Monthly Archives: October 2010

St Gerards too hot for Village People



St Gerards score their fourth of the morning - just in time to watch a goal-less bore at Villa Park

St Gerards strolled to a 4-0 victory this morning to regain their top-of the table spot from opponents Sunday Village. The teams took advantage of the clocks’ change and kicked off an hour early, – a 9.30am start- so that they could finish in time to watch the Villa Birmingham derby. The game at Vale Stadium provided more entertainment than the one at Villa Park.

Heavy weather at Heather for JKS


Midland Combination Premier Division
Castle Vale FC continued their run of good form with a 1-0 win against Brocton in the Les James Memorial Trophy at Farnborough Road this afternoon.
In their league fixture, JKS were beaten 5-1 by top-of-the-table Heather St John.

Car hits tree after police chase


Police are asking for witnesses to a road traffic accident in the early hours of Friday morning when a driver lost control and hit a tree shortly after being pursued by a police car. The incident happened  just after 3am on 29th  October at the junction of Sutton New Road and Wilton Road in Erdington, Birmingham.
The driver, a man aged 31, was freed from the car by the fire service. He was taken to hospital with injuries to his arm where he remains in a stable condition.
A male passenger aged 34 has been treated for minor injuries to his leg and discharged from hospital.
The collision is being investigated by the West Midlands Police Professional Standards Department and has been referred to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission). Anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone with information should call force traffic on 0345 113 5000.

50 jobs for Vale: census collectors needed


Around 50 temporary jobs are available in Castle Vale for people who can help out with the 2011 census between March and June next year.
The jobs are paid at £7.41 per hour. Part time and full time work is available, and no formal qualifications are needed.
Applications are open from 1st November, and close after 2-3 weeks.
There are also posts available as Census co-ordinators.
Details and application forms are available  on: www.censusjobs.co.uk
Lucy Kenny,  Census Area Manager for Birmingham, says: “We are looking for people who are reliable and flexible. They will be paid a bonus if they complete the contract. Apart from the pay, this job will look very good on people’s cv.”
The Census collectors will be given a list of homes to visit and help people with completing their census forms.
The census takes place every ten years, and is an official record of the country’s population. The first census took place in 1801, and was designed to help the Government work out what sort of public services they would need to provide, and for how many.

Pype Hayes Bonfire – should money be put to better use?


Letter from John Cooper, Chair of Castle Vale Older Persons Group

The Bonfire of the Vanities. (The Burning of sinful objects)
The time has come around again for Birmingham City Council
to raise a Bonfire in Pype Hayes Park and ignite Fire Works.
Supposedly in commemoration of Guy Fawkes Gun Powder
Treason and Plot dating from the 5th of November 1605.
The true meaning of the supposed celebration has been lost in time.
It has become a very expensive display costing thousands of pounds that in the economic climate existing in Birmingham and with the expectation of the Great Tsunami of budget cuts from the coalition Government, could have been put to better use.
There is rumour that a lot of roads around Pype Hayes are being closed for the Event and the demise of some of the Bus Services could create a lot of local aggravation.
The imported Event from the USA  the “trick or treat” of Halloween has taken over from Bonfire night in Supermarkets and shops.
So come on Birmingham Council give yourselves a reality check.

John Cooper, Castle Vale

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Vale FC move into second place


Midland Combination Premier Division

Tynan celebrates scoring Vale FC's third goal early in the second half

A 3-2 victory at Farnborough Road over mid-table Walsall Wood gave Vale FC three points and moved them up to second place in the league, behind runaway leaders Heather St John.
Two late goals for Walsall Wood caused some anxieties in the Vale ranks, but goals from Carpenter, Crisp and Tynan had secured the points for Vale.

Two more days to vote


Voting for the Castle Vale Community Awards closes at the end of Friday. Two of the nine categories – The Volunteer of the Year, and the Good Neighbour Award – have had a number of nominations, but the Events Committee say they are hoping for more nominations in the other seven categories. Voting forms and ballot boxes are sited at The Library in the High Street, and at the Sanctuary in Tangmere Drive.