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AA group meetings in Brownhills off to a good start…

Here’s an important one – Brownhills has started its own Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings at Silver Street Methodist Church in Silver Street, Brownhills that take place this and every Tuesday (5th November 2019) from 7:30pm until 9pm. I’m told the … Continue reading

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What stopped the merging of Aldridge and Brownhills? Muck and bullets!

Today I thought I’d share a gem again found in the British Newspaper Archive by the young David Evans who has finally found proof of what many of us who were kids in this area already knew – there was … Continue reading

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2019 local Remembrance events – still making a list – can you help please?

This is just a quick request for help – in past years, we have crowdsourced from readers a list of local Remembrance parades and events taking place throughout the area, that was popular and useful to many of the readership. A … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC bonfire and fireworks event this evening

If you’re looking for an a great, family focussed and fun bonfire party, here’s a great event this evening (Sunday 3rd November 2019) at the Walsall Wood Football Club Ground, Oak Park, Walsall Wood, kicking off at 5:00pm. 🎇🔥BONFIRE NIGHT AT … Continue reading

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

I note that since the rain seems to be clearing it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green with the kids, grandkids or even just by yourself and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are … Continue reading

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MATCH OFF! Walsall Wood at home to Uttoxeter this afternoon

Sadly called off due to poor weather GAME OFF Folks sorry@UttoxeterTownFC @TheWoodTV @sy968 @BrownhillsBob — Walsall Wood FC (@WalsallWoodFC) November 2, 2019 Walsall Wood’s famous stand and the hearty welcome the club is famous for.Image kindly supplied by David Evans.1 … Continue reading

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Why not Stay and Play for longer – 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 2nd November 2019 from 10-12pm – note the … Continue reading

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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this 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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Bogus gardeners still operating in Brownhills – be vigilant

Reader Andy from Shire Oak has been in touch who is very concerned and upset that his mother has been again conned by bogus ‘gardeners’ who claimed to have undertaken gardening for her and then charged an extortionate fee. Andy said: … Continue reading

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Trick or Treat Halloween party at Beaudesert this Thursday

Not had many halloween events and activities flagged up this year which is a shame – but I did spot this one which looks fun. The Chase at night is wonderfully spooky and in the safe environment of Beaudesert Activity … Continue reading

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Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular at Hammerwich Cricket Club this Saturday

Quite a few bonfire events this weekend – one of them being the legendary Hammerwich  Cricket Club Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular. It takes place on Saturday evening 2nd November 2019 and is always a great night out and the weather … Continue reading

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Big Bounce family fun day today at Oak Park!

Just a headsup to point out there’s a Big Bounce family fun day taking place at Oak Park Active Living Centre, Walsall Wood WS9 9BH today, Tuesday 29th October 2019 – if you can’t make it today, there are identical … Continue reading

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Ogley Hay Juniors Football Team, 1963

Another great Ogley School image was sent to me a couple of days ago by reader Malcolm Kelly, who was reading my post last week regarding the mystery of the name of a forgotten teacher, and took part in the … Continue reading

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Heart bypass

I’m a bit busy today but one of the things I’ve come across in the Newspaper Archive deserves sharing here: A bizarre proposal in 1964 to tear up Brownhills Common in order to construct a bypass to relieve traffic on … Continue reading

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Coming soon – Aldridge fireworks event!

  Another fireworks event coming up next weekend that looks a much better value affair than Walsall Council’s gigs this year will be taking place next Saturday 2nd November 2019 at Aldridge Stick and Wicket Club, The Green, Aldridge. Gates … Continue reading

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Walsall Cats Protection Autumn Bazaar today

If you follow my 365daysofbiking journal or have me on social media, you’ll know I have a great fondness for cats, for which I make no apology. I note that today, October 26th 2019, Walsall Borough Cats Protection have an … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Stourport Swifts this afternoon!

This afternoon, Saturday 26th October 2019 The Wood are away on their travels again! Walsall Wood FC versus Stourport Swifts FC Walshes Meadow Stourport on Severn Worcestershire DY13 0AA Kickoff 3pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of … 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 26th October 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this 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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2019 local Remembrance events – let’s make a list – can you help please?

This is just a quick request for help – in past years, we have crowdsourced from readers a list of local Remembrance parades and events taking place throughout the area, that was popular and useful to many of the readership. I’d … Continue reading

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Details of Walsall Wood FC bonfire and fireworks event now available!

If you’re looking for an alternative to the frankly extortionate Walsall Council bonfire and fireworks event at Holland Park this year, there’s a great event at the Walsall Wood Football Club Ground, Oak Park, Walsall Wood on Sunday 3rd November … Continue reading

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Brownhills very own autism support group meets this lunchtime in a new home

Just a heads up to let folk know that the popular local autism support group ‘Supporting the Rainbow’ is meeting today (Tuesday 22nd October 2019) – and there have been some changes as now the group is inaugurated as a … Continue reading

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New AA group meetings in Brownhills starting soon

Here’s an important one – Brownhills is starting its own Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings at Silver Street Methodist Church in Silver Street, Brownhills beginning Tuesday 29th October 2019 from 7:30pm until 9pm. All are welcome. Parking is free, the venue … Continue reading

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When Amy Turtle silenced the skinheads at Chasewater

You all know I’m fascinated by Chasewater and it’s history – but there’s a period of history that’s not too well documented or understood, and is full of myth and foggy reality: The Amusement Park era from the 60s.  At … Continue reading

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Can we solve the mystery of an old Ogley Hay influencer from the 60s?

A quick enquiry here from reader Ray who yesterday sent me in this headscratcher of a question which seems ideal for a Sunday. He wrote: Hi Bob I was hoping you may have information that can help me out. Whilst … Continue reading

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Woodmen fight hard to send Leicester up the road in last minute nailbiter

Photos kindly supplied by Simon Evans Walsall Wood FC last weekend (Saturday 12th September 2019) ventured out to Leicester Road FC, hopefully to continue their unbeaten run – but the Leicester lads had other ideas, and a spirited, nailbiting match … Continue reading

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2019 Autumn Leaves Running Day at Aldridge Transport Museum this Sunday

  This Sunday 20th October 2019 it’s the annual ‘Autumn Leaves’ running day at Aldridge Transport Museum, when you can ride vintage and classic busses for free, browse stalls, admire classic and vintage cars, explore the museum – and visit … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe October meet up – get together and get things fixed this Saturday!

Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with the excellent Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which continues it’s regular residency this Saturday afternoon (Saturday 19th October 2019) … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away at Coventry Sphinx this afternoon!

This afternoon, Saturday 19th October 2019 The Wood are away to Coventry Sphinx! Sphinx Drive, off Siddeley Avenue, Stoke, Coventry, CV3 1WA Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of the Wood! Check out Walsall Wood … 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 19th October 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this 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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Community litter pick in Walsall Wood this Saturday morning!

I know folk always complain they never caught notice of these, so this is just a note to say there’s a community litter pick this Saturday morning in Walsall Wood, organised by the fab Walsall Wood Wombles group. Tomorrow, Saturday 19th … Continue reading

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Don’t forget there’s a Navy Cadet Force Open Day in Clayhanger this Saturday

Just a heads up that the local Navy Cadet Force – T.S. Vigo based in Clayhanger at the Community Centre in Church Street – are having an Open Day this Saturday, 19th October 2019. There will be loads of family … Continue reading

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Stuart Williams – goodbye my friend

It is my sad duty to share the news with readers here that yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 15th October 2019, fellow local blogger, friend of the Brownhills Blog, total geek and dedicated local historian Stuart Williams passed away following a period … Continue reading

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Why not come meet Walsall Humanists this Wednesday evening in their new venue!

Here’s a quick plug for Lichfield, Walsall and South Staffordshire Humanists – a philosophical debating group – who have their quarterly meeting this Wednesday 16th  October 2019 at their new home – the Walsall Arms pub, 17 Bank Street, WS1 … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust October 2019 public meeting takes place this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 14th 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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On Annie Thomas, and Friezland Lane Working Men’s Club…

In my neglectful absence, David Evans has been busy gathering material as he does, and he sent me the following, very generous and lovely photographic donation from local lady Shirley Downes regarding Annie Thomas. Now I believe Annie was a … Continue reading

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When it was all different

After a frighteningly busy few weeks which have left me tired and unable to do as much as I’d like on the blog, it’s nice to get back onto a bit of local history, which let’s not forget, is the … Continue reading

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

I note that since the rain seems to be clearing 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 … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC away to Leicester Road FC this afternoon

Saturday 12th October 2019 Walsall Wood FC v Leicester Road FC Leicester Rd, Leics, LE10 3DR  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes Kickoff 3pm Please come and get behind your local club For The … 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 12th October 2019 from 10-11:30am. It costs just … Continue reading

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Fancy a Parkrun at Chasewater this Saturday morning?

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Why not join the community litter picks this weekend in Brownhills and next weekend in 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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Important appeal: Did you know Kate Pugh from Stafford?

This is one of those requests that pops up from time to time, and I really hope readers can help. Reader Kevin Patrice has contacted me to try and get in contact with a lady called Kate Pugh, following a … Continue reading

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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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Brownhills very own autism support group meets this lunchtime in a new home

Just a heads up to let folk know that the popular local autism support group ‘Supporting the Rainbow’ is meeting today (Tuesday 8th October 2019) – and there have been some changes as now the group is inaugurated as a … Continue reading

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Details of Walsall Council’s park bonfire events for 2019

Readers have been asking for details of this year’s Walsall Council Bonfire Night events in the borough, and particularly Brownhills, so here is the latest information. The Brownhills Holland Park event will take place on Saturday, 26th October 2019. Other … Continue reading

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Highly polished Wood gives Tividale the slip

Pictures and captions kindly supplied by David Evans Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 5th October 2019) Walsall Wood were again at home – and entertained visitors Tividale at Oak Park. Following a good sporting match, Wood emerged the victors cementing their run … Continue reading

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Great dog show event this afternoon at Walsall Arboretum

I’ve just spotted that there’s a fun open dog show happening right now at Walsall Arboretum (Sunday, 6th October 2019) – and it looks like real fun with all breeds being welcome. It’a ll in aid off Greyhound Gap, a … Continue reading

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

I note that since it’s an unexpectedly 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 … Continue reading

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