This was held at Shire Oak Academy in Walsall Wood. I, Miss Black Country 2014/15 was introduced to 28 Scouts by Ian Henery who explained my title and went on to talk about what I am aiming to achieve.
Once the workshop was over the scouts thanked me and one of the chiefs presented me with a certificate and my own Woggle, which is the little ring that holds their neck chiefs together. I was privileged!
After the workshops with the scouts I popped into ‘Mapseekers Studio’ on the high street in Aldridge. Mapseekers is a studio that displays maps, art work and books full of local history.
Whilst I was there Paul Leslie Line the Author and Publisher of ‘Wildfire Through Staffordshire’, a new fabulous read all about the history of the Black Country, gave me a tour around Mapseekers showing me all the beautiful art work, some by Lynn Hughes who runs an Art Group there every Thursday evening.
Whilst speaking to Paul we thought it would be great for both myself and Mapseekers to arrange a couple of appearances in which we can invite the press along to promote both my title, my fundraising for ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ and Mapseekers Studios.
The Black Country has a lot of interesting history which I feel isn’t as appreciated as it should be and I am here to help change that!
I am looking at attending the book launch for Amanda Grainger’s latest fiction novel ‘Seraphina Defender of Fire,’ which is aimed at young adults like me.
Also the Art Group run by Lynn Hughes on a Thursday evening have been working on portraits, therefore as part of my fundraising Paul Leslie Line suggested that I join the Art Group one Thursday evening and have the group draw a portrait of me and have the best one put up for auction with the proceeds going to ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ to help sick and disadvantaged children around the world. I think this is a great idea and I am looking forward to it already!
We are just waiting on a request for the hire of a minibus and also sponsorship for the hike to enable us to buy tiaras and team t shirts etc.
Alongside this I have arranged a meeting on Thursday 1st May with Willenhall Chart Community Centre regarding fundraising in Willenhall Town Centre.
So far the ideas I have come up with are to get a team of volunteers that will work together to help ‘Clean Willenhall Clock Tower with a Toothbrush’. What better way to raise money than to help clean your community!
I would just like to thank Ian Henery for his help and support regarding fundraising ideas and for the connections he has within the Black Country.
Updates on my fundraising events can be found on my Facebook page –https://www.facebook.com/shelleymarie.sumner
Coming off the subject of fundraising, I would just like to say a big congratulations to Katie Stamps on being crowned the new Miss Birmingham 2014/15.
I had the privilege of presenting the Miss Charity award at the Miss Birmingham Finals on Sunday 27th April at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. It was so much fun!
I look forward to sharing my Miss England 2014 Finals journey with you Katie!
A big well done to Rachael Barker, Miss Birmingham 2013/14, for doing an amazing job and for doing so much for those in need throughout her year, she have been a great role model to us girls and should be very proud of her achievements.
She did so well that she has now become the new director of the Miss England Office in the West Midlands… Does this mean I have to call you boss?…..
#TeamWestMidlands – Katie, Shelley and Rachael!
Shelley Sumner – Miss Black Country 2014-2015