Walsall Council Apprentice Wins Award

An apprentice social worker at Walsall Council has been recognised for her talents after picking up an award at the BAME Apprenticeship Awards 2020. Pal Kaur, who is in her second year of a Level 6 social work degree apprenticeship while working full-time at the local authority, picked up the prize in the health, medical […]

Sign Petition To Help Save Great Barr Green Belt, Says Mayor Andy Street

By Craig Winyard West Midlands Mayor Andy Street is urging Great Barr residents to sign a petition which aims to protect local Green Belt and open spaces from being developed. Mr Street, who leads the West Midlands Combined Authority, is campaigning to ensure that derelict and disused ‘brownfield’ sites are targeted for development before cherished […]

The Five Best Hidden Walks In The Local Area

The Five Best Hidden Walks in the local area by SMALLHOUSEBIGTRIPS As the New Year kicks in, resolutions for a healthier year begin. How about burning off your Christmas treats and starting 2021 walking around some fabulous local, hidden gems. We at SmallHouseBigTrips have you covered with some of our personal favourites. But sshhh – […]

Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

To all our lovely readers and advertisers we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the team at the Pioneer Magazines and Great Barr Gazette. We will be closing our office for the festive break at 5pm on Thursday 17th December, and re-opening on Monday 4th January 2021. This […]

Christmas Church Services

Church services may be subject to change in line with national and local restrictions, so you will need to contact individual churches before attending in order to book your space. Many of our churches were unable to provide details before we went to press.   Aldridge Aldridge Methodist Church Anchor Rd, Aldridge WS9 8PT Christmas […]

Family Firm’s Boost For NHS Charities

An Aldridge family firm came up with a novel way to help families working from home and the NHS at the same time – raising £2,000 in the process. Allpack Packaging, which is celebrating 25 years in business, developed easy to assemble cardboard desks and chairs during lockdown which proved a real hit. Managing Director […]

Beacon Farm: A Slice of Rural Life

Nestled at the foot of Barr Beacon is a place that could be described as Aldridge’s ‘best kept secret’ – but it is a hidden treasure that more and more people are discovering. Beacon Farm, off Beacon Road, has been in the Lilwall family for generations, rearing cattle, breeding pigs and growing produce for local […]

Bespoke Cake Maker Helping Local Charities & Good Causes

A bespoke cake maker is cooking up major support for local charities and good causes in the area. Surkita Chauhan, who runs Bite Me Cakes from her home in Horseshoe Crescent, between Great Barr and Pheasey, has a bespoke recipe to succeed in business and help charities and other causes along the way. The company, […]

Carpet Cleaners With A Big Heart

Aldridge based Knight & Doyle Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning have helped two local community organisations with free carpet cleaning at the Stan Ball Centre in Bloxwich and donating a fogging machine and solutions to Pelsall Community Centre. Both organisations were working very hard to re-open their services whilst making their premises Covid safe. Pelsall Councillor […]

Streetly Schoolgirl Donates Hair To Charity And Raises £1200

A seven-year-old Streetly girl has donated her hair to a charity that makes wigs for youngsters with cancer – and raised more than £1200 in the process. Kimran Bhathal decided to get her hair cut after growing it long during lockdown earlier this year – and when a schoolfriend told her she had donated her […]

Are You A Resident Of Walsall In Need Of Support?

Would you like someone to talk to? Making Connections Walsall is a friendly service for people in Walsall that aims to address loneliness and social isolation and other issues that you may be facing. How does it work? There are lots of groups, organisations and clubs in Walsall which can support the health and well-being […]

Aldridge Shed Is Back In Business

Aldridge Shed has opened its doors once more, albeit with Covid restrictions in place. The Shed is part of a UK initiative which sees people from all walks of life coming together to pursue practical interests and hobbies. Community and individual projects are undertaken with members sharing tools, skills and resources whilst enjoying the friendly […]

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 […]