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Skip Hop Doubleplay Reversible Playmat Zoo // Review 

26 Sep

When you have a baby, every month sees a different development milestone.


The Road To Ruins – A Trip To Kos Town 

25 Sep

Kos Town is the capital of Kos and, with a population of 14,750, the only sizable town on the island.


The Disneyland Paris Diaries // Day Two – August 2018 

25 Sep

We knew that our time at Disneyland Paris would be brief so we didn’t rush and cram in everything to...


The Disneyland Paris Diaries // Getting there and Day One – August 2018 

24 Sep

At the end of August we booked a last minute four-day break to France with a couple of days in...


The Disneyland Paris Diaries // Baby Switch Service 

24 Sep

If you’re taking a baby with you who cannot go on any of the rides at Disneyland Paris, you must...


100% Attendance Winners 

24 Sep

Last year, we had 118 people with 100% attendance.


A new chapter 

23 Sep

Probably the same for most families at this time of the year – students starting university and that’s the case for my Nephew and so another chapter begins for our family.


Life’s A Beach – Our Week In Kos 

23 Sep

Kalimera! We're back from a week spent on the Greek island of Kos, situated in the Dodecanese peninsula.


Sixth Form Open Evening 

21 Sep

Sixth Form Open Evening 22 nd November 6.00pm – 8.30pm Sixth Form Open Evening is your opportunity to find out about the wide range of A level and Level 3 BTEC courses we offer, as well as hear from the Sixth Form Leadership Team about what makes ...


Event 341 – 15 September 2018 

19 Sep

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


First Timers and Record Breakers – 15 September 2018 

19 Sep

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Josef LOSINSKI 27:05 Rohan CHEEMA 36:54 Jake DAVIES 28:56 Rose BENNETT 36:56 Katie TUCK 29:09 Gavin HICKS 37:36 Macauley DACASTO 29:10 Allyson COPE 38:27 Macaulay SKINNER 29:24 ...


Staying at Vienna House Dream Castle Hotel // Disneyland Paris 

19 Sep

At the end of August, we spent four days in France having the time of our lives at Disneyland Paris...


The Mothman Festival In Photos: Road Trip! 

18 Sep

A bunch of photos from this past weekend at the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, which was a great time...


Walsall 1:4 Doncaster Rovers 

17 Sep

A game very much disrupted by bad refereeing and smart football by Doncaster.


Britax Römer KIDFIX III M Car Seat // Review 

17 Sep

As a family, we often travel quite a distance at the weekends so making sure the boys are safe and...


The Royal Arch 

16 Sep

Broughty Ferry; A pub of two parts, both very nice.


Jolly’s Hotel 

16 Sep

Broughty Ferry: ‘spoons.


The Fisherman’s Tavern 

15 Sep

Broughty Ferry: We’d underestimated just how busy Broughty Ferry could be on a Saturday night: this place was rammed, but we just scored a table by sheer luck.


The Occidental Bar 

15 Sep

Broughty Ferry, Dundee: e Our local for a week, being the nearest pub to our holiday cottage.


A bad tomato harvest 

15 Sep

It’s that time of year where I clear out my tomato plants from the greenhouse.


Our Shilton Boys // September 2018 

15 Sep

The last month has been a really lovely month for our Shilton boys.


Driving in France // August 2018 

15 Sep

We recently returned from a four day trip to Disneyland Paris in France.


Event 340- 8 September 2018 

13 Sep

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


Captain Cook 

13 Sep

If you are not a lover of cricket, pass on.


I’m On An Island 

13 Sep

Well, almost! Very soon we'll be on a Greek Island in the South Aegean.


An out of the blue diagnosis // Life lately 

12 Sep

It feels like it’s been ages since I’ve sat down (without falling asleep at 8pm) and got to write a...


First Timers and Record Breakers – 8 September 2018 

11 Sep

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Josh HALES 24:59 Lynn VASS 36:13 Michael LOSINSKI 28:35 Peter VASS 36:13 Nicola WALTERS 31:24 Joanne RAMSEY 36:27 Maksymilian FOLWARSKI 36:09 Julie LONGMORE 39:51 Anna FOLWARSKA ...


UFOs, Russian meddling, and the notorious Majestic 12 documents 

11 Sep

That's the subject of my latest article at Mysterious Universe...


Last Days of Summer 

11 Sep

Phew! Doesn't time fly? I can't believe it's been a week since I last blogged.


Welcoming Our New Recruits 

11 Sep

Following a successful recruitment process at the end of the last term, we would like to welcome 34 year 9 cadets to the CCF.


Disney on Ice presents Dream Big 

11 Sep

It’s coming back and it’s coming back to Birmingham.


5 ways to tackle the post holiday blues 

10 Sep

* Post in association with Laundryheap  It’s been a couple of weeks since we returned from our little trip to...


Freddie // Eight months old 

9 Sep

Freddie is eight months old, 243 days old or 34 weeks.


Taking Cannula Out – Lego Adventures 

9 Sep

Lego mini figure taking a cannula out of patients arm after having a heart CT The post Taking Cannula Out – Lego Adventures appeared first on KS Blog .


Frog Stuck in Pump 

8 Sep

A customer rang me up as their pump had stopped working, as they are just The post Frog Stuck in Pump appeared first on KS Blog - KS News / Views .


Beechdale Speeding. 

8 Sep

Here are the Letter sent to Eddie Hughes MP, with regards to residents of Beechdale complaining about the speed of some, but not all of the traffic that travels through the estate.


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NEW RULES: This what you need to know if you make video, social and web content 

26 Sep

Some new regulations have quietly come into force that will have a big impact if you work in public sector comms.


Lady violently assaulted outside Brownhills Tesco store – did you witness anything? 

26 Sep

Tesco Brownhills where a lady was attacked last Friday A worrying incident is being reported locally on social media that’s causing me great concern: It appears that on Friday evening, 21st September 2018 outside the Tesco store in Brownhills a ...


30 days of human comms #53 Davis Community face down a hurricane on Facebook 

25 Sep

Always when you know human comms when you see it and it can be in unexpected places.


Two sugars please: join the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning this Saturday in Brownhills! 

25 Sep

MacMillan are a hugely important charity to me.


LOCAL DIGITAL: Don’t let bright digital ideas be killed by poor comms 

24 Sep

It was good to see localgovcamp in its spiritual home Birmingham and with it a surprise.


Some mothers did have them – parties, that is… 

23 Sep

Brownhills Mothers Union members at their Christmas party in the 1950s.


Woodmen fight Coventry United for a well-earned win 

23 Sep

Images and captions kindly supplied by David Evans Walsall Wood FC were at home to Coventry United yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 22nd September 2018, and much to the delight of the faithful, they Woodmen pulled off a hard-fought win.


Top Tipton 

23 Sep

William Perry, legendary pugilist and son of Tipton rages at the rain clouds – but the hardy were undaunted Despite the bad weather yesterday (Saturday, 22nd September 2018) I took the afternoon out to support a great event in the industrial heart ...


A question of visibility? 

22 Sep

This view of the old LNWR station was taken from High Street, a suffix applied to it’s name between 1924 and 1930.


Fancy a jumble sale today? 

22 Sep

Tracey, take a meow… Here’s a great looking jumble sale taking place today (Saturday 22nd September 2018) in the buildings just opposite Barons Court Hotel near the Snooker Club – and it’s in aid of a wonderful charity.


Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this Saturday morning 

22 Sep

What a lovely thing this is! Continue reading...


Walsall Wood at home to Coventry United this afternoon! 

22 Sep

Welcome to Walsall Wood, Hereford FC This afternoon, Saturday 22nd September 2018 The Wood are at home to Coventry United! Continue reading...


A great sing along showing Grease this very evening in Brownhills! 

21 Sep

This could be the one you want… for a great singalong this very evening! Continue reading...


John Dennis, rest in peace 

21 Sep

The Memorial Hall and the wider Brownhills community has lost a true friend.


Do you know a kid who could make Brownhills alive… With the Sound of Music? 

20 Sep

Looks set to be a great show, as usual! Continue reading...


Left Turn Arrow at Lichfield Rd/Crab Lane Junction 

19 Sep

At long last the Council contractors have painted in the ‘Left Turn’ arrow at the mini island on the Lichfield Rd/crab Lane island.


Demand for Tories to explain change of heart over purchase of the Saddlers Centre 

19 Sep

Since gaining control of Walsall Council back in May this year, it would appear that the Tories have had a massive change of heart over their opposition to the purchase of the Saddlers Centre by the previous Labour/Lib Dem administration.


Fly Tipping on Coppice Farm Neighbourhood Park 

19 Sep

I’ve reported in to Clean and Green the three fridges dumped on Coppice Farm Park behind Hillbury Drive (thanks goes to an eagle eyed resident who let me know).


Woodmen give it five to send Uttoxeter home defeated 

19 Sep

Pictures and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.


Walsall Wood at home to Uttoxeter this evening 

18 Sep

Can The Wood beat Uttoxeter on home turf? Continue reading...


Is it fair to Blame The Walsall Landlord? 

18 Sep

Over the last couple of decades, the rise in the number buy to let properties in Walsall has been nothing short of extraordinary.


The Hive, New Invention – New job club for 25+ years old 

18 Sep

New job club for 25+ years old who are unemployed and live in the New Invention, Short Heath or surrounding areas.


Walsall Prince’s Trust are now recruiting for their next team. 

18 Sep

Walsall Prince’s Trust are now recruiting for their next team.


Fancy a laugh this Wednesday evening? 

18 Sep

Garry Powndland in particular is hilarious.


Meet you local coppers in Brownhills this morning! 

18 Sep

A great way to get to know your local policing team Sorry for the late notice, but there’s another local police pop-up event this morning Tuesday 18th September 2018 where you can meet the local policing team and discuss issues that are important ...


More BTL Goodness In Shropshire Close, Walsall, WS2, Yielding 5.33%. 

17 Sep

Rather than duplicate the same information again, I will just give some basic info as the properties presented are pretty much the same.


The Hive New Invention – Bridges 

17 Sep

Are you aged 25+, unemployed and live in the New Invention or Short Heath area? NEW JOB CLUB @ The Hive The Square, New Invention WV12 5EA Wednesday afternoon 1pm –4pm, starting 3 rd October 2018   Facilities include: Support and help with CV’s...


Police issue statement on incident in Brownhills High Street, Friday 14th September 2018 

16 Sep

Many readers will be aware of an incident that took place in Brownhills High Street on Friday afternoon, 14th September 2018 – police attended an incident involving a man at the Miner Island end of town.


Woodmen washed out by Cleethorpes wave, but dig in against Uttoxeter 

16 Sep

Pictures and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.


Out and About with the Lib Dem Focus Team this weekend 

16 Sep

Have been out and about with the Willenhall Lib Dem Focus Team as usual this weekend in and around New Invention.


Update on Walsall Secondary School Admissions 

16 Sep

This is an update on Secondary School Admissions 2019 following inquiries I made with Walsall Children’s Services Schools Admission Team about the new process for secondary applications.


Stuck in a rut – beware, folks – the deer are getting horny…. 

15 Sep

The above excellent video is a fallow deer stag filmed up on Cannock Chase by reader, contributor and top friend of the blog Peter Barker.


Working at the BRD – a couple of photos, a magazine… and a treat in store 

15 Sep

The crankshaft works at the BRD, Aldridge in full production.


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Tuesday 25th September 2018 

25 Sep

1100 - 1230 sunny, strong SW wind, 15c : Shoveler 5, Teal 11, Tufted 4, Cormorant 16, Heron 4, Little Grebe 3, GC Grebe 2, Lapwing 128, GBb Gull, Buzzard 3, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel f, Pied Wagtail 3, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Song Thrush 2, Chiffchaff 2, ...


Sunday 23rd September 2018 

23 Sep

0930 - 1100 rain clearing, 9c : Mute Swan 8, Pochard drake, Teal 11, Shoveler 4, Tufted 6, Cormorant 16, Little Grebe 2, GC Grebe 2, Snipe, Lapwing 90, Buzzard 4 over quarry, Collared Dove 4, Green Woodpecker, Rook 3 over, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail ...


Saturday 22nd September 2018 

23 Sep

0930 : Teal 25, Gadwall 2, Cormorant 20, Heron 6, Lapwing 122, Stock Dove 2, House Martin c40, Swallow c12.


My first Saturday away for months and what happens? 

22 Sep

Pale Morph Arctic Skua: Photo Moss Taylor Something good turns up at Chasewater! Never mind it was a Grey Phalarope , always a good tick but thankfully not one that I needed for Chasewater so missing it doesn't really sting.


Wednesday 19th September 2018 

19 Sep

1100 - 1145 strong south-westerlies, 17c : Shoveler 5, Teal 2, Heron 5, Cormorant 15, Lapwing 105, Herring Gull 24, GBb Gull, LBb Gull 60, Buzzard, Collared Dove 3, Pied Wagtail, Starling 250+, House Martin 11, Swallow, etc.


Tuesday 18th September 2018 

19 Sep

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Just a quickie 

18 Sep

Had cause to go down the garden this evening at about 18.45 and was blessed to hear a sound that I was already missing as sixteen House Martin flew over the garden and away across the Marsh.


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16 Sep

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13 Sep

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13 Sep

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