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 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

We raised a massive £199.15 for Help for Heroes – WW1 Charity Raffle

Charity Raffle for Help for Heroes - WW1 Town Event

Charity Raffle for Help for Heroes – WW1 Town Event

We can confirm we raised a massive £199.15 on our charity raffle/ Help for Heroes Tin/Bucket at the WW1 Town Event back in September supporting Willenhall Traders and Community Support Group!

We raised £199.15 for Help for Heroes

We raised £199.15 for Help for Heroes

Many thanks to all our members and the good folk of Willenhall for coming out in wet weather conditions but still supported the town event!! These events are only made successful by the folks who attend!!

Many thanks to all those that donated raffle prizes –
Imperial Cakes
Evelynes Traditional Sweets
Debbie Rudd

Raffle Prize Winners – Congratulations!

Raffle Prize Winners WW1

Raffle Prize Winners WW1

Simon Hall – Milk Tray
A Rhodes – Gateaux Celebration Cake
Croot – Wine
Pete Cattell – Champagne
Dec & Sue Oulton – Wine
Sandra – Large Milk Tray
Dave – Rose
Mrs Groom – Rose Iced Cake
Carol Hannon- Celebrations Box
Ray/Tina Jones – Pizza Sweets
Garth Greene – Tray of Cup Cakes
Ralph Jackson – Whisky
Shaz Smith – H4H Cake


Willenhall Town Commemorates WW1 Photos & Clips

Photos from the town event – 20th September

Willenhall Traders and Community Support Group ‘s Willenhall Town commemorates WW1 with a little help –
The Black Country Living Museum Actors
Salvation Army
Willenhall Heritage Trust with their tombola for The British Legion
Willenhall History Society with their fantastic display
and of course we was their with our raffle for Help for Heroes!!

A great effort all round despite the weather 🙂

Few clips too –

Clip 1 – YOUTUBE

Clip 2 – YOUTUBE

Filming at The Locksmith’s House

To mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Central Youth Theatre, have performed and filmed a WW1 drama which includes scenes filmed at The Locksmith’s House, Willenhall.

The premiere of this 20 minute film can be seen at BCLM’s Limelight Cinema on Sat 30 Aug at 11.30am.

The HLF funded project explores the experiences of World War One soldiers who were executed for offences such as “cowardice”, as well as the impact on their families and their fellow soldiers.

Those of you that have visited The Locksmiths House will recognise the shots, the kitchen and the parlour in the below link –

Click here

Walsall to commemorate the First World War

With its Mayoress a casualty of the Black Country Zeppelin bombings and Victoria Cross awards for two borough servicemen, Walsall has plenty of memories from yesteryear to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into World War One.

The Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Peter Smith, will host a commemorative day which begins at 11am on Monday 4 August with a veterans’ parade featuring the 143 Plant Squadron, the Royal British Legion, the Mercian Volunteer Regimental Association, Bloxwich and Walsall branches of the Royal Artillery Association and the Staffordshire Regiment Association.

The parade starts at The Crossing at St Paul’s, passes down Lichfield Street and the Council House before finishing in Leicester Street outside the Town Hall. The Mercian Regiment mascot, Private Derby, a Swaledale ram, will also take part accompanied by his two handlers.

The Mayor and Mayoress and their invited guests will take the salute from the veterans; a bugler will play the Last Post followed by a minute’s silence in memory of the war.

 Following the parade, a free event will be held in the Town Hall from 11.30am.  A number of Walsall-related stands, pictures and information relating to World War One will be on display including John Carless VC’s Victoria Cross.

In the evening Walsall Council will mark the exact hour of the anniversary by turning off the council house lights between 10pm and 11pm, leaving a single lamp turned on in the Mayor’s Parlour.

Other council buildings taking part in the national LIGHTS OUT initiative from the Department of Communities and Local Government include Walsall Central Library, Gala Baths, Leather Museum, Forest Arts Centre, Local History Centre, Darlaston Town Hall and the Environmental Depot in Brownhills.

Willenhall Royal British Legion to commemorate WW1 centenary

Willenhall ROyal British Legions will parade through town on Sunday 3rd August.

Important Info –
Willenhall Royal British Legion Parade Sunday 3rd August –
To commemorate 100 years of WW1

“This is the format for the Parade on Sunday 3rd August 2014 at 10-30, the ex-servicemen & women will meet in Cheapside, members of the public who wish to follow the parade no more than 2 abreast and please stay on the footpath nobody is to venture into the road this a stipulation of the parade and applies to us all. The Ex-service personnel begin at 10-45 this to allow any members of the public get to the Cenotaph too, the route is as follows Cheapside opposite the Crown public house heading towards Cross Street, turn left into Cross Street towards the Clock in Market Place, with the clock on our right hand side turn right up the pedestrian area, heading towards Stafford Street, this back to being on the footpath again continue till we turn left into cenotaph gates,at 11-00am we will pay homage to the fallen. A signal for the parade to disperse in an orderly manner, Mo from the Crown is laying on some food for those who were on the parade. I thank you all in advance of making this our most successful to date” – Bill Butler for Willenhall Royal British Legion

Unique couple celebrate 65 years of marriage

A couple who first laid eyes on each other during de-mob leave after military service during the Second World War are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary.

Reg and Anne Wrighton have spent much of their married life dedicating themselves to voluntary work and organising the popular Willenhall Old Folks Treat, which was held for the last time in April.

They have been at the helm of the pensioners’ knees-up since they said ‘I do’.

Mr and Mrs Wrighton, both aged 89, were introduced in 1946 by Anne’s sister Elsie, who was courting one of Reg’s friends. It was the start of a love match that has stood the test of time.

They tied the knot on May 28, 1949 at St Andrew’s Church, in Birchills, Walsall, and are one of the few couples in Britain to have both been honoured for services to their community.

Full Express and Star story here

Look whats on – Morrisons (Willenhall) Sat 7th June 2014

Pop down to your local Morrisons on Saturday as they raise money for SUE RYDER .
Sue provide incredible hospice and neurological care to people with life-changing illnesses.

From 10am, staff will be dressed up partying as its the end of Britains Got Talent!

A member of staff will be sitting in a big bucket for everyone to tip tins of spaghetti of them, a raffle, Guess how many sweets, a member of staff will be showing off her singing skills and lots more, raising money for the above!!

Further info will be added – Please pop along and help a worthy cause 🙂

Opportunity to sponsor Walsall poppy sites

Four sites across Walsall will be planted with poppy seeds or plants to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War – and borough schools, businesses, community groups and residents are being invited to help the initiative blossom.
For as little as £5, people can sponsor and support part of an area to be planted – £5 can plant 1 sq metre of poppy plugs or 250 sq metres of seeds.

The sites chosen as a trial are:
* Grass around Barr Beacon war memorial
* Clayhanger traffic island
* King George V Park, Bloxwich
* Kings Hill Park, Darlaston
Councillor Anthony Harris, portfolio holder for leisure and culture with Walsall Council Coalition, said: “We want to offer schools, businesses, community groups and individuals the opportunity to sponsor some of these areas that we intend to plant.
“And as we can cover quite an area with £5 worth of seeds this is easily within people’s budgets.
“We think it’s a nice idea and something that people would want to be part of but we have put cash aside for this regardless.
“If the idea is a popular one we’ll then acknowledge all those who have contributed on our special Great War website so that it’s a permanent record.”
Further sites would be identified next year and up to 2018 if this trial proves successful.

Further info here via Walsall Council Website