Starting soon and running all weekend – Beer and Buses at Aldridge Transport Museum!

What a great idea!

Over this weekend of 13th-15th October 2017, there’s a great, innovative event taking place at Aston Manor Road Transport Museum just off Northgate, Aldridge – Beer and Buses, combining a great beer festival at the local museum, culminating in the Aston Manor Transport Museum Autumn Leaves running day on the Sunday.

This is your chance to ride on some great old vehicles and share a beer or two, and the expansion of an event that started last year with great success.

In the run-up to our October 15th Running Day, the Rotary Club of Aldridge are running a Beer Festival at the Museum.

More details on their ‘Beer and Buses’ facebook page.

Timings will be 19:00 to 22:30 on Friday, 13th, 14:00 to 22:00 on Saturday 14th and 12:00 to 16:00 on Sunday 15th – the latter running alongside our own Open Day.

See our website & Facebook page for updates

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

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Have you seen Pip, missing from Walsall Wood?

Have you seen this lovely cat? Images supplied by Steve and Sarah Holden.

Readers Steve and Sarah Holden have contacted me to say they’re searching for their black and white cat, Pip (pictured) who’s gone missing from home in the Walsall Wood area, and hasn’t been since sine 11am on Thursday, 12th October 2017.

They wrote:

Hi Bob

Our cat, Pip, has gone missing from Walsall Wood. He’s not been seen since 11am today (Thursday 11th October 2017), and hardly ever wanders further than the garden. If you’ve seen him please let me know in the comments.

He’s really friendly and will go to anyone for a fuss. Please check garages/sheds.

Thanks, Steve & Sarah Holden

If you recognise Pip, please do get in touch – you can comment here or mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com, or message Sarah Holden directly via her Facebook page here.

Cheers all, let’s see if we can get this splendid chap home!

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It definitely wasn’t a Goodyear – help solve a mystery!

Fort Dunlop, seen here under redevelopment in the last decade, is still a landmark. But a small part of it is missing – can you help? Image from Birmingham History Forum.

I’ve had an enquiry in for a while I’ve been meaning to post but kept forgetting (sorry, Shirley, my apologies) which will of no doubt be of interest to the Birmingham contingent amongst us – we’re looking for something missing from Fort Dunlop.

Fort Dunlop, now the site of housing and commercial development and a large retail park was once the home of the Dunlop tyre factory, and employed thousands of people in north east Birmingham.

I’ll let reader Shirley Jackson explain:

Hi Bob,

I wondered if, when you have time, you could point me in the right direction to people who might know the answer to this question…

At work, I was speaking to a lovely old gentleman, who used to work under my employer’s grandfather, George Beharrell. Sir George Beharrell became Chairman of Dunlop in 1937 – 1949 and apparently there used to be a statue of him at Fort Dunlop.

This statue is no longer there and I wondered if anyone would know what happened to it or if it was destroyed. (I don’t know what it was made of). Perhaps someone has a photo of it at the old site. I know my boss would very much like to know of its whereabouts, and I love a mystery, especially if it has a happy ending!

I know you are a man of hidden talents and contacts, hence this long shot.

Shirley Jackson

So we’re looking for a statue of Sir George Beharrel that used to be in Fort Dunlop but has vanished – can you help?

I feel sure this will be of interest to industrial historians like Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler and others. If you can help Shirley locate the missing artwork, or explain it’s fate, that would be lovely, thank you!

Comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail do com. Cheers.

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Walsall Wood’s Pershore encounter – video report now available!

The Walsall Wood faithful are getting used to winning, even in the face of surprise attacks… Image Kindly supplied by David Evans.

Last Saturday, 7th October 2017 Walsall Wood FC entertained Pershore Town at Oak Park, beating the visitors four-nil.

A full match report can be found here, posted last Sunday. Since I posted, Russell Smith form the wonderful Wood TV has posted his usual, wonderfully presented, professional film of the match which I include below:

Cheers to Russell for another superb job. For the Good of The Wood!

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Urgent! Please look out for this stolen van taken from Walsall Wood

Have you seen this rather distinctive van? Image posted on Facebook by Sue Darby.

Hey folks – please be on the lookout for a rather distinctive van, stolen on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning 10-11th October 2017 from the Barons Court Hotel car park in Walsall Wood.

The van belongs to a tiler by trade, whose tools and equipment were in the van when it was stolen, and it has the registration number X23GCM.

Anyone with information about this theft is urged to contact West Midlands Police by dialling 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also contact Sue Darby, who posted the original plea for help via Facebook here.

You can also contact Jo Edwards directly via Facebook here.

You can always mail me in confidence if you’d rather – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.

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Meet your local coppers in Pelsall and Rushall!

Just walking’ the dog. Achieve image from Walsall Police.

I received notice of another couple of useful late afternoon ‘Meet the public’ popup events via the excellent WMNow service a few days ago – one this coming Friday in Pelsall and another on Saturday in Rushall – these are great initiatives where you can meet your local policing team and get help, crime prevention and public safety advice.

The events will be at the Spar shop in Pelsall on Friday (Friday 13th October 2017) from 4pm-6pm and at MacDonalds, Rushall tomorrow (Saturday 14th October 2017) from 5pm-7pm.

Since Pelsall, Rushall and Brownhills share the same policing team, this is a good chance for anyone from our area to meet the local policing team.

I must say, it’s good to see the local police making continuous efforts to reach out to the public. Long overdue.

Also, if you haven’t signed up for WMNow, please do – it’s free and you can select to receive alerts on all kinds of local issues. It’s a fine thing.


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Fancy helping our heroes?

This is an important charity that really shouldn’t be necessary at all, but while it is, please do donate a few bob or lend a hand. Image supplied by Josh Hoban.

Local young lad and pal of the blog Josh Hoban has been in touch to let readers know that this weekend (Saturday and Sunday 14-15th October 2017) as part of the Collect for Heroes campaign, volunteers of the Help for Heroes charity will be collecting at Tesco Brownhills.

Josh said:

Help for Heroes will be at Brownhills Tesco this coming weekend,  Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October 2017.

One Of The Help for Heroes bears will Be appearing on both days so come down and show your support or even spare a few hours to help out…

You can find out more at the campaign website here, or dial 01980 846459.

If you want to help, please comment here or drop me a line on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com, and I’ll hook you up with Josh. This is an important charity I know we’re all happy to help, and this sounds like a great thing.

Thanks to Josh and pals for undertaking this important work, and for letting us know. That bear is just ace – I bet the kids love him! Please help if you can.

You could meet the HFH bear! Image supplied by Josh Hoban.

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