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Snow update – Monday 11th December 2017 

11 Dec 17

Right people, the weather – I’m writing this at 12:30am on the Sunday night before the Monday Morning, and unless something remarkable happeneds between now and then, the conditions for tomorrow’s travel are not looking good.


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Ilkeston put the freeze on Walsall Wood 

11 Dec 17

No doubt Bill Shaw would chastise me for saying this, but more bad news for the Walsall Wood faithful on Saturday last as they travelled to Ilkeston Town FC, and played a bold match – which I thought would be curtailed by the weather – only to lose 3…


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Stourport swiftly dominate Wood as Wolves grab a sporting chance 

10 Dec 17

It seems Walsall Wood FC’s run of good fortune has come to a hopefully temporary halt – On Saturday 2nd December 2017 they faced Stourport away, and lost; but also suffered a defeat on the following Tuesday at Oak Park to Wolves Sporting.


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All white now 

10 Dec 17

Well, we’ve had a fair bit of snow and it’s looking very festive out there – just a word to say that it’s safe to assume any events advertised today are cancelled, and I’ll do my best to update you with school news tomorrow, my commute permitting.


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2017 Christmas events this weekend! 

9 Dec 17

Right, I’m going to be busy this weekend – come on, the weather is too good to stay indoors – In the meantime, here’s a bunch of Christmas events assembled by readers on Facebook for this weekend- if you have any to add please do get in touch.


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Great live band Man’s Ruin tonight at the Chase Inn! 

9 Dec 17

The good folk of the local CAMRA cider and Perry pub of the year, the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills have been in touch to let me know that there’s live music at the popular Brownhills pub tonight (Saturday 9th December 2017), with live music on …


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Walsall Wood FC v Ilkeston Town – away match today! 

9 Dec 17

Walsall Wood FC are away at Ilkeston Town today – this is a hotly-anticipated match! Continue reading…


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Bogus callers operating locally again – be vigilant 

8 Dec 17

I’ve just had warning from the excellent WMNow system (you can sign up here – it’s free and very useful) that a door to door caller is operating in Aldridge and seems to up up to no good – touting for cash to move rubbish and suchlike.


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Creature feature 

8 Dec 17

Here’s one to check out if you’re up at Chasewater in the week, or maybe this Sunday at the Christmas Fair – a great looking exhibition by local Artist Lesley ‘Will’ Littleton, which runs at the Innovation Centre until December 21st 2017, open from …


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2017 Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade at Chasewater this Sunday! 

7 Dec 17

There’s a further chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday (10th December 2017) –  there’s the Annual Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre.


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Carols by the canal – and memories of great friends 

7 Dec 17

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding a carol evening at their Fosseway Nature Reserve site, just off Falkland Road, Lichfield on Saturday 16 December 2017 from 7-9pm and all are …


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Coppice Lane stables raided – can you help? 

6 Dec 17

This is an important appeal for information regarding a burglary that took place overnight, in the early hours of Tuesday, 5th December 2017 at Stevie Ansell’s riding school premises at Coppice Lane/Engine Lane, Brownhills.


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Carol Concert coming soon to The Lamp! 

5 Dec 17

There’s a splendid carol concert being staged on Wednesday 20th December 2017 at the Lamp Arts Theatre in Brownhills Activity Centre, just on the Miner Island in the centre of Brownhills – Brownhills School Choir will be singing all the favourite …


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Any road up? 

4 Dec 17

I’ve been busy with real-world work most of this weekend, so apologies for the reduced power in transmission, but here’s the first of two interesting articles I’ve had in from Ian James, both regarding the history and physical geography of Chasewater.


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Bob Brookes: Funeral details now available 

3 Dec 17

I was sad to report a couple of days ago the passing of Brownhills resident, angler and former Edward Rose welder Bob Brookes who passed away on Monday afternoon aged 94.


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Walsall Wood wipe out Wednesfield, whilst villains find crusading Moors a tough battle 

3 Dec 17

Last Tuesday evening (28th November 2017) Walsall Wood FC entertained Wednesfield at Oak Park who, it’s fair I think to say, the Woodmen made short work of.


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A couple of great shows in Pelsall this weekend to kickstart Christmas! 

2 Dec 17

A couple of Christmas shows on at Pelsall Community Centre this weekend too – tonight Saturday 2nd December 2017 it’s Centre Stage’s Christmas Cracker from 7:30pm until 10:30pm with tickets at £6 for adults and £4 for kids.


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Hands to the Homeless Christmas Fayre on now! 

2 Dec 17

Ongoing right now (2nd December 2017) is the Hands to the Homeless Christmas Fair at the Wesley Church Hall in Wesley Road, Short Heath from 10-3pm – it’s 50p per family and all welcome, with proceeds to The Glebe Centre.


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Great live band Dark Page tonight at the Chase Inn! 

2 Dec 17

The good folk of the local CAMRA cider and Perry pub of the year, the  Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills have been in touch to let me know that there’s live music at the popular Brownhills pub tonight (Saturday 2nd December 2017), with live music on…


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Walsall Wood away to Stourport Swifts this afternoon! 

2 Dec 17

See Walsall Wood FC away this afternoon in FA Vase action at Stourport! Continue reading…


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Did you know Bob Brookes? 

1 Dec 17

Here’s a sad but important enquiry from reader Angela Kingston-Nash who’s after memories and recollections regarding her uncle Bob Brookes from Brownhills, who sadly recently passed away aged 94.


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Aldridge Christmas events start today and run through the weekend 

1 Dec 17

It’s that time of year again, and I welcome news of Christmas Fairs, tree festivals and festive events of all kinds to share with readers – first up there are three great Christmas events in Aldridge this weekend, with the three-day Christmas Tree …


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I take my hat right off… Merry Christmas from Brownhills! 

30 Nov 17

This image appeared on Facebook this morning – I have no idea who made it (although I have to say it bears the hallmarks of long lost Jack the Lad Brownhills Barry) but whoever it is, they deserve recognition, so please step forward.


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On the shore 

29 Nov 17

While I’m busy, a couple of great postcard images reach me from Dean Rogers in the Norton Canes History Group – these are of Norton Pool around 1910 and seem to have been taken at the same time.


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Tools stolen from van in Clayhanger overnight 

28 Nov 17

News reaches me of yet more vehicle crime in Clayhanger and Pelsall overnight, with tools being stolen from a vehicle in Clayhanger and what was very probably the same crew of thieves escaping empty handed from a van break-in on Ryders Hayes.