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Teenager Levi found safe and well, thank you all!

I’m asking readers if you could please look out for the lad pictured above, whose name is Levi Smith, he’s 15 years old and lives in the Shire Oak area of Brownhills.
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Details of 2017 local Remembrance events – live list

Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance events, I can again share with readers a list of local Remembrance services taking place locally this Remembrance Sunday, 12th November 2017 – this list will be updated with more info as I get it.

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2017 local Remembrance events – let’s make a list – can you help please?

This is just a quick request for help – in past years, we have crowdsourced from readers a list of local Remembrance parades and events taking place throughout the area, that was popular and useful to many of the readership.

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Plea to find family of deceased former Rushall man

Walsall Client Welfare Services Department have issued an appeal to trace the family of Walsall resident Mr. Ronald Arthur Smith, who passed away in Parklands Court Nursing Home, Bloxwich on the 29th July 2017.

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Teenager David McGregor missing from Brownhills: Have you seen him?

There’s an unusual appeal been ongoing since yesterday afternoon (Wednesday, 2nd August 2017) published in the Birmingham Mail; teenage lad David McGregor has apparently been missing from his home in Brownhills since Tuesday, July 25th 2017.

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Good news: Vulnerable teenager Aaron Taylor found safe and well

GOOD NEWS – Aaron Taylor has been found safe & well.

A BIG thank you to those who called in with information and those that shared our appeal, we really appreciate it.
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Bogus workmen prey on another local victim – please warn the elderly

Yesterday, West Midlands Police issued an alert on WMNow about the distraction theft I reported on a few days ago in which an 83 year old resident of Castle close, Brownhills was victim of a distraction theft perpetrated by bogus workmen claiming to be utter cleaners.

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83 year old local lady burgled by bogus callers – please warn the elderly

A headsup, folks – a heartbreaking crime occurred yesterday in Castle Close Brownhills were an 83 year old lady amputee had her house burgled by callers posing as gutter cleaners.

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Incidents of distraction crime and bogus callers increasing – a warning from West Midlands Police

A headsup, folks – seeing a significant number of reports relating to distraction theft and bogus callers operating in the area, and Aldridge Neighbourhood Team have, in the last few days, issued an important warning.

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Urgent ! Please help find this dog stolen from Bloxwich

Friend of the blog Jess Horsley has been in touch to ask me to spread the appeal for a stolen Star Pei dog, pictured above, that was stolen from her pal’s garden in Bloxwich on Monday 13th March 2017 – Jess wrote:

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Bogus callers operating locally – appeal from West Midlands Police

A headsup, folks – seeing a significant number of reports relating to distraction theft and bogus callers operating in the area – elderly folk have been prey to a man in a white van who’s pressing victims to pay for non-existent fencing and gardening jobs.

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Bogus fencing contractors operating locally again – please be careful!

A headsup, folks – seeing a lot of reports of distraction theft and bogus callers operating in the area, particularly Aldridge in the last 48 hours (25th January 2017) – elderly folk have been prey to a man in a white van who’s pressing victims to pay for non-existent fencing jobs.

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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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Details of 2016 local Remembrance events

Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance events, I can again share with readers a list of local Remembrance services taking place locally this Remembrance Sunday, 13th November 2016.

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2016 Remembrance services – let’s make a list – can you help please?

This is just a quick request for help – in past years, we have crowdsourced from readers a list of local Remembrance parades and events taking place throughout the area, that was popular and useful to many of the readership.

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Reports bogus Dyson engineer scam operating locally again

I’m running this post again as a notable hoover enthusiast and blog contributor the young David Evans has been called by the fake Dyson engineers, and he’s just one of several who’ve reported calls in our area lately.
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Grass fires on Brownhills Common yesterday

I note from the twitter feed or the local fire service that there were two separate outbreaks of grass fire on Brownhills Common just off Chester Raod late yesterday afternoon (Sunday 8th May 2016).

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Peculiar door-to-door caller operating in Brownhills: Be on your guard

A strange one reaches me via Facebook and friend of the blog Julie; it seems there’s an odd door-to-door scam operating in Brownhills at the moment – a lady calls at your door, and when you answer, doesn’t speak but points to a clipboard or paper with something printed on it.

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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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Details of 2015 local Remembrance events

Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance events, I can again share with readers a list of local Remembrance services taking place locally this Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2015.

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2015 Remembrance services – can you help with details please?

This is just a quick request for help – in the past couple of years, we have crowdsourced from readers a list of local Remembrance parades and events taking place throughout the area, that was popular and useful to many of the readership.

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Plea to find family of man who passed away in Walsall hospice

Walsall Environmental Heath Department have issued an appeal to trace the family of Walsall resident Mr. Raymond Francis, who passed away in St. Giles Hospice, Goscote recently.

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Walsall Environmental Heath Department have issued an appeal to trace the family of Walsall resident Mr. Raymond Francis, who passed away in St. Giles Hospice, Goscote recently.
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Beware – bogus Police Officers spotted in Shire Oak

I notice yet again issues locally with bogus callers and con merchants preying on the elderly and vulnerable – and now there have been reports that in the St. Marks Road area of Shire Oak in the last few days, people posing as police officers have been operating.
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Beware bogus Dyson engineer scam operating locally

Gosh, it’s all been bad news and warnings this week – I hate bringing you folks bad news, but sadly I have to again now as I’ve been contacted by a reader who’s rightly very worried about a cold-calling scam involving bogus ‘engineers’ offering discount servicing for your Dyson vacuum cleaner.

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Detectives searching for missing Walsall woman Susan Whiting issue statement

The following press release has just been issued by West Midland Police, in regard to the appeal for missing Bloxwich lady Susan Whiting – I make no comment upon it and ask readers to take care and be respectful on social media regarding the matter.
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Police appeal: please help find Susan Whiting

I make no apologies for running yet another appeal, this time from West Midlands Police, who are currently very concerned for the welfare of Bloxwich resident Susan Whiting, who has Down’s Syndrome.

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Plea to find family of deceased former British Rail employee

Walsall Environmental Heath Department have issued an appeal to trace the family of Walsall resident Mr. George Brian Leach, who passed away in Parklands Court Nursing Home, Bloxwich on the 4th August 2015.

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Urgent police appeal: Please help find Bloxwich teenager

West Midlands Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of teenager Ashley Harris, who has gone missing from his home in Bloxwich, Walsall, and are appealing for the public’s help in finding him.

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Bogus caller cons OAP in Shire Oak

Yet another report reaches me regarding bogus tradesmen calling on the elderly and attempting to coerce them into handing money over for bout and unneeded services.

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Bogus caller cons elderly lady out of £280 – be on your guard!

I am seeing various reports circulating locally about bogus tradesmen calling on the elderly and attempting to coerce them into handing money over or having work done against their will.
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Bogus gardeners conning the elderly in Brownhills – be vigilant

I was contacted yesterday by a local lady who is very concerned and upset that her mother was conned by bogus ‘gardeners’ who claimed to have done work on her communal garden, and then charged an extortionate fee.

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Did any of you know Alan John Pickering?

Yet again, this is one of those requests that Walsall Council make periodically, and was issued by the Communication Team at Walsall Council on Friday, November 21st 2014 and I’d like all locals to have a think about it, and if any of you can do so, please help.

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Details of 2014 local Remembrance events

Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance events, readers rallied round to help with information aplenty – for which I thank you all.
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2014 Remembrance services – can you help with details please?

This is just a quick request for help – last year, we crowdsourced from readers a list of local Remembrance parades and events taking place throughout the area, that was popular and useful to many of the readership.

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Retail unit required in Brownhills – can you help?

Hi folks – you all know I like to support local businesses here on the blog – there’s not much I can add to this one, but the enquiry came in last week – can anyone help John Davies find a place with a nice flexible lease for his project?
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Get them before they’re gone!

Here’s a message from Walsall Local History Centre, specifically for readers of the Brownhills Blog – I’m always banging on about getting copies of local history books while they’re still around, and now’s your chance to bag copies of three of Stuart Williams works about Walsall.

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Bloxwich: men in tights!

I see that Glen, Dave and all the folk behind the wonderful Cart Before the Horse community theatre company have a great Christmas production on this weekend at the Bookmark Theatre, Bloxwich, which is situated in the new library.1397948_10152080882839101_1132516282_o Continue reading

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New local history book out soon!

It’s coming up to Christmas, and Stuart Williams and Walsall Local History Centre have a message for readers off the Brownhills Blog…Stuart-Williams-with-a-proof-copy-of-his-new-book-and-a-poster-640-2 Continue reading

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Details of local Remembrance events

Following the request last Sunday evening by Neil Harris for details of Bloxwich Remembrance Sunday Service, readers rallied round to help with details – for which I thank you all – subsequently I, others on local social media networks and top folks at Walsall Council got our heads together and assembled the following list of events.
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Remembrance services – can you help with details please?

This is just a quick request for help – top bloke Neil Harris from Pelsall has asked on Twitter for details of this years Bloxwich Remembrance Parade and associated events, and the net is turning up a blank – it then occurred to me that I couldn’t find details of similar for Brownhills or Walsall Wood.
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Some Mummers do have ’em

There is a long tradition in British history of Mummer’s Plays – folkloric parables, stories and satires – performed for the benefit of the working classes by mostly itinerant actors and Walsall has seen a revival of this very old tradition in recent years with the plays written by former Walsall Wood teacher and local arts supremo Dave Calcutt.
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Down the tubes

Further to the Birchills Ironworks discussion, I had this interesting contribution from reader and top friend of the blog, Andy Dennis – I’d certainly be interested in any material relating to Sterling Tubes or any other companies operating in the area discussed here last weekend.
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The white heat of technology

This weekend, I have been mostly excavating the mapping record for Birchills Iron Works – I know it’s way off our normal beat, but once I started looking at the geography following the remarkable sale post of last Friday, I couldn’t help but be captivated.
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Bloxwich Party in the Park – On today!

Julie Handley contacted me about this live event going down in Bloxwich this weekend, taking place all day Saturday, and there’s some cracking bands on, as well as loads of other attractions for folk of all ages.
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Bogus callers con elderly woman in Brownhills – be vigilant

I have been contacted by Nicky Biddlestone, Communications Officer at West Midlands Police, with a timely warning that opportunist con merchants are preying on the local senior citizens again.

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No accommodation for the poor…

As promised, for reader Alison Ball, here’s the entry for Bloxwich Church – All Saints – in the book ‘Visitations of the Archdeaconry of Stafford 1829-1841′ published by the Historical Manuscripts Commission and Her Majesty’s Stationary Office (HMSO). This copy was published in 1980, and bears the ISBN of 0 11 440066 0. The work is edited by David Robinson MA, Ph D.
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Beware! Local OAP nearly victim of phone scam

Following on from last weeks post about conmen praying on the elderly by claiming to have done work, then coercing their victims to withdraw money from the bank, here’s a worrying incident sent to me by reader Rebecca, whose mother was very shaken by an attempted phone scam.
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Scumbags preying on the local elderly again – be vigilant

I see from the excellent blog of Kevin Pitt, Walsall Community Partnerships Officer, that opportunist conmen are preying on the local senior citizens again.

Please tell your relatives and neighbours about these con men, 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.

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Flaming torches…

I know it’s not Brownhills, but Walsall Council have asked me to post up the following information for anyone travelling around Walsall on Saturday, 30th June. The Olympic Torch Relay will be coming through the borough, and it may pay … Continue reading

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A flag for Brownhills?

Earlier this month (twitches in seat awkwardly), I received a mail from Philip Tibbetts MA, who has been working on an ongoing project to design flags and tartans for the towns and villages of the Black Country. It’s an interesting … Continue reading

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