Wom Brook, which gives its name to Wombourne rises on the Penn Common and joins Smestow Brook at Smestow. It is made up of four compartments, each having a different landscape character. The Wom Brook corridor consists of the water body itself and assorted vegetation banks. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust surveyed the site in May 2004 and it was found that an active colony of water voles is present on at least one section of the brook. Water voles are in serious decline nationwide, these much loved endangered mammals are recognised in the local Biodiversity Action Plan, which identifies a number of other species and outlines recovery measures. The brook corridor also has a diversity of aquatic margin species as well as woodland species. The site was declared as a Local Nature Reserve in 2008 and was awarded Green Flag in 2009.
Wombourne’s Annual Christmas Light Switch On
Don’t miss this year’s Christmas light switch on taking place on Friday 30th November at 6pm.
Activities will start at 5.40pm with Westfield Primary School Choir singing Christmas songs, a countdown to the light switch on, and a firework display by
Father Christmas will also be making an appearance in his sleigh.
With thanks to Wesfield Primary School, Sedgley and Wombourne Rotary Club and Mr Paul Maddox for supporting this event.
A new Local Plan for South Staffordshire is being prepared by South Staffordshire Council. Have your say and take part in the consultation.
The first stage of the consultation takes place from Monday 8th October until 5pm on Friday 30th November 2018. During the consultation, three all day drop in sessions are taking place in Penkridge, Codsall and Wombourne from 10am to 7pm where you can meet and talk about the review with the Council’s Local Plans Team.
Don’t miss your opportunity to help shape the future of South Staffordshire.
Your local drop in session will be taking place on
Wednesday 7th November 2018 from 10am – 7pm at Wombourne Civic Centre
For more information, you can
Sign up for updates: www.sstaffs.gov.uk/localplanupdates
Home alone at Christmas… join South Staffordshire Council for a free Christmas lunch!
Celebrate Christmas at our tenth annual Christmas lunch for retired residents of the district who are over the age of 60 and don’t have any family or friends visiting them on Christmas Day.
Transport is provided along with an appearance by Santa and a present for everyone and entertainment including carolsplayed by the Salvation Army band
To book your place, please contact Sonja Oatley MBE on 07766822600 or by email at email@example.com by Friday 14th December. Places are free but are limited to 50 people, so early application is recommended.
Sponsored by Catering Academy, South Staffordshire District Council, Soth Staffordshire District Members Fund and the Co-operative.
Codsall, WV8 1PX
SPACE scheme is back
SPACE provides young people aged 10-19 years access to hugely discounted leisure activities.
Throughout the school holiday, young people aged 10-19 have the opportunity to purchase a weekly swim pass for just £1 and young people aged 16-19 years can purchase a membership pass giving them access to the gym, classes and swimming for just £2.
To purchase SPACE passes pop into Wombourne Leisure Centre.
In the mean time, here’s the October Half Term Swimming Programme.pdf/at Wombourne Leisure Centre
Free exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day
Come along to Wombourne Parish Council’s Council Chamber on Saturday 10th November 2018 from 10am until 4pm for a free exhibition to mark 100 years since the end of The Great War.
Wombourne Parish Council in collaboration with Wombourne History Group will be showcasing local memorabilia and members of the History Group will be on hand to answer questions. The exhibition will feature fashion and the role of women at the time. There will be an interactive talk from David Taylor from the Group at 11am, 1pm and 3pm for approximately 15 minutes, which you don’t want to miss.
The event is free for all, and refreshments will be available. For any queries, please call the Parish Council Office on 01902 896300.
Find out more about Wombourne’s Best Kept Village Committee
Wombourne’s Best Kept Village (BKV) Committee are a small team of volunteers who give up their time in order to make our Village a nicer place to live.
Here’s just some of the things they have been up to this year –
The plants in the planters at the entrance to the Village are bought and planted by BKV members. They are watered throughout the summer by High Flyers.
BKV run a posters and poetry competition for Wombourne Primary Schools with three categories, under 5’s, 5-7 years and 8-11 years. A presentation takes place at the meeting of the Full Council on the first Monday in October each year.
BKV also run a garden, hanging basket and container competition, which is kindly sponsored by Orton Electrical and Mechanical Services Ltd. This year there were 26 entrants. Judging is completed by horticulturist Mr Howard Drury, and a presentation takes place in September each year.
Members of BKV litter pick the Village throughout the year, and Members of the public are welcome to join the litter picks during April, May, June and July prior to the Committee meeting. Members also undertake other activities such as spraying anti dog fouling reminders to pavements, and painting local benches.
Local shops and businesses have got involved this year, with the Spar staff joining in with litter picks. The Co-Op is School Road have also regularly litter picked and donated bottles of water to volunteers. The Co-Op at Blakeley have formed a groundforce team to tackle various issues and Coffee 212 provided free refreshments at a recent Village Tidy Up.
If you’re interested in seeing more of what BKV have been up to this year, please visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wombourneBKV
Vote for the Wom Brook Walk in the UK’s People’s Choice Awards 2018
This award asks the nation to have its say and decide which parks and green spaces are the UK’s favourites. Only parks that have won the prestigious Green Flag award qualify for the People’s Choice nomination.
To vote, go to www.greenflagaward.org and find your park on the winners map, then click the voting button.
Click here to vote for the Wom Brook Walk.
Voting closes on Sunday 30 September 2018. Please note that you can only vote once and multiple votes will not be counted.
Here’s some information on the Wom Brook Walk, taken from http://www.greenflagaward.org.uk
Wom Brook Walk
South Staffordshire Volunteer Awards 2018
Support Staffordshire (South Staffordshire), South Staffordshire Council and SCVYS are holding the Volunteer Awards at a Volunteer Celebration Event as part of Support Staffordshire’s December Locality Forum on Wednesday 5 December 2018 6pm – 8:30 pm at The Council Chambers, South Staffordshire District Council Offices, Wolverhampton Rd, Codsall WV8 1PX in order to publicly recognise and acknowledge the hard work and support that volunteers give to the community of South Staffordshire.
We want to honour those who have really made a difference to their communities, but we need your help.
To nominate an individual or organisation who you feel deserves to be recognised for their continued efforts please complete the form below. You may choose to nominate for more than one category; once the nominees have been shortlisted we will inform all organisations, the winners will be announced on the evening of the Volunteer Celebration Event.
CATEGORIES: Supporting South Staffordshire Council’s three priorities:
1. A Connected District:
- Volunteering Through Adversity – A volunteer that through adversity has successfully managed and sustained a placement within an organisation
Community Impact Award – recognising a Voluntary Organisation who has gone that extra mile in supporting Volunteers with Additional Support Needs
2. A Skilled and Prosperous District:
- Volunteer Achievement in Self Development – A volunteer who has gained new skills and/or qualifications which have impacted on their life or the community
Business Contribution to Volunteering – for businesses that encourage their workers to volunteer in the community, or businesses that may have sponsored much needed work /resources for your organisation
3. A Safe and Sustainable District:
- Volunteering Support for young people by a team or individual – recognising a project or volunteer who has made a difference to young people (under 25) in the community of South Staffordshire
- Volunteering Support by a team or individual working primarily with the over 65’s – recognising a project or volunteer who has made a difference to the over 65’s in the community of South Staffordshire
- Lifetime Achievement Award – recognising an individual who has been committed to volunteering for over 10 years (this does not have to be for the same organisation for 10 years)
Volunteer of the Year (under 25) – recognising a person who has made a valuable contribution to your organisation
All entries must be completed and received by Wednesday 31 October 2018 at 5pm.
For further information and an application form, please email: PolicyAdmin@sstaffs.gov.uk
Tuesday 25th September 2018
Wombourne – Locality 5
Meeting place – The Railway Café, Old Station, Bratch Lane,
Wombourne, WV5 9AD at 10am
Meeting time – 10am
Wombourne Railway Walk
Duration 2 hours. 4 miles of mainly flat walking along the railway walk, canal towpath and footpaths.
Contact – Bob Lynch Email: firstname.lastname@example.org