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Where’s the fairness in Remembrance funding?

I’ve hd a really interesting email in from a respected elder in Brownhills, someone whose comments on the area I’ve always respected greatly and whose opinion I value and usually agree with – John Bird. John Bird has periodically written … Continue reading

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Pictures and video from Brownhills and Heath Hayes 2017 Remembrance events

Last weekend, Saturday and Sunday 11-12th November 2017 saw the annual Remembrance weekend in the UK and I’m pleased to say Walsall Borough and South Staffordshire did themselves proud and staged a whole range of parades and events that were well supported and attended – and I was especially pleased to see the wonderful turnout and effort in Brownhills.
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Walsall Wood Remembrance Sunday 2017 pictures

The young David Evans yesterday (Sunday, 12th November 2017) went to his local Remembrance event in Walsall Wood and sent in a wonderful gallery of images to mark this most sombre of days.

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We will never forget

It’s that time of year when I note Remembrance here in the UK and personally express my gratitude and concern for those who lost their lives in the service of our country – this post is one I make every year, but evolves as I think and reflect on those who paid and continue to pay a huge price for our freedom.

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Details of 2017 local Remembrance events – live list

Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance events, I can again share with readers a list of local Remembrance services taking place locally this Remembrance Sunday, 12th November 2017 – this list will be updated with more info as I get it.

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2017 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.

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Pictures from Brownhills 2016 Remembrance events

Thanks to the generosity of those good folks at the Facebook page of St. James Church in Brownhills I can feature these galleries of images from their 2016 Remembrance events held in Brownhills.

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Walsall Wood Remembrance Sunday 2016 pictures

Just a quick one – The young David Evans today (Sunday, 13th November 2016) went to his local Remembrance event in Walsall Wood, which regulars will remember was subject to some controversy with policing issues in 2015 – well, this year there was an independent traffic management company employed and the parade proceeded in full.
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For the wars fought, and those still fighting

It’s that time of year when I note Remembrance here in the UK and personally express my gratitude and concern for those who lost their lives in the service of our country – this post is one I make every … Continue reading

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Details of 2016 local Remembrance events

Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance events, I can again share with readers a list of local Remembrance services taking place locally this Remembrance Sunday, 13th November 2016.

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2016 Remembrance services – 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.

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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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Moving images

Thanks to local community dynamo Steve Lightfoot, I can share with readers the film which was projected onto the exterior of St. Anne’s Church, Chasetown, for this year’s Remembrance commemorations on the evening of 11th November 2015.

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A Legion of thanks!

Further to the pictures from Remembrance Sunday Wendy Dance, treasurer of Brownhills Branch of the Royal British Legion has been in touch to tell us all about the RBL in Brownhills, and to thank residents of Brownhills for their extraordinary generosity regarding the annual Poppy Appeal.
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Brownhills Remembrance Sunday pictures

After posting the photos of the Walsall Wood Remembrance event on Sunday, I received a bit of an indignant enquiry as to where the photos of the Brownhills Remembrance Parade were.

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Walsall Wood Remembrance Sunday pictures

Just a quick one – The young David Evans today went to his local Remembrance event in Walsall Wood, which regulars will remember has been the cause of some controversy this year.
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Those haunted, troubled eyes

Every year I write a post for Remembrance but this year I’m going to keep it short, because I still believe wholeheartedly in what I wrote last year, and as far as I’m concerned that’s still my view.

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Details of 2015 local Remembrance events

Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance events, I can again share with readers a list of local Remembrance services taking place locally this Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2015.

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2015 Remembrance services – can you help with details please?

This is just a quick request for help – in the past couple of 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.

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Walsall Wood Remembrance – We can work it out

The anger and irritation in the community over the curtailed Walsall Wood Remembrance Sunday parade rumbles on – and since I last posted, a few things have been said, and clarified, so it’s important interested parties read this post to understand what’s gone on.
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Why we fight

In the anger, outrage and recrimination over the plans to curtail the annual Remembrance Sunday parade in Walsall Wood which came to light last week, it’s easy to lose sight of what Remembrance is about.
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Walsall Wood Remembrance Parade – what a mess!

It’s been an odd day today – sometimes you get stories on the blog that are initially very complex, but get simpler as they untangle; this one is the absolute opposite, and all I can do is post the information I currently have for you to make you own minds up.
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1940s Wartime Family Fun Day in Pelsall this Saturday!

This Saturday, 27th June 2015 sees the Pelsall 1940s Wartime Family Fun Day, with lots to see and do in the village, focussed on the common and High Street areas.
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Armed Forces Week events in Pelsall start tomorrow!

I think readers know I’m keen to support and promote armed forces charities, events and all things Remembrance here on the blog, and so I thought I’d flag up this pair of events being put on by the Royal British Legion’s Pelsall Branch to commemorate Armed Forces Day.

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Live and Let Live

Since it’s Remembrance Sunday, I thought I’d publish this piece today, written by David Evans – as many readers will know, David has a particular and enduring interest in the Great War, and has worked hard to record the effects of it locally – from the stories of men who fought, like Cecil Arthur Burton and David’s Great Uncle, Levi Cooper, to more esoteric aspects like the Messiness model at Brocton on Cannock Chase.
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War is still hell

I run a variant of this post every year, because my views on Remembrance don’t change, but I feel it’s essential to mark it – and this year I’ve become increasingly disturbed by the way the act of Remembrance, and the symbol of that solemnity – the poppy – seem to have been hijacked by a motley collective of dodgy nationalist groups, a hectoring press and credibility-hungry politicians looking for a cheap headline grabber.
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Details of 2014 local Remembrance events

Following my request for information to make a list of local Remembrance events, readers rallied round to help with information aplenty – for which I thank you all.
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2014 Remembrance services – can you help with details please?

This is just a quick request for help – last year, we 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.

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Brownhills British Legion First World War commemorative event this morning

Friend of the blog and top bloke Martin Littler pointed out on Facebook yesterday, that this morning (Monday, 4th August 2014) there will be a First World War commemorative event in Brownhills.

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World War One Centenary events in Walsall this Monday

As you will no doubt be aware, it’s the centenary of our entry into World War One on Monday, 4th August 2014, and Walsall Council and other organisations in the borough have arranged some interesting, respectful and well considered events to mark the 100 years.
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War is hell

This post is a modification of one I made last year – I traditionally post something about Remembrance every year, and it’s increasingly hard to say anything new, as my view doesn’t change on this, the most important day in our national recognition, recollection and reconciliation of our part in the world’s conflicts.
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Details of local Remembrance events

Following the request last Sunday evening by Neil Harris for details of Bloxwich Remembrance Sunday Service, readers rallied round to help with details – for which I thank you all – subsequently I, others on local social media networks and top folks at Walsall Council got our heads together and assembled the following list of events.
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Remembrance services – can you help with details please?

This is just a quick request for help – top bloke Neil Harris from Pelsall has asked on Twitter for details of this years Bloxwich Remembrance Parade and associated events, and the net is turning up a blank – it then occurred to me that I couldn’t find details of similar for Brownhills or Walsall Wood.
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An afternoon affair?

Friend of the blog and leader of 1st Walsall Wood Scout Group Lee Braggington writes to me with a very interesting enquiry – it had never registered with me before, but Lee is quite right; Walsall Wood’s Remembrance Parade has always seemed to be on a Sunday Afternoon – this year on the 10th November.

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A corner of a foreign field

In the approach to Remembrance Sunday, I asked reader and contributor David Evans if he would like to write a piece on his experience of the war cemeteries he visits in northern Europe. David kindly obliged.

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In our name

Every year on this blog, I’ve marked remembrance Sunday with a post, and this one is no different. I think this day, associated events and actions are crucially important. It is only by remembering the cost, that we can consider how to make a better future.

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The Fallen of Walsall Wood: a project

Since it’s Remembrance weekend, I thought I’d share with you a project that top reader and contributor David Evans has been working on. David has gone through the roll of honour for the First World War on the Walsall Wood memorial, and listed the entries, and what he can find out about them, in spreadsheet format.
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Shall we not remember?

I want to mark remembrance carefully this year. It’s very important to me, but I’ve been alarmed this time around by the apparent desire to make political capital out of the event. I’m also somewhat concerned at the way some … Continue reading

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Never forget.

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Walsall Council issues statement about Remembrance Day parking tickets

Clearly mindful of the shitstorm that’s ensued from the parking ticket PR disaster of yesterday, Walsall Council have issued a statement apologising here, which I’ll reproduce in full below: Remembrance Day parking tickets Date Published : 09 November 2009 Councillor … Continue reading

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Age shall not weary them.

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