We recently heard about this excellent local food market proposal in Bloxwich, through Dan Carins at the equally excellent Think Walsall venture. Think Walsall is one of a number of West Mids schemes – like Find It In Birmingham/Find it In Sandwell – that help foster local supply chains by providing tools to advertise services and contract opportunities, but Think Walsall is particularly special in its initiators’ understanding and promotion of the Local Multiplier concept – taking account of local money circulation as an economic good. Much needed in our challenging economic environment.

See below for the Bloxwich food event details. Wishing it every success!



Organisers at the newly built Stan Ball Centre in Bloxwich are appealing for local food producers and growers to come forward to take part in regular food sales to be known as ‘Food Glorious Food.’

Deb Brownlee, Project Co-ordinator:  “It could be someone making home made cakes, jams or pickles, local farmers with potatoes, vegetables and fruit or even local retailers wanting to raise their profile. Since we mentioned this idea to our centre users there has been a high level of interest, so now we just need the stallholders to come forward”.

The sales will take place monthly on Sundays from 11am to 4pm and the stall fee will be just £10. The first sale will be arranged as soon as twenty stallholders are found.

Deb Brownlee said “Our bistro café serving fresh homecooked food is rapidly becoming known as a great place to eat healthily and cheaply, and we felt it was a good idea to extend this by offering a variety of home cooked or home grown foods at regular sales. We all tend to eat mass produced convenience foods these days, and this seems a great way to support local business and to add variety and healthy produce to our diets.”

The Stan Ball Centre, in Abbotts Street, opened its doors in January and staff are now developing the activities and events. Sequence and Ballroom Dances are held on Saturday nights, Monday and Tuesday afternoons, there are jewellery making, sewing, sugarcraft and art classes, and to keep fit there is Tai Chi, Chi-Kung, Line Dancing and Belly Dancing.  Anyone wanting to learn another language can learn French and there is a state-of-the-art IT room.  The centre also offers day care and a senior citizens daily members club.

More details can be obtained by ringing Karen or Deb at the centre on 01922 403351, through Facebook – Bloxwich Community Partnership Stan Ball Centre – or by email stanballcentre@hotmail.co.uk

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