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Fun for old and young alike in run-up to Bloxwich Carnival

Senior Citizens Party 1

Young and old alike have been having fun in Bloxwich in the run-up to the hugely popular annual village carnival which will take place on Saturday 3 August.

On Thursday 18 July more than 240 local old folk from Bloxwich, Leamore and Blakenall Heath were treated to a slap-up tea in the Art Deco surroundings of the historic Bloxwich Baths function hall and entertainment from both professional performers and youngsters from the Mirus Academy (Beechdale) and Walsall Academy (Lichfield Rd, Bloxwich) in the form of singing, music and dance.

This free Senior Citizens’ Party, provided from funds raised by Bloxwich Carnival and organised by Bloxwich Carnival Committee was presented on a voluntary basis with the help of local groups such as Bloxwich Rotary, 196 Squadron ATC, West Midlands Co-operative Society and Bloxwich councillors and others, and is an annual tradition dating back to the mid 20th century.

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Bloxwich Carnival royalty announced

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty 2013 (courtesy Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix)
Bloxwich Carnival Royalty 2013 (courtesy Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix)

Hairdressing student Louise Richards has proved she’s a cut above the rest after winning the coveted title of Bloxwich Carnival Queen.

The 18-year-old, who is studying at Walsall College, was chosen at a competition held at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre last month.

And she admits to being “overwhelmed” when her name was called as the winner.

“I saw the competition on Facebook and wanted to give it a go but I didn’t expect to win,” she said.

“I was overwhelmed and didn’t believe it when I heard my name. I’m really looking forward to the whole experience – although I haven’t sorted a dress out yet for the carnival!”

Louise, who also works in McDonald’s and has a son Jamie Francis, who turns one next week, said she regularly visited Bloxwich Carnival.

“It’s a great day out and I’m looking forward to it.”

Judges chose Courtney Andrews, aged 12, as Carnival Princess and eight-year-old Katie Wilkes as Carnival Rosebud.

All three are pictured above, together with 2012 Queen Alice Jones (left) and Carnival Committee Chairman Terry Bate (centre) on-stage at the theatre in Elmore Row.

Louise will be crowned on the big day itself which is Saturday 3 August 2013 at King George V Playing Fields, Bloxwich. The carnival begins at 12 noon and usually runs till around 4pm-5pm.

The carnival, which is organised by Bloxwich Carnival Committee, is supported by Walsall Council as well as various local groups, and senior park ranger John Millard joined in the congratulations for the three leading ladies:

“I’m sure Louise, Courtney and Katie will do Bloxwich proud and congratulate them on winning their titles,” he said.

“Thousands of people enjoy Bloxwich Carnival which organisers say is the biggest in the Midlands and we look forward to this year’s event being another massive success.”

Carnival organisers are also appealing for volunteers to help them this year. Anyone interested is asked to contact John Millard on 07736 388409 or 01922 654893.

The carnival day will be covered by The Bloxwich Telegraph as usual!

You could be Queen of Bloxwich!

The Mayor, Bloxwich Carnival Royalty and a very special coach and horses last year.
The Mayor, Bloxwich Carnival Royalty and a very special coach and horses last year.

That time of year is fast approaching once more, when the selection of the new Bloxwich Carnival Queen for 2013, along with a new Princess and Rosebud, will happen.

And this year the Queen choosing event wiIl be even more prestigious than before, taking place in style at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre (aka Bloxwich Library Theatre) in Elmore Row, Bloxwich, on Thursday 23rd May 2013 at 6pm.

The age categories (as of 23rd May 2013) for entrants are Rosebud 7-10 years, Princess 11-15 years, and Queen 16-24 years of age.

Contestants MUST live in the Walsall/Bloxwich area and their Parents/Guardians pay their Council Tax to Walsall Council.

The Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud will be required to attend the Carnival Day, where they will be crowned.  Winners, in particular, the Carnival Queen will be expected to attend at least 3 community events during their year including Carnival Royalty Selection 2014 and Senior Citizens’ Party. The Carnival Queen automatically becomes a member of the Bloxwich Carnival Committee and will be expected to attend regular meetings.

Winners will be representing the Bloxwich community as Ambassadors. Holders of similar titles in other towns/areas during the carnival year will not be eligible to apply as this could lead to conflicting commitments.

Previous holders of titles are not eligible to re-enter for the same category but may enter another group provided they qualify by age.

Entry forms are available in person from Sweet & Fancy (during retail hours) in Park Road or from Bloxwich Library in Elmore Row.  Full details and conditions of entry are included in the form.

The form and a poster can also be downloaded for printing in pdf form from The Bloxwich Telegraph via the links below, and from the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix website.

Bloxwich Carnival itself will take place on Saturday 3rd August, from 12 noon, at King George V Playing Fields, Bloxwich, as traditional.

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Bloxwich Carnival Queen Selection Poster 2013

Bloxwich Carnival Queen Princess and Rosebud Entry Form 2013

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Senior Citizens Celebrate thanks to Bloxwich Carnival

Bloxwich Carnival Senior Citizens' Party 2012

Senior citizens from across Bloxwich and district joined forces with local young people and carnival supporters in an afternoon of food, fun and fine entertainment last Thursday 19 July when Bloxwich Carnival hosted them as guests at their annual party at the former
Bloxwich Baths.

And welcome guests from a local school put the icing on the cake for the more than two hundred “old folks” attending, who tucked in at the invitation of the Carnival Committee issued via various local groups, organisations and nursing homes in the very civilised Art Deco surroundings of the former 1920s baths on Pinfold, which is now a permanent function hall associated with Bloxwich Leisure Centre.

The tradition of an “Old Folks Party”, now associated with the carnival, and probably the Victorian wakes before that, goes back a long way in the village, with the annual spectacular (this year on 16 July) originally raising funds for local hospitals and ex-servicemen of the Great War following the 1919 peace celebrations, together with
doing general good deeds and raising funds for the elderly of Bloxwich.

When the carnival – which has had remarkable ups and occasional downs over the decades and finished in 1985 due to lack of support – was revived by the Friends of Bloxwich Parks for the Millennium in 2000, it continued successfully under a new committee and in 2001 the Senior Citizens’ Tea Party was revived, at first taking place on the Friday before the Carnival, where invited pensioners attended a performance by one of Pat Collins’ fairground organs.

Bloxwich Carnival Queen 2012 Alice Jones (rear) and 2010 Queen Jessica Jones were kept busy serving partygoers
Bloxwich Carnival Queen 2012 Alice Jones (rear) and 2010 Queen Jessica Jones were kept busy serving partygoers.
Bloxwich Carnival Rosebud 2012 Megan Leigh Small (left) and Carnival Princess 2012 Amelia Ellis have just one last meal left to serve before stocking up again!
Bloxwich Carnival Rosebud 2012 Megan Leigh Small (left) and Carnival Princess 2012 Amelia Ellis have just one last meal left to serve before stocking up again!

This year’s happy throng were not only very well-served by ‘carnival royalty’ Alice Jones (Bloxwich Carnival Queen 2012), Jessica Jones (Carnival Queen 2010), Amelia Ellis (Carnival Princess 2011) and Megan Leigh Small (Carnival Rosebud 2011) but also by many members of Bloxwich Carnival Committee and other supporters including local young people from 196 (Walsall) Squadron Air Training Corps cadets, based in Stokes Street, Bloxwich.

The happy throng were served by cheery volunteers including these two young people from the 196 (Walsall) Squadron Air Training Corps, based in Stokes Street, Bloxwich
The happy throng were served by cheery volunteers including these two young people from the 196 (Walsall) Squadron Air Training Corps, based in Stokes Street, Bloxwich.

Staff of the Bloxwich Co-operative (Food) store in Lichfield Road also brought a massive hamper and basket of chocolate as the top raffle prizes, as well as joining in with helping serve the more than 200 party-goers.

Many prizes were donated to two raffles. The Bloxwich Telegraph gave a framed aerial photo of old Bloxwich.
Many prizes were donated to two raffles. The Bloxwich Telegraph gave a framed aerial photo of old Bloxwich.

The event started off with Grace said by Revd. Monica Arnold, Curate of All Saints Church, Bloxwich.  Then, as well as a fine tea, the guests were treated to a grand singalong of classic tunes by veteran professional musicians and vocalists Antony Socci (on trumpet) and colleague (on keyboard) of Sapphire Entertainments, who really know how to work a crowd, raising many to their feet to dance.

Revd. Monica Arnold, Curate of All Saints Church, Bloxwich, says Grace before the meal begins
Revd. Monica Arnold, Curate of All Saints Church, Bloxwich, says Grace before the meal begins.
Classic sounds from Antony Socci (on trumpet) and colleague (on keyboard) of Sapphire Entertainments, who really know how to work a crowd, raising many to their feet to dance
Classic sounds from Antony Socci (on trumpet) and colleague (on keyboard) of Sapphire Entertainments, who really know how to work a crowd, raising many to their feet to dance.
Classic tunes from the stage proved impossible to resist for many - young and old alike - who hot-footed it to the aisles for a dance!
Classic tunes from the stage proved impossible to resist for many – young and old alike – who hot-footed it to the aisles for a dance!

In addition to serenading sounds from a stage once graced by such world-famous acts as Jerry Lee Lewis, guests were also entertained by the remarkable talents of two groups from local combined school the Mirus Academy (incorporating Hatherton Lane Primary and Frank F. Harrison Comprehensive) of Beechdale Estate, Leamore.  The wonderful voices of the junior choir filled the hall with songs from their new musical, ‘Robin Hood’, and were followed by remarkable routines from the young teenage ladies of the Academy’s dance group, all to great acclaim from the audience.

The wonderful voices of the junior choir from Mirus Academy on Beechdale Estate, Leamore filled the hall with songs from their new musical, 'Robin Hood' to great applause.
The wonderful voices of the junior choir from Mirus Academy on Beechdale Estate, Leamore filled the hall with songs from their new musical, ‘Robin Hood’ to great applause.
Talented teenage dancers from Mirus Academy on Beechdale Estate, Leamore entertained an appreciative audience with several lively routines.
Talented teenage dancers from Mirus Academy on Beechdale Estate, Leamore entertained an appreciative audience with several lively routines.

Even the staff of the Co-op got in on the act, with one young gentlemen named Leigh being coaxed on stage to give his rendition of ‘Daisy, Daisy’!

During a break from helping other volunteers serve the party-goers, Leigh from the Co-operative (Food), Lichfield Street stepped up to the mark with his rendition of 'Daisy, Daisy'.
During a break from helping other volunteers serve the party-goers, Leigh from the Co-operative (Food), Lichfield Street stepped up to the mark with his rendition of ‘Daisy, Daisy’.

Finally, accompanied by much jollity from both stage and audience, the guests all took part in a two prize raffles organised by the carnival committee, with the winning tickets picked out by by this year’s Bloxwich Carnival royals.

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty (L to R) Megan Leigh Small (Rosebud 2012), Alice Jones (Queen 2012) and Amelia Ellis (Princess 2012) joined forces with Master of Ceremonies Terry Bate (Chairman of Bloxwich Carnival Committee) by drawing raffles
Bloxwich Carnival Royalty (L to R) Megan Leigh Small (Rosebud 2012), Alice Jones (Queen 2012) and Amelia Ellis (Princess 2012) joined forces with Master of Ceremonies Terry Bate (Chairman of Bloxwich Carnival Committee) by drawing raffles.

Master of Ceremonies Terry Bate, Chairman of Bloxwich Carnival Committee, led proceedings and introduced both entertainers and carnival royalty alike to the happy, cheering audience.  A great way to conclude the carnival year in style.  Here’s to the 2013 Bloxwich Carnival!

PARTY PHOTO ALBUM

Many more Bloxwich Telegraph photographs of this event are available to view in a special Flickr photo album to be found by clicking this link.

Bloxwich Carnival: And the Queen wore wellies!

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty 2012 - and the Queen wore wellies!
Bloxwich Carnival Royalty 2012 – and the Queen wore wellies!

Saturday 16 June saw the the latest instalment of a fine old Bloxwich tradition dating back to 1919 – Bloxwich Carnival – this year brought forward from the traditional August date to link up with national and local celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

The village’s premier community event, which was revived in 2000 by a new Carnival Committee after a gap of fifteen years since the last such celebration, and with the support of other local organisations, notably the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix, is still the largest gathering of local people each year, usually holding a free Senior Citizens’ Party in July and bringing thousands together on Carnival Day.

And despite the poor weather on Saturday, which was also Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday, Bloxwich people didn’t let a little thing like howling wind and rain hold more than 2,000 of them back from having a good time celebrating in honour of Her Majesty, who would no doubt have sympathised with carnival-goers after that rather soggy Royal Pageant on the River Thames earlier this month!

The Mayor, Carnival Royalty and a very special coach and horses!
The Mayor, Carnival Royalty and a very special coach and horses!

This year, as before, Bloxwich Carnival took place at the King George V Playing Fields off Stafford Road, Bloxwich. And a great event fit for a Queen was planned – or in this case, several queens, as the right Royal connection of the show was enhanced by inviting past Bloxwich Carnival Queens to join in the Jubilee fun!

These days the carnival no longer has its traditional procession around the streets of Bloxwich, largely thanks to the introduction of excessive charges for road closures and ‘health and safety’ – but a brilliant new idea from the Committee for this year’s event was to start off with a ‘mini-procession’ from All Saints Church to the Playing Fields, comprising a wonderful white coach drawn by a pair of Shire Horses and containing the new Bloxwich Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud plus last year’s queen, preceded by the Carnival Committee Chairman in his Land Rover and followed by The Mayor and Mayoress of Walsall in the mayoral Jaguar.

Off to the Carnival!
Off to the Carnival!

The carnival itself, which is supported by Walsall Council, began at 12 noon, this year with free admission to all-comers in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and was formally opened by the Mayor Cllr Dennis Anson at 12.30pm.  Introduced by Carnival Committee Chairman Mr Terry Bate, the Mayor welcomed one and all from the vantage point of Walsall Council’s MOVE truck stage.

Mayor of Walsall Cllr Dennis Anson (left) opens the 2012 Bloxwich 'Diamond Jubilee' Carnival as Terry Bate looks on
Mayor of Walsall Cllr Dennis Anson (left) opens the 2012 Bloxwich ‘Diamond Jubilee’ Carnival as Terry Bate looks on.

Next, Linda Lister, Estates Service Manager of Walsall Housing Group, formally presented Bloxwich Carnival Committee Chairman Terry Bate with a cheque for £4,000 in support of the 2012 carnival.

Linda Lister (centre), Estates Service Manager of Walsall Housing Group, presents Bloxwich Carnival Committee Chairman Terry Bate with a cheque for £4000
Linda Lister of Walsall Housing Group presents Bloxwich Carnival Committee Chairman Terry Bate with a cheque for £4000.

The Mayor was then joined by the Mayoress Mrs Kate Anson and Mr. David Winnick, MP for Walsall North in crowning the new Carnival Queen, Alice Jones, Princess Amelia Ellis and Rosebud Megan Leigh Small.  All received bouquets of flowers, and in addition 2011 Queen Abigail Nicholls also received a cheque for £100 in recognition of all her hard work for Bloxwich in the past year.

The Mayor of Walsall crowns the new Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones.
The Mayor of Walsall crowns the new Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones.
2012 Bloxwich Carnival Rosebud Megan Leigh Small, 2012 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones (on the new Diamond Jubliee Carnival Throne), 2011 Queen Abigail Nicholls, 2012 Princess Amelia Ellis
2012 Bloxwich Carnival Rosebud Megan Leigh Small, 2012 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones (on the new Diamond Jubliee Carnival Throne), 2011 Queen Abigail Nicholls, 2012 Princess Amelia Ellis.

This was followed by the awarding of medals to eleven young Carnival Ambassadors, each having been nominated for their outstanding qualities by local primary schools.  They were:

Sophie Guy of Abbey Primary School, Zayn Adshead and McKenzie Lowndes of Bloxwich CE Primary School, Jack Griffiths and Lucy Denny of Christ Church CE Primary School, Demi Leigh Butler and Reece Arnold of Blakenall Heath Junior School, Owen Hansford and Ellie-Mai Stanton of Green Rockk Primary School, Libby Lewis of Mossley Primary School and Marybeth Williams of St Peter’s RC Primary School. Harrison Fletcher of Mossley Primary School was unable to attend.

The Bloxwich Carnival Young Ambassadors from local primary schools, now all with their medals
The Bloxwich Carnival Young Ambassadors from local primary schools, now all with their medals!

Following the crownings and awards, some special presentations of posies to past Bloxwich Carnival Queens were also made, including to Jessica Jones (2010), Tammy Scale (2003), Samantha Footman (2008), and Sally Kirk (2009).

A bevy of beautiful Bloxwich Carnival Queens! L to R: Jessica Jones (2010), Alice Jones (2012, enthroned), Abigail Nicholls (2011), Sally Kirk (2009), Samantha Footman (2008).
A bevy of beautiful Bloxwich Carnival Queens! L to R: Jessica Jones (2010), Alice Jones (2012, enthroned), Abigail Nicholls (2011), Sally Kirk (2009), Samantha Footman (2008).

The rest of the event then got under way, with many stalls (though fewer than usual due to the weather) and displays plus rides, seaside donkeys, and amazing arena entertainment (without the advertised Zumba dancers, who did not go on due to the weather) ensuing for the rest of the afternoon, supported by the traditional presence of the great Pat Collins Fun Fair, an association dating back to the old Bloxwich Wakes.

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A family has a go at the SSAFA Forces Help Tombola
A family has a go at the SSAFA Forces Help Tombola.
UK FMX stunt motorcycle team in the arena jump the Sandbank Flats!
UK FMX stunt motorcycle team in the arena jump the Sandbank Flats!
Bruce Airhead being swallowed by a balloon!
Bruce Airhead being swallowed by a balloon!

The two spectacular arena acts alternated through the rest of the afternoon: the amazing UK FMX freestyle motorcycle stunt team, and the weird, wacky and wonderful Bruce Airhead thrilled, amazed and amused the crowds until the arena programme concluded, though sadly by 3.30pm the weather had worsened such that it was no longer possible to continue with UK FMX’s motorcycle stunts for safety reasons.

Throughout the day, of course, the legendary Pat Collins Fun Fair, traditionally associated with Bloxwich Carnival since the great days of the Wakes, also kept things humming and provided fun and fear for all who dared, including the beautiful and fearless Bloxwich Carnival Royalty!

Scream Queens Abigail Nicholls, Jessica Jones, Princess Amelia Ellis and Alice Jones go sky-high on the Pat Collins Scream ride
Scream Queens Abigail Nicholls, Jessica Jones, Princess Amelia Ellis and Alice Jones go sky-high on the Scream ride!
L to R: 2012 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones, 2012 Rosebud Megan Leigh Small and 2012 Princess Amelia Ellis enjoy a wild ride on the Waltzer
L to R: 2012 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones, 2012 Rosebud Megan Leigh Small and 2012 Princess Amelia Ellis enjoy a wild ride on the Waltzer!
It's hang on to yer tiara as 2012 Bloxwich Carnival Princess Amelia Ellis and Rosebud Megan Leigh Small have a close encounter with 2012 Queen Alice Jones on the Dodge 'Ems
It’s hang on to yer tiara as 2012 Bloxwich Carnival Princess Amelia Ellis and Rosebud Megan Leigh Small have a close encounter with 2012 Queen Alice Jones on the Dodge ‘Ems!

There is no doubt that Bloxwich Carnival, whatever the weather, is a fantastic community event both for Bloxwich and for residents who live in other parts of the borough and is a grand tradition and a great day out for all the family. The Committee sends thanks to all who turned out to support the event, and stayed on for some serious fun!

Hopefully next year the sun will shine – and the Queen won’t have to wear wellies!

For over 150 additional photographs of Bloxwich Carnival, check out our Flickr album via this link: 

BLOXWICH CARNIVAL 2012 FLICKR ALBUM

It’s Bloxwich Carnival this Saturday!

Fun in the sun at Bloxwich Carnival!

Diamond Jubilee street parties may be over but visitors to Bloxwich this weekend are being guaranteed a right Royal day out courtesy of the village’s annual carnival.

Organisers Bloxwich Carnival Committee switched the date of the popular event from August to Saturday 16 June to carry on the feelgood factor created by recent celebrations to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

And while Her Majesty may not be in attendance visitors will be still be able to rub shoulders with Royalty by meeting Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones.

In keeping with the Royal theme, former Bloxwich Carnival Queens from years gone by will also be in attendance.

The event, which runs from 12 noon until 5pm is supported by Walsall Council’s parks team, and is said by organisers to be the biggest in the West Midlands.

John Millard, Walsall Council senior parks ranger, said: “Bloxwich Carnival Committee have waived the admission fees this year so all the family can enjoy a great day out.

“There are plenty of stalls and attractions and everyone can look forward to carrying on the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.”

Joining the Carnival Queen will be Bloxwich Carnival Princess Amelia Ellis and Rosebud Megan Leigh Small.

2012 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones (centre) and attendants Princess Amelia Ellis (left) and Rosebud Megan Leigh Small.

Bloxwich Carnival will get under way with a short parade led by the Carnival Queen and her attendants who will travel in a horse-drawn carriage leaving the rear of All Saints Church, Bloxwich, at 12 noon.

They will travel along High Street and into the Stafford Road entrance of King George V Playing Fields (where the event takes place) to make their way to the podium where they will be formally crowned by local dignitaries at 12.30pm.

An exciting and entertaining line-up of arena events this year includes spectacular motorcycle stunts and leaps from top freestyle team UK FMX, speciality act Bruce Airhead and Zumba demonstrations – follow this link for the timetable.

As is traditional, the famous Pat Collins Fun Fair will also be on site.

While admission, arena events and children’s entertainment are free, charges will apply on attractions and on the Pat Collins Fun Fair.

For more information phone: 01922 654893/4/5/6 or 07736 388409.

Bloxwich Carnival will as always be covered by The Bloxwich Telegraph, so be sure to look out for a photo feature and Flickr album afterwards!

Right Royal Bloxwich Carnival programme unveiled!

With Bloxwich celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee almost upon us, one of the high points, and the biggest – Bloxwich Carnival itself – is all set to pay loyal tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday 16th June.

And it is now possible for The Bloxwich Telegraph to reveal the final details of Bloxwich’s biggest public event of the year, which this time around offers carnival-goers FREE admission in honour of the Diamond Jubilee!

The carnival is being held, as is traditional, in King George V Playing Fields, Bloxwich, and opens to the public at 12 noon.

Before the Royal-themed event is officially opened, at 12 noon a horse-drawn carriage will carry the 2012 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones and her attendants Princess Amelia Ellis and Rosebud Megan Leigh Small, plus 2011 Carnival Queen Abigail Nicholls, followed by the Mayor of Walsall in his official car, and the Carnival Committee Chairman and a chaperone in a further car, from All Saints Church, Bloxwich, to King George V Playing Fields.

Once at King George’s Fields, the Carnival Royalty will proceed to the podium at Walsall Council’s MOVE bus, where they will be formally crowned by local dignitaries in a Right Royal Opening Ceremony at 12.30pm and the young Carnival Ambassadors will then receive their medals.

Bloxwich Carnival Committee Chairman Mr Terry Bate said:

“Bloxwich Carnival Committee are proud to announce this one-off gesture in honour of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.  We hope the people of Bloxwich and beyond will all join us in celebrating both our own royal occasion and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee!”

As is traditional, Pat Collins Funfair will be on site and open throughout the afternoon and into the evening.  See their Facebook group also.

Entrance to Bloxwich Carnival is on foot at the Bealey’s Lane/Bell Lane entrance and at the Stafford Road entrance to King George’s, where there is a small car park.

The Bloxwich Carnival Arena Programme for the day is as follows:

Start times                   End times

12.45pm                       1.05pm             UK FMX Stunt Motorcycle Team

– Dancers & Cheerleaders at intervals –

1.10pm                          1.40pm            Bruce Airhead

– Dancers & Cheerleaders –

1.45pm                           2.05pm           UK FMX Stunt Motorcycle Team

2.10pm                           2.30pm           Zumba Displays

2.35pm                           3.00pm           UK FMX Stunt Motorcycle Team

– Dancers & Cheerleaders –

3.10pm                           3.40pm           Bruce Airhead

– Dancers & Cheerleaders –

3.45pm                           4.05pm           UK FMX Stunt Motorcycle Team

4.10pm                           4.30pm           Zumba Displays

BLOXWICH CARNIVAL RAFFLE DRAWS about 4.30pm.

THE CARNIVAL CLOSES at 5pm.

A Right Royal Carnival in prospect at Bloxwich!

Crowds of local people gathered excitedly at St John’s Methodist Church in Bloxwich on Saturday to witness a fine old local tradition carried out – the choosing of this year’s Bloxwich Carnival Queen and her ‘royal attendants’, the Carnival Princess and Rosebud.

And the event proved ideal for the official announcement that another right royal occasion – Bloxwich Carnival itself – would pay loyal tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, celebrating her Diamond Jubilee by offering this year’s carnival-goers FREE admission!

The carnival is being held, as is traditional, in King George V Playing Fields, Bloxwich, but earlier than usual, on Saturday 16 June at 12 noon, falling nicely just after the official nationwide celebrations of the Jubilee.

Carnival Committee Chairman Terry Bate congratulates new Bloxwich Carnival Queen 2012 Alice Jones, Princess Amelia Ellis and Rosebud 2012 Megan Leigh Small.

Carnival Committee Chairman Mr Terry Bate said:

“Bloxwich Carnival Committee are proud to announce this one-off gesture in honour of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.  And in the spirit of the occasion this year’s Bloxwich Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud were judged by several past ‘queens of Bloxwich’ as well as one of our local Councillors.

“We were delighted that 1950 Carnival Queen Mrs Elsie Walker-Biddle, 2011 Queen Miss Abigail Nicholls, and 2003 Queen Ms Tammy Scale were able to join Cllr Fred Westley in choosing the three wonderful young ladies who will represent Bloxwich and district for the coming year.

Bloxwich Carnival Queen Judges
The 2012 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Judges, L to R: Tammy Scale (Carnival Queen 2003), Abigail Nicholls (Carnival Queen 2011), Mrs Elsie Walker-Biddle (Carnival Queen 1950), Cllr Fred Westley.

“We hope the people of Bloxwich and beyond will all join us in celebrating both our own royal occasion and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee!”

The Queen Choosing event was co-organised by Bloxwich Carnival Committee and the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix, who are strong supporters of the carnival, and the event was compered by Troy Allen of Rotary.

The judges chose the 2012 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Alice Jones, Princess Amelia Ellis and Rosebud Megan Leigh Small (see first picture above), who have all studied at Lower Farm Primary School, Little Bloxwich, from more than twenty excellent entrants all-told.

Bloxwich Carnival itself will begin on the day with a short parade led by the Carnival Queen and her attendants who will travel in stately style in a horse-drawn carriage, starting at 12 noon from the rear of All Saints Church, Bloxwich, then along High Street and into the Stafford Road entrance of King George V Playing Fields when they will proceed to the podium where they will be formally crowned by local dignitaries in a Right Royal Ceremony at 12.30pm.

Right Royal theme for Bloxwich Carnival

Fun in the sun at Bloxwich Carnival!

Bloxwich Carnival promises visitors a right Royal welcome in 2012 as it moves to a June slot to tie in with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year celebrations.

This year’s theme embraces the landmark anniversary by inviting Bloxwich Carnival Queens from years gone by to enjoy the event which is being held on Saturday 16 June.

And the competition to find a new Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud will get underway on Saturday 21 April at St John’s Methodist Church hall in Victoria Avenue, Bloxwich, from 11am.

Budding Bloxwich ambassadors will be invited to step into the shoes of teenager Abigail Nicholls who has relished her role as 2011 Carnival Queen.
Carnival Princess Lucy Kirk and Carnival Rosebud Phoebe Willetts will also be stepping down.

Contestants must live in the Walsall/Bloxwich area and need to be aged 16-24 for the Carnival Queen role, 11-15 for Carnival Princess and aged seven to 10 to be considered as a Rosebud.

The annual event is organised by Bloxwich Carnival Committee and supported by Walsall Council.

John Millard, Walsall Council park ranger, said: “Abigail did Bloxwich proud last year and we’re looking for a worthy successor to take her place in 2012.

“The event has been moved from its usual August date to June 16 to tie in with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and we are urging past Carnival Queens to get in touch to join us on the big day.”

Bloxwich Carnival traditionally draws thousands of visitors from the immediate community and beyond and organisers claim it is the Midlands’ biggest.

Application forms can be downloaded via the links below or collected from Bloxwich Co-op Travel in High Street or Bloxwich Library in Elmore Row.

Former Carnival Queens who would like to attend this year’s event can contact John Millard on 07736 388409.

DOWNLOADS:

Bloxwich Carnival Queen Selection Poster 2012 (pdf)

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty Contest Entry Form 2012 (Word)

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty Contest Entry Form 2012 (pdf)

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You can be Queen of Bloxwich!

A call is going out to the young ladies of Bloxwich and district to step up, stand out and represent their home – while having lots of fun – in the premier local event of the year: Bloxwich Carnival!

And there’s a chance for three girls to be crowned Carnival Royalty, becoming part of a fine local tradition which dates back to the end of the Great War, with the opportunity to become the new Bloxwich Carnival Queen, Princess or Rosebud for a year!

Organisers Bloxwich Carnival Committee have announced that the 2012 Carnival Royalty will be selected in an exciting contest taking place at 11am on Saturday 21 April at St. John’s Methodist Church Hall, Victoria Avenue, Bloxwich.

And in a very special royal move this Diamond Jubilee year, most of the judges will be past Bloxwich Carnival Queens, including Elsie Biddle who, as Elsie Walker, became Bloxwich Carnival Queen in 1950 (see photograph above including Elsie and the 2010 and 11 Bloxwich Carnival Queens plus the 2011 Princess and Rosebud).

Entries are now open, and forms and posters may be downloaded via the links at the end of this news item, including full details and the terms and conditions of entry.  So why not give it a go?

To be eligible to enter, contestants must live in the Bloxwich/Walsall area and their parents or guardians must pay their Council Tax to Walsall Council.  They  must also be within the specified age limits for the Queen, Princess and Rosebud. In all cases proof will be required

The Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud will be required to attend the Carnival Day, which this year is Saturday 16 June, when they will be crowned by local dignitaries in a grand ceremony at the carnival ground, King George V Playing Fields. They will then be free to enjoy the rest of the carnival, which this year will be even more spectacular than before!

Winners, in particular the Carnival Queen, will also be expected to attend at least 4 community events during their year, including Carnival Royalty Selection 2013 and the Senior Citizens’ Party. The Carnival Queen automatically becomes a member of Bloxwich Carnival Committee and will be expected to attend regular meetings.

Winners will be representing the Bloxwich community as Ambassadors. Holders of similar titles in other towns/areas during the carnival year will not be eligible to apply as this could lead to conflicting commitments.

Previous holders of titles are not eligible to re-enter for the same category but may enter another group provided they qualify by age.

Completed application forms must be handed in for Bloxwich Carnival Committee c/o Bloxwich Co-op Travel, 240, High St. Bloxwich. WS3 3LQ or hand in to Bloxwich Library, Elmore Row. Bloxwich by Saturday 14 April.

For full details, download the following:

Bloxwich Carnival Queen Selection Poster 2012 (pdf)

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty Form 2012 (Word)

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty Form 2012 (pdf)

If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader for pdf installed, you can download it via this link.