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Lichfield Waterworks Trust to recommence their vital work

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to share the latest news for local history enthusiasts and members of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group – Sandfields is … Continue reading

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Locked out: A miner’s pay packet from 1928.

John Anslow – local historian and along with his late brother, one of the foremost chroniclers of the history of Walsall Wood – has been emailing again with another fascinating artefact from The Wood and he makes some fine observations … Continue reading

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All aboard – for the reopening of a local treasure!

I’m pleased to be able to gradually announce the reopening of local attractions and facilities as they happen, following closures for the pandemic response – and how strange it is to type that even still! One of the most welcome … Continue reading

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I live where it’s grey: A mystery image surfaces

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The demolition of a much loved local

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust April news update

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to share the latest newsletter of  the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields Pumping Station group. In the current pandemic, the trust has had to … Continue reading

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A coin of some value

A great spot on eBay here for folks into local church history. Most of you will know that Walsall Wood Church of St John is older than Brownhills, which was ex-parochial until St James’ was constructed in 1850. Walsall Wood … Continue reading

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A shady mystery!

Thanks to longstanding contributor John Anslow, I have a Shelfield mystery for the readers and researchers this fine Sunday – all help with this would be appreciated, please. John, long time contributor with his late brother Paul sent in a … Continue reading

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Some very sad news, yet another fine man has left us – but he left us a puzzle to be going on with

Today, after a week of chaos and bad health, I have finally picked up the reigns of the blog again to catch up. Now nearing full speed again, I’m actually rested and recovering, so welcome back folks – let’s try … Continue reading

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Remembrance: Pursuing an important question from John Bird

Old friend of this blog and highly respected Brownhills Royal British Legion member John Bird  wrote to me some time ago asking why our MP, Wendy Morton, only ever seemed to attend Aldridge’s Remembrance Service on Remembrance Sunday morning and not … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust March 2020 public meeting takes place this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 9th March 2020 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Buses by Night 2020 – a great local event on this Saturday!

This Saturday afternoon and evening (7th March 2020) 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 … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust need volunteers – can you help save a great piece of history?

I know lots of you are looking for interesting volunteering opportunities locally – and here’s a fun one for people with a whole range of skills – helping to save Sandfields Pumping Station in Lichfield and turn it into a … Continue reading

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Brownhills in the mid-1990s: A miscellany

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust February 2020 public meeting takes place this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 10 February 2020 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust January 2020 public meeting takes place this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 13th January 2020 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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New Years Day Mince Pie Special at Chasewater Railway right now!

Bit late here but there’s an ongoing event right now at Chasewater Railway today (1st January 2020) who have their Mince Pie Special for New Years Day with a mixture of diesel and steam runnings plus all the usual favourites. … Continue reading

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Instrumental in our heritage

Something very interesting popped up in the week that I think will engage the older readers particularly, and is a lovely one for the pre-Christmas period: A photo of the Brownhills Co-Operative Society Orchestra. I had no idea it existed … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust December 2019 public meeting takes place this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 9th December 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Buses and Brass – a great Christmas event this Sunday afternoon!

I notice that this coming Sunday afternoon (8th 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 … 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 (24th November 2019) from 10:00am until 4:00pm, and should be just the thing for auto buffs, transport enthusiasts … Continue reading

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More on Ogley Hay 4A!

Here’;s a great donation I had in in the last week from long time reader and contributor Robert Sault – a couple more photos of Ogley Hay Class 4A from some point in the mid to late 1960s. Rob said: … Continue reading

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Pictures and video from Brownhills 2019 Remembrance Sunday

Yesterday, Sunday 10th November 2019 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 staged a whole range of parades and events that … Continue reading

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Walsall Wood Remembrance Sunday 2019 pictures

The young David Evans yesterday (Sunday, 10th November 2019) 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 as always Lee Bragginton of Walsall Wood … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust November 2019 public meeting takes place this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 11th November 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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To stand, and to remember

Today, Sunday 10th November 2019, is Remembrance Sunday when the people of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth come together to remember those who served, and those serving our country. Not only the ones who paid the ultimate, awful price of … Continue reading

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Details of 2019 local Remembrance events – live list

This post is pinned to the top until Sunday – new material will appear below. Remembrance Sunday 2011 Aldridge, by Andrew Watson, posted in his Flickr photo stream. Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance … Continue reading

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2019 local Remembrance events – still making 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. A … Continue reading

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2019 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. I’d … Continue reading

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When Amy Turtle silenced the skinheads at Chasewater

You all know I’m fascinated by Chasewater and it’s history – but there’s a period of history that’s not too well documented or understood, and is full of myth and foggy reality: The Amusement Park era from the 60s.  At … Continue reading

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Can we solve the mystery of an old Ogley Hay influencer from the 60s?

A quick enquiry here from reader Ray who yesterday sent me in this headscratcher of a question which seems ideal for a Sunday. He wrote: Hi Bob I was hoping you may have information that can help me out. Whilst … Continue reading

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2019 Autumn Leaves Running Day at Aldridge Transport Museum this Sunday

  This Sunday 20th October 2019 it’s the annual ‘Autumn Leaves’ running day at Aldridge Transport Museum, when you can ride vintage and classic busses for free, browse stalls, admire classic and vintage cars, explore the museum – and visit … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust October 2019 public meeting takes place this evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 14th September 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Remembrance: An important question from John Bird

I had an email in a couple of weeks ago now from John Bird, a respected member of the Brownhills British Legion and old friend of the blog. John is not known for mincing his words, and has posed an … Continue reading

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Mines, canals, railways and other mysteries: A local photo gallery mystery tour

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Get set for Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge 2019 Canal Heritage Gathering next weekend!

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 21-22nd September 2019, and takes place at Huddlesford, near Lichfield. There will be boats, vintage and classic … Continue reading

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Gerald Reece’s Chasewater in the 1960s

I thought I’d continue sharing the hugely popular recent run of archive images today and the real treat from the immense Gerald Reece collection this weekend consists of some rather special, but austere-looking shots of Chasewater, I’d say in it’s … Continue reading

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Chapel and church, a gallery…

I’m continuing to share the Gerald Reece photos (and it’s really hard to spin them out but there’s some astounding stuff in the queue, let me assure you!) and today there’s a small gallery of images of local places of … Continue reading

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Just a fortnight to go until Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge 2019 Canal Heritage Gathering!

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 21-22nd September 2019, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield. There will be boats, … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust September 2019 public meeting takes place next Monday evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 9th September 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Gerald Reece’s world of lost pubs and watering holes…

Here’s yet another photo treat for folk who remember the 70s, 80s and 90s in Brownhills – David Evans met up with the wonderful Gerald Reece on his 80th birthday walk a couple of weeks ago and Gerald shared some … Continue reading

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Bill Barnard: Club classic!

One subject I’m continually looking for information about (and haven’t turned up a great deal, if I’m perfectly honest which is a bit sad in a whole decade) is that of Friezland Lane Working Mens Club in Shire Oak. This … Continue reading

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The Royal British Legion are here to help – but need our help too!

I have here an important message from the Brownhills Branch (and wider organisation, of course) of the Royal British Legion that old friend of the blog John Bird has asked me to share with you all. I owe an apology … Continue reading

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Changing times and changing places

Here’s yet another photo treat for folk who remember the 70s, 80s and 90s in Brownhills – David Evans met up with the wonderful Gerald Reece on his 80th birthday walk a couple of weeks ago and Gerald shared some … Continue reading

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Something wonderful for princesses and pirates alike this Summer Bank Holiday Monday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Bank Holiday Monday (26th August 2019) staging a Princesses and Pirates Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains and there will be fun, games, competitions, … Continue reading

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Don’t forget: Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge 2019 Canal Heritage Gathering coming soon!

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 21-22nd September 2019, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield. There will be boats, … Continue reading

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Lost and found local businesses: Which do you recall?

Here’s a treat for folk who remember the 80s and 90s in Brownhills – David Evans met up with the wonderful Gerald Reece on his 80th birthday walk last week and Gerald shared some rather wonderful photos for us to … Continue reading

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Gerald Reece and friends took another walk into history!

David Evans yesterday sent me this lovely gallery from Gerald Reece’s walk from Chasewater Railway yesterday morning (10th August 2019) – sadly the weather was atrocious and although I hoped to make it, I was unable to go and meet … Continue reading

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Lichfield Waterworks Trust August 2019 public meeting takes place Monday evening

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening, Monday 12th August 2019 there will be the monthly Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly the Friends of Sandfields … Continue reading

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Chasewater Railway – 2019 Annual Charities Day this Sunday!

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Sunday (11th August 2019) staging it’s Annual Charities Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains, and there will be charity stalls and activities at Brownhills West … Continue reading

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