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Urgent – Millie the dog stolen from Brownhills West – can you help?

I note from local social media that a pug cross dog, Millie was stolen this evening, Monday 22nd May 2017 from Hednesford Road, Brownhills – I would ask that anyone seeing the dog, or who knows who may have her, contact the local police, K9 Search or her distraught owners.
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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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Withdrawal of 56 bus service: Latest news, and please sign the petition!

The controversy over the withdrawal of the Diamond Buses 56 service from Brownhills to Walsall refuses to die down, and there’s now an online petition you can sign in support of the service and Councillor Steve Wade’s efforts to save it.

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Diamond Busses confirm 56 service to be withdrawn

Following from the tipoff from Gina Young about the possible withdrawal by Diamond busses of their 56 service between Brownhills West and Birmingham, the company have confirmed the termination with the following statement issued late yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 15th September 2015):

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Action stations

Thanks to Twitter cycling whizz and all round top guy @WolvesOnWheels who tipped me off last week, there’s a Facebook group that’s been featuring a lot of Brownhills, Walsall Wood and Pelsall railway photographs lately, posted by Si Swain.

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The Brownhills Darktown Poker Club… in 1881

Here’s a quick one from local history rapscallion Peter ‘pedro’ Cutler while I’m prepping some other stuff for the weekend – debauchery and cards in a Brownhills Working Men’s Club in 1881!

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Found dog – now reunited with owner.

Thanks to all who shared and helped on social media and in other channels – the lost Border Collie found by Lee Chapman yesterday has been reunited with her owner.

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Border Collie dog found on A5 in Brownhills

An urgent appeal reaches me via Facebook from Lee Chapman, who’s today (Saturday, 3rd January 2015) found a Collie dog near Brownhills Common on the A5.

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Lady mugged in Brownhills – be on your guard!

Brownhills resident Samantha Lucas has been in touch on Facebook to ask me to warn Brownhills folk, and appeal for information following the very unpleasant mugging of her mother near the A5 Watling Street this morning.

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Knifepoint mugging in Brownhills – Police issue statement and appeal for help

Following my post in the early hours of this morning in which reader Holly Jones asked me to warn Brownhills folk and appeal for information following the very unpleasant mugging of her partner Sam, West Midlands Police have issusued the following statement…

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Knifepoint mugging in Brownhills – be on your guard

Brownhills resident Holly Jones has been in touch on Twitter to ask me to warn Brownhills folk, and appeal for information following the very unpleasant mugging of her partner Sam last Friday, 30th May 2014.
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Have you seen Bow?

Please help if you can with the sad case of lost Staffy dog called Bow who went missing from his home in Brownhills West on March 1st. His owners are missing the chap dreadfully, please keep an eye out. The … Continue reading

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The lost and fallen, lost then found again

This post is in answer to the query of 19th Noveber 2013, when Kathy Hodson of Wolverhampton, contacted me on twitter looking for the war memorial from Browhills West Methodist Church.
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A Brownhills drinking den is raided – in 1921

Here’s an odd snippet I found in the newspaper archives whilst looking for something completely different, which as anyone who’s ever researched any local history will tell you, is generally the way all the best stuff is found.
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Brownhills West Methodist Church war memorial – can you help?

Here’s an odd little enquiry from Kathy Hodson of Wolverhampton, who contacted me on twitter yesterday looking for the war memorial for Browhills West Methodist Church.
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Motorcyclist dies in Brownhills accident

Sad news spotted on Twitter and Facebook this evening – it seems a motorcyclist in his twenties died at the scene following a collision with a lorry near the Rising Sun island on the A5, Brownhills.

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The curious incident of the crash in the night-time

Does anyone know what crashed up on the Rising Sun Island, Brownhills West, presumably on the night/morning of 23-24th February 2013?
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Laurels and the setting Sun

An interesting query for the researchers amongst us comes in from reader and Brownhills Resident Joe Lloyd. Joe asks a question several of us have been asking for a while – who owns the Rising Sun, the derelict pub on the A5 near the island?
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Before the motorway came through…

I’ve been contacted by blog reader Stuart Jakeman, who’s appealing for images of Brownhills West before the toll road came through. He’s also after any images we may have of the Pear Tree when it was still open. Can anybody … Continue reading

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Alley cats

An interesting question comes in from reader Mike Leonard, about the Wilkin Estate and Brownhills West in the 1970s. I’m not a Brownhills West man, so I’m hoping readers from that part of town can help. I vaguely remember a … Continue reading

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More flashing incidents reported in Brownhills – take care, folks

It seems there are reports circulating locally via social media of indecent exposure incidents. These complaints mainly seem to appear in summer, but one response on Twitter suggested the e-fit of the suspect wanted in connection with the Rising Sun … Continue reading

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Indecent assault in Brownhills West: Police need your help

Another depressing press release from West Midlands Police relating to a nasty incident at Brownhills West last Sunday (Sunday 5th February 2012). This comes on the heels of the indecent exposure incident at the Rising Sun bus top a couple of … Continue reading

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Brownhills Indecent Exposure incident – e-fit photo released

Please note, people – for some reason this post has gone viral locally in Brownhills following an unconnected incident on the 4th July 2014. This e-fit relates to an completely different incident in February 2012 and is no longer current. … Continue reading

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Police appeal for help over Brownhills Indecent Exposure incident

I’ve just spotted this press release from West Midlands Police relating to an unpleasant incident at Brownhills West yesterday evening (Sunday 29th January 2012). Frankly, I’d have thought the winter chill would have put an end to the spate of … Continue reading

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Museum piece

I’m indebted to reader Tony Wynn, who’s supplied another fascinating piece in the Ralph Ferrie jigsaw. The above story, from 1970, rings a vague bell; we know that Ralph had a garage on or near the old Midland Railway sidings … Continue reading

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Silver Surfers event in Brownhills West today!

Had this press release yesterday, which looks like a good event for any senior citizens looking to get online. Seems like a decent project to be engaged in, and there’s a wealth of stuff online for those of more mature … Continue reading

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The sun sets on another pub

So, farewell then, to the Rising Sun. It appears that on Friday night idiots broke into the old, derelict pub and started a fire that caused considerable damage. Yet again it appears a piece of our collective history has fallen … Continue reading

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Way out west

Brownhills West has always been a small, self-contained community. I don’t feature it much here on the Brownhills Blog, which is a shame. Reflecting on that fact, for this pictures from the past feature, I thought we’d take a trip … Continue reading

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Station approach

There has been some recent discussion here of the old railway line and former Brownhills West station that used to cross Brownhills Common from Walsall Wood, dismantled in the sixties. A couple of weeks ago, I took a trip up … Continue reading

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Station to station

I’ve received a great contribution from long-time reader, contributor and top local history operative John Daft. John, who has been involved with so many local history articles on The Brownhills Blog, has again come up trumps with some local history … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, over in Brownhills West…

It’s funny how some things happen in twos and threes. The same anonymous contributor who doggedly sought out the story of the massive 2,240lb. ‘Hermann’ wartime bomb, discovered and defused in Walsall Wood, noticed this side-story in the same 1968 … Continue reading

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