• Swift stars and Peacock flies high in draw

    Stratford Ladies 2, Leicester 2 STRATFORD started the game strongly and opened the scoring after five minutes. The goal came from a great early ball from Carina Taylor that wrong footing the defence, with Alison Scott neatly finishing it off. Leicester

  • Longhi stars but Sikhs too strong

    Sikh Union 5, Pershore II 2 PERSHORE started against the current league leaders in disastrous fashion by conceding a well-worked goal in the first few minutes. Pershore were now on their back foot against skilful opponents and, without some inspirational

  • Nap hand on travels as senior side stay on top

    STRATFORD men took their incredible away record to five wins out of five with a 2-1 victory at Streetly on Saturday. The top two sides in the league locked horns and Stratford - though confident - were ready for a tough game. Stratford were under pressure

  • Goalless affair gives hope to struggling home side

    Evesham Ladies 0, Worcester Norton II 0 A DRAW against top of the table opponents delighted the Evesham side that defended with great spirit. A determined attitude from the opening whistle was the key to the goalless affair as Evesham were forced to pull

  • £28,000 will see buses on the road

    HOPES of securing a dial-a-ride service for Upton-upon-Severn have been revived after the original plan ran into difficulties over funding. A pilot scheme could begin in the new year if the latest plans get off the ground. The idea is for Malvern Community

  • New video is more of a personal chat

    WORCESTER'S antiques expert Henry Sandon is sharing his passion for fine porcelain in a new video. Mr Sandon, who regularly appears on BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow, is the presenter of the documentary which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the factory


    A WORCESTER boy who faces losing his eye after an horrific firework accident is to have pioneering surgery tomorrow to try and save it. Tom Munn will undergo the ground-breaking operation by world-renowned eye expert Professor Harminder Dua at the Queen's

  • History lessons move into playground

    HISTORY lessons moved out of the book and into the playground as school children in Worcester had a taste of Tudor life. Pupils at Powick Primary School were involved in England's past times as part of a Year 4 project. The eight and nine-year-olds are

  • Buxton's big appointment

    STONE Cricket Club gave new life-member Fred Buxton a standing ovation at the annual dinner. The club stalwart was honoured for his outstanding efforts over 10 years. Batsman Dean Aldridge was named as the players' player of the year after being the season's

  • Musical programme at Christmas fayre

    A MUSICAL programme has been planned to entertain visitors to Worcester's Christmas Fayre. The Victorian-themed street market will be held amid sounds of handbell-ringers, brass bands, school choirs and dance groups. The entertainment will be held in

  • Newsagent's plan for cannabis caf

    ONE of Britain's first cannabis cafs could be opened by a former Worcester newsagent. Two supporters of the drug's medicinal benefits aim to open up a caf where people who use cannabis for pain relief can socialise. Chris Hyde and Julian Tindle both use

  • Pressure on Greeks over spy accused

    MPs are stepping up the pressure on Greek authorities to release a former Worcester man and his colleagues being held on espionage charges. West Midlands MEP Liz Lynne raised the plight of Wayne Groves and 13 others during a full session of the European

  • Youth praised for community spirit

    A CARING Worcester schoolboy has been praised for his community spirit after his letter helped persuade the council to improve road safety. Oliver Mills was concerned about road safety on St Peter's Drive and fed-up with cars sounding their horns at him

  • Vehicle 'driven at police'

    A STOLEN Land Rover is believed to have been deliberately driven at two police officers who were following the vehicle. One officer had to leap from his police motorcycle to avoid being injured in the incident on Tuesday. The green-coloured car was taken

  • Last big push for volunteers

    A BAND of volunteers who devoted years to sweetening the stay of bed-bound patients at a Worcester hospital are parking up their trolleys for the last time. The Good Samaritans from the Red Cross, who have graced Ronkswood's wards for 30 years armed with

  • Fridge dump fear in wake of new law

    A WORCESTER councillor says he fears dumped fridges could litter the city after laws come into force in the New Year preventing their disposal at landfill sites. Derek Prodger claims new European legislation could increase fly-tipping in the city because

  • Strife on the ocean waves

    A DREAM anniversary cruise turned into a holiday from hell for a Bewdley couple who feared for their lives as their ship was besieged by violent storms. Celebration turned to terror for Brian and Zelda Little on a trip from Palma in Majorca which saw

  • Empty spaces at park and ride site

    A PARK and ride scheme launched last week in Kidderminster in a bid to avert a parking meltdown is proving a flop. A visit by the Shuttle/Times and News to the Stadium Close car park, by the Harriers football ground, at 1.30pm on Monday found a sea of

  • Cash deal ends Harriers row

    A CASH row at Kidderminster Harriers Football Club has finally come to an end after a settlement agreed with former chairman David Reynolds - but not without more controversy. His successor Lionel Newton has paid him a six-figure sum, believed to be around

  • Wife's witness plea to horror 'hit-and-run'

    WITNESSES to a hit and run accident in Kidderminster have been urged to come forward by the wife of a victim who had to have emergency brain surgery. Gareth Ward, 33, was cycling to work at Brockway Carpets, where he is a backing plant supervisor, when

  • Story of Wyre Forest on film

    FORTUNES made from Bewdley caps to Kidderminster carpets are recalled in a new video on the history of the Wyre Forest district released this week. The Shuttle/Times & News has teamed up with Heritage Films to make the fascinating 60-minute video.

  • Sladen makes fast headway

    A FAILING school that had been threatened with closure has improved so much this year it may soon be out of "intensive care". Sladen Middle School in Hurcott Road, Kidderminster, was designated a "special measures" school last October - which meant it

  • In the Christmas spirit

    THE Stour Singers, under the expert guidance of their musical director Richard Emms, will be getting in the Christmas spirit this week. The Singers will be holding a concert at St Edmund's Church in Shipston at 7.30pm on Saturday. The main piece, Confitibor

  • Drugs-lab man sent to prison

    A former industrial chemist who set up a laboratory in his cellar to produce drugs has been jailed for four months. Shawn Dilley manufactured a small quantity of amphetamine and was "one step away" from producing ecstasy, Worcester Crown Court heard.

  • Van the man

    THE fabulous Van Morrison is making his first appearance at the Malvern Theatres on Saturday. One of the country's great musical legends, Van will be presenting a unique evening of songs. Performances are at 6pm and 8.45pm and tickets cost £20-£25 on

  • 20-medal haul for hosts

    THE Wyre Forest Minimon Championships raised more than £200 for the Kidderminster Mayor's charities as well as allowing junior judo beginners a chance to gain their first medals. Kidderminster's Samurai Judo Club ran the event because the charities were

  • Big Brother star is guest

    Dean from Channel 4's Big Brother programme will be opening a Christmas fair at a Stourport nursery tomorrow. The event at St Wulstan's Church community centre will be held from 6pm to 8pm. It is the second annual fair to be held by the Vale Road nursery

  • Snooks find Pockets in Division One win

    SNOOKS A thrashed Pockets A 5-0 to hold their lead in Kidderminster and District Monday Snooker League Division One. Snooks B are within reach of their A side, beating Chester Road 4-1, with back-to-form Danny Rees recording a 69 break, the highest of

  • Loos gain four stars

    The unsavoury image of pub toilets is being flushed down the pan after a Stourport pub won national recognition in a Loo of the Year competition. Regulars at Ye Olde Crown Inn, Bridge Street, are relieved to discover spotless modern conveniences. The

  • Bowl them over

    DARTS: Bowling Club A showed why they won the Bewdley Town Darts League last season with a 5-2 success over Hop Pole. M Reading won his opening game in no time at all and hit a 180 with his second visit to the board. Woodhouse and Edwards won their singles

  • Problem winds

    ATHLETICS: Amazing Feet's Richard Baker had to battle against the elements in last week's Clowne half marathon in North Derbyshire, missing out on his target time of one hour 48 minutes. A gale-force head wind and heavy rain between miles 10 and 12 resulted

  • Tough Tavern

    DARTS: A strengthened team at the Tavern (Newnham Bridge) are challenging Royal Forest (Callow Hill) early on in the Rock and District Winter Darts League. The two teams meet in their next match, while Bliss Gate have been dragged into the perennial battle

  • Trio gobble prize

    GOLF: A Turkey Trot competition was held at Little Lakes Golf Club on Saturday. Result: Judith Davies, Philip Laud and Melvyn Palmer 59; June Darley, Kevin Phillips, Robert Amphlett 61.4; Rose Parkes, Matthew Whitehouse, Pam Kay 61-7; Kath Robinson, Bob

  • November 29, 2001

    I NOW know why the House of Commons appears so empty on television except for Prime Minister's Question Time. MPs are expected to have the ability to be in two, if not three, places at once. First there is the conflict between events in the constituency

  • Reformed addict given last chance

    A REFORMED drug addict who joined the Samaritans helped to prevent a 17-year-old committing suicide, Worcester Crown Court heard. Wayne Crowther has been a "listener" for the charity since becoming drug-free, said his barrister Samantha Forsyth. And while

  • Banned for three years

    A driver who was weaving about the road when police followed him at 3.15am has been banned for three years. Darren Harvey, 23, of Park Street, Kidderminster, admitted a second drink-drive offence in three years. He had a breath alcohol reading of 59,

  • See your way to helping someone

    OVER 100,000 unwanted spectacles, which once lay useless in homes across Britain, have just been sent to 12 destinations in the developing world. It is thanks to many of your readers that thousands of older people have a chance of having their deteriorating

  • Man, 44, made threat calls to agency worker

    A MAN with a grudge against public servants threatened a chief officer at Kidderminster's Benefits' Agency, Worcester Crown Court heard. Peter Collins made insulting phone calls to Valerie Upton. He also went to Kidderminster Hospital to distribute leaflets

  • Your views on rural issues

    MIGHT I, as a former county resident, return to your columns having attended a major rural Conference, the Plunkett Foundation Conference., Shrewsbury and which took place on November 6 and 7. Guest speaker was the Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Minister of


    Wednesday match, Meadow Pool, 20 fished: Paul Rowbury 51lb 6oz (peg 9), Alan Higgs 48-7 (12), Danny Ashington 37-5 (11). Thursday, Meadow, 23: Mark Moseley 101-6 (42), David James 76-4 (36), Higgs 40-8 (11). The fourth round of the Winter League was fished

  • When a bird's nest has same value as a life

    LIKE Mrs A Rickett (Letters, November 22) I despair that the legal system favours the road killer over the victim. Two years ago, my son was killed by an habitual petty criminal driving a car without tax, MoT or insurance, with a bald tyre and with stolen

  • Gallery owner foils raiders

    THE irate owner of a Blakedown art gallery chased two raiders after they bungled a smash and grab at her premises, causing £800 worth of damage. Stephanie Willetts, 38, was alone at Eastcote Art Gallery, Birmingham Road, when two men burst through the


    There has been a good showing of silver fish throughout the week on all pools with weights recorded from 15lb to 47lb. Maggot and luncheonmeat have been popular baits. Saturday Open, Heron: Andy Morrison 24-5 (24), Ivan Laight (National Standard) 20-0


    Round two, Winter League, fished at Stourport: Phil Coles (Marks Masters) 15-2, Pete Sanford (Good Intent Green) 11-2, Tony Morton (Good Intent) 10-9, Paul Wilson (Cock & Magpie) 10-6, Jim Morris (Good Intent Red) 10-0. Teams on the day: Good Intent

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

    Bardwell Boys 1, Evesham Utd U-11 5 EVESHAM started well against hard working opponents and, after several near misses, they took the lead through Jonathan Wein. Minutes later Wein added a second and Ben Parry headed in a third just before half-time.


    Lyttelton Waters, Canal: Don Evington 1-0-8dr, Roger Banfield 1-0-0, Doug Brown 0-13-0, Stan James 0-11-8. On Sunday, there will be a contest on Droitwich Canal, draw 9am at Ombersley Way access - names should be given to Geoff Ife on 01299 400176.

  • Strugglers scrap it out for a share of spoils

    Alveston 1, Pershore Town 1 TUESDAY night's tussle between two sides at the wrong end of the Midland Combination Premier Division produced a scrappy encounter that lived up to its billing, writes Mervyn Collins. Chances were at a premium in perfect conditions

  • Close to title

    WOODTHORPE Wanderers need one more win to take the Kidderminster Six-a-Side League title. Results: Woodthorpe 1, Baggeridge 0; Woodthorpe 4, Serial Chillers 1; Mostyn 4, Mistermen 2; Deviate 0, FC Magic 5; Sureal Madrid 3, Briars 4; Ryans Wdrs 12, Peacock

  • 29/11/01 - City up their bid for two players

    WORCESTER City have made a substantially improved offer for Bedworth United duo Adam Webster and James Richardson. The Dr Martens Western Division club have already rejected a written offer by the St George's Lane club with Bedworth chairman Pete Randle

  • Sign on for class

    THE Futebol de Salao Braz-illian Soccer School, which is affiliated to the Lego sponsored UK Confederation of Futebol de Salao, is running a new training class from 6.30-7.30pm for 7-10-year-olds on Monday evenings at Prince Henry's High School in Evesham

  • Knockout display as Brintons hit 10

    BRINTONS Social progressed in the Worcestershire Sunday Premier Cup with a resounding 10-1 victory over Talbot Head. Saturday results Premier: Oldington Utd 0, Furnace Sports 0; Broughton WMC 2, Norton Celtic 4; Cookley Social 1, Clee Hill Utd 1; Cradley

  • Time for a vote

    I NOTE with interest the item in last week's Shuttle/Times & News which put forward the idea that Kidderminster's cinema plan should be put to a vote of all the rate-payers. This is the correct way to proceed. The original plan stated that there was

  • Forest recover from slip to take precious point

    IN-FORM Wyre Forest held undefeated second-placed Sedgley to a 1-1 draw on their travels in West Midlands League Division One South. But Forest, only beaten once in 11 games, gifted their opponents a goal when a mix-up between Darren Pace and Potter gave


    River Severn: 1 D Lucas, 2 B Hubble, 3 R Girdler. Members wishing to fish the Lyttelton or Goodwill Fur and Feather contests are asked to give their names to the club secretary.


    On Sunday, a contest will be held on the KDAA Hawksbatch, draw 8am on the water. Members intending to fish this contest are asked to inform the secretary in advance. Those wishing to take part in the Fur and Feather contest on December 16 must pay their

  • Retailers are short-sighted

    I AM another unwitting person who was caught out by the two-hour parking restriction on the Crossley Retail Park, Kidderminster, which resulted in me paying a £40 fine. Kidderminster has gone away from the days when visitors from places like Cradley Heath

  • Chasers floored

    COMMANDING Ferndale Girls U-14s thrashed unbeaten Cannock Chasers 7-2. They were inspired by superb midfield displays from Steph Harvey and player of the match Stacy Whittall. Goals came from Kirsty Robson (two), Holly Penwarden, Sarah Lojko, Tina Ridings

  • Goalkeeper Harvey stars

    GOALKEEPER Ian Harvey was in outstanding form for Bewdley Town as they enjoyed an extra-time 3-1 West Midlands League Cup victory at Division One North leaders Great Wyrley. Against hosts who had scored 14 goals in a league match the previous week, they

  • County make third signing

    WORCESTERSHIRE County Cricket Club today snapped up 22-year-old batsman Stephen Peters from Essex. He is the County's third close-season capture following the arrival at New Road of Ben Smith from Leicestershire and Gareth Batty from Surrey. Peters, who

  • City up their bid for two players

    WORCESTER City have made a substantially improved offer for Bedworth United duo Adam Webster and James Richardson. The Dr Martens Western Division club have already rejected a written offer by the St George's Lane club with Bedworth chairman Pete Randle

  • Langford given Swifts post

    STOURPORT Swifts' striker Tim Langford has beaten a number of candidates to land the job as club man ager until the end of the season. Chairman Chris Reynolds decided to plump for the veteran forward in a bid to keep his squad together. There had been

  • Front five will be crucial in Malvern test

    MALVERN'S Midlands One clash at Longley on Saturday will be won and lost in the front five, according to the club's Director of Rugby. Dave Robins has made three changes to boost his pack with Steve Cooper in at front row for James Daniell, John Owen

  • Home tie for holders Bromsgrove

    Bromsgrove, the North Midlands Cup holders, have been given home advantage in the quarter-finals. They made a jittery start to their defence with a 20-11 win at Bridgnorth in the first round and will now entertain either Telford Hornets or Old Yardleians

  • From the Evesham archives

    100 years ago November 30, 1901 Evesham: The Archbishop of Canterbury is to visit Evesham, according to a report in The Birmingham Post. The paper reports that The Archbishop and Mrs Temple are to spend a day or two at Evesham next month, where they will

  • Six points set to go as Bloxwich resign

    PHIL Mullen branded the resignation of Bloxwich United from the Dr Martens League as "disgraceful". The demise of the club that merged with Blakenall last summer will probably mean that Evesham lose six points from their Western Division total - a move

  • Shock find of deadly spider in jar

    ONE of the world's most deadly spiders found "on its last legs" in a jar in the Wyre Forest has prompted an urgent appeal for information. The black funnel web spider was found, severely dehydrated, by a woman out walking in the forest on Saturday. The

  • Richard, 17, is flying high

    THE sky is the limit for a Hartlebury student who has gained his pilot's licence at the age of 17. Richard Vernon, of Waresley Road, took less than five months to qualify from his first lesson on June 30 to when he passed on November 9. Richard, who attends

  • Key to PC success

    PARENTS are going back to school in Kidderminster to find their way around a laptop computer. Franche First School has teamed up with Kidderminster College to help parents find the keys to success on screen. The joint initiative enables participants to

  • Dutch-style cannabis cafe bid

    COFFEE shop culture - Dutch style - could be on its way to Kidderminster as a Blakedown man "tests the water". Cannabis campaigner Chris Hyde has teamed up with Julian Tindle, a Stourport multiple sclerosis sufferer, to explore the possibilities of opening

  • Home loss a cruel blow

    Evesham Utd 2, Clevedon Tn 3 A RARE defeat at the hands of one of their fellow promotion rivals brought with it a sense of inevitability that Evesham's push for Premier League status will once again be doomed to failure, writes Mervyn Collins. After overcoming

  • Things are looking good for scruffy Jip

    AN ELDERLY dog fond of rolling in "unmentionables" could be the deserving beneficiary of a canine makeover if its owner digs deep in her pockets. The offer of a doggie make-over is part of a promises auction in aid of Neen Savage Church, near Cleobury

  • Mild weather

    THIS month has been remarkably mild so far with only the occasional frost. The coldest night to date has been only just below freezing and even then the temperature rose to well above freezing fairly quickly after dawn. Also, there hasn't been much rain

  • Anger at 'selfish' parking

    DRIVERS in Bewdley have been slammed for their "selfish and inconsiderate" approach to parking by the town's county councillor. Frank Baillie, Worcestershire county councillor for Rock and Bewdley, took a swipe at the "I'll park where I like" attitude

  • Workers spark park wrangle

    SHOPKEEPERS are "going bananas" after contractors working on the Severnside North flood barrier scheme took over a portion of the Dog Lane car park it has been claimed. Birse Construction has been appointed by the Environment Agency to carry out the first

  • School TB outbreak: 12 pupils test positive

    TWELVE children have tested positive for exposure to tuberculosis at a Kidderminster school where a teacher contracted the contagious disease. About 500 children at St John's Middle School underwent skin tests after the outbreak earlier this month - and

  • £9m to cut waiting times

    WYRE Forest patients are to benefit from a £9 million Government handout to hospitals in the West Midlands aimed at cutting waiting times and "bed blocking." Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will get £70,000 for the current financial year to April

  • On the way up

    A SUCCESSFUL playing season was reported when Evesham staged its annual general meeting. "We are on the way up", declared club chairman, Peter Davidson. "Before too long, we will be back in the Birm-ingham League. We now have a team of which the town

  • Perfect cocktail for festive fun

    VALE and Cotswold folk are being invited to enter into the festive spirit early this year. An evening of prose, poetry and comic verse is on offer at the Lifford Hall in Broadway next week. Written and produced by the literary group On The Write Lines

  • Very crafty

    ARTISTS and craftspeople who are based at Chipping Campden's Silk Mill are throwing open their doors to the public this weekend. Visitors will be able to see the studios of ceramic artist Hilary LaForce, Hart's Silversmiths and young artist Mark Fieldsend

  • 29/1/01 - Hackett happy at The Valley

    NEW signing Brendan Hackett says he made the right choice to turn down the manager's job at Stourport. The former Swifts player-coach was offered the post after Rod Brown joined Redditch but opted to follow his manager to the Valley as a player. "I was

  • Birlingham

    PARISH COUNCIL: At the November 21 meeting the chairman, coun John Worby, welcomed all present and allowed a short discussion to take place, before the parish council meeting, on the subject of business growth at Woodfield Farm. Many villagers expressed

  • Bretforton

    PARISH COUNCIL: Open Forum: No residents attended. County Council: Coun T Bean asked if the parish council were satisfied with recent resurfacing of the B4035. Concern was expressed that potholes appeared after the first layer had been done. Surface was

  • Evesham

    QUAKERS: The Friends Meeting House (Quakers) will be holding a 'Magic Lantern Show' with Peter Averis - slides are Victorian and Edwardian. Admission is free and a collection taken for MIND on December 7 at 7pm. (This is not suitable for young children

  • Fladbury

    CHILDREN IN NEED: Fladbury CE First School pupils have been doing their bit to help children less fortunate than themselves, with a significant contribution to the annual Children in Need Appeal. The pupils enjoyed a disco at the school and also had the

  • Mickleton

    GARDENING CLUB: Chairman, Ann Wall, welcomed everyone to the AGM in the 21st year of the club. She said the club had enjoyed an excellent programme arranged by Sheila Hilton; came second in the Inter-Club competition at Blockley; visited the Malvern Spring

  • Key sheep dip guidance

    THE Environment Agency is urging farmers and contractors to follow key sheep dipping guidance provided by the agency as the main sheep dipping period arrives. Geoff Bateman, chairman of the agency's rural land use group, said: "We understand many farmers

  • Blow to jobs as site sale fails

    WORKERS at a Kidderminster forge face a bleak future unless a buyer is found for the site in the next few weeks, the firm's administrators have warned. Nearly 200 jobs at UEF Automotive face the axe following an "eleventh hour" collapse of a deal which

  • Four wins in a row lead to play-off hope

    IT is funny what a difference four quick wins can make but then not all that surprising considering the cramped Division Three table. Confident Kidderminster Harriers are now in a prime position to challenge for the play-offs after Saturday's 3-0 win

  • HSBC bank on Adrian

    A basketball-playing Kidderminster man has slam-dunked his way into a new job as manager of Stourport's HSBC branch in High Street. Thirty-year-old Adrian L'Enfant, who lives in Kidderminster with his wife Karen and two children, joined the bank in 1988

  • Home for IT niche firm

    A niche market IT company with bold expansion plans has moved into two new business units at Hartlebury Trading Estate near K idderminster. Budget IT provides a unique information technology regeneration programme whereby computer users can part-exchange

  • Chance to get cut of the Mustard

    YOUNG or new firms which expect to turn over £200,000 in the next two years can apply for a share of £180,000 worth of advice. Business Link Herefordshire and Worcestershire is running a scheme called Mustard, which has £180,000 of business advice and

  • 29/11/01 - Criticism deserved for poor cup display

    WE copped a lot of criticism from the coach after our cup defeat to Rotherham. Having watched the match on tape this week, it's clear, if it wasn't on the field, that most of the players under performed at Sixways. Indeed, I would go as far as to say

  • Late kick earns a share of the spoils

    Alcester III 12 pts, Pershore III 12 PERSHORE were denied victory with the last kick of the game. In an uncompromising encounter Pershore were soon in the ascendancy with the forwards establishing a solid platform for the backs to capitalise on. From


    On November 20 Jane Morris gave a demonstration entitled Cookery Ideas for Christmas. She created a range of dishes including a starter, main course, sweet and vegetarian options. Chris Sollom read two items from the papers, then Sylvia Perkins reported

  • Turn points into tries for a change

    Pershore II 41pts, Alcester 12 PERSHORE finally managed to turn their domination of possession and territory into points for the first time this season. After losing too many games through their inability to turn pressure into points they let loose in


    Eric Kent, fund-raising officer in the West Midlands for the charity ChildLine, was the final guest speaker of the year. The former policeman explained that ChildLine is a free UK telephone helpline for children in distress, which was begun in the 1980s


    The meeting on Wednesday will feature a presentation entitled Dare to be Free, to be given by Dave Rimmer and Philip Tilstone. This will be a range of prose, poems and songs, focusing on violations of human rights. Visitors will be welcome at the Methodist


    The annual Christmas party will be on December 7, with music and food. This will be the final meeting of the year, while next year's events begin on January 2 with My First Impressions, a talk by Dr Richard Taylor MP. Both events will begin at 7.45pm


    Peter Vaughan G4TCQ from Worcester gave a talk with slides entitled Building and Operating the Elecraft K2 Transceiver. This is a commercially-available radio in kit form from the USA which took Peter over 30 hours to assemble. Four new members attended


    The Wyre Forest and District Centre's November speaker at Blakedown Parish Room, was Mark Armstrong, area manager for Warwickshire, North Worcestershire and North Gloucestershire National Trust. His talk entitled Activities at Warwickshire & Worcestershire

  • Constantly trying to improve service

    THE suggestion in Saturday's issue (Evening News, November 17) that the 14,000 sq ft St John's Co-op monopolies the area's food retail trade could not be further from the truth. The store complements and enhances the town's retail provision. As a community

  • Why do I have to pay more for park-ride?

    I HAVE used the Christmas park-and-ride on the Droitwich Road every Christmas since it started but this year I have been told by Worcester City Council that I will have to pay £2 to use this service when the other areas of the city will pay 50p. When

  • Our MP has worked hard for more cash

    I WAS surprised to G Walton's letter (You Say, November 19) in which he gives the impression that Peter Luff has been active in supporting the Headteachers' Forum in their efforts to get more cash for Worcestershire's schools, while Worcester's MP Mike

  • Ladies lauding it in glory of annual awards

    IT was ladies night at last Friday's Wychavon Sports Council Sports Personality of the Year awards night. A trio of females took the top individual honours at the Hospital Club with youngsters Crystal MacLeod and Isobel Newman joined by leading official

  • A decade of 70s glitz and glamour

    A SUCCESSFUL 1970s tribute band from Kidderminster which started life as a "one-gig project" will celebrate 10 years together next month with a hectic round of performances. Ballroom Glitz hail "keeping the music totally live" and generating a "magical

  • Conductor headlines show

    New conductor Damian Penfold is one of the main attractions of the Wyre Forest Symphony Orchestra's December concert on Saturday. Mr Penfold, who hails from London, received a warm welcome when he was introduced at last month's charity Music For You concert

  • Concert of festive voice

    The award-winning Kidderminster Male Choir are getting into the festive spirit with two Christmas concerts next week. They will be held at Kidderminster Town Hall on Thursday, December 6 and Saturday, December 8 at 7pm. The choir was recently judged the

  • Tim in charge after shock

    STRIKER Tim Langford will cut his teeth in management at Stourport Swifts after a shock U-turn by Brendan Hackett. Swifts' players were expecting to be led by former Worcester City midfielder Hackett with Langford as his assistant this week. But Hackett

  • A man on another mission

    THE man in charge of fast-recovering Sladen Middle School has another feather in his cap after being elected president of the Worcestershire branch of the National Association of Head Teachers. And Tom Revell, who has been head teacher since April, is

  • Last date for 'treasures'

    CONCERT pianist Peter Bradley-Fulgoni will give the final recital in Kidderminster Library's current series of Hidden Treasures lunchtime concerts on Wednesday. The internationally-known Kidderminster pianist will be performing work by Mendelssohn and

  • Top marks add up to success

    A DISTRICT school has notched a double whammy after scoring top marks in the performance tables for Wyre Forest in both A-level and GCSE results. Holy Trinity private girls school in Kidderminster outperformed every school in the district with an average

  • ME sufferer Anna makes teddy's day

    A PINVIN girl who could not take part in a sponsored horse ride is raising money instead by raffling off her teddy. Anna Daffin, aged 15, suffers from Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME), and is selling her teddy's birthdates at £1 each to raise money for research

  • OAP to pay for robbery

    AN 81-year-old former Vale of Evesham sub postmistress who was robbed earlier this year has been told she must pay the Post Office £1,600 out of her own pocket towards the £7,000 stolen. Now villagers at North Littleton are in Peggy Lovatt's corner fighting

  • Trial by jury in Vale waste case

    The company secretary and a director of a former Pershore company have appeared before a judge charged with illegally dumping waste products. Waste specified in 16 charges at Worcester Crown Court included wood, metal, bricks, tyres, concrete, soil, plastic

  • League tables joy for schools

    STAFF and pupils at high schools in the Vale are celebrating after achieving good results in the secondary school league tables. Evesham High School has improved its year on year performance, with 47% of pupils passing five GCSEs at grades A to C, compared

  • Mission possible for vagrant Fred

    CONCERNED Vale folk, worried about a vagrant living rough on the streets of Evesham, are now delighted that he has been found a home following a story in the Journal last week. Traders were worried that the Fred Jacques, who begged in the town in flimsy

  • Housing battle takes new turn

    THE long-running planning battle over the development of the derelict Fairwater Gardens in Coopers Lane, Evesham, is to be settled in Whitehall. Parkridge Homes, of Solihull, has appealed to the Secretary of State for the Environment against the refusal

  • Countdown to festive evening

    IT is just two weeks until Evesham's late shopping night, when visitors to the town will get in the festive mood with Christmassy entertainment. Lucky shoppers will also have the chance to win a share of £100 on offer from the Journal, in a window-shopping

  • Security review for newsagent

    AN Evesham newsagents is to review its security after a large quantity of cigarettes and tobacco was stolen just days after the theft of a poppy box. Thieves made off with £700 worth of tobacco when they broke into Hampton Newsagents, in Port Street,

  • Long wait is over as Michelle takes crown

    AFTER an amazing 15th visit to the British Biathlon Championships, Michelle Kimberley was finally crowned national champion. Last weekend's success for the 28-year-old teacher at Bowbrook House School, Peopleton, capped a fantastic year in which she has

  • Hobbs eyes points!

    MES Pinvin and District League A BORROWED pair of glasses helped Ken Hobbs win the deciding singles as Masons overcame Pershore Town FC 5-4. A 2-1 defeat on legs proved all the more frustrating for Ken Hobbs, whose spectacles were worn by the eagle-eyed

  • David's angling for win!

    Evesham and District Association DAVID Fisher and Leon Williams of Wyre Piddle Red Devils are still in control of section 3A of the H20 Plum-bing and Heating Division. After beating clubmates Cutters 5-0, they repeated the scoreline against nearest rivals

  • Medals of all colours as Sabre squad shows off its talents

    SABRE fencing in Stratford showed off it's new generation last weekend with gold, silver and bronze medals in the Leon Paul Junior Series final event in Bath. Mike Rogers (15) from Little Kineton (Kineton HS) won the under-15 event after a tough fight

  • Trio all tied up at top

    ON Sunday morning Childswickham Gun Club held their monthly shoot with over 30 members and guests taking part in two competitions. The High Gun was closely contested with three joint winners all scoring 35/40. These were Paul Colley, John Arnold, and

  • Pitcher packs the power but Stanton claim points

    Evesham and District Airgun League CAMPDEN RBL took on Stanton Club at home but were unable to gain any points after a narrow defeat. Bob Pitcher scored 49 for Campden and Jackie Laming the same for Stanton. Wickhamford SSC travelled to Offenham RBL but

  • Will sparkles in Frascati!

    WILL Garrity of Chipping Campden fenced in Frascati Italy in the first of this year's junior A Grade competition series. He confirmed his place as Britain's top under-20 fencer, by qualifying for the World Championships with a last 16 finish, beating

  • Brothers in British bid

    SABRE fencing brothers, Tom and Richard Brenda, from Alcester were part of the British Under 20 team for the junior World Cup series fencing in Frascati, near Rome last weekend. Their selection stemmed from outstanding performances this season since September

  • Avoid financial failure trauma

    THE focus of businesses in the two counties must change if they are to avoid the trauma of financial failure. Eddie Hunt, partner at HLB Kidsons chartered accountants in Hereford, has issued a stark warning to businesses, believing not everyone learnt

  • Industry accolade for Severn Trent

    STAFF at Worcestershire's main water supplier were awash with pride after the company was named the best in the business. Severn Trent Water was voted Britain's most admired water company by a poll of water industry experts and analysts. The water giant

  • County to benefit in spring budget

    THE region's development agency claims thousands of firms will benefit from the proposals in Chancellor Gordon Brown's pre-budget speech. Advantage West Midlands, which is responsible for improving the economy of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, claims

  • Tree festival at Bidford church

    THERE will be a tree-mendous atmosphere inside St Laurence's Church when the fourth Bidford Christmas Tree Festival takes place next weekend. Up to 40 differently decorated Christmas trees will be displayed in the church, each decorated by a group from

  • Santa at fair

    FATHER Christmas will put in an appearance at Salford Priors Primary School's Christmas Fair on December 8. The fair starts at 10am and features stalls, tombola and refreshments. Admission is free. Call Pat Daly on 01789 772497 for details.

  • Jock on Lib-Dem executive

    A BEWDLEY man has won a place on the Liberal Democrats' Federal Executive - the first West Midlander ever to have been elected to the body. Jock Gallagher, of Home Barn, Ribbesford, will join the 14 other members of the top management group in January

  • Nicholas to the rescue as Evesham break duck

    Evesham 2, Aldridge 1 A SUPERB save from Nicholas in the dying minutes helped Evesham record their first win of the West Midlands Premier League campaign after three draws and three defeats. It was no more than the hosts deserved but they were almost

  • Sparkling day for an RAF pair

    AFTER a lifetime of moving around the world, diamond couple Frank and Doris Barrington are staying put in their adopted home of Worcester. Doris and Frank celebrate 60 years of marriage today, during which time they have lived all over England, as well

  • Christmas is coming!

    THOUSANDS of visitors are expected at Worcester's Christmas Fayre, due to start today. The Fayre, now in its ninth year, takes over several streets, including New Street, Mealcheapen Street and the Cornmarket car park. More than 100 stalls will be packed

  • Banned driver crashed his car

    A WORCESTER man bought a car for £20 but crashed it later that day. David Brant, a disqualified driver, had been drinking before he bought the car in May 2001. Droitwich magistrates were told the 20-year-old knew he should not have been driving. "On May

  • Time to have your say

    PEOPLE in St John's are being asked how to improve Cripplegate Park in a bid to win a prestigious award. Worcester City Council is hoping to enter the park for the Green Flag award next year. But as part of the award, the council must stage a public consultation

  • Man's bid to create ecstasy

    A FORMER industrial chemist who set up a laboratory in his cellar to produce drugs has been jailed for four months. Shawn Dilley manufactured a small quantity of amphetamine and was "one step away" from producing ecstasy, Worcester Crown Court heard,

  • Let there be lights!

    THOUSANDS of people lined the streets of Kidderminster to watch the Christmas lights being switched on by Santa. In a break with tradition, Father Christmas - helped by the seven-year-old winner of a Shuttle/Times and News competition - threw the switch

  • 'Distorted' picture

    KIDDERMINSTER College criticised the way this year's performance figures were compiled after its average point score at A-level came out at 8.5 Mark Hewlett, head of lifelong learning at the college, said the tables presented a "distorted view of achievement

  • Crowds join candle-lit festive fun

    THE FESTIVE season got off to a flying start in Stourport on Friday when the town's Christmas lights were switched on. Crowds, carols and a candle-lit procession marked the occasion, with well-known radio DJ Mike George working the crowd into a frenzy

  • 'Misery' as wall row rumbles on

    MISERY for pedestrians and drivers around the York Street area of Stourport looks set to continue due to a dispute over a wall. Stourport Civic Society claims excavation work for new flats and houses has undermined the remains of the garden wall around


    DEFENSIVE linchpin Craig Hinton is facing up to life without Adie Smith for a while - but he has found a fine replacement in Abdou Sall. Smith will spend at least a month on the sidelines due to an operation on his long-running groin problem. However,

  • On the fiddle

    SUNDAY sees The Mean Fiddlers playing at the George Hotel in Lower Brailes at 2pm. Robin Chandler and the Howling Tomcats appear at the White Bear in Shipston on the same day. Acoustic blues with Papa George is set to be the attraction at the George next

  • Hard working

    THE Workhouse Blues Band are due to appear at the Royal British Legion Club on Saturday.

  • Enjoy a fine blend of Scotch

    BURACH, who burst onto the music scene early in 1994 with a new unique sound which blended the talents of some of Scotland's top young folk instrumentalists with the power of a full rock band, play Worcester's Huntingdon Hall on December 6. The group

  • Right the wrong of cash for schools

    INJUSTICE must be a subject that's close to the hearts of all MPs. Their job is to right wrongs and to make life better for all of us. The injustice that confronts all of Worcestershire today is the amount of money the Government is prepared to allow

  • 29/11/01 - County make third signing

    WORCESTERSHIRE County Cricket Club today snapped up 22-year-old batsman Stephen Peters from Essex. He is the County's third close-season capture following the arrival at New Road of Ben Smith from Leicestershire and Gareth Batty from Surrey. Peters, who

  • Beauty and the Beast

    THIS year Chipping Norton Theatre presents a timeless tale of love and throwaway sweets. Beauty and The Beast includes everything audiences have come to expect from Chippy's ever-popular pantos - tricks, traps, jokes and japes and, no doubt, some cracking

  • Book your ticket to panto land

    AUDIENCES are invited to come and have a ball at Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre. The theatre is presenting one of THE classic pantomimes this year - Cinderella and this year it has made some changes. Previous pantomimes have been co-produced with Bristol

  • A classic Christmas tale

    IT may not be classic panto, but the festive season wouldn't be the same without A Christmas Carol. That's what Worcester's Swan Theatre is laying on for audiences in a production bringing to life Charles Dickens' Victorian London. Philip Monks, who adapted

  • Brighten up your Yuletide

    SONGS and laughter and some loveable Shetland ponies will help to brighten up Christmas in Malvern. Malvern Theatres has chosen Cinderella as its great British pantomime for this year and has an all-star cast to add to the excitement. Singer Marti Webb

  • What's On

    THURSDAY: Worcester: Huntingdon Hall - Mike Sanchez. Birmingham: Fiddle & Bone - Christine Tobin. FRIDAY: Kidderminster: The Briars - Buddies Rock'n'Roll. Bewdley: St Anne's School - Ballroom Glitz. Wolverley: Parish Church - The Gentlemen Songsters

  • 29/11/01 - Lyman is handed ban

    Worcester Rugby Club prop forward Neil Lyman will be suspended for one match following his sin-binning in their RFU Senior Cup match against Rotherham last weekend. Lyman, who has now received three yellow cards in a 12-month period, will be forced to

  • Five-in-a-row is Molby goal

    FIVE Division Three wins in a row is the aim for boss Jan Molby as big boys Luton Town hit Kidderminster on Saturday. Harriers are up to eighth in the table after beating Bristol Rovers 2-0, Leyton Orient 3-1, Lincoln City 1-0 and Rushden and Diamonds

  • Four out of five titles lifted by Blakedown

    BLAKEDOWN A lifted the Division One title in the Kidderminster and District Tennis league with an unbeaten record from six matches. Next season they will look forward to derby games against their own B team who gained promotion as champions of Division

  • Closing in on leaders

    STOUPORT Hockey Club moved into joint second spot in National League Division One after a 5-1 hammering of visiting Brooklands brought them their most convincing victory of the campaign. The town club have a real chance of returning to the top flight

  • Town team runs riot to go second

    A FIRST-half goal avalanche put Kidderminster Hockey Club on the way to a 5-0 victory over Bloxwich to move into second place in DTZ League Midlands One. The home side opened their account after just 10 minutes when Mark Bagley found the net, and before

  • Brothers' blitz

    THE Boden brothers shared the goals in a 5-l victory over visiting Tenbury as Chaddesley Corbett secured their second victory of the season in DTZ League West Midlands Division Two. All the goals came in an astonishing 15-minute spell in the second half

  • Forest girls in fine club form

    JODIE Cook, Amy Smith and Shelley Holden each won four events at the final weekend of Wyre Forest Swimming Club championships. They won the 100 metres butterfly, 200m and 800m freestyle and the 4 by 100m individual medley in their age groups. Nine-year-olds

  • Harriers flying high besides KF Falcons

    HARRIERS D and KF Falcons drew 5-5 in a Kidderminster and District Table Tennis League Division Two fixture. They have moved into first and second places respectively as both teams enjoyed a victory as well in the latest round of matches. Results (three-game

  • A ducking for Trimpley stars

    THREE boats capsized at Trimpley Sailing Club as a violent squall hit racing on Sunday. Mike Stout, Glen Caulwell and Terry Bolton were all dumped in the water but they were already soaked from the heavy rain. Conditions calmed down as the race continued

  • Senior bronze for gymnasts

    THE senior team from Wyre Forest Gymnastics School took bronze medal at the West Midland Regional Team Championships in Birmingham. Jessica Lane, Hannah Pietkowicz, Harriett Atterbury and Erin Taylor produced excellent performances to give them a total

  • C taste success for Stourport

    NICK Mantle's C team at Stourport Tennis Club enjoyed a 4-1 win over Wollaston B. Mantle partnered Graham Ashmore, while Gareth Williams and Nick Lathe teamed up. The B team had a difficult match at Ross but gained a winning draw as Steve Newbury and

  • So hard to beat

    CHESS: Kidderminster extended their winning run to four games in Wolverhampton League Division One despite being without two of their strongest players in Brian Sharp and Jim Friar. The Kidderminster players achieved a 5-1 victory at Stafford. Individual

  • Clever quiz buffs

    TRIVIA: High-scoring matches were the order of the day in the Kidderminster Trivia League with four teams notching more than 70 points. Results: Franche VC 64, Hare & Hounds 76; Red Man Extras 55, Red Man Allstars 66; Queens Head 52, Eagles Nest 75

  • Bonner's run

    ATHLETICS: Kidderminster and Stourport Athletic Club runner Gary Bonner was 118th in one hour three minutes 19 seconds when he took part in the Llandudno 10-mile race.

  • Driver's road rage attack

    A ROAD rage attack left a lorry driver with a fractured jaw following an early-morning skirmish in Stourport. The 47-year-old man, from Ledbury, was dragged from his cab by two men in a silver Ford Escort who overtook and then stopped the lorry at about

  • Fencing stolen to pay off debts

    A LORRY driver who stole fencing from a Stourport company to help pay off £14,000 debts has escaped a jail sentence. Father-of-four David Beasley hitched up a trailer at Larch Lap on the Hartlebury trading estate and drove off with the £1,970 load. The

  • Six-year ban for director

    THE director of a Stourport building firm which was wound up three years ago, leaving debts totalling more than £350,000, has agreed not to serve as a company director for six years. Stuart Eades, of Cherry Close, Bewdley, was a director of Charmlea Construction

  • Plea after hit-and-run

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a 96-year-old man suffered a cut arm in a hit-and-run incident in Stourport. He was walking in Bewdley Road North at about 5.20pm on Saturday when he failed to see an oncoming car, which swerved before its wing

  • There's a place...

    REV Peter Rogers writes: 'For in Heaven, places are reserved for all'. Well, that's reassuring - so even doubters like me might get in. GEORGE COWLEY, Windermere Drive, Worcester.

  • Handbag is snatched in car park

    A WOMAN'S handbag was snatched from her shoulder by a thief who ran up behind her on steps in the car park at Kidderminster's Matalan store in Park Lane. A white man, described as 5ft 9ins, wearing a dark padded jacket and dark trousers with messy brown

  • Boat funds success

    THE recent coffee morning held at the Evesham Hotel by the Evesham Ladies Lifeboat Guild raised £1,103. The guild would like to thank Mr J Jenkinson and all his staff who were absolutely wonderful, and a big thank you to all the members of the general

  • Thanks for your aid

    ON behalf of the Evesham Share and Learn Group for the Blind and Partially Sighted, may I through your paper thank all those who supported us so well at our Autumn Fair, held on Saturday, November 17. The total sum raised including the printed raffle

  • Campaigning Mary has place in history

    MRS Mary Whitehouse, CBE was a remarkable lady in every respect, who when a middle-aged school teacher, wife, mother and devout Anglican, came to national and even international prominence, as a courageous campaigner. Motivated by strong Christian beliefs


    ARLEY angler Tony Pitcher used a dog nobbler to catch 13 trout to 2.5lb at Shatterford Fishery. Paul Hart, of Stourport, chose a cat's whisker to catch 11 trout to 3lb. Another angler took six trout to 3lb with a cat's whisker in a couple of hours. Using

  • Such an eloquent, uplifting thought

    THROUGH your columns I should like to thank Tony Buckland of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) for his contribution to the 'Thought for the Week' section in the Journal of November 22. The extract from the Quaker Peace Testimony was so eloquent

  • Makeshift squad just edged out in derby

    STOURPORT Swifts were denied an unlikely Dr Martens League Western Division victory on Tuesday with a brace of second-half Halesowen Town penalties. And worse was to follow for a makeshift Swifts when Town substitute Gary Smith snatched a 3-2 victory

  • Wanton damage to woodland

    FOLLOWING your report on the clearance of trees and widening of rides in the Forest of Wyre, by English Nature, for the survival of rare butterflies, I can only conclude after seeing the wholesale destruction of acres of mature oaks that they must have

  • Reward is still on offer

    A REWARD of £3,500 is still on offer to anyone with information leading to the conviction of burglars who stole £12,000 worth of building equipment in Harvington. Shenstone-based Adam Hewitt has been building a house at Neild House Farm since March and

  • Years of work in one 'fell' swoop

    I WISH to respond further to the concern over the so-called management of the Wyre Forest (Shuttle/Times & News, November 15) It should be understood that the Forestry Commission were due to take over the reserve three years ago. This was one of the


    Fur and Feather at Moorlands: Harry Millward 16-4, Roy Conde 12-13, Brian Hill 11-6, Mick Millinchip 9-12. The first round of the Winter League will be fished at Woodlands View top pools on Wednesday, draw 8.45am, fishing 9.30am until 2.30pm.

  • Littleton land last four spot

    Littleton 2, Droitwich Sports 1 LITTLETON moved confidently into the last four of the Worcester-shire Junior Cup with their ninth successive win in an unbeaten start to the season. Although the scoreline would seem to indicate a close game Droitwich hardly

  • Ashamed of toilet facilities

    I AM writing regarding the toilet facilities in our town of Kidderminster. I wanted to say how appalling and unsatisfactory they are. It is also difficult even trying to find a toilet that is open. Last Sunday morning, a friend from Staffordshire needed

  • Revenge is sweet as Spa are sunk

    Bishampton 2, Droitwich Spa 1 BISHAMPTON turned in a much-improved performance to beat Droitwich and avenge an earlier defeat. The game started at a lively pace with play swinging from end to end. Droitwich created the first opportunity but Bishampton

  • Alternatives exist - so find them!

    WHAT a load of rubbish! Does the head of waste management for our county think we are stupid enough to believe there is no alternative to incineration of our waste? Is he unaware of how other authorities throughout the UK and in Europe are encouraging

  • Bidford given a bashing

    A HANDFUL of Stratford Alliance strugglers picked up welcome wins last weekend. Journal Premier Division pair, Henley Forest and FISSC, both collected maximum hauls to leave Bidford stranded at the bottom. The basement side were 8-1 victims of Henley

  • Ambassador rule as Rangers take a Knockout Cup tumble

    THIRD division leaders Ambas-sador caused an upset in the third round of the Evesham Sunday League's Tewkesbury Sports Knockout Cup by defeating first division Mickleton Rangers. A Taylor goal separated the two sides at the interval before second- half


    Sunday match: B Roberts 16-6, P Walker 7-8, G Yeomans 4-5. The next match is on December 9 on Strawberry Pool, draw 8am.

  • Stop blaming electorate for your failure

    HAVING watched BBC Newsnight's damning report on the Edmonton incinerator, where 50,000 tons of contaminated ash has been dumped in Dagenham, imagine the irony when the following day I read Jeff Romanis's comments reported in the Shuttle/Times & News


    The annual meeting will be held tomorrow at 7.30pm at St Ambrose Social Club, Kidderminster. All members are asked to try to attend. Contact 01299 826164 for details.


    Haye Farm: Shaun Pearce 49-4, Dave Peters 24-1-8, Mark Pearce 22-9-0. The next contest is the Fur and Feather on December 9. The entry fee must be paid by this Sunday.

  • Lotta talent - and bottle

    ON Saturday evening I went along to the KODYS (Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society Youth Section) tribute to songs from the movies at Harry Cheshire High School and collected a cheque on behalf of Alexander Patterson School, Wolverley. What a

  • Mud-slinging start to villagers cup triumph

    CHADDESLEY Corbett reached the next round of the West Midlands One South League Cup with a 3-1 home victory over Division One North side Wyrley Rangers. Midfielder Andy Shuck had to play in goal with Neil Evans stranded elsewhere, while boss Martin Westcott


    Fur and Feather: G Birch 4-14-8, J Oakes 3-10-8, B Hemming 3-2-0, D Parry 2-14-8, M Jones 2-10-8. The annual meeting will be held on Sunday in the lounge of the Old Bear pub, starting at 10.45am. BAA funds must be paid at that time.


    Fur and Feather, Lyttelton pegs 1-25: Jeff Garbett 13-4, John Gale 12-8, Robert Wear 6-12. The Christmas Cup will be contested on Sunday on the Lyttelton, pegs 21-43. Members are reminded all trophies should be returned to the secretary by the weekend

  • Big win gives Ferndale uplift

    FERNDALE Youth U-14s top-scored in the Stourport and District Youth League on Sunday, beating Perrywoods FC 9-0 to rise to third in the table. Two Stourport teams scored eight goals as Mostyn U-15s won 8-0 at Halesowen Town, while top team Burlish Olympic

  • KCs aim to stay top after visit of rivals

    LOCAL honour is not the only thing at stake in Kidderminster Carolians' Midlands Three West (North) derby at home to Old Halesonians on Saturday. On-song KCs lead the division by one point from Aston Old Edwardians and Dixonians, while Old Hales are struggling

  • Banford caps craft with try

    ENTHUSIASTIC Cleobury Mortimer seconds were undone in a 29-14 friendly defeat at strong Ledbury. Their match highlight was sandwiched between two unconverted tries for the home side. Dan Bills intercepted a Ledbury pass just inside the Cleobury half and

  • Stourport exit

    Stourport fell to Midlands Four West (South) leaders Earlsdon again on Saturday but this time the defeat knocked them out of the Junior Cup. Having lost 13-0 in the league the previous week, they went down 29-3 in the latest clash at the cup's fourth

  • Lyman is handed ban

    Worcester Rugby Club prop forward Neil Lyman will be suspended for one match following his sin-binning in their RFU Senior Cup match against Rotherham last weekend. Lyman, who has now received three yellow cards in a 12-month period, will be forced to

  • Late try settles it for King's

    A LATE try proved enough to give the King's School a narrow 8-5 win over the Royal Grammar School in the annual clash of Worcester's oldest schools in front of a big crowd at Sixways last night. Ross Laidlaw's penalty put King's in front, but a catch

  • Criticism deserved for poor cup display

    Kingsley Jones' Team Talk column WE copped a lot of criticism from the coach after our cup defeat to Rotherham. Having watched the match on tape this week, it's clear, if it wasn't on the field, that most of the players under performed at Sixways. Indeed

  • Flying bed hits car

    THINGS went from bed to worse for a man whose brand new car was left with £1,000 damage - after being hit by a flying divan. The single bed, which was covered in a distinctive red checked fabric, quite literally fell off the back of a lorry on Bewdley

  • Ponies ready for a loving new home

    TWO ponies at the BHS rehabilitation centre at Oxhill in Warwickshire are in tip-top condition and ready to be re-homed. Gordon, a 13.2-hand six-year-old bay gelding, and Malibu, a 12-hand five-year-old chestnut mare, came to the centre about a year ago

  • The next best thing

    Parents who maybe cannot afford to buy their children a pony of their own, could choose the next best thing - adopt one without the high cost or hassle! The centre runs an-adopt-a-pony scheme, which could turn out to be the perfect Christmas present.

  • Book signing at Bewdley

    THE authors of the hugely successful Shuttle/Times and News publication Memory Lane will be signing copies in Bewdley on Saturday. Peter McMillan and Christine Donnelly will be at the Bewdley Tourist Inform-ation Centre in Load Street from 11am until

  • On track to give blood

    BILLY Blood Drop hopes his efforts will not be "in vein" after dropping into the Severn Valley Railway to launch a blood-giving campaign. The National Blood Service's mascot was in town to launch the Christmas message: "It doesn't matter how you get there

  • New life for ruins of village corn mill

    AN application to convert a dilapidated 19th century Cookley corn mill into a home has been accepted by a district council watchdog. A report to the council's overview and scrutiny committee (environment and development) said the proposals for Sleepy

  • Seeing red at letters

    A RETIRED Wolverley man says he is "appalled" with the police and the Royal Mail for ignoring two sacks of abandoned mail he spotted. Charles Jones, 74, of Kingsford Lane, alerted the police on October 30 to his find in the Kinver area. He was assured

  • Boost for poor area

    STAMP duty is to be scrapped in Wyre Forest's most deprived ward in a bid to boost investment and enterprise. Oldington and Foley Park is one of 1,200 of the country's poorest wards which will benefit from the move. Other measures include relief from

  • Ready to switch on festive fun

    A HOST of festive activities will get Bewdley's Christmas underway with a bang this weekend. Town mayor Carol Gittins has announced Bewdley's carnival princesses, who helped decorate her parlour with Christmas trimmings, will be on hand for the switching

  • Pride of plaice for top chippy

    GOOD cod! A Bewdley fish and chip shop has scooped a top industry award and been named the best in the whole of the Midlands and East Anglia. Catchems End Fish Bar has been given the outstanding accolade by the Sea Fish Industry Authority - but owner

  • Euro-bid brings huge response from patients

    A CAMPAIGNER'S appeal for evidence on the effect of the downgrading of the Kidderminster Hospital has prompted a flood of letters and phone calls. Louise Edginton, county councillor for Habberley and Blakebrook, who is bidding to take the fight to the

  • Castle awards night

    ELMLEY Castle staged its 40 th annual dinner when 110 players, vice-presidents and friends were in attendance. Speeches were made by president Peter Barnes and chief guest Neville Lewis from Pershore CC and Worcester Gents. Awards: First team batting,

  • Crafty offerings

    THOSE with a love of local crafts are being urged to drop into the Lifford Hall, in Broadway, this weekend. They will be able to feast their eyes on a wealth of potential Christmas presents between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Included will be

  • Charity funds stolen

    A HEADTEACHER of a Broadway school believes her premises were among two in the village targeted by thieves intent on stealing charity cash. Jane Lavery, of St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Leamington Road, suspects they broke into the school, sometime

  • Alcester

    LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: The most recent meeting of the Local History Society featured a return visit by Philip Coventry of Redditch Pictorial History Society with a further selection of slides of Old Redditch. The evening was one of pure nostalgia for

  • Badsey

    ROYAL BRITISH LEGION WOMENS SECTION: October and November is always an important time in the calendar of The Royal British Legion, Womens Section, Badsey, Aldington and Wickhamford branch. On October 24 members gathered for the AGM when the election of

  • Bidford-on-Avon

    OUT AND ABOUT: Bidford lights were switched last Sunday night by Crossroads star Jane Gurnett at 5.30pm a pig roast, sweet stall and other entertainment were on hand and it was quite an illuminating experience. A bazaar was held at Bidford Bowling Club

  • Bredon

    BOOKS: Boxes of books don't just disappear into thin air! Bredon WI have recently been running a nearly new book stall at the monthly market and have raised quite a lot of money for good causes. On November 10 it seems that a whole box full of books disappeared

  • Harvington

    FIRST SCHOOL: Harvington First School is having, as always, a very busy time with many exciting developments taking place and numerous activities to challenge the energies of all concerned. In September the headmistress Marcia Palmer took part in a day's

  • Pershore

    TWINNING ASSOCIATION: At the AGM held in October, no one volunteered to take up the vacant posts of secretary and treasurer. Concern was expressed that without them the committee would not be able to carry out their duties. It was agreed that a special

  • Public order warning

    FARMERS and landowners have warned that a High Court ruling has weakened the enforcement of public order laws aimed at protecting private land and property against criminal damage. The Country Land and Business Association wants the House of Lords to

  • No-show sparks row

    A VALE MEP has expressed her disappointment over the non-appearance of a Government Minister during a radio debate on farming, which was recorded at Pershore College. Countryside Minister Alun Michael pulled out of the event, staged by BBC Hereford &

  • 20 jobs as pub opens

    More than 20 new full and part-time jobs are to be created with the reopening of a pub in Kidderminster. The Loom and Shuttle, formerly the Poacher's Pocket, Stourport Road, which employed about eight people, is looking to recruit 30 members of staff.

  • Colin tastes life with the sporting media

    COMPETITION winner Colin Matthew was given an insight into the world of journalism when he joined the press bench for Saturday's win over Rushden. The Kidderminster assistant company secretary helped with the match commentary on BBC Radio Hereford and

  • Taking on solicitors

    Traditional town solicitors Talbots has expanded by taking on five new lawyers. The Kidderminster firm, which has been operating since 1828, has appointed five solicitors specialising in family and matrimonial law, civil litigation, conveyancing and crime

  • Classic conquest

    BROADWAY member Tony Gisbourne, was victorious while on holiday in Portugal. The 70-year-old entered the Algarve Classic and took top spot by three points after compiling a stableford score of 30 on the first day and a remarkable 38 in the final round

  • PO over road to new era

    WHY did the Post Office cross the road? To create a new "focal point" for residents of the Horsefair area of Kidderminster, according to bosses. Monday saw the opening of the Horsefair Post Office's new home on the other side of the road from its previous

  • Debating public- private

    THE public and private sectors came together on Friday for a business lunch in Bewdley. Hosted by citib@se, which provides serviced office centres for small and medium-sized businesses, the event attracted high-profile representatives including Wyre Forest

  • Theatre

    Harry Cheshire High School, Kidderminster - The Roses Of Eyam Thursday. Wolverley Memorial Hall - Falling Off A Log Friday and Saturday. Hippodrome, Birmingham - The Nutcracker Friday until December 15. Grand, Wolverhampton - The Slipper and The Rose


    At the November meeting, members learnt how to make unusual Christmas tree decorations some using pasta. Beth Corbett demonstrated how to glue and decorate pasta bows together to make an angel. Larger angels were made from ribbon and Father Christmas

  • Water firm's £1m splash

    A DEAL worth £1 million to provide a water treatment facility in London has been won by Kidderminster-based Purac. The firm, which offers design and project management services, has clinched the contract to install the pressure filtration plant at Brixton

  • Five-in-a-row is Molby goal

    FIVE Division Three wins in a row is the aim for boss Jan Molby as big boys Luton Town hit Kidderminster on Saturday. Harriers are up to eighth in the table after beating Bristol Rovers 2-0, Leyton Orient 3-1, Lincoln City 1-0 and Rushden and Diamonds


    At the November meeting, Gill Munslow reported on the half yearly council meeting. The morning speaker was American sociologist Mary Valentine, who became interested in the WI through reading Miss Marple books. Mary concluded that the WI was of international


    There will be a social evening on Thursday at the Post Graduate Centre, Kidderminster, at 7.30pm, when Ken Harris, branch support officer, will discuss the benefits of being a back care member. For details call Peter Cole on 01299 250402.


    Guests from the West Midlands Federation and neighbouring guilds attended the 15th anniversary meeting when Colin Bowden, of the Royal Marines Band, gave a talk, with the aid of slides, on A Morning in the South Pacific on board the Royal Yacht Britannia


    John Sparry gave an account of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot and its Midlands connections. The Caldwell estates of Kidderminster were owned by the Wyntour family of Huddington Court Their eldest son, Robert, was a principal plotter. When Guy Fawkes was caught


    Michael Handy lived up to the title of his programme, Let Me Entertain You, when he interpreted popular shows with floral arrangements. There was a hat creation in green and white such as Eliza Doolittle wore in My Fair Lady. A gold "Oscar" type statue


    The annual meeting was held in the parish room on November 12, when acting secretary Barbara Hughes gave an account of the year's events and president Brenda Banner thanked everyone for their support over the last three years. Julia Rogers was voted in


    The annual meeting and Christmas party will be held at King Charles Room, Kidderminster Town Hall, on December 13, at 7.30pm. All members will be welcome to attend and enjoy the free party fare.

  • Graham's glory as Series match proves a tough task

    Evesham Jubilee AS CONDITIONS proved difficult at Pensham for an Avon Shield Series match when roach proved the favoured catch for the majority of members. Despite the wind and rain, Gra-ham Mytton edged out Tony Brooks to take top spot. The next Jubilee

  • We need help from walkers

    POWICK Ramblers Work party tries to clear all the rights of way twice a year. However, due to the foot-and-mouth outbreak many were not done until late summer and some not all all. We would like to appeal for some help by regular walkers, especially those

  • Odeon tries to bring foreign films to city

    I WOULD like to reply to Sarah Brooks' letter (You Say, November 21) regarding the lack of foreign films in Worcester cinemas. I have been trying to book Amelie to be shown at our cinema for many weeks now. Due to the fact that there are limited prints

  • Time to explore other universes

    IN reply to George Cowley (You Say, November 21) I would like to defend Mr Turton and his waffle about God. What has been the start or the excuse for the beginning of all wars and disagreements over the last few thousand years? The answer is religion.