Boating News for Wednesfield –

As we look forward into the New Year – It’s been announced that Wednesfield will be receiving two Explorer Cruises next year (2020) starting them both from the Bentley Arm at Wednesfield.

These cruises are becoming fixtures in the Midlands boating schedule.

As I explained last night at the Wednesfield North Community Awards ceremony, “visiting Narrow – Boats on average spend £100 a night when they overnight in our Village.

That adds value to our Wednesfield Local Economy. Its visits like these that we should be doing our best to encourage. We have some great trouble free moorings at Bentley Bridge, with Supermarkets, clothing stores restaurants and a canal side Public House in the form of The Nickelodeon that has a Canalside garden, with seats and tables. Plus, there is a huge Cinema, and the Hollywood Bowl gaming and Bowling complex all in sight of the canal!”

I am exceptionally pleased that the Explorer Cruise organisers have also asked “We wondered if you would address the cruisers on the first night at 6pm. The first cruise would start Tuesday 5th May and the second on Monday 18th May 2020. “

Of course I am delighted to do so, I am keen that we as a community encourage more boaters onto the Wyrley and Essington, and the best way we can do that is give those that pass through, the benefit of a cheery wave, a welcoming conversation, and a message to come again.

photo Weighing station on canal

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