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Event 324 – 19 May 2018 

24 May

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


First Timers and Record Breakers – 19 May 2018 

24 May

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time David FLAVELL 19:54 Aman BOLA 35:30 David WALKER 21:51 Amy RHODES 36:55 Kegan HIGHWAY 22:50 Desmond HAMILTON 37:31 Major SANDHAR 26:47 Elaine RIDGWAY 37:57 Tom POULTON 28:40 ...


New Data Protection Rules 

24 May

Hi sing2gether followers.


Printmaking Workshops 2018 

24 May

I will be doing a number of Printmaking workshops at Birmingham Printmakers between now and the end of the year.


Reading Challenge Competition Winners 

24 May

Four of our avid year 7 readers were rewarded for their commitment to reading with prizes on Wednesday.


The Black Diary: June 5 

23 May

My new book, The Black Diary:M.


Trying to conceive and struggling? // Can PROCEIVE® help? 

23 May

Before anyone asks, no, we’re not trying for another baby.


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21 May

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Bell Bottom Blues 

21 May

Jeans? Even Jon was surprised.


5 ways to save money on maternity leave 

20 May

*A collaborative post Being on maternity leave is brilliant.


RBSA Print Prize 

18 May

One of my favourite shows of the year is the RBSA Print Prize.


Editions: Star Wars Boy 

18 May

Carrying on from my Editions them I have been working on twoStar Wars Boys this week.


Down The Rabbit Hole – More Mini Adventures 

18 May

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


General Data Protection Regulations 

18 May

As you are no doubt aware, General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) comes into force on Friday 25 th May.


Precious Lives – PC Rob Pedley’s inspirational message 

18 May

PC Rob Pedley knows how just one choice can make a huge difference to your life.


Event 323 – 12 May 2018 

16 May

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


First Timers and Record Breakers – 12 May 2018 

16 May

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Nick CASWELL 21:36 Emily WOOD 30:56 Adam MARTIN 21:39 John BATEMAN 30:59 Andrew BAILEY 22:11 Jamie KIDNER 31:32 Oli SALT 23:31 Alice HYLAND 32:03 Craig DUNNING 24:11 Jane FORD 33...


Our Shilton Boys // May 2018 

15 May

May Siblings // A look at how my Shilton boys are getting on together plus a couple of my favourite...


All aboard with the BRIO Travel Station Set // Review 

14 May

One of the best toys Olly has ever been given is his BRIO.


Stourport Steampunk Festival 

13 May

The usual oddballs from our Rotary Club descended on the second Stourport Steampunk and Vintage Spectacular.


Newsletter: May 12, 2018 

13 May

Lots of news this week, with the latest on the war on litter, some news on the defibrillator, and a donation of a set of scales for a forthcoming local foodbank.


The Babystyle Hybrid Pushchair // Review 

12 May

The Babystyle Hybrid pushchair has to be one of the most beautiful pushchairs I’ve ever owned.


Our 2018 Eurovision Party 

12 May

The annual Eurovision Song Contest is something of a fixture for us, and we’ve had a get together for it every year since the club was formed.


The Moseley Arms 

12 May

Digbeth, Birmingham: Not to be confused with The Old Moseley Arms .


Ash The Bear’s Grand Tour 

12 May

The Rotary Grand Tour takes place from 21st–24th May, with entrants from all over the UK travelling to various checkpoints promoting Rotary’s efforts to eradicate Polio and raise sponsorship along the way.


The Spotted Dog 

12 May

Digbeth, Birmingham: Lovely, traditional Birmingham pub.


Revisit: The Anchor 

12 May

Original Post Here Digbeth, Birmingham.


Lichfield Food Festival – Set List 

12 May

Lichfield Food Festival Sun 13th May @ 12.45pm Address: Opposite McDonalnds, Market Square, Lichfield California Dreamin Castle On The Hill Hit The Road Jack I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) Hold My Hand Like a Prayer Dancing On My Own ...


Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day and Night // Review 

11 May

One of the things I was least looking forward to when Freddie arrived was his night feeds.


Event 322 – 5 May 2018 

10 May

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


Colour Run 2018 

10 May

Sixth Form find a colourful way to raise money for charity Sixth Formers came up with a novel way to raise money for their three chosen charities: a sponsored run.


Freddie // Four Months Old 

9 May

Today our little Freddie is four months old.


Win a weaning bundle worth £80 for National Weaning Week 2018 

8 May

In just a couple of months Freddie will be 6 months old and our weaning journey will be about to...


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The “Demonic UFOs” Theory Continues… 

8 May

Back in 2010, I wrote a book called Final Events .


Job Opportunity: Community Development Worker (Maternity Cover) 

8 May

Employer:  Caldmore Village Festival Ltd Job Title:  Community Development Worker Contract Type:  Fixed 28 weeks (6.5months) Full Time (Maternity Cover) Start Date:  August 2018 (subject to references and DBS checks) Salary:  £20,000 p.


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Support for a Task Force over M&S Closures gains momentum 

24 May

Walsall’s Marks and Spencer’s is just one of a hundred stores in the chain across the country to be threatened with closure, there are others across the West Midlands.


Don’t forget New Hall Mill open day this Spring Bank Holiday Monday! 

24 May

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (28th May 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again next Monday for the second open day of 2018.


An important message from Lynn Shaw 

24 May

It’s been a while now since the sad passing of Bill Shaw and Bill’s wife Lynn has an important announcement to make – there was to have been a ceremony to scatter Bill’s ashes this weekend, but unfortunately it’s had to be postponed.


Aldi REJECTED 

23 May

Great news that Aldi has been rejected planning permission for their plans at the Old Horns.


Derek Weaver rest in peace: Funeral details released 

23 May

Following the sad news of the death of Derek Weaver, Wendy Dance has asked me if I’d share the arrangements for his funeral for anyone who wants to pay their respects.


The ‘Hodgepodge’ of Walsall Property Mini Markets 

22 May

A Royal Wedding, Russia, Facebook, Brexit, Trump, House prices up, House prices down … the Press is full of column inches on Brit’s favourite subjects of politics, scandal, weather and not forgetting (and I appreciate the irony of this!) the ...


Walsall’s night of the long knives 

22 May

For the first time in 70 years Walsall has a Mayor who has served two consecutive terms.


Local miniature railway open this Spring Bank Holiday Monday! 

22 May

Since it’s Spring Bank Holiday Monday next weekend, there’s a whole load of stuff going on – and Bank Holiday Monday (28th May 2018) sees one of the occasional openings of something remarkable I visited way back in spring 2017, and it’s well ...


Valerie speaks at Emergency Debate on Private Members’ Bills Money Resolutions 

21 May

On 21 May 2018, as Shadow Leader of the House I spoke in the Emergency Debate on Private Members’ Bills Money Resolutions.


Walsall Council – Reputations will be won or lost at tonight’s Mayor making ceremony 

21 May

Walsall Council still remains in no overall control following the Local Elections on 3rd May 2018.


Today’s Buy To Let Deal, 2 Bed Terraced House, Camomile Close, Walsall, WS5. 

21 May

A two bedroom terraced house, Camomile Close, Tamebridge, Walsall, WS5.


The Friends of Brownhills Common – May 2018 meeting tonight! 

21 May

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 – ...


Urgent! Please look out for these stolen motorbikes 

20 May

Images posted on Facebook by Stacey Woodfull Hey folks – please be on the lookout for these stolen motorbikes/quads, taken last night Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th May 2018 from Brownhills West and a separate incident in Norton East Road, Norton Canes...


Walsall Wood FC end of season roundup! 

20 May

Images and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.


Narrowboat convoy heading through Brownhills and Walsall Wood today! 

20 May

Hi folks – it’s a lovely day today (Sunday 20th May 2018) and Brownhills is set to see the passage of a large number of narrowboats on the Birmingham Canal Navigations 2018 cruise.


A right royal celebration: Memories and pictures of the 1977 Jubilee in Brownhills 

19 May

In order to mark the royal weekend, I continue to share the remarkable photos donated by old pal of the blog and community whizz Dawn Hayton, who’s been digging in her mother’s collection and found this selection of images from the 1977 Queen’s...


Please be alert for this car stolen from Brownhills last night 

19 May

Please everyone can you be on the lookout for the above, very distinctive orange Ford Focus car stolen from Lindon Drive, Brownhills possibly at around 3:30am this morning, Saturday 19th May 2018.


Great football down at The Wood this afternoon! 

19 May

Saturday 19th May 2018 Following a week of bostin’ footy for you local heroes Walsall Wood FC v Wolverhampton Sporting FC The semi final of the JW Hunt Cup moved to Walsall Wood  Don’t break your Wood vows, be there, be to your local league ...


Phone scammers again targeting local elderly 

18 May

I’ve just had warning from the excellent WMNow system (you can sign up here – it’s free and very useful) that there’s a very concerning new phone scam in operation locally I think readers should be aware of – and will be wanting to warn ...


Today’s Buy To Let Deal Is A 3 Bed Terraced House, Yew Tree, Walsall, WS5 Yields 5.49% 

18 May

A 3 bed terraced house on Birchfield Way, Yew Tree, Walsall, WS5.


Fancy some wonderful, feel good musical theatre? 

18 May

Old pal of the blog Jamie Norgrove, Chair of top local performers Brownhills Musical Theatre Company contacted me yesterday afternoon to ask if I’d plug their latest show – the popular and fun Half a Sixpence – which looks set to be a real ...


Business Question 17 May 2018 

17 May

I asked the Leader of the House when the Withdrawal Bill will be brought back to the House of Commons and when the customs Bill will come to the House on Report and Third Reading.


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

17 May

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 ...


Is there more to councils than emptying bins d cutting grass? 

17 May

I suspect that many of you are not that fussed about who will be the next Mayor of Walsall or for that matter who runs the council as long as you get your bins emptied and your grass cut.


Chasewater from above 

17 May

It’s always nice to see local drone photography and I’m very pleased and honoured to share this set fro former Brownhills lad Steve Martin, whose incredible and high quality work I’ve featured here before.


The work goes on 

16 May

In spite of all the bad blood down at the Council House in Walsall, back in Willenhall North and Short Heath your Lib Dem Focus Team has carried on doing what we always do; Ward walks to identify issues such as stretches of our roads suffering from ...


Walsall about to return to the dark days of the 1990’s 

16 May

Cllr Mike Bird Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, they did.


Do please be deer aware! 

16 May

I’ve become aware over the past few days of several reports that the local deer population are becoming defensive and not as docile and tolerant as they usually are – there’s a reason for that – they’re preparing to give birth.


Politics in Walsall is never boring 

15 May

So the local elections have come and gone.


Home CCTV captures men brazenly testing if cars are locked 

15 May

Video  footage from Pelsall resident originally posted on Facebook.


A busy week at Walsall Wood FC with two finals, a semi and a wedding! 

15 May

A BUSY WEEK FOR THE WOOD WITH TWO FINALS AT BANKS STADIUM Bescot Crescent,  Walsall ,  West Midlands WS1 4SA Tuesday 15th May Polymac League Cup Final Against Coleshill Town 7:30 Kick Off Thursday 17th May Walsall Senior Cup Final Against Rushall ...


Friends of Clayhanger Park Annual General Meeting meeting tonight! 

15 May

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 ...


Today’s Buy To Let Deal Is A 3 Bed End Terraced House In Walsall WS3 Yielding 5.20%. 

14 May

Technically an end terraced house, but looks like a semi, with three bedrooms and is beautifully presented.


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Getting ahead of the rain brings some surprise observations 

24 May

Sedge Warbler I was going to do the Marsh tomorrow but as it looks like I will need a lightening rod and an inflatable dinghy to get around I thought that today would be a better option.


Tuesday 22nd May 2018 

22 May

1030 - 1200 sunny, breezy, 19c : GC Grebe, Cormorant, Oystercatcher, LBb Gull 29, Herring Gull 4, Kestrel, Buzzard 2, Collared Dove, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Swallow 4, House Martin 5, Swift 9, Mistle Thrush, Willow Warbler 2, Chiffchaff, Blackcap...


Monday 21st May 2018 

21 May

1500 - 1600 sunny 21c : GC Grebe, Kestrel, Willow Warbler 3, Chiffchaff, Blackcap 2, Bullfinch 2, Reed Bunting 2, etc.


Saturday 19th May 2018 

19 May

1200 - 1400, sunny 22c : Dingy Skipper 3, Common Blue m, Brimstone m, Orange Tip 3, Large White 2, Small Gv Whites, Speckled Wood 8, Burnet Companion 2, Cinnabar, Small Yellow Underwing, Blue Tailed Damselfly.


Friday 18th May 2018 

18 May

1000 - 1200 hazy 15c : Grey Wagtail 3, Oystercatcher, Herring Gull 6, Heron 2, Swallow 3, Willow Warbler 4, Chiffchaff, Blackcap 2, Kestrel, Bullfinch m, House Sparrow 2, Reed Bunting 2.


Hooray – now I can really celebrate… 

18 May

The Royal Wedding! I had reached the point of despair and had given up hope of being able to enjoy a bottle of celebratory beer with the Royal couple ( as some of you will know, the only interest that I have in royal events ).


I suppose I had better write something! 

18 May

You may have noticed a lack of reports from me recently? Well for a change it hasn't been because we have snuck away for a few days.


Tuesday 15th May 2018 

16 May

1330 - 1500 sunny 22c : Herring Gull 6, LBb Gull 28, Lapwing 2, Swan cygnets hatched, Linnet 7, Willow Warbler 5, Buzzard 2.


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May 14th - A lovely lunchtime ride into Walsall from work, and I took the canal.


Monday 14th May 2018 

14 May

1100 - 1330 sunny, 22c : Birch Sawfly, Brimstone m, Orange Tip 5m 2f, Large White 5, Gv White 4, Small White 3+, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue 2, Speckled Wood 6, Latticed Heath, Cinnabar, Metallic Longhorn moths 25+.


Sunday 13th May 2018 

13 May

0845 - 1100 fairly sunny, 14c : Common Sandpiper, LR Plover, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing, Coot with 8 chicks, GC Grebe 3, Mute Swan 3 (8 eggs in nest), Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard 2, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, a few Swallows, ...


A Cigar is in order for our Greylags (again) 

13 May

Thank you to Ray Fellows who has confirmed that for the second year running, our Greylags have once again bred successfully.


May 12th – And talking of spring and summer colour, nestling in… 

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May 12th - And talking of spring and summer colour, nestling in green nowhere, as Vivian Stanshall put it.


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