Monthly Archives: December 2008

Vale house sales slump


37 homes were sold in Castle Vale in 2008, compared with 89 in 2007 and 170 in 2006. Only two homes were sold in the last three months of 2008.

Cold spell set to continue well into New Year


The Met Office says that ‘confidence is high’ that the cold spell of weather will continue well into next week, and possibly beyond. Local weekend sport is likely to suffer again, as Friday night (2nd Jan) is likely to be the coldest night of the week, with temperatures falling to -6 degrees.

Hospice calls for unwanted gifts


Sam Smith from Four Oaks, a receptionist at the Hospice and her colleagues are ready to receive your unwanted gifts

Sam Smith from Four Oaks, a receptionist at the Hospice and her colleagues are ready to receive your unwanted gifts


The League of Friends of the John Taylor Hospice has launched a seasonal appeal for unwanted gifts – which they plan to use to raise funds for the Hospice.

Ray Woods a spokesman for the charity said: “Good quality gifts are always useful for fundraising. The money that we raise will go towards the care and comfort of patients. Unwanted gifts can be taken to our reception at 76 Grange Road, Erdington B24 ODF. Anyone wishing to go on our supporters list and receive details of future events and activities, can leave their details at the same time.”

The John Taylor Hospice helps patients with life threatening illnesses and their families. It serves a population over over 400,000 in Sutton Coldfield, the north and east of Birmingham together with adjoining areas.

Record year for Christmas Market


2,800,000 people visited Birmingham’s Frankfurt Market this year, according to Council estimates, – up from last year’s 2,200,000.
In its eight years, the number of stalls has expanded from 24 to 92.

Before they return to Germany, the stallholders will donate perishable produce such as ham, waffles, sausages, pretzels, vegetables and fruit, to people living in the Salvation Army hostel in the City. Unsold sweets and chocolate will also be donated to children in the City Council’s care homes.

Additionally, loose change held by stallholders is also set to be donated to the Change a Life Campaign, which through the city’s homeless charities, seeks to help people off the streets and into a more settled lifestyle.

Ciggy quitters 4 x boost


If you want help to stop smoking this New Year, BEN PCT are running free drop-in sessions which they say will increase by 400% a smoker’s chance of quitting the habit.
Sessions are being held at the following venues:
• Boots The Chemist, The Fort Shopping Park, B24 9FP on Saturdays 10am to 3pm
• Asda, Walmley Ash Road, Walmley B76 1XL on Thursdays from 5 – 8pm
Stop smoking services are also provided by most pharmacists and GP surgeries.
From the beginning of January, staff will be promoting the stop smoking service in high streets and shopping centres in these areas, so look out for them if you would like to find out more.
Acting Stop Smoking Operational Manager, Catherine Tomaney said: “We know that quitting smoking is not easy, so we’re here to give people the extra help they might need. We offer advice on the best way to stop smoking, tips to get you through the difficult times and practical help such as 12 weeks nicotine replacement therapy for just the price of a normal prescription – or free if you are exempt from charges. “
For more information about the stop smoking services in your area call 0800 0525 855 or text QUIT to 80800.

Erdington Conservatives call for Government action to save Jaguar


Erdington Conservatives are calling on the Labour Government to take action and ensure that jobs are not lost at local car manufacturer Jaguar and that the Company survives the economic slump.
Erdington Conservative Constituency Spokesman Cllr Robert Alden (Erdington, Conservative) said: “This Government needs to take action now before it is too late for the residents of Erdington Constituency. We are calling on the Government to ensure credit help so that Jaguar can raise money to protect its short term cash flow. If they are struggling with banks and it is needed we think the Government should be willing to underwrite their loans on a commercial basis. It is absolutely vital that viable companies are given the credit help they need to prevent them going to the wall and local people losing their jobs.”
Tyburn Conservatives Local Campaigner Tim Wilson added: “Many residents are concerned that they may lose their job if the Labour Government doesn’t stop dithering and start taking some action to actually help out Jaguar. This is not a matter that can be left till Parliament returns from the Christmas break.”

Smith shows star quality


Simeon Smith scored the only goal of the game at Farnborough Road to give Castle Vale victory over Continental Star in the premier division of the Midland Combination. The three points take Vale up to sixth place, with games in hand over all the teams above them.
JKS’s were once again victims of the weather; their match at Newhall was postponed because the pitch was waterlogged.