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  • Wythall Royal British Legion

    THE scheduled speaker could not make the May meeting of the Women's Section so at short notice, Joyce Beckett gave a talk and reading about the life of Joyce Grenville. The entertainer was born in London but spent a large part of her life in America.

  • St Mary's Wives' Group

    AT the May meeting, president Miriam Knowles announced the death of Rosemary Elliott's husband, Stan. She said that the club would be passing on sympathy and good wishes to Rosemary, who as a minister had officiated at the June service on many occasions

  • Primrose Choir

    AFTER the busy run-up to Christmas and the huge success of the concert in December at Rocklands Social Club, the early part of the year is always a relatively quiet period for the choir. The AGM was held recently and the choir was able to look back at

  • Friends of Coughton Court

    WEA lecturer Tim Porter was the speaker at the May meeting. The theme of his talk was on how the local landscapes of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire influenced the music of the local composers, from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century

  • Forties theme at fete

    RESIDENTS in Salford Priors travelled back in time for their village fete on Saturday. The event, on the recreation ground, had a 1940s theme to coincide with celebrations to mark the end of the Second World War.

  • A taste of France

    ALCESTER'S French street market was hailed a success after hundreds turned out to enjoy the entente cordiale. Organisations set up stalls to raise money for themselves and the High Bailiff's Fund with entertainment by bands and choirs and jive and morris

  • Rubbish torched

    FIREFIGHTERS from Bidford were called to Friday Furlong on Bank Holiday Monday after rubbish was set alight. Leading firefighter Mike Franklin said a number of gas cylinders and rubber tyres were removed from the site before the fire was put out at around

  • Alcester woman is set to admit charge

    A WOMAN who set fire to her flat, endangering the lives of those living below, after a row with her partner is to be examined by a psychiatrist. Dawn Herdman, 34, of St Faith's Road, Alcester, appeared at Warwick Crown Court for a preliminary hearing

  • Just Williams

    A HIGH ranking priest from Ghana is visiting Alcester as part of a six-month sabbatical. The Very Rev Emmanuel Williams, dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Cape Coast, made friends in the town 11 years ago when studying church management at the College

  • Skate park demolition

    ALCESTER'S skate park is to be demolished. Vandalism and deterioration of the wooden ramps have forced Alcester Town Council to spend thousands of pounds on repairs and on Tuesday members decided they were not prepared to spend any more. They voted to

  • Police appeal

    POLICE in Alcester are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed a road rage incident on Bank Holiday Monday to come forward. The incident happened shortly before 8.30pm in Kinwarton Road, where two cars, a black Renault Clio and a blue Land Rover, sustained

  • Triplets treat keeps mum busy

    A WOODROW mum had a triple treat when she gave birth to three bouncing baby boys. Rebecca Rowand and husband Mark brought the bundles of joy to their new home in Ombersley Close after a short stay in the Alexandra Hospital's transitional care unit. Now

  • Record takings in town

    THE Alcester Garden Walkabout raised more than £3,000. The takings broke all previous records as organisers sold more than 730 tickets. Visitors and residents enjoyed a stroll around town centre gardens. All proceeds from the walkabout, including sale

  • A shot of faith

    THE Rector of Alcester, the Rev David Capron, will be conducting the second Pints of View on Monday at the Three Tuns, in High Street. Mr Capron launched the sessions earlier this year at the Holly Bush to give people the opportunity to quiz the minister

  • Girls going for glory

    THE strongest candidate for the Year 5/6 girls football tournament at this weekend's Gloucestershire Youth Games doesn't come from a school of 450 plus pupils and isn't from Cheltenham or Gloucester. Gretton School is representing the Tewkesbury district

  • Library work held up by councillors

    ALCESTER Library's major redevelopment project has been held up because county councillors have not yet given it their seal of approval. The library should have closed more than two weeks ago for the three month re-fit, but the day before the proposed

  • Wind assisted to Shipston

    SEVENTEEN members of Evesham Whee-lers set off to Shipston-on-Stour for last Sunday's weekly run. With the wind behind them the group passed through Bidford, Long Marston, Quinton, Newbold-on-Stour, Halford and on to coffee stop at the Black . Well fed

  • Latest loft times

    Evesham and District Flying Club THIRTEEN members sent 140 birds to Exeter on June 11, liberated at 9.30am into a south east wind. 1, 2, 3 & 4 M Beale 1467.96, 1443.16, 1440.90, 1426.71; 5 & 6 G Carter 1374.73, 1370.18; 7 Mrs J Heckingbottom 1362.55

  • Skip Phil's magnificent maximum Taylor-made!

    A FAIRLY quiet week at Broadway was interspersed with county competitions and only two competitive fixtures were played. There was midweek action in the Willersey Provisions Cup against Chipping Camp-den who found themselves on the wrong end of a 173-

  • Trials on court

    THE Worcestershire Schools Badminton Association is looking for new young players for their junior county squads. A trial/tournament has been arranged for Sunday, July 17 in Droitwich when as many children between the age of nine and 15 are invited to

  • Bradford aims to blaze a trail and get Carter!

    THIS weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway could potentially see the first ever side-by-side 300mph drag race at the historic Warwickshire quarter-mile race track. Headlining the aptly named Shakespeare Nationals, defending European champion and track

  • Top sides making intentions clear in bid to top sections

    THIRD round action in the PRS League Junior Cup competition sees clear leaders emerging from the four groups. Pool A, played at Snitterfield, witnessed one of the closest competitions as Bidford, who had won only two of their six previous matches started

  • Get hats on for the horses

    WARWICK Racecourse will be joining in with the Ascot spirit at Saturday's race meeting with their Ladies Evening hoping to prompt local racegoers to don their hats and enjoy an evening of entertainment on and off the track. Racecourse manager Victoria

  • Stone the crows!

    RUBBISH has been blamed for an influx of large, wild birds in the Hopkins Precinct in Alcester which, according to some residents, are posing a safety threat. The birds, which are thought to be rooks and crows, regularly scavenge in the bins and on the

  • Gold winner in Audi field

    THIS weekend's Parkland Audi Syde Park Horse Trials has attracted a bumper entry of over 600 horse and rider combinations from 11 countries competing in classes for pre-novice, novice and intermediate horses. Heading the entry is British Olympic Gold

  • Ruby is red-hot late on

    RUBY Walsh teamed up with Paul Nicholls to land a late afternoon's double at Luddington Road last Sunday. The Irish jockey triumphed in the penultimate race on Sweet Diversion and then steered Darrias to a Stratford treble in the last - the Premier Cru

  • Jonathan in form for county race

    JONATHAN Weedon will cap a memorable couple of weeks this weekend when he races for Gloucestershire in the South West Schools Athletics Championships in Bournemouth. The 15-year-old pupil at Chipping Campden School qualified for the trip to south coast

  • Dan out to win it for dad

    DAN Eaves has vowed to put Yvan Muller in his in place in this weekend's British Touring Car Championship mee-ting at Oulton Park. Evesham-born Eaves is still miffed that he crashed out trying to pass the Frenchman in the first race at Brands Hatch ten

  • Students take bow with RSC

    REDDITCH students are taking part in an unusual dramatic experience which will see them working with one of the country's premier theatre companies. Students from Dingleside Middle School and Kingsley College are working alongside members of the Royal

  • £50k target for special status

    STAFF and students at St Augustine's Catholic High School in Hunt End are striving to raise £50,000 in a bid to become a specialist science college. Specialist status would not only make St Augustine's a centre of excellence for science and maths but

  • Arts groups share grants worth £1,350

    ARTS grants totalling £1,350 are to be split between two Alvechurch and Wythall drama groups. Alvechurch-based All and Sundry Drama Group has been given £500 towards a production of The Pied Piper at Bromsgrove's Artrix Theatre, and Wythall's Woodrush

  • Athletes stay in touch

    IT'S tight at the top of the West Midlands League Division Three after the second round at Corby last week. Newly promoted Bromsgrove and Redditch Athletic Club (B&R) are fifth place but are only 2.5 points behind joint leaders Corby, Stratford and

  • Travellers move

    TRAVELLERS who had set up camp in Castle Road, Studley, have finally moved on after five months. Warwickshire County Council legal proceedings were due to start last Tuesday, but the travellers went the day before. Studley Parish Council was last week

  • Honey falls foul at the first stage

    DAVE Honey's hopes of making a name for himself at the Budweiser UK Open Championship ended quickly on Friday. The Droitwich professional was beaten 4-2 by qualifier Alan Tabern at Bolton's Reebok Stadium. Before the tournament Honey had admitted to being

  • Fun run success

    BRIGHT spring sunshine greeted 170 runners in the Inkberrow Fun Run. Entry fees and donations enabled organisers to give £350 to Redditch Special Olympics and the Inkberrow Millennium Green Trust. The short-course run was won by Kieren Downey of Alcester

  • Monty rides to victory

    LOCAL successes were thin on the ground at Saturday's Harkaway point to point at Chaddesley Corbertt with Shuil Monty being the solitary Worcestershire winner. Trainer Martin Oliver has a proven track record with his pointers and he does particularly

  • Cup of joy

    THE girls' Year 7 football team from St John's Middle School won the North Worcestershire Cup. TOP GIRLS: St John's Middle School's girls' team won the North Worcestershire Cup. The team defeated hosts Witton Middle School in Droitwich 3-2, with goals

  • 50 years ago

    June 17, 1955 REDDITCH Urban Council was pressing the Ministry of Housing and Local Government for an increase in its annual building quota of 100 houses. It stated the town had a strong possibility in assisting the Birmingham over-spill as one of the

  • 100 years ago

    June 17, 1905 ALMOST 4,000 people turned out for a picnic and fete to raise funds for the Studley United Widows' and Orphans Society. The gathering was held at Studley Castle by the kindness of the Countess of Warwick. Visitors enjoyed the castle's beautiful

  • Schools chief retires

    WORCESTERSHIRE'S top education chief, who played a major role in the controversial review of Redditch schools, is retiring in October after seven years of service. Julien Kramer, 55, was appointed director of education in 1998 and was responsible for

  • What benefits to us?

    LIKE many council taxpayers, I am incensed council chiefs decided to give away tickets for the AIR Festival concerts. It is, after all, our money which should have been spent on repairing the potholes in the vicinity of Arrow Valley. Obviously, there

  • Strong brew of arts

    MUSICIANS, morris dancers and majorettes were among crafty Redditch groups who brewed up a storm at this year's Community Arts Festival Event (CAFE). The town was a hive of activity from Thursday until Saturday with the 'Festival within a Festival', which

  • Choose the acts carefully

    I WOULD like to say what a great night we had on Saturday, June 4. Jools Holland was superb and the music was great. It was really refreshing to see young and old at this concert having a great time. But I have to say that on the Sunday, we were not impressed

  • Squaddie Aaron's plea from Iraq

    Redditch squaddie Aaron Binnersley and his mates are looking for letters from home to help boost the morale of troops in Iraq. Aaron, of Ombersley Close, Woodrow, is one of the 3,000 extra troops who were posted to Basra in southern Iraq two months ago

  • Sad over sound

    Congratulations on the council at least trying to get Redditch on the map. The only criticism was the sound quality. If I were on the council, I would be asking for a refund for the really bad sound coming from the stage. Only half of the PA system was

  • Joy was worth every penny

    WHAT a wonderful event the AIR Festival in the park was. Full marks to Redditch council for staging the event and for making it free. I for one have no objection paying towards it out of my council tax. To see so many young people enjoying themselves

  • Bird watching

    POLICE fear a bird of prey has escaped after it was spotted in Batchley. The bird, believed to be a Harris Hawk, was sighted in Foxlydiate Crescent, Redditch,at 5pm on Monday June 13. Anyone with information can call Redditch Police on 08457 444888.

  • Fire probe

    AN investigation has been launched into a blaze that ripped through an Oakenshaw home. Redditch fire fighters rescued three people, including a child, from their Patch Lane home at 2.45am on Friday. Town fire station Watch manager Bob Morris said the

  • Bradford aims to blaze a trail and get Carter!

    THIS weekend at Shakespeare County Raceway could potentially see the first ever side-by-side 300mph drag race at the historic Warwickshire quarter-mile race track. Headlining the aptly named Shakespeare Nationals, defending European champion and track

  • Fantastic time - and worth the tax

    WELL, hasn't Redditch Council caused a stir! Should they have or shouldn't they have staged the AIR concert? This question will be debated for some time, no doubt, and you can bet money on the fact it will all be stirred up when we come to vote again.

  • B team blazing a trail

    STRATFORD'S B team continued its relentless march to the Prudden Road Surfacing League title with a 4-0 drubbing of Henley. Still undefeated and yet to drop a rubber, they only dropped six games overall in their latest triumph. Top pair Callum Bailey

  • Daryl's debut chance

    DARYL Mitchell made his first-class debut for Worcestershire against Somerset last week. The Bretforton youngster has waited patiently in the wings at New Road but that patience paid off when he was drafted in to replace England-bound Gareth Batty during

  • Turkich delight is Evesham despair!

    EVESHAM remain at the top of Birm-ingham League Division Three despite a last over defeat at Beacon last Satur-day. The Avon Street side will need to fare better this weekend when they play host to closest rivals Aston Manor who are just three points

  • X&Y Coldplay

    Four star ONE couldn't help but imagine how Coldplay could improve on the success of genius creations Parachutes and the more recent Rush of Blood to the Head. As Coldplay's Number One Fan, I'm sure I wasn't alone in my concern for the band following

  • Men's health in seven steps

    SPA men of all ages are invited to a special health evening at the Royal British Legion Club on Salwarpe Road tomorrow (Thursday). The event, organised as part of National Men's Health Week by the Droitwich Spa Older People's Forum, will feature seven

  • Council pays lido poll bill

    DROITWICH Town Council will have to pay for the recent parish poll over the lido issue. There was a possibility Wychavon District Council may foot the bill - which came to about £11,000 - after a motion requesting it pays it was submitted by the town

  • Healthy debate had about lido

    A GROUP of townsfolk had a 'healthy and positive' debate about the lido issue last week. The working group, created by Droitwich Spa Town Council after the recent parish poll, held a two-hour meeting to discuss the latest Wychavon plans for the site.

  • The sound of young Africa

    YOUNG African voices rang out at a Bromsgrove church as they sang in the main service on Sunday morning. The Malawian Youth Choir visited Holy Trinity Church, in Rosehill, Lickey, as part of an exchange visit. Around 150 parishioners went to the service

  • 'No' to lido being listed

    THE Government has turned down a request for the Lido buildings in Droitwich Spa to be listed for a second time. In a letter to town MP Peter Luff, the culture minister, David Lammy, said: "English Heritage has again advised that this salt water lido

  • Caught by DNA match

    A DRUG-USING Bromsgrove burglar was caught by DNA from a burnt match after breaking into the home of a woman in her 80s while she was asleep. Daniel Hunt, aged 33, of Burcot Lane, was jailed for two years after he admitted burglary at the home of Molly

  • Beware of bogus charity collectors

    SPA folk are being warned to be on their guard for bogus charity collectors who are taking advantage of their generosity. Authentic collectors are urging residents to be on the lookout after an increase in fake callers in the area. Notes are being dropped

  • Patrols to stop yobs

    TARGETTED police patrols are underway in Stoke to stop vandalism in the village. At Stoke Parish Council's June meeting, WPC Michelle Caldicott said that since May the patrols had been taking place in the evenings. One of the most recent vandalism attacks

  • Man knifed his own cousin

    A man who slashed his cousin's face with a Stanley knife after allegedly being attacked in his own home has been jailed for four and a half years. Gavin Pinfield, of Charford Road, Bromsgrove, had denied wounding Richard Hamilton with intent to cause

  • She's flying in from the USA

    A FORMER Bromsgrove woman is jetting across the Atlantic Ocean to attend a school reunion in the town. Melanie Nash, nee Emms, is flying from her home in Hudson, New Hampshire, for the gathering of ex-North Bromsgrove High School students who left in

  • The Aviator

    The Aviator (12) Four star THIS is the riveting story of Howard Hughes and how he turned a small fortune into one of staggering proportions. Hughes, bought to life by Leonardo DiCaprio, was the son of a Texan inventor who died when Hughes was 18, leaving

  • Memorial is replaced

    A GRIEVING mum, whose dead baby's memorial plaque was stolen, now has a new one - thanks to the Advertiser/Messenger. Emma Swindon, of Willow Road, Bromsgrove, was heartbroken when she discovered that the plaque dedicated to her son, Derian, who died

  • Eye level

    THE caring chairman of Bromsgrove District Council is donning her shades to publicise the work of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Councillor Jill Dyer is appealing to residents to join her in supporting the charity's national Shades Day next

  • MBE for vaccine campaigner

    A REDNAL mum, who has campaigned tirelessly in the name of vaccine victims, has been honoured with an MBE, writes Paul Francis. Olivia Price, of Malcolm Grove, said she was "surprised and delighted" to win the award in the Queen's Birthday Honours List

  • Stun gun is used on police officer

    A POLICE officer was assaulted with a stun gun on a main road in Rubery during a chase with a motorist. The attack happened just before 1.30am on Monday morning in the middle of Bristol Road South near the entrance to Great Park. Two officers stopped

  • Budding artists express themselves

    TALENTED youngsters at a Rubery school have been putting their artistic skills to the test. Children from Colmers Farm Infant School enjoyed a dedicated arts week which the whole school took part in. The budding artists made animal sculptures and tried

  • Grafton top table

    Temple Grafton are another side enjoying life at the top of the table as they cruised to a 200-run victory over Bidford 2nds. The Division Four leaders struck 302-3 before skittling out the home side for just 102.

  • Bidford skittled

    Bidford were all out for 136 on their way to a six-wicket defeat at Norton Lindsey in Division One while Great Alne lost their Division Three match at Wellesbourne 2nds by five wickets despite Neil Margusson's impressive 60 for the visitors.

  • Chaddesley Corbett WI

    VICE president Christine Hickman-Smith welcomed everyone to the June meeting. Business matters were discussed including our planned outings to Jonathons on December 9 for a flower demonstration and afternoon tea and a day trip to London on October 31.

  • Exhall stay top

    Exhall & Wixford maintained their place at the top of the Premier with a nine-wicket victory over lowly Broadway, Skipper Simon Hollands leading from the front with an unbeaten 83.

  • Wychbold Women's Fellowship

    The meeting in The Poplars was held in a relaxed and happy atmosphere. We were looking forward to several imminent parish events and our participation in them; the Ascension Day service in St Mary de Wyche church followed by a fish supper (shared with

  • Alcester searching

    Alcester & Ragley are still searching for their first win in the Premier Division after crashing to a 132-run defeat at home to high-flying Overbury. The visitors batted first and immediately set about the bowling, racing to 70 off only 10 overs until

  • Comparing apples and bananas

    I see that in his latest letter concerning his pet subject on overcrowding, N Taylor dismisses Mr Margrett's comments as 'more waffle' and states loftily that 'I can compare anything I like, with anything else'. Is the repeated comment that 'England is

  • Pipe project posers have still not been answered

    THE responses to our complaints regarding Transco's pipe replacement project in Sidbury and Friar Street have been quite extraordinary. Operations will now be confined to Friar Street during the Three Choirs Festival. Naturally, visitors would not wish

  • Hewell on a high

    Hewell celebrated a winning draw in their match with visitors Old Hill. The home side hit 197 but time ran out for Hewell who were on 173-5 at the end of their overs, Ian Williams top scoring with 62.

  • Sunday slump

    A knock of 71 from Dan Protherough failed to lift Redditch's spirits when they were beaten by Barnards Green in their Worcestershire Sunday League match. Redditch reached 200 all out but the home side replied with 203-5.

  • Cool cars

    THE country's biggest modified car show is cruising into the NEC between July 1 and 3. Max Power Live, inspired by the popular magazine, will be packed with the loudest, fastest and most outrageously modified cars the UK has to offer. The event will be

  • Double defeat

    There was disappointment for Division One Astwood Bank and Alvechurch as both tasted defeat to keep them mid-table. Bank went down by 119 runs at lowly Brockhampton, scoring just 144 in answer to their hosts' total of 263-7. And Alvechurch also suffered

  • Storming Feckenham

    FECKENHAM were among the runs at the weekend as they cruised to a 147-run victory over Division Three strugglers Stourbridge. Batting first, the home side found their Mill Lane wicket to their liking and stormed to 288-8. Bob Adshead top scored with 91

  • Caught out on travels

    REDDITCH skipper Dan Protherough wants to put Saturday's defeat behind him and steer the Bromsgrove Road side back up the Division Three table. Basement club Penkridge edged their way to a two-wicket victory and the captain admits it is a game he'd rather

  • Growing team to mind your business

    THE Redditch Learning Zone is celebrating its first year by expanding its team of business advisors and training staff. The Moons Moat organisation was launched to help Worcestershire employers with staff training or to access funding. Rob Sparks has

  • Wythall firm to merge

    AFTER 140 years the name of Wythall-based insurer Britannic will be consigned to history after it was announced it is to merge in a £2billion deal. The company will merge with rival Resolution Life. The firm employs about 700 staff, and has its headquarters

  • Mystical

    A 100-strong cast from the Palace Youth Theatre are set to breathe life into a mystical story of Red Indian hero Hiawatha between June 30 and July 2 at Redditch's Kingsley Theatre. The production charts the true life story of Hiawatha and his legendary

  • 15/6/05 - Opening ace Moore is targeting England call

    IN-FORM opening batsmen Stephen Moore has set his sights on clinching a place in England's Academy squad for next winter. Before today's game with Leicestershire, Moore was Worcestershire's leading scorer in first-class cricket, ahead of even Graeme Hick

  • 15/6/05 - Rhodes hands Davies boost

    WORCESTERSHIRE head coach Steve Rhodes is convinced Steve Davies will blossom into a dazzling star of the future following the talented teenager's baptism of fire in the Frizzell County Championship Division Two. Davies was called up for his debut recently

  • Bowl for Burke

    JAMES Burke was the winner of the Stanley Bowl at Broadway. This popular men's competition attracted a large field with handicaps ranging from two to 28 and the excellent conditions made for some superb stableford scoring. The winner amassed 45 points

  • Old will clash with the new

    LAST week's writer about Droitwich Waitrose need not worry that the building clashes with surroundings for long. This week outline planning permission was applied for to build 55 luxury waterside apartments and an office complex on the old Saab garage

  • Thanks to all who gave

    MANY thanks to everyone who helped with the collection at Safeways supermarket. We collected a much-needed £261.70 towards our bedded hospice. We still need £1 million, but building work starts in July and hopefully it won't be too long before we finally

  • It's a dog bin too far

    WHERE are the brains of people responsible for placing a dog fouling bin in the most prominent of positions? This week, a dog fouling bin appeared on the decorative entrance to Manor Oaks, Nuffield Drive - Boycott Bridge. The area is used by children

  • Read letter with horror

    WE read last week's letter about changes to refuse services with horror. Based on the history of Wychavon and its denials about The Lido, Waitrose, The Worcestershire and other crazy schemes, we know who not to believe. When our wheelie bin arrives, we

  • Revenge of the bins?

    FIRST Pamela Davey installed traffic lights at Tagwell Junction when she was a county councillor. The result was chaos. Now Wychavon chairman, she intends clogging our Spa with wheelie bins. Roads in nearby Bromsgrove are littered with bins and recycling

  • Use it or lose it

    WE have owned a business in Droitwich Spa for four-and-a-half years and are keen to see the town as a thriving shopping centre. We also think that the style of the building for Waitrose leaves a lot to be desired. Building design moves on, whether we

  • Don't take any notice

    COUNCILLOR Morris' letter to your paper about the Worcester Road/Tagwell Road lights in Droitwich gives the impression that the town council intervention and public representations to Worcestershire County Council will bring a response. As a frequent

  • Please offer your support

    WITH reference to Mr John Cunliff's letter (Advertiser, June 8) I believe I may be one of the ex-Action for Droitwich members he is referring to and I would like to point out that AFD's aim at the time was to stop the dreadful Waitrose building being

  • Society must be turned around

    ACCORDING to the figures published this week we do excel better than any other nation in the EU at one thing - pregnancies of girls under the age of 16. In fact, we extended our lead. The Government admitted they did not know what else to do, they have

  • 15/06/05 - Rovers set for rematch

    BROMSGROVE Rovers FC have been handed a tricky Worcestershire derby with Stourport Swifts in the first round of the Southern League Cup in September. Rovers will be hoping history does not repeat itself when the two sides clash on September 19 at the

  • Just what is going on?

    I have to say I'm just a little confused and annoyed regarding council finances. First we hear that Bromsgrove council cannot afford the annual grant of a mere £3,000 to Avoncroft Museum, then we see that £2m has been found to fund 'major staff restructuring

  • School site is not right

    Although it is good to hear of a new proposed 21st century combined Meadows First/Parkside Middle school, the site for the building is unsatisfactory. If I were a prospective parent I would be very concerned with the close proximity of the public footpath

  • It's turned into yob city

    I have lived in Catshill all my life and it's turned into yob city. I'm tired of the police saying in our local papers that crime and anti-social behaviour is being tackled and rates are down. They're talking about another place. Parks in Catshill are

  • Don't park on pavement

    As a mother of three children and the user of a pushchair, I frequently walk from Charford to Bromsgrove town centre. I have been very annoyed on not just one occasion, but on several, when I have come across inconsiderate users of vehicles parking on

  • Results and fixtures

    Cotswold Hills League Results - Premier Division: Broadway 144-9, Exhall & Wixford 148-1; Alc-ester & Ragley 181, Overbury 313-8; Shipston 232-4, Twyning 143; Earls-wood 207-8, Tanworth 227-8; Stratford Bards 171-3, Moreton-in-Marsh 167-8. Division

  • Fielding lapses prove costly in draw

    DAVID Powles was again in fine form but Pershore were left to regret a series of drop-ped catches as Saturday's Birmingham League visitors Lichfield clung on for a draw. The spinner grabbed 5-56 after the Staffordshire side had made a promising start

  • 12/06/04 - Rose blooms for Bromsgrove

    BROMSGROVE'S first team leapt to second in the Fearnley Worcestershire Sunday League by defeating Old Elizabethans. Elizabethans had hit 298-5, but Jon Rose smashed 162 runs as Bromsgrove replied with 299-5. Table topping Barnt Green suffered defeat at

  • Bird lovers invited to Feckenham

    BIRDS of a feather are flocking together in the setting of a Feckenham couple's garden. Visitors are invited to Countryside Bird Farm Gardens and Pottery, home of Lionel and Cathy Peak, to see their large array of birds. The farm boasts a selection of

  • 11/06/05 - Day hits century for Tons

    Belbroughton 280-5 Coombs Wood 184-5 Belbroughton get a winning draw BELBROUGHTON maintained their fine run of form in the Worcester League Division Two - by taking the main share of the points in a hard fought match on Saturday. Geoff Day (108), Dave

  • 11/06/05 - Victories for local teams

    Chaddesley Corbett 196 all out Alvechurch and Hopwood 168 all out Chaddesley win by 38 runs CORBETT continued their revival after a fine performance by their bowlers in the Worcester League Division One on Saturday. After Chaddesley had recorded 196 all

  • 11/06/05 - Droitwich shot down by Bewdley

    Droitwich Spa 226-9 Bewdley 229-3 Droitwich lose by six wickets DROITWICH'S worst start to the Worcestershire League Division One in the club's history continued as fellow strugglers Bewdley eased past them on Saturday. Spa, who were expected to be in

  • St Egwin's honoured by Midland soccer scheme

    THE FA has awarded an Evesham school one of the highest honours in grass-roots football. St Egwin's Middle School, in Worcester Road, is one of only 42 schools throughout the country to receive the latest regional FA Charter Standard Schools accolades

  • Zoe close to a double delight

    MALVERN 14-year-old Zoe Kennedy Hughes came close to an outstanding double at the Royal Bath and West Show in Somerset. The Chase High School pupil was among the competitors in the show jumping championships. Riders from throughout the Midlands, Wales

  • Westside 'A' pot way to Division One crown

    WESTSIDE 'A' were honoured as winners of Nationwide Doors and Windows-sponsored Worcester and District Snooker League. The team collected their shield at the league's presentation evening at Heenans Club in Sansome Place. Winners in full: Division One

  • Davis and Golder on form in encounter

    HIGH scoring was the order of the day in latest round of Worcester Cricket League matches. C Perry hit 133 of Feckenham's 219-5 in their Tansell Cup encounter with Northwick Strollers. His innings contained 12 sixes and 10 fours. In Division One, Kevin

  • Ex-Warrior pens deal at Pirates

    FORMER Worcester Warriors back Duncan Roke has swapped Warriors for Pirates after signing for Penzance and Newlyn today. Roke, who joined Worcester in summer 2001, was released following their successful first season in the Premiership. The 30-year-old

  • Rhodes hands Davies boost

    WORCESTERSHIRE head coach Steve Rhodes is convinced Steve Davies will blossom into a dazzling star of the future following the talented teenager's baptism of fire in the Frizzell County Championship Division Two. Davies was called up for his debut recently

  • Diary of events

    Wednesday, June 15 1 Taster sessions for people interested in family history at Redditch Library, Alcester Street, from 10am-1pm. For an appointment, call Denise on 63291. 2 Information and advice day for carers organised by Worcestershire County Council's

  • Village club recruiting

    INKBERROW FC is staging a recruitment day on Saturday at Sands Land in the village. The FA Charter Standard club invites Under-7s, 8s, 9s and 10s to register at 9.30am with Under-12s and 13s invited along from 11. For more details ring David Higginson

  • Accolade for Vale school

    THE Football Association has awarded St Egwin's Middle School one of the highest honours in grass roots football, the prestigious regional FA Charter Standard Schools award. The Evesham school is one of only 42 throughout the country to receive a regional

  • Rat Pack on run across Midlands

    THE talent of 20th century legends Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin is celebrated in popular show Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, which can be seen locally, from next week. The West End Olivier-award-winning show can be enjoyed at Malvern's

  • All life is here at the Hippo

    POLITICAL scandal, love affairs and a touch of magic are on offer next week when Welsh National Opera (WNO) arrives at Birmingham's Hippodrome Theatre with a trio of operas. The varied programme begins on Tuesday, June 21, with Mozart's The Magic Flute

  • Elderly stranded after buses axed

    ELDERLY Warndon Villages residents are up in arms that their regular bus service has been axed and replaced by an 'inadequate' alternative. Derek Foster said he and fellow bus users around the Dugdale Drive area were angry that the LMS Travel's hourly

  • Chavology

    A DROITWICH woman has become the country's leading authority on 'chav' culture. The youth tribe ridiculed for wearing Burberry baseball caps, white tracksuits and acres of 'bling' jewellery has become so much a part of our culture that the word is now

  • Council makes Wright move

    A STUDLEY Liberal Democrat councillor has become the first to be appointed onto the otherwise Tory-dominated executive at Stratford Council. Councillor Hazel Wright will take on the health portfolio for the authority but will be the only Liberal Democrat

  • Hi ho silver lining

    A REDDITCH silverware artist has been awarded a grant by the Arts Council of England to help him achieve greater national and international exposure of his work. Martin Pugh has been presented with £2,187 by the arts body which gives millions of pounds

  • Eastern promise!

    A NEW production of romantic musical The King and I opens at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre next Tuesday. The Rogers & Hammerstein classic, which has delighted millions since its original production opened on Broadway in 1951, is based on the Margaret

  • Council to foot bypass charge

    THE cost of a Bordesley bypass will be met by Redditch Council if no other funding sources can be found it was announced on Monday. Council Leader David Cartwright announced the move in his annual statement to the council. The council had already agreed

  • Fixtures

    July 2005 (friendlies) Tues 19 Alvechurch (a) WEDS 20 TAMWORTH (H) SAT 23 Leamington (a) TUES 26 MOOR GREEN (H) SAT 30 WORCESTER CITY (H) August TUES 2 REDDITCH UTD (H) Sat 6 Stratford Tn (a) Southern League Premier Division August Sat 13 September October

  • Donate your pint!

    REDDITCH folk have a whole host of ways they can support the vital work a local charity does for cancer patients throughout the rest of June. The Primrose Hospice and Cancer Help Centre is encouraging people to raise funds in various ways and wants regulars

  • Slump in teenage mothers

    LATEST figures show a reduction in the number of girls between 15 and 17 falling pregnant in Redditch. Although new figures only reveal the situation up to 2003, they show an improvement since 1998. Between 1998 and 2000 Redditch saw the second highest

  • Pick up prize for play-offs

    THERE was a silverware surprise for Evesham United officials at last weekend's Southern League annual general meeting when they were presented with a silver salver in recognition of the end of season play-off triumph. The new league season starts on Saturday

  • Freeman double

    Andy Freeman secured two personal bests as Redditch & Bromsgrove AC claimed fifth in their latest Midland League Division Three meeting at Corby. Redditch were just eight points off third. Freeman picked up a pb in the 400m hurdles with a time of

  • Title blow for hopefuls Inkberrow

    INKBERROW A's hopes of landing the Premier Division title in the Prudden Road Surfacing Tennis League were dented as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Littleton A, a result that leaves rivals Stratford A clear at the top. Studley A were handed maximum points

  • Coates' consolation amid Ravens battering

    REDDITCH Ravens crashed to a heavy defeat against a strong Wizards side. But it was not all doom and gloom with Lee Coates going over for a try in his first rugby league match. The Ravens had picked up the Parkhouse Recruitment Team of the Week award

  • Carp catch bags prize

    John Hawkes maintained his place at the top of the Label Innovations individual angling league with victory in round three, fished at Woodlands View Top Deans Pool.

  • A degree of focus on chavs

    YOU'VE got an 'ology'? If you've got an 'ology', you're a scientist - that is, according to Maureen Lipman in those intensely annoying but oddly memorable BT adverts from the 1980s. Now, it would appear, there's a new 'ology' on the curriculum - chavology

  • Faulkner on target

    Pride of place in the Astwood Bank Summer Darts League this week went to Dave Faulkner whose seven-dart game, including a 160A, helped steer Abbeydale to a 6-3 win over Coach House in Division Two. All the maximums came in Division One though and included

  • Pair land top titles

    Youngsters Abigail Cox and Amy Cundy were among the awards during a hectic few weeks for Redditch Road and Path Cycling Club's junior section, the Slipstreamers. Abigail took the honours in both the regional British Schools Cycling Association's (BSCA

  • Messages from the other side soothed loved ones

    REVIEW IT was a pity the current popularity of the likes of TV's Colin Fry and Derek Acorah did not prompt more people to visit Bromsgrove's Artrix on Saturday for The Night of the Mediums. As it was, only around 50, mostly women, turned up to see and

  • Beautiful people are ugly inside

    Review: Closer (15) FOUR thoroughly unpleasant people try to cope with their own selfish passions in this pretentious attempt to say something important about modern relationships. Under achieving, but complicated, novelist Dan (Jude Law), indecisive

  • Auto crime rising

    REDDITCH town centre has seen a 'steep rise' in car crime, despite police attempts to combat the problem. Central sector sgt Stuart Crebbin said police dealt with 18 thefts from vehicles, four stolen vehicles and five cases of vehicle interference since

  • Pensioner attacked in car park

    AN elderly man was assaulted in Beoley Road East, Redditch. The victim, in his 70s, was hit by another man in the residents' car park, behind the houses in the road, last Tuesday between noon-1pm. Witnesses should call the police on 08457 444 888 or Crimestoppers

  • Bin snatch

    THE Studley Tesco Express store was burgled in the early hours of Thursday morning with raiders taking two bins of cigarettes. Police are appealing for witnesses who saw three men wearing dark clothing and masks. They took two large plastic bins inside

  • Hunt for garage raiders

    RAIDERS ransacked a Redditch petrol station, causing around £1,000 worth of damage. Thieves used a crowbar to force their way into the fire door of Sainsbury's garage off the Alvechurch Highway at 12.45am on Thursday. The raiders, believed to be three

  • Ram raiders hit store

    DAMAGE of at least £12,000 was caused when a truck drove into a Lakeside general store during a ramraid. The stolen four-wheel drive Mitsubishi pick-up was driven into the front of Gentry's Stores, Farm Road, at about 1am on Wednesday, June 8. A cash

  • Birmingham Juniors

    Young golf ace Dean Reece-Davis was among the prizes at the prestigious Birmingham Junior Open Championships. The 10 year old, from Winyates East, returned the best gross score among the u12s at the event held at Pipe Hayes Golf Club.

  • Pair miss world title

    Redditch Golf Club's Janice Kerr and Julian Bates just missed out on glory at the International Pairs world final at Celtic Manor last week. The reigning English mixed pairs champions finished a very creditable joint seventh, 10 points behind winners

  • Organic feasting for Faithful City

    A NEW Organic Festival promoting 'the true taste of food', selling organic goods from across the world, is to be held in Worcester. Organic food and drink - from simple to exotic - will be available to sample, challenging festival visitors to rediscover

  • 999 crews act as car found in canal

    EMERGENCY crews raced to Droitwich this morning after a stolen car was found floating upside down in a canal. The first call came in at 7am when an off-duty medic spotted the burgundy Ford Orion in the water beside Salwarpe Road. Ambulance crews and firefighters

  • Gheluvelt's opening on BBC show

    AMAZING 80 year old footage of the opening of a Worcester park is to be shown on television. Brian Hewlett discovered the seven-minute recording of the opening of Gheluvelt Park, Barbourne, at his home in Chapel Road, Kempsey. It was filmed on June 17

  • Queen

    TOP Queen cover band Magic will play the legendary rock band's greastest hits at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre as part of its Celebration tour on July 8 (7.30pm start). Tickets cost between £12 and £14, call the box office on 0870 6077544.

  • Race is on, despite Pitchcroft fire

    TODAY'S race meeting at Worcester will go ahead as planned despite last week's fire that damaged vital television and commentary lines and threatened the fixture. The blaze, on Friday morning, also ruined three hospitality boxes and a bar at Pitchcroft

  • Man is left unconscious after attack

    A MAN was assaulted by a gang of four during an attempted robbery in Worcester. The incident happened in St John's at about 9pm on Friday and police are appealing for anyone who saw the crime to come forward. The attack took place as the victim was walking

  • Sweet night out

    HANBURY band The Dillingers will take part in a special Jam tribute gig. They will join forces with other bands to form The Jam Collective at The Hibernian, Pershore Road, Stirchley, on Friday June 24. Doors open at 8.30pm with the band on stage from

  • Album hits the target

    BROMSGROVE band Trigger kick off their latest album Call to Arms with their traditional rock sound. Impressive vocals are backed up with no nonsense guitar riffs and rhythmic beats from the off. Opening track Children of Tomorrow jumps straight into the

  • Dutch will have you swinging

    JAZZ lovers will be in for a treat with an evening of music in Bromsgrove. Dutch Lewis will excite visitors to the Epic Bar Brasserie, in Hanbury Road, on Sunday, June 26 with his style of swing, rhythm and blues. The event starts at 7.30pm with tickets

  • 100 years ago June 17, 1905

    MEMBERS of Bromsgrove and North Bromsgrove School managers' meeting heard an inspector's report on Catshill School. The boys were in excellent order but the present constitution of the staff gave the master no opportunity of supervising the work of the

  • 50 years ago June 18, 1955

    THE annual commemoration of Bromsgrove School was held on Friday and attracted the traditional gathering of parents and old boys. The observances began with the customary service in the parish church where Sir Thomas Cookes' sermon was preached. Instead

  • Don't Believe the Truth Oasis

    Four star Oasis' seventh album represents their best attempt to recapture the magic of 1994-95 after a series of cliches which died with the rising of Blur and The Verve. But with Don't Believe the Truth, the arrogance of the Madchester scene has also

  • House of Wax (15)

    Four star PARIS Hilton makes her film debut (other than in home movies!) in this, a better-than-average teen slasher movie. Based on a 1953 film of the same name, the story picks up with a group of horny teenagers who find themselves stranded off the

  • Watch old heroes show off their skills

    LEGENDS from the West Midlands' top football clubs are set to lock horns at Birmingham NIA on July 16 at the Midlands Masters Indoor six-a-side tournament. The likes of wing wizard Tony Daley and goal machine Steve Bull will join some of the top players

  • What's on

    Wednesday June 15 Music: Open Mic Night, Hop Pole Inn, Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove. Film: Machuca, mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, 6pm. Thursday June 16 Music: Officer Tokyo, Wishing Well, Market Street, Bromsgrove. Music: Chris Aronsten, Hop Pole

  • Art show is high in fibre

    AN award winning artist is pioneering an unusual textile technique at an exhibition in Redditch. Jean Bennett, from Derbyshire, is currently showing her work at Forge Mill Needle Museum, in Needle Mill Lane. 'Threads of Life' shows the use of Angelina

  • Mystical

    A 100-strong cast from the Palace Youth Theatre are set to breathe life into a mystical story of Red Indian hero Hiawatha between June 30 and July 2 at Redditch's Kingsley Theatre. The production charts the true life story of Hiawatha and his legendary

  • Diary of events

    Wednesday, June 15 1 Taster sessions for people interested in family history at Redditch Library, Alcester Street, from 10am-1pm. For an appointment, call Denise on 63291. 2 Information and advice day for carers organised by Worcestershire County Council's

  • Summertime Primroses

    REDDITCH Town Hall is the venue for The Primrose Choir's Summertime Concert next Thursday, June 23 at 7.30pm. A varied programme will include songs from well-known shows as well as some old favourites and contributions from the choir's soloists. Tickets

  • Face to face with art

    AN award-winning textile artist is exhibiting her work at Forge Mill Needle Museum. A colourful display of Jean Bennett's work is on show at the Bordesley visitor centre until July 3. Last year, she won the Charles Henry Foyle Trust Award for textiles

  • Eastern promise!

    A NEW production of romantic musical The King and I opens at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre next Tuesday. The Rogers & Hammerstein classic, which has delighted millions since its original production opened on Broadway in 1951, is based on the Margaret

  • Queen

    TOP Queen cover band Magic will play the legendary rock band's greastest hits at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre as part of its Celebration tour on July 8 (7.30pm start). Tickets cost between £12 and £14, call the box office on 0870 6077544.

  • Countdown to spirited jazz festival

    THE countdown to the eagerly anticipated annual L'Esprit Manouche Gypsy jazz festival is well underway with only four weeks to go. Now in its third year the festival has garnered an international reputation as a world class festival showcasing the very

  • Sweet night out

    HANBURY band The Dillingers will take part in a special Jam tribute gig. They will join forces with other bands to form The Jam Collective at The Hibernian, Pershore Road, Stirchley, on Friday June 24. Doors open at 8.30pm with the band on stage from

  • Ocean's Twelve (12)

    THREE years after the hugely successful heist they pulled off in Ocean's Eleven, the lads are all back and with a few extra Hollywood biggies thrown in for good measure. Their mission? To pay back the money they managed to nick off Vegas lord Terry Benedict

  • Monkey Business The Black Eyed Peas

    Three star THE Black Eyed Peas' first hit single, Where is the Love, two years ago, did the group no favours. It was the kind of preachy, commercial hip-hop which gave every white boy wannabe the opportunity to feel closer to their Negro roots - but made

  • X&Y Coldplay

    Four star ONE couldn't help but imagine how Coldplay could improve on the success of genius creations Parachutes and the more recent Rush of Blood to the Head. As Coldplay's Number One Fan, I'm sure I wasn't alone in my concern for the band following

  • The Aviator

    The Aviator (12) Four star THIS is the riveting story of Howard Hughes and how he turned a small fortune into one of staggering proportions. Hughes, bought to life by Leonardo DiCaprio, was the son of a Texan inventor who died when Hughes was 18, leaving

  • Cool cars

    THE country's biggest modified car show is cruising into the NEC between July 1 and 3. Max Power Live, inspired by the popular magazine, will be packed with the loudest, fastest and most outrageously modified cars the UK has to offer. The event will be

  • Bird lovers invited to Feckenham

    BIRDS of a feather are flocking together in the setting of a Feckenham couple's garden. Visitors are invited to Countryside Bird Farm Gardens and Pottery, home of Lionel and Cathy Peak, to see their large array of birds. The farm boasts a selection of

  • Rat Pack on run across Midlands

    THE talent of 20th century legends Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin is celebrated in popular show Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, which can be seen locally, from next week. The West End Olivier-award-winning show can be enjoyed at Malvern's

  • All life is here at the Hippo

    POLITICAL scandal, love affairs and a touch of magic are on offer next week when Welsh National Opera (WNO) arrives at Birmingham's Hippodrome Theatre with a trio of operas. The varied programme begins on Tuesday, June 21, with Mozart's The Magic Flute

  • Messages from the other side soothed loved ones

    REVIEW IT was a pity the current popularity of the likes of TV's Colin Fry and Derek Acorah did not prompt more people to visit Bromsgrove's Artrix on Saturday for The Night of the Mediums. As it was, only around 50, mostly women, turned up to see and

  • Beautiful people are ugly inside

    Review: Closer (15) FOUR thoroughly unpleasant people try to cope with their own selfish passions in this pretentious attempt to say something important about modern relationships. Under achieving, but complicated, novelist Dan (Jude Law), indecisive

  • Folk star to light up town

    FANS of folk will be treated to an evening of music in the beautiful surroundings of a top Bromsgrove tourist attraction. The Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, in Stoke Heath, will be the setting when internationally renowned artist Vin Garbutt

  • Album hits the target

    BROMSGROVE band Trigger kick off their latest album Call to Arms with their traditional rock sound. Impressive vocals are backed up with no nonsense guitar riffs and rhythmic beats from the off. Opening track Children of Tomorrow jumps straight into the

  • Dutch will have you swinging

    JAZZ lovers will be in for a treat with an evening of music in Bromsgrove. Dutch Lewis will excite visitors to the Epic Bar Brasserie, in Hanbury Road, on Sunday, June 26 with his style of swing, rhythm and blues. The event starts at 7.30pm with tickets

  • Band members look back to the future

    A DROITWICH band is hoping their blend of retro and modern rock and roll is the ticket to a successful career. 'The Tickets' only formed six months ago but are already embarking on a tour of local venues and planning for the future. The four piece, who

  • Merry Wives of Alcester

    CHAIRMAN Vickie Barker opened the May 24 meeting with details of the final arrangements for the summer trip on the Countess of Evesham from Stratford on June 21. The speaker was Janice Wade, who retired after 30 years with West Midlands Police force,

  • Alvechurch WI

    AS president Denise Cashmore was on holiday, vice-president Leona Downey took the 76th birthday meeting. Sadly, member Sheila Mason had passed away and there was a minute's silence. Thanks were given to Hilary Hughes and Vivien Clifton who had made and

  • Parishioners ready for quarry battle

    RESIDENTS in Salford Priors have said yes to say no to a sand and gravel pit between their village and neighbouring Bidford. In a parish poll 97 per cent of the voters agreed to fight the proposal by RMC Materials to extend the Marsh Farm quarry, and

  • Walking for life

    AN Alcester woman is walking her way to fitness as she trains for a charity marathon in aid of Breast Cancer Care. Julie Styles, of Orchard Drive, is taking part in the Ribbon Walk from Lechlade to Blenheim Palace on June 25, and is expecting to do the

  • Bromsgrove pair launch new business festival

    A BUSINESS festival for new firms is to be launched in Bromsgrove next month. The NewBiz Business Festival, at the Artrix, is being organised for businesses of all sizes to network with each other. The festival will be free and is being organised by Bromsgrove

  • First fire engines after merger set for Namibia

    A FIRE engine specialist has released its first vehicle since coming under new ownership. Carmichael, of Weir Lane, was acquired by Amdac (UK) Limited, a British subsidiary of Pesaka Astana of Malaysia, earlier this year. The merger paved the way to export

  • Busy times

    A BUSY year lies ahead for Alcester Chamber of Trade and Commerce with a planned recruitment drive and publicity campaign. Members want to encourage more of the 430 businesses in the town to take advantage of the group and hope to tempt them with information

  • No ceiling on success after hospital deal

    AN entrepreneur is reaching high after landing a major £12m contract for the new Derby City General Hospital. Steven Worrallo, the managing director of Holt Heath-based Partitions & Ceilings Europe, will see his company's turnover more than triple

  • Prepared...for HQ

    ALCESTER'S scouts and guides could be in their new headquarters in less than a year. Work is about to start on the shell of the building, in Moorfield Road, following a mixture of donations, grants, loans and fundraising activities. And the joint organising

  • Tasting the water!

    AFTER a slow start, Arden club members were kept busy all day entertaining visitors at last Sunday's second "taster day" of the year. While most of the training team were kept busy taking people out for a taste of sailing, other members were kept busy

  • Elliott claims victory

    HONEYBOURNE racer Michael Elliott continued his excellent season with a hat-trick of wins on a visit across The Channel last weekend. The teenager spent a busy four days at the Croixs en Ternois race and it proved a profitable trip after he returned home

  • Charities cash in

    BRIGHT spring sunshine gre-eted the 170 runners who mingled on the village green for the start of Sunday's annual Ink-berrow Fun Run. Entry fees and donations enabled the organisers to donate £350 to each of the two chosen charities. The short course

  • Dig for victory

    IT'S time for green-fingered gardeners to get digging in preparation for the Redditch Best Garden Competition. This year, there are even more categories to enter, including best water garden, best recent makeover, against the odds and new to the competition

  • Zak's doubles delight after singles sorrow

    THE Sinclair Junior Ranking and Ratings Tour-nament, sponsored by R Sinclair Transport Ltd, was staged at Littletons TC. A record 65 players competed in nine different events with competitors coming from all over the country. Sam Robbins from Solihull

  • Wake up and smell the flowers

    VISITORS to Croome Park can roam among the aromas at a Scented Flower Walk on Saturday morning. The guided walk will take visitors around the landscaped park, through the shrubberies and to the Pleasure Grounds, taking in the scents of lavender, mock

  • Reel thing for pupils

    TWINKLE-toed tots grabbed their partners by the hand at a country dancing festival. Crown Meadow First School in Alvechurch hosted the festival, inviting youngsters along from St Stephen's First School in Redditch and Meadow Green Primary School in Wythall

  • Cut to the awards

    A BUDDING young NEW College film-maker was recently honoured for his work after being nominated for a key prize category at a film awards festival. Tom Williams, aged 19, of Winyates, was nominated for the documentary category at the 2005 Blink Film Festival

  • Teaching rookie makes the grade

    A TEACHER at St Augustine's High School has proved she is in a class of her own after being named as a finalist in the Regional Teaching Awards 2005. Religious education teacher Elizabeth Lawless, has been nominated as 'outstanding newcome' by the school's

  • Mexican week for Inkberrow amigos

    SUMPTUOUS snacks and sombreros were on the menu with a 'Mexican Week' at Inkberrow First School. Last week pupils immersed themselves in Mexican culture, sampling Central American food, clothes and pastimes.

  • Miller aims high

    A hotly tipped star for the future booked his place in the county finals last week. FINAL FLING: Chris Miller, aged eight, is heading for the county finals. Chris Miller, aged eight, will take on the best of the rest from Herefordshire and Worcestershire

  • Teens' image gets a boost

    The 'negative' view of youth is being challenged by a group of Wythall youngsters in a scheme to transform their area. The initiative, which will see teenagers working on improvements to the Shawfields estate, is lead by Woodrush High School youth worker

  • 25 years ago

    June 13, 1980 ALCESTER shopkeepers were set to win a fight against controversial plans for a new supermarket in the town. Stratford Council's planning chiefs recommended the blueprints be thrown out because the area marked for development conflicted with

  • County funds up for grabs

    COMMUNITY groups in the Alcester and Studley areas have been invited to bid for funding to help their work. Grants of up to £5,000 are available from Warwickshire County Council's Community Development Fund, and bids have to be made before August 22.

  • Lights, cameras, action!

    A grant of £2,750 could see Studley's first cinema club up and running by September. Studley Village Hall Committee applied for the cash from Stratford Council to set up a project similar to the FeckenOdeon at nearby Feckenham which shows modern films

  • Sticker trickster alert

    RESIDENTS in Studley and Alcester are being warned about a doorstep seller with a sense of irony who is knocking on doors and trying to sell people signs saying 'We don't buy from the doorstep'. Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards officers said

  • New twist for bypass drama

    A HIGH Court judicial review of last year's Studley Bypass public inquiry findings, set for June 21, has been postponed because 'new information' has come to light. The Highways Agency submitted the information to Warwickshire County Council which has

  • Good idea on tickets

    THE council is to be congratulated on staging the AIR Festival concerts party in the park but the tickets would have been a good idea at £10. The council should not have gone ahead and relied on the poor taxpayer to pay up yet again. The youths down Matchborough

  • Failing our town centre

    THE letter in last week's Advertiser got it right. Leisure is something to be left to the professionals. It should be no surprise the AIR festival was a financial failure. Anyone can give away tickets for nothing. The Leisure Services Department have

  • Lessons to learn

    MOAN, moan, moan. Is that all people in Redditch can do? They moan when there's nothing to do and they moan when there is. Are the people who are moaning about the cost of the AIR Festival the same people who were too tight to pay for tickets in the first

  • Sadly missed

    TRIBUTES have been paid to a stalwart of the Redditch music scene who devoted his life to his greatest passion. Harvey Morris, who was brought up in Headless Cross, died on May 24 aged 83 after serving 63 years as organist and choirmaster at St Stephen's

  • Critics are the usual suspects

    AS a good friend of Councillor Rebecca Blake, the driving force behind the AIR concerts, I am not surprised to find all the usual names at the foot of letters condemning the AIR Festival in the park (Advertiser, June 8). I applaud the effort Beccy and

  • Hotel suicide

    A SMALLWOOD woman died from an acute overdose in a Redditch hotel after leaving letters for her estranged husband and friends, an inquest heard. Karen Gloster, a claims assistant of Terrys Close, was found dead in her room at the Quality Hotel, Pool Bank

  • Inquest is adjourned

    AN inquest into the death of a slaughter-man whose skeletal remains were found in Lower Bentley in March was interrupted when his daughter said she had not received counselling. Worcestershire Coroner Victor Round originally intended to close Friday's

  • Coroner has triple verdict

    A CORONER changed his findings into the death of a Wythall woman who jumped from a car park from suicide to an open verdict after pressure from her family. Trina Clinton, of Gorsey Lane, fell to her death from the top of Kingfisher Centre Car Park 2 off

  • Big Vernon

    FEW people can stake a claim to achieving fame through poverty, but being 'broke' seems to have been the making of one Redditch Big Issue seller. Vernon Burgess, who has started selling the magazine in Redditch town centre, said he has never been happier

  • Tasting the water!

    AFTER a slow start, Arden club members were kept busy all day entertaining visitors at last Sunday's second "taster day" of the year. While most of the training team were kept busy taking people out for a taste of sailing, other members were kept busy

  • Sunday meeting

    THE annual general meeting of the Mercian Festival Junior Football League takes place at the Bell Inn, St Johns, Worc-ester on Sunday from 8pm when all member clubs must attend. Prior to the meeting a presentation will be made to the Referee of the Year

  • Trials on court

    THE Worcestershire Schools Badminton Association is looking for new young players for their junior county squads. A trial/tournament has been arranged for Sunday, July 17 in Droitwich when as many children between the age of nine and 15 are invited to

  • Fielding lapses prove costly in draw

    DAVID Powles was again in fine form but Pershore were left to regret a series of drop-ped catches as Saturday's Birmingham League visitors Lichfield clung on for a draw. The spinner grabbed 5-56 after the Staffordshire side had made a promising start

  • Top sides making intentions clear in bid to top sections

    THIRD round action in the PRS League Junior Cup competition sees clear leaders emerging from the four groups. Pool A, played at Snitterfield, witnessed one of the closest competitions as Bidford, who had won only two of their six previous matches started

  • Two die in taxi horror

    TRIBUTES have been paid after a double tragedy in which a taxi driver and his passenger were killed in a horrific crash on the Coventry Highway on Sunday morning. Clive Edwards, 26, and driver Zhaid Abbas, 30, were travelling towards Church Hill in a

  • Best club at Bridgnorth

    A FABULOUS haul of eight wins earned Evesham Rowing Club the Victor Ludorum Shield at last Saturday's Bridgnorth Regatta. Two of the successes that helped Evesham be named Most Successful Club came in the women's Eights, while the other half-a-dozen first

  • Pick up prize for play-offs

    THERE was a silverware surprise for Evesham United officials at last weekend's Southern League annual general meeting when they were presented with a silver salver in recognition of the end of season play-off triumph. The new league season starts on Saturday

  • Ocean's Twelve (12)

    THREE years after the hugely successful heist they pulled off in Ocean's Eleven, the lads are all back and with a few extra Hollywood biggies thrown in for good measure. Their mission? To pay back the money they managed to nick off Vegas lord Terry Benedict

  • Monkey Business The Black Eyed Peas

    Three star THE Black Eyed Peas' first hit single, Where is the Love, two years ago, did the group no favours. It was the kind of preachy, commercial hip-hop which gave every white boy wannabe the opportunity to feel closer to their Negro roots - but made

  • Don't Believe the Truth Oasis

    Four star Oasis' seventh album represents their best attempt to recapture the magic of 1994-95 after a series of cliches which died with the rising of Blur and The Verve. But with Don't Believe the Truth, the arrogance of the Madchester scene has also

  • House of Wax (15)

    Four star PARIS Hilton makes her film debut (other than in home movies!) in this, a better-than-average teen slasher movie. Based on a 1953 film of the same name, the story picks up with a group of horny teenagers who find themselves stranded off the

  • Learning scheme

    ADULTS with learning disabilities in Droitwich Spa will now be able to have a say in who provides their county council services, thanks to a new pilot scheme. The scheme, being trialled by Worcestershire County Council, will mean the service users, who

  • Something to SMILE about

    TALENTED students proved they were a cut above after gaining their hairdressing diplomas. Pupils from South Bromsgrove High School achieved the award during a 15-week course at the Seeing Makes It Look Easy (SMILE) academy, based at No 1 Hair Salon, High

  • Set for brave new world

    A NEW high school is likely to get the go-ahead next week to give Bromsgrove a "proud and striking civic building." A report to the planning committee on Monday says the building to replace South Bromsgrove High School in Charford Road could be enjoyed

  • In step for dance festival

    TWINKLE-toed youngsters at a school took part in a dance workshop last week in preparation for a big festival at Droitwich Spa High School in July. The creative children at Cutnall Green First School, in School Road, were taught the basic steps by dancer

  • Village plagued by speeding drivers

    A VILLAGE plagued with heavy lorries and speeding traffic could get the green light for calming measures. At Stoke Parish Council's June meeting, concerned residents packed in to discuss traffic problems. Stoke has constant troubles with vehicles speeding

  • Burglars are forced to pay

    TWO distraction burglars from Bromsgrove, who pleaded guilty to 11 offences earlier this year, have been ordered to pay £7,500 by the courts. Martin Jeffrey Bradley, aged 43, and Adrian Carl Sharp, aged 38, both from Alderley Road, Rock Hill, were ordered

  • A new hand at the helm

    A NEW chief inspector has been appointed in Bromsgrove. Chief Inspector Charlie Hill, aged 38, has taken on the role after being a serving police officer for 17 years. "My vision is to make Bromsgrove district a place where top quality citizen-focused

  • Ever wondered just what happens to your rubbish?

    Despite the glitches which bedevilled Bromsgrove's new waste collection and salvage schemes in the early days, the district is rightly celebrating having come top of the county league for its recycling of household and green waste. Figures for January

  • Crazy frog

    LUCKY children at a Rubery school were jumping with joy over a delivery of new toys. Leap, the giant frog mascot of children's toy manufacturer Leapfrog Toys UK, hopped into the nursery at Holywell Primary and Nursery School. The frog was celebrating

  • It's an honour

    A BROMSGROVE mum, who began her Open University studies six years ago to stimulate her mind while at home looking after her second baby, is celebrating after gaining a first class honours degree. Sharon Gerrard-Pickering, who completed her studies while

  • Wychbold WI

    Joyce Parkes, vice-president, took the chair in the absence of the president at the meeting. A letter of thanks from Somerset Redstone Trust was read out expressing appreciation for our donation of hand-knitted blankets for residents at St John's Court

  • Confusing the public

    BOB Geldof's call on people to converge on Edinburgh after the Live 8 concerts is getting a lot of publicity but it is confusing public awareness of the official, and different, Make Poverty History Campaign actions at the G8 Summit Meeting. As a supporter

  • Primrose Choir

    After the very busy run-up to Christmas and the huge success of the Christmas concert in December at the Rocklands social club, the early part of the year is always a relatively quiet period for the choir. The AGM was held recently and the choir was able

  • Geese are suffering

    HAVING read your articles on the Worcester public house having squirrel and foie gras on their menu, I am surprised that the interest or controversy was always about the squirrel. If everyone knew how foie gras is produced it might have been a different

  • Move over Darling

    THE Government has been accused of secrecy and spin over the Transport Secretary's plan for road charging on a cost per mile. Conservative MEP Philip Bradbourne, has revealed the extent to which Alastair Darling has been working over the past two years

  • Smith's catch keeps side on course

    THERE seems to be no stopping Cookhill at the moment as they strengthened the place at the top of Division Six with a sixth successive victory. Broadway 2nds were the latest side to feel the full force of the Ridgeway side and Cookhill had little trouble

  • Watch old heroes show off their skills

    LEGENDS from the West Midlands' top football clubs are set to lock horns at Birmingham NIA on July 16 at the Midlands Masters Indoor six-a-side tournament. The likes of wing wizard Tony Daley and goal machine Steve Bull will join some of the top players

  • Fishery provides fine sport for Open anglers

    Evesham Jubilee Society LAST Saturday's Open match at The Fishery again produced excellent sport with all the competitors catching at least 15 lbs. The next Saturday Open is on June 25 when all are welcome for the draw at 9am. Book in on 01386 41273.

  • What's on

    Wednesday June 15 Music: Open Mic Night, Hop Pole Inn, Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove. Film: Machuca, mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, 6pm. Thursday June 16 Music: Officer Tokyo, Wishing Well, Market Street, Bromsgrove. Music: Chris Aronsten, Hop Pole

  • Art show is high in fibre

    AN award winning artist is pioneering an unusual textile technique at an exhibition in Redditch. Jean Bennett, from Derbyshire, is currently showing her work at Forge Mill Needle Museum, in Needle Mill Lane. 'Threads of Life' shows the use of Angelina

  • Studley in a rut

    Studley's poor run in Division Two continued as they slumped to a six-wicket defeat at Penn. Brandon Miller hit an impressive 65 but Studley's early progress was undone by a collapse among the lower order as Studley were dismissed for 180. In reply, wickets

  • Kelley's No 1!

    DAVID Kelley was the winner of Evesham's prestigious Hospital Bowl - a medal competition that dates back more than 100 years. The next day, the Craycombe club staged a Mixed Open that saw lady captain Gillian Spencer and Dave Hartland take top spot on

  • Election confusion

    THE recent county council election and the personalised and deliberately confusing campaign conducted by some in Droitwich, should surely set us thinking hard about whether or not we are being over-governed by this present town/ district/county arrangement

  • Carry vote to a conclusion

    WITH regard to the recent meeting with Wychavon District Council concerning the heritage Lido, from the limited information available it would appear that the overwhelming opinion of the taxpaying public following the recent SALT survey and parish poll

  • 15/06/04 - Spa set sights on top two after disappointment

    DROITWICH Spa have already focused on winning promotion from the Midland Combination Division Two after losing their bid for promotion last week. Spa had been one of four clubs that had applied to the Combination for a place in Division One next season

  • 15/06.05 - Dynamic duo handed Villa rebuilding job

    FAIRFIELD Villa FC have appointed management team Paul Oakes and Lee Shaw with the daunting task of rebuilding the beleaguered team. Oakes and Shaw joined the Recreation Ground club on Monday from Northfield Town FC. Oakes has already pledged he and Shaw

  • Concerned by school plans

    While we very much welcome the construction of new schools in Bromsgrove, we would like to express our concerns about the site of the Meadows First/Parkside Middle school. Our concerns are:- 1. Access is proposed from the Stourbridge Road via Santridge

  • Give the kids a chance

    I note another week, and another load of stereotypes being promoted throughout the paper. Once again, the targets are young people who are described as 'yobs, thugs and hooligans.' Interesting reading, but total nonsense of course. Let me set the record

  • Come on Bromsgrove

    I Went to Birmingham to see the Gay Pride Parade and was thrilled to see Bromsgrove's very own Someone At the Door performing at the front of the procession. They were fantastic. The parade itself was a great spectacle and did not include a single vehicle

  • A very good Samaritan

    LAST week I lost my wallet of credit cards in Bromsgrove town centre. It was with joy that I found that some kind person had found them and handed them in to the police station from which I retrieved them safely a few days later. I would like to say a

  • Reward for cat killer

    I was moved to write after reading about the poor, unfortunate cat (Advertiser/Messenger, May 25) who was found in Rockhill, suffering from air-gun wounds. Having lain in agony for an unknown length of time, the cat was taken to a vet where he was found

  • Society must be turned around

    According to the figures published this week we do excel better than any other nation in the EU at one thing - pregnancies of girls under the age of 16. In fact, we extended our lead. The Government admitted it did not know what else to do, it has dramatically

  • Cotswold Hills League standings

    Premier Division P W L A Bt Bl Pts Exhall & Wixford 6 5 0 1 31 24 110 Overbury 6 5 0 1 23 22 100 Stratford Bards 6 4 1 1 24 20 89 Earlswood 6 3 2 1 23 23 81 Shipston 6 3 2 1 19 22 76 Moreton-in-Marsh 6 2 3 1 19 19 63 Tanworth-in-Arden* 6 1 3 1 17

  • Power-packed pair show no mercy to strugglers

    THE two big guns in the premier Division of the Cotswold Hills league were firing on all cylinders last weekend with last season's finishing positions still reversed. Exhall and Wixford take a ten-point cushion into a series of matches against the three

  • Village cup mystery over

    TELEPHONE and internet detective work ascertained that Exhall and Wixford look, for the second successive season, to have been denied npower Village Cup glory by "manufactured" opposition, writes Mervyn Collins. Having lost out to the might of Wales in

  • Fired up by Brazier!

    AFTER solid opening stand bet-ween Adam Westmacott and Ian Hardwick, the Badsey batting lost its grip and subsequently Satur-day's match. The openers reached 72 at drinks but the loss of four wickets for the addition of 21 runs left Stone in the ascendancy

  • Boss keen on Murphy's law

    FORMER Cheltenham Town youngster Chris Murphy is set to become Redditch United's seventh summer signing. The 22 year old was due to sit down with Valley Stadium boss Rod Brown this week and put pen to paper on a one-year deal. The Reds manager has had

  • Fans offer

    Fans can now sign up for the new Redditch United Supporters Club. Discounts will be available on items in the club shop and members can take advantage of cheaper coach travel to away games. Membership costs £10 (£7 for juniors and OAPs) and details are

  • Buoyant Croft end Worcester hoodoo

    Avoncroft 225-9 Worcester Dominies 97 all out Avoncroft win by 128 runs AVONCROFT ended their losing streak against Worcester Dominies in style in the Worcester League Division Four on Saturday. 'Croft, who had previously lost the last six encounters

  • 12/06/05 - Jones signs off in style as Green cruise

    Barnt Green 203-8 Walsall 168-10 Barnt Green wins by 35 runs Cockspur Cup National Club Knockout UNDER strength Barnt Green progressed into the West Midlands final of the cup with a comfortable victory over Walsall on Sunday. Green will take on Old Hill

  • 11/06.05 - Black Country boys frustrate Barnt Green

    Barnt Green 258-6 Walsall 135-8 Barnt obtain a winning draw TITLE chasing Barnt Green have yet to find their killer touch in the Birmingham and District League Premier Division. Green, who have now drawn three of their seven league games, were frustrated

  • 11/06/05 - Unlucky Boars draw

    Bromsgrove 245-10 Dorridge 186-9 Bromsgrove obtain a winning draw Bromsgrove came agonisingly close to gabbing a much-needed victory in the Birmingham and District League Division on Saturday. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: Nick Husbands (left), Dennis Duffy,

  • Hypnosis to take pain out of labour

    WHEN Vanessa Brothwell found out she was pregnant she was over the moon. But worries about the birth nine months down the line were understandably niggling at the back of her mind. "We are bombarded with images of women screaming while in labour on TV

  • City chief given the nod by Conference's board

    WORCESTER City chairman Dave Boddy has been elected on to the board of directors for the Nationwide Conference. Boddy will be one of seven representatives and he is flying the flag for clubs in Nationwide North. "I felt last season that, after a good

  • Opening ace Moore is targeting England call

    IN-FORM opening batsmen Stephen Moore has set his sights on clinching a place in England's Academy squad for next winter. Before today's game with Leicestershire, Moore was Worcestershire's leading scorer in first-class cricket, ahead of even Graeme Hick

  • 15/6/05 - Ex-Warrior pens deal at Pirates

    FORMER Worcester Warriors back Duncan Roke has swapped Warriors for Pirates after signing for Penzance and Newlyn today. Roke, who joined Worcester in summer 2001, was released following their successful first season in the Premiership. The 30-year-old

  • Summertime Primroses

    REDDITCH Town Hall is the venue for The Primrose Choir's Summertime Concert next Thursday, June 23 at 7.30pm. A varied programme will include songs from well-known shows as well as some old favourites and contributions from the choir's soloists. Tickets

  • Sunday meeting

    THE annual general meeting of the Mercian Festival Junior Football League takes place at the Bell Inn, St Johns, Worc-ester on Sunday from 8pm when all member clubs must attend. Prior to the meeting a presentation will be made to the Referee of the Year

  • Chemist rota

    REDDITCH town centre rota chemist is Church Green Pharmacy, Church Green West, open every day except Saturday and Sunday until 7pm. Knights Chemist, Evesham Road, Crabbs Cross, is open weekdays until 7pm and every Sunday between 6-7pm. Foxlydiate Chemist

  • Face to face with art

    AN award-winning textile artist is exhibiting her work at Forge Mill Needle Museum. A colourful display of Jean Bennett's work is on show at the Bordesley visitor centre until July 3. Last year, she won the Charles Henry Foyle Trust Award for textiles

  • Girl, 13, found hanged

    THE devastated family of a teenager who was found hanging in her bedroom have paid tribute to "a wonderful girl". Police have said there was nothing to suggest Stacey Harris was being bullied or was depressed, and in the days leading up to her death she

  • Tanzanian treats

    STEPHEN O'Brien MP, chair of the All Party Tanzania Group in the House of Commons visited Redditch Town Hall last week to present two gifts to the mayor Councillor Diane Thomas. The friendship gifts from Mtwara, Redditch's twin town in Tanzania, were

  • Three causes share cash from concerts

    BUCKETS of cash amounting to more than £1,200 were raised at an AIR Festival charity collection. Redditch's Indigo Arts, the Primrose Hospice and Worcestershire County Air Ambulance shared the money donated by kind-hearted revellers at a collection on

  • Fixtures

    July (friendlies) Thurs 15 PERSHORE TN (H) 6-1 Ross, Vincent, J Clarke (2), Stokes, og SAT 17 HALESOWEN TOWN (H) 1-0 O'Toole TUES 20 COVENTRY CITY (H) 0-1 TUES 27 HEREFORD UTD (H) 0-3 WEDS 28 REDDITCH UTD (H) 1-3 D Williams FRI 30 WORCESTER CITY (H) 3

  • Free AIR every year

    PLANS are being put in place by Redditch Council's ruling Labour group to stage a free annual pop festival, despite more criticism about the organisation of this year's AIR festival from opposition parties. Council Leader David Cartwright told the Advertiser

  • Health chiefs deny plans to close unit

    RUMOURS the consultant-led maternity unit at the Alexandra Hospital will be downgraded to a midwifery unit dealing with routine pregnancies next year have been dismissed by health chiefs. Although the chief executive of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals

  • Time for fun

    Players are being urged to head to Redditch's Bromsgrove Road ground this weekend for a fun 7-a-side day. Redditch Ladies HC, third in the Worcestershire League last season, have organised the event from 1pm on Saturday

  • Tennis round-up

    It was the third round of the Junior Summer Tennis Cup and things are hotting up at the top of Pool A where Bidford-on-Avon turned on the style. With one round of matches to go in Pool B, Studley trail leaders Henley by just one point. There was only

  • Treble triumph for town swimmers

    A Redditch trio won in the second round of the Mercian Summer Swimming League. Redditch came fifth at Bromsgrove with wins for Rachel Jones in the open age 100m butterfly, Robert Stanley in the 12 and under 100m backstroke and Lucy Edwards in the 14 and

  • More Mills magic

    The Arrows returned to winning ways on Sunday - and it was veteran running back Dave Mills who steered them home thanks to his 211 yards and a touchdown. Having lost three times already this season the Arrows could ill afford another defeat and the team

  • Smash victim over the limit

    A HOLLYWOOD teenager, killed when the stolen car he was driving collided head-on with an articulated lorry, was almost twice over the legal alcohol driving limit, an inquest heard. The court was told Daniel Burnett, 19, of Richmond Close, died almost

  • Con men swoop

    AN elderly woman had cash stolen after two con men tricked their way into her Mount Pleasant home on Saturday, May 28. The men claimed they needed to turn off her heating and water. One kept her talking while the other checked upstairs. After they left

  • Gangs order is approved

    REDDITCH police have had an application to use anti-social behaviour legislation in Greenlands granted. Redditch Council has approved the application for the Section 30 Dispersal Order which starts on Friday and runs for six months. Community support

  • New best

    SWIMMER Jamie Mackay claimed his second British record during the GB Masters event in Scotland. The 20-year-old from Hunt End bagged the 1500m freestyle 19-24 age group record at the Glasgow competition. The Coventry University student bagged two golds

  • Golf ace

    Headless Cross golfer Kevin Lloyd has booked his place in the regional final of a top amateur competition. Lloyd finished in the top four of the Birmingham Audi event played at the Vale Golf Club near Pershore. And it means he now goes through to the

  • 15/6/05 - City chief given the nod by Conference's board

    WORCESTER City chairman Dave Boddy has been elected on to the board of directors for the Nationwide Conference. Boddy will be one of seven representatives and he is flying the flag for clubs in Nationwide North. "I felt last season that, after a good

  • Musicians set for video filming offer

    A WORCESTER-based recording and rehearsal studio is planning to offer up-and-coming singers and bands the chance to shoot their own music videos. Kevin Davis, who runs Seventh Wave Rehearsal Studios, in Worcester Trade Park, off Sheriff Street, with business

  • Lido campaigners accused of intimidation

    DEEP rifts have opened between campaigners hoping to save Droitwich's Lido and Wychavon District Council after a 'fractious' meeting last night. The executive board pledged to move the controversial plans on after six years of discussions, and a shallow

  • Countdown to spirited jazz festival

    THE countdown to the eagerly anticipated annual L'Esprit Manouche Gypsy jazz festival is well underway with only four weeks to go. Now in its third year the festival has garnered an international reputation as a world class festival showcasing the very

  • 'A child will be killed soon'

    AN outraged parent fears a child will be killed in his Worcestershire village before anything is done to slow down traffic. Kurt Tarrach says he is horrified that county highways chiefs have vetoed calls for traffic calming measures in Callow End, near

  • Folk star to light up town

    FANS of folk will be treated to an evening of music in the beautiful surroundings of a top Bromsgrove tourist attraction. The Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, in Stoke Heath, will be the setting when internationally renowned artist Vin Garbutt

  • Learning about great outdoors

    YOUNGSTERS in Warndon have been learning all about the great outdoors thanks to exciting environment projects. Simon Birbeck, of the Warndon 360 group has been visiting St Joseph's Catholic Primary School and Warndon Junior School to help teach the children

  • Band members look back to the future

    A DROITWICH band is hoping their blend of retro and modern rock and roll is the ticket to a successful career. 'The Tickets' only formed six months ago but are already embarking on a tour of local venues and planning for the future. The four piece, who

  • Jones signs off in style as Green cruise

    Barnt Green 203-8 Walsall 168-10 Barnt Green wins by 35 runs Cockspur Cup National Club Knockout UNDER strength Barnt Green progressed into the West Midlands final of the cup with a comfortable victory over Walsall on Sunday. Green will take on Old Hill

  • Unlucky Boars draw

    Bromsgrove 245-10 Dorridge 186-9 Bromsgrove obtain a winning draw Bromsgrove came agonisingly close to gabbing a much-needed victory in the Birmingham and District League Division on Saturday. LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: Nick Husbands (left), Dennis Duffy,

  • Dynamic duo handed Villa rebuilding job

    FAIRFIELD Villa FC have appointed management team Paul Oakes and Lee Shaw with the daunting task of rebuilding the beleaguered team. Oakes and Shaw joined the Recreation Ground club on Monday from Northfield Town FC. Oakes has already pledged he and Shaw

  • 25 years ago June 12, 1980

    Bromsgrove's threatened fairs should be back in the town by September on their traditional site in Market Street. The town's recreation officers were due to recommend to the council that the fairs should be welcomed back after a two-month wrangle of the