We are now rushing headlong into autumn in Wombourne, and the vibrant blooms of summer are fast transforming into the familiar sights of the new season. Dare I say, we will soon be looking forward to the Christmas Lights switch-on!
I hope all villagers had enjoyable and, no doubt, well-earned summer breaks between the sometimes unseasonal and turbulent weather we seem to be becoming accustomed to in a British summer time.
Despite some cold, rainy weather at times, I think we can all agree the village looked better than ever in its summertime finery. The Best Kept Village committee again did us proud, ensuring a beautiful and tidy village. It is with great pride that I would like to congratulate them and all their volunteers in achieving third place in the large village category of the Best Kept Village competition, as well as extending thanks for their selfless hard work.
Whilst on the subject, it is also an opportune moment to congratulate the winners of the Wombourne in Bloom competition this year. Like the efforts of the BKV, Wombourne’s businesses also get in on the act to ensure the village looks its best. It was fantastic to see so many businesses participating, and I hope even more choose to do so next year. This year’s winners were Walker’s Way, where the level of work was frankly staggering, and The Mount Pleasant, where the hanging display was simply stunning. A huge well done to all those that took part.
However, there is naturally much more going on in Wombourne than marvelling at its summer splendour. The Parish Council is now passing the 125 years milestone, which is another important event in the life of the village that I hope will be built upon for many years to come.
Equally, we have renewal within the village. In early September I attended the closing meeting of 2nd Wombourne Scout Group. Despite being the end of an era in some ways, it was not a sad affair. Rather, the meeting witnessed the birth of The Bratch Scouts – it was a renewal, and a rebranding that is intended to bring greater recognition and support to an essential community and youth organisation. The positivity of the event was fantastic, and perhaps they will be celebrating that day in 125 years’ time too.
On a final note, I also attended Perton Parish Council’s Civic Service in September. A long-time volunteer myself, I know the impact they can have. Many local community groups owe their existence to their tireless efforts, and it must be no surprise that the central theme of this article is congratulating volunteer successes, urging more to get involved and thanking volunteers for their dedication. As with the Best Kept Village committee, Wombourne’s very own Volunteer Bureau is also a key organisation at the heart of Parish life. All the groups mentioned, and many others besides, will always welcome new volunteers, and if you can spare even an hour here or there, I am certain it would be most welcome. This is where the Parish becomes a community, and I want to thank you all for the work you do.
A night at the Musicals – Saturday 9th November 2019
At Wombourne High School (formerly known as Ounsdale High School)
Tickets are £8.50 each which includes a free drink and biscuits – All proceeds go to High Flyers Charity
A night at the Musicals brings you the best loved songs from the most famous musicals in one fantastic show.
The performers adopt the characters they are portraying through dress and delivery.
You will hear and see songs from Les Miserables, Sweet Charity, Oliver!, Phantom of the Opera and Chicago to name a few!
One of the most entertaining, remarkable and surprisingly humourous shows you will definitely choose to remember from 2019.
To buy tickets, please call Clare on 077797 782 43.
Giving your child the best start with Rhythm Time!
My name’s Jenny and I run Rhythm Time classes in the Wolverhampton, South Staffs, Stourbridge and surrounding areas. Our award-winning, multi-sensory music classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers are great fun and extremely developmental. We are passionate about music and its ability to stimulate every part of a child’s brain.
Classes are split over four age groups, young baby (from 0-4mths) older babies (from around 3 to 14 months), toddlers (up to three) and pre-school from 3 to 5. Each course has been created by Rhythm Time founder and MD, Kathy Doolan, to enhance the senses of each child and develop their creativity, confidence and co-ordination.
Babies aren’t born with a sense of beat, so in the baby class we focus on instilling this beat – this is important as it helps with walking, writing, riding a bike… and countless other things! In the toddler class the focus is on building your little one’s confidence – they will collect their own instruments and even sing a solo into a microphone! The pre-school classes teach the fundamentals of music, whether it is sad or happy, fast or slow, and introduces musical terminology. This continuous development is delivered in a fun, energetic and engaging way, with the help of our mascot Ratatat, a rabbit with very long ears, who is used to hone the children’s listening skills! You’ll also meet lots of other lovely parents of course!
Each class is different yet has just the right amount of repetition for the little ones to feel secure and comfortable. I have a team of wonderful teachers who are passionate about music and the development of children – and they all absolutely LOVE what they do, and that shines through too!
Rhythm Time has been established for 23 years, so we’re very well known throughout the country and highly regarded. Our passion is to inspire and teach parents and their little ones, helping them to enjoy the wonders of music and giving them a firm musical foundation. We’re also founding members of the CAA (Children’s Activities Association) which is an industry benchmarking organisation created to raise the standard of children’s activities provided to parents.
We run classes throughout the week in various venues, so just call us on 07948 625 006 or visit www.rhythmtime.net/pr to find your nearest class.
I’m really looking forward to meeting you!
Get fit with your baby and meet other local moms
From Wednesday 18th September 2019, Sweaty Mama Exercise Classes will be coming to Wombourne Civic Centre.
Held in the Bourne Room from 10am to 11am every Wednesday for 8 weeks.
Why not come along and get fit with your baby whilst meeting other local moms.
For more information please visit https://sweatymama.com/book-on-a-class/#events
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Good causes in South Staffordshire need your support and one way you can help is by buying a lottery ticket in the weekly Community Lottery.
As well as supporting a good cause you might even win a cash prize ranging from £25 up to a jackpot of £25,000.
To buy a lottery ticket, simply register on the website (www.southstaffslottery.co.uk) or telephone 01902 213777.
Two causes in Wombourne supported by the Community Lottery are Wombourne Volunteer Bureau and Girlguiding Wombourne.
Find out more about them here…
Wombourne Volunteer Bureau
Wombourne Volunteer Bureau provides a much loved and valued service for the community.
We need your help so we can continue to offer and even expand our service!
We run a transport service for people to medical appointments of any kind, stay with the patient whilst they wait and assist them moving around if needed. We even provide a wheelchair for patients who require one.
Four days a week we cook meals in our 5* hygeine rated kitchens. The peope who come are usually elderly and come for a variety of reasons. If you wish to avail yourself of this service contact us and enjoy a two course meal, and good company for only £3.
We provide a medical supply hiring service. People can hire such items as wheelchairs, commodes, walkers from us. If they are needed permanently, we sell you them at a knock down price. Our equipment is maintained by our trained engineer.
We act as a drop in centre, always feel free to pop in and have a coffee/tea with us. A warm welcome is always given.
Finally, we run a coffee morning/jumble sale on the last Saturday of each month (not December!) starting at 10:15. We would love to see you there!
Thank you for your support and good luck!
Mrs Joan Smith
Girlguiding Wombourne provides a much loved and valued service for the community.
We need your help so we can continue to offer and even expand our service, by repairing our much needed Guide Hall.
Thank you for your support and good luck!
Miss Rebecca Fletcher
Wombourne Music Festival 2019
The Annual Music Festival will be running from Saturday 21st September through to Saturday 28 September 2019.
Highlights from the festival will include The Cosford Military Wives on Saturday 21st September, Wombourne School of Music (with tea and cakes) on Monday 23rd September and Shaun Vegas on Friday 27th September.
Tickets are available now from Taylors Greengrocers, Pat Roberts 01902 896211, Nigel Welch 01902 324111 or the Parish Office in Church Road 01902 897700.
Click here for more information.
Skills and Jobs Fair
There will be another skills and jobs fair on Friday 20 September 2019 from 10am to 1pm at the Council Offices in Codsall.
Go along and talk to employers, skills and education providers, recruitment agencies and specialised services offering support into work.
Click here for more information.
New courses coming this Autumn to Jubilee Wood, Bilbrook
Community Forest Services Ltd, a local community organisation creating positive connections between people and nature, is offering Staffordshire residents the chance to attend some brand new courses at Jubilee Wood in Bilbrook this autumn.
Community Forest Services are offering Staffordshire residents the chance to attend some brand new courses at Jubilee Wood in Bilbrook this autumn. Most of the courses are FREE to attend!
Please call Rebecca Banks on 07525 120117 or email communityforestservices@gm
Meet at Bilbrook Scout Hut, Bilbrook Road, WV8 1EU for all courses.
** Baby Loves Nature ** (FREE) is every Monday for four weeks from 30th Sept to 21st Oct from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. – Experience the benefits of the outdoors for you and your baby.
** Screen Time into Green Time ** (FREE) is Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th Oct from 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. – Explore as a family how technology can enhance our connection to nature
** Komorebi Courses – Japanese for ‘Sunlight Filtering Through Trees’ ** (£20.00 each) from 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
Creativity in Nature – Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th Sept
Nature & Hypnotherapy – Thursdays 17th and 24th Oct
Forest Bathing – Thursday 8th and Friday 9th Nov
** Branch into Stem – Introduction to Conservation and Ecology ** (FREE) is every Wednesday for six weeks from 9th Oct to 20th Nov (but not Weds 30th Oct due to half term) from 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.
September Leisure Centre Membership Offer
Get #BackToIt with our special Leisure Centre membership offer this September. Join between Monday 9 and Monday 30 September 2019 and you could get up to three months free as part of our #BackToIt promotion (terms and conditions apply).
There’s something for everyone in our Leisure Centres including swimming pools, fully equipped gyms, exercise class programmes and toning suites. The Council runs four Leisure Centres in Cheslyn Hay, Codsall, Penkridge and Wombourne and they offer everything you need to get fit, stay motivated and on track to a fitter and healthier you. For more information about this promotion, please contact your local Leisure Centre.
Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre Tel: 01922 417790
Codsall Leisure Centre Tel: 01902 844032
Penkridge Leisure Centre Tel: 01785 714152
Wombourne Leisure Centre Tel: 01902 898202
Winners of the 2019 awards announced…
Congratulations to Walkers Way winners of the Wombourne in Bloom Competition for 2019 for retail premises.
Karen and Nessie aka Mamma Music from Wombourne School of Music collected the certificates for all of the premises in Walkers Way and the shield which they will now keep for the rest of the year until the 2020 competition.
Congratulations also to The Mount Pleasant winners of the Wombourne in Bloom Competition for 2019 for licensed premises.
Nicky and Mark collected their certificate and trophy which they will now keep for the rest of the year until the 2020 competition.
Chairman of Wombourne Parish Council, Councillor Daniel Kinsey said of the displays – ‘the standout business display is Walkers Way, it’s a fantastic display they have. All of the licensed premises have done really well, but the display outside the Mount Pleasant was just stunning.’
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Wombourne in Bloom Competition. It enhances to look and feel of the Village and also helps in the annual entry to the Best Kept Village Competition.