Interested In Wolverhampton? Speak Dutch?

Following this week ends Remembrance Day celebrations here in Wolverhampton.
I received this correspondence from Angus Dunphy.  Angus is a historian and an Author. He requires some specific help with his next project.
Read his letter, and please contact Angus direct! His details are on this page. For the Media, here is a really great local human interest story…You may also like to contact Angus directly.
Dear Councillor Bateman
I am a Wulfrunian and came to Cardiff in 1986 to take up the headship of a large multi-ethnic comprehensive school. I retired in 2004 and retired again as an education consultant in 2015.
In an attempt to keep my roots I have written many local history books on Penn and district. I try to do one every couple of years. Waterstones are currently stocking my latest Penn Portraits and I enclose a flier to give you an idea of the quality.
I am now just beginning to research my next project which will be the Royal Dutch Camp at Wrottesley Park 1941-4, through the pages of its camp newspaper, ‘De Bromtol’ or the ‘Humming Top’. There were 134 issues, usually 4 A3 pages long and they were written in Dutch. they contain adverts, entertainments in the town (City), articles on the locality, cartoons, photographs, necrologies etc.
As I don’t speak Dutch I am looking to partner someone (one or more people) who fluently speaks the language and who would like to give their time in verbally telling me what each issue says. It might take 10 or 12 meetings.
From this I would construct the narrative and hopefully be able to produce a book/booklet, which would further cement our debt to the Princess Irene Brigade of the time and show how the City of Wolverhampton played host.
All the books I have written have been not for profit and indeed in economic terms I have made a loss, but one is prepared to pay for one’s hobby.
I write to you as I know that when you were City Mayor, and since, you have supported the Remembrance Service at Jeffcock Rd and fostered Anglo-Dutch relations. Indeed the City was early in the field carrying through a Wolverhampton- Tilburg exchange as early as 1946.
If such a translator, or indeed translators exist, I hope that you might be able to put me in touch with him/her/them. All I could offer was full acknowledgement of their services on the front cover of anything I produce.
Yours sincerely
Angus Dunphy OBE
8 Chestnut Close
Dinas Powys
Vale of Glamorgan
CF64 4TJ
Tel: 02920515231

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