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August/September 2016

Written in Wednesfield, serving the people and businesses of Wednesfield and surrounding areas

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Editor’s Welcome Letters News In Brief Crossword Phil Bateman Christmas Lights Appeal New Rotary President Power For Richie Wednesfield In Bloom St Albans Church Wodensfield Primary Kyle Marsh

42. Mrs Morris Retires 44. W’field Photo Club 46. Wood End Primary Opens 49. Homes & Gardens 54. Ray Fellows 56. Wednesfield Scouts 58. Wednesfield Police 61. Library & Tip Opening Times 62. Useful Tel Nos. 63. Crossword Answers

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Dear Reader, Hopefully, those of you that were around the High Street on 1st July, would have noticed a few unusual things occurring. If you still don’t know what was going on, it was the day the Heart of England in Bloom judges visited Wednesfield to be shown all the improvements the volunteers had been making. Months of planning, organising and hard work went into this project, so we hope it was appreciated. To see what we did, check out pages 26-29.


Another big event in the Wednesfield calendar is the Christmas Lights Switch-on, which this year, takes place on Thursday 24th November. In recent years, the lights have been reduced due to budget cuts, so Hands On Wednesfield are looking to raise money to get more and better lights for our High Street. To see how you can help, see pages 18 & 19. We can do this!! In the last issue, we featured St Patrick’s Primary and began the farewells to Headteacher, Mrs Wozmirska who retired at the end of July. Another Head who has started her well-earned rest is Mrs Morris from Oak Meadow. See how the school gave her a send-off to remember on P42.


As well as departures, there has been a couple of new beginnings with new schools being built at Wood End Primary and Edward the Elder. The Wednesfield Magazine was invited to attend the Grand Opening at Wood End in July – see the photos on page 46.

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My name is Laura Tarbuck and I am doing a sponsored walk for the National Autistic society. I set out on Jan 1st this year to walk 1000 miles in a year to raise funds for the NAS. I was inspired to do this as I have a 21-year-old son, Jordan Tarbuck, who is severely Autistic.

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I wanted to raise awareness of the condition and also support the NAS who offer vital support for families like ours who are affected by Autism.

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Bushbury Tigers Manager Christopher Elcock, Assistant Manager Lee Frost and Head Coach, Jason Tonks would like to congratulate Bushbury Tigers for all their hard work through the year of training they've been through and to wish them all the best for the new season. Also, special thanks to their families for their help and support.

The NAS have a website and helplines offering a wealth of information and support, including peer to peer support where you can talk to other families going through the same thing. Those wishing to sponsor me can do so at and typing in my name Laura Tarbuck. Here you can donate by either paypal or credit card and donations are accepted from £2.00. You can also donate by texting BDFC87 followed by any amount to 70070. For example, to donate £5 text BDFC87£5 You can follow my progress on my facebook page where I post details of my walk using a walking app every day. Laura Tarbuck

St Gregory's Drama Group St Gregory's Drama group will be performing the comedy 'Anyone for Breakfast' by Derek Benfield at St Patrick's Church Hall, Wednesfield from Thursday October 13th to Saturday October 15th.


Buffs Cheque Presentation Members of the Harry Leighton Lodge recently presented a cheque for £500 to Kim Hatton from Let Us Play, who are a local charity help children with special needs and disabilities and their siblings. The money was raised by the members through fines and charges during meetings at the Royal British Legion in Vicarage Road.

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News in Brief Wednesfield couple, Alfred & Hilda Crowe have recently celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary (that’s Platinum, by the way!) – Wow! What a milestone!

They received a card from the Queen and flowers from the family. They have lived in Wednesfield most of their married life and still support Wednesfield Community Centre.. They were married on the 15th June 1946 and as you can see from the wedding photo Alfred served in Royal Navy during the war and was a friend of Hilda's brother, which is how they met, but have known each other since they were children.

Great News From Wednesfield Aces Cycle Speedway After the club hosted the World Championships for the first time last year, three members have been recognised with prominent positions in the sport. Steve Mullinder has been appointed as Great Britain Junior Team Manager and Lee Aris as GB Senior Team Manager. Also, Lee’s brother Wayne Aris has landed the role of England Manager, so the club are very well represented at the highest level and their immediate task is to start looking at candidates for the 2017 World Chamionships in Australia, plans for which are already underway. This success along with a strong performance on the track this season has also helped them attract sponsorship for the England squad from Varlowe Industrial Services of Wednesfield for the next three years. Anyone wanting more information on the club or how to get involved, ring Steve on 07816768285.

They have lived in Wednesfield all their married life and Alfred worked at the Weldless Steel Tube in Wednesfield until he retired. They have two daughters, Gillian and Sheila, as well as two grandchildren and four Great Grandchildren.. The family hope this little mention is a nice surprise!


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Paycare Launches Guide To Help Seat-surfers Get Active Wolverhampton-based Paycare, a not-for-profit organisation, is recognising the need for individuals leading a more sedentary lifestyle to make small, simple changes to every day habits that will give them the opportunity to improve their health and wellbeing, by launching its handy sitting down guide. Why Sitting is Bad For You: And What You Can Do About It is packed full of facts and figures which show exactly why resting on your laurels, or anywhere else, may actually be worse than some people thought, for example, the fact that sitting for long periods of time can slow the metabolism, increase risk of diabetes, cause back problems and squash the body’s organs. Kevin Rogers, CEO of Paycare, explained: “As passionate advocates of ensuring optimum health and wellbeing at all times, we understand how many people can be affected by back pains, joint problems and muscle ailments, particularly for those leading a more sedentary lifestyle such as office-based workers.


“Which is why we wanted to put together an informative, easy to digest guide to convince even the most hardened seat-surfers to get up off their derriere and take to their feet, and the feedback that we’ve received so far has been fantastic!” Paycare has made the guide completely free of charge to anyone interested in making small changes for the benefit of their health, and can be obtained by emailing, with the subject Sitting Down Guide. “Our guide outlines some of the lesser-known facts about the real impact of sitting down for long periods at a time, what it can do to the mind and body, and what people can do to get up and about during the day. This can be anything from standing up every time the phone rings, to even using a smaller cup or glass so that it needs to be refilled more. They are all super-easy steps designed to make individuals…well, take steps!” Kevin concluded.

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In My View Thoughts of Cllr Phil Bateman MBE Wyrley & Essington Canal Surging Towards Local Nature Reserve Status! I am pleased to report that we are having a great upsurge of interest and ‘good news’ on plans for the Wyrley & Essington canal in Wednesfield, and a Music Festival based on the canal that is being planned to take place on the 13th-14th August at Bentley Bridge. The City of Wolverhampton Council, the Canal and River Trust and Walsall Council are working together to establish a new Local Nature Reserve (LNR) covering the length of the Wyrley and Essington Canal.

from Wolverhampton Town Centre to the Borough boundary at Perry Hall Bridge. Our canal is attracting more and more interest, and the more we promote it the more attention we bring to its beauty, and to the way our community enjoys its amenity. Young and old enjoy all that we have to offer here on the ‘Curly –Wurley’ and I am delighted to be sharing this information with you. Hopefully the next edition of Wednesfield Magazine may carry the announcement that we have indeed been awarded that title - Local Nature Reserve!

The attached plan shows the area of land to be covered by the proposed LNR within Wolverhampton – the whole LNR will cover a 16-mile canal corridor stretching from Wolverhampton City Centre to Brownhills in Walsall, plus adjoining Council-owned land. This corridor is already designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) and the LNR designation will promote greater use of the site by local people and visitors whilst protecting and improving wildlife and habitats. It’s a campaign for a Local Nature Reserve that has been promoted by me since 2007, so you can imagine I am very excited as the project comes to its climax! Here is the Map of the proposed LNR


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Light Up Wednesfield! Everyone should know by now, that councils up and down the country, have been hit hard by the austerity measures from central government. Wolverhampton City Council is no different and their first priority will always be to provide essential services, such as housing, education, health and suchlike. Therefore, budgets for things like Christmas lights in the High Street have been massively reduced. Hands On Wednesfield, the group run by local community volunteers, have met with representatives from the council to explore ways of improving the situation and have agreed a plan to restore some of the lights that used to make the village a bit more festive, however, we need to raise the money ourselves. Our plan is to produce a Special Souvenir


Programme which will be handed out at the Christmas Lights Switch on event on Thursday 24th November. Some of the pages will be set aside for adverts or lists of supporters We are inviting local businesses, religious organisations, schools, residents or ex-pats to contribute whatever they can afford to help this cause. Opposite are packages to suit all pockets, budgets and piggy banks….. In total we need to raise £5,000, which works out to about 25p per household – we can do that, can’t we? Wednesfield already has one of the best switch-on events in the city. If this is successful, we can improve it even further next year and again the year after, but it needs your support.

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Here’s How You Can Help We need to raise £4,000 by mid-September for this to happen Hands on Wednesfield are offering a host of sponsorship packages for local residents and businesses big and small, so hopefully Wednesfield can get better Christmas Lights and you can get a little something out of it too. On the successful funding of this project we will be produce a Christmas Brochure to hand out the event that you could be featured in, alongside other marketing opportunities in the Wednesfield Magazine and on the website and both Facebook pages. If you are an individual looking to support us we have pledges for you too. • Annual attendance to the switch on event often reaches 1,000, with the online audience being much greater. We will produce 1000 brochures to hand out at the event. • The Wednesfield Magazine has a print and distribution run of 11,000 reaching around 30,000 readers locally. •'s website averages 2,600 unique visitors each month, clocking up 8,570 page views between them. • The WV11 Facebook page has over 8,000 likes and an average reach of 20,000 people per week, their combined Twitter and Instagram profiles have over 3,800 followers. By taking one of our top level sponsorship packages this could be your audience too. Pledge £5 Individual Feel Good Pledge Come to the lights switch on event, see the smiling faces and know you'll be forever in our hearts! Pledge £10 Couples Pledge Feeling the love, show us some love. Pledge £10 and know you'll be forever in our hearts!

Pledge £15 Family Pledge Have you, or your family's name listed on and in the Christmas Brochure Pledge £50 Business Pledge Have your business listed on the business sponsors page on and in the Christmas Brochure! Pledge £100 Bronze Package (12 available) Half page ad in the Christmas Brochure Have your business listed on the business sponsors page on Pledge £150 Silver Package (8 available) Half page ad in the Christmas Brochure A post on Mentions on all partner's social media platforms. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc) Pledge £250 Gold Package (4 available) Full page ad in the Christmas Brochure An ad in the December issue of the Wednesfield Magazine. A featured post on that will stay on the front page for 1 week. Mentions on all partner's social media platforms. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc) Pledge £500 Platinum Package (1 available) Front page feature and thank you on the Christmas Brochure Invitation to switch on the lights with other VIP guests. A shout out on stage during the Christmas Lights switch on event. Full page ad in the December issue of the Wednesfield Magazine. A featured post on that will stay on the front page for a minimum of 4 weeks. Mentions on all partner's social media platforms. (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc)

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New Rotary President marrying Carol in 1969. He was Chief Engineer for C. & B. Smith Foundries, part of the large engineering group Birmid Qualcast during 1970’s and 80’s. He then became Technical Director for a small engineering company ‘Nathan Engineering Ltd.’ from mid 80’s to 1992.

Dennis Doughty is the new President of the Rotary Club of Wednesfield, having taken up his position in June. Dennis will take charge of the club until June 2017. Dennis from Rocester Avenue, was born in New Cross Hospital and has lived in Wednesfield for the last 47 years after

He formed his own company D.P. Engineering Services Ltd. in 1992, managing between 1992 and 2008 and was then employed as Contracts Manager for a local electrical contracting company between 2008 and 2011 until retirement. His Christian faith is an important part of his life as he believes this gives him a sense of direction and keeps him focussed on the real issues that affect the society we live in. He has been a member at Fallings Park Methodist Church & Community Centre in Wimborne Road since 1968.

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Occupation: Retired Electrical & Mechanical Engineer • Age - 71 • Where were you born and bred – Wednesfield. • Immediate family – my wife Carol, daughters Helen & Ruth. • Favourite film – West Side Story • Favourite food – Sunday Roast • Favourite holiday destination – Anglesey • Proudest moments –the birth of our two daughters • Most embarrassing moment – not one that I could mention


• What is top of your bucket list – a trip to Canada • Which four people would you invite to your dream dinner party – my grand-children • Pet hate – self-righteous people • Which word or phrase do you most overuse – if I can • Most treasured possession- life itself & the ability to listen to others • Perfect night out – family celebrations • What song would you like played at your funeral – undecided

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Power For Richie Richie Tanner, from Ashmore Park, was born prematurely at 32 weeks and was first diagnosed at six months after many infantile spasms. West syndrome is a very rare and complex form of epilepsy that unfortunately includes many complications such as learning difficulties, visual impairment, cerebral palsy and Aspergers (a form of autism) He goes to a fantastic school for children with Special Educational needs and he regularly visits a centre for Conductive Education. His parents and wider family try to give him the opportunity to try different ways to gain self-help skills and knowledge. However, to do many of these things, Richie needs a powerchair. This will to enable him to do some of the things a lad of his age should be doing such as socialising, playing games and having fun.

reads our story. A powerchair would give Richie the chance to move around the home and garden at his own leisure, giving him the independence he deserves. “Richie is such a friendly young man, always smiling and enjoying lots of fun with our family but it's very upsetting to see him so dependant and unable to get around.” Family and friends have helped so much, they held a charity night at The Ashmore pub, tin collections at Ashmore chip shop, football cards, bonus ball cards, just to name a few things. Jo added, “We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped so far. With their help we have so far raised a massive £6000 in twelve weeks!

All children have the right to reach their full potential… matter what obstacles get in the way. Every child has the right to independence too, but most of us take for granted that we are able to move around the house or pop outside for fresh air. Richie is such a bright young man, quick witted, sarcastic, cheeky and very funny! So when his family saw him cry because he hadn’t got the energy to crawl around anymore and he turned to them and said “Mommy I need a powerchair!” They decided to do everything they could to make this happen. Jo Tanner, Richie’s mom tells the Wednesfield Magazine, “Mark, Richie’s Dad will be climbing Snowdon soon, that’s just one thing on a list of ideas we have to help us reach our target. He has raised money in the past for charities close to his heart but this one’s obviously, much closer.” She continues “£10,000 is such a lot of money and we are so grateful of any help we may get……thank you to everyone who To advertise in the Wednesfield Magazine please call 07534 603662 or email


The family were recently given £250 by The Rotary Club of Wednesfield. New Club President, Dennis Doughty presented the cheque at the Ashmore Park Hub after hearing about the families fundraising efforts. Dennis said, “The club are always looking for worthy causes to support. As many local people know, we work hard throughout the year to collect money, which we can then re-distribute to families like the Tanners. We can’t wait to see Richie get his powerchair and get out and about with his friends”.

£604.32 for his cause. Jo would like to thank Anthony Bashford, Harkiran Jabbal and all staff and customers for their kindness!! Mark (Richie's Dad) is climbing Snowdon alongside his uncle, cousin and three friends. and four others in order to raise money. If anyone would like to sponsor him or donate, Richie’s story is registered with the tree of hope children's charity

The family also have a Just Giving page found by looking on the above link or there's a text code to donate. Send the code pfrt75 £5 to 70070 or amount can be changed to £10 or £20.

A couple of weeks ago, Richie also cut the ribbon at the opening of the new look Specsavers in Bilston and staff and customers helped us to raise a massive

This power chair will benefit not just Richie, but the whole family. Jo has a disability herself which leaves her with just 28% lung capacity so she struggles to push Richie's heavy manual chair. His Nan has arthritis so she finds it hard to manage and he loves to go out with Nan! It will mean the world to them all, but the main priority is making sure Richie is comfortable, safe and happy!! Then he can enjoy following Dad about and join in lots of things too! Jo adds, “Thank you for taking time to read this and for taking an interest in our story.”


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Bloomin’ Marvellous! Wednesfield Joins Forces To Impress Judges By Simon Archer

After months of planning and preparation, the day finally arrived when the judges from Heart of England In Bloom visited Wednesfield to see the results of everyone’s hard work. I say everyone, but in all honesty, I can’t remember touching a spade, fork, hoe or rake throughout 2016. I was banned for health reasons – well, that was my excuse…………! For those that haven’t followed the story so far (shame on you!), the initial idea came about after I had helped with the efforts of our friends from Bilston In Bloom in last year’s competition. While I walked around Bilston town centre with the judges, I couldn’t help thinking about all the lovely parts of Wednesfield that we could show off to the judges – the canal, the park, the church and Remembrance Gardens. After a bit of encouragement from others, the first Wednesfield In Bloom meeting took place on 7th January, with 25 people in attendance. Since then, the group and its enthusiasm grew in leaps and bounds, with volunteers joining almost every week. Local volunteer group, Hands On Wednesfield, provided the majority of the funding, St Thomas Church organised events around judging week and an array of people, came forward with offers of help, suggestions and initiatives to complement the overall effort. What We Needed To Demonstrate After sending in our application form and paying the £55 entry fee for our category (Urban Community), we were informed that we should be aiming to demonstrate the following;

the most straight-forward as Wednesfield is probably one of the most, if not the most community-minded area in Wolverhampton with an array of events, groups, clubs and organisations operating throughout the year. Things like the fund-raising for St Thomas’ Church Clock, the Floating Market, The Battle Re-enactment, the Cycle Speedway World Championships, the Christmas Lights Switch-on and the Remembrance Service at the Royal British Legion & St Thomas’ Church are all good examples, but of course there were plenty more and these were noted by the judges who were clearly surprised by the amount of activity that we often take for granted.

Local Historian, Ray Fellows stood at the end of the High Street in between a Viking & a Saxon to explain the importance of the Battle of Wodensfield in 910ad.

We also asked Martha Cummings from Wolverhampton City Council to meet us in the park to talk about Park Run, which happens every Sunday morning.

To highlight the ‘community’ message, we laid on a few ‘surprises’ on the route, such as asking the British Legion to perform the Last Post and two-minutes silence at the Gardens of Remembrance – this was even more poignant as it fell on the 100th anniversary of the Battle Of the Somme.

Phil Bateman met us at the Nickleodeon to talk about the work he and the Canal & Rivers Trust have done to improve the Wyrley & Essington Canal that dissects Wednesfield.

Christine Mckechnie from Wolverhampton Scouts kindly came and explained what her group were doing to celebrate 100 years of scouting.

• 25% Community and continuity • 50% Horticultural Achievement • 25% Environmental responsibility The first element was probably


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Presentation Booklet Another requirement, was to produce a printed item to introduce the judges to Wednesfield, reveal more about our plans and to capture all the work we had done. We also listed the many events that have taken place throughout the year.

graves, rebuilding part of the wall at the front of the cemetery and installing plants at the side of the wall. This area has been neglected over the years and this work will make a big difference.

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Horticultural Achievement Of course, the clue’s in the name and we had to make sure we had lots of plants, shrubs floral projects to show the judges. Here’s what we showed them in the order we took them on the route.

Gurdwara Sikh Temple Cllr Paul Singh and his wife Ranjit Dhillon, recruited worshipers and friends to revamp the borders and walls around the outside of the car park. This was particularly tough as the ground consisted of hard rock and soil. Several Gardens of Remembrance tonnes of new soil were brought Maureen Smith led this project, with the aim of improving the area in to accommodate the new plants and hanging baskets were next to the St Thomas Centre, where the outdoor Remembrance fixed to the posts along the wall to add even more colour. Judges service takes place annually. and volunteers were greeted by Wednesfield South Councillors the Gurdwara Committee, who have also helped with a new handed out bouquets of flowers, paved area and Maureen and food and gifts and offered a warm friends have been busy planting, welcome as Paul talked the weeding, edging the lawns, trimming the hedges and seeping judges through the work that had been put in. the leaves to make the area a lot more presentable.

Children’s Village Staff, parents and children at the council run Childrens Village in Graiseley Lane held their Summer Fayre on the day the judges visited. Sharon Walker, who led this project, revealed a number of creations that had involved the nursery children, who were also on hand to show the judges their work.

Memory Lane Cemetery Princes Trust took on this challenge, which involved a major tidy up of the area around the To advertise in the Wednesfield Magazine please call 07534 603662 or email


Pinfold Bridge Area Ken & Maureen Jones and Alf Wardley worked with the City Council to brighten up the area by Thomas Ely and the canal. Ken and his wife cleared out the ugly looking concrete planters in front of Bridge House and filled them with an array of colourful plants in time for judging day.

St Patrick’s Primary School The governors, staff and children at the school all contributed to planting, weeding and tidying up the school grounds in preparation for the judges’ visit, with one or two stunning items to show off to the visitors on the day.

Knitters & Crocheters Of course, not all the displays have to be real. Some parts of the village are difficult to work on as there is nowhere to put plants, however, an army of knitters and crocheters stepped in to decorate Wednesfield Park Simon Hamilton and local Scouts lampposts, benches and railings on judging day to add a splash of worked with the City Council to improve the area at the back of St colour to the High Street. Many Patricks School. The theme was thanks to Keep Calm and Get Crafting and the Ashmore Park to commemorate 100 years of Hub, who put this bit of icing on scouting and they produce an the cake for us. amazing feature to mark this milestone.


St Thomas Church Grounds Sharon Peake and friends from the church transformed the grounds of the centre. Steve Godwin also deserves a special mention for doing a lot of the back-breaking work (not forgetting his grandchildren) digging up weeds around the churchyard and planting an array of items to brighten up the borders. The group also decorated the railings on the north side of the church opposite Lloyds Bank, which rarely gets much sun. The Mother’s Union is celebrating 140 years this year and Jill Ellison from the organisation, planted a commemorative rose prior to the judges’ visit.

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St Thomas Centre Sarah Langham who runs Tom’s Tots at the centre, roped in friends and family to help to transform the area at the back of the centre with dad, Gordon Peake (aka Dave) helping to build a frame for the sensory garden at the rear of the building. Scott Langham spruced up the railings with a good clean, before painting them and the children from Tom’s Tots made sunflowers to add some much needed colour to the street opposite the church. With St Thomas’s Day falling on 2nd July, Rev. Nick Watson and wife Joanna from the church organised a series of events around the date of the judging. These ranged from taster sessions in various activities, such as flower arranging, yoga and photography as well as hosting the Village Show on the Saturday. Nick and Joanna Watson also organised trips up the tower and members from the congregation did a fantastic job of decorating the church with flower arrangements. Businesses In many ways, the day couldn’t have gone much better than it did. The weather (just about) held up and other than running a little late on the route, everything went like clockwork. However, if there was one aspect that was a little disappointing, it was the lack of support from the businesses in the village centre. Every shop, office, pub and market stall was told about Wednesfield In Bloom and when the judges would be visiting, however, only around half a dozen bothered to make any kind of contribution. As volunteers, we give up a heck of a lot of time to improve where we live and work. Those that rely on the area for their livelihood could do a lot more to support us as they are the ones most likely to gain from our efforts. Hopefully, when they read this, they may be encouraged to do more next year. Those that did make an effort were; Wolverhampton Homes, Sphinx Tattoos, Age UK, Compton

Hospice, Thomas Ely, The Royal Tiger and Skitts Estate Agents. Apologies if we missed anyone out, but we did ask to be informed of those taking part and nobody else came forward. What Happens Next? The judges were verycomplimentary about our many creations and were keen to tell us that they realised how passionate we were about the village and the wider community. They made notes and scored us on each aspect, which will ultimately determine what award we are given. Willenhall and Bilston both gained a silver gilt last year and we are hopeful that we have achieved something similar. However, we will know for certain when we attend the awards ceremony in Aldridge on Thursday 15th September, which is great timing for this magazine, so we can share the outcome with the Wednesfield Magazine readers. Here’s a few more pics of what we did on judging day;

Thank You None of this would have been possible without the hours, days and weeks of devotion, hard work and commitment from the army of people who gave up their own time to brighten up and tidy up our village. It wouldn’t be fair to name individuals – you know who you are – and I might commit a worse crime of forgetting someone, so I’ll keep it simple and say a massive personal thank you to everyone who helped in a small way or made a major contribution. I hope the people of Wednesfield have enjoyed and appreciated what has been done and we look forward to doing it all over again – with a bit more knowledge! – next year. The next Wednesfield In Bloom meeting will be at the St Thomas Centre on Thursday 15th September at 7pm. Anyone, young or not so young, is welcome to attend and either get involved or just sit and listen and ask questions or offer advice. There’s no obligation to do any work. Trust me, I know!

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St Alban’s Church There’s always plenty going on at St Alban’s in Griffiths Drive, Ashmore Park. Rev. Sam Leach and his many volunteers organise an array of events and activities throughout the year. They would love to see a few new faces as there’s something for all age groups and genders.

TLC The Parent & Toddler (0 – 3 years) group meet every Friday in term time from 9.15am to 11.00am. It’s free to attend and there’s lots to do, including soft play, songs, stories, and games. This is always very well attended so the advice is to come early.

Pop-In Morning ‘Pop-In’ has been running for over 20 years and is run by a team of volunteers, every other Tuesday from 9.30am to 11.30am. They offer tea, coffee and soft drinks with breakfast rolls plus a selection of second hand shoes and clothing and bric-a-brac for sale. There’s also someone on hand to give help with advice benefit claims and tribunal and housing queries. The next few meetings are on 23 Aug, 6 Sept, 20 Sept and 4 Oct. Lunch Club Every month the church also hosts a Lunch club for the bereaved or people on their own. It’s just £3.50 for a hearty two-course meal cooked by Tina & Jane and there’s bingo with John for £1 if you fancy a game. This group meet once a month on a Thursday – to find out the date of their next meeting, ring the office on 01902 732317. Who Let The Dads Out Encouraged by the success of TLC, Sam and other guys in the church, have started ‘Who Let the Dads Out?’, which had its first meeting in February 2015 and saw over a dozen dads and eighteen children turn up to enjoy a range of activities. There’s table football and computer games for the kids and those who are kids at heart to have a play on Mario Kart. They meet on the first Saturday of every month from 9.30am to 11.30am and although it’s free to attend, you might need some cash for food and drinks. See facebook for more details.


There’s lots more besides, such as Ashmore Park Choir who rehearse there, the brownies, two gentle exercise classes, a Tea dance, Weight Watchers, Slimming world and Zumba. Of course, we should also mention the Sunday Service at 10am, which is a family-friendly, mix of modern and traditional prayers, hymns and Sam is proud to welcome a diverse congregation to the church. For any more information about the church, contact Sam on 01902 732317. Or find “St Albans Church Wednesfield” on Facebook. Or go to

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St Albans Summer Fayre The ever-popular St Albans Church Summer Fayre was held in June, with hundreds of local people joining in the fun. There was a selection of home-made produce and home-grown plants on offer as well as arts & crafts, face-painting and much more to keep visitors entertained. Wednesfield Magazine went along to see what was happening;

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Wodensfield Fete Fun Despite the dreary weather, crowds turned out in force to support the Wodensfield Primary’s’ annual fete in June. The event was attended by local lads and professional footballers Jono Brown and Jordan Cranston. who oversaw a penalty shoot-out in the playground. Inside the hall, there were a number of attractions, such as tombola, face-painting, Duck Racing, Pluck a Duck, Wellie Wanging, Apple bobbing, Lucky dip, Name the Teddy,Raffle, Guess the time, Coin balancing, Hit the chocolate and much more. In all, around £900 was raised on the day and will go towards improvements for the school. In total the Wodensfield Parents, Teachers and Friends Association have raised an impressive £4000 for the school so far this year.


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The British Paralympic Association, have confirmed that local athlete Kyle Marsh from Ashmore Park, is among the 12 wheelchair basketball players who will compete in the men’s tournament at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Marsh was a crucial part of the GB team who won gold at last year’s European Championships in Worcester, securing GB’s qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. An overjoyed Kyle said: “To be selected to represent my country at the Paralympic Games is a huge honour for me and it follows years of training and hard work to get to this point. I’d like to thank everyone that has supported me along the way, and I hope that we can make people back home proud when we head out to compete at Rio 2016.” The team is led by four-time Paralympian Terry Bywater, who already holds two bronze medals to his name. A veteran of multiple Games, Bywater has seen the development of Paralympic sport over two decades and is


looking forward to competing at the first Games since London 2012. Simon Brown co-captains the team alongside Terry Bywater and is back for his second Games after first representing ParalympicsGB at Beijing 2008, where the team won bronze. Penny Briscoe, Chef de Mission for ParalympicsGB, said: “Wheelchair Basketball is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and engaging sports on the Paralympic programme, it is a clear crowd favourite and I know that this British team will be in a position to put on a fantastic show. The level of experience in this team is arguably unprecedented for a ParalympicsGB team and I can’t wait to see them in action. “I would like to pay tribute to all the hard work done behind the scenes by players and staff at British Wheelchair Basketball in developing a GB team with such a tough and competitive line up.”

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The World’s A Stage for Laura Wednesfield Girl Takes Over Stageworld Everyone who visits always expresses how wonderful it is to wander around the countless rails and how they could spend all day there, which is a huge compliment. Working alongside her team, Holly Harrison 26, Natasha Bourne 26 and Louise Marsh 25, Laura makes sure that every item that leaves Stageworld is at the highest standard to ensure their fantastic reputation keeps growing!

We all dream of one day being paid to do something we love. Footballers, actors, racing drivers, chefs and probably magazine publishers all fall into this category.

After a challenging school life, suffering severely with dyslexia and general confidence, she left school (Heath Park High School 2008) with 13 GCSES A-C and 4 A levels A-C. She then went on to graduate with a BA (HONS) in textile design from the University of Derby in 2011 along with many other qualifications and creative experience.

You can now imagine how Laura Leo felt, when she purchased and took over the running of Stageworld Theatrical Costumier. Laura started her journey when her nan (Hilda Baugh) taught her to knit and sew from the age of 5. Laura adds, “Although she was a great teacher, she was also sometimes my toughest critic but my best friend and teacher.” From then on she has always been creative and enjoyed learning new crafts and skills. A few years on she started tap dancing at Linzi G School of dance which led to joining Willenhall Musical Theatre Company where she found out about Stageworld and asked if she could visit and do some work experience. She then gained a permanent position and worked as an assistant for just under a year. In March 2015 she was offered a chance to purchase the business, which was a huge shock but the chance to fulfil her dreams.

Laura continues, “Musicals on stage and screen have always played a huge part in my life (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Calamity Jane and Half a Sixpence were watched many times as a child) and with a keen eye for detail and love of theatre I always enjoy building every costume and picturing it on stage. I always enjoy learning new skills and every day at Stageworld means meeting lots of new people and working with a fantastic team! I get to live my ultimate dream every day!” Stageworld itself has gone through quite a few changes in the last 16 months. They have created many new items as well as updating lots of existing shows, gained new staff members and have produced shows for lots of new customers including many schools and also theatre groups.

Stageworld has established itself as one of the leading costume providers in the UK, supplying high quality theatrical costumes at an affordable price. They take great pride in the cleanliness, fit and colour schemes of their costumes and are lucky enough to house thousands of costumes.


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Success is in the bag for fundraising slimmers

Members of Slimming Worlds Wolverhampton West Team collected over 120 bags of clothes which they've successfully slimmed out of to raise money for Cancer research UK as part of the national fundraising campaign the 'Big Slimming World Clothes Throw' The consultants encouraged members, their friends and families in the Wednesfield and Willenhall area to collect the clothes, shoes, and accessories they longer need to generate stock for the Willenhall Cancer Research uk shop.

Dawn Rayson the local team developer says "this years Big Slimming World Clothes throw event has been a fantastic event and the team were


overwhelmed by the amount of bags our members managed to collect, they really are amazing! it was so rewarding to raise such a phenomenal amount of stock for such an incredible cause. The clothes throw is a perfect opportunity for all of our members to celebrate their success, inspire other people and raise money for the charity at the same time" The clothes collected by the team of consultants were donated to the Willenhall branch of Cancer Research shop with each bag raising upto ÂŁ25 for the charity. The team will have helped to raise over ÂŁ3000 to support the charity's life-saving work to help beat cancer sooner. The team are now in there final stages of arranging their next fundraising event Slimming World does Race for Life. This is the second year of running the event at West Park and are hoping to raise more funds to help this fantastic charity. They have once again been supported by Iceland in Wolverhampton with refreshments on the day, Henry Squires and Sons Ltd kindly made a donation to help proved a medal for each participant of the race.

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Farewell To Mrs Morris Then it was the turn of the staff to serenade the Head, with a version of Elton John’s Your Song before joining her in a rendition of Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing. Mrs Morris became Headteacher at Oak Meadow in 1996 and has seen many changes in her time at the school not least of which was the complete re-build of the school in 2011.

Mrs Morris, who was completely unaware of the assembly, commented, “I have enjoyed every minute of my time at the school, but I couldn’t have done any of it without the help and support of the staff, governors and parents, who have been amazing throughout the last 20 years. Of course, I will miss them all, but I know they will be very well looked after by Mr Arnold who takes over in September”. There was barely a dry eye in the room as staff and pupils at Oak Meadow Primary, came together to surprise Headteacher Sara Morris, with a Retirement Assembly in the last week of the school term. Each year group performed songs which were carefully selected for the occasion, such as, Just Dance, All Day [Night] Long, When I Grow Up and Sailing Free, with pupils, Leo Gill and Elizabeth Hipwood introducing each performance. Leanne Rogers, who organised the assembly said, “Mrs Morris has been a brilliant Headteacher for this school, helping staff to grow and improve and also supporting many Newly Qualified Teachers through their training. She has not only been a lovely boss, but also a good friend to all who have worked for her. We will all miss her smiles and sense of humour”.


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Evening With John Parrott Local winners included; Wednesfield Royal British Legion (Div. 4 – 3rd place), Richard Haney (Most League wins – Div 1). The SWBSA welcome Jimmy White to the Golden Cue Snooker Club in Bilston on 16th September - 7.30pm start, with all proceeds going to the Paul Hunter Foundation.

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Wood End Primary School Wood End School officially opened their new building recently, with staff, parents and children all joining in with the celebrations. The work, which began in February 2015, has cost around £2.5m and as well as a whole new building, also included play equipment at the front of the school for the Key Stage 1 children. The Wednesfield Magazine went along to see them cut the ribbon‌..

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Memories of Our Wednesfield Local Historian, Ray Fellows looks back Wednesfield’s Transport Back in the late 1890s a few trains a day provided the only transport for the travelling public, so unless one could cadge a lift in a road vehicle of some kind, well, one had to walk. Generally, folk seemed to be more hardy back then, they thought little of a jaunt up to “Hampton”, or down to Willenhall, besides time was not such a big factor then and the demon of speed had not taken control of the souls of men. A little later on, a horse-drawn brake used to ply from Wednesfield to Wolverhampton, run by a chap called Tommy Moore; this eased matters somewhat. All the same, road travelling was no luxury, for the badly sprung vehicles having iron tyred wheels, and most roads all ruts and holes like today, are you thinking? Deep in mud, or dust according to the weather, made a journey by road a jolting experience. Travelling conditions being what they were, and worse in earlier years, it is small wonder people tended to stay mostly at home.

extension over Rookery Bridge into the High Street, as route 2, was never constructed because it was dependent upon the widening and reconstruction of the bridge over the Wyrley & Essington Canal, which did not take place during the time of the tramcar. Tramcars were taken off the Wednesfield route on 23rd July 1923. During the period of conversion, a motor bus service was substituted. The first trolley vehicle ran from Broad Street to Wednesfield on 29th October 1923; the terminus in Wednesfield was at Pinfold Bridge, better known as Gregory’s Bridge, an extension through the village beyond the former tram terminus. The route was further extended to the Wood End, Lichfield Road junction on 10th February 1934. The vehicles were manufactured by TillingStevens and they were single deckers with 40 seat centre entrance bodies.

Trams And Trolley Buses A few horse drawn trams were around but these were quickly replaced by the single track electric trams running between Wolverhampton and Wednesfield. Church Street to New street route opened on October 31st 1904. The route started at the top of Broad Street and finished at New Street. It took 10 to 12 minutes from town, having the only one track, there were about three loops, in order that the trams could pass. One of the loops was just outside New Cross main gates, another one was by the Star pub in Heath Town, by the corner of Cross and Railway Streets. It was not unusual for the up going tram to have to wait 10 minutes for the down tram to pass. The Wednesfield route had no overhead wires; the system was called the Loraine system and the power came from a cable placed between the track lines and was obtainable from boxes placed at intervals. From each box the tram could pick up enough power to keep it going. The track could not go over Rookery Bridge - incidentally a house at the terminus by New Street was given the name plaque Lorain Villa. The tram route had been authorised under the Wolverhampton Corporation Act of 1904 as route 1, but the


A motor bus passing an electric trolley bus by New Street. Six were purchased to operate this first service and numbers 1 to 6 were allocated. For the first few years, the overhead wires were 12 inches apart, the more normal 18-inch space being used after 1930. For years, Wednesfield had only single decker buses because of the railway

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A tram by Lorain Villa, New Street terminus. bridge on the Wednesfield Road. The problem was overcome in the winter of 1943 when the Broad Street Bridge beneath the High Level station was lowered but not before a double decker bus took the wrong route and ended up getting stuck under the bridge. No one knew how to get the bus out, and officials stood about scratching their heads, trying to come up with some ideas, until a schoolboy came up to them and suggested letting the air out of the tyres, they did this and were then able to pull the bus out from under the bridge.

Trolley buses in the High Street early 1960s.

Competition To win a £20 Sainsbury’s gift card, just answer this question; In what year did the first double decker trolley bus commence on the Wolverhampton to Wednesfield route? Please send your answer to; Trolley Bus Competition, 24 South Avenue Wednesfield, WV11 1QL or email Entries must be received by August 22nd 2016.

Trolley bus at the Dog & Partridge terminus. The double-decker trolley bus commenced in February 1944. So from the early trams terminating at New Street, the trolley buses first termination point was at the Dog & Partridge, then onto Wood End, Lichfield Road junction and on the 1st March 1954 a new motorbus service number 59 was introduced, extending the route to the Albion. This service was replaced by trolleybuses on the 10th January 1955. On the 3rd November, 1963 trolley buses ceased to run to Amos Lane, Finchfield, Low Hill, Merry Hill and Wednesfield. The last trolley bus to run in service was on 5th March 1967. It was number 446 working on route from Dudley to Wolverhampton. People will remember when the trolley’s used to come off the wires particularly at Wood End Island and the bend into Rookery Street.

The winner of the last competition was June Allcock, well done June, it’s a small world. The correct answer was Lady of the Mercians. Thanks to all those that entered. There is still time to book a stall for the re-enactment and community fun day at Wednesfield High School on August 6th. If you are interested then please contact Simon Hamilton on 07814 549416.

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Scouts Cavefest dedicated people spend weeks planning, collecting the wood and cardboard and then assembling late into the night on Friday to be ready for an early start on Saturday.

In a Hut in Wednesfield that was converted into a labyrinth of cave systems, this years’ annual Scouts 'Cavefest' has been run at the District headquarters in Wednesfield. A team of cave men turned the hut in to a maze of tunnels made from wood and cardboard and with some imagination entertained 100's of children and adults from 6-65. There were three possible routes and with some atmospheric mist and booming sounds of wind and water dripping it was easy to imagine you were anywhere but some hut on terra firma. Lots of tight turns, spider’s webs, ball pits, obstructions and all done for the brave in the pitch black, some of the younger ones used head torches strapped to their helmets and navigated their way around the cave's.

These are some of the comments: “Really exciting opportunity for the Scouts to experience safe 'caving' in the heart of Wednesfield”: Sam 16 – Explorer. “It was a great experience, can’t wait to do again. Loved the ball pool and it really messes with your mind where you are”: Sara 13 Scout Since it started we have run this activity for many hundreds of young people and adults who turn up not knowing what to expect, but it’s amazing that with some sound effects and mist etc, you can make them believe they could be anywhere. Everyone is given a safety brief and a caving helmet to add to the atmosphere. It is really good to see so many people of all ages so excited for this event. Head Troglodyte Planty - 43 Explorer Leader

How wonderful that the imagination takes over and people of all ages had a great weekend dragging themselves around and enjoying the activity. Some of the younger ones, even before they entered, were petrified and with some coaxing entered the cave but before long we couldn't get them out. The idea came from one of our leaders, Planty, and has run now for 4 years. A team of


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Moathouse Help For Heroes Fun Day issues, crime prevention, housing, finance, councillors held an informal advice surgery, along with a whole range of other matters. Local children enjoyed face painting, football, arts and crafts and of course the fire engine and police vehicle. A raffle and tombola were well supported. Food and drinks were also sold on the day to raise funds for the Help For Heroes. In all, over £160 was raised, which will be presented to the Mayor as it is one of his chosen charities this year. Scores turned out recently for the Help For Heroes Fun Day at the Tenants & Residents Office in Moathouse Lane East. Pictured in the main photograph is the Mayor of Wolverhampton Cllr Barry Findlay and Mayoress with Cllr Greg Brackenridge and volunteers who helped on the day. These included Charlotte Billingsley, local Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Co-ordinator, the local neighbourhood police team, Wolverhampton Homes, army cadets and residents. The local fire service also were in attendance on the day. Wednesfield North Councillors Phil and Mary Bateman also attended to show support.

Now Moathouse has more NHW volunteers for the estate and various groups who wish to use the rooms in the future for example, pre-school playgroup, coffee mornings, arts and craft clubs and cake making are welcome to do so. Anyone who wants to run a group or join in and help set up a new group can contact Wolverhampton Homes to arrange a meeting. Cllr Brackenridge said “These rooms are for the Wednesfield residents. They are yours to use as you wish.” He added, "Well done to all involved on the day and in painting the rooms in preparation. It was a great day and new opportunities were created for Wednesfield residents to support each other".

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Your Local Police An Introduction My name is Martin Danher and I have taken over the supervision of the Wednesfield North and South Neighbourhood. I have 15 years Police service and I have worked on a variety of demanding neighbourhood teams. Dave Stanley has now moved on to another role within West Midlands Police, although very sad to leave the community he is excited to start in his new capacity. I am sure that he will be greatly missed and I honestly hope that I can make a positive difference to the Wednesfield community. Being originally from Wednesfield I am very happy to put something back into the area where I grew up. I am also privileged to have a fantastic team who have a natural passion for neighbourhood policing.

Team News Now the summer is here and the schools have broken up we are putting into action our summer campaign, which features various community engagement events, heightened patrols of our ASB hotspots, utilising the CCTV van as well as Police Surgeries at key locations such as Bentley Bridge.

The new Pokemon Go game has taken the world by storm! We have used this as an excellent opportunity to engage with the local youth, when they are out and about trying to catch them all! Please be aware of your environment and always remain aware of who is around you as you are using your phone to play this very popular game. For advice on how to remain safe whilst playing this game please /news/pokemon-go-gaming-gone-mobile

I have only been on the team a matter of days and the hard work I have witnessed from my team has been outstanding. PCSO Smith and Kerrigan caught a male on their patrols at Sainsbury’s Bentley Bridge who was wanted and in possession of a stolen bike. The picture shows the moment his lift to the station arrived. The team have also been remaining vigilant around uninsured vehicles. Any vehicle without road tax, MOT and insurance is liable to seizure. Please do not be caught out and insure your vehicle.


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‘Child abuse. If you suspect it, report it’ is the message from West Midlands Police, as the summer holidays arrive and the daily eyes of teaching professionals are off children until September. Launched at the beginning of the school holidays, the aim of the campaign is to speak to people who may have worries about a child but may not want to report them for fear of interfering or becoming involved in someone else’s business.

child they know, or are believe could be in danger, to call 101.

Regards Sgt Martin Dahner

Heading the campaign is a video following the life of a couple who suspect something is not right next door. Although easy to ignore as the problem is next door, the niggling feeling that something bad is happening follows them round and plays on their mind. Ultimately they decide to do nothing, with disastrous consequences for the little boy who is their neighbour. Supported by social media images, a radio advert which can be heard on Heart FM in August, and A frame trailers that will be situated in parks across the West Midlands, it encourages people who have suspicions or doubts that a

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Library Opening Times* Wednesfield, 2 Well Lane, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton WV11 1XT. Tel. 01902 556278 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Morning Closed

Afternoon 12.00pm – 7.00pm

10.00am – 5.00pm 10.00am – 5.00pm 10.00am – 5.00pm 10.00am – 1.00pm 10.00am – 2.00pm Closed

Ashmore Park, (inside the Hub) Griffiths Drive, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton WV11 2JW. Tel. 01902 556296 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Morning 9.00am – 1.00pm 9.00am – 1.00pm Closed 9.00am – 1.00pm Closed 10.00am – 1.00pm Closed

Afternoon 2.00pm – 5.00pm 2.00pm – 5.00pm Closed Closed 2.00pm – 5.00pm Closed Closed

Long Knowle, Wood End Road, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton WV11 1YG. Tel. 01902 556290 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Morning 10.00am – 1.00pm Closed 10.00am – 1.00pm Closed Closed 10.00am – 1.00pm Closed

Afternoon Closed 2.00pm – 5.00pm Closed Closed 2.00pm – 5.00pm Closed Closed

Low Hill, Showell Circus, Low Hill, Wolverhampton WV10 9JJ. Tel. 01902 556293 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Morning Closed Closed Closed 10.00am – 1.00pm Closed 10.00am – 1.00pm Closed

Afternoon Closed 2.00pm – 5.00pm Closed 2.00pm – 5.00pm 2.00pm – 5.00pm Closed Closed

*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 Information Flowers & Balloons& Telephone Numbers For all occasions Community Hubs/Centres

Places of Worship

Wednesfield ............................................ 01902 552218

St Thomas’s C of E ................................ 01902 723310

Ashmore Park ........................................ 01902 552490

St Patrick’s RC Church .......................... 01902 736440

Long Knowle .......................................... 01902 552442

St Alban’s C of E .................................... 01902 732317

Low Hill .................................................. 01902 552312

Gurdwara Sikh Temple .......................... 01902 730774 Our Ladys Presbytery ............................ 01902 731189

Local Councillors/MP

Corpus Christi RC Church...................... 01902 732713

MP Emma Reynolds .............................. 01902 397698

St Gregory’s C of E ................................ 01902 731677

Cllr Paula Brookfield .............................. 01902 789238

Church of Latter Day Saints .................. 01902 724097

Cllr Bhupinder Singh Gakhal .................. 07771 836630

Old Fallings Utd Reformed .................... 01902 861961

Cllr Greg Brackenridge .......................... 07552 211600

Dormition of Her Lady ............................ 01902 500216

Cllr Phillip Bateman ................................ 01922 403960

Holy Trinity Bushbury Rd ........................ 01902 722840

Cllr Mary Bateman.................................. 01922 403960

Fallings Park Methodist .......................... 01902 733574

Cllr Rita Potter........................................ 01902 654599

Wednesfield Christian Ctre .................... 01902 689957

Cllr Ian Brookfield .................................. 01902 789238

W’field Methodist Comm Church .......... 01902 727130

Cllr Val Evans.......................................... 01902 861498 Cllr Steve Evans .................................... 01902 861498

Schools Heath Park High School ........................ 01902 556360

Emergency Services

Wednesfield High School ...................... 01902 558222

Police/Fire/Ambulance .......................................... 999

Coppice Performing Arts........................ 01902 558500

Police (non emergency) .......................................... 101

Pool Hayes Comp .................................. 01902 368147

Anti Social Behaviour Unit...................... 01902 551188

Our Lady St Chad’s ................................ 01902 558250

(Out of hours emergency) ...................... 01902 552999

St Thomas More .................................... 01902 368798

Crime Stoppers (anonymous) .................. 0800 555111

Corpus Christi Primary .......................... 01902 558725

Gas emergency ...................................... 0800 3281111

Oak Meadow Primary ............................ 01902 558517

Electrical emergency ................................ 0800 404090

St Alban’s Primary.................................. 01902 558825

Water emergency .................................. 0800 7834444

Perry Hall Primary .................................. 01902 558538

Flood line ................................................ 0845 9881188

Wednesfield Village ................................ 01902 558704 D'Eyncourt Primary .............................. 01902 558778

Health Organisations

Edward the Elder Primary ...................... 01902 558765

New Cross Hospital (switchbrd) ............ 01902 307999

Long Knowle ........................................ 01902 558985

NHS Direct.................................................. 0845 46 47

Wodensfield Primary ............................ 01902 556350

Mayfield Medical Centre ........................ 01902 351666

Wood End Primary.................................. 01902 558940

Tudor Medical Ctre ................................ 01902 384999

New Invention Primary .......................... 01922 710376

Heath Town Medical Ctre ...................... 01902 456211

St Patrick’s Primary................................ 01902 556451

Raynor Road Medical Ctre .................... 0844 3879400

Ashmore Park Nursery .......................... 01902 558116

The Surgery, Woden Road...................... 0845 0724628

Wolverhampton City College.................. 01902 836000

Dr Libberton & Dr Ram - Cannock Road 01902 739973

Wolverhampton University .................... 01902 321000

Help Lines/Others


Citizens Advice Bureau .......................... 01902 572006

Wednesfield .......................................... 01902 556278

Samaritans ............................................ 0845 7909090

Ashmore Park ........................................ 01902 556296

RSPCA .................................................. 0300 1234555

Long Knowle ........................................ 01902 556290

RSPB ...................................................... 0845 1200501

Heath Town .......................................... 01902 556266

Jobseekers Direct .................................... 0800 100900

New Invention ........................................ 01922 655570

Childline........................................................ 0800 1111

Low Hill .................................................. 01902 556293

National Domestic Violence ................ 0808 2000 247


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