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Still running! 

16 Apr 16

Here’s a couple of quick images I’ve been meaning to post here from Godfrey ‘Oakparkrunner’ Hucker who posted them to my ‘Brownhills Past and Present’ page on Facebook, and I think they deserve a wider audience.


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Woodmen batte Lye Town to a respectable draw 

16 Apr 16

Last Thursday evening (14th April 2016), Walsall Wood FC were away to face Lye Town at Stourbridge Road – and the Woodmen took home a very respectable draw.


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Great live music at The Chase Inn this evening! 

16 Apr 16

Kim Savage from the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills has been in touch to let me know that there’s live music on again this weekend at the popular Brownhills pub.


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Walsall Wood away to Long Eaton at Grange Park this afternoon 

16 Apr 16

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood in action today away at Long Eaton! Click through for details.


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Northfields Way, Clayhanger: Traffic Regulation Order published 

16 Apr 16

Good news for people in Clayhanger and on the nearby Watermead estate who’ve been suffering antisocial behaviour and unauthorised traveller encampments – the next stage of the process to close the redundant, unused stub of Northfields Way off to …


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Anthony ‘Tony’ Hackett – rest in peace 

15 Apr 16

Earlier this week I posted a request for memories of Mr.


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Towering achievements 

14 Apr 16

Over the years, local factories made some pretty famous products – Crabtree made world-renowned electrical products, Aldridge Plastics moulded toys like Hungry Hippos and Action Man, Craig & Derricott still make well known control gear, Geometry …


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A short cut for charity! 

14 Apr 16

I’ve had a note from friend of the blog Tracey Murphy who’s ask me to pop a note here about a sponsored haircut for the Teenage Cancer Trust that’s taking place at the Fresh2 salon in Brownhills this Friday (15th April 2015) at 5:30pm.


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Can you help with memories of a popular Brownhills school Caretaker? 

12 Apr 16

I have a very unusual enquiry here from friend of the blog Tara Hackett relating to her Grandfather, Tony Hackett – he was a popular local school caretaker for years, and is a bit under the weather at the moment, and Tara thinks it would be great if …


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Last chance to book your tickets for a great musical by Brownhills’ finest! 

12 Apr 16

If you’ve been considering going to see the wonderful Brownhills Musical Theatre Company but haven’t decided yet, tickets for their May show at Lichfield Garrick – Evita – are about 90% sold out, so this is your last chance to bag a seat to see one …


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Planning 2026 consultation in Brownhills today! 

11 Apr 16

Hey folks – sorry about the late notice but just spotted on Twatter that there a planning consultation going on today in Brownhills – just on Tesco car park from 10am until 3:30pm – it’s about wider planning strategies in the borough and your views …


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The Grove Disaster – the human cost 

10 Apr 16

I mentioned earlier today that I had a second article relating to the Grove Pit Disaster to come; well, here it is – Great War expert and longtime blog reader Richard Pursehouse has asked me to run the above photo, featuring his maternal Great …


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Pelsall Hall Colliery disaster – where’s the mystery? 

10 Apr 16

I’m pleased to feature here today a fascinating research article into the infamous Pelsall Hall Colliery disaster, wonderfully written by Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler – this will be the first of two articles relating to mining accidents today – and this is a…


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Romans decimate Woodmen 

10 Apr 16

Walsall Wood FC were away at Rocester yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 9th April 2016), but were resoundingly trounced by the home side – Bill Shaw was there to witness the agony, and as always, doesn’t mince his words.


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Is it our fault? 

9 Apr 16

Reader John Blanchard has been in touch all the way from Aukland in New Zealand with some interesting and hopefully debate-provoking memories of subsidence effects in Walsall Wood from the 1960s onwards.


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Great live music at The Chase Inn this weekend! 

9 Apr 16

Kim Savage from the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills has been in touch to let me know that there’s live music on again this weekend at the popular Brownhills pub.


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The Friends of Clayhanger Park need your help! 

8 Apr 16

Following the success of Madwblog’s CLayhanger Spring Clean a few weeks ago, the Friends of Clayhanger Park have decided to organise their own event which will be taking place this Saturday (9th April 2016).


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Walsall Wood fight hard but Hereford win proves elusive 

8 Apr 16

It was a big match in prospect last Tuesday (5th April 2016) – Walsall Wood away to Hereford, and the football didn’t disappoint, even if the result did a little; but the Woodmen battled the home team fiercely and came away with their heads held high.


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Brown bin collections in Brownhills start this Friday 

7 Apr 16

Just a heads up to all the bin botherers that there is the first brown (garden waste) bin collection of 2016 in Area 9 tomorrow (Friday, 8th February 2016) – that’s Brownhills, Pelsall, Shire Oak and Clayhanger – so get your bins out for the lads …


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Funeral details for Jack Haddock announced 

7 Apr 16

Following the sad loss of photographer, local historian and champion of Walsall Jack Haddock last week, his great friend Robert Selvey has asked me to share the details of the arrangements for Jack’s funeral.


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Out on the tiles 

6 Apr 16

You’ll all know that this blog is all about community and the things that bring us all together – and I’m happy to share this appeal from Clayhanger Community Centre who need some help to fix their roof.


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Meet Lichfield Discovered over a pint tonight! 

5 Apr 16

I see that there Kate Cardigan from the wonderful Lichfield Lore is has an informal local history meeting on this evening with her irreverent and fun Lichfield history group, Lichfield Discovered.


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Battling Woodmen hold Rocester to a draw 

4 Apr 16

Last Thursday, 31st March 2016 Walsall Wood FC entertained Rochester at Oak Park, and the Woodmen drew with the visitors, continuing the current decent run for the Woodmen.


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San’s Kitchen – new manager, same great food! 

4 Apr 16

I see that the wonderful San Brett – of local radio fame – has sadly been suffering poor health of late and has passed management of her popular Brownhills cafe San’s Kitchen over to new manager Adam Brookes – Adam’s sent me details of opening hours …


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When historic material isn’t all it seems… 

3 Apr 16

Last week, we delved into Walsall Council and the Walsall Local History Centre’s online photo archive with a couple of images David Evans found browsing – both images were very interesting, but the football team above, said to be of Brookland Juniors…


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The dead pool? 

3 Apr 16

The young David Evans has of late been having one of his periodic rumination on the physical geography of Walsall Wood, that have previously proved so popular here on the blog – previously he’s looked for long-forgotten watercourses, the legendary …


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All white now 

3 Apr 16

I’ve had an enquiry in from Charlie Hutton releasing to an bit of Cannock Chase I know nothing about – but in a bit of hunting around, it’s turned up an intriguing map and I have a feeling that readers on the Cannock side of the territory as well as …


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Great live music at The Chase Inn tonight! 

2 Apr 16

Kim Savage from the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills has been in touch to let me know that there’s live music on again at the popular Brownhills pub tonight (Saturday 2nd April 2016), with rock party band GotThe T-Shirt live from 8:30pm.


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Free Kids Lego Club at Brownhills Library this Saturday morning! 

1 Apr 16

Naomi Jones, Area Librarian from Brownhills Library at the Parkview Centre has been in touch to ask if I could give a plug for their kids Lego club this Saturday, 2nd April 2016.


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You can see right through it! 

1 Apr 16

Reader Bill Bishop has written to me to share something wonderful, which I just have to quickly show blog readers, as I know most of you love perusing old maps just like I do.


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An offer too good to accept? 

1 Apr 16

Over the course of my near seven year tenure at the helm of this blog, I’ve tried to encourage a pride in Brownhills and the place we live, and despite a few playful forays, there’s a tricky subject I’ve rarely broached, but something occurred this …


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Northfields Way, Clayhanger: Consultation results released 

31 Mar 16

This is an important one for residents mainly of Clayhanger and the Watermead Estate in Brownhills who have been suffering ongoing antisocial behaviour from unauthorised encampments and other such issues in the truncated stub of Northfields Way in …


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The search for Willian ‘Bill’ Baker – anyone recognise this photo please? 

31 Mar 16

Last year I ran an appeal here to find a chap called William John Baker, once resident in Walsall Wood – well, the person who asked is still searching for him, and has found a photo which I feature above – note that this isn’t the William Edward …


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Lichfield Waterworks Trust – Annual General Meeting this evening 

31 Mar 16

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this evening (Thursday 31st March 2016) there will be the Annual General Meeting of the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, …


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Jack Haddock 1927-2016: Walsall has lost a true son 

30 Mar 16

Last night (Tuesday, 29th March 2016), Walsall lost one of it’s greatest citizens: Historian, raconteur, photographer, chronicler of change, cyclist and friend to thousands, Jack Haddock.


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Clayhanger poisonings continue: Baxter the dog has a lucky escape 

29 Mar 16

A timely warning to residents of Clayhanger and further afield that the reported incidents of poisoned bait being left around the village seem to be ongoing still – after the horrid story of Meg, the dog believed to have been poisoned after eating …


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Useful Hints 

29 Mar 16

There is still a steady trickle of information coming in on the late, great Edgar Pritchard and his amateur cinefilms, of which I think the most notable is ‘The Poacher’s Apprentice’, the wonderful short, silent movie about a young lad befriending a …


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Wood’s winning streak batters Bardon and leaves Shepshed sheepish 

28 Mar 16

It’s been a hectic few days down at Oak Park, home of Walsall Wood FC – on Thursday 24th March 2016, they travelled to Bardon Hill FC where they beat the home side a storming 4-2; then yesterday Saturday 26th March the Woodmen were at home, …


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A simple click 

27 Mar 16

Here’s a quick one that cropped up in the week from the young David Evans – last weeked I featured here a photo of Bradford Place in Walsall from the late 1930s, primarily because it was a great picture, but also because it had a Walsall Wood …


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Car vandalised in Brownhills last Friday: can you help please? 

27 Mar 16

Reader Pete Sutton contacted me through Facebook to ask for help with a vandalism incident that took place on his wife’s car in Chase Road last Friday night (25th March 2016) when a bottle was smashed through the rear windscreen.


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The rest was history 

26 Mar 16

Here’s something I’m quite fascinated by, as it’s cropped in in several discussions I’ve had of late, and it’s related to a book I need to catch up on, just to see what all the raving is about…


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Great live music at The Chase Inn tonight! 

26 Mar 16

Kim Savage from the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills has been in touch to let me know that there’s live music on again at the popular Brownhills pub tonight (Saturday 26th March 2016), with rock covers band Dark page live from 9pm.


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Walsall Wood face Shepshed Dynamo at Oak Park this afternoon 

26 Mar 16

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood in action against Sheepshead Dynamo this afternoon! Click through for details.


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Free easter egg hunts this weekend! 

25 Mar 16

I’ve just noticed these free easter egg hunts taking place in Palfrey Park tomorrow (Saturday 26th March 2016) and on Easter Sunday morning (Sunday 27th March 2016) at Holland Park, Brownhills – kicking off from the play area at 10:30am.


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Walsall Wood slain by Khalsa 

25 Mar 16

Last Tuesday (22nd March 2016) Walsall Wood FC battled Sporting Khalsa at Oak Park – and the result was a resounding victory for the Willenhall boys, much to the Wood fans dismay.


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Bin collection information over Easter 2016 

24 Mar 16

I’ve had a large number of queries today about bin collections for Good Friday and the Easter Weekend (Friday 25th March, Monday 28th March 2016) – collection services in Walsall Borough are operating normally as they doe for every Bank Holiday …


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Crafty stuff! 

24 Mar 16

I’ve had a press release in from friend of the blog Lucy Wood, who put on the wonderful reopening shindig for the Saxon Hill Scrap Barn at Chasewater last Saturday – Lucy is keen to informm readers of opening times and the sort of stuff this …


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Catch San Brett live on the radio tonight – live from Brownhills! 

23 Mar 16

Just a quick post to highlight that friend of the blog and queen of the Brownhills Full English San Brett will be live on 2ndcityradio.


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Aldridge by the Sea – starts tomorrow! 

23 Mar 16

The award-winning Diane Mansell from Aldridge Village Business Partnership has been in touch to ask me to remind readers that stating tomorrow, Thursday 24th March 2016, the three-day Easter Aldridge by the Sea event kicks off, and runs through …


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Woodmen send Sphinx back to Coventry 

23 Mar 16

Walsall Wood FC were at home to Coventry Sphinx last Saturday afternoon (Saturday, 20th March 2016), and won comfortably, which came as a relief fans after recent form.


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De-railed 

22 Mar 16

There was a great letter last week in the Walsall Advertiser from friend of the blog and Clayhanger Kid himself, Brian Stringer, who’s a noted local author and community activist – Brian is concerned, like most of the people in Brownhills – with he …


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On the wagon 

20 Mar 16

Just a quick one for those interested in Walsall, old transport or Walsall Wood Colliery.


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A wonderful portrait of a great friend 

20 Mar 16

You all know how much I adore Cannock Chase, and everything about it, from the wildlife and botany to the landscape and flora; so when the young David Evans sent me full scans of a guide to the place from 1957 last year, I was very pleased.


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That old chestnut… 

20 Mar 16

The video below made me hoot with laughter, which is no mean feat this week, I can tell you – it was spotted on YouTube by a great pal of the blog and brought to my attention yesterday evening.


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Clayhanger spring clean – a great success! 

19 Mar 16

Just a note to interested readers that on the wonderful Madwblog, there’s a great write-up and gallery of images of the Clayhanger Spring Clean that took place this morning (Saturday 19th March 2016) in the village, where some excellent community-…


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Collectors fair at Aldridge Transport Museum this Sunday 

19 Mar 16

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a collectors fair taking place this Sunday (20th March 2016) from 10:30am until 4:00pm, and should be just the thing for auto buffs, transport enthusiasts and petrol …


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Live music at The Chase Inn tonight! 

19 Mar 16

Kim Savage from the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills has been in touch to let me know that there’s live music on again at the popular Brownhills pub this weekend (Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th March 2016), with popular local rock act White Tyger live …


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Walsall Wood face Coventry Sphinx at Oak Park this afternoon 

19 Mar 16

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood FC battle Coventry Sphinx at Oak Park this afternoon! Continue reading…


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Clayhanger Community Spring Clean: Saturday 19th March. 

18 Mar 16

Originally posted on madwblog : Take Our Poll The Clayhanger Community Spring Clean is set for Saturday 19th March 2016, 8.30 – 10.30 am at the Co-op car park on Clayhanger Lane.


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The Craft Barn reopens at Chasewater this Saturday! 

18 Mar 16

I’m pleased to bring readers more great news from the Lichfield Scrap Barn shop at Chasewater Innovation Centre – it’s had a makeover, and a bit of a rebrand, and reopens this Saturday lunchtime at 12pm.