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As part of the improvement of Church Hill, Walsall, we are developing a bees and butterfly friendly wild flower meadow. Originally the area was paved with a picnic bench but this just encouraged anti social behavior so the council removed the bench and Asda St Matthews along with Walsall Arboretum User Group prepared the area. Asda St Matthews bought the seeds and we spent the morning sowing and raking them in. We look forward to many beautiful wild flowers later this year and hope it will develop further over the coming years.
St Mary’s the Mount award winning junior choir has over 60 members aged 7 to 11. The children perform regularly at events in school and directly impact their community by participating in local singing festivals and providing entertainment at the annual Mencap Christmas party and Parish fair. They sign all their songs using Makaton, a language programme using signs and symbols to help people communicate. Combining sign and song enhances the experience of all participants and allows young people who have limited language and communication skills to perform alongside their peers and reap the emotional and creative benefits that arise through the fusion of singing and signing. Thanks to the generous support of Asda St Matthews the children were thrilled to be able to use their talents to record three brand new songs, written by their teacher Rebecca Thompson, at the Forest Arts Recording Studio. One of these songs, Good to be Different, is about to be used to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day in March. Schools and other interested parties can download the song from www.jacobsladderproductions.co.uk and all money raised will be given to charity. We are hoping to return to the recording studio later this year to undertake further projects. The children’s participation in these exciting projects will encourage them to value and experience the joy of singing while developing essential life skills such as self-confidence, discipline, cultural awareness, responsibility, and a commitment to community service.
This months celebration lunch was a little bit different. We were invited to the town hall where the Mayor of Walsall Cllr Pete Smith presented our colleagues with their reward. All colleagues had their own individual packed lunch with them and the trip included a tour of the Mayors parlour,
We were supported again by representatives from the Prince's Trust on our quarterly clean up and litter pick around Church Hill, Walsall. We were joined also by the deputy Mayor of Walsall and her consort. It was a very constructive day with 5 bags of litter being picked however, due to the weather changing dramatically in the afternoon, we abandoned the completion of the litter pick and will finish it on the 11th March.
For Valentine's day our counters colleague Luke Westwood created our very own Valentine's pizza. The picture was shared on twitter and picked up by Asda.com who put the photo on both their site and also tweeted it from the Asda account.
The new group from the Princes Trust have started their 12 week course and as part of their fund raising exercise they came in store to do bag packing. We always work along side the Princes Trust and they are joining us on a large litter picking event on the 13th February.
We were invited to St Matthews church to celebrate the licensing of the new Rector of St Matthews James Trood. The Bishop of Wolverhampton (pictured) lead the event along with other clergy and dignitaries. We were proud to be invited but honoured that we were asked to present the new Rector with a gift during the ceremony as representatives of the community.
During the sugar swaps campaign we teamed up with puregym to promote healthy living as well as healthy eating. We had an incredible interest from our customers and local schools alike. The water bopttles created the most interest along with the fridge magnets. Many thanks to Paul Foster from puregym for supporting this event.