The 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Wall Heath Community Association was held by “Zoom” on Tuesday 9 March.
After fourteen years in position as Chairman Pam Horwill has decided to step down from office. During her tenure Pam has worked tirelessly and overseen a gradual expansion in the activities offered by the Community Association so much so that prior to the enforced lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Community Centre was in use every day of the week. Happily Pam’s experience and expertise will not be lost as she has agreed to stay on the Committee and serve as Vice-Chairman.
As Pam’s successor we welcome as Chairman Colin Smith who is well versed in the activities of the Association, having been a member of the Committee for six years, for the last two of which he has served as Vice-Chairman, Colin has been the leader of the Tuesday afternoon Kurling Group for the last five years. We wish Colin well as he assumes his new role.
Due to the current coronavirus outbreak and recent government advice the Wall Heath Village Heritage Day we have taken the decision to postpone the event. We do hope to announce a new date for the event later in the year.
Wall Heath Community Association are staging a Heritage Day at the village Community Centre on Saturday 28 March, admission is FREE. Almost two hundred photographs will be on display showing what life was like in the community in the past with some photographs almost one hundred years old. That number of photographs means that on show will be buildings which have long since felt the force of the demolition hammer. In addition groups from around the village have supplied photographs of their members,past and present, so that the number of faces runs into several hundred. Village groups have also been invited to have their own display. Support from the Community has been very encouraging with over thirty individuals, groups and businesses agreeing to part sponsor the event. The Heritage Day will be open from 11.30am until 4pm with the opening ceremony being performed at 12.15pm by The President of the Community Association, Dave Tyler.
Further details of the event can be found by downloading the Wall Heath Village Heritage Day Leaflet (4 page pdf file) or by contacting Terry Church Tel 07974 428261. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual Skittles Evening was again a “sell out”. The winners, pictured below, were Bob Harbon and Jill Smith with Community Association vice chairman , Colin Smith also getting in on the photo opportunity!
A “walk round Wall Heath” was well received with tickets limited to twenty five to ensure that the walkers gained maximum input from the walk leader, John Sparry.
Commencing at the Community Centre John outlined the progress made by the Community Centre since it’s initial life in a couple of huts which had also provided accommodation for the Land Army Girls.
Proceeding across the playing field the walkers paused to cross High Street by the Wall Heath Inn , difficult to believe that less than sixty years ago steam trains passed over the A449 on the way to delivering coal to Ashwood Basin.
The basic history of St Andrew’s Church was imported before proceeding to the junction of The Parade with Foundry Road where we learned that Yew Tree Cottage was the first village school.
Along Foundry Road several landmarks of relevance were pointed out before turning into Dudley Road where John told us about the building of Grove Park and the village schools.
Walking down Enville Road we learned of the building of the Shopping Precinct and reaching Chapel Street the building used as a Chapel over a hundred years ago is still standing.
The many and varied attractions available at the long demolished Yew Tree, were a source of amazement.
Our walk concluded with tea and home made cakes, provided by members of the committee of the Community Association.
The appeal to the people of Wall Heath to “get involved” by producing hand made poppies to enable a display to be organised outside the Community Centre drew a magnificent response from the villagers with over two thousand poppies forming a memorable tribute to the fallen of the two World Wars. As a further act of remembrance a “Silent Soldier” was purchased to complement the display. The photographs show the magnificent result of so many people contributing to the end product. The display was staged from November 5th until November 19th.
Since we erected a new flag pole some two years ago the Committee of the Community Association have been conscious that the area around the pole needed a “makeover”. The initiative was seized by Linda and Tony Hickman and a proposal was prepared for the area to be cleared and prepared for a bed of chippings to be laid. A submission was made to Helping Hands for a grant and we were delighted that our proposal was approved.
For those of you who are unaware Helping Hands is a charity shop situated in High Street and as funds allow are happy to consider making grants to local organisations. If you know of any group who is need of funds please call in and see Julie Collins, who is the Manager of the shop which is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm.
The shop is always looking for good quality items to sell in the shop so if anyone can help in that way Julie would be delighted to accept the items.
Wall Heath Community Association have taken over the Notice Board, formerly the property of The Village People, opposite the shopping precinct, and details of Community Association events and activities will be shown there as well as in the notice board outside the Community Centre.
The grass and garden by our newly acquired notice board continues to be an attractive part of the village and we express our thanks to Michelle Preston who has kindly agreed to continue to supervise the maintenance of the garden.