Wall Heath Bowls Club and Line Dancing

Indoor Bowls at Wall Heath Community Centre

Wall Heath Community Association holds Monday afternoon sessions at the Community Centre in Enville Road for short mat bowls throughout the year, for players of all ages and abilities. The sessions run from 2pm until 4.30pm.

The thriving Bowls Cub was reformed in January 2013 and is supported by keen and enthusiastic members. Such has been the success of the venture that there is a waiting list for new members.

Further details are available from:

Dave Sutton. Telephone 01384 271659.

Line Dancing at Wall Heath Community Centre

Wall Heath Community association is launching a weekly Line Dancing Class with the first class scheduled to start on FRIDAY 10 JANUARY 2014.

The classes will commence at 7.30pm and the cost will be £2.50 per dancer.

Please contact Dave Sutton Tel 01384 271659 for further information.

Lost Cricket and Football Grounds Book Launch

It was standing room only on Saturday 9 November when Wall Heath author, Terry Church, launched his latest book Lost Cricket and Football Clubs and Grounds in the south of the Black Country.

The event took place in the pavilion of Stourbridge Cricket Club. and almost one hundred people crowded ino the functions room at the club. As one of those present remarked at the end of the launch “What a lovely morning and how nice to see so many sporting faces of yesteryear. It was a real pleasure to be there”.

Lost Cricket and Football Clubs and Grounds Book Launch

Terry has previously published four books with the subject being his home village of Wall Heath. However being aware of the loss of so many sporting facilities Terry decided to investigate the extent of the desecration of our sporting heritage. His research uncovered over ninety clubs or grounds that have disappeared from the scene. Terry concentrated on the area that includes Amblecote, Blackheath, Brierley Hill, Cradley, Cradley Heath, Dudley, Himley, Kingswinford, Kinver, Lower Gornal, Halesowen, Lye Netherton, Oldbury, Old Hill, Oldswinford, Quarry Bank, Stourbridge, Swindon, Tipton, Wall Heath, Wollaston, Wollescote and Wordsley.

Contacting people that he knew had been involved with clubs in those towns/villages Terry was delighted and humbled that so many individuals gave freely of their time and in many cases loaned documents and photographs to enable him to produce a comprehensive record.

Terry Church at the launch of his book Lost Cricket and Football Grounds

The book is A5 in size consisting of one hundred and sixteen pages including thirty two pages of photographs of various teams and grounds. The book, price £6.95, is available from Ashwood Nurseries, Kingswinford.

You can also buy the book online on this site on the Lost Cricket and Football Grounds Book page.

Members of the audience at the launch of Terry Church's latest book Lost Circket and Football Grounds

Terry Church at his latest book launch

Wall Heath House

Wall Heath House formerly stood behind trees at the apex of Albion Street and Enville Road.

Philip Widdowson recalls :

Sadly the house was sold in the early 1960’s and pulled down by developers to be replaced by Albion Parade shopping arcade. I can’t tell you very much about the house except from what my father said about it. Father told me the house was a rambling old house with six bedrooms, big kitchen and a library where Grandfather did a lot ofWall Heath House reading and wrote letters. At the bottom of the garden there was an orchard full of appleand pear trees. Happy days!

My Grandparents Robert and Emily Widdowson moved from Brewood I believe, to live there with their four sons Laurence (Laurie), Brian, Denys and Malcolm (Mac). Of Robert and Emily’s sons, just Denys is around these days.

My Grandfather started an engineering business in Cradley Heath in the mid 50’s; the company was named after his friend and famous chip shop owner in Enville Road, George Matthews. Remember the bag of ‘three penneth of chips and some bits’ – on the way back from 1st Wall Heath scouts very fondly.

My late father Laurence and my late mother Joan had their first born, Jayne, at the house in 1956. Jayne now lives in Wales. Father built their first home adjacent to Wall Heath House grounds at West Knowle, 74, Albion Street – where I was born in 1959. We lived at West Knowle until 1971.

Wall Heath& Kingswinford War Memorials Research Group

Wall Heath & Kingswinford

War Memorials Research Group

“Capturing for the future

stories of Wall Heath& Kingswinford World war Past”

Do you have any information about the men of wall Heath & Kingswinford who died in the 1st or 2nd World Wars?

It is the aim to put stories to the names of those men who gave their lives and publish a detailed Book of Remembrance for the villages and its people.

If are able to help, please contact

Joy Marshall

Tel: 01604 469880

Mob: 07739 572121

E-mail wallheathkford@hotmail.co.uk

On Saturday 24 November the group is mounting a display of their research into the men commemorated on these memorials at the Kingswinford Library between 10am and 4pm.

Wall Heath’s Coronation Gates

The feel good factor generated by the Queen’s Jubilee has brought favourable comparison with the Coronation year of 1953 when there were street parties and a gathering of families and friends in the house of whoever had a black and white television, probably no larger than a 16” model, to celebrate the accession to the throne of Queen Elizabeth. My mother was one of ten children and so it was a large family gathering that gathered at the home of my Auntie Rachel and Uncle Bill Heritage at their home in Brook street, Wall Heath as they were the prod possessors of a television set.

I have to admit that as an eleven year old sports mad boy the attraction of a day off school to play fifteen a side games of cricket all day with my mates in the park in Albion Street meant that the Coronation came a poor second place.

During 1953 the field at the side of the Community Centre in Enville Road had been designated as a recreational site with a football pitch being provided. Strangely, and short-sightedly, at that time no swings, helter-skelter nor roundabout were located there although they had been provided many years previously in Albion Street. Several years later the play facilities were belatedly added.

Access to the Community Centre was via the drive in Enville Road and also via the car park of the Wall Heath Inn (always referred to by older inhabitants of the village as “The Top Pub”) in High Street. Double gates were provided by Brierley Hill Urban District Council, this being in the time before it was absorbed by Dudley, with ER on one gate and 1953 on the other. The gates were later moved, date unknown, and sited at the end of the path that forms the boundary between the “top Pub” and Wall Heath Service Station.

Gradually over the years the condition of the gates has deteriorated and they have reclined, unloved and uncared for incongruously bordered on one side by a litter bin and on the other side by a “dog poo bin”. Happily the gates did not fall prey to metal thieves and our local Councillors  Dave Tyler and Lyn Boleyn have arranged for them to be taken into care by Dudley MBC.

Terry Church