Archive for July 2012

Rachel learns tricks of the trade with WACC and ‘Frank F’

Young and unemployed people have been given the opportunity to grasp a life-changing chance to learn trade skills at Frank F Harrison’s Skills Centre on Beechdale Estate, Leamore. The centre is being used by learners who have enrolled on Walsall Adult & Community College’s Construction and Green Skills Academy. Eleven students are taking part in … Continue reading

Funding secured for Chase Line electrification

    Cannock Chase Council’s Economic Development Leader has welcomed news that vital improvements to the Chase railway line have been approved. The Government gave the go-ahead earlier this month for a £30 million electrification of the Rugeley to Walsall Chase Line, which includes stations at Bloxwich (Croxdene Avenue) and Bloxwich North (Mossley), extended halts which in 1989 … Continue reading

Walsall Labour call to ban EDL demonstration

A senior Labour councillor is calling for a demonstration In Walsall by the far-right English Defence League to be banned by the Home Secretary. Councillor Tim Oliver, Labour group leader on Walsall Council, said the alleged race hate group’s plan to come to the borough on 29 September was nothing but an attempt to intimidate … Continue reading

Remodeled Bloxwich ASDA rewards loyal customers

1971 was the year that saw the launch of the Microprocessor, the birth of Greenpeace, Thatcher scrap free milk in schools and the opening of the Asda superstore in Bloxwich – the first in the borough. It was the cause of much comment at the time, as the family of the late fairground mogul, MP, Liberal … Continue reading

Bloxwich bobbies crack cannabis crib

Bloxwich Police have uncovered a cannabis factory at an address in the Sandbank area of the village after acting on community concerns. Officers executed the warrant at 5pm last Friday night (27 July) after reports from the local community of a strong smell of cannabis coming from the property. Following a search of the house … Continue reading

Keep track of Walsall’s golden paralympian

While most of us are already watching the London 2012 Olympics, Walsall’s double gold medal paralympian swimmer Eleanor Simmonds will be focusing on just one thing – being the best she can be. Her life currently revolves around training and preparing for the competition – to the point where she is will soon be in … Continue reading

Stan Ball Centre tops tables with sales revival

Due to popular demand, the Stan Ball Centre is relaunching its weekend Jumble Sale/Table Top Sale at the Centre in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich. The first sale will be held at the Centre on Saturday 18th August 2012 from 11am until 2pm, and if successful, Centre managers hope to make this a monthly event.

The Torchbearers’ Tales – Olympic reflections of Bloxwich and Leamore

Introduction Today is the day. One hour from now, there will be a massive opening ceremony in London shown live around the world on TV in High Definition.  The Olympic Games – known as London 2012 this time around – are being hosted by the United Kingdom for the first time since 1948. People have … Continue reading

Arson appeal over Boak burning

Walsall police are appealing for information about Monday night’s torching of the former Boak factory on the corner of Navigation Street and Station Street, Walsall, which was widely reported live on Twitter after the fire took hold. The police are officially treating the fire as arson, and are urging members of the public to come … Continue reading

Call to support Walsall’s golden girl as Olympic opener beckons

With the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony almost here and the Paralympic Games on the horizon, Walsall’s Mayor is urging residents to get behind borough golden girl Eleanor Simmonds MBE and help make this a year to remember. Swimmer Eleanor, who won two gold medals in Beijing in 2008, has her first competition in the Paralympic … Continue reading


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