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  • Upton's Veteran crews meet in regatta final

    UPTON Rowing Club turned out in force to support Ross in their Annual Veteran & Junior Regatta on Sunday, with at least ten veteran crews entering the various events. With such a strong presence, it was inevitable that in several races Upton was drawn

  • Badminton success

    BADMINTON is one of our medal hopes in the Olympics with Worcestershire player Simon Archer a strong contender in the mixed doubles and coaches are hoping that the publicity for the game will encourage more people to take up or return to this popular

  • Pool teams in action

    MALVERN Men's A & B sides take centre stage again this weekend as they do battle with Warwickshire. Coyotes A team beat Warwickshire A back in April 15-12 in Coventry but Coyotes B will look to improve on a 19-8 score line. Currently the Malvern A

  • Courting success this summer

    MATHON, Cradley & Storridge Tennis Club have just completed a very successful Summer league season. The year started promisingly with six new men joining from a number of other local league clubs. This strengthened the men's squad tremendously and

  • Action-packed grass track

    A LARGE crowd saw some stunning motorcycle grass track action at Birchwood Lane, Storridge on August Bank Holiday Sunday. The Malvern & District Motor Cycle & Light Car Club, based in Link Way, of Howsell Road, were holding their first grass track

  • 'Young people deserve our help'

    RECRUITMENT guru Louise Hewett is encouraging Worcester companies to launch the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Mrs Hewett, Worcestershire Businesswoman of the Year and strategic board chairman for Herefordshire & Worcestershire Young Enterprise, wants

  • New man aims to pile on success

    AN organisation set up to boost the image of the carpet industry has appointed a new marketing director from Kidderminster. Rupert Anton, of Victoria Carpets, has joined the Carpet Foundation, which has just launched a £4m advertising campaign. The foundation

  • 'Delay rights' call is backed

    A WARNING to hold back on reforms intended to help working mums has been welcomed by the small business watchdog. The Federation of Small Businesses fears Government plans to revamp maternity and parental leave could put firms under more pressure. Now

  • Mercian League meeting

    THE first League meeting of the new season of the Mercian Elgar Junior Football League will take place on Sunday, September 3 at the Bell Inn, St Johns, Worcester at 8pm. League stationery will be issued and any last minute questions dealt with before

  • Junior soccer

    MALVERN Wanderers came out of this pre-season friendly with a lot of credit as they gave their older opponents a real run for their money. MALVERN TOWN UNDER 16'S 5, MALVERN WANDERERS UNDER 15'S 2 Lee Hooper, who scored a hat-trick for the Town, and Jamie

  • Sterling Classic underway

    THE Sterling Classic Malvern Football League season opens this Sunday and in the Senior Division, newcomers Bull Allstars face a tough start against an improving Portobello United, who have drafted in some new players since last year, as they look to

  • Sad weekend for frustrated Town

    MALVERN Town completed an unhappy weekend at Rotherwas on Monday afternoon, after losing 5-1 at home to Darlaston on Saturday, when Westfields clinched all three Banks's Brewery League Premier Division points. WESTFIELDS 3, MALVERN TOWN 1 Although Town

  • Pulling in the right direction

    TECHNICAL wizardry is all part of the act in the latest production by the Malvern Theatre Players. Their next play is an adaptation of a Graham Greene novel, Travels With My Aunt, and with 28 characters and nearly 40 scenes to manipulate the company has

  • 'Smack' threat case dismissed

    A MALVERN woman accused of threatening to "wallop" a Worcester school pupil has been acquitted. Karen Mapp, of Michael Crescent, denied causing alarm, harassment and distress following a confrontation outside the teenager's school. A 16-year-old from

  • Battle heroes back launch

    FORMER Battle of Britain pilots will line up with the widow of fighter ace Douglas Bader to help local aviation historian Dilip Sarkar launch his latest book. Squadron Leader George Pushman DFC, from Madresfield, will be among the guests at the launch

  • Spa group welcomes fund hope

    THE chairman of Malvern Spa Association has welcomed provisional support for a major Hills project from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The fund has given the Malverns Heritage Project first stage approval, releasing £30,000 to prepare a detailed bid for a

  • Council faces tough choices

    MALVERN town councillors face more tough choices after applications for grants exceeded its budget by more than 100 per cent. Decisions over 18 applications totalling £10,115 will be taken at a meeting of the Council's grants committee next Wednesday.

  • New chapter opens as colleges merge

    A NEW chapter opens in the history of Malvern Hills College this week with its formal merger with Evesham College. Staff from Evesham were to travel to Malvern today (Friday) for a joint meeting addressed by David Blades, principal of the renamed Evesham

  • Bikers' bounty

    A CALLOW End man hopes to have raised about £500 with a 100-mile cycle ride for charity. Tom Probert and his brother-in-law David Holmes, of Worcester, took to the saddle on Thursday, August 17. Their round-trip took in Tewkesbury, Broadway, Bidford-on-Avon

  • Cinemas

    Malvern Cinema: X Men (12) Fri 1st - Tues 5th daily 3pm & 7.30pm, Wed 6th 3pm only, Thurs 7th 7.30pm only. Time Regained (18) Wed 6th only 7.30pm. Odeon Worcester: Snatch (18) 1.20, 3.40, 6.15, 8.40; Thomas & the Magic Railroad (U) 12.15; Shanghai

  • Five hundred orders, and they only have to wait two years...

    MORGAN enthusiasts keen to drive the new Aero 8 should have only two years to wait. The Morgan Motor Company is slashing three years off the waiting time for its new cars by speeding up production at its Malvern factory. It is managing to do the seemingly

  • Immune from football fever

    THE game was still in its infancy around the turn of the century but football fever was already growing in the country, although it didn't have much impact in Malvern, as this extract from the Malvern Gazette of August 31, 1900, demonstrates. "Football

  • Village shop shares in grant

    A VILLAGE shop in Hanley Swan is one of three to share a £14,830 grant from Malvern Hills District Council. Phipps Butcher's, along with shops in Holt Heath and Broadheath, was granted the money as part of the Vital Villages scheme, which is intended

  • 1/9/00 - Barton to boost his City squad

    WORCESTER City boss John Barton is hopeful of bolstering his squad in time for Monday's home clash with Clevedon Town. Barton has been given permission by City's board to bring in loan signings to cope with an injury crisis. He said there was little chance

  • Yellow line road hope

    Town councillors were to consider introducing parking restrictions in the turning area at Elmley Close, Malvern, at a planning and transportation committee last night (Thursday). Residents have asked for double yellow lines on the road to try and discourage

  • Memorial rock unveiled

    A granite boulder from Malvern was unveiled last Sunday as a war memorial in France. The stone from North Quarry was erected at a layby near Vernonnet, where soldiers of the Worcestershire Regiment fought and died during the 1944 invasion of Normandy.

  • Villagers urged to go that extra tile

    A 14th century English folk hero has been reincarnated to help restore a West Malvern church. Wat Tyler led the Peasant's Revolt against Richard II in 1381, kick-starting the forces that led to the downfall of serfdom. Next week, his descendant 'Wat Tiler

  • New home hope for toy library

    A MALVERN toy library, which was forced to close last month, hopes it has found suitable new premises. The Borrowers Toy Library had to leave its home in Priory Road at the beginning of August because of forthcoming work to create a new sports hall next

  • Residents join forces to combat problems on estate

    MORE than 100 people turned up to the launch of the new Elgar Avenue Residents' Association on Wednesday, August 30. An evening of fun and entertainment was laid on by Elgar Housing Association to encourage people to join forces in a common aim to improve

  • Oh no there won't be a panto

    cries of "it's behind you!" will not be heard ringing out from the Malvern Theatres this year after a decision to break with tradition and not stage a pantomime. Instead, Nic Lloyd, chief executive at Malvern Theatres, has decided to "ring the changes

  • Friends propose new stained-glass window

    THE Friends of Malvern Priory are bidding to add a new stained-glass window to the church for the first time in almost a century. One of Britain's leading stained glass artists is coming to present his ideas for a Millennium commemorative window in Malvern

  • What's his problem with the taxi-drivers?

    IT is perverse and unjustified of Tory Councillor Gary Kibblewhite to prolong his apparent vendetta against Worcester's taxi-drivers. I don't have a car, so there are few, if any, Worcester councillors who use taxis more than I do, both in the city and

  • Vegans defend innocent animals

    WITH reference to G R Jones's letter Thursday, August 17. Tunnel vision is a medical condition that, left untreated, can lead to blindness. So in my opinion, it is not a word to be treated lightly. Regarding his disparaging remarks about "animal welfare

  • Crookback Dick and the Bard

    FURTHER to the item in Today in History, it was a change to see Henry Tudor (Henry VII) called "Usurper" instead of Richard III with reference to the anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth Field, August 22, 1485. It is written that "truth is the daughter

  • Marathon in aid of a worthy cause

    AS the running enthusiasts among you remember, last spring I pounded the streets of London to achieve one of my lifetime's ambitions - running my first-ever marathon. Getting round those 26.2 miles was one of the hardest things I've ever done. For me,

  • Sad Reality

    THE sad reality of life is that everything withers in the bud, including ourselves. As the rather gloomy Victorian hymn puts it "death and decay, in all around I see". All we can do is trust that Christ really did rise from the dead and that we will one

  • Late burst saves Malvern

    MALVERN hosted London side Hampstead, from the equivalent league in the South East, for this final warm-up before the opening league match against Newport. MALVERN 26pts, HAMPSTEAD 12pts After the heroics against the professionals of Reading, the Spring

  • Town in action..

    SATURDAY, September 2 BANKS'S BREWERY LEAGUE Premier division: Brierley Hill Town v Malvern Town. Division one (South): Malvern Town Reserves v Gornal Athletic Reserves. TUESDAY, September 5 BANKS'S BREWERY LEAGUE Premier division: Malvern Town v Ludlow

  • Young hits a century

    MALVERN Ramblers 1sts enjoyed a much needed win over bottom of the WCL division two table Stourport, to ease their relegation worries. STOURPORT 1STS v MALVERN RAMBLERS 1STS Stourport won the toss and put Malvern in to bat on a wet wicket. Mark Baugh

  • Colwall double

    SATURDAY saw Colwall home by two wickets to claim their second win of the season over Hath-erley & Reddings and their fifth in six games. HATHERLEY & REDDINGS v COLWALL Losing the toss on an unpredictable wicket at Hatherley, Colwall were put

  • Young West Malvern side secure fine win

    THIS was a good team performance from West Malvern at mathon Court on Sunday winning by 111 runs. WEST MALVERN v FLADBURY Put in by Fladbury they batted solidly with good contributions from a number of players. Jon Harris hit a six off the penultimate

  • All the top movies and where to catch them

    SNATCH (18): Guy Ritchie-directed heist thriller starring Brad Pitt. Odeon, Worcester. 1.20, 3.40, 6.15, 8.40, UCI Merry Hill, 1.30, 2.15 (Fri/Sat only), 4.00, 6.30, 7.10, 9.00, 9.40, Fri/Sat late 11.30, 12.10. X-MEN (12): Comic-Book heroes brought to

  • New driver lost control

    A TEENAGER lost control of his car and skidded into another just six days after he passed his test. Jobless Jason Mathias had two friends in the car when the accident happened in February following a night out, Worcester magistrates were told. Court clerk

  • 1/9/00 - Harriers duo face fight for fitness

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers manager Jan Molby will be checking on the fitness of Scott Stamps and Ian Foster before finalising his side for tomorrow's Nationwide Leag-ue Division Three match against Carlisle United at Aggborough (3pm). Defender Stamps has

  • Lincoln Dancer to shine

    LINCOLN Dancer, who went within a whisker of winning the Darley July Cup, can taste Group One success in the £150,000 Stanley Leis-ure Sprint Cup at Haydock tomorrow. The three-year-old, tackling his first sprint Pattern race, gave an outstanding display

  • Barton backs rookie keeper Wyatt

    WORCESTER City boss John Barton is backing teenage goalkeeper Paul Wyatt to rise to the challenge at Ilkeston Town tom-orrow (3pm). Wyatt is drafted in for only his second league app-earance, with Danny McDonnell ruled out by a one-match suspension for

  • Barton to boost his City squad

    WORCESTER City boss John Barton is hopeful of bolstering his squad in time for Monday's home clash with Clevedon Town. Barton has been given permission by City's board to bring in loan signings to cope with an injury crisis. He said there was little chance

  • Ton-up Wagh tames County

    MARK Wagh, Warwickshire's young opener, gave an indication of his capabilities when he made Worcestershire pay dearly for some bad fielding lapses. Wagh, standing in for injured England opener, Nick Knight, was dropped by Elliott Wilson at third slip

  • You can't please all of the people...

    LIKE your recent correspondent I too have been surprised at the lack of letters about the Elgar statue and water feature. I felt that both are marvellous and a credit to everyone involved. I visit the Belle Vue features regularly and the comments from

  • Humiliating pose

    I AM interested in the critical letters you have received regarding the placing of the Elgar statue at Belle Vue Terrace. The statue might just as well not be there for all that can be seen of the memorial by passing people, it just does not attract attention

  • Important building ought to be saved

    THANK you for calling the attention of Ledburians both new and old to the problems of the "Paper Shed" (Ledbury Reporter, August 11). That wonderful Miss Philpots started the newspaper salvage on behalf of the newly formed Ledbury & District Society

  • Where there's a will, there's a way

    COULD I say a big thank you to all your readers who responded to the Macmillan Wills Month during June and July, when solicitors wrote wills free in return for a donation to the Herefordshire Macmillan Nurse Appeal. I am sorry that because of the huge

  • Attacked by the Newland mafia

    IS there the possibility the sighting of a "beast" in the Newland area could be linked with an experience I had two months ago when I was taking care of my son's cat? Leaving a high window open for his access, I found on two occasions late at night, feral

  • Good samaritans

    I WOULD like to thank the two young gentlemen who came to my aid when I slipped and fell fracturing the upper part of my left arm, as I was leaving Malvern Splash in the morning of Friday, August 18. RUTH CLARKE, Worcester Road, Malvern.

  • Expect an increase

    I SEE that not content with having spent half a million pounds of taxpayers' money on Manders, Malvern Town Council is now going to spend over £1,400 of taxpayers' money on the mayor's chain. Meanwhile, not to be outdone, Malvern Hills District councillors

  • Crazy use of cash

    I HOPE our councillors have now completed all their improvements to the Link. Not all our money has been wasted as the play area in Victoria Park is a great improvement, but do the councillors really believe that some of the other new features will attract

  • 1/9/00 - Harriers duo face fight for fitness

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers manager Jan Molby will be checking on the fitness of Scott Stamps and Ian Foster before finalising his side for tomorrow's Nationwide Leag-ue Division Three match against Carlisle United at Aggborough (3pm). Defender Stamps has

  • 1/9/00 - Colcombe set for Reds debut

    SCOTT Colcombe is in line for his Redditch United debut as the Dr Martens Western Division side entertain Arnold Town in the FA Cup preliminary round (3pm). The former Blakenall midfielder has been on holiday but has been drafted into the squad for the

  • The Dream of Gerontius

    IT was expedient to hear Elgar for the final concert of this year's Festival. The Chorus has been in superb voice for the whole week, and this was no exception. Ranging from the 'ppp' entrance of the Kyrie eleison (almost, but not quite inaudible), to

  • The Joyful Company of Singers

    THE Joyful Company, one of Europe's finest chamber choirs, conducted by their founder director Peter Broadbent, were impressive from their first notes of Bach's motet Der Geist hilft unser Swachheit auf. They produced a marvellous flow of beautiful contrapuntal

  • Olivier Latry

    THIS was an organ recital of superlatives: Olivier Latry, Titulaire des Grandes Orgues de Notre-Dame de Paris, was magnificent. Bach's Concerto in A minor BWV 593 in three movements employed a varied and exemplary choice of stops; the technique and pedal-work

  • Collegiate Wind Ensemble

    THE Collegiate Wind Ensemble was formed by clarinettist David Campbell, who conducted, to provide a platform for recently graduated young wind players. Gounod's Petite Symphonie written for flute and wind octet is a tuneful piece with a lively Andante

  • Talking about Nimrod

    KEVIN Allen, who lives in Malvern, has done considerable research into Edward Elgar's life, and also the lives of people connected with him. One of Allen's current interests is that of the friends of Elgar portrayed in The Enigma Variations. This talk

  • Make school switch, and make it now

    IT'S not often a Quango shines a ray of hope on our lives, but the Local Government Association's case for doubling the number of school terms to six a year does just that. The structure of the academic year had a purpose 50 years ago. But it should be

  • Pulled trigger as wife picked peas

    A MAN sent his wife to pick garden peas before shooting himself, an inquest was told. William Hunt, a retired engineer, died of gunshot wounds on Thursday, August 24, at his home in Harrow Lane, Himbleton, near Droitwich. The inquest at Kidderminster

  • Concern over homes bid

    A WYCHAVON councillor accused his fellow members of "chicanery" claiming they agreed to a plan to build houses for payments to council funds. The planning committee deferred and delegated approval for eight houses on land off Worcester Road, Droitwich

  • Homes plan is put off again

    A CONTROVERSIAL bid for a Droitwich housing estate has been held up by district councillors for the third time. Midland and General Developments wants to build 65 houses on land at Impney Farm but the application has been held up by long-running concerns

  • Lottery grant offered for garden restoration plan

    THE Heritage Lottery Fund has announced a £727,000 grant for restoring the formal gardens at historic Witley Court. Central to the restoration, totalling £970,000, will be the return to full working order of the Grade I listed Perseus and Andromeda fountain

  • Fish on Friday

    IRISH poet Matthew Sweeney will be reading his work at Worcester Library's art gallery later this month. The poet will read from his latest collection, A Smell of Fish, on Friday, September 15, and admission is £5 (£4 concessions). The next day, Saturday

  • More top artwork on display

    WORK by one of the country's foremost pastels and watercolour artists can be enjoyed at an exhibition at a Malvern gallery. Aubrey Phillips, from Malvern, has provided a selection of works for The Ian Fearnside Gallery, which will be on display until

  • Film week is a huge success

    MALVERN Cinema is following the huge success of its festival film week by staging regular Wednesday night showings of less mainstream films. Polly Dolman, assistant manager of Malvern Theatres, who is organising the new programme, said the film week,

  • Sister's fear over 'hole in ventilator'

    A MAN left brain-damaged following a car accident in Worcester may then have had a heart attack because he had been starved of oxygen by faulty medical equipment. John Mellsop died five months after he was in collision with a car in Warndon Villages.

  • Roman coin hoard declared treasure

    A HOARD of Roman coins unearthed near Kidderminster has been declared "treasure". An inquest at Kidderminster Town Hall heard that Philip Harriman had made three discoveries in June and August. "Roman coins and sherds of Severn Valley earthenware were

  • Keep a lid on it, says Barlow

    CITY leaders have been urged not to talk openly about commercial land being available in the city - in case it puts off investors. Former city council leader, Councillor David Barlow, warned against seeming "negative" after hearing fellow members of the

  • Rape: Police gain 36 hours

    POLICE have been granted an extra 36 hours to quiz a man about a rape in a Worcester park. Detectives are questioning the man after a woman was attacked in Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne, late on Sunday. He was arrested on Wednesday, but police officers have

  • PAY AND DISMAY!

    CITY leaders could be forced to dig deep in their own pockets as a penalty for axing Worcester's Millennium Quayhead scheme. Nine city councillors face being made to pay more than £5,000 each if they are judged "financially incompetent". Coun David Barlow

  • Comeback time for the B-Movie Heroes

    LIKE celluloid's classic leading men, B-Movie Heroes have never quite disappeared, despite their history. The departure of lead singer Neil Phillips to tour the world with the Yo-Yos prompted one of Worcester's best known groups to go it alone. But it

  • NHS transport just the ticket

    HEALTH bosses hope a £230,000 free bus service will prove just the ticket for patients, visitors and hospital staff. The service was due to be launched today and will link the county's hospitals in Worcester, Kidderminster, and Redditch. A voucher scheme

  • Hockey training

    COLWALL Women's Hockey Club start training (tomorrow) Saturday between 2-4pm at Ledbury Leisure Centre and new faces will be welcome. Senior training Tuesdays 7.30-9pm at Ledbury Leisure Centre. Junior Masterclasses start Tuesday, September 12 onwards

  • Fine win by Ceris

    MALVERN'S Olympian Ceris Gilfillan scored the biggest win of her career when she clinched the five-day Grand Prix Feminin International du Quebec in Canada. Gilfillan, aged 20, pushed France's Olympic champion, Jeannie Longo into second place by just

  • Town hit for five

    MALVERN Town suffered a heavy home defeat against Darlaston in the Banks's Brewery League Premier Division at the Langland Stadium on Saturday. MALVERN TOWN 1, DARLASTON 5 However after 40 minutes Town were leading 1-0 and at that stage were unfortunate

  • Your complete Entertainment Guide for the area

    Theatre September To Sept 9-God Only Knows by Hugh Whitemore at the Festival Theatre, Malvern Theatres. 2.30pm & 8pm. Tickets £12-£22, Concs £1. Box Office (01684) 892277. To Sept 9-Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourne at the Conquest Theatre, Bromyard

  • 1/9/00 - Hereford defending two records

    HEREFORD United defend two proud records as they travel to Woking in the Nat-ionwide Conference tomorr-ow (3pm). Graham Turner's men are the only side in the Conference yet to concede a league goal this season, and they also have a 100 per cent away record

  • Event's a rootin' tootin' success

    ORGANISERS of the first American Extravaganza say they are happy to return to the Three Counties Showground after a successful event. Displays on the Wild West were mixed with a slice of more contemporary American life - trucks and cars - at the event

  • Cheers, says town charity

    WORCESTER Beer Festival proved to be a real winner in its second year - especially for a Malvern charity. More than 2,700 people supported the event at Worcester Racecourse and some 12,000 pints were supped during the long weekend, with the Church End

  • Anniversary celebration

    SEVEN hundred years of church and village history were celebrated in Birtsmorton at the weekend. The occasion was the anniversary of the Church of St Thomas of Canterbury with St Peter and St Paul. Although it was built more than 700 years ago, its first

  • Boys spark track warning

    RAILTRACK have issued a warning after two boys were seen walking along the railway line near Great Malvern station on Tuesday evening. Malvern police were alerted and they in turn contacted the British Transport Police, who could find no trace of the

  • Quarry search

    A POLICE search was launched at 8.30pm on Wednesday, August 24, after a man was seen 50ft down from the top of Tank Quarry. The fire brigade and a police helicopter searched the area for two hours but failed to find any trace the man. A police spokesman

  • Nurses respond

    ALMOST 50 new nurses have been recruited for Worcestershire hospitals following a recruitment drive by the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. A further 25 posts will be filled before the winter, two recent recruitment days attracting interest from

  • Liz off on wild trek challenge

    FUND-raiser Liz Jones is setting off tomorrow (Saturday) to tackle a wild Canadian mountain range on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Relief. Mrs Jones, of Jubilee Close, is taking part in the seven-day "Chilcotin Mountain Trek Challenge", where she will walk

  • Splashing good time had by all

    THE three-day Upton-upon-Severn Water Festival was another grand success, say organisers. On the festival's main day, Saturday, the town suffered no rain at all, despite the generally squally conditions. Mike Booth, the town's tourism officer, said: "

  • Strength to strength

    A RECORD number of students have successfully achieved Art and Craft qualifications at Malvern Hills College this summer. All 33 of the students entered for a range of City and Guilds textile and embroidery qualifications passed, the examiner passing

  • Decision day delay

    A DECISION on the application by German-supermarket chain Lidl to build a store in Malvern Link will not be made until October. Two planning applications were submitted to Malvern Hills District Council by the discount food store back in March. One was

  • Crowds lined the route for village carnival

    CROWDS lined the route to see the procession which opened Bransford District Carnival in 1950. The decorated vehicles assembled at Sherridge and then travelled by way of Leigh Sinton, Bransford Corner, Suckley Road, Alfrick Pound, Alfrick Memorial, Leigh

  • Echoes from the Past

    100 years ago Mr J. Browning, corn and cake merchant, Malvern, and Malvern Link, has received the following amusing testimonial from a customer in Warwickshire: "Dear Sir, - Two years ago I tasted Browning's feeding cake, since when I have tasted no other

  • Nick is setting sail on global challenge

    NICK Hannah left his home in Hollybush this week to take part in a 10-month, round-the-World sailing race. Mr Hannah, a 54 year old retired businessman, is one of 16 adventurers who will crew the yacht Compaq in this year's BT Global Challenge. He left

  • Historic battle to be re-fought

    A MAJOR meeting of Civil War re-enactors could be held to mark the 350th anniversary of the Battle of Upton Bridge. August 29, 1651, was the date of the fighting, when Cromwell's troops drove Royalist defenders out of the town. Upton's tourism boss Mike

  • Florist picks up prize

    THE Flower Ring florist's shop in Old Street, Upton, picked up first prize in the town's water festival window competition over the weekend. Their display was in the shape of a miniature illuminated boat, intended to echo the boats on the river during

  • A day her family feared they would never see...

    WEDDINGS are a special event in any couple's life but for one Malvern bride and bridegroom the day held a particular significance. Eighteen months prior to her wedding day, Rachel Wiggins, nee Alderson, was on the brink of death. Rachel, aged 24, is fully

  • Threat to religious freedom

    A MALVERN man has written to Prime Minister Tony Blair over what he describes as a threat to religious freedom. And he is urging Christians as well as followers of other faiths to follow suit to defend their faiths. Ralph Rowbotham, of Cowleigh Road,

  • 1/9/00 - Barton backs rookie keeper Wyatt

    WORCESTER City boss John Barton is backing teenage goalkeeper Paul Wyatt to rise to the challenge at Ilkeston Town tom-orrow (3pm). Wyatt is drafted in for only his second league app-earance, with Danny McDonnell ruled out by a one-match suspension for

  • Homecoming shock greets happy couple

    Newly-weds Ian and Jenny Hartland got the surprise of their lives when they arrived home from their honeymoon on Monday. The couple, from Court Road, Malvern, found their house covered in balloons, confetti, party poppers and streamers as a "welcome home

  • Carers' support sought

    CARERS in Malvern are being urged to support a campaign on funding for social services. Worcestershire Campaign Action Group has called a public meeting at County Hall on Thursday (September 7) from 11am, to discuss social services' financial position

  • Charity planning move to larger HQ

    A MALVERN-based charity for people with communication difficulties is looking for a larger headquarters. ARCOS will be forced to move out of Whitbourne Lodge, in Church Street, when it is sold off by its owners, Malvern Hills District Council. Plans are

  • CAB open longer for Advice Week

    DISCOVER the value of advice. Those are the wise words from Malvern's Citizen's Advice Bureau, which is taking part in national CAB Advice Week from Monday (September 4). And to make it even easier for people to get the message, the Malvern office is

  • 1/9/00 - Bideford Cup test for Evesham

    EVESHAM United begin their FA Cup campaign tomorrow when they entertain Bideford in the first qualifying round at Common Road. And manager Phil Mullen knows what the excitement of the cup is all about, having played in the first round proper himself for

  • Bike shop owner's scooter warning

    A MALVERN bike shop owner has expressed concern about the safety of some scooters, the latest teenage craze. His warning follows an incident involving Jo Higgs, aged 14, from Malvern Link, when the handlebars came off his new chrome scooter as he was

  • We must turn to the Bible

    GOD is much more than love, as Andy Hope-Hall, who is also troubled by dogma, states (You Say, August 3). Love is but one of God's attributes. In matters of love and dogma we must turn to The Bible. A church without a statement of faith cannot exist.

  • Yes, the old ways were indeed best

    D PARKER is right. The old disciplinary systems worked. How ridiculous to suggest - as the authorities do - that exclusion is a sanction feared by disruptive young people in schools. Such youthful troublemakers welcome the idea. They are freed from the

  • Wallet stolen by 'workman'

    A 75-YEAR-old man had his wallet stolen after a burglar duped him into believing he was working on a neighbour's house. The thief said he was working next door and he needed to move a ladder round to the back of the victim's house. He was invited into

  • 1/9/00 - Hayes in to boost Malvern

    MALVERN Town manager Joey Rawle has strengthened the side by resigning former skipper John Hayes from County Sports. Town have also put in a seven-day approach for a striker with another Banks's Brewery League Premier Division side. Malvern visit Brierley

  • Malvern RFC teams

    MALVERN RFC Saturday, September 2 1st XV v Newport (Home). Meet Railway Inn 12.30pm. Kick off 3pm. No 1 Dress Code. K Withnall, D Irish, S Cooper, V Hill, J Owen, P Hart, A Thomas, M Gaubert, G Blakeway, S Phillips, B Hughes, M Humphries, G Richards,

  • 1/9/00 - Burgess fitness doubt for Rovers

    RICHARD Burgess' fitness could be the key to Bromsgrove Rovers' cup hopes. The former Worcester City striker is doubtful for tomorrow's trip to Sutton Coldfield Town (3pm), after taking a bang on his instep during Monday's 3-3 draw with Blakenall. Defender

  • Barrie's cut out for role of the demon barber

    HOW could anyone feel sympathy for Sweeney Todd, the psychotic 18th Century barber who provided human pie fillings for the neighbouring butcher straight from his shaving chair? With a flick of his cut-throat razor and a pull on a lever, unsuspecting customers

  • Chasing fame

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    LINKS between the Madresfield estate and the literary classic Brideshead Revisited will be explored as part of the tenth Autumn in Malvern Festival next month. The very English subject is blended with a series of events with a Hungarian theme, in keeping

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  • Mercy dash of banned driver

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    HEALTH bosses hope a £230,000 free bus service will prove just the ticket for patients, visitors and hospital staff. The service was due to be launched today and will link the county's hospitals in Worcester, Kidderminster, and Redditch. A voucher scheme

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    THEY go for a Village People look on stage and their lead singer, appositely named Tad Loony, likes to run a few laps - provided there's room. Count your blessings they don't wield wooden stakes, which you might if your band provides the music to the