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.”
Following our recent appeal for donations to help save the domain name of The Bloxwich Telegraph, we were grateful for the generous support of four local people who very kindly chipped in and saved the day. Now, a local group has come forward to help out further!
Last week our editor, Stuart Williams, was contacted by the Chairman of The Crabtree Society, Mr Allan Preston, with the generous offer of a donation of £50 in support of the running of The Bloxwich Telegraph, which we have gratefully accepted.
The Crabtree Society is a group formed in 2000, mainly by ex-employees of Crabtree Electrical Industries Limited, which at one time was the largest employer in Walsall borough.
The Society aims to acknowledge the importance Crabtrees had for Walsall in its 80 years association with the town. In 1999 Crabtree’s head office and factory, the Lincoln Works near Walsall Arboretum, was demolished, and shortly after all manufacturing sites in the Walsall and Brownhills area were closed.
The society provides a social forum for its members who are mainly ex-employees and their friends, maintains maintain the archives of the company, and has published a substantial book on the history of the company. The book was actually launched on the 24th May 2012 and is a superb publication.
Many Bloxwich people, including the mother of our editor Stuart Williams, were proud to work at Crabtrees over the decades, being transported there by special buses. and several Society members still live in Bloxwich. With such local connections, the Society felt it appropriate to offer its support to The Bloxwich Telegraph in this way.
A cheque was presented to Stuart Williams on Saturday, by the Society’s Secretary & Treasurer Ray Parton, and will be added to the remainder of other recent donations to help with any ongoing costs the site may have.
To end their Walsall Town Festival festivities, Southcart Books in Lower Hall Lane, Walsall, are having a little bookshop party showcasing some of their local and regional author friends’ talents on this Saturday 25th July.
And there’ll be quite a variety of writing talent on offer, all of whom will reading from their work in crime fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror and more!
The Master of Ceremonies will be the Editor of The Bloxwich Telegraph, A. Stuart Williams, who is himself a local author.
The programme for Saturday’s event is as follows:
10.00am Southcart Books Opens
11.00am WELCOME by Scott & Amy, proprietors of Southcart Books
11.05am INTRO by MC and author A. Stuart Williams
11.10am Adrian Middleton
11.35am James Josiah
12.00pm Anthony Nick Britt
12.25pm – 1pm Lunch Break for Mingling and Browsing
1pm-1.25pm Janet Edwards
1.25pm-1.50pm Mike Chinn
1.50pm-2.15pm A. Stuart Williams
Mid-Afternoon Break 2.15pm-2.35pm
2.35pm-3.00pm Don Melbourne
3.00pm-3.25pm Rob Cartwright and Theresa Derwin
3.25pm-3.50pm Rob Grimes
3.50pm Thanks & Chucking Out by MC A. Stuart Williams
Shop Closes 4.30pm
Works by these authors will be on sale, subject to availability, and may be signed on request.
All are welcome, and ADMISSION IS FREE! Light refreshments will be available. Get there early if you can, as these events are always highly popular!
A range of up to date information, support and advice available in Walsall is just a click away thanks to a new online directory.
Walsall’s Community Living Directory is an easy to use comprehensive website available online at www.wcld.co.uk/
Walsall residents can now find out about local and national care and support services including what’s going on in their local community, at the touch of a button by accessing the new directory.
Individuals can search information about money matters, help to live at home, housing advice, things to do, staying safe, caring for someone, health and wellbeing, getting about and education, training and employment.
The site will include a product showroom where people can view aids and equipment to help them live independently as well as a personal assistant network to search individuals they could employ to help them with their daily living needs.
Individuals will also be able to refer themselves to help and support electronically through the website.
The web-based directory has been developed to help signpost local people to help and advice in their community which has become more important as the Care Act becomes law on 1 April 2015.
The act places a duty on all councils to provide comprehensive information and advice about care and support services in their local area. In addition, councils will be expected to give people the support they need to help prevent their care needs from becoming more serious, or delay the impact of their needs.
Children and families with special educational needs (SEN) will also be able to access a range of information and advice through the directory as the SEN local offer will also be available through the website.
Councillor Diane Coughlan, portfolio holder for social care at Walsall Council, said: “This directory is much more than a social care resource, it is for anyone wishing to find out more about help and activities available in Walsall.
“Our aim is to signpost people to a range of good quality information and advice.
“Being able to access local information about community groups and support agencies will help people to remain more independent.
“This is important because in future the council will likely have more people requesting help and support, so it is essential we try to signpost people and their families where possible.
“If people are able to access good local information and advice they will remain more independent for longer and they will have the information they need to make good decisions about activities, care and support.
“I would encourage everyone to take a look at the Walsall Community Living Directory on www.wcld.co.uk/ and find out what’s on offer.”
Residents in Walsall who do not have a regular NHS dentist are being reminded where to go if they need urgent dental treatment over the festive period.
The Dental Access Centre, which is based in Blakenall Village Centre, will be open between 8.30am and 12 noon on weekends and bank holidays including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. It will offer appointments to NHS patients who require urgent dental treatment for pain or swelling.
Vikki Tolley, Oral Health Coordinator for NHS Walsall, said:
“With Christmas just around the corner everyone is ready and geared up for the festivities to get underway. Constant snacking, drinking and eating sugary foods and drinks can make the holiday period a miserable time for teeth.
“NHS Walsall just want to remind people to think about their teeth and continue to look after them like you would do all year round. However if you do find your teeth are causing you pain or swelling then there are services available to help you.”
For help and advice or to book an appointment during a weekend or bank holiday contact the Dental Access Centre on 07976 246 404.
The standard NHS urgent fee of £17.50 applies unless you are entitled to free NHS dental treatment.
Bloxwich Telegraph editor Stuart Williams’ latest book for Walsall Local History Centre has just been published and will be on sale from this week – with a special launch event taking place at Walsall Museum on Thursday 6th December (details below), and just in time for Christmas.
Reflections of Old Walsall – subtitled ‘Local history in and around Walsall Metropolitan Borough’ – includes diverse subjects from local heroes like Walsall’s greatest aviator Flt Lt Webster to coalman’s son and Bletchley Park code-breaker Harry Hinsley via spooks and spectres, the remarkable Highgate Windmill, Aldridge’s Naval VC, Bentley’s ‘Giant’s Causeway’, one of Queen Victoria’s greatest diplomats – from Birchills(!), the time Sherlock Holmes came to Walsall, Walsall’s electric trams which were “better than Blackpool” and Bloxwich’s war poet Harold Parry – plus many more!
In fact if you thought the story of old Walsall was just about the leather industry and Sister Dora, then you’re in for a few surprises with this book. Even the essential Sister Dora article takes a very different track to the usual story…
The illustrated A5 format softback book, 72pp plus 4pp cover, is a compilation of the original, uncut texts of twenty of Stuart’s Local Heritage articles which were written on behalf of Walsall Local History Centre for his monthly feature in the Walsall Chronicle newspaper – a series which has run since 2001 and which was renamed Memory Lane at the end of 2011.
As such, the newspaper-published and edited versions of the articles are not only long out of print but were somewhat shorter than those in the book. The articles in the new book also have their original titles, which were often changed by the Chronicle’s editors!
Each article as published now comprises 3-4 pages with 3 or 4 period photographs, so the book is ideal for dipping into, especially as the subjects focus on numerous surprising, quirky and often forgotten aspects of the area’s history and its people from ancient times to the 1970s.
The new book costs £6.99, and you may be interested to know that Stuart’s previous book for the Centre Billy Meikle’s Window on Walsall is also still available for £5.
The individual titles of the articles in Reflections of Old Walsall are:
A Bridge By Any Other Name
Bentley’s ‘Giant’s Causeway’
Things that Go Bump in the Borough…
From the Earth to the Moon – Highgate Windmill
From Red Books to the Red Planet – W. H. Robinson
One Man and His Books (to say nothing of the dog)
Remembering Aldridge’s Naval VC
Sister Dora and the Steam Engine
The Battle of Walsall
When Sherlock Holmes came to Walsall
Better than Blackpool: Walsall’s Victorian Tramways
An Englishman’s Castle: Council housing in Walsall
From Dixon of Dock Green to Gene Hunt
Flaming brilliant: Walsall Fire Brigade
From Guild Hall to Civic Centre
Going to the ‘flicks’ in ‘Sixties Walsall
From Borneo Street to the Stars
The Hinsley Enigma – Decoded
From Birchills to Beijing – Sir Harry S. Parkes
Remembering Harold Parry – Bloxwich War Poet
‘Reflections of Old Walsall’ by Stuart Williams
Publisher: Walsall Local History Centre
ISBN: 978 1 907363 03 0
A5 format softback 72pp plus 4pp cover.
Retail price: £6.99.
BOOK LAUNCH AT WALSALL MUSEUM Thursday 6th December 2012
REFLECTIONS OF OLD WALSALL is being launched by Walsall Local History Centre with the kind assistance of Walsall Museum who are hosting the event in their Education Room on Thursday 6th December.
The launch will take place between 10am – 12 noon at Walsall Museum, 1st Floor, Central Library, Lichfield Street, Walsall, WS1 1TR. ADMISSION IS FREE.
The launch programme is as follows:
10am Doors open. Informal chance to speak to the author and view the book.
10.30am Talk: Reflections of Old Walsall.
11am Book sales and signing. Books cost £6.99.
11.30am Videos and FREE refreshments.
12 noon Close.
After the launch, Reflections of Old Walsall will be available from Waterstone’s bookstore in Park Street, Walsall Museum, Walsall Leather Museum and of course direct from Walsall Local History Centre in Essex Street, Walsall, which will also operate a mail order service – telephone 01922 721305 for details.