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 :-)

Willenhall Carnival Queen – 2014/2015

Ms Shamilia Joane Mansell

Ms Shamila Joanne Mansell

Let us introduce you to this years Willenhall Carnival Queen 2014/2015 – Ms Shamila Joanne Mansell
Aged 18
Studying Business

We was once again very honoured to sit on the judging panel for this year Carnival Queen and Royality Selection.
Without the guys keep this tradional alive, we doubt you would see a Willenhall Carnival!! We hope to work with the Carnival Queen during her reign :-)

Please support where and when you can #LocalSupportLocalPride

You can find out about all the hard work that the Willenhall Carnival group put into keeping this Willenhall traditional alive, by following their facebook page – click HERE

Willenhall Carnival 2014 – General Photos

A selection of photos from Willenhall Carnival – Courtesy of Justin Burrows

 

Thousands enjoy carnival atmosphere across Black Country

Carnival celebrations were the order of the day in parts of the Black Country as thousands turned out to join in a weekend of fun in the sun.

Includes photos of our very own Willenhall Carnival ( ps Im on photo no.8)

See Express & Star link here

Thanks to Express and Star for including Willehall.

One more day to go – Willenhall Flag Launch

Well, the countdown certainly is here!!

1 Day to go as we unveil the flag that will represent our hometown – Willenhall.
Where better than, Willenhalls main annual event – Willenhall Carnival, Willenhall Memorial Park
Please come along and share in the celebrations as Glyn Marston, launchs the flag and literally will ‘Fly the Flag for Willenhall’. Take home your own flag with you, available from our stall ( Look out for our famous red gazebo)
The launch is expected to take place just after 1pm and the carnival is open from 11am.
Come and say hello, meet & greet as always, a warm welcome awaits you!

Try your luck on our Charity Raffle with all proceeds going to our chosen charity Cancer Research which will be added to our Race for Life page! Race for Life to take part on Wed 18th at West Park, look out for team www.willenhallaywe.co.uk

We have some great prizes donated from all local companies and business’, who once again supported us.
Most of all just come and celebrate as we all Fly the Flag for Willenhall, meet Design Winner and some of the shortlist finalists!

Look forward to seeing all our regular members and meeting new!

Follow us on on our FACEBOOK PAGE
or on Twitter @WillenhallAyWe

The Launch of Willenhall Flag – Willenhall Carnival 14th June 2014

The Launch of Willenhall Flag

Willenhall Carnival

14th June 2014

 

Finally after months of preparation, and over 70 designs and shortlisted to 6 designs, the big day is finally here – Flying the Flag for Willenhall.

The Willenhall Flag will be unveiled at this year Willenhall Carnival at Willenhall Memorial Park on the 14th June.

We wish to thank everyone who took time out to make this happen, from the schools that entered to the entries from overseas.  Huge thanks to our Flag Sponsors, Poundland and of course the judges – who had the hard task of making that shortlist and lastly the public who came out and made their vote count. Special thanks to The Royal George Pub who has donated a prize of £100 to the winning design!

Willenhall will not be disappointed and should be very proud to have its very own flag, its very own mark and identity that will be used to literally fly the flag for out hometown.

The honours will be done by local born and bred Glyn Marston.

Kalie Plant, of Willenhallaywe.co.uk said, we had no hesitation of putting Glyn forward for this occasion as the whole project as been about promoting Willenhall and putting Willenhall back on the map & what better way than by a local man Glyn. Many of you will know the hard work that Glyn has put into fundraising for many years by running over 100 marathons, ran races all over the world and this year marks his 21st anniversary since he started running.

Willenhall Flags will be available immediately after the launch and we look forward to seeing those Flags flying high.

We already have orders from our members and local pubs are putting in their requests too.

 

We are looking forward to Willenhall folk working together, to literally fly the Flag for our hometown.

Comment from Glyn Marston

I am really overwhelmed by the request to launch the flag for Willenhall. Being Willenhall born and bred I am so proud of our little town and it’s heritage. To see Willenhall get its own official flag is great for our community and I am so proud to be launching the flag for Willenhall. A lot of hard work has gone into making the flag a reality which in itself shows just how proud Willenhall folk are of their town and the flag will signify that we love Willenhall. It will definitely be one of my most proud moments when I launch the Willenhall flag. Glyn Marston

 

Comments from the judges after the shortlist

A few words from some of the judges –

Philip Tibbetts, Communities Vexillologist, Flag Institute
Advisor, Parliamentary Flags & Heraldry Committee said “On behalf of the Flag Institute I have to commend the Willenhall flag competition for the passionate and dedicated way in which it has been run. Including the anonymous way in which we and the other judges selected the finalists. The proof of the quality of this competition has been proved through the finalists themselves which would all make bold and attractive flags. Indeed in working up the finalists to registration standard artwork we have had to make very little in the way of edits, only a matter of simplification in a couple of cases”.

Pavan Riyat-Ward, Marketing Controller representing Poundland said. “It was a challenge to get down to a short-list of six designs given the number and quality of entries that we were asked to choose from – a great effort from the people of Willenhall. “

Ruth Vyse said ‘She was very pleased that Walsall Local History Centre had been asked to supply a judge for the Willenhall flag competition.  She thought that the number and quality of the entries was excellent.  They reflected the importance of lock making in Willenhall’s history and represented that very imaginatively.’

Simon Hall, Chair at Willenhall Town FC said “we are delighted to be involved in such an innovative project and have been really impressed by the standard of entries into the competition. We’re looking forward to seeing the winning flag flying around the town and at our ground”

Ralph Jackson representing Willenhall History Society said. “We were pleased to be asked to be a selection judge.
Look forward to seeing the winner.

Local fundraiser will launch Willenhall Flag

Willenhall will not be disappointed and should be very proud to have it’s very own flag, its very own mark and identity that will be used to literally fly the flag for our hometown!

The honors will be done by local born & bred Willenhall man, Mr Glyn Marston.

We had no hesitation of putting Glyn forward for this occasion as the whole project has been about promoting Willenhall and putting Willenhall back on the map and what better way than by local man Glyn.  Many of you will know the hard work that Glyn has put into fundraising over the years, running over 100 marathons.

#flyingtheflagforwillenhall

#flyingtheflagforwillenhall

Glyn Marston said, “ I am really overwhelmed by the request to launch the flag for Willenhall. Being Willenhall born and bred I am so proud of our little town and its heritage. To see Willenhall get its own official flag is great for our community and I am so proud to be launching the flag.  A lot of hard has gone into making the flag a reality which in itself shows just how proud Willenhall folk are of their town and the flag will signify that we love Willenhall.  It will definitely be one of my most proudest moments when I launch the Flag of Willenhall.”

We hope you all join us in launching the flag which will take place at this years Willenhall Carnival at Willenhall Memorial Park on 14th June!

Willenhall Flags! #flyingtheflagforwillenhall

WILLENHALL FLAGS will be available in 5ft x 3ft

These will be available immediately after the launch at Willenhall Carnival Saturday 14th June 2014 ,come and see us on our stall,  thereafter at various outlets

If you wish to have any posted etc, please get in touch
Many thanks

#flyingtheflagforwillenhall

Charity Car Wash by Willenhall Carnival Queen Natalie Slaney

 

Willenhall Carnival Queen 2014, Miss Natalie Slaney is looking for support in raising funds for Miss Birmingham’s Variety The Childrens Charity, the contest due to take place April 27th

Please come out and get a car wash :-)

Charity Car Was

 

 

Public Vote Press Release and Link to online voting & via Facebook

Press Release – Finalists

 

Vote via our website

Vote via Facebook

PRESS RELEASE

Flying the Flag for Willenhall Finalists

After weeks of work and more than 65 entries, they have been shortlisted to 6, which will go to a public vote to create an official flag for the Willenhall.
The 69 entries were judged anonymously and shortlisted by a panel of judges, including representatives from Poundland, WH Tildesley, Willenhall History Society, The Local History Centre- Walsall, WTFC, Councillor Ian Shires and Les Burrows
The winning design will be revealed and launched at this years Willenhall Carnival, June 14th.
A total of 69 entries were made in the competition with contributions coming in from local schools as well as folks of Willenhall and further afield.
Members of the public are now being asked to cast their vote for what they would like to see as their Willenhall Flag. There is a deadline of April 26th to make the all-important votes either in public via the posting stations or online and via our Facebook group (see links)
A few words from some of the judges –
Philip Tibbetts, Communities Vexillologist, Flag Institute
Advisor, Parliamentary Flags & Heraldry Committee said “On behalf of the Flag Institute I have to commend the Willenhall flag competition for the passionate and dedicated way in which it has been run. Including the anonymous way in which we and the other judges selected the finalists. The proof of the quality of this competition has been proved through the finalists themselves which would all make bold and attractive flags. Indeed in working up the finalists to registration standard artwork we have had to make very little in the way of edits, only a matter of simplification in a couple of cases”.
Pavan Riyat-Ward, Marketing Controller representing Poundland said. “It was a challenge to get down to a short-list of six designs given the number and quality of entries that we were asked to choose from – a great effort from the people of Willenhall. It’s now down to the public to pick a winner from the six stunning designs that we felt best represented Willenhall.
Ruth Vyse said ‘She was very pleased that Walsall Local History Centre had been asked to supply a judge for the Willenhall flag competition. She thought that the number and quality of the entries was excellent. They reflected the importance of lock making in Willenhall’s history and represented that very imaginatively.’
Simon Hall, Chair at Willenhall Town FC said “we are delighted to be involved in such an innovative project and have been really impressed by the standard of entries into the competition. Now the public will vote and it’s sure to be a close competition given the high standard of work and creativity! Well done to everyone who has got this far! We’re looking forward to seeing the winning flag flying around the town and at our ground”
Ralph Jackson representing Willenhall History Society said. “We were pleased to be asked to be a selection judge. I think there was a good response with 67 odd flag designs. We did our best to shortlist them and what we thought were the best and now it is up to the rest of Willenhall to make their choice for the flag of Willenhall.
Look forward to seeing the winner.

The winning flag will be added to the Flag Institute’s UK Flag Registry.

The finalists are
Mr A Leonard
Mrs K Plant
Mr A Khan
Mr M Hayden
Mr J Wood
Mr S Cattell