Showcase success

The creativity of the people of Pelsall was celebrated on Saturday (10th September) at a special event at the village Methodist Church, writes Vickie Heydon-Matterface.

Local businesses, services, community groups and performance groups came together to display a variety of artistic crafts and creative skills to members of the public.

The Mayor of Walsall, Coun Garry Perry, was greeted by Rev Molly Chitokwindo and opened the event by introducing a tent demonstration by the 3rd Pelsall Scouts. He gave an enthusiastic speech about the strong community spirit in Pelsall and also stressed the importance of local Churches in their communities.

The event was sponsored by the local Co-Op store that hosted a Fair Trade stall and also brought ‘Cooper’ the bear to meet and greet the children.

Visitors browsed stalls displaying hand-made jewellery, toys, paintings, photographs, graphic design and also enjoyed food samples from local food venue ‘Eatso’.

Organisers of the showcase, including Revd Molly (front left) and Vickie Heydon-Matterface (front right)

Other event contributors included Pelsall Library and Pelsall Children’s Centre, Pelsall Musical Society, Pelsall Pride Partnership, Townswomen’s Guild, Ryder’s Hayes Junior School, 3rd Pelsall Guides, Pelsall Methodist Church and Junior Church.

West Midlands Police also brought their converted Police caravan and gave out bags of freebies and offered crime protection advice to local people.

A  Zumba group ended the event by providing some very energetic dancing on the stage, with children of all ages joining in, along with some of the older visitors and the Scouts.

A barbecue and tea, coffee and cake stall also raised over £200 for Church funds.

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