Cycling Success for Wolverley Memorial Project Chairman 2015

On Friday 26th June, Richard Millner (Chairman of Wolverley Memorial Project) completed his ambitious 100 mile hand-cycle challenge to raise funds for the Wolverley Memorial Project and SSAFA.

Richard and his team of support riders bravely set off from Thrapston, Northamptonshire and after a tortuous 100 miles they reached the finish line in Cromer, Norfolk, where they were greeted to crowds of cheers and applause. Injured whilst in the RAF, Richard courageously used only his upper body strength on a specially adapted hand-cycle, to travel this great distance. He was be supported by a team of volunteers including a medic, mechanic, coach and his well-wishers.

His outstanding achievement has raised over £5000, which is way beyond the £1000 he set out to achieve! This will be split between his two charities, the Wolverley Memorial Project and SSAFA, which is the UK’s oldest national military charity and provides lifelong support for our Forces and their families.
It’s not too late to sponsor Richard, you can do so online at

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“Last Night of the Proms” is a triumph for Wolverley Memorial Project! 2015

Saturday evening saw the glorious “Last Night of the Proms” concert in Wolverley Memorial Hall. A wonderful evening packed full of British patriotism, flag waving and song, to a sell-out audience of many local people. The audience were greeted with a glass of bubbly and a hall unashamedly decorated in union flags.

The singing was provided by Kidderminster Male Choir, who had very generously donated their services for the evening. They were in fine voice with in excess of 30 singers standing proud in their red jackets. They led the audience in the National Anthem after the Royal British Legion had presented the Standard, giving a suitably patriotic start to the programme. The evening included such highlights as “The Dam Busters March” and “Jerusalem”. It was finished off with a very rousing “Land of Hope and Glory”, with the audience on their feet, waving flags and firing party poppers.

The concert also featured a guest appearance by a group from the cast members from Wolverley Village Players, who presented a very amusing rendition of “Ernie” (… he drove the fastest milk cart in the West!) A short interlude of typical British Comedy! Another highlight was Ian Allarton, Musical Director from Wolverley Village Players, who treated the audience to his wonderful guitar and singing talents. Ian encouraged the audience to sing along to some old favourites and a great Beatles medley.

The event was a real triumph of local enthusiasm and a tribute to Wovlerley as a community. Exactly what our project is all about!

The Last Night of the Proms 2015

A celebration of all that is British with Kidderminster Male Choir, sing along to Land of Hope & Glory, Rule Britannia and many more! A magical evening, that includes a comedy sketch by Wolverley Village Players (the Village Panto) and a trip back in history to the 1960’s with Ian Allarton and a Beatles cover.

Each tickets entitles the holder to not just a great night but a glass of champagne to get the evening going.

Bring your flags, wear your hats and don’t forget your singing voice!

We made a good start

We made a good start last month with our two inaugural fundraising projects. Firstly the auction at the Social Club, followed the next day with the highly successful and prestigious fashion show at the Memorial Hall. Both popular events and made a good a start to our fundraising. Thank you again to everyone who worked on these and to all who took part. On Tuesday evening some of the project committee had a very good meeting with a consultant from London who was visiting locally. She commended us on our progress to date and provided an encouraging and informative meeting. She gave us a useful insight into lottery and general funding applications, as well as guidance on how to progress the project. This has given us some clear next steps for 2015 and we will be taking this forward in the New Year.

Fashion Show

FASHION, FIZZ & FUN KICKS OFF FUNDRAISING More than 70 guests enjoyed a great afternoon of fashion, fizz and fun in Wolverley to kick off a community fundraising project.

The catwalk show, held at Wolverley’s ageing Memorial Hall, marked the launch of fundraising to create a new purpose built community facility for villagers.

Organised by the Wolverley Memorial Project committee, the event drew support from across the village’s residential and business community.

Local ladies modelled the fashions supplied by Wolverley resident Adrienne Crawford, direct from couture fashion houses in London.

The show was expertly compered by Gil Hancox, with the opportunity to buy from the collections at hugely reduced prices. There were beauty stalls from B.Beautiful and Bijou Beauty. The models’ hair was styled by award winning stylists from Lisa Shepherd Salon in Kidderminster, and makeup was by Beverley Brazier from B.Beautiful.

Said committee member Lindsay White: “We are all local people who are passionate about this project. Our village and the surrounding area desperately needs a brilliant new facility fit for the 21st century. We’ve set a target of around £1.2 million, and hope that the bulk of this will come from the Lottery and similar grant aid bodies. However, as a community we need to show how much we want this project to become a reality; this was a great start.”

The event, which also featured champagne and homemade canapés produced by villagers, raised in excess of £700.

Events now being planned include a summer beer festival and a Wolverley’s Got Talent show next year, with a further fashion show already in the pipeline in the Spring.

Anyone who wants to support the fundraising is invited to email