September Editions Now Available

Great Barr GazetteOur 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 up what’s been going on on our Facebook and Twitter pages over the past few weeks. See if you got a mention!

Each edition is full of local news and community initiatives. This month Dr Ron Daniels an intensive care doctor at Heartlands and Good Hope offers encouraging and balanced advice on the current Coronavirus situation.

Happy reading and thank you for helping us to do our bit to help our local community.

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

Pheasey, Advertising, Magazine
Hollie Bonfield & Chris Beddard

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 liaised with the original designer for authorisation to ‘run with it.’

Says Hollie, who works in the finance sector: “We are printing the face visors completely free of charge – funding it ourselves. My partner Chris created the ‘pathways’ to allow it to print via his printer – set up in a spare bedroom. He loves his printer – so much so he jokes that my birthday and Christmas presents will be 3D printed!”

Chris is ‘self taught’ in using the 3D printer, and works in the day as an engineer. He adds: “We are delivering chiefly to Midland hospitals, including Russells Hall, New Cross neonatal, WMP custody nurses, John Taylor Hospice and Heartlands hospital to name a few,  with more orders locally and from around the country still to be processed. Every day, throughout the day, we are continuously printing. Each visor takes half an hour each to print, and in the evenings we set to attaching the visors to the plastic printed head bands. Then we label up to send out. The visor itself is made from binding plastic as used in documents.”

Chris and Hollie say they are ‘going as fast as they can’ and are receiving praise for their work in helping to keep NHS workers as safe as possible. The WMP custody suite they are supplying is in Perry Barr, and they have taken orders for the A and E department at Walsall Manor hospital. Oaks Medical Centre on Shady Lane is using their visors in their ‘amber zone’ to allow face-to-face meetings with patients, which they say is ‘vital to them’.

The couple would like to thank ‘everyone for their support, especially Hollie’s Mum Julie and step-Dad Chris for footing the electricity bill! And add: “It’s really nothing special what we are doing, we’re just trying to help. We are the ones who should be grateful to the front line workers and are hoping this makes a difference.”

Local Lockdown Guide To Businesses That Are Open

Walsall Community AdvertiseAll of the businesses on this list are open and working to serve and support our local community.

All businesses are working to current social distancing regulations.

Check back regularly as we will be constantly updating this list.

Food & Drink 
MUM’S KITCHEN Freshly prepared Indian food delivered to your door 0121 769 0869



Butchers & greengrocers. Freshly dug potatoes. Eggs 0121 360 1079
H. & JODIE’S NISA LOCAL, SHELFIELD Telephone ordering available for groceries. Collection or delivery available for local postcodes. Please do not abuse this service; it is meant for those self-isolating or those who cannot get out and it is staffed by volunteers
ORCHARD HILLS BAKERY Bread, sourdough, cakes & pastries 07762 939841
WATER FILTER GUY RO drinking water purification for home on tap 07850 789898
SNAPPY SHOPPER Online order & same day delivery service for homes within 3 miles of WS4 1AT. Download the App from the App store or Playstore or order via the website
STEAK RATTLE & ROLL Delicious steaks and big breakfasts available for collection or delivery 01922 692569
Health & Wellbeing
SMILECRAFTERS Emergency denture repairs by appointment only 01543 448992




Mobility & living aids. Rise recliner chairs/beads & stairlifts. 01922 628222
AFFORDABLE SPECS Open for emergency appointments. Emergency frames repair. We also carry some single-vision lenses 0121 448 6066


Emergency appointments & phone advice including bleeding or weeping. The most common reasons this would occur would be in-growing toenails or in more serious cases diabetic foot ulceration. 07412 372010


ESSINGTON MOBILITY Mobility & healthcare needs. Open for sales & service. 01922 232423
TRUE SELF HYPNOTHERAPY Helping with fears, phobias, stress, anxiety & habit breaking. Working online & by phone 07872 580238


Available for diabetics & acute pain 01922 628952
CARING HANDS Homecare Providers specialising in personal care, companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, respite cover 01922 453335
COLIN LEE OPTICIANS Eye emergencies. Emergency repair/replacement of spectacles. Contact lens orders. 01922 454151 (Aldridge)

0121 357 7890 (Great Barr)

THE VILLAGE WELLBEING COMPANY Shopping/prescription collections, wellbeing checks, laundry 01922 429258

07983 526609

EMPOWERMENT LIFE COACHING Stressed or anxious? We are here to help, working online or by phone. 0121 792 8279
NORTON PODIATRY Clinic & home visits available. Urgent cases and anyone in pain 01922 649779
PARMELEE Repair/replacement of spectacles


01922 457421
Community Life & Leisure



High quality pet food delivered 07378 319846
WILLOW VIEW PET CREMATORIUM Open as normal adhering to current social guidelines


07545 818068
Family & Children 



Online Maths & English tutoring for Primary & Secondary students 01922 288288
NU-GEN ULTRASOUND SCANNING STUDIO See your baby in 3D or 4D using the latest iLive technology


01543 379038
House & Home 
1st GLASS INSTALLATIONS LTD Emergency repairs for windows/doors including cracked glass, broken handles/hinges, window/door locks, leaks 01922 452416
ALDRIDGE PAINTING & DECORATING Exterior & interior painting & decorating 07921 871361
A & D ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS Full/part rewires, fault-finding, fuse boards, smoke alarms, burglar alarms 07453 322065
CITY PLUMBING SUPPLIES Plumbing & heating supplies. Offering a click & collect service 01922 456390
DOWEN’S DECORATING Interior painting & decorating 07504 407416


Boiler installations 01922 685682


Roofing repairs & renovations 07528 263880
VESTASPACE Bedroom storage solutions. Open for design consultations and working remotely. 01922 324050


Emergency plumbing services 01922 691320
MIDDLEBROOK ROOFING Roofing, fascias, soffits & guttering 01543 820346
PELSALL WINDOWS & GLASS Window & door repairs & replacements 0800 488 0703
SWIFT BATHROOMS Open for consultation and queries 01922 443195
WEST MIDLANDS GARAGE DOORS Windows, doors, garage doors, security upgrades 01922 300460
ATEASE UPHOLSTERY Open for enquiries


0121 326 7046

07305 430443

P. WORLEY ROOFING & PROPERTY REPAIRS All aspects of roofing 01922 634876
MOUNTFORD BUILDERS Extensions, new-builds, design & planning 01922 632723
MSB PLASTERING All aspects of plastering 01922 633961
S. MILES ELECTRICAL LTD Emergency electrical work 01922 263202
RAPID INSTALLATIONS Aerial & CCTV installation 01922 693047
NV ROOFING All aspects of roofing, fascias & guttering 07815 294245
PLASTER TECH Plastering, rendering & skimming 07803 570247
HUSSELBEE ELECTRICS Emergency electrical installation & maintenance 0121 353 4499
RKC PAINTING & DECORATING Exterior & interior painting/decorating 01543 274995
OCEAN INTERIORS Bathroom, wet room & kitchen specialist. Open for quotations by email- this will include 3d drawings and estimates 01543 370259
PORTLAND PAINTING & DECORATING Interior & exterior painting & decorating. Domestic & commercial 07811 400669
M & I DOMESTIC APPLIANCES Emergency call-outs for washing machines, fridge/freezers, cookers 07807 094375
FIRST CHOICE PLUMBING & HEATING All aspects of plumbing/heating including emergencies 0121 369 9821
EDWARD HAYNES BUILDING & ROOFING Building & roofing work 07884 327792
PVCU DIRECT LTD Open for enquiries & bookings 01922 744306
BOILERMATE Boiler servicing/replacements/repair 07595 637050
Gardening & Outdoors
AS CLEANING SOLUTIONS External pressure and soft wash cleaning 01922 518443
GUTTERGO Complete guttering service including repairs, replacements & cleaning 07887 705012
APPLECROSS GARDENS Tree surgery & hedge work. Stump grinding 01922 421881
AS TREE SURGERY Garden & grounds maintenance. Tree work 07583 071071
BEACON FARM FORESTRY All aspects of hedge & tree work 07967 006636
BOB JONES LANDSCAPE GARDENER Complete professional hard & soft landscaping service. Open for enquiries. 01922 453283


24 hr emergency drain service 07764 411733
MD GARAGE DOORS Open for emergencies 01922 693702
MD LANDSCAPING All aspects of garden landscaping 07580 000046
TOM MILES TREE & GARDEN SERVICES Garden work & maintenance 07872 833504


Garden Landscaping/fencing/turf laid/garden buildings 07795 697913
RM LANDSCAPE & TREE SERVICES Hard landscaping, tree work, garden maintenance 01922 712440
SPOT ON GARDENING & PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Garden/property maintenance including fencing, pressure cleaning/rubbish removal 07891 582180
ADVANCE PAVING Driveways, block paving, patios, disability ramps 07957 743937
WM WHEAT & SON FLORIST & GARDEN CENTRE Telephone order service available for plants, gardening equipment & products. Online ordering service available for plants. Contactless delivery available for local postcodes 0121 353 7123

Business, Legal & Motoring
ASSURED ACCOUNTING Complete accounting & taxation service 07947 052515
ASHCROFT MEMORIALS Open as normal via email and telephone, for all memorial services 01543 454429

CARPENTER CARNELL FINANCIAL SERVICES Contact us to discuss wills, LPAs, personal trust information 07411 381809
EXPRESS WILLS & TRUSTS LTD Open for business.  LPAs, wills, care home costs, executor services 0121 238 0181

07956 220926

FOSTER & CO ACCOUNTANTS Accountancy, book keeping, VAT & management accounts 01922 457201
ORCHARD ART & DESIGN Photo retouching, business stationery, advertisements 01922 632447
FOUR OAKS FINANCIAL SERVICES Financial advice including pensions, long term care, mortgages, inheritance tax planning 0121 323 2070
JENNINGS PERKS SOLICITORS Open for contact via phone/email 01922 459000


PPE 01922 457421
PARTRIDGE ALLEN SOLICITORS Open for queries via phone/email 01922 452860
RJB COMPUTERS LTD Phone queries welcome 01922 455077


WALSALL UNISON Campaigning for better working conditions and pay. Office closed but contact via email