The Locksmith’s House 2015 Events

Once again The Black Country Living Museum are putting on events for the whole family to join in!

If still have never been, no better time than now to make a note of whats happening this year!!

Spring Open Day – Saturday 28th March
Summer Open Day – Saturday 25th July
Heritage Open Weekend – Sat 12th & Sun 13th September
Horrible Willenhall Histories Day – Saturday 24th October
Fancy Evergreens – Thursday 26th November
Christmas Open Day – 28th November
Christmas at Home with the Edwardians – Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th December

See poster!

Events for the year – PDF File

More information will be available per event on our calender or check out
Black Country Living Museum Wesbite

Public Vote Press Release and Link to online voting & via Facebook

Press Release – Finalists


Vote via our website

Vote via Facebook


Flying the Flag for Willenhall Finalists

After weeks of work and more than 65 entries, they have been shortlisted to 6, which will go to a public vote to create an official flag for the Willenhall.
The 69 entries were judged anonymously and shortlisted by a panel of judges, including representatives from Poundland, WH Tildesley, Willenhall History Society, The Local History Centre- Walsall, WTFC, Councillor Ian Shires and Les Burrows
The winning design will be revealed and launched at this years Willenhall Carnival, June 14th.
A total of 69 entries were made in the competition with contributions coming in from local schools as well as folks of Willenhall and further afield.
Members of the public are now being asked to cast their vote for what they would like to see as their Willenhall Flag. There is a deadline of April 26th to make the all-important votes either in public via the posting stations or online and via our Facebook group (see links)
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. It’s now down to the public to pick a winner from the six stunning designs that we felt best represented 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. Now the public will vote and it’s sure to be a close competition given the high standard of work and creativity! Well done to everyone who has got this far! 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. I think there was a good response with 67 odd flag designs. We did our best to shortlist them and what we thought were the best and now it is up to the rest of Willenhall to make their choice for the flag of Willenhall.
Look forward to seeing the winner.

The winning flag will be added to the Flag Institute’s UK Flag Registry.

The finalists are
Mr A Leonard
Mrs K Plant
Mr A Khan
Mr M Hayden
Mr J Wood
Mr S Cattell

First World War.To commemorate the centenary in Walsall a new website

2014 marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.To commemorate the centenary in Walsall a new website, Click here for website containing details on everything from the role played by Walsall people to a photo gallery section where images can be uploaded, has been launched.

4 August 2014 will be the centenary of the start of the First World War.

This website is dedicated to remembering the events which started in August 1914 and finished in November 1918.

In Walsall, we will be providing useful information, linking to funding advice, sharing your family memories and promoting events to remember the war.

Photos from our Xmas Pub Crawl – 2013

A selection of photos from our recent Xmas Pub Crawl

We didnt manage the 10 but a close 9 🙂

Many thanks to all those that joined us, at great night of socialising and visits to Willenhall Pubs which many of us had not done so before!
To be repeated in the Summer.

Many thanks to the Royal George Pub for laying on some lovely pizza and The Cat Pub for providing us with a Disco with some gorgeous Gray Peas n Bacon!

Walsall Illuminations sale

Light up your life with a memento of Walsall’s past

Light boards that were used to make up displays at Walsall Illuminations may shortly be going on sale on eBay, leisure chiefs have announced. But Walsall residents will be invited to make a bid for the features first ahead of any potential sale.

Some of the oldest boards have been kept by Walsall Council and will form part of future historical exhibitions in the borough.

Full info here

Is it the end of Hootys as we know it?

Just paid a visit to Hootys, there is limited stock on the shelves and a very sombre atmosphere, definately not the normal Xmas spirit as in previous years.

One of the staff members who served me, told me that apparently they are not allowed to open any new boxes and that there are to be about 40 redundancies.

As I was leaving, there were signs of workmen, measuring up the carpark areas.

Also spoke to the burger van outside, who confirmed that they will be allowed to stay on site as alterations are made but thereafter nothing has been confirmed to them.




Hoots Entrance