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Grass fires at Gentleshaw ongoing 

I was elsewhere yesterday afternoon as it’s good cycling weather – but I noticed from social media feeds and enquiries that there was a grass fire on Gentleshaw Common towards the evening.

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Horsebox fire in Walsall Wood yesterday evening

I’ve had a few enquiries about an incident up on Castlehill, Walsall Wood yesterday evening (Wednesday, 1st March 2017) that saw fire engines attend to a callout in the area.
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Wyre Close house fire appeal – it’s all systems go!

You may recall the unfortunate house fire in Wyre Close, Walsall Wood last December, and the subsequent appeal to folks who could maybe donate unwanted household items when the couple found a house again.
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Scouting for assistance!

I have been contacted by John Currie of the 2nd Brownhills Scouts who’d like to appeal to folk who could help the group thrive and grow in the coming year.
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Walsall Wood FC are hot stuff, but not smoking.

There has been some speculation on social media in the last 24 hours about a fire at Walsall Wood FC yesterday afternoon (Thusrday 5th January 2017) – I’m happy to reassure folk with the following info, which was kindly obtained for the blog by the young David Evans.

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Demolition of derelict Oak Park Leisure Centre imminent

Yesterday, roving Walsall Wood current affairs correspondent Stephen Hill sent me the above collection of images and the following observations about what is currently happening at Oak Park.

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Serious fire ongoing at derelict former Oak Park Recreation Centre Walsall Wood

There’s currently a serious fire occurring at the the derelict former Oak Park Recreation Centre in Walsall Wood.

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Appeal made for household items in aid of couple affected by Wyre Close fire

Following the unfortunate house fire in Wyre Close, Walsall Wood on Saturday evening (3rd December 2016) friend of the couple affected, Abigail Claire has been appealing for anyone that may be discarding useful household items to donate them if they can.
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House fire in Walsall Wood yesterday evening

Sad to report a house fire occurred yesterday evening (Saturday, 3rd December 2016) – apparently in Wyre Close, Walsall Wood.

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Third local fire this week sees car burnt out near Clayhanger last night

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Firefighters tackle second fire in Brownhills this week

I note that there’s been another fire in Brownhills this evening, following the one earlier in the week that occurred at the former Terrace Restaurant in Newtown, on the A5 – this evening (Thursday 27th October 2016) a fire seems to have taken place in a stable near the old trotting track off Whitehorse Road, Brownhills.

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Fire incident at the former Terrace Restaurant, Brownhills

Sadly, it appears there’s a fire incident ongoing at the former Terrace Restaurant, in Newton, on the A5 Watling Street in Brownhills – West Midlands Fire Service crews are in attendance from Aldridge, Bloxwich, Walsall and Staffordshire.

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Serious fire near Ogley Road this morning

Reports and pictures are emerging of quite a serious fire that’s occurred just off the alleyway between Ogley Road and Catshill Road, near the Brownhills Telephone Exchange.

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Grass fires on Brownhills Common yesterday

I note from the twitter feed or the local fire service that there were two separate outbreaks of grass fire on Brownhills Common just off Chester Raod late yesterday afternoon (Sunday 8th May 2016).

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Fire at National Tyre in Brownhills this evening

If you’re wondering what all the sirens were in Brownhills early this evening (Thursday, 21st April 2016), there was a fairly large fire broke out at National Tyres, just at Co-op Corner, on the junction of Lichfield Road and Ogley Road.

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Flat fire in Walsall Wood yesterday evening

Sad to report a flat fire occurred yesterday evening (Saturday, 9th January 2016) – apparently in King Street, Walsall Wood.
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House fire in Cedar Avenue, Brownhills today

Sad to report a house fire occurred late this morning (Tuesday 15th December 2015) in Cedar Road, Brownhills.

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Be prepared!

I have been contacted by John Currie of the 2nd Brownhills Scouts who’d like to say thanks to the wonderful people at Aldridge Fire Station for hosting them on a recent visit, and he has a useful bit of home safety information he’d like to share with readers.

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House fire in Vernon Avenue last night

Sad to report a house fire occurred in the early hours of this morning (Sunday, 4th October 2015) in Vernon Avenue, central Brownhills.

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Get your music fix at the Chase Inn tonight and all weekend…

The live music and good times at Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills continues – and this week there’s a packed schedule with live music this evening, Friday 18th September 2015 from rock covers band ‘Fire’, starting 9pm.

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Get your music fix at the Chase Inn tonight and all weekend…

The live music and good times at Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills continues – and this week there’s a change from the usual schedule with live music this evening, Friday 11th September 2015 from rock covers band ‘Fire’, starting 9pm.
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Get your music fix at the Chase Inn tonight and all weekend…

The live music and good times at Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills continue – and this week there’s a change from the usual schedule with live music this evening, Friday 4th September 2015 from rock covers band ‘Fire’, starting 8pm.

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Get your live music fix at the Chase Inn this weekend!

The revival of the Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills continues apace – there’s not only great ale and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, but great live music most weekends, too – tonight, (Saturday 29th August 2015) at 9:00pm you can catch rock covers band Fire, and in the afternoon slot 5-8pm on Sunday (30th August 2015) Roy C (Roy Conrad from Eagles tribute band Talon).

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Vapour trials

The really fascinating thing about curating this blog is the way it inspires people to look into not just history, but the retelling of it; I have been banging on for years that we need to be careful not just of our own accounts and beliefs, but also of those accounts we hold as truths from authoritative sources.

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Suspected arson attack in Brownhills last night

The Express & Star is this morning carrying a story about a suspected arson attack at a ground floor flat in Lindon Road, Brownhills – not sure exactly where, as the only maisonettes I can think of up there are on Brownhills Road, up by Streets Corner.

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House fire in Brownhills yesterday

As you may have heard on social media and the local grapevine, there was a house fire in New Road, Brownhills at lunchtime yesterday (13th March 2014).

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House fire in Walsall Wood last night

I note this morning (1st December 2013) that the Express & Star website is carrying the story of a house fire in the roof of a property in Salters Road, Walsall Wood last night.

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Free electric blanket checks at Brownhills Library now!

You can get your electric blankets checked over before the autumn switch on at Brownhills Library at The Parkview Centre, Brownhills, Today, Saturday 28th September from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
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Les Fleurs

Some time ago, reader and Bon Viveur David Evans found this image for sale at a church fayre in Brownhills, at I believe at St James – he didn’t purchase it, but he did take a crafty snapshot.
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The lost

I was recently given this lovely image, which formed a greeting card purchased at Walsall Leather museum. Roger Felton has painted a gorgeous watercolour of the old BOAK building in Walsall, sadly lost to the arsonist’s zippo over the summer. … Continue reading

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Call the fire brigade!

Thanks to a tipoff from top local history sort Clive Roberts, I’m able to share some wonderful videos that have just appeared on YouTube. They’re uploaded by user BulldogDave303, and although not Brownhills, they’re in and around Walsall and are really rather good…

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Video of BOAK fire last night now available

Thanks to Sergeant John De-Hayes (@resposeSGT on twitter), I can now share the following video he uploaded to YouTube. John also got a blog up, too, which is well worth a read. I’d like to thank John and all the … Continue reading

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BOAK building in Walsall burns down

As predicted here, several times (the last time six days ago), the local arsonists have again struck a historically important, derelict building in central Walsall, with the former BOAK building on the corner of Station Street and Bridgman Street now … Continue reading

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Flaming torches…

I know it’s not Brownhills, but Walsall Council have asked me to post up the following information for anyone travelling around Walsall on Saturday, 30th June. The Olympic Torch Relay will be coming through the borough, and it may pay … Continue reading

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One for the researchers: The Lloyd family.

I had this enquiry in the week, which I think makes good research material for a wet, bank holiday weekend. The enquirer – known only as Glenys – poses some interesting questions. I’ve not heard of ‘The White House’ Walsall … Continue reading

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I see the idiots are out again

It seems a bit moot now, but bear in mind when the cold snap ends, the commons and heaths will still be tinderbox-dry underneath. I noticed that this winter, the grass fires continued right through the season. Please, if you … Continue reading

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Third Avenue house fire covered in the Express & Star

The Walsall Express & Star have the story of the house fire in Third Avenue, Brownhills on Saturday night now online. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. My sympathies to the unfortunate family involved in what must have been a terrifying incident. … Continue reading

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Fire in Brownhills last night?

I’ve become aware from social media that last night there was a house fire in, I think, The Avenues area of Brownhills. Does anyone have any further information they’d like to share? Fellow Brownhills blogger BrownhillsBarry posted a picture of … Continue reading

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Clayhanger Common fire: damage not too bad

I meant to post these Yesterday. Taken on Tuesday evening, these low-quality pictures show the damage from the scrub fire on Monday Night, which was spotted and reported to the blog by top reader Rachel Gosling. It seems that the … Continue reading

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Scrub fire in Brownhills earlier this evening?

Rachel Gosling, top reader and friend of the Brownhills Blog tonight posted these dramatic pictures on Facebook, which she’s kindly allowed me to share here. It seems that there’s been quite a severe fire in the scrub on Clayhanger Common, … Continue reading

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On borrowed time…

Since there’s been a welcome focus on the treatment of our local architectural heritage in the days since the Jabez Cliff fire in Walsall, I thought I’d once again delve into the urban exploration community and their activities in Walsall. … Continue reading

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Hide and seek

This week, we lost another historic building to a fire in Walsall. I covered the event here. on my 365daysofbiking Tumblr and one of the side effects on YouTube. The Stymaster lamented it, as did the Hippo. Today, there’s a … Continue reading

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Medium rare (via The Plastic Hippo)

This evening, I was planning to write on the subject of the terrible fire at the former Jabez Cliff works (indeed, I mentioned it on my 365daysofcycling mini-blog) but the Plastic Hippo has once again beaten my tardy arse to it, and … Continue reading

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Another former pub goes up in smoke

After reporting the thankfully apparently minor fire that occurred at the long-closed Rising Sun pub in Brownhills West on Friday, 5th August 2011, it seems that conflagration in former hostelries is contagious. The following Sunday, 7th August 2011, the old … Continue reading

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The sun sets on another pub

So, farewell then, to the Rising Sun. It appears that on Friday night idiots broke into the old, derelict pub and started a fire that caused considerable damage. Yet again it appears a piece of our collective history has fallen … Continue reading

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Walsall1955 and all that

I must say, it’s rare that one finds such an embarrassment of historical riches as the Flickr photo streams of bus enthusiasts. These dedicated folk, with a deep fascination for all things omnibus have a unique feature that makes their … Continue reading

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