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Walsall North News joins Bloxwich Telegraph in hibernation

The Walsall North News (aka WNN, formerly Bloxwich News Network) Twitter feed and Facebook page are to join The Bloxwich Telegraph website in hibernation, from this Sunday, 22 April 2018.

The two social media sites, which aim to serve the Bloxwich and Willenhall areas, will remain in place, but will no longer be updated.  The Bloxwich Telegraph has been on hiatus since October 2017, and this will continue. It has been retained online so that the historical and heritage information and other links which it contains may still be available to local people and ex-pats.

While it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that these sites may one day return to operation, or come back to provide a similar service in some other format, my health is not as  good as it was, I have family responsibilities, and I presently cannot devote the time necessary to do them justice, as I need to concentrate on personal writing and research projects and other work, so I feel it is better to shut things down for the foreseeable future.

What does this mean in practice?

Basically, the WNN Twitter feed will not be updated, nor retweets shared,  unless I receive any emergency messages for urgent sharing.  The WNN Facebook page will also not be updated or monitored, though local people are very welcome to continue posting their own news there should they wish.

Why now?

I have been operating all these sites, in one form or another (remember The Bloxidge Tallygraph?) since 2006, when I began by reporting on that year’s Bloxwich Carnival.  I have covered a lot of ground and met thousands of people since then!  Sadly, there will be no Bloxwich Carnival this year (and possibly in future), so this seems as good a time as any to cease our coverage. Time for a rest.

Having said that, I will still be out and about in Bloxwich from time to time, and aim to post on the Bloxwich Old & New Facebook page about local heritage topics when I can.

Thank you

My thanks to everyone for their interest and support over the years, it will not be forgotten. Nothing’s ever forgotten.

Sincerely,

Stuart Williams

Editor & Publisher

Walsall North News, The Bloxwich Telegraph and The Bloxidge Tallygraph

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The Bloxwich Telegraph – End of an Era

The Bloxwich Telegraph is to cease operation as a news site this weekend, after being published (first as The Bloxidge Tallygraph) since July 2006, when it first covered Bloxwich Carnival.

Health

There are a number of reasons for this, but this is primarily because for personal and family health reasons, our editor and publisher, Stuart Williams, is no longer able to spare the time to do the site justice in the way he would wish, something which will have been evident this year due to the infrequent nature of updates.

Heritage

The site will, however, be maintained online (but not updated) for the foreseeable future, in order to both ensure that the information it contains remains available, and because plans are being considered to re-work it into a permanent local history and heritage site for Bloxwich and district at some time next year, which seems appropriate considering the site’s regular involvement with such matters as well as its historic origins.  If that goes ahead, an announcement will be made.

Social media

The social media arm of The Bloxwich Telegraph, formerly known as Bloxwich News Network and now Walsall North News, which comprises both a Twitter feed and a linked Facebook page, with a combined total of more than 3,500 followers, serves in its own right to relay a wider range of news and information which may interest local people.  This service is expected to continue to operate until further notice, and will remain linked to the front page of The Bloxwich Telegraph.

Thank you

We would like to thank our readers for their support and interest over the years, and hope that we can serve the local community in different ways in future. Watch this space.

 

Interested in local history? Watch this space!

The Bloxwich Tardis on Elmore Green is a steel time machine celebrating the history and heritage of Bloxwich - but what do you know about Bloxwich past?
The Bloxwich Tardis on Elmore Green is a steel time machine celebrating the history and heritage of Bloxwich – but what do you know about Bloxwich past?

The people of Bloxwich and district are well-known for their interest in local history and heritage, whether it be of people and places,  pubs and parks, chapels and churches, or ghosts and goings-on in their own area.

And both The Bloxwich Telegraph and its predecessor The Bloxidge Tallygraph are well-known for supporting that interest.

Now, our readers can look forward to reading a range of local history articles penned by our editor, Stuart WIlliams – all within these pages. Some of these will be new, others will be updates or expansions of past features we have published over the years.

You can even look forward to some spooky fiction around Hallowe’en time…

First up will be a short potted history of Bloxwich, entitled Bloxwich – Then and Now. Watch this space!