“Wednesfield In Bloom – “Going for Gold!” How Volunteers Make All the Difference!”

Hi Everyone just a little note to thank everyone from me that was involved in last weeks Big Seminar here in Wednesfield. –

Wednesfield In Bloom – “Going for Gold!” How Volunteers Make All the Difference!”

The seminar was agreed at a planning meeting earlier in the year. I can tell you now it was a huge success. Our Wednesfield team explained how they had involved themselves in the Britain in Bloom competition, how Wednesfield had been part of the competition for just two short years. But we had harnessed energy and great enthusiasm from our community.

Our Key Note Speaker Mr Keith Ireland Managing Director City of Wolverhampton explained how the Wednesfield in Bloom team was an important part of how the City functions.

He spoke about the changes that were taking place in the City. The huge investment taking place in Wolverhampton and how important the regeneration programme was to the City. He linked al that was takino place in Wolverhampton to the work our community volunteers were doing here in Wednesfield.

Other speakers at the seminar included Simon Archer, Wednesfield in Bloom Chairman. It also included James Clarke, Hands on Wednesfield Chairman. The Rev Nick Watson from St Thomas’s Church who spoke about the importance of faith, and Paul Singh from Guru Nanak Gurdwara and the way in which the two diverse community’s had come together around the ‘power of flowers’.

This seminar was very much a chance to congratulate volunteer community groups ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ and ‘Hands on Wednesfield’. It was an opportunity that was not missed. There was a really good audience made up of people like Wolverhampton North Easts Emma Reynolds MP, and a number of Wednesfield Councillors including Greg Brackenridge and Mary Bateman. Plus there were lots of our brilliant Volunteers.

Keith Ireland said he was “delighted to speak at the Wednesfield in Bloom seminar.”

He said “The seminar was a chance to congratulate volunteer community groups like Wednesfield in Bloom’ and ‘Hands on Wednesfield’.

He said he was impressed with the recent success in competition, winning the Silver Award in the 2016 ‘Heart of England in Bloom’ Urban Community competition, and the Gold Award in 2017.

Keith Ireland further explained in a note to all the City Councillors in a Councillors Briefing at the end of last week.

“That Wednesfield was to be the focus of an episode of the new BBC Show ‘Britain in Bloom, on BBC 2. He reported that the show follows fifteen different communities from across the country as they prepare to compete for gold in the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition.

He further went onto say “I’m sure all Councillors will join me in wishing Wednesfield good luck at the next competition (2018).”

He talked up the recent success Wednesfield had in the competition.” Winning the Silver Award in the 2016 ‘Heart of England in Bloom’ Urban Community competition, and the Gold Award in 2017.”

I know that Mr Ireland was impressed with how Wednesfield had gone about competing in the competition and what the challenge has done for the local community.

In his Briefing Note he further said “The show follows fifteen different communities from across the country as they prepare to compete for gold in the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious ‘Britain in Bloom’ competition.  I’m sure all Councillors will join me in wishing Wednesfield good luck at the next competition.”

Also there were other important actions that came out of the seminar

  • There was an offer by the City Council to make a £500 contribution to the flowers
  • Wolverhampton Homes offered a chance to talk about offers of help

We were very pleased to have had the seminar, and volunteers that were there heard for them selves the great pride that people in positions of power, view their commitment and hard work for our great  community.

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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