Willenhall in Bloom grabs Silver Gilt Award – 2014


Silver Gilt Award 2014 Willenhall

A massive well done for Willenhall In Bloom and all who helped achieve the SILVER GUILT AWARD for Willenhall.
Also special congratulations to three local pubs, The Three Crowns who received Silver Guilt and the Royal George and The Crown who received Bronze! All flying the flag for Willenhall 🙂

(Silver-Gilt 75-84%
This is given to an entrant who has met the judging criteria and objectives with a very high standard throughout, and has in one or more areas been exceptionally thorough. This award is considered to be a potential Gold award winner in the future.)

Also congratulations to Diane Mansell who is the Regeneration Officer for Willenhall Town aswell as Aldridge and Darlaston who received Certificate of Merit.

Certifcate of Merit - Diane Mansell


Willenhall in Bloom – Urban Community Silver-Gilt Award
Judges: Graham Redfern & Trish Willetts
Once again we were met by the energetic Diane Mansell, Urban Regeneration Officer for Walsall
Council. Great credit should go to her in guiding the efforts of Willenhall in Bloom to overcome the
negativity of old to the complete positivity that greeted the judges from residents throughout the
judging tour. Memorial Park is a great asset and is in good hands now with a permanent member of
staff taking great pride in his work. Heritage formed an important element to the tour and the “Key
Entrances” to the Town Centre area was a great idea. Well done to you all.
Areas of Achievement:
The Community Centre garden and Walkers group troughs in Memorial Park
Memorial Park itself, standards are improving greatly considering the different demands of
The War Memorial was well maintained
The newly planted area by the Job Centre is maturing nicely
Wood Street Cemetery was clean and tidy; the improvement plans for 2014/2015 will be
good to see next year.

You can keep uptodate with all Dianes work via Willenhall Traders & Community Support Group, there is lots of great work in the pipeline for Willenhall – WATCH THIS SPACE!

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Success for districts at Heart of England in Bloom awards

Walsall’s five district centres are celebrating after collecting an impressive haul of awards in this year’s Heart of England in Bloom competition.

Aldridge and Bloxwich repeated their 2013 success by receiving a gold award while Brownhills, Darlaston and Willenhall all received a Silver Gilt, just below the gold level, in the urban community category. There was an extra special accolade for Aldridge who were named joint overall winners and have now been invited to take part in the national Britain in Bloom competition in 2015.

The awards were announced at a ceremony in Shrewbury today(Thursday 11 September). It is the culmination of 12 months of hard work led by Walsall Council’s district centre management team, supported by community groups and volunteers, to highlight the area and help people feel proud of their communities.

In addition to the awards for the main centres a number of pubs who entered the competition also discovered how they had fared.

Silver Gilts were awarded to the Three Crowns in Willenhall, The Swan in Darlaston and Prince of Wales, also Darlaston. Taking home a bronze are The Frying Pan in Darlaston and Royal George in Willenhall. The Horse and Jockey and Spring Head Tavern, both Darlaston, received a certificate of entry and merit award.

On a personal level Diane Mansell and Nikki Rolls from Walsall Council’s district centre management team received certificates of merit for their work in the five district centres over the last 12 months.

Councillor Mohammad Nazir, portfolio holder for regeneration at Walsall Council, said: “Once again this summer the district centres looked absolutely fantastic and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who played their part.

“A lot of hard work goes into achieving these accolades and it is worth noting that the judges commented on how all five districts have improved massively in the competition year on year.”

All the district centres are entered in the Urban Community category which looks at three main areas. They are horticultural achievement, environmental awareness and community involvement.

Willenhall and Short Heath Area Panel Community Project

A project is underway in Willenhall and Short Heath to identify opportunities for local community groups to apply for funding.

This innovative new project is an opportunity for residents to get involved in decision making in the area.

Several community groups presented their ideas at Willenhall and Short Heath Area Panel on Tuesday, 4 March 2014.

Proposals include Pathways Upgrade, Fibbersley Park Nature Reserve; Willenhall Wild Nights, Black Country and Staffordshire Naturalists, Sell Yourself to Achieve, Get Up and Go, Let Us Entertain You – Social Nights, Strive to Achieve, Fun for All – Family Learning, Back to Basics by Pool Hayes Community Association.

The Panel are encouraging this project as a new way to identify how some of the local funding from the panel should be prioritised. This method is known as participatory budgeting.

They are asking residents to send in their views about the suggestions before the next panel arranged for Thursday, 20 March 2014.

Full Details Here

Willenhall Park Skate Park

A selection of photos taken today at Willenhall Parks’s Skate Park.

Previously reported story via Express and Star, Walsall Council Coalition agreed to invest cash from the sale of Willenhall Leisure Centre into the new skate park, which will form part of a larger improvement programme there. Also part funded by Walsall Partnership – Willenhall & Short Heath

Walsall Partnership Details here


Plan to bring market back to Darlaston town centre

Darlaston Market could be relaunched in a bid to draw more shoppers and traders into the town centre, it has emerged.

The Darlaston Town Centre Partnership is looking to bring stalls back to the town as part of long-term plans to breathe new life into the area.

The previous Walsall Council-run market was scrapped in 2011 in a bid to save the cash-strapped local authority up to £60,000 over three years.

The 40-year-old market had been held in King Street and High Street every Friday and Saturday, until it fell victim to the axe under cuts.

There are currently no firm plans in place, but the group driving regeneration of the area have said it is a main aim to get stalls to return.
Full E & S here

New Invention Big Clean Up and Fun day!

A selection of photos from the Funday!

Another successful event in Willenhall with more free burgers and hot dogs! Well done to all that put on the show.

Nicola Holmes – Area Manager At Walsall Partnership, said,

‘Great turn out, great weather and lots of fun.

Huge thanks again to IYPSS, ASB Unit, Police, Fire, Ambulance Services , Caldmore Accord Housing, whg, Environmental Heath, Walk On Walsall, Willenhall McDonalds, Moo Moo, Street Games, Allens Rough Residents Association, NHS Cancer Screening, Lighthouse Children’s Centre, Helen EmmsAaron HolmesJoanna StewartTina Dalton WorkChristine Unal Was Addiss for all coming along and especially for those volunteers too!

Always impressed by the great community involvement we see in New Invention each time we do an event’

A full list of all those that were present and made it happen –

Nicola Holmes -Area Manager – Willenhall, Short Heath and New Invention

Sgt Lonsdale – Willenhall North Neighbourhood Police Team

Steve Ward – Station Commander for Willenhall Fire Station

Lusia Gallagher and James Cooksey – Willenhall Integrated Youth Services

Tanya Shore – Willenhall Anti Social Behaviour Officer

Walsall Housing Group – there was Robert Steventon – Willenhall Estates Manager, Helen Emms, Community Safety Officer, Barbara Fairclough Resident Engagement Manager and their collegues

Caldmore Housing Association – Angela Jennings(Housing) and Tina Dalton (Time 4 Real Coordinator)

Lighthouse Children’s Centre team

Allens Rough Residents Association – Chairperson Stuart Hodges

Walsall Council Sports Development Team

NHS Cancer Screening – Naheed Razzaq

Street Games – Kim Clarke

Colin Simpson and Wendy Evans – Street Champions, New Invention Community Forum

Walsall Council Environmental Health Team – Sarah Heath and Neil Butler

Rosehill Community Clean up

A good turnout for the Rosehill Community Clean up , volunteers from WHG, Walsall Council, Willenhall Police and Willenhall Macdonalds turned up to make light work of the litter picking on the estate, local residents made good use of the skips provided by Walsall Housing Group giving them a chance to safely dispose of unwanted larger items.  St Giles court community room was open for people to have tea or coffee which was great.  Thanks to all those involved including Barbara Fairclough (Customer engagement officer) , Sharon Wooton (Customer service housing officer) , Stewart Hill (Money mentor) , Jayne Cooper (older peoples services) and Nicola Holmes.

National Recognition for Willenhall

National Recognition for Willenhall
A security project which has been praised for helping reduce metal crime in Walsall by over 60% has been short listed for a national award. Willenhall Traders and Community Support Group have been short listed for Best Policing Partnership of the Year at this years National IFSEC and FIREX awards. Working in partnership with Cougar Monitoring, police and the l…ocal authority Willenhall Traders Group have gone above and beyond to set up a partnership to help local businesses remove crime from the area
The IFSEC & FIREX Awards are in association with BSIA & FIA and is the premier event for the security industry to celebrate security innovations over the last 12 months. Finalists will find out if they have clinched the illustrious prize on Monday 13 May at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. Widely regarded as the industry’s premier event, the IFSEC & FIREX Awards is both a celebration and an acknowledgement of excellence of the products and technological innovations influencing and shaping the industry.
Other finalists include Gunwharf Quays in Hampshire, The Ale Trail Partnership,  The Tripartite Partnership Belfast, Castlecourt Shopping Centre and Willenhall Traders and Community Support Group.