Tag Archives: Shire Oak

Blooming canal volunteers impress judges

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the efforts their volunteers have made for Lichfield’s entry in the annual Britain in Bloom competition, with a Garden of Memory and other … Continue reading

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Looking for the Herriott family please – can you help?

Hi folks – I need a favour please, so if you can help it would be really appreciated. A blog reader is trying to get in touch with the Herriott family who lived in Simmonds Way, Shire Oak around 1998, … Continue reading

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Muttfest 2018 – a great Brownhills music festival on TODAY!

I’ve just been alerted to the fact that there’s a great charity music festival on right now, Saturday 28th July 2018 at the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Church Road, Brownhills running until late tonight. Muttfest features live music, food, fun … Continue reading

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The way of the Sons of Waetla

As I’m still catching up, I thought today might be a good time to feature the writings of an old pal of the blog, Gerald Reece, and his musings on the A5 Watling Street, Newtown, Knaves Castle and the pubs … Continue reading

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Local work-van and vehicle crime issues escalate: Be on your guard, folks

A warning to people with work vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – there is certainly a real rash of vehicle break ins ongoing, with incidents reported across the area throughout the last week. Work vans seem … 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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Blooming hard work for canal volunteers – can you help?

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know aboutGarden of Reflection they’re creating near the canal under restoration near Lichfield, and how they’re helping with Britain in Bloom. If you’re unaware of … Continue reading

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Do please be deer aware!

Whist out and about on Sunday 17th June 2018, I came upon deer at Chasewater and at Cannock Chase who were either heavily pregnant or who had young fawns – cute as they are, this is a time to give … Continue reading

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A sale that shaped Stonnall

A delayed one here today courtesy of old friend of the blog and Stonnall historian Desmond Burton, who’s sent me scans of the sale particulars for Wordsley House Farm in 1918, and it’s attached estate including Fighting Cocks Farm. The … Continue reading

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You don’t have to be puddled to help restore a lost, local canal… but puddling helps!

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the progress they’re making at Fosseway Heath, south Lichfield, and to send out an appeal for volunteers to help push the restoration forward. … Continue reading

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Taking the strain in Walsall Wood – could you be a champion too?

Over the years on the blog we’ve covered the great, and often surprisingly diverse sporting history of Brownhills and Walsall Wood – from the notable local teams like Walsall Wood Football Club, Cricket, Bowls – to more esoteric stuff like … Continue reading

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Brownhills Community Centre Active Games Club on now!

Hey – if you’re looking out for stuff for your kids to do this morning look no further than Brownhills Community Centre (The old Central Boy’s School, or Annex to my generation), just off the Miner Island in Brownhills. Happening … Continue reading

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Do please be deer aware!

I’ve become aware over the past few days of several reports that the local deer population are becoming defensive and not as docile and tolerant as they usually are – there’s a reason for that – they’re preparing to give … Continue reading

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The local work van break-ins continue: Beware, folks

A quick warning to people with work vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – the rash of vehicle break ins continues with another incident on Sunday night/Monday morning 7-8th May 2018 in Lindon Drive Brownhills. Stu Thomas … Continue reading

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Brownhills Community Centre Creative Arts Fayre this Saturday!

Hey – if you’re looking out for stuff to do this coming Saturday (28th April 2018), look no further than Brownhills Community Centre (The old Central Boy’s School, or Annex to my generation), just off the Miner Island in Brownhills. Happening … Continue reading

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St. George’s Day bash at Walsall Wood today!

With the local Remembrance appeals in mind, I thought I’d advertise this event today (Saturday 21st April 2018): a great St George’s day party at Walsall Wood Football Club hosted by the Bard of Brownhills himself, Ian Neville. The party … Continue reading

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Be alert – car stolen in Shire Oak

I see from the excellent WMNow service that there has been a worrying theft of a car from Wrekin View, Shire Oak in the early hours of Wednesday morning (18th April 2018) which has been taken without keys – the latest … Continue reading

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Van break-ins in Ogley Hay and Shire Oak: Beware, folks.

A quick warning to people with vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – On Monday night into Tuesday Morning (15-16th April 2018), there were at least two break-in into vans in the town; one in the Ogley … Continue reading

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Do the walk this weekend!

Find out how far they’ve come at Summerhill in just two years in this informative film for the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to remind us that … Continue reading

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All the latest news from Brownhills Community Association for Spring 2018

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for March/April 2018 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so. The Community Association are based at Brownhills Community Centre, just by … Continue reading

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A great chance for tea and cake in a great country canalside garden this Saturday!

There’s a great event going on in Whittington this acoming Saturday (31st March 2018) in aid of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust ‘Tunnel Vision’ appeal – Eric and Doreen’s All Day Easter Coffee Morning.

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Car crashes into former shop on Lindon Road, Brownhills

There was a very nasty car accident on the Walsall Wood/Brownhills border last night (Wednesday 14th March 2018) when a car crashed into the former butcher’s shop on the corner of Pauls Coppice and Lindon Road, just opposite the derelict Wheel Inn pub.
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Don’t forget – a great night of music and dance for Back The Track this Saturday!

Just a reminder that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a fundraising concert at the Community Centre in Brownhills on this Saturday, March 10th 2018 and tickets are just £5 with proceeds to the greenway project on the old rail line through Brownhills.
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Two great events coming up from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Trust!

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about a couple of events the local canal restoration project are holding in the coming weeks, a quiz night on Saturday 17th March 2018 and a guided walk of the Summerhill section on Saturday 21st April 2018.

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Have a great night of music and dance – and Back The Track!

Just a reminder that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a fundraising concert at the Community Centre in Brownhills on Saturday, March 10th 2018 and tickets are just £5 with proceeds to the greenway project on the old rail line through Brownhills.

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Get your request in – a Radio Marathon for Mylee this Saturday!

Old friend of the blog San Brett has been in touch to let me know that her internet radio station Falcon Radio (you can tune in here) will be holding a request marathon in memory and support of Mylee Billingham who tragically died last month.

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Vehicle break-in in Shire Oak: Beware, folks.

A note to people living around the Friezland Lane area of Shire Oak, particularly those around the Hillside Close/Simmonds Way/Hillside areas – yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 7th February 2018) at around 4pm a vehicle was broken into and a large quantity of items were stolen from it.

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Have a great night of music and dance – and Back The Track!

I’ve been contacted by the Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer who’s asked me to let you all know that Brownhills Community Association and the Back The Track project will be hosting a fundraising concert at the Community Centre in Brownhills on Saturday, March 10th 2018 and tickets are just £5 with proceeds to the greenway project on the old rail line through Brownhills.

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Off the wall

Following the revisiting of the Stonnall tunnel legend a few weeks ago, sparked by a great enquiry from our Canada correspondent Brian Edwards, I had some great reader submissions, and a bit of local history news archive gold from Kate Cardigan over at Lichfield Lore, one item of which I’ll hold back for another article.

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A new year at Brownhills Community Centre, 125 years old in 2018!

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for January 2018 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so.

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Could you help restore a lost, local canal?

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the progress they’re making, and to send out an appeal for volunteers to help push the restoration forward.
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Tunnelling through the folklore

I’ve had a really interesting email in from the Brownhills Blog Canada Correspondent Brian Edwards who relates a very interesting tale concerning Stonnall, and the discovery of a tunnel there in the late 1960s.

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New year quiz 2018 – come on, have a go if you’re up for it!

Hey folks, a little later than hoped it’s the 2018 Brownhills Blog New Year Quiz – and don’t forget the photo competition is also running alongside, and similarly has beer and book prizes to be won! 

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New year quiz 2018 – get stuck in!

Hey folks, a little later than hoped it’s the 2018 Brownhills Blog New Year Quiz – and don’t forget the photo competition is also running alongside, and similarly has beer and book prizes to be won! 
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Soul and Motown party with DJ Leekie at the Shire Oak this New Years Eve

Local lad Peter Leek has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing this New Year’s Eve (Sunday 31st December 2017) with his Soul and Motown Party at the popular Shire Oak Pub in Brownhills.
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Christmas at Brownhills Community Centre

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for December 2017 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so.

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Soul and Motown night for Children in Need at the Shire Oak tonight!

Local DJ POeter Leek has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing tonight, Friday 17th November 2017 at the Soul and Motown Party Night at the Shire Oak Pub to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

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Don’t miss this luxury Christmas Gift Fair this coming Saturday at the Lamp, Brownhills!

Old pal of the blog Laura Tucker has been in touch to let me know that she’s organised a lovely Luxury Christmas Gift Fair, which will take place this Saturday, 11th November 2017 at the Lamp Arts Space in Brownhills Community Centre from 11-4pm.

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Lamping it

For those who missed it, I had an interesting question commented to an old post in the week, and I thought I’d make a post out of it as it deserves a wider audience – this certainly sounds like a remarkable family history, which someone out there must be able to help with.

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Concerned about local crime issues? Meeting this Monday in Brownhills

There’s a very interesting meeting taking place at 7pm Monday, 23rd October 2017 – that of Brownhills Neighbourhood Watch (but is open to anyone interested in local crime issues).
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New facilities with more going on, in the heart of Brownhills…

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for October 2017 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so.

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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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Muttfest – a great Brownhills music festival on TODAY!

I’ve just been alerted to the fact that there’s a great charity music festival starting this afternoon, Saturday 30th September 2017 at the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Church Road, Brownhills running until late.

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Stuck in a rut – beware, folks – the deer are getting horny….

This is just a quick note to warn people given to exploring the open spaces of the area that over the next 8-10 weeks or so the deer population will be getting amorous – it’s rutting time for our large brown friends, and that means one thing: the heaths around Brownhills, Clayhanger, Pelsall and Chasewater in particular are likely to be host to rather grumpy, aggressive stags guarding their female harems.

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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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Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge canal Heritage Gathering is this weekend!

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is running on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend (23-24th September 2017), and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield.
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Dog walkers beware – possible bait found on Clayhanger Common again

Reader Andrea Atterbury has been in touch to warn readers that items of what is believed to be meat bait have been recently found on Clayhanger Common including pig’s trotters, leading to renewed fears that poisoned bait may be being placed on the common again.

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Child injured in traffic accident near Castlefort School, Walsall Wood

I’m aware of ongoing reports of a car accident involving a child in Blakemore Road, Walsall Wood near Castlefort School this morning (Friday 15th September 2017).
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Less than two weeks to go until Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge canal Heritage Gathering!

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 23-24th September 2017, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield.

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