Monthly Archives: January 2009

Snow forecast for Monday and Tuesday


The Met office has issued a ‘be prepared’ weather warning for the whole of the West Midlands on Monday and Tuesday. The orange warning colour is one stage below the ‘take action’ red warning.
Warmer weather, and a thaw, is forecast for Wednesday in the region.

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Last minute winner for Vale


A 90th minute goal by Halsall gave Vale FC all three points in a dramatic Midland Combination premier league fixture at Brocton this afternoon. The Staffordshire side thought they had grabbed a point with four minutes to go when Fife snatched an equaliser, before Halsall’s effort, along with earlier second-half goals from Tyman and Douglas, gave Vale a 3-2 victory and moved them up to fourth place in the league.
JKS beat Dosthill Colts 2-1 in the second round replay of the President’s Cup at Farnborough Road.

Signs of spring in the bleak midwinter?


catkins shivering in the chill January winds on Manby Road

catkins shivering in the chill January winds on Manby Road


early daffodils test the temperature in Manby Road

early daffodils test the temperature in Manby Road

Too little too late – local Tories slam Government Jaguar package


Cllr Robert Alden (Erdington Conservative), Tim Wilson (Tyburn Conservative local campaigner) and Cllr Gareth Compton (Erdington Conservative) collecting names for a petition calling on the Government to give Jaguar the loan it wants

Cllr Robert Alden (Erdington Conservative), Tim Wilson (Tyburn Conservative local campaigner) and Cllr Gareth Compton (Erdington Conservative) collecting names for a petition calling on the Government to give Jaguar the loan it wants

Conservative councillors have expressed dismay at the financial package proposed for Jaguar/Land Rover by the Government.
Councillor Robert Alden said: “The package announced this week by the Government was a clear case of too little to late. A clear case of the Government continuing to fail to respond to the current situation as it changes almost daily. The Government claimed in October they stood ready to help the Car industry. By December Jaguar had already formally asked for help. Yet here we are almost at the end of January months later and the Government is still to give companies like Jaguar the help they need to deal with this situation. Whilst the Government dithered car sales have more than halved and jobs have been lost or put at risk”.

Trace your family history course: start times


The Beginners’ class for Trace Your Family History starting in the Library at Spitfire House in the High Street on 4th February runs from 11.30 – 1.30.
The Intermediates’ class on 14th February runs from 2-4pm.
These times have been amended from the ones reported in Vale Mail.

Candles and vandals


Castle Vale was plunged into darkness for two hours last night. A power cut caused by damage to underground cables is thought to have caused the problem, and sent residents in search of candles to provide household light for the early evening.
Some residents have reported incidents of criminal damage during the power cut. One resident in Cadbury Drive has had over £200 worth of damage done to his white LDV van. Mr Mohammed Khukar thinks that teenagers, who have targeted his property before, took advantage of the darkness as they smashed his van’s windows.
Sergeant Sarah Tambling of the Castle Vale Community Police Team said that they had received a report of one incident during the blackout, but there had been no significant increase in criminal damage during this time as far as the police were aware.

Health experts urge girls to get anti-cancer jab


Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust (BEN PCT) are reminding girls to get themselves vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) to reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer later on in life.
Girls aged 12 to 13 (Year eight) are being offered the vaccination by their GPs. In addition, all 17 to 18 year old girls (Year 13 for those at school) are also being invited for a routine vaccination. A catch up programme is planned to take place during 2009 and 2010 for young women not yet vaccinated against the disease. HPV causes over 99% of cervical cancer cases, which affect more than 3,000 women every year in the UK, and causes more than 1,000 deaths. This vaccination programme is part of a national strategy to protect women from cancer.
BEN PCT Director of Health Improvement Nicola Benge said: “This is the first time we’ve had the chance to prevent cervical cancer, which takes hundreds of women’s lives every year. I would urge all parents to support their daughters to get this vaccination, which will protect them for years to come from what is a devastating condition.”
Next steps if your daughter is aged 12 to 13, or 17 to 18, and you live in east or north Birmingham:
• Call your GP practice to see if they offer the HPV vaccination and make an appointment for the first injection – she will need three in the space of six months
• If your GP practice does not offer the vaccination – contact this number to make an appointment a community based clinic: 0121 380 9076
• For more information on the HPV vaccine you can contact your GP, or visit http://www.nhs.uk/hpv