Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre season launches with Live Music!

Chuck Micallef and Tony Barrett onstage at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre

A great range of live music acts and shows are coming soon to the Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre in Elmore Row, Bloxwich – starting this week!

Everything from folk and country music to heavy rock and horror theatre for Hallowe’en week, not to mention regular Open Mic Nights.

And the popular venue in Elmore Row, Boxwich, Walsall is launching its Autumn-Winter 2012 season this  Saturday 6th October with a very special live music show:

‘Across the Borderline’ offers an evening of entertainment jam-packed with an eclectic mix of folk, country and chanson in a relaxed lighthearted atmosphere showcasing the talents of Chuck Micallef, Tony Barrett and duo Enchanté.

In fact, a truly international music night with Canadian/American, English and French music – something for everyone!

Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start to the show. Tickets cost just  £5 – excellent value.

Telephone Bloxwich Library to reserve your tickets now on 01922 655900.

Booking is strongly recommended to guarantee your seat at these popular shows.

Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre, formerly Bloxwich Library Theatre, is managed by Bloxwich Library Forum in partnership with Bloxwich Library.

The current programme for Autumn-Winter can be viewed on the Forum’s website:



Football-mad Bloxwich youngsters over-the-Moon at Bloxwich Asda

Lads from Gunners FC meet Rob Hendon at Asda Bloxwich.
Lads from Gunners FC meet Rob Hendon at Asda Bloxwich.

Football-mad Bloxwich youngsters are over-the-Moon with Bloxwich’s biggest superstore, Asda, which joined forces with them last Saturday to help raise funds for their team by giving them the opportunity to pack bags for customers on the checkouts while collecting donations.

Jason, Chris, Simon, Darren and all the boys at Bloxwich’s newest under-13’s football club GUNNERS FC, which is supported by the Gunners Club in Bloxwich and managed by parents on behalf of the players, got together at the Asda on 22 September for a very successful day’s fundraising, for which they are very grateful.

Bloxwich's future football heroes help Asda customers.
Bloxwich’s future football heroes help Asda customers.

Team spokesman Jason Bailey said:

“We would all like to say a massive thank-you to Community Life Champion Rob Hendon at Asda Bloxwich in Woodhall Street for giving our lads the chance to raise a fantastic £375, which is a big help in funding the team!”

Family-friendly GUNNERS FC was established in 2005, but they have recently started a new adventure on their own as the club they were formerly associated with has disbanded.

The team, which plays in the Walsall Junior Youth League, are looking for players to strengthen their existing squad.

Gunners FC train on Saturday mornings 10am – 12 noon at King George V Playing Fields off Stafford Road, Bloxwich.

Anyone who is interested in playing should ask their parents to telephone Chris on 07823539738 or Jason on 07905260980.  Potential sponsors are also welcome to get in touch.

Pictures courtesy Gunners FC.

Coppers bin relay – chance to support services in Afghanistan

Walsall Police Station, Green Lane.

Staff of Walsall Police Station have been busy organising a collection service for items for sending to UK armed forces personnel at war, since a colleague who has a son currently based at Camp Bastian, Afganistan realised that our ‘boys and girls’ currently serving out there would benefit from a few home comforts as they are currently working 12 hour shifts in 40 degree heat.

So kind-hearted coppers – who certainly know their duty – got their heads together and decided to organise a ‘Bin Relay’ to help collect goodies for hard-pressed servicemen and women.

Items can now be donated for sending overseas via Walsall, Bloxwich, Aldridge, Willenhall and Darlaston Police Stations, and police officers/local residents/local community business’s are also being asked if they would like to make a donation to this very worthwhile cause.

The idea is that members of the Royal Navy will then make the necessary arrangements for our boys and girls in Afghanistan to receive the donations.

Items particularly welcomed as donations include:

  • Gift Cards/Note Paper with Envelopes (to send a personal message to serving armed forces personnel).
  • Flip Flops (male and female).
  • Moisturisers.
  • Personal Hygiene Products (shaving/showering/washing products) – MUST BE NON AEROSOL.
  • Books/Magazines/puzzle books.
  • Biscuits (not chocolate).
  • Sweets (apparently they love Haribo)!!,
  • DVDs and CDs.
  • Entertainment (Travel Games).
  • Playing Cards.
  • Lightweight Leisure Clothing (Shorts/vests/T-Shirts.)
  • Suncream.
  • Summer headwear (hats and caps).

Any donations would be very gratefully received, whether from individuals, organisations or businesses.  It is expected the bins of goodies will be collected and sent off at the end of October.

Walsall Local Policing Unit’s website is available via this link.

Blooming Bloxwich collects Silver Gilt award!

Nikki Rolls of Walsall Council and Emma Harewood, Chair of Bloxwich Business Partnership, at Kings Heath Park to collect the award (courtesy Niki Rolls).
Nikki Rolls of Walsall Council and Emma Harewood, Chair of Bloxwich Business Partnership, at Kings Heath Park to collect the award (courtesy Nikki Rolls).

Bloxwich and other places across Walsall borough can hold their heads high after Heart of England in Bloom presented Gold, Silver-Gilt and Silver awards to five of the borough’s district centres.

Bloxwich won a Silver-Gilt award, a massive improvement since last year’s contest, which saw the village collecting a well-deserved Bronze.

Particularly noted by Bloxwich residents this year has been the massive amount of effort put in by Nikki Rolls, Walsall Council’s Regeneration Assistant for Bloxwich and partners Bloxwich Business Partnership, Bloxwich Councillors and members of Bloxwich Carnival Committee and Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix amongst others.

The Heart of England In Bloom judges were particularly impressed by this year’s Gold-winning Aldridge entry and have invited Aldridge to represent the Heart of England region in  the national Britain in Bloom awards in 2013 in the Urban Community category.

Darlaston and Willenhall also won worthy silver awards.

Additional success saw Economic Regeneration Officer, Antonia Pompa, receive a Certificate of Merit in recognition for her work in Aldridge and Brownhills.

Councillor Adrian Andrew, portfolio holder for Regeneration with Walsall Council Coalition, said: “Everyone benefits from cleaner, safer, greener communities, socially, environmentally and economically.

“These awards encourage a sense of ownership and community renewal, they build civic pride in sustaining places where people want to live.

“We are very proud of our district centres and this success and recognition shows the commitment we as a council have invested to raise their profiles.

“There is a lot of hard work which takes place all-year round so residents can feel proud of the communities they live in and visitors will be stimulated by their experience of each district centre.”

In preparing for this year’s competition, an army or organised volunteers worked for hundreds of hours across the five district centres.

“Recruiting so many volunteers, all representing the great and good of Walsall, was a productive way of engaging the community and local businesses for In-Bloom 2012,” added Cllr Andrew.

“All in all Walsall can be very proud of this recognition. My thanks go to all the businesses, community organisations and members of the local community who made this happen. We can all reap the benefits of their efforts.”

Regeneration Officer, Diane Mansell, on bealf of the Council’s District Centre Management Team, said: “These awards are testament to the enormous amount of hard work put in by volunteers and community groups in all of our district centres.

“This shows what can be achieved by a genuine partnership between local people, community groups and the council. We are enormously grateful to all the In Bloom volunteers for their tireless support and enthusiasm.”

Needless to say, Bloxwich will be aiming for the top of the tree next year!

Judges comments on Bloxwich’s entry may be read via the following link:

Bloxwich Business Partnership’s Facebook page is here:

Appeal for vigilance against shock tree vandalism in Bloxwich

Cllr Kath Philips examines a vandalised tree.
Cllr Kath Philips examines a vandalised tree.

Bloxwich residents have been appalled by a shocking and vicious campaign of vandalism against trees in the village centre which may have dog-fighting links.

The Promenade Gardens, off High Street, have been a haven from the hustle and bustle since Victorian timed, and home to the historic Bloxwich Fountain since 1928.

The leafy Bloxwich Promenade Gardens.
The leafy Bloxwich Promenade Gardens.

Now, sadly, savage devastation has been wreaked on mature trees in the popular ‘little park’, and locals are so concerned that Bloxwich East Councillor Kath Phillips has stepped in and contacted The Bloxwich Telegraph this week to raise awareness of the situation and encourage passers-by, school children, parents and teachers, drivers and busmen to keep their eyes peeled for the vandal or vandals responsible.

Several other trees have also been attacked.
Several other trees have also been attacked.

Speaking to The Bloxwich Telegraph Cllr Philips said:

“I am greatly upset by seeing this damage, as those who know me well know how much I love trees. These trees have been here all my lifetime.

“We need to all be vigilant and call the police if we witness anything going on. I just want the culprit caught”.

Cllr Philips also commented that she believed the damage may have links with dog-fighting, as similar damage had occurred in connection with the vicious and illegal so-called ‘sport’ in Sandwell, with dogs being trained to bite at trees and play equipment such as swing seats.

The most badly damaged tree is covered with apparent bite-marks.
The most badly damaged tree is covered with apparent bite-marks.

She has also approached Walsall Council staff to see what might be done to save the trees, but the damage to at least one is so severe that she fears it may be lost, and insects are already clearly visible adding to the damage done so far.

Insects have already begun to attack the exposed tree.
Insects have already begun to attack the exposed tree.

Bloxwich Police and the headteacher of the nearby Bloxwich CE Primary School, which is located across the road from the Promenade Gardens, have also been approached by Cllr Philips to ask for vigilance.

Mr Martyn Blunt, headteacher of the historic school known affectionately to generations of Bloxwich people as ‘The National’, commented to The Bloxwich Telegraph:

“The children and staff of Bloxwich C.E Primary School enjoy the pleasure of looking over to the Promenade Gardens on a daily basis at break times and lunch time, when the children play on the front playground.

“Over the years we have seen the gardens develop into a very
beautiful setting, particularly enjoying this summer watching the flower beds display the Queen’s Jubilee commemoration.

“We were saddened to come back to school after the summer, to see how some of the trees had been stripped of their bark and been damaged. We have decided to keep an eye on the gardens from our playground.”

There have since been reports of a man with a dog in the Promenade Gardens around 7.45 – 8am on Thursday, though apparently no criminal activity was seen on this occasion and the man may be unconnected with the incident.

The Bloxwich Telegraph has now joined the campaign against this vicious attack on our historic gardens, and we are asking all our readers and their friends and families to keep their eyes peeled for any suspicious persons, especially with a dog or dogs, in the Promenade Gardens, and if they see anything suspicious, to report this to the police.

It is important, however, that the vandal(s), whomever they may be, should not be approached by members of the public, as either they or their dog(s) may be dangerous.

Bloxwich Police can be contacted by telephone on 101, or in emergencies only on 999.

Anyone wary of speaking to the police direct can also report criminal activity anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Blakenall masked raiders: Police appeal

Blakenall CCTV preview courtesy West Midlands Police

Walsall Police are appealing for help in connect with a raid in which burglars threatened a young woman with a knife as she lay in her bed in a terrifying raid on her home in Blakenall Heath, near Bloxwich.

Police are now releasing CCTV images of two men they want to trace following the offence earlier this year.

The offenders broke into the 25-year-old victim’s house in Newhome Way at around 10.30pm on Tuesday 29 May.

Two of them burst into the woman’s bedroom and threatened her with a knife, asking for money and jewellery, while a third man searched the kitchen.

The trio left taking cash and electrical items, including a 42″ TV, a games console and a computer.

Detective Constable Matt Tromans, from the Force Criminal Investigation Department in Bloxwich, said: “This was a violent attack on a defenceless young woman, which has left her shaken and distressed.

“We have examined CCTV from the local area and identified two men that we would like to speak to who went into the Costcutter shop on Well Lane at around 9.30pm on the same evening.

“Local enquiries have not produced any leads so we are hoping that the public may be able to help us identify these men.

“They were known to have been driving a silver BMW 3 series around the housing estate a few times during the evening and we hope that someone may have seen them.”

The full CCTV images can be viewed on the police website:

Anyone with information can contact DC Tromans by telephoning 101 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.