Our 2015 Charity Calendar is out! LIMITED EDITION

After the huge success of our 2014 charity calendar, we bring you our 2015!!
They will be limited editions and last year sold out very quickly so place your orders asap.

ALL PROCEEDS of the calendars will go to our chosen charity CANCER RESEARCH.

Once again we would like to say a big thanks to The Royal George, Willenhall for sponsoring our calendar and helping us with our fundraising.

Our calendar is once again of the highest quality which is reflected in its price, £5.50 each.

Our 2015 Charity Calendar - Cancer Research

Our 2015 Charity Calendar – Cancer Research

You can contact us via email for postal services on  info@willenhallaywe.co.uk or contact us through our various social media for local delivery etc

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or Twitter @WillenhallAyWe

We will be delivering upto Christmas but they will also be available on our stall at this years Willenhall Christmas Town Event, Sat 6th December along with our whole range of #WillenhallAyWe goodies!

As you know we are a group of volunteers who are very proud of our hometown and work towards pushing and promoting Willenhall.

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

Campaigners fear parking charges in Walsall district centres will ‘kill off towns’

#KeepWillenhallFree

#KeepWillenhallFree

PLANS to introduce pay and display parking charges for the first time in Walsall’s district centres will “kill off” towns, worried campaigners fear.

Shoppers will have to pay £1 per four hours for parking in council-owned car parks in Aldridge, Bloxwich, Brownhills, Darlaston and Willenhall, under a proposal outlined in Walsall Council’s four-year budget plan.

The move, which could be introduced as soon as next year, is expected to rake in £100,000 as the authority seeks to save £86 million over the next four years.

But the proposal has been met with backlash by concerned residents, who have set up petitions opposing the plans.

Willenhallaywe Action Group – set up by online community group Willenhall Ay We.co.uk – have launched a Facebook page and online petition opposing the proposals in Willenhall.

“Here we are trying to push and promote Willenhall and to encourage users and then this,” said Kalie Plant, of the group.

“It’s just not right and we are going to try and call for Willenhall folk to oppose this. It’s not what we are about and it’s time Willenhall folk realise they don’t have to automatically take changes proposed, regardless of who is in power.”

More than 100 people have liked the group’s Facebook page, with more than 300 backing the online petition.

Among those commenting on the petition is Lee Cooper, from Willenhall.

He commented: “The car parks were given to the people of Willenhall by a kind gentleman to use for free. If they start charging, it will kill off the town.”

Separate campaigners were out on the streets of Bloxwich this weekend, also opposing the move.

Bloxwich campaigner Matt Follows collected more than 100 signatures from residents, local business owners and market traders over concern the charges will have on trade in the area.

“Shoppers and traders alike are put off by these charges imposed by the council,” he added.

“Cllr Coughlan should listen to Bloxwich and understand that parking charges are not good for business. We need to keep it free in Bloxwich town centre.”

Employees of partner agencies located in district centres will also have to pay the parking charges.

Police officers who use the Station Street car park in Bloxwich will not escape from the charges, a report adds.

The report said: “Income will be used to offset the costs of maintaining and operating the car parks, ensuring the users of those car parks contribute toward the cost of their ongoing provision.”

Councillor Sean Coughlan, leader of Walsall Council, stressed that the move was under consultation.

“There’s always the potential that car parking charges could be an issue for traders and the people that shop in district centres,” he said.

“This is a charge that people have never had and as I’ve said before, services that are free may have to be paid for because we are under so much pressure.

“But nothing has been agreed and I’d encourage people to make their views known.”

Anyone wanting to sign the Willenhall petition should visit Online Petition

Willenhallaywe Action Group

And anyone who wants to pledge their support to the Bloxwich petition should email stopthebloxwichparkingcharge@hotmail.com

Full Walsall Advertiser story here!

Let Willenhall Entertain YOU!!

Willenhall Christmas Town Event - Live Stage

Willenhall Christmas Town Event – Live Stage

Willenhall’s Christmas Town Event has a great line up of live entertainment for you on Saturday 6th December!

We have had great joy in helping & sourcing live acts and performers for Willenhall Traders & Community Support Group for this years town event!

Starting at 10am, the stage will open with a new folk band Ma Brown’s Boyz!
The group consists of 4 men and 1 girl, all playing acoustic guitars, who will play a selection of music from folk, to easy listening rock and pop from all decades!

There will performances from Willenhalls Classic Academy of Dance & Theatre, Willenhalls Got Talent contestants inc Meg Bancroft and winners Alesi Summer and local lad Tom Edis…… we have the brilliant Yam Yam Elvis and introducing Keith Nicholls, self containted vocalist to Willenhall Town.

Introducing also local young lad Reece McConnell, who has previously performed in the West End and over in Europe in Thriller Live as young MJ!!

Please come along and the support the town event as Willenhall Entertains YOU!!!

Willenhall Flag to fly outside Willenhall Library

Flying the Flag permanently outside Willenhall Library

Flying the Flag permanently outside Willenhall Library


THE flag of Willenhall will soon be flying high outside one of the town’s landmark buildings.

Voluntary group Willenhall Aye We.co.uk had launched a competition earlier this year to design a flag for the town.

The winning entry was produced by Alan Leonard – and the flag will now fly permanently outside Willenhall Library, in Walsall Street, within the next few weeks.

“The pole will be erected within a week and the flag will be re-launched in November,” said Kalie Plant, of Willenhall Ay We.co.uk.

“Can we also use this opportunity to thank the folks of Willenhall for flying the flag all over town. As a community, we truly have put Willenhall back on the map.”

Work was taking place this week to install footings for the flag pole. A permanent plaque will also be fitted to a pillar of the 80-year-old listed building, which recently underwent a revamp.

It will remind generations to come of the official launch, designer of the flag and who launched the official item.

The flag was launched by Glyn Marston on June 14 at Willenhall Carnival.

The plaque has been donated by Brett Quinton Funerals and made by Lasting Memorials, based in Willenhall.

Brett said: “After seeing all the hard work that was going into the flag competition I only thought it was right to set the winning design into stone for the community of Willenhall.”

The community have thrown their support behind the town flag, with the item flying outside homes, pubs and even supermarket giant Morrisons.

“We would very much like to thank and acknowledge Councillor Adrian Andrews and Councillor Ian Shires with the help of Douglas Hansen-Luke, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Walsall North for fully backing and supporting us with this venture and making it happen for Willenhall,” added Kalie.

Read full story here via Walsall Advertiser

The Mayoress of Walsall ‘At Home’

It was a privilege to have been invited to the Mayoress of Walsall ‘At Home’Event which took place on Friday 17th October 2014.

Traditionally the event was to introduce the Mayoress to the citizens of the Borough

It still is an event where the Mayoress plays a prominent role with an opportunity to thank some of the borough’s citizens for their individual and collective contributions to their local communities.

It is an opportunity to recognize those who ‘give’ to their community rather than ‘take from’ their community.

The event is also used to raise some money for the Mayor’s 2014-15 Charity Appeal – as we left the total was over £1000.

We had a great time, a small selection of photos.

Flying the Flag for Willenhall – We got a flagpole!

Finally, after todays meeting we can now confirm that Willenhall will be flying its flag high with a permanent flag pole which will be situated outside Willenhall Library.

Flag Pole to be erected within a week, with the launch of the flag to coincide with our final event to promote Willenhall and its flag!!

Further information to follow soon!!

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

Charity Raffle for Help for Heroes - WW1 Town Event WilenhallAyWe.co.uk

Charity Raffle for Help for Heroes – WW1 Town Event
WilenhallAyWe.co.uk

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 –
Tesco
AfBlakemore
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

#flyingtheflagforwillenhall