St Giles Hospice needs us more than ever right now…

An important one brought to my attention by David Evans here: A charitable institution down the road that’s very close to my heart needs community support more than ever right now – despite the ongoing pandemic, hospice and palliative care services are still desperately needed and St. Giles relies on our donations to keep running.

With events cancelled and charity shops shut, it’s now more important than ever that we get behind St Giles.

They wrote:

St. Giles Hospice needs our help more than ever. Image from eHospice UK.

It takes a community to make a hospice and we’ve never needed you more than we need you today.

This is an extremely worrying time for everyone, especially our patients and their families who are living with a terminal illness. As a hospice we are experiencing a big increase in people needing palliative care at this time.

We’re continuing to care for the community’s most vulnerable people which is easing the burden on the NHS. Our dedicated care teams are still out there working 24/7 in our hospices and our community.

Our shops have had to close, our events are being cancelled and our income has almost dried up meaning that we are now reliant on donations to continue our work in your local community.  We’re extremely worried about the impact the coronavirus outbreak will have on your hospice’s future.

But, we need to raise £850,000 every single month just to keep our service going.

See below for some of the ways you can support.

For some light relief…Orange Week, April!

Wherever you are, whatever you do, make sure it’s orange this Orange Month!

When? 1st April – 30th April

Where? At work or at home!

What? Go orange for one day, the whole week, or the whole month in support of St Giles!

Simply think of a ‘bright’ idea – from wearing some wonderful orange attire, to decorating your desk/home in all things orange – or if you’re at home you could walk ‘virtual miles for St Giles’ to help us raise vital funds for local people.

Visit our website https://www.stgileshospice.com/

For more information on any of our campaigns or how to support St Giles Hospice during Covid 19 please contact me, Joanne. I would love to hear from you.

Joanne.barlow@stgileshospice.com

07805759985

Thank you so much for your continued support!

Joanne Barlow
Regional Fundraiser

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Services for Walsall’s vulnerable and older folk during the Coronavirus outbreak

As the Coronavirus situation has developed over the last couple of weeks, services have been formed to support the vulnerable, elderly and isolating during this uncertain and strange time.

Our local hub for advice, help, support and all manner of related services is at Manor Farm Community Association and you can contact them on 0121 380 6690 or email them on COVID-19communityhelp@walsall.gov.uk.

John Morris from Walsall Council explained:

Good afternoon all,

We come to the end of a very strange, unique week.

I hope you are all keeping well and coping with the restrictions in your everyday life, which are new to nearly all of us?

Please see attached the poster, outlining the council’s response to the community regarding the coronavirus situation.

We now have a hotline email and telephone number that goes live today. Anyone in Walsall that needs help can email or call for assistance.

You will also notice that the hub for the East (covering Aldridge, Brownhills, Clayhanger, High Heath, Pelsall, Pheasey, Rushall, Shelfield, Streetly and Walsall Wood) is Manor Farm Community Association.

If you want to volunteer your services to help, please visit https://onewalsall.org/coronavirus-how-you-can-help/

I recommend that over the weekend you should email COVID-19communityhelp@walsall.gov.uk if you need help, there will be staff working at the community hub, but only at certain times, so please do be patient.

I will check my emails at various times over the weekend and if you contact me I will give best endeavours to pass them on to the relevant service.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered or gone out of their way to help an support the community this week.

Stay safe and have a good weekend.

John Morris

Locality Manager – East
Resources and Transformation
Walsall Council
Civic Centre – 1st Floor Zone 1b
Darwall Street
Walsall WS1 1TP

Mobile: 07852 421421

Email: John.Morris@walsall.gov.uk

Do stay safe everyone – my best wishes to you all.

 

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Two charged following armed robbery at Brownhills shop

Silver Court, Brownhills. Imagery from Apple Maps.

Many readers will be aware of a police operation that took place in Brownhills High Street near to Anchor Bridge on Tuesday evening, 245th March 2020 – police raided a flat and arrested two men.

The raid followed an armed robbery at the Lifestyle Express shop in Silver Court, Brownhills.

Police issued the following statements:

Two charged following armed robbery at Black Country shop

Two men have been charged with firearms offences following an armed robbery at Black Country shop on Tuesday evening (24 March). 

Lewis Crutchley, aged 21, and Jordan Cattell, aged 23, were arrested on suspicion of trying to hold-up Lifestyle Express in Brownhills with a store a sawn-off shotgun. 

Last night the pair were charged with possession of a shotgun, possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and two counts of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. 

Crutchley and Cattell were both remanded in custody, and are due to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates court this morning.

Two arrested after armed robbery at Black Country shop

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of trying to hold-up a Black Country convenience store with a sawn-off shotgun.

We received a 999 call from the shop in Silver Court, Brownhills, at 7.15pm last night (24 March) reporting two men bursting in and demanded takings.

The shopkeeper bravely tackled the men and they fled empty handed.

Enquiries led us to identify a flat in Brownhills High Street where it’s believed the offenders ran to – and just after 9pm our armed police raided the address and arrested two suspects.

A search of the property led us to recover a firearm similar to the one used in the attempted robbery, plus an improvised ‘slam gun’ loaded with a shotgun cartridge.

The weapons have been seized for forensic analysis.

Men aged 21 and 23 have been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and firearms offences; they remain in police custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Jackie Nicholson, said: “We’ve recovered two firearms, including one homemade gun. These are significant seizures and were undoubtedly designed to be used to commit serious offences.

“Inquiries at the scene helped us identify an address of interest which was quickly contained before officers moved in to make arrests.

“We understood the offenders may have pulled a firearm on a member of the public shortly before the robbery. 

“We’re appealing for witnesses. If anyone saw two men in the area shortly before the incident or them running from the scene we’d like to hear from them.”

Anyone with information is asked to message us on Live Chat via or website and quote crime ref 20WS/76045F/20.

My sympathies to anyone affected. 

This post is for information only and comment is not invited, cheers.

Posted in News

Police urgently looking for Missing man Nigel Beesley- please help if you can

Image from West Midlands Police.

One that’s playing on my mind in recent days and because of the current situation understandablly,is flying below the radar but is very important indeed.

Please – take a look at the photo above – 58 year old Nigel Beesley went missing from sometime after his last confirmed sighting at 7:20am on the 18th March 2020 on the corner of Walstead Road and West Bromwich Road in Walsall.

Have you seen this gentleman? If so, please contact the police who are very concerned for his welfare.

West Midlands Police issued the following request:

MISSING – We’re appealing again for help tracing Nigel Beesley who has gone missing from Walsall.

The 58-year-old was last seen on the junction of Walstead Road and West Bromwich Road just after 7.20am last Wednesday (18 March).

He has recently suffered a close bereavement and we’re growing increasingly concerned for his well-being.

Nigel is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall and has greying hair. He may be wearing a blue three-quarter length coat.

If you see him, please get in touch via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.ukplease get in touch via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk.

Posted in Environment, Events, Interesting photos, Local media, News, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A sad but timely message from New Hall Mill

P1040438

New Hall Mill is a splendid place, restored and run by wonderfully dedicated volunteers.

One of the incidental effects of the current pandemic (how odd it is to type those words) that is slowly dawning on me is that most of the things that I treasure about summer are unlikely to happen this year much, if at all.

You all know I love cheesy garden fetes, church fayres, floating markets, boat rallies and festivals, not to mention the steam and vintage events? Well, it occurred to me in the last few days that most of these events won’t happen this year now: Even Pelsall Carnival has been cancelled.

One of my favourite things about curating the blog in summer is knowing I can direct a healthy flow of interested folk to great, otherwise hidden local attractions, like New Hall Mill. I love the place and adore getting them better known – the mill is gorgeous and so quintessentially English it’s impossible not to love.

My old pal Alan Dawson wrote to me a few days ago to say that sadly, this year the first few open days have been wisely cancelled, and rightly, a question mark hangs over the remainder.

This is absolutely the correct action, but by jove, I’ll miss these folk and their events.

The Friends of New Hall Mill said:

Hi Bob

New Hall Mill – Coronavirus

I hope that you are well and keeping yourself socially distanced from others in these challenging times. It would seem that we are about to have a very quiet summer with event cancellations increasing daily.

We are aware of the interest that your blog creates, many visitors to the mill indicating that their attendance was the result of your promoting the open days, for which we are immensely grateful.

Could you please post the following information on your blog?

NEW HALL MILL – Unfortunately, we have to report that along with many other organisations, we are having to cancel our open days in May and June. The remaining dates in July, August and September have been left pencilled in, we will take government advice nearer the time as to whether they can proceed. Should that be allowed, then the details will be published. 

Access our Face Book page NEW HALL MILL for regular updates

Many thanks in anticipation, Best wishes from New Hall Valley

Alan Dawson – A friend of New Hall Mill

More details can be found on their website – www.newhallmill.org.uk or their Facebook page here.

Obviously, I would imagine the same goes for similar attractions locally like Balleny Green miniature railway, Clay Mills pumping station, Klondyke Mill at Draycott and so forth.

This is so very sad but I will be so ready to welcome them all back when this strange time passes. My best wishes to Alan and all at New Hall Mill, and to all those volunteers, organisers and grafters who put events on and now find themselves oddly spare for a season.

My sympathies. See you on the other side.

Posted in cycling, Environment, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Interesting photos, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, News, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community, Walsall Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A flight into local canal history

Just a quick heads up to a great couple of new episodes of a great canal history series on YouTube that I have plunged before by a man very familiar to local canal fans: Andy Tidy, proprietor of the Jam Butty, a boat selling preserves that will be recognised by anyone attending a local canal event.

Ogley Junction ion a winter’s morning in 2016.

The new episodes are on the lost Ogley Locks, a flight on the Wyrley and Essington from Ogley Junction (near Grasmere Gardens in Brownhills) down to Lichfield – a huge flight  on a section of canal closed in 1954, and currently being restored by the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust.

Ogley Locks used a huge amount of water for every boat passage – I believe Ogley flight accounted for 19 of the locks on the whole 30 on what is now referred to as the Lichfield Canal, from Ogley Junction to Huddlesford Junction.

Andy Tidy has created a wonderful series that I adore, and You can subscribe here – there are already a lot of great episodes, including one on the lost Slough Arm in Brownhills and all about the Black Cock Bridge which I featured previously here.

My congratulations to Andy for a lovely, beautifully produced and informative series of films. I commend you to subscribe.

Posted in News | 1 Comment

Appeal for volunteers to help with vulnerable folk during the Coronavirus outbreak continues

The Coronavirus situation is ongoing and many of you are concerned about the vulnerable, the isolating and the less able in our communities, and are offering volunteer support to them.

As the days have gone on, frameworks have begun to evolve where this can be carried out in an official capacity with support from councils and community groups to ensure safety and social distancing etc.

It’s at times like this community is most valuable and so many folk are offering themselves selflessly to help. It’s a real point of light in the darkness.

To this end, Kevin Pitt, the Police, Engagement and Consultation Officer for Walsall has sent the following message – to sign up, click the link, and fill in the online form.

Thank you all. Together, we will get through this.

Kevin Pitt wrote:

I hope you are all well and taking care during the current health emergency.

We are working with Walsall Council and other partners to offer support to individuals and communities in the current, difficult circumstances.

Walsall Council, along with One Walsall, the borough’s volunteering bureau, is collating a list of volunteers that can support residents in need which will be co-ordinated through 4 hubs across the borough.

Could you do anything to help – to quote a phrase ‘every little helps’, so whatever you can offer will be appreciated.  If you think you can help, please follow this link to fill in the online form: https://onewalsall.org/coronavirus-how-you-can-help/ 

If you know if any community group or business that is closing down or reducing it’s services please let me know so that we can get a picture of what is happening in our local community.

Many thanks.
Kevin.

Message Sent By
Kevin Pitt (Police, Engagement and Consultation Officer, Walsall)

Posted in News | Leave a comment

A quick note…

Hey folks.

Unprecedented times here at the moment, you don’t need me to tell you.

Right now because of these issues updates to the blog may be days apart or very brief, and not very history related.

Sorry about that.

At some point I, or we all will be quarantined I guess and my productivity will rocket, I have no doubt.

History types will be glad to hear I have a load of stuff in storage to come, to give you reading in coming weeks and hopefully, this blog can be a small comfort to those confined to barracks and wanting memories of the good times.

Please bear with me, and accept my apologies.

The blog is not going anywhere, or shutting down, but right now we’re all navigating choppy waters.

I’m looking forward when all this is clear to being on top of the Weavers again, with my bike, good companionship, a nice cool drink and the sun on my face.

Somewhere, in the distance, this unpleasantness will be a memory. See you there.

And I’ll take you all along, as I always have.

Stay safe
Bob

Posted in News | 5 Comments

Important Coronavirus crime prevention advice: Beware, there are scammers about

We find ourselves currently in uncharted waters as a country, facing our biggest challenge since the Second World War – Coronavirus. Sadly, like times of adversity throughout history, there are a minority of criminals ready to exploit the situation.

Image from Live Science.

Here’s an important message on how to protect yourself from such sumbags sent by Kevin Pitt, Police Engagement and Consultation Officer for walsall, which I received via the excellent WMNow service – you can sign up for that here, and keep up to date with local policing and community information in your area.

The news channels, social media and conversations are dominated by Coronavirus so we are using this WMNow message to provide some crime prevention tips specific to the outbreak of this virus.

Times like these can bring out the best and worst in people. While some will be looking out for vulnerable relatives and friends we also know a small minority will be looking to profit from worry and concerns.

Action Fraud has received multiple reports about fraud linked to Coronavirus. We are therefore asking you to share some crime prevention advice with loved ones to ensure they aren’t tricked by fraudsters taking advantage of people’s worries.

In recent weeks they’ve seen reports about coronavirus-themed phishing emails attempting to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial information.

One tactic used by fraudsters is to contact potential victims over email claiming to be able to provide a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.

People have also paid money to online sellers for purchases that have never arrived.

The number of these reports are expected to rise as the virus continues to spread across the world.

Please share the below crime prevention advice with friends and family members so fraudsters cannot profit during this time.

Don’t click on links or attachments in suspicious emails

Do not respond to unsolicited messages asking for personal/financial information
Install latest software and updates on devices

If you are looking at making purchases on sites you don’t know or trust then make sure you do research of the company first before making the purchase, ask family and friends for advice

If you do decide to make payment use a credit card as the majority of credit card providers insure purchases made online

Keep in contact with your loved ones, especially if elderly or more vulnerable and make sure they are safe and comfortable

We are also aware of hate crime cases of a racially aggravated nature involving abuse connected to Coronavirus. We are also aware that there may be incidents that are not being reported to us.

We take all reports of hate crime seriously and, in order to respond to this, we need to know about it. If you feel you have been targeted please contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime and in an emergency remember to use 999.

Finally we know that with an ever changing picture of the spread of Coronavirus you have concerns or questions and will be looking for the latest information. We recommend that you visit the NHS website or Gov.uk for the latest detailed advice and guidance on the response to Coronavirus.

Thank you.
Message Sent By
Kevin Pitt (Police, Engagement and Consultation Officer, Walsall)

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Remembrance: Pursuing an important question from John Bird

Old friend of this blog and highly respected Brownhills Royal British Legion member John Bird  wrote to me some time ago asking why our MP, Wendy Morton, only ever seemed to attend Aldridge’s Remembrance Service on Remembrance Sunday morning and not Pelsall or Brownhills (she also usually attends the Walsall Wood one, which unusually is always in the afternoon).

I said then, and I still agree: This is a very good question.

Remembrance is a proud event for all our district communities. Image of Walsall Wood war memorial kindly supplied by David Evans.

John is a fine campaigner and gentleman, and I have featured articles from him before on the subject of our MP’s attendance at Remembrance in Brownhills, regarding Remembrance parade funding and other topics.

Recently, you’ll recall I posted that John and the legion received a cheque in support of the branch from the family of Eddie Fallon, a loyal local Legion member.

John has been in touch since his first communication about Remembrance Sunday attendance to push the issue and raise it with local Councillors.

I know with current evens this may seem like a minor thing but it’s worth asking and thinking ahead: Pelsall and Brownhills have beautifully respectful and well attended Remembrance services and our citizens, be they serving, ex forces or civilians surely deserve the same treatment as Aldridge and would like their elected Member to share their act of Remembrance?

I will keep asking this question as Wendy Morton’s office seem quiet on the matter.

John Bird wrote:

Will Wendy Morton attend Brownhills Remembrance Sunday Service this year?

Last year I appealed, using Brownhills Bob’s blog, to Wendy Morton MP together with Councillors Stephen Craddock and Ken Ferguson, to explain why the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Aldridge and Brownhills only attends the Remembrance Sunday Service at Aldridge.    To date no explanation has been forthcoming.

There were a number of contributors in support of my appeal. It was also suggested that it may be fair to all other Branches of the Royal British Legion if she were to attend each of the other services in the constituency in turn each year.

So, may I remind those involved, that you only have approximately nine months to make contact with each of the branches to make the necessary arrangements to achieve a fair solution to my appeal, after all she is the elected MP representing all of Aldridge and Brownhills.

Needless to say, I will leave it to you to decide which Branch is chosen for this for this year, other than Aldridge.

                                                                          John Bird. Brownhills.

I do think this is a valid question, and is not political in the slightest.

Comments are open here on the matter, and I welcome a reply from local councillors – you have the floor.

Comment on this post or mail me please – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Thanks.

Again, thanks to John for making an excellent, thoughtful point.

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Churches, Clayhanger stuff, Environment, Events, Interesting photos, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, News, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Shared memories, Social Media, Walsall community, Walsall Council, Walsall Wood stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Do you want to volunteer to help those in isolation or the vulnerable locally? Here’s how….

As the current Coronavirus situation evolves, a number of community initiatives are springing up around our area (and indeed, the country of course) to support the elderly, vulnerable and those who may be in isolation.

Isolation will make life difficult for those undergoing it. Image from BBC News.

Following the report I carried on Sunday March 15th which detailed the starting of a scheme in Lichfield, Walsall East Locality Manager and all round top bloke John Morris from Walsall Council is hoping to co-ordinate help and volunteers to this end for our geographic area, and yesterday issued the appeal below.

If you can help, please do: t’s at times like this community is most valuable and I thank the hundreds of you who have been in touch for your human kindness, selflessness and dedication to others.

John Morris wrote:

Promoting Neighbourliness and helping those who are isolated

Can you or someone you know volunteer and support anyone in your neighbourhood who is in isolation or vulnerable, or could be in the foreseeable future?

In response to the current situation around Coronavirus (Covid-19), Walsall Council and partners are working together in readiness to support our community, especially the elderly and vulnerable residents. 

If you as an organisation or an individual would like to help with this by volunteering (for example, shopping, picking up medications, etc.) or providing resources (for example, storage facilities, kitchen facilities, etc.), please contact me as soon as possible on the details below. 

Please share this message with others who may also want to give their support.

Thank you.
John Morris

Locality Manager – East
Resources and Transformation

Walsall Council
Civic Centre – 1st Floor Zone 1b
Darwall Street
Walsall WS1 1TP

Tel: 01922 653711
Mobile: 07852 421421

Email: John.Morris@walsall.gov.uk

 

Posted in News | Leave a comment

The Friends of Brownhills Common – March 2020 meeting tonight!

38703574

We all love the common, but its management has proven controversial. Why not pop along to the meeting and discuss the issues with the experts and other users?

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting tonight, Monday 16th March 2020 of the Friends of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – please meet in the reception by 7:00pm.

Brownhills Common needs a good active friends group and this is your opportunity to join in and have your say in shaping the future management of the open space we all love.

The meeting is also open to the general public who may not wish to join the friends group, but are encouraged to attend and hear what everyone has to say.

It’s important that we recognise what a valuable, fragile and important habitat Brownhills Common is, and why it requires careful and measured stewardship.

If you’ve only heard the alarmists, it’s a good opportunity to go out and meet, talk and listen to people who understand the issues and want to preserve the wildlife, and to help shape the future of Brownhills’ greatest asset.

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Chasewater, Environment, Events, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Interesting photos, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, Local politics, News, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community, Walsall Council, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Geoff Heath, rest in peace

An important and sad announcement here from Sue Croxford, whose father Geoffrey Heath passed away on March 6th 2020 following a period of illness.

Geoff was a well known and respected man locally who was very much involved with the community.

Sue would like to invite all who knew and loved Geoff to his memorial service at 10:45am, Wednesday 25th March 2020 at Streetly Crematorium, followed by a gathering refreshments at King Street Club in Walsall Wood.

Geoff will be sadly missed. My condolences and sympathy to Sue and the family.

Sue Croxford wrote:

Geoffrey Heath – 01.12.1946 – 06.03.2020

Our family would like to invite Geoff’s family, friends, neighbours, former work colleagues, football and Boy’s Brigade friends to attend as we say our final goodbyes and celebrate his life.

A service will be held at 10:45am on Wednesday 25th March in the West Chapel at Streetly Crematorium, Little Hardwick Road, WS9 0SG and everyone is welcome to join us afterwards at King Street Club in Walsall Wood, WS9 9LN, for refreshments, to raise a glass or two and to share your lovely memories of Dad with us.

(Family flowers only please – any kind donations will be passed on to the Alzheimer’s Society)

You can donate via the JustGiving appeal here.

Posted in News | 3 Comments

Special Brewes

An iconic view of Brownhills is currently for sale as a postcard on eBay.

Occasionally, I like to share interesting local postcard images found on sale sites like eBay, and today I feature one that’s an old friend – the view down High Street Brownhills from the old Railway Bridge/Lichfield Road junction towards Shire Oak.

On the left is Brewes bakery on as it was then known, Brewes Corner – the corner of Lichfield Road and High Street, with a group of young lads out front. Along the generally quiet High Street, on this remarkably fine scan, once can see it’s a trading day as shop canopies are out, and people are around. There’s a horse and cart just beyond the Station Hotel on the right.

Foreground right, a group of men stand looking at the photographer, the Station Hotel behind. One the extreme right, one can just see the Station Brewery.

Wonder what the stepladders were for?

I notice this scan is so clear, a set of steps can be seen in the road by one of the shop canopies: No idea why, but try that today!

I’ve seen several versions of this card of the years, from photos clearly taken around the same time by the same photographer; some have a wider angle and the characters move and change. In fact, I discussed it some years ago in this post here.

I’m most interested with the reverse of this one. The seller, Antique Chapters, who has the card at time of publication at £15.00 (see link here) always features scans of the writing side in their sales and this is no exception: This one is stated as 1905 in the sale details, and was adressed to ‘Miss Florrie Marklew, County Asylum, Stafford.’

I can’t decipher most of it but it talks about Kingston and Jamaica but as you know, I’m no good at reading handwriting, so any help appreciated. The card is postmarked Brownhills, so I’m assuming some family connection with the Caribbean. I know Marklew is a fairly common family name locally.

Can you help decipher this, or if you have any view on the image, please do comment here, tug my sleeve on social media or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

No idea what the writing says, can anyone help? Click for a larger version.

Posted in News | 5 Comments

Lichfield, Burntwood and South Staffs community pull together in light of Coronavirus outbreak

Great work from community minded people – and a huge hat tip to Lichfield Live too!

A very important story here, led by people I have an awful lot of time for: Lichfield District Councillors Sue Woodward and Dave Robertson, plus the wonderful Kate ‘Cardigan’ Gomez of Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered and Lichfield Waterworks Trust fame.

I have a feeling the blog is going to be reporting a lot of community initiatives as the Coronavirus/COVID 19 situation develops, and this support network plan is really, really positive and I think, a great thing.

I’ve cheekily carried this one over from my old friends Lichfield Live – you can visit and read the original (and the rest of the great output of Lichfield Live) by clicking here. I can’t write this better than Ross already has, so I make no apologies for reproducing it.

My best wishes and thanks to Sue, Dave and Kate and all involved, and I hope similar plans will kick off in our immediate area.

Lichfield Live wrote:

Bid to create community database to support Lichfield and Burntwood residents during coronavirus outbreak

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being asked to offer their help for community members who may need support during the coronavirus outbreak.

Additional restrictions are expected to be introduced next week as the country continues to battle COVID-19.

Cllr Dave Robertson and Cllr Sue Woodward say they have received a number of calls from residents concerned about the impact of an outbreak.

Cllr Robertson, Chair of Lichfield Labour Party, said:

“People are understandably concerned about the immediate and longer-term future.

“As councillors, we want to offer practical help but our numbers are limited and we don’t yet know how things are going to progress.

“We don’t want local people to feel that they don’t have the support they need at what may become for them a time of crisis but we do want to be prepared for all eventualities.

“We are therefore asking community and voluntary organisations across the constituency to commit to sharing a telephone number and email contact address for people to get help, even if it’s only a bit of moral support.”

Cllr Dave Robertson, Lichfield District Council

“We can show what a strong community we live in”

Discussions have now taken place with Kate Gomez, who has been involved with projects such as the Lichfield Repair Cafe, to develop a database of people others can call on in times of need over the coming weeks.

“I want to pull a simple database together – just the name of an organisation plus a secure telephone number and email – which can then be used to signpost people, even those most isolated, towards help.

“Whether it’s a bit of shopping by a trusted person or a willingness to drop vulnerable people a letter, this is a time that we can really show what a strong community we live in.

“When coronavirus is all over, I hope we can continue with this database for people who are anxious, lonely or just need someone to care.”

Kate Gomez

To add your organisation’s details to Kate’s Be A Friend database for Lichfield constituency, email lichfieldbeafriend@gmail.com.

“People are feeling very unnerved”

Cllr Sue Woodward, Labour county councillor for Burntwood North and leader of Burntwood Town Council, said it was important that the community pulled together.

“People are feeling very unnerved at the moment and we want to do whatever we can to offer help.

“We have a thriving community and voluntary sector locally and feel sure they will also want to help in their locality.

“They have people in their groups who have the appropriate security clearance and training in the safeguarding of adults and children who will ensure safe support in which people can have confidence.”

Cllr Sue Woodward, Burntwood Town Council

Posted in News | 1 Comment

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 14th March 2020 from 10-12pm – note the newly expanded times!

It costs just three quid per kid and includes fruit and a drink, so it’s great value and it’s run by those wonderful people at the Little Green Dragons Nursery, who are resident at the centre and are fully qualified nursery professionals.

There are games and toys and all manner of creative fun for the weans – and you get a break to boot.

Come along and treat your mommy’s to a Mother’s Day stay&play craft morning 💐

Our messy tray will be egg boxes that our favourite micro bakery 🧁 (Bean & Baked kindly kept aside for us too use) 🙏
We will be painting these to create beautiful unique flowers for our Mother’s Day cards 🌸🌺🌼💐🌹🌷

There will be more activities such as decorating biscuits 🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪

Our creative table will be full of creative resources (stickers, glitter, pens, buttons, ribbons) to add to your flower cards to personalise and add as much sparkles and love as you wish 🌹 

Sandtray will be open and accessible as it is every week 👍🏼

…Along with all our other areas of play within the nursery setting:

• home corner
• construction
• small world
• maths area
• cosy book/music area
• baby sensory area

See you all Saturday!

Don’t forgot the outdoors area which is loved by all 🧊 🧊 🧊 (even in the cold weather 🥶 – wrap up warm 😂) (weather permitting)

10.00am-12.00
£3 per child
Snack included

Feel free to invite your friends with children aged 0-6 years and share our events

This group is held at Little Green Dragons Day Nursery every Saturday morning

Brownhills Stay&Play 🌈🌈

The Community Centre is what my generation would know as ‘The Annexe’ – the old Central Boy’s School, now a bustling community resource. To find out more,  you can pop in or call them on 01543 452119.

The Community Association have lots of stuff going on, and loads of great facilities, right in the heart of Brownhills. I love what they’re about and all the great things they’re doing.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Walsall Wood match against Sporting Khalsa this Saturday OFF sorry!

Contrary to a very short lived blog post here (which will have gone out to email subscribers, sorry) there will be no Wood match tomorrow because of the virus situation. Sorry.

Apologies for the duff info.

Posted in News | 1 Comment

March community litter pick in Shelfield this Sunday afternoon!

Sheffield Pickers in action. That reminds me: Must be due another Dexy’s reunion about now. Image from the Sheffield Pickers group.

There’s a community litter pick this Sunday morning (15th March 2020) in Shelfield, organised by the fab Shelfield Pickers group.

It kicks off at 1:00pm outside Shelfield wish Bar adjacent to the Spring Cottage junction. Wrap up warm! All gear will be provided.

Wombles and litter picker groups are gaining in popularity – you can check out Shelfield Pickers here, The Brownhills Community Wombles Facebook page here, and there’s a Facebook page for Walsall Wood Wombles here. They’re all great community spirited collectives and you really are welcome to pop along.

Thanks to all who participate: Real community in action.

Previous local litter pick events have been a huge success, so let’s see if we can make this one even better!

Posted in News | Tagged | Leave a comment

Parkrun is on at Chasewater this Saturday!

After weeks of cancellations due to weather, Chasewater Parkrun is scheduled to go ahead this Saturday 14th March 2020 after last week’s successful return – and it looks like being a great run!

Come for a run – these ladies have been missing you! Image from Chasewater Parkrun Facebook page.

For those concerned about the possible impact of the Coronavirus situation on Parkrun events in general, the Parkrun organisation have published the following statement which the Chasewater organisers have posted on their Facebook page:

Sensible and rational, I thought.

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 morning Parkrun phenomena, where volunteers and runners gather every Saturday in local parks for a run, totally free of charge.

What a fantastic environment to run in! Image from Chasewater Parkrun on Facebook.

It’s not competitive – except against your own personal best – it’s properly marshalled and you have to register, but it’s a free, friendly thing that’s hugely popular and a stunning demonstration of community in action.

It’s suitable for runners of all experience levels and paces. Find out more at the event page here or the event Facebook page here.

Having run for years now at Walsall Arboretum and Cannock Chase, we now have a 5km Parkrun at Chasewater that happens every Saturday (events in the park permitting) – and has been attracting over 300 runners already!

It’s on this Saturday (14th March 2020) at 9:00am and the organisers have this to say:

What is Chasewater parkrun?

It is a 5km run – it’s you against the clock.

When is it?

Every Saturday at 9:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place at Chasewater Country Park, Pool Rd, Burntwood, Brownhills, WS8 7NL. See Course page for more details.

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing – it’s free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won’t get a time.

How fast do I have to be?

We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

Chasewater parkrun needs you!

It is entirely organised by volunteers – email chasewaterhelpers@parkrun.com to help.

We’re friendly!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the South Shore café – please come and join us!

Please, if you go for a run this Saturday, drop me a line and let me know how you get on – this is a fascinating thing and it’s growth is really wonderful. Comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

Just walking to the start shows the large number of runners already making this a great event! Image from Susan Williams.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Police arrest man following Clayhanger hit and run but still need witnesses

Following the awful incident that took place in Clayhanger on Saturday evening (7th March 2020), in which a cyclist was seriously injured in a hit and run collision in Bridge Street, Clayhanger , a man has been arrested and  a vehicle recovered in Bloxwich.

Bridge Street, Clayhanger is a road I cycle often. Image from Apple Maps.

Police are still appealing for information on the incident, and for anyone with information to please come forward.

I reiterate my sympathies to my fellow cyclist and his family and friends, and my thanks to the people who stopped to help him. The people helping are the very best of us and I thank you all.

Please think about what you say on social media as trials can and do collapse because of careless comment.

West Midlands Police issued the following statement on Tuesday:

Man arrested following Walsall collision

10th March 2020

A man has been arrested as we continue to investigate after a cyclist was seriously injured in Walsall on Saturday (7 March).

We were called to reports of a collision on Bridge Street in Clayhanger at around 6.45pm after a cyclist was struck by a dark 4×4 car which failed to stop at the scene.

Officers investigating the collision arrested a 20-year-old man from his home in Bloxwich yesterday (9 March) and he has since been released while enquiries continue.

A Land Rover defender has been recovered for forensic examination.

The 44-year-old man suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital in a critical condition.

Sergeant Alan Hands from the Serious Collision Investigation unit, said: “Although this arrest is a big step forward in our investigation, we are urgently appealing for anyone who saw a dark blue Land Rover defender in the area around the time of the collision.

“We need to work out exactly what happened and I’d also be interested in hearing from anyone who has dashcam footage before or after the collision, or saw the car leaving.”

Enquiries continue and anyone with information is urged to contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, or call 101 anytime.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote log 3013 of 7 March.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

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 (10th March 2020) from 7:30pm until 9pm.

I’m told the meetings are very well attended.

All are welcome. Parking is free, the venue is wheelchair friendly and can be found at Silver Street, Brownhills, Walsall WS8 6ER.

This is a welcome move as Brownhills has been lacking in this area for many years.

My best wishes to all attendees, and all are welcome.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Lichfield Waterworks Trust March 2020 public meeting takes place this evening

P1120641

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 Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 9th March 2020 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group.

The meeting is at the Bowling Green pub, Lichfield from 7:30pm and is of course open to anyone interested.

Dave wrote:

Lichfield Waterworks Trust March Newsletter

The next public meeting of Lichfield Waterworks Trust will take place on:  Monday 9 March 2020 at 7.30pm, in the rear meeting room of the
 
The Bowling Green
Friary Road
Lichfield
Staffordshire
WS13 6QJ
 
Tel: 01543 257344
 
Everyone is welcome to this social event so please feel free to join us and be a part of an amazing community heritage restoration project.

Do remember, the Bowling Green serves some great food and real ales.

Latest News

Building Lease Update:

The Trustees met with Persimmon Homes Ltd on Tuesday 18 February. Our initial assessment of the meeting is, Persimmon have offered us a 50-year lease at £1.00 per year with a 5-year break clause.

This is a much more advantageous to LWT than we expected. The only really grey area is around the repair and maintenance point, which we can negotiate/argue about a bit further down the line.

The trustees will meet on Monday 9 March 2020 to discuss, and hopefully we maybe in a position to agree heads of terms. While we believe this is good news, it is important to understand that the building is in quite a poor state of repair and the trust will need to raise a considerable sum of money and considerable effort to bring the building back into reuse.

Saying that, we have a great team of people working on this project who are willing to go that extra mile.

 Important Note:

After the visit by Historic England on 16 Jan, the site has unfortunately been placed on the Heritage At Risk Register.

This is indeed sad news to see that this magnificent piece of industrial heritage is now officially at risk of permanent loss.
 
The trust is committed to continue working with the owner, Persimmon Homes Ltd to find a sustainable solution that will bring this building and its historic contents aback into a community use.

Tonight’s Talk

Tonight’s talk is by a long-standing supporter and advisor to our project, Dr Jim Andrew. Jim is an incredibly knowledgeable individual on a wide variety of subjects Tonight he will be asking us ‘Could we learn something from the Victorians?’



The Great Exhibition of 1851 was housed in the Crystal Palace, a temporary building in London’s Hyde Park, yet this was probably the largest single build construction the world had ever seen.  It was 19 acres with an 8-acre mezzanine housing some 100,000 exhibits, half from the UK and half from the rest of the world.  The building was only finalised in July 1850, but it still opened on 1st May 1851. No computers or telephones on emails so how did they do it?  Could we learn something from the Victorians?

Site Report

The team are on site and in full swing mode. The office is now with the exception of rewiring, complete. The folks have done a splendid job. Walls and ceiling have been redecorated, the floors have been cleaned and oiled. The cold-water tank has been removed and the floor made good.
The room is looking clean, light and fresh. A perfect meeting room that will be a benefit to all.

Please do feel free to join us and be a part of an amazing community heritage restoration project.


The site is open for normal working on Friday’s between 10:30am and 12:30pm. As always you are most welcome to join us. Free tea and coffee is always available.

Engineering Team Report

Work to clean and lubricate the metalwork parts in the cataract chamber (this is the chamber immediately beneath the engine controls) is almost complete, and steelguard rust preventative has been liberally applied. The strategy has been to clean the metal parts of rust, but not to finish them to the standard adopted for the more visible parts of the engine, as this will take a long and it is more important that the parts are protected from corrosion and deterioration than to look “shiny”. The initial results from adopting this strategy have shown pleasing results.



Team members have been working on the water-return pump (which returned cooling water from the condenser tank to the adjacent canal), in an attempt to “free-up” as many elements of the engine before we attempt to move it again. The cover on the pump was seized solid with corrosion. A gas torch was used to heat the cylinder body and with some “gentle” persuasion by driving wedges around the rim of the pump body we were able to break the bond and lift the cover clear.



Not surprisingly the pump was full of water, which we syphoned out. The internal bore of the pump body was badly corroded. After cleaning out lumps of corroded cast iron and other debris we were able to expose the upper face of the piston, complete with valve…

Download the full report here

Health and Safety Report

Unfortunately, we had our first incident in three years working on site; a cut hand. While this was a minor cut, it goes to show that accidents can and do happen.

We have met with the team members and had an honest and frank discussion about this incident. We are delighted to say that the teams have come up with a number of great suggestions that will help us improve and make good safety no accident.



A very big thank you to everyone for embracing a heath and safety culture. We will be undertaking more training in the new year, so watch this space.

Electrical Installation Team Report

The electrical team are continuing doing some sterling work. We have now recommissioned the lighting in the 1870 building and have some temporary lighting in the 1960s building.

This was a tremendous help for Victorian Lichfield event.
 
The team continues to remove redundant and waterlogged damage wiring and is making preparations to install new submains in both buildings.

3D Walkthrough

Dudley Technical College has been extremely kind in producing a 3D Walkthrough for the trust. This is an amazing piece of work that not only showcases the site, it also provides an opportunity to those who are unable to visit the site or climb the stairs

Please click on the image below

History West Midlands – Podcast

History West Midlands have produced a stunning podcast titled ‘Making Cholera History in the Black Country.’ 

Presented by writer and broadcaster Graham Fisher and Directed by Andy Partington, featuring David Moore, the podcast gives a detailed history of both Sandfields pumping Station and the story of clean water.

Please click on the image below

Donations

Now that we find ourselves in a position where we feel we can enter into a lease agreement; we need to raise £5,000 to put the building to work to earn its keep. We have several ideas and events either booked or planned.

Despite the best efforts of the teams, the condition of the building is still poor and not the most user-friendly place. The one thing holding us back is funds to buy materials and some specialist works.

We need to install sub-mains in both the 1960 and 1870 buildings. Works needs to be done to the floors in the 1960s building to remove s the trip hazards and make the wells safe.

We need to make and adapt the steel tables to make a stage for events. We have people willing to do this work, but we need to buy materials.

Therefore, if you can donate, please visit our donation page here.

100% of what you give goes into the restoration fund. This is a most exciting heritage project that will bring a benefit to the whole community. Heritage restoration project like this build new skills, engage with the community, bridge inter-age gaps, enable people to make new friends and improve health and wellbeing.

We have no paid staff; all of our volunteers are priceless.


 
We will also always invest in our people and have a volunteer training away day on the 27 March.

All these costs soon mount up, so if you can donate, then please visit our donation page here.
 
Any amount is helpful, is well appreciated and will be carefully spent preserving our industrial past for our future generations, developing skills for our people and making our community a better place
 
Please make cheques payable to; Lichfield Waterworks Trust, and send to our address:
 
22 Walsall Road
Lichfield
WS13 8AB

Membership

It would really help us if we develop and grow our membership. If you are not already a member and would you like to be a part of one of the region’s most exciting heritage projects then please, join us now by filling in Membership Application Form by going to our membership page here. It is free to join and be a part of this incredibly exciting project. 

Finally

Thank you everyone for your continued support and helping to make a difference in our community.

Do pop over to Dave Moore’s blog and check out the history of Sandfields Pumping Station, an almost forgotten gem – the group also has a Facebook page.

Dave is, of course, one of the leading lights of Lichfield Discovered, along with Kate ‘Cardigan’ Gomez from Lichfield Lore.

It’s great to see people like Dave encourage a better attitude to our historic buildings -please do attend if you’re able, it’s sure to be enlightening and educational.

 

Posted in Environment, Events, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Interesting photos, Just plain daft, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, News, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Shared memories, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Police appeal for information after cyclist is seriously injured in Clayhanger hit and run

On Saturday evening (7th March 2020), a cyclist was seriously injured in a hit and run collision in Bridge Street, Clayhanger between the mini-island and Clayhanger Bridge. The 44 year old man remains in a serious condition in hospital.

Bridge Street, Clayhanger is a road I cycle often. Image from Apple Maps.

Police are appealing for information on the incident, and for the driver of the dark coloured 4×4 believed to be involved to come forward.

My sympathies to my fellow cyclist and his family and friends, and my thanks to the people who stopped to help this poor man. The people helping are the very best of us and I thank you all.

If you know who the driver is, or have any information at all, please do contact the police. Not stopping after such a collision is a cowardly and despicable act.

West Midlands Police issued the following statement on Sunday afternoon:

Appeal following serious Walsall collision

We are appealing for information after a serious collision on Bridge Street, Clayhanger, Walsall at around 6.45pm Saturday 7 March 2020.

A cyclist was on the road near to the High Street when he was struck by a dark 4×4 car which failed to stop at the scene.

The 44-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries, where he remains today (Sunday 8 March) in a critical condition.

Sergeant Alan Hands from the Serious Collision Investigation unit, said: ‘I am appealing directly for the driver of a dark 4×4 which will have significant damage to its front end and possibly its windscreen, to come forward.

‘We need to work out exactly what happened and I’d also be interested in hearing from anyone who has dash-cam footage before or after the collision, or saw the car leaving.’

Enquiries continue to trace the driver and anyone with information is urged to contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, or call 101 anytime.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote log 3013 of 7 March.

Posted in News | 2 Comments

Woodmen emerge from the deep to sink Newark

Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans

Walsall Wood FC yesterday (Saturday 7th March 2020) got in what has been a very rare thing so far this year – a match at home, on a Saturday afternoon. With an encouraging audience and gate, this will be a welcome return to business for all at The Wood whose match card has been obliterated by the dreadfully wet weather of late.

The match itself marked the first ever visit of Newark Flowserve FC to Oak Park, and they proved to be welcome and worthy opponents.

David Evans was there, and sent the following report:

Walsall Wood 2 v 0 Newark Flowserve
Saturday 7th March 2020

The first flowers of early spring brought a smile to the ruddy faces of those brave fans who ventured to the hallowed football ground to rejoice at the sight of a real grass pitch, finely tuned goalnets, and a few flags snapping in the fresh breeze. It was good to shake hands with friendly faces and to greet and welcome the visiting fans. The pre-match banter with its merry quips, astute observations, portentous prophesies, the price of lubrication, the examination of team lists, the expectation and cautions… This is a necessary part of the wondrous Doings of the Day.

The intoxicating aroma of beef burger and beer, the faint but unmistakable whiff of handrolled and aftershave, the gentlemen’s headwear fashion show,  the fixed grin of well-worn dentures, the line of potbellies draping over the touchline fence. This is the panorama of non-league football as only Walsall Wood can perfect in their unique way.

The first half of the game got under way with the visitors wearing blue strip. Early forays and threatening but unsuccessful dashes, steady buildupssome clumsy tackles, probably  because of the uneven but drying playing surface, contributed to a difficult game for the players, and especially for the officials.

The match was tightly enacted… There were seemingly no shots on goal by either side in the first half, which ended with no goals. The character and characters were becoming apparent, as the fans were quick to point out.

There was a large contingent of junior home fans… Vocal and fearless in their way, and using largely acceptable vocabulary, to the appreciation of most.

Half time arrived and the opportunity to replenish solid and liquid supplies. Viking Ale and beefburger, with or without onions. Meanwhile the players enjoyed tea and cucumber sandwiches with the tender hearted team managers.

The second half brought new tactics, new challenges, and upon my soul, two goals by the home side, all within the first few minutes. This brought cheers of joy by the home fans… Of course… And the traditional cry by Moses.

The character of the game changed. What had been a sporting contest with very little to separate the two teams in the first half – now, with two snap goals down – some understandable frustration set in. The referee found that he had a hard task to assuage and control the high spirited play by a few. There were numerous stoppages for various reasons… Some unfortunate injuries and scrapes, some heavy landing on the unforgiving earth and the final whistle brought the contest to a halt.

The final score, two goals to nil in favour of the home side does not reflect how closely matched the two teams were.

Newark -players and fans – were a joy to welcome here today on their first visit and their positive sporting attitude and approach  was therapeutic, for spectators ,and for the game of football.

David Evans

Thanks to David Evans once more for an honest, entertaining match report as ever complete with great photos. It really is an honour to feature them.

Check out Walsall Wood FC’s website here.

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Environment, Events, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Local media, News, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Social Media, Walsall community, Walsall Wood stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

March 2020 Toy and Train Collectors Fair at Oak Park today!

Here’s one I’ve been meaning to catch for a while, but always seem to miss somehow – the periodic Toy and Train Collectors Fair at Oak Park Leisure Centre, Walsall Wood.

This one runs today, Sunday, 8th March 2020 from 10:30am until 3pm, and is just £2 entry for adults, £1:70 for OAPs and just a quid for the kids.

There will be over 80 stalls, with all manner of models, toy trains, toy cars and other collectibles, and there’s also a cafe on site.

The organisers said:

WALSALL WOOD TOY AND TRAIN COLLECTORS FAIR
OAK PARK ACTIVE LIVING CENTRE, WALSALL WOOD
SUNDAY 8th MARCH, 2020

The next popular Toy and Train Collectors Fair takes place at the Oak Park Active Living Centre, Coppice Road, Walsall Wood (WS9 9BH) on Sunday 8th March and once again offers a wide variety of collectible Toy Cars, Trains, Buses, Commercials alongside Lego, Action Figures and lots more with over 80 tables offering both new and old models. 
 
The event is now in its 29th year and continues to be popular with collectors and visitors from far and wide across the country.
 
Bring along your unwanted toys – traders are always “looking to buy”.
 
Doors open 10.30am – 3pm.   Admission is Adults £2.00, OAP’s £1.70, Children £1.00.
 
Further details from organisers Geoff and Linda Price on 01922 643385.

You can find out more at the website of the organisers, Transtar Promotions here or by calling them on 01922 643385.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

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 8th March 2020) and subsequent Sundays.

Brownhills Community Band and Drum Corps now meet at the new venue of Clayhanger Community Centre, Church Street, Clayhanger WS8 7EG from 1pm until 3:30pm.

Instruments are provided, but if you have something else suitable, feel free to bring it along.

You can call for more information on 07594 284399.

Experience isn’t essential but enthusiasm is! Kids and adults alike are welcome.

My best wishes to all involved and if you pop up, why not let me know how you got on? this is a great project.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

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 are there this afternoon – and every Sunday from 1-3pm and have bird books, binoculars and a wealth of knowledge to share – so why not join them? There’s so much more local wildlife than people think!

The reserve is by the pools on Stubbers Green Road, between Aldridge and Shelfield.

Ann Lawrence of the Swan Patrol said:

Do you want to know more about nature and wildlife?

Stubbers Green Nature Reserve Aldridge
Swan Patrol every Sunday 1-3pm

Lollipops and stickers for children that bring good healthy bird foods. Sweet corn, lettuce, porridge oats, branflakes, cornflakes, vegetable peelings, bird seed.

We have binoculars and bird books available to use.

Donations welcome

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Finally some Saturday football at Oak Park: Walsall Wood at home to Newark Flowserve this afternoon

Walsall Wood’s famous stand and the hearty welcome the club is famous for.Image kindly supplied by David Evans.

Saturday 7th March 2020

Providing there’s no sudden deluge, Oak Park will see it’s first Saturday home match in quite a while!

Walsall Wood FC at home to Newark Flowserve FC

Kickoff 3pm

Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes

Please come and get behind your local club

For The Good Of The Wood!

Check out the club website here

 

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Environment, Events, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Local media, News, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Social Media, Walsall community, Walsall Wood stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 7th March 2020 from 10-12pm – note the newly expanded times!

It costs just three quid per kid and includes fruit and a drink, so it’s great value and it’s run by those wonderful people at the Little Green Dragons Nursery, who are resident at the centre and are fully qualified nursery professionals.

There are games and toys and all manner of creative fun for the weans – and you get a break to boot.

Come along and explore JELLY !

Our creative table will be a surprise 🤗 ( which means I’m not sure yet what to do!) it will be jelly related of course any ideas just let me know 😍

Sandtray will be open and accessible as it is every week 👍🏼

…Along with all our other areas of play within the nursery setting:

• home corner
• construction
• small world
• maths area
• cosy book/music area
• baby sensory area

See you all Saturday ….

Don’t forget the outdoors area which is loved by all 🧊 🧊 🧊 (even in the cold weather – wrap up warm- weather permitting)

10.00am-12.00
£3 per child
Snack included

Feel free to invite your friends with children aged 0-6 years and share our events

This group is held at Little Green Dragons Day Nursery every Saturday morning

Add our Facebook Page – 

Brownhills Stay&Play 🌈🌈

The Community Centre is what my generation would know as ‘The Annexe’ – the old Central Boy’s School, now a bustling community resource. To find out more,  you can pop in or call them on 01543 452119.

The Community Association have lots of stuff going on, and loads of great facilities, right in the heart of Brownhills. I love what they’re about and all the great things they’re doing.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Parkrun returns to Chasewater this Saturday!

After being cancelled due to weather and flooding on the course for no less than three weeks running, Chasewater Parkrun returns this Saturday morning (8th March 2020) – assuming we’re not hit by a hurricane of blizzard between now and then – and it looks like being a great run!

Come for a run – these ladies have been missing you! Image from Chasewater Parkrun Facebook page.

The organisers posted the following on their Facebook page:

Unless something cataclysmic happens we are on this week. Some photos from Sunday show a vast improvement.

We will also be celebrating International Womens Day, so would be amazing to have lots of amazing ladies taking part. We have a fab selfie frame to celebrate, so would be great to have lots of pictures from the event if people don’t mind sharing.

Chasewater Tri Club are providing your volunteers this week so we have a fabulously healthy roster – so thank you to them for enabling the event to go ahead and me and the rest of the core team to have a stress free week. We even have a couple of photographers.

Gary will be your RD this week, so please listen to the briefing as there is likely to be additional safety/course information to inform you about and it could save you an injury…

Other than that – have a fabulous run this weekend. We have missed you all.

p.s we would like to wish our regular canicross Indy Glibbery good luck at Crufts this weekend !

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 morning Parkrun phenomena, where volunteers and runners gather every Saturday in local parks for a run, totally free of charge.

What a fantastic environment to run in! Image from Chasewater Parkrun on Facebook.

It’s not competitive – except against your own personal best – it’s properly marshalled and you have to register, but it’s a free, friendly thing that’s hugely popular and a stunning demonstration of community in action.

It’s suitable for runners of all experience levels and paces. Find out more at the event page here or the event Facebook page here.

Having run for years now at Walsall Arboretum and Cannock Chase, we now have a 5km Parkrun at Chasewater that happens every Saturday (events in the park permitting) – and has been attracting over 300 runners already!

It’s on this Saturday (8th February 2020) at 9:00am and the organisers have this to say:

What is Chasewater parkrun?

It is a 5km run – it’s you against the clock.

When is it?

Every Saturday at 9:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place at Chasewater Country Park, Pool Rd, Burntwood, Brownhills, WS8 7NL. See Course page for more details.

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing – it’s free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won’t get a time.

How fast do I have to be?

We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

Chasewater parkrun needs you!

It is entirely organised by volunteers – email chasewaterhelpers@parkrun.com to help.

We’re friendly!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in the South Shore café – please come and join us!

Please, if you go for a run this Saturday, drop me a line and let me know how you get on – this is a fascinating thing and it’s growth is really wonderful. Comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

Just walking to the start shows the large number of runners already making this a great event! Image from Susan Williams.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Buses by Night 2020 – a great local event on this Saturday!

 

This Saturday afternoon and evening (7th March 2020) 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.

The Museum said:

Come and have a ride on buses into the early evening, remember what it was like to ride home from work or school on a cold winter evening!

See event Facebook page for more details

See our website & Facebook page for updates

Aston Manor Road Transport Museum
Shenstone Drive, Off Northgate, Aldridge, Walsall W89 8TP

Event Admission £5 adult, £2 child, £13 family

(No morning admission)

Event will run from 14:00 to 19:30 approx
01922 454761 Registered Charity no. 519216

 
Posted in Brownhills stuff, Environment, Events, Fun stuff to see and do, Local History, Local media, News, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community, Walsall Wood stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fancy some Northern Soul and Motown? Aldridge is the place this Friday!

DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing with his superb Northern Soul and Motown set this Friday evening 6th March 2020 at Aldridge Social Club from 8pm until late.

I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like a bit of classic soul and Leekie is a great DJ for a wonderful night. 

It’s just £4 a head (£3 members) (payable on the door) and takes place at Aldridge Social Club, High Street, Aldridge WS9 8LZ. See you there?

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Events, Features, Fun stuff to see and do, Local media, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community, Walsall Wood stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 3rd March 2020) – and they’re back to meeting at their original base, Smithys Forge pub in Lichfield Road, Brownhills, just off the Miner Island.

For parents, carers, etc. of children and adults with autism.

Weekly support group every Tuesday at the Smithys Forge, Brownhills 1:30-2:30 🌈

The group has been running for a good while now and is still growing in popularity – so why not pop along to see what it’s all about?

 

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Lichfield Waterworks Trust need volunteers – can you help save a great piece of history?

P1120641

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.

I know lots of you are looking for interesting volunteering opportunities locally – and here’s a fun one for people with a whole range of skills – helping to save Sandfields Pumping Station in Lichfield and turn it into a valuable community resource and historical wonder for us all to enjoy.

The wonderful Kate ‘Cardigan’ Gomez from Pumping Station champions Lichfield Waterworks Trust and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore have been in touch to appeal for volunteers.

With the restoration of the Victorian pumping station and the wonderful steam engine it contains now well underway and making astounding progress, what would really help these wonderful folk is more hands on deck.

Kate wrote:

The Lichfield Waterworks Trust is transforming Sandfields Pumping Station  into a unique community space which will celebrate the incredible heritage of the building, whilst providing the city with a new events and arts venue.

As the project is developing and growing, we now need more volunteers to join our existing team, who do such a fantastic job of restoring this Grade II* industrial heritage site and sharing the stories it has to tell.  

All kinds of skills are needed – so if you’re not handy with physical things, you will be useful elsewhere for sure. Image from Lichfield Waterworks Trust.

There are opportunities to get involved in all areas of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust’s work from helping with the practical side of things to supporting with events, marketing and fundraising activities.  

Anyone with particular skills to offer in these areas would be most welcome, but more than anything we are looking for people with enthusiasm and commitment.

Volunteering with the Lichfield Waterworks trust is a great way to use existing skills or develop new ones, gaining useful experience for your CV whilst making an important contribution to our architectural and industrial heritage and the local community.     

But if you like to get your hands dirty, there’s plenty of that, too. Image from Lichfield Waterworks Trust.

Whatever you can offer in time or expertise, the Trust’s Volunteering Co-ordinator, Robin Taylor, will be delighted to have an informal chat with you about getting involved.  A volunteer away day is being held on Friday 27th March (09.30 to 14.30) for anyone interested in joining us, or we can arrange for you to meet up with Robin for a tour of the site at a time convenient to you.

Contact Robin on 07738939271 or at r.taylor@virgin.net.

Do pop over to Dave Moore’s blog and check out the history of Sandfields Pumping Station, an almost forgotten gem – the group also has a Facebook page.

Dave is, of course, one of the leading lights of Lichfield Discovered, along with Kate ‘Cardigan’ Gomez from Lichfield Lore.

It’s great to see people like Dave encourage a better attitude to our historic buildings -please do volunteer if you’re able, it’s sure to be great fun.

 

Posted in Environment, Events, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Interesting photos, Just plain daft, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, News, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Shared memories, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Got a little one? Would you like a stroll in the park this Monday morning?

This is a wonderful thing. If you have a wee one or two, and time to spare, come along and join in!

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 original Stroller group is still strolling and I thought that deserved a mention here.

The whole Burntwood Spark thing and the Strollers it grew from are an example to us all of how direct community activism can work and build friendship, solidarity and support and I admire  them and all involved hugely.

Esther and Rachel have said this about the Chasewater Strollers:

If you fancy enjoying the beauty on our doorstep, getting some fresh air and exercise whilst having a natter on the way then we’d love you to join us. Buggies, slings whatever’s your thing!

We meet from 9:30ish and set off walking from St. Anne’s Church Chasetown promptly at 9:45. We walk a loop of Chasewater which takes about an hour, then we have a small stay and play, while we have a drink and snack. You can either come for just the walk or stay for all of it. Babies and children of any age welcome just be aware we don’t go at a toddler pace, so some form of wheeled transport or carrier is a good idea, as little legs struggle with the 3 miles.

There is parking at the Church, or buses stop at the bottom of Chasetown High Street. Don’t forget your raincover and sunshade (you never know!) There are various places to stop on the way around if you need to use a baby change.

So exercise, company, play for little ones and beautiful nature. What’s not to love? If you’re new or returning, we’d love to see you. Grandparents, carers, childminders, friends, all welcome. 🙂 I have many happy memories and lovely friends made from Strollers so can’t wait to get back strolling again!

Esther and Rachel x

They have a new group: Chasewater Strollers 2017 on Facebook

You can also mail them: chasewaterstrollers@outlook.com

Any questions please send them an email or Facebook message. Otherwise just turn up and you will be made very welcome!

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Chasewater, Environment, Events, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Interesting photos, Local media, News, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fancy joining Brownhills Community Drum Corps Band? Open day today!

 

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 1st March 2020) as they have a special open day.

They also meet every Sunday at the same time.

Brownhills Community Band and Drum Corps now meet at the new venue of Clayhanger Community Centre, Church Street, Clayhanger WS8 7EG from 1pm until 3:30pm. That’s just off Salters Road. Instruments are provided, but if you have something else suitable, feel free to bring it along.

The.organisers said:

Band open day 1st March 2020

Brand new month with some exciting things coming up!

Join the drum corps play glockenspiel even blow the bugle

Brownhills & Walsall Wood get behind this community band

Players, non players, volunteers and even someone to keep us on the straight and narrow – if you fancy joining something that is small now but hopefully we can grow why not come along?

You can call for more information on 07594 284399.

Experience isn’t essential but enthusiasm is! Kids and adults alike are welcome.

My best wishes to all involved and if you pop up, why not let me know how you got on? this is a great project.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

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 are there this afternoon – and every Sunday from 1-3pm and have bird books, binoculars and a wealth of knowledge to share – so why not join them? There’s so much more local wildlife than people think!

The reserve is by the pools on Stubbers Green Road, between Aldridge and Shelfield.

Ann Lawrence of the Swan Patrol said:

Do you want to know more about nature and wildlife?

Stubbers Green Nature Reserve Aldridge
Swan Patrol every Sunday 1-3pm

Lollipops and stickers for children that bring good healthy bird foods. Sweet corn, lettuce, porridge oats, branflakes, cornflakes, vegetable peelings, bird seed.

We have binoculars and bird books available to use.

Donations welcome

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Bears on the common? Let’s all go on a bear hunt this morning!

Sorry, late notice but I’m having trouble with the blog machinery this weekend.

This morning, Sunday 1st March 2020, there’s a bear hunt on Brownhills Common starting at 10:00am – but you’ll need to contact the organisers on this link to check they still have spaces. It’s £8 for the first child then £3 for any siblings.

This could be just the thing fix you’ve wee ones who are fed up of being stuck in due to the weather – it’s actually quite a good forecast for the event too.

The organisers said:

🌳🌳 We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Special! 🐻🐻

Sunday 1st March 2020, 10am – 11.30am.

Come and join us in the woods on Brownhills Common for our session, based around this iconic book. 🐻

There will be activities and fun all centred around the story, plus much more!
🌳 Not forgetting hot chocolate around a campfire! 🔥

£8 per child and £3 per sibling.

Ages: from walking age upwards 😁

Contact us today to sign up by clicking here👍

A small deposit will be required to secure your space.

Limited spaces available 👍

 

Posted in News | Leave a comment

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 29th February 2020 from 10-12pm – note the newly expanded times!

It costs just three quid per kid and includes fruit and a drink, so it’s great value and it’s run by those wonderful people at the Little Green Dragons Nursery, who are resident at the centre and are fully qualified nursery professionals.

There are games and toys and all manner of creative fun for the weans – and you get a break to boot.

🥔 🥕🥔🥕🥔🥕🥔🥕🥔🥕🥔🥕

Come along a explore different vegetables 🌽 can you make your very own Potato heads?

With a range of vegetables how will you and your little ones explore?



Our creative table will be… painting with vegetable prints 🥕🥦

Sandtray will be open and accessible as it is every week 👍🏼

…Along with all our other areas of play within the nursery setting:

• home corner
• construction
• small world
• maths area
• cosy book/music area
• baby sensory area

See you all Saturday ….

Don’t forgot the outdoors area which is loved by all 🧊 🧊 🧊 (even in the cold weather🥶)

(wrap up warm, weather permitting)

10.00am-12.00
£3 per child
Snack included
feel free to invite your friends with children aged 0-6 years and share our events

This group is held at Little Green Dragons Day Nursery every Saturday morning

Add our Facebook Page – 

Brownhills Stay&Play 🌈🌈

The Community Centre is what my generation would know as ‘The Annexe’ – the old Central Boy’s School, now a bustling community resource. To find out more,  you can pop in or call them on 01543 452119.

The Community Association have lots of stuff going on, and loads of great facilities, right in the heart of Brownhills. I love what they’re about and all the great things they’re doing.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

It’s still very wet in the park: Chasewater Parkrun cancelled yet again

Sadly due to the incredible amount of standing water and mud at Chasewater, the organisers of Chasewater Parkrun have wisely but with very heavy hearts decided to cancel the event for this week which was scheduled to take place this Saturday, 29th February 2020.

Chasewater’s course is on mostly rough tracks and ground that’s now waterlogged, so cancelling the event is totally the correct thing to do.

Several other Parkruns are cancelled locally so best check this list before selecting an alternative.

It should return next week all being well – so be patient and clean those trainers!

The organisers posted on Facebook:

Hello.

Unfortunately we have had to cancel again this week due to the state of the course.

Big Thank you to Georgie for the update.

If you are thinking about going on tour tomorrow here is the link to event cancellations. I would imagine this will be updated throughout today.

Hopefully we will be back next Saturday with a special “International Women’s Day” event.

Have a good run wherever you go and if you see my mate Noah in his ark on the way, please take something to give to the animals.

Have fun.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Rushall May Fayre needs you!

Here’s an important one I’ve been meaning to run for a while, brought to my attention by old friend of the blog, Claire Gibbs.

Rushall May Fayre is an important, annual and hugely popular community festival, which has been organised for may years by a dedicated team under the stewardship of Sue Blakemore, the human dynamo that had been responsible for so many great May events over the years.

As you will probably be aware, Sue passed away on 10th January 2020, which was a cause of great sadness to all who knew her. Sue will be much missed by the folk of Rushall who she served tirelessly.

The fayre will go ahead this year, but the organisers are calling for support and volunteers. This year they event will have a V.E. day theme, which should make for an excellent tribute.

The committee said:

As most of you will have heard, our Chairperson, Sue Blakemore, sadly passed away on the 10th January.

Sue was ‘Mrs May Fayre’, planning, baking, chasing, and organising, and ordering people around on the day from her chair at event control.

This years May Fayre will still be going ahead on Bank Holiday Friday 8th May, with a V.E. day theme.

Everybody’s support would be gratefully appreciated on the day.

If you are interested in helping out, either on the day, or as part of our committee, please contact Simon Gill (acting chair) on 07906 830140.

Details for applications for May Fayre Queen and Princess are to follow.

If you can help, please do get in touch with the committee – either by calling Simon Gill on the number above or check out the event’s Facebook page by clicking here.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Come join the community litter pick this Thursday morning in Brownhills!

Very late notice I know, but I’ve only just spotted that there is a community litter pick event taking place in Brownhills this morning (Thursday 27th February 2020) from 10am  until 12 noon starting at Brownhills Community Centre – and all are welcome. All kit will be provided!

The pick is being run by Walsall Community Litter Watch for the benefit of the the town, so it’ll be a worthwhile event to get involved with and help improve the local environment.

The organisers said:

Brownhills Community litter pick

Come along to our Brownhills Litter Pick, Thursday at 10am.

We will be meeting at the Brownhills Community Centre. All equipment provided, make sure to wrap up and wear appropriate clothing.

All other equipment is provided.

There will be teas and coffees available after to warm us up!

Are you  able to volunteer through your employment? Why not come along to support your business with corporate social responsibility?

#cleanergreenerwalsall

You can check out the event’s Facebook page here.

Previous local litter pick events have been a huge success, so let’s see if we can make this one even better!

Posted in News | Tagged | Leave a comment

Soultime February – Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie and pals tonight!

 

The inimitable soul DJ Leekie has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing his regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this Friday evening, 28th February 2020 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of great soul practitioners in a two-room event – Ady Kisby, Rob Edgar, Little Scotty, Will Moreton and of course, Leekie – will be fulfilling all your Northern Soul and Motown requirements.

I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like a bit of classic soul and Leekie is a great DJ for a wonderful night. A two-room event, it also features a host of other great local soul scene DJs on the decks.

It’s just £5 a head (payable on the door) and kicks off at 8pm and runs until Midnight. What’s not to love?

That’s Pelsall Community Centre, Station Rd, Pelsall, Walsall WS3 4BQ. See you there?

 

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Events, Features, Fun stuff to see and do, Local media, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community, Walsall Wood stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Walking group sets off again in Brownhills this Wednesday afternoon!

Altogether now, ‘I love to go a-wandering…’ – image from Walsall Healthy Spaces Team.

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 group set up in Brownhills by Walsall Healthy Spaces Team who will be organising 90 minute walks every week, including this  Wednesday 26th February 2020, starting from Brownhills Community Centre at 1:45pm, exploring our beautiful local open spaces.

Walsall Healthy Spaces said:

New social and friendly health walk group coming to Brownhills in 2020.

Starting Wednesday 8th January.

Meet at Brownhills Community Centre, Chester Road North WS8 7JW every Wednesday 1.45pm for a 2.00pm start.

Duration: 1½ hours approx. Intensity: Moderate; occasional slight gradients, on hard and soft surfaces.

For more information on other volunteer led walking groups click here.

You can visit Walsall Healthy Spaces Team on Facebook here. If you attend, why not get in touch and let me know how you get on?

Posted in News | Leave a comment

In memoriam Eddie Fallon: A wonderful gesture

Last autumn, Brownhills was saddened by the loss of a well respected and loved local man, Eddie ‘Jock’ Fallon, who was taken from us after a period of illness.

As an ex-Serviceman, Eddie was a member of Brownhills branch of the Royal British Legion, and David Evans was invited to a rather special presentation last week at Eddie’s local, the Prince of Wales, by Eddie’s family to the local branch.

David wrote:

Hi Bob

I attended a wonderful event this evening at the Prince of Wales Inn on Watling Street, Brownhills in order to take some photos of the presentation of a cheque for the British Legion, in memory of popular local ex-serviceman Eddie Fallon, who passed away recently.

I was totally unprepared for the magnificent generosity that the cheque represented and add my personal gratitude to those expressed by My John Bird.

kind regards
David

It’s heart warming to see the generosity here in memory of such a fine gentleman and once again I am reminded of the kind heartedness of our community.

My best wishes go out to Eddie’s family, friends an all who knew him. I include below an account of the event written by old friend of the blog John Bird, a stalwart member and campaigner for the local Royal British Legion, from whom I have another article later this week.

Image kindly supplied by David Evans.

Thanks to the Fallon family, John Bird, David Evans and all who donated. A lovely, yet sad thing.

Eddie Fallon.

Brownhills ex-serviceman, Eddie Fallon, also known as Jock, was a valued member of the local branch of the Royal British Legion.

Sadly, he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. This bad news prompted his friends and relatives to organise a collection for him. Eddie, being Eddie, insisted that the proceeds be donated to the Royal British Legion. It was then decided to hold an event in his local “watering hole”, the Prince of Wales, situated-on-the A5. It was here that he would present a cheque to his own branch of the Royal British Legion’s representatives.

Unfortunately, Eddie passed away before the planned event could be finalised. However, his family arranged to proceed and undertake this exercise, on his behalf, at the proposed event on the day that would have been his birthday.

He would have been extremely proud.

Needless to say, a spokesperson for the Brownhills branch of the Royal British Legion, expressed sincere thanks to everyone involved for the generous donation to the fund. This is the fund that provides support to ex-service personnel and their dependants in times of need.

“We will miss you Jock.”

John Bird.
Branch Community Officer.

Images kindly supplied by David Evans.

Posted in News | 2 Comments

Got a little one? Fancy a stroll in the park this Monday morning?

This is a wonderful thing. If you have a wee one or two, and time to spare, come along and join in!

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 original Stroller group is still strolling and I thought that deserved a mention here.

The whole Burntwood Spark thing and the Strollers it grew from are an example to us all of how direct community activism can work and build friendship, solidarity and support and I admire  them and all involved hugely.

Esther and Rachel have said this about the Chasewater Strollers:

If you fancy enjoying the beauty on our doorstep, getting some fresh air and exercise whilst having a natter on the way then we’d love you to join us. Buggies, slings whatever’s your thing!

We meet from 9:30ish and set off walking from St. Anne’s Church Chasetown promptly at 9:45. We walk a loop of Chasewater which takes about an hour, then we have a small stay and play, while we have a drink and snack. You can either come for just the walk or stay for all of it. Babies and children of any age welcome just be aware we don’t go at a toddler pace, so some form of wheeled transport or carrier is a good idea, as little legs struggle with the 3 miles.

There is parking at the Church, or buses stop at the bottom of Chasetown High Street. Don’t forget your raincover and sunshade (you never know!) There are various places to stop on the way around if you need to use a baby change.

So exercise, company, play for little ones and beautiful nature. What’s not to love? If you’re new or returning, we’d love to see you. Grandparents, carers, childminders, friends, all welcome. 🙂 I have many happy memories and lovely friends made from Strollers so can’t wait to get back strolling again!

Esther and Rachel x

They have a new group: Chasewater Strollers 2017 on Facebook

You can also mail them: chasewaterstrollers@outlook.com

Any questions please send them an email or Facebook message. Otherwise just turn up and you will be made very welcome!

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Chasewater, Environment, Events, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Interesting photos, Local media, News, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 23rd February 2020) and subsequent Sundays.

Brownhills Community Band and Drum Corps now meet at the new venue of Clayhanger Community Centre, Church Street, Clayhanger WS8 7EG from 1pm until 3:30pm. That’s just off Salters Road. Instruments are provided, but if you have something else suitable, feel free to bring it along.

You can call for more information on 07594 284399.

There’s also going to be a band open day on the 1st March 2020.

Experience isn’t essential but enthusiasm is! Kids and adults alike are welcome.

My best wishes to all involved and if you pop up, why not let me know how you got on? this is a great project.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

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 are there this afternoon – and every Sunday from 1-3pm and have bird books, binoculars and a wealth of knowledge to share – so why not join them? There’s so much more local wildlife than people think!

The reserve is by the pools on Stubbers Green Road, between Aldridge and Shelfield.

Ann Lawrence of the Swan Patrol said:

Do you want to know more about nature and wildlife?

Stubbers Green Nature Reserve Aldridge
Swan Patrol every Sunday 1-3pm

Lollipops and stickers for children that bring good healthy bird foods. Sweet corn, lettuce, porridge oats, branflakes, cornflakes, vegetable peelings, bird seed.

We have binoculars and bird books available to use.

Donations welcome

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Why not join Sunday’s Walsall Wood community litter picks?

The next Walsall Wood community litter pick by Walsall Wood Wombles take place on Sunday 23rd February 2019 – and all are welcome to join in.

There will actually be two litter picks organised by the Womble group on the same Sunday – the first will be meeting at Beechtree Road car park at 10:30am to do local streets and canals, then reconvening at 1pm at Walsall Wood Football Club on Oak Park to cover that area and surrounds.

In both cases pickers, bags and gloves provided. All welcome!

The Walsall Wood Wombles are a great initiative by top community person Teresa Webb.

You can check out the Facebook page for Walsall Wood Wombles here. They’re a great community spirited collective and you really are welcome to pop along.

Thanks to all who participate: Real community in action.

Previous local litter pick events have been a huge success, so let’s see if we can make these even better!

Posted in News | Tagged | Leave a comment

It’s very wet in the park: Chasewater Parkrun cancelled again

What a fantastic environment to run in – but not in a hurricane! Image from Chasewater Parkrun on Facebook.

Sadly due to the incredible amount of standing water and mud at Chasewater, the organisers of Chasewater Parkrun have wisely but with very heavy hearts decided to cancel the event for this week which was scheduled to take place this Saturday, 22nd February 2020.

Chasewater’s course is on mostly rough tracks and ground that’s now waterlogged, so cancelling the event is totally the correct thing to do.

Several other Parkruns are cancelled locally so best check this post before selecting an alternative.

It should return next week all being well – so be patient and clean those trainers!

The organisers posted on Facebook:

EVENT CANCELLED 22/02/2020

Yesterday there was still a lot of flooding on the course from the weekend, and the additional rain in the last 24 hours has made the situation even worse and so with more rain forecast over the next day or so we just can’t see the levels receeding sufficiently.

We have to think about the impact of 2-300 runners on a waterlogged course and also the safety of all the runners, and so we have decided to cancel this weekend.

it is of course very disappointing but we hope you understand. Huge thanks to Gary who has been at the park a lot this week keeping an eye on the situation for us.

With the forecast over the next 7 days we are confident we will be back for the 29th Feb – we hope to see lots of you as the next opportunity to parkrun on the 29th Feb is 2048 (apparently)

Posted in News | Leave a comment