What A Sunday – Well done Wednesfield Litter Pickers!

Good Day Wednesfield! I want to thank all the supporters of our Wyrley and Essington Canal litter pick. Despite a lot of rain you all turned out this morning to litter pick on this grand old canal. It is Wolves newest Local Nature Reserve and it goes from strength to strength because you the residents care.

There is no doubt that it was a dramatic day, heavy rain that brightened later! The Worshipful The Mayor of the City of Wolverhampton, Cllr Greg Brackenridge joined us and gave an address, about the importance of the work we do. Then we set out to pick rubbish!

The day didn’t sop there though! True to form we hit a problem just before we reached Wards Bridge. The engine of Narrow boat Lea, built in 1982 packed up!

Many telephone calls later the message from CRT came through, “could we drag the boat back to Bentley Bridge moorings.”
That left us with a dilemma.

Our team working from Perry Hall Bridge back into Wednesfield were left without support. They had been bagging litter, now we had to tell them that rubbish they had bagged was now to stored by the bridge they were nearest too. That will now be picked up tomorrow Monday.

Two more of our litter pickers collecting litter in the Moathouse area also had too do the same.
The rest of the team turned into ‘horsepower’ and then muscled the boat back to Bentley Bridge moorings. As James Clarke remarked, “This May just turn into a uniquely Wednesfield sporting challenge!”

What a Sunday folks. I want to thank everyone of you that turned out. That is the spirit in what makes Wednesfield great!

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