Now we’re heading on down the slippery (indeed, icy!) slope to Christmas, surely it must be time for a bit of sparkle in Bloxwich?
Yes – as is now traditional in the village, Bloxwich Business Partnership is all set to bring local people and organisations including the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix, churches and schools together for another fantastic event to kick-start the festive season all along the High Street and beyond!
Back for the third year running, Sparkle Into A Bloxwich Christmas is taking place NEXT SATURDAY 24th November 2012, 11am to 4pm, and aims to showcase all of Bloxwich’s local talent.
Organisers say their plan is to create a greater sense of community in Bloxwich and district by raising the profile of local schools, community groups, churches, and key partners as well as the historical values of Bloxwich within the programme of activities. The event also promotes trade and retail in the village, by bringing in shopping families for a feast of festive fun and entertainment.
A surprise addition to this year’s sparkling spectacular will be a taste-tastic three-day Mamma Mia Italian Food Market in the grounds of All Saints Church, Elmore Row, Bloxwich – starting on Thursday 22nd November, 9am – 5pm!
AND ON 24TH NOVEMBER THERE’LL BE…
JINGLING JOLLITY IN THE SHOPS
Activities lined up for the retail sector include:
- Best Dressed Window Competition for retailers.
- A Christmas Trail for families to follow.
- Special Offers from local businesses.
- A Christmas Market.
‘The Best Dressed Window’ display this year is to be judged by St Giles Walsall Hospice and a teacher from the Mirus Academy. The winner will be notified on the day and with all entries will be notified by letter after the event. The winning displays will be immediately updated on Bloxwich Business Partnership’s Facebook page along with any photo’s taken of the day.
FESTIVE FAMILY FUN
And yet more fun-packed festive family activities are set to Ho, ho, ho the High Street and beyond, including:
THE FUN OF THE FAYRES!
- A Christmas Fayre organised by St John’s Methodist Church (Victoria Avenue).
- A Victorian Fayre organised by Parklands Court Nursing Home (Park Road).
PLUS a jam-packed Christmas-themed performance programme from:
- St Peter’s Primary School.
- Walsall Academy Choir.
- The Mirus Academy.
- Great Wyrley High School.
- Jubilee Academy Mossley
- A dance performance from Russon Dance Academy and the Mirus Academy.
There will also be Brass and Steel Band performances, street acts and more – see below.
A CHOIR AND DANCE PROGRAMME
The choir and dance performances by local young people will be located at both High Street/Park Road on Walsall Council’s Move Bus and at Asda in a Marquee. The performance programme for the day is as follows:
Time Park Road / High Street All Saints Church
11.30am Jubilee Academy Mossley Walsall Academy
12.00pm Walsall Academy Jubilee Academy Mossley
12.30pm Great Wyrley High School St Peters Primary
1.00pm Great Wyrley High School Snow White Panto Promotion
1.15pm St Peters Primary Great Wyrley High School
1.45pm Snow White Panto Promotion Great Wyrley High School
2.00pm Russon Dance Academy The Mirus Academy Dance Group
2.30pm The Mirus Academy Choir Russon Dance Academy
3.00pm The Mirus Academy Dance Group The Mirus Academy Choir
BRASS AND STEEL BANDS AT ST PETER’S
Located on the steps of St Peters Church the traditional Salvation Army Brass Band will perform outside the Church at 11.30am to 1.30pm, then Steel Pans Band from 1.30pm to 2.30pm
This year there will also be several walkabout Christmas acts including 10ft tall Snow Queen and the Elf, Mad Dom the Stilt-walking Elf, and a Roller-skating Christmas Bauble that will be interacting with visitors and may pop in to see the traders in their shops!
This year’s first for Bloxwich is a special attraction - a 12m x 12m ice rink to all visitors to use for free! The Ice Rink will be open 10am – 5pm.
CHARITY/GROUP CHRISTMAS STALLS AT ALL SAINTS
Christmas stalls are available for any charity or group raising money for their cause at NO CHARGE and will be located within All Saints Church grounds. Anyone who is interested in having a stall should please contact Nikki Rolls at Walsall Council on 01922 654324.
ACTIVITIES AT ASDA, BOOKMARK BLOXWICH AND BLOXWICH MARKET
There will also be activities and entertainment planned at Asda and Bookmark Bloxwich Library (where there will be Christmas storytelling) and at Bloxwich Market including a visit from Father Christmas from 1pm at the Market handing out a free gift to all the children attending. Christmas cakes and festive drinks and a Hog Roast amongst other festive activities are planned for the day.
For more information about this event contact Nikki Rolls at Walsall Council on 01922 654324.
The Bloxwich Telegraph is proud to support Sparkle into a Bloxwich Christmas, all those involved – and the people of Bloxwich and district! See you there!