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About Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more

Wednesfield in Bloom – Our Years of Achievement.

Wednesfield in Bloom is a group of Volunteers who have done much for our Village in a very short period of time. They have been hard at work turning ‘grey’ areas of our Wednesfield Village into ‘green’ and then creating beautiful places. As the years have rolled on from the first year of formation in 2016. Many more volunteers have been added to our bloom team, and our ambitions have grown.

The highlight of our Volunteering is without doubt the reward of being awarded the HM Queens Award for Voluntary Service at the Hippodrome in Birmingham on Sunday 17th of October 2021.

This is the incredible record that we have gained in just six short years.

Our community takes great pride in the work that we do. Every year Wednesfield residents supports us with gifts of flowers and small donations. We have also gained support from Bentley Bridge Retail and Bentley Bridge Leisure Park, Wates the builders, and Wolverhampton Homes. All of whom have also been generous in these years of our actions. Its every ones engagement along with their financial donations and ‘in kind’ support, that allows every year our residents to see our environment improve. It also sees as a catalyst other residents enhancing their gardens, planting flowers in their streets and around street furniture, bringing that extra splash of colour that says this is a great place to live and work!

Our Record of Achievement


Silver at Heart of England in Bloom


Gold at Heart of England in Bloom


Gold Heart of England in Bloom + discretionary award for Community Cohesion


Gold and Category Winner in Urban Communities at Heart of England in Bloom 


Queens Award For Voluntary Service (QAVS – the MBE for Voluntary Organisations)

Gold at Heart of England in Bloom (regional)

RHS 2021 Community Awards (national):

‘Nourishing Your Community’ category – Highly Commended award.

‘Cultivating Your Community’ category – Highly Commended award.

‘Nature Friendly Gardening’ category – Achievement award.

The Police Give Warning!

Good Morning all,

We are currently seeing delivery drivers attacked for the goods they are carrying, any cash they might be collecting on food orders or the vehicles they are driving.
We are working with the big delivery companies like Royal Mail, Amazon, Just Eat, Uber Eats and the big supermarkets to help stop attacks. However with so many new drivers starting work recently it’s impossible to contact everyone.

Do you know someone working as a delivery driver? If so please pass on this safety advice to them:
• Be aware of vehicles following you and where you are.
• If something does not look or feel right, do not make the delivery. Stay in your vehicle and report any suspicious activity to us or your employer.
• Do not leave your engine running or keys in the ignition when making a delivery. Make sure you remove your keys and lock your doors.
• Be aware of anyone acting suspiciously when you’re in any delivery area. Think abut fitting an approved vehicle tracker and install a dash cam.
• If you’re delivering take away food, can the take away or restaurant take payment in advance.
• If you feel there’s a threat to your life, or someone else’s life, call 999 immediately. If you feel you cannot stay where you are, call us and get to a place of safety.

If you want to report any concerns about delivery driver attacks in your area or tell us something you think we need to know – you can Live Chat us via the website or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please do NOT report crime on WMNow. Use the appropriate means as mentioned above.
Thank you for your help in keeping the community of drivers on the road and keeping them safe as they help others.

Message Sent By
Emily Rhodes (Police, Engagement and Consultation Officer, Wolverhampton)

News Up Date – Wednesfield North.

Through most of the summer (2021), your team of Wednesfield North Councillors -Councillors Mary Bateman, Councillors Rita Potter and myself, have been hard at work trying to get much needed investment into the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade.

The Ashmore Park Shopping Parade is very much the trading centre for the Ward of Wednesfield North. It is described as a Sub District Shopping Centre which underlines its importance in the City of Wolverhampton. It contains retail stores of variety, Hot Food Take-Aways, Goods for sale such as carpets and products and Angling specialists’ services. It is a home for Dental, and Eye services. It is also a provider of Wolverhampton Homes, and contains the Headquarters of an important private Homes Letting Agency. All this as well as sitting on a site of archaeological importance. A number of Local Bus Routes, services the shopping parade offering public transport to and from Wolverhampton. Wednesfield and Walsall.

The Shopping Parade is in the constant view of thousands of people every week. It is a crucial lifeline for many, and is an important asset to Wednesfield North.

We can report some success in these conversations about our Shopping Parade today.

A whole host of other debates have also been taking place between ourselves and Wolverhampton Homes as we have argued the case, and some of that argument has now been achieved. Earlier this year we identified and successfully achieved action around the drains in Raj Kumar Drive, behind the Deli and the Pet Shop; We have requested a tidying of the Parade. We have asked for structural reviews to take place relating to the arrangements for the waste collection service, the chute management. We have pointed out that the whole place looks run down. We are pressing for the Parade to look better.

Wolverhampton Homes have responded well to our requests, they have repaired the drainage channels over the Summer in the top car park. They have recently refurbished the car park surface on Raj Kumar Drive. Giving safer access to vehicles and pedestrians. They have also replaced the safety ‘pegs’ around the site. Plus, they have inserted new drainage.

The debates and issues will continue and we will keep you informed of these and other issues that make up our list of improvements we are after.

Register Your Covid-19 Results.

Remember to register rapid Covid-19 test results
Released: Wednesday 6 October, 2021

People who are taking rapid Covid-19 tests are being reminded of the importance of recording their result, even if it is negative.

Rapid testing can identify cases of Covid-19 among people who do not have any symptoms, meaning they can self-isolate and prevent the onward transmission of the potentially deadly virus.

People without symptoms are encouraged to take a rapid Covid-19 test twice a week and are reminded they must report the result, whether positive or negative, via or by calling 119 to help build up an accurate picture of the prevalence of the virus in the city.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “One in three people with Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms, so regular testing is crucial – not only in helping identify these cases in the first place, but in reducing the onward transmission of the virus and preventing outbreaks.

“Even if you feel well, you should still take a test as part of your normal routine, to be sure that you are not unknowingly carrying the virus and potentially putting the people around you at risk of infection.

“And once you’ve taken your test, it’s really important that you remember to register your result, either online or over the phone, as this will help create an accurate picture of the prevalence of Covid-19 in the city.”

People can collect rapid Covid-19 home test kits for free from the Civic Centre, The Hub at Ashmore Park, Bilston and Wolverhampton markets and WV Active leisure centres.

People can also collect them from selected local pharmacies. Please note, anyone collecting test kits from a pharmacy must now register for a collection code in advance, either online at or by calling 119. Up to two boxes of test kits can then be collected by people aged 16 and over.

Anyone who is not confident in recording their test result is invited to take a supervised rapid test at the Civic Centre (Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm), the Jamia Masjid Bilal, Newhampton Road (10am-7pm, daily), and The Hub at Ashmore Park (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am-6pm) and at participating pharmacies across the city. The result will be recorded automatically.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19, such as a fever, a new and continuous cough or a loss of their sense of taste or smell, must immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting

For more details about rapid and PCR testing, please visit

Latest figures show there were 372.5 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last seven days. That means 980 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.

Good Work Wednesfield PCSO’s!

Yesterday, officers were alerted to a robbery offence that had happened on Bentley Bridge. A young male had been threatened with a large kitchen knife and another male was holding a baseball bat.
Area searches were immediately conducted for the offenders and shortly after, two males were detained near to New Cross hospital by our PCSO’s and subsequently arrested by our PC’s for robbery and possession of a bladed article and an offensive weapon, both are currently still in police custody.

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” This was a particular good piece of work. Many people will be pleased because of the potentially dangerous activity of the two men and the allegation of the threats made.”

Gillian Walton -3rd June 1954 – 31st August 2021

Yesterday , Mary and I attended the Bushbury Crematorium for the Humanist funeral ceremony, of former Wednesfield North Councillor Gill Walton.

The rain eased in the morning and then stopped for the ceremony, It was a humanist ceremony and there was a very big turn out.

Your Councillors – Mary, Rita and I attended the ceremony to pass on our respects.

The tribute to Gill was read by friend and work colleague Julia Buckley, and a moving poem ‘Farewell My Friends’ was read by Madeleine Freewood, again a friend who worked with Gill.

Those that knew Gill well were reminded of her character, her wittiness, her loves in life, and her hates! Margaret Thatcher amongst them!

Gill was a very good Councillor for Wednesfield North, she was doughty fighter for our residents. We were very proud of what Gill did in life, and we were very ,very proud of her, as we were reminded of all her life time achievements during the service.

You will never be forgotten, for the great work you did here. The huge contribution you made to Wolverhampton society, during your time on this earth was a feature .

Your family John and daughter Alice, and your close relatives and friends admired and loved you, and they will never forget you. Our fondness and respect for you as a political colleague in the Wednesfield North Labour Party, remains undimmed.

You certainly made our World better in life, and in death we will remember you as a proud Mum, a person with a great sense of humour, fine local Councillor and a person who cared.

Rest in Peace My Friend.

What a Great Day for the Ashmore Inn!

Well you have to hand it to the Ashmore Inn here in Wednesfield. Fingers crossed for a great result tonight for Gaffer Kevin and his staff and regulars.

Not an easy achievement to get into this finals Group. But Wednesfield North Councillors Mary, Rita, and me! We all wish the Ashma’ the very best tonight. Great Pub, Great Gaffer, and fantastic patrons….

Report on the night to follow tomorrow.

The Sunday Morning Report! Big Issues for Wednesfield North Residents.

Good morning Wednesfield! Sunday the 26th September. Hope you all have a great day. Here is the latest information I have about the Local Covid-19 situation here in our City of Wolverhampton, and other news that may have an impact upon you. Please remember contact me on if you know an individual, a Group or a Business that fall into the following headings. We are actively looking for your nominations for the Wednesfield North Community Excellence Awards.

The Wednesfield North Community Excellence Awards will cover the following headings
Art & Dance
Sporting Achievement
Business in the Community
Improving Lives
Best Community Project
Volunteer of the Year
Please let me have your nominations on Nominations need to be with me by Midnight on November 10th 2021.

Covid-19 latest infection rate

The latest figures show there were 338.5 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last seven days. That means 890 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.

2. Covid-19 vaccination update

A total of 326,245 Covid-19 vaccinations have now been administered in Wolverhampton. Some 170,810 residents have had their first dose, and a total of 155,435 people have had two doses. As students head into halls and get ready for the new term, the vaccine bus is back at Molineux Stadium again this week, close to the university’s halls of residence, to make it as easy for students and other local residents to get vaccinated.

3. Covid-19 education update

With Covid-19 cases rising in the city’s schools, pupils, staff, and their families are being reminded to get tested to help keep Covid out of the classroom.

There were 119 education-based cases of Covid-19 reported to us in the 10 days to Tuesday, including 70 within Wolverhampton’s primary and 37 in secondary schools. Nationally, more than 100,000 children were absent with confirmed or suspected coronavirus infections in England last week.

We are urging secondary pupils and all school staff to get a rapid test twice a week and for everyone to get a PCR test if they develop symptoms of Covid-19, no matter how mild. For details of rapid Covid-19 testing, click here. To book a PCR test, people should call 119 or visit

4. Covid-19 changes to international travel rules

Planned changes to international travel mean that people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will no longer need to take expensive PCR tests from the end of next month.

The Government has announced that the current traffic light system will be replaced by a single ‘red list’ of countries and territories from Monday 4 October. Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer need to take a pre-departure test from this date, and from around the end of October, fully vaccinated passengers will be able to swap their day two return PCR test with a cheaper rapid lateral flow test.

However, unvaccinated passengers will continue to have to complete a pre-departure test and day two and day eight return PCR tests.

5. Covid-19 business testing

Regular Covid-19 testing is helping to keep staff safe and local businesses operational. One of the first businesses in Wolverhampton to pilot testing for staff who cannot work from home was Ansaldo Nuclear Ltd, which has since made regular testing part of their workplace routine. We have worked with Ansaldo to show the benefits of regular testing and encourage other businesses to do the same.

Traffic Jams.

On Saturday there were a lot of reports about traffic Jams in and around Wednesfield. Many of the jams were around petrol stations as the motorist queued for fuel. But also mixed in with that was the fact that Junction 10 on the M6 was closed for Bridgework. This did impact Willenhall, and that had some affect on our near neighbours in Willenhall. The City Council officials informed me that the City Council “have liaised with our fuel suppliers and have confidence that our services will not be affected by fuel challenges that have affected some organisations.”

Council Invests £480,000 Upgrading A449 Arterial Route

Work to replace broken wooden fencing and a metal pedestrian barrier, install new kerbs and cut back overgrown planting along a section of the central reservation on the A449 Stafford Road between Bushbury Road Island and Oxley Moor Road junction will start on Monday 27 September.

The works will require lane closures to protect workers on both the north and southbound sides of the road for the 12-week scheme, but the work will be done during off-peak hours (9.30am to 3pm) to minimise disruption. Many residents of Wednesfield work in this area, so I have placed this roadworks here to help you plan for it.

Time running out to have say on Black Country Plan

Residents are being reminded they have less than three weeks remaining to have their say on the future of housing plans in the region. A public consultation on the latest phase of the Black Country Plan closes on Monday 11 October, and City of Wolverhampton Council Leader, Cllr Ian Brookfield, is urging people to get involved and help protect greenbelt land in the city.

The Government projects that the Black Country will need just over 76,000 new homes over the next 20 years. To support this growth, it also needs 560 hectares of land to accommodate new jobs by 2039. This is equivalent to 835 football fields.

The consultation gives people the chance to have their say on the proposed sites for development and where they think new development should be in the Black Country. To find out more, you can visit Central Library, Wednesfield Library, Bilston Library or Wolverhampton Civic Centre reception for paper copies, or email

Have a great day Wednesfield…!

Wednesfield North Community Excellence Award for 2021.

Wednesfield North residents – Applications are open now for the  Wednesfield North Community Excellence Award for 2021.

We are looking to you and the community to nominate people and organisations who you think deserve public acknowledgement for their role in our community.

We need the name of the person and their address, plus their email or telephone number.

We also need the  reason why you believe that they are worthy of recognition. There are nine headings in which your nomination can fit into. They are listed below.

The Awards are aimed at a wide range of sectors including Business and Individuals, Sporting Clubs and the Arts, Volunteering, Improving Lives etc.

Entries can be all of whom are active or living in the Ward of Wednesfield North.

Remember these are your own community excellence nominations, we need you to nominate your own Community Excellence champions, those individuals, and organisations, that you feel have gone the extra mile to provide for neighbours, organisations, clubs. Plus, those organisations that have thought about how they can deliver their services and their programmes, their sporting achievements. We would ask you to give consideration to those that are addressing the issue of climate change, with one eye on reducing the carbon footprint, and improving our environment. People who volunteer,  or help  the lives of the people here in our part of the City of Wolverhampton . 

The Wednesfield North Community Excellence Awards will cover the following headings

  • Art & Dance
  • Sporting Achievement
  • Environment
  • Community
  • Volunteering
  • Business in the Community
  • Improving Lives
  • Best Community Project
  • Volunteer of the Year

 Please let me have your nominations on Nominations need to be with me by Midnight on November 10th 2021.

All decisions will be taken by the Wednesfield North Councillors, and their decisions are final.

Please share this information with your friends relatives and neighbours lets have a great response.

Best Regards

Councillors Phil Bateman, Councillor Mary Bateman, Councillor Rita Potter

Sad News – As Actor John Challis Family Announces his Death.

The news that John Challis, better known as ‘Boycie’ from the hit comedy show, ‘Only Fools and Horses’, has past away on Sunday 20,September 2021, brought back happy memories for Mary and I when we met him back in November 2005.

John Challis, who had his own spin-off television series, ‘The Green Green Grass’ was joined by Polly Parsons, from TV’s Fun Song Factory, during publicity that Mary and I were involved with at the time when we were the Mayor and Mayoress of the City.

The pair were  both appearing in the pantomime Aladdin, at the Grand Theatre. They had been tempted out to switch the City’s Christmas lights on with us.

During our time with them, we found John Challis to be amusing and charming. He told us he loved appearing in Wolverhampton and he ranked the Grand Theatre as a ‘favourite’. The big crowd loved him!

So, it was sad to hear the news on Sunday that he had passed away. He leaves behind some great memories for us.

We wish his family and friends our deepest sympathy and condolences.

Mary and I are grateful to have met him, and chatted with him in those relaxed times. Rest in Peace one of the UK’s most loved person, both he and his character will live on in Wulfrunian’s minds for a very long time…..