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  • You do have a market

    I READ with interest Mr Kimberley's letter last week, most of what he said is true but the farmers/growers problems started a long long time ago, probably in the 70's. What I couldn't understand is that he only mentions Saturday markets, does he and a

  • Are views typical of younger generation

    AS a young citizen I consider to be typical of contemporary society, I felt I must comment and reflect on the misguided and side-tracking statements made by Lewis Potter and Caroline Groves in last week's Journal. I consider myself to be a passive, quiet

  • A memory of a great event in our history

    A Memory to Treasure. The flowers were beautiful and reading the lovely messages and looking at the photos and press cuttings of the Queen Mother, I was so glad we had decided to walk to Clarence House. Up in London anyway for our anniversary, we thought

  • Musical tribute to 'The King'

    THE Elvis Collection, starring Billy J McGregor, at Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday, April 20 at 8pm is a unique celebration of the music of The King that goes way beyond rhinestones, jump suits and false Memphis accents. It is a tribute show in its

  • MG Rover to power American racers

    MG ROVER has confirmed that it has signed an agreement with America's CART single-seater racing series to supply engines to teams in the 2003 championship. The XV power unit is being developed by Engine Developments and MG Rover and uses basic architecture

  • National honour for a Worcester company

    A WORCESTER company has been recognised for its successful growth strategy. MacLennan plc was selected as AIM Company of the Year at the 2002 Growth Company Awards ceremony in London. AIM is the Alternative Investment Market for small and emerging companies

  • 'Counties in need of forests'

    IGNORING the commercial and environmental potential of forests and woodlands in the region is a grave mistake, according to a leading rural organisation. The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has criticised the treatment of forestry in the draft

  • Juniors excel at Abingdon

    EVESHAM RC sent a large number of crew to Abingdon Head last Sunday coming away with four junior victories and a number of other creditable results. The men's novice IV of Stringer, Weaver, Sadler and Nicoll, excellently coxed by Sarah Fisher, finished

  • Show teeth at Sharks!

    EVESHAM SC contested a friendly gala hosted by Stratford Sharks last weekend against tough opposition, the majority of whom were from the first division. It proved to be good practice for the new Nuneaton League squad and there were a couple of second

  • Entries flood in

    THE anticipated surge of applications to enter this year's Evesham Biathlon means there will be a feast of swimming and running action on Sunday, April 28. The always popular annual event will get under way at Evesham Leisure Centre at 9am before competitors

  • Simon finds life far from simple!

    EVESHAM'S Simon Andrews had another satisfactory, albeit tiring weekend, at Brands Hatch. Andrews, riding both the Honda CBR600 and CBR900, had to race three times on the Sunday with two of the races in swift succession. In the Supersport race, riding

  • Gisbourne roars back to move into top place

    PETE Gisbourne made a great start to the new season on his Bernie Saunders VFR750RC30 Honda last weekend. Success made up for the unfortunate end to last year's season when he suffered a breakdown at Snetterton in the final round of the Open Superstock

  • Crafty Calado

    A MARVELLOUS demonstration of kart craft and race control saw James Calado to victory in Cumbria last weekend. The Cropthorne youngster showed just why he was crowned British champion last season when he travelled north to race his 100cc Formula TKM at

  • Join up with green party!

    GONE are the days when bowling was considered an 'Old Man's Game". If you have watched the sport on television then you will know that many of the top players include young men and women. The Broadway club is looking to recruit new members, male and female

  • Spartak seal fourth spot

    BARNT Green Spartak guaranteed their top four finish in Midland Combination division two last night (Wednesday) with a 2-0 victory at Cadbury Athletic Reserves. Spartak produced a strong display against a team who battled hard but never really looked

  • £100,000 plan aims to restore riverside to its former glory

    ANYONE driving into Evesham along Waterside in recent months cannot fail to have been impressed by the views now opened up across the River Avon. Contractors have cleared away undergrowth and replaced the old wooden fencing with new railings. Now motorists

  • When cricket teams argued by telegram over whether to play

    CRICKETERS at Evesham have taken time out from the wicket to research the history of their club. They have been tracing the club's history in the 19th century, up to the opening of the present riverside ground in Avon Street in 1904 and the wooden pavilion

  • Remembering the Titanic 90 years on

    For most of us, the sinking of the "unsinkable" Titanic is a tragic piece of history, an unforgettable disaster of the 20th century. Exactly 90 years ago - at around 2.20am on April 15, 1912 - the great ship, hailed as the safest liner ever built, sunk

  • President plays to launch new organ

    ONE of the country's finest organists will give the first recital on the new organ at St Anne's Church in Bewdley this weekend. Roy Massey was until recently organist of Hereford Cathedral and is president-elect of the Royal Society of Organists. His

  • Alice aids hospice

    AN arts group is planning to donate money to Kemp Hospice's £2.2 million appeal if an upcoming production turns in a profit. Stourport Three Arts Guild is staging a rewritten musical version of Alice in Wonderland in June and will put some of their profits

  • Glimpse of past at historic forge

    AN historic forge is to welcome in the public next month to mark National Mills Day. The opening, on Sunday, May 12, of Churchill Forge, Churchill, also coincides with Local History Week. The forge, which manufactured spades and shovels and later ladles

  • Badge to honour service to steam

    THE efforts of volunteers and staff who have kept Severn Valley Railway on track over the last 30 years are being recognised with the launch of a long-service awards scheme. Staff who have served at least 10 years with the Kidderminster to Bridgnorth

  • Rollercoaster life for musician Ty

    THE life of Kidderminster musician Ty Richardson - which featured on national TV this week - can justly be described as a rollercoaster. He has lost 10 stones in as many months, a feat which won him a spot on the Tricia ITV show; played in front of 50,000

  • 70s disco band on the doorstep

    HIGH-octane hits are set to be blasted out by a 70s disco band who have arranged a gig closer to home than usual to satisfy local demand. Nightfever - two of whose members hail from Kidderminster - will take to the stage at the Robin Hood in Merry Hill

  • Ex-postmaster's feeling so empty

    A FORMER village postmaster is left with a room he cannot use because of planning red tape. David Miller has had to leave the front room at his Cropthorne home, which was the village post office until last September, empty. Wychavon District Council would

  • Which is the rogue state here?

    MEDIATING between parties engaged in a violent conflict can only credibly be undertaken by other impartial parties. Since, at the very least, the US gives Israel £3bn per year in grants, 60 per cent of which is spent on defence, it can in no way be perceived

  • Attention all ranks and trades

    THE 317 MT Squadron Association incorporates the 317 Supply & Transport Column, and the 431 MUMT Flight. Reunions are held annually in central England and we publish a quarterly newsletter. I am asking all ex-personnel, irrespective of rank and trade

  • Leeming lands top weight to secure shield success

    Evesham and District Disabled AC & Partnerships A RECORD turnout of members met last Sunday at Ellis's lake, for the fourth round of the club's Spring Shield. Clive Leeming netted a creditable 21.8.0 to finish first but only just ahead of Roy Thomson

  • Important meeting

    THERE will be a second extraordinary annual general meeting of the Evesham and District Disabled AC at the Servicemen's Club, Coronation Street, Evesham next Wednesday, April 24. Business will start at 8pm with the express purpose of electing a vice-chairman

  • WORCESTERSHIRE MOTOR CYCLE GROUP

    John Heidt, a founder member and chief observer of the Worcestershire group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, was presented with a zimmer frame when he reached his 65th birthday. He took the frame for brief "test drive" around the car park before

  • Theatre

    Rose, Kidderminster - Katherine Howard until Saturday. Civic Centre, Stourport - The Slipper and the Rose Wednesday until April 27. Alexandra, Birmingham - Forbidden Love Sunday. Hippodrome, Birmingham - Sunset Boulevard until May 4. National Indoor Arena

  • A new world where words can hurt them

    NAME-CALLING, ignoring, punching and even kicking are what you would normally expect in the course of bullying. It is bad enough as it is, causing many children to become depressed. This, in turn, can lead to suicide as their only means of escape. But

  • BURLISH PARK TG

    The annual meeting was held in March, and Bessie Jones devised a quiz to follow business matters. Visits to the Rose Theatre were organised, to see Katherine Howard last Tuesday, and Amy's View on Tuesday, May 14. A trip to Malvern to see a flower demonstration

  • KIDDERMINSTER AND DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB

    Ronald Willetts MBE talked about the Air Ambulance Service at the last meeting. Ronald promotes and raises funds for the service, which relies entirely on voluntary donations. The Air Ambulance has been operated for 11 years and now has three helicopters

  • Sign off in style to seal a fourth place finish

    Pershore 17pts, Bedworth 6 PERSHORE finished their league campaign in style, finishing fourth in their first year at this level and, to be frank, under-achieving. Pershore lost five league games this season by fewer than four points and they were games

  • BLAKEDOWN WI

    Forthcoming events include an international evening at Abberley village hall on June 26, trips to Bletchley Park on June 30 and September 14, and to Tate Modern on July 14. Tomorrow's fashion show in the parish rooms, Belbroughton Road, starts at 7.30pm

  • WRIBBENHALL WI

    The April meeting was held at the community centre. Pat Jones reported on the recent half yearly council meeting when the principal speaker was Kay Alexander giving an insight into her life as a presenter for the BBC. Outings are being arranged to Bletchley

  • BEWDLEY TWINNING ASSOCIATION

    The annual meeting will be held in the George Hotel, Bewdley, on Friday, April 26 at 7.30pm. The past year's activities and finance will be discussed, and the committee for the coming year will be elected. Nominations for committee posts should be given

  • From the archives

    100 years ago April 19 1902 FREDERICK Rhodes, a basket maker of no fixed abode, was summoned for being drunk in Bridge Street, Evesham, on April 14. Defendant pleaded guilty. Inspector Yarnold said at 10.55pm while on duty with PC Banner, he saw defendant

  • Hi-tech pets

    A CANINE micro-chipping session is being held in Droitwich. The session which will held at the town's One Stop Shop on Tuesday, June 25, will give dog owners the opportunity to have their pets chipped, ensuring they can be identified if they decided to

  • Calculators required as Casuals clinch crown

    EVESHAM Casuals were cro-wned Indoor League champions after a dramatic final night at Prince Henry's. A mere 0.14 of a run was the difference between success and failure after Overbury's defeat of Elmley Castle and Evesham's win over Ashton left Hall

  • Albion Band concert is a treat for folk music fans

    EVEN if you're not in the slightest bit interested in folk music, you have probably heard of The Albion Band. For more than 20 years the band has been packing in crowds at festivals and concerts across the country with its own varied brand of folk rock

  • Be bowled over with 'Blowers'

    THE distinctively rich voice of Henry Blofeld has been entertaining and enriching the lives of cricket lovers for decades. His ability to paint a vivid picture of the backdrop to the game -- cream teas and passing buses -- has helped to make Test Match

  • Mosquitoes

    FOR most of us who prefer to avoid being attacked by squadrons of bloodthirsty mosquitoes with the unsightly lumps and itching that result, this month and the early part of Maywill be our last chance to visit the new nature reserve of Hurcott Pools and

  • Fitness fans reach goal

    FITNESS fanatics in Kidderminster took part in their own version of the London Marathon and raised over £1,000 for a multi-million pound appeal. Nine members and staff from Banana Fitness and Health, based at the Glades Leisure Centre, rowed marathons

  • Church aims to spread its wings

    ST Michael's Church in Broadway is to become more community friendly by the end of this year, with a little help from villagers. Volunteers have been working hard with Canon Peter Burch to get plans drawn up for smart glass screens to partition off the

  • £2,000 cash aid for VSO

    THE managing director of a Hartlebury company put on an exhausting show of support for his firm's chosen charity when he completed the London Marathon in just over five hours on Sunday. Dale Parmenter, the top man at the DRP Group on the Ikon Trading

  • Groups share in lottery windfall

    COMMUNITY groups from Wyre Forest have shared a £25,200 lottery cash windfall. Under the National Lottery Awards for All scheme, it was second time lucky for biggest winner, Hartlebury Tennis club. It was given £5,000 towards an all-weather surface on

  • Groups forge new links

    PEOPLE with mental health difficulties are benefiting from a co-ordinated housing, health and social services initiative, it has been claimed. Worcestershire County Council said the Accommodation Action Group service was seen as breaking down barriers

  • Puppies found in field

    TWO 12-week-old puppies which were found abandoned in a field in Ilverley are recovering after receiving medical treatment. The tiny pair were very thin and weak when they were discovered by a couple walking their dog in fields at Axborough Lane last

  • Sons in a spin for DJ dad

    A MEMORIAL event for a former Kidderminster man and keen DJ raised more than £1,000 for Birmingham Children's Hospital. Oliver Benton, 15, and his 12-year-old brother Louis were in action spinning the decks at Club Severn in Shrewsbury in memory of their

  • Kelly's eye on Thailand

    A WOMAN with a taste for adventure is raising money to travel to the Far East to teach children and "spend time" with orphans. Kelly Cox, 20, of Kittiwake Drive, Kidderminster, is spending almost four months in Thailand from July teaching English, geography

  • What's On

    THURSDAY: Brierley Hill: Robin R'n'B - Fred Zeppelin. Wolverhampton: Robin R'n'B2 - Carl Palmer Band. Stourbridge: Rock Caf 2000 - Kaya and Harpies. FRIDAY: Birmingham: National Exhibition Centre Arena - Mary J Blige. Symphony Hall - Felicity Lott and

  • ChildLine centre will boost help

    ABUSED children in Wyre Forest have been given a boost by the opening of a new £2.3 million counselling centre in Birmingham. The ChildLine centre, opened by founder Esther Rantzen on Tuesday, will answer calls from eight counties at peak times on two

  • Brown goal earns point

    Shepshed Dynamo 1, Evesham Utd 1 JAMES Brown's goal two minutes from time earned United a 1-1 draw at Shepshed. It was no more than United deserved as they hit the woodwork twice and had an effort cleared off the line. The introduction of Brown and Alfie

  • £40,000 bid by church

    A VILLAGE church is desperately looking for new ways to raise money after launching a second major appeal in five years. Parishioners of St Mary's Church, Stone, are negotiating scaffolding and building equipment to get to services and half the church

  • Street partying

    ANYONE considering celebrating the Queen's Golden Jubilee with a street party has been urged to act fast to avoid missing out. Wyre Forest District Council's deadline for applications for street parties is Monday. Four have so far been confirmed - in

  • The inspiration behind 007's most deadly enemy

    AFTER 15 minutes rapid fire bonhomie from Henry Blofeld, you feel like you've been hit by a truck. Appropriate really, since it was a lorry that ended the cricket playing career of arguably the most distinctive voice of Radio Four's Test Match Special

  • Royal theme for children's parade

    ONE of the liveliest events to be staged over the golden jubilee weekend will be the children's parade - followed by a street party. Children of first and middle school age group - dressed up as "kings, queens and courtiers back through the ages" - will

  • Bavarian night tankard cheer

    ADULTS will not be going thirsty during the celebrations with Teutonic refreshments and music offering a taste of Bavaria. The Swan Centre's main square will play host to an "oompah band," foaming tankards of beer and, possibly, enthusiasts in lederhosen

  • All set for jubilee action

    THE biggest party Kidderminster has seen for years has been promised by the group overseeing the town's golden jubilee celebrations. The two days of free events, kicking off with the Mayor's parade on Sunday, June 2 and culminating with a spectacular

  • Sixways stars at Droitwich

    A star-studded line-up will be on show at the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground on Sunday when Droitwich Rugby Club celebrate their 30th anniversary with a game against a president's select side. The president's team will include current Worcester players

  • Double delight in Midlands squad

    LUCTONIANS and Bromsgrove rugby clubs are represented in North Midlands' provisional squad for the forthcoming Tetley's County Championship campaign. North Midlands have been given the support of most of the county's six National League clubs and first

  • Archer wins

    WORCESTER badminton ace Simon Archer is through to the third round of the men's doubles at the European Championships in Malmo, Sweden. Archer and Graham Hurrell beat Spanish duo Joce Antonio Crespo and Sergio Llopis Solis in a tense five-setter 0-7,

  • Williams may leave Hereford

    LEADING scorer Gavin Williams could be leaving Hereford United after failing to sign a new deal. The talented 21-year-old, who joined the club as a YTS player, will be free to talk to clubs when his contract runs out on May 4. United's director of football

  • Guiding stalwart dies at 88

    A WOMAN who worked tirelessly for the Guide movement has died suddenly at her home aged 88. Edna Adams, who lived at Bewdley Hill, Kidderminster, was captain of the 13th Kidderminster Guide company for many years and was also a district commissioner.

  • Owen to resume training

    WORCESTER City striker Mark Owen is set to resume training tonight after being given the all-clear by his specialist. The 24-year-old had been suffering discomfort caused by one of the pins in his leg but that is due to be taken out next month. The St

  • Solanki misses County opener

    WORCESTERSHIRE will be without injured Vikram Solanki when they launch their County Championship Division Two match against Gloucestershire at New Road tomorrow. The 26-year-old is ruled out with a bruised finger sustained while batting in the County's

  • Girls will be VIPs at carnival

    THE biggest entry of budding beauties for five years in Kidderminster's annual carnival queen competition made it a tough job for judges. Some 84 girls braved a packed town hall on Sunday to battle it out for the three titles on offer. Laura Boswell,

  • Pensioner hit by car

    AN elderly woman suffered minor injuries and shock after being hit by a silver Volkswagen Golf reversing outside a florist in Kidderminster's Blackwell Street. PC Andy Saunders, who attended the accident which happened at 12.30pm yesterday, is appealing

  • KATHERINE HOWARD Rose Theatre until Saturday

    THE Nonentities have again triumphed, as this story of Henry VIII's fifth queen kept the audience riveted throughout and provided a most enjoyable theatrical evening. Colin Young gives a "majestic" performance as Henry, capturing the moods of the king

  • Protest plea to rail users

    RAIL passengers fuming at under-investment, delays and overcrowding are being urged to make their feelings known by backing an environmental group's "mass protest." Wyre Forest Friends of the Earth is calling on rail users to text messages to a special

  • Medicine man Mike off on a jungle mission

    FUTURE cures for intractable diseases could fall into the hands of a Wyre Forest man who has been chosen to go to the African jungle to help document rare plants. Mike Williams, who works with inner city residents in Birmingham improving their environment

  • College delight at inspectors' praise

    STAFF and students at Evesham and Malvern Hills College say they are delighted with their first Ofsted report. Inspectors delivered a glowing verdict on the college and its courses after looking into all aspects of the curriculum. College principal David

  • Ferryfast bids for expansion

    HONEYBOURNE-based Ferryfast Produce Ltd. has bought the former GMS premises in Pershore. Director Bob Byrd said: "This will enable the continuation of expansion that Ferryfast has had over the last 10 years. Ferryfast suppliers and customers are delighted

  • Village split on its road closure

    PARISH councillors are calling on the county council to close Wyre Piddle's roads after the bypass is built, except for buses and emergency vehicles. A traffic management survey conducted in January came out slightly in favour of a total closure - 50.3%

  • Locally grown asparagus on shop shelves

    THE first local asparagus of the season pushed imported gras off the shelves at Tesco stores in Evesham on Monday. The gras, from Bomfords at Manor Farm, Luddington, and Paul Southall, of Stourport, was two weeks ahead of schedule, due to early April's

  • Mum's petition to rid road of island

    A VALE mother has started a petition to get a pedestrian island removed from a busy main road. Pat Tovey, aged 40, of Cheltenham Road, Beckford, says that if it isn't she may have to move house. "Two accidents and one fatality is enough. The bollard needs

  • Villa coach to pass on tips

    WORCESTERSHIRE Football Association have coaching and volunteer courses coming up. Junior team managers' football coaching courses are on May 11 and 19 in Worcester and on May 18 and 19 at Welland. A coaching certificate course is at Worcester University

  • Goals galore

    LEADERS Ferndale U-16s enjoyed two fine displays to keep up their unbeaten Warwickshire First Division record. They won 8-1 at Leamington with player-of-the-match Sam Rogers and Vicki Roberts bagging hat-tricks as well as goals from Jo Carpenter and Nicki

  • Nailing the lies of 'some evil-minded persons'

    THE following item is taken from the Journal of this time in 1752: "Whereas it has been maliciously reported by some evil-minded persons, in order to prejudice my trade, that I have not workmen sufficient to make such work as I pretend to do, I seek to

  • Second defeat for Harriers

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers Ladies lost for only the second time this season to the only team who could beat them to the West Midlands Premier Division championship. Harriers were beaten 2-1 at Bridgnorth after a penalty two minutes from time. The home side

  • HETA AC

    HETA Pool: P Hardiman 7-0, A Andrews 4-7, K Moss and J Hodgetts Jnr 2-10. Sunday's match is at Wellfield Pools, draw 7am, fishing from 7.30am until 12.30pm, and it also the first round of the Doubles Knockout.

  • £50,000 plan to double the size of Norton Barracks

    THE War Office was planning at this time a century ago to expand Worcester's Norton Barracks, doubling its size at what was then the huge cost of £50,000. Berrow's Journal explained: "Owing to the formation of two new line battalions of the Worcestershire

  • BANKSIDERS AC

    HAWFORD: C Brown 7-8, M Brickles 3-3, D Lavelle 0-11. There will be a match on Sunday - meet at the venue at 7.30am.

  • Sharks sinking

    DIVISION Two leaders JDFC hammered Cookley Sharks 12-0 in the Kidderminster Six-a-Side League. Division One: Bridge Inn The Gap 2, FC Harriers 3; Bewdley Utd 3, Briars 1; Mistermen 4, Champs 6; Prawn Stars 2, FC Harriers 1; FC Magic 1, Woodthorpe Wdrs

  • An inspector's dilemma

    AT the recent incinerator inquiry the medical evidence of local consultant anaesthetist Dr Reg Johnstone and that of Wyre Forest MP Dr Richard Taylor was supported by very relevant research evidence by toxicological pathologist Dr CV Howard. He stated

  • FRANCHE VILLAGE CLUB

    A MEETING for members will be held tomorrow at 8.30pm at the club to discuss important proposals. All members are asked to attend.

  • WRENS NEST AC

    WRENS Top Pool 1: H Millward 19-0, R Price 18-4, J Fox 15-10. Wrens Top Pool 2: J Fox 9-12, B Downing 8-7, R Price 8-1. The next match is on Sunday on the canal and is a joint contest with Tomkinsons - meet at Timber Lane for 8am draw. Members must give

  • 'Nothing to worry about' nonsense

    MR Sherratt's suggestion that "there's nothing to worry about" (Shuttle/Times & News, April 4) with the proposed incinerator, is gratuitous nonsense and deliberately misleading. The waste strategy presented on behalf of Mercia Waste Management at

  • TOMKINSONS AC

    SUNDAY'S contest is on the BAA Staffordshire/Worcestershire Canal, bridges 9-10 with an 8am draw. Bank clearing takes place on Sunday, May 19, on Lyttelton waters.

  • Brintons move up table

    BRINTONS moved above Round Oak in the Kidderminster and District League Sunday Premier Division with a 5-2 win. Cleobury Town, who top Sunday Division Four, beat higher-ranked Brinton Arms 4-1 in a Kidderminster Hospital Minor Cup midweek fixture. Queen's

  • No answers to so many questions

    ONCE again Mercia Waste has attempted to brush aside its own shortcomings by calling the opposition negative and accusing them of failing to provide alternative strategies.(Shuttle/Times & News, April 4). We are not surprised to once again hear this

  • Villa snap up keeper Jake

    FOLLOWING a new initiative set up by Evesham United junior section, Under-14s goalkeeper and Evesham High Sch-ool pupil Jake Meredith has signed for Aston Villa. The junior club has appointed renowned goalkeeping coach, Bern-ard Day, to give regular training

  • Winning run goes on in title pursuit

    Northfield Town Res 0, Littleton 3 LITTLETON won their 17th successive Midland Combina-tion Division Three league game on Saturday. In the process they extended their lead at the top of the table to four points over Halfords - both sides still have six

  • Admirable intention but waste of time and cash

    IT was with a sinking feeling of deja-vu that I read the Shuttle/Times & News front page story, which referred to the Rock HeartStart group. Admirable intentions without any doubt, but can I warn the volunteers that someone has been through all this

  • Defford's long wait is over

    Birdseye Sports Evesham Sunday League THE league's longest serving club without a trophy finally came good when Defford and Besford United gained the point needed to secure the Division Four title. Defford led with goals from Barton and Thomas until the

  • REGENT AC

    A CONTEST will be at Lower Bromdon on Sunday, draw 7.45am. Those taking part should meet at Blackstone picnic park at 7am. There are only 12 pegs and to reserve one call 01299 822320.

  • Reserves of £40m

    WHY is the district council continually described as "cash strapped" when it clearly has reserves of over £40 million in the bank. The figures are shown in the authority's balance sheet. It may well be that there is a legal requirement to hold on to this

  • Tustin is just in time

    Cheslyn Hay 0, Pershore Tn 1 A SINGLE goal from Lee Tustin five minutes from time lifted Pershore into sixth place in the Midland Combination Premier Division. The striker pounced after Paul Concannon's ferocious shot had rebounded off the home goalkeeper

  • MARKS TACKLE

    THE Larford Open is on Sunday, draw 1pm, fishing 2pm until 7pm. Hay Farm Opens will be held on Tuesdays, draw 4pm. Those wishing to take part should give their names on 01299 871735.

  • Matt brace leaves Old Boys on brink of glory

    VICTORY at Henley Forest on Saturday will guarantee Bretforton Old Boys the Journal Premier Division title. A brace from Matt Gibbons and a third goal from Paul Jones were sufficient to overcome hosts FISSC and leave the winners five points clear at the

  • LARFORD LAKE

    BILSTON Labour AC Open: T Stanway 50-1, G Nicholls 48-9, D Mills 46-7 (all on maggot and pole).

  • Town toss away three more points

    STRATFORD'S Midland Alliance championship dream has turned into a nightmare for Lennie Derby, writes Mervyn Collins. However, the Masons Road manager refuses to throw in the towel but admits his side's chances of overhauling the top two are remote. "We

  • SHATTERFORD FISHERIES

    AN ANGLER on the Masters Lake caught nine trout to 3.5lb with a red buzzer and a viva was used to catch eight trout to 3lb. The Wyre Dell Lake yielded two catches of eight trout each, one catch to 3lb and one to 2.5lb with buzzers and a montana respectively

  • Man's assault conviction is upheld

    A MAN accused of hitting his wife of 18 years as she lay semi-asleep in bed has lost his appeal against a conviction for common assault. Maintenance fitter Paul Shaw was given a 12-month conditional discharge by Kidderminster magistrates in March and

  • POOLE HALL FISHERIES

    ALL coarse waters have fished well this week. One angler landed 47lb of mixed fish, including a perch of 2.5lb, from peg 31 on the Heron Pool using catmeat and sweetcorn bait. The first four places in the Sunday Open on the Abbey Pool were Poole Hall

  • Booster promise for town police patrols

    MORE policemen on the beat are to be promised to Stourport. The pledge is contained in the Crime and Disorder Strategy for Wyre Forest - out later this month - which has been put together by the inter-agency Wyre Forest Community Safety Partnership. "

  • Dean angling for a big win

    THE latest big catch at Moorlands Farm Fishery was in the Saturday afternoon three-hour contest when Dean Cherrington landed 102lb 1oz of fish. Result: Cherrington 102-1 (peg 11), Andy Newton 90-14, Mike Henshall 59-0. Saturday: N Groves 80-5, M Talbot

  • Drink-driver wanted to die

    A DRIVER who was more than three times over the alcohol limit told police he had intended to kill himself by deliberately crashing his car into a wall. He swerved at the last moment to avoid another vehicle. Jonathan Deady, 26, of Mart Lane, Stourport

  • PCs taken in raid

    Raiders stole computer equipment worth £1,400 from a firm on a Hartlebury trading estate after smashing a pane of glass in a door to gain entry. The burglary happened on the Ikon Trading Estate between 5.10pm on Wednesday, April 10 and 6.30am on April

  • Spartak drop points

    A GOAL in the final minute left Spartak kicking themselves as they dropped two points with a 2-2 draw at second place Enville. Spartak dominated the first half and could have put themselves in the driving seat had Jay Rose and Mark Christie taken their

  • Wood chipper theft hits home

    CASH-strapped Wyre Forest District Council has been forced to shell out £22,000 for a new wood chipper after its machine was stolen. Monday's meeting of its executive heard the machine had been stolen from the Green Street depot when four men forced their

  • Hounding Eagle's

    TRIVIA: Hare and Hounds won the Kidderminster Cup, beating Eagle's Nest 69-62 in the final. The Hounds overtook Eagles just before half-way to eventually take their first title. They had beaten Red Man BCC 67-60 in the semi-final, while Eagles defeated

  • Pawns slip up

    CHESS: Kidderminster Pawns captain Mike Kitchen won his match but a strong visiting Malvern side triumphed 3-1 in Worcester and District League Division One. Results (Kidderminster names first): Derek Digger 0, B Turner 1; Clive Billinge 0, I Clarke 1

  • Tavern in second

    DARTS: Tavern ended their fine league run by claiming second place in the Rock and District League after beating Blount A 5-4 in a play-off. New Inn, whose title challenge faltered recently, claimed a place in the Knock-Out Cup finals with a 7-2 win against

  • Lion roar to title

    DARTS: Red Lion have won the Bewdley Town Winter/Summer League after Great Western threw away a two-game advantage. With nerves running high, Western lost 4-3 to third-from-bottom Bowling Club B and had to win their last two games 7-0. But they lost the

  • Super swing for champion Sue

    GOLF: Club champion Sue Jarman received her cup from lady captain Linda Brazier at Cleobury Mortimer's presentation evening. Joe Ferguson collected the lowest gross prize with a 66 score, while Men's Open best club player was Phil Hulland with a gross

  • C team on rise

    TENNIS: Stourport men's C team came back from a 2-0 deficit at Inkberrow to secure promotion for the second winter in succession. They triumphed 3-2 thanks to winning more sets in total. Captain Nick Mantle with Graham Ashmore and Gareth Williams with

  • Play area plan is put on hold

    A REQUEST for a town council to consider taking over the running of a riverside play area has been withdrawn until after forthcoming district council elections May. Wyre Forest District Council had asked its Stourport counterpart to think about taking

  • Girls judo healthy at Samurai

    JUDO: Samurai continued their great run of results with nine golds and 17 other medals at the Shuttle Challenge against opponents from the West Midlands. The experienced Samurai juniors were heavily involved in running the tournament through refereeing

  • Grainger brothers impress at relays

    ATHLETICS: Young members of Kidderminster and Stourport Athletic Club competed against the best in the country in the National Young Athletes Road Relays at Sutton Park. The Grainger brothers Matt and Adam ran the 3.8km course in 13 minutes 30 seconds

  • Woe as claim fails

    A BID by traders - who say they feel "abandoned" - to secure a reduction in their business rates has failed. Four shops in Bridge Street, Stourport, tried to get their bills down following last year's catastrophes of foot-and-mouth and the widespread

  • Town teenager takes trial title

    EQUESTRIAN: Rachel Bray won Class Two (U-16s) at Woodhouse Farm, Pound Green, in the Albrighton Woodland Pony Club's mini-hunter trials. The Kidderminster 14-year-old also partnered Bridgnorth's Laura Tweedie to victory in the Pairs Class. Another winner

  • Club look for rowing hopes

    ROWING: Entry forms are now available for the popular Stourport Works Fours Regatta which is set for Saturday, June 15. The well-organised event is open to crews of four men, women or mixed from local companies, pubs, clubs and schools but they must have

  • Shaw outing for Team GB

    CYCLING: Wyre Forest Cycle Racing Club's biggest talent James Shaw rode his first event of the season in the Team GB colours in the Cinturn Ciclista Internacional, a Mallorca international stage race. The race over five days consisted of a time trial

  • Magic Minton

    MOTORSPORT: Kidderminster's Les Minton, with passenger Ken Garfield, made a fine return to top-flight motorcycling trials. Minton took fifth place in the sidecar class of Bewdley Motor Cycle Club's British Bike National Championships on Sunday. Run over

  • Vicki bowls over the opposition abroad

    BOWLING: Stourport's Vicki Evans won the Ladies Singles Bowls Championship in Tenerife. Evans has only been bowling for five years and represented England in the contest. After five rounds of tough competition, she finally beat Ann Jones 21-8 in the final

  • District to host a feast of sport

    YOUTH GAMES: Around 1,000 young sports fans will head to Wyre Forest for this year's Worcestershire Youth Games on Sunday, May 19. Ten to 16-year-olds from six local authorities will be competing in seven different sports, including tag rugby, girls football

  • Sick kids get Easter cheer

    A TEENAGER who is following in her family's footsteps in the International Order of Foresters' movement brought cheer to young patients. Rachel Forbes, 19, of Kylemilne Way, Stourport, organised entertainment for the children's ward at Cheltenham General

  • Competition hot for the popular Lady Dudley Cup

    HORSE RACING: Chaddesley Corbett will host one of the principal races on the point-to-point calender on Saturday. The Lady Dudley Cup is one of the highlights of the eight-race meeting which starts at 2pm and has 269 entries in total so far. Course management

  • Town plans party

    AN open air party is to be staged in Stourport to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee. The town branch of the Royal British Legion - an organisation of which the Queen is president - is putting on the event in the car park outside its Lichfield Street base

  • Church has lucky escape from blaze

    A CHURCH about to undergo a comprehensive renovation programme narrowly escaped being wrecked by fire on Sunday evening. The blaze - which kept firefighters at the scene for three hours - destroyed an outbuilding and damaged a lecture room used by Stourport

  • Youth group

    A FUNNY, moving and uplifting play by Bertolt Brecht is being staged by the Everyman Youth Theatre next week. The group will be performing The Mother in the Other Space Studio on April 25 to 27. For tickets at £5 call 01242 572573.

  • Theatre marks Golden Jubilee

    CHIPPING Norton theatre's summer season, its last under long-time theatre director Tamara Malcolm, is now under way. In what promises to be a golden send-off for Tamara, who helped to found the theatre, but is now retiring, there is a special event to

  • Sorpion King's real sting

    SIX years ago, wrestling star The Rock was so broke he was forced to sleep on a stained mattress thrown out by the owners of a seedy motel. Now the 29-year-old World Wrestling Federation hero - whose real name is Dwayne Johnson - has millions in the bank

  • Harvington

    ST JAMES' PARISH CHURCH: The congregations on Sunday were saddened to hear the news of the death, after a very short illness, of Gerald Wolstenholme, a member of the church since he and his wife, Sheila, came to live in the village 16 years ago. For his

  • Evesham

    CSRF: The usual monthly meeting was held on the morning of April 9 at Evesham Library. At 11.30am the chairman, Mrs Anne Innes, led members in observing two minutes silence as a mark of respect and remembrance of our Patron, The Queen Mother on this day

  • Sedgeberrow

    BRITISH LEGION WOMEN'S SECTION: Held their April meeting in the Betteridge Room. Members conveyed their congratulations to Miss Emma Kearsey, branch and county standard bearer, on winning the West Regional title and being honoured to take part in the

  • Sun brings out crowds

    BUSINESSES in flood-hit Stourport riverside enjoyed a bumper Easter as the sunny weather drew in the crowds. The late winter rains were forgotten as people piled into the meadows and attractions to get the tourist season underway. And work started last

  • Model student charity show

    EXOTIC creations will be on show and tips on health and beauty on offer at Kidderminster College tonight. Students and staff from the hair, beauty and holistic therapy department will combine with their fashion counterparts in showing off their skills

  • 'A man of absolute integrity'

    FLAGS are flying at half-mast on district council buildings in tribute to Mr Roberts. Authority leader Mike Oborski said his sudden and untimely death was a devastating blow to the council. He said: "He was dedicated to the interests of the people of

  • Kidderminster v Leyton Orient

    We are unable to bring our live coverage for Saturday's last Division Three game of the season against Leyton Orient. But normal service will be resumed for Wednesday's Worcestershire Senior Cup final second leg with Moor Green.

  • Making kids safer on road

    TWELVE youngsters who lost their lives when their school minibus crashed on the motorway are being commemorated with the launch of a national driver-training scheme. Road safety group Belt Up School Kids (BUSK) is launching the new scheme in the year

  • Buy-out saves firm in crisis

    A BELEAGURED Kidderminster engineering firm has been saved from closure by a buy-out deal which will safeguard 70 jobs. Half of the workforce at United Engineering Forgings, Stourport Road, was made redundant last week following the completion of the

  • Woman's miracle escape

    A SHOP assistant escaped death by inches after joyriders in a stolen car careered off Kidderminster ring road and ploughed into a fish and chip shop just as she was getting ready to close. Christo Chambi and Costos Panteli outside the devastated Kidderminster

  • Charged with affray

    THREE teenage girls from Warndon have appeared in court charged with offences including violent disorder and affray. The girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court yesterday. The first defendant, aged 15, is

  • Bulky waste skips trial a success

    MORE than 3,000 people across Worcester have made use of skips installed for residents to dump their bulky waste in. Worcester City Council says people flocked to three sites across the city where skips were placed as a trial. Up to 20 tons of rubbish

  • Bid to tackle county traffic

    TRAFFIC problems in Worcestershire could be eased, thanks to a new transport partnership which looks set to be given the green light. The Freight Quality Partnership will aim to beat congestion in the county by looking at the problems faced by transport

  • Re-enactment of first journey

    PERSHORE and Evesham are preparing to celebrate 150 years of railway history. It was back on May 1, 1852, that rail first reached the Vale of Evesham, with the official opening of the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton railway, and the train ran for

  • Poster blitz is aimed at protecting children

    A HARD-hitting campaign to protect youngsters against abuse will target the heart of the Worcestershire community. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is following up its shocking television advert with a poster blitz. The commercial

  • Season underway

    THE Stainweld League season starts on Wednesday with a maximum of 12 overs to be played. The Sunday League begins on April 28. Premier Division: Alveley v Cookley B, West Hagley v Bewdley C, Victoria/Blakeley Hall v Lye Town, Enville v Stagborough, Hagley

  • Chinese skills have audiences in a spin

    CROWDS of eager punters packed into the Big Top to see last night's opening performance of the Chinese State Circus. Top-class plate spinning, foot juggling, acrobatics, kung fu, chair balancing and contortionists are just a few of the treats offered

  • Brave nine men

    STONE lost their opening game of the season but gave a spirited display against Sapey with just nine men. They were invited to bat in the 30-over match with openers Simon Drew and Adrian Blackledge making a steady start. Drew (15) was bowled when the

  • Cherry on top but Kerry fells hosts

    Evesham 0, Blockley 2 SATURDAY'S game played at Evesham High School turned out to be a very keenly contested match. Evesham, fielding a young team, played some neat passing hockey but were unable to penetrate the strong Blockley defence, and with the

  • It's the best soap of all...

    Brilliant headline in the paper: "Church tells people not to love their Neighbours!" Well in the tradition of the excellent journalism we've come to expect from the Journal. The headline was over your report on our challenge to read the New Testament

  • Surely laws of dog ownership apply?

    I have been following the hunting debate with interest, and, at risk of boring people further , would like to add my two-penuth. Obstructing the Public Highway is an illegal act. Failing to keep your dog under complete control in public is an illegal

  • A question of own or rent for a time?

    THE Liberal Democrats Focus election leaflet asks the question relative to the proposed sale of Elizabeth House and renting of premises elsewhere. "Does it make sense to sell a building you own and pay rent for ever?" Of course it does not, but we shall

  • I wept with pride for grand lady I 'knew'

    Last Tuesday, via television, I attended a magnificent State Funeral. And I wept. I wept, as an Englishman, with pride, at the Ceremony, general presentation and the aura of this sad occasion. I wept, at the passing of a grand lady, whom I feel I have

  • Bidford

    BIDFORD NEWS: The annual village quiz took place at the Crawford Hall last Friday. The vicar was question master and there were 15 teams taking part organised very efficiently by Pam Warwick and her gang. The overall winners were Bards Behind, a team

  • Blood sessions

    THE National Blood Service will be holding two sessions at Bidford's Crawford Hall on Thursday April 25. Donors will be able to give blood between 2pm and 3.45pm and 5pm and 7.15pm. For more information, contact 0845 771 1711.

  • 'Young could turn to crime'

    DISILLUSIONED Bidford children could turn to crime if the village's skateboard park is not allowed to open unsupervised. The warning came from former parish councillor David Goodyear, after residents blasted the Salford Road half-pipe ramp for only being

  • Boosting business

    THE formation of an investment company dedicated to bringing jobs and business to the region has moved a step closer. It will serve the technology corridor stretching from Malvern to Birmingham by promoting companies and boosting the local economy. It

  • Steve's unlucky placing!

    TWO members of Evesham Wheelers took part in Sunday's first event of the Thet-ford national mountain bike series, which was held on a technical, dusty three-lap, seven-mile circuit. Starting from the back of the 85-strong field, Steve McGrath finished

  • Littleton in title triumph

    LITTLETON A have won Division Two of the WICA Stratford Winter League finishing with 44 points. They finished two points ahead of Stratford B, due to an excellent second half of the season when they won all seven matches, dropping just two points along

  • Lap time boosts Pete

    A NEW personal best lap time made it a profitable outing on the Mallory Park track for Evesham racer Pete Boyles. On board his new Yamaha R1 1000c machine, Boyles was in action in the second round of the EMRA Drayton Croft Mallory Trophy on Sunday. The

  • Action on grass

    THE action will be fast and furious at Dodwell Park Raceway on Sunday when Evesham Autograss Club stages its latest meeting. There's an 11am start for the days' racing that will see around 40 races, included in which are qualifiers for the national championships

  • Crowds set to flock in

    STRATFORD Racecourse is set to increase its crowd figures on Saturday for the first of ten meetings over the next four months. Last month's Irish Day brought the fans flocking to Luddington Road and another bumper turnout is expected this weekend. Major

  • Boxing clever!

    JUNIOR members of the UKCBA Kick-Boxing club in Evesham tasted success in Chippenham. The Scorpions Club held few terrors for the young fighters who scored well in all their bouts. The successful fighters were Olivia Belgrave, sister Isobel and brother

  • Young happy to cash in on credit

    OUR parents and grandparents would never have dreamt of missing a mortgage repayment and using the cash to pay for a holiday. They'd have seen such behaviour as downright irresponsible. But new research suggests younger people are increasingly prepared

  • Cash bonus for second year

    A SECOND cash boost in two years has been given to staff at a Kidderminster school thanks to the academic efforts of seven-year-olds. Lea Street First School has been given about £3,000 in staff bonuses after being highlighted by Government school standards

  • Inspectors praise caring school

    A STOURPORT school is celebrating an above-average Ofsted report. The team of inspectors, who visited Lickhill Lodge First School, praised the school for its standards of education, care and partnership with parents and the community. The report said

  • Riverdance-ing at Bidford-on-Avon

    AN Irish dancing troupe from Bidford put themselves firmly on the map with a fine display at the Royal Albert Hall. Girls and boys aged between 6 and 19 from the McCarthy-Felton School of Irish Dancing, appeared on stage at the famous London venue as

  • Make a jazz date

    JAZZ and classic American popular music are set to make a welcome return to Stourbridge's Bonded Warehouse in a new season starting this weekend. Time Enough, a seven-piece jazz group who perform standards from the likes of George Gershwin, Duke Ellington

  • Rare chance to see art group's work

    GREAT Witley Art Group has thrown its work open to public scrutiny for the first time in two years. A wide range of paintings including still life, flower paintings and landscapes has gone on display at Bewdley Museum until Monday, April 29. Secretary

  • Your golden opportunity to make a CD

    FUTURE stars of the music world have the chance to write, produce and record their own music on to CD as part of a groundbreaking scheme which has been launched in Kidderminster. And organisers say the project offers the opportunity to carve out a path

  • No sign of good news for inn

    LYGON Arms bosses are appealing to the county council for brown directional signs to be erected in Broadway to advertise their hotel. The village management committee has turned down the request and initial applications to the county council have so far

  • Late-flowering millennium garden is blooming lovely

    BROADWAY villagers are celebrating the completion of their new millennium garden. Former parish council chairman Ken Lambley conceived the idea about six years ago but legal matters concerning a long-term lease and then planning the area took longer than

  • People jumped on Nellie bandwagon

    I HOPE your readers will appreciate that resolve and determination of officers and my administration in Wychavon has produced a just result in revealing Miss Copson's true assets in spite of intense public criticism and indeed, at one point, encouragement

  • Ludicrous statements

    WHEN reading D E Margrett's letter on the subject of metrication measures, I had to check my calendar, as I thought it was April 1, particularly with regard to the ludicrous statements that I should "perceive the vastly superior practicality of metrication

  • They try to blind us with science

    I AM writing in response to the letter from Thomas Bromley, headed "Nonsense of animal extremists". Supporters of vivisection try to blind people with science, although their science is a pseudo-science. This is because the use of animals in medical research

  • Poignant tribute was greatly appreciated

    ALTHOUGH I heard Worcester Cathedral bells ringing half-muffled on several occasions recently, I have seen no reference to this in reports of the Faithful City's tributes to the late Queen Mother. For the sake of the record, perhaps it could be noted

  • NATIONAL TRUST WYRE FOREST AND DISTRICT CENTRE

    President Peter Addison chaired the annual meeting at Harry Cheshire High School. Betty Cotterell paid tribute to Joan Dingley, vice-president, who died recently. Chairman Chris Fonteyn presented his 13th report, referring to various events, such as the

  • WYRE FOREST GROUP RAMBLERS ASSOCIATION

    A walk in Shobdon Wood has been organised for Sunday. Those taking part should meet at Blackstone picnic area at 10am, and are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear, and take any food or drink they may require. Non-members will be welcome, but

  • Assistant + teacher = less time teaching

    NEWS that teaching assistants (TAs) are not easing the paperwork burden on teachers is hardly surprising. The education watchdog - Ofsted - says that more TAs could mean more toil for teachers responsible for overseeing them. The role of a teaching assistant

  • WEST MIDLAND BIRD CLUB

    Brandon Marsh Wildlife Trust Reserve was the venue for the Kidderminster branch's March outdoor meeting. The first annual meeting was also held in March, when the acting committee were formally elected en bloc. Author, Alan Richards, gave a talk about

  • WEDNESDAY NIGHT GROUP

    At the April 3 meeting in Holy Innocents Community Centre, Kidderminster, an Easter Bonnet parade was held. The winner was Barbara Thorpe, whose bonnet featured a duck, which quacked, sitting on a nest surrounded by Easter flowers.

  • SOMERLEYTON WI

    In April chairman Angie McCarthy reported on the meeting at Cutnall Green, hosted by Brockencote. The property manager of Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire, talked about its history. Beryl Evans reported on the council meeting in Malvern, when Kay Alexander

  • FRANCHE WI

    Fiona Lucas gave a talk on The History of Parchment Craft at the April meeting, also demonstrating various techniques of the art. Marguerite Clarke reported on the recent council meeting at Malvern. A skittles evening was held at Kingsford, and a visit

  • KIDDERMINSTER AND FRANCHE FLORAL ART CLUB

    Eileen Spalding, area press officer was the April demonstrator, under the title Tat or Treasure. Firstly spring flowers were arranged in a wooden fishing box. Next an old brown vase was surrounded by variegated ivy, euphorbia and eleagnus leaves plus

  • KIDDERMINSTER HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

    Alan Cook from Ludlow will give a talk on Aquatic and Waterside Plants at the Holy Innocents Community Centre, starting at 7.30pm today. The nominal entrance charge includes refreshments. Visitors are always welcome.

  • KIDDERMINSTER GROUP WI

    The April 4 meeting held at Cutnall Green Memorial Hall, hosted by Brockencote to celebrate its 10th birthday, was attended by nearly 100 members. The first speaker was Liz Davies, a Worcestershire executive member who said that the "jam and Jerusalem

  • Visitors stunned by late four-try burst of scoring

    Old Covs 39pts, Evesham 17 ADVERSE to most of this season's previous league matches, Saturday's produced plenty of points but, unfortunately for Evesham, the hosts scored the biggest portion! The visitors started the match to good effect, winning most

  • CLEOBURY MORTIMER BRIDGE CLUB

    At the latest meeting it was decided to hold a Mitchell movement, playing four boards per table. There was no clear winner on the east/west side with Charles and Vera Smith, and Nick and Sarah Green tying with a score of 53.35 per cent. Norman and Jo

  • Sunday semi

    PERSHORE are bidding for a place in rugby's North Midlands Cup final on Sunday. Their long-awaited semi-final clash with Aston Old Edwardians will kick off at 2pm at Piddle Park with Malvern awaiting the winners in this season's final.

  • CHADDESLEY CORBETT WI

    Forthcoming events include the county visit to Bletchley Park, Tate Modern, and the WI production at the Swan Theatre, Worcester called 50 Golden Years. Barbara Maskell reported on a successful fashion show. Dr Simon Penn, director at Avoncroft Museum

  • BROCKENCOTE WI

    The group's 10th birthday was celebrated last month. John Sparry, from the Black Country, gave a talk about local colloquialisms, many of which come from the coal-mining industry. Much of his information came from old newspapers. The group meeting was

  • BEWDLEY BRANCH LABOUR PARTY

    Vicky Powell and Hazel Roden, footpaths officers for Worcestershire County council, gave a talk to members at the April 3 meeting. They outlined their role in keeping rights of way and bridle paths open for public use, and explained how recent legislation

  • Pike and partner net a place at the "Home of Golf"

    NEWLY elected men's captain at Evesham, Eric Pike, enjoyed success in the regional finals of the St Andrews Foursomes event. Partnered by professional Dan Cummins, the pair carded a magnificent 41 points at Mere Golf Club in Cheshire to book a place in

  • BEWDLEY E TG

    The annual meeting was held in March, when the chairman stood down after three years in office. The planting of the magnolia tree took place in Jubilee Gardens as part of the Millennium Project. Future events, at which new members are welcome, include

  • 18/4/02 - Plaudits to the players after such a fine win

    THE players involved in Saturday's 41-17 defeat of Exeter Chiefs should be applauded because it was a great display. I thought it was a good day all-round for the club. It was the final game at Sixways this season and the player celebrations after the

  • Pub pool competition

    CUSTOMERS at a Bromsgrove watering hole will get the chance to pit their wits against a top professional pool player in a special Pool Lotto competition this week. Keith Jones will appear at the Merlin pub, in Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove, this Friday

  • First ball bowled as season starts

    OVERBURY and Ashton got the new cricket season under way last Sunday. The home side rattled up a daunting 196-6 in their 40 overs with Cleaver top scoring with 62. Wickets fell at regular intervals after tea with only Chandler (44) and late order pair

  • Pershore

    FILM AT NUMBER 8: Saturday, April 20 at 7.30pm, Last Orders cert 15. NUMBER 8 GALLERY: The Tantalus Project (15th preview). ARTHRITIS RESEARCH CAMPAIGN: Pershore branch held a social and coffee morning at Charlton Old School Room, Charlton, and were delighted

  • Caring folk win awards

    Bill Wear, Brenda Allen and Tony Goodwin have all been given a pat on the back for giving their time to help other people. The scheme was introduced three years ago by then-mayor Paul Gittins but it was his wife Carol, the current town leader, dishing

  • 17/4/02 Ticket prices set

    ADULTS will pay £14 to sit or £11 to stand at Aggborough next season, while concession rates are £10 and £7. Season tickets are cheaper if bought before Saturday, May 25, with a special deal available for students and pensioners. U-16s can join the junior

  • 18/4/02 Reading and Cardiff lined up

    TWO clubs chasing Division One status have agreed to visit Aggborough for pre-season friendlies this year. Reading, who seem set to win automatic promotion from Division Two, are the opponents on Friday, July 19. And play-off chasing Cardiff City, who

  • Guitar duo

    THE Worcester Guitar Duo will be playing a concert in Evesham Library at 7.30pm this Saturday. The duo's programme will consist of pieces by Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Bartok, Kern, and Gershwin. Tickets cost £5. For more information, contact Tim Roberts on

  • An evening with Vince Hill

    FANS of veteran pop star Vince Hill are to be treated to an evening with him at the Lifford Hall in Broadway next Thursday. His show, With a Song in My Heart, epitomises the man's hallmark for quality singing and entertaining presentation. Best known

  • Sorpion King's real sting

    SIX years ago, wrestling star The Rock was so broke he was forced to sleep on a stained mattress thrown out by the owners of a seedy motel. Now the 29-year-old World Wrestling Federation hero - whose real name is Dwayne Johnson - has millions in the bank

  • Loudon calls

    US songwriter Loudon Wainwright III returns to Huntingdon Hall this Sunday to support his new album Last Man on Earth. The album is his first studio release in four years and the 22 of a career spanning three decades. Wainwright is known to his fans for

  • Zombies return

    FORMER Zombies Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent will be appearing at Huntingdon Hall this Tuesday. The 60s artists who had a number two hit in the States with She's Not There, which made number 12 in the UK charts, will be playing a reunion show at the

  • Fun day out with a serious message

    RIDES around town on a vintage engine will be one of the highlights of Kidderminster Fire Station's open day on Saturday. Firefighters Steve Andrews and Warren Midgley prepare for Saturday's open day at Kidderminster Fire Station. Firefighters will also

  • Run revival

    ABBERLEY Fun Run, which was cancelled last year due to the foot and mouth crisis is back - and bigger than ever. In addition to the annual 5km fun run on Sunday, May 5 there will be a 10km professional race starting from Home Farm, Stockton Road. And

  • 'Respek' as Ali is on track

    RUNNING for a youth charity earned Kidderminster's David Ball the "respek" of London Marathon watchers when he completed the course dressed as funny man Ali G. David successfully ran the marathon for the second year running and raised over £2,000 for

  • Marathon boost from runners

    WYRE Forest runners pulled out the stops to take part in the Flora London Marathon on Sunday. They raised thousands of pounds for a range of good causes, including cancer charities and youth groups. A runner who experienced a roller-coaster of emotions

  • Return of Rattle after seven weeks

    A FAMILY "adder" crisis when their pet snake disappeared for seven weeks. However, Rattle the cornsnake slithered up just in time before the Dingley family bought a replacement. Distraught owner nine-year-old Ben Dingley, of Vicarage Road, Stone, had

  • Dench makes his comeback in Stratford - at high school

    ACTOR Jeffrey Dench makes a welcome return to the stage in Stratford next week, when he plays the pivotal role of Chorus in Henry V - The Battle of Agincourt. However, Jeffrey, who lives at Clifford Chambers, will not be making his comeback at the Royal

  • £3,000 trolley good win for mum

    SINGLE mum Angela Buckley is set for the shopping spree of a lifetime after scooping a £3,000 win. Mrs Buckley won a year's free shopping as the overall winner of a £4,400 competition in the Shuttle/Times and News. The competition, sponsored by Sainsbury's

  • Display will be a real cracker

    DON'T forget you can help boost the town's jubilee fireworks display and get your name into a special souvenir issue of the Shuttle/Times & News on Thursday, June 6. All those contributing to the Jubilee Fireworks Appeal will receive a certificate

  • Tourists in successful Holland adventure

    THE Severnsiders from Upton travelled to Holland to take part in the annual Amsterdam Invitational hockey tournament and produced some impressive performances. They caused a major upset topping their group and dumping out fellow countrymen, the Blackpool

  • 18/4/02 - Norton reflect on season

    WORCESTER Norton Hockey Club's women's section held their annual awards supper at Worcester Norton Sports Club where the guest of honour was England senior international Rachel Walker. Head coach Tim Barlow outlined the club's performance over the season

  • The real way to find nappy-ness

    PARENTS will be urged to ditch the disposables to ensure nappy times lie ahead for the environment as part of a special event on Monday. Wyre Forest District Council will mark the start of National Real Nappy Week with a public event to promote the real

  • SINGLE SPIES Birmingham Rep

    THE new season at the Birmingham Rep is proving very much a matter of two halves. While The Door has hosted acclaimed new productions like The Clearing and Silence, the main auditorium has opted for far less-adventurous fare - Naked Justice, Hobson's

  • Boy, 14, in airlift drama

    A YOUNGSTER from Kidderminster who fell down a rock face in a Wyre Forest beauty spot was airlifted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital after complaining of rib pain. The 14-year-old from Church Walk was rescued by firefighters after he slid halfway down

  • Late try-dash robs Bewdley of win

    AN experimental Bewdley side lost 44-22 to a combined Clee Hill and Cleobury outfit in a friendly. Both teams started well but Bewdley were pinned back for the first quarter of the game though the visitors could not find a way through. They did eventually

  • Smith flys past the big 1,000

    STAR scorer Colin Smith finally reached the 1,000-point landmark as Cleobury Mortimer fell 23-14 at third-placed Tamworth in Midlands Four West (North). Recovering from an early missed penalty, it was the first Cleobury score that brought the big cheer

  • 15th century roots, 21st century price

    A HOUSE up for sale in Bewdley boasts the tag of being "probably the oldest" in the town. The property in Stourport Road is thought to date back to the early 15th century and the debate has continued for decades over whether there is an older building

  • Top-three place for happy KCs

    HIGH-FLYING Kidderminster Carolians finished third in Midlands Three West (North) after hammering the final nail in Old Halesonians' relegation coffin with a 25-16 away win. But there was a tinge of sadness at KCs as their old friends and near neighbours

  • Family search

    THE Gisbournes of Evesham are being tracked down by their Australian relatives. Valerie Deakin of Rockingham in Western Australia wants information on Joseph Leslie Gisbourne. He was the youngest of 12 children born to George and Esther Gisbourne and

  • Joy as refuge wins reprieve

    THE district's only refuge for battered wives and their children has been saved from closure following an appeal for help in the Shuttle/Times and News. Members of the public and businesses who read about its financial plight in January rallied round

  • New link road is top priority

    COUNTY councillors have put plans for a Squires Link road at Evesham on their priority list. Councillor Clive Holt was one of eight members who submitted a notice of motion calling for action at a Worcestershire County Council cabinet meeting last Thursday

  • Traffic hit by work

    SEWERAGE works are set to block traffic at The Leas in Throckmorton for up to seven weeks starting from next Monday. The £600,000 investment by Severn Trent will link 20 houses to the mains and a further 14 homes already served by the mains will also

  • Monarch at mercy of a clumsy mason

    PASSERS-by in Worcester High Street were clearly being amused by the antics of a clumsy stonemason outside the Guildhall at this time 100 years ago. Crowquill, in his Journal comment column, explained: "The old-time tradesman who was called upon to repair

  • Vandalism may force firm out

    THE soaring cost of crime could force an Evesham businessman to leave the area. Joe Davin, who employs about a dozen people at his company, Joe Diver, on the Four Pools Industrial Estate, says he is seriously considering moving his business away from

  • News Items Down The Years

    1802: An Inquisition was taken before George Best, Gent., one of His Majesty's Coroners for this county, on view of the body of Mary Hopkins, lying dead, who on the preceding Wednesday wilfully threw herself into the River Stour and was drowned. The Jury

  • Do nightingales sing in Evesham vale?

    CONSERVATIONISTS are anxious to learn if any nightingales sing in the Vale of Evesham this year. Fifty years ago there were hundreds, but a 1999 survey in Worcestershire found less than 50 singing males, summer visitors arriving during April and May from

  • INDOOR EXHIBITION

    POPULAR indoor angling exhibition Fishing 2002 is at NAC Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on the weekend of April 27 and 28. More details and tickets are available from the show hotline on 0800 096 2606.

  • Caring for our planet

    SUNDAY has been designated earth Day. This is a chance for us all to acknowledge our responsibility to care for the earth and to work to change attitudes and behaviour which have damaged our planet. I would like to suggest that everyone who can, does

  • Go-ahead for arts centre Number 8

    A BID to transform Pershore's arts and community centre has been given a major boost after a 99-year lease was formerly agreed. Board members of High Street venue Number 8, have been formally granted the lease on the building by Wychavon District and

  • Beeb's assurances over Wood Norton

    THERE are "absolutely no plans" to close the BBC Engineering Training Centre and Development Centre at Wood Norton, Evesham. The assurance was given yesterday (Wednesday) by Simon Shute, the general manager, in a response to a letter from Peter Luff,

  • Scandal of widow and her dead baby

    SOME fairly racy and revealing reports are to be found in scanning the Worcester Journal editions for this month 250 years ago. Here are just two items from 1752: "A woman at Upton Snodsbury, who had been a widow for more than a year, had of late been

  • Vale man in Afghan shoot-out

    AN Evesham soldier has been involved in a shootout in Afghanistan. Lieutenant Ross Haines, aged 25, from the 19th Regiment Royal Artillery based at Colchester, was in charge of 12 men involved in a gun battle in Kabul last Friday. His mother Mary Haines

  • Bypass hopes raised as report is prepared

    FIRST steps are being taken that could lead to the creation of a new bypass in the Vale of Evesham. Worcestershire County Council has been asked to draw up a report on the costs of an initial appraisal for the scheme to bypass Badsey and Bretforton. The

  • Towler triple fires Youth

    LUKE Towler's hat-trick helped Ferndale Youth U-12s to a 5-0 Stourport and District Youth League Premier Division win. Joel Barefoot and Matt Williams also scored in the success over bottom side Bewdley Town Youth. At U-14s level, Anthony Stephenson scored

  • Town's Regal Cinema is sold to mystery buyer

    EVESHAM'S Regal Cinema in Port Street has been sold for an undisclosed sum, but the buyer remains a mystery. Owner John Angel said this week: "It is sold subject to contract. I have received the deposit so that's it as far as I am concerned. I sold it

  • WOODWARD GROSVENORS AC

    A CONTEST will be held on Sunday at Wassell Grove. Those taking part should meet at the venue at 7am.

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

    Malvern Tn 2, Norton Rgrs U-14 6 A WIN at Perdiswell on Sunday will secure the Mercian Elgar League title for Rangers. Last weekend's win followed a midweek triumph over Vale Youth but Norton still need a maximum haul to prevent Newtown taking the championship

  • WAGON & HORSES AC

    SILLIGROVE: Mark Johnson 17-0, Martyn Wood 11-4, Max Galaszewski 10-2. The next match will be at Poole Hall on April 28, draw 7.30am.

  • OLD BEAR AC

    THE seniors presentation is on Saturday in the Old Bear from 7.30pm. A seniors contest will be at the Worcestershire-Staffordshire canal on Sunday, cars leave Old Bear at 6.30am. There is a juniors contest on Saturday on the Stackpool - draw 9am.

  • Forest chase for second spot blows off course

    WYRE Forest were unlucky not to gain home points against Hinton who left 1-0 winners in Division One South. Forest, battling for runners-up spot in the league, had the best of the first half and Kieron O'Brien was denied by a brilliant save from keeper

  • Burton strikes twice

    GREAT perseverance and new players has helped Chaddesley Corbett escape from the foot of the Division One South table to a more respectable mid-table position. Their cause was helped by a 3-2 home win over Bridgnorth Town Reserves on Saturday as outstanding

  • Brave 'Bish' are foiled at finish

    Bromyard Tn 2, Bishampton Utd 2 STRIPPED of six regulars Bishampton were denied victory by a late goal.. Despite having plenty of possession the hosts failed to trouble Rob Bille in the visitors' goal. Having weathered the early storm United repeatedly

  • Gibbs grants win

    A GRANT Gibbs goal two minutes from time kept Bewdley Town in the hunt for the West Midlands League Division One South runners-up spot as they beat Malvern Town Reserves 2-1. Bewdley had to make several changes from the side that progressed to the Tony

  • Kidderminster will always outvote Stourport

    I WRITE with reference to a letter from AD Adams (Shuttle/Times & News, April 4), blaming Health Concern councillors for the run-down state of Stourport. In 1974 the Conservative Party in all their wisdom decided against our wishes to merge Stourport

  • Tale of woe a sad story

    Stratford Town 1, Ludlow Town 2 TOWN'S promotion chances suffered a severe setback following another unexpected defeat last Saturday, writes Mick Clewes. Match statistics tell the story with Stratford having no fewer than 23attempts on goal compared to

  • £1,200 raid

    BURGLARS escaped with computer equipment and games worth more than £1,200 after breaking in to a Stourport home. The raiders were disturbed at the home in Mitton Gardens where they had gained entry by forcing a kitchen door. But they managed to make off

  • Heart attack help or harm?

    YOUR front page article "On The Heartbeat" on April 4 gives me cause for serious concern. As I understand it, volunteers with very basic training in the application of a defibrillator, are being asked to attend so-called "heart attack" victims. Many worrying

  • Cox pair cheer

    GOLF: Trevor and Edna Cox were the overall winners of the Mixed Winter League at Habberley. Their winning score was 310 nett, while second-placed Steve Beddoes and Sally Tristram scored 316. Maureen Maiden won the ladies March Stableford with 31 points

  • Double for Mark in close contests

    BROTHER Prim and Caught at Dawn provided Upton Snodsbury rider Mark Rodda with a double at the Croome and West Warwickshire meeting at Upton-on-Severn. Brother Prim came through to dispute the lead with Brown Buzzard at the 15th, they had a protracted

  • No surprises

    SNOOKER: Long-term leaders St George's A won the Kidderminster Wednesday League. Final results: British Sugar B 2, Pockets A 3; Pockets Z 0, St Johns A 5; St Johns B 4, St Georges B 1; St Johns D 2, British Sugar A 3; St Georges A 4, Pockets C 1; Pockets

  • Fourth for A and B in junior challenge

    SWIMMING: Two Wyre Forest Swimming Club teams competed in the Nuneaton Junior Swimming League first round on Saturday for nine to 12-year-olds. Both ended up fourth in Division One and Four respectively in the competition at Worcester. The nine-year-olds

  • Sailing away at Trimpley

    SAILING: Four GP14s contested two races at Trimpley in warm conditions on Saturday in light and fickle winds. Ray Drury and L Butler won both races, beating Mick James and junior N James then Paul Wooddisse and Rob Hart. Tom Rogers was the lone Laser

  • Caring folk pay for break

    TWO major fund-raising efforts will allow people with brain injuries and their carers to take a much-needed break later this year. Headway Wyre Forest, based in Galahad Way, Stourport, is one of Stourport Mayor Mick Grinnall's nominated charities for

  • Sanders first home in marathon tester

    ATHLETICS: Three Amazing Feet Running Club members took on the London Marathon in perfect conditions. Eddie Sanders was first home for the club in three hours 12 minutes 35 seconds to finish 2,366th. Chris Miles, in his first marathon, and his wife Ruth

  • Woman, 92, dies in house fire

    Police have launched an investigation into the death of a 92-year-old woman in a house fire in Stourport. A spokesman for Kidderminster fire service said the woman, who has not been named, was smoking at her home in Dorsett Road at about 3pm on Sunday

  • Church aid for African hospital

    A CHURCH has dug deep to contribute to a poverty-stricken African hospital - as well as continuing to raise money to renovate its home. Stourport Wesley Methodist Church has almost met its target of raising £500, part of £5,000 being raised by Methodist

  • Volleyball stars in final meet

    VOLLEYBALL: Two ex-King Charles High School pupils did battle in the English Volleyball Cup final. England international Steve Fee helped London-based Mallory to a 3-1 win over Stoke in Sheffield. Stoke included Neil Masters, 23, who works at Stourport

  • On-Severn, now on-line

    A WEBSITE showcasing the attractions of Stourport and other district hotspots has gone live. It includes links to businesses and the Wyre Forest tourism website as well as details of upcoming events such as the Arley to Stourport raft race. The town centre

  • Stourport avoid the drop

    HOCKEY: Laith El-Khatib found his goal touch with two late strikes to keep Stourport in National Hockey League Division One. The town drew 3-3 at champions St Albans on Sunday to avoid any relegation threat. Brooklands must contest the play-offs after

  • New hospital's A&E unit calls on Redditch back-up

    THE accident and emergency unit at the new Worcestershire Royal Hospital was closed for two hours to patients from Wyre Forest last week. People needing medical treatment were diverted to Alexandra Hospital, Redditch, because the unit at Worcester was

  • Games place for swimmer

    SWIMMING: Kidderminster exile Todd Cooper sent Scottish records tumbling at the British Long Course Championships in Manchester and qualified for the Commonwealth Games. The teenager, who trains and studies in Stirling, can compete in the 50m, 100m and

  • April 18, 2002

    Excellent statements from Government and Shadow Ministers had an amazing degree of unanimity during a debate on the Middle East. The Government made it clear military action is not imminent or inevitable in Iraq and all Britain's efforts now are aimed

  • 18/4/02 - Jenner adds some substance to talk

    JIM Jenner remains somewhat of a rarity in professional sport today. Not only is his ability to be comprehensively eloquent in his performance on or off the field compelling, his support of Worcester is simply unmovable. The Sixways club is plainly au

  • Life and sense of purpose

    OVER the past weeks, I have read with great sadness, the letters condemning the possibility of an Asylum base in Throckmorton. I live in the centre of Evesham - most evenings I have to contend with young people urinating, vomiting, swearing and screaming

  • 18/4/02 - Solanki misses County opener

    WORCESTERSHIRE will be without injured Vikram Solanki when they launch their County Championship Division Two match against Gloucestershire at New Road tomorrow. The 26-year-old is ruled out with a bruised finger sustained while batting in the County's

  • 18/4/02 - Owen to resume training

    WORCESTER City striker Mark Owen is set to resume training tonight after being given the all-clear by his specialist. The 24-year-old had been suffering discomfort caused by one of the pins in his leg but that is due to be taken out next month. The St

  • North and Middle Littleton

    PARISH COUNCIL: The chairman welcomed six parishioners to the annual parish meeting. Reports were given by the chairman, representative on the board of Littleton school governors, financial officer, footpath officer, district councillor and county councillor

  • 'Road rage' row sparks walkout

    TENSION overflowed at a roads partnership meeting when a Kidderminster councillor walked out after being accused of being too political. The fractious scene came when Wyre Forest Highways Partnership Forum, an advisory group mainly composed of district

  • Windfall for disabled folk

    A SERVICE which offers support and advice to disabled people across north Worcestershire is planning to expand after receiving more than £80,000 lottery cash. Kidderminster-based North Worcestershire DIAL is celebrating the influx, which manager Adrian

  • Shock at death of ex-mayor

    TRIBUTES have poured in for distinguished district councillor Steve Roberts who died suddenly on Friday. Mr Roberts, 50, known as one of the most genuine members of the authority, collapsed and died after having lunch with a friend. The former Kidderminster

  • Scheme of great value, says mum

    ONE of the parents of the pupils killed in the M40 accident has thrown her weight behind the new initiative by BUSK. Liz Fitzgerald, whose daughter, Claire, died aged 13 along with 11 other pupils from Hagley RC High School in 1993, said the scheme was

  • Car park fears for patients

    A TOP health chief has raised fears about the continuing car parking chaos at the new Worcestershire Royal Hospital site. Mental health boss Dr Ian McPherson said patients were missing vital appointments for mental health services on the Newtown site

  • Autumn push in carpet war

    A CAMPAIGN is to be launched to safeguard jobs in the British carpet industry under threat from illegal competition on the continent. The Kidderminster-based Carpet Foundation, which represents 15 leading manufacturers, has joined forces with top retailers

  • Firms reject doctor's poisoning claims

    LEADING carpet companies have poured scorn on claims workers are suffering health problems because of chemicals used in manufacturing. An expert at the Kidderminster-based Carpet Foundation, which represents 15 top manufacturers, said the allegations

  • 18/4/02 - Sixways stars at Droitwich

    A star-studded line-up will be on show at the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground on Sunday when Droitwich Rugby Club celebrate their 30th anniversary with a game against a president's select side. The president's team will include current Worcester players

  • Planning for future

    RESIDENTS are due to be asked for their views on the future of Worcester at a special event tonight. The consultation roadshow - part of the city's community planing initiative - will be at St John's Sports Centre from 6pm to 9pm. Members of the Worcester

  • Gambler Brown's going for broke

    IT'S been described as a gamble, but Chancellor Gordon Brown's Budget appears to have won his party the first battle of the next election. He's raised taxes, knowing that will hit New Labour's middle class core and business hardest. And he's declared

  • Pepperpot renovation on the way

    UPTON-upon-Severn's famous old church tower could soon be shrouded in scaffolding, two years after external renovation was promised. Work on the tower, known locally as the Pepperpot, was delayed by the foot-and-mouth disease crisis, although Malvern

  • Lido facelift is now in doubt

    PLANS to transform Droitwich's Lido into a health spa are in doubt after the firm behind the scheme revealed it was looking at alternative sites. The controversial proposal, which has provoked considerable opposition from the town's residents, has not

  • Couple's Garden of Eden project

    AN ambitious new scheme for a Crown East wood could secure its future as a wildlife centre. Phil Westwood and his wife, Kim, sold their house to buy the 10-acre wood in 1995 and Phil's careful management has transformed it into a haven for wildlife. At

  • 'Let motorcyclists use the bus lanes'

    ALLOWING motorcyclists to use bus lanes could improve safety and help Worcester's traffic flow, according to a city councillor. Councillor Simon Geraghty also proposed that taxis should be allowed to use the city's bus lanes. His comments, following a

  • Pair's Gambia honour

    A MALVERN couple who have spent years raising thousands of pounds for a Gambian village are to meet the nation's president on their next visit. Margaret and Joe Loader have recently returned from a sixth visit to Kiersering, where they helped complete

  • Death prompts renewed calls for crossing

    THE death of a four-year-old boy has prompted fresh calls for a pelican crossing and other traffic-calming measures on the stretch where he was hit by a car. The young victim was on his way to pick up his sister from Hindlip CE First School with his mother

  • Teen chased store guard with golf club

    A WORCESTER teenager chased a security guard around a shop with a golf club after hearing that his sister had been threatened. The 13-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stormed into the Spar store in Cranham Drive, Warndon, and hurled abuse

  • Wyre Piddle bypass on schedule

    THE second stage of the anxiously awaited Wyre Piddle and Upper Moor bypass is on schedule, according to the project's resident engineer. John Baker said that, as far as he could see, the major road works starting at the Abbey View roundabout were on

  • Police aiming to put more on beat

    THE streets of Worcester should be safer if West Mercia police are successful in their biggest-ever recruitment drive to take on 300 extra officers during the coming year. There is a desperate need for more police as the area currently has one of the

  • ... amazing feat

    THIS remarkable feat of balance was just one of the displays and nerve and colour that mesmerised the audience at the Chinese State Circus.

  • Final the prize

    PRINCE Henry's Under-15s will entertain King's School, Warwick in the semi-final of the English Hockey Association's Plate. The tie, two halves of 30 minutes, takes place at Evesham High School next Thursday, starting at 4.30pm. The prize for the winners

  • LABOUR IN SPIN OVER AXING

    A LABOUR activist has been dropped as a candidate in the forthcoming Worcester local elections - because he wrote a letter to the Evening News. The last-minute ditching of Peter Nielsen as a candidate in Claines ward means the city's Labour group has

  • Home friendly for cricket side

    KIDDERMINSTER prepare for a season in Birmingham and District League Division One with a home friendly on Saturday. The Chester Road North men, relegated from the Premier Division last season, play Bridgnorth from 1.30pm. Meanwhile, the club hosts a three-day

  • Date with Tory MP

    CONSERVATIVE MP Bill Wiggin will be on hand to talk to constituents in Mamble, Bayton and Rock tomorrow. The Leominster MP will be at the Sun and Slipper in Mamble from 6pm to 6.20pm, Bayton Village Hall from 6.30pm until 6.50pm and the Bliss Gate Inn