Monthly Archives: May 2012

Blaze at Pype Hayes Hall stables


Firefighters from Erdington dealt with a blaze in the stables at Pype Hayes Hall last night. Fire engines arrived at the scene at around 6.30pm yesterday (Wednesday) evening. The main building of the 17th Century Pype Hayes Hall was not damaged.
The roof of the stable buildings has suffered extensive damage. The area surrounding the wooden stable buildings has now been fenced off. A spokesperson for the fire brigade says that they suspect it was an arson attack. Fire officers have had to deal with several similar incidents at this property in the recent past, he said.

Rookery Park Jubilee Hog Roast: from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth


Rookery Park will be having a hog roast and a royal make over, for a Jubilee Big Lunch this Sunday 3rd June to celebrate the the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Councillor Robert Alden says it will be like the last Diamond Jubilee party in Erdington. That too had a hog roast, way back in 1897, in honour of Queen Victoria’s 60 years on the throne.
The event starts at midday; visitors can bring their own food, or share in the hog roast.

The event has been organised by local Councillors Robert Alden, Bob Beauchamp and Gareth Moore, along with the Erdington Town Centre Partnership and Erdington Constituency officers.

Magistrates deal with Vale drunk drivers


Two Castle Vale men, aged 55 and 34 have appeared before Birmingham Magistrates this week for separate incidents, both charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
The 55 year-old drove a vehicle in Erdington on 12th May with 60 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. He has been bailed to appear before magistrates in July.
The 34 year-old was driving in Pype Hayes on 13th May with 68 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. He pleaded guilty and has been ordered to pay £560 in fines and costs, and has been banned from driving for 18 months.

The day DJ Liz did the biz, and ended with a chuckle: 107.5 Switch Radio recalls the occasion Her Majesty broadcast on Castle Vale’s radio station


Her Majesty The Queen, recording her message to Castle Vale, in 1998

Fourteen years ago Her Majesty the Queen broadcast a message for Castle Vale on Vale FM, based in Topcliffe House.
The Queen was visiting Birmingham in 1998, and paid a visit to Castle Vale where she recorded a message, in the old library in Turnhouse Road, for local broadcast on Vale FM. The Prince’s Trust had donated £12,000 towards the setting up of the radio station.
The pictures of the day made the national newspapers, television and radio.
Station Manager Neil Hollins supervised the recording on a pair of microphones in the old library building.
That old library has since been replaced by Spitfire House; Vale FM has been replaced by 107.5 Switch Radio, which is playing the recording of the Queen’s message as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
At the end of the message, Neil Hollins can be heard to say: “Thank you very much… that’s a take…” following which Her Majesty gave the briefest of royal chuckles.
Click here to hear the Queen’s broadcast (from Headline Media archives)Queen message 1998

Eden Court’s Dr Payne set to retire


Dr Roger Payne of the Eden Court Medical centre is to retire at the end of June after many years serving the Castle Vale community.

Fundraising event at Sanctuary


Teenager jailed for mobile phone theft and assault on girls near Castle Vale canal


A 16 year-old boy who put a girl in a headlock and tightened his arm around her neck to force her to hand over her mobile phone has been jailed for 12 months. The boy cannot be named for legal reasons.
He targeted his victims, two girls aged 13 and 14, as they walked along the canal towpath just off Kingsbury Road near Castle Vale at around 5pm on 11th May. The boy ran away but after police spoke to the victims he was later arrested and charged. He initially denied the offence but later pleaded guilty and was sentenced this week by Birmingham Magistrates.