Monthly Archives: March 2008

Share your garden cuttings on the web


A new website that will enable locals to share garden cuttings, seeds and plants this spring and summer is the brainchild of Sallyann Rose and Mike Sloyan. Details of the project, called Gardening Exchange, can be found at
Webdesigner Mike Sloyan said: “Gardening Exchange is a free website platform that enables gardeners to share plants, cuttings, seeds etc as well as ideas and knowledge about gardening. There is a particular interest in sharing ideas on eco gardening practices. There are general discussion boards along with boards covering a range of gardening issues: Green Issues, Gardening Help and Advice, Gardening Events, Gardening Humour. We trialled the site for one week, during which 21 gardeners shared plants and advice. We now hope that with the beginning of spring the seeds of the concept will blossom and grow into a region wide community.”
Sallyann Rose hopes that Gardening Exchange ” will promote a giving culture amongst gardeners that will also help to create a greener and more attractive environment throughout Castle Vale.”
Gardening Exchange will have a table at Castle Vale Farmers Market on Saturday April 19 where interested gardeners can learn more about the website and also use the table to share their plants and cuttings etc.


JKS postponement puts Worcester back on top

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Worcester Academy regained top spot from JKS in Division Two of the Midland Combination with a 9-2 away win at Cadbury. JKS had briefly held first position in midweek, but their Saturday fixture against Enville was postponed. JKS are now three points behind the leaders with five games in hand.

Castle Vale FC had no fixture this weekend.

Time flies

Evenings will be lighter longer, as the clocks go forward tonight by one hour.


Patients to choose their hospital


From April 1 2008 patients referred to hospital by their local doctor will be able to choose any hospital in England, including some private hospitals. If a patient’s local doctor decides that they need to see a specialist in a hospital or clinic, the doctor can offer a list of available hospitals in England offering NHS treatment and can book an appointment electronically at a time and place convenient to them while they are in the surgery.
The patient may decide they would like more time to choose or they may wish to do more research or consult with friends of family for example. More help for patients will be available on the NHS Choices website. Once they have decided which hospital is right for them, they will be able to call the Appointment Line on 08456 088 888 which can offer more information and can book the appointment for them.
Exceptions to the system are chest pain and cancer services – where speed of access and diagnosis are a priority. If a patient needs to be referred to the rapid access chest pain clinic or for cancer services – the GP will automatically refer them to the hospitals which have been specifically set up with designated specialists and teams who can see patients quickly, normallywithin two weeks. Patients are not yet able to choose mental health and maternity services anywhere in England, though they do continue to have their current choice of local services.


Saturday 5th April – Active Arts Day

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Next Saturday (5th April) sees the launch of a new programme of Arts Events in Castle Vale. Active Arts Day will be see arts events and activities provided free at four venues in Castle Vale: The Residents Club in Yatesbury Avenue, The Sanctuary, The Library at Spitfire House, and St Cuthbert’s Church Hall. Music, song, dance, flower arranging, photography, card making and willow weaving will be on offer between 12 midday and 5pm. More details are available from Bob Brueton at the Astral (0121 464 9222)


Margaret says goodbye to TRA

margaret.jpg Margaret Dunsford has retired from her job as Operations Manager at the TRA (Tenants and Residents Alliance) after six years with the organisation. Colleagues and friends attended a special luncheon buffet at Spitfire House to say farewell, and happy 60th birthday to Margaret, whom Carole Rafferty, TRA Chairperson, described as “a wonderful friend.”
Margaret told her audience that she had enjoyed a “lovely time with the TRA, working long hours, in some difficult times, helping people.”


Midlands architects overlooked for City library designs

olympic.jpg FOA – (Foreign Office Architects) design for London 2012 Olympic Stadium
foa.jpgAlejandro Zaera Polo and Farshid Moussavi of Foreign Office Architects

Birmingham City Council have today announced a shortlist of seven architect companies invited to submit their designs for the proposed new central library.  The project will cost £193 million. The shortlisted seven are from various countries; four of them have offices in London, two are Dutch; one is Danish. There are no Birmingham-based, or Midlands-based architect companies shortlisted. The Council Cabinet is keen to promote the image of Birmingham as ‘a global city with a local heart.’ 
The shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows:
Foreign Office Architects (Japan/London based)
Foster and Partners (London based)
Hopkins Architects (London based)
Mecanoo (Dutch based)
OMA (Dutch based)
Schmidt Hammer Lassen (Danish based)
Wilkinson Eyre (London based)