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The Road To Ruins – A Trip To Kos Town 

25 Sep 18

Kos Town is the capital of Kos and, with a population of 14,750, the only sizable town on the island.


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Life’s A Beach – Our Week In Kos 

23 Sep 18

Kalimera! We’re back from a week spent on the Greek island of Kos, situated in the Dodecanese peninsula.


News
Masked knifemen escape with cash and cigarettes in terrifying late-night raid on Pelsall Spar 

20 Sep 18

Police are investigating the Wednesday night robbery…


FixMyStreet
Traffic lights skipping a phase, 14th September 

14 Sep 18

Traffic signals at Lichfield Road/Pelsall Lane Rushall are missing a phase for Traffic operating towards Walsall from Shelfield.


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I’m On An Island 

13 Sep 18

Well, almost! Very soon we’ll be on a Greek Island in the South Aegean.


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Last Days of Summer 

11 Sep 18

Phew! Doesn’t time fly? I can’t believe it’s been a week since I last blogged.


Sport
Old Hill’s game with Pelsall abandoned after 33 overs 

11 Sep 18

NAQAASH Tahir was the pick of the bowlers as Old Hill’s match at Pelsall only lasted 33 overs before being abandoned.


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Fancy a Sunday afternoon party for all the family? 

2 Sep 18

Postponed last week due to the appalling weather, this afternoon (Sunday, 2nd September 2018) there’s a great party at the Pavillon in Pelsall – the Cricket Club, Walsall Road with inflatables, face painting, welly wanging, raffles, barbecue, …


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Cats In Space 

17 Aug 18

What’s this, a non-festival related post in the middle of August? That’ll be because we don’t need to be at our next destination until tomorrow morning (leaving home at the ungodly hour of 4am).


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I Believe In A Thing Called Love – Lakefest 2018 

13 Aug 18

And now to our fourth festival of the season, Lakefest.


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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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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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Going Loco – Indietracks 2018 

31 Jul 18

On Friday morning at just after 8am we set off to Indietracks, the festival which combines indie music with vintage steam trains and is held at the Midland Railway Museum in Derbyshire.


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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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Two Go Wild in Dorset – The Larmer Tree Festival, 2018 

24 Jul 18

After a day at home, at 5am on Wednesday morning we climbed back into the van and made our way through the counties of Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, arriving four and a half hours later in the heart of rural Dorset.


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May The Fourth Be With You – The Cornbury Festival 2018 

17 Jul 18

Have I mentioned how much we love the Cornbury Festival? Previous years have been brilliant and this year, our fourth, was phenomenal.


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Don’t forget – 2018 Pelsall Carnival this afternoon! 

7 Jul 18

Just a quick headsup that over in the principality this afternoon, Saturday 7th July 2018 is Pelsall Carnival – just head for the common and the noise.


Weather
Pelsall Carnival and Cars In The Park Weather (WS7 weather report 7-7-2018) 

7 Jul 18

Today (and tomorrow) sees the annual Lichfield cars in the park event.


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Lets Be Frank – Forgotten Frocks, Refashioning and Ten Quid Vintage 

6 Jul 18

What is it those strange minimalist types tell you? If you haven’t worn it in six months then get rid of it or some such nonsense.


News
Petrified shop owner throttled during horrific knifepoint robbery in Walsall 

5 Jul 18

The armed robbery took place at Leamore Wines, a longstanding off-license in Pelsall…


News
18 men from feuding families banned over massive fight at Pelsall Carnival 

5 Jul 18

Police were called to huge fracas at scene of community celebration…


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Ladies? Fancy a game of bowls this Wednesday afternoon? 

3 Jul 18

Vicky Ellen from Brownhills Townswomen’s Guild has been in touch to tell me that there’s the yearly Townswomen’s Guild Federation Bowls Competition this Wednesday afternoon, 4th July 2018, starting at 1:30pm at Pelsall Community Centre.


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On The Ball 

2 Jul 18

When the lovely volunteers in my local hospice charity shop asked Jon to take some photos of me wearing this vintage John Charles chiffon strapless ballgown I bought from them last week we had to oblige.


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England 2 – Belgium 2 : A Trip To Attingham Park 

27 Jun 18

This time tomorrow we’ll be up against one another when England take on Belgium in the World Cup but today we played nicely when we met up with our friends, Polyester Princess Ann and husband Jos, at the magnificent Attingham Park in Shropshire.


Sport
Old Hill slip up despite Tahir heroics 

26 Jun 18

OLD Hill suffered their first league defeat in four games due to a late collapse against Pelsall last Saturday.


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Are You Gonna Go My Way – Car Booty, Charity Shopping and a Night Out With a Rock God 

22 Jun 18

After the relative inactivity of recent times, it’s all go this week and, if trading in London and meeting the gang in Chester wasn’t exciting enough, on Wednesday night we saw Lenny Kravitz on his current UK tour.


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Down In The Bus Station On Monday – A Blogger Day Out 

19 Jun 18

Yesterday Jon and I made the two hour journey to Chester to get together with long-time friends, Lynn and Philip and to meet Ann and her husband, Jos, currently holidaying in the UK from their native Belgium.


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It’s Vintage, Darling 

17 Jun 18

Yesterday, after what felt like an eternity away from the vintage selling scene, we got to take Kinky Melon’s Retro Boutique back on the road trading with the fabulous Pop Up Vintage Fairs in Walthamstow in East London.


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Picture This – Four Days in Photographs 

4 Jun 18

Thank you so much for all your kind words, messages and advice about Jon’s back.


Saddlers
Rushall Olympic Appeal For Information Following Break-In at Dales Lane 

31 May 18

It is believed the club’s Sponsors Lounge, Boardroom, Development Room, Club Shop and bar area were all ransacked before the assailants used the club’s minibus to brake through several gates before escaping in the Pelsall area.


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Pain Stops Play – The Festival That Never Was 

31 May 18

Acoustic Festival, 2017 You’re probably thinking, Shouldn’t they be away trading at a festival? and you’d be right, we should.


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Did someone say cake? A great new coffee shop now open in Pelsall 

30 May 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 we a couple of weeks ago to tell me that she was starting a new venture at Pelsall Village Centre: The Reading Rooms coffee …


Weather
After the storm it is Bower Day (WS7 weather report 28-5-2018) 

28 May 18

Yesterday saw very heavy rain falling in the Aldridge, Rushall, Pelsall areas with the flood water , sadly, entering people’s homes.


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Meet your local coppers later today in Brownhills and Pelsall 

25 May 18

Well, what do you know – there’s a neighbourhood police pop-up event taking place at the Parkview Centre in Brownhills later this afternoon (Friday 25th May 2018), from 3:00pm until 5:00pm.


Blog
Some good news 

25 May 18

In response to my last posting I have received some good news from blog regular Wendy Hanby.


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Bell Bottom Blues 

21 May 18

Jeans? Even Jon was surprised.


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The Friends of Brownhills Common – May 2018 meeting tonight! 

21 May 18

Here’s one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common – theres a meeting tonight, Monday 21st March 2018 of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills – WS8 7EN – …


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Down The Rabbit Hole – More Mini Adventures 

18 May 18

I found this miniature making book at the car boot sale the introduction by author, Christaine Berridge, could have been written by me.


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Kind of blue, a token of our support – appeal still running! 

17 May 18

Ages ago, I ran a piece here about how local activist and Clayhanger Kid himself Brian Stringer was starting a campaign to bring back into use the old rail line that runs from Pelsall through Brownhills – not to carry trains, but as a walking and …


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Home CCTV captures men brazenly testing if cars are locked 

15 May 18

Video  footage from Pelsall resident originally posted on Facebook.


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Friends of Clayhanger Park Annual General Meeting meeting tonight! 

15 May 18

An event coming up for people concerned with the issues surrounding Clayhanger Park  -that there’s the Annual General Meeting of the Friends Of Clayhanger Park group at the Clean and Green Depot, Pelsall Road, Brownhills starting at 7:00pm this …


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Kind of blue, a token of our support 

13 May 18

Ages ago, I ran a piece here about how local activist and Clayhanger Kid himself Brian Stringer was starting a campaign to bring back into use the old rail line that runs from Pelsall through Brownhills – not to carry trains, but as a walking and …


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Reagan Asbury memorial football match at Oak Park today 

13 May 18

There’s a very special football match today (Sunday 13th May 2018) at Walsall Wood’s Oak Park ground in memory of Pelsall lad Reagan Asbury who tragically lost his life following disorder after a boxing match event at Walsall Town Hall last …


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The Long Good Buy 

3 May 18

You’ll be relieved to hear that this week we’ve been wearing clothes.


FixMyStreet
Traffic signals out completely, 1st May 

1 May 18

Traffic signals not working at Pelsall Common, Walsall Road/Hall Lane/Vicarage Road Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 183 Walsall Road, Pelsall Report on FixMyStreet…


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Goin’ To A Go-Go 

25 Apr 18

Whenever I wear this insane vintage Shubette of London fringed Go-Go suit I can’t help but dance around the bedroom.


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Mega Migrant Bonanza! 

19 Apr 18

That’s a heading I don’t get to use very often about the Marsh and Mere but today its true! Its as if the floodgates have opened on the continent and all of the migrants that have been held back are now pouring through.


FixMyStreet
Building rubbish, 19th April 

19 Apr 18

Work done by virgin media left all unused equipment and now pelsall resurfacing adding to it garages for use of residents ? Can you sort this problem out please.


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Flower Power 

16 Apr 18

Florals, ahoy! The weather’s a balmy 12°C and there’s a suggestion of spring in the air.


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Not so bizarre after all! 

11 Apr 18

John Holian was kind enough to call to say that at Belvide today was there earliest ever Reed Warbler singing in Gazebo Bay.







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