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Meet your local coppers this Friday in Brownhills 

21 Sep 17

I received notice of this great event from Walsall Police via the excellent WMNow service today, advertising a pop-up meet the police event this Friday, 22nd September 2017 at Tesco, Brownhills where you can meet your local policing team and get …


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Walsall Wood Reserves bested by Browmsgrove 

21 Sep 17

While I’m clearing the football backlog, there’s a great review here from Simon Evans of the Reserve Team match that took place at Oak Park last Saturday, 17th September 2017 which saw the visitors beat the home side two-one.


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Walsall Wood Under 18s: Another great win, and an apology 

21 Sep 17

My apologies to the Walsall Wood Under 18s team and their manager Dylan Somel, who this week asked me to advertise their away match on Tuesday 19th September 2017 against Romulus Youth, and I misread the email as Thursday, not Tuesday – bad Bob, s …


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Wood crushes Chelmsley 

21 Sep 17

A stonking home  win for Walsall Wood again last Tuesday evening (19th September 2017) as the Wood lads consolidated their domination of Chelmsley Town, this time on the real turf of Walsall Wood.


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Seek and you shall find something familiar at The Lamp Arts this Friday! 

20 Sep 17

There’s a splendid concert being staged this Friday, 22nd September 2017 at the Lamp Arts Theatre in Brownhills Activity Centre, just on the Miner Island in the centre of Brownhills – Sounds Familiar will be playing all the familiar Seekers hits you …


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Traffic incident causing holdups in Brownhills this morning 

19 Sep 17

Thanks to readers Mandy, Stephen and Philip I can share the information that there has been a road traffic accident in Brownhills this morning (Tuesday 19th September 2017) involving a car and a bus.


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A past landscape from a surprise source 

19 Sep 17

A quick post here with a real curiosity found by the young David Evans – an aerial image from 1964 of Stubbers Green and southern Walsall Wood showing the brickwork, tilers and marl workings that did so much to shape the current area today.


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Urgent! Please look out for this stolen motorbike seen in Walsall Wood 

18 Sep 17

Hey folks – please be on the lookout for a stolen motorbike, taken on Saturday 16th September 2017 from Pelsall while the owner was at a friend’s house.


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Picture this – A lovely, local thing 

17 Sep 17

Everyone who reads this blog will know I love and prize several things above most others – the love of the outdoors, an eye for natural beauty and human creativity, however that manifests itself.


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Dog walkers beware – possible bait found on Clayhanger Common again 

17 Sep 17

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 …


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Feisty Leicester send Woodmen up the road 

17 Sep 17

Walsall Wood FC yesterday ventured out to Leicester Road FC, hopefully to continue their 100% league run – but the Leicester lads had other ideas.


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The Shoulder of Mutton, and two local family histories: What do you know? 

16 Sep 17

I’ve had an enquiry in from reader Diane Clift regarding her family, the Danks, a connection with the Cliufts and the Sgoulder of Mutton pub in Church Road, Brownhills.


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Walsall Wood FC away to Leicester Road FC this afternoon 

16 Sep 17

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood in action against Leicester Road FC this afternoon! Continue reading…


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Big Air wakeboard festival this Saturday at Chasewater 

15 Sep 17

There’s a great event taking place at the Chase Watersports Centre at Chasewater – The Big Air 2017 Wakeboard Competition is a whole festival of Wakeboarding fun for all the family, taking place this Saturday 16th September.


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Child injured in traffic accident near Castlefort School, Walsall Wood 

15 Sep 17

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! 

13 Sep 17

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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Here’s what’s going on with the old Brownhills Market site 

12 Sep 17

A very quick note as I’m a bit tied up elsewhere today but I’ve had a lot of people ask what’s happening with all the earthmoving gear and construction at the old Brownhills market site between Pier Street, Silver Street and the Methodist Church – it…


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The Friends of Brownhills Common – September 2017 meeting tonight! 

11 Sep 17

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting tonight (Monday 11th September 2017) of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – …


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Strolling again! 

10 Sep 17

I’ve always supported the wonderful parent and toddler walking and social group that took place weekly at Chasewater – Chasewater Strollers, which grew via the human dynamo of Esther Allen and others into the wonderful Spark movement in Burntwood…


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Walsall Wood Under 18s battle Racing Warwick for a good win 

10 Sep 17

Simon Evans, deputising for the young old fella David who’s away, has sent a great report from last week’s Under 18s away match (Wednesday 6th September 2017) between Walsall Wood Under 18s and Racing Warwick Under 18s – and he witnessed a great …


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A remedy to the shortage of water 

10 Sep 17

Several times over the previous eight years of this blog the question of the function and decommissioning of the steam pump that once stood at Chasewater has cropped up, and always provokes interesting debate – well, reader Ian James has been in …


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust – September 2017 public meeting this Monday 

10 Sep 17

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (11th September 2017) there will be the September 2017 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust …


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Woodmen nearly burned by Barnt Spartak’s tactics 

10 Sep 17

Yesterday, Saturday 9th September 2017 saw Walsall Wood travel to Highgate United’s ground in Shirley to square off against Division Two team Barnt Green Spartak – and what should have been a walk in the park…


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Chasewater Railway Late Summer Gala this weekend 

9 Sep 17

Sorry again for the late notice but I note Chasewater Railway have their late Summer Gala this weekend (Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017), with special guest engine Bagnall 0-4-0ST 2842 Kent No 2 and a much busier running timetable than…


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Fancy something a bit different, cowboy? 

9 Sep 17

I know it’s late notice, but down at the excellent Oak Tree Farm tonight (Saturday 8th September 2017) from 7pm to 11pm there’s a fun and entertaining Wild West night planned with lots of entertainment for all the family.


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Walsall Wood FC v Barnt Green Spartak at Highgate this afternoon 

9 Sep 17

Your chance to catch the Woodmen away to Barnt Green Spartak this afternoon! Continue reading…


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Papa Roach 

8 Sep 17

As September began, I had an instinctive feeling that we were probably going to get the last good day of the summer on Saturday 2nd September – don’t ask me how, I just felt it – so I did the only decent thing I could: Hopped on the bike at dawn and …


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Costa Coffee in Brownhills is one year old tomorrow – come join the party! 

8 Sep 17

Well, it’s been a whole year since the Costa Coffee franchise opened up in Brownhills and to celebrate the milestone, Barista Phoebe Bellingham has been in touch to let us know that there’s a party on all day tomorrow (Saturday 9th September 2017).


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How they are related: Something Brewe-ing… 

7 Sep 17

Whilst trawling the great tat-bazaar yesterday, I noticed a regular um, ‘reproducer’ of historical images (the least said about that the better) had an interesting take on a common image of Brownhills High Street and William Roberts Brewery that used…


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Concern about local bike thefts and shed burglaries – lock your stuff, people! 

7 Sep 17

I’ve been contacted by reader Amanda who’s concerned after witnessing a possible local bike theft in the past few days – she contacted the police and the incident was reposrted, but she’s concerned that this may be an ongoing issue together with shed…


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New Hall Mill is open this Sunday for the last open day of 2017 

6 Sep 17

There’s a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (10th September 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…


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The Friends of Brownhills Common – September 2017 meeting this Monday! 

5 Sep 17

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting this Monday 11th September 2017 of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – please …


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Hit and run crash in Walsall Wood on Sunday night 

4 Sep 17

You may have noticed the road closures at the time yourself, or become aware via social media that there was a two-car collision in Walsall Wood High Street last night (Sunday 3rd September 2017).


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Walsall Wood Under 18s draw with Dudley – and have an important away match this week 

4 Sep 17

David Evans has sent a great report from last week’s match (30th August 2017) between Walsall Wood Under 18s and Dudley Under 18s – and he enjoyed a great night of football.


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Just Willum 

4 Sep 17

A quick appeal for a little historical assistance comes in from David Evans, who’s reading some accounts of miner’s meetings on and around Brownhills Common around 1900.


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Woodmen belittle Littleton 

3 Sep 17

Another win for the Woodmen again yesterday (Saturday 2nd September 2017) consolidating their current good fortune as they hammered Littleton 4-1 at Oak Park.


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Local police seizing bikes of illegal off-roaders on Brownhills Common 

2 Sep 17

Just a headsup I’ve been meaning to post all week that finally, action is being taken by local police against offloaders in the Engine Lane area of Brownhills Common.


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On the sad passing of Frank Sivorn 

2 Sep 17

I had an interesting message posted on Facebook yesterday which I think is worth sharing with readers of the blog, not just those who are interested in, or remember the heyday of Brownhills football teams.


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Walsall Wood at home to Littleton this afternoon! 

2 Sep 17

Walsall Wood FC have been doing well of late – find out this afternoon at Oak Park if their winning ways will continue! Continue reading…


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Beware – garage and shed burglaries occurring locally again 

1 Sep 17

It’s time, I’m very much afraid, to issue another warning – it seems local burglars are at it again – In the last few weeks there have been a number of break-ins to sheds and outbuildings in the Brownhills and Walsall Wood areas in particular, …


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The Plastic Hippo – saying what I couldn’t 

31 Aug 17

Following the sad news of the death of local online pioneer and friend to the blog and wider Walsall online community Mark Blackstock, I posted a short, clumsy tribute here that owed more to shock, loss and grief than anything else.


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Police issue statement following armed response in Stewart Road, Walsall Wood 

30 Aug 17

Yesterday afternoon, Tuesday 29th August 2017, armed police responded to what was believed to be a serious situation in Stewart Road, Walsall Wood, which thankfully was proven to be a false alarm.


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Walsall Wood leave Chelmsley Town chewed on the carpet 

30 Aug 17

A stonking away win for Walsall Wood again last Bank Holiday Monday (28th August 2017) as they demolished Chelmsley Town on the astroturf at Coleshill.


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It’s all going on at The Lamp in Brownhills! 

29 Aug 17

There are lots of shows coming up at your local community arts space The Lamp at the Activity Centre in Brownhills over the coming Autumn, with something for everyone, including dare I say it, great Christmas shows! Continue reading…


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Shocking burglary in Brownhills as thieves empty garage in several trips 

28 Aug 17

A troubling burglary took place in The Short Street/Great Charles Street area of Brownhills this weekend, when on the evening of Saturday, 26th August 2017 thieves broke into a garage, returning several times to empty it of contents, even riding away…


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Walsall Wood play Chelmsley Town at Coleshill this afternoon! 

28 Aug 17

Your chance to catch WalsalL Wood FC bank holiday footy at nearby Coleshill…


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Woodmen call taxi for Atherstone 

28 Aug 17

Down at Oak Park on Saturday afternoon, the Woodmen’s generally upwards trajectory continued unhindered by their unceremonious ejection from the FA Cup the week before, this time by trouncing visiting Atherstone.


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On a massive scale… 

27 Aug 17

There’s a great thing here I’ve been meaning to alert you folks to for a few weeks now – the ever wonderful National Library of Scotland Archive has a whole bunch on new, old maps online – for free.


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Restoring a lost canal – and creating a new haven for wildlife 

27 Aug 17

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are keen to share the news that they’re now creating a new nature reserve along the line of the soon to be restored canal between Wall and Lichfield.


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A local heathland needs your help! 

27 Aug 17

While we’re on reduced service over a great summer weekend, this is something I’d like to draw to the attention of readers courtesy of John Currie, Brownhills Scout Group Leader and top community bloke.







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