An Energetic Passionate Community Activist Who Will Be Sadly Missed.

I write this message still in shock at the news of Steph Clarkes passing this morning.

Life is so darned hard at times. Yesterday as Wednesfield basked in the glory of the Christmas Lights switch on, Steph and James were missing. A lot of people were asking me about the where about of Steph and James? They are popular, and they are both highly visible.

img_1124-steph-clarkeSteph and James are  amongst  the core community activists that had done all the hard work through the volunteer group ‘Hands on Wednesfield’ to organise and fund the Wednesfield Christmas Lights.

Steph Clarke was a community activist. She was an energetic woman with strong views and immense passion. She was vocal over the issues that mattered to her. But above all that she was a wife and a mother, and she had a real sense of family.

I have known Steph for a very long time; she recently joined Wednesfield North LP.

But it goes without saying that we will miss her., The greatest gift any person can give anyone else is their time. Steph Clarke did plenty of that!  She gave her time willingly for her community.

Her community spirit was such that she wanted everyone to be winners. That is why she gave her time to the Ashmore Park Community Association, The Hub at Ashmore Park, The Photography Group, Hands on Wednesfield, the Wednesfield History Group and many more organisations and individuals.

I know that the immense feeling of loss that Ashmore Park Community Association feels as I feel currently, will be magnified many times more by husband James and son Jordan and Steph’s immediate family and friends.

I know that with the passing of time, the grief that we all feel now will lessen. But the memories and the experiences that we all had in Steph’s company will remain cherished memory’s for now and evermore.

Rest In Peace Steph Clarke  – You Will Always Be Remembered Here In Our Community of Wednesfield.

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