• A red nose ransom

    NEW College students are entering into the Comic Relief spirit this year as they kidnap teachers to raise money. The unidentified kidnappers will be around campus on Friday holding teachers at ransom to raise money for the charity. But other students

  • Deliveries hit as staff call in sick

    THE delivery of post around the town has been severely hit after it was revealed more than 20 Redditch postmen are off sick. A flu-type virus is sweeping the Fishing Line sorting office and Royal Mail has been forced to draft in casual labour from employment

  • Rise in county jobless figures

    UNEMPLOYMENT figures in Worcestershire bucked the national trend for February as the number of jobless in Britain fell below the magic million mark for the first time since 1975. Countywide the number of people without work rose by 108 to 6,827 - a rise

  • Kidderminster Harriers 0 Scunthorpe United 0

    Tuesday, March 13, 2001 KIDDERMINSTER Harriers had little use for their new £20,000 electronic scoreboard last night. Jan Molby's men battled out a dire 0-0 draw in their Nationwide League Division Three match against Scunthorpe United at Aggborough.

  • Top debaters at Westminster

    BROMSGROVE'S top school debating team had the opportunity to hear first hand how they compared to the professionals at Westminster. Kate Flecchia and Andrew Enston, from Bromsgrove School, were the winners, last November, of the Schools' Debating Competition

  • 25 Years Ago

    THE Prime Minister is to visit Redditch later this year to open the latest stage of the town centre redevelopment. Mr Wilson has suggested September 22, when he will be visiting the National Exhibition Centre, as a suitable date and he is expected to

  • 50 Years Ago

    Members of the Redditch Road and Path Club spent a very enjoyable evening at the Club Room last Thursday. On the Sunday, the touring section visited Abberley, travelling through Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Bewdley, Clows Top and then on to Abberley. The

  • 'Antis' line up for election protest

    A PIONEERING group, which wants to abolish Lickey End Parish Council before it has been formed, has put forward ten names for Election Day on May 3. The Anti-Parish Council Group has put the wheels in motion to form the body so when in power its first

  • Final development blueprint is drawn up

    THE final draft of Bromsgrove District Council's blueprint for future development in the area has been drawn up. At the authority's special policy and resources committee meeting members decided on the final draft of the Bromsgrove District Local Plan

  • Jail term for heroin addict

    A heroin addict who committed a string of offences was determined to go straight after the death of his brother from the same habit, Worcester Crown Court was told. Wayne Glennon received stolen wine, burgled a house and carried out thefts to fund his

  • Town clean-up top of agenda

    GREEN-MINDED residents are being urged to recycle their rubbish in a bid to tidy up the town. The clean-up forms part of Bromsgrove District Council's Local Agenda 21 Plan which looks at key issues highlighted by townsfolk where it is thought improvements

  • Solihull & District Orchid Society

    AT the March meeting, Dave Parkinson gave a talk on hardy orchids and disas. His slides were excellent, showing many hardy orchids in and around Yorkshire and also the greenhouses where he grows his disas, an amazing mass of colour when in flower. The

  • Factory worker died from stab wound

    A SIDEMOOR factory worker apparently stabbed himself in the heart and later died, an inquest heard. Leslie Binner, 64, of Melbourne Road, died at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, on Saturday, March 3 after paramedics were called to his house to treat

  • Landlord calls time on noisy mobiles

    MOBILE phone users who have been putting people off their food at a Catshill pub have been told to take their calls in a passageway so customers can enjoy a peaceful meal. Alan Lynch, who runs the Plough and Harrow, in Stourbridge Road, was fed up with

  • Redditch Photographic Society

    THE society recently held its second theme competition with the theme of Winter. The winners in the colour print section were first and second places for John Kettle and third for Gill Kettle. The colour slide winners were first and second for Irene S

  • Redditch Cage Bird Society

    Are you interested in cage and aviary birds? If so, why not come along to the society's open night at the Rocklands Social Club, Headless Cross, on Monday, March 26, at 8pm. There will be birds on show and if anyone is interested in joining the club,

  • NEW! This Is Stratford-upon-Avon

    THE award-winning team at the Journal Series have expanded their internet coverage of Stratford-upon-Avon and launched a new website at Visit our new site and catch up on all the latest local news, sport and

  • Vandals smash greenhouse glass

    VANDALS smashed five panes of glass on a Pershore greenhouse. The damage, at Defford Road, was caused at around 9am on Monday. The value of the damage is unknown.

  • Alvechurch Village Society

    THE Changing Faces of Business, Local and Global, was presented by Digby Jones, director general of the CBI. Mr Jones is a native of Alvechurch and has many friends in the village. When asked why he had taken the job, he said he 'wanted to make a difference

  • Man admits sex attack on girls

    A MAN admitted sex attacks on four girls dating back to the 1970s when he appeared before a judge at Worcester Crown Court on Monday. Francis Banner, aged 77, of Shelley Close, Catshill, Bromsgrove, pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault and

  • Alcester & District Local History Society

    THE February meeting fell into two parts, the first part being the AGM conducted by John Stewart. Chairman Graham Downie was able to report on a successful year of talks and visits by a wide range of speakers and expressed the hope this would continue

  • Other foot and mouth crisis news....

    THE following organisations can offer help and support to farmers in Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa in light of the foot and mouth crisis. n Rural Stress Support Network 0870 707 4445. n Worcestershire Rural Stress Initiative (01905) 381460. n The Royal

  • Bosses forced to close road

    HIGHWAYS bosses were forced to close a road near Tardebigge, to stop passers-by from seeing animals being slaughtered. Grange Lane was closed last week by Worcestershire Highways Partnership in Bromsgrove following orders from the police and the Ministry

  • Wythall WI

    March was members' night so the committee had the chance to sit back and relax. President for the evening was Bernice Peach and her secretary was Julia Tremlett. Bernice introduced the speaker for the evening, Dr Alan Richards, who spoke on The History

  • New date sought for point-to-point

    THE Harkaway Club, which was forced to postpone its point-to-point meeting at Chaddesley Corbett last Saturday because of the foot and mouth outbreak, is seeking a new date. Secretary Jenny Hancox, from Romsley, said their hopes for an evening meeting

  • Vicar's advice for farmers

    A CONCERNED vicar, who covers Stoke Prior, where a case of foot and mouth was detected last week, is offering advice for farmers. The Rev Dennis Wight, who is also Worcestershire's chaplain for Agriculture and Rural Life, said: "Everyone in my three parishes

  • Conference is cancelled

    FARMERS' clubs in Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa will not be going to an annual conference, which has been cancelled following the foot and mouth tragedy. More than 200 members of Worcestershire Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (WFYFC) were set to travel

  • Museum taking no chances

    AVONCROFT museum at Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove's premier tourist attraction, is open to the public, but is taking no chances over precautions to stop the spread of the disease. Director Dr Simon Penn said they had taken advice from a wide range of experts

  • Crisis could force lay-offs

    STAFF employed by the Bromsgrove centre of the world's largest cattle improvement organisation face being laid of if the foot and mouth epidemic continues for any length of time. The warning came this week from Frank Degraaf, managing director of Avoncroft


    BROMSGROVE Rovers will soon have an official supporters' trust, new majority shareholder Pat Bannister has revealed. The move comes after the chief executive finally ran out of patience with the independent Bromsgrove Rovers Supporters Society, launched

  • Sphinx send Millers down

    Coventry Sphinx 2 Feckenham 0 The Millers started brightly with Andy Underwood going through on goal after being released by Richard Pincher only to shoot straight at keeper Morris. Minutes later Underwood again went through only to be chopped on the

  • Dog fight investigation

    IN November, you published a letter (under the title of: wartime memory) and a week later carried a story, German bomber did fly over town. The coverage prompted seven letters and three telephone calls. You may be interested to know what Mr Leach and

  • Outbreak fears

    ALTHOUGH the outbreak of foot and mouth disease was confirmed on about February 22, it has taken until March 8 for farmers in this area, within half a mile of an outbreak, to receive any information about taking precautionary measures and being able to

  • School set for final

    ST AUGUSTINE'S High School U16 netball team have won a place in the Daily Telegraph National Schools Netball Championship Final. The final will be played at the Acklam Leisure Centre and St David's School, Middlesborough, on Saturday, March 24. St Augustine's

  • Clarifying role

    As secretary of the Lickey Hills Society, I would like to clarify the role of the society in relation to your article 'Protest aims to save oasis.' In April 1999 when the possibility of development of the site in Beacon Hill was first raised, our chairman

  • Kingsmen boss hits out at Alvechurch landlords

    KINGS Heath manager Sean Lawless is unhappy about the prospect of sharing double-header weekends with Lye Meadow tenants Alvechurch in a bid to catch up on a nightmare fixture backlog. With at least 24 matches to be staged on the ground before the extended

  • Noisy gangs

    I AGREE with the person whose letter was headed: skateboard amazement prompts police question. I live at Norbury House, in Droitwich, and am constantly disturbed by the noise made by the gangs which hang around the precinct until at least 10pm. Not only

  • Rain stops Ladies' play

    REDDITCH United Women were frustrated at the weekend when their trip to Knowle to face Villa Aztecs was a washout. But the Women have another bite at the cherry when Villa visit the Abbey Stadium on Sunday (ko 2pm). And the break could play into manager

  • Victim's cash spent on drugs

    A BULLY who was ordered to pay a woman £500 for beating her up at a dance spent all his money buying drugs, Worcester Crown Court heard. Heroin addict Mark Congrave had been given a two-year conditional discharge and told to pay the cash to Clare Skidmore

  • CCTV cracks crime

    CRIME is being cracked in Studley thanks to the village's new CCTV system, according to council officials. Research showed in one year, criminal damage had dropped by 52.9 per cent and non-residential burglary had fallen by 47.1 per cent. The improved

  • Teen facing new charges

    A REDDITCH teenager who became the youngest person in Britain to have an anti-social behaviour order placed against him now faces fresh charges. The 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named, will appear Redditch Youth Court tomorrow after being charged with

  • Specialist schools on cards for city

    EXTRA Government funding and a specialist status can be incentive enough for schools to consider concentrating on one aspect of a child's education. Since the 1990s, there has been an increase in the number of schools changing to technology colleges a

  • 14/3/01 - Cottrill shines in triumph against adversity

    WE were very pleased with our win at Folkestone on Saturday, achieved despite the sending-off of goalkeeper Danny McDonnell. We were wondering what to expect going down there. They have had two excellent results at Havant and Burton, and a thumping at

  • 21/6/00 - County battle back to sink holders hopes

    RYAN Driver celebrated his NatWest Trophy debut for Worcestershire with a match-winning innings in yesterday's tense three-wicket triumph over holders Gloucestershire at New Road. The 21-year-old left-hander cracked an unbeaten 61 which enabled the County

  • Grateful to this doctor for speaking the truth

    I WOULD like to say a big thank you to Dr John O'Driscoll of Spring Gardens Health Centre for highlighting the waiting lists for heart bypasses (You Say, March 5). My dad, who was a patient at Spring Gardens, had his first heart attack in November, 1998

  • Free speech is cornerstone

    MR Lord alleges I am a vitriolic and disillusioned malcontent and persistent purveyor of diatribes and depressing features. I am pleased Mr Lord didn't include the word "wrong" in his lexicon of literary abuse. Mr Lord doesn't bother debating or refuting

  • Growing threat of Euro state

    DESPITE William Hague's tendency to flag down any passing bandwagon, he is right in one respect - the coming General Election will be our last chance to send MPs to a Westminster Parliament that can decide how our country is run. If New Labour is given

  • Offensive letter

    I AM surprised and disappointed that the Evening News would print such an offensive and spiteful letter as that written by Tim Pinney (You Say, March 7). By all means let's put forward our different and varied views on the hunting debate, but to personalise

  • Don't be pessimistic

    YOUR correspondent S Blight says that the influence of the Liberal Democrats will be limited while we retain the "first-past-the-post" electoral system (You Say, March 5). S Blight need not be so pessimistic. A recent MORI poll asked people how they would

  • What a difference

    I READ A Reece's letter (You Say, March 5) with interest. It's sad this individual does not read all I have said through your letters page about public transport, being a regular train user that I am. Stations are being refurbished and passenger comforts

  • Top midwife is honoured

    A REDDITCH woman has joined the ranks of midwives honoured with a professorship. Shirley Jones, of Church Hill, became a midwife 27 years ago and delivered countless babies before turning to teaching. The mother-of-two began as a community midwife in

  • Hundreds of carcasses are incinerated at farm

    THE stench of burning flesh hung over Bromsgrove at the weekend as hundreds of carcasses were incinerated at a farm where foot and mouth had been detected. Last Sunday 240 cattle and 20 sheep were slaughtered at Happy Bank Farm, in Stoke Prior, after

  • by Bewildered over action

    WORCESTER City Council has me scratching my receding hairline in bewilderment. If a planning application is thrown out without "good planning grounds" and a developer lodges a successful appeal, the councillors responsible for landing the authority in

  • 7/5/00 - Tykes turn the tables on Yorks

    YORKSHIRE exiles Richard Illingworth and David Leatherdale each captured three wickets against their native county at Headingley yesterday as Worcestershire Royals beat Yorkshire Phoenix by nine runs. The contest was not quite as close as the final score

  • Darts date

    A LADIES Random Pairs Open takes place at the White Lion, Astwood Bank, on Monday. Entrance fee £1.50, registration from 7.30pm onwards with start of play at 8pm. Ladies, of any ability welcome.

  • 14/6/00 - Mac the knife

    WORCESTERSHIRE Royals roared four points clear at the top of the Norwich Union National League Division One table thanks to a dazzling display by Glenn McGrath in last night's floodlit clash with Gloucestershire Gladiators at New Road. The Australian

  • 26/06/00 - Ton-up Hick secures win

    WORCESTERSHIRE Royals are today standing eight points clear at the top of the Norwich Union National League Division One table following a Graeme Hick century in Saturday's tense four-run victory over title-rivals Somerset Sabres at Taunton. The County

  • England star set for Swift return

    REDDITCH Regents star Andy Swift, fresh from his successful England trial, was set to return for the Arrowvale High School side after injury last night. The forward, who also plays for Birmingham Bullets and Bromsgrove, managed to make the last 20 for

  • Matthew makes mark

    A WYTHALL teenager was celebrating last week after winning three silver medals in a national swimming competition, writes Matt Smith. Matthew Wilkes, 16, bagged his medal haul at the BT National Junior Championships in Darlington. Matthew, who has Cerebral

  • Redditch turn to youngsters

    REDDITCH Hockey Club player-manager Rob Allen is set to blood a couple of the club's talented youngsters as he uses the remaining fixtures to prepare for next season. Centre back Jason Spyer should be available for Saturday's trip to lowly West Bromwich

  • 16/7/00 - Rhodes left to rue McGrath overs decision

    ACTING captain Steve Rhodes was a ton-up hero for Worcestershire on Saturday - and yesterday was being branded a villian. Rhodes went into the dock for his tactics when bitter rivals Gloucestershire triumphed by three wickets with a ball to spare in their

  • Hope for Ladies after draw

    REDDITCH Ladies Hockey Club stopped the rot with a 0-0 draw against a Towcester side struggling with them at the wrong end of the table. And captain Angela Taylor insists the Bromsgrove Road side can beat the drop. "It's very tight at the bottom and it

  • 21/8/00 - Royals cut down as Sabres go top

    SOMERSET Sabres put Worcestershire Royals' Norwich Union National Lea-gue Division One title hopes to the sword by winning yesterday's top-of-the-table clash at New Road by 53 runs. The County are now two points behind leaders Somerset who gain-ed sweet

  • 4/9/00 - County suffer in last ball thriller

    FORMER table-toppers Worcestershire Royals are facing the threat of relegation from the Norwich Union National League Division One after crashing to a disappointing two-wicket defeat against Lancashire Lightning at New Road yesterday. The bottom-of-the-table

  • Hi-flying Venessa's hard rewarded with new car

    Hi-flying Venessa's hard rewarded with new car A HI-FLYING Bromsgrove training advisor has scooped a sparkling new car for her work. Vanessa Bullock, of Stourbridge Road, works at Lunn Poly's headquarters in Leamington Spa and has been named head office

  • What it means at-a-glance

    Maternity pay will be increased from £60 to £75 next year and then up to £100 in 2003. From June, the child care tax credit will pay up to 70 per cent of child care costs -- instead of £100 a week as at the moment. Statutory obligation to maternity pay

  • Light Relief but a serious problem

    NO matter what's left for good causes after Camelot's taken its profit, it's as undeniable now as it has ever been that many people prefer to spend £1 on six Lottery numbers which could change their lives than drop it directly into a collecting tin and

  • Help bid for ethnic patients

    PLANS to launch a counselling service for black and Asian residents in Redditch are being drawn up following a huge health research project, writes Becky Procter. Redditch Primary Care Group's taskforce which focuses on ethnic minority groups is due to

  • Women in line for unit

    PLANS to introduce counselling for women having problems during early pregnancy are being developed at the Alexandra Hospital. The early pregnancy unit will be separate from the gynaecology and maternity units where women can be assessed. Worcestershire

  • Patient, 59, tells of operation ordeal

    A DISTRAUGHT Redditch woman is seeking legal advice after an operation turned into a nightmare. Doris Howard, 59, of Walkwood, needed a pelvic floor operation after a lifting accident at work. But the Alexandra Hospital was full and she was referred to

  • Cricketers wanted

    STUDLEY Cricket Club's junior cricket registration evening is on Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm and anyone interested, aged 8 to 17, can attend at the Washford Fields ground, Birmingham Road, Studley. Everyone will play in friendly and competitive matches

  • Festival line-up takes the cake

    I SEE the Bromsgrove Women's Festival once again took the town by storm at the weekend. As ever, I assume it is a serious and genuine attempt to focus on issues that affect women, an opportunity to acknowledge the diversity, challenges, successes and

  • Tributes to Marine in Bismarck battle

    TRIBUTES have been paid to a Malvern man who helped sink the German battleship Bismarck and was awarded nine medals and a bar during his military career. Wilfred Hoskins, a former Royal Marine who died at the age of 80, was a member of the elite regiment

  • Fundraiser will be Amazing Fun

    TALENTED Spa Guides want to attract packed audiences to their money-spinning variety shows. Girls from Droitwich Division Guide Association are rehearsing for their show -- Amazing Fun in 2001. It will include a variety of acts such as line dancing, excerpts

  • Shoppers urged to buy locally

    SPA shoppers are being urged to think about what fills their trolley next time they do their weekly shop. Wychavon District Council is encouraging folk to support local farmers by buying goods from town markets and choosing home-grown products. But the

  • Prison for man who fled police

    A DROITWICH Spa man, tracked down by a helicopter after swimming across the River Avon to escape police, has been jailed. Worcester magistrates heard how Stephen Davis swam across the freezing river to give officers the slip after being stopped for driving

  • Stourport are forced to share the spoils

    IT was lowly Oldbury United who went closest to finding the target as Stourport Swifts dropped two Midland Alliance points in a goalless draw at Walshes Meadow. The visitors hit the bar midway through the opening half which proved the highlight of a shot-shy

  • Pupils have designs on Celtic art

    THERE was a Celtic vibe among Spa children who took part in an event celebrating all forms of art. Pupils and staff St Peter's First School, off The Holloway, are clearing up after a busy arts week. For five days, all lessons were aimed at exploring students

  • MP backs slow-down in Spa's 'endless growth'

    THE town's Tory MP Peter Luff has welcomed Conservative proposals that could end Droitwich Spa's endless growth. Mr Luff was speaking after the Conservative Party's spring forum. Tory environment spokesman Archie Norman made it clear to supporters that

  • Call to support new skate park

    CAMPAIGNERS calling for a skate park in Droitwich Spa have been reminded a similar project is already under way. Dave Spicer, who runs Droitwich Spa Adventure Playground, on King George Playing Fields, is trying to raise £13,000 to build a skate park

  • Waiting goes on for Hick hopes

    WORCESTERSHIRE'S Graeme Hick is still waiting to find out if he will keep his England place for the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo, which starts tomorrow. Yorkshire batsman Michael Vaughan has recovered from a stomach illness to put

  • Harriers draw another blank

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers had little use for their new £20,000 electronic scoreboard last night. Jan Molby's men battled out a dire 0-0 draw in their Nationwide League Division Three match against Scunthorpe United at Aggborough. For Harriers it was their

  • Residents back estate re-vamp

    A GROUP of committed people who want to rejuvenate a run-down part of the Westlands estate have reported an "encouraging" response from residents. Westlands Community Association wants to knock down Westlands Community Hall, off Farmers Way, and build

  • MP to debate outbreak

    THE impact foot and mouth is having on communities has been tabled for discussion in parliament by the Spa's Tory MP. Peter Luff has prepared a number of parliamentary questions about how the epidemic is affecting Mid-Worcestershire. His questions include

  • Night out ends in court

    A NIGHT out ended up in a court appearance and fine for a Droitwich man. Darren Walton, of Petersfield Drive, was among youths fighting outside Images nightclub, in Worcester, on December 28, last year. On Monday, Worcester magistrates heard Walton was

  • Nellie to attend court with her suitcase

    AN OAP who faces jail for non-payment of business rates claims she will attend her next court appearance -- according to a close friend. On Tuesday March 6, Nellie Copson failed to appear before Droitwich Magistrates' Court to face a new charge. The town

  • Lido campaigners plan leaflet drop

    LEAFLETS could be one way Lido campaigners can gather further support for their plans to reopen the town's unique pool. Last night, the town's Liberal Dem-ocrats, who have led a campaign to save the Lido Pool, were due to consider the future plans of

  • Residents face disruption as water supplies cut off

    SPA householders are facing disruptions to water supplies. Severn Trent Water is carrying out a rolling programme of pipe-cleaning work in Droitwich. Last week, Oakleigh Road residents, from Chawson Farm, suffered interruptions when their water supply

  • Fox & Goose 2 Plumbers Arms 3

    FOX & Goose had to come back from behind twice due to two mix-ups between their defence and goalkeeper. However, a third purely defensive mix-up saw the Plumbers take the game. Although the home side tried to keep up the pressure on the visitors late

  • Junior soccer scores

    SPORTING FC U12s 1 Hanbury U12s 6. Two goals from Luke Matthews and three from MoM Mark Hayward saw the league leaders go 5-0 up at half time. Sporting came out fighting in the second half and pulled a goal back but Tom Stockwell scored a deserved goal

  • Village after ace

    AN on-the-ball volunteer is desperately needed to help keep a Rowney Green sports club thriving. The junior section of the village tennis club already has two qualified coaches but somebody is needed to help organise outdoor sessions. For more details

  • Mother's surprise windfall

    A lucky Redditch woman has been handed a cheque for £1,000 after entering the Hill House Hammond Winter Windfall promotion last month. Mrs Butson from Redditch received the money after entering the competition, which all customers had the chance to win

  • The tycoons of tomorrow

    TECHNOLOGY won through when budding tycoons did battle in a Young Enterprise competition on Saturday. Nine companies from schools in Redditch and Bromsgrove offered goods and services at a trade fair in the Kingfisher Centre. Overall winner was FTL, from

  • Terrier's torment

    REDDITCH Fire Brigade was called out yesterday morning to rescue a trapped dog. Sophie, a West Highland Terrier was caught in a wrought iron gate in 31 Ledbury Close in Matchborough yesterday morning at around 10.30am. Firefighters used pneumatic spreaders

  • A natural choice for theatre

    THE Palace Theatre has secured a photographic first by staging an exhibition of 28 photographs at its gallery. All the pictures on display at the Alcester Street venue are described as natural photography, which captures the moment without enhancing the

  • Hanging inquest opened

    A 54-year-old man was found dead at his home in Exhall Close, Church Hill, on Monday morning. James Forsyth Thomas Ridgewell, an incinerator worker, was found hanging over his lounge door by his partner Sandra Ridgewell at 6.30am. He had last been seen

  • Redditch brighten the gloom

    Stoke Old Boys 10 Redditch 25 The Kingfishers' slim hopes of avoiding relegation were helped by a well-deserved victory against fellow strugglers Stoke Old Boys. On a heavy pitch Redditch managed to play adventurous running rugby and started strongly,

  • Escort plan for female workers

    ESCORTS may be provided for lone female Kingfisher Centre staff after grave concerns over their safety, writes Becky Procter. Shop employees were notified last week they would have to park in Car Park 3 rather than Car Park 2 from the beginning of April

  • Budget greeted with caution

    TRADERS in Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa have given last week's budget a cautious welcome but say it will have little effect on their day-to-day business. Measures include an increase and extension of maternity pay for mothers, two weeks paid paternity

  • Youth MP needs internet support

    A STUDLEY teenager who is a member of the national Youth Parliament is back from London where he helped draw up a manifesto for the attention of MPs. Nathan Brake, 16, of Castle Road, worked with 300 other youngsters on the three-day trip, including Scottish

  • Dead end for road dispute

    A DISPUTE between Headless Cross residents and a shop has reached deadlock as neither side can reach a solution, writes Becky Procter. Highfield Road residents want to see their road made into 'residents only' after complaining about constant lorry deliveries

  • Tackling foul play

    THE future of a pilot 'dog walking area' in Church Hill will be decided next week. The scheme started last March in a bid to reduce dog mess. Redditch Council reported a substantial improvement in four sites in the area. A council report said: "Results

  • Bowl site in the balance

    CONTROVERSIAL proposals for a health and fitness club on the former Megabowl site in Greenlands Drive were poised to gain approval by councillors last night. The application by Esporta Leisure was being considered by the planning committee after Kingfisher

  • Crackdown on littered streets

    A TAILOR-made action plan to rid the town of litter has been launched by Redditch Counci, writes Becky Procterl. The move comes after the council created a new system called "area working" aimed at providing services at a smaller local level. And it comes

  • Labour's achievements

    IF Gavin Smithers wasn't a Tory, he might be able to talk about political achievement rather than football (Letters, March 7). Let us remind ourselves of his party's proposals for county funding. From the budget they published but never put before the

  • Tears for animals

    I WANT to write this letter to you because I know how upset you must be. I am an animal lover as well, but I always think there must be a way to make the crisis stop. It must be like an actual plague for these poor animals which aren't having a long life

  • Who'll put an end to all this rubbish?

    AROUND this time of year, I start to lose patience with winter. Almost gone, yet hanging around every corner, the icy blast can catch one by surprise, Jack Frost's clammy fingers still possessing the power and authority to chill the unwary to the bone

  • Ballot on options was required by law

    I WRITE with reference to the letter "Ballot waste of our Money" (Advertiser, March 7). Concerns were expressed about the recent community consultation that Redditch Borough Council has undertaken to help councillors choose one of four options for a new

  • Man dead on his settee

    A SPA man was found dead on his settee at the weekend, surrounded by drugs paraphernalia, an inquest heard. David Barker, aged 35, was discovered at his home in Woodmans Place, by police after a tip-off. The divorced warehouseman was found on Sunday and

  • Three members of same family before courts

    THREE members of a Droitwich Spa family have been hauled before the courts charged with affray. Sarah Biddle, aged 53, her 26-year-old daughter, Annette Biddle, and Paul Biddle, aged 19, appeared at Worcester Magistrates' Court on Monday. The trio made


    SMOKE engulfed a rural village near Droitwich Spa when the latest victims of foot and mouth were incinerated. Cattle at Blindfield Farm, in Cutnall Green, were slaughtered last Friday. Farmer Robin Feakin was forced to kill 260 animals as a precautionary

  • Snooker

    DROITWICH & District League March 6: Division One: BUC A 4 DRBL B 1. CWMC A 4 BPC A 1. AFSC A 1 AFSC C 4. DGC A DSC A. CWMC C 3 BLC A 2. Division Two: DSC B 4 BRBL B 1. BPC B 3 BUC C 2. MILL YB BUC D. Highest break was 30, by Adie Waldron, Aston Fields


    DUE to cancellations and double bookings, the next Avoncroft CC nets are Friday March 23 at Bromsgrove Sports Hall. The junior sessions (aged 8-14) take place from 5pm-6pm, with the adults following on from 6pm-7pm. Both junior and adult sections are

  • Kids make a racket!

    TALENTED tennis aces at Tardebigge First School were in fine form at an Inter-School Short Tennis tournament last month. Scott Hancox and Ben Myatt won their matches to win a silver trophy while Josie Colemeadow and Emma Green finished runners-up in their

  • Boxing bonanza

    THERE'S a boxing extravanganza taking place at Garringtons Sports and Social Club this Sunday. A number of National School Finals will be staged at the Newton Road venue in Aston Fields, as well as the West Midland under-19 Championships. The action,

  • 'Keep open mind' plea

    TOWN councillors who have questioned whether a proposed flood barrier is viable in Bewdley have been urged to keep an open mind. The Environment Agency said it expressed "concern and disappointment" that Bewdley Town Council had reservations about whether

  • Beds move OAP died

    A PERSHORE pensioner transferred from Worcester's Ronkswood Hospital to Gloucester after surgery later died, an inquest was told. Emily May Bird, aged 79, was moved because there was a shortage of intensive care beds at the Worcester hospital. Mrs Bird

  • Residents help improve town

    FACE-TO-FACE interviews with Spa residents have helped community chiefs make improvements to the town. Wychavon District Council held a walk-about session last year. Senior councillors and officers spoke to shoppers and traders to identify views and issues

  • FOOT-AND-MOUTH CRISIS: Farmer forced to destroy his herd

    A FARMER has been forced to watch his cattle in Cutnall Green destroyed after his other stock grazing four miles away was found to be infected with foot-and-mouth. MAFF officials admitted there had been no confirmed infection in the village near Droitwich

  • We're being bullied

    ONE of Worcester's biggest employers has been accused of using bullying tactics on its staff. Members of Reality's security team claim their contracts are being changed without notification and they believe eight people could be made redundant. But Reality


    SURGEONS in Worcester are pioneering a ground-breaking operation which uses pigskin to repair damaged tissue in humans. Specialists have flown in from America to learn about the technique, and surgeons in Europe are also due to be taught the procedure

  • NEW! This Is The Cotswolds

    THE award-winning team at the Journal Series have expanded their internet coverage of The Cotswolds and launched a new website at Visit our new site and catch up on all the latest local news, sport and features from

  • Disco axed after teen assaults

    A POPULAR disco for Redditch teenagers has been scrapped after it was revealed youngsters were being attacked on their way home, writes Becky Procter. The Monday night discos were held at Redditch Football Club's Valley Stadium and the under-18 event

  • Disease still affecting townsfolk

    A FARMER told he could not move livestock after the foot and mouth outbreak in Astwood Bank could be forced to take drastic action to ensure the welfare of 550 sheep, writes Becky Procter. Adam Quinney, of Reins Farm, said there were severe health implications

  • Village invasion by friendly forces

    Our Yanks by Margaret Mayhew (Corgi, £5.99) THEY were glamorous, exciting, ready to win the war and they arrived in the quiet country village of King's Thorpe in August, 1943. The villagers had never seen anything like the Fighter Group of the American

  • Just desserts for a trifling 20s set

    Bright Young Things by Scarlett Thomas. (Flame, £10.99) Did I miss something? Was there a Government directive at the advent of the new millennium which suggested a theme for the decade revolving around castaways, desert islands and survival in general

  • Pest scarer has the rodents on the run

    RATS in the quartermaster's stores are unlikely to pose a problem thanks to a Worcestershire firm. Martley Electronics' device will see rodents on the run and pesky birds taking flight with ultrasonics, strobe flashers and predator noises. The BS4 has

  • Sporting star to present awards

    ROWING hero and gold medal winner Matthew Pinsent is set to toast the business success of 30 organisations. The organisations, which have recently achieved the Investors in People Standard, will receive their awards on Tuesday, March 20, at the Jarvis

  • Festival fun

    SISTERS were doing it for themselves in Bromsgrove which hosted the Women's Festival 2001 last Friday. Organised by Bromsgrove District Council the event is in its fifth year and puts the skills and talents of women from the area under the spotlight.

  • Territorials

    THIS poignant picture shows the Redditch Territorials of the 8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, who were based at the Drill Hall in Church Road. These were infantrymen, not to be confused with the pre-war territorials based in Easemore Road, who were

  • 'Flat Cap Robber' case arrest made

    AN investigation involving Bromsgrove police has led to the arrest of a man accused of 27-armed robberies throughout the Midlands and the north -- the alleged Flat-Cap Robber. Alan Kirkby Lee, aged 56, from Northamptonshire, was arrested by Cheshire police

  • March 16, 1901

    A WOUNDED soldier discharged from Bromsgrove Cottage Hospital started a fight with an Imperial Yeoman in Worcester when he said the other man was "no class," had been no further than Aldershot and that his kind could not be depended on by this country

  • 100 Years Ago

    March 16, 1901 Henry Maynard, tramp, in custody, was charged with begging in Peakman Street on March 12. Mr J Gross said a man came to his house and asked for money on Tuesday night but he could not tell if prisoner was the man. He did not send for the

  • Residents can vote for mayor

    TOWN residents are being given the chance to elect a mayor in the biggest shake-up in local government since 1974. Bromsgrove District Council has already formed an executive cabinet but voters will be asked to consider whether they want a directly-elected

  • Rotary Club of Alcester St Nicholas

    AT the meeting at the Swan Hotel, president Jayne Hancocks introduced speaker Alan Stewardson, who gave Rotarians and visitors a fascinating talk on his 35-year career in aviation. Alan joined the Redditch ATC and was awarded a flying scholarship in Canada

  • Redditch Pictorial History Society

    STUDLEY historian Bill McCarthy will give a talk and slide show to the on Tuesday, March 27. Studley Past and Present will be based on photographs and postcards from around the turn of the century and the talk will start at 8pm at the White Hart, Headless

  • Work could scupper club

    PLANS by Belbroughton Parish Council to keep their recreation ground beautiful could leave a local football team without a home pitch. Work began last Monday on a winding path through the Stourbridge Road recreation ground to give children a better route

  • Retirement project is a huge hit

    A PROJECT designed to help town residents make the most of their retirement is proving such a smash hit that extra sessions are being added before the first one has officially taken place. Age Concern Bromsgrove and District, based in Windsor Street,

  • Woman's bid to save charity

    A BROMSGROVE woman is campaigning to save a town charity which helps needy people set up home. Sandra Jones, from Villiers Road, Charford, was shocked to learn that Attics, Bromsgrove and Redditch Furniture Recycling Project, will have to close because

  • Ipsley WI

    AT the February 14 meeting, president Christine Crabtree welcomed 35 members. Jackie Gregory will be collecting jumpers for Gambia at her home on Friday, March 16, and there will be a ramble on Saturday, March 17, organised by Lorna White. The skittles

  • Alcester Conservative Wives

    THE February meeting was held at the home of Mrs Jackie Clark, where members enjoyed a talk and slide show by Irene Purslow on Fun with Famous Faces. The raffle was won by the speaker. Next month, Roger Noyce will give a talk and slide show on Nepal.

  • Red Nose comic capers!

    FUNDRAISERS at a Marlbrook hotel are getting ready to flex their muscles this Friday and collect cash for Comic Relief. Staff and members at the Hilton Hotel's Living Well Health Club, in Birmingham Road, are set to row 150 miles on a machine at the venue

  • Inquest is adjourned

    AN inquest into the death of a 64-year-old Bromsgrove man who was killed in a road crash last year has been adjourned while the Crown Prosecution Service considers whether to take action. Michael Cooper, of The Green, Cutnall Green, who ran Bromsgrove

  • Talented pupil diagnosed with tumour

    THE thoughts of pupils and staff at a Bromsgrove school are with a popular and talented young student who is being treated in hospital for a tumour. South Bromsgrove High School pupil Elizabeth Cross, aged 16, is currently in the Diana, Princess of Wales

  • Led-buried by Studley

    Studley BKL 5 Ledbury Town 1 ON A tricky surface, BKL stamped their authority on the game immediately with Craig Gillett on hand to drive home a half volley from close range after three minutes. James Hayden doubled the advantage minutes later with a


    Sat Aug 12 Torquay United (h) 2-0 Hadley, Horne Sat Aug 19 Scunthorpe United (a) 0-2 Tues Aug 22 Walsall (Worthington Cup 1st round, 1st leg) (a) 1-1 Hadley Sat Aug 26 Halifax Town (h) 2-1 Hadley 2 Mon Aug 28 Brighton and Hove Albion (a) 2-0 Foster, Bennett

  • Doomed to failure

    IN November, you published a letter (under the title of: wartime memory) and a week later carried a story, German bomber did fly over town. The coverage prompted seven letters and three telephone calls. You may be interested to know what Mr Leach and

  • Headless halted by downpour

    HEADLESS Cross Ladies' promotion push was halted at the weekend when the Abbey Stadium clash against Villa Veterans was rained off. Injuries and unavailability meant manager Robert Auld could only field ten players in their last match, a loss to Villa

  • Foot and mouth thanks

    ON behalf of the farming community in Worcestershire, I would like to thank the organisations and individuals who have thrown their support behind the efforts to tackle foot and mouth disease. By staying away from the countryside, members of the public

  • Reserves raided

    I CANNOT allow former Labour leader Trevor Porter to get away with his comments regarding the finances of Bromsgrove District Council. During the four years of the Labour administration, the reserves of the council were raided to the tune of £2.3m. This

  • Pothole problem

    I WOULD like to respond to Cllr Williamson's letter (We'll sort out problems) published on February 28. The matter of the fallen tree on the North Worcestershire path, although improved, has still to be finally resolved because the path remains partially

  • Shot-shy Millers

    FECKENHAM could be without two strikers tonight (Wednesday) as they bid for a Challenge Cup semi final spot. Andy Underwood's comeback from an ankle injury ended with a recurrence in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Coventry Sphinx. Underwood has already been out

  • A cross which we don't want to bear

    I REFER to Mrs Eades's letter in the Advertiser/Messenger. While congratulating her on her robust attitude in defence of a sport and on the value of family activities, I feel there are points in her letter which need to be addressed. Wildmoor Residents

  • Friday nights for Church

    ALVECHURCH are faced with the prospect of playing on Friday nights in a bid to catch up on a nightmare fixture backlog which worsened at the weekend with another washout. The visit of Highgate was postponed with Church manager Mick Preece describing the

  • Double swoop for Bees boss

    STUDLEY manager Mark Chambers was hoping to tie up two new signings this week as transfer deadline day loomed. Alvechurch midfielder Dean Meyrick, who started the season at the Beehive has been approached along with long-term target Simon Brain, from

  • Bromsgrove RFC junior scores

    BROMSGROVE U12s 21 Dudley Kingswinford U12s 21. Bromsgrove's high quality performance was overshadowed by an injury to Sam Schofield. Bromsgrove were under pressure in the opening period but excellent defensive work kept DK out. Ben Raybould and Ashley

  • Joy for single parents

    AN organisation for lone parents will be launched in the town following a cash injection from Redditch Council. Gingerbread UK plans to set up a branch in Redditch following research which revealed a large population of lone and single parents. The money

  • Banned for a year

    A WINYATES man was banned from driving for a year and fined a total of £250 after he failed to stop after an accident and was found to be over the drink-drive limit. Kenneth Daly, 50, of Kinnersley Close, had 94 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres

  • Cashpoint ordeal

    A STUDLEY man was forced to hand over £200 in cash after he was threatened at knife point in a street robbery. The 26-year-old man was withdrawing money from the HSBC cash machine in Alcester Road, Studley, when he was approached by two men just before

  • Model cars grabbed

    THIEVES broke into a shop in Studley High Street and escaped with several expensive remote control cars, writes Helen Clarke. Police had a call from a member of the public at 3.30am on Monday, who reported seeing three men smash a shop window. They were

  • Kim's medal haul

    KIM Briggs just can't stop winning medals in the swimming pool. The Droitwich Spa High School pupil scooped another six to add to her impressive collection last weekend. Representing the West Midlands, the 12-year-old won four golds, a silver and a bronze

  • Sailors' surprise

    YOUNG Barnt Green sailor Kelsey Suggitt won the chance to ask Laser Class gold medal winner Ben Ainslie a question last Saturday at the RYA Sailboat and Windsurf Show. Along with other sailors from Barnt Green Sailing Club, Kelsey travelled to London

  • Crisis still a problem

    THE foot and mouth crisis meant another weekend without racing for Bromsgrove Olympique Cycling Club.. There were plenty of takers for the Sunday club run however, and around 20 riders set out for Bewdley, Stourport and Holt Fleet, meeting similar large

  • Town miss out on prize

    BROMSGROVE Swimming Club had to watch the Harris Brushes Trophy leave for the second consecutive year last week, despite enjoying some spirited performances on the night. Wyre Forest eventually won the trophy provided by the club's main sponsors. Bromsgrove

  • Foreign fields are revisited

    I AM the local contact for the War Research Society, an organisation that is run mainly by retired and serving police officers and ex-servicemen as a charitable hobby. It was founded many years ago and supports a number of charities including the Royal

  • Cheeky parkers

    MOTORISTS seem to think they have a God-given right to park their vehicles on the pavement, to the detriment of pedestrians. On Astwood Road, one can frequently see cars, taxis and delivery vans partially parked on pavements, double-glazing and builders

  • All devastated

    HAPPY with the Budget? Well, spare a thought for our fishing industry which has been devastated. Then there's our farming industry and our manufacturing industry... . all devastated. Why? Because of Europe. BRIAN HUNT, Worcester.

  • Mum's battle for childcare

    A FRUSTRATED mother has hit out at the lack of provision in the town for mentally disabled children and wants to set up a support group, writes Becky Procter. Alison Davies, of Hunt End, has a two-and-a-half year old son with severe learning difficulties

  • Getting online to net funding

    ST Bede's Catholic Middle School is set to secure itself extra cash after registering with an internet fund-raising company. By logging on to, internet surfers can buy goods and access services produced by more than 130 companies with

  • MP welcomes schools boost

    A TYPICAL Redditch high or middle school is to receive an extra £98,000 after the Budget announcement more money will go directly to headteachers outside the Standard Spending Assessment (SSA) system. High and middle schools are to benefit from a £70,000


    DELIGHTED campaigners used people power to stop developers building on land at Beacon Hill which they say is a haven for wildlife. Bromsgrove District Council's planning committee voted on Monday against the five-home development. Planning officers had

  • Baffled over Blair question

    IF County Commentary was a school report, its verdict on some of its readers would be could do better. Most of you who entered the competition to win a couple of books about New Labour got the answer wrong. I asked. When did Tony Blair became leader of

  • Mediation for the members?

    WORCESTER City Council members were treated to an illuminating presentation on mediation recently, writes Owen Fairclough. The county's mediation service aims to stop "neighbours from hell" problems developing and has had 87 requests for assistance this

  • 30/4/00 - McGrath fails to save Worcs

    GLENN McGrath certainly didn't let the Worcestershire fans down when he finally displayed his world-class bowling talents at New Road. The Australian pace star produced the remarkable figures of 9-6-9-4, but it still wasn't enough to prevent the County

  • 30/5/00 - County open up four points lead

    PAUL Pollard was Worcestershire Royals batting hero when they opened up a four-point lead at the top of the National League Division One table with a 47-run win over Northamptonshire Steelbacks at New Road. The rain-affected victory was achieved under

  • 11/6/00 - McGrath gives Worcs the edge

    GLENN McGrath inspired Worcester Royals to a crucial Old Trafford win over Norwich Union National League champs Lancashire Lightning. Coach Bill Athey underlined its importance saying: "If there is one place you want to win it's here. Fantastic, we had

  • Billie tops the charts

    REDDITCH Blue and White Rope Skippers have once again showed their skills in their own under-11 masters competition. The event held early this month at the Studley Junior School gave members the chance to feel some pressure before they come up against

  • Thorp on a flier

    STOCK Green driver Brian Thorp made an impressive debut in the Super Coupe Cup with victory in the opening round at Brands Hatch, writes David Lawrence. And the win means the 45-year-old company director is now unbeaten on the racetrack for more than

  • 2/7/00 - Weather comes to County's rescue

    TITLE-chasing Worcestershire Royals were saved by the rain after a poor batting display against Leicestershire Foxes in yesterday's Norwich Union National League Division One match at New Road. The wet weather eventually forced the game to be abandoned

  • 03/07/00 - Royals fail in floodlit experience

    WORCESTERSHIRE Royals' latest floodlit experience turned out to be anything but illuminating as Northamptonshire Steelbacks inflicted a crushing seven-wicket National League defeat at Wantage Road. Even Glenn McGrath -- on his last county appearance before

  • 29/8/00 - County's title bid suffers setback

    WORCESTERSHIRE'S National League season touched a new low at Canterbury when they threw away an excellent chance of regaining pole position in the race for the division one title, losing by 44 runs. Jamie Pipe led a blistering assault on the Kent bowlers

  • 9/9/00 - Royals face last match decider

    WORCESTERSHIRE'S alarming slump continued at Grace Road last night -- and they now have to beat Kent in their final National League game to avoid relegation from Division One. It's a staggering change of fortune for a side who topped the table by eight

  • 2/11/00 - Headley wants to be County coach

    RON Headley wants to become Worcestershire County Cricket Club's new coach. The former New Road star batsman has contacted the County with a view to taking over from Bill Athey. Headley has turned down the position of director of cricket at Stourbridge

  • 13/3/01 - McDonnell video bid thwarted

    WORCESTER City's hopes of using video evidence to overturn goalkeeper Danny McDonnell's sending-off have been dashed. City have obtained a video of Saturday's 2-1 win at Folkestone Invicta, and hoped to use it to prove that McDonnell did not handle the

  • Lord Whitty spreads word

    ADVISING Bromsgrove families how they can save hundreds of pounds each year was the aim of Government transport minister Larry Whitty's visit to the town last week. Bromsgrove District Council Labour leader Cllr Peter McDonald (Uffdown and Waseley) joined

  • Please don't give up fishing

    THE fishing tackle trade has been in the doldrums for months. First it was the floods, the snow and freezing conditions. Now it's foot and mouth. All of these issues have stopped anglers wetting a line and some have even given up the sport, but foot and

  • Rovers bosses in the spotlight

    LAST week sports editor Chris Vaughan went to Bromsgrove Rovers' Victoria Ground for a question and answer session with new majority shareholder and chief executive Pat Bannister. Also present were director of football Steve Daniels, Pat's brothers Simon

  • Alex staff in parking plea

    STAFF at the Alexandra Hospital are struggling to make work on time due to an increasing parking problem, writes Becky Procter. Urgent action is being called for to ease the situation, which has meant staff having to wait up to an hour to park. The Redditch

  • Youngsters call

    TANWORTH-in-Arden Cricket Club Juniors have arranged to use the facilities of Edgbaston Indoor Cricket School. Sessions are on Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm on March 7, April 4 and May 9 for 13 and 14-year-olds and March 21 and April 25 for 11, 12 and

  • Alan set to tackle crime hot spots

    A FORMER policeman has been drafted in to tackle crime hot spots in Droitwich Spa. Wychavon District Council has appointed Alan Paul as the new community safety co-ordinator. With 30 year's service in the police force under his belt, tackling crime is

  • Believe in the Dream

    Function Dream can give Huntingdon's clerk of the course, Hugo Bevan, a memorable 65th birthday tomorrow with a triumphant visit to the Cambridgeshire track. Cheltenham's loss looks like being Huntingdon's gain with the appearance of Mary Reveley's star

  • Cottrill shines in triumph against adversity

    The John Barton column WE were very pleased with our win at Folkestone on Saturday, achieved despite the sending-off of goalkeeper Danny McDonnell. We were wondering what to expect going down there. They have had two excellent results at Havant and Burton

  • Licata stars for Robins

    JOE Licata grabbed a priceless injury time winner as Evesham United moved into one of the two promotions spots in the Western Division of the Dr Martens League with a 2-1 victory at Cirencester Town. And it was the recalled midfielder who had dragged

  • Traders asked light up town

    SPA traders are being asked to stump up cash and help make the town twinkle at Christmas. Droitwich Spa Christmas Illuminations Working Group has sent letters to traders asking for a contribution towards the festive lights. By modifying power sources,

  • Red Marley called off

    ONE of Worcestershire's top motorcycling events has become the latest victim of the foot and mouth crisis. The Red Marley Freak Hill Climb, scheduled for the Easter weekend at Walsgrove Farm, near Great Witley, was cancelled after a meeting of the organising

  • Scheme helps pupils find their voices

    HELPING children find their voice is a new initiative running in a Spa school. St Peter's First School, off The Holloway, is one of three schools in the Worcester diocese taking part in the Voice for Life scheme. The project, supported by the diocese

  • McDonnell video bid thwarted

    WORCESTER City's hopes of using video evidence to overturn goalkeeper Danny McDonnell's sending-off have been dashed. City have obtained a video of Saturday's 2-1 win at Folkestone Invicta, and hoped to use it to prove that McDonnell did not handle the

  • Labour party back Government action

    SPA Labour supporters have given their backing to the Government's handling of the foot and mouth outbreak. Mid-Worcestershire Labour party members praised the Government at their annual committee meeting on Thursday March 8. A branch spokesman said:

  • Woman hit in face over drug jibes

    A TEENAGER punched a woman in the face after hearing jibes about drug dealing, a court was told. Droitwich Spa magistrates heard how Paul Biddle stripped to the waist after attacking Dorothy Smith and challenging the woman's friend to a fight -- even

  • Pupils' magical show

    BUDDING actors and actresses from a village school near Droitwich Spa dazzled parents with their antics on stage. Youngsters from Tibb-erton First School, in Plough Road, hosted a fantasy musical called The King's Magic Cloaks. All 62 children took part

  • Drumming up attention

    TOWNSFOLK were drummed into action early on Monday as eight military drummers from the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters arrived in town. The drummers were on a recruitment drive handing out tickets to a military tournament, which took place in Worcester

  • Forum on facilities

    STUDENTS at Arrow Vale Community Sports College will meet Redditch's Conservative prospective Parliamentary candidate this week to discuss concerns over the lack of leisure facilities for young people. Karen Lumley said being a mother of two teenagers

  • New jobs could be in offing

    UP to 90 jobs could be created if the go-ahead is given to develop a call centre at an old MEB site in Windsor Road, Enfield. Planning committee members met last night to discuss the application by Dial Direct. The centre will employ people working on

  • Firm plumps for Redditch

    A BROMSGROVE business has moved to Redditch, citing a lack of affordable medium to large industrial space in Bromsgrove as one of its reasons. Let by Redditch chartered surveyor John Truslove on behalf of a private pension fund, 20-20 Direct Mail Ltd

  • Club helps party go with a swing!

    REDDITCH United Football Club will be the venue for an after-show party after Redditch Welsh Society's annual concert at the Palace Theatre next week. Chairman Rod Laight has donated the use of the social club free of charge, which means the society can

  • Comic capers for charity day

    TOWNSFOLK have shown their caring side this week by donating money to this year's Comic Relief appeal, writes Matt Smith. Students at St Augustine's High School said 'pants to poverty' with a disco at Hewell Road Social Club yesterday. The St Augustine's

  • Discussing dino demise

    NATIONAL Science Week will be launched at Forge Mill Museum on Sunday with a talk related to its current exhibition 'Discovering Dinosaurs'. Palaeontologist Mike Howgate will take a look at theories of dinosaur extinction by presenting new evidence and

  • Welsh shocked by Alcester

    Alcester 20 Coventry Welsh 12 After running leaders Earlsdon close in their previous game, Alcester went one better at King's Coughton on Saturday, producing one of their best performances of the season to beat second placed Coventry Welsh. A lively,

  • Last post for pillar box

    A RARE Victorian pillar box which has served Studley for 140 years was destroyed in an instant when a minibus ploughed into it, writes Julian Seva. The accident near Spernal Ash Junction, Alcester Road, on Sunday afternoon left the cast ironwork of the

  • Lowly Kings given chance of survival

    KINGS Norton rugby club could be thrown a dramatic lifeline if they can haul themselves off the foot of the Midlands West Three South. After 11 consecutive league defeats, Kings won their second on the trot against lowly Evesham on Saturday. The visitors

  • Alcester march on but Flynn off

    ALCESTER skipper Andy Flynn was dramatically ordered from the touch line as tensions ran high at Kings Coughton on Saturday. But the beleaguered hosts shocked their second placed visitors with a much-needed 20-12 win. And a psyched up Alcester team were

  • Great escape still on

    SURVIVAL is still on the cards for Redditch RFC after a vital win over fellow strugglers Stoke OB at the weekend. Knowing defeat could consign them to relegation, the Kingfishers pulled out the stops in a morale-boosting 25-10 victory. And with lowly

  • Bus shelter plea

    Matchborough residents are calling for a new bus shelter in Milhill Road after the original shelter was removed due to its poor condition. A 29-name petition is to be considered by the council's public and environmental services committee next week.

  • Disgust as rats overrun garden

    PILES of rubbish in an Astwood Bank garden are attracting scores of rats according to neighbours who are demanding action from Redditch Council, writes Julian Seva. Residents of Western Hill Close have reached the end of their tether with the state of

  • Polling plans

    A REDDITCH Council review of polling stations to be used by townspeople for all elections until February 2002 has resulted in the following venues being agreed. The bungalow at Elim Pentecostal Church, renamed the Oasis Christian Fellowship, will be the

  • Ringroad closure

    REDDITCH ringroad could be closed off four times while explosives are used to demolish part of Kingfisher House in the town centre. A 50-metre exclusion zone around the building, which is coming down as part of a £60 million centre revamp, will be in

  • Search on for housing sites

    REDDITCH is to expand into the countryside in the next 10 years as the council strives to find space for 1,335 new homes, writes Becky Procter. The development will see greenfield areas to the south west of Webheath and north of Enfield used for housing

  • Trader's fears for livelihood

    A MAN has claimed he will lose his livelihood after the relocation of Redditch market from Royal Square to Market Place, writes Matt Smith. Carl Warrilow, of Wythall, has been on the market for 23 years and this week will drop one day of trading because

  • Licence helpline

    AN emergency telephone line has been installed to cope with calls from distressed farmers about licence information. BT was called out to install the new line for Worcestershire Trading Standards after being inundated with calls at the weekend. Farmers

  • Collections stopped

    REDDITCH council has stopped collecting rubbish in some parts of the town after the foot and mouth outbreak. There will be no bins service in part of Astwood Lane and Feckenham, and other rural areas may be affected. Road closures by the Ministry of Agriculture

  • Letter from Westminster

    LAST week's major event was Gordon Brown's fourth Budget. Set against a strong, stable economy with the lowest inflation, lowest interest rates and lowest unemployment for years, some would say it would be easy to set a Budget at this time. However, delivering

  • Helping hands

    I AM writing to say a small thank you to the lady who helped me to my bus on Saturday after I had fallen outside MacDonalds. Also to the gentleman who saw me to my door off the bus. Mrs M Sabin Greenlands

  • We are all responsible

    I AM writing with regard to the recent letters concerning the cleansing of Redditch. I would like to make a few points which may be of interest. If you drop litter and allow your dogs to foul public areas, everyone suffers. Further, to carry out these

  • Elderly always first to suffer

    COULD this Labour-run council please explain to us, the people who elect them, why it is that the elderly people who live in Redditch are always the ones who suffer when council tax goes up? We were given a rise in our pensions starting in April, yet

  • Repairs not being done

    Could someone at our town hall please explain why our footpaths are not being repaired and why drains are not being cleaned out. Ask any employee who works for the council and they will tell you the council does not got the vehicles for the jobs. No doubt

  • Tories not all to blame

    ONE realises Robin King is only the lead in Jacqui Smith's pencil. But he cannot be allowed to make such outrageous statements. Firstly, the one in his letter "Cancelled operations" (Advertiser, February 14). I quote ".....merely an attempt to make political


    BROMSGROVE Bridge Club results for March 6, when 38 members played in the mixed pairs competition: First Carol Gilmour and Andrew Gilmour, second Jimmy Ledger and Maureen Hannah, third Ed Payne and Sheila Short, fourth Thelma Beris and Albert Beris, fifth

  • Ten times more fun

    IN Division One of the Bromsgrove and Redditch League the two top teams both had easy 10-0 victories. League leaders Newton Works A beat SPSP, and second in the league Lickey Monarchs did the same to Barnt Green A. Newton Works B, at home to Himbleton

  • Crown eyesore talks

    CAMPAIGNERS bidding to rid Kidderminster of "eyesore" Crown House are to continue their fight after meeting council heavyweights. Margaret Bradley, Sue Moore and Sue Jones, all members of CATCH - Campaign Against The Crown House - met with Wyre Forest

  • And Finally: Say knickers to normality now

    GENEROUS punters are getting red-y to say Pants to Poverty for this year's Comic Relief appeal. Calls have flooded in from companies, playgroups and beer drinkers alike who hope to raise a stash of cash for Red Nose Day this Friday, March 16. Promotions

  • Man fuelled with sherry picked fight

    A MAN fuelled by seven bottles of sherry picked a fight but ended up covered in his own blood, a court was told. Patrick Foley launched an attack on a man walking his dog in the St John's area of Worcester, said Sally Badham, prosecuting at the city's

  • Workers in danger says a county boss

    A BUSINESSMAN says he fears for the safety of his staff claiming they could be killed on a "lethal" traffic roundabout outside his factory. Brian Jakeman claims the new roundabout on the A442 at Hampton Lovett confuses motorists, causing them to take

  • Regret over beds failure

    HOSPITAL chiefs have expressed regret over their failure to meet national targets for admitting patients to beds. The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has blamed a busy New Year period for not hitting a 90 per cent national standard. Patients

  • Tributes to Marine in Bismarck battle

    TRIBUTES have been paid to a Malvern man who helped sink the German battleship Bismarck and was awarded nine medals and a bar during his military career. Wilfred Hoskins, a former Royal Marine who died at the age of 80, was a member of the elite regiment

  • Church cars row

    A WORCESTER church keen to move into St Peter's is delivering leaflets to homes across the estate this week in a bid to drum up support. Red Hill Baptist Church wants to build on land behind the Abbotsbury Court Shops, pledging to let community groups

  • Free bags to cover collections

    HOUSEHOLDERS in Bromsgrove who will miss having their refuse collected during Bank Holiday weeks will in future be given free plastic bags. It follows Bromsgrove District Council's recent change of policy to move to a fixed day collection service. The

  • A star trek into all that jazz

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