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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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Grass fires at Gentleshaw ongoing 

I was elsewhere yesterday afternoon as it’s good cycling weather – but I noticed from social media feeds and enquiries that there was a grass fire on Gentleshaw Common towards the evening.

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Lady mugged near Clayhanger Bridge – be on your guard!

Worrying news from Clayhanger where near the canal bridge last night at around 11pm (Sunday 5th March 2017) a lady was mugged by a couple of robbers for £30.

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Something fishy afoot?

I’ve had an interesting question in from Taffy of Tamworth, who’s an angler who enjoys fishing Marklews Pond, off Engine Lane in Brownhills – but he’s recently noticed something.

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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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Clayhanger poisonings continue: Baxter the dog has a lucky escape

A timely warning to residents of Clayhanger and further afield that the reported incidents of poisoned bait being left around the village seem to be ongoing still – after the horrid story of Meg, the dog believed to have been poisoned after eating doctored meat on Clayhanger Common and the subsequent discovery of possibly poisoned bait a little while later, comes this awful tale from Facebook user Shannon Vanessa Binding.

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Lurcher found in Brownhills – let’s get him home

An appeal reaches me via Facebook from Pool House Veterinary Hospital via Kathryn Reynolds – a lurcher dog was found in Brownhills yesterday (Saturday, 13th February 2016) and it would be nice if we could reunite him with his owners.

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Warning to dog walkers as possible bait found in Clayhanger

Further to the horrid story of Meg, the dog believed to have been poisoned after eating doctored bait on Clayhanger Common that I featured here at the weekend, I have just received this very worrying message from reader Wendy, who was walking her dog in Clayhanger this morning (Tuesday 2nd February 2016) and found something of great concern.

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Local dog walkers beware!

I’ve been contacted by a number of people who’ve pointed out the following, very worrying story from Clayhanger – a local lady walking her dog on Clayhanger Common believes her beloved pet ate poisoned meat whilst being walked there and is warning other dog lovers to beware. Continue reading

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Please beware – another indecent exposure incident reported

Today, I’ve received a worrying report of another indecent exposure incident in Brownhills, which follows on from the one a couple of weeks ago that occurred out at Highbridges – I’m told this incident occurred on or near the Parade in Brownhills.

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Staffie dog found on Brownhills Common – let’s get him home

An appeal reaches me via Facebook from Clair Gillon, who yesterday morning (Friday 17th July 2015) found a Staffie dog roaming loose Brownhills Common – the adorable, friendly dog was taken to Warren House vets at Ogley Hay.

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1940s Wartime Family Fun Day in Pelsall this Saturday!

This Saturday, 27th June 2015 sees the Pelsall 1940s Wartime Family Fun Day, with lots to see and do in the village, focussed on the common and High Street areas.
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Armed Forces Week events in Pelsall start tomorrow!

I think readers know I’m keen to support and promote armed forces charities, events and all things Remembrance here on the blog, and so I thought I’d flag up this pair of events being put on by the Royal British Legion’s Pelsall Branch to commemorate Armed Forces Day.

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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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Doctor Fell

This is just a quick one, as I thought we needed to get at least a little bit of history in at long last – and this one has piqued my curiosity, as my antenna always twitch when I hear subsidence legends.
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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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Don’t forget – Brownhills Common Bioblitz this Friday and Saturday

Are you interested in wildlife, or maybe have a budding David Attenborough or Chris Packham in the family – wnt to bring out your inner Bill Oddie or Simon King – If so, Brownhills Common is the place to be this Friday and Saturday.

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Blitz the common!

Are you interested in wildlife, or maybe have a budding David Attenborough or Chris Packham in the family – wnt to bring out your inner Bill Oddie or Simon King – If so, Brownhills Common is the place to be on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May 2014.

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Pelsall Summer Fun Day Today!

I know many local folk were disappointed when the Holland Park Fun Day scheduled for last Wednesday was cancelled due to the inclement weather – well, there’s some good news in that Pelsall is holding the same event today.
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Out on patrol

Here’s an interesting piece from the Young David Evans about the common that used to exist on Holly Bank, in Walsall Wood. Holly Bank is the land from what is now the Castlefort Estate to the Lichfield Road.
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Falling steadily

I promise, this is the last one, but it was requested that I take some images within the borough.  As usual, more on my 365daysofbiking journal. I escaped on Sunday afternoon, between 4 and 5pm, just as the day was dying. … Continue reading

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Rock and coal

Here’s one that is certain to create debate, comment and further articles. Alerted to it in the last week by both Gareth Thomas (Geographical whizz from Lichfield District Council) and Paul Daniel (data whizz behind the mechanism that keeps local news site The YamYam running so brilliantly), it’s a book scanned and published by that wonderful resource Google Books.

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A token of my respect

Today, I’m going to do something I should have done a while ago. Students of Brownhills Local History will be aware of an elusive, long lost site by local chap Robert Webster. This great resource ceased to exist a few … Continue reading

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Aldridge? We can see right through you…

Reader Mike Hawes requested that I do the Google Earth overlay trick with last weekend’s Aldridge Northwest 1914 map, so I’ve done just that. This was a very difficult one to align, as something seems erroneous about the drafting of … Continue reading

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Mapping transparency

I’ve received a few requests to do the Google Earth overlay trick with yesterday’s Pelsall North and West Brownhills map, so I’ve done just that. Please bear in mind that this was a scan of a paper map, which is … Continue reading

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Pelsall North and West Brownhills, 1902

Following on from the 1884 Brownhills South and Walsall Wood map and the 1884 Brownhills Common and Central map, I continue the series of paper scanned maps with this gem from 1902 – a 1:1,250 plot of Pelsall North and the … Continue reading

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I see the idiots are out again

It seems a bit moot now, but bear in mind when the cold snap ends, the commons and heaths will still be tinderbox-dry underneath. I noticed that this winter, the grass fires continued right through the season. Please, if you … Continue reading

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Brownhills Common and Central, 1884.

Following on from the 1884 Brownhills South and Walsall Wood map of last week, I have one that will interest those wanting to investigate the mining history on Brownhills Common. This is an 1884 1:1250 plot of that area in … Continue reading

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Soldiers on Brownhills Common in 1888?

This is local history dynamite. Top local history sleuth [Howmuch?] has been rooting through old papers again, and came upon the following article from the Walsall Observer, dated  June 16th, 1888. The image is as rough as a badger’s bum … Continue reading

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