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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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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 (25th February 2020) from 7:30pm until 9pm. I’m told the … Continue reading

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Why not join the next 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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Lichfield Waterworks Trust February 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 10 February 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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Stepping up to just get mown down

People who follow me on social media will know I’ve not been enjoying the best of health of late – you might have noticed the blog has been operating at reduced power in recent weeks for which I apologise: But … Continue reading

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Hey, it’s windy… Be careful out there

As storms batter the area today (Sunday, 9th February 2020), just a note to warn you to take care – especially when passing the former Warreners Arms (Macdonalds) in Brownhills. Slates have been falling off the roof onto the footpath … Continue reading

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Reg Morris’s major achievements…

Over the years I’ve featured on the blog, and received a very warm response to anything connected with the late, great and absolutely legendary Brownhillian Reg Morris – a man noted for his community spirit, mischief, bravery and willingness to undertake … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Lye this afternoon

Saturday, 8th February 2020 The Wood are away to Lye town Come watch the lads at the Stourbridge Road ground Sports Ground, Stourbridge Road, Lye, DY9 7DH Kick off is 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good of … 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 8th February 2020 from 10-12pm – note the … Continue reading

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Aged 6-16? Fancy being on stage? Auditions for Bugsy Malone in Brownhills today!

Late notice I know, but Thespian Arts are auditioning youngsters from the age of 6-16 at Brownhills Community Centre today (February 8th 2020) for their upcoming musical production Bugsy Malone. The open auditions take place at the centre – the … Continue reading

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Fancy a bike ride from Walsall Wood this Saturday?

Here’s something that’s clearly been going on for a while but hasn’t been on my radar – the interesting Walsall Bike Project which seems to be doing a lot of interesting cycling stuff in Walsall Borough, as well as organising … Continue reading

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Community litter pick in Shelfield this Saturday morning!

There’s a community litter pick this Saturday morning (8th February 2020) in Shelfield, organised by the fab Shelfield Pickers group. It kicks off at 10:00am outside Kat’s Cabin Cafe, Spring Road, Shelfied – within a stones throw of the Spring Cottage … 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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New 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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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 4th February 2020) – and they’re back to meeting at their original base, Smithys Forge pub in Lichfield … Continue reading

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Got a little one? Fancy a stroll in the park?

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 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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Walsall Wood pipped by Coventry in last minute clincher

Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans Walsall Wood FC were at home to Coventry United yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 1st February 2020) for a game dedicated to the memory of club stalwart Ron Tranter whose passing has been deeply felt by all … 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 1st February 2020 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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Exhibition of local artists work at Brownhills Community Centre this weekend

Hey you lot – there’s an exhibition this Saturday and Sunday 1st and 2nd of February 2020 featuring artwork by local creatives at Brownhills Community Centre, just by the Miner Island in Brownhills from 11am until 4pm Saturday and 11am … Continue reading

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Ron Tranter rest in peace – memorial match and funeral details announced

I was very sad to hear recently of the passing of a Walsall Wood and local football legend  Ron Tranter, who passed away on 11th January 2020 aged 73. Ron was a huge character and a very respected elder of … Continue reading

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New Year 2020 photo competition – the results are in!

Right, it’s been a hellishly difficult thing to do, but the judges (Myself Bob, Phil Griffin, David Evans, Linda Mason, Phil Griffin, the young David Evans and the Wee Pickle) have pondered and head scratched in the last week to … Continue reading

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Tuning in to some new aerials

A quick post here I’ve been meaning to do for ages. I discovered through the young David Evans a while pack a surprisingly diverse archive of aerial images, many of which are local. Unlike the Britain from the Air archive, … 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 has cleared a little it would be an excellent chance to nip up to Stubbers Green and chat to the Swan Patrol. The Patrol are … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood beaten by boys from the brown stuff

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans A chilly afternoon downwind of the rather aromatic Minworth Sewage Works at Romulus FCs Castle Vale ground punished the Walsall Wood faithful yesterday (25th January 2020) as their lads were … Continue reading

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When Chasewater nearly became a zoo: An eyesore that proved a financial flop

One recurrent theme I get when discussing Chasewater’s recent history as a public amusement venue from the 1950s to it’s decline in the 80s and 90s is how wonderful it was. Well, there’s no doubt we’ve all got fine memories … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Romulus at Castle Vale this Saturday afternoon!

Saturday 25th January 2020 Walsall Wood are away to Castle Vale’s Romulus FC Walsall Wood F.C. v Loughborough F.C. Romulus FC, Castle Vale Stadium, Farnborough Road, Birmingham B35 7LQ Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes! 3:00pm kickoff For … 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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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 21st January 2020) – and they’re back to meeting at their original base, Smithys Forge pub in Lichfield … Continue reading

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Very much on form Woodmen see Long Eaton beaten

Images and captions supplied by the young David Evans Walsall Wood FC took the trip to Long Eaton on Saturday afternoon last (18th January 2020), and actually got a match in after weeks of weather cancellations. I’m pleased to note … Continue reading

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2020 new year photo competition – sorry, been a slight delay…

Hi folks just a note to say there’s been a slight delay in the New Year 2020 Brownhills Blog photo competition. I was intending to announce winners this weekend, however due to me not being able to contact one entrant … Continue reading

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Fancy joining the community band?

An important one here I’ve only just been made aware of: If you’d like to join up and help the community bmarching band – that’s the folks who march at Brownhills Remembrance Parade – then here’s you chance today (Sunday … 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 these community litter picks today?

I know folk always complain they never caught notice of these, so this is just another note to say there are two local community littler picks today Sunday 19th January 2019,  Brownhills Community Wombles will be picking in Brownhills as will Walsall Wood … Continue reading

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FREE kids multi-sport session at Brownhills Community Centre this morning!

As well as Stay and Play, this Saturday 18th January 2020 if you’ve got older kids why not try the PEPA Active Sports Club at Brownhills Community Centre from 10am-11am? It’s suitable for kids from 5-11 years old and there’s … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe January 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 Saturday afternoon (Saturday 18th January 2020) … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Long Eaton at Grange Park this afternoon

Saturday 18th January 2020 Walsall Wood away at Long Eaton United Grange Park, Station Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 2EF Kickoff 3:00pm For the Good of the Wood! Check out Walsall Wood FC’s website here.

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