Street by Street Olympic Torch Relay route lists online

Olympic Torch Kiss (Courtesy

I was so impressed by a set of downloadable street-by-street Olympic Torch Relay route lists I’ve found on the ITV Central News website that I thought it would be worth sharing this with all our Bloxwich Telegraph readers – and they cover outside the Walsall area as well – in fact, all across the Midlands – so many people from far beyond our borough boundaries will be sure to find them useful!

This is the page to download the route lists in pdf format:

If you are planning to line the route, note that where it says CONVOY you will not see the torch or torch bearer – they travel in a van/minibus along that section of the route and NOT on foot!

The one to download which includes the Walsall Area is for Day 43 – follow this link direct to the pdf:

All credit to ITV Central News for making these excellent lists available!

Hope this helps!


Plan ahead to beat the traffic on Olympic Torch Day

Walsall for 2012 logo

Revellers are being strongly encouraged by Walsall Council to plan ahead to avoid the traffic and be sure of a prime spot when the Olympic torch passes through Walsall borough this weekend.

More than thirty runners will carry the torch through Bloxwich, Walsall and Willenhall on Saturday June 30.

Rolling road closures will be staged to minimise delays as much as possible.

But traffic managers have issued a warning of significant delays and ask people to plan ahead if they need to make a journey on, across or near to the relay route.


They also warn motorists not to park along the near side of the route as vehicles causing an obstruction or road safety concern may be moved away or risk being towed away.

A web page setting out the closures has been posted to help people plan their day at:

The website also has details of fun events in Walsall town centre, in and around Bloxwich High Street and Market Place, Willenhall on the big day.

And many details have already been published in The Bloxwich Telegraph, with particular relevance to Bloxwich and Leamore residents – see our Olympic Games category.


A route map poster is available via this link: Walsall Council Olympic Torch Relay Map A1 Poster


Councillor Mike Bird, Walsall Council Leader, said:

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that people will remember for generations to come.

“There’s no escaping the fact that there will be disruption and we want to issue plenty of warnings in advance.

“Rest assured that we’re working with police to make sure disruption is kept to a minimum.

“But our message is simply to plan ahead and allow far more time than you normally would on Saturday to get about whether you are seeing the torch or heading for the church to get married.”

Torch bearers will carry the torch along the A34 through the centre of Bloxwich along High Street then via Somerfield Road to Green Lane where the torch will travel by van towards Walsall town centre along Green Lane.

Torch bearers will go on foot again once they near Walsall Police Station. The convoy will then turn left at Walsall police station and travel on the ring road and Littleton Street before making a right turn onto Lichfield Street and heading towards the Council House.

The torch bearers will progress to Park Street and Gallery Square via Bridge Street and The Bridge and will then progress through the Pleck, Alumwell and Birchills areas on the Wolverhampton Road and on through Bentley towards Willenhall on Wolverhampton Road West.

The torch progresses through New Road in Willenhall town centre, then exits the borough, heading out to Wolverhampton via Somerford Place and the Portobello island at around 2.50pm.

Bloxwich Celebrates! Olympic Torch Party Posters

Bloxwich Party in the Park Programme

We have today received some final posters and handbills with details of the Olympic Torch-related  Bloxwich Celebrates 2012 event and the Party In The Park in Bloxwich Park this Saturday, including the entertainment and arena programmes, and thought they would be useful to our readers.

Please follow the links to downloads below!

Bloxwich Celebrates 2012 Olympic Poster

Bloxwich Celebrates 2012 Party in the Park Programme

Click on the image below for the full size jpg of the Arena Programme:

Bloxwich Celebrates 2012 Display Arena Programme A4

Two face no further action over Birchills deaths

Derrick Vassell and Clare Sly
Victims Derrick Vassell and Clare Sly

TWO people arrested in connection with the deaths of a man and a woman in Birchills, Walsall will face no further action by police.

An investigation was launched after 39-year-old Clare Sly and 43-year-old Derrick Vassell were found dead at a house on Laneside Gardens at 1.37am on Friday 8 June.

A forensic post mortem revealed both died as a result of gunshot wounds to the chest.

Police immediately arrested a 23-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman who were later released on bail. Their bail has now been cancelled and they face no charges following the deaths.

A file is now being prepared for the coroner and an inquest will be opened in due course.

Police Property Act funds support Bloxwich Brownies and Guides


7th Bloxwich Brownies and Guides receive their cheque.

Funds from the Police Property Act (PPA) supported the 7th Bloxwich Brownies and Guides group to hold a Queens Jubilee Jamboree earlier this month.

The fund consists of money raised from the sale of recovered property that has been in police possession for more than 12 months.

A £500 cheque was presented to the girl guides (see picture, above) and covered the cost of a new outdoor marquee tent which the group can use to host events and guiding activities. The new marquee will replace a former tent that was destroyed in strong winds last year.

Sergeant Andy Mchugh from Bloxwich West Neighbourhood Team, said:

“The group offer activities and support to the wider communities of Bloxwich and the money will help them in not only the Queens Diamond Jubilee Jamboree but any future events which they are looking to hold outdoors.”

The 7th Bloxwich Brownies and Guides is the latest community project to benefit from the Police Property Act.

In the last 10 years West Midlands Police has donated over £250,000 to local community groups and projects.

Get your career off to a flying start tomorrow with WACC

WACC logo

Walsall Adult & Community College (WACC) in Leamore is helping people to get their careers off to a flying start by hosting an open day tomorrow, Thursday 28 June 2012, from 4pm to 7pm.

If you are facing redundancy, have recently been made redundant or are looking to return to work following a career break, then this event is for you.

The college which provides learning opportunities to over 8,000 students each year is holding a Careers Launch open day from its Hawbush campus in Beeches Road, off the Bloxwich Road, WS3 1AG.

It’s an opportunity for those who may be returning to the workplace after a break in their career and who are considering returning to learning to boost their future prospects.

The Careers Launch Open Day will enable potential students to discover the college’s varied learning opportunities in

       * Hospitality and Catering
       * Creative Industries
       * Health and Social Care
       * Accountancy and Support for Small Businesses
       * Computers / ICT
       * Education – Teaching and Early Years
       * Childcare

A creche will be available for parents to leave their children whilst they discuss their learning opportunities with college advisors.

Shoppers and visitors to Walsall Town Centre are also invited to pop into the college’s WACC Shack in the Saddlers Shopping Centre from 10am to 4.30pm to check out the range of courses if they can’t attend the main event later in the day.

From September 2012 and for the first time ever, learners will be able to take up the opportunity of studying English and Mathematics (Levels 1 and 2) for FREE.

Joanne Keatley, director for curriculum and learning, said: “Whether you are returning to work following a career break or hoping to boost your skills, our Career Launch open day will be an excellent opportunity for everyone to see for themselves what it’s like to study at Walsall Adult & Community College.

“Here at WACC, we’re extremely proud of our learners and put them at the heart of everything we do. For many learners, we have enabled them to have their very first experience of success in achieving qualifications, in retraining for employment or to develop their confidence to become job-ready.

There will be plenty of opportunities to talk to our experts at our Career Launch Open Day,” she added.

Help with childcare costs, for those who are eligible will also be considered as learners embark on their studies at the college.

The college’s Hawbush campus is just a 5 minute bus journey from Walsall Town Centre and can be found next door to the Forest Arts Centre.

To find out more about the open day call 01922 663000, visit, find WACC on Facebook or on Twitter @Walsall_WACC.

Bloxwich student reaches for the sky!

Louise Shaw in a glider

A Bloxwich student studying at Walsall Adult & Community College (WACC) has proved you can prepare to ‘fight AND flight’ as she bids to become a pilot for the Royal Navy later this year.

Twenty-three year old Louise Shaw from Bloxwich passed her Functional Skills in Mathematics (Level 2) in March, giving her the green light to pursue her dream.

The former Frank F Harrison Comprehensive School pupil is already training as an amateur glider pilot and is working towards achieving her first solo flight with the Staffordshire Gliding Club.

Louise initially set her heart on becoming a fighter pilot for the RAF, but she missed out when the organisation closed its recruitment. She then applied for the Royal Navy and decided that in order to boost her chances, she would return to college to achieve her Level 2 in Mathematics which she passed with ‘flying colours’.


From September 2012 and for the first time ever, Walsall Adult & Community College will offer GCSE Maths and English to learners for FREE, thanks to the release of new Government funding.

The Royal Navy immediately offered Louise the position of Air Traffic Controller, which she declined as she was determined to fulfil her flying aspirations. Upon completion of a stringent fitness and medical test, Louise now hopes to begin her intensive training at a Navy base later this year.

“Studying at WACC helped build my confidence that I could actually achieve what I set out to achieve,” she said.

“I’m very thankful to my tutor Steve Read, who has been wonderful. I never forget my friends and the people who have helped me accomplish so much.

“Special mention also has to go to Frank F Harrison, it’s a great school and I wouldn’t be who I am today without the teachers that worked there.”

Joanne Keatley, director for curriculum and learning at Walsall Adult & Community College praised the 23-year-old, saying:

“We’re delighted and very proud that Louise has achieved her Functional Skills qualification. Her experience just goes to show that in life, you can achieve anything if you set your mind to it. “We wish her all the best in her Navy career.”

The last word is left to Louise, who after visiting the Kennedy Space Centre spotted this quote, which has since become her mantra:

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire waiting to be ignited, with every definite thought because if you can dream it, you can do it.”

To find out about the college’s GCSE Maths and English course programme contact the college by calling 01922 663000, visiting, on Facebook and via Twitter @Walsall_WACC.

Bloxwich Road Closures and Parking for the Olympic Torch

Walsall for 2012 logo

Further information has been received from Walsall Council’s Walsall for 2012 website regarding Bloxwich road closures and parking restrictions for the Olympic Torch Relay this Saturday 30 June which will be of interest to our readers. This was originally passed on to inform local businesses and is edited below for use here.

Road closures – Restrictions – Business Responsibilities

A bumper crowd is expected in Bloxwich on Saturday 30th June and Walsall Council needs to work alongside all our businesses to ensure it’s a safe, fun and enjoyable day for everyone.

With this in mind and to minimise any disruption please be aware of the following:

Road Closures

Road closures on the day across Bloxwich will be minimal. High Street and adjoining junctions (Lichfield Road, Bell Lane, The Green, Park Road, Wolverhampton Road, Samuel Street, Victoria Avenue, Harrison Street, Market Place, Elmore Row, Church Street, and Elmore Green Road) will see road closures in place from approximately 11:30am to 12:30pm.

As the convoy passes through some of the side roads coming into and out of Bloxwich (Lichfield Road, Bell Lane, The Green, Park Road, Wolverhampton Road, Samuel Street, Victoria Avenue, Harrison Street, Market Place, Elmore Row, Church Street, and Elmore Green Road) will be temporarily closed as a rolling road closure to allow safe passage.

Walsall Council does not envisage any disruption to pedestrian traffic in the area but 30 minutes prior to the torch passing marshals will manage the road to keep the route secure. This will be lifted once the torch has passed.


Due to the nature of the event there will be some restrictions in place. Walsall Council asks that businesses work with them and plan ahead.

  • Deliveries:  Due to road closures businesses on and around the torch relay route are requested to make alternative arrangements on the day. This includes Cash In Transit operators especially in High Street due to this being the main through route for the torch.
  • Contractors: Again businesses are requested to make alternative arrangements for any contractors planned on the day including window cleaners and maintenance contractors.
  • A Boards & Shop Displays: It is anticipated the town centre will attract a higher than usual footfall and in some areas a build up of congestion. To ease pedestrian foot flow Walsall Council requests that all A Boards & shop displays are removed from the public highway between the hours 10:30am and 12:30pm

On Street High Street Parking
High Street parking will be closed from all day especially from 10am to 4pm during the event. Cones and signage will highlight the closed bay. The cones will be put in place from on the day from 7am to ensure no one is parked in the bays during the designated times. The cones will be lifted after 4pm to enable High Street parking.

For more information on road closures, restrictions and closed parking bays please contact Kate Goodall on 01922 652821 or Steve Griffith on 01922 652558.

Walsall Partnership public Community Meetings


Walsall Partnership logo

Walsall Communities and Partnerships bring together different parts of our local community – public services, local businesses, community groups, voluntary sector organisations and local people.

Local partners have been working to help organisations and individuals work together in a co-ordinated way to plan local services, tackle the issues that matter to local people and improve quality of life in Walsall .

The aim of partnership working in Walsall is to help to create a cleaner, greener and safer Walsall.

Area Partnerships were established in 2010 to bring together local people, the council and its partners including local councillors, the Police, NHS Walsall, housing provider, community organisations and others to work closely and effectively within local communities. There are now six Area Partnerships across Walsall actively seeking the views of communities and partners to ensure that the needs of local people are being met.

For more information about Walsall Partnership, please visit their website at

The following public meetings organised by Walsall Partnership may be of interest to local residents wanting to find out more, ask questions or raise local issues. 


North Walsall (Bloxwich East, Bloxwich West, Blakenall Heath, Birchills-Leamore) Community Meeting on 26 June 2012 at Blakenall Village Centre, Thames Road, Blakenall Heath.

Brownhills, Pelsall, Rushall & Shelfield Community Meeting on 26 June 2012 at Pelsall Commmunity Association, Station Road, Pelsall, WS3 4BQ.

Aldridge & Beacon Community Meeting on 26 June Streetly Community Association, Foley Road East, Streetly.

Walsall South on 3 July 2012 at Walsall Council House.

Darlaston & Bentley on 27 June 2012 at Darlaston Town Hall.

Willenhall and Short Heath on 27 June 2012 at Winehela Court, 50a Sandbeds Road, Willenhall, WV12 4GA.

Black Country Prog Rockers coming to Bloxwich

Eligh Toadd

Famed four piece progressive rock band Eligh Toadd, who have appeared at venues across the Midlands, will be hopping onto the stage in Bloxwich next month.

The Walsall-based musicians will be at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre in Elmore Row on Saturday 7 July, where they will launch their latest CD!

The accomplished and talented band is well-known for its original prog rock music with a Black Country edge written mainly by vocalist and bass player Steve Evans and has recorded three CDs – Bored With Chess, Tales From A Misspelt Youth and Three Piece Suite which will be released at the Bloxwich gig.

Eligh Toadd has also recorded a live CD single Two From The Road.

Stuart Williams, Vice-chairman of Bloxwich Library Forum, said: “Eligh Toadd have played Worcester Arts Festival and The Robin 2 in Bilston among many Midlands venues and we are really excited to be able to welcome them to Bloxwich.

They play some of the great classic covers of progressive rock, but also offer some excellent Black Country-inspired anthems which are all their own, making them an act not to be missed!”

Tickets cost just  £5 and doors open at 8pm with the show starting at 8.30pm.  Be there – or be square!

For more about Eligh Toadd, check out their websites: