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Changing times on the canal: Local waterways in the 80s

Finally today for Sunday evening after a lovely day, what better to browse Tham the next gallery from the wonderful Gerald Reece collection, kindly supplied by the great local historian himself, and beautifuly scanned by the wonderful David Evans for … Continue reading

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When Brownhills went off the rails

Since it’s Saturday and I’m very busy with work matters, I thought I’d feature the next gallery from the wonderful Gerald Reece collection, kindly supplied by the great local historian himself, and beautifuly scanned by the wonderful David Evans for … Continue reading

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Models at the museum 2019 – a great event happening this Sunday

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a ‘Models at the Museum’ event this Sunday, 24th March 2019 – It runs from 10:00am until 4:00pm and should be just the thing for … Continue reading

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Walsall – where grass cuttings and air conditioning are more important than supporting the vulnerable

I’m featuring here today an email I’ve received on a very important matter from someone whom I have a great deal of regard for – John Bird of Brownhills. John is a much respected older resident of our town and … Continue reading

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The Court of Sir Gerald and the crimefighting oss

Well, since it’s a miserable Saturday here in the Hills I thought I’d feature another gallery from the selection of wonderful photos donated to the blog by noted Brownhills historian Gerald Reece – and this set of Ravens Court is … Continue reading

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Can you identify these men? Walsall Police would like to hear from you

There’s been a working number of distraction burglaries and bogus caller scams locally lately, which is why I’m drawing to readers attention this appeal by Walsall Police posted yesterday (Tuesday 12th March 2019) – it involves a distraction burglary in … Continue reading

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Laying some pipe

Thanks again to the continued treasure trove that is the local historian Gerald Reece and his astounding photo collection, I can now shed light on something that’s made me wonder for years – the arrangements for the modern overflow system … Continue reading

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The Brownhills Canalside Festival is reborn in 2019 – and it looks magnificent

Absolutely terrific news and a huge raspberry to the naysayers – the successful and sadly missed Brownhills Canalside Festival is full steam ahead for a huge revival in May 2019 by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society who are planning to … Continue reading

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We’m gooin up Norton Pewul!

In the last few days there has been a lot of interest in the subject of Chasewater in the old days – when Brownhills Urban District Council ran it as an amusement park, which was sadly, ultimately unsuccessful. Many of … Continue reading

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Good news: Ashley Hammerton Challener home safe and well!

Great news everyone! Lynne Challener has been in touch to tell me that Ashley has just (this morning, 4th March 2019) returned home following going missing on Friday evening. Lynne says he’s OK but hungry. Thanks to all who went … Continue reading

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The bridges of Brownhills county…

Lately, I’ve been featuring a selection of wonderful photos from the collection of well-respected Brownhills historian Gerald Reece, which he’s kindly allowed David Evans to scan and share with readers here on the blog. Earlier this week, we featured a … Continue reading

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Young boy taken to hospital following suspected hit and run incident in Brownhills High Street.

The air ambulance was called this afternoon to an incident in Brownhills High Street when a two ear old was hit by a van in what is suspected to be a hit and run incident. The boy sustained a head … Continue reading

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Under the bridge

Another quick one from the huge number of images generously donated to the blog by Sir Gerald of Reece recently, and this time we have an image of somewhere familiar to all of us, but I bet the folk from … Continue reading

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Please look out for this stolen motorbike taken last night from central Brownhills

Hey folks – please be on the lookout for the above stolen motorbike, taken last night/this morning (23-24 February 2019) from the Watermead Estate, just by B&M in Brownhills. The bike, as shown above is a Leximoto 125 registration BL16FLC, and … Continue reading

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1987: The end of a landmark

I’ve long been interested here in the lost chemical works in Brownhills that once produced tar and cleaning chemicals, and latterly scrapped old aeroplanes and military waste for the valuable metal alloys they contained. The adjacent area of canal has … Continue reading

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Close to the wall – but where?

A quick mystery for a Saturday: This image was found in the whole wedge of stuff generously donated to the blog by Sir Gerald of Reece recently, and the young David Evans is very puzzled by it. I’ll be honest, … Continue reading

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Buses by Night 2019 – great local event on this Saturday!

This Saturday afternoon and evening (16th February 2019) there’s a great, innovative event taking place at Aldridge Transport Museum just off Northgate – Buses by Night, which is your chance to ride on some great old vehicles and see the local sights and … Continue reading

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Man being treated for stomach wound following shooting incident in Walsall Wood

Yesterday evening, Sunday 10th February 2019 there was a shooting incident on the car park of Better Gym, Walsall Wood, following which a man is currently in hospital being treated for a stomach wound. I would ask that anyone with … Continue reading

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Chasewater – what of the far pavilion?

An image has been sent to me by a reader this week they tell me they’ve found on internet auction site eBid, but I can’t locate the sale: It’s a fascinating picture of Chasewater before it was developed, so it … Continue reading

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A sunny morning in Pier Street

Continuing with the donations from the wonderfully generous Sir Gerald of Reece, and following some discussion on Facebook over the weekend, here’s a couple of fascinating images from a little-mentioned part of Brownhills: Pike Helve. Pike Helve was a small … Continue reading

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Oh brave new world

One of the most loved and respected contributors to the Brownhills Blog is the great Reg ‘Aer Reg’ Fullelove, historian, commenter, author, poet and honorary Grandfather of the blog. Reg regularly digs out stuff for the blog, and it’s with … Continue reading

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Meet your local coppers in Brownhills this afternoon!

Sorry for the late notice, but there’s another local police pop-up event this afternoon Saturday 2nd February 2019 where you can meet the local policing team and discuss issues that are important to you. It takes place in Brownhills Library, … Continue reading

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Live Yoghurt!

Regular readers will no doubt remember that I ran a special appeal here a few weeks ago for Jack McCreath who wanted to get in touch with former band-mates Gerald Reece and Bernard Howdle – they were in a folk … Continue reading

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Here’s something for the kids to do late this afternoon in Clayhanger…

Lisa Taylor, one of the people who work hard to keep Clayhanger Community Centre a vital and well-loved resource for the village has been in touch to point out there’s children’s yoga on there late this afternoon (Saturday 19th January … Continue reading

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Courtney Louise Hannon found safe and well

Courtney Louise Hannon/Mannion has been found safe and well. Her mother, Jocelyn Mannion posted: Courtney has been found and feels very very silly I cannot begin to thank each and everyone of you for the help support and shares much … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood Scouts move home – and you can still join the adventure!

David Evans has been in touch to tell me that the 1st Walsall Wood Scout Group, run by old friend of the blog Lee Bragginton has now moved into their new home – the former youth club building in the … Continue reading

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Worrying damage at local riding stables – did you see anything?

This is an important appeal for information regarding a strange incidence of criminal damage that took place yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 8th January 2019) at Stevie Ansell’s riding school premises at Coppice Lane/Engine Lane, Brownhills. Stevie sent me the following important … Continue reading

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The Brownhills Canalside Festival is reborn in 2019 – would you like a stall?

I have some excellent news for Brownhills folk and those who like canal boats and waterway life – the successful and sadly missed Brownhills Canalside Festival is being revived in 2019 by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society who are planning … Continue reading

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Images from up the cut

Last week I spent a fascinating (and rather frustrating) evening delving through the Canal and River Trust photo archive, which is always a curate’s egg: Whilst there are many stunning images (and many more waiting to be found) the cataloguing … Continue reading

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Remember Yoghourt? Looking to contact Gerald Reece and Bernard Howdle please

Hello folks – have a special appeal here to get in touch with Gerald Reece and Bernard Howdle – their old bandmate Jack McCreath is looking to get in touch again and recall the old days. Gerald Reece is of … Continue reading

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Man turns himself in following police appeal earlier today

Police in Walsall have released the following statement in relation to a man they wished to identify earlier in connection with a robbery at Ward’s Store, Shire Oak. They said: Good news! A man has turned himself in to police … Continue reading

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Two very distinctive bikes stolen from Rugeley: Keep your eyes out bike folks

Here’s a sad one that came to my attention late last night – but I feel asleep writing the post, sorry. Can everyone please keep a lookout for two missing bikes and bike parts, stolen locally on Thursday night-Friday morning … Continue reading

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Beware – look after your keys: Key fishing leads to BMW being stolen in Shelfield

Here’s an important warning from local police which reached me in the last couple of days – cars are being stolen by criminals fishing for keys through letterboxes again. There is currently somewhat of a vehicle crime wave ongoing: Homes … Continue reading

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A rocky road…

A lovely one here from 1862, spotted by the wonderful David Evans, who I’m glad to hear is now getting well back into the swing of things. It seems that in 1862 – over 150 years hence – people were … Continue reading

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Flying down the line

I note there’s a wonderful video clip been posted by the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust who as regular readers will know, are reconstructing the canal between Brownhills and Lichfield. The video is a great aerial fly-trough and is … Continue reading

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Christmas market at Chasewater Railway this Saturday!

I notice that this Saturday 15th December 2018, there’s a rather fun looking Christmas Market being staged at Chasewater Railway. The market runs from 10am until 5pm at Brownhills West Station (Use the Chasewater main entrance from the A5 and … Continue reading

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Scouting out the history

Time for a bit of history (makes a change in the run up to Christmas!) and I’ve had this interesting image in from Adam Mayon, who believes it’s of Brownhills Scouts, taken around 1960. His request is simple: Hi Bob,  … Continue reading

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Do you think you could help Knaves Court panto? Oh yes you can!

I know readers here in the past have been very helpful to the community that live in the Knaves Court extra care facility near Anchor Bridge, Brownhills: In the past good people have rallied around to help with the community … Continue reading

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Buses and Brass – a great Christmas event this afternoon!

I notice that this afternoon (2nd December 2018) Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge will be hosting ‘Buses and Brass’ – a great Christmas music and fun event to really get you in the spirit of the season. It runs from 1pm until … Continue reading

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There’s a great Christmas Fair in Brownhills this evening…

Here’s a good one for those of you who, like me, enjoy a really good Christmas fair with Santa and all the festive stuff going on – a great event at Millfield School, Catshill, Brownhills this evening. Today,Friday 30th December … Continue reading

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Police name victim of Walsall Wood collision and charge Walsall man

Following the dreadful fatality in Walsall Wood High Street in the early hours of Saturday, 24th November 2018, police have issued a further statement, naming the young man who lost his life. My condolences to Carl’s family and friends at … Continue reading

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Police appeal following fatal collision in Walsall Wood

As many of you will know, there has been a fatal road traffic collision in Walsall Wood High Street in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 25th November 2018) as a result of which a 28 year old man … Continue reading

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Soultime – Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie this evening in Walsall Wood!

Local DJ Peter Leek has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing his  Soultime Disco event at The Drunken Duck, Walsall Wood this evening, Friday 23rd November 2018 where he will be fulfilling all your Northern Soul … Continue reading

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Annual 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 (25th November 2018) from 10:00am until 4:00pm, and should be just the thing for auto buffs, transport enthusiasts and petrol … Continue reading

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Don’t miss this Winter Craft, Gift and Food Festival this Sunday at the Lamp, Brownhills!

Old pal of the blog Laura Tucker has been in touch to let me know that she’s organised a lovely Winter Craft, Gift and Food Festival, which will take place this Sunday, 18th November 2018 at the Lamp Arts Space … Continue reading

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Pictures and video from Brownhills 2018 Remembrance Day

Pictures from Brownhills Remembrance 2018 –  Images Kindly supplied by Alyssa Timbrell Last Sunday 11th November 2018 saw the annual marking of Remembrance Day in the UK and I’m pleased to say Walsall and South Staffordshire did themselves and the fallen proud and … Continue reading

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Soultime – Northern Soul and Motown Disco with DJ Leekie and pals this Friday!

Local DJ Peter Leek has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing his semi-regular Soultime event at Pelsall Community Centre this Friday, 16th November 2018 at Pelsall Community Centre, where he and a number of great soul … Continue reading

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Don’t miss this Winter Craft, Gift and Food Festival this coming Sunday at the Lamp, Brownhills!

Old pal of the blog Laura Tucker has been in touch to let me know that she’s organised a lovely Winter Craft, Gift and Food Festival, which will take place this Sunday, 18th November 2018 at the Lamp Arts Space … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood Remembrance Sunday 2018 pictures

The young David Evans yesterday (Sunday, 11th November 2018) went to his local Remembrance event in Walsall Wood and sent in a wonderful gallery of images to mark this most sombre of  days. And ever, Lee Bragginton of Walsall Wood Scouts, … Continue reading

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Details of 2018 local Remembrance events – live list

This post is pinned to the top until Sunday – new material will appear below. 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 … Continue reading

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