The weather was with us in Bloxwich yesterday, offering a summer sizzler for much of the afternoon, and so were the crowds – at Bloxwich Carnival in King George V Playing Fields!
And despite fielding a smaller team than last year, the eight volunteer members of Bloxwich Carnival Committee were able to pull the rabbit out of the hat yet again, with a little help from their friends in local organisations and at Walsall Council.
A number of arena attractions, a wide range of stalls and exhibits, the brilliant local people and last but not least the traditional Pat Collins Fun Fair – made for a day of fun in the sun to remember!
The Bloxwich Telegraph’s editor Stuart Williams took the official photographs of the event, and we present a photo feature of selected pictures here.
Each picture can be expanded to full resolution for downloading by simply clicking on it with your mouse.
There were too many great photo opportunities to show here, so a full album of 182 images is available to view and download on Flickr, via the following link:
One of the most important days in the village calendar, indeed one of the most important in the district, takes place today, Saturday 1st August 2015.
The Bloxwich Carnival tradition dates right back to the Great War Peace Celebrations of 1919 when local men dressed in fancy dress and played football to raise funds for the soldiers who returned, and the widows and orphans of those who did not, as well as for local hospitals, and for local old folk – the latter being a tradition still carried on today by the current carnival committee with the time-honoured annual Senior Citizens Party which this year took place in the Stan Ball Centre due to the demolition of the traditional venue, the historic Bloxwich Baths Function Hall.
As in recent years, the 2015 Bloxwich Carnival is taking place entirely in King George V Playing Fields, and there will be no parade – but there will be a whole lot of fun for all the family!
The event is organised by just 8 volunteers – this year’s Bloxwich Carnival Committee – with the support of Walsall Council and local organisations including Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix and 196 (Walsall) Squadron Air Training Corps.
How much is it?
Amazingly, admission to Bloxwich Carnival this year, thanks to the generous financial support of whg (Walsal Housing Group) is the ultimate bargain in family entertainment – FREE FOR ALL!
You can, if you wish, make a donation on the gate.
When does it start?
Gates open TODAY at 12 noonat the Bealey’s Lane/Bell Lane corner entrance and at the Stafford Road entrance. There is no on-site parking, so you are recommended to arrive on foot.
The arena programme (see links to the main attractions below) runs till 4pm with the whole shebang concluding at 4.30pm, apart from Pat Collins’ Fun Fair, an essential part of the Bloxwich Carnival tradition, which will be close to the Bealey’s Lane/Bell Lane entrance as usual.
This year’s main attractions in the arena and around the field include:
The main events will be happening in the central arena, with stalls and other attractions surrounding. The timetable for the day is as follows:
The Bloxwich Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud (see below for details) will be crowned around 12.20pm at the mobile stage adjacent to the event arena.
Watch out for our Bloxwich Carnival report and massive Flickr photo album a few days after the event in the Bloxwich Telegraph on WordPress.org – we’ll be giving the new link on this site and via Facebook and Twitter when we launch!
Walsall Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man who has been missing since Monday (27 July).
Anthony Danks left his home in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich, Walsall to go to a doctors appointment at around 1pm and has not been seen since.
The 50-year-old suffers from mental health issues and a heart condition which requires regular medication. He previously lived in Liverpool and officers believe he has travelled back to that area of the country.
He is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall, large build, bald and clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a navy blue round neck t-shirt with ‘Queen’ on the front in white, black tracksuit bottoms and light grey trainers. He is also known to smoke a vapour pipe.
Police believe Anthony boarded a train heading from Walsall to Liverpool on Monday afternoon.
They believe he has taken some of his medication with him but he doesn’t have more than a week’s worth with him and his health could deteriorate without them.
If you’ve seen Anthony or have any idea where he might be, please call the police on 101 as soon as possible.
They want to appeal directly to Anthony to get in touch with them and let them know he is safe and well.
Alternatively information can be given to the Missing People charity on 116 000.
If you’re approaching your 60th wedding anniversary, or know of a Walsall couple who will reach this marital milestone this year, or next – then the Mayor Of Walsall, Councillor Angela Underhill wants to hear from you.
She is inviting individual diamond couples and up to ten family members to celebrate with her at an exclusive afternoon tea party at the Town Hall in Lichfield Street.
“This is something I’ve really been really looking forward to doing. An enduring love and life together which has lasted 60 years is certainly something to celebrate. On behalf of the borough I would be delighted to invite couples and members of their families to the Town Hall to recognise and share in this very special occasion.”
The Mayoral Office is accepting nominations from couples who are approaching their Diamond Year from now and up until May 2016.
If you would like to nominate yourselves, or suggest another couple please write, or email your request to;
Mayor’s Personal Assistant
Legal and Democratic Services
The Mayor’s Parlour
The Council House
Walsall WS1 1TP
Walsall Libraries have just launched their new programme of computer taster courses for the whole academic year starting from September 2015 – July 2016.
There are now an extensive range of courses available from lots of individual teaching slots where you can seek help on specific things e.g. if you are unsure of how to create an email, how to buy and sell online, to more structured sessions on Ebay, Family History, CV help and Work Clubs.
In partnership with Walsall College, some of the libraries will be running 3 week basic taster courses and also a brand new 3 week course covering social media, and using comparison websites.
Helena Denham Information and Learning Co-ordinator said “Walsall Libraries love to offer new learning opportunities for our customers. Libraries are a great place to learn in an informal, relaxing and friendly environment.”