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The Friends of Brownhills Common – March 2020 meeting tonight!

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting tonight, Monday 16th March 2020 of the Friends of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – please meet in … Continue reading

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Geoff Heath, rest in peace

An important and sad announcement here from Sue Croxford, whose father Geoffrey Heath passed away on March 6th 2020 following a period of illness. Geoff was a well known and respected man locally who was very much involved with the … Continue reading

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Special Brewes

Occasionally, I like to share interesting local postcard images found on sale sites like eBay, and today I feature one that’s an old friend – the view down High Street Brownhills from the old Railway Bridge/Lichfield Road junction towards Shire … Continue reading

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Lichfield, Burntwood and South Staffs community pull together in light of Coronavirus outbreak

A very important story here, led by people I have an awful lot of time for: Lichfield District Councillors Sue Woodward and Dave Robertson, plus the wonderful Kate ‘Cardigan’ Gomez of Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered and Lichfield Waterworks Trust fame. … 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 six 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 March 2020 from 10-12pm – note the … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood match against Sporting Khalsa this Saturday OFF sorry!

Contrary to a very short lived blog post here (which will have gone out to email subscribers, sorry) there will be no Wood match tomorrow because of the virus situation. Sorry. Apologies for the duff info.

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March community litter pick in Shelfield this Sunday afternoon!

There’s a community litter pick this Sunday morning (15th March 2020) in Shelfield, organised by the fab Shelfield Pickers group. It kicks off at 1:00pm outside Shelfield wish Bar adjacent to the Spring Cottage junction. Wrap up warm! All gear will … Continue reading

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Parkrun is on at Chasewater this Saturday!

After weeks of cancellations due to weather, Chasewater Parkrun is scheduled to go ahead this Saturday 14th March 2020 after last week’s successful return – and it looks like being a great run! For those concerned about the possible impact … Continue reading

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Police arrest man following Clayhanger hit and run but still need witnesses

Following the awful incident that took place in Clayhanger on Saturday evening (7th March 2020), in which a cyclist was seriously injured in a hit and run collision in Bridge Street, Clayhanger , a man has been arrested and  a … Continue reading

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Alcoholics Anonymous group meeting in Brownhills this evening

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 (10th March 2020) from 7:30pm until 9pm. I’m told the … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust March 2020 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 9th March 2020 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Police appeal for information after cyclist is seriously injured in Clayhanger hit and run

On Saturday evening (7th March 2020), a cyclist was seriously injured in a hit and run collision in Bridge Street, Clayhanger between the mini-island and Clayhanger Bridge. The 44 year old man remains in a serious condition in hospital. Police … Continue reading

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Woodmen emerge from the deep to sink Newark

Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans Walsall Wood FC yesterday (Saturday 7th March 2020) got in what has been a very rare thing so far this year – a match at home, on a Saturday afternoon. With an … Continue reading

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March 2020 Toy and Train Collectors Fair at Oak Park today!

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 today, Sunday, 8th March 2020 from … Continue reading

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Fancy joining Brownhills Community Drum Corps Band?

An important one here:If you’d like to join up and help the Brownhills Community Drum Corps Band – that’s the folks who march at Brownhills Remembrance Parade – then here’s you chance today (Sunday 8th March 2020) and subsequent Sundays. … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids are grandkids are at a loose end today, since the weather seems a bit more decent it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol … Continue reading

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Finally some Saturday football at Oak Park: Walsall Wood at home to Newark Flowserve this afternoon

Saturday 7th March 2020 Providing there’s no sudden deluge, Oak Park will see it’s first Saturday home match in quite a while! Walsall Wood FC at home to Newark Flowserve FC Kickoff 3pm Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be … 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 six 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 March 2020 from 10-12pm – note the … Continue reading

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Parkrun returns to Chasewater this Saturday!

After being cancelled due to weather and flooding on the course for no less than three weeks running, Chasewater Parkrun returns this Saturday morning (8th March 2020) – assuming we’re not hit by a hurricane of blizzard between now and … Continue reading

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Buses by Night 2020 – a great local event on this Saturday!

This Saturday afternoon and evening (7th March 2020) there’s a great, innovative event taking place at Aldridge Transport Museum just off Northgate – Buses by Night, which is your chance to ride on some great old vehicles and see the local sights … Continue reading

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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 3rd March 2020) – and they’re back to meeting at their original base, Smithys Forge pub in Lichfield … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust need volunteers – can you help save a great piece of history?

I know lots of you are looking for interesting volunteering opportunities locally – and here’s a fun one for people with a whole range of skills – helping to save Sandfields Pumping Station in Lichfield and turn it into a … Continue reading

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Got a little one? Would you like a stroll in the park this Monday morning?

I’ve always supported the wonderful parent and toddler walking and social group that took place weekly at Chasewater – Chasewater Strollers, which grew via the human dynamo of Esther Allen and others into the wonderful Spark movement in Burntwood – well, the … Continue reading

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Fancy joining Brownhills Community Drum Corps Band? Open day today!

  An important one here:If you’d like to join up and help the Brownhills Community Drum Corps Band – that’s the folks who march at Brownhills Remembrance Parade – then here’s you chance today (Sunday 1st March 2020) as they … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids are grandkids are at a loose end today, since the weather seems a bit more decent it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol … Continue reading

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Bears on the common? Let’s all go on a bear hunt this morning!

Sorry, late notice but I’m having trouble with the blog machinery this weekend. This morning, Sunday 1st March 2020, there’s a bear hunt on Brownhills Common starting at 10:00am – but you’ll need to contact the organisers on this link … 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 six years of age, there is a great Stay and Play session running at Brownhills Community Centre in the heart of Brownhills this Saturday morning 29th February 2020 from 10-12pm – note the … Continue reading

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It’s still very wet in the park: Chasewater Parkrun cancelled yet again

Sadly due to the incredible amount of standing water and mud at Chasewater, the organisers of Chasewater Parkrun have wisely but with very heavy hearts decided to cancel the event for this week which was scheduled to take place this … Continue reading

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Rushall May Fayre needs you!

Here’s an important one I’ve been meaning to run for a while, brought to my attention by old friend of the blog, Claire Gibbs. Rushall May Fayre is an important, annual and hugely popular community festival, which has been organised … Continue reading

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Come join the community litter pick this Thursday morning in Brownhills!

Very late notice I know, but I’ve only just spotted that there is a community litter pick event taking place in Brownhills this morning (Thursday 27th February 2020) from 10am  until 12 noon starting at Brownhills Community Centre – and … Continue reading

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Walking group sets off again in Brownhills this Wednesday afternoon!

I note that since it’s a new year, new start and so forth, there are lots of opportunities to get out and about and work of some of the padding Christmas left behind. One such thing is the new walking … Continue reading

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In memoriam Eddie Fallon: A wonderful gesture

Last autumn, Brownhills was saddened by the loss of a well respected and loved local man, Eddie ‘Jock’ Fallon, who was taken from us after a period of illness. As an ex-Serviceman, Eddie was a member of Brownhills branch of … Continue reading

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Got a little one? Fancy a stroll in the park this Monday morning?

I’ve always supported the wonderful parent and toddler walking and social group that took place weekly at Chasewater – Chasewater Strollers, which grew via the human dynamo of Esther Allen and others into the wonderful Spark movement in Burntwood – well, the … Continue reading

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Fancy joining Brownhills Community Drum Corps Band?

  An important one here:If you’d like to join up and help the Brownhills Community Drum Corps Band – that’s the folks who march at Brownhills Remembrance Parade – then here’s you chance today (Sunday 23rd February 2020) and subsequent … Continue reading

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

If you, the kids are grandkids are at a loose end today, since the weather seems a bit more decent it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol … Continue reading

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Why not join Sunday’s Walsall Wood community litter picks?

The next Walsall Wood community litter pick by Walsall Wood Wombles take place on Sunday 23rd February 2019 – and all are welcome to join in. There will actually be two litter picks organised by the Womble group on the … Continue reading

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It’s very wet in the park: Chasewater Parkrun cancelled again

Sadly due to the incredible amount of standing water and mud at Chasewater, the organisers of Chasewater Parkrun have wisely but with very heavy hearts decided to cancel the event for this week which was scheduled to take place this … Continue reading

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

I know folk always complain they never caught notice of these, so this is just a note to say there the next Walsall Wood community litter pick by Walsall Wood Wombles take place on Sunday 23rd February 2019 – and … Continue reading

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Walking group sets off again in Brownhills this Wednesday afternoon!

I note that since it’s a new year, new start and so forth, there are lots of opportunities to get out and about and work of some of the padding Christmas left behind. One such thing is the new walking … Continue reading

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

The popular and busy Supporting the Rainbow autism carers support group meets again today (Tuesday 18th February 2020) for a special half-term catchup at Brownhills Community Centre from 1:30pm to 2:30pm today at Brownhills Community Centre, just off the Miner … Continue reading

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Distant Hoofbeats remembered

In relation to the history of Chasewater and it’s ill-fated trotting track, I was contacted recently by a lovely lady – Sue McMillan – who spent time in the area with her family when she was younger, and whose father … Continue reading

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Many local roads flooded – Walsall Council issue update

Latest update from Walsall Council 8pm Sunday 16th February 2020: A final (hopefully!) update for you. In response to flooding emergencies, highways officers, Tarmac crews and Clean & Green crews have been working hard since the early hours of this … Continue reading

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Fancy joining Brownhills Community Drum Corps Band?

  An important one here:If you’d like to join up and help the Brownhills Community Drum Corps Band – that’s the folks who march at Brownhills Remembrance Parade – then here’s you chance today (Sunday 16th February 2020) and subsequent … Continue reading

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Brownhills in the mid-1990s: A miscellany

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There’s a lovely coffee concert 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 15th February 2020) at the Silver Street Methodist Church in Brownhills, featuring … Continue reading

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SORRY MATCH OFF DUE TO WEATHER!

Saturday 15th February 2020 Walsall Wood FC away to South Normanton Athletic FC In light of storm Dennis, keep an eye on Walsall Wood FC’s Twitter feed to make sure the game is a goer before leaving home… Don’t break your Wood vows … 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 six years of age, there is a great Stay and Play session running at Brownhills Community Centre in the heart of Brownhills this Saturday morning 15th February 2020 from 10-12pm – note the … Continue reading

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Storm Dennis: Chasewater Parkrun cancelled

Sadly due to the rather inclement weather forecast for tomorrow due to incoming storm Dennis (Saturday 15th February 2020) the organisers of Chasewater Parkrun have wisely but with very heavy hearts decided to cancel the event for this week. Chasewater … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe February 2020 meet up – get together and get things fixed this afternoon!

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 coming Saturday afternoon (Saturday 15th February … Continue reading

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Walking group sets off again in Brownhills this Wednesday afternoon!

I note that since it’s a new year, new start and so forth, there are lots of opportunities to get out and about and work of some of the padding Christmas left behind. One such thing is the new walking … Continue reading

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