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Serous traffic incident on Lichfield Road, Shire Oak – avoid the area

This morning, Friday 6th October 2017, there has been a road traffic incident on the A461 between the Shire Oak Crossroads and Streets Corner junction – The A461 Lichfield Road at Shire Oak Hill has been closed and local congestion has been severe.
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Mystery letter?

I’m pleased to note that after posting about Ray Johnston’s misdelivered Christmas card conundrum at the weekend that the intended recipient – who actually was on Chester Road at Shire Oak – has been located thanks to the efforts of readers and other on social media.

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Shire Oak Quarry expansion consultation event – this Friday

You may recall a couple of years ago that the operator of the former Shire Oak Quarry site, JPE, was mooting the proposal to extend the site they’re currently landfilling at Shire Oak, to extract virgin material pusihing back restoration of the site for some years.

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Road accident at Sandhills – avoid if you can

Thanks to reader Stephen Hill, I can share the news that there’s been a road traffic collision at what appears to be the junction between the A461 Lichfield Road and Barracks/Cartersfield Lane at Sandhills , between Shire Oak and Muckley Corner.
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Road accident on Lichfield Road, Shire Oak – can you help?

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 24th October 2015), there was a serious accident on the A461 Lichfield Road, Sandhills, north east of Shire Oak – I believe the incident to have been around the Cartersfield Lane junction.
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May 1992 – Proposed development of Sandhills

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 32 of the long lost freesheet, from May 1992 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.
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March 1992 – Are we on our own at night and hounded by day?

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 30 of the long lost freesheet, from March 1992 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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February 1992 – Tenants fed up of being fobbed off

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January 1992 – Parking problem reaches boiling point

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 28 of the long lost freesheet, from January 1992 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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December 1991 – A prayer for Christmas

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 27 of the long lost freesheet, from December 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.
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November 1991 – Tenant fights for loo

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 26 of the long lost freesheet, from November 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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October 1991 – MP calls for a two day exhibition of Toll Road

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 25 of the long lost freesheet, from October 1991 for you to peruse and download – I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.

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September 1991 – Clayhanger residents demand an end to neglect

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 24 of the long lost freesheet, from September 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.Brownhills Gazette September 1991 issue 24_000001 Continue reading

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July 1991 – Litter louts attacked (The missing issue is found!)

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 22 of the long lost freesheet, from July 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.
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August 1991 – Mindless mini vandals creating havoc for Walsall Wood

Continuing the scans of the Brownhills Gazette – I present issue 23 of the long lost freesheet, from August 1991 for you to peruse and download. I’ve had an incredible response to featuring these long, lost publications here on the blog.
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Sandhills quarry consultation – get your objection in quickly

Heads up folks – here’s one I overlooked, but there’s still time to act as responses to the Sandhills Quarry inclusion in the Staffordshire New Minerals Local Plan closes on Friday 5th December 2014 – but it’s easy to respond online, and you can do it right now.
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Filling a hole

The saga of road repairs and drains rumbles on. Reader Warren Parry, who wrote to Steve Sharma following my last post, had a rather interesting response, which Warren was kind enough to post in the comments to my last post. … Continue reading

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Without due care and attention

Readers will no doubt be aware of my recent posts here about the state of the roads locally. Of prime concern has been the flooding at Anchor Bridge in Brownhills, but also the condition of storm drains and potholes generally. … Continue reading

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Shire Oak to Chasewater in 4 minutes 27 seconds

Former Brownhills resident Porktora, now living in San Antonio, Texas where he works as a graphics designer, sometimes misses his hometown. Last weekend, when I posted some ride video, he commented how good it was to see the short canal … Continue reading

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Street life

It seems difficulties with roads, drains and the like have come to the fore lately. From the atrocious situation at Anchor Bridge, in Brownhills, where the new, flagship development of Knaves Court is regularly bathed in mud and slurry, to … Continue reading

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A golden idea

In the miasma and lacklustre of the new year illness, I received this excellent email from The Clayhanger Kid, Brian Stringer. Many readers will remember that before Christmas, I featured an article here from the Express & Star, detailing his … Continue reading

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Interesting proposal for Staffordshire Hoard fans

I notice an interesting proposal has been put forward from Brownhills Blog reader and Clayhanger Kid Brian Stringer, to erect an information point near to where the Staffordshire Hoard was found in Brownhills. This doesn’t sound like a bad idea … Continue reading

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Spotting a Leopard

There’s some interesting stuff going on over at Julian Ward-Davies’ Stonnall Local History Group on Facebook. Julian has spotted something also noticed in passing by reader and local history ferret [Howmuch?]: there appear to have been two pubs called The … Continue reading

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Sand in the machinery

More great stuff on the saga of tank testing in Shire Oak Quarry. Hot on the heels of contributor David Oakley, Steve Hickman has obtained another great account from Ron Harris, a member of his family. A big thank you … Continue reading

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Tanking along…

The question of tank testing in Shire Oak Quarry is ongoing. I’ve received a large number of fine contributions from David Evans, not least this email communication between him and the Tank Museum…. From: David Evans Sent: 26 September 2011 … Continue reading

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Digging for victory

Here’s a quick one from top bloke David Evans relating to the tank testing alleged to have occurred at Shire Oak during the Second Word War. He’s kindly contacted Len Jones, of the Gentleshaw Sand & Gravel co. (Hence Jones … Continue reading

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The quarrymen

This is a bit of a delicate one, as I’m aware this might be treading on memories, but the veracity of this particular local legend is intriguing me. In the pub last night, discussion fell to the tale that during … Continue reading

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Dawn of a new season

Some photos are too good to keep to the 365daysofbiking blog, and this is one of them. Not so much the quality of the image, but what it encapsulates. After a depressing weekend spent lamenting the awful weather and drop … Continue reading

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Sign o’ the times

  Sign recently erected on the A461, Lichfield Road, Sandhills, just before the Barracks Lane junction. 4:10pm Wednesday, 26th January 2011. I see the childish posturing and infantile one-upmmanship over the Staffordshire Hoard still continues. I’ve made my feelings known … Continue reading

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The distant local

For this week’s (somewhat delayed, my apologies) old pictures post I decided to dive into the warmth of the local boozer. Brownhills and Walsall Wood have had many hostelries over the years, some long gone, some more recent casualties of … Continue reading

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Forever Autumn…

 

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Scum

Next time you give something to one of the jolly tat-men who seem to proliferate the streets these days, or hire that handy bloke with a van (but no MOT) from that card in the newsagent’s window, think on this. … Continue reading

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