In memoriam: Roger Mosedale


Roger Mosedale, who sadly passed away on Tuesday 19th July 2016. Image generously supplied by Colin Corbett.

It’s my sad and solemn duty to report to readers of the blog that local lad and friend to many regulars on this blog, Roger Mosedale sadly passed away in St. Giles hospice in Goscote on Tuesday, 19th July 2016.

Roger’s great friend Colin Corbett informed me of his condition on Monday, but I was unsure whether to share it here. Sadly, the following day, Roger slipped away.

Colin Worte to me a few hours ago:

Hi Bob

I sent you a message about Roger Mosedale – Monday 18th July – very poorly in Goscote – St Giles – Sad to say He passed away the following day – Tuesday.

I hope you can let the people of Brownhills, Walsall Wood & Aldridge know as many knew him.

I send all my best and sincere thoughts to his family and friends.

I’ve lost a great and close friend.

I enclose a Picture of Roger ( 1961) plus a picture of the Group as well ( 1961 ) The Sundowners.

Colin Corbett ( Drummer )

I know what cherished memories many here have of Roger and the local music scene he was such a part of. Roger commented a lot on the history of Friezland Lane Club and I know he had great memories of both that institution and of playing in The Sundowners.

My sincere condolences to Roger’s family, friends and all who knew and remembered him. Running the blog as I do you become all too aware of time’s arrow and at instances like this the sadness is particularly acute.

Thank you to Colin for letting us know. On behalf of all blog readers, my deepest sympathies, and thank you.


The Sundowners are very only remembered. Image generously supplied by Colin Corbett.

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Local football returns, but Walsall Wood sadly no match for Chasetown

Images kindly supplied by Simon Evans

A quiet start to the football season at Oak Park last Saturday (16th July 2016) as the lads from the Wood faced the mighty Chasetown in a pre-season friendly that sadly, didn’t go the Woodmen’s way.

Sorry for the delay in posting this, it’s been one of those weeks…

Simon Evans submitted some great images, and Bill Shaw sent the following match report:

Hiya Bob,

Hardly the start we wanted, but winning friendlies doesn’t win you anything.

Nevertheless a good work out against a higher division side who had benefitted from an earlier game and it really showed.

Walsall Wood 0 v 4 Chasetown

Wood started their pre-season programme with this game against local rivals Chasetown, the visitors who had played at Hednesford last Saturday were much sharper from the start and kept Wood pegged back in their own half. It was no surprise when on 20 minutes Paul Sullivan opened the scoring with a low drive into the bottom corner. 12 minutes later an incisive run in from wide on the right by Peter Till saw him open up the Wood defence with a lovely ball into the left of the box, Sullivan calmly slotting the ball past the advancing keeper Andy Hughes. It was Till again 4 minutes later powering into the right of the box, crossing to the far post to find Mitch Piggon who scored with a powerful header.

Wood made wholesale changes at the break but went further behind on 56 minutes when Piggon finished off a right wing move involving Garfield Robinson (playing for a seventh club against Wood in three seasons) and the impressive Matt Curley.

Wood were more competitive in the last 30 minutes, but apart from a Joey Butlin low drive that was well saved they struggled to make any headway against a solid defence.

Wood’s only other home friendly is on Thursday night with Leicester side Aylestone Park the visitors.

The season starts for Wood on Saturday 6th August in the F.A. Cup with a tricky trip to Brocton. Ironically the winners are at Chasetown in the next round on Saturday 20th August.

Bill Shaw.

Thanks to Bill and Simon for the report, as ever.It’s a joy and an honour to publish them here.

For The Good of the Wood!

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Stop Press: Oak Park and Bloxwich Leisure Centres Open 9th August

Just in from Walsall Council:

Walsall Active Living Centres opening date announced 

The eagerly awaited opening date for both Oak Park and Bloxwich Active Living Centres became reality this week when the keys for both centres were handed over by contractors.

This significant moment marked the beginning stages to the run-up of their opening on Tuesday 9 August.

The new multi million pound centres, which each include a 25 metre swimming pool, teaching pool, six court sports hall, dance studio and cafe will be fitted out over the coming weeks with state of the art station fitness suites in time for their opening to the public. Oak Park is also able to offer two glass backed squash courts, sauna and a steam room. The full size, floodlit artificial grass pitch at Oak Park will be replaced over the autumn.

Councillor Julie Fitzpatrick, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Culture said: “Opening these doors for the first time is very exciting.

“It is truly wonderful to be able to take possession of these buildings and brings us ever closer to realising the Council’s commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of residents by getting more people, more active, more often.

“Over the coming weeks the two centres will be a hive of activity and the excitement of everyone working to get these centres ready is positively brimming over.

“Our customers are about to be able to access some truly iconic and outstanding facilities that they can be really proud of. Over the coming days we look forward to being able to launch our activity programmes ready to open both centres on Tuesday 9 August.”

Funded through the Council’s £24.3 million Active Living Centres initiative, the project received a £2m grant from Sport England’s “Iconic” facilities award scheme to support Walsall Council’s aspiration to improve Walsall residents’ overall health and well-being.

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Urgent appeal: Walsall NHS Trust looking for relatives of a patient


Walsall Manor Hospital – surprisingly beautiful at night.

This is very unusual, but I think is somewhat important – this request was posted by the Communication Team at Walsall Manor Hospital  Tuesday (19th July 2016) and I’d like all locals to have a think about it, and if any of you can, please do help.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust are trying to locate the family of one of its patients.

Constance Collett from Bentley in Walsall was born in the year of 1927.

Anyone with information or who is related to either of the two should contact Julie Venables at General Office, Walsall Manor Hospital on 01922 721172 ext 4637.

Thanks in advance. If anyone would prefer, email me in total confidence at BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot come and I’ll pass any messages on. 

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The boat people at Norton Pool… But who, and when?


This photo is believed to have been taken at Norton Pool – Chaswater – in the early part of last century and features men believed to be boaters. Do you know anything about it? Image from the Andy Matthews collection.

It’s always nice to get a bit of new Chasewater history to share with you readers and this curious image from friend of the blog and canal historian Andy Matthews is no exception.

Believed to have been taken in the early part of last century at ‘Norton Pools’, it shows what is believed to be a group of boat operators, who are named on the back of the photo.

Andy said:

Hiya Bob,

I wondered if you could do anything with this image, its of my great uncle I think, possibly great grandad.

Its a group of workers off the boats, taken at Norton pools. I have no other information on why it was taken but Ive included the back of the photo as well where the people are named and its dated 1929. ‘Myself’ is probably named … Foster, no idea of first name to be honest.

Underneath the penned names is some pencil writing which gives the location, looking at it again Im not convinced by the date and it could possibly date to just pre-war with the first person being my granddad.

Not a lot of help! I thought maybe families of some of the others in the pic might have more info on why, when and whatever.


It would be really great if we could firm up the detail or even cast new light on this curious photo. Thanks to Andy for a wonderful bit of history – I know Andy has been amassing lots of local canal material for years and is very knowledgable on the matter of local waterways , their traffic and industrial history.

If you can help, please do: comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers all.


The back of the same photo. Ring any bells? Image kindly supplied by Andy Matthews.

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Distraction thefts in Walsall Wood – be careful, folks.

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Police are concerned about distraction thefts in Walsall Wood. Imagery from Apple Maps.

People are being warned to be on their guard after a couple of distraction theft incidents in the Walsall Wood area over the last few days – the first in Walsall Wood High Street on Saturday 16th July 2016 and the second in Vigo Road yesterday, Monday 18th July 2016.

It would be a very good idea if you have elderly or vulnerable family or friends to warn them about this.

West Midlands Police issued the following statement this morning:

Police continue to appeal for information following a roadside distraction theft in Vigo Road, Walsall Wood on Monday 18 July.

A 75-year-old man was walking his dog at around 2pm when a car, described as an old C Class Mercedes with foreign plates, pulled up beside him and a woman passenger asked him for directions.

The woman described as white of a large build and in her late 30s early 40s distracted the dog walker and replaced the gold jewellery he was wearing with cheap costume jewellery.

The man who was driving the car is described as Eastern European in appearance.

Officers have been trawling CCTV for any clues and are appealing to anyone that could help them with their investigations to call on 101.

Police are urging people to be wary of anyone who is overfriendly in these types of circumstances.

Kind regards,

Gina Lycett
Corporate Communications Department
Communications Officer

Kevin Pitt, Partnerships Officer at Walsall Police, also posted the following on Facebook:

The incident described occurred in Vigo Road at about 2pm yesterday, what is described as a left-hand drive Mercedes has pulled up alongside the gentleman, the occupants (described as Eastern European) have asked for directions and when the gent has leaned into the vehicle have stolen his jewellery as described.

A similar incident occurred on Saturday morning in Walsall Wood High Street, in this case the victim had just returned to his car when he was approached by an unknown female who asked for directions, after he’d complied she lent into the car putting her arms around his neck in thanks, stealing a necklace and watch. She got into a waiting car and made off.

This type of crime is not unknown but at the same time isn’t that common so whilst I wouldn’t want people to worry I’d also advise people to be cautious if approached by strangers asking for directions, especially if you’re visibly wearing jewellery (watches/necklaces/rings), and try to remember as much about the persons and vehicles involved as you can.

Unfortunately the two victims mentioned above were unable to give more than brief descriptions of the thieves and vehicles involved, leaving the police with no real lines of enquiry.

I’d like to thank the West Midlands Police Press Office and Kevin Pitt for their very rapid response to my enquiry about this today.

Please, if you have any information, do speak to the cops. These people need to be caught before they do it again. If you know who they might be, or if you saw anything at all, please do contact West Midlands Police by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Late 1960s at a local school…


A wonderful memory of Millfield School from reader Harry. Click for a larger version.

Things have been a bit mad today and I haven’t got the updates done I’d have liked – and that includes catching up with 365daysofbiking. Please bear with me while I get back on top of things…

In the meantime, behold this wonderful image from Millfield School from the late 1960s, when the place was still relatively new. Reader Harry sent it in, and he had this to say:

Hi Bob,

Excellent blog as usual always an interesting read.

I thought you and some of your readers maybe interested in a photo I came across of Millfield School not long after it opened so around 1967, bearing that in mind most of the children depicted in the photo must be nearly pensioners now…

I cant name anyone but I am sure some of your readers might be able to.

Kind Regards,

There are a good few kids on there, and what seems like most of the staff too – so you know what I’m going to ask. Do you recognise anyone? Are you perhaps in this photo? Which staff and characters do you remember from these days?

If you can add anything, please do:comment here, or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

Thanks to Harry for the very kind words and such a wonderful picture – cheers for sharing, it’s what this blog is all about!

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