Spring into action at Sedgley Community Centre

Spring into action with a wide range of events taking place at Sedgley Community Centre this year

Sedgley Community Centre has a wide range of events planned this spring, with something on offer for people of all ages.

The centre, situated in Ladies Walk, is well-known for being at the heart of activities in the village. And, in keeping with this tradition, there is a packed programme of events lined up to help Sedgley residents celebrate spring in style.

First of all,  jump into action this Jubilee year with the Diamond Jubilee Tea Dance on Saturday, June 2, which runs from 2pm until 4pm. In keeping with his regal occasion, anyone participating is asked to wear red, white and blue. There is no charge for admission and refreshments will be provided.

Dancing in Sedgley’s streets

Dust off your dancing shoes for a disco on Saturday, June 23, when local DJ, Steve Welch, will be spinning a stack of classic tunes from the 60s and 70s. Admission is £5 and anyone coming is invited to bring their own drinks. This event will also feature a fundraising raffle.

Summer is well and truly in bloom on Saturday, August 18, when the village’s greatest greenfingered residents unveil a stunning selection of colours and scents for the Sedgley Flower Show.

Harvesting the best of Sedgley

And, on Saturday, September 15, reap the rewards of living in the Black Country with the centre’s harvest and ploughman’s lunch event.  Starting at midday, this will feature a guest speaker providing a fascinating insight into harvest time followed by a delicious traditional ploughman’s lunch.  All are welcome and refreshments will be provided.

Finally, get crafty on Friday 28 and Saturday, September 29 with the Sedgley Live event, which will feature a craft fayre showcasing the skills of the village’s many talented residents.

In the near future, Sedgleyscene will be working with Sedgley Community Centre to bring you a regularly updated list of events. In the meantime, call 01902 678 490 for bookings and further information on this popular local venue.

Friends of Sedgley Beacon reach new heights

Sedgley Beacon Tower was constructed in 1846 and used to commemorate Queen Victoria's Jubilee

It stands at 777 ft above sea level and, in 1887, was used to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Since being built in 1846, Sedgley Beacon has been an instantly recognisable feature of the town and holds an iconic place in Black Country history.

Now, with Queen Elizabeth about to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee after 60 years on the throne, a group of Sedgley residents is working hard to restore this majestic Grade 2 listed monument back to its former glory.

After a lot of hard work and perseverance the group, known as Friends of Sedgley Beacon, is working closely with Dudley Council conservation and preservation officers and other departments.

Members have also enlisted the help of local police in setting up action plans so they can apply for funding to get Sedgley Beacon and the Grade 2 listed tower which sits on the highest point of the beacon restored and protected for future generations to enjoy.

Friends of Sedgley Beacon is also in the process of having a gate fitted to the entrance to the beacon on the Sedgley to Wolverhampton Road to stop off- road bikes and vehicles gaining access and causing damage. Once this is completed, the group can then start all the other work its members feel is so urgently needed.

Outstanding

Group spokesman, Tony Cowell, says: “Sedgley Beacon is an area of outstanding natural beauty in urban surroundings with fantastic views to the east and west.

“To the east, you can see areas of manufacturing going out to Lichfield, Cannock, West Bromwich and Birmingham – the next highest point to the east is the Ural Mountains in Russia!

“To the west, there are vast areas of countryside including the Malvern Hills, The Wrekin and the Welsh Mountains. In fact, it has been suggested that on a good clear day from the highest point of the beacon, you can see the Bristol Channel.”

Amazing views of the surrounding countryside can be seen from the top of Sedgley Beacon.

There is a quarry on the beacon which supports Limestone grassland – of extreme rarity in this region – with rare plants including greater knapweed, carline thistle and quaking grass.

There are also many different kinds of butterflies in the summer which are beautiful to see on a stroll across the beacon.

For budding archaeologists, a wide variety of fossils can also be found at the quarry.

Neglect

However, despite being such an asset to anyone in the Black Country, the years have sadly not been kind to Sedgley Beacon.

Tony explains: “Both the beacon and tower are in a very bad state of neglect. This has gone on for years – despite  the hard work and dedication put in by The Beacon Hill Tenants and Residents Association who have worked tirelessly over the last 14 years to get this done.

“The tower needs an immense amount of work both inside and out, from top to bottom, along with the immediate surrounding area which is part of the tower itself. Due to neglect, it is going to take longer and cost more to complete this project, but our group is dedicated to getting this done.”

The tower, which is built of Gornal Stone, stands 50ft high and is 7 ft in diameter. Reputedly, it was constructed for Lord Wrottesley of Tettenhall, Wolverhampton – a keen amateur astronomer.

However, other sources suggest it may have been built as a folly by a local landowner known as Mr. Petit.

Action

Tony adds: “Once the action plan is complete, we can start applying for funding from the Lottery and other organisations. Then, we can start getting the beacon and tower looking good again, so people can go and visit and appreciate what we all have on our doorstep.

“Our group would appreciate any support and backing from anyone who is interested in our project and we’d like to thank everyone who has helped us so far.”

Friends of Sedgley Beacon works closely with the Queen Victoria Centre in Dudley and holds all of its meetings there.

For more information, visit the group’s website or its Facebook page or call 01384817490.