Monthly Archives: March 2010

Cart full of goals


Danny Carter’s 31st goal of the season secured three points for Castle Vale FC in a 2-1 win at Brocton in Staffordshire. Vale move back up to second place in the league, just one point behind Pilkington, though Vale have played two games more than the leaders.
JKS’ fixture at Farnborough Road was postponed because the pitch was waterlogged.

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Barring the joyriders and car burners


The entrance to the Farnborough Road car park is now gated

Workmen have today been putting the finishing touches to the padlock barred gate that will restrict access to the car park adjacent to the Farnborough Road football fields and stadium.
Neighbourhood police, local councillors and officers, and local community groups have jointly come up with the plans to secure the stadium and car park which has been used sporadically in the past by joyriders and vandals for burning out stolen vehicles. After years of vandalism and petty crime at the site, the Neighbourhood Police team commissioned their security experts to produce a report on the playing fields and conservation area, which highlighted a number of entrance and exit points that needed to be secured.

Vale’s Dragon’s Den offers £10k for best new business ideas


£10,000 worth of professional help is on offer for the best two business ideas in Castle Vale. A Dragon’s Den team of experts will listen to ideas for setting up new businesses in Castle Vale, before selecting the best two. The proposals have to be for business ideas which aim to improve the community.
Ruth Miller, Castle Vale’s Neighbourhood Partnership boss says that they have already received applications. She and her team will be briefing the hopeful contestants before the Dragon’s Den Final which will be held on 29th April, in CVCHA’s boardroom from 6-8pm.

Poignant day for Mayor’s charity work


Birmingham's Lord Mayor, Councillor Michael Wilkes, with Castle Vale School Year 8 students Robert Buckley, Emanuel Esubuoso, Connor Wall and Abigail Smith


Councillor Michael Wilkes, Birmingham’s Lord Mayor, spoke to Year Eight pupils at Castle Vale School at their assembly this morning. He told them about the civic duties that the Mayor is responsible for during his year of office, including the support for charities that his team organises. One of the causes being supported this year is research into pancreatic cancer.
Later in the day, the Lord Mayor is to attend the funeral of Michael Nangle, who was Birmingham’s first Irish Lord Mayor, in 2005. Michael Nangle, a councillor for 23 years, died of pancreatic cancer earlier this month.

Sainsbury’s boost for hospice funds


£14,000 has been raised for the John Taylor Hospice in its link with Sainsbury’s in Castle Vale so far. The year-long link is set to finish in May.

Electric school buses


Birmingham emits 6.5million tonnes of Co2 each year and has an annual energy bill of over £1,500 million, according to a report that was discussed by the City Cabinet today. The Council plans to reduce its carbon dioxide output by 60% in the next 16 years. Plans for improving the environment include the creation of ‘green’ jobs and using ten electric vehicles for school transport.

Sixth form green light for Holyhead despite college objections


Council Cabinet members have ignored an objection from Birmingham Metropolitan College to plans for a sixth form at Holyhead School in the north west of Birmingham.
The 11-16 school will now be allowed to recruit A-level students. It is, according to Councillor Les Lawrence the Cabinet member for education, “a school that succeeds exceptionally well in an area where sceptics claimed that there would be no success at all.”
Birmingham Metropolitan College, who are to be partners in the Trust that is proposed for Castle Vale School, told local residents that they would not object to similar proposals for Castle Vale School if the Trust should ever propose them.