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Bloxwich Telegraph Subscribers – please resubscribe

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As you will probably be aware, the Bloxwich Telegraph has moved to a new design system – WordPress.org – and a new host and URL:

http://www.bloxwichtelegraph.com

We need as many of our previous subscribers as possible to change to the new site, and we would therefore like to encourage you to go to the new Bloxwich Telegraph as soon as convenient and subscribe by entering your email address into the box at the bottom right of the Home page and clicking Subscribe.

Unfortunately we cannot transfer your subscription ourselves, so we would be very grateful if you would do this so we can continue to link directly to you as before, and offer a you a more direct service in this way.

New subscribers reading this are also welcome, of course!

Many thanks.

Stuart Williams

The Bloxwich Telegraph

Wave Goodbye, Say Hello as we move to WordPress.org

The Bloxwich Telegraph Mark II

A new beginning

Today marks an exciting and important day for The Bloxwich Telegraph and its readers as this publication regenerates, Timelord-style, from the previous version (which you are reading) into something which combines elements of both past and future – the NEW Bloxwich Telegraph - all in order to better serve the people of Bloxwich and district!

The Bloxwich Telegraph is the successor to the popular online publication The Bloxidge Tallygraph, which we published June 2006 – October 2011.  In October 2011 we moved from webs.com to WordPress.com, a more technically advanced platform which allowed us to make the Telegraph more interactive and linked-up.

Today, 5 August 2013, with the domain name of the old Bloxidge Tallygraph due to expire any day now, The Bloxwich Telegraph moves once again, and is re-launched on an independent server host using the yet more advanced and customisable platform of WordPress.org and a much more sophisticated design theme.

This allows us to implement display advertising and numerous other features which would have been difficult or more expensive to implement on WordPress.com.  It also allows us to offer a better and more sophisticated design, with the aim of bringing our readers more information, with more style and interactivity than ever before.

A new location

You will find the new Bloxwich Telegraph – the Mark II if you will – via the following link:

http://www.bloxwichtelegraph.com

We would be grateful if you would follow us from the new location henceforth, as from tonight this WordPress.com site will no longer be updated.

Work in Progress!

Although we have re-launched with a new design, there are a lot of legacy posts which we need to tidy up manually, some will need text and font edits, and many photos may not show up right away in these old posts.  There is no need to contact us about this, we are gradually working our way through the backlog – and I am sure you will appreciate that our latest posts are our priority!

The design and the content of The Bloxwich Telegraph will evolve as we get to grips with our new systems – so watch this space for additions, alterations, tweaks and improvements over the coming months!

Advertising

If you are a local business we can now help with affordable advertising and advertising features/advertorials and promotion on the new site.  Please get in touch via our Advertising page there.

Wave Goodbye, Say Hello

So, finally, we hope both our old readers and new will enjoy the new regenerated Bloxwich Telegraph – it has a new lease of life, and offers an even more powerful voice for our area.  Make use of it!

Say hello to today’s Bloxwich Telegraph – and wave goodbye to the Bloxidge Tallygraph and the Bloxwich Telegraph Mark I.  The future is at http://www.bloxwichtelegraph.com!

Stuart Williams

Editor & Publisher

The Little Bloxwich Press

It’s Bloxwich Carnival time tomorrow!

Carnival Dates

Yes, tomorrow is the day we’ve all been waiting for in Bloxwich – it’s CARNIVAL DAY!

One of the most important days in the village calendar, indeed on of the most important in the district, Bloxwich Carnival 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, the widows and orphans of those who did not, for local hospitals and for local old folk – the latter 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 July at Bloxwich Baths.

As with the past few years, the 2013 Bloxwich Carnival is taking place entirely in King George V Playing Fields, and there will be no parade.

Gates open on Saturday at 12 noon at the Bealey’s Lane/Bell Lane corner entrance and at the Stafford Road entrance.  There is no on-site parking, you are recommended to arrive on foot.

The arena programme (see details of the main attractions below) runs till 4pm with the whole shebang concluding at 5pm, apart from Pat Collins’ Fun Fair, which will be close to the Bealey’s Lane/Bell Lane entrance as usual.

The Bloxwich Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud (see below for details) will be crowned at 12.20pm (ignore the printed time below) at the mobile stage adjacent to the event arena.  The young Carnival Ambassadors from local schools will also be presented with their medallions by local dignitaries.

Carnival Royalty

And admission to Bloxwich Carnival this year is silly cheap – just £1 on the gate or FREE if you’re aged under 16 or are a pensioner!

Details and photos are reproduced courtesy of the Bostin’ Bloxwich magazine published by Walsall Council’s District Centre Management Team for Bloxwich.

Watch out for our Bloxwich Carnival report and massive Flickr photo album early next week in the all-new Bloxwich Telegraph on WordPress.org – we’ll be giving the new link on this site and via Facebook and Twitter when we launch!

SEE YOU THERE!

Carnival Main Attraction

Carnival Tomfoolery

Holiday fun in the sun at Blakenall-on-the-Beach

It's Blakenall on the Beach

Last Saturday afternoon saw Blakenall Heath in party mood as hundreds of local people came together to enjoy a summer holiday on their doorstep!

And families flocked to the Blakenall Village Centre on Thames Road for an afternoon of traditional seaside fun for all ages – there was even real sand for the kiddies to make castles!

Crowds of young and old alike turned out for seaside fun
Crowds of young and old alike turned out for seaside fun

A host of activities for all were laid on between 2pm – 6pm in true nautical style – by the “crew” of the Good Ship Blakenall who took to the “high seas” and had everything running “ship-shape and Bristol-fashion”!

We don't need a sextan or a compass - we're home and dry!
We don’t need a sextant or a compass – we’re home and dry!

The fun to be had included:

  • Sand art.
  • Pirate-themed bouncy castle.
  • Uncle Bob Ormesher’s Magic and Punch & Judy Show (in the ‘Smuggler’s Cove’ themed cafe bar).
  • Seaside Donkey rides for the little ones.
  • DJ on stage.
  • Giant garden games.
  • Walsall Council’s popular Reach Up climbing tower.
  • Walsall FC’s Target shoot inflatable.
  • A skittle alley.
  • Bloxwich Fire Station with one of their engines.
  • Burger barbecue and fish & chips.
  • Ice cream vans a-plenty.
  • Traditional Candy Floss.
  • Tea and Scones.
  • A “stick your head through” Wish You Were Here photo board.

Plus a grand raffle and more!

Ahaar, it be a bouncy castle me hearties!
Ahaar, it be a bouncy castle me hearties!
Skittled or scuttled? Either way it's fun!
Skittled or scuttled? Either way it’s fun!
Shiver me timbers, shipmates - it be raffle time!
Shiver me timbers, shipmates – it be raffle time!
There's seaside donkeys on the starboard bow, Jim!
There’s seaside donkeys on the starboard bow, Jim!
Playing away on the ocean blue
Playing away on the ocean blue
Climbing the Mizzen Mast with the Walsall Council Reach Up Tower
Climbing the Mizzen Mast with the Walsall Council Reach Up Tower
Daddy puts the boot in at the Walsall FC inflatable
Daddy puts the boot in at the Walsall FC inflatable
A magical moment with Uncle Bob Ormesher
A magical moment with Uncle Bob Ormesher

This special photo feature offers just a small selection of the pictures taken by Stuart Williams of The Bloxwich Telegraph who enjoyed a couple of hours there on the day.  But there’s more!

DOWNLOAD

You can also see and download the rest from Flickr for personal souvenirs via this link:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bloxwichtelegraph/sets/72157634851856372/

Fun for old and young alike in run-up to Bloxwich Carnival

Senior Citizens Party 1

Young and old alike have been having fun in Bloxwich in the run-up to the hugely popular annual village carnival which will take place on Saturday 3 August.

On Thursday 18 July more than 240 local old folk from Bloxwich, Leamore and Blakenall Heath were treated to a slap-up tea in the Art Deco surroundings of the historic Bloxwich Baths function hall and entertainment from both professional performers and youngsters from the Mirus Academy (Beechdale) and Walsall Academy (Lichfield Rd, Bloxwich) in the form of singing, music and dance.

This free Senior Citizens’ Party, provided from funds raised by Bloxwich Carnival and organised by Bloxwich Carnival Committee was presented on a voluntary basis with the help of local groups such as Bloxwich Rotary, 196 Squadron ATC, West Midlands Co-operative Society and Bloxwich councillors and others, and is an annual tradition dating back to the mid 20th century.

For more photos of the 2013 Senior Citizens’ Party, follow this link:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bloxwichtelegraph/sets/72157634705368122/with/9320776414/

YOUNG CARNIVAL AMBASSADORS

Also, on Thursday 25 July the young Bloxwich Carnival Ambassadors representing the best about local primary schools turned out for a fun photo call at the Bloxwich Tardis monument on Elmore Green!

The young Bloxwich Canival Ambassadors for 2013 have fun at the Bloxwich Tardis!
The young Bloxwich Canival Ambassadors for 2013 have fun at the Bloxwich Tardis!

The Carnival Ambassadors are part of a new Bloxwich tradition which was created when the Carnival was revived in 2000 for the Millennium, and they have proved a popular addition to the old tradition of the Carnival Queen and latterly the Princess and Rosebud.

The Bloxwich Carnival Ambassadors for 2013 are:

Callum Bedworth and Jayde Edwards of Blakenall Heath Junior School.
Joseph Simmons (absent) and Ellie Bakewell of Elmore Green Primary School.
James Webster and Toni Edwards of Green Rock Primary School.
Luke Hulbert and Beth Smith (absent) of Little Bloxwich C.E. Primary School.
Nathan Wycherley and Mary Beards of Jubilee Academy.
Saskia Thompson of St Peter’s Roman Catholic School.

The young Ambassadors will be formally presented with medallions following the Queen Crowning on Carnival Day.

For more photos of the 2013 Bloxwich Carnival Ambassadors, follow this link:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bloxwichtelegraph/sets/72157634797778236/

Bloxwich Carnival takes place in the usual venue of King George V Playing Fields between 12 noon – 4pm next Saturday, and will offer a full programme of family fun, arena events including the spectacular Stannage International Stunt Team, a plethora of stalls for charities and sales, the traditional Pat Collins Fun Fair – and most importantly, at 12.20pm the crowning of the Bloxwich Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud and the awarding of medals to the young Carnival Ambassadors!

Admission is just £1 for adults – and children and pensioners go free!

A poster for this year’s Bloxwich Carnival on Saturday 3rd August from 12 noon in King George V Playing Fields has been provided by Bloxwich Carnival Committee so that it can be made available for download by anyone who wants a copy for information, or who is willing to print one or more off and post it/them in places where people can see them.

You can just click on the link below to download the A4 version in pdf format, ready for printing:

Bloxwich Carnival Poster 2013 (updated)

The committee would be grateful if our readers and friends could put a poster on your work noticeboard, in your house or car windows (where safe to do so), or if you are a local business reading this then the committee would be grateful if you could put a poster in your shop window or door.

If you are a council venue reading this then you are very welcome to put up a poster, subject to any permissions you may need.  Please note that Walsall Council supports Bloxwich Carnival.

WEBSITE LINKS

If you have a local website, blog, Twitter or Facebook page you are invited to post the link to this page so that your own readers can download a poster if they wish to.

NO FLY-POSTING PLEASE

Both the committee and the Bloxwich Telegraph would like to emphasise however that fly-posting in public places should not be undertaken, including putting these posters on lighting or traffic poles – please do not put these posters where you do not have permission, as this is against the law.  Public spaces are being looked after by the committee, who have already put up large banners at both ends of the High Street, according to council regulations.

Many thanks for your help!

Bloxwich Carnival poster download now available

Bloxwich Carnival Poster 2013

A poster for this year’s Bloxwich Carnival on Saturday 3rd August from 12 noon in King George V Playing Fields has been provided by Bloxwich Carnival Committee so that it can be made available for download by anyone who wants a copy for information, or who is willing to print one or more off and post it/them in places where people can see them.

You can just click on the link below to download the (now updated) A4 version in pdf format, ready for printing:

Bloxwich Carnival Poster 2013 (updated)

The committee would be grateful if our readers and friends could put a poster on your work or school noticeboard, in your house or car windows (where safe to do so), or if you are a local business reading this then the committee would be grateful if you could put a poster in your shop window or door.

If you are a council venue reading this then you are very welcome to put up a poster, subject to any permissions you may need.  Please note that Walsall Council supports Bloxwich Carnival.

WEBSITE LINKS

If you have a local website, blog, Twitter or Facebook page you are invited to post the link to this page so that your own readers can download a poster if they wish to.

NO FLY-POSTING PLEASE

Both the committee and the Bloxwich Telegraph would like to emphasise however that fly-posting in public places should not be undertaken, including putting these posters on lighting or traffic poles – please do not put these posters where you do not have permission, as this is against the law.  Public spaces are being looked after by the committee, who have already put up large banners at both ends of the High Street, according to council regulations.

Many thanks for your help!

Fanged fun for Vampire fans at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre

Dracula Walks the Night - Count Dracula by moonlight 

That legendary fanged fiend of Victorian Gothic literature and countless horror films, Count Dracula, is now making sinister plans to walk the boards at the popular Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre next Saturday afternoon.

And members of the public are cordially invited to witness the bloody return of Bram Stoker’s most famous creation, brought literally to life once again in a unique play by those noted purveyors of Victorian Mystery, Shadowy Suspense and Gothic horror – ‘Don’t Go Into The Cellar’.

Stuart Williams of Bloxwich Library Forum, which manages the Elmore Row, Bloxwich theatre in partnership with Bloxwich Library said:

“Dracula Walks The Night’ sees the Count of the Undead forsake his home in Transylvania to vent his wrath upon the British Empire.

“In true Hammer Horror fashion, this frighteningly effective, interactive show on Saturday 20th July pits the Vampire Count against Van Helsing and Sherlock Holmes in Victorian London. Eerie graveyard vigils, hansom cab chases, near-death misses and fiendish plots a-plenty guarantee audiences classic chills.

“But fear not – this particular production is a specially-arranged matinee only performance, and as we all know, vampires cannot attack in daylight – or can they?  Don’t miss this one-off show in Bloxwich!”

Doors open at 2pm and the play begins at 2.30pm.  Tickets cost just £8 or concessions £6, and are available now from Bloxwich Library in Elmore Row.

Telephone 01922 655900 to book, tickets will also be on sale on the day, subject to availability.

Bloxwich partied in the park!

Party Banner outside the National School

Last year’s Olympic Torch Relay through Bloxwich concluded with the wonderful Party in the Park which was organised to complement that event by Bloxwich Business Partnership working with Walsall Council and other groups.

With that party being such a massive success, organiser Nikki Rolls  put together another pulse-pounding day of live music and family fun with the same partners for this year, and although there was no torch to bring in thousands from miles around this time, last Saturday’s Bloxwich Party in the Park was still popular – and great fun for all the family, as this special photo feature will show!

Loads of stalls for all
Loads of stalls for all

There was:

  • Live music.
  • Dance arena
  • Children’s rides including inflatables and go karts.
  • Summer stalls.
  • Display arena.
  • Picnic area.
  • Puppet shows.
  • Summer donkey rides.
  • Free face painting.
  • Free balloon modelling.
  • PLUS stiltwalker ‘Jack & The Beanstalk’.
Hidey-High - what's the weather like up there? "Great!"
Hidey-High – what’s the weather like up there? “Great!”

As well as all this, there was also a great live music programme, centred on Walsall Council’s mobile stage truck, and bands on stage included: West Coast Blues, Owd Yer Hosses, Becky’s Band (folk), Grey Goose Blues Band,The Jimmy Band (acoustic folk), Scarbelly Blues Band,G Bag/Stash (Hip Hop band), Enticement (an excellent function type band), and last but not least sixties-style covers band Owamya.

Not quite Glastonbury - but there's great music and no mud!
Not quite Glastonbury – but there’s great music and no mud!

The event ran between 10am – 4pm in Bloxwich Park, off High Street, and admission was free.

The Party in the Park got off to a slow start, but by lunchtime Bloxwich Park was buzzing and the rides and Pinxton’s Puppet show were charming the kiddies while the young people and adults were making a bee-line for the bands who played great music throughout the day.  There was even an Italian Market!

A ton of fun with rides, inflatables and bungee bouncing!
A ton of fun with rides, inflatables and bungee bouncing!

With the mobile library on hand and a wide range of charity, food and business stalls there was plenty to see and do for all the family – including a giant Meerkat who managed to escape the Children’s Society stall, a balloon-twisting stiltwalker and those wild, wacky and welcoming Event Marshals from Bloxwich Business Partnership who worked all day for free!

PHOTOS

For selected pictures of this year’s event, taken by Stuart Williams of The Bloxwich Telegraph, see a few examples above and below – and follow the link below for more than a hundred high-resolution downloadable photos (including those shown here) for all to see!

Bloxwich Party in the Park 2013 Photo Album

You can get more information on what’s happening with Bloxwich Business Partnership and local events by checking out the Bloxwich Town Centre Facebook page, where you can also contact Nikki Rolls or you can telephone her on 01922 654324.

Troy and Steve from the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix on their book stall
Troy and Steve from the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix on their book stall
The lovely ladies of The Tan Shop anticipating some summer sun
The lovely ladies of The Tan Shop anticipating some summer sun
The friendly staff of the Delhi takeaway in Bloxwich were serving up some hot stuff to party-goers!
The friendly staff of the Delhi takeaway in Bloxwich were serving up some hot stuff to party-goers!
You have to have a sense of humour in Bloxwich - and these marshals had it in spades!
You have to have a sense of humour in Bloxwich – and these marshals had it in spades!
Pretty as a picture in the facepainting tent!
Pretty as a picture in the face-painting tent!
The Slimming World team were ready to help you lose weight
The Slimming World team were ready to help you lose weight
It was Scooby-Doo or Scooby-Dip at the St Giles Walsall Hospice tombola!
It was Scooby-Doo or Scooby-Dip at the St Giles Walsall Hospice tombola!
Young Billy Wright lends a hand at the WS3 the tombola as Kath and Maurice Phillips look on
Young Billy Wright lends a hand at the WS3 the tombola as Kath and Maurice Phillips look on
It's keep on trucking for the kiddies with this unusual inflatable!
It’s keep on trucking for the kiddies with this unusual inflatable!
A real boy racer shows off some hot wheels on the go-karts
A real boy racer shows off some hot wheels on the go-karts
It's a storm-in-a-teacup for this young lady!
It’s a storm-in-a-teacup for this young lady!
These jolly donkeys aren't in Derby - they're in Bloxwich!
These jolly donkeys aren’t in Derby – they’re in Bloxwich!
Aleksander - or was it Sergei? - of The Children's Society wanted to borrow a book from Annie Wood of Walsall Mobile Libraries...
Aleksander – or was it Sergei? – of The Children’s Society wanted to borrow a book from Annie Wood of Walsall Mobile Libraries…
2012 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones took time out to rediscover the Bloxwich Anvil Stones
2012 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones took time out to rediscover the Bloxwich Anvil Stones
Things were looking lively on the Mirus Academy stall
Things were looking lively on the Mirus Academy stall
This little lady showed everyone how to party in the park!
This little lady showed everyone how to party in the park!
Pinxton's Puppets were Particularly Popular in the Park!
Pinxton’s Puppets were Particularly Popular in the Park!
Enticement were one of several great bands who kicked up a storm on stage
Enticement were one of several great bands who kicked up a storm on stage
All pictures by Stuart Williams