Walsall Silver Thread Tapestries project tour launches

This stunning main Bloxwich tapestry is just one of those relating to the Bloxwich area.
This stunning main Bloxwich tapestry is just one of those relating to the Bloxwich area.

Walsall Council’s Creative Development Team is celebrating 25 years of bringing community arts to Walsall. To mark this occasion the team is launching a tour of the Silver Thread Tapestries – eleven unique tapestries representing the six towns and other areas in Walsall Borough, created by an army of local volunteers.

The tapestries will be on display in the New Art Gallery Walsall from 21 – 29 January 2017 and will then move to various locations around the borough (see list of dates at the end of this feature) before being displayed at the NEC Sewing for Pleasure Show 17 – 19 March 2017. Commemorative postcards depicting each of the tapestries will be available to buy.

Community and heritage

To help decide what to feature on the tapestries, workshops were held around the borough in early 2016 and attended by local community groups, history groups, and individuals with an interest in local culture and history.  The Bloxwich Telegraph’s editor, Stuart Williams, also acted as an historical advisor to the project.

Each area of the borough had its own story to tell, whether it be the Pelsall poppies, meeting under the clock in Willenhall market place or the excitement when Cilla came for the first Blind Date wedding. The tapestries also focus on famous and/or historically significan faces from across Walsall borough, including Pat Collins, Ellie Simmonds, Noddy Holder, Goldie, Meera Syal, Sir Harry Smith Parkes and Rob Halford, to name but a few.

Once the content was decided, midlands artist Hunt Emerson, famous for being an artist on the Beano comic, created the designs for the 11 tapestries.

An army of volunteers
Some of the many sewers and their tapestries!
Some of the many sewers and their tapestries!

The call was then put out to local people, whether experienced in tapestry work or not, to come forward to take part in the project. Around 100 experienced volunteers worked hard on the project for around ten months, with a further 100 playing a smaller part. Each of the 11 tapestries are the result of around 2,000 hours of work – an incredible commitment from the volunteers.

Councillor Julie Fitzpatrick, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure and Culture said:

“The tapestries take your breath away – they’re absolutely stunning. The volunteers have really done Walsall proud.”

“Apart from creating this wonderful legacy for Walsall, what’s lovely is the friendships made during the sewing, which will continue going forwards.”

Lottery funded

The project received Arts Council England Lottery Funding of £73,740 to deliver a unique year long community arts project for Walsall Borough.

Book commemorates the Creative Development Team
Walsall Silver Thread Project marks 25 years of the Creative Development Team
Walsall Silver Thread Project marks 25 years of the Creative Development Team

Creating the tapestries also provided the common thread to produce a commemorative book. The book features 25 of the Creative Development Team’s hundreds of participatory arts projects including the Brownhills Miner, involving thousands of local people from the 25 year history of the team’s work projects.

The book tells the story of engaging creative processes and the impact participatory arts have made in Walsall’s communities across an area so diverse in history, heritage and geography.

The Silver Thread Tapestries and the book project demonstrate how the Creative Development Team have been a thread linking people, places and policies and instigating positive change in communities. The team wished to celebrate and bring to life that thread and show people how we have sewn it.

For more information, see the project’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Walsall-Silver-Thread-Tapestries-Project-1694681744103438/

The Silver Thread Tapestries Tour

Members of the public can view the amazing tapestries in person at the venues below – photographs simply cannot do justice to the quality of the artistry and sewing, so don’t miss your chance to see them!

21 -29 Jan           New Art Gallery Walsall, Gallery Square WS2

Opening times 10am – 5pm Tues – Saturdays

12pm – 4pm Sundays

2  – 7 Feb             St Matthews Church St Matthews Close WS1 3DG

Viewing times: 2 and 3 Feb 3pm – 4.30pm

Sat 4 Feb 10.30am -2pm

Sun 5 Feb 12pm – 2pm

Mon 6 and Tues 7 Feb 10.30am – 4.30pm

8 – 14 Feb            Pheasey Library

Opening times Tues – Fridays 9am-1pm and 2pm – 6pm

Saturdays 9am-1pm and 2- 4pm

15 – 21 Feb         Willenhall Library

Opening times Tues – Fridays 9am-1pm and 2pm – 6pm

Saturdays 9am-1pm and 2am- 4pm

22 – 28 Feb         Pelsall Library

Opening times Tues – Fridays 9am-1pm and 2pm – 6pm

Saturdays 9am-1pm and 2pm- 4pm

1   –  16 March    Central Library Walsall

Opening times Tues – Fri 8.30am – 6pm

Sat 8.30am – 5pm

Sun 1pm – 4pm

17 – 19 March      NEC Sewing for Pleasure Show

Opening times 9.30am – 5.30pm (5pm Sun)

Tickets £12 (£11 Seniors)

 

Pictures courtesy Walsall Council

Bloxwich Christmas lights saved thanks to donors!

Bloxwich Christmas tree and lights, Promenade Gardens, reflected in the National School
Bloxwich Christmas tree and lights, Promenade Gardens, reflected in the National School

A desperate appeal to members of the public in Bloxwich and district for financial assistance in supporting this year’s Bloxwich Christmas lights has succeeded, almost at the eleventh hour!

Thanks to a number of generous local donors – including one remarkable anonymous benefactor who stumped up £5,000 within a few days of the appeal ending – the brilliant cascades of tree lights which have been enjoyed at either end of High Street in recent years are now set to return before Christmas.

And the other good news is, as a special thank-you to local people, the lights will then stay up through the gloomiest part of winter, until March next year!

Bloxwich Town Centre Manager Nikki Rolls said:

“Firstly, thank you so much to you the supporters of this project. We are now able to complete the much-needed essential repairs and replacements to switch on our beloved and beautiful lights.

“The lighting strings and transformers have been ordered and will be on the way to the electricians to allow them to install them as soon as they have been received. We did it with your help – a huge thankyou.” 

Past cuts

Contrary to popular belief, the sparkling annual decorations along the High Street and in trees adjacent to the War Memorial and All Saints churchyard, Bloxwich Park and the Promenade Gardens have not been funded by Walsall Council since the last round of national government cuts to the council’s budget in 2012, following which the local authority decided not to deliver Christmas lighting in Bloxwich, although street lights were retained in Walsall town centre.

Revived
Childhood recollections of trips to the 'Blocko Lights' on a trolleybus spring to mind as a double-decker speeds northwards
Childhood recollections of trips to the ‘Blocko Lights’ on a trolleybus spring to mind as a double-decker speeds northwards

As a result of this, and thanks to the organisational efforts of Nikki Rolls, who is the council’s District Centre Regeneration Officer for Bloxwich and Darlaston, working with Bloxwich Town Centre Partnership, the town centre businesses worked together and secured funding to purchase Christmas tree lighting up until last year.  The lighting purchased at the time was installed into 14 key trees in Bloxwich town centre. 

Funding streams run dry

This year, however, due to the cost of repair and maintenance as a result of severe damage caused during last winter, new funds desperately needed to be raised to do the necessary work to remedy these problems and place the lights in the trees again this festive season – or the sparkling show would not go on.  Unfortunately, external funding streams from the Local Neighbourhood Fund, local business sponsorship and localised one-off funding had dried up, and the lights were all set to be cancelled  if £5,250 could not raised through public and other sponsorship.

Appeal
The new lights began in trees opposite the former Grosvenor Cinema on High Street (now The Bloxwich Showman)
The new lights began in trees opposite the former Grosvenor Cinema on High Street (now The Bloxwich Showman)

Accordingly, to save the Christmas lights for Bloxwich, Nikki Rolls had no choice but to set up a JustGiving Appeal to try and raise the necessary funds – and this has now, amazingly, been successful!

Generous donors

Thanks to the donors, a total of £5,360 has now been raised, with a total of 14 people contributing. To view the results of the appeal, click on the following link:

Bloxwich Christmas Lights Appeal on JustGiving

 

Happy memories restored

Here at the Bloxwich Telegraph, we have many happy childhood memories of more prosperous days in Bloxwich, and even in the middle of a cold and wet 1970s winter the good old Bloxwich lights and the Christmas tree in the Promenade Gardens always cheered up the chilly festive season.  Which is why we were only too glad to do our bit in widely promoting the appeal.

Hearty thanks to Nikki Rolls, who also organised the recent Sparkle Into A Bloxwich Christmas event in the park – and to everyone who pulled together, dug deep and helped save Christmas in Bloxwich!

Festive Greetings

It seems timely to wish everyone in Bloxwich and district a very MERRY CHRISTMAS, which will be soon upon us.

In the meantime, I am sure we will all keep watching the skies for the speedy return of our Christmas lights!

Stuart Williams, Editor

Have your say on possible closure of Bloxwich Library and Theatre

Walsall Council is seriously considering, amongst other options, closing all of the Borough’s branch libraries, including Bloxwich Library and Theatre (aka Bookmark Bloxwich) in Elmore Row.   This is due to the swingeing and cruel national government budget cuts being inflicted on the borough.

Amongst the many other possible ‘culture cuts’ (including massive reductions in funding to the New Art Gallery and major cutbacks involving the potential downsizing and moving of Walsall Leather Museum and Walsall Local History Centre in with the Central Library in Lichfield Street), such a closure would be a huge blow to Bloxwich and district both in cultural and educational terms.

Take part in the consultation NOW
Walsall Council House (pic: Stuart Williams)
Walsall Council House (pic: Stuart Williams)

We have covered the background to this in our previous story, including the arguments for why the library and theatre are needed, but what is most important RIGHT NOW is that individuals and local groups not only take part in Walsall Council’s current budget consultation (see links below) BEFORE the end of December but that they contact their local councillors and (politely, but firmly) express their  opinions on the matter to them.

It is also very important to demonstrate that you use these facilities and that they are needed, so please, please go into your local library on a regular basis and take advantage of all it has to offer. It really is a case of use it or lose it, and next year we may very well lose it if nothing is done.

Council budget consultation

Nothing is yet set in stone, according to Walsall Council, so it is time to make your voice heard. Apart from the general consultation, there is also an online libraries, arts and heritage consultation by the council.  To take part, follow the links below to further information and the online questionnaire.

To download a PDF format library consultation document click here:

Library, Leather Museum and Local History Centre Consultation

For further information about this section of the consultation on the Walsall Council website, go to:

Library Service Consultation page

For the online questionnaire on Draft Options, click on:

Draft Options for Libraries etc

And last but not least, the general Walsall Council Budget Consultation across all services pages:

Rebalancing our Budget – £86m over 4 years

Petition against closure

Bloxwich West Conservative Councillors Louise Harrison, Matt Follows and Brad Allen have organised an online petition on the Walsall Council website (see link below) aimed at saving both Bloxwich Library and the theatre, and have even been out collecting signatures in person.  It is worth signing the petition, but this is NOT an alternative to the consultation, so please make sure you do both.

The petition states:

‘Keep Bloxwich Library open. Although we understand the budget cuts coming from central government means that savings have to be made, we believe that Bloxwich library theatre is an asset to our town and very well used by people not just from Bloxwich, but across the whole of Walsall. The closing date of this petition will be Friday 6th January 2017. Once submissions have been made, it will then be handed into the council on 9th January 2017 at a Full Council Meeting.’

Here is the link to the petition page:

Save Bloxwich Library and Theatre Petition

You can also contact the Bloxwich West Conservatives direct on their Facebook page:

Bloxwich West Intouch

Contact all your local Councillors

Write, email or speak to your local Ward Councillors and let them know you care about Bloxwich Library & Theatre. Here is a link to the Councillor contact details for all Walsall Council Wards:

Contact Councillors

Speak up

Walsall Council wants to hear from you about the budget cuts proposals, not just for libraries, culture and heritage but for many other services. Now is the time to make your voice heard, when our local facilities are under their greatest threat ever.

It is not just us, but our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will lose out if these facilities are closed forever.

Remember, the consultation closes on 31 December 2016.

Walsall writers hit 50 and still going strong!

Walsall Writers' Circle 50th Anniversary Celebration
Walsall Writers’ Circle 50th Anniversary Celebration

Walsall’s oldest group for writers across the borough is celebrating its fiftieth birthday this year, and after a special Circle meeting to mark the occasion earlier this month (pictured), they are now joining forces with Walsall’s only independent bookshop, Southcart Books of Lower Hall Lane, to carry on the festivities and launch their latest book!

The Circle was formed by local writers in 1966, initially as part of an initiative by Walsall Central Library, where the group met for some years before moving on to Park Hall School and now the Broadway North Recovery College, where they meet every second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm.

Book launch
Fifty Years of Walsall Writers' Circle - the book!
Fifty Years of Walsall Writers’ Circle – the book!

 

This Saturday 3 December 2016, 11am-1pm at Southcart Books will see the arrival and first public sales of Fifty Years of Walsall Writers’ Circle, a brand-new book published by the Circle containing a wide range of members’ work, both non-fiction and fiction, specifically written for this publication and reflecting on the past fifty years in Walsall. It also includes some past Circle competition prize-winners, and aims to showcase some of the best work coming out of the Circle.

Light refreshments will be available at the launch. The Circle would like to thank Scott Southey and Amy Carter of Southcart Books for kindly agreeing to host this event in their fine bookstore!

Members of the public and fellow writers are welcome to attend this celebration/launch. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis due to limited space.

Here is the programme for Saturday 3 December, please also note the link below to the Facebook event page:

11am Welcome & Intro by Alison Reed, Secretary of Walsall Writers’ Circle.

11.10am Book launch of ‘Fifty Years of Walsall Writers’ Circle’ and celebration cake etc.

11.30am-12.30pm Readings from the Book – six slots of ten minutes to read extracts from their work will be given over to contributors to the book, leaving plenty to be read by book buyers! This section will be MC’d by WWC Vice Chairman Stuart Williams. Readings will reflect the variety of content of the book.

12.30pm -1pm Nibbles, signing and celebratory mingling. Chance to buy books, which will be in stock on the day!

1pm event closes.

See: http://www.facebook.com/events/1233180073408746/

And for further information about Walsall Writers’ Circle itself, check out their website:
http://walsallwriterscircle.webs.com/

Bloxwich Councillors bid to save Bloxwich Library and Theatre

Cllrs Allen, Harrison and Follows take a stand outside Bloxwich Library (pic Bloxwich West Intouch)
Cllrs Allen, Harrison and Follows take a stand outside Bloxwich Library (pic Bloxwich West Intouch)

Many Bloxwich people should be well aware by now that, due to the swingeing national government budget cuts being inflicted on many local authorities in England, Walsall Council is seriously considering closing all of the Borough’s branch libraries, including Bloxwich Library and Theatre (aka Bookmark Bloxwich) in Elmore Row.

Amongst the many other possible ‘culture cuts’ (including massive reductions in funding to the New Art Gallery and major cutbacks involving the potential downsizing and moving of Walsall Leather Museum and Walsall Local History Centre in with the Central Library in Lichfield Street), such a closure would be a huge blow to Bloxwich and district both in cultural and educational terms.

Cultural vandalism

The loss of the library staff, facilities and book stock as well as the attached 1964 theatre, which was, along with the 1960 library, rejuvenated in 2009-10 and has since gone on, with the help of Bloxwich Library Forum, to become a successful music and drama venue and much more, would be very damaging. This kind of cultural vandalism is simply insupportable, and once these facilities are gone, they will never return.

Such a closure would also mean that local jobseekers and many others who cannot afford internet access would be hard-hit and forced to pay to travel into Walsall, a not inconsiderable cost in these days of expensive bus and rail services. Many people in the area neither have internet access nor can they afford to buy books, and this is bound to affect local employability, literacy and education, especially in poorer families. National government seems uncaring about all of this, but they of course will not suffer such a blight on self-improvement, which is after all why free libraries were founded in Victorian times.

It also affects all the other people and groups who use the Library, people of all ages from toddlers to pensioners who need a place to come, to be in company, to learn, to work or play in groups or alone, to come in out of the cold and to enjoy the pleasure of reading, of borrowing books and other media. The theatre is additionally unique in the borough, and no doubt if it were in Walsall town centre it would be celebrated to the rooftops instead of being underfunded and out of sight to some.

What is ironic is that it is now a Labour council in Walsall which is being forced to at least propose these draconian cuts, and following the public consultation which is now taking place (until the end of December 2016), they will very likely be required to enact them in the new financial year 2017 (from 1 April). This is the kind of thing that Labour would normally stand firmly against, and we do not envy them the position they are in.

Councillors take a stand

It is perhaps even more ironic, considering that it is the national Conservative government which is forcing local Labour into these appalling cuts, that the loudest voice which now stands publicly against the closure of Bloxwich Library and Theatre comes from the Conservative quarter of Bloxwich.

Active Bloxwich West Conservative Councillors Louise Harrison, Matt Follows and Brad Allen have banded together to organise an online petition on the Walsall Council website (see link below) aimed at saving both Bloxwich Library and the theatre, and have even been out collecting signatures in person.

Cllr. Allen told the Bloxwich Telegraph:

“Bloxwich Library and Theatre is a valuable cultural asset in our town. It is used well by surrounding schools, community groups and members of the public alike.  Losing it would be a huge blow to people not just from Bloxwich, but across the whole borough”

Cllr. Allen even said to the Bloxwich Telegraph that they would welcome the signatures of Bloxwich’s Labour Councillors in support of the petition. They certainly deserve that support from us all.

The petition states:

‘Keep Bloxwich Library open. Although we understand the budget cuts coming from central government means that savings have to be made, we believe that Bloxwich library theatre is an asset to our town and very well used by people not just from Bloxwich, but across the whole of Walsall. The closing date of this petition will be Friday 6th January 2017. Once submissions have been made, it will then be handed into the council on 9th January 2017 at a Full Council Meeting.’

Here is the link to the petition page:

Save Bloxwich Library and Theatre Petition

You can also contact the Bloxwich West Conservatives direct on their Facebook page:

Bloxwich West Intouch

Out in the cold
Bloxwich (formerly) Public Toilets, despite their neglected state, would be more of a haven if they were open!
Bloxwich (formerly) Public Toilets, despite their neglected state, would be more of a haven if they were open!

Now, it is impossible to tell just how much impact this kind of petition is likely to have on the Council’s decision, or indeed the consultation which is already ongoing, but it seems very obvious that unless some kind of stand is taken, or public opinions made clear on the matter, we will very likely lose some of Bloxwich’s finest and most long-lived public facilities. And what next?

We have already lost the use of Bloxwich public toilets, and it should be noted that apart from all its other wonderful qualities and facilities, if we lose the Library there will be nowhere for local people, marketgoers, shoppers and visitors to go when they are in need of a public convenience. Do you really want to be in that situation, out shivering in the cold in a Bloxwich with no public facilities apart from the leisure centre, a very long walk away?

Continue reading Bloxwich Councillors bid to save Bloxwich Library and Theatre

Appeal to public to support Bloxwich Christmas lights

Bloxwich Christmas tree and lights, Promenade Gardens, reflected in the National School
Bloxwich Christmas tree and lights, Promenade Gardens, reflected in the National School

An appeal has gone out to members of the public in Bloxwich and district for desperately-needed financial assistance in supporting this year’s Bloxwich Christmas lights.

Contrary to popular belief, the sparkling annual decorations along the High Street and in trees adjacent to the War Memorial and All Saints churchyard, Bloxwich Park and the Promenade Gardens have not been funded by Walsall Council since the last round of government budget cuts in 2012, following which the local authority decided not to deliver Christmas lighting in the town.

Revived
Childhood recollections of trips to the 'Blocko Lights' on a trolleybus spring to mind as a double-decker speeds northwards
Childhood recollections of trips to the ‘Blocko Lights’ on a trolleybus spring to mind as a double-decker speeds northwards

As a result of this, and thanks to the organisational efforts of Nikki Rolls, the council’s District Centre Regeneration Officer for Bloxwich and Darlaston, working with Bloxwich Town Centre Partnership, the town centre businesses worked together and secured funding to purchase Christmas tree lighting.

The lighting purchased at the time was installed into 14 key trees in the town. Admired by all,  the new lighting has revived childhood memories for many, and encourages new visitors to the town centre who shop in the small local businesses and use the local facilities. The community are proud of the lighting as it showcases Bloxwich and all that makes it special. Continue reading Appeal to public to support Bloxwich Christmas lights

Fly the flag for Bloxwich and win £150!

A Flag for Bloxwich

Do you love Bloxwich? Would you like to see a brand new flag flying over the town?  Or even over your home? Well, now’s your chance to have your say on the matter, and even contribute to design ideas for our very own Flag for Bloxwich. You can even win a prize of £150!

A recently-launched competition from the Flag for Bloxwich Committee, in partnership with the Bloxwich Old & New Facebook page and several local councillors, is offering Bloxwich residents and ex-pats the chance to put YOUR ideas forward, and the Committee has asked the Bloxwich Telegraph to put the word out.

Competition flyer

Below, you’ll find two scans of the front and back of the competition flyer, with full details, and you can enlarge or download these for printing just by clicking on them and saving then printing the enlarged versions.  Alternatively, you can draw your own design separately and email it with your entry to the competition email address: aflagforbloxwichcomp@gmail.com  where you can also get an entry form. You can also speak to Martin Morris from Bloxwich Old & New on 07590 523561 if you need to know anything else, and contact the Committee on their Facebook page.

Remember – a flag is not like a coat of arms or a poster, so only certain design elements and relevant colours are likely to make it into a real flag design. Simple ideas are the best, such as those in the Black Country flag below, which symbolises the proud industrial past of the Black Country, ‘Red by day and Black by night’, and incorporates symbolism of chain making and the glass cones.

The Black Country Flag - click to enlarge
The Black Country Flag – click to enlarge

If you don’t feel up to drawing your own flag ideas, why not tell the committee what elements of Bloxwich ought to make it into the design, such as the Bloxwich Wishing Tree, the fountain, local industry, anvil stones, our green and leafy parks, war memorial or any other symbols? Even if specific designs are unsuitable, ideas are very useful when choosing the elements of a flag.

Submissions

Submissions from all ages and abilities are welcome.

If successful, you could even win a first prize of £150 – and more importantly, see a flag based on your ideas flying over Bloxwich – now wouldn’t that be great?

The closing date for entries is 23 December 2016 – so get your thinking caps on now!

And when you send your entry or ideas in, please do mention that you saw this in the Bloxwich Telegraph!

Bloxwich Flag Competition Flyer - front - click to enlarge
Bloxwich Flag Competition Flyer – front – click to enlarge
Bloxwich Flag Competition Flyer - back - click to enlarge
Bloxwich Flag Competition Flyer – back – click to enlarge

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes to The Bloxwich Telegraph

Bloxwich Telegraph Header

Following the recent Bloxwich Telegraph/BNN news service poll, and the low response to that poll, I have decided that, moving forward, the website will now become more of a feature-based magazine, with much less emphasis on time-sensitive news content and more articles on local topics, especially heritage.

This means that over the coming weeks and months there will be a number of changes in site design and content, notably more new local history related articles, plus upgrades to current content, and there will also be more links to other locally and regionally-relevant sites. All these features will be added as time permits.

It may also be possible, I hope, to do more to feature local organisations and institutions, so if this sounds like you, please do get in touch via the Contact page!

No news is good news

Old-style news will now take a back seat here on the website, though we will continue to maintain the site’s news archive and put out site announcements through it.  The social media-based news relay service through the Bloxwich News Network Twitter feed and Facebook page will also continue to operate as long as there is a need for it.

More as it happens – and meanwhile, watch for the ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

Stuart Williams

Bloxwich Telegraph/BNN News Service Poll

Online Poll

We’re looking to tailor The Bloxwich Telegraph and the BNN social media more to meet the needs of our readers and followers, so we’d be grateful for some feedback about what you’d like to see (or not) on the website and via Twitter or Facebook. This first poll is to find out how you like to receive your local news.

Please be honest with your answers – it’s particularly important to us to find out whether you need this service from us or not – after all, there are many local news services and there’s no point in us duplicating these unless you actually use ours.  Please tick only those options you really prefer to use, then click on Vote.

The amount of feedback we get will also prove a useful indicator of the actual level of interest in these facilities. Can you please fill in this first LOCAL NEWS poll accordingly, and many thanks for your help!

Stuart Williams

Bloxwich heritage art proposals on show this Friday

Luke Perry installing his well-known Pit Head sculpture at Oak Park in Walsall Wood
Luke Perry installing his well-known Pit Head sculpture at Oak Park in Walsall Wood

Walsall Council’s Creative Development Team and Regeneration and Development Service are currently working on a heritage project in Bloxwich to design, fabricate and install 4 new public art pieces in different locations, to promote and celebrate the history and heritage of Bloxwich. This has been made possible from Council and Section106 funding.

Nationally recognised public artist Luke Perry, who is also an award-winning director of Industrial Heritage Stronghold, is noted for his monumental sculptures, most especially those celebrating the heritage of the Industrial Revolution, particularly in the Black Country. He has been working on the Bloxwich commission and has over the last two months been carrying out community consultation to gather local people’s thoughts and  ideas for the themes of the sculptures.

The top Bloxwich themes identified for the project have included: Pat Collins Fairs, Industry, Musical icons (Rob Halford and Noddy Holder) and an anecdotal tale of ‘The escaped Bloxwich Lion’. Stuart Williams of Walsall Local History Centre and The Bloxwich Telegraph has acted as an historical advisor to the project.

The true story of the legendary Bloxwich Lion will be revealed in The Bloxwich Telegraph tonight!
The true story of the legendary Bloxwich Lion will be revealed in The Bloxwich Telegraph tonight!
Feedback invited

Council staff welcome people’s feedback on the exciting new sculptures, and the proposed designs will be on display for the public to see on Bloxwich Market today, Friday 12th August 2016, between 10am-2pm.

Please feel free to pop down and have a look!

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