The new hardwood benches that have recently been sited along the Gravel Hill section of the Wom Brook were officially presented to the village by Simon Hopcutt yesterday, the son of Avis and Grafton Hopcutt whose names appear on the benches.
Despite the seemingly endless rainfall Wombourne has endured over the last few days, the sun prevailed, and ensured a pleasant backdrop for the informal ceremony, when Simon and his wife were joined by family members still living in the village, representatives of the Friends of Wom Brook, a local councillor and the team from South Staffordshire District Council who organised the placement of the benches.
Simon is on the right of the photograph, talking to South Staffordshire Landscape Manager Howard Medlicott. This was their first face to face meeting, as all previous contact regarding the choice of benches and arrangements for their placement was conducted via email, between South Staffordshire Council in Codsall, here in the United Kingdom, and Simon in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
The Friends of Wom Brook were pleased to meet Simon and his wife yesterday, and thank them for their kind contribution. The provision of the benches will provide welcome seating for others to sit and enjoy the natural surroundings provided by the Wom Brook.