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Urgent: Police appeal for witnesses to Rushall collision 

22 Apr 17

Walsall police this afternoon issued the following appeal for witnesses to come forward who may have seen the Mercedes Convertible, pictured below, on Wednesday last (19th April 2017) after in was involved in a collision on the Lichfield Road in …


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Aston Manor Transport Museum in Aldridge – Spring Running Day this Sunday 

22 Apr 17

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have their Spring Running Day this Sunday, 23rd April 2017 -It starts at 10:00am and should be just the thing for vintage transport fans, bus enthusiasts, petrol heads and …


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Walsall Wood at home to Heanor Town this afternoon! 

22 Apr 17

Come watch Walsall Wood in action against the Derbyshire lads this afternoon! Continue reading…


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There’s no stopping Ian! 

21 Apr 17

Well, here goes with another appeal and this one is important too, and one I’m very much interested in as tomorrow, Saturday 22nd April 2017, Brownhills poet and human dynamo Ian Neville will be doing a forty mile ride into Brum and back on local …


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Woodmen suffer cruel fate as Highgate seize victory 

20 Apr 17

Last Bank Holiday Monday afternoon (17th April 2017) Walsall Wood visited Highgate United, who sadly managed to turn around a match that had seemed in the bag for Walsall Wood.


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St. George’s Day party at Walsall Wood this Sunday! 

20 Apr 17

With the local Remembrance appeals in mind, I thought I’d advertise this event on Sunday (23rd April 2017): a great St George’s day party at Walsall Wood Football Club hosted by the Bard of Brownhills himself, Ian Neville.


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Four climb a mountain for local Remembrance! 

20 Apr 17

Over the coming weeks and months I will be posting a fair few appeals here in support of local Remembrance parade fundraising efforts, because you all know how important to me Remembrance is, and from past articles here, why in Walsall the …


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The 9 to 5 is anything but dull with Brownhills finest! 

19 Apr 17

Old pals of the blog and top performers Brownhills Musical Theatre Company contacted me in the last few days to ask if I’d plug their latest show – the Dolly Parton hit 9 to 5 – which looks set to be a real gem.


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High above the boats below… 

17 Apr 17

It’s been a while since I featured anything here from top drone whizz and ex-Brownhills lad Steve Martin, and today it’s a pleasure to feature another remarkable gallery of his aerial photography, inspired by the recent Heritage Narrow Boat Club …


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Former Terrace Restaurant to become World Buffet – confirmed! 

17 Apr 17

Rumours have been circulating for months after work started to renovate the derelict and vandalised former Terrace Restaurant on the A5 Watling Street at Newtown in Brownhills – but now it’s confirmed: a sign on the fence now announced that a World …


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The story of a Norton Canes ANZAC 

16 Apr 17

I take huge pride today in being able to post the following article by noted and very much respected war historian Andrew Thornton, who’s done so much to record the life, times and service of som many servicemen, local and not so local.


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Wood wiped out by Coventry blitz 

16 Apr 17

Walsall Wood FC were away to Coventry Sphinx yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 15th April 2017), and despite holding their own for the first half, things rapidly deteriorated in the second.


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Well, this really floats our boat! 

15 Apr 17

Yesterday, I pointed out that Brownhills was hosting the Historic Narrow Boat Club who have their Wyrley Cruise event on this weekend, and the tour will be spending a couple of days at Silver Street in Brownhills (15-16th April 2017) before moving to…


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Mount Zion Sunday School Anniversary, 1962 

15 Apr 17

A wonderful submission here from the young David Evans on the subject of the 1962 Mount Zion anniversary – Mount Zion was the dark, imposing church that stood in the centre of Brownhills High Street until it’s demolition to make way for Ravens Court …


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A great chance for tea and cake in a great country canalside garden this afternoon! 

15 Apr 17

I know it’s late on but there’s a great even going on in Whittington this afternoon (Saturday, 15th April 2017) in aid of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust ‘Tunnel Vision’ appeal – Eric and Doreen’s All Day Easter Coffee Morning.


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Walsall Wood away at Coventry Sphinx this afternoon! 

15 Apr 17

The Woodmen away at Coventry this afternoon – can they secure the points to save the season? Continue reading…


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Historic canal boat tour comes to Brownhills this weekend 

14 Apr 17

The sharp eyed amongst you will have no doubt noticed that Brownhills has some rather special guests staying with us over Easter – the Historic Narrow Boat Club have their Wyrley Cruise event on now, and the tour has hit town! Continue reading…


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Up in Arms 

14 Apr 17

A quick post as I’m fiddling with technical stuff behind the scenes (VPN and Remote Desktop anyone?) but this is the latest post in a serious of unusual postcards spotted on everyone’s favourite tat bazaar, eBay.


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Just the job… can you help a local lad find work? 

13 Apr 17

I have here an imprtant and unusual request from long time friend and blog stalwart David Evans, whose son is looking for a job locally.


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Firy Woodmen roast Rocester 

13 Apr 17

Last Tuesday evening, 11th April 2017 Walsall Wood FC entertained Rocester at Oak Park, and the Woodmen bagged a very respectable win, leaving the Romans in disarray.


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In memoriam, Ron Hawkins. 

12 Apr 17

I’m sad to share the tragic news with readers that Ron Hawkins, a true son of Walsall and a genuine ambassador for our town and it’s leather trade sadly passed away on March 31st, 2017.


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A choral treat in store this afternoon! 

12 Apr 17

This is late news just in, but those readers who enjoy choral music can catch a great performance this very afternoon (Wednesday 12th April 2017) at Silver Street Methodist Church in Brownhills.


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Beware of the Mermaid 

11 Apr 17

There were a good few days over the end of last week, so on Saturday I took advantage of the early summer conditions ad took a ride into the Peak District and Staffordshire Moorlands, calling in some familiar haunts I often return to every spring.


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Bogus tree pruners in Shire Oak again – be vigilant 

10 Apr 17

Reader Andy from Shire Oak has been in touch (Monday, 10th April 2017) after his mother was targeted again by bogus ‘gardeners’ who claimed to have cut her back hedge and then demanded an extortionate fee.


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In tent recollections… 

10 Apr 17

Noted local historian and author Clive Roberts has over the weekend sent me a great photo from the early days of Shire Oak Secondary Modern school, now Shire Oak Academy, which sits well alongside the whole school photos of Shire Oak Grammar which …


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Grass fire on Gentleshaw Common yesterday 

9 Apr 17

I was elsewhere yesterday afternoon as it’s good cycling weather – but I noticed from social media feeds and enquiries that there was a grass fire on Gentleshaw Common towards the evening.


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Finally – Wood fans sweetened by a beaten Eaton 

9 Apr 17

Walsall Wood FC entertained Long Eaton United yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 8th April 2017), and the Woodmen were clearly getting back to form, beating the visitors in a great match.


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Flytipping morons hit Barracks Lane 

8 Apr 17

I’m sad to say that the local area is still plagued by flytipping – the above load was dumped on Friday 7th April 2017 at Barracks Lane, just over the border in Staffordshire, and reported on Facebook by the crew from the Lichfield Mercury.


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Friends like these are friends indeed! 

8 Apr 17

That there Kate Cardigan from Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered and a host of other historical and community based projects is appealing for people to join her and other volunteers in the new Friends of Chasewater Group.


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Walsall Wood face Long Eaton at Oak Park this afternoon 

8 Apr 17

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood at Oak Park this afternoon in action against Long Eaton! Continue reading…


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Get the Community Doodle bug! 

7 Apr 17

That there Lucy Wood from the Saxon Hill Craft Barn shop at Chasewater Innovation Centre has written to let me know that they’re holding a free Community Doodle Workshop this Saturday, 8th April 2017 from 10am until 2pm, and all are welcome! Continue…


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Important appeal: Did you know James Green? 

7 Apr 17

This is one of those requests that pops up from time to time, and was issued by the Communication Team at Walsall Council this week and I’d like all locals to have a think about it, and if any of you can do so, please help.


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It’s karaoke night at the Chase Inn! 

6 Apr 17

Just a note to point out that tonight, Thursday 6th April 2017 it’s Karaoke Night at the Chase Inn up on the A5 Newtown at Brownhills.


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Beware of possible bogus parcel carrier operating locally 

5 Apr 17

A really odd one reaches me from Kevin Pitt of Walsall Police, who’s put out a message via the excellent WMNow service about a Yodel uniform and scanner – that’s Yodel the delivery company – which have been stolen from a parked vehicle in Rushall …


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Have you got a lot of bottle? 

4 Apr 17

Here’s an odd but important request I had in yesterday from Walsall Countryside Ranger Helen Sanger – she needs loads of clean, empty 2 litre drinks bottles! Continue reading…


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Over 50s employment support event at Brownhills Library this morning! 

4 Apr 17

A bit late I know, but might catch a few of you at least: There’s a specialist over 50s employment support/information event happening TOADY 4th April 2017 at Brownhills Library (Tuesday 4th April 2017), from 9:30-11:30am.


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The gnomons of Aldridge 

3 Apr 17

Here’s just a quick note to regular readers not on social media or who perhaps haven’t noticed that Linda Mason, ‘The Mad Old Baggage’ has a new post up about a very interesting situation in Aldridge, concerning planning and a curious bullishness …


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It’s all water under the bridge 

2 Apr 17

I’ve had some interesting responses (particularly on Facebook) to the odd enquiry I made yesterday from reader Graham about Hopwas Canal Bridge on the A51 near Tamworth.


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Feeling the bumps 

2 Apr 17

As I’m catching up (and I really am now, so folks waiting for articles to be posted – hang in there, especially Lynn Lynn who’s been very patient indeed) I’m getting more local history stuff up here at last, which after all, is why most of you are …


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Heavy defeat for Woodmen as Highgate triumph 

2 Apr 17

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 1st April 2017) Walsall Wood were visited by Highgate United, who sadly seem to have made April fools of the Woodmen.


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Abridged 

1 Apr 17

After I posted my ride pictures from last Saturday’s spring sojourn around east Staffordshire, reader Graham posed a comment asking a really interesting question about a canal bridge on the A51 at Hopwas, which I’m really interested in.


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Great live music at The Chase Inn tonight! 

1 Apr 17

The folks from the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills has been in touch to let me know that there’s live music on again at the popular Brownhills pub this evening (Saturday 1st April 2017), with popular local rock act White Tygër live tonight from 9:…


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Walsall Wood FC v Highgate United at home this afternoon 

1 Apr 17

Walsall Wood face Highgate at Oak Park this afternoon – can they bag a win? Continue reading…


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Reap the wild wind 

1 Apr 17

I have been aware now for some weeks that there have been rumours circulating about an interesting development on Brownhills Common, and following some research, I can now share the news with readers…


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The Jolly Collier and Old Public Houses of Brownhills – a letter from America 

31 Mar 17

I’ve had an enquiry in from over in the US about a long lost pub in Brownhills, also asking for a copy of Clive Roberts’ latest book, ‘Old Public Houses of Brownhills (Part 1)’ – I’ve passed the enquiry for the book directly to Clive, but in the …


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Walsall Local History Centre: Council clarifies their position 

31 Mar 17

A turn up for the books a couple of days ago as it appears the folk over at Walsall Council’s Press Office still read the blog – you’ll remember the post from a couple of days ago when I passed on the news that opening of the Local History Centre in …


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Have a great night out – and support a great local canal project! 

30 Mar 17

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about their annual Spring show, taking place at Whittington Village Hall on Friday, April 7th 2017.


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Great fun day and sale event in Walsall Wood this Sunday! 

30 Mar 17

Thanks to all those that have pointed it out – there is a great charity fund day and sale on this coming Sunday, from 1-5pm at King Street Club, King Street Walsall Wood – all in aide of theEpilepsy Action and Strides for Seizures campaigns.


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Important news for those interested in Walsall local history 

29 Mar 17

This is just a quick note to flag up some really important news regarding opening hours at Walsall Local History Centre which will, from April 1st 2017, only be open for two days per week, to enable moving of the service to the Central Library in …


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Resprung 

26 Mar 17

You’ll all know that of late, I’ve not been too well and that work has taken up a huge amount of my time – well, my health is now thankfully improving, work is easing off and the sun came out (although the wind was still a bit keen), so yesterday I …







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