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Community News

This is the place for items of general community news! 

If you would like to tell people about what your church, club, group or organisation is doing in Bloxwich, Leamore and Blakenall Heath, feel free to contact the Edditer, Stuart Williams, via our contact page, and we'll see what we can do to help.

Stan Ball Centre Latest

 
The super new Stan Ball Centre consists of two buildings in canalside grounds off Abbotts Street (Pix: S.Williams)

Dateline: 5 August 2011

PARTY NIGHT ON CARNIVAL DAY 6 Aug 2011

The Centre’s first annual summer bash takes place this Saturday 6 August, offering a party night after the Bloxwich Carnival day!

There’s a Disco with a Hawaiian theme - come in shorts or beachwear or bright shirts or grass skirts - limbo - party music and sing-along - bring inflatable beach balls and hula hoops.

**will now include a zumba dancing demonstration and everyone can join in **

So if you wondered what the zumba craze was all about come along and find out!

Cafe open from 6pm party on until 11.30pm.  Admission £2 children up to age 15 free.

ZUMBA AT STAN BALL

THURSDAYS 7-8PM AND 8-9PM

FRIDAYS 6-7PM STARTING TODAY

MONDAYS 6-7PM AND 7-8PM FROM 15.8.11

ALL £4 A SESSION  Just turn up. Suitable for all ages (youngest 12).

SEE US AT THE BLOXWICH CARNIVAL TOMORROW!

INTERNET ACCESS AT THE STAN BALL CENTRE

For adults only, when the IT room is not in use,  £1.50 per hour ring Karen to check before coming 01922 403351.

Also if you want to have a working lunch at the Stan Ball Centre we don't mind if you plug your laptop in - sorry no wi-fi yet though, have to bring a dongle!!

Bloxwich Community Partnership

Stan Ball Centre, Abbott's Street, Bloxwich, Walsall, West Midlands, WS3 3BW.

01922 403351.  Facebook Bloxwich Community Partnership Stan Ball Centre.

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It's Bloxwich Carnival this Saturday!

Carnival Royalty, L to R: Jessica Jones (2010 Queen), Abigail Nicholls, Lucy Kirk and Phoebe Willetts. Rear: Terry Bate, the new Chairman of Bloxwich Carnival Committee (Pic: Steve Antill)

Dateline: 3 August 2011

With breathtaking turns from the M.A.D mountain bike stunt and display team and legendary strongman and headbalancer John Evans, this year's Bloxwich Carnival promises to be another unmissable event.

The carnival is being held at King George V Playing Fields in Bloxwich this Saturday (6 August), and opens at 12.00pm.

Carnival Queen Abigail Nicholls will play a starring role, assisted by Carnival Princess Lucy Kirk and Carnival Rosebud Phoebe Willetts.  They will be crowned at 12.30pm.

And stalls, sideshows, displays and the Pat Collins fun fair will give visitors of all ages plenty to see and do.

The event traditionally attracts thousands of people and organisers say it is one of the biggest in the West Midlands.

John Millard, Walsall Council senior park ranger, said: "The stunt and display team are out of this world and will leave everyone gasping in amazement while John Evans has to be seen to be believed as he balances huge items such as cars on his head.

"The carnival is a fantastic community event both for Bloxwich and for residents who live in other parts of the borough and is a great day out for all the family." 

Bloxwich Carnival is organised by Bloxwich Carnival Committee, a non-profit community organisation, with the support of other local community organisations, volunteers, and Walsall Council.

Admission to Bloxwich Carnival costs just £1.50 adults, children under 16 £0.50. Rides etc cost extra. A great value family day out!

Some limited off-street parking may be available via the Stafford Road entrance to the park. Entrance is on foot only.

The event will close around 4pm.

More info on Bloxwich Carnival, including the running order for the day etc, via this link:

BLOXWICH CARNIVAL

and Bloxwich Carnival is now on both Twitter and Facebook:

Bloxwich Carnival Facebook   Bloxwich Carnival Twitter 

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Help for Heroes Charity Night at Stan Ball Centre


 
Dateline: 4 July 2011

Staff and trustees at the newly built Stan Ball Community Centre are working hard to develop a series of charity nights.

The first Stan Ball Charity Night was held on 11th June and featured talented local singers Emma Ball, Phil Sweet, John Young, Sophie Beach, Jay Fenton, 14 year old Reece Turner from Aldridge School and a brand new three piece pop group called Envy. All the performers gave their services free of charge and £163 was raised for the Local Community 50 Plus Forum Stroke and Heart Survivors Group. The money will be used help with the costs of a summer trip.

This Saturday 9th July  the Stan Ball Centre is hosting a fun 60/70's karaoke and disco night featuring popular local DJ Janyne. Tickets cost £5 each and all proceeds will go to support men and women of the armed forces who are injured in the service of their country.

Deb Brownlee project co-ordinator "The Help For Heroes charity night came about because the local H4H co-ordinator Ken Cook took a table to promote the cause at one of our monthly table top sales. From talking with him we realised how very important this charity is, and what a difference it makes to such a lot of lives. So it's a bit a fluke really as we originally intended to concentrate on local charities, but H4H is exceptional and we've received great some encouragement from local people. We hope to raise them a good sum of money."

The event which is suitable for the whole family takes place at the Stan Ball Centre in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich from 8-11pm and tickets can be purchased on the door.

Further information 01922 403351.
 

Have a ball at the Stan Ball Centre!


 
At the Stan Ball Centre, Ballroom and Latin dance tutors Dave and Sylvia Webster, with students (Pic: Deb Brownlee)
 
Dateline: 27 June 2011

On Monday afternoons from 3-5pm at the Stan Ball Centre in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich, Ballroom and Latin dance tutors Dave and Sylvia Webster lead a ballroom/latin session, teaching for one hour followed by one hour social practice.
 
The group have a great time, and you don't need a partner - only one thing is missing - more people! The Centre needs more people to secure a future for the group, and at £5 for the two hours it is a real bargain for anyone wanting to learn to 'dance to impress'.

Sylvia and Dave also run regular Saturday night sequence dances at the Stan Ball Centre (admission £4) and  Sunday afternoon tea dances 3-6pm - next dates  Sunday 3rd July and Sunday 21st August.

To join any of these activities simply turn up and free trial vouchers are available to try the ballroom/latin dancing class, ring Karen at the Stan Ball Centre 01922 403351 to find out more or email stanballcentre@hotmail.co.uk
 

Gt Wyrley Local History Society Open Day

Dateline: 9 June 2011

Not strictly Bloxwich I know, but our neighbours at the Local History Society in Great Wyrley have what looks like an interesting Open Day coming up on Saturday 18 June 2011.

The event will be supported with displays from Great Wyrley, Cheslyn Hay, Bridgetown, Pelsall and Burntwood as well as the Cannock Chase Mining Museum and Black Country Memories.

The venue is Great Wyrley Sports and Social Club, Walsall Road, Great Wyrley. 

Doors open 11am till 4pm.

For more on Great Wyrley Local History Society, follow this link.

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Bloxwich in Bloom!

Dateline: 6 June 2011

Please see the poster linked below, promoting the first Bloxwich In Bloom Community Planting Day planned for Sunday 12 June.

This event is the first planned for the Bloxwich In Bloom project which will see six new planters installed in Bloxwich High Street and a herb garden planted under the Pat Collins Memorial Clock in Promenade Gardens, for all the community to use.

The event urgently needs volunteers to come along and help us plant the flowers and herbs.

Please can you print off the poster and advertise the event, and forward to all your contacts to promote the planting day.

DOWNLOAD POSTER HERE

Nikki Rolls
Regeneration Assistant
District Centre Management
Walsall Council

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Pelsall Music Live - sounds great!

Dateline: 31 May 2011

Pelsall is to host a live music festival for the first time this summer, and it sounds so good we thought Bloxwich music fans should know about it too!

“Pelsall Music Live” takes place on Saturday, 30 July on Pelsall Common and will be a free community event that showcases local talent.

Co–organised by Pelsall Pride Partnership, local musicians and Walsall Council's parks team, festival-goers will be treated to a variety of music.

Visitors to the Electric Pride Marquee will be able to enjoy an eclectic mix of electric rock, pop and indie music from popular local bands, while those in search of a more mellow listening experience will find what they’re looking for in The Vanessa Bridge Acoustic Marquee, where students from local schools feature on the same bill as established professional folk, blues, and country artists

Chair of Pelsall Pride, Councillor Garry Perry, said: “This will be the first event of this kind to be held in Pelsall and I am very much excited at the opportunity of working alongside so many talented musicians with a repertoire to suit many a taste.”

There are a limited number of spaces for anyone who wants to have a stall. A non-refundable charge of £10 is payable in advance for private stallholders. Charities are exempt from charge.

Telephone 07960 503 512 for further details.

DOWNLOAD EVENT POSTER (pdf) via this link: DOWNLOAD.

Play list:

Electric Pride Marquee

11am-noon  Type 40

noon-1pm  Beechwood

1pm-2pm  The Lock In

2pm-3pm  Sweet Deliverance

3pm-4pm  The Arkhamists

4pm-5pm  The  2 n’ 8s

5pm-6pm  Owamya

The Vanessa Bridge Acoustic Marquee

11am-11.30 am  Ryders Hayes  Community Academy

11.30am-noon  Hit Squad

12pm-12.30 pm  Fiddler on the Hoof

12.30-1.10 pm  Andy and Ali Cargill

1.10pm-1.20 pm  Break

1.20pm-2pm  Shelfield Community Academy Btec Students  (2 bands)

2pm-3pm  Pete Kelly

3pm-4pm  The Jimmy Band  (Featuring Trouble ‘n’ Strife)

4pm-5pm  Chuck Micallef

5pm-6pm  Tony Portlock and Matt Thorpe

This news item has been largely lifted from Common People, the neighbouring news blog for Pelsall, with thanks to editor Jayne Howarth.

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Silver Surfers Day at Frank F Harrison

Dateline: 18 May 2011

An exciting hi-tech event for older people aged 50+ taking place this Friday at Frank F. Harrison Engineering College, Bloxwich, has just been drawn to our attention.

The Silver Surfers event is the biggest national event that promotes I.T. skills to the older generation.

The organisers are looking to provide an opportunity to embrace technology, so why not get your mum / dad / grandparents or older generation to come along to their free taster course at Frank F Harrison Engineering College, Leamore lane on Friday 20th of May 2011?

Two drop in sessions are open between 9:15-11:30 or 1:30-3:00

Refreshment will be provided.

BOOKING FORM via this link - please check with the college whether you need to book on 01922 710257.

For more information on the College, follow this link.

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Bloxwich school hosts police awards

Walsall Academy (pic S.Williams)

Dateline: 13 May 2011

Police officers, staff and members of the public were recognised for their bravery and courageous acts at a special awards evening on 10 May.

Over 100 awards were presented by Assistant Chief Constable Gary Forsyth for outstanding work, professionalism, dedication and courage.

The awards ceremony, held at Walsall Academy, Lichfield Road, Bloxwich saw 87 officers; eight PCSOs and nine members of the public collect their awards.

A team of officers received an award for solving over 100 crimes in a four month period. Between April and August 2010, Inspector Neil Creed and his team of seven officers, solved 62 vehicle crimes, 23 burglaries, five drug crimes and six metal thefts.

Sergeant Ben Woodall and his team of six officers also received awards for helping a man who threatened to harm himself. On the 25 March 2010 the officers attended an address in Willenhall after this man had barricaded himself into the house and threatened to harm himself.

The officers managed to calm him down and helped his family to find the support he needed.

In Brownhills PCSO Buck was recognised for his commitment and professionalism after arresting four shoplifters who he had seen acting suspiciously.

Four officers from Walsall also received awards for securing a conviction of a man who robbed three young people, by gun point, in the Highgate area in January 2011.

PCs Graham Bates, Lee Follows, Francis Nock and Polly Venables, detained the offender not far from the scene of the crime and after a thorough investigation secured a six year conviction.

Members of the public were also recognised for their bravery. This included two men from Willenhall who witnessed a burglary in September 2010. They dialled 999 and took chase of the offenders, detaining them until police arrived.

An 18 year old student, from Aldridge, confronted a burglar in her home on 17 January 2011. She had the courage to follow him and took a good enough description which led to his arrest.

Superintendent Keith Fraser, from Walsall police station, said: “I am overwhelmed by the dedication and commitment shown by my officers who have gone above and beyond in conducting their duties.

I have been humbled and amazed at what the public and police do for the community.

I am proud to be part of this awards evening which highlights the high level of commitment and community spirit which is so evident across Walsall.”

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Saddler's Arms Charity Fun Day

The Saddler's Arms (pic: S. Williams)

Dateline: 12 May 2011

That ever-popular Bloxwich community pub The Saddlers Arms is running a Fun Day for charity on Sunday 29 May.

And the long-established family-friendly watering hole and eatery on Fishley Lane, Lower Farm Estate, is laying on a wide range of fun and activities for all ages.

The event, which runs from 3pm till late, offers an adult sports day, cake sale, raffle, car wash, barbeque, entertainment and much more! 

And it's all in aid of that important charity, Cancer Research.

For more about The Saddler's Arms, check out their website via this link.

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Binmen vs Recyclers in Bloxwich footie dust-up

The Old Red Lion Ground, Somerfield Road, Bloxwich

Dateline: 11 May 2011

The day of the big match is almost here, but for staff in Walsall Council’s waste management department, that doesn’t mean Saturday’s FA Cup Final between Stoke City and Manchester City.

Instead, they’ll be playing out their own high-stakes game at the Old Red Lion Ground, home of Bloxwich United AFC, in Somerfield Road, Bloxwich on Saturday 14 May. The 'recycling team' will be kicking off against the 'binmen' at 2pm to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Entry is free on the day, but spectators are asked to make donations to those going around with collection buckets. There will also be refreshments available.

Mick Edwards, assistant area manager for recycling at Walsall Council, said: “A number of our family and friends have received treatment at the hospital, so this charity game is a way of saying thank you for the care they’ve received.

"We’d urge as many people as possible to come along support the event as it promises to be great fun, certainly a lot more interesting than the cup final."

Mick will be playing for the 'binmen', despite working for the recycling team in his day job. He said: "I'll be playing against my new team at work so that should be interesting!"

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Walsall Hospice launches text for giving service

The latest thing in mobile giving (Image courtesy Vodaphone)

Dateline: 11 May 2011

St Giles Walsall Hospice is amongst the first charities in the country to use its own unique, personalised, text code, SGWH11, to raise funds using JustTextGiving by Vodafone.

This is a brand new, free service for charities, that has no set up or fundraising costs for charities, no network charges for people making donations and every penny donated goes to charity.  Gift Aid can also be added to donations.

From today, supporters of St Giles Walsall Hospice can make donations of up to £10 by texting SGWH11 and either 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 to 70070 to make their donation.  The text message is free and all of the donation will be passed to St Giles Walsall Hospice.

Cheryl Bradburne, Head of Fundraising at St Giles Walsall Hospice said: “This is a wonderful way for us to raise money as it’s speedy, simple and spontaneous.  Most people have a mobile phone these days so we expect this to be very popular with our supporters.”

For further information contact Rachel Ridler at St Giles Walsall Hospice on 01922 602527 or email rachel.ridler@walsall.nhs.uk .

For further information about JustTextGiving by Vodafone please visit justtextgiving.co.uk

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Stan Ball Fishing Club being formed

Dateline: 10 May 2011

The Stan Ball Centre in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich, is forming a fishing club for local 50+ anglers.

The Centre, which caters for the over-50s, has organised a founding meeting at the Centre on the afternoon of Wednesday 11 May 2011, at 2pm, and the agenda for the meeting is reproduced below.

Anyone who is interested in helping out is welcome to attend the meeting.

AGENDA   WEDNESDAY 11TH MAY 2011 2pm Stan BallFishing Club 

  1. Fishing rights
  2. Permits needed
  3. What the club would do and benefits of membership: British Disabled Angling Association and The Waterway Wanderers  
  4. Fees
  5. Club Rules
  6. How often meet; scheduling of fishing spaces
  7. National Fishing Month 16th July to 14th August 2011
  8. Leaflet design (draft)
  9. Press release and photo opp
  10. Date of next meeting

The official contact for the Stan Ball Centre, which is part of Bloxwich Community Partnership, is Deb Brownlee, Young at Heart Project Co-ordinator.  Tel: 01922 403351

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Independent Living Event 13 May 2011

Dateline: 10 May 2011

An Independent Living Event - A guide to help and support - is taking place on Friday 13 May, 10am-2pm, at Walsall College, Wisemore Campus, Littleton Street West, Walsall, WS2 8EQ

For more information about the event contact Walsall Council by calling 01922 655415 or Walsall Disability Forum 01922 614794.

At the event you''l find free information and advice about:

  • Help around the home
  • Support services for people living with a disability
  • Housing Options
  • Home Safety
  • Health and Well being
  • Courses to encourage independence and build confidence
  • Walsall College Award Winning Deaf Academy

There will be more than 34 stallholders at the event.

You can download the event flyer via this link.

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Bloxwich (St John's) Model Railway Exhibition - getting up steam on Saturday 14 May 2011

Last year's exhibition at St John's (courtesy St John's Church)

Dateline: 5 May 2011

This year's Bloxwich Model Railway Exhibition is set to take place on Saturday 14 May, and opens 10am - 4.30pm.

Organised by St John’s Methodist Church, the church institute is the venue for the popular annual show. The spacious modern building is located in Victoria Avenue, a short walk from the Bloxwich Public Toilets/High Street bus interchange.

Admission costs £3.50 for adults, concessions £2.50 and £1.50 for a child.  However, there is a package deal admission for a family with 2 parents and 2 children, costing just £8.00.

Parking is free, with wheelchair access and refreshments will be available.

Proceeds are in aid of St John’s Church funds.

Layouts scheduled to attend include Tremore (00), Upton (EM), Conyer Dewit (00), Ashburton (00), Birchills Junction (00), Peters Street (00), Rowley St. Giles (00), Kingshill (009), Bryngwern (5.5mm), Bewdley (N), Larkrise (N), Eyning Broad MPD (00), Tinker’s Green Halt (00), Hawthorn Mill (009).  There will be demonstrations and trade support.

Contact: John Hill, Tel: 01922 475557 or 07970 390258, and by email to:  john@hill5706.freeserve.co.uk

This looks like a real fun event and The Bloxidge Tallygraph hopes to attend!

For more about St. John's Methodist Church, see their website.

Pictures of the 2009 exhibition provided by John Hill.

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Mayor's musical treat in Bloxwich

Mayor of Walsall, Cllr Cary Clarke at last year's Bloxwich Carnival (Pic S.Williams)

Dateline: 22 April 2011

A choral concert is set to raise the roof in Bloxwich as well as boost the Mayor of Walsall's Charity Appeal.

Councillor Gary Clarke has organised the fundraiser for St John's Church, Victoria Avenue, on Saturday 7 May.

Music lovers can look forward to performances by The Chase Choral Society, Cannock Ex-Servicemen's Club Male Voice Choir and Park Hall Junior School Choir.

Joining them will be vocal harmony duo "Eternity" and singer Diana Gunn.

The Mayor said: "Bloxwich will be well and truly alive with music in May and I'm delighted that we have managed to get so many talents to take part in this special show.

"The choral concert will be one of the final events of my Mayoral year and I think it will help to end my term on a real high."

Net proceeds from the concert will boost the Mayor's Charity Appeal for Walsall Hospice and disadvantaged children in the borough.

Tickets cost £7 each and are available from the Mayor's office on 01922 652072 or by calling into the Mayor's Parlour at the Council House in Lichfield Street, Walsall.

They are also on sale at St John's Church.

Doors open at 6.30pm. The show starts at 7pm and is due to finish around 10pm.

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Willenhall Carnival Queen to open Bloxwich sale

Photo courtesy Stacey Senior

Dateline: 11 March 2011

Great news for the first ever Sunday Table Top Sale at The Stan Ball Centre this Sunday 13 March 11am is that Stacey Senior who recently won as the new Willenhall Carnival Queen 2011 has accepted an invitation to open the event, wearing her crown of course.

This will be two 'firsts' - the new Abbots Street centre's first sale event and Stacey's first public  engagement as Carnival Queen.

The centre has been working closely with Stacey in her 'day job' as a Senior Social Worker - she has been helping to prepare the model for a widow and widowers group due to be set up there over the next few weeks.

After she has opened the sale she won't be running off - she and her mother have booked a table to sell home made cakes they have baked to raise funds for a family friend who is suffering from cancer and needs money to pay for treatment. So it will be off with the crown and on with the pinny!

Deb Brownlee, Young at Heart Project Co-ordinator said "It was wonderful of Stacey to offer to help us promote this first ever event and we urge all local people to come along and support both Stacey and the Stan Ball Centre. We have been heartened to have soldthe  28 tables for this event which means a really wide variety of goods on offer but to have the Willenhall Carnival Queen 2011 to perform an opening ceremony is really just the icing on the cake. This will be a great day and we are so grateful to everyone who has helped us develop this and given us support."

The event runs from 11am to 4pm at the centre in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich.  Admission is free and the canalside bistro cafe will be open. The centre opened its doors in January and is developing a wide range of classes, groups, care services and fundraising events, plus dances every Saturday night.

Details from 01922 403351 or Facebook Bloxwich Community Partnership Stan Ball Centre.

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Update from Stan Ball Centre

The Stan Ball Centre

Dateline: 11 March 2011

From Deb at the Stan Ball Centre: First of all a big thank you to everyone who has advised us, helped us and spread the word about us here at the new Stan Ball Centre in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich.  We're coming along steadily and we now enter our third month since 'opening the doors' -  although we haven't had our 'official' opening yet.

 
Our cafe is now open to the public Monday to Friday and we have a number of groups and classes up and running. The old Stan Ball Saturday night dance is back on, and the 'sound of music' can be heard on Mondays (Belly Dancing and Ballroom), Tuesdays (Sequence) and Thursdays (Line Dancing).  Please ring or email to register a interest in Zumba or Pilates, which looks as if they will be the next things we start off here.
 
The main reason for this update is to ask you to support our FIRST EVER SUNDAY EVENT which is the Table Top Sale this Sunday 13 March 11am to 4pm. We have some fabulous stallholders booked in, plus some local charities, and our brilliant cafe will be open. Admission is free. There may be a few tables left, so it's not too late to book, please ring Karen on 01922 403351. We need lots of people to come along and support the stallholders who have been kind enough and brave enough to support us at 'the first time'.
 
STOP PRESS we now have a facepainter for Sunday for the children, also glitter tattoos.
 
Via these links you will find our March newsletter and a small flyer for the Table Top Sale.
 

Stallholders needed for Stan Ball Centre events

Dateline: 17 February 2011

The Stan Ball Centre in Bloxwich is trying to find 20 stallholders at £10 each so that they can run a Sunday tabletop sale at the centre. 

The date is yet to be set but times will be 11am to 4pm.  Tables can be taken for crafts, selling own stuff, toys, books, anything legal. Charity tables will cost £6 each.

They are also trying to find another 20 stallholders at £10 per table to run 'Food,  Glorious Food', a sale for local producers or growers of food, eg home made pickles, jams, fruit and vegetables. This will also be on a Sunday, 11am to 4pm.

Please pass this information along to anyone interested or give them the centre’s telephone number: 01922 403351.

The contact is:  Deb Brownlee, Young at Heart project co-ordinator.

Bloxwich Community Partnership, Stan Ball Centre, Abbott's Street, Bloxwich, WS3 3BW.

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Local food producers needed for food sales

17 February 2011

Organisers at the newly built Stan Ball Centre in Bloxwich are appealing for local food producers and growers to come forward to take part in regular food sales to be known as ‘Food Glorious Food.’

Deb Brownlee, Project Co-ordinator ”It could be someone making home made cakes, jams or pickles, local farmers with potatoes, vegetables and fruit or even local retailers wanting to raise their profile. Since we mentioned this idea to our centre users there has been a high level of interest, so now we just need the stallholders to come forward”.

The sales will take place monthly on Sundays from 11am to 4pm and the stall fee will be just £10. The first sale will be arranged as soon as twenty stallholders are found.

Deb Brownlee ”Our bistro café serving fresh homecooked food is rapidly becoming known as a great place to eat healthily and cheaply, and we felt it was a good idea to extend this by offering a variety of home cooked or home grown foods at regular sales. We all tend to eat mass produced convenience foods these days, and this seems a great way to support local business and to add variety and healthy produce to our diets.”

The Stan Ball Centre, in Abbotts Street, opened its doors in January and staff are now developing the activities and events. Sequence and Ballroom Dances are held on Saturday nights, Monday and Tuesday afternoons, there are jewellery making, sewing, sugarcraft and art classes, and to keep fit there is Tai Chi, Chi-Kung, Line Dancing and Belly Dancing.  Anyone wanting to learn another language can learn French and there is a state of the art IT room.  The centre also offers day care and a senior citizens daily members club.

More details can be obtained by ringing Karen or Deb at the centre on 01922 403351, through facebook Bloxwich Community Partnership Stan Ball Centre or by email to: stanballcentre@hotmail.co.uk

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First annual Christmas Concert at new Bloxwich community centre

New Stan Ball Centre nearing completion (Picture by and courtesy of Ray Parkes rp102)

Dateline: 7 December 2010

The newly re-built and eagerly awaited Stan Ball Centre will be hosting a traditional Christmas Carol Concert for its first public event this week.

The event will be led by Revd. Paul Myers of  Christ Church, Blakenall Heath and will include the telling of the Christmas Story, readings and a series of ‘Did You Know’ facts about Christmas time. The musical accompaniment will be provided by well known local organist Brian Poole. 

All are welcome at this family event which takes place on Thursday 9 December at 6pm for 6.15pm and will last for around an hour.

Deb Brownlee, Stan Ball Centre project officer said “We know people have been waiting a long time to see the inside of the new Stan Ball centre and we could hardly think of a better way to open for the first time than a traditional community Christmas Carol sing a long and we hope everyone will come along in spite of the dreadful weather. This is an event for all age groups and we hope whole families will come and sing together.” 

Admission is free. Refreshments will be available afterwards and the proceeds from a Christmas raffle will be shared between the Stan Ball Centre and Christ Church.

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Blakenall Memories Photo Exhibition

Dateline: 23 November 2010

A remarkable project encouraging interest in local and community history in the Blakenall Heath area is hosting a very special photographic exhibition next week.

The 'Know Your Place" project, run by Jenny Cartwright, has organised the exhibition, entitled 'Blakenall Memories', and it takes place on Tuesday 30 November 2010, 2.30-4.30pm.

The venue is the Stan Ball Centre in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and admission is free.

A flyer for the exhibition may be downloaded in pdf format via this link.

For further information about the exhibition or the project, contact Project Co-ordinator Jenny Cartwright on 01922 712069.

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All Saints Church - ReNewing Young Families

Dateline 29 September 2010

All Saints Church, Bloxwich, the main Anglican Church for the village, is launching a lively new initiative for young Christian families in Bloxwich this weekend, with the first of their special 'ReNew' services.

Offering something fresh and new and aimed at bringing in a younger generation than traditionally attends the parish church, 'ReNew' is being billed as "church, but not as you know it - friendship, food, fun, finding God" - which will no doubt be good news to many, in more ways than one!

During this service of 'family friendly worship' there will be a live band offering Christian music to support the service in the modern style.  And for the convenience of young families especially, a creche will be provided.

The 'ReNew' services will be on Sundays and the first is this Sunday 3 October 2010.  Doors open at 4pm and the service begins at 4.30pm, concluding at 5.15pm and followed by a free buffet and chance to socialise.

Roy Burley our family workerThe initiative is the brainchild of Roy Burley and the parish team.  Roy is a recent addition to the team who has been taken on as their Family Worker.  This is a new post within the parish created because there are many young families in the area who have struggles or just need a friendly person to talk to. 

Roy is based in an office in the All Saints Parish Hall, Elmore Row, Bloxwich, and he is working with Bloxwich CE Primary School (known popularly as 'The National') and other schools in the area. 

Roy will look for ways to meet the needs of families in the Bloxwich parish and be involved in each of the four churches. 

If you would like to meet Roy or want more information on 'ReNew' or the services he can provide, please contact him on 01922 404019 or speak to the Rector of All Saints, Rev. Roger Williams on 01922 476598 or by email to: bloxwichparish@gmail.com

You can discover more about All Saints Church via the church website: http://www.bloxwichparish.org.uk/

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