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Your Stories of the area. 

17 Nov

Please feel free to send your own stories of Beechdale, Birchills and Leamore.


The Keeper Of Lost Causes -Tackling The Family Albums 

17 Nov

I come from a long line of hoarders.


Soul and Motown night for Children in Need at the Shire Oak tonight! 

17 Nov

Local DJ POeter Leek has been in touch to let me know that he's DJing tonight, Friday 17th November 2017 at the Soul and Motown Party Night at the Shire Oak Pub to raise money for BBC Children in Need.


Glow Sports 

17 Nov

On Wednesday our 6th Form and Year 11 pupils were fortunate enough to experience glow in the dark dodge ball and glow in the dark basketball as part of their sport enrichment and after school curriculum.


School tuck shop is a roaring success for Children in Need Day 

17 Nov

The children and staff enjoyed raising money and buying snacks today at our whole school tuck shop.


Year 3’s Pudsey Maths Challenge 

17 Nov

Year Three, enjoyed using their problem solving skills this morning, to systematically explore how many different bandana designs they could create using only three colours.


Hot Wheels Roto Revolution Track Set // Review 

17 Nov

I remember a few Christmases ago, when Olly met Father Christmas for the first time; we had asked him before...


Event 298 – 11 November 2017 

16 Nov

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


10 New Articles… 

15 Nov

It's that time again...


Mum-to-be Christmas Gift Guide – Gifts for the new baby 

15 Nov

With a new baby on the way, Christmas is the perfect time for friends and family to treat the new...


Mum-to-be Christmas Gift Guide – Practical Gifts 

15 Nov

Buying gifts for a Mum-to-be doesn’t have to be stressful this year.


Mum-to-be Christmas Gift Guide – Treats for Mum 

15 Nov

Buying a little treat this Christmas for a Mum-to-be is a great way to let that special someone know how...


Mum-to-be Christmas Gift Guide – Skincare 

15 Nov

Christmas is always a good time to gift a skincare treat.


Down Mexico Way – Cool In My Roberta Vencillino Kaftan 

15 Nov

Blame on a blogger! When I commented how fabulous Betty looked on a recent post about her holiday in Costa Rica she replied that kaftans were really hard to find so, although I already own a few, I thought I'd have a quick browse on eBay.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 11 November 2017 

14 Nov

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Adam BRAITHWAITE 22:34 Steve WATKINS 35:04 Carl GARFIELD 24:24 Helen GREEN 35:18 James STATHAM 25:20 Satnam PUREWAL 36:32 Kate SCOTT 26:22 Emily SALT 41:01 Rohal KORPAL 27:35 ...


RBSA Members and Associates 2017 

14 Nov

I will have just one work in this show, but it should be a show worth seeing, the best of RBSA's Members and Associates.


Is your child using SAM learning? 

14 Nov

All pupils in Years 7-11 have accounts on SAM learning.


Black Eyed Children: A New Edition 

13 Nov

Coming soon: a newly-revised edition of David Weatherly's book, Black Eyed Children .


Remembrance Sunday and all that 

13 Nov

Remember the fallen It’s important to remember those who served the Country in Armed conflict.


The Colour Purple 

13 Nov

It's no secret that I hate winter but rediscovering this coat almost compensates for the plummeting temperatures.


Remembrance Parade 

13 Nov

Thursday 9th November saw half of the Cadets carry out their first Remembrance Day Parade.


Event 297 – 4 November 2017 

10 Nov

Announcement: You will notice a change to the detail provided in the run report from this week.


The House That I Grew Up In 

10 Nov

The parental home is finally empty and ready to go on the market.


Pregnancy update // Week 30 

10 Nov

I’m 30 weeks pregnant already, although closer to 31 week as I write this, blimey! I haven’t written weekly updates...


The Albert 

9 Nov

LLandudno: We had high hopes, as this was a sister pub to The Station , but it didin’t quite hit the mark.


The Cottage Loaf 

9 Nov

LLandudno: Pub on the site of an old bakery in the middle of town; it looks old, but it was built around 1980 with a lot of reclaimed material.


The Cayley Flyer 

9 Nov

Rhos-on-Sea: Unexceptional, but not unpleasant seafront pub near the centre of Rhos.


The Picture House 

9 Nov

Colwyn Bay: Fairly typical ‘spoons, but quite compact, in a grade-2-listed former cinema and theatre right next to Colwyn Bay station.


The Station 

9 Nov

Colwyn Bay: Part of a small (2) local chain with The Albert, this is another stripped-wood recent refurb of an old pub, right on the main road through Colwyn Bay (if we disregard the A55, which bypasses the town in a cutting).


Charity Shop Finds – The Holy Grail of Hippiedom For The Price of a Pint 

8 Nov

Such is my love for Indian textiles that this January we're touring the traditional craft villages of Gujarat, India's textile state, where we'll witness at first hand age-old techniques like patchwork, embroidery, tie-dye, weaving and block printing...


The Albion 

8 Nov

Conwy: Fantastic, Grade-2-listed pub bating from the 1920s, with a glorious art-nouveau interior .


The Castle Hotel 

8 Nov

Conwy: Technically a hotel again, but the bar feels pubby, and it’s a proper old coaching inn in the High St.


The Erskine Arms 

8 Nov

Conwy: Hotel or pub? Well, it describes itself as a pub , so I’ll allow it on the grounds that I allow Scottish hotels that feel “pubby” and it had an enviable real ale selection, and I think it’s more of pub with rooms.


Awards Evening 2017 

8 Nov

This year’s Awards Evening was an awe-inspiring event.


Community Activities: Community Garden 

8 Nov

Programme of activities at the Caldmore Community Garden October- December 2017 Advertisements Filed under: Uncategorized...


Our 4d baby scan experience with Window to the Womb 

8 Nov

When I was pregnant with Olly I was desperate to book a private 4D pregnancy scan.


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Police storm house in Walsall – two arrested as drugs seized 

17 Nov

The early-morning raid took place at 6.25am...


Fears hundreds of children at risk of sexual exploitation in Birmingham not being identified 

17 Nov

Concerns at risk children in Birmingham are not being properly recorded by police and social workers...


Meet your local coppers this afternoon in Brownhills 

17 Nov

I received notice of this great event from Brownhills Policing Team via the excellent WMNow service a yesterday, advertising a pop-up meet the police event this afternoon, Friday 17th November 2017 at Tesco, Brownhills from 3pm until 6pm where you ...


Giant traveller camp plans shelved 

17 Nov

But environmental health bosses say major site for up to 60 caravans is still needed to relieve pressure on parks and open spaces...


A quick Jiggers Whistle – and it’s open! 

17 Nov

I'm pleased to let you folks know that today, Friday 17th November 2017 sees the opening of the new micropub in Brownhills High Street - The Jiggers Whistle - situated in the old Starlight Photography/EE Jones store near the miner island, overseen by...


Statement on Parliament’s independent complaints and grievance policy 

16 Nov

I thank the Leader of the House for her statement and for letting me have sight of it, albeit late last night.


Business Questions 16 November 2017 

16 Nov

Here is my speech at Business Questions this week: I thank the Leader of the House for the forthcoming business.


30 days of human comms #9 The BBC respond to The Sun 

16 Nov

In the olden days large organisations when they came in for a shoeing by the tabloids had to grimace and bear it.


Today’s Buy To Let Deal yields 5.50% is a 2 Bed Terraced house with Loft Conversion, Walsall, WS4. 

16 Nov

A 2 bedroom terraced house in the Rushall area of Walsall, WS4, currently marketed by Purple Bricks (0121 721 9601).


30 days of human comms: #8 a fire’s station’s rescued bench tweets 

16 Nov

Human comms can come in different shapes and sizes from the deliberate to the instinctive.


Christmas Presents 

16 Nov

Christmas is coming and our thoughts turn to, well whatever your thoughts turn to I do wish you all a very happy one, whatever you do, however you celebrate and with whomever you do it with.


Pictures and video from Brownhills and Heath Hayes 2017 Remembrance events 

16 Nov

Last weekend, Saturday and Sunday 11-12th November 2017 saw the annual Remembrance weekend in the UK and I'm pleased to say Walsall Borough and South Staffordshire did themselves proud and staged a whole range of parades and events that were well ...


Who was Jessie Eden? New Peaky Blinders heroine was real Birmingham hero 

15 Nov

She was a major figure in the 1926 General Strike...


Burglars con elderly woman in callous Sutton Coldfield house raid 

15 Nov

The two men visited the home in Hundred Acre Road and said they were there to complete some electrical work...


Watch: Customer confronts McDonald’s worker for not washing HANDS properly in loo 

15 Nov

Incident in Kings Heath outlet's toilets caught on camera...


Collectors fair at Aldridge Transport Museum this Sunday 

15 Nov

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a collectors fair taking place this Sunday (19th November 2017) from 10:00am until 4:00pm, and should be just the thing for auto buffs, transport enthusiasts and ...


30 days of human comms: #7 the basketball playing Gainesville Police officer 

15 Nov

Sometimes good human content is deliberately created and other times it was an accident.


A traditional service Brownhills can be proud of 

15 Nov

Hey folks, I'm always ready to give local businesses a plug here on the blog, and today I'd like to give a space to a business that's becoming very well respected in Brownhills High Street, and yet is one many of us might not like to think about too ...


Valerie welcomes members of the Youth Parliament 

14 Nov

On Friday 10 November 2017 Valerie Vaz MP addressed Members of the Youth Parliament sitting for the 9th time in the House of Commons.


Rider and passenger flung from motorbike after collision in Aldridge 

14 Nov

Paramedics received a number of calls following the incident outside Aldridge Post Office...


Our hospitals are spending THOUSANDS every year on taxis for patients 

14 Nov

Birmingham Women and Childrens Hospital NHS Foundation Trust spent a total of 166,671...


Ex-Manchester United midfielder Taylor joins Romulus 

14 Nov

Ex-Walsall midfielder Kris Taylor is looking to lift the Roms...


How much are Walsall Buy-to-Let Yields a year? 

14 Nov

Purchasing your first Walsall buy to let (BTL) property is not the same as buying one to live in.


Parliament Week 2017 

14 Nov

Valerie is pleased to support Parliament Week which runs from the 13-19 November 2017.


Community Cohesion Strategy gets the go ahead 

14 Nov

Walsall Councillors voted through a comprehensive new Community Cohesion Strategy at their meeting in the Council House last night.


Meeting about future of Clayhanger Community Centre tonight! 

14 Nov

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 which closed a while back has in the past ...


Walsall Town Centre, Tameway Plaza – ‘No Mortgage’ Investment Opportunity 

13 Nov

If you follow the Walsall Property Market News like I do (not just the residential) then, you will be well versed with past, present and planned future developments.


30 days of human comms: #6 Sydney Ferries name their new boat Ferry McFerryface 

13 Nov

It had to happen.


VIDEO KIT: Your essential kit-out-your-team-for-video-for-around-sixty-quid guide 

13 Nov

Cost has always been a factor in helping to train comms people into how best to use video.


30 days of human comms: #5 Virgin Trains 

13 Nov

For me, trains get people from A to B quickly so long as there are no leaves on the line.


Walsall Wood Remembrance Sunday 2017 pictures 

13 Nov

The young David Evans yesterday (Sunday, 12th November 2017) went to his local Remembrance event in Walsall Wood and sent in a wonderful gallery of images to mark this most sombre of days.


The People of North Willenhall show their Respect 

12 Nov

People of North Willenhall showed today that the fallen in two world wars and the conflicts that have happened since and those continuing today will not be forgotten.


F Company take aim! 

12 Nov

Continuing the Remembrance theme here on the blog today, here's a lovely bit of research into the Home Guard locally by the wonderful David Evans and John Sale.


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That Tina Turner! Shes never around when you need her. 

17 Nov

Yep, I don't expect it will take you too long to work out what today's star bird was, always noteworthy on the Mere and my first for this winter, a beautifully marked female Goldeneye .


November 17th – Just after dawn, on a grass verge ion Darlaston… 

17 Nov

November 17th - Just after dawn, on a grass verge ion Darlaston a delicate Japanese parasol toadstool coated in what I think is the first frost of the year.


November 13th – Working late, I popped out to close the gates as… 

17 Nov

November 13th - Working late, I popped out to close the gates as night fell over a quiet Darlaston.


November 13th – I wanted to take some pictures of Darlaston War… 

17 Nov

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Two weeks to winter – Official 

16 Nov

Good grief! It feels like five-minutes since I was giving you a count-down to the beginning of Autumn.


Tuesday 14th November 2017 

14 Nov

1000 - 1100 cloud breaking, 10c : Peregrine, Buzzard, Kingfisher, Little Egret, Cormorant 15, Heron 4, Goosander f, Teal 6, Pochard 5, Tufted 26, Lapwing 100+, Common Gull 3, GBb Gull 24, Herring LBb Gull 200+, Pied Wagtail 3, Collared Dove 2, ...


*** Scarce Species Alert *** 

13 Nov

JUST WHEN ALL HOPE WAS GONE...


November 10th – A long day, but passing Jockey Meadows in the… 

13 Nov

November 10th - A long day, but passing Jockey Meadows in the morning showed me how lovely even the edgelands of the area can be; wedged in between Walsall Wood and Shelfield, the site of scientific special interest that is  the Meadows can be ...


Saturday 11th November 2017 

11 Nov

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9 Nov

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