm tonight, Wednesday, 231st July 2019 – that of Rushall, Sheffield, Pelsall and Brownhills Neighbourhood Watch – and there’s a specific invitation to Brownhills residents. The meeting … Continue reading

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Supporting the Rainbow autism support group have a holiday catch up today!

Whilst the popular Supporting the Rainbow autism support group is having a well-deserved summer break from it’s usual venue at the Smithys Forge pub, the group are organising some special meet-ups you can bring your kids along to – the … Continue reading

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Tubs of blood and lost palaces

There has been a great response to the recent series of articles on local cinemas from an old, long out of print Ned Williams book David Evans has spotted in the huge Gerald Reece collection. However, a comment made by honorary … Continue reading

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Big Bounce family fun day in Brownhills this Monday

Just a headsup (I’ve only just noticed, sorry) to point out there’s a Big Bounce family fun event taking place at Holland Park, Brownhills (Next to the Library and Medical Centre) this Monday, 29th July 2019 with sessions starting at … 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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Vintage Fair at Chasewater Railway today!

I notice that today, Sunday, 28th July 2019, there’s a rather fun looking craft and vintage event being staged at Chasewater Railway. The fair runs from 11am until 4pm at Brownhills West Station (Use the Chasewater main entrance from the … Continue reading

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Motorway flyover – aerial images of the M6 Toll construction

I’ve had some fascinating images sent in to the blog by regular reader Robert Sault, taken at the turn of the millennium as the M6 Toll motorway was being built trough our area. These are a remarkable selection from what … Continue reading

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Just one week to go until A5 Live! Loads of great bands and spoken word acts!

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, now renamed and revitalised as A5 Live. This year the music, entertainment and fun returns to … 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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Active Games Club for kids at Brownhills Community Centre this morning!

As well as Stay and Play, this Saturday 27th July 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 27th July 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Follow Ian Neville on his mammoth bike ride for charity today!

Here’s an appeal to sponsor Brownhills poet and human dynamo Ian Neville who is today (Friday, 26th July 2019) riding from Brownhills to Blackpool by bicycle – a distance of 120 miles, a remarkable endeavour. You can follow Ian on his Facebook … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill July 2019 open day this Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today (Sunday 28th July 2019), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday and I can heartily recommend the place – it’s fascinating and I had a … Continue reading

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Fancy joining Gerald Reece for a walk into history?

Hello folks – great news reaches me from David Evans. It seems that he’s been in communication with the greatest historian ever to have written about Brownhills, Gerald Reece, who will be returning to Brownhills on the 10th August 2019 … Continue reading

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Vintage Fair at Chasewater Railway this Sunday!

I notice that this Sunday, 28th July 2019, there’s a rather fun looking craft and vintage event being staged at Chasewater Railway. The fair runs from 11am until 4pm at Brownhills West Station (Use the Chasewater main entrance from the … Continue reading

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Will you sponsor Ian riding to Blackpool this Friday for a great local cause?

Here’s a heads up for an appeal to sponsor Brownhills poet and human dynamo Ian Neville who will be riding from Brownhills to Blackpool by bicycle this Friday, 26th July 2019 – a distance of 120 miles, a remarkable endeavour. This will … 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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All the fun of the fair – but how much can you remember?

This weekend Carters Steam Fair is back in Beacon Park in Lichfield. Carters Fair is very traditional travelling fair of the type that used to visit Brownhills in days of yore – and of course, Walsall Wood is home to … Continue reading

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There’s a lovely coffee concert starting this afternoon in Brownhills!

Friend of the blog Chris Booth has been in touch to let me know about a rather nice Coffee Concert that’s due to take place this afternoon (Saturday 20th July 2019) at the Silver Street Methodist Church in Brownhills, featuring … 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 20th July 2019 if you’ve go 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 20th July 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Get steamy near Burton 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 20th-21stnd July … Continue reading

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