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Great news everyone – Matthew Lawley found safe and well

Great news folks – Matthew Lawley who was missing from home in Walsall Wood over the weekend has been found safe and well. I’d like to thank everyone who kept a look out, shared posts and helped with information. Nice … Continue reading

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Brownhills Motor Sales at Streets Corner – what do you know?

Old pal of the blog Alvin Cox contacted me yesterday asking if I had any images of the motor sales workshop/garage that existed at Streets Corner, Walsall Wood, before the Co-op was built: Latterly it was Saturn Motor Sales. He … Continue reading

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Joe Titley found safe and well

Thanks everyone for your help and concern – Joe Titley, who police were looking for as a missing person yesterday (Wednesday 26th April 2018) has been found. They posted a simple message late yesterday afternoon: Thanks for your help everyone, … Continue reading

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Tugging at the memories

After I posted the wonderful Clayhanger tug of war image here at the weekend kindly shared by Brian Stringer, I received many responses from readers across a range of media – this one clearly got memories flowing and I’ll feature a few of those responses in the coming days.

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A tug of war, a railway themed restaurant and a Victorian day – great memories from the Clayhanger Kid

Friend of the blog, community activist and Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer has recently shared three remarkable image of recent historical interest in the Brownhills and Clayhanger area.
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Andrew Cooper: a former Walsall man missing form Stourport – the search continues

I make no apologies for running this again – please keep an eye out for the above chap, Andrew Cooper who’s still missing from his home in Stourport as he has been since Wednesday 4th January 2017 – Andrew is a gentleman from Walsall originally and his family, friends and people who used to work with him are desperately concerned for his welfare.

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Still looking for Andrew Cooper: a former Walsall man missing form Stourport

I make no apologies for running this again – please keep an eye out for the above chap, Andrew Cooper who’s still missing from his home in Stourport as he has been since Wednesday 4th January 2017 – Andrew is a gentleman from Walsall originally and his family, friends and people who used to work with him are desperately concerned for his welfare.

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Police looking for former Walsall man missing form Stourport

Please keep a lookout if you will folks, for the above chap, Andrew Cooper who’s been missing from his home in Stourport since last Wednesday (4th January 2017) – Andrew is a gentleman from Walsall originally and many of his friends and people who used to work with him have asked me to post the appeal here.

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Walsall Wood Saints need your votes!

Alex Turner from Walsall Wood (formerly Shire Oak) Saints Football Club – who are now partnered with Walsall Wood Football FC at Oak Park – has been in touch to ask readers if they’d take a little time out to register and cast votes for their bid for a slice of the Aviva Community Fund, to help improve the facilities for the club and for kids in Walsall Wood.

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Dropping a Cla’nger

Friend of the blog, community activist and Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer has sent the above image of the members of Clayhanger Working Men’s Club around 1953, and is trying to identify as many people in the picture as he can.

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Junior Soccer Tournament on at Shire Oak School this weekend!

Here’s one I’m sad to say I know very little about and had very short notice of, but there’s a junior football tournament ongoing to Shire Oak School this weekend (Saturday and Sunday 9-10th July 2016) involving Shire Oak Saints under the banner of Walsall Wood Football Club.
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Walsall Wood Ladies FC needs you!

The Walsall Wood Football Club season may be over, but preparations are gearing up for the 2016/17 season – none more so than the ladies teams who are appealing for junior players to start the new football year. Continue reading

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Great news – missing Aldridge lady Ruth Anne Smith found safe and well

This is wonderful news for those concerned for the welfare of Aldridge resident Ruth Anne Smith, who went missing on Friday, 15th April 2016 – West Midlands Police this morning (Friday, 20th May 2016) announced that Ruth is safe and well, and has been located in Blackpool.

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Police make new appeal: Community could be key to finding Ruth Anne Smith

This very important appeal from West Midlands Police in Walsall has been renewed – they’re very concerned for the welfare of Aldridge resident Ruth Anne Smith, who has been missing since Friday, 15th April 2016.

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Chasewater Spring Fair this Saturday!

Just a quick heads up that this Saturday (rather than the usual Sunday…) (30th April 2016), there’s to be a Spring Fair at Chasewater – there will be craft stalls, food, art, amusements and all the usual type things there.

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Police appeal: please help find Ruth Anne Smith

This is a very important appeal from West Midlands Police in Walsall, who are currently very concerned for the welfare of Aldridge resident Ruth Anne Smith, who has been missing since Friday, 15th April 2016.
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In the Wernick of time

Friend of the blog, community activist and Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer has sent the above image of a local football team and is desperately trying to identify the unknown chap (who is, I believe centre front row).

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Local football reunion at Walsall Wood FC this Friday!

Last week I noted that the wonderful Brian Stringer had a new book out about his times being involved with community football with local teams Clayhanger Colts Under 12s and Walsall Wood FC.

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Back of the net! Brian Stringer’s latest book on sale now!

It’s always nice to see local folk writing about local history, their lives and experiences and their view of the world – and one of the best locally is community activist Brian Stringer, who wrote to me yesterday to tell me he has a new book for sale chronicling his involvement with local community football.

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Detectives searching for missing Walsall woman Susan Whiting issue statement

The following press release has just been issued by West Midland Police, in regard to the appeal for missing Bloxwich lady Susan Whiting – I make no comment upon it and ask readers to take care and be respectful on social media regarding the matter.
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Police appeal: please help find Susan Whiting

I make no apologies for running yet another appeal, this time from West Midlands Police, who are currently very concerned for the welfare of Bloxwich resident Susan Whiting, who has Down’s Syndrome.

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The all-round Allstars…

Sorry folks, I’ve had this match report in for a week now, but it’s been a busy old week and it took a bit to assemble – but here it is: the young David Evans match review of the chary all stars game that took place last weekend at Oak Park.

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A wonderful charity football match today!

The Walsall Wood FC season may be over, but you can get your fix of great football today (May 3rd 2015) at Oak Park, Walsall Wood where there’s a great charity football match taking place, when Shire Oak Saints vets (all stars!) face the Select Windows XI.

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A wonderful charity football match this Sunday!

The Walsall Wood FC season may be over, but you can get your fix of great football this Sunday (May 3rd 2015) at Oak Park, Walsall Wood where there’s a great charity football match taking place, when Shire Oak Saints vets (all stars!) face the Select Windows XI.
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Serious road accident in Shelfield last night

Last night (Thursday 30th October 2014) there was a serious road traffic collision on the Lichfield Road in Shelfield in which six people were hurt – I’m getting lots of enquiries about this, and the following press release was issued by West Midlands Ambulance Service and posted on their blog.

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Police now ‘Gravely concerned’ for welfare of Amanda Hawkins

It’s now four weeks since Moxley resident Amanda Hawkins was last seen getting off a bus at the Barnets Lane stop on the Lichfield Road at Brownhills – and West Midlands Police now state that they are ‘gravely concerned’ for Amanda’s welfare.
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Amanda Hawkins still missing – police issue video appeal

It’s now two weeks to the day since Moxley resident Amanda Hawkins was last seen getting off a bus at the Barnets Lane stop on the Lichfield Road at Brownhills. Amanda’s family, carers and West Midlands Police are very, very concerned for her safety; Amanda suffers memory loss and mental health issues, requires daily medication and can be considered vulnerable.6 Continue reading

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Police still searching for Amanda Hawkins

Please folks, this is really, really important – after the brouhaha last night of the water loss, police heloicopters and all the other fuss, some folk noticed a Search and Rescue Unit had been called in and was stationed at Brownhills Police Station.

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Please help – missing Amanda Hawkins last seen in Brownhills

West Midlands Police, who are currently very concerned for the welfare of Amanda Hawkins, who went missing from supported accommodation in Moxley last Friday, 30th May 2014, have now located CCTV footage which shows Amanda getting off a bus in Lichfield Road, Brownhills, on the 30th May.
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Police appeal: please help find Amanda Hawkins

Wow – it’s all going on this week, but I make no apologies for running another appeal from West Midlands Police, who are currently very concerned for the welfare of Amanda Hawkins, who went missing from supported accommodation in Moxley last Friday, 30th May 2014.
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Police appeal: Teenager missing from Walsall

This just in from Walsall Police. If you can help, please do; people are seriously concerned for the lad’s welfare – searches are underway in Walsall to trace a missing 17-year-old who has not been seen for three days.

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It’s all in the game…

What to do – a great charity football match yesterday at Oak Park in Walsall Wood; two fine match reports by local footy stalwarts Bill Shaw and the young David Evans, plus some great photos by the latter – nothing for it but to run both.

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Scoring for Stephen – Charity football match this afternoon!

Blimey, it’s all going on this afternoon – as well as other events advertised here, there’s a great charity football match taking place at the Walsall Wood FC ground, Oak Park – kicking off at 3pm, when Shire Oak Saints Under 18s face the Shire Oak All Stars.
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Scoring for Stephen – Charity football match this Sunday!

Blimey, it’s all going on this coming Sunday – as well as other events advertised here, there’s a great charity football match taking place at the Walsall Wood FC ground, Oak Park – kicking off at 3pm, when Shire Oak Saints Under 18s face the Shire Oak All Stars.
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Clayhanger Kid Two – Book signing today!

If you’re in Brownhills on Saturday, it would be an excellent opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Brian Stringer’s excellent ‘Clayhanger Kid Two: The Teenage Years’, the sequel to his very successful first ‘Clayhanger Kid’ book.
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A note of thanks

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Keepers Cottage, Footherley: In better days

This is another heads up for readers interested in local history, particularly of the Stonnall area. Julian Ward-Davies and fellow Stonnall historian Susan-Marie Ward have been busy compiling another great historical paper, this time about Keeper’s Cottage, the now crumbling, … Continue reading

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Laying a sound foundation

Long term readers and local history buffs will recall reader, contributor and friend of the Brownhills Blog Steve Hickman supplying material relating to his great grandfather, Joseph William Taylor, master bricklayer and craftsman of Stonnall. Well, Steve Hickman and Julian … Continue reading

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The days of the empire

Another curious bit of the Ralph Ferrie jigsaw landed anonymously by email this week. Supplied as-is (I tweaked the images a bit for clarity), all the accompanying note said was ‘July, 1957. Lichfield Mercury, Ralph Ferrie’s new showroom.’ I thank … Continue reading

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Car Ferrie

Further to my previous post, enquiring after noted local businessman Ralph Ferrie, the anonymous reader who supplied the original clipping has once more come forward, as it appears they forgot to include this image with the article. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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The return of The Clayhanger Kid – book signing tomorrow!

If you’re in Brownhills tomorrow, it would be an excellent opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Brian Stringer’s excellent and popular book ‘The Clayhanger Kid’. Now available in a limited reprint after the first issue sold out within a … Continue reading

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Made of bricks

While we’re on the subject of the Hickman family, Steve contacted me with an interesting photo of his  great grandfather, William Taylor, with this fascinating bit of local history. In all the focus on the mines and allied trades locally, … Continue reading

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Charting an unseen place…

1902, Second Edition Ordnance Survey map, of Stonnall, 1:10000 scale. Click the image to download the high-quality PDF. It’s with great thanks that I can share the above map with the readers of The Brownhills Blog – found in a … Continue reading

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