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Welcome to the Aldridge Newsletter
June 2006

Newsletter index page here

In your June Newsletter, is a wide selection of topics, local services and information about Aldridge, keeping you well informed in a short convenient format.

If you, or someone you know, has information to include here, just send an e-mail to Alan

You are welcome to forward this Newsletter to your friends.

The Aldridge Fayre
on SATURDAY, 24TH JUNE 11am at ANCHOR MEADOW in Aldridge.
Organised by Aldridge & District Lions Club
Heart Care
Heart Care will be selling bric-a-brac, merchandise and cakes.
There will also be a tombola.
visit our stall and help a local medical charity, looking after the people of Aldridge and surrounding areas.

Cakes, bottles, & unwanted gifts always welcome to use as raffle prizes, & tombolas.

website:Heart care

Cutting Edge Carpentry Service
Aldridge based business, now offers a worktop cutting service for people who want to fit their own kitchen, and need just a little help to get that perfect joint to fit the worktops.

Owned by Sam, he also offers full kitchen design, installation and fitting service plus all other building projects including tiling, plumbing and electrics.

Call Sam, to discuss your requirements on 01543 820700.

Aldridge Lawn Services.....poetry in motion ?

If your grass, is far too long
or you don't feel, quite that strong
If the grass grows, much too quick
or has your back, just signed off sick
then I'm reliable, and very neat
rest assured, i'm hard to beat
as you see, I am no poet
but show me a lawn, and I'll mow it !

Have a break....Call Aldridge Lawn Services 01922 452338
( poetry extra !)

Heart Care, Walsall Cardiac Rehabilitation Trust, is holding a Sponsored Walk on SUNDAY, 2ND JULY from 11.30 a.m. at The Dilke on the Aldridge Road.

Heart Care is a local medical charity based in Walsall. The charity provides cardiac rehabilitation and after-care to those people who have suffered a heart attack, undergone heart surgery or suffer from serious heart problems. Heart Care also runs a rehabilitation and after care programme at the Streetly Community Centre.

The sponsored walk offers a relaxing 4 mile walk through beautiful woodland countryside, along canal towpaths, taking in a lovely poolside walk. The walk starts at 11.30 a.m. at The Dilke on the Aldridge Road and refreshments can be taken along the way or at the end of the walk.

Everyone is welcome to join the Sponsored Walk, which in previous years has proved to be a really enjoyable day out for all. All funds raised will go towards the continuing care of people in the local area with heart problems.

The walk is free to anyone with a Sponsor Form or donation to Heart Care on the day.

For further information and Sponsorship Forms,

ring Heart Care on 01922 725050.
Val Day
Events & Fund-Raising Co-ordinator
website Heart Care

Limited Edition Crystal Art
Bespoke and personalised hand cut engraving on crystal glass, for unique personal gifts, including images on glass.

Call David ..on Aldridge ( 01922) 454304 for more info.
website: LECA

Henwood Court Financial Planning
Dedicated and passionate about providing quality independant financial advice in all areas of personal finance.
To arrange for a free no obligation consultation contact us on:
0845 055 1970
e-mail: Henwood Court

Retirement planning, Pensions, Investments, Mortgages, Inheritance Tax Planning.
Authorised & regulated by the Financial services authority.
The Financial services authority does not regulate inheritance tax planning

Website: Henwood Court.Com

Gas Mark 1

Corgi registered, specialist in maintenance, service & installation of domestic appliances in your local area.

( Happy to show valid documents and certification to customers for total peace of mind )

Tel: 07956 614777 or 01922 863562

Tel 01922 428021
14 myatt avenue Aldridge ws9 0dr

website: m.b.Angling

Rosie's Walk ( 15 & 16 July 2006)
Written contribution by Karen Ross.
Rosie's Helping Hands - Reg. Charity No 1097278

The charity is based in Aldridge where we have lived for many years it came about by tragic circumstances when we lost our 16 year old daughter Rosie Ross, who was fatally stabbed in a random and motiveless attack whilst relaxing in Centenary Square Birmingham on a Saturday afternoon in 2001.

The charity raises money to benefit local children and young people as well as providing equipment and training for Walsall Manor Hospital and Birmingham?s City Hospital Accident and Emergency departments. The University of Birmingham, Cancer Studies department also benefits from donations for equipment.

Our largest fundraiser is Rosie's Walk which began as a sponsored walk in remembrance of Rosie. It has grown over the years to become a popular afternoon of entertainment and activities for all ages. Apart from being a fundraiser we also view it as our way of saying ?Thank You? to the community of Aldridge for their continuous kindness and support which has helped us enormously in our ability to cope with our loss.

Many, many local people of all ages have benefited from donations the charity has given out to various groups, individuals, hospitals and Cancer Studies. We keep in touch with some and it is wonderful to see how small amounts of money can make a vast difference to a group or someone's life and well being.

Forthcoming Events:

Rosie's Fundraising Weekend Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July 2006, Kicks off with...

The Worlds Largest Bike arriving in Aldridge. The bike with 24 sponsored riders is then heading off to Walsall on a round trip. Teams are being organised made up of Rosie's school year group and anyone who knew Rosie. If you would like to be in one of the teams please contact Karen Ross.

The bike comes with a 3.8 metre double sided banner and we are seeking local businesses to help sponsor this fundraiser and have their company logo printed on the banner. If you are interested please contact Karen Ross on 01922 456398.

Sunday 16th July is Rosies Walk and Festival, Country & Western style at Aldridge Airfield from 12 Noon to 5pm. A popular event including a beautiful 4 mile walk through some of Walsalls hidden countryside followed by an afternoon of live music, dancing and activities for all the family. Special guest TV Robot Wars double world champions Razer team will be in the Robo Challenge arena with builder and driver Ian Lewis. Free entry, plenty of on site parking and refreshments or bring a picnic. For Sponsor Forms or more information please call Karen.

Friday 27th October 2006 "The Rod Stewart Experience" plus "Halloween Disco" at the Lazyhill Public House, Walsall Wood Road, Aldridge. A real treat for any Rod Stewart Fan as Gary Preece is Rods double. Tickets are 8.00 each available from either Karen Ross or the Lazyhill Pub from September.

Leaving the Village by Sue Satterthwaite

For those of you who don't have a copy of "Leaving the Village", Yes it is about this, then go out and treat yourself with a copy, knowing you will have made a generous contribution to Rosie's Helping Hands...

The book contains the fascinating and deeply moving stories of the 101 men whose names appear on the Aldridge War Memorial. It includes details of the family who lost a son in each of the two World Wars, a tribute to the bravery of the village's youngest casualty aged just 16, and an account of the compassion of an Aldridge man who was killed as he dressed the wounds of a German Soldier.

Sue Satterthwaite (the author of 'Leaving the Village') also describes what life in Aldridge was like before each of the World Wars. Read about the first aircraft seen over the village in 1913, the closure of the last pit, the parrot that annoyed a milkman and floodlit dancing at Cedar Court.

Sue gives a detailed history of the War Memorial, considers why the names of five of the seven men who are buried in the Commonwealth War Grave in Aldridge Cemetery are not inscribed on it, and ends with memories of life in Aldridge during the Second World War.

Illustrated with copies of more than 100 photographs, maps and other records Sue's third book is a welcome addition to our knowledge of Aldridge and its history.

All the profits from the book will be donated to Rosie's Helping Hands.

Here is a list of local stockists, and if they sell out, please let me know by email to Alan at Aldridge web, contact details at the end of the Newsletter.

  • Walsall Local History Centre
  • Aldridge Library
  • Ottakers Bookshop (Walsall branch only)
  • Post Office (Lazy Hill only)

    M.E.Brown. (Aldridge) Saddle and Harness Maker
    Tel: 07804 249687

    Maker of pony saddles at very reasonable prices.
    General Purpose and Showing Saddles 15 -15 -16 from only 350.00
    Saddles are made in the traditional way using a wooden saddle tree.
    Simple design with an emphasis on the child feeling secure in the saddle.
    As a child doesn't have the length in the legs, to create a feeling of control; I cut the panel narrower on the knee roll, which uses less flocking, this creates less bulk for a little rider to get their legs round the pony.

    G'day ...from Tony Kirk down under...!
    Tony, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday at home in Australia, would like your help to trace old friends and family from his days as a resident and teacher in Aldridge....
    Full details here


    Electrical Installations and testing for both Domestic & Commercial services

    Speak to Mike, to discuss your requirements. Tel 01922 455653

    website: Electra Light

    BBQ offer to Aldridge residents

    At last the sunshine has arrived, and now is a great time to spend in the garden, so take advantage of our great offer ....
    4 burner gas BBQ with hood and hard wood trolley, with over 50% discount, plus you get free delivery to your door !
    Full details here ...and you only pay when it's delivered !

    Aldridge Tip...updated
    The Site in Merchants way, is now operated and managed by E.C.T. for Walsall Council, in a move to prevent "commercial waste" being dumped at tax payers expense.

    A new barrier installed at the merchants way site will prevent vehicles over 5ft 7inches from entering, and now requires all commercial vehicles to be "booked" in advance by telephone, on 01922 409802.

    Note.. the number published in the Walsall Advertiser on Thursday 8th June is wrong.
    This will not apply to residents with cars, mpv's and 4x4 vehicles,
    however, if you drive any type of van, even if it is for your "wedding cake Business" or you have a trailor, because you don't want a messy will have to pre-book a day in advance, just like the Trade users of the site !

    Site Opening Hours are:
    9am till 5pm each day, except wednesdays late opening till 7 pm.

    Trade Frames Limited

    Welcomes enquiries from both Public and Trade in Aldridge

    Speak to Mark on 01922 456223

    Any contributions and information will be welcome, please email: Aldridge-web

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