Tag Archives: Norton Canes

Appeal – did you know Kathleen Coley?

Hi folks, an unusual enquiry please but I hope it’s one the readership might be able to help with.
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Urgent appeal: Walsall NHS Trust looking for relatives of several patients

Another important appeal for readers of the blog – this request was posted by the Communication Team at Walsall Manor Hospital yesterday, Tuesday 31st January 2017 and I’d like all locals to have a think about it, and if any of you can, please do help.

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Urgent appeal: Walsall NHS Trust looking for relatives Norman Smith

Another important appeal for readers of the blog – this request was posted by the Communication Team at Walsall Manor Hospital Tuesday (19th August 2016) and I’d like all locals to have a think about it, and if any of you can, please do help.
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Urgent appeal: Walsall NHS Trust looking for relatives of a patient

This is very unusual, but I think is somewhat important – this request was posted by the Communication Team at Walsall Manor Hospital  Tuesday (19th July 2016) and I’d like all locals to have a think about it, and if any … Continue reading

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Urgent appeal: Walsall NHS Trust looking for relatives of two patients

This is very unusual, but I think is somewhat important – this request was posted by the Communication Team at Walsall Manor Hospital Tuesday (28th June 2016) and I’d like all locals to have a think about it, and if any of you can, please do help.
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Explosive stuff

There’s a discussion currently ongoing in the background between contributors the the Brownhills blog about our area during wartime, and the kind of effect the Second World War had on Brownhills and the wider area as a whole – we’re interested primarily in what people remember, or stories they were told about air raids in the locality.
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Norton Canes Christmas Fayre this afternoon!

Thanks to readers John Preece and Wendy McGreevy, I can share the following event with readers – it’s an interesting one, and looks fun – it could be just the thing to perk the kids up on a dull Sunday Afternoon – why pop along?

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Weaving the Canes

Alan Harvey has dug deep in his own collection and sent me this wonderful, disparate collection of images and other ephemera relating to Norton Canes, which I hope will spark discussion amongst the readership.
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As far distant as the millennium

Found coincidentally to reader Alan Harvey’s request for more Norton Canes, this article on the village, from the Saturday, 30th January 1886 copy of The Graphic, is a remarkable travelogue written by a visitor to a small, dirt-poor community, just before everything changed.

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The Canes Gang

It seems I’ve been a bit lax here on the Brownhills Blog – reader Alan Harvey sent the above image for readers to peruse, and made the following plaintive request…
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Bicycles. Always a problem.

A great spot here from Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler regarding a report in the Lichfield Mercury of Friday, 16th August 1935.
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Over the water

Here’s a great post from top reader a contributor David Evans, who’s something of an expert on the history of Methodism in the area. Over the course of last Christmas, the question of the religion and it’s chapels in Norton came to the fore.
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Face to face

Following on from my post last week where I featured local historian Gerald Reece’s research and loving reproductions of the mapping for the the proposed Norton Branch of the South Staffordshire Railway, I have an interesting document to share with … Continue reading

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Want to know more about Chasewater?

I note from the news page of the excellent Chasewater Wildlife Group that this evening, Tuesday, 14th February 2011 at 7:00pm, Graham Evans will be giving a talk, ’The Natural History of Chasewater’ to Norton Canes Historical Society at Norton … Continue reading

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The Imagined Village

  Further to my recent post about the early seventies phenomena that was the failed Merrie England project, I received a very welcome contribution from reader Steve Hames, of SJH Computing, who kindly scanned this remarkable image from the book … Continue reading

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Rest ye merrie gentlemen

Whilst searching for something else, I came upon the following news story, published in the Birmingham Post of February 2nd 2005. My old man had talked about this a lot, and I’d always taken it with a pinch of salt. … Continue reading

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The past is a different place

Recently, I came across a digitally scanned facsimile of a 1851 guide to the county of Staffordshire, ‘White’s 1851 History, Gazetteer & Directory Staffordshire and the City and County of the City of Lichfield’ which is a kind of combined … Continue reading

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