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Images from up the cut

Last week I spent a fascinating (and rather frustrating) evening delving through the Canal and River Trust photo archive, which is always a curate’s egg: Whilst there are many stunning images (and many more waiting to be found) the cataloguing … Continue reading

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New season kicks off today for Walsall Wood FC!

Images and captions by the inimitable and young David Evans Nice to see Walsall Wood FC are gearing up for the new season with a full match schedule,  revitalised spectator facilities and a whole host of great stuff to come, … Continue reading

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Living next door to the Grove – what do you know?

Last year I featured a very popular set of images from a place I genuinely didn’t realise still existed: The Grove Colliery, the remnants of which – the house and offices situated just off Lime Lane, between Pelsall, Brownhills, Norton and Great Wyrley – were documented by old pal of the blog Simon Swain and drone wizard Steve Martin also captured the site from the air.

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Pictures from the 2017 Huddlesford Heritage Gathering

Yesterday (Saturday 23rd September 2017) I got chance to go to the first day of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust’s Heritage Gathering at Huddlesford, near Whittington.
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The Grove Colliery – remembering a lost pit

Last year I featured a very popular set of images from a place I genuinely didn’t realise still existed: The Grove Colliery, the remnants of which – the house and offices situated just off Lime Lane, between Pelsall, Brownhills, Norton and Great Wyrley – were documented by old pal off the blog Simon Swain and posted here as a gallery I include below.

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Gearing up for the new season at Walsall Wood FC!

Nice to see Walsall Wood FC are gearing up for the new season with a host of great new signings, a refreshed management team and a whole host of great stuff to come, both in terms of local football and activity within the community.
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Report and photos from the 2017 Walsall Wood FC presentation dinner

Last Friday evening (9th June 2017) saw the annual presentation dinner of Walsall Wood Football Club, and I’ve been sent the following report by the young David Evans.

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Firy Woodmen roast Rocester

Last Tuesday evening, 11th April 2017 Walsall Wood FC entertained Rocester at Oak Park, and the Woodmen bagged a very respectable win, leaving the Romans in disarray.

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Beleaguered Wood lose to Alvechurch

Yesterday afternoon (4th February 2017) Walsall Wood FC travelled south to play Alvechurch away, and were sadly beaten, continuing a very unfortunate sequence of losses for the beleaguered lads from The Wood.p20131109c Continue reading

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Pictures from Brownhills Christmas Market Magic 2016

I have to congratulate the people who worked so hard on Brownhills Christmas Market Magic 2016 – Diane and the team at the Brownhills Town Centre Partnership worked really hard and raised money towards future event in the town.
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Walsall Wood scrape to victory over Pegasus Juniors

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 24h September 2016) Walsall Wood FC entertained Hereford team Pegasus Juniors at Oak Park – and again, the lads from the Wood started badly but pulled it out of the bag in the second half to snatch victory.

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Erratic Walsall Wood pull it out of the bag to beat Alvechurch

Yesterday afternoon (17th September 2016) Walsall Wood FC entertained Alvechurch at Oak Park – and sent the visitors home defeated.

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Pictures from the Pelsall Festival of Water 2016

Despite a weather forecast that didn’t bode well, the first day of the three day Inland Waterways Association Festival of Water at Pelsall was pretty good when I called in, and the rain held off until the moment I left.

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Pictures from the Brownhills Centenary Remembrance Service for the Battle of the Somme

Sadly I was at work and couldn’t make the Brownhills Centenary Remembrance Service for the Battle of the Somme yesterday (Friday, 1st July 2016) – but reader and top friend of the blog David Evans did, and he was kind enough to provide the following emotive account and photos.

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All that remains of the last one standing

Following my feature yesterday on perhaps the last passenger train to ever traverse the line from Aldridge to the Conduit Colliery in Norton Canes, Simon Swain has sent me a great gallery of images of the Grove Colliery site as it is today.
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Battling Woodmen hold Rocester to a draw

Last Thursday, 31st March 2016 Walsall Wood FC entertained Rochester at Oak Park, and the Woodmen drew with the visitors, continuing the current decent run for the Woodmen.

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Woodmen battle hard, but can’t beat Alvechurch

Last Saturday afternoon (12th March 2016) Walsall Wood FC entertained Alvechurch at Oak Park, and the visitors sadly beat the Woodmen.
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A town united in mourning

The Grove Pit Disaster that took the lives of fourteen men on October 1st, 1930 left deep scars on the Brownhills and Norton communities – and the funeral and memorial service for the men taken was a huge public event that drew massive crowds.
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Walsall Wood shut out by Alvechurch

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 13th December 2015) Walsall Wood FC entertained Alvechurch at Oak Park for a match which although hard fought, saw the Wood lads lose three-nil.

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Everything was magic but the weather…

I have to congratulate the people who worked so hard on Brownhills Christmas Market Magic 2015 – although I couldn’t make it this year, I’ve been hearing lots of good stuff about it – my best wishes to Diane and the team for a great thing.

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Walsall Wood find little meat in Quorn

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 17th October 2015), Walsall Wood FC faced Quorn FC at Oak Park, and once more the boys from the Wood triumphed.
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Walsall Wood shut out by Alvechurch

Last Tuesday evening (22nd September 2015) Walsall Wood FC entertained Alvechurch at Oak Park, from which the visitors returned home with a one – nil victory which didn’t impress Bill Shaw, and neither did the referee.

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Pictures from the 2015 Huddlesford Heritage Gathering

Today (20th September 2015) I got chance to go to the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust’s Heritage Gathering at Huddlesford, near Whittington.

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Bill Shaw’s 2015 Walsall Wood FC presentation dinner report

Crossed wires last weekend when a collection of photos from Walsall Wood Football Club’s Presentation Dinner arrived from David Evans and I published them, not realising a writeup was due from Bill Shaw, which arrived later in the week – sorry chaps, hopefully this should rectify things.

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2015 Walsall Wood FC presentation dinner

Saturday evening (16th May 2015) saw the annual presentation dinner of Walsall Wood Football Club, and I’ve been sent the following report by the young David Evans.
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Woodmen beat Rocester to continue winning streak

Walsall Wood FC entertained Rocester yesterday, and the Woodmen beat the visitors, continuing the current decent run for the Woodmen.
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Walsall Wood send Alvechurch packing!

Last Tuesday evening (24th March 2015) Walsall Wood FC entertained Alvechurch at Oak Park, and comfortably beat the visitors 1-0.
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Fast and sluice

Last week, I featured the third batch of images from the Canal and River Trust Archive, of the Grove Colliery near Brownhills in the late 1950s – also revealing the archive and inviting readers to go see what they could find.

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One of the last standing

Here’s the final blast of pictures from the mystery archive found by local historian Clive Roberts back at the beginning of November – these images are remarkable as the show the Grove Colliery on the Cannock Extension Canal at Lime Lane in 1958 and 1959, and I know of few extant images of the time – perhaps the only good representation being in the 1963 cinefilm of Brownhills, donated by Brian Stringer.
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The magic of Christmas

I have to congratulate the people who worked so hard on Brownhills Christmas Market – I went yesterday, and it was a joy to see Brownhills so busy once more – considering the majority involved were volunteers and on a tight budget, this was an excellent event and I thank you all for your hard work.

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Get another glimpse into Brownhills Past

Regular readers will remember that last Autumn, there was an exhibition at Walsall Local History Centre featuring a whole tranche of of historic Brownhills photos and ephemera from the civic collection – this had proven to be so successful, that the top operatives at the town archives have decided to set many of the exhibits up on show in Brownhills Library, at the Parkview Centre, from now until the end of February 2014.
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It was magic…

I didn’t really know what to expect from the Brownhills Christmas Magic 2013 event, it looked really good on paper but I was curious as to how it would pan out on the day – I was really, really pleasantly surprised.

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A long storey

This is something I’d like to expand on for a bit of summer picture fun, if any readers are up for it – since I featured Steve Wilcox’s remarkable Walsall panorama last week, and Rose Burnell’s great Chasewater image, I’m looking for odd views, panoramas or shots from on high of Brownhills or the wider area.
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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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Enchanting forest

Well, I made it. Yesterday, I cycled up onto Cannock Chase. Starting from Brownhills, I headed up to Chasewater – which was stunning – and on through Heath Hayes and Hednesford, up to Rifle Range Corner. The going at Chasewater was very heavy, and a fine, wet sleet was making it quite uncomfortable. Wrestling with turning back, I pushed on, and as the temperature dropped, the sleet turned to powdery snow and the air cleared.
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Royal memories sought for community project

I was contacted yesterday by Naomi Jones at Brownhills Library, who asked me if I’d like to publicise their local history appeal for Royal Jubilee year. Whether you’re a royalist or not, the social impact of the royal events – … Continue reading

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Hurry on sundown

I noted a couple of weeks ago on my #365daysofbiking Tumblr journal that this was the time of year to expect great sunsets. There have been some wonderful ones of late, but yesterday’s was spectacular, and by a twist of … Continue reading

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