Tag Archives: Brian Stringer

Tugging at the memories

After I posted the wonderful Clayhanger tug of war image here at the weekend kindly shared by Brian Stringer, I received many responses from readers across a range of media – this one clearly got memories flowing and I’ll feature a few of those responses in the coming days.

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A tug of war, a railway themed restaurant and a Victorian day – great memories from the Clayhanger Kid

Friend of the blog, community activist and Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer has recently shared three remarkable image of recent historical interest in the Brownhills and Clayhanger area.
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Dropping a Cla’nger

Friend of the blog, community activist and Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer has sent the above image of the members of Clayhanger Working Men’s Club around 1953, and is trying to identify as many people in the picture as he can.

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2016 Brownhills Canalside Festival today!

I note the creative advertising modification team have been out again this year, getting Brownhills Canal Festival noticed on social media – and any publicity is good, as the image above has been shared hundreds of times now since it was posted last week on Facebook by old friend of the blog Nathan Whittaker.

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2016 Brownhills Canalside Festival – this Sunday!

I note the creative advertising modification team have been out again this year, getting Brownhills Canal Festival noticed on social media – and any publicity is good, as the image above has been shared hundreds of times now since it was posted yesterday on Facebook by old friend of the blog Nathan Whittaker.

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It’ll soon be time for the 2016 Brownhills Canalside Festival

Details of this year’s Brownhills Canal Festival have kindly been supplied by The Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer – this yeart it’s Sunday, 26th June 2016.
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De-railed

There was a great letter last week in the Walsall Advertiser from friend of the blog and Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer, who’s a noted local author and community activist – Brian is concerned, like most of the people in Brownhills – with he fate of the former South Staffordshire Railway Line through Brownhills.

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In the Wernick of time

Friend of the blog, community activist and Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer has sent the above image of a local football team and is desperately trying to identify the unknown chap (who is, I believe centre front row).

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Local football reunion at Walsall Wood FC this Friday!

Last week I noted that the wonderful Brian Stringer had a new book out about his times being involved with community football with local teams Clayhanger Colts Under 12s and Walsall Wood FC.

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Back of the net! Brian Stringer’s latest book on sale now!

It’s always nice to see local folk writing about local history, their lives and experiences and their view of the world – and one of the best locally is community activist Brian Stringer, who wrote to me yesterday to tell me he has a new book for sale chronicling his involvement with local community football.

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2015 Brownhills Canalside Festival on today!

Details of this year’s Brownhills Canal Festival taking place today (Sunday 28th June 2015) at Silver Street in Brownhills have kindly been supplied by The Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer – it’s always a good event and last year was better than ever!

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It’s a bum rap – but there’s no such thing as bad publicity

A delightful bit of urban mischief in Brownhills has gone semi-viral on local social media – Oh dear me, the jokes write themselves.

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2015 Brownhills Canalside Festival on this Sunday!

Details of this year’s Brownhills Canal Festival taking place this Sunday (28th June 2015) at Silver Street in Brownhills have kindly been supplied by The Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer.
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It’ll soon be time for the 2015 Brownhills Canalside Festival

Details of this year’s Brownhills Canal Festival have kindly been supplied by The Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer – this yeart it’s Sunday, 28th June 2015.

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Brock and roll

This isn’t very pleasant, so I’ll be short and to the point – people, we have a burgeoning badger population at the moment as these guys come in from the fringes of local countryside into town, just as their brothers the foxes have done, and unfortunately they’re dying in large numbers on our roads.

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New road safety initiative for Brownhills

You all know that I love local wildlife – and that I’m particularly fond of the local deer population, who have sadly been involved in many accidents with vehicles in recent years on roads around our commons, countryside and open spaces.
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March 1992 – Are we on our own at night and hounded by day?

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 30 of the long lost freesheet, from March 1992 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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February 1992 – Tenants fed up of being fobbed off

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January 1992 – Parking problem reaches boiling point

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 28 of the long lost freesheet, from January 1992 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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December 1991 – A prayer for Christmas

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 27 of the long lost freesheet, from December 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.
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The Clayhanger Kid on video!

He’s a brief one that came to my attention yesterday, and it’s far too good not to share here – the video at the foot of this post was plugged on twitter by it’s creators, Foreel Productions, and I think it’s rather wonderful.
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November 1991 – Tenant fights for loo

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 26 of the long lost freesheet, from November 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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October 1991 – MP calls for a two day exhibition of Toll Road

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 25 of the long lost freesheet, from October 1991 for you to peruse and download – I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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September 1991 – Clayhanger residents demand an end to neglect

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 24 of the long lost freesheet, from September 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.Brownhills Gazette September 1991 issue 24_000001 Continue reading

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July 1991 – Litter louts attacked (The missing issue is found!)

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 22 of the long lost freesheet, from July 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.
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Our back pages

There has been an extraordinary response to the old Brownhills Gazette issues I’ve been featuring on the blog, and testerday I featured issue 23, from August 1991 – so far I’ve run all issues in sequence, but sadly, issue 22 of July 1991 is missing from the collection, so I had to skip it.

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August 1991 – Mindless mini vandals creating havoc for Walsall Wood

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 23 of the long lost freesheet, from August 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.
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June 1991 – Is the waiting nearly over?

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 21 of the long lost freesheet, from June 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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May 1991 – Walsall Wood Police Boxing Club big success – but will it continue?

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 20 of the long lost freesheet, from May 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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April 1991 – Traders win battle over parking

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 19 of the long lost freesheet, from April 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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March 1991 – Canal Towpath being destroyed

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 18 of the long lost freesheet, from March 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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February 1991 – Senior Citizens fight for better lighting and attack Market Traders over parking

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 17 of the long lost freesheet, from February 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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January 1991 – Inspiration from cancer victim John

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 16 of the long lost freesheet, from January 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.
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December 1990 – Villagers fight traffic nightmare (and a Very Merry Christmas!)

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 15 of the long lost freesheet, from December 1990 for you to peruse and download – I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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November 1990 – Not a word from our local elected representatives

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 14 of the long lost freesheet, from November 1990 for you to peruse and download – I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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October 1990 – Wake up Brownhills – does anyone care?

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 13 of the long lost freesheet, from October 1990 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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September 1990 – Vandals & dumpers causing problems on old track bed

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 12 of the long lost freesheet, from September 1990 for you to peruse and download – I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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August 1990 – How much longer must we wait for some action?

David Evans, very kindly granted access to the archive held by former editor and contributor Brian Stringer, has been assiduously and conscientiously scanning them all. Every single issue. Every few days, I’m going to feature the next in the series.

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July 1990 – Callous closure of Job Club

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 10 of the long lost freesheet, from June 1990 for you to peruse and download – I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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On the beach – the web that’s woven

Here’s a great example of me getting things wrong, and of how local oral history works with the community correcting me – last week I featured the great picture above from Julie Le Moine of herself as a baby with her mum, and ‘uncle’ Paddy (Walker) and ‘auntie’ Clarice’ on a beach in Blackpool in September 1966.10808042_10152631470838778_1749097147_n Continue reading

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The Brownhills press gang

Occasionally on the Brownhills Blog we strike a little bit of gold that sets things alight for a bit – this has happened over a variety of disparate topics; the Brownhills Carnival video, and the later cinefilm from the Brownhills Camera Club; the studies of the Harrison Empire, and the Lost Stonnall Hoard.

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June 1990 – Avenues fight on

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 9 of the long lost freesheet, from June 1990 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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May 1990 – Devastated Wildlife at Clayhanger

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 8 of the long lost freesheet, from May 1990 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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April 1990 – Threat to close down classrooms

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 7 of the long lost freesheet, from April 1990 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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March 1990 – Glue sniffing den on old railway line

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 6 of the long lost freesheet, from March 1990 for you to peruse and download – I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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February 1990 – State of Barnetts Lane Cemetery causes concern

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 5 of the long lost freesheet, from February 1990 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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January 1990 – Call for flood investigation…

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 4 of the long lost freesheet, from January 1990 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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December 1989 – Shopkeepers angry about the neglect of Silver Court

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 3 of the long lost freesheet, from December 1989 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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November 1989 – Residents up in arms…

Here’s a treat for the Brownhills Gazette fans out there – issue 2 of the freshet, from November 1989 for you to peruse and download – I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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Breaking the ground

Last weekend, I had the good fortune, courtesy of the young David Evans to be able to feature here the November 1994 issue of the long lost, but not forgotten local freshet/magazine for Brownhills, The Brownhills Gazette.
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