Monthly Archives: April 2011

Happy birthday, Switch



Switch Radio, the community radio station that broadcasts to the Tyburn, Erdington and north Birmingham area from Topcliffe House in Castle Vale, is one year old today.

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Brains of Vale, hearts of gold


Pete Swaine, with the winning St Gerards team


These kind-hearted brainboxes from St Gerards Social Club  won the quiz organised by John Taylor Hospice at Sutton Rugby Club, and immediately donated their prizes back to raise more money for the cause.
The event was in memory of 23 year-old Cat Smith, a chef at Moor Hall Hotel. Her parents have now raised £3,800 since their daughter’s death in January 2009.
The rugby club quiz raised £900.

Topcliffe street party -1940s style


Topcliffe youngsters enjoying their 1940s street party

Children at Topcliffe School celebrated in the sunshine yesterday with a playground street party. The event was planned to coincide with the royal wedding, and was also the climax of their World War II project. Earlier in the day, pupils and teachers had performed in  a 1940s style concert for parents and guests in the school hall.

Cameron venisony …. oops, I mean ‘very sorry’



Click here for Cassie, on the Prime Minister’s gaffe, or ‘joke’, as he called it.

Bunting – an endangered species


Twenty-six roads in Birmingham will be closed for Royal wedding street parties on Friday. There are six in Sutton Coldfield, and one in Yardley. They are the nearest ones to Castle Vale. No requests for street party closures have been made for Tyburn and Castle Vale. There is barely any evidence of bunting on the estate, despite Sainsburys displaying shelves of flags, cups, plates and paraphernalia emblazoned with union jacks.

Summer Solstice planned for Farnborough Fields


Veteran Vale organiser Bob Brueton is planning a Summer Solstice event on Farnborough Fields on Saturday 25th June. The event will have morris dancing, barn dancing, a craft market and barbecue. Entry will be free to the open-air event, which runs from 1-5pm.
An evening’s session of Solstice Dancing (7.30-11pm) at the Residents Club in Yatesbury Avenue will follow.
Bob has been the organiser of the Castle Vale carnival and party in the park for the past 18 years, but the local Events Committee are planning their own ‘Party in the Park’ for August.
“The Solstice does not get in the way of the Events Committee’s plans,” said Bob, who will use his intergenerational team to organise the day. “Mine is a much smaller event than the carnival or Party in the Park.”
The funding for the Summer Solstice is coming from the Birmingham and Black Country Foundation and from Active Arts. Bob hopes that the Council will also provide some money.
The official summer solstice is the day which has the longest period of daylight. This year in the Uk it falls on 21st June.

Local cup final postponed


Tonight’s Ridley Cup Final at Vale Stadium featuring Castle Vale Jaguars reserves has been postponed. The date and venue of the rearranged fixture has not yet been confirmed.