• £10,000 on Sven

    A PATRIOTIC punter will win £100,000 if England defy the odds and lift the World Cup. He shocked William Hill staff in Kidderminster after laying a £10,000 stake on Sven-Goran Eriksson's injury-ravaged squad in the tournament, which starts in nine days

  • Landlady's gripe over cash grants

    AN ENTERPRISING landlady says her efforts to revitalise a city centre pub are being thwarted be-cause council chiefs refuse to give her a grant. Kaff Buzza, who moved into the West Midland Tavern at Lowesmoor Place a few months ago, is angry and upset

  • Straw vows to help spotters in appeal

    FOREIGN Secretary Jack Straw has promised convicted planespotter Wayne Groves diplomatic help to secure a swift appeal. He made the pledge at a 75-minute Westminster meeting yesterday, amid fears it could take two years for 38-year-old Mr Groves' case

  • Staff urged to report abuse

    AMBULANCE staff are being urged to come forward if they are physically or verbally assaulted by troublesome patients. Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service NHS Trust bosses want all front-line staff who have encountered problems to report them so they

  • Asylum plans a step closer

    GOVERNMENT Minister Angela Eagle has resisted strong demands to dump plans to build a "prison without walls" for asylum seekers in Worcestershire. She also refused to pay compensation to householders who fear the value of their homes will be "decimated

  • Street children targeted with cash for clothes

    LIKE most towns across the globe, Nanyuki has a homelessness problem. But, while shoppers in Worcester are more used to seeing adult beggars, the streets of Nanyuki are filled with children. There are around 180 street children in the town and most live

  • Travellers moved off site

    AMBULANCE bosses are planning on selling a Hereford base station now troublesome travellers have been moved from the site. Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service NHS Trust is hoping to put the Grafton ambulance station on the market, after troubles

  • Trees mark party year

    TWO trees in Worcestershire and Herefordshire have been singled out by a national conservation council to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee. A Spanish Chestnut at Croft Castle, Herefordshire, and The Bewdley Sweet Chestnut, in Bewdley, are part of 50 trees

  • Alert for disabled

    DISABLED people and their carers in Worcestershire could be missing out on social security benefits because they don't know their entitlements. Benefit rules change every year and without accurate, up-to-date information, people can miss out on thousands

  • 'Sparrow grass' up for annual auction

    ASPARAGUS grown in the Vale of Evesham could be sold for as much as £1,000 a box when the annual auction takes place. The locally grown asparagus, known as 'sparrow grass', is well known for its quality and flavour and considered a local delicacy. Connoisseurs

  • Lottery help for carnival

    KIDDERMINSTER carnival organisers are celebrating after winning a Lottery grant. The Awards For All programme, set up to help community projects, has given this year's event £3,445 towards the cost of the event. The carnival is being held on Saturday,

  • Love of France with a taste of wine

    A JUBILEE exhibition of paintings and sketches of France will be launched with French wine tasting at Ombersley Gallery. The exhibition, which will run from Saturday, June 1 to Saturday, June 22, features the work of Midlands architect and artist Douglas

  • Loads to enjoy from Bewdley

    A MONTH has gone by since we featured the first stage of the Worcestershire Way, so here's the second stage, a gorgeous walk of hills and valleys, woods and meadows from Bewdley to Abberley. Like the first stage, it is undulating throughout but not unduly

  • BOSBURY Correspondent: Mrs R Krinks Tel: 01531 640076

    TONIGHT (Friday), at 7.30pm, at Holy Trinity Church, there will be a concert featuring a wealth of local talent. Young instrumentalists, the church choir, our accomplished organist Nigel Hancock and well known flautist and choir mistress Esther Kaye will

  • BUSHLEY Correspondent: Ms M Wilkes Tel: 01684 293435

    THE annual parish meeting was held on May 14. There were five councillors present, the clerk and county councillor Tom Wells. The chairman Roger Perry was re-elected. The vice-chairman John Wilkes stood down and John Lewis was duly elected. In his report

  • COLWALL Correspondent: Mrs P Hockett Tel: 01684 564872

    TEN Times Table' by Alan Ayckbourn is the latest production by the Colwall Players and continues tonight (Friday) and tomorrow evening at the Village Hall at 7.30pm. Colwall fun day will take place at 2pm on June 3 at the Downs School, by kind permission

  • FORTHAMPTON Correspondent: Gill Warner Tel: 01684 292395

    Forthampton Flower Festival results of colouring competitions and quiz winners held in the church were: six years and under - Nicholas Jones from Twyning. Seven-10 years - Naomi Bloxham from Staffordshire. Flower festival quiz - Amy-Jane Perry from Severn

  • REDMARLEY Correspondent: Mrs U Groves-Smith Tel: 01452 840273

    MEMBERS of Redmarley Women's Fellowship had good reason to celebrate with 50 years since its formation and still going strong. Founder members and more recent ones all got together in the Village Hall to meet and reminisce, one former member travelling

  • An unusal view of the Hills

    ABSTRACT paintings of the Malvern Hills by renowned Malvern artist David Prentice are being included in a prestigious London exhibition. About 20 works by the artist, including some very large ones, will be exhibited at ArtLondon in the Duke of York's

  • Elgar choral workshop

    OVER a hundred amateur singers travelled from across the country to Hereford to take part in a choral workshop dedicated to the composer Sir Edward Elgar. The workshop, held earlier this month, was to study and perform Elgar's The Music Makers, which

  • Nick's recipe for success

    A KNIGHTWICK chef has won two tickets for Talk of the Town at Malvern Theatres in a Gazette & Reporter menu competition. As well as tickets to the stylish new show being held at the Forum on June 14, Nick Hurt will receive champagne and entrance to

  • Jesters lead a tour of town

    A PAIR of jesters will take walkers on an historical tour around Bromyard on Saturday, June 1, as part of the Herefordshire Festival of Walking. Entertainer and historian Henry Carson will lead the way along a two and a half mile free trail through the

  • Award winning

    TWO Malvern girls have had some dramatic success in an award linked to a Hereford theatre. Ceri Parks, 15, and Stephanie Harrison, 16, from Malvern, were part of a group of students at St Mary's RC High School in Hereford who won the Friends of the Courtyard

  • Judge calls for order!

    AN American judge has commissioned a furniture designer based in Bransford to build a table for his chambers in Washington DC. Jeremy Cornwell, who lives in Malvern and works out of the Foal Yard Gallery in Bransford, has spent the past six weeks working

  • Attacks on crews must be punished

    IT beggars belief that anyone can attack or abuse ambulance crews who are doing their best - in the most difficult of circumstances - to help people. But, as we report on Page 5 today, there has been a rise in the amount of both physical and verbal abuse

  • 24/5/02 - Golf society in the swing

    THE first ever meeting of the EGGS (Express Golf & Gambling Society) took place last Friday at Sapey Golf Club with 22 members in attendance. Captain Stu Summers tee'd off the morning's Texas scramble competition which was narrowly won by Duncan McKerracher

  • 24/5/02 - Dudfield back on track

    UPTON Motosports members have been enjoying a winning streak with Simon Lane, Mark Bayliss, Lee Barter, Nathan Windley, Paul Bennett and Stuart Dudfield all collecting first places in the Wessex Centre meetings over April and May. Stuart Dudfield who

  • 24/5/02 - Fixtures ...

    SATURDAY CRICKET WEST OF ENGLAND CLUBS GLOS/WILTS Division One: Colwall v Swindon. Division One 2nd XIs: Swindon II v Colwall II. WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY LEAGUE Division One 1st XIs: Bromyard v Romsley & Hunnington. Division One 2nd XIs: Romsley &

  • 24/5/02 - Excellent start by MCS Men's A

    MATHON, Cradley & Storridge (MCS) Men's A team started their Hereford & Worcester Group Three campaign with an excellent 4-2 victory at home to Madley Tennis Club. All the MCS pairs contributed to the victory. Steve Meredith & Alan Cooper

  • 24/5/02 - New pair in only victory

    MANOR Park Men's D opened their league season against Droitwich D and were comprehensively beaten 5-1. There was consolation however in the fine performance of the new pairing of Stephen Bamford & Barney White. Scores: S Bamford & B White 6-4,

  • Chandos Symphony Orchestra Review: Malvern Theatres

    With an 'all Wagner' programme, the brass section of the Chandos, with conductor Michael Lloyd and leader Edward Bale, were given a field day. A superb unison string beginning to Prelude to Parsifal set the standard for the evening. Sombre woodwind and

  • King's pardon for deserters

    A "PROCLAMATION for Pardoning Deserters" was published in the Journal for this week of 1802 when the nation was enjoying a short break in its years of war with France. The proclamation stated: "Whereas it has been represented to the King that there are

  • Making dough for charity

    SEVEN hundred and fifty-eight sugary treats from the ovens at Cook's Bakery were consumed last week by customers hungry to raise money for a children's charity. The Old Street business was one of hundreds of small, independent bakeries taking part in

  • Grant goes to meadow

    CATTLE could soon be grazing in Stocksyatt Meadow in Upton. Town mayor Eric White told the annual town council meeting on Tuesday that the county council had pledged £1,550 over 10 years for its upkeep. "We're trying to get some cattle on there but at

  • Club wins show cup

    UPTON Young Farmers won the Member-ship Performance Cup at the Worcestershire County Show, in Hanbury, last Saturday (May 18). The cup goes to the club whose members gain most points at the show.

  • Your chance to save a life

    BLOOD donor sessions will take place at Upton CE Primary School on Sunday (May 26), from 9.15am to 4.15pm. The National Blood Service is appealing for people to help meet demand from local hospitals.

  • Golden tribute

    A GOLDEN Jubilee service will be held at Upton Parish Church at 9.30am on Sunday, June 2. Town councillors have been formally invited.

  • Car careers off road and hits house

    A CAR which failed to stop for a police check careered off the road and smashed into a house in Evesham. The blue Vauxhall Cavalier left the road just past traffic lights on Cheltenham Road, went over a garden, through a hedge, hit a porch and crashed

  • Gate plan rejected

    A PLAN to create a gate in a stone wall bordering the Old Coach House, in School Lane, Upton, has been refused by Malvern Hills District Council. The town council had objected to the application.

  • Former showground boss "went against his wishes'

    Former Three Counties Show-ground general manager Tony Halls has attacked members of the Three Counties Agricultural Society over the way its former chief executive was removed from his job. Mr Halls, who took early retirement in the spring after 23 years

  • Golf club member claims ban on buggies is "unfair to aged"

    disabled members of a Malvern Wells golf club have been told their special buggies are not welcome on the course. The electric vehicles used by some elderly members have been banned at the famous Worcestershire club, at Wood Farm, following worries over

  • 'Barmy proposal' would kill the town

    I WRITE regarding your item about a supposed need for an even more direct link from Malvern to the M5 (Malvern Gazette, May 3). Apparently the bosses of English Braids and QinetiQ think it would be nice to save their suppliers five minutes on their journey

  • It won't suit us

    PHILIP Woodward (Your Letters, March 22) is obviously unaware of the problems faced by the eurozone countries when he suggests that "what suits Germany, France, Spain, Italy and others might suit us too". Since 1992, Germany has lost one in five manufacturing

  • Shop shuts after 80 years

    A FAMILY business that has been in Malvern for 80 years has closed. Wireless Supply Ltd finally shut up shop in Barnards Green earlier this month, although stores in Pershore and Evesham and Chipping Camden still remain. The Upton branch also closed earlier

  • Terminus faces uncertain future

    THE future of a bus terminus in Malvern Wells remains uncertain after the parish council turned down a chance to take over responsibility for it. The terminus - a bus shelter and disused toilets on a small amount of land - was originally offered to the

  • Man charged after stabbing incident

    A MAN has been charged following an incident at an Evesham factory in which a man suffered stab wounds. Police have charged a man with causing fear or provocation using threatening words or behaviour after the incident, which happened at Primafruit in

  • Now we know

    I WAS absolutely delighted to read Coun Patrick Mewton's letter (Your Letters, May 17) giving details of the expenses he suggests were due to the MTAG campaign and even more pleased the editor (in Opinion) had destroyed these claims; he has saved me from

  • Lorry fire at town store

    FIREFIGHTERS from Evesham were called to the town's Kwiksave store at 7am on Friday after a fire broke out in the refrigeration unit of an articulated lorry making a delivery. The driver had put out the fire himself by the time they arrived.

  • La Mans spirit lives on at Morgan

    TO celebrate its return to the racetrack with the Aero 8 GTN, the Morgan Motor Company is hand-building 80 replicas of its classic 1962 race winners, the Plus 8 and 4/4 sports cars. Designed as a tribute to the TOK 258 - the 1962 two-litre, class-winning

  • Trailer thief escapes in time

    THE owner of a trailer arrived home last Thursday just in time to see it being stolen. The man came back to his house in Sandfield Lane, Sedgeberrow, at 2.20pm and saw a silver car with a well-built man behind the wheel driving off towards the A46 with

  • Playing games with theatre

    IT seems we are almost daily confronted with evidence of the remoteness of politicians, both national and local, from the real concerns of their electorate. In the scale of things, perhaps the future of Malvern Theatres is a small matter of little consequence

  • Give teaching a try

    GRADUATES considering moving into teaching can give teaching a short, sharp try without committing themselves in an initiative being mounted by University College, Worcester, and supported by the Teacher Training Agency. UCW is running a taster course

  • Arise Sir Nic!

    Arise Sir Nic! I AM writing, like Jill Hopkins (May 17) to say how strongly I feel that Malvern must keep its beautiful new theatres under the management and control of this town. Nic Lloyd is in a benighted position when instead he should be knighted

  • Former vicar enters Catholic Church

    THE former vicar of Hampton, Evesham, Richard Meyer has been ordained a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. Since leaving Hampton, Mr Meyer and his wife Jan have been heads of house at St Mary's School, Ascot, where they had 60 girls to look after and

  • Mayor wants to look to the future

    MALVERN'S new mayor Frances Victory has pledged to move the town council forward for the good of local residents. Coun Victory was voted in unopposed at the annual town meeting on Tuesday (May 21), after being proposed by outgoing mayor Whinray Coates

  • Forget about it

    HAVING just read Dr Connor's second letter with regard to dog excrement (Your Letters, May 10), it has now dawned on me that he and other writers of similar letters are merely finding an excuse by their exaggerations, for their general dislike of dogs

  • 24/5/02 - Seniors event at Bank House

    THE Bank House Hotel, Golf & Country Club has been selected to host the opening round of the Best Western Senior Masters' Golf tournament on Tuesday, June 11. The event is aimed at senior male golfers, over the age of 40, and will run in three categories

  • Proud to receive two star award

    THE Audit Commission has praised Malvern Hills District Council for the work it has carried out to improve economic prosperity in the area. But despite getting two stars out of a potential three in a report released on Tuesday, the Audit Commission also

  • Reality fails to live up to TV image of crime

    THE back of a police car on a Friday night is a time and place usually reserved for bar brawlers, burglars and other breakers of the law. So it felt strange voluntarily climbing into one outside Malvern police station, writes Jon di Paolo Anticipation

  • 24/5/02 - World Cup dinner tickets

    THERE is still a few tickets left for the World Cup dinner being held at Malvern Link's Willie Thorne Snooker Club next Friday (May 31). The black tie event to mark the start of the World Cup 2002 will feature 1966 World Cup star Alan Ball, World Senior

  • 24/5/02 - Try it for free

    THE VC Sevale 2002 Come & Try It event will take place on Tuesday, June 11, starting at 7.30pm from the Swan public house at Hanley Swan. Everyone is welcome, whether you are a top time trialler or someone out for an evening ride. It is held over

  • Eating places chase regional awards

    TWO eating places already judged best in their counties are hoping to take home prestigious regional titles tonight (Friday). Malvern's Cottage in the Wood restaurant and Mrs Muffin's Tea Shop in Ledbury have both been shortlisted for the finals of the

  • Hill to be named in Jubilee event

    A ceremony to name a peak on the Malvern Hills will be at the heart of Golden Jubilee celebrations planned by the Conservators. Chairman Richard Graves will formally christen a previously anonymous peak as Jubilee Hill on Saturday, June 1, at 11am. "While

  • Opinion

    FAR from being the "barmy proposal" described by Charles Eden in the letter opposite, we believe the idea of an M5 link road deserves serious consideration as a key element of Malvern's future prosperity - yes, we're sorry Mr Eden, that "old excuse" about

  • WWF star heads tribute to Davey

    WORLD Wrestling Federation star Tatanka heads a star-studded line-up competing at Malvern Youth Centre tomorrow (Saturday). The Native American wrestler will join Fred Savage, The American Allstar, and others from the UK, USA and Canada in a tribute event

  • Fly-half Brown signs at Sixways

    JAMES Brown has put the feel-good factor into Worcester Rugby Club by becoming their new fly-half. The 23-year-old signed a deal designed to keep him at Sixways until 2004 after deciding to quit Premier Division London Irish in favour of Worcester's promotion

  • Museum buys Elgar manuscript

    THE original manuscript to one of Elgar's best-loved works has been bought by the museum at his birthplace in Lower Broadheath, near Worcester. The museum paid £15,000 for the manuscript to Salut d'amour, which will go on public display for the first

  • North Mids ring backs changes

    NORTH Midlands have been forced to pick an entirely new back division for their Tetley's County Championship promotion play-off against Surrey at Esher tomorrow. North Midlands missed out on automatic promotion when they were beaten 10-8 by Berkshire

  • School gets £5,000 grant

    A LOTTERY grant of £5,000 has been awarded to Great Malvern Primary School. Two-thirds of the money will be spent on PE and games equipment and the rest on specialist coaching. "This equipment will also be of great benefit during games lessons and after-school

  • Hills Hopper service ready to roll

    MALVERN Hills Conservators' new AONB officer Amanda McCleery has helped launch a summer bus service. The Malvern Hills Hopper, operated by Jones Brothers Coaches, begins on Sunday, June 2 and will run every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until Sunday,

  • Hereford duo just miss out

    HEREFORD'S Paul Kaye and Paul Woodward enjoyed some fine catches at the Embassy Challenge in Spain but just finished outside the prizewinners. Kaye and Woodward, who both compete for Fox Match Hereford, finished below the money list in eighth place with

  • Stirling Moss return boost for Shelsley

    THE hero of British Grand Prix racing through the 1950's and early 1960's Sir Stirling Moss will return to the Footman James Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb on June 2, some 54 years after he first drove the hill in a 500cc Cooper. The basis for Moss'

  • Dring completes her marathon ride

    WORCESTER St. Johns Christine Dring completed her Cancer Research charity bike ride from Lands End to John O'Groats at the weekend. Dring, supported by husband Doug, himself a keen cyclist, and sons Steve and Paul, two of Worcester's top racers, completed

  • 24/5/02 - Wet pitch is no help to Hanley

    HANLEY Castle & Upton suffered their first defeat of the season going down by four wickets at home to Brintons on Saturday in the Worcestershire County League Division Five. HANLEY CASTLE & UPTON v BRINTONS After frantic efforts to get the pitch

  • 24/5/02 - Thomas and Sutton shine

    COLWALL collected their second consecutive league win on Saturday defeating Bredon thanks to a comprehensive bowling display from Pete Thomas and Dave Sutton. BREDON V COLWALL Electing to field, Colwall soon reduced Bredon to 28-3, Damien Berry setting

  • 24/5/02 - Curtis falls one short of century

    ON arriving at the small village ground at Himbleton, the Green found a pitch which was basically firm and dry with two large wet patches caused by water seeping under the covers which made the bounce of the ball rather unpredictable all afternoon. HIMBLETON

  • 24/5/02 - Colwall post big total

    COLWALL playing their second league game of the season against rivals OEs lost the toss at Perdiswell on a very soft wicket and not surprisingly were asked to bat. OLD ELIZABETHAN 3RD XI v COLWALL 3RD XI After a steady start from Lewis and Holland putting

  • 24/5/02 - College in fine run

    WILL Clifford and Will Murtagh made light of a wet wicket at Malvern College to put together a match winning partnership of 130. MALVERN COLLEGE v MONMOUTH SCHOOL A delayed start because of rain had reduced the match to 40 overs each and Malvern were

  • 24/5/02 - Teams ...

    BARNARDS GREEN CC Saturday, May 25 1st XI v Enville (Away). Meet 12.20pm. R Williams (captain), P Drinkwater, J Clarke, T Clarke, T Williams, J Doherty, R A Brown, G Glendinning, K Golder, C Hill, I Scullion. 2nd XI v Enville (Home). Meet 1.15pm. R W

  • Programme for new series is announced

    PERFECT acoustics and picnics in picturesque surroundings should combine to make the second Wyastone Summer Series a treat for music lovers. Last year around 3,500 people flocked to the concert hall in the heart of the Wye Valley, three miles outside

  • Free summer concert

    MALVERN College's concert and jazz orchestras, and its chamber choir, will be performing a free summer concert at the school from 7pm on Friday, May 31. The varied programme will include works by Smetana, Holst, Ireland and others.

  • Abbey Jazz line-up

    THE next swinging session at Malvern Rugby Club with Abbey Jazz is on Sunday, May 26. Joining regular Len Thwaites for the night will be Bill Bickerton on piano, Roy Hubbard on clarinet, Ted Taylor on cornet and Tony Caldicott on drums. The session, at

  • Jazz on the bill

    FREE Jazz outfit The Pyramid Quartet will be performing at The Great Malvern Club in Church Street next weekend. The group's music echoes that of Pharaoh Sanders and Alice Coltrane, and is characterised by a religious Eastern feel, concentrating on transendental

  • Saviours of rock n' roll

    SPACE funk band Kava Kava bring their soul and grooves to the Marr's Bar, Worcester tomorrow night (Saturday). The band has enjoyed a musical career which has already seen it playing at venues across Europe. Admission to its gig at the Pierpoint Street

  • Festival lines up the very best in music

    GRAND concerts in su-mptuous surroundings, solo sonatas in candlelit churches and a symphony for mobile phones will all form part of the Cheltenham International Festival of Music. The town's 2002 festival, in the second two weeks of July, combines themes

  • The World Cup versus study for exam pupils

    THE sun may be shining and thoughts turning to beach holidays, but for thousands of teenagers there are more pressing issues on their minds. By the middle of July they will be free to do whatever they like, but until then they must concentrate on working

  • Events in and around Worcester

    First Marks play and arts activity programm. Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. For children aged 0-2. Details and booking: 01905 25371. Access all Areas, Museum of Worcester Porcelain, Severn Street, Worcester, and

  • Howdy, folks

    JUST wanted to say "howdy" from Colorado and to let you know I enjoy your online news. I lived in Evesham as a child during the Second World War and still miss all you folks. CHRIS CAPALDI, Loveland, Colorado.

  • A real tweet

    WHAT the hell. If my canary, trapped inside a cage 2ft x 2ft x 15 ins, can whistle his socks off, why should I care about being trapped inside a decaying body? There may be trouble ahead, let's face the music and dance... life is a cabaret, old chum.

  • Choosing refuge in nearest free country

    I AM a resident of a village close to the proposed asylum seekers centre at Throckmorton. I firmly believe in the right of citizens to seek political asylum if they are genuinely oppressed in their own country. They should be able to claim asylum in the

  • Gigs - your day to day guide to the best sounds

    Saturday, May 25 on O'Lee Duo. Barbourne Ex-Servicemen's Club, Worcester. Catfish. The Larrapretz Centre, Ross-on-Wye. Kava Kava The Marrs Bar, Worcester. Jon Allen Singing Sensation. Royal British Legion Blue Calf Club. Billy King. Christopher Whitehead

  • Are they going to claim credit for parking problem?

    MIKE Foster is reportedly welcoming the mostly relocated hi-tech jobs for Worcester at Newtown Road and rightfully claiming the previous Labour-controlled council as being responsible for the planning decision. Could he also acknowledge that the same

  • Theatre - a guide to what's on near you

    Ken Dodd's Happiness Show. May 24. Malvern Festival Theatre. Box office: (01684 892277). St John's Players in The Continental Quilt. Until May25. The Swan Theatre. Box office: 01905 27322. The Woman in Black, brilliantly effective spine-chiller. May 27

  • The right of animals to a decent existence

    I READ with dismay the letter from the Countryside Alliance's Simon Hart headlined "The right to hunt" (You Say, May 10). The RSPCA's submission to the Government on the Animal Welfare Bill was a "positive duty of care." It was not an animal "Bill of

  • Why the hounds must be savage

    SIMON Hart, speaking on behalf of the Countryside Alliance, shares with us his delight at the RSPCA proposals to amend current legislation on cruelty to animals. However, he then goes on to presume that hunting with dogs should be exempt from such legislation

  • MP failing to get to root of asylum issue

    THERE is only one question to be asked about Throckmorton's asylum centre - who speaks for we, the people? MP Peter Luff will no doubt bring together protesters for the public enquiry, but he is solving the wrong problem. The root cause of England's asylum

  • On the agenda

    COMMUNITY issues will be on the agenda at a forthcoming meeting in a Bromsgrove village. Stoke Prior Parish Council will meet at 7pm, on Wednesday, June 5, in the parish first school, in Ryefields Road. Agenda items include CCTV, local policing, traffic

  • 24/5/02 - Link move back to top

    IN the fourth round of tag-rugby matches in the Malvern Primary School cluster, Malvern Link regained pole position after two convincing wins against Leigh & Bransford and Poolbrook, while Great Malvern and Northleigh failed to secure maximum points

  • 24/5/02 - Tag rugby team in second place

    SYDNEY Olympic modern pentathlon gold medallist Stephanie Cook presented county youngsters with prizes at the popular Worcestershire Youth Games. More than 800 children took part in the fourth annual sports extravaganza held at Stourport Sports Club.

  • PM urged to buy up blighted homes

    PRIME Minister Tony Blair is being urged to bail out homeowners unable to sell their houses because of the planned asylum seekers' centre at Throckmorton. Mid-Worcestershire MP Peter Luff has written to Mr Blair, urging him to help hard-pressed residents

  • Jodie's back on screen

    OSCAR winner Jodie Foster stars in Panic Room (15) at Malvern Cinema this week. David Finches's follow up to Fight Club is being screened tonight (Friday) at 8.15pm, tomorrow at 3pm and 8.15pm, Sunday at 3pm and 7.30pm and Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm

  • Take your bow!

    ONE lucky but talented man is being given the opportunity to perform alongside an all-star cast on stage in Malvern. TEG Productions is looking for a man to play a non-speaking Spanish policeman in the forthcoming production of Snakes and Ladders at the

  • WI stages a look back on 50 years

    WORCESTERSHIRE WIs will be celebrating the Queen's Golden Jubilee with a theatrical spectacular in Worcester next month. Fifty Golden Years is a revue written by and starring members of the county's 155 Women's Institutes. It looks back to the days of

  • Workshops offer the chance to learn more about theatre

    BUDDING thespians will have the opportunity to learn a range of back-stage and on-stage skills during a new summer series of theatre workshops being held at Malvern Theatres between July 29 and August 1. The first, improvisation and text-based drama,

  • 24/5/02 - Leaders are all so close

    MIKE Spragg and Paul Bick are neck and neck after three rounds of Malvern Angling Club's spring league with both anglers top with nine points each. There are two rounds to go in the competition and it couldn't be closer with Alan Lancett in second place

  • Water way to gain a medal

    THE region's water supplier is celebrating after winning a medal at the Chelsea Flower Show. Severn Trent Water won a Silver Gilt medal for its Bird Garden. Designed in conjunction with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the garden aims to

  • 24/5/02 - Fly-half Brown signs at Sixways

    JAMES Brown has put the feel-good factor into Worcester Rugby Club by becoming their new fly-half. The 23-year-old signed a deal designed to keep him at Sixways until 2004 after deciding to quit Premier Division London Irish in favour of Worcester's promotion


    PLANS to move Christopher Whitehead High out of Worcester have run into opposition from city councillors. They have told Worcestershire County Council that the scheme to rebuild it at Earl's Court Farm, west of Dines Green, contravenes planning policy

  • Road work on A449

    PART of the A449 Worcester to Kidderminster road is due to be resurfaced next week. The section of the road at the Crown Lane Roundabout and Hartlebury dual carriageway will be resurfaced for two weeks from Tuesday, May 28. At the Crown Lane roundabout

  • 'Action needed to stop vandals'

    TEARAWAYS targeting a Worcester community centre need more "vigorous" activities to keep them in check, according to a great-grandmother. Tony Baxter said youths aged 15 and 16 had smashed tiles on the roof of Ronkswood Community Centre, and yanked down

  • Accused was in a 'world of my own'

    A fairground worker accused of landing a killer punch told police he heard "a crack" when his back was turned to the victim outside an Evesham kebab shop. Defendant Richard Parker said Sorren Prosser had tried to calm down an aggressive woman seconds

  • Sixth formers get scrubbing for MS centre

    FOUR sixth formers cleaned up for multiple sclerosis sufferers with a weary day scrubbing their teachers' cars. Pershore High School pupils Laura Buckle, Rowena Rawes, Michelle McGovern and Heather Cryer got stuck in to the task to raise £200 for a new

  • Deprivation of Kenyans proves we're born lucky

    WHENEVER I think of Africa I think about Comic Relief and Band Aid. Pictures of starving children with flies on their faces and arid deserts are long-lasting images. But, of course, things are never as they seem on television. The trip to Nanyuki was

  • Still ringing 70 years on

    THE six bells of St Mary's will ring a quarter-peal in Kempsey on Sunday in honour of tower captain Ernest Cubberley, who has been ringing the bells for 70 years. He began ringing at Kempsey when he was 16 years old and remembers the date, May 31, 1932

  • Kids benefit from the British Army

    THE efforts made by the British Army and the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters have been met by mixed reaction from the Kenyan army. The chief of the Central Division, Moses Nyachiro, at first berated Captain Rob Brown for going straight to the street

  • Running shoes on

    ENERGETIC fund-raisers are being urged to put on their running shoes and take part in the Inkberrow Fun Run on Sunday, June 9. Runners taking part in the run will be able to choose from a three-mile run or a six-mile run around Inkberrow's lanes. Runners

  • Taking a byte

    WARNDON residents as old as 80 are going on-line thanks to a free course run at the community library. The Cranham Drive library is offering a basic introductory course for people over 50 to learn how to use the internet. "Lots of people say 'I'm too

  • Bereaved mum's joy over report

    A REPORT that reveals a high proportion of epilepsy-related deaths could have been avoided has been welcomed by a Bewdley woman who lost her son. The Government-funded report found 39 per cent of adult deaths and 59 per cent of child deaths were "potentially

  • Praise for improving economy

    MALVERN Hills District Council has been commended for its commitment to improving the town's economy. Investment and continuing development of Malvern's science park was just one of the reasons given for the Audit Commission's two-star Good Service rating

  • City's flood problems to be exposed on television show

    THE plight of Worcester families will feature on a national television programme to highlight the problem of floods in the city. BBC1's On The Record programme to be broadcast on Sunday, May 26, spent the day with the Worcester Action Against Floods Committee

  • Aisle in a day's work for John

    SHOPPERS will soon be able to pick up advice with their groceries at a Worcester supermarket. County Councillor John Buckley will be joined by city MP Mike Foster when he holds the first in-store surgery amid the shopping aisles at Sainsbury's, in Blackpole

  • Worker's cup of woe

    AMBULANCE workers have been told they cannot have time off to watch World Cup matches. The board of Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service NHS Trust said at a board meeting yesterday that letting the workers watch matches would be impractical. The request

  • Campaign aims to kickstart ME aid

    A CAMPAIGN to kickstart services for people suffering from ME is being launched throughout the county. The Worcestershire ME Support Group is joining in a postcard campaign aimed at provoking action by asking what plans are in the pipeline for specialist

  • CORSE Correspondent: Mrs U Groves-Smith Tel: 01452 840273

    FOLLOWING last year's successful climb of the four highest peaks in Great Britain, two Corse parishioners, Bert Moffat and his friend Jean Cresswell, face a much bigger challenge and will attempt to climb Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak of 19,000 feet

  • LONGDON Correspondent: Mrs E Moss Tel: 01684 833256

    ON Monday, May 27, the church choir will be rehearsing in St Mary's Church, at 6.30pm, under the direction of Wendy Thompson and accompanied by Edward Lane, organist. New members of any age or voice are always welcome. Longdon Village Fete will be held

  • POWICK Correspondent: Mrs M Allsopp Tel: 01905 830746

    CONGRATULATIONS to 1st Powick Brownies who won the Worcester Division Brownie Sports Shield on Saturday afternoon at Christopher Whitehead High School, St John's. Competing with other Worcester packs, 1st Powick scored 53 points winning by two points,

  • WELLINGTON HEATH Correspondent: Mrs P Jacobs Tel: 01531 634941

    THE free open day at the Hall on May 25 will give an opportunity to try out two courses - garden design with specialist writer Fiona Hopes from 10am-noon; and French conversation from 2pm-4pm with experienced teacher Bridget Halpern. If you want to enrol

  • WEST MALVERN CORRESPONDENT: Colin Jackson Tel: 01684 577604

    West Malvern Social Club promises to be a swinging spot over the Jubilee weekend, starting with a spring fare on Saturday, June 1 from 2pm-4pm, with the usual tombola, white elephant and other stalls and refreshments available. Then on Monday, June 3,

  • Full steam ahead for popular event

    Eastnor Castle's biggest event of the year, the Steam Fair and Country Show, is expected to attract over 6,000 visitors on Monday and Tuesday, June 3-4. This will be the fifth year the venue has staged the show and organisers are hopeful that last year's

  • 24/5/02 - Second leg for postmen

    THIS Sunday will see the conclusion of the charity football competition between postmen from Malvern and Evesham. MALVERN POSTMEN 2, EVESHAM POSTMEN 2 (First leg) After a hard home tie against Evesham, the Malvern team is looking for that little bit of

  • 24/5/02 - Soccer school

    A FOUR day soccer school for children from school years 3-6 is being held at Malvern Town FC during the school holidays. The course, designed on FA guidelines will be run by Les Jones and Danny Wren, both qualified FA coaches based in Malvern. Every child

  • Tribute to scientists

    DOCUMENTS and photographs showing work which took place in Malvern and shaped the course of world history are on display at Malvern Library's art gallery. Research and development of radar by scientists moved here in the Second World War from the vulnerable

  • Floral work at Birmingham

    MALVERN artist Beth Barnes will be exhibiting a selection of her work in Birmingham next month. Mrs Barnes, a member of the Malvern Art Club, has created 24 pieces of floral interpretation to be shown at The Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Glass Houses

  • Memories of a lost line

    A VIDEO chronicling a forgotten era of steam trains travelling the last main lane to be built to London has just been released by railway enthusiast Michael Clemens. Mr Clemens, who owns electrical shops in Upton-upon-Severn and Malvern, has put together

  • 24/5/02 - Ellis and Woodhouse impress

    PAM Ellis and Pat Woodhouse fired a gross 76 nett 63 to claim Sapey Golf Club's Mixed Greensomes Cup. In second place, two shots back, were Diane Leadbetter and Richard Moore with a gross 87 and nett 65, while Ann Billingham and Merv Billingham were third

  • 24/5/02 - Champion Laura targets teaching

    VALE Golf Club member Laura Day demonstrated the talent to accompany her ambition of becoming a PGA professional by winning the Worcestershire Ladies County Singles Championship. The 22-year-old achieved victory at Malvern's Worcestershire GC courtesy

  • Garlick hoping to ward off opposition

    A CHILDHOOD dream will come true for Pop Idol finalist Jessica Garlick this Saturday when she performs as the UK's Eurovision Song Contest entry. Jessica, best known as one of the top 10 Pop Idol finalists will be on stage in front of millions of television

  • Host of pop and rock for hospital

    Kidderminster's music scene will be bringing its biggest pop and rock sounds together in support of Kidderminster Hospital. A series of gigs will be held in Kidderminster and Stourbridge to help drum up funds for much-needed equipment for a GP unit and

  • 24/5/02 - Lewis pips Boswell in top class final

    HIGH breaks dominated the Malvern & District Snooker League's scratch final between Steve Boswell of Town B and Jon Lewis of Willie Thorne E. Both players produced a fine display of attacking snooker and with a break of 51 and a 46 clearance Steve

  • 24/5/02 - Malvern juniors stick together

    MALVERN Junior Hockey Club, resplendent in the new npower sponsored kit, played Bromsgrove U13s and U10s at the Chase, Malvern recently. The U13s held Bromsgrove to a superb 3-3 draw, both teams demonstrating skill and tenacity in an enthralling match

  • 24/5/02 - Lammas collects handicap trophy

    BRANSFORD Golf Club held their 36-hole Handicap Trophy over May 18 and 19. With the course in excellent condition, but testing weather conditions on the first day, D Copper took the lead with a net 69. On Sunday an almost faultless round of golf by A

  • 24/5/02 - Swimmers smash 16 records at gala

    SIXTEEN records were broken during Ledbury & District ASC 3rd Club Championship gala. The 200m event was butterfly, the most challenging for all the swimmers, but undaunted there were 40 entrants between ages seven and 16. Reflecting the general improvement

  • 24/5/02 - Life saving award

    MALVERN Girls' College students in the Lower 5 year group have been awarded the Hereford & Worcester Shield for Life Support & for Life Saving. As part of the syllabus for PE, girls take the Royal Life Saving Society's award for resuscitation

  • 24/5/02 - Success for riding team

    A TEAM of four pupils represented the Chase School at the Inter-School Dressage & Team Show Jumping competition at the Warwickshire College. The competition, which was run jointly by the Kingsley School and Princethorpe College, attracted large entries

  • 24/5/02 - Rovers sign ex-City striker

    FORMER Worcester City striker Carl Tranter has signed for promoted Bromsgrove Rovers as the club's management team bids to boost their squad for the Dr Martens Western Division campaign. The forward, who spent half-a-season with City in the 2000-01 campaign

  • Courageous landlady brings villains to justice

    THE historic Shakespeare Hotel in Angel Street, Worcester, clearly had quite a formidable landlady at this time 200 years ago, judging from a report in Berrow's Journal for this week of 1802 "A number of the light-fingered tribe attended our Races at

  • News Items Down The Years

    1802: Residents of Great Witley and surrounding villages formed themselves into something of a vigilante or neighbourhood watch group at this time two centuries ago. It was called the "Hundred House Association" and, through a public notice, warned that

  • Rethink sought on flood risk

    MORE information about flood risk at the proposed £3m expansion of Upton Marina has been sent to the Environment Agency. Marina owners Walton Marine have responded to a letter to Malvern Hills District Council from Elizabeth Hill, EA team leader for development

  • 24-hour working here to stay

    UPTON firm Permadoor has been given the go-ahead to switch to 24-hour working on a permanent basis. The company, on the town's Station Road industrial estate, has been working around the clock for a one-year trial period. The district council's southern

  • BBQ needs sponsors

    Sponsors are being sought for a fundraising barbecue at Upton CE Primary School on Saturday, July 6, from 5pm to 10pm. The event is being run by the friends group and will include live music, licensed bar, food, games and a raffle. Any firms who would

  • NSPCC collects £322

    A STREET collection on May 4 for the NSPCC in Upton raised £332.50. "Thank you to everyone for supporting us," said the charity's Sara Kitching. She also paid tribute to Caroline Heath, who raised £1,500 by running the London Marathon. The branch still

  • Hall plan renewed

    A RENEWED planning application by Upton Baptist Church to rebuild its church hall has been approved by Malvern Hills District Council's southern area planning sub-committee. Approval for the project was originally granted in 1997 but problems over access

  • Royal theme to flowers

    FLORAL arrangements on a royal theme will be on show at St Nicholas' Church, Earl's Croome, for the Golden Jubilee. The church will be open from 2pm to 5pm on June 1 to 4. Tea and coffee will be available.

  • Protesters message to PM: 'We will win battle'

    ABOUT 1,000 asylum seeker protesters gathered outside the former airfield at Throckmorton on Sunday to send a clear message to the Government that they were determined to win the battle against a refugee centre. People young and old swarmed in from the

  • Sean fired up for Everest

    THE top of the world and the trip of a lifetime beckon for a Malvern firefighter who nearly lost his leg in an horrific accident. Sean Hinton, from Player's Avenue, will be trekking through Nepal and Tibet to reach the base camp of Mount Everest next

  • Democracy is the loser

    I feel I should jump into the LibDem v Conservatives argument raging in the local press because both sides have their facts wrong about regional government. It is correct that a Council of Europe was set up in 1949 along the regional lines we see today

  • MTAG challenges legality of decision

    LEGAL advice is being sought by members of the Malvern Town Action Group after what they claim was a "blatant misuse of procedure" at the annual town council meeting this week. The council met on Tuesday (May 21) to appoint a new mayor, deputy mayor and

  • Even worse than the town council

    IF any of your readers think Malvern Town Council is the worst thing that could happen to us, they should study John Prescott's proposals for Regional Assemblies. How little attention is given to the local situation is illustrated by the fact that Mr

  • Homeowners count cost of new access law

    NEW rules forcing people to pay thousands of pounds for the right to drive up to their own front doors are set to become law this summer. Regulations forming part of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 state that owners of common land, such as

  • 24/5/02 - Second win for Trailquest duo

    CASTLEMORTON mountain bike riders Belinda Flattery and Andrew Tarling scored their second victory of the season in round three of the National Trailquest League on Exmoor last weekend. National League Trailquest events are five-hour mountain-bike orienteering

  • Comeback call

    OVER the last couple of year I have read a number of letters in the Malvern Gazette from John Ford and Clive Smith. Also comments made by Paul Tuthill of MTAG. I have always thought their views sensible and to the point. These individuals were all former

  • Geetie picks up business award

    FORMER Dyson Perrins pupil Geetie Singh has been named Entrepreneur of the Year. Miss Singh received the honour from Prime Minister's wife Cherie Blair at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in London. After being born to an Indian father and English

  • Fun run for charity

    THE Inkberrow Fun Run takes place on Sunday, June 9, giving runners a choice of three or six-mile routes. Fees, which are £4 for adults, £2 for students, go to the Multiple Sclerosis Trust, but runners can raise funds for their own charities. Further

  • Future dark for local loos

    TIME clocks are to be fitted in some public toilets owned by Malvern Hills District Council in an effort to reduce energy costs. Members of the executive committee agreed to fit devices to restrict the use of electricity outside 'normal' hours, by cutting

  • Sheep no answer

    AS a Malvern Hills Conservator, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Hereford & Worcester Fire Brigade and Malvern Hills Conservators' staff for efficiently containing the recent fire on North Hill. However, I have to disagree with the

  • Apology offered

    IN reply to Rose Ballard (Your Letters, May 3), I would like to offer apologies on behalf of the Malvern group of Save the Children. The delivery and collection of Save the Children bags for the Worcester shop, I am told, is organised by the Probation

  • 'Bill is not about protecting foxes'

    THE attraction of galloping across fields, flying over hedgerows, straining every muscle to hold onto and manoeuvre a supremely athletic animal is easy to understand. It's not surprising this passion should be one that grips people from every walk of

  • 'Visionary thinking' is what Ledbury needs

    Congratulations, at long last the plight of Ledbury town centre is being taken seriously (Ledbury Reporter, May 17). As a frequent visitor to Ledbury over the last 25 years for both business and pleasure the changing priorities in planning hearten me.

  • Bag thief targets shopper

    A WOMAN fell victim to a thief as she walked along Evesham High Street between 12.15pm and 12.30pm on Thursday . The thief opened her bag and stole a black leather wallet containing £35 in cash and various credit cards. Now crime risk manager PC Mike

  • Rachel video in drugs fight

    A harrowing video launched in Ledbury in February by the parents of heroin victim Rachel Whitear, will be used in a national anti-drugs offensive by the Government. The video contains pictures of 21-year-old Rachel lying dead, following an overdose in

  • 24/5/02 - Norman elected as life member

    SOCCER stalwart Norman H Simmons was elected as a life member of the Malvern Football League at the league's annual general meeting held on Monday night. Presently the chairman of the league, Norman has been associated with the league since the age of

  • A goldfish bowl

    I WOULD be sorry to appear - from the report of Ledbury Town Council's annual meeting (Ledbury Reporter, April 26) - to be against access by disabled people to the old Market House, especially for the most exciting events such as town council meetings

  • 24/5/02 - Barnards Green are moving up

    BARNARDS Green 1st XI again won comfortably in the WCL Division Three on Saturday against Himbleton and moved up to fourth spot in the league table. BARNARDS GREEN v HIMBLETON After heavy overnight rain the start was delayed by 45 minutes and the game

  • 24/5/02 - Alden is Town's player of the year

    MALVERN Town goalkeeper Dave Alden picked up the first team manager's player of the year and the first team player's player of the year awards at the club's presentation evening. The prize night was held at the Langland Stadium clubhouse following the

  • Hills feature in poster campaign

    THE Malvern Hills are the focus for a £1 million advertising campaign to attract visitors from cities to rural areas in the West Midlands. The hills are among 48 different attractions featured on posters launched at 177 sites throughout Birmingham and

  • Plea for car parking

    I HAVE known Ledbury since early 1930's when I was at Ledbury Grammar School, then afterwards when Ledbury was main shopping and business town for us. One could drive into Ledbury for urgent items or business and park where you wanted to, but now unless

  • Safety at railway crossings to be subject of meeting

    A MEETING called by West Worcestershire MP Sir Michael Spicer is to discuss the safety of railway crossings in Malvern Link. Sir Michael will meet Railtrack and county council officials on Monday (May 27) - a year on from the third fatality at the "Americans

  • Peak bid for Jasmine

    AFTER climbing the UK's four highest peaks for charity last year, a 60-year-old Corse-based rally driver and his friend are now preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. By climbing the 19,000 ft of Africa's highest peak, Bert Moffatt and Jean Cresswell hope

  • Purr-fect bus staff

    LIFE is purr-fect again for Billie the cat following a life-saving operation paid for by staff at her adopted home - Kidderminster's bus depot. Billie showed up at the former New Road depot three years ago and became such a favourite she joined workers

  • Revving up for return to show

    GRASS track motorcycle racing is to return to the Three Counties Show next month for the first time in 13 years. The sport was last seen at the show in 1989, when it attracted thousands of spectators. Organiser John Banner is confident that its return

  • Bells to be given new lease of life

    THE historic bells at Castlemorton's parish church will be removed for the first time in more than 100 years next week. A £30,000 Golden Jubilee restoration appeal was launched at the beginning of the year for essential work to the bells and tower at

  • Thought for the Week

    HOW wonderful it would be to live in a world without war, disease, crime, alcoholism or injustice! Unfortunately reality is somewhat different and we don't have to look very far to see that evil and suffering is not confined to the world's "hot spots"

  • Bickerton trailing Monty

    WORCESTERSHIRE golf ace John Bickerton was seven shots off the lead after the first round of the Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth. The Droitwich player was joint 42nd after a one-under-par 71, including five birdies and four bogeys. Four birdies in

  • Swifts and Reds clash over Alex

    BAD blood between Stourport Swifts and Redditch United has erupted again as the clubs clash over wing-back Alex Cowley. Swifts manager Tim Langford has described an offer from Redditch for the talented 19-year-old as "derisory". The two clubs have had

  • Rovers sign ex-City striker

    FORMER Worcester City striker Carl Tranter has signed for promoted Bromsgrove Rovers as the club's management team bids to boost their squad for the Dr Martens Western Division campaign. The forward, who spent half-a-season with City in the 2000-01 campaign

  • Chernobyl family to visit town

    MALVERN volunteers are holding a fundraising evening to give a family from Belarus the holiday of a lifetime. The former Russian republic was extensively contaminated when the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded in 1986. For several years, Malvern Priory

  • 'Lost' spring find is shock

    A RECRUITMENT drive for new well wardens in Malvern has unearthed a previously unrecorded water feature in the town. Malvern Civic Society has been recruiting wardens to keep a watchful eye over the area's 90-odd springs and fountains. As part of the

  • 12/5/02 - Cup glory for Malvern

    MALVERN went to Stourbridge knowing that Aston Old Edwardians would be trying to take their moment of glory with both teams making their first appearances in the North Midlands Cup final in its 30-year history. MALVERN RFC 47pts, ASTON OLD EDWARDIANS

  • 24/5/02 - Alden is Town's player of the year

    MALVERN Town goalkeeper Dave Alden picked up the first team manager's player of the year and the first team player's player of the year awards at the club's presentation evening. The prize night was held at the Langland Stadium clubhouse following the

  • 24/5/02 - Nomads search for form goes on

    NOMADS 1st XI's search for form continued this weekend, but the side was unable to find the formula against Cookley. WORCESTER NOMADS v COOKLEY Once again the opening pairing of Malcolm Jones and Simon Harris (58) provided the basis for a decent total

  • 24/5/02 - A bad day in the field sees Malvern beaten

    MALVERN II travelled to Stourport on Saturday and came away losers on a day when they probably wished they hadn't bothered turning up. STOURPORT II v MALVERN II Cox and Walwyn opened the batting for Malvern and looked in control until Walwyn was bowled

  • All the latest movies and where to catch them

    STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES (PG) Long-awaited sequel to block-buster sci-fi cult.. Odeon, Worcester (11.40 Fri-Sun), 2.40, 5.40, 8.40. UCI Merry Hill (10.30, 11.00, 11.30 Sat & Sun), 1.30, 2.00, 2.45, 4.40, 5.15, 6.00, 8.00, 8.30, 9.15

  • Music at the priory

    CANADIAN organist Ashley Tidy will be performing in the beautiful surroundings of Great Malvern Priory on Monday, May 27. The Toronto-raised musician will be playing a mainly English programme but also including a work by Haydn and one by Canadian composer

  • Jazz celebration for the Jubilee

    CRADLEY'S Jubilee weekend will be in full swing when The Ken Colyer Trust New Orleans Jazz Band visits the village on Saturday, June 1. The band will be performing in the 14th Century parish church of St James the Great, raising money for the church.

  • Band at park

    THE Band of the Gloucestershire Constabulary will be playing in the bandstand at Priory Park on Sunday (May 26). The performance is the second of this year's "Bands in the Park" concert series, supported by Malvern Town Council. The group will play between

  • Dedication

    I HAVE just spent a few days in a hospital emergency ward. So that makes me an expert on all things medical. Nursing is never going to be a highly paid job. But nurses should be paid a living wage. Their dedication should not be taken for granted. MAX

  • Exhibitions in and around Worcester

    Our Secret Neighbour: GCHQ in Cheltenham 1952-2002. Exhibition at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, until June 2. For further details contact Steven Blake, Keeper of Collections, on 01242 237431 Elgar and Royalty. Exhibition at The Elgar Birthplace Museum

  • Your guide to the best sounds around

    Mozartfest, May 24. Malvern Theatres. For further details and bookings telephone 01684 892277. Opera Della Luna in Ruddigore at The Courtyard, Hereford. May 24-25. For further information contact Lee Collins on 01432 346500. Winforton Wind. The Courtyard

  • Cards arrest

    A MAN was arrested at the Texaco Service Station, in Droitwich, on suspicion of using cloned cards to withdraw money. The incident happened at 5.35pm on Wednesday, May 22, and the man remains in police custody.

  • 24/5/02 - Edwards is player of year

    THE Malvern RFC Youth Development Section celebrated one of the most successful seasons in their 10-year history with an end of season awards dinner at Spring Lane. More than 100 junior rugby players, their parents and special guests saw the player of

  • A queen, Paul, Rob and a girl called George

    IT'S one of those things that you think will never happen to you," said director Rob Holcroft. "And sometimes we forget how amazing it sounds when we tell people we have written a musical which is being put on in Hollywood." Paul Hutton and Rob Holcroft

  • Artists play music from a master

    FORGOTTEN dance music from the 17th Century has been brought back to life by a folk trio. The trio, called 1651, play music based on John Playford's book The English Dancing Master - first published in 1651. "These tunes could have been written yesterday

  • 24/5/02 - Town U18s slip in final

    IT was a question of one game too many for Malvern Town's U18s as they went down 2-1 to a very good Churchill United side in the final of the Bromsgrove - Malvern Youth Cup (U18s) on Monday night. CHURCHILL UNITED 2, MALVERN TOWN 1 Churchill took the

  • New season jam packed with stars

    NEW works by playwrights old and new rub shoulders with the classics, opera, concert performances and children's theatre for the new summer festival season at Malvern Theatres. Proudly presenting the packed new programme of events, chief executive Nic

  • What's on

    Theatre May 27-June 1-The Woman in Black at the Festival Theatre, Malvern Theatres. 2.30pm & 8pm. £10-£18. Box Office (01684) 892277. 27-An Evening with Terry Waite CBE at the Forum, Malvern Theatres. 7.30pm. £10. Box Office (01684) 892277. Concerts

  • And the winners were...

    EXHIBITORS from Worcestershire and Herefordshire battled it out for medals at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show. Winners were: Alpine Garden Society, Avonbank, Pershore - Gold. Bouts Cottage Nurseries, Inkberrow - Silver Gilt Flora

  • Sweet smell of success

    A WORCESTERSHIRE brick manufacturer has helped a garden designer win gold at this year's Chelsea Flower Show. Baggeridge Brick has manufacturing sites at Sedgley, near Dudley, and at Hartlebury and Waresley, near Kidderminster. The company's bricks were