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Cycling in Sandwell Valley 

26 Aug

If you’re looking for somewhere to go for a family bike ride, Sandwell Valley Country Park is a great place to visit.


Walsall Arboretum parkrun, Event number – 233 20th August 2016 

25 Aug

I don't know whether it was holidays or the downpour first thing Saturday morning, however it was a quiet one last weekend with 195 runners, of whom 12 were running their first parkrun and 3 were first time tourists.


GCSE Results 2016 

25 Aug

We are celebrating another set of outstanding GCSE results, with 79% of pupils achieving C grades or above in both English and maths.


We are out delivering leaflets! 

25 Aug

We are out delivering leaflets this morning, new term starts next week – join an exciting and rewarding activity...


Summer Family Fun Day at Walsall Leather Museum 

25 Aug

SUMMER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AT WALSALL LEATHER MUSEUM.


My New Book On Nessie… 

24 Aug

Just received in the mail copies of my forthcoming book, Nessie: Exploring the Supernatural Origins of the Loch Ness Monster .


Car Boot Finds & Tales of Weirdness 

24 Aug

We're all packed and ready for Camper Calling.


Open Evening 2016 

24 Aug

Open Evening will take place on Thursday 22nd September 2016 between 6:30pm – 9:00pm.


Hello M&S Riverside 

24 Aug

Since losing some weight, I have developed a fondness for shopping.


Summer Films Zootropolis 

24 Aug

Forest Arts Centre are showing films for children through the Summer.


Old Haunts 

24 Aug

Filed under: Uncategorized...


Camping under the stars in Lincolnshire 

23 Aug

It’s been a week already since we came home from a week camping under the stars in Lincolnshire.


Summer Films Capture the Flag 

23 Aug

Forest Arts Centre are showing films for children through the Summer.


sing2gether Vocal Coach Solo Show 

22 Aug

sing2gether choir co-founder and vocal coach is putting on a family friendly show in October and will be performing lots of hits (plus guests) – tickets available now at www.


New Streetly Term Starts Next Thursday! 

22 Aug

Looking forward to seeing our members back at Streetly choir next Thursday 1st September for our new term, lots of exciting news to share with you all.


Hit The North 

22 Aug

Ever since we've been trading at Stockport's Vintage Village Lynn and Philip (aka Mr Dapper) have been regular visitors and, over the last couple of years, have grown to be firm friends.


A spot of colouring 

22 Aug

I haven't sat down and coloured anything for AGES!!!! so I decided to have a little "me" time and colour this stamped image (which is the first time I have inked it up - my bad!!!) I really enjoyed colouring this image with SPECTRUM NOIR PENS .


Meal Planning Monday 22nd August 2016 

22 Aug

As it’s the summer holidays, we’ve been very roughly meal planning for our evening meals throughout the week but after facing the music at weigh in on Tuesday last week I decided to really get my act together and start meal planning properly.


Summer Films Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip 

22 Aug

Forest Arts Centre are showing films for children through the Summer.


Finding my focus | my infertility struggle 

21 Aug

As a Mama to one beautiful little boy, I know I am incredibly lucky.


And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. 

21 Aug

Someone asked me this week if I miss my old job.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 20 August 2016 

21 Aug

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time C EVANS 20:15 Stephen MANNING 36:48 Kai DUDFIELD 24:30 Pamela WADE 46:36 Sandra CAIRNS 24:51 Cathy WADE 46:37 Glynn TAYLOR 26:57 Lynda MYATT 54:14 Zarana DICKINSON 27:40 Mark ...


A little taste of Italy in Birmingham | Pasta di Piazza 

21 Aug

If you were to ask me what my favourite cuisine is, the answer would most definitely be Italian.


Fun at Walsall Leather Museum 

21 Aug

SUMMER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AT WALSALL LEATHER MUSEUM.


California, MIB and WIB 

20 Aug

Here are a few photos from my trip earlier this week to California, to speak for the MUFON Orange County group and for the Los Angeles UFO and Paranormal Society.


Coast to Coast AM – Women in Black 

20 Aug

Tomorrow night, I'll be on Coast to Coast AM , chatting with George Knapp on the subject of my Women In Black book.


Walsall Arboretum parkrun, Event number 232 – 13th August 2016 

19 Aug

This week there were 286 runners, of whom 14 were running their first parkrun and 16 were first time tourists.


Bacchus Bar 

19 Aug

Birmingham City Centre: In Burlington Arcade, right next to the Burlington Hotel.


Purecraft Bar & Kitchen 

19 Aug

Birmingham City Centre: In one way I was tempted to not include this for not being pubby enough, but I couldn’t resist just to lay into it.


A nomination and a reality check | Slimming World update 

19 Aug

Our holidays are over.


Win a Britax DUALFIX car seat worth £355 

19 Aug

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Britax Römer, leaders in child car seat safety, and to celebrate, I’ve teamed up with Britax to give away a DUALFIX car seat to one lucky reader of Life According to MrsShilts! In 1966 Britax released its first ...


Cheap Frills 

18 Aug

Isn't the internet great? Lounging in the sunshine, watching the laundry on the line fluttering in the breeze, I decided I needed a couple of off-the-shoulder tops to wear with my freshly washed maxi skirts.


I Like Big Bats (& I cannot lie) 

18 Aug

So I’ve had a bit of a hiatus from blogging and social media, due to personal reasons, but I have lots to share with you and catch up on – not least, the significant finds as part of the BrumBats Batlas project and our bat box scheme.


A-Level Results 2016 

18 Aug

We are celebrating another triumphant set of A level results.


The life & times of THE TAT MAN 

17 Aug

Sunday 4th September 1.30pm doors, 2.00pm show £5 tickets Bookmark Bloxwich,Bloxwich Library, ElmoreRow, Bloxwich,Walsall.


Telford Town Park 

17 Aug

There’s lots to do at Telford Town Park, including walks, a lake, and a large play area for kids, including a new aerial rope course.


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New Hall Mill open again this Bank Holiday Monday! 

26 Aug

New Hall Mill near Sutton Coldfield is open again this Bank Holiday Monday (29th August 2016) and I can heartily recommend the place – It’s fascinating and I had a great time there on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 2015 – not enough people know ...


Coming soon: Community celebration street party at Brownhills Activity Centre! 

26 Aug

A bit of advance notice that next week, on Saturday 3rd September 2016, there will be a wonderful community street party at Brownhills Activity Centre (the old Annex) in Brownhills, just off the Miner Island, from 12 noon until 5pm.


Festival of Water comes to Pelsall – all this weekend! 

25 Aug

Those who remember the excellent Pelsall Canal Festivals will be pleased to note that this weekend, there's a similar three day festival taking place on the canals and common around Norton Junction in Pelsall, featuring over a hundred boats, stalls, ...


Badger cull at Oak Park 

25 Aug

Last Tuesday evening saw Walsall Wood FC entertain Brocton at Oak Park - hoping for payback for their away defeat a few matches ago.


“Fancy a project?” 2 Bed House, Dorothy Street, Walsall, WS1. With Yields Of 7.60%. 

24 Aug

A two bedroom terraced house in the Palfrey area Walsall, WS1.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – August 2016 public meeting this Thursday 

24 Aug

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday evening (25th August 2016) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Shire Oak Pub reopens tomorrow! 

23 Aug

Surprising news has reached me that the Shire Oak Pub, landmark at the southern tip of Brownhills, has closed less than twelve months after an extensive refurbishment.


Medalling with worlds 

23 Aug

For a global sporting event to be considered successful, it must be preceded by dire predictions of unfinished facilities, dangerous infrastructure, drug scandals, blatant corruption and civil unrest...


New store opening in Brownhills today! 

22 Aug

Opening today, Monday 21st August 2016 - a new store in units 26-28 Silver Court, up near Smartronic.


A remarkable local rail journey – stepping right out of time 

21 Aug

There's currently a buzz in the local rail community and in some groups on Facebook about a 1968 cinefilm recently converted to digital and uploaded online by rail historian and blog regular, Ian Pell - it's a remarkable, wonderful thing, and Ian has...


Quorn prove too meaty for Walsall Wood following Shawbury feast 

21 Aug

The agony and the ecstasy were felt this week in the Oak Park clubhouse, as Walsall Wood FC triumphed over Shawbury United away on Wednesday evening (17th August 2016), but were remarkably hammered by a resurgent Quorn yesterday afternoon (20th ...


Christmas, 1957 – but who’s that girl? 

21 Aug

As anyone who reads my other channels will know its been a hard week, and frankly, I've been too knackered to properly manage the blog - sorry for the lack of content over the last week and thanks for bearing with me.


Beware – garage and shed burglaries occurring again locally 

20 Aug

It's time, I'm very much afraid, to issue another warning - it seems local burglars are at is again - In the last few weeks there have been a number of break-ins to sheds and outbuildings in the Brownhills, Walsall Wood, Pelsall and High Heath areas ...


Urgent appeal: Walsall NHS Trust looking for relatives Norman Smith 

20 Aug

Another important appeal for readers of the blog - this request was posted by the Communication Team at Walsall Manor Hospital Tuesday (19th August 2016) and I'd like all locals to have a think about it, and if any of you can, please do help.


Can Walsall Wood roast Quorn? 

20 Aug

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood FC at Oak Park this afternoon play Quorn...


“Cat Not Included” 2 Bed Terraced House, Walsingham Street, Walsall, WS1. With Yields Of 6.00%. 

19 Aug

A two bedroom terraced house in the Chuckery area of Walsall, WS1.


Disappointment at Crime Commissioner’s no show to answer critics. 

19 Aug

West Midlands Police are trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear following cuts of £124 million in recent years claims Walsall Council’s Liberal Democrat Group Leader Ian Shires following last night’s briefing session for councillors ...


Would you like a chat about local history? 

19 Aug

Top contributor, commentor and all round good egg the young David Evans has been busy over the last few weeks organising a treat for local history buffs in Brownhills and the wider community - he's been asked to do a couple of talks on the history of...


Continued Tory austerity measures smoke screen for Tory small government policy 

18 Aug

Walsall’s Liberal Democrats have accused the Tories of using continued austerity measures as a smoke screen to promote the Tory policy for small government which further divides the haves and those who have not.


It’s time, gentlemen please – to check out a great new exhibition 

18 Aug

This is just a quick note to flag up a great exhibition starting this Saturday, 20th August 2016 at Walsall Local History Centre - it's about local pubs and their history which is a recurring topic of huge interest to the local history community.


Bill, Shut Up. 

17 Aug

It’s not often that I offer advice to kippers beyond ‘take a long walk off a short pier’ but really Bill Etheridge does need some serious counsel about how he handles the press when it comes to his private life.


The Friends of Brownhills Common – next meeting coming soon! 

17 Aug

Here's one for people interested in the issues surrounding Brownhills Common - theres a meeting at 7:00pm on Monday 12th September 2016 of the Freinds of Brownhills Common group at the Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills - WS8 7EN - ...


The Pub Lifecycle 

16 Aug

Some thing I’ve remarked upon with friends but not really covered here before now is the seemingly cyclical nature of some pubs; Andy has mentioned it in a number of posts, and we’ve probably caught pubs at different stages of the cycle during ...


That POW question arises again… 

16 Aug

I've had an enquiry in the last week or so from reader Graham Smith, who's trying to track down lists of Italian Prisoners of War, often said to be billeted in a camp in north Walsall, thought by many to be near the aerodrome.


Staffs County Council: ‘Chasewater now clear of blue-green algae’ 

15 Aug

Following several enquiries from readers who were concerned about the situation with blue-green algae bloom at Chasewater, today (15th August 2016) I've sought a statement from Staffordshire County Council who operate the park - and they say the ...


The Home that Jack Built 

14 Aug

I don't think it's any secret how much respect I have for the late Jack Haddock, who sadly passed away earlier this year - Walsall had few, if any better champions; local historian, documenter and photographer, author and community stalwart, Jack was...


The staff of William Harrison in 1944 – life during wartime 

14 Aug

Long time supporter, friend of the blog and prodigious local historian Andy Dennis continues to generate a huge amount of material which he's kind enough to share both on this blog and his own.


Wood trounce Tividale 

14 Aug

Walsall Wood FC travelled yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 13th August 2016) to Tividale, and came home with a good win and three points under their belt.


It’s all going swimmingly 

13 Aug

An interesting inquiry I've been meaning to share for a few days (but couldn't find the email, mainly because it came in as a Facebook message - d'oh!) from mate of the blog and Pelsallian Rocky Sprogs about a medal he has that belonged to his father.


New Hall Mill open again this Sunday! 

13 Aug

New Hall Mill near Sutton Coldfield is open again this Sunday (13th August 2016) and I can heartily recommend the place – It’s fascinating and I had a great time there on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 2015 – not enough people know about this ...


Fantastic live music at The Chase Inn this weekend! 

13 Aug

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 most weekends, too - and there's a great act on this weekend.


Walsall Wood away to Tividale at The Beeches this afternoon 

13 Aug

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


Man fined for cutting down 18 trees in Walsall conservation area 

13 Aug

Published By Walsall Advertiser  |  Posted: August 12, 2016 A WALSALL man who organised the chopping down of 18 trees in a conservation area without being given permission has been fined.


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August 25th – North Street, The Butts in steady rain. Late… 

26 Aug

August 25th - North Street, The Butts in steady rain.


August 25th – Passing through Pleck, I noted the ‘legal name… 

26 Aug

August 25th - Passing through Pleck, I noted the ‘legal name fraud’ posters are appearing again.


August 24th – Another spell of working very, very late. On my… 

26 Aug

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Thursday 25th August 2016 

25 Aug

1045 - 1130 overcast, misty, 17c (rain later) : Pied Wagtail 13, Lapwing 16, Cormorant 8, Mute Swan 4, Heron 2, Moorhen 6, Chiffchaff / Willow Warbler 7, Blackcap 2m, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler amongst tit & Chiffchaff flock, Long-tailed Tit 14, ...


Wednesday 24th August 2016 

24 Aug

1345 - 1430 hot & sunny, 22c : Chiffchaff 3, 2 still in song, Willow Warbler/Chiffchaff 2, Swallow 5, Buzzard, Heron, Cormorant 4, usual gulls & a few Lapwing.


Monday 22nd August 2016 

22 Aug

0945 - 1100 cloudy, breezy, 17c : Hobby, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kingfisher, Swift 15, SWallow 3, Sand Martin 3, House Martin 4, Cormorant 5, Lapwing 12, Heron, LBb / Herring Gull 150+, Collared Dove 5, Canada Goose 369 ! Also seen - Vapourer moth, ...


And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. 

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Someone asked me this week if I miss my old job.


The shape of things to come 

21 Aug

At last some real evidence of the approaching change of season with what I consider to be my first encounter with the first of this years wintering wildfowl.


August 19th – The rains of the day had brought out the… 

20 Aug

August 19th - The rains of the day had brought out the damp-loving creatures, though sadly I didn’t see any amphibians (although in my tired state I probably just didn’t notice them).


August 19th – Another late night return, this time after 11pm,… 

20 Aug

August 19th - Another late night return, this time after 11pm, and stopping in Walsall Wood to use the cashpoint I thought about how busy the little High Street was, despite the bad weather.


Saturday 20th August 2016 

20 Aug

0930 - 1030 blustery showers, 16c : Little Grebe 1st of year, Cormorant 5, Mute Swan 4, Heron, Tufted 3, Moorhen 5, Coot 20+, Lapwing 19, LBb Gull 20, Herring Gull 40, Collared Dove 9, Jackdaw 30, Swift 5, Swallow 4, Sand Martin 5, House Martin 2, ...


Friday 19th August 2016 

19 Aug

1630 - 1700 some sun after all day rain, 16c : Cormorant 6, Heron 2, Mute Swan 4, LBb Gull 36, Herring Gull 7, Lapwing 24, Moorhen 5, Swallow 12, Sand Martin 5, House Martin 2, Swift 7, Pied Wagtail, Greenfinch m, Jackdaw 35, Collared Dove 6, etc.


August 18th – An exhausted return from work very, very late…. 

19 Aug

August 18th - An exhausted return from work very, very late.


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