Musicians and performers throughout the borough are being invited to take centre stage at Walsall Arboretum’s bandstand this summer.
Following the success of last year’s appeal for performers Walsall Arboretum rangers are asking for more of the same. Slots are currently available for both Saturdays and Sundays between the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend until the end of the season in September.
As well as musicians and singers organisers are keen to hear from poets and local artists wanting to showcase their talents to live audiences.
Councillor Harrison, Portfolio holder for Clean and Green stated: “Last year the bandstand was a buzz of activity throughout the summer months and provided some top notch entertainment by artists who did it for free.
“What really stands out is that these performers do it for the love they have for their art form and that really shines through to the audiences who were able to enjoy hours of fabulous entertainment.
“We would be really keen for the Arboretum bandstand to be the focal points for park visitors once again so organisers would love to hear from anyone interested in taking advantage of the opportunity.”
Gary Nicholson, Arboretum head ranger, added: “The range of entertainment on offer in recent years has been truly uplifting and has offered a wide and varied range of offerings that have appealed to all age ranges.”
Performers thinking of taking part should send their you tube clips/CDs/links or videos to Gary Nicholson, Arboretum head ranger at firstname.lastname@example.org , together with contact details and a series of available dates.
Walsall Arboretum will be hosting the Walsall Festival of Cricket this Sunday 31 May, to take place between 11am and 4pm.
Throughout the day organisers have planned a series of cricket, and cricket related activities for both adults and young people.
There will be opportunities for cricket fans and those wishing to learn more about local opportunities to meet and talk to representatives of local clubs.
With interest in the women’s game growing organisers are keen to raise the profile of the game and highlight the benefits, and opportunities to women and girls locally.
Among the activities on offer is the interactive Cricket Factory which develops techniques like catching, throwing, running, batting and bowling. Other activities include Kwik Cricket, Stool Ball and the opportunity to meet coaches from local clubs.
Kate Williams, Senior Officer for Sports Development, in Walsall Council stated: “Walsall has some very passionate cricket supporters who will be providing insights into the game at the festival in the park.
“The clubs attending are keen to build on the interest in the sport locally and attract more young people to play the game.
“Cricket offers young people the chance to get out and be active, but is also a game of skill and strategy requiring mental agility as well.
“It’s pits two people against each other as batsman and bowler within a wider team game, and requires constant decision making. That’s what makes it such an interesting sport.”
A new visitor’s centre at Walsall Arboretum opened its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday 23 May.
Located in the heart of the park adjacent to the Centre Green it features a cafeteria, changing rooms, classroom, a meeting room, new toilet and baby changing facilities and offices.
Councillor Khizar Hussain, portfolio holder for leisure and culture with Walsall Council, stated: “I am overjoyed at the standard with which the new visitors centre has been finished.
“This brand new and prestigious facility is a major asset for the Arboretum and as was expected adds a definite wow factor to an already valuable resource.
“Visitors will now benefit from a truly fantastic building which offers some wonderful resources.
“The abundant wild bird population, varieties of trees, insects and plants can now be enhanced further by the use of this new facility as learning opportunity to groups wanting to use the parks new centre.
“Willmott Dixon Ltd has done a wonderful job on this multi-million pound restoration project and the integration of the original building has provided a really attractive addition.”
Work on the centre green will continue over the coming weeks and will be the final phase to the new facilities external landscaping.
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