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What’s On Walsall Andrew Gifford, Walsall, looking towards St Matthew’s Church, 2000, oil on board, The New Art Gallery Walsall, image courtesy of the artist

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Forest Arts Centre Hawbush Road, Leamore, Walsall WS3 1AG Tel: 01922 654555 images. The second part of the show is devoted to the audience’s ‘treasures’ which have been selected by Eric during the initial meeting and greeting and welcome party. £9

8 March, 1.30pm

Phil Kelsall MBE Blackpool Tower Organist The international renowned organist of the famous Blackpool Wurlitzer will be playing many of his infectious toe-tapping tunes along with some popular organ favourites on his Technics SX-FA1. £4 Antique Antics with Eric Knowles

5 January, 2 February, 1 March 2pm

The Senior Citizens Orchestra Fabulous music and a whole range of classical favourites. £1 on the door.

25 January, 1.30pm

The Magic of Music Hall Take a trip down memory lane with master of ceremonies Martin Barry, along with his talented company of players this promises to be an afternoon filled with music and comedy just like ‘The Good Old Days’! £4

8 - 11 February, 7.30pm

Hot Mikado East meets West head-on in this hilarious 1940s-style update of a Gilbert and Sullivan favourite. Experience

Films an intoxicating mix of styles, influences and classic songs including A Wand’ring Minstrel, I and Three Little Maids and many more show-stopping tunes. £10 & £8 concession


11 January, 7.30pm Senna (12)


26 January, 2pm Hairspray (PG)


3 February, 7.30pm      Larry Crowne (12)


13 February, 11am        The Smurfs (U)


14 February, 11am        Rio (U)


15 February, 11am    Cars 2 (U)


16 February, 11am      Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)     


23 February, 2pm   The Way (12)


16 March, 7.30pm       Beginners (15)


29 March, 2pm        The Tree of Life (12)

17 February, 7.30pm

The Staffordshire Band The Staffordshire Band takes you on an amazing journey around the globe in 90 minutes. From North to South America and Africa to Asia, it’s a true globe trekker of a night. £5

4 March, 1.30pm valuations, 2.30pm show starts.

Antique Antics with Eric Knowles An evening of more than just where, when and how much... The first part of the show is given over to irreverent anecdotal reminiscences, ably supported by some excellent

For further details please contact Forest Arts Centre on 01922 654555 XXXX or go to Box Office 0845 111 2900

£2/£1 concession on the door.

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Artists’ Studio

Zarina Bhimji, Breathless Love, 2007, Ilfachrome Ciba Classic Print, courtesy of the artist

6 March – 31 March

Group Occupation Artist Residencies The New Art Gallery Walsall has teamed up with Birminghambased Extra Special People/ Eastside Projects to host Group Occupation, a series of three, short, interconnecting residencies.


25 February, 2pm

20 January – 14 April

Join Laura Oldfield Ford as she discusses her new work inspired by her walks in and around Walsall.

Zarina Bhimji Yellow Patch The New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to present Zarina Bhimji’s latest film Yellow Patch which makes its world premiere simultaneously in Walsall and at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. The film was shot on location in Mumbai, Kutch and Gujarat.

20 January - 14 April

There is a Place... ......brings together a group of artists who explore our psychic connectivity to landscape. The drawings, paintings and prints within the exhibition reveal ‘a sense of place’ as seemingly generic urban and suburban views.

19 January, 6-8pm

Preview Free – all welcome


In Conversation

20 January - 12 May

Blue skies, nothing but blue skies... This exhibition, drawn from Walsall’s Collections, brings together artists who literally look to the skies!

4 February – 2 June

Epstein’s Rima: ‘A Travesty of Nature’ Displaying a selection of Jacob Epstein’s preparatory drawings for the W.H. Hudson Memorial (1925), Hyde Park, London.

20 January – 14 April

Martin Parr Black Country Stories Black Country Stories brings renowned photographer, Martin Parr, on a photographic journey across the Black Country.


31 March, 2-4pm

Open studio events and artists’ talks: Free – all welcome

Free Family Events 14 - 17 February, 1-3pm

Flying Machines We will make some of the different things you see in a sky. We’re making something different each day. On Friday there will also be peregrine flying demonstrations from Walsall Countryside Services. 

Regular Activities

4 February, 1-4pm

1 February, 7 March, 11am – 12pm

Come along and try your hand at knitting.

Art Start

10 March, 1-4pm

These are sessions for preschool children one year old and upwards with their carers.  

Creative Writing

24 February, 30 March sessions from 10.30am – 3.30pm

Baby Palace Take some time to relax in the multi sensory environment and explore smells, sights and senses with your baby. Please book in advance on 01922 654400.

Adult Events 3 February, 1-4pm 4 February, 1-4pm

Creative Play An afternoon of playing with different ideas and materials.

Learn to Knit Day

Inspired by the exhibition Yellow Patch, this is an opportunity to work with a creative writer, Philip Monks and artist Sean Burn on visual poetry.

11 February, 11am - 4pm

Face of Fascination Using new technologies, young people will be able to take photographs of each other and objects around the gallery, print them out and manipulate them.

18 February, 2pm

Behind Scenes Tours A fascinating tour of the gallery spaces that everyday visitors can’t see. To book your free place call 01922 654404, places are limited.

29 February, 2pm – 7pm

Select Edit: Public Private Sharing day on the theme of Live Art and Health with a unique performance by artist Bobby Baker, entitled Mad Gyms and Kitchens. Booking fee £5. Performance only £2.50. To book your ticket please email: windowswithadifference@


3 March, 2pm

Audio Described Tour Free audio described talk on a selection of artworks from There is a Place... exhibition. No need to book, just drop in!

3 March, 11am - 4pm

What is a Gallery? Young people are encouraged to explore ideas around what the gallery means to them. The results will be a set of posters which will then be displayed in the gallery.

17 March, 2pm - 5pm

There is Another Place... Students from the Composition Department at Birmingham Conservatoire present their own insights into There is a Place... exhibition in this unique afternoon concert. Free, no need to book, just drop in! Everyone is welcome.

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XX Walsall Leather Museum XX Littleton Street, Walsall Tel: 01922 721153 15 February 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Fish Kites – Drop-in Come and make your own colourful Japanese style fish kite. Free – no need to book.

16 and 17 February 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm 11 January, 8 February, 14 March 10.30am – 11.45am

‘It’s Good to Talk….’ Conversation Club If you like a good old chat and some company why not try our monthly Conversation Club? It’s completely free and even includes tea and biscuits. Free but please book a place in advance.

28 January, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Adult Textile Workshop with Ruth Turnbull Using printing, appliqué and embroidery techniques, Ruth Turnbull will help you to create your own unique fabric tote bag.

Have-a-Go Leathercraft Drop-In Drop-in and decorate your own leather memento to take away with you. 50p per item (maximum of 2 items per person) – no need to book.

18 February 10am – 4pm

Adult Bookbinding Workshop – Photograph Album Under the expert tuition of Nick Wells, participants will bind a photograph album in a style known as a ‘continental case binding’, quarter bound in leather. £17.50 (all materials included)

9 March, 7.30pm

A Date for Murder Murder Mystery Evening Murder and mayhem wander the Museum wreaking their terrible havoc once again at another of our now famous Murder Mystery evenings. Join us for some fun and intrigue and try to work out whodunit. £15 (buffet included). Booking essential.

10 March 10.30am – 3.30pm

Adult Leather Carving Workshop Rare opportunity to learn the intricate skills involved in leather carving. No prior experience is necessary.

£15 (all materials included). Booking essential.

£15 (all materials included). Booking essential.

14 February 10.30am – 12.30pm 5-7s (must be accompanied) 1.30pm – 3.30pm 8-12s

24 March, 10.30am – 3.30pm

Fishy Fun! with Rachael Griffiths Younger children will create their own magnetic fishing game while older children will create a beautiful sculptural fish to take away.

Leather Baby Shoes Workshop for Adults with Samantha Gillan Design and make beautiful soft leather baby shoes. £17.50 (includes all materials). Booking essential.

£1.50. Booking essential.


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Walsall Museum Central Library Building, Lichfield Street, Walsall Tel: 01922 653116 until 7 March

Display Let’s Dance... A display of party frocks from the 1930s to the 2000s. Sparkly, spangly outfits for the festive season! Featuring a selection of historic dresses from the Museum’s costume collection, ranging from a full length gown from the 1930s to a gold sequined number from recent years.

until 30 June

Display - Surgical instruments from the 1930s to the 1960s The display in our Sister Dora Discovery Box contains many of the instruments the wellequipped hospital surgeon needs to carry out a range of operations – from a special saw for cutting through bone in amputations to pairs of retractors for holding open a wound during an operation.

14 February, 2-3pm

16 February, 11am-1pm

Public Talk - Family History Research

Children’s Half-Term Craft Drop-In

An exploration of how you can build your family tree. Senior Archivist and Local Studies Officer Ruth Vyse of Walsall Local History Centre will be looking at how you can carry out family history research and the resources available at the Local History Centre which can help you.

Brighten up the winter months by making an exotic hanging bird to bring a ray of sunshine at home. Have fun and try out your craft skills!

Free - Advance booking essential.

All materials provided, suitable for children aged 5-12 years. Parents or carers must remain with children throughout. No need to book, just drop in. 75p per child

13 March, 2-3pm

Public Talk An Introduction to Inn Signs A talk exploring the origins of inn signs and some of the themes found on them, including heraldry, religion and famous people. David Cole of the Inn Sign Society talks us through their history with 50 slides of inn signs. Free- Advance booking essential.

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Walsall Local History Centre

6 February 7.30pm-9pm and 24 February 2.30pm-4pm.

A Victorian Autograph Album Mystery Talk by Paul Ford. We have a Victorian autograph album given to Emily on her 18th birthday; can you help us to identify the people in the photos and to track down just who Emily and her family were? £2. Booking essential

5 March 7.30pm-9pm.

Walsall in the Second World War Family History Buddy Book a free one hour session with our family history buddy to get you started or get new ideas. 9.30am-1pm, 1.45pm5pm every Wednesday. Free, but booking essential.

Ancestry Online Last Thursday of every month 2pm-3pm, one hour induction session explaining the many resources and how you can use them. Free, but booking essential.

Family History First Thursday of every month 2pm-3pm, one hour induction session explaining the many resources and how you can use them. Free, but booking essential

Exhibitions 1 February to 30 April

Walsall and the Royal Family Walsall has a long and proud association with the royal family. In the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this exhibition celebrates the town’s royal links in words and pictures. Free during normal opening hours.

Talk by Ann French. £2 Booking essential.

Workshops and courses 23 January to 6 February and 20 February to 5 March, 2-4pm

Further Sources for Family History Six week course looking at additional ways of research - records for the First and Second World War, education records and non-conformist records. Attendees will get an opportunity to look at original source material. Booking essential £5 per class. £30 for course

28 January 10am-1pm and 3 February 1.30pm-4.30pm.

Family and Local History Workshop £4 Booking essential


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Walsall Arts Service “Here in Walsall we believe that cultural activity in the form of arts provision is as vital to an individual’s quality of life as eating, breathing and sleeping. “Whether we’re talking about one of the country’s most prestigious art collections or workshops in hip-hop, we live and work in a borough that has a vibrant arts service with a very full programme of activities, events and projects going on all year round. “Walsall has some fantastic arts venues and develops programmes that aim to get local people active in the arts and add value to the local economy. “The programme of the Council’s Arts Service is diverse and vibrant, reflecting the population it serves. A wide range of venues, individual artists, amateur groups and companies (some with regional and national significance) join in to make up Walsall’s thriving Arts scene.

Bookmark Bloxwich There’s a lot going on under one roof in Bloxwich since the reopening of the library and theatre under the new joint name of ‘Bookmark Bloxwich’. Photograph: Stuart Williams

“Many Council arts venues are free, and others bring in revenue, as well as providing employment to hundreds of people every year. “The services highlighted here demonstrate the part Walsall Arts Service plays in enriching the cultural and economic life in Walsall for its residents, businesses and visitors. “Walsall Arts Service plays a significant role in helping local individuals and communities to flourish, which is crucial to the health of an emerging and thriving borough. “I hope you enjoy discovering what’s on offer, and join in to make Walsall Arts Service even more a part of everyday, ‘ordinary’ business, and a ‘vital’ contribution to a successful future.”

Sue Grainger Head of Libraries, Heritage and Arts

The ‘Bookmark’ is a community focused venue with the accent on getting involved and taking part. It has its own youth theatre and has plans to develop community shows. Already the evolving programme features open mic nights (one for adults and one for young people), and a film club has just been launched. You can often catch a live band or touring theatre there, or you could hire the venue for your own community or charity event. Bookmark Bloxwich Forum, a constituted community group, runs the theatre aspect of the venue and is always looking for more people to get involved in this exciting community led cultural project. The day to day contact for Bookmark Bloxwich is the venue manger, Bruno Edwards who is available on 07973 492 387. The forum is at

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Forest Arts Centre Forest Arts Centre, just five minutes from the town centre, is Walsall’s number one activity hub for participatory and performing arts. Engaging with all ages from Tuned In Tots to Senior Citizens Swing, there is something for everyone at Forest. With departments specialising in all music genres, Film, Theatre, Drama, Dance and alongside many other cultural opportunities there is always something going on. Whether you want to learn, perform or just sit back and enjoy the show, Forest Arts is the place to be.


Forest Arts Centre, Hawbush Road, Leamore, has state of the art facilities including two auditoriums, dance studio, community cinema, recording studio, digital arts suite, sound proofed rehearsal rooms, arts classrooms and conference suites. There’s a full programme of events and performances, ranging from orchestral and brass bands to film showings and drama productions something for everyone! There is ample free parking and the building is fully accessible. Call 01922 654 555 for more details.

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Libraries There’s a lot more to libraries these days than a good read. Even though in these fast-moving days with their high-tech ways there’s actually something quite indulgent about sitting quietly and losing yourself in a book… Walsall Library Service has a network of branches serving communities across the borough, plus a mobile service. As well as providing a book haven where you can search

in peace for your favourite best seller or research your assignment, the libraries can also be a place to connect with your own creativity. Many libraries run reading groups for example, where you can chat about a book you’ve read and maybe inspire your own writing, whether as a critic or author of your own work. Famous authors often come into town to talk about their work too, and give advice on how to get started.

And of course you can get on board with new technology at the libraries, with access to the Internet and some support to navigate it if you find the thought a little daunting! If you’re already using a computer, check out the library service at libraries or follow on facebook or twitter; call on 01922 653110 or e-mail infoexpress@walsall. Or you could do it the low-tech way – pop in and have a chat!

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Walsall Museum Walsall Museum is a friendly and welcoming museum in the heart of Walsall, sharing a building with the town’s Central Library. THE CHANGING FACE OF WALSALL, the permanent local history gallery, celebrates the history of our Borough and explores its development. Visitors can find out about local industries, discover weird and wonderful artefacts, and learn more about our local celebrities! There’s also an exciting programme of changing displays and lively activities for children and adults, meaning everyone can engage with their heritage.


Come and discover:

The Museum is open:


Changing displays on costume and local history.

Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm


A year-round programme of talks, craft workshops and hands-on activities for children and adults.

Saturday 10am – 4pm


Display space available for use by community groups.


Facilities for school visits to the Museum, free of charge.

You can find us on the first floor of the Central Library building on Lichfield Street in Walsall Town Centre.


The museum is fully wheelchair accessible.


Visitors with special needs are welcome.


Sales area stocking books on local history, greetings cards and souvenirs.


Facilities for viewing and examining artefacts from our collections by prior arrangement.

Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays.

Admission is free. Telephone 01922 653116. Email

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Walsall Local History Centre Culture is ever-changing, and usually referred to with very current words like ‘vibrant’ and ‘exciting’. One dictionary definition describes it as the ‘intellectual achievement of a time or place’. So it would make sense that to fully appreciate the culture of today, you need to know quite a lot about yesterday…

Walsall Local History Centre is the Archive Service and Local Studies Library for Walsall Council and exists to collect, preserve and make available records relating to the history of the borough. The archive holds records from the middle ages to the present day with information in all sorts of formats including parchment, vellum, paper, film and digital..

The records come from all sorts of sources including public records such as court, coroner and hospital records; Local Authority records for Walsall Council and its predecessors such as Walsall RDC, Aldridge, Brownhills, Darlaston, Willenhall and Short Heath UDCs; church and chapel records; local businesses; legal and family papers; records of local societies and organisations, school records and maps and plans. These collections are catalogued and made available in the reading-room at the Centre and increasingly on-line. The local studies library is a collection of c.12,000 books and pamphlets as well as maps, newspapers and ephemera. It contains a wealth of information on all aspects of the Borough’s history from the earliest times to the present day including books on local towns and villages, books by local authors, books on local industries and the built environment, reference books to aid research, periodicals and society journals, trade and auction catalogues, election pamphlets, theatre playbills and programmes, posters, ephemera from societies and organisations and the Jerome K. Jerome Collection. The centre has local newspapers dating from the mid 19th century and editions of Ordnance Survey maps.

as having a programme of talks, events and exhibitions throughout the year. We have several volunteers who assist with a variety of tasks and are a valued part of our service. A collection of spoken,recorded memories (oral history) is also housed there, and staff can offer advice on how to make your own recordings. And resident photographer Stuart Williams is on hand to deal with the visuals, overseeing around 30,000 prints and negatives, (some glass), dating from the early 1860s to the present day. He also undertakes contemporary photographic surveys of historic architecture around the Borough. The Centre also holds the Jack Haddock Collection, which comprises more than 5,000 prints and colour transparencies, largely relating to local transport. Walsall Local History Centre Essex Street, Walsall, WS2 7AS localhistorycentre

The Centre provides advice and instruction on how to go about research, as well

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The New Art Gallery Walsall Romance, history, education and events are all at home in the town’s prestigious New Art Gallery Walsall. Architects Peter St. John and Adam Caruso won an international competition to design the building, which was completed in 1999. Their desire was to create a big house, both accessible and intimate. Works by Van Gogh, Monet, Turner and Constable are amongst the 365 pieces in the permanent Garman Ryan

Collection, nesting comfortably amidst a changing programme of vital, contemporary art from both established and emerging international artists.

Two remarkable women created the permanent collection: Kathleen Garman, lover and later wife of artist Jacob Epstein, and her life-long friend Sally Ryan, a talented sculptor. Together, they formed an art collection that is intimate, adventurous and eclectic, reflecting their wide ranging tastes from many different cultures from around the world. And the New Art Gallery Walsall continues to reflect their spirit with a continuous programme of multi-cultural events and workshops throughout the year, plus a specialist family gallery and open-access art library. Treat it like home, pop in any time you’re passing. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, and admission is free.


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The Creative Development Team A cup of tea and a chat usually leads to much bigger things with the Creative Development Team. The small team has been part of Walsall Council since 1989, gaining a reputation at local, regional and national level for delivering high quality, innovative work which has a positive impact on people, communities and service providers. They develop creative projects with people of all ages and abilities, helping them to unlock their individual potential at the same time as fulfilling the wider aims and objectives of the work, all leading to better life quality. Projects range from raising awareness of breast and bowel cancer detection through pottery and photography; helping

looked after children raise their self-esteem through drama; encouraging disabled people to set up their own business through digital design and uniting a community to produce the Caldmore Village Festival.

Walsall Council part-funds the Team, with the larger proportion of project funding coming from commissions and grants.

The Team specialises in consultation, training, team building, event management, arts and artist development and lifelong learning, working in partnership with other services, companies and community organisations.

In 2010/11 they worked with 26,197 local people on more than 100 projects, bringing in thousands of pounds to the Council and giving work to more than 150 self-employed people. Contact the team on 01922 653114 or email:

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Walsall Leather Museum Walsall Leather Museum celebrates Walsall’s 200 year history of making some of the world’s finest saddlery and leather goods. Housed in an original Victorian factory building, the museum

mixes atmospheric workshop settings and demonstrations with displays of historic and contemporary leatherwork. Against this backdrop, the museum offers many opportunities for visitors to learn and develop their own craft skills as part of our extensive Events and Activities programme. Workshops for adults range from learning to hand-stitch a leather purse or bind a book to textile and drawing sessions. Sessions run over a single day and are affordably priced and include all equipment and materials. They are suitable for people who are complete beginners as

well as those who may have had some experience. They are run by experienced artists and craftspeople and offer participants a great opportunity to try their hand at something new and to make new friends. The museum also runs many art and craft workshops for children during the school holidays which are suitable for children aged 5-12 priced at just £1.50 per session. We also offer many free arts drop-in activities which are suitable for all ages. For further information please contact the Leather Museum on 01922 721153 or email us at

Competition Win two tickets for a show of your choice at Forest Arts Centre or Bookmark Bloxwich by having a good read of the arts supplement and answering this question: What are the names of the two architects who designed the New Art Gallery Walsall?


Send your answers to: Arts in Walsall, Creative Development Team, c/o Marketing Team, Room 32, Council House, Lichfield Street, Walsall WS1 1TW or email The winner will be picked from all correct entries received by Friday 13 April 2012.

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Greenspaces Countryside: Telephone 01922 459813 or email: 8, 15, 22 and 29 February, 7 and 14 March

Basket Making Course Booking essential on 01922 458328 cost £30.

22 March, 2pm

Watery Wonders Have you ever wondered what lives beneath the surface of ponds? Come along to Fibbersley Local Nature Reserve and meet an expert who will be able to tell you more about the life of ponds and some of the creatures that live there. Free event. Advance booking is essential on 0845 111 2900.

Conservation Volunteers Walsall Council’s Countryside Services will be running a series of free practical training courses aimed at members of the public who are interested in becoming conservation volunteers. The courses will cover subjects such as woodland management, hedge laying, coppicing and fencing and will run one day a month from January to June; with a different subject every month. Free but booking is essential and places are on a first come first served basis. For more information please phone 01922 458328.

Fibbersley Local Nature Reserve

If you have served a single day in any of Britain’s Armed Forces, we are here to serve you and your dependants We provide experienced, non-judgmental and friendly advice, as well as a variety of practical services which cover a range of social, family and financial issues. All our dealings are confidential and anyone who approaches us for help is treated with dignity and respect.

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XX XX Elmore Row, Bloxwich Tel: 01922 655900 6 January, 3 February, 2 March 2pm - 4pm.

Time To Write

A series of monthly sessions to give all local writers, experienced or not, time and space in which to work on their latest story or poem, share their work, and receive some expert guidance. £8 per session in the Orange Room.

13 January, 10 February, 9 March 7.30pm doors, 8pm show

Open Mic Night

A place for singers, song writers, poets and musicians to play, jam and try out songs and poems on a full PA. No instrument required. Free.

27 January, 24 February, 23 March 6pm doors 6.30pm show

Youth Open Mic Night

A place for young singers, song writers, rappers and musicians to play, jam and try out songs and rhymes on a full PA. Drum kit and amps available. Free.

11 February

24 March, 7.30pm

The Bloxwich Film Society

Holmes Alone

is being reformed and the first film will be on 11 February Please phone 01922 655900 for more information.

3 March 7.30pm doors for 8.15pm show

The Bookmark Roots Music Revival presents Knoxville Country Highway Music show

Birmingham - based Americana and Country Music band, performing a repertoire of classic songs that are great for dancing or listening to. £5


28 January, 1.30pm doors 2pm show

Forever Angels Play based on global climate change, poverty, pollution and endangered species. The play is called Harvest Home (World Citizen). The story is told through drama, music, dance, poetry and singing. £2

Broadway North, Walsall Tel: 01922 649168

12-21 January (except Sunday) 7.45 pm Now Booking - Tickets £9 Written by Joseph Kesselring

Directed by Rosemary Manjunath

Farcical Black Comedy After more than 60 years, Arsenic and Old Lace is still an incredibly funny show.

4 February

Steve Hays and Les Hunt. An evening of top quality blues. £5


Professional Theatre Company Don’t Go Into The Cellar! Brings its latest Sherlock Holmes adventure to Bloxwich. £8/£6 concessions

8-17 March (except Sunday) 7.45pm Box Office opens 9 February - Tickets £9 Written by Harold Brighouse

Directed by Martin Groves

Set in nineteenth-century Salford, this is an exquisitely crafted comedy.

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Libraries Walsall Central Library Reference Library Tel: 01922 653110 Computer Taster Sessions Steps to Work - Help with CVs Wednesday 2 - 4.30pm Next Step - Interview skills and CVs Thursday 10 - 4pm Computer Buddies One to one help with basic Computer skills NB These are all on going all year.

Walsall Central Children’s Library Aldridge Library Tel: 01922 655569 Cradle Club 10.30am - 12pm every Thursday term time 0 - 24 months Computer Tasters available Adult Reading Group every second Wednesday 4.455.45pm

Bloxwich Library Tel: 01922 655900 Toddler groups for pre-school children – Tuesday and Friday 10-11.30am. £1

Brownhills Library Tel: 01922 650730 Cradle Club - Wednesday 10.30am-12pm (term time only)   Babies 0-24 months. 50p per family Adult Reading Group - last Tuesday of every month  2.30-3.30pm Health & Wellbeing reading group every Tuesday 11am-1pm

Family History Group – first and third Wednesday of every month 2.30-4pm

Pelsall Library Tel. 01922 650455 Cradle club weekly on Thursdays 10-11.30am Pelsall Reading Group monthly (first Wednesday of the month). Council surgery from 10-11am on the first 3 Saturdays of the month.

South Walsall Library Tel: 01922 721347 Parent and Toddler Group Fridays during term time 9.30-11am Delves Adult Reading Group last Thursday of month 4.30-5.30pm Chatterbooks for 7-12years second Thursday of month 3.45-4.45pm

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Tel: 01902 653120 Cradle Club for children under 2years and their parents/carers. Thursday 1.30-3pm term time only Teenage Reading Group for young people aged 12-14 years.

Walsall Wood Library Tel: 01922 655572 Bookstart Babies Bounce and Rhyme on 11 January, 1 February and 7 March Computer Taster Sessions available.

Willenhall Library Tel: 01902 366513 Cradle Club – Babies aged 0-24months. Every Friday – except term time 10am – 11.30am Chatterbooks group -  Phone library for details Storytime – Every Thursday for children aged 2-5years Various computer courses, please contact library for details

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Town XX Halls Telephone Telephone XX 0845 0845 111 111 2900 2900

Walsall Town Hall, Leicester Street

Darlaston Town Hall, Victoria Road

19 January, 16 February, 15 March; 1pm

Afternoon Variety Concerts

Lunchtime Organ Recitals Borough Organist Peter Morris entertains with a varied programme of organ favourites and classics. £2 on the door

25 February Doors open 7pm – fights start 8pm

Boxing - Title fights featuring Ian Glover and Martin Gethin

Doors open 1pm, starts 1.30pm, £2 on the door 12 January – Roy Popple – Magician/ entertainer 9 February – Joe Johnson – Singer 8 March – Jack Brittan – Xylophonist

Tickets £30 or Ringside £50 For more details phone 07976 283157 To book tickets call 0845 111 2900



24 January Performances at 4.45pm and 7pm

Circus Starr – Winter Tour 2012

Traditional circus performances with a conscience – raising money for St Giles Walsall Hospice. Booking hotline – 01260 288690 Tickets £12.50

Sport and Leisure Telephone 01902 605500

Coach and Volunteer Education Programme Opportunities for volunteers, coaches and professionals

30 January, 7-9pm

Sports Funding – The Basics Walsall Cricket Club, Gorway Road. Prices from £5

1 February, 6.30-9.30pm

Equity in Your Coaching Darlaston Town Hall, Victoria Road. Prices from £10

6 February, 6.30-9.30pm

Safeguarding and Protecting Children Walsall Cricket Club, Gorway Road. Prices from £10

12 March, 7-9pm

Building a Case for Funding Sport Pelsall Cricket Club, Walsall Road Prices from £5

Countryside Rambles with Outdoor Pursuits

Tel: 01922 744637 or 07921 934932

Monday/Tuesday 9am-2.30pm, £7 9, 17 and 24 January Cannock Chase 6, 7 and 21 February Arrow Valley 5, 13 and 20 March Middleton


28 March, 7-9pm

9.15am-4pm, £10.50

Marketing Your Club Workshop

25 January Kenilworth 29 February Baddesley Clinton 21 March Ironbridge

Sporting Khalsa FC, Noose Lane, Willenhall. Prices from £5

Programme may be subject to change due to weather or other circumstances. Please bring suitable clothing, waterproofs, footwear (walking boots or strong shoes), a drink and packed lunch. To book or for further details, including pick up points, please phone 01922 744637 or 07921 934932. Advance booking essential.


Active Steps

A specialised exercise programme for people who have previously experienced a fall or are at risk of falling. Sessions at venues throughout the borough. Phone: 01902 605500.

7, 14, 21 and 28 January 4 and 25 February 3, 10, 17 and 24 March

Walsall Junior Athletics Club

Meets at: University of Wolverhampton (Gorway Campus) Athletics track – entry via Magdalene Road, Walsall WS1 3BD, on Saturday morning during school term. 10am-11am Primary school pupils aged 8-11– indoors at old sports hall (rear of main car park, up the steps, turn left between buildings, 50m on right). £4 11am-12pm Secondary school students aged 11-17 outdoor sessions on athletics track. £3.


XX Walsall Walk On

Weekly Health Walks Programme

XX Telephone: 01902 605500

Rough Wood


12.15pm for 12.30pm start 1½ hours. 5 to 6.5km. Moderate. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: The United Kingdom Pub, Lane Head, Short Heath, Willenhall

Willenhall Memorial Park 10.15am for 10.30am start 30mins. 1.5km. Easy. Surfaces: Hard. Meet: The Pavilion, Willenhall Memorial Park, Pinson Road.


Palfrey Park

10.15am for 10.30am start 45 mins. 1.5km. Easy Surfaces: Hard Meet: Palfrey Park Gates, Dale Street Entrance.

King George’s Park, Bloxwich


9.45am for 10am start 30 - 45mins. 1.5 – 2.5km. Easy. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: Toilet blocks, King George’s Park, Stafford Road, Bloxwich

Aldridge Airport

Aldridge Community

Clayhanger Common

10.15am for 10.30am start 30 - 45mins. 1.5 – 2.5km. Easy. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: Tesco car park, Brownhills, market stall end

Reedswood Park

2.15pm for 2.30pm start 1 hour. 5km. Moderate. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: Reedswood Lane park entrance, off Bentley Lane, Birchills.

Tuesday Willenhall Memorial Park 10.15am for 10.30am start 1½ hours. 5km. Easy. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: The Pavilion, Willenhall Memorial Park, Pinson Road.

Aldridge Short Walk

10.15am for 10.30am start 2 hours. 5 to 6.5km. Moderate. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: Lower Hangar car park, entrance off Bosty Lane, Aldridge.

10.15am for 10.30am start 2 hours. 5 to 8km. Moderate. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: Aldridge Community Centre, Middlemore Lane.

Bentley Pavilion Walk

Willenhall Memorial Park

10.15am for 10.30am start 30mins. 1.5km. Easy. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: Bentley Leisure Pavilion, Bentley Road North

10.15am for 10.30am start 1 to 1½ hours. 2.5 to 5km. Easy. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: The Pavilion, Willenhall Memorial Park, Pinson Road.

Pleck Park


11am for 11.15am start 30mins. 1.5km. Easy. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: The Pavilion, Pleck Park

2.15pm for 2.30pm start 1 to 1½ hours. 3 to 6.5km. Strenuous. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: Collingwood Centre main entrance, Collingwood Drive.

10.15am for 10.30am start 1 - 1½ hours. 5km. Moderate. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: Aldridge Library, Rookery Lane.

Walsall Arboretum Long Walk

10.30am for 10.45am start 2 to 2½ hours. 6 to 9km. Strenuous. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: Palm House by Centre Green.


Details may be subject to change. Walks may have to be cancelled at short XXXX notice. Please call 01902 605500 for details and confirmation, prior to walk.

Friday Walsall Arboretum Short Walk

The School of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts & Philosophy

10.15am for 10.30am start 45mins. 1.5km. Easy. Surfaces: Hard. Meet: Centre green by Lakeside Café.

Pelsall Short Walk 10.15am for 10.30am start 30 - 45mins. 1.5 – 2.5km. Easy. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: Pelsall North Common Local Nature Reserve car park, opposite Free Trade Inn, Wood Lane.

Kung-Fu, Tai Ji Quan Private bookings available Shifu Christos Stamatiadis M:07432 666036

Park Lime Pits

1.45pm for 2pm start 45mins: 1.5 - 2km. Easy. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: Car Park opposite Manor Arms Public House, Park Road.


Jog Walsall Timetable

Walsall Arboretum Monthly Walk



Walsall Arboretum 12.15pm for 12.30pm start Meet: Centre Green, by Lake

Wolverhampton University – Walsall Campus (Track run) 5:45pm for 6pm start Meet: Magdalene Road, WS1 3TA

(1st & 2nd Saturday of every month) 10.15am for 10.30am start 1 hour. 3km to 4.5km. Easy. Surfaces: Hard. Meet: Centre Green by Lakeside café, nearest entrance is Arboretum Road.

Pelsall North Common

(3rd Saturday of every month) 10.15am for 10.30am start. 2 to 2½ hours. Strenuous. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: Pelsall North Common Local Nature Reserve car park, opposite Free Trade Inn, Wood Lane.

Sunday Rough Wood

11am for 11.15am start 1 hour. 5km. Moderate. Surfaces: Hard and soft. Meet: Rough Wood Local Nature Reserve car park, Hunts Lane, Short Heath, Willenhall.


Tuesday Reedswood Park Jog & Gym session 12:15pm for 12:30pm start Meet: New outdoor gym by multi-sports cage Wolverhampton University – Walsall Campus (Track run) 5:45pm for 6pm start Meet: Magdalene Road, WS1 3TA

Thursday King George V Playing Fields 5.45pm for 6pm start Meet: Lydford Road (off Stafford Road)

Saturday Walsall Arboretum 10am for 10.15am start Meet: Lakeside Café

Unless otherwise stated, walks and jogs are free of charge Distances and duration may vary Please be prepared for wet weather Please bring a drink if you think you’ll need one Wear suitable clothing and either stout shoes for walks or trainers for jogs All jog and walk leaders carry identification, which will be produced on request.


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