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Bloxwich Library Forum

Dateline: 14 February 2011

Now that Bloxwich Library and Bloxwich Library Theatre (aka 'Bookmark Bloxwich') have reopened and a new programme of use for the theatre is being built up, the role of Bloxwich Library Forum is evolving.

The forum has expanded, joining forces with staff of Bookmark Bloxwich - which incorporates Bloxwich Library and Bloxwich Library Theatre - to take a partnership role in events management of the theatre in particular.

It is also building on its previous role as a group of local people and library supporters consulting on the rebuild of the cultural complex, to continue to act as an interface or conduit linking library, theatre and community.

Changes to the forum and the way it operates are therefore being worked on at the moment. This has resulted initially in a range of new roles for some members of the 'new' forum, and some new roles appearing, listed below.

The forum is also looking at organising a forum supporters group for local people who would like to help out but might not be able to make the same regular commitment as forum members. 

There will be ongoing news of these changes and of the programme for the year (see below) as it happens. in due course.  We're in for an exciting year!

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Forum Officers

Gillian Leese - Chair.

Stuart Williams - Vice Chair.

Alison Ball - Secretary.

Patsy Breakspeare - Treasurer.   

Bruno Edwards - Events Organiser.

Lynn Lovern - Library Liaison Officer.

Steve Mohammed - Library Liaison Officer.

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Bloxwich Library Forum Contacts

You can contact us in the following ways. Electronic communications are operate by Stuart Williams, and will be forwarded as required.  Theatre bookings are handled initially by Bruno Edwards, see below under Bookmark Bloxwich Online.

Contact and follow the forum via Twitter:

Contact the forum by email:

Contact the forum by post (please enclose an s.a.e): c/o Ms. Dina Teppin, Area Librarian - North, Bloxwich Library, Elmore Row, Bloxwich, WS3 2HR.

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Bookmark Bloxwich Online

You can find out more about Bloxwich Library, Bloxwich Library Theatre and Bookmark Bloxwich via the following links and can also follow what's going on in the theatre through Facebook and Twitter.

Bruno Edwards of Bookmark Bloxwich manages the theatre and is the first contact for potential bookings - telephone 01922 655900.

Bloxwich Library - Walsall Council website.

Bookmark Bloxwich - website by Bruno Edwards of Bookmark Bloxwich.

Bookmark Bloxwich Twitter - run by Bruno Edwards of Bookmark Bloxwich.

Bookmark Bloxwich Facebook - run by Bruno Edwards of Bookmark Bloxwich.

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Coming up at Bookmark Bloxwich

Bookmark Bloxwich (Bloxwich Library Theatre), Elmore Row

The latest details of events at Bloxwich Library Theatre, aka Bookmark Bloxwich. 


DOWNLOAD AUTUMN 2011 PROGRAMME flyer in pdf format:

Autumn Programme

This programme includes events not yet shown below.



Red Venice Halloween Special - 29 October 2011

Red Venice live on stage at Bookmark Bloxwich in January (Picture: Stuart Williams)

Red Venice are making a hard-rockin' return to Bookmark Bloxwich for Halloween on 29 October!

The band which launched the return of live music to Bloxwich Library Theatre in Elmore Row, Bloxwich covers the greatest rock anthems from Journey, Deep Purple, Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Cream and many more!

With tickets just £5, why not rock the night away with Red Venice - and why not turn up in costume?

Doors open 8pm, show starts 8.30pm.   See our review of January's Red Venice gig here.

Contact Steve Smith on 07736 379560 or Bloxwich Library 01922 655900 to book tickets now!

Event arranged by Bloxwich Library Forum in partnership with Bloxwich Library. 


DC FONTANA plus support - 17 December 2011

New mod heroes and Art & Soul exponents, DC Fontana are the hottest band on the scene today. New EP Meshkalina was released in April. Great sixties-influenced original material and top quality performance - these guys are a class act!

Doors Open 7.30pm, show 8.15pm. Tickets TBC.

See: plus Bloxidge Tallygraph Band/CD review of DC Fontana via this link.

A really FAB way to finish off the year! 

Event arranged by Bloxwich Library Forum in partnership with Bloxwich Library. 

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MORE BOOKMARK BOOKINGS TBC - watch this space!




The Borrowed Word
Wed 20 July 2011 7.00pm doors open, event begins 7.30pm, admission £5.
A lively evening of poetry in celebration of books and libraries' contribution to our culture, compered by David Calcutt, with poets Antony Owen, Emma Purshouse, Fergus McGonigal, Heather Wastie PLUS an open mic spot.
Call 01922 655900 to reserve tickets.

Open Mic @Bookmark Bloxwich
Fri 5 August 2011  8.00pm doors open, event begins 8.30pm.
Come and play.  A place for singers, song writers, and musicians to play, jam and try out songs on our full PA. No instrument required. If you don’t play, come along and listen!

DOWNLOAD the Open Mic Flyer via this link.



REVIEW via this link.

Doors open 1pm for 2pm start. Tickets £8 and £6 concessions, tel: 01922 655900 to reserve.

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside - in Bloxwich - as a slapstick family show promises a real summer treat!

Turned Out Nice Again! features Granny Flo and Ruby as they head off to the seaside at Darley-on-Sea circa 1938.

Their trip turns into a fantastic coastal adventure with dance, songs, comedy and candyfloss and visitors to Bookmark Bloxwich (Bloxwich Library Theatre) can enjoy the show in a matinee on the afternoon of Sunday 12 June.

Performed courtesy of Little Pixie Productions, Turned Out Nice Again! won the "Best Show For Families" award at Buxton Festival Fringe last year.

Gillian Leese, chair of event organisers Bloxwich Library Forum, said: "Buckets and spades are optional but a good time will surely be had by all at this fun show. 

It is suitable for an audience aged from three to a hundred-and-three, and has gathered super reviews, so we're delighted to offer this 'staycation' in Bloxwich."

Tickets cost £8 and £6 concessions for the 2pm performance and are available from Bloxwich Library in Elmore Row and may be reserved by contacting 01922 655900.

Doors will open at 1pm for a 2pm start.

NATIONAL CLOWN THEATRE - 21 February 1.30pm

Beware of low flying custard pies as the National Clown Theatre brings its circus funshow to Bloxwich for half term. 
With gallons of fun and bucketfuls of laughs the show features traditional slapstick,circus acts, magic, illusions, prizes and surprises.

Ticket Information £4.50 in advance by phoning 01384 423496.

TECHNO TINA - Theatre club starts 21 February

Are you aged between 7 and 13?  Do you like performing?  Wanna do more? 

Then why not come along to Bloxwich Library Theatre from 21 to 25 February for the chance to be part of a half term week long course! Join us as we delve into the wonderful world of Techno Tina & Other Terrible Tales! Miss it or miss out! 

Places are limited - book now!!! £60.00 per person - discounts available for siblings.  Call Nicola Byrne or Karl Veltman on 07966 654449 or 07971 216850.

TIME TO WRITE - starts 26 February 2011

If you like to write stories, poems, or plays but somehow don’t as much time as you’d like to spend on it, then a new venture at Bookmark Bloxwich is just the thing for you.

Time To Write is a series of monthly sessions designed to give all local writers, whether they’re experienced or just starting out, time and space in which to work on their latest story or poem, share their work, and receive some expert guidance from a professional writer.

The sessions will be run by Walsall writer David Calcutt, a published novelist, playwright and poet, who says: “The aim of the venture is to provide a friendly and relaxed environment, in which local people who practice and care about writing, can come and share their enthusiasm and their work with fellow writers, take part in some writing exercises and, most importantly, have time to devote to their own writing.”

The first Time To Write session is at Bookmark Bloxwich, Bloxwich Library, Elmore Row,  on Saturday 26 February, running from 2 – 4pm, at a cost of £8 per session. To book a place, contact Bookmark Bloxwich on 01922 655900.

TIGER, TIGER - 5 March 2011

March 5 will see the launch of a new fundraising campaign Tiger, Tiger, founded by Birmingham poet Helen Calcutt, and Dublin artist Peter Tinkler.

The evening of poetry in the theatre at Bookmark Bloxwich on the of 5 March will be a celebration of the campaign, which began in September 2010.

“Our aim has always been to draw attention to the tiger as an endangered species" says Helen.  "This event is a celebration of the campaign’s ongoing success, of the spoken word, and not least this rare and beautiful species.”

Former Birmingham Poet Laureate, Julie Boden is a supporter of the campaign; “this is sure to be a great night with great readings, great company - pause for thought - and then applause for a cause! Put a tiger in your tank or neatly dance those tiger feet down to the Bloxwich Library Theatre, 7.30pm.”

Poets reading on the night include former Birmingham Laureate Julie Boden, award winning poet Sarah James, poetry activist and writer Jacqui Rowe, and playwright, novelist and poet David Calcutt.

Admission is £5, all proceeds go to charity. Tickets can be reserved or bought on the door. To reserve tickets please call 01922 655900, or email

DOWNLOAD the Tiger, Tiger poster via this link.

WORLD BOOK NIGHT - 5 March 2011

You may have heard of World Book Day, but have you heard of World Book Night?  And did you know that during this year's World Book Night, which takes place on Saturday 5 March, you can pick up a FREE book and listen to readings from it at Bloxwich Library?

World Book Night is the largest-ever book giveaway event, during which twenty thousand passionate book lovers across the UK and Ireland will give away a million books on the inaugural night.

And thanks to the kind assistance of staff and management of Bloxwich Library (aka Bookmark Bloxwich) in Elmore Row, local writer and historian Stuart Williams will be giving away free copies of NORTHERN LIGHTS, the first book in the legendary fantasy/science fiction trilogy 'His Dark Materials' by top author Philip Pullman, between 7.30pm-9pm.

There will also be readings from NORTHERN LIGHTS, which was adapted for the silver screen as THE GOLDEN COMPASS starring Daniel Craig.

Stuart Williams (left) said "Thanks to World Book Night I have been able to join forces with my friends at Bloxwich Library to give away two boxes of one of the finest fantasy/SF books of recent years, and am very much looking forward to meeting fellow readers on the night.  It's a great opportunity to promote books, reading - and Bloxwich Library!"

Anyone wishing to receive a free book will need to collect it between 7.30pm - 9pm at Bloxwich Library, and is advised to reserve it in advance by telephoning Bloxwich Library on 01922 655900 and leaving their name, address and telephone number.  Books are given away on the basis of one book per household, while stocks last.

For more about Philip Pullman's books, why not check out his website via this link!

World Book Night will take place two days after World Book Day, the established nationwide reading campaign.  For further information, follow this link to the WBN official website: World Book Night.

You can download the World Book Night poster for Bloxwich Library in jpeg format via the following link:

WBN Poster Bloxwich 5 March 2011

Glamba Theatrical Percussion Group - 26 March 2011

Where Have I Put My Drumsticks?

A unique blend of Brazilian, African and Western beats - played on everything from drum kits to dustbins, through to congas and traditional Samba instruments - fused together to create a dynamic force of rhythm ‘n’ soul. 
A lively, fun and exciting show for all the family!

Glamba continue their "Where Have I Put My Drumsticks?" Tour 2011 with a unique blend of Brazilian, African and Western beats fused together to create a dynamic force of rhythm'n'soul. Lively, fun and exciting, the show includes multi-media effects, dance, vocals and a tantalising mix of percussive rhythms from instruments as varied as traditional Samba drums through to experimental and contemporary work drum-kits, dustbins, saucepans and even the kitchen sink! Expect lots of audience participation-clapping, stomping, in-seat and on-stage participation makes the night a truly unforgettable one, fun show for all ages.

The show will also feature music from their new album "Elements" which was mastered by international music engineer David Mitson who has worked with Micheal Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Santana and The Muppets - and as Glamba say "if he's good enough for The Muppets, he's good enough for us!".

Ticket Information: Tickets available from 01527 577854.

TIME TO WRITE - Saturday 26 March 2011

Bookmark's Adult writers Group, Time To Write, will meet on 26 March: April 30: May 28 and June 25.
If you are an adult and like to write stories, poems, or plays but somehow don’t have as much time as you’d like to spend on it, then a new venture at Bookmark Bloxwich is just the thing for you.

Time To Write is a series of monthly sessions designed to give all local writers, whether they’re experienced or just starting out, time and space in which to work on their latest story or poem, share their work, and receive some expert guidance from a professional writer.

The sessions will be run by Walsall writer David Calcutt, a published novelist, playwright & poet, who says: “The aim of the venture is to provide a friendly and relaxed environment, in which local people who practice and care about writing, can come and share their enthusiasm and their work with fellow writers, take part in some writing exercises and, most importantly, have time to devote to their own writing.”
2.00pm till 4.00pm. £8.


THE WORLD OF DISNEY - Friday 1 April 2011

This show appeals to all ages as the music is timeless and has an original twist being sung in harmony.

This show is another step forward for Chase Harmony, as it is brought to life with movement and a touch of humour!

Doors 7.30 Tickets cost £5 from Bloxwich Library or reserve tickets on 01922 655900.


BOOKMARK YOUTH THEATRE - a new group starting 4th Apri 2011

Runs 6.30pm-8.30pm then every Monday.

For 13 -19 year olds.  Fee £5 per session Book on 01922 655900 or at Bloxwich Library.

THE LOCK IN plus CHUCK MICALLEF - 16 April 2011

The Lock In - photo courtesy Bookmark Bloxwich

On Saturday 16 April Bloxwich Library Theatre - aka Bookmark Bloxwich - will host its first evening of musical entertainment in aid of Walsall Hospice.

Headline act The Lock In, whose eclectic style sees them described as "Woody Guthrie meets the Clash", will be supported by the wonderful Canadian country singer/ songwriter Chuck Micallef.

Sharon Woodland, community fundraiser for Walsall Hospice said "I am thrilled that such popular musicians are giving their time and talents to raise money for the hospice. I would also like to thank Bookmark Bloxwich for their continuing support.  I cannot wait, It promises to be a fantastic night!"

Tickets are priced at just five pounds and are on sale at Bloxwich Library. Bar available.  Doors open 7pm. Full access for wheelchair users. Everyone Welcome!

For further information call Becky on 01922 447871.


DISARM GOLIATH plus WRAITH - 14 May 2011

Disarm Goliath at The Slade Rooms, 2010 (Pic: Stuart Williams) 

Great news for rock music fans across Bloxwich and Walsall - home-grown heavy metal's returning to a major Bloxwich venue for the first time since the great days of Bloxwich Baths and the school circuit!

And hair-raising local headbangers DISARM GOLIATH with members from Pelsall and beyond are leading the hard-rockin' charge supported by Birmingham band WRAITH, both armed to the teeth with a battery of their own original heavy rock and metal songs.

Now Bloxwich Library Theatre - aka Bookmark Bloxwich - is continuing by leaps and bounds to establish itself as an important live music venue by bringing heavy metal rocking back to the home town of Rob Halford (JUDAS PRIEST) and Noddy Holder (SLADE).

The rebuilt theatre, under the banner of Bloxwich Library Forum, is all set to host an ear-crushing night of metallic music on Saturday 14 May 2011 - doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start - and tickets are already on sale at the library for just £5!  Tel: 01922 655900 to reserve tickets, or drop into the library in Elmore Row.  A can bar will be available on the night.

With such talented young musicians unleashed in Bloxwich, a great night of quality heavy rock is sure to be had by all!

More about Disarm Goliath on their website:

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Bookmark Bloxwich steps up a gear in 2011

Dateline:  14 February 2011

Since last September, when Bloxwich Library and theatre reopened under the joint name of 'Bookmark Bloxwich', both library and theatre have gone into overdrive thanks to an enthusiastic long-term partnership staff and management of the library, the theatre and the now evolving volunteer group Bloxwich Library Forum.

Exciting and immensely popular public events in September 2010 - 'Go Wild with Bloxwich Library' incorporating an evening performance from 'Wild Irish' and in November contributing to  'Sparkle into a Bloxwich Christmas' were followed by a series of library events and new groups for young people.  

The year concluded in style with a special formal opening in December when the Mayor of Walsall, Cllr Gary Clarke, joined Cllr Anthony Harris and Head of Libraries & Heritage Sue Grainger to welcome invited guests and forum members to an evening of 'Winter Words' organised by local poetr and playwright David Calcutt.

Most recently, in January 2011 Bloxwich Library Theatre started the new year off with a bang -with a near-sellout gig by local classic rock covers band 'Red Venice' who rocked the roof off and set the scene for a Halloween return in October.

Now, following the evolution of Bloxwich Library forum to include members of the library staff and the theatre as well as the original core of local library supporters has begun to move activities in the theatre in particular into a higher gear, and a varied and exciting programme of events there is rapidly being put into place.

See the box below above for current finalised programme details, and watch this space for more information coming soon!

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Walsall Council press release 7 Sept 2010

New library opens in Bloxwich

library books

The countdown is complete and the wait is finally over! After, nine months, 44 weeks and 308 days of construction, a new library was being unveiled today to the community of Bloxwich.

'Bookmark Bloxwich', the new name for the Bloxwich Library and Theatre opened its doors at 9.30am to welcome visitors for the first time since it closed in September 2009. Contractors E Manton Ltd from Birmingham began working on the Elmore Row site in November.

A £1.2m grant from the Big Lottery Communities Libraries fund, awarded in July 2008 has transformed the dilapidated 1950s venue into a vibrant, flexible and inclusive facility for learning and culture.

Traditional memories of dull or gloomy libraries have been thrown out by the careful use of a variety of colours, while maintaining a welcoming environment for all.

The new facility will include a cafe, new computer desks, known as 'pods', a local access point for council information, exhibition, display and performance areas, meeting rooms and a children's reading garden.

The library’s performance and meeting venue now contains retractable seating, which can be folded back towards the rear wall, opening up a multi-purpose space to accommodate all kinds of activities and performances.

Other benefits include improvements to the energy performance of the building, a community space for local groups to hire and will be Wi-fi enabled.

Councillor Anthony Harris, Walsall Council's cabinet member for leisure, culture and the environment said: "Bloxwich's new library is more than a collection of books. It is a modern cultural venue. Its light open spaces and vibrant colours will no doubt draw in existing and new library members and is an exciting environment to read, listen to music, to learn or to just relax and enjoy."

Sue Grainger, head of libraries and heritage added: "The wait is finally over and we’re delighted with the new library facility. The colour scheme really brings the building to life and we can’t wait to show it off to members of the community.

"Bloxwich is one of our busiest libraries and this is set to continue following this major transformation. Our staff have been brilliant and I would like to thank them for maintaining a library service from the temporary facility during the past nine months."

A community fun day has been arranged for Saturday 18 September 2010.

The new telephone number for Bloxwich Library is 01922 655900.

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Bloxwich Library Forum Documents

Documents for you to download - we'll do our best to keep you in the picture!

CUNNING PLANS - the old Bloxwich Library & Theatre and the "new" building.

Original plan

The original 1954 plan for the 1960 Bloxwich Library can be downloaded here in jpg format, courtesy of Walsall Local History Centre via this link.

New plan

The combined layout plan for the refurbished Bloxwich Library and Studio Theatre (new name as yet unchosen) is available in pdf form, courtesy of Walsall Council, via this link.

You can zoom in on the details using your PDF viewer.  If you do not have one, you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader via this link.

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History of Bloxwich Library & Theatre

For information on the past history of Bloxwich libraries and the theatre, follow this link.

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