What A Brilliant Day! – 20 Years Birthday for APCA & Blue Plaque Launch


Yesterday (10th September) At The Hub on Ashmore Park, The Ashmore Park Community Association – Packed in more than a thousand residents to a day long series of free events!

The Community Association had created a fabulous day of activity for family and friends, with a very significant Public Event taking place at its heart with the unveiling of the first Wolverhampton Civic Society Blue Plaque in Wednesfield depicting the history of Mining in Ashmore Park, which is now fitted proudly to the wall of The Hub.

The iconic Blue Plaque depicts the Mining History of Ashmore Park before the housing estate was constructed. It is the first Wolverhampton Civic Society Blue Plaque to be unveiled in Wednesfield…so in itself is a little piece of history in the making!

Most of us never give a thought to how the  housing estate came to be built or what was here prior to the housing estate being constructed.  This Blue Plaque lifts the history and creates an important link between the past and the present!

I was delighted to be asked to make a speech and to unveil the Wolverhampton Civic Society very first Blue Plaque in Wednesfield. The installation and the casting of the Plaque had been paid for by Ashmore Park Community Association as part of their 20th Anniversary celebrations. Councillor Rita Potter and Councillor Mary Bateman attended the event, and I was delighted to have at my side during the unveiling Emma Reynolds MP for Wolverhampton North East, as well as Chairman of APCA – Ann Wood.

I paid tribute to the Volunteers that run and operate the Ashmore Park Community Association, during my unveiling speech.

I reminded Wednesfield that those that organise days like Saturday were ‘Volunteers’, and that their effort and determination that goes into the APCA, turns out these wonderful community events. Events that fills The Hub with people and laughter and leads to friendships.

Saturday was very much an exciting and ground breaking event in itself.

My Big Message was that our history can pave the way forward for our own local economic regeneration. Enjoying activities, being active all makes for a really significant day here in our Ward of Wednesfield North……

All these events listed below were free on Saturday and the JSDA Dance performance was very well attended and enjoyed. Estimates from APCA suggest that more than a thousand people attended through out the course of the day. I am convinced that everyone who visited The Hub on Ashmore Park on Saturday enjoyed the hard work that had been put in by the CA ……here is what took place during the course of the day.

  • Mask making Workshops
  • Arts& Crafts
  • Meet the Animals- Zac’s Wild Encounters
  • JSDA Dance Performance
  • Art & Photo Exhibition
  • Easy Line Gym Taster Sessions
  • St Johns Ambulance First Aid Demonstrations
  • Free Buffet

Plus the Ashmore Park Library remained open serving the community with their books and the On-Line computer facilities that are available to the Public.

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