Probus Wednesfield – Speaker Cllr Phil Bateman

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Today (18 June 2019) at 12.30 I joined The Probus Club in the Castle Inn at Wednesfield and in front of around 25 or so of the members.

Wednesfield Probus Club is a very active Club. PROBUS is a local, national, and international association of retired people who come together in non-political, non-sectarian, non-profit, autonomous clubs which provide regular opportunities for members to meet others in similar circumstances, with similar levels of interest, make new friends, and maintain and expand their interests.

I was asked some months ago to speak at the meeting. It was a pleasure to do so. The Castle Inn was a good venue.

I spoke of my passions, Transport and Wednesfield.

I spoke about my times on the West Midlands County Council and the need today to  expand the Midlands Metro Tram into Wednesfield and to the Molineux and out to Fordhouses.

I warned that the metro should not be ‘a Skegness’, and Wolverhampton should not act as the end of the line! We need the metro to provide quick fast and environmentally friendly public transport now and into the next decade and beyond.

I also spoke about the Wyrley and Essington Canal, The new Local Nature Reserve, our Wednesfield Canal festival and Wednesfield in Bloom!

Phew! It was a journey and a half!

I hope Probus Wednesfield enjoyed it! I did… The Photograph shows me with with Janet who presided over the meeting.

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