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Soultime – Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie and pals this Friday!

Local DJ Peter Leek has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing his semi-regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this Friday, 16th November 2018 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of great soul … Continue reading

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Don’t miss this Winter Craft, Gift and Food Festival this coming Sunday at the Lamp, Brownhills!

Old pal of the blog Laura Tucker has been in touch to let me know that she’s organised a lovely Winter Craft, Gift and Food Festival, which will take place this Sunday, 18th November 2018 at the Lamp Arts Space … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust November 2018 public meeting this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station – a great historic building with immense history and social significance – not just to Lichfield, but to the Black Country. Lichfield Discovered and local historian Dave Moore have saved this valuable asset for the community. Sandfields Pumping … Continue reading

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Hundreds of years of immense bravery and unbelievable political folly

Harry Patch was a genuinely Great Biton. Today is of course Armistice Day, Remembrance Sunday and the centenary af the end of World War One – the Great War. Never was a conflict so inappropriately named.  All over the country … Continue reading

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Warning: Attempted break in to occupied house in Shire Oak

A warning here for readers of the blog throughout the area, but particularly in the Shire Oak and Walsall Wood area, where on the early hours of Wednesday 1st November 2018 a resident of Shire Oak suffered an attempted break … Continue reading

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Bonfire and Fireworks at Hammerwich this evening, and Walsall Wood FC on Sunday!

Two firework and bonfire events this weekend – one in Hammerwich this evening (Saturday 3rd November 2018) and the one tomorrow evening at Walsall Wood FC (Sunday 4th November 2018) – both events are always a great night out and … Continue reading

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Bonfire and Fireworks at Walsall Wood FC this coming Sunday evening!

If you’re at a loose end on Sunday evening (4th November 2018), or are looking for a good firework party to take the kids to, there’s a great event at the Walsall Wood Football Club Ground, Oak Park, Walsall Wood  kicking … Continue reading

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Fancy some musical fun with the Brownhills bad girls?

Old pal of the blog Jamie Norgrove of top local performers Brownhills Musical Theatre Company contacted me yesterday afternoon to ask if I’d plug their latest show – the popular and fun Bad Girls the Musical – which looks set to be … Continue reading

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Holland Park 2018 bonfire and fireworks: This evening!

Always a good display…. 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 tonight Saturday, … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood away to Long Eaton at Grange Park this afternoon

Grange Park, home of Long Eaton United. Image posted on Panoramio by Stephen Harris. Saturday 27th October 2018 Walsall Wood away at Long Eaton United Grange Park, Station Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire NG10 2EF Kickoff 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report will follow… For the Good … Continue reading

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Man mugged in Brownhills: Did you see anything?

It seems the crime news doesn’t abate at the moment andI do hope this bad patch passes soon – on Monday night I was made aware that last Sunday evening (21st October 2018) a local man was mugged and severely … Continue reading

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Macmillan coffee morning on this morning in Brownhills!

A quick note to say there’s a coffee morning for Macmillan going on at the Calvary Pentecostal Church in Brickiln Street, Brownhills this morning, Saturday 20th October 2018 from 10am to 1pm.  There will be cake, hot drinks and great … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe – get together to get things fixed this Saturday!

What a fantastic idea this is! Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with the wonderful Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which continues it’s regular run at … Continue reading

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2018 Autumn Leaves Running Day at Aldridge Transport Museum this Sunday

This Sunday 21st October 2018 it’s the annual ‘Autumn Leaves’ running day at Aldridge Transport Museum, when you can ride vintage and classic busses free, and browse stalls, the museum – and visit Chasewater in style! It’s £5 entry for … Continue reading

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BRD days – a 149 page history for you to explore

A few weeks ago I promised a treat for those who were interested in the history of the BRD company in Aldridge – many readers will have worked or had relatives that did in the huge, sprawling engineering company the … Continue reading

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The First Cut and a musical history…

Folk band the Light Side, who will be performing at Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s Autumn Show. Image from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust have … Continue reading

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Stuck in a rut – beware, folks – the deer are getting horny….

Time to repeat this post as this morning I was riding to work and spotted a stag on Green Lane, Walsall Wood, clearly angered by the traffic interfering with his prancing activities. Thankfully, after much encouragement by a driver, he … Continue reading

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Great news everyone – Matthew Lawley found safe and well

Matthew Lawley now safe and well. Image posted on social media by Danielle Lawley. Great news folks – Matthew Lawley who was missing from home in Walsall Wood over the weekend has been found safe and well. I’d like to … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway Coal Train event all this weekend

Who doesn’t fondly remember the coal trains rumbling through Brownhills? Your chance to stir a few memories… Sorry again for the late notice but I note Chasewater Railway have their Coal Train event this weekend (Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October 2018) … Continue reading

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Details of Walsall Council’s park bonfire events for 2018

Always a good display…. 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, … Continue reading

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Teenagers mugged at knifepoint yesterday in Brownhills

Beware on the Black Path. A reader has contacted me with worrying news: It seems a couple of lads were mugged at knifepoint yesterday (Tuesday 2nd October 2018) at 5:30pm on the Black Path through Holland Park, near to Brownhills … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust October 2018 public meeting this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station – a great historic building with immense history and social significance – not just to Lichfield, but to the Black Country. Lichfield Discovered and local historian Dave Moore have saved this valuable asset for the community. Sandfields Pumping … Continue reading

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Phoebe James found safe and well – thank you all

Images posted on social media by the James family Great news just in – missing teenager Phoebe James from Burntwood has been found safe and well.Liz James, Phoebe’s mum, posted in the last few minutes: ****update****By the power of Facebook … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood at home to Coventry United this afternoon!

Welcome to Walsall Wood, Coventry United! This afternoon, Saturday 22nd September 2018 The Wood are at home to Coventry United! Come watch the match at Oak Park! Oak Park, Walsall Wood WS9 9NP Kick off is at 3:00pm Hopefully, a match report … Continue reading

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Do you know a kid who could make Brownhills alive… With the Sound of Music?

Looks set to be a great show, as usual! Old pal of the blog Jamie Norgrove contacted me from Brownhills Musical Theatre Company yesterday to ask if I’d put out this appeal for children and young people who’d like to … Continue reading

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Meet you local coppers in Brownhills this morning!

A great way to get to know your local policing team Sorry for the late notice, but there’s another local police pop-up event this morning Tuesday 18th September 2018 where you can meet the local policing team and discuss issues … Continue reading

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Stuck in a rut – beware, folks – the deer are getting horny….

The above excellent video is a fallow deer stag filmed up on Cannock Chase by reader, contributor and top friend of the blog Peter Barker. That stag really has romance on his mind… This is just a quick note to warn people … Continue reading

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Working at the BRD – a couple of photos, a magazine… and a treat in store

The crankshaft works at the BRD, Aldridge in full production. These crankshafts will have gone to many local vehicle manufacturers of the day. Image from a source to be revealed. A treat coming for those interested in recent industrial history … Continue reading

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Lichfield repair cafe – get together to get things fixed this Saturday!

What a fantastic idea this is! Never one to sit back and let life pass her by, that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is involved with the wonderful Lichfield Repair Cafe project – which starts a regular run at … Continue reading

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Local canal restoration volunteers celebrate 30 years of progress

Guests at Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s 30thanniversary celebration barbecue watch on as chairperson Christine Bull introduces the three remaining Trust founders, Phil Sharpe, Eric Wood and Dennis Cooper Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust September 2018 public meeting this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening (Monday 10th Septembert 2018) there will be the August 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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All the latest news from the Community Centre and Lamp Arts Venue for Autumn 2018

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so. The Community Association are based at Brownhills Community Centre, just by the Miner Island … Continue reading

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New Hall Mill is open this Sunday for the last open day of 2018

There’s a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (9th September 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday for the last open day of 2018. I can heartily recommend the place – … Continue reading

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Brownhills man’s motorbike stolen from Cannock: Can you help pease?

Images supplied by Nigel Nash Hey folks – please be on the lookout for the above stolen motorbike, taken from the employee parking area of Availablecar at Cannock on the A5 on Monday, 3rd September 2018 at around 4:15pm. The … Continue reading

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Please look out for this stolen motorbike taken last night from Coalpool

Hey folks – please be on the lookout for the above stolen motorbike, taken Friday Night/Saturday Morning 1st September 2018. The motorcycle was stolen from the Coalpool area. The bike, as shown above is a Yamaha MT125 matt registration BK17 VBF. … Continue reading

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Whittington Country and Craft Fair this weekend!

There’s a fine event on this Saturday at Whittington, near Lichfield – the annual Country and Craft Fair with takes place from 10am until 4:30pm at Bit End Field, next to St. Giles Hospice on Fisherwick Raod. Whittington Parish Council … Continue reading

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Bank holiday football today: Walsall Wood play Lye at Oak Park this afternoon

Bank Holiday Monday 27th August 2018 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 … Continue reading

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At the end of the line

An interesting and memory- jogging image came to me last week via local football dynamo Brian Beard, who spotted the original photo for sale on everyone’s favourite tat bazaar, eBay. This is a photo of the near-derelict Walsall Wood Railway … Continue reading

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

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Bank Holiday Monday (27th August 2018) 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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New Hall Mill is open again this 2018 summer Bank Holiday Monday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (27th August 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Monday for one of the last but one open days of 2018. I can … Continue reading

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Meet your local coppers this Friday in Brownhills and Shelfield

There’s another local police pop-up event coming at Brownhills branch of Tesco next Friday, 24th August 2018 where you can meet the local policing team and discuss issues that are important to you. Police will be at Brownhills Tesco and … Continue reading

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Ilkeston best Woodmen in second half nail biter

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans Bad news for the Walsall Wood faithful on Saturday last (18th August 2018) as they entertained visitors and long-time nemesis Ilkeston Town FC, and played a bold match – only … Continue reading

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Blooming canal volunteers impress judges

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the efforts their volunteers have made for Lichfield’s entry in the annual Britain in Bloom competition, with a Garden of Memory and other … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood FC v Ilkeston Town at Oak Park this Saturday!

Saturday 18th August 2018 Walsall Wood F.C. v Ilkeston Town FC Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes 3:00pm kickoff Please come and get behind your local club For The Good Of The Wood! … Continue reading

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Meet your local coppers this Saturday in Aldridge and Streetly!

I received notice of this great event from Walsall Police via the excellent WMNow service this morning, advertising a pop-up meet the police event this Saturday, 18th August 2018 at Aldridge Library from 10:30am until 11:00am where you can meet your … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust August 2018 public meeting this Monday evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (13th August 2018) there will be the August 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Do you remember the Station Hotel talking clock?

I’ve had an interesting enquiry come in from reader Bee who’s asked something that has very much intrigued me – do you remember the ‘speaking clock’ next to the Station Hotel, Brownhills? For those too young to remember, the Station … Continue reading

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Looking for the Herriott family please – can you help?

Hi folks – I need a favour please, so if you can help it would be really appreciated. A blog reader is trying to get in touch with the Herriott family who lived in Simmonds Way, Shire Oak around 1998, … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway – 2018 Annual Charities Day this Sunday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Sunday (12th August 2018) 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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Police urgently looking for Walsall dementia sufferer – please help if you can

Please – take a look at the photo above – 56 year old dementia sufferer William Newman went missing from Walsall Manor Hospital sometime around 8:30pm, Wednesday 8th August 2018. Have you seen this gentleman? If so, please contact the … Continue reading

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