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Walsall Arboretum becomes a recognised Ancient Tree Site

On the year of its 150th anniversary, the Walsall Arboretum and country park has been officially designated as an Ancient Tree Site, the first of its kind in the West Midlands. The accolade was issued by the Woodland Trust based on the huge number of ancient and veteran trees. While the area boasts approximately 130 […]

Islamic charity in Walsall under scrutiny for “serious and ongoing concerns”

The Abu Bakr Trust, with its headquarters based on Wednesbury Road in Walsall, is under investigation by the Charity Commission due to “serious and ongoing concerns”. One of the schools ran by the Abu Bakr organisation For approximately 20 years, the charity organisation has provided the Muslim community of Walsall with educational opportunities, currently overseeing […]

Two Bloxwich teens arrested as Rambo-style knife uncovered

Two teenage boys have been arrested in Bloxwich following an incident in Lister Close just after 7pm last night (Monday). A 15-year-old and 14-year-old boy were arrested following the incident where threats were made to other teenagers. Subsequent searches uncovered a large Rambo-style knife, two flick knives, and a knuckle duster. Both culprits are still […]

Walsall Council Enforces Public Ban on Council Meetings Following Pro-Palestine Protest

Walsall Council has announced a ban on public attendance at its council meetings, following a recent Pro-Palestine protest at a full council meeting last week. The council’s decision came in the wake of a demonstration where Pro-Palestine activists interrupted a council session to demand action with shouts of “ceasefire now” causing significant disruption that led […]

Police officer injured in Walsall as man arrested for attempted murder

A man has been apprehended on suspicion of attempted murder following a hit-and-run incident in Walsall that left an officer with leg injuries. The incident occurred on Reservoir Place in Pleck at approximately 10:30 am on Saturday, February 24th. The incident happened after the officer tried to speak with the driver, who then hit him […]

Walsall launches free support for arguing parents

Walsall Council has launched a new campaign for parents who argue frequently. The service aims to work with families and provide one-to-one support by trained professionals to help break the cycle. Awareness for the campaign will be promoted over the coming months through various organisations, including community groups, librarys and the police service. “Firstly, it’s […]

Public disorder interrupts Walsall Council Chamber meeting

A meeting held at Walsall Council was interrupted this evening (22 February 2024) following a “public disturbance” from the gallery. Following prayers by St. Martin’s vicar Jenny Mayo-Lythall, the meeting, hosted by Walsall mayor Chris Towe, was disrupted by multiple members of the public shouting out “ceasefire now” and other inaudible remarks.  The mayor called […]

£30m Aldridge train station project begins

Preparations are underway to secure the future site of Aldridge Railway Station, marking a significant milestone in the region’s transportation infrastructure. The ambitious £30 million project aims to breathe new life into the area by constructing a modern single-platform station complete with a 40-space car park and convenient road access from Westfield Drive. Collaborative efforts […]

Pupil attendance in Walsall “significantly” improving

Following concerns of persistent absence of pupils in schools since the Covid pandemic, latest figures show that attendance is improving in Walsall. Due to a sharp rise in absentees post-pandemic, the Department for Education issued non-statutory guidance to schools in 2022 to help improve attendance. This required schools to track attendance data and devise a […]

Youth unemployment in Walsall almost twice the national average

At a Walsall Council meeting held yesterday by the Education Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the latest figures show that youth unemployment in Walsall is almost twice the national average. Though it was noted that progress had been made between 2000 and 2020, recent statistics show that youngsters not in education, employment and training (NEET) are […]

Walsall police search for man who was “deliberately struck” by car

A 27-year old man was arrested on Thursday afternoon on suspicion of wounding following an incident on Hospital Street near the centre of town. Police are appealing for information after a man was deliberately struck by a car in Walsall after officers were alerted to the incident near the junction with Gladstone Street at approximately […]

New York museum gifts seven Epstein artworks to New Art Gallery

A museum in New York has gifted seven artworks by American/British sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein to the New Art Gallery in Walsall. Six tinted plaster casts from the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), featuring depictions of Epstein’s family members, Haile Selassie (Emperor of Ethiopia), and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (the First Prime Minister of India following […]

Fingerpost pub in Pelsall available to let

Admirable Taverns is looking for a new manager to run the Fingerpost pub in Pelsall. Situated next the Wyrley and Essington Canal, the tenancy agreement will require an initial investment of £15,000, which includes a £5,000 security deposit, £5,000 working capital and £5,000 stock. Annual rent costs are £28,000 per year. From the Admiral Taverns […]

Free cancer community events aim to spread awareness

Public Health Walsall and the Black Country Integrated Care System (ICS) are running a series of community events to raise awareness of cancer screening and support services. Free to attend, the events will take place throughout February and March at the following locations from 10am until 2pm: Willenhall Chart Centre – Wednesday 21 February Pelsall […]

Walsall Council improving on EHC assessment deadlines

In a cabinet meeting this week, Walsall Council praised the work of its inclusion team dealing with education, health and care (EHC) assessments as demand rises across the borough. The council confirmed that 82 percent of assessments and plans are now completed (data from July-September 2023) within the statutory 20-week time frame compared to just […]

Bloxwich charity shop break-in leaves staff heartbroken

Thieves who broke into the St. Giles shop on Bloxwich High Street last week are estimated to have caused up to £7,000 in damages to the local charity. The break-in occurred on Monday 5 February with thieves successfully stealing goods, while causing damage to the local store. Images from inside the Bloxwich charity shop Nicola […]

Continental Street Market back in Walsall this month

The Continental Street Market in Walsall town centre returns later this month with an international mix of food and crafts. From 10am-6pm on Thursday 22 February until Saturday 24 February, Park Street will be the location to browse the stalls and indulge in street food from around the world, including snacks from Germany, Mexico and […]

Clarks becomes latest iconic brand to close in Walsall

Clarks has become the latest retail store to close in Walsall town centre following a restructure of its outlets in a bid to increase profitability. The Saddlers Centre outlet spent its final days cutting the price of its shoe range to just £5 in the lead-up to its closure on 10 February, 2024. A spokesperson […]

Walsall Council moves to ban balloons and sky lanterns

As part of a wider nationwide initiative, the release of balloons and sky lanterns are set to be banned on Walsall council-owned or maintained grounds. A new policy, which will be released on the Walsall Council website soon, will also encourage private landowners and event organisers to look at more eco-friendly options , including the […]

Walsall town centre lockout for hostile vehicles includes gates and bollards

Walsall Council is installing a series of gates, barges and bollards in sections of the town centre to protect visitors and businesses from terrorism. Example of mitigation measure A series of hostile vehicle mitigation measures will be implemented on Monday and Tuesday night (12-13 February) in Park Street, Bridge Street, Bradford Street and Digbeth Square. […]