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Stationary travellers 

23 Mar 17

There is a good deal of concern at the moment in Brownhills West about a planning consultation currently being undertaken by Cannock Chase District Council, regarding many aspects of local development, but in this case about future provision for …


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There’s going to be a jailbreak… 

23 Mar 17

Hey folks – you all know that here on the blog I’m very keen to support charities, particularly ones working so hard to combat cancer and support those enduring it’s effects.


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Models at the museum – a great event happening this Sunday 

22 Mar 17

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a ‘Models at the Museum’ event this Sunday, 26th March 2017 -It starts at 10:00am and should be just the thing for modellers, transport enthusiasts, petrol heads and …


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Where does the water go? Find out this Sunday! 

21 Mar 17

An interesting history walk is taking place this Sunday, 26th March 2017 at Chasewater, entitled ‘Where does the water go?’ which takes a look at how the dam infrastructure functions, and some of the industrial history of Anglesey Basin and surrounds.


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If you go down to Coppice Woods today… 

20 Mar 17

I’ve been contacted by a few people lately who’ve been worried about the woodland management and scrub removal ongoing in Coppice Woods (formerly Goblins Wood) just off Green Lane, between Walsall Wood and Shelfield.


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You were earnestly invited… in 1935 

19 Mar 17

While I go get some other behind the scenes stuff done (hopefully involving cake of some kind), I have here another gem from Tony Portman via the wonderful David Evans: A Walsall Wood Parish Magazine – from October 1935.


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Walsall Wood Reserves melt Cadbury’s defences 

19 Mar 17

There was no first team match for Walsall Wood FC yesterday, but as I noted here, the Reserves were playing their Cadbury Athletic counterparts at Oak Park.


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Walsall Wood Boys Brigade from the 1950s, and an enquiry from a new reader 

18 Mar 17

First up, an apology: the blog and 365daysofbiking journal have slipped terribly this week – sorry, but as people who follow me on social media will be aware, last weekend I really wasn’t well.


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Sad news in the search for Andy Cooper 

18 Mar 17

In the period since Christmas, I’ve shared with readers the desperate search for missing Walsall lad Andy Cooper; Andy was well known and liked in Walsall where he grew up, but was living in Stourport when he went missing just after New Year 2017.


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Walsall Wood Reserves at home to Cadbury Athletic this afternoon 

18 Mar 17

No first team match today, but the reserves are playing well and are at Oak Park from 3pm! Continue reading…


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Chasewater Railway 2017 Industrial Gala this weekend! 

18 Mar 17

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a preserved industrial railway right on our doorstep is holding it’s annual Industrial Gala this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 18-19th March 2017.


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Foot stomping live music and a great St Patrick’s Day party tonight at the Chase Inn! 

17 Mar 17

The staff from the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills have been in touch to let me know that there’s a fantastic St.


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Meet your local coppers this Friday – and help Beat the Burglar! 

16 Mar 17

I received notice of this great event from Walsall Police via the excellent WMNow service a few days ago, advertising a bunch of events across the borough this Friday, 17th March 2017 where you can meet your local policing team and get help and crime…


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Urgent ! Please help find this dog stolen from Bloxwich 

15 Mar 17

Friend of the blog Jess Horsley has been in touch to ask me to spread the appeal for a stolen Star Pei dog, pictured above, that was stolen from her pal’s garden in Bloxwich on Monday 13th March 2017 – Jess wrote: Continue reading…


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Ravens Court – surveying the wreckage? 

15 Mar 17

I’m always careful here not to get folks hopes up unnecessarily, particularly on longstanding and serious matters that have occupied the blog for a long time – but I’m interested to note as many blog readers and regulars have done that for a couple …


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Don’t miss Back to Backs – another brilliant Talk in the Wood! 

14 Mar 17

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend another fascinating local history talk at Walsall Wood Library this Wednesday, 15th March 2017, when Birmingham Historian and National Trust Guide Clive Katz will be discussing the subject of the Birmingham Back …


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The Friends of Brownhills Common – March 2017 meeting his Monday! 

12 Mar 17

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting tonight, Monday 13th March 2017 of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – please meet…


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Woodmen battle Badgers for a draw 

12 Mar 17

Yesterday (Saturday 11th March 2017) saw Walsall Wood take a scenic trip over Cannock Chase to Brocton, where despite a good fight, the Badgers held the lads to a one-all draw.


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Walsall Wood FC off to Brocton to bait Badgers this afternoon! 

11 Mar 17

Catch Walsall Wood FC away at Brocton this afternoon! Continue reading…


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Help find this dog stolen in Brownhills this afternoon, please! 

9 Mar 17

Please share as widely as possible – this is urgent, a friend of the blog has asked me to share this stolen dog alert – the above dog was snatched in Ogley Park off Saddler Road in Brownhills this afternoon by two lads.


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Stop press: Walsall Beer Festival cancelled, but all is not lost! 

9 Mar 17

Sorry to inform you all that the annual Walsall Beer Festival that was due to take place at MPV in town from tonight (Thursday 9th March 2017) has had to be downscaled and moved to the Black Country Arms (and others) from 12 noon Friday, 10th March …


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It’s karaoke night at the Chase Inn! 

9 Mar 17

Just a note to point out that tonight, Thursday 9th March 2017 it’s Karaoke Night at the Chase Inn up on the A5 Newtown at Brownhills.


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Brownhills West Estate Cleanup Day today! 

9 Mar 17

Late notification I know, but today there’s a littler pick/tidy up afoot in Brownhills West and volunteers are needed – meet at Shannon Drive Centre at 10am.


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That old devil? 

9 Mar 17

A quick sale I know nothing about, but is clearly a part of Brownhills history – a vinyl album with a very hand-produced looking cover, called ‘The Devils and the Angels’ by Brownhills Comprehensive School has popped up on eBay with some great images…


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Beware: Indecent exposure incident at canal near Clayhanger 

7 Mar 17

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news yet again, but just a heads up that there’s been an indecent exposure incident near the canal in Clayhanger today (Tuesday, 7th March 2017).


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

7 Mar 17

Sad to report a couple of vehicle break-ins in Walsall Wood on Sunday night/Monday Morning – this time at the Beech Tree Road car park in Walsall Wood.


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Lady mugged near Clayhanger Bridge – be on your guard! 

6 Mar 17

Worrying news from Clayhanger where near the canal bridge last night at around 11pm (Sunday 5th March 2017) a lady was mugged by a couple of robbers for £30.


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Urgent appeal: Brownhills Royal British Legion need our help! 

5 Mar 17

I’m not going to beat around the bush here – this is a very important issue that I’ve been vocal about for some time, and this year it’s coming to a head.


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We have things in Common… 

5 Mar 17

Of late, I’ve featured a lot of material here on the blog concerning local schools – this is wonderful, but as I have much more to come, but I thought we’d have a brief break today and feature some of the work of eminent local historian Gerald Reece…


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Chasewater Railway 2017 season starts today! 

5 Mar 17

I’ve noticed that Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a preserved industrial railway right on our doorstep is re-starting passenger services this weekend after the winter shutdown.


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Restoring a Lynk, and finding a link 

4 Mar 17

The rash of Walsall Wood School-related material continues, with another wonderful pair of submissions from quiz supremo Lynn Lynk – and through the connections of the blog, we not only got the images restored, but possibly found out more about one …


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Woodmen at home to Rocester this afternoon 

4 Mar 17

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood FC at home to Rocester! Continue reading…


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Travellers on former Brownhills Market site again 

3 Mar 17

Just a quick note to say that yes, there is an unauthorised encampment on the former market site in Brownhills once more (Friday, 3rd March 2017) and the authorities concerned were informed yesterday evening when the ingress was noted, and are …


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Your chance to find out about our local deer this Saturday… 

3 Mar 17

I don’t know much about this one, but just a quick heads up: there’s a talk entitled ‘The Deer of Cannock Chase’ on at Chasewater Innovation Centre at 2:00pm Saturday, 4th March 2017.


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Join the adventure – Walsall Wood Scouts need you! 

2 Mar 17

Lee Bragginton from 1st Walsall Wood Scout Group has been in touch to tell me that this wonderful group are welcoming new members and adult volunteers.


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Horsebox fire in Walsall Wood yesterday evening 

2 Mar 17

I’ve had a few enquiries about an incident up on Castlehill, Walsall Wood yesterday evening (Wednesday, 1st March 2017) that saw fire engines attend to a callout in the area.


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Clayhanger BigTidyUp events this weekend! 

1 Mar 17

The ever-wonderful Madwblog posted this invitation to the community to join in two litter pick/tidy events in the village this coming weekend – 4th and 5th March 2017 – and I thought it was important to run the post here, … Continue reading…


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Fancy a run tonight? 

1 Mar 17

I note from social media that there’s a very active running club in the locality and I just thought I’d sound the headsup for readers, as I know that the sport is increasing in popularity, and many beginners who’ve been enjoying park runs and the …


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Get tunnel vision and help with a great local history preservation project! 

28 Feb 17

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the launch of their Tunnel Vision appeal, which has been established to raise funds in order to construct a canal tunnel under the railway near …


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In case you didn’t know it, Brownhills has a great poet – an he has a book out now! 

27 Feb 17

You all know I like to support local authors and good causes here on the Brownhills Blog, and there’s a fascinating and wonderful project currently gathering steam in the community I’ve just got to share with you – it’s fantastic.


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The Portman Collection – part four: Netball, and some outdoor studies 

26 Feb 17

In the fourth serialised article of what will turn out to be quite a few, here’s the next five photos from Walsall Wood Secondary School in the 1950s with accompanying notes, as introduced in this blog post here – This time, I am including the …


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Knitting and Nitty Nora: a wartime schooling in Brownhills 

26 Feb 17

The local history has been a bit patchy of late, thanks to a bit of a rash of news stories and the fact that I’ve been working very long hours – but I have a real treat today that’s come in from David Evans written by longstanding contributor and …


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Walsall Wood football: Reserves shine, first team still looking for victory 

26 Feb 17

It’s now late February and the mixed fortunes at Oak Park continue – the first team still have yet to bag a win in 2017, and came back from Quorn with a score draw to show; but the reserve team continue their stonking run of good form, beating …


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Aldridge Firefighters deal with unsafe aerial in Walsall Wood 

25 Feb 17

A few people have asked why Vigo Road in Walsall Wood was shut late this afternoon (Saturday, 25th February 2017) – this was due to firefighters making a rooftop aerial safe on the maisonettes there, presumably following damage from the recent storm.


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Get stuck in the bog… 

25 Feb 17

For those of you into conservation and the local environment, there’s this event going on at Norton Bog (that’s north Chasewater) this Sunday, 26th February 2017 – the Friends of Norton Bog are a great group and you can find out more about them at …


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Walsall Wood FC away to Quorn this afternoon! 

25 Feb 17

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood FC away at Quorn this afternoon! Continue reading…


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Bogus callers operating locally – appeal from West Midlands Police 

24 Feb 17

A headsup, folks – seeing a significant number of reports relating to distraction theft and bogus callers operating in the area – elderly folk have been prey to a man in a white van who’s pressing victims to pay for non-existent fencing and gardening…


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Fakllen tree at Parade, Brownhills 

23 Feb 17

Take care folks, it’s windy! Another fallen tree at The Parade Brownhills are causing services 10, 10A & 937 to use Chester Road North #Walsall — NX West Midlands (@nxwestmidlands) February 23, 2017 Filed under: News…


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Andrew Cooper: a former Walsall man missing form Stourport – the search continues 

23 Feb 17

I make no apologies for running this again – please keep an eye out for the above chap, Andrew Cooper who’s still missing from his home in Stourport as he has been since Wednesday 4th January 2017 – Andrew is a gentleman from Walsall originally and …


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Appeal – do you know Barbara Roberts, formerly of Valley View? 

22 Feb 17

Hi folks, an unusual enquiry please but I hope it’s one the readership might be able to help with.







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