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November's celebration lunch took us to the Mayor's parlour and was hosted by the Mayor of Walsall, Cllr Angela Underhill, and her consort John Underhill. The Mayor is keen to share the parlour with as many people as possible and really welcomed our colleagues as well as handing out the awards.
Our customer trading manager Jane Smith lead the way with Halloween fancy dress. Jane has an entire wardrobe of fancy dress and really enters into the spirit of the occasion. The store held a fancy dress competition with 5 winners receiving tickets to a local bonfire and firework display.
To make our celebration lunches a bit more special, we try and visit different venues so the event is more of a celebration for our colleagues. October gave us the chance to visit Walsall fire station and included a tour of the building and engines. Our colleagues get a tailor made packed lunch and enjoy getting away from the store to celebrate somewhere different.
As well as the in store promotion of "Love Food, Hate Waste" Asda St Matthews also took the campaign to the Environment day at Walsall Arboretum. The day was geared towards being more friendly to the environment and included about 140 stalls all promoting environmentally friendly activities and goods. Our campaign created a lot of interest with people learning and taking away the information from the quiz cards. There were about 3,500 visitors on the day and apart from it being a successful day, it was also very hot!
On Saturday the 29th August 2015 we were proud to support Walsall Pride for all. The day was a mix of cabaret acts, musical entertainment, stalls, food, children's rides and and many other forms of entertainment. The day was run as a series of events and activities to suit all members of the family and the underlying message was to be proud of Walsall, it's community, history and everything else it has to offer. As a symbol of support, Walsall town hall flew the pride flag outside the town hall for the day. Events started at 11.00 and finished around 18.30 where the party continued in a nearby pub throughout the night.
On Saturday 18th July we presented a community cake to Walsall Arboretum User Group. The User group works tirelessly throughout the year to promote and encourage children to become more interested in wildlife and nature. The group are all volunteers and often hold charity events to help and support local causes. The cake we donated was used at a strawberry tea party where they raised over £400 for Breast Cancer Care. It was a brilliant day, well attended and a lot of fun.
On Sunday 12th July, as part of Asda's 50th birthday celebrations, St Matthews is hosting a dementia friendly picnic in Walsall Arboretum. The idea of the afternoon is for any one living with dementia or a person caring for someone living with dementia to come along and enjoy an afternoon off with like minded people. The afternoon has a 30 piece brass band, a 30 strong choir, information and awareness stalls and various other activities throughout the afternoon. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come and join us on this special day. It's a beautiful, very large site so there's plenty of room for everyone.
This strip of land used to be a paved area with a concrete picnic bench. The area was heavily used for anti social behaviour and was destroying what was otherwise a beautiful area. After a working group persuaded the council to remove the picnic bench and dig up the tarmac Asda St Matthews persuaded the council to allow us to develop a bee and butterfly friendly wild flower meadow. We sowed the seeds in March and this week all the flowers are starting to come through. It won't be really established until a few years time but it is a beautiful area and is being enjoyed by many town workers who escape there for their lunchtime breaks.