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Beware of courier fraud and other phone scams – criminals are targeting our elderly family and friends 

17 Aug 18

I’ve become aware over the last few days that phone scammers are targeting the local area once more –  and are employing a number of methods, including courier fraud and impersonating tax officials – please warn your elderly and vulnerable …


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Oddfellows local 

15 Aug 18

Had a great enquiry in this week from Nick Pilley, who’s looking for help with his Walsall Wood family history, particularly that of his Grandfather Alfred Merrick who was a deputy at Walsall Wood Colliery.


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Meet your local coppers this Saturday in Aldridge and Streetly! 

15 Aug 18

I received notice of this great event from Walsall Police via the excellent WMNow service this morning, advertising a pop-up meet the police event this Saturday, 18th August 2018 at Aldridge Library from 10:30am until 11:00am where you can meet your…


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Sad news: Police searching for missing William Newman discover body 

14 Aug 18

Awful, awful news this evening from Walsall Police: A couple of days ago I published an appeal to see if anyone could help locate missing dementia sufferer William Newman, 56, who had gone missing from Walsall Manor Hospital on Wednesday Evening, 8th…


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust August 2018 public meeting this Monday evening 

12 Aug 18

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (13th August 2018) there will be the August 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity…


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A handy advance 

12 Aug 18

Thanks to generosity of reader Grahame Taylor, David Evans has sent a couple of what are thought to be 1950s photographs of Walsall Wood Boys Brigade at summer camp in Abergele.


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Do you remember the Station Hotel talking clock? 

12 Aug 18

I’ve had an interesting enquiry come in from reader Bee who’s asked something that has very much intrigued me – do you remember the ‘speaking clock’ next to the Station Hotel, Brownhills? Continue reading…


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Woodmen unfazed by Worcester’s sauce 

12 Aug 18

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans A grey Saturday afternoon yesterday (Saturday 11th August 2018) saw Walsall Wood FC hold visitors to Oak Park, Worcester City to a respectable one-all draw, in an entertaining match that …


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Looking for the Herriot family please – can you help? 

11 Aug 18

Hi folks – I need a favour please, so if you can help it would be really appreciated.


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Chasewater Railway – 2018 Annual Charities Day this Sunday! 

11 Aug 18

Chasewater Railway – the little gem of a local preserved industrial railway is this Sunday (12th August 2018) staging it’s Annual Charities Day, when the railway will be operating with steam trains, and there will be charity stalls and …


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Hednesford festival on today! 

11 Aug 18

Thanks for Stuart Cowley for the tipoff, I can also share the late news that today, Saturday 11th August 2018 it’s Hednesford Festival in Hednesford Park, and there’s loads to do with a market, stalls, fun and games, classic cars and …


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Craft fair & Market on right now at Grasmere Garden Centre, Brownhills! 

11 Aug 18

Just become aware of this nice-looking event happening right now (Lunchtime, Saturday 11th August 2018) at Grasmere Garden Centre, Brownhills – up there over the Canal Bridge on the Lichfield Road.


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Walsall Wood play Worcester City this Saturday at Oak Park 

10 Aug 18

Saturday  11th August 2018 Walsall Wood FC at home to Worcester City in a big-name match! Continue reading…


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Police urgently looking for Walsall dementia sufferer – please help if you can 

10 Aug 18

Please – take a look at the photo above – 56 year old dementia sufferer William Newman went missing from Walsall Manor Hospital sometime around 8:30pm, Wednesday 8th August 2018.


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Get stoned and smile this Saturday morning in Clayhanger 

10 Aug 18

There’s a lovely thing going on at Clayhanger Community Centre in Church Street, Clayhanger this Saturday morning 11th August 2018 – a smile stone workshop.


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Coffee, cake and great social events in the heart of Pelsall – what’s not to love? 

9 Aug 18

Images posted on Facebook by the Reading Rooms It’s always great to hear from old pals of the blog, and Laura Hucker mailed me a couple of days ago to tell me about the great events they have going on at the Reading Rooms coffee and cake emporium …


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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday! 

8 Aug 18

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (12th August 2018), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday for one of the last few open days of 2018.


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2018 Big Bounce family fun day coming this Wednesday to Holland Park! 

7 Aug 18

Just a headsup to point out there’s a Big Bounce family fud day taking place at Holland Park, Brownhills this Wednesday, 8th August 2018, as well as others over the school holidays throughout the area, including today on the 7th August at Pelsall …


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Warning for local dog walkers: Beware of adders! 

6 Aug 18

Hi folks – time for a warning – I’m seeing reports that dogs are being bitten by adders at Chasewater and other heathland at the moment, so take care.


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Walsall Wood launch new season beating Romulus in sunny scorcher 

5 Aug 18

Images and captions kindly supplied by the young David Evans A pleasant summer’s afternoon match at Oak Park that kicked off the 2018/19 football season at Walsall Wood yesterday (Saturday 4th August 2018) saw visiting Romulus beaten in a hard …


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Reading mysteries 

4 Aug 18

One for the weekend I’ve been meaning to raise here for a while – there’s a historical mystery just down the road from here we’ve never properly explored, and I’d be interested to see what we can find out about it.


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Harvest home 

4 Aug 18

You know I love quirky films, drone footage, big machinery and the local landscape, right? Continue reading…


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Fancy strawberries and cream this morning? 

4 Aug 18

I notice there’s a coffee morning this morning (Saturday, 4th August 2018) at Brownhills Methodist Church, Silver Street, Brownhills.


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New season kicks off today for Walsall Wood FC! 

4 Aug 18

Images and captions by the inimitable and young David Evans Nice to see Walsall Wood FC are gearing up for the new season with a full match schedule,  revitalised spectator facilities and a whole host of great stuff to come, both in terms of local …


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Inflatable fun day at Aldridge today! 

3 Aug 18

Just a heads to point out there’s an inflatable fun day taking place at The Green, Aldridge today (Friday 3rd August 2018) from 11am until 3:00pm, then from 4:00pm until 8:00pm.