Grapevine Breaking News

The June/July issue of our Parish magazine is now available and there is much to commend it for your attention. By now most villagers will be aware of the restoration of our Parish Church, which literally took a decade in planning and three years in actually carrying out and completing the two phase project. The result is stunning and has been widely acclaimed by both the local community and visitors alike. Read about the Celebration Service and Lunch, attended by the Bishop of Wolverhampton, a number of civic dignitaries and representatives of the other village churches – a wonderfully joyous day, blessed with sunshine.

On a sadder note tributes are included to two well known and much loved members of our village and church communities, namely Mary Latimer and John Cartwright – they will be missed by so many of their families and friends. However it is fascinating to reflect upon their lives and their massive contribution to the life of the village.

Read about John and Sally Sixmiths various adventures in Vietnam, Cambodia And Nepal, all in the name of charity i.e.” Little Hearts Matter” and “Clouds in the Sky”. Not content with their achievements, John then decided to run in this year’s London Marathon (his first marathon), not only completing it, but also raising an impressive £2,500 for Action Heart and then putting his name down for next year’s event – makes you feel tired just reding about it.

This issue also provides our new Chairman of Council – John Pike, the opportunity to put pen to paper and tell us what is happening not only at Parish Council level, but also provide an insight into decision making at District Council. John takes over this role from Barry Bond, our previous Chair of Council and already sits on Grapevines Editorial Committee. Together with Gavin Williamson our MP and another regular Grapevine contributor, we now have representatives at local, district and national level, which must be fairly unique for a Parish Magazine.

Grapevine is published bi-monthly and if you live in Wombourne, it can be delivered to your door for £1 per copy. If you wish to receive it please contact Nigel Welch, our Distribution Manager on 01902 324111, or email to