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Hey Ho, Let’s Go…Charity Shopping! What I Found This Week 

21 Sep

We've found some fabulous stuff on our charity shop jaunts over the last couple of weeks, the stockroom rails are positively groaning under the weight of crazily printed maxi dresses, capes, leather coats, tweed jackets and dagger collared shirts but...

I was a very lucky lad to be Albion’s mascot 

21 Sep

TWO WEEKS ago, in Bugle 1306 we featured this picture of West Bromwich Albion on the very first day of the 1963-64 season and we asked if anyone knew the whereabouts of their young mascot.

Structural steel on a grand scale in Darlaston 

21 Sep

FEW places could rival the Black Country for its output of iron and steel during our industrial hey-day, and Darlaston's Rubery Owen was one of the region's biggest names.

Come and join the Carnival! 

20 Sep

There will be carnival workshops all day from 12.00 with local carnival supremos Bostin’ Arts running our carnival tent giving you a chance to make colourful costumes and wind socks for the procession.

Music at Delves Junior 

20 Sep

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!!! Last term, with your generous contributions, we raised £420 towards some musical instruments.

Cultures of Walsall- the countdown begins! 

19 Sep

We have some amazing music lined up for this year’s cultures of Walsall.

Event 290 – 16 September 2017 

19 Sep

Charity Update: Thank you to everyone who supported Laura's cake sale on Saturday - she raised £130 towards her London Marathon Charity total.

New Song Tonight 

19 Sep

We have a brand new song for you all tonight, can’t wait to start this one we think you’ll love it...

Take Part in a Football Tournament! 

18 Sep

Venue – Palfrey Park Games Arena Under 13’s start 12:00 pm Under 19’s start 1:30 pm FREE TO ENTER OPEN TO ALL YOUNG PEOPLE For more information or to register your team call: 07771 791136 or email rizwanahmed8@aol.

What I Wore To Wetherspoons 

18 Sep

I lived like a normal person at the weekend - a leisurely breakfast eaten at the kitchen table, The Guardian Weekend read from cover-to-cover, a few hours spent pottering around the garden and an evening hanging out with friends in 'Spoons.

4000 weekends 

18 Sep

Nick The Milk told me you had basically 4000 weekends in your life and this one has definitely been one of those where I have tried to wring every drop out of it.

Bacofoil Zipper Bags, how do you use yours? 

17 Sep

*This is a collaborative post  If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to get value for money in all the...

First Timers and Record Breakers – 16 September 2017 

16 Sep

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Jamie HICKINBOTTOM 19:58 Orion WAGG 34:40 Tomos REES 22:15 Sullivan COOKSEY 35:01 Dennis GWILLIAM 27:15 Yasmin CROOK 37:36 Andy GWILLIAM 27:41 Tracy MURPHY 39:40 Peter COOKSEY 28...

Cultures of Walsall – only one week to go! 

16 Sep

LET’S CELEBRATE THE CULTURES OF WALSALL! 12.00pm – 5.00pm, Saturday 23rd 2017 Only one week to go!! Cultures of Walsall  is a spectacular fusion of music, dance, food and cultural activities from many of the Borough’s communities.

Lego Spaceman Exploring Alien Landscape – Lego Adventures 

16 Sep

Lego spaceman posing by a rock with exploring an alien landscape.

Meet the Cultures of Walsall 

15 Sep

The Cultures of Walsall Festival aims to showcase the many of the Communities of Walsall.

Little Green Apples 

15 Sep

What's this, three posts in a week? A sure sign I've got loads of stuff to do and can't be arsed to get them done.

Stones In The Sand – Photo Blog 

15 Sep

These photos were taken back in October 2006 at Chasewater Country Park, I must have liked taking photos of stones on that day as did take a few.

Willenhall poet’s cup final dream that did not come true 

15 Sep

THOMAS Bratt (1852-1929) was a Black Country man of rare talent.

When royal couple planted a tree in Blackheath 

15 Sep

ROYALTY have often visited the Black Country, from Queen Henrietta Maria's stay in Walsall in 1643 to our own Queen's numerous tours of the region.

Favourite Podcast & Android Apps 

14 Sep

Im one for listening to podcast, from while working on the pc or tablet, going out and about, and even for going to sleep.

Event 289 – 9 September 2017 

14 Sep

This week's Hi-viz heroes: If you can help us out by volunteering in future weeks, please get in touch.

Welcome to the new build… 

14 Sep

A year ago it was a blank space.

Shells – Photo blog 

14 Sep

Shells – Photo Blog This photo was taken back in May 2007.

Channeling The Old Masters 

14 Sep

Channeling The Old Masters My aim when looking at Old masters was to become a better painter by looking at the finest examples of painting ever to be seen.

Getting organised for our new arrival 

14 Sep

At 22 weeks pregnant, I’m just over half way through my second pregnancy.

¡Ay, Caramba! Vintage Couture For A Fiver 

13 Sep

Unlike elsewhere in Blogland, you won't find any Autumnal fashion or tweed and cosy knitwear in earthy-tones here.

Line Up for the Bandstand Stage 

13 Sep

We are very proud to be able to announce the line up for the Bandstand  stage on Saturday 23rd of September.

Police said ‘don’t worry it’s only a film’ 

13 Sep

I HAVE just opened my copy of the Bugle dated August 30 and read Dan Shaw's article about the filming of The Man in the Sky in and around Wolverhampton.

“Haunted By A Phantom Ape” 

12 Sep

That's the title of a new article from me at Mysterious Universe ...

Get Sporty and Get Active as part of The Cultures Of Walsall 

12 Sep

This year the Cultures of Walsall  will play host to a range of sporting activities including a range of family friendly sports provided by Active Streets and a very special young persons sports tournament organized by BMYG and funded by Walsall ...

First Timers and Record Breakers – 9 September 2017 

11 Sep

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Matthew AMES 23:02 Jim SPENCE 32:03 Les TRUMPETER 25:43 Baljinder SANDHU 32:11 Amelia MCGILL 26:20 Joseph FARRELL 33:57 Jake SILVESTER 28:13 Graham CALDER 34:28 Ryan COTTERILL 28...

Kinky Boots – A Weekend At London’s Classic Car Boot Sale 

11 Sep

Talk about a rude awakening! On Saturday morning, the alarm went off at 3am and, less than an hour later, we were on the road, knees draped in blankets (Gilbert's heating system is non-existent) heading towards Kings Cross, the destination for ...

Aziz Ibrahim to play at Cultures of Walsall 2017 

11 Sep

This year we have some amazing music at the festival which we will be previewing on the days leading up to the festival itself on our website and Facebook pages.

Visiting Scarecrow Garden at Botanical Gardens – Lego adventures 

10 Sep

Lego construction worker having a break and going to see the Scarecrow gardens at Birmingham Botanical gardens, unfortunately the day if his visit there were no Scarecrows.

Family night in playing monopoly  

9 Sep

Having a Saturday night in playing monopoly, even the Birmingham version.

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Meet your local coppers this Friday in Brownhills 

21 Sep

I received notice of this great event from Walsall Police via the excellent WMNow service today, advertising a pop-up meet the police event this Friday, 22nd September 2017 at Tesco, Brownhills where you can meet your local policing team and get ...

Walsall Wood Reserves bested by Browmsgrove 

21 Sep

While I'm clearing the football backlog, there's a great review here from Simon Evans of the Reserve Team match that took place at Oak Park last Saturday, 17th September 2017 which saw the visitors beat the home side two-one.

Walsall Wood Under 18s: Another great win, and an apology 

21 Sep

My apologies to the Walsall Wood Under 18s team and their manager Dylan Somel, who this week asked me to advertise their away match on Tuesday 19th September 2017 against Romulus Youth, and I misread the email as Thursday, not Tuesday - bad Bob, s ...

Wood crushes Chelmsley 

21 Sep

A stonking home  win for Walsall Wood again last Tuesday evening (19th September 2017) as the Wood lads consolidated their domination of Chelmsley Town, this time on the real turf of Walsall Wood.

Mark Blackstock 

20 Sep

November 20th 1961 – August 3rd 21017...

Seek and you shall find something familiar at The Lamp Arts this Friday! 

20 Sep

There's a splendid concert being staged this Friday, 22nd September 2017 at the Lamp Arts Theatre in Brownhills Activity Centre, just on the Miner Island in the centre of Brownhills - Sounds Familiar will be playing all the familiar Seekers hits you ...

SPOT ON: Why GDS’s Social Media House Rules rule 

19 Sep

For three years I was the sole voice of the council’s Twitter and for five years drew-up its social media strategy and tactics.

Walsall Property Values Rise by 3.65% in the Last 12 Months! 

19 Sep

Now the headline may not mean much to some of us but when you compare & contrast the value increase against the average national salary drop of 1%…just goes to show that a positive spread of 4.65% is actually quite healthy! The most recent set of ...

Traffic incident causing holdups in Brownhills this morning 

19 Sep

Thanks to readers Mandy, Stephen and Philip I can share the information that there has been a road traffic accident in Brownhills this morning (Tuesday 19th September 2017) involving a car and a bus.

CAKE STOP: My most depressing moment in local government involved chocolate cake 

19 Sep

“The thing is, Dan,” someone very senior once told me, “if we asked people what they want, they’d just say chocolate cake.

A past landscape from a surprise source 

19 Sep

A quick post here with a real curiosity found by the young David Evans - an aerial image from 1964 of Stubbers Green and southern Walsall Wood showing the brickwork, tilers and marl workings that did so much to shape the current area today.

SHOW, TELL: Great ideas are likely to die if they’re not well communicated 

18 Sep

The earlier you involve your comms team in a new project the more chance it has of being a success.

Today’s Buy To Let Deal Yields 6.07% 2 Bedroom Semi Detached House, Lindon Drive, Walsall, WS8. 

18 Sep

A two bedroom semi detached house, Lindon Drive, Brownhills, Walsall WS8.

Urgent! Please look out for this stolen motorbike seen in Walsall Wood 

18 Sep

Hey folks - please be on the lookout for a stolen motorbike, taken on Saturday 16th September 2017 from Pelsall while the owner was at a friend's house.

Picture this – A lovely, local thing 

17 Sep

Everyone who reads this blog will know I love and prize several things above most others - the love of the outdoors, an eye for natural beauty and human creativity, however that manifests itself.

Dog walkers beware – possible bait found on Clayhanger Common again 

17 Sep

Reader Andrea Atterbury has been in touch to warn readers that items of what is believed to be meat bait have been recently found on Clayhanger Common including pig's trotters, leading to renewed fears that poisoned bait may be being placed on the ...

Valerie opens Back2Fitness Physiotherapy Clinic 

17 Sep

I was delighted to open the new Back2Fitness Physiotherapy clinic on Wolverhampton Road West on Saturday 16 September 2017.

Feisty Leicester send Woodmen up the road 

17 Sep

Walsall Wood FC yesterday ventured out to Leicester Road FC, hopefully to continue their 100% league run - but the Leicester lads had other ideas.

Today’s Buy To let Deal Yields 7.14%. 2 Bed Semi Detached House, Rochester Croft, Walsall, WS2. 

16 Sep

This is just a quick buy to let deal today.

The Shoulder of Mutton, and two local family histories: What do you know? 

16 Sep

I've had an enquiry in from reader Diane Clift regarding her family, the Danks, a connection with the Cliufts and the Sgoulder of Mutton pub in Church Road, Brownhills.

Walsall Wood FC away to Leicester Road FC this afternoon 

16 Sep

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood in action against Leicester Road FC this afternoon! Continue reading...

Listening to our Communities 

15 Sep

Spoke at a Communities and Partners Workshop this morning about the importance of the work currently taking place to set up a new system which will see measures put in place to ensure that residents are able to influence decisions that have direct ...

Big Air wakeboard festival this Saturday at Chasewater 

15 Sep

There's a great event taking place at the Chase Watersports Centre at Chasewater - The Big Air 2017 Wakeboard Competition is a whole festival of Wakeboarding fun for all the family, taking place this Saturday 16th September.

Child injured in traffic accident near Castlefort School, Walsall Wood 

15 Sep

I'm aware of ongoing reports of a car accident involving a child in Blakemore Road, Walsall Wood near Castlefort School this morning (Friday 15th September 2017).

Business Questions 14 September 2017 

14 Sep

I raised the following questions with the Leader of the House: I thank the Leader of the House.

Just when you thought it was safe…… 

14 Sep

We have just had notification of another unauthorised encampment, this time it’s on council land in Wolverhampton Street, Willenhall.

Valerie signs pledge to Back British Farming 

13 Sep

On Wednesday 13 September 2017 I pledged my support to British food and farming and celebrated the huge contribution that British farmers and growers make in producing the nation’s food.

Less than two weeks to go until Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge canal Heritage Gathering! 

13 Sep

Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are busy preparing for their Heritage Gathering call and vintage festival which is coming up over the weekend of 23-24th September 2017, and takes place at their Huddlesford base, near Lichfield.

European Union Withdrawal Bill vote 

12 Sep

The European Union Withdrawal Bill overturns the 1972 European Communities Act and will convert all existing EU laws into UK law.

GRANICUS EIGHT: Eight years of learning and a man called Dave 

12 Sep

Eight years ago I walked into a room in Birmingham for the last few minutes of an event about digital communications hosted by a relatively new company.

Nomination of Members to Committees 

12 Sep

On Tuesday 12 September 2017, I spoke in the House of Commons on the Government’s motion on the nomination of Members to Committees.

Would you buy a leasehold house in Walsall? 

12 Sep

Following on from last week’s article and my marathon break from the blog – I’ve had some interesting queries around freehold and leasehold property.

PRINT DIGITAL: Local newspaper’s past and future and why comms should be bothered 

12 Sep

I saw the past and I saw the future of newspapers within a few days of each other.

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Eid Ul Adha on Friday 1st September 2017 

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Review: Sam’s Saloon at Escape Time in Sutton Coldfield 

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Ann Martin-Davis (piano) and Brian White (bass-baritone) 

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Thursday 21st September 2017 

21 Sep

1000, drizzle, 14c : Kingfisher, Little Grebe, GC Grebe 2, Shoveler 10, Teal 8, Tufted 4, Cormorant 18, Heron 7, Herring Gull 10, LBb Gull 26, Lapwing 50+, House Martin 10, Swallow 50+, Starling 120, Collared Dove 4, Pied Wagtail 3, etc.

September 20th – The conker (or horse chestnut to be formal for… 

20 Sep

September 20th - The conker (or horse chestnut to be formal for non-UK readers) harvest this year is ample, which is excellent to see considering so many of these marvellous, noble trees are having their foliage ravaged by leaf  miners and cankers.

Loocal extinction averted – for now! 

20 Sep

Day 263 of the year and against all hope, a calling Willow Tit seen on the Mineral Line this afternoon.

September 19th n- One of the odder fruits of the autumn is the… 

19 Sep

September 19th n- One of the odder fruits of the autumn is the snowberry.

Tuesday 19th September 2017 

19 Sep

0930 - 1200 misty start, fairly sunny 9 - 15c : Little Grebe 2, GC Grebe 2, Common Sandpiper, Lapwing 80, Cormorant 13, M.

September 18th – It was grey and just after heavy rain when I… 

19 Sep

September 18th - It was grey and just after heavy rain when I returned to Brownhills.

One for fellow Beer Lovers 

18 Sep

As some of you know, the legendary blogger ' Brownhills Bob ' has a tendency to refer to me as ' That well known Beer Arse ' so I thought I would put my ' Beer-Arse ' hat on ( whatever the heck that would look like? ) for a change, to share some ...

September 17th – By the time I arrived at Shenstone 30 minutes… 

18 Sep

September 17th - By the time I arrived at Shenstone 30 minutes later, the rain and skies had cleared and there was a beautiful violet sunset, which lit my muse of Shenstone Station beautifully in the dusk.

September 16th – A frustrating daytime of delays and faffing… 

18 Sep

September 16th - A frustrating daytime of delays and faffing before a decent night out with family.

Sunday 17th September 2017 

17 Sep

1015 - 1230 becoming brighter, 11 - 16c : Little Egret, Little Grebe, GC Grebe, Tufted 7, Teal 12, Cormorant 20, Heron 8, Mute Swan 7, Lapwing 80, Pied Wagtail 5, Meadow Pipit 2 over, Skylark over, House Martin 35+, Swallow 10, Chiffchaff 5, ...

A lot of people moan about them but…. 

17 Sep

Every time I put up a posting about the Ring-Necked Parakeets I get more feedback than almost anything else! ( unless its one of those weeks when I have ranted and got someones back-up )! Firstly, Dave Saunders at Sandwell Valley got in touch with ...

Friday 15th September 2017 

16 Sep

1430 fairly sunny before showers, 15c : This yellow/black ringed LBb Gull (8R:W) was present along with the green and blue ringed birds, also the second-winter Caspian Gull, until all were scared off by a female Sparrowhawk.

News from somewhere else 

16 Sep

Ray Fellows obviously couldn't sleep this morning as at 07.00 he was watching FIFTEEN Ring-Necked Parakeets a t Sandwell Valley today - that must be some kind of local record but a long way from the three thousand that reportedly used to roost at a ...

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