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When pressed… 

18 Jan 18

It’s always good to hear from senior Brownhills historian and photographer Brownhills George, who sent me a very intriguing email last week about an error in a local history book, which he feels gives the wrong impression of events.


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And did those feet in ancient times gig upon Pelsall’s commons green? 

16 Jan 18

While I’m still fighting off the mother of all cold bugs (I really am dog rough folks) and whilst I’m still behind with 365days as well as not yet having run the 2018 Quiz results, can I just bomb straight in here with one of the most remarkable …


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A team line up and a pig roast: What do you know? 

16 Jan 18

Brian Clenton contacted me again just before Christmas and asked if I could round these two photos again, as he’s still looking for names and information about the people in them – and they’re wonderful images, so it’s a pleasure.


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The Brownhills Blog 2018 photo competition results! 

14 Jan 18

Right folks – this has been hard, so hard, in fact nearly impossible and due to the sheer volume and quality of work you all submitted, I’ve dug deep and doubled the prize fund – there will now be four beer prizes for equal top images, and seven …


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Tunnelling through the folklore 

14 Jan 18

I’ve had a really interesting email in from the Brownhills Blog Canada Correspondent Brian Edwards who relates a very interesting tale concerning Stonnall, and the discovery of a tunnel there in the late 1960s.


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Wood leave Studley standing 

14 Jan 18

Walsall Wood FC continued their steady and assertive rise yesterday afternoon (Saturday 13th January 2018) by beating visitors Study and Oak Park a whopping 7-0.


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Ladies – are you looking for a friendly, relaxed gym in Brownhills? 

13 Jan 18

Readers will know that I like to promote stuff going on at the Community Centre on the Miner Island in Brownhills – well, there’s a great gym there now too that’s specifically for the ladies and especially good for those who maybe are a bit nervous, …


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Walsall Wood at home in action against Studley this afternoon 

13 Jan 18

Walsall Wood are at the top of the league – come to Oak Park and cheer the lads on to help them stay there! Continue reading…


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Abridged 

12 Jan 18

Here’s one I’ve been meaning to run for a good while now: If you use the canal locally, either between Anchor Bridge and Lichfield Road via Ogley Junction, or at Pelsall North Common, there’s going to be some disruption for a couple of months while a…


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Meet your local coppers in Pelsall and Rushall! 

11 Jan 18

I received notice of another couple of useful ‘Meet the public’ popup events via the excellent WMNow service yesterday – both this coming Friday in Pelsall and Rushall – these are great initiatives where you can meet your local policing team and get…


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Meet your local coppers this Saturday in Aldridge! 

10 Jan 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, 13th January 2018 at Aldridge Library from 10:00am where you can meet your local …


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Walsall Wood’s Motivation Hub opens soon 

10 Jan 18

I told you all late last year that a really interesting project was starting soon in Walsall Wood for the families and carers of adults with learning disabilities and who have a weekday requirement for daycare for their loved one – well, the lady …


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Up the top-end… 

9 Jan 18

I’ve had a request from reader Michael Newman-Turner for images of the upper end of the High Street, between Ogley Road and Anchor Bridge to stir his memories – so I’ve trawled all I can find from out of print local photo books (thanks to the …


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Have you had mail go missing? 

8 Jan 18

I’ve been asked by a friend of the blog to make enquiries about an sensitive issue in the new flats recently built on Anchor Bridge opposite Knaves Court – apparently post is being stolen from mailboxes.


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American smooth – BOOZERS don’t waste your stamps! 

7 Jan 18

The American Studio photo phenomena touched upon a few weeks ago when we featured some mystery images from a local family seems to have captured readers imagination, and also shone a light on something that appeared to be a fashion at the turn of the…


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2018 photos completion – full gallery of entries 

7 Jan 18

So – here goes; entries have now CLOSED for the 2018 Brownhills Blog Photo Competition, and you can see all the pictures submitted in one gallery for your perusal at the foot of this post.


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Did you see this hit and run collision in Lichfield Road last night? 

7 Jan 18

Witnesses are being sought to a very unpleasant traffic incident last night on the Lichfield Road in Brownhills, between Grasmere Gardens and the Co-op Corner junction with Ogley/Chase roads – I actually passed the aftermath of this and the car in …


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Woodmen battle Paget Rangers to take league top spot 

7 Jan 18

Walsall Wood have enjoyed a reversal of fortunes this season – apart from a hiccup earlier in the season, they have been resurgent, and consolidated their good form by beating Paget Rangers yesterday (Saturday 6th January 2018) on the Astroturf at …


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Watch lost in Aldridge – can you help please? 

6 Jan 18

An important lost watch enquiry has come in from reader Helen, who’s lost a small silver timepiece in Aldridge yesterday (Friday 6th January 2018) Continue reading…


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New year quiz 2018 – come on, have a go if you’re up for it! 

6 Jan 18

Hey folks, a little later than hoped it’s the 2018 Brownhills Blog New Year Quiz – and don’t forget the photo competition is also running alongside, and similarly has beer and book prizes to be won!  Continue reading…


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Walsall Wood away against Paget Rangers this afternoon! 

6 Jan 18

Still time to hop down the Chester Road to see the Wood play Paget Rangers at the Mikes ground this afternoon! Continue reading…


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Break in last night at Pelsall Road stables – did you see anything? 

5 Jan 18

An appeal reaches me from Stevie Ansell who runs the riding stables on Pelsall Road, Brownhills – between Thursday night and this morning (overnight 4-5th January 2017), a break-in took place at the yard.


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Norwegian blue? Is it yours? 

5 Jan 18

An odd one here has reached me from several sources including reader Alice here who took time out to sent me an email about a blue and red parrot that’s currently feral in the Ogley Road area of Brownhills.


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust January 2018 public meeting this Monday 

4 Jan 18

lds Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (8th January 2018) there will be the January 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, …


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Children’s Craft Event on all day today at Brownhills Library 

4 Jan 18

Sorry – this is belated notice of a Children’s Crafts event today (Wednesday 4th January 2018) at Brownhills Library in the Parkview Centre, just off the Miner Island n Brownhills.


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New Year Family Fun Day at Oak Park today! 

3 Jan 18

I see for those of you still with the delightful wee nippers on school holiday, there’s a New Year Family Funday on today, Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at Oak Park Active Living Centre, Walsall Wood, from  10am until 3pm.


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New Year photo competition entries so far 

3 Jan 18

Hi folks – better late than never, here are the entries so far for this years Photo Competition – and it’s still open, and there’s time to submit your own entry.


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In memoriam, Rita Cassidy 

2 Jan 18

Ian Cassidy has been in touch to let readers know of the sad passing of his mother, Rita Joan Cassidy (nee Percival) who passed away on the 9th December 2017, and to invite all who knew her to her funeral next Monday, 8th January.


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Are these items yours? 

2 Jan 18

Here’s a quick one that came in yesterday evening while I was busy (Monday, 1st January 2018) – reader Caroline Feilden has sent me the above picture and wants to know if these items found locally by he father in law’s dog(!) might belong to you…


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Woodmen make big noise in the City 

1 Jan 18

The Woodemen were again on stonking form on Saturday last (30th December 2017) as they travelled down the road to Lichfield City to show the Lichfeldians a clean set of heels for the second time in recent weeks – it’s not often we get to best Ye Olde…


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The Brownhills Blog competitions are now on! 

31 Dec 17

You can win beer, books and be the smuggest person in your street! You can enter the photo competition by clicking here – near or far, David Bailey or not, show us what you love! You can enter the explorer … Continue reading…


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New year quiz 2018 – get stuck in! 

31 Dec 17

Hey folks, a little later than hoped it’s the 2018 Brownhills Blog New Year Quiz – and don’t forget the photo competition is also running alongside, and similarly has beer and book prizes to be won!  Continue reading…


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Frozen in time 

31 Dec 17

I’m pleased and delighted to have been contacted once more by top local photographer and friend of the blog Peter Booth, who this time has sent me some images of Chasewater – some taken from the ‘lighthouse’ structure on the old pier in what I …


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It’s competition time! 

30 Dec 17

Hey folks – regulars here will know that over Christmas and new year on the Brownhills Blog we normally have a quiz where real prizes can be won – mini kegs of Backyard Ale or books; well – this year is no exception, but following last year when I …


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You need to be quick to get tickets for the Walsall Wood FC New Year party! 

30 Dec 17

If you’re planning on seeing the New Year in at Walsall Wood Football Club this year, you need to be quick – tickets are a tenner and include buffet, but there are only a few left, so get up the clubhouse quickly to avoid disappointment.


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Soul and Motown party with DJ Leekie at the Shire Oak this New Years Eve 

30 Dec 17

Local lad Peter Leek has been in touch to let me know that he’s DJing this New Year’s Eve (Sunday 31st December 2017) with his Soul and Motown Party at the popular Shire Oak Pub in Brownhills.


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Great live entertainment at King Street Club in the Wood this New Years Eve! 

30 Dec 17

Also in the New Year’s Eve events department is the annual shindig at King Street Progressive Club in Walsall Wood – and you don’t have to be a member to go! Continue reading…


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Great live music and party at the Chase Inn this New Year’s Eve! 

30 Dec 17

The folks from the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills has been in touch to let me know that there’s live music and a great party at the pub this New Year’s Eve (Sunday, 31st December 2017) when popular rock act One For The Road bring the house down …


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Walsall Wood battle Ye Olde City this afternoon 

30 Dec 17

Walsall Wood FC in away action at Lichfield this afternoon! Continue reading…


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Vehicle break-in at Walsall Wood – be on the lookout, please 

29 Dec 17

Sad to report a vehicle break in at the Beech Tree Road car park in Walsall Wood yesterday evening (Thursday 28th December 2017).


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Can you help solve a Brownhills mystery? 

28 Dec 17

The young David Evans has been busy with lots of research projects of late, and one in particular seems like a good story to run in the mid-Christmas lull – so can you help identify these mystery photos, please? Continue reading…


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2017 Christmas bin collection information 

27 Dec 17

Hi folks – I’m getting a lot of enquiries regarding Christmas bin collection arrangements in the borough of Walsall, and since the change to rounds earlier in the year, there is only one simple answer to find out when you bins will be emptied.


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Walsall Wood spoil Stafford Town’s Christmas 

27 Dec 17

Boxing Day (Tuesday 26th December 2017) Walsall Wood again continued their renewed upward trajectory with a competent and hearty 6-0 victory at Oak Park over visitors Stafford Town.


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Whistle and flute? 

26 Dec 17

I have a really simple enquiry and request in from a reader this week relating to a local shop I’d completely forgotten about, and I think it’s worth asking you readers for help.


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Walsall Wood FC v Stafford Town in Boxing Day derby! 

26 Dec 17

Catch Walsall Wood FC in Boxing Day action at Oak Park this afternoon! Continue reading…


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May you remain in light 

24 Dec 17

It’s THAT time of year again, and I shan’t ramble on – but I’d just like to take time to wish everyone out there reading this a very happy Christmas, and the most peaceful, happy and prosperous new year – wherever this message finds you, I wish you …


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Way north of here 

24 Dec 17

Normally in the run-up to Christmas, I’ll got to Birmingham Christ shopping to have a mooch and visit the German Market, and often, I feature photosets from that on the blog.


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Woodmen bust Bolehall in Christmas cracker 

24 Dec 17

Must say, it’s nice to be featuring reports of Walsall Wood FC getting back on their winning run – yesterday, Saturday 23rd December 2017 they travelled to Tamworth to face Bolehall, and after a good-spirited match they came away the victors, again …


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Woodmen score big in City triumph 

23 Dec 17

It was back to winning for Walsall Wood FC on Wednesday last (20th December 2017) as they travelled up the A461 to Lichfield and decisively beat Lichfield City FC in their W Hunt Cup fixture.


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Walsall Wood Christmas Disco tonight 

23 Dec 17

One for those looking for a great night out locally tonight, Saturday 23rd December 2017 – it’s the Walsall Wood FC Christmas Disco, hosted at the Clubhouse at Oak Park by DJ Booots – starts at 7pm and runs on until late – just £5 entry.





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