Getting Ready For The Walsall Mela

The Walsall Mela at Palfrey Park on Sunday 30th August 11.00-7.00pm

Caldmore Village Festival Group have pulled out all the stops again to bring an exciting family filled fun-day followed by an Asian Arts and Sports Festival for the whole Community.

Following a gap of two years due to funding Walsall Mela, now into its fifth year takes place in Palfrey Park and aims to benefit the whole community.


Thanks to the Awards For All, Near Neighbours and Walsall Council’s Community Safety Partnership the Mela is back on.

The Mela is organised by Caldmore Village Festival group and the last time the Mela took place in 2012 it attracted 9,000 people.

It is a celebration of all that is best in Asian arts, sports and culture and particularly aims to involve families and young people through offering a range of events and activities for all ages. The Mela will showcase traditional Asian Field sports such as Kabbadi and Stone Lifting along side a range of more universal field sports for young people to take part in such as volleyball, archery, athletics, football and cricket.

At the same time as offering a range of opportunities for participation in sports activities the Mela aims to work in partnership with local community organisations to offer a range of family activities such as arts workshops, kite making, face painting, community consultations as well as a range of stalls, exhibitions and rides. In parallel to the sports events The Mela will have a music and performance stage giving the opportunity to local and national music acts as well as providing a focus for the best in Asian dance.

This year we aim to particularly focus on the involvement of young people through developing a series of workshops in the lead up to the event in sports and cultural activities. The co-ordinator will aim to engage a range of groups, organisations and communities in preparation for the Mela, working with young people in order to hear their ideas and to organise a range of taster activities and workshops in preparation for the Mela. The Mela will provide a showcase for young people’s achievements both in arts and sports and aim to value their contribution to the local community.

Mela Coordinator Akhlaq Hussain who is very passionate about the Mela said

I am extremely excited and really looking forward to the event, I would like to invite all of you to join us, bring your families and enjoy the festivities on the day.

Councillor Mohammed Arif, vice-chair of CVFG said

It has taken lots of effort by CVFG to bring about this event and partnership working with key local organisations like Walsall Council, whg, Caldmore Accord Housing, Tarmac and South Staff Water is key to on-going success of the group. Despite the difficulties in gaining funding CVFG goes strength to strength and I am pleased that we are able to bring the Walsall community together once again to celebrate family fun day and traditional Asian sports extragavanza. We invite everyone to come along and the entrance is free to everyone.

Parking is limited and we encourage everyone to walk to the park.

Mela Information

Stone Lifting
Presented by
Pehlwaan Raja Fazal

Presented by
Kh Anjam Shakeel
and Ch. Mohammed Rasib

The Walsall Mela

30th August
11am – 7pm

Free Entry

Fun For All The Family 

Exclusive Music

Includes children’s funfair

Food & Drink
Available all day

Bench Press

Arts & Craft








At Palfrey Park, Walsall, WS1 4AN

Parking is limited, so if you can, please leave your car at home

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Event Co-ordinator Vice Chair Chair CVFG Volunteer Co-ordinator
Kh. Akhlaq Hussain Cllr Mohammed Arif Anna Rogozinska Steve Breeze
Tel: 01922 642442 Tel: 07775 813885 Tel: 07912 998979 Tel: 07970 856148

Volunteers needed for the Walsall Mela 30th August 2015

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Walsall Mela 30th August 2015

Volunteers needed, can you help?

Duties include

  • General park stewards
  • Noise patrol stewards
  • Bandstand stewards
  • Gate stewards
  • Litter pickers
  • Sports Stewards
  • Car park stewards
  • Kids entertainment stewards
  • 5-a-side football stewards
  • Information stewards

For More Information

Contact Steve Breeze on 07970 856148

Walsall Mela 30th August 2015

Slide2Three years after it last took place, the Walsall Mela is back!

The last time it took place was in 2012 where over 8000 people attended on the day.

This year it will be taking place on the 30th August 2015 at Palfrey Park Walsall.

Due to the dedication and hard work of the Caldmore Village Festival Group, the people of Walsall will have their traditional Mela back this year.

Co-ordinator Akhlaq Hussain who is very passionate about the Mela said

I am extremely excited and really looking forward to the event, I would like to invite all of you to join us, bring your families and enjoy the festivities on the day.

I would especially like to thank Walsall Council and the Community Cohesion Team for their support and for working in partnership with us, enabling us to help deliver the event.

The Mela, which means coming together (festival),  will have a range of activities across the park which will include:

  • live music in the bandstand
  • children’s entertainment and workshops
  • a partners and community marquee
  • sports tasters and tournaments for young people to take part in

Topping up the event will be traditional Asian Sports including Volley Ball, Stone Lifting and Kabbadi.

Children will also have a fantastic time with arts and craft workshops, face painting, fairground rides and inflatables.

The event will be a really multicultural splash for all to attend, enjoy and take part in celebrating the diversity we have in our community.

For more information contact:

Akhlaq Hussain                                                             Cllr Mohammed Arif
Event Coordinator                                                           Vice Chair CVFG
Tel: 01922 642442                                                           Tel: 07775 813885
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Walsall Mela

Over 8000 people  turned out in blistering sunshine to enjoy Caldmore Village Festival’s Walsall Mela on Saturday.  From far and wide, those attending had a chance to sample the best in sport, entertainment and cuisine in the the beautiful surroundings of Palfrey Park. Walsall Mela is the first of a series of events leading up to the Diamond Jubilee Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend.  To find out more about what is happening this week and to see the line up of the festival why not have a look at programme for the  festival.

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