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October / November 2016

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Contents 8.

Letters & Poems

12. News in Brief

43. Private Joseph Bromwich

14. Crossword

50. Stan Cullis Book

18. Jimmy White

52. Bilston FC

22. Christmas Tree Festival

54. Community Action Partnership

28. Christmas Lights Switch On

61. Library & Tip Opening Times

34. Bilston Remembered

63. Crossword Answers

10. Pat McFadden


38. Mckala Harrold



42. Joe Calzaghe

40. Bilston Pub Story

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Dear Reader, I hope you have all had a nice Summer and have managed to get a few days away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy some time with the family. As we squeeze the last drops of sun from our favourite season, some of you will be starting to think ahead to the festive season with many readers starting to argue/discuss who’s turn it is to have the mother-in-law round for Christmas dinner. You know she’ll be commenting on the state of the bathroom/wallpaper/blinds etc, so you should probably give some of our advertisers a ring to get things looking right, so you can enjoy the Queen’s Speech in peace.

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On a similar note, just a reminder that Remembrance Day will be on Sunday 13th November this year, so you may want to go and pay your respects to the fallen on the morning in Bilston Town Centre. As always, I’ve tried to make sure there’s something for everyone in this edition, but please feel free to tell me if there is something you would like to see more (or less) of in the magazine. I produce it for you, not me, so I welcome your feedback and suggestions – no, really! 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!!! The next issue will cover December/January and will be out on the 2nd December so if you want to be involved, please contact us by the 11th November. Enjoy your read!


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I was one of the fortunate people who attended the re-dedication of Private Joseph Bromwich at Bilston Cemetery recently. As a big fan of the film Zulu, I was especially interested in this story as this man was one of the heroes of the battle of Rorkes Drift in 1879. Find out more on page 43.

Kate Broadbent, Dilloways Lane. Willenhall Michelle May, East Park Way, Wolverhampton Pamela Samra Willow Court, Smethwick Mr, David Asprey, Chem Road, Bilston, Mrs Mary Hutton, Villiers Avenue, Bilston

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Letters & Poems When Christmas Was In November One year l spent Christmas In a most unusual way All the shop's were open On that special day I had a stroll along the pier Saw fun and laughter everywhere Everyone enjoying Yuletide People did not have a care I had my Christmas dinner Raised a glass or two Sang lot's of Christmas carols Opened presents as you do I had a paddle in the sea We had a buffet Boxing Day On a "Turkey Tinsel Holiday" In a hotel in Torbay.

to provide local parents in work, and those looking to get back into work a solution. With Suzanne and I both having a background as working parents we fully understand how hard it can be to juggle childcare and working hours that don't match up with the school day. “The Tea Time Club” has gained the support from local primary schools as they see our service as a great opportunity in giving parents more options. Local councillor, Pat McFadden, has shown interest and offered support, as being a parent of young children himself he can understand and appreciate our motivation. Starting at £7.50 per session we have limited availability. We currently run term time only (Monday to Friday) with the option of holiday cover to start early next year so please do not hesitate to give us a call, or pop in for more details and to discuss your requirements. Leanne Moore Tel: 07986 734550 Email: Stonefield/Hall Green School Re-union We are having a school re-union for ex-pupils on Friday 4th November at Churchill Conservative Club, Mount Pleasant, Bilston.

Trevor Johnson

The evening starts at 7.30 and it would be great to see a few people from the school.

Tea Time Club My name is Leanne Moore and I have opened a new after care facility which is called “The Tea Time Club”. I run this in partnership with Suzanne Keown and we have been open since the 7th September 2016. We currently have a number of children attending on various days, as we are a flexible service that suits parents needs. “The Tea Time Club” offers a collection service from local primary schools and offers secure interactive care until 5.30pm. We are located at Lower Bradley Community Centre on Wallace Road Bradley (opposite St Martin’s Primary School).

It’s free to attend and there’ll be some music to rekindle old memories. Sharon Ward Via Facebook

In addition to offering collections from school, our service provides drinks, snacks, games, craft activities and much more. Our primary reason for opening The Tea Time Club is


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Pat McFadden MP

A few words from your Member of Parliament How can you save money this winter? The end of summer brings darker nights, lower temperatures and higher heating bills. How can you get the best deal on your energy bills this winter? I will be holding a Utilities Advice Day at Bilston Community Centre, Prouds Lane, Bilston, WV14 6PW on Saturday 12th November between 10am and 1pm.

House of Commons. James works for Wolverhampton City Council helping residents who qualify for new boilers or heating systems. He has been praised by council managers for "going the extra mile" to help local people. I was very pleased to see a local person getting this award and particularly pleased that James was the youngest person from around the country to receive an award in Parliament that day.

Last year it was a big success with many utility firms attending plus Wolverhampton Homes and Age UK. I don't favour any particular energy firm but we invite all the major ones to come along so you can compare tariffs and possibly save money. You might find you are already on the best possible deal. Or you might find that switching could save you money. Either way it is worth popping in to the Utilities Advice Day to see if you can save money on your heating bills this winter. Entry is free and I look forward to seeing you on the 12th. New Bradley childcare business takes off

Pat congratulates local apprentice James Foster

Every parent knows that balancing work and childcare responsibilities can be a challenge and can also cost a lot of money in childcare fees. In Bradley a new pick up and after school care club has been launched to help local parents meet this challenge. The Tea Time Club will pick up children after school and look after them in a safe and structured environment until parents finish work, at a reasonable cost. I believe this could be a big help to local parents in the area. Further details are available from Leanne Moore on 07986 734550.

Local apprentice James Foster from Bilston was hailed recently as a "Heat Hero" at the


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News in Brief News In Brief

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The dates for the public consultation events at each of the four cultural venues undergoing a review of their opening times have been confirmed.

Jake White will be off to Adelaide in Australia in November 2017 to take part in the world Championships.

City of Wolverhampton Council is giving people the chance to have their say on the proposed changes at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton City Archives, Bantock House and Museum and Bilston Craft Gallery. Public consultation dates: • Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street, WV1 1DU, on Monday, October 3, from 5pm to 7pm • Wolverhampton City Archives, Whitmore Hill, WV1 1SF, on Tuesday, October 4, from 6pm to 8pm • Bantock House and Museum, Finchfield Road, WV3 9LQ, on Monday, October 10, from 6pm to 8pm • Bilston Craft Gallery, Mount Pleasant, WV14 7LU, on Tuesday, October 11, from 6pm to 8pm

Jake is looking for sponsorship from individuals or local businesses who can help. The trip is going to cost in excess £2000 with air fare and accommodation. Jake stands a very good chance of becoming U-16 world champion at the event, so a funding page has been set up on Facebook. The club has already produced one champion in Brandon Whetton. East Park attracted lots of new young riders this season all training and racing on Thursday night starting at 6.00pm under the watchful eye of British Cycling coach Bob Prince. If you want to join them come to East Park Thursday evening at 6.00pm.

An online survey relating to the opening hours of the venues is also being conducted and will close on Friday, October 14. To participate in the survey go to: Table Top Sale Grand Table Top Sale at Bilston Methodist Church, Bow Street, Bilston. The event takes place on Saturday 8th October 2016. 1-4pm. Table costs £7, admission free. Further details call Pat on 07926 033511


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Please see answers on page 63 Across 7 Nocturnal black and white mammal (6) 8 Our nearest continental neighbour (6) 9 Deceased (4) 10 Alumnus, former student (8) 11 Entertainment with music, song and dance (7) 13 Tickly, needs a scratch (5) 15 Cheat, deceive (5) 17 Lack of belief in God (7) 20 Non-acceptance, repudiation (8) 21 Playthings (4) 22 Lowest position (6) 23 ______ Christie, mystery writer (6) Down 1 Yellow curved fruit (6) 2 Fictional man-eating giant (4) 3 Activate, generate (7) 4 Edible internal organs (5) 5 French bread (8) 6 Whisky (6) 12 Financial records (8) 14 Language descended from Latin (7) 16 Global sportswear brand (6) 18 Long curved agricultural blade (6) 19 Means of paying for postage (5) 21 Capture, ambush (4)


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Jimmy White

The ‘Whirlwind’ Jimmy White, breezed into Bilston in September to take on a few local players to raise funds for the Paul Hunter Foundation. The foundation was established in 20016 in memory of Paul, with the specific aim if giving disadvantaged, able bodied and disabled youngsters an opportunity to play the game of snooker.

Snooker Club with around 200 people in attendance. The legend took on nine players winning all but one frame and did not receive a fee his appearance. The foundation runs every Monday night at the club in Etruria Way for anyone aged 6 and over to help with basic cueing skills, plus activities such as knockouts and 60-second challenges.

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Tree Festival To Brighten Up St Leonard’s dressed and installed on Thursday and Friday 24th/25th November. The trees are being supplied free of charge by Bilston Lions, so the only cost will be for the decorations. People will be encouraged to visit the church to see the trees from Friday 25th November to Sunday 11th December. Each tree will have a box underneath, where individuals can place a token to vote for the tree they like the most. The coins will be available from the Melting Pot Café, inside the Church for £1 each and all proceeds will be split between the church and Bilston Lions.

St Leonard’s Church in Bilston, will be looking even brighter than usual this Christmas thanks to a number of decorated Christmas trees being put on display around the building.

Melting Pot Café is open on Monday from 10.30am to 2.30pm and Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 2.30pm, serving a range of tasty meals and snacks plus hot and cold drinks. The winning award for the best tree will be presented at the Carol Service at St Leonard’s on the 18th December at 6.30pm.

The Church has joined forces with Bilston Lions and asked local schools and community groups to take part in a challenge to decorate a tree and raise money for local charities and causes at the same time. Letters have gone out to almost thirty schools, clubs and organisations inviting them to get involved and members of the public will be asked to vote for their favourite in late November and early December. Organisations have until 11th November to register their interest and trees can be


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CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL At St. Leonard’s Church, Bilston Vote for your favourite and help to raise money for local causes Trees will be on display for voting from Friday 25th November to Sunday 11th December The award for the best tree will be presented at the Carol Service at St Leonard’s on the 18th December at 6.30pm.

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Town Hall Lights Switch On Festival While many readers have been enjoying the summer sunshine, Bilston Lions have been working hard behind the scenes to make this Christmas a special one for the people of Bilston.

throughout the Saturday.

Santa will be in his grotto, welcoming children for a small charge and each child will receive a selection box courtesy of Tesco and Morrisons Bilston.

As is the tradition, the town’s Christmas lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Cllr Barry Findlay on Friday 25th November at 5pm. On the Friday from 10am till 7pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm, there will also be a grand Christmas Festival inside the Town Hall, with around 25 stalls selling lots of items to solve some of those Christmas present dilemmas. Stall are available for £25 per day or £40 for both days. Anyone wishing to have a stall please contact Stuart Richmond on 07973 963069 for details and booking forms. There will be various types of entertainment, such as choirs, dance acts and face painters


Stuart Richmond from Bilston Lions said “We hope the people of Bilston will turn out in big numbers as they usually do. If this is successful, we can plan something even bigger and better for nextyear.” A selection of refreshments will also be available from the Town Hall on both days.

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MORRISONS GOES MEXICAN Staff at Morrisons donned sombreros and ponchos to get into the Mexican mood for their latest fundraising day in aid of Sue Ryder. In total the team raised a massive ÂŁ1259.20, from a book sale, a raffle and a sponsored exercise bike ride.

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Town Hall Fundraiser Bilston Remembered organised a fundraising evening of entertainment at Bilston Town Hall recently to raise funds for refurbishing the War Memorial in Oxford Street, Bilston. Compere for the event was David Bartley who doubled up as Black Country Poet. Performers included a local choir, The Ellenvale Singers, while Marlene The Black Country Wench provided the fun and laughter.


A great night's entertainment was rounded off with Mini Fish and Chips all for ÂŁ5. If anyone would like to support the refurbishment, any financial contribution would be very much appreciated. Cheques made out to 'The Rotary Club of Bilston' with 'Bilston Remembered' written on the back and addressed to 4, Gunstone Farm Barns, Gunstone, Wolverhampton WV8 1QQ.

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Mckala Makes A Dream Come True Fantasy Christmas break at Butlins, with a little leftover for a shopping trip to the Merry Hill Centre, before the festive period. Mckala explains, “Louise was so kind to everyone, I wanted to do something for her. Even though she won’t be around to see the children enjoy their treat, we know she’ll be looking down on them with a big smile on her face.

When Mckala Harrold lost her childhood friend, Louise Glover, in May this year, she vowed to make her dying wish come true. As Louise was losing her battle with cancer, she told Mckala, that she had always wanted to treat her six children to a special holiday. Putting aside her grief, Mckala set about planning a number of fundraising events to achieve the money required to realise her friend’s wish. In July, she persuaded family and friends to join her on a sponsored walk from Bilston to Penkridge. Such was her enthusiasm, that at the end of the walk, she urged the group to return on foot, but the distance had took it’s toll on many of them, so they decided to call it a day.

She then organised a disco at Gilbert’s in Willenhall, where a raffle and buffet and an appearance by Mickey Mouse, brought in another sizeable sum of money. In total, Mckala, with help from Janine Oakley and Angela Harrold raised a staggering £2,500 – enough to send the children to Skegness for a


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The Bilston Pub Story Reader Albert Cross continues his memories of Bilston pubs, with a tale that includes many (IN CAPITALS) from years gone by. I hope you like it. I started out at the break of dawn as the COCK was crowing, passing the GLOBE, I saw the QUEEN’S ARMS around the KING’S HEAD. I went to HAND & KEYS, to get the key of the CHURCH. On my return, I met the BLACK BOY, with the BIRD IN HAND opposite NOAH’S ARK. I harnessed the BLACK HORSE and fastened him to the Hand & Keys PLOUGH and then had the honour to meet GENERAL SIR JOHN MOORE and the DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE. They invited me to the ROUND OF BEEF, to drink their health out of the GOLDEN CUP. I went to the NEW INN to fetch the SADDLE AND STIRRUPS, to put on my WHITE HORSE. I took the GREYHOUND and my CROSS GUNS and went in search of sport. As I proceeded on my journey I saw the BULLS HEAD peeping out of the BUSH, I fired a shot which landed in the BULLS MOUTH. I lifted up my eyes and saw the SEVEN STARS and the HIMLEY ARMS were taking a bucket of water from the COTTAGE SPRING to give to the RED LION. I fastened my horse to the HOP POLE, there was SHAKESPEARE picking up an ACORN which had fallen from the ROYAL OAK and the TURK’S HEAD was peeping over the BALLOON, watching the manoeuvres of LORD NELSON in command of the ROYAL ARTILLERY. I also noticed the CRICKETER’S ARMS being terribly torn by the LEOPARD. Whilst the people in the MARKET TAVERN were sitting by the BARREL and the BULL’S HEAD was grinning at them. I needed refreshment I went into the CASTLE, I rang the BELL and got entry into the GREAT WESTERN INN. There, I witnessed a terrific struggle between the SAMSON & LION or the HORSE & JOCKEY close to the BOARD, while the EAGLE was standing without stretched wings waiting for the fallen victim. After watching this awful conflict, I went on my journey, passing the TOWN HALL STORES and by the BLAZING STUMP I saw the OAK & IVY in all its beauty while ROYAL GEORGE stood gazing at the SHIP & RAINBOW on the horizon. I turned around, saw a lot of trees and flowers, I cut a bunch of grapes from the VINE and a WHITE ROSE off a tree. I put them on the RAILWAY and


sent them to the QUEEN. I met the PRINCE OF WALES and with him had the honour of making the ROYAL EXCHANGE with the SHAMROCK for the OLD BROWN JUG.

Oak & Ivy

After bidding adieu to the prince I came back to the OLD FOLKS AT HOME and presented them with the RED COW and the OLD HEN & CHICKENS. I came away leaving the old folks happy. Meeting a gang of workmen of different trades, I stopped and looked at them. I saw the MINER’S ARMS, the BOATBUILDERS ARMS, FORESTERS ARMS, the BLANK MAKER’S ARMS, and the JAPENNERS ARMS, were all tawny and tanned by working for the daily bread by the sweat of their brow. They were taking to the THREE TUNS to the ROLLING MILL so I told them to go to the BARLEY MOW to get some refreshment and drink my health from the HAND & BOTTLE and giving them a few words of advice of sticking to the UNION they went gliding along like the SWAN. Calling at the STAR & GARTER I saw the BOAT coming along carrying the CROWN & ANCHOR and the WAGON & HORSES laden with the wheatsheaf with the malt shovel fastened on behind. Passing the BEEHIVE, I saw the DUKE OF WELLINGTON taking the BROWN JUG for a drink of water from the FOUNTAIN. I stepped aside into the WATERLOO, draw aside the RED CURTAINS, there a STAR showed the ELEPHANT & CASTLE where the ROBIN HOOD was in ambush waiting for a passing shot. I went in to join him in the sport. Very soon we captured the BLUE BOAR, the STAG, the BROWN LION, the WHITE LION, the PHEASANT, the LION, and the DOG & PARTRIDGE. Homeward bound we picked up THREE HORSE SHOES and called at the TALBOT INN to refresh ourselves, then my final call at the PIPE HALL to drink the health, wealth and prosperity to everyone in the 21st century.

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Bilston Historical Society The group meet at the Baptist Church Hall on Prouds Lane, Bilston at 7.00pm on the first Wednesday of every month. Their programme of talks for 2016/17 is as follows; 7th Sep – 5th Oct – 2nd Nov – 4th Jan – 1st Feb –

The Collecting Bug: A Lifetime’s Affliction - Stewart Davis Old Glass Photography Plates of the Black Country - Edward Hickey Beneath The Waves Pre 1918 – David Wills Radio and TV in the 50s & 60s – Terry Church Black Country Dialect Poetry – Trevor Johnson

8th Mar –

Old Hall Stainless Tableware – Nigel Wiggins 5th April – Bilston Enamels – Lianne Allen If you would like more information, please contact; David Hupperdine on

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An Evening with Joe Calzaghe Flowers & Balloons For all occasions

by Hannah Burgess

stage, and filled the room with laughter. It was then time for the main man of the night, Joe Calzaghe to take centre stage with TalkSport’s Dominic McGuinness for a Q&A style interview. They spoke about everything from boxing to Joe’s time on Strictly Come Dancing. He also spoke about how he was bullied at school and that his main message was for you to always believe in yourself, he said, “I was bullied at school, I was always told I was going to be a nobody, always got told I was going to be nothing and all I can say is always believe in yourself, you can do anything. Don’t ever let anybody tell you, you can’t do it, you can.” On Friday 16th September I attended “An Evening with Joe Calzaghe” at the Grand Station in Wolverhampton. The event was organised by Showfighter. Showfighter is a West Midlands based boxing organisation that specialises in charity boxing events, after dinner speakers and gala nights. This was one of my first boxing events, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was greeted by champagne and canapés on arrival and was told Joe Calzaghe was to arrive any minute. Joe Calzaghe is a Welsh former professional boxer who competed from 1993 to 2008. He held the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, Ring magazine and lineal super-middleweight titles. Joe is the longest reigning super middleweight world champion in history and here I was about to spend the evening with the man myself! Joe was joined by his father and trainer Enzo, I had my photograph took with the both of them before being seated for our three course dinner. Joe also attended the evening with his Uncle Sergio and girlfriend Lucy Griffiths. To begin we had stuffed mushrooms with salad, followed by lamb shank, mash and green beans, and for dessert a trio of ice cream, brownie and mousse was served. Following dinner Joe’s Uncle Sergio took to the stage to sing a few songs, this was followed by an auction, where numerous memorabilia was sold to the audience. Local comedian Wayne Beese then took to the


After retiring with longest continual time as World Champion of any active fighter, guests asked Joe whether he thought he had retired too early, his answer was “it was my time to retire, I couldn’t lie to myself, and I did everything I wanted to do. I began to lose the motivation, I didn’t want to do that extra mile in the morning, that extra run, and it was my time. That was it for me”. Showfighter were fundraising for ‘Leon’s First Steps’ on the night. They are a local family from Codsall, Wolverhampton, Kasia and Charlie Thompson’s little boy suffered a brain hemorrhage, had two holes in his heart and suffered through chronic lung disease for the first two months of his life. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia when he was 16 months old, and now at 3 years old, Leon can neither stand nor walk unaided. They are fundraising for him to have SDR surgery that will remove or reduce the spasticity in his legs so that he has the opportunity to develop more normally. This surgery isn’t funded by the NHS and will cost £60,000. You can make a donation at Showfighter surely didn’t disappoint with this black tie event, all guests were well looked after, the food was divine and the event was very well organised with great entertainment. Their next big event “King of the Ring” is on Friday 25th November with tickets available from their website They also have special guest Anthony Joshua with them at Christmas, more information is on their website.

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Private Joseph Bromwich 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 in 1879, 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 of Stourbridge 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.

Around 200 people attended the Service of Dedication in memory of Pte. Joseph Bromwich at Bilston Cemetery in August.

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. To advertise in the Bilston Magazine please call 07534 603662 or email


On the new gravestone it reads: “A brave soldier at The Defence of Rorke’s Drift, Natal, South Africa.” Private Bromwich was born in Warwick enlisting into the army aged 18. He joined B Company of the Second Battalion 24th Foot, Second Warwickshire.

The battle, which inspired the 1964 film Zulu, saw the Zulus withdraw from the battle, not knowing that the British were down to their last 600 rounds of ammunition. One more push and the soldiers would have been wiped out, but over 130 lived to tell the tale, amongst them, Private Bromwich Joseph died in 1916, aged 60, from hepatitis.


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CULLIS Club and Country A new book by Bilston-born author Steve Gordos celebrates the centenary of Wolves legend Stan Cullis. Regarded as a great player and a great manager, Cullis was born on October 25, 1916. Cullis Club and Country (Geoffrey Publications) traces the career of the man from Ellesmere Port who oversaw the golden age of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Cullis is taking his hat off to Steve when it comes to being an expert on the history of Wolves! Appropriately, Steve, a fan for over 60 years, is wearing a 1953-4 Wolves shirt that his father was given by Cullis. It was that season which saw Cullis make his club champions of England for the first time in their history. Said Steve: Dad knew Stan quite well and I asked him if he could get me a shirt and was disappointed at the time as it was not the right colour. Wolves had decided after the title-winning season to change from old gold to gold and the new colour was very much brighter. There was no such thing as replica shirts in those days, of course. Now, I treasure that shirt. It has a faded number seven on the back so must have been worn by Johnny Hancocks. He was the smallest player in the side but the shirt still fits me it was one size fits all in the 1950s. Cullis gave 30 years of his life to Wolves and Cullis Club and Country looks at his playing career and managerial career, both of which qualify him for a place in football’s hall of fame. By common consent he was one of the best central defenders English football has produced, skilful, commanding and a born leader. He captained England before the war and then led them in wartime internationals when an all-star side reached great heights. In the seasons immediately before and after the war, Cullis skippered a Wolves side who seemed to be on the brink of great things. Yet he was denied the major honours that had seemed certain to be his. Twice in three First Division seasons, Wolves needed only to win their final game to be champions but failed. Wolves were also runners-up in both league and FA Cup in 1939.

Steve is pictured with the book in front of the statue of the Cullis at Molineux. It looks as if even


When he was appointed manager, Cullis set about making up for the disappointments he had

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suffered as a player. His very first season in charge saw Wolves win the FA Cup for the first time in 41 years. That paved the way for the most successful period in Wolves history as Cullis brought a passion and pride to his role as Master of Molineux.

To pre-order, contact or call 07906 653104.

Once described as the most explosive and exciting manager of his time, Cullis gave 100 per cent to Wolves and demanded from his players 100 per cent in return. Three times he made Wolves champions of England and the FA Cup was won once more in 1960 to complete the golden age of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Cullis also guided his team to success in a string of floodlit friendlies which were the catalyst for the competition we now know as the Champions League. Cullis Club and Country is the story of a man who can without question be described as great both as player and manager. The book, illustrated with over 50 pictures, many rarely seen before, is available very soon at ÂŁ14.99 (plus P&P).

WIN A SIGNED COPY OF THE STAN CULLIS BOOK Author Steve Gordos has kindly given the Bilston Magazine a copy of the book as a competition prize. To be in with a chance of winning a copy, simply answer the following question correctly; What year did Stan Cullis guide Wolves to win the FA Cup as a manager? Answer........................................................................ Name .......................................................................... Address ...................................................................... Post code ............ Tel no .......................................... Answers must be received by 6pm on Friday 28th October. Winners will be notified by Monday 31st October. Please e-mail your answer and contact details to; or post the entry form above to; Stan Cullis Competition, Bilston Magazine, 16 Holberg Grove, Wednesfield, WV11 3LE. Normal Bilston Magazine competition rules apply – see website for details

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Bilston Town FC On August 6th, the Football Club, in partnership with the local residents, presented Councillor Steve Simkins with a petition over the condition of the small area of wasteland adjacent to the football club, in Lunt Road. Due to neglect of the land owner, the area has become vastly overgrown, attracting fly tippers and unsocial behaviour from the local youths, causing problems for both the football club, and immediate residents - as well as being an unsightly blight on the local landscape. The petition requested that the Council take action to ensure the landowner cleans up and fences the area off, with the proviso that if the work isn't carried out, the football club be awarded the land, which would allow us to flatten, landscape and tarmac the area, for use as a car park, both for residents off road parking, and for the football club to utilise on match days. The long term plan would be to have it as a

spectator car park, with a new, dividing wall erected, with an access gate/turnstile from the car park into the ground. This would prove both practical, and aesthetically pleasing for both club and community, as well as relieving the street congestion on match days. Since the petition was given in, we have received notice that the Council will be sitting on the proposals on September 29th, but more tellingly, on Friday September 16th, contractors arrived on the site to start clearing away the overgrowth and fly tipped rubbish. Despite our attempts to find out the plans that the contractors are working to, we remain unclear on their intentions, but obviously, the pressure of the petition is bearing fruit. We will endeavour to work with the Council to see the area restored to a more fitting part of the community, with a landscaped car park as our primary target - watch this space!

Bilston Town Forthcoming Fixtures Date


Sat 1st Oct Sat 8TH Oct Sat 15th Oct Sat 22nd Oct Sat 29th Oct


Home/Away Home Home Away Home Home

Sat 5th Nov Sat 12th Nov Sat 19th Nov Wed 23rd Nov Sat 26th Nov

Wolverhampton SC MALVERN TOWN Pegasus Juniors BLACK COUNTRY RANGERS (Cup) Ellesmere Rangers

Away Home Away Home Away

For a full list of fixtures, visit


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CAP Makes a Difference! Community Action Partnership has been able to open up opportunities for children over the summer break by providing funding to support local Playschemes in Bilston and Bradley. A superheroes themed club at Bilston Methodist Church attracted over 40 people who enjoyed activities including crafts, cooking, painting and games.

Iceland Summer Club at Excel church saw over 140 children come along and participate in crafts, including making melted snowman biscuits and penguin puppets. They also played games like “p-p-p-p-pass the penguin”, “Happy Feet” and “Ice, Ice baby” and saw leaders get gunged!

Another group funded was at Bradley Community Centre. Summer Playschemes have been running here for a number of years and organisers have said that without CAP’s investment they would have been unable to continue.


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Action4Bilston have also received funding for children’s summer activities and a big Halloween event coming up in soon! It’s not just children’s activities that have been funded. A local over 50s group has received funding for room hire and a bingo machine and the Bilston Yarn Stars, who decorate the community with their amazing craft work have been given funds to enable them to keep meeting for another year.

These are just a few examples of over 15 local projects that have been funded so far. But CAP doesn’t just provide grants. We also run meet regularly to look at ways to improve the local area. If you care about Bilston and Ettingshall and want to see in the area improve, we encourage you to come along to our next meeting and get involved. The next open meeting is at Bilston People’s Centre (Wolverhampton street, Bilston WV14 0LT) on Monday 14th November at 6:30pm. CAP still has some grants of up to £500 available. For more information about this, please visit our Facebook page: Partnership where you can download an application form, or email

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If you’re looking for a child care facility where the happiness of your child is guaranteed, then you should definitely take a look at Little Rascals. The chain with branches in Bilston, Darlaston and Aldridge, recently celebrated 12 years of providing childcare. It has an enviable reputation for providing the highest quality of care.

The Aldridge and Darlaston centres provide full day care for children from babies through to school age offering some of the longest hours in the area being open from 7.30- 6.30 all year round, with the exception of one week over Christmas. The Bilston nursery takes children from 2 years old and along with the Darlaston nursery offer after school care as well as a very popular holiday play scheme.

One of the unique points about the group is the settling in process that they offer to all of the youngsters who enrol with them. This is can be unlimited and always with the goal that all children are happy and content before they start. The fact that this works exceptionally well is evident to anyone who visits any of the centres. Visitors will be able to see for themselves, how much the children enjoy their time at Little Rascals and that the children are busy, happy and fully engaged. Staff proudly explain how much fun everyone has with the activities that go on all day, every day. The nurseries are exceptionally well equipped with a wide range of lovely toys to keep the children happy. In addition, children are being supported to make brilliant progress.

Children are encouraged to listen to stories and quickly develop a long lasting love of books. This helps the children to develop both their speech and language but literacy as well. Children enjoy freedom to develop. The resources provided ensure children make fantastic progress


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= happy children!

Check out the new website which has more information about applying for a place

Little Rascals (Bilston) The Parish Centre, Connaught Road Bilston WV14 6NY 01902 595053 Little Rascals (Aldridge) Print House, Northgate Aldridge WS9 8TH 01922 322025

Little Rascals (Darlaston) Bilston Street, Darlaston WS10 8EY 0121 405 0721

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Bilston Police Bilston Community Police team have been working with Wolverhampton Business Crime Reduction Group to launch Face watch in Bilston, (Face watch enables businesses to report incidents quickly to police and to share information with other businesses and Police, it is has proved successful in other areas at reducing business crime by allowing police to quickly identify offenders and allowing businesses to share information.

It was launched by Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson on Thursday 15th September 2016. It is a city wide project but Bilston has been successful in signing up 17 shops in Bilston town centre and 11 factory premises in Etruria Way Business estate Mount Pleasant. We hope to sign up more shops over the coming weeks.

The knife bin located on Morrison’s car park Bankfield Road Bilston continues to be widely used. Below is Pc Leeanne Morris with the latest haul of surrendered knives and a number of blank world war two ammunition that was left in the knife during August.

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Library Opening Times* Bilston Library, Mount Pleasant, Bilston, WV14 7LU . Tel. 01902 556253 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Morning Closed

Afternoon Closed

10.00am – 5.00pm 10.00am – 7.00pm 10.00am – 5.00pm 10.00am – 5.00pm 10.00am – 3.00pm



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

Morning 9.00am – 1.00pm 9.00am – 1.00pm Closed Closed Closed 9.00am – 1.00pm Closed

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



9.00am - 7.00pm 9.00am - 7.00pm 9.00am - 7.00pm 9.00am - 7.00pm 9.00am - 5.00pm 9.00am - 5.00pm



*All information taken from Wolverhmpton City Council website and correct at time of going to print.

Household Waste Recycling Centres (Rubbish Tips) Anchor Lane, Lanesfield WV14 9NE Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday:

10am to 4pm Closed Closed 10am to 7pm 10am to 4pm 8am to 4pm 8am to 4pm

Shaw Road, Bushbury WV10 9LA Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: Sunday:

10am to 4pm 10am to 4pm 10am to 7pm Closed Closed 8am to 4pm 8am to 4pm

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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 Word of Spirit & Life Baptist Church ...... 07976 713716 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 .................................................... 01902 556253 East Park .............................................. 01902 556257 Spring Vale ............................................ 01902 556284 Wolverhampton Central.......................... 01902 556025

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Merridale Polishing & Plating Company Ltd Oxford Street, Bilston, WV14 7EA

STAFF WANTED To work at either our Bilston or Wednesbury premises

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