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

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

Facebook Page
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!!!

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

Would you like to perform on stage – Willenhall Town Xmas Event?

Willenhall Town Christmas Event – Saturday 6th Dec 10am – 4pm

Market Place, WILLENHALL

We are looking for artists ie Dancers, Singers, Bands & Display Teams for this Live Stage at this years Christmas Town Event provided by Willenhall Traders and Community Support Group, Walsall Council.

See poster for more info!!

Perform Live on Stage!!

Perform Live on Stage!!

Please either contact us through our Facebook Page or email us on info@willenhallaywe.co.uk or you can contact Willenhall Traders and Community Support Group via –

Diane Mansell,
Regeneration Officer for Aldridge, Darlaston and Willenhall Town Centres
on Manselld@walsall.gov.uk

Look forward to hearing from you soon :-)

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