Tag Archives: St Johns

Temperance, even!

Sometimes, enquiries on the blog take a while to resolve – and this one is just such an example, and a good reason why one should never give up hope with finding answers, as you never know who’s passing.

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Perspectives

A lovely thing reaches me from Jill Manchester of Walsall Wood, who’s sent me some lovely old postcard images of the village – scanned beautifully, I have to say – together with some images matched as closely as possible from the same viewpoint in 2006.

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Funeral arrangements for John Seedhouse

Friend of the blog Mick Roseblade has kindly dropped me a line to ask if I’d publicise the funeral details for John Seedhouse, who passed away at his home recently – John was a well loved and greatly respected member of the community who will be remembered by many for his love of Walsall Wood FC, which he chaired for a while.

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High Standards

Sometimes I get material in to the blog that unexpectedly surprises and delights – and after a horrid week of work stuff, technical troubles and unreliable hardware this great contribution from John and Paul Anlsow is just what the local history doctor ordered.
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First World War concert at Walsall Wood this Friday!

This is just a reminder that on this coming Friday evening at 7:30pm, 7th November 2014 there will be a wonderful First World War concert at St. Johns Church, Walsall Wood, performed by a 40 man male voice choir and the Staffordshire Band.

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A life in harmony

Last year, I ran a series of articles here on the Brownhills Blog about Brownhills Co-operative Choral Society, a very highly respected musical ensemble indeed, and a remarkable, often overlooked piece of Brownhills history.

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A welcome miscellany – which of these do you remember?

Facebook is really throwing up some gems at the moment – keen reader Maria Fitzgerald has sent me a bunch of varied images she’s found out of her family collection which I think will inspire debate and memories from readers – these are hot on the heels of the one she sent last week, that provoked so much discussion.1048179_10202780893539696_4732832440697478450_o Continue reading

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Certified child labour

John and Paul Anslow have been great contributors to the Brownhills Blog over the last year or so – only recently, we had the great debate spurred by his wonderful images of the brass band and that monstink, Mr Bradbury.

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The Cannon made in Walsall Wood

On Sunday last, I ran the last episode of the St John’s School log books, which mentioned Jim Edwards, a local theologian and cleric with a remarkable story – as the comments on the article expanded, it became clear this was no ordinary parish churchman, but a fellow of considerable stature who was well travelled and also experienced in war.
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A school united in war and in peace

Earlier in the year, I started a series of posts containing log book entries for St John’s School, Walsall Wood – I now complete the series with the time period from the 1912 merger to 1945, when the records end.
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Boys will be boys

As promised, here’s the next section of the logs of St.John’s School, Walsall Wood, from 1880 to 1912 This covers the boys section, whereas last time, we documented the girls.
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Looking after the girls

For many years the now sad, tired old building in Lichfield Road, Walsall Wood, was the only school in the village. It had opened in 1859 to replace the original school which stood at the corner of Beech Tree Road and King Street, and had itself fallen into disrepair .
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Let it pour

Here’s an interesting (and slightly daft) query for a pre-Christmas weekend. David Evans, reader, contributor and top Walsall Wood bloke, was very kindly given this commemorative jug by local history wonder Gerald Reece, when Gerald undertook his recent excellent talk in Brownhills.
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Tree cheers… and thanks.

I know I’ve posted this on my 365daysofbiking journal, but it bears repeating here where there’s a wider audience.

Since Walsall Council no longer centrally organises Christmas Trees for the borough’s satellite towns, most go without, but a few centres do their own thing. Walsall Wood is well provided for, however, due to the generosity of the local Councillors Anthony Harris and Mike Flower
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Remnants

Yesterday, I cycled over St. John’s hill in Shenstone, and up through the churchyard and down into the village. Shenstone is a remarkable church, but never one of my favourites, as I find it’s dark, Victorian gothic to be overdramatic … Continue reading

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