Category Archives: History and Heritage

Joe Bateman- Bateman Family History

Family History is a useful and enjoyable pastime. Many of us are involved in the enjoyment of uncovering the pastimes, the trades and the local history of our families. I have been involved for years in uncovering the links.
Last night whilst I was looking at some old birth certificates, i noticed that my dad, who was born in 1913 lived at 42 Alma Street in Heath Town at his birth. I also noticed that his father my Grandfather Joseph Bateman is described on his birth certificate as a ‘Blacksmith and Licenced Victualler.”.
Closer investigation throws up that 42 Alma Street was in actual fact The Royal Oak Public House. Question now is at that time was grandfather Joe the Licenced Victualler at The Royal Oak in 1913?….more to do.

January -Start of the New Year 2024.

Good Morning Wednesfield. Its the start of a new year. Mary and I want to wish you well in the coming year of 2024. We offer you our warmth and good wishes and we hope that health wealth and happiness visit you over the next 12 months.
I know many of you, like our own family will have suffered family bereavement during 2023. I do so hope that 2024 will dissipate that pain and as time moves on, the sadness and personal disruption you are feeling now, over time will lessen, leaving just the great memories and warmth of feeling to remember and cherish.
A New Year always offers hope. This one is just the same. The year ahead will bring many challenges and many opportunities for individuals, and our communities.
We are facing change as the World itself changes. The Wars in the Ukraine and the huge disruption and loss of life in Gaza and Israel points to the ever increasing dangers that continues to unfold.
Today New Years Day, as if to underline the uncertainties that we all face in our lives. We are hearing about the huge 7.6 magnitude earthquake that has struck Japan, and the warnings of a Tsunami, in Japan, Russia and South Korea.
Plus, our Government have today warned that they may be about to strike South Yemen .Nothing stands still, nothing stays the same.
There is for your Councillors huge issues to face up to this year, as there is every year. There is also likely to be a General Election here in the UK.
That will bring change, and that will be a welcome event for many in our Community and further a field. We already have our Labour Party General Election candidate for Wednesfield and Willenhall in the Wolverhampton North East constituency. Sureena Brackenridge already selected and in the election campaign out and about meeting residents.
Also in this year we will be facing a Municipal Election on the first Thursday in May. I can inform you this morning that the Wednesfield North Labour Party have already chosen our Candidate for this local election. The Labour Party will be announcing the City election candidates for this important City Council elections in due course.
Local Government really matters and the big decisions facing our City Council will be all around finance, the setting of Council tax, and the maintenance of all our front line services. Our current Government have been poor with regards to the resources it has supported our City and Local Government as a whole with over the last thirteen years.
The Citizens Advice has reported record numbers of people seeking help across the Country, from homeless services, foodbanks and energy bill support in 2023. Some pretty uncomfortable reading for Local Government again as a whole is the information that 600 people leave prison every month in the UK, and fall straight into hopelessness. Prisoners released without homeless help, just puts them back onto the crime trail and a fast route back to prison.
These are all major challenges. Welfare, Public services, a poor economy, cost of living and low growth will all be on the agenda in Councils across the Country. Happy New Year Wednesfield, and all our friends and relatives -You enhance our lives and you enrich our soul. Both Mary and I will try hard to continue to serve during 2024.

Sue Lacey Lands Excellence Award

Deputy Leader of the City Council Cllr Steve Evans joined with Cllr Mary Bateman, Rita Potter and myself, as we presented Sue with Wednesfield North Community Excellence Award. Here is Sue’s citation . Sue Lacey – Head teacher at Ashmore Park & Phoenix Federated Nurseries. “Sue is a local lass, and grew up here. She has spent 38 years teaching and running the Ashmore Park Nursery It’s a school that has been awarded the ‘Outstanding accolade by Ofsted 5 times on the trot. Sue has made this award because perhaps a thousand local children have been educated at the school over the 38 years she has been teaching there.
Sue will be retiring in 2024. If ever a person has deserved an Excellence Award… is Sue!

Wednesfield Volunteers See Another Success!10,000 Visitors to the 2023 Canal Festival!

Wednesfield Volunteers – Have Yet Another Success!
It’s only been a few days since Wednesfield in Bloom Volunteers informed us that they have been successful in winning for a sixth year on the trot, a Gold Award for the Urban category, for Wednesfield in Bloom in the Heart of England in Blooms Awards!
Now the Volunteers of ‘Hands on Wednesfield’ who are behind the Wednesfield Canal Festival has been informed that the canal festival has once again beaten its previous highest attendance which was in 2022.
This is a fantastic result. It has been confirmed to me that our Wednesfield Canal Festival has had yet another record year for the Canal Festival! Here are the statistics
Saturday attendance: 5,456
Sunday attendance: 5,236
Total visitors: 10,692
We also know that the August footfall at the Bentley Bridge Leisure Park was up 16.18% –
Week 32 (Canal festival week) +22.66% vs the previous year a 11,713 increase in foot traffic on the commercial site.
I believe that everyone involved in this result will be simply pleased and excited as to what our work has resulted in. Its brilliant to be informed of what is nothing short of an amazing set of results.
Back in 2022 – City Council Members had been discussing funding arrangements for regeneration projects in Wolverhampton. I informed the Economy and Growth Scrutiny Panel of the City of Wolverhampton Council – 28 September, ‘that there had been no mention of community and volunteering on the slide detailing the regeneration plan for the city over the next twelve months. I mentioned both Wednesfield in Bloom and the Wednesfield Canal Festival as examples of how volunteers can, and do help both the reputation of our city, and in growing the local economic opportunities. I was signifying that in the tourism sector for instance visitors played a big role, and for City of Wolverhampton in enhancing the vitality of local communities, they like the “in Bloom” team who do so much to bring vibrant colours and initiatives to this district.
Now we have the statistics for 2023 that back up my claims of that September meeting.
Volunteering in Wednesfield in particular is strong and active. We can always do more than we do of course. Volunteers are a tremendous asset to any settlement, village, town or city. If residents want to help Local Communities, they should look to join and offer their services to local clubs who are often looking for help.
Here in Wednesfield I am proud of all the volunteers that run sporting clubs, expand and develop culture through Dance, and especially the volunteers who run Art and Crafts clubs.
As Wednesfield in Bloom and the Wednesfield Canal Festival with Hands on Wednesfield. Developing other opportunities will I am sure see an expanding role for Volunteers, and of course the enhancement they make to our historic city.

Wednesfield In Bloom- You Have Done It Again Six Gold Awards Urban Category On The Trot!

I want to say ‘Thank You‘ also to all the Bloomers, no matter what level of time you gave this year, that helped create this year’s Heart of England in Bloom bid a success. You are all marvellous!

The help has been immense. Support from Wednesfield business and retail here in the Village, and Bentley Bridge, and also in Ashmore Park is very much appreciated.

There are local Shops and retailers for instance here on Ashmore Park who do much to support and encourage the activity of the ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ volunteers, the whole year round.
The sporting clubs on Ashmore Park who play their role also. That enthusiasm is also replicated in the Village itself. Our ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ activity is phenomenal.

It’s a huge geographic area that (WIB) cover every year. It also grows in size and complexity each year. It has to if we are to be successful, not just in the Heart of England competition,
but in what we are all trying to achieve every year. We all want to improve the environment we live in, create vibrant colours, make people proud of the areas that we live and work in.

It takes huge efforts every year to create the conditions to make our bid successful. It is a huge strain on the Leadership team, of Jan and Julie, and on the number of volunteers that we currently have working on WIB in our community. Wednesfield in Bloom are always trying to recruit more help and assistance. If you can help and like the sound of what we do
contact any of the bloomers and ask them when the next meeting is!

Wednesfield is a very generous community. I am constantly amazed at how our community contribute time and financial resources into the WIB requirement, we have for the flowers, the shaping of the themes, the physical work on irregular corners et

As a Wednesfield in Bloom volunteer myself, I just love turning up and doing that little bit of work, and having members of the Public thrust a few £’s as a donation to Wednesfield in Bloom for the buying of flowers.
The individuals and couples that bring plants from their own gardens to contribute to the beds that we set out. The organisations like The Bentley Bridge Retail Park that has invested many thousands of £’s in continued donations in support of the ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ volunteers endeavours, not just this year but in past years since Wednesfield in Bloom started!

We have had lots of help from the individual time given by the Bloomers themselves, huge help from Wednesfield schools, who have taken ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ into their schools, made it part of their curriculum. Created beautiful wheel barrows of creatively designed flowers for Public display. The Public Houses that display flowers on their premises, and encourage the environment by their own colourful arrangements, and supplying ‘Bee Food’ for pollinators.

The individual householders that make sure their gardens are a picture in the beginning of July, when the Heart of England Inspectors are out and about viewing and making their notes.
Finally I want to thank Wolverhampton Homes for their hard work, their willingness to work with the community on Ashmore Park, the hanging baskets that they supplied, on the shopping Precinct, and Continental Landscape for filling three new containers with flowers around the shops.

Then there are the Shops in Wednesfield High Street and our own Ashmore Park shops – All of whom make a huge contribution to the vibrant flower displays
that are planted, looked after, and tended almost the whole year round.

Wednesfield North and Wednesfield South Councillors who have supported WIB by physical activity, watering and giving their own time to WIB to help with others to deliver a fabulous Gold Award for our community.

Wednesfield is a really great community. This sixth Gold Award in the Urban sector category is really an immense achievement- well done everyone!

Details of Robert Hill’s funeral.

Rob will make his final journey on Wednesday 11th October from his home Orchard Road via ‘The Molineux’ 🧡🖤 travelling to Bushbury crematorium for his service at 1.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

We then would like to invite everyone to celebrate Rob’s life at the Emerald club, Wolverhampton. WV1 1PP.

As everyone knew Rob was a massive Wolves fan – so if you would like to wear something Wolves or anything black and gold please do. 🧡🖤🐺

Immediate family flowers only please. Instead if you would like to donate to Compton Care and Crohns & Colitis UK please do so. Both these charities were close to Rob’s heart. The link is attached if you wish to donate.

On behalf of all the family, thank you for all the kind messages of support, it really does mean a lot to know Rob was loved by so many xxx

Tribute to Robert Hill, 1960 - 2023


Tribute to Robert Hill, 1960 – 2023

Dedicated to the memory of Robert Hill

Rest in Peace -Wednesfield’s Community Excellence Award Winner.

It was sad to hear that Wednesfield North Community Excellence champion has recently passed away.

Les Simmons was a big character around Wednesfield for the whole of my political life here, which spans 40 years..

Even at the grand old age of 97 Les was still talking Wednesfield up!

Here in this photograph Wednesfield North Councillors award Les with a 2019 – Community Excellence Award, for all the hard work and volunteering he had done, over all the years, with Ashmore Park Tenants Association, Hands on Wednesfield, Wednesfield History Society and Wednesfield in Bloom.

Les you have certainly earned the right to Rest In Peace. Deepest sympathy and condolences to all his friends and relative

Remembering Youthful Times!

Sometimes you come upon things that you possess and it is a surprise to you. Today amongst a lifetime of photos collected and stored in all sorts of odd corners, Mary asked me who these two guys were?
I genuinely have not seen this photograph for decades. I immediately recognised Micky Edwards, and after a bit of thought recognised Roy Dabnor who moved from Millbank Street probably in the late 1960’s early 1970’s.
Micky Edwards still lives on Ashmore Park, but does anyone know where Roy lives now?

Looking Back Through the Archives.

Looking back at my History and Heritage Archives, I came across this article…Operation Safer Travel. Award winning, it certainly was and ground breaking for West Midlands Travel. Whilst Safer Travel continues on its way keeping public transport safe, guided by the public sector now.

The initial hard work took place with the not so ‘bussy’ West Midlands Police title of Operation Hackney!

Started in 1999/2000 the OST quickly became a much talked about initiative that really made a difference to tackling Anti Social Behaviour and crime ‘on the buses’. It became an award winning initiative. Covering the cities of Coventry and Birmingham with the Black Country. It also included the Midland Metro also.

Operation Safer Travel, also travelled North of the Border, setting a strong partnership with Travel Dundee and the then Tayside Police in Scotland. We had some good colleagues from the Police forces working with us, and it is good to know that all that early work is still ongoing.

2022 -The Year in Review -Wednesfield North

The Year in Review 2022
January 2022-
The month started as it left off with Covid-19 still dominating our thoughts. This was what I wrote on January 6th- “I have been briefed today by City Officials. They inform that “Covid infection rates, driven largely by omicron, currently stand at just over 1,900 per 100,000 – for perspective, the previous highest during the pandemic was 1,100 per 100,000. On the 24th January we laid to rest – my long-time friend Ken Spence. Ken was a great guy, who over most of my early years ran our football Club. He was very instrumental in the lives of lots of footballers growing up in Wednesfield and in Wolverhampton. He was a former Secretary of Wolverhampton Sunday League, well known in the Working Men’s Club circle. Where he and wife Jean were Stewards at Chillington, Heath Town and Jones Road, and Springfield. During January- Mary and I turned out with other volunteers to plant a ‘Tiny Forest’ on the Ashmore Park.
Severn Trent- Severn Trent Water Company know there is a problem with low water pressure in the Wednesfield North area. They told me that they “have a plan to upgrade a local (booster) pumping station. This will require significant capital investment. This is the pumping station at the corner of Kitchen Lane. Severn Trent Water Company engineers are currently reviewing the options and the successful one will then be prioritised against other required upgrades on the network – they tell me that “we try very hard to deal with each situation in order of priority.” They went onto tell me that – ” the engineering solution won’t be a quick fix. It could take up to 2025 before we complete the work. In the meantime, however, our Network Control team will try very hard to manage the network in a way that minimises any impact on customers.”
With regards to the case work undertaken – We reported Paint that had been spilled Phillips Ave, and Knock Road which had been spread by motor vehicles On the 18th City Council sent a team with a high pressure washer using hot water, and every effort was made to clear the spillage. Faulty lamps in Howard Road were attended, also a repair made to lighting on the Shopping Parade.

February –
This month also brought the funeral of Trade Unionist Jimmy Edwards, my former RMT Branch Secretary. Jim was awarded the BEM, for his services. He was a great Trade Unionist and we put him to rest on the 25th of Feb. This was the month I caught Covid -19 that then had me isolating for 12 days! There was more tree planting taking place, hundreds of new trees planted in this month on Ashmore Park, which Mary and I took part along with our community volunteers. Towards the end of February we were asked and we supported the Ashmore Inns campaign to get a further Defibrillator for the Ashmore Park estate. Great that the finance for this was largely by individual donation. Your Councillors -Cllr Mary Bateman with Cllr Rita Potter and Cllr Phil Bateman were able to source £400 of public money to add to the donations. What it means now is that there are two defibs open to public use, one at the Hub at Ashmore Park and plus one now also at The Ashmore Inn. Special congrats to the Ashmore Inn and its management and patrons having played such a key role in delivering it for public safety.

March – The water leak at the corner of Linthouse Lane has been finally tracked down. At that time it was being said that It is not a Severn Trent Water problem. It is a gulley issue. This is the responsibility of the City of Wolverhampton Council. I had been in touch with both Severn Trent Water company and the City Council since March. The good news is that I have now received a positive response from the City Council.
Saturday 26th March I wrote in my diary “What a great night I have had tonight. I have been awarded with my 50 years Rail Maritime and Transport badge receiving the badge direct from the General Secretary of RMT Mick Lynch,

April – In early April we had a Bye -Election in East Park Ward. All three Wednesfield North Councillors campaigned for Labour. The result was a new Councillor for East Park Lovinyer Daly! Four weeks after being informed about the leak in Linthouse lane was to be fixed! Water is still spewing onto the Linthouse Lane, and Severn Trent Water Company has not repaired the breach. Its now estimated that hundreds of gallons of water has swirled onto the Lane, and shop keepers as well pedestrian home owners have all had to suffer. Now pedestrians are saying the smells from the water are past a joke. The Severn Trent Water company responsible should be admonished for their indifference to the problem. This type of water leak is now a growing problem and is creating more pollution of the environment. Also plaguing the city was Covid. I gave the Covid-19 update by revealing a new update relating to the City Covid-19 infections on Friday evening 8th
There were 504.9 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last seven days. That means 1,328 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.
Following new guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), five to 11-year-olds with no underlying health conditions are now eligible for two doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. Each vaccine is a third of the dose given to older children and adults, and will be administered 12 weeks apart. I went onto inform that appointments can be booked online via the National Booking System. Over 75s and clinically extremely vulnerable are eligible for a spring booster, and can book as above once they have been contacted about this.

May- Municipal Elections were on us. This month started well. With a great win for Mary and the Wednesfield North Labour Party. Mary netted 60% of the votes in a straight fight with Tony Gething of the Conservatives. It was a standout result for Mary. Labour consolidated its position and continues to control the City of Wolverhampton Council. My congratulations to Mary who works so hard for Wednesfield North.
Wednesfield North[9]

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Mary Bateman* 1,358 60.82 +8.0
Tony Gething 875 39.18 -3.6
Majority 483 21.63
2,233 26.60
Away from the elections I highlighted a problem in this City of Wolverhampton and also here in Wednesfield North. There is a bunch of crooks on the rampage, stealing drain and gulley covers. At a cost £63,000 in replacement costs city wide. Rampaging drain robbers are the cause of 260 reported incidents of drain and gulley covers stolen. These criminal gangs need stopping because they are putting people and property at risk as they raid this safety ironwork for their own greed. I flagged this up as very much a Police matter, and I do not agree in a City Council policy that does not report these stolen items as a crime. I have spoken with Wednesfield Neighbourhood Police, and they inform me that they are visiting Scrap Yards and metal reclamation sites in the hope of locating the stolen property.
I got interested in this issue when it seemed that residents here in Wednesfield North were reporting these crimes to me with depressing regularity.
There have been 221 individual reports of drain incidents here in Wednesfield North during 2020-2021-2022 , and 28 items of ironwork had been lifted. That is a £6,300 replacement cost to the Counciltax payer in my Ward alone. Iron products.” I predicted that the Great Drain Robbery would continue until the Police are able to act and arrest the drain robbers. Better news was that New Homes were being constructed in Wednesfield North. We highlighted a construction project that was to start in Townson Road on Ashmore Park. Two – 2 bed homes are to be constructed in a former WH Garage site. These two homes are going to be added to the WH housing stock. We are in 5 of the City Councils “small sites programme” and this phase, will deliver 34 council homes across 11 sites within the City, five of those sites are here in Wednesfield North within the Ashmore Park estate. I know that people living here will want to know where these sites are. Here is the programme.
The sites at Ashmore Park are;
Townson Road former garage site – 2no 2 bedroom semi-detached houses
Simmons Road former garage site – 1no 2 bedroom bungalow
Wolmer Road former garage site – 2no 4 bedroom semi-detached houses
Southall Road former garage site – 2no 2 bedroom semi-detached houses
Woodside former garage site – 4no 1 bedroom apartments
During May We were requested to assist in helping volunteers who were raising funds to locate a defibrillator on the Linthouse estate. The organiser is a grand chap who with friends and neighbours are raising cash through sponsorship. We have pledged help in what sounds like a great project in saving lives. I have been trying to assist a person with disabilities into the school of choice. I am pleased to say that parents have achieved their objectives, and a school place, in the school of their choice, has been filled. I am pleased to have assisted as the stress has been severe for the parent and the child. We highlighted a Care worker shortage locally, and I have recently received a request from a Care company to assist. I have passed the matter onto the City Council. Since the start of the new Municipal Year in May 2022 – have logged 92 enquiries from you the constituents.
There have been two Planning Applications validated in the Wednesfield North Ward in the last 28 Days. They were in Shardlow Road where an application has been lodged for a detached two bed bungalow and Woodend Road where an application has been lodged for a Single storey rear extension. Council Tax rebates in Wednesfield North stand at 3,631 Paid with a total value of £544,650. There is an overall take up Rate 73.7% meaning around 1290 eligible payments have yet to be granted.

June – This was a difficult month for Wednesfield North -Crime issues dominated the community during this month. . Three men, aged 26, 37 and 39, were taken to hospitals across the West Midlands with multiple serious injuries. They were we were informed “life-changing injuries”. The three injured men, who are all from Wolverhampton, had just left a nearby pub when they were attacked by two men armed with knives. At that time, we were informed that all of the men knew each other. The Police informed were deep into the investigation of the frightening event they asked for anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information but do not want to give your name. They also indicated that there was a reward for information. Later in the month another Police incident woke Ashmore Park relating to an arrest in the early hours of the morning. I know that many of you locally in Kitchen Lane and Millbank Street and were awakened by the Police dealing with an incident in the very early hours of this morning. I spoke with the Police, at the time, and I informed that it related to a traffic incident which started in Staffordshire. The vehicle was eventually stopped d the driver arrested in Kitchen Lane. The Police had a number of Officers attend to conduct an area search. This incident in no way relates to the recent events that the Police were involved with regards to the stabbings, on Ashmore Park. We immediately sent lots of officers and medics, supported by firearms teams. Three men, aged 26, 37 and 39, were taken to hospitals across the West Midlands with multiple serious injuries. They continue to be treated for their life-changing injuries, today. The three injured men, who are all from Wolverhampton, had just left a nearby pub when they were attacked by two men armed with knives. At this time, we believe that all of the men know each other We have spoken to people who saw the crime happen, have started downloading CCTV and have looked at footage recorded on mobile phones. We have also had forensic teams in the area searching for evidence. We are actively searching for two men – dressed in black – who are suspected are being involved. Searches have taken place at multiple addresses in the city. If you can help our detectives, send them a message via Live Chat on the right of your screen quoting reference number 4513-240622
Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you have information but do not want to give your name. You may be entitled to a reward and the charity will never trace your call.
July – Councillor Phil Bateman and Cllr Rita Potter were requested to attend a meeting on the Green Belt development ‘North of Linthouse Lane ‘ at South Staffordshire District Council as the SSDC started to unveil what they said the site may potentially look like. We strongly underlined that we were against the option of a development yet again on that land. But being there enabled us to see and to envisage the thoughts, as they were outlined to the meeting. On Monday 11th July, your three Labour Councillors met with the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands. We invited him to Ashmore Park to make him aware of the crime problems, we have here in Wednesfield North and across Wednesfield. The Commissioner arrived at The Hub where we had arranged to meet. We introduced him to James Clarke the Chair of the Ashmore Park Community Association. All three of your Councillors were in attendance. We explained to the PCC that there just was not enough Neighbourhood Police officers in Wednesfield. We explained that whilst we were not a ‘high crime ‘ area, nevertheless crime hurt our residents, and they feel it is rising across the Ward. I explained that we felt that the WMP Communications fell short in explaining what the police were doing locally, that the information often when published and then carried in publications was often incorrect or misleading. We explained that there had been some high-profile crimes that had been carried out recently in the area that had knife issues at the core. This was a very important meeting for us as City Councillors. We made our thoughts very well known on behalf of the Community here in Wednesfield. With Covid-19 infection rates rising rapidly, residents are being urged to remain vigilant and are reminded that first, second and booster vaccinations are still widely available in Wolverhampton. Latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics suggest that 1,829,100 people in England had Covid in the week up to 24 June – equivalent to 3.35% of the population or around one in 30 people. A week earlier, that rate was one in 40, marking an increase of around 30% in seven days in Wolverhampton, 434 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last week, though with free testing no longer widely available, the true number of new cases is likely to be considerably higher.

August- I wrote about the concerns I had when this announcement was made “ UK households will pay almost triple the price to heat their homes this winter compared with a year ago, an unwelcome increase for millions of people already struggling to afford everyday essentials. I must admit that I worry for residents that live here in our Ward of Wednesfield North. Industry regulator Ofgem raised its cap on domestic energy bills to a record £3,549 ($4,189) beginning Oct. 1. That amount was expected to go even higher in January as the UK competes with other nations for limited gas supplies. So our Government will have to be on its toes to compete for the scarce supplies. That is what fills me with fear. This Conservative Government has no record to be proud of. Plus, we will have a new PM chosen by less than 200,000 people. It is a Winter of Woe that I fear for the UK, and all our local community. On the Good News front we reported on our partnership with Ashmore Park Community Centre and Social Sanctuary to bring Youth activity to Wednesfield North during this month. ” What a great relationship we have developed with Social Sanctuary, and our friends at Ashmore Park Community Association, as we came together this Summer to fund a Youth Club during the Six Week School Holiday, in a unique partnership. It has been a great success Wednesfield North!” Here is what Social Sanctuary have to say about the project. The Social Sanctuary Project has been providing sessions for 11- to 18-year-olds throughout the summer, focussing on activities that support the health and wellbeing of our city’s young people. The activities have been funded partly by Wednesfield North Councillors, Ashmore Park Community Association and funding from the Department for Education Holiday and Food (HAF) programme.

September – Was very much dominated by the death of Queen Elizabeth, Our Queen and Sovereign, Wednesfield North Councillors placed this message on our Social Media We are “sure constituents in Wednesfield North will want to join with your Councillors Phil and Mary Bateman, and Rita Potter in offering our deepest condolences to the Royal Family of HM Queen Elizabeth the Second, as the death of this much loved Queen was announced this early evening. Wednesfield has strong memories of Her Majesty’s visit to our Village in the 1960’s. Our Sovereign was our longest serving Monarch. Your Majesty – Rest in Peace, you served our Country well. ‘The people of Wednesfield will long remember you.’ The other big issue was the Police Pact Meeting held on the 21 September. The meeting was poorly attended but packed full of issues. Losing a PCSO, The Police team told of 5 Burglaries in Wednesfield North, and 1 robbery.

October – In October I was talking with small business in Wednesfield North. This time with shop keepers who are the life blood of our Local Community This Conservative Government and its economic policy is currently terrifying our retailers. I have heard horror stories from well-established small shops, about how the swinging increases in their utility Bills are affecting them, and which they are now being informed of from Utility suppliers. What they tell me is that they are not hearing, if anything from the Conservative Government about how they are to be offered help, and some protection. Shop keepers tell me this will be the death knell of their, business. The cost of energy alone will strip out many of our local shops and shopping precincts. If there is no help designed for them. This month also brought a delightful ceremony in the Library in Wednesfield where the Deputy Mayor Mike Hardacre unveiled a new cabinet that contains the success of the Wednesfield in Bloom volunteers. All their Heart of England Gold Awards and other Awards. Ashmore Park Bowls Club sent a message that they wanted new nd younger players to join them. Garage clean ups in Ryan Ave and Whiston Ave were called for by residents. The Graffiti team removed tags on the Public Information Boards after your councillors requested action on the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade. Crime issues came to the service after the August statistics were published on my Social Media sites. Spates of crime on Bentley Bridge relating to stolen motorbikes was published. Heavy rain on the 23rd October lead to some localised flooding. With water pressure so great drainage covers were blown off. The Autumn Dress hat for the Royal Mail Post Box was unveiled. It is super and residents loved it! Wednesfield Aces ran their Annual Championship Race on the 18th October. They told us that there was great racing and the Burgers were also great! This month also unveiled the poor bus service performance. NX in answering the criticism informed of lack of bus drivers locally. The NISA Shop on Ashmore Park donated over the last three years £7,000 to Wednesfield in Bloom, with this month’s donation. WIB volunteers were delighted with Kirp Bains and his team’s generosity.

November – Mary and I had a look at the new Civic Halls after its refurbishments and just before it is handed over in December to the management team running the events. It was spectacular! A row has broken out around the Garage site in Parry Road. Its in private hands and suddenly without planning permission there is CCTV erected. Wolverhampton North East Labour Party chooses Sureena Brackenridge as their Labour Party Candidate for the next General Election. Great choice a local candidate who originally lived on Ashmore Park, went to School on Ashmore Park, and then came back as Deputy Headteacher in Coppice High School. Your Councillors are very pleased with the Constituency selection! The owners have been informed they need planning permission and the cameras are to come down. Covid-19 vaccinations and pop-up clinics returned offering booster, first and second vaccinations. 24th November – Wolmer Road -road closure on the 28-30th The Christmas Lights in Wednesfield were launched, and it’s the Hands on Wednesfield Volunteers, who are the power behind this yearly activity. Wednesfield North Councillors thanked them for making the Lights a success for Wednesfield People. On The 20th November I was made aware of a collision with a lamp post in Measham way. No injuries, and no charges had been made with regards to this accident. We reported that Wolverhampton Housing stock had reduced to just 22,280 dwellings. The lack of housing stock available continues to be a source of concern. As local residents continue to require Council homes. Remembrance Day was supported, as we do each year by Rita, Mary and Myself. Once again really big attendance at St Thomas’s Church for the Sunday event. Well done Wednesfield you make us proud! We had some good news during November – As I announced the Birmingham Canal Navigation Cruises, would again stop over in Wednesfield in 2023. These canal boat cruises are very much welcome, as they boost the very Local Economy every time they arrive. Yet another road accident took place on Linthouse lane. No injuries had been reported.

December – ASB with Graffiti noticeably increasing across Wednesfield. Plus, the return of a team of criminals again stealing Drain Covers. Your Wednesfield Councillors submitted their response to the SSDC Public 19 Consultations objecting to the 2000 Homes to be built in Essington alongside our Boundary. We again publicly published our response on social media for the residents to see. We also again published information on the new Ward Boundary’s that had been decided by the Governments Boundary Commission for Wolverhampton City Council. Again, your Councillors reacted to case work, and a kerb that was out of line in Phillips Ave and was a traffic hazard was put back into place. We supported a #ShopLocal campaign in Wednesfield North. A debate broke out regarding the local fox population. The fact that it is it appears growing in size. With questions as to whose responsibility it is to control….I think we will hear more of this in 2023!.Your Councillors supported the Ashmore Park Choirs concert at St Thomas’s Church. This was the retirement of their music Director Terry Green after 50 Years of Service to our community. The city announced a new fly tip strategy for actions in 2023.The Council went to the High Court to apply tor an injunction to prevent ‘street Racing’ again this will spread into the New Year. We had a really cold snap the first of the year in early December. Resulting in a very difficult time for residents. Bins were missed as the bin men couldn’t get vehicles onto the states. The Police announced a new Police Operation – Operation Calibre on December 12th – aimed at tackling Neighbourhood Crime. Drain stealing taking place again at the end of the year! White paint spilt on the Shopping Parade Car Park causing havoc and reported.

From Councillors Mary Bateman and Councillor Rita Potter and myself Councillor Phil Bateman. May I wish you a Happy New Year and Hope 2023 is better for all of us than 2022 was !