What does Bloxwich mean to you?
Our ancient Anglo-Saxon village means many things to many people, and now is a good time to be thinking about this, because local community heritage-minded campaigners are calling for a flag to be created for Bloxwich!
Great precedents in recent years for this idea have been the Black Country flag, which has not only been seen on houses, cars and boats all around the Black Country – including Bloxwich – but also world-wide and even on the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa; and of course the popular Willenhall flag, also a community design. Both of these flags reflect the rich history and heritage of the places they represent, so why not Bloxwich as well?
Awl blades, anvil stones, the Wishing Tree, the wakes/carnival, industry and agriculture are just a few of the many historic and cultural aspects of Bloxwich. Bloxwich always had both a Black Country industrial side with mining and metalwork, and a green side with farming and its many leafy parks, so red and green could be good colours to use. But all of this is yet to be decided, and more ideas will be needed and welcomed – which is where the people of Bloxwich come in!
Organisers will soon be launching a competition for flag designs to be submitted in a bid to create an official flag for Bloxwich.
Popular Facebook-based Community group Bloxwich Old & New will be hosting the competition alongside the UK Flag Institute. Martin Morris of Bloxwich Old & New, the competition organiser, is convinced that Bloxwich deserves to fly the flag.
Mr Morris told the Bloxwich Telegraph: “We want every one of any age and talent to submit a design. The final winner will be chosen by the public and the flag will be officially launched as the Bloxwich flag.”
The flag will be designed by the community, for the community. A competition will be held in Bloxwich to choose the top designs, with the winner decided by a public vote. Local business, Bloxwich Hardware Store, is proud to sponsor the competition and look forward to flying the flag on the High Street.
Local Councillors Louise Harrison and Matt Follows are backing the campaign and “…hope the Bloxwich flag will be a symbol for the whole community to rally around, raising awareness of the town and celebrating our heritage”.
Bloxwich resident Brad Allen, said: “The Bloxwich flag will be great for the whole community – to celebrate our identity, history and the future of the town”.
A judging panel in association with the Flag Institute will select a shortlist and the winner will be chosen by public vote..
The competition will be launched soon and an announcement and entry form will be posted in the Bloxwich Telegraph as well as being sent out to the regional media.
GET STARTED NOW
Meanwhile, If you want to join in the preliminary discussion now, a dedicated Facebook page has already been set up: https://www.facebook.com/A-Flag-For-Bloxwich-Competition-1169266786424154/
You can also send in comments and ideas to: firstname.lastname@example.org