Willenhall gets its own rock!!

You can now get Willenhall Rock!! Yes, thats right!! WILLENHALL ROCK

Willenhall Rock

Many thanks Evelyn Burgess of Traditional Sweets in Market Place, Willenhall ( the old Market Travern) for stocking the delicious tasting rock!

We are comitted to to Flying the Flag for Willenhall and will continuosly be putting Willenhall on the map through our efforts!!

After all, we are #WillenhallAywe :-)

Read if for yourself :-)

Read it for yourself :-)

Haven’t we seen you somewhere before? Doppelgangers roll into Willenhall

What on earth were Kate and Wills, funnyman Keith Lemon and Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney all doing in Willenhall?

That was the question on everyone’s lips when a gaggle of famous faces descended on the town.

They were in fact all lookalikes and there to star in a short film being shot by budding film maker Daniel Crooks from Willenhall.

Other celebs turning heads in the town were Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean and Frank Gallagher from TV show Shameless. And it certainly confused and intrigued the locals who came over to have a closer look and request selfies with the clones.

Red Nose Day The Movie will be 20 minutes long and Mr Crooks will be posting it onto YouTube tomorrow and he is hoping it may make it onto TV.

Full Express and Star here

You can now watch the full movie via youtube Click Here

Love it!! #WillenhallAyWe

Glyn trains for non-stop charity race

A sports endurance enthusiast will raise money for Cancer Research UK while taking part in a gruelling race this year.

Supporting Cancer Research

Supporting Cancer Research


Photo Source – Express and Star

Glyn Marston has teamed up with the Willenhall Ay We voluntary group to collect cash for their chosen charity by completing the non-stop 750km challenge.

The 52 year-old is tackling the Paris-Brest-Paris race in August on an Elliptigo bike.

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Glyn Martson makes challenge worthwhile…..

Glyn makes challenge worthwhile!!

We are very proud once again to have Glyn Marston by our side as he sets about his latest challenge and in the process, raising funds for our chosen charity Cancer Research. Many of you will know Glyn, Willenhall born and bred, for his great fundraising efforts over many years but we were very honoured to have Glyn launch the Willenhall Flag back in June 2014. Glyn has attended many events on behalf of Willenhallaywe.co.,uk and is a true ambassador for our voluntary organisation promoting our hometown.
Glyns challenge will be – Paris to Brest to Paris, August 16th- 20th . Glyn Marston has a place on the British Elliptigo team for the PBP event- a 750 mile non stop challenge over four days. While Glyn is aware that he has to qualify in races of four different distances, his confidence is high. And therefore Glyn Marston is putting his place on the 750 PBP event not only to bring pride to our region but to raise funds for a worthy cause- CANCER RESEARCH UK.
Glyn said, “We all know families that have been affected by cancer and Glyn wants to put his hardwork and efforts to this worthwhile cause as our groups chosen charity, we will be fully supporting Glyn and helping to raise as much as we can.
It’s a special year for Willenhallaywe.co.uk. Kalie Plant, as this year will be her sisiters 20th Death Anniversary so hoping to make it a bumper year of fundraising in her memory.

You can follow Glyns efforts via his Facebook Challenge page

Donate via our Justgivingpage .

All for Cancer Research

Glyn Marston ready for his challenge!!

Glyn Marston gearing up for ultimate challenge

An avid sport endurance enthusiast is gearing up for a 90-hour non-stop race.

Glyn Marston will be tackling the 2015 Paris-Brest-Paris race, a 750km bike race starting on August 16 this year.

But the 52-year-old from Willenhall won’t be competing on a normal bike, he will be racing on an Elliptigo bike, a combination between a cross-trainer – a machine used to simulate stair walking and hill climbing – and a normal bicycle.

Glyn started training for the race last year in November after being called up by a member of the British Elliptigo team.

Read full Express and Star story here

Flying at last! Willenhall raises its own flag by Express and Star

Ex-serviceman Arthur Utley, who took part in the Normandy landings, was given the honour of running the standard up the flagpole above Willenhall library which will be its permanent base.

Visitors from Willenhall’s twin town of Drancy in France were among special guests at the launch.

The red and blue flag, featuring padlocks and keys reflecting the town’s leading part in the lock manufacturing industry, was chosen from 68 entries in a competition organised by community website willenhallaywe.co.uk.

A panel of judges picked the best six and left it to the public to choose their favourite. The flag, designed by Adam Leonard, has since been officially registered with the Flag Institute.

A plaque on the front of the building recording the achievement was unveiled by Councillor Peter Smith, Mayor of Walsall. A flag was also presented to the French visitors.

Full story by Express and Star

Keep Willenhall Free Petition adding up! – Say NO to Parking Charges

After several days of collecting signatures in person and online we have now reached our first target of 1000, in fact 1066!!

#KeepWillenhallFree

#KeepWillenhallFree

We have left several petitions around the shops of Willenhall, so if you have not signed the petition, please do so in person or you can click on the link below to do on-line ( the quick and easiest way )

Click to sign Online Petition

Keep up-to-date with our facebook action group (W.A.G)Willenhallaywe.co.uk Action Group, of where we will be in person and all the news so far!!

Our aim is to get as many signatures as possible before presenting it to Walsall Council. You can read and see ou protests inthe local newspapers who are following all Councils cut backs and stories of protests like ourselves.

We need everyone supports and to stand up to all cuts!!

If you would like a a copy of the petition for your workplace, community centre, or your area, please contact us on
info@willenhallaywe.co.uk, where we will be only to happy to drop of some copies for you.

Official Flag launch & unveiling of plaque outside Willenhall Library with A Flag Presentation to our visitors from Drancy FRANCE, our twinned town. Sat 8th November 2014

We will be officially flying the flag high outside Willenhall Library which is home to the towns permanent flag pole after having been granted permission from Walsall Council along with our plaque which has been donated by Brett Quinton Funerals and made by Lasting Memorials based in Willenhall, both which will be a permanent reminder of Flying the Flag for Willenhall and putting Willenhall back on the map!

This has been tied in with our overseas visitors from Drancy, FRANCE (via The Willenhall/ Drancy Twinning Association) who will officially receive our town flag on behalf of Drancy.

We are honoured to have amongst the guests, Mr Arthur Utley who is an ex-serviceman who took part in Normandy Landings who has represented Willenhall in Drancy for the 8th May Commemorations, who will raise the flag for Willenhall which will also be a mark of our remembrance for WW1 Commemorations.
Councillor Peter Smith, Mayor of Walsall on behalf of willenhallaywe.co.uk will unveil the plaque outside the library before presenting our town flag to our visitors.

The presentation will take place above the library where the Willenhall Council Chambers still exist today with our guests and those of The Willenhall/Drancy Twinning Association along with the French Delegation which consist of Mr LASTAPIS Michel (A deputy mayor with responsibility for housing and health, Mme BOUTHORS Jacqueline (A councillor with special interest in the Food Market
Mr BOUTHORS Stéphane (Chairman of the Drancy Twinning Committee)
Mme SERVAIS Michèle ( Treasurer of the Drancy Twinning Committee)

We will have Glyn Marston; flag design winner Adam Leonard and other key guests who have supported us all the way right upto where we find ourselves today! Our very own permanent flagpole to fly the flag for Willenhall.

For our guests a buffet will be provided, which has been kindly provided by The County Pub, fantastic support from local business ‘ as always including AFB Community who has supported us with all our events and on this occasion helping with providing a photographer to mark this auspicious occasion.

We look forward to seeing you all outside Willenhall Library on Saturday Nov 8th at 11.30am.

The Willenhall/Drancy Twinning Association

Willenhall first became twinned with Drancy in 1959 when Willenhall had
its own council. When it became part of Walsall (as Walsall already had
a twinning with Mulhouse) some of the committee members decided to
continue the twinning and received a small grant from Walsall Council
which ceased several years ago. The Mayor of Drancy, Maurice Niles,
understood the problem and was happy to continue the twinning even
though Willenhall no longer had its own separate council.
Since 1959 many different types of exchanges have taken place including
children’s exchanges, various sports exchanges, art exchanges, music
exchanges, trades unions, ex servicemen and women and old people.
During the current year there has been an art exchange, a running club
exchange and an ex serviceman’s exchange. A delegation from the Drancy
Twinning Committee is present in Willenhall from 7th – 10th November
this year in order to receive the new Willenhall flag on behalf of
Drancy, to take part in the walk to Lane Head Cenotaph on Remembrance
Sunday and to attend a Protocol Meeting with the Willenhall Twinning
Committee in order to plan future exchange visits.
James Mills (Chairman)
Sandra Buckley (Vice Chairman)
Brian Bucklely ( Treasurer)
Norma Mills (Secretary)

Willenhall Drancy Exchange Association

Willenhall Drancy Exchange Association

Pedal power! But not as we know it

He has crossed the line in more than 60 marathons and raised thousands of pounds for charity – now former running man Glyn Marston has taken up a new challenge.

A knee injury forced the sports fanatic to give up racing on his own legs.He explains how a failed attempt to compete at the London Marathon on stilts last year after previous efforts to use a wheelchair led him to take up the ellipitigo – a stand up cycle described as a cross trainer on wheels.

Glyn completed 65 marathons and 45 ultra-distance races, varying from 32 to 153 miles, after taking up running in 1993.

Just this summer the 52-year-old, of Willenhall, completed the Elliptigo European Championships in Aix-Les-Bains in the French Alps. He tackled a 13-mile race up Mont Revard on his stand up cycle. Of the 85 who took part only four of the competitors were English.

He completed the course in 3hrs:58mins. But it took him just 34 minutes to cruise back down the mountain on his bike – showing just how steep the climb was. He also earned ranking points in the world league table by taking part in the championships.

“It was really tough but I enjoyed it and I hope to take part next year. It’s 13 miles uphill all the way.”

“I use the elliptigo regularly. I do get quite a bit of attention. People point at it and make comments about what they think it is. It is very popular in some countries and very big in the US,” he adds.

He now plans to ride it from John O’Groats, in Scotland, to Land’s End, in Cornwall, next June in aid of the charity Cancer Research UK in support of friends and family members who have undergone the illness.

Full Express & Star story here

Walsall Council cutbacks to hit street cleaning

Streets will be swept just once a month in Walsall under the latest council cutbacks revealed.

Council bosses have announced that instead of cleaning the main routes through the borough once a fortnight as is currently the case they will be looked at every four weeks.

As a result officials have warned that drains could become blocked and that street cleaning, including the removal of graffiti and litter picking ,will be cut back as part of moves to save £477,000 in 2015/16.

There are fears the move could leave the area looking a mess but residents will be encouraged to take more ‘responsibility’ for the area they live in.

As part of the changes some 15 of the 58 ‘environmental operative’ jobs will be lost at Walsall Council and the number of mechanical sweepers will be slashed from two to one.

The council says it can not even pay for cover when staff are off sick or on annual leave – so roads could be left for even longer during the summer.

Chiefs have also scrapped a ‘gold standard’ of cleanliness after admitting they will not be able to attain it from now on.

A report on the cuts states: “The saving may affect the overall appearance and perceived cleanliness of neighbourhoods and the level of pride in local communities. To counter this possibility the council will encourage local communities to take greater responsibility for the cleanliness of their respective neighbourhoods and support them in doing so where it can.”

Bosses want to make savings of £29.2 million next year, with 487 jobs set to be axed between April 2015 and March 2017.

Blakenall Councillor Pete Smith said: “The streets will be full of extra waste anyway because of the bins being collected fortnightly. These are the worst cuts I’ve ever known.”

Full Story Here – Express & Star