Walsall Wood FC at home to Pegasus Juniors this afternoon!


Walsall Wood FC have a great reputation for entertaining football, and a keen, loyal and friendly bunch of supporters! Come join in the fun this Saturday and see some cracking football.

Saturday 24th September 2016

The Wood are at home in F.A. Vase action!

Walsall Wood FC versus Hereford’s Pegasus Juniors FC

Kick off is 3:00pm

Hopefully, a match report will follow…

For the Good of the Wood!

Check out the club website here.


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Fancy taking the Lichfield Towpath Trail For Charity this weekend?


Teenage Cancer Trust ambassador Jane Sutton (right) and Jane Adams, from Oscar Pet Foods Lichfield. Image from Lichfield & hatherton Canal Restoration Trust.

This Sunday 26th September 2016, there’s a charity dog walk being held by Oscars Pet Foods of Lichfield and the Lichfield & Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust, taking place along the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail near Borrowcop on the A51.

The walk sets off at 3pm, and tickets are just £5 with all proceeds going to three selected charities.

It sounds like a fun event for all the family, and whilst supporting local good causes, what’s not to love?

The Lichfield & Htherton Canal Restoration Trust wrote:

Dog-Walkers Take Towpath Trail For Charity

Lichfield Canal volunteers will play a leading role in a fund-raising dog walk this weekend.

To celebrate its fifth birthday, Oscar Pet Foods Lichfield are holding a family-friendly fun walk along the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail on Sunday September 25 at 3pm.

By donating just £5 dog owners can help raise funds for three local charities, Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, The Teenage Cancer Trust and Staffordshire Search and Rescue Dog Team

Teenage Cancer Trust ambassador Jane Sutton, Stephen Sutton’s mum, who is in training for her Kilimanjaro expedition in October, will join members of each of the charities who will be letting their paws do the walking.

To book tickets phone 07930 987166 or visit http://buytickets.at/oscarpetfoodlichfield/63106.

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You can help shape the future of community facilities in Clayhanger!

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Clayhanger Community Centre is the former George and Dragon pub in Church Street, Clayhanger. Imagery from Apple Maps.

You’ll all know that this blog is all about community and the things that bring us all together – be it a bit of current affairs, history, discussion or appeals for help: well, Clayhanger Community Centre provides an excellent service to the community, and is reaching out to local residents with their Annual General Meeting next Tuesday, 27th September 2016..

Lisa Taylor has been working he colleagues to keep Clayhanger Community Centre a vital and well-loved resource for the village, and has written to tell me about the upcoming meeting:


Clayhanger is incredibly fortunate to have its own Community Centre within the village – So come along to the Association’s Annual General Meeting at Clayhanger Community Centre, Church Street on Tuesday 27 September 2016.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm sharp.

Following the AGM there will be opportunity to find out more about what facilities are available at the centre and discuss possible future uses of those facilities for the benefit of all Clayhanger residents.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be available after the meeting.

If you wish to nominate someone to stand as Director please provide details by 23 September to 28, Church Street,  Clayhanger, Walsall WS8 TEG.

The volunteers who work very hard indeed for nothing more than the love of their community deserve our support and respect, and I implore readers with an interest in Clayhanger to attend if they can.

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Wise Council


The Council are off on a jolly (unpaid!) somewhere but they obviously travel in style on the Wolves team coach. Image kindly supplied by Steve Cawley.

One of the most important institutions in the development of Brownhills as a town is one we have scant record of – that is Brownhills Urban District Council, which existed as a separate entity before merger with Aldridge in 1966, the merged Council itself being disbanded in 1974.

Because little survives of the Council’s records which were scattered through various archives and private hands upon the disbandment, all we really have of the BUDC is newspaper reports. That was until now.

Steve Cawley’s father, Trevor Cawley, was a member of the Council for some years and Steve has kindly shared these photos, and wonders if anyone can help with names of the people featured therein?

Steve wrote:

Hi Bob

Hope these get through this time. Attached are a few photos of Brownhills Urban District Council – Brownhills finest –  from the mid to late 1960s.

Two of the photos are taken in the council chamber.

My Dad, Trevor Cawley went on to represent Brownhills on Staffs county council in 1968.

Be interested to see if anyone can name others

Steve Cawley

I thank Steve most profusely for this astounding record of the Brownhills Urban District Council (or, Aldridge Brownhills as it was after 1966) – we’ve not really had anything like this before and it’s an honour and privilege to be able to feature these images here.

Please, if you have anything to add, or recognise anyone, please do comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.


The guy with chain of office is Keith Whordley who lived in Common Side and was an electrician at the pit, and a labour member. Steve’s Dad in the middle of the bunch on the right. Image kindly supplied by Steve Cawley.


Steve’s Dad on the left he thinks, he believes  they were looking at the heating system for the flats in Brownhills. Image kindly supplied by Steve Cawley.


Steve’s Dad extreme left third row up and in front of him Jonah Deakin. Image kindly supplied by Steve Cawley.


Steve’s Dad second right, front row if I’m not mistaken… Image kindly supplied by Steve Cawley.

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Walsall Wood bred and buttered… Your chance to catch a local legend


Your chance to catch a real Walsall Wood legend in action!

Your chance to catch a Walsall Wood legend in action – not to be missed.

Just a quick headsup to those interested in Walsall Wood history and who are free next Wednesday afternoon (28th September 2016) – there’s a talk featuring the Brownhills Blog’s favourite Wood Mon™ and top contributor, the young David Evans.

Following the success of David’s recent talk at The Well on Walsall Wood which over 40 people attended, David has been learning powerpoint, furiously making slides and perusing the Les Dawson big book of bad puns for inspiration.

David is without doubt the most knowledgable historian on Walsall Wood matters and the chance to hear him speak on the matter is not to be missed – the talk starts at 2:30pm, and costs just £2 (including refreshments) – pre-booking is essential, as places are limited.

I wish David well, and hear more such events are in the pipeline. I thoroughly applaud David’s community spirit and hard work in putting on these talks. The more people who may be inspired to explore their and our collective heritage the better!

You can find out more by emailing walsallwoodlibrary@walsall.gov.uk or by calling the on 01922 655572 – of course, you can just pop in to the library on the corner of High Street and Walsall Wood.

Walsall Council issues the following press release about this event, and others upcoming at Walsall Wood Library:

A talk on the Social history of Walsall Wood by David Evans

Local history enthusiast David Evans is to deliver the first of a series of talks planned at Walsall Wood Library entitled ‘A Talk In the Woods’.

David whose grandparents moved into Walsall Wood area during the coalmining years is a retired teacher with a passion for history. Describing himself as Walsall Wood bred and buttered David will examine the transformation of Walsall Wood through the Industrial revolution and the characters that have emerged.

The talk which will go on to examine the social and economic history of Walsall Wood takes place on Wednesday 28 September between 2.30 and 3.30pm and costs £2 which includes refreshments.

Further talks planned include Ethel Lote about ‘War Weddings’ on Wednesday 19 October 2:30pm and Joan Lockley about ‘Hedgehog Rescue’ on Wednesday 16 November 2:30pm

To book your place telephone 01922 655572 or email walsallwoodlibrary@walsall.gov.uk.

For further information on upcoming talks and events visit the Love Walsall Libraries site here.

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Can you help reunite these sisters?


Ogle Hay as Dylis might remember it, from a wonderful postcard scan donated by Clive Roberts.

I have a request here from a lady called Dylis Richards, who is looking for her sister Valerie Jean Myatt who grew up in Brownhills and maybe still lives in the area – I believe Dylis currently lives in Hayle.

Dylis wrote:

Hello everyone🙂

I’m looking for my sister Valerie Jean Myatt (her mother was Hannah Myatt and father George Myatt).

Valerie was adopted to my aunt Elizabeth Myatt who was married to Walter, but they lived with a Mr. Price at Ogley Hay Road Brownhills. She went to Ogley Hay School and she got married to a soldier.

She had two daughters but that’s all I know. I’m 80 now.

If anyone know anything abaut please get in touch!


I am aware of Myatts locally, so we could be in luck…

In the first instance, please contact me by email – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Please be assured that I won’t pass on anyone’s details without clearing it with all concerned first – but it would be lovely to reunite these sisters if at all possible.

Thanks for your help, and thanks to Dylis for an interesting enquiry – I wish her the best of luck in her search.

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Local special needs support group needs your help!


These ae the tokens in question, in every issue of the Express & Star. Any chance you could save them for a good cause, please? Image from Dena Sargent.

First up – sorry for the lack of posts. Work pressure is interfering with the blogging activities😦 – apologies.

Dena Sargent has been in touch to see if readers who get take Express & Star newspaper could help out the special needs support group she runs buy collecting ‘Cash for your community’ campaign tokens from the paper.

It takes seconds to clip them out and could make a vital difference to the kind of vital community support that’s so necessary in these times of social care cuts and restrictions.

Dena wrote:

Hi Bob

Please help – I run a club for special needs on a Thursday evening at St. Marks Church Shelfield, (Circle of Friends Sheffield).

The Express & Star are running cash for your community campaign and giving away £35000 to community groups. Could you please help me collect the tokens from the paper and I would be willing to pick any of them up when the campaign finishes on the 22nd October, or you can message me your full name and address as I can apply for free tokens as no purchase is necessary (I need addresses before Monday 19th Sept).

We run the group on a voluntary basis so even a small slice of the giveaway would help us immensely, and will help us providing this much needed service.

Thank you,

If you can help – and it really doesn’t take much, so why not? – you can contact Dena via Facebook here or comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com, and I’ll hook you up.

Cheers all!

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