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Sea of tributes to James Brindley left at scene of Walsall murder… 

26 Jun

A SEA of floral tributes have been left in memory of an 'inspirational' murder victim at the scene of his tragic death.

Travellers arrive on Wood End Road park in Paddock, Walsall 

26 Jun

A GROUP of travellers have smashed their way into a public park in Walsall.

​More cars stolen in another Walsall burglary in Spring Lane,… 

26 Jun

TWO more cars have been stolen in yet another burglary in the borough of Walsall.

​Thieves smash patio door before stealing BMW and Mini Cooper in… 

26 Jun

THREE thieves smashed a door before searching a Walsall home and stealing cars in broad daylight last weekend.

Railway between Rugeley Trent Valley, Hednesford, Cannock,… 

26 Jun

THE railway line between Rugeley Trent Valley and Walsall will be closed for more than two weeks later this year as Network Rail continues to electrify the Chase line.

Aldridge School’s heartbreaking tributes to High Street stabbing… 

26 Jun

ALDRIDGE School has paid tribute to James Brindley, a 'talented artist with a great sense of humour' who was stabbed to death in Walsall.

Hunt to find vehicle occupants in James Brindley Aldridge… 

25 Jun

POLICE investigating the murder of a 26-year-old man in Aldridge are appealing for the occupants of four vehicles to come forward.

Man stabbed to death in Aldridge, Walsall named as James Brindley… 

24 Jun

A MAN stabbed to death in Aldridge last night (June 23) has been named as James Brindley.

Campaign to give Walsall drowning victim Spencer Hurst the ‘send… 

23 Jun

AN emotional campaign created to give the tragic teen who drowned in Walsall the 'send off that he deserves' has been launched.

Staff praised as inspectors identify improvements Brace Street… 

22 Jun

HARD-WORKING staff at a health centre in Walsall have seen their efforts recognised with inspectors acknowledging a change of fortune at the surgery.

​Drama as burglar is chased off by irate Walsall homeowner in… 

22 Jun

THERE was drama in Walsall yesterday morning (Thursday, June 22) after a burglar was caught red-handed and chased off.

Walsall baker’s AMAZING life-sized Ed Sheeran, Celine Dion and… 

22 Jun

JACK Sparrow, One Direction, Prince George, a Land Rover defender: the list of cake designs a Walsall baker has brought to life is endless; but she has excelled herself this time.

Cheeky Walsall schoolboy’s dream day after he invited Queen to… 

22 Jun

WHO says dreams don't come true? For one cheeky chappy from Walsall, they certainly did.

​THREE more cars stolen in Conifer Road, Streetly, Walsall 

21 Jun

THREE more cars have been stolen in the borough of Walsall.

Tributes pour in for Aldridge School student Spencer Hurst who… 

21 Jun

THE headteacher of the school which tragic drowning teen Spencer Hurst went to has said he will be missed by all.

Spencer Hurst who drowned in Ryders Hayes Mear, Walsall was boxer… 

21 Jun

THE tragic teen who died drowning in Walsall was a talented boxer who had 'everything to live for'.

Boy drowns at Ryders Hayes Mear in Pelsall, Walsall 

20 Jun

A TEENAGE boy has drowned in Walsall, police have confirmed.

Major incident near Ryders Hayes estate in Pelsall, Walsall 

20 Jun

EMERGENCY services have rushed to Walsall this evening, with an air ambulance deployed in what's being described as a major incident.

Dozens of homes to be built on old Daw End Special School site in… 

20 Jun

A MULTI-MILLION pound project will see dozens of new homes built on the site of a former Walsall school site.

​Burglary attempt in Walsall Wood Road, Aldridge 

20 Jun

POLICE are appealing for information after an attempted burglary in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday, June 20).

Driver rushed to hospital after Walsall crash involving children 

19 Jun

THE driver of a car involved in a two-vehicle Walsall crash was rushed to hospital after the smash on Saturday night (June 17).

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Today’s Buy To Let Deal, 2 Bed Terraced House, Redhouse Street, Walsall, WS1. With Yields Of 5.70%. 

26 Jun

  A traditional two bedroom terraced house in the Palfrey area, Walsall, and a popular one for rentals.

Memories of the Station Hotel: A great couple of hours with lovely people 

25 Jun

One lost local pub that always generates warm memories and lively conversations is the Station Hotel, which was a somewhat notorious pub that stood about where Aldi is today at the Miner end of Brownhills High Street.

A tug of war, a railway themed restaurant and a Victorian day – great memories from the Clayhanger Kid 

25 Jun

Friend of the blog, community activist and Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer has recently shared three remarkable image of recent historical interest in the Brownhills and Clayhanger area.

Brownhills Community Association AGM this Monday 

25 Jun

ssociation have been in touch, asking me if I'd share the fact that their Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place this Monday, 26th June 2017 at 6:30pm.

Come to Clayhanger Summer Fair now! 

25 Jun

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Fantastic live music at The Chase Inn this evening! 

24 Jun

The Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills goes from strength to strength - there's not only great ale and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, but great live music most weekends, too - and there's a great act on this weekend.

Gearing up for the new season at Walsall Wood FC! 

24 Jun

Nice to see Walsall Wood FC are gearing up for the new season with a host of great new signings, a refreshed management team and a whole host of great stuff to come, both in terms of local football and activity within the community.

Police launch murder investigation following Aldridge stabbing 

24 Jun

I'm shocked and saddened to share the news with readers that last night Friday, 23rd June 2017, there was a fatal stabbing in Aldridge town centre as a result of which a 26 year old man lost his life.

Have you seen this puss lost from Shire Oak? 

24 Jun

Reader Rebecca Hearsey has contacted me to say she's searching for her cat (pictured) who's gone missing from Shire Oak, after failing to return home yesterday.

2017 Aldridge Fayre – on today! 

24 Jun

Just a quick note to point out that today (Saturday, 24th June 2017) is Aldridge Fayre with fun and entertainment for all the family - and with free entry and car parking, what's not to love? Continue reading...

Clayhanger Summer Litter Pick this Sunday afternoon! 

23 Jun

I see from the excellent Madwblog that there's a Summer litter pick event going on in Clayhanger this Sunday afternoon (Sunday 25th June 2017) from 3:00pm until 5:00pm and all are welcome - kit and gloves provided! Continue reading...

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Coolest for three weeks (WS7 weather report 26-6-2017) 

26 Jun

The low air pressure front (that delivered 1.6mm of rain in our area yesterday) has now moved northward and is temporarily replaced with some high surface air pressure.

Not without risk (WS7 weather report 25-6-2017) 

25 Jun

It is another cloudy start to the day and it is all due to the W-WSW breeze and a low pressure front that is in our area at the moment.

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The Slenderman Mysteries: February 2018 

26 Jun

Coming from me in February 2018: The Slenderman Mysteries: An Internet Urban Legend Comes To Life .

Staying at Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont with Canvas Holidays 

25 Jun

We’ve just returned from our week away in France with Canvas Holidays and what a week we had.

Remembering the Chase 

24 Jun

I must have been there hundreds of times.

Lego Workman Destroying Snail Shell 

24 Jun

Lego Workman using his pickaxe to break open a snail shell, he was happy as it was a nice a sunny day at work.

Chandelier Reflection on Ceiling in Sepia 

24 Jun

This photo was taken of a small glass chandelier from underneat  in the national trust property Upton House, Warwickshire, the effect was direct from my Nikon camera which was old sepia.

Lego builder waiting to repair work at Upton House 

24 Jun

A very eager lego builder ready to get working to repair the large pond at Upton House, Warwickshire @uptonhousent.

Revisit: The Rose Hill Tavern 

24 Jun


Revisit: The Horse and Jockey 

24 Jun

Original post here When we last visited, this was feeling a bit run down and and tired, and a little creceh-like too.

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Defence taking shape 

26 Jun

Defence taking shape Vitalfootball:Walsall:26/06/2017 20:14:00 Nicky Devlin today joined to become Jon Whitney's fourth summer signing...

Walsall sign Ayr right-back Devlin 

26 Jun

Walsall sign Scottish right-back Nicky Devlin following his decision to turn down a new deal with Ayr United.

Devlin Keen to Make an Instant Impact 

26 Jun

Following the news that he'd put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal, summer signing Nicky Devlin, who rejected terms with Ayr United in favour of a move to the Saddlers, has spoken to club journalists and discussed his delight as he begins a new...

Walsall Sign Ayr United Defender Nicky Devlin 

26 Jun

Walsall Football Club have completed another summer signing as 23-year-old Ayr United defender Nicky Devlin joins on a two-year-deal, subject to international clearance.

James O’Connor is Keen to Get Back Underway 

26 Jun

Walsall defender James O'Connor, who along with his teammates has returned to pre-season training, has spoken to club journalists and discussed his happiness as he can get back into the day-to-day routine.

Whitney Confirms Interest in West Ham United Midfielder 

26 Jun

As his the majority of his squad returns to pre-season training, Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and confirmed his interest in re-signing West Ham United midfielder George Dobson, who enjoyed a season-long spell with...

Whitney Welcomes Liam Roberts’ New Deal 

23 Jun

Following the news that goalkeeper Liam Roberts had put pen-to-paper on a new one-year contract, Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to club journalists and welcomed the deal.

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26 Jun

Staffordshire FA's 2017 FA Community Awards has taken place with 15 awards presented to deserving grassroots heroes.

Pelsall Villa U15s – 2017/18 Season 

26 Jun

Pre-season training and open trials from Thursday 29th June...

Club is Regional FA Community Club of the Year 2017 

24 Jun

The Club was delighted to hear at the Staffs FA Community Awards at Stoke City’s ground last night, that it had won not only the Staffordshire FA Community Club of the Year but also North West Region FA Community Club of Year too.


23 Jun

FA Girls Football Week is over a three week period this summer to help celebrate the Women’s Euro 2017 and follow the Lionesses journey in the Netherlands.

Harrisons Planning Permission granted! 

22 Jun

The Club is delighted to hear that it has received Planning Permission for its development of changing rooms, hospitality room.


21 Jun

The FA is delighted to announce that it will be bringing its highly successful Girls’ Football Festival in association with Continental Tyres to Staffordshire on 20th September 2017.


21 Jun

The 2016-2017 season saw a significant period of change for the Staffordshire Football Association along with some major highlights that impacted on all areas and levels of the game.

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Region must feel the economic benefits of HS2, says leader of Staffordshire County Council 

23 Jun

The leader of Staffordshire County Council says it is essential that businesses in Lichfield feel the economic benefit of HS2.

New Hilton hotel at Birmingham Airport to assembled like a Lego set 

21 Jun

Hotel rooms to be built in China and shipped over for assembly on site...

Top posts in June: Linecross Composites & Newby Foundries – USA interest & a visitor from Kazakhstan 

21 Jun

It is interesting to see these 2013 posts attracting attention and an unprecedented number of visitors from the United States – three times as many as from the UK, which usually heads the list.

M6 Toll launches campaign to urge females to become a HGV driver 

20 Jun

Government statistics also show that by 2022, the HGV industry needs to recruit 1.2 million more people...

Team of Burntwood builders beat fundraising target after completing charity trek event 

20 Jun

Staff at a Burntwood building firm have beaten their fundraising target after taking on a trekking challenge.

Worker dies at Jaguar Land Rover plant 

19 Jun

A spokesperson for the car giant said it was deeply saddened by the incident...

Thousands of new jobs as Jaguar Land Rover to expand AGAIN 

19 Jun

The expansion would see Jaguar Land Rover boost its UK workforce by 15 per cent to more than 40,000 staff...

M6 Toll sold to Australian investors 

15 Jun

IFM which co-owns Manchester Airport and Anglian Water is behind the deal to keep the toll motorway in private hands...

Sertec Group looking to another half century of growth with BGF 

15 Jun

Sertec supplies body shell components to automotive firms such as Jaguar Land Rover and Ford.

Black Country manufacturer plans £3m HQ renovation 

14 Jun

Assa Abloy to introduce host of changes and improvements to its UK headquarters in Willenhall...

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June 23rd – I had to nip to the Holford industrial estate in… 

24 Jun

June 23rd - I had to nip to the Holford industrial estate in North Birmingham on the way home from work - I was going to go to Walsall and hop on a train, but it was quicker just to head straight there.

June 22nd – Two poor pictures, but ones I just had to share, as… 

23 Jun

June 22nd - Two poor pictures, but ones I just had to share, as they’re of birds I don’t see very often locally: Jays.

June 22nd – More cats, sorry, but I just loved these pair, again… 

23 Jun

June 22nd - More cats, sorry, but I just loved these pair, again in the cat metropolis of Scarborough Road, Pleck.

June 21st – Another high summer day, the longest as it happens,… 

22 Jun

June 21st - Another high summer day, the longest as it happens, and from here on in, the days shorten to darkness; but there’s plenty of summer left and it’s been glorious so far, so I’m not too sad.

June 20th – This old chap is someone I’m very pleased to see,… 

21 Jun

June 20th - This old chap is someone I’m very pleased to see, for the first time this year.

Tuesday 20th June 2017 

20 Jun

1030 - 1130 light cloud, 22c : Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 35, GC Grebe, a few Herring & LBb Gulls, Pied Wagtail 3, Swift 8, Swallow 6, House Martin 6, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Buzzard 2.

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Demonstrations, exhibits and supplies at huge NEC craft show 

26 Jun

POPULAR craft show, Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts is returning to the NEC at the end of this month.

Pop Idol finalist makes welcome return to the Lichfield Garrick 

23 Jun

THE inimitable Gareth Gates is coming back to the Lichfield Garrick on Saturday, July 1.

Facepunch Api 

16 Jun

I’ve been coding a backend site for us to use to manage our projects.

Adaptation of Greene classic to be performed at Lichfield… 

16 Jun

INNOVATIVE Theatre Company Creative Cow is bringing an evening of hilarity and satire to Lichfield with a witty adaptation of Graham Greene's spy thriller Our Man in Havana.


8 Jun

I’ve had a fun week.

New Equator bar and nightclub opens in Walsall after £250k… 

1 Jun

WALSALL has a brand-spanking new nightclub, which has been aimed at a more mature and demanding crowd.

REVIEW: Dirty Dancing at New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham 

31 May

NOBODY puts Baby in the corner!Those were the words that completely melted the female audience inside a warm Alex on Tuesday night as the 1987 Hollywood hit Dirty Dancing rolled into Birmingham.

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Fallen Coventry cop remembered at fun run 

25 Jun

A memorial run in honour of a fallen Coventry cop will stage its last leg next weekend − to recognise 35 years since his death.

Appeal for witnesses in James Brindley murder enquiry 

25 Jun

Detectives investigating the murder of James Brindley in Aldridge on Friday night (23 June) are appealing for the occupants of four vehicles to come forward.

Murder investigation launched after fatal stabbing 

24 Jun

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed in Aldridge last night (23 June).

Aldridge stab victim named  

24 Jun

A man stabbed to death in Aldridge last night (Friday 23 June) has been named as James Brindley.

Prison absconder jailed after stealing a Ferrari in two week crime spree 

22 Jun

A man who absconded from prison and car-jacked a Ferrari during a two week crime spree has been jailed for a further ten years at Birmingham Crown Court last week (16 June).

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Broken water inspection cover on pavement, 26th June 

26 Jun

I've just walked my 8 month old puppy along Quicksand Lane and on passing number 17 my puppy trod on a small water cover which then shot up making him jump forward and trip.

Fly tipping, 26th June 

26 Jun

Tamar close garages again Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 15 Tamar Close, Brownhills Report on FixMyStreet...

Drain pouring water quite heavily., 26th June 

26 Jun

There is water running quite heavily from the drain at the pin pointed location.

Dead cat in road, 26th June 

26 Jun

Dead cat in the road, neighbour saw the cat have a fit and it is no longer moving Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Squires Grove, Willenhall Report on FixMyStreet...

Potholes and parking, 25th June 

25 Jun

Potholes along the road firstly.

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