Young Ambassadors and Debbie Baugh of the carnival committee gather at The Bloxwich Tardis
Dateline: 27 July 2010
The names of Bloxwich's young Carnival Ambassadors' for 2010 were officially announced today at a photo shoot for the local press on Elmore Green, Bloxwich.
The Young Ambassadors, each proudly representing their school, joined Debbie Baugh and Ken Worley of Bloxwich Carnival Committee at 'The Bloxwich Tardis' on Elmore Green, Bloxwich, this afternoon for a photo shoot for The Bloxidge Tallygraph and the Express & Star newspaper.
Their names and schools are: Emma Poynton (Abbey Primary School) , Brandon Mayfield, Jaque Harris (Bloxwich C.E. Primary School), Sapphire Radburn (Bloxwich C.E. Primary School), Saskia Spragg (Green Rock Primary School), Emily Collins (Lower Farm Primary School), Sian Humpage (Lower Farm Primary School), Tia James (Elmore Green Primary School), Georgia Bilston (Elmore Green Primary School), Abbie Hulse (Blakenall Heath Junior School), Lewis Doyle (Blakenall Heath Junior School), Bradley Murkett (Little Bloxwich C.E. Primary School) and Thomas Etheridge (Christ Church C.E. School).
Proud families and carnival committee members watch as the Express & Star photographer works
The tradition of the ambassadors, boys and girls chosen by and representing primary schools in the Bloxwich area, was added to the village's premier public event when it was revived in the year 2000, fifteen years after the last carnival, which had been organised by the first Bloxwich Rotary Club.
The 'new era' of Bloxwich Carnival began when the Friends of Bloxwich Parks applied for and were awarded a £5000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund under the Millennium Festival for All. This allowed for both the restoration of the 1891 fountain in the Promenade Gardens, and the revival of the carnival. They brought together various Bloxwich community groups to work as a sub committee of the Friends to organise the Millennium carnival, on August 12, 2000. It was a great success and thanks to an enormous amount of hard work and the support of local people and Walsall Council staff the event has since gone from strength to strength, though the carnival has had its ups and downs.
At first the ‘Noughties’ carnivals broke with tradition by having Young Ambassadors instead of a Carnival Queen, though the Queen later returned. Local primary schools were invited to each select a pupil who, through their own personal endeavours, rather than academic achievements, would represent village youth. This is still a popular feature today, as can be seen by the turnout of bright, enthusiastic young Bloxwich folk and their parents today.
The Carnival Ambassadors will each be publicly presented with a medallion marking their achievement, as part of the Carnival Queen crowning ceremonies at Bloxwich Carnival in King George V Playing Fields on Saturday 7 August at 12.30pm. The carnival opens at 12 noon.
FULL PROGRAMME DETAILS are now on our Bloxwich Carnival page.