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Vale Town no match for Village people

Castle Vale Town FC suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Village ‘C’ in division two of the Birmingham and District alliance.

Village have now won three games this season – all of them in the past month. They are now nine points below Vale Town.

Paget Rangers’ match at Earlswood Town was one of three games called off today in division two of the Midland  League.

National Wedding Show 2015: NEC

National Wedding Show catwalk 2015 at the NEC   Photo: Classica Photography

National Wedding Show catwalk 2015 at the NEC
Photo: Classica Photography

The National Wedding Show visits the NEC this weekend.

Tyburn Mail’s ticket winners to the show will have the chance to see an elegant display on the Fashion Show catwalk.
The National Wedding Show, catwalk  Photo: Classica Photography

The National Wedding Show, catwalk
Photo: Classica Photography

The National Wedding Show, catwalk Photo Classica Photography

The National Wedding Show, catwalk
Photo Classica Photography

National Wedding Show NEC 2015 Catwalk: Photo Classica Photography

National Wedding Show NEC 2015 Catwalk: Photo Classica Photography

Tyburn dress designer is black and blue… or white and gold… after hectic day in strange world of Twitter

What colours do you see? Tyburn designer company's dress has caused a global twitter debate.  It's made by Roman Originals, near The Fort Shopping Centre.

What colours do you see?
Tyburn designer company’s dress has caused a global twitter debate.
It’s made by Roman Originals, near The Fort Shopping Centre.

Roman Originals, a Tyburn clothes designer company has had some of the best publicity that money could buy today.

One of its dresses has been the top trending topic on Twitter for most of the day because some people are not sure what colour it is.
Hashtags #TheDress, #blueandblack and #dressgate have been exercising the brains of tweeters all day long.
To most, it’s blue and black. But to others, it’s white and gold. It depends on the light, or the angle of your computer screen, claim some tweeters.

Various complex scientific colour theories are being cited to explain the phenomenon.
But Roman Originals are adamant: its blue and black.
A spokesperson for Roman Originals, based at Wing Foot Close near The Fort Shopping Centre, say they’ve had a hectic day.

Media organisations from across the world have today been featuring the Tyburn-tailored dress.

£30k fuel stolen from Erdington and Washwood heath forecourts in Allstar card scam


Thieves may have stolen £30,000 of stolen petrol and diesel from forecourts across Birmingham in a fuel card cloning scam.
A total of 46 Allstar Fuel Cards are suspected of being cloned at a Halesowen petrol station by a rogue cashier and passed on to thieves who topped up their tanks at garages mainly in Erdington and Washwood Heath between November 2013 and May 2014.
Police have already arrested and charged a cashier suspected of duplicating the cards – and have now issued images of two men caught on CCTV using them to buy fuel.
Detective Constable Launa Rowley, said: “We believe the men have used around 100 different vehicles. The scam was identified after some fuel card customers reported strange transactions on their accounts – but whenever one of the cards became ’hot’ the fraudsters moved into the next cloned card in order to keep the con going.
“That’s why they were able to rack up such a large quantity of stolen fuel over a period of many months.
“We’ve obtained very clear CCTV images of the two men we’d like to speak to about this fraud and I’d urge anyone who believes they recognise them to contact me.”
One suspect, seen walking to a car on the forecourt at a BP station in St Andrews Lane, Bordesley, is described as an Asian male in his late 20s or early 30s, stocky build, with short dark hair and a beard. He has been shown on camera wearing several distinctive jumpers.
The other man is white, around the same age, slim build, with short dark-brown hair with a side parting. He is often seen wearing a dark blue or grey parka-style coat with a fur hood and toggle fastenings on the front, or a fawn and brown hooded top with shoulder patches.

A 26-year-old man from Cradley Heath has been charged with multiple counts of making articles to be used in fraud and has been bailed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on February 27.
Two other men, aged 26 and 25, were also arrested but released without charge.
Anyone who believes they recognise the men is asked to call the Economic Crime Unit at West Midlands Police on the 101 number, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

We back Birmingham music, pledges Switch Radio

107.5 Switch Radio in Castle Vale has vowed that at least 10% of its regular playlist  will come from Birmingham artists.

Paul Atkins from Switch says that the move aims to promote and support local new and unsigned talent.

“In recent months Switch has stepped up its efforts to promote new music with the launch of Sessions, a live music strand in which local artists are invited to play stripped down versions of their compositions,” says Paul.

The station’s website also allows artists to upload their own tracks to the station on its Uploader section.

107.5 Switch Radio is based in Topcliffe House in Castle Vale and broadcasts across north east Birmingham.


Concorde cup-final clash is hot for Scott

Local football manager Scott Armstrong will have his club loyalties stretched when two Concordes go nose-to-nose in a cup-final clash later this season.

Scott’s team Castle Vale Concorde have made it through to the final of the  Jim Summerfield Cup. Their opponents on the big day will be Concorde United, a team that Scott helped to set up at the start of this season.

Both teams play on Sundays in the Amateur One division of The Festival League. Castle Vale Concorde, who play their home fixtures at Holly Lane, are already ten points clear at the top of the table and a further three points in their fixture against Racing South Side this Sunday will make them champions.

Concorde Utd play their home fixtures on the pitches at Farnborough Fields.

Concorde and Concorde United are made up mainly of players from the Castle Vale area. Such is the popularity of football on the estate that Scott thinks they may have to set up yet  another team in the future to make sure everyone gets a game.


Parents deny truancy charges

Three Castle Vale parents have all pleaded not guilty to charges of failing to ensure that their teenage children regularly attended Greenwood Academy last term.

The mother and father of a teenager, both aged 42, have had their case adjourned until May at Birmingham Magistrates Court.

A 50 year-old mother has had her case adjourned until April.

How many councillors does Birmingham need?

  • How many councillors should Birmingham have? It has 120 at the moment. The Kerslake Review suggested that number should be cut.
  • Should Sutton Coldfield form its own Town Council?

Those are two of the questions posed by a series of publications issued today by Birmingham City Council, as it  begins a public consultation on how it should work in the future.

There will be four public consultation meetings. The nearest to Tyburn takes place from 6-8pm on 19th March at Yenton Primary School, Chester Road B24 OED.

Click here for the Community Governance Review, and the opportunity to offer your opinions via a survey

Four job opportunities in Castle Vale: youth worker, family support worker, and Vale Stadium stewards

Castle Vale Community Housing Association (CVCHA) have four job vacancies.
They are:
Youth Worker – 30 hours per week
Salary Grade 3 – £17,385 – £19,533 pro rata, per annum.
Flexible working required- this role will involve working evenings and occasional weekends. Initially fixed term Contract until 31st March 2016

Closing date 12th March

Family Support Worker
Salary Grade 4 £20,705 – £23,264 per annum, Fixed Term Contract
The post will initially be funded until 31st March 2016.

Closing date 12th March

Vale Stadium Club Steward
Salary  – £19,309 – £21,309 12 Months fixed term contract
CVCHA are looking for a talented, enthusiastic and experienced Club Steward to run the bar and function room of the Vale Stadium in Castle Vale.

Closing date 13th March

Steward – Vale Stadium
Salary – £14,719-16,401 per annum. 12 months Fixed term Contract
Hours  – Minimum 10 hours per week
CVCHA are looking for a Steward to provide a comprehensive cleaning and minor repair service to the Vale Stadium.

Closing date 13th March

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