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June / July 2016

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Contents 8.




Letters & Poems

34. Steelworks Exhibition

10. Pat McFadden

38. School In Focus

12. News in Brief

42. Bilston Town FC

14. Crossword

50. Len Beddoe

18. Win Air Space Tickets

54. W’ton Boxing Club

20. Bilston Pubs

56. Bilston Police

22. Good Shepherd Ministry

58. Chelsea Rist

24. 5 Mins with Estelle

61. Library & Tip Opening Times

26. My Cancer Story

63. Crossword Answers

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Dear Reader, Anyone who reads this column will know that I made a boo-boo last time. I had originally planned to reveal the tale of my cancer diagnosis, operation and recovery, however, due to a late influx of items, I opted to take the pages out, but forgot to update this page. Please forgive me. For anyone who was looking forward to my story, it really is on page 26 this time. I had the pleasure and privilege to meet one of Bilston’s true war heroes a few weeks ago. Len Beddoe was recently awarded the Legion D'Honneur for his part in the D-Day landings in 1944. Learn more about our Len on page 50.

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June and July are always busy months for shows and events and this year is no different. A lot of space in this issue has been taken up promoting things like, Bilston’s Black Country Day, the Steelworks Exhibition at Bilston Craft Gallery, the Beer Festival at Café Metro and the Family Fun Day and Pamper Day at the SWB Academy – and lots more besides…….. Try and support as many of them as you can. Even though the season has now ended, there’s been a lot of activity at Bilston Town FC, with the club announcing that they are becoming a Football Education Training Academy . Find out more on page 42. As you will know by now, this magazine is all about the positives, so we’re happy to highlight St Thomas More Catholic School’s news that OFSTED have given them a ‘Good’ rating recently. Find out more on page 38. 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!!! Despite my health setback, it’s business as usual, so we’ll see you in August!!

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Letters & Poems ‘Olidays Yeers Ago Remember summers, yeers agoo? They wuz really hot! People wuz more ut ease – Sort uv ’appy, with their lot. Families went to Blackpool – Or Margate, in Kent. Mom, Dad, all the kids, Wuz ’appy un’ content. We travelled through the night, Got ter seaside, early morn, Everyone wuz bleary-eyed – It ‘ud ony just broke dawn! The kids wuz all excited – Wanted candyfloss un’ rock, Dad dozes in a deckchair – Digs ay ready ‘til twelve o’clock! After a wesh un’ brush-up, A stroll along the prom , Mom has a gaerm uv Bingo – Sez, “ I ony wanted one!” The Funfair, the pretty lights, The Waltzers un’ Big Wheel, Kids on the Ghost Train – Yow should uv heard ’um squeal!

We cor wait for ar nex’ ’oliday, We’m countin’ down the wiks, Pity it ay saerm price, terday – Bed un’ Breakfast - twelve un’ six! Trevor Johnson Tribute To A Queen In 1952, a pretty young Princess became our Queen, Her Coronation in 1953 – a wonderful, memorable scene, ‘Happy and Glorious’ – newspaper headlines read, A bejewelled crown nestled in comfort on her head, A ‘Golden Coach’ toured London’s crowded miles, Thousands witnessed her waves and sparkling smiles, With handsome Prince Philip by her side, She commenced ruling with dignity and pride, Reigning for 64 years – overcoming trouble and strife, She brought calm and comfort to British Life, She carried out her duties in regal style, Whilst controlling her family with a winning smile, For 64 years, she has reigned supreme, With pride and glory, enhancing a Commonwealth’s dream, God bless Elizabeth Regina, - our nation’s Mother, In many a millennium, there will be no other, In her 90th year, we wish her joy and pleasure, Thanks Elizabeth – our Queen and National Treasure! Reg Summerfield

Dad, now in ’oliday moodKnotted hankie on ’iz yed, Watchin’iz Wife paddlin’Shouts, “Watchaert weer yow tread!” Our ’olidays nearly over – A last walk along the pier, Spendin’ ar last few pennies – Then start saving for next year!


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Pat McFadden MP

A few words from your Member of Parliament Bilston People’s Centre Opens Pat McFadden recently opened the new Bilston People’s Centre at the Excel Church in Wolverhampton St. This wonderful new community facility is available for hire by community groups for a range of uses. Pat said, “I want to pay tribute to everyone involved with Excel Church for making this happen. The Excel Church always makes everyone welcome and I am always struck by the energy and devotion of the congregation there. The Bilston People’s Centre is a wonderful new asset for the people of Bilston and I was delighted to be asked to carry out the official opening.”

Pat said, “I was contacted some months ago by local parents who wanted improvements to this play area. As a parent of young children myself I know how important it is to have safe places for children to play. I appealed to the Bilston Rotary Club to help and, together with my colleague Cllr Rupinderjit Kaur, we asked Wolverhampton Council for their help too. The Council repainted the equipment and fixed the flooring, and the Rotary Club paid for two new benches to mark the Queen’s 90th Birthday. The play area is now much better and I want to thank the residents, Cllr Kaur and the Bilston Rotary Club for their help.”

EU vote on 23rd June

New seating for Woodcross play area After months of campaigning by local residents, new seating has now been installed in the Woodcross play area. This means that, for the first time, parents who use the play area have a place to sit while their children play.


On 23rd June there will be a referendum on whether to remain in the EU or to leave the EU. It’s a big choice and everyone will make their own decision. I will be voting to remain because I think that’s best for our economy but whatever you choose, I hope you take part in this important vote on June 23rd.

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News in Brief In The April/May issue, we showed a photo of St Leonard’s Football Team, sent in by Albert Cross. Albert also mentions that Stan Crowther attended the school and went on to play for Bilston, Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea and Brighton. A wing half, he signed for Aston Villa from Bilston Town for a fee of £750 in 1955. He was part of the Villa team that beat Manchester United 2–1 to win the 1957 FA Cup Final. Less than a year later, in February 1958, Crowther was hastily signed by United for £18,000 in the wake of the Munich air disaster. The transfer was completed around an hour before their match against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup was due to kick off. Having already played for Villa in the competition that year, Crowther would normally have been cup-tied, but United's squad had been ravaged by Munich and were therefore given special dispensation by the Football Association to allow him to play. United won the match 3–0, and Crowther and United went on to reach a second consecutive final, though they lost 2–0 to Bolton Wanderers.

his debut for the Londoners was against United. Crowther stayed with the Blues for two seasons, making 58 appearances in all competitions, before having brief spells with Brighton & Hove Albion, where his contract was terminated apparently because of the player's refusal to appear for the club's third team, and non-league sides Hednesford Town and Rugby Town. Crowther announced his retirement at the age of 27, citing his disillusionment with the game. He died on 28 May 2014. Local Council Elections Here are the winners (and losers) for the elections which took place in May. Bilston East (Lab hold) BEDI-CHADHA, Payal (Lab) - 1,094 FELLOWS, Tom (UKIP) - 791 MACKINTOSH, David (Cons) – 295 Bilston North (Lab hold) DOBB, Peter (Cons) - 385 HOLLINGTON, Ray (UKIP) - 495 LEACH, Linda (Lab) - 1,372 Ettingshall (Lab hold) ANSARI, Adam (Cons) - 394 COOPER, Jennifer (Socialist Lab) - 343 RUSSELL, Zee (Lab) - 1,724 Spring Vale (Lab gain from Lib Dems) QUARMBY, Sarah (Lib Dem) - 426 SEHDEV, Savita (Cons) - 222 SINGH, Mak (Lab) - 1,048 THOMAS, Hazel (UKIP) – 829

His time at Old Trafford was short-lived, however, and in December that year he joined Chelsea for £10,000; Coincidentally,


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Zabaglione For each person you will need two egg yolks, 2 tablespoons of caster sugar and one shot glass of Marsala Wine. Beef and Mushrooms in Red Wine with Pappardelle 675g (1 ½ lbs) Beef Braising Steak 450ml (3/4 pint) Bardolino D.O.C Rocca wine 300ml (½ pint) Passata – tomato sauce Few sprigs fresh sage and parsley (or half a teaspoon of dried.) 3 cloves garlic 50g (2oz) fat cut from Parma Ham, sliced into cubes 350g (12oz) Chestnut Mushrooms

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Sage and parsley for garnish Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the beef, sealing and browning on a high heat. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a casserole dish, with a little more olive oil. Pour in the wine and passata. Pop in the sage and parsley and whole garlic cloves. Cover and cook in a pre-heated oven, 1800C/3500F (gas mark 4, for 1 ½ hours. Towards the end of cooking time, fry the fat from the Parma Ham to render it down. Add the mushrooms to the fat and saute them for 4-5




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Bilston Pubs Noah’s Ark Wolverhampton Street

People often talk about the pubs they used to frequent. Some still standing, some long since demolished. Bilston Magazine reader, Albert Cross has sent in a list of pubs that he recalls from days gone by.

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There’s probably a few of you out there that can add to this list (or even dispute it), so get in touch using the contact details on page 6. Photos would be appreciated. With the help of the facebook page, Bilston Past & Present, there’s also couple of photos that you may enjoy seeing. Here’s Albert’s selection; High Street (and alleys off it) Bird In Hand White Horse Swan Plough Golden Cups Greyhound & Punchbowl Royal Exchange Bulls Head Market Tavern Leopard Red Lion Dudley Street Himley Arms Hop Pole Red Lion Seven Stars Balloon


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Vine Street The Vine

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Wood Street Castle Horse & Jockey

Broad Street King’s Head Dog & Partridge

Lichfield Street The George White Rose Spread Eagle Star Vaults

Walsall Street Forresters Arms

Hall Street Pipe Hall Great Western

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Good Shepherd Support Ltd By Ann Reaney operate throughout the Birmingham and Midlands areas, have fourteen branches where sales negotiators remember us when dealing with vendors.

We have been running the Good Shepherd Ministry charity shop in Church Street, Bilston for nine months now. Earlier on in the year it became obvious that more and more people are facing moving into a home without basic furniture or household items. We have had many beautiful donations from all around Wolverhampton, some of which we sell to fund our service to those in need and some we use to furnish a new tenancy for either an individual or family. We have various partnerships in the city who refer genuine customers in need. Wolverhampton Homes, Heantun Housing, Refugee and Migrant Centre and our own customers from The Good Shepherd Soup kitchen in Wolverhampton. It was only a couple of Saturdays ago that at 3.00p.m in the afternoon, Brother Charles telephoned our driver, Paul who was at home with his family, to ask if he could help a 22 year-old young lady who was leaving a hostel for a flat that day. She had a two-month old baby who had nothing other than a basket and a few clothes. If we hadn’t got our warehouse store, Paul would not have been able to take his friend, another volunteer, and collect beds, settee, table and chairs, wardrobe and chest of drawers to make this young person a home for herself and her child. The shop provided crockery, cutlery, bedding, cooking utensils to name but a little of the long list including clothes and shoes for them both. This is not a one off; we are faced with similar situations four or five times a week and this is the heart of why our warehouse is so necessary.

We are extremely grateful on behalf of our customers for this hugely beneficial support. Since we have such beautiful antiques, pieces for restoration, quirky items that may suit interior designers or those looking for that individual piece for their home, we are having an open day on Saturday June 25th. We are now open daily from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and every day the stock changes as the house clearances take place. In addition to an excellent supply of beds, settees and everyday household furniture, you can also find old oak chests, numerous sizes and shapes of mirrors, the odd Lloyd Loom chair and magnificent mantel shelves or fireplace surrounds. We do take commissions for pieces to be painted or distressed under the watchful eye of Mike Ford, our resident furniture restorer. We are easily accessible in Bilston at number 9, Meadwood Industrial Estate, Bath Street, (running around Morrison’s carpark) so do come and see what is on offer. The most satisfying point of every purchase is that the money you spend will directly enable us to furnish a new home for someone in desperate need here in our city. If you wish to donate furniture or artefacts, please contact Ann Reaney on 07845 003656 or Peter Hughes on 07889 786687.

On a lighter note, we are so appreciative to estate agents, solicitors and auction houses like Fielding’s of Stourbridge who encourage their clients to donate unsold goods or house clearances to our cause. Paul Carr Estate Agents who

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Estelle Hill

Occupation: Cafe (Metro) and Micro Bar Owner • Age - 43 ¾!

• Which four people would you invite to your

• Where were you born and bred – Bilston • Immediate family - Katie 17, Josh 14 and my wiser half Pete. • Favourite film – 5th Element • Favourite food – Spaghetti hoops on toast but it has to be Warburtons And Heinz! • Favourite holiday destination – Puerto Pollensa, Majorca

dream dinner party – Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly, Leonardo Da Vinci and Valentino Rossi • Pet hate – Bad manners • Which word or phrase do you most overuse – Clean your room! • Most treasured possession – My iPOD • What is your screensaver – Picture of me and Pete.

• Proudest moment – Having both of my children and surviving teenage years so far! • Most embarrassing moment – Picking an undercover police officer out of a line up!

• Perfect night out – A quiet night in Lichfield ambling from pub to pub to sample the real ale, cheese and onion cob with a selection of bar snacks.

• What is top of your bucket list – To travel around • What song would you like played at your funeral as much of Italy as possible


– Babe I'm gonna leave you by Led Zeppelin.

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My Cancer Story (so far) By Simon Archer (Publisher, Bilston Magazine) apologised for wasting his time and hurried home to tell the wife there was nothing to worry about – even though she didn’t know anything about it at this point – well, they worry, don’t they! Anyway, fast forward to December and the problem is still there – no worse, but no better. I’d also noticed that I was going for a number 2 three or four times a day, rather than the once a day since I can remember. So I make an appointment, to see the doctor and as with most practices, you see a different one each time. This lady also did the prod and poke, but also took some blood samples – progress? Again, no suggestion of anything serious, but the bloods should reveal if further action was required.

Some of you may know through posts on facebook, that I have had a bit of misfortune of late and I have been encouraged by those near and dear to share my experience with the readers of this magazine. A few of you may have already been through something similar, one or two may be right in the middle of it, and I’m afraid it’s a fact, that some of you will in the future. My story starts last July with a trip to the doctor after noticing a drop of blood when wiping the back side. Not a lot, but we all know it ain’t right, so off I trotted. The doc asked to lie on one side and bend my knees, while he had a prod and a poke. Imagine my relief when he deduced ‘Probably nothing. Might be piles. Come back if it gets much worse. Of course, that’s what I wanted to hear. This guy’s been to medical school, he knows his stuff. I’m fine. I thanked him and almost


Well, within a week, a call came through to say I need to see a consultant as they need to find out more. Still, me being cup half full, assumed it would be fine – just a precaution. This time the wife came along for support and again, after the third prod and poke, he re-assured us it was ‘Probably piles’, which ain’t ideal, but hey, it’s a lot better than the ‘C’ word. So, off we trotted to Cannock for a Sigmoidoscopy (camera up back passage), just to ascertain the exact nature of the problem. Within seconds of the procedure, it was clear that something was not right. In fact, the nurse pointed out, somewhat disturbingly, that she could not get the camera in as far as she had wanted due to an obstruction. The rest of the procedure became a bit of a blur as the shock of hearing what the obstruction might be, was somewhat off-putting, to say the least. To add insult to injury, the nurse then attempted an educated guess that the item was indeed a cancer, although comfortingly (not!) she did say, she has been wrong before. Well, in that case, why didn’t she wait for the biopsy?

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As this happened the day before out daughter’s 18th Birthday party, the timing couldn’t have been much worse. We managed to put on a good act by telling everyone, another test was needed – which was true, but not entirely honest. Needs must! So next up was the Colonoscopy, which was similar, but involved a thinner more flexible camera and one that could go the whole length of the colon. Thankfully, this didn’t reveal any more foreign bodies.

Due to the amount of operations on the list that day, I didn’t go up to theatres until 3.15pm, which meant I had gone almost 28 hours without food other than a couple of energy drinks they give you to get you through the op.

By the way, both times the camera was inserted was preceded by drinking a solution to remove all the remaining food from the bowel and a pleasant evening sitting on the toilet! All part of the fun! This was very quickly followed by an MRI scan and CT scan and before I knew it, we were sitting in front of the consultant waiting to be given the full picture of the diagnosis and what the plan of attack was going to look like. I won’t dwell on the way the news was broken by the consultant. I’ll leave it by saying, it could have been handled a lot better. In fact, I’ll go further. It couldn’t have been handled much worse. For this reason and a bit of local knowledge passed on by a relative who works at the hospital, I decided to ask for a different consultant. I had heard of Mrs Elgaddal, but wasn’t aware of exactly how good she was. After a bit of delving and chat with the wife, my mind was made up and wheels were put in motion to ask her to take on my case, which thankfully she agreed to do. So, the date was set for Thursday 25th February and it was suggested I approach the event like preparing for a fight with Mike Tyson. Eat healthily, cut out the alcohol and up the work at the gym, which, more or less I did. My last meal of note, was just before midday on the Wednesday and followed by more lovely laxative type solution (picolax for those in the know) to remove any remaining food to make the operation easier. As requested, we reported to the Appleby Suite at New Cross Hospital at 7am on the Thursday morning, to be processed and prepared. At around 10.30am, I was moved to the ‘Departure Lounge’ to await the call.

After being fitted with an epidural (ask your mom if you don’t know) and a few last minute checks, I was asked to lie down as it was ‘sleep time’. Believe it or not, I wasn’t in the slightest bit nervous, partly because of the reputation of the surgeon and also because of the positive support and best wishes I had received from friends, family and acquaintances from the magazines. Plus, as I said earlier, I’m very cup half full and I do think that helps when you’re faced with this kind of situation. Next thing I know, I’m up on A14 and being told to breath by Nurse Laura (I can also be a bit lazy!). I can just about remember seeing the faces of my wife, bother-in-law and nephew – the last two work in theatres, so had back stage passes – but I was so utterly exhausted, that all I wanted to do was sleep. I also recall someone saying ‘You haven’t had a bag (colostomy) fitted’, which was one of my biggest concerns before going in. So, I slept well knowing that I had survived on both counts. Friday morning arrived in a flash and I felt really good. Had a bit of porridge, was encouraged to get out of bed and have a little walk (more of a shuffle due to the drip, drain, catheter and oxygen I was attached to), which went quite well. Lunch and dinner followed, along with a couple more walks, with my helper Alan and I’m thinking, ‘This is a piece of cake, I’ll be home by Sunday at this rate’. How wrong I was!

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I woke up Saturday morning and came down to earth with a bang. I couldn’t eat, didn’t want to get out of bed, had no energy and didn’t really want visitors. I could barely face watching my beloved Wolves in the lunchtime kick-off against Derby, although this season they should probably come with a health warning. This downturn continued through Sunday and most of Monday and I started to wonder how on earth I’m going to get three magazines produced by the end of March. Then, after forcing every mouthful of Monday’s lunch down, I suddenly started to perk up. I managed to polish off the dinner and got out of bed for a wander round – now free of pipes and tubes, which helped. The ‘Pain Manager’ Nigel, suggested replacing the epidural with a cocktail of equally strong tablets, which I was more than happy to go along with. The next couple of days were much easier, albeit with one last hurdle constantly occupying my thoughts – the fact that my recently modified sewage works hadn’t yet performed the task they were designed to carry out. By Wednesday evening, I’m keen to get back home, but can’t go anywhere until the deed has been done. Mrs E popped in for an update and one shake of my head prompted her to start rubbing her hands to get them warmed up. Oh no, what’s she going to do. After a p & p (you know by now), she emerged with two suppositories, with instructions to sit on them for as long as possible and get ready to dash to the loo – about 10 minutes, she said. After half an hour, I’m wondering why nothing has happened, but Nurse Christine re-assured me, ‘the longer the wait, the better the result’. After 45 mins…………….. well, I’ll spare you the details, but suffice to say, it worked, in fact, 4 or 5 trips later, I was confident that the pipes were sufficiently well joined enough for me sleep well knowing that a rupture was unlikely – which seriously, is the big danger with an operation of this kind. After thanking the nurses and saying my farewells, I was allowed out at 10am the next morning, with instructions to take it easy and enjoy being waited on by the wife and daughters.


Now would be a good time to mention the hospital staff. To be honest, I hadn’t given them a second thought before I went in, but now I have seen how hard they work and the enormously high standard of care they provide – without exception. I could fill the magazine mentioning them all by name and I’m bound to miss one or two out. So thank you, everyone in Appleby Ward, Theatre and A14 and those behind the scenes who I haven’t even met, who treated me with so much kindness and helped me every step of the way to ensure my moral was kept up and that I was made as comfortable as possible throughout my stay in New Cross. I am forever in your debt! A week after leaving hospital, I popped back for Mrs Elgaddal to check my wounds and she revealed that the results had come back from the tissue they had removed during the operation. To cut a long story short, the advice is that I should have a course of Chemotherapy to make sure any hidden cells are removed, which isn’t really what I wanted to hear, but I shouldn’t complain as it could have been a lot worse. And after posting on facebook, I have realised how lucky I have been so far, as many others have not been so fortunate. So far, the chemo has gone ok, but it’s now starting to get the upper hand. More news to follow…. Thanks to those who have sent messages of support.

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School in Focus

St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

New Headteacher Transforms Local School Students, staff and governors at St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School, Darlaston Lane, are celebrating after receiving their official recognition as a ‘good school’ following their recent Ofsted inspection. Inspectors spent two days at the school viewing lessons, talking with staff and students, and asking parents for their feedback. The inspectors concluded that the school has gone from ‘requiring improvement’ in 2014 to ‘good’ in February 2016. Inspectors witnessed pupils making good progress in all subjects and commented that the “school’s curriculum is broad and balanced, and the development of pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding is strongly underpinned by the school’s strong Christian ethos.” Ofsted praised teacher’s good subject knowledge, knowledge of pupils, effective checking of work and ability to plan interesting lessons.


Ofsted recognised the “transformed” leadership and management of the school and the considerable role of the governing body in improving standards. They stated that “the new headteacher has provided renewed focus and energy to build on improvements.” The school was praised for providing many opportunities to develop pupils’ personal development alongside the Sixth Form for its quality of teaching, learning experience and student welfare. Headteacher, Dr Sarah J Hatfield, who took up her post in February 2015 said, “Our school community has worked extremely hard to raise standards at the school and we are delighted to have secured a ‘good’ rating. It shows the school has made real progress and improved in many areas. Whilst we are extremely pleased with the result we aren’t prepared to rest on our laurels. We will continue to strive forward and help our students to improve and get the best results they can.”

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Busy In Berlin

Thirty-six students from Year 8 to Year 11 recently returned from a four-day study visit to Berlin. This is the fourth time the history department has organised such a visit, and this year’s was as successful as the previous three. Despite the heightened security following the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, the group was skilfully navigated around Berlin by Deputy Headteacher Mr Burns, Miss Vaughan, Mr Holmes and Miss Patterson. The group visited numerous sites of great historical interest such as the Berlin Wall, the Stasi Museum (housed in a building which was once the headquarters of the East German Secret Police), the Holocaust Memorial, and the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Other highlights of the trip included evening visits to the Reichstag and the famous Berlin TV Tower.

At the Berlin Wall Museum the group saw remaining stretches of the wall (photographed below). The wall was built in 1961 by the German Democratic Republic in order to

prevent the massive emigration and defection that had marked East Germany and communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period. Before finally coming down in 1989, around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the wall, with an estimated death toll ranging from 136 to 200 in and around Berlin. Students visited an area which had previously been part of the “death strip” between the inner and outer walls (pictured right). The area would have been guarded by mines and barbed wire, and closely monitored by armed guards in watchtowers every few hundred yards.

Duke of Edinburgh students survive weekend training scheme at Cannock Chase During the bank holiday weekend twelve students, who are taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh training scheme, walked across Cannock Chase. The students were Manraj Mahli, Abey Thomas, Lily Smith, Alexandria Hopton, Chloe Lakin, Ava Callaway, Isha Sekhon, Emily Drury, Tess Nsiah, Makenzie Arnold, Deanne Diffey and Cayleigh Burrows.

The staff who accompanied them were Mr Moore, Ms Lee and Mrs Giddings. The students had to plan their walk and navigate

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using a map and compass. The students walked a staggering 16km on the Saturday and then another 10km on the Sunday.

goal has always remained the same: to serve healthy and punctual food to staff and students.”

Throughout the walk on Saturday they experienced a wide range of weather including being snowed on and having thunder at the same time at one point! Typical British weather!

The school, which has over 1,500 pupils on roll, recently opened ‘Bistro Six’, a purpose built cafeteria and wi-fi enabled study area. Annette oversaw its development with the School Business Manager. “I’ve been involved in several projects over the years, but ‘Bistro Six’ is definitely one of my proudest achievements. It’s fantastic to see the sixth formers using it to help them with their study work.”

On Saturday they spent a very chilly night in tents at Beaudesert Campsite in the middle of Cannock Chase. Students really enjoyed cooking their own tea on camping stoves mainly super noodles. The students are really looking forward to completing their next walk at the beginning of July.

Annette Hangs Up Her Apron Dedicated dinner lady Annette Bullock has hung up her apron for the final time as she retires after 33 loyal years of service at St Thomas More Catholic School, Willenhall. Annette, who has progressed from a part-time kitchen assistant, said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the school and the challenge of working my way up to the position of Catering Manager.”

Head teacher Dr Hatfield said, “I would like to thank Annette for her many years of loyal service and dedication to St Thomas More Catholic School. She has catered to hundreds of members of staff and thousands of students during her tenure. All the governors, staff and students at the school would like to wish her a very long and relaxing retirement.” Annette wished to thank everyone she has worked with during her employment. “I’ve been very lucky and worked with so many great people. I will miss everyone but I am now ready for my next adventure.” Annette’s retirement plans include a holiday and visiting her son in Scotland.

“I started working at St Thomas More when my children were pupils at the school in 1983. At first I took the job as it fitted in well with home life, but I enjoyed it so much, and met so many interesting people, that I decided to stay on.” Annette, who moved from Dumfries in Scotland when she was just 13, has worked for a variety of head teachers. “My first head teacher was Mr O’Donoghue who was a lovely man. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with a number of head teachers, hundreds of staff and literally thousands of students during my time here. I’ve also worked with many different catering companies over the years and each one has introduced new changes, but the main


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Bilston Town FC

Club Announce New Manager On his appointment, Scott said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved at Bilston Town for giving me their full support. It is an honour to be given the opportunity to manage the 1st team. This season has ended and we all need to draw a line under it and start to prepare for next season, the hard work starts now and I'm relishing it." In view of Scott's appointment, the club will be looking to appoint a new Youth Team manager. Anyone wishing to be considered should submit their application and c.v. via the Club website. The Club are pleased to confirm that Scott Hamilton has accepted the position of First Team manager for season 2016/17.

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For the last nine games of last, Scott stood in under extremely difficult, almost impossible circumstances and ensured the Club was able to fulfil its obligations to the League. In that difficult time he has shown great dignity under extreme pressure, virtually sacrificing the Youth Teams season to ensure the First Team fulfilled its fixtures with the limited players available to him.

Bilston Town FC join a flourishing education provider to establish an education-led scholarship.

Scott will be bringing in his own backroom staff and together, they will be looking to secure players committed to bringing success to the Club. Chairman Graham Hodson said “It's not been the season we all anticipated or hoped for, ending in a way nobody could have envisaged or legislated for. We draw under a line under it now, thank Scott and the players who ended the campaign with us, and we move on, with Scott rewarded for that loyalty by having the chance to bring the good times back to Queen Street. We hope you join us in wishing Scott and his staff every success, as we dust ourselves off, and go again.”


A new era of football-based education is on its way to the midlands, as Bilston Town FC joins a nationwide education programme. Students aged 16-19 will have the opportunity to study towards a BTEC Level 2 or 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, whilst developing the technical skills to harness their potential on the pitch. The football club's partnership with FETA sees them join National educational programme, which involves a range of professional and semi-professional clubs. Participating clubs establish a Scholarship scheme to deliver the sport and work-skills study programme, as well as competing in the national games programme. FETA are an innovative education training provider who offers the chance to study towards a national qualification with the added enrichment of playing for a professional or semi-professional football club makes for a truly unique opportunity for the scholars that sign up to the programme.

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Bilston Town FC are delivering 11-a-side Under 18s Floodlit team within their partnership with FETA, and are looking to establish strong links between both education and playing formats of the game in order to harness maximum potential for the scholars on board. And as an incentive for any potential scholars, you will receive a free gym membership, full time training program with UEFA and FA licensed coaches at FETAs state of the art training complex The Pavilion, to help provide an exciting educational experience. The 11-a-side team will be managed in the midland Floodlit Youth League on Tuesdays by Burton Albion academy coach and FETA Birmingham’s Lead Coach, Owen Howell, which gives a positive link between the Scholarship scheme and First Team structure, as well as playing opportunities being available within the Bilston Town FC First team and the FA Youth Cup. The BTEC Sports study programme, which was created and developed by Virtual Learning Uk, is fully funded and is completely paperless. The courses are delivered using Virtual Learning UKs learning platform; a Virtual Learning Resource called 'Sports Brain'. This allows scholars to work remotely on electronic devices, whilst having online access to the very latest study content and tutor assessment. Along with our excellent BTEC package GCSE English and maths are available for students. Upon completing the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, scholars will have the equivalent of 3 A-Levels, meaning that multiple career pathways will be available to them having graduated from the Bilston Town FC Scholarship scheme. Progression into Higher Education, playing Scholarships abroad and employment within the rapidly expanding Sport & Active Leisure industry are just three of the options that have already arisen for previous Scholarship students.

commented: ......We are delighted to form this unique association with FETA, thus enabling our youth team players to progress, both academically, and in their footballing ambitions, under the name of Bilston Town FC. It further cements our commitment to offer the youth of the community the best opportunities possible, and this partnership delivers that, to the benefit of the Club, the Scholars, and FETA. The added advantage being that all Scholars will represent the Club in the English College League, as well as the Midland Floodlit League. It really is an amazing opportunity for our youngsters, and we’re delighted that Bilston Town FC, in partnership with FETA, can bring this to the Town. Having worked with Head Coach, Owen Howell, in the past, we know the quality of coaching and professionalism will be second to none, and we’re delighted to have Owen back under the banner of Bilston Town. It’s a fantastic coup for the Club. First Team Manager, Scott Hamilton, added, “This will be a fantastic opportunity for young players in the Community to now have a footballing education within Bilston Town FC, hopefully producing First Team players of the future.” Head coach Owen Howell, commented: This is an exciting opportunity for FETA and Bilston Town, Bilston Town are a fantastic community club and this link provides the opportunity to give even more back to their local community by providing nationally recognised qualifications to local players whilst giving them the opportunity to play football have fun and progress with such a historical football club. Any scholars looking to apply for the course, starting in September 2016, can do so online at For more information, email BirminghamFeta@ or text "BILSTON" to 07514 374 005. Alternatively, visit the club online at All details are available through Head Coach and course tutor, Owen Howell on 07514 374005 or

As part of the programme, Bilston Town FC will compete in the British Colleges League as well as the Midland floodlit youth League, which is organised into regional divisions. Graham Hodson, Chairman of Bilston Town, To advertise in the Bilston Magazine please call 07534 603662 or email


Wolverhampton Cats Protection does it for FREE! Free neutering for cats in the Wolverhampton area from 1st to 30th June 2016. Neutered cats are less likely to wander and get run over (most cats killed on the road are unneutered toms) Neutered male cats are less likely to display territorial behaviour such as spraying If you’d like to find out more about our work, or how you can help us, go online to or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (search for CPWolverhampton). Wolverhampton Cats Protection 7 Warstones Drive, Penn Wolverhampton Tel: 01902 651173 Wolverhampton Cats Protection is part of a network of 250 volunteer-run branches across the country, who together make up Cats Protection, the UK’s leading cat welfare charity. Cats Protection believes neutering is an essential part of responsible cat ownership and neuters over 176,000 cats and kittens each year. Wolverhampton Cats Protection is offering to pay for cats and kittens aged 4 months or older to be neutered at selected vets within the Wolverhampton area during their FREE neutering campaign. This offer is open to all residents who live in a WV postcode and all they need to do is phone our Helpline on 01902 651173 to apply for a free voucher. Neutering offers cats of all ages offers some the following benefits: It stops unwanted kittens (one unneutered female cat can be responsible for 20,000 descendants in just five years) A neutered cat is less likely to fight, thus reducing the risk of catching life-threatening diseases transmitted by bites and saliva


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Bilston’s Len Awarded Legion d'Honneur involved in the D-Day landings, of which only one survived. Len had two brothers involved in the D-Day landings, older brother Ernest and twin brother Jim. Unlike the Ryans, the Beddoes all made it safely through the operation and lived to tell the tale. In fact, Len and his troop from the 24th Lancers, swept through the German defences so swiftly, that at 6 miles in, they had to be told to sit tight to allow the rest of the allied forces to catch up. Len was one of several heroes from around the area who were received the award for their efforts during and after D-Day, 6 June 1944 – the Allied invasion of mainland Europe and a crucial turning point in Second World War which marked the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitler and

Len Beddoe hasn’t seen the movie, Saving Private Ryan. If things had turned out different, it could have been about him – thankfully they didn’t! Len has recently been officially recognised for his part in the D-Day landings and has received the Legion D'Honneur from the Honorary Consul for France during a special ceremony in Wolverhampton. When he signed up to join the war effort, it was originally to get some rest for the long hard shifts at Sankeys, although he may have thought differently had he realised how tough it would be facing the might of the German guns as he and his comrades landed on Sword Beach. For those unfamiliar with the Tom Hanks film, it was about four brothers who were


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Nazi Germany – from the Honorary Consul Robert Mille. Monsieur Mille said: "The national Order of the Legion D’Honneur is the highest decoration in France. “The French President, Francois Hollande, has decided to recognise the bravery of the British veterans who played such an instrumental role in the liberation of France, by awarding them the title of Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Colonel George Marsh TD, said: “It’s a privilege and honour to join the veterans on an important day like today. “They are living witnesses to the history of the liberation of France, and I’d like to thank them for putting their lives on the line for their country, and for their endeavour and bravery, and congratulate them most sincerely on receipt of this award.”

were involved. By the end of June, the Allies had 850,000 men and 150,000 vehicles in Normandy. Within three months, the northern part of France was free and the invasion force began heading towards Germany where they would meet up with Soviet forces moving in from the east. Len said, “We were a different generation. We went and did our duty. I am lucky I am here today and we should remember the boys that aren’t.” The presentation of the Legion D’Honneur also recognises veterans involved Operation Dragoon, the liberation of the south of France later in August 1944. Nazi Germany surrendered on 7 May 1945, bringing the war in the West to an end. The Legion D'Honneur - or Legion of Honour - is the highest French order for military and civil merits, established 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. The ceremony, organised by the City of Wolverhampton Council, also included the playing of the French and British national anthems and the Last Post.

Tens of thousands of Allied forces, carried on the largest armada ever seen, crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, during Operation Overlord on June 6, 1944, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany.

Following the presentation, the veterans and their guests enjoyed a Gallic-themed three-course celebratory lunch of French onion soup, followed by stuffed chicken breast and vegetables and apple tarte tatin served with crème Chantilly. I might just treat him to a DVD of the film. I think it’s the least I can do.

The operation was staggering – 6,000 landing craft, ships and other vessels carried 176,000 troops to France, while over 800 aircraft dropped thousands of parachutists into Normandy. Another 13,000 aircraft were mobilized to provide air cover and support for the invasion. In the first phase of the operation, 62,000 British servicemen To advertise in the Bilston Magazine please call 07534 603662 or email



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Boxing Club Celebrates

Wolverhampton Boxing Club Turns 80

After what can only be described as a rollercoaster few months, Wolverhampton Boxing Club is now looking forward to a bright future. The club were rocked by the death of former President, Secretary and Treasurer, John B. Thomas – known to everyone as Thommo – last year and at one point it looked as though the club may close.

Wednesday and Friday. It’s £3 per session and there’s no need to book, just turn up in suitable sportswear and start work. If you do wish to speak to George first, he can be contacted on 07495 913794.

However, members and trainers have rallied and the club is now run by five trustees, Treasurer Gary Bate, secretary George Langford, Head Coad, Dennis Stephenson and Trainers Nick Griffiths and George Murrin. The club, which is in Willenhall Road, Wolverhampton, celebrated its 80th Birthday with an open day in May. Boxing demonstrations, bouts and training routines were all on show to the many visitors and refreshments were provided to all who attended. The club is open to newcomers – under 16s from 5-7pm and over 16s from 7 – 9pm – Monday,


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Bilston Police Speeding At recent PACT meetings, speeding was raised as an issue in and around the Bilston area, during various times of the day. Although no vehicles could be identified as regularly completing the excess speed, your neighbourhood team have stepped up their patrols at the key locations, with a view to dealing with offenders robustly. We regularly hold community speed watch operations with community volunteers, if you’d like to volunteer and can spare few hours please get in touch. The last speed watch operation was on Saturday 26th April 2016 in Woseley Road Bilston, between 4- 5.30pm and later that day from 8pm. 50 vehicles were checked, travelling between 17mph and 29mph. The highest speed recorded was 35 mph. If you are being affected by speeding in your area, please get in touch. You can even take an active part in reducing speeding in your area by joining our Community Speed Watch. Reduction Selecta Mark DNA There has been a recent increase in burglaries both homes and sheds and we are working hard with partners to reduce these offences, we have been offering crime prevention advice and free crime reduction products such as Selecta Mark DNA property marking and shed alarms. If you would like a mini crime prevention survey or any of these free products, then please contact our office on 101 871 3022.


Anti-social Behaviour off Road bikes Humphries Crescent and Weddell Wynd A number of complaints have been received regarding youths riding off road bikes dangerously and causing anti-social behaviour on council owned land off Weddell Wynd. We have increased our patrols in and around Weddell Wynd and are working closely with the anti-social behaviour unit and officers from the Princess End Police Neighbourhood Teams to try and identify the youths responsible. Bilston Neighbourhood Team has been working in partnership with Wolverhampton ASB Unit and have been successful in obtaining injunctions for two youths making residents lives a misery in the Bradley area of Bilston. The injunction has conditions imposed on the youths preventing them from committing further ASB. The above example evidences how ASB is a priority and through excellent partnership links we will work our hardest to eradicate this behaviour from our community. St Georges Day Bilston Neighbourhood Team joined the St Georges Day celebrations in Bilston High Street on Friday 22nd April. Officers from the team stepped up their patrols at the event in order to provide reassurance and educate the public around pick pocketing in crowded environments.

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Chelsea Wins Miss Earth Title Chelsea’s mother Linda said: “We are extremely proud of what Chelsea has achieved and now much her self-worth and confidence has improved since doing pageants after being bullied both at primary and senior school. Chelsea wants to inspire and be a role model to other girls so that they can gain the confidence and self-esteem she has gained since entering.” Miss Rist lives at home with her mother, father Chris, 60, and grandfather John who is 90 and suffers from dementia. She is currently a student at Halesowen college studying animal care and is the youngest of four children.

A 16-year-old Bilston girl has won the prestigious title of Miss Earth after she wowed the judges with her campaign against food waste. Chelsea Rist, of Hartshorne Street, Bilston, won the Miss Earth 2016 pageant on May 7, after a weekend of competing at the MacDonalds Burlington Hotel, New Street, Birmingham, which saw her complete a catwalk challenge, a cocktail dress round, evening wear, swimwear and eco-challenge round. Chelsea’s idea for the eco-challenge was a campaign to stop people ditching goods before they get to the tills at the local shops. This results in goods going off or defrosting before staff can put them back in the correct place. She also suggested that more cafes and offices should have more recycling bins so that the public could recycle their rubbish properly as they would at home.


Chelsea, who has already raised £1200 for various charities, has just done a skydive to raise more funds and is now planning an abseil for Acorns Childrens’ Hospice, followed by the 5k colour blast run for Compton Hospice. She will now start judging at different beauty pageants as well as making appearances at model shows and charity events during her reign as Miss Earth.

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Get involved with Black Country in Motion Black Country in Motion aims to help inactive people become more physically active through offering a range of activities across Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley and Sandwell. The 2 areas we focus on in Wolverhampton are Bilston East and East Park. The project is part of Sport England’s “Get Healthy, Get in to Activity” programme, which is delivered by Wolves Community Trust on behalf of the Black Country Consortium. The sessions we run are fun, relaxed, engaging and where possible free to attend. Our sessions are delivered by volunteers in local community venues, who we fund through coaching qualifications, first aid qualifications, DBS checks and other development opportunities. This enables them to independently lead a range of enjoyable activities for their community. We currently have a number of sessions that are happening in Bilston and we are always interested in hearing from groups or individuals if there’s demand for something we don’t currently offer. All of our sessions are open to all abilities, genders and ages unless otherwise stated. Walking Football Mondays- 4 - 5pm- Bert Williams Leisure Centre, Nettlefolds Way, Bilston, WV14 0EF (Over 50’s only) Mondays- 6 - 7pm- Sports Hall, Wolverhampton College, Wellington Road, Bilston, WV14 6RN - FREE


Easyline Gym Tuesdays (starting 7th June) - 10 – 11.30amLower Bradley Community Centre, Wallace Road, Bilston, WV14 8BP 7th & 14th June FREE sessions - £2 per session afterwards Beginners Exercise Circuits Mondays – 7.15- 8.15pm- The Parish Centre, St Chads, Connaught Road, Bilston, WV14 6NY - FREE Nordic Walking Taster sessions and Learn to Nordic Walk courses are run at different times throughout the year. Get in touch for more information. Beginners Tennis Mondays- 4.30 – 5.30pm- Sports Hall, Wolverhampton College, Wellington Road, Bilston, WV14 6RN FREE If you would like any more information on sessions, fancy getting involved as a volunteer or are a local community group that want to know how we can work together please get in touch: Rachel 07532 411 166 Ben Davies- – 07833 051 048

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East Park, Hurstbourne Crescent, Wolverhampton, WV1 2EE. Tel. 01902 556257 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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Afternoon Closed Closed Closed 2.00pm - 5.00pm Closed Closed Closed

Spring Vale, Bevan Avenue, Lanesfield, Wolverhampton, WV4 6SG. Tel. 01902 556284 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Morning Closed 10.00am - 1.00pm Closed Closed 10.00am - 1.00pm 9.00am - 2.00pm Closed

Afternoon Closed Closed 2.00pm - 6.00pm Closed Closed Closed Closed

Wolverhampton Central, Snow Hill, City Centre, Wolverhampton, WV1 3AX. Tel. 01902 552025 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday



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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 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 College .................. 01902 353901 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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