It’s Carnival time!


The spectacular Caldmore and Palfrey Carnival procession will be bringing its rich pageant of colour to the festival again this year.

Carnival workshops will be taking place throughout the the festival from 1pm to and then will be setting off from the festival site at 3.15 pm. You can either come and make your own costume or wind sock or come colourfully dressed ready to take part.

The procession will be lead by the amazing Makanitza who will be playing a rich mix of Roma influenced processional  music.

We will be stopping off in Caldmore Green at 3.40 for a few minutes so you can come and join us there or just come along and listen and watch as the spectacular pageant passes through.

We will be getting back to the park by 4.15 pm when Makanitza will take the stage for a rip roaring set!

So come on down, join the Carnival and make some noise!!


Join us for the Cultures of Walsall Festival – 23rd September 2017 in Palfrey Park


Cultures of Walsall is a spectacular fusion of music, dance, food and cultural activities from many of the Borough’s communities. It is a family-friendly event that includes a music stage featuring live music from many of the cultures of Walsall, a children’s funfair featuring rides and stalls as well arts and crafts and a host of food stalls featuring tastes from all over the world.   There will be a range of sports activities for the whole family including Tai Chi, Zumba and guided bicycle rides as well as the more conventional sports such as cricket and football.

Entry to the site and stage area as well as the community tents and activities is absolutely free!

Carnival Procession

The festival this year incorporates the Caldmore and Palfrey Carnival Procession. If you would like to join the Carnival’s colourful parade as it makes it way through Caldmore and Palfrey all you have to do is come and join the carnival crew on the day and help to put the finishing touches to the costumes and colourful windsocks.  Carnival workshops will take place from 12.00pm until 3pm. And the procession sets out at 3.15pm returning approximately an hour later.

Joining in is free and everyone is welcome but children should be accompanied by adults. Come as you are, in your national dress, carnival costume or even dressed up as you favourite character

Community Village

There will be a tented village area featuring activities hosted by many of the communities in Walsall. Including arts and crafts, children’s entertainment and our special competition, a Passport to Walsall’s Cultures.

So there will be lots to do and lots to keep you entertained.

Come and explore the Cultures of Walsall!

Job Opportunity: Community Development Worker

Employer: Caldmore Village Festival Group

Job Title: Community Development Worker

Contract Type: Fixed 3 Year Full Time (Job Share will be considered)

Start Date: June 2017 (subject to reference checks)

Salary: £27,000 p.a. rising to £29,000 (pro rata) plus employer contribution pension

Closing Date For Applications: Noon on 27th April 2017

Interviews to take place on Saturday 6th May 2017

Caldmore Village Festival Group (CVFG) is seeking to appoint a dynamic Community Development Worker. This is a fantastic opportunity to join CVFG at an exciting time. You will be a motivated self starter who is able to use initiative and have a flexible approach to community engagement.

Key roles include:

  • Promote and sustain the work of Caldmore Community Garden and House (CCGH) through identification of funding opportunities, writing of bids, delivery of projects and events.
  • Ensure that CCGH responds to the needs of the community
  • Develop strong links with community, faith and business groups along with other key partners and with the local authority
  • Raise the profile of CCGH

You will:

  • Have previous experience in a challenging community orientated role.
  • Manage staff and workers in relation to projects
  • Have flexible working
  • Report to CVFG Management Committee

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS.

Job Description and Person Specification

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you are suitable to be considered for the role to:

All candidates shortlisted for interview will be contacted by Wednesday 3rd May.

When The Music’s Over……

Caldmore Village Festival Group would just like to say thank you to all the community groups, performers and artists, sponsors and partners and local residents and everyone attending The Cultures of Walsall Festival for making it one of the best yet. What a great showcase for all the talents of Walsall communities. Over 3000 people attending in the park and others who joined in the carnival or came out of their houses to wave us us- just a real big thank you to you all. We hope to see you all again at next year’s festival, and if you can’t wait till then remember to come on down to our events in Caldmore Community Garden that happen through the year.

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The Final Count Down

All systems go! The community groups will be on site from 8.00am putting up their marquees. The volunteers will be decorating the site and the stage will be getting prepared – all ready for blast off at 12.00pm.

So don’t forget to come early and stay all day. Some great activities. Exciting sports and lots for the children to do. The music stage kicks off at 12.00pm and carries on throughout the day until 4.30pm with all the best in music and dance that the Cultures of Walsall have to offer. Don’t miss the cracking finale with the carnival procession and of course we expect a storming set from Gypsy Roma musicians Makanitza who will be leading the procession to close the day.

Why not visit the visit Makanitza’s Web page to get a taste of what we have in store.


All in all it’s going to be an unforgettable day!

Local Star Faye Bagley Plays Festival Bandstand Stage

Faye Bagley rounds off the summer of high profile performances with a special early afternoon slot on the bandstand stage this Sunday.  She will be taking to the stage at 12.30. The music stage kicks off at 12.00 with a performance from the Blue Coat School’s Steel band, followed by community choir, Voices Entwined before Faye Hits the boards. So get on down early to get yourself into a plum position  and enjoy a day of great music, that carries on through out the day until 4.30pm.


Check out some of Faye’s Music to get you in the mood by clicking this link.



Gearing Up For The Carnival Procession

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One of the highlights of the Festival every year is the involvement of Caldmore carnival.  This year Artists Sam Hale and Alison Strain have been working with groups from Caldmore Palfrey and Pleck in preparation for the procession. This year’s procession lead by nationally acclaimed Roma/Gypsy music group Makanitza starts from Caldmore Community garden at 2.30pm and makes it’s way through the streets in a colourful parade down to the main site in Palfrey park. SO come as you are dressed for the carnival and join in the fun!Pictured, members of the  steering group prepare for the carnival carrying colourful peacocks made by participants from AAINA women’s group in Caldmore ready for the procession.