On this page;

● Honorary Life Membership

● WNTA donation to Wightwick Manor

● New Gateway at Charlecote Park Places Meadow

● Antiques Roadshow at Baddesley Clinton

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Honorary Life Membership

A letter from Ron and Irene Dale

Irene and I would like to thank the President, Cliff Hubbold, Chairman, Dr. Malcolm Taylor, members of the Management Committee and all members of Walsall National Trust Association for the unique honour of granting Honorary Life Membership to us.

We have so many happy memories of all our involvement with the Association We joined the Association when it was formed in August 1985. Soon, Irene became involved with the Merchandise Counter originally headed by Eunice Perry and Joan Richardson. Eventually Irene took over the running of the Counter when Joan became President. I lent a hand in advertising. We both soon became members of the Management Committee holding office until we retired last year. 

Irene and I took over the editorship of the Newsletter in the autumn of 2009. With help, we also had a Web Site written for us which we administered. In this IT age it is a “must” in informing not only our members but the wider public of what is taking place within our Association. We were very pleased to be able to pass on the editorship of the Newsletter and the Web Site to Kathy and John Norman

Over the years, we have met and made friends with people from all walks of life and from many different backgrounds. It certainly gave us the opportunity to visit many National Trust and Private properties either by coach, car or on holidays that we would not otherwise have visited. The evening and afternoon talks were and are always very informative giving us information on a whole range of subjects. Also, the monthly walks and walkers’ holiday gives an added interest to many of our members. We are lucky to have those members who dedicate their time in arranging all these activities. We would like to thank them all for the help they gave us during our time of editorship.

Our very best wishes to all members of the Association. Long may it continue to prosper..

Irene and Ron Dale.

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WNTA donation to Wightwick Manor

Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton

Walsall National Trust Association has ensured that an exciting new project at Wightwick Manor has gone ahead by donating £12 000 to the house. The old Malthouse has been converted into a gallery. This gallery will enable them to display works of art from nationally important collections across the country. They are starting with a 10 year partnership with the De Morgan foundation to display ceramics by William De Morgan and paintings by his wife, Evelyn.
  The gallery is now open. Click on the image to read about the first impressive display.

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The total project cost is £120,000 but they have secured £110,000 from various charitable Trusts and £50,000 from the property’s own funds. WNTA has covered the final £10 000 and provided £2 000 to purchase 8 steamer chairs for the terrace, which was another item on the Trust’s ‘wish list’. The funds are part of a bequest from the estate of Miss Margaret Stanley, who was a member of our association until her death. Margaret’s gift will be properly acknowledged when the gallery is opened.

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New Gateway at Charlecote Park Places Meadow

Another property to benefit from Margaret Stanley’s legacy is Charlecote Park. The gateway into Places Meadow has deteriorated over the past few years and needs replacing. The donation of £4 500 from WNTA will enable the gateway to be restored to the same design as the original.

Places Meadow overlooks the River Avon as it flows through Charlecote Park. Paul Smith, the Park and Garden manager, describes it as pretty, peaceful and productive. Following wildflower planting in 2015, it was featured on BBC’s popular programme, Country File. At various times of the year, a fine herd of Jacob sheep can be seen grazing in the meadow.

Ruth Webb, Business Support Coordinator at Charlecote writes, “Can I thank your members for your continued support. We are always delighted by the support that is given to our work from our local supporter groups and recognise that much of our work couldn’t take place without you.”

Charlecote Park

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Antiques Roadshow at Baddesley Clinton

If you watch the TV series “Antiques Roadshow” you will have recognised that the programmes are often filmed at NT properties. (I love the bit when the high valuation of a family treasure is met by a shocked “of course we would never sell!).This is not only a source of revenue to a property but is also very good and widely spread publicity as Fiona Bruce shares something of the history of each house, the family who owned it and the treasures still on show. Last October, one of Walsall Association’s favourite properties Baddesley Clinton, was the venue for two consecutive programmes and I think the producers showed it well.Unlike some of the larger, grander properties, one could imagine it as a home (“Don’t get ideas above your station, Ali)) and Fiona told something of the history of the Ferrers family who had lived there for more than 500 years. To some of us, this programme was especially interesting but I hope that future Roadshows will introduce new people to the places to whose upkeep we contribute . Please spread the word to your friends!

Alison Beardwood

Fiona Bruce at Baddesley