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All aboard for coal train day at Chasewater Railway 

18 Jun 15

Some of Chasewater Railway’s coal trucks.

Coal Chamber + SOIL + The Defiled + DOPE @ Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, 29th May 2015 

29 May 15

It’s not often you get value for money these days but tonight for a mere £20 we have four, yes four bands, almost a mini-festival.

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The Rise and Fall of the Whitehouses of Turls Hill 

Sedgleyscene 11 May 15

Sedgley residents can uncover the fascinating story behind the rise and fall of one of Woodsetton’s most influential families at the Sedgley Local History Society meeting this Thursday, 14th May.

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Walsall Geology 

30 Apr 15

Walsall bathed under a tropical sea,The marine life in fossilisation;Landscape carved by glacialisation,Walsall rich in geodiversity.

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Memories of hopscotch and catching tram to Lickey Hills 

8 Apr 15

IT was with much interest that I read The Bugle articles on childhood in the 1940s and 1950s.

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April 5th – At Chasewater, a sinkhole has opened up in the car… 

6 Apr 15

April 5th – At Chasewater, a sinkhole has opened up in the car park, yards from the M6 Toll.

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My Willenhall Dad dredged canal in winter of 1947 for coal 

5 Apr 15

I READ the letters in The Bugle about the harsh winter of 1947 and, while I don’t actually recollect anything about it as I would have been only two or three at the time, I do recall my mother telling us the following story.

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Tragedy of the Pelsall Hall Colliery disaster 

26 Mar 15

FOR centuries coal was the cornerstone of the Black Country, with hundreds of collieries, large and small, dotted across our region.

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We collected coal on sledge in West Bromwich in 1947 

22 Mar 15

DURING the winter of 1946/7 I was stationed at the Old Panzer Barracks in Herford, Germany.

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From coal crisis to Beeching axe at Bescot shed 

13 Mar 15

BY THE 1880s the growing crisis of coal transport was such that it could take 8 to 20 days for coal to get from Cannock to Birmingham! These delays also led to coal wagon shortages and the London North Western Railway’s customers began turning their …

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Hurrah for Dusty. 

Narrowboat Oakfield 11 Mar 15

Just as we were running very low on Diesel along came Dusty to fill us up and while he was breasted up with us another boater stopped by for coal.

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Coal became like gold in the winter of 1947 

26 Feb 15

THE article and letters in The Bugle recently about the winter of 1947 brought back many memories.

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Kinver Canal 

Two Black Country Birders 19 Feb 15

The weather was pretty good Tuesday so we headed out to do one of our favourite walks to Kinver along the canal adjacent to the River Stour.

February 1st – Just on the rough side of Brownhills Common, a… 

2 Feb 15

February 1st – Just on the rough side of Brownhills Common, a handful of yards from Coppice Lane, there’s a deep void in the land through the trees It may be the remnant of early surface mining, or the later evidence of hamfisted mineral …

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Walsall player 196. John Benjamin “Jack” Barnes 

30 Jan 15

John Benjamin “Jack” Barnes (28 April 1908 – 1 April 2008) was an English footballer who played as an outside left for several Football League clubs, as well as for non-League side Atherstone Town.

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Narrowboat Oakfield 30 Jan 15

I popped to the shop for a few essentials before it began to snow luckily.

Andrew Whitehead: It’s beginning to look a lot like biomass 

5 Jan 15

Drax Power is the operator of the second largest coal power station in Europe, and has an ambitious corporate strategy, based on gradually converting a number of its generating units to become predominantly a biomass-fuelled power generator…

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End-Of-Year-Count 2014: Popular music gigs 

Russ L 4 Jan 15

Gig-going frequency has actually picked up a bit, for the first time in a fair old while.

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My favourite present was pink and yellow Eddy Merckz bike 

25 Dec 14

I WAS born in 1961, like many of my friends, at St.

Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces: Roundhouse serves reminder of canal network’s heritage 

23 Dec 14

Building constructed by Corporation of Birmingham was a mineral and coal wharf for the railway…

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Narrowboat Oakfield 10 Dec 14

Mark came by on Calisto so we got our coal and fuel from him.

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Human-scale, decentralised technologies 

Localise WM 8 Dec 14

In 1995, the Times Literary Supplement placed a book by E.

Author on quest to identify mine victim 

30 Nov 14

The story of the 22 miners who went to work in a Black Country coal mine 140 years ago and never made it home, is the subject of a new book by a local historian.

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22 Nov 14

A few weeks ago, I shared here a mining plan of how workings in the Robbins coal seam under Walsall Wood, Clayhanger and Brownhills affected the railway line above it, showing the coal mine excavations in great detail under the village.

An Interesting Day 

Wheats Wildlife 16 Nov 14

As the rain and the wind continues we have to jump at any chance to conduct a bird ringing session.

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Was Ewart a friend or a foe to Smethwick gang? 

12 Nov 14

RE the letter in The Bugle (September 11 edition) about growing up in West Bromwich by Ewart J.

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Onto the Oxford Canal. 

Narrowboat Oakfield 10 Nov 14

Mark came by bringing much needed coal and diesel for us, so we topped up with water too, all essentials on board now.

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Hawksbury Junction. 

Narrowboat Oakfield 7 Nov 14

Just past Bridge 14 leading up to Bedworth, the old Navigation Inn which had suffered a fire, is now a very impressive residence.

Jobs promise for former coal mine 

4 Nov 14

Up to 1,000 jobs could be created on the site of the former Daw Mill colliery, according to developers.

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Dudley attraction celebrates 25 years 

4 Nov 14

THE Black Country Living Museum’s mine is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month, having taken more than 4 million visitors back in time and ‘into the thick’.

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Tuesday 21st October 

Birds of Shustoke Reservoir Warkwidkshire 21 Oct 14

At a bit of a loose end today! I spent a pleasant morning around the reservoir.

Herald History: When ‘King Coal’ sent strong men burrowing… 

12 Oct 14

WHAT do these names have in common?Tamworth, Baddesley, Tame Valley, Peel, Alvecote, Glascote, Amington, Beauchamp, Pooley Hall, North Warwickshire, Dexter, Hall End, Daw Mill, Birch Coppice, Kingsbury and Measham?The answer is, of course, they were …

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Photography: Moorcroft Wood 

30 Sep 14

I went to Moorcroft Wood on Sunday.

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FILM: The Truth Behind the Dash For Gas – Saturday 11th October 

Transition Stourbridge 28 Sep 14

FILM: The Truth Behind the Dash For Gas 2014 A documentary about fracking in the UK Date: Saturday 11th October, 7pm for 7.30pm start Where: Friends Meeting House, 37 Scotts Road, Stourbridge, DY8 1UR Cost: Donations Can UK communities protect their …

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Men of the underground 

28 Sep 14

Over on Facebook this weekend, there’s been lots of interest in Walsall Wood Colliery, following the posting of these two cracking images of a press article recording the closure of our last truly local coal mine.

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What lies beneath 

28 Sep 14

Way back at the beginning of August, I shared a partial scan of a document I’d acquired – a mining plan of how workings in the Robbins coal seam under Walsall Wood, Clayhanger and Brownhills affected the railway line above.

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Doctor Who, series 8, episode 6 review: The Caretaker 

28 Sep 14

It’s that time in the series for the episode where The Doctor has to pass himself off as a normal human being and despite threatening to be too ‘soapy’ there was a lot of ground to cover in this heavily character driven installment.

Tamworth golf course left to drift away 

25 Sep 14

THE council say that the reason they are closing the course early is because of the reduction in members.

Pages from the Past – September 15 1939 

21 Sep 14

THESEextracts include an article about the safeguarding of cathedral treasures following the outbreak of World War II and adverts for Waite’s coal merchants and Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps.

St Modwen gets nod on Notts residential scheme 

16 Sep 14

DEVELOPER St Modwen has revealed that Gedling Borough Council has resolved to grant planning permission for a residential development on a former British Coal site in Bestwood Village, Nottinghamshire…

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I remember going to West Bromwich yard to get pram full of coal 

15 Sep 14

FOLLOWING on from my letter about shops in Spon Lane, West Bromwich, in The Bugle (September 4 edition) I also have many memories of growing up there after reading Mike Fenton’s article in The Bugle (August 7 edition).

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Dr Who debut for Perry Barr actor 

30 Aug 14

Peter Capaldi’s first Doctor Who episode aired last weekend, but today (Saturday, August 30) it is the turn of Perry Barr-raised Samuel Anderson, who makes his debut as Danny Pink.

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Syndey Slater Guy 

25 Aug 14

The Early Years Sydney was born on 31st October, 1884 in Wolverhampton.

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Charity Shop Tourism – Chazzing in the Black Country 

22 Aug 14

Fire up the camper! We haven’t been charity shopping (aka chazzing) since Tuesday.

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I waved to the passing trains when I lived near Wednesbury wharf 

19 Aug 14

WITH reference to your letter about the Wednesbury Bridge New Coal Wharf in The Bugle (July 31 edition).

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Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – Mitcheldean Road & Forest of Dean Junction Railway 

16 Aug 14

Some Early Lines Old Railway Companies Mitcheldean Road Forest of Dean Junction Railway A substantial stone overbridge near Drybrook (Mitcheldean Road Forest of Dean Junction Railway).

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My Dudley Grandfather was miner – and clog dancer 

15 Aug 14

I AM trying to find out some information relating to my Grandfather, Samuel Houlston, who was born in Dudley in 1865 at 91 St James Terrace.

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Thanks for Bugle readers’ help with Wednesbury wharf questions 

14 Aug 14

WITH reference to my original letter published in The Bugle (June 26 edition) about Wednesbury Bridge New Coal Wharf.

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Narrow Gauge Railways – Eaton Hall Railway 

6 Aug 14

Narrow Gauge Railways  Eaton Hall Railway ‘New’ Katie The 1st Duke of Westminster (1825-1899) commissioned Sir Arthur Percival Heywood to construct the narrow gauge, 15 inch railway at Eaton in 1895.

Campaigners’ delight after Coal Authority confirms Warwickshire drilling plan has been ditched 

6 Aug 14

Licence application for underground coal burning formally withdrawn, as campaign group looks to protect site in future…

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