|Councillor Phil Bateman said today ” I have received this note from West Midlands Police it may be of interest to residents of Wednesfield North. If so perhaps you could follow the instructions and contact Sgt Alicoon.”West Midlands Police is in the process of establishing an Independent Advisory Group (IAG), therefore we are looking for expressions of interest from residents and organisations across the West Midlands who may want to take part in this important piece of work. The purpose of the group will primarily be to: Provide a two-way dialogue between members of Faith / Belief within the community and the police service.
Mobilise and enable active citizens to work in partnership with the police and other agencies to tackle the issues that concern members of the community around Religion.
Provide transparency around cases of Hate Crime towards a person(s) targeted by Religion (where appropriate and sanitised) either to identify learning or sharing best practice/good news stories.
At this time we are simply seeking expressions of interest, so please do not feel that an early reply is committing you to anything at this stage.
This is a voluntary role and it is envisaged that meetings will take place quarterly, where possible at various locations around the West Midlands.
Could you please send expressions of interest to Sgt Simon Alicoon 0263 by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org directly, please feel free to also email Sgt Alicoon with any questions you may have.
Please ensure replies are received by 1st September 2018 where possible.
Sgt Simon Alicoon
I am informed by National Express West Midlands that they have purchased 89 new buses,75 of which will be Platinum buses for their operations here in the West Midlands. They are due to arrive over Christmas. My hope is that these vehicles will not all be used in Birmingham to deal with the Clean Air Zone being created in the City Centre.
The chances are though that they will!
- Mainly because the Brum market is so much bigger for NX than the market here in Wolverhampton.
- Second is the fact that Wolverhampton is no where near ready for advocating a clean air zone of its own, to rival Birmingham.
It would be great if Wednesfield received the first All Electric buses on the 59 bus route, alas it looks like Dundee will be the first area to gain from this type of National Express investment.
However I do believe if we campaign for All Electric Buses on this major route (59) here in Wednesfield and Wolverhampton, our needs will be noticed.
So if you like me want to see All Electric buses on the 59, let me know via the social media sites that I display on. Finally on Bus Services National Express inform that 1per cent more passengers rate them better than they were last year. Plus the Passengers rate their bus drivers 6% better than last year.
Well I promised that I would release the latest Member of the Ashmore Park Walk of Stars, and I have great pleasure to announce that Al Barrow of Rock Band Magnum, is our latest member! He was Born Nov 1968 in Ashmore Park, Wednesfield to Margaret & David Barrow.
He attended Oak Meadow Primary School and then Coppice High Schools. Before moving onto further education at Bilston Arts College.
Alan then became a pro sessional musician in 1995.
joining the much acclaimed Magnum in 2001 to present day.
Al tells me that he was always interested in music and arts from an early age.His mother was a singer in local choirs. He says ” so I think I get my talents from her. My great grandfather I was told played in the music halls all around the UK at the turn of the century so I feel being a musician was in the blood.”
Both his brothers Scott and Rob are drummers & his sister Sue is also a singer. As he tells me “you could say we are fairly musical family. The Von traps of Ashmore Park!”
During our conversation Alan went onto tell me “I had what you may call these days as a very strict upbringing by my dad, but this did teach me the rights and wrong in life and how to give respect to those who deserve it. I had all the usual short term jobs as YTS back in the day and spent a long time in both retail & production line work up until around the age of 30. I was quite a late comer to being a musician but played lots of sessions for local bands and studios locally. Nothing major but it kept my interest going.
One day I got a call to see if I was available to do a tour for a band that needed a bass player. This turned out to be Bob Catley & Tony Clarkin. They were doing a small project called Hard Rain which went on to do 2 albums and a few short UK tours.
Bob and Tony had been asked to put Magnum back together after a 6 year hiatus and I was asked to stay on a full time bass player. So here we are 10 albums later for me & 20 for the band over all. We will be recording our 21st album in 2019. We have had ever increasing success with our releases & the trend seems to say it will continue to get better with each album.”
Alan went onto tell me that “I am very proud to have my name on the back of the civic hall “Wall of Fame” as part of the Wolverhampton/Black Country artists. My name now hangs behind the venue’s stage alongside other Midland big names including Led Zeppelin drummer Jon Bonham, Slade frontman Noddy Holder and Black Country Communion’s Glenn Hughes. I think I am still the youngest member on that wall up to date??”
Now if you are interested in seeing and hearing Magnum you will be pleased to note that Magnum will return to the Midlands on the 29th November to play one of their favourite local venues, The Robin 2 in Bilston. I am sure that Al would love to hear ‘Ashma Aye We’ rise from the floor of the Robin 2 on the 28 th November – Get your tickets early folks!
Alan I emigrated to Chattanooga in Tennessee, USA with my wife Rachael in 2016.
He return many times a year to record with Magnum & also to tour. He told me that “I am always pleased to get the chance to visit my old haunts. Local pubs, see friends & family who still live locally. Wednesfield and Ashmore Park. The area holds some fond memories and it`s always nice to visit..oh & have a cuppa with my mum.”
Last chart positions for “Lost on the Road To Eternity”
#1 UK – Indie Charts
#2 Sweden – Hard Rock Charts
#4 Sweden – Vinyl Charts
#8 Germany – Album Charts
#8 Switzerland – Album Charts
#8 UK – Update Charts
#9 UK – Vinyl Charts
#9 UK – Physical Charts
#9 UK – Scottish Charts
#11 UK – Sales Charts
#15 UK – Album Charts
#22 Austria – Album Charts
#23 Sweden – Album Charts
#30 UK – Download Charts
26/1/18, Giants Of Rock, Minehead – UK
20/2/18, Trinity, Bristol – UK
21/2/18, Tramshed, Cardiff – UK
23/2/18, Picturedrome, Holmfirth – UK
24/2/18, Academy 2, Manchester – UK
25/2/18, CITY HALL, Hull – UK
26/2/18, Garage, Aberdeen – UK
27/2/18, Garage, Glasgow – UK
01/3/18, Limelight, Belfast – UK
04/3/18, Preston Guildhall, Preston – UK
05/3/18, Rock City, Nottingham – UK
07/3/18, Assembly, Leamington – UK
08/3/18, Junction, Cambridge – UK
09/3/18, Islington Assembly Hall, London – UK
11/3/18, Engine Room, Southampton – UK
12/3/18, Old Market, Brighton – UK
14/3/18, Gebr de Nobel, Leiden – NL
16/3/18, Fryshuset Klubben, Stockholm – SE
17/3/18, John Dee, Oslo – NO
18/3/18, Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg – SE
19/3/18, KB, MalmoE – SE
21/3/18, Ampere, Munich – DE
23/3/18, Hirsch, Nurnberg – DE
24/3/18, Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg – DE
25/3/18, Columbia Theatre, BerliN – DE
27/3/18, Harmonie, Bonn – DE
28/3/18, Wizemann, Stuttgart – DE
29/3/18, Jazzhaus, Freiburg – DE
31/3/18, Live Club Barmen, Wuppertal – DE
01/4/18, De Pul, Uden – NL
03/4/18, Werk 2, Leipzig – DE
04/4/18, Fabrik, Hamburg – DE
05/4/18, Aladin, Bremen – DE
07/4/18, Neuruppin, Kulturhaus – DE
08/4/18, KLUB KUZINIA, Bydgoszcz – PO
10/4/18, Nova Chemelnice, Prague – CZ
11/4/18, Kaminwerk, Memmingen – DE
12/4/18, Z7, Pratteln – CH
13/4/18, Legend, Milan – IT
15/4/18, Bikini, Barcelona – ES
16/4/18, But, Madrid – ES
19/4/18, Birmingham Symphony Hall – UK
18/11/18, Zeche, Bochum – DE
19/11/18, Batschkapp, Frankfurt – DE
20/11/18, Spectrum, Ausburg – DE
22/11/18, Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh – UK
23/11/18, Winterstorm, Troon – UK
24/11/18, Riverside, Newcastle – UK
25/11/18, Plug,Sheffield – UK
27/11/18, Waterfront, Norwich – UK
28/11/18, Robin2, BIlston – UK
30/11/18, Gargarin, Athens – GR
Here are the details of the Website…
Magnum single release
Magnum you tube videos
Video release for Crazy
Your Dreams ballad video release
Councillor Phil Bateman said “I am close to announcing yet another very worthy and talented International and National Musician to our Ashmore Park ‘Walk of Stars’ . He will be the very first Rock Musician to be included in the list.
I am very excited about this particular individual. I am hoping to unveil the name and a little about his history and the contribution he makes to this music genre in a few days time! “
The Ashmore Park Walk of Stars is all about inspiring young people and others to cast their ambitions wide!
Talented individuals really do exist and my job here is to expose them so that we can all admire their great talents, and hopefully they will inspire others to strive to produce and deliver the extraordinary talents that we all have.
Here on this very ordinary housing estate in Wednesfield we are always uncovering individuals that make it to the top of their particular profession.
Those that make it onto our Ashmore Park Walk of Stars have very strong links either through living here, or working on the estate, or attending school.
Well yesterday Saturday was designated a campaign day to highlight the needs of the Local stores in our Wednesfield North Ward and in Wednesfield .
#ShopLocal was the brand that your three Councillors – Cllr Rita Potter Cllr Mary Bateman and myself Councillor Phil Bateman here in Wednesfield North have supported. We all believe in the need for vibrant local shops and stores, and we have a track record of support. We also believe that the Wednesfield in Bloom volunteers that helped plant hundreds of flowers around the Ashmore Shopping Parade, has also helped in this years #ShopLocal campaign. It has put a focus on the shops and added much needed colour and pride.
Last year in the run up to the 2017 designated #ShopLocal day – Councillor Mary Bateman was able to advocate the need for the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade to be given a lick of paint. As it was looking tired and a bit unloved.
This was achieved, and with some crisp and bright painting the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade and the shops and stores have been made to look – that bit more attractive.
This year the campaign has been about making residents more aware of the tough trading that is taking place in all the local neighbourhoods in Wednesfield North, where Local Stores exist.
This time of the year when many Local Residents go on holiday is tough for Local shop keepers. As they often have to take account of less footfall. The economy is the key to peoples shopping habits, and of course people will look for bargains to match their purse.
This year in 2018 I paid for Social Media advertising and the results show that this promotion reached 2891 persons. However the organic reach of our #ShopLocal campaign also reached out and informed a further 1485 persons about the message and the needs of the campaign. So in total 4376 local people were made aware of what your Councillors in Wednesfield North were trying to do to support Wednesfield North traders.
Now the success of our media campaign also had a knock on impetus. With the Wednesfield High Street traders also seeing the potential of a #ShopLocal awareness campaign, and they too decided to deliver something similar. So Saturday had quite a flourish!
Our own Local Economy would be that much worse off if we just allowed shops and stores to decline and close. Jobs would be lost, simple convenience would force people to drive further looking for the goods they want. That would affect the environment.
If we lost even a few local stores, the simple convenience of looking directly to the neighbourhood, for that forgotten item would be lost. Convenience and accessibility is by far the best reasons for needing your Local Shops and stores.
Your Councillors here in Wednesfield North are going to support another #ShopLocal campaign in the run up to Christmas.
Christmas is a key trading time for shops and stores and I hope that some of our local stores will themselves join in and try and woo you the customer into their store!
Here father and Daughter – Tony and Sarah Levy are pictured taking part in the #ShopLocal in Wednesfield Campaign!
Today (Friday 17 August) Mary and I along with Councillor Greg Brackenridge attended the Police and Community Together Meeting in the Wednesfield Library.
It was a very well attended meeting and the new Wednesfield Sgt Rob Dalton, was also in attendance.
There was a lot of discussion about the situation in the High Street, The traders spoke of the damage to their shops, the vandalism, and the constant fight against Anti Social Behaviour . h the begging and the homeless issues. Local traders who were present were explaining how difficult it is for customers when some of those that were begging were aggressive with it.
The Police informed that many of those that were regularly seen in the High Street, were neither homeless or destitute. That in fact they are begging to fuel their own drug addiction. Warning notices issued by the Police have been served to some of these individuals.
Sgt Dalton impressed upon the meeting that the best approach to this problem is for people to stop giving them money. Also to report the incidents of aggressive begging to the Police either via the telephone, and the Police 101 system or CrimeStoppers 0800 555111, or via the West Midlands Police email reporting system.
Traders warned that there was also an alarming number of elderly people who were having their purses lifted after visiting High Street Banks and Post Office. The police appeared to be unaware of this, possibly due to the fact that the thefts were not being reported after it had happened. The 101 telephone calling system was lambasted as being hopeless and in effectual. Almost everyone who spoke reported that the system did not work for them.
The Police have a tiger by the tail on this. There systems which they want the taxpayers to use doesn’t work! The Police stations they are closing, is leaving a massive hole. The Police are growing further apart from the public….and the frustration of this well attended meeting is plain for all to see!
The Meeting was very vocal about the intentions to close Wednesfield Police Station. It has a closure date of Autumn 2019. The three Labour Councillors present informed the meeting that we were still campaigning to get this decision reversed. The Meeting left it very clear that the Police Station should stay open. Many spoke about it being required now, and in its current ‘Zombie’ stage it is frustrating for residents who want to use it to report crime and seek West Midlands Police Advice!
There was a very strong call made from those attending to have a direct link with the Police via a Police Surgery if the Police Station and its Police commanders continue to ignore the publics call, one that could be held in one place at a regular time and be well publicised.
Wednesfield North Issues
Mary and I raised the issue of motor bikes and the nuisance they are being faced with, of the bikes being raced around the shops, the Park , and estate roads. We raised the need for the Police to treat as a priority The Ashmore Park Shopping Parade – Motorbikes, Fly Tipping and now criminal damage in the shape of crude graffiti. Speed issues on Peacock Ave, Broad Lane North, Kitchen Lane, and Woodend Road and Linthouse Lane. I also spoke with the Sgt about Drug related issues.
Finally I also raised with the Police the good work they do with the Annual Fishing contest they organise, sponsored by Fatties Bait and Tackle Shop on Ashmore Park. I asked that the Police continue to work in this way with the young people in Wednesfield North and Wednesfield. It was a good thing to do and didn’t go by unnoticed. I was very pleased to see Fatties being so supportive.
Police and Community Together!
There is an extra Police and Community Together Meeting today Friday at 17th August 2018 at the new Library in Well Lane Wednesfield. The meeting will start at 10.00 am. It is likely to attract a lot of interest.
The next ordinary Police and Community Together Meeting will take place on Thursday 6th September 2018, and this meeting will beheld on Ashmore Park at The Hub at 6.30pm.
These meetings are organised by the Police so that you can tell them what your problems are!
The Wednesfield Junior Parkrun gives four to 14-year-olds the chance to complete a 2km circuit around Wednesfield Park every Sunday morning.
Those taking part can run, jog or walk for their own enjoyment and at their own pace, and parents are able to join in if they wish.
Wednesfield Junior Parkrun was launched in 2015 with support from the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Public Health team and members of Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club. It takes place thanks to the efforts of volunteers who set up, manage and marshal the route, supporting the participants all the way around the course until everyone has finished.
The popular event marks its third birthday this Sunday (19 August, 2018), with a Wolverhampton Wanderers-themed party to celebrate the club’s return to the Premier League. Children are encouraged to wear Wolves football kit or superhero costumes, while Wolfie and Batman will be joining in the fun. There will also be free goodie bags and refreshments.
Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Junior Parkrun is a fantastic way for children and young people to get exercise, enjoy some fresh air and make new friends.
“It is well loved by children and parents alike and has had a very successful first three years, so I’d encourage young people to come along this weekend and have a go.”
Martha Cummings, Co-event Director at Wednesfield Junior Parkrun, added: “Children of all abilities are welcome at our Junior Parkrun, and we don’t mind how fast of how steadily they go around the course because our amazing volunteers will be there to cheer and high-five them all the way to the finish line.”
The Junior Parkrun takes place at Wednesfield Park every Sunday morning and is open to all children aged four to 14. Please meet by the play area at 8.45am. For more details, and to register to take part or volunteer to help out, please visit www.facebook.com/wednesfieldjuniorparkrun or www.parkrun.org.uk/wednesfield-juniors.
Adults and the young people aged over 14 can take part in the Wolverhampton Parkrun, which takes place at West Park every Saturday at 9am.
We have a new Chief Superintendent. He is Andy Beards and he started his career in Wednesfield as a PC some 24 years ago. He is I am informed ‘excited’ about taking up his new position here in the City of Wolverhampton.
He has a long established career in the West Midlands and knows the City well.
Hopefully Chief Superintendent Beards will be able to get on top of the crime in Wolverhampton, and do something for our City in tackling the crime ring that relates to drugs and gangs.
I for my part, and on behalf of the Wednesfield North Councillors welcome him to the City, and I do hope that we will see him from time to time in Wednesfield North.