Street by Street Olympic Torch Relay route lists online

Olympic Torch Kiss (Courtesy

I was so impressed by a set of downloadable street-by-street Olympic Torch Relay route lists I’ve found on the ITV Central News website that I thought it would be worth sharing this with all our Bloxwich Telegraph readers – and they cover outside the Walsall area as well – in fact, all across the Midlands – so many people from far beyond our borough boundaries will be sure to find them useful!

This is the page to download the route lists in pdf format:

If you are planning to line the route, note that where it says CONVOY you will not see the torch or torch bearer – they travel in a van/minibus along that section of the route and NOT on foot!

The one to download which includes the Walsall Area is for Day 43 – follow this link direct to the pdf:

All credit to ITV Central News for making these excellent lists available!

Hope this helps!

Plan ahead to beat the traffic on Olympic Torch Day

Walsall for 2012 logo

Revellers are being strongly encouraged by Walsall Council to plan ahead to avoid the traffic and be sure of a prime spot when the Olympic torch passes through Walsall borough this weekend.

More than thirty runners will carry the torch through Bloxwich, Walsall and Willenhall on Saturday June 30.

Rolling road closures will be staged to minimise delays as much as possible.

But traffic managers have issued a warning of significant delays and ask people to plan ahead if they need to make a journey on, across or near to the relay route.


They also warn motorists not to park along the near side of the route as vehicles causing an obstruction or road safety concern may be moved away or risk being towed away.

A web page setting out the closures has been posted to help people plan their day at:

The website also has details of fun events in Walsall town centre, in and around Bloxwich High Street and Market Place, Willenhall on the big day.

And many details have already been published in The Bloxwich Telegraph, with particular relevance to Bloxwich and Leamore residents – see our Olympic Games category.


A route map poster is available via this link: Walsall Council Olympic Torch Relay Map A1 Poster


Councillor Mike Bird, Walsall Council Leader, said:

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that people will remember for generations to come.

“There’s no escaping the fact that there will be disruption and we want to issue plenty of warnings in advance.

“Rest assured that we’re working with police to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum.

“But our message is simply to plan ahead and allow far more time than you normally would on Saturday to get about whether you are seeing the torch or heading for the church to get married.”

Torch bearers will carry the torch along the A34 through the centre of Bloxwich along High Street then via Somerfield Road to Green Lane where the torch will travel by van towards Walsall town centre along Green Lane.

Torch bearers will go on foot again once they near Walsall Police Station. The convoy will then turn left at Walsall police station and travel on the ring road and Littleton Street before making a right turn onto Lichfield Street and heading towards the Council House.

The torch bearers will progress to Park Street and Gallery Square via Bridge Street and The Bridge and will then progress through the Pleck, Alumwell and Birchills areas on the Wolverhampton Road and on through Bentley towards Willenhall on Wolverhampton Road West.

The torch progresses through New Road in Willenhall town centre, then exits the borough, heading out to Wolverhampton via Somerford Place and the Portobello island at around 2.50pm.

Bloxwich Celebrates! Olympic Torch Party Posters

Bloxwich Party in the Park Programme

We have today received some final posters and handbills with details of the Olympic Torch-related  Bloxwich Celebrates 2012 event and the Party In The Park in Bloxwich Park this Saturday, including the entertainment and arena programmes, and thought they would be useful to our readers.

Please follow the links to downloads below!

Bloxwich Celebrates 2012 Olympic Poster

Bloxwich Celebrates 2012 Party in the Park Programme

Click on the image below for the full size jpg of the Arena Programme:

Bloxwich Celebrates 2012 Display Arena Programme A4

Two face no further action over Birchills deaths

Derrick Vassell and Clare Sly
Victims Derrick Vassell and Clare Sly

TWO people arrested in connection with the deaths of a man and a woman in Birchills, Walsall will face no further action by police.

An investigation was launched after 39-year-old Clare Sly and 43-year-old Derrick Vassell were found dead at a house on Laneside Gardens at 1.37am on Friday 8 June.

A forensic post mortem revealed both died as a result of gunshot wounds to the chest.

Police immediately arrested a 23-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman who were later released on bail. Their bail has now been cancelled and they face no charges following the deaths.

A file is now being prepared for the coroner and an inquest will be opened in due course.

Police Property Act funds support Bloxwich Brownies and Guides


7th Bloxwich Brownies and Guides receive their cheque.

Funds from the Police Property Act (PPA) supported the 7th Bloxwich Brownies and Guides group to hold a Queens Jubilee Jamboree earlier this month.

The fund consists of money raised from the sale of recovered property that has been in police possession for more than 12 months.

A £500 cheque was presented to the girl guides (see picture, above) and covered the cost of a new outdoor marquee tent which the group can use to host events and guiding activities. The new marquee will replace a former tent that was destroyed in strong winds last year.

Sergeant Andy Mchugh from Bloxwich West Neighbourhood Team, said:

“The group offer activities and support to the wider communities of Bloxwich and the money will help them in not only the Queens Diamond Jubilee Jamboree but any future events which they are looking to hold outdoors.”

The 7th Bloxwich Brownies and Guides is the latest community project to benefit from the Police Property Act.

In the last 10 years West Midlands Police has donated over £250,000 to local community groups and projects.

Get your career off to a flying start tomorrow with WACC

WACC logo

Walsall Adult & Community College (WACC) in Leamore is helping people to get their careers off to a flying start by hosting an open day tomorrow, Thursday 28 June 2012, from 4pm to 7pm.

If you are facing redundancy, have recently been made redundant or are looking to return to work following a career break, then this event is for you.

The college which provides learning opportunities to over 8,000 students each year is holding a Careers Launch open day from its Hawbush campus in Beeches Road, off the Bloxwich Road, WS3 1AG.

It’s an opportunity for those who may be returning to the workplace after a break in their career and who are considering returning to learning to boost their future prospects.

The Careers Launch Open Day will enable potential students to discover the college’s varied learning opportunities in

       * Hospitality and Catering
       * Creative Industries
       * Health and Social Care
       * Accountancy and Support for Small Businesses
       * Computers / ICT
       * Education – Teaching and Early Years
       * Childcare

A creche will be available for parents to leave their children whilst they discuss their learning opportunities with college advisors.

Shoppers and visitors to Walsall Town Centre are also invited to pop into the college’s WACC Shack in the Saddlers Shopping Centre from 10am to 4.30pm to check out the range of courses if they can’t attend the main event later in the day.

From September 2012 and for the first time ever, learners will be able to take up the opportunity of studying English and Mathematics (Levels 1 and 2) for FREE.

Joanne Keatley, director for curriculum and learning, said: “Whether you are returning to work following a career break or hoping to boost your skills, our Career Launch open day will be an excellent opportunity for everyone to see for themselves what it’s like to study at Walsall Adult & Community College.

“Here at WACC, we’re extremely proud of our learners and put them at the heart of everything we do. For many learners, we have enabled them to have their very first experience of success in achieving qualifications, in retraining for employment or to develop their confidence to become job-ready.

There will be plenty of opportunities to talk to our experts at our Career Launch Open Day,” she added.

Help with childcare costs, for those who are eligible will also be considered as learners embark on their studies at the college.

The college’s Hawbush campus is just a 5 minute bus journey from Walsall Town Centre and can be found next door to the Forest Arts Centre.

To find out more about the open day call 01922 663000, visit, find WACC on Facebook or on Twitter @Walsall_WACC.