Ian Shires

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Willenhall North Ward, Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Walsall MBC Learn more

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Events coming up around Willenhall and Darlaston

by Ian Shires on 13 July, 2018

Things going on across the West Locality Area (that’s Willenhall and Darlaston to you and me)

Sunday Afternoon in Willenhall Memorial Park Bandstand- Amended Dates Update

The Friends of Willenhall Memorial Park, working with Walsall Council, are pleased to present Sunday afternoon entertainment at the park in Pinson Road, Willenhall

  • Catering for a range of musical tastes the events run from 2pm – 4 pm except where shown and are all subject to cancellation at the last minute because of adverse weather conditions.
  • Bring something to sit on and a picnic or pop in the café for a cuppa and enjoy a lovely relaxing afternoon.
  • Plenty of free car parking inside and just outside the park. See Friends of Willenhall Memorial Park facebook page for finer details.


Sunday 15th July


Willenhall Singers – a chance to join in some favourite songs from the shows and more. Always on the look out for new members
Sunday 22nd July HELP  – This “ Beatles “ band are  firm favourites at the bandstand  Come and dance to the Beatles fabulous music.
Sunday 29th July


Yam Yam Elvis – Returning by popular demand. A great afternoon with” Elvis”. You will not be disappointed.
Sunday 5th August


Walsall Brass Band  – are a  re- formed band playing for the first time at  Willenhall bandstand. Always  on the look out for new members www.walsallbrassband.btck.co.uk
Saturday  11th August



First World War Commemoration Day 12 noon to 4pm

Performing on the day from the Bandstand

Great Wyrley Brass Band playing WW1 songs you can join in with

Willenhall Salvation Army Band


Sunday 12 August


Miss Fortunes – locally based  retro harmony trio who bring a little cheeky sass to every performance.
Sunday 19 August


Vicky Jayne – popular local female vocalist who covers a wide range of musical genre.
Sunday 26th August 3pm


Willenhall Salvation Army – who have been involved with the park since it opened in 1923.


Mindful Gifts CIC Shop  Don’t miss the ‘Forged in Darlo’ event

  • Saturday 14 July 2018
  • 12 – 4pm
  • Celebrating Black Country Day!
    It will take place next to our Mindful Gifts CIC Shop in Darlaston and it’s all free!
  • Black Country Brass Band
    Clarion Singers
    Kerry Hadley Pryce
    Tim Martin
    Jessie Desai
    Emma Purshouse- Poet
    Plus free tea and cakes. 

From:  Vicki Phipps Founder / Director  Mindful Gifts CIC  http://www.mindfulgifts.co.uk    Tel 01922 495994 or 07828 935451

Darlaston in Bloom

Darlaston Town Centre Partnership have organised a community planting event & we need your help! J

Volunteers needed:

Date:                          Sunday 15th July

Time:                         10.00am – 12.00noon

Meeting:                    Old Bank Business Centre  No 43 Church Street Darlaston  WS10 8D  


Please bring:           hand tools, small steps, watering cans, secateurs, gardening gloves

We are also encouraging the local community to ‘Adopt a Planter’.   See a member of the Darlaston Town Centre Partnership for further information.

The majority of the plants will be provided on site & the ‘Darlaston in Bloom’ project is supported by

Sun Shak & the Darlaston Town Centre Partnership.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday 15th July.


Universal Credit is a new In and Out of work benefit that is paid monthly.

 Are you are affected or do you know someone who is?

Come along to this free  information session to hear more about Universal Credit from the Department for Work & Pensions:

Date:       Wednesday 18th July 2018

Venue:    Moxley People’s Centre,

                3 Queen Street Moxley WS10 8TA 

Time:      5.30pm – 6.30pm 

Check what changes you need to make

Go online and use the government’s Personal Planner to get ready for Universal Credit:


Note this is an information session & DWP are unable to discuss individual cases.

If you are interested in attending please contact:

Moxley People’s Centre on 01902 496378

or email moxleycentre@gmail.com


Darlaston Rotary HELP!

On 30 June 2019 the Rotary Club of Darlaston is likely to CLOSE after over 70 years of supporting hundreds of good causes in the town and in the wider community. The reason is quite simple. Our small membership is ageing fast and a number have worrying health concerns.

Closure of the club will mean that all the GOOD WORKS we do each year supporting the young, the old and the less fortunate, will cease. It will even mean that we will be unable to bring Santa Claus to the area.

What we need are some younger men and women with new ideas, new skills and MORE VITALITY who can spare a few hours each month.

It’s not expensive. The current membership fee is £8.00 PER MONTH and much of this goes to insurance cover for members & friends who help at events.

We meet for about 2 hours twice a month (currently on Tuesday evenings) usually over tea & biscuits when we plan our fund raising activities and how best we can help the community. Occasionally we have a meal or other social activity.

Becoming a member has wider benefits eg 1.2 MILLION POTENTIAL FRIENDS throughout the world.

If you would like further information about how you can help to save Rotary in Darlaston please contact us via the “CONTACT US” page on our website



Empowering U Auction  every Thursday night viewing from 6pm auction starts 7pm

At Beechdale Social Club Stephenson Square Walsall WS2 7 DX

  • Bargains galore and a fun night out for everyone 300-500 items every week starting at £1.
  • From house hold items to bedrooms, from makeup sets to kettles , gardening to hobbies – every week there is something different.
  • The auction is work experience for adults with learning disabilities – we are happy to take lots into the auction for Charity and we do not charge for this – so if you have items to sell then ring Nicola to book your lots on 07969915870
  • We make the experience as fun as possible but for this to continue we need support so come on down – tell your friends whether you’re a collector or have a keen eye for a bargain there is everything and anything at the auction!!

Hope to see you there soon.


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