Sedgley Brockswood Vikings Need Your Help to Set Sail

Members of Sedley Viking Combat/Reenactment Group, Hrafn Vaeringi
Members of Sedley Viking Combat/Reenactment Group, Hrafn Vaeringi

A Sedgley Viking combat and reenactment group is appealing to local businesses and individuals to help its members build a historic settlement at the much-loved Brockswood Animal Sanctuary in Catholic Lane.

The group, called Hrafn Vaeringi, are currently in the process of building a fascinating Viking village settlement. However, as member Amelia Greenhill explains:

“We have done this so far by reusing/reclaiming materials on site or buying new out of our club funds, but we are now running out of supplies fast.

“I know it’s a difficult time financially for many at the minute, but literally any help would be appreciated. I am asking local businesses if they can either donate materials such as feather boards to make roof shingles, nails, planking similar to palette planks, any wood lengths, roof lathes etc.

“Alternatively, people could donate to our Go Fund Me page (there’s also a link at bottom of this article).

Members of Hrafn Vaeringi Working on Their Viking Settlement at Brockwood

“We are trying to get the build finished as soon as possible as we are hoping it is going to bring in some much needed funds to the sanctuary once completed. As you all may be aware, Brockswood has been highly affected by the Covid-19 lockdown – both financially and from the theft of three of their sheep and two turkeys which left them devastated.

“We will be holding Viking-themed open days to show how everyday life would have been back then, forging demonstrations and battles etc to try and transform the settlement into an informative, interactive attraction.

“If businesses are able to donate supplies once the village is complete, we will be having a ‘built with the help of’ thank-you board on display to which a small advertisement/plug can be placed for your businesses.”

Brockswood Animal Sanctuary is a non-profit organisation based at the bottom of Catholic Lane in Sedgley, West Midlands. Staff here care for and rehabilitate sick, injured, abused and in many cases abandoned and unwanted animals; giving them a safe and happy ‘Forever Home’, while also endeavouring to restore and renovate the ‘Cotwall End’ site.

You can also read more about Hrafn Vaeringi on their Facebook page.


Former Dormston School Pupil Kim is Cutting it in Style

New senior stylist at HeadRUSH and former Dormston School pupil Kim Southall

A former Sedgley school pupil has proved she can cut it by joining the team at a successful independent Dudley hair salon which is approaching its 10th birthday in style.

Kim Southall, who attended Dormston School, has joined the six-strong team as a senior stylist at HeadRUSH in Wolverhampton Street, after the salon’s commitment to cutting-edge styling helped it beat off the challenge of national hairdressing chains.

The salon has enjoyed a great start to 2012 after a concerted social media drive through Facebook and Twitter helped it attract more than 50 new customers.

Founded by Samantha Bradley, the unisex hair salon is also looking to mark its 10th year in business by raising money for Acorns Children Charity through special promotional days and a range of hairdressing challenges.

Visit the HeadRUSH Facebook page or call 01384 232 432 to book an appointment.


Is Gornal the social media capital of the world?

The humble surroundings of Gornal might prove to be the launchpad for Black Country businesses and social media

It was the epicentre of the famous Dudley earthquake in 2002 and now Gornal may be able to lay claim to yet another global phenomenon – as the launchpad for social media in the Black Country.

At a  recent workshop held for manufacturers in the Black Country, it was revealed that six of the 12 delegates in attendance were either born in the village or are currently living there.

The seminars, hosted by Danks Cockburn Public Relations – a company founded by former Ellowes Hall pupils Mat Danks and Russ Cockburn – was giving local companies an insight into the world of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ in a bid to help them win new contracts and create jobs.

During the presentation, funded by MAS Auto, the word ‘Gornal’ cropped up in conversation and it soon became clear that nearly half of the audience had some association with the area.

Trico Tooling’s Mark Poutney and Adam Calloway of Benton Manufacturing were both born in the village, while Jonathan Hickman (Cab Auto) listed Straits Primary as his first school and Andy Essom (HT Brigham) has swapped plush Sutton Coldfield for the friendly enclave of the Black Country.

Russ Cockburn, director at DCPR, says: “We’ve always said Gornal is at the cutting edge of technology and this surely proves it beyond any reasonable doubt.

“This was a social media workshop open to every manufacturer in the West Midlands and we ended up with six ‘Gornolians’ as delegates. While we tried to keep on topic as much as possible, it wasn’t long before we started sharing tales of pubs we frequent and our universal love of real ale – well, that’s two topics we’re certainly cutting-edge in!”

Visit the DCPR website to learn more about how this local company is engaging others in the business opportunities presented by social media.