Bloxwich Carnival Committee and vounteers 2016

It was fun in the sun at Bloxwich Carnival 2016!

The Mayor of Walsall Cllr Kath Phillips and consort Mr Maurice Phillips meet the 2016 Bloxwich Carnival Royalty Queen Amber Rolls, Rosebud Tayla Parker and Princess Libby Robbins
The Mayor of Walsall Cllr Kath Phillips and consort Mr Maurice Phillips meet the 2016 Bloxwich Carnival Royalty Queen Amber Rolls, Rosebud Tayla Parker and Princess Libby Robbins

The year’s top event for Bloxwich and district, Bloxwich Carnival, took place last Saturday, and with perfect weather on order this year, couldn’t fail to be a super success with thousands attending, thanks to the massive amount of hard work from the unpaid and often unsung heroes who run the show every year.

Specifically, thanks to Bloxwich Carnival Committee, now headed by Shaun Fitzpatrick as Chair, and other volunteers, including several members of hard-working past Carnival Royalty who give unstinting support.  Not to mention the stalwart Walsall Council workers who always provide invaluable support on the day and in other ways . Which is why this year’s carnival feature header is  a picture of the committee and volunteers!

Playing Bingo at this year's Bloxwich Carnival Senior Citizens' Party at the Stan Ball Centre
Playing Bingo at this year’s Bloxwich Carnival Senior Citizens’ Party at the Stan Ball Centre

Members of other local groups like the tireless Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix and the energetic young people of 196 (Walsall) Squadron of the Air Training Corps also contribute hugely to the work of the carnival throughout the year, including the Carnival Royalty choosing event and one of the main reasons for the carnival, the annual Senior Citizens’ Party (now at the excellent Stan Ball Centre, but for many years at the now-demolished Bloxwich Baths).

In a rare picture of him, Bloxwich Telegraph editor and publisher Stuart Williams (centre) helps Bloxwich Carnival Royals catch a Pokemon!
In a rare picture of him, Bloxwich Telegraph editor and publisher Stuart Williams (centre) helps Bloxwich Carnival Royals catch a Pokemon!

This year’s carnival was also a very special occasion for The Bloxwich Telegraph, marking as it did the 10th birthday of The Bloxidge Tallygraph and the Telegraph, which it evolved into. One of the main purposes of this website has always been to support Bloxwich Carnival (and the local community) with publicity and by taking the official photographs, all free of charge, and our editor and publisher Stuart Williams has always been delighted to do so, this year as every year. Paying it back and paying it forward is what we do.

The Mayor of Walsall Cllr Kath Phillips opens Bloxwich Carnival 2016
The Mayor of Walsall Cllr Kath Phillips opens Bloxwich Carnival 2016

Gates opened on 6th August at 12 noon.  After an introduction by Chair Shaun Fitzpatrick, in which he thanked 2015 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Charlotte Locke for all her work in the past year, the Carnival was formally opened by our own Bloxwich East councillor and Mayor of Walsall Kath Phillips, who was there throughout the day with her consort Mr Maurice Phillips. MP for Walsall North, Mr David Winnick, also attended in support of the event as usual.

Right royally crowned - Bloxwich Carnival Royalty 2016. L to R: Rosebud Tayla Parker, Princess Libby Robbins, 2015 Queen Charlotte Locke and (enthroned!) Bloxwich Carnival Queen Amber Rolls
Right royally crowned – Bloxwich Carnival Royalty 2016. L to R: Rosebud Tayla Parker, Princess Libby Robbins, 2015 Queen Charlotte Locke and (enthroned!) Bloxwich Carnival Queen Amber Rolls

Shortly afterwards, the 2016 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Amber Rolls, Princess Libby Robbins and Rosebud Tayla Parker were crowned at around 12.20pm, looking radiant as the Mayor presented them with their ceremonial tiaras and flowers. They then went on to tour the many stalls on the field before enjoying a well-deserved break and their own fun-in-the-sun on the Pat Collins Fun Fair!

Dodgy driving on the Dodgems - courtesy of Bloxwich Carnival Royalty and Pat Collins' Fun Fair!
Dodgy driving on the Dodgems – courtesy of Bloxwich Carnival Royalty and Pat Collins’ Fun Fair!
Wild times high up on the Scream ride for Carnival royals and more!
Wild times high up on the Scream ride for Carnival royals and more!

Saturday’s Carnival was free to public admission, which is great, and it’s wonderful that the event is now so well supported locally that this was possible.  As usual, the event not only included a huge number of stalls (almost fifty!) and displays by local groups, charities and businesses, but also a range of entertainments including new arena events, and the ever-popular Pat Collins Fun Fair, which really is an essential partner to Bloxwich Carnival, going back to the days of Pat Collins himself.

Carnival Princess Libby Robbins goes eye-to-eye with a mighty owl from Armitage Bird of Prey Centre!
Carnival Princess Libby Robbins goes eye-to-eye with a mighty owl from Armitage Bird of Prey Centre!
A few of the almost fifty stalls
A few of the almost fifty stalls
Wrestling action aplenty from Alternative Wrestling World
Wrestling action aplenty from Alternative Wrestling World
Fun in the sun in Bloxwich

Apart from the fair, which presented a range of thrilling rides and fun for all the family, there was much more to see, do and enjoy all day in and around the arena, including:

  • Ridgeside Lurchers & Hunting Dogs Falconry and bird of prey display
  • Alternative Wrestling World’s exciting contests
  • Satori Freestyle Martial Arts demonstrations
  • The always amazing birds of the Armitage Bird of Prey Centre
  • A display of unusual animals including snakes!
  • Clive Chandler’s Punch & Judy – popular with all the family
  • The Fizzogs Dancing Grannies – who we sadly missed due to covering the Carnival Royalty and hope to catch up with another time.
  • Mad Dominic, clown and entertainer. Dom is a regular in Bloxwich and always raises a laugh with his madcap antics.

 

Great to see so many families enjoying the Bloxwich Carnival atmosphere!
Great to see so many families enjoying the Bloxwich Carnival atmosphere!
1st Bloxwich Scout Group - they certainly do their best for Bloxwich young people!
1st Bloxwich Scout Group – they certainly do their best for Bloxwich young people!
 Falconry par excellence from Head Falconer Phillip Gibbons of Ridgeside Falconry and Lurcher Racing

Falconry par excellence from Head Falconer Phillip Gibbons of Ridgeside Falconry and Lurcher Racing
 It's one-two kung-fu from Satori Martial Freestyle Arts group and young volunteers!
It’s one-two kung-fu from Satori Martial Freestyle Arts group and young volunteers!
 Fun in the sun with Clive Chandler's Punch and Judy attracting an appreciative crowd

Fun in the sun with Clive Chandler’s Punch and Judy attracting an appreciative crowd
A big thank you to all involved

With the fantastic weather, great organisation and tons of hard work as well as new and varied attractions in and out of the arena, plus Pat Collins’ Fair, this year’s carnival, the sixteenth since it was revived for the millennium, was a real treat for everyone who attended, and a credit to all concerned. Well done, everyone, and thank you!

Snoopy Thank You

The Bloxwich Telegraph is already looking forward to next year’s event – and the next decade of serving Bloxwich folk!

Meanwhile, why not check out our full Flickr album of 170 photos taken on Saturday? Click on the image link below to view and download:

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty admire Pat Collins' historic showman's tractor. L to R: 2015 Queen Charlotte Locke, 2016 Princess Libby Robbins, 2016 Rosebud Tayla Parker (front), 2016 Queen Amber Rolls
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