Category Archives: Bloxwich

Council search for family of former Bloxwich railman

Parklands Court, Bloxwich
Parklands Court, Bloxwich

Local residents are being asked to help with the search for relatives of a recently deceased man.

Environmental health officers at Walsall Council are keen to get in touch with any family members of Mr George Brian Leach who passed away in Parklands Court Nursing Home, Park Road, Bloxwich on 4 August.

Mr Leach, who formerly resided at 34 Austin Road, Upper Forster Street, was born in Bloxwich on 8 November 1933.

Aged 81 when he died Mr Leach it is believed that he retired from British Rail and had never been married.

Neil Harris, principal environmental health officer, said: “We would like to pass on our condolences to Mr Leach’s family and friends.

“We would be grateful to hear from any relatives of Mr Leach or anyone who might have helpful information about his family so that they can make proper arrangements for his funeral.

“We appreciate this may be difficult but we encourage anyone with information they think may be useful to get in touch.”

If anyone has any information about Mr Leach’s family they are asked to contact Julie Faulkner in environmental health on 01922 653018.

Bloxwich Summer Fun Day next month

A ton of fun with rides, inflatables and bungee bouncing! (Attractions may differ. Past event pic Stuart Williams)
A ton of fun with rides, inflatables and bungee bouncing! (Attractions may differ. Past event pic Stuart Williams)

Families in Bloxwich and district can look forward to some fun in the sun in Bloxwich Park towards the end of next month – weather permitting!

Walsall Council has organised a series of Fun Days (see handbill below for details) around the borough, and the Bloxwich event is all set for Wednesday 26th August, 2015.

Summer revellers will be treated to a range of inflatable attractions, charity stalls, children’s rides, storytelling and face painting.  Free children’s entertainment will be provided.

There will also be refreshments stands and live music as in past years.

There may be age restrictions on some rides and some attractions will be chargeable.

As always, though, entry will be free between 10.30am – 4pm!

Fun Days

Summer Fair all set for All Saints Bloxwich this Saturday

All Saints Church in Summer (pic Stuart Williams)
All Saints Church in Summer (pic Stuart Williams)

As the summer rolls on in Bloxwich, one of the highlights of the village year is almost upon us, this Saturday 25th July!

The annual Summer Fair at All Saints Church, Elmore Row, is open in the Church Hall and the grounds around the church from 11am-3pm, and admission is free but some attractions may be charged for.

Judging by last year’s event, there should be a lot of fun on offer for the whole family!

Telephone 01922 476598 for details.

All Saints Bloxwich Summer Fair advert (click to enlarge)
All Saints Bloxwich Summer Fair advert (click to enlarge)

Bloxwich children star in summer panto this weekend!

Mice

And they sing too! Oh, yes they do!

It may be British summertime, but it’s never to early to take to the stage – and it’s panto-time for local primary schoolchildren.

Youngsters from Elmore Green Primary and St Peter’s RC Primary schools in Bloxwich have magically grown ears and tails to take part in the summer panto run by the Cart Before the Horse community theatre group.

The musical panto ‘Soup from a Sausage Skewer’, based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, aims to be educational and fun, with lots of references to classical works of literature and music. But it’s all carried out with a cast of ‘mice’…

Sausage Skewer Poster

The first two performances, with children from  Elmore Green Primary, are this Sunday, 21 June, at 2pm and 5pm, at Bookmark Theatre, Elmore Row.

The second, on Sunday June 28 at 2pm and 5pm, will include children from St Peter’s RC Church.

Tickets are available from the library on 01922 655900 at £7 adults, £5 concessions, or £15 for a family ticket (max 5 people).

Queen Charlotte of Bloxwich is set for Carnival crowning!

Carnival royalty at All Saints Church (pic Bloxwich Carnival)
Carnival royalty at All Saints Church (pic Bloxwich Carnival)

School pupil Charlotte Locke started her first step in a career in beauty when she won the title of Bloxwich Carnival Queen recently.

The 16-year-old, who is planning to go on to study beauty therapy at college, was selected at a competition selection evening held at Bookmark Bloxwich last month.

Selected as the judges’ number one choice to represent the village, the announcement came as a lovely present.

“The day before the competition was my birthday so I had a great birthday present.

“I’ve never won anything before so it was really good to win this, especially as my dream job would be to become a model.”

Past queen Jessica Jones, who is now a member of Bloxwich Carnival Committee, said judges had had a difficult job on their hands:

“All the entrants had something to offer and we were pleased that so many took part in the competition and wanted to work hard to promote Bloxwich.”

Panel judges chose Alexandra Pearce, aged 12, as Carnival Princess and eight-year-old Lula Leonard as Carnival Rosebud.

Mother Trudy Pearce said of her daughters selection: “She saw it last year and wanted to see if she could get anywhere. She likes a challenge and she likes entering drama productions which is where she gets her confidence from.”

Carnival royalty on stage at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre (pic Bloxwich Carnival)
Carnival royalty on stage at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre (pic Bloxwich Carnival)

For Lula’s mother Jodie the selection has been a real pleasure: “I’m really pleased for her. She’s over the moon with her little self.”

Bloxwich Carnival, which is run by Bloxwich Carnival Committee and supported by Walsall Council, is being held on Saturday 1st  August 2015 and the new queen will receive her crown on the big day.

Walsall Council community liaison officer John Millard stated: “Bloxwich Carnival is attended by thousands every year and we expect that this year’s event will be another huge success.

“Helping to make that success happen are the numerous volunteers who work with organisers during the build up and on the day itself”.

If you would like further information on volunteering your time then contact 07736 388409 or 01922 654893.

For more about Bloxwich Carnival, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bloxwich-Carnival/172196829515455

Mice close Bloxwich bakery

A bakery in Bloxwich was ordered to close its doors temporarily earlier this week, after mouse droppings were discovered in the factory’s food storage areas.

Polish Bakery Mazowse Ltd, of Bloxwich Lane Industrial Estate, Bloxwich Lane, was issued with a Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Notice, requiring its immediate closure, following a visit by environmental health officers on Wednesday 25 February.

Walsall Magistrates supported the decision taken at a court hearing this morning. (Friday 27 February)

The court heard the owners have worked closely alongside environmental health officers to address the concerns they raised and the factory was allowed to reopen this morning.(Friday 27 February)

Neil Harris, Principal Environmental Health Officer, for Walsall Council, said: “Mice spread diseases such as salmonella and their faeces can contaminate food products thereby placing the public’s health at risk if they are present in an area where food is being kept.

“Environmental health officers carry out regular inspections throughout the borough where food is being prepared and sold. The safety of our residents is paramount and we will always look to take prompt action against those premises that fall outside the required hygiene standards.”