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The 1977 Silver Jubilee – up and down the town! 

15 Jul 18

A theme that keeps popping up here at the moment is the 1977 Royal Jubilee, and the street parties and celebrations connected with it – Well, here today I have two great pics from opposite ends of our area of those days, and I’d love any further …


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Classic Motor Show at Walsall Arboretum on right now! 

15 Jul 18

Here’s another one I missed but is happening right now too – there’s a Classic Car Show on at Walsall Arboretum this afternoon Sunday 15th July 2018.


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Little Hay miniature railway garden party on now! 

15 Jul 18

Very late notice I know but the good folk of Sutton Coldfield Model Engineering Socially have asked me to to tell you that their Garden Party at Little Hay Miniature Railway – known as Balleny Green – is open right now (Sunday 15th July 2018() …


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Ooh, Betty! 

14 Jul 18

So, back to some history – this is one I’ve been wanting to explore for ages, and never come up with a conclusive answer, but flicking through an old book, a caption popped on a lightbulb in my head.


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Such work, much busy, very apologise! 

14 Jul 18

Hi folks – a quick apology for the blog readers and faithful – as I appreciate the work and effort the community and readership put in on the blog.


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Summer fair in Walsall Wood this Saturday afternoon 

13 Jul 18

There’s a lovely summer fair in Walsall Wood on the afternoon of Saturday 14th July in the grounds of St john’s Church, Walsall Wood High Street.


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Meet your local coppers this Saturday in Aldridge and Streetly! 

13 Jul 18

I received notice of this great event from Walsall Police via the excellent WMNow service this morning, advertising a pop-up meet the police event this Saturday, 14th July 2018 at Aldridge Library from 10:00am until 11:00am where you can meet your …


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A5 Live is coming soon – and they need your help! 

13 Jul 18

Long term readers will remember the annual music and fun festival that’s taken place on the smallholding just off the A5 at Newtown, Brownhills – formerly called Cockfest (because it took place on a chicken farm), last year becoming A5 Live.


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Fancy a fete and dog show this Saturday? 

12 Jul 18

There’s a great looking summer fete and dog show coming up this weekend, on Saturday 14th July nearby in the picturesque village of Hammerwich, just over the A5.


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Walsall wood BMX track, the best days! 

11 Jul 18

Phil Atkinson generously supplied the above, wonderful gallery with the simple statement ‘Walsall wood BMX track, the best days.


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Local work-van and vehicle crime issues escalate: Be on your guard, folks 

10 Jul 18

A warning to people with work vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – there is certainly a real rash of vehicle break ins ongoing, with incidents reported across the area throughout the last week.


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A great local charity concert coming soon to The Lamp, Brownhills! 

10 Jul 18

There’s a splendid charity fundraiser concert being staged on Friday, 20th July 2018 at the Lamp Arts Theatre at Brownhills Activity Centre, just on the Miner Island in the centre of Brownhills – featuring The Backstreet Theatre Company, …


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Armed robbery at McColls store in Shannon Drive, Brownhills West 

9 Jul 18

Yesterday evening, Sunday 8th July 2018, there was an armed robbery at McColls Store, Shannon Drive, Brownhills West in which thankfully, nobody was hurt.


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Swanning around… 

8 Jul 18

I’ve had a mail in from reader Natalie Edge-Edwards, who like our very own swan lady Irene Hodges, is very interested in her local birdlife in Rochester and monitors the black swans on the lake by JCB there.


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust – 2018 AGM this Monday followed by an evening with the Time Healers 

8 Jul 18

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (9th July 2018) there will be the Annual General Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, …


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New Hall Mill July 2018 open day today! 

8 Jul 18

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today (Sunday 8th July 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again right now and I can heartily recommend the place – it’s fascinating and I had a great time …


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Chuckery Festival on this Sunday: A great free live music event in Walsall Arboretum! 

7 Jul 18

Also on today, Sunday 8th July 2018 at Walsall Arboretum Bandstand will be a great live family show – the Chuckery Music Festival 2018 Bandstand Music Event – featuring great local bands and musicians to suit all tastes with food, drink and kids …


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Willenhall Transport Show – on this Sunday! 

7 Jul 18

In a weekend choc-full of transport events (Cars in the Park at Lichfield, the Aldridge Transport Museum Annual Running Day) there’s a further event this Sunday 8th July 2018 with Willenhall Transport Show taking place at Willenhall Memorial Park (…


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Don’t forget – 2018 Pelsall Carnival this afternoon! 

7 Jul 18

Just a quick headsup that over in the principality this afternoon, Saturday 7th July 2018 is Pelsall Carnival – just head for the common and the noise.


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Please keep an eye out for a lost identity bracelet 

7 Jul 18

Old friend of the blog Jenny Parry has been in touch yesterday (Friday, 6th July 2018) to ask if I would share the following somewhat sad appeal – she has lost a treasured identity bracelet either in.


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World class football – from the pride of Brownhills! 

6 Jul 18

With all the football related brouhaha in the last couple of weeks, one very local and special footballing endeavour may have been overlooked by the residents of Brownhills, which I can’t let pass unmentioned.


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Aston Manor Transport Museum in Aldridge – 2018 annual Running Day this Sunday! 

5 Jul 18

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have their annual Open and Running Day this Sunday, 8th July 2018 – It starts at 10:00am and should be just the thing for vintage transport fans, bus enthusiasts, …


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Copy of New Hall Mill is July 2018 open day this Sunday! 

4 Jul 18

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (8th July 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday = I can heartily recommend the place – it’s fascinating and I had a great time there…


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Lichfield Rotary Cars in the Park 2018 – On this weekend! 

3 Jul 18

There’s a really good classic and vintage car show on this coming weekend (thats Saturday and Sunday, 7th and 8th July 2018) in Beacon Park, Lichfield – the annual Rotary Cars in the Park event.


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Ladies? Fancy a game of bowls this Wednesday afternoon? 

3 Jul 18

Vicky Ellen from Brownhills Townswomen’s Guild has been in touch to tell me that there’s the yearly Townswomen’s Guild Federation Bowls Competition this Wednesday afternoon, 4th July 2018, starting at 1:30pm at Pelsall Community Centre.


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1750, Tithes and all that 

2 Jul 18

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A moorish summer ride 

1 Jul 18

It’s been a terrific summer so far this year and I’ve really been working on getting my cycling mojo back – and I had a great ride last Friday (29th June 2018) with a 121 miler from Macclesfield, up over the roaches, onto Morridge, around …


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A group effort at Streetly Works? 

1 Jul 18

You’ll all know I’m in constant search of material on local factories – either photos of people at work, day trips, group photos, adverts, pamphlets – whatever; whilst theres some stuff emerging now, considering how much time we all spend at …


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The Big Bike Revival – at Walsall Arboretum this Sunday! 

1 Jul 18

Also tomorrow (Sunday 1st July 2018) there’s a cycling event at Walsall Arboretum from 11am until 3pm, where you can get your steed checked out for free, child learn to ride taster sessions, watt bike challenge and other fun bike-related stuff.


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Brownhills Motor Sales at Streets Corner – what do you know? 

30 Jun 18

Old pal of the blog Alvin Cox contacted me yesterday asking if I had any images of the motor sales workshop/garage that existed at Streets Corner, Walsall Wood, before the Co-op was built: Latterly it was Saturn Motor Sales.


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Events for Armed Forces Weekend – get your car washed, and flypasts and fun at the National Memorial Arboretum 

30 Jun 18

I also note that up until 4pm today (Saturday 30th June 2018) you can get your wheels washed at the Crown in Aldridge (yeah, that’s the Elms for us oldsters) in aid of Armed Forces Day – so what’s not to love? Continue reading…


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2018 Burntwood Wakes on right now! 

30 Jun 18

Sorry, running very behind today but there’s a great family fun event right now up in Burntwood (Saturday 30th June 2018) with the annual Burtnwood Chase Wakes festival kicking off at Burntwood Leisure Centre from 12-4pm.


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A5 Live in 2018! 

29 Jun 18

Long term readers will remember the annual music and fun festival that’s taken place on the smallholding just off the A5 at Newtown, Brownhills – formerly called Cockfest (because it took place on a chicken farm), last year becoming A5 Live.


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Everyone back to school! A great reunion coming this Saturday! 

29 Jun 18

Oh my (school) days, there’s a terrific thing going on at Brownhills Community Centre, what my generation called the Annex but was originally the Central Boys School – there’s going to be a celebration, reunion and open day for those who …


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Community fun day – this Saturday! 

28 Jun 18

There’s a great Community Fun Day taking place this Saturday 30th June 2018 at St.


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Plans submitted for extra parking at Oak Park 

27 Jun 18

One of the things that’s surprised me about the new Oak Park Active Living Centre, built  and opened on the field of the previous one to a positive reception in 2016, has been it’s immense popularity – with the facility likely to see in excess…


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Thousands of pounds worth of damage caused in vandalism incident at Brownhills School – did you see anything? 

26 Jun 18

This is an urgent appeal for help from the headmistress of Brownhills School, Helen Keenan, who got in touch via Twitter today to tell me that there had been an nasty incidence of severe vandalism to cars parked at the school yesterday evening (…


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A belated, but heartfelt happy birthday to Aer Reg! 

26 Jun 18

Yesterday (Monday 25th June 2018), this post was supposed to be automatically published at 6am.


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Blooming hard work for canal volunteers – can you help? 

24 Jun 18

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know aboutGarden of Reflection they’re creating near the canal under restoration near Lichfield, and how they’re helping with Britain in Bloom.


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How Morris came to be… 

24 Jun 18

Last week I highlighted what turned out to be a very popular drone film by Danny Whittle that featured a section of The Brownhills Miner – whom many of us know as the Tin Man, Morris or Jigger – and it occurred to me that since he’s been in …


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Local cafe burgled overnight – did you see anything? 

24 Jun 18

Images posted by Colliers Cafe on Facebook In the early hours of this morning (Sunday 24th June 2018) at 2:50am, Colliers Cafe on West Coppice Road, Brownhills was broken into – the proprietors have posted the above images on facebook.


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Golden years 

23 Jun 18

Here’s one I’m very surprised that the young David Evans hasn’t murdered me for neglecting – I’ve this for ages  (since last Christmas, in fact) but not found time to assemble it and prep it for the blog, but now seems like as good a time …


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The boat that they rowed – how about some Shire Oak and Walsall Wood Youth Club memories? 

22 Jun 18

Here are a couple of wonderful photos from Walsall Wood Youth Club in the late 60s and early 70s that local lady Sue Mason recently posted to old pal Janey Hatfield’s brilliant, growing Walsall Wood group on Facebook, where Sue also posted a …


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Fancy some feelgood live music? Catch 3QA at The Lamp, Brownhills this Saturday! 

22 Jun 18

There’s a splendid concert being staged this Saturday evening 23rd June 2018 at the Lamp Arts Theatre at Brownhills Activity Centre, just on the Miner Island in the centre of Brownhills – from 7:30pm, feel good vocal four piece 3QA will be …


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Morris Miner and Brownhills – as you’ve never seen them before! 

21 Jun 18

Morris from aa very unusual angle.


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Chatting with Brownhills – a great new book of Brownhills memories is still available! 

20 Jun 18

A month or so ago I pointed out that there was an excellent new book out of Brownhills memories gathered orally by folks undertaking a project based at Knaves Court extra care facility, near Anchor Bridge in Brownhills.


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Do please be deer aware! 

19 Jun 18

Whist out and about on Sunday 17th June 2018, I came upon deer at Chasewater and at Cannock Chase who were either heavily pregnant or who had young fawns – cute as they are, this is a time to give the new mums and babies plenty of respectful, quiet…


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Green Lane closed for emergency sewer repairs – It’s a tough jobbie but someone’s gotta do it 

19 Jun 18

Just a quick note for those if might affect: The section of Green Lane Walsall Wood between the end of the houses by the Black Cock pub and the water works entrance is currently completely closed to through traffic, and has been since yesterday (…


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Above and beyond at Chasewater again – and a closer look at the dam house 

17 Jun 18

It’s always nice to see local drone photography and I’m very pleased and honoured to share this set fro former Brownhills lad Steve Martin, whose incredible and high quality work I’ve featured here before.


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Beware of courier fraud – criminals are targeting our elderly family and friends 

17 Jun 18

I’ve just had warning from the excellent WMNow system (you can sign up here – it’s free and very useful) that there’s a very concerning phone scam in operation locally I think readers should be aware of – and will be wanting to warn their …







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