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Bloxwich Carnival Senior Citizens’ Party pictures posted!

Party lunch is served at the Stan Ball Centre for Bloxwich Carnival Senior Citizens Party 2017
Party lunch is served at the Stan Ball Centre for Bloxwich Carnival Senior Citizens Party 2017

Thursday 13th July 2017 saw the traditional annual prelude to Bloxwich Carnival – the Senior Citizens’ Party – take place at the Stan Ball Centre in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich. And a great deal of fun – and food – was had by all!

This traditional celebration for local people from care homes and local groups is laid on annually by Bloxwich Carnival Committee, using funds raised by Bloxwich Carnival. They are supported on the day by 196 Squadron Walsall ATC, care home staff and others.

Air Cadets from the local 196 Squadron help members of Bloxwich Carnival Committee and supporters in serving partygoers
Air Cadets from the local 196 Squadron help members of Bloxwich Carnival Committee and supporters in serving partygoers

Each year since 2006, at the invitation of the Committee, The Bloxwich Telegraph’s editor Stuart Williams has also had the pleasure of supporting the event by photographing it and making pictures available online.

Larry and Kate of 'Kate's Party' in full swing
Larry and Kate of ‘Kate’s Party’ in full swing

This year hundreds of local senior citizens streamed in by minibus to be rousingly entertained by traditional and other popular songs from ‘Kates Party’ – professionals singer Kate and instrumentalist Larry – who regularly provide entertainment for the over 50’s (tel 07969 755229) and had some partygoers dancing in the aisles! There was also bingo, and a tasty party lunch and other refreshments for all.

Bloxwich Carnival Queen 2016 Amber Rolls joins 2010 Queen Jessica Jones (centre left) and other Bloxwich Carnival Committee members Julie Fitzpatrick (left) and Debbie Jones (right) on the lawn
Bloxwich Carnival Queen 2016 Amber Rolls joins 2010 Queen Jessica Jones (centre left) and other Bloxwich Carnival Committee members Julie Fitzpatrick (left) and Debbie Jones (right) on the lawn

As usual, just a few pictures can be shown here, so we make a full album available for download via Flickr, and these may be viewed by all by clicking on this link: Bloxwich Carnival Senior Citizens Party 2017 Album

Permission is granted for use of these pictures, free of charge, to Bloxwich Carnival Committee as well as groups and individuals pictured, subject to the acknowledgement of photographer Stuart Williams and The Bloxwich Telegraph if published or used for display or online. Copyright is retained by Stuart Williams.

Bloxwich Carnival 2017 is here!

This year’s Bloxwich Carnival is now just a few days away, this Saturday 5th August, so for more details click on this link to our preview article.

We’ll be covering the event as we have since summer 2006, and hope to see you there!

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Bloxwich Carnival is coming!

Bloxwich Carnival

Yes, it’s that time of year again! Bloxwich’s biggest and best public event of the year, our annual Carnival, is almost here, and is all set to land in King George V Memorial Playing Fields on Saturday 5th August 2017. Apart from the traditional Pat Collins Fun Fair, there’ll be a host of stalls, attractions and arena events on offer – with FREE ADMISSION! And as always, it will be a feast of fun for all the family!

Bloxwich Carnival will be open from 12 noon to 5pm, with arena events spread throughout the afternoon. Times may be viewed below – scroll down to view. Main admission is as usual on foot, via the Bell Lane/Bealey’s Lane entrance. There may also be limited parking via the Stafford Road entrance.

Flyin Ryan follows Jumpin James over the Council truck
Flyin Ryan follows Jumpin James over the Council truck
Special attractions

Apart from all the fun of the fair, and various other smaller independent rides and attractions, special attractions this year include:

  • Flyin Ryan Stunt Riders
  • Elaine Hill Sheepdog Trials
  • Pete the Animatronic Dinosaur
  • Armitage Birds of Prey
  • Mad Dominic

Please note that while admission is free, rides on the Pat Collins Fun Fair and other rides are charged for individually.

Meet Pete the Dinosaur!
Meet Pete the Dinosaur!
Bob Park and one of the amazing Armitage Birds of Prey
Bob Park and one of the amazing Armitage Birds of Prey
Elaine Hill and her sheepdogs!
Elaine Hill and her sheepdogs!
Who's that mad bloke up there? It's Dom!
Who’s that mad bloke up there? It’s Dom!
Official Opening
Mayor of Walsall Cllr Marco Longhi (centre), with Cllrs Sean and Diane Coughlan at Willenhall Carnival in June
Mayor of Walsall Cllr Marco Longhi (centre), with Cllrs Sean and Diane Coughlan at Willenhall Carnival in June

This year there is no Bloxwich Carnival Queen crowning, but the Carnival will still be opened by the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Marco Longhi, at 12 noon. Watch out for the mobile stage near the roped display arena.

Arena Programme

You can download a jpeg of the arena programme for the day by clicking on the image below to enlarge it.

Bloxwich Carnival 2017 Arena Programme
Bloxwich Carnival 2017 Arena Programme
Support your local Carnival
Bloxwich Carnival Committee and volunteers 2016
Bloxwich Carnival Committee and volunteers 2016

Bloxwich Carnival is organised by the tireless and entirely voluntary Bloxwich Carnival Commitee, which also organises the annual Senior Citizens Party at the Stan Ball Centre every July, and is largely funded by donations. More help is always needed, so anyone interested in helping out at the Carnival should either have a word with a Committee member at the Carnival on the day, or contact them via the official Bloxwich Carnival Facebook page. You’ll be made very welcome!

Bloxwich Carnival is also supported by many local groups, such as the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix, and by Walsall Council, which provides the venue and much invaluable assistance in preparation and on the day.

Pictures Posted
Fun in the sun at Bloxwich Carnival!
Fun in the sun at Bloxwich Carnival!

As has been traditional since 2006, our editor Stuart Williams will be covering Bloxwich Carnival and taking the official photographs, a selection of which will be published here after the event. Watch this space!

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

It’s Carnival time in Bloxwich this weekend!

The year’s top event for Bloxwich and district, Bloxwich Carnival, takes place in just a few days!

And admission to the hugely popular event is FREE OF CHARGE!

Gates open at 12 noon at the King George V Playing Fields (recommended entrance off Bell Lane, Bloxwich) this Saturday 6th August, and the event not only includes a huge number of stalls and displays, but also a range of entertainments including arena events, and the ever-popular Pat Collins Fun Fair (rides are payable at the fair)!

The Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud will be crowned approx. 12-12.30pm.

Attractions include:

  • Lurchers and Hunting Dogs/Falconry displays
  • Alternative Wrestling World
  • Satori Freestyle Martial Arts Demosntration
  • Armitage Bird of Prey Centre
  • Clive Chandler Punch & Judy
  • Fizzogs Dancing Grannies
  • Mad Dominic, clown and entertainer

Please note that there is no parking on-site.

Bloxwich Carnival 2016 Poster - click to enlarge
Bloxwich Carnival 2016 Poster – click to enlarge

Bloxwich Carnival is organised by Bloxwich Carnival Committee on a voluntary basis with the help of local groups and the support of Walsall Council.

The Committee also organises the traditional annual Senior Citizens’ Party at the Stan Ball Centre in Bloxwich.

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty selection coming up soon

Bloxwich Carnival Selection Poster (click to enlarge)
Bloxwich Carnival Selection Poster (click to enlarge)

Next month will see a very special event in the Bloxwich calendar take place – the annual selection of the Bloxwich Carnival ‘royalty’.

The 2016 Bloxwich Carnival takes place on Saturday 6th August at King George V Playing Fields, from 12 noon.

This year’s Bloxwich Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud will be chosen live on stage on Thursday 14th April 2016 at Bloxwich Library Theatre, Elmore Row, Bloxwich, Walsall, WS3 2HR. The successful entrants on the night will be formally crowned at Bloxwich Carnival itself.

To enter

Application forms to enter are available via the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix website – www.bloxwichphoenix.net and also in jpeg format by clicking on the images below.

Entrance categories are:

ROSEBUD AGE 7-10 (must be 7 by selection day)
PRINCESS AGE 11-15 (must be 11 by selection day)
QUEEN AGE 16-24 (must be 16 by selection day)

Please note that there is a dress code – see the poster above and form below, and see the entry form for all other conditions of entry and attendance.

A copy of the application form is shown below – click to enlarge each image.

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty 2016 Application page 1 (click to enlarge)
Bloxwich Carnival Royalty 2016 Application page 1 (click to enlarge)
Bloxwich Carnival Royalty 2016 Application page 2 (click to enlarge)
Bloxwich Carnival Royalty 2016 Application page 2 (click to enlarge)

Forms can be returned to Jeneve Bridal Wear, High Street, Bloxwich or to Bloxwich Library, Elmore Row.

Candidates should arrive on selection night at 6pm, ready to start selection at 6.30pm and must be available to attend Bloxwich Carnival day, Saturday 6th August 2016.

For more information contact Debbie Jones on 07809 605280.

Bloxwich Carnival 2015 Photo Feature

The weather was certainly a sizzler for much of the afternoon!

The weather was with us in Bloxwich yesterday, offering a summer sizzler for much of the afternoon, and so were the crowds – at Bloxwich Carnival in King George V Playing Fields!

And despite fielding a smaller team than last year, the eight volunteer members of Bloxwich Carnival Committee were able to pull the rabbit out of the hat yet again, with a little help from their friends in local organisations and at Walsall Council.

A number of arena attractions, a wide range of stalls and exhibits, the brilliant local people and last but not least the traditional Pat Collins Fun Fair – made for a day of fun in the sun to remember!

The Bloxwich Telegraph’s editor Stuart Williams took the official photographs of the event, and we present a photo feature of selected pictures here.

Each picture can be expanded to full resolution for downloading by simply clicking on it with your mouse.

There were too many great photo opportunities to show here, so a full album of 182 images is available to view and download on Flickr, via the following link:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/swilliams2001/sets/72157656699507061

Please note that the copyright and permissions on the Flickr album page apply equally to pictures shown here.  All rights reserved.

 

 

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty for 2015 meets up with the Mayor of Walsall, Cllr Angela Underhill and her Consort Mr. John Underhill
Bloxwich Carnival Royalty for 2015 meets up with the Mayor of Walsall, Cllr Angela Underhill and her Consort Mr. John Underhill
Carnival royalty past and present, and dignitaries, ready to begin
Carnival royalty past and present, and dignitaries, ready to begin
Chair of Bloxwich Carnival Committee, Cllr Shaun Fitzpatrick, welcomes one and all
Chair of Bloxwich Carnival Committee, Cllr Shaun Fitzpatrick, welcomes one and all
2015 Rosebud Lula Leonard was crowned by the Mayor of Walsall, Cllr Angela Underhill
2015 Rosebud Lula Leonard was crowned by the Mayor of Walsall, Cllr Angela Underhill
2015 Bloxwich Carnival Rosebud Lula Leonard receives a bouquet from Mr David Winnick, MP for Walsall North after being crowned by the Mayor of Walsall
2015 Bloxwich Carnival Rosebud Lula Leonard receives a bouquet from Mr David Winnick, MP for Walsall North after being crowned by the Mayor of Walsall
2015 Princess Alexandra Pearce is crowned by the Mayor
2015 Princess Alexandra Pearce is crowned by the Mayor
2015 Princess Alexandra Pearce receives her bouquet from Mr David Winnick MP
2015 Princess Alexandra Pearce receives her bouquet from Mr David Winnick MP
2015 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Charlotte Locke is crowned by Mayor of Walsall Cllr Angela Underhill
2015 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Charlotte Locke is crowned by Mayor of Walsall Cllr Angela Underhill
Queen Charlotte of Bloxwich begins her reign
Queen Charlotte of Bloxwich begins her reign
All smiles - 2014 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Lucy Shepherd hands over the reigns to her successor Charlotte Locke
All smiles – 2014 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Lucy Shepherd hands over the reigns to her successor Charlotte Locke
Bloxwich Carnival royalty looking radiant
Bloxwich Carnival royalty looking radiant
Everywhere you looked, stalls were busy with the crowds
Everywhere you looked, stalls were busy with the crowds
A bustling Pat Collins fun fair
A bustling Pat Collins fun fair
Beware of low flying motorbikes  Flyin Ryan leaps over his stepson  Jumpin James...
Beware of low flying motorbikes Flyin Ryan leaps over his stepson Jumpin James…

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It’s Carnival Day in Bloxwich TODAY!

New Bloxwich Carnival Royalty for 2015
New Bloxwich Carnival Royalty for 2015

One of the most important days in the village calendar, indeed one of the most important in the district, takes place today, Saturday 1st August 2015.

The Bloxwich Carnival tradition dates right back to the Great War Peace Celebrations of 1919 when local men dressed in fancy dress and played football to raise funds for the soldiers who returned, and the widows and orphans of those who did not, as well as for local hospitals, and for local old folk – the latter being a tradition still carried on today by the current carnival committee with the time-honoured annual Senior Citizens Party which this year took place in the Stan Ball Centre due to the demolition of the traditional venue, the historic Bloxwich Baths Function Hall.

Bloxwich Senior Citizens Party 2015 (pic Roy Peace)
Bloxwich Senior Citizens Party 2015 (pic Roy Peace)
196 Squadron help out at Bloxwich Senior Citizens Party 2015 (pic Roy Peace).jpg
196 Squadron help out at Bloxwich Senior Citizens Party 2015 (pic Roy Peace).jpg

As in recent years, the 2015 Bloxwich Carnival is taking place entirely in King George V Playing Fields, and there will be no parade – but there will be a whole lot of fun for all the family!

The event is organised by just 8 volunteers – this year’s Bloxwich Carnival Committee – with the support of Walsall Council and local organisations including Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix and 196 (Walsall) Squadron Air Training Corps.

How much is it?

Amazingly, admission to Bloxwich Carnival this year, thanks to the generous financial support of whg (Walsal Housing Group) is the ultimate bargain in family entertainment – FREE FOR ALL!

You can, if you wish, make a donation on the gate.

When does it start?

Gates open TODAY at 12 noon at the Bealey’s Lane/Bell Lane corner entrance and at the Stafford Road entrance. There is no on-site parking, so you are recommended to arrive on foot.

What’s On?

The arena programme (see links to the main attractions below) runs till 4pm with the whole shebang concluding at 4.30pm, apart from Pat Collins’ Fun Fair, an essential part of the Bloxwich Carnival tradition, which will be close to the Bealey’s Lane/Bell Lane entrance as usual.

Flyin Ryan (pic courtesy Flyin Ryan)
Flyin Ryan (pic courtesy Flyin Ryan)
Rockwood Dog Display Team (pic Stuart WIlliams)
Rockwood Dog Display Team (pic Stuart WIlliams)

This year’s main attractions in the arena and around the field include:

The Flyin Ryan Motorcycle Stunt Show

Rockwood Dog Display Team

Mad Dom, stiltwalker and entertainer

Armitage Bird of Prey Centre

The main events will be happening in the central arena, with stalls and other attractions surrounding.  The timetable for the day is as follows:

Bloxwich Carnival 2015 Timetable
Bloxwich Carnival 2015 Timetable

The Bloxwich Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud (see below for details) will be crowned around 12.20pm   at the mobile stage adjacent to the event arena.

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty (from Bostin Bloxwich) - click to enlarge
Bloxwich Carnival Royalty (from Bostin Bloxwich) – click to enlarge

Watch out for our Bloxwich Carnival report and massive Flickr photo album a few days after the event in the Bloxwich Telegraph on WordPress.org – we’ll be giving the new link on this site and via Facebook and Twitter when we launch!

SEE YOU THERE!

Bloxwich Carnival is coming!

The biggest public event in Bloxwich  is coming soon – BLOXWICH CARNIVAL!

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty (from Bostin Bloxwich) - click to enlarge
Bloxwich Carnival Royalty (from Bostin Bloxwich) – click to enlarge

One of the most important days in the village calendar, indeed one of the most important in the district, Bloxwich Carnival dates right back to the Great War Peace Celebrations of 1919 when local men dressed in fancy dress and played football to raise funds for the soldiers who returned, and the widows and orphans of those who did not, as well as for local hospitals, and for local old folk – the latter being a tradition still carried on today by the current carnival committee with the time-honoured annual Senior Citizens Party which last year took place in July at Bloxwich Baths (now sadly demolished).

As in recent years, the 2015 Bloxwich Carnival is taking place entirely in King George V Playing Fields, and there will be no parade.

Gates open on Saturday 1st August at 12 noon at the Bealey’s Lane/Bell Lane corner entrance and at the Stafford Road entrance. There is no on-site parking, you are recommended to arrive on foot.

The arena programme (see details of the main attractions below) runs till 4pm with the whole shebang concluding at 5pm, apart from Pat Collins’ Fun Fair, which will be close to the Bealey’s Lane/Bell Lane entrance as usual.

This year’s main attractions in the arena and around the field include:

The Flyin Ryan Motorcycle Stunt Show

Rockwood Dog Display Team

Mad Dom, stiltwalker and entertainer

Armitage Bird of Prey Centre

And of course the field will be surrounded with a bustling host of stalls, displays and smaller rides and attractions, including from many local groups, charities and organisations, who will be very glad of your support on the day!

The Bloxwich Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud (see below for details) will be crowned around 12.20pm   at the mobile stage adjacent to the event arena.  The young Carnival Ambassadors from local schools will also be presented with their medallions by local dignitaries.

Bloxwich Carnival 2015 (from Bostin Bloxwich) - click to enlarge
Bloxwich Carnival 2015 (from Bostin Bloxwich) – click to enlarge

And admission to Bloxwich Carnival this year is the ultimate bargain in family entertainment –  FREE FOR ALL!

This year’s Bloxwich Carnival will also mark 10 years of our coverage of the event!

Watch out for our Bloxwich Carnival report and massive Flickr photo album a few days after the event in the Bloxwich Telegraph on WordPress.org – we’ll be giving the new link on this site and via Facebook and Twitter when we launch!

SEE YOU THERE!

Queen Charlotte of Bloxwich is set for Carnival crowning!

Carnival royalty at All Saints Church (pic Bloxwich Carnival)
Carnival royalty at All Saints Church (pic Bloxwich Carnival)

School pupil Charlotte Locke started her first step in a career in beauty when she won the title of Bloxwich Carnival Queen recently.

The 16-year-old, who is planning to go on to study beauty therapy at college, was selected at a competition selection evening held at Bookmark Bloxwich last month.

Selected as the judges’ number one choice to represent the village, the announcement came as a lovely present.

“The day before the competition was my birthday so I had a great birthday present.

“I’ve never won anything before so it was really good to win this, especially as my dream job would be to become a model.”

Past queen Jessica Jones, who is now a member of Bloxwich Carnival Committee, said judges had had a difficult job on their hands:

“All the entrants had something to offer and we were pleased that so many took part in the competition and wanted to work hard to promote Bloxwich.”

Panel judges chose Alexandra Pearce, aged 12, as Carnival Princess and eight-year-old Lula Leonard as Carnival Rosebud.

Mother Trudy Pearce said of her daughters selection: “She saw it last year and wanted to see if she could get anywhere. She likes a challenge and she likes entering drama productions which is where she gets her confidence from.”

Carnival royalty on stage at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre (pic Bloxwich Carnival)
Carnival royalty on stage at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre (pic Bloxwich Carnival)

For Lula’s mother Jodie the selection has been a real pleasure: “I’m really pleased for her. She’s over the moon with her little self.”

Bloxwich Carnival, which is run by Bloxwich Carnival Committee and supported by Walsall Council, is being held on Saturday 1st  August 2015 and the new queen will receive her crown on the big day.

Walsall Council community liaison officer John Millard stated: “Bloxwich Carnival is attended by thousands every year and we expect that this year’s event will be another huge success.

“Helping to make that success happen are the numerous volunteers who work with organisers during the build up and on the day itself”.

If you would like further information on volunteering your time then contact 07736 388409 or 01922 654893.

For more about Bloxwich Carnival, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bloxwich-Carnival/172196829515455

It’s Bloxwich Carnival time tomorrow!

Carnival Dates

Yes, tomorrow is the day we’ve all been waiting for in Bloxwich – it’s CARNIVAL DAY!

One of the most important days in the village calendar, indeed on of the most important in the district, Bloxwich Carnival dates right back to the Great War Peace Celebrations of 1919 when local men dressed in fancy dress and played football to raise funds for the soldiers who returned, the widows and orphans of those who did not, for local hospitals and for local old folk – the latter a tradition still carried on today by the current carnival committee with the time-honoured annual Senior Citizens Party which this year took place in July at Bloxwich Baths.

As with the past few years, the 2013 Bloxwich Carnival is taking place entirely in King George V Playing Fields, and there will be no parade.

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