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Local miniature railway open this Spring Bank Holiday Monday! 

22 May 18

Since it’s Spring Bank Holiday Monday next weekend, there’s a whole load of stuff going on – and Bank Holiday Monday (28th May 2018) sees one of the occasional openings of something remarkable I visited way back in spring 2017, and it’s well …


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The Friends of Brownhills Common – May 2018 meeting tonight! 

21 May 18

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting tonight, Monday 21st March 2018 of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – …


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Urgent! Please look out for these stolen motorbikes 

20 May 18

Images posted on Facebook by Stacey Woodfull Hey folks – please be on the lookout for these stolen motorbikes/quads, taken last night Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th May 2018 from Brownhills West and a separate incident in Norton East Road, Norton Canes…


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Walsall Wood FC end of season roundup! 

20 May 18

Images and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.


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Narrowboat convoy heading through Brownhills and Walsall Wood today! 

20 May 18

Hi folks – it’s a lovely day today (Sunday 20th May 2018) and Brownhills is set to see the passage of a large number of narrowboats on the Birmingham Canal Navigations 2018 cruise.


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A right royal celebration: Memories and pictures of the 1977 Jubilee in Brownhills 

19 May 18

In order to mark the royal weekend, I continue to share the remarkable photos donated by old pal of the blog and community whizz Dawn Hayton, who’s been digging in her mother’s collection and found this selection of images from the 1977 Queen’s…


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Please be alert for this car stolen from Brownhills last night 

19 May 18

Please everyone can you be on the lookout for the above, very distinctive orange Ford Focus car stolen from Lindon Drive, Brownhills possibly at around 3:30am this morning, Saturday 19th May 2018.


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Great football down at The Wood this afternoon! 

19 May 18

Saturday 19th May 2018 Following a week of bostin’ footy for you local heroes Walsall Wood FC v Wolverhampton Sporting FC The semi final of the JW Hunt Cup moved to Walsall Wood  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be to your local league …


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Phone scammers again targeting local elderly 

18 May 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 new phone scam in operation locally I think readers should be aware of – and will be wanting to warn …


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Fancy some wonderful, feel good musical theatre? 

18 May 18

Old pal of the blog Jamie Norgrove, Chair of top local performers Brownhills Musical Theatre Company contacted me yesterday afternoon to ask if I’d plug their latest show – the popular and fun Half a Sixpence – which looks set to be a real …


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Kind of blue, a token of our support – appeal still running! 

17 May 18

Ages ago, I ran a piece here about how local activist and Clayhanger Kid himself Brian Stringer was starting a campaign to bring back into use the old rail line that runs from Pelsall through Brownhills – not to carry trains, but as a walking and …


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Chasewater from above 

17 May 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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Do please be deer aware! 

16 May 18

I’ve become aware over the past few days of several reports that the local deer population are becoming defensive and not as docile and tolerant as they usually are – there’s a reason for that – they’re preparing to give birth.


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Home CCTV captures men brazenly testing if cars are locked 

15 May 18

Video  footage from Pelsall resident originally posted on Facebook.


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A busy week at Walsall Wood FC with two finals, a semi and a wedding! 

15 May 18

A BUSY WEEK FOR THE WOOD WITH TWO FINALS AT BANKS STADIUM Bescot Crescent,  Walsall ,  West Midlands WS1 4SA Tuesday 15th May Polymac League Cup Final Against Coleshill Town 7:30 Kick Off Thursday 17th May Walsall Senior Cup Final Against Rushall …


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Friends of Clayhanger Park Annual General Meeting meeting tonight! 

15 May 18

An event coming up for people concerned with the issues surrounding Clayhanger Park  -that there’s the Annual General Meeting of the Friends Of Clayhanger Park group at the Clean and Green Depot, Pelsall Road, Brownhills starting at 7:00pm this …


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust May 2018 public meeting tonight – with a very special guest speaker 

14 May 18

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that tonight, Monday evening (14th May 2018) there will be the May 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, …


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A message from your fat controller… 

13 May 18

Important public service announcement: Folks, you may have noticed I’ve flipped back to the old blog theme for a bit.


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Pictures from Brownhills Carnival in the 1970s 

13 May 18

I’ve had a very generous donation of photos from old freiend of the blog and community activist Dawn Hayton, who has scanned a real assortment of gems from her mother’s collection – they really are stunning.


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Kind of blue, a token of our support 

13 May 18

Ages ago, I ran a piece here about how local activist and Clayhanger Kid himself Brian Stringer was starting a campaign to bring back into use the old rail line that runs from Pelsall through Brownhills – not to carry trains, but as a walking and …


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Copy of New Hall Mill first open day of 2018 today! 

13 May 18

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today (Sunday 13th May 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again today for their first open day of 2018, for National Mills Weekend.


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Woodmen bust sadly short Bolehall in end of season stormer 

13 May 18

Images and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 12th May 2018) saw the last match of the Midland Football League for 2017/18 season, and league winners Walsall Wood FC entertained Bolehall Swifts at Oak Park…


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Reagan Asbury memorial football match at Oak Park today 

13 May 18

There’s a very special football match today (Sunday 13th May 2018) at Walsall Wood’s Oak Park ground in memory of Pelsall lad Reagan Asbury who tragically lost his life following disorder after a boxing match event at Walsall Town Hall last …


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Toy and train collectors fair at Oak Park this Sunday 

12 May 18

Here’s one I’ve been meaning to catch for a while, but always seem to miss somehow – the periodic Toy and Train Collectors Fair at Oak Park Leisure Centre, Walsall Wood.


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May Fest: On now and Sunday! 

12 May 18

I’m also interested to note this event going on this weekend – Saturday’s events are on now and continue until 8pm, but there’s a packed day for tomorrow, Sunday 13th May 2018 too from 12 noon to 5pm at the 31st Sutton Coldfield Scout Group…


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Congratulations to Walsall Wood Under 18s as they clinch league title 

12 May 18

It gave me a great deal of pleasure to see that Walsall Wood Football Club Under 18s side managed by the wonderful Dylan Somel have continued the club’s winning season by bagging the Midland Youth League trophy for the 2017/18 season.


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Walsall Wood at home to Bolehall Swifts this Saturday afternoon – note the early kickoff! 

11 May 18

Saturday 12th May 2018 Walsall Wood FC v Bolehall Swifts FC  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local league champions! Continue reading…


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Spring Craft and Vendor Fair this Saturday at Aldridge 

11 May 18

Just a heads up that there’s a Spring Craft and Vendor Fair fair planned this Saturday 12th May 2018 at Aldridge Community Centre, just by Anchor Meadow near the town centre.


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Fancy seeing the Greatest Showman at a great local event? 

11 May 18

There’s a splendid cinema event being staged staged a week from now on Saturday 19th May 2018 at the Lamp Arts Theatre in Brownhills Activity Centre, just on the Miner Island in the centre of Brownhills – there will be a showing of the popular …


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Meet your local coppers this Saturday in Aldridge and Streetly! 

11 May 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, 12th May 2018 at Aldridge Library from 10:00am until 11:00am where you can meet your …


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The first big ride of the summer 

10 May 18

Day three of the good weather last weekend, Bank Holiday Monday saw me go for the first big ride of the summer – and it’s a journey I’ve done bits of before, but this time the other way around; starting by getting a train to Macclesfield, I …


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New Hall Mill first open day of 2018 next Sunday! 

10 May 18

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally next Sunday (13th May 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Sunday for their first open day of 2018, for National Mills Weekend.


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The local work van break-ins continue: Beware, folks 

9 May 18

A quick warning to people with work vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – the rash of vehicle break ins continues with another incident on Sunday night/Monday morning 7-8th May 2018 in Lindon Drive Brownhills.


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Anything but idle: A great canal story performed free this evening and next Saturday 

9 May 18

There’s a free touring theatre show happening this evening and again in the coming week in our area and it’s rather fascinating, as the touring part of it is based on a canal boat and the theatre production being staged tells the story of women …


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Calling all local Royal Navy folk, served and serving 

9 May 18

You all know how important to me ex-servicemen’s clubs, Remembrance and care for those who’s seen military service is to me and this blog in general – it’s with that in mind that I’d like to draw reader’s attention to the following …


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Copy of Lichfield Waterworks Trust May 2018 public meeting this Monday – with a very special guest 

8 May 18

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (14th May 2018) there will be the April 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, …


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Saved by the bluebell 

7 May 18

Well, day two of the first big weekend of the summer saw me again, unsurprisingly out on my bike for a 55 miler over to Orton on the Hill and No Mans Heath.


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Walsall Wood away at Coventry Sphinx this Bank Holiday afternoon! 

7 May 18

This afternoon, Bank Holiday Monday 7th May 2018 The Wood are away to Coventry Sphinx! Continue reading…


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Spring at last! 

6 May 18

Well, spring has finally come and as befits a decent bank holiday weekend, I’m out and about on my bike, hence the lower than usual posting schedule.


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Bouncy Castle at the Hussey Arms this afternoon! 

6 May 18

Thanks to old pal of the blog and roving reporter Vicky Devine for the heads-up to the above – if you’re in Brownhills this afternoon and looking for something for the kids there’s a bouncy castle at the Hussey Arms (Hungry Horse) up until 7pm …


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League Champions Walsall Wood continue their domination: Match report mega roundup 

6 May 18

Images and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans It’s time for a mega football roundup, but bizarrely these three match reports cover just five days in a manic end of season for League Champions Walsall Wood FC, who have continued their…


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A lost local cafe: What do you remember? 

5 May 18

There’s something come in a few weeks ago I think will make a good question for a Bank Holiday weekend, and it’s a subject I’ve been meaning to mention for years – the lost transport cafe on the Chester Road between Shire Oak Crossroads.


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Kids fun day at The Anchor Inn this Sunday! 

5 May 18

There’s a great spring Bank Holiday weekend fun day for adults and kids this Sunday (6th May 2018) at the Anchor Inn, just on the Anchor Bridge on the Chester Road between Shire Oak and Brownhills.


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Walsall Wood Under 18s poised to win the league! 

5 May 18

Images of the Wood Under 18s in action Kindly supplied by Dylan Somel Walsall Wood Under 18s Manager Dylan Somel has sent in some great reports from recent matches (I suspect the wonderful, dedicated hand of Simon Evans at work there) which have seen…


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Walsall Wood FC at home to Nuneaton Griff this afternoon 

5 May 18

Saturday 5th May 2018 Walsall Wood FC v Nuneaton Griff  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be faithful to your local league champions! Continue reading…


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Meet your local coppers this Saturday afternoon in Brownhills 

4 May 18

I received notice of this great event from Brownhills Policing Team via the excellent WMNow service yesterday, advertising a pop-up meet the police event this Saturday afternoon, 5th May 2018 at The Parkview Centre, Brownhills (right on the Miner …


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2018 Walsall local election results 

4 May 18

Well, it was an interesting night at the Walsall council election count last night (Thursday 3rd May 2018) that saw the general collapse of the UKIP vote and it’s return home to the Conservatives, and this was reflected locally with incumbent …


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Rushall May Fayre – this bank holiday Monday! 

3 May 18

Thanks to Claire Gibbs for pointing this out – there will be the annual Rushall May Fayre this Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May 2018 at Rushall Playing Fields, Rowley Place, Rushall from 10:30am until 4pm.


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So today is Election Day – your chance to have your say 

3 May 18

So, it’s Thursday May 3rd 2018, a polling day in the UK when in our area you get to vote for one of your three local Councillors and for the next four years.


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Anything but idle: A great canal story performed free this evening and in the coming days 

2 May 18

There’s a free touring theatre show happening this evening and again in the coming week in our area and it’s rather fascinating, as the touring part of it is based on a canal boat and the theatre production being staged tells the story of women …







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