Restoring a lost canal – and creating a new haven for wildlife

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are keen to share the news that they’re now creating a new nature reserve along the line of the soon to be restored canal between Wall and Lichfield.

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Find out about the restoration of our lost canal next Friday!

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding their Annual General Meeting next Friday nevening (Friday, 9th June 2017) in Brownhills, at the Parkview Centre (the old Council House on the Miner Island), and all are welcome to attend.

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Peace at last – a Christmas message from The Brownhills Blog

Hey you lot – Brownhills Blog readers, browsers, information seekers, contributors, friends: have a great Christmas, and I wish you a happy, prosperous and peaceful 2017.

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Brownhills Christmas Market Magic 2016 – coming this Saturday!

Diane Mansell at the Walsall District Management Team has written to let me know that there will be a Christmas market event in Brownhills this year, planned for this coming Saturday 10th December 2016.

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Brownhills Christmas Market Magic 2016 – coming soon!

Diane Mansell at the Walsall District Management Team has written to let me know that there will be a Christmas market event in Brownhills this year, planned for Saturday 10th December 2016, and the team are appealing for stallholders.
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Walsall Wood away at Shepshed Dynamo this afternoon

Walsall Wood FC plat Shepshed Dynamo in away action today – at Butthole Lane – no shit. Click through for details.
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The long march: 50 years of jazz band history

Readers who’ve been hanging around this ramshackle, leaky village pump for a while will no doubt remember how we’ve touched here on the history of local marching bands, particularly the Burntwood Blue Birds Jazz Band.

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Cockfest 2016 – thank you to all!

Friend of the blog and top lady Keryl Williams has been in touch to ask if I’d thank all the people who came to, and supported her local family music festival Cockfest, hosted back in the summer up on the A5 at Newtown, Brownhills.

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Cockfest 2016 on this weekend!

Here’s a really, really great thing happening this weekend, Friday 29th – Sunday 31st July 2016 at Newtown, Brownhills – a weekend music and fun festival with proceeds going to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

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Get set for Cockfest 2016!

Here’s a really, really great thing happening on the weekend of Friday 29th – Sunday 31st July 2016 at Newtown, Brownhills – a weekend music and fun festival with proceeds going to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

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Walsall Arboretum Environment Day this Saturday free fun for all the family!

Here’s great event kicking off in Walsall Arboretum tomorrow, (Saturday 9th July 2016) with activities and music running from 12 noon until 8pm – loads of free nature and wildlife stuff to do for all the family – including birds of prey, craft demos, woodland wildlife garden, plant sales, real ale and ciders – and much more.

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Catch San Brett live on the radio tonight – live from Brownhills!

Just a quick post to highlight that friend of the blog San Brett will be live on 2ndcityradio.net tonight (Wednesday 6 July 2016) from 7-9pm – tune in on line at the link below.
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Your chance to get involved with the restoration of our lost canal – this Friday!

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding their Annual General Meeting this Friday, 10th June 2016) in Brownhills, at the Parkview Centre (the old Council House on the Miner Island), and all are welcome to attend.
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Don’t forget Lichfield Bower today!

Well, Spring Bank Holiday Monday is upon us, and that means that it’s Lichfield Bower Day in Ye Olde City – and I notice our friends at Lichfield Waterworks Trust and Lichfield Discovered are up to mischief…

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Chase Sailing Club open day today

An interesting event is taking place today, Bank holiday Monday 2nd May 2016 at Chasewater, where the Chase Sailing Club (that’s the one on the north shore) will be holding their annual open day for people to come and check out what they do.

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Disappointing defeat for Woodmen as Highgate triumph

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 23rd April 2016) Walsall Wood were visited by Highgate United, who sadly went back home with a one-nil win thanks to a penalty.
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Catch San Brett live on the radio tonight – live from Brownhills!

Just a quick post to highlight that friend of the blog and queen of the Brownhills Full English San Brett will be live on 2ndcityradio.net tonight (Wednesday 23rd March 2016) from 7-9pm – tune in on line at the link below.

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Catch San Brett live on the radio tonight – live from Brownhills!

Just a quick post to highlight that friend of the blog and queen of the Brownhills Full English San Brett will be live on 2ndcityradio.net tonight (Wednesday 3rd February 2016) from 7-9pm – tune in on line at the link below.
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Van break-in at Lindon Close – please look out for stolen tools

Sadly, yet another vehicle break-in in Brownhills has occurred last night, in Lindon Close when a local tradesman had tools and equipment stolen from his fan between the hours of 7pm last night and 8am today, Saturday 23rd January 2016.

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Remember folks – bin collection tomorrow for Brownhills, Pelsall, Shelfield and East Aldridge

Just a heads to all the bin bothers that there is a bin collection tomorrow (Monday, 28th December 2015) for areas 9 and 10 – that’s Brownhills, Pelsall, Shelfield, High Heat, Shire Oak and West Aldridge – so get your bins out for the lads tonight.
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Walsall Wood FC vs. Continental Star OFF

Walsall Wood v Continental Star at Rushall IS OFF – but a feast of footy at Khalsa is on! Click through for details.

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Walk off that turkey with Lichfield Discovered this Sunday!

Feeling a bit porky after the Christmas excess – Are you up for an interesting an refreshing walk through Lichfield’s canal history this Sunday – Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is venturing out for a history walk with her informal and fun social history group, Lichfield Discovered.

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We finally made it to Christmas…

I’d like to wish all blog readers, contributors and friends a merry Christmas and a very happy, peaceful and prosperous new year – may 2016 bring all you hope for.
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Fantastic live music at The Chase Inn tonight!

The revival of the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills continues apace – there’s not only great ale and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, but great live music most weekends, too – tonight (Saturday, 19th December 2015) you can catch top Led Zeppelin tribute act The Zeppelin 3 from 9pm.
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2015 Christmas bin collection information

Hi folks – I’m getting a lot of enquiries regarding Christmas bin collection arrangements in the borough of Walsall, and thought I’d feature the bin calendar for those that seem concerned about when the guys in orange will come and collect their rubbish.

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Chasewater Rangers Rant Winter 2015

Following the popularity of the previous issues, I’m posting here the Chasewater Rangers Rant newsletter for Winter 2015, and it’s rather good, I have to say – paper copies are available free from the Innovation Centre.

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Have a Christmas pint with Lichfield Discovered tonight!

It’s time to get out your Santa hats because Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is convening a celebration of all that’s wonderful about Christmas, pubs and our nearest city tonight with her informal and fun social history group, Lichfield Discovered.

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Walsall Wood shut out by Alvechurch

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 13th December 2015) Walsall Wood FC entertained Alvechurch at Oak Park for a match which although hard fought, saw the Wood lads lose three-nil.

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Everything was magic but the weather…

I have to congratulate the people who worked so hard on Brownhills Christmas Market Magic 2015 – although I couldn’t make it this year, I’ve been hearing lots of good stuff about it – my best wishes to Diane and the team for a great thing.

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2015 Lantern Parade and Christmas Fayre at Chasewater this Sunday evening!

There’s a further chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday evening (Sunday 13th December 2015) – there’s the Annual Burntwood Lantern Parade and a Christmas Fayre being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre from 4:00 to 6:30pm.

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Photos from Brownhills Christmas Tree Festival 2015

Don’t forget that today Saturday 12th December 2015 Brownhills is hosting it’s Christmas market, with lots of other attractions for all the family from young to old.
Image kindly supplied by Andy Holyhead.

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Aldridge Cinema – Frozen singalong this afternoon!

Late, I know, but there’s a full screening of popular Disney film Frozen with singalong lyrics at Aldridge Cinema this afternoon – it’s £6, and you may just get in if you’re quick (I recommend contacting them on Facebook or calling 01922 442661 to see) – this is a great thing and I couldn’t let it go unannounced.

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Brownhills Christmas Music and Light Festival – this Saturday evening

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch and asked my top give this excellent looking event a push – it’s a Christmas Music and Light festival taking place this Saturday, 12th December 2015 at 4:30pm, taking place at the Canoe and Outdoor Centre in Silver Street, Brownhills – right on the canalised.
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Bogus callers operating in Brownhills and across Walsall Borough: be on your guard

I have just had the following news release drawn to my attention by a good friend of the blog – it was posted to day by Police Partnerships Officer Kevin Pitt, and concerns bogus callers who are operating both in Brownhills and the wider area demanding payment for rat control or fence repairs.
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Brownhills Christmas Market Magic 2015 – this weekend!

Don’t forget that this Saturday, 12th December 2015 – Brownhills will be hosting it’s Christmas Market magic event from 10am until 4pm, with lots of other attractions for all the family from young to old.

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Khalsa consolidate their triumph over Woodmen

For the second time in four days, a twist of the fixtures saw Walsall Wood face Sporting Khalsa again yesterday – this time the Oak Park lads were the visitors for a blustery match that again saw the Woodmen lose.
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Warning – reports of an attempted indecent assault in Brownhills

There are reports circulating on social media locally that at attempted indecent assault took place yesterday evening (Friday, 4th December 2015) on the Pelsall Road in Brownhills.

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Aldridge Cinema – Frozen singalong this afternoon!

Late, I know, but there’s a full screening of popular Disney film Frozen with singalong lyrics at Aldridge Cinema this afternoon – it’s £6, and you may just get in if you’re quick (I recommend contacting them on Facebook or calling 01922 442661 to see) – this is a great thing and I couldn’t let it go unannounced.

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Aldridge Christmas Tree Festival – with a historical treat in store!

Continuing the burst of Christmas events (Where the devil did Christmas come from all of a sudden?) there’s a wonderful Christmas Tree Festival at Aldridge Methodist Church running today (Saturday 5th December 2015) right up until 7pm tonight, and from 12-4pm tomorrow – and there’s a fine historical twist, too.

Image supplied by Aldridge Methodist Church.

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Support Walsall Wood FC away against Sporting Khalsa this afternoon!

Your chance to come see Walsall Wood FC face Sporting Khalsa at Willenhall. Click through for details.

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Chasewater Rangers Rant Autumn 2015

Following the popularity of the previous issues, I’m posting here the Chasewater Rangers Rant newsletter for Autumn 2015, and it’s rather good, I have to say – paper copies are available free from the Innovation Centre.
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Walsall Wood slain by Khalsa

Last Tuesday (1st December 2015) Walsall Wood FC battled the ever-popular Sporting Khalsa at Oak Park – and the result was a resounding victory for the Willenhall boys, much to the Wood fans dismay.

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Do you know the Perrett family?

I’m looking for any local relatives of Mary Margaret Perrett who passed away in Burntwood a few years ago – Mary lived with her husband, who is also sadly no longer with us – as far as I’m aware, they had lived in Burntwood for a number of years.
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Walsall Wood get Eaton

Walsall Wood FC yesterday squared off against Long Eaton (28th November 2015), and the Woodmen sadly lost the match, much to the dismay of supporters.

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It was different before it all changed

Thanks to local historian and author Clive Roberts who tipped me off, I can share with readers the above, somewhat remarkable image of the Brownhills end of Pelsall Road from a George Lewis postcard, dated around 1915.

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