“We don’t think everyone should set up a business, although we want to help those that wish to. We do believe that an entrepreneurial mind-set gives people the life skills to achieve whatever it is they want to achieve. We are seeking out innovative solutions to help more young people succeed, be ‘life ready’, ‘work ready’ and independent.” Sir Rod Aldridge OBE, Founder

Aldridge has a cricket and hockey club called "The Stick and Wicket", located on the green behind the parish church, St. Mary's, and the Masonic Hall. Aldridge Hockey Club merged with Walsall Hockey Club in 2011; it is now known as Aldridge & Walsall Hockey Club.[15]

Lee Sinnott - Footballer (born 12 July 1965 in Aldridge, Walsall, England) is an English ex-professional footballer and was the manager of Farsley Celtic, whom he led to promotion three times in four years. He went on to manage Port Vale for a short period. He began his career at Walsall as an apprentice, and played in the 1984 FA Cup final for his next club Watford in 1984. He captained Huddersfield Town to Division Two playoff glory in 1995.

Brigadier (Edward) Richard Holmes (1946–2011). Military historian, author, television presenter, Cranfield professor, and Territorial Army soldier.

The 49th Walsall Scout Group is the third Scout Group in Aldridge based at St. Thomas's Church in Churchside Way on the estate just off Lazy Hill Road and Greenwood Road, it also caters for boys between the ages of 6 and 18.

Colin Charvis - former captain of the Wales national rugby union team went to the Redhouse School in Aldridge.[17]

"The consultancy service is not only cost effective but is also a better way to manage my time. Johns ability to determine the material quantities for each job down to the last nail even from the most basic of drawings is second to none. I admit to becoming lazy getting prices so for him to be able to come back to me with four suppliers quotes with in such a short time frame is priceless." MR C SPENNEWYN

Most of the town's shops are located either on High Street, Anchor Road, or in the shopping area known as "The Parade". Well-known shops here include WH Smith, Iceland supermarket, Home Bargains, and Boots The Chemist. A purpose-built Safeway (UK) opened in 1992 and started operating as a Morrisons from 2004. B & M took over the former Focus DIY in Coppice Lane and opened its doors for the first time on the 1st August 2015.

Aldridge began as a small agricultural settlement, with farming being the most common occupation up until the 19th century.

The Foundation now focusses on creating social change and community regeneration opportunities through entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial education to help young people to reach their potential and improve their communities.

1997-1998      Post-doctoral associate, Imperial College London (with Prof DMP Mingos FRS).

Vic Milne - Had a doctor's surgery in Portland Road, Aldridge.[citation needed] Played football for Aston Villa, including an appearance in the 1924 FA Cup Final where his team were defeated 2-0 by Newcastle United.

Aldridge was recorded as a settlement in the Domesday Book of 1086, though the now much larger settlement of Walsall was not.[3] It was valued at 15 shillings under the name of "Alrewic", which may have originated from an abundance of Alder trees in the area.[4]

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart William Peach, GBE, KCB, ADC, DL was educated at Aldridge Grammar School.[16]

Richard Sinnott - Actor attended Leighswood School, then Aldridge School. He has appeared in Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Where the Heart Is and Life on Mars. He is the older brother of Lee Sinnott (below).

Highly electrophilic rhodium and iridium complexes in B-H, C-H and N-H activation chemistry:

Aldridge is made up of two council wards: Aldridge Central & South, Aldridge North & Walsall Wood. There are three Conservative Councillors for Aldridge Central & South: John Murray, John Rochelle & Tim Wilson. Aldridge North & Walsall Wood is also covered by three Conservative councillors: Keith Sears, Anthony Harris and Mike Flower.[9]

2007-2010      University Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry and Fellow of the Queen’s College.

The Aldridge Foundation is the education partner of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills opening next month. Read what the Guardian says in today’s paper….

Aldridge is a relatively affluent area of the West Midlands that has mostly private homes that have been built since the 1920s.[citation needed]

This coming autumn marks the 10th anniversary of the Foundation’s formation to support our first academy, in Darwen. Since the Foundation became one of the early academy sponsors...

Aldridge became an urban district in Staffordshire in 1894. Other villages within the district included Pelsall, Walsall Wood, Clayhanger and Streetly. This merged with Brownhills in 1966 to form Aldridge-Brownhills, and then became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall in 1974.

The 36th Walsall 1st Aldridge scout group is located on Middlemore Lane, opposite Anchor Meadow, and runs Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer sections for boys aged 6 and upwards. The beavers are aged 6–8, cubs are aged 8–10/11, scouts are aged 11–14 and explorers are aged 14–18.

Johnny Bullock - Jockey-won the Grand National in 1951 on Nickel Coin. She was the 12th mare to win the Grand National and none has triumphed since.[citation needed]

OUR VISION is that, by creating opportunities and experiences for students and for members of the communities in which we work, those communities will benefit from increased social mobility, increased life chances and increased  economic growth.

Aldridge is served by local bus services. Many of the buses in Aldridge were renumbered in April 2010 as part of National Express West Midlands' attempt to simplify bus services in and around the Walsall area. Bus operators operating services through Aldridge are:

2010-present  Professor of Main Group Chemistry, Fellow in Inorganic Chemistry and Tutor for

The Aldridge group specialises in a range of techniques for the synthesis and manipulation of air-sensitive compounds, and uses a variety of approaches (multinuclear NMR, X-ray crystallography, computational chemistry) to characterize new molecules. Active collaborations exist with Ian Fallis (Cardiff), Cameron Jones (Monash, Australia), E. Jemmis (Bangalore, India), Philip Mountford and John McGrady (both Oxford), the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Porton Down) and BP (Hull).

The Methodist church, is used by 1st Aldridge Girl guides, as well as two brownie groups and a rainbow group. The rainbows group is for girls aged 5–7, the brownies for girls aged 7–10, and guides aged 10–14. Older girls do take part, and are known as the senior section.


Charles George Bonner VC, DSC (29 December 1884 – 7 February 1951), born in Aldridge, was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Bonner Grove is a well-maintained neighbourhood of council flats and privately owned houses in Aldridge that remembers his name.

"Job was completed swiftly. The roof looks good, John and his team appeared to do a thorough job. The roof has a 10-year guarantee, which gives us a sense of comfort, should we have any problems- I'm sure we won't!" - Customer in Walton-on-Thames, 28 June 2012

Eleanor Simmonds MBE - swimmer representing Great Britain in the Paralympics. She won two gold medals at each of the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics. She attended Cooper and Jordan Primary School, then Aldridge School, before attending school in Swansea.[18]

Charles Holland (cyclist) - a British road bicycle racer. He was one of the first two Britons to ride the Tour de France. Rode in Olympic Games: Los Angeles 1932 and Berlin 1936.[citation needed]

Air Cadets: 425 (Aldridge) Squadron, part of Staffordshire Wing of the Air Training Corps was formed in 1941 and currently occupies a purpose-built HQ close to the village centre. The Squadron is run by uniformed RAFVR(T) officers and ATC SNCO adult staff, assisted by civilian instructors and a padre.

A key future target in this area, ultimately aimed at improving device sensitivity, is the development of catalytic sensors. The aim is to identify host/guest complexes formed between receptor and target analyte which will catalyze an orthogonal reaction. Our approach utilizes electron transfer chemistry as the basis for catalysis, e.g. of a dye bleaching reaction.

We hold monthly Auctions of Fine Art, Antiques & Collectables, please contact us for further information. The Worlds First Christmas Card. Sold for £22,000

"I'm more than happy to recommend John. He was very professional and courteous throughout. He completed the work as agreed, in the time he specified, and to a very high standard. He kept my mum informed of his progress throughout. I would have no issue with using him again. Very efficient, tidy, good price, turned up on time, I would highly recommend them to friends." - Customer in Hounslow, 14 June 2012

Charles Harold Ward (16 September 1911 – August 2001) was a prominent English golfer of the 1940s, winner of the British Order of Merit in both 1948 and 1949, and twice finishing third in The Open Championship, in 1948 and 1951.[citation needed]

Aldridge Compass Suites (based at the Masonic Hall on the Green) is a venue for wedding receptions, christenings and other functions.

Isabel Dean (1918–1997) film, stage and television actress was born in Aldridge.