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Above and beyond at Chasewater again – and a closer look at the dam house 

17 Jun 18

It’s always nice to see local drone photography and I’m very pleased and honoured to share this set fro former Brownhills lad Steve Martin, whose incredible and high quality work I’ve featured here before.


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

17 Jun 18

I’ve just had warning from the excellent WMNow system (you can sign up here – it’s free and very useful) that there’s a very concerning phone scam in operation locally I think readers should be aware of – and will be wanting to warn their …


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A sale that shaped Stonnall 

17 Jun 18

A delayed one here today courtesy of old friend of the blog and Stonnall historian Desmond Burton, who’s sent me scans of the sale particulars for Wordsley House Farm in 1918, and it’s attached estate including Fighting Cocks Farm.


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Playing up The Wood – who do you recognise? 

16 Jun 18

A great couple of Walsall Wood images have been donated by old friend of the blog Christine Burgess from her mother in law, Barbara Grant, and they’re real crackers.


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You don’t have to be puddled to help restore a lost, local canal… but puddling helps! 

16 Jun 18

Tom Reid from the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust has been in touch to let us know about the progress they’re making at Fosseway Heath, south Lichfield, and to send out an appeal for volunteers to help push the restoration forward.


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Twenty six ladies, a trophy and an upcoming school reunion. What do you know? 

16 Jun 18

There’s been a real buzz around about the Brownhills Central Boys School/Annexe Reunion event coming to the old school (now Brownhills Community Centre) on June 30th 2018, and to mark the occasion, Janet Davies and co have been digging material out…


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Meet your local coppers this Saturday in Aldridge and Streetly! 

15 Jun 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, 16th June 2018 at Aldridge Library from 10:00am until 11:00am where you can meet your …


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Aldridge Fayre 2018 – this Saturday! 

15 Jun 18

Just a quick note to point out that this Saturday, 16th June 2018 is Aldridge Fayre with fun and entertainment for all the family – and with free entry and car parking, what’s not to love? Continue reading…


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Going A5 Live in 2018! 

14 Jun 18

Long term readers will remember the annual music and fun festival that’s taken place on the smallholding just off the A5 at Newtown, Brownhills – formerly called Cockfest (because it took place on a chicken farm), last year becoming A5 Live.


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Sporting activities for kids this summer at Clayhanger Community Centre! 

14 Jun 18

There’s some great sporting stuff for kids and mums  going on at Clayhanger Community Centre in Church Street, Clayhanger during the coming weeks and impending school summer holidays.


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Full details of upcoming 10/10A bus service changes now available 

13 Jun 18

Following the welcome news of the extension of the National Express West Midlands service 10A to Lichfield coming late this July (But just in time for the school holidays) there was some concern expressed locally about the continued route, timings …


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust June 2018 public meeting this Monday evening 

10 Jun 18

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Monday evening (11th June 2018) there will be the June 2018 Public Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, …


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A great new bus service to Lichfield starts this summer! 

10 Jun 18

I have some excellent news for those of us who like to visit Lan-di-dah Lichfield and prefer to use public transport – Following a social media campaign started by railway buff Simon Swain (John) of this parish, Councillor Steve Wade has been …


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Taking the strain in Walsall Wood – could you be a champion too? 

10 Jun 18

Over the years on the blog we’ve covered the great, and often surprisingly diverse sporting history of Brownhills and Walsall Wood – from the notable local teams like Walsall Wood Football Club, Cricket, Bowls – to more esoteric stuff like the …


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Sweet like chocolate 

9 Jun 18

Friend of the blog Shirley Jackson, who’s a Birmingham exile now living in Shire Oak and a great friend of the blog has raised an interesting question here relating to Cadburys and the Bournville factory in the media over the years I’m hoping …


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A message from Lynn Shaw: A date set for those who wish to remember Bill Shaw 

9 Jun 18

It’s been a while now since the sad passing of Bill Shaw and Bill’s wife Lynn has an important announcement to make – the date has been set for the ceremony to scatter Bill’s ashes at Walsall Wood Football Club.


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Brownhills Community Centre Active Games Club on now! 

9 Jun 18

Hey – if you’re looking out for stuff for your kids to do this morning look no further than Brownhills Community Centre (The old Central Boy’s School, or Annex to my generation), just off the Miner Island in Brownhills.


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New Hall Mill is open again this Sunday – with a visit from a TV personality! 

8 Jun 18

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Sunday (10th June 2017), that’s close by, free and absolutely fascinating… New Hall Mill is open again on Sunday for the third open day of 2018.


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Get some Iron, man – annual triathlon hits Chasewater and South Staffordshire this Sunday 

7 Jun 18

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that this Sunday (June 10th 2018), the fourth Staffordshire Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be staged, with a 1.2 mile early morning swim in Chasewater being amongst the highlights IRONMAN 70.3 …


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Everyone back to school! A great reunion coming soon 

6 Jun 18

Oh my (school) days, there’s a terrific thing going on at Brownhills Community Centre, what my generation called the Annex but was originally the Central Boys School – there’s going to be a celebration, reunion and open day for those who …


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The fall and rise: Fixing a hole in the cut begins 

5 Jun 18

Following the sudden and unexpected drop in water level of the canal through Brownhills, and the Wyrley and Essignton Canal as a whole, top Canal and River Trust operatives have isolated the leak in the canal bed at Stoney Lane, Little Bloxwich with …


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Meet your local coppers next Tuesday in Brownhills 

5 Jun 18

There’s another local police pop-up event coming at Brownhills branch of Tesco next Tuesday, 12th June 2018 where you can meet the local policing team and discuss issues that are important to you.


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He’s behind you – oh no he isn’t! 

3 Jun 18

A quick one for a Sunday from reader Keith Clegg – can you identify anyone in this photo? Continue reading…


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The mysterious falling canal level: Water carry on! 

3 Jun 18

Several people have brought to my attention in recent days the falling level of the local canal in Brownhills and surrounds, which has naturally been causing concern, particularly following the recent wet weather which saw the canal overflowing …


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Up hill, down dale, but never run of the mill 

2 Jun 18

People keep asking me for ride galleries, and I’m happy to oblige – and fortunately the weather so far this season has been pretty good, I’m pleased to say – so last weekend I did a century into Derbyshire to visit old haunts.