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Top Tipton 

23 Sep 18

William Perry, legendary pugilist and son of Tipton rages at the rain clouds – but the hardy were undaunted Despite the bad weather yesterday (Saturday, 22nd September 2018) I took the afternoon out to support a great event in the industrial heart …


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A question of visibility? 

22 Sep 18

This view of the old LNWR station was taken from High Street, a suffix applied to it’s name between 1924 and 1930.


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Fancy a jumble sale today? 

22 Sep 18

Tracey, take a meow… Here’s a great looking jumble sale taking place today (Saturday 22nd September 2018) in the buildings just opposite Barons Court Hotel near the Snooker Club – and it’s in aid of a wonderful charity.


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Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this Saturday morning 

22 Sep 18

What a lovely thing this is! Continue reading…


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Walsall Wood at home to Coventry United this afternoon! 

22 Sep 18

Welcome to Walsall Wood, Hereford FC This afternoon, Saturday 22nd September 2018 The Wood are at home to Coventry United! Continue reading…


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A great sing along showing Grease this very evening in Brownhills! 

21 Sep 18

This could be the one you want… for a great singalong this very evening! Continue reading…


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John Dennis, rest in peace 

21 Sep 18

The Memorial Hall and the wider Brownhills community has lost a true friend.


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Do you know a kid who could make Brownhills alive… With the Sound of Music? 

20 Sep 18

Looks set to be a great show, as usual! Continue reading…


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Woodmen give it five to send Uttoxeter home defeated 

19 Sep 18

Pictures and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.


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Walsall Wood at home to Uttoxeter this evening 

18 Sep 18

Can The Wood beat Uttoxeter on home turf? Continue reading…


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Fancy a laugh this Wednesday evening? 

18 Sep 18

Garry Powndland in particular is hilarious.


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Meet you local coppers in Brownhills this morning! 

18 Sep 18

A great way to get to know your local policing team Sorry for the late notice, but there’s another local police pop-up event this morning Tuesday 18th September 2018 where you can meet the local policing team and discuss issues that are important …


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Police issue statement on incident in Brownhills High Street, Friday 14th September 2018 

16 Sep 18

Many readers will be aware of an incident that took place in Brownhills High Street on Friday afternoon, 14th September 2018 – police attended an incident involving a man at the Miner Island end of town.


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Woodmen washed out by Cleethorpes wave, but dig in against Uttoxeter 

16 Sep 18

Pictures and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.


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

15 Sep 18

The above excellent video is a fallow deer stag filmed up on Cannock Chase by reader, contributor and top friend of the blog Peter Barker.


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Working at the BRD – a couple of photos, a magazine… and a treat in store 

15 Sep 18

The crankshaft works at the BRD, Aldridge in full production.


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Walsall Wood away against Uttoxeter this afternoon 

15 Sep 18

Saturday 15th September 2018 Walsall Wood FC away to Uttoxeter Town FC Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes Note the s lightly later  than  usual 3:15pm kickoff Please come and get behind your local club …


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Lichfield repair cafe – get together to get things fixed this Saturday! 

14 Sep 18

What a fantastic idea this is! Continue reading…


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Quiz and ploughman’s supper at Brownhills Community Centre this Saturday! 

14 Sep 18

I’d like to draw your attention to a great quiz night taking place this Saturday evening at 7:30pm (15th August 2018) at Brownhills Community Centre.


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Local canal restoration volunteers celebrate 30 years of progress 

13 Sep 18

Guests at Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust’s 30thanniversary celebration barbecue watch on as chairperson Christine Bull introduces the three remaining Trust founders, Phil Sharpe, Eric Wood and Dennis Cooper Tom Reid from the …


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For the love of his fellow men 

12 Sep 18

One quick one that’s turned up since I posted David Oakley’s musings on Temperance, probation and the fight against drunkenness in the early part of last century – Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler has found the above image and short note in the …


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There’s going to be a luxury Christmas Gift Fayre in Brownhills – would you like a stall? 

11 Sep 18

Much as I hate to mention it, Christmas is coming and people are starting to organise events, fairs and markets – and our very own Laura Hucker is looking for stalls for her Christmas Food and Gift Fayre at The Lamp, Brownhills Community Centre…


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust September 2018 public meeting this evening 

10 Sep 18

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening (Monday 10th Septembert 2018) there will be the August 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust …


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Picture this: Catching up with the Summer 2018 photo competition 

9 Sep 18

Hey people – for those not on Facebook it’s time for the Summer Photo Competition I’ve been promising this year – I had a terrific response to the new year one, and I promised, especially for those that missed the first one, to run a second …


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Missionaries, lost sheep and the hostile environment 

9 Sep 18

A month or so ago I had a great enquiry from Nick Pilley about his family history in Walsall Wood, in particular concerning the life of his Grandfather, Alfred Merrick, a deputy at Walsall Wood Colliery.


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Lunar see 

9 Sep 18

Here’s a quick but beautiful one from longstanding local historian and rapscallion Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler who’s bought himself a great camera – a Nikon P900 – and has been experimenting photographing the moon.


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Diamond is forever 

8 Sep 18

Here’s a nice one from the wonderful David Evans that is a good one to peruse on a grey autumn weekend – the booklet from the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Walsall Wood’s Ebenezer Methodist Church that still stands to this day next to Oak …


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Walsall Wood FC away to Cleethorpes Town this afternoon! 

8 Sep 18

Saturday 8th September 2018 One for the dedicated fans: Walsall Wood visit Cleethorpes for some FA action! Continue reading…


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Brownhills celebrates a long time ago… Can you solve the mystery? 

7 Sep 18

David Evans has been beavering away in the last week or so after generously being granted access to the collection of historic images and ephemera belonging to that wonderful Brownhills sportsman and historian Geof Harrington, and has raised a …


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All the latest news from the Community Centre and Lamp Arts Venue for Autumn 2018 

6 Sep 18

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


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New Hall Mill is open this Sunday for the last open day of 2018 

6 Sep 18

There’s a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (9th September 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday for the last open day of 2018.


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Boys on the Broads, and closer to home… 

5 Sep 18

I am astounded and very happy to note that there are even more photos in the extraordinary treasury of images from Tony Portman – yesterday the young David Evans contacted me with another tranche of great photos from the Walsall Wood Boy’s …


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Brownhills man’s motorbike stolen from Cannock: Can you help pease? 

4 Sep 18

Images supplied by Nigel Nash Hey folks – please be on the lookout for the above stolen motorbike, taken from the employee parking area of Availablecar at Cannock on the A5 on Monday, 3rd September 2018 at around 4:15pm.


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The bitterest pill and a woman of courage 

3 Sep 18

You all know that from time to time I like to share the blogs and things I like here on the Brownhills Blog – be it local history, architecture, music or science, over the years I’ve hopefully introduced readers to a range of subjects and writers…


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The essence of England on a sunny afternoon 

2 Sep 18

Yesterday (Saturday 1st September 2018) I took advantage of a wonderful late summer day to visit the Whittington Country Fair and Craft Show, on Bit End Field next to St.


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Fancy a Sunday afternoon party for all the family? 

2 Sep 18

Postponed last week due to the appalling weather, this afternoon (Sunday, 2nd September 2018) there’s a great party at the Pavillon in Pelsall – the Cricket Club, Walsall Road with inflatables, face painting, welly wanging, raffles, barbecue, …


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Walsall Wood unbeaten in Stourport stalemate 

2 Sep 18

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans.


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Please look out for this stolen motorbike stolen last night 

1 Sep 18

Hey folks – please be on the lookout for the above stolen motorbike, taken Friday Night/Saturday Morning 1st September 2018.


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Walsall Wood at home to Stourport Swifts this afternoon! 

1 Sep 18

Saturday 1st September 2018 The Wood are at home! Continue reading…


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Fancy getting on the happy bus this Saturday for free? 

31 Aug 18

Followers of this blog will be familiar I’m sure with adverts for classic transport events – particularly busses – but this one is a bus event with a difference from National Express West Midlands, and is happening this Saturday (1st September …


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Whittington Country and Craft Fair this weekend! 

30 Aug 18

There’s a fine event on this Saturday at Whittington, near Lichfield – the annual Country and Craft Fair with takes place from 10am until 4:30pm at Bit End Field, next to St.


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Walsall Wood Lye low in Bank Holiday battle 

30 Aug 18

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans.


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Can you help this local artist complete his life’s work? 

29 Aug 18

Hi folks – here’s an important request for help for a wonderfully talented local man who’s patiently been undertaking a remarkable local history project for pretty much half a century – Maurice Ivor Birch and his astounding drawing Aldridge …


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Copy of Acceptable in the 70s – a new local book you’ll love still available! 

28 Aug 18

You all know that I like to champion local writers and creatives here on the Brownhills Blog – well there’s a great new book available that I’m eagerly waiting to read that’s getting rave reviews – and people of a certain age – like me…


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Bank holiday football today: Walsall Wood play Lye at Oak Park this afternoon 

27 Aug 18

Bank Holiday Monday 27th August 2018 The Wood entertain Lye town at Oak Park! Continue reading…


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Wood leave travelling fans anguished at Whit’s end and Loughborough goalless in their wake 

26 Aug 18

Images and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.


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History afloat 

26 Aug 18

A quick heads up for a fascinating event I attended by chance yesterday (Saturday, 25th August 2018) but which is running all weekend (including Bank Holiday Monday) and is a real treat for folks into narrowboats, canals and old working boats in …


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Fancy something really English this Sunday? 

25 Aug 18

Also on this weekend, we have the wonderful annual open garden event by Kevin and Ann in Winterley Lane, Rushall, who open their remarkable labour of love in benefit of the Alzheimers Society every year.


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Something wonderful for princesses and pirates alike this Bank Holiday Monday! 

25 Aug 18

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Bank Holiday Monday (27th August 2018) staging a Princesses and Pirates Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains and there will be fun, games, …


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Woodmen at home to Whitchurch Alport this Saturday! 

24 Aug 18

Saturday 25th August 2018 The Wood are at home to Whitchurch Alport FC! Continue reading…







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