Sunday, 20 August 2017

Charity money stolen in Marston Green

DONATIONS to charities were stolen during a late-night break-in at a Marston Green hairdressers.
The glass frontage of Studio 64 ...Hair Nails and Beauty, in Station Road,  was shattered in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).
It's understood that charity money for Marie Curie and Help Harry Help Others was stolen from the premises.
The thieves fled the premises after the salon's alarm went off, with a resident who lives in the flat above also dialling 999.
If you have any information about the theft, please call Solihull Police on 101.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Restoration of Castle Brom bells is complete

DING DONG DONE IT: St Mary and St Margaret's Church has a new ring
of eight bells following the completion of a major restoration.

THE bells at a Castle Bromwich church will ring out tomorrow morning following the completion of a major restoration project.
Work hanging the eight bells was finally finished yesterday (Friday), after a month's work in the belfry of St Mary and St Margaret's.
£100,000 was raised for the project by the church bellringing team, with Loughborough-based foundry Taylor's tasked with recasting the six existing bells and forging two others. 
Last month they started work on the installation and now, at last, the new ring of eight bells is in place.
In the past few days residents will have heard the chimes for the first time since February, when the old installation was dismantled. 
In the end, the work was completed to exactly the schedule set out in the spring - and at a rather quicker rate than the four year restoration intended for Big Ben!
In recognition of their efforts, the bellhanging team was presented with bottles of Stay Upright - an ale which has been specially brewed by Birmingham's Two Towers Brewery to celebrate the end of the restoration.
The dedication service will be taking place tomorrow (Sunday) at 10am.

Friday, 18 August 2017

A Level success at local schools

FLYING HIGH: RAF hopeful Zak Maling and
fellow student Jorden Evans.
STUDENTS at a number of North Solihull schools have achieved their best ever A Level results despite the introduction of tougher exams.
Both the Grace Academy, in Chelmsley Wood, and Park Hall Academy, Castle Bromwich, reported record achievements yesterday (Thursday).
This is in line with a national trend, with the number of A* and A grades rising overall, although performance in some 13 subjects did dip as a result of stricter marking.
At the Grace Academy, an increased number of students achieve three or more A Levels and every student who applied to university secured a place on a course.
Among the sixth formers singled out for praise was Jorden Evans, who achieved three As and a B, and will go on to study Physics at the University of Nottingham.
Zak Maling picked up an A and three Bs and now intends to pursue a career as an officer in the RAF.
Kelly Williams, head of Post-16, said: "The results demonstrate that with the right level of support and guidance, our students really can flourish and achieve some great results.
"We wish them well on their future journey, whether that is university, an apprenticeship, or the start of their careers."
Hailing his own school's record results, Park Hall's headteacher Damian Burgess said: "The students, staff, parents, carers and governors should be very proud of all the skill, hard work and effort that have made these improvements possible."
Park Hall's performance continues a significant turnaround, with the school having emerged from the special measures imposed by Ofsted back in 2014.
Teenagers at John Henry Newman Catholic College and Smith's Wood Sports College also received their grades, although the latter will only hand out results for one more summer following the recent decision to close the sixth form to new students.
At the CTC Kingshurst Academy it was a rather quieter day. While staff were on hand to help with clearing, the school does not have the usual results day rush [it instead offers the IB qualification, the grades for which are released in July].

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Reward offered as police continue hunt for murder suspect

FURTHER to our reports last week, a reward of up to £5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a key suspect in an ongoing murder investigation.
Officers are keen to know the whereabouts of 21-year-old James Atherley, who was first named as a person of interest last week.
The appeal comes after Callum Lees, 20, suffered a fatal stab wound in Hopwas Grove, Kingshurst on August 6. The independent charity Crimestoppers has put up the reward.
Pauline Hadley, Crimestoppers' West Midlands Regional Manager, said: "Someone who saw this stabbing take place is likely to know James Atherley personally, and we understand passing on his details to us is a tough decision to make.
"But we’re here to help, to take your information without asking any of your personal details, and without you having to speak to the police or going to court."
Det Insp Jim Munro, who is leading the investigation into Callum's death, said: "Our enquiries lead us to believe that James Atherley is no longer in the West Midlands and may have links to Weston-Super-Mare."
In a fresh statement, Callum's family said: "Every morning we wake up and we realise our son has gone.
"The only thing that keeps us going is knowing that we have to be there for our children and family, so we’ve got to get through this but our lives will never be the same again.
"To the person that has taken Callum from us, please do the right thing and give yourself up. We need some sense of closure. Please allow us to bury our boy."
If you can help please call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Kingshurst sees second stabbing in a fortnight

POLICE are investigating after a man was knifed in the leg in Kingshurst in the early hours of Monday morning.
The 27-year-old was rushed to hospital after being attacked in Kingshurst Way at around 4.30am. He remains in a stable condition.
Officers were later seen scouring gardens in the streets in an apparent search for the weapon.
A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed pending further enquiries.
The incident comes barely a week after the death of Callum Lees, 20, who suffered a fatal stab wound following a dispute in nearby Hopwas Grove.
Amid growing concerns about crime on the estate, a public meeting has been organised by Meriden MP Caroline Spelman and will be taking place on Thursday evening.
Anyone with information about this latest incident should call officers on 101.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Bickenhill Road closure following burst water pipe

A SECTION of Bickenhill Road has been closed while the water authority carries out emergency works to repair a leak.
Severn Trent said that the problem was causing flooding of the carriageway and that the road would be shut off between the junction with Coleshill Road and just south of the junction with Lyndon Croft.
Work is expected to be completed by 6pm on Wednesday (August 16), although access will be maintained for the emergency services.
Severn Trent had warned yesterday that the burst main may cause loss of pressure or supply to those living in the Marston Green area and apologised for any inconvenience caused.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Blooms, veg and wine at village show


A FINE display is expected at Marston Green's Annual Flower Show.
The event will be taking place today (Saturday) at the Parish Hall and grounds.
Schedules for the show, which includes categories for vegetables, wine and handicrafts, are available in the village. The event opens at 2pm.