• 16/1/04 - Weekend county football fixtures

    SATURDAY WORCESTER & DISTRICT LEAGUE Premier Division: Droitwich Spa v Upton Town (B Gough); Hallow WMC v Tolladine Sports (J Wynne); Henwick Academicals v Worcester City (S Bellotti); Martley Spurs v Bretforton Old Boys (T Phillips); Perrywoods v

  • Reality's new deal

    SHOP Direct, which bought GUS plc's home shopping brands, in May - including the Worcester-based Reality - is insisting it is "business as usual". Despite the spectre of the Competition Commission decision hanging over the firm - Trade Secretary, Patricia

  • A pleasant place for animals and people

    The well-established, popular nature reserve at Monkwood is included in this walk, and so is the much younger, little-known Spindle Wood. Monkwood was first documented about 1,200 years ago, when it was granted to Worcester Priory. Spindle Wood was planted

  • Mysterious death of popular pub landlord

    THIS week 100 years ago, the Faithful City mourned the death of one of its popular pub landlords who was killed in mysterious circumstances. The Journal of 1904 stated: "It is with sadness we report the death of a Worcester innkeeper. The unfortunate

  • 16/1/04 - Eastnor's AGM

    EASTNOR Cricket Club will hold their AGM on Wednesday at the Brewery Inn, Bye Street, Ledbury, at 7.30pm. All new and existing members welcome. For further information contact the secretary, John Taylor on (01531) 634406.

  • 16/1/04 - Angels' improvement is in scoreline

    THE Malvern Angels 1st XV played a hard game in bad weather against Shrewsbury WRFC to end up with a losing scoreline of 10-32. On the surface that may not seem very good, but when playing against them just before Christmas, the Angels lost by 0-62, this

  • 16/1/04 - Pirates scupper Old Salts

    WITH the match against Bath only two weeks away, all 25 players from the Malvern Pirates were out to prove their credentials in this match against an aspiring Old Salts outfit. MALVERN U15 Pirates 57pts, OLD SALTLIANS U15s 12pts. Playing up-hill and against

  • 16/1/04 - U16s are formidable

    MALVERN began the New Year with a romp in the mud against weakened opposition last Sunday. MALVERN U16S 54pts, OLD SALTLIANS U16S 0 Five unopposed tries in each half were the result of total domination in all phases of the game. The pack, conserving its

  • 16/1/04 - Malvern show winning ways

    THE injury-hit Malvern squad had been without a Midlands Two West win since the end of November. STAFFORD 10pts, MALVERN 20pts With few options in the front five, the period around Christmas had proved a lean time and seen the Spring Lane outfit drop

  • Exhibitions in and around Worcester

    Jan 28 - Feb 20: Textiles exhibition at Droitwich Spa Library, Victoria Square, Droitwich Spa. For further details telephone 01905 773292. Jan 20: Folk in the Warners Bar "Bully Wee", Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury. Telephone 01684 295074 for further information

  • Events in and around Worcester

    Jan 16: Rock and roll night with music by Brian's Supersounds at Barbourne Ex-Servicemen's Club, Worcester. All welcome. Jan 16: Swingin' Jazz Session at Storridge Village Hall with music by The David Huke Trio, Guest Dennis Holmes (Reeds) and interlude

  • Cinemas

    Malvern Cinema: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (12A) Mats Sat, Sun & Thurs 4pm, Eves 7.30pm daily. Odeon Worcester: Runaway Jury (12A) 2.50, 5.40, 8.30 Free list suspended; Paycheck (12A) 3.20, 6.00, 8.40 Free list suspended; Lord

  • The turbulence of a remarkable life

    Erich Maria Remarque: The Last Romantic by Hilton Tims (Constable, £20) FEW books bring to life the war that was to end all wars more than the moving, harrowing All Quiet on the Western Front. Erich Maria Remarque, a German soldier who fought in France

  • Almost the right track for would-be F1 fans

    Formula One Racing for Dummies (Jonathan Noble and Mark Hughes, Wiley, £14.99) FORMULA One for dummies? Don't be fooled. You're likely to have more than a passing interest in the sport already before you bury yourself in its 328 pages in preparation for

  • New shops herald hopes for commercial renaissance

    IS 1979 the year of commercial comeback in Great Malvern? That was the question being asked by the Gazette 25 years ago. The paper noted signs of a commercial renaissance after months of stagnation in which the town centre had lost out to the development

  • Cash helps Oxfam make hall its home

    CECILIA Hall, off Malvern's Church Street, was saved from an uncertain future 25 years ago, thanks to Oxfam. The charity made a £40,000 deal with the hall's owners, Foley Developments (Malvern) Ltd. Oxfam had already set up shop in front of the hall,

  • Concern over plans to close school unit

    WE are writing to express our concern over the proposals for Thornton House School and Nursery Assessment Unit. Our son began attending Thornton House Nursery in January, 2003. When he started, he did not talk and we could walk into the room and he would

  • Running costs of the speed camera

    THE local Press recently reported on the number of prosecutions via the fixed speed camera on City Walls road, and provided details of the revenue generated as a result of the fines. An earlier report stated that we can expect a further 10 fixed speed

  • 16/1/04 - Humphreys back after lay-off

    MALVERN RFC welcome back centre Mark Humphreys after a career-threatening cruciate injury, suffered against Luctonians in December 2000, appeared to have ended his rugby playing days. It has taken two operations and a long period of rehabilitation to

  • 16/1/04 - Liam Killeen captures the British U23 title

    MALVERN'S Mountain Bike ace Liam Killeen has started 2004 with a win taking the U23 British Cyclo Cross Championship, a title that eluded him in 2003. In Saturday's race at Sutton Park, Birmingham, Subaru Gary Fisher rider Killeen immediately established

  • You've watched them on TV. Now see them in person

    LOVE 'em or hate 'em, Neil and Christine Hamilton have provided no end of public titillation since the former was ousted from the Conservative Government in 1997. After embarrassing John Major with the cash for questions scandal, the former Minister and

  • Introducing Yum-Yum, Ko-Ko and Nanki-Poo

    The institutions and peculiarities of Britain are not hard to spot in Gilbert and Sullivan's Japan-set satire, The Mikado, which comes to Malvern this month. One of the most famous pieces of musical theatre, which ran for 672 performances at the Savoy

  • Seafaring saga on way

    A HIGH-seas adventure set during the Napoleonic Wars will be screened at Malvern Theatres from today (Friday). Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World follows the adventures of 'Lucky' Jack Aubrey, captain of British frigate HMS Surprise as it

  • A monumental sound

    The programme at Huntingdon Hall looks set for a monumental start, as six-piece band Colosseum visits the venue. Originally formed in 1968, the band was signed to the Fontana label and released four chart albums as part of its long career. Colosseum is

  • Band looks ahead to milestone year

    Malvern Hills District Brass Band is looking forward to an eventful year to mark its 25th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone in its history, the band is organising a number of special events. Spokeswoman Jenny Cobley said: "We're planning the reunion

  • All the latest movies and where to catch them

    RUNAWAY JURY (12A) In the wake of an office block massacre, vengeful widow Celeste Woods (Joanna Going), whose husband Nick perished in the bloodbath, launches a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the gun company which made the killer's weapon. (See

  • 14/01/04 - Town to get World Cup?

    BROMSGROVE RFC could be one of the first clubs in the country to be graced by the World Cup when it pays a flying visit to the Midlands next month. The William Webb Ellis Trophy (pictured) is being paraded around the nation following England's epic final

  • 16/01/04 - Town to get World Cup?

    BROMSGROVE RFC could be one of the first clubs in the country to be graced by the World Cup when it pays a flying visit to the Midlands next month. The William Webb Ellis Trophy (pictured) is being paraded around the nation following England's epic final

  • 16/1/04 - Fixtures ...

    SATURDAY FOOTBALL WEST MIDLANDS LEAGUE Premier Division: Brierley & Hagley v Bromyard Town; Ledbury Town v Malvern Town. Division One South: Malvern Town Reserves v Cradley Town Reserves; Tenbury United v Malvern Rangers (1.45pm). WORCESTER &

  • 16/1/04 - Entwhistle and Ward stand out

    COLWALL WHC resumed their Severn Division Two campaign with a 4-1 win against Dursley at Stratford Park, Stroud on Saturday. DURSLEY 1, COLWALL WHC 4 Dursley started strongly and forced Colwall goalkeeper Carole Ward to make a diving save within the first

  • 16/1/04 - Sapey medal

    IAN Duggan won the Sapey Golf Club the division one midweek medal on January 10 with a fine net 66. Eight-handicapper Duggan was three shots clear of second-placed Paul Broadrick's 69 (gross 74). In third place was Brian Daley 70 (84). The Division two

  • 16/1/04 - Double British medal success

    STUDENTS of Turners Tae Kwon Do, who train at the Upton Hill Community Centre, celebrated a double victory after taking medals at the recent AIMAA British championships and GTI British championships. These are two annual events which are attended by many

  • 16/1/04 - X Police play high-flying Express

    THE draw for the second round of the Malvern Table Tennis League's handicap competition has been made. The most interesting match sees third division side X Police pitting their wits against division one high-fliers Manor Park Express. The full draw is

  • Have patience with players says Rovers boss Rooney

    GEORGE Rooney has urged Bromsgrove Rovers fans to cut the club's current crop of players a bit of slack. The Victoria Ground boss made his plea ahead of Rovers' trip to Gloucester City in the Dr Martens Western Division tomorrow (3pm). "The fans get frustrated

  • Tax rate set to increase

    CRADLEY residents can expect to see their council tax rise this year when the parish council increases its precept. The council had previously been charging £8,000 a year, while also using reserves inherited from the previous council. But this year, as

  • Biggest game yet warns Molby

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers can move 11 points clear of the Nationwide League Division Three relegation area if they beat second-from-bottom Darlington at Aggborough tomorrow. Harriers director of football Jan Molby describes the clash as 'probably the biggest

  • Sights set on Europe

    YARKHILL'S Christopher Kingsley has been selected as a candidate for the European elections by the United Kingdom Independence Party. Mr Kingsley is number four on a panel of seven UKIP candidates for the West Midlands region. The election is on June

  • Pressure builds on title rivals

    ROSS Reynolds has lit the fuse for tomorrow's National One showdown by claiming that Worcester are starting to feel the promotion pressure. "Worcester are starting to feel the pressure," said Orrell coach Reynolds. "They have struggled the last few games

  • School in college status bid

    New buildings and specialist status could be on the way for Dyson Perrins CE High School in 2004. An application is being prepared to elevate the Malvern school into a specialist business enterprise and engineering college. Renewal of the existing Sportsmark

  • Groups in line for a rates cut

    CHARITies and community groups are in line for a cut in their business rates. Malvern Hills District Council's executive board will be asked to approve rate relief for the next financial year at a meeting on Tuesday. Village hall trusts, Scouts, Guides

  • Firm offers £1m childcare centre

    A NEW scheme to provide childcare for working parents has been welcomed by the Enigma Business Park Partnership. The Employers Childcare Network (ECN) hopes to open childcare centres at places of work. The centres will cost the employer nothing to set-up

  • Tim's happy ending

    A MALVERN boy who had a skateboard he was given as a present stolen on Christmas Day has now been given a replacement by a professional skateboarder. Fourteen-year-old Tim Power, a pupil at Dyson Perrins CE High School, received the new board from Worcester

  • Tarmac will look wrong

    I am concerned about the plans to make a cycle track across Link Common and wish to share my views. As a cyclist myself, I much prefer to have a fun and enjoyable ride across the common itself, rather than on a cycle track. If you want a smooth ride,

  • School revives community choir

    The Memorial Hall at the Downs School in Colwall will once again be filled with song, when the community choir is revived. The choir, which is open to all members of the community, will rehearse on Thursdays, from 8pm to 9pm. New director of music Wendy

  • More could be done

    What is Malvern Theatre doing to encourage tourism or even visits from the local community? The answer, it appears, is not a lot. Over the Christmas period, I have had call to visit the theatre many times in the evening but on many occasions it feels

  • Thanks for the welcome

    AS I am a committee member of the Croome Hunt Supporters Club, I would like to thank the people of Upton and Pershore who turned out on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day to see both meets. There was no trouble at either meet and they clapped and cheered as

  • Part of our history

    I agree with Ernie Kay MBE (Your Letters, January 9) that some of the debate on our honours system is indeed sad. My late father was very proud of his MBE for services to the theatre (including the Malvern Festival Theatre Trust), as was my late mother

  • Skill test for Helen

    A St John Ambulance Cadet from Malvern put her skills to the test at a national competition. Helen Legg, aged 15, joined 40 cadets from across the country for the Cadet of the Year competition last weekend, at Eynsham Hall in Oxford. Miss Legg, Worcestershire's

  • Not easy to leave!

    WE have recently returned to live in Malvern after many years away, apart from brief visits. Three things we have noticed with pleasure: the friendliness and helpfulness of local shops and businesses; the excellence of the new theatre complex but above

  • Support for surgery

    PLANS to maintain a temporary doctors' surgery in Upton will be decided next week. Dr Wilson and colleagues at the School Lane surgery want to keep a temporary building for a further two years. This will allow time for the construction of the new medical

  • Bob gets theatre call-up

    The bright lights of the West End have left a Welland training company searching for new talent. Drama-based training company, Nelson Training has lost one of its key actors thanks to a successful audition in the West End. Bob Traynor, from Hereford,

  • Plants lost at show

    A HANLEY Swan gardener is calling for improved security at the Three Counties Showground after rare plants she was exhibiting were stolen. Joanna Bowles says staff at the showground could have done more to look after her plants, valued at £25, which were

  • Gold award for folk expert Roy

    A folklore expert from Malvern is to be commended for his work with a top national award. Roy Palmer, chairman of the Friends of the Dymock Poets, will receive the gold badge, the British Folk, Dance and Song Society's highest honour, for his work on

  • Who says we have no decent hotels?

    I START the year disappointed and not a little angry! After 16 years of endeavour at The Cottage in the Wood - and a degree of success as accolades and awards demonstrate - I was disappointed to read that the planning application for a new 94-bedroom

  • 16/1/04 - Langland march on with fine win

    LANGLAND Sports gave a brilliant display to overcome Worcester City to go into the next round of the Bayliss Cup. WORCESTER CITY 2, LANGLAND SPORTS 3 After a difficult time Langland Sports Club are back to their best with a new management team and a blend

  • 16/1/04 - Bishops Frome overcome a determined Morgan

    THE only Division One game played in the Soccer Site Malvern League last Sunday saw title-chasing Bishops Frome entertain Morgan Aero 8. The home side were without Westfields' Matt Beale who has been ruled out for the rest of the season following ligament

  • Hills fall woman, 68, airlifted to hospital

    A 68-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital after a fall on the Malvern Hills yesterday (Thursday). She had been walking with her mother, aged 93, and sister 65, down a steep ridge on the western side of Worcestershire Beacon. The weather changed and

  • Variety Club runners fund school minibus

    MARATHON runners have provided the children of a Winslow school with a new minibus. Rowden House School, for pupils with severe learning disabilities, has been awarded a Variety Club Sunshine Coach, funded by the club's London Marathon Team 2003. The

  • Home raided

    A TV, video recorder, portable CD player, CDs and a chair were stolen from a house in School Lane, Ripple. The theft took place between 9.20am on Saturday, January 10 and 5.10pm the following day. Anyone who saw anything suspicious, or who is offered

  • Now the work really starts...

    volunteers are wanted to help look after the St Wulstan's Nature Reserve in Upper Welland. Conservation days are being held on the third Sunday of every month, between 10am and 1pm, including this Sunday (January 18). Activities include clearing the paths

  • MP to ask residents about abbey's future

    MP SIR Michael Spicer is planning to canvass residents in Callow End over the future development of Stanbrook Abbey. The Conservative MP is set to start issuing questionnaires to villagers next week asking them what they would like to see happen to the

  • Tarmac gang sparks warning

    A gang of 'aggressive' workmen offering to tarmac driveways has prompted a warning from police. They are urging householders to be on the alert, following two incidents in Trinity Road and Pickersleigh Road, Malvern, on December 7. A police spokesman

  • Getting a taste for school life

    A TASTE of life at Bredon School is on offer at the annual open day tomorrow (Saturday). The independent school is giving children the chance to try activities such as cooking, art, sport, engineering and music, alongside current pupils. Head Mike Newby

  • WaterAid rock gig set to pour forth charity cash

    A ROCK gig will be held in Upton to raise money for the charity WaterAid. The event is being organised by local schoolboys Luke Leighfield and Simon Barnett and features bands like Worceter's Lukash, Buffcode, Zero Point Six, The Smoking Seasons and neitherbignorclever

  • Scheme maps out future of town technology centre

    NEW businesses and more jobs are two of the objectives of a long-term plan for the development of Malvern Technology Centre. A consultancy team is working to produce the plan, intended to point the way forward for the next 30 years at the centre. The

  • Homes planned for former hotel

    A FORMER hotel and healing centre in West Malvern could become a housing development if newly-submitted plans are approved. Coxley Developments Ltd, based in Somerset, hopes to build a mixture of 15 houses and flats on the site of Runnings Park. The hotel

  • Ewes at risk from hill dogs

    A CAMPAIGN to protect pregnant ewes has been launched by the Malvern Hills Conservators after two sheep were savaged. Dogs worrying sheep can cause injury, miscarriage and even death and the Conservators want to educate owners about the risks with information

  • Rail passengers face having to take the bus at weekends

    RAIL passengers face a fresh round of disruption with engineering work set to close the line through Malvern and Ledbury at weekends. Network Rail plans to shut the bridge over the River Severn at Worcester for eight weekends, starting on January 31,

  • There's sew much fun in store at new show

    CRAFTY folk will be flocking to a new event at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. The Midland Needles and Crafts Show runs from January 23-25 and promises to feature everything from sewing machines to a demonstration of teabag folding. It will

  • West Malvern Correspondent: Colin Jackson Tel: 01684 577604

    There was a good turnout at the playing fields last Saturday morning (in unusually kind weather for January) at the ceremony to mark the planting of West Malvern's Golden Jubilee tree. Unveiling of the commemorative plaque was carried out by one of the

  • POWICK Correspondent: Mrs M Allsopp Tel: 01905 830746

    FOLLOWING the success of a quiz held last autumn, Powick Playing Field Association arranged another quiz for last Friday evening. In spite of numbers being disappointing, £100 was raised for the playing field. The winning team consisted of Roger Gurney

  • Weston-Super-Mare 1 Bromsgrove Rovers 1

    Saturday, November 1, 2003 JAMES Dyson's first half equaliser earned Bromsgrove Rovers a replay in this FA Trophy First Round tie. George Rooney was forced into three changes from the side defeated in the FA Cup at Whitby Town, Marcus Jackson, Peter Sutton

  • New Year's treat for concert-goers

    NEW YEAR'S DAY CONCERT Midland Concert Orchestra Town Hall, Kidderminster THIS super concert has certainly become part of my New Year celebrations, but I was surprised at the number of empty seats - perhaps the inclement weather put people off, but they

  • 07/01/04 - Loyal manager dies

    WESLEY Mole, general manager of Bromsgrove Rovers Football Club, has died suddenly after suffering a heart attack. Mr Mole, aged 73, passed away on Monday, December 29. A one-minute silence was held prior to Rovers' home match with Halesowen Town last

  • Bromsgrove Rovers 2 Stourport Swifts 0

    Tuesday, November 18, 2003 IT wasn't pretty but Bromsgrove Rovers secured the league double over Stourport Swifts and with it took three valuable points at the Victoria Ground. Mark Atkinson and Marcus Jackson got a goal in each half to leave George Rooney's

  • 16/1/04 - College take honours

    WITH 1st XV colours up for grabs, the students from Malvern College were out to impress their rugby masters against a determined Malvern club side made up from players from one of the most successful rugby teams to emerge from The Chase in recent years

  • Fears over vehicles on rural lanes

    into another of Kempsey's rural lanes were raised by an application to lift trading restrictions at Inn Plants, of Old Road South. At present the horticultural business can only sell what is grown there, but without restrictions it could become a normal

  • Man killed in collision

    ONE man was killed and a second taken to hospital after a head-on collision between two cars on a motorway service road. A blue Fiat Punto and a green Rover 620, travelling in opposite directions, collided at around 6pm last night, near the northbound

  • How area's first Asians used to live

    CHAPATIS cooking on a hot clothes iron and shift workers taking turns to use the same bed are just some of the memories of Worcestershire's Asian community which a new project is aiming to preserve. The county's Racial Equality Council has launched a

  • Historic home of bishops is not for sale - probably

    HISTORIC Hartlebury Castle, home to the bishops of Worcester for more than 1,000 years, is unlikely to be sold off in a cost-cutting exercise by the Church of England. The Church Commisioners, which own the Grade I listed building, are preparing to sell

  • Councillors scrap housing expansion

    WYCHAVON councillors have decided to scrap a number of housing allocations on greenfield sites around Vale of Evesham villages. The decision to cut the 100 houses was part of the final revision to the Local Plan - the document that sets out the future

  • Plenty to Bragg about at Huntingdon Hall...

    A LOT of laughter will be on the bill tonight when a special guest makes an appearance with The Ric Sanders Trio at Worcester's Huntingdon Hall The three-piece band have been working with comedian Bobby Bragg, who was recently featured on the Harry Hill

  • Girlfriend's joy as missing man found

    THE girlfriend of a Malvern man missing for a week has spoken of her relief after he was found safe and well yesterday. Stephanie Mills said she was 'over the moon' after hearing the news boyfriend Tim Hunter - also known as David, had been found by British

  • Friends raise a glass in tribute

    PROFESSIONAL toastmaster David Tilt, of Droitwich, has died at the age of 74. Mr Tilt, of Windsor Road, passed away yesterday, while undergoing a heart operation. He was renowned worldwide for his meticulous attention to detail, which ensured he officiated

  • Bigger UCW is backed by three in four

    MORE than three-quarters of Worcester city centre residents surveyed back University College Worcester's plans to build a second campus on a disused hospital site. Councillors had urged caution when the proposals were first revealed in September as home-owners

  • Runaway teenager may be in the area

    POLICE believe a missing Dudley girl may be in the Worcestershire area and have appealed for information as to her whereabouts. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Putt has been missing from her home in Lower Gornal, near Dudley, since Monday, September 1 last

  • Speeding driver who killed my husband is just laughing at us

    THE widow of a man killed by a speeding motorist has said she is disgusted but not surprised the culprit flouted his five-year driving ban. Alexander Marsh was also given a 21-month jail sentence after jumping a red light and ploughing into Howard Bouston's

  • B&Bs hit out at bed tax plans

    TOURISTS staying overnight in Worcester could be hit by a new "beds" tax to swell council coffers, under radical new proposals. The Local Government Association has called for a small charge to be added to guest house or hotel bills and passed on to the

  • 16/1/04 - Pressure builds on title rivals

    ROSS Reynolds has lit the fuse for tomorrow's National One showdown by claiming that Worcester are starting to feel the promotion pressure. "Worcester are starting to feel the pressure," said Orrell coach Reynolds. "They have struggled the last few games

  • Gory murder of a hop-picker

    JOURNAL readers of 100 years ago this week were spared none of the gory details of a particularly gruesome murder in Worcestershire. The edition of January 1904 carried this report: "Three months have passed since an awful tragedy was enacted just outside

  • Administrative errors delay home plan

    PLANNERS have again deferred determining a scheme to build a home in the rear garden of an existing house in Lower Broadheath - due to administrative errors. The scheme, which has been registered with Malvern Hills District Council, involves the construction

  • Town to get World Cup?

    BROMSGROVE RFC could be one of the first clubs in the country to be graced by the World Cup when it pays a flying visit to the Midlands next month. The William Webb Ellis Trophy (pictured) is being paraded around the nation following England's epic final

  • 16/1/04 - Reserves win cup tie thriller

    MALVERN Town Reserves progressed to the final of the Evesham Hospital Cup following this thrilling extra-time success at Midland Combination Division One high-flyers Littleton. LITTLETON 3, MALVERN TOWN RESERVES 4 (aet) It was Town who went ahead in the

  • Legend in his own lunchtime

    A NEW production of an acclaimed play is to be performed in Upton by a new production company. The Village Theatre Company will perform Keith Waterhouse's Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell at Upton Memorial Hall. The play follows the late journalist and alcoholic

  • All the latest gigs and where to find them

    Jan 16: The Fever, The Marr's Bar, Worcester. Jan 17: Eddie K, Sketchley's Social Club, Worcester; Intrigue, Barbourne Ex-Servicemen's Club, Worcester; Rachel Rowe, Heenans Social Club, Worcester; Nik Turner's Fantastic All Stars, The Marr's Bar, Worcester

  • Echoes from the Past

    100 years ago What a fine all-round sportsman is W W Lowe of Malvern College! When in residence at the college he leads the way in local cricket, football and golf. In the summer vacation, he plays cricket for Worcestershire. In the winter, he hurries

  • Case not 'a runner'

    A LEGAL dispute between a racehorse owner from Colwall and a Cork bookmaker was covered in the Malvern News a century ago under the headline 'Irish Betting Case'. The defendant was Rowland C B Cave, of Barton Court, also the promoter of Colwall Park Races

  • Campaign's last link

    Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing by Jonathan King (John Wiley and Sons Australia, £18.99). HERE'S another book about the First World War, this time from the rather neglected area of the Australian perspective. Historian Jonathan King has certainly done

  • 16/1/04 - Presenter takes up challenge

    HEREFORD & Worcester BBC Radio presenter Nicola Goodwin has taken up a challenge to try her hand at bowls at the Malvern Hills Indoor Bowls Club. Sporty Nicola, who has attempted a variety of challenges over recent months, will be at the club next

  • Who knows what Tories stand for these days?

    ANOTHER excellent Phillpott File (Evening News, Monday, January 5) although I think he used a lot of words to say not a lot. I also think the heading would have been more to the point had it read: "In 2004 it's New Labour vs... what exactly?" For who

  • He missed important point

    I FEEL that Michael Howard has missed one very important point in his long list of "I believes", and that is "I believe in setting the people of this country free, free from the EU". As long as we remain in the EU the people of this country will never

  • It wouldn't surprise me

    PAUL H Griffiths comments about jumping to conclusions, (You Say, Tuesday, January 6) regarding Nancy Dyson, asking why the Crib was not on show in its usual place at the Guildhall. Well, I must admit that the thought did occur to me as well, as I actually

  • 16/1/04 - Upton XV falter after taking an early lead

    UPTON'S quest for North Midlands One points started in good fashion for after 30 minutes they were ten points up and dictating the play. UPTON RFC 10pts, OLD GRIFFINIANS 19pts The scoring opened after 10 minutes when Matt Bookham won the lineout on the

  • 16/1/04 - New signings as Town face derby

    LEAGUE leaders Malvern Town visit Ledbury Town tomorrow (Saturday) in the West Midlands Premier Division (2.45pm), hoping to avenge their 2-1 defeat inflicted by Ledbury at the Langland Stadium back in November. This was one of only three league defeats

  • 16/1/04 - City to train for cup clash

    WORCESTER City have no first-team game tomorrow -- but the players will train instead ahead of Monday's Dr Martens Cup clash with Moor Green at St George's Lane. Defender Dan Parker and goalkeeper Shaun Hayes will play for the reserves in a Midland Combination

  • Former Chase pupil to record Mozart

    A MALVERN violinist and Russian pianist are set to record a CD of Mozart's complete violin and piano sonatas. Former Chase pupil Eleanor Percy and Irina Lyakhovskaya formed Duo in 2000 and have been commissioned by Russian music label IMLab to produce

  • College plays host to work's UK premiere

    A WORK by Venetian composer Baldassare Galuppi will get its first airing in Britain in a concert at Malvern College. The Levi Ensemble, including former college pupil Thomas Kirby, will feature alongside the Malvern College Chamber Choir and Orchestra

  • Dream of a concert

    SINGERS are invited to perform one of Elgar's most famous pieces of music at a summer concert in Leominster. The Dream of Gerontius will be performed at Leominster Priory Church in June as part of the Leominster festival, which will commemorate the 100th

  • 16/1/04 - Teams..

    MALVERN RFC Saturday, January 17 A XV v Old Patesians II (Home). Meet Spring Lane 12.45pm. Kick off 2.15pm. J Daniell, S Jeffries, T Seymour, A McBurney, A Ruddock, S Taylor (Capt), C Edwards, M Gaubert, J Davis, R Fleming, B Hughes, R Hurst, J Martin

  • 16/1/04 - Biggest game yet warns Molby

    KIDDERMINSTER Harriers can move 11 points clear of the Nationwide League Division Three relegation area if they beat second-from-bottom Darlington at Aggborough tomorrow. Harriers director of football Jan Molby describes the clash as 'probably the biggest

  • 16/1/04 - Bradshaw and Curtis in top spot

    DESPITE enjoying the festive season a full field of golfers competed in both the Boxing Day Foursomes and the New Year's Day Stableford competitions at The Worcestershire Golf Club. On Boxing Day only two pairs, Pete Taylor with Clive Amphlette and Wes

  • 16/1/04 - Ledbury team make flying start in Wyvern League

    LEDBURY & District ASC swimmers set their new year off to a flying start with a brilliant team effort in the first round of the Wyvern League. Following a week of intense training and preparation the commitment and determination of the squad was evident

  • Swan AC turn tables in Legion semi-final

    TOP Worcester canal squad Swan AC scored a notable victory when they turned the tables on the crack Halesowen British Legion club to win the semi-final round of the big BAA club knockout competition. By transferring the event from a swollen river Severn

  • Busst: We don't fear leaders

    DAVE Busst insists his Evesham United side won't fear facing runaway leaders Redditch United tomorrow. The Dr Martens Western Division's top side visit Common Road (3pm) with an impressive record which has seen them lose just twice in the league all season

  • All fingers and thumbs

    STANDING high in the West Malvern hills as two jugglers hurl clubs past my face at an alarming speed, I wonder, not for the first time, how on earth I end up in these situations. A juggling club being launched in Malvern seems a perfectly reasonable basis

  • Bess is a happy winner

    A LOVABLE dog with a waggy tail has won a £250 prize in a magazine competition. Bess, an eight-year-old black spaniel, won first prize in the dog section of Park Home and Holiday Caravan's pets of the year competition, sponsored by Park Home Insurance

  • Swifts in four-way battle for ace

    STOURPORT Swifts boss Dave Titterton is locked in a four-way fight to secure the services of a Conference striker on a month loan deal. Departures of Richard Ball to Halesowen and James Wood to Bedworth have depleted Titterton's options up front. However

  • Work must be done to gravestones

    STAKES supporting unsafe gravestones in Malvern Cemetery have been taken away. The stakes and metal bands were installed by Malvern Town Council after it inspected the headstones and found about 1,000 were unsafe. Town clerk Richard Chapman said he believed

  • Williams boost for difficult trip

    DANNY Williams returns from suspension to spearhead Hereford United's assault at Nationwide Conference rivals Morecambe tomorrow. The onus will fall on the midfielder to fill the creative void left by the absence of play-maker, Ben Smith, who is serving

  • Golden moment for Jim

    A tree and plaque to commemorate the Queen's golden jubilee were officially unveiled in West Malvern on Saturday. The ceremony was carried out by 90-year-old Jim Tudge, president of the West Malvern Garden and Nature Club and a former Malvern Gazette

  • Park must beat the cut

    HEREFORD'S David Park faced a battle to beat the cut in the second round of the South African Airways Open at Erinvale today. The Burghill Valley member shot a one over par 73 yesterday to leave him tied in 75th position after a round that contained three

  • Windsurf pair need support

    TWO windsurfing brothers competing in Britain's first indoor championships are appealing for sponsorship from local organisations. Guy and Harry Solven, from Storridge, are taking part in the event at the Shroders London International Boat Show, at the

  • Lichfield launches hospice project

    The first stone for the foundations of the new Acorns children's hospice was laid on Friday. The hospice rolled out the red carpet to welcome its founder patron, the Earl of Lichfield, who had the privilege of laying the stone. Malvern-based contractors

  • Cash helps recycling

    Malvern's bid to become a more environmentally-friendly town is getting a helping hand from a recycling grant. Malvern Hills District Council is to get £12,806 from the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as part of a scheme

  • Town loses gallery

    MALVERN art business On the Wildside is shutting its gallery in Church Street, which has been open for just over three years. Owner Christine Johnson said: "Wildside Gallery has flourished in Malvern and we have had wonderful support from loyal and appreciative

  • Conference to look at Israel

    THE Bishop of Worcester is to attend a conference on Israel and Palestine being held in Malvern. The event, organised by Churches Together in Malvern, is one of the highlights of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in the town. The Rt Rev Dr Peter

  • Alexei visits rope firm

    MALVERN firm English Braids has hosted a visitor from Russia, one of its growing markets. A delegation of business executives from the country are in Britain for the London Boat Show at Docklands. Travelling with them is Alexei Rusetsky, managing director

  • Seems extravagant

    I WAS pleased to read about the proposed coach park at Ledbury's Countrywide store. It is an ideal location, with plenty of parking space and comfortable facilities for the waiting drivers. However, I am curious to know why so much money needs to be spent

  • Budgeting for a rise

    MALVERN Town Council is planning to send a delegation to a meeting called by Worcestershire County Council to outline its budget plans. The county is planning a succession of public consultations and will meet parish council representatives at County

  • We are not the 'bad guys'

    IF Tracy Mason (Ledbury Reporter, January 9) and her fellows think it proper to stop up the main spine road of the Deer Park estate so their children have two cul-de-sacs to play in, they are entitled to their opinion. I see two fully dedicated roads,

  • 'Clumsy league tables' fail to show whole picture

    THE annual GCSE performance tables released this week show mixed fortunes for local secondary schools. The Chase fared well, with 69 per cent of its 271 eligible pupils achieving five or more grades A* to C in 2003. This is a 12 per cent rise on last

  • 16/1/04 - Junior Soccer Scene ...

    WITH Luke Arnold deputising admirably for unavailable keeper Ashley Bennet, Wanderers laid siege on the Rangers' defence. MALVERN TOWN WANDERERS U15s 2, LYPPARD RANGERS U15s 1 Hitting the woodwork on no less than seven occasions, excellent goalkeeping

  • War memorial corrected after diligent research

    A COLWALL war memorial has been made more legible thanks to grants from the parish council and a national organisation. The memorial, at the churchyard of St James the Great, has been relettered, cleaned and updated to include the correct spelling of

  • A delight for all

    MAY I on behalf of the committee thank all those who attended the celebratory concert of the Friends of the English Symphony Orchestra last week, in support of William Boughton and in fond memory of our late chairman, Alan Lee. It was a most enjoyable

  • Seeking aunt Kate

    I am trying to trace my aunt Kate, whom I have not seen for 43 years since my uncle Eddie died at a young age. I would like to ask her for some photos of her and uncle Eddie, or if anyone else has any as these are a very important part of my past. Their

  • 'One of the must-do things of a lifetime'

    Two Malvern residents joined the first few privileged visitors on board the Queen Mary 2. Lee and Hilary Harrison, from Select World Travel, in Church Street, travelled to Southampton to inspect the world's largest, and most expensive transatlantic liner

  • Pleased to hear it

    WE were very pleased to read that the Holly Mount United Reformed Church is joining the Fairtrade campaign to help tackle the poverty of farmers in developing countries. This situation was brought to our attention by Greenlink about a decade ago. As humanists

  • Wrong priorities

    NATIONALLY half a person is killed each year by falling gravestones. Ten people are killed each day on the roads. Priorities, priorities! DENNIS C NIGHTINGALE-SMITH, Hanley Swan.

  • 16/1/04 - Radar hit back but points slip

    AN entertaining match at Victoria Park last Sunday saw Deer's Leap just hang on for victory despite a late onslaught by the home side who certainly deserved one, if not all three points. MALVERN RADAR 2, DEER'S LEAP 3 The pitch was soft after recent rain

  • Campaign to fight for broadband link

    A CAMPAIGN has been launched to bring broadband internet to every home and business in Herefordshire. The We Want Broadband campaign is being run by the Herefordshire Partnership - a group of organisations working to improve life in the county - with

  • Vandals at work!

    RECENTLY visiting my late wife's grave I was horrified to see the state of Great Malvern Cemetery. My immediate thought was that vandals had been at work and pulled all the headstones down and that the town council had buttressed them with posts fixed

  • Christmas scrooges

    I TOO fell foul of the very confusing and misleading notices posted on the ticket machine in Edith Walk. I didn't get a ticket, as from my car I read the notice in big letters 'Free Christmas Parking" and "Merry Christmas from MHDC". I have appealed against

  • 16/1/04 - West's poor home form continues

    WEST Malvern's disastrous home record continued when they were beaten 7-1 at home by a very good All Blacks side. WEST MALVERN 1, ALL BLACKS 7 The West knew it was not going to be their day when, after two late changes, they conceded a penalty in the

  • School welcomes Hamish

    Hamish Ellwood has taken up the post as head of junior school at the Downs School, Colwall. Previously deputy head of an independent school in Hampshire, Mr Ellwood is in charge of pupils aged four to seven. "I'm having a fantastic time," he said. "My

  • Soldier's MBE

    A soldier who used to work at the MoD base in North Malvern has been made an MBE for his dedication to an international radar development project. Staff Sergeant Stephen Wheeler, 42, from Ledbury, used his skills as an electronics technician, working

  • 16/1/04 - Dunn goal decides it

    POWICK entertained Exel Stars & Garter at their Hospital Lane ground in this Worcester League Division One game and as a result of the win went joint top of the division. POWICK 1, EXEL STARS & GARTER 0 Within 17 seconds of the start Powick nearly

  • 16/1/04 - Welland's perfect 10

    WELLAND made it 10 wins in a row with this emphatic victory which saw them dominate in all departments of the game. WELLAND ATHLETIC 4, BRANSFORD ROVERS 0 A strong back four of Radnor, Jelleyman, Coles and Fitch ensured that Scrivener in goal was not

  • Officer unhappy over suspension

    BROMYARD'S Community Support Officer has spoken of his distress after being suspended from duty by West Mercia Police. Barry Lockyear, who is employed by and works with the police, will not be able to return to work until a force investigation has been

  • Silver find

    A MEDIEVAL silver brooch found in Longdon will be the subject of a treasure inquest later this year. When an ancient article made of gold or silver is discovered and its owner cannot be traced, an inquest is held to determine whether or not it is treasure

  • 16/1/04 - Express bow out

    EXPRESS 88 travelled to Martley for this Katherine Rayer Cup quarter-final match against Premier Division side Martley Spurs. MARTLEY SPURS 3, EXPRESS 88 2 Express started the game well and took an early lead when Mark Taylor found space to cross from

  • Club keeps up tradition

    A TRADITIONAL Scottish haggis will be piped into The King's Head for Upton's Castaway Cruising Club's Burns Night dinner. The event, on Saturday, January 24, will be the seventh time the club has celebrated the famed poet's birthday, a tradition started

  • Poet returns to school

    TOP poet Carol Ann Duffy will be giving a reading at The Chase school on Thursday (January 22). A patron of the Ledbury Poetry Festival, Ms Duffy has published six collections of poems for adults and four for children. She holds the OBE and CBE for services

  • Raffle raises £150 for Acorns

    A CHOCOLATE Father Christmas has raised £150 for charity. Cromwell's, in Church Street, raffled the hand-decorated milk chocolate Santa just before Christmas. The money raised will go to the Acorns Three Counties Appeal to build a new children's hospice

  • 16/1/04 - Rangers lack cutting edge

    RANGERS suffered only their second defeat in their last nine fixtures when they entertained fourth placed Ludlow Town Reserves on Saturday at Victoria Park playing fields. MALVERN RANGERS 0, LUDLOW TOWN RESERVES 3 Rangers have managed just two draws in

  • Hotline to the council

    A RESIDENTS' association is to be set up in Upper Welland to ease communications with Malvern Wells Parish Council. Objectors to plans for a Vodafone mobile phone mast at Mayall Farm, Watery Lane, say they did not feel they were kept sufficiently informed

  • Rowers forced to halt event

    UPTON Rowing Club's main event of the year has been cancelled due to bad weather for the second year in a row. The Upton Head was due to take place on the River Severn on Saturday (January 10), but heavy rain made the river unsuitable for the 80 boats

  • Tree of Light raises £500

    UPTON'S Tree of Light raised £500 for charity over Christmas. The town's Rotary Club put lights on a tree next to the Pepperpot and invited people to sponsor one in memory of a loved one. Organiser John Eastwood thanked members of the public who contributed

  • Police take lead with youth event

    A PAINTBALL trip will be the first in what could be a series of events to improve the range of activities for young people in Upton. The police have organised a trip for 13 to 16-year-olds to the paintball centre at Broughton Hackett, north of Worcester

  • Farmers' stalls switch venue

    THE regular farmers' market formerly held at Longdon will now take place at Welland Village Hall. The first market of the New Year is on Sunday (January 18), from 10am to 1pm. A variety of local food producers will be selling their wares. Baroness von

  • Chorister hits high note scholarship

    A talented chorister has been offered a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London. Twenty-three year-old Allan Clayton, from Malvern Link, has been offered the chance to do a post-graduate diploma in vocal studies, leading to an opera course

  • Mobile skatepark to tour rural areas

    A NEW mobile skatepark will soon be touring the district, bringing facilities to inline skaters and skateboarders in rural areas. The £9,000 set of ramps and rails has been bought by Malvern's Community Safety Partnership, based at Malvern Hills District

  • Society elects new chairman

    Dudley Brook has been elected as the new chairman of Malvern Civic Society. Mr Brook, who has been a member of the society for eight years, was officially named as Katherine Barber's successor at a meeting of the society on Wednesday night. Mr Brook said

  • Views invited on base plan

    Malvern Hills District Council is holding two surgeries for members of the public who want to discuss the development of North Site. A development brief released today (Friday) shows plans for the former army base including a housing estate and business

  • Fresh look at Conservators is urged

    MALVERN Town Council is being urged to back a call for a greater say for its residents in the running of the Malvern Hills Conservators. Alistair Macmillan, a town councillor and recently elected member of the Conservators' board, has put down a motion

  • Clinic will be a site for sore teeth

    THE opening of Malvern's new dental access clinic next month should bring a smile to people who are not registered with an NHS dentist. The clinic has been built in the grounds of Seaford Court off Osborne Road, the designated site for the town's new

  • Mast-share call by MP

    RESIDENTS fighting plans for a Vodafone mast in Upper Welland hope to be given more time to look into alternatives. The application, for land off Watery Lane, is due before Malvern Hills District Council planners on Wednesday and officers have recommended

  • Jake fights back to get black belt

    A MALVERN student has overcome his disability to gain a black belt in jujutsu after years of study. Jake Bourne-Jones has cerebral palsy, a condition that restricts movement and control of his legs. The 17-year-old has spent nine years learning the martial

  • Fixtures

    Saturday, January 17 FOOTBALL Dr Martens Western- Gloucester City v Bromsgrove Rovers (3pm). Midland Football Combination Division One - Bloxwich Town v Fairfield Villa; Pilkington XXX v Barnt Green Spartak. Division Two - Droitwich Spa v Newhall United

  • Greater role for valued hospice

    FOR 20 years, St Richard's Hospice has been a part, not just of Worcester, but the whole of the south of the county. Now, the news that the city council has approved the charity's plans for a 15-bed palliative care centre means it will play an even greater

  • B&Bs hit out at bed tax plans

    TOURISTS staying overnight in Worcester could be hit by a new "beds" tax to swell council coffers, under radical new proposals. The Local Government Association has called for a small charge to be added to guest house or hotel bills and passed on to the

  • Funny stories

    STORYTELLING comedian Daniel Kitson will be in Worcester next week as he continues his UK tour. The Perrier Award winner will appear at the Comedy Zone evening at the Pierpoint Street venue on Thursday (January 22). Daniel describes himself as a lover

  • The Classics with Annie Dendy

    Best of Ten Years Live - Quintessence Saxophone Quintet. CPO CD 999 990-2 Quintessence was formed 10 years ago by the meeting of five like-minded saxophonists. Each brought a different outlook, experiences and talent... Uli Letterman, Hartmut Salzmann

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

    DON'T forget to get your tickets for the ceilidh on Saturday, January 24, starting at 8pm with music by Ringerike. Tickets are being limited to 100 to give adequate space for dancing. The cost, which includes a ploughman's supper, is £6 for adults, £3

  • UPLEADON Correspondent: Mrs S Martin Tel: 01684 562714

    THE New Year and the success of Upleadon Over 60s Club was celebrated with sherry. This was at the meeting in Upleadon Village Hall on Tuesday, January 6. Mrs Hazel Berry welcomed everyone. Birthday members this month were congratulated by the singing

  • PAUNTLEY Correspondent: Mrs S Martin Tel: 01684 562714

    ONLY a few more weeks now until Castle Tump Spring Show at Pauntley Memorial Hall, Brand Green. The show is on Saturday, February 29, and will open at 2.30pm with prize-giving at 4pm. Entries must be made on or before Tuesday, February 24, and accompanied

  • OXENHALL Correspondent: Mrs S Martin Tel: 01684 562714

    THE Oxenhall Parish History Group will meet on Thursday, January 29, at 7.30pm. The venue is Whitehouse. The annual meeting of Oxenhall Parish Trust will be held at the parish hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 21. The past year's activities will be

  • HARTPURY Correspondent: Mrs U Groves-Smith Tel: 01451 840273

    THE sun was shining for the last of the morning meetings of Hartpury, Corse and Staunton MU before they revert to the afternoon in February. Most members were able to be present and were welcomed by the branch leader Ursula Groves-Smith, who led the service

  • COLWALL Correspondent: Mrs P Hockett Tel: 01684 564872

    THE next open meeting of the Colwall Village Society will take place on Monday, January 19, at the village hall at 7.30pm. The guest speaker will be Tim Hoverd, the Archaeological Projects Officer for Herefordshire Archaeology. During the last three years

  • Bromsgrove Rovers 0 Weston-Super-Mare 3

    Tuesday, November 4, 2003 BROMSGROVE Rovers crashed out of the FA Trophy after this home replay defeat against Weston-Super-Mare last night (Tuesday). George Rooney's side, who also miss out on a second round tie with Bognor Regis Town, battled for long

  • Bromsgrove Rovers 2 Halesowen Town 1

    Tuesday, November 11, 2003 A PAUL Szewczyk double put Bromsgrove Rovers into the Dr Martens League Cup second round at the expense of Western Division rivals Halesowen Town. The 6ft 2in hitman struck in each half to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory

  • Rugby United 1 Bromsgrove Rovers 5

    Saturday, November 15, 2003 BROMSGROVE Rovers got their revenge on second place Rugby United in emphatic style at Butlin Road. George Rooney' side, beaten 3-1 at the Victoria Ground in September, had Kevin Banner, James Dyson, Marcus Jackson and Paul

  • 07/01/04 - Boss belief in top seven

    BROMSGROVE Rovers boss George Rooney remains optimistic his side can achieve a top seven place this season. Rovers picked up four points from six over the New Year after a 3-3 draw with Halesowen on New Year's Day and last Saturday's 1-0 victory at Solihull

  • Swindon Supermarine 1 Bromsgrove Rovers 0

    Saturday, November 22, 2003 BROMSGROVE Rovers saw their unbeaten away league record fall 1-0 to Swindon Supermairne at The Hunts Copse on a very sodden pitch. Rovers, who had also gone eight league games without defeat, stretching back to early September

  • Bromsgrove Rovers 2 Sutton Coldfield Town 1

    Saturday, November 29, 2003 A GOAL in each half from Paul Szewczyk and James Dyson gave Bromsgrove Rovers a 2-1 victory in a hard fought Dr Martens Western game at the Victoria Ground. Rovers, up a place to fourth in the table, took the lead as early

  • 16/1/04 - Upton Seconds battle for a draw

    FOR the second consecutive week, Upton have come from behind to grab a draw in tense, physically committed affairs. UPTON SECONDS 22PTS, WORCESTER WANDERERS SECONDS 22PTS Captain Huw Williams, making his first start of the season after recovering from

  • Family firm to be sold as boss retires

    FAMILY ties to Kidderminster's famous Whittle bus and coach empire are to be severed after 77 years. Senior partner Ron Whittle, whose father and two uncles founded the firm in 1926, has "with some sadness" announced he is selling the company to a bigger

  • Dog owners told 'bin it not fling it'

    DOG walkers in Stourport are being urged to bin their pet mess after a caravan site became littered with dozens of bags. The bags containing dog faeces are being flung over a fence on a lane, leading to the River Severn, off Elmfield Walk, in the Lickhill

  • Green B&B scheme is set to grow

    A scheme which encourages bed and breakfasts to become environmentally-friendly is set to expand. Herefordshire Nature Trust is hoping the success of its Growing Green Tourism Award Scheme will continue in 2004. Rachel Smith, from the trust, said it only

  • Wedding is a perfect date for Reflections

    IF you go to see The Reflections play, don't be surprised if you catch Ocean Colour Scene's vocalist and guitarist Simon Fowler on stage with the band. Simon was recently spotted on stage with the four-piece at a gig in Wychbold, and he'll most likely

  • Leisure plans for ex-airfield

    IT has been Britain's largest foot-and-mouth burial ground, a large waste recycling centre, an HGV depot and it nearly became an asylum centre - but now Throckmorton residents want the former airfield to be turned into a leisure complex. They are drawing

  • Cash raised for charities

    GENEROUS shoppers who visited Santa's Grotto in Worcester's CrownGate Shopping Centre during the festive period raised £2,000 for two city-based charities. The money, which was put into collection boxes, will be divided equally and donated to Acorns Children's

  • Safari so good...

    A GROUP of youngsters are going on safari... thanks to a cash windfall from the Making a Difference campaign. Children at Tiddlywinks playgroup have been studying animals this term and head supervisor, Brenda Chambers, thought it would be a great idea

  • Trees clue to Mappa story

    ANCIENT oak trees which stood in Herefordshire hundreds of years ago could provide an historical insight into Hereford Cathedral's world-famous Mappa Mundi. Long-awaited research is being carried out into a mediaeval panel - the only surviving part of

  • War veteran dies at 107

    A HEREFORDSHIRE soldier who witnessed the last cavalry charge of the British Army has died aged 107. Jasper Cecil Hankinson - known as Cecil - was the second oldest surviving British ex-soldier to have fought in the First World War. The oldest survivor

  • Distance could not part them

    A COUPLE who spent the first year of marriage on opposite sides of the world were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary today. John and Doreen Willis married at St John's Church, Worcester, on January 16, 1954. One month later, he sailed to the

  • New city hospice is given the nod

    ST Richard's Hospice has overcome one of the final barriers in its bid to build a £5.25m Worcester care centre. City councillors yesterday unanimously approved planning permission for a new hospice to cover just over three acres of land at Wildwood Drive

  • Charity seeks worthy causes

    A DROITWICH charity is appealing for local residents to come forward with ideas on how to spend its money. Trustees of Droitwich United Charities are urging people to benefit from the group's work. The group formed in 1912 from the bequests of 20 19th

  • Man escapes prison term

    A MAN who beat up an Asian taxi driver in an alcohol-fuelled "brutal and racist" attack has escaped a prison sentence. Thirty-one-year-old Gethin Evans drunk eight pints of lager on a night out with his girlfriend, then proceeded to "hammer blows" on

  • Mary takes up the charity challenge

    AN adventurous teenager is preparing for the experience of a lifetime working in orphanages and prisons - in Kazakhstan. Eighteen-year-old Mary Pole, of Fruitlands in Malvern, is participating in the four-month challenge as part of the Transform programme

  • Questions raised on Elbury Mount

    DECISIONS taken by the local education authority since a leadership change at a failing Worcester school have been questioned by a county councillor. Coun John Buckley, who represents the St Martin's city ward, said he supported the idea of the council


    A MAN who beat up an Asian taxi driver in an alcohol-fuelled "brutal and racist" attack has escaped a prison sentence. Thirty-one-year-old Gethin Evans drunk eight pints of lager on a night out with his girlfriend, then proceeded to "hammer blows" on

  • 16/1/04 - Craig Williams fires hat-trick

    A CRAIG Williams hat-trick enabled Town to maintain their one point lead at the top of the Express and Star West Midlands League Premier Division and helped set up a convincing win on Saturday. WOLVERHAMPTON CASUALS 1, MALVERN TOWN 5 The lowly home side