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Prevent Workshops 

17 Jan

Prevent workshops were held for the whole of Year 9 in December and focused on raising awareness of radicalisation and extremism.


Darkest Hour 

17 Jan

I skived off with the Godson over a long lunch to see this film as otherwise I would have missed the opportunity to see it.


David Weatherly’s “Black Eyed Children,” Revised 

16 Jan

Available now is a new, revised edition of David Weatherly's 2012 book, Black Eyed Children .


Our Shilton boys // January 2018 

16 Jan

I have wanted to take part in this photography linky for so long.


Welcome to the world Freddie Benjamin 

16 Jan

Knowing the date when your baby boy is going to be born is really surreal.


Double Dog Down 

15 Jan

Strange events abounded this weekend as the neighbours beloved Alsatian snuffed it with cancer which was a shame as it really was pet rescue project that eventually ended up in tragedy.


How to turn poison into venom… 

14 Jan

Look at this face.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 13 January 2018 

13 Jan

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Rebecca CUNNANE 20:25 Kian POWER 34:51 Geraint REGAN 23:32 Rebecca JENKINS 35:57 Craig FRANKS 24:45 Elliott COLBOURNE 36:12 Preeya REHSI 25:24 Christine POOLE 36:14 Chris BLAYDES...


Y3 at the Theatre 

12 Jan

Year 3 are at the Birmingham Hippodrome this afternoon to see Cinderella.


Event 306 – 6 January 2018 

11 Jan

The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Walsall parkrun Results Page.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 6 January 2018 

11 Jan

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Dan KIDNER 21:52 Laura SCOTT 34:45 Russell SHORTER 23:08 Richard LLEWELLYN 34:49 Stephen MARTIN 24:05 Kate EADES 35:20 Dawn SHORTER 25:17 Hannah REEVES 35:48 Richard WILLETT 27:...


Arts Award Certificates 2017 

10 Jan

Congratulations to the Arts Award Children, we have received your certificates! These certificates  are now available from the School Office.


Pantomime: Sinbad & the Broken Veil 

10 Jan

Friday 19th 7.30pm Saturday 20th 2.30pm Saturday 20th 7.30pm contact the box office for tickets Information Below http://www.


The Next Chapter is ahead 

8 Jan

In just a few short days, our family make up will change forever.


Lorenz by Capt. Jerry Roberts 

7 Jan

This is a book written by one of Britain’s wartime elite cryptographers, Captain Jerry Roberts who working in “The Testery” at Bletchley Park .


First Timers and Record Breakers – 30 December 2017 

7 Jan

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Leah PAULLEY 23:41 Michael JANSE VAN RENSBURG 35:03 Rohan DHOOPER 23:43 Rachel WARD 35:27 Eoin MCAULEY 25:26 Tim WARD 35:27 Marie LYNCH 25:27 Ella-Rose TRAVIS 38:40 John MCAULEY ...


Elective Caesarean Pre-Op // What to Expect 

7 Jan

Next week I’ll be having my baby boy during my 39th week of pregnancy by elective caesarean delivery.


X-Files: Go Away 

5 Jan

Latest season of The X-Files ? Meh.


8 parkruns to try near Birmingham 

5 Jan

Cannon Hill Park, Walsall Arboretum and Kingsbury Water Park among locations...


In It For The Long Haul – Travel Outfits, Packing & Charity Shop Finds 

5 Jan

Compared to what I've worn earlier this week I'm looking rather muted today.


One Day Printmaking Course at Birmingham Printmakers 

5 Jan

For more information or to book a place phone Jain McKay on 07495365108 Or e-mail pumpkin_mckay@yahoo.


Experimental Portrait Painting 

5 Jan

21 February — 22 February 2018 Workshop with Jain McKay RBSA Following the success of her workshop in 2017, this 2-day version provides more time to experiment with a variety of materials and approaches to create a selection of exciting portraits.


Are you Group B Strep aware? // Strepelle Review 

5 Jan

If you’re pregnant and expecting a baby, you might have heard about Group B Strep or GBS.


Pregnancy Update // 38 weeks 

4 Jan

I can’t believe I’m at this stage of my pregnancy already.


The Aldi Baby and Toddler Specialbuy event is back this January 

4 Jan

If you’re feeling the pinch in the shopping budget after Christmas then Aldi can help.


New Term 9th Jan 

3 Jan

Our new term starts next Tuesday 9th Jan and we have a fantastic fresh new song to learn – Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran PLUS – HALF PRICE MEMBERSHIP FOR NEW MEMBERS IN JANUARY ONLY...


Cryptozoology in 2018 & a UFO 10th Anniversary 

3 Jan

In a new article , I look back 10 years at the Stephenville UFO wave of January 2008...


Absolute Beginners – Vix’s Adventures In Crochet 

2 Jan

Happy New Year!! WEARING: Inherited crochet maxi coat with 1970sRicci Michaels of Mayfair psychedelic dress (bought from Vintage Relics at The End of the Road festival, 2016) You may have noticed that I'm rather fond of crochet clothing.


New Year’s Day 2018 on tour. 

1 Jan

Event Position Runner Time Club Runs Stretford 27 / 541 Peter DIMBLEBY 19:08 Birchfield Harriers 226 Sale Water 12 / 598 Peter DIMBLEBY 19:17 Birchfield Harriers 227 Perry Hall 4 / 213 Simon RHODES 19:42 Birchfield Harriers 131 Perry Hall 5 / 213 ...


18 things for 2018 

1 Jan

Happy New Year! To kick off the new year, I wanted to document some goals that I’m going to work...


Walsall 1:2 Rotherham Utd 

1 Jan

First game of the season for me and this because of all the problems with the family etc.


2017 – a bit of an improvement 

31 Dec

Compared with last year , 2017 was basically a repeat year but the family weren’t so bad to start of with, despite my Dad getting Bladder Cancer ruining things later.


Star Wars 8 

31 Dec

As part of the Christmas activities, the family and me went along to the Telford iMax to see SW8 – The Last Jedi and I have to say I was mightily disappointed.


It’s All Over! 

31 Dec

It’s all over! It is New Year’s Eve and Christmas is well and truly over.


Reflecting on the year // 2017 

31 Dec

It’s New Years Eve, the final day of 2017 and so of course, it’s natural to reflect on the year...


The Me and Mine Project // December 2017 

31 Dec

And just like that we’re done.


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Holocaust Educational Trust Reception 

17 Jan

Saturday 27th January will mark the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.


Megan Bills murder: Heartbroken parents pay tribute to ‘bright shining star’ 

17 Jan

The 17-year-old was strangled by evil Ashley Foster, 24, and her body wrapped in clingfilm at a hostel...


Dogs REMOVED from Rosedene Rescue Centre in Walsall as volunteers blast conditions 

17 Jan

Rosedene Rescue Centre has been forced to temporarily close...


West Brom boss Alan Pardew adds to back-room team 

17 Jan

WBA manager raids Walsall to appoint new goalkeeping coach...


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

16 Jan

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 ...


Has Demi Rose Mawby had plastic surgery? This is what she says 

16 Jan

She condemns claims as 'boring s**t...


Walsall Property Market Predictions 2018! 

16 Jan

A belated Happy New Year to all my Blog reading friends!!  Trust the holiday season has treated you all well.


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

16 Jan

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.


Street racing hits city: Four men appear in court 

16 Jan

Police made arrests after alleged crimes committed on Nechells Parkway and the A38 near Minworth...


Libraries – the good news 

16 Jan

This time last year the Lib/Lab Coalition running Walsall Council took the decision to review the borough’s library service.


West Bromwich Albion star ‘should stay’ at Walsall – but Glasgow Rangers rumours grow 

16 Jan

Teenage striker Tyler Roberts is in demand but Walsall boss says he needs more 'proper' football.


Rezwan Ali, 19, named as Walsall house party murder victim 

16 Jan

The student died in a knife attack at a house in Willows Road, Chuckery, in the early hours of Sunday morning...


James Brindley murder: Teenager and 21-year-old man to stand trial 

16 Jan

Aaron Kahrod and a 17-year-old were arrested on July 12 and charged with murder two days later...


MACHETE found in getaway car after man battered on night out in Walsall 

15 Jan

The 20-year-old victim was jumped as he left a nightclub...


Transfer rumour: Rangers ‘close’ to signing West Brom hotshot in cut-price deal 

15 Jan

West Brom transfer news includes the latest on Tyler Roberts' future...


Walsall keeper proud of going from ‘number three’ to ‘number one’ 

15 Jan

Liam Roberts ran away with Walsall's man of the match award in the win over Oxford.


Walsall 2 Oxford United 1 – FIVE things we learned 

15 Jan

Many fans feared what would become of Walsall in January once their loan players potentially headed back to their parent clubs...


This is the council’s bill for dealing with traveller camps last year – and it’s huge 

15 Jan

And the legal cost of dealing with the encampments has risen by 130,000 in the space of just three financial years...


The devastating rise in sex offences against children in Birmingham in ONE year 

15 Jan

Walsall saw the sharpest increase in the region...


The Brownhills Blog 2018 photo competition results! 

14 Jan

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 ...


Walsall murder: Teenager stabbed to death at house party – What we know so far 

14 Jan

Officers have remained at the scene throughout Sunday, no arrests have yet been made.


Tunnelling through the folklore 

14 Jan

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.


Watch: Firefighters tackle ‘stolen’ car blaze after suspected arson attack 

14 Jan

The incident was on Goscote Lodge Crescent, in Walsall...


Road sealed off as detectives hunt for clues following Walsall house party stabbing 

14 Jan

A 19-year-old man was fatally knifed at a house party in Willows Road...


Wood leave Studley standing 

14 Jan

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.


Walsall 2 Oxford United 1 – keeper stars as Saddlers claim vital win 

13 Jan

The Saddlers took their chances - while young keeper Liam Roberts ensured Oxford didn't take theirs.


BRIT Awards nominations launch 2018: Jorja Smith from Walsall receives 2018 Critics Choice Award 

13 Jan

Jorja Smith, from Walsall, is a 19-year-old singer from the Midlands, who was named on BBC Music Sound of 2017 ones to watch list...


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

13 Jan

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, ...


NEW FRIENDS: What big changes to Facebook mean for public sector communications 

13 Jan

As the late David Bowie once sang: “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strange.


Walsall Wood at home in action against Studley this afternoon 

13 Jan

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...


The Butcher Surgeon: a missed opportunity. 

12 Jan

On 14 December ITV Central broadcast a 30-minute Tonight documentary: The Butcher Surgeon: A scandal uncovered.


Cyclist struck down in crash outside mosque in Walsall 

12 Jan

The collision happened outside Masjid Abu Bakr, Wednesbury Road...


Landmark building to be bulldozed in Walsall town centre 

12 Jan

Demolition of the former police station on Green Lane could begin as soon as next month...


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Half Way Update 

17 Jan

A special day in the scheme of things.


Wednesday 17th January 2018 

17 Jan

1130 sunny, brisk westerlies, 4c : Shoveler 3, Goosander 2, Wigeon 8, Tufted 28, Teal 3, Cormorant 5, Herring / LBb / GBb Gulls 90, Common Gull, Lapwing 150+, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, etc.


Something for nothing? 

17 Jan

The recent changes to the list of species recorded in Britain has been a real pain in the BTM for those of us anoraks who keep a range of site lists ( I have to keep one for the Marsh and Mere in order to do the blog and as well as my life list I ...


Tuesday 16th January 2018 

16 Jan

1115 - 1245 sunny start then showery, bitter westerly wind, 4c : Yellow-legged Gull adult, Bh Gull 400+, Wigeon 4, Goosander 4, Teal 2, Lapwing 150+, Heron, Jay, Feral Pigeon, Siskin over, Chaffinch 7, House Sparrow 4, etc.


An occasional visitor drops in! 

15 Jan

Ray Fellows was over the Marsh this afternoon and had views of one of the species that you can only connect with by chance, a male Peregrine Falcon .


Monday 15th January 2018 

15 Jan

1030 - 1145 rain, blustery, 7c : Wigeon 6, Goosander 6, Teal 6, Tufted 23, Cormorant 11, Heron, Lapwing 171, Common Gull, GBb Gull 12, Pied Wagtail, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Redwing 3, House Sparrow 2, Chaffinch 2, Greenfinch 3, Goldfinch 8, etc.


Sunday 14th January 2018 

14 Jan

Early afternoon, overcast, 4c : little of interest present.


All about eights today 

14 Jan

I fancied a change this morning, a bit of an easier walk, so I decided to pay one of my occasional visits to Clayhanger Common and O'Grady's Pool to see if I could add one or two common species to the year list.


How to turn poison into venom… 

14 Jan

Look at this face.


Saturday 13th January 2018 

13 Jan

1045 - 1130 overcast 5c : Wigeon 8, Shoveler, Teal 3, Cormorant 10, Common Gull, Stock Dove 2, Jay, etc.


The Clayhanger/Ryders Mere List 

13 Jan

As most of you know, a new taxonomic order for recording birds in Britain came into effect on January the first.


Friday 12th January 2018 

12 Jan

1115 - 1200 overcast, 6c : little of interest beyond Pochard pair, Wigeon 6, Shoveler 2, Cormorant 7, Common Gull 3, Jay.


Friday Update (Courtesy of Ray Fellows) 

12 Jan

Someone looking remarkably similar to me was apparently seen sitting at the bar of the Black Country Arms this afternoon and there is a scurrilous roomer that it was me! ( its defamation of character - probably started by that Brownhills Bob bloke ...


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