Don Goodman to be guest at sportsman’s evening

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Fun Run to take place in Pelsall

The Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix has announced a charity fun run in Pelsall next month.

The 5k and 10k runs take place on Sunday, April 13, at 11am and trophies will be awarded to the first three men and ladies in each race and a medal for each competitor.

Organisers say they hope this will become an annual event.

It costs £8 to enter the 5k race and £12 to enter the 10k. You can find an entry form here.


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Food bank to open in Pelsall

Pelsall will soon have its own food bank, after local churches joined forces with the Trussell Trust to provide the service.

The North Walsall Food Bank is expected to open later this month or early February at Pelsall Methodist Church Hall and will serve the areas of Pelsall, Shelfield, Walsall Wood, and Rushall.trussell trust

Valerie Asprey, who is chair of the project, said the service was sorely needed in the area.

The churches – St Marks, Shelfield; Pelsall Methodist; St Michael’s CE; and St John’s, Walsall Wood – have worked with the Christian charity, which runs almost 400 food banks across the UK, for about 12 months to launch the service.

The food bank, which will be based at Pelsall Methodist Church and will open on Tuesdays and Fridays, has applied for £1500 funding from Walsall Council that will pay for set-up fees, support, branding and training from the Trussell Trust.

One Stop, based in Lichfield Road, Brownhills, has provided materials and labour to fit out the room from where the food bank will operate, and the churches have begun to collect food donations so that it has the two tonnes it needs in order to launch.

People in need will be referred to the food bank from agencies such as children’s centres, social services or their family GP, and they will be able to collect a bag of provisions twice in a week, up to three times.

Each foodbox contains a minimum of three days nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food, including milk (UHT or powdered), sugar, cartons of fruit juice, soup, pasta sauces, tinned puddings, rice, pasta, tea bags, coffee, tinned meat and fish, and snack bars.

Trained volunteers will be on hand at the food bank to help recipients get the help they need, as well as advise them on benefits they may be entitled to.

“The idea is that the food bank isn’t a crutch, it is offering short-term help to people and a service so they can help themselves,” says Val.

“What we will be doing is taking a person who comes here on the first step towards making a difference to their lives.

“The majority of people who go to food banks are actually working people but are on low incomes and they cannot support the family, or people who are waiting for benefits but suffer from delays.”

Anyone who wants to donate food or can volunteer at the food bank should telephone Rev Rob Farmer at St Mark’s Church on 01922 692550.

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Pelsall Villa Colts to hold Teenage Cancer Trust fundraiser

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Councillor assures residents after bridge approval

Pelsall councillors say safeguards have been put in place for local residents, following the approval of the building of a replacement bridge alongside York’s Bridge.

Coun Garry Perry made the statement after Walsall Council’s planning committee approved the scheme in Norton Road yesterday.

“There were some speakers against, however, we have done all we can to mitigate against potential risks, weighing up highway and pedestrian safety, as well as impact,” he said.

“First proposed in 1992, this has been on the anvil for many years. My colleagues and I have done what we can to put safeguards in place and rightly challenged the replacement of the bridge in the first place.”

He said councillors and council officials had explored the possibility of repairing the historic bridge, which dates to the mid 1800s and is owned by the Canal and River Trust, as well as undertaking a complete renovation but admitted that the options were limited.

Denying rumours that the new bridge, which would carry traffic instead of the deteriorating historic bridge, was being undertaken to facilitate any potential mining on the Cannock side, Coun Perry added: “We are also seeking an environmental restriction to prevent HGV from using the bridge to access the centre of the village along here.”

“Of course there will be some residents who will disagree with this and some will form their own judgement. However, this has not been an easy issue for us to deal with but we will continue to do all within our power to offset concerns and ensure the very best outcome for Pelsall residents.”

Residents will be consulted about barrier improvements and access to the canal towpath via inland waterways.

The approval of the scheme has also meant that Moat Farm pool will have common land status conferred on it as part of a “swap” for common land being used for the bridge area.

“Keeping the decision local via the planning committee was the right thing to do,” said Coun Perry. “We have through this avenue had an influence on securing conditions for the benefit of local people. Otherwise the Dept for Transport may have made the decision and far removed from local opinion our safeguards would have been lost.”

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Police search after Shelfield teen goes missing

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a teenage girl who has gone missing from her home in Walsall.

Leanne Pollitt, who is missing from her Shelfield home.

Leanne Pollitt, who is missing from her Shelfield home.

Leanne Pollitt left her home in Oak Road, Shelfield on New Year’s Eve but has failed to return home and was reported missing to police just after 11pm.

The 16-year-old is described as white, around 5ft 11ins tall, medium build, long blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black waist-length coat and black trousers – she also wears a stud on the right side of her top lip.

Officers have been following a number of lines of enquiry and believe she is in the Walsall area.

PC Ben Cooper, from Walsall Police, said: “We want to find Leanne as quickly as possible and would ask anyone who has seen her to come forward and contact us.

“I would also appeal directly to Leanne to get in touch and let us know that she is safe and well.”

Anyone with information should call Walsall Police on 101 or the Missing People charity on 116 000.

*unedited press release from West Midlands Police.

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Happy Christmas!

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