Monthly Archives: April 2012

Lord Corbett memorial event: Memories of Our Robin

Lord Corbett, pictured with an ice sculpture designed to raise the profile of the campaign to halt the culling of seals

A memorial event for Lord Corbett of Castle Vale will be held at Castle Pool from 6 – 7.30pm on Thursday 24th May at Castle Pool in Farnborough Road.
Carla Belle of the Neighbourhood Partnership is asking people to send in photographs or to contact her if they have any memories of Robin Corbett that they would like to share.
Send them to:
or call 0121 748 8189
Lord Corbett died in February, aged 78. He served as Labour MP for Erdington for 18 years between 1983 and 2001, and was made Lord Corbett of Castle Vale in 2001.
He was chair of Castle Vale’s Neighbourhood Partnership Board until his death in February this year.
Lord Corbett often made use of his high profile position to champion Castle Vale. Here is one such example from 2004, taken from Hansard,the book which records all speeches made in the Houses of Lords and Commons:
Lord Corbett: My Lords, is my noble friend aware that Castle Vale School in Erdington, my former constituency in Birmingham, which a few years ago became a specialist performing arts college, is now one of the most successful schools among many successful schools in the City of Birmingham? That has been under the inspiring leadership of Mrs Janet Putman, who has been headteacher there for about 11 years and is now to retire. Will my noble friend join me in celebrating that success and agree that inspiring leadership and commitment among the management of any school, whatever is nailed to the front gate, is the key to success?


No carnival for Castle Vale

For the first time in almost two decades, Castle Vale will have no carnival or Party in the Park this year. Instead, there will be a week-long schedule of events, the Castle Vale Community Games, which are scheduled for 31st July – 4th August.
Castle Vale’s annual carnival was organised for many years by Bob Brueton. At its height, it drew in thousands of visitors from across Birmingham.
In recent years, it was scaled down, and moved from the Farnborough Road site to Centre Park, where it became a music-based festival of local talent.
Last year the event was organised by local volunteers from the Castle Vale Events Committee.

YES to 20mph speed zone in Castle Vale, according to early responses from locals

Almost two thirds of residents are in favour of having a 20mph speed zone across the whole of Castle Vale, according to initial responses received by the Council.
61.7% of the responses received said YES to the 20mph limit; 26.6% said NO; 11.7% were returned with no comment.
Some of the comments against the proposed speed zone suggested that the 20mph limit would not be feasible around the whole estate and should be imposed only near the schools.
The proposal for the 20mph speed zone must now go through a formal process of consultation before a decision is made. The Council says this will take place in May/June though no specific dates have been identified yet.
Work on the proposed zebra crossing in Farnborough Road will begin in mid May.
82% of residents said YES to the zebra crossing; 5% said NO and 13% offered no comment.
The Council received 94 responses for the zebra crossing and for the speed zone proposals.

YES to mayor for Brum say pupils: young maths experts get to grips with voting data

61% of pupils voted YES to having a directly elected mayor for Birmingham in the school’s mock referendum yesterday.
report by Oyinkansola Adebayo, Year 11 student:
The all-day event saw every pupil at the school cast a vote to say whether or not they supported the idea of an elected mayor in Birmingham. Voting booths and ballot boxes provided by the UK Youth Parliament and Birmingham City Council helped to make the event a real success, enabling pupils to cast their votes in the main hall.
At the end of the day, the results were counted and analysed by a group of talented Mathematicians from Years 7. The results are as follows: The voter turnout was 100% and overall 61% voted YES and 39% voted NO.

Pupils vote on ‘mayor issue’ in mock referendum

Pupils at Castle Vale School are today holding a referendum.Every pupil in the school will be given a ballot form and will cast their vote on the issue: Should Birmingham Council be run by a mayor elected by the public, as London is?
It’s a mock election designed to raise pupils’ awareness of the issue that will be facing Birmingham at the polling stations on 3rd May.
Birmingham is one of ten cities in the UK that will be having a mayoral referendum on that day.
Polls suggest that many voters are not aware of the issue.

Chivenor School governors say YES to academy

Governors at Chivenor School last week agreed to apply for academy status. If successful, they will break away from Birmingham Education Authority, and be managed by an academy organisation. The governors have chosen Prospect as their preferred partner.
Chivenor has been under pressure to take some action in view of its performance in the league tables.
Last year, Chivenor School came 247th on the list of Birmingham’s 275 schools.
Only half of Year 6 pupils at the school achieved the levels expected in English and maths.
Michale Gove, the Government’s Education Secretary, has said that 60% is the minimum standard he will accept for all primary schools in English and maths.
Chivenor’s headteacher Melissa Louca and the chair of governors will meet with local authority bosses next week to discuss the plans.

Cheers for Aidan, boos for Martin

Villa's club photographer takes some shots of Aidan on the touchline before his half-time performance. Aidan's Mom Jayne (blue coat) stands by. Barry Bannan and colleagues warm up on the field.

Aidan Smith, Castle Vale’s seven year old striker who is being sponsored a goal a game for the Callum Henry Appeal, took to the field at Villa Park yesterday during the half-time interval of the Premier League fixture against Sunderland.
32,557 fans were there to witness the return of former manager Martin O Neill who was booed each time he made the journey from the tunnel to the dugout. Unlike Aidan, who cheered the fans up, and was cheered in return.