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Postcard from the city 

19 Nov 17

I’d just like to share these Brownhills postcard images, one of which is for sale on eBay currently, and two others which were shared by a reader who wishes to remain anonymous a couple of weeks ago.


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A memorable day of joy! 

18 Nov 17

Here’s another wonderful contribution from local historian John Sale, who via David Evans, has been contributing some real gems – we started with last week’s Home Guard article which provoked a great deal of discussion – well, this week it’s the 1937…


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Walsall Wood Under 18s win against Sutton for first home victory! 

18 Nov 17

Simon Evans via Walsall Wood Under 18s Manager Dylan Somel sent a great report from last week’s Under 18s first home win against Sutton Under 18s which took place on Tuesday 14th November 2017.


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Woodmen exterminate Badgers 

18 Nov 17

Last Tuesday evening saw Walsall Wood FC travel to Brocton FC at Stafford – and once again, the Wood emerged with a stunning score sheet that’s making many question the nature of the water in Walsall Wood at the moment.


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Walsall Wood away to Heath Hays at the Coppice this afternoon! 

18 Nov 17

Come and watch stellar Walsall Wood play at Heath Hayes this afternoon! Continue reading…


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

17 Nov 17

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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Meet your local coppers this afternoon in Brownhills 

17 Nov 17

I received notice of this great event from Brownhills Policing Team via the excellent WMNow service a yesterday, advertising a pop-up meet the police event this afternoon, Friday 17th November 2017 at Tesco, Brownhills from 3pm until 6pm where you …


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A quick Jiggers Whistle – and it’s open! 

17 Nov 17

I’m pleased to let you folks know that today, Friday 17th November 2017 sees the opening of the new micropub in Brownhills High Street – The Jiggers Whistle – situated in the old Starlight Photography/EE Jones store near the miner island, overseen by…


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Pictures and video from Brownhills and Heath Hayes 2017 Remembrance events 

16 Nov 17

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 …


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Collectors fair at Aldridge Transport Museum this Sunday 

15 Nov 17

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a collectors fair taking place this Sunday (19th November 2017) from 10:00am until 4:00pm, and should be just the thing for auto buffs, transport enthusiasts and …


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A traditional service Brownhills can be proud of 

15 Nov 17

Hey folks, I’m always ready to give local businesses a plug here on the blog, and today I’d like to give a space to a business that’s becoming very well respected in Brownhills High Street, and yet is one many of us might not like to think about too …


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Meeting about future of Clayhanger Community Centre tonight! 

14 Nov 17

You’ll all know that this blog is all about community and the things that bring us all together – be it a bit of current affairs, history, discussion or appeals for help: well, Clayhanger Community Centre which closed a while back has in the past …


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Walsall Wood Remembrance Sunday 2017 pictures 

13 Nov 17

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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F Company take aim! 

12 Nov 17

Continuing the Remembrance theme here on the blog today, here’s a lovely bit of research into the Home Guard locally by the wonderful David Evans and John Sale.


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A dreadful dawn 

12 Nov 17

Since it’s Remembrance Sunday, I’ve a very sad, thought-provoking article here that was brought to my attention just yesterday by Vikki Swain, whose Great Uncle, Lance Corporal Frederick Hawthorne was one of the tragic band of soldiers executed at …


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We will never forget 

12 Nov 17

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 …


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Wood hunt Tigers nearly to extinction, while Villans fail to storm Montpelier 

11 Nov 17

Yesterday (Saturday 11th November 2017) Walsall Wood F.


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Pictures from the Brownhills Armistice Day 2017 Remembrance Service 

11 Nov 17

I’m indebted to David Evans here for very promptly sending me this lovely gallery of images from this morning’s Remembrance Service at St.


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David Evans donated his jumper for a goalpost! 

11 Nov 17

Just a quick one – if you want to see a face truly made for radio, the young David Evans currently has a role as footy pundit talking about this afternoon’s Walsall Wood match against Holbeach United and the team’s prospects in issue 9 of Jumpers for…


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Live music from Iron Ed at the Chase Inn tonight! 

11 Nov 17

Tonight (Saturday, 11th November 2017) sees more great live music at the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills with the pub’s first ever gig from Iron Maiden tribute act Iron Ed, with support from Devilz Jukebox Continue reading…


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Walsall Wood at home in action against Holbeach this afternoon 

11 Nov 17

Oak Park sees Walsall Wood entertain Lincolnshire’s Holbeach United – can they continue their winning streak? Continue reading…


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Meet your local coppers in Pelsall this afternoon! 

10 Nov 17

I received notice of another useful late afternoon ‘Meet the public’ popup event via the excellent WMNow service yesterday – it takes place this afternoon, Friday 10th November 2017 in Pelsall – these are great initiatives where you can meet your …


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A lost cinema in Brownhills? Oh yes! 

10 Nov 17

I pointed out last weekend that there would soon be a new micropub opening on Brownhills High Street called The Jiggers Whistle, and that proprietor Colin Cragg was getting his new premises fitted out and ready to open next Friday – well, in the …


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Details of 2017 local Remembrance events – live list 

9 Nov 17

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 …


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Has your bin not been emptied? There’s a reason for that… 

8 Nov 17

Right Walsall Borough folks, listen up – I know some of you are concerned about bin collections at the moment as the service is clearly experiencing difficulties, on the very week that Walsall refuse collection schedules have changed.


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust November 2017 public meeting this Monday 

8 Nov 17

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (13th November 2017) there will be the November 2017 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust …


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The Friends of Brownhills Common – November 2017 meeting coming soon 

8 Nov 17

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting next Monday week, 20th November 2017 of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN…


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Tonight’s Walsall Wood FC v Wednesfield match OFF 

7 Nov 17

Walsall Wood FC were due to face Wednesfield at Oak Park this evening.


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Urgent! Please look out for this stolen motorbike seen in Brownhills 

7 Nov 17

Hey folks – please be on the lookout for this stolen motorbike, taken on Saturday 4th November 2017 at around 8pm from Shelfield.


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

6 Nov 17

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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Bonfire and Fireworks at Walsall Wood FC this evening! 

5 Nov 17

If you’re at a loose end tonight (Sunday 5th November 2017), or are looking for a good firework party to take the kids to, there’s a great event at the Walsall Wood Football Club Ground, Oak Park, Walsall Wood  kicking off at 5:00pm.


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Do you remember Ann the dressmaker from Sheffield? 

5 Nov 17

A quick enquiry I’ve had in the last couple of days reaches me from Moira McCormick, and former local resident, who is trying to trace her lost pal Ann – and the memories she shares are wonderfully evocative.


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Walsall Wood drive a tank through Alvis 

5 Nov 17

You can’t keep a good team down, and yesterday (Saturday 4th November 2017) Walsall Wood FC visited Coventry Alvis and demolished the home side 7-0.


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Bonfire and Fireworks at Hammerwich this evening, and Walsall Wood FC on Sunday! 

4 Nov 17

Two firework and bonfire events this weekend – one in Hammerwich this evening (Saturday 4th November 2017) and the one tomorrow evening at Walsall Wood FC – both events are always a great night out and the weather looks decent, so why not take a spin…


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Live music from The Acoustic Who at the Chase Inn tonight! 

4 Nov 17

Tonight (Saturday, 4th November 2017) sees more great live music at the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills with the pub’s first ever gig from crowd-pleasing in your face Mods The Acoustic Who.


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Walsall Wood FC away to Coventry Alvis this afternoon, whilst Pelsall Villa play at Oak Park 

4 Nov 17

Come and Support Walsall Wood FC away against Coventry Alvis FC this Saturday in a key match where the Wood have everything to play for – can they unsettle league leaders Studley? Continue reading…


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Don’t grumble – just whistle! Brownhills gains a great new micropub 

3 Nov 17

I’m pleased to announce to readers that, as many of you will already know, Brownhills High Street is set to get it’s first micropub – The Jigers Whistle when it opens later this month in the old Starlight Photography/EE Jones store near the miner …


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Holland Park bonfire and fireworks – on tonight! 

2 Nov 17

Just a quick reminder that tonight, Thursday 2nd November 2017 sees the annual Walsall Council bonfire and firework display in Holland Park , Brownhills.


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Cars broken into last night in Walsall Wood – take care folks 

1 Nov 17

A worrying appeal reaches me from Walsall Wood, where cars were broken into yesterday evening (Tuesday, 31st October 2017) and other antisocial behaviour seems to have occurred near the senior citizen’s bungalows at Brook Close.


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Oh deer me! 

1 Nov 17

This is just a warning folks – last night riding home (Tuesday, 31st October 2017) at about 7pm, I met this chap, grazing contentedly, and not at all scared of passing cars, right on the bend in Green Lane at the darkest spot by Coppice Woods.


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Make it Strictly West End with Brownhills finest – who are also returning home! 

31 Oct 17

Martin Morris from the Shire Oak group on Facebook has drawn my attention to the fact that Brownhills Musical Theatre Company have their latest show ‘Strictly West End’ on this week at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock.


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Bonfire and Fireworks at Walsall Wood FC this coming Sunday evening! 

30 Oct 17

If you’re at a loose end on Sunday evening (5th November 2017), or are looking for a good firework party to take the kids to, there’s a great event at the Walsall Wood Football Club Ground, Oak Park, Walsall Wood  kicking off at 5:00pm.


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2017 local Remembrance events – let’s make a list – can you help please? 

29 Oct 17

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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Walsall Wood fight to hard to beat Hinckley 

29 Oct 17

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 28th October 2017) had Walsall Wood at home to entertain visitors Hinckley, and Walsall Wood continued their wining streak – but not without a hard fight.


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Tight lines at the Jolly Collier – but when? 

28 Oct 17

Great community activist, Brownhills womble and top bloke Brian Stringer has been in touch again to share a newspaper clipping which I think is from the Walsall Observer, from some point in the 1970s.


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Wood scrape past Highgate in penalty nail biter 

28 Oct 17

Last Tuesday evening (24th October 2017) Walsall Wood were visited by Highgate United, who were narrowly defeated in a tense match decided on a penalty shootout.


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Please keep an eye out for this lost wedding ring 

28 Oct 17

Reader Claire Mason has been in touch yesterday to ask if I would share the following somewhat sad appeal – Her husband has lost his wedding ring somewhere between Chasewater and Brownhills West.


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Chasewater Railway – ride the Ghost Train this evening! 

28 Oct 17

I note Chasewater Railway have Halloween ghost trains running this evening (28th October 2016) with prizes for fancy dress, ghostly fun and games and much more spooky fun for all the family! Continue reading…


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Halloween spooky fun in Shenstone right now! 

28 Oct 17

There’s more Halloween fun over the next couple of days too at the Toby Carvery Shenstone Woodend – formerly the Highwayman pub on the Birmingham Road between Shenstone and Blacke Street.


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Halloween Spooktacular with top act Slyder at The Chase Inn this evening! 

28 Oct 17

The award-winning Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills goes from strength to strength – there’s not only great ale and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, but great live music too – and there’s a great Halloween bash on there tonight! Continue reading…







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