Who’s on this team, and who are they?

Since the sad passing of Bill Shaw, old friend of the blog, champion of local football and Clayhanger lad, the tributes have been fullsome, and so richly deserved – but it’s also wonderful to hear the memories and see photos emerge of this wonderful man. Bill sadly passed away following serious illness on 4th March…

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All the latest news from Brownhills Community Association for Spring 2018

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for March/April 2018 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so. The Community Association are based at Brownhills Community Centre, just by the Miner Island in central Brownhills, and always have lots going on for people from…

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Bill Shaw: Further details of funeral arrangements announced

The sheer number of people who have paid tribute following the sad news of the passing of Bill Shaw has been heartwarming, and many have expressed their desire to attend his funeral – well, Bill’s wife, Lynn has been in touch to give further details, including the details of the function afterwards.

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Bill Shaw: A personal memorial, by David Evans

Everyone involved with the blog has been saddened and dismayed by the loss of Bill Shaw, Clayhanger lad, champion of local football, commentator and all round decent bloke – and I’m proud and honoured to feature here an obituary for Bill from his fellow match reporter at Walsall Wood, David Evans.

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Bill Shaw: Tributes, and details of funeral released

Following the sad news of the passing of Bill Shaw, long time contributor to the blog, Clayhanger lad and great champion of local football there, has been a huge outpouring of sympathy and condolence – Bill was certainly a friend and familiar face to many, not just in local football, but in the wider community.

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Don’t forget – a great night of music and dance for Back The Track this Saturday!

Just a reminder that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a fundraising concert at the Community Centre in Brownhills on this Saturday, March 10th 2018 and tickets are just £5 with proceeds to the greenway project on the old rail line through Brownhills.

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Goodbye Bill Shaw: There had better be good football up there

It’s my sad duty to report to you that old friend of the blog, Clayhanger lad and football reporter extraordinaire Bill Shaw sadly passed away yesterday following an ongoing, serious illness.

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Friends of Clayhanger Park Annual General Meeting meeting this Monday!

An event coming up for people concerned with the issues surrounding Clayhanger Park  -that there’s the Annual General Meeting of the Friends Of Clayhanger Park group at the Clean and Green Depot, Pelsall Road, Brownhills starting at 7:00pm on Monday evening, 26th February 2018.

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Have a great night of music and dance – and Back The Track!

Just a reminder that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a fundraising concert at the Community Centre in Brownhills on Saturday, March 10th 2018 and tickets are just £5 with proceeds to the greenway project on the old rail line through Brownhills.

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Have a great night of music and dance – and Back The Track!

I’ve been contacted by the Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer who’s asked me to let you all know that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a fundraising concert at the Community Centre in Brownhills on Saturday, March 10th 2018 and tickets are just £5 with proceeds to the greenway project on the old rail line through Brownhills.

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A new year at Brownhills Community Centre, 125 years old in 2018!

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for January 2018 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so.

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New year quiz 2018 – come on, have a go if you’re up for it!

Hey folks, a little later than hoped it’s the 2018 Brownhills Blog New Year Quiz – and don’t forget the photo competition is also running alongside, and similarly has beer and book prizes to be won! 

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New year quiz 2018 – get stuck in!

Hey folks, a little later than hoped it’s the 2018 Brownhills Blog New Year Quiz – and don’t forget the photo competition is also running alongside, and similarly has beer and book prizes to be won! 

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2017 Christmas bin collection information

Hi folks – I’m getting a lot of enquiries regarding Christmas bin collection arrangements in the borough of Walsall, and since the change to rounds earlier in the year, there is only one simple answer to find out when you bins will be emptied.

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Christmas at Brownhills Community Centre

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for December 2017 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so.

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Tools stolen from van in Clayhanger overnight

News reaches me of yet more vehicle crime in Clayhanger and Pelsall overnight, with tools being stolen from a vehicle in Clayhanger and what was very probably the same crew of thieves escaping empty handed from a van break-in on Ryders Hayes.

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Warning: sudden rash of vehicle theft and burglary over the weekend

After a fairly quiet few months, there’s been a spate of vehicle thefts and break ins in the Brownhills and Clayhanger areas of late, with a car taken in Clayhanger in the early hours of this morning (Monday, 20th November 2017), and attempted theft beforehand and another attempted in Poplar Avenue, Brownhills at around the same time.

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Meeting about future of Clayhanger Community Centre tonight!

You’ll all know that this blog is all about community and the things that bring us all together – be it a bit of current affairs, history, discussion or appeals for help: well, Clayhanger Community Centre which closed a while back has in the past provided an excellent service to the community, and looks set to be reborn.

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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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Has your bin not been emptied? There’s a reason for that…

Right Walsall Borough folks, listen up – I know some of you are concerned about bin collections at the moment as the service is clearly experiencing difficulties, on the very week that Walsall refuse collection schedules have changed.

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Don’t miss this luxury Christmas Gift Fair this coming Saturday 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 Luxury Christmas Gift Fair, which will take place this Saturday, 11th November 2017 at the Lamp Arts Space in Brownhills Community Centre from 11-4pm.

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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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Concerned about local crime issues? Meeting this Monday in Brownhills

There’s a very interesting meeting taking place at 7pm Monday, 23rd October 2017 – that of Brownhills Neighbourhood Watch (but is open to anyone interested in local crime issues).
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New facilities with more going on, in the heart of Brownhills…

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for October 2017 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so.

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Muttfest – a great Brownhills music festival on TODAY!

I’ve just been alerted to the fact that there’s a great charity music festival starting this afternoon, Saturday 30th September 2017 at the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Church Road, Brownhills running until late.

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The Memo – what’s going on?

I’ve been contacted by some very worried users of the Memorial Hall or ‘Memo’ in Lichfield Road, Brownhills who are very concerned about recent developments there.
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Stuck in a rut – beware, folks – the deer are getting horny….

This is just a quick note to warn people given to exploring the open spaces of the area that over the next 8-10 weeks or so the deer population will be getting amorous – it’s rutting time for our large brown friends, and that means one thing: the heaths around Brownhills, Clayhanger, Pelsall and Chasewater in particular are likely to be host to rather grumpy, aggressive stags guarding their female harems.

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Walsall Council act to resolve local confusion over bin collection change

Hey up people – it seems that in November, there’s a shakeup of of local bin collection days in the Northern Wastes and to this end Walsall Council have been delivering leaflets notifying residents of the changes, which is fair enough.

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Dog walkers beware – possible bait found on Clayhanger Common again

Reader Andrea Atterbury has been in touch to warn readers that items of what is believed to be meat bait have been recently found on Clayhanger Common including pig’s trotters, leading to renewed fears that poisoned bait may be being placed on the common again.

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It’s all going on at Brownhills Activity Centre July-September 2017!

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for July-September 2017 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so.
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Brownhills war hero Edward Tunstall: can you help locate the lost photos please?

I’ve had a fascinating and very detailed enquiry come in from reader Emma Smith that I’m hoping some of the old blog hands and researchers can help with – I know that Brownhills still has a British Legion Branch (whose current appeal for the Remembrance Parade is very important) and I hope someone can hook up with them to perhaps light this enquiry up.

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Clayhanger Park upgrade – drop in session this afternoon!

Late notice I know but there is a drop in session this afternoon )Wednesday, 12th July 2017) at Holy Trinity School in Clayhanger to discuss options for renovating and upgrading Clayhanger Park – anyone is welcome to come find out more and have their say – don’t worry if you miss this one, there’s another on Saturday afternoon (15th July 2017).

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Urgent! Please look out for a moped stolen from Brownhills Hight Street

I see local vehicle and bike thefts are continuing – please be on the lookout for a  stolen moped W429 EON, similar to the one in the picture above.

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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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Brownhills Community Association AGM this Monday

ssociation have been in touch, asking me if I’d share the fact that their Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place this Monday, 26th June 2017 at 6:30pm.
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Friends of Clayhanger Park June 2017 meeting this Monday!

A reminder for people concerned with the issues surrounding Clayhanger Park that there’s a meeting of the Friends Of Clayhanger Park group at the Clean and Green Depot, Pelsall Road, Brownhills starting at 7:30pm on Monday evening, 12th June 2017.

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Please be deer aware!

There’s an important warning I need to share from Chasewater Rangers about the local deer population – not just at Chasewater, but all thought our area from the heaths of North Walsall to Cannock Chase.

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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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Catch The Fazys at The Memo this Saturday!

Dawn Hayton from The Memo in Lichfield Road, Brownhills (That’s the Memorial Hall for the uninitiated) has been in touch to tell me that there’s a great pop gig on there this Saturday, 20th May 2017 featuring local five-piece covers band The Fazys.

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Concerned about local crime issues? Meeting next Monday in Brownhills

There’s a very interesting meeting taking place at 7:30pm Monday, 22nd May 2017 – that of Brownhills Neighbourhood Watch (but is open to anyone interested in local crime issues).
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Brownhills Canalside Festival 2017 cancelled

It’s with some sadness that today I share the news that there will be no Canalside Festival in Brownhills this summer.

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It’s all going on at Brownhills Activity Centre April-June 2017!

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for April-June 2017 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so.

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Concerned about local crime issues? Meeting coming soon in Brownhills

There’s a very interesting meeting taking place at 7:30pm Monday, 22nd May 2017 – that of Brownhills Neighbourhood Watch (but is open to anyone interested in local crime issues).
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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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Mobile phone lost in Brownhills – can you help please?

This is an important one I’m hoping readers can help with – a user of Brownhills Parkview Centre surgery yesterday (Tuesday 25th April 2017) lost their mobile phone possibly while using the disabled facilities there.
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Hugo the dog safe and well back home!

Please share as widely as possible – this is urgent, a friend of the blog has asked me to share this stolen dog alert – the above dog was snatched in Ogley Park off Saddler Road in Brownhills this afternoon by two lads.

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