The Watch Reopens

After months of closure The Watch has finally reopened at Pelsall Village Centre and MP Wendy Morton enjoyed a visit to catch up with their latest news. The Watch is a community initiative which offers crime prevention and safety advice. As well as information leaflets regarding many aspects of safety and security, there is also […]

Aldridge Rotary Virtual Dog Show

“Thanks to everyone who entered. This is the first virtual event for Aldridge Rotary and we’re pleased to announce that we raised over £100. All the winners received certificates and Stanley won a £10 nail treatment voucher for Dazzling Dogs in Aldridge.” The entries can all be viewed at and The Rotary Club […]

The New Chapter

Do you remember what it was like the first time you visited a library as youngster – the rows upon rows of books with colourful covers? Using your local library used to be a part of growing up, where you were introduced to the joys of the written word. With budget cutbacks and changes in […]

Great Barr Comp – The Largest In The Country, The Fondest Memories …

Great Barr Comp was, until 2009, the largest single-site comprehensive school in the country with over 2,400 pupils on roll. We spoke with John Slatford, a pupil at the Comp (now an academy) in its early days, and here he shares his memories. His time there helped him forge an exciting science-based career that took […]

Brother And Sister Stream Concerts To Entertain Care Homes Residents

Walsall siblings Arun and Priya Saini have spent the spring and summer entertaining elderly and vulnerable people living in care homes by staging online concerts. The duo, from Streetly, have picked up their violins and streamed dozens of recitals to keep care home residents entertained while they were in lockdown, unable to receive visits from […]

The People’s Design Studio Aims To Be The Town’s Creative Heart

A dedicated space for creatives is to open in Walsall this autumn, with members of the community having their say on how it should be designed. The People’s Design Studio is the brainchild of Andre-Donovan Reid, the founding director of KIONDO, a black-led design research studio that connects organisations and local authorities with people. Based […]

September Editions Now Available

Our September editions are dropping through letterboxes throughout the local area. If you have not yet received yours don’t miss out.  You can read all three of our local editions right here. Find out what happened to the Streetly Phone Box in our Villages edition. We’ve introduced a new Social Media Diary page. It sums […]

Team Cat Rescue – Busy In Lockdown, Busy With Litters …

Volunteers with Team Cat Rescue have been busier than ever during lockdown as the bigger national charities have furloughed staff, closed the charity shops and branches but – of course – continued to care for the cats already in their care. And cat charities are now reporting they fear 84,000 extra kittens could be born […]

Park Hall Area Neighbourhood Watch

The last 3 months have been a challenge for us all, but our community certainly rose to the challenge!  The generosity, kindness and good will of people has been overwhelming and so many have given their time in volunteering to help the vulnerable in our area through the COVID-19 Support Group. There has also been […]

Campaign To Save Phonebox

A Streetly woman has launched a campaign to save one of Britain’s iconic red telephone kiosks. Anne-Marie Goodchild spotted a notice inside the 1950s kiosk in Burnett Road, Streetly, from BT, which said that it was to be removed because it was no longer economically viable. “I’ve always liked our red kiosks as they are […]

Perry Barr Trefoil Guild Rallies The Troops

Like other organisations and clubs, Perry Barr Trefoil Guild has been in lockdown since the middle of March.  Although they have not been able to meet, they have certainly been very busy.  Not many days in, they were asked to ‘rally the troops’ as an urgent call came for laundry bags for nurses.  Over 300 […]

Shelfield Students Perform In Lockdown

Lockdown didn’t stop current and former students of Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy performing an uplifting song online to showcase their true community spirit. Organised by former students Isobel Higgins and Alex Banks, the challenging project saw the pair galvanise 15 other students and staff members to take part in a video performing Seasons of Love […]

Heritage Project: The Americans Are Here

If the residents of Pheasey in Walsall could step back seven decades in time to take a stroll around their estate, they wouldn’t believe their eyes. What would they see? Smart young soldiers peering from the windows of the estate’s newly-built houses. Armed sentry posts and gate houses guarding access to the streets. The sound […]

The Dads In Charge Of Lockdown Lessons

Philosopher George Santayana once remarked that ‘a child only educated in school is an uneducated child.’ With lockdown removing most children from the classrooms, home schooling has been the ‘new normal’ for many. “Opportunities to learn surround us in everything we do – it doesn’t just happen in school,” explained Head Teacher Helen Wright. “Give […]

Walsall Creative Factory: A Creative Spark

Walsall is a creative place. From artists, musicians and writers to the skilled craftspeople who helped spark the Industrial Revolution, Walsall people have always had a creative spark. And in Walsall Creative Factory the borough has a project that exists to feed that creativity, bringing people together, helping them to learn new skills, brightening up their […]

July Editions Now Available

Our July editions of The Pioneer Magazines and Great Barr Gazette are hot off the press and will be dropping through your letterboxes in the next few days. But, if you don’t receive a copy of our printed magazines or you just can’t wait to see what’s inside, follow the link to your favourite edition […]

Linking Lives Aldridge: Long-lasting Friendships

Linking Lives Aldridge is a new project set up in October 2019 by Aldridge Methodist Church. When the Minister, Bev, arrived in Aldridge at the end of 2011, she very quickly realised that there is a real issue around loneliness and social isolation in the Aldridge community. “The life expectancy in Aldridge is ten years […]

Bloxwich Community Partnership Make Me Smile Project

Bloxwich Community Partnership is a local charity based in Bloxwich and Blakenall. We run two community centres, Stan Ball Centre and Palace Play Shop Eat. Our services changed massively on 23rd March with the closure of our normal activities and the development of the Making Connections Covid 19 Community Response Hub for the North of […]

Let Everyone Know You Are Open For Business

Copy deadline is 10th June for July 2020 printed editions. Let local people know you are open and working. We will be delivering our July editions of The Pioneer Magazines and Great Barr Gazette to 42,000 homes. Our magazines are hand delivered free to local people. People read our magazines from cover to cover and […]

Hollie & Chris – Entrepreneurs But At ‘No Charge’ To The NHS …

A young Pheasey couple have used phenomenal initiative to ‘3D’ create hundreds of face visors for the local NHS and front line workers – completely free of charge. Hollie Bonfield and Chris Beddard –both aged 24 – so wanted to help around the Covid-19 crisis, they sourced the design for the visors on ‘Thingiverse’ then […]