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  • Superb score

    AT the Worcestershire Golf Club 80 members took part in the recent Sunday Mixed Alliance. Playing in teams of four, two ladies and two gentlemen with one score from each to count, the winners Jos Douglas-Pennant, Liz Poole, Joe Bunyan and Mel Stocker

  • Rover money heads for Malvern

    A PLAN to boost areas hit by the Rover crisis with an £8m investment, places too much emphasis on Malvern according to the leader of Bromsgrove Council, writes Melina Cannon. Nick Psirides says the A38 technology corridor started by the Rover Taskforce

  • England U16 call up for Laura

    MALVERN hockey player Laura Macfarlane has been called up for the England under 16 hockey team. Laura, aged 15, a pupil at The Chase, also presently plays for Colwall Women's Hockey Club first XI and was formerly with the Worcester Norton Hockey Club.

  • Hockey success for The Downs

    THE Under 11 girls hockey team from The Downs prep school in Colwall who were winners of their county championships earlier this term, continued their successful performances at the recent West of England tournament in Bristol. Despite being the smallest

  • WFA appoint full-time officer

    THE Worcestershire Football Association have appointed Andy Norman as the Association's first full time Football Development Officer. Andy took up his duties on March 12 and was previously employed by Wychavon District Council as Assistant Youth Sports

  • Irish buys that'll have you smiling

    SATURDAY is St Patrick's Day and, without making any inane references to common Irish utterances (to be sure), I'll get straight to the point and let you know what it is you're all dying to know where do you go to buy Irish food and drink for your Irish-themed

  • Newtown rescue a point

    WORCESTER visited Newtown in this Mercian Elgar U11's League match and almost pulled off a shock win. NEWTOWN SPORTS BOYS 3, WORCESTER RANGERS 3 The Boys started well with Jamie Ferguson tapping in an Adam Johnson cross and Josh Allison also went close

  • Champions!

    THIS was the third meeting this season and Wanderers continued their domination of the Stourport District U15s League and with this victory were confirmed as champions. MALVERN WANDERERS 8, HALESOWEN FALCONS 1 It took 11 minutes for Wanderers to open

  • Harvey hat-trick in Sports win

    SPORTS made the trip to Perdiswell for this Bernard Finnegan Cup quarter-final and on a poor pitch caught the home side cold to score after just two minutes when a Sam Dakin cross was headed in by Mark White. ALL BLACKS 1, LANGLAND SPORTS 7 Three minutes

  • New kit donated

    FOOTBALL and hockey teams at Dyson Perrins HS will be turning out in a new kit thanks to a local football club who use the school's facilities for training. Powick FC chairman and Dyson Perrins school caretaker Graham Bird said: "We felt it would be a

  • Mailmen have title in sights

    MALVERN RM took another step closer to winning this year's Division Four title in the Worcester & District Sunday Football League. MALVERN RM 2, ST JOHNS SPORTS 0 Two goals in the first eight minutes by Chris Golding decided Malvern's second big match

  • Debutant grabs point

    AN injury time strike by debutant substitute Chris Williams snatched a point for Red Lion Falcons in this Worcester Division Four encounter at the Chase. RED LION FALCONS 3, THE DOVEY 3 The Lion could have taken all three points had they managed to sustain

  • All square in eight-goal thriller

    PORTOBELLO United and Club AC 30 played out a thrilling encounter to record a 4-4 draw in the Sterling Classic Malvern Football League Division One. A game vital for both teams with Club AC 30 looking for runners-up spot this season and United looking

  • Attacking is Rangers nightmare

    MALVERN Rangers made the short trip to Hallow on Saturday for this Worcester League Premier Division fixture and although their unbeaten run was extended to four games, their performance was disappointing. HALLOW WMC 0, MALVERN RANGERS 0 Once again they

  • Malvern Athletic hit back for vital win

    MALVERN Athletic moved out of the bottom two of the Midland Combination Division Two with this narrow win against basement-side Kenilworth Wardens at Victoria Park last Saturday and they had to fight back from a half time 3-1 deficit. MALVERN ATHLETIC

  • On your marks... for the race to beat cancer

    THE Journal is calling starter's orders on the race to beat cancer and organisers are hoping this year's Race for Life will be the biggest and best yet. The Imperial Cancer Research fund hopes the eighth year of the race will see 160,000 women, nationwide

  • Mobile phone plan turned down

    COUNCILLORS went against their officers' advice at a Wychavon planning meeting last Thursday and turned down plans for more antenna dishes on Bredon Hill. MLL Telecom Ltd wanted to erect three more mobile phone dishes on a stone tower on the top of Bredon

  • Play's classic combination

    THE Other Space at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, is the setting for a play incorporating two classic whodunits. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a one-man show from the Footloose Theatre Company covering the mysteries of The Blue Carbuncle and

  • Curtain up on classic novel

    An adaptation of George Eliot's classic novel Mill on the Floss will be staged in Cheltenham next week. The Everyman Theatre will be hosting the production from Tuesday (March 20) to Saturday, March 24. The Shared Experience Theatre Company adaptation

  • Rebecca has ear of ministers

    mALVERN'S Rebecca Davies gave a presentation to Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in her capacity as a member of the national Youth Parliament. The 13-year-old pupil from The Chase outlined the results of the assembly's deliberations on law and order

  • EC links 'threat to Britain'

    A DANGEROUS situation will be created if Britain continues to align itself with Europe, according to a former EC official. Bernard Connolly, from Upper Welland, will be joining author and journalist Christopher Booker and Richard Chamings, the Worcester

  • Bands in Park gets backing

    THE Bands in the Park series is returning to Malvern in style, thanks to financial support from the town council. Malvern Hills District Brass Band kept music going in Victoria Park bandstand last year with concerts supported by collections, following

  • Success at the double for world-leading firm

    A firm whose high-tech equipment is used all over the world has scooped the £1,000 award for for business excellence at the Platinum Business Awards. Malvern Instruments also picked up a £500 manufacturing award sponsored by Clarke Roxburgh in the annual

  • Acting is child's play for this city old boy

    TELL Worcester actor Matt Pinches he is acting like a child and you will be paying him the greatest compliment of all. For while many of us like to think we are young at heart, the 24-year-old looks set to make a career playing characters many years his

  • £100,000 bid made for CCTV extension

    CCTV TV could finally be coming to Barnards Green and Malvern Link if a bid for cash proves successful. Malvern Hills District Council has applied to the Home Office for funding of just over £100,000 to pay for five cameras in the Link and three cameras

  • Tonic on way for the theatre buffs

    ONE of Worcestershire people's favoured theatres is planning to offer the ideal tonic for a stressful day as a leading character from television's Peak Practice takes to the stage. Joseph Millson, better known as Dr Sam Morgan from the ITV medical drama

  • Crisis threat to council tax

    HEREFORDSHIRE Council has agreed its council tax levy - but the cost of the foot and mouth crisis poses an unknown threat to its budget. Council leader Terry James said this week that he did not expect the Government to step forward with financial help

  • New loos are top of town's wish list

    BETTER facilities for Upton, from new toilets to a BMX track, were top of the wish list in a survey. Seventy-five people responded to the Planning for Real exercise, giving a "useful snapshot" of local opinion. Children from Upton CE Primary painted a

  • Site switch call for skate ramp

    AN £11,000 skate ramp offered free to Upton last October could be installed at the Hill Centre, instead of the flood-prone playing field behind New Street. The idea is favoured by beat manager Dilip Sarkar, who receives regular complaints from people

  • Prayers said for farmers

    Bells are to be rung and prayers offered every hour in Ledbury as the Team Ministry asks God to deliver the farming community from foot and mouth. The Friday Prayer Day, on March 23, will take place from 9am to 5pm and be centred on St Michael and All

  • Cinemas

    Malvern Cinema: Quills (18) Daily 7.30pm, Wed 3pm. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (U) Sat & Sun 3pm Odeon Worcester: Harry Potter Trailer (U) Sun Only 12.00-1.00; Enemy at the Gates (15) 12.05, 2.45, 5.35, 8.25; Hannibal (18) 12.10*, 2.50

  • Buyers told to stay away

    A MALVERN estate agent has issued a warning to home buyers to beware of visiting properties in the countryside because of foot and mouth Dale Humphries, of Philip, Laney and Jolly, said they have been contacted by house sellers and farmers, especially

  • It's like we're in death valley here

    DEATH valley is how Nora Hall described her farm at Bringsty following the slaughter of 466 sheep. The outbreak of foot and mouth at Grove Farm was confirmed last Thursday and by the weekend all that remained of her flock was a pile of ashes. Mrs Hall

  • Echoes from the Past

    100 years ago THOMAS Welsh, aged 11, of North Malvern, was summoned by P.S. Brown for using bad language on the 3rd inst. The sergeant stated that about 7.45pm he was near the North Malvern Chapel when he heard defendant using very bad language. Witness

  • Vegetarian cafe counts the cost

    ST Ann's Well could be a further casualty of the rapid spread of foot and mouth across the district. With the Malvern Hills designated as a no-go area for the first time in history, businesses that rely on tourism are suffering. John Redman, owner of

  • You never had it so good

    DEVOTEES of this column may be interested to know that a television company, Testimony Films is looking for interviewees for a new programme, Living in the 1950s and 60s. It is a follow up to the recent ITV series Some Liked It Hot, a post-war history

  • Here to share the burden

    FOOT and mouth is creating even greater stress and pressure on hard pressed farmers and the rural community, the Samaritans said this week. The Samaritans provide emotional support to people in crisis. Volunteers are standing by to offer confidential

  • Store was a trendsetter

    ALTERATIONS and extensions were going on apace at Warwick House this time 100 years ago. The latest change was the addition of a gentleman's department, which the Malvern Gazette commented would make Messrs Cox & Painter "the most up-to-date shop

  • Name is held in fond regard

    WE owe an apology to the relatives of James Cairns Wilson, whose colourful life has featured in two recent articles in Malvern Memories. His grand daughter, Dorothy Cairns Metcalfe, has written to us to say his name was Cairns and not 'Caird' was we had

  • Glimmer of hope at park

    THERE may be light at the end of the tunnel for skatepark users wanting to use the Victoria Park facility in the evening. The lights on both the skatepark and multi-sport facility are currently switched off, after complaints about light pollution from

  • College course first in Britain

    MALVERN College is to be the first secondary school in the country accredited to offer BTEC foundation courses in art and design. From September 2001, students planning to study for arts degrees will be able to take a Diploma in Foundation Studies Art

  • Doctor aims to banish fear

    A DOCTOR has offered reassurance to people worried about a plan to house people with schizophrenia in Malvern Link. The unease was prompted by West Mercia Housing Group's proposal to turn St Michael's Nursing Home, in Ranelagh Road, into 21 flats for

  • Former head boy strikes up friendship with prince

    PRINCE William has formed a strong bond with a former head boy from The Downs school in Colwall. Mark Dyer (pictured), who was head boy at the preparatory school in 1979, has been helping the future king organise his gap-year activities. They travelled

  • Saying pants to poverty

    IT'S Red Nose Day again today and children at the Hillbillies Playgroup, in Upton, are among hundreds in the Malvern area doing their bit for Comic Relief. Some were saying "Pants to Poverty" by wearing pants outside their clothes, while others raised

  • It can't go on much longer, say businesses

    THE economy of the Malvern Hills faces serious damage from the Foot and Mouth crisis with business losses mounting. The cancellation of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the closure of the Malvern Hills to walkers have deprived the tourist industry of two spring

  • What if Germany had been crippled?

    6 J ALEXANDER'S letter (You Say, March 9 strikes me as a sad account of someone who seems to have got him/herself into a muddle. He/she objects to the creation of a European Army, presumably, because our own British Army will be under direct European

  • Why next election's so important

    J ALEXANDER'S recent letter in the Evening News (You Say, March 9) was one of the best letters I have ever read in your paper. It was true from beginning to end. I give the Evening News full marks for printing this letter. Thank goodness we have a free

  • I welcome idea of a Euro army

    HOW patronising of J Alexander to assume that the "grey-haired voters" are aghast at the idea of a European army, and that we require a Yorkshire Churchill to be the answer to all our problems. As a grey-haired old soldier, I for one welcome a European

  • Classical and easily listening- a guide to what's on near you.

    Chamber Music - Centre Stage. March 16. Lunchtime 1.10pm. CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham (0121 616 6500). Vanbrugh String Quartet. March 17. 7.30pm. Droitwich Spa Methodist Church (01905 775246). City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. March 17

  • Taking on the store giants

    HOW ridiculous and wrong to brand people of the SOS group "bullies" because we are trying in an amateur way to stop the power, professionalism and "poke" of a supermarket giant from ruining an area where we choose to live (You Say, March 8). I suppose

  • Exhibitions in and around Worcester.

    A Stitch in Rhyme: Textile Illustrations by Belinda Downes. Until March 17. Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Clarence Street, Cheltenham (01242 237431). Translucent Exposures: Photograms by Annie Halliday. March 17-April 29. Foyle Gallery, Mac, Cannon

  • A special friend

    I LOVED John Phillpott's hilarious, yet sad, article on his daughter leaving home (Evening News, March 6). My flat became strangely empty two-and-a-half years ago, when Shirley, my pet cockatiel, suddenly died. But for two years, I've had a male canary

  • Events taking place in and around Worceter.

    Worcester Film Society - Tin Drum. March 16. 8.00pm. University College Worcester, Henwick Road, St Johns, Worcester (01905 611742 or 355171). Table Top and Jumble Sale - Ombersley Young Farmers Club. March 17. 10.30-2.00pm. Fernhill Heath Village Hall

  • Seagulls a whisker away from an impressive win

    THE easiest job in Malvern RFC is managing the Seagulls, their enthusiasm and spirit on or off the field is second to none. PERSHORE 3RD XV 7pts, MALVERN SEAGULLS 6pts This was displayed once again when they took on a good Pershore 3rd team away and almost

  • Teams ...

    MALVERN RFC Saturday, March 17 1st XV v Pool. No. 2 Dress Code. Kick off 3pm. T Allies, D Handy, K Withnall, D Short, J Owen, D Hill, A Thomas, P hart, D Sparrey, S Phillips, D Beech, G Richards, B Kristoffersen, B Hughes, R Flemming, R Young. NB: League

  • U15s kept chasing

    A GAME that Malvern should have won was almost snatched in the last few minutes with a series of comebacks as Malvern frustratingly kept allowing Moseley to score and move ahead. MALVERN UNDER 15'S XV 22pts, MOSELEY UNDER 15'S XV 29pts Malvern kicking

  • Choral society celebrates Finzi centenary

    WORCESTER Festival Choral Society is celebrating 100 years since the birth of composer Gerald Finzi with a concert at Worcester Cathedral. Finzi, along with contemporaries Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Parry, was part of a golden period of English music

  • Bluehorses to herald May Day

    Roots-rock band Bluehorses will be appearing in Malvern to herald the May Day parade. The group will be performing at Gingers (formerly Scallywags) on Worcester Road, on April 27, to promote their forthcoming album, Ten Leagues Beyond The Wild World's

  • FOOT-AND-MOUTH: Fact file

    What is foot and mouth disease? It is the viral disease which is feared the world over because it is so difficult to control. No other disease affecting animals spreads as quickly. Its peculiarity is that cloven-hooved animals are most susceptible, so

  • Is this the start of great things?

    Malvern singer Richard Swerrun will be entertaining audiences at Ronnie Scott's in Birmingham next week. Richard is embarking on a national tour with his band, starting at the prestigious Birmingham jazz venue. His show, premiered at Malvern Theatres

  • FOOT-AND-MOUTH: Cull begins

    THE slaughter of up to a million sheep, pig and goats was starting today (March 16) in a bid to eradicate foot-and-mouth disease. The Government has ordered the mass cull of healthy animals within a two mile radius of infected farms in Cumbria and south-west

  • FOOT-AND-MOUTH: Centre faces crisis

    A WILDLIFE rescue group's visitor centre is facing a crisis due to the foot and mouth outbreak. The facility at the Evesham Country Centre has been closed to the public for the past three weeks and now the cash is drying up. "We need to get in as much

  • FOOT-AND-MOUTH: County farm named

    WORCESTERSHIRE farmers were facing another desperate battle to protect their livestock from disease today (March 16) after a fresh outbreak of foot-and-mouth was confirmed. More than 4,000 sheep will be slaughtered after Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries

  • Jude and Joseph battle it out

    EPIC war movie Enemy At The Gates, recounting the Battle of Stalingrad, pushes spectacle at the expense of emotion. Russian political officer Danilov (Joseph Fiennes) transforms unknown soldier Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law) into a media hero, and the human

  • Walsall Wood are the visitors

    MALVERN Town entertain Walsall Wood in the Banks's Brewery League Premier Division at Langland Stadium tomorrow (Saturday), 3pm kick-off. Town Assistant Manager Richard Anson said: "We have a number of selection problems at the moment, it looks as though

  • Age of the Automobile arrives in Worcester

    COUNTY councillors from throughout the Midlands converged on Worcester at this time exactly a century ago to discover the delights of the new Age of the Automobile. Berrow's Journal reported on the special assemblage arranged by the Automobile Association

  • Mackenzie blow as Harriers eye double

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers will again be without midfielder Neil Mackenzie when they go in search of their first Nationwide League Division Three 'double' of the season tomorrow against struggling Darlington at Aggborough (3.0). The former Stoke City and

  • Harriers boss hit by FA charge

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers boss Jan Molby has been charged by the Football Association with bringing the game into disrepute. The charge follows alleged comments he made to a fourth official during Harriers' 4-2 Nationwide League Division Three defeat against

  • Finbow dream dashed

    WORCESTER snooker ace Dave Finbow saw his dreams of a first ever major semi-final dashed by world number two John Higgins. The Alfrick-based player was beaten 5-3 in the quarter-finals of the £282,000 Thailand Masters in Bangkok. Finbow, the world number

  • Sims to play on through the pain

    DAVE Sims has vowed to play on through the pain for Worcester despite the loss of his father. The lock will take his place in the Worcester line-up to face Manchester tomorrow (3pm), and will dedicate the season to his dad's memory. John Sims passed away

  • Keep people out

    I WAS glad to read that cars drove over disinfectant straw mats at the Three Counties Show Ground for the recent antiques fair. But to say they took all precautions to make sure no one was carrying the disease is a very strong statement to make as we,

  • Chandos Symphony Orchestra, Malvern Theatres

    DURING Sunday evening's concert, The Chandos, under their conductor Michael Lloyd (leader: Edward Bale), gave plenty of opportunity for the very large orchestra to be heard in its full kaleidoscopical range. All the works performed were rich in texture

  • UnluckyRadar

    RADAR made the trip to Diglis last Sunday and probably deserved at least a point before a late goal secured victory for the home side. THE ALBION 2, MALVERN RADAR 0 The usual reshuffling took place with Radar welcoming back Mark Taylor, Andy Myhill and

  • 16/3/01 - Harriers boss hit by FA charge

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers boss Jan Molby has been charged by the Football Association with bringing the game into disrepute. The charge follows alleged comments he made to a fourth official during Harriers' 4-2 Nationwide League Division Three defeat against

  • Fact file

    What is foot and mouth disease? It is the viral disease which is feared the world over because it is so difficult to control. No other disease affecting animals spreads as quickly. Its peculiarity is that cloven-hooved animals are most susceptible, so

  • Centre faces crisis

    A WILDLIFE rescue group's visitor centre is facing a crisis due to the foot and mouth outbreak. The facility at the Evesham Country Centre has been closed to the public for the past three weeks and now the cash is drying up. "We need to get in as much

  • £9bn bill

    The foot-and-mouth crisis will cost Britain as much as £9 billion this year, it was claimed today (March 16). The influential economics think-tank, The Centre for Economics and Business Research, originally put the cost at £2.7bn at the start of the outbreak

  • POWICK Correspondent: Mrs M Allsopp Tel: 01905 830746

    HERE is advance notice of a Coffee Morning to be held in the Guildhall in Worcester on Friday morning April 6 from 10am till noon. Items for sale or raffle will be most welcome. Please start collecting and contact Sally Gurney 830756 for cake donations

  • PENDOCK Correspondent: Mrs R Bolton Tel: 01684 833287

    THE Friends of Pendock School have decided to postpone the Auction of Promises due to be held on Friday, March 23 because of the foot and mouth outbreak. A new date will be announced later. However, don't forget the Jumble Sale, which is going ahead at

  • MALVERN WELLS Correspondent: Mr Tom O'Malley. Tel: 01684 575682

    LAST Saturday evening the Wells Village Hall was looking her finest, with tables dressed and aglow with candles. The occasion was another of those superb candlelit suppers presented by the 'Revellers', specialists in the noble art of television escapology

  • LONGDON Correspondent: Mrs Eileen Moss. Tel: 01684 833256

    THE Lent Lunch held at the Vicarage last Sunday raised £103 for our two local play schools in Castlemor-ton and Longdon. Thank you to all the people who came, helped with the provisions and gave donations. There will be a service of Evening Prayer at

  • YOUNG PEOPLE

    Air Cadets Redditch Air Cadets: Flt Lt A. J. Hall (RAFVRCT) (01527 401560). Boys Brigade 1st Redditch: Herbert Harris, Captain, 11 Mason Road, Headless Cross, Redditch (01527 544673) Website - www.gazeley.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Cubs Barnt Green Cubs: Recruit

  • Forthcoming games

    SATURDAY, MARCH 17 BANKS'S BREWERY LEAGUE Premier division: Malvern Town v Walsall Wood. Division One South: Bewdley Town v Malvern Town Reserves. TUESDAY, MARCH 20 WORCESTERSHIRE SENIOR URN Semi-final: Alvechurch v Malvern Town (7.45). SATURDAY, MARCH

  • Driver's 'stitch-up'

    A DRINK-driver caught four times over the limit on a busy Worcester road demanded to know who "fitted him up" after realising he had been shopped to the police. City magistrates heard how Colin Staley confessed to the officers who caught him that he had

  • Store talk date fixed

    A DATE has been fixed for plans for a supermarket in St John's to be put before Worcester city councillors again. The proposals, for a Sainsbury's store at Swanpool Walk, have already been rejected by the city's technical services committee. But the full

  • Foley hat-trick

    THE third Annual Foley Golf Challenge against the Sand Hogs Ancient Golf Society took place last weekend. Saturday saw the teams play at Upper Sapey Golf Club, a pairs match competition played in muddy conditions shots being taken off the lowest handicapper

  • Terry to play snooker hero

    NEWLANDS snooker enthusiast Terry Payne has pocketed the first prize in the recent Gazette/Reporter competition to play a frame of snooker against former Embassy World champion Dennis Taylor. An excited Terry, "aged 70ish", only moved to Newlands from

  • Skittles team bounces back with win

    IN their latest West Midland Front Pin League match the Malvern Gazette representative King Pin side visited Tewkesbury playing on the Bowls Club alley. Malvern bounced back from their defeat at Stroud to record a six points maximum victory with an excellent

  • Wanderers B scrape home in handicap

    IN the closest of the outstanding matches in the main Handicap Competition of the Malvern Table Tennis League sponsored by Lamberts & Wade Solicitors, Wanderers B beat Upton Ripples by 15 points. Nick Bottomley won all of his games and received substantial

  • Upton's lead lost

    UPTON played this home fixture on MGC astro, a pitch they have become quite used to in recent weeks. UPTON LADIES 2, CAMP HILL 3 The game started well with some nice hockey being played although Upton seemed to dominate most of the first half. Upton were

  • Five-goal blast

    COLWALL Women's Hockey Club travelled to Cornwall on Saturday and during the first half it seemed as if they'd left their sticks at home. ST AUSTELL 5, COLWALL 3 Despite starting positively, Colwall found it difficult to break the St Austell formation

  • Kerry and Emily lead way

    WITH Malvern looking forward to their league game after winning the previous week, they started with confidence and were soon ahead when Kerry Broadhead -Evans scored. MALVERN LADIES 4, STOURPORT 3RDS 2 With good play down the right it was Emily Price

  • Silver medals for Stewart

    MALVERN Wells athlete Stewart Halion picked to two silver medals in the European Indoor Veteran Championships in Bordeaux. Stewart, who took gold in both the 1500m and 800m at Cardiff in the Over 50 age group at the British Indoor Championships last month

  • Flood control idea asimpleinvention

    A SIMPLE invention which could prevent the misery of flooding suffered by thousands before Christmas has been thought up by a West Midlands man. Now the 'Garastor' - the brainchild of Bryant Homes design engineer Stuart Courier - is being installed in

  • Droitwich firm in fight against oil pollution

    A DROITWICH-based environmental company has been recruited by the Ministry of Defence to tackle oil and chemical spills throughout the UK. Pollution control experts Briggs Environmental Services are standing by to deal with any accidents by the Armed

  • Firms wait on millions from Rover crisis legacy

    A MULTI-million pound package to boost manufacturing excellence was expected to be unveiled today as Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers toured Worcestershire. He was tipped to explain how tens of millions of pounds left over from the £129m promised

  • Langland sink Powick to grab cup final spot

    IN their inaugural season Langland Sports won through to the Worcester League's Phipps Cup final after defeating Powick FC for the third time. LANGLAND SPORTS 2, POWICK 1 This cup semi-final turned out to be the hardest test that Powick had given Sports

  • Junior Soccer Scene ...

    WANDERERS pressed into the attack straight from the start of this Mercian Elgar U13's League match and were soon hitting goals. MALVERN WANDERERS 14, WORCESTER RANGERS 1 Malvern's top scorer Scott Butler was first on the score sheet with a well taken

  • Keyz entertain Falcons

    KEYZ 2000 play hosts to the ever improving Red Lion Falcons on Sling Lane pitch (not Victoria Park) this Sunday, kick off 10.30am. Keyz from: Brown, Smith G, Kyte, Reynolds, Graty, Allen, Haron M, Williams, Pearson, Collard, Kordas, Howells, Smith L,

  • Fine draw for Ladies

    ON Sunday Malvern Ladies travelled to Bristol City Reserves who are third in the league table. BRISTOL CITY RESERVES 2, MALVERN LADIES FC 2 Both teams started well and in only th fourth minute a through ball from Rachel Tuffin found Rachael Crack who

  • A nervous look as Malvern eye title

    MALVERN took another step towards the League Championship and the promotion they were denied last year in Saturday's match, sponsored by Flanagan's, the builders responsible for the magnificent new clubhouse at Spring Lane. MALVERN 17pts, SELLY OAK 3pts

  • Bkl take a break

    STUDLEY boss Mark Chambers is making the most of his team's blank weekend to treat his squad to a break. The Bees manager opted for the David Lloyd centre in Shirley rather than Spain's La Manga base but said the lads deserved a break. "It will be a change

  • Slice of youth culture

    A SLICE of sixties youth culture comes to Dyson Perrins CE High School this week. The school is staging Heather Brothers' musical comedy, A Slice of Saturday Night, in a four-night run. The show is set in 1960s Britain and charts the story of a group

  • Mixed feelings over theatre grant awards

    WORCESTER'S Swan Theatre is one of only four regional producing theatres in the country not to get its share of a new £25 million arts grant. And theatre bosses have spoken of their "deep frustration" at the news, especially as they are soon to premiere

  • British screen star Todd takes to stage with Oscar

    POLITICAL sleaze is anything but a modern invention and in Oscar Wilde there is no one better to extract every ounce of humour out of dishonesty and double dealing. An Ideal Husband becomes another Wilde play to enjoy a run at the Malvern Theatres, following

  • Town setback

    MALVERN Town's bid for a top three Banks Brewery League Premier Division place, suffered a serious blow when they slipped to defeat at second placed Warley Rangers on Saturday. WARLEY RANGERS 4, MALVERN TOWN 2 Things looked good for Town when Andy Shepherd

  • Shepherd hits Town winner

    INJURY-HIT Malvern Town got back on track on Lye on Wednesday night and reinforced their bid for a leading Banks Brewery League place. LYE TOWN 1, MALVERN TOWN 2 It was no more than Town deserved, who despite having six members of the first team squad

  • Growers send out invitation

    NATIONAL Gardens Scheme organisers have published the 2001 programme for open days in Herefordshire. Last year, gardeners in the county helped raise £13,775 by throwing open their grounds to visitors for charity. The publication of the programme follows

  • Grant agreed for theatres

    MALVERN Theatres will receive more than £200,000 a year from the district council under a new three-year sponsorship deal. Coun Bryan Smith, the authority's representative on the board of trustees, said the agreement underlined the council's commitment

  • Meals on way for homeless

    A SCHEME to help the homeless by providing food vouchers is to be launched early next month. It uses donations from the public to fund £5 vouchers to be given to local homeless people. The vouchers can then be exchanged for food at participating retailers

  • Traders hit by third 'F' word

    THE closure of waterways, tow paths and public footpaths as a precaution against spreading foot and mouth disease is the latest blow to hit Upton business people. Activity at Upton Marina has been severely curtailed by the British Waterways ban and the

  • Refuge extends a helping hand

    WOMEN experiencing problems with relationships, housing, money and domestic violence now have easy access to free confidential advice at the Langland Community Centre. Malvern Women's Project, which runs a refuge for women escaping from domestic violence

  • Your complete Entertainment Guide for the area

    Theatre March To March 17-The Pajama Game presented by Malvern Light Opera Society at the Festival Theatre, Malvern Theatres. 8pm. Tickets £6-£9. Box Office (01684) 892277. 16&17-Pentabus present Crossing at the Market Theatre, Ledbury. 7.30pm. £4

  • 'It's just the last nail in the coffin for farming'

    A MOOD of fear and despair has descended on farmers and countryside dwellers as the foot and mouth outbreak continues to threaten livelihoods. At Moorhall Farm, in Bringsty, farmer Mark Brodie said the thought of seeing his entire herd of sheep and cattle

  • Queen's warm words for farmers hit by epidemic

    THE Malvern Gazette's October farming supplement in 1967 was predicting a bright future for the industry in the following year, but a month later the area had fallen victim to foot and mouth disease. You don't get the same sense of crisis from reading

  • Graves of the famous to feature in guide

    A HERO from the Indian Mutiny and the 'Swedish Nightingale' could be among those featured in a leaflet reflecting the historical figures buried at Great Malvern Cemetery. Malvern Town Council, which operates the cemetery, is considering producing an information

  • Firms win through to regional final

    FIRMS from Upton and Malvern are through to the regional final of a business start-up competition. Caroline and Darren Mears, of Mears Communications Ltd, Upton, won first prize of £500 in the Herefordshire and Worcestershire final of the Shell LiveWIRE

  • Farewell to gunner 'Hosky'

    A MALVERN man who took part in the operation to sink the Bismarck and later trained the Combined Cadet Force at Malvern College has died at the age of 80. Wilfred Hoskins, from Fruitlands, Malvern Wells, joined the Royal Marines in 1937 and was soon to

  • Football club wants 'open dialogue' over relocation plans

    MALVERN Town Football Club is looking at selling its Langland ground for housing and developing a new stadium for the future. The club confirmed talks with Malvern Hills District Council and developers in a statement issued yesterday (Thursday). Spokesman

  • MAFF moves to widen cull policy

    MAFF officials are looking to widen the mass cull of animals in a bid to try and halt the spread of foot and mouth disease. The number of cases in the Bringsty area have risen to three this week and already hundreds of animals have been killed. MAFF is

  • What's on at your local theatre.

    Beau Brummell - Theatre Royal Bath Prod. with Peter Bowles. March 19-24. Festival Theatre, Malvern, Worcs (01684 892277). Equus - Four Play Theatre Company. March 21-24. 7.30pm. The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford (01432 359252). Habeas Corpus - Wye

  • Meddling results in more journeys

    6 I FULLY agree with A Knittel (You Say, March 9). The extensive transportation of live animals is indeed a nonsense. However, one of the reasons behind the longer journeys is the closure of local slaughterhouses. Why? Because of European interference

  • Identity is still a mystery to people

    WILL the new £10m West Mercia complex in Castle Street have its name on the building over the entrance and on notice boards? Its identity is still a mystery to passers-by. Is there a car park, toilets, waiting rooms and food buffet for the public? Road

  • your day to day guide to the best sounds around.

    March 16 Come Together and New Artic Set. The Marr's Bar, Pierpoint Street, Worcester. March 17 Come Together 4 Piece. Barbourne Ex-Servicemens Club, The Moors, Worcester. St Patrick's Day with I've Just Seen Roger. The Marr's Bar, Pierpoint Street, Worcester

  • Inter-schools mini league kicks-off

    SCHOOL children at primary schools right across the Malvern Hills district will be on their marks next week for the start of a new inter-schools tag-rugby mini league competition. The competition that has been organised by the Sports & Recreation

  • 16/3/01 - Barton's battlers Havant got any worries

    WORCESTER City are confident of stretching their unbeaten run to nine games when they visit Havant and Waterlooville in the Dr Martens League Premier Division tomorrow (3pm). City's impressive sequence of six wins and two draws has taken them into fourth

  • Recital debut for Birthplace

    ELGAR Birthplace Museum is about to host its first public concert, thanks to the opening of a new room named after the composer's daughter. The concert is in the Carice Elgar Recital Room on Thursday, March 29, and is being staged in association with

  • Passion is a real community event

    SIX soloists have been lined up to join Malvern Festival Chorus in a performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion, the group's first concert of 2001. The performance promises to be a community event with the opportunity for the audience to play its part,

  • Brit star Gabrielle in Hereford tour date

    BRIT Award-winning soul singer-songwriter Gabrielle will appear at Hereford Leisure Centre next month. The chart topper, famed for such hits as Dreams and Rise, will appear at the centre on Sunday, April 29, the culmination of her month-long UK tour.

  • Raising voices to help

    Acclaimed a cappella group Black Voices will be performing at Malvern College. The Birmingham-based quintet will be in town to raise money for Water Aid in Africa and the Summanahali Care Home in Bangalore, India, at the college on Friday, March 23. Black

  • FOOT-AND-MOUTH: Bring in the Army

    MPS IN the Vale of Evesham and the Cotswolds have called for Government action to help stop the spread of foot and mouth disease. Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has called for a national state of emergency to be introduced with the army being brought

  • 16/3/01 - Sims to play on through the pain

    DAVE Sims has vowed to play on through the pain for Worcester despite the loss of his father. The lock will take his place in the Worcester line-up to face Manchester tomorrow (3pm), and will dedicate the season to his dad's memory. John Sims passed away

  • Whats on at your local Cinemas

    WHAT WOMEN WANT (12): Mel Gibson finds the answer to that age-old question in this engaging and heart warming comedy. Odeon, Worcester.12.25, 3.10, 5.50, 8.30. UCI Merry Hill. (12.15 Sat/Sun only), 3.15, 6.30, 9.15. Fri/Sat late 12.00. Warner Village

  • Mullen calling for repeat showing

    EVESHAM United boss Phil Mullen is calling for more of the same as his Dr Martens League Western Division promotion chasers entertain Shepshed Dynamo tomorrow (3pm). United moved into second place with a 2-1 win at Cirencester in midweek, and Mullen said

  • Turner eyeing loan ranger to bolster squad for Trophy tie

    HEREFORD United Director of Football Graham Turner is hoping to bring a First Division player in on loan before the transfer deadline. Turner, whose side entertain Dagenham and Redbridge in the Nationwide Conference tomorrow (3pm), has been tracking an

  • Barton's battlers Havant got any worries

    WORCESTER City are confident of stretching their unbeaten run to nine games when they visit Havant and Waterlooville in the Dr Martens League Premier Division tomorrow (3pm). City's impressive sequence of six wins and two draws has taken them into fourth

  • Thorpe leads fine recovery

    Graham Thorpe contributed another crucial innings for England today and prevented Sri Lanka taking a stranglehold on the deciding Test in Colombo. The Surrey left-hander picked up where he left off in Kandy, when he scored 46 to help England successfully

  • Comment

    AMID all the gloomy news concerning the foot and mouth crisis this week, there was at least some encouragement for the district in the continuing achievements of local businesses. The first firms only moved on to the new Malvern Hills Science Park in

  • Making a mockery of listed building

    I WAS shocked to read in last week's Malvern Gazette that Herefordshire Council has asked Colwall Parish Council to consider land adjacent to Oddfellows and Brook House, for creating some 95 houses, especially because of the flood plain! Both parcels

  • Consideration plea

    I AM writing in response to the article 'Dad cries foul over dirty dogs' (Ledbury Reporter, March 2). I agree entirely with the comments of Mr Coull, that dog owners should be responsible and clear up after their pets. I would just like to clarify one

  • Please clean up

    With the arrival of foot and mouth in the counties of Worcestershire and Herefordshire and the subsequent closure of the Malvern hills and surrounding countryside, I have noticed a large increase in the number of dogs now being exercised on Link Common

  • Campaign goes on

    I AM writing to express our thanks for all the very considerable support we have had, both during the public meeting in the Forum and since, for our efforts to bring Malvern Town Council to reason over its spending plans. The council has modestly reduced

  • Regent String Quartet, Huntingdon Hall

    THE musicians of the Regent Quartet: Martin Cropper (violin), Jonathan Lee (violin), Philip Bartai (viola - replacing Cian O Duill in this concert) and Susie Winkworth (cello), were the guest artistes at Sunday afternoon's Worcester Concert Club recital

  • The Pajama Game, Malvern Light Opera, Malvern Theatres

    MALVERN Light Opera Society's production of The Pajama Game had much to commend it. The overture, with its swinging rhythms - played by an excellently sympathetic small orchestra under musical director, Charles Pavey - included two saxophones, the sound

  • Pistol-packing crew on circuit

    GLEN Matlock should be staying tight-lipped as he faces some unpleasant root-canal work. Toothache or not, you can't keep a Sex Pistol down as TV presenter Bill Grundy discovered to the cost of his career in 1976 following a foul-mouthed tirade from the

  • Gatecrashing on club life in Birmingham

    SUPERCLUB Gatecrasher will be on the rampage in Birmingham next month. In the first dance event ever to be stated in the NEC, a Who's Who of DJs, from Carl Cox to Seb Fontaine, will take to the turntables. Under the banner Discotech Generation, Gatecrasher

  • 999 RECORD OF THE WEEK 999

    The Cooper Temple Clause The Hardware EP (Morning) So their name is daft as it would be, said to be lifted from a Michael J Fox movie that never saw the light of day. But as the title of this debut suggests, the Reading six-piece have let loose a veritable

  • 16/3/01 - Mackenzie blow as Harriers eye double

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers will again be without midfielder Neil Mackenzie when they go in search of their first Nationwide League Division Three 'double' of the season tomorrow against struggling Darlington at Aggborough (3.0). The former Stoke City and

  • School rewards don't stop with bonus

    HARD though it may be for those whose pay packets never include a recognition of effort beyond the call of duty to be pleased, the bonuses being paid to some Worcester teachers is important news for all today. The fact that more than 2,500 youngsters

  • Cull begins

    THE slaughter of up to a million sheep, pig and goats was starting today (March 16) in a bid to eradicate foot-and-mouth disease. The Government has ordered the mass cull of healthy animals within a two mile radius of infected farms in Cumbria and south-west

  • Bring in the Army

    MPS IN the Vale of Evesham and the Cotswolds have called for Government action to help stop the spread of foot and mouth disease. Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has called for a national state of emergency to be introduced with the army being brought

  • Farmers pray for a passover

    LIVESTOCK owners in Worcestershire were today praying that foot-and-mouth would not hit their farms as thousands of sheep near Pershore were condemned for slaughter. Robert Smith, of Grove Farm in Bishampton, was told yesterday his 4,000-strong flock

  • County farm named

    WORCESTERSHIRE farmers were facing another desperate battle to protect their livestock from disease today (March 16) after a fresh outbreak of foot-and-mouth was confirmed. More than 4,000 sheep will be slaughtered after Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries

  • COLWALL Correspondent: Mrs P Hockett Tel: 01684 564872

    COLWALL Village Hall management committee presents an Irish Night at the village Hall on Saturday, March 17 from 8pm until midnight. This will consist of an Irish supper (two courses and coffee), a bar and local musicians playing Irish music. Tickets

  • BUSHLEY Correspondent: Ms M Wilkes Tel: Tewkesbury 293435

    WE were treated to a rare evening of entertainment and knowledge when BBC Hereford & Worcester's Reg Moule was guest of honour at a Gardener's Question Time held in the village hall last Friday. The audience had many questions, Reg was extremely enthusiastic

  • 10-year plan for changes in city

    A NEW leaflet which gives details on Worcester's 10-year plan for change was today due to be delivered to every home in the city with the Berrow's Worcester Journal. The City of Worcester Local Plan brochure sets out the ground rules for planning applications

  • The sky's the limit for strip

    A MAXIMUM of 15 take-offs will be allowed from a controversial airstrip after district councillors granted temporary planning permission. The microlight airstrip at Court Farm, Hadzor, near Droitwich, has been in operation since 1996. Wychavon District

  • Guilty plea by bully

    A BULLY who beat up his partner and ripped up her clothes after drinking changed his plea during a trial at Worcester Crown Court. Dennis Gubbins had denied two counts of assaulting Jacqueline Harrison. But, after she finished her evidence, the 41-year-old

  • Trucks will cut access

    A WORCESTER father fears his children's education will be disrupted when building work starts on an early years' centre. Lorries and other vehicles will cross the junior playground of Northwick Manor schools, cutting access to the sports facilities, in

  • Call for a lifeline

    HOSPITAL and Social Services chiefs have admitted they are under renewed strain over bed-blockers, amid calls for Government intervention. Mid-Worcestershire MP Peter Luff has demanded Ministers throw Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust a lifeline

  • Overdose 'a cry for help'

    A WORCESTER woman died nearly a month after taking an overdose of painkillers and mixing it with alcohol in a desperate "cry for help". Frances Hope, known as Mandy, was discovered slumped on the settee of her home in Crown Street, Barbourne, by her mother-in-law

  • Reaping school reward

    STAFF in eight Worcester schools were celebrating their success today after being rewarded for improving the performance of thousands of city children. Between them, the teachers and support staff are responsible for boosting the achievements of more