Tag Archives: 2016

Fancy some wonderful, feel good musical theatre?

Old pal of the blog Jamie Norgrove, Chair of top local performers Brownhills Musical Theatre Company contacted me yesterday afternoon to ask if I’d plug their latest show – the popular and fun Half a Sixpence – which looks set to be … Continue reading

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2018 Walsall local election results

Well, it was an interesting night at the Walsall council election count last night (Thursday 3rd May 2018) that saw the general collapse of the UKIP vote and it’s return home to the Conservatives, and this was reflected locally with … Continue reading

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Be alert – car stolen in Shire Oak

I see from the excellent WMNow service that there has been a worrying theft of a car from Wrekin View, Shire Oak in the early hours of Wednesday morning (18th April 2018) which has been taken without keys – the latest … Continue reading

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Break in last night at Pelsall Road stables – did you see anything?

An appeal reaches me from Stevie Ansell who runs the riding stables on Pelsall Road, Brownhills – between Thursday night and this morning (overnight 4-5th January 2017), a break-in took place at the yard.

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Walsall Wood spoil Stafford Town’s Christmas

Boxing Day (Tuesday 26th December 2017) Walsall Wood again continued their renewed upward trajectory with a competent and hearty 6-0 victory at Oak Park over visitors Stafford Town.

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Collectors fair at Aldridge Transport Museum this Sunday

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a collectors fair taking place this Sunday (19th November 2017) from 10:00am until 4:00pm, and should be just the thing for auto buffs, transport enthusiasts and petrol heads of all types.

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Beware – garage and shed burglaries occurring locally again

It’s time, I’m very much afraid, to issue another warning – it seems local burglars are at it again – In the last few weeks there have been a number of break-ins to sheds and outbuildings in the Brownhills and Walsall Wood areas in particular, including last week’s astonishing raid on the garage in the Short Street area of Brownhills.

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The 9 to 5 is anything but dull with Brownhills finest!

Old pals of the blog and top performers Brownhills Musical Theatre Company contacted me in the last few days to ask if I’d plug their latest show – the Dolly Parton hit 9 to 5 – which looks set to be a real gem.

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Brownhills West Estate Cleanup Day today!

Late notification I know, but today there’s a littler pick/tidy up afoot in Brownhills West and volunteers are needed – meet at Shannon Drive Centre at 10am.
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Get tunnel vision and help with a great local history preservation project!

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the launch of their Tunnel Vision appeal, which has been established to raise funds in order to construct a canal tunnel under the railway near Lichfield.
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Walsall Wood FC are hot stuff, but not smoking.

There has been some speculation on social media in the last 24 hours about a fire at Walsall Wood FC yesterday afternoon (Thusrday 5th January 2017) – I’m happy to reassure folk with the following info, which was kindly obtained for the blog by the young David Evans.

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New Year Hootenanny at The Chase Inn tonight!

Why not welcome in 2017 in rock style this New Year’s Eve with a Hootenanny party at the Chase Inn, Newtown, Brownhills?
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Walsall Wood away to Stourport Swifts this afternoon!

Your chance to catch WalsalL Wood FC away at Stourport this afternoon!

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Boxing Day battle sees Wood victorious

Boxing Day afternoon (26th December 2016), Walsall Wood F.C. played Leicester newcomers St. Andrews at Oak Park, an entertaining ad good-natured match from which the Wood emerged victorious.
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2016 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 post the official guidance for those that seem concerned about when the guys in orange will come and collect their rubbish.

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Grand Boxing Day derby – Walsall Wood FC against St. Andrews this afternoon!

Catch Walsall Wood FC in action at Oak Park against newcomers St. Andrews for a Boxing Day treat this afternoon!

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Jordan Gaddu is safe and well

Sorry, bit late with the news, but Christmas Eve seems a good time to tell you that it seems Jordan Gaddu, who was missing for several days last week has been in contact with friends and family and is safe and well.

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Onesie party at the Chase Inn this Christmas Eve!

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 party on tonight. This Christmas Eve (24th December 2016) there’s the one … Continue reading

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Quad bikes and clothing amongst goods taken in Brownhills Business Park burglaries

It seems the local crimewave is not over yet: reports have reached me of break-ins to a number of units on the Brownhills Business Park off Lindon Road/Brownhills Road in Walsall Wood overnight between Wednesday 21st/Thursday 22nd December 2016.

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Jordan Gaddu safe and well

This is an important one that came in yesterday evening (Thursday, 22nd December 2016), via reader and friend of the blog Ian – the lad pictured above, Jordan Gaddu is missing and his family would like to hear from him or anyone who knows where he might be.
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Two injured in second Ogley Road crash in ten days

I’m sad to report that yesterday evening (Wednesday 21st December 2016) there was a serious road traffic incident on the Ogley Road near it’s junction with the Lichfield Road at Co-op Corner in Brownhills.
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Mystery letter?

I’m pleased to note that after posting about Ray Johnston’s misdelivered Christmas card conundrum at the weekend that the intended recipient – who actually was on Chester Road at Shire Oak – has been located thanks to the efforts of readers and other on social media.

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Another break in at the riding stables on Pelsall Road – can you help?

An appeal reaches me from Stevie Ansell who runs the riding stables on Pelsall Road, Brownhills – between Saturday night and Sunday morning, a generator was stolen from the premises after a curious incident in the preceding week.

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A Christmas mystery – the folks who no longer live on the hill

Friend of the blog Ray Johnson has been in touch with something that seems to be a bit of a recurring seasonal mystery – he’s again received a Christmas card that isn’t intended for him!
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Resurgent Wood conquer Khalsa

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 17th December 2016) Walsall Wood FC entertained Sporting Khalsa at home – and the result was a reassuring victory for the Woodmen, much to the delight of the home fans.
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Walsall Wood Christmas Fair this Sunday!

There’s a further chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday (18h December 2016) – there’s Christmas Fair and Bonfire on at Walsall Wood Fc’s home ground at Oak Park, Walsall Wood.
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Walsall Wood at home to Sporting Khalsa this afternoon!

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood FC in action against Sporting Khalsa at Oak Park this afternoon!
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Something cheesy for a festive Friday?

There’s a great acoustic music and food treat in store for punters at the Chase Inn, Brownhills this evening (Friday 16th December 2016) with a rather unique event.
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Pedestrian injured in collision in Brownhills: can you help find the car please?

Hi folks – there’s been a collision in Brownhills this evening in which a pedestrian has been injured requiring emergency services attention, and it seems the driver of the vehicle involved failed to stop.
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Police hunt man following armed robbery at Card Factory store, Brownhills

In a remarkable instance of coincidental timing, Walsall Police late this afternoon (Monday, 12th December 2016) published an appeal for witnesses over an armed robbery at the Card Factory shortchanged on the corner of Ravens Court in High Street Brownhills, that took place on Sunday 4th December.

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Pictures from Brownhills Christmas Market Magic 2016

I have to congratulate the people who worked so hard on Brownhills Christmas Market Magic 2016 – Diane and the team at the Brownhills Town Centre Partnership worked really hard and raised money towards future event in the town.
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Best wishes to Bill Shaw….

Just a note to say there will not be any football reports here this week due to football correspondent and all round top bloke Bill Shaw getting his cataracts done.
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2016 Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade at Chasewater this Sunday!

There’s a further chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday (11th December 2016) – there’s the Annual Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre.
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Great live music at The Chase Inn this evening!

The team from the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills have been in touch to let me know that there’s live music on again this evening at the popular Brownhills pub.
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Walsall Wood away to Coventry United this afternoon!

Your chance to see Walsall Wood in away action at Coventry today!

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Our Village – a great new local history book for Aldridge – out now and selling fast!

There are a handful of great local history books out at the moment, just in time for Christmas, that would makes great gifts for those with a local interest – last week I noted the new book on Brownhills pubs by Clive Roberts, and I’m posting today to point up the new book by Sue Satterthwaite and Len Boulton covering Aldridge.

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Appeal made for household items in aid of couple affected by Wyre Close fire

Following the unfortunate house fire in Wyre Close, Walsall Wood on Saturday evening (3rd December 2016) friend of the couple affected, Abigail Claire has been appealing for anyone that may be discarding useful household items to donate them if they can.
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Woodmen enter new era with draw at Loughborough

Saturday afternoon (3rd December 2016), Walsall Wood F.C. faced Loughborough University away, and they came home with a respectable draw after some entertaining football.
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House fire in Walsall Wood yesterday evening

Sad to report a house fire occurred yesterday evening (Saturday, 3rd December 2016) – apparently in Wyre Close, Walsall Wood.

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Suspicious activity in Brownhills: Be on your guard

A strange one reaches me via a reader on Facebook – it seems there’s been an odd trio of people operating in Lichfield Road, Brownhills this afternoon (Saturday, 3rd December 2016), and in the current climate it seems best to be safe and warn readers to be aware.

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Aldridge Christmas Tree Festival – on all weekend!

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 3rd December 2016) right up until 6pm tonight, and from 12-4pm tomorrow.
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Walsall Wood away to Loughborough this afternoon!

Your chance to catch walsall Wood FC away at Loughborough this afternoon!
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Urgent! Please look out for a moped stolen from Walsall Wood

I see the thefts and criminality in Walsall Wood continnue – please be on the lookout for a stolen moped VX07CSY, taken on Monday evening 28th November 2016 from Ivy Grove just off Occupation Road, Walsall Wood.

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Find out about a great local canal restoration with a guided walk this Saturday!

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the organised walk of the SUmmerhill section that’s taking place this Saturday, 3rd December 2016.

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Disturbing incident in Shire Oak – householders be on your guard!

A reader living in the Commonside/Occupation Road area of Shire Oak has just been in touch with me asking to share with readers a frightening incident they experienced on Sunday Evening (27th November 2016) when it appears a youth tried to gain entry to their house while the occupants were watching TV.
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Turmoil at Oak Park as Shawbury hammer faltering Wood

Sadly grim times down at Oak Park yesterday afternoon (Saturday 26th November 2016), as an afternoon seeing the unexpected defeat of the Woodmen concluded with the immediate resignation of long time and much respected manger, Mark Swann.

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Urgent – Pumpkin the cat is missing – have you seen him?

Hi folks – anyone in the area seen the above marmalade puss – he’s called Pumpkin and has gone missing from Mill Road in Catshill, Brownhills and his owner Tracey Roberts is missing him terribly.
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Walsall Wood at home to Shawbury United this afternoon!

Walsall Wood in action at Oak Park this afternoon against Shawbury – can the Woodmen continue their recovery?

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At long last, the Shire Oak Pub reopens today!

Just a quick note to point out that after a long period of closure, the Shire Oak pub at the Shire Oak crossroads in Brownhills reopens today from 12 noon, Friday 25th November 2015, with a new management team.

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust – November 2016 public meeting this Thursday

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday evening (24th November 2016) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group.
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