Stacey seals Stan Ball Centre sale success

Willenhall Carnival Queen Stacey Senior (left) and Deb Brownlee of the Stan Ball Centre (Pix: Stuart Williams)

Yesterday saw the first ever Sunday Table Top Sale at The Stan Ball Centre in Bloxwich, and the undoubted success of the event was sealed by a visit from the lovely Stacey Senior.  Stacey  travelled across the borough from her home in Willenhall to open the event as the new Willenhall Carnival Queen, by invitation of the organisers, at 11am on Sunday.

The day saw two ‘firsts’ – the centre’s first ever sale event and Stacey’s first public engagement as Carnival Queen.  But why would a Willenhall Carnival Queen be making an appearance in Bloxwich?
The super new Stan Ball Centre consists of two buildings in canalside grounds off Abbotts Street
Well, this remarkable two-building centre, a major facility catering for the over 50’s, opened last year in Abbotts Street and replacing a previous building, has been working closely with Stacey in her ‘day job’ as a Senior Social Worker for Walsall Council.  And she has been helping to prepare the model for a widow and widowers group soon to be set up there.
And Stacey was not only performing a ceremonial role, she was joining in with the event itself as she and her mother had their own table selling their home made cakes  as a fundraiser for a family friend in need of treatment for cancer.

Stacey meets local artist Jackie (left) and Eddie Plimmer on their stall then checks out the display from St. John’s Church Perservation Group who had come all the way from Dudley

The Bloxidge Tallygraph was delighted to be invited to cover the event, and Edditer Stuart Williams rolled up with his camera at opening time to be welcomed at the door both by Queen Stacey and by Deb Brownlee, Young at Heart Project Co-ordinator and energetic organiser at the centre.  The hall in which the sale was being held was already packed with great stalls and enthusiastic buyers checking out their wares.

Deb Brownlee said “What a relief that people turned up! It had been throwing it down with rain all morning and being our first one we couldn’t be sure that people would come!  But by 11am the sun was shining and with 28 tables there was a wide variety of goods and stalls on offer.   To have the Willenhall Carnival Queen to perform the opening ceremony was really just the icing on the cake. It was a great day and we are so grateful to everyone who helped us develop this and gave us support.”

The centre opened its doors in January and is developing a wide range of classes, groups, care services and fundraising events, plus dances every Saturday night.Details from 01922 403351 or Facebook Bloxwich Community Partnership Stan Ball Centre.

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