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Bliss Yoga have spaces available on Thursday nights at Leighswood school between 7.30-8.45 pm contact Michelle, by Email: Hello@blissyoga.org.uk or telephone 01922 624182
Drop-in session at the Blackwood Pavilion, Blackwood Park, Streetly on Friday, 23rd November between 11am and 1pm. There will be a selection of representatives from the police, fire service, council and community groups and you are very welcome to come along and see what is going on in the Streetly area and report any issues or concerns.
Community Weight Challenge, which starts Wednesday 21 st November at 10am at the Blackwood Pavilion.
It is a 12 week course, at the end the biggest loser wins £300, 2nd prize is £200 and 3rd prize £100.
Only £39 for the full 12 weeks, 10am Wednesdays, from 21st November at Blackwood Park Pavilion, Blackwood Park, Blackwood Road, Streetly, Call Cathy or Steve on 0121 218 4636 or text Arriba to 07736307573
Tesco, PRINCESS ALICE DRIVE, NEW OSCOTT, SUTTON COLDFIELD, will be opening the doors to an Event on Wednesday 21st November, where you can all come to Tesco Store between 6pm and 9pm Have a FREE GLASS OF BUBBLY, AND TASTE SEASONAL FOOD SAMPLES AND HAVE A FIRST PREVIEW OF THE NEW SEASONAL STOCK. All are welcome to attend.........there is no catch and you do not have to buy anything. Just go to customer services and tell them you have come for the event.
Warning, beware of SKY TV SCAM
October 2012 Streetly area News
September 2012 Streetly area News
Streetly Hockey Club have now lauched their online store in which includes all the new items available for the 12/13 Season. For all of those who are yet to visit Sportology to order kit for next season there is now the option to purchase all your kit online. To access this store follow the Shop link: online shop
Bereaved families face graves charges at Streetly cemetary Families will be charged for wooden edgings placed around graves to protect from machinery and other damage. The proposal is to allay concerns that lawnmowers and workmen are trampling over plots at Streetly Cemetery. Ground staff have already stopped using ride-on lawnmowers following a petition of more than 2,500 names. Some relatives had resorted to placing plants or edging around plots, but council bosses said it caused maintenance difficulties. Now, new plans have been unveiled to bring in wooden edgings to protect the graves at a cost of £75 to relatives. But campaigners claim the proposals for the Little Hardwick Road site would only be a “short term” solution. The proposals are be discussed at a meeting of the full Walsall Council on Monday. Petition organiser Mehboob Matloob, of the Walsall Muslim Organisation said the group wanted to hold talks with the council. Mr Matloob, of Nutmeg Grove, Chuckery, whose brother Mohammed Ramzan Matloob and grandmother Lala Bibi are buried at the cemetery, said: “The report prepared for the meeting does not meet the requests of the petitioners and Walsall Muslim Organisation feels it does not go far enough. “It has proposed wooden edging at a cost and such edging is only a short-term solution as it will quickly decay and erode away.” Currently, rules and regulations prohibit “kerbstone or any other form of monument or memorial” on lawn plots, and only wreaths and flowers should be displayed at time of interment. In a report council executive director Jamie Morris said: “The full cost of the wooden edgings installed by the council would be charged to the families who request for it to be done and therefore should not be a pressure on the service budget.”
August 2012 Streetly area News
July 2012 Streetly area News
Streetly residents Simon Seaton-Smith and Chris Aird who both work at building, engineering and environmental consultancy Couch, Perry and Wilkes, are taking part in a 350 mile fund raising bike ride starting off in Portsmouth and then travelling to all the First and Second World War battlefields and memorials in northern France. They hope to raise funds for Fisher House, a new facility for use by families of service personnel receiving treatment at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Delhi 6, the recently opened Indian restaurant situated on Burnett Road in Streetly Village (B74 3EJ) has been highly commended by Paul Fulford, food critic for the Birmingham Mail. Paul judged the cooking to be of a very high standard, served by informed, efficient and friendly staff.
A new Spanish tapas bar has opened in Manor Road, Sutton Coldfield. The bar is called 'Don Diego' and its owner and chef is Gran Canarian Alfonso Yufera-Ruiz who, together with his wife Emma, used to work at the Michelin starred restaurant 'Simpsons'.
Greggs the bakery, is opening a new store in the Red Rose Centre in Sutton Coldfield. The shop will front on to the High Street and will be in addition to the existing Greggs outlet in The Mall shopping centre. It will create a minimum of 10 new jobs.
Work has finally been completed on renovating Bourne Pool and its surrounding bridges and pathways. The site is part of Wheats Garden Centre which is situated on the Chester Road between the Hardwick Arms and the Irish Harp pubs. The pool was crafted in 1443 by damning Bourne Brook, a stream which flows through Little Aston from Aldridge to Lichfield, and was used to power an iron mill which made blades and spearheads. Now, the pool has been transformed into 'an oasis of calm, peace and tranquility' and is a haven for wildlife. Wheats want to encourage as many visitors as possible to enjoy this lovely area and escape for a while from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Local photograhy and art clubs as well as bird watchers are also welcome and The site also features a hopscotch area and a fish and duck feeding platform for children. There is no charge to visit. For more information visit www.wmwheat.co.uk
Arthur Terry School, situated in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, is one of only two out of 52 schools in the country to become a teacher training school. It is now recruiting 30 graduates to fill science, mathematics and drama teaching roles. Arthur Terry is also a support school for 5 other north Birmingham primary and secondary schools so offers a wealth of experience to anyone training there. The school has, in the past eight years, produced nine head teachers, 16 deputy head teachers, and 22 assistant head teachers for other schools.
Three new non-executive members have been appointed to the board of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust which runs Good Hope Hospital. The board is responsible for decision making and management at the hospital.Councillor Les Lawrence, a member of Birmingham City Council's cabinet, has special responsibility for services for children, young people and families, and has previously chaired two other trusts. Professor Laura Serrant-Green is Director of Research and Enterprise at the University of Wolverhampton as well as professor of community and public health nursing. Professor Edward Peck is Pro-Vice Chancellor of Birmingham University and head of its College of Social Sciences.
A 47 year old man has been charged with the murder of Betty Yates who used to teach at Foley First School in Streetly. Betty was found dead on April 18th at her cottage near Bewdley in Worcestershire. She had been beaten with her own walking stick and stabbed in the neck. More than 300 friends and former pupils attended a memorial service in the packed St. Anne's Church in Bewdley.
Help and hope is on hand for those people left alone by the death of a partner or by divorce. The Fresh Start Social Group offers friendship and understanding and days out around the country. It meets at Lea Marston Hotel on Thursday nights at 8.00pm. Members come from as gar afield as Cannock, Tamworth, Lichfield and Coleshill. For details contact margaret on 07821 054522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A new support group for those affected by dementia has been set up in Streetly. The first meeting was held on Thursday, 14th June. For details see the Whats on and Events page.
People who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis will be able to get help and information from a recently set up support group. The Birmingham North Rheumatoid Arthritis Group meets bi-monthly, for a two hour session, at the Sutton Coldfield Methodist Church, South Parade. For more information, visit www.nras.org.uk
A new support group has been launched at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield to help and support couples who are actually going through, or thinking of using, fertility treatment. For more information, contact the fertility clinic at Good hope on 0121 424 9758 or 0121 424 9376.
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March 2012 Streetly area News
Local Streetly man Malkit Singh, MBE, has been recognised by the City of Birmingham and honoured with a place on Broad Street's 'Walk of Stars'. Mr. Singh is one of the most successful Bhangra artists in history.
Bourne pool, situated at Wheats Garden Centre on Chester Road, Streetly, is undergoing a major refurbishment to prepare for the visitors expected this spring. The pool, bridges and pathways are being revamped to enable visitors to relax in this lovely, natural area and to learn about the history of the site and about the wildlife there. The pool was created in 1443 and was once used to power an iron mill for making blades and spearheads in the 15th century. For more details visit www.wmwheat.co.uk
Police investigating the murder of Betty Yates who taught at Foley First School in Streetly have released details of two men spotted near her home on the day she is believed to have been killed. More details are shown below.
Birmingham Central Library is closing floors four, five and six on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays as part of the move to the new library on Broad Street. The Music Library is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. If you need to use the Archive Searchroom call 0121 303 2468. To book a place on one of the half hour public visits to the new library construction site, call 0121 464 2107. Numbers are limited to 15 people per visit. Dates are Tuesday, 13th March (10.00am) and Monday 26th March (4.00pm).
The Streetly School has introduced a scheme involving pupils and staff called 'Project Streetly'. Hundreds of pupils have volunteered to be part of one of 13 teams and each team has their own project which will hopefully improve their school and their local community. Amongst the teams there is a news team and a charity team and another project involving gardening. Fifty staff have volunteered to help in their own time.
In January, work began on the complete refurbishment of the Neonatal Unit at Good Hope Hospital. The work will take six to eight months and will dramatically improve facilities for tiny babies and their families.
'RAID' or 'Rapid Assessment, Interface and Discharge' is a new service at Good Hope Hospital which will ensure that dementia patients and those with psychiatric needs will be assessed within one hour of arriving at A&E, or within 24 hours if on a ward, and referred to any relevant service. The scheme was established in December 2009 and trialled at Birmingham's City Hospital for 18 months before securing funding to continue there.
A charity now based at Good Hope Hospital is looking for more volunteers. 'Home From Hospital Care' helps older patients when they have been discharged from hospital, offering free short-term support with shopping, appointments, and basic administrative matters such as form-filling and letter writing. Contact co-ordinator Pat Mann on 0121 424 9887.
LADIES. The Breast Friends charity, based at Good Hope Hospital, is still collecting unwanted bras. The charity is working with Birmingham City Council to recycle and sell a marathon distance (over 26 miles) of bras to help raise funds. Breast Friends gets £1 for every kilogram of bras and hopes to collect 46,145 bras before the Olympics begins in July. 31,840 bras had been donated at the last count. Bra banks can be found at Four Oaks station, Sainsburys Castle Vale, Lidl in Kings Road, New Oscott, Wyndley, and Stockland Green Leisure centres, Arthur Terry Sports Centre, and Erdington swimming pool, Mason Road.
A new treatment is being offered locally for sufferers of Dupuytren's disease - or claw hand. A service designed to treat the disease in its early stages is being offered by The Cancer Partners UK radiotherapy centre, based within the grounds of Spire Hospital, Little Aston.
Bar Apres is re-opening in premises which were previously 'Flints' on Belwell Lane, Mere Green. Hopefully, the new bar, which will include an outside decking area, will open in March or April. Meanwhile, Wetherspoons has opened a new pub - The Mare Pool - in the old Apres premises.
North Birmingham Cyclists' Touring Club is looking for new members. The club has 160 active members and is chaired by Streetly man John Bedford whose wife Beryl is also a member. The club rides six nights a week and welcomes new and experienced cyclists of all ages. For more details call John on 0121 353 5136 or visit www.northbirminghamctc.co.uk
Work is due to start in March on the latest extension to the Bike North Birmingham route. Plans hopefully include bicycle hire from Wyndley and Erdington leisure centres and will connect the current route from Pype Hayes Park through New Hall valley to Plantsbrook, with Sutton Park Town Gate and Sutton railway station. Continuing out of the park through Boldmere gate, the path also links with such places as Witton Lakes and Brookvale Park, and with the Birmingham and Fazeley canal.
Proposals are being considered to build a supermarket, a cafe and street level parking, on the strip of land between Brassington Avenue and the railway line in Sutton Coldfield.
Blue Badge parking permits for people with disabilities can still be applied for in Walsall. New regulations issued on 1st January, 2012 to help crack down on people who abuse the scheme means that permits can still be applied for locally but are issued centrally. New badges will have added security features to make them harder to alter, and will be made from PVC rather than cardboard. For more information, call 01922 653560 or email email@example.com
Would you like to grow your own veg. but don't have a garden? Local environmental group EcoSutton has launched a garden sharing scheme matching people who need a vegetable plot with people in and around Sutton who can't manage theirs. For more information contact Anita Bridges on 0121 354 3394 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Streetly Riding for the Disabled is looking for lunchtime volunteers to help them run riding sessions for disabled people at Bourne Vale Riding Stables, Little Hardwick Road, Streetly for an hour from 1.00pm. Volunteers are needed to assist riders to mount and dismount, walk or run alongside the horse and rider, help with taking horses to and from their stables, and returning equipment back to the tack room. Prior experience is not necessary as full training will be given. For more information, contact Meg Bateman on 0845 450 6846 or Zena Robbins on 01543 253624 or email email@example.com
February 2012 Streetly area News
Banners Gate Counselling Centre based at St. Michael's House, Boldmere Road, Sutton Coldfield, has now expanded its 16 years of service to offer crisis pregnancy and post-abortion counselling. The centre is staffed by 30 volunteer counsellors who offer their services free of charge but who request a donation towards running costs. Call 0121 354 6544.
Sutton Coldfield Model Engineering Society, based at Little Hay, is looking for new members. The group was founded in 1948 and operates a fully functioning miniature railway line with scaled models of locomotives, including a 460ft track, signals, tunnels and bridges. Visit www.scmes.freeserve.co.uk
January 2012 Streetly area News
FREE TRAINING in Fire Risk Assessment for Businesses
FREE FUNDING ADVICE & WORKSHOPS for community groups and organisations
Know Your Town is a FREE EVENT providing local organisations, businesses and voluntary groups with the invaluable opportunity to promote themselves to their local community.
Repairs are set to take place to Blackwood Youth Club in Streetly following a fire before Christmas which damaged large parts of the building. Blackwood Youth Club has been closed since the fire in December 2011 which caused damage to the main doors, walls, ceiling and floor. Work is set to start mid January and will also see the building refurbished and redecorated. It is hoped the youth club will be able to reopen within two to three weeks. In the interim period Walsall Council's Integrated Young People and Support Services team have been using the Hopper bus to continue providing a service in the area. The bus is fitted with a wide range of facilities including a Playstation, various games, arts, crafts and DVDs. For further information on the interim youth services call Jan Madeley on 07793 189448
New adult reading group starting at Streetly Library. First meeting on Wednesday 1st February 2012, 11am to 12noon. Free to join, Come along or Tel: 01922 654864 for information.
December 2011 Streetly News
Extra visitor parking spaces have been created at Streetly Crematorium as part of a £1 million programme of improvements by Walsall Council. Landscaping around the new 21 space car park was completed ahead of it being opened to the public. It will supplement the 57 space main car park at the rear of the crematorium buildings. There is a regular flow of visitors to the crematorium and the extra car parking will address the issue of motorists who are ignoring double yellow lines and leaving their vehicles on grass verges at the site. Signs are placed in the additional car park informing visitors of the main parking area as they will initially enter the site via the smaller car park. Councillor Anthony Harris, Walsall Council cabinet member with responsibility for bereavement services, said: "We stated that the overflow car park would be open to visitors by the end of the year and I'm pleased to confirm that is the case. I would also like to personally thank the officers and contractors who have worked hard to complete this on schedule. "The extension to the car park is one of several changes at the crematorium as part of a £1 million programme of improvements this year which has also seen three new cremators installed at the site."
Delhi 6 Restaurant in Streetly won the finalist of the British culinary chef of the year award and the finalist for the newcomer restaurant of the year at the prestigious British curry awards on Monday 28th november 2011 which was hosted by tv chef James Martin and other famous bodies.
November 2011 Streetly News
Important information about industrial action on 30 November 2011
Streetly singing super star, Connie Talbot will perform with a cast of thousands before an audience of many more thousands in a special concert at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of the CLIC Sargent charity for children with cancer on December 9th. The evening is part of a four-month concert tour she is headlining with Young Voices, an organisation which motivates children by getting them to sing in choirs.
Regular walks are free to join which explore your local area, see more details on the Walks page
A burst 3 foot diameter water main pipe fed by Barr Beacon Reservoir, floods 150 homes in Streetly causing an estimated 1 million pounds worth of damage and to compound the damage, a number of families were subjected to over zealous insurance representatives trying to cash in on the flood with further complications caused by fraudsters taking documents washed away by the flooding and making efforts to steal money from bank accounts. Household appliances such as washing machines and fridges removed from the flooded homes which were put outside were stolen by people posing as workers adding more loss and expense to flood hit Streetly residents
West Midlands Police unveiled plans to monitor and follow cash security vehicles as it re-appealed for information following a £23,000 robbery at a post office in Streetly, which saw two men armed with an axe ambush a delivery driver. Det Ch Supt Darren Walsh said: “The increased use of overt and covert patrols will make cash-in-transit robberies a far more risky enterprise for gangs. We are aware of the potential hotspots, we have far greater communication with the industry over delivery times and are generally far better prepared.” He said police on normal patrol were also being asked to keep a closer eye on security vans while they were outside business premises.Banks, building societies, post offices, betting shops, supermarkets, off-licences, bars, restaurants and garages will all be closely monitored under the scheme. Det Ch Insp Walsh added: “Marked and unmarked police cars will follow security vehicles, but there are many other covert tactics in place. “This is a crime which can have lasting effects on the people who are working for the security companies or businesses, but it is one we are determined to stop. “The drive to reduce cash van raids is also backed by armed response vehicles, increasing the risk of detection for the robbers.” The Streetly raid took place in the Blackwood Road post office on November 11 at 9.15am. Two masked men armed with an axe pounced on the cash van delivery drivers and escaped with £23,000. Detectives today said investigations were continuing and they were searching for a black Renault Megane with the registration GR55 BDH.
October 2011 Streetly News
Local Streetly singer Connie Talbot is encouraging schools to join the world's largest children's choir to sing alongside her and other musical stars and help Young Voices celebrate 15 years of music. The Birmingham concert will be held on Wednesday, 28th November. For more information, or to sign up your school, visit youngvoices.co.uk.
Two new sleep clinics for children have been set up at Good Hope and Heartlands Hospitals to help children who suffer from sleep problems ranging from night terrors to insomnia. The consultant heading the medical team is concerned that computer gadgets are a big cause of their problems which, in their extreme, mean that some young people sleep all day and are awake all night making it very difficult for them to lead normal lives. The clinic is open, by referral to young people aged 1 - 16. To attend the clinic write to Dr. C. Kallappa, Consultant Paediatrician, Good Hope |Hospital, Rectory Road, Sutton Coldfield, B75 7RR.
Following the success of a similar venture in central Birmingham,Sutton Coldfield couple Natalie Drew and Ashling Phillips have set up a same sex fertility clinic on Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield. The centre will primarily be used to provide a support service for parents. Visit gay-familyweb.co.uk
Refurbishments and improvements to Sutton Coldfield railway station should be finished shortly. £1.5million has been spent to improve disabled access and to strengthen the footbridge. There will be new 16 person lifts with CCTV connecting each platform with the ticket hall.
The Salvation Army charity shop on Birmingham Road, Sutton Coldfield, has launched a new customer loyalty card. Every time a customer with a card spends £5 their card will be stamped and shoppers will get £5 when they collect 10 stamps. On the reverse of the card, is the reward scheme for donations to the store which works in conjunction with a re-bag. This red, black and white bag can be bought instore for 99p - each time it is brought into the store full of donations, a stamp to the value of £2 will be given. For more information visit wear2shop.co.uk or call into the shop to pick up a free card. A donation of £20 can provide a weeks support for a rough sleeper, a day's vocational training at a Salvation Army day centre, or a much needed box of food for a family struggling with poverty at Christmas.
Obsessions and Francesco Hair Salon of Streetly provided clothes and hair styling at a fashion show held at Moor Hall Hotel to raise funds for the Sutton Coldfield Cancer Support Centre. £1,800 was raised.
Enjoy a walk or bike ride along the new North Birmingham Cycle Route which runs along the banks of Plants Brook, Sutton Coldfield and links up Pype Hayes Park with New Hall Valley Country Park and Rectory Park. Visit http://blog.connect-2birmingham.org/new-map for a map of the area.
Fancy the next best thing to a homemade cottage pie, or some really tasty liver and onions? Local butcher Colin Ryan of Blackwood Road, Streetly has a new selection of ready to cook meals made from the finest ingredients. Try his turkey, beef, pork, faggots, liver and onions - all in their own delicious gravy, or beef stew or shepherd or cottage pie. Prices range from £1.29 - £1.59 per pack and include cooking insrtuctions. Why not stock up your freezer for the winter months ahead and make sure you have a nutritious and healthy meal.
Did you work for Lightning Fasteners in Witton? A reunion is planned for November. If you'd like to attend call Pam on 0121 308 3760 or Gill on 0121 382 5649, for further details.
September 2011 Streetly News
Friday, 9th September, 10.00am - 12.30pm, the 'First Stop Express' Bus will be at the Hardwick Arms Public House, to help local residents deal with any Walsall Council matter such as Streetly disabled parking permits, Streetly potholes, Streetly recycling.
August 2011 Streetly News
Aldridge & Beacon Area Partnership Community Meetings all start at 6pm as below:
29/Sept/2011 Pheasey Park Farm Community Centre
21/Nov/2011 Beacon Church
16/Jan/2012 St John’s Parish Church
14/Feb/2012 Aldridge Youth Theatre
26/March/2012 All Saints Church
July 2011 Streetly News
Streetly Bus services meetings outcome report by John Morris
For any future issue with the 77 and 935 service can you please call 0121 254 7272 – this is the National Express West Midlands bus hotline. This will help National Express analyse your issues and see the trends and hotspots.
You can continue to follow the bus services for Streetly by visiting the Walsall Transport User Forum. The future meetings for this year are held at the Council House, Walsall, commencing at 6pm on the following dates:-
I also want to thank the following people for their help and support:-
Many thanks again to everyone who attended the meeting and brought the issues to our attention.
Find details of local Commercial property for sale, rent or lease in Streetly, Walsall area Streetly Commercial property index
Ascom UK Limited has centralised Business in our Technical Centre in Streetly
and will therefore be closing the Head office in Sevenoaks with effect of the 30th June 2011.
Streetly will become the new head office and registered address, this office has been our Technical
Centre for many years now and around 70% of our staff are already located there, it is ideally
positioned just off the M6 for us to service our customers.
Sunday 10th July, Blackwood Picnic in the Park 2011, at Blackwood Park Streetly Walsall, B74 3PH, With a variety of activities taking place, it will be a great afternoon out for the family.
Announcing new on Friday Mornings, Streetly Library Cradle Club for babies 0- 2 years old. From 10.00am - 11.30am. Cost 50p per family. Tel 01922 654864
Or they will give you back Double the Difference !
More benefits of being a Discount Club member include:
Helping you switch - the Utility Warehouse will even reimburse up to £ 200 during July, of early termination fees charged by your previous supplier(s) when you switch your services to them.
No minimum contract term - the Utility Warehouse is so confident that you’ll be happy with the money you save that most services have no minimum contract term, so you’re not tied in. If you're not totally happy with the money you save and the Utility Warehouse’s award-winning UK-based customer service team, you can go back to your current supplier's higher prices at any time!
June 2011 Streetly News
Streetly parents of Cerys Edwards have been given fresh hope that dangerous drivers will be given harsher sentences following comments by the Prime Minister, David Cameron who said he backed calls to increase the maximum prison term available for dangerous driving from the current two years to at least five. A House of Commons motion calling for the maximum sentence to be increased to seven years has been signed by 15 MPs from all parties. Cerys Edwards was just a year old when she was left with a catalogue of appalling injuries after her family’s car was hit by millionaire’s son Antonio Boparan in Streetly Lane, Sutton Coldfield, in November 2006. He was overtaking on the wrong side of the road at more than 70mph in a 30mph zone in his powerful Range Rover when he caused the head-on smash. Cerys was left brain-damaged, paralysed and unable to breathe without a ventilator. Boparan, from Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield, was jailed for 21 months after being convicted of dangerous driving but was freed after just six months. More than 13,000 people signed a petition demanding a change in the law.
May 2011 Streetly News
Announcing, new Walsall Police service for the local community. All residents in Streetly should visit the daily updated Blog of Kevin Pitt to be informed, with crime updates, crime prevention tips and news from Walsall police, neighbourhood watch and wider worlds creating a repository of information for local residents, all sorts of groups, and the variety of watch schemes running in Walsall area. The Kevin Pitt Blog
Residents living in Streetly and Pheasey will be able to raise any concerns and discuss key community issues with Walsall council and other leading agencies on Thursday 2 June from 10am to midday. Representatives from Walsall Council, Walsall Area Partnership, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and NHS Walsall will be on board the First Stop Express bus when it calls at St Martin's Church, Daffodil Road, Pheasey. Local Ward councillors have also been invited. Residents can also visit the bus to find out about events and places to visit, entertainment ideas, apply for a disabled parking badge, report pest control issues and view planning applications.
West Midlands Police Authority will be holding a public consultation event on Tuesday 19 July from 7pm to 9pm in Walsall Council Chamber, to inform communities of the changes relating to policing, the funding cuts and the voting in and role of the new Police and Crime Commissioner. There will also be consultation on policing priorities as part of normal duty.
The meeting is open to the public and will be attended by a senior officer from Walsall Local Policing Unit and Police Authority members. If you have any queries please address them to the Police Authority, contact details as follows:
Monday 23 May, Councillor Garry Perry was sworn in as the new Mayor of Walsall for 2011/12.
Announcing, ADT wireless Home security Alarm Systems provided by your local ADT Engineer in Streetly for full details see ADT wireless Home security Systems
The Big Tidy Up in Streetly
The Big Tidy Up team are keen to hear from other individuals / groups interested in carrying out tidy ups in their communities. In return the council will support participants by providing litter pickers, bags and organising rubbish collection. People can register their tidy ups and find out more information at The Big Tidy Up
If you have any questions please send emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcing, Thursday, 2nd June, HALF TERM BOREDOM BUSTER! at Streetly Scout Hut from 10:00 – 10:55 wondering what to do with your young children during the half term break?
Announcing, the Grand Opening of Streetly Children’s Centre, on Saturday 4th June 2011 at 1pm.
Announcing, Roman Cars - 0121 353 1616, a brand new private hire taxi firm, based on Chester Road, Little Aston, providing passengers with a First Class service, different from other taxi and private hire firms. more information on the Streetly Local Buisiness Quick Guide section
Website bug’s going around, providing services in and around Walsall for young people.
Join the cast, with Tudor Musical Comedy Society for their 50th year production of The King and I. Recruitment Day on Sunday 22nd May at Moor Hall School, Rowallen Road, Sutton Coldfield B75 6RE.
Children only at 10am til 12pm, workshop, you will be introduced to the music and shown some movement so please wear appropriate clothing.
Free £10 Marks & Spencer gift voucher from Sutton Coldfield Dairies
Last week the country celebrated the wedding of our future King, Prince William to Catherine Middleton but this week we have news of a king from a little further a field. Tudor Musical Comedy Society celebrates 50 years in the business by returning to Sutton Coldfield Town Hall for a lavish production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King & I” from 27th September to the 1st October 2011. This popular musical is based on the true-life story of the former King of Siam & his relationship with his children’s governess, a widow called Anna Leonowens. Anna left England & travelled with her son Louis to Bangkok in 1862 to teach the king’s 82 children & ended up also teaching the king about life in Victorian England so that he could be seen as a ‘modern’ monarch. The show is full of well-known songs including “Getting to Know You” which features in the current advert for popular kitchen company Magnet, “Whistle a Happy Tune” & “Shall we Dance?” and Tudor is looking for adults and children to join the company for this production. Rehearsals begin this Thursday 5th May at 7.30pm at St. James’s Hall, Mere Green, in Sutton Coldfield with open auditions to follow shortly. If you would like to join the company for this show or just want more information contact chairman Nigel Gaunt on 0121 241 5772 or 07944 7766831. Alternatively check out their website on Tudor Musical Comedy Society You can follow Tudor Musical Comedy Society on Facebook & TudorMCS on Twitter.
Police raid homes in Streetly, Kingstanding and Aldridge in probe over armed robberies, resulting in 5 arrests and charges with armed robbery offences. The men, aged between 17 and 35 have been charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery and appeared at Walsall Magistrates Court. During a search of the addresses, a quantity of cannabis was recovered, £10,000 in cash, suspected stolen vehicles and evidence linked to a number of serious offences. The intelligence led operation formed part of Operation Serve and Protect, a force-wide initiative which aims to target known offenders believed to be linked to serious offences such as armed robbery and car key burglary. Detective Inspector Bob Bradford from Force CID, who led the operation said: "West Midlands Police has worked alongside other regional police forces to combat serious and organised crime. "We have been out on the streets of the West Midlands, targeting those who we believe may be involved in serious criminality."
Streetly Library will stay open ! Walsall's Lord Mayor Gary Clarke has confirmed that there are currently no plans to close Streetly Library on Blackwood Road.
A new Sure Start Childrens' Centre has been built attached to the Community Hall at Streetly Community Centre, Foley Road East. The centre will provide a range of childrens services including a creche and parental, family and health support.
Local Streetly teenager Florence Bell, skiing for great Britain, finished in 26th position out of 77 in the Topolino Alpine downhill slalom held in Folgaria, Italy.
Walsall College hairdressing student Lucy Gibara who also trained with Francesco, Streetly, has reached the final of the Wella Professional XPOSURE competition.
April 2011 Streetly News
Free Drinks to celebrate the Royal Wedding ... Pimm's & lemonade OR Gordon's Gin tonic at Farmer Johns pub, just get a voucher which is valid until 11th May 2011 Free drinks here !
FREE MILK delivered fresh to your door 7 DAYS A WEEK !
Claim 20% discount off all carpet cleaning online orders placed with Sutton carpet cleaning or just call Phil, on 0121 311 1893 and say Streetly website told you ! All carpet cleaning pre booked for May and booked online you will receive 20% discount from our normal prices. Please book early to avoid disappointment. A list of our current rates for carpet & upholstery cleaning, is on the www.suttoncarpetcleaning.com website
Picture Appeal ! Do you have any knowledge or photographs of "Hingleys Cottage" in Streetly, which is situated off Lindrosa Road [B743JZ] accessed via the un-made track to the railway. photographs of "Hingleys Cottage" for the late 1940 - early 50's are required for local history research and can be returned, please call 0121 353 9216 Thank you very much
Blackwood Park Pavilion in Streetly, will have £31,600 to refurbish its interior after the grant from the Cory Environmental Trust was secured. Streetly area manager John Morris has pledged a further 10 per cent of funding on top of that to boost the facelift budget. Pat Stockford, chairman of the Blackwood Park Friends Group, said: "We have had work done outside the pavilion and this regeneration will now continue inside, so that the building is available for use by the whole neighbourhood. There are a lot of activities going on in Streetly and we think the refurbished pavilion will further benefit those." A management plan is now also being prepared as council bosses look towards sealing Green Flag status for Blackwood Park in the near future. The plans include a new kitchen and toilet facilities to be installed at the pavilion as part of an internal redesign, with work carried out to provide facilities for community groups of all ages and interests. Park rangers, PCSOs and Neighbourhood Watch groups will also be able to use the facility. A secure fence was added to the pavilion last spring with improvements to the cladding, roof and windows costing around £46,500. Cleansing Service Group provided £10,000 towards the cost with the remainder coming from section 106 funding.
Wednesday, 4th May, 'Trickster' a 'bogus caller' musical, will be performed by the Solomon Touring Theatre at the Shelfield Academy, Broad Way, High Heath, Pelsall. Based on a true story, a cast of three professional actors present this musical and energetic live story-telling event. George is an elderly gemntleman who has become the victim of a distraction burglar. Once a proud soldier, we follow George as he battles with being conned and beats the bogus callers. The performance is aimed at older and vulnerable people in the community, but anyone who wants to attend is welcome. Performances are at 9.45am - 12 noon or 1.45 - 4.00pm. The event is free. To book a place call Aaron Holmes on 01922 652029 or Ranjit Kaur on 01922 653312.
Coogee Nursery School in Streetly was rated as outstanding for the second time in four years following a ofsted visit by government inspectors. Pre-school leader Gemma Rushton said she was “thrilled” with the rating and "We are a happy team with happy children, passionate and dedicated about our children and our work and enjoy working with the children and their families.” The Coogee Nursery School,Burnett Road, Streetly, is holding an open morning on Saturday May 14th 2011
A Woman died on Tuesday 19th April, after being hit by a freight train in Sutton Park, half a mile from the Streetly Gate entrance. The collision came at about 10am and a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews found a pedestrian and a train that had been in a serious collision. “Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.” British Transport Police spokeman said the death was not being treated as suspicious.
Hats off to Guys and Dolls!
Tickets available from 0121 308 4126.
Streetly residents are warned to keep their windows closed to avoid a recent increase in 'high value' burglaries. Houses in Lilac Avenue and Parkside Way were broken into during the first weekend in April and statistics prove that this time of the year always shows a rise in the number of this type of crime.
Professor Hubert Lacey, medical director of Newbridge House in Streetly, a eating disorders specialist, has spoken out about the lack of recognition of the binge eating disorder amid rising obesity levels / bulimia. Professor Lacey says binge eating disorder is poorly recognised, yet affects more people than anorexia and bulimia. It comes as figures show that obesity rates in the Birmingham area are the highest in Europe. A survey showed that a third of adults are classified as being obese – twice as many as the EU average and higher than anywhere else in the UK. Professor Lacey says that between one and three per cent of adults are believed to have the disorder and that many people having obesity treatment such as gastric bands have a serious untreated eating disorder. He said: It is vital to treat the underlying psychological cause of over-eating and not just the physical symptoms, otherwise, in time, that treatment may fail. It is very important to recognise that for many people who are very overweight there is a serious psychological disorder driving the desire to over-eat. To some extent, as a society, we have developed understanding and recognition of the problems behind anorexia. We need to offer that same understanding and support to people with binge eating disorder. Professor Lacey has recently published a self help guide for people who want to break the cycle of binge eating disorder and bulimia entitled Bulimia Binge-eating and their Treatment (by Professor Lacey, Dr Bryony Bamford and Amy Brown.) Professor Lacey added: Binge eating is treatable and self-help programmes can help people with mild disorders. Many people who binge eat feel deeply ashamed of their behaviour and are reluctant to seek help. They become locked in a cycle of binge eating when they are unable to cope with difficult or painful feelings. But the binge eating generates more negative feelings and an overwhelming sense of being out of control. Of course everyone has the occasional binge – notably during the Christmas season – and it is natural to over-indulge from time to time. The sign of a binge eating disorder is the frequency of binge eating combined with the distress it causes.
March 2011 Streetly News
Cash boost in Streetly for Blackwood Park Pavilion facelift
Local Streetly Sea Scout Ian Henery, an assistant scout leader with All Saints Sea Scouts, is hoping to complete a 40 mile charity walk despite having only one lung. Ian wants to raise money to help support an orphanage and 118 families suffering from leprosy in India. He and his team, the All Saints Pirates, will be walking over Cannock Chase on Saturday, 19th March. If you'd like to sponsor Ian, contact him on 01902 366 615
Royal wedding street party in Streetly
Streetly Show Must Go On !
Warning for dog owners who allow their pets to foul in public places Dog-fouling will not be tolerated in the Walsall borough – that’s the message from a working group which has been set up to deal with the problem. Walsall Council’s environment scrutiny and performance panel recently set up a dog fouling working group after receiving results from a recent survey which revealed that 41 per cent of respondents were concerned about dog fouling. The group have put together an action plan which aims to get tough on persistent dog-foulers and also to educate people on the health risks which dog-fouling poses on the whole community. Walsall Council’s cabinet is expected to approve the action plan when it meets on March 16. A report to cabinet states that the working group has produced a number of recommendations aimed at raising public awareness of the problem and improving the way the council can tackle it. It also states that housing landlords, schools and area partnerships will also become involved in helping to encourage dog owners to behave responsibly and pick up their dog’s litter. The animal control team at Walsall Council will assist in investigations, erect anti-fouling signage and seize stray dogs. Those who persistently ignore the warnings could be issued with a £50 fixed penalty fine, if they do not clean up or alternatively may be prosecuted through the Magistrates Court, where the maximum fine is £1000. It also also expected that community representatives from the area partnerships will be provided with stencils to spray the ‘no dog fouling’ message on footpaths across the borough. The working group has also recommended that posters using shock tactics are displayed in parks and open spaces used by dog walkers. They suggested that the posters displayed should demonstrate the dangers of dog fouling, including toxicara. Hotspot areas will be highlighted by area managers and will be targeted with leaflets and signs. Registered social landlords will be asked to contribute to the anti dog fouling initiative through promotions in their newsletters and assisting with signage. Dog waste bags are easily carried and readily available from most pet stores and vets. Plastic carrier bags also have the added advantage of being re-used for the same purpose. Dog waste wrapped in this way can be disposed of in any ordinary litter bin or taken home and placed with normal household waste. Dog fouling costs councils throughout the country £22 million a year to clean, and remains the countries most complained about issue according to local authorities and MP’s.
Royal wedding street parties in Streetly
The “First Stop Express” bus will be in Streetly again next Wednesday, 16th March, 2011. The bus will be parked up on Farmer John’s public house car park from 10am until 12 noon. There will be representatives from West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, Ward Councillors (if available), NHS Walsall, your Area Manager, Welfare Rights, Anti-Social Behaviour Unit and the Dog Warden (if available). You are most welcome to come along to chat to the partners, learn more information about your local area and get free advise on tackling crime and personal safety, including a free personal attack alarm. You can also talk to the contact centre team from Walsall Council and raise your issues with them. We all look forward to seeing you there.
Streetly football referee Stephen Henke is to be honoured by the Football Association for 40 years of continuous service to refereeing. He will be presented with a certificate at the West Bromwich Albion ground - The Hawthorns - later this month.
A cry for help! Katie Rose from Brabham Crescent, Streetly would like to hear from anyone who can help her find her Chihuahua dog 'Buzz' who ran off in Sutton Park at the Boldmere entrance on Thursday, 24th February. Buzz is chipped and has a collar with his name and a contact number. Call 0121 353 5548 or 07919 895 088.
Ladies - don't 'burn your bras'. Instead, donate them to raise funds for the cancer support charity, Breast Friends based at Good Hope Hospital. Birmingham City Council has set up 11 re-cycling bins collecting used bras. Bins can be found locally at Lidl on Kings Road, New Oscott and at Four Oaks railway station car park.
There will be a follow-up meeting to discuss Streetly bus services number 77 Walsall to Sutton Coldfield, and number 935 Walsall to Birmingham. Meeting on Wednesday, 30th March, to be held at All Saints Church, Foley Road East, Streetly at 6.00pm. Everyone welcome.
Commencing on the 24th March, hosted at Blackwood Road Methodist Church, Streetly, is a six week 'Expert Patient Programme'. The programme will take place every Thursday for six weeks (minimum attendance four weeks out of six) and is for anyone living with any long term health condition such as angina, depression, bronchitis, arthritis. The programme aims to healp you take more care of your health by learning new skills to manage your condition. Sessions run from 10.00am - 12.30pm, are free of charge, and are open to anyone with a long term illness. Contact Elaine Smith on 01922 858673. This is an NHS funded project.
Local retailer The Midcounties Co-operative, is giving its support to an anti-smoking project. Pupils from Streetly School are joining pupils from St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College in Aldridge, and from Grace Academy in Darlaston as part of The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation's Anti Tobaco Youth Campaign which will help the pupils learn more about smoking and the tobacco industry and which will hopefully encourage them to reject the habit long term.
Streetly School pupil Abi Havenhand, who trains at the Walsall Academy of Dance, won the junior tap dance award at the Wrekin Dance Festival in Telford.
Can you help ?
Children and parents from local Streetly playgroup Taylor's Tots, have been collecting food and other items such as nappies and formula milk for the Elim Church in Kingstanding. The goods are then distributed by the church to the homeless and needy.
The two men who organised a network of rental properties, including a luxury home in Roman Road, Streetly, to grow £7.4 million worth of cannabis have been jailed for a total of 12 years. Ali Munir and Shazad Ali, joint owners of letting company K2 Properties, and Daniel Shemmell, had been operating the illegal conspiracy for over 3 years. Munir and Ali then sold the letting business and its debts for a nominal sum of £1 in breach of a restraining order
A disastrous fish kill threatens the on-going success of a Walsall based charity.
Through a unique blend of mentoring and mediation support, the CTY initiative aims to break the cycle of negative behavior amongst young people, guiding them towards an alternative path to becoming better functioning adults and better citizens.
Due to the prolonged severe weather conditions during December 2010 and January 2011, we have seen a significant fish kill at our lake in Abbots Bromley, resulting in the loss of some 250+ carp which has quite literally 'ripped the heart out the project'.
One of the primary reasons CTYFI has been so successful in changing the lives of troubled and vulnerable young people was the fact they were guaranteed to catch big carp on each of their fishing sessions. The enjoyment they obtained from this meant that we were able to introduce other elements into our sessions with them such as education, mentoring and life skills without them losing interest.
We have had some major successes on the project in turning these young people into valuable and positive members of society. Without intervention a projected path towards crime and unemployment was in most cases inevitable.
We are now looking at ways to try and restock the water so that the project can continue to make a difference.
We as a Charity have no financial capacity to purchase replacement fish and wondered if you would be willing to support us in regenerating this unique project by considering sponsoring a fish or even a number of fish.
Carp scale patterns are as unique as our finger prints it is therefore easy to identify a fish by its scales or other physical features. In the world of specialist carp fishing and on some of the larger commercial fisheries many of the larger carp are easily recognised and as a result are affectionately given names.
What we intend to do is name the sponsored fish after the organisation that sponsored its purchase.
We are currently in the process of redesigning our website (www.ctyfishing.co.uk) and will be providing regular news updates and catch reports for those accessing the site, and plan to highlight named fish in any coverage here. We also have a dedicated sponsor profile page, with links to relevant websites.
We have already secured a fish supplier in Shifnal who is willing to supply us fish stocks at a greatly reduced rate which will help us enormously.
Carp prices range from £75 for a 10lb fish, £175 .00 for a 15lb fish, or £400 for a 20lb+.
All the fish we have lost range from 10 - 26lb.
Any help would be enormously appreciated. Contact details are:
PC Darren Robbins (Project Manager) - e: email@example.com t: 07792 794 783
or log on to www.ctyfishing.co.uk and use the on-line form on the contact us page.
Kind regards. Mark Lewis Trustee & Director
Police Safe House and Crime Prevention
Bryan Chatham, a Streetly hair salon owner, raised £622 towards the £2,000 needed to help the rural community of Gucuka in Swaziland, by doing a sponsored swim. Other fund raising events are to include a 26 mile walk and a curry night. If you would like to help contact Bryan a firstname.lastname@example.org
BRMB DJ's Foxy and Giuliano, together with other radio station staff, joined staff and parents from Hundred Acre Pre-School Playgroup in Streetly to give a graffiti daubed wall a makeover. Wickes provided the paint and brushes. The playgroup is hoping to have a decked area so that the children can play outside.
A local man who lives on Endwood Drive on the borders of Streetly and Little Aston has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of laundering £800,000 of criminal proceeds through bank accounts in India, Spain and the UK. Karnail Singh Samra also received an additional 12month prison sentence, to run consecutively, for 26 separate counts of Contemp of Court by failing to declare and removing £225,000 of cash from the UK to India. His son, Harbinder Singh Samra, was also involved in these crimes and was one of the principal fraudsters in the gang. He was jailed for 5 years for his part in the huge scam which saw millions of pounds being made by defrauding the VAT system whilst pretending to import and export mobile phone products. The gang spent the criminal proceeds on properties and luxury cars. More than £8 million of assets have been seized so that the gains can be confiscated.
Local primary school headteacher Simon Griffiths has been appointed as one of only 100 national leaders of education after transforming a failing school into an outstanding one when it was reviewed by Ofsted in 2005. Lindens Primary School on Hundred Acre Road, Streetly, has also been designated a National Support School, a move which recognises the staff's success in turning the school round. Mr Griffiths said the turnround had been fuelled by completely changing the teaching and learning culture within the school and involving the children in the decision making process of chosing a good learning environment.
January 2011 Streetly News
Streetly shoppers will be interested to hear that Waitrose is hoping to open its first Midlands convenience store in Sutton town centre, creating up to 40 new jobs.
Local Streetly resident Sylvia Robinson was so impressed with her recent treatment as a patient in Good Hope Hospital Coronary Care unit she published her praise on the Letters Page in the Sutton Observer.
Anyone interested in becoming eco friendly might like to know that EcoSutton have recently set up in the town and are hoping to inspire people to work together to make the town more sustainable. For more information call Anita on 0121 354 3394 or email her at email@example.com
The milkshake store 'ShakeAway' in Sutton Coldfield, has launched its own record label and is looking for talented local residents to produce a video of themselves performing. The winner will spend a day in a recording studio. Visit www.shakeaway.com/records or call into the store before February 18th.
Local football clubs were saddened by the news that Streetly talent scout Bill Bishop died on December 10th 2010. Bill had not been well for a few months and died in Good Hope Hospital of pneumonia after developing a chest infection. He was known not only as a wonderful husband and father but also as a gentleman who was always passionate and knowledgeable about his game. Many tributes agreed that he will be truly missed.
A long-standing member of Streetly Tennis Club has put together a collection of photos and memories of the clubs history to mark the end of its centenary year. Maggie Benson has been a club member for 44 years. Copies of the booklet are available by calling 0121 308 5255, price £7.00
December 2010 Streetly News
Tuesday December 21st an Open Invitation to everyone!
Walsall Council welcomes new powers for local communities
* Local groups having the right to buy certain public buildings like libraries, pubs or shops. If a council is going to sell a property, community groups will get extra time to develop their bid.
* Communities can question how services - such as care homes, leisure centres and transport - are being run and potentially take them over.
* More power for local people to overrule planning decisions and protect green spaces.
Councillor Mike Bird, leader of Walsall Council said: “We now know we are facing major reductions in public spending over the next few years. So we need to think radically about how services could be provided in very different ways.
Local resident Susan Littlehales has recognised the dedication of a Streetly car mechanic by nominating him for a national award. Nathan Dent who works at Forge Autos, Chester Road is one of six finalists in the Valeo Garage Hero 2010 Award. Brent Hudson, marketing director of Valeo, said that Nathan stood out from other entries for the excellent commitment he has shown to the local community.
Thieves took over £11,000 worth of coins and jewellery including Krugerands and gold sovereigns, from a house in Manor Road, Streetly.
Garden Designer Heather Hawkins of Just Plants of Four Oaks has found what she believes to be an antique pendant whilst working in a Streetly garden. The pendant has the Latin text 'Ascendit Ad Aetherum Thalamum' incribed around a depiction of the Virgin Mary.
Local Streetly GP Richard Denning, whose annual UK Games Expo has featured previously on our news page, has released his first board game 'Great Fire of London 1666 Game' and already has plans for another game and more projects in the pipeline. The game is available at the Wayland's Forge game shop in Paradise Circus in Birmingham or can be ordered at www.medusagames.co.uk
Congratulations to Lewis Moore, owner of the Francesco group of hairdressing salons who has just been announced as Midlands Hairdresser of the Year.
More congratulations go to local Streetly based group 'The Erdington Operatic Society' who, yet again have put on an excellent performance of 'Orpheus in the Underland' to much acclaim.
November 2010 Streetly News
Stay healthy with winter on the way
To read all of the advice for winter look at Accidents Direct advice on avoiding winter accidents.
Methi new Indian Takeaway opening on 8th November in Streetly
Local resident, Keith Robinson from Hardwick Road, Streetly, has just won the pairs crown at his local bowling club for the ninth year running. Keith is now 91 years of age and has been playing bowls since 1935, winning many titles along the way. He is still an ardent Aston Villa supporter, regularly watching their matches at the ground.
Congratulations to local Streetly resident Marion Hall who has been working tirelessly to transcribe details from Aldridge Parish registers. As a result of all this hard work, the Staffordshire Parish Registers Society has published details of baptisms, burials and marriages registered at the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldridge from 1771 - 1900.
Are you a single lady, over 40, who needs to find a tried and trusted handyman? Look no further than www.40rtyplus website where you can find details on a wide range of subjects from finding a plumber to getting financial or childcare advice. The site has a forum where members chat and even offers beauty and health tips. Members can also get involved in a growing number of activities such as climbing, bowling, comedy and theatre evenings.
After a gap of twelve years, HMV have re-opened a music shop in The Mall, Sutton Coldfield (previously known as Gracechurch). So far , there has been a lot of interest in this renewed venture with a queue of shoppers eagerly awaiting.
Lewis Moore, owner of the Francesco Group hairdressing salons in Streetly and Walsall, is in the news again! Lewis and fellow hairdresser Jacky Crosby, have made the final of the prestigious Midlands Hairdresser of the Year Award with their collection 'Raw Rebellion' which features a series of curves and softly shaped styles. The awards take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on November 22nd. Good Luck from Streetly Website !
October 2010 Streetly News
Streetly girl Demi Hanson, aged 15, who attends Barr Beacon Language College, has reached the public voting round of the 2011 Miss Teen Queen UK competition. If you'd like to vote for Demi and help her go through to the live finals in London next year, visit Miss teen queen website
The Queslett Pub in Streetly has beaten 23 other pub and club premises to be announced as best pub and overall winner in the Best Bar None Awards and will be able to use the award logo in any promotional material for the next year. Premises are judged on their efforts to operate responsibly and help reduce alcohol related crime across the borough of Walsall.
Three cars were involved in a collision at the junction of Burnett, Hardwick and Little Aston Park roads on Sunday, 17th October. Four people were taken to hospial but no one was seriously injured.
Anyone suffering from pre or postnatal depression can now get help from the new Sutton Coldfield offices of Acacia Family Support. The charity has been running for six years and also has offices in Walmley, Kingstanding and Saltley. Services provided include a befriending service, drop-in centres, a dads' project, and a cognitive behavioural therapy programme. You can call Acacia on 0121 301 5992.
THE WEST END ON YOUR DOORSTEP!
John Morris Walsall Partnership Area Manager wishes to hear your views on the way that Area Partnerships are performing for local residents. I am always available and you are welcome to contact me at any time, I will always endeavour to either talk to you on the phone or come and meet with you. If you have any comments and quotes that you would like to send me I would be very grateful, as I am looking for feedback on the progress we’ve made in the first few months and to see how the residents are understanding our role and what we are doing. I will carry out consultations on :
Tel: 01922 652029 Mobile: 07852 421421 Email John Morris
Streetly Singers who meet every Tuesday evening ( see events page ) are looking for tenors. contact Philip Morris on 0121 353 7893
National Express has again been charged with not providing sufficient information about recent route and timetable changes causing utter confusion for customers. Here in Streetly, passengers have been faced, yet again, with lack of correct timetable information causing great worry to those planning journeys to work and for appointments. Changes made as part of the North Walsall Bus Review at the end of April were not accurately documented and revised timetables issued in August and September are still incorrect. There is also a continuing problem with services being missing on the 77 and the 935 routes. The Sutton News is interested in any concerns you may have about local bus services. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Boundary Road in Streetly is getting a new lease of life and shops that have stood empty for years are now open and ready for business. These shops and businesses are prepared to work hard at bringing a much needed sense of community to this part of Streetly which has been run down for so long and would welcome your support. If you didn't come along to see the beautiful pavement flowers during the summer months why not come and meet the new owners now - you'll be sure of a good welcome from:
Four local men from Streetly, Sutton Coldfield and Walsall, convicted of defrauding HM Revenue and Customs of VAT and of money laundering, have now had their assets seized and have been given six months to pay their considerable fines. Harvinder Singh Batth, formerly of Roman Lane, Little Aston, is currently serving a nine year sentence and must pay £500,000 or serve a further three and a half years in prison. His restrained assets include his Roman Lane home and designer jewellery.
Local family Danielle and James Foulsham and their son Theo from Thornhill Road, Streetly, lost their pet French Bulldog, Henry near Streetly Gate on Sunday, October 10th and fear that he may have been targeted by thieves. They are offering a cash reward for Henry's safe return. Contact James Foulsham on 077380 32820.
Streetly Hockey Club won the Community Club of the Year award in the annual Black Country Sport and Physical Activity Awards.
Congratulations to Graham Kelly, a care worker from Streetly, who has been nominated for a care award by his boss at Care Companions Ltd, Sushila Patel, in recogniton of the excellent and exceptional care he provides.
More congratulations are in order, this time to Vera Breakwell from Thornhill Park, Streetly, who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. During the Second World War, her family ran a newsagents in Winson Green, and then a print business. Vera moved to Streetly in the 1960s.
BT annnounced this week that it will be upgrading nine regional telephone exchanges, including those in Streetly and Four Oaks. The old copper network will be replaced by fibre optics which will allow super-fast broadband download speeds of up to 40Mbps, potentially rising to 60Mbps, for some 453,000 homes and businesses in the West Midlands. Openreach, BT's local network businss, will carry out the work. For more details see Open reach website If you live or work in Streetly or Four Oaks don't get too excited just yet - work is provisionally scheduled at these two exchanges for December 2011.
Streetly School and Sports College has become part of the London 2012's Get Set network, an education programme designed to enhance young people's learning through sport, culture and education. To mark the event, The London Organising Committee of the Olmpic Games and Paralympic Games, awarded the school a plaque and a certificate. Head teacher, Billy Downie said ' pupils at The Streetly School are excellent examples of how London 2012 is helping to spark young people's imagination inspiring them to get involved and make a difference'.
Streetly is seeing a rise in the number of thefts of lead from roofs and windows due to a worldwide increase in demand for metals and to their rising value. 'Operation Steel' is a police initiative to crack down on lead thefts, by advising both householders and scrap metal dealers, how not to be involved in this illicit trade.
Invitation from Parkside Play Group in Streetly which is looking to find past and present parents and children for a celebration event later this year. Parkside Pre-School Playgroup in Foley Road East, Streetly, which has been existence for more than 40 years, is hoping to celebrate the club through the ages. "We want to make real connections through the generations," Jo Homer from the pre-school's support group said. "We would like to know where children who attended the nursery are now and invite them to come along to our celebration." The Streetly Association will be holding a 50th anniversary event at the Streetly Youth and Community Centre in Foley Road East on Saturday, October 23 between 2pm and 6pm, where the playgroup will have a stand and anyone who would like to share their memories is invited to attend. Alternatively contact Jo Homer on 0774 0921458.
September 2010 Streetly News
Local Streetly hair stylist, Lewis Moore, proved he is a cut above the rest when he completed the recent Great North Run raising over £1,000 in sponsorship for the Walsall Hospice. Lewis is based at the Francesco Salon in Burnett Road, Streetly. He owns the franchise for this shop and for the salons in Aldridge and Tamworth.
Streetly garden centre Pacific Nurseries on the Chester Road has given a whole new meaning to the words 'grow your own' by providing its own home grown fruit to be used in products sold in the farm shop and the cafe. Apples, plums, damsons and greengages are being planted in a new one acre orchard next to Pacific. The orchard may also become a future home for free range hens.
Beacon Radio is offering its listeners a chance to vote for their favourite pub or bar in the 2010 Best Bar None awards which recognise which licensed premises promote responsible drinking and customer safety. To vote, visit Beacon Radio
Are you interested in astronomy? As part of Meteorwatch 2010, senior Walsall Council countryside ranger, Morgan Bowers, will lead a series of events starting with 'A Beginners Guide to the Night Sky', at Barr Beacon on October 22nd. On November 19th, people can watch the Leonid meteor shower. Book a place by calling 01922 459 813.
Are you a senior citizen? Enjoy a Monday out Shugborough Hall, Milford, Staffs. Every Monday, pensioners can buy a £5.00 full site admission ticket and receive 20% off in the tea room. Shugborough is open daily from 11.00am - 5.00pm until 28th October. Call 01889 881 388 or visit Shugborough Hall website
Streetly Tennis Club recently celebrated its centenary with a Las Vegas style dinner and dance. The club is located in Parkview Road where the land was first leased from Streetly Methodist Church in 1910.
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Robert Simmons, from Erdington, has added another dimension to the ongoing 'tallest sunflower' competition. His prize bloom is a multi-headed one with twelve flower heads, or it was until a hungry squirrel had his lunch - and now there are eleven!
Local Aldridge company Bullock Construction made another step towards receiving a 'Considerate Constructors Award' when it visited Taylor's Tots Nursery in Boundary Road, Streetly to talk about the potential dangers of building sites. Children and staff from nearby Hundred Acre Playgroup also joined in. Children got to try on safety clothing and Bullock Construction has agreed to provide them with high visibility jackets for when they are out walking.
Streetly based Erdington Operatic Society has once again won the National Operatic and Dramatic Association's award for the best regional production with their 2009 performance of The Mikado. They are now reaching final rehearsals for their November, 2010 production of 'Orpheus in the Underworld', a musical comedy. For more details of the show and where to get tickets see the Events & Whats on page
Professor Sam Ramaiah, Director of Walsall Public Health and Medical Director of NHS Walsall, died sudenly, aged 62, at Good Hope Hospital on Monday, 6th September after suffering a heart attack. He leaves a widow Jyoti and son Bharat and daughter India. Professor Ramaiah had served Walsall for almost 30 years. He was also assistant registrar with the UK's Faculty of Public Health and an honorary lecturer at the University of Birmingham.
Do you attend a Sutton Coldfield doctor? Did you know that three-quarters of all GP practices offer extended opening hours including early morning, evening and weekend appointments. To find out about your surgery visit NHS UK
Visit a very informative website: www.blackcountryhistory.org to look at maps, documents and photographs showcasing the Black Country's rich industrial history.
The Illegal immigrants who ran a large-scale cannabis factory inside a house in Roman Road have been jailed for more than six and a half years.
Peacocks fashion store will move into the vacant unit previously occupied by Au Naturale, on the Princess Alice Retail Park, New Oscott. The store will open seven days a week with late nights on Thursdays.
Streetly couple Joy and David Cox have helped a fellow serviceman to have his harrowing account of his time in North Africa in the seige of Tobruk, and his capture as a POW, be part of a David Leese exhibition currently running at the National Memorial Arboretum. Visitors will be able to listen to a recording of Alex Franks from Wheaton Aston telling his story. The exhibition runs until 4th October.
Local Streetly man Mark Hathaway, was injured whilst on a night out in Birmingham, when he tried to help a woman who appeared to be being attacked.
Roy Webbs giant sunflower has been challenged - see earlier article. Patrick and Ben Mullis from New Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield have grown a flower which is 13ft. 1in. Can you beat this?
Calling all Streetly residents who still have their crutches or other aids after treatment at Good Hope. YOUR LOCAL HOSPITAL NEEDS THEM BACK PLEASE!
FREE Visit to the Police Safety House in Brownhills Wednesday, 15th September, 2010 (11am – 12.30pm) Only 20 places available, strictly on a first-come first-served basis. You need to book a place on this trip! Free transport available from Streetly Community Association car park, departing at 10.30am. Learn how you can make yourself and your property safer and feel safer! With the darker nights coming, learn how to keep yourself and your property safe and see some security solutions in action, from simple alarms to the latest in high-tech burglar alarms. To book your place call your Area Manager, John Morris on 01922 652029 now!
Macmillan Cancer Support’s Birmingham and Black Country team are excited for their World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event, which aims to raise huge amounts of money to provide the vital services and support to people living with cancer.
For local information on WBCM, please call Macmillan’s Birmingham and Black Country office on 0121 742 6393.
Five new zones have been created for Walsall binmen to carry out their rounds, meaning households in Streetly will have their rubbish picked up on different days. Walsall Council will print new collection date calendars to be delivered to families detailing changes, which come into force on October 4th.
STREETLY SCHOOL IS LOOKING FOR PARTNERSHIP GOVERNORS
Could you contribute to the success of your local school?
The Streetly School has been highlighted as one of the most improved schools in the country and the Governing Body is now looking for four Partnership Governors to help the school continue this successful journey.
This is a very rewarding voluntary role that will provide you with one of the easiest opportunities to share your experience and in doing so make a valuable contribution to your local community.
As a Partnership Governor you will:
Streetly gardener Roy Webb of Bakers Lane, has grown his tallest sunflower yet standing at 12 foot tall. Can you beat this?
Many thanks to all those who attended the craft fair recently held at Wheat's Garden Centre and who helped to raise £1,120 for the Marie Curie Cancer Fund.
Janine Kenny and Emma Blackburn, healthcare assistants at Newbridge House in Streetly, are skydiving 10,000 in order to raise money for 'Beat', the national charity for people with eating disorders. Newbridge House is one of a small number of centres in the Uk which treats young people with anorexia. The skydive takes place on September 4th at Whitchurch Airfield in Shropshire. If you'd like to be a sponsor visit www.justgiving.com/Janine-Em-Newbridge.
August 2010 Streetly News
17th September, Walsall Hospice annual Starlight Walk in Walsall Arboretum is now taking Online Registrations available at Starlight Walk Online Registrations website before the 10th September.
Oxfam’s new Fundraising Group in Streetly,Sutton Coldfield
Walsall now recycles 47% of it's domestic waste and is one of the top recyclers in the UK. Well done all those involved - especially the residents!
Wednesday, 11th August, Drop-In Surgery at Streetly Library, Blackwood Road from 2.00 - 3.00pm. If you live in the Streetly, Pheasey, Aldridge or Walsall Wood, and you have an issue you want to raise, come along and discuss it with your new Neighbourhood Area Manager John Morris who promises that something will be done. It could be about car parking, anti-social behaviour, litter - in fact, anything about your area that is annoying or worrying you. For further information call John on 01922 652029.
STREETLY OVER TWENTY CLUB is a social club for the more senior members of the local community which is looking for new members. The group meets from September through to April on Wednesdays, from 8.00 - 10.30pm at Streetly Community Centre, Foley Road East. Activities include talks, dancing, badminton, skittles. From May until September, the group meets, on Wednesdays, at Aldridge Airport (Greenacres) for bowling from 6.30 - 8.30pm. There are other activities throughout the year - fortnightly rambles, outings, lunches. For further details contact Ken or Barbara on 0121 580 8102.
The Streetly Community Association is 50 years old this year and is thinking of celebrating. It is provisionally holding an event on Saturday, 23rd October and is looking for help and ideas, together with any information or photographs which will help tell the story of the Association's past 50 years. Please help. Contact Marion Charlton, Val Bates or Joyce Thorne via the Association Office on 0121 353 8630.
For details of free sports days at parks across the West Midland region visit www.networkwestmidlands.com and click on to summer events.
A new Barber Shop and Ladies Hair and Beauty Salon has opened at THE HUB, 41 Boundary Road (off Hundred Acre), Streetly. For details call 0121 353 280.
Streetly athlete Kevin Brown recently smashed the world record for pulling a truck over a distance of 100 metres in two minutes 24 seconds beating the previous record by 52 metres. Kevin, who is a four times world champion discus thrower and has an Olympic medal, staged the event to raise money for Acorns Childrens Hospice and for the athletics track at Small Heath school where he used to work as an assistant PE teacher. He managed to raise just over £15,000. Well done Kevin.
Four men, two of them definately black males and one white, attacked a young woman and theatened her with a gun, demanding money, at her home in Centurion Drive, Streetly. The men possibly escaped in a black car which had been parked on the drive. Anyone who can help the police is asked to contact Force CID at Bloxwich police station on 0345 113 5000. or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Help is at hand for all those ladies who have undergone a mastectomy. New business 'Belovely' , set up by Michelle Usher from Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, designs and makes clothes especially to help these women feel attractive, comfortable and confident again. View Michelle's collection at www.belovelydesigns.co.uk.
July 2010 Streetly News
Eight men from Streetly, Aldridge and Sutton Coldfield, pleaded guilty to taking part in a large scale brawl at the R1 Bar in Anchor Road, Aldridge, in which a number of people were injured. They have been granted bail until their case comes before Wolverhampton Crown Court on August 2nd.
Local business man Robert Bunch is finally closing down his menswear shops and retiring. His Boldmere shop closes on Saturday, August 28th, and the Aldridge shop closes on Saturday, September 19th. All stock must be cleared.
Did you know that Steve Knight - a former pupil of Streetly School - was nominated for an Oscar in 2003, for his original screenplay for the movie Dirty Pretty Things. The Oscar was, in the end, awarded to Sofis Coppola for her film 'Lost in Translation'. Wonder what Steve is doing now?
Streetly taxi firm 'Hotline' received praise from a local resident when they returned £2.00 they had mistakenly overcharged. Richard Berry thought this was great customer service. You can contact Hotline on 0121 353 2121.
Wondering how to keep the children entertained during the summer holidays? Visit the 'My Local Information' page on Birmingham City Council's website for details of whats on at libraries, museums, leisure centres and more. Log onto www.birmingham.gov.uk and tap in your postcode.
Moms Sally Parker from Sutton Coldfield, and Tracey Morahan from Kingstanding, have set up a website to provide information about summer activities for children with special needs. Visit www.specialneedsactivitiesbirmingham.info
Streetly schoolgirl Emma Buckley, who attends St. Anne's Catholic Primary School, won a competition and the opportunity to meet reknowned children's author Jacqueline Wilson on a visit to the school. All the children were really inspired by her visit.
Congratulations to Streetly cousins Laura and Hannah Stanford who have both gained degrees.
A local business man was approached in Chester Road, Streetly as he arrived at work and threatened at knifepoint by two men who then drove off with his Bentley Continental car. If you witnessed the attack or saw two black males driving an open top luxury car, contact DC Powell at Bloxwich CID on 0345 113 5000 - extension 7889or 6821.
'It's a Family Affair'. Mark Holley, an Anglo-Indian who came to the UK when he was 29, is now living in Streetly and, with his son Shane and his wife Audrey, is running a thriving local music club. Sutton Acoustic Guitar Club was started ten years ago by former Streetly resident Maurice Dolphin, and now has around 60 members. The club welcomes all sorts of musicians and meets on the last Wednesday of the month at Bromford Working Men's Club.
As a result of the recent announcement to withdraw Government funding, plans to re-develop the Streetly School starting in 2012 have now been scrapped.
June 2010 Streetly News
The winner of...Streetly has Got Talent !
Walsall Harmonic Male Voice Choir is looking for members. For more information visit www.nationalassociationofchoirs.org.uk or contact the choir's public relations officer Steve Melia on 0121 502 5751 email email@example.com
Following the discovery of a cannabis farm at Tennal House, Roman Road, on the border between Streetly and Little Aston, four illegal Vietnamese immigrants have been charged with conspiracy to produce and cultivate cannabis. The house contained 1,100 drug plants. Those charged will be deported as soon as their sentences have been completed.
Three custom made mountain bikes were stolen from the garage of a house on Foley Road West between 8.30pm on Tuesday, 8th June and 2.30pm on Wednesday, 9th June. The bikes, with a joint value of over £5,000, were - a Kona Explosive with a green leather seat and brass rivets at the rear and peak of the saddle, a Kona Shred, and a Whyte46. Anyone who can help the police please contact PC Becky Tricklebank on 0345 113 5000.
As part of her recent 90th birthday celebrations, local Streetly resident Beatrice Scott, who is now an Honorary Life member of Streetly Tennis Club, was presented with an engraved silver key ring in the shape of a tennis racquet, and a silver framed photograph of the occasion. Beatrice still practises her tennis skills with a club coach each week as well as managing and teaching at the Keelings School of Dance in Aldridge.
A motor bike rider was taken by air ambulance to Selly Oak Hospital after a colliding with a car at the junction of Bridle Lane and Aldridge Road shortly before midday on Sunday, 13th June. The man suffered head and wrist injuries.
Local Streetly girl Stephanie Bourton, a business studies student, has signed up to take part in CYCLE CHINA, a 450km charity bike ride through China setting off from Bejing in April, 2011. Stephanie is now training in the gym 4 days a week before going out on the road. Stephanie is supporting the charity 'Women for Women' which is committed to improving serious conditions that can affect women and their babies, and needs to raise £3,300. She is looking for support from local residents and businesses. If you'd like to help, visit www.justgiving/stephbourton or you can call Stehanie on 07817 632 745.
Congratulations to Roy Sinar, former warden of the Woodlands Adventure and Outdoor Learning Centre off Little Hardwick Road, Aldridge, who has been awarded the MBE in recognition of 32 years service as a youth worker and for his involvement at th Woodlands Centre which provides outdoor activities for young people and is run by Birmingham Boys' and Girls' Union, a 104 year old charity. Roy and his wife Margaret now live near Whitehaven in Cumbria
The new buildings at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham opened on Wednesday, 16th June 2010 when Selly Oak's A&E department moved there. The address is Mindelsohn Way, Edgbaston, B15 2WB. The website is www.uhb.nhs.uk and the telephone number is 0121 627 2000. Hospital information line 0121 371 4000.
Mint Restaurant, Thornhill Road, Streetly gained an excellent review when it was visited by the Birmingham Mail food critic Paul Fulford. To see why Paul awarded Mint four stars visit birminghammail.net and then click 'blogs'.
Watch England play at The Mint Restaurant, Thornhill Road, Streetly. Air conditioned room, no queues, own seat, great atmosphere. £25 per person to include:-
Free graffiti removal service from Streetly private properties by walsall council. A new initiative to remove graffiti without charge from privately owned residential properties has been launched by Walsall Council's Street Pride team subject to the owners signing disclaimers. Graffiti is one of the issues being targeted by the council as part of the Wipe It Out section of its ongoing Cracking Environmental Crime campaign. Between January and December 2009 180 reports were received of graffiti and 198 removals took place. Previously the Street Pride team was only able to remove graffiti for free from publicly owned land, street furniture and buildings. It is hoped the new approach will help improve the overall appearance of Walsall borough and encourage more people to report graffiti. The scheme will initially run on a six month trial basis upto approx December 2010 and if successful could be made permanent. Andy Ody, Street Pride Grounds Manager, said: "Traditionally people tend not to report graffiti and instead just accept it as part of the street scene. "Probably the one area which causes real concern to people is graffiti appearing on private properties. In the past we have been able to remove this but only at a charge. Service standards set by the council relating to publicly owned land, street furniture and buildings outline racist and offensive graffiti will be removed within 24 hours and the remainder as quickly as possible. Graffiti in parks will often by removed by park rangers with the more difficult cases referred on to Street Pride. On the spot fines of £80 can be handed out to anyone caught spraying graffiti. If a prosecution is pursued through the courts, the maximum punishment available is a 10 year prison sentence if the case is sent to crown court. Graffiti can be reported to Walsall Council on 01922 653344 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The recent garden open day at Hamilton House, Little Aston raised just over £2,500 for charity. The garden will be open twice next year.
Streetly football fan John Penn from Enterprise Drive, has hung a giant cross of St. George flag from the side of his house.
The previously named Three Crowns garden centre has new owners and a new name. Seasons Change Garden Village, Sutton Road, Walsall is now owned by Mark and Maria Litherland who would love you to come and have a look at their garden centre and enjoy drinks, snacks and succulent roasts in the restaurant. Open Mon - Sat 8 - 6 and Sunday 10.30 - 4.30. Extensive parking available. Call 01922 454 557 or visit Seasons Change Garden Village website
Dine in Style with a special offer from now until June 30th, two course Summer Special Carvery at Lakeview Restaurant and Bar, Calderfields Golf and Country Club, Aldridge Road, Walsall. £10 for two people with voucher - see local press. Contact 01922 632 243.
Credit card scam ! Be aware of one of the latest Visa/Mastercard scams. Someone who already has your card details will phone you pretending to be from the credit card Security Dept. advising you that they think someone is fraudulently using your card. They will ask you to verify various details and tell a very convincing tale of how they are going to help you. Finally, they will ask you for the three digit number on the reverse of yor card. DO NOT GIVE IT TO THEM. If you do. they will use it to fraudulently make a purchase using your card.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kidney Patients' Association benefitted from a donation of £1000 raised at a recent coffee morning at the Hardwick Arms. Louise Thompson, who works at the pub, had a kidney transplant in January and the event was held to support the transplant work and also to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation. Organisers of the coffee morning would like to thank all the staff, customers and local businesses for their extremely generous support. Another coffee morning, to raise funds for the Cancer Support Centre in Sutton, is being held in June - see the 'what's on and events page.
May 2010 Streetly News
Organist needed at Streetly Methodist Church. If you are a good keyboard player and especially if you can play the organ, please get in touch. An honorarium will be paid if you can make a regular commitment at our church. Phone 0121 353 3586.
Streetly dance school the Zig Zag Dance factory is having a successful time again. Two pupils, Alicia Phillips and Logan Culliney, will be dancing with a member of the Pussycat Dolls on BBC2's 'Basil and Barner's Swap Shop' on Saturday morning TV. Ben Jones, a Latin and ballroom student, will also appear on TV on 'Dancing for a Dream'.
Tudor Musical Society is looking for a 'Dorothy' and for other parts for its' production of the Wizrd of Oz, to be shown later in the year. Auditions will be held on Tuesday, 11th May at Streetly Community Centre, Foley Road East, Streetly at 7.30pm. Contact Nigel Gaunt on 07944 776831 or 0121 354 3498 or visit www.tudor-wizardofoz.org.uk.
Streetly School has forged a link with the Birmingham Talking Newspaper to produce several editions of a magazine which will be available to 400 blind and partially sighted listeners in Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield. The latest edition of the magazine included an interview with the head teacher, details of school trips and visits and information on other charity work carried out by the school, and was put together by a group of 14 and 15 year olds taking part in a citizenship programme.
Richard Shepherd has been re-elected as MP for Aldridge Brownhills, with a majority of 15,256 votes - up 11.1% on 2005.
Streetly Garden Centre William Wheat and Son has donated 500 plants to Wamley Junior School who are showing a garden at this years Gardeners World Live at the NEC.
The head chef at a local restaurant has won a top culinary award. Mariappan Sethurajapillai - known as Murray - from the Mango Tree Restaurant on the Chester Road, Stonnall was named Taste of Staffordshire's Master Chef of the Year 2010 at a recent gala awards ceremony., beating off 11 other finalists.
A new childrens nursery is opening soon in Streetly. 'Taylor's Tots', managed by Sharon Taylor, will be opening at Boundary Court, Boundary Road. Opening offers will be available together with flexible packages to suit a variety of working hours. Click here for details.
Are you wondering what the new play area to the right of Streetly Community Hall, on Foley Road East, is? Wonder no more. The work is part of the first phase of Walsall Council's £1.1 million Playbuilder scheme to enhance play opportunities for the borough's children. Eleven sites are involved in this first phase including the one on Foley Road. All the sites will not be traditional play areas with playground equipment but instead will have natural features such as mounds, tunnels, climbing boulders and tree trunks. The ares are aimed at 8 - 13 year olds. 'Play England 'is funding the project.
A local Streetly girl has been selected for the British Children's Alpine Team. Florence Bell, aged 14, exels at slalom and Super G and is already recognised as one of the best British prospects in her age group.
The New Door to Door... Sutton Coldfield Dairies take you back in time...
Streetly Neighbourhood Watch 'Youth4em' is staging a competition to find talented performers in Streetly. The event is open to people of all ages living in Streetly and Sutton Coldfield and the winner will receive a trophy, and a session in a professional recording studio. It is guaranteed that the event will provide lots of fun for all those involved. Entry is free subject to getting through an audition. If you would like to take part email Gary Hall at email@example.com or ring him on 07833 720015. Anyone under the age of 17 will be given a parental consent form to submit.
Local Streetly GP Richard Denning has just self-published his third book 'The Last Seal' a fantasy book set against the Great Fire of London in 1666.
April 2010 Streetly News
Sadie Lawlor and her partner Mark Roberts,both teachers at the Streetly School, are running in this years Great Midland Fun Run, in memory of Sadie's cousin Harrison Joyce who died in February, aged three,after being strangled by a window blind cord. Other staff and students will also be taking part. Harrison's family have also set up a website to raise awareness of the dangers of window blind cords www.harrisonslaw.co.uk
A Streetly based company is bucking the recession and looking forward to a very busy summer. Goalden Events rents out table football for corporate events, parties and festivals and is looking forward to being extra busy in the run up to this summer's World Cup. The company can organise a range of competitions and knock-out games and also provides referees complete with red and yellow cards and whistles. Excellent sporting behaviour is encouraged as is competition but most of all the games are meant to be fun. Visit www.goaldenevents.co.uk for more details.
Richard Harry, aged 64, of Compton Drive ,Streetly was found dead in his home on April 13th. The Coroner's Office has confirmed that he died of pneumonia and is trying to trace relatives. If you can help call 0845 352 7481.
On May 6th – the same day as the General Election – Streetly voters will choose councillors to represent the ward. Streetly Ward, which falls under Walsall Metropolitan Borough rather than Birmingham, is being contested. The candidates are: Shirley Balgobin, Lib Dem; Leandra Gebrakedan, Green; Eddie Hughes, Con; Steven King, Lab; Paul Valdmanis, United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).
23 year old Aston Villa football player, England striker, Gabriel Agbonlahor has been called a nuisance by neighbours in Streetly because of his noisy sports cars. Gabriel Agbonlahor lives in a small gated row of houses in Streetly along with his brother and girlfriend. The noise from many visitors and friends driving fast cars late at night has been disturbing local residents for months. Gabriel drives several cars including a luxury £180,000 white Lamborghini, which has annoyed neighbours particulary at night when the engine is revved.
Saturday, 17th April 2010, Centro is holding a exhibition to advise Streetly area residents about changes to Streetly bus services operative from 25th April. This will be an informal exhibition for residents to drop in and find out more about the Streetly area bus services, to be held at Streetly Community Centre, Foley Road East from 10.00am - 3.00pm.
New bus network in Streetly From Sunday 25th April 2010
Your views about North Walsall Bus Network
A community room in Streetly has been given a new lease of life thanks to a grant from Walsall Housing Group (whg).
Police have repeated their appeal for witnesses to a serious road traffic collision, in which a 78-year-old man died, despite being air-lifted to hospital after a head-on collision in Rosemary Hill Road, Streetly, at 3pm on Sunday, March 14.
Indian Nights. New Indian restaurant and takeaway opens at 38 Boundary Road, Streetly on Sunday, 4th April. Special Menu - starter, main course, side dishes,dessert, coffee only £9.95. Opening offer from Monday, 5th April - complimentary starter and drinks. Contact 0121 353 3243.
Another major stage has just been reached in the work being carried out on the Sutton Coldfield transmitter as part of the digital switchover process. A helicopter, hovering 750 feet above the ground removed sections fron the top of the mast, located in Four Oaks, and replaced them with new sections. This is the first of two helicpter lifts, the second lift will take place in August when a new Transmitting aerial will be lowered onto the existing mast.
The Hardwick Arms Pub in Streetly held a coffee morning on Friday, 26th March to raise money for The Kidney Patients Association at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. One of the team at the pub had a kidney transplant in January this year and the staff thought it would be nice to contribute to this charity and to highlight the importance of organ donation. The final amount raised will be published on this website.
Ember Pubs, including Streetly's Hardwick Arms and The Queslett, will be offering customers the chance to create a tailor made ale to be sold across the country during July. The initiative is part of a nationwide competition organised with CAMRA and Cask Marque to encourage the celebration of cask ales across the UK. Entry forms will be available in the pubs from March 29th - April 11th.
Local Streetly cycle speedway star Paul Heard has been chosen as England captain for the forthcoming matches against Wales. Paul is one of five Birmingham Monarchs who have been called up for international honours. In May, he will also be racing against the 'Rest of the World Team' in Poole where riders from as far away as Australia will be competing.
March 2010 Streetly News
Geeves, the Dry Cleaners in Streetly Village on Thornhill Road, now offers a range of new services...see the new Geeves Dry cleaners page
Local couple Tom Walsh and Suzanne Houghton have set up a website matching long term unemployed with jobs in the construction industry. Visit Subby Line website
Congratulation to the staff, governors, parents and teachers of Lindens Primary School in Streetly which has just been named as 'outstanding' by Ofsted inspectors. In September, 2005, Lindens School was given formal notice to improve after Ofsted inspectors identified many issues that needed to be tackled. Headteacher Simon Griffiths led the move for improvement introducing a first rate curriculum and ensuring that all staff worked towards doing their best for pupils. Teaching and achievememt across the board is now regarded as outstanding.
Never mind 'rows of vegetables' - this latest row of crops gives a whole new meaning to the term 'Millionaire's Row'! During a recent drugs raid on the Streetly / Little Aston border, police found £250,000 worth of cannabis plants growing in a house on Roman Road. The house is believed to be rented out and police arrested three Vietnamese men on the premises. Roman Road is known locally as Millionaires Row because it is the home to footballers and high-flying businessmen. The cannabis factory found here was one of three involved in the drugs bust carried out by 50 officers led by Walsall's Proactive Crime Unit. In total, five women and twelve men were arrested and held on suspicion of conspiracy to cultivate and supply a controlled drug.
Local Streetly dancer Emma Boxley has been chosen to appear in Giselle at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, later this year.
February 2010 Streetly News
A Streetly Indian take-away has raised £400 for Oxfam's Haiti Earthquake appeal. Staff and customers from Rickshaw on the Chester Road raised the money through donations which will be used to provide fresh water and medication in this devastated country.
Congratulations to Geoff Cross of Central Buses (SEE BUS PAGE HERE) who provides Streetly with the S1 'little red bus' which runs from Sutton Coldfield to Birmingam. In February, his success story was featured in the Daily Express and what an enterprising and encouraging tale it tells. Geoff started Central Buses at 16. In 2006, with his father, Geoff developed a business supplying electronic LED destination signs and CCTV equipment to the passenger transport industry called Centrad. Together, these businesses form CEN Group employing 17 people. Geoff puts the success of his bus company down to providing a high quality and reliable service with friendly drivers who give change, live service updates on the internet, and a Facebook page, all of which encourage customer loyalty. Geoff wants to share the secret of his business success with other young entrepreneurs and has just been appointed deputy chair of the Young People's Enterprise Partnership, a new initiative in the region to tackle youth employment and to promote entrepreneurship, backed by Advantage West Midlands and the Young People's Enterprise Centre of Expertise. Here in Streetly we're certainly proud to be served by this hard working young man.
Pacific Nurseries based on Chester Road on the Streetly - Aldridge border is introducing a new venture. 'The Pantry', an on site shop managed by Trish Bailey, will be selling locally sourced 'real food'. Visit Pacific Nurseries website for more details.
A new Surestart children's centre will be opening in Streetly later this year. Building work will start shortly to house this service as part of The Streetly Community Association campus on Foley Road East.
At a recent 'Burns Night' celebration at Streetly's Mint Restaurant on Thornhill Road, diners raised £2,430 for the Norman Laud Association children's charity in Wylde Green, which provides respite and nursery care for youngsters with special needs.
DO YOU LIVE IN NICHOLAS ROAD, OR ON THE CHESTER ROAD BETWEEN THE STREETLY SCHOOL AND BRIDLE LANE? IF SO WE NEED YOUR HELP.
Peter Roberts, Chairman of Neighbourhood Watch, is no longer able to deliver the SCAN magazines to these roads. He has been acting co-ordinator for some years now but is no longer able to take on this extra work. Neighbourhood Watch therefore needs two volunteers who will deliver the magazines four times a year collecting subscriptions with the May delivery. Regretfully, if no volunteers come forward, no more Scan magazines can be delivered in these roads. Although collecting subscriptions with the May delivery is a slightly longer job, just posting the magazines the rest of the year takes very little time and can also be done at any time to suit you. It is also an excellent way to get to know and keep in touch with your neighbours. If you can help please contact Tricia McEvoy on 0121 353 8656.
Maureen Robinson, headteacher of St. Anne's RC Primary School on Blackwood Road is a very proud lady now that her Streetly school has been awarded 'Healthy Schools Status'. Thanks to the efforts of staff members Dawn Colley, Demelza Smith and Yvonne McCullagh pupils now have access to up to three hours of physical activity, healthy meals and snacks and more knowledge of what leading a healthy life involves.
Once again Streetly Tennis Club's veterans are celebrating. Derek Bradshaw won a singles title in the National Veterans Indoor Championship and then, with his partner Alan Purnell, won the doubles final. For more details about the club visit www.streetlytennisclub.co.uk or call Will Rogers on 0121 353 2814.
Sadly, local Streetly dancer Drew McOnie has been voted off the Satuday night show 'So You Think You Can Dance'. Drew would have loved to continue but has no regrets as the whole experience has been absolutely amazing and taught him so much. Drew has also been amazed at the support he has received.
Richard Shepherd, MP for Brownhills and Aldridge and Streetly, was at Streetly School and Sports College to mark a visit by Lord Faulkner. During the visit, which was part of the 'Peers in Schools' project, sixth form students learnt about the workings of Westminster. Newly appointed headteacher William Downie felt that it was a great opportunity for the students to find out about the democratic process and to meet a lord.
Sea Scouts from the All Saints group in Streetly are spending the first weekend in February taking part in the gruelling Cotswolds Marathon. This involves an 18 mile night hike
Special offer to the Local Residents of Aldridge, Streetly and Walsall, a special discounted price of the HIP Report.
Great news for everyone that’s looking to loose weight, get fit and enjoy a healthier lifestyle - Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Clubs have been launched in Sutton Coldfield for 2010. This is a really friendly and sociable atmosphere offering support and guidance for anyone – women, men, old and young who want to improve their diet, lose weight and get fit!
January 2010 news
The cashier at Foley Service Station was thrown to the floor as five masked robbers demanded cash at 6am Wednesday, January 27th Fellow staff member Ray Sarjant was pushed into the shelves and forced into the back room as the balaclava-clad group ordered they give them money. The gang then set upon a 59-year-old man who visited the shop – chasing him onto the forecourt as he attempted to flee the store. He was left with injuries to his head, leg and hand. A panic alarm was raised and the intruders escaped without any money. However, they made off with computer equipment containing CCTV footage. The men fled on foot although it is believed they may have had a get-away car nearby. Witnesses should call Walsall’s robbery team on 0845 113 5000.
A local family from Kingscroft Close suffered a terrifying ordeal on January 26th when a gang of five men broke into their house and attacked a 57 year old man demanding the keys to his silver Audi A4 RS4 Quattro car parked on the drive. The victim's wife and two children were in the house at the time but were unharmed. Police are anxious to speak to anyone who was in the area at 6.30am, perhaps on their way to work who may be able to help. The car was recovered from the Erdington area on Tuesday evening. Contact the robbery team on 0845 113 5000 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Jackie Harvey, who used her love of gardening to raise thousands of pounds for charity, has died after losing her battle with cancer. Jackie was the West Midlands county organiser for the National Garden Scheme and, together with her husband Martin, regularly opened their beautiful garden at their home 'Ashover' in Burnett Road, welcoming over 10,000 visitors over the last 13 years.
Streetly Men's Second XI Hockey team maintained their place at the top of the table when they beat Droitwich. Man of the match was Bates.
Neil Goldsby, a Warwickshire team member since 1993, has been appointed new head coach at Streetly Tennis Club.
The Sutton Coldfield and District Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis(MS) Society has launched a new helpline manned by four volunteers. Anyone living with or connected to people with this disease, or people who are sufferers of this illness who live in Sutton, Erdington, Great Barr, and nearby villages, can use this service which can offer advice, emotional support and information on grants. Call 0121 241 9300.
Uncork the secrets to a hassle free move at Crest Nicholson's Streetly, In March 2008 CREST Nicholson will be raising a glass to home hunters in Sutton Coldfield with a cheese and wine evening and a chance to talk to the experts. Prospective buyers are invited to visit the Streetly development on Foley Road East between 5pm and 8pm on 20 March. The Crest Nicholson team will be on hand along with estates agents and to chat to visitors and in addition there will be the chance to find out more about Crest Nicholson's part exchange programme. Amanda says: “Searching for a new home can be stressful, especially for those who have got an existing property to sell. The cheese and wine evening will give prospective buyers the opportunity to get invaluable advice from the experts, to find out more about Crest Nicholson's popular Streetly and Four Oaks developments and to have some fun.” Under the part exchange programme Crest Nicholson will buy a customer's existing property, subject to criteria, taking the problem of finding a buyer out of their hands completely and can even cover the cost of Home Information Packs (HIP), compulsory for all properties. Streetly is a select development of luxury two and three-bedroom apartments set in one of the most prestigious areas of Streetly. The spacious apartments are arranged in three stylish low rise blocks and just two properties remain for sale, priced from £319,950. The apartments benefit from allocated parking for both residents and visitors as well as excellent security in the form of an audio-visual entry and interior alarms. Each apartment features a fully-fitted kitchen with a range of Bosch kitchen appliances in brushed steel including a double fan oven, gas hob and chimney hood, as well as an integrated fridge freezer and integrated washer/dryer. The bathrooms and ensuites contain heated towel rails in a chrome finish and polished chrome downlighters are fitted in the kitchens, bathrooms, en-suites and dressing areas. The apartment buildings also have a communal satellite dish, giving residents the option to subscribe to digital TV. Four Oaks is select gated community set on Four Oaks Road, comprising two and three-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom duplex properties. The apartments have fully-fitted kitchens with granite work tops and a range of Bosch kitchen appliances in brushed steel including a double fan oven, gas hob, and chimney hood. Integrated fridge/freezers and integrated dishwashers are provided as well as integrated washer/dryers. Stainless steel Franke sink and chrome mixer taps are fitted throughout and Karndean vinyl flooring is fitted in the kitchen and utility room. The 16 properties are divided between three buildings, all with parking spaces or garages, with communal gardens at the front and rear and just two properties remain for sale priced from £279,950. Both of the developments have excellent access to local amenities, including the beautiful Sutton Park, and are convenient for both Sutton Coldfield and Walsall, offering a wide range of bars and restaurants and excellent shopping facilities. They are also ideally placed for easy access to the Midland motorway network and Birmingham, Worcester, Coventry and Warwick. Birmingham International Airport is easily accessible by car and a regular train service runs from nearby Four Oaks train station to Birmingham. For more information on available homes at Streetly and Four Oaks call 0121 353 5913 or log onto Crest Nicholson Streetly Development
Online estate agency Turtlehomes are delighted to offer a special half price offer for all subscribers to the Streetly Village website. If you instruct Turtle Homes Streetly area to sell your home, we will agree a marketing price with you, take multiple photographs, floor plans and all of the information required to upload to the top property websites including Rightmove, Findaproperty, Primelocation, Propertyfinder, Globrix, Ebay and many more. In fact our marketing network attracts approx 80 million buyer searches every month. We will arrange with you suitable times for viewings, provide feedback, negotiate the best price for your property and and progress the sale to completion. In fact pretty much the same as your local estate agent but for a fraction of the cost. All of this for the first instruction at just £99 +VAT marketing fee and £199 +VAT payable upon completion.
Local dancer Drew McOnie from Wood Lane in Streetly is through to the next round of the dance contest 'So You think You Can Dance?' Drew and his partner Hayley Newton were coached in last weeks show by choreographer Rafael Bonachela, the artistic director of the Sydney Dance Company, who has worked with stars including Kylie Minogue and Tina Turner.
Are you a young aspiring singer? Would you like to professionally mix and produce your own tracks? The Gap, a youth group based in a studio on Trinity Hill in Sutton Coldfield, would like to help you do just that. Singers can be helped to promote their work too. The studio was set up recently by Charles Clayton and sound engineer Hayden Kind with funding from local churches, businesses and the council. The money is used to engage with young people through drop-ins and school visits, and also by putting on gigs and street dancing. The studio is available to book on Wednesdays 3.30 - 5.00pm and on Saturdays 1.30 - 3.00pm. by ringing or texting 07837 403 747 or by emailing The Studio For more information visit Gap studios
Starting January, 2010, Walsall Council is introducing a £1.1 million Playbuilder scheme, which it is hoped will improve play opportunities for 8 - 13 year olds across the borough. In the final phase of the project, work is due to start in Foley Road East, Streetly, during March. Instead of tradional play areas with playground equipment , the new scheme will develop natural features including mounds, tunnels, climbing boulders and tree trunks. More of these new facilities are also being provided in Aldridge.
Congratulations to Emma Overy from Streetly who won a bronze medal in the under 20's women's race at the recent Warwickshire Cross country Championships. Emma belongs to the Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletic Club. Well done Emma!
Everything is going ,swimingly, at the swimming lessons run by Val Keight at Streetly School. Several local youngsters including Emily Kingston, Alex Pickett, Jake Gill, Jade Downs and Jaz Dharjan have achieved their 3,000 badges much to the delight of experienced teacher Val and the children's supportive parents. Val has been teaching swimming to children and adults for 19 years. For more details contact her on 0121 353 6616
Pupils from Streetly School recently took part in a 'Make your Mark' challenge to develop an eco-friendly business. The winners were Year 10 - they used an idea where bicycles could be hired in Sutton Park as part of a health and fitness drive. Year 9 pupils also took part in a stock market challenge where they had to wisely invest £15.000 in a range of companies. All pupils were encouraged to develop their entrepreneurial skills as part of National Enterprise Week.
If you'd rather talk face to face with someone about Walsall Council services, why not hop on board the First Stop Express. Staff manning the distinctive blue and white bus will be happy to provide information on or help with museum and galleries, sports and activities, places to visit, events, planning, disabled parking permits, waste disposal enquiries, recycling, pest control - and much more! The bus can be found outside Aldridge Community Centre every Friday between 1400 and 1600. If you have any queries or comments about this service contact The First Stop Shop at the Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, telephone 01922 650000. For more information you can log on to What's on Walsall website
Residents of Streetly and Aldridge and the surrounding area are to benefit from the results of a planting project launched by two local farmers from Shenstone. Father and son farming team Roy and Rod Bartlett, who farm 700 acres of land near Shenstone, have launched a three year project to plant hundreds of trees in 20 acres of woodland and to plant hundreds of metres of hedgerows in order to create a haven for wildlife. All the trees and hedges will be native to the area following advice provided by the Environment Agency. Roy and Rod are passionate about conserving nature for future generations. Their farming techniques include weeding by hand to reduce the use of chemicals, maintaining natural water features, and leaving grass margins around fields. There has already been an increase in the number of birds and other wildlife on the farm over recent years and the brothers hope that their efforts will create even more.
Some Streetly residents might find it convenient to attend the Warren Farm Urgent Care Centre if they ar suddenly feeling unwell but feel that their condition doesn't warrant a visit to a hospital Casualty department. The Centre treats a range of minor illnesses and injuries, from rashes to earaches, minor wounds to burns, as well as providing emergency contraception. Warren Farm Urgent Care Centre is bases at Warren Farm Health Centre, Warren Farm Road, Kingstanding. It is open 0830am - 7.30pm every day except Christmas Day. Just walk in - no appointment is necessary. Don't forget - Casualty Departments and 999 are for life threatening conditions and emergencies only. For more information log on to benpct.nhs.uk
All those in favour say 'Eye'! Good news for those Streetly residents who suffer from the eye problem macular degeneration. It is hoped that, under the new scheme, Sutton patients suffering from this disease can be quickly referred by their GP and optommetrists for assessment and treatment. Patients can also now be treated with the sight-saving drug 'Lucentis' which was previously subject to the 'post code lottery'.
Green light for new Neighbourhood model for Streetly
Helping our heroes - a local Streetly woman is part of the vital team that is helping to care for military patients at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham. Since the special military ward opened in 2001, over 1,000 military patients have been treated there by a team of doctors, nurses, biochemists, radiographers, physiotherapists and nunerous other equally important support staff. Erica Perkins (nee Marder) who used to live at Waterworks Farm, Chester Road, opposite Pacific Nurseries on the Streetly - Aldridge border, is one of this team. She works as a senior nurse in intensive care helping to prevent infection and to nurse the patients through the most critical stage of their care. Last year, Erica spent 3 months at Camp Bastion and was really moved by the bonds built up between the injured there. After treatment at Selly Oak, the patients are transferred to Headley Court, a defence medical rehabilitation centre in Surrey.
Streetly Hockey Club saw out 2009 on a high and are hoping to maintain this success in 2010.The Streetly Men's First XI are top of the West Midlands Division One and have also been successful in the National Vase competion. Streetly Ladies first XI are also top of their league. The Streetly teams play at the Streetly Sports College on Queslett Road and are always looking for new members. Call 07711 332505 or log on to www.streetlyhc.co.uk
Whilst on the subject of hockey, two teams from Lindens Primary School on Hundred Acre Road, Streetly reached the final in the Streetly Schools annual festival. However, their success doesn't finish there. Other pupils from Lindens School will represent Walsall borough at the Black Country Youth Games held in January competing in triple jump, chest push, javelin, and track and field events. Well done to everyone!
The National Cyclo-Cross Championships due to be held in Sutton Park in January have been cancelled due to bad weather. It is hoped that they will be re-scheduled for the 5th and 6th February. The event involves competitors of all ages from under 10s to veterans over 50.
For the latest update on dustbin collections log onto www.walsall.gov.uk. Regular updates are posted at 9.00am and 500pm.
Are you over 50? Are you a senior citizen or retired from work? Do you have any time to spare? The Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) was founded in 1988 and its aim is to enable older people to feel valued and to enjoy life by becoming part of their community. It has a nationwide network of 10,000 volunteers over the age of 50 who help their local community in a variety of ways. Anyone who becomes a volunteer for RSVP receives training, support and insurance. One of the areas where volunteers provide invaluable help is in local schools where they listen to children read, play with them or do gardening or art. For more information call Debbie Laycock on 0121 308 3747 or email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
The funeral recently took place of George Burden, a hero of the Second World War. George, who was awarded the Military medal for bravery, died on December 17th, aged 89. He was a resident at Redhouse Nursing Home but previously lived in Aldridge Road, Little Aston on the border of Aldridge and Streetly. George was a trained horseman of the Staffordshire Yeomanry and saw action in Palestine, North Africa, France, Belgium and Germany. He was in action for the whole of the war and fought on the front line at El Alamein. Whilst fighting in Normandy as part of the D-Day invasion he was in command of three tanks under German gunfire. His tank was hit and the driver killed but, despite suffering burns, George walked back to the battlefield to recover his damaged tank and it was for this action that he was awarded the Military Medal. George is remembered as a kind and loving man as well as a hero.
Warren and Jane Bullock, owners of the Zig Zag Dance Factory, which holds classes in Streetly, have tutored pupils to yet more awards. Sutton dancers Mark and Olga Elsbury won the British Amateur Chmpionship at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. One of Warren and Jane's three daughters, Alicia, also achieved second place in both the ballrom and the Latin American sections with her partner of only three months Logan Culliney. A new Zig Zag class teaching salsa, ballroom and Latin starts at Streetly Youth Centre, Foley Road East on Sunday, 10th January. Call 01902 897900 or log on to www.zigzagdance.co.uk
Work on Streetly Playbuilder project to get underway
We want your views - North Walsall Bus Network
We will be holding exhibitions where you can come and speak to staff and give us your views. Alternatively if you are unable to attend an exhibition you can fill in a questionnaire on line. Visit Network West Midlands website for details of the exhibitions or to fill in a questionnaire.
STREETLY Hockey Club have been reflecting on a fine end to 2009 as they hope to maintain their form going into 2010.
At the traditional Christmas break, three of the men's teams and one women's team are occupying promotion places in their respective leagues.
Chris Booth, the Streetly men's club captain, said: "Our First XI has had an extremely good 2009.
"We have continued from promotion last season and are currently top of BodyKraft West Midlands Division One, having only dropped points against Stafford.
"The fact we defeated our closest league contenders Redditch 5-0 in the final game before the festive break has given us a massive lift.
"We have also been successful in the National Vase competition.
"What's great is that it is a relatively young and inexperienced squad and we have excelled under the guidance of coach Shawn Hall.
"We have combined a mixture of solid defence and quick attacking to produce some very attractive hockey."
Streetly Ladies First XI are also top of their league, and ladies' skipper Kate Stableford added: "The first-half of the season has seen some excellent hockey being played, some amazing potential filtering through and an impressive level of commitment from the ladies' section.
"The First XI have won nine out of their ten games and are looking forward to the second-half of the season.
"They have scored 51 goals and conceded seven, putting them on a goal difference of 44 including beating Stafford 10-0 and Walsall 15-0.
"Our newly introduced ladies second team are also having a good season, playing six games, winning three and losing three.
"This is most pleasing because last season the First XI were relegated from Staffs Division Three and struggling to fill one side on a Saturday.
"Now, with the addition of some new players and endless hard work from those behind the scenes, Streetly are now regularly turning out two sides on a Saturday."
Streetly, who are supported by Harvest Estate Agents, play at The Streetly Sports College on Queslett Road and are always looking for new players.
December 2009 news
Police hunt masked gang after Streetly Co-op store robbery at 6am on Monday 7th, Staffordshire Police say four offenders, including one armed with a crowbar, burst into the Co-op in Thornhill Road, Streetly, near Sutton Coldfield, as staff were opening up. Wearing balaclavas and dressed in dark clothing, the robbers verbally threatened two men working in the shop before stealing a “large quantity” of cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash. No figure has yet been put on the stolen haul. Detective Constable Ian Pickstock, of Tamworth CID, who is leading the investigation, said: “Fortunately no one was injured, although it was a frightening experience for those involved.” The store was closed for a number of hours while officers examined the scene. Police also plan to study CCTV footage. Anyone with information should call police on 0300 123 44 55.
November 2009 News
FESTIVAL OF FILM PUTS SUTTON COLDFIELD IN THE SPOTLIGHT
BBC DOCUMENTARY SEEKS CONTRIBUTORS IN STREETLY AND SUTTON COLDFIELD
Thieves stole a locked car with a dog inside owned by a 75-year-old widower while he tended his wife's grave at Streetly Crematorium in Walsall, on Tuesday afternoon 3rd November. When he returned 15 minutes later, after laying flowers on his late wife's grave, he found shards of broken glass where his car had been. The car was found with the dog inside on Wednesday in Erdington, Birmingham. Police said there were no witnesses to the theft and no evidence was left at the scene. Pc Mark Allwood, of West Midlands Police, urged anyone with information about the theft to contact them.
Jobseeker’s allowance claims have risen by 100 per cent in Streetly, Aldridge, Pheasey and Pelsall as the recession continues to bite.
Standing the test of time, local fashion shop 'Hide and Suede' in Streetly village is celebrating 20 years of trading. The business, on Burnett Road, is owned and run by Jenny Ladds and sells women's clothes, accessories, footwear and jewellery, and offers an alteration and repair service. After gaining a BA(Hons) in Fashion Design in Cheltenham, Jenny's first venture was in Marston Green and Streetly is her second shop. Jenny provides a friendly, personal service to her local Streetly customers and customers travel back to her from other countries too. The influx of new apartments, restaurants and other businesses in Streetly has helped Jenny maintain her success and, hopefully the business will still be flourishing in years to come.
New supermarket delivers the goods ! Following it's buy out of Somerfield stores, the shop on Lichfield Road, Mere Green has been re-branded as a Co-op. There is plenty of parking at the store but Streetly shoppers can also be dropped right outside the shop by the S1 Sutton Link bus and, when spending over £25, have their shopping delivered free of charge the next day at a pre-arranged time. Ask in store for details.
October 2009 News
The Somerfield supermarket chain has been aquired by the Co-operative and, as part of this business deal, Streetly's local Somerfield on Chester Road, has been re-launched under the Co-op brand. Happily, all 22 staff have been retained by the Co-op. Children from Manor School, Streetly will be cutting the ribbon at the start of this new venture.
ATTENTION S1 BUS USERS ..... ATTENTION S1 BUS USERS
TIMETABLE AND ROUTE CHANGE WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY, 26TH OCTOBER.
THE EXISTING 0709 AND 0739 BUSES FROM STREETLY TO ERDINGTON AND THE 0737 AND 0807 BUSES FROM ERDINGTON TO STREETLY, AND THEN ONWARDS TO SUTTON COLDFIELD, WILL OPERATE TEN MINUTES EARLIER ON WEEKDAYS. THESE JOURNEYS ONLY WILL NOT GO VIA FLORENCE AND BROADFIELD ROADS BUT TRAVEL DIRECT FROM SUTTON ROAD TO CHESTER ROAD AND VICE VERSA.
PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND USE THIS EXCELLENT LOCAL BUS SERVICE PROVIDED BY A LOCAL BUS COMPANY. FARE DEALS AVAILABLE.
Congratulations and 'bon voyage' to Streetly resident Jill Ball who has just retired from her job as receptionist with Aston based building services provider JS Wright after 32 years! Jill hopes to celebrate her retirement with a well deserved Caribbean holiday.
Streetly Windows will be the new sponsor of local football team Colron Under 9s for the next two seasons. The children look great in their new kit and all parents and supporters in Streetly wish them well.
Well done to Elizabeth Bayliss, Stephan Knight, Alexander Campbell and Jack Bayliss, local junior martial arts pupils from Streetly classes, who were recently awarded bronze medals in the National Ju Jutsu Council Finals held on October 11th in Worcester. Good performances were also given by Callum Thompson, James Morley and Henry Harding. Classes are held in Streetly. Contact Ray on 01827 63356 or 0781 698 6405.
CALLING ALL STREETLY OVER 60s YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU! - and so does local Streetly granny Gill Parkes from Lilac Avenue. Gill is anxious to raise funds to provide small but necessary items for hospitalised troops and has just completed a sponsored run raising £400 for injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who are patients in Selly Oak Hospital. On a visit to Staffordshire Regiment's headquarters she was told that it is very hard for the army to get funding to provide things like shavers, flip flops and the occasional chocolate bar and sweets. Gill's idea is to mobilise a 'Grannies (and hopefully Grandad's!) Land Army to come up with fund raising schemes. She feels very strongly about supporting the lads who get injured and lose limbs whilst fighting for for our Forces.
New parking restrictions on Blackwood Road, Streetly have forced the parking problem experienced there on to Hazelwood Road where thoughtless drivers are parking their cars with no regard to pedestrians, school children, and residents and to the safety of anyone who uses this and other nearby roads. Hopefully, this won't be an 'accident waiting to happen' and drivers who have to park here will show a bit more consideration and care.
Do you need help help with your pet? Streetly based 'Streetly Dog Walker' is a professional pet care business offering dog walking, cat sitting and pet taxi services at competitve prices. Contact 0121 352 1531 or 07824 810 277 or log on to www.streetlydogwalker.co.uk
Raise your cup in thanks to all those people who attended the Macmillan Cancer coffee morning at Streetly's Hardwick Arms pub (see Pubs & Bars page) and succeeded in raising a record amount of over £1,000. A big thank you to all the local businesses who donated raffle prizes too.
Charity HELP THE HEROES is hoping to raise its' profile and, at the same time raise funds, by publishing a charity calendar. Mat Christodoulou, a Streetly award winning photographer, is part of the team working on the 1940s pin-up style celebrity calendar. Mat has been named as the best student photographer and has recently held an exhibition of his work at Number 9 Gallery in Brindley Place in Birmingham.
Two more awards were won locally when Streetly restaurant 'The Mint' was voted the 'Best Newcomer 2009 in the Taste of Staffordshire Awards and also became runner up in the 'Restaurant of the Year' category. Congratulations to owner Dan Ralley, head chef Matt Warburton and their eight members of staff.
Restaurant of the Year (Non-European and Asian influence) second place won by Mango Tree, Stonnall, nr Lichfield (See all local Restaurants here)
The congratulations, like the champagne, keep flowing! Streetly couple Beryl and Arthur Medley celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary with an unforgetable family party. Arthur used to be an engineer at British Industrial Plastics formerly based on Aldridge Road, Streetly.
Are you a railway user? Using a Centro map of the West Midlands railway network you can now click onto any station for up to date information. Log on to West Midlands Railway updates to find out exactly how many minutes until trains will arrive and for up to date information about any incidents or delays.
Streetly based group Erdington Operatic Society will be performing in Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera 'The Mikado' from Tuesday, November 3rd to Saturday, November 7th at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall. To book call 0121 360 6627.
September 2009 News
Residents of Thornhill Road, Streetly are being good samaritans and collecting and recycling the hundreds of cans and bottles being dumped in Sutton Park.
The Governments 'Building for the Future' programme will target Streetly School in it's first round of funding. Construction work will start in 2012.
Good news! Streetly restaurant 'Mint' on Thornhill Road has re-opened after suffering flood damage in the summer downpours. Business as usual.
Streetly dress shop 'Obsessions' in Burnett Road, has just re-opened after refurbishment. To mark the occasion owner Heidi Middleton held a charity evening in aid of St. Giles Hospice.
Local lad Paul Heard from Streetly is now the under 19 cycle speedway champion. Paul, who races with the Birmingham Monarchs and is also Midlands Junior Champion, hopes his winning streak will continue when he competes for the British Open Title, and in the Grand Prix of Great Britain before the end of October.
Golden Shot Streetly resident Ann-Marie Henbury won a gold medal at the European Field Archery Championships recently. In spite of being a relative newcomer to the sport she has already been entered into next year's Europrean Bowhunter Tournament in Austria and hopes to represent Great Britain at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India next October.
Streetly pre-school nursery Stepping Stones celebrated their fifteenth birthday by holding a Lion King theme party. Fifty pounds was raised for the charity Livvy's Smile.
A call for help - do you have any time to spare to help deaf people in Streetly? Call Sarah Cassidy on 01902 413 003.
Are you the lady in the black car who tried to intervene in a dispute between teenage boys in Lowlands Avenue, Streetly? If so, please contact PC Ross O'Grady at Aldridge Police Station on 0845 113 5000.
Dancing their way to success, former All-England Champions Warren and Jane Bullock, who run the Zig Zag Dance Factory, received the Supreme Teacher Award at a recent ' Stars of the Future' event. This award is presented to the school with the highest standard of ballroom and Latin American dancing based on an assessment of the school's children and adult dancers. Warren and Jane were originally trained by Len Goodman, the head judge on Strictly Come Dancing, and now run classes in and around Sutton and Streetly. For more information visit zigzag dance website
Congratulations to the students from Streetly Ju-Jutsu club who recently all were awarded their new belt gradings. Their tutor Ray Owen said they had worked very hard and deserved their success. Anyone interested in joining the club can call Ray on 07551 630 493 or send Email to Ray
Rallying support for St. Giles Hospice, Streetly man Ian Merriman and his two co-drivers Mike Simpson and Paul Hunt, are takng part in the Staples to Naples Challenge which, despite its name, starts in Calais and finishes 1500 miles later in Rome. To sponsor the team visit www.justgiving.com/BL-Motorsport.
August 2009 News
Aldridge Rugby Club, off Little Hardwick Road, Streetly, was destroyed by fire in what police describe as a despicable arson attack in August 2009. The clubhouse will probably have to be rebuilt from scratch and club officials are hoping that the local community will rally round with offers of support. Meanmwhile, games and training will continue. Police are appealing for witnesses or any information. Contact DS Rob Bastin in the CID at Walsall on 0845 113 5000.
Local Streetly couple Natalie and Parvaiz Elahi have realised their dream of owning a beautiful home in Streetly by taking advantage of a great off-plan deal to swap their two bedroom rented flat for a new home at the Kingsland Grange development off Bridle Lane. George Wimpey offers a range of special incentives on selected properties for first time buyers including an extra five percent towards their deposit and offers to find buyers for those people who own a property too.
Streetly bus users (See Bus Services page)are once again up in arms over a change to their local buses. Residents of Chester Road and Banners gate fought long and hard to be served by the 993 bus service. This part of the service has now been withdrawn which means that there is no longer a direct bus to take these passengers to work, to shops or to university.
Streetly Day Care Centre will close at the end of September.
July 2009 News
Children from Blackwood Road School in Streetly, had a day out in Bewdley recently when they were invited by an expert on World War Two to the Bewdley Museum's own classroom to learn about the life of an evacuee and the rationing of food and clothes. All the children dressed up in 1940s clothes and carried a handmade gas mask box. They also had an exciting trip on a steam train to Arley Station.
A new self-referral physio clinic has been introduced at Good Hope Hospital in order to cut waiting time. Patients will be able to book an appointment to see a physiotherapist without having to go through their GP. For more information call the booking line on 0121 424 9053.
Residents of Branton Hall Road, Aldridge, heaved a temporary sigh of relief when their ten year battle to divert heavy traffic from their road was offered a possible solution. The government has granted outline planning for a new access road to be built from the Bliss Sand and Gravel Quarry in Branton Hall Road to the A452 Chester Road.
What a load of rubbish! Did you know that the Aldridge Recycling Centre at Merchants Way, Aldridge - commonly known as 'The Tip' - is now closed on Wednesdays as part of a cost cutting measure to save £100,000.
Local Streetly Hairdressing salon is a 'cut above the rest'. Francesco in Streetly village won the top salon award, and apprentice Antonia Hale won first place for her photographic entry in the first year apprentice category. Well done everyone!
Further funding is needed to help Streetly athlete Jade Surman achieve her goal of competing for Great Britain in the 2012 London Olympics. Jade has had a tough time recently fighting off injuries and would welcome any financial help. If anybody would like to sponsor Jade, or make a contribution, contact Birchfield Harriers on 0121 344 4858.
Streetly author Philippa Jennings has had her first book published. 'Little by Little', published by Eloquent Books, is set in south west Scotland and Cumbria, and tells the story of personal and wider events effecting a farming community hit by foot and mouth disease. Philippa grew up in Scotland and teaches Business and ICT at Kingsbury School and Sports College and is already working on her second book.
Sarah Riley is part of a Streetly family who knows only too well about the difficulties experienced by those troups serving in Afghanistan. Sarah's brother is serving as a Captain in the 2nd Fusiliers and has himself suffered the death of someone in his regiment. Sarah wants to do something to help the situation by raising money for the charity Help for Heroes so is running a stall at a charity craft fair being held at Wheats Flower and Garden Centre, Chester Road (in between the Hardwick Arms and Irish Harp pubs), on Sunday 9th August from 10.30 - 4.00pm Sarah would love to see you there supporting our troops. You can also log on to www.helpforheroes.org.uk.
Streetly restaurant suffers a setback. The Mint restaurant in Streetly Village, on the corner of Thornhill and Burnett Roads, has been forced to close after recent flash floods devastated the kitchens. The restaurant opened in November 2008 following a £350,000 refurbishment and all the kitchen equipment will already have to be replaced. Owner Dan Ralley hopes that Mint will re-open in August 2009. Mint restaurant, in Thornhill Road, owned by Dan Ralley, aged 34, described the downpour and flash flooding: "We were in the middle of a busy lunch service, when the manhole cover near to our basement kitchen blew. "It was like something you see in the movies, the cover flew 6ft in the air and 3ft of water swirled into the kitchen. "Then the manhole covers began to blow all along Thornhill Road, a car got stuck, it was complete chaos. "The water came in so quickly, we had to stop serving, it was flooding into the fridges. I couldn't quite believe what was happening. We had people waiting for their main courses but we had 3ftfoot of water in the kitchen." The flood has had a devastating impact on the fledgling business, which opened in November 2008 following a £350,000 refurbishment. "The feeling at the moment is one of massive frustration. We are hoping to reopen in early August and I hope that by getting the story out, local people will realise that we will be back and we will be better and stronger from this." Flood defence measures will be put in place at Mint to prevent further problems.
A couple who are always thinking about others - Val and Terry Keight have once again been selling plants and shrubs at their home to raise much needed funds for African orphans. Val and Terry started off by donating pencils, footballs and books but things have progressed since those early days. After the 2008 plant sale they went to Africa to look at a school they support in Zambia, paid a visit to an amazing lady in her 70s who cares for 265 youngsters, and visited a water hole they funded leaving sufficient funding to provide another fresh waterhole in a village nearby. The next things on their shopping list is equipment for a play area. Watch this space........!
Streetly residents who attend the surgery at 250A Chester Road with long term illnesses , can take advantage of a new scheme called 'Birmingham Own Health'. People who sign up are put in touch with care managers and health coaches to help manage their condition. The service is aimed at patients with diabetes, coronary heart disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder(COPD), and high blood pressure. For more information visit www.birminghamownhealth.co.uk or ask at the surgery at 250A Chester Road.
Congratulations to the children of Lindens Primary School who, under the guidance of Helen Yates, won the Walsall Key Stage1 Choir of the Year competition for the second year running. Judges felt that 'the singing was nicely controlled, with effective actions' and that it was 'an enjoyable presentation with a sense of conviction.Mrs. Yates won't be the only one who is extremely proud of the children's performance!
Andrew Jordan and Jordan Sports continue to go from strength to strength. After gaining excellent rankings in recent races, Andrew has made history by becoming the youngest ever driver to qualify on pole position in the history of the HIQ MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Congratulations are also due to Neil Harrison who was crowned the light heavyweight British Jujitsu Champion recently. Neil runs North Birmingham Judo Club, based in Streetly at the community centre in Foley Road East and offers classes for both children and adults and a beginners programme. Call 07817 666964 or visit www.birminghamjudo.com.
Local resident Pushpam Singh held a charity dinner with Indian music and dance, and raised more than £2,500 towards the work of Save The Childrens work in India. Such an amount would fund training for ten teachers for a year or would pay for vaccinations for 500 children for diseases like malaria or measles.
Want to encourage your children to walk? Look at 'Kiddiwalks In and Around Birmingham, written by Melanie Graham and published by Countryside Books. The book details 20 circular walks between 1 and 3 miles in length. The routes are clearly described, as are things to do and see along the way and suggestions for places to eat. There are some really good photographs too. The book should be available soon from Waterstones or W.H.Smith or direct from the publisher at www.countryside-books.co.uk price £7.99.
HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES TO RECYCLE - Drop them into the containers in schools , council offices, leisure centres and libraries. Streetly Library on Blackwood Road has their box on the windowledge just inside the entrance door. Both rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries are excepted.
Local Streetly solicitor Brian Hadcroft was jailed for 4 years over a mortgage scam that cost Barclays Bank and Abbey more than 1.6 million pounds. He was convicted of theft in January 2009 over a fraud which led to the theft of mortgage money from Barclays Bank and Abbey. Barclays Bank transferred more than £1.6 million into Hadcroft’s account in October 2008 to pay for the purchase of a hotel in Tamworth. And Abbey transferred more than £330,000 into the account to buy a bar in Digbeth. But, in both cases, the cash was then transferred out of the solicitor’s account for Hadcroft’s own use, rather than paying for the properties as agreed. After Hadcroft was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court, Det Insp Mark Salt, of West Midlands Police Economic Crime Team, said: “This has been a long and complicated investigation. “He was in a position of trust as a practicing solicitor but breached that trust for his own personal gain. This is a person who believed it would be easy to commit fraud but our team of investigators are skilled and experienced, and can deal with the most complex of cases. We will look to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover money stolen and compensate victims of the crime.”
Jo Lester and Jackie Coken, two retired teachers who used to work together at Blackwood School, won a RHS silver award for their 'Stumpery' Garden at the BBC Gardeners World Live event recently held at the NEC. Everything in their garden was sourced from Walsall Arboretum where they are both volunteers.
Jacob Smith and Luke Goulbourne, aged seven and from Lindens Primary School had a wonderful day when they were match day mascots for Aston Villa at their game against Bolton Wanderers.
A pioneering 'outdoor gym', which will be open to its students as well as older residents in the area, is to be launched by The Streetly School. Land at the side of the specialist Sports College will be transformed into an exercise zone in a bid to encourage people to adopt an active lifestyle. The scheme has the financial backing of the local PCT which is hoping to target the over 50s and by Awards for All. The gym may also be used to rehabilitate hospital patients.
A group of local lads have applied to win a football based scholarship to an American University. Harry Mason has already been accepted and Luke Wilson, Josh Bambury and Oliver Dixon are waiting in hope of good news. The lads all attend The Streetly School.
Poets Wood development in Streetly has been branded the new estate from hell – with some families locked in a five-year battle to try to get their houses brought up to scratch. Faults reported include peeling tiles, exploding light fittings, flooding and faulty garage roofs. Residents have also complained that doors have not been fitted properly which has led to a rise in burglaries. More than 20 homeowners reported problems under the Buildmark Cover to NHBC – the standard setting body for new homes. A spokesman for NHBC said: “The majority of contacts received, relate to issues reported to the builder during the first two years of the Buildmark cover. As it is the builder’s responsibility to rectify any defects reported to them, the builder has gone on to resolve the majority of cases without further intervention from us.” A spokesperson for Redrow said: “We are very sorry for any inconvenience experienced by our customers and can assure them that we are committed to resolving any outstanding snagging issues of which we are aware. “The vast majority of the items referred to have been dealt with for some time. A very small number referred matters to the NHBC’s free dispute resolution service. Redrow said the issue of some of the homes which were knocked down and then rebuilt was “primarily related to road gradient levels” and customers were offered initial refunds if they didn’t want to proceed.
June 2009 News
Police BBQ to tackle anti-social behaviour is a success June 10 2009.. POLICE held their first ‘BBQ in the park’ in a campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour. Youngsters were offered free burgers and soft drinks during the event held at Blackwood Park, Streetly, in the first in a series aimed at keeping them on the right track. The event was organised after complaints from local residents about anti-social behaviour. More than 40 young people attended and registered their details. Sergeant Chris Sprague, from Streetly neighbourhood policing team, said: “The BBQ was very well attended and was a huge success.”
Birmingham Children's Hospital has joined forced with Oxfam for a house-to-house collection scheme to raise money for charity. The charity's bag collection scheme will collect will collect clothes, books, music and homewares from houses within the hospital's catchment area. Every bag of donated items will help Birmingham Children's Hospital provide vital research and equipment to help treat sick children and support Oxfam's work with people living in poverty around the world. In the past, the hospital had used commercial contractors to make the collections and sell the donated materials to generate money, but by working with Oxfam's brand new house-to-house collection service, they are able to both increase the amount of money raised per item donated and to assure people making donations that every penny of profit goes to charity. Collection bags will be sent out to homes across Birmingham four times a year, beginning this month with Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull, Edgbaston and Yardley, for supporters to fill and Oxfam to collect and sort at their Wastesaver recycling plant before being sold to generate maximum value. Birmingham Children's Hospital will receive £75 for every tonne that is collected while Oxfam will sell the items to high street shops and clothing hubs or sell them directly to the public at Oxfam shops around the country. Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Children's Hospital, Sheffield, have also signed up to the scheme. Tracy Marsh, director of the Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity, speaking on behalf of the four children's hospitals, said: "We are all very excited to be working on this very innovative partnership with Oxfam. "Fundraising is essential for all four hospitals as they continue to provide the best possible care for the UK's most seriously ill children. In this climate every penny counts and this partnership means that just one bag of collected goods will go a long way to providing vital equipment and research for sick children. Richard Fern, Birmingham Oxfam Campaigner at Oxfam, said: "Birmingham Children's Hospital is much loved by everyone in the region. Health services are universal human rights which we support all over the world. "This is a groundbreaking new scheme and allows people to have absolute confidence that 100 per cent of the profit from their donations is going to support good causes both in the UK and in the developing world. The hospitals get a better deal from items collected for them, and Oxfam is able to generate money to tackle poverty. It's a win-win."
CHARLIE Stretch spent his 20th birthday not celebrating, but wondering whether he would ever make it back to Birmingham. As a radio operator on board HMS Sirius, Mr Stretch listened as shells hit water around the boat while the vessel bombarded German positions at Ouistreham. He turned 20 on board on Sunday 7 June 1944 as the battle raged on land and sea. “I was scared stiff,” said Mr Stretch, from Streetly. “There wasn’t a lot of information coming but we were amazed at we did hear about the number of troops landing in France. “We got a letter from Eisenhower and when they said our boys were in France and pushing the Germans back, we felt like bloody heroes. It didn’t stop us feeling any less scared. “I didn’t have much of a birthday but at least there were plenty of fireworks. “Turning 20 also meant I qualified for rum rations and I needed them that night.” Walking between the war graves at Bayeux, Mr Stretch, now aged 85, said: “I know it’s only by the grace of God that there aren’t people here today looking down at my headstone. “We were the lucky ones.”
A GREEN-THINKING Streetly company is smoothing the way for Sutton Park users – by filling in the holes in the uneven surfaces. Rather than disposing of excess tar surfacing material at the tip, civil engineers RW Services has teamed up with Birmingham City Council, to use it to improve car parks within the 2,400-acre site. The company's contracts manager James Freeman came up with the idea while visiting the park with his family. He noticed that the surface in some of the car parks was beginning to deteriorate and realised that his company's remaining tar surfacing material could be used for the benefit of both the company and the council. Arrangements are now in place for the left over material to be used to fill in potholes. Mr Freeman said: "As a local company, we are more than happy to help out when we can to improve things within our local community." Councillor Anne Underwood, Sutton Coldfield constituency chairman, added: "This project is a great example of partnership working between the city council and a local business."
ANNUAL crime figures for Walsall show a decrease in reported crime for all but one neighbourhood, with new data on anti-social behaviour identifying trouble spots in the borough, a police internet site has revealed. Large decreases in crime levels have been identified in Walsall Wood (down 27 per cent) and Palfrey and Caldmore (down 26 per cent) for the period May 2008 to April 2009 on West Midlands Police's 'My Neighbourhood' website. . With the motto 'Face Facts – Feel Safer', the police have this week encouraged more Walsall residents to find out what is happening on their doorstep by logging on to www.myneighbourhood.info The website is described as 'a sophisticated online crime mapping system' based on postcode searches. A detailed breakdown of both crime and anti-social behaviour incidents is given, with the latter identifying the numbers of rowdy incidents fuelled by alcohol or caused by those 17 and under. In addition maps identifying hotspots within the borough show concentrations of both criminal and anti-social activity. Given different neighbourhoods have varying populations, the police have also identified the number of incidents per 1,000 population. Streetly and Pheasey had the lowest crime rate in the borough with just 39.2 offences committed per 1,000 people, closely followed by Pelsall with 40.6. Chief Inspector Kevin Doyle, from the neighbourhood policing team said: "Crime mapping is something that West Midlands Police have been developing for over two years. "We now have the facility to share the reality of crime and anti-social behaviour levels in all of our 248 neighbourhoods across the West Midlands. "Working with communities, crime fell across 80 per cent of our neighbourhoods last year, and we need to be just as successful in dealing with anti-social behaviour." Superintendent Gez Moore, of the force's Citizen Focus department, said: "The interactive site allows the community to obtain information around local crime and anti-social behaviour. "The crime and anti-social incidents are then instantly presented for the general public to view. "It provides a valuable insight into what is taking place locally and provides opportunities for the public and other agencies to get involved in local issues." To find out more visit www.myneighbourhood.info or go to www.west-midlands.police.uk and follow the links from the home page.
May 2009 News
Local Streetly couple Leslie and Beryl Wheeler recently celebrated their Diamond Wedding and received a message from the Queen. The couple, who live on Northside Drive, met at a dance at the King Charles Public House in Kingstanding in 1947. Beryl used to work in the jewellery quarter, and Leslie served with the Royal Navy during the second world war. They have two daughters, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
John Quinn from Streetly ran in the recent London Marathon to raise money for the John Taylor Hospice.
Local Streetly beauty Laura Harvey, a law student, has received hundreds of public votes to ensure that she will be a semi finalist in the Miss England competition to be held in June. To see Laura's profile log onto www.missengland.info/semi-finalists.
Streetly Tennis Club member John Keighley won three titles in the Sutton Open Junior Easter tournament.
Staff from the Hardwick Arms Public House will be joining in the Great Midlands Fun Run in Sutton Park on May 31st. They will be running as part of the team from the Sutton Colfield Cancer Support Centre. Former Olympian Sally Ellis has devised a training regime to help the runners enjoy their day. If you are running and want to benefit from Sally's advice logonto www.greatmidlandsfun-run.com.
What a load of rubbish! Aldridge and Streetly residents are disappointed that their local recycling centre at Merchant Way, Aldridge will now be closed on Wednesdays as part of a budgetary decision to save £100,000.
Residents of Branton Hall Road, Aldridge heaved a temporary sigh of relief when their ten year battle to divert heavy traffic from their road was ofered an alternative solution. The government has granted outline planning permission for a new access road to be built from the Bliss Sand and Gravel quarry in Branton Hall Road to the A452 Chester Road.
A new self-referral physiotherapy service has been introduced at Good Hope Hospital in order to cut waiting time. Patients will be able to book an appointment to see a physiotherapist without having to go through their GP. For more information call the booking line on 0121 424 9053.
Clive Hemus from Streetly was one of the first to register for this years Great Midlands Fun Run being held on May 31st. Since the first 8.5 mile run in 2003 the event has raised over £642,000 for charities and local organisations. Clive will be raising money for Kinstanding Age Concern.
March 2009 News
Local charity Midlands International Trust has benefitted from donations from a Streetly doctor. Dr. Abdul Gatrad, OBE, together with his brother and sister, has helped fund projects to enable poor children around the world to have life changing reconstructive surgery, and eye treatment. Dr. Gatrad is a senior consultant paediatrician at Walsall Manor Hospital.
Do you play a string or a brass instrument? If so The New Streetly Youth Orchestra is looking for new members.Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings during term time at Manor Primary School, Briar Avenue, Streetly - just turn up.
Did you used to work at a local Woolworths store? Former Woolworths manager Derek Phillips is hoping to write a book about about these famous stores. Email him at derekphillips507@google mail.com or write to him at 3 Whitcross, Barwick, Somerset, BA22 9TQ. Shoppers recollections are welcome too.
Local Streetly school pupil and synronised swimmer Ellie Holder has been chosen to be part of the England development squad where she will train once a month with athletes from Team GB. Ellie, who attends Streetly School, recently won three gold medals at the British Synchronised Swimming Championships.
Staff and chldren from Blackwood Primary School, Streetly recently held a 'Peter Pan' themed day to celebrate the opening of the new school library.
Year 8 pupils at Streetly School have been learning about the puppy walking process involved in the training and development of a guide dog, by following the progress of 'Bertie' who has been visiting the school since he was 16 weeks old with his puppy walker Madge Nightingale.The children are also raising money for the charity 'Guide Dogs for the Blind'.
February 2009 News
The recently opened eating disorders centre in Streetly, Newbridge House, launched a new initiative as part of National Eating Disorders Week in February. Simple questionnaires were sent to GPs in north Birmingham to help them to identify patients who may have anorexia or bulimia. The questionnaire examines the patient's feelings and behaviour towards food and is designed to help GPs spot problems and ensure patients receive vital treatment as soon as possible.
Local Streetly man Charles Tandy died in 2001 following a burglary at the training college where he was an instructor and, in February, his killer was sentenced to nine years in prison for manslaughter. The police and the judge paid tribute to Mr. Tandy's family for the bravery and dignity they showed over this long period of time and also to Mr. Tandy who was recognised by everyone who knew him as a thoroughly good and kind man.
Former world championship dancing finalists Warren and Jane Bullock ,who hold one of their Zig Zag dance classes in Streetly, have again won a Carl Alan award for their contribution to dance.
Sad news. Streetlys very own 'Diva Doria' Doreen Lyons passed away in February aged 75 years.
Streetly Library on Blackwood Road has re-opened after some alterations. Please note that the new telephone number is 01922 654864.
Go Shopping in Sutton Coldfield and enjoy free parking every Thursday from 10.00am in 'The Mall' (formerly known as Gracechurch Centre)
Pupils from Manor Primary School, Streetly recently visited the new RSPB nature reserve Middleton Lakes situated in Drayton Bassett. The centre will be open to the public shortly and will be offering a programme of regular events and guided walks. The children took part in bird watching, pond dipping and bug hunting. For more details call 01827 259454 or email email@example.com
Residents who have battlng for years against the poor and dangerous condition of Boundary Court just off Hundred Acre Road, Streetly have had their hopes of any action dashed with the announcement that a long awaited compulsory purchase order will no longer be pursued. The building has long been the site of drug taking, alcohol abuse, litter dumping and anti-.social behaviour and nearby residents are frightened that the situation will now go from awful to even worse.
Do you play hockey? If you're interested in joining the Streetly First or Second X1 or the Badgers call David Peers on 07711 332505.
Streetly's Veseyans RFC strongly defended their recent home win against Leek by beating them for a second time.
Two racing drivers are combining their talents and experience to race a Ford Mustang GT4 in the 2009 Britcar Production Championship. Ex. Streetly resident and BTCC Mike Jordan is teaming up with GT racer Stuart Scott with backing from Cambridge Business Travel. Jordan will prepare the car, which is already in the UK, under his new team banner JordanSport.co.uk
Ex Streetly racing driver Mike Jordan and his new team (Team Pyro) will be entering the Ascari KZ1, run by David and Godfrey Jones, in the 2009 Avon Tyres British GT Championship. In a similar move, Gareth, Philip and Morgan Jones, their sons will take in some Britcar races in a Porsche 911GT3 Cup run by JordanSport.co.uk. Jordan, who recently downsized and rebranded his Team Eurotech operation into JordanSport, feels that the situation is ideal for everyone involved. The association between Pyro and Jordan began in 2007 when Team Pyro tended the Renault Clio raced by Mike's son Andrew.
George Wimpey’s brand new development in Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, will comprise homes for all types of buyers, including contemporary two-bedroom apartments, and three, four and five-bedroom homes, with prices ranging from £139,995 to £430,000. An example of the first houses available at the development is the four-bedroom detached ‘Tolworth’, available to purchase from £299,995 or in part-exchange for an existing property, which is available on selected plots. George Wimpey also offers a range of deals tailor-made for first-time buyers including help with their deposit, and for those with a property to sell, the leading housebuilder’s part-exchange and easymover programmes offer a range of attractive incentives to make moving quick and hassle-free. To register for information when new homes are released for sale, prospective buyers should contact the Sales Executive at the development. To find out more about the new homes at Kingsland Grange, visit the development at Bridle Lane, Streetly, and open Thursdays to Mondays, 11am to 5pm, or go online at Georgewimpey.co.uk.
January 2009 News
Yet more residents who live on George Frederick Road and Banners Gate on the Streetly - Birmingham border, have been penning their complaints about the withdrawal of their off peak 377 bus service. Many residents are now unable to get out and about for shopping, visiting and medical appointments and, in the recent severe weather have had to hire taxis.
A Streetly couple fell for each other in a very big way over sixty years ago when they met at a roller skating rink at Dymchurch on the Kent coast just after the Second World War. Edna and Fred Groom, who live in Burnett Road, Streetly have just celebrated their Diamond Wedding with a church blessing at St. Margaret's Church, Great Barr, followed by a celebration at the George Hotel, Lichfield.
Streetly Village now has two restaurants. 'MINT'' located at the corner of Burnett and Thornhill Roads opened recently to provide 'straight forward dining celebrating great British produce'. The restaurant has just received excellent an review from the Birmingham Mail food critic Paul Fulford. Open Mon - Sat from 6.30pm Sunday Brunch 10 - 12pm Sunday Lunch from 12pm Call 0121 353 0488 or log onto www.mint-restaurant.com
Streetly residents won't have far to go to enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat with friends when the former Hindley's bakery in Mere Green, just a few minutes drive away, opens as 'Costa Coffee' in February,2009. Just round the corner on Mere Green Road, the Loch Fyne restaurant is to be re-branded . Called 'The Old Speckled Hen' the pub will serve home cooked British food and real ales.
The Aga Shop on Burnett Road, Streetly, recently hosted the Heart of England Fine Foods annual competition to find the region's tastiest sausage. Owens family butchers of Stoke on Trent won the award for the best breakfast sausage and Boxleys butchers took the 'specialty' prize for their pork and marmite sausage - apparently you either love it or hate it!
DOVE SPA is open in what was formerly the Re-aqua beauty salon on Burnett Road, Streetly.For details of all treatments 'phone 0844 800 2139.
A new joggers group has been set up up locally in Sutton. Budding Streetly runners will now be able to up the pace with other like minded enthusiasts. For more details see the club and events pages.
Police have asked local Streetly pensioners to beware of two white men involved in recent 'distraction' burglaries. The men knock on doors claiming to be from the water board and say that there has been an explosion in the area causing water to be contaminated. They then steal cash. Police advise that there is no such thing as a 'water board' now and that 'bona fide' officials from water companies such as Severn Trent or South Staffs would not require access to homes in these circumstances. If you have any information which could help police with this problem please call them on 0845 113 5000 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
A Streetly man has been made an OBE for his services to to the West Midland Reserve Forces and Cadets' Association. Colonel Thomas Derek Christopher Lloyd who is currently a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands, and Provincial Grand Master of Freemasonry for the Province of Staffordshire, served in the TA for 30 years and recently retired as chairman of the region's RFCA after six years in the post. Colonel Lloyd was born in Great Barr but has lived locally since the 1960s. He is a pilot and a keen skier and recently crossed the Atlantic in a small, two man yacht.
A group of adult students - all with learning disabilities - recently passed the first level of their horticultural exams. The ASDAN scheme, offers a wide range of qualifications for people of all abilities. The successful students were presented with certificates by local Streetly business man Brian Wheat, of Wheats Flower and Garden Centre.
'Streetly Library on Blackwood Road will be re-opening on Monday, 9th February following major alterations. Meanwhile, books can be returned to any Walsall library.'
Walsall is set to receive additional government funding to help provide Friday and Saturday night activities for young people, in a bid to keep them off the streets and out of trouble. Young people will help to decide what these activities are. The emphasis is that they have local access to these activities at times they want and need, such as Friday and Saturday evenings.
Streetly's very own singing sensation Connie Talbot goes from strength to strength. She celebrated her 8th birthday by reaching number one at the top of the US billboard singles chart following appearances on American TV and radio. She also launched her latest album. In December, Connie performed in Berlin, at Disneyland Paris, in Korea, Taiwan, the Philipinnes and Hong Kong and making a return appearance on The Ellen Show in the US.
Interested in playing football? Colron Boys Football Club under 12s are based in Streetly and are looking for new players. Training is at Streetly School at 6.00pm on Thursdays. Contact Gary on 0781 4542888.
The Birmingam branch of Age Concern has set up a new service called FIRSTCALL whch will enable the elderly, and their families and helpers, to get help through a dedicated phone line and website. Firstcall for Birmingham is manned between the hours of 9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday and until 4.30pm on Friday, The number is 0121 270 3311 and the website is www.ageconcernbirmingham.org.uk.
Streetly Wedding Belle Joanna Meadows married Scott Hayler at The Ventian Hotel, Las Vegas. The couple honeymooned in Egypt.
Veseyans RFC are continuing to battle their way to Twickenham. After a narrow win over Wolverhampton they beat Cleobury Mortimer 48 -0 - a great confidence booster to take with them when they play Bishops Castle in their next match.
Streetly Hockey Club had a mixed bag of results. The Steetly 3rd XI and the Streetly Badgers both lost their matches but the Streetly 2nd XI held out against the Kingswinford 2nd XI to beat them 4 - 0.
Streetly Tennis Club had a brilliant result when they won both the Senor Mixed and the Men's 60s doubles titles at the National Veterans Inter-Club Tournament held in Brierley Hill recently. The Streetly over 60s mens team will now represent Great Britain in the 2009 European Club championships. Well done to them!
January 2009 News
Streetly residents will benefit from an improved train service on the cross city Lichfield to Redditch Line via Birmingham New Street. From December 15th the number of evening and Saturday services will be increased to four an hour doubling the existing frequency. It is hoped that Sunday frequency will be increased in the future too. New timetables will be in Blackwood Road Library and in the travel shop, Birmingham New Street Station as soon as they are available. Or you can email www.networkwestmidlands.com
Residents of George Frederick Road are still up in arms about the loss of their daytime 377 bus service. Many of the residents are elderly and unable to access the new route and will have to rely on taxis or friends who have cars. Having contacted National Express they are convinced that the change is merely a way of boosting income and has nothing to do with providing a 'service'. The new route will add a further 10 buses an hour travelling to Kingstanding whilst leaving these residents stranded.
Bus number 56/56A, Diamond bus service from Brownhills to Birmingham via Aldridge, Streetly and Kingstanding introduced some timetable changes from January 4th, 2009. Details available on this website and at www.networkwestmidlands.com New timetables will be available from Blackwood Road Library and from the travel shop in Birmingham New Street Station.
PC Gary Hall of West Midlands Police, stationed at HQ Birmingham is the Diversity and Community Cohesion Officer for the West Midlands Policing area.
PC Hall is looking for a group of Senior volunteers who would be interested in becoming a voice of the senior community to the West Midlands Police.
We are looking for a group of senior people over the age of 55 who would be willing to give about 2 or 3 hours per month to help us with this project which would be doing a great service to the community.
Newbridge House in Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, offers NHS help to teenage boys and girls with eating disorders battling problems like bulimia and anorexia to look like their skinny superstar idols. Despite anorexia typically developing between the ages of 14 and 17 and bulimia from 16 to 22, most young people are treated in general psychiatric units at hospitals rather than specialist centres. But Newbridge House, which even includes a classroom, will see psychiatrists, psychologists, family therapists, dietitians and occupational therapists giving teenagers and some young adults from across the Midlands NHS treatment. It was opened amid growing concern that skinny celebrities such as supermodel Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, Nicole Richie and Hollywood actress Lindsey Lohan were to blame for young girls becoming obsessed with their body shape. And the so-called “size zero” obsession among fashion designers has also reportedly led to girls as young as eight trying to starve themselves. Dr Richard Newland, a GP and chief executive of Newbridge House, said: “We have created a welcoming, homely environment which is distinct from the institutional, hospital setting where people with eating disorders are often treated. “Eating disorders vary in severity and the way they affect each individual. “Some people may stay in Newbridge House because they need a high level of treatment and support, others will come to our centre for day care, returning home every evening. Our team members are all specialists in the field of eating disorders with a wealth of expertise.” Medical director is Prof Hubert Lacey, one of the most renowned in the medical area in the country. The detached, 16-bedroom house has been turned into a residential home for boys aged between 14 and 17 and girls and women from the age of 14. Most patients will be funded by the NHS and referred by their GP or a psychiatrist. The number of children being admitted to hospital with eating disorders has risen by more than a third in the past decade with one in every 100 girls affected by eating disorders. Birmingham has the highest number of people claiming incapacity benefit due to an eating disorder in the UK, with 40 people per 100,000. After initial objections, Newbridge House on the Chester Road, Streetly has opened as one of only a few units which will offer specialist help to teenagers and young adults suffering from conditions such as anorexia and bulimia. The centre can be contacted on 0121 580 8362 or at www.newbridge-health.org.uk.
Praise for a local business hit the news when Regency Plaster of Aldridge Road, Streetly came to the rescue of a distressed couple whose plasterer made a dreadful mess and ruined the plaster arch bought from Regency Plaster. Regency Plaster not only provided a new arch free of charge but also sent a bona fide plasterer who did a fantastic job. In these days of rogue traders and 'couldn't care less attitudes' this company obviously deserves the business. Have you got any more tales of good service so that we can spread the word?
POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a spate of distraction burglaries in walsall area including Streetly. Officers are currently looking into links between the offences. In each incident two white men in their late 20s called at the home of residents claiming to be from the Water Board and referring to an explosion causing contamination of water. The men then entered the home of the victims and stole cash. Two incidents took place at addresses on Goodwood Drive in Streetly, where the offenders took cash from the home of an 88-year-old woman and the home of a 70-year-old woman. Det Chief Insp Robert Hazel, from Walsall police station, said: “There is no such thing as a water board anymore “Officials from a water company such as Severn Trent or South Staffordshire will not require access to your home.” Anyone with information about any of the incidents is urged to call CID at Walsall police station on 0845 113 5000 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
£625 millions pounds has been allocated for crumbling Walsall secondary schools in line to be bulldozed and rebuilt, which includes among five schools, The Streetly Specialist Sports College ( Streetly School ) Proposals are in a early stage, and Debbie Hunton, headteacher at The Streetly Specialist Sports College, said there was a mood of elation among pupils and staff. Members of the Cabinet are due to meet on February 4th 2009 to agree plans for the recommended schools.
16 year old Paul Heard who attends The Streetly School has just signed a contract with Birmingham Monarchs Cycle Speedway team. Paul started racing in 2005 for Sandwell and became a leading junior, qualifying for three successive British Junior Finals in 2006, 2007 and last year at Poole in Dorset. Paul won the prestigious Chairman's Cup at Bury in 2007, successfully defending it in 2008. He also reached the British under-19s Final in 2008. Paul's father, John is a leading official in the sport, holding a number of key administrative positions. Both are shortly to head out to Australia as part of the official British Lions Cycle Speedway team touring party. Paul Heard has been named in the junior Lions squad and he is expected to challenge for the World Individual Junior title, also being staged in Australia in February and March 2009. Paul said "Several of my main British rivals have signed for Premier League clubs and I did not want to be left behind, I am looking forward to racing for Birmingham with my great friends Marcus Wadhams and Chris Timms." Paul Heard is expected to make his Birmingham Premier League debut on March 15 2009 when the Monarchs head to reigning British Team champs Wednesfield Aces in a crunch local derby.
LIVING PAINTINGS is an award winning charity that provides braille and written copies of children's books. There are all the usual favourites such as Winnie the Pooh and the Gruffalo and educational packs are available too. This vital service provides a free picture book library to non sighted youngsters who look forward to having new books just as much as their sighted friends. If you'd like to find out more about this library, if you'd like to join, or if you'd like to help in any way contact Su Pollard at at Living Paintings, Unit 8, Kingsclere Park, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 4SW. Telephone 01635 299771 or www.livingpaintings.org
Are you an ex Coldstream Guard in Streetly area ? If so, you may like to meet up with other ex members of the 1st Battalion who meet up on the second Wednesday of each month at the Nautical Club, 3/4 Bishopgate Street(off Broad Street) in Birmingham City Centre. The club holds dances and goes on trips to see the Trooping of the Colour and to visit training barracks to see recruits in training. It also visits soldiers in Selly Oak Hospital who have been injured in Afghanistan. The group would love to welcome some new members - lady friends and wives are welcome too. Contact Mike Broadbent on 0121 358 5122 or on 0780 319 8231.
St. Anne's RC School in Blackwood Road is organising 'Walk to School on Wednesdays' in order to keep fit and healthy. Parents and grandparents are being encouraged to get involved and classes will be competing against each other to see who can get the most walkers!
The 377 Walsall to Sutton Coldfield Bus has been re-routed. Off peak services will no longer travel along George Frederick Road but instead will travel along the stretch of Sutton Oak Road between the Parson and Clerk public house and Kingstanding Circle, continuing into Rough Road and Banners Gate. The change has been made because of the demand from Walsall residents who want to travel to Kingstanding. However, residents of George Frederick, Westwood and Longmoor Roads are very concerned at the loss of this local service which they have had for over fifty years. These roads are hilly and many elderly residents fear that they will become trapped in their homes and no longer be able to do their weekly shopping.
Residents of Bridle Lane are up in arms about the continuing encroachment of phone masts. Two masts have been erected at the junction of Manor Road and Bridle Lane and a third one has just been erected a few yards away on the Chester Road in spite of planning permission previously having been refused.
Local singing star Connie Talbot appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show in America on November 17th. Connie's second album, which is a mixture of traditional and modern Christmas songs, is being released on November 24th and her American television appearance will be screened in this country later in the year.
Streetly MP, Richard Shepherd is lending his support to a campaign which will help local businesses to save up to £1,100 a year by claiming the 'Small Business Rate Relief that they may be entitled to. Businesses can check their eligibiltyby logging onto conservatives website
A strong performance by Streetly Veseyans RFC guaranteed a 21 - 6 win against Leek, an excellent result after their previous disappointing match.
Knitting expert, Julie Reekie put an appeal in her doctor's surgery, and in Blackwood Road Methodist Church for help to knit blankets for local charities. Gwen Skeldon and Joyce Eade answered her cry for help and two blankets have already been donated to Age Concern with a third for Acorns Children's Hospice on the way.
Good Hope Hospital parents, whose babies die during pregnancy, at birth, or within 28 days of birth are to be helped to gather memories of their baby. SANDS - the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society - will provide a 'memory box' containing a camera, a white blanket, two teddy bears, a handmade card, and a trinket box for small items such as wrist tags. SANDS provides information and support for bereaved parents and their families and can be contactd by visiting Sands website
Claire Boylan and Jenny Austin, both sufferers of alopecia -or hair loss- have formed a support group for fellow sufferers. Almost 300 people from the Sutton Coldfield and Walsall area now belong to the group which meets monthly at various locations to share problems, get advice, and make friends. Join us to meet and talk to others with hair loss. For information call Claire on 07785 501 588 or Jenny on 07530 718 382 or visit alopeciaonline website
A scheme run jointly by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability and Barclays has helped 163 disabled people to set up in business and provided support to over 800 more. Steve Dent of Sutton Coldfield was paralysed following a spinal injury and was helped by the 'Ready To Start' scheme to form his company SPOKZ which sells disabled sports and lifestyle equipment. For more information visit readytostart website or spokz website
A new restaurant was opened on the corner of Thornhill Road and Burnett Road in Streetly Village on Monday, 10th November 2008. 'MINT' hopes to provide straight forward dining using great British produce and will be serving food on Monday to Saturday from 6.30pm with Sunday brunch from 10.00am till 12.00pm and Sunday lunch from 12.00pm. For more information or to make a reservation phone 0121 353 0488 or visit mint restaurant
Streetly area house-hunters looking for a stylish home are invited to register to buy off plan for a new development at Kingsland Grange, Bridle Lane, in Streetly. George Wimpey's brand new development will comprise of homes for all types of buyers, including contemporary two-bedroom apartments, and three, four and five-bedroom homes, with prices ranging from £139,995 to £400,000. Home buyers registering their interest now, will receive details of the first properties as soon as they are released - and by buying off-plan, customers can stamp their style on their new home, choosing kitchens, bathrooms, floorings and fittings to suit their own specifications. To register for information about new homes at Kingsland Grange in Streetly, follow this link to the George wimpey website
On Sunday 26th October a sponsored PSDA dog walk was held in Sutton Park to raise money for vetinary care. more info available, just Call freephone 0800 917 2509 or log on to www.pdsa.org.uk/walkies
The Air Ambulance went to the rescue when an elderly man from Foley Road East, Streetly fell over 25 feet from his ladder whilst trying o chop off tree branches. He was taken to Heartlands Hospital by the air ambulance, which landed in the grounds of Manor School, Briar Avenue, and was found to be suffering from neck and rib injuries.
Andrew Jordan is well on the way to more success. He has signed up with Triple Eight Race Engineering to race in the 2009 British Touring Car Championship in a Vectra run by Team Euro Tech. Dad Mike is a little jealous but extremely proud!
A £500 grant from The Midcounties Cooperative has enabled the Streetly Community Association to buy seven lightweight tables and a trolley to be used by the many groups who use this venue. Dance classes, flower arrangers, the WI, parties and weddings will all benefit. For more information or to find out about classes and groups available, call 0121 353 8630 or email; streetly association.
Could this be you?
A local resident who was the president of the Sutton Coldfield Movie Makers has died after a short illness aged 101. Gladys Dean, a former teacher, was a founder member of Birmingham's Crescent Theatre.
Planning application refused.
Local business closes doors for the last time
Happy Birthday to Vicky Southam
Another 'run' of success!
Jordans race at Silverstone
The Hardwick Arms is being researched by local historians who are keen to trace the history of the pub, they are currently trying to find out when the pub actually became the Hardwick Arms and have narrowed it down to between 1904 and about 1914 - even the brewery don't seem to know, if you have some information, please contact streetly website.
Local Streetly golfers, Steve Such and Mark Strange are organising the Annual golf tournament 'Autumn Cup' for the third year running. The tournament, involving two teams of eight players, is played over 3 days and this year will be held at th Wychwood Park De Vere Hotel in Cheshire.
Former Streetly Comprehensive pupil in TV series
Local man 'hits the boards' Alyn Evans, former Arthur Terry pupil and Streetly resident, was on stage in the charity gala performance of 'Me and My Girl' at the London Palladium in October 2008. The performance raised money for the Anthony Nolan Trust. For more information see www.meandmygirl2008.co.uk
New furniture store opened in Streetly on Saturday, 20th September 2008 at 334 Aldridge Road, Streetly. Tel. 0121 352 1733. Open Mon - Sat 9.30 - 5.00 and Sun. 10.00-4.00. Lots of bargains. Managers Special every week.
Congratulations to local swimmoming Paralympic gold medal star Ellie Simmonds from everyone in Streetly.
On Saturday 13 September 12 noon a PROTEST MEETING was held outside ALDRIDGE BAIL HOSTEL Local residents concerned about a recent incident involving the sexual assault of a young 8yr girl in Aldridge, wish to press for the closure of Aldridge Bail hostel in accordance with the high court decision in 1996 which found that it should be closed. Streetly residents share these concerns having heard about proposals for 3 more facilities to be located in Streetly. These will be called "supported accommodation" and described as not bail hostels or registered premises, and therefor will "not be in any way secure" and provide accomodation for court bailed individuals who represent "no risk of significant harm to others" although it "excludes offenders with convictions for any sexual offence, cruelty to children or racially aggravated offences" under the terms of the government awarded contract to ClearSprings who describe their business as "a leading private provider of accommodation and support services for vulnerable clients, we pride ourselves in our capability to deliver services in a professional and safe manner." These new buildings will be rented private houses within residential areas which require no local consultations or planning permission, as part of a scheme introduced on Monday 18 June 2007 to enable the courts and prison governors to make greater use of bail and early release on a strict curfew. see more information here including the Government petition
Ex streetly race ace Andrew Jordan, was recently crowned as HiQ's 'champagne moment winner' for the first time following his brilliant drive at Oulton Park in July 2008 when he raced to his first ever podium finish. HiQ's asked spectators to vote for their star performer on their official website www.hiqonline.co.uk with Andrew winning 67% of the votes.
More success for Andrew Jordan who finished third overall in the 24th round of the HiQMSA British Touring Car Champonship at Knockhill. Dad Mike didn't fare so well. A brake problem lead him to start in 16th position on the grid finally finishing 11th in the third race.
Connie Talbot the young Streetly singing sensation is spreading her wings to star in her own karaoke game for the Nintendo Wii. The console game entitled 'Sing Along With Connie', is based on her recent album 'Over the Rainbow' features all 15 tracks and should be available early in 2009.
Sharon Bunn from Streetly won a brand new Vauxhall Corsa in the St. Giles Hospice weekly lottery. Steve Thompson Cars of Lichfield sponsored this pirize as part of St. Giles Hospice 25th birthday celebrations.
It's not just the British Olympic Team who are won gold - Streetly School is celebrating excellent GCSE results with 72% of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades. In recognising the pupils' hard work, head teacher Debbie Hunton was delighted with the results.
A heart warming tale - a man who underwent a heart transplant almost 20 years ago celebrated his Golden Wedding in August 2008. Doug Hindle and his wife Jean say the secret to their happy marriage is always making time fo each other.
Proposals to convert a property in Chester Road, Streetly, into a care home for youngsters have caused considerable local objection and concern. Inspirations Care Services have put forward the application to change use of the building to cater for 9 to 17-year-olds. This will be for children who have suffered from neglect, physical or sexual abuse or have been subject to traumatic experiences in early years. In a report to councillors David Elsworthy, head of planning, building control and regeneration, has recommended the scheme is approved subject to conditions. He says: “The applicants do not admit children who have sexually offended, who are drug or alcohol dependent or who have diagnosed mental health issues. “The homes try and mirror family living as the children have usually not experienced any type of normal family environment.” Residents are concerned about what kind of children will be housed, crime and disorder issues and fear it will be an overdevelopment in the area. They also say there are already problems with anti-social behaviour from loitering youths and it would erode family character of Streetly. The site lies on the junction of Kingscroft Road. Inspirations Care Services insist there will be three to four adults on shift from 8am until 10pm each day, with two adults on-site overnight. The application will be considered by members of the development control committee.
Outstanding nursery Ofsted report
Police appealed for witnesses following a collision between two cars in Streetly on Saturday 9th August 2008. A Honda Civic and a VW Golf were in collision on Foley Road West at around 2.35pm. The Honda then collided with a tree. Two men, both aged 18, were taken to hospital with serious injuries. A 45-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman received treatment for minor injuries. Foley Road West was closed for around 3 hours while inquiries were made at the scene. Any witnesses are urged to contact the road policing unit at Walsall police station on 0845 113 5000.
Streetly doctor Richard prescribes a little fantasy fun
There's a deer at the bottom of my garden
Streetly Furnishings, located on Aldridge Road, in Sutton Coldfield closed down in June 2008 after 22 years in business providing homeowners with beautifully-crafted solid wood home furnishings. Director Mark Hyde, 50, retires from furniture retail to divide his time over-seeing a more recently developed import company as well as seeing more of his family.
"The Streetly Diva" now has a page on Streetly website which explains how she raises funds for good local causes and brings a smile to eveybody, see Diva Dorie
Streetly's very own young singing sensation Connie Talbot has also made it onto Streetly website Connie Talbot
Caroline Griffin recently moved to streetly on the estate opposite "Farmers Johns". I have discovered a lovely woodland with 2 lawned areas off Compton Drive and Gunstock Close. A lot of rubbish has been dumped at various places in the wood, there is a lot of dog fouling on the lawns and also a lot fencing is broken. The bird song as you walk along the path is lovely. There are also many varieties of wildflowers, Forget me nots, dog rose, ferns, blackberries, Elderflower, holly, laburnum, sycamore, oak, holly and many Rhodedendrons. There are 2 walsall Metropolitan Council signs saying "No fly tipping, penalty £50 by order of the Chief Executive and Town Clerk". I have e mailed Walsall Council about the dog fouling, asking for signs to be put up. Does anyone else in streetly know anything about it.? I have found a book called the the Streetly Local History Trail in the Local History Department of Sutton Coldfield Library. This gives the history of the Blackwood area of streetly and how the Queslett road got its name, also info on the tabernacle chapel on Aldridge Road. and lots of other info on the history of streetly. I have received a reply from Andrew Cooper from Walsall Council, who visited the woods with an Arboricultural Officcer looking at the issues I raised and those of other residents. He asked a service provider to remove the flytipped waste from the rear of Gunstock Close by the end of next week. He will report back to the Parks Manager Nigel Illsley. He has also told me that part of the councils tree management review they are looking for local volunteers to act as tree wardens for woodlands and open spaces and wonders if I would be interested in participating. I have emailed back to say yes, and should anyone else wish to help, they should contact Ian Mcdermott 0121 360 9464 or via e mail, Mcdermotti@walsall.gov.uk
Streetly has set up its own local history group The History group meet on a monthly basis looking at topics such as schools, shops and businesses, public houses, local characters, in fact anything which might be of interest.
If you have any memories of 'what used to be where' put them down on paper and either bring them to the next meeting or drop them into 51 Lindrosa Road, 15 Thornhill Park , or Blackwood Road Library. Don't worry about the spelling, we just want the facts no matter how trivial they may seem. Please include details of where you can be contacted. The group has the backing of Walsall Local History Centre which would like to archive all material including any photographs you might have.
The Centre would also like to encourage the involvement of local school children. The meetings and times are detailed on the Events page. We shall also be remembering all the shops in Streetly. Any details - dates, names, location, owners and staff will be greatly apreciated.
Banners Gate United Reformed Church has been saved after members voted for a merger with Streetly Community Baptist Church. The URC building in Westwood Road will now offer a permanent home for the Baptists, who have been holding their meetings at Streetly School. The Baptists, who had an equal vote on the merging proposals, will add new life to the ageing congregation at Banners Gate, who have now been able to reverse their decision to close their church. Although it may take some time for the formal establishment of the Partnership, joint worship, mission and other activities have already begun and the first joint service was held on Easter Sunday. ( see the Church page for more information )
Streetly as part of Walsall Council is also part of "The Black Country in terms of Planning and Development"
Black Country Core Strategy: What is it about?....
The Black Country has a distinctive character and strong communities. Local people have strong ties to their area and are justly proud of the Black Country’s heritage.
However, the Black Country is also an area facing considerable social, economic and environmental challenges. To address these we need to build more homes to meet future needs, attract new jobs, shape the growth of town centres and transform the environment. Our vision is to create a Black Country where people want to live and provide a wide range of job opportunities.
The four Black Country Local Authorities of Dudley MBC, Sandwell MBC, Walsall MBC and Wolverhampton City Council are producing a Core Strategy. This will be a ‘spatial planning document’ which will guide the delivery of more than 60,000 new homes across the Black Country between now and 2026, supported by new shops, offices, leisure, transport and environmental improvements.
In your area this will cover :
Based on what people have told us so far we have identified a series of ‘regeneration corridors’ where this change will be focussed. These are shown on the map overleaf. The Core Strategy will affect all areas in the Black Country both inside and outside the corridors. Inside the corridors change will be focussed on delivering new homes and employment. Outside the corridors, in places such as Aldridge and Streetly, the focus will be on protecting and enhancing what is good.
More information including detailed proposals for the regeneration corridors and the centres of Brierley Hill, Walsall, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton can be found in the Core Strategy Preferred Options document. This can be viewed at the First Stop Shop, Walsall Civic Centre, at Aldridge & Streetly Libraries and Core Strategy On-line Copies can be sent to you by requested using this E-mail link
Further details are available from Mr Jon Lord
New rail services linking Birmingham to places like Aldridge, Streetly, Castle Bromwich, Minworth, The Fort and Walmley are being investigated by Centro. The West Midlands public transport body is funding studies that will look at linking Birmingham with a number of possible new routes. It has commissioned the research, which if positive, could be a first step towards a series of vital new services. The plans include at least two new services an hour between Birmingham and Tamworth, calling at new stations at Kingsbury, Castle Bromwich and The Fort. Trains on the route would also call at the new £9 million Coleshill Parkway Station and at Wilnecote and Water Orton. They are also looking at services that would travel through Sutton Park between Walsall and Water Orton, calling at new stations in Aldridge, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, Walmley and Minworth. Key to the plans is the proposed implementation of new Chord lines in Bordesley, which would allow new and existing services to access the newly refurbished Birmingham Moor Street station. Consultants Halcrow are carrying out the study and are due to complete it by November 2008. They will be looking at the cost, as well as key issues like overcrowding. Planners and economists will also assess passenger demand, congestion, emissions and accidents. Councillor Gary Clarke, chairman of Centro, said: "If these plans are realised, they will build on the significant investment already seen in regional rail network over recent years.
Free loft insulation and wall insulation is available to any Walsall ratepayer aged 70 or over.
Free venue for non-profit organisations
Walsall M.B.C. Draft Sustainable Community Strategy
Photography in Streetly.... is now being used to show how residents are proud of thier community and will work together with local communities and organisations including the Police in a bid to tackle and resolve any decline or damage in the area, nothing is more powerful ....than a picture !
You are welcome to send Photographs of the local area to highlight those scenes and views you enjoy most, you may also wish to send any photo which brings attention to any area of damage or in need of repairs which can then be passed to the correct people to take positive action.
Want to complain about your Streetly area concerns... and get results ? well.....NOW YOU CAN....Its official...complaints get noticed when you take a moment to write it down on a NEW "One off Issue" FORM. Down load it , fill the essential parts of the form, then choose, take it to your next CAG meeting or Local Neighbourhood Parnership Meeting, post it, or even save it on your pc then email back. The aim of this form is to report details regarding a "one-off issue" that any resident of Aldridge South or Streetly may choose. This information will be logged with a unique reference number. Once the completed form has been actioned you can obtain the latest status of your issue by contacting Streetly area LNP officer John Morris (01922 652029).
Jane O'Conner PPI Facillitator
I will be meeting with voluntary sector organisations in Streetly and Walsall so that we can discuss how we could work together to achieve these aims.
If you wish to know more, please contact me:
Streetly website attracts visitors from every part of the world including people who once lived in the local area and now live far away but wish to leave messages and memories to friends on a new page being prepared for Streetly website, contact us if you wish to be included.
Regular Blood Donor sessions are held at "The streetly Association" Youth Club. Foley Road East, Streetly, B74 3HR. New dates published on Whats on & Events Page.
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