‘The Red Room’ to haunt Stonnall Village Hall this July

Performed by Aldridge-born Ellie Ball from touring theatre company, Mint Theatre Society, “The Red Room” is a spine-tingling one-woman storytelling show that is taking a spooky pit-stop in Stonnall for one-night-only before heading to the internationally-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. “The Red Room” is an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ spooky gothic short story, where […]

Anti-Violence Bee Monument to tour Walsall schools

A bee monument made out of thousands of weapons will be touring Walsall schools next week to raise awareness about violent crime. The Manchester Anti-Violence Monument Bee is made from knives, guns and other weapons that police seized on the streets of the city. Numerous schools in Walsall have signed up for a visit from […]

Youth radio station in Walsall looking to recruit for relaunch

The airwaves of Walsall are set to buzz with the energy of youth as the town welcomes its newest radio station, KIC. Formerly known as kicfm, the youth radio platform is rebranding and aiming to become the heartbeat of Walsall’s youth culture, providing a fresh and exciting platform for music, entertainment, and community engagement. KIC’s […]

Walsall welcomes new Mayor

Anthony Harris has been elected as the new Mayor of Walsall. The election, held on May 22, 2024, saw Harris, a long-time community advocate and local councillor, secure a decisive victory. Harris, who has been a dedicated member of the Walsall Council for over a decade, is well-known for his commitment to social issues and […]

New childcare codes available for Walsall residents

Starting in September 2024, families in Walsall can benefit from a new initiative aimed at making childcare more affordable and accessible. The introduction of these new childcare codes marks a significant step forward in supporting parents and guardians, ensuring that children have access to quality early education and care. Walsall Council has announced that eligible […]

A burger revolution comes to Aldridge

When most people think of hamburgers they think of ‘fast food’ – mass produced snacks, created in a kitchen more like a production line. But when Dean Haynes decided to create his own range of burgers, speed was the furthest thing from his mind – as he took weeks and weeks to get his recipes […]

NHS Heroes: Sue Edwards Making a Difference in End-of-Life Care

Bereavement Lead Nurse Sue Edwards is the friendly face who delivers compassionate support to people at one of the most difficult and emotional times in their lives. Based at Sandwell and West Birmingham (SWB) NHS Trust, Sue works closely with the palliative care team, mortuary services, the chaplaincy and many more to ensure she aids […]

Stages Through The Ages Review – Prince of Wales Theatre

The junior and adult cast of the Aldridge Musical Comedy Society (AMCS) put on a great show for their latest theatre production, Stages Through the Ages. High-energy performances, toe-tapping tunes, and nostalgic numbers took the audience at the Prince of Wales Theatre in Cannock right back to the Broadway production of Show Boat from the […]

Threatened bee species thriving at Barr Beacon

Two ‘near-threatened’ species of bees are thriving at Barr Beacon local nature reserve. The Cats Ear Mining Bee (Andrena humilis) and the Cats Ear Nomad Bee (Nomada integra), both of which are classified as “near threatened”, were found for the first time in decades by University of Birmingham PhD researcher Aaron Bhambra. It follows extensive […]

Streetly campaigners install third defibrillator

A Streetly campaigning group that has been fundraising for defibrillators in the area has celebrated installing its third one. The group raised enough money to install one at the Foley Arms, Foley Road West, following on from the Hardwick Arms, on Chester Road, and outside the Co-op in Thorney Road. Fundraising volunteers Will Wheeler, Katie […]

Walsall Arboretum looks spectacular in new drone footage

A unique view of Walsall Arboretum, which explores its 170 acres of land, offers a new perspective on the town’s popular historic park. Utilising a drone, Walsall Council has launched the footage on YouTube ahead of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Walsall Arboretum. “Residents and visitors can now experience the beauty of this historic […]

Popular toy brand setting up shop in Walsall’s Tesco store

Children’s toy retailer, The Entertainer, is expanding its partnership with Tesco to appear in numerous stores in the area, including Walsall Extra on Littleton Street and the Superstore in Brownhills. Following the successful launch of its products in 35 locations across the U.K. over the last couple of years, The Entertainer will become a feature […]

Win BBC Gardeners’ World Live Tickets – 2024

Urban Gardens, a spectacular edible headline show garden by Adam Frost, orchids from all over the world, and new stages and workshops are just some of the exciting new highlights at this year’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live, returning to the NEC Birmingham from 13-16 June. It’s the perfect day out for green-fingered folks and first-time […]

Walsall to boost Early Years sector staff with £1,000 cash incentive

Walsall Council is one of twenty local authorities that is taking part in a new initiative to recruit more staff into the early years sector. The recruitment drive will give approved childcare providers a cash incentive of £1,580. While £580 can be set aside for tax and national insurance payments, the remaining £1,000 will be […]

Walsall Schools to take part in National Dental Survey

A National Dental Survey will be taking place in June in all Walsall infant and primary schools that involves all reception and year 1 children. Parents should soon be receiving a consent form that gives permission for their child to take part in the survey. On the day, a dental nurse and a dentist will […]

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 […]

Line-up and date confirmed for Walsall Arboretum’s anniversary celebration

The line-up of acts and the date of this year’s anniversary celebrations at Walsall Arboretum have been confirmed. The live music event which celebrates the 150th anniversary of the public park will take place on Saturday 4 May, 2024 between 12pm and 7pm with free entrance. As well as traditional games and boat rides across […]

New sculpture trail celebrates art and nature harmony at Reedswood Park

A new sculpture trail at Reedswood Park designed to represent the harmonious coexistence of art and nature, features artwork that appeared at The New Art Gallery as part of the National Lottery-funded ‘Bee Inspired Walsall’ project. Commissioned by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, local artist Daisy Askins created a series of sculptures using natural materials that […]

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 […]

Triathlon England teams up with Walsall Council for new health and wellbeing plan

Triathlon England has teamed up with Walsall Council to deliver a new plan aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of local residents. The focal point of the collaboration is Birchills, which has been earmarked as one of 17 priority zones under Triathlon England’s initiative, ‘The Big Active’. Plans will now be laid out to […]