Cold weather warning
Now that we’re starting to experience cold, frosty mornings, remember not to leave your car unattended when defrosting it.
Opportunist car thieves can take advantage and steal it so don’t leave keys in your vehicle and the engine running and make sure you stay with your car at all times.
Police advice is to clear windscreens with de-icer and a scraper and sit in the vehicle while the heater de-mists the windscreen.
Make sure your car is fully defrosted before setting off and allow extra time for your journey. Please take care on the icy roads and keep a safe distance of other cars.
For more winter driving advice, click here.
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.
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!
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.
South Staffordshire Connect bus service now available
The South Staffordshire Connect dial-a-ride bus service is now available.
This local, bookable bus service is once again helping many people who struggle to get out and about and it is aimed at residents who live away from regular bus routes or who find it difficult to use a standard bus.
The new Connect service operates between 10am and 3pm to three zones.
Wombourne is covered by Zone 3
Here’s some further information to assist you –
The South Staffordshire Connect bus returns to the Wombourne, Seisdon, Trysull, Lower Penn, Himley,
Swindon and Gospel End area.
This service will make cross-border links at Sedgley Market (Lloyds Pharmacy side) and Wolverhampton, Langley Road bus stop.
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 3pm
If you want to visit friends or family, pop to the shops, or travel to an appointment, the Connect local, bookable bus service is here to help you live the Good Life in South Staffordshire.
The Connect bus service is for any resident of any age living in the zone who:
• Doesn’t live near a regular bus route.
• Finds it difficult to use standard buses.
• Wants to make a journey which is not possible by a regular bus route.
• Can’t use a regular bus because of disability or mobility difficulties.
Available for short, local journeys within the zone.
We pick up from your home and drop you off at your destination.
Need a little extra help to get on board? No problem. Our drivers are trained to take excellent care of you.
Our buses also take wheelchairs so everyone can travel.
Passengers pay a flat rate fare of £3.00 for a single journey or £5.00 return.
How to book
Call 01902 910263 between 8am and 5pm to register and book your journey.
You can book your journey up to seven days in advance or up to two hours before travel. Once your
call is booked, we aim to be at your pick-up point within 10 minutes of the agreed time.
Terms and conditions
For full terms and conditions, please visit: www.sstaffs.gov.uk/connectbus
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
Looking for small office space?
A room has become available in the Civic Centre for rent.
Priced at just £275 per month, which includes gas, electricity and water.
The room is available for immediate occupation in this sought after location right in the Village Centre with parking on site.
For enquiries, please call the Parish Council office on 01902 896300.
Recruitment of Independent Advisors to Staffordshire Police
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bringing books to life…
Robin Hood is coming to Wombourne Civic Centre!
In line with this year’s Carnival theme Bringing books to life, Wombourne Parish Council is pleased to announce that for the first time they will be hosting a pantomime at the Civic Centre this Christmas.
Robin Hood by M&M Productions will be showing for one night only on Saturday 7th December 2019 at 6.15pm.
Tickets will be going on sale at this year’s Carnival on Sunday 7th July 2019, and are priced at just £8 for adults and £5 for children.
Seats are limited, so come along to see Rachael the Parish Council Clerk and Judy the Assistant Clerk at this year’s Carnival to buy your tickets.
For enquiries, please call the Parish Council office on 01902 896 300.