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Heatwave health warning

    Summer skyline over Bradford Place, Walsall today (pic Stuart WIlliams)
    Summer skyline over Bradford Place, Walsall today (pic Stuart WIlliams)

With a week of hot weather on the horizon, and temperatures rocketing already today, Walsall families are being reminded by Walsall Council and the NHS how they can enjoy the sunshine while looking after their health.

A Level Two heat health warning has been issued for the West Midlands with temperatures of 30 degrees predicted over the week.

The level two warning is triggered as soon as the Met Office confirms there is a 60 per cent chance of heatwave conditions, when temperatures are high enough to have a significant effect on health on at least two consecutive days.

Councillor Rose Martin, public health and wellbeing portfolio holder: said it was important for Walsall residents to be aware of the health risks associated with heatwave temperatures.

“We want everyone to enjoy this hot spell safely in Walsall and not suffer any ill effects,” she said.

“We are reminding people of Public Health England’s key tips for staying safe and well and also asking them to be mindful of vulnerable friends or neighbours in their communities who can be affected by such high temperatures.

“So many people are getting out and about in our parks and countryside sites, or making the most of a safe swim at our leisure centres during this warm weather and it’s a lovely sight to see.

“But it’s been a while since we had such high temperatures and we want people to remember this summer for all the right reasons, not because they suffered as a result.”

The key tips to remember during such a hot spell are:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • If you are in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat
  • Avoid physical exertion
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
  • Drink plenty of cold drinks and cool foods such as salads
  • Keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator
  • Look out for others, especially vulnerable groups such as the elderly, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool, by closing the curtains on windows that receive the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when safe to do so. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.

Walsall’s health and social care workers in the community, hospitals and care homes will also regularly check on vulnerable residents who are known to them.

Residents in Walsall can find useful tips via @phwalsall or Public Health England at and if you have any health queries to contact NHS 111.

Bands on the Beacon Mega Line-up Confirmed

Bands on the Beacon (Pic: Walsall Council)
Bands on the Beacon (Pic: Walsall Council)

30 musical acts will be taking over the Beacon in this year’s two day Bands on the Beacon extravaganza.

Music fans will be treated to a large variety of musical genres from classic rock to a dash of pop at this year’s family-friendly festival being held on Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 June from 12.30pm-6pm on both days.

Commenting on this year’s event Councillor Adrian Andrew, chair of Barr Beacon Trust, said: “If you enjoy music you won’t just like the bands on the beacon event this year, you will love it!

“We have selected 30 of some of the best live music acts around for this year’s two day event and it looks set to be a really great family occasion with music to suit all tastes.

“This year we are calling on music fans to do their bit to help make sure that we keep the Bands on the Beacon an annual event.

“You don’t often get a chance to see such a large selection of live acts for such a small cost and ticket sales will help to go a long way to keep the bands on the beacon flag flying.“

On Saturday 27 June the main stage includes: Klasside, Medusa Rising, Khaliq, Pleasure House, Soley Mourning, George’s FLW and finishing with Esther Turner.

The Sunday 28 June line up for the main stage includes: The Interpreters Regale, Sunday 44, Dinky, Hidden Skies, World Service and finishes with The Sherlocks.

The Saturday 27 June line up for the acoustic stage includes: Strumpit, James Atwood, Rumours of Spring, Demi Marriner, Ellie Windwood, Molly GH, Theo Born Musician and Lisa Jayne Garratt

On Sunday 28 June the acoustic stage includes: Kadaridris, Leah Astbury, Sarah Martyn, New Spirit, Mike ‘irv’ Swift, Joshua Sole, Elmore Row and Eeek.

To accompany this musical extravaganza Walsall’s very own award winning Backyard Brewhouse will have a selection of their finest offerings available on both days.

Tickets for the event are now available for sale from specialist secure ticketing website TicketsSource. Running from 12.30pm-6pm each day, adults cost £4, children aged 5 to 15 are ‘A quid a kid’ and under fives can come for free.

All tickets are valid for one day, include free parking and are inclusive of a booking fee. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

For updates and to check out some of the bands visit Bands on the Beacon’s Facebook page or go to

Walsall arboretum visitor centre opens

Walsall Arboretum's new visitor centre (pic Walsall Council)
Walsall Arboretum’s new visitor centre (pic Walsall Council)

A new visitor’s centre at Walsall Arboretum opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday 23 May.

Located in the heart of the park adjacent to the Centre Green it features a cafeteria, changing rooms, classroom, a meeting room, new toilet and baby changing facilities and offices.

Councillor Khizar Hussain, portfolio holder for leisure and culture with Walsall Council, stated: “I am overjoyed at the standard with which the new visitors centre has been finished.

“This brand new and prestigious facility is a major asset for the Arboretum and as was expected adds a definite wow factor to an already valuable resource.

“Visitors will now benefit from a truly fantastic building which offers some wonderful resources.

“The abundant wild bird population, varieties of trees, insects and plants can now be enhanced further by the use of this new facility as learning opportunity to groups wanting to use the parks new centre.

“Willmott Dixon Ltd has done a wonderful job on this multi-million pound restoration project and the integration of the original building has provided a really attractive addition.”

Work on the centre green will continue over the coming weeks and will be the final phase to the new facilities external landscaping.

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Noddy Holder at Walsall Town Hall
Noddy Holder at Walsall Town Hall

Noddy Holder is hosting an evening of 60s Mania at Walsall Town Hall in support of the Mayor’s Charity Appeal later this month.

Freeman of the Borough of Walsall, Noddy Holder, returns to his home town on Friday 27 March 2015 as compere for this charity concert.  The evening will feature two 60s tribute acts, The Born Again Beatles and a ‘British Invasion’ tribute act, with support from Q4, Regale, and as seen on The Voice, Misternothing with Mitchel Elms and The Rooz with Louis Coupe.

Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Pete Smith, said: “We hope this concert will be a sell-out. Tickets cost just £10 each and for this there will be a terrific host for the evening, Noddy Holder, and over four hours of musical entertainment.

“All the supporting acts will perform at least one well known song from the 60s which will make 60s Mania a night to remember.

“Noddy will also be running the draw for a really impressive raffle on the evening.”

All proceeds after costs will go to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal beneficiaries MS (Black Country branch), Macmillan (Walsall Branch), Walsall Heartcare and Bloxwich Community Partnership.

Walsall Council House (pic: Stuart Williams)
Walsall Council House (pic: Stuart Williams)

Doors open at 6.30pm, as will the bar, with the concert’s first act going on stage at 7.30pm with The Born Again Beatles appearing  later in the evening.

Tickets are now on sale from Walsall Town Hall Box Office and can be purchased by calling 0845 111 2900 (Option1) or visiting the Council House on Lichfield Street from 10am-12noon and 2-4pm.

If any business or organisation would like to sponsor the event or donate an item for the Charity Concert raffle, please contact the Mayor’s Office on 01922 652072.

After the Oscars – here come the Doras!

Sister Dora looks humbly down on the town she made her own (pic: Stuart Williams)
Sister Dora looks humbly down on the town she made her own (pic: Stuart Williams)

Preparations are under way for the eleventh annual Mayor of Walsall’s Civic Awards which is being held at Walsall Town Hall on Friday 20 March 2015.

Walsall-born TV presenter Bob Warman returns as the celebrity compere since his last appearance in 2013. Mr Warman started his career as a journalist with the Walsall Observer and is now the senior presenter of ITV Central which broadcasts nightly to over a million viewers in the Midlands.

The awards, which are known as the Doras after nursing heroine Sister Dora, aim to recognise unsung heroes who work tirelessly to help others who are working to improve the lives of others in the borough and make people proud of Walsall.

Walsall Council House (pic: Stuart Williams)
Walsall Council House (pic: Stuart Williams)

The Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Pete Smith, said: “I am delighted that Bob has agreed to host this year’s awards as he is the most instantly recognised media face in Central England.

“He has hosted the awards in 2008, 2009 and in 2013 and is always brilliant on the night so we are delighted that he has agreed to host the awards again.

“We are really excited for the big night and I’m really looking forward to our unsung heroes getting the recognition they so richly deserve, hosted by one of the borough’s own success stories.”

The awards are sponsored by APCOA Parking, Barhale Construction plc, DWF LLP, The Mid Counties Co-operative and whg. They judged the entries and chose the finalists in January. The finalists, who have all been notified, will be announced soon.

Historic Colts go on show as Museum closure announced

Bayard's Colts on display in Walsall Museum (pic: Stuart Williams)
Bayard’s Colts on display in Walsall Museum (pic: Stuart Williams)

Seventeen mysterious carved wooden clubs, known as the Bayard’s Colts, have gone on open display at Walsall Museum, but members of the public will need to visit the museum above Walsall Central Library as soon as they can to take advantage of this rare opportunity, as Walsall Museum is now slated for closure on 31 March due to budget cuts.

The ‘colts’ are thought be at least 300 years old but their exact age, origins and even how they got their name remain a mystery. Last year the museum received a £12,000 grant from the Arts Council to increase public awareness including commissioning an acclaimed play called the Tat Man Tales, family fun days and storytelling courses.

The clubs were carried behind the Mayor in ceremonial processions at the openings of markets and fairs and on other civic occasions.The colts were hung up on the wall of the Magistrates Court in the Guildhall when the Walking the Fair tradition was discontinued in 1870.

Walsall Museum (pic: Stuart Williams)
Walsall Museum (pic: Stuart Williams)

They were transferred into the care of Walsall Museum in the 1960s although continued to remain hung in the Magistrates Court, out of public view, before returning to the museum in 2012. They are now on show in the Changing Face of Walsall gallery.

Sadly, following the full Walsall Council meeting on 26 February, the popular museum announced on Twitter that it would close on 31 March 2015.  Museum staff thanked their visitors, donors and volunteers for all their support over the years.

The thousands of artefacts held by the museum will be put into storage.  A bid for Heritage Lottery Funding will be made to hopefully redisplay collections at some future time.

Walsal Museum graphic panel (pic: Stuart Williams)
Walsal Museum graphic panel (pic: Stuart Williams)

Entrance to the museum, above the library in Lichfield Street, is free. It is open Tuesdays to Fridays 10am to 5pm and Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.