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From steam age to jet age – a century of engineering at… 

16 Apr 16

FORMER Thompson Brothers fitter Gil Greaves of Willenhall recently loaned us a huge amount of material relating to his former employers, and this week we can look at the firm right across the decades thanks to a couple of their brochures.


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A handful of songs at Sedgley 

16 Apr 16

ST Andrew’s Singers are holding their spring concert, A Handful of Songs, at St Andrew’s Church, Bilston Street, Sedgley, on Saturday, April 23 at 7.30pm.


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Halesowen hunt to find Colin Whittle of The Mac 

16 Apr 16

A FRIEND of mine, Tracey, is trying to trace Mr Colin Whittle, who used to be a member of the musical group The Mac trio, alongside Martin Boulton and Alan Dukes.


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Albion hero and his England caps 

16 Apr 16

OUR thanks to Wolverhampton reader James Barrett for supplying this photo of one of his fellow townsmen, some years after he made his name a few miles down the road with Wolves’ greatest rivals.


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Wednesbury RUFC near brink at Bloxwich 

15 Apr 16

BLOXWICH 24WEDNESBURY 15FOR this week’s game Wednesbury travelled to Bloxwich, and with the home side already relegated and Wednesbury with a very slim chance of survival this game was of vital importance.


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Darlaston frustrated by wet Worcester 

15 Apr 16

DARLASTON players and their band of travelling supporters made the long trip to Worcester Raiders FC in vain when a torrential outburst of rain saw the referee postpone the game just as the players were about to take the field.


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Cradley Heath choir honours member 

15 Apr 16

CRADLEY Heath Male Voice Choir is holding a concert at Fairfield village hall, near Bromsgrove, on Friday (April 15) at 7.30pm entitled Remembering Stan.


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Warley & District Sunday League 

15 Apr 16

Sunday April 10APD Challenge Cup Quarter FinalsLangley Town 6–1 GSA FCIvy Bush 1–0 The RobinO’Reillys 0–5 Miners ArmsDivision 1Tividale Wonder 4–2 Langley Town Res.


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120 historic Jaguars are on show at RAF Cosford, Wolverhampton 

15 Apr 16

MORE than 120 Jaguar cars will be heading to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on Saturday as part of an event organised by the Jaguar Drivers’ Club X-Type Register.


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Stourbridge marks Oldswinford man’s VC 

15 Apr 16

NEXT Monday (April 18) marks the centenary of the Victoria Cross action of Lt E.


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Halesowen salutes 1908 London Olympics marathon runner 

14 Apr 16

HALESOWEN will pay a permanent tribute to its own marathon man this Saturday (April 16) when a blue plaque will be unveiled in memory of a runner who took part in the 1908 London Olympics.


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Dudley & Cradley Heath Football League 

14 Apr 16

Sunday April 10The Horace Benjamin Trophy Semi FinalRoebuck 2 3 AET Wollaston HarriersThe first half of the game was very even with Roebuck having slightly more of the game but Wollaston had the clearest opportunity when an unmarked header…


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Recalling Darlaston team in 1957 

14 Apr 16

I THOUGHT Bugle readers would be interested to see this photograph of Darlaston Football Club from around 1957.


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Willenhall readers names Leamore Sports and Social Club team 

14 Apr 16

WITH reference to the article on Leamore Sport and Social Club on page 31 in The Bugle (February 17 edition) in which reader Dennis Hadlington wrote in to say he had played in this team in the local Sunday League and he provided some names.


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The Wheel 

14 Apr 16

There has been a lot of negative press about the Dudley ‘eye’, so I wrote the poem below in response.


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Night Miss World came to Wolves Social Club 

14 Apr 16

THE letter from Reg Summerfield in The Bugle (June 4, 2015 edition) re Wolves Social Club brought back memories for me.


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A-Z of West Midlands Football 

13 Apr 16

WORKINGTON have never played Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion or Wolves at competitive level, but they have met Walsall.


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Wolverhampton had the first traffic lights outside London 

13 Apr 16

WE TURN the clock back to the late 1920s with this photograph of Princes Square in Wolverhampton.


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Kenricks’ family gives 250 items to complete Dudley museum… 

13 Apr 16

A MEMBER of the famous iron-founding family the Kenricks has given 250 objects to one of Black Country Living Museum’s most outstanding collections.


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Thanks Derek for wealth of info about Tipton Zeppelin raids 

12 Apr 16

SO much interesting stuff has come my way over the last week that I thought the readers would like to know a few of the events they can engage with and also thanks a few people for the welcoming I and we have had over the past few weeks at various …


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A grand day out for Old Hill pub regulars in the 1930s 

12 Apr 16

WE TRAVEL back in time to the 1930s with these pictures from the Bugle’s collection, to another lost Black Country pub, the Pack Horse Inn, which once stood in Peartree Lane, Old Hill.


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Class of 1953 at Dudley school 

11 Apr 16

THIS school photo was taken at St Edmund’s School, Castle Hill, Dudley, which is now a mosque.


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Dudley Choral Society seeks Conductor/ Musical Director 

11 Apr 16

MESSIAH is the final concert of Dudley Choral Society’s 70th anniversary year.


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What a spectacle – Walsall lens makers depart on a day trip 

11 Apr 16

WHO doesn’t enjoy a day out? These Walsall folk from the 1920s certainly look set for a fine time on their annual works outing.


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I was Baggies fan who helped Larraine Astle, then invited in… 

10 Apr 16

IN an Albion Fanzine printed in 2002 it mentions Larraine Astle who wanted to pass on her thanks to all the Albion supporters who sent kind message of sympathy, wreaths, cards and so forth after the death of her husband Jeff Astle.


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Smethwick memories of DJ Barmy Barry and meeting my husband in… 

10 Apr 16

MY husband buys me the Black Country Bugle each week as he knows of my love of local history.


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Where were Queen’s and King’s Gardens situated in Sedgley? 

9 Apr 16

I AM a member of the Friends of Sedgley Beacon group.


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Willenhall History Society in plea to Roger Evans 

9 Apr 16

COULD you please include details of the Willenhall History Society April and May meetings held at the CHART Centre, Gomer Street, Willenhall, WV13 2NS, on the second Tuesday of each month, starting at 7.15pm.


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What my Mom told 2 golfers looking for a lost ball in our Bilston… 

9 Apr 16

THIS is the final part of my memories of playing on the Golf Links in Bilston which is an excerpt from my book I wrote entitled Living in God’s Country The Bilston Years.


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Ten Extraordinary Wolves Matches 

8 Apr 16

October 15, 1892Newton Heath 10 Wolves 1It’s still Wolves’ heaviest defeat, and all the more embarrassing
for the fact that it was only Newton Heath’s seventh league game.


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Dudley & Cradley Heath Football League 

8 Apr 16

Sunday April 3The Horace Benjamin TrophyPhoenix 2 – 2 Hasbury ColtsIn an entertaining game Phoenix opened the scoring on 7 minutes through a Matt Ravenscroft header following good work from Steve Marsh and Jamie Thomas.


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Time running out for Wednesbury after Willenhall whipping 

8 Apr 16

WEDNESBURY RUFC 9WILLENHALL RUFC 18THIS week Wednesbury entertained local rivals Willenhall in their clash earlier in the season Wednesbury ran out winners in a very close game.


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Shows won’t be the same now Wolverhampton showman has died 

8 Apr 16

I WAS so sorry to read in The Bugle (March 30 edition) of the sudden passing of Joe Davies at 93.


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Shakespeare’s Yamlet’ translated into Black Country 

8 Apr 16

ONE of William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies Hamlet is being translated into the Black Country dialect as part of a project that is aiming to record, celebrate and preserve the distinctive language of the area.


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I am the 1940s Dudley schoolboy boxing opponentof Malcolm… 

8 Apr 16

I WAS surprised and pleased to see myself mentioned in a letter from Malcolm Jackson in The Bugle (March 16 edition).


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Warley & District Sunday League 

7 Apr 16

Sunday April 3John Rochell Memorial Trophy-Round 2BNJS Mann Co 4–1 Haden CrossO.


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Darlaston dominate with five-goal flurry 

7 Apr 16

DARLASTON TOWN 5WYRLEY FC 1DARLASTON extended their unbeaten run to four games with a comprehensive victory over local rivals Wyrley on Saturday.


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Tipton widow’s husband is on Vono picture 

7 Apr 16

I WAS interested to see the letter by Toni Hickman and the pictures of Vono workers in The Bugle (March 23 edition) as my late husband David Hill is on one of the photos.


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26 members of family clocked up more than 500 years’ service at… 

7 Apr 16

THIS is a story of a family firm Geo.


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A-Z of West Midlands Football 

6 Apr 16

BILLY WOOLDRIDGE gave Wolves excellent service for eleven years, from July 1900 until May 1911.


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Reader contacts Rowley Regis school after Bugle story 

5 Apr 16

IN one of my recent Bugle columns I wrote about the project I am involved with at St Michael’s school up in Rowley.


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The pub that gave its name to Swan Village 

4 Apr 16

BLACK COUNTRY Ale Tairster Peter Hill has been going through his vast collection of pub photographs and has kindly shared with us these pictures of another lost landmark.


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Recalling fishing in 3 pools and playing on Golf Links in Bilston 

4 Apr 16

THIS is an excerpt from part of the book I wrote entitled Living in God’s Country – The Bilston Years.


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Plea to artist as West bromwich mural moves 

4 Apr 16

WEST Bromwich Building Society’s HQ in the High Street has in its reception a stunning mural depicting the industry, commerce and history of the town.


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Aunt’s garden backed on to Darlaston pub 

3 Apr 16

IN reply to Mr.


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We couldn’t get in West Brom shelter so we wept with fear 

3 Apr 16

THE Bugle asked for memories of living in air raid shelters in The Bugle (February 17 edition).


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Haden Hill is topic at Halesowen meeting 

2 Apr 16

THE next meeting of the Halesowen History Society will be on Thursday, April 7 at 7.15pm at the Shenstone Theatre in Halesowen library.


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Cradley Heath church ladies of early 1900s 

2 Apr 16

IN HER 1952 novel Excellent Women, Barbara Pym gently mocked the army of gentlewomen who are the backbone of much of the Church of England’s work and the menfolk who so often take their efforts for granted.


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Farewell to Joe, 93, Wolverhampton showman 

1 Apr 16

FOR nearly 24 years Joe Davies and his street organ Lady Wulfrun have been entertaining visitors to events in the Black Country, throughout the UK, and on the continent.


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Bilston talk on servants 

1 Apr 16

BILSTON Historical Society will be holding its next meeting at Bilston Baptist Church, Prouds Lane, Bilston, WV14 6PW, at 7.15pm on Wednesday, April 6 when Patricia Boyd will give a talk entitled Upstairs and Downstairs on the lives of domestic …


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From Black Country to founding the American Methodist Church 

31 Mar 16

TOMORROW (Thursday) is the 200th anniversary of the death of Francis Asbury who, from simple beginnings in the Black Country, became the founding father of the American Methodist Church and its first bishop.


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Sheep, the Swiss Army and the RAF – they all turned to… 

31 Mar 16

THE name of Thompsons resonates for many Black Country working folk not just because they had several factories and employed thousands in the Bilston, Wolverhampton and Dudley area, but because so many of their products were despatched nationwide …


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Men and children at work in old Blackheath 

31 Mar 16

WE ALL KNOW that times were hard in days gone by but it is only when you see photographs such as these that you can truly appreciate just what a battle mere subsistence was for many of our forebears.


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Warley & DistrictSunday League 

31 Mar 16

Sunday March 27PREMIERLangley Town 3–8 OJM GSA FC 3–1 Bush Ath Lamp Albion 1–0 Snooks FC DIVISION 1 Sporting Dudley 0–4 Ivy Bush Tipton FC 6–6 Bearwood FC Tividale Wonder 2–1 Jinglers DIVISION 2 Stag 0–3 Jubilee Rangers Yew Tree 2–0…


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Dudley & Cradley HeathFootball League 

31 Mar 16

Sunday March 27Premier Division (Sponsored by TFL)AFC Turners 13-1 LloydsTurners dominated this match from the start and apart from some excellent keeping from Jason Pearce in the Lloyds goal the score could have been a lot higher.


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Coseley memories of selling rats at 3d each 

30 Mar 16

I WAS born in Bradley in the old cobbled Brierley Lane in 1930 being the youngest child of 12 children, five brothers and six sisters.


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I did 42 years working in Bilston foundries 

30 Mar 16

CONTINUING my story from my letter on growing up in Bradley on page 6 of The Bugle (March 16 edition).


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Were you one of the boys of St Stephen’s, Wolverhampton? 

30 Mar 16

IT NEVER ceases to surprise us just how long a Bugle article can continue to bring in responses.


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Oldbury man was the last man hung in public at Worcester Gaol 

30 Mar 16

THE trial of 70-year-old William Ockold accused of murdering his 73-year-old wife Sophia in Oldbury on Saturday, November 8, 1862, seems to have been characterised not by the details of the evidence from the prosecution but more by the indifference …


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Help me with any stories about Dudley soccer star 

30 Mar 16

OVER the past couple of weeks I have been talking to representatives of Black Country Radio about a series of documentaries we could make.