Monthly Archives: September 2008

Caroline visits CVCHA before emergency dash to Conference


Caroline Spelman (centre) with CVCHA Staff and Chivenor children

Caroline Spelman, Chair of the Conservative Party, found time to speak with youngsters from Chivenor School at an environmental workshop at CVCHA this morning, before rushing off to the Conservative Party Conference at the International Convention Centre to hear an emergency statement by Tory leader David Cameron about the current economic crisis.

The crisis, sparked by last night’s USA politicians’ decision not to back President Bush’s proposed $700billion rescue package for their economy, caused Mrs Spelman to cut short her visit, which was to have included a visit to Renfrew Square, where Groundworks and CVCHA are organising an environmental facelift of the ‘green space areas.’

The Conference was due to focus on education and home affairs today, but the panic in global stock markets is concentrating the minds of those in power, and those who would like to be.


Exercise classes on Tuesday evenings

The Sanctuary in Tangmere Drive is running exercise classes each Tuesday evening between 7.15 and 8.15p.m. The classes are billed as  ‘total body workouts’ with gentle toning and calorie burning exercises to benefit the whole body ……. inside and out.

Goal flurry gives three points to Vale

Three goals in the space of three minutes  at the end of the first half  gave the half-time team talks some extra spice in the Midland Combination Premier Division fixture between Castle Vale and Meir. Thompson opened the scoring for Vale in the 40th minute; Meir equalised in the 41st, and Crisp got Vale’s second – the winning goal- in the 42nd minute. The win moves Vale up to 4th place, four points behind the leaders with a game in hand.

In Division One of the Combination, JKS earned a 1-1 draw at second-placed Earlswood. JKS are in third spot, three points behind the leaders with a game in hand.

More rats than humans in UK

If the estate is looking tidier in the past few days, it’s thanks to volunteers who have been working with CVCHA on a project called The Big Tidy Up. It’s aimed at clearing litter from neighbourhoods, and is meant to be a national project. Media reports suggest that some areas of the country are taking it more seriously than others. The event has been sponsored by Keep Britain Tidy and Encams, and in Castle Vale, focussed on eight neighbourhoods in particular. Volunteers have been working with CVCHA staff in morning and afternoon sessions between 25-27th September.

Figures released by Keep Britain Tidy, the UK’s biggest anti-litter campaign, have revealed;

  • That council taxpayers in the UK fork out £500m a year to clean the streets
  • Over 30m tonnes of litter are collected from our streets each year
  • Thanks to the growing presence of dropped food, the UK rat population now stands at approximately sixty million

Conservative Party Chair to visit Vale

Caroline Spelman, Chair of the Conservative Party, is to visit Renfrew Square in the week of the Conservative Party Conference which is being held in Birmingham next week. She will viewing the environmental developments being sponsored by Groundworks and Marks and Spencers.

Parkour – dancing for the fearless


Parkour is a French dance style that suits active , fit young people because it is high-energy, acrobatic and physically spectacular. The parkour dance workshop, led by tutor Brad Wendes and his London-based team, went down a treat with youngsters at Castle Vale School today.

Click HERE to see the  19 photos.

Petrol price

Unleaded petrol at Sainsbury’s remained at 106.9 pence per litre today.The price has fallen gradually since its high point in July, though there are some fears that it may rise again following an increase in the cost of a barrel of oil in recent days. Brent crude has fallen from over 140 dollars per barrel in July and stands at 102 dollars pb today.
Unleaded at Sainsbury’s broke the pound per litre barrier in late November 2007 and rose to 101.9 ppl in March, to 109.9ppl in May 2008 and up to 115 ppl by mid July. Diesel has dropped in price by 15 ppl since its mid-July high point.