With a shorter course for novices and a number of free places to encourage those who are totally new to exercise, organisers of Walsall's 2015 Triathlon are urging residents of all abilities to "Tri-It."

Last year's event was a runaway success with entrants of all ages declaring it "a great experience, a fantastic event and a good atmosphere." Places were snapped up within just a couple of weeks.

This year's triathlon, will take place on Sunday 12 July and is being organised by Walsall Council's Sport & Leisure Services with funding from Public Health Walsall. The event will once again be held at Oak Park Leisure Centre in Walsall Wood.

 

Walsall Council bosses approved changes to the council tax reduction scheme at Full Council on 12 January 2015 whereby all working age residents will have to pay at least 25% of their council tax bill.

 Councillor Sean Coughlan, Walsall Council Leader, said: “In April 2013 central government replaced the national council tax benefit scheme with a new scheme administered by the council.

 “Since then the government funding to support the new scheme has reduced year on year and the council has been able to protect all residents from the impact of these changes until now.

“From April 2015 this will no longer be possible as the council is faced with the challenge of having to save £86 million over the next four years.

A fitting tribute to Walsall born Victoria Cross recipient, John Henry Carless VC, was unveiled this week by the Mayor, Councillor Pete Smith, at St Mary’s The Mount RC Primary School.

The family of John Carless VC organised a commemorative service with the school on 11 November 2014 to mark the centenary of the First World War with the paving stone donated by the Department for Communities and Local Government.  Also in attendance were Walsall Council members and officers including the Leader, Councillor Sean Coughlan, and fellow alumni of St Mary’s The Mount, Councillor Marco Longhi.

The Mayor addressed the school assembly and said, “We are all here today to remember a very special man.”

As the countdown to No Smoking Day begins, Walsall residents who have vowed to quit the habit are being reminded they stand a much better chance if they make use of free support services that are available.

Residents who use Stop Smoking Services can take advantage of: 

An assessment of their nicotine dependence

Support that can be on a one to one basis or in a group setting at a range of times and places to suit - including  at home or at work

Medication support including Nicotine Replacement Therapy

A measure of smoking status at 4 and 12 weeks

Further support options via telephone, text, online and via Skype may also be available

Visitors will be able to see Walsall's premier park in a new light next year when its key features and main routes are illuminated as the finishing touch to its multi-million pound restoration.

Contractors Willmott Dixon Ltd are currently hard at work on Walsall Arboretum's new visitor centre, housed on the site of existing park buildings at the Centre Green.

It will feature a cafeteria, classroom, changing rooms, new toilet and baby changing facilities and a meeting room and offices with a completion date set for early 2015.

Walsall Council has allocated £270,000 in its Mainstream Capital Programme to focus on the illuminated park aspect of the restoration.