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  • 5/4/06 - Rookies do their chances no harm

    TROY Wood and Lewis Skyers can be pleased with their performances for Worcester City against Alfreton Town. Both are young players learning the game and Saturday was a good test for them. They came through fine, although the result should have been

  • Stalybridge 2 City 3

    Tuesday, April 4, 2006 ADAM Webster's 89th-minute strike completed a thrilling 3-2 Nationwide North win for Worcester City at Bower Fold last night. City seemed to have tossed away victory when, after snatching a two-goal advantage through debutant

  • 5/4/06 - Gotting agrees to link up with Warriors

    WORCESTER Warriors continued to bolster their squad in preparation for next season when they completed the signing of Wasps hooker Ben Gotting. The deal to sign Gotting, exclusively revealed in last Saturday's Worcester News, will see the 25-year-old

  • 5/4/06 - Davies in MCC line-up for Lord's

    PROMISING Steven Davies has been selected to play for the MCC against reigning county champions Nottinghamshire in the cricket season's annual curtain-raiser at Lord's. Davies, Worcestershire's wicketkeeper-batsman who received an England `A' call-up

  • 5/4/06 - Rhodes backing Hick to roar back

    WORCESTERSHIRE'S director of cricket Steve Rhodes is backing Graeme Hick to bounce back from the disappointments of 2005 as he strives to earn another contract at the age of 40. Former England batsman Hick will reach that milestone in June in what is

  • 5/4/06 - Veteran back in the old routine

    GRAEME Hick struck 71 runs but Worcestershire were beaten by Essex in an entertaining start to the pre-season campaign at Chelmsford yesterday. Hick was well backed up by youngsters Stephen Moore (67) and Daryl Mitchell (44) in the County's total of

  • 5/4/06 - Veteran back in the old routine

    GRAEME Hick struck 71 runs but Worcestershire were beaten by Essex in an entertaining start to the pre-season campaign at Chelmsford yesterday. Hick was well backed up by youngsters Stephen Moore (67) and Daryl Mitchell (44) in the County's total of

  • Davies in MCC line-up for Lord's

    PROMISING Steven Davies has been selected to play for the MCC against reigning county champions Nottinghamshire in the cricket season's annual curtain-raiser at Lord's. Davies, Worcestershire's wicketkeeper-batsman who received an England `A' call-up

  • Danny's back with a bang for Hereford

    DANNY Carey-Bertram returned from the Hereford United fringes with style as he bagged two handy goals in the Conference last night. The striker, making his first Bulls start since January 31, pounced to rescue the visitors and secure a 2-2 draw, denting

  • Nerves jangle for Droitwich BTCC holder

    REIGNING champion Matt Neal has admitted to feeling nervous about his chances in Sunday's opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship rounds at Brands Hatch, Kent. The 39-year-old, of Droitwich Spa, is aiming to become the first driver for

  • Amber loses in last eight

    A TABLE tennis star has smashed her way into a national competition. Amber Perry, of St George's CE Primary School in Worcester, was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the under 11s national championships in Bristol, landing her in the top eight in

  • Webster grabs thrilling victory

    ADAM Webster's 89th-minute strike completed a thrilling 3-2 Nationwide North win for Worcester City at Bower Fold last night. City seemed to have tossed away victory when, after snatching a two-goal advantage through debutant Gareth Seddon and Webster

  • Gotting agrees to link up with Warriors

    WORCESTER Warriors continued to bolster their squad in preparation for next season when they completed the signing of Wasps hooker Ben Gotting. The deal to sign Gotting, exclusively revealed in last Saturday's Worcester News, will see the 25-year-old

  • Rhodes backing Hick to roar back

    WORCESTERSHIRE'S director of cricket Steve Rhodes is backing Graeme Hick to bounce back from the disappointments of 2005 as he strives to earn another contract at the age of 40. Former England batsman Hick will reach that milestone in June in what is

  • Veteran back in the old routine

    GRAEME Hick struck 71 runs but Worcestershire were beaten by Essex in an entertaining start to the pre-season campaign at Chelmsford yesterday. Hick was well backed up by youngsters Stephen Moore (67) and Daryl Mitchell (44) in the County's total of

  • 5/4/06 - Gotting agrees to link up with Warriors

    WORCESTER Warriors continued to bolster their squad in preparation for next season when they completed the signing of Wasps hooker Ben Gotting. The deal to sign Gotting, exclusively revealed in last Saturday's Worcester News, will see the 25-year-old

  • Time for a reggae revival

    THE Descendants of Windrush (DOW) are staging a Grand Easter Reggae Revival party on Saturday, April 15. The party will be held at the Centrepoint Club in Ipsley Street from 8pm till late. Guests, who must be 18 or over, will be entertained by Redditch

  • Village in bloom for annual show

    SPRING was in full bloom at the annual Feckenham Flower Show on Saturday. Visitors to the village hall, off High Street, enjoyed the colourful exhibitions of flowers while the little ones in tow took advantage of the face painting, ice creams and games

  • Tips for tots

    STAFF at an Alcester hair salon have shown that charity does not always start at home. The team at Mavericks, on Evesham Street, decided to put a little back into the community as a number of their customers had children - and so saved all their tips

  • Results of river study on view

    ALCESTER residents now have the chance to see the results of a pre-feasibility study on the navigation of the River Arrow. The results of the study, which looked into opening up a 10km stretch of the river between Salford Priors and Alcester for use by

  • MEP warns over home care cuts

    CUTS in home care in Alcester will hit the elderly hard, an MEP has warned. Home care service contracts are due to be changed to larger companies to save money - but current clients are worried they will lose carers they know and trust. Liz Lynne, MEP

  • Wet and windy

    LAST weekend's club run for Evesham Whe-elers was to Earl's Croome Garden Cen-tre. An early shower greeted the riders as they progressed towards Elmley Castle, Combertons, Eckington, and Pershore passing Croome Court. However, the sun was shining when

  • Winds of woe

    THE programme at Evesham Sailing Club was interrupted last weekend when near gale-force winds proved too strong for even the most experienced sailors. Competing for the Charity Cup, racing had to be abandoned after a number of incidents and capsizes kept

  • Trophies up for grabs

    Birdseye Sports Evesham Ladies Darts League THE Hospital Club will stage the league's two knockout finals on Monday, April 24. The Oddfellows and Coach and Horses will contest the Knock-out Cup Final, while the B teams from the Talbot and the Hospital

  • Angel duo claim top pairs success

    Evesham and District Crib League THE league staged its members' only pairs competition at Bretforton RBL on Mon-day when 22 pairs were in action. After several close finishes the victors were John and Brian Townley (Angel Vaults B) who defeated Edwards

  • Girls on a mission

    A HEARTFELT tribute has been paid to a group of young girls in Redditch who have been working so hard to raise cash for breast cancer research. One of them is 13-year-old Jenna Carter, whose sister Cheryl Lehane Jalloh died just weeks ago from the disease

  • Trust's joy at award

    THE levels of clinical care, patient safety and staff training at Worcestershire's hospitals - including the Alex in Redditch - have been given the thumbs up. For the first time, Worcest-ershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust achieved Level Two accreditation

  • Micra on a mission

    TWO intrepid students are going on the adventure of a lifetime when they drive a 14-year-old, faded blue Nissan Micra half way around the world for charity. Friends Harry Fox, 21, from Alcester and Simon Amor, 22, of Evesham, plan to take their £50 on-line

  • Finals keenly fought

    Evesham and District Association THE BBC Club played host to the finals night of the 2005/06. The finals of the knockout tournaments of this long-running general knowledge quiz, were, as usual, keenly contended. Although the scores look somewhat one-

  • Hotel worker's dedication honoured

    A BRIGHT young Redditch apprentice was runner-up at the 2006 Learner First Awards. Axel Vinnet, 22, who works at the Quality Hotel in Southcrest, was nominated for one of the awards handed out by the Learning and Skills Council National Employer Service

  • Silver lining as top shooter Beadle bags first maximum

    Evesham and District Airgun League ANDY Beadle scored his first ever maximum 50 after shooting regularly for the past 25 years. The Wickhamford SSC hot shot helped his side to victory over Bengeworth SSC during a week in which the top four teams all triumphed

  • Cassey gets track boost

    CASSEY Watson's campaign to win the 750mc's new SAXMAX championship for 14-17 year olds has been given a massive boost. After impressing former British Touring Car Championship driver Eugene O'Brien at a recent test session, he has volunteered his time

  • Easter activities

    AN array of Easter activities to entertain town children is on offer at Forge Mill Museum this holiday. On Tuesday, April 18 youngsters can get into a carnival spirit, making masks and taking part in a parade. On the Wednesday there will be a Chocolate

  • Tory politician to vote with his feet

    A TOWN councillor is swapping politics for plimsolls to take part in the third Redditch Fun Run. Gavin Smithers, a Conservative councillor for Webheath, has signed up to run the 10km race, which is taking place at Arrow Valley Countryside Centre on Saturday

  • 01/04/06 - Out of sorts Spa taste shield defeat

    Droitwich 5 Kidderminster 13 North Midlands Shield Quarter final DROITWICH RFC crashed out of the North Midlands Shield after Kidderminster Carrolians edged them out at the Glynn Mitchell Memorial Ground on Saturday. A second half fight back by Droitwich's

  • Surgery comes step nearer

    THE campaign to open a doctor's surgery in Inkberrow has moved a step further. A cutting of the turf ceremony has taken place, with Dr Stuart Paton, Worcestershire county councillor Clive Holt, district councillor Audrey Steele and parish council chairman

  • World first for students' work

    BUDDING Kingsley College composers are looking forward to the world premiere of their work on Friday. Young musicians from the Woodrow school have been working with nationally-renowned composer Dobrinka Tabakova and the fruit of one student's labours

  • Wythall Gardening Club

    AT our March meeting we welcomed a return visit from Philip Aubrey, director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens. He gave a very interesting talk on the 175-year history of the gardens, followed by a tour of the gardens shown on slides. In 1829 a group of

  • Redditch Music Society

    JUDITH Hall and Deian Rowlands' harps delighted an enthusiastic audience on a bitterly cold evening at the society's March concert. Deian proved to be a superb replacement for the advertised harpist Hugh Webb, who was unable to appear due to a combination

  • Droitwich C have the title in their sights

    DROITWICH Spa C maintained their excellent form in the Indoor County League by beating Colwall. Spa made it four wins in a row to confirm the team's position as genuine contenders for the championship. Bowler Paul Foster was in fine form with the ball

  • Woodland uproar

    OAKENSHAW residents are furious at the lack of consultation they received from Redditch Council over recent changes made to nearby public woodland, which included the closure of a well-used footpath. People living in Rockford Close, Oakenshaw South, claim

  • Kingfisher WI

    AS our meeting coincided with Fair Trade Fortnight we had a fair trade stall. Also on show were the scrapbooks of memoirs of the past 22 years and also of our association with HMS Kingfisher, which lasted till the ship was decommissioned. Our speaker

  • Inkberrow Spring Show

    TOM Hodgkinson, chairman of Inkberrow and District Horticultural Society, was delighted to welcome a good number of visitors to the society's Spring Show at Inkberrow Village Hall on March 4. He said congratulations were due to all the exhibitors for

  • Feckenham Forest History Society

    AT the March meeting members had an illustrated talk on The Avoncroft Museum and its Historic Buildings from Ian Jenkins. He has been a volunteer at the museum since 1972 so has followed its development since its early days. Avoncroft, started in 1961

  • Holders pushed

    DEFENDING champions Barnt Green B were pushed all the way before beating Droitwich Hawks 6-4 in the Redditch and Bromsgrove Table Tennis League Division One. Pat McCabe and Sasha Grokhotov both won their three singles matches for Barnt Green, while Dave

  • Cookhill & District Gardening Association

    ON March 13 the chairman of the association, David Morgan, stepped in at late notice to replace the advertised speaker. David gave an excellent presentation on his early years as a teacher in Tanzania. He outlined how he and his young family grew vegetables

  • Local duo sweep board at county tournament

    TWO members of Bromsgrove Swimming Club returned from the Worcestershire Age Group Championships with a large haul of medals. Nicola Strange and Richie Edmunds returned from the championships in Worcester sharing an impressive 13 medal collection. Members

  • Alvechurch WI

    OUR last two meetings have been very enjoyable with congratulations given to Joan Clarence on her birthday and Pam Horsfield on becoming a grandmother to Millie Gwen on February 26. We had a coffee morning and raised £159 for Alan Peace, who mountain

  • Bromsgrove Rovers fixtures and results 2005/2006

    HOME, away (Southern League Division One West fixtures unless stated) JULY Wed 13 KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS (friendly) 2-4 (Blakemore, Hadland). Sat 16 HEDNESFORD TOWN 0-3 (friendly). Tue 19 MOOR GREEN 0-1 (friendly). Sat 23 BRISTOL ROVERS 3-4 (friendly)

  • Review of prisons

    THE treatment of women within the criminal justice system at jails including Tardebigge's Brockhill Prison will be the subject of a Government review. The review, which will look at facilities and support for women, was ordered last week by Parliamentary

  • Keeping alive the spirit of Dunkirk

    AN Alvechurch man is looking forward to relaunching an historic boat more than 65 years after it played an important role in the Second World War. Stan Rzeznicznak, of Redditch Road, has spent four years, with the help of friends, restoring the classic

  • Droitwich Spa RFC First XV fixtures 2005/2006

    HOME, away (Midlands Three West (South) fixtures unless stated) SEPTEMBER Sat 10 HARBURY 48-12 Sat 17 North Derbyshire (Powergen Vase) 15-18 Sat 24 Worcester Warriors 15-12 OCTOBER Sat 01 MARCONI COVENTRY 41-0 Sat 08 STOURBRIDGE LIONS 0-20 Sat 15 Worksop

  • Gala tickets up for grabs

    ADVERTISER readers are being given the chance to go to the Gala Night re-opening of the town's Palace Theatre, with a free ticket giveaway. The recently refurbished venue has teamed up with the Advertiser to offer eight pairs of tickets to the grand re-opening

  • Palms return in a starring role!

    THE once celebrated Kingfisher Shopping Centre palm trees are set for a return visit to their former home on Sunday. Branches from the trees, which were removed from the centre in October, will be used in a Palm Sunday procession through the centre. The

  • 25 Years Ago April 3, 1981

    VANDALS had caused £250 worth of damage by knocking down and smashing a number of gravestones. Two years ago the world famous railway gravestones, dating from 1842 in St John's churchyard, had been wrecked by vandals. MEMBERSHIP of Catshill Community

  • Perhaps now is time to grow up

    WHEN I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (1 Corinthians, chapter 13, verse 11). May I be permitted to suggest, with respect, to the ubiquitous Howard Bellaby that he gives consideration

  • Bar beam could aid stuck trucks

    HIGH-tech measures are being investigated to help solve traffic problems on a town centre road. An infra-red bar beam could be put in place to stop the regular problem of vans and trucks getting stuck under the ring road bridge near Grosvenor House on

  • Men on sexual assault charge

    TWO 20-year-old men appeared before Redditch magistrates charged with the sexual assault of a pair of 16-year-old girls in Riverside. Ricky Gall, of Alvechurch, was arrested on Wednesday and appeared before magistrates on Friday charged with rape. He

  • Give us area for mini motos

    I AM writing to express my views on mini motos in Redditch. We are all aware of the crackdown on mini motos at the moment. I think there are too many pubs in Redditch which are for older people and the younger people do not have many facilities to enjoy

  • Men on sexual assault charge

    TWO 20-year-old men appeared before Redditch magistrates charged with the sexual assault of a pair of 16-year-old girls in Riverside. Ricky Gall, of Alvechurch, was arrested on Wednesday and appeared before magistrates on Friday charged with rape. He

  • David lucky to have the cash

    CONGRATULATIONS to David Rogers on having his much-needed operation performed in India (Advertiser, March 29). He was fortunate to have the money and to be able to spend time away from his son. No doubt the state helped with the latter's constant care

  • Helpers boost total by 20pc

    YOU may recall a few weeks ago I put a plea out to your readers to help my family collect for Marie Curie Cancer Care's Great Daffodil Appeal on Saturday, March 25 (Letters, March 15). Four wonderful members of Redditch Rotary responded and joined my

  • Artwork fit for a Palace

    THE artist commissioned to produce a unique stained glass window for the newly refurbished Palace Theatre has given Advertiser readers an insight into how his final design was created. Steven Cartwright took these work-in-progress pictures to show how

  • A great net result

    SHARPSHOOTERS took part in Redditch's first High Fives Netball Festival at the Abbey Stadium. Pupils from eight schools in the town attended the event, which was organised by Redditch Council's sports development team. Sports development officer Vicci

  • Wife harassed by love poems

    A FORMER Studley careers adviser harassed a married woman in the area for three months with poems, letters and cards in an attempt to woo her, a court was told. John Adair, now living in Bristol, had previously pleaded not guilty under a Harassment Act

  • Readers rally to our appeal

    JUST two weeks after we launched the Craig Evans Wheelchair Appeal, almost a seventh of the money needed has been raised. On Monday, appeal director Jean Leathwaite said so far readers had dug deep and donated £1,437, which includes the £40 she raised

  • John in flying farewell visit to former base

    POPULAR Redditch entertainer John Emms took a final trip down memory lane when he visited an RAF base where he served 57 years ago - just weeks before it was closed. Armed with many happy memories, Mr Emms was one of only six former servicemen and civilians

  • Brothers make life grim for court challengers

    THE opening round of pool matches in the Prudden Road Surfacing Junior Cup competition have now been completed with Bidford, Henley, Shipston and Alcester topping their respective groups. Finals night between the winning teams from each of the four pools

  • Barry bags a final Fishery triumph

    Evesham Jubilee Society BARRY Stayte narrowly pipped Jeff Spiers for top spot at the Last Chance Open. The Fishery provided good sport with carp and chub the chief catches on a day when there were several other decent returns. The Fishery is now closed

  • Shoot-out sickener as Town downed in semi

    DEVASTATED, deflated and distraught were just three of the adjectives that best described the feelings of Andy Robbins after his Pershore Town side had missed out on a place in the Endsleigh Challenge Cup Final. It was the second successive season that

  • DVD - A History of Violence (18)

    SHOCKING is definitely one word that can describe this film - and unexpected would probably be the second to spring to mind. Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) seems to live the perfect life with his wife and their two children in the small, peaceful town of

  • New era for the Chateau

    PLANS to extend Droitwich Spa's Chateau Impney hotel have been given the go ahead. Members of Wychavon District Council's development control committee agreed unanimously to the major planning application at the landmark building. The scheme, to create

  • DVD - Keeping Mum (15)

    ROWAN Atkinson and Dame Maggie Smith head a star studded cast in this all-British deliciously funny black comedy. The story centres on a hugely dysfunctional family living in the idyllic village of Little Wallop. Vicar Walter Goodfellow, played by Atkinson

  • Cricket club's call to arms

    PLANS are being drawn up to transform Droitwich Spa Cricket Club's pavilion. Cricket could well be played in style and comfort this summer if townsfolk rally round to help at the popular club venue. A national initiative aims to enhance the St Peter's

  • A bird in the hand

    CHILDREN at a Spa school enjoyed a taste of spring after they successfully hatched six chicks. The youngsters from the reception class at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, in Ombersley Way, kept the eggs in a special incubator until they hatched last

  • In line for top gong

    A BROMSGROVE school has been short-listed for this year's prestigious npower Disability Sports Awards. Designated a specialist sports college last September, Chadsgrove School, in Catshill, has been nominated for the School of the Year Award. However,

  • Spa to hit 'em for six

    DROITWICH Spa's mayor is hoping businesses and organisations in the town can stump up support for a six-a-side charity cricket tournament. Councillor Richard Morris is planning a cricket competition for Spa people who fancy trying their skills. He came

  • Payout helps Nick to rebuild shattered life

    THE first day back at work in the new millennium is a day Nick Jones will never forget. When the 61-year-old left his home in Bromsgrove for a normal day at work he had no idea that his life would be changed forever by a tragic accident in which he was

  • It's all systems go

    A TOP Stoke Heath museum is planning a host of fun-packed activities over the Easter break. Avoncroft Museum is having a week of drop-in 'arts activities' for all the family. They will be encouraged to paint, collage and draw the Danzey Green windmill

  • They're turning the clocks back

    TALENTED youngsters at a Spa school performed the Charles Dickens classic David Copperfield as a musical for parents. Year four, five and six pupils at Whitford Hall and Dodderhill School joined together for a memorable show that featured three girls

  • Book - Little Face - Sophie Hannah

    ALICE Fancourt gives birth to her first child, Florence, just two weeks before she ventures out of the house for the first time. Gone just two hours she returns to find the door open, her husband asleep and Florence replaced with a different baby. With

  • They've got success all wrapped up

    PROUDLY waving their newly-knitted scarves, Catshill pupils showed off their artistic talents to Bromsgrove MP Julie Kirkbride. Julie was invited to Catshill Middle School, in Meadow Road, to judge a school scarf design competition. The contest was organised

  • DVD - Keeping Mum (15)

    ROWAN Atkinson and Dame Maggie Smith head a star studded cast in this all-British deliciously funny black comedy. The story centres on a hugely dysfunctional family living in the idyllic village of Little Wallop. Vicar Walter Goodfellow, played by Atkinson

  • Scooping a top award

    A HARDWORKING woman has scooped a top national award for tackling anti-social behaviour in Charford and Sidemoor. Debbie Roberts, chief officer at the Multi Agency Resource Centre, in Humphrey Avenue, is one of six West Midlands winners of the Home Office's

  • DVD - A History of Violence (18)

    SHOCKING is definitely one word that can describe this film - and unexpected would probably be the second to spring to mind. Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) seems to live the perfect life with his wife and their two children in the small, peaceful town of

  • Buster's back in the arms of the family

    A HEARTBROKEN family, whose dog was stolen from a Bromsgrove home, has been reunited with their pet. Buster, a two-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, was taken in January from a house in Catshill where he was being cared for by Diane Newey, on behalf

  • Witton WI

    THE president welcomed an excellent turnout of members and visitors on a very cold evening. Our membership is now 60, not a record for us, but gratifying nonetheless. Jenny was presented with our new WI silver President's badge by May Evans. It was bought

  • Bromsgrove Canine Society

    MEMBERS of the ringcraft section of Bromsgrove and District Canine Society were very successful at this year's Crufts Dog Show. Those who achieved a first are to be particularly congratulated, as in the highest competition in the country this is a great

  • Hadzor & Oddingley WI

    TWO beautiful spring-flower arrangements, made by president Jenny Marsh and Mary Gray, greeted the members as they entered the hall. News reports told how our quiz-team had represented us very well. We were asked our opinions on a piece of ware to be

  • Sidemoor WI

    Glasses were raised at Sidemoor WI to celebrate its 50th birthday. The toast was given by the president Maureen Smith. She also welcomed Chris Marriott, Greta Mitchel, Christine Hickman-Smith, and Janas Jones. Also, Marion and Jill, from Finstall WI,

  • 25/03/06 - Bromsgrove fade against pacesetters

    Bromsgrove 17 Bedford Athletic 41 Midlands Division One COACH Iain Hall praised his Bromsgrove RFC players for pushing Bedford Athletic on Saturday but was left ruing missed chances in the defeat to the second placed side at Finstall Park. Hall watched

  • Easy as B and C

    THE opening club match of the new season resulted in a resounding 6-0 victory for a combined Evesham B and C team. The opponents were Cleobury Mortimer who failed to win a match and only came close in two of the pairings with Chris Phillips and John Curtis

  • Show us how

    I couldn't believe the naivety of MP Peter Luff to say that Britain is losing jobs to India because British workers don't work hard enough. Surely he knows the truth. It is the fact that in India they are not taxed to the hilt, they have hardly any bills

  • Non-political

    WHILE we are grateful for the manner in which the last two mayors have conscientiously carried out their duties during a most difficult town period, my husband and I feel that there is now a public reaction towards a non-political appointment and the

  • Warriors training for side's Rhinos

    youngsters from Alvechurch and Hopwood were among those who linked up with Kings Norton's u15 rugby team for a training session with a trio of star players. The three Worcester Warriors stars took an exciting session at the club's Ash Lane ground. England

  • 02/04/06 - Jenkins uses his head as Spa share points

    Droitwich Spa 1 Feckenham Reserves 1 RESURGENT Droitwich continued to prove their qualities with a battling draw in the Midland Combination Division Two on Saturday. Spa came from a goal down to extend their unbeaten run and continue to cement a mid-table

  • Last four date for Norton

    Kings Norton 25, Bredon Star 22 Kings Norton held on against a determined Bredon side to secure an excellent victory and move into the semi-finals where they will face Old Griffinians. And it was the third time Kings shave beaten their rivals who always

  • 03/04/06 - Star shot down in cup

    Church FC 7 Star and Garter 2 CHURCH FC emphatically won the Advertiser/Messenger League Cup by winning a goal feast and denying Star and Garter for a second year in a row at Redditch United on Sunday. Church deservedly lifted the cup after producing

  • Supporters' scheme launched

    BROMSGROVE Rovers Supporters Society (BRSS) pledged to involve the club at the heart of the town at the launch of its loan note scheme on Thursday, March 30. BRSS announced that the club would become more involved with the community if it was bought by

  • Letter to rally fans

    ABOUT thirteen years ago the average home crowd was one thousand two hundred and Bromsgrove Rovers Football Club was the best non-league side in the country - when both league and cup results were being considered. The club was managed by former West

  • Fixture worry for Rovers manager

    BROMSGROVE Rovers manager Rod Brown is hoping that the team's fixture congestion does not disturb the club's end of the season. Combined with last night's game against Thame United Rovers are set for a gruelling schedule of four games in seven days. Rovers

  • Williams nets crucial points

    Redditch 5, Woodrush 3 A FIRST half try from Lee Williams proved enough to hand Redditch the bragging rights in this derby match. But the result was in doubt until the final whistle with the visitors missing a late penalty that could have handed them

  • Flag mystery

    I am looking for information on a trooper of the QOWH from Bromsgrove, c1917 whose name was GH Field. He was the signaller of the QOWH in the charge at Huj. He was only armed with his flags. I need to know if he survived the charge and/or First World

  • Well done

    I Called at a local store in Catshill to purchase the obligatory Mother's Day card. On leaving the store I was greeted by a sea of smiling young faces. I and other people leaving the store were presented with a very pretty small pot plant and wishes for

  • The facts

    WE would like to point out that in M Finlay's letter in last week's edition the issues raised concerning highway and schooling matters are the responsibility of the county council and not the district council. Neither has the district council built new

  • 04/04/06 - Trevor adds to appearance tally

    BROMSGROVE RFC celebrated the feats of its legendary record appearance holder with a special dinner at Finstall Park.GOLDEN OLDIES: Trevor Lacy (front row, middle right), celebrates an illustrious career with his team mates from the 1960s. Back row -

  • Young Boars seal fifth

    BROMSGROVE under-11s finished the North Midlands tournament unbeaten to seal fifth place at Dudley Kingswinford. The young Boars did not concede a try or lose a match and were unfortunate not to make it into the final four of the competition. Thirteen

  • Spa make it two

    DROITWICH under-8s won the Nuneaton Festival on Sunday. Spa clinched its second tournament in a fortnight by defeating Lutterworth in the final. In Droitwich's opening game Droitwich edged Northampton Old Scouts 35-25, with tries for Ieuan Howells (3)

  • County aid at grounds

    A TRIO of local clubs are expecting county assistance this weekend the CricketForce 2006 takes place. Evesham, Pershore and Ashton have all requested the visit of a member of the playing staff at Worcestershire to help with ground work required ahead

  • 5/4/06 - Rhodes backing Hick to roar back

    WORCESTERSHIRE'S director of cricket Steve Rhodes is backing Graeme Hick to bounce back from the disappointments of 2005 as he strives to earn another contract at the age of 40. Former England batsman Hick will reach that milestone in June in what is

  • Danny's back with a bang for Hereford

    DANNY Carey-Bertram returned from the Hereford United fringes with style as he bagged two handy goals in the Conference last night. The striker, making his first Bulls start since January 31, pounced to rescue the visitors and secure a 2-2 draw, denting

  • Nerves jangle for Droitwich BTCC holder

    REIGNING champion Matt Neal has admitted to feeling nervous about his chances in Sunday's opening Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship rounds at Brands Hatch, Kent. The 39-year-old, of Droitwich Spa, is aiming to become the first driver for almost

  • Davies in MCC line-up for Lord's

    PROMISING Steven Davies has been selected to play for the MCC against reigning county champions Nottinghamshire in the cricket season's annual curtain-raiser at Lord's. Davies, Worcestershire's wicketkeeper-batsman who received an England 'A' call-up

  • Gotting agrees to link up with Warriors

    WORCESTER Warriors continued to bolster their squad in preparation for next season when they completed the signing of Wasps hooker Ben Gotting. The deal to sign Gotting, exclusively revealed in last Saturday's Worcester News, will see the 25-year-old

  • Rhodes backing Hick to roar back

    WORCESTERSHIRE'S director of cricket Steve Rhodes is backing Graeme Hick to bounce back from the disappointments of 2005 as he strives to earn another contract at the age of 40. Former England batsman Hick will reach that milestone in June in what is

  • Ladies sunk in cup tie

    Worcester City Res 5, Evesham Utd Ladies 3 SUNDAY'S League Cup semi-final was switched to St George's Lane where United succumbed to their second successive cup defeat. The visitors fell behind from an eighth minute corner when the ball struck the unfortunate

  • Return of spoof Stones

    MASTER musical mick-takers the Counterfeit Stones are making a triumphant return to the provinces by lighting up stages and theatres all over the country, including the Artrix in Bromsgrove. The new tour, a Bigger Bong, which kicked off in Hammersmith

  • Men wanted to star in musical

    REDDITCH Operatic Society is on the lookout for men to star in this year's production of the classic show South Pacific. The society, one of the biggest in the area, is desperate for people to fill male roles in the show, set for the Palace Theatre in

  • Villa date

    JUNIOR FOOTBALL: There is still time to enrol on the latest Aston Villa soccer school to be held in Redditch this Easter. Coaches from the Premiership club will be staging the event at Kingsley Leisure Centre for four days from Monday. Boys and girls

  • Final date for mighty Millers

    FECKENHAM will meet Midland Combination Premier Division leaders Atherstone Town in the final of the Endsleigh Challenge Cup. But the Millers had to battle hard to book their place, Lee Adams' side only winning through thanks to a nail-biting penalty

  • 25 years ago - April 3, 1981

    WHEN some people buy a new car they take care of it, polish it and perhaps top up the oil occasionally. But Viv Rowe has done a bit more than that - he's torn his new metro apart. Roof, doors, bonnet - even the wings have been torn off the car. Viv's

  • 50 years ago - April 6, 1956

    AMONG the busiest men in Redditch during the Easter holidays were Redditch firemen, who answered 17 calls in six days. The spate of outbreaks started at midday on Thursday and ended with a chimney fire on Wednesday morning. Nine of the calls were to grass

  • Farm high

    ANGLING: Label Innovations AC held a match at Tunnel Barn Farm with 25 anglers taking part. Feeder expert Carl Bovington caught carp on the corn for a total winning weight of 33lb 6oz, just edging Scott Poynton into second with a haul of 33lb 2oz. Arnie

  • In the swim

    SWIMMING: STUDENT swimmers took to the water in the town's annual Middle Schools Swimming Gala. Youngsters from across the town entered a variety of events including freestyle, butterfly, backstroke and medley relays, as well as a non-swimmer race to

  • Soap stars in soccer skirmish

    Leukaemia CARE reports that almost 1,000 tickets have already been sold for the footballing clash of the soap stars on Sunday. It is clearly becoming an important day for Soap watchers across the region with stars from Hollyoaks and Coronation Street

  • Browned off by sly Steve!

    Littleton 2, Mile Oak Rvrs 0 SATURDAY'S game was spoiled by the strong swirling wind, but both teams coped well with the tricky conditions. The match started with a period of fairly even play with the home team attacking positively down both flanks. Both

  • Peach packs an eight-goal punch

    A COUPLE of Stratford All-iance sides made April fools of their opponents as the goals flowed last Saturday. Cubbington scored 13 times when despatching Tysoe from the Alun Rees Trophy, while Henley Forest A banged in 11 in their Cutler Division Three

  • Ben fits bill as Alderton bury Bear

    Birdseye Sports Evesham and District Sunday League SECOND division Alderton reached the Evesham Mechanical Services Subsidiary Cup Final for the second successive year after a shock penalty shoot-out win over the Bear. Alderton took an early second half

  • Women's coaching

    THE Worcestershire FA, in conjunction with the County Sports Partnership's Active Sports Programme, is running a women's only FA Level Two Coach-ing Course at a cost of £120 per person. There are also two free places for successful candidates who can

  • Keeper Vaughan wobbles in Wales

    FROM the sublime to the ridiculous! That's the verdict on Nathan Vaughan who endured a horrendous 90 minutes in Wales. The larger than life goalkeeper has played a huge part in United's attempts to stave off relegation but his antics led to the Common

  • Tom has faith in cup magic

    CHAIRMAN Tom Herbert has backed his Bromsgrove Rovers team to add some much-needed magic to the season by winning the Errea Southern League Cup. After a season that has not lived up to fans' expectations in the Southern League Division One West Rovers

  • 04/04/06 - Fixture worry for Rovers manager

    BROMSGROVE Rovers manager Rod Brown is hoping that the team's fixture congestion does not disturb the club's end of the season. Combined with last night's game against Thame United Rovers are set for a gruelling schedule of four games in seven days. Rovers

  • Purse stolen

    A WOMAN in her 80s had her purse stolen in Marks and Spencer in Redditch. Police are appealing for information following the theft on Thursday between 11.20-11.35am. The pensioner was pushing a trolley round the store with her handbag in the front of

  • 04/04/06 - Thame torn apart

    Thame United 0 Bromsgrove Rovers 4 Southern League Division One West STRIKER Paul Moore bagged a brace as Bromsgrove Rovers ran out comfortable winners over the Southern League Division One's bottom side on Tuesday night. A goal in each half by the striker

  • Bold as brass

    ONE of the Midlands top brass bands will be performing at the Artrix on Saturday, April 8. The Langley Band will be performing a mix of contemporary music and classics at the School Drive venue (7.30pm start). Under the leadership of its musical director

  • In memory of members

    BROMSGROVE Choral Society are set to pay tribute to the memory of two benefactors and start the build up the Easter by performing a concert at St John's Church. The choir will sing John Rutter's Te Deum, Three Songs of Praise by George Dyson and will

  • Visiting sides earn the spoils

    SUNDAY'S annual jun-ior tournament organised by Bretforton and staged at Evesham High School saw Gloucester and Cheltenham take the honours. Boys and girls took part in Under-12 and an Under-16 seven-a-side competition with the former seeing Gloucester

  • Darrell makes the grade

    DROITWICH pool player Darrell Bareham more than matched his England team mates to book his place in the European Championships over the weekend.ON CUE: Darrell Bareham is off to the European Pool Championships. Bareham took on his fellow England squad

  • Three hit the target as ladies sign off in style

    Badsey Ladies 3, Harborne IV 1 AFTER two successive defeats Badsey concluded their Worcestershire League Division Two campaign on a high with one of their best team performances of the season. They were in control right from the off with good movement

  • Book - Margrave of the Marshes

    MARGRAVE: definition "princely" (Wikipedia). John Robert Parker Ravenscroft is surely worthy of such a title. Brought up in Shropshire (the Marshes) and soon dispatched to boarding school, the boy who was to become known to millions as John Peel, influential

  • DVD - A History of Violence (18)

    SHOCKING is definitely one word that can describe this film - and unexpected would probably be the second to spring to mind. Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) seems to live the perfect life with his wife and their two children in the small, peaceful town of

  • Serious side to big walk

    HANBURY Hall is the place to be this weekend - not only to enjoy the delights of this tourist attraction between Bromsgrove and Droitwich, but also to lend support to the many walkers who will be taking part in the Spring Walk 2006 in aid of cancer research

  • Emporer has his hands full

    A NEW production at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre gives an old story a new twist to delight young and old alike. The Emperor's New Machine, which runs at the theatre between April 7 and 22, follows the story of a vain Emperor whose love for clothes

  • Return of spoof Stones

    MASTER musical mick-takers the Counterfeit Stones are making a triumphant return to the provinces by lighting up stages and theatres all over the country, including the Artrix in Bromsgrove. The new tour, a Bigger Bong, which kicked off in Hammersmith

  • Tough life for young Spider

    A GRIPPING adaptation of Dick King-Smith's The Crowstarver is on offer for children during the Easter holidays at Malvern Theatres. Brought to life by a five-strong cast and two musicians playing an original score on piano and violin, the show is geared

  • Tale of the demon barber

    AWARD-winning musical Sweeney Todd arrives at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre next week. The inspired production about a demon barber starts on Monday, running until Saturday, April 15. It stars Jason Donovan, who recently starred in Chitty Chitty Bang

  • Where to go

    Wednesday, April 5 CINEMA: Brokeback Mountain, Artrix, School Drive, Bromsgrove. MUSIC: Time Enough, Hop Pole Inn, Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove. HISTORY: Droitwich History and Archeology Society presents Worcestershire Milestones, Droitwich Community Hall

  • What's On Guide

    Wednesday, April 5 Miss Saigon, Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham. Until April 29. Tickets on www.birminghamhippodrome.com or 0870 730 1234 Promises and Lies, Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham. Until April 15. Tickets on www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

  • Jazz legend is one of several stars heading for Brum

    CELEBRATED singer and jazz pianist Buddy Greco, one of the greatest names from the golden era of entertainment, is to make an exclusive Birmingham appearance at the Jam House next month. The former member of Frank Sinatra's 'Rat Pack' and the man responsible

  • Imitation 'Stones' to give satisfation

    THE Counterfeit Stones continue their sell out tour, A Bigger Bong, at the Artrix on Friday, April 7. The band takes a comedic look at the history of the ultimate rock'n'rollers, The Rolling Stones, and play some of the band's most famous songs. The Counterfeit

  • Bold as brass

    ONE of the Midlands top brass bands will be performing at the Artrix on Saturday, April 8. The Langley Band will be performing a mix of contemporary music and classics at the School Drive venue (7.30pm start). Under the leadership of its musical director

  • WARNER

    WARNER Tony The Wife and Family of the late Tony Warner would like to thank everybody for their cards and messages of sympathy in their time of great sadness, and to Everyone, who attended his Service to pay their last respects. Your thoughts and kindness

  • CRUMP COPD

    CRUMP Katharina Passed away on March 30th 2006 aged 77 years. Beloved wife of Percy and mother of James and John. She will be sadly missed by all. Funeral Service at Worcester Crematorium on Wednesday, April 12th at 12.30 p.m. Immediate family flowers

  • WILDE

    WILDE Mary Jane Jenny Passed away suddenly but peacefully at home on April 2nd, 2006, aged 82 years. Beloved wife of the late Bill, loving mother to Clive and Phil, mother in law to Sue and Lesley, devoted grandmother and great grandmother. Funeral service

  • HOWELLS

    HOWELLS Betty Jean Of Eckington, formerly of Droitwich, peacefully on March 31st 2006 aged 80 years. Beloved wife of Keith, dear mother of Christopher and David and a much loved mother in law, grandmother and great grandmother. Funeral Service at Eckington

  • PARKER

    PARKER Charles Edward Formerly of Greenhill Place Passed away peacefully in Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Wednesday March 29th 2006, aged 94 years. A dearly loved father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. Funeral Service will take place at

  • BOWKETT

    BOWKETT. Rose. Mum, four years today. Always in my thoughts. Love Sylvia. xx Published in paper 05/04/2006

  • FERNANDEZ FORD

    FERNANDEZ-FORD Mark and Luisa Are proud to announce the birth of their beautiful baby son Harry George born on March 27 2006. Many thanks to the midwives at Hereford County Hospital Published in paper 05/04/2006

  • Diary of Events

    Wednesday, April 5 Partners And Communities Together (PACT) meetings will be held in Church Hill Community Centre, Church Hill and Arthur Jobson in Abbeydale at 7pm. Wythall Gardening Club presents Terracotta Pots by Jacqui Shelley, Village Hall, Alcester

  • Factory raided

    TOOLS and scrap metal have been stolen from a factory in Wixford. Thieves broke into the Brookhouse Engineering building through a side door after forcing padlocks between noon on Sunday, April 2, and 7am the next day The raiders searched the units within

  • New officer hits the beat

    A NEW Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) hit the Studley beat on Monday. Gareth Walton, 25, is looking forward to getting out and about into the community and meeting people, he told the Advertiser. "It's the sort of job where you can make a difference

  • TV vet to visit

    AN ALCESTER farm will be welcoming a special guest at the weekend. TV Vet Joe Inglis, of BBC's Vets in Practice, will be lending an expert hand to smallholders and giving advice on animal and pet care at the event on Saturday, April 8. Red Hill Farm hopes

  • The search is on!

    ENTRIES are still being sought for the town's civic award, to be presented next month. Mayor Jim Kenyon is searching for the town's unsung heroes and wants people to nominate whoever they think deserves the award. "We need to ask the people of Alcester

  • Worries over house plans

    RESIDENTS are up in arms over plans to build a new house and garage in the historic heart of Alcester. About a dozen residents from Church Street packed an Alcester Town Council meeting to show their opposition to the plans to develop the garden of Dorset

  • End in sight for gym work

    WORK on the Greig Hall's new lifestyles gym is nearing completion. Phase one of building the new facilities at the community centre has progressed quickly and will be opened next Monday. Centre director Stacy Robinson said: "Current and new members of

  • Police appeal on bag thieves

    AN Alcester woman was forced to hand over her bag after thieves followed her home from Birmingham. The woman was overtaken by a dark red car, possibly a Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Cavalier with three or four occupants, somewhere in the vicinity of the Maypole

  • Health chiefs defend delays

    HEALTH chiefs have defended the delays to the new hospital in Alcester. The chief executive of South Warwickshire Primary Care Trust, Teresa French, said they agreed the current facilities at Priory Medical Centre and Arrow Lodge Medical Centre were no

  • Evesham duo pick up medals at pool Galas

    MEMBERS of clubs throu-ghout Worcestershire are taking part in the Chees-trings National Age Group championships to find this year's most promising young swimmers. Galas of the Worcestershire County Cheestrings Age Group Championship took place in Worcester

  • Twin town visitor

    REDDITCH welcomed a prestigious visitor from the country of one of its twin towns. Tanzanian High Commissioner Hassan Kibelloh made his first visit to the town on March 24, meeting Mayor Diane Thomas, as well as council officers and members of other organisations

  • Teen set to face trial

    A 19-YEAR-old is facing trial by jury accused of witness intimidation. Usman Malik, of Archer Road, Redditch, denies intimidating Sahira Shah by threatening her with violence if she continued a complaint against Kamran Ali Malik. He was granted bail at

  • Brothers make life grim for court challengers

    THE opening round of pool matches in the Prudden Road Surfacing Junior Cup competition have now been completed with Bidford, Henley, Shipston and Alcester topping their respective groups. Finals night between the winning teams from each of the four pools

  • Caribbean theme

    SATURDAY afternoons will be given a Caribbean flavour at a new town workshop. Redditch Youth House in Ipsley Street re-launched its Caribbean-orientated sessions for children aged five to 12 on Saturday with a guest appearance from Jacqui Smith MP. The

  • Get in pole position for race day tickets

    DARING drivers can look forward to the arrival of the Grand Prix in Alvechurch on Saturday. Wannabe Michael Schumachers and Jenson Buttons can pit their wits against each other at a specially-built model track at the Ark, next to the village's St Laurence

  • Club launch

    FILM buffs packed into Studley Village Hall on Friday for the long-awaited launch of its cinema club. Almost 100 residents enjoyed a screening of the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. Cinema club committee spokeswoman Hazel Wright

  • Church Green gets greener!

    TOWN centre shoppers can now bin their waste in a new recycling unit. An on-street recycling unit has been installed opposite the Three Cooks bakery near St Stephen's Church on Church Green where residents can dispose of newspapers, glass bottles or metal

  • Fun on the court

    THE Worcestershire Schools Badminton Association is holding a fun tournament on Saturday, May 13 at Perdiswell Leisure Centre near Worcester. The tournament is being divided into two age groups - Under-14s and Under-16s and there will be doubles and singles

  • Track's busy diary

    LAST Sunday's opening meeting of 2006 at a reva-mped Worcester Race-course was the first of 21 during the summer mon-ths. The £1m modification of facilities can be seen at the popular Family Fun Days. There's Ladies day on Saturday, June 3 which is also

  • Days of fun for Easter

    CRAFTS, arts, sports and games will be on offer for children in Alcester and Studley over the Easter holidays. Alcester Opportunities and Bidford Primary School will have a range of activities from Monday to Wednesday from 10am-3pm at a cost of £8 per

  • Double delight

    Evesham and District Table Tennis Association IN MK Technical Division 3A, young and upcoming Wyre Double Trouble duo of Luke and Adam Gordon have claimed the title thanks to a season's worth of commitment and dedication. They fought off competition from

  • Dave has his day!

    RATHER than visiting their long suffering mothers, 17 members of Childswickham Gun Club turned out to enjoy their monthly clay shoot! The subtle use of clay size, speed and angle coupled with the influence of the wind, resulted in some very challenging

  • End of season pool standings

    Evesham and District League Final standings Division One P W L F A Pts Hospital Club 16 14 2 100 44 128 Cider Mill B 16 11 4 94 50 116 Victors 16 13 3 88 65 114 Round of Gras 16 7 9 78 64 92 Lions 16 8 8 76 66 92 Fairfield A 16 7 9 63 61 77 New Inn Boys

  • Opener on track

    THE new season's opener at Worcester Grasstrack is on Sunday (1pm) at the usual Offerton Farm track venue opposite Worcester Rugby Club. It's the Worcester club's first meeting of three in 2006 . There are three categories in the solos - 250, 350 and

  • Mobile homes left in the dark

    ANGRY residents in a Portway mobile home site were left without electricity for 13 hours in the latest in a spate of power-cuts. Residents who live in Hillcrest Park, near Portway, have suffered intermittent electricity failures over the past few years

  • Top tips on music

    AN award-winning professional musician is hoping to pass on some of his expertise to the next generation of town talent. Tom Burbridge, who won the Loop-Promotions singer/songwriter of the year 2005, has launched guitar and music theory lessons for budding

  • Powerful in the pool

    THE second weekend of the Wor-cester County Championships saw even more success for members of the Evesham club. Arguably the most demanding stroke - butterfly - has proved to be a success story and gold medals were won by Cara Lee, Cameron Brodie (2)

  • New session for child clinic

    BATCHLEY'S Child Health Care Clinic takes up residence at Millstream Surgery in Cherry Tree Walk from today. The clinic currently runs at Batchley Community Centre and is led by Redditch and Bromsgrove Primary Care Trust health visitors. The new session

  • Council windfall on cards

    REDDITCH Council could benefit from a share in a multi million Government handout to local authorities. The cash will be awarded to the council after it signed a Local Area Agreement (LAA), along with 66 other authorities in the region. A pilot scheme

  • On course for garden makeovers

    GREEN-fingered residents who would like to build a trellis or sculpture for their garden are invited to a new course at the Arrow Valley Countryside Centre. Workshops will be held at the Battens Drive centre on Sunday and then on April 23 and May 14.

  • Stalybridge 2 City 3

    Tuesday, April 4, 2006 ADAM Webster's 89th-minute strike completed a thrilling 3-2 Nationwide North win for Worcester City at Bower Fold last night. City seemed to have tossed away victory when, after snatching a two-goal advantage through debutant Gareth

  • Trip of a lifetime

    A STUDLEY High School student will find his passage to India after being nominated for a trip of a lifetime. Chad Perkins, who is registered blind, will spend July travelling around India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet with a team of young people and adults

  • Surgery opening

    WEBHEATH villagers will be able to open wide at a new NHS dental surgery. The Tynsall Avenue practice welcomed its first patients on Monday following its official opening on Thursday. Minister of State for Health Service Rose Winston and chief dental

  • Snuggling up

    RESIDENTS and staff at a Redditch care home have been snuggling up for a national fundraising event. Everyone at Brambles care home, in Headless Cross, will be taking part in the national "Hug-day Quiz" on Friday to raise money for Help The Aged. Brambles

  • Team talk

    THE Commonwealth Games in Australia will be the topic of a talk at a Redditch pensioners' club next week. Eileen Millichip will be speaking on the subject at the Sunset Pensioners Club at Redditch Town Hall off Alcester Street on Tuesday at 2pm. All are

  • 'Must do better'

    REDDITCH high schools must do better, says Jacqui Smith following the publication of the latest performance tables. The schools minister and town MP was commenting on Redditch's performance in the Key Stage Three league tables, which were published on

  • Wythall Photographic Society

    MEMBERS have enjoyed three excellent presentations, one by John Lacey on producing mono prints on a computer and a digital projection called Double Trouble by John Cartlidge. Max Slater showed slides of British Landscapes. The third print competition

  • Redditch Garden Society

    THE society's AGM was well attended and the usual business was conducted very speedily. Those who did not attend will be pleased to know that Dr Rob Bennett will continue as our president and Nick Houghton will continue as chairman. The rest of the committee

  • Duo ready for a challenge

    AN amateur and professional from a local golf club are gearing up for the first round of the Lombard Trophy in May. Amateur Ted Ferris and professional Mark Toombs, who both play at Lickey's Rose Hill Golf Club, will be competing in the regional round

  • Merry Wives of Alcester

    ON March 7 Julie Ferguson gave a very enjoyable demonstration of silk and fresh cut flowers. She also showed us her technique of gift-wrapping and beautiful hand tied arrangement. Julie gave us many tips on how to prolong the life of cut flowers. The

  • Bickerton fades away in Portugal

    INCONSISTENT European Tour stalwart John Bickerton finished the Algarve Open in Portugal in 60th place on Sunday. The Droitwich professional suffered a stop-start campaign at the Le Meriden Penina resort. Bickerton had made a strong start to the tournament

  • In-form Prince fades in Evesham

    BROMSGROVE rider Paul Prince maintained his excellent form when he came sixth at the Evesham Vale road race. Prince burst away from the main pack with a bunch on the second lap but could not match his rivals in the final sprint. Wyre Forest CC rider Paul

  • Brave cancer mum leads charity walk

    A BRAVE Studley mum with terminal cancer is hoping to help fellow sufferers by leading a charity walk at the weekend. Doreen Raybould, who has been given less than six months to live, is determined to take part in the 5k walk at Droitwich's Hanbury Hall

  • Alcester Gardening Club

    ON one of the most coldest nights of the winter so far, members and guests turned out in full force to enjoy a most entertaining evening. The speaker, Peter Pashley, demonstrated how to make a hanging basket. Peter likes to use a slightly moist peat-based

  • Town jobs boost

    A NEW Telecoms training school set for the town centre is hoped to create about 200 extra jobs within the next two years. Redditch-based company SE Comms Ltd is setting up the training school and has taken out leases on two units at Empire Court in Albert

  • Taking the long view!

    BOOKWORMS at Birchensale Middle School have been discovering the pleasure of reading for fun. The school has recently received a Reading Connect award, which recognises its long-term commitment to encouraging students and staff to enjoy a good book. Birchensale

  • Inmate death probe set to open

    AN investigation is due to be opened into the death of an inmate found hanging in his cell in a Tardebigge prison. Robert Novitt, from Derbyshire, was found hanging in his double cell at HMP Blaken-hurst at 2.45pm on Friday. A Home Office spokesman said

  • Village set for surgery

    A POLICE surgery is starting in Feckenham to give people in the rural area the chance to discuss concerns. Crabbs Cross beat officer Pc Richard Waterhouse wanted to set up the surgeries to give villagers the chance to ask questions or seek advice on any

  • Violent crook faces jail

    A VIOLENT crook who failed to carry out unpaid community work was warned by a judge he faced a jail sentence. Edward Butler only carried out six hours of a 120-hour order for assaulting Mark Cooper and causing him actual bodily harm, Worcester Crown Court

  • Home had links with RC church

    IN reply to the letter regarding St Joseph's Home in Sambourne (Advertiser, March 22), you will find it had connections with St Mary's RC Church in Studley. I attended St Mary's RC School from 1931-41, which was in the road opposite the church. The nuns

  • Market question needs answering

    READING in the Advertiser about the future of Redditch market, it's about time someone came up with an answer. Redditch is a market town without one - Debenhams was built in place of it. The market, as such, is down steep steps and like going into a bomb

  • Killer's term cut

    A DISABLED Redditch man who killed the brother of a Hollywood star in a road rage attack in 2004 has had his jail term cut by the Court of Appeal. Eugene Warwood, 55, of Salop Road, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail at Birmingham Crown Court

  • Hotel built in 35 weeks

    A FAST-track building programme will see Redditch's new Holiday Inn Express in Hewell Road constructed in just 35 weeks. Building will start on the 100-bedroom hotel after it was agreed Wilmott Dixon Construction would carry out the work, in a £4.6 million

  • Mixed views on plan for cinema

    THE announcement of a new cinema for the town's Kingfisher Centre received a mixed response by councillors. Last week, the Advertiser revealed a new cinema was set to open in November above Wilkinsons and TJ Hughes. But its impending arrival has had a

  • Soap stars in soccer skirmish

    Leukaemia CARE reports that almost 1,000 tickets have already been sold for the footballing clash of the soap stars on Sunday. It is clearly becoming an important day for Soap watchers across the region with stars from Hollyoaks and Coronation Street

  • Opener on track

    THE new season's opener at Worcester Grasstrack is on Sunday (1pm) at the usual Offerton Farm track venue opposite Worcester Rugby Club. It's the Worcester club's first meeting of three in 2006 . There are three categories in the solos - 250, 350 and

  • Stop slagging off our town

    I HAVE been a Labour councillor in Abbey Ward for the last two years and I would like to think I have made a difference. Many people think, misguidedly, we do the job for the money. I can assure them this is not the case. Also, a lot of people have the

  • Angel duo claim top pairs success

    Evesham and District Crib League THE league staged its members' only pairs competition at Bretforton RBL on Mon-day when 22 pairs were in action. After several close finishes the victors were John and Brian Townley (Angel Vaults B) who defeated Edwards

  • Track's busy diary

    LAST Sunday's opening meeting of 2006 at a reva-mped Worcester Race-course was the first of 21 during the summer mon-ths. The £1m modification of facilities can be seen at the popular Family Fun Days. There's Ladies day on Saturday, June 3 which is also

  • End of season pool standings

    Evesham and District League Final standings Division One P W L F A Pts Hospital Club 16 14 2 100 44 128 Cider Mill B 16 11 4 94 50 116 Victors 16 13 3 88 65 114 Round of Gras 16 7 9 78 64 92 Lions 16 8 8 76 66 92 Fairfield A 16 7 9 63 61 77 New Inn Boys

  • Anxious wait on Alex jobs

    STAFF at the Alexandra Hospital are waiting on tenterhooks to see if a jobs axe will swing in their direction. Crunch talks on the future of jobs across Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are expected to take place at a board meeting tomorrow. Workers

  • Shoot-out sickener as Town downed in semi

    DEVASTATED, deflated and distraught were just three of the adjectives that best described the feelings of Andy Robbins after his Pershore Town side had missed out on a place in the Endsleigh Challenge Cup Final. It was the second successive season that

  • Finals keenly fought

    Evesham and District Association THE BBC Club played host to the finals night of the 2005/06. The finals of the knockout tournaments of this long-running general knowledge quiz, were, as usual, keenly contended. Although the scores look somewhat one-

  • Ben fits bill as Alderton bury Bear

    Birdseye Sports Evesham and District Sunday League SECOND division Alderton reached the Evesham Mechanical Services Subsidiary Cup Final for the second successive year after a shock penalty shoot-out win over the Bear. Alderton took an early second half

  • County aid at grounds

    A TRIO of local clubs are expecting county assistance this weekend the CricketForce 2006 takes place. Evesham, Pershore and Ashton have all requested the visit of a member of the playing staff at Worcestershire to help with ground work required ahead

  • Indoor facility is almost ready

    PERSHORE Tennis Centre staged the Topping-Out ceremony for its new indoor facility on Monday. Years of planning and hard work have led to this point, where the roof is on, the walls are up, and everything is proceeding towards completion at the end of

  • United recover from early set-back

    Worksop Town 1, Redditch United 1 MANAGER Gary Whild was hoping for three points from this clash with fellow relegation candidates Worksop. In the end it was a hard-earned draw for the Reds who showed plenty of spirit in battling back after conceding

  • Indoor facility is almost ready

    PERSHORE Tennis Centre staged the Topping-Out ceremony for its new indoor facility on Monday. Years of planning and hard work have led to this point, where the roof is on, the walls are up, and everything is proceeding towards completion at the end of

  • Keeper Vaughan wobbles in Wales

    FROM the sublime to the ridiculous! That's the verdict on Nathan Vaughan who endured a horrendous 90 minutes in Wales. The larger than life goalkeeper has played a huge part in United's attempts to stave off relegation but his antics led to the Common

  • Anstiss heroics can't save side

    Droylesden 2, Redditch United 1 Chances came and chances went but at the end of a miserable night in Manchester, Redditch found themselves slumped in the relegation places. A win for relegation rivals Leigh RMI at basement club Hednesford Town was enough

  • Book - Margrave of the Marshes

    MARGRAVE: definition "princely" (Wikipedia). John Robert Parker Ravenscroft is surely worthy of such a title. Brought up in Shropshire (the Marshes) and soon dispatched to boarding school, the boy who was to become known to millions as John Peel, influential

  • Riding high for success

    A DISABLED horse rider, who scooped a top award only a few weeks ago, is now hoping to continue her success with the help of Spa folk. Determined Philippa Bishop won the Paralympic Winter Championship in Leicester on her dressage horse. The 25-year-old

  • Probe after pollution

    A CLEAN up operation swung into action after the pollution of a Tibberton watercourse. Now Environment Agency officers are appealing for information which might lead to the source of the pollution which hit the watercourse behind the village store last

  • Club's birthday celebrations

    DROITWICH Spa's Inner Wheel Club is celebrating its 62nd birthday. Members marked the occasion when they gathered at the town's Raven Hotel for a fellowship tea. They were joined by ladies from clubs in the West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire

  • People power's war on drugs

    A GROUP of concerned residents are taking action in the hope of cleaning up Droitwich Spa's growing drug problem. Parents of children in the area, members of the Westlands Forum, the local housing association, schools and the police are forming a special

  • Phone mast plan is put on hold

    PLANS for three new mobile phone masts next to St John's Middle School have been temporarily shelved after pressure from concerned residents. A meeting at the school saw parents, governors and local residents raise concerns about the scheme for more masts

  • Thrown out

    YET another U-turn in the long-running saga over Bromsgrove's Oakalls estate has seen plans to build 58 houses turned down. The council's planning committee yet again refused the application from Gallagher Estates Limited to build further housing on the

  • Book - Margrave of the Marshes

    MARGRAVE: definition "princely" (Wikipedia). John Robert Parker Ravenscroft is surely worthy of such a title. Brought up in Shropshire (the Marshes) and soon dispatched to boarding school, the boy who was to become known to millions as John Peel, influential

  • For the boys (and girls) from Brazil

    COURAGEOUS Mark Jones is gearing up for a 1,200-mile fundraising hike, to help children in a Brazilian village that he says changed his life. The 40-year-old, from Fordhouse Road, will take on a mammoth walk from Land's End to John O'Groats in a bid to

  • Lucky escape in bedroom fire

    A MUM and son had a lucky escape from their burning Stoke Heath home - just days after taking the battery out of their smoke alarm. Firefighters from Bromsgrove and Droitwich Spa were called to the blaze in an upstairs bedroom in Hanbury Road, at 8.50pm

  • On display

    BUDDING artists at a Bromsgrove school displayed their creative talents with their very own art exhibition. Children at Lickey Hills Primary School showcased their work to parents with an exhibition last Thursday. Each class, from nursery to year six,

  • Poster removals isn't fair - says Tom!

    FOR proprietor Thomas Jones who has been coming to Bromsgrove with his touring fair every spring for over 50 years, much of the fun has gone out of his latest visit thanks, he says, to red tape. This year Mr Jones put out 40 posters advertising his fair

  • Famous names and faces the town has known

    A CHANCE remark on television recently that the BBC's 'hard man' Newsnight presenter, Jeremy Paxman, had once lived in Bromsgrove flagged up an idea in the mind of well known local historian and author, Dr Alan Richards. He wondered who else had found

  • Lickey WI

    President Sue Mayne welcomed members and two visitors to the March meeting of Lickey WI. Fares were collected for the April coach outing to Bristol. Judy Berrow, of Chaddesley Corbett, gave an illustrated talk entitled Starting from Scratch - The Story

  • Fairfield WI

    SHIRLEY Walker, our president, warmly welcomed members and especially new members to our March meeting. The annual dinner at the Gate Inn was enjoyed by all and thanks were given to Ann Griffin, who did all the organisation. At the recent county quiz

  • Chaddesley Corbett Gardeners

    DUNCAN Coombes was the guest speaker at our well attended march meeting and he entertained us with a very interesting talk about lilies. He also showed us slides of many beautiful examples of this much-loved plant, which can be grown in a surprising range

  • Serious side to big walk

    HANBURY Hall is the place to be this weekend - not only to enjoy the delights of this tourist attraction between Bromsgrove and Droitwich, but also to lend support to the many walkers who will be taking part in the Spring Walk 2006 in aid of cancer research

  • Barry bags a final Fishery triumph

    Evesham Jubilee Society BARRY Stayte narrowly pipped Jeff Spiers for top spot at the Last Chance Open. The Fishery provided good sport with carp and chub the chief catches on a day when there were several other decent returns. The Fishery is now closed

  • Emporer has his hands full

    A NEW production at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre gives an old story a new twist to delight young and old alike. The Emperor's New Machine, which runs at the theatre between April 7 and 22, follows the story of a vain Emperor whose love for clothes

  • 5/4/06 - Rookies do their chances no harm

    TROY Wood and Lewis Skyers can be pleased with their performances for Worcester City against Alfreton Town. Both are young players learning the game and Saturday was a good test for them. They came through fine, although the result should have been a

  • Dodge and Ali cross in win

    NEAR perfect conditions promised a good morning's rugby when Bredon's Under-14s faced opposition from Stow-on-the-Wold. The visitors drew first blood to take an early five-point lead but Bredon then got into their stride and defended and att-acked with

  • Double defeat on the road

    EVESHAM'S Under-8s made the trip to Gloucester to meet Matson for the first time. In early exchanges of the opening match, Evesham pushed their hosts back but it was clear that the Gloucester side were a determined outfit and remained composed as Eve-sham

  • End of an era

    IT is so sad to see the unexpected demise of Dewhursts with its overnight closure across the country and in particular in our Droitwich precinct. The Droitwich shop has been a pleasure to use with helpful and dedicated staff who must now be wondering

  • It's cause and effect

    IT is sad to note that Kwik Save is to close in Droitwich, however no action happens without having an effect on something or someone. If planners do not know and understand a town's needs, they are going to make mistakes. When Waitrose was built it was

  • Bromsgrove Rovers Football Club - Match Stats - 2005/2006

    GOALSCORERS 10 - Hadland, Banner, Dyer. 9 - Davis. 8 - Moore. 6 - Barnes-Homer. 5 - Danks. 4 - Porter. 3 - Curtis, Szewczyk, Johnson. 2 - Smith, Ramsay, Maguire, Reynolds, Williams, Geohaghan. 1 - Collins, Mitchell, Willetts, Hurren, Benbow. ADVERTISER

  • Tourists struggle to deal with Irish backs

    Navan 38, Alcester Tourists 12 The centre point of Alcester's 18-strong party long weekend in Dublin, was the hour long journey to the County Meath countryside to play a strong Navan side who are a big club in the Leinster rugby scene having several former

  • 29/03/04 - Own goal misery for goal-shy Fairfield

    Fairfield Villa 0 Archdale 73 1 FAIRFIELD Villa suffered heartache in the Worcestershire Junior Cup final as an own goal by Carl Dainter brought defeat at Worcester City. Dainter's second half own goal was enough to guarantee Villa's cup defeat last Wednesday

  • Brown calls away fans

    BROMSGROVE Rovers manager Rod Brown believes the travelling fans could make all the difference in securing the Errea Southern League Cup. With the final's first leg a testing away clash at Hitchin Town on April 11 the Rovers boss knows how important away

  • Tom has faith in cup magic

    CHAIRMAN Tom Herbert has backed his Bromsgrove Rovers team to add some much-needed magic to the season by winning the Errea Southern League Cup. After a season that has not lived up to fans' expectations in the Southern League Division One West Rovers

  • Title challengers to take it game at a time

    FAIRFIELD Villa FC manager Paul Oakes has warned his side to take every game as it comes in their bid for the Midland Combination Division One title. Fairfield are well poised to top the division but Oakes has stressed that the team must keep winning

  • 04/04/06 - Thame torn apart

    Thame United 0 Bromsgrove Rovers 4 Southern League Division One West STRIKER Paul Moore bagged a brace as Bromsgrove Rovers ran out comfortable winners over the Southern League Division One's bottom side on Tuesday night. A goal in each half by the striker

  • Hit and run driver hunt

    I would really like to thank the driver of the tractor and trailer unit, registration T740 WFH, who was driving in Swan Lane, Upton Warren, at 2.25pm on Saturday, March 24, for ruining my parents' life. They were driving towards Upton Warren when they

  • We need civic pride

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  • Prized asset

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  • Town devil

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  • Broms Proms

    I AM very disappointed that the Broms Proms event, which was such a successful way to round off last year's carnival, will not be happening again this time around. I am sure many other residents will join me in putting in a personal plea to the carnival

  • New arrivals to bolster Reds

    REDDITCH manager Gary Whild has brought in three new players as United look to safeguard their Nationwide Conference North future. The Reds entertain Hucknall Town on Saturday, the first of five crucial games in the run-up to the end of the season. Damon

  • 21/03/06 - Coach ushers in new era at Boars

    HEAD coach Iain Hall has started his revolution at Bromsgrove RFC by drafting in a fitness expert to get the first team players in super-fit shape. The headman at the Finstall Park club has also hinted that there will be sweeping changes to the coaching

  • Trevor adds to appearance tally

    BROMSGROVE RFC celebrated the feats of its legendary record appearance holder with a special dinner at Finstall Park.GOLDEN OLDIES: Trevor Lacy (front row, middle right), celebrates an illustrious career with his team mates from the 1960s. Back row -

  • 01/04/06 - Out of sorts Spa taste shield defeat

    Droitwich 5 Kidderminster 13 North Midlands Shield Quarter final DROITWICH RFC crashed out of the North Midlands Shield after Kidderminster Carrolians edged them out at the Glynn Mitchell Memorial Ground on Saturday. A second half fight back by Droitwich's

  • Thriller ends in a tie

    EVESHAM Casuals and Overbury fought out a thrilling tie in last week's Worcester CB Indoor clash at Prince Henry's. Needing 14 off the final over, Jamie Munro blasted 13 off the opening four balls but was unable to find the wall off the last two and was

  • 5/4/06 - Davies in MCC line-up for Lord's

    PROMISING Steven Davies has been selected to play for the MCC against reigning county champions Nottinghamshire in the cricket season's annual curtain-raiser at Lord's. Davies, Worcestershire's wicketkeeper-batsman who received an England 'A' call-up

  • 5/4/06 - Veteran back in the old routine

    GRAEME Hick struck 71 runs but Worcestershire were beaten by Essex in an entertaining start to the pre-season campaign at Chelmsford yesterday. Hick was well backed up by youngsters Stephen Moore (67) and Daryl Mitchell (44) in the County's total of 251

  • Amber loses in last eight

    A TABLE tennis star has smashed her way into a national competition. Amber Perry, of St George's CE Primary School in Worcester, was knocked out in the quarter-finals of the under 11s national championships in Bristol, landing her in the top eight in

  • Veteran back in the old routine

    GRAEME Hick struck 71 runs but Worcestershire were beaten by Essex in an entertaining start to the pre-season campaign at Chelmsford yesterday. Hick was well backed up by youngsters Stephen Moore (67) and Daryl Mitchell (44) in the County's total of 251

  • Webster grabs thrilling victory

    ADAM Webster's 89th-minute strike completed a thrilling 3-2 Nationwide North win for Worcester City at Bower Fold last night. City seemed to have tossed away victory when, after snatching a two-goal advantage through debutant Gareth Seddon and Webster

  • Honours even at Littleton

    Littleton Jnrs U-13 1, Evesham Utd B 1 EVESHAM opened the scoring early in the first half after goalkeeper Leon Ballard's clearance bounced over the defence and Henry Woods finished in some style. They should have added to the tally but their inability

  • Open audition

    FOR those who yearn to tread the boards or work backstage at Bromsgrove's Artrix theatre, there's a chance this month. Members of theatre group All & Sundry are holding an audition on Tuesday from 7.30-10.30pm in the Peace Hall, Rowney Green. They

  • Albion's surprise

    LEISURE LEAGUES: Villapool Albion produced the surprise result in Sunday's games with their 3-1 defeat of second-placed Sickadem. The opening game of the afternoon saw Albion start well, taking the lead just before the break. They went on to dominate

  • Roll call

    JUNIOR FOOTBALL: A Redditch-based team is looking for extra players in time for the new season. Studley Youth u10s need to recruit as they make the step-up from seven-a-side to 11-a-side. Young footballers currently in Year 5 should contact manager Richard

  • Tough life for young Spider

    A GRIPPING adaptation of Dick King-Smith's The Crowstarver is on offer for children during the Easter holidays at Malvern Theatres. Brought to life by a five-strong cast and two musicians playing an original score on piano and violin, the show is geared

  • Tale of the demon barber

    AWARD-winning musical Sweeney Todd arrives at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre next week. The inspired production about a demon barber starts on Monday, running until Saturday, April 15. It stars Jason Donovan, who recently starred in Chitty Chitty Bang

  • Misery as VC suffer late on

    Redditch VC 2, Phoenix Hereford Ladies 3 (after extra time) There was heartbreak for Redditch VC on Sunday as they missed out on a cup final appearance. VC twice took the lead but an extra time fightback ensured it was the Hereford side that went through

  • Fixtures

    July 2005 (friendlies) Tues 19 Alvechurch (a) 2-1 Martin 2 WEDS 20 TAMWORTH (H) 0-1 SAT 23 Leamington (a) 2-1 Ball, Pinkney TUES 26 MOOR GREEN (H) 2-1 Duncan, Ball SAT 30 WORCESTER CITY (H) 0-0 August TUES 2 REDDITCH UTD (H) 1-1 O'Toole THURS KIDDERMINSTER

  • Where to go

    Wednesday, April 5 CINEMA: Brokeback Mountain, Artrix, School Drive, Bromsgrove. MUSIC: Time Enough, Hop Pole Inn, Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove. HISTORY: Droitwich History and Archeology Society presents Worcestershire Milestones, Droitwich Community Hall

  • 100 years ago - April 7, 1906

    THE saddest and most significant result of the variable weather experienced last month - when east winds prevailed most of the time, varying while in the degree of their biting coldness - is seen in the reports of the various medical officers' health.

  • What's On Guide

    Wednesday, April 5 Miss Saigon, Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham. Until April 29. Tickets on www.birminghamhippodrome.com or 0870 730 1234 Promises and Lies, Repertory Theatre, Broad Street, Birmingham. Until April 15. Tickets on www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

  • White off

    DARTS: It was all change in the Astwood Bank Summer League as the Queens dropped out of the C Division and the White Lion moved to the Astwood Bank Club. But the latter could not have wished for a tougher start, losing 8-1 to the Nomads. Church Hill A

  • Race joy

    CYCLING: Redditch youngsters carried their excellent winter cyclo-cross form into the current road racing season with some good performances at the WCRR circuit races at the Milton Keynes Bowl. In the 15km u12 event, Joe Reeves rode an intelligent race

  • Robinson secures a double

    SWIMMING: REDDITCH came fourth overall in the Harvey Novice Gala held at Nuneaton. The team swam really well with Taylor Hartley, 10, and Oliver Plevey, 11, receiving speeding tickets for swimming too fast! Gaining a double first was Cassandra Robinson

  • Families secure places at the top

    TENNIS: BIDFORD and Alcester made good starts to the new season with some fine tennis to top their leagues in the Prudden Road Surfacing Junior Summer Tennis Cup The competition is open to players aged 12 and under with teams making up four pools. Each

  • Quick-fire double sinks Redditch

    WOMEN'S hockey: Worcester 2, Redditch 1 Redditch lost out in a tight game to champions Worcester, the damage being done in a five-minute burst. The first 20 minutes were evenly balanced with both sides pressing for a breakthrough. Redditch then allowed

  • Golden sabre secures victory

    ALCESTER fencer Richard Brenda clinched the West Midlands Men's Sabre title at the Regional Championships which were held in King's Norton. The former Alcester High and Grammar School pupil was favourite to lift the title and he duly delivered. Brenda

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

    Churchdown Panthers 1, Badsey Rgrs U-11 5 RANGERS reached the final of the C & G League's League Cup after a powerful second half display. Facing the elements in the first half, Badsey fell behind after Jack Milward had gone close to opening the scoring

  • Ladies sunk in cup tie

    Worcester City Res 5, Evesham Utd Ladies 3 SUNDAY'S League Cup semi-final was switched to St George's Lane where United succumbed to their second successive cup defeat. The visitors fell behind from an eighth minute corner when the ball struck the unfortunate

  • Run along for fantastic fun

    Review - See How They Run at the Festival Theatre, Malvern, until Saturday. ALL that was missing from this most traditional of British comedies was a nun or two on the run! Not that they were needed as there was plenty of fun with prancing parsons, vaulting

  • 05/04/06 - Letter to rally fans

    ABOUT thirteen years ago the average home crowd was one thousand two hundred and Bromsgrove Rovers Football Club was the best non-league side in the country - when both league and cup results were being considered. The club was managed by former West

  • 04/04/06 - Brown calls away fans

    BROMSGROVE Rovers manager Rod Brown believes the travelling fans could make all the difference in securing the Errea Southern League Cup. With the final's first leg a testing away clash at Hitchin Town on April 11 the Rovers boss knows how important away

  • Jazz legend is one of several stars heading for Brum

    CELEBRATED singer and jazz pianist Buddy Greco, one of the greatest names from the golden era of entertainment, is to make an exclusive Birmingham appearance at the Jam House next month. The former member of Frank Sinatra's 'Rat Pack' and the man responsible

  • Getting a message to you

    THE Bee Gees first burst on to the music scene in 1967 and have stayed at the top ever since - but when did they last play Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre? Well, if you're a fan of music, you're sure to be a fan of The Bee Gees... and if you're a fan of

  • Imitation 'Stones' to give satisfation

    THE Counterfeit Stones continue their sell out tour, A Bigger Bong, at the Artrix on Friday, April 7. The band takes a comedic look at the history of the ultimate rock'n'rollers, The Rolling Stones, and play some of the band's most famous songs. The Counterfeit

  • Rockers ready to roll

    A BROMSGROVE heavy metal band are on the verge of hitting the big time with the release of their first album. Hardcore metallers Decimate release their album, 11 Rounds, on Monday, April 17. The long player is set to be sold in major retailers such as

  • Thame torn apart

    Thame United 0 Bromsgrove Rovers 4 Southern League Division One West STRIKER Paul Moore bagged a brace as Bromsgrove Rovers ran out comfortable winners over the Southern League Division One's bottom side on Tuesday night. A goal in each half by the striker

  • Neal eyes title defence

    DRIVING ace Matt Neal begins his defence of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) title he won so emphatically last year at Brands Hatch on Sunday.British Touring Car Champion Matt Neat is gearing up for the new season. Neal, aged 39, will be aiming

  • Unmistakably classy

    HIMBLETON owner Christine Banks was thrilled when she emulated her grandfather's achievements by winning the Lady Dudley Cup on Saturday.CUP JOY: Fleur Cushman, from sponsors The Racing Post, hands owner Christine Banks the Lady Dudley Cup. Mrs Banks

  • DVD - A History of Violence (18)

    SHOCKING is definitely one word that can describe this film - and unexpected would probably be the second to spring to mind. Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) seems to live the perfect life with his wife and their two children in the small, peaceful town of

  • DVD - Keeping Mum (15)

    ROWAN Atkinson and Dame Maggie Smith head a star studded cast in this all-British deliciously funny black comedy. The story centres on a hugely dysfunctional family living in the idyllic village of Little Wallop. Vicar Walter Goodfellow, played by Atkinson

  • Book - Little Face - Sophie Hannah

    ALICE Fancourt gives birth to her first child, Florence, just two weeks before she ventures out of the house for the first time. Gone just two hours she returns to find the door open, her husband asleep and Florence replaced with a different baby. With

  • DVD - Keeping Mum (15)

    ROWAN Atkinson and Dame Maggie Smith head a star studded cast in this all-British deliciously funny black comedy. The story centres on a hugely dysfunctional family living in the idyllic village of Little Wallop. Vicar Walter Goodfellow, played by Atkinson

  • Book - Margrave of the Marshes

    MARGRAVE: definition "princely" (Wikipedia). John Robert Parker Ravenscroft is surely worthy of such a title. Brought up in Shropshire (the Marshes) and soon dispatched to boarding school, the boy who was to become known to millions as John Peel, influential

  • Open audition

    FOR those who yearn to tread the boards or work backstage at Bromsgrove's Artrix theatre, there's a chance this month. Members of theatre group All & Sundry are holding an audition on Tuesday from 7.30-10.30pm in the Peace Hall, Rowney Green. They

  • Men wanted to star in musical

    REDDITCH Operatic Society is on the lookout for men to star in this year's production of the classic show South Pacific. The society, one of the biggest in the area, is desperate for people to fill male roles in the show, set for the Palace Theatre in

  • Run along for fantastic fun

    Review - See How They Run at the Festival Theatre, Malvern, until Saturday. ALL that was missing from this most traditional of British comedies was a nun or two on the run! Not that they were needed as there was plenty of fun with prancing parsons, vaulting

  • Getting a message to you

    THE Bee Gees first burst on to the music scene in 1967 and have stayed at the top ever since - but when did they last play Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre? Well, if you're a fan of music, you're sure to be a fan of The Bee Gees... and if you're a fan of

  • Rockers ready to roll

    A BROMSGROVE heavy metal band are on the verge of hitting the big time with the release of their first album. Hardcore metallers Decimate release their album, 11 Rounds, on Monday, April 17. The long player is set to be sold in major retailers such as

  • In memory of members

    BROMSGROVE Choral Society are set to pay tribute to the memory of two benefactors and start the build up the Easter by performing a concert at St John's Church. The choir will sing John Rutter's Te Deum, Three Songs of Praise by George Dyson and will

  • RICHARDSON

    RICHARDSON Colin Wally Passed peacefully away at Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Friday, March 31st, 2006, aged 78 years. Beloved husband of Brenda, loving father to Lynda and Karen and grandad to Cameron. Funeral Service will take place at St Lawrence

  • GORDON

    GORDON Joan Peacefully at Henwick Grange Nursing Home on March 28th, aged 58 years. Will be sadly missed by Wendy, Tony, Jackie and all her Friends. Funeral Service at Worcester Crematorium on Tuesday, April 11th at 11 a.m. No flowers by request please

  • STIFF

    STIFF Margaret Eight years ago suddenly. No time to say goodbye, But in our hearts you will never die. Ray and Families Published in paper 05/04/2006

  • STIFF

    STIFF Margaret Nee Christie Fond memories of a dear sister Marg. Good times shared together, Treasured in our hearts forever. Always remembered. Bill, Min and Family Published in paper 05/04/2006