Monthly Archives: March 2009

Asbestos fears halt cable work


Engineers from Central Networks have had to stop work on a cable laying project in Park Lane, Castle Vale because they have discovered a substance that may be asbestos. The ‘contaminated’ area is now fenced off. The engineers have dug test holes to see how far the contamination extends and have now begun digging the trench from the other end of Park Lane while investigations into the substance continue.

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Free swimming for over 60s


If you are over 60 you can swim for free from 1st April onwards at the Castle Pool or at any of the other council run swimming pools in Birmingham.
Leisure cards which will guarantee free entry are available from the pools to those who bring a proof-of-age document such as a passport, driving licence, marriage certificate, bus pass or state pension.

Castle Vale’s Got Talent auditions this week


Local wannabes and stars of all ages will be getting nervous about the auditions for Castle Vale’s Got Talent to be held this Wednesday at the secondary school in Farnborough Road.
The successful ones will go through to the finals on Wednesday 29th April at 7pm.

Cup thriller for JKS – both Vale teams reach finals


JKS scraped through to the final of the Presidents Cup beating West Midlands Police in the semi final, but it took 210 minutes of football and a penalty shoot out to separate the two teams.
Trailing by 3-2 after the first encounter earlier this month, the score after extra time today was 5-4 in JKS’s favour. So with the scores at 7-7 over the two legs, it was down to penalties. All five JKS spotkickers held their nerve to win the shoot-out 5-3.
JKS will play Fairfield Villa in the final on Wednesday 6th May at Boldmere St Michael’s ground.

A 2-2 draw today at GSA Sports was enough to take Castle Vale FC through to the final of the Endsleigh Cup, having won the first leg 2-0. Vale will play Cadbury at Solihull Moors in the final on Monday 4th May.

Sunday League side Castle Vale Orion play their cup final against local rivals Bromford Lions on Thursday 9th April at Sutton Coldfield Town (Coles Lane ground) with a 7.15 kick off time.

Dolly’s fine pair makes Vale’s men happy


Mark Parton celebrates his second goal as the ball hits the back of the net

Mark Parton celebrates his second goal as the ball hits the back of the net

Two excellent goals from striker Mark ‘Dolly’ Parton gave Castle Vale Veterans victory in the Central Warwickshire Over 35s League Division Three final against Dosthill at the Farnborough Road Stadium.
Parton’s first goal was an opportunist strike from distance which deceived the keeper. He made it 2-0 when he latched on to a long ball from defence and flicked the ball over the keeper’s head to secure the silverware for Vale.
Vale had to absorb plenty of pressure from an accomplished Dosthill side, with local keeper Hew Smith coming to the Vets’ rescue with some fine saves.
A decent sized crowd stayed for the post-match presentation to hear the Warwickshire League representatives praise both teams for their standard of football. Oldest player on the pitch in this veterans encounter was Dosthill’s 51 year-old defender Glen McCallon.
The Vale Stadium has been chosen to host all Central Warwickshire cup finals this season.
the victorious Castle Vale Veterans

the victorious Castle Vale Veterans

Award for ‘clean’ Birmingham


Birmingham has won an award for being a clean city.
12 of the 18 cities that entered this year’s Clean Britain Awards were given the highest ‘five-star’ grading. Some cities chose to be judged on the quality of cleanliness of the whole city, while others asked to be judged on a smaller area within the city. Birmingham was judged only on the ‘priority visitor areas’ such as the major city centre shopping areas.
The Awards were made at the Clean Britain Awards ceremony held at the NEC.
In the ‘cities’ category, Truro received the gold award, silver went to Swansea and Brum got bronze.
Organisers say that one of the aims of the annual awards is to encourage and stimulate a desire to improve civic pride in the run up to the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Local Rileys Snooker Club survives


Rileys Snooker Club in Kingsbury Road, Castle Vale is one of the 129 clubs bought by Valiant Sports, the company taking over from the Rileys which has gone into administration.
30 Rileys snooker clubs, including one in Sutton Coldfield, are closing immediately.
The suddenness of many company closures is a feature of this recession. An illustration of this in the Riley’s case is that they have had to make arrangements for people who have left their snooker cues at any closing Rileys club to come and pick them up between 3-5pm on Tuesday 31st March, when a member of staff will be on duty.
Valiant Sports have indicated that the surviving clubs will retain the name of Rileys, despite being owned by a different company. Many of the directors of Rileys, based in Milton Keynes, are also directors of Valiant.
Snooker club memberships have declined since the smoking ban and since changes to gambling laws have allowed competing attractions to raise their stakes.
June Hart, manager of Riley’s in Castle Vale is upbeat about the situation locally. She said : “We have no problems here. Our membership is fine, and we’re making money, too.”