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College at 30 – Pros and Cons 

30 Sep

So coming up to the end of September and thus my first month as a college student is drawing to a close, with only a few more weeks until half term too.


On a clear day…. 

30 Sep

On the 2nd of May 1985 -(date on the back thanks to Mom) – my dad has photographed me staring forth with my binoculars from the Barr Beacon War Memorial (236 metres) on a visit home.


Evergreen 

30 Sep

If we're friends on Facebook you'll know that we lost our beautiful girl, Polly, last Friday, hence the extended silence.


Walk to School month 

30 Sep

Walk to school month starts on Monday – everyone will have a card to record their journeys to school and the children are aiming to be able to tick off as many days as they can.


We’ve won silver! 

30 Sep

The school has been awarded the silver award for our work promoting road safety with the children and parents.


The Me and Mine Project | September 2016 

30 Sep

September has been a month full of change for us all.


Being an Egg donor | Zoe’s Story Part One 

29 Sep

Infertility, the inability to conceive a child naturally.


Walsall Arboretum parkrun, Event number 238 – 24th September 2016 

29 Sep

This week there were 349 runners, of whom 42 were running their first parkrun and 13 were first time tourists.


Physics in Motion 

29 Sep

Last Sunday I had the immense privilege of seeing the restored Flying Scotsman at the Pacific Power event at the Severn Valley Railway with Major Orton.


Once Upon a Time (The Panto) – Coming to Great Wyrley High School Theatre – 10 to 12 November 2016 

29 Sep

Have you ever wondered what would happen if happy endings were reversed and heroes suffered while the wicked reigned supreme? Well, Aldridge Musical Comedy Society (AMCS) have the answer with a hilarious return to the world of panto in Once Upon a ...


Sharing precious times with Grandparents 

29 Sep

*This is a collaborative post Throughout my childhood, spending time with my grandparents was really important.


A Monster Mimic… 

28 Sep

A strange snake that could imitate the crows of a chicken? No, it's not April Fools' Day! But you could be forgiven for thinking it is! Here's the weird story, as told by me at Mysterious Universe...


Sharing holiday memories with a ‘My Picture’ canvas 

28 Sep

Our Summer holidays seem like such a distant memory now but I am so pleased with myself that I took plenty of photographs to capture the blue skies, the sunshine, the smiles and all the fun with the family.


The Greater New England UFO Conference: MIB & UFOs 

27 Sep

In case you happen to be in New England on the weekend of October 7-8, I'll be speaking at the 2016 Greater New England UFO Conference.


When The Music’s Over…… 

27 Sep

Caldmore Village Festival Group would just like to say thank you to all the community groups, performers and artists, sponsors and partners and local residents and everyone attending The Cultures of Walsall Festival for making it one of the best yet.


The George Hotel 

27 Sep

Hull: I loved this place, on the curiously-named Land of Green Ginger in Hull.


Not “Nessiesarily” A Plesiosaur 

27 Sep

That's the title of a new article from me at Mysterious Universe , and which starts like this...


New Song Tonight  

27 Sep

The nights are setting in so why not join your local community choir and enjoy a fun new activity this autumn and winter! Plus, we have a new song for you all tonight...


Getting the school lowdown with School Reviewer 

27 Sep

*This is a collaborative post It’s been an interesting (read exhausting) couple of weeks getting ourselves into our new routine for pre-school.


Walsall Player 176. Ally Brown 

26 Sep

Alistair “Ally” Brown (born 12 April 1951) is a Scottish former football player who played as a striker.


Walsall Player 175. Des Bremner 

26 Sep

Desmond George Bremner (born 7 September 1952) is a Scottish former professional football midfielder.


Walsall Player 174. David Bevan 

26 Sep

David Bevan (born June 24, 1989) is an Irish footballer who plays for Rushden Dimonds as a goalkeeper.


Tap House Tour 2016 

26 Sep

We’ve been doing this beer project during the year and as opposed to #100pubs2015 it’s been a rather relaxed affair.


The Crying Game 

26 Sep

One thing that a pub is good for is it provides an outlet for people’s fears and demons to be released amongst usually friends and people who are generally supportive.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 24 September 2016 

26 Sep

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Steven TERRY 21:29 Lily-Mai HASSALL 37:49 Jacob MADIN 22:31 Jamie MCINTOSH 38:49 Ryan SWANWICK 24:49 Kaye SHEILS-HOUSTON 39:06 Carl LEWIS 25:07 Sarah EMBREY 39:43 Tom SAYER 25:28...


Weighty matters at Walsall pub 

26 Sep

THIS is another evocative image from the Bugle's collection and it shows a pub in Walsall in the early 1900s.


CA Activities: Grass Football Pitches from £40, Training from £17.50 

25 Sep

Pitches Available for the new season! Match Slots NOW £40 IF PAID IN ADVANCE! Price includes set up, warm up, 90 minute match, half time and access to male and female changing rooms before and after match.


Inside the head of a struggling Mum 

25 Sep

Before you all drop everything and rush to be by my side, I’m ok.


The Final Count Down 

24 Sep

All systems go! The community groups will be on site from 8.00am putting up their marquees.


The Shovel Inn 

24 Sep

Lye: What a lovely pub.


The Windsor Castle Inn 

24 Sep

Lye: Part of our taphouse tour, so full details here .


Badelynge Bar 

24 Sep

Stourbridge: part of our taphouse tour- Green Duck ‘s taphouse: full details here , but a great brewery bar.


The Duke William 

24 Sep

Stourbridge: Part of our Taphouse Tour , and a very fine pub indeed.


John Keel, Mothman & Albert Bender 

23 Sep

Picked up these at last weekend's Mothman Festival: (A) a DVD collection of old and rare John Keel lectures (many on Mothman); and (B) a 1962 collection of Albert Bender's "Space Review" newsletter.


Cattle Mutilations and the Sons of Satan 

23 Sep

Over at Jim Harold's website you can find a new article from me on an alternative theory for the cattle mutilation enigma.


Reminder 

23 Sep

On Monday 26th September 2016 Delves Junior School will be closed for staff training.


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Upcoming Road Works in Short Heath 

30 Sep

Temporary Traffic Signals Temporary traffic signals will be in operation in Stroud Avenue at the junction of Oakridge Drive to allow water main connections to be made.


Whatever the weather, Malcolm got through… 

30 Sep

Here's a little bit of Brownhills social history for a Friday - and something that gets mentioned an awful lot, but there is scant record of.


Innocence 

30 Sep

There was a time when hard work, integrity, honesty, diligence and morality were considered as rewards in themselves for any duty, task or employment but in an age when hypocrisy and negligence are essential requirements on the job description for ...


Have a brew for Macmillan today and tomorrow! 

30 Sep

I notice there are two Macmillan coffee events taking place in Brownhills and Clayhnager over the next couple of days - all day today (Friday, 30th September 2016) at Chasewater Railway Cafe at Brownhills West Station, and tomorrow afternoon at ...


*UPDATE* 2 Bed Semi, Hydes Road, West Bromwich, B71. Now With Yields Of 5.12%. 

29 Sep

I originally posted this one on 22/04/2016 and even though it has only reduced by £1000 since then, it’s worth mentioning because of it’s top-notch spec.


Acoustic Night at The Chase Inn tonight! 

29 Sep

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 too - and tonight, Thursday 29th September 2016, the pub has it's first Acoustic Night.


Shire Oak Quarry expansion consultation event – this Friday 

29 Sep

You may recall a couple of years ago that the operator of the former Shire Oak Quarry site, JPE, was mooting the proposal to extend the site they're currently landfilling at Shire Oak, to extract virgin material pusihing back restoration of the site ...


Deer water chase at Chasewater… 

28 Sep

You'll remember a few days ago I cautioned local folk - especially dog walkers - to beware of the deer at the moment as the rut was getting underway, and they'd be a whole lot less tolerant as the hormones did their thing - well, I wasn't wrong - as ...


Twilight`s last gleaming 

28 Sep

Way back in 1992, the ubiquity of email was far from established and many employers regarded the internet as the work of the devil that had no place in a productive workplace...


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – September 2016 public meeting this Thursday 

28 Sep

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday evening (29th September 2016) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


The Walsall Bedroom Problem….Opportunity or Hindrance? 

27 Sep

When my research showed me this statistic, the first question that popped into my mind was; “Is this a problem or an opportunity?” The orthodox way of classifying property in the UK is to look at the number of bedrooms rather than its size in ...


Your chance to catch a local legend – this Wednesday afternoon! 

27 Sep

Just a quick headsup to those interested in Walsall Wood history and who are free this Wednesday afternoon (28th September 2016) - there's a talk featuring the Brownhills Blog's favourite Wood Mon™ and top contributor, the young David Evans.


You can help shape the future of community facilities in Clayhanger – tonight! 

27 Sep

You'll all know that this blog is all about community and the things that bring us all together - be it a bit of current affairs, history, discussion or appeals for help: well, Clayhanger Community Centre provides an excellent service to the ...


Walsall Council’s Lib/Lab Coalition carries out pledge to clamp down on litter louts 

26 Sep

A private security firm are being brought in by Walsall Council’s Lib/Lab Coalition to combat litter louts throughout the borough.


*Update* 3 Bed House, Wolverhampton Street, Walsall, WS10. Now With Yields Of 7.50%. 

26 Sep

Since I’m on the updating bandwagon, I thought I would have a look at some old buy-to let deals just to see how they’re doing these days.


An unusually clear view 

25 Sep

A couple of postcard images send to me yesterday by the young David Evans that I feel I had to share immediately - they come from the fascinating collection of Dorothy Ruddock, and I think they're amazing.


A Walsall Wood Gentleman and Victorian Serviceman 

25 Sep

The young David Evans has been hard at work lately gathering together and compiling articles about the Ruddock Family and The Cape, in Walsall Wood following the wonderful material that recently came to light, so kindly donated by Julie Davies and ...


Stuck in a rut – dog walkers and ramblers beware! 

25 Sep

This is just a quick note to warn people given to exploring the open spaces of the area that over the next 8-10 weeks or so the deer population will be getting amorous - it's rutting time for our large brown friends, and that means one thing: the ...


Walsall Wood scrape to victory over Pegasus Juniors 

25 Sep

Yesterday afternoon (Saturday 24h September 2016) Walsall Wood FC entertained Hereford team Pegasus Juniors at Oak Park - and again, the lads from the Wood started badly but pulled it out of the bag in the second half to snatch victory.


What’s the storey? 

24 Sep

Here's a quick one that's piqued my intent and left me pondering, so I thought I'd share it - friend of New Hall Mill Alan Dawson has asked a really excellent question about my frequent 365daysofbiking muse, Shenstone Railway Station.


Taphouse 9: The Windsor Castle Inn 

24 Sep

Pubblog Link Whatpub Link Brewery Site Taphouse 9.


Brownhills School warns parents to be vigilant following reports of children being approached locally 

24 Sep

I've been informed that parents of pupils at Brownhills School were send a message on Friday afternoon last (23rd September 2016) that there had been a suspicious incident near the convenience store in Howdles Lane shopping precinct, just on the A5 ...


Get your music fix at the Chase Inn tonight… 

24 Sep

The live music and good times at Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills continues - and this week there's excellent live music this evening, Saturday 24th September 2016 from brilliant rock band The Fazys, making their debut appearance at the pub, starting...


Walsall Wood FC at home to Pegasus Juniors this afternoon! 

24 Sep

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood FC in home action at Oak Park this afternoon! Continue reading...


Taphouse 8: Green Duck Brewery Badelynge Bar 

24 Sep

Pubblog Link Whatpub Link Brewery Site Taphouse 8, this time more the bar on the brewery site rather than a brewery on a bar or pub site.


Taphouse 7: The Duke William 

24 Sep

Pubblog Link Whatpub Link Brewery Site Taphouse 7, again with a brewery actually onsite- Craddocks.


Fancy taking the Lichfield Towpath Trail For Charity this weekend? 

23 Sep

This Sunday 26th September 2016, there's a charity dog walk being held by Oscars Pet Foods of Lichfield and the Lichfield & Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust, taking place along the Lichfield Canal Heritage Towpath Trail near Borrowcop on the A51.


*UPDATE* 2 Bed House, Lewis Street, Walsall, WS2. Now With Yields Of 7.00%! 

23 Sep

I wrote about this property back in May and luckily it is still on the market almost 5 months later.


You can help shape the future of community facilities in Clayhanger! 

23 Sep

You'll all know that this blog is all about community and the things that bring us all together - be it a bit of current affairs, history, discussion or appeals for help: well, Clayhanger Community Centre provides an excellent service to the ...


Banana split 

23 Sep

You might be forgiven for thinking that after 116 years of banging on about how unity is strength; the Labour Party might just have grasped something approaching an understanding of what unity actually is...


Wise Council 

23 Sep

One of the most important institutions in the development of Brownhills as a town is one we have scant record of - that is Brownhills Urban District Council, which existed as a separate entity before merger with Aldridge in 1966, the merged Council ...


Walsall Wood bred and buttered… Your chance to catch a local legend 

22 Sep

Just a quick headsup to those interested in Walsall Wood history and who are free next Wednesday afternoon (28th September 2016) - there's a talk featuring the Brownhills Blog's favourite Wood Mon™ and top contributor, the young David Evans.


Consultation on new Pedestrian Crossing on busy road in Willenhall 

22 Sep

Consultation starts this week on plans for a new pedestrian crossing in Wesley Road, Willenhall.


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Fun textile workshop for children.


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26 Sep

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24 Sep

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23 Sep

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Thursday 29th September 2016 

29 Sep

1115 - 1200, blustery, 14c : fairly quiet, only House Martin 2, Swallow, Chiffchaff in song, Cormorant 9, Teal 2 & Sparrowhawk of note.


The rarity that wasn’t – epilogue 

29 Sep

Chiloe Wigeon - One of the regulars had not seen this South American Species so here it is Well, I have not had my eye on the ball with regard to the putative American Wigeon at Stubbers Green.


Wednesday 28th September 2016 

28 Sep

Brickworks field early morning, sunny : Wigeon 6, Teal 107, Shoveler 12, Snipe 10+, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper on Swag, (KMC)...


September 27th – It was clear when I left work that there was… 

28 Sep

September 27th - It was clear when I left work that there was going to be a good sunset, and it reached it’s peak just as I hit Brownhills.


Possible Rarity Alert 

27 Sep

I have had a report that a probable female American wigeon was present at Stubbers green this morning ( seen by Kev Clements ).


Tuesday 27th September 2016 

27 Sep

Field nr Ibstock brickworks 0800 : American Wigeon still present with other Wigeons on floods (KMC).


Monday 26th September 2016 

26 Sep

0930 - 1120 drizzle, 12c : Pied Wagtail 10, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit 3 over, House Sparrow 12, Starling 70+, Goldfinch 10, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 48, Mute Swan 4, Heron, Cormorant 9, Teal 2, Moorhen 6, Coot 15, a few ...


September 24th – Near Anchor Bridge on the canal at Brownhills,… 

25 Sep

September 24th - Near Anchor Bridge on the canal at Brownhills, autumn isn’t much in evidence apart from a chill in the air and a strong wind with a familiarly hostile edge.


September 24th – Heading for Chasewater from Brownhills along… 

25 Sep

September 24th - Heading for Chasewater from Brownhills along the canal, my recovery ride was slow and plodding, but if it had not been, I might not have looked right down the Spot Path on Clayhanger Common and seen the old dog fox annoyed at my ...


Sunday 25th September 2016 

25 Sep

0940 - 1130 sunny/showers/cool breeze, 14c : Cormorant 8, Mute Swan 3, Heron, Greylag 2 over, Lapwing 94, Teal 6, Shoveler, Tufted 2, LBb Gull 20, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 7, House Martin 2, Blackcap f, Chiffchaff 3, Willow Warbler, Great Spotted ...


A promise kept 

24 Sep

I said I would do my best to pay a visit this weekend and given the prognosis for rain tomorrow , I thought I would bite the bullet and do it today.


Saturday 24th September 2016 

24 Sep

0950 - 1115 fairly cloudy, 16c : Com.


September 22nd – Also coming out better than expected was… 

22 Sep

September 22nd - Also coming out better than expected was Morris, the Brownhills Miner.


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