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A quiet day in the late 1950s… and some views of Norton! 

19 Aug 17

A quick post of a great local postcard spotted by reader Dean, and the latest post in a series of unusual postcards spotted on everyone’s favourite tat bazaar, eBay.


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Walsall Wood hammer Hinckley, and other club news including a temporary home for Pelsall Villa! 

19 Aug 17

I’ve a whole tranche of Walsall Wood football news today as I feature a disparate collection of submissions – photos of last Saturday’s Cadbury Athletic match from Simon Evans, a match report from Bill Shaw of Tuesday’s away victory at Hinckley and …


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Your chance to meet a Great War historian! NOTE IMPORTANT UPDATE PLEASE 

19 Aug 17

Here’s one I’m awfully late with, but you still have chance to catch the wonderful war historian Andrew Thornton at the Cannock Chase Military History Weekend tomorrow (Sunday 20th August) and this afternoon if you’re exceedingly quick to get up to …


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Be alert – power tools stolen in Brownhills van burglary 

19 Aug 17

A reader living on the Watermead Estate in Brownhills (The new one between the Pelsall Road and Tesco) has been in touch with me asking to share with readers that her partner had his van broken into last night (Friday 18th August 2017).


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Walsall Wood at home to Tividale this afternoon! 

19 Aug 17

It’s the next stage of Wood’s Emirates FA Cup journey: come watch the resurgent local team at Walsall Wood this afternoon! Continue reading…


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Hot to trot 

18 Aug 17

I’m not going to beat around the bush, a remarkable piece of local history right out of the blue courtesy of Twitter pal Ben Graham who drew my attention to it an hour ago – those interested in the local history of trotting, Chasewater Stadium and …


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Mining for family history in the Wood: Can you help please? 

18 Aug 17

Had a great enquiry in this week from Chris Smith, who you’ll remember was researching the Claridges family and shop for the store’s 60th anniversary this year – well Chris is looking for some local history help with her family, including her …


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Car broken into in Shire Oak last night 

17 Aug 17

There’s been a car break in in Shire Ride, Shire Oak, which took place on Wednesday 16th August 2017 between 3:30pm and 8am the following morning – a satnav iPod and loss change were stolen.


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Walsall Wood Under 18s playing great football, could you join them? 

17 Aug 17

David Evans has sent the following wonderful match report from last Tuesday evening’s match (15th August 2017) between Walsall Wood Under 18s and Wrens Nest Under 18s – and he liked what he saw.


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Lichfield and Hatherton’s huge canal Heritage Gathering coming soon! 

16 Aug 17

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.


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Bogus workmen detained by Aldridge police after tipoff from vigilant bank staff 

15 Aug 17

Partnerships officer Kevin Pitt has sent details of a bogus workmen scam operating in Aldridge that has led to the detention of two men in connection with a scam in which a local OAP was intimidated into withdrawing money from their bank by workmen …


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It’s all going on at Brownhills Activity Centre July-September 2017! 

15 Aug 17

Brownhills Community Association have been in touch, asking me if I’d share their latest newsletter for July-September 2017 here on the blog – and as ever, I’m happy to do so.


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A Sandfields staff photo – Can you help identify the people in it? 

14 Aug 17

Dave Moore, the Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire dropped me a line with an interesting social history question regarding the waterworks at Lichfield over the weekend, which I thought I’d share here today as a …


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Hours and minutes 

13 Aug 17

I’ve had a really interesting donation this week from an unexpected source who has longstanding connections to the mining history of North Walsall – Sean Coughlan, the leader of Walsall Council! Continue reading…


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Who was in this choir, where was it and when? 

13 Aug 17

Yesterday via Facebook, I received this wonderful image posted by friend of the blog Margaret Yeomans, who tells me this is a photo of Brownhills Choral Society and the chap third from left is the legendary George Fullelove.


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Work starts at Shire Oak Junction today lasting until Spring: be prepared 

13 Aug 17

Some weeks ago you’ll remember I gave forewarning of improvement works to both Shire Oak Crossroads and Streets Corner Junction on the A461 Lichfield Road as it passes through Walsall Wood and Shire Oak.


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Mermaid in Brownhills! 

12 Aug 17

Following the features I posted here recently regarding the experiences of Brownhills Carnival in the latter years by Lisa Ashby, I’ve had a great contribution come in from reader Lorraine Margetts of Shire Oak.


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Did you know Alan Pye? 

12 Aug 17

Old pal of the blog and human dynamo behind Brownhills Musical Theatre Company Jamie Norgrove has been in touch to share some sad news – Jamie’s Grandfather, Alan Pye who worked for years at Tildesley Ford in Aldridge passed away on the 23rd of July…


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Have you seen these bikes stolen from Brownhills in the last few days please? 

12 Aug 17

A couple of bikes stolen in the last few days locally I’d like readers to keep a look out for if possible please – the first being a Carrera pictured below, stolen from outside Marios Chip Shop, Brownhills on Tuesday, 8th August 2017 and also a very …


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Walsall Wood away at Cadbury Athletic this afternoon 

12 Aug 17

Walsall Wood away at Cadbury Athletic – can the Wood lads continue their upwards trajectory? Continue reading…


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust – August 2017 public meeting this Monday 

11 Aug 17

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (14th August 2017) there will be the August 2017 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity…


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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday! 

10 Aug 17

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (13th August 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating…


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See you in the distance, my old friend 

9 Aug 17

In fond memory of Mark Blackstock, creator of The YamYam, without whom this blog would have died in infancy.


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Oak Park is one – come join the celebration fun day this Wednesday! 

8 Aug 17

Another late one (I’m having trouble keeping up this week, can you tell?) reaches me from Oak Park Active Living Centre who this Wednesday are having a first anniversary fun day for all the family.


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Pensioner robbed by bogus workman in Bradbury Close, Shire Oak 

8 Aug 17

Partnerships officer Kevin Pitt has sent details of a worrying incident in the Shire Oak area last week (Wednesday, 2nd August 2017) when an OAP living in Bradbury Close, just off Pauls Coppice was robbed of £100 by a man claiming to be doing …