• Crucial points for town

    BEWDLEY kept chasing a much-needed victory at Droitwich but had to settle for a losing draw in their Worcestershire League Division One encounter. The home side batted first and struggled to cope with bowlers Mark Edwards (3-85) and Mark Bennett (3-84

  • Cookley double

    COOKLEY finished the season in style with both teams recording victories over Eastnor in the Worcestershire League. The firsts finished fifth in Division Two after winning a thrilling game by just three runs. Cookley scored a modest 135 all out with only

  • Wizard Waldron

    BRINTONS beat Knighton-on-Teme by 10 runs in Worcestershire League Division Six. Visiting Brintons posted 182-9, Mark Turner top scoring with 58. In reply, Lee Waldron took 4-33 to ensure victory as Knighton were all out on 172. Brintons finished third

  • Jetting out for £50,000 op life-saver

    A MAN who has lost faith in the NHS plans to jet off to South Africa for a heart operation tomorrow because he fears he might die waiting for treatment in Britain. Les Edlin, who is also a diabetic and has arthritis, is using cash from the sale of his

  • We want lap dancers, not more homes

    LAP dancers would be just as welcome on a Worcester housing estate as a school, residents say. Building a saucy club in St Peter's proved twice as popular an option as putting up pensioners' housing or a church, according to a parish council organised

  • Vic are victorious again

    VICTORIA Carpets and Blakeley Hall Cricket Club are celebrating after claiming the Stainweld Wednesday Premier League for the second year in succession. They took the title after a match against Alveley, winning with just two balls remaining.

  • Happy Hospital

    KIDDERMINSTER Hospital won the Stainweld Cricket League Sunday Plate by five wickets over Hard-Done-Boys. The Boys collapsed to 35-6 before rain stopped play but Simon Cook fired them to 115 all out on resumption with 74 runs. In reply, Spencer Colley

  • Toxic shock syndrome boy's family paid £10,000

    HEALTH chiefs criticised after a boy of seven died from toxic shock syndrome have paid his family £10,000 in an out-of-court settlement. Christopher Withey lost his fight for life two years ago, a week after he suffered a minor scald on his back. He and

  • Town enthusiasts to have skate park

    SKATEBOARDERS in Upton-upon-Severn could soon have their own skate park at the Hill Centre after supporters raised £1,000 towards the cost. The town has turned down the opportunity of taking over an £11,000 skate ramp from Malvern Youth Centre in favour

  • Royal recognition for John and Betty

    A DIAMOND couple were set to receive a royal seal of approval when a letter signed by the Queen to commemorate their 60th wedding anniversary arrives today. John and Betty Hewlett are no strangers to Royal connections as they met the Duke of Edinburgh

  • 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

  • Wheelie good day for biker wedding

    IT was a case for the rev when a couple of motorbiking enthusiasts tied the knot. Clare Bannister and Christopher Crew on their way to their wedding reception After marrying at Kidderminster Register Office, Clare Bannister and Christopher Crew processed

  • New pitch for Captain Crazy

    HE may have been down but legendary ex-Kidderminster Harriers matchday presenter Captain Crazy is not out.Captain Crazy who has joined Worcester City Roger Harris - known by thousands for his unique sense of humour and wacky style - will be back on the

  • Top beauty award bid

    A BEAUTY specialist has beaten off thousands of rivals to secure her place in the final of a national competition. Stourport's Natalie Farebrother will compete against four others from across the country on Sunday in a bid to become beauty therapist of

  • Outrage at slur of 'Polish betrayal'

    EX-SERVICEMEN'S organisations have slammed district council leader Mike Oborski after he claimed Poland was "betrayed" by Britain and the allies who "handed it over" to the USSR after the Second World War. Worcestershire Royal British Legion county chairman

  • Tar turns to tartan

    A NINE-year-old Kidderminster girl is "dressed to kilt" after her mum successfully kicked her 40-a-day smoking habit thanks to Quit Smoking sessions at Bewdley Medical Centre. Single mum Sue MacTaggart, 40, who gave up the weed four months ago with the

  • Anger over campaign of dirty tricks

    UP to 5,000 jobs in the Kidderminster carpet industry were put at risk by a "dirty tricks" campaign, it has been claimed. The town-based Carpet Foundation has discovered the Healthy Flooring Network, which cited carpets as a cause of asthma in children

  • Preview: Rochdale v Kidderminster

    SUMMER signing Ian Joy could be set for his full Kidderminster Harriers debut as Jan Molby's men aim to shock Third Division leaders Rochdale. Mid-table Harriers will be bidding for their first away point on Saturday but must do without skipper Mark Blake

  • Special concert for new season

    THE seventh season of Parish Music concerts - live music in Ashton-under-Hill, Beckford, Overbury, Alstone and Teddington churches - starts with a very special concert in St Barbara's Church, Ashton-under-Hill, on September 29. Samantha Newbold, a Cheltenham

  • Grant boost for festival

    THE world premiere of a percussion work by French composer Eric Sammut will be one of the highlights of this year's Stratford English Music Festival. The work for the marimba, a type of glockenspiel, will be performed by percussion quartet 4-mality, It

  • 6/9/01 FULL-TIME FOCUS

    IAN Clarkson hit the nail on the head when he admitted: "We're looking more solid this year but struggling to create as much." Harriers have put together a tough and balanced midfield but it is yet to show its creative side. A solo run and 25-yard drive

  • 23/8/01 FULL-TIME FOCUS

    TONY Bird hailed his settling in Worcestershire as key to his improved displays and then called on Harriers to show more consistency and mental strength. The 26-year-old Welshman scored twice in a great display on the right-hand side against Preston and

  • The sound of rock rolls on to the web

    SOMETHING big is about to burst through the barriers of ambition for a rock musician, thanks to a fusion of the old and new. By marrying the traditional sounds of rock with the internet revolution, Kidderminster musician David J Swift has managed to create

  • 6/9/01 - Record 71 makes Day

    TOURING the country playing golf would be a dream for many people but Laura Day is managing to do that on the amateur circuit. Her golfing exploits have taken her all over the country but it was nearer home that the 21-year-old from Bishampton made her

  • Nathan nips to title

    KART ace Nathaniel Freke collected his second national title of the year at the weekend, a week ahead of his 18th birthday this Saturday. The Kidderminster teenager gained the Midland Championship title to add to his British UK Cup success earlier in

  • Daring Danby drives to national trials trophy

    MOTORBIKER Ross Danby returned from three-day national motorcycle trials in Derbyshire with a trophy. The Bewdley Motorcycle Club member finished third overall in class C on his 125cc Gas Gas machine at the YMSA event. Arley resident Danby, 12, was among

  • Senior success

    GOLF: Ron Young won the Seniors Salver at Cleobury Mortimer, three points ahead of second-placed Bambas Constantinou. Seniors Salver: Young 24 handicap 60 nett; Constantinou 26-63, Alan Whittaker 21-66, Frank Perry 24-68. Seniors Stableford: Lew Turner

  • Energetic Liz

    ATHLETICS: Kidderminster Running Club's Liz Gould returned from a walking holiday of more than 100 miles of north Yorkshire and still found the energy to compete in the Tholthorpe 10k road race. Not content with just competing, Gould came in as first

  • 6/9/01 - Baxter back to stir the romantic illusion

    WHEN Nick Baxter revisits the stage he lit up so spectacularly during his six years at Worcester, he may well reflect on the transient nature of the sporting hero. Sixways' prodigal son returns to his spiritual home on Saturday with a Birmingham &

  • Forest are close

    WORCESTERSHIRE GAMES: The games began on Sunday with basketball hosted by Wychavon. Wyre Forest finished second after beating last year's winners Redditch 44-34 but losing out to eventual winners Wychavon 47-43. The archery has been postponed but table

  • 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

  • Trimpley in early lead

    THE games started on Saturday with archery at Upper Arley. Trimpley won the event with 716 points, Upper Arley were second with 668, Wolverley and Cookley third on 572 and Rock fourth with 541. Top men's score: Martin Blount (Upper Arley) 224. Top women's

  • MARK SHAIL - Centre-back. 15/10/66, 6ft 1in. Squad number 15.

    A tough-tackling and determined veteran defender, Shail signed a two-year deal at Aggborough in July 2000 after an injury-plagued few years at Bristol City. Earlier in his career at Bristol, he had been touted with a big-money move to Liverpool while

  • LEE AYRES - Centre-back. 28/8/82. Squad number 16.

    Rangy Ayres joined Harriers as a youth-team player from Walsall but progressed to the reserves after impressing at the heart of the defence. A big future is predicted for the youngster who has signed a two-year deal and made his competitive debut in the

  • BEN DAVIES - Midfield 27/5/81. 5ft 7ins. Squad number 17.

    The former Walsall trainee joined Harriers' youth set-up near the end of the 1999/00 season and has forced his way into the first-team reckoning. Birmingham-born Davies, an all-round midfielder who can win the ball and distribute well, was rewarded with


    THERE has been good sport on coarse waters with carp weights from 15lb to 24lb on the Dragonfly Pool. Friday Evening Open, Dragonfly: Keith Tonks 15-14, Gary Mole 15-12, Joh Keay 15-9. Sunday Morning, The Chuckery AC, Dragonfly: Barry Sharples 17-15,

  • ANDY DUCROS - Forward. 16/9/77. 5ft 6ins. Squad number 14.

    Ex-England youth and schoolboy international Ducros has been used by Harriers both behind a front-two and in attack. He was a record signing for £80,000-plus from Nuneaton Borough in July 2000 after only 12 months at the Conference side. The diminutive

  • 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

  • MATT LEWIS - Forward. 20/3/84. 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


    POOLE Hall: M Davis 25-13, D Perry 22-2, C Owen 20-9. Aggregate to date: Ivan Laight 221, D Rom 198.5, Davis 197.5. The next contest will be at Poole Hall on Saturday - names to Laight.


    THEIR annual contest will be held at Docklow Snake Pool. Vehicles should meet at The Horsefair at 6.30am prompt - breakfasts have been booked. The contest will be for five hours. For more information, call 0775 9165381.


    SION Farm: Mark Pearce 50-8, Shaun Pearce 35-2, Dean Ashcroft 14-12, Carl Carter 14-2. Those going on the Docklow trip on Saturday should meet at the Park Inn at 6.30am prompt.

  • Fourth arm could be the one too many

    I wholeheartedly support the view of the author in last week's Evesham Journal, with respect to the Highway Agencies approval 'in principle' to a fourth arm off the very busy roundabout, at the Southern end of Evesham's by-pass, because Evesham United


    COB House Farm: Ron Russell 31-13, Harold Willey 18-2, Barry Southall 16-12, Ron Price 14-10. The next contest is on the Worcester Canal at Bilford Bridge on Wednesday, draw 9am.

  • Club seeks public support and funds

    DESPITE optimism from Evesham United Football Club on the Highways Agency decision, there is still a long way to go. They first have to meet all of the 106 legal agreements with Wychavon District Council and get a 278 work agreement from the Highways,


    THERE will be a contest on the Lyttelton 1-43 on Sunday. The draw is at 8am at The Woodman Inn. Members wishing to fish the singles and doubles knockouts must put their names forward on or before Sunday's contest.


    WELFIELD: K Moss 7-10, M Carrick 3-4, J Hodgetts jnr 2-14. Sunday's match is at Furnace Mill, draw 7am. This is also the third round of the knockout singles.

  • Misses cost Wyre

    WYRE Forest began their first season in West Midlands Division One South with a 3-3 home draw with Bridgnorth Town Reserves. Andy Oakes put them ahead after nine minutes, converting Matthew Carter's pass. But Bridgnorth drew level after 17 minutes through

  • Ladies lash Rea Valley

    Harriers Ladies got off to the perfect start to the new season when they beat Rea Valley Rovers 6-1. The prolific Julie Freeman scored four goals and opened her account in only the fifth minute. Freeman ran onto a through-ball which she slotted home from

  • Youth shape up for start

    The Stourport and District Youth Football League gets underway at the weekend. Fixtures, Saturday U-8: Areley Kings Youth v Burlish Blades, Kidderminster Lions Youth v Ferndale Youth, Mostyn Rangers v Burlish Bullets, Worcester Colts v Kidderminster Lions

  • Deviate surprise

    Deviate produced a shock in the Kidderminster Six-a-Side Soccer Leagues, beating Woodthorpe Wanderers 2-1. Ryan's Wanderers have moved back to top spot by defeating Sureal Madrid 3-2. Other results: Mostyn Rangers 1, Sporting Madrid 2; Briars 2, Peacock

  • New division for Stourport

    STOURPORT are preparing for unknown territory after their second successive promotion last season. And the North Midlands One runners-up will hold a grand sponsor's day for their first game in Midlands West Four (South) at home to King's Norton on Saturday

  • Try-crazy KCs boss games

    TRY-HUNGRY Kidderminster Carolians returned from the summer break and produced three scores more in keeping with the cricket season. There was a great turn-out of players for all sides but Worcester will be a bigger test on Saturday. The firsts switched

  • County facing uphill battle

    WORCESTERSHIRE could not prevent Durham's Jon Lewis completing his century when play resumed today in the CricInfo Championship Division Two clash at the Riverside. Lewis ended yesterday 97 not out as Durham closed the first day on 215-2 and he soon passed

  • City fail to find loan players

    WORCESTER City boss John Barton is struggling to bring in defensive cover ahead of Saturday's clash with Dr Martens Premier Division leaders Havant & Waterlooville. City have several injury worries and are also without experienced defender Martin

  • Make sure you get to Sixways on time! - Kingsley Jones

    DON'T turn up late to watch Worcester this season! After our lightning start against Manchester, my message to the supporters is to get here on time just in case they miss out. We had a cracking start to the match, which we went on to win 45-11, and were

  • Spiking a tragedy waiting to happen

    MENTION Worcester to those who don't reside in the city and the response is invariably favourable. The Cathedral, cricket ground and river are usually cited as being rock-solid reasons for living within the city's boundaries or maybe just visiting from

  • Palace's night out at the opera

    THE Mid Wales Opera Company returns to the Palace Theatre on Saturday to perform Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte. The production marks the company's return for its fifth season and opens as two young officers, Gugliemo and Ferrando, make a bet to prove the fidelity

  • From the Evesham archives

    100 years ago September 7, 1901 Evesham: Frederick Hodgkins, a labourer of Factory Yard, was summoned for using obscene language on August 31. Defendant pleaded guilty. PC Griffin said he heard a disturbance up Factory Yard and proceeded to the spot where

  • Be a responsible owner

    THE British Horse Society is to hold a Responsible Ownership Day at its Rescue Centre at Oxhill, midway between Stratford and Banbury, on Saturday. The day marks the start of the first ever Equine Welfare Week, an initiative sponsored by Fort Dodge Animal

  • 8-3-1 - Lisa Stansfield

    Rating:Three star LISA Stansfield makes a welcome return to out and out pop with her first single offering for four years. The Rochdale lass has an undeniably smooth voice but after hitting the scene in the late 80s, Stansfield sank into the stylish but

  • 6/9/01 - City fail to find loan players

    WORCESTER City boss John Barton is struggling to bring in defensive cover ahead of Saturday's clash with Dr Martens Premier Division leaders Havant & Waterlooville. City have several injury worries and are also without experienced defender Martin

  • The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

    Rating:Five star DISMISSED by critics as a violent, homophobic, foul-mouthed misogynist, Eminem is a master of rap whose Marshall Mathers LP is a work of genius. Re-issued as a double CD special edition, the handful of instrumentals and remixes tagged

  • The Unexpected Alliance - Marino

    Rating: Two star HULL-born guitarist Marino is a strange entity who seems to have been sniffing around the underskirts of the music business for about a decade. Having never gained star status, he has nevertheless found friends and collaborators with

  • Harry Hill - Ross Festival

    Rating: Five star OH the joy of bobbing for apples! The massed ranks who turned up at Ross to see Harry Hill were treated to a display of his customary comic genius. From the moment he made his trademark high energy entrance as Morrissey, the laughs started

  • County hill climb under threat from 'crippling taxes'

    FEARS for the future of the Shelsley Hill Climb were highlighted by Berrow's Journal at this time half-a-century ago under the headline "Crippling Taxes threaten Famous County Event." "The Midland Automobile Club which organises the Shelsley Walsh Hill

  • Special delivery

    IT was nan to the rescue when a special delivery - in the form of a bouncing baby girl - arrived a few minutes too early. Brenda Morris, of Greenlands, had dropped off her other grandchildren at daughter Becki's house last week when things took an unexpected

  • Tim Brooke-Taylor - one of life's Goodies

    "YOU'LL always be a Goodie to me, though," misty-eyed with nostalgia, I couldn't help telling Tim Brooke-Taylor when I spoke to him about his upcoming performance in Cheltenham. Lucky for me, he told me: "I'm very proud of The Goodies." And just as jolly

  • -- What's on at your local Cinema

    SCARY MOVIE 2 (18) A follow-up spoof that picks up where the original movie left off. Odeon Worcester 12.45, 2.45, 4.45, 6.45, 8.45. UCI Merry Hill. 12.30 (Sat/Sun Only), 2.45,5.15, 7.30, 8.00,( 9.45 Sat/Sun Only). Warner Village 2.45, 5.00, 7.15, 9.30

  • Have your say

    BROADWAY parish councillors say that plans for the Gordon Russell site at the heart of the village are too important not to involve all residents. Wychavon District Council agree and now the public is to be asked to make their views on the scheme known

  • On display

    COX'S Yard Art Gallery in Stratford is holding an exhibition of work by artists James Vinciguerra and Sarah Moore. The two artists have differing styles. Sarah's reflect her interest in pre-history and feature landscapes of historic sites, while James's

  • Dame game

    PERSHORE Townswomen's Guild is holding an evening of fun and entertainment with The Pantomime Dame, (Richard Westcott) tomorrow (Friday) in Wychavon Civic Centre (8pm). Tickets cost £5.50 to include wine and nibbles. All proceeds will go to Pershore Cottage

  • Exhibition

    AN exhibition of paintings by Ada Gaden called Rural Life is being staged at Alcester Library until September 29. The paintings, mainly inspired by the surrounding countryside and the traditional activities of the area between the Cotswolds and the Welsh

  • Course will be a laugh

    ASPIRING stand-up comedians can hone their skills at a new stand-up comedy course starting at Stratford College this month. The course, believed to be the first of its kind in the Midlands, is being run by stand-up comedian and comedy scriptwriter Geoff

  • Bredon

    FARMERS MARKET: There were many Bredon people who thoroughly enjoyed the first Tewkesbury Farmers' Market a few weeks ago. Local farmers and growers came in from a 30 mile radius of Tewkesbury to sell their goods. Some did so well they had to restock

  • Broadway

    SHEAR HOUSE WEDNESDAY COFFEE CLUB: Thirty seven members enjoyed a coffee morning. Elsie and Joyce were busy with the 'bring and buy' which made £21, proceeds going into club funds. The September outing arranged for an afternoon trip through the Forest

  • Mickleton

    GARDENING CLUB: Flower, Produce and Handicraft Show, September 1. There was much beauty on display at the show. The colour and variety of the flowers struck one on entering the hall, the rose classes being especially lovely. Floral art had flowers in

  • Pershore

    PERSHORE Monday Club is restarting its regular meetings after the summer break on September 10 at 2pm at St Agatha's Hall in Head Street. Members old and new are welcome to attend. FILM AT NUMBER 8: Pershore and District Film Society, Bridget Jones Diary

  • F&M threatened herd bounces back

    A TOP herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle, which was almost slaughtered when foot and mouth disease came close, is now supplying pedigree bulls and cows all over the country as farmers restock. "We were only half a mile away from having the whole herd destroyed

  • Visit to forgotten farmers

    FARM tsar Lord Haskins visited Gloucestershire on Tuesday to learn more about the plight of Britain's "forgotten farmers". Lord Haskins was appointed by Tony Blair to perform the task of helping local authorities and other agencies plan economic recovery

  • 06/09/01 - Nibs injury worry

    REDDITCH are waiting anxiously on the results of a specialist's report on defender Nigel Niblett's calf injury. Reds assistant manager Gary Hackett admitted the mystery problem, which will sideline the captain for Saturday's trip to Shifnal, was a concern

  • 6/9/01 - Make sure you get to Sixways on time!

    DON'T turn up late to watch Worcester this season! After our lightning start against Manchester, my message to the supporters is to get here on time just in case they miss out. We had a cracking start to the match, which we went on to win 45-11, and were

  • -- Exhibitions in and around Worcester

    Venerable Beads: The narrative necklaces and beadwork of Eleyne Williams. Aug 4-Sept 23. Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Clarence Street, Cheltenham (01242 237431). 'Glades & Meadows' by Worcester Artist Patricia Marshall. Aug 25-Sept 22. 9-5pm

  • Cyclists of paths

    IN response to a letter from John Mansell-Read (You Say, August 29) edition, I would like to point out that there is a perfectly good explanation for many cyclists riding on paths - car drivers. I regularly ride my bike to and from work in the city centre

  • 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

  • Nothing done about cheeky parkers

    IN You Say ( August 29), I read with interest Mr Mansell-Read's letter concerning parking on pavements. I visited the County Hall boot sale and parked, as all cars did, with one wheel on the pavement. It was not a busy street but I was given a parking

  • Cronyism, corruption now affecting all of us

    CRONYISM and corruption is not only confined to local government, it infests our "brave new world" and almost every facet of our lives. A blatant example is the so called self-regulation of the media, when research into the effects of the media is financed

  • 6/9/01 Ducros drives only goal

    AN ANDY Ducros strike gave Harriers a 1-0 victory in their first Avon Insurance League Division Two home game yesterday. Supplied by substitute Matt Reeves, Ducros beat Hartlepool keeper Martin Hollund to give the Aggborough men the points. With Drewe

  • 6/9/01 Harriers fail to snare Stags in poor draw

    FANS will be worried to discover the Harriers squad are already tired with only 41 games of a hard Division Three campaign to go. That was the frank admission from candid boss Jan Molby after his men stuttered to a lacklustre 1-1 draw at home to Mansfield

  • Winners to take all in championship crunch

    THERE are new leaders again in the Cotswold Hills League Premier Division following Shipston's surprise defeat at Kineton. Bidford and Wellesbourne both won with the former reclaiming top spot after bowling out Broadway for 92. The new leaders entertain

  • Travellers told to go

    A GROUP of travellers who have set up home in Bidford are being given notice to leave after a number of concerns from residents. The group has been on Big Meadow for more than five weeks and is believed by police to be responsible for a rise in crime.

  • OAPs warned over conmen

    POLICE have issued strong warnings to elderly residents after two distraction burglaries in the Alcester area within days of each other. One of the burglaries took place in School Road, Great Alne, on Thursday. Two men called at the house of an 86-year-old

  • Pop in to chat about drop-in

    SALFORD Priors residents are to have their say on what facilities they want to see when a huge overhaul takes place in the memorial hall. Several months ago, the memorial hall committee successfully managed to secure a grant from the lottery after halving

  • Powell hits five

    FECKENHAM hitman Brian Powell has thrown down the gauntlet to his strike partner in the race to be leading scorer. Powell has come out guns blazing after signing from Studley in pre-season and notched five goals in four games while fellow forward Andy

  • Holiday ends in scorpion shock

    AN Evesham woman came home from her holiday with an illegal immigrant - one of the world's deadliest scorpions which happened to be pregnant. Lynne Boyle, of Briar Close, encountered the two-inch yellow creature, which contained enough venom to kill three

  • Teenager, 14, killed in stolen car chase

    HAMPTON residents have told of their horror at being awoken by "a thunderous bang" when a stolen car collided with a lorry, killing its driver. Pershore Road householders rushed outside after hearing the car crash, which claimed the life of a Malvern

  • Town flushed with its bloom success

    EVESHAM was narrowly beaten into second place in the Heart of England in Bloom contest but came up smelling of roses when the town's Viaduct Meadow block won the best toilet award. Local competition organiser, deputy mayor Diana Raphael, said that although

  • Rural firms asked to help tackle crime

    RURAL businesses will soon be asked for their help in tackling crime by giving their views. The Wychavon Community Partnership is sending out hundreds of questionnaires to farmers, growers and other firms across the Vale as part of its ongoing crime audit

  • Request for a less 'Plain Jane' home

    COUNCILLORS have asked for design improvements to the new Heathlands nursing home - due to be built next year - after they approved the demolition of the existing building. Councillor Tony Hotham asked if something could be done to liven up the appearance

  • Safety first for Steven

    A STOURPORT-on-Severn man has joined an elite band of professionals qualified in work-place safety management. Steven Harper, regimental quartermaster sergeant in the Army, has been awarded the prestigious British Safety Council Diploma in Safety Management

  • Alien attack board game is a winner

    SAVING the planet from an alien invasion might not be everyone's idea of a lucrative new business venture. But games master Rychlund Aldridge is already raking in the cash. The 38-year-old has launched a new tactical board game called Save Your Planet

  • House burglary

    ANTIQUE copper kettles, a Sanyo video recorder, some CDs and jewellery were stolen during a break-in at a house in Wixford near Bidford-on-Avon on Monday.

  • Newport (IoW) 1 Worcester City 1

    Saturday, September 1, 2001 WORCESTER City were made to pay for two glaring misses when Newport Isle of Wight snatched a late equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 away draw in the Dr Martens League Premier Division. And it was Darren Middleton, a hero with a last-gasp

  • Drop is reality for KCC

    RELEGATED Kidderminster Cricket Club must take the chance to make a fresh start, according to their long-serving captain. Their 106-year stay at the top Birmingham and District Premier League level ended on Saturday after a losing draw against Knowle

  • KCC drop out of Premier League

    PROBABLY the saddest day in Kidderminster Cricket Club's long history saw them relegated from the Birmingham and District Premier League. Since 1895, they have played at the top level in the area - but the bottom side now face a drop in standard. However

  • Chaddesley's target

    LOWLY Chaddesley Corbett need just one more win to make certain of avoiding relegation from Worcestershire League Division One. The village side wrapped up a comfortable five-wicket win over mid-table Netherton with 13 overs to spare. Left-arm spinners

  • Third Division crown for 'Port

    TRIUMPHANT Stourport clinched the Worcestershire League Division Three championship with a six-wicket victory over Alveley at Walshes Meadow. The visitors struggled to 80 all out as Gary Mills captured 2-23 to take his season's haul to 38 wickets. However

  • Stone just short of title

    STONE'S Worcestershire League Division Five campaign ended in victory but they still finished three points off the top spot. Gary Bourke's men beat visitors Hanley Castle and Upton by 16 runs to record their fifth consecutive 24-point win. But the villagers

  • Other Worcestershire League results

    DIVISION Three: Victoria and Blakeley 202 (7), Alvechurch/Hopwood 204-8 (20). Second teams: Alvechurch and Hopwood 228-9 (8), Victoria and Blakeley 230-9 (20). Division Five: Bridewell 247-4 (24), Newland 124 (1); Hallow 169-6 (4), Cutnall Green 170-6

  • Body set to be identified

    THE family of a man found dead in a Worcester canal were expected to formally identify him later today. Relatives of the man, whose name will not be released until the identification has taken place, were believed to be on their way to Worcester to speak

  • Fury as lake turns into 'muddy swamp'

    PEOPLE on a new Worcestershire housing estate who paid an extra £10,000 for homes overlooking a lake have seen their dream turned into a "muddy swamp". Angry homeowners in Stourport-on-Severn could not believe their eyes yesterday when the lake was drained

  • Jobs axed as carpet company sustains losses

    A BOMBSHELL has fallen on the workforce of a Kidderminster carpet firm with the news that 80 jobs will be axed in the wake of rapidly falling profits. The announcement was made to the 298-strong workforce at Gaskell on Tuesday by Gerry Wheeler, chief

  • Trust courses for conservationists

    COUNTRYSIDE enthusiasts seeking work in conservation are being offered a new range of training courses by a Worcester conservation charity. The courses are being provided by British Trust For Conservation Volunteers as part of its national programme.

  • Castle Street plan under microscope

    A FLAGSHIP new development in Worcester billed as a "shot in the arm for tourism" has come a step closer to reality. But NHS consultants, who drew up draft plans for the sort of buildings they want to see spring up on the Castle Street hospital site,

  • Community gears up for fayre

    OLD English customs will be alive and well when Worcester folk step back in time for a mediaeval fayre this weekend. The atmosphere will be truly historical when stallholders and visitors don mediaeval dress in St John's on Saturday. An array of unusual

  • Girl hurt in crash

    WITNESSES are being sought to a car crash which left a child with serious injuries. The 10-year-old girl was involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Omega driven by a man from Acton Green, near Worcester, at 5.20pm yesterday afternoon. The car was travelling

  • Top TV cop at charity KO

    ONE of TVs favourite cops will help launch a Worcester company's It's A Knockout competition. Actor John Nettles, famous for his Bergerac role and more recently DCI Tom Barnaby in ITVs Midsomer Murders, will cheer on scores of adventure-hunters at the

  • Pupils' steps to a bigger prize

    A WORCESTER dance school is celebrating after a record number of pupils won through to the national heat of a UK dance competition. Nine pupils from the Worcester Freestyle Dance School danced their way to success at the Midlands heat of the UK Freestyle

  • and finally ... Bon voyage party for Atlantic challenge duo

    TWO fund-raisers will be rowing 3,000 miles from Tenerife to Barbados to raise money for St Richard's Hospice. Shortly after a bon voyage party at Cannons Health Club, on Droitwich Road, Worcester, the Atlantic rowers Richard Wood and Rob Ringer will

  • Shock as 80 carpet jobs go

    EIGHTY jobs are being axed at a Kidderminster carpet firm in the wake of rapidly falling profits. The bombshell for the 298-strong workforce at Gaskell was announced on Tuesday by Gerry Wheeler, chief executive of the Lancashire company which took over

  • Care worker wins £140,000 stress pay-out

    A FORMER Kiddermin-ster residential social worker has won £140,000 compensation from Worcestershire County Council for a stress-related illness she developed through work. Thelma Conway, 56, who worked for the authority for 20 years, has been forced to

  • Fixtures and Results - 2001/2002

    AUGUST 18 H Weymouth DML 3-3 (Owen 3, inc 2 pens) 21 A Kettering Town DML 1-4 (Owen) 25 A Ilkeston Town DML 2-1 (Stant, Heeley) 27 H Hinckley United 4-3 (Owen 2, 1 pen, Middleton, Burrow) SEPTEMBER 01 A Newport IOW DML 1-1 (Owen) 03 H Moor Green DML 3

  • Tributes to civic stalwart

    HERITAGE stalwarts are mourning the loss of a great friend who "gave so much" to the town she loved. Stourport Civic Society vice-president Anna Carter died aged 61 at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Tuesday, three weeks after undergoing a liver

  • On parade for record carnival

    RECORD parade entries and steamy weather made this weekend's Stourport Carnival one of the biggest and best ever. About 20,000 people flocked to the town from across the Midlands to enjoy the 76th carnival, which has raised thousands of pounds for charity

  • Tuning up for top festival

    EVESHAM'S Avonbank Brass Band will be among the top bands competing in the Wychavon Festival of Brass on September 30. This year sees the one-day extravaganza in Droitwich High School with bands from England and Wales playing in 52 concerts. Festival

  • 30/8/01 FULL-TIME FOCUS

    HONEST Drewe Broughton expressed his surprise at Saturday's controversial penalty award - and admitted Harriers barely deserved it. The 6ft 3ins 22-year-old insisted Harriers must start playing more football on the deck and not rely on supplying him directly

  • Dare to explore our inner depths

    THERE are those who dream about it. There are those who talk about it. There are those who resist it. And there are those who do it. That's why, today, we take off our hat to three men who've dared to be among the final category of souls. Former SAS trooper

  • 6/9/01 - Rouse in cup win

    CAPTAIN elect Richard Rouse won Broadway Golf Club's Sutton Cup with 40pts from Tony Gardner in second place on 37pts. August's first division one medal went to George Sloggett with a gross 78, nett 67, just eclipsing Matthew Mills, playing off one, who

  • 6/9/01 - County facing uphill battle

    WORCESTERSHIRE could not prevent Dur-ham's Jon Lewis completing his century when play resumed today in the CricInfo Championship Division Two clash at the Riverside. Lewis ended yesterday 97 not out as Durham closed the first day on 215-2 and he soon

  • Wyre Forest pair take Super Cup

    CRAIG Cheatham and Clive Reynolds have hit the national spotlight after winning the inaugural British Sidecar Speedway Super Cup. The duo won the British title by two points from Rob Wilson and could now head to the Australian Championship next year.

  • Former skipper Jon returns

    NATIONAL Hockey League Stourport start a round of important build-up matches before their opening Division One match at long-standing rivals Bournville on October 14. Their first competitive home match will be against Beeston the following week. The squad

  • Lewis lead for town's title chaser

    STOURPORT Mixed A team appear to have won the Kidderminster and District Tennis League Division One title with just one match to play at home to Hagley A. Carole Lewis has captained the successful side which have won six matches and drawn two with no

  • Hartlebury rise

    TENNIS: Hartlebury finished off their Hereford and Worcester League campaign with a fine 5-1 victory over Hagley. The match lasted over four-and-a-half hours before Hartlebury gained the upper hand. The pairings of Garry and Greg Small and Richie Phillips

  • Cheer on coast

    JUDO: Another trip by Kidderminster's Samurai Judo Club to the North Sea coast resulted in bronze medals for Amy Darch and Emmy Kimberley. The club were close in a number of categories at the Saltburn Open in Teeside. Karl Gaughan, Matthew Hibberd, Ben

  • 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

  • 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. He signed a two-year deal at Aggborough in the summer of 2000 but was one

  • DAIRE DOYLE - Midfield 18/10/80. 5ft 10ins. Squad number 7.

    Dubliner Doyle began his career back in his native Ireland with Cherry Orchard before being snapped up by Premiership Coventry City for a nominal fee in 1998. However, he was mainly confined to academy football and a trial spell with Harriers earned him

  • Green is Poole maestro

    KIDDERMINSTER angler Mark Green landed 63lb of mixed fish, the best a 12.5lb carp, at Poole Hall Fisheries. There has been good sport on coarse waters throughout the week at the Alveley venue. Other weights in this catch ranged from 1lb to 6.5lb, all

  • PETER FAULDS - Mid-field. 26/8/82. Squad number 18.

    Faulds, born in Solihull, progressed through the youth side into the reserves after linking up from Northampton Town where he was a scholar. A tough-tackling, mobile teenager, he signed a 12-month professional deal with Harriers in May 2001 but has only


    JUNIOR Steadfast, Meadow: L Ashington 56-6, M Rogers 20-9, M Minchin 18-2. Monday, Meadow and Bank: Lee Richards 145-4 (peg Meadow 50), D Clewley 124-14 (Bank 20), N Groves 115-8 (Meadow 53). Wednesday, Meadow: M Lutwytch 87-0 (87), P Rowbury 83-65, J


    RICHARD Harding, of Kidderminster, used a CDC buzzer to catch 12 trout to 2.5lb on the Wyre Dell. Another angler caught 10 to 2.25lb on a cats whisker and the Wyre Dell also produced a nine-trout bag taken on a buzzer. Early mornings and evenings continue


    PAT Hughes Memorial: R Bastable 4-15, G Owen and N Fullaway 3-8. Lyttelton Cup: D Wigzell 8-2, Owen 7-14, P Wilson 4-14. On Saturday, the R Crumpton Memorial will be fished, the draw at 8am at The Woodman. The match is open to non-Lyttelton members. A


    ROUND five of the Summer League at Moorlands silver fish pool: Mick Millinchip 28-6, John Cole 18-3, Derk Buckle 16-8. Round six will be fished at Hawford Pools on Wednesday. The draw will be at 8.45am with fishing from 9.30am until 2.30pm. This contest


    STRAWBERRY Pool: B Hodson 7-5, A Williams 6-6, R Moule 6-4. The next match is on Sunday on the Birmingham-Worcester Canal, 46-47. Those taking part should meet on Dog Lane car park at 7am.

  • Media in the gutter

    CRONYISM and corruption is not only confined to local government, it infests in our 'brave new world', almost every facet of our lives. A blatant example is the so-called self-regulation of the Media, when research into the effects of the Media, is financed

  • Judge warns addict to give up drug habit

    A DRUG addict has been warned by a judge that if he fails to give up heroin he will find himself in jail. Neil Soley, 36, of Park Street, Kidderminster, was made the subject of a drug testing order after he admitted possession of heroin. But probation

  • Majority do not use the roads excessively

    I AM writing in response to the article about the Childswickham to Broadway Road. I am sure that I speak for the majority of Childswickham villagers who do not exceed the 30mph speed limit. For Pamela Bisset to accuse all traffic of not only exceeding

  • ...but We say thank you for the music...

    I was a lucky winner of two tickets in a Journal competition for an event held recently at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Would you be kind enough to thank all concerned for enabling my husband and I to enjoy this "treat"! We not only discovered

  • Why investigation into road problems?

    I CANNOT understand why the Highways Agency need to carry out investigations to establish why lorries topple over at the Cheltenham Road roundabout as they approach from the Tewkesbury direction. I offer a few points and opinions based on personal observation

  • Parental obligation to keep children safe

    WITH all the recent publicity surrounding several tragic deaths of children killed by hit and run drivers, one would have thought that parents would show increasing vigilance with regards to their children playing in the streets. This is not, apparently

  • Plum's lotta Rotary bottle

    AT Pershore Plum Fair, Pershore Rotary Club's tombola stall ran out of bottles having raised £119.50 for ChildLine. The charity was publicised on the stall and we explained what we were doing to all who supported us. On Saturday we held a street collection


    HAZELHURST Pool: E McKeown 18-15.5, H Tombs 15-7, P Bruce 13-0, K Green 9-13, T hyrons 9-2.5.


    RIVER Severn: 1 A Lucas (all perch), 2 T Bourne, 3 D Lucas. A junior contest has been organised for Saturday, picking-up at 11.30am at the post office on Comberton Estate.

  • Magic Matt is Town's star

    MATT Allsopp scored one and set up three goals as he led Bewdley Town to a 4-1 victory at Hinton in West Midlands Division One South. Bewdley were below par in the first half but went ahead when Allsop was tripped in the area and Gary Middleton converted

  • Craig's triple crowns win

    RAMPANT Chaddesley Corbett hammered Bustleholme 7-0 in West Midlands Division One South. Strengthened by the return of defender Chris Darby and striker Chris Bow, Chaddesley showed glimpses of what they are capable of achieving. Bow paved the way to victory

  • Eight goals for Brintons and KWF

    BRINTONS B&G and KWF Celtic dominated their Kidderminster and District Football League Division Six matches, beating Oldswinford Shrub 8-2 and Jacksons Rovers 8-1 respectively. Saturday Premier: Oldington United 1, Norton Celtic 4; Broughton WMC 0

  • 6/9/01 - Baxter targets winning return

    CROWD favourite Nick Baxter crashes back into Worcester on Saturday desperate to prove a point after his summer release. The record-breaking winger, who enjoyed six successful seasons at Sixways during Worcester's rise through the leagues, returns to

  • Veteran hunt in the district

    Players aged 35 and over are needed by the Kidderminster and District Football League for a new veteran's division on a Sunday afternoon. Three teams have signed up but at least three more are urgently needed for matches to start. Any teams interested

  • Chairman's visit

    THE Kidderminster branch of West Bromwich Albion Supporters Club welcomes a special guest to their meeting on Monday at Kidderminster Cricket Club from 8pm. Club chairman Paul Thompson makes his second visit to the group after attending one of their monthly

  • Under attack for Alzheimer's drug denial

    HEALTH chiefs are flouting Government guidelines by ordering GPs not to prescribe Alzheimer's drugs in Worcestershire, it has emerged. Wyre Forest MP Dr Richard Taylor hit out at the county director of public health for telling colleagues not to hand

  • Baxter targets winning return

    CROWD favourite Nick Baxter crashes back into Worcester on Saturday desperate to prove a point after his summer release. The record-breaking winger, who enjoyed six successful seasons at Sixways during Worcester's rise through the leagues, returns to

  • Owen rues his missed chances

    MICHAEL Owen helped fire England to within touching distance of World Cup qualification and then admitted he could have plundered another hat-trick. The 21-year-old hot-shot, the three-goal hero of the famous 5-1 victory over Germany on Saturday evening

  • Baxter back to stir the romantic illusion - Mark Dobson

    WHEN Nick Baxter revisits the stage he lit up so spectacularly during his six years at Worcester, he may well reflect on the transient nature of the sporting hero. Sixways' prodigal son returns to his spiritual home on Saturday with a Birmingham &

  • New faces for promoted Malvern

    MALVERN Rugby club face the daunting task of opening their league programme at last year's unbeaten Eastern division champions Dunstablians on Saturday. The injury-hit club will field the best available side in the Midlands One clash, although a further

  • Euro joy for Oreana

    JOHN Dunlop is not averse to throwing up the odd winner or two at Haydock Park so it may be worth siding with Oreana in the European Breeders Fund King's Regiment Cup Classified '90' Stakes at the Merseyside track tomorrow. The Anabaa filly came into

  • A Dickens of a show at Malvern

    RENOWNED actor Simon Callow brings his one-man play from the West End to Malvern Theatres next week prior to his world tour, writes Melina Cannon. Characters including Mr Micawber, Mrs Gamp and Bill and Nancy Sykes will be brought to life alongside their

  • The Noel Coward laughter show

    THE award-winning Middle Ground Theatre Company performs Present Laughter at Worcester's Swan Theatre next week after a record-breaking year of performances. The Noel Coward play follows company productions of Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband and The Importance

  • Serving up a slice of Meat Loaf

    THE story of larger than life singer Meat Loaf's rock 'n' rollercoaster of a music career will be told at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre next week. Heaven Can Wait opens in 1977 when Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman produced the popular album Bat Out Of Hell

  • It's a snip for comedy stars

    THE Birmingham Repertory Theatre production of Alan Bleasdale's cutting comedy Having A Ball plays at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre for one week only. Lenny, Ritchie and Malcolm are three men anxiously waiting for "the snip" at a private vasectomy clinic

  • Dining out on dark comedy

    A FOUR-day run of a thought-provoking dark comedy performed by the Malvern Theatre Players is under way. The Philanthropist, by Academy Award-winning playwright Christopher Hampton, is a tale of double-dealing and misunderstanding. Philip, the philanthropist

  • St George's slain by Reds

    REDDITCH completed their Birmingham Two West survival mission with a game to spare after a winning draw against relegated St George's. At the start of play the Bromsgrove Road side knew they would stay up by taking more points than their opponents, the

  • Sexy Beast

    Rating: four star THIS stylish gangster movie is a magnificent Brit flick despite some unlikely cast choices in the form of Ben 'Gandhi' Kingsley and Ian McShane - thankfully minus the mullet he sported as Lovejoy. The effortlessly cool Ray Winstone stars

  • Is This It - The Strokes

    Rating:Four star This is it and it's good. The Strokes don't really seem to care, which is what makes this American guitar-and-drums fivesome so recklessly endearing. They're going to moan, shout and even sing about nothing in particular and you're going

  • Proof Of Life - DVD

    Rating:Two star YOU will need to prove you have a life after watching an hour-and-a-half of this. Russell Crowe, fresh out of his Gladiator costume, stars as Terry Thorne, a negotiator-cum-gun-wielding saviour rescuing businessmen from the clutches of

  • Nicole's a Moulin Rouge dazzler

    DIRECTOR Baz Luhrmann has dragged the big screen musical into the new millennium - complete with Nicole Kidman in sequins and stilettos - with Moulin Rouge. This opera-for-our-times is an exuberant and dazzling love story, set against the glamorous and

  • The Bluetones - Ross Festival

    The Bluetones Ross Festival Rating:Four star IN front of a disappointingly small audience the Bluetones failed to inspire with a hastily thrown-together set. Make no mistake, the Morriss brothers can still cut it musically, five years after the release

  • Last Night of the Proms - Ragley Hall

    Rating: Three star ARCTIC temperatures failed to freeze the patriotic hearts of the scores of people who attended Friday's polished musical extravaganza. Culture vultures were wowed by the Performing Arts Orchestras talents and the vocal skills of soloist

  • Chance to see secret treasures of town

    TREASURES from Bewdley's civic past, including memorabilia of Charles De Gaulle and Stanley Baldwin, will be on show on Sunday. The town's Guildhall and mayor's parlour will open its doors to show off secret treasures which highlight the town's royal

  • Two steamers in collision on River Severn

    TWO boats collided in thick fog and were severely damaged at this time a century ago. The collision was on the Severn near the Ketch Inn, at Worcester. Berrow's Journal reported: "Last Saturday evening, a little after 8 o'clock, a sensational report to

  • Three plays in one

    THREE one-act plays by the master of modern comedy, Alan Ayckbourn, are to be performed by Bishampton Barnstormers next month. Members were forced to cancel the charity event earlier this year due to the foot and mouth crisis. Now it's all systems go

  • A Richard the Bard did not let us see

    Blockley actor Richard Derrington can be seen in two of his best known one-man shows over the coming few weeks. On Saturday The Theatre in Chipping Norton is presenting My Kingdom for a Horse?, a brand new look at the man who ruled England for only two

  • Ghurkas call in for a visit

    GHURKHAS were taking a well earned rest in Broadway over the bank holiday weekend. The famous fighters, led by local hero Captain Andy Tustin, were the guests of Broadway United Football Club. Captain Tustin, from Childswickham, who earned an MEB for

  • Artistic feast for the eyes

    Stratford store Fred Winters is hosting an art "installation" - but isn't making a meal of it. In fact, the store in Henley Street has devoted its window to a 26-place setting of a Denby Pottery dinner service, each piece of which has been decorated by

  • Hospital helps out after bacteria find

    MENTAL health patients will be moved to Kidderminster Hospital this weekend after Legionnaire's Disease bacteria was found at a Worcester site. Up to 17 patients will be housed at Kidderminster for three weeks while tests and a cleansing operation are

  • Bourton Vale

    HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: The Society recently held its annual show. The number of entries was slightly up on the previous year. Members agreed the show had been a great success with a considerable increase in the number of visitors this year. Cups were

  • Evesham

    EDPA (Evesham and District Pensioners Association): Are holding their next meeting next Tuesday at Wallis House, Oat Street at 2pm. The speaker will be Sir M H Simms on 'A Policemans Lot'. All members and non-members welcome. PHOTOGRAPHY: Next Monday

  • Willersey

    CHURCH AND VILLAGE NEWS: The Village magazine, delivered free to every house in the village, has every month for many years been eagerly looked forward to for community news and notices. The St Peter's PCC has now purchased a new printer to give the publication

  • -- Event's taking place in and around Worcester

    Flower Demonstration by Tony Hall, Worcester Flower Arrangement Society. Sept 7. 7.30pm. Hallow Parish Hall, Hallow, Worcester. (01886 880483). Meetings on 1st Friday of every month. Gardeners' Market - good selection of hardy plants. Sept 7. 9.30am-1.00pm

  • Elderly people shopping

    ANSWERING John Giffard's letter about elderly people with shopping trolleys some are disabled, even blind or just to weak to carry heavy shopping. There seems to be no respect or feeling for the elderly nowadays. At one time everything was delivered,

  • Thoughtless motorists

    I AGREE totally with John Mansell-Read (You Say, August 29) regarding selfish motorists parking on pavements. I have a double buggy and I lose count of the amount of times in one day when I cannot get past a vehicle left on the path by some thoughtless

  • -- Your day to day guide to the best sounds around

    7 September Before the Storm, The Marrs Bar, Pierpoint Street, Worcester. Brian SuperSounds "Rock 'n' Roll" Night, Barbourne Ex-Servicemen's Club, Worcester 'Bat Whispers', The Great Western, Bewdley, Worcs. 8 September Kinda Magic Duo, Barbourne Ex-Servicemen's

  • Brazil will be a hard nut to crack

    LET me tell your readers about a forthcoming adventure that takes place in a country renowned for its culture and landscape. In August, 2002, Royal Mencap, the leading charity for people with a learning disability, is organising an 11-day bike ride through

  • It's our right to walk on this public place

    I WAS incensed at the comments against dog walkers made by the Operations Manager of the Pitchcroft Racecourse, Worcester (Evening News, August 30) when she declared: "People should not walk on the grass at all because it stops the grass growing". I agree

  • 6/9/01 Ladies lash Rea Valley

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers Ladies got off to the perfect start to the new season when they beat Rea Valley Rovers 6-1. The prolific Julie Freeman scored four goals and opened her account in only the fifth minute. Freeman ran onto a through-ball which she

  • 6/9/01 Reeves strikes in narrow loss

    TWO goals from Matt Reeves failed to prevent Harriers U-19s slipping to a 3-2 defeat at Peterborough in the Football League Youth Alliance. Reeves put away a penalty, awarded for a foul on Tim Jackson, and grabbed a second to put Harriers 2-1 ahead. But

  • 30/8/01 New-look team in need of time

    JAN Molby has asked Kidderminster Harriers fans to be patient as his revamped side gels after a "steady rather than spectacular" start. Harriers racked up three points from the Bank Holiday weekend but Molby admits the performances have been nothing to

  • Paving puzzle

    MYSTERY surrounds paving slabs in Hopkins Precinct which have been moved. Police are looking into the incident and are unsure whether this a case of vandalism or someone being a good citizen. Alcester sector commander Mark Ritchie said CCTV footage showed

  • Pushing for a cash cache!

    AN Alcester man is travelling to Vietnam to complete a gruelling bike ride in aid of a cancer charity. Self-employed carpenter Antony Page, 29, of Swan Court, will be covering 480 miles to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Research. He now faces a race

  • Why I quit the world of school

    IT was about 18 months ago that Roger Leake, at the age of 56, quit as deputy head at Ashton-under-Hill First School where he had earned a high reputation with colleagues, governors, parents and children. This week, he said the move was in protest of

  • Africa operation for man scared of dying on NHS

    AN EVESHAM man is jetting off to South Africa for a heart operation because he fears he might die waiting for the NHS to treat him. Les Edlin, who is also a diabetic and has arthritis, is using cash from the sale of his house to pay for the operation,

  • Spirited performance for charity

    Evesham girl band Free Spirit are singing out in aid of charity this weekend. The girls are giving two free concerts at Hampton Ferry, Evesham, on Sunday, at 10.30am and 2.30pm. Collections will be taken in aid of The Macmillan Unit at Evesham Community

  • Farmer looks to make a new start

    A PIG farmer, who lost his pedigree herd when foot and mouth disease broke out on a neighbouring farm earlier this year, is looking to make a fresh start with a whole set of modern buildings. "Our old buildings, could not be cleaned to Ministry specifications

  • Show proved a bigger draw than the soccer

    PEOPLETON'S young performers staged a show that dragged an audience away from the lure of England's televised footballing triumph last Saturday. The Peopleton Players, the village's amateur dramatics club, held three days of workshops with youngsters

  • Call for residents-only parking plan

    MOTORISTS trying to dodge car parking fees are being blamed for clogging a town centre street with parked cars. Residents of Queens Road, Evesham, often find that they cannot park anywhere near their own homes because the road is so full of shoppers and

  • A major new housing development for town

    EVESHAM is to get 129 new houses, much against the wishes of the town council. Town councillors objected to the extra houses, which will be built on a 12-acre site at Four Pools Farm in Four Pools Lane. The councillors said the scheme would be an over-development

  • Thousands of people to undergo 3D body scanning

    YOU cannot help but feel a rosy glow of warmth when you put on clothes the same size as you did 10 years ago. You pretend to ignore that nipping feeling around the arms, the slightly hilly effect when you don something a bit snug. But the fact is, the

  • Even odd lovers can have trouble

    SO, the TV presenter Jamie Theakston and the classically-trained actress Joely Richardson have split after a year-long romance. Their parting comes as little surprise since, on paper at least, the pair always seemed hopelessly mismatched. Richardson is

  • What's on

    Thursday, September 6 Halfway to Paradise: The Billy Fury Story, Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham. Tickets from 0870 607 7544. Gunz 'n' Roses/Fade, Robin 2 R 'n' B Club, Bilston, Wolverhampton. Tickets from 01384 637747. Friday, September 7 Beethoven: The

  • Quads ready to rev

    FOUR-wheeled fun is the name of the game in Studley after a new quad biking range was set up. Geoff Duckhouse of Headless Cross and Bob Billings of Birmingham have set up Studley Quad Bikes on a farm between Studley and Sambourne. They have five quad

  • Jobs on offer in the city

    MORE than 100 jobs are up for grabs with some of the country's top retail companies in Worcester. A major Jobsfair showcasing the jobs is due to open on Monday, September 10, in Friary Square in Worcester's CrownGate Shopping Centre. While many of the

  • Parish vacancy

    A VACANCY has arisen on Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council following the resignation of Councillor John Rigby. If there is not enough candidates for an election, the vacancy will be filled by co-option to the parish council.

  • Parking spaces

    A BIDFORD road could have more car parking spaces if planners approve. South Warwickshire Housing Association has submitted plans to Stratford District Council to increase the number of spaces on The Leys from 12 to 25, which will include four disabled

  • Have your say on village hall plan

    SALFORD Priors residents have the chance to say what they want at a meeting to discuss proposals for use of the new Memorial Hall. The meeting, which will be held at the hall on September 15 at 10.30am, is part of a presentation and coffee morning which

  • New service is just the ticket

    BIDFORD residents who fancy a Sunday out can benefit from a new bus service. Bus operator Midland Red has been in consultation with Warwickshire and Worcestershire County Councils and has now introduced a Sunday service between Evesham and Birmingham,

  • Poet is inspired by the little things in life

    A woman who used her baby son as inspiration for a poetry competition is very nappy now her work is going to be published. Jo Lloyd, of Jacksons Meadow, Bidford, entered a competition called Poets 2001, with a poem about her one-year-old son Oliver stuffing