Sara Lou Bridal & Mens Formal Wear donates dress for Carnival Queen 2015

Sara Lou Bridal & Mens Formal Wear has very kindly donated a dress from their collection to this years Willenhall Carnival Queen, Shamila Mansell.

We had a great few hours in the shop trying on the dresses – a small selection of photos but we wont spoil it for you with the dress Shamila chose!!

Many thanks to Sharon for looking after us!!

Please see Sara Lou Brida & Mens FormalWear, FACEBOOK PAGE

 

A reminder that this years Willenhall Carnival will be Saturday 13th June!!  See ya there :-)

Revamped Red Lion to become The Keymaster

Around 60 new jobs are being created over the coming months as a landmark pub is transformed into part of the Hungry Horse chain.

The 20th Century Willenhall pub, formerly known as the Red Lion, is currently undergoing a major refurbishment before it re-opens in December – in time for the Christmas season – as The Keymaster, renamed in tribute to Willenhall’s ties to the lock-making industry.

“We have made changes to the property itself and are now in the process of building a new team from people in the local community. We pride ourselves in creating a welcoming and atmospheric environment in all of our pubs and I am sure the Keymaster will be no different.”

Matt Brown, business unit director for Hungry Horse, said: “We are very excited about this addition to Hungry Horse and to be bringing our fun, great value and family friendly pub to Willenhall.

“Changing the name was not just to show that this is a fresh start for the pub but also because being part of the local community is important to us, so it is vital the name reflects this.

Work inside the pub, which began a month ago, includes knocking through the old function room to create a spacious open plan area offering a contemporary look throughout and will include HD TVs, leather booth seating areas complete with their own TVs and a play area for children.

The company says the pub will aim to offer ‘great value’ on its range of soft drinks, wines, lagers and real ales and on the Hungry Horse food menu, renowned for its sizeable Big Plate Specials.

Also inside the pub will be a pool table and darts board and there are plans for regular quiz nights and light entertainment.
Full E & S story here

A selection of photos from 1972/1973 courtesy of Mike Batchelor

A selection of photos from 1972/1973 courtesy of Mike Batchelor. Including a rare one showing the famous Daintys Stafford Street.

 

 

If you wish to share any of your old photos of Willenhall, please contact us on our \Facebook Page, our website or email info@willenhallaywe.co.uk

Best of British Town 2014 Event – General Photos

A selection of photos from this years Best of British town event.

We raised a lovely £88 towards our chosen charity Cancer Research which was added to our recent Race for Life event – giving us a total of £366.00. Many thanks to local buiness’ who donated raffle prizes, inc Morrisons, Tescos, Teet Shirts and big thanks to Imperial Cakes for our super WAW Cake!

Through Willenhallaywe.co.uk, we have raised over £1100, many thanks to you all!

You can still donate be clicking on the link below –
Our Race For Life Page

Our next charity raffle with some bumper prizes will be our Christmas Town Event Sat 6th Dec – See ya there :-)

Cross Street Trading

Another shop in Willenhall town that was closed for a long time is now open!

Cross Street Trading, Cross Street, Willenhall ( next Butlers Butchers)

Cross Street trading

Cross Street trading

 

Cross Street trading is like an Aladdins Cave –  a shop of hidden gems, items that have been forgotten about, worth a visit.

Inside Cross Street Trading

Inside Cross Street Trading

The shop is also partly ‘Willenhall Vaping’ – for all your vaping needs

Musical Week Summer Workshop

Put on a musical in one week!

Get the script!
Learn it!
And Put on a muscial!
All in one week!

Activity Week – 11th August – 15th August

Musical Week Summer Workshop

Musical Week Summer Workshop

YETGA Theatre School
Units 18-20
Victoria Buildings
Stringes lane
Willenhall
WV13 1LN

tel 01902 637359

Website

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

WVBC – Willenhall Boot Camp

WVBC – Willenhall Boot Camp BRINGING FITNESS BACK TO WILLENHALL!

WVBC – Willenhall Boot Camp
BRINGING FITNESS BACK TO WILLENHALL!

WVBC – Willenhall Boot Camp
BRINGING FITNESS BACK TO WILLENHALL!

Based in Willenhall Memorial Park
We currently run sessions for anyone over the age of 12, for all sizes, abilities, male & female
Sessions are currently Monday, Wednesday & Friday 6.30am & 6.00pm, for approx. 45 minutes
We will be introducing a weekend session also, where parents can bring their children along too.

The exercises we do are not your normal “gym” exercises, we involve ropes, kettlebells, and tyres to mix things up – most importantly, we have FUN whilst we workout!!!

Sessions are available for;

£5 for a single session
Any 3 sessions for £10
Unlimited sessions for the month @ £25

Can be contacted either through facebook on Willenhall Bootcamp or by phone on 07545955579

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 Ryder.org 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 :-)