Monthly Archives: January 2010

Sunday soccer hit again

All Sunday league football matches at Farnborough Road have been postponed today because of frozen pitches.


Agbonlahor scores two for JKS

While Gabby Agbonlahor was scoring two goals for Aston Villa at Fulham in the Barclays Premier League, his brother Charisma was scoring two for JKS in the premier division of the Midland Combination. Goals from Powell and Morris secured a 4-1 victory for JKS at GSA Sports. Charisma Agbonlahor is one of three players to be transferred from Phoenix to JKS this week.
Castle Vale FC had yet another game postponed; their fixture at Farnborough Road stadium fell victim to the frost. It is Vale FC’s seventh successive postponement for bad weather. They last played a fixture on 12th December.

School fashion show raises thousands for children’s charities

Elaine Donaldson, fashion show organiser, catwalk queen and Head of Business Studies at Castle Vale School
photo: Clive Edwards

Students and staff staged a fashion show at Castle Vale Performing Arts College tonight. An enthusiastic audience saw pupils and teachers take to the catwalk in a show sponsored by Next. The show’s organiser Gary Flatres announced that the show, coupled with a money-raising non-uniform day tomorrow, would make over £1,000. Next have promised to double whatever is made, with all proceeds going to The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Selly Oak ( Family & Children’s Team) and to Action Medical Research (Children’s Health Research).
Photos will appear in February’s Vale Mail.

Two Birmingham Schools to be merged as academy

Baverstock Foundation School and Kings Norton High are to be closed in 2013 and reopened on a new site as a single school, probably an academy, according to the City Council.
Both schools failed to reach the government’s GCSE examination targets. Seven other Birmingham schools, including Castle Vale, are in the same category.
Government Education Secretary Ed Balls is increasing the pressure on local authorities to do something about the schools that have so far failed to reach his 30% GCSE target.

Rowdy youths

Rowdy behaviour from youths in Castle Vale is more than double the rate for Birmingham and for the West Midlands as a whole, according to police statistics for 2009. There are 41.5 recorded incidents of rowdy behaviour per 1,000 people amongst youths in the Vale, compared with 17.9 in Birmingham and 18.6 in the West Midlands.

The Labours of Hercules

Hercules Park, Castle Vale

Hercules Park is almost finished and should be ready for public access some time next week. The new mini-park next to Rawlins Croft was due to be completed in December but weeks of severe weather have set back the completion date. Turf is being laid around young trees and a central pathway in undulating rows designed to prevent ball games and to provide a peaceful and relaxing setting.

Six after six for Jags

Castle Vale Jaguars played their first game in six weeks today, winning 6-2 in the Sunday Vase at Berkley FC.