Monthly Archives: November 2008

Wins for Paget and JKS

Derek Carr, captain of Paget Rangers, heads goalwards from a corner against Warren Rovers

Derek Carr, captain of Paget Rangers, heads goalwards from a corner against Warren Rovers

Paget Rangers picked up three points this morning, beating Warren Rovers 1-0 in the premier division of the Sunday Festival league at Farnborough Road. John Shoesmith scored the only goal of the game from a 20-yard direct free kick. Rovers finished the game with nine men – two of their team were sent off in the second half, both for arguing with the referee. One of the Rover’s assistant managers was also given a yellow card for outspoken comments from the touchline.
Goals from Powell (2) and Thompson helped JKS to a 3-0 victory over Stockingford in division one of the Midland Combination on Saturday.
Vale FC’s fixture against Southam was postponed.


Credit crunch Christmas lights

Castle Vale is about to discover how hard the credit crunch is hitting families. This time last year, gardens and houses across the estate were lit up with spectacular illuminations. This year, the evidence so far is that rising electricity bills and the general economic gloom are causing families to cut back on the more extravagant displays of festive outdoor lighting and inflatables.
It may be a slightly darker Christmas this year.

Bogus mobility scooter salesmen

Two bogus salesmen have been trying to sell cut-price mobility scooters to elderly residents in Castle Vale, according to security staff at Vale Retail Park.
The scam often takes place on Thursday evenings, according to one security worker. The fake salesmen call on residents in the evening, getting them to sign a form offering them £300 off a mobility scooter. When the resident goes to the supplier to pick up the scooter, they are told that the £300 discount is fake, but they are liable to pay for the scooter because they have signed for it at full price.

Vale reputation gets a tv boost

BBC news cameras filmed residents and housing officers in Castle Vale for a news feature broadcast this evening on Midlands Today about the social housing market. Castle Vale was described as ‘so popular that it has had to close its housing list.’
The cameras focused on smiling, enthusiastic and articulate local figures in front of well kept, well designed, shapely and colourful homes and buildings.
In recent months, locals have expressed concern at the negative treatment Castle Vale is often given by many media outlets.

Police called to local soccer match incident

Police were called to an incident at the end of a local Sunday League soccer game involving Castle Vale Orion and Great Barr Kingfisher. Spectators supporting the Great Barr team are alleged to have racially abused and threatened two members of the Orion side.
Stephen Williams, secretary of the Sutton and District Sunday League said: “We have heard about the incident, and are awaiting a report from the referee and the two league officials who were present at the game. The report will then be forwarded to the County FA who will deal with the matter, and we will support whatever action they take.”
Following the incident, both teams have had their fixtures suspended until further notice.

Bugsy Malone opening night

Castle Vale School’s production of Bugsy Malone opens tonight for three nights (Tuesday – Thursday).

Beware – Parcel Collection Scams

Birmingham Trading Standards have issued a warning to residents to be wary of scams which trick people into thinking they have a parcel ready for collection.
Victims receive a card which implies they have been unable to deliver a parcel and that it is available for collection. The delivered card asks people to call a telephone number in order to arrange delivery. This telephone number turns out to be a premium rate number.
Residents later find that there is no parcel or in some cases the parcel contains a product of little value, well below the cost of making the phone call.
Councillor Neil Eustace, Chair of the Public Protection Committee warned: “Many people would not be surprised to see a card suggesting a parcel has been unable to be delivered, particularly in the run up to Christmas and would ring the telephone number without thinking.
“We advise people to stop and check the details on the cards first and consider what, if any, packages they are expecting before making a call.”
Officials are warning people to be particularly wary of cards not from established mail companies or couriers whose names they recognise.
You can check to see if the telephone number is a premium rate by using the website
PhonepayPlus is the organisation that regulates services that are charged to users’ phone bills or pre-pay accounts.