Astral arson attack feature on BBC Midlands Today

A BBC film crew has been preparing a news feature on the arson attack at Greenwood Academy and the Astral Centre for this evening’s local news bulletin at 6.30pm on BBC1.
Greenwood Principal Harry French and Kick Start boss Tony Kilday, along with Erdington MP Jack Dromey and two users of the before-and-after-school playgroup have been interviewed about the impact the arson attack on 20th November has had on the children and adults who use the building and its resources.

Grease at Greenwood: 22 more pics of the high-energy musical

A feature of Greenwood productions is their huge dance set-pieces; energetic and beautifully choreographed

A feature of Greenwood productions is their huge dance set-pieces; energetic and beautifully choreographed


Greenwood pupils had their final performance of Grease last night.
Here are 22 more pictures from the show. They’re on the gallery at the top left of this website. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Handbag thief snubs court

No show for shoplifter at Birmingham Magistrates Court

No show for shoplifter at Birmingham Magistrates Court

A shoplifter who stole from a Castle Vale store failed to turn up to two court appointments following his arrest.

Jason Terrance Wortley, aged 35, of Chester Road in Erdington, stole two handbags worth £300 from TK Maxx in Castle Vale Retail Park on 5th October.

But he failed to attend a follow-up assessment in Erdington on 27th  October, and failed to turn up at Birmingham Magistrates Court for his hearing on 31st October.

Birmingham magistrates gave him a community order, instructing him to attend supervision appointments with the probation service over the next 12 months.

He was also ordered to pay £205 in fines and costs.

Tin-foil thief foiled: designer shoplifter with shoplifting-designer bag

TK Maxx in Castle Vale

TK Maxx in Castle Vale

A shoplifter stole designer clothes worth over £550 from a  Castle Vale store using a foil-lined bag to help him evade the shop’s electronic tagging devices.

Craig Anthony James Reid, aged 24, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to stealing seven Calvin Klein jackets worth £559.93 from TK Maxx in Castle Vale Retail Park on 7th November.

He was ordered to pay£165 in fines and costs, and made an application to have the money deducted from benefit payments. His foil-lined bag was confiscated.

Gold Award at House of Commons for Erdington hospice

Former Labour cabinet minister Hazel Blears MP presents the Gold Award to  Kate Phipps, CEO of John Taylor Hospice

Former Labour cabinet minister Hazel Blears MP presents the Gold Award to Kate Phipps, CEO of John Taylor Hospice

John Taylor Hospice was given national recognition at a ceremony in The House of Commons this week.
Several MPs, including Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson, MP for Erdington Jack Dromey, MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw, Salford MP Hazel Blears and Shadow Minister with Responsibility for Social Enterprise Chi Onwurah were present at the awards ceremony to recognise high quality performance by social enterprises.

Kate Phipps, who was presented with the award by Hazel Blears MP at the House of Commons, said: “Being chosen as one of the first social enterprises to receive this Gold Mark is a real tribute to the work of our staff and volunteers.

“The people that we care for know that our ‘Taylor-made’ care makes every moment matter. Quality standards such as the Gold Mark and our excellent Care Quality Commission results, can give assurance that our business practice is equally good.”

‘Solicitor error’ causes problem for health and fitness centre on Rileys snooker site: “We run the risk of bankruptcy,” say new owners

'For snooker use only': the restriction needs to be lifted before Rileys can be made into a health and fitness centre

‘For snooker use only': the restriction needs to be lifted before Rileys can be made into a health and fitness centre


Plans to transform Rileys Snooker Club into a health and fitness centre have hit the buffers because of a planning restriction.
One of the restrictions on the premises says that a main room is ‘For Snooker Lounge Only.’
The new owners, Bruce and Carin Shaw, from Kitts Green, say that, unless the restriction is lifted, they could go bankrupt.
They have written a letter to Birmingham Council Planning Committee asking them to lift the restriction, so that they can carry on building the B-Active Health and Fitness Centre.
They are blaming the mix up on a solicitor’s error, who failed to spot the restriction in the original documents.
The new owners have already spent a lot of money on the site, and cannot get any more funds until they can guarantee that their project will be allowed.
In a letter to the Planning Committee the owners state:”The society has advised that they cannot lend the agreed funds until the restriction has been removed. This leaves us in a very difficult financial predicament
with a stripped out building and no finance in place to complete the refurbishment.
“We are now in a very vulnerable position with our life savings on the line,” say the owners.
“Business rates will be due in the very near future and with no means of producing an income from the property nor financing to complete the project, we run the risk of bankruptcy.”

Butterfly Effect wins £50,000 for Castle Vale projects

Castle Vale’s Butterfly Effect has won £50,000 lottery money.
The bid was successful in The People’s Millions in a head-to-head telephone vote yesterday.

A Central News crew filmed the announcement and the cheque presentation at Chivenor School at lunchtime today. Adults and children who were part of the Castle Vale celebration film were told to keep the news secret until it had been broadcast on ITV Central News tonight.

Claire Marshall is the brains behind the Castle Vale bid. She is being highly praised by local residents and organisations for her successful and imaginative campaign. The indefatigable Claire now vows to set to work on the arts projects that have  been made possible with the money.

The cheque for £50k is unrolled......

The cheque for £50k is unrolled……

Central News reporter makes his announcement to the camera ready for tonight's news item

Central News reporter makes his announcement to the camera ready for tonight’s news item

Claire Marshall gets her hands on the cheque... and Chivenor School headteacher Darren Mann helps out with the boom microphone

Claire Marshall gets her hands on the cheque… and Chivenor School headteacher Darren Mann helps out with the boom microphone

Cheers all round....

Cheers all round….

 

...and a close-up shot of the cheque

…and a close-up shot of the cheque

 

Team photo: Claire Marshall and Darren Mann hold the cheque, along with some of the Butterfly Effect supporters and helpers

Team photo: Claire Marshall and Darren Mann hold the cheque, along with some of the Butterfly Effect supporters and helpers