Monthly Archives: December 2007

Waste and refuse collection times

Waste and refuse collection times across Birmingham are as normal over the new year period. Household recycling centres are open from 8a.m. till 6p.m.


Nisa New Year opening


Nisa, Castle Vale’s High Street supermarket, is open from 8a.m. till 10p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and from 8a.m. till 5p.m on New Year’s Day.

Vale FC give Loughborough students a lesson; JKS are Mann enough

mfc.jpg  Castle Vale FC  maintained their promotion hopes with a 3-1 victory over mid-table Loughborough University at Farnborough Road this afternoon (Sat 29th) in the premier division of the Midland Combination. Vale went a goal down early in the game, but strikes from Keen and Benjamin gave the home side the lead at half time. Swann scored a third goal for Vale late in the game to seal the win.

In division two, Vale JKS scored an excellent 2-0 victory over 2nd placed BNJS Mann + Co. JKS are in third position in this league, with plenty of games in hand over BNJS and current leaders Worcester Academy.

Subway – new restaurant for Vale

subway-outside.jpg  Subway, the fast food restaurant, is the latest addition to Castle Vale’s shopping centre in Tangmere Square. It opened for business on the Wednesday before Christmas. 

subway-inside.jpg  Subway manager Carl Sanders said”I’m pleased with the start we’ve had. So far over the holiday period we’ve served a lot of customers. ” Subway opens daily, including Sundays, from 8a.m till 10 p.m.

Currently the third largest fast-food chain in the world, the Subway franchise has built its image as a health conscious provider of fast foods, specialising in sandwiches and salads. It markets itself as a healthy alternative to the alleged obesity-inducing American burger chains.

Vale’s Boxing Day Swan song

mfc.jpg    A late equaliser from Swan eight minutes fom time gave Vale FC a point against third placed Coleshill in the local derby Boxng Day fixture against Coleshill in the premier division of the Midland Combination. Vale were trailing by a two goal deficit before a strike from Benjamin  put Vale back in the game by half-time at the Farnborough Road stadium.

Hardest pubs in Birmingham


The Skylark is the only pub left standing in Castle Vale. Gone are the Artful Dodger, the Trade Winds, The Lancaster, The Albatross and The Trees.
Perhaps pubs are no longer as much a part of English life as they used to be. Clubs, restaurants, drinking at home… have they replaced the good old English pub?
Castle Vale is unrecognisable from the place it was ten years ago. But for some who haven’t visited it in recent years, its reputation stays the same. There’s a campaign in Birmingham that wants to rid Birmingham of its poor reputation. It’s called, rather sadly, ‘Birmingham’s not sxxt‘. Its calendar is on sale around the City centre.
It has a website, and over the past months, various contributors to its forum have been discussing the merits of various pubs of the ‘old days’ and assessing which is entitled to the claim of ‘ the hardest pub in Birmingham’.
As an indication of Vale’s  low reputation amongst the drinking classes, here is a selection of the comments:

Comment A: What about the (ex)Trooper in Chelmsley Wood. The Artful Dodger or the Trade Winds on Castle Vale ? Or , dare I say it, The Bagot ! 
Comment B: The Trade Winds on the Vale certainly takes some beating, but I’d like to nominate the British Oak in Stirchley. Go in there on your own without a crash helmet on and you’ll certainly take some beating. 
Comment C: what about the shotgun in castle vale (well its what the locals call it). 
Comment D: Some that I came across that have long lingered in the memory and some that I have heard great things about are;the Bagot, Pype Hayes. The Chester Arms, Castle Bromwich.The Mackadown .The Stockland, Stockland Green.The Skylark, Castle Vale.The Yenton, Wylde Green.

Comment E : The Adventurers – by Villa Park.  The Dubliner – Digbeth.  The Skylark, Lancaster, Trade Winds, Artful Dodger, ( or anything on the Vale). 

Comment F: Been in Bondi for 20yrs I remember drinkin in yates wine bar then over to the windsor & parrsiene? had me scooter nicked from round the corner there.In the suburbs always thought the bulls head and swan yardley full of Skins on cov rd. Castle Vale was cool lots of good drugs.


Times change, so do places. But reputations linger a little longer !

Local soccer: early Boxing Day kick-off for Vale

mfc.jpg Castle Vale have an early kick-off (11.30 a.m.) in their local derby against fellow high-fliers Coleshill in the premier division of the Midland Combination on Boxing Day at the Farnborough Road stadium. Coleshill are currently in 3rd position, one place above Vale in the league.