The Boy’s Brigade Annual Church Service.

Sunday morning at 11.00 am we made our way to St Andrews Church, Carters Green West Bromwich for the Annual Church Service for The Mid Staffs and Sandwell Battalion Boy’s Brigade.

It was truly wonderful experience to be part of their annual celebrations. Not only were the seniors catered for but also the young children. The Walls Of Jericho certainly came down when an illustrated story narrated from The Reverent Mike  made us all chuckle.

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I presented the awards to worthy winners but realise everyone was a winner.


West Bromwich Rail Model Club.

Saturday lunchtime we arrived at Wednesbury Town Hall to visit The West Bromwich Rail Model Club Open Day.

We went not knowing what to expect but our hosts  David Miles and Les Plews showed us around the hall to see the exhibits and didn’t realise how fascinating it was. Not only were the trains on show the scenery was outstanding, so much hard work has gone into making this a very succesful day. There was even a complete working model inside a suitcase.

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Members range in age from under 10 to over 90. We met Martin Holford the oldest member 93 and Stephan Baker a junior member, and the club is known locally as “The Friendly Club”.  It was a pleasure to spend time with everyone. Well Done.

Recognition of Bristnall Hall Neighbourhood Ambassadors.

Friday evening was a special occasion where the community and partners were recognised.  Carol Goult and her husband Stephen Goult who were responsible for the presentations that took place at Ormston Academy School Tividale.

Brendon Hawthorne was The Master of Ceremonies and a great job he did, not only did he do a magnificent job of comparing he also gave us renditions of Black Country poems.

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The awards event is to celebrate the work carried out by volunteers in the town of Oldbury, and encourage others to join them to continue the work.

Bob Griffiths Leaving Do

Friday lunchtime we went to Jack Judge House to say goodbye to a very dear friend and colleague, Bob Griffiths.

We have known Bob for more than twenty years and it has been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to  be asked to attend his very emotional leaving do. So many people turned up to say farewell Dave Badger, Nick Hamer,Bob Lloyd and not forgetting Sam Spittle and Mary Dudley to name but a few of the very many people who turned up to say goodbye.

There were many speeches and presents and it was overwhelming and humbling to see how many people will be sad to see him go.