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The Bloxwich Telegraph Mark II

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

Senior Citizens Party 1

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!

Dracula Walks the Night - Count Dracula by moonlight

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.

Enticement were one of several great bands who kicked up a storm on stage

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
Bloxwich Party in the Park 640

Get ready to party in Bloxwich Park this Saturday!

Bloxwich Party in the Park 640

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

Well, that party was such a massive success that organiser Nikki Rolls has put together another pulse-pounding day of live music and family fun with the same partners for this year – and it’s all taking place at the 2013 Bloxwich Party in the Park in Bloxwich Park this Saturday 29 June!

There’ll be:

  • 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’.

The Live Music programme for Saturday’s  Bloxwich Party in the Park is as follows:

  • 10am-10.30am  West Coast Blues (Blues Solo Graham A).
  • 10.45am-11.15am  Owd Yer Hosses, Becky’s Band (folk).
  • 11.30am-12noon  Grey Goose Blues Band.
  • 1.50pm-2.20pm  The Jimmy Band (acoustic folk).
  • 12.15pm-12.45pm  Scarbelly Blues Band.
  • 1pm – 1.30pm  G Bag/Stash (Hip Hop band).
  • 1.45pm-2.30pm  Enticement (function type band).
  • 2.45pm-3.45pm  Owamya (Sixties style covers band).

The event runs between 10am – 4pm in Bloxwich Park, off High Street, and admission is FREE!

For pictures and a report of last year’s Party in the Park, check out our Olympic Torch feature!

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

Bookmark Bloxwich Panorama

Live music night in Bloxwich to support autism charity

Bookmark Bloxwich Panorama

Music-lovers can look forward to a fantastic evening’s entertainment from multiple acts at Bloxwich’s top venue next month. 

And what’s more, the proceeds of the ‘Songwriters Night’ show on 6th July at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre in Elmore Row will go towards helping support young people’s autism charity ‘Kidzlikedanny’, which has raised more than £15000 since being founded over 15 years ago.

Chuck Micallef on stage at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre.
Chuck Micallef on stage at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre.

The event offers an amazing line-up for just £5 per ticket, and will be co-compered by accomplished Canadian Country Singer/Songwriter Chuck Micallef, who will be performing his own original songs alongside covers by artists such as Hank Williams, Gordon Lightfoot and John Prine in a gather round back porch picking style of performance appreciated by audiences up and down the country.

Tony Barrett as 'The Tat Man'
Tony Barrett as ‘The Tat Man’

Joint compere for the evening is well known Folk Singer/Songwriter/Comedian/Raconteur Tony Barret. Tony’s cheeky stories interlaced with song parodies, well delivered covers and original compositions have helped make him a popular and well-respected performer on the UK’s music and festival circuit – and he has also recently starred as ‘The Tat Man’ in the acclaimed series of Bayard’s Colts street plays for Walsall.

The following performers will also be taking to the stage:

Dale Hanson, the Mod-influenced Birmingham singer-songwriter, originally formed half of acoustic duo ‘FreeMaySon’. Since going it alone in 2011 he’s been wooing audiences with his deeply meaningful songs hand crafted from situations that life thrusts his way. In the summer of 2012 Dale released his debut album ‘Out From The Shadows’ to great reviews and he hopes to record the follow-up in 2013 with some very special guests.

Dale Hanson
Dale Hanson

Damn The Weather, a recently-formed traditional Irish band who can draw on many years of musical experience, and are bound to be popular, with their passionate performances of Irish music old and new.

Damn the Weather logo

Matt Tyler has been showcasing his unique blend of folk/rock/pop around the UK and beyond for over a decade now. He will be playing songs from his solo albums ‘Dead Flowers By Midnight’, ‘Jonah’s Revenge’ and ‘No Lifeguard Required’ as well as premiering new material.  Described as “The aural lovechild of Tim Buckley in his folk phase and an early David Gray”, Matt is the brother of Daniel, the original inspiration for Kidzlikedanny. Joining him onstage at some point will be their other brother Jacob.

Matt Tyler
Matt Tyler

Kidzlikedanny fundraises mainly through live music shows but also through three Various Artists Albums available to download on iTunes, Amazon and all major digital stores worldwide.  For more information see:  https://www.facebook.com/Kidzlikedanny

Doors open at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm show and there will be a bar.

Tickets for the event can be reserved by calling 01922 655900 or visiting Bloxwich Library in Elmore Row.

Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre is managed by volunteer group Bloxwich Library Forum who have been running the popular venue since 2010, in partnership with Bloxwich Library.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information on the artists, please see the following links:

http://www.chuckmicallef.com

http://www.dalehansonmusic.com

http://www.damntheweather.co.uk

http:// www.facebook.com/mattylermusic

Performer images courtesy of the artists.

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty 2013 (courtesy Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix)

Bloxwich Carnival royalty announced

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty 2013 (courtesy Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix)
Bloxwich Carnival Royalty 2013 (courtesy Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix)

Hairdressing student Louise Richards has proved she’s a cut above the rest after winning the coveted title of Bloxwich Carnival Queen.

The 18-year-old, who is studying at Walsall College, was chosen at a competition held at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre last month.

And she admits to being “overwhelmed” when her name was called as the winner.

“I saw the competition on Facebook and wanted to give it a go but I didn’t expect to win,” she said.

“I was overwhelmed and didn’t believe it when I heard my name. I’m really looking forward to the whole experience – although I haven’t sorted a dress out yet for the carnival!”

Louise, who also works in McDonald’s and has a son Jamie Francis, who turns one next week, said she regularly visited Bloxwich Carnival.

“It’s a great day out and I’m looking forward to it.”

Judges chose Courtney Andrews, aged 12, as Carnival Princess and eight-year-old Katie Wilkes as Carnival Rosebud.

All three are pictured above, together with 2012 Queen Alice Jones (left) and Carnival Committee Chairman Terry Bate (centre) on-stage at the theatre in Elmore Row.

Louise will be crowned on the big day itself which is Saturday 3 August 2013 at King George V Playing Fields, Bloxwich. The carnival begins at 12 noon and usually runs till around 4pm-5pm.

The carnival, which is organised by Bloxwich Carnival Committee, is supported by Walsall Council as well as various local groups, and senior park ranger John Millard joined in the congratulations for the three leading ladies:

“I’m sure Louise, Courtney and Katie will do Bloxwich proud and congratulate them on winning their titles,” he said.

“Thousands of people enjoy Bloxwich Carnival which organisers say is the biggest in the Midlands and we look forward to this year’s event being another massive success.”

Carnival organisers are also appealing for volunteers to help them this year. Anyone interested is asked to contact John Millard on 07736 388409 or 01922 654893.

The carnival day will be covered by The Bloxwich Telegraph as usual!