Flying at last! Willenhall raises its own flag by Express and Star

Ex-serviceman Arthur Utley, who took part in the Normandy landings, was given the honour of running the standard up the flagpole above Willenhall library which will be its permanent base.

Visitors from Willenhall’s twin town of Drancy in France were among special guests at the launch.

The red and blue flag, featuring padlocks and keys reflecting the town’s leading part in the lock manufacturing industry, was chosen from 68 entries in a competition organised by community website

A panel of judges picked the best six and left it to the public to choose their favourite. The flag, designed by Adam Leonard, has since been officially registered with the Flag Institute.

A plaque on the front of the building recording the achievement was unveiled by Councillor Peter Smith, Mayor of Walsall. A flag was also presented to the French visitors.

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Home for Willenhall Flag Launch

Many thanks to everybody who turned up to see Mr Arthur Utley raise Willenhalls Flag outside its home, Willenhall Library on sat 8th November

The weather was awful but a good turnout for our guests The Mayor,Councillor Peter Smith who unveiled a plaque as a permanent reminder of the day the Willenhall Flag was launched which was donated by Brett Quinton Funeral Services Willenhall

Also our guests from our twinned town Drancy who was presented with a  flag from the Mayor to take back to Drancy.  Special thanks to the Willenhall/Drancy exchange for arranging our French guests to be present.

A few photos from the day courtesy of Darron Palmer Photography

Many thanks to The County Pub for laying on a buffet for us.

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 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

“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.

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Historic moment as Willenhall gets its own flagpole!

Footings for permanent flagpole underway

Footings for permanent flagpole underway

We are pleased to announce work has started on the permanent flagpole, where the Willenhall Flag will fly outside Willenhall Library!

Proud to be from Willenhall!


Willenhall Flag Exhibition now open!

School childrens entries are now on show at Willenhall Library during the school holidays.

The official opening took place on Saturday 19th, with special guest Mr Mayor, Councillor Pete Smith.

It was a privilege to meet with Walsall’s Mayor has Councillor Smith showed a great interest in the exhibition and in our voluntary group. The Mayor met with several Willenhall folk and was shown around the  library as well as the Council Chambers upstairs.

Many thanks to Adam Leonard and Glyn Marston for their time and to those that came along in terrible weather conditions.


We was able to fly the flag on temporary flag pole during the opening until a permanent one is installed.

Many thanks to AF Blakemore for providing refreshments.

Please visit the library during the school holidays.

Walsall Mayor to attend Willenhall Flag Exhibition

Photo source - Our Walsall

Photo source – Our Walsall

We are pleased to announce, the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Pete Smith will be our special guest along with Flag Designer Adam Leonard and Glyn Marston, at the opening of our exhibition at Willenhall Library on Saturday 19th July at 12.30.

Please come along and support this event where we will be showcasing Willenhall Flag designs by local school children who entered the competition

A selection of flag designs by school children

A selection of flag designs by school children

Light refreshments will be available – courtesy of AF Blakemore.

A selection of Photos – before & after

A small selection of photos taken before and after – some very big changes!

We will be working on building this album up with the help of Ian Tildesley who has been able to supply us with some very old photos of Willenhall ( see below)


Railway Lane
Some big changes even over the last few years.

A relatively new change – The Willenhall Library with a facelift :-)

Willenhall Library 2012 v 2014

National Libraries Day

Willenhall Library National Libraries Day 2014 – Sat 8 February
Willenhall Library: All day (9.00am – 4.00pm) A fun filled, pirate themed day, including two story sessions, a “Things to do in the Library” challenge, and a lucky dip for anyone borrowing a book. Please phone 01922 650771 for more details.

Full info here on other libraries taking part