Silver Street Church historical display – on now!

Images kindly supplied by David Evans.

Just a quick post while I’m tied up with other stuff – the young David Evans has been to the display of memorabilia and photos at Silver Street Methodist Church in Brownhills, to celebrate the iconic building’s 50th Anniversary, and sent in a lovely gallery of images.

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, there are to be a host of events in celebration, of which the display is just one. I’d hope maybe they could keep the display material available for as long as possible as it looks like a wonderful thing.

David wrote:

Hi Bob

Some hasty photos taken earlier this morning as the ‘setting out’ process is well under way…..

Already some previously unseen artifacts and information re on display – I left the good folk busily making space for more materials.

Many many thanks for the wonderful support your blog has already given to this event.

Kind regards
David

My sincere apologies to David and the folk of Silver Street for not posting this gallery sooner, but last night I was tied up with work, sadly.

The church was built in 1967 to replace the and combine Mount Zion and the Wesleyan in Brownhills High Street which were lost to redevelopment and it has to be said, old age; latterly, the remarkable building whose design hasn’t dated at all has accepted congregations from other churches and chapels in Brownhills like Park View, Brownhills West and Coppice Side.

The Silver Street Church is busy and has an active congregation and you can find out more about it at their website here and Facebook page here.

There are a fair few events to celebrate the fifty year milestone – note the memorabilia display starting this Thursday (27th April 2017) which will be very interesting indeed:

50th Anniversary Celebrations

During 2017 we will be celebrating 50 years since the opening of the Methodist Church on Silver Street.  There will be events during the year as part of our celebrations.

These events include:

Thursday 27th – Friday 28th April – displays of memorabilia from Silver Street’s 50 years as well as Mount Zion and Wesley Church who came together to form Brownhills Methodist.  

Saturday 29th April – Celebration Buffet with entertainment (6pm for 6.30pm – tickets £8)

Sunday 30th April – Morning service (10.30am) Songs of Praise Celebration; Evening service (6pm) Circuit United Service.

Saturday 1st July – Strawberry Tea (2.30pm)

Saturday 23rd September – Harvest Supper (6pm for 6.30pm)

Thanks to David for letting me know – and as ever, if any members of the Church would care to drop me an email I’m happy to advertise your community events. Just drop me a line.

If you have any memories of the new Silver Street Church – or indeed, the ones it superseded – please do comment or drop me an email. BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

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Fabulous at Fifty – local theatre going strong!

Aldridge Musical Comedy Society are an entertaining and talented bunch! Image from the Society.

It’s good to see local theatre doing so well these days, with not one but great local companies staging shows in the coming weeks – last week I pointed out that Brownhills Musical Theatre Company’s latest 9-5 was coming up, and today it’s the turn of  Aldridge Musical Comedy Society who have a rather special anniversary this year and are putting on a show to celebrate…

Aldridge Musical Comedy Society have a proud history and are well respected for fun, entertaining and very professional shows. You can check out their website here.

Their fiftieth anniversary this year will be celebrated with a special show at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Cannock from the 18th to the 20th May 2017, which is certain to  cement that fine reputation, and is sure to be a sellout so get your tickets quickly!

Details of the show and society are featured below – best of luck to all the performers, crew and supporters.

Aldridge Musical Comedy Society wrote:

Fabulous at 50 – Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock – 18 to 20 May 2017

This May, Aldridge Musical Comedy Society (AMCS) make a welcome return to the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock for a magnificent celebration of fifty years as a society. The show is Fabulous at 50 and never has a title been so apt. Last year, AMCS put on two well-received productions of the highest standard in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Once Upon a Time. You can expect Fabulous at 50 to be no different.

Great voices, breathtaking dance and good humour, Fabulous at 50 features numbers from Les Misérables, Oklahoma, All Shook Up, Oliver, Rent and many more. Direction for Fabulous at 50 is in the safe hands of Julie Lamb with choreography by Sarah Hemming and musical direction – Mark Bayliss.

Julie, who is also chairperson of the society, spoke about the show, “I’m so proud to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of AMCS and feel very honoured to be directing such a talented group of people on this special occasion.”

Also, making a welcome return to the stage is society president, Paula Garratt, who appeared in AMCS’ first ever production – Calamity Jane.

“When I started with AMCS 50 years ago,” Paula said, “I never thought I would be lucky enough to join this great company on stage in celebration of those 50 years. I am very proud of everyone associated with the society.”

AMCS currently has a core of 30 members and are always on the lookout for more of all ages. Rehearsing in Aldridge every Wednesday, the society, in addition to two shows a year, also perform for charity functions and care homes.

And the shows continue. With Smokey Joe’s Café (Nov 2017) and West Side Story (May 2018) already confirmed, the next fifty years is underway. But not until this current celebration is complete and from experience, AMCS guarantee the 50th anniversary show will be nothing less than Fabulous.

Fabulous at 50 is on 18 to 20 May 2017 (1930 start). Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock.

Tickets available from AMCS (01543 480626) or Box Office (01543 578762).

Adults £12. Concession £10 and Under 16s £8.

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Mobile phone lost in Brownhills – can you help please?

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The Parkview Centre…

This is an important one I’m hoping readers can help with – a user of Brownhills Parkview Centre surgery yesterday (Tuesday 25th April 2017) lost their mobile phone possibly while using the disabled facilities there.

Emma Mills-Webster wrote:

My daughter has lost her phone Brownhills Parkview Centre’s disabled toilet at about 3.20pm, Tuesday 25th April 2017.

The phone is a Samsung Galaxy J3, the homepage wallpaper of which is a child holding a box of Jaffa Cakes.

If anyone finds this phone please contact me on Facebook here or contact the local police.

If you want you can also email me in total confidence on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com and I’ll pass any information on anonymously for you.

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Urgent appeal: Walsall NHS Trust looking for relatives of John Elkes

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Walsall Manor Hospital – surprisingly beautiful at night.

Another important appeal for readers of the blog – this request was posted by the Communication Team at Walsall Manor Hospital  Tuesday (24th April 2017) and I’d like all locals to have a think about it, and if any of you can, please do help.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust is searching for the family of one of its patients.

John Elkes, from Willenhall, was born in the year of 1935.

Anyone related to John should contact Julie Venables in the general office at Walsall Manor Hospital on 01922 721172 ext. 4637.

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

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Going A5 Live!

A new year and Cockfest evolves…

Long term readers will remember the annual music and fun festival that’s taken place on the smallholding just off the A5 at Newtown, Brownhills – formerly called Cockfest (because it took place on a chicken farm).

This year it’s seen some changes and is now called A5 live, and takes place from Friday 4th August to Sunday 6th August 2017, and tickets are now on sale.

Martin Payton, the organiser, had this to say:

Hi Bob

Just an update on A5 live, most things now in place including licence etc, tickets now going on sale. 

The event will feature live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday and there will also be a classic/motorsport car display, custom bikes and scooters along with live mobile firing range, metal detecting walk, a falconry display as well as other things to be confirmed.

Large bar and restaurant will cater for food and drink and the charity is MacMillan Cancer Trust.

Tickets now on sale via PayPal – Friday evening £5, a Saturday day pass is £10, Sunday until close £5 and a weekend pass just £17.50.

For tickets, mail Kim on a5livefestival@hotmail.com

Email confirmation will be sent with unique ticket number for wristband

You can get also get tickets from the Chase Inn, call the hotline on  07487 770008 or contact the crew via the A5 Live Facebook page here.

I wish everyone the best for this and it’s always good to see money raised for MacMillan, one of my favourite charities.

Get your tickets soon before they sell out!

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Fifty years and still going strong – celebrate with Silver Street Church!

Image kindly supplied by David Evans.

I’m indebted – as I usually am – to the young David Evans who’s given me the heads up about events surrounding the 50th Anniversary of Silver Street Methodist Church in Brownhills.

The church was built in 1967 to replace the and combine Mount Zion and the Wesleyan in Brownhills High Street which were lost to redevelopment and it has to be said, old age; latterly, the remarkable building whose design hasn’t dated at all has accepted congregations from other churches and chapels in Brownhills like Park View, Brownhills West and Coppice Side.

The Silver Street Church is busy and has an active congregation and you can find out more about it at their website here and Facebook page here.

There are a fair few events to celebrate the fifty year milestone – note the memorabilia display starting this Thursday (27th April 2017) which will be very interesting indeed:

50th Anniversary Celebrations

During 2017 we will be celebrating 50 years since the opening of the Methodist Church on Silver Street.  There will be events during the year as part of our celebrations.

These events include:

Thursday 27th – Friday 28th April – displays of memorabilia from Silver Street’s 50 years as well as Mount Zion and Wesley Church who came together to form Brownhills Methodist.  

Saturday 29th April – Celebration Buffet with entertainment (6pm for 6.30pm – tickets £8)

Sunday 30th April – Morning service (10.30am) Songs of Praise Celebration; Evening service (6pm) Circuit United Service.

Saturday 1st July – Strawberry Tea (2.30pm)

Saturday 23rd September – Harvest Supper (6pm for 6.30pm)

Thanks to David for letting me know – and as ever, if any members of the Church would care to drop me an email I’m happy to advertise your community events. Just drop me a line.

If you have any memories of the new Silver Street Church – or indeed, the ones it superseded – please do comment or drop me an email. BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

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Thank you Bill Shaw

Images of the man himself and wife Lynn kindly sent in by the young David Evans

I’d like to take time out here to thank retiring football reporter and local lad Bill Shaw for his unwavering work over the last few years in supplying wonderful, frank and honest match reports for me to publish here on the Brownhills Blog.

Some time ago Bill announced his intention to retire in his role as reporter when the last match is played for the season, and yesterday, Saturday 22nd April 2017 was Bill’s last report from a home match at Oak Park, and as ever it was straightforward and didn’t pander to any delicate sensibilities.

Bill has always been frank, witty and to me as a person who’s not greatly into football, I’ve always found his work engaging, accessible and fun. It’s been the work of a true fan and lover of the club and game, even if it did ruffle feathers from time to time.

As the reports evolved, we moved on to a longer format and lit them up wit wonderful images from the Evans lads – David and Simon, the former always sending me a tranche of great pictures at the end of every game, and Simon deputising when needed whilst also doing a great job on social media.

Bill’s retirement will be a great loss to the community around the club, and I’m sorry to see it; but living in Leicestershire and with some health issues last year I can well understand, respect and appreciate Bill’s decision.

Bill is a Clayhanger lad and has contributed also to several historical threads on the blog, and with his wife Lynn (who has done a great job of refreshments at the Wood since 2010) is well known in the local community. Bill was a member of Walsall Wood Boys’ Brigade and played in their team in the 1960s, and is local football involvement has been long and enduring, his second love being Pelsall Villa.

I’d like to say thanks and cheers to Bill, a strident local voice that will be very much missed, and I’d add that his reports here have garnered a large following. Bill, if you ever wish to return and pick up the pen again, you’d be most welcome.

I wish you well for the future, old pal. Thanks for the fun and frankness. See you down the road, eh?

I include below Bill’s last column from the Walsall Wood match day programme from yesterday, 22nd April 2017 – his characteristically frank review of which can be read here.

RAMBLINGS FROM THE RAILINGS
by Bill Shaw

Good afternoon everyone, welcome to the ML Safety Stadium, a warm Wood welcome to today’s players, supporters and officials of today’s visitors Heanor Town, whatever the outcome of today’s game join us for a drink and a bite to eat in the clubroom afterwards before a safe journey home.

A warm welcome also to today’s officials, referee Daniel Stokes assisted by James Kerrigan and Alan Thomas. I know we haven’t had any assistance on that front over the last few games but I’m told decisions even themselves out in a season, somehow it never seems to work out that way, but as an official told me recently it’s all about opinions. Anyway folks, do give the guys a break occasionally and give them the benefit of any decisions that you don’t agree with.

The title could be sewn up today if Alvechurch win at Shawbury that could also doom Shawbury to the third relegation spot which of course will guarantee us Midland League premier division football next season. That should have been done on Easter Monday at Highgate United when leading 2-0 with 7 minutes left we somehow managed to throw away all three points. It’s never been one of my favourite venues and Monday didn’t change my opinion one bit. Again we stopped Lei Brown from scoring against us for the second time, at 33 Brownie you’re getting too old to be a striker. Congratulations to Bromsgrove on clinching the division one title, they have been there or thereabouts for a few seasons now and will finally make the step up to level five again. If anyone comes up from the West Midlands it’s questionable. Champions Haughmond supposedly didn’t submit the necessary paperwork in December so their elevation is in doubt. West Bridgford from Nottinghamshire are the choice from the East Midlands probably. Well folks, it’s finally arrived, my last home game, it’s been a long, long journey from the days of manager Carl Dwyer and the 2000-2001 season. From then there have been more downs than ups, that of course is why the Midland Combination title in 2012-13 was such an emotional time.

Football management of course is a high turnover occupation and it was down the road at Pelsall Villa where I forged my first long term relationship, football wise, with Mark Bentley. I retired of course in April 2011 with the last game fittingly against Walsall Wood, Nigel Birch however had other ideas and spent Three months working hard to get me to come back to the Wood, which he accomplished. Two months into the 2011-12 season he walked out, but I was home, I was loving being back and of course with the arrival of Swanny in February 2012 a bond and a life-long friendship was forged between us.

I have had some frustrating times in his reign and came close to walking away on more than one occasion, but my loyalty to Swanny and Justin kept me here. There are times over the last two seasons that I’ve been at games on days that I should have been home in bed, so regrettably I’ve reached the state of enough is enough and I’m getting out while I still can.

Thank you to everyone for your incredible support over the years, it has been appreciated. To all the people I’ve upset – TOUGH, you’ll get over it, I told the truth so I have no regrets. The highlight of it all – well there have been so many, but it has to be watching the Guernsey replay from the players tunnel of the National Stadium and the absolute stunned silence when Tom Evans opened the scoring, that occasion was priceless.

For the last time be good, be healthy, stay positive, the last and one of the very best to remember – Out of every adversity comes a seed of equivalent or greater benefit. I’ve had a ball – thank you, take care everyone.

Bill (the mouth) Shaw.

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