Come to Clayhanger Summer Fair now!

Get down there quick!

It’s that time of year when I could turn the blog over purely to advertising local events – Midsummer has so much to see and do, and this year seems particularly busy- and starting about now is the Holy Trinity School Summer Fair in Clayhanger.

It runs today, Sunday 25th June 2017 from 11am noon to 2pm, and all are welcome.

There will be all the usual favourites – bouncy castle, games, face painting, chocolate stalls, face painting, cake stall, refreshments and lots of fun, to help raise much needed funds for the school.

Please pop along if you can – you can’t beat a good summer fair…

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Holy Trinity is a popular school at the heart of the community in Church Street, Clayhanger. Imagery from Apple Maps.

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Fantastic live music at The Chase Inn this evening!


You’re sure of a rocking good gig with Mistreated. Image from the band’s Facebook page.

The Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills goes from strength to strength – there’s not only great ale and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, but great live music most weekends, too – and there’s a great act on this weekend.

This evening (Saturday 24th June 2017) there’s great rock band Mistreated on from 9pm.

Chase Inn said:

Female fronted Rock Covers Band Playing tracks from Whitesnake.Deep Purple… Thin Lizzy… ZZtop.. Lenny Kravitz… and much more.

The Chase has recently won an award from CAMRA for it’s terrific cider and perry range and is recognised as being a great real ale pub. It’s a wonderful asset to the community.


Cider and perry pub of the year, no less!

It’s free entry and there’s great ale, cider and a banging atmosphere.

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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Gearing up for the new season at Walsall Wood FC!

Images and captions by the inimitable and young David Evans

Nice to see Walsall Wood FC are gearing up for the new season with a host of great new signings, a refreshed management team and a whole host of great stuff to come, both in terms of local football and activity within the community.

The clubhouse smells faintly of fresh paint, everything’s being polished and dusted and dreams of the new season are the order of the day. It’s onwards and upwards for the local community stalwarts, who hopefully can put last season behind them and surge forward into the 2017/8 season with renewed vigour and success.

You can keep your eye on the latest Walsall Wood FC news and events by visiting their website here or following their Twitter feed here.

Bill Shaw recently mailed me the list of pre-season friendlies that start on Saturday, July 8th 2017 when the Woodmen travel to Wolves Sporting for an away fixture – then continue a packed schedule throughout July.

See the list at the foot of the post.

I will, as ever, endeavour to bring you news and results as I can. And if Bill ever fancies returning to match-reporting duties he’d be most welcome…

Seriously, best wishes to the faithful, and remember, it’s all for The Good of the Wood!

Sat.8th July Friendly Away Wolves Sporting
Tue.11th July Friendly Away Redditch Utd.
Sat.15th July Friendly Home Sutton Town
Tue.18th July Friendly Home Stafford Rangers
Thu.20th Jul Friendly Home Solihull Moors
Sat.22nd July Friendly Away Rushall
Tue.25th July Friendly Away Sikh Hunters
Thu.27th July Friendly Away Romulus
Sat.29th July Friendly Away Aylestone Park
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Police launch murder investigation following Aldridge stabbing

The scene this morning in Aldridge. Image from the BBC.

I’m shocked and saddened to share the news with readers that last night Friday, 23rd June 2017, there was a fatal stabbing in Aldridge town centre as a result of which a 26 year old man lost his life.

There are reports across the media; at the BBC here, Express and Star here and a host of other outlets.

Most reiterate the press release below, from West Midlands Police:

A murder investigation has been launched after a 26-year-old man was stabbed to death in Aldridge last night just before midnight.

A cordon is in place on the High Street and part of Aldridge Croft while forensic experts examine the scene and officers are trawling CCTV of the surrounding area to establish what happened.

At present there is no clear motive for this attack and we are asking anyone who witnessed or has any information about what happened to come forward as a matter of urgency.

A young man has lost his life in brutal circumstances and someone will have knowledge of who has done this.

Information can be given on 101 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

This is a brutal and shocking murder and I’m sure readers will join with me in expressing my horror and sincerest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.

I would ask that anyone with any information please contacts West Midlands Police on 101, any of the methods here or anonymously via Crimestoppers.

Please be considerate and consider the feelings of the victim’s family when commenting on social media. Whilst debate and discussion are to be expected, please be thoughtful and consider those involved when expressing views.

As soon as more information emerges, I’ll post it here.

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Have you seen this puss lost from Shire Oak?

This lovely white puss is missing from home in the Shire Oak area. Have you seen him? Image supplied by reader Rebecca.

Reader Rebecca Hearsey has contacted me to say she’s searching for her cat (pictured) who’s gone missing from Shire Oak, after failing to return home yesterday.

She wrote:

Hi Bob

We haven’t seen our beautiful boy since early this morning (Shire Oak) which is very unusual for him.

Anyone who sees him please comment/message me.

Rebecca Hearsey

Please check your garages, shed and outbuildings – cats are very nosey and can get shut in to such places very easily.

If you recognise this cat, please do get in touch – you can contact Rebecca via Facebook here, comment on this post or mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

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

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2017 Aldridge Fayre – on today!

Just a quick note to point out that today (Saturday, 24th June 2017) is Aldridge Fayre with fun and entertainment for all the family – and with free entry and car parking, what’s not to love?

Looks like a great event.

Aldridge Fayre 2017 – Saturday 24th June

Starts at 11:30am

Anchor Meadow, Aldridge (opposite Morrisons Supermarket)


Entertainment includes arena events, side shows, fairground, charity stalls, ride on a vintage bus plus plenty of food stands

For more information call 01922 278718

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Clayhanger Summer Litter Pick this Sunday afternoon!

Help Clayhanger look it’s best for summer!

I see from the excellent Madwblog that there’s a Summer litter pick event going on in Clayhanger this Sunday afternoon (Sunday 25th June 2017) from 3:00pm until 5:00pm and all are welcome – kit and gloves provided!

This is being run by local community volunteers with the support of Walsall Council for the benefit of the community, so it’ll be a worthwhile event to get involved with and help improve the local environment!

Litter pick event covering as much of Clayhanger as possible.

All welcome for as much time as you can give. 10 minutes can make a huge difference to the appearance of the village and is so important for the rich wildelife we enjoy here in Clayhanger.

Make it part of your #30dayswild challenge or your pledge for #volunteerweek!

Fully supported by Walsall Council. Litter pickers and bags provided.

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

The previous events have been a huge success, so let’s see if we can make this one even better!

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