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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

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What A Great Remembrance Sunday We Have had Again!

Over the last decade Remembrance Sunday here in Wednesfield has appeared to grow, and now is one of those days that attract big community support.  The organisrs of the Parade and March must feel very gratified as year on year the Parade grows that little bit more!

I know I have been attending these events since 1981, and the turn-out now is the best it has ever been in my humble opinion.

I pay tribute to the organisers, as it is hard to get the Military, and the Bands on a day like Remembrance Sunday, when you inevitably have to compete against Big City & Town venues like Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Coventry, Walsall and Dudley. All of which will have competing events on the same day and time.

Yet here in Wednesfield we have seen the Civic part of our Parade hold its own and still grow. City Councillors from Wednesfield North & South attended the Wednesfield Parade yet again, along with Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds.

But I was particularly delighted to see The Bishop of Wolverhampton taking his place in the St Thomas’s Church Pulpit and delivering the sermon. That made my day! It also signified that our Wednesfield organisation, is now a significant event in Church and Civic diaries.

That is down to the good organisation of our event, and the fact that our Wednesfield community is so supportive of Remembrance Day. The link between our great community and the fallen, those men and women who  gave their lives to defend our democracy  is important still in our Village of today. Hundreds of Wednesfield citizens watched the Parade, and attended the Church Service. The Church was full both down stairs and upstairs!

Then when the congregation emerged from the Church to take the short walk to the Remembrance Gardens, we did so to the sight of hundreds more Villagers who were waiting outside of the Church! It was indeed a joyful site and impressed again on me, the huge community spirit we see growing in Wednesfield.

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Shed & Outbuilding Are At Risk!

Please will residents living in Wednesfield please take note of this information, and if you have any suspicions or information please  contact the Police.

This is important advice which West Midlands Police have contacted me with!

There has been a recent increase in overnight shed breaks on the Wednesfield area. We are responding to this by dedicating officers to the area working until the early hours in order to try and catch these criminals.

May I ask if anyone would like some crime prevention advice or a shed alarm, then to please get in touch with us. The alarms are in short supply. If anyone has any expensive items on display that can  be seen through a shed window, then please either remove it or cover it up.

If anyone has any information they wish to share then please get in touch or contact Crimestoppers.

Billy Ellitts – On the Way To Become Our Own Billy Elliot?!

IMG_3591BillyEllittsOn Saturday night 11/11/2017 Mary and I attended the Ingram Academy of Performing Arts who were putting a show on at the Dormston Centre. The principle reason for attending was because Craig Spencer invited Mary and I along to see the progress being made by Ashmore Park’s own  Billy Ellitts.

Billy is from Ashmore Park and his talent as a dancer is starting to get noticed, and the rave reviews are not unjustified following what Mary and I witnessed tonight.

Currently attending Wednesfield School, Edward the Elder, Billy tells me he has his sights on Coppice (Performing Arts) High School when he progresses to comprehensive schooling.

All the adults I have spoken to that know more about dance than I do, told me that the lad has real talent. Now having seen his extraordinary performance live for myself I was blown away by his talent, skill, and personality.

I know his family are really proud of the way that he has improved. They put that down to the  Ingram Academy of Performing Arts. The Academy seems to have brought the best out of him to date!

In recent weeks I have been stirred into looking at the talent that is here in Wednesfield, we appear to have the same kind of talent in dance and the Arts as we turn out for Sport. Except we just do not give the Performing Arts and Arts and Culture the same promotion as we do for sporting prowess.

Watching Billy perform tonight I felt I was watching an amazing dance talent, a talent that could be recognised in not too many years on our own Ashmore Park ‘Walk of Stars’. Indeed If I was a betting man I would consider betting that this young man will become a dance star that we will all be proud of.

I also had the surprise in watching my God Daughter’s – own  daughter, make her stage debut on tonight’s bill. I would like to say I am so pleased coming to watch Billy tonight, led me to watching Lottie’s own stage entrance. Now that was an unexpected bonus!

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Police Sgt Danher Runs Marathon for Charity!

I am happy to support Sgt Martin Danher who is going to run a Marathon for charity. I am happy to support Martin and his charity run.

Can I ask our Wednesfield North  community to also support this Policeman who is originally from Wednesfield, and always trys so very hard for our community in his day job!

Martin tells me that he is running for a charity that “support children suffering with cancer, such as trips away and also supports parents with accommodation for those travelling long distances to be near their children in hospital or bereaved parents who have lost their children to cancer.

I have never run a marathon before as such the thought of doing it for such a worthy cause, will keep me going through the hard times!”

He further requests that ”I hope you can take the time to make a donation to My Just Giving page on the following link http://www.justgiving.com/Martin-Danher.

I am happy to share this with anyone who may want to help. Martin further tells me that “I would be even more appreciative.  If you know of any charity events that I could support or any ideas for fundraising then I am all ears. I am planning on baking a lot of cakes!! I have just started the fundraising process so I could really do with your support. “

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Wednesfield North/South and Bilston Neighbourhood Team

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Wednesfield Remembrance Day Parade – Sunday 12 th November 2017

The Wednesfield Remembrance Day Parade is still  taking place as usual. No one has told me any different.
The March is due to leave from the normal starting place The Royal British Legion Woodend at 8.55 or there abouts.
I know that many Wednesfield people may be confused that our Local Paper whilst publishing other Wolverhampton events on the day
has not published our event!
Some readers may be thinking that the long established Wednesfield Remembrance Day Parade has stopped?
Well it hasn’t to my knowledge!
Rally round folks, those that want to watch/take part in the Parade and March –  will turn up at the Royal British Legion as they always do. Then join as the March then heads into the Village and parades outside St Thomas’s Church.
It is a real shame that our Local newspaper the Express and Star when publishing other events on Remembrance Sunday has missed our well attended event off their list!
Ahh well that is their own problem….no photos will mean them selling  fewer papers!
I will however have photos and a report on the day on my Twitter and Facebook sites as well as on www.philbateman.com
Councillors Rita Potter ,Mary and Phil Bateman will be attending the Wednesfield Remembrance Day Service as we always do!

Ashmore Park ‘Walk of Stars’.

Ashmore Park Walk of Stars!

Ashmore Park is a great community, and Ashmore Parker’s are great folk! The estate has always fostered good sportsmen and women. But not everyone is aware that the estate has nurtured other great talents also.

I have represented Ashmore Parkers and Wednesfield people on two Councils for some 31 years! I lived on Ashmore Park in the early part of my life and my sister Eileen still does. I went to school on the estate and I have had the great fortune to be involved in every day estate life, for decades.
One of my constituents Ian Eastaugh tapped out a message on my Face Book Page suggesting we had a roll of honour for ‘famous Ashmore Parker’s!

I thought it was a great idea, I knew about the decent amateur footballers that the estate produced like Brian Blower and Arthur (Archie) Richards, Steve Williams and his brother professional footballer Gary Williams, and Sean O’Driscoll. But what other Ashmore Parker had become ‘famous in their field’!

I decided to turn to the World Wide Web. It is a wonderful tool, I asked through my Face Book page for Ashmore Parkers, to tell me who they thought should be recognised in some public way!

Here are the names and professions of people who have made it to this list! Its breadth will blow you away. I do hope that this Walk of Stars initiative will help to inspire Ashmore Park youngsters.

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Willard Wigan MBE (Already in the Ashmore Park Walk of Stars) receiving a Wolverhampton Famous Sons & Daughters Award from George Cross holder Lisa Webb (nee Potts) at an Awards Evening in Wolverhampton 9 Nov 2017.

Here are the 18 names of people who are our Ashmore Park Stars, but not in any particular order

  •  Professor David Rayson – Artist – London Royal College of Art. David was appointed Professor and Head of Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2006. He is a practising artist, tutor and curator and his work has been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. His work is included in major collections held by the Tate, Whitechapel Art Gallery, the British Council, Deutsche Bank, Rubell Family Collection, The Open University and The Contemporary Art Society.
  •  Tony Milovsorov –Athlete run for Tipton Harriers lived and went to school on Ashmore Park, he took part in World Cross Country Championships.
  • Phil Palmer – Is a legend on the estate with his Musicland Shop. He has given countless children and their families an introduction into the world of music. Bringing pleasure to many and in some cases sparking music talent that is being displayed much wider than in just our locality. Phil has played for royalty and appeared at top notch venues around the UK and abroad displaying his own music talent. He may not live on Ashmore Park, but he is certainly PART of Ashmore Park. A former Military man, who went onto win a Guinness World Record for the longest note blown. Follow the link to see the BBC Midlands Today film taken at the time…
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  • Sean O’Driscoll- Footballer, and one of the best known Football Manager’s in the UK
  • Karl Henry who played football for the Stoke, Wolves and QPR. He lived in Ashmore Park and went to St Alban’s School.
  • Gary Williams Aston Villa footballer & brother of
  • Steve Williams who played for Walsall
  •  Barrie Gower- Went to Coppice High School, Barrie has been involved with many productions for both TV and Film including the Harry Potter series and most recently HBO’s Game of Thrones. He also contributed to Academy award winning makeups for The Wolfman and The Iron Lady.
  • Roger Ellis World Cycle Speedway Champion – Roger rode for Wednesfield Aces and his home is on Ashmore Park!
  • Willard Wigan MBE a sculptor- Known for his miniature sculptures, fabulous eye! His work has been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. His sculptors are typically placed in the eye of a needle! He was commissioned to create the Coronation Crown on the head of a pin! In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of HRH Queen Elizabeth the Second.
  • Adrian Anslow – fell during an attack on the Atlantic Conveyor in the Falklands War. Much admired and courageous military man. His family received an Elizabeth Cross medal in his honour,
  • Beatrice Cattermole legendary Head Teacher of Ashmore Park Primary School – Influenced hundreds of Ashmore Parkers and was held in great esteem
  • Terry Green teacher- Fund raiser and Local Choir Master – Once again a teacher held in high esteem. for his work at Coppice High School
  • Nigel Garton – West End Actor,stage and character actor
  • Ian Mason- died serving his Country •
  • Annie Wildey – International Artist now living in New York
  • Kenny Rock – Comedy scriptwriter an Ashmore Parker who is a script writer to the stars! – which includes Ken Dodd, Dave Allen, Dick Emery, News Huddlines, The Grumbleweeds, Kenny Everett, Russ Abbot, Joan Rivers, Brian Conley and The Two Ronnies! Wonderful just wonderful!
  • Raj Kumar – Much loved shop keeper who served Ashmore Park for more than 32 years before passing away suddenly in the shop in 2017. More than 2,000 residents and customers turned out for an impromptu service on the shopping parade! All of which underlined the star quality this man had, through his help for others.–He was a stand-out trader here for 32 years, he was immensely popular, and I think he did more for relationships than perhaps anyone we know. So many Ashmore Parkers have asked for his inclusion to the Walk of Stars, I am happy to agree with their sentiment. Raj was a legend locally, on a Par with Ronnie Barkers own cult shop keeper Arkwright
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British Champions – Taking on the World in Australia!

Wednesfield Aces presentation night-

Presenting a letter to the team from Wolverhampton City Mayor Elias Mattu where he wishes the club every success in Australia.

Aces are taking part in World Championships in Adelaide. Then the Aces are riding against Australian Cycle Speedway Clubs……. Watch out Australia these Aces are super fit and love a competition….Good Luck riders we will be rooting for you back here in England!

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A Truly Dreadful Theft!

What a dastardly act! Poppybox collections have been stolen from across Wednesfield, including here in Wednesfield North.

It makes you want to question what life is really all about. It is so sad that people can resort to this type of theft for just a few pounds. I am sad that the Poppyday boxes have been stolen here in Wednesfield.

It leaves a bad taste in people mouth.

This is how the Express and Star are reporting the news in tonight’s evening newspaper.

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Two Narrow Boat Cruises for Wednesfield 2018!

The Wyrley & Essington canal is a huge  economic benefit for Wednesfield.

I am hoping that 2018 will be a record year for use of this canal, both in terms of its operation, the number of overnight stays that boaters make, and the attraction that the canal has for walkers, and naturalists.

The canal has a marvellous 220 year old heritage,  that Wednesfield is fortunate  to have, still operating through its heart, and it is there to use to its maximum.

Already planned for next year is an important ‘clear -up’ operation, when volunteers from across the region and further, will gather in March 2018 to remove rubbish that has been dumped. The Volunteers on their garbage clean up will improve both the environment and the navigation.

Wolverhampton City Council, The Birmingham Canal & Navigation Society, The Canal & River Trust, with Wednesfield volunteers all working in partnership will be involved with this initiative.

Plus I am also announcing today that two further Explorer Narrow boat Cruises will arrive at moorings in Bentley Bridge Wednesfield  in 2018;-  

•The Explorer Cruise will arrive at the moorings in the Bentley Arm on Wednesday the  23rd May 2018.

• The Explorer Cruise will arrive at the moorings on Thursday at the Bentley Arm 21st June

This is great news for our historic village and these events will again throw attention onto Wednesfield and what we are doing to enhance our local economy. Tourism can play a significant part in developing the Local Economy further. Whether it be via History initiatives, or by using the Wyrley & Essington canal to attract visitors into the Village.

 

 

More News About The Curly Wurly!

I want to draw attention to the plans and proposals to have a New Year clean up of the Wyrley & Essington canal in Wednesfield early next year. I do hope that those members of my Facebook pages will also join with them to help in the process.

Information that I have received  is that  IWA Waterways Recovering Group will be holding the BCN cleanup over the weekend Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th March 2018, between the Bentley Arm through to New Invention on the Wyrley & Essington canal.

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