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Knaves Court – a message of thanks to you all!

At the weekend, I made a huge request of the community of blog readers and friends out there, to help out Knaves Court Extra Care Facility near Anchor Bridge in Brownhills who’d had ornaments and a hose stolen from the … Continue reading

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Knaves Court thefts – brilliant community spirit as the kind-hearted community rallies round

You lot are just wonderful: Since yesterday’s appeal for help following the theft of a hosepipe and garden ornaments from the Knacves Court extra care facility for the elderly in Brownhills, offers of help, hosepipes and donations have flooded in, … Continue reading

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Heartless theft from the communal garden at Knaves Court – can you help these senior gardeners, please?

This is an appeal for help and witnesses to a very sad theft in recent days from the Knaves Court extra care facility at Anchor Bridge, Brownhills, where a hosepipe and garden ornaments have been stolen from the community garden … Continue reading

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Blooming golden – Brownhills volunteers for the win!

I’d like to say a big thank you on behalf of Brownhills if I may, to those people who worked so very hard on the Brownhills in Bloom competition entry this year: to all those who helped, planted and laboured, and to human dynamo Diane Mansell from Walsall Council, praise is due, for Brownhills and Aldridge both won gold awards.

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Good luck to the Brownhills in Bloom team!

I’d like to wish all the very best of luck to the hard working volunteers and community minded folk who’ve worked with Brownhills Town Centre Partnership on this year’s Brownhills in Bloom bird, which is judged this afternoon (Wednesday, 27th July 2016).

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Calling all local gardeners please!

Once more, Diane Mansell from Brownhills Town Centre Partnership has been in touch, and asked me to ask if I’d put out a plea for gardeners,volunteer groups or anyone else who can help the Brownhills in Bloom team remove some problematic shrubs in town.

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Can you help Diane make Brownhills bloom?

Once more, Diane Mansell from Brownhills Town Centre Partnership has been in touch, and asked me to point out that volunteers are needed for another planting event to prepare the remaining planters for the Brownhills Britain in Bloom entry this coming Monday 27th June 2016.


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Blooming wonderful!

Just a shoutout here to the volunteers and community mind folk of Brownhills Town Centre Partnership who yesterday, despite some pretty horrid weather, went out planting flowers in the tubs and planters in town and once again did Brownhills proud.

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Please help the Brownhills in bloom team – today!

The wonderful Diane Mansell from Brownhills Town Centre Partnership has been in touch, and asked me to see if anyone fancies helping out with the Brownhills Britain in Bloom competition entry from our town today (Monday 13th June 2016).

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Apologies – Brownhills in bloom planting event cancelled!

So sorry to announce this, but I’ve just been informed by the organisers that the planting event scheduled for tomorrow, 2nd June 2016 by Brownhills Town Centre Partnership has had to be deferred until Monday 13th June due to late arrival of the plants – sadly, this is affecting several towns in the borough and is unavoidable.
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Please help Brownhills bloom – tomorrow!

The wonderful Diane Mansell from Brownhills Town Centre Partnership have been in touch, and asked me to see if anyone fancies helping out with the Brownhills Britain in Bloom competition entry from our town, which involves planting, litter picking and general sprucing up.
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Please help Brownhills bloom this summer!

The wonderful Diane Mansell from Brownhills Town Centre Partnership have been in touch, and asked me to see if anyone fancies helping out with the Brownhills Britain in Bloom competition entry from our town, which involves planting, litter picking and general sprucing up.
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Knaves Court open day and fete this Thursday!

Knaves Court, the elderly person’s housing complex in Brownhills near Anchor Bridge, are holding an open day and fete this Thursday, 27th August 2015, and everyone is welcome to attend.

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Photos from the 2015 Brownhills Community Fun Day

Last Saturday, as I advertised here on the blog, it was Brownhills Community Fun Day at the Activity Centre – what used to be the old Central Boy’s School or Annexe, and Bonita Clayton from the Community Association has been in touch with a note of thanks and some photos of the day.
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Brownhills Community Association Fun Day this Saturday!

Hey – if you’re looking out for stuff to do this coming Saturday (8th August 2015), look no further than Brownhills Activity Centre (The old Central Boy’s School, or Annex to my generation), just off the Miner Island in Brownhills.
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Stalls available at the upcoming Knaves Court fun day

I’m interested to see that Knaves Court, the elderly person’s housing complex in Brownhills near Anchor Bridge, are planning a fun day on the 27th August 2015, and they’re looking for stalls to attend.

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Plan for 200 new homes in central Brownhills approved

Way back in April this year, I first noted the consultation and plan to finally redevelop the wasteland in Brownhills that was once Silver Court Gardens, the notorious tenement maisonette estate that was demolished in 2004, into over 100 dwellings.
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Photos from the 2014 Brownhills Community Fun Day

Last Saturday, as I advertised here on the blog, it was Brownhills Community Fun Day at the Activity Centre – what used to be the old Central Boy’s School or Annexe, and Bonita Clayton from the Community Association has been in touch with a note of thanks and some photos of the day.
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Brownhills Community Fun Day this Saturday!

Hey – if you’re looking out for stuff to do this coming Saturday (9th August 2014), look no further than Brownhills Activity Centre (The old Central Boy’s School, or Annex to my generation), just off the Miner Island in Brownhills.Community Fun Day poster Continue reading

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Please help Brownhills bloom!

Brownhills Town Centre Partnership have been in touch, and asked me to see if anyone fancies helping out with the Britain in Bloom competition entry from our town, which involves planting, litter picking and general sprucing up.

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Application submitted for large Brownhills housing development

It comes I’m sure, as no surprise that Walsall Housing Group (WHG) have been planning a huge new housing development in central Brownhills for some time now – after all, last month I advertised a one-day consultation on plans to build houses on the former site of Silver Court Gardens, behind Silver Court, on land that’s now vacant.

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Redevelopment of Silver Court Gardens – have your say

There’s been loads of buzz since my article last weekend about the new development Walsall Housing Group are considering putting forward for the derelict wasteland that was once Silver Court Gardens in Brownhills – now you can attend the consultation and make your voice heard.
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Silver Court Gardens – a positive development

Hey folks, this is important – I was sent a link to this press release by friend of the blog Sarah Treadwell on Friday, and this it is potentially great news – I’ve known for a while that Walsall Housing Group have been looking to redevelop the land left vacant a decade ago with the demolition of Silver Court Gardens in central Brownhills.
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Brownhills Big Saturday!

Hey – if you’re looking out for stuff to do today (Saturday, 10th August 2013), look no further than Brownhills Activity Centre (The old Central Boy’s School, or Annex to my generation) and Holland Park, opposite.

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It’s going to be a knockout weekend

Hey – if you’re looking out for stuff to do this weekend, look no further than Brownhills Activity Centre (The old Central Boy’s School, or Annex to my generation) and Holland Park this Saturday.
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It’s a knockout!

I’ve just become aware of this event scheduled to take place in Holland Park, Brownhills, on Saturday, 10th August 2013 – the flyer says entries have closed – but with 10 days to go, I’m sure they’ll probably fit your team in if you’re quick.1079010_564335133624469_176682415_o Continue reading

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Faith in the future

I’ve been meaning to cover a couple of local planning applications submitted by Walsall Housing Group for new developments in Brownhills for a while.
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Lovin’ Summer

We all know what it’s like – they’re off school for 2 days and already bored Well, there’s no need for the kids to be moping around the house and getting under your feet this summer – there are plenty of activities going on locally to keep them busy.

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Here comes summer!

Eamonn Regan and Bonita Clayton of Brownhills Community Association, have been in touch with a couple of flyers for events and information relating to happenings at the Brownhills Activity Centre over the summer holidays.
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Is there a new arrival for Wessex close?

I don’t have a great deal of information about this, I’m sorry to say, but I thought it might be worthwhile to draw readers attention to the following event, happening next Thursday, 16th May, at the Parkview Centre in Brownhills (That’s the library).
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High rise mice?

I’ve received a very interesting email from a long-time resident of Humphries House in Brownhills. Humphries House, readers will no doubt remember, is the last of two remaining system-build tower blocks in Brownhills, and along with it’s partner, the much smaller Severn House, it was recently reclad and renovated by it’s owners, Walsall Housing Group.

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Fun day at Brownhills West tomorrow!

I notice from Twatter that Walsall Area Partnerships have a fun day running in Kennet Close, Brownhills West, tomorrow Sunday 16th September 2012. There’s also an open event at the refurbished Brownhills West Community Hub at 92, Cherwell Drive, too. … Continue reading

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WHG finally pulls it’s finger out, parades bosses in hi-viz

Today, I received a PR puff for Walsall Housing Group, the housing association that own and look after Walsall Council’s former social housing stock. It seems that over two years from first planning application, they look set to start work … Continue reading

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Brownhills Big Tidy Up

Brownhills Town Centre Partnership have been in touch and asked me to promote the first Brownhills Big Tidy Up, which seems like a decent event. Brownhills is always in need of some serious TLC, and as I pointed out yesterday, … Continue reading

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Renovation for Brownhills flats

I’ve just noticed this press release from Walsall Housing Group, issued earlier this week. It seems the worst kept secret in Brownhills is now out, and the two remaining sixties monstrosities – Humphries House and Severn House will be renovated … Continue reading

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Plans to reclad Humphries House and Severn House submitted

I noticed a week or so ago that plans have been submitted by Walsall Housing Group to re-clad the outer walls of the two remaining, decaying sixties tower blocks in Brownhills. This is to be undertaken to improve energy efficiency … Continue reading

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Walsall Housing Group: Moving the goalposts again

I’ve just discovered a press release from Walsall Housing Group that seems to have slipped by largely unnoticed. Remember the housing development initially sketched in to replace the now demolished maisonettes that stood opposite Knave’s Court? When I last covered … Continue reading

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Royal Wedding event at Knaves Court today!

I recieved this note from Chris Smith at Knaves Court a while back, and just remembered it. Sorry it’s a bit late! Hi Bob , Remember me from Knaves Court last year? We are doing really well now. Just thought … Continue reading

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Walsall Housing Group – this doesn’t add up

I was intrigued last week to spot a Walsall Housing Group press release floating about the net, excitedly heralding the news that work was ‘already underway’ on a new housing development opposite Knaves Court in Brownhills. Readers with long memories … Continue reading

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The highrise and fall

It’s a sad fact that Brownhills was known for a decade or so for the grimness of some of it’s social housing. Host to four towerblocks  and lots of tenement maisonettes, hastily and badly built using the Wimpey system technique, … Continue reading

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Now, where did they get that from…

Today, I noted that the Express & Star (motto: ‘that’ll do Ted, it’ll only be holding chips tomorrow’) were rightly having a whinge about the cost of graffiti vandalism, something I’ve had occasion to moan about myself. Fair enough, move … Continue reading

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Knaves Court extra care development open day

I’ve had a great mail from Matthew Fraser, Acting Senior Care Officer at the St. James Resource Centre, Brownhills. Matthew wanted to alert readers of the Brownhills Blog that the new extra care facility, Knaves Court will be holding a … Continue reading

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As if by magic… They disappeared

It seems that the travellers who yesterday moved onto the former site of Silver Court Gardens have moved on. When I passed the site today at about 2pm, all evidence of any occupation was gone. The authorities in Walsall do … Continue reading

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Travellers in Brownhills

I’ve been contacted by a resident living near the former Silver Court Gardens site in Brownhills today. It seems that travellers have moved on to the large expanse of unfenced wasteland behind Silver Court. I recieved the following message (edited … Continue reading

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Bottling it up

The saga of the crumbling Humphries House towerblock in Brownhills has been ongoing for years, and the state of the edifice was the subject of one of my first posts to this blog. I followed that post up last October … Continue reading

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Cutting through the bullshit

I just thought I’d point up an excellent post on the Pigblog by regular Brownhills Blog reader and commentator, The Stymaster. Just lately, there’s been a publicity push underway on Walsall’s ill-fated Gigaport project, which has led to some astonishment … Continue reading

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Rent asunder

Long time readers of the Brownhills Blog may well remember my article about the new social housing development, slated to replace the now demolished maisonettes on the corner of Ogley Road and High Street, Brownhills. Planned to provide high-quality housing … Continue reading

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All that remains

I see that some twelve months after their neighbouring edifices were carried to dust, the last  two blocks of 1960’s maisonettes in Brownhills, on the corner of High Street and Ogley Road, are being razed. I could be wrong (and please do … Continue reading

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Reality bites

I noted this evening with sadness but no surprise that both the Express & Star and the YamYam continue to ponder over the fate of Brownhills market, now undoubtedly in the death throes, pretty much like the town itself. What … Continue reading

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Are you happy now?

It was with sadness today that I noticed that the hoarding surrounding the Housing21 development by Anchor Bridge has been repainted, obliterating the vibrant, fun street art mural created by local kids during the summer. Whilst I have no idea … Continue reading

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