Tag Archives: Pigblog

Aldridge Carnival – late 1960’s

This is a quick one that’s popped up via Facebook and the hero behind the Aldridge Cinema project: Russell Smith, who’s found and converted some cinefilm of Aldridge Carnival in the late 1960s – it’s really rather wonderful and very high quality.

Untitled 9 Continue reading

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Environment, Events, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, Shared media, Shared memories, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The all-seeing eye

Just a quick note to point out that BrownhillsDog – the roving canine Brownhillian blogger who I highlighted last week – has a great post up expanding on the residential neighbourhood CCTV issue I touched on here with my Watchers … Continue reading

Posted in Bad Science, Brownhills stuff, cycling, Environment, Events, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, It makes me mad!, Just plain daft, Local Blogs, Local media, Local politics, News, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community, Walsall Council, Walsall Wood stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Anyone want to buy an old ammunition dump?

Thanks to the eagle eye of fellow local blogger The Stymaster, I can share the following sale document with readers of the blog. It seems Linley Woods – longstanding subject of reader curiosity hereabouts – is up for sale. Clearly … Continue reading

Posted in Bad Science, Environment, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Just plain daft, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, News, planning, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Social Media, Walsall community, Wildlife | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Happy New Year from The Swan, Brownhills.

I’ve had a great message from Jane Taylor, the landlady of the reinvigorated Swan pub in Pelsall Road, Brownhills. It’s a cracking house and has won favour from all I’ve known who’ve visited – expert ale arse The Stymaster loves … Continue reading

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Clayhanger stuff, Environment, Events, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Interesting photos, Local media, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Social Media, Walsall community | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

All about Eve

Well, it’s Christmas Eve. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a few days now, but it’s a bit cheesy and it feels kind of awkward. I’d like to wish all the readers, contributors, followers and friends of the … Continue reading

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Clayhanger stuff, cycling, Environment, Events, Fun stuff to see and do, Just plain daft, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, Local politics, News, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Shared memories, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community, Walsall Wood stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Transport Museum move to Aldridge, but they need your help!

Reader and top bloke David Evans has contacted me with an urgent appeal from the folk behind Aston Manor Road Transport Museum, which as many of you will be aware, is moving to Nothgate, Aldridge very soon. David forwarded an … Continue reading

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Environment, Events, Fun stuff to see and do, Interesting photos, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, News, planning, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Shared memories, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community, Walsall Wood stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

The Swan pub opens again this Saturday!

It’s been a long time in the coming, but The Swan pub on the Pelsall Road in Brownhills will be opening again for business this Saturday, 29th October 2011. This is great news, and it has taken a while, but … Continue reading

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Environment, Events, Express & Star, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Local media, News, planning, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Shared memories, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Synchronicity…

It’s funny how some things coincide. Last Monday (5th September) on my 365daysofbiking Tumblr, I posted a photograph of the now-closed Mango Tree restaurant on the Chester Road, near Stonnall. In a coincidence of extraordinary happenstance, later in the week … Continue reading

Posted in Brownhills stuff, cycling, Environment, Express & Star, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Interesting photos, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, News, Panoramio photo discussions, Panoramio updates, planning, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Shared memories, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community, Walsall Wood stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hide and seek

This week, we lost another historic building to a fire in Walsall. I covered the event here. on my 365daysofbiking Tumblr and one of the side effects on YouTube. The Stymaster lamented it, as did the Hippo. Today, there’s a … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Events, Express & Star, Followups, Interesting photos, It makes me mad!, Just plain daft, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, Local politics, News, planning, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Shared memories, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community, Walsall Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Medium rare (via The Plastic Hippo)

This evening, I was planning to write on the subject of the terrible fire at the former Jabez Cliff works (indeed, I mentioned it on my 365daysofcycling mini-blog) but the Plastic Hippo has once again beaten my tardy arse to it, and … Continue reading

Posted in cycling, Environment, Events, Express & Star, Followups, Interesting photos, It makes me mad!, Just plain daft, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, Local politics, News, planning, Shared media, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community, Walsall Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

A message from the new landlords of The Swan

Jane & Geoff Taylor yesterday commented the following on the post ‘The Pubs We’ve Lost‘, and I thought it deserved a wider airing, so I’m posting it here. They’re clearly dedicated people who are talking a good fight, so lets … Continue reading

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Environment, Events, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, News, planning, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Rushall Carnival – early 1970’s

Over on the Pigblog, the Stymaster continues his painstaking and wonderful mission to preserve his late father’s collection of photographic and cine film ephemera from the seventies. I’ve already pointed out the posts covering Stubbers Green, a video of Chasewater … Continue reading

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Environment, Events, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, Shared media, Shared memories, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

PigBlog – All Change at Stubbers Green

Over at the Pigblog, the Stymaster is currently working his way through a whole shedload of old slides and cine film that were taken by, and belonged to, his old man. Initial results are fescinating and fit well into the … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Interesting photos, Local Blogs, Local History, Local media, Reader enquiries, Shared media, Shared memories, Social Media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall community, Walsall Wood stuff | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Who knows where the time goes?

It really doesn’t seem like five minutes since I last wished all you readers a merry Christmas and a very happy new year. This last one has been an interesting and engaging time for me with the Brownhills Blog. I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in Brownhills stuff, Cannock Chase, cycling, Environment, Followups, Just plain daft, Local History, Local media, Local politics, Shared media, Shared memories, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Arsonists required: please apply within

Over at the PigBlog, the Stymaster has done it again. He’s posted a restrained, beautifuly controlled rant about the fate of historic buildings in Walsall, and their propensity to spontaneously combust. The scandal over the handling of the former Methodist … Continue reading

Posted in Churches, Environment, Express & Star, Followups, It makes me mad!, Just plain daft, Local History, Local media, Local politics, planning, Shared media, Spotted whilst browsing the web, Walsall Council | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Payne Barrier

Please excuse me a little indulgence today. I’m going to break away from the usual stuff I do and talk a bit about blogging and freedom of speech, because something has happened in the local blog community that’s really irritated … Continue reading

Posted in Bad Science, Events, Express & Star, It makes me mad!, Just plain daft, Local media, Local politics, Shared media, Spotted whilst browsing the web | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Trooper at Wall reopens 7th June 2010

Thanks to reader and Wall resident Mike, who commented on my last article about the renovation of the once-popular boozer, I can let readers know that the pub reopens tomorrow, Monday 7th June 2010. When I swung past at lunchtime … Continue reading

Posted in Brownhills stuff, cycling, Environment, Events, Followups, Fun stuff to see and do, Interesting photos, Local media, planning, Reader enquiries, Shared media | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Super trooper?

It’s apparently good news for local ale-lovers like the indefatigable Stymaster, for it seems I was very wrong about the future of the Trooper pub in the little village of Wall, between Lichfield and Brownhills. Passing the building on Friday … Continue reading

Posted in Brownhills stuff, cycling, Environment, Events, Followups, Local media, Panoramio photo discussions, planning, Shared media | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments