Walsall Wood Under 18s playing great football, could you join them?

Great football on a lovely evening. Image Kindly supplied by Dylan Somel.

David Evans has sent the following wonderful match report from last Tuesday evening’s match (15th August 2017) between Walsall Wood Under 18s and Wrens Nest Under 18s – and he liked what he saw.

The best bit is they team are looking for players, and applications are open!

If you’ve an under 18 kicking about the house making things untidy, and if they’re into football, why not get them out of the house on Thursday evenings to try out for Walsall Wood Under 18s who train at the Oak Park Active Living Centre from 6:30-8pm?

David Evans wrote:

An excellent  performance by Walsall Wood Football Club Under 18s against Wrens Nest on Tuesday evening at Oak Park, where the  final score  was a two-all draw.

A crowd of a hundred or so were in fine voice to support the two teams and applaud good play – and they players responded by playing this match at full speed throughout.

A very early penalty put Walsall Wood in the lead and this spurred the visitors and home team alike. Excellent touchline marshalling and encouragement by both team managers was evident as was the eager, receptive responsive by the eager young players.

The Referee took time to explain decisions to players concerned and this aspect of the game was appreciated by all. A very creditable teaching facet of this under- 18 contest.

Very little impatience or any extravagant loose play was evident. Indeed, instead there was determination and good sporting challenge, accurate passing, long range shots on goal, high leaping from corner kicks, where confidence, endeavour and good team understanding characterised this match.

Final score WWFC Under 18s, two, Wrens Nest under 18s, two.

A fair result. A good performance.


Team manager, Dylan Somel wrote:

This year Walsall Wood Football Club are implementing youth side, who will play in the Midland Floodlit League. This has been made possible with the support from the youth section at the club and also George and Justin, who have made a great platform for the lads to succeed under the Wood banner.

Walsall Wood Under 18s Football Team need you!

We train Thursdays 6:30-8pm at Oak Park Active Living Centre 

Our league games coming up are 

Wrens Nest: Home 7:45pm Kick-off on the 15th August
Dudley Town: Home 7:45pm  Kick-off  on the 28th August

Please could you include special thanks to our Home Kit Sponsor Guy’s Dental based in Lichfield and our trainingwear sponsor Stonnall Fish Bar.. Thanks so much.

Manager is myself Dylan Somel and 07446348126 is my number for any players interested. 

The team have some great sponsorship. Can particularly vouch for the chip shop at Stonnal, which does great chips and most excellent kebabage! Image supplied by Dylan Somel.

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Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge canal Heritage Gathering coming soon!


A wonderful day out in store for all! Image from Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust.

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 23-24th September 2017, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield.

There will be boats, vintage and classic vehicles, stalls, food, displays and all the usual fun and games. This is a great show and previous years have been excellent, and well worth the visit.

I had a great time at the last of these previous events in 2015, and I’m looking forward to this one immensely. You can see a gallery of images from 2015s event at the foot of this post.

All funds raised will help support the canal restoration project, whose volunteers are currently beavering away on the route of the lost line between Barracks Lane, Ogley Hay and The Boat restaurant, on the Lichfield Road at Summerhill, opening the route for walkers, as well as the more general restoration work to restore the old canal, particularly at Borrowcop on the A51 at Lichfield.

If you’re into history, canals and craft, keep that weekend free!

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust originally wrote on the excellent Lichfield Live!:

Heritage Gathering Highlights Vintage Boats And Classic Cars

Lichfield canal enthusiasts are hoping to emulate the success of 2015’s Huddlesford Heritage Gathering when this year’s event is held in September.

The gathering, held biennially and organised jointly by Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and Lichfield Cruising Club, brings together historic boats, floating traders, private boats and classic vehicles, with exhibitors and displays on the field, near Huddlesford Junction on the Coventry Canal.

Fun for all the family includes Emma’s Crafty Kids, funded through the Staffordshire Community Foundation, boat trips and rides on a steam train and a traction engine, face-painting, and the chance to operate one of the Trust’s diggers.

A host of entertainers will be providing music on stage throughout the weekend, with tickets sold separately for an evening event featuring Wildfire Folk and Chase Mist and including a pig roast.

Budding musicians can book themselves in for one or two 15-minute sessions at Busker’s Corner on either or both the days.

Floating traders will be offering everything from home brew to cheese and antiques to sweets, while exhibitors on the field and in the marquee will be showing off jewellery, leather goods, farm and garden produce and a variety of arts and craft.

There will also be a chance to see a display of birds of prey and to meet some weird and wonderful wildlife.

Music, entertainment, food and a bar will be available all day, and a Sunday service will be held at 9.30am by the Boaters Christian Fellowship led by David Litchfield.

Huddlesford Heritage Gathering will be open to the public on September 23 and 24,  from 10am. Admission is £4 with children under 12 free if accompanied by an adult. Tickets for the evening entertainment will be sold separately for £15. Car parking is free.

For more information visit www.lhcrt.org.uk/hhgnews.htm.

For more information visit the Trust website at http://www.lhcrt.org.uk/hhgnews.htm.

You can keep in touch with the Trust on Twitter as @LHCRT1, on Facebook or on their website.


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Bogus workmen detained by Aldridge police after tipoff from vigilant bank staff

Beware of bogus callers locally. Image from Southern Water.

Partnerships officer Kevin Pitt has sent details of a bogus workmen scam operating in Aldridge that has led to the detention of two men last Friday (11th August 2017) in connection with a scam in which a local OAP was intimidated into withdrawing money from their bank by workmen who claimed to have carried out unsolicited work.

Thankfully his bank was on the ball and staff called the police.

Kevin said:

From Kevin Pitt (Police, Engagement and Consultation Officer, Walsall)

Two bogus workmen were arrested by police in Aldridge on Friday (11 August) after being alerted by bank staff.

The pair had called at the home of their victim in Oakely Avenue offering to do work cleaning and repairing window frames and guttering, The offer was refused, however a short time later the pair again knocked the door stating they had completed the work and in a threatening manner demanded £260 in payment.

The resident told the pair that he didn’t keep that sort of money in the house so they told him to go to the bank and return within the hour. Unsure of what else to do, the victim attended his bank where he told staff what had happened. The police were called and found the offenders still sitting in their van outside their victim’s home from where they were arrested.

During the course of investigations another resident came forward stating that he had paid the two men to paint his fence, which had been completed, but had stolen a shovel from his shed. The stolen item was found in the back of their van, a blue Ford Transit. It was also found that they had visited several other residents offering to do work. Most had refused.

Though these two men have been detained by police it is likely that they or others will return to prey on the elderly and vulnerable in and around Aldridge.

Please be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour. Be particularly aware of anyone offering to carry out unsolicited work. If you need work caried out on your home always employ a trusted and reputable trader and obtain quotes before proceeding.

Lots of excellent advice covering all manner of doorstep crime can be found on the Age UK website (follow the link).

Please tell your relatives and neighbours about these ratbags, 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 engaged in the robbing of OAPs are lower than a snake’s knees.

Please,  if you have information regarding these kinds of incidents locally or if you  have 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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It’s all going on at Brownhills Activity Centre July-September 2017!


It’s all going on at Brownhills Activity Centre. Image from Walsall Council.

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for July-September 2017 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so.

The Community Association are based at Brownhills Activities Centre, just by the Miner Island in central Brownhills, and always have lots going on for people from the town – and the wider community – to enjoy.

The Activity 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 about the events and activities listed, 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.

My best wishes to Janet and the gang, please do pop along and check them out. Their latest newsletter is below, detailing events, clubs and classes that are available. Click on each page for a larger version.

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A Sandfields staff photo – Can you help identify the people in it?

Dave Moore, the Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire dropped me a line with an interesting social history question regarding the waterworks at Lichfield over the weekend, which I thought I’d share here today as a gentle reminder that it’s the group’s August monthly public meeting tonight (Monday 14th August 2017).

You can find out details of the meeting and agenda in a previous post by clicking here, but in short it takes place in the rear meeting room of the Bowling Green Pub in Lichfield and starts at 7:30pm.

Meanwhile, if you can help Dave and the gang fill in the blanks in the below photograph, that would be wonderful! Thanks to David and the group for fighting so hard to preserve a wonderful historic buiding.

Dave Moore wrote:

Can you help fill in the blanks? Image from Dave Moore.

Sandfields Pumping Station and the South Staffs Waterworks created a rich and varied history that covers a 160-year period. As we already know, history is not just about places or buildings, it about people.

Everyday people can tell remarkable stories about our past. These stories are a rich source of information that gives us an insight into social change and what life was like for our parents, grandparents and great grandparents. Understanding how our ancestors lived, can give us an understanding of our own sense of identity; this is why we love our oral histories.

This is a recording of Keith Johnson, who was a chemist in the laboratory at Sandfields, telling his story.

At Sandfields Pumping Station, we want to get to know the people who worked there. Not just by their name and date of birth, we want to know who they were, what job they did, who were their family, where did they live and what did they love.

As a first step, can the readers help us put some names to some faces? The team at the trust has already made a great start, but there are still some gaps. Can we fill those gaps and give these everyday people a voice from that past, so that their story can add to the understanding of our history?

David Moore

Lichfield Waterworks Trust
Public History
Lichfield Discovered

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.

Please do attend tonight’s meeting if you’re able, it’s sure to be enlightening and educational.

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Hours and minutes

This was the beginnings of unionisation of the coalfields, and a better life for colliers. Booklet generously supplied by Sean Coughlan. Click to download your copy.

I’ve had a really interesting donation this week from an unexpected source who has longstanding connections to the mining history of North Walsall – Sean Coughlan, the leader of Walsall Council!

Sean has sent images of the above publication, the Minutes of Conferences of the Cannock Chase and Pelsall District Joint Minimum Wage Board, which is a real piece of local union and working local history.

You can download a copy in PDF form here – (PDF file, 13 megabytes in size).

I believe we’re missing pages two and three, otherwise the book is complete: If Sean is tuned in and could send along the missing pages if he has them I’ll add them to the PDF.

Sean also posted this interesting Pelsall Millennium postcard – which has raised the question of what the image is bottom left? Click for a larger version. Image courtesy of Sean Coughlan.

Sean has previously donated much material relating to local mining history to the Local History Centre in Walsall, providing an invaluable contribution to the historical record of the industry locally.

Thanks to Sean for a great contribution – I know that David Evans is in conversation with him about the history of Albert Stanley MP, the Miners Champion we’ve heard about before, and I’m sure this will be of interest to Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler and others interested in the social history of mining in the area.

If you have anything to add, please do: comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.

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Who was in this choir, where was it and when?

An image believed to be of Brownhills Choral Society – legendary and very successful, with the noted singer George Fullelove third from left. Image generously supplied by Margaret Yeomans.

Yesterday via Facebook, I received this wonderful image posted by friend of the blog Margaret Yeomans, who tells me this is a photo of Brownhills Choral Society and the chap third from left is the legendary George Fullelove.

Magaret wrote:

I came across this old photo today Mr Bob, I am sure it’s Brownhills Choral Society, it was taken in one of the methodist chapels.

There is another half to this photo but sadly I haven’t got it.

I think the third gentleman on the left is George Fullelove the choirmaster, he was my father’s cousin, my name was also Fullelove.

I can remember a lot of the choir even though I was only young. Quite a few of my family were members.

Thanks to Margaret for a splendid donation. From past images here (notably the tribute at Silver Street Church) I think that is certainly George, one of the most accomplished sons of Brownhills and a great singer.

David Evans has suggested this might be at the Wesleyan Methodist Church – can any of the people remembering those days help please?

I’m appealing for help here identifying not just the place, but the people in the photo and if possible, the approximate date too. Hoping perhaps Aer Reg, Sue Woodward or David Oakley might be passing and be able to help?

Cheers to Margaret for a great contribution!

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

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