Shoppers donate food to foodbank

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Walsall North Foodbank volunteers

Kind shoppers have donated trolley-loads of food for the Walsall North Foodbank.

Volunteers from the Trussell Trust foodbank spent three days collecting donations from shoppers at Tesco Brownhills as part of their campaign to fill the shelves with two tonnes of long-life goods for when it opens at Pelsall Methodist Church next month.

Carpets Direct certA certificate of thanks has also been issued to a local business that has supported the new facility in Chapel Street.

Carpets Direct donated flooring material for the foodbank an fitted it free of charge.

Councillor Marco Longhi said the councillors approached the store after inspecting the foodbank premises after a meeting in May.

“We feel that this donation should not go unnoticed,” he said.

Earlier this year, One Stop, based in Lichfield Road, Brownhills, provided materials and labour to fit out the room.

Anyone who wants to donate food or can volunteer at the food bank, which will open on Tuesdays and Fridays, should telephone Rev Rob Farmer at St Mark’s Church on 01922 692550.


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Carnival 2014

Carnival photos – July 5 2014:

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The clear-up begins – July 5 (l-r) Councillor Gary Perry, Dave Wood, Councillor Marco Longhi

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Carnival timetable for July 5

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The carnival committee would also welcome volunteers to help with clearing the litter on Sunday, July 6. Just turn up  at the Common, by the crossroads Victoria Road, at 10.30am.

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Charity music festival to take place in village

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Open day at Pelsall Hall

Pelsall hall care home open day 2014

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Parking consultation launched

Walsall Council has launched a consultation about parking outside Pelsall Village Centre (see proposals below).

Anyone wishing to comment on the proposals should contact the traffic management dept on 01922 650000 and quote reference PBW/DC/2265/3504. All comments/feedback must be submitted by June 27.

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Pelsall Villa FC ‘in danger of collapse’

Pelsall Villa Football Club is facing collapse unless it can find new committee members to take charge, it has been warned.Pelsall_Villa_F.C._logo

Committee member Mark Bentley said unless new volunteers could be found soon to help with the running of the club, there was a danger that the 116-year-old club could be wound up.

A meeting is being held next month (June) to discuss its future.

“It would be a real shame to see 116 years of history disappear and winding up the club is very much a last resort but there just aren’t enough people at the moment to run it,” he said. “We are governed by FA rules and need people in place to help run it.”

Mark said that the club, whose first team plays in the Midland Combination Premier Division, will struggle to continue next season because chairman Shaun Mason is standing down. Mark is unlikely to be able to take the role because of work commitments.

For the past 14 years, Shaun and Mark, both former players, have undertaken the majority of the work at the club between them, including chair, secretary, treasurer, and groundsmen.

“We need fresh people with new ideas to come in and help us, whether it’s for 10 minutes a week, an hour a week or if they can commit to more,” said Mark.

“There is a lot of interest in the club and we’ve no problem getting players; I’m always seeing people who ask how we are getting on but we’d love to see some of them play a more active role.”

The children’s teams, which comprise the under 8s, 12s, and 14s, would not be affected because they run independently.

A meeting is being held at The Bush pub, Walsall Road, on June 12 at 7.30pm.

Anyone is welcome to attend and volunteer their services to help the club survive.

For more details, telephone Mark Bentley on 07595 457353 or email:

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