Monthly Archives: June 2009

Stay cool, Council advises

With a 60% probability that Birmingham’s thermostat will hit 30°C during the next two days and 15°C on the intervening night, the city council is advising residents to stay cool.
People are advised to:
• Stay out of the sun
• Keep homes as cool as possible – shutting windows & keeping curtains closed during the day may help
• Open windows when it is cooler at night, remembering to be mindful of security
• Keep drinking fluids & take fluids on journeys
• If there is anyone you know, for example an older person living on their own, who may be at special risk, make sure that they know what to do.


JKS photos

Click on this text to go to the 26 photos of JKS Presentation Evening at the Pavilion Suite, Moor Lane.

Big night for JKS

JKS Clubman of the Year 2009

JKS Clubman of the Year 2009

Over 400 people packed into the Pavilion Suite at Moor Lane in Witton for JKS Football Club’s annual end of season awards’ evening. JKS is Vale’s biggest soccer club. Tonight they presented awards to all teams, including junior girls and boys, and to the senior team who have just won promotion to the premier division of The Midland Combination, and will next season enter the prestigious FA Vase for the first time in the club’s eleven year history. A number of the junior teams were also presented with trophies for finishing as league champions and for their cup successes.
JKS’ rise to success is astonishing, and could be measured by the number of trophies they win at all levels, the number of players on the club’s books, and the number of parents and volunteers who get involved with the running of the club.

Prom photos

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Click on this text to go to the page with 18 prom photos. The images are reduced in size to fit onto the web. Many will be featured in July’s Vale Mail. If you would like to buy a copy of any of the photos, email :

Tux and Frocks at the ready

Expect to see limousines gliding around Vale this evening. School leavers will be sparkling in frocks and suits, bow-ties and tiaras. It’s the night of the Castle Vale School Prom.

Top grade for Vale Nursery from Ofsted

Castle Vale Nursery has been described as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors.
Headteacher Lesley Wiltshire said: “”This is a fantastic report and it is pleasing to have the children’s achievement described as “excellent” by Ofsted.
“Many of our children begin education from a low starting point so it is pleasing to have their achievement described as ‘excellent’ by Ofsted.
“Castle Vale often gets over-looked but we have a fantastic community here and people really want their children to achieve.”
“We put a lot of effort into making sure our children learn in a colourful and positive environment. When Ofsted were here we had set up the maths area as a bowling alley which allowed pupils to learn calculation without even realising it. The staff here are excellent and are always putting on imaginative activities for the children.”
Ofsted gave the nursery an overall Grade 1 “outstanding” for its overall effectiveness – the highest grade awarded by the inspection body. It noted that on entry children performed at considerably lower levels than expected. However, due to “consistently high quality teaching”, they made excellent progress and by the time they leave nursery the majority had caught up in all areas of learning. School meals were praised and Ofsted also noted the progress made in pupil’s confidence and self-esteem. Support for children with complex learning difficulties and disabilities was praised along with the “endless opportunities for children to learn, explore and investigate”. d

Sainsburys pledges support for Hospice

Sainsbury's hospice supporters

Sainsbury's hospice supporters

Staff at Sainsbury’s in Castle Vale have chosen to support the John Taylor Hospice as their main charity this year. Ray Woods, spokesman for the League of Friends of the Hospice, says that they want to raise funds and increase the number of volunteers working at the hospice and in fundraising. They are currently holding taster days for those interested in helping to support the bereaved. People who are interested in attending should call the Volunteer Office at the Hospice on 465 2016 or call the main Hospice number, 0121 465 2000.