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Terror stalked the streets of Tamworth last weekend, when the town centre was over-run by the undead. A sell-out crowd of 140 brave people took part in the first-ever Zombie Apocalypse – which saw them try to avoid the horrific zombie hordes as they made their way between ‘safe zones’ in the town centre. A total of 90 people survived the ordeal – but 50 were ‘infected’ by the zombies and didn’t make it! Zombie Apocalypse was staged by Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts & Events team and Tamworth Castle, in partnership with Fired Up Theatre and Tamworth Repertory Company, who provided the zombies and other actors for the night’s scenario. The Zombie Control Unit cars were kindly provided for the night by Chamber Hyundai. It all started at Tamworth Town Hall, where participants were greeted by military personnel and told that the town was in the grip of a zombie takeover. Even Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Richard Kingstone, had been captured by the zombies and infected. The group were then led to Tamworth Castle, where they were told there was an antidote to the virus – but the zombies were out to stop them… Participants fled the Castle to the evacuation point in the Activity Centre, and were set tasks along the way to collect survival kits and rescue captured military officers. Throughout the Apocalypse, zombies were trying to infect participants – touching them to leave washable paint on their clothes which showed up under UV light. The night ended with a Halloween Ball at Tamworth Assembly Rooms – which was open to infected and non-infected alike! Feedback from those who took part showed the event to be a massive success – with a lot of people calling for it to be repeated next year. Some of the comments after the Zombie Apocalypse included; ‘Was amazing, please do it again next year’; ‘Totally brilliant, had a great time’; Great fun, would do it again’; ‘Brilliant night’. Staff from the Arts & Events team and the castle are now looking that the success of the Zombie Apocalypse – which may return next year. Watch out – the undead may rise again…!

Pictures by David Easen, Mease Valley Photography

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Belgrave’s Community Café members got into the Halloween spirit when they carved Jack-o-lanterns out of pumpkins, before using the insides to make soup.

But what made the event so special was the fact that the Community Café members had grown and harvested most of the pumpkins themselves from the community garden at the fire station in Marlborough Way.

Community Café members worked with the Community Development Officer throughout the year to grow the pumpkins from seed in the garden, along with a wide range of other healthy fruit and vegetables.

And last week, the members harvested their produces, before turning the pumpkins into Halloween lanterns. The insides were taken home by some of the volunteers at the Community Café and used to make soup, which will be shared by the members at their meeting this week.

Everyone at the Community Café got to take home their own Jack-o-lantern and a healthy soup recipe.

And plans are now already in place for an even bigger and better pumpkin harvest next year, as seeds were collected from this year’s haul of pumpkins to be replanted in the garden.

A call has gone out to residents and community groups in Belgrave to dig deep and volunteer an hour or so to get involved in a community bulb planting day.

More than 3,500 bulbs have been bought by Belgrave Residents Association, with the help of a grant from County Councillor Brian Jenkins’s Community Fund.

The bulbs – which will be planted along Field Farm Road – have been specially chosen to attract bees and butterflies, and will flower at different times. The flowers will not only cheer up the area but will also provide an early food source to insects.

Belgrave Community Development Officer Stuart Etheridge has now organised a community planting day on Wednesday November 12 and is calling on people of all ages to come along and get involved.

Anyone who would like to take part in the bulb planting project is invited to meet at the Tamworth Community Fire Station in Marlborough Way at 1pm on November 12. More information is available by contacting Community Development Officer Stuart Etheridge on 07891 052164 or emailing