Lawley and Overdale Parish Council
Winter 2020 Newsletter
Lawley Virtual 5K Fun Run/Get Active for Sienna
It was with great sadness that the 2020 Lawley 5k Fun Run had to be cancelled, however, in partnership with BVT and the Lawley Running Club, we were still able to host not one, but two virtual events instead.
The first being a Virtual 5k Fun Run with all money received going to our chosen race charity – The Christmas Smile Project.
The second event Get Active for Sienna was to raise money to support a young girl who attends a school in Lawley and who has a rare condition called Landau-Kleffner Syndrome.
Both event activities took place between 5th12th September. A big thanks to everyone that helped to contribute and raise:
- The Christmas Smile Project – £573
- Get Active for Sienna – £600
VE/VJ Day Celebrations
Many celebrations were planned, and even the usual May Day Bank Holiday had been moved to 8 May 2020 to ensure as many people as possible around the country could take part.
Unfortunately, as the coronavirus outbreak continued to sweep across the country, social distancing measures and the nationwide lockdown caused many events to be cancelled, including some across the Parish.
We still wanted to do something to honour the veterans who fought for Britain in WW2, however. We promoted street parties, the Toast the Nation’s Heroes event, and encouraged people to decorate their homes. Many of you decorated your homes for VE Day. We’ve pinned some of our favourite photos onto our Victory Board!
The 75th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan) was recognised on 15 August 2020, commemorating both the surrender of Japan and the end of the Second World War. Members of the Parish were invited to mark the occasion by joining in with the two-minute silence as an Act of Remembrance, at 11.00am on Saturday 15 August 2020.
Remember, the War Memorial in Lawley is a wonderful place for you to reflect and commemorate all those who served.
Sadly we were unable to hold a Remembrance Day service this year at the War Memorial due to Covid19 restrictions in place at the time.
Instead we produced a “virtual” Act of Remembrance including the laying of wreaths which was streamed on our social media platforms on Remembrance Day, Sunday 8 November and also on Armistice Day, 11 November.
Special thanks to all involved in this video, something that the Parish Council is particularly proud of: Rev Ian Olliver, Rev Stephanie Warrell, Johnny Johnson and Eddie Mansfield from the Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast Club, PC Sian Evans, pupils from Lawley Village Academy and Lawley Primary School, Ivor Evans, and Kerry Young (Kerry’s Nostalgic music).
And not forgetting our own Chairman, Cllr Raj Mehta, and Vice Chairman, John Yorke.
This video would not have been possible without Unity Films and Simon Bailey, the Parish Council’s Project, Events & Engagement Officer.
Like so many things this year, the Poppy Appeal had to adapt to the threat of Covid19 without the usual army of volunteers selling poppies. But we were still able to have our stunning display of lamppost poppies across the Parish – a sight that surely lifted the hearts of many.
Lenny the Snake
Hundreds of residents have contributed to Lenny the Lawley snake. Camilla Norman began the project and decided to create a snake of decorated stones that children could add to and watch grow.
It originally started with just 5 stones one each painted by Camilla, her husband and her 3 children. It’s been something positive for children (and adults) to focus on during these difficult times.
A local business ‘Ace of Trades’ came on board as a sponsor and pledged to donate 50p to the NHS for every stone. Lenny is now made up of more than 500 stones of all shapes and sizes, and raised funds have been donated to the NHS.