• Swifts back to winning ways

    BOSS Rod Brown admitted Saturday's 3-1 win over league basement boys Swindon Supermarine was no walkover. But Brown was delighted that Swifts bounced back from last weekend's FA Cup defeat and league loss at Bilston. They made hard work of Swindon, allowing

  • MPs clash over cash for schools

    PETER Luff has clashed with Ministers over a campaign by Labour MPs to win extra funding for Worcestershire schools. The Conservative MP told a Commons debate on the county's education funding crisis that a letter campaign by Mike Foster and Jacqui Smith

  • Organic grower's crushed veg fury

    A FATHER-of-four has been left devastated after claiming Severn Trent workers ruined his beloved Worcester allotment. Terry Davies, who has had two allotments at Bromwich Road in St John's for the last six years, is demanding compensation. The 53-year-old

  • Annual meeting

    THERE will be an annual meeting of the Kidderminster and District Umpires Association at Harriers Social Club on Tuesday at 7.30pm. The agenda will include the election of officials and a review of the year's activities. All umpires are requested to attend

  • Petition to stamp out firework sales

    A WOMAN who saw two badly burned victims of a firework accident says a petition is being organised in the community to stamp out illegal sales. She claims the father of one of the injured pair told her someone was going around selling fireworks in pubs

  • Recovering addict tells of return to 'street drugs'

    A RECOVERING heroin addict was forced to buy his first fix of "street gear" in 18 months because he broke his methadone bottle tripping over his pet dog. Philip Jones had been weaning himself off the Class A drug for a year-and-a-half and had managed

  • Quarter of century is now taking its toll

    FOUR-and-a-half million pounds could be spent on essential repair work and upgrading at County Hall. Worcestershire County Council's 25-year-old headquarters is earmarked for improvements including easier access for the disabled, re-decorated communal

  • Welcome boost in hospital row

    THE fight to restore emergency services to Kidderminster Hospital has been given a shot in the arm by a leading medical expert. Sir George Alberti, president of the Royal College of Physicians, told a group of MPs there was "no reason" to completely shut

  • Blue Peter at castle

    BLUE Peter, the BBC's flagship children's TV show, will be broadcasting live from a Herefordshire landmark for a Hallowe'en special. The programme will be visiting Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, on Wednesday, October 31. The spooky special will feature

  • Net result - Emotional reunion for brother after 60 years

    A LETTER out of the blue paved the way for the emotional reunion of a Kidderminster man and the older brother he thought had died 60 years ago. Rex Hill was only nine years old and in care when he saw his brother Stanley set off for the Second World War

  • Panto signs show the way

    A THEATRE group told it could not advertise its annual panto because of a district council litter-busting campaign is celebrating a U-turn by highways chiefs. The Monday Night Group, which is staging Jack and the Beanstalk in January, will be able to

  • Change in drugs law is welcomed

    NEWS cannabis laws are to be relaxed has been welcomed by a stricken Blakedown man. Chris Hyde, who suffers from the rare rheumatoid disease ankylosing spondylitis and has been using cannabis to ease the symptoms for seven years, will continue to campaign

  • Christmas parade is put on hold

    A POPULAR annual parade to herald the arrival of Christmas in Kidderminster has been temporarily shelved. But organisers of the Three Kings Parade, which has seen decorated trolley floats make their way through town streets before an open-air carol service

  • Ushering in new era for justice

    JUSTICE in Kidderminster moves into the 21st century next week with the official opening of Britain's first privately funded magistrates courts. The impressive new magistrates court in. The ceremony, which will be carried out at the new premises off Comberton

  • Kylie and Sting step in with charity gifts

    STARS from across the globe are hoping there will be lots of generosity after idols including Kylie Minogue and Craig David donated items for a charity auction. The event in aid of ChildLine Midlands organised by Stourport's Shauna Kent will also see

  • The Munch Bunch are off to France

    THE winners of this year's Lifestyle scheme got the bit between their teeth, notching up an "incredible" 921 hours on community causes. The Munch Bunch, alias Aaron Wright, Michelle Benbow, Laura Wilkinson, Laura-Jane Blendell and Elizabeth Jones from

  • First class net service for PO

    A ONE-man "counter attack" is under way to preserve a village post office with the launch of an internet service. Richard Vale, who took over the post office and shop in Chaddesley Corbett four months ago, is dragging the traditional centre of community

  • Group set to follow a time trail

    DELVING into the dark secrets of your family history has been an increasingly popular pastime in recent years. And it is a hobby that has been made much easier for Bewdley folk thanks to the work of a town group that has just celebrated its 21st birthday

  • Irish musical heritage

    CARA Dillon brings her Irish musical heritage to Worcester when she plays Huntingdon Hall on November 1. She'll be on stage, with Sam Lakeman, at 8pm. Booking: 01905 611427.

  • Strings the thing

    STRATFORD'S Orchestra of the Swan is back in action next Wednesday. String's will be the thing for this concert, which is being held in the town's civic hall at 7.30pm. The orchestra is planning to perform some of the finest string orchestra repertoire


    IAN Clarkson admitted his man-of-the-match award was probably an indication of their current predicament at Carlisle. Harriers had been struggling to score goals so not surprisingly it was a defensive player who showed up on Saturday. But Clarkson insisted

  • We might not be so lucky next time

    THE tonne of fireworks stashed in a Worcester lock-up garage has been described as a "timebomb" by alarmed trading standards officers. The consequences of the explosives going up, along with the flammable chemicals found beside them, hardly bears thinking

  • Stourport are off the mark

    HOCKEY: Determined Stourport chalked up their first National League Division One win of the season with a 2-1 home success over Beeston. They showed strong character to fight back from a goal down and achieve an excellent victory. Rob Peregrine put the

  • Five wins for town crews

    ROWING: The young oarsmen and women of Stourport Boat Club went in force to the Junior Head of the River race at Evesham and returned with five wins. Sixteen crews entered the event which was raced in near perfect conditions in four divisions on Sunday

  • Disappointing end to county games

    WYRE Forest had to settle for third place in both the boccia event and overall in this year's Worcestershire Game. A good, close exciting competition at the weekend was contested by members of Gateway clubs in each district. Wychavon with 19 points, followed

  • Ace Adam on form

    SWIMMING: Adam Cotgrave and Jeremy Short recorded double wins in Wyre Forest Swimming Club's championship gala. Cotgrave won the 100m freestyle and four by 50m individual medley at 13/14 years level as did Short at 17 and over. Eight and under girls 25m

  • Club celebrates topping 100 mark

    FLOURISHING times are being enjoyed at a Stourport club for the elderly which is celebrating reaching the 100-member mark. Club 55+ at Stourport Social Day Centre, which runs various groups including dance, craft, art, walking, theatre and holiday classes

  • New cup winners

    TENNIS: The end of season tournament at Bewdley Tennis club saw Peter Mauger, usually seen wielding a cricket bat, and Lucy Odell adding their names to the prestigious trophy. In the preliminary rounds, young Becky Owen did well to reach the semi-finals

  • Last chance to light-up streets

    FEW spaces remain for businesses wishing to sponsor Christmas lights which will illuminate Stourport town centre this festive season. There are less than 10 lights available for sponsorship ahead of the November 23 switch-on in Lombard Street, New Street

  • Trimpley press

    PARISH GAMES: Trimpley are leading the table as the teams go into the final challenge next Friday. The quiz evening from 7.30pm will be followed by a presentation two hours later. Wolverley/Cookley won the snooker competition last week at Arley Sports

  • A frustrating Saturday

    SAILING: Quiet conditions and light breezes saw easier racing conditions at Trimpley Sailing Club. However, three GP14s found the gentle winds frustrating on Saturday and even drifted backwards at times. Eric Reed and Jeff Waltier took the first race

  • Black Boy give league shock

    DARTS: League leaders Bowling club A were heading for their fourth straight win in the Bewdley Town Darts League only to see Black Boy end up 4-3 winners. M Morris, of Red Lion, had a shock as he turned to shake his opponent's hand after thinking he had

  • Sunny days for dominoes side

    DOMINOES: Sun and Slipper lead the Rock and District Domino League after a double success over Talbot and Bliss Gate. Results: Talbot 3 Sun and Slipper 4; Blount 6 Bliss Gate 1; Live and Let 4 Cross Keys 3; New Inn 3 Plough 4; Rock Plough 3 Tavern 4,

  • Facts, figures and fixtures 2001/2002 season

    Pre-season 21/07/01 - Redditch United 0 Kidderminster Harriers 3 (Hadley, Hinton, Middleton) (friendly) 24/07/01 - Redditch United 2 (Danks 2) Gloucester United 3 (Tatton, Meadows, Freeman) (friendly) 28/07/01 - Weston St Johns 2 Redditch United 6 (Campbell

  • Close back home

    CHESS: David Close made a winning return after 18 years out of the area as Kidderminster scored a 6-2 home win over Walsall Kipping in round one of the Wolverhampton League Pittaway Cup. Full results (Kidderminster names first): B Sharp 1, D Anderton

  • 25/10/01 - Barrow handed chance at Otley

    SCOTT Barrow is set for his first Worcester Rugby Club start of the season at Otley on Saturday. The former St Helens Rugby League star has not figured in coach John Brain's plans so far in this campaign but wins a place for the National One clash in

  • ABDOU SALL - Centre-back. 1/11/80, 6ft 3ins. Squad number 26.

    Senegal-born Sall began his career with French Third Division Montauban and impressed enough to be snapped up by Toulouse. However, a switch to England earned the giant defender a trial with Harriers and a two-year move in August 2001. Powerful in aerial

  • MARK BLAKE - Midfield. 16/12/70. 5ft 11ins. Squad number 24.

    Ex-England schools, youth and U-21 international Blake was a big hope at Aston Villa before moving to Portsmouth, Leicester, Walsall and Mansfield. A central midfielder with a big engine, an eye for goal and a competitive attitude, Blake switched to Aggborough

  • DANNY WILLIAMS - Midfield 12/7/79. 6ft 1in. Squad number 8.

    After starting off as a trainee at Liverpool, Williams was released at the age of 19 to return to his native Wrexham. The Wales U-21 international played on-off for the Second Division club but made a good impression with many for his uncompromising style

  • DEAN BENNETT - Midfield 13/12/77. 5ft 10ins. Squad number 20.

    Bennett was a then club record buy of £30,000 from rivals Bromsgrove Rovers in January 1999 and proved a goal-scoring menace to Conference opponents in the title-winning season. The ex-England semi-professional international signed a two-year deal at

  • Five trout for fine Fellows fish

    KIDDERMINSTER'S Andrew Fellows used a montana nymph at Shatterford Fishery to take five trout to 2.5lb. An angler caught eight trout to 3lb fishing with a Cat's Whisker on the Wyre Dell, while another used a baby doll to take 7 trout to 3.5lb. On the

  • Moorlands Farm

    WEDNESDAY, Meadow Pool, Peg 38: M Tooce 93-0-0, A Higgs 73-5-0, B Jones 71-10-0, T Parker 62-3-0, R Baxter 56-4-0, S Woodall 53-0-4. Thursday, Cost Cutter Meadow Bank Park, Peg 103: T King 121-1-0, M Tooce 102-9-0, B Drew 89-2-0, P Foster 87-4-0, M Mosley

  • Poole Hall Fisheries

    THERE was good fishing on all coarse waters throughout the week. A Birmingham angler landed 82lb of mixed fish on the Abbey. His best weight was a 11.5lb common carp. Other weights were from 2.5lb to 6.5lb and the bait used was maggots and sweetcorn.

  • Willow Marsh Fishery

    DRAGONFLY Pool has provided excellent sport throughout the week with individual mirror carp catches recorded at 23lb taken on sweetcorn and meat baits. Saturday morning, The Whispers Pool (silver fish), Horseley Piggot AC: Tom Cooks 13-11 Keith Shaw 9

  • MATT LEWIS - Forward. 20/3/84. 6ft 1ins. Squad number 23.

    The youngest player to earn a professional deal at Aggborough and the reason was 52 goals with Coventry-based non-leaguers Marconi last season. A player with the potential to become the next Lee Hughes, Lewis signed a three-year contract and has started

  • COLIN LARKIN - Striker. 27/4/82. 5ft 9ins. Squad number 27.

    LARKIN joined Harriers on a month's loan on Friday, September 14, but suffered a dead leg in training and lasted only 45 minutes on his debut against Plymouth. The Wolverhampton Wanderers man continued to develop steadily for his club last term, mostly

  • Tomkinsons Angling Club

    THE club's next meet is on Sunday at Lyttleton (1-43) with an 8am draw at the ramp. The second round of the singles knockout will be fished at this contest.

  • Shame about the rest of the letter

    WITH regard to George Cowley's reply earlier this month to my letter of September 27. In days past when one rang the bells to raise the alarm it was traditional to strike hard. When using the pen to raise the alarm it is necessary to grab the reader's

  • Another list for your consideration

    A SHORT while ago I gave Journal readers an astonishingly long list of (largely unknown) authorities, all elected or appointed, to in some way affect our lives. I now present another list, this time, of county organisations purporting to better our conditions

  • Masked raiders target M&S

    THREE hooded raiders broke into a Kidderminster store by kicking in a glass window in the front door before making off with an unknown number of vouchers. The offenders raided five tills at Marks & Spencer, High Street, in the break-in which happened

  • Hare and Hounds AC

    TOLBARN Grebe Pool results: 1st R Jordan 3-10, 2nd DG Mole 11-4, 3rd E McKeown 0-13-8. The next contest is at Top Barn, Top Barn pool, meeting at Horsefair from 7am and the venue at 7.30am. Doubles final result: R Jordan/C Brown 3-13, D Mole / D Lavelle

  • The costs behind new council HQ

    THE tenacity of Stratford Liberal Democrats is never in doubt. Once they get a notion in their heads, they keep repeating it, even if it makes them look foolish. Once again, they are peddling their story about the cost of new office accommodation for

  • Personalities cloud the basic issue

    AS a non-Anglican I feel a sadness at the way the controversy at St John's Church, Kidderminster, has allowed the peripheral issues to cloud and almost hide the real basic issue which has brought about this situation. We can all be prone to "personality

  • Mark's Tackle

    THERE will be a Haye Farm Open on Sunday, November 4, with more details available on 01299 871735.

  • I need help with my Bible interpretation

    I HAVE sent the following open letter to Rev Charles Raven. Thank you for educating us in the knowledge of the Bible and its teaching on the subject of homosexuality. I do however need some advice on other matters based on the Holiness Laws on which you

  • Junior round-up . . . Junior round-up . . . Junior round-up

    Elmley Castle U-12 1, Bredon Colts 4 UNBEATEN Bredon bagged four first half goals to wrap up the points by the interval. James Offord scored a al four as the visiting side's play proved too good for an Elmley side much improved on previous seasons. Slick

  • Setting experience against theory

    HOORAY for Pat Jones of Bewdley. After reading her criticisms of the superloo (Letters, October 11), the old adage "an ounce of experience is worth a ton of theory" immediately springs to mind. When I wrote to all the councillors, I made almost identical

  • Booth tally hits 14 as Swifts leap up table

    PROLIFIC Lee Booth notched two more goals to give Stourport Swifts a 2-0 Dr Martens League Western Division victory over struggling Cirencester Town. But while Swifts' leading scorer was taking no prisoners at one end, the Stourport goal led a charmed

  • Phil pounces as United go fourth

    A SINGLE first half goal from Phil Preedy was enough to lift Evesham out of the doldrums after successive defeats and into fourth place in the Dr Martens League Western Division. Tuesday night's narrow win was a necessity in the wake of Saturday's poor

  • Town superloo has been huge success

    I FELT I must write to correct the impression given by the letter about the Bewdley superloo from Mrs Pat Jones (Letters, October 11). As a resident for many years, in Dog Lane and Severnside North we can only talk about the lack of toilet facilities

  • Lose out after a quickfire starter

    Bishampton Utd 2, Inkberrow 3 THE home team got off to a great start with their quickest goal for many years. Mark Insall won the ball from the Inkberrow kick-off and played it through for Andrew Murphy, who chipped it over keeper Myles Day. As the half

  • Buses negotiating obstacle course

    AT a meeting in 1986 of the licensing committee, the district council maintained that "the safety of fare-paying passengers is paramount". They went on to say that passengers should at all times have a smooth and comfortable journey. Now we have traffic-calming

  • Saves put a stop to Swifts' FA Cup cash

    IT COULD so easily have been Stourport Swifts rather than Hucknall Town in the draw for the FA Cup fourth qualifying round. Rod Brown's side created more chances than their Nottinghamshire hosts but were only denied another useful pay day by outstanding

  • Sitting pretty! New stand ready to open

    WHILE Cheltenham Town hope to be sitting pretty in the top three at the end of the season, fans will be doing just that soon, writes Mervyn Collins. The Whaddon Road "Robins" are putting the finishing touches to a £1.2m 1,000 seater stand that is scheduled

  • Swifts win again at Fortress Walshes

    ANOTHER three points and a clean sheet for Stourport Swifts as they beat Racing Club Warwick 1-0 at home in Dr Martens Western Division on Tuesday. It's just a shame Saturday's FA Cup clash with Hucknall Town won't be at fortress Walshes Meadow. Simon

  • Spot-kick sensation for Social

    BRINTONS Social edged a penalty drama to make progress in the Midland Sunday Cup with victory over Hoyland Town Jags. After drawing 1-1 by the end of extra-time, Social took the penalty shoot-out 2-1. Queen's Head Wolverley kept their 100 per cent record

  • Turning back on town after £60 parking fine

    MAY I use your paper to say thank-you to the shops and restaurants in Kiddermin-ster for their service. My wife and I used to enjoy shopping in Kidderminster and stopping for lunch. Unfortunately, being from out of town and unaware of the new restrictions

  • Great Scott is Franche hero

    HAT-TRICK hero Scott Stephens fired Franche Boys U-12s to a 6-2 home win over Worcester Colts. Burlish Olympic continue to top the U-14s division after beating neighbours Mostyn Rangers 3-1. Kieran Watters scored four goals for Ferndale Youth who defeated

  • Swifts' cup surprise for league high-flier

    STOURPORT Swifts stunned Dr Martens Western Division rivals Solihull Boro with a goal in each half to secure a 2-0 win and a place in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup. And the victory not only surprised the visitors as manager Rod Brown admitted

  • Scheme could leave us with disused cinema on our hands

    HOW much longer are the people of Wyre Forest and the rest of the district council going to allow the autocracy of Councillors Mike and Fran Oborski to continue? I thought Health Concern was the largest single party but we hear little from them - and

  • Nikki finds net

    A HAT-TRICK for man of the match Nikki Palmer helped Ferndale U-16s to a hard and well-earned 9-7 victory against unbeaten Northampton Town. Two goals each for Vicki Roberts, Sam Rogers and Nicole Allison kept the girls clear at the top of the Warwickshire

  • Player shortage strikes Swifts' unbeaten run

    STOURPORT Swifts warmed up for Saturday's FA Cup clash with Solihull Borough in the worst possible way - slumping to a 3-0 defeat at Halesowen Town in the Dr Martens Western Division. With eight first team players missing, it was always going to be tough

  • Langford rolls back the years

    SWIFTS boss Rod Brown paid tribute to veteran striker Tim Langford after seeing his side play out a 1-1 draw with fellow high-fliers Atherstone in the Dr Martens Western Division. The evergreen Langford came off the bench and terrorised the visitors with

  • 20/9/01 Nicholls earns Swifts a replay

    ADAM Nicholls was Stourport's hero on Saturday after his last-minute goal clinched a 3-3 draw at Lincoln United. The battling midfielder was also on target in the first half as Swifts were forced to fight back after conceding a goal on just four minutes

  • 13/9/01 Prolific Booth is Swifts' goal king

    STOURPORT eased their way to three points with a 2-1 victory at Worcestershire neighbours Redditch United in the Dr Martens Western Division. The winning margin could have been far greater had the woodwork and keeper Harvey Willetts not saved the home

  • 30/8/01 Double defeat blots Swifts fine opening

    STOURPORT'S winning start to the Dr Martens League Western Division season came to an abrupt end with back-to-back Bank Holiday defeats. A disappointing display in the West Country saw Swifts beaten 2-0 by Clevedon Town and a late winner gave Worcestershire

  • 23/8/01 Own goal decides contest

    STOURPORT manager Rod Brown applauded his defence after Swifts continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a 1-0 win at Racing Club Warwick in the Dr Martens League Western Division. In a dour game of few chances, the Walshes Meadow side took

  • Tries galore as KCs get better of thriller

    ENTERTAINING Kidderminster Carolians moved into fourth place in Midlands Three West (North) after an exciting 32-25 win over Old Yardleians. KCs made a slow start, allowing the opposition to take a 12-0 lead within the first 10 minutes. But after conceding

  • Bewdley put up a struggle

    BATTLING Bewdley suffered their fourth loss of the season when they went down 26-5 to Erdington in North Midlands Division Three. They started off showing determination to try and turn the tide of defeat into a win. After a strong first 20 minutes that

  • Barrow handed chance at Otley

    SCOTT Barrow is set for his first Worcester Rugby Club start of the season at Otley on Saturday. The former St Helens Rugby League star has not figured in coach John Brain's plans so far in this campaign but wins a place for the National One clash in

  • Vile signs at third Sixways attempt

    IT was a case of third time lucky for Steven Vile as he finally became a Worcester Rugby Club player. The 31-year-old New Zealander has signed on at Sixways after two near misses in the past three seasons. The fly-half almost joined Worcester two seasons

  • Three off for Town

    MALVERN Town went down 1-0 to a 27th minute Danny Hill strike in their West Midlands League Premier Division game at Kington last night. But the game ended in farce when referee Mr A. Khalfey sent off three Malvern players in the last 15 minutes. Chris

  • Worcester record important victory

    WORCESTER Norton Hockey Club travelled to Birmingham University and won 4-2 in a game that could go a long way to deciding the DTZ Midlands Division Two even at at such an early stage in the season. Before the game, the two sides were level at the top

  • Midlands launch championship bid

    NORTH Midlands 18-Group rugby clubs will launch their Midlands Championship campaign with a local derby against Staffordshire at Dudley Kingswinford's Heathbrook ground on Sunday (2pm). North Midlands, who had a moderate campaign last season, have enjoyed

  • From the archives

    100 years ago - October 26, 1901 Harvington: Herbert Best, a labourer, of Harvington, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly on October 5. PC Hancock stated that he saw the defendant with his hat, coat and waistcoat off wanting to fight. He was drunk

  • Sleepless nights were in pipeline for villagers

    MONTHS of sleepless nights have been endured by Astley villagers who claim they are suffering because of noise from a mains pipe which Severn Trent Water has failed to repair. Resident Roger Payne said the last three months had been a "misery" because

  • Dressage lowdown

    INTERNATIONAL dressage rider and Olympic trainer Pammy Hutton presents Dressage for Everyone at the Gracelands Equestrian Centre, Elmbridge, near Droitwich, tomorrow (Friday), at 7.30pm. "Pammy is Horse and Hound's outspoken dressage columnist, so visitors

  • Opportunity to buy some quality

    WITH a full season of 209 point-to-points schedules for 2002, Brightwells provides an opportunity for purchasers to find some quality prospects at its National Preseason Sale of Point-to-Pointers at the Three Counties Showground next Tuesday. After a

  • In a whirl over top trophy

    A ROYAL marine officer is flying high after coming top of the class for budding helicopter pilots. Capt Philip Whitfield, of Kidderminster, was awarded his wings with flying colours as he bagged a trophy for best exam results. He said: "I feel sheer relief

  • Dad's shock as son appears in The Sun

    IT was a red-letter day for Bewdley mechanic Jeremy Rogers when he opened The Sun newspaper to find his son featured inside. Robert Rogers, 23, a member of the Royal Marines, was pictured holding a "large gun" in Oman where he and thousands of other Allied

  • RSPCA hero's second award

    A WYRE Forest RSPCA inspector who braved treacherous floodwaters to rescue cattle stuck in the River Severn has received a second award for his courage. Neil Tysall, who was commended for his heroics earlier this year when he helped rescue a ewe and a

  • Star-turn for cosmic artists at gallery

    INTERGALACTIC artwork has gone on display at a Bewdley gallery blighted by work to install foundations for removable flood barriers. Mark Leadbetter with one of Betsy Smith's paintings outside his Bewdley gallery. Mark Leadbetter, owner of The Quay gallery

  • Theatre fit for the 21st century

    THEATREGOERS at Stratford will be treated to an experience fit for the 21st century if new £100m plans for the RSC get the go-ahead. Last Thursday the Royal Shakespeare Company's redevelopment director, Jonathan Pope, outlined the company's radical scheme

  • Forbidden planet

    GET ready to shake, rattle and roll in the aisles when Return To The Forbidden Planet rockets into Cheltenham on November 5. The rock n roll extravaganza, featuring hits from the 50s and 60s including Great Balls of Fire and All Shook Up, will be at the

  • Windy city

    MURDER, greed, corruption and adultery - and that's just for starters when Chicago comes to Birmingham next Monday. The West End hit is playing at the Alexandra Theatre and runs until November 17. Ticket hotline: 0870 6077533.

  • Reaching for the stars

    A WELFORD schoolgirl is celebrating after landing two parts in two major ballet productions. Jessica Toone, aged 10, was on stage last Sunday at The Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent dressed as a cowboy in the Nursery Suite. Jessica was supporting the

  • Rome and Jewels

    WHAT would the Bard have made of his most tragic love story being told by a hip-hop poet? Rome and Jewels sees Romeo and Juliet brought bang up to date through hip-hop dance and music and through the voice of the MC/rapper. It plays at Malvern Theatres

  • Shock as county health chief quits

    SHOCKWAVES have reverberated across Wyre Forest with the news controversial health chief Harold Musgrove has resigned. And the question on everyone's lips is was the man who masterminded the early downgrading of Kidderminster Hospital pushed or did he

  • Broadcast news

    WORSHIPPERS at St Michael's Church, Broadway, kicked off One World Week by recording a service for BBC Hereford and Worcester radio, which was broadcast last Sunday. Canon Peter Burch said: "The service focused on trying to promote unity and harmony in

  • Back to good old days?

    CHILDREN at a Broadway school got a taste of what Victorian schools were like last Friday. Pupils at St Mary's RC Primary School celebrated 150 years since the school's foundation with Victorian-style lessons, complete with cane for the naughty ones!

  • Highest award for a 'tireless campaigner'

    ONE of the leaders of the organic farming movement, Richard Young, of Broadway, has been awarded the highest accolade - The Organic Trophy 2001. The award is made by the Soil Association to the person who, in the opinion of the judges, has made the most

  • Paintings and sculpture

    PAINTINGS and sculptures are going on display in Evesham Town Hall from today (Thursday). The exhibition features pieces by artists from the Evesham Art Society, some of which will be for sale. Admission to the display, which runs until next Tuesday is

  • Stourport Swifts FC - Fixtures and Results - 2001/2

    August 18 Shepshed (h) 2-0 Booth 2 21 RC Warwick (a) 1-0 (og) 25 Clevedon (a) 0-2 27 Evesham (h) 2-3 (og), Cowley September 1 Rugby Utd (h) (FA Cup preliminary round) 5-1 Marsh 2, Charlton, Booth 2 8 Gresley (h) 2-0 Booth 2 11 Redditch (a) 2-1 Langford

  • Defford & Besford

    PARISH COUNCIL: Report of parish council meeting held on October 2: Planning: W01/01276 Mr G Revill move existing consent for barn in flood plain to new building out of flood plain at Bridge Farm. This was opposed as it would set a precedence and it was

  • Mickleton

    WEDNESDAY CLUB: Variety being as they say, the spice of life, one has to report that the clubs programme for the month, followed the pattern very closely. The first meeting found our scheduled speaker detained through sickness, fortunately permitting

  • Pershore

    ARP/O50: The last meeting was very well attended when the speaker was Mr John Massingham who spoke about his life in the Diplomatic Service. After his talk he was thanked by the chairman who then informed members that the Association had recently received

  • Twin trip a triumph

    TEN members of the Per-shore Golf Society emba-rked upon the first ever sporting twinning trip to Bad Neustadt. Club professional, York-shireman Ian Dibbs, made the party welcome, the course was played and enjoyed. A formal welcome was given by the Mayor

  • Art firm takes on 30 workers

    A KIDDERMINSTER-based arts materials suppliers is the picture of happiness after taking on an extra 30 full-time staff, boosting its workforce to 150. Oasis Art and Craft Products Ltd, Goldthorn Road, has opened a new 35,000 sq ft warehouse to meet national

  • Rug machine puts UK design on world stage

    A STOURPORT textile firm looks set to boost its fortunes even further with the introduction of a revolutionary Australian rug-making machine. Forte Cloth, based in Mart Lane, has defied the downsizing of the UK textile industry over the past four years

  • Quality entry for awards

    A TOTAL of £3,000 is up for grabs next week at the Business of the Year Awards being staged by Wyre Forest Business Club. This year's competition has produced an excellent entry of companies vying for the title of Wyre Forest's top business. The awards


    Travel arrangements for the team entry at the quiz night at Cookley Social Club (last Monday) and the half-yearly council meeting in Stourport on Tuesday, were made at the October meeting. Teams were selected for the first two games of skittles, the second

  • Boat firm on recruiting drive

    WORKERS with building skills are being urged to drop anchor at a buoyant Wyre Forest boat-building firm for an open interview day on Saturday. Sealine International, Kidderminster's fastest growing manufacturing firm, will be interviewing to fill 14 vacancies


    Monty Smith MBE, retired curator of Wightwick Manor, talked about the history of the house at the October meeting. This was one of the first properties given to the National Trust, in 1930s, and members were told about extensive renovation work being


    There will be two rides this Sunday. The A ride starts 9 am and visits Bidford Gliding Field near Bidford-on-Avon. The B ride starts at 8.30 am and is a car assisted ride to Leominster. Both rides start from The Green, Blakebrook, opposite the Hospital


    An auction was conducted by secretary Gwen Keenan, aided by Jean Jones, at the September meeting. Invitations have been received from Kidderminster Morning Guild to their 15th birthday celebrations, which some members will attend on Tuesday, November


    Setsuko Watanabe's presentation at the September meeting was entitled In Search of Beauty, arrangements set in simple containers. She arranged classical English styles and also incorporated modern and classical ikebana into her demonstration. A large


    On October 9 speakers from the Samaritans dave members an insight into their work. A buffet supper will be held in December for members. The annual meeting will be in November and will include a "bring and buy".

  • 25/10/01 Few problems for basement boys

    CARLISLE 1 HARRIERS 0 THE longest trip of the season for Kidderminster Harriers brought a familiar story as they failed to register a goal for the eighth time this season. For Harriers, the depressing statistics showed they just had the one accurate meaningful


    There will be a seven and a half mile walk at Craven Arms on Sunday. Anyone wishing to take part should meet at New Road car park, Kidderminster, at 9.30am. For further details telephonr 01562 66020.

  • Servicemen with a smile!

    Evesham DAA THE second semi-final of the Knockout Cup took place at Common Road and resulted in a narrow win for Servicemen's Club. Nick Marshall topped the individual weights and his efforts helped the winners see off the challenge of Offenham. The next

  • They fail to understand the links

    THE recent letters from Messrs Burgess, Cook, Pinney and Audrey Steel show they have again failed to understand the correspondence regarding the link between cheap food, the treatment of animals as production units, and the spread of disease. Instead

  • Fresh delay over ruling

    IT may be Christmas before Alcester residents know if a controversial plan for 400 homes is to be given the go-ahead, writes Helen Clarke. The deadline for comments ran out at the end of September and a decision was expected any day now. After plans were

  • Crying out loud

    THE Myton Hospice shop opened its doors to Alcestrians on Saturday in an attempt to recruit new volunteers and make people aware of the Honey Pot Lottery. And proceedings were made even more lively as Alcester's Town Crier Keith Tomlinson joined in the

  • Drowned dog tied to wheel

    THE RSPCA has condemned a vicious act by 'barbaric' thugs after the body of a young dog was found drowned at Broom Bridge. A tan-coloured male dog was discovered by a member of the public and was fished out of the river on Saturday. The animal had blue

  • Top male vocalist hits 90 in fine tune

    THRIVING Kidderminster Male Choir celebrated its 97th anniversary at the weekend - and nobody enjoyed the evening more than Mal Roberts. He is not the longest-serving member of the choir but is certainly the oldest, having turned 90 last month. The Welshman

  • Band sizzling with musical chemistry

    STARTING all over again is the name of the game for a Kidderminster band who at one stage were facing the end after losing half their line-up. Episonic formed in 1996 and take credit for helping "start the gig scene" at the town's Tap House after complaining

  • A different type of sound

    A BUSY time is in store for another Kidderminster band whose main selling point is - "we don't sound like anyone else around". The multi-skilled Curb, friends of Episonic, will be at Birmingham's Flapper and Firkin on November 7. But hometown fans can

  • Purr-fect 60s show to help 70s legend

    FANS of 60s pop can relive the era when a group of original Merseyside bands hit Kidderminster this weekend. The Mersey Cats, 30 musicians in five or six groups, will perform "classic 60s rock 'n' roll" at the Gainsborough House Hotel on Sunday to raise

  • Trapped inside her own world Clare communicates through music

    EVERYBODY loves music but, for one Vale woman, it is an essential part of her life as it is her means of communication. Clare Milne, who lives at the Home Farm Trust, Evesham, has Rett Syndrome, a rare complex neurological disorder which affects mainly

  • Star-turn for cosmic artists at gallery

    INTERGALACTIC artwork has gone on display at a Bewdley gallery blighted by work to install foundations for removable flood barriers. Mark Leadbetter with one of Betsy Smith's paintings outside his Bewdley gallery. Mark Leadbetter, owner of The Quay gallery

  • The spook is out there . . .

    FASCINATION with ghosts is not a new phenomenon. Indeed, tales of spirits, both of the friendly and hostile varieties, have abounded since man could communicate. In our supposedly more streetwise and sometimes cynical age, one would think that things

  • Feckenham flying

    Alvechurch 2 Feckenham 4 Clive Campion's double assault on the league and Challenge Vase gained momentum with an impressive derby win in the knockout competition. Not surprisingly Brian Powell was the hero with another two goals to take his tally to 16

  • Cider shed culture is still alive and well

    THE Vale of Evesham and surrounding area isn't seen as a cider region, with Somerset, Herefordshire and Devon more famous as lands of scrumpy. However, in the Vale there's always been apples and pears at hand and a barrel of cider down the garden for

  • Dance to help boost trek fund

    A WOMAN hoping to raise cash for British children by trekking the Himalayas in Nepal has organised a charity dance to boost her fund-raising cause. Accountant Sue Ball, 52, of Stourbridge Road, needs to raise £2,000 to take part in the "once-in-a-lifetime

  • Parents warned of transfer date

    PARENTS of children due to transfer school next September are being warned their child could lose out if they miss the deadline for applications next month. A spokesman for the county council said children whose parents returned forms after the closing

  • Swifts aim for giant-killing tag - and a cool £10,000

    CONFIDENT boss Rod Brown believes Stourport Swifts can hit the FA Cup first round proper if they enjoy the luck of the draw. Swifts equal their best run in England's top competition when they visit Unibond League Premier Division Hucknall Town on Saturday

  • Hot-shot Booth fires Swifts

    PROLIFIC Lee Booth has delighted Stourport Swifts' management with his hard-work ethic alongside an impressive 10 goals. Last season's Midland Alliance golden boot winner has shown no sign of fading and scored in Saturday's superb 2-0 FA Cup second round

  • 20/9/01 Brown hunting for cover

    ROD Brown is set to enlist the help of neighbours Kidderminster Harriers to ease Stourport Swifts' player shortage. Long-term suspensions to defenders Quentin Townsend, Steve Ulfig and Anthony Davies are starting to give Swifts boss Brown real problems

  • 13/9/01 Swifts flying for FA Cup

    ON-SONG Stourport Swifts produced some of their best football yet before Saturday's FA Cup tie, according to assistant boss Gary Whild. Swifts impressed in the first half against county rivals Redditch on Tuesday as they followed up Saturday's 2-0 league

  • 6/9/01 Defence dilemma

    STOURPORT Swifts must cope without three defenders for the next 35 days - but they have added striker Nathan Harvey to the squad. Swifts host Gresley on Saturday in the Dr Martens Western Division without the suspended Quentin Townsend, Steve Ulfig and

  • 23/8/01 Brown admits shock at Stourport's super start

    A SWIFT start to the season has come as a surprise for boss Rod Brown who is used to seeing his Stourport side begin slowly. Swifts launched their first Dr Martens League Western Division campaign with a 2-0 home win over Shepshed Dynamo followed by Tuesday's

  • 16/8/01 Swifts turn to a new chapter

    PROMOTED Stourport Swifts take a step into the unknown with their first Dr Martens League Western Division game on Saturday. Rod Brown's men entertain Shepshed Dynamo (3pm) as they write a new section in the club's history books. Swifts finished pre-season

  • 9/8/01 Swifts adding finishing touches

    DR Martens League new boys Stourport Swifts round-off their pre-season campaign at Hellenic League side North Leigh on Saturday. And they make the trip safe in the knowledge that influential midfielder Alex Cowley looks like winning his race to get fit

  • 2/8/01 Swifts' early trophy target

    STOURPORT Swifts will be hoping to kick off the new season with a piece of silverware when they meet Stourbridge for the Joe McGorian Trophy at Walshes Meadow on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). And with a game at home to another Midland Football Alliance side

  • 24/10/01 - Rawlins rankles

    Chippenham Town 4 Redditch United 0 CHIPPENHAM forward Matt Rawlins gave Nicky Cross' men a lesson in finishing with a well-taken hat-trick. The town hitman hit two first half goals before completing his treble in the second half. And James Bent joined

  • 12/7/01 Dynamo first up

    SHEPSHED Dynamo at home will be the opening test for Stourport Swifts in their first Dr Martens League Western Division campaign. Swifts play Worcestershire rivals Evesham United on August 27 (home) and Boxing Day (away). They take on fellow county side

  • 5/7/01 Hereford at home

    CONFERENCE side Hereford United have been added to Stourport Swifts' pre-season dates. Graham Turner's men will head to Walshes Meadow on Thursday, July 26.

  • Moore springs a surprise

    TALENTED striker Paul Moore has rocked Stourport Swifts by switching to local rivals Bromsgrove Rovers in a shock close-season move. Swifts' management team of Rod Brown and Gary Whild were even more mystified to find the skilful player had left the club

  • Good time at Swifts

    A PARTY will be in full swing at Walshes Meadow on Saturday when Swifts celebrate the Midland Alliance championship from 7pm. Former managers and players are welcome. Meanwhile, Swifts will entertain Worcestershire rivals Redditch United in the Dr Martens

  • Five add to Swifts

    14/6/01 PROMOTED Stourport Swifts have another reason to be happy after capturing all five players they targeted at the end of last season. Centre-backs David Davies, snapped up from Oldbury and put on contract, and Quentin Townsend, an ex-Wolverhampton

  • Drugs claim another life

    DRUG abuse, rife in the Cotswolds and the Vale of Evesham, has claimed another young life. On Monday the funeral took place of 24-year-old Tom Ronchard from Willersey, who was found unconscious in his aunt's home in Badsey Road, Willersey, earlier this

  • Spooky gallery of ghoulish gadgetry

    TRICK-or-treat, trick-or-treat, we don't want your money, we just want a sweet. Is it just me who was told to say this by my mum before intrepidly trudging the streets draped in 'blood' spattered sheets, wart-nosed and rubber masked? Probably, but in

  • Best feet forward

    AN Evesham couple will put their best feet forward in China next month, thanks to The Journal/Round Table Fix It campaign. Caroline Godber, aged 50, and her husband, Geoff, 51, of Blayneys Lane, will be walking 75 miles of The Great Wall of China to raise

  • No custody for sex offender

    A PERVERT who terrified two teenage girls by exposing himself has escaped a custodial sentence. Daniel Fisher spoke to the victims by a brook at Waterside, Evesham, to draw attention to himself before the sexual act. He also "pestered" a married woman

  • Gardens and ghouls . . .

    GHOULISH goings-on will be happening the world-famous gardens of Hidcote Manor this weekend, when it plays host to a Hallowe'en celebration. Spooky spirits will be be on hand as visitors explore the National Trust garden's deepest darkest corners in search

  • League action starts

    SIX teams have yet to taste defeat in this winter's action in the Cotswold Floorball League. Three of the teams are in Division A, where Mickleton stand at the summit after winning two and drawing two of their opening four matches. Longborough and Chipping

  • Parish Games round-up

    THE first semi-finals in the knockout competitions in the 2001 Wychavon Parish Games have now been played. The crib final will take place next Tuesday when Evesham Hampton, last year's winners, face Eckington. In the ladies darts, the semi-finals will

  • McCoy lands win double

    TWO wins from four rides provided Tony McCoy with another profitable afternoon at Stratford last Saturday. The McCoy/Martin Pipe partnership landed two favourites on a day when the punters were in good mood with a succession of short-priced winners. McCoy

  • Versatile Edward eyes gold medal

    TEENAGE track sensation, Edward Dunford, is on track to repeat Daley Thompson's gold medal glory at the Olympic Games, writes Mervyn Collins. It's been a truly remarkable story for the 17-year-old from Broom, whose talents for throwing, running and jumping

  • Wychavon's Games glory

    SPORTY youngsters in Wychavon proved they are tops after the district clinched first place in the Worcestershire Games following a last minute victory. The final heat of the event, the Boccia, saw Wychavon battle it out with closest rivals Redditch. Wychavon

  • Harris the hero in Lygon win

    Evesham and District Airgun League LEAGUE leaders Campden RBL lost their unbeaten rec-ord when they crashed to a narrow three-point defeat at the Lygon Arms. Keith Harris was the Lygon's hero with a score of 49, a feat matched by the consistent Bob Pitcher

  • Mixed fortunes for local trio at testing tracks

    WHILE Vale track stars, Pete Jennings and Simon Andrews were completing their seasons in the British Championship events at Donington Park, Mark Tyrrell competed at Cadwell Park's International Circuit two-day meeting. Jennings, riding his Knott's Motor

  • Signing off with a win

    AFTER several podium finishes in this season's FIA European Touring Car Championships, Matt Neal finally came up trumps at Estoril last weekend. The "People's Cham-pion", driving the Team Dynamics Nissan Primera, won a tense battle with long-time rival

  • What does the euro mean to Europe?

    ONE in five people still do not understand what the euro represents, despite the single currency coming into use on January 1 next year. The comment was made by the Conservative MEP for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire area, John Corrie, after a survey

  • Store makes record profits

    HIGH-street chain Debenhams is celebrating record full-year profits. But the firm, which has a department store in Worcester's High Street, has seen sales growth slow in recent weeks. Strong sales across the retailer's 97 stores pushed pre-tax profits

  • Making plans

    THE following planning applications for Bidford area have been lodged with Stratford District Council. 95, High Street, new underground storage tanks and pipework for existing petroleum filling station, for Texaco Ltd. The Grange, Cleeve Road, Marlcliff

  • Young third team miss out

    Bromsgrove III 2, Pershore II 0 A TEAM, including several newcomers, including 12-year-old Tom Whitehead battled well and for periods outplayed a more experienced Bromsgrove side. Pershore started well with some good play down the right involving Anderson

  • Ladies round-up

    Bretforton 2, Wootton Bassett 3 WOOTTON piled on the early pressure and, after weathering the storm, a quick break and excellent stick work from Deb Slatter set up the opening goal for Sarah Hall. Slick one-touch passing brought the visitors the equaliser

  • Lucky Kings rule roost

    Pershore 0, Kingswinford 3 IF ever a side could genuinely consider themselves unlucky to lose 3-0 then surely for Pershore this was it. A strengthened Pershore team soon settled down into a good rhythm with Massingham constantly driving the home team

  • Pay losing price for losing heads!

    Evesham 2, Streetly 4 EVESHAM dropped another three points in Saturday's DTZ West Midlands Premier Division game with a poor display against a determined Streetly side. Evesham started brightly but were soon two goals down due to awful possessional play

  • FIREWORK MADNESS: Tonne of explosives uncovered

    MORE than a tonne of potentially lethal illegally-stored fireworks have been seized in a raid on a Worcester lock-up garage - the biggest haul ever seen in Worcestershire. The fireworks, which have been described as a time-bomb by authorities, were seized

  • Stadium application: Architect's big stadium experience

    THE architect behind the spectacular Worcester Rugby Club stadium design is part of the team hoping to ring the changes for Worcester City. Ian McConaghy, of BGP McConaghy Architects, has created the designs for the new blue and whites' ground in the

  • Brown waiting on striker

    ROD Brown is prepared to be patient in his search for a striker to bolster Stourport Swifts' ranks. The Swifts boss, whose side went third in the Dr Martens League Western Division after Tuesday's 2-0 win over Cirencester, is looking for talent from a

  • Stadium application: Plan taken years of effort and research

    TO reach the stage of their current bid, the project team has had to constantly go back to the drawing board to meet Worcester City Council requirements. It has taken lots of effort and expertise to keep this massive project moving. At a public inquiry

  • Booth tally hits 14 as Swifts leap up table

    PROLIFIC Lee Booth notched two more goals to give Stourport Swifts a 2-0 Dr Martens League Western Division victory over struggling Cirencester Town. But while Swifts' leading scorer was taking no prisoners at one end, the Stourport goal led a charmed

  • Flour power solves terror scare riddle

    MOUNDS of flour mistaken for a hoax anthrax attack have turned out to be markers for cross-country runners. Police were contacted by worried passers-by who spotted the trail along Droitwich Road and Bilford Road in Worcester on Tuesday - the day after

  • Club will play on despite violence

    PERSHORE Town Football Club will try to get back to normal after the team was attacked when a match last week erupted into violence. The club held a meeting last night to decide its future after players and bosses were chased around Coventry by rival

  • Waste collection is 'a load of rubbish'

    A MAN has rubbished Worcester City Council's new policy on collecting household waste after refuse men left his garbage rotting at the side of his house. Alan Cupper had a leaflet pushed through his door outlining the new policy which insists householders

  • Villagers reject growth

    KEMPSEY people do not want their village to expand, especially if it means becoming part of Worcester. Three hundred people took the chance to comment on the village's future as part of a survey on housing needs - and their messages ranged from "please

  • Famous sculptor exhibits in gallery

    A MALVERN art gallery hopes to have rock solid reviews as it hosts work from an internationally-acclaimed sculptor. On the Wild Side, which opened 12 months ago to present the best in natural history art and encourage talented artists by offering them

  • Can you help to tidy up the city?

    A NEW litter scheme is looking for more volunteers to lend a helping hand and make Worcester a tidier place. The Duckworth Worcestershire Trust, which runs the Volunteer Litter Warden Scheme, is encouraging more residents and groups to sign up to the

  • Tributes follow death of top Tory aged 54

    THE president of the West Worcestershire Conservative Association, Anthony Ogilvie, has died after a short illness. Mr Ogilvie, aged 54, moved to the county about 12 years ago and lived with his mother, Ruth, in Albert Road South, Malvern. He was a governor

  • Colin's top award for 'special' work

    A KEEN photographer has snapped up a top community award after putting himself in the frame with years of voluntary work. Colin Hill's 10 years as Kidderminster Carnival chairman is just one of the reasons he has been chosen for the second annual Rowland

  • Famine tale is first for group

    THE Rose Theatre Youth Group is putting on its first production on the venue's main stage at the weekend. The curtain will rise on The Great Irish Potato Famine, which features a cast of 16 youngsters aged 12 and over, on Saturday at 7.30pm. Ben Kenyon

  • Demolition paves way for college

    A WELL-known part of the Kidderminster skyline has disappeared following the demolition of the Market Street multi-storey car park. Work is now under way to clear the site in preparation for the construction of the new £9 million state-of-the-art Kidderminster

  • Playing the dating game

    A WORKER in a builders merchants has gone from flirting flop to babe magnet in six weeks - thanks to a celebrity television style team. Until starring in BBC2's Would Like to Meet programme earlier this month Stourport's Mike Smith, 30, would never have

  • Fine for lost radioactive cartridge

    RADIOACTIVE material lost by a Kidderminster vehicle repair firm could be a danger for the next five years, a court has been told. Kidderminster magistrates imposed a fine of £21,000 with £2,080 costs on Nationwide Crash Repair Centres, trading as Cars

  • Top male vocalist hits 90 in fine tune

    THRIVING Kidderminster Male Choir celebrated its 97th anniversary at the weekend - and nobody enjoyed the evening more than Mal Roberts. He is not the longest-serving member of the choir but is certainly the oldest, having turned 90 last month. The Welshman

  • EU probe call over wood-floor 'trick'

    THE EU is being urged to investigate an alleged "dirty tricks" campaign against the carpet industry. Wyre Forest Euro MP Neena Gill has called on European Commissioner Mario Monti to look into the Healthy Flooring Network, which has cited carpet as a

  • Right time for S Club heaven

    THERE won't be any party like an S Club party when two pop tribute acts come to Cheltenham next Wednesday. S Club Party and Billy will play two shows at the Everyman Theatre to the joy of teenagers, schoolchildren and possibly those of us old enough to

  • Young musical talent on show

    THE cream of young brass band talent from the Vale and beyond will be performing a special concert on November 4. The Bretforton Silver Band's Youth Music Festival will end with a concert at the Evesham Arts Centre. The concert will feature the newly-assembled

  • What's On

    THURSDAY: Kidderminster: Harriers - King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys. Birmingham: NEC - The Monkees. Symphony Hall - Massed Bands of Royal Air Force. Worcester: Huntingdon Hall - Show of Hands. Brierley Hill: Robin R'n'B - Fred Zeppelin. FRIDAY: Kidderminster

  • Life's a beach for race pair

    MOTOR SPORT: Two quad bikers want to 'sand' a message out to rival riders in the Weston-super-Mare Beach Race. Simon Davies and Geoff Hand are vying for first and second position at the popular event on Saturday. They need a good result to help them on

  • Kidderminster hard to defeat

    HOCKEY: Kidderminster Boundary remain unbeaten after a comfortable home 4-1 win over Coalville in DTZ League Midlands One. They started strongly but were unable to break through their opponents' defence. However, following a short corner just before half-time

  • Samurai lift team trophy yet again

    JUDO: A scintillating display from Samurai's boys' lightweight teams swept the board at the Bev Price Team Championships. They took all four medals in the Midlands premier club competition, ensuring the overall trophy remained with them for the second

  • Hard graft is key to new canal gates

    THE giant 24ft high lock gates at Stourport Basins were replaced on Monday, hoisted out by a 50-tonne crane. The new gates were built in Birmingham by British Waterways' own construction team using the same methods as were used more than 100 years ago

  • Great Britain girls star in contest

    KARATE: Kara Bennett, Jennie Price and Emily Powell won their third team title in a row at Kidderminster's Kimura Shukokai Championships. The trio took the senior cadet team kata trophy following wins in the National Championships and Kimura Cup. Great

  • Gym still chasing table tennis title

    TABLE TENNIS: Jim's Gym A maintained their effort to retain the Kidderminster Table Tennis League Division One championship with an 8-2 win over relegation candidates Wordsley A. Martin Madkins and Gary Jones both scored maximums to help them on their

  • Quick Gould

    ATHLETICS: Midlands representative Liz Gould had a great weekend for Kidderminster and Stourport Athletic Club. Gould finished first for her club and third overall in 22 minutes 57 seconds in the first race of the Gloucester Cross Country Series at Blackbridge

  • Saints surge

    SNOOKER: St John's B remain top of Kidderminster Wednesday Snooker League after a 4-1 success over British Sugar B. Division 1: St John's B 4, British Sugar B 1; British Sugar A 3, Pockets C 2; St George's B, St John's C late card; St John's D 1, St George's

  • Margaret magic

    GOLF: Margaret Ellor's supremacy came through to take the win from vice-captain Ros Hayward in a close Wyre Forest Ladies' October LGU medal. Val Bow was snapping at her heels, only one shot off for third place, and Dawn Gregg was fourth. Ellor won the

  • STUART BROCK - Goalkeeper. 26/9/76, 6ft 1ins. Squad number 1.

    Released by Aston Villa, Brock signed for Harriers in September 1997 after a short spell at Northampton Town where he failed to make an appearance. He made his Harriers first-team debut in November of the same year and has proved himself a fine shot-stopper

  • Champions stung

    TRIVIA: Black Boy trounced league champions Rising Sun Stourport by 15 points in a high-scoring match in the Wyre Forest League. Newly promoted Cock and Magpie were narrowly beaten by Wren's Nest, while Bird in Hand ensured double gloom for the Rising

  • 25/10/01- Vile signs at third Sixways attempt

    IT was a case of third time lucky for Steven Vile as he finally became a Worcester Rugby Club player. The 31-year-old New Zealander has signed on at Sixways after two near misses in the past three seasons. The fly-half almost joined Worcester two seasons

  • October 25, 2001

    ITt has been an exciting week in London and at home.The first meeting of the Health Select Committee was held and members asked Alan Milburn and Jacqui Smith questions relating to NHS expenditure. To me, the most interesting thing was the Ministers' skilled

  • STEWART HADLEY - Forward. 30/12/73. 6ft. Squad number 21.

    A bustling and hard-running striker, Hadley scored Harriers' first ever goal in the Football League against Torquay. But he has not scored as regularly as in non-league after signing on a free transfer from Mansfield in June 1998. Hadley started off at

  • DREWE BROUGHTON - Forward. 25/10/78. 6ft 3ins. Squad number 9.

    Tall target-man who made an immediate impact with his aggression, spirit and goal-scoring on being signed for £50,000 from Peterborough in January 2001. Despite his disciplinary problems, Broughton is a first choice when fit and wins a lot of aerial challenges

  • Regent AC

    LOWER Brandon contest: 1st J Bellamy 28lb 4oz, 2nd P Harrison 28lb, 3rd P Brookes 18lb The next contest is on Sunday, November 4, on Lyttleton Pegs 1-20. The draw will be at 7.45am at the ramp.

  • Woodward Grovesnors AC

    WASELL Grove contest: 1st B Burrows 5lb 10oz, 2nd A Tombs 5lb 1oz, 3rd P Bruce 4lb 9oz, 4th K Green (G Mansell guest) 3lb 11oz, 5th A Kimber 2lb 15oz. The next contest will be on Sunday, October 28, meeting at Green Street car park from 7am.

  • Franche Village Club

    FRANCHE Pool: 1st J Williams 18-14-0, 2nd M Stebbings 13-8-0, 3rd S Stebbings 12-14-0, 4th B Bowers 12-8-0. The next contest is at the Canal Bridges 8-9 on Sunday with a 7am draw.

  • Assault man facing prison term

    A MAN who knocked a mother's teeth out after they attended a wedding reception has been warned he faces jail. John Baker, 24, of Hurcott Road, Kidderminster, was convicted of assaulting Mrs Kelly Whall and causing her actual bodily harm. Baker accused

  • Old Bear AC

    JUNIOR'S, Franche Pool: Miss M McGowan 19-15-0, K Brookes 19-8-0, N Rowe 12-12-0. Seniors results, Pershore: S Rowe 9-11-0, G Birch 5-7-0, C Meacham 4-7-0. The next contest is at Ladyham on Sunday. Cars leave at 7am from Broadwaters.

  • It all came out so well in the wash

    Broadway's fire-fighters would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of their charity car wash on Saturday, when just over £1,150 was raised for the New York Disaster Fund. Thanks to all those who brought cars to be washed, and to the

  • Important to economy?

    ON page 3 of the October 4 issue of the Shuttle/Times and News an article under the title "60 extra staff for campaign" was published. The article concerned the start of this season's "campaign" at the British Sugar factory on Stourport Road, Kidderm-inster

  • I will never forget your kindness

    THESE days we so often see on television or read in our newspapers the terrible experiences some people receive in our hospitals and rightly so we the public should hear about them. However, I would like to put on record a story of devoted nursing and

  • Car taken in home raid

    Raiders made off with a black Ford Puma after breaking in to a home in Harvington. The burglars entered through a patio door and stole a handbag containing keys to the car, registration W877 LRY, which was driven away. The raid happened last Wednesday

  • Not always so ap-pealing

    IN reply to recent letters complaining about noise from racing motorcycles and cars. I live opposite the church in Badsey and am not a great lover of the noise from church bells. But I don't go complaining when they ring. Why? Because other people enjoy


    HAZELHURST result: 1st K Moss 22-2, 2nd G Hutton 18-3, 3rd P Reynolds 15-15. The match this Sunday is at Porters Mill and members meet at 7am at the Mitre Oak Lay-by. No fishing is allowed unless subscriptions are fully paid up.

  • Feud over girl ends in court

    TWO men involved in a feud over a girl twice ended up brawling in a Stourport street, Worcester Crown Court heard. Ian Lancett had been going out with her but her ex-boyfriend, Gary Whitmore, was jealous and there was tension between the men, said William

  • Topsy-turvy time as United fail to deliver

    Evesham United 1, Shepshed Dynamo 2 EVESHAM United's Jekyll and Hyde season continued last Saturday but unfortunately for Phil Mullen's men the good doctor never called, writes Mick Clewes. A distinctly below par performance saw the visitors who were

  • Striker Lee on target to move up "ladder"

    STRATFORD footballer, Lee Ross, is proving a big hit in the Dr Martens League, writes Mervyn Collins. The 22-year-old tops the Western Division scoring charts with nine goals and has helped Bloxwich Town establish themselves in their new surroundings.

  • Maffei grabs a late winner

    JOHN Maffei enhanced his reputation as the best striker in local football with the winner for league leaders Brintons Athletic in a 3-2 win at local rivals Chaddesley Corbett. Maffei was quiet for 84 minutes but was on hand to slam home the impressive

  • Swifts back to winning ways

    BOSS Rod Brown admitted Saturday's 3-1 win over league basement boys Swindon Supermarine was no walkover. But Brown was delighted that Swifts bounced back from last weekend's FA Cup defeat and league loss at Bilston. They made hard work of Swindon, allowing

  • Rec too hot to handle as Curry hits target

    LEAGUE newcomers, Badsey Rec Reserves, ended Broadway United Reserves' unbeaten record to move to the top of Division Four in the Evesham Sunday League. Goals from Dan Curry and Oliver Stanbra gave Badsey a comfortable interval lead and, despite Broadway

  • Spotlight on home form

    STOURPORT Swifts take a seven-match unbeaten home run into Saturday's Dr Martens League Western Division clash with Swindon Supermarine. But their below-par away form cost them with Saturday's FA Cup third qualifying round exit at Hucknall and a 1-0 league

  • Pair of braces!

    Shipston 1, Bretforton 4 IN the clash between previous Stratford Alliance Premier champions Bretforton were presented an early gift when Shipston keeper Gary Betteridge tried to play a ball across his goal but only found Graham Westmacott who side-footed

  • Classy Town romp home

    IMPRESSIVE Bewdley Town cruised to their best win of the season with an excellent 4-0 success at Ludlow Town Reserves in West Midlands League Division One South. After a shaky opening five minutes, Bewdley quickly got into their stride and made several

  • Leaders sunk by Simon

    IT was all-change at the top of Journal Premier Division of the Stratford Alliance after a surprise setback for leaders Campden Town. Simon Dixon grabbed the only goal as FISSC gained their first win at the expense of a team that had opened the league

  • No surprise over piano building

    WHAT a surprise! The piano building may have to be demolished after all. Anyone who has followed the town centre redevelopment saga from the beginning and is aware of the list of buildings the original planning brief wanted saved cannot fail but come

  • Knight volley seals points

    DAVE Knight's last-minute volley won the day as Wyre Forest won 2-1 at Malvern Ramblers in West Midlands Division One South. Ramblers dominated the first 20 minutes but Forest created most of the chances as the game wore on. Both Darren Raybould and Mark

  • Why can't it become new council HQ?

    SO, the vandalism continues! It appears that Wyre Forest district councillors/planners do not learn from their mistakes. After allowing the town to be divided by the ring road and approving the demolition of the old library, can they not see how wrong

  • Spluttering Swifts

    STOURPORT Swifts spluttered their way to a 4-2 victory against visitors Cinderford Town in the league on Saturday. Boss Brown was just thankful his players' far from vintage display arrived against a below-par Forest of Dean side. He said: "We didn't

  • Tight at the top

    WOODTHORPE Wanderers moved to within two points of the top in the Kidderminster Six-a-side League at Stourport Sports Club with a 4-2 win over FC Magic. Leaders Ryan's Wanderers were held 2-2 by Surreal Madrid. Other results: Briars 8 Sporting Madrid

  • Job well done

    PROFESSIONALS proved themselves just that as their A and B teams won in the Stourport Sports Centre Adult Five-a-side Winter League. Results, Premier League: AC Ram 1, Professionals B 5; St John's Social 1-B 1, Professionals A 4; Bridge Inn Reserves 4

  • 20/9/01 Knight to the rescue in Swifts FA Cup bid

    A ROSS Knight goal after six minutes gave Stourport Swifts a 1-0 FA Cup first qualifying round replay win over Unibond One side Lincoln United. Tuesday's win lined up a home clash with current Dr Martens Western Division leaders Solihull in the next round

  • Help for bosses

    A JUNIOR team management course is being run by Worcestershire FA next month. Worcester University College is the venue on Wednesdays, November 14 and 21, from 6.45pm until 9.45pm and Saturday, November 17, from 9am until 3.30pm. Closing date for applications

  • 6/9/01 Swifts soar to a fine FA Cup thrashing

    SIZZLING Stourport Swifts soared to a marvellous 5-1 FA Cup preliminary round victory over Dr Martens League Eastern Division side Rugby United. Strikers Lee Booth and Simon Marsh shared four goals between them as Rod Brown's men set up a trip to Unibond

  • 23/8/01 Hard-to-beat Swifts off to Western flyer

    It was business as usual at Walshes Meadow where Swifts won their first ever Western Division game with a 2-0 victory over Shepshed Dynamo. Few gave manager Brown and his players much of a chance before the season began but Saturday's result will make