Do the walk this weekend!

Find out how far they’ve come at Summerhill in just two years in this informative film for the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to remind us that there will be a guided walk of the Summerhill section of the canal they’re working…

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A great chance for tea and cake in a great country canalside garden this Saturday!

There’s a great event going on in Whittington this acoming Saturday (31st March 2018) in aid of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust ‘Tunnel Vision’ appeal – Eric and Doreen’s All Day Easter Coffee Morning.

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Two great events coming up from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust!

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about a couple of events the local canal restoration project are holding in the coming weeks, a quiz night on Saturday 17th March 2018 and a guided walk of the Summerhill section on Saturday 21st April 2018.

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Could you help restore a lost, local canal?

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the progress they’re making, and to send out an appeal for volunteers to help push the restoration forward.

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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 Fair and Lantern Parade at Chasewater this Sunday!

There’s a further chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday (10th December 2017) –  there’s the Annual Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre.

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Carols by the canal – and memories of great friends

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding a carol evening at their Fosseway Nature Reserve site, just off Falkland Road, Lichfield on Saturday 16 December 2017 from 7-9pm and all are welcome.

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A hole lot of sink

One of the curious things about writing and keeping this blog has always been the steady, curious dynamic of story arcs – where an old subject gets continually, slowly and gradually expanded as Google lists it, people search and find the post, comment and expand it.

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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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New Hall Mill is open this Sunday for the last open day of 2017

There’s a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (10th September 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…

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Restoring a lost canal – and creating a new haven for wildlife

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are keen to share the news that they’re now creating a new nature reserve along the line of the soon to be restored canal between Wall and Lichfield.

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New Hall Mill is open again this Bank Holiday Monday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (28th August 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…

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Have you seen these bikes stolen from Brownhills in the last few days please?

A couple of bikes stolen in the last few days locally I’d like readers to keep a look out for if possible please – the first being a Carrera pictured below, stolen from outside Marios Chip Shop, Brownhills on Tuesday, 8th August 2017 and also a very distinctive Cannondale Prophet with Lefty single blade fork pictured above, stolen from Tamworth Close Brownhills on Thursday, 10th August 2017.

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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (13th August 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…
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Have you seen this Calibre Bossnut bike stolen from Shire Oak?

Yesterday, Sunday 30th July 2017 Shire Oak resident Dave Fenton has reported that the above Calibre Bossnut bike was stolen from his shed sometime over the weekend.

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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (9th July 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…
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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (9th July 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…
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Get some Iron, man – Ironman hits Chasewater and South Staffordshire this Sunday

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that this Sunday (June 18th 2017), the Third Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be staged, with a 1.2 mile early morning swim in Chasewater being amongst the highlights.

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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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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (11th June 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…
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Find out about the restoration of our lost canal next Friday!

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding their Annual General Meeting next Friday nevening (Friday, 9th June 2017) in Brownhills, at the Parkview Centre (the old Council House on the Miner Island), and all are welcome to attend.

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Have you seen this bike stolen from Shire Oak?

Last Tuesday evening, Julie Harris-Tighe has reported that the above white Carrera bike was taken from Shire Oak Park after 8pm.

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Don’t forget New Hall Mill open day this Bank Holiday Monday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (29th May 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…
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New Hall Mill open day this Bank Holiday Monday – could you be a Friend of the Mill?

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (29th May 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…

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Travellers encamp at Holland Park

I’ve received a few emails, tweets and Facebook posts pointing out that travellers encamped at Holland Park, Brownhills last Friday, 19th May 2017. Walsall Council have posted legal notices as required by due process. This is one of the areas where the authority act quickly, and suspect the encampment will be moved on within pretty short…

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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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New Hall Mill first open day of 2017 this Sunday – could you be a Friend of the Mill?

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (14th May 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…

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New Hall Mill first open day of 2017 next Sunday!

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally next Sunday (14th May 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…
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A great chance for tea and cake in a great country canalside garden this afternoon!

I know it’s late on but there’s a great even going on in Whittington this afternoon (Saturday, 15th April 2017) in aid of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust ‘Tunnel Vision’ appeal – Eric and Doreen’s All Day Easter Coffee Morning.

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Have a great night out – and support a great local canal project!

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about their annual Spring show, taking place at Whittington Village Hall on Friday, April 7th 2017.

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Resprung

You’ll all know that of late, I’ve not been too well and that work has taken up a huge amount of my time – well, my health is now thankfully improving, work is easing off and the sun came out (although the wind was still a bit keen), so yesterday I had a great 58 mile ride via old haunts into South Derbyshire.

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Get tunnel vision and help with a great local history preservation project!

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the launch of their Tunnel Vision appeal, which has been established to raise funds in order to construct a canal tunnel under the railway near Lichfield.
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Get stuck in the bog…

For those of you into conservation and the local environment, there’s this event going on at Norton Bog (that’s north Chasewater) this Sunday, 26th February 2017 – the Friends of Norton Bog are a great group and you can find out more about them at the event.
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A message about the 2017 Brownhills Canal Festival from Brian Stringer…

Brownhills activist, local author, top bloke and Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer has dropped me a line to share with readers important information about thus year’s Brownhills Canalside Festival, which will be undergoing a change of date and organiser this year.

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Urgent! Bike stolen from Shelfield

This morning (Thursday, January 19th 2017) at 7:10am a Trek 7300 bike like the one above but in white was taken from outside the Co-op at the former Spring Cottage in Shelfield.

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New year quiz 2017: part two for the explorers…

Right, here’s the second half of the Brownhills Blog New Year Quiz 2017 – these questions are for those who can explore the area and have a nose around – the first set were released yesterday, and are for those who may be unable to explore or just prefer to research their answers online.
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New year quiz 2017: part one for the researchers…

Well, much earlier than last year, hopefully for a wider audience I can now present the first half of the 2017 Brownhills Blog New Year prize quiz!

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Peace at last – a Christmas message from The Brownhills Blog

Hey you lot – Brownhills Blog readers, browsers, information seekers, contributors, friends: have a great Christmas, and I wish you a happy, prosperous and peaceful 2017.

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2016 Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade at Chasewater this Sunday!

There’s a further chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday (11th December 2016) – there’s the Annual Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre.
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Find out about a great local canal restoration with a guided walk this Saturday!

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the organised walk of the SUmmerhill section that’s taking place this Saturday, 3rd December 2016.

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Huge progress being made on local canal restoration

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the progress they’re making in opening up the former canal towpath as a walking route between Barracks Lane and Summerhill, aided by corporate volunteers.

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Stuck in a rut – dog walkers and ramblers beware!

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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Last New Hall Mill open day of 2016 this Sunday

New Hall Mill near Sutton Coldfield is open again this Sunday (11th September 2016) for the final time this year and I can heartily recommend the place – It’s fascinating and I had a great time there on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 2015 – not enough people know about this wonderful building and the dedicated folk who look after it.

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New Hall Mill open again this Bank Holiday Monday!

New Hall Mill near Sutton Coldfield is open again this Bank Holiday Monday (29th August 2016) and I can heartily recommend the place – It’s fascinating and I had a great time there on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 2015 – not enough people know about this wonderful building and the dedicated folk who look after it.

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New Hall Mill open again this Sunday!

New Hall Mill near Sutton Coldfield is open again this Sunday (13th August 2016) and I can heartily recommend the place – It’s fascinating and I had a great time there on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 2015 – not enough people know about this wonderful building and the dedicated folk who look after it.

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Rosie’s Charity Walk this Sunday!

Sunday 17th July 2016 sees the last ever Rosie’s Charity Walk in aid of the wonderful Rosie’s Helping Hands Charity -I’m sure readers know the story of how the charity started, and out of tragedy, this event has raised a whole lot of cash for local good causes and proves that good things really can come from heartbreak.

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Walsall Arboretum Environment Day this Saturday free fun for all the family!

Here’s great event kicking off in Walsall Arboretum tomorrow, (Saturday 9th July 2016) with activities and music running from 12 noon until 8pm – loads of free nature and wildlife stuff to do for all the family – including birds of prey, craft demos, woodland wildlife garden, plant sales, real ale and ciders – and much more.

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New Hall Mill open again this Sunday!

New Hall Mill near Sutton Coldfield is open again this Sunday (1oth July 2016) and I can heartily recommend the place – It’s fascinating and I had a great time there on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 2015 – not enough people know about this wonderful building and the dedicated folk who look after it.
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Pictures from the 2016 Brownhills Canalside Festival

I briefly passed through Brownhills Canalside Festival today, and had very little time there due to having some work stuff kicking off elsewhere, but this year’s event looked superb from the photos generously supplied below by the young David Evans and old online pal Dave Tucker.

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