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Deer water chase at Chasewater…

You’ll remember a few days ago I cautioned local folk – especially dog walkers – to beware of the deer at the moment as the rut was getting underway, and they’d be a whole lot less tolerant as the hormones did their thing – well, I wasn’t wrong – as the video here shows, deer romance is well underway at Chasewater, with remarkable footage captured today by deer expert Jochen Langbein.

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A remarkable local rail journey – stepping right out of time

There’s currently a buzz in the local rail community and in some groups on Facebook about a 1968 cinefilm recently converted to digital and uploaded online by rail historian and blog regular, Ian Pell – it’s a remarkable, wonderful thing, and Ian has written a fascinating account of the film and line it covers especially for the blog, which I feature below.

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Cliff and the Bluebirds – not Dover, but Birmingham!

Last week here I featured a film clip made be photo restorer and friend of the blog Lisa Ashby, celebrating Brownhills and the Black Country – Well, Lisa’s been at it again, and made a lovely clip about The Burntwood Bluebirds, the award-winning marching band from Burntwood.

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Never give up on a dream

One topic that steadily recurs here is the local motorcycling hero engineer that is Brian Crighton, who used to own the Honda Shop in Brownhills in the 70s and 80s – Brian is much liked and respected by the biking community, and his fame stretches far beyond Brownhills.

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Aldridge Cinema – Frozen singalong this afternoon!

Late, I know, but there’s a full screening of popular Disney film Frozen with singalong lyrics at Aldridge Cinema this afternoon – it’s £6, and you may just get in if you’re quick (I recommend contacting them on Facebook or calling 01922 442661 to see) – this is a great thing and I couldn’t let it go unannounced.

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Aldridge Cinema – Frozen singalong this afternoon!

Late, I know, but there’s a full screening of popular Disney film Frozen with singalong lyrics at Aldridge Cinema this afternoon – it’s £6, and you may just get in if you’re quick (I recommend contacting them on Facebook or calling 01922 442661 to see) – this is a great thing and I couldn’t let it go unannounced.

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Aldridge Cinema – come see Minions this afternoon!

I’m pleased to noted that the project to start a community cinema at Aldridge Youth Theatre is a continuing success, and Saturday afternoon screenings continue.
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Moving images

Thanks to local community dynamo Steve Lightfoot, I can share with readers the film which was projected onto the exterior of St. Anne’s Church, Chasetown, for this year’s Remembrance commemorations on the evening of 11th November 2015.

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Aldridge Cinema – come see The Spongebob Movie this afternoon!

I’m pleased to noted that the project to start a community cinema at Aldridge Youth Theatre is a continuing success, and Saturday afternoon screenings return today.

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Cartoon capers

The post here last Sunday discussing the Newtown area of Brownhills certainly created some interest and raised a few more memories and discussions – and one particular aspect caught the eye of reader and long term friend of the blog Tony Winn.

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Illuminating Ray – one for the researchers?

I have here an excellent enquiry for a Sunday afternoon which I feel many readers will be very, very interested in – not least Andy Dennis, if he’s passing, but maybe others concerned with the Newtown area on the Watling Street, which has been the subject of so many past articles here on the blog.

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One and a half centuries

Here’s a film I’ve been keeping an eye out for for a while, and it was finally uploaded to YouTube last week by David Harper, for which I’m very grateful.

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Burntwood Wakes archive film showing now!

I’ve just noticed via Facebook that there’s a showing of a unique Burntwood Wakes archive film at St. Anne’s Church, Chasetown this afternoon (Saturday, 25th July 2015); showings start every 20 minutes from 1pm until 4pm – it’s free.
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Aldridge Cinema – come see Big Hero 6 this afternoon!

This afternoon at 2:30pm (Saturday 23rd May 2015), Aldridge Cinema are showing family feelgood film Big Hero 6. – it’s just £4 a ticket and normal popcorn and drinks are only 50p.
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A Brownhills hero caught on film

A couple of weeks ago, I ran an article here that has proven remarkably popular: a story of amazing sporting heroism and a subsequent life of administering fair play as a snooker referee – the wonderful life story of local man Geoff Harrington.
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Aldridge Cinema – come see Paddington the Movie this afternoon!

This afternoon at 2:30pm (Saturday 4th April 2015), Aldridge Cinema at the Youth Theatre are showing Paddington the Movie – it’s only £4 a ticket and normal popcorn and drinks are only 50p.

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Aldridge Cinema – come see The Lego Movie this afternoon!

This afternoon at 2:30pm (Saturday 21st March 2015), Aldridge Cinema at the Youth Theatre are showing The Lego Movie – it’s only £4 a ticket and normal popcorn and drinks are only 50p.
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As the dual carriageway came through

I’ve had a bunch of film clips for a while, which were recorded in short sections and obtained by the young David Evans from Barbara, the daughter of Fred Shingler who ran the Park View Methodist Chapel, which used to be on the Watling Street, just on the corner of Chapel Avenue.

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The Clayhanger Kid on video!

He’s a brief one that came to my attention yesterday, and it’s far too good not to share here – the video at the foot of this post was plugged on twitter by it’s creators, Foreel Productions, and I think it’s rather wonderful.
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Moving pictures – cinema returns to Aldridge

Regular readers will know well that I like to support community projects here on the blog, and anything that caters for the kids is particularly close to my heart – so here’s a bold and inspiring project I think we can all really get behind.
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When the engines roared at Wharf Lane

There’s an interesting sale currently up on eBay – I’d go for it myself, but suspect the film that’s up for sale would probably be better going into the hands of enthusiasts of motorbike scrambling.
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Tool burglary in Clayhanger: did you see these lads?

You may recall that last week, I appealed for help from readers following the van burglary that took place at Clayhanger, during the early hours of Thursday 4th September 2014 – tools and equipment were stolen, including screw/nail guns and a radio from a van parked on the owner’s driveway on the Allerdale Estate in Clayhanger.
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Wanted: A spiritual guide

I’ve been contacted by Sandfields Pumping Station champion and local historian Dave Moore, who’s looking for some help with his next project – readers will remember that Dave worked hard with Brownhills activist Brian Stringer to create an audiobook of Brian’s ‘Clayhanger Kid’ books, and has also made some remarkable video, too.
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I am a Fireman to my trade

Some weeks ago, I posted a great video made by Public Historian Dave Moore with local author and activist Brian Stringer, about Brian’s experiences as The Clayhanger Kid, as part of the social historian’s ‘Postcards from the Past’ series.
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The life of Brian

Last week, I posted a great video made by Public Historian Dave Moore with local author and activist Brian Stringer, about Brian’s experiences as The Clayhanger Kid – the video had a very positive response, so Dave has kindly posted a full version for all of Brians fans to enjoy.
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A public partnership

The collaboration initiated by this blog between top local history wonk Dave Moore and The Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer, is proving to be productive indeed – and a couple of days ago, I spotted a beautiful video interview with Brian recorded and produced by Dave. It’s excellent, and you can watch it below.

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Fading images

A Birmingham timelapse from 7inch cinema a bit of a treat for a Saturday afternoon – this incredible video was shared on Twitter this morning by wonderful Brummy twitter account @Brumpics.
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Well versed

You may well remember the video I got so excited about a few weeks ago, ‘Luv’in the Black Country’ by talented and impressive local filmmakers Black Country Cinema – I went on to explore even more of their cannon of work in my post ‘I Love this place with all my heart’.
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Cannock Chase Messines Model on Countryfile

The first world war model of Messines, it’s history and recent archeological dig have been the talk of Staffordshire for a while, and tonight formed the basis for a great article on the BBC program Countryfile.
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I love this place with all my heart

I have no doubt you’ll remember the video I posted a couple of weeks ago ‘Luv’in the Black Country’ by local filmmakers Black Country Cinema – it caused quite a stir at the time, and I’m very excited by what these talented folks are doing.
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Luv’in the Black Country

Via my wonderful friends at Strictly Black Country a wonderful short film, which they posted a link to on their Facebook page yesterday:
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Fit for a queen

Continuing the Carnival theme (can there be a better one for such a summery spell?) Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler has been weaving his rapscallion magic and dredging the newspaper archive, finding two pieces in the Lichfield Mercury of 12th July 1935 and 25th July of the same year.
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Ford perfect

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The life of Brian

Following the film of Norton Motorbikes whizzing around the lanes of Stonnall featured here last weekend, reader and local history author Clive Roberts has found the above video of Brian Crighton, who used to own the Honda shop in Silver Court, Brownhills in the 70s and 80s.

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Celebrating Triumph

This film shows Norton Motorcycles – then at Shenstone, just on Lynn Lane – in an article on top gear from the 1980s – Note the worthy, serious tone of the piece, and the great film of Lynn Lane, Wallheath Lane and Stonnall.
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Family matters

We are looking for local parents and carers to get involved with a new project to help us create a film which will support parents/carers to develop confidence and enhance their skills to be able to talk to their children about sex and relationships with confidence.
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Call the fire brigade!

Thanks to a tipoff from top local history sort Clive Roberts, I’m able to share some wonderful videos that have just appeared on YouTube. They’re uploaded by user BulldogDave303, and although not Brownhills, they’re in and around Walsall and are really rather good…

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