We invite you all – Willenhall Town Flag & Plaque Unveiling

We invite all of Willenhall to witness the flag launch and unveiling of the plaque outside Willenhall Library, Walsall Street.

Willenhallaywe.co.uk Invites you all!

Willenhallaywe.co.uk Invites you all!

The event will see our towns flag fly high on its permanent flag pole and a plaque, donated by Brett Quinton Funeral Servces, erected as a permanent reminder of the official flag launch on 14th June 2014.

We have come a long way with promoting our hometown and finally Willenhall can fly its flag high – #FlyingtheflagforWillenhall

Full details here

Joseph Tonks of Willenhall – the Poor Man’s Doctor by Stuart Williams

The famous Memorial Clock in Willenhall Market Place commemorates a young man who became much-loved by the poor folk of the town to which he dedicated his short life.

And our latest article, ‘Joseph Tonks of Willenhall – the Poor Man’s Doctor’, gives an insight into why that memorial still stands proudly at the heart of Willenhall today.

A local boy and padlock maker’s son made good, Joseph Tonks graduated in 1879 as a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, but did not desert his home town and was taken to the hearts of the local poor and more before, sadly, meeting a tragic fate.

TLocal History Centre – Click here to read more

Its a great little read!!

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.

Cast your vote here for the Willenhall Flag Design!!

 

Public Vote for Willenhall Flag Design -Cast your Vote here!:

Finalist A

Design A

Finalist B

Willenhall Flag [Final B]

 

Finalist C

Willenhall Flag [Final C]

 

 

Finalist D

Willenhall Flag [Final D]

 

Finalist E

Willenhall Flag [Final E]

 

Finalist F

Willenhall Flag [Final F]

Finalists drawn for #flyingtheflagforwillenhall Flag Competition

Many thanks to the judges who took part in shortlisting the designs to 6, ready for the people of Willenhall to decide what they would like has their flag!

The judges consisted of Pav Rivat-Ward – Poundland (Flag Sponsors), Phil Hobley – WH Tildesley, Ruth Vyse – Walsall Local History, Ralph Jackson – Willenhall History Society, Councillor Ian Shires, Simon Hall – Willenhall Town Football Club, Flag Institute- Philip Tibberts, Les Burrows (of WTFC),

The venue for this part of the competition was been kindly sponosored by 442 Bar & Lounge for supplying the venue plus food for the night.

The winning design of this vote will then be registered as the Willenhall flag and the flag will unveiled at the this years Willenhall Carnival on the 14th June by a local Willenhall celeb!

We have made it easy for you to cast your vote in person at the following venues, where we will be present with our stall – Look out for us :-)

Public Vote – 12th April Pool Hayes Community Association – Easter Market
Public Vote – 14th April Willenhall Chart Centre Garden!
Public Vote – 19th April The Locksmiths House
Public Vote – 26th April Willenhall Heritage Day – CHART Centre

There will also be online voting via our website, facebook group from 7th April !

Flying the Flag for Willenhall continues – Shortlist coming soon!!

The competition is now closed!

Many thanks to everyone who took time out and submitted an entry!

The hard part starts this Thursday, 27th March where a panel of judges will be convened to select 6 finalists that will be put to a public vote running between 7th-26th April.
The venue for this part of the competition has been kindly sponosored by 442 Bar & Lounge for supplying the venue plus food for the night.

Panel of judges include representatives from –

Poundland, WH Tildesley, Walsall Local History, Willenhall History Society, Councillor Ian Shires, Willenhall Town Football Club, Flag Institute- Philip Tibberts, Les Burrows (of WTFC), Ben Gray, Walsall Council Candidate.

The winning design of this vote will then be registered as the Willenhall flag and unveiled at the this years Willenhall Carnival on the 14th June by a local Willenhall celeb!

We have made it easy for you to cast your vote in person at the following venues, where we will be present with out stall – Look out for us :-)

Public Vote – 12th April Pool Hayes Community Association – Easter Market
Public Vote – 14th April Willenhall Chart Centre Garden!
Public Vote – 19th April The Locksmiths House
Public Vote – 26th April Willenhall Heritage Day – CHART Centre

There will also be online voting via our website, facebook group!

Public Voting Days