Members of the Rotary Club have had a particularly busy autumn and early part of
the winter with a number of projects in the Willenhall area designed to help the
local community and also to raise funds for charity.
Between October 28 and Remembrance Sunday on November 10 Club members
were in the Morrison's Superstore in the town collecting for the Poppy Day Appeal
on behalf of the Royal British Legion. This they have done for the past few years
and, as usual, due to the generosity of local people a considerable amount of
money was collected. The Rotary Club would like to thank the management and
staff at Morrison's for their considerable help in the organisation of this event.
YOUNG SPEAKER COMPETITION.
For the ninth year in succession the Club organised the "Young Speaker of the
Year" competition. Four local schools competed this year and, after the initial
rounds held in each school, the final once again took place on Friday, November
29 at the Chart Centre in Gomer Street, Willenhall. The four Schools competing
in this year's final were Barcroft, New Invention Junior, Pool Hayes Junior and the
As in previous years the standard of the competition was very high and all the
pupils did themselves and their respective schools great credit. After due
deliberation it was decided that the winners of this year's competition were
Alex Hill and Jack Benton of the Woodlands Academy for their presentation
of "The Earth's Problems."
The winners receive the shield which the school keeps for a year and the two
winning pupils each receive £20 while all the pupils of the other competing teams
received £10. All the pupils also receive a certificate
Current Rotary Club President Diane Sims, who presented the awards said,"There
are no losers in this competition, just winners and runners up. It gives the Rotary
Club members the chance to get involved with our local schools and final of the
competition at the Chart Centre is always a really special occasion for everyone
'CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT' CAROL CONCERT
For the 16th successive year, the Rotary Club, in conjunction with the Parish
Church of St. Giles and the St. Giles Church of England Primary School, organised
the "Christmas by Candlelight' Carol concert which took place in the Parish Church
on Friday evening, December 13.
Three choirs were involved in the concert, the Ashmore Park Choir, the Childrens'
Singing Club from St. Giles school and the Sunday 'Kool' group from St. Giles Church.
These annual concerts are always very special occasions, bringing the Willenhall
community together at Christmas and this year's was no exception being attended
by a large congregation who created a joyous atmosphere in the church.
THE "SANTA SLEIGH."
Members of the Rotary Club would like to thank all the people of Willenhall and the
surrounding areas who once again supported the "Santa Sleigh" during the run-up
The sleigh was 'out and about' in the whole area, on a number of occasions between
Monday the 9th and Friday the 20th of December as well as being 'static' at the
Morrison's Superstore on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd.
As well as touring the area the sleigh paid a visit to the Tollhouse Restaurant on the
evening of Monday, December 16 where a 'grotto' had been erected for the children
visiting the restaurant with their parents.
Later on that same evening the sleigh was taken to the "Royal Oak" pub in Portobello.
At this pub, the Parent and Carer Support Group meet each Wednesday to support
parents of children with additional needs from the Walsall, Wolverhampton and wider
areas to offer support to parents and to enable children to socialise and to get involved
in different activities. The group was formed in 2018.
In the grotto, at the pub, the children not only met Santa Claus but Mother Christmas,
a polar bear and one of Santa's reindeers too.
It was a special evening for all the children, their parents and helpers, and it is hoped
that the Rotary Club will be able to visit the "Royal Oak" with the sleigh if future years.
In conjunction with our good friends and colleagues from the Rotary Club of
Wednesfield a "Race Night" has once again been arranged which is to take
place on Friday evening, February 21, at the Corpus Christie centre at Ashmore
Park in Wednesfield. This will be the fifth year in succession this event has been
organised the main purpose of which is to ensure that everyone who attends to
support it has a very good night out but it also boosts the charity funds of both