Category Archives: Arts and Leisure

Vale Mail website is moving

Vale Mail is changing its web address to Tyburn Mail.
The new address is:

The new Tyburn Mail website starts on Monday 2nd July. It will report on news  and events covering the Tyburn ward, including Birches Green, Castle Vale, Pype Hayes and Erdington Hall.


College Principal to carry torch for Brum

The Olympic torch arrives in Birmingham this evening. Christine Braddock, 57, the principal of Birmingham Metropolitan College, will be one of the torchbearers as it makes its way around the city.
Peter Moss, 19, from Castle Vale, will be carrying the torch through Smethwick.

Olympic Torch to light up Brum this weekend

The Olympic torch is due to arrive in Birmingham this Saturday, 30th June. Irish Pipers will welcome the torch bearers at 6.52pm on the Dudley Road. There are major events at Summerfield Park, The Mailbox, Calthorpe Park and Cannon Hill Park (torch arrives at Cannon Hill Park approx 8pm) to mark the event.
The torch leaves Birmingham for the next stage of its journey at 5.45am on Sunday morning, from Victoria Square.

Castle Vale School: a lesson in hip-hop, rock and fun

high fives all round from Clement

Yet another success for Castle Vale School’s Performing Arts Department – they are getting quite a reputation for hosting live concerts for ambitious artistes from across the UK. This time, pupils from Years 8, 9 and 10 were treated to a 40-minute live concert by Clement Marfo and the Front Line, an up and coming hip-hop/rock band from South London.
This is the fourth live concert staged at the school this year, and once again, the band enjoyed it as much as the pupils. “We’ve loved it here, really loved it,” lead singer Clement told the audience.
The school’s Performing Arts team have a knack of getting in live acts with plenty of appeal, and finding the right balance between keeping a sense of order amongst hundreds of pupils in school uniform, whilst still allowing the youngsters to enjoy the concert and have some fun.
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Good luck England, oh, and by the way, happy anniversary

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A Sutton Coldfield woman has hung a banner from a bridge on the A38 slamming her husband for going out to Ukraine to watch England play Italy in the Euro quarter finals, at the expense of their anniversary.

The Queen and I: BBC cameras and Nick Hancock visit Castle Vale

107.5 Switch Radio Manager Neil Hollins (left) in the studios ready to record the interview with television personality Nick Hancock (right)

Television personality Nick Hancock (They Think It’s All Over, and Room 101) visited the studios of 107.5 Switch Radio in Topcliffe House, Castle Vale today. He recorded an interview with Switch Radio Manager Neil Hollins about the occasion in 1998 when Her Majesty The Queen visited Castle Vale and recorded a message to be broadcast on the local community radio station, then called Vale FM.
Nick Hancock is preparing a half-hour programme about people’s personal experiences in meeting the Queen. Earlier he visited The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford upon Avon to talk to a cook who prepared a meal for Her Majesty. He also visited the National Arboretum in Alrewas near Lichfield to record an inteview with staff in the visitors centre at the War Memorial.
The programme is scheduled for broadcast in mid July.

Welsh National Opera: voices explore the mind and touch the heart

A small audience of 35 was treated to some high culture on a bittersweet theme tonight at Castle Vale School. The Welsh National Opera and a string quartet performed their project, Horizons. It combines poetry, opera and classical music to explore the theme of special needs at opposite ends of life -childhood and old age. Dementia patients and pupils at special schools have been the inspiration to the project, which was performed earlier in the afternoon at the Ridings Care Home. The beautiful voices of the three singers, some touching lyrics and poetry, accompanied by gentle strings and keyboard, provided a poignant and powerful performance.
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