What an interesting exhibition and talk organised by Wombourne History Group & Wombourne Parish Council on 10th November. The title was ‘2018 – A Time to Remember The End of WW1’. It was great to hear and see information relating to Wombourne and lovely to see so many people attending this free event ahead of Remembrance Sunday. This year there were some additions to the Remembrance Sunday Church Services with thanks to the Armed Forces Covenant “There but not there” campaign. Following the 2014 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, which represented the 888,246 British and Commonwealth Service men and women who lost their lives in the First World War, the ‘Sitting Tommy’ commemorated the centenary of the end of the 1914-1918 war and those who lost their lives.
A new play area opened in Bratch Park, Bratch Lane in September which is specifically designed for younger children. The need was identified by the Parish Council in 2015/2016 and the children at the four Primary Schools were consulted in relation to what equipment they would like to see. The aerial runway (zip wire) was their number one priority; installed in 2017, with the balance of the items installed and operational in September 2018. A few pictures of the new equipment are on the back page. The car park has now also been resurfaced. The Parish Council would love to hear your feedback on the new equipment, we have seen some posts on Social Media indicating young children are loving it. Please email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
As mentioned in a previous article a new local plan for South Staffordshire is being prepared by the District Council. The first stage of consultation took place from Monday 8th October until 5pm on Friday 30th November 2018. An all-day drop-in session was held at Wombourne Civic Centre is on Wednesday 7th November 2018. The plan can be viewed at www.sstaffs.gov.uk/localplanreview
Now Christmas is fast approaching I trust everyone is looking forward to the holidays, hopefully spending time with family and friends. Wombourne Parish Councillors hope you enjoyed the Christmas Light Switch on at the Civic Centre on Friday 30th November The Westfield School Choir sang a great selection of Christmas Carols and Santa was also in attendance.
It is always lovely to feel the Village atmosphere on the Friday evening, with several shops staying open late and crowds of people bustling around. It was great to see lots of people out and about the next day as well, as the first Saturday in December each year is Small Business Saturday. This is a Nationwide initiative to encourage more people to ‘shop locally’. Each year some of the shops and businesses offer up various discounts, some on the day, and some for early in the New Year.
Finally, at that remains is to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.