Monthly Archives: June 2011

Free family drama session

Danny O Grady, from Big Brum Theatre Group, will be leading a drama session for families this Saturday at the Astral Centre from 10am till noon.
It’s for over 5s and their families, and it’s free.
The event is part of The People’s Festival organised by Active Arts in Castle Vale.


Berwood Court plea for prizes

Staff from Berwood Court Care Home for the Elderly are asking for raffle prizes for their Summer Fete on Saturday 9th July. They will use the funds from the raffle to look after the chickens that are kept in the gardens of the Home.
The chickens, a recent addition to the Home that caters for elderly and specialises in dementia care, have become very popular with the residents.
The Staff say that any suitable raffle items will be welcome- bottles of wine, unwanted gifts, tinned food that can be made into a hamper, for example. The prizes can be delivered to the Home in Cadbury Drive, or call 0121 749 7887 if you would like them to be collected.

Dance with me… change of venue

The ‘Dance With Me’ event scheduled for the Residents Club tomorrow evening (Wednesday 29th June) has now been moved to Castle Vale School.
‘Dance With Me’,  starting at 6pm, is the opening event of the People’s Festival and includes children from Chivenor School and residents from Chivenor House showing some new dance routines that they have been working on with dancer Ruth Jacombs.

Vale School closed by strike action

Castle Vale School will be closed for pupils on Thursday 30th June because of strike action by teachers.
Primary School closures:
Pegasus School – OPEN
St Gerards School – OPEN for Years 5 and 6, and Nursery.
Chivenor School – CLOSED
Topcliffe School – OPEN for Reception, Years 2 and 4.
Castle Vale Nursery and Children’s Centre: OPEN

Resident Board Member – two vacancies

Elections for Castle Vale’s Neighbourhood Partnership Board (NPB) take place in August. There are two vacancies, and nominations close on Monday 4th July.
The NPB has a major say in the running of the estate, and checking that local services are up to standard.
Ruth Miller, NPB Manager says: “Resident Board members serve for 3 years and would be expected to commit to 6 – 8 hours per month. The Board meet on a quarterly basis. Board Members are not paid although out of pocket expenses will be paid. If you live in Castle Vale and are aged 18 or over then you can stand for election. You will get the chance to learn new skills, work as part of a team and really have an impact in the estate you live on.”
If you are interested in standing for election to become a Resident Board Member and would like a nomination form, or would like more information, contact:
Carla Belle on 0121 748 8189 or or
Ruth Miller on 0121 748 8192 or
or call into the CVCHA office, High Street, Castle Vale or visit the Neighbourhood Partnership Board Webpage on

School closures – Thursday

Strike action by teachers’ unions will affect some pupils in Castle Vale on Thursday 30th June. Castle Vale Performing Arts College is yet to make a final decision about closure.
Ongoing union/Goverment negotiations may change the situation.
Pegasus School – OPEN
St Gerards School – OPEN for Years 5 and 6, and Nursery.
Chivenor School – CLOSED
Castle Vale Performing Arts College – decision to be made later today
Topcliffe School – OPEN for Reception, Years 2 and 4. Three of the four resource bases for children with special needs will be open.
Castle Vale Nursery and Children’s Centre: OPEN

Pool public meeting

The Swimming Pool Action Group are holding an open meeting at the Pool in Farnborough Road this Wednesday 29th June, starting at 7pm. The organisers want people to see the refurbishments to the former playpark/cafeteria area and to hear views on how the pool facilities should be used and promoted.