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Tom’s Cabin: from thatches to rugs! 

25 Jul 17

Way back, six years way back, I wrote about the (still derelict) old bungalow at the old driveway to Shire Oak Quarry, just of Shire Oak Hill on the A461 near Sandhills, and was interested in the history of this interesting, lost home; several folk …


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Brownhills Carnival remembered: Tower Hill return please, and a single for the wife 

23 Jul 17

A couple of weeks ago, old pal of the blog Lisa Ashby sent in a wonderful article with some great supporting pictures showing her involvement in the Brownhills Carnivals of the late 80s and early 90s.


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Woodmen nick Pics glory 

23 Jul 17

We’re now at the very beginnings of the 2017/18 season and the friendlies well underway, I’m happy to see Bill Shaw hasn’t thrown away his match day pencil and has been kind enough to send in.


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Aston Manor Transport Museum in Aldridge – Vintage Verses starts soon! 

23 Jul 17

A brief one starting very soon just drawn to my attention by the indefatigable Russell Smith – there’s a poetry/spoken word event starting at Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge at 2:30pm this afternoon (Sunday 23rd July 2017).


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News, reports and even video from Walsall Wood FC – and a fitting tribute to a great man! 

22 Jul 17

Well, it’s been a busy old time down at Oak Park Football Club, home of Walsall Wood FC – the overall season has started as usual before the official one with a series of warm-up ‘friendly’ matches and a rejuvenated, revitalised team with new …


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Mabel’s Vintage Fair at Chasewater Railway this Sunday! 

22 Jul 17

I notice that this Sunday, 23rd July 2017, there’s a rather fun looking vintage event being staged at Chasewater Railway by Mabel’s Vintage Carriage, who have a regular vintage stall in a carriage at the preserved railway.


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Urgent police appeal: Please help find vulnerable teenager Aaron Taylor 

22 Jul 17

West Midlands Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of teenager Aaron Taylor from New Invention, Willenhall who went missing cat 5pm on Friday – Aaron has learning difficulties and is considered to be vulnerable.


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Walsall Wood away to The Pics in pre-season friendly today! 

22 Jul 17

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood play just down the road in Rushall this afternoon! Continue reading…


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Bogus gardeners operating locally again – be vigilant 

21 Jul 17

Partnerships officer Kevin Pitt has sent details that suggest the bogus gardener scam is running again locally, and this often targets homes in our area particularly those of the elderly and vulnerable.


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A5 Live: Not long to go now! 

21 Jul 17

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).


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Meet your local coppers this Friday in Brownhills 

20 Jul 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, 21stnJuly 2017 at Tesco, Brownhills where you can meet your local policing team and get help, …


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Walsall Wood Remembrance Parade: Appeal still running! 

20 Jul 17

Here’s a very important appeal from Lee Bragginton of the 1st Walsall Wood Scout Group, who like all other folks involved with local Remembrance Parades, is appealing for help and donations so the Walsall Wood Parade can take place this year.


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Laptop and Xbox stolen in Brownhills burglary – please keep a lookout 

19 Jul 17

Just a quick headsup to anyone offered a cheap Lenovo Laptop or X-Box locally: There’s every chance they’re stolen property, as these items were taken in a burglary from a flat in Brownhills High Street yesterday (Tuesday 18th July 2017).


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Walsall Wood FC v Stafford Rangers at Oak Park this evening! 

18 Jul 17

Come catch some cracking football at Walsall Wood this evening! Continue reading…


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The Swan, Brownhills: Come say farewell, and welcome a new era 

18 Jul 17

It’s been six short years since Jane and Geoff Taylor took over The Swan pub on Pelsall Road, Brownhills, transforming it from a pub long closed and thought of as lost to an absolutely banging community real ale pub.


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Why not try your luck on Claridges 60th Anniversary raffle? 

17 Jul 17

Thos nice people from Claridge Electricals in Walsall Wood and Brownhills have been in touch to ask if I’d give their 60th Anniversary raffle a plug.


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A game of Catshill and Mouse Hill 

16 Jul 17

We’ve not been doing enough local history here lately, and I’m rectifying that forthwith a remarkable article from David Evans, whose research into what could well have been the first place of worship in Brownhills is stunning.


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Brownhills war hero Edward Tunstall: can you help locate the lost photos please? 

16 Jul 17

I’ve had a fascinating and very detailed enquiry come in from reader Emma Smith that I’m hoping some of the old blog hands and researchers can help with – I know that Brownhills still has a British Legion Branch (whose current appeal for the …


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Great free live music event in Walsall Arboretum this afternoon! 

16 Jul 17

Also on today, Sunday 16th July 2017 at Walsall Arboretum Bandstand will be a great live family show – the Chuckery Music Festival 2017 Bandstand Music Event – featuring great local bands and musicians to suit all tastes, with food, drink and kids …


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Fancy something steamy today? 

16 Jul 17

If you’re into steam engines, old vehicles, amazing contraptions and mechanical jumble then there’s a great event on today between Barton under Needwood and Yoxall: Barton Gate Steam Rally.


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Urgent: Please help find missing girl Katie Henworth 

15 Jul 17

An urgent appeal has come in from local lady Kelly Allport, whose friend’s daughter, Katie Henworth has not been seen since yesterday000 (Friday, 15th July 2017) – West Midlands Police are involved, and I’m asking all readers to keep a look out and …


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Classic Motor Show at Walsall Arboretum this Sunday! 

15 Jul 17

Friend of the blog and top local history author Clive Roberts has been in touch to let me know that there’s a Classic Car Show on at Walsall Arboretum this Sunday 16th July 2017.


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2017 Chasewater Grand Prix – this weekend! 

15 Jul 17

This Saturday and Sunday (15th and 16th July 2017) will be quite a special weekend for the local powerboat community as Chasewater hosts the PowerBoatGP 2017 Chasewater Grand Prix at our favourite reservoir and country park.


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Walsall Wood at home to Sutton Coldfield Town in pre-season friendly this Saturday! 

14 Jul 17

You first chance to catch Walsall Wood in action at home for the 2017/18 season! Continue reading…


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Are you ready to go A5 Live? 

14 Jul 17

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).


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Police issue statement following Walsall Wood machete attack 

13 Jul 17

Yesterday evening, Wednesday 12th July 2017, there was a serious incident in Walsall Wood High Street, in which a man suffered a head injury – Brigg Ford from West Midlands Police has just issued the following statement: Continue reading…


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Man suffers head injury following serious incident in Walsall Wood 

13 Jul 17

Yesterday evening, Wednesday 12th July 2017, there was a serious incident in Walsall Wood High Street, believed to have taken place outside the Boatman’s Rest pub which saw a heavy emergency services response, including an armed police unit and the …


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Clayhanger Park upgrade – drop in session this afternoon! 

12 Jul 17

Late notice I know but there is a drop in session this afternoon )Wednesday, 12th July 2017) at Holy Trinity School in Clayhanger to discuss options for renovating and upgrading Clayhanger Park – anyone is welcome to come find out more and have their…


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Beware – daytime closures of Lichfield Road Brownhills today and tomorrow 

12 Jul 17

Just a warning that there are road patching works today and tomorrow daytime (Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th July 2017)  between Miner Island and Co-op corner on Lichfield Road.


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Have you seen this lost Macaw? 

11 Jul 17

This is a quick post but very important – have you seen this lost Macaw that’s gone missing from Shelfield? Continue reading…


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Take a ride on the 23 with top local historian Bill Mayo – this Friday! 

11 Jul 17

Don’t forget that this Friday (14th July 2017) at the new Lamp Arts theatre venue within Brownhills Activity Centre, you have a chance to hear a remarkable local historian speak – you really need to get moving, as tickets are selling fast! Continue …


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Please keep an eye of for this motorbike stolen from Chasewater 

10 Jul 17

Also taken this weekend, the motorbike pictured above, which was stolen from Chasewater on Friday evening , 7th July 2017.


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Urgent! Please look out for this Mercedes ML270 stolen from Brownhills 

9 Jul 17

We’ve had a spate of car and motorbike thefts over the past few days in the area, and I’ve got a couple coming up I’d like readers to particularly look out for – the first being this silver Mercedes ML270 4×4, registration the very distinctive 53VKG.


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

9 Jul 17

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting this Monday 10th July 2017 of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – please meet …


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Carnival Mardi Gras: Brownhills Style! 

9 Jul 17

Earlier in the week, talented, longstanding contributor Lisa Ashby promised to send in some material about the entries of the B-CASS Disabled Centre into Brownhills Carnival in the late 80s and 90s – good to her word, Lisa has done just that and I …


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust – July 2017 public meeting this Monday 

9 Jul 17

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (1oth July 2017) there will be the July 2017 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, …


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The death throes of the local line 

9 Jul 17

Local rail buff Simon Swain last week sent in the above image of one of the last freight workings on the South Staffordshire Line through central Brownhills – and there was a large amount of interest in this remarkably evocative photo.


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Aston Manor Transport Museum in Aldridge – annual running Day today! 

9 Jul 17

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have their Open and Running Day this Sunday, 9th July2 2017 -It starts at 10:00am and should be just the thing for vintage transport fans, bus enthusiasts, petrol heads …


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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday! 

8 Jul 17

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (9th July 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…


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Collision in Brownhills High Street 

8 Jul 17

Thanks to readers Lsoft Elad (sic) and Toni Jones, I can share the information that there was a road traffic collision in Brownhills High Street This afternoon (Saturday, 8th July 2017) – it appears that thankfully, nobody was seriously injured.


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A stunning restoration 

8 Jul 17

Here’s something lovely I want to share with readers – long term followers of the blog will know of talented, longstanding contributor Lisa Ashby, who this week sent in the wonderful footage of Reg Morris eating daffodils – well, she has another …


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First Walsall Wood pre-season friendly underway now 

8 Jul 17

Oh damn – only just spotted the 1:30pm kickoff – apologies to all for failing to spot this – but it’s only in Cheslyn hay so you could catch the second half…


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Lichfield Festival Market – on today 

8 Jul 17

Join us for the popular Florette Festival Market featuring stalls, refreshments, live performances and much more.


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Pelsall Carnival on now! 

8 Jul 17

Just a quick headsup that over in the principality this afternoon is Pelsall Carnival – head for the common and the noise.


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Urgent: Please help find missing Lauren 

7 Jul 17

An urgent appeal has come in from Facebook this morning – Tammy Louise Kinsey is appealing for help in finding missing teenager Lauren, 15, pictured above.


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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday! 

7 Jul 17

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (9th July 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…


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Reg Morris – a feast of golden daffodils 

6 Jul 17

Over the years I’ve featured on the blog, and received a very warm response to anything connected with the late, great and absolutely legendary Brownhillian Reg Morris – a man noted for his community spirit, mischief, bravery and willingness to …


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One of the final few 

5 Jul 17

Local rail buff Simon Swain has been in touch with a remarkable image of Brownhills recording the very last days of the railway here – just before construction of the Miner Island in 1984.


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John Weston’s funeral takes place today 

5 Jul 17

Reader Dickie Weston has been in touch to ask if I’d inform raders that the funeral of his father, John Weston is to take place this afternoon Wednesday, 5th July 2017 at 3:00pm at  Sandwell Valley Crematorium, just near the junction of the Newton …


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Detectives seek two further witnesses following James Brindley murder 

4 Jul 17

Following the shocking murer of James Brindley in Aldridge on the Friday evening of 23rd June 2017, police enquiries have proceeded apace, and yesterday Monday 3rd July 2017 they issued a new appeal for two men thought to be uninvolved witnesses to …







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