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Do you remember ‘Blackberry Jane’?


Dear Editor – I wonder if anyone can remember a woman nicknamed “Blackberry Jane”, who used to wander around the Cofton and Rednal area about 65 years ago?
She was an eccentric character who never spoke but dressed all in black – as children we thought she was a witch!

I don’t know where she lived, but we would always see her around when I lived in Rednal, and I remember once my mum gave her a cup of tea over the garden fence.
I’ve now discovered that she died aged 96 and is buried in the churchyard at St Michael’s – her real name was Elgar Fox. I’d love to know if anyone else recalls her.
On another subject, the traffic through Alvechurch. where I now live, is terrible – nobody uses the bypass; they just come straight through the village. Maybe we should make this route a toll road and force people on to the bypass!
Margaret Strong, Alvechurch