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Charity clearance sale at Stan Ball Centre

The Stan Ball Centre.

Bloxwich Community Partnership’s Stan Ball Centre in Abbotts Street, Bloxwich, will be hosting a mega stock clearance jumble sale on Tuesday 13 March.

The Partnership opened a Charity Shop at their Blakenall Community Centre in August 2011, which has raised over £2000 to date and is run by local volunteers and supporters.

Blakenall Community Centre
Blakenall Community Centre

Dan Garbett, Centre Manager of Blakenall Community Centre, said “The charity shop has been a resounding success, however storage space is at a real premium and thanks to the generosity of local people we now have  quite a quantity of extra stock to clear”.

Deb Brownlee, Young at Heart Project Co-ordinator at the Stan Ball Centre, added “We are only too pleased to assist by running a jumble sale at the Stan Ball Centre and if it proves successful we will make it a regular event.”

The doors open at 9.30am and there will be a wide variety of stock on sale including clothes, bric a brac, collectables and toys.

Admission is free and refreshments will be available.

All proceeds go towards maintaining services and facilities at the three Bloxwich Community Partnership Centres.

Enquiries to Karen Smith on 01922 403351.

Bloxwich gig just the tonic for charity this Saturday!

Red Venice rock Bloxwich!

Music from three live bands will be just the tonic for a Midland charity in Bloxwich this weekend.

Red Venice, Scarbelly Blues and Beechwood Blues Band will all be taking to the stage at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre in Elmore Row on Saturday 18 February.

The gig will raise money for the Upper GI Blues Charity which is a support group for patients and carers who have been diagnosed with upper gastrointestinal disorders – primarily cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions of the gullet, stomach, pancreas and liver.

Red Venice will be getting the crowd going with classic rock covers while Scarbelly Blues will bring Black Country blues to Bloxwich and the Beechwood Blues Band will entertain with acoustic songs.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the show is set to start at 8pm.

Tickets cost £4 and £2 for children aged under 14.

Steve Smith, Red Venice bass player, said: “This is such a worthy cause so come along and rock Bookmark Bloxwich this weekend.”

The charity was the idea of two clinical nurse specialists, Jo Harvey and Tina Davies from Sandwell Hospital and was the first multi-diagnosis support group for UGI conditions in the country.

Charity chairman Brian Childs said:

“We hold a number of social and special fundraising events throughout the year.

“Since our group was started we have been able to provide over £150,000 worth of equipment and research funding to our local hospitals. This has included new endoscope equipment, electronic beds, electronic recliner chairs and specialist syringe drivers.”

For gig tickets please contact Bloxwich Library on 01922 655900.

Local cycling charity seeks sponsorship

Charity Cyclists

At 8 am on 1st April 2012, 50 or so riders will set off from Four Ashes for a gruelling 107mile hilly cycle ride, in aid of Diabetes UK – It is estimated that 5 million people will have diabetes by 2025.   Events such as this would not be possible if it was not for the kindness of sponsors and volunteers who help to turn ideas into reality and pledges into pounds.

The i-tms Charity Cycle Ride 2012 has sponsorship opportunities available for local businesses, including printing of the signage for the event, shirt sponsorship, medals, energy bars and goody bag giveaways.

“This is the 2nd year we’ve undertaken a charity cycle ride and we’d love to hear from anyone who would like to help with sponsorship for the event” said Cycle For Charity 2012 organiser and local businessman Graham Cornfield.  “We also need an army of volunteers to help out on the day itself at the start/finish points and along the actual route”.

The 107 mile route starts at Four Ashes and takes in Iron Bridge, Church Stretton and Edgmond before finishing at Four Ashes – all via The Wrekin, one of Shropshire’s most scenic landmarks, and a hill climb which is certain to test even the hardiest of cyclists.

But don’t worry – if that all sounds too much, there’s a much gentler 13 mile short ride!

Joanna Oldfield, Regional Fundraising Manager (Walsall) for Diabetes UK added ‘We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity to benefit from this year’s cycle event on 1st April. Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today so raising funds and awareness is vitally important. We are thankful to Graham Cornfield for once again holding the event and to all of the cyclists taking part who have committed to taking on the challenge’

Details of how to get involved with the i-tms Charity Cycle Ride 2012, either as a sponsor or volunteer, or to register as a rider (restricted to 50 places) can be found at   You can also follow Charity Cycle Ride 2012 on Twitter @cycle_4_charity.

Eco-play to raise money for Tanzania orphans

All Saints Sea Scouts

Tomorrow 28 January All Saints Sea Scouts and Guides will travel from their home territory in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield to Bloxwich to perform a play based on global climate change, poverty, pollution and endangered species.

The play, which is taking place  at Aldridge Parish Church tonight (Friday) at 7pm, then tomorrow (Saturday) at Bookmark Theatre in Elmore Row, Bloxwich at 2pm and finally at the Willenhall Youth and Community Centre (CHART) on 4 February at 7pm. is called Harvest Home (World Citizen).

The story is told through drama, music, dance, poetry and singing and was written by Walsall’s temporary Poet Laureate,  assistant scout leader Ian Henery.  All proceeds will go to a charity called Forever Angels (set up by a former All Saints Sea Scout), which is an orphanage in Tanzani, Africa catering for orphans, abandoned children and children who are HIV positive.

The play also features Brownies and Rainbows from All Saints who will be singing their version of the Beatles classic “All You Need is Love” with music by “Maestro” Tim Philpot from the Scout Network, himself a very talented folk musician who has appeared in a number of venues including the Welsh Folk Festival in 2011.

The core performers in this production appeared in the 2011 Sutton Coldfield Scout Gang Show, which performed in front of 1600 people over 6 nights at Bishop Vesey School.

So why not go along, support a worthy cause and enjoy a play which is both fun and thought-provoking?   All proceeds to Forever Angels.

Best feet forward as Councillor leads charity walk

Kath Phillips and fellow walkers

Bloxwich councillor Kath Phillips stepped out with friends and family in north Walsall on Wednesday, on a sponsored fundraising walk for a local hospice.

And the community-minded Bloxwich East Labour politician (pictured, right), who was accompanied by her brother Michael Fawdrey and friend Jill Langford, chose to celebrate her 65th birthday by following the route of a very special ‘stroll down memory lane’!

Kath said to The Bloxwich Telegraph “My dad always said to me ‘Never forget your roots’.  So I began at the back of 13 Corporation Street, which is where I was born in the worst snow period ever – the winter of 1947.

“The walk then went through Walsall town centre, where I worked for many years and now serve as a councillor.  On to West Street, Leamore, where my nana lived and I spent many happy hours.  Along Blakenall Lane to the United Reformed Church where I worship now.  Into Blakenall village to Christ Church, which was the mother church of my infant and junior school.  Down Victoria Avenue to St John’s Methodist Church, this is where I went to Sunday School and also married.  Then to Bloxwich C of E School, better known as the ‘National’, where I attended from age 11 to 15.

“Next, down Lichfield Road to Little Bloxwich and the old Little Bloxwich school (which is just about still standing) then past the newer Little Bloxwich school where I was chair of Govenors for many years. And finally, around Grenfell Road where I was raised from the age of four at number 37.”

Mrs Phillips vowed to support the setting up of a Walsall hospice some years ago after her mother Muriel passed away from cancer aged 78, dying in terrible pain because she was unable to get a hospice place.  Kath has since become a familiar sight on stalls and running tombolas raising funds for the charity now known as St Giles Walsall Hospice after the facility opened a year ago.

Kath helped to form the St Giles Walsall Hospice WS3 Friends group to raise money for the creation and running of the hospice, and the group has raised in the region of £6,000 in the past two years,

Thanks to her and her companions, Wednesday’s two hour walk alone raised £682 towards Kath’s target of £1,000. The Bloxwich Telegraph wishes her well in her continuing quest to help such a worthy cause.

For more information on St Giles Walsall Hospice, follow this link.

Santa sleighs Bloxwich Rotary’s Christmas collection record

Santa and his little helpers on Lower Farm tonight
Santa and his volunteer helpers on Lower Farm

Members of the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix are jubilant this Christmas after completing a record-breaking round of Santa tours of Bloxwich and district.

Over the course of six nights, around fourteen hours, the hard-working and ever-enthusiastic charitable organisation took Father Christmas in his sleigh to around 4,500 homes around Bloxwich, seeing hundreds of children and their families, and loving every minute of it.

And despite the current difficult economic climate, the total funds raised by their charitable collections on this year’s Santa Sleigh runs have surpassed those of both 2009 and 2010, raising the magnificent sum of £1,784.78!

Steve Antill of Bloxwich Rotary said “We also delivered 101 personalised letters from Father Christmas to children, with fantastic results. We started this scheme last year, but this year we’ve had about a four fold increase in demand. From the feedback we’ve had we know how much these visits are appreciated, so thank you to everyone for letting us know.

“As we go around the Santa routes we get a mostly excellent reception. We do get asked a lot of questions, and so here are some answers to those most commonly asked.

“The donations you all make to us are given directly to our Rotary Foundation UK charity, with no expenses taken from the proceeds. All of our volunteers give up their time for nothing. The sweets we give out are paid for by contributions throughout the year from our club members and donations made by them. The letters were printed and materials donated by one of our members.”

This year the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix Santa Claus also had more than twenty big-hearted helpers braving the icy cold over six nights, including a number who are not actually club members, but who responded to a request for help when the club realised they were short-handed for some of the routes. Amongst the additional volunteers were members of Bloxwich Carnival Committee, Bloxwich Business Partnership, Co-operative Travel and local Labour councillors.

Over the six routes, Santa and his merry band of bucket-wielding helpers collected more than 15,000 coins, including over 5,000 pennies – showing that every donation, however small, really does make a difference.

Mr. Antill went on “It really has been a fantastic response from all our helpers, and we’re very thankful to them for making it possible.

“We’d also like to say a bit thank you from us, the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix, to you, the public of Bloxwich, for your support over the course of our six nights. We hope that you all have a fantastic Christmas in 2011 and that 2012 is a brilliant year for us all!”

We are sure that everyone in Bloxwich will be only too pleased to join The Bloxwich Telegraph in thanking our friends from Bloxwich Rotary in return, for continuing to maintain a long-standing local festive tradition by making our Christmas really special with their Santa sleigh runs.

For more information on the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix and their work, check out their website via this link.

Mayor turns back the clock with Edwardian Christmas cheer

An Edwardian Christmas

Old-fashioned festive fun will delight visitors to Walsall Town Hall this weekend when the Mayor recreates a Christmas past.

Councillor Garry Perry is staging Edwardian Day on Saturday 10 December and will transform the town hall and Mayor’s Parlour accordingly.

Gift ideas a-plenty and for all tastes and pockets will be on offer at a Christmas Craft Fayre which will be held in the town hall from 10am until 2pm on the day.

Visitors are also being invited to enjoy a tour around the Mayor’s Parlour and Council House which will be suitably styled in keeping with the Edwardian theme.

Admission is free and there is still some space available for people to set up a stall at the Christmas Craft Fayre.

The Mayor said: “It doesn’t matter how cold and grey it is outside – a warm welcome will be guaranteed inside this Saturday.

“We have decided to recreate a traditional-style Christmas by opting for an Edwardian theme and the free tours of the Council House will also give people a chance to have a few quieter moments.”

People who wish to have a stall or book a place on a tour are asked to contact the Mayor’s Office on 01922 652013 or email:

The seasonal flavour will carry on into the evening with a Mayoral Christmas Concert at the town hall from 7.30pm until 10pm.

Guests will be able to enjoy performances from Pelsall Schools Choir, Pelsall Ladies Choir, Forest Arts Wind Band and vocalists Amy Hook and Graham Foxall.

Tickets cost just £3 and children under 12 can attend free of charge.

Net proceeds from this event will go to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal.

Doors open at 7pm and tickets are available through the Mayor’s Office on 01922 652072 or from Kind Thoughts on Pelsall High Street.

The Mayor’s chosen charities are The Creating Chances Trust, The Swing and PROUD (Parents Relatives and Others Understanding Down’s Syndrome.

It’s not Christmas in Bloxwich till the Rotary Santa drops in!

Santa drops in!

In Bloxwich, you can always tell Christmas is coming, it’s when the Rotary Santa Claus drops in!

For decades, the real herald of the season has not been Mr Robin, Jack Frost, snow falling, or even naff festive muzak in the shops – it’s been the jolly red-suited man in the sleigh with the golden cog-wheel on its side.  And this year is no different, children and adults in the village and on the estates will be delighted to hear!

Santa's on his way!
Santa's on his way!

The Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix are enthusiastically maintaining the fine tradition of festive visitations and felicitations begun decades ago by their predecessor group, and they can always be sure of a warm welcome in so many places and from so many people that may have little else to cheer them on these dark, cold nights.

As is traditional, Santa and his community-minded helpers will be touring all over Bloxwich, Blakenall Heath, Mossley, Dudley Fields, Lower Farm, and Turnberry.


And for some added fun for families, if you’re on one of his routes, Santa and his helpers can deliver a letter from Santa to your child. Please send letters to Santa c/o 28a Lister Street, Willenhall, West Midlands. WV13 2HQ, or request a letter via the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix website. They will hand deliver a reply free of charge on the evening of your route.

Santa is also internet-savvy these days – so if you prefer to e-mail, he can be reached at for this, or any other queries you have.


And what’s more – would you believe it, Norad in America may be able to track Santa on his way round the globe, but we can go one better, as you’d expect, and track him round Bloxwich!

On the evening of each route, you will be able to track Santa’s location in real-time online on Rotary’s website, so there’s no need to stand outside in the cold weather for too long!

Of course, Santa’s visits to Bloxwich and district are not just about some much-needed seasonal jollity; there is a serious purpose too.  Rotary is a charitable organisation that does good works both in the local community and on a global scale.

All the money collected from the Santa Sleigh collection will be donated to the Rotary Foundation of the United Kingdom. The charity provides funds for many important humanitarian projects at home and abroad is one of the major partners in the drive to finally eliminate polio worldwide.

They need our help, and donations are welcome, so why not look out for Santa coming your way, say hello, have some family fun and do some good, in the true spirit of Christmas?

The times and dates of Santa’s visits this Christmas are listed below for your reference.  Remember they may be subject to change, but you can track Santa online to make sure!

For more information, you can also read or print online a special leaflet which is being distributed locally, via this link.



Friday 9th December: Blakenall  6:30pm – 8:45pmAbbotts Street, Hollands Road, Ryle Street, Valley Road, Booth Street, Penderel Street, Ingram Road, Pine Street, Ryle Street, Benton Crescent, Abbotts Street.

Saturday 10th December: Mossley  4:30pm – 8:45pmEvesham Crescent, Glastonbury Crescent,  Tewkesbury Road, Fountains Way, Fountains Road, Abbey Square, Netley Road, Neath Road, Roche Way, Roche Road, Margam Terrace, Margam Crescent, Waverley Road, Cresswell Crescent, Pershore Close, Tintern Way, Kirkstall Crescent, Pershore Road, Cleeve Way, Cleeve Road, Tintern Crescent.

Tuesday 13th December: Pelsall  6:30pm – 8:45pm Millers Walk, Wood Common Grange, Wood Lane, Forge Road, Woodlands Crescent, Oak Road, Trevor Road, Riddings Crescent.

Wednesday 14th December: Dudley Fields  6:30pm – 8:45pmMulberry Road, Ashley Road, Heather Road, Dartford Road, Croxdene Avenue, Sneyd Hall Road, Chase Road, Coalway Road, Croxstalls Avenue, Croxstalls Road, Croxdene Avenue, Sneyd Hall Road.

Friday 16th December: Lower Farm  6:30pm – 8:45pmStoney Lane, Sanstone Road, Bamford Road, Buxton Road, Fishley Lane, Simmonds Road, Fishley Close, Ashbourne Road, Belper Road, Matlock Road,  Castleton Road.

Saturday 17th December: Turnberry  4:30pm – 8:45pmGanton Road, Alnwick Road, Ferndown Close, Nairn Road, Redbourn Road, Saddleworth Road, Wetherby Street, Elgin Road, Astbury Close, Burslem Close, Gleneagles Road, Selsdon Road, Walton Heath, Formby Way, Birkdale Road, Sunningdale Way, Enville Close, Saunton Road.

Join Santa’s dash for charity cash this Saturday!


A day of fun packed Christmas celebrations from carols to entertainment acts including a giant snowman and a visit by Father Christmas takes place in Bloxwich this Saturday, and there’s also a great chance to help raise funds for a local hospice by putting your best foot forward – whether you’re a sprinter or a stroller!

Sparkle into a Bloxwich Christmas is organised by Walsall Council’s district centre management team working alongside Bloxwich Business Partnership, Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix and St Giles Walsall Hospice.

But before the sparkling proper starts, the first Christmassy event taking place will be a special St Giles Walsall Hospice Santa Dash and Stroll, starting with the Dash at 10.00am followed by the Stroll at 10.40am, both in Bloxwich Park, off High St and Wolverhampton Rd.

The entry fees for the Dash and the Stroll are £7.50 for adults and just £2.50 for children – and all entrants will receive a free Santa Hat  and goodie bag!  For registration details, call 01922 602520 or email – it’s not too late!

AND THEN from 11am-3pm Sparkle into a Bloxwich Christmas  offers a range of festive fun for all ages, focused around High Street and Market Place, including:

*       Christmas trail
*       Santa on his sleigh handing out gifts
*       Bloxwich school choir performances
*       Christmas drinks and cakes
*       Christmas entertainment acts including a giant snowman
*       Festive themed window displays in shops

Signs of the approaching festive season have also been appearing around Bloxwich with two new Christmas trees being planted ahead of this year’s celebrations in Promenade Gardens and at All Saints Church. The tree in Promenade Gardens replaces a similar one which was hit by last year’s heavy frost while the remembrance tree at All Saints Church has been organised by the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix.

The Bloxwich Telegraph will be out and about in Bloxwich on Saturday morning, so if you see a beardy bloke with a camera the size of a cannon, be sure to say hello!

See our previous news item for more details of events on 26 November.

Bookmark Bloxwich keeps up tempo with Open Mic Nights and more

Dave Luke, Chuck Micallef and Tony Barrett on stage at Bookmark Theatre.
Dave Luke, Chuck Micallef and Tony Barrett on stage at Bookmark Theatre last Saturday.

After Sunday’s successful Charity Concert for Keele University Cancer Research, Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre, in Elmore Row, Bloxwich, is keeping up the tempo with more events in November.

The venue’s popular series of Open Mic Nights continues to offer a great place for singers, songwriters and musicians to come and play, jam and try out songs on the theatre’s full PA system.  With FREE entry, what better way to showcase local talent? And if you don’t play, why not just come along to enjoy the vibe?

There’s an adult Open Mic Night this Friday 11 November, doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm.  That’s followed by a Youth Open Mic Night for young people on 25 November, doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 6.30pm.

Last but not least this November is a series of events all in one day, organised by Musicians for Life on Saturday 12 November:

  • 10am- 2pm  You are Incredible! Tell the world  how amazing , how unique, how talented, how INCREDIBLE  you are!
  • 10am-2pm  “Incredible Me” Craft workshop in the Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre with the lovely people from Bloxwich Children’s Centre. Paint, Draw, Speak – tell your story through your artwork and words. Take your masterpiece home or make it a part of a community collage.
  • 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm  “Me, Myself and I” Poetry workshops with Bookmark Bloxwich Laureate Ian Henery in the Junior Library!  Write it, speak it, have fun and express yourself . Your words will be used for your community poem!
  • 12.30pm- 2pm “Incredible You!”- Come to the Orange Room  and help poet Ian Henery to cut, paste and produce your collaborative community poem.
  • 10am-2pm Refreshments, Fun and Games! Bookmark Bloxwich Café – Hand made crafts, Homemade cakes, Christmas cards, knitted goods, tombola, games, lucky dip proceeds in aid of  the neo natal unit at Walsall Manor Hospital. Free admission.

Every year the neo- natal unit at Walsall Manor Hospital saves hundreds of lives, and hundreds of beloved babies are saved by its wonderful staff and amazing technology. Come along, have fun, support your local neo natal unit.

All in all a great run for all the family at Bookmark Bloxwich in November, leading in to the December programme which will be announced shortly!

Public events at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre are managed and supported by Bloxwich Library Forum, working in partnership with Bloxwich Library.

For details of future events, drop into or telephone Bloxwich Library on 01922 655900, or email