Black Country town in bid to get its own flag – BILSTON

Willenhall has its own flag and other towns are following suit – Its all about keeping our own identity within the ‘Black Country’

It has always been about putting Willenhall on the map and we continue to do so. The latest town to follow according to the Express and Star is our neighbour’s Bilston.

A Black Country town is to begin a campaign to get its very own flag.

Councillors in Bilston will write to schools and Wolverhampton College to get students to design a flag that will represent the town.

It comes after neighbouring Willenhall launched its own symbol following a competition.

Now, councillor for Bilston East Bert Turner has revealed he wants the community to create a flag that will put Bilston on the map.

He said: “Bilston is a unique Black Country town and it deserves its own flag and it deserves to be recognised as something different.

“Willenhall, or ‘Umpshire’ as it’s called around here, has its own history and rightly has a flag to recognise that.

Full Express and Star story here

A selection of photos of stalls at Best of British 2014

A selection of photos of the stall holders at this years Best of British town event

 

History Repeats Itself as 1916 Greengrocers Brought to Life

The great grandson of an early 20th century greengrocer was pleasantly surprised to find out that his Grandmother’s shop will have a place in history, as the building is restored to its former glory, complete with costumed characters at a Living Museum.

The original two up two down building, once occupying 39 Lower Lichfield Street in Willenhall has long since been demolished, but a brick-by-original-brick replica has been at Black Country Living Museum for over 20 years. After extensive research by the Museum’s curators it was discovered that the home actually served as a greengrocers and was run and lived in by a Gertrude and William Adey and their two children from 1916 until at least 1932.

A public appeal for more information culminated in a very surprising call for Gertrude’s great grandson Andrew Adey, who had no knowledge of the building at the museum or its restoration into a 1916 greengrocer shop.

“I’ve been researching my family tree on and off for thirty or so years,” comments Andrew, now living in Wolverhampton and working as a dentist, “to learn that theBlack CountryLivingMuseumis going to recreate a part of it is very exciting.”

The shop will be restored to its original state as of 1916, during the midst of World War One. A costumed character will be teaching visitors about the life of Gertrude Adey while her husband was away at war. Only fruit and vegetables that were available during this period of history, and in season, will be sold. To be truly historically accurate, the museum will look at using leftovers to make pickles, preserves and chutneys which visitors will be able to purchase.

Mark Reeves, General Manager for Food & Drink comments, “for the Museum this is an opportunity to do something really special – not only will we be selling seasonal, locally-sourced fruit and vegetables to visitors, but the shop will also be supplying the multiple cafes and eateries across the site. This is a waste-not-want-not exercise, just like how it would have been in 1916.”

The shop officially opens on Saturday 26 July.

BCLM Link here

Morrisons, the 1st supermarket to fly its regional town flag – WILLENHALL

Its fantastic to see Willenhall folk and local business’ joining in with the expression of pride in Willenhall and flying those flags. Morrisons being the first of the supermarkets to do so! Its a great way to signfy the community it serves.

Morrisons Store Manager, Steve Murphy said “Its a real honour to fly these flags on behalf of the local community. Visitors to the store continue to comment on how great they look and we’re very proud to have them on site.

Store Manager, Steve Murphy with help from Willenhalls Blue Watch

Store Manager, Steve Murphy with help from Willenhalls Blue Watch

Blue Watch from Willenhall assisted Morrisons with flying two flags at their store!

Morrisons Flying the Flag for Willenhall

Morrisons Flying the Flag for Willenhall

Willenhall’s looking Blue, Red & Yellow!

Since the launch of Willenhalls Flag, winning design by Adam Leonard on 14th June, we have been inundated with Willenhall Folk wanting to Fly the Flag.

Send us your photos via our Facebook PAGE or email info@willenhallaywe.co.uk

A small selection of photos of Flying the Flag for Willenhall –

The Launch of Willenhall Flag – Willenhall Carnival 14th June 2014

The Launch of Willenhall Flag

Willenhall Carnival

14th June 2014

 

Finally after months of preparation, and over 70 designs and shortlisted to 6 designs, the big day is finally here – Flying the Flag for Willenhall.

The Willenhall Flag will be unveiled at this year Willenhall Carnival at Willenhall Memorial Park on the 14th June.

We wish to thank everyone who took time out to make this happen, from the schools that entered to the entries from overseas.  Huge thanks to our Flag Sponsors, Poundland and of course the judges – who had the hard task of making that shortlist and lastly the public who came out and made their vote count. Special thanks to The Royal George Pub who has donated a prize of £100 to the winning design!

Willenhall will not be disappointed and should be very proud to have its very own flag, its very own mark and identity that will be used to literally fly the flag for out hometown.

The honours will be done by local born and bred Glyn Marston.

Kalie Plant, of Willenhallaywe.co.uk said, we had no hesitation of putting Glyn forward for this occasion as the whole project as been about promoting Willenhall and putting Willenhall back on the map & what better way than by a local man Glyn. Many of you will know the hard work that Glyn has put into fundraising for many years by running over 100 marathons, ran races all over the world and this year marks his 21st anniversary since he started running.

Willenhall Flags will be available immediately after the launch and we look forward to seeing those Flags flying high.

We already have orders from our members and local pubs are putting in their requests too.

 

We are looking forward to Willenhall folk working together, to literally fly the Flag for our hometown.

Comment from Glyn Marston

I am really overwhelmed by the request to launch the flag for Willenhall. Being Willenhall born and bred I am so proud of our little town and it’s heritage. To see Willenhall get its own official flag is great for our community and I am so proud to be launching the flag for Willenhall. A lot of hard work has gone into making the flag a reality which in itself shows just how proud Willenhall folk are of their town and the flag will signify that we love Willenhall. It will definitely be one of my most proud moments when I launch the Willenhall flag. Glyn Marston

 

Comments from the judges after the shortlist

A few words from some of the judges –

Philip Tibbetts, Communities Vexillologist, Flag Institute
Advisor, Parliamentary Flags & Heraldry Committee said “On behalf of the Flag Institute I have to commend the Willenhall flag competition for the passionate and dedicated way in which it has been run. Including the anonymous way in which we and the other judges selected the finalists. The proof of the quality of this competition has been proved through the finalists themselves which would all make bold and attractive flags. Indeed in working up the finalists to registration standard artwork we have had to make very little in the way of edits, only a matter of simplification in a couple of cases”.

Pavan Riyat-Ward, Marketing Controller representing Poundland said. “It was a challenge to get down to a short-list of six designs given the number and quality of entries that we were asked to choose from – a great effort from the people of Willenhall. “

Ruth Vyse said ‘She was very pleased that Walsall Local History Centre had been asked to supply a judge for the Willenhall flag competition.  She thought that the number and quality of the entries was excellent.  They reflected the importance of lock making in Willenhall’s history and represented that very imaginatively.’

Simon Hall, Chair at Willenhall Town FC said “we are delighted to be involved in such an innovative project and have been really impressed by the standard of entries into the competition. We’re looking forward to seeing the winning flag flying around the town and at our ground”

Ralph Jackson representing Willenhall History Society said. “We were pleased to be asked to be a selection judge.
Look forward to seeing the winner.

Local fundraiser will launch Willenhall Flag

Willenhall will not be disappointed and should be very proud to have it’s very own flag, its very own mark and identity that will be used to literally fly the flag for our hometown!

The honors will be done by local born & bred Willenhall man, Mr Glyn Marston.

We had no hesitation of putting Glyn forward for this occasion as the whole project has been about promoting Willenhall and putting Willenhall back on the map and what better way than by local man Glyn.  Many of you will know the hard work that Glyn has put into fundraising over the years, running over 100 marathons.

#flyingtheflagforwillenhall

#flyingtheflagforwillenhall

Glyn Marston said, “ I am really overwhelmed by the request to launch the flag for Willenhall. Being Willenhall born and bred I am so proud of our little town and its heritage. To see Willenhall get its own official flag is great for our community and I am so proud to be launching the flag.  A lot of hard has gone into making the flag a reality which in itself shows just how proud Willenhall folk are of their town and the flag will signify that we love Willenhall.  It will definitely be one of my most proudest moments when I launch the Flag of Willenhall.”

We hope you all join us in launching the flag which will take place at this years Willenhall Carnival at Willenhall Memorial Park on 14th June!

Flying the Flag for Willenhall ‘THE LAUNCH’ – Info coming soon

It seemed like a life time ago since we first started our campaign of #flyingtheflagforwillenhall – 16th Feb 2014!

The idea for the Willenhall flag was a great opportunity to give our proud corner of the Black Country something to rally around. It was an opportunity for Willenhall folk to work together and literally Fly the Flag for our hometown marking our famous lock industry in the process.

A town flag will serve as a symbol for the community to rally around, raise awareness and
visibility of Willenhall further afield as well as promoting one of the many community
heritages that form the patchwork of national identity.

Our original post can be viewed here in full.

Once the project was agreed, budding artists from Willenhall, surrounding areas and further afield (overseas) a flood of entries were finally in including entries from local schools!

After weeks of work and more than 65 entries, a panel of judges sat down and shortlisted the entries to 6 desigins.

The final stage of putting Willenhall on the map – Flying the Flag for Willenhall ‘THE LAUNCH’

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