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Contents 8.

Letters & Poems

10. Pat McFadden 12. News in Brief


14. Crossword 18. Bilston Black Country Day 22. Win Cineworld Tickets 34. Bilston Girl Guides



36. Greig Campbell

40. Chelsea Jackson 42. Win Jimmy White Tickets 52. Bilston Town FC 56. St Martins Bradley 58. Community Action Partnership 61. Library & Tip Opening Times 63. Crossword Answers

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Dear Reader, I’ll start this column off with a compliment to the people of Bilston. When I started this magazine, almost two years ago (I know, doesn’t it!), I had a few people suggest that it wouldn’t work and that Bilston was a dead town with no life, soul or enthusiasm. Well, as regular readers will confirm, I think we’ve proved them all wrong – and some! Furthermore, the welcome I get from pretty much everyone, whether it’s visiting businesses, schools or churches or handing out the magazine in the town centre or topping up the checkouts in Morrisons, really does put a smile on my face. None more so, than when I pop in to see Graham and Denise at Bilston Football Club.

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Talking of local heroes, I have been approached with an idea for the ‘The Bostin' Bilston Awards’ to recognise and celebrate the good folk and organisations that work to make Bilston a better place to live, work and play. More news to follow on that. Another person who, in my opinion, could fall into that category is Greig Campbell, a local historian, who is massively passionate about all things Bilston. Greig has worked tirelessly with a team of people to put on an exhibition to remember and reflect on the campaign to save the steelworks in the 1970s. We have an interview with Greig on page 36. A few weeks ago, I met up with the lovely family of Chelsea Jackson, who was tragically taken from them at the young age of 20 after contracting HLH, which is an almost unknown disease that affects only a few people in the UK every year. Read their very moving story on page 40. Please remember, our advertisers are vitally important to the future of this magazine. Please continue to look at their adverts and if you do purchase anything from them, PLEASE TELL THEM YOU SAW THE ADVERT IN THE BILSTON MAGAZINE!!! Enjoy the Summer – see you in October!


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I don’t mind embarrassing them slightly by saying that since they took charge, the club has been transformed. I recently saw the work they have done over the summer to improve the stadium and I was mightily impressed – see for yourself on page 52.

Competition winners from the June/July issue; Air Space

Jean Boot, Wallace Road, Bradley

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Letters & Poems Albert Cross’s contribution on Bilston pubs seems to have got you talking……… Further to the article on page 20 I recall two more pubs in Market Street which were the Hop Pole and the Shakespeare. I was born in Market Street and I lived there with my family until 1966. Hope this information is useful to you. I have found a couple of photos which you may or may not think are suitable. The first is my Mother and Father's (Dorothy and Vic Roberts) wedding photograph taken in February 1940 outside the Hop Pole in Market Street. Due to the inclement weather on the day the photographer from Birmingham was late arriving and did not make it to the Church (St Luke's, Market Street), therefore the photograph was taken outside the pub which is where they had their reception.

The reason I remember it is because we used to slip out of St Leonards YC when it was located in Green Croft and call in the off licence for a half of shandy. Incidentally, The Bugle on 16th December 2004, published a map with every pub, ale house and off-licence in Bilston in 1895 - an amazing 112 outlets! It also gave derivations of most of the Pub names. One place of interest, which I remember vividly and I wonder how many readers remember was; Jack Rosa’s snooker hall. I used to deliver newspapers to his house on the Wellington Road, opposite the Clinic and recall him being a very imposing figure. Stan Davis, Queens Rd, Sedgley Age Concern Ar feel me age every day – Stoop a little, hair gone grey. A bit unsteady nar, yer see – Dow say me strength’s deserted me! Ar sometimes stop un’ think: “Weer ’av’ the yeers gone?” It on’y seems like yesterday – Birthday cards said, “Twenty-One!”

The second photo is myself age two and half years old, across the street behind me is the Shakespeare. Mrs Jean Pitt (nee Roberts) And another..... I was interested to see Albert Cross’s article about Bilston Pubs. His list was quite comprehensive, although his main omission to me was the Duke of Cambridge in Cambridge Street.


Nar they say “Seventy-Five!” Ar cor believe it’s true – Nar I’ve joined the ‘Twirleys’ Standing, in a queue! Ar’ve gor inhaler, un’ nasal drips – But I ay got them dodgy hips! If ar gerra pain, Ar really start ter fear, ’Cause ar want ter live – Ar really like it ’ere! There’s one thing ar’d really like – A real fast, motorbike! Then when ‘Grim Reaper’ tries ’iz wust – He’ll ’ave ter try ’un catch me, fust! Trevor Johnson

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Pat McFadden MP

A few words from your Member of Parliament Bilston Remembers The Somme I attended a packed event at Bilston’s Metro Café to commemorate 100 years since the beginning of the Battle of the Somme. Speakers outlined the history of the battle, the first day of which saw the biggest ever total number of casualties in a single day in the British Army’s history, how local Black Country industry was geared for the war effort and the efforts of the staff at the Royal Hospital in Wolverhampton to treat the wounded sent back from the front. It was a very interesting and moving event and a reminder of the huge sacrifices the country mas made in two world wars. A collection was taken at the event to raise money for the maintenance of the local war memorial here in Bilston. Coseley School Places Decision

out in April of this year offering some pupils places at Dormston School. I was contacted by a number of Coseley parents concerned at the ongoing uncertainty. I contacted Dudley Council on their behalf and met with a group of the parents concerned. Dudley Council and the Department for Education have both now confirmed that the letters offering places are valid and that the pupils can now continue their education at Dormston School. New Fencing At Bilston Town FC With the new football season almost upon us, Bilston Town FC has been a busy place over the summer. New fencing has been installed with the help of a grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund which will improve facilities at the ground. We should remember, the club is only kept going through the passion and commitment of Chairman Graham Hodson, Vice Chair Denise Frankham and others at the club. I wish the team all the best for the coming season.

Following the announcement that Coseley Secondary School is to close, there is of course a need to ensure that pupils at the school are able to continue their education elsewhere. There has been weeks of uncertainty over where some pupils would go, with a question mark being cast over the validity of letters from Dudley council sent


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News in Brief Len Beddoe - DVD Those that read the June /July issue, may have seen the article about our local war hero, Len Beddoe. I can report that Len has now been given the DVD of Saving Private Ryan. Never let it be said that this magazine doesn’t honour it’s promises!

Many readers will have seen the film Zulu, starring Michael Caine and Stanley Baker. Although not awarded the VC, one of the men who took part at Rorke's Drift, was Private Joseph Bromwich, born in Warwick, who later married a girl named Betsy Fellows Davis from Bilston. Until recently Joseph had lain for almost 100 years in an unmarked grave in Bilston Cemetery. Following the sale of Joseph's Zulu War medal at Fieldings Auctioneers in February this year, amateur enthusiast, Paul King from Redditch, got to hear of his unmarked grave and being a bit of a sentimental old fool, decided to do something about it. With some help from the vendors & purchasers of the medal and Fieldings, enough funds were raised and a headstone was commissioned from Hopcraft Memorials, Wolverhampton, which was finally erected some few weeks ago.

Power For Richie Following a £100,000 expansion of Specsavers Bilston Store, the store was officially opened by Richie Tanner. Fundraising on the day for 'Power for Richie' raised £604.32, which will go towards funding a power chair for Richie. The new look Specsavers store boasts 4 new testing rooms and state of the art optical equipment to serve the ever growing loyal customer base.

On Sunday 14th August, there will be a short rededication service at Bilston Cemetery (WV14 6BN) at 11.45am. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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Please see answers on page 63 Across 1 Drinking chocolate (5) 4 Worries (5) 7 Keeps the rain off (8) 8 Drop (4) 9 Quantifies (8) 11 Thing, object (4) 12 Breakfast food (6) 14 Rented or available to rent (2,4) 16 Settee (4) 18 Acrobatics (8) 20 Remaining (4) 21 Cars, lorries etc (8) 23 Dismisses (5) 24 Trades (5) Down 1 Vie (7) 2 Vocal, umbilical, and spinal ____ (5) 3 Whole (3) 4 Teaching area in a school (9) 5 Litter (7) 6 Tint (5) 10 Ancestors (9) 13 Stretchy (7) 15 Sprinters (7) 17 Complies (5) 19 Resident in an area (5) 22 Possesses (3)


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Bilston Town Black Country Day The people of Bilston turned out in force to celebrate Black Country Day in Bilston Town Centre in July. Despite a bit of drizzle early on, visitors were treated to an array of shows and events stretching the length of the High Street. It is hoped that this will now become an annual event, that will grow and grow.


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Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Would you like to learn more about being self-employed? If your answer is ‘yes,’ then come and visit us today at Bilston Resource Centre (BRC). Find out about: • Starting your own business • Business planning • Business finance • Marketing and advertising • Social media This is delivered in partnership with Access to Business

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Cineworld Bentley Bridge have given the Bilston Magazine 5 pairs of tickets for the new Bridget Jones movie, which is out in September. Breaking up with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) leaves Bridget Jones (RenĂŠe Zellweger) over 40 and single again. Feeling that she has everything under control, Jones decides to focus on her career as a top news producer. Suddenly, her love life comes back from the dead when she meets a dashing and handsome American named Jack (Patrick Dempsey). Things couldn't be better, until Bridget discovers that she is pregnant. Now, the befuddled mom-to-be must figure out if the proud papa is Mark or Jack. Call 0871 200 2000 for more information or visit their website @

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Ooh! Is One! A more fashionable salon, Cato, was her next stop, and this exposed her to a more creative level of hairdressing, where she stayed for seven years. After the birth of her second child and a stint as a mobile hairdresser, she did a degree in teaching whilst working for Wolverhampton City College. Su taught Hair & Beauty for 4 years and really enjoyed seeing the students improve and succeed.

Ooh! Hair and Beauty in Overfield Drive, Sedgemoor Park have just celebrated being in business for 12 months. Owner, Su Bains has been delighted by the response her and her team have had since opening the doors in 2015. Su, originally from Leeds, has been in the industry for over 20 years, having started her training in 1993. She attended an all-girls school in Nottingham, where she could often be found cutting her friends hair at break time. Su says “I knew from this early age that hairdressing was what I wanted to do as a career. After qualifying, Su managed a salon in the city centre before getting married and moving to Wolverhampton. She worked at an Afro-Caribbean shop, where she learned how to work with Afro hair, relaxing curly perms, weave extension, plaiting, cutting and colouring. In 1997 she left to have her first child, but while off she completed a beauty course taking her to Level 3 Beauty.


After taking redundancy, she decided to open her own salon and Ooh! Was launched. Su adds, “I now have a great beauty therapist called Louise and a newly qualified hairdresser, working with me. Both have great personalities and passion for what they do. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and approachable salon and we are here to accommodate the needs of our clients. Su also pays tribute to her mum, “She showed us how to be a strong lady, bringing up her children on her own, teaching us right from wrong and giving us the strength to achieve with hard work and determination.”

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Little Rascals first opened its doors in 2004, since then it has developed an enviable reputation for providing the highest quality education and care. The team of experienced and professional practitioners have all been selected for their genuine drive to provide the best for the children they care for. They work hard to develop strong and meaningful relationships with both the children and their families. Little Rascals has three sites, Aldridge, Bilston and Darlaston. All three sites are very different with the environment and service that they provide. The Aldridge nursery is housed in a beautiful art deco building on the outskirts of the vibrant village of Aldridge. The Bilston nursery is hidden away behind The Parish Centre on the St Chads estate. The Darlaston nursery is in an exhealth centre just a short walk from the centre of Darlaston.

The Aldridge and Darlaston settings provide full day care for babies through to school age. They


offer some of the longest opening hours in the area, 7.30am till 6.30pm, 51 weeks of the year. The Bilston branch is a unit providing care and education under the Terrific for twos umbrella, meaning it takes children from the age of two through to when they start school. All three sites have capacity for accepting children for funding at 2 and 3 and also take bookings for children up to two terms in advance. You can speak to your preferred branch who will support you in finding out if you’re eligible for a free place. If you have older children our Bilston and Darlaston settings can help. They both run holiday play schemes for all of the school holidays (except Christmas) they can also help with wrap around care and school collections, give them a ring and see if they can help.

The settings are spacious, light and exceptionally well resourced. The layouts have been designed to ensure children are challenged but most importantly feel secure and safe. The amount of investment into the resources is evident when walking around and the children clearly make full use of the toys and activities on offer. They all have stimulating outside play spaces, which are very well used and enjoyed. All three of our sites are protected with Call centre linked alarms and CCTV. On Saturday 10th September all three sites are having a free family fun day with a special guest, Peppa Pig, who is sure to be popular with the children attending. The invitation goes out to all families, come along and receive your free goodie bag (bring the voucher opposite).

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Helping Bilston Residents Succeed Royston – “BRC is a friendly place to learn new skills where help is readily available. The small groups make it easier to learn and the atmosphere is relaxed. I would highly recommend BRC to anyone.” Nick – “A very good place to learn. Staff are very nice and friendly, a really good place to use a computer and learn IT. It is a really nice building!”

Bilston Resource Centre (BRC) is a registered charity and offers support for people who need help into work and further learning. The work of BRC began in 1992 and originated from St. Michaels Neighbourhood Church where Christians saw a real need to help people from hard-to-reach communities, particularly residents from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. Since then the organisation has grown from strength to strength to offer more opportunities for the local residents of Bilston and the surrounding areas of Wolverhampton. BRC, in partnership with Black Country Housing Group (BCHG) and Heantun Housing (HH), have recently won the City Deal contract, to deliver employment support and focused outreach activity across Bilston East. Wolverhampton Homes (WH) are also working closely with BRC , offering their Bilston East tenants the opportunity to receive support through this project. Through City Deal, Bilston East residents have the opportunity to access free support to enable them to achieve their aspirations. Community events are also scheduled for residents to attend, such as summer fayres, international days, holiday kitchens, coffee mornings and other fun activities across various venues in Bilston. Through this project BRC seek to work alongside individuals, at their pace, and tailor provision to their needs. This is to address barriers and ease burdens people may have, which can prevent them from finding work, and/or achieving their life-long goals. BRC seeks to make their service users feel comfortable and at ease whilst using their services. The best judges of the service are the customers. Please see feedback from some residents that attend BRC as they are the best judges of the service!


Anonymous – “I was anxious and lacked confidence on my first visit. Now, I have a real confidence boost and feel I can apply for many different jobs. I am so grateful for the kindness of my adviser who talked me through my options.” BRC offer the following services: • Information, advice and guidance • Pre-employment support (CVs, help with job applications, and preparation for interviews) • Benefit advice • Basic IT • ITQ Level 1 and 2 (Microsoft Office) • English and Maths (Pre-entry to Level 2) • ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) Pre-entry to Level 2 • Sage Computerised Bookkeeping (Level 1 and 2) • Computerised Payroll All of our courses are tailored to people’s needs! If you are interested, please get in touch with us today as we are here to help. A warm welcome awaits you!

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Dee Tales Dee’s book is devoted to the Irish legend’s unpredictable behaviour which varied between the hilarious and the obnoxious. Dee’s coverage of Wolves was during the managerial reign of another larger-than-life character, Bill McGarry, which also provides plenty of material for his recollections.

Sportswriter John Dee has celebrated his 80th birthday by writing a book of reminiscences.

There is also plenty of humour from Dee’s early days as a reporter but there is a serious motive behind the book. Dee will give his proceeds to a fund set up to care for one of his five grand-daughters, Eloise, aged 12, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare neuro-muscular condition.

Entitled Deetales, the book looks back on a career which saw him cover Wolverhampton Wanderers when with the Express & Star and later edit his own snooker magazine, Cue World.

He may have just passed 80 but he is still working as a freelance snooker reporter and will be in Thailand later in the year to cover a tournament there.

His snooker coverage brought him into close contact with the Alex Higgins and much of

Those wishing to buy the book at £10 should contact Dee on 07770 321147.

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Bilston Girlguides What is Girlguiding?

We are for all girls aged 5 to 105, whatever the background and circumstances. We offer them fun, exciting activities and the chance to make lifelong friends. We give girls a place where they can really be themselves and share the experience of growing up as a girl in today’s world.

Girlguiding is split up into 5 age categories; Rainbows (5-7years), Brownies (7-10 years), Guides (10-14 years), Senior Section (14 -25 years) and Leaders (18-105years).

We provide a safe, non-judgemental environment where girls can explore the issues they care about while having lots of fun, enjoying new experiences and learning vital skills. We give girls the confidence, skills and information to make informed decisions. We offer supportive, inclusive and exciting environment where they can reach their own conclusions about the world and we take positive action to improve their lives and the lives of others.


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Rainbows are 5-7 years old, we are all about developing self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun! Girls get their hands dirty with arts and crafts, trying out cooking and playing games. Rainbows is all about learning by doing. Brownies are aged 7-10 years old. Through regular meetings, special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays, Brownies learn new hobbies, play music, explore other cultures and get adventurous outdoors. Brownies opens up a world of exciting challenges and the opportunity to try new things and to make brilliant friendships. Guides are 10- 14 years old. By becoming part of a worldwide community of girls who learn together and share skills and experiences, Guides have the chance to get out there and do something different. Girls get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action projects. Senior section members are aged 14-25 years old. Members of the senior section can choose from a wide range of unique and exciting opportunities, including travel in the UK and around the world, volunteering with younger girls within Girlguiding and working towards valuable qualifications. Leaders are aged 18 years plus. With thanks to more than 100,000 amazing volunteers – men and women who give their time to ensure that we are active in every part of the Uk. Our incredible volunteers contribute more than ten million hours to Guiding every year! Girlguiding in Bilston…. Girlguiding was formed in Bilston in 1916 (a 100 years ago!) by a lady called Mildred Laura Florence. She started with one Guide unit which proved to be that popular that she quickly increased to a brownie and senior section unit within 3 years. These units formed ‘Bilston District’.

In July 2011, Bilston District became ‘Bilston and East District’ when Girlguiding joined two smaller districts; Bilston and Parkfields together. Bilston and East District have increased in size over the years, we have 3 rainbow units, 3 brownie units, 3 Guide Units, 2 Senior Section Units and lots of lovely leaders that give up their own time to give the girls experiences such as camping, learning to cook on open fires and having lots of Fun!!. Along the way, girls gain badges which they are able to wear with pride and form lifelong friendships around the world.

Over the years, Bilston and East District have supported many community activities such as; litter park at Hickman Park after the traditional Bonfire night led by Bilston Fire Station. We have packed many bags with care at Morrisons. We attend the Remembrance Service every year with pride to support our fallen soldiers. If you would like any more information or would like to join one of our units, please take a look at our website:

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Tempered not Quenched: In June an exhibition exploring the campaign to save Bilston Steelworks was launched at Bilston Craft Gallery by the In the Shadow of Elisabeth project. Here Bilston Magazine speaks to project coordinator and Bilston historian Greig Campbell about ‘Tempered not Quenched: The Battle for Bilston Steelworks’. Courtesy of the E&S

the tragic events surrounding the closure of Bilston works in 1979. The more I read about what I have dubbed the ‘battle for Bilston works’, the more I was inspired by the campaign organised by the unionised steelmen in defence of their beloved plant. It was clear that the eventual demise of the plant overshadowed what was a unique and often overlooked chapter in British industrial relations history. Naturally, I spoke to the late Dennis Turner, respected labour historians at the University of Wolverhampton and employees at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, before deciding to apply for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver a community project collecting interview material from the surviving steelworkers. Lord Turner’s untimely death motivated me to really push for the funding and subsequently the grant application was successful and the rest is history. What did the ITSOE entail?

Can you tell us a little about yourself? I’m a Bilston-native who graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in history in 2004 before moving to Liverpool to undertake a Masters degree. This eventually led me to the Americas where I developed an interest in the oral history of industrial workers. After delivering a project exploring the lives of former coalminers in Pennsylvania I decided to return to the Black Country. What inspired you to undertake the In the Shadow of Elisabeth project? Whilst visiting family in China in 2013 I stumbled upon a complex of blast furnaces located on the eastern coast of the country. The sight of these huge structures led me to reminisce over the stories I had heard about Big Lizzie when I was young child visiting my sister at the Springvale Social Club, where she worked as a bartender for Dennis Turner. Upon my return to Bilston I undertook preliminary research into


After being awarded a generous £42,000 grant from the HLF, the ‘In the Shadow of Elisabeth’ project was launched at a public event in Bilston Community Centre in January 2015. From there I recruited a team of highly motivated and talented volunteers from the local community, who were provided with transferable skills training in archive research and oral history interviewing from Wolverhampton City Archives and the Oral History Society respectively. Over the proceeding 12 months the team undertook their own research on the battle for Bilston – before collecting over 30 oral history interviews with steelworkers who witnessed the events of the late 1970s. Courtesy of Daren Kinsey

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From March onwards the team and I sat down to design a groundbreaking exhibition that incorporated previously unseen photographic images and the interview material. It was important to me that the design process of the ‘Tempered not Quenched’ exhibition was entirely volunteer-led – the team chose their own photos, quotes and advised the graphic designer on the layout of the exhibition boards. Simultaneously, I recruited a British Film Institute affiliated director, Tom Gill, to produce a short film titled ‘Elisabeth: 1979’. Courtesy of Nick Hedges

The ITSOE project organised a number of community events, can you tell us what that entailed? Although the project centred on the volunteers and former steelworkers, I wanted ITSOE to be open to the wider community. After the success of the launch event in January 2015, I realised the level of public interest and subsequently organised a number of free community events for the people of Bilston. These included a heritage trail to coincide with Bilston’s Black Country Festival Day in June 2015 – which ended with a tour of Bilston Craft Gallery and gardens; a free film event at Bilston Town Hall in aid of International Refugee Day 2015 - featuring the premier of Billy Dosanjh’s award winning film ‘Black Country: Year Zero’ and a reminiscence session for former steelworkers at the Springvale Social Club - to coincide with the anniversary of the demolition of Elisabeth in October. Finally, the launch event last month featured live music by volunteer Allen Smith, who once worked at the Bilston plant with his brothers and the premier of our short-film. ITSOE also handed out copies of our free commemorative booklet and

a number of mementos such as ‘Save Bilston’ pin badges, stickers, postcards and even copies of the beer tokens that they used to give out to steelmen at the Bilston plant! What did you enjoy most about the experience? It was certainly a learning curve for all involved. I’d say the most rewarding aspect of the project has been meeting so many wonderful fellow Bilstonians. The volunteers have been amazing. As a group they have a vast array of skills and so much enthusiasm - watching them grow as community historians has been very rewarding. At the other end of the spectrum, meeting and interviewing the former steelworkers has been an honour. There’s something truly unique about the mindset of Bilstonians from that generation – their peculiarities, Black Country brogue, gallows sense of humour and work ethic should act as inspiration for the Bilstonians of today. Courtesy of Nick Hedges

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The project made me realise how much talent we still have at our disposal in and around the Black Country – despite years of deindustrialisation and government disinvestment. For example, the ITSOE documentary includes the sounds of Bradley-born electronic music producer Ozel AB – who is currently mesmerising crowds down in London. World renowned documentary photographer Nick Hedges generously provided us with access to hundreds of images that he took inside the works during the late 1970s. Local graphic designer Marie Jones did an amazing job in designing the exhibition boards and Sedgeley-based heritage consultant Lisa Gibbons opened my eyes to the difficulty of curating a museum exhibition. Members of the volunteer team include local freelance writer Scott Derry, who is currently writing a novel about the works and local poet Peter Hill, whose piece ‘Ghost Town’ features on the reverse of the ITSOE booklet. What’s next for ITSOE and yourself?

deliver a range of community history projects – so watch this space. Is there anything else you’d like to add? I’d like to end the interview with a quote from former steelman and Bilston Works Action Committee member – the late Graham Fazey. Upon hearing the fate of his beloved plant Graham said to the waiting press: “We have been let down, not only by our trade unions but the Government too. British Steel management has demonstrated that it doesn’t want the workforce. If the strong are not prepared to look after the weak there is very little the weak can do.” Considering the current issues surrounding the UK steel industry these words are a painful reminder to the steelmen of South Wales and the north of England that they fight for the future of their plants and communities. Courtesy of Nick Hedges

The ‘Tempered not Quenched’ exhibition is on at Bilston Craft Gallery until September 17th 2016 and features the short film ‘Elisabeth: 1979’ - as well as rare artefacts from the works. Attendees can grab a copy of our free booklet. Just don’t forget to write in the visitors’ book! The project has inspired me to continue researching the battle for Bilston works and subsequently I am writing a PhD on the subject under the supervision of Professor Keith Gildhart at the University of Wolverhampton. My thesis explores the tactics adopted by the unionised steelmen of Bilston in their fight against closure. I’m still interviewing former steelworkers who witnessed the events of the late 1970s so if there’s anyone reading at home who may have any memories of the battle for Bilston please get in touch!? As for Bilston, I think it’s vital that the ITSOE project has a long-term legacy and that the heritage of this once great industrial town is protected and celebrated. Over the next few months I plan to apply for further funding to


If you are a former steelworker who remembers the dramatic events surrounding the campaign to save the Bilston plant and would like to speak to Greig, you can contact him on: E: T: 07585 669833

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Chelsea’s Story By Simon Archer I have two beautiful daughters of my own and although I don’t always tell them, I worship the ground they walk on. So when I heard about the tragic story of Chelsea Jackson from Bradley, who sadly passed away in January, my first thought was, how does a family function after something so devastating? Chelsea was a healthy 20 year-old girl, who loved going out with her friends listening to music, going festivals and doing all the things a girl of her age would do. Chelsea attended St Martins Primary in Bradley and later St Thomas More Catholic School. She worked part-time with her mom, Nicki and was planning to start University in January to study Health & Wellbeing with her sister Lauren, 23. The pair were then planning a career in nursing and until December last year, she had a bright future ahead of her. However, just before Christmas she became unwell with swollen glands and was told that it was glandular fever. After a few days she was getting worse. She was in severe pain with her throat, so she was then treated for tonsillitis. After a week still no better and she was admitted to hospital, but her condition worsened by the day. Doctors were treating her for different things and her liver and spleen were swollen at this point. She was then transferred to intensive care, but after another few days HLH was mentioned and a bone marrow test was taken. She was then treated with chemotherapy and steroids.

Fundraising Chelsea’s family are raising funds in memory of Chelsea, who passed away from Haemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis. HLH is so rare, that diagnosis is delayed and misdiagnosis common, which is why her family are keen to help fundraise and help to raise awareness of this almost unknown condition. The fundraising effort was started by Chelsea’s grandad, John Fletcher, who shaved his head and was given £1,000 by family and friends. Chelsea’s mom, Nicki says “We had our next fundraiser at Ultimate Outdoors which raised £830. Chelsea's friends also did a gaming day and a netball tournament which raised another £500.” In amongst all this activity, they commissioned some special wristbands, which they have been selling for £2 each. In July, they held a charity football match, with an evening reception, which raised another £1960 and on the same day, Nicki’s cousin Ben Palmer also did a charity skydive.

Unfortunately Chelsea was critically ill at this point and her organs were failing, despite everything the Doctors did for Chelsea, it was too late and she passed away on Sunday 17th January 2016.


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Then Chelsea’s friend Charlotte organised a band fundraiser on 10th July, at The Robin 2 in Bilston, which brought in another £1150.

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A word from Lynn Jackson, Executive Director, Histiocytosis UK Despite the misery it causes, Histiocytosis is too rare a disease to have generated substantial awareness and research in medical circles. It is with many thanks to Nicola Jackson and her family for sharing Chelsea’s story and reaching such a wide audience. About Haemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) In HLH a virus infection triggers another type of histiocyte, the macrophage, to become over active and attack the body. Red blood cells and other white blood cells are engulfed and destroyed by the macrophages, so that the patient is unable to fight infections. Trevor Johnson, who writes poems for the Bilston Magazine has donated £250 from the proceeds of sales of his book of poems – Trevor is seen presenting the cheque to Nicki and daughter Bo. In the future, Nicki and around 30 friends will be running the Wolverhampton Half Marathon for the first time on 4th Sept. They are also hoping to arrange a Halloween charity event, which was Chelsea's favourite time of year. Anyone wishing to donate can do so via text to 70070. Just text CHJA66 and the amount you wish to donate. You can also go to the Just Giving website (Google ‘Just Giving and type in Chelsea HLH and you’ll find the correct page). Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the

Diagnosis depends on detection of the infecting organism and demonstration of macrophages engulfing other cells as well as other abnormalities of white blood cells, usually in sample of bone marrow. In familial forms of HLH abnormal genes, which alter white blood cell function, are passed from the parents to children.

Who we are Histiocytosis UK is a registered charity dedicated to promoting and funding scientific research into uncovering not only the causes of all histiocytic diseases, but also ensuring early diagnosis, effective treatment and a cure. The Charity aims to support patients and their families by means of information and awareness as well as raise public and professional awareness of histiocytic disorders.

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COMPETITION Win Tickets To See Jimmy White At The Golden Cue Snooker Club In Bilston

The Paul Hunter Foundation are offering Bilston Magazine readers two pairs of tickets to an evening with Jimmy White on Friday 16th September at 7.30pm. Jimmy White will be playing against a selection of local players and performing a few tricks shot as well as taking questions from the audience. All the proceeds from the evening will be going to the Paul Hunter foundation. The foundation runs every Monday night 6pm till 8pm at the Golden Cue Club, Etruria Way, for anyone aged 6 and over to help with basic cueing skills and running activities such as knock outs and sixty second challenges. For further information ring Lee Edwards 07909 814249, who can also be contacted for tickets priced at ÂŁ10.

James Warren "Superfly Jimmy Snooker" White, MBE, nicknamed "The Whirlwind" because of his fluid, attacking style of play and popularly referred to as the "People's Champion. White is a six times World Championship finalist, the 1980 World Amateur Champion, 2009 Six-red World Champion, 2010 World Seniors Champion and 1984 World Doubles champion with Alex Higgins. White's non-world championship achievements include the UK Championship, the Masters and the Nations Cup. A two times winner of both the World Cup and the British Open White was also the first left-handed player, and second player overall, to record a maximum break at the World Championship.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, simply answer the following question correctly: Who did White partner to win the World Doubles in 1984? Answer .................................................................................................................................................... Name ........................................................................................................................................................ Address .................................................................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................................................ Post code ........................................................ Tel no ............................................................................ Answers must be received by 6pm on Friday 2nd September. Winners will be notified by Monday 5th September. Please e-mail your answer and contact details to; or post the entry form above to; Jimmy White Competition, Bilston Magazine, 16 Holberg Grove, Wednesfield, WV11 3LE. Please tell us if you will require any disabled seating in the theatre. Normal Bilston Magazine competition rules apply – see website for details


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An Evening With John Parrott Parrott, previously a captain on A Question of Sport, entertained a large crowd, with anecdotes from his time as a player and a top level snooker commentator, before handing out the awards to teams and players from around the region. He rounded the evening off with a ‘stand-up’ routine that had the audience, including our June competition winners Paul and Dave Gordon, in stitches.

Former World Snooker Champion, John Parrott, recently visited Wednesfield Conservative Club, to hand out trophies and medals to local snooker players at the Annual Prize Presentation of the Staffordshire & West Midlands Billiards & Snooker Association.

Local winners included; Golden Cue ‘G’ (Div. 5: runners-up) Bilston Bowling Club ‘B’ (Div. 3: 3rd place) Golden Cue ‘D’ (Div. 3: Runners-up) Forty Four Club (Div. 2: Runners-up) Lee Bannister (Div 3: Most Wins) Shawn Smith (Div 3: Highest Break – 90), Golden Cue ‘H’ (Rawcliffe Cup: Winners).

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Bilston Town FC

Ground Improvements new fence has been erected, in club colours of Orange, White and Black, providing both a colourful, and impressive sight as you enter the venue. The new fence has also been moved forward a metre, to allow easier wheelchair and pushchair access around the ground, and with new, brick built 'dug-out' areas, the whole thing gives the stadium a new lease of life. On Saturday, August 6th, a Summer of hard work came to fruition at Queen Street, when Bilston Town officially 'launched their new look ground, as they entertain Stone Old Alleynians, in the West Midlands Premier Division.

It's not just the facilities that have been renewed, as this Summer has seen the Club form a partnership with local company, Midwest Motor Factors, who will be sponsors of the first team kit for the next two seasons.

Following the final home fixture of last season, on May 2nd, the work started in earnest, with the annual pitch reparation carried out that same week. In the ten weeks that elapsed between that final game and the first pre-season friendly, the Club have completely refurbished an outside toilet block, converting it into a stylish hospitality suite and turned the old hospitality room into a new referee's changing room, catering for both male and female officials.

But perhaps the biggest change was to the pitch side perimeter fencing, with all the old wooden hoardings being ripped out, complete with the concrete posts that supported them, and aided by support from the Football Foundation, through their Football Stadia Improvement Fund, a brand


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As can be witnessed at Queen Street, Midwest have also took out prominent signage at the Club, with both parties seeing this as a long term venture that will see other initiatives arise, above and beyond the kit sponsorship.

Sponsorship Opportunity Queen Street Stadium itself, is fast approaching it's 100-year anniversary, and the Club are looking to utilise that new fence by attracting 100 new sponsors to advertise on it, tying in the centenary anniversary with a '100 Friends of Bilston Town' Association. The Bilston Magazine is proud to be among the first to take up this opportunity and it is hoped that many more local businesses will follow suit to help the club continue to improve and be a credit to the town.

Chairman, Graham Hodson said; “We are delighted to form such a prominent partnership with a real Bilston Company. Midwest operate from Etruria Way, just 200 yards from Queen Street, so it really is a local initiative, and indications are that the company really want to get on board with us, which is a great boost for us, going into the new season, and added to the facilities we now have, it really does feel like exciting times are on the horizon.� Anyone interested in becoming a 'Friend of Bilston Town', and seeing their business prominently featured around the Queen Street pitch, or would like to become involved in another capacity, they can contact Club Chairman, Graham Hodson, for further details. Graham can be contacted on 07957 255216, or at Alternatively, get yourself down to Queen Street to see the boys in Orange, and see for yourself what it's all about. To use the Club's motto Bilston Town - One Family." To advertise in the Bilston Magazine please call 07534 603662 or email


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St Martin’s On 22nd September we will be starting an Alpha Course to help people find out more about following Jesus today. There’s a meal a short talk and an opportunity to ask questions. Everyone’s welcome, for more information call Raphael on 01902 650101.

St Martin’s is the Church of England Parish for Bradley, founded 1865. We have served Bradley spiritually and in social action for over 150 years. Based on Slater St, Bradley, WV14 8PF. 'Growing In The Love Of Jesus.'

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So we are active in our local community working to serve those in need and seeking prosperity and wholeness for Bradley. We are an evangelical church that believes in the Bible. Our vision is to grow new Christians, grow in our faith as disciples and grow in the use of the gifts the Holy Spirit has given us.

Today, we experience God's love and seek to follow Jesus as a Christian Family young and old together offering hope and friendship to all, pointing people to Jesus Christ. We serve our neighbours through partnership with others. The NET@StMartins Offering employment and computer training in our Community Computer Suite every Tuesday and Friday.

A Christ Led Church Sunday is the special time for all the church family to meet up together, hear God’s Word and worship. Our singing is led by our worship group, after every service we have tea and coffee together and once a month we have a lunch after the service to catch up and chat. Services start at 10.15am and last about an hour.


Schools Partnership St Martin’s continues its long association with education in our area by working with Loxdale Primary School, St Martin’s CofE Primary School and Wilkinson Primary

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School with assemblies, school visits, serving on the governing bodies and seeking to help practically.

sharing some toast and a drink. A time to get together, everyone welcome.

A Family Church A few of the ways we serve each other as children of our Father: Tuesday Club - Every Tuesday we run a lunch club for fellowship and a time to eat a nice lunch together. All are welcome to come along to the lunches, just let us know you are coming so there’s a lunch available. Some time is even found to play a bit of bingo as well! Hotchpotch Every Friday our community drop in café, is open from 10am -1.30pm. Serving hot soup, a roll, tea, coffee and cake. It’s a venue to come along and meet others or just to find a listening ear.

Ignite 5.14 We have very active youth ministry which runs Friday nights from 6pm for theyoungest and from 7.15pm for the older ones during term time, attracting an average of 60 children and young people from Nursery age to 18 each night. The sessions involve games, crafts and time for socialising.

We provide facilities for lots of different groups to meet from painting to knitting and crochet to Slimming World and a dance school. There is always something going on at St Martin’s so feel free to come along and find out more

St Martin’s Bradley Slater St, Bradley WV14 8PF Sunshine Corner Our toddler group Sunshine Corner runs Friday mornings from 9am til 11am. Parents and carers playing with their children, twitter - @StMartinBradley, Facebook - stmartinsbradley

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More for Bilston!

Community Action Partnership is pleased to announce that it has, so far, been able to fund 8 local groups to support activities for the Bilston and Ettingshall area. This includes tenants groups, community centres, social groups and playschemes. We will be able to share more in the next edition of Bilston Magazine, but here is a bit of info about one of the groups that we have been able to fund: Excel Companions at Bilston People’s Centre.

A CAP grant of £500 is going to enable the groups to buy some board games and craft resources and also provide an opportunity for a day trip on a canal barge. Any senior citizen’s from across the area are welcome to come along. More information can be obtained from Bilston People’s Centre on 01902 402273 or by visiting

Excel Companions is a Senior Citizen’s lunch club that has been running for a number of years and has recently increased its provision from fortnightly, to weekly. Every Thursday, for the small cost of £3, local residents can receive a quality 2 course lunch and enjoy a range of activities including singing, quizzes, special guests and even the occasional outing. This provides an excellent resource for the older generation who often end up isolated and alone.


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Useful Telephone Numbers Community Centres Lunt .............................................. 01902 552324 Bilston .......................................... 01902 552267 Lower Bradley .............................. 01902 552212 Portobello .................................... 01902 654650 Emergency Services Police/Fire/Ambulance ..................................999 Police (non emergency) ................................101 Anti Social Behaviour Unit............ 01902 551188 (Out of hours emergency) ..............01902552999 Crime Stoppers (anonymous) ........ 0800 555111 Gas emergency ............................ 0800 3281111 Electrical emergency .................... 0800 404090 Water emergency ........................ 0800 7834444 Flood line ...................................... 0845 9881188 Health Organisations New Cross Hospital (switchbrd) .. 01902 307999 NHS Direct..........................................0845 46 47 Bilston Heath Centre .................. 01902 444003 Wolverhampton City NHS Trust.... 01902 553909 Woodcross Clinic.......................... 01902 444028 Bilston Sports Injury Clinic .......... 07445 119139 Local Councillors Bilston East Val Gibson ....................................07771836453 Stephen Simkins .......................... 07775 007989 Payal Bedi-Chada ........................ 07881 358602 Ettingshall Sandra Samuels .......................... 07775 007991 Zee Russell .................................. 07880 176838 Andrew Johnson .......................... 07771 836755 Bilston North Linda Leach .................................. 07771 836016 Phil Page ...................................... 07469 024600 Welcome Koussoukama .............. 07469 410482 Help Lines/Others Citizens Advice Bureau ................ 01902 572006 Samaritans .................................. 0845 7909090 RSPCA ........................................ 0300 1234555 RSPB ............................................ 0845 1200501 Jobseekers Direct .......................... 0800 100900 Childline.............................................. 0800 1111 Nation Domestic Violence ..........0808 2000 247 Places of Worship St Leonard’s Church .................... 01902 491560 Christ Church, Coseley .............. 01902 353551


St Martins Church Bradley .......... 01902 650101 Guru Nanak Gurdwara.................. 01902 496135 Church of God of Prophecy ........ 01902 497370 Bilston Pentecostal Church .......... 01902 498781 The Asian Evangelical Church ...... 01902 353705 Holy Trinity Oxford St .................. 01902 493459 New Testament church of God .... 01902 498861 Bilston Baptist Church ................ 01902 401430 Shri Durga Wbhawn Hindu .......... 01902 354081 St Chads, Bilston.......................... 01902 494776 Bilston Methodist Church ............ 01902 402137 Bilston Congregational Church .... 07909 330145 St Mary’s, Oxford Street .............. 01902 496306 Schools Holy Trinity Catholic Primary ........ 01902 240901 Parkfield High School .................. 01902 558380 Villiers Primary School.................. 01902 558993 Loxdale Primary............................ 01902 558570 Field View Primary........................ 01902 558275 Bilston C of E Primary .................. 01902 558690 Green Park School ...................... 01902 556429 Wilkinson Primary ........................ 01902 558971 Ettingshall Primary & Nursery ...... 01902 558740 Moseley Park Academy................ 01902 553901 South W’ton & Bilston Acad ........ 01902 493797 Stowlawn Primary ........................ 01902 556463 St Martin’s C of E Primary .......... 01902 558966 Moorcroft Wood Primary School .. 01902 495943 Christ Church C of E Primary ...... 01384 818375 Manor Primary.............................. 01902 556460 Wallbrook Primary ........................ 01384 818985 Coseley Sports College................ 01384 816565 Hurst Hill Primary.......................... 01384 818845 The Rosewood School ................ 01384 816800 Bramford Primary ........................ 01384 818915 Libraries Bilston .......................................... East Park .................................... Spring Vale .................................. Wolverhampton Central................

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