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May The Fourth Be With You – The Cornbury Festival 2018 

17 Jul

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


Paranormal Parasites… 

16 Jul

Coming in just 8 weeks from now...


Keeping my skin hydrated with Sanctuary Wet Skin Moisture Miracle // Review 

16 Jul

*A collaborative post  As a busy Mama, when I shower it’s more military operation style in and out rather than...


My Shilton Boys // July 2018 

16 Jul

Late June and early July has been a better month for my boys.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 14 July 2018 

14 Jul

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Robert BIRKETT 26:01 Devid APEL 36:49 Alfie PARSONS 26:43 Stephen LANGLEY 36:50 Lee PARSONS 26:43 Emma WHITTLE 37:14 Stephanie CARR 29:20 Catherine BOLAND 37:22 David RICH 30:16 ...


Event #331 – 7 July 2018 

14 Jul

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


Freddie // Six months old 

13 Jul

Earlier this week, our little Freddie turned six months old.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 7 July 2018 

12 Jul

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Craig WADLEY 22:33 Heather BROUGHTON 39:11 James MARTIN 32:19 Martin FENNINGS 39:45 Lisa ROBERTS 32:20 Helen Marie WARD 42:31 Isabelle HADDOCK 32:52 Sukky BADESHA 43:02 Nadira ...


Reviewing a new book on the Men in Black 

12 Jul

Over at Mysterious Universe, I review a new book on the Men in Black...


Enjoying first morning of camp break (Lego Adventures) 

12 Jul

After the problems yesterday getting to the camp site with breaking down, car sorted just problem with fan.


Stuck going on holiday, with car broken down (Lego Adventures) 

11 Jul

We was on way to have a long weekend break and the car has broken down, now waiting for breakdown service to hopefully get us on our way.


Prom 2018 

10 Jul

Friday 6th July saw the sun shine on the beautiful grounds of Nailcote Hall where staff eagerly awaited the arrival of our Year 11 Prom guests.


The Tank War by Mark Urban 

10 Jul

This is a book I read whilst holidaying on Normandy recently and a good read it is too.


All aboard with National Express West Midlands 

10 Jul

As a family, we love days out and adventures.


Our 2018 Eurovision Party Copy 

8 Jul

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.


Here’s the Legoland Discovery Centre Birmingham lowdown.. 

8 Jul

Yesterday we spent the morning at one of the newest attractions for children opening in Birmingham, Legoland Discovery Centre.


Newsletter: June 23, 2018 Copy 

7 Jul

As we approach the end of a Rotary year we took the chance to look at some of the events and fundraising activities we’ve got coming up in 2018-19.


Newsletter: June 23, 2018 

7 Jul

As we approach the end of a Rotary year we took the chance to look at some of the events and fundraising activities we’ve got coming up in 2018-19.


Newsletter: July 7, 2018 

7 Jul

This week has a report on a concert to raise funds for the Remembrance Parades, and the launch of our Little Pink 4 Big Pink campaign.


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

6 Jul

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.


Editions: Artificial Intelligence 

6 Jul

My new body of wok can only loosely be called an edition.


I’m #ExpectingChange with Mama Mio and Mumsnet 

6 Jul

On Tuesday, Freddie and I went down to Lewis Cubitt Park in Central London as we were invited to the...


Event 330 – 30 June 2018 

5 Jul

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


Mum dates with Skinny Jimmy’s Iced Coffee // Review 

4 Jul

Being on maternity leave, my days are filled with nappy changes, entertaining Freddie, catching up on the housework and attempting...


Aaron called up for England 

4 Jul

Aaron in Year 10 has been selected to play on the England Under 16s team.


The Boot Inn 

3 Jul

La-di-dah Sutton Coldfield: I don’t like Sutton, or as Google Maps and pretentious twats seem to call it “The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield”.


School Diversity Week 2nd-6th July 

3 Jul

Not all pupils are as fortunate as those at Barr Beacon.


On The Ball 

2 Jul

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.


Baby, it’s hot outside…. 

2 Jul

Baby, it’s hot outside.


An afternoon in the Confetti Fields, Wick 

2 Jul

As a keen (iPhone) photographer of my boys, I love the opportunity to visit new places with them and take...


Restoring the floor with Innovo // Review 

1 Jul

Being pregnant is a wonderful thing.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 30 June 2018 

1 Jul

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Louise WEBSTER 23:20 Josie SILVESTER 34:51 Sarah COLWELL 26:33 Elaine ROOK 35:08 Jonathan WARD 26:56 Sarah HEALY 35:47 James MORRIS 28:26 Angie CARROLL 37:42 Emilia HIGGINS 28:44...


The Me and Mine Project // June 2018 

30 Jun

June has been a really lovely month for me and my boys.


Tidying the Town Centre Planters Copy 

30 Jun

Our club  has recently agreed to take on the management of the planters attached to the town centre railings.


Marshalling at Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 Copy 

30 Jun

We once again volunteered to man a feed station for the Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 half-triathlon event.


Brownhills Motor Sales at Streets Corner – what do you know? 

30 Jun

Old pal of the blog Alvin Cox contacted me yesterday asking if I had any images of the motor sales workshop/garage that existed at Streets Corner, Walsall Wood, before the Co-op was built: Latterly it was Saturn Motor Sales.


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£90,348 spent in Rent by Walsall Millennials Age 35 

17 Jul

Millennials were born between the mid 1980’s and late 1990’s making them between the age of around 22 to late 30’s.


Walsall’s new Tory bosses undemocratic, negative and uncaring say Lib Dems 

17 Jul

The new Conservative administration on Walsall Council has clearly set out its stall as the most negative, uncaring and undemocratic administration to date.


The 1977 Silver Jubilee – up and down the town! 

15 Jul

A theme that keeps popping up here at the moment is the 1977 Royal Jubilee, and the street parties and celebrations connected with it – Well, here today I have two great pics from opposite ends of our area of those days, and I’d love any further ...


Classic Motor Show at Walsall Arboretum on right now! 

15 Jul

Here’s another one I missed but is happening right now too – there’s a Classic Car Show on at Walsall Arboretum this afternoon Sunday 15th July 2018.


Little Hay miniature railway garden party on now! 

15 Jul

Very late notice I know but the good folk of Sutton Coldfield Model Engineering Socially have asked me to to tell you that their Garden Party at Little Hay Miniature Railway – known as Balleny Green – is open right now (Sunday 15th July 2018() ...


Ooh, Betty! 

14 Jul

So, back to some history – this is one I’ve been wanting to explore for ages, and never come up with a conclusive answer, but flicking through an old book, a caption popped on a lightbulb in my head.


Such work, much busy, very apologise! 

14 Jul

Hi folks – a quick apology for the blog readers and faithful – as I appreciate the work and effort the community and readership put in on the blog.


Summer fair in Walsall Wood this Saturday afternoon 

13 Jul

There’s a lovely summer fair in Walsall Wood on the afternoon of Saturday 14th July in the grounds of St john’s Church, Walsall Wood High Street.


LOW risk of flooding as weather set to break – Advice on precautions and action 

13 Jul

I have just received this information from Walsall Council After reviewing the Met Office forecast for this weekend it suggests that minor surface water flooding impacts are probable across parts of England and Wales today (Friday) and possible but ...


Meet your local coppers this Saturday in Aldridge and Streetly! 

13 Jul

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, 14th July 2018 at Aldridge Library from 10:00am until 11:00am where you can meet your ...


To Leave voters in Walsall North – Will Eddie Hughes deliver the Brexit you voted for? 

13 Jul

68% of Walsall North voters in the referendum on 23 June 2016 voted to leave the European Union.


Events coming up around Willenhall and Darlaston 

13 Jul

Things going on across the West Locality Area (that’s Willenhall and Darlaston to you and me) Sunday Afternoon in Willenhall Memorial Park Bandstand- Amended Dates Update The Friends of Willenhall Memorial Park, working with Walsall Council, are ...


A5 Live is coming soon – and they need your help! 

13 Jul

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.


Business Questions 12 July 2018 

12 Jul

The Minority Government is abusing its power.


Fancy a fete and dog show this Saturday? 

12 Jul

There’s a great looking summer fete and dog show coming up this weekend, on Saturday 14th July nearby in the picturesque village of Hammerwich, just over the A5.


Tonight’s Planning meeting: Three new homes in Short Heath look set to become care homes? 

12 Jul

Three recently built family size semi detached homes next to the former Brown Jug site in High Rd, Lane Head look set to becoming  care homes for six children (two in each property) if planners have their way a tonight’s Planning Committee when ...


Walsall wood BMX track, the best days! 

11 Jul

Phil Atkinson generously supplied the above, wonderful gallery with the simple statement ‘Walsall wood BMX track, the best days.


Local work-van and vehicle crime issues escalate: Be on your guard, folks 

10 Jul

A warning to people with work vans and appeal to folk in Brownhills for information – there is certainly a real rash of vehicle break ins ongoing, with incidents reported across the area throughout the last week.


A great local charity concert coming soon to The Lamp, Brownhills! 

10 Jul

There’s a splendid charity fundraiser concert being staged on Friday, 20th July 2018 at the Lamp Arts Theatre at Brownhills Activity Centre, just on the Miner Island in the centre of Brownhills – featuring The Backstreet Theatre Company, ...


Valerie responds to motions on appointments 

10 Jul

As Shadow Leader of the House, I responded to the following motion on 10 July 2018: That, in pursuance of section 1(2B) of the House of Commons (Administration) Act 1978, Dr Rima Makarem be appointed to the House of Commons Commission for a period ...


Universal Credit – School meals in line for Conservative cuts 

9 Jul

Changes to Universal Credit mean nearly 1 million poorer children will lose out on a free nutritious meal at lunch – costing parents £400 a year.


My BTL Deal Of The Day, 3 Bed Semi House, Larchwood Road, Walsall, WS5 With Yields Of 5.57%. 

9 Jul

A very nicely presented three bedroom semi detached house on Larchwood Road, Tamebridge, Walsall, WS5.


Armed robbery at McColls store in Shannon Drive, Brownhills West 

9 Jul

Yesterday evening, Sunday 8th July 2018, there was an armed robbery at McColls Store, Shannon Drive, Brownhills West in which thankfully, nobody was hurt.


Valerie celebrates NHS outside Walsall Manor 

8 Jul

I was delighted to celebrate the NHS outside Walsall Manor Hospital on Saturday 7 July 2018 along with Andy Brown, Chair of the Disability Advisory Group Walsall Manor.


Valerie fundraises for Darlaston Town (1874) FC 

8 Jul

I attended a fundraising event at Darlaston Town (1874) FC on Saturday 7 July.


Swanning around… 

8 Jul

I’ve had a mail in from reader Natalie Edge-Edwards, who like our very own swan lady Irene Hodges, is very interested in her local birdlife in Rochester and monitors the black swans on the lake by JCB there.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – 2018 AGM this Monday followed by an evening with the Time Healers 

8 Jul

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (9th July 2018) there will be the Annual General Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


New Hall Mill July 2018 open day today! 

8 Jul

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally today (Sunday 8th July 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again right now and I can heartily recommend the place – it’s fascinating and I had a great time ...


Chuckery Festival on this Sunday: A great free live music event in Walsall Arboretum! 

7 Jul

Also on today, Sunday 8th July 2018 at Walsall Arboretum Bandstand will be a great live family show – the Chuckery Music Festival 2018 Bandstand Music Event – featuring great local bands and musicians to suit all tastes with food, drink and kids ...


Valerie speaks on the NHS in Cannock Town Centre 

7 Jul

I spoke at the 70th anniversary of our NHS in Cannock Town Centre on Saturday 7 July 2018.


Valerie celebrates the 70th anniversary of the NHS 

7 Jul

I was delighted to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS by holding a street stall in Bloxwich Market on Saturday 7 July 2018.


Willenhall Transport Show – on this Sunday! 

7 Jul

In a weekend choc-full of transport events (Cars in the Park at Lichfield, the Aldridge Transport Museum Annual Running Day) there’s a further event this Sunday 8th July 2018 with Willenhall Transport Show taking place at Willenhall Memorial Park (...


Don’t forget – 2018 Pelsall Carnival this afternoon! 

7 Jul

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.


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Tuesday 17th July 2018 

17 Jul

1015 - 1115 generally cloudy, 20c : Mute Swan pair + 6 cygnets, Heron 3, Cormorant 2, Little Grebe 2, GC Grebe, Coot 32 + 6 young, Moorhen 6 + 3 young, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 41, LR Plover, Common Sandpiper, Bh Gull 40, Swift 8, House Martin 5, ...


Blues and Hairstreaks 

15 Jul

All seen this weekend (White-letter Hairstreaks at Rushall).


Sunday 15th July 2018 

15 Jul

0930 - 1300 sunny, to 26c : Painted Lady, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 3, Comma 3, Small Tortoiseshell, Purple Hairstreak 6, Holly Blue, Common Blue 4, Ringlet Hedge Brown abundant, Meadow Brown 10+, Speckled Wood 6, Small Green-veined Large Whites ...


Thursday 12th July 2018 

12 Jul

1000 - 1330 becoming sunny, 22c : Small Copper, Essex Skipper, Large Skipper 3, Common Blue m, Ringlet 40+, Meadow Brown 20+, Hedge Brown 40+, Speckled Wood, Comma 9, Peacock 8, Small Tort.


Sunday 8th July 2018 

8 Jul

0900 - 1130 hot sunny again, 26c : Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 38, Heron 5, Teal, Little Grebe 2 adults, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel m, Buzzard, Jackdaw 60+, Pied Wagtail 2, Swift 20+, Swallow 4, Sand Martin, Willow Warbler 3, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, ...


Saturday 7th July 2018 

7 Jul

0830 - 0930 sunny, 20c : Ruff, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 19, Little Grebe 2, GC Grebe 2, Teal 2, Cormorant, Heron, Swan cygnets 6, Bh Gull 51, Collared Dove 4, Grey Wagtail, Swift 25+, House Martin 2, Swallow 2, Chiffchaff, Blackcap 2, Bullfinch 3.


Wednesday 4th July 2018 

4 Jul

1030 - 1230 sunny, 25c : Ruff, Common Sandpiper, LR Plover, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 30+, Cormorant, Heron 3, Mute Swan pair + 6 cygnets, Gadwall 2, Teal 2, Tufted 8, GC Grebe, Bh Gull 20 incl juveniles, Sparrowhawk with prey, Buzzard, Swift 20+, ...


Sunday 1st July 2018 

1 Jul

0950 - 1220 hazy sun, to 27c : Purple Hairstreak 3 at oaks, Comma 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Small Skipper 2, Large Skipper 6, Hedge Brown 3, Ringlet 25+, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood 7, Cinnabar 2, Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker 4, Broad-bodied ...


Saturday 30th June 2018 

30 Jun

1300 - 1400 hot sunny, 26c : Hedge Brown 2, Small Heath, Meadow Brown 5, Speckled Wood 5, Ringlet 12, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Large White 3, Common Wave, Cinnabar 2, Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet.


Swallows 

30 Jun

Adult and young Swallows on 28th June 2018 at the sailing club.


Friday 29th June 2018 

29 Jun

1100 - 1200 sunny, 22c : Lapwing 37, Bh Gull 31, LBb Gull 20, Heron, Pied Wagtail 3, Swift 10, Blackcap 2, Willow Warbler 3, Reed Bunting, etc.


Thursday 28th June 2018 

28 Jun

0930 - 1330 sunny, to 25c : Mute Swan pair + 6 cygnets, C Geese 200+, Little Grebe, Heron 2, Buzzard 2, LR Plover adult juv.


Wednesday 27th June 2018 

27 Jun

0930 - 1130 sunny / breezy 18c : Mute Swan + 3 cygnets, Heron 2, LR Plover juv, Oystercatcher, Lapwing 39, Bh Gull 4 juv, LBb Gull 11, Pied Wagtail 10, Swift 20+, Swallow, Sand Martin, Blackcap 2, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler 2, Bullfinch 2, Reed ...


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