Well things are hotting up now ,and everyone is praying ,in their own style! For good weather. Only a week away from the Mela and preparations are going well………news as follows…….
Walsall Mela –We have a dedicated day for the Walsall Mela, sports spectacular being held at the Walsall rugby club on 22nd May from 11am-7p.m. This will comprise of Kabbadi, Volleyball , tug’o’ war,arm wrestling and £1,000 Prize Stonelifting competition! Some of the stars appearing are Wajid Hussain and Mohammed Waseem Chatta, both stonelifters and Kevin Brown the 4 times GB World Champion Discus thrower will present the Bench Press competition, an open competition sponsored by Isis health and fitness gym in Walsall. Fantastic dhol drummer Abid Sain will help lift the participants spirits!
The darts competition being held at the White Lion pub on 21st May from 2pm is free to enter and there is a £100 cash prize for 1st place and £50 for the runners up. Come on down, 180!
Caldmore Village Festival – Our main 3 day festival is on the bank holiday weekend of Sat 28th, Sun 29th and Mon 30th May from 12 noon until 8.30p.m. The site is the Caldmore Community Primary school grounds, entrance on Caldmore Road . Some names to look up are Mojohooker of course and the Snooty Bobs too, with headline acts on the Saturday of Rohit Ballal – http://www.pilot-project.co.uk/artists/moksha-medicine-men-and-rohit-ballal, and the Rogue States – www.roguestates.net,Walsall’s acclaimed Indie rock Band.
Children’s activities – There is a fantastic children’s entertainment section this year, with face painters and mehndi as well as children’s rides and arts workshop activities throughout the weekend! Come and make something to carry in the parade on Monday!
Caldmore Clean Up with Food! – Another successful day was had on Saturday 7th with a lot of rubbish collected by the bedraggled crew who turned up in the rain; a sterling effort was helped by a tea break at intouch mobile phone shop in Caldmore road, many thanks to Ali Mahmood! The traditional lunch of pie and chips with mushy peas was served at Bath Street hosted by Caroline, who you can meet in our ‘Taste of Caldmore’ Curry Marquee during the three day festival, she’d love to meet you all. P.s she makes the most amazing lemon drizzle cake too! And her tea urn is never turned off.
Taste of Caldmore – ‘A Taste of Caldmore’ is the name given to a series of food and music event s that Caldmore village festival hosts throughout the year in venues in and around Caldmore.
‘Blues and Bhajis’ got the Festival off to a sizzling start on Tuesday 10th May.
Caldmore Balti House was cooking up a different kind of soul food on Tuesday night when it hosted Caldmore Village Festival’s Blues and Bhajis Event. Rocking to the stripped down sounds of the Ruby Tuesdees and soulful blues of The MojoHooker, over 50 people came to give the Festival a swinging kick off. The hot sounds of two ofWalsall’s finest bands were accompanied by an equally spicy menu of delicious food cooked up for the event by Saj and the gang at Caldmore Balti who gave the hungry audiences a true taste of Caldmore.
Volunteers needed! – We need volunteers to help out during the three days of the festival, doing various tasks to assist the smooth running of the events planned. If you want to get involved, call Alan Cheeseman 01922 646724. There is the chance to earn a free meal from our ‘Taste of Caldmore’ curry marquee!
100 Voices – There is also the chance to sing on stage at our event during the highlight for Sunday 29th May, a choral event called 100 Voices. All are welcome to take part. Dates for next practices at Bath Street Centre in Caldmore are Thursday,19th May and 26th May More information on this event from Eric Frankham on 07903 403057. You could be a festival star!
Carnival procession – Arts workers will be on hand over the three days to help you make your own carnival costume. We have now confirmed that a samba band and theWalsall coronets will be marching along too!! Yippee…..watch this space there may be a special announcement… an international dhol star is in the country and ………………….?
We hope to see you there. Tell your friends and pass this ebrief on ……..
Still got lots to do… must dash!
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