Parish and District elections for Wombourne – South West ward to be held on Thursday 6th June 2019.
Thursday 1st August 2019
South Staffordshire Council Offices in Codsall
6pm – 8pm
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What a wonderful day we had at Wombourne Carnival. The theme of this year’s carnival was Bringing Books to Life and the village once again came alive. It was great to see so many people attend the event as well as line the streets to watch the carnival parade. It was wonderful to see adults and children both on floats and attending all dressed up, especially given the fantastically hot and sunny day we had!
All the floats were amazingly decorated and I know the judges had a hard time selecting the winners, thanks go to all the schools and organisations who took part.
This year first place went to Blakely Primary School & second place to St John’s Primary School.
The parade took its usual route around Wombourne and it was great to see so many people lined up and cheering the floats and all the organisations who took part.
Thanks go to the Police and Police cadets, 1st Responders, Fire service, Art in Motion, Wombourne leisure centre, Zig Zag Dance Factory, Guide Dogs, Crystal Dance, Rugby tots, Active Fitness Club and Wombourne Players who participated in the parade alongside the floats from the primary schools, Westfield, Blakeley, St Johns and 2nd Wombourne Brownies .
Also thanks to Wombourne Parish Chairman, Councillor Dan Kinsey and his consort Hannah Brookes for participating in the parade and events afterwards.
We were full to capacity again this year with over 60 stalls, pitches and food vendors, not to mention the Carnival bar, Fairground, Wombourne show and the ever-popular Donkey rides. It was great to see a queue for Quacky races at several points in the day.
In the Civic Centre the WI show once again wowed us with their various craft competitions while people could enjoy the tea room.
In keeping with the Carnival theme we had 3 authors reading from their books at agreed times. Spike Riley was up first reading exerts from his book which was a diary of his time in the Falklands War. Next was Nell Dixon with an exert from her newest book Murder at the Dolphin Hotel, a 1930’s crime thriller followed by Sarah Baker and the Catapult Kid, Sarah entertained children and adults alike with her story of Sid, a 6yr old boy with a love of speed and catapults.
It was lovely to see so many shops taking part in the best dressed window competition. Again, there was stiff competition and each of the 3 categories were hard to judge. In the Hospitality section first prize went to Coffee 212, second prize to The Courtyard and third prize to Farmer & Friends. In the Service section first prize went to Barclay’s Bank with their amazing Wind in the Willows full window display. Second went to both Des Fellowes shops and third prize went to Berrimans Estate Agency. Finally, in the shops category first prize went to Lets Go Round Again, second prize went to Bluebell Wood and third prize went to Abbiss.
2nd – The Courtyard
3rd – Farmer and Friends
Services (banks, estate agents, carpets, opticians, interiors)
1st – Barclays Bank
3rd – Berriman Eaton
1st – Let’s Go Round Again
2nd – Bluebell Wood
3rd – Abbiss
The best decorated building went to Sandhills Nursey for their outstanding display both inside and out.
Thank you to everyone who took part and gave up their time to make the day such a success, special thanks to the wonderful committee who volunteer countless hours throughout the year to make it a fun filled family day for all ages and to ensure Wombourne really does come alive with carnival fever.
Remember to check our website www.wombournecarnival.co.uk and our Facebook page both of which have been updated with the events of the day and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s carnival which will be Sunday 5th July 2020.
Chairman of Wombourne Carnival Committee
Who can enter?
All businesses and licensed premises within the village, including Blakeley Heath, Planks Lane, Station Road/School Road area, whose premises front an area accessed by the public and also private properties fronting the cricket ground.
What is the criteria?
Displays may be in the form of hanging baskets, window boxes or containers, window displays, or a combination of these.
How do I enter?
There’s no entry form, just simply ensure that your display is ready to be judged by the Chairman of the Parish Council in August 2019.
What do I win?
A trophy will be presented to the winner of the licensed premises and a shield will be presented to the winner oft he businesses, to be held for one year, together with a certificate at the Meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 2nd September 2019. Your involvement in this competition will help to support our entry for the Best Kept Village award and good support may help us to win
Who do I contact for any queries?
Please contact Mrs Wright, Clerk to the Parish Council, on 01902 896300.
Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) have been used by forces for over a decade. It is a volunteer role and the purpose of an IAG is to help us to build insight into the needs, wants and assets of the groups who are under-represented in our normal decision making processes. We use this insight to shape our service for the benefit of communities and engender trust and confidence. IAGs enable us to create a genuine partnership with communities and they are independent only in relation to their views.
We are continuing to challenge ourselves and provide an even better, more informed service to communities and thus we are recruiting for a new wave of Independent Advisory Group (IAG) members. The force is recruiting up to 12 residents of Staffordshire, aged 16 and above. These volunteers will provide the force with a critical appraisal of force policies and procedures, the police support to communities following a critical incident and offer an insight into the wants and needs of communities across the entire county. In effect because they come with different insights and a different perspective they are able to tell us what we may have missed and challenge thinking.
I would be grateful if you could share this with local groups and passionate individuals that could articulate the views of their community. There are fantastic opportunities to make a real difference and to enhance the experience and employability of anyone involved. Our only requirements are that they are 16 and over and that they are not already working or volunteering in the police or court system.
Anyone interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) have been used by forces for over a decade. It is a volunteer role and the purpose of an IAG is to help to build insight into the needs, wants and assets of the groups who are under-represented in normal decision making processes. This insight is used to shape the service for the benefit of communities and engender trust and confidence. IAGs create a genuine partnership with communities and they are independent only in relation to their views.
Staffordshire Police are continuing to challenge themselves and provide an even better, more informed service to communities and thus we are recruiting for a new wave of Independent Advisory Group (IAG) members. The force is recruiting up to 12 residents of Staffordshire, aged 16 and above. These volunteers will provide the force with a critical appraisal of force policies and procedures, the police support to communities following a critical incident and offer an insight into the wants and needs of communities across the entire county. In effect because they come with different insights and a different perspective they are able to tell us what we may have missed and challenge thinking.
There are fantastic opportunities to make a real difference and to enhance the experience and employability of anyone involved. The only requirements are that they are 16 and over and that they are not already working or volunteering in the police or court system.
Anyone interested should contact email@example.com.
For enquiries, please call the Parish Council office on 01902 896 300.
Wombourne Parish Council have once again pledged funding for residents to receive £10 off Children’s Summer Holiday Active Camps (terms and conditions apply, visit http://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/leisure/school=holiday-camps-3.cfm
for more information).
Aspire Active Camps have a fun and action-packed childcare programme this school holiday at Wombourne Leisure Centre for children aged 4-14
Aspire Active Camps provided childcare for over 2,000 families last year, making us the most popular Ofsted registered provider of sports and activity focused childcare in the area.
As an Ofsted registered provider, you can rest assured that all the child protection policies are in place and coaches are suitably qualified to ensure your child’s safety at all times.
Simon received several nominations for the Joan Williams Civic Award for 2018 for his contributions to Wombourne through his work with the Best Kept Village Committee.
Here’s a snippet of Simon’s nominations –
‘Simon has worked tirelessly to improve the appearance of the village, leading by example whilst positively promoting community awareness and spirit. With his encouragement and the use of social media, Simon has reached out to a wider audience of residents and groups, publicising the work of the BKV team and involving and encouraging residents to take greater pride in their surroundings by taking part in the regular litter picks and clearing of pathways around the village.‘
‘Simon has inspired so many people to pick up a bag and help tidy our lovely village and has been so enthusiastic with it, he has got people involved and really for the village working together.’
‘Simon has shown commitment, energy, interest and involvement since joining the Committee and cleared vast areas of the village of overgrowth and leaves.’
The Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Daniel Kinsey presented Simon with his award at the Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 12th June 2019, with his friends from the Best Kept Village Committee there to support him.
The following day on the Best Kept Village Committee’s Facebook page he posted the following message –
‘So I wanted to keep last night’s recognition a quiet affair but those plans went out of the window (and in the bin) when many of my fellow BKV volunteers decided to gate-crash and show their support!
Not one to miss out on a litter pick I walked down to the Civic Centre suited and booted, with a brolly in one hand and an empty bread bag in the other – not my normal litter picking gear and not a position I ever thought I would find myself in.
Zoom back to this time last year, I hadn’t picked up one piece of litter from the streets of Wombourne, didn’t know the road names around the village green let alone wonder who was responsible for planting many of the plants around Wombourne.
On that evening I bumped into a volunteer sweeping the village green. As I had a spare 30 minutes or so I decided to help him and find out who this weirdo with a broom was!
30 minutes later I walked into a BKV committee meeting not knowing what to expect – and that’s when I was hooked. I saw a handful of volunteers who had given many hours over many years trying to make Wombourne a nicer place to live and build that community spirit that many people think has long gone.
We owe a lot to this team but it also dawned on me that this team can’t do this forever, it’s time to do my bit – I don’t want my kids to grow up thinking that a messy unkept village is the new norm.
However, that’s enough about me, BKV as a team have done some great things this year. Like me all our new volunteers have done is simply piggy backed on to the foundations that the existing team have given us. This team were old enough and wise enough to have allowed us to bring in new ideas, new approaches and new energy. Some of these have worked, some haven’t and some of our biggest ideas are still in the pipeline.
The actual competition doesn’t matter, we have all done our best. We have been joined by many new faces, we have been joined by businesses wanting to support us as they recognise that a vibrant village is good for them too. We have been joined by families with children both young and old. We have been joined by those that have adopted new areas of their neighbourhood, allowing us to focus elsewhere and we have been joined by the likes of the Girl Guides, Cubs, Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, Beavers, Friends of Wombrook, Schools and High Flyers.
It’s our village not the Council’s but our working relationship and understanding of both the Parish and District Council is second to none.
I can’t possibly mention everything we do as a team, nor can I talk about every volunteer. However I do know that some of these people have won this award in the past and I know what they continue to do for the good of the village. I know that one of the previous winners has now had a double knee replacement yet still helps us and will be out again this weekend. I know that another is on the lookout for a new set of lungs but works harder than any of us, and I know that others just continue to work quietly in the background supporting us where they can.
It’s a team and everyone is welcome – enthusiasm always preferred over ability.
On my own I can’t make Wombourne a nicer place to live, our committee and volunteers can’t make Wombourne that perfect place either. But we hope to encourage ever more to join us and we hope that our enthusiasm is contagious. We hope to bring fresh ideas, fresh approaches and new knees!
Thanks for all your kind messages and support and finally thanks to our family and friends. They have supported us in a role that takes up time but one that is very rewarding.’
Wombourne’s Best Kept Village committee meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in the Council Chamber at 7pm.
They have regular litter picks arranged on Friday’s and Saturday’s every month, the next being Friday 12th July and Saturday 27th July.
Visit their facebook page https://en-gb.facebook.com/wombourneBKV/ for more information.
For more information about the Joan Williams Civic Award, please contact the Parish Council office on 01902 896 300.
All the planning over several months made for a truly memorable afternoon at the Civic Centre in Wombourne.
Chris & Dorothy, who share the role of Chair were inspired with the idea to plan this event. They offered greetings to the Sedgley, Perton, Codsall, Penn Townswomens Guild branches and Inner Wheel ladies, who added to our numbers and helped us celebrate. Previous Chairs and Committee members from the Wombourne branch were present, some of whom are also founder members, 50 years ago.
Our important guest was Maggie O’Hara, who is a versatile vocalist. We were well entertained for a full hour with a range of songs carefully chosen. Many present would have been part of the Guild Choir, so singing along with most of her numbers came naturally. Lots of feet were tapping too, so perhaps dancing could have been included too!
An excellent selection of sandwiches and various types of cakes, with numerous pots of hot tea were soon served to the 80 of us present. Refreshments were bought, prepared and served by members of the Guild. Following time to chat and eat, the clearing up was quickly achieved with no fuss as members volunteered, with aprons, rubber gloves and many tea towels! A special thank you can be made to 2 of our Members, Jan and Judy for the most delicious sandwiches, professionally prepared and much enjoyed.
All in all, we had a lovely time with a surprise gift to take home from our ‘Crafty Carole’. Reminiscing, working together, and much laughter are always in evidence at TG gatherings and with singing too this event was exceptional. Thank you to the Committee.
Meetings are 2nd Thursday of the month at the Community Centre, Wombourne 7.30pm. Contact Margaret 01902 753795 for details.
Article written by Sue Stevens, TG Publicity
Come along to a bereavement support event on Wednesday 15th May at Wombourne Civic Centre (WV5 9HA) between 10am and 3pm.
You can leave a message in memory of a loved on on our Tree of Remembrance and join us for tea, coffee and cake to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of Sytch Lane Cemetery.
Lots of local businesses and support organisations will be on hand to talk to you about planning ahead and the support and services that are available once someone has passed away.
Come along and talk to people from the District Council’s Bereavement Services, Wombourne Funeral Services, Co-operative Funeralcare, Jennings Funeral Directors, Cruse Bereavement Care, Citizens Advice Staffordshire South West, Age UK Staffordshire, CASS The Carers Association, St Giles Hospice, The Beth Johnson Foundation, Taylor’s Florists, Jenny’s Kitchen,Gornal Wood Crematorium (Dudley Council), Helen Emery, a funeral celebrant and Kensington Square Will Writers.