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History afloat 

26 Aug 18

A quick heads up for a fascinating event I attended by chance yesterday (Saturday, 25th August 2018) but which is running all weekend (including Bank Holiday Monday) and is a real treat for folks into narrowboats, canals and old working boats in …


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Fancy something really English this Sunday? 

25 Aug 18

Also on this weekend, we have the wonderful annual open garden event by Kevin and Ann in Winterley Lane, Rushall, who open their remarkable labour of love in benefit of the Alzheimers Society every year.


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Something wonderful for princesses and pirates alike this Bank Holiday Monday! 

25 Aug 18

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Bank Holiday Monday (27th August 2018) staging a Princesses and Pirates Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains and there will be fun, games, …


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Woodmen at home to Whitchurch Alport this Saturday! 

24 Aug 18

Saturday 25th August 2018 The Wood are at home to Whitchurch Alport FC! Continue reading…


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New Hall Mill is open again this 2018 summer Bank Holiday Monday! 

23 Aug 18

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (27th August 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Monday for one of the last but one open days of 2018.


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Inflatable fun day at Shire Oak School right now! 

23 Aug 18

Just a heads to point out there’s an inflatable fun day taking place at Shire Oak School today (Thursday 22nd August 2018) from 11am until 3:00pm.


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Local miniature railway open day this Bank Holiday Monday! 

22 Aug 18

Right, since it’s the last big weekend of the summer, there’s a whole load of stuff going on – and Bank Holiday Monday (27th August 2018) sees one of the occasional openings of something remarkable I visited back in spring 2017, and it’s well…


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Fun down on the farm today for a great cause! 

22 Aug 18

For a bit of fun on a grey day, I notice Oak Tree Farm down in Stonnall have anfun day running right now (Wednesday 22nd August 2018) up until 5pm, in support of the Little Fishes Preschool in Stonnall.


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Meet your local coppers this Friday in Brownhills and Shelfield 

21 Aug 18

There’s another local police pop-up event coming at Brownhills branch of Tesco next Friday, 24th August 2018 where you can meet the local policing team and discuss issues that are important to you.


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Ilkeston best Woodmen in second half nail biter 

20 Aug 18

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans Bad news for the Walsall Wood faithful on Saturday last (18th August 2018) as they entertained visitors and long-time nemesis Ilkeston Town FC, and played a bold match – only to be beaten…


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Picture this: A Chasewater childhood 

19 Aug 18

A wonderful one reached me yesterday morning from old pal of the blog Stuart Cowley, whose memories of growing up at Chasewater in the 1960s and 70s have been some of the most popular posts in the history of the blog.


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Blooming canal volunteers impress judges 

18 Aug 18

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the efforts their volunteers have made for Lichfield’s entry in the annual Britain in Bloom competition, with a Garden of Memory and other …


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Walsall Wood FC v Ilkeston Town at Oak Park this Saturday! 

17 Aug 18

Saturday 18th August 2018 Walsall Wood F.


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Beware of courier fraud and other phone scams – criminals are targeting our elderly family and friends 

17 Aug 18

I’ve become aware over the last few days that phone scammers are targeting the local area once more –  and are employing a number of methods, including courier fraud and impersonating tax officials – please warn your elderly and vulnerable …


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Oddfellows local 

15 Aug 18

Had a great enquiry in this week from Nick Pilley, who’s looking for help with his Walsall Wood family history, particularly that of his Grandfather Alfred Merrick who was a deputy at Walsall Wood Colliery.


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Meet your local coppers this Saturday in Aldridge and Streetly! 

15 Aug 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, 18th August 2018 at Aldridge Library from 10:30am until 11:00am where you can meet your…


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Sad news: Police searching for missing William Newman discover body 

14 Aug 18

Awful, awful news this evening from Walsall Police: A couple of days ago I published an appeal to see if anyone could help locate missing dementia sufferer William Newman, 56, who had gone missing from Walsall Manor Hospital on Wednesday Evening, 8th…


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust August 2018 public meeting this Monday evening 

12 Aug 18

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (13th August 2018) there will be the August 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity…


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A handy advance 

12 Aug 18

Thanks to generosity of reader Grahame Taylor, David Evans has sent a couple of what are thought to be 1950s photographs of Walsall Wood Boys Brigade at summer camp in Abergele.


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Do you remember the Station Hotel talking clock? 

12 Aug 18

I’ve had an interesting enquiry come in from reader Bee who’s asked something that has very much intrigued me – do you remember the ‘speaking clock’ next to the Station Hotel, Brownhills? Continue reading…


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Woodmen unfazed by Worcester’s sauce 

12 Aug 18

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans A grey Saturday afternoon yesterday (Saturday 11th August 2018) saw Walsall Wood FC hold visitors to Oak Park, Worcester City to a respectable one-all draw, in an entertaining match that …


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Looking for the Herriot family please – can you help? 

11 Aug 18

Hi folks – I need a favour please, so if you can help it would be really appreciated.


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Chasewater Railway – 2018 Annual Charities Day this Sunday! 

11 Aug 18

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Sunday (12th August 2018) staging it’s Annual Charities Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains, and there will be charity stalls and …


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Hednesford festival on today! 

11 Aug 18

Thanks for Stuart Cowley for the tipoff, I can also share the late news that today, Saturday 11th August 2018 it’s Hednesford Festival in Hednesford Park, and there’s loads to do with a market, stalls, fun and games, classic cars and …


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Craft fair & Market on right now at Grasmere Garden Centre, Brownhills! 

11 Aug 18

Just become aware of this nice-looking event happening right now (Lunchtime, Saturday 11th August 2018) at Grasmere Garden Centre, Brownhills – up there over the Canal Bridge on the Lichfield Road.


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Walsall Wood play Worcester City this Saturday at Oak Park 

10 Aug 18

Saturday  11th August 2018 Walsall Wood FC at home to Worcester City in a big-name match! Continue reading…


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Police urgently looking for Walsall dementia sufferer – please help if you can 

10 Aug 18

Please – take a look at the photo above – 56 year old dementia sufferer William Newman went missing from Walsall Manor Hospital sometime around 8:30pm, Wednesday 8th August 2018.


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Get stoned and smile this Saturday morning in Clayhanger 

10 Aug 18

There’s a lovely thing going on at Clayhanger Community Centre in Church Street, Clayhanger this Saturday morning 11th August 2018 – a smile stone workshop.


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Coffee, cake and great social events in the heart of Pelsall – what’s not to love? 

9 Aug 18

Images posted on Facebook by the Reading Rooms It’s always great to hear from old pals of the blog, and Laura Hucker mailed me a couple of days ago to tell me about the great events they have going on at the Reading Rooms coffee and cake emporium …


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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday! 

8 Aug 18

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (12th August 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday for one of the last few open days of 2018.


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2018 Big Bounce family fun day coming this Wednesday to Holland Park! 

7 Aug 18

Just a headsup to point out there’s a Big Bounce family fud day taking place at Holland Park, Brownhills this Wednesday, 8th August 2018, as well as others over the school holidays throughout the area, including today on the 7th August at Pelsall …


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Warning for local dog walkers: Beware of adders! 

6 Aug 18

Hi folks – time for a warning – I’m seeing reports that dogs are being bitten by adders at Chasewater and other heathland at the moment, so take care.


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Walsall Wood launch new season beating Romulus in sunny scorcher 

5 Aug 18

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans A pleasant summer’s afternoon match at Oak Park that kicked off the 2018/19 football season at Walsall Wood yesterday (Saturday 4th August 2018) saw visiting Romulus beaten in a hard …


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Reading mysteries 

4 Aug 18

One for the weekend I’ve been meaning to raise here for a while – there’s a historical mystery just down the road from here we’ve never properly explored, and I’d be interested to see what we can find out about it.


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Harvest home 

4 Aug 18

You know I love quirky films, drone footage, big machinery and the local landscape, right? Continue reading…


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Fancy strawberries and cream this morning? 

4 Aug 18

I notice there’s a coffee morning this morning (Saturday, 4th August 2018) at Brownhills Methodist Church, Silver Street, Brownhills.


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New season kicks off today for Walsall Wood FC! 

4 Aug 18

Images and captions by the inimitable and young David Evans Nice to see Walsall Wood FC are gearing up for the new season with a full match schedule,  revitalised spectator facilities and a whole host of great stuff to come, both in terms of local …


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Inflatable fun day at Aldridge today! 

3 Aug 18

Just a heads to point out there’s an inflatable fun day taking place at The Green, Aldridge today (Friday 3rd August 2018) from 11am until 3:00pm, then from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.


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A5 Live this weekend – it’s not too late to get tickets! 

2 Aug 18

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), last year becoming A5 Live.


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Police incident at Chasewater yesterday evening 

1 Aug 18

There’s been a lot of understandable concern on social media in the last 12 hours or so due to a large police presence at Chasewater yesterday evening (Tuesday 31st July 2018), including the dog unit, force helicopter and an armed response team…


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Ladies beware: Several indecent exposures in Brownhills 

31 Jul 18

It’s my duty to share with you all the concerning news that there seems to be a man exposing himself to women around the canal towpaths and other parts of Brownhills, particularly in the areas of Clayhanger Common and Silver Street.


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Beware: Nasty dog attack in Holland Park leaves pet injured 

29 Jul 18

Images posted on Facebook by Lisa Joanne Sherwood This is a warning to dog walkers in Brownhills – there was a very worrying incident in Holland Park today (Sunday, 29th July 2018), when a local lady was horrified to witness her beloved pet Jack …


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The McClean Way: A beautiful new greenway 

29 Jul 18

Yesterday evening, I took a stroll out before dusk to check out something I’ve been meaning to do for a while – the newly accessible trail between Smithy’s Forage along the old railway line under he Miner Island in Brownhills to the rear of the…


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Prims and proper! 

29 Jul 18

Right then, as things get a little bit back to normal here at Bob towers (and the welcome opportunity of a rainy day to get things sorted) I have some very early Walsall Wood football material kindly shared by the Woodward family with the young David…


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Mabel’s Vintage Fair at Chasewater Railway today! 

29 Jul 18

I notice that today Sunday, 29th July 2018, there’s a rather fun looking vintage event being staged at Chasewater Railway by Mabel’s Vintage.


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Muttfest 2018 – a great Brownhills music festival on TODAY! 

28 Jul 18

I’ve just been alerted to the fact that there’s a great charity music festival on right now, Saturday 28th July 2018 at the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Church Road, Brownhills running until late tonight.


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Weather dull? A great sing along showing of Beauty and the Beast starts at 6pm in Brownhills! 

28 Jul 18

Very late notice of something starting in an hour at Brownhills Community Centre on the Miner Island in Brownhills – a sing-along version of the Bauty and the Beast film in a relaxed environment which kids and adults will love.


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Acceptable in the 70s – a new local book you’ll love! 

26 Jul 18

You all know that I like to champion local writers and creatives here on the Brownhills Blog – well there’s a great new book available that I’m eagerly waiting to read that’s getting rave reviews – and people of a certain age – like me…


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Meet your local police drone team at Brownhills this morning! 

24 Jul 18

There’s a local police pop-up event this morning (Wednesday 25th July 2018) with a bit of a difference – near the rear of the Tesco store in Brownhills, our local policing team will be demonstrating the drone capability provided by @Droneswmp.


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Business premises targeted by masked gang 

24 Jul 18

Yesterday, (Monday 23rd July 2018) Staffordshire Police released the following statement about an armed robbery that took place at Midland Safe Load Indicators on the A5 Watling Street, between the Rising Sun and Turf islands in the early hours of …







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