St. George’s Day bash at Walsall Wood today!

With the local Remembrance appeals in mind, I thought I’d advertise this event today (Saturday 21st April 2018): a great St George’s day party at Walsall Wood Football Club hosted by the Bard of Brownhills himself, Ian Neville. The party funs from 2pm until midnight, with last admissions 8pm, at Walsall Wood FC’s Oak Park…

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Woodmen play Racing Club Warwick at Chasetown this afternoon!

Saturday 21st April 2018 Walsall Wood FC v Racing Club Warwick FC Home match rearranged to be at Chasetown FC to accommodate Walsall Wood FC’s St. Georges Fun Day! Chasetown Football Club, Church Street, Chasetown, Staffs. WS& 3QL  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes – win this one and the Woodmen could well…

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Urgent! Please look out for this minibus stolen from Aldridge!

Images supplied by Barry Carpenter. Hey folks – please be on the lookout for this distinctive white Ford Transit nine seater minibus, stolen this afternoon (Friday, 20th April 2018) from Leighswood Avenue, Aldridge, registration no HK61GDH and bearing a private hire licence number plate 547 on vehicle. The van belongs to old mate of the…

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Going above and beyond

I’m pleased to see that the expansion of online history resources continues apace, with lots of formerly quite restrictive services opening up with more sensible usage terms and conditions – one such archive is the British Library’s Aerofilms archive of aerial photography of Britain from 1919-1953. Aerofilms, as the leader in such imagery for years,…

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Be alert – car stolen in Shire Oak

I see from the excellent WMNow service that there has been a worrying theft of a car from Wrekin View, Shire Oak in the early hours of Wednesday morning (18th April 2018) which has been taken without keys – the latest in a series of such events across the local area of late. The reader said:…

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Van break-ins in Ogley Hay and Shire Oak: Beware, folks.

A quick warning to people with vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – On Monday night into Tuesday Morning (15-16th April 2018), there were at least two break-in into vans in the town; one in the Ogley Road area and another in Shire Oak. There appear to have been three offenders in…

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Looking after the legacy of a great son of Brownhills

There’s something that’s quite historically important been going on for months now right in the heart of Brownhills, that whilst not earth shattering, is very significant to our local history, and helps to preserve the memory of one of the finest sons of Brownhills: Chorister and Choir Master George Fullelove. I think few people realise…

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Where’s the fairness in Remembrance funding?

I’ve hd a really interesting email in from a respected elder in Brownhills, someone whose comments on the area I’ve always respected greatly and whose opinion I value and usually agree with – John Bird. John Bird has periodically written clear, eloquent and concise letters to the local press – the ones that have always…

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Walsall Wood victory is a Pershore thing

Images and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans. Yesterday (Saturday 14th April 2018) Walsall Wood FC travelled down the motorway to the King George Playing Field Ground to face Pershore Town – and continued their run of goof form, beating the visitors decisively four nil. David Evans was there to witness a great…

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Walsall Wood FC visit Pershore Town this afternoon!

Saturday 14th October 2018 Walsall Wood FC are away at Pershore’s King George ground! Walsall Wood v Pershore  Town 3:00pm kickoff Please come and get behind your local club For The Good Of The Wood! King George Playing Fields, King George’s Way, Pershore, WR10 1QU Check out the club website here Rate this post…

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Woodmen pull it out of the bag to beat Uttoxeter

Pictures and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans. Saturday week ago (31st March 2018) the blog father and son groundhog double act David and Simon Evans went to watch the away match between the Woodmen and Uttoxeter at a rather damp Oldfields, and whilst there saw another good win – pleasing for the…

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Walsall Wood FC away to Stafford Town this afternoon!

Saturday 7th April 2018 Walsall Wood visit Stafford Town Walsall Wood v Stafford Town Kickoff 3pm  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local heroes Evans Park, Off Fairway, Stafford, Staffordshire ST16 3TL View with Google Maps Please get behind your local club For The Good Of The Wood! Match report to follow! Check out Walsall Wood FC’s…

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All the latest news from Brownhills Community Association for Spring 2018

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for March/April 2018 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 in central Brownhills, and always have lots going on for people from…

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MATCH OFF! Walsall Wood FC at home to Bolehall Swifts cancelled

The scheduled Easter Monday match between Walsall Wood FC and Bolehall Swifts FC, scheduled to take place today has (Monday 2nd April 2018) has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. As usual on wet days, the clubhouse is still open for beer and moaning about the weather! For The Good Of The Wood! Check out…

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The race for space

Thanks to Stuart Williams of Walsall Local History Centre, I can share with readers today another piece in the remarkable jigsaw that is the Ferrie family history – the Ferries, as many old hands will recall, were a larger than life father and son who were well known in Aldridge and Brownhills for their entrepreneurialism and propensity to acts of community largesse and showmanship.

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Urgent! Please look out for this van, carjacked in Walsall Wood

Hey folks – please be on the lookout for this Ford van, registration believed to be NG07AEX, which was stolen on Saturday afternoon (24th March 2018) in a carjacking in Brookland Road, Walsall Wood, just by the cemetery.
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Models at the museum 2018 – a great event happening this Sunday

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a ‘Models at the Museum’ event this Sunday, 26th March 2017 -It starts at 10:00am and should be just the thing for modellers, transport enthusiasts, petrol heads and big kids of all kinds.

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In the Regency period

There has been some discussion of late on Facebook and other places about local cinemas, and with Russia topical at the moment too, this is a good time to share this one from reader Sam that came in a few weeks ago.

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MATCH OFF! Walsall Wood FC at home to Nuneaton Griff this afternoon

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood FC at home to Nuneaton Griff this afternoon – can they maintain their position at the top?

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Car crashes into former shop on Lindon Road, Brownhills

There was a very nasty car accident on the Walsall Wood/Brownhills border last night (Wednesday 14th March 2018) when a car crashed into the former butcher’s shop on the corner of Pauls Coppice and Lindon Road, just opposite the derelict Wheel Inn pub.

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Branch line summers fade

I always love expanding railway threads here on the blog – and it’s always great to hear from local railway historian and expert Ian Pell.

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Paramedics cars broken into in Walsall Wood – can you help please?

This is an urgent appeal for help from the West Midlands Ambulance paramedic staff that currently operate out of the old Walsall Wood Library at the junction of High Street and Coppice Road – last night (Friday, 9th March 2018) their vehicles were broken into and medical supplies stolen.

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Walsall Wood and Pelsall Villa matches today are OFF

Sad news – Home and away matches of Walsall Wood and Pelsall Villa FC today (Saturday 10th March 2018) both cancelled due to waterlogged pitches.

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Don’t forget – a great night of music and dance for Back The Track this Saturday!

Just a reminder that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a fundraising concert at the Community Centre in Brownhills on this Saturday, March 10th 2018 and tickets are just £5 with proceeds to the greenway project on the old rail line through Brownhills.

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Walsall Wood v Cadbury Athletic match this afternoon is off!

It will come as no surprise at all to fans of The Woodmen that the Walsall Wood FC – Cadbury Athletic match scheduled for today (3rd March 2018) has been postponed due to the large quantities of white stuff abounding.

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Woodmen consolidate their position at the top of the tree by cutting down Copsewood

Walsall Wood FC continued their winning streak last Saturday (24th February 2018) when they travelled to Coventry Copsewood and beat the home side 1-0, despite some appartlently interesting match officiation.

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A feast of wire

Local rail buff Simon Swain has been busy of late covering the momentous and important Chase Line Electrification Project, which is seeing the rail line between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley electrified for hopefully faster and more reliable services.

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Fun day event happening at Walsall Wood FC for Teddiesmile RIGHT NOW!

Here’s a quick one I’ve just noticed going on right now (Saturday afternoon, 24th February 2018) at Walsall Wood FC’s Oak Park ground – a fun day in support of the Teddiesmile appeal.

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Support Walsall Wood FC against Coventry Copsewood this afternoon!

Can the Woodmen keep the momentum in their winning run? Each them at Copsewood this afternoon!
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Have a great night of music and dance – and Back The Track!

Just a reminder that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a fundraising concert at the Community Centre in Brownhills on Saturday, March 10th 2018 and tickets are just £5 with proceeds to the greenway project on the old rail line through Brownhills.

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Walsall Wood play Chelmsley Town at Oak Park this afternoon!

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood at home to Chelmsley – with all gate proceeds to the Mylee Billingham appeal.

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Buses by Night 2018 – great Aldridge event on this Saturday!

This Saturday afternoon and evening (17th February 2018) 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 and photography hotspots – like Lichfield Cathedral – at night.

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Get your request in – a Radio Marathon for Mylee this Saturday!

Old friend of the blog San Brett has been in touch to let me know that her internet radio station Falcon Radio (you can tune in here) will be holding a request marathon in memory and support of Mylee Billingham who tragically died last month.

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Walsall Wood versus Studley away match this afternoon is OFF

Match is off, sorry folks – Hopefully Wood high get an actual game in before the end of the season, but I’m no optimistic

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Vehicle break-in in Shire Oak: Beware, folks.

A note to people living around the Friezland Lane area of Shire Oak, particularly those around the Hillside Close/Simmonds Way/Hillside areas – yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 7th February 2018) at around 4pm a vehicle was broken into and a large quantity of items were stolen from it.

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Have a great night of music and dance – and Back The Track!

I’ve been contacted by the Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer who’s asked me to let you all know that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a fundraising concert at the Community Centre in Brownhills on Saturday, March 10th 2018 and tickets are just £5 with proceeds to the greenway project on the old rail line through Brownhills.

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Walsall Wood at home in action against Coventry Copsewood this afternoon

You chance to catch Walsall Wood in home action this afternoon against Coventry Copsewood

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Wood surf the mud to bury Alvis

Saturday 27th January 2018 saw a remarkable game of football at Walsall Wood FC’s Oak Park ground – a game that was widely expected to be cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch went ahead thanks to the diligence and hard work of the grounds crew, and the home side beat visitors Coventry Elvis a whopping 8-0.

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A new year at Brownhills Community Centre, 125 years old in 2018!

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for January 2018 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so.

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A team line up and a pig roast: What do you know?

Brian Clenton contacted me again just before Christmas and asked if I could round these two photos again, as he’s still looking for names and information about the people in them – and they’re wonderful images, so it’s a pleasure.

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Wood leave Studley standing

Walsall Wood FC continued their steady and assertive rise yesterday afternoon (Saturday 13th January 2018) by beating visitors Study and Oak Park a whopping 7-0.

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Walsall Wood at home in action against Studley this afternoon

Walsall Wood are at the top of the league – come to Oak Park and cheer the lads on to help them stay there!

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Woodmen battle Paget Rangers to take league top spot

Walsall Wood have enjoyed a reversal of fortunes this season – apart from a hiccup earlier in the season, they have been resurgent, and consolidated their good form by beating Paget Rangers yesterday (Saturday 6th January 2018) on the Astroturf at Church Road, taking them to the top of the league.

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New year quiz 2018 – come on, have a go if you’re up for it!

Hey folks, a little later than hoped it’s the 2018 Brownhills Blog New Year Quiz – and don’t forget the photo competition is also running alongside, and similarly has beer and book prizes to be won! 

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Walsall Wood away against Paget Rangers this afternoon!

Still time to hop down the Chester Road to see the Wood play Paget Rangers at the Mikes ground this afternoon!
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Woodmen make big noise in the City

The Woodemen were again on stonking form on Saturday last (30th December 2017) as they travelled down the road to Lichfield City to show the Lichfeldians a clean set of heels for the second time in recent weeks – it’s not often we get to best Ye Olde City.

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