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Memories of our Meeting on 14th May 2003
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A Joint Meeting with the Lunt Tenants and Residents Association

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The Mayor of the City of Wolverhampton, Councillor Robert Hart, duly arrived in his stretch limo and chain of office.  He counts as an old friend now, as he had opened our Made in Bilston exhibition.  Our Chairman, Alan Bickley, made a speech of welcome, the Mayor replied and declared the event open. The Mayor shakes hands with Horace Morris The Mayor shakes hands with Horace Morris, as the Mayor and everyone there recognised Horace's achievement.   He started a campaign in his own house, spread it round the country, and pursued it all the way up to Whitehall and the Houses of Parliament.  

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 Ann Nightingale of the Lunt CA, who is vigorously maintaining residents' participation in local affairs;  Ken Gretton, M.B.E., one of the founding fathers of the Tenants Charter;  the Chairman, Alan Bickley;  The Mayor, Horace Morris, the other of the founding fathers;  Tom Larkin, left to right:  Ann Nightingale of the Lunt CA, who is vigorously maintaining residents' participation in local affairs;  Ken Gretton, M.B.E., one of the founding fathers of the Tenants Charter;  the Chairman, Alan Bickley;  The Mayor, Horace Morris, the other of the founding fathers;  Tom Larkin, the last of the Bilston councillors and sometime chairman of the Housing Committee. The Mayor then called for a cup of tea  with Ann, Ken and Horace,The Mayor then called for a cup of tea and toured the exhibits.  Here he is with Ann, Ken and Horace, looking at Kath's display.
In due time the Mayor left.  This is an historic photo.  It shows the Mayor being photographed by Kath Kiely.  As this was the Mayor's last day in office and this was his very last official engagement, Kath's photo was the last one ever taken of Mayor Robert Hart performing his civic duties.  This is an historic photo.  It shows the Mayor being photographed by Kath Kiely The Mayor had been given a copy of this Roll of Honour.  It had been researched and prepared by the Joint Committee and designed and produced by Reg Aston.  It recorded the names of those who had fought for the Tenant's Charter as well as those who had carried on public participation in the last forty years.  It was presented to Horace Morris and Ken Gretton on this occasion.  Reg had made many copies available and they were all snapped up by visitors. Roll of Honour
Joan Oram One of those at the event was Joan Oram, who is carrying on the fight in a right royal way.  From her home in Bradley she has been campaigning for many years on health and environmental issues, taking on both Wolverhampton and Sandwell.  members and visitors indulged in reminiscing and chatting, After the Mayor left, members and visitors indulged in reminiscing and chatting, not to mention cups of tea and coffee which Anne and her band were turning out in large numbers.
In the morning our President, Trevor Genge, gave a talk, "Going to School" about the history of education locally.  Trevor was able to include many amusing anecdotes about school life from his own experience as a head teacher.  President, Trevor Genge, gave a talk, "Going to School" And then we all had lunch!, The kitchen at the Lunt Community Centre is right in the middle of the building - which is where this essential facility ought to be. The Kitchen

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