Category Archives: Community

Computer self help group starts at Stan Ball Centre

Stan Ball Centre Main Building

A new computer self help group aimed at the fifty plus age group started on Thursday 7th June at the Stan Ball Centre in Bloxwich.

The group forms part of the Stan Ball Centre Young at Heart Project 50 + Friendship Circle which started on the 23rd May and offers a variety of friendship opportunities throughout the week, such as breakfast meetings, hosted lunches, dancing lessons and Tai Chi.

Deb Brownlee, Young at Heart Project Co-ordinator said:

“The idea of the self help computer club is that everyone knows just a little bit, in fact usually more than they think they do, and by pooling knowledge we will all learn something new or solve problems small or large. We hope the group will also become very social, as that is the aim of all the activities within the Friendship Circle. And if we do get stuck with a question, we’ll find out for the next time”.

The group will run weekly from 5pm to 7pm, and will cover any computer related issue such as computer security, emails, facebook, ebay, and a wide variety of software. There is an entrance fee of £1.50 and participants are welcome to bring their own laptops. Refreshments will be available.

Computer lessons for complete beginners are also available at the centre, along with digital photography and computer maintenance.   

More information can be obtained by calling into the Stan Ball Centre in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich, by emailing stanball@bloxwichcp.co.uk or telephoning Karen Smith or Deb Brownlee on 01922 403351.

Stan Ball Centre celebrates first birthday

The Stan Ball Centre.

A popular centre for adults and over-50’s is all set to celebrate its first birthday with a special event next Friday 20 January.  And the Mayor of Walsall Councillor Garry Perry and the Mayoress Mrs June Perry will be setting the seal on a proud day for the £3.75m re-built Stan Ball Centre.

The original centre, built in the 1960s, was demolished to make way for the new centre.  It was designed by architects David Wilson and funded by the Walsall’s New Deal project which saw over £50 million pumped into Blakenall Heath, Bloxwich East and Leamore for regeneration.

Deb Brownlee, the centre’s Young at Heart Project Co-ordinator said:

“We now have thirty-five courses and clubs running at the centre, ranging from Belly Dancing to Repairing and Building Computers, plus our day care service providing hot meals and company for up to 20 people a day. A portrait of Stan Ball, a former Mayor of Walsall who was so instrumental in setting up the original centre which was named in his honour hangs on the wall in our reception and we hope we have done him proud so far although there is much more to come”.

Entertainment at the event will be provided by Ian Carr, singer and comedian and tickets are available on the door priced at £2. The event runs from 1-3pm and everyone is welcome to attend.

Further information is available from The Stan Ball Centre on 01922 403351and see also Facebook Bloxwich Community Partnership Stan Ball Centre.

Stan Ball bird buffs fly the coop

Stan Ball Birdwatch Group step out
Stan Ball Birdwatch Group step out

Bird buffs based at the Stan Ball Centre for the over 50’s have finally flown the coop and put best claw forward yesterday on their first ever walk, to Pelsall North Common Nature Reserve.

The Centre’s fledgling Birdwatch Group got off to a ‘flying’ start in November when six founder members including group leader Graham Jones (seen above, first left, in red) attended the inaugural meeting at the venue in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich.

The ‘birds of a feather’ arranged to meet on the second Tuesday of every month for chat, walks and trips out.

New members are extremely welcome. The group is suitable for complete beginners or the more advanced birdwatcher.

Next meeting dates: Tuesday 10th January, Tuesday 14th February, Tuesday 13th March. All meeting 10.45am in the cafe. The group will decide on a programme and activities will take place in centre in bad weather. All welcome, just turn up.

Any enquiries to the Stan Ball Centre on 01922 403351.

Fledgling birdwatchers get off to flying start

Canada geese at the Stan Ball Centre by founder member Roger Jones.
Canada geese at the Stan Ball Centre by group founder member Roger Jones.

The new Stan Ball Centre Birdwatch Group got off to a ‘flying’ start today with six founder members including group leader Graham Jones attending the inaugural meeting.

The friendly group arranged to meet on the second Tuesday of every month for chat, walks and trips out.

New members are extremely welcome. The group is suitable for complete beginners or the more advanced birdwatcher.

Deb Brownlee, Young at Heart Project Co-ordinator at the Abbotts Street, Bloxwich centre, said “We’ve wanted to get this group going for quite some time. When Graham Jones offered to take a lead in helping to get the group started is was just the trigger needed for us to get a start date. We all feel like old friends already.”

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 13 December at 10.45am and weather permitting the group will be taking a walk along the Wyrley and Essington Canal. If the weather is bad they will be discussing and designing birdfeeders for the Stan Ball Centre.

Enquiries to 01922 403351 or email:  stanball@bloxwichcp.co.uk

Canada geese at the Stan Ball Centre by Roger Jones.
Canada geese at the Stan Ball Centre by Roger Jones.

Pictures courtesy Roger Jones

Bostin Bloxwich Winter Edition

Bostin Bloxwich Booklet.
Bostin Bloxwich Booklet.

The Winter edition of Bostin Bloxwich, the great little booklet from Bloxwich Business Partnership promoting all things Bloxwich and offering a guide to dozens of local Christmas events as well as Bloxwich shops and traders, is now out, and will be distributed in the Bloxwich area.

But instead of letting you wait for a copy to drop through your door, The Bloxwich Telegraph – which provided this edition’s Christmassy cover photograph of All Saints Church in the snow – is making the booklet available in pdf form for you to download free of charge!

Just click on the picture above to get Bostin Bloxwich on your computer now!

And if you don’t have Adobe Acrobat pdf reader installed already, simply follow this link.

Stan Ball Centre Remembrance Sunday event

The Stan Ball Centre.
The Stan Ball Centre.

The Stan Ball Centre will be hosting a Remembrance Day event with a difference on Sunday 13 November.

The usual monthly indoor car boot sale  will be dressed in Union Flags and the Support Our Soldiers charity will be supported at the event . This includes the launch of a used stamp appeal.

A box has been set up in the Stan Ball reception area and used stamps can be taken into the centre and will be forwarded on to support the Support Our Soldiers used stamp appeal. The appeal will continue throughout the year, and stamps can be dropped in at anytime on weekdays.

There will be a one minute silence at 11am and wartime music will be played throughout the day.

Probably quite uniquely for an event taking place on Remembrance Sunday there will be for the first time an Ann Summers stall selling fun ideas for Christmas.

Deb Brownlee, Young at Heart project co-ordinator said “We hope the Ann Summers stall will pull in a few extra people, it all helps to support our own charity Bloxwich Community Partnership and the forces charity Support our Soldiers. We recently raised over £400 for Help For Heroes, so we need to see if we can top that!”

The event takes place at the Stan Ball Centre, Abbotts Street, Bloxwich from 11am to 3pm. Admission is free.

Telephone enquiries to Karen Smith at the centre on 01922 403351.