Join the Caldmore Diamond Jubilee Festival team in Walsall Town Centre TODAY, for live music, carnival workshops and information about the upcoming The Walsall Mela, three day Jubilee Festival and how to take part in the Jubilee Parade on the 4th June from Walsall Town Centre.
It’s now upon us – months of planning, negotiating, fundraising, profile raising, developing, shaping, Monday night Samosa’s and pleanty of love for Caldmore – yes for the second year running it’s Caldmore Village Festival!
We hope to see you all over the next three days for what promises to be something rather special. If music, entertainment, creativity and curry is your bag then you are in for one hell of a weekend. Check out the 2011 programme…CLICK HERE FOR THE WEEKEND PROGRAMME
Over the last seven days things have started to heat up, kicking off with the Walsall Mela at Walsall Rugby Club last weekend…
Hope you enjoyed the pics…we would like to thank our every faithful Walsall Flickr Group for coming along and capturing some quality moments too, the pics can be seen here… http://www.flickr.com/groups/caldmorefestival/pool/with/5748017258/
Also this week has seen the judging for both the DesRes Best Frontages Competition and the Top of the Shops comp for the best business frontage, winners to be announced at the festval but for now we thought you might like to see a picture of one of the judges in action - Ali from Caldmore Traders Association (http://www.caldmoretradersassociation.org/)
What an absolutely cracking launch to this year’s Caldmore Village Festival. The Bath Street Centre hosted our launch party to a ram-packed sell out crowd – next year we may have to sell ‘standing only’ tickets!!!
The evening kicked off with the traditional ‘loading of the plates’ buffest style followed by a fantastic performance by Caldmores own Bath Street Band. The rest of the evening continued onwards and upwards with further outstanding musical performances by Malik Raof and Malik Razak, Dean Janjua, and Snooty Bobs. With dancing from S and J Stars Dance school and stand up from Dave Shakespeare plus more ‘loading of the plates’ the evening proved to be a feast for the senses.
What a fantastic atmosphere – and a fantastic start to the year!
If you like what you see and would like to find out more or get involved in this years festival let us know by responding to this post and we will get back to you. Otherwise just subscribe to the blog for regular updates. Or why don’t you come along to the Caldmore Community Clean Up on Saturday 12th February for more information… Click Here! (you get a scrummy lunch on the house)
Saturday 29th May – 9:30-11am -
St Matthew’s has a 12 bell quarter peel to be rung by visitors from York Minster. They will be starting from 9.30 am Sat morning and ringing to about 11 am.
Bank Holiday Monday -
A band from Alrewas will be ringing an 8 bell quarter peel at St Matthew’s on Bank holiday Monday.
Tower Captain, John Edlin says:
Bellringing is a great English tradition and St Matthew’s is looking to recruit new ringers. Men and women are equally suitable. It’s an absorbing hobby which brings people together and automatically leads to making friends across the country, and indeed, the world. Anyone interested should contact the Tower Captain, John Edlin. 01922 626520.
Details of St Matthew’s Church can be found on the website. www.stmatthewswalsall.co.uk. A quick look at the calendar will illustrate how many community events take place in and around St Matthew’s. http://www.localendar.com/public/ColinGibson.
Why not visit The Wheatsheaf pub for an afternoon of MUSIC, CABARET and COMEDY!!! As part of the Caldmore Village Festival weekend.
Monday 31st May 2010, 2pm until late.
The Wheatsheaf, 4 Birmingham Road, Walsall, WS1 2NA – for more information ring 01922 628992
The Balti Site restaurant, venue for the second ‘A Taste of Caldmore’ music and food event, has just reopened next door to its last place of trading on Caldmore Road. It is now called Balti Spice and is open from 5.30pm 6 days a week ,closed mondays(not bank holidays!
The Festival Events Committee is reorganising the second ‘A Taste of Caldmore’ event with a jazz ensemble playing sometime in March. This top notch band, from the organiser of the Upton-on-Severn Jazz Festival, will be playing in our newest local restaurant - back from the flood!
This is a larger venue and as the last ‘A Taste of Caldmore’ event was fully booked, yet postponed, we are expecting to sell this one out very quickly too.
Dates to be confirmed – Watch This Space!
The next ’Taste’ event will be on the 12th January 2010. Why not welcome in the new year at Balti Site, come and experience an evening of fine Bangladeshi and Indian food with music provided by Caldmore’s very own jazz drummer ‘Sir Alan Buckley’ and the fantastic Carl Sinclair resident player at Jools Holland’s Jam Club in Birmingham (http://www.myspace.com/carlsinclair). All of this for only £9.95 per head – book in ADVANCE to avoid dissapointment!
For bookings…Mr Shanaj Ali, 116 Caldmore Road,Walsall ,WS13RF. Tel: 01922 722791
Open from 5.30 pm till late, 6 days a week -closed Mondays
Come and take part…
As part of the exciting finale of the Caldmore Village festival on May 31st 2010 leading local dancer Jaimal Mistry will be presenting a Bollywood Extravaganza and he wants you to get involved. So if you dance or play an instrument we would like to hear from you. There will be opportunities for everyone to get involved, whatever your level of experience or ability.
Work towards the event starts soon, so come to one of the first workshops in January to find out more.
Workshops take place on 15th and the 22nd of January 2010, 6pm – 9pm. At Blue Coat CofE Comprehensive School, Birmingham street, Walsall, WS1 3DH.
If you would like come to the workshops to know more about the festival contact the Festival Co-ordinator Alan Cheeseman on 01922 646724 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org