Great live band Man’s Ruin tonight at the Chase Inn!

They sound like a decent bunch of lads…

The good folk of the local CAMRA cider and Perry pub of the year, the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills have been in touch to let me know that there’s live music at the popular Brownhills pub tonight (Saturday 9th December 2017), with live music on stage from hard rockers Man’s Ruin Page live from 8pm until late.

The band are described as ‘A five piece hard rock band playing covers from Metallica/Sabbath/Hendrix/Royal Blood/BSC/Motörhead…

‘Everything Heavier Than Everyone Else’

You can check outthe band’s Facebook page here.

Why not get down there? You’re guaranteed an excellent time…

For the satnav folk, the address is: 6 Watling Street, Newtown, Brownhills WS8 6JS

You can contact the pub on: 01543 899568 or visit their Facebook page.

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The Chase Inn is a great local pub for music, entertainment and real ale! Image from the pub’s Facebook page.

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Walsall Wood FC v Ilkeston Town – away match today!

promises to be some excellent pre-Christmas footy!

Saturday 9th December 2017

Walsall Wood F.C. v Ilkeston Town FC

Please stay tuned to @walsallwoodfc on Twitter for pitch inspection updates!

Away at The New Manor Ground
Awsworth Road, Ilkeston DE7 8JF

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

3:00pm kickoff

For The Good Of The Wood!

Visit the Walsall Wood FC website here

 

 

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Bogus callers operating locally again – be vigilant

Many bogus callers can appear very plausible. Warn the elderly and vulnerable to be careful. Image from West Midlands Police.

I’ve just had warning from the excellent WMNow system (you can sign up here – it’s free and very useful) that a door to door caller is operating in Aldridge and seems to up up to no good – touting for cash to move rubbish and suchlike.

I don’t know exactly where this occurred but the man is clearly in a van so be vigilant.

PCSO Roberts, of Aldridge Police said:

White male approx 6′ tall, stocky build, may have baseball cap, driving a white van with dark strip.

This male is asking for money to move rubbish/ cut down trees.

Please tell your relatives and neighbours about this chap, and impress upon them how important it is not to buy from, or accept services at the door, no matter how plausible the people offering them. Genuine companies will always contact you by other means.

Explain that no official body will turn up unannounced demanding money for services like gardening, drain cleaning, tree pruning etc., and that if they are at all unsure of any caller, to close the door and contact the police.

Scumbags preying on the elderly and vulnerable are lower than a snake’s knees.

Please,  if you have any further information relating to this matter, or if you’ve witnessed something suspicious, please contact West Midlands Police by dialling 101 (999 in an emergency, obviously) or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Creature feature

Chasewater Innovation Centre has had some great exhibitions over the years.

Here’s one to check out if you’re up at Chasewater in the week, or maybe this Sunday at the Christmas Fair – a great looking exhibition by local Artist Lesley ‘Will’ Littleton ‘My Creatures  and Other Family’, which runs at the Innovation Centre until December 21st 2017, open from 9am until 4pm.

Lesley vcreates a whole range of work from illustrative to abstract, so there should be something there for everyone to enjoy – you can check out her Facebook page here.

Lesley said:

Hi Bob

I am a local artist and I am holding my first exhibition at Chasewater Innovation Centre in December.

I wondered if you would like to share the attached poster on your page?

If you need anymore information please don’t hesitate to email me.

Kind Regards
Lesley Littleton

Lesley with some of her work. Image from her Facebook page.

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2017 Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade at Chasewater this Sunday!

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The lantern parade is a stunning, fun event –  and there’s a fine Christmas fair beforehand, too.

There’s a further chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday (10th December 2017) –  there’s the Annual Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre.

The fair runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm, with the lantern parade kicking off at 4pm as the fair ends.

A wee bird tells me that Brownhills Scout Group will be there too for those interested in what they’re doing and may have a young one interested in joining…

This promises to be a truly magical way to begin your Christmas preparations, regardless of your age!

A fine way to get into the Christmas spirit.

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Carols by the canal – and memories of great friends

Christmas on the cut – what could be nicer? Image from the Inland Waterways Association.

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding a carol evening at their Fosseway Nature Reserve site, just off Falkland Road, Lichfield on Saturday 16 December 2017 from 7-9pm and all are welcome.

Also, the Trust have unveiled a memorial bench at Tamworth Road, in recognition of a sadly missed local couple who were neighbours of the project and were unrelenting in their support for the Lichfield and Hatherton.

The Trust are working to restore the entire lost canal between Brownhills and Huddlesford, which I’ve documented here previously – you can find out more about that at this post here, or find out how you can volunteer to help in this post here.

Carols by the Canal is being held here at the Fosseway Nature Reserve. Here’s an artist’s impression by Mark Smith of the restored canal as it passes Fosseway Heath and approaches old Lock 19 at the ‘railway turn’. Image courtesy of Central Unmanned Aerial Services, Image supplied by Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust.

The Fosseway Nature Reserve is a great idea in a beautiful bit of countryside, and it’s a project that I wholly support.

The Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust wrote:

CAROLS BY THE CANAL

Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust is holding an outdoor festive sing-song round the fire at its Fosseway site.

Mince pies and mulled wine will be provided at the evening of Christmas carols on Saturday December 16 from 7-9pm at Fosseway Nature Reserve and Wetlands off Falkland Road.

TSB’s Lichfield branch, the Trust’s Local Charity Partner, has sponsored the mince pies. All are welcome.

The bench plaque dedicated to the memory of Rona and Clifford Chalmers.

TOWPATH BENCH DEDICATED TO LICHFIELD COUPLE

A bench has been installed on Lichfield Canal’s towpath in memory of a couple who spent over 35 years in the city.

Rona and Clifford Chalmers moved to a bungalow on Tamworth Road in 1980, returning to the area after leaving in the mid-1950s.

Rona and Clifford Chalmers, long time residents of Tamworth Road.

Rona was treasurer and later secretary of the Conservative Tea Club, while Clifford, a retired engineer, helped with repairs at the George Hotel and Maple Hayes School.

Briony and Colin Hunter on the bench dedicated to the memory of Rona’s parents

He was also secretary of Whittington Golf Club for a time.

The couple enjoyed gardening and always looked forward to their annual walk into the city for the Bower festivities.

As they had started life in the Burntwood area they had a wealth of local knowledge and only last year Clifford gave a talk to Lichfield Cathedral pupils about his school days at the Cathedral in the early 1930s.

In 2015 ill health meant the couple moved to Darwin Court Care Home where Rona died in October 2016 and Clifford in September 2017.

Christine Bull, chairperson of Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust, with Briony and Colin Hunter on the bench dedicated to the memory of Briony’s parents.

The bench, with a plaque inscribed ‘In memory of Rona and Clifford Chalmers long time residents of Tamworth Road’, was donated by the couple’s daughters Briony Hunter, who lives in Bedfordshire, and Hazel John, who has lived in Brisbane, Australia, since 1977 but returns to England every year.

It was made by Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust volunteer Tony Cadwallader and installed on the towpath directly opposite the Cliffords’ old home on Tamworth Road.

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Coppice Lane stables raided – can you help?

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Stevie Ansell’s  riding stables do a huge amount of good work. Can we help catch the people that raided them? Image from the stables Facebook page.

This is an important appeal for information regarding a burglary that took place overnight, in the early hours of Tuesday, 5th December 2017 at Stevie Ansell’s riding school premises at Coppice Lane/Engine Lane, Brownhills.

A selection of power tools, including electric drills, petrol strimmers plus a saddle and bridle were stolen amongst other items.

Sadly, CCTV didn’t catch the culprits.

Stevie’s stables do a huge amount of great work, and it’s terrible that anyone would steal from them and cause the people that run them hardship.

Please come forward with any information you have. If you don’t want to speak to the  police directly, drop me a line on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com and I’ll pass the message on.

You can also contact Walsall Police by dialling 101 (999 in an emergency, obviously) or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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