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Thursday, December 22,2016 


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MOTORISTS FACE 
MAJOR DELAYS 


APPEAL 

Generous readers 
donate 8,500 items 

AN INCREDIBLE 8,500 food items and toi¬ 
letries have been donated to the Express 
& Star’s Feed a Family This Christmas ap¬ 
peal. 

The Chronicle’s sister newspaper has 
been overwhelmed by the kindness of 
people across the Black Country and Staf¬ 
fordshire who have dug deep to help those 
less fortunate. 

Donations of festive treats and other pro¬ 
duce have flooded in since the appeal was 
launched five weeks ago. Every item will go 
towards helping families to put a substan¬ 
tial meal on the table this Christmas. 


Report by Richard Guttridge 


DRIVERS are facing road¬ 
works misery with busy routes 
hit by delays due to temporary 
traffic lights and long detours. 

Motorists on a main road running 
through Rowley Regis are hardest hit 
with roadworks set to last for months. 

Temporary traffic lights will go up on Doul- 
ton Road during the first week of the new 
year as work is carried out to connect 200 new 
homes to gas, water and electricity supplies. 

The work, being done by utility companies, 
will get under way on January 3 and will also 
cause disruption for residents. 

The connections will supply new homes being 
built by developers Kier Homes, Countryside 
and Smart Build Solutions on Doulton Road 
and another small development of two homes 
on Dudley Road. 

Sandwell Council’s roads boss Councillor 
David Hosell said: “These are essential works 
to connect these new homes to water, sewers, 
gas and electricity supplies. 

“We really need new homes built in Sandwell 
but with that comes the job of connecting these 
sites up to utilities. This will cause some incon¬ 
venience in the area and I’d ask people to be 
patient. It’s something that is unavoidable. 

“I am sure the utility companies and their 
contractors will make sure this work as swiftly 
as they can, but it’s a big job.” 

Hospital 

The largest development is to build 188 
homes on a former haulage firm site off Doul¬ 
ton Road, a mix of properties over 12.8 acres 
of land. 

Meanwhile, carriageway reconstruction work 
will be taking place on the B4179 Commonside 
in Pensnett from the first week of January, 
forcing traffic heading south to be diverted past 
Russells Hall Hospital. 

A temporary one-way system will come into 
force on a route already often clogged with traf¬ 
fic heading towards Merry Hill shopping centre. 

The one-way system will be running between 
9.30am and 3.30pm and is scheduled to be in 
place for three weeks. 

The area where work will take place will 
stretch from Corbyns Hall Road down to Bryce 
Road. 

Motorists have been advised to give them¬ 
selves more time for their journeys or consider 
finding another route. 

Dudley Council said the work had been 
planned outside peak times in order to create 
as little disruption as possible. 

Bosses said clear diversion signs would be in 
place to guide motorists. 

Pensnett councillor Karen Jordan warned 
that the work would cause significant disrup¬ 
tion in the area. 

Work is also taking place this weekend on 
Birmingham New Road near Shaw Road. 


BIKERS HELP SANTA DELIVER FOR YOUNG PATIENTS 



Halesowen boy Henry Torrington, six, who has been a patient at the children’s hospital, was supporting the toy run with his father Lee at Streetbike 


BIKERS took to the streets of Halesowen 
and Birmingham to donate toys and essential 
items to ill youngsters and their families. 

A total of 300 bikers from across the West 
Midlands came together on Sunday to present 
patients at Birmingham Children’s Hospital 
with Christmas presents. 

Riders dressed up as elves, reindeer, snow¬ 
men and even Santa to travel from Street- 
bike, on Dudley Road, Halesowen, to Ronald 
McDonald House on St Mary’s Row in Bir¬ 
mingham. 

The bikers were joined by motorcycle stars, 


former British Superbike champion John 
Reynolds, and paramedic Steve Harris, who 
led the convoy. 

Gary Marshall, owner and director of 
Streetbike said: “The ride out went very very 
well. The aim of the event was not only to 
make sure that children at Birmingham Chil¬ 
dren’s Hospital received a present but that 
Ronald McDonald House also got the basic 
every day essentials. 

“We took two vans piled high with toys as 
well as basics like tea and coffee to the chil¬ 
dren and their families.” 


Stewart Boggild, one of the organisers of 
the event, said it had been fantastic day. 

“To see the smiles on the children’s faces 
when we arrived, that makes it all worth¬ 
while,” he said. “I think we had the whole 
of Birmingham out there and cheering us on 
when we turned up.” 

The organisers are already looking forward 
to their next charity event. 

Mr Boggild said: “You’ll absolutely see us 
again soon. 

“We’ll be organising the Easter Egg run 
next year, so watch this space for that.” 


HEALTH 

Care partners get 
extra £4m boost 

A £4.3 million cash boost has been 
awarded to Dudley’s clinical commis¬ 
sioning group to further improve health 
and social care in the borough. 

The money will be awarded to the All 
Together Better partnership which is a 
national programme made up of health 
and social care organisations. 

The ‘vanguard’ programme aims to 
deliver improved outcomes by improv¬ 
ing the access to, and continuity of, 
care through the integration of services 
around the patient and GP practice. 


COUNCIL 

Tory boss opposes 
leisure centre move 

DUDLEY Council’s plan to close three lei¬ 
sure centres and build two new facilities 
could be in doubt after opposition council¬ 
lors suggested they may not back it. 

The controversial proposals have been 
met with a public backlash with more than 
2,500 people signing a petition calling to 
save the centres in Dudley, Stourbridge 
and Halesowsen. 

The council’s bid to have just two new 
leisure centres serving the borough, on 
Flood Street and in Lye, would need sup¬ 
port of some opposition councillors but 
Tory group leader Councillor Patrick Har¬ 
ley insists the borough has three centres. 



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Hospital trust appoints chief executive 



New hospital boss Diane Wake 


THE trust which runs Dudley’s Rus- 
sells Hall Hospital has announced the 
appointment of a new chief executive. 

Diane Wake will take on the top job, 
joining the Dudley Group NHS Trust 
from a similar role in Barnsley. 

She will replace Paula Clark, who an¬ 
nounced she was quitting as chief exec¬ 
utive in August to take over at crisis-hit 
Stafford County Hospital. 

Ms Wake will start work in the post 
in April. She has been chief executive at 
the Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation 
Trust for three years and previously 
held a senior role in Liverpool. 


Ms Wake said: “I am thrilled at the 
appointment and look forward to mak¬ 
ing a difference for the patients of Dud¬ 
ley and surrounding areas. 

“I am passionate about making local 
services right for people and in Dudley 
there are lots of opportunities to do just 
that. 

“Working with GPs and other local 
providers to develop the Multi-special¬ 
ity Community Provider services will 
result in ground-breaking changes to 
the way services are accessed and coor¬ 
dinated for patients and their families. 

“At the same time, together with my 


executive team, we will ensure that 
hospital services continue to perform 
amongst the best in the country and 
are sustainable longer term.” 

“I am looking forward to meeting 
as many staff as possible and working 
with the council of Governors to make 
sure patients and the public’s voices 
are heard at the board and used to 
make a difference to services.” 

Standards at Russells Hall improved 
dramatically under the guidance of 
Ms Clark as it became one of the best 
performing hospitals in the country in 
some areas of service. 


Return of the age of 
the train as more travel 


THE number of people catching 
trains across the Black Country 
and Staffordshire has increased 
by nearly seven per cent in the 
last year. 

There were 20.375 million ‘entries 
and exits’ at stations across the region 
in 2015/16, up from 19.081 million the 
year before. 

Of the region’s 33 railway stations, just 
three saw their overall visitors decline dur¬ 
ing that time. According to the estimates 
of the usage by the Office of Rail and Road, 
Wolverhampton railway station, which 
is operated by Virgin Trains, saw 4.746m 
visitors in 2015/16 - an increase of 5.6 per 
cent from 2014/15’s total of 4.495m. 

Dudley’s busiest station, Stourbridge 
Junction, saw an increase to 1.434m. It 
rose from 1.323m and showed an 8.3 per 
cent rise. 

Rowley Regis, which was the busiest in 
Sandwell, was used by 1.015m passengers 
after 921,116 people used it in 2014/15. 
People using Walsall rose to 1.404m from 
1.303m in 2014/15 - a 7.7 per cent increase. 

Steve Wright from independent cam¬ 
paign group Railfuture said: “We are very 
enthusiastic about rail in the West Mid¬ 
lands and it is generally accepted that the 
growth in the West Midlands is growing 
more quickly than anywhere else in the 
country. 

Franchise 

“We are looking forward to the next 
franchise, which is due in July next year 
for October next year. That may see some 
significant improvements in frequency.” 

He said the pressure group is ‘actively 
campaigning’ to see a line reopened be¬ 
tween Walsall and Wolverhampton.Lon¬ 
don Midland operates all the stations in 
the Black Country and Staffordshire, other 
than Wolverhampton and Stafford. 

Its spokesman Francis Thomas said: 
“We have seen phenomenal growth in the 
last eight years since the franchise began.” 
Seventy-five million people travel with us 
every year across the London Midland net¬ 
work and we have invested over £100m in 
that time and demand has grown.” 

The busiest station outside London was 
Birmingham New Street, with just over 
39m people using it. 


Paige design winner 



Imaginative young Paige Oliver has won the Halesowen Chron¬ 
icle Christmas card competition with her image of Santa, 
sponsored by Shepherd Motors. The pupil at Manor Way Pri¬ 
mary Academy in Halesowen impressed readers who voted 
for her design. Paige won a set of cards with her design and a 
cheque for £50 was presented to her school. Paige is pictured 
with Halesowen Chronicle senior sales consultant Chris Smith 
and Manor Way Primary Academy headteacher Lisa Buffery 


Call to 

protect 

officers 

SIX West Midlands Police officers 
attacked while on duty have called 
on lawmakers to ramp up sentenc¬ 
es for those who assault officers 
and other emergency services 
staff. 

The group is part of a delegation from 
the force that met with MPs in Parlia¬ 
ment to urge them to do more to pro¬ 
tect bobbies on the beat and ambulance 
workers. 

They want to see more widespread use of 
Tasers, the electro-shock stun weapons which 
they say enable officers to better protect the 
public and themselves. They also discussed 
the use of ‘spit hoods’, which shield officers 
from people who try to spit at or bite them. 

Tom Cuddeford, interim chairman of West 
Midlands Police Federation, said: “We want to 
see better support from MPs for our campaign 
for tougher and more consistent sentencing of 
those convicted of assaulting police officers, 
police staff and other emergency workers. 

“We have heard of cases where someone 
who has thrown acid in an officer’s face has 
received a 20-month prison sentence and an¬ 
other convicted of stabbing an officer being 
given a 40-day community order. How can 
that be right? How can that act as a deterrent 
to others?” 

Figures for the first nine months of this 
year show that almost 600 WMP officers were 
assaulted while on duty. Mr Cuddeford hoped 
the figures would give MPs an understanding 
of the impact of the high number of assaults. 


Drug addict 
charity box 
thief is put 
behind bars 

A DRUG addict who stole charity col¬ 
lection boxes, broke into the same pub 
twice and used someone else’s bank card 
to buy booze has been jailed. 

Wolverhampton Crown Court heart 
that Wayne Ball targeted The Cave pub 
in Dudley while it was being renovated. 
The 32-year-old went on to snatch col¬ 
lection boxes from a Your Local Express, 
containing £250, before being tracked 
down after being pictured on CCTV. 

Ball, from Swancotes Road, Dudley, 
pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary, 
three counts of fraud, one count of han¬ 
dling stolen goods, one count of theft 
and one of cannabis possession. He was 
given three-and-a-half years in prison. 

The burglary charges relate to two 
separate incidents where he broke into 
The Cave pub in Wren’s Hill Road, in 
which he stole a plate compactor tool, 
60 inch TV and caused damage. He had 
been given a suspended sentence after 
the first incident. 

Prosecuting, Sati Ruck, said: “The 
stolen card he used to purchase alcohol 
- which he then sold for drug money - 
was taken during a house robbery which 
he says he had no part in. He claims to 
have found the card in an alleyway near 
the house.” 

Defending Ball, Estelle Thornber said 
he had been suffering with addictions to 
crack cocaine and heroin. 

Handing Ball a jail sentence, Judge 
Nicholas Webb told him: “You were 
given another chance after breaking 
into The Cave the first time, but just five 
days later you’re doing the same thing.” 

Horse rescue at 
museum canal 

A HORSE belonging to the Black Coun¬ 
try Living Museum fell into a canal dur¬ 
ing a boat pulling practice session and 
had to be rescued. 

The fire service had to be called to 
lift the horse, called Danny, out of the 
water, following the incident on Thurs¬ 
day afternoon. The 14-year-old horse 
had slipped into the canal. 

Laura Wakelin, director of commu¬ 
nications at the Tipton Road museum, 
said: “They were practising when one of 
our horses unfortunately slipped and fell 
into the canal. He was with two of our 
horse handlers, and one of them, Chris 
Turton, actually jumped in to help.” 

They called the fire service for assis¬ 
tance and Danny was soon back on dry 
land without injury. 

Warning of works 
on a busy route 

MAJOR disruption is expected on the 
Birmingham New Road as work takes 
place over the weekend. 

Lane restrictions will be in place at 
the junction of Shaw Road between 
9.30am and 3.30pm on both Saturday 
and Sunday. 


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Major cuts 
for police 
'a kick in 
the teeth' 

WEST Midlands Police has had its 
funding cut by £6 million for next 
year, which the region’s police boss 
described as a ‘kick in the teeth’ in 
a letter to Home Secretary Amber 
Rudd. 

Britain’s second biggest force 
will receive £444. lm - down from 
£450. lm. 

Analysis shows that nationwide po¬ 
lice force’s Government funding will 
actually be cut by more than £96m 
next year, despite the promise that 
police funding will be protected. 

The Home Office is including po¬ 
tential increases in council tax with 
actual Government funding when cal¬ 
culating the funding. 

Mr Jamieson said: “The Policing 
Minister is trying to say that council 
tax paid by hard working people is in 
fact direct funding. It is a kick in the 
teeth to council tax payers and just 
not correct. 

“The Policing Minister is trying 
to cover up his cuts and cling to the 
myth that police funding has been 
protected - it hasn’t. The public may 
see this as a deception. 

“He needs to set the record straight 
urgently. Funding to local police 
forces is falling whatever tricks the 
government may employ.” 

He added: “Across the country 
local police forces are facing more 
than £96m in cuts, which equates to 
a potential reduction of 2,014 police 
officers.” 

Mr Jamieson said: “The West Mid¬ 
lands has seen its force hit harder 
than anywhere else in the country.” 


Hopes high for 
light rail funding 

COUNCIL bosses are hopeful a mul¬ 
ti-million pound ‘very light rail’ in¬ 
novation centre in Dudley will start 
after submitting a new funding bid. 

Outline plans for the £27.8m com¬ 
plex at Castle Hill were approved in 
October with chiefs now focusing on 
securing the money to pay for it. 

The centre would be created for the 
design and construction of lightweight 
rail vehicles plus research and devel¬ 
opment facilities. 

Dudley Council has lodged a bid 
for a total of £837,000 with the Black 
Country Local Enterprise Partner¬ 
ship.Development boss Councillor 
Khurshid Ahmed said: “Creating jobs 
is a top priority for the council and the 
very light rail scheme will deliver on 
this.” 

More police speed 
checks on road 

SPEED checks have been stepped up 
along a Dudley road after two fatal ac¬ 
cidents in recent months. 

Police say they are responding to 
community concern about Priory 
Road. 


NEWS IN BRIEF 


Protesters question 'ridiculous' plan 



Protesters outside the council meeting 


PROTESTERS say plans to knock 
down three leisure centres in Dudley 
borough are ridiculous. 

Dudley Council wants to build two 
new centres to replace those closed. 

An axe hovers over Dudley Lei¬ 
sure Centre, on Wellington Road, 
Halesowen Leisure Centre, on Great 
Cornbow Road, and The Crystal Lei¬ 
sure Centre, Stourbridge. 

The new sites suggested are at 
Flood Street in Dudley and land off 
the Lye bypass, meaning Halesowen 
being without a leisure centre. 

The Save Our Leisure Centres 


group has gained more than 2,500 
names on its anti-closure petitions. 

The cash-strapped council says it 
would cost over £19 million to bring 
the three existing centres up to date. 

The Save Our Leisure Centres cam¬ 
paign is being led by former councillor 
Tracy Wood, who was at the protest 
by leisure centre users outside a coun¬ 
cil cabinet meeting on Wednesday. 

“It doesn’t make any sense,” she 
said. 

“I can’t see how it is cheaper and 
more efficient to close three and build 
two new centres. They could refur¬ 


bish them - we are not asking for 
gold-plated treadmills.” 

The meeting saw the approval of 
the next stage, a planning model to be 
created so the council can put forward 
a business case for the proposals. 

Among those demonstrating was 
Sarah Woodward, fundraiser and 
coach for charity Dudley Olympics, 
whose activities include providing 
weekly swimming sessions for more 
than 50 disabled people at Halesowen 
Leisure Centre. She said their clients 
were ‘really upset’ by the council 
move. 


inquiry launched 
into prison riot 

JUSTICE Secretary Liz Truss has 
commissioned a ‘full investigation’ 
into the riot at Winson Green prison. 

Violence flared on Friday at the pri¬ 
vately-run HMP Birmingham after a 
prison officer’s keys were stolen. 

It took more than 12 hours to 
contain the trouble with a ‘Tornado 
Squad’ of specialist officers being sent 
in and many prisoners later sent to 
other jails. 

One inmate was reportedly seri¬ 
ously injured and four wings were 
badly damaged at the 1,450-capacity 
prison run by private firm G4S. 

Axe swinging thug 
tried to steal a car 

A MOTORIST was targeted by a thug 
with an axe who he tried to steal his 
car. 

Police are investigating after the 
terrifying incident in Halesowen on 
Monday, December 12. 

A 22-year-old man was driving home 
from a shopping trip to the Merry Hill 
centre when a car pulled up alongside 
him on Moat Drive and a man jumped 
out, smashing the passenger window 
with an axe. 

But the frightened motorist man¬ 
aged to drive away and is not thought 
to have been hurt. 

Toys for all after 
donations appeal 

UNDER-PRIVILEGED children in 
Dudley will have a chance to unwrap 
surprise presents this Christmas as 
generous customers and staff have 
donated toys. 

Thanks to an initiative run by 
Dudley Council and Sainsbury at 
Amblecote and Merry Hill shopping 
centre, the annual toy appeal will see 
more than 100 toys and gifts go to¬ 
wards a family Christmas party held 
by the council-run Family and Adoles¬ 
cent Support Team. 

Hospice donation on 
the cards from firm 

GENEROUS staff at a recruiting 
agency have donated £1,000 to a hos¬ 
pice instead of sending Christmas 
cards. 

Workers at Masstemps Ltd, based in 
Dudley and Kidderminster, gave the 
money to the Mary Stevens Hospice 
in Stourbridge. Lindsay Jay, compli¬ 
ance director at Masstemps, said: “We 
are very proud to support such a great 
local charity.” 

The hospice has launched its biggest 
fundraising drive for a new unit. 

Council to test cabbies 

COUNCIL staff will take over the 
running of tests for taxi drivers in 
Dudley. 

Assessments to ensure drivers were 
competent before being allowed to go 
out on the road were previously deliv¬ 
ered by the Driver and Vehicle Stand¬ 
ards Agency, DVSA. 


Murder arrest after 
woman found dead 


A MAN has been arrested on suspi¬ 
cion of murder over the death of a 
woman in Kinver. 

The 26-year-old woman’s body was dis¬ 
covered at a house in the South Stafford¬ 
shire village. 

Staffordshire Police said officers were treat¬ 
ing her death as suspicious and a 38-year-old 
man from Kinver was arrested. He remained in 
custody for questioning on suspicion of murder 
on Tuesday. 

A Home Office post mortem examination 
was scheduled to take place. A police guard re¬ 
mained outside the house in Kenrose Mill after 
the find on Sunday at around 9.30am. 

The woman’s family was informed of her 
death and have been offered support by spe¬ 
cially trained officers. 

Among the tributes left outside the house 
was one that read: “To Mommy. Miss you so 
much”. 

Neighbours on the quiet residential road said 
they believed the man lived with the woman at 
the address but that they had only moved in a 
few weeks ago. 

One, who did not want to be named, said: 
“I think they rented the house. They moved 
in about three weeks ago. They seemed very 
happy. The woman was rollerskating in the 
road the days before with some children. But I 
gather the children weren’t there.” 

Tributes 

Another, who also wanted to remain anony¬ 
mous, said: “They had just moved in. I didn’t 
really know them at all.” 

In tributes left outside the house, family and 
friends had paid tribute to the woman. 

They included: “You mean the world to me. 
Will always love you xxx”, “RIP beautiful. Love 
you so much, going to miss you forever. Love 
you always. Can’t wait to see your beautiful 
face.” 

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokes¬ 
man Jamie Arrowsmith said: “We attended 
with an ambulance, a community paramedic 
response vehicle and a paramedic area support 
officer. We had reports of a woman in cardiac 
arrest. 

“Unfortunately, on arrival it became clear 
she couldn’t be saved and was confirmed de¬ 
ceased.” 

Anyone with information should contact 
Staffordshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers 
anonymously on 0800 555 111. 


Fundraiser for family after tragedy 



Stourbridge firefighters, including crew commander Chris Green on the bike, held a charity car wash 


HUNDREDS of pounds has been 
raised through a charity car wash 
to help the family of a father-of- 
two motorcyclist who died in a 
road accident in Halesowen. 

Motorists queued up at Stour¬ 
bridge Fire Station to have their 
cars soaped and polished on Sat¬ 
urday by firefighters and helpers. 

Tom Winters, aged 22, from 
Kidderminster, died after his mo¬ 
torcycle hit a tree beside Manor 
Way two months ago. 


An online funding page 
launched by friend Lewis Tisdall 
has raised around £8,000 for the 
family so far. Mr Tisdall described 
his friend as ‘an adored father, 
son, husband, brother and friend, 
who touched the lives of many 
with his kindness, compassion 
and beautiful humour.’ 

Members of the emergency ser¬ 
vices, including firefighters from 
Stourbridge, battled to save Mr 
Winters after the accident on Oc¬ 


tober 30 but he was pronounced 
dead at the scene. 

Mr Winters, a sales assistant 
at Streetbike in Halesowen, had 
been on his way to work on the 
morning of the collision. 

An inquest, which heard there 
was no suggestion of excessive 
speed, has been adjourned for fur¬ 
ther police investigations. 

Stourbridge crew commander 
Chris Green revealed that just 
under £600 was raised on the day. 



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WHOPPERS of our time. I heard one pundit describe 
the brought-forward hike in council tax to pay for social 
care as “a temporary rise.” Yeah, right. 

BUT the council tax had to be the target, didn’t it? 
Freezing it for several years had become a totem of 
Toryism, a buffer protecting the property-rich from the de¬ 
mands of Britain’s uncontrollable welfare bill. The real hit 
will come when Westminster re-bands the nation’s homes 
based on today’s inflated values and the most desirable 
addresses will be in Much Weeping in the Shires. 

SO farewell, Ian McCaskill. I never interviewed the BBC 
weather forecaster, who recently died, but he suddenly 
appeared in the office in Broadcasting House many years 
ago where I was interviewing the chief forecaster, Bill 

Giles. McCaskill burst in like a 
busy little shrew, sorting through 
some papers while robustly 
denouncing some ****ing **** he 
had just fallen out with. It was 
all light-hearted but to hear the 
housewives’ favourite effing 
and blinding like a navvy was 
a bit of a shock. As I wrote at 
the time, it was like seeing the 
Pope spit. 

THE curse of predictive texting. A friend and I provided 
ukulele-and-songs entertainment for a Christmas party 
under our performing names of Two Old Pluckers. We 
appeared in the programme as Two Old Plonkers. Our 
complaint was not upheld. 

“EU leaders richly deserved Brexit and British voters 
were right to give them it.” Historian and columnist Niall 
Ferguson, admitting he was wrong to argue against Brexit 
and is now relieved to be “back on the right side.” There 
is plenty of time for all you other sinners to repent. 

FIRST cracker of the season: “What happened to 
the hyena who swallowed an Oxo cube? He became a 
laughing stock.” 


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Hospital chiefs want 
a total smoking ban 


BLACK Country health bosses want to ban 
smoking from their sites to help improve the 
health of patients and staff. 

Nearly 16 per cent of the West Midlands’ popula¬ 
tion smoke and tobacco use is still the single largest 
cause of premature death in the region. 

National health chiefs wrote to each trust pushing them 
to ban smoking in all hospital buildings and grounds to 


help people give up and im¬ 
prove health. 

Sandwell and West Bir¬ 
mingham Trust have con¬ 
firmed that when its super 
hospital opens in November 
2018, all sites will be smoke 
free. 

While the Dudley Group 
Trust said it was seeking 
to ban all smoking on its 
grounds. 

Currently both, along 
with the Royal Wolver¬ 
hampton NHS Trust, allow 
smoking - but only in desig¬ 
nated areas. 

Chief 

It comes as Public Health 
England (PHE) chief execu¬ 
tive Duncan Selbie wrote to 
every NHS trust’s chief ex¬ 
ecutive in the country push¬ 
ing them to ban smoking on 
all hospital buildings and 
grounds. 

Sandwell and West Bir¬ 
mingham Trust’s chief ex¬ 
ecutive, Toby Lewis, said: 
“Our sites will be smoke-free 
by November 2018 shortly 
after our new Midland Met 
Hospital opens. Currently, 
we have clear smoking shel¬ 
ters on our sites and expect 


By Nathan Briant 

patients, visitors and staff 
to only smoke in these des¬ 
ignated areas.” 

Acting chief executive 
of the Dudley Group NHS 
Foundation Trust, Paul 
Harrison, said: “The Trust 
is committed to supporting 
the health and wellbeing 
of all staff and visitors to 
our premises by ensuring 
a smoke free environment 
in the direct vicinity of our 
buildings. 

“We do our best to en¬ 
force our Smoke Free Policy 
which states the smoking of 
cigarettes and e-cigarettes 
is only permitted in desig¬ 
nated smoking shelters at 
our three hospital sites. 

“We offer advice to staff 
and patients on the risks 
of smoking and encourage 
them to stop smoking with 
the help of nicotine replace¬ 
ments. 

“We are in early discus¬ 
sions to create to a totally 
smoke-free environment 
and will be consulting with 
staff and patients.” 


Actor plays football hero 



THE shirt is Manchester 
United, the player is Dun¬ 
can Edwards - Dudley’s 
much loved footballing son. 

Actor James Ay ling is 
playing the sporting hero in 
a low-budget film being shot 
in the town. The 24-year- 
old from Sheffield certainly 
looks the part. The film 
- The Boy Who Had It 
All - focuses on the life of 
Edwards, from growing up 
in Dudley to his success at 
Manchester United. 

The footballer, who also 
played for England, died 
from injuries sustaned in 
the Munich Air Disaster in 
1958, when aged just 21. 
Yorkshireman James, who 
now lives in Essex, was 
chosen for the role over 40 
other applicants for the 
film, which has a budget 
of £5,000 after a successful 
fundraising project. 

Although he can boast a 
similar athletic build thanks 
to playing semi-pro hockey, 
filmmaker Marcus Distant 
said his actor’s main diffi¬ 
culty was picking the Black 
Country accent. The movie 
maker said: “The one thing 
we have had to work on is 
his accent, which at first 
came across quite northern. 
But, after some work we’ve 
got him sounding like a 
Dudley man.” 


Couple 
give away 
home to 
refugees 

A DEVOUT Christian cou¬ 
ple have spent their life 
savings on a house for asy¬ 
lum-seekers. 

Steph and Matthew Nev¬ 
ille, from Birmingham, 
splashed £114,000 on a 
three bedroom property to 
help those fleeing conflict - 
and will let them live there 
for free. 

The couple sacrificed their 
dream of buying a house 
together, instead putting 
10 years’ worth of savings 
towards a deposit for those 
needing help. 

The couple will continue 
to live in a religious com¬ 
mune while they pay off the 
mortgage, having shelved 
their dream of buying some¬ 
where for the two of them. 

But they insist it’s not to 
‘show they’re better than 
anyone else’ but to help 
those seeking asylum build 
a life for themselves. 

Steph, aged 35, said: 
“We’d been saving up for 
10 years, our whole working 
lives, to put towards a house. 
But then we started to think 
about how we wanted to use 
this money and having both 
worked with refugees, their 
stories inspired us. We’ve 
heard horrific tales about 
their struggles and wanted 
to offer them sanctuary.” 

Steph and Matthew, 
also 35, got in touch with 
the Hope Project, a Mid¬ 
land-based charity offering 
support for homeless asy¬ 
lum-seekers’. The couple, 
married for 12 years, bought 
the house and gave the keys 
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Parking 
concern 
for homes 
by hospital 

AROUND 130 homes could 
be built near Russells Hall 
Hospital, sparking fears it 
could lead to more parking 
problems. 

Council bosses are poised 
to approve the plans for the 
11-acre development off Red 
Kite Drive and Middlepark 
Road. 

Objections have been 
raised including a petition 
launched by tenants living 
at sheltered accommodation 
at Rotary House. 

Parking has been been 
a long-term problem with 
streets near the hospital 
clogged by motorists keen 
to avoid parking fees. Hun¬ 
dreds of parking tickets 
have been issued in the side 
streets. 

The land is also listed as 
a Site of Local Importance 
for Nature Conservation, 
and concern has been raised 
about the impact on badger 
colonies. 

Bungalows 

The development applica¬ 
tion comes from Keepmoat 
Homes for a mix of houses, 
bungalows and apartments. 

Councillor Khurshid 
Ahmed, planning and re¬ 
generation boss, wants the 
development to go ahead. 
He said: “It is mixed feelings 
as far as the community are 
concerned. 

“But this is a regenera¬ 
tion opportunity for more 
houses, of which there is a 
great shortage at the mo¬ 
ment. 


Fewer than half of Dudley 
pupils hit new benchmark 


DUDLEY saw its primary schools fall to the 
bottom of the pile in the Black Country, with 
fewer than half of all pupils reaching the 
benchmark standard. 

Across the borough, 49 per cent of pupils achieved 
the expected standard in reading, writing and maths. 

Dudley came joint 122nd in the national league table. 
High-performing schools included Blowers Green Primary 


and Brierley Hill Primary, 
both of which saw 82 per 
cent of youngsters reach the 
required levels in the three 
key subject areas. 

Dudley’s education boss, 
Councillor Ian Cooper 
said: “The newly published 
league tables are disappoint¬ 
ing. We recognise that this 
was a transitional year with 
schools and teachers work¬ 
ing hard to prepare children 
for new, challenging tests 
based on a revised national 
curriculum that places 
higher demands on children. 

“Whilst results across the 
borough are not what we 
would have wished, it is im¬ 
portant to note that a signif¬ 
icant number of our schools 
achieved test results that 
were significantly above 
the national average, with 
many pupils making good 
progress in reading, writing 
and mathematics.” 

He praised teachers for 
their dedication and added 
that he expects to see ‘a 
stronger set of results’ in 
2017. 

Just over half of pupils in 


By Pete Madeley 


Sandwell’s primary schools 
achieved the expected 
standards in reading, writ¬ 
ing and maths as 51 per cent 
of 11-year-olds reached the 
required levels in the Key 
Stage Two SAT tests. 

The results made 
Sandwell second out of all 
the Black Country’s local 
authorities. 

The borough came joint 
105th in the national league 
table. 

The top performing pri¬ 
mary in Sandwell was St 
Gregory’s Catholic Primary 
in Smethwick, where 93 per 
cent of the 30 pupils who sat 
exams hit the benchmark 
standard. 

Councillor Simon Hack- 
ett, cabinet member for chil¬ 
dren’s services, said: “The 
Government significantly 
raised the benchmark for 
children’s performance. 
The results don’t mean that 
the children aren’t doing as 
well - it’s just that the test 
is now significantly harder” 


Stadium gets £550,000 for new pitch 



Steve Gay and Andy Webb from The Dell stadium, Brierley Hill, where a new pitch is planned 


AN ARTIFICIAL grass 
pitch at a sports stadium in 
Brierley Hill could be get¬ 
ting a £660,000 revamp. 

The Dell Stadium on 
Bryce Road has been 
granted £550,000 from 
the Football Foundation 
through the FA and a po¬ 
tential £110,000 from Dud¬ 
ley Council. 

The plans include a re¬ 
furbishment of the existing 
pitch, extended pitch area 
with a new playing surface, 
hard standing areas, flood¬ 
lights and storage. 

Andy Bell, interim head 
of sport and leisure at 
Dudley Council, said: “The 
pitch has reached the end 
of its natural life, it was put 
down in 1998 but various 
complaints have been made 
about the quality. 

“We’re hoping to start 
work on the construction in 
March or April which will 
run for 18 weeks.” 

The pitch is currently 
used by Wordsley Wasps, 
Pensnett Panthers and 
Dudley Town football clubs. 

Mr Bell added: “We’re 
hoping that the new pitch 
will encourage more clubs 
to come and train or play at 
the Dell.” 


_NEWSJNBR]EF 

More than ever 
due to use airport 

SOARAWAY passenger 
figures are seeing Birming¬ 
ham Airport heading into 
its biggest ever festive pe¬ 
riod. 

Around half-a-million 
passengers are expected to 
jet away to visit family or 
friends or just for a touch 
of winter sun over the 
upcoming Christmas fort¬ 
night. 

It comes hot on the heels 
of another record-break¬ 
ing month for the West 
Midlands gateway, which 
has enjoyed a blockbuster 
2016. 

Nearly 780,000 passen¬ 
gers travelled through the 
airport in November. In 
total 779,583 passengers 
were recorded giving an in¬ 
crease of 12.5 per cent com¬ 
pared to the same month 
last year - equivalent to 
86,550 more people. 

Rieu concert at 
arena postponed 

SEVERAL concerts by 
Dutch violinist Andre Rieu 
and his orchestra, includ¬ 
ing one due to be held at 
the Genting Arena last 
night (Wednesday), have 
been postponed after one 
of his musicians suffered a 
heart attack. 

Mr Rieu, one of the big¬ 
gest stars of easy listening 
music, said: “Thank you 
all so much for your under¬ 
standing in this difficult 
moment.” 

Fans are advised to re¬ 
tain their ticket for the 
rescheduled Brum show 
on March 22. Those unable 
to attend the new date can 
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Halesowen Chronicle Thursday, December 22, 2016 


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IN MY VIEW 


with Mark Andrews 


Anyone got 
a spare 
library to 
give away? 

THE Black Country Living Museum is 
looking for an unused former library to 
add to its open-air village. Something 
tells me that in the current climate they 
won’t have to look too far to find one. 

And there will be a nice art gallery and 
a few swimming pools available soon... 

□ □□ 

INTERESTINGLY, one of the reasons 
given by Dudley Council for closing 
swimming pools is the declining number 
of people who use them. 

Now that I can well believe. Indeed, I 
used to be a regular user of the pool at 
Dudley Leisure Centre until 11 years ago 
or so, when I stopped going altogether. 
Why? Because they stopped opening to 
the general public in the evening, to ac¬ 
commodate a swimming club from an¬ 
other centre they had closed. 

□ □□ 

A POLL in our sister paper the Express 
& Star found that 75 per cent of read¬ 
ers think shops should be banned from 
opening on Boxing Day. 

As something of a libertarian, I’m not 
a fan of banning many things. But then 
I think back to the days when I used to 
work Boxing Day, and the distraction of 
the inconsiderate shoppers who not only 
considered it their inalienable right to 
park on our office car park near a well- 
known shopping mall, but also to climb 
over the fence next to the window just to 
get to the shops more quickly. 

Can you imagine how annoying that 
used to be? Does anybody really need to 
go shopping that badly? 

Still if 75 per cent of the population 
want Boxing Day shopping banned, then 
maybe the shopping malls will be desert¬ 
ed on December 26. Either that, or our 
readers are far more sensible than the 
rest of the population. 

□ □□ 

The Football Association is “out of bal¬ 
ance”, filled with “elderly white men” and 
in desperate need of reform. So say four, 
er, elderly white men, who all used to be 
senior executives of the FA before step¬ 
ping down for one reason or another. 

Greg Dyke, David Bernstein, David 
Davies and Lord Triesman want the Gov¬ 
ernment to step in and add impose a bit 
of diversity into the mix. Yippee, never 
mind Brexit, let’s nationalise football. 

I suspect if you did a straw poll of most 
fans about what is wrong with football, 
the main bugbears would probably re¬ 
volve around there being too much mon¬ 
ey in the game, too much of it going to a 
cartel of half a dozen clubs dotted around 
London and the north-west, and the per¬ 
sistent under-achievement of the national 
team. 

I bet not one of them would be calling 
for a task force headed by John Major or 
Gordon Brown. 



Historic buildings to 
be talk of the town 



£10m of Lottery funding could 
enable landmark buildings to 
find a new home at a popular 
attraction. ROB COX reports 


HISTORIC buildings from across 
the region could resurrected at 
the Black Country Living Museum 
under multi-million pound plans to 
create a 1940-60s town. 

Landmark community buildings, 
much-loved pubs and industrial sites are 
among those which have been targeted 
by bosses at the popular tourist attrac¬ 
tion. 

While some would be taken down brick-by¬ 
brick and then rebuilt at the Dudley site, oth¬ 
ers which no longer exist would be recreated 
using archive images and information. 

The proposed attraction is reliant upon £10 
million of Heritage Lottery funding and a bid 
has been submitted for the cash. 

If successful work could begin in 2018 and 
93 jobs would be created - with hundreds more 
while work is carried out. 

Demolition 

Among the buildings identified for the 1940- 
60s town is Woodside Library in Stourbridge 
Road, Dudley, which has lain empty and 
boarded up since it was closed in 2008 under 
council cost-cutting measures. 

Also being lined-up for ‘translocation’ is the 
West Bromwich Gas Showroom in the town’s 
High Street, and the neighbouring Parish’s 
Restaurant - both of which have been sched¬ 
uled for demolition. 

The showroom was badly damaged by a 
Blitz raid in 1940. 

The Elephant & Castle pub in Wolverhamp¬ 
ton was controversially demolished in 2001 
but could be revived as a 1950s watering hole 
to inform visitors about changes in social atti¬ 
tudes towards drinking and social life. 

A bowling green could also form part of the 
attraction, as could a brickworks modelled on 


the former Harris & Pearson site in Quarry 
Bank. The museum’s chief executive Andrew 
Lovett said he was excited about the proposed 
town, plans for which are the culmination of a 
major research project. 

He said: “This would be a historic devel¬ 
opment centred on the 1940s through to the 
1960 and which would include a town and also 
great industrial representation. 

“The buildings we have identified would be 
clustered and we have had great fun designing 
the streetscape. When was the last time some¬ 
one got to design a town in the Black Country? 

“We think we have got a very compelling bid 
for the funding but you have to recognise it is a 
very competitive environment in which we are 
seeking the money. 

“The message I want to get across which 
has come about from consultations is about 
the amount of support we have had for the de¬ 


velopment from the people of the Black Coun¬ 
try. It is hugely heartening for us. It is easy to 
forget and take that sort of thing for granted 
but it is a real boost to think we are doing the 
right thing.” 

Another building which has been identi¬ 
fied for the town is William Griffin & Sons, a 
chain-making firm in Woods Lane, Cradley, 
which has also been earmarked for demolition 
by Sandwell Council. 

It would be used to demonstrate the indus¬ 
try’s move to merchandised production and 
the globalisation of trade during the post-war 
period. 

But Mr Lovett said he was most excited by 
the prospect of relocating Woodside Library 
with action having being sought by campaign¬ 
ers for several years. 

He added: “Having had discussion with the 
local authority we are aware there is a cove¬ 


nant on that building from the Earl of Dudley 
who wanted it to be maintained for public use. 

“So if that can be brought here it would be 
great and it would satisfy that covenant. 

“It is a large and very striking building and 
is very much of the style we are after for what 
we want to create.” 

A decision on the funding will be made in 
the spring. If successful, the £10m would be 
used to create the town, a new visitor centre 
and car park, as well as the extension of the 
museum’s tram line. 

There are also plans to turn the current 
Rolfe Street Entrance Building into a new 
learning centre to enable the development of a 
new learning programme. 

Mr Lovett said the scheme could create 93 
jobs at the museum, 58 at other Black Coun¬ 
try firms and around 450 while construction 
takes place. 



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Antics of 
reality TV 
in bad taste 

REGARDING ‘I’m a Celeb¬ 
rity Get Me Out of Here’! 
I have only ever watched 
a small part of one episode 
some years ago. Then some 
poor creature was being eat¬ 
en, but the really sickening 
part about it was the total 
disregard for the suffering 
of the animal. 

The message being por¬ 
trayed is that unless an an¬ 
imal has the ‘cute factor’ it 
has no value. Is this really 
what we want our children 
to believe? You try to bring 
them up to have respect and 
consideration for all crea¬ 
tures and then this revolting 
barbarism is churned out as 
entertainment. Everyone in¬ 
volved in the making of this 
programme should be thor¬ 
oughly ashamed. 

I am amazed that the 
RSPCA have not done some¬ 
thing about it. Of course 
though the other message 
being sent out loud and clear 
is that if enough money or 
fame is involved basically 
anything goes. 

SUSAN CLARKE 
Stourbridge 


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Council just don't 
learn from mistakes 

DUDLEY Council, over the years, has wasted an awful lot 
of money, yet the councillors have not learned anything, 
have they? 

In Stone Street there was a small but very useful car 
park. The council altered it and decided to rename it the 
‘town square’. It has only been used for this purpose occa¬ 
sionally. Yet this year they have stuck the Christmas tree 
there. Why? How many visitors to the town centre know 
that it is there? 

Around the town, there are numerous ‘plaques’ that 
are supposed to tell people the history of the town. Sev¬ 
eral times I have spoken to people who have not even no¬ 
ticed them. I asked if there would be leaflets to back up 
the plaques, and was told ‘they are being prepared’. This 
was way back at the beginning of the summer. Has anyone 
seen them yet? 

And who is the bloke sitting on the bench outside of the 
bakery? There is, on the bench, writing that explains who 
he is but it is not easy to read. 

Now the council want to waste yet more money that they 
haven’t got. 

PETER COLE 
Kingswinford 


You have 
never had 
it so good 

THE talk of today’s so- 
called poverty, in relation to 
that of the 1920s, gives vent 
to comparisons of then and 
now. 

No central heating, no 
double glazing , no fitted 
carpets, no mains gas, no 
electricity for your wash¬ 
ing machine, tumble dryer, 
iron, etc. 

The hand-me-down 
clothes were compulsory. 
There were no fridge freez¬ 
ers, only the frost on the 
inside of your bedroom win¬ 
dows. No benefits, no work, 
no pay, no dough, no eat! 

Today’s kids have no idea 
of that world of real poverty. 
They have no concept of the 
hardship after the Great 
War. 

I remember stories from 
my grandmother, who told 
me that hungry kids would 
be given a pebble to suck 
on, thus creating saliva to 
appease a starving young 
stomach. 

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Halesowen Chronicle Thursday, December 22, 2016 


Motorist in collision avoids 
jail despite stolen van lie 


AN ELECTRICIAN told police his van had been stolen, after it 
had crashed into a tree with him at the wheel. 

Simon Rowe had used his works van to pick up a takeaway to share 
with his then partner but careered into a tree in Priory Road, Dudley, 
after then abandoned the vehicle in a ‘dangerous’ state. 

Rowe lied to officers, telling them the van had been stolen, before later ad¬ 
mitting his guilt, prosecutor Neil Ahuja told Wolverhampton Crown Court. He 
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Help charity 
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CHARITY Sense is calling for volun¬ 
teers from the West Midlands to help 
out with a short breaks programme 
which it runs for disabled children. 

Launching in February 2017, the 
short breaks will follow this year’s 
successful programme and will see 30 
children and young people experience 
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home over 12 months. 

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Eleanor Coker, of Sense, said: 
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their families.” 

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18, officers were called to a road traf¬ 
fic collision where a vehicle had been 
abandoned. There was significant 
damage to the van and the tree. 

“Members of the public saw a man 
make off from the vehicle. There was 
a strong smell of alcohol in the car and 
empty cans of beer in the footwell. 

“At 7.25am the next morning, of¬ 
ficers attended an address in Brad- 
field Way. He told officers the van had 
been stolen. It was a works van and 
he was the only person with access to 
the keys.” 

He told his partner at the time 
what had happened and that he was 
thinking about telling the police that 
the van had been stolen but she didn’t 
want anything to do with the incident 
and wouldn’t be involved in the lie. Mr 
Ahuja added: “He was arrested by po¬ 
lice and he told them during interview 
that his partner was lying because she 
was bitter over a previous break up.” 

The father-of-two pleaded guilty to 
perverting the course of justice, driv¬ 
ing without due care and attention 
and failing to surrender to police bail. 

Rowe was given a fourth-month jail 
sentence, suspended for two years. 
He was also disqualified from driving 
for 18 months, ordered to pay £500 
in fines and costs and to carry out 50 
hours of unpaid work. 

Judge Nicholas Webb told Rowe: 
“You are very lucky not to be going to 
prison.” 


Bishop backed feed families appeal 



The Bishop of Dudley the Rt Rev Graham Usher with donated goods 


THE need for food banks means the 
Black Country faces a “big problem”, 
says the Bishop of Dudley, who backed 
the Feed a Family This Christmas ap¬ 
peal. 

The Right Reverend Graham Usher 
donated boxes of food and toiletries 
that he collected himself for the ap¬ 
peal run by The Chronicle’s sister 
newspaper the Express & Star. 

The bishop is the latest well-known 
face to support the campaign which 
aims to benefit families across the 
Black Country and Staffordshire. 

Well over 3,000 items of food, toilet¬ 
ries and clothing such as socks have 
been passed on to a number of food 
banks around the Black Country. 

A range of donations, which have 
included Christmas selection boxes, 
socks, shower gel and other food items 
have all been donated by a large num¬ 
ber of charitable people and organisa¬ 
tions. 

The bishop said: “Food banks and 
people not being able to afford some of 
the very basics in life is a big problem. 

“The Feed a Family appeal is one 
that goes right to the heart of loving - 
we’re all neighbours and should come 
together at Christmas time. 

“Food banks are still something 
that are here in our society as people 
are so stretched financially. 

“We have to all come together and 
look at helping to feed people during 
this important time.” 

The Feed a Family appeal ran until 
December 14, helping the Black Coun¬ 
try Food Bank, among others. 


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DUDLEY Zoo is looking for help to 
name its penguins. 

The zoo has had great success with 
its colony since it started in 1991 with 
just five hand-reared birds. It now 
boasts a headcount of 85 - one of the 
largest colonies in the UK. 

But following a recent check, bird 
keepers have discovered that 40 of 
Penguin Bay’s residents don’t have 
official names on their record, just 
identification numbers. 

Zoo spokeswoman Andrea Hales, 
said: “With so many names to think of 
we decided to let visitors have the job, 
so we’re offering a limited number 
of penguin adoption packages where 
adopters can name their animal them¬ 
selves, which makes it extra special. 

“We’ll then add the chosen name to 
the penguin’s official records, which 
will remain with it for its entire life¬ 
time.” 

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the web-based Zoological Informa¬ 
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updated regularly with the animal’s 
health, care and wellbeing details. 

It can be shared and accessed across 
the world and is easily at hand by 
keepers or the zoo’s vet. 

Prices of the special penguin adop¬ 
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clude a certificate, animal factsheet 
and photo, the quarterly ZooNooz 
newsletter and a zoo admission ticket. 

Service is recruiting 
student paramedics 

VACANCIES for student paramedic 
roles are to open with the West Mid¬ 
lands Ambulance Service. 

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with positions available in Black 
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Honour for sex 
health pioneer 

THE founder of Sandwell and Dudley’s sex¬ 
ual health service has been honoured in the 
BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List. 

Helen Brook, founder of Brook, the UK’s 
leading sexual health and wellbeing charity 
for young people, was one of seven women 
named in this year’s list which celebrates 
women who have made the biggest impact 
on women’s lives. 

The first Brook clinic opened in 1964 of¬ 
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ried women and reducing illegal abortions. 
This clinic, unlike the Family Planning As¬ 
sociation where she had previously worked, 
was not required to confine its service to 
women who were married or about to be 
married. 

Helen Brook died in 1997. Today Brook 
has nine services in Sandwell and Dudley. 


COUNCILS across the Black Country 
and Staffordshire have made nearly 
£17 million on parking over the last 
five years. 

The City of Wolverhampton Coun¬ 
cil came out highest on the list with a 
£5,097,000 surplus produced from council 
parking operations between 2011-2016. It 
placed WolverhamptonlOO out of the na¬ 
tional list of 353 councils. The next high¬ 
est was Lichfield council which also made 
more than £5m. 


The figures come from the statutory annual 
returns councils make to the Department for 
Communities and Local Government and are 
the result of parking operations, including 
charges and penalty notices, deducting running 
costs. 

In the 2015-16 financial year alone Wolver¬ 
hampton council had a surplus of £1.8m and 
descrobed the figures as ‘modest’, pointing out 
that, by law, any surplus from parking enforce¬ 
ment had to be reinvested into transportation 
projects. 

Dudley Council, who had a surplus of £2.3m, 


maintain they have more on-street car parking 
than any other local council. 

Councillor Hilary Bills, Dudley’s cabinet 
member for environmental services, said: 
“Dudley has more free on-street car parking 
than any neighbouring council. We take steps 
to encourage free parking in our town centres, 
where possible, including offering free parking 
in the town centres on three Saturdays in the 
run up to Christmas. With central government 
funding continuing to reduce, we are using all of 
our funds in the most efficient and effective way 
possible for the benefit of local people.” 


Police crimes 
are revealed 

ASSAULTS, drink-driving, misusing com¬ 
puters and allowing dogs to worry sheep 
- almost 50 West Midlands police officers 
have been cautioned or convicted of crimi¬ 
nal offences over the past three years. 

The list of 46 offenders include police 
constables, special constables and police 
sergeants. 

A Freedom and Information Request 
has also revealed what action the officers 
faced after misconduct hearings. That 
included dismissal, resignation and man¬ 
agement action. Some are still yet to be 
dealt with. 

Since 2014, 28 police officers have been 
dismissed. Seven have resigned, while six 
faced management action or a written 
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Horse and carts adorn this street scene, of Lower High Street 


The up-and-coming game of tennis soon caught on in Wednesbury 


Cricket in Wednesbury was very much part of the town’s social scene 



Tony Highfield at Darlaston Library with the new book 
‘Ryder’s Annual’, highlighting the Black Country’s past 


Book offers a glimpse 
of life in 19th century 


IT has taken a year to put to¬ 
gether, but now people have 
the chance to glimpse into 
the past and get their hands 
on a very special piece of 
Black Country history. 

The Very Best of Ryder’s Annu¬ 
al book has been put together by 
Bev Parker and Tony Highfield. 
The book features some of the 
stories and pictures from the well- 
known Ryder’s Annual, that was 
first published in the 19th centu¬ 
ry 

The book charts Wednesbury’s his¬ 
tory from 1878 to 1918 and goes some 
way in illustrating the people of the 
town’s contribution to the war effort. 

Tony Highfield, aged 74, of Bloxwich 
revealed how he first came up with the 
idea for the book. He said: “I was walk¬ 
ing down Darlaston High Street when 
a friend of mine, Joan Bytheway, came 
up to me and said she had been given 
some old books for a jumble sale. 

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them. I said I would and when I went 
round there and saw them, I couldn’t 
believe it. The books were two ex¬ 
tremely rare Ryder’s Annuals. 

“I asked if I could borrow them, 
which I was told I could, and then I 
spoke to Bev about them. 

“We decided to begin putting a book 
together on the best of the annuals, 
and went and visited Wednesbury Li¬ 
brary to look at their archive of annu¬ 
als, too.” 

The book was launched on Decem¬ 
ber 3 at Wednesbury Library then at 
Darlaston Library on December 10. 
Mindful Gifts CIC, based on Church 
Street, Darlaston, a not-for-profit or¬ 
ganisation, is also sponsoring the book 
as it specialises in gifts and activities 
for people with dementia. 

It is hoped that the book will pro¬ 
vide an insight into the life and times 
of local people’s ancestors. The book 


also contains an almanac devoted to 
the First World War. 

Mr Highfield said: “I just think it 
is so interesting to see the lives of the 
people in the book. 

“People might be able to find their 
ancestors in there, old businesses, 
churches, groups, clubs and societies.” 
In the introduction of the book, Bev 
Parker states: “The Ryder Annuals 
offer a unique insight into life in a 
successful and rapidly developing area. 
They feature images of the town’s dig¬ 
nitaries, industrialists, councillors, 
photographs of the town centre and 
countless adverts describing Black 
Country businesses. 

Mr Highfield added: “I always get 
people coming up to me saying they 
wish they’d spoken to their grand¬ 
mothers and grandfathers about local 
history and their ancestors. 

“What I’d say is, this book gives you 
an idea of what life was like back then, 
but do speak to granny, before it’s too 
late, and share some of those memo¬ 
ries and stories together.” 

The book costs £9.99. 



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Philip Hammond’s card, featuring his dogs, Rex and Oscar 


One of Theresa May’s three designs, this one drawn by Isabelle Milnes, aged five Gavin Williamson’s card, by Amelie Moseley of Corbett CE Primary School 



MP Mike Wood’s card, designed by Maid- 
ensbridge Primary Schools pupil Alex Maher 



John Spellar’s card, given an extra bit of 
festive pizzazz thanks to Photoshop 



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Perry Hall Primary School pupil Kit Lewis 


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MP James Morris, with pupil Ruby Field and her winning design Wolverhampton MP Rob Marris’s traditional Christmas card 


FROM stunning images of Parlia¬ 
ment, to schoolchildren’s drawings 
and a pair of lovable pooches decked 
out in festive scarves - MPs have 
some novel ways of spreading the 
Christmas cheer. 

While some politicians stick to the stand¬ 
ard House of Commons issue cards, others 
run competitions among local school chil¬ 
dren which can last for months and garner 
hundreds of entries. 

Gavin Williamson chose the latter route, de¬ 
spite having had a busier year than most having 
been appointed the Government’s Chief Whip by 
Theresa May. 

The winning design, by Amelie Moseley from 
Corbett CE Primary School, Bobbington, fea¬ 
tures a London bus, a snowman and the ubiq¬ 
uitous Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben. 

It will be sent out to around 700 people, al¬ 
though Mr Williamson is taking extra care not to 
forget his own parents as he did last year. 

“I sent all the cards out but completely forgot 
to send my mum and dad one,” he said. 

“This year I’m determined to make sure every¬ 
one gets one, although I’ve already signed so 
many of them I feel like my right hand’s about 
to fall off.” 

Adorned 

Labour’s Emma Reynolds launched a compe¬ 
tition for pupils at eight schools. Of the hundreds 
of entries the Wolverhampton North East MP 
picked a design by Kit Lewis, 10, who attends 
Perry Hall Primary School. 

The card, which features a drawing of a Christ¬ 
mas tree adorned with a star, has been sent out 
to more than 600 people. 

Ms Reynolds said: “I think the image is very 
striking. This was the biggest competition I have 
ever run and the standard of entries was the best 
yet.” 

Dudley North MP Ian Austin sends out hun¬ 
dreds of Christmas cards, with the Queen and 
the Prime Minister among the recipients. 

After a contest among local school children 
that garnered hundreds of entries, Charleigh 
Finch of Bramford Primary School produced the 
winning design that adorns the front of his card. 

The winning entry shows a Christmas scene 
with Santa flying over with Dudley Castle. 

Mr Austin presented Charleigh with her cho¬ 
sen prize at a school assembly. He said: “It was 
a huge privilege to go to Bramford Primary and 
present her with an award for her design skills.” 

Runners up could choose from early Christmas 
gifts including a family ticket to Dudley Zoo and 
Castle, a family ticket to the Black Country Mu¬ 
seum and gift vouchers for Hobbycraft. 

Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP James 
Morris, who has been busy hitting the streets 
with the local Rotary club’s charity sleigh, ran 
a contest among local school children for the 
sixth consecutive year and had 600 entries to sift 
through. 

The winning card was designed by Year 6 pupil 
Ruby Field, from Our Lady & St Kenelm Pri¬ 
mary School, Halesowen, and features a family 
gathering around a Christmas tree. Mr Morris 


said: “This is the fifth year that I have asked 
local primary schools to design my Christmas 
card and I am always impressed with the qual¬ 
ity and variety of entries. 

“Well done to Ruby and to the runners-up, 
as well as to everybody who sent in such fan¬ 
tastic entries, and a big thank you to all of 
the teachers and staff who encouraged their 
classes to take part.” 

Dudley South’s Tory MP Mike Wood 
opened up his competition to pupils at all pri¬ 
mary and special school pupils in his constit¬ 
uency. 

And in a novel twist, he put the best seven 
entries up online for members of the public to 
vote on.The winner was Alex Maher, a Year 
5 pupil at Maidensbridge Primary School, 
Wall Heath, who impressed the MP with his 
drawing of a Robin in a Santa hat. Warley MP 


John Spellar got creative with his card this 
year. He used a picture of Elizabeth Tower, 
with a Christmas tree in the foreground, and 
enhanced it using Photoshop. 

Aldridge-Brownhills MP Wendy Mor¬ 
ton went with a local theme for her card. It 
features a photograph of a wintery Pelsall 
Common with a gaggle of geese wandering by 
through the snow. 

The shot was taken by Steve Swain of Wal¬ 
sall Wood Camera Club, while Walsall North 
MP David Winnick has sent out one of the 
Commons’ official selection cards chosen by 
the Commons Speaker John Bercow. 

His colleague in Walsall South, Valerie 
Vaz, also picked a card with a parliamentary 
theme. 

The shadow leader of the House of Com¬ 
mons’ card features a photograph of a beau¬ 


tifully decorated tree in Old Palace Yard with 
Elizabeth Tower in the background. 

“It’s such an iconic image,” she said. “A lot 
of staff gave up a Sunday for free to put all the 
lights on the tree, which I think was a wonder¬ 
ful gesture.” 

Wolverhampton South East MP Pat Mc¬ 
Fadden sent the same card. He said: “It is 
a wonderful time of year, but it can get quite 
exhausting when you have about 700 cards to 
send.” 

Wolverhampton MP Rob Marris chose a 
striking image of the Houses of Parliament 
for his card. 

Meanwhile Labour may have accused Philip 
Hammond of barking up the wrong tree with 
his Autumn Statement, but the Chancellor 
has shown he can bite back with an adorable 
card featuring his two mutts, Rex and Oscar. 




























































Failure to intervene in Syria 
a ‘catastrophic failure’ - MP 


THE western powers not interven¬ 
ing in Syria represented ‘a cata¬ 
strophic failure’ of policy that has 
led to dire consequences for the 
world, according to a Black Country 
Tory MR 

Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP 
James Morris backed comments 
from fellow MPs that Britain should 
‘feel a sense of sorrow, shame and 
anger’ about its failure to deal with 
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. 

The Commons voted against mili¬ 
tary action against Assad in August 
2013, before voting to join a coali¬ 
tion of nations conducting airstrikes 
against ISIS militants in Syria last 
December. 

Mr Morris made his comments 
during an emergency debate on the 
bloodshed that has happened in the 
Syrian civil war, leading to the siege 
of east Aleppo this month. 


A group of MPs, led by Andrew 
Mitchell, called on the Government 
to pursue a ceasefire in Aleppo, 
where four years of vicious fighting 
have seen thousands killed. 

Mr Mitchell argued that Britain is 
‘complicit’ in the suffering faced by 
Syrians, and that humanitarian help 
is desperately needed. 

Tory MP Mr Morris told the Com¬ 
mons that when historians look back 
on the current situation in Aleppo it 
will represent ‘a catastrophic failure 
of western policy that has signif¬ 
icantly changed the world for the 
worse’. 

He added that it was ‘inevitable’ 
that ‘a distinct reckoning, will come 
at some point for the United King¬ 
dom and the USA. 

The Syrian president looks likely 
to cling on to power in Syria, largely 
thanks to Russian support. 



Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP James Morris speaking during the emergency debate 


New ambulances roll 
out across region 

HI-TECH ambulances labelled ‘the most sophisticated 
emergency vehicles in the world’ are being rolled out in 
the Black Country as part of a £21 million upgrade. 

West Midlands Ambulance Service is launching 66 
new ambulances. The fleet of Fiat Ducatos, some of 
which are already in use, are fitted with CCTV and will 
be cheaper to run, say bosses. 

The vehicles are made using lightweight materials. 
The back doors have been fitted with hydraulic rams to 
make them easier to open and close. Improved air sus¬ 
pension will provide a better ride and handling. 

A new touch screen operates the lighting, CCTV and 
climate control. 

Tony Page, WMAS Fleet General Manager, added: 
“By using construction methods used in aircraft man¬ 
ufacture we are providing our patients and staff with a 
quieter and warmer working area. 

“The techniques used mean the vehicles are lighter 
which will improve the handling and reduce fuel and 
maintenance costs, allowing us to invest even more into 
frontline clinical care.” 


Former 
cinema is 
back on 
the market 

THERE are hopes that films could once 
again be shown at a former cinema on Stour¬ 
bridge’s Lower High Street. 

The old Savoy Cinema building, which opened as 
a movie theatre in the 1920s, is back on the market. 

The building sold in February but is now back on the 
market, being offered for £600,000. 

It is now hoped a group will come forward with the aim 
of re-opening the building as 
a cinema. 

The Savoy closed as a cin¬ 
ema in 1982 after more than 
60 years as a picture house, 
originally called the Scala, 
and in recent decades was a 
club, a gym and a shop. 

Stourbridge councillor 
Nicolas Barlow said he sup¬ 
ported the idea of it re-open¬ 
ing as a cinema rather than 
it becoming another ‘face¬ 
less’ building. 

He hoped it could become 
the focus of a campaign 
similar to that which saved 
Dudley Hippodrome and is 
now aiming to re-open the 
Castle Hill landmark as a 
theatre again. 

Councillor Barlow said: “I 
know people are keen to see 
it re-invigorated as a niche 
cinema like they have in 
Birmingham. 

“When you think of what 
has happened with the Hip¬ 
podrome in Dudley, it would 
be nice if that could happen. 

It would be lovely but it’s 
about getting the right peo¬ 
ple in with the right level of 
investment. 

Apartments 

“We will have to see what 
the new year brings. It 
would be a shame if it was 
turned into something quite 
faceless like apartments.” 

The historic property, 
which contains a series of 
interlinked buildings, was 
sold for £350,000 by estate 
agents Walton and Hip- 
kiss in February. As well 


Driving home for Christmas 

IT seems singer Chris Rea needed a little help ‘Driving 
Home for Christmas’ this year, and a Brierley Hill firm 
came to his rescue. The singer famous for that festive hit 
and The Road to Hell needed a rare car part for his prized 
original Fiat Abarth 595. 

Eurolec Components Ltd were able to tick this item off 
his Christmas list when the final hard-to-find part was re¬ 
quired, an original Fiat lever-type, pull-start starter motor. 
The Black Country firm were able to source two broken 
ones, and their classic re-manufacturing department got 
one starter motor to ‘back to new’ condition. 

The husky-voiced singer from Middlesbrough reportedly 
said: “Thank you so much, looks like we will be driving 
home for Christmas!” 



Former Savoy cinema 


as being available to buy, 
it could also be rented for 
£64,000 a year, which may 
be a more attractive offer 
for community groups. 

After it was no longer 
used as a cinema, the build¬ 
ing attracted controversy as 
a lap-dancing club. It has 
also been used for retail pur¬ 
poses and most recently was 
a health and fitness club. 

Its frontage has seen bet¬ 
ter days with its shutter per¬ 
manently down. 

The building’s prominent 
town centre location is high¬ 
lighted by Siddall Jones, 
which is advertising the 
property, in a bid to attract 
a buyer. 

When the venue was 
a lap-dancing club called 
Heaven it attracted criti¬ 
cism from local politicians, 
while an investigation was 
launched after claims it 
breached its licence were 
made in a TV documentary. 



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Halesowen Chronicle Thursday, December 22, 2016 


16 


Band of Black Country lads had 17 top 20 hits during career 




A new look after the band had left behind their skinhead days 


At the height of their fame, the foursome leaving for America 


Slade later in their career in party mood 


_ 


Fans meet Don at his first home on Green Park Road, Bilston 



Drummer Don Powell. Pictures: Barry Plummer 



Slade at Heathrow airport, ready to fly out in 1972 



Glam rock personified, with Dave Hill’s glittery look 


Slade come Bak 'Ome to 
celebrate 50 merry years 



The band at the height of their powers in the early 1970s when they were always in the charts and on Top of the Pops almost every week 



In 2002 Slade received University of Wolverhampton fellowships Noddy leading from the front as always with an outrageous tie 


REPORT BY JORDAN HARRIS 

BLACK Country glam rock and 
roll icons Slade returned to 
where it all began, to look back 
on 50 years of glory. 

They are a band synonymous with 
good times whose energy-packed an¬ 
thems still rattle with the same elec¬ 
tricity as when they were first released. 

Last Friday marked Slade’s 50th anniver¬ 
sary, and to mark the milestone a show was 
held at The Robin 2, the live music venue 
in Bilston which has become the band’s 
spiritual home over the years. 

While the current Slade live experience 
might miss the inimitable howl of Noddy 
Holder on lead vocals, it has become a cel¬ 
ebration of the band’s spirit, which has al¬ 
ways been one of its key features. 

It certainly takes a lot of spirit for four 
young Black Country lads to visualise a life 
of Technicolor glam rock in front of them 
while rehearsing in Bilston. 

But listening back to the early recordings, 
they prove they were hellbent on harness¬ 
ing the escapist power of music in order to 
change their lives. 

Fashion 

Once the band got its foot in the door, 
there was no stopping them. 

Noddy Holder, Don Powell, Dave Hill 
and Jim Lea became household names, 
with songs such as Take Me Bak ‘Ome and 
Mama Weer All Crazee Now taking them to 
the top of the charts. 

However, it wasn’t just the music that 
caught people’s attention and sold millions 
of records. As the band racked up an in¬ 
credible 17 consecutive top 20 hits, they be¬ 
came notorious for song title mis-spellings, 
the rock and roll attitude of its stars and a 
unique sense of fashion. 

The greatest example of this is Noddy’s 
famous mirrored top hat, a symbol of the 
excess and brashness of the times which no- 
one else would dare attempt to pull off. 

Dave Hill also indulged with fashion ex¬ 
cesses. He favoured silver and gold outfits 
with massive platform boots. 

The band’s best-selling single, and last 
number one, is the festive anthem Merry 
Xmas Everybody, which has become so 
attached to this time of year it is hard to 
imagine going through December without 
hearing it. 

In a way, it is a perfect representation 
of the band at their peak, an unashamedly 
joyful song that reaches out to the masses 
with open arms. Their peak years were such 
a blaze of glory that it was inevitable that 


a dip would come and as the world around 
them changed and punk arrived in the 
70s, their popularity began to fade. These 
are the times when a band’s character is 
truly tested, after the fame and glory, with¬ 
out the energy of youth on their side and 
drained from years of touring and partying. 

It wasn’t long before they were back in 


the hearts and minds of the public, with a 
performance at Reading Festival in 1980 
bringing Slade to a new audience. That 
would be done again years later when Oasis 
shouted their appreciation for the band 
from the rooftops, even covering Cum On 
Feel The Noize. 

Don released his autobiography Look Wot 


I Dun in 2013 and his childhood home at 
Bilston was chosen for a visit by fans at a 
Slade convention in 2015. 

But last Friday’s show was all about look¬ 
ing back on the good times and the bad, 
reliving songs that are part of the Black 
Country’s heritage, the fashion choices that 
continue to raise eyebrows and the connec- 


Look wot you dun boys - nearly two million sales in 



In Flame, also their movie 


IN the UK, the band has sold a 
certified 520,000 albums... 

Beginnings as Ambrose Slade, 1969; 

Play It Loud 1970; Slayed? 1972; Old 
New Borrowed and Blue 1974; Slade 
in Flame 1974; Nobody’s Fools 1976. 

Whatever Happened to Slade 1977; 
Return to Base 1979; We’ll Bring the 
House Down 1981; Till Deaf Do Us Part 
1981. 

The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome 
1983, re-released in 1984. Rogues Gal¬ 
lery 1985; Crackers - The Christmas 
Party Album 1985; You Boyz Make Big 


Noize 1987. Keep on Rockin’ 1994 - as 
Slade II, re-released in 2002. 

Slade sold a staggering 1.8 million 
singles... 

1969, Wild Winds Are Blowing. 

1970, Shape of Things to Come, 
Know Who You Are. 

1971, Get Down and Get with It, Coz I 
Luv You, Look Wot You Dun. 

1972, Take Me Bak ‘Ome, Mama 
Weer All Crazee Now, Gudbuy T’Jane. 

1973, Cum On Feel the Noize, Skweeze 
Me, Pleeze Me, My Friend Stan, Merry 
Xmas Everybody. 

1974, Everyday, The Bangin’ Man, 


Far Far Away. 

1975, How Does It Feel, Thanks for the 
Memory, Wham Bam Thank You Mam, In 
for a Penny. 

1976, Let’s Call It Quits, Nobody’s 
Fool. 

1977, Gypsy Roadhog, Burning in the 
Heat of Love, My Baby Left Me. 

1978, Give Us a Goal, Rock ‘n’ Roll 
Bolero. 

1979, Ginny, Ginny, I’m a Rocker, Sign 
of the Times, Okey Cokey. 

1981, We’ll Bring the House Down, 
Wheels Ain’t Coming Down, Knuckle 
Sandwich Nancy, Lock Up Your 


Daughters. 

1982, Ruby Red, Rock and Roll Preacher, 
And Now the Waltz C’est La Vie. 

1983, My Oh My, Cum On Feel the 
Noize, re-issue. 

1984, Run Runaway, Slam the Hammer 
Down, All Join Hands. 

1985, 7 Year Bitch, Myzsterious 
Mizster Jones, Little Sheila, Do You 
Believe in Miracles. 

1987, Still the Same, That’s What 
Friends Are For, You Boyz Make Big 
Noize, Ooh La La in LA, We Won’t Give 
In. 

1988, Let’s Dance ‘88’. 


the UK 



One of Slade’s biggest hits 

















































Ladies' gym wins 
top fitness award 


A GYM for women in the 
Black Country has been 
named a winner at a pres¬ 
tigious fitness industry 
awards ceremony. 

Fitness 4 Ladies in 
Castle Hill, Dudley, beat 
strong competition and was 
crowned Ladies Only Gym 
of the Year at the National 
Fitness Awards. 

The awards, now in their 
seventh year, recognise ex¬ 
cellence and achievement in 
the fitness business. 

To scoop the trophy, the 
gym went through a rig¬ 
orous assessment process, 
which involved being visited 
by a member of a workout 
team who examine all areas 
of the business, from mem¬ 
ber retention to customer 
service. 

Support 

Owner Raj Kaur, said: 
“It’s an absolute privilege to 
be recognized nationally for 
all of our hard work. 

“We couldn’t have done 
it without the support of 
our team and members over 


the past six and a half years. 
It was a complete surprise 
when they named our gym 
ladies gym of the year and 
we’re all really pleased with 
the win.” 

Awards were handed 
out in more 20 categories 
at a glittering ceremony at 
Leicester Athena, attended 
by more than 850 people 
and hosted by boxing legend 
Ricky Hatton and TV celeb¬ 
rity Katie Bulmer-Cooke. 

Judith Halkerston, Na¬ 
tional Fitness Awards’ di¬ 
rector: “This years winners 
should be very, very proud. 

“The high standard of en¬ 
tries made it a tough job to 
select a final shortlist never 
mind a winner and run¬ 
ner-up in each category. 

“Our awards’ night was 
a great celebration of the 
fitness industry as a whole 
and it was great to see so 
many gyms represented at 
the event. 

“It was a wonderful 
evening and it was lovely to 
share in the celebrations of 
the winners.” 


Report is by 
'snobbish 
southerners' 
says Tory MP 


DECADES of unemployment helped to turn 
the West Midlands into ‘Britain’s Brexit capi¬ 
tal’, according to a new report from an inde¬ 
pendent think-tank. 

The London-based Resolution Foundation says a history 
of job shortages played a significant role in the huge sup¬ 
port for Brexit across the West Midlands. 

But Government Chief Whip, South Staffs MP Gavin 
Williamson, has branded the 
report ‘deeply flawed’. 

The analysis found that 
the region delivered the 
strongest vote to leave the 
EU of anywhere in the UK. 

Dudley, Sandwell and Wal¬ 
sall posted some of the big¬ 
gest Leave votes nationally. 

The foundation has called 
on the Government to ‘re¬ 
calibrate’ its Midlands En¬ 
gine project so it has more 
focus on boosting employ¬ 
ment. 

It claims the region en¬ 
tered the economic down¬ 
turn with the lowest 
employment rate of any 
major UK region and em¬ 
ployment prospects in the 
region only improved ‘at a 
glacial pace’ in recent years. 

“The West Midlands now 
has the lowest employment 
rate of any major city region 
at just 64.5 per cent,” the 
report says. 

Kinver MP Mr Williamson 
said: “In the West Midlands 
we are seeing the largest 
growth in private sector em¬ 
ployment in 20 years, with 
more and more people en¬ 
tering the workplace. 

“The quality of employ- 

Former labourer is on 
course for career at sea 

A 20-year-old from Dudley is on course for a career at sea 
having completed the first stage of his Royal Navy training. 

Trainee seaman specialist Louis Ralston joined the ser¬ 
vice in October, arriving at HMS Raleigh, Cornwall, for his 
basic training. He has now completed an intensive 10-week 
course. 

The former High Areal pupil previously worked as a la¬ 
bourer and in a fast-food restaurant while studying at col¬ 
lege. He said: “I joined the Royal Navy for new challenges 
and to travel the world. I’ve learnt a lot about myself.” 



Gavin Williamson MP 


ment is also fantastic, with 
major companies such as 
JLR, UTC and Gestamp in¬ 
vesting more than £1 billion 
into South Staffordshire 
and Wolverhampton. 

“The findings in this re¬ 
port appear to be deeply 
flaweds. It seems that this 
is an example of snobbish 
southerners deciding to 
make generalisations about 
the region. People here 
voted for Brexit because 
they had real concerns over 
a number of issues that im¬ 
pact on their futures.” 



The award-winning team from the Fitness 4 Ladies gym at Castle Hill, Dudley, led by business owner Raj Kaur 


Minister promises 
more Midlands road 
and railway projects 

THE Government is committed to boosting infrastruc¬ 
ture in a bid to ensure the West Midlands maintains its 
position as a major part of the UK’s economy, says Brex¬ 
it Minister David Jones. 

During a visit to the Black Country, Mr Jones said 
the Government was ‘fully aware’ of the need for major 
improvements to the region’s road network, adding that 
key developments were in the pipeline. 

He met with members of the Black Country Chamber 
of Commerce’s Brexit Policy Group at Carvers, Wolver¬ 
hampton, where his comments were welcomed by busi¬ 
ness bosses. 

They urged Mr Jones to make sure the West Midlands 
is not left behind in Downing Street’s plans for post- 
Brexit Britain. 

Concern 

Mr Jones said: “It is clear that transport is a major 
area of concern in the West Midlands. We understand 
the importance of improvements and it is an issue that 
we will be looking at closely. This is particularly true for 
the road infrastructure, with the M6 Toll, and also up¬ 
grading routes to and from Birmingham Airport.” 

Mr Jones said the Government would be announcing 
some major developments for the West Midlands as part 
of a £2 billion investment for infrastructure upgrades 
that was announced in the Autumn Statement. 

“We have got some major pieces that we are pursu¬ 
ing, including HS2. There will be more projects to be 
announced in future following consultation.” 


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Halesowen Chronicle Thursday, December 22, 2016 


18 Gardening 

Tips to help 
keep festive 
pot plants 
at their best 

Hannah Stephenson offers tips 
on how to keep a festive favourite 
looking its best 

POINSETTIAS are the symbol of Christmas, their tra¬ 
ditional red bracts bringing festive cheer to the home - 
and now Poinsettias come in a range of colours, includ¬ 
ing light pinks and creams, which would complement 
more subtle decor. 

Some six million plants are sold in the UK in just 
three weeks in the run-up to Christmas Day, with 80 
per cent snapped up in the final shopping weekend, 
according to grower group the British Protected Orna¬ 
mentals Association. 

Caroline Marshall-Foster, editor of The Florist 
magazine, suggests an alternative way of decorating 
with poinsettia is to arrange 
a row of them in simple cop¬ 
per-coloured pots along the 
mantelpiece or the window¬ 
sill, or to dot a few potted 
poinsettias among lush green 
garlands of pine and spruce. 

Celebrity florist Larry Wal- 
she says that using metal¬ 
lic-coloured containers can 
instantly add a hint of Christ¬ 
mas luxury to your poinsettia. 

“A bit of sparkle makes 
Christmas. Accessorise your 
arrangement with gold-leafed 
candles and glassware and you 
have the perfect festive table decoration.” 

Yet so often poinsettias wilt before the Christmas 
guests start arriving. So, how do you keep them going? 

1. Make sure you buy a healthy plant whose roots are 
not spilling out through the base of the pot. 

Check where it is located when you buy it because 
plants that have been stood outdoors a long time may 
fail. 

Unwrap them as soon as you get them home. 

2. Place them in a light spot, but not in direct sun¬ 
light. 

If direct sunlight hits the plant, reposition it. 
Poinsettias should be kept warm, ideally between 
13-22C. Don’t place them in draughts and avoid cool 
rooms. 

3. The most common cause of failure is over-water¬ 
ing. 

Let the upper half of the compost become dry before 
watering thoroughly. 

This may mean letting the water drain away and 
then watering it again. 

Don’t let them stand in water. 

4. Mist the leaves frequently as poinsettias (Euphor¬ 
bia pulcherrima), which are 
native to Mexico and Central 
America, need moist air. 

5. If your poinsettia starts 
to wilt and is as dry as a bone, 
soak the rootball in warm 
water, which may revive it. 

As well as the traditional 
red varieties, you can also buy 
poinsettias in pink and white 
or with lighter green leaves. 
Try the stunning white Princ- 
ettia ‘Pure White’, a new 
addition to the Thomson & 
Morgan range (£14.99, www. 
thompson-morgan.com) or 
the popular cream type ‘Regina’. 

If poinsettias just don’t take your fancy and you’d 
like to try something new, alternatives include the 
Christmas cactus, hippeastrum and orchid. Two new 
orchids, Phalaenopsis Purple Princess - a dainty type 
with two to three flower spikes which produce a spray 
of 3-4cm mauve flowers - and Phalaenopsis ‘Kleopatra 
4’- which has cream flowers with intensely deep pur¬ 
ple spots - have recently received the RHS Award of 
Garden Merit. 

For more information on poinsettias, visit www. 
Christmas- star .info 

BEST OF THE BUNCH - Holly 

This evergreen shrub is another Christmas must- 
have, its bright berries adding festive cheer to a pleth¬ 
ora of indoor decorations. 

But it is also a valuable shrub in the garden and you 
can get unusual and more decorative varieties includ¬ 
ing variegated types with gold or silver-splashed green 
foliage, as well as types with yellow, orange or black 
berries. 

Nearly all types are male or female, so you’ll need 
one of each to ensure berries unless you have neigh¬ 
bours who also grow holly in close proximity in their 
garden. 

The most popular type, Ilex aquifolium, is an up¬ 
right shrub with 5-10cm long leaves. The male variety 
‘Golden Queen’ offers green leaves with gold splashes, 
while the female ‘Argentea Marginata’ has white-edged 
leaves. Holly will thrive in any reasonable garden soil 
in full sun or partial shade. If you are growing holly as 
a hedge, trim it in spring. 





Euonymus will grow in all sorts of soils in both sun and partial shade 


All-year shrub will bring 
colour to winter gardens 


BEST OF THE BUNCH - Euonymus 

WHILE the deciduous varieties of euonymus, 
such as E. alatus, grown for its red autumn 
foliage, evergreen varieties of this shrub are 
invaluable, both to add all-year interest in the 
border and as a great contrasting feature in win¬ 
ter pots, alongside winter heathers, pansies and 
dwarf conifers. 

Euonymus will grow in all sorts of soils in 
both sun and partial shade. Variegated types 
are the most noticeable, including E. japonicus 
‘Aureopictus’, which has yellow leaves with a 
green rim and ‘Ovatus Aureus’, which has a yel¬ 
low rim. As well as making great ground cover 
plants, some types can be used as climbers, cling¬ 
ing like ivy, such as the silver-edged variety E. 
fortunei ‘Silver Queen’, which reaches up to 3m 
(10ft) against a wall, while other tall-growing 
specimens can be used for hedging. Variegated 
types prefer full sun and little or no pruning is 
required. 

GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT - Windowsill herbs 

YOUR herb garden may be looking a bit sorry 
for itself at this time of year, but you can still 


have the fresh taste of herbs by growing some 
on your windowsill indoors. 

If you have mint or chives in the garden, dig 
up some roots to force on a warm windowsill. 
Soon enough, they will start growing again. For 
a really easy life, buy pots of fresh herbs from 
the supermarket and they should keep growing 
if you water them and keep cutting them little 
and often. It’s also easy to grow herbs indoors 
from seed, including annuals such as chervil, co¬ 
riander, basil and parsley. Just sow them thinly 
in pots and let them grow. 

WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK 

:: Plant bare-root and container grown roses 
and transplant any established roses you want 
to resite. 

:: Create an inexpensive hedge by taking hard¬ 
wood cuttings and inserting them directly into 
the growing site. 

:: Prune autumn-flowering shrubs over three 
years old as they finish flowering. 

:: Drain surface pumps in the pond and have 
them serviced if necessary. Or else clean, dry 
and grease before storing. 


Planning ahead is sure 
to bring rich rewards 


By Hannah Stephenson 

CREATING a vegetable patch, 
whether on a large piece of 
ground or within a smaller raised 
bed, can bring rich rewards if you 
plan carefully. 

Growing compatible crops together 
is likely to reap richer harvests, while 
not treading soil from one bed to an¬ 
other and keeping your tools clean be¬ 
tween use will help keep soil healthy 
and reduce the likelihood of the spread 
of pests and diseases. 

The idea behind crop rotation is that you 
avoid planting the same crop in the same 
bit of ground more than one year in four to 
stop root diseases building up and to make 
the most of resources such as manure, 
which is only needed for certain crops but 
not for others (like root crops). 

Crops which can be grown together in¬ 
clude legumes (peas and beans), comprising 
peas and broad, French and runner beans; 
the onion family, including garlic, leeks, 
onions, shallots and spring onions; roots 
and tubers, including carrots, parsnips, 
beetroot, potatoes and tomatoes; and bras- 
sicas (cabbage family), featuring Brussels 
sprouts, cabbages, Chinese greens, pak choi, 
radish, cauliflowers, swedes and turnips. 

Green veg which require regular wa¬ 
tering can be separated from less thirsty 
root crops, lettuces are often grown with 
cabbage family crops as they need organic 
matter, nitrogen fertiliser and regular wa¬ 
tering. 

Perennial veg like rhubarb and asparagus 
are best kept out of crop rotation beds. 

Nutrients 

Squeeze quick-growing crops of lettuce 
and other salad leaves wherever they will 
fit, using them as a catch crop between 
slower-growing types such as winter bras- 
sicas. 

By swapping the main groups of vege¬ 
tables around in a regular order, you can 
make best use of the nutrients in the soil 
because different crops need different 
amounts of nutrients. 

If you’re starting a new plot or creating 
raised vegetable beds, prepare the ground 
thoroughly, digging to break up compacted 
soil and weeding thoroughly. 

Then add bulky organic matter before 
planting season starts. It may be better to 
do this in spring, using compost as a surface 
mulch. 

If you have an existing vegetable plot, dig 
it over each winter, inverting lumps of soil 
to bury annual weeds, but leave the clods 
intact. Frost and rain will break them down 
and leave a crumbly soil by spring. 

On light, sandy soils, wait until spring 
before digging. Sandy soils may also need 
liming regularly to give them a neutral pH. 
If in doubt, buy a soil tester to test the pH 
of your soil. 

The four-year rotation is a good tech¬ 
nique which is easy to plan. Divide your 
plot into four separate sections if you have 
space, and then operate a four-year rotation 
on each. 



The idea behind crop rotation is that you avoid planting the same crop in the same bit of ground more than one year in four 



If you have an existing vegetable plot, dig it over each winter Keeping tools clean will help keep soil healthy 


A typical example might be: 

Year One 

Plot A - potatoes 

Plot B - pea family 

Plot C - Cabbage family 

Plot D - onions and roots. 

Year Two 

Plot A - pea family 

Plot B - cabbage family 

Plot C - onions and roots 

Plot D - potatoes 


Year Three 

Plot A - cabbage family 
Plot B - onions and roots 
Plot C - potatoes 
Plot D - pea family 
Year Four 

Plot A - onions and roots 

Plot B - potatoes 

Plot C - pea family 

Plot D - cabbage family 

On smaller plots, conventional crop rota¬ 


tion is not practical, so just aim not to grow 
the same crop on the same patch of ground 
any more often than you need to. 

Separate the main crop groups as far as 
possible. 

Grow potatoes, onions and the cabbage 
family on a different area each year and fit 
other crops around them. 

Keep a yearly plan as to what crops you 
have grown where - and you won’t go far 
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Ian Adams’ superb Widow Twankey wore a succession of 
outrageous costumes that seemed to defy gravity 


Most of the laughs come courtesy of Adam C Booth as Aladdin’s brother, 
the accident-prone Wishee Washee 


Am yam ready? Panto 
fun wish has come true 


WHAT a Grand panto... oh yes it is! If you’re 
looking for a festive feast of fun with mag¬ 
ical music and tremendous tricks, then the 
Grand’s genie of the lamp will make your 
wish come true. 

It is without doubt the Lichfield Street theatre’s 
best seasonal show for years with a perfect balance 
of TV talent and seasoned stage performers. 

And a star is born... she yam what she yam-yam but 
‘lazy’ Doreen Tipton comes close to stealing the show as 
the Empress of China. Apparently she had to apply for the 


Empress job to keep her benefits and was rather dismayed 
to get the gig. 

Sometimes it means she has to get up before 2pm or 
miss the Jeremy Kyle show. 

With a Black Country accent so thick it could plug the 
cut, she was an instant hit with panto-goers. 

And I suspect Gill Jordan’s comic creation will be in de¬ 
mand in panto land (at least in the West Midlands) for 
years to come. 

Joe McElderry is a suitably handsome and dashing Alad¬ 
din, and those who saw him on The X Factor, Popstar To 
Operastar or on stage in Joseph know he has an excellent 
singing voice. 

Further fine vocals come from Britain’s Got Talent fi¬ 


nalist Lucy Kay as Princess Jasmine and Neal Wright as 
an American-accented Genie of the Lamp. 

Most of the laughs come courtesy of Adam C Booth as 
Aladdin’s brother, the accident-prone Wishee Washee, and 
Ian Adams’ superb Widow Twankey. 

The scene where the pair get shrunk in the wash was 
priceless. As Aladdin’s washer woman mom, Adams wore 
a succession of outrageous costumes that seemed to defy 
gravity. 

And all three of the Twankeys did defy gravity on a 
stunning magic carpet scene in which Aladdin loops the 
loop over the heads of a marvelling audience. 

Stefan Pejic’s Abanazar is an eminently hissable villain 
in the booming Tom Baker mode, gold-clad Lisa Riley 
makes for a wisecracking ballroom-dancing Slave of the 
Ring and CBeebies favourite Ben Faulks is the slapstick 
PC Ping Pong. 

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CLASSIC rock fans can add ma¬ 
jor gigs in Birmingham to their 
2017 diaries. School’s Out rock¬ 
er Alice Cooper will be at the 
Barclay card Arena on November 
14 with The Mission and The 
Tubes. Before that, his shock 
rock rivals Kiss, fronted by Gene 
Simmons, play the Barclaycard 
Arena on May 8. 

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow 
are at the NEC Genting Arena 
on June 28 and his former col¬ 
leagues bring Deep Purple to the 
Barclaycard Arena on November 
17. The Who perform Tommy 
and more at the Barclaycard 
Arena April 12 and Black Sab¬ 
bath say farewell at the Genting 
Arena on February 2 and 4. 


Snowbody could 
better this duet 


The Snowman at Birmingham Rep is a traditional wintertime family treat 


THE Snowman returns to 
Birmingham Repertory The¬ 
atre in the New Year to de¬ 
light young and old alike 
from January 11 to 15, with 
its wonderful mix of story¬ 
telling, spectacle, music and 
magic. 

For the first time this year the 
show will feature a new recording of 
the iconic song Walking in the Air in 
which the adult Aled Jones duets with 
his younger self, in a new arrange¬ 
ment by composer Howard Blake. 

The new arrangement features 
on Aled’s latest album One Voice at 
Christmas, which recently reached 
number one in the Classic FM charts, 
and will now also feature in The 
Snowman on stage. 

Aled Jones said: “Walking in the 
Air caps off such a great year for me 
and I’m thrilled to give it a new lease 
of life. Who knows, maybe we’ll get to 
the top of the Christmas chart again!” 

Howard Blake said: “This is a 
unique theatrical event whereby 
through the wonders of technology 
one can hear Aled at the age of 12 
singing with Aled as the tenor he is 
now. I am delighted that we can in¬ 
clude it in the show.” 

Based on the book by Raymond 
Briggs and the film directed by Di¬ 
anne Jackson, the stage show has 
transported generations of children 
and their families into the wintery 
world of a boy and his magical snow¬ 
man. 

The Birmingham Rep production 
features music and lyrics by Howard 
Blake performed by a live orchestra, 


choreography by Robert North, di¬ 
rection by Bill Alexander, design by 
Ruari Murchison and lighting by Tim 
Mitchell. 

The enchanting show tells the story 
of a young boy’s adventures when his 
snowman comes miraculously to life 
on Christmas Eve. Featuring a daz¬ 


zling array of colourful characters 
including dancing penguins, magical 
reindeer, a beautiful snow princess, 
her wicked beau Jack Frost and of 
course, Father Christmas himself. 

The Snowman is a Christmas treat 
for all the family and a perfect intro¬ 
duction to theatre for the very young. 


Fuller sound 
for Fall Girl 

A SINGER-SONGWRITER has released her first self-pro¬ 
duced album. Michelle Sciarrotta, who performs under the 
name Fall Girl, released debut album Arcana on digital plat¬ 
forms including iTunes, Spotify and Amazon this month. 

She says the 11-track album, which was recorded, written 
and produced in her home studio, gave her a chance to exper¬ 
iment with different styles. 

It acts as an expansion to her stripped back live sets, with 
songs she performs in front of audiences using just her voice 
and acoustic guitar fleshed out with keyboards, drums and 
more. 

Michelle, originally from Coventry, said: “This has been 
the first major project I have put together on my own, which 
is something I have quite enjoyed. It is daunting, because 
there are times when you miss working with other people. 
But what you get is the clearest representation of the sound 
you want in your head, it is less of a committee thing.” 

Record 

Michelle is a classically-trained musician who makes her 
living from performing, not only as Fall Girl but under her 
own name with a covers set, as well as working with other 
musicians including former Wolfsbane rocker Blaze Bayley. 

A launch event for physical copies of Arcana was held at 
record shop Vinyl & Vintage, on Cleveland Street in Wolver¬ 
hampton. Michelle will play her final show of the year as Fall 
Girl on December 27 at The Jam House in Birmingham. For 
more information on Fall Girl, visit www.facebook.com/fall- 
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brothers Merrill and Jay to Bir¬ 
mingham Town Hall on Friday 
in tribute to the late crooner 
Andy Williams, who launched 
The Osmonds with his Christ¬ 
mas Extravaganza TV shows. 

The festive variety show will 
also feature Britain’s Got Tal¬ 
ent ventriloquist Steve Hewlett 
and singer Charlie Green. 

Also on Friday night, singers 
Laura Tebbutt and Tim Howar 
join Capital Voices and London 
Concert Orchestra for White 
Christmas at the Symphony 
Hall. The same venue hosts 
Christmas By Candlelight with 
the Mozart Festival Orchestra 
on Christmas Eve afternoon. 


Musical nostalgia 
with tribute bands 

GET the festivities going with 
the sounds of three decades ago 
with tribute act Kick Up The 
80s at Bilston’s Robin 2 venue 
on Friday. Or join The Upbeat 
Beatles for a Christmas Eve 
tribute to the Fab Four at the 
Robin on Saturday. 

Also coming up at the Mount 
Pleasant venue are Thin Lizzy 
tribute Limehouse Lizzy on 
Boxing Day night, ska legends 
Bad Manners on Tuesday and 
The Dirty DC tribute to Aussie 
rockers AC/DC on Wednesday. 

Turn the clock back to Mad- 
chester in the 90s for a triple 
tribute featuring Definitely 
Maybe, Adored and Happy Mon¬ 
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Shirley Bassey 

David Walliams Celebrates 
Dame Shirley Bassey 
(BBC1, 9pm) 

They say that parody is the 
highest form of flattery. If that’s 
the case, Shirley Bassey should 
be thrilled to bits by the way in 
which David Walliams and Matt 
Lucas paid homage to her 
during their late-1990s show 
Rock Profiles - Lucas played 
the great Dame as a diva 
claiming to have had more hits 
that she actually has. Not that 
the girl from Tiger Bay is exactly 
short of career-defining songs, 
having performed three 007 
title numbers as well as plenty 
of other show-stopping tunes 
(her rendition of Big Spender 
remains definitive, for 
instance). She turns 80 in 
January, and to celebrate that 
landmark, she shares the stage 
with Walliams, one of her 
biggest fans. 


BBC1 

6.00 Breakfast. 10.00 Saturday Kitchen. 

11.30 Film: A Christmas Carol. (2009) 

I. 00 BBC News; Weather. 1.15 Winter: 

Earth’s Seasonal Secrets. 2.15 Film: 

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince 

Caspian. (2008) 4.30 Shrek the Halls. 

(R) 4.50 Film: Penguins of Madagascar. 

(2014) 

6.15 BBC News. 

6.25 Regional Programme. 

6.30 Pointless Celebrities. Alexander 
Armstrong and Richard Osman 
present a Christmas special of the 
general knowledge quiz, with 
Lesley Joseph, Duncan James, 
Faye Tozer, Bobby Davro and Joe 
Pasquale. 

7.25 Michael McIntyre’s Big 
Christmas Show. Michael puts a 
festive spin on his weekend 
variety entertainment show, with 
live performances by Alfie Boe, 
Michael Ball, Catherine Tate and 
Harry Enfield. 

8.25 EastEnders. Phil is given some 
tough love by both Shirley and 
Denise, Linda receives 
devastating family news and Dot 
closes up for the final time. Donna 
is touched by a dinner invitation. 

9.00 David Walliams Celebrates 
Dame Shirley Bassey. The 
comedy actor hosts this special 
evening of entertainment in which 
the veteran singer performs some 
of her best-loved songs and looks 
back on her 60 years in 
showbusiness. 

10.05Peter Kay’s Christmas Comedy 
Shuffle. A festive collection of 
clips from the comedian’s TV 
career, featuring highlights from 
Car Share and Phoenix Nights, as 
well as a seasonal singalong with 
Paul McCartney. 

10.50The Vicar of Dibley. Alice 
suggests an unconventional 
nativity play starring herself and 
Hugo as Mary and Joseph, and 
adds an extra touch of 
authenticity by going into labour 
mid-performance. (R) 

11.30 BBC News; Weather.; National 
Lottery Update. 

II. 45Midnight Mass: from St Chad’s 

Birmingham. The Most Rev 
Bernard Longley, Archbishop of 
Birmingham, leads a Christmas 
Eve Midnight Mass broadcast live 
from St Chad’s Cathedral. 

1.00 Film: Surviving Christmas. (2004) 

2.25 Weather for the Week Ahead. 2.30 

BBC News. 


BBC2 

6.15 Film: Mars Needs Moms. (2011) 
Animated sci-fi adventure, with the voice 
of Seth Robert Dusky. 7.40 The NFL 
Show. (R) 8.10 Film: Hans Christian 
Andersen. (1952) Musical, starring 
Danny Kaye. 10.00 Robot Wars. (R) 
11.00 Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave. 

R) 11.30 Nigella’s Christmas Kitchen. 

R) 12.00 The Cook Who Changed Our 
Lives. (R) 1.00 Film: Splash! (1984) 
Romantic fantasy comedy, with Tom 
Hanks and Daryl Hannah. 2.45 Snow 
Chick: A Penguin’s Tale. (R) 3.45 Gorilla 
Family and Me. (R) 4.45 Gorilla Family 
and Me. (R) 5.45 Carols from King’s. 
7.00 Dad’s Army. The platoon 

challenges a rival regiment to a 
gruelling duel, involving map¬ 
reading, initiative tests, river¬ 
crossing and field-fighting, to 
prove they are fitter and better 
trained than any other troop. 
Vintage comedy with the bumbling 
Home Guard of Walmington-on- 
Sea, starring Arthur Lowe, John Le 
Mesurierand Ian Lavender. (R) 
8.00 Alan Bennett’s Diaries. A candid 
profile of the writer, following him 
in his home village in Yorkshire, to 
his community library in Primrose 
Hill and during a trip to New York. 
In a series of intimate encounters 
filmed over the period of a year, he 
reflects on his modest beginnings 
and his enduring gratitude to a 
Welfare State that paid for his 
education and looked after his 
parents in their old age. 

9.00 Film: The Lady in the Van. (2015) 
Premiere. The true story of writer 
Alan Bennett’s friendship with an 
eccentric homeless woman, whom 
he befriended in the 1970s before 
allowing her to park her 
dilapidated Bedford van outside 
his Camden home, where she 
ended up staying for 15 years. 
Comedy-drama, starring Maggie 
Smith, Alex Jennings, Roger Allam 
and Jim Broadbent. 

10.40The National Lottery Live. The all- 
important winning numbers are 
revealed. 

10.50 Christmas T0TP2 Special. Mark 
Radcliffe presents festive 
performances from the Top of the 
Pops archive, including classics by 
Slade, Wham!, Wizzard, East 17, 
Mud, the Jackson 5 and Johnny 
Mathis. (R) 

12.20 Film: Viva Las Vegas. (1964) 1.40 
Sign Zone: Countryfile. (R) 2.40 Holby 
City. (R) 3.40 This Is BBC Two. Preview 
of upcoming programmes. 


ITV 

6.00 CITV: Grizzly Tales for Gruesome 
Kids. 6.20 Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures. 
(R) 6.35 Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures. 

(R) 6.45 Super 4. (R) 6.55 Signed 
Stories. (R) 7.05 Sooty. (R) 7.10 
Oddbods. (R) 7.15 Oddbods. (R) 7.25 
Nerds & Monsters. (R) 7.40 Nerds & 
Monsters. (R) 7.55 Horrid Henry. (R) 

8.10 Horrid Henry. (R) 8.25 Weekend at 
Christmas. 9.25 Thunderbirds Are Go. 

9.50 The Chase. (R) 10.50 You’ve Been 
Framed! With Bells On. (R) 11.20 Film: 
Despicable Me. (2010) 1.20 ITV News; 
Weather. 1.30 Film: Harry Potter and the 
Philosopher’s Stone. (2001) Fantasy 
adventure, starring Daniel Radcliffe. 4.20 
Film: One Hundred and One Dalmatians. 
(1961) Disney animated adventure, with 
the voice of Betty Lou Gerson. 

6.00 Regional Programme; Weather. 
6.15 ITV News; Weather. 

6.30 Blankety Blank. David Walliams 
presents a one-off special revival 
of the 1970s game show in which 
contestants and a panel of 
celebrities must identify the 
missing word in a phrase. 

7.30 Coronation Street. Aidan admits 
to Johnny he is in love with Maria 
while she heads to court, and Nick 
feels left out as Peter and Leanne 
reflect on old times. 

8.00 Birds of a Feather. Sharon, Tracey 
and Dorien head to Morocco to 
track down Travis when he goes 
missing while on his gap year. 
Comedy, starring Pauline Duirke, 
Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph. 
9.00 Grantchester Christmas Special. 
It’s the week before Christmas, 
and Sidney and Geordie are drawn 
into a case with echoes of an 
unsolved murder from nine years 
previously when a bride-to-be 
reports the disappearance of her 
groom on their wedding day. 
Drama set in the 1950s, starring 
James Norton, Robson Green, 
Morven Christie and Al Weaver. 
10.30Through the Keyhole. Keith 

Lemon hosts a Christmas special 
of the game show, as celebrity 
panellists Shayne Ward, Kelly 
Brook and Johnny Vegas are 
asked to identify the homes of the 
rich and famous. 

11.30 ITV News; Weather. 

11.45 Christmas Carols on ITV. Aled 
Jones joins the congregation of St 
Chad’s church in Rochdale. 

12.40 All Star Mr & Mrs Christmas 
Special. (R) 1.30 Film: Carry On Loving. 
(1970) 3.05 ITV Nightscreen. 


CHANNEL 4 

6.15 Olive, the Other Reindeer. (R) 7.05 
Film: A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s 
Adventures. (2010) 8.40 Father 
Christmas. (R) 9.10 Painting the Bear 
Hunt. 9.15 Christmas Brunch. 12.15 
Jamie’s Ultimate Christmas. (R) 1.15 
The Simpsons. (R) 1.45 The Simpsons. 
(R) 2.15 The Simpsons. (R) 2.45 Film: 
Scrooged. (1988) Christmas comedy, 
starring Bill Murray. 4.40 Channel 4 
News. 4.45 The Snowman. (R) 5.15 The 
Snowman and the Snowdog. (R) 5.50 
Film: The Muppet Christmas Carol. 
(1992) Puppet comedy, starring Michael 
Caine. 

7.30 We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. 

Animated adventure, based on 
Michael Rosen’s popular children’s 
story of the same name, featuring 
the voices of Olivia Colman, Pam 
Ferris and Mark Williams. 

8.00 Gogglesprogs Christmas Special. 
Young TV viewers appraise the 
year’s television programmes in 
this festive edition, from big news 
stories about the American 
Presidential election to TV’s most 
popular hits, including Strictly 
Come Dancing, First Dates and 
Planet Earth II. 

9.00 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown 
Christmas Special. Jimmy Carr 
hosts a festive edition of the 
comedy panel show, with guests 
Kathy Burke and Russell Howard 
joining Sean Lock and Jon 
Richardson. With Joe Lycett and 
Joe Wilkinson. 

10.00 Rude Tube Christmas Cracker 
2016. AlexZane and his canine 
companion Bah Hum-Pug present 
some of the most popular 
seasonal internet videos, including 
a rocket-powered reindeer and a 
Christmas message from Bjork. 

11.00Trigger Happy Christmas Special. 
Dorn Joly returns with a festive 
edition of the hidden-camera 
show, featuring new characters 
alongside the “big mobile man”, 
who now has a smartphone with 
appsand video-calling. 

11.30The Inbetweeners. The gang goes 
on the infamous sociology and 
geography field trip to Swanage, 
and Will takes a shine to new girl 
Lauren - but she is only interested 
in Simon. (R) 

12.05 The Inbetweeners. (R) 1.30 Friday 
Night Dinner. (R) 2.25 The Last Leg 
Christmas Special. (R) 3.20 My Crazy 
Christmas Lights. (R) 4.10 Location, 
Location, Location. (R) 5.05 The Restoration 
Man. (R) 5.55 Prep & Landing. (R) 


CHANNEL 5 

6.00 Milkshake! 8.30 SpongeBob 
SquarePants. 9.05 Film: Doctor Zhivago. 
(1965) 12.50 Film: The Vikings. (1958) 
Historical adventure, starring Kirk 
Douglas and Tony Curtis. 3.05 Film: 
Jason and the Argonauts. (1963) Fantasy 
adventure, starring Todd Armstrong. 

5.10 Film: Scrooge - A Christmas Carol. 
(1951) Charles Dickens’fantasy, starring 
AlastairSim. 

6.55 Andre Rieu: Christmas in 
London. A festive concert given by 
the Dutch violinist and the Johann 
Strauss Orchestra in 2015, 
featuring Christmas carols, 
popular classical pieces and songs 
including Leonard Cohen’s 
Hallelujah and the Concierto de 
Aranjuez. 

8.00 The Yorkshire Vet at Christmas. 

The veterinary documentary series 
concludes with a festive trip to 
Skeldale. Elderly farmer Jean, one 
of the show’s most colourful 
characters, makes a Christmas 
cake with ingredients that have 
been “maturing” for seven years, 
and vet Peter Wright fears the 
worst when he is called to tend to 
a cow that has collapsed. Back at 
the surgery, Julian Norton has to 
make a difficult decision regarding 
Barney, a spaniel with a huge, fast¬ 
growing tumour on his leg. The 
residents of Thirsk plan to mark 
James Herriot’s centenary by 
inviting his successors to turn on 
the town’s Christmas lights, but 
Julian and Peter face a more 
daunting challenge when they are 
asked to help find a donkey for the 
town square nativity scene. Last in 
the series. 

9.00 Eamonn & Ruth: A Million Pound 
Christmas. Eamonn Holmes and 
Ruth Langsford discover the most 
expensive ways in which people 
can enjoy the season of goodwill, 
beginning by sampling a £10,000 
advent calendar. 

10.00 Greatest Ever Christmas Movies. 

Countdown of the best festive 
films, from It’s a Wonderful Life to 
Bad Santa. Featuring contributions 
by Gremlins star Zach Galligan and 
Miracle on 34th Street’s Mara 
Wilson. (R) 

12.55 Film: Scrooge-A Christmas 
Carol. (1951) 2.25 SuperCasino. 4.00 
The Trafford Centre: Countdown to 
Christmas. (R) 4.50 House Doctor. (R) 
5.20 Angels of Jarm. (R) 5.25 Roary the 
Racing Car. (R) 5.35 Milkshake! Bop Box. 
(R) 5.40 Peppa Pig. (R) 5.45 Paw Patrol. 


DIGITAL 

BBC Four 

7.00 All Aboard! The Sleigh Ride 9.00 Top of 
the Pops Christmas Hits 10.30 Roy Orbison: 
One of the Lonely Ones 11.30 Steptoe and 
Son 12.15 Top of the Pops: 1982 1.25 
Shirley Bassey at the BBC 2.25 Top of the 
Pops 3.55 Close 
ITV2 

11.50 The Nation’s Favourite Disney Song 

12.50 Film: Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups 
(2012) 2.35 Film: Mickey’s Twice Upon a 
Christmas (2004) 4.00 The Smurfs: A 
Christmas Carol 4.25 You’ve Been Framed! 
at Christmas 5.25 Catchphrase Christmas 
Special 6.30 You’ve Been Framed! at 
Christmas 6.55 Film: The Polar Express 
(2004) 9.00 Film: Quantum of Solace 
(2008) 11.15 Family Guy 12.15 American 
Dad! 1.40 Celebrity Juice Christmas Special 
2.35 Film: Derailed (2005) 4.20 Educating 
Joey Essex: What Are You Sleighing? 5.05 
Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records 

5.30 Christmas Bonkers Guinness World 
Records 5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen 

ITV3 

11.45 Film: Columbo:The Conspirators 
(1978) 1.50 Hans Christian Andersen: My 
Life as a Fairy Tale 3.50 The Sound of Music 
Live! 6.30 The Making of The Sound of 
Music Live 7.00 Lewis 9.00 It’ll Be Alright on 
the Night 10.00 Michael Flatley: A Night to 
Remember 11.00 The Suspicions of Mr 
Whicher 1.05 Inspector Morse 3.00 Hans 
Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale 
4.40 The Darling Buds of May 5.35 ITV3 
Nightscreen 
ITV4 

12.10 Film: The Searchers (1956) 1.20 FYI 
Daily 1.25 Film: The Searchers (1956) 2.30 
Film: The Horse Soldiers (1959) 5.00 Film: 
Rio Bravo (1959) 7.50 Film: Cannonball 
Run II (1984) 10.00 Film: The Devil’s 
Advocate (1997) 112.50 Film: Road (2014) 
3.00 Hell on Wheels 3.45 ITV4 Nightscreen 

3.50 Tommy Cooper 4.15 The Professionals 

5.10 Minder 
E4 

11.55 Film: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick 
Rules (2011) 2.00 Father Christmas 2.35 
Prep & Landing 3.00 Prep & Landing: 
Naughty v Nice 3.25 The Big Bang Theory 
9.00 Film: The Inbetweeners Movie (2011) 
11.05 Gogglebox 1.10 Rude Tube Christmas 
Cracker 2014 2.15 Rude Tube 3.20 Rude 
Tube Christmas Cracker 4.10 Made in 
Chelsea Christmas 5.00 Melissa & Joey 
Film4 

11.00 Miracle on 34th Street (1994) 1.15 
Arthur Christmas (2011) 3.15 Mr Popper’s 
Penguins (2011) 5.05 Thunderbirds (2004) 

6.50 Knight and Day (2010) 9.00 Last Vegas 
(2013) 11.10 The Transporter (2002) 12.55 
Rear Window (1954) 3.15 Close 


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Peter Capaldi 


Doctor Who 
(BBC1, 5.45pm) 

It’s been a bleak year for 
Whovians. Instead of having a 
full series to enjoy, there’s been 
nothing apart from spin-off 
series Class. It’s been delightful, 
but it’s just not the same as 
having some Tardis action to get 
your teeth into. But, as they say, 
absence makes the heart grow 
fonder, and as Steven Moffat 
(who bows out as the 
showrunner next year) has had 
an extra 12 months to work on 
this single episode, we’re 
expecting big things. Not that 
the BBC is letting fa ns know too 
much about it - as with previous 
episodes, it’s only giving away 
the barest essentials. So we’ll 
see Peter Capaldi’sTime Lord 
travel to New York, where he 
comes face to face with a 
mysterious superhero called 
The Ghost. 


BBC1 

6.00 Breakfast. 9.00 CBeebies The 
Nutcracker. 9.45 Legend of the 
Boneknapper Dragon. (R) 10.00 
Christmas Day Service - Live from 
Bristol Cathedral. 11.00 Songs of Praise: 
Christmas Big Sing. 11.40 BBC News; 
Weather. 11.50 Film: The Croods. (2013) 

1.20 Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s 
Llamas. (R) 1.50 Top of the Pops 
Christmas. 2.50 BBC News; Weather. 
3.00 The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast. 
3.10 Film: Frozen. (2013) 4.45 The Great 
Christmas Bake Off. 5.45 Doctor Who. 

6.45 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas 
Special. Tess Daly and Claudia 
Winkleman host the festive 
special, with previous contestants 
Denise Lewis, Frankie Bridge, 
Pamela Stephenson, Ainsley 
Harriott, Gethin Jones and Melvin 
Odoom. 

8.00 Call the Midwife. Christmas 
special, in which the nurses of 
Nonnatus House travel to South 
Africa to help the struggling staff 
of a mission clinic faced with 
closure. Sinead Cusack guest 
stars. 

9.30 EastEnders. Any hopes of a merry 
Christmas seem slim with Phil’s 
health deteriorating rapidly, Lee 
struggling with the burden of his 
secrets and the return of none 
other than Max Branning. 

10.30 Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas 
Special. Grandad’s health causes 
concern, Mrs Brown steps in when 
a fire at the salon leaves Rory and 
Dino with nowhere to work, while 
Dermot faces stiff competition to 
win a contract. 

11.00 The Best of Tracey Ullman’s 
Show. Highlights from the 
comedy sketch show, as well as 
some brand new material, 
including a look at what would 
happen if Clare Balding was left in 
charge of BBC’s Christmas 
schedules. 

11.30 BBC News; Weather. 

11.45 On Christmas Night. Don 

Warrington reads the bible story of 
the shepherds’ visit to the Christ 
Child. 

11.50 Would I Lie to You? At Christmas. 

With Richard Osman, Tom 
Courtenay, Sara Pascoe and Chris 
Kamara. (R) 

12.20 Have I Got a Bit More 2016 News 
for You. 1.05 Citizen Khan. (R) 1.35 
Film: While You Were Sleeping. (1995) 

3.10 Weather for the Week Ahead. 3.15 
BBC News. 


BBC2 

6.40 Countryfile. (R) 7.35 Film: The Cat 
in the Hat. (2003) 8.50 Film: Tom 
Thumb. (1958) 10.20 Film: Bee Movie. 
(2007) 11.40 Carols from King’s. (R) 

12.55 Wild Tales From the Village. (R) 

1.55 The Good Life. (R) 2.25 Film: The 
Artist. (2011) Oscar-winning silent 
drama, starring Jean Dujardin. 4.00 
Dancing the Nutcracker-Inside the 
Royal Ballet. 5.30 Sign Zone: The 
Queen’s Christmas Broadcast. (R) 5.40 
The Morecambe and Wise Christmas 
Show-1976. (R) 

6.45 Christmas University Challenge. 

Alumni of Magdalene College, 
Cambridge, and St Hilda’s, Oxford 
compete in the penultimate first- 
round match of the special run of 
Christmas episodes. Jeremy 
Paxman hosts. 

7.15 Blackadder’s Christmas Carol. 

Kindly Victorian pushover 
Ebenezer Blackadder is visited by 
the Spirit of Christmas and gains 
an insight into the dastardly deeds 
of his ancestors. Starring Rowan 
Atkinson. (R) 

8.00 Dad’s Army. Pompous Captain 
Mainwaring proves he is a softie at 
heart by organising a Christmas 
treat for the struggling senior 
citizens of Walmington-on-Sea. 

(R) 

8.30 Gospel Christmas. Gregory Porter 
and Beverley Knight host a concert 
from St John at Hackney, London, 
featuring the London Community 
Gospel Choir, the House Gospel 
Choir performing in front of a live 
audience, with guest vocalists 
including Katy B, Shaun Escoffery 
and vocal quintet Vade. 

9.30 Victorian Bakers at Christmas. 
The bakers prepare Victorian 
Christmas recipes, including 
twelfth cakes, bread-based punch, 
roasts to feed entire communities, 
and mince pies made with either 
beef or tripe. 

10.30 Ql XL. Sandi Toksvig and Alan 
Davies are joined by Josh 
Widdicombe, Susan Caiman and 
Matt Lucas for an extended festive 
special, with a series of tough 
questions on the subject of Noel. 

11.15 Film: Great Expectations. (2012) 
An orphan is given the chance to 
rise through high society with the 
assistance of a mysterious 
benefactor. Period drama, with 
Jeremy Irvine and Helena Bonham 
Carter. 

1.15 Film: A Hard Day’s Night. (1964) 

2.40 This Is BBC Two. 


ITV 

6.00 CITV: Grizzly Tales for Gruesome 
Kids. 6.10 Grizzly Tales for Gruesome 
Kids. (R) 6.20 Dino Dan: Trek’s 
Adventures. (R) 6.35 Dino Dan: Trek’s 
Adventures. (R) 6.45 Super 4. (R) 6.55 
Sooty. (R) 7.10 Oddbods.(R) 7.15 
Oddbods. (R) 7.20 Almost Naked 
Animals. (R) 7.30 Almost Naked 
Animals. (R) 7.45 Horrid Henry. (R) 8.00 
Horrid Henry. (R) 8.15 Horrid Henry. (R) 

8.25 Weekend at Christmas. 9.25 
Countrywise: Guide to Britain. (R) 9.55 
Film: Despicable Me 2. (2013) 11.55 
Film: Harry Potter and the Chamber of 
Secrets. (2002) 3.00 The Queen. 3.10 
Film: The Lion King. (1994) Disney 
animated musical, with the voice of 
Matthew Broderick. 4.55 ITV News; 
Weather. 5.15 You’ve Been Framed! 
Harry’s Naughty List. 5.45 Emmerdale. 

6.45 Paul O’Grady: For the Love of 
Dogs at Christmas. The comedian 
visits Battersea Dogs & Cats Home 
at Christmas, and tries to get a 
snaggle-toothed shih tzu the royal 
seal of approval when the Duchess 
of Cornwall drops by to open a 
new building. Paul also arranges 
an ultrasound for a heavily 
pregnant pug cross and nurses a 
dog with painfully bowed legs. 

7.45 ITV News; Weather. 

8.00 Coronation Street. Leanne is 
thrilled when Toyah returns to the 
cobbles, while Peter and Nick wind 
up brawling in the street, and 
Bethany collapses in the ginnel 
from an overdose. 

9.00 Maigret’s Dead Man. Rowan 
Atkinson stars as the Parisian 
detective in the second in a run of 
adaptations of Georges Simenon’s 
books. Maigret is distracted from a 
string of attacks on three wealthy 
farms by a series of anonymous 
phone calls from a man who 
claims a gang is trying to kill him. 
He and his trusty associates 
LaPointe and Janvier go in search 
of the caller, which leads them to 
the discovery of a body that has 
been dumped out of a car. Maigret 
is convinced the corpse is the man 
who phoned him - but his face has 
been mutilated, making it 
impossible to confirm his identity. 

11.00 Film: Love Actually. (2003) 

Interlinked tales of several people 
in search of love. Richard Curtis’s 
romantic comedy, with Hugh 
Grant, Martine McCutcheon, 

Emma Thompson and Colin Firth. 

1.30 Film: King Kong. (2005) 4.25 ITV 
Nightscreen. 


CHANNEL 4 

6.20 Prep & Landing: Naughty v Nice. 

(R) 6.40 The Bear. (R) 7.10 Painting the 
Bear Hunt. 7.15 Film: Animals United. 
(2010) 8.55 The Simpsons. (R) 9.20 The 
Simpsons. (R) 9.50 The Simpsons. (R) 

10.20 The Simpsons. (R) 10.50 Ice Age: 
A Mammoth Christmas. (R) 11.15 
Painting the Bear Hunt. 11.20 Father 
Christmas. (R) 11.50 The Snowman. (R) 

12.20 Film: The Sword in the Stone. 

(1963) Disney animated adventure, with 
the voice of Rickie Sorenson. 2.05 The 
Alternative Christmas Message. 2.15 
Channel 4 News. 2.20 Film: It’s a 
Wonderful Life. (1946) Fantasy drama, 
starring James Stewart. 4.55 The 
Snowman and the Snowdog. (R) 5.25 
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. (R) 

6.00 Film: Home Alone. (1990) A boy 
has to fend for himself when he is 
accidentally left behind after his 
family jets off to Paris for 
Christmas. The youngster initially 
enjoys his freedom, but is soon 
forced to resort to ingenious 
booby traps to defend the family 
home from two dim-witted 
burglars. Comedy, starring 
Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel 
Stern, John Heard, Catherine 
O’Hara and John Candy. 

8.00 Travel Man: 48 Hours in 
Florence. Rebel Wilson joins 
Richard Ayoade on a rapid-fire 
tour of the Italian city, taking in as 
much as they can in just two days. 
They race past iconic works of art 
including Botticelli’s Venus and 
Michelangelo’s David, take in 
some street art, go on a rafting trip 
down the River Arno, climb to the 
top of the city’s cathedral and dine 
on a traditional tripe sandwich. 
9.00 Gogglebox 201 6 . A look back at 
some of the highlights of this 
year’s series, featuring regular 
armchair presenters Leon and 
June, Christopher and Stephen, 
and the Michaels family offering 
their thoughts on popular and 
topical TV shows. 

10.30 Alan Carr’s Christmas Chatty 
Man. The host is joined for this 
Christmas special by guests 
including Tom Daley, Gary Barlow, 
Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp, 
with music from Emeli Sande and 
Robbie Williams. 

12.35 Film: Four Christmases. (2008) 
2.05 Rude Tube Christmas Cracker 
2016. (R) 3.05 Very British Problems at 
Christmas. (R) 4.00 Location, Location, 
Location. (R) 5.00 Supershoppers. (R) 

5.25 The Restoration Man. (R) 


CHANNEL 5 

6.10 Milkshake!: Milkshake! Festive Fun. 

6.15 Shimmer and Shine. 6.40 Paw 
Patrol. (R) 7.00 Angelina Ballerina. (R) 

7.20 Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. (R) 
7.35 Film: An American in Paris. (1951) 
Romantic musical, starring Gene Kelly 
and Leslie Caron. 9.50 Film: On the 
Town. (1949) Musical, starring Gene 
Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin. 

11.50 Film: Scrooge. (1970) Musical 
fantasy, starring Albert Finney. 2.10 
Film: The Wizard of Oz. (1939) Musical 
fantasy, starring Judy Garland. 4.10 
Film: Singin’ in the Rain. (1952) Musical 
comedy, starring Gene Kelly. 

6.15 Britain’s Favourite Xmas Songs. 

A countdown of popular songs 
that are guaranteed to make any 
Christmas party go with a swing. 
Highlights include the Jackson 5’s 
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, 
Greg Lake’s I Believe in Father 
Christmas, the Waitresses’ 
Christmas Wrapping and the 
Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s 
Fairytale of New York. Is Mud’s 
Lonely This Christmas past its sell- 
by date? Will Jona Lewie ever Stop 
the Cavalry? And where would any 
Christmas party be without Slade 
and their classic anthem Merry 
Xmas Everybody? But which one 
will top the nation’s festive chart? 
Featuring contributions by artists, 
producers, video directors, 
composers and journalists, who 
shed light on the creation of the 
songs and their accompanying 
videos. (R) 

8.30 When Celebrities Go Pop. A 

countdown of the 40 most 
memorable musical efforts by 
celebrities who have decided to 
diversify into music. The 
programme features 
performances by MrT, Katie Price, 
Vinnie Jones, Sam Fox, Eddie “The 
Eagle” Edwards, David Hasselhoff, 
an assortment of soap stars and 
Christopher Lee, who embarked 
on a second career as a heavy- 
metal singer in his 80s. 

10.30 Film: Dallas Buyers Club. (2013) 
Premiere. A man diagnosed with 
HIV sets up an organisation to 
smuggle drugs for treating the 
condition into the US. Fact-based 
drama, starring Matthew 
McConaughey and Jared Leto. 

12.45 Greatest Ever Christmas Songs. 

(R) 1.10 SuperCasino. Live interactive 
gaming. 3.10 Chris Tarrant: On the Xmas 
Express. (R) 4.00 Now That’s Funny! (R) 

4.50 House Doctor. (R) 5.40 Angels of 
Jarm. (R) 5.50 Roary the Racing Car. (R) 


DIGITAL 

BBC Four 

7.00 King Lear 10.10 The Good Old Days: 
Christmas 1976 11.00 Top of the Pops 
Christmas Hits 12.00 Old Grey Whistle 
Test: 70’s Gold 1.30 All Aboard! The 
Sleigh Ride 3.30 Close 
ITV2 

11.00 You’ve Been Framed! With Bells 
On 11.35 Emmerdale 12.00 Coronation 
Street 1.05 Film: The Polar Express 
(2004) 3.10 You’ve Been Framed! 4.15 
Catchphrase Christmas Special 5.15 
Minion Madness 5.30 Film: One Hundred 
and One Dalmatians (1961) 7.15 Film: 

Mr Bean’s Holiday (2007) 9.00 Film: 
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 
(2004) 11.15 Family Guy 1.10 American 
Dad! 2.05 The Cleveland Show 2.30 
Film: Not Another Teen Movie (2001) 

4.10 The Almost Impossible Gameshow 
5.00 Planet’s Funniest Animals 5.45 ITV2 
Nightscreen 
ITV3 

11.30 Film: Carry On Cleo (1964) 1.25 
Film: Carry On Girls (1973) 3.15 Film: 
Carry On Camping (1969) 5.05 Film: 
Carry On Up the Jungle (1970) 7.00 
Film: Carry On Cowboy (1966) 9.00 
Film: Steptoe and Son Ride Again (1973) 
11.00 Film: The Sting (1973) 1.40 Film: 
The Four Musketeers (1974) 3.35 
Wycliffe 5.00 Doctor at Large 5.25 
Movies Now 5.35 ITV3 Nightscreen 
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11.30 Film: The Green Berets (1968) 

2.20 Film: Dunkirk (1958) 5.05 Film: 
Where Eagles Dare (1968) 8.10 Film: 
Jaws: The Revenge (1987) 10.00 Film: 
Body of Lies (2008) 12.35 Film: The Girl 
with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) 3.30 Hell 
on Wheels 4.15 The Wine Show 5.10 
Goodwood Classic Cars 

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Daddy 12.30 How I Met Your Mother 

2.30 The Goldbergs 3.00 The Big Bang 
Theory: Festive Guests 6.00 Frozen at 
Christmas 7.00 The Snowman 7.35 The 
Snowman and the Snowdog 8.00 The Big 
Bang Theory 9.00 Film: The 
Inbetweeners 2 (2014) 11.00 The 
Inbetweeners 1.20 Tattoo Fixers at 
Christmas 2.25 Virtually Famous 
Christmas Special 3.10 The Inbetweeners 
3.35 Hollyoaks 

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the Dinosaurs (2009) 2.35 Cheaper By 
the Dozen (2003) 4.25 The Princess 
Diaries (2001) 6.35 The Best Exotic 
Marigold Hotel (2011) 9.00 Thor (2011) 

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PICK OF THE WEEK 





FILM CHOICES 


Money matters in this 
mystery tale of murder 


BOXING DAY 
Still Open All Hours 
BBC1,8.30pm 

Granville and Gastric find themselves playing 
marriage counsellors, while Leroy adopts a festive 
disguise to avoid relationship trouble of a different 
kind. Meanwhile, Mrs Featherstone struggles to get 
into the Christmas spirit and Kath attempts to bring 
the street together as one harmonious choir of 
carollers to beat Finkle Street once and for all - but 
does Granville have a trick up his sleeve to help 
them out? David Jason, Tim Healy, James Baxter 
and Stephanie Cole star. 

TUESDAY 

There’s a Croc in My Kitchen 
Channel 5,8pm 

Documentary following people around Britain who 
keep predatory wild animals as unusual pets. Chris 
Weller from Kent owns a crocodile, and spent 
£20,000 converting his house to accommodate the 
dangerous reptile, while in Gloucester, Patricia and 
her sons live with a serval, a big cat that is one of 
Africa’s deadliest hunters. Jim and Chris own a 
20-stone Komodo dragon, while Terry fears his pet 
lynx Pudding may have been poisoned. Devon 
resident Andre owns a wolf hybrid that shares her 
bed - but fears he may be on his last legs. 


chance to offload their junk by exchanging it for 
someone else’s. So, prepare to feel nostalgic as 
Noel hosts this familiar-sounding programme, in 
which guests get a chance to bid on an eclectic mix 
of items. The owners will also be there to explain 
why they are getting rid off their stuff - it might be 
an unwanted present, something bought in haste, 
or the cause of a series of family rows. Or perhaps 
they just thought it would be more fun to be on the 
TV then to sell it online. Either way, Noel and his 
SoS team are here to help. 

Judi Dench: All the World’s Her Stage 
BBC2, 8pm 

She’s one of Britain’s greatest actors and has also 
been dubbed ‘the second most popular woman in 
Britain’ (presumably the Queen pipped her to the 
top spot). Now this documentary, narrated by Colin 
Salmon, looks back over her remarkable 60-year 
career, and finds out just why she has become 
such an institution. The actors sharing their 
memories of working with her include Daniel Craig, 
Sir Ian McKellen and Billy Connolly, who reminisces 
about the time he though Judi was falling for him on 
the set of Mrs Brown. Former Miss Moneypenny 
Samantha Bond reveals that she had to calm 
Pierce Bronsnan’s nerves before his first scene with 
the legendary actress. 


BOXING DAY 
Captain Phillips, ITV, 9pm 

An American cargo ship sets a dangerous course 
around the coast of Somalia, while inland, four men 
are pressed into service as pirates by the local 
warlords. The captain is taken hostage when the 
raiding party hijacks the vessel, resulting in a tense 
five-day crisis. Fact-based thriller, starring Tom Hanks 
and Barkhad Abdi. (2013) 

TUESDAY 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, ITV, 7.30pm 

The teenage wizard is chosen to represent Hogwarts 
School in a dangerous magical tournament. Fourth 
instalment of the fantasy saga, starring Daniel 
Radcliffe and Robert Patti nson. (2005) 


WEDNESDAY 

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, ITV, 
7.30pm 

The young wizard struggles to convince his fellow 
sorcerers that the evil Lord Voldemort has returned to 
life. When Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore is 
ousted in favour of a sadistic replacement, Harry 
realises he must take matters into his own hands, 
uniting his fellow pupils to form a secret army and 
training them for the inevitable confrontation to come. 
Adventure sequel, starring Daniel Radcliffe. (2007) 

THURSDAY 

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal 
Skull, BBC1,11.20pm 

The globe-trotting archaeologist races against Soviet 
agents to find a mysterious artefact of untold power. 
Action adventure sequel, starring Harrison Ford and 
Cate Blanchett. (2008) 

FRIDAY 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, BBC1, 
8.30pm 

The superhuman soldier becomes an operative for 
secret intelligence agency SHIELD, but grows 
suspicious of their motives. Following a battle with a 
mysterious cyborg assassin, he and fellow Avenger 
Black Widow become fugitives, and try to bring down 
a sinister conspiracy. Comic-book thriller sequel, 
.l^lljllhris Evans. (JuS!#- 1 ' 


I TV may have brought us the 
definitive version of Hercule Poirot, 
but the BBC feels like the small 
screen home of Agatha Christie. 

It has adapted the Miss Marple 
cases, and broadcast adventures 
based on the Tommy and Tuppence 
characters last year, as well as a 
blockbusting version of And Then 
There Were None. 

The latter was shown during the 
festive season, and this year, there’s 
another all-star Christie feast for fans - 
this take of her classic short story, The 
Witness for the Prosecution. 

‘And Then There Were None made a 
huge impact last year, garnering great 
reviews and audiences of over eight 
million,” remarks executive producer 
Karen Thrussell. “We’re thrilled to be 
reunited with Sarah Phelps as she 
takes on another iconic title, an 
incendiary courtroom drama that will 
keep you guessing right to the very 
end. The source material is so strong, 
and we hope the end result will be 
every bit as striking as And Then 
There Were None.” 

The Witness for the Prosecution is 


no stranger to screen treatment, of 
course. The BBC made the first 
version way back in 1949; a US 
version made it to TV in 1953, the 
same year it was first produced as a 
stage play. 

Perhaps the most famous adaptation 
came in 1957 when it was turned into 
a movie by none other than the 
legendary Billy Wilder, who cast 
Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich 
and Tyrone Power (in his final 
completed part) in the lead roles. 

Then, in 1982, another TV drama 
followed, this time featuring an all-star 
cast that included Ralph Richardson, 
Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasence and 
Wendy Hiller. It was recently 
announced that Ben Affleck will direct 
and star in a future take on the tale. 

Filming for the latest production based 
on the story took place in Liverpool this 
summer and sees Toby Jones, Andrea 
Riseborough, Kim Cattrall and David 
Haig taking lead roles. 

‘With the long terrible shadow of the 
Great War falling across the rackety, 
feral 1920s, The Witness For The 
Prosecution is a compelling story of 


deceit, desire, murder, money and 
morality, innocence and guilt, 
heartbreak and - most painful and 
dangerous of all - love,” says Phelps. ‘At 
the centre of this dark and tangled net 
is the astonishing character of Romaine, 
a noir heroine for all our times.” 

Romaine is an enigmatic chorus girl 
and the partner of Leonard Vole, a 
young chancer who has been accused 
of the brutal murder of the enormously 
wealthy Emily French. She’s been 
found in her handsome 1920s London 
residence and, having left her fortune 
to Vole, he certainly had a motive to 
kill her. 

Vole is convinced that Romaine can 
prove his innocence, but he is in for a 
terrible surprise... 

“Combining Sarah’s brilliance with 
the excellent and skilful eye of our 
director, Julian Jarrold, we expect to 
deliver a show that will thrill both 
audiences who have enjoyed Christie’s 
work before and those who are coming 
to it for the first time,” claims Hilary 
Strong, CEO of Agatha Christie Ltd. 

Let’s hope her verdict is the right 
one! 


The Witness for the Prosecution, Boxing Day, BBC1,9pm 

BEST OF THE REST 


WEDNESDAY 
Jonathan Creek 
BBC1, 9pm 

It’s not quite a Christmas ghost story, but there’s 
definitely a spooky element to Jonathan’s latest 
case, which centers on Daemons’ Roost, the home 
of a 19th-century sorcerer who claimed to be able 
to summon the powers of Hell. The property now 
belongs to horror film director Nathan Clore (played 
by Ken Bones, which is arguably an even better 
name for a gore maestro) who summons his 
stepdaughter Alison (Georgie Lord) home so he 
can explain exactly what happened to her family 
there when she was a child. Unfortunately, Clore 
suffers a debilitating stroke before he can 
come clean, leaving Alison to try to piece 
together the mystery together herself. 

Jonathan may be just the man to help 
her, but his wife Polly (Sarah Alexander) 
believes he’s already got enough on his 
plate. Meanwhile, the Reverend 
Wendell Wilkie (Warwick Davis) also 
finds himself drawn into the mystery. 


THURSDAY 
Life in the Snow 
BBC1, 8pm 

Gordon Buchanan goes in search of 


animals that live in snowy conditions and have 
adapted to survive in cold weather. The programme 
features polar bears raising their cubs, owls keeping 
their supplies of food hidden under a layer of snow, 
penguins that huddle together for warmth, and 
wolverines and ravens working alongside each 

other to find food. He also takes a look 
at the lives of animals associated 
with Christmas, including robins and 
reindeer, revealing the truth behind 
the story of Rudolph’s red nose. 

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PUZZLES 


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No.409 


Double Crossword 


Choose either quick or cryptic clues - both 
fit the same grid. 


Codeword 


Each number in the grid represents a different letter of the 
alphabet and every letter of the alphabet is used. Use the 
given letter(s) to the right of the main grid to start you off. 



LAST WEEK’S SOLUTION: 


1 

D 

2 

H 

G 

B 

5 

Q 

K 

7 

P 

8 

N 

Y 

10 

Y 

11 

z 

12 

A 

13 

w 

14 

J 

15 

s 

16 

0 

17 

E 

18 

1 

19 

V 

20 

u 

21 

F 

22 

c 

23 

X 

24 

T 

25 

M 

26 

R 


Cryptic Clues: 

Across 

1. Service chiefs? 

(4,7) 

9. They may be black 
or white pelts (7) 

10. Get to a stretch of 
the river (5) 

11. The car that creates 
records (5) 

12. His choice will get 
cross (7) 

13. Father’s attempt to 
be a kind of cook 
( 6 ) 

15. Scarcity of thread, 
perhaps (6) 

18. Train that is brought 
to absolute rest (7) 

20. Excel in striking a 
note (5) 

22. It comes back to 
beat a giant (5) 

23. At least a soldier 
will be (7) 

24. A case of mixed 
dates (11) 


Down 

2. Turn out a bad 
scholar? (5) 

3. She puts on other 
people’s clothes (7) 

4. Result of a 
questionable 
action? (6) 

5. All-male crew of a 
novel boat (5) 

6. Person goes 
round a nuclear 
establishment (7) 

7. Fit to take 
possession (11) 

8. Time may be on its 
side (6,5) 

14. Don’t allow 

bitterness to remain 

(7) 

16. Perhaps ore is 
turned up on 
wearing away of the 
soil (7) 

17. Soldier with papers 
in order (6) 

19. The keynote of 
medicine (5) 

21. Is in too much hurry 
to use the letter- 
opener? (5) 



Sudoku 


Thinking space 




7 


8 


2 


4 


3 







5 


8 

2 

6 


4 







8 

6 



3 


3 

6 


9 


2 


4 



7 




5 







3 


9 

6 

2 


7 




5 




3 

1 


3 


4 

6 


5 



Quick Clues: 

Across 


Being tested (2,9) 

2. Sound (5) 

Stupid (7) 

3. Withdraw (7) 

Engine (5) 

4. Squabble (6) 

Bit (5) 

5. Time (5) 

Feeling (7) 

6. Exterior (7) 

Spent (6) 

7. Indignation (11) 

Mourn (6) 

8. Insobriety (11) 

Harbour (7) 

14. Raze (7) 

Unsullied (5) 

16. Narration (7) 

Proportion (5) 

17. Filament (6) 

Ingenuous (7) 

19. Smell (5) 

Disbelief (11) 

21. Upright (5) 



LAST WEEK’S CROSSWORD SOLUTIONS: 
CRYPTIC - Across: 1 Crossbar; 5 Spot; 9 
Anti; 10 Overcome; 11 Dowry; 12 Raiders; 13 
Grappling iron; 18 Narrates; 19 Fifi; 20 Realize; 
21 Sarah; 22 Last; 23 Stipends. Down: 2 
Rancour; 3 Stirrup; 4 Advertisement; 6 Pioneer; 

7 Treason; 8 Trying; 13General; 14Airways; 15 
Placid; 16 Inflate; 17Off-hand. QUICK-Across: 

I Communal; 5 Wash; 9 Keen; 10 Relevant; 

II Calms; 12 Edifice; 13 Glamorousness; 18 
Vertical; 19 Mine; 20 Revenue; 21 Anger; 22 Silt; 
23 Recalled. Down: 2 Overall; 3 Minimum; 4 An 
eye for an eye; 6 Avarice; 7 Hotness; 8 Remiss; 
13 Governs; 14 Arrival; 15 Orient; 16 Nominal; 

17 Sincere. 


Niner 


Which religion’s holy book is the Guru 
Granth Sahib? 

Which sporting entertainers were 
founded in 1927 by Abraham 
Saperstein? 

What, in the SI system, replaced the 
erg? 

Which singer’s autobiography is called 
Take Me Home? 

What was Queen Victoria’s residence on 
the Isle of Wight? 


6. Which king of England was James VII of 
Scotland? 

7. Who provides the voice for wicked 
Uncle Scar in The Lion King? 

8. Whose band were the Crickets? 

9. Which US state is nicknamed the 
Garden State? 

10. Who originally conducted the Three 
Tenors? 


Last week’s solutions: 

Quiz: 1 Eight; 2 Elgar; 3 Jack Straw; 

4 St. Bernadette; 5 A monkey; 6 Guy 
Gibson; 7 Anna Pasternak; 8 Carpathians; 
9 Barbarossa; 10 Sudden Infant Death 
Syndrome. 

Niner: GERANIUMS 


Each number from 1 to 9 represents a different letter. Solve 
the clues and insert the letters in the appropriate squares to 
discover a word which uses all nine letters. 


9628745 gives a hard rock, 
13784 gives a hard stone, 
9674 gives small stones. 


1 

2 

3 

4 

5 

6 

7 

8 

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Hot dog with a difference - Mac and Cheese Dog 


Burger Priest in busy spot in Wolverhampton city centre 


Are you sitting comfortably - variety of seating choices 



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High Priest Burger - one of the many choices 


Praise be! It's a Priestly burger 


IN the beginning, there was the 
burger, and the burger was. . . 
well, not very good. 

It’s fair to say that it has taken the 
UK some time to master the hamburg¬ 
er. Once the only options you were Mc¬ 
Donalds, Wimpy, and the kind of hot 
food vans you get at Wolves matches. 

Not exactly an embarrassment of riches. 
Eventually Burger King came along and 
upped the burger game somewhat. 

Then The Gourmet Burger Kitchen ar¬ 
rived and changed all that, reasoning that 
if you were going to be a burger chain, then 
people might be willing to pay a bit more 
money and come back for more if the burg¬ 
ers were, you know, actually half-decent. 

And so burgers got posh. Rather than 
the embarrassingly perfunctory slabs of 
meat and processed cheese on offer at high 
street fast food establishments, you now get 
things like dry-aged steak, smoked Apple- 
wood cheese, onion jam, truffle mayonnaise 
and avocado. 

The success of Gourmet Burger Kitchen 
proved that there was a market for Fancy 


Pete Cashmore tucks in 


Dan poshburgers, and indeed the subse¬ 
quent rise of Five Guys, of which there are 
two in Birmingham, proved that you could 
apply the posh burger ethos to a fast food 
environment and make it work. 

Any city worth its salt has at least one 
posh burger joint in its midst, and it was 
with this in mind that, a few months back, 
Wolverhampton welcomed Burger Priest. 
How could it possibly fail? It’s in a prime 
location opposite House Of Fraser, with a 
whole load of footfall due to the fact that 
the Man On The Oss is around the corner. 

Which is why it’s puzzling that when my¬ 
self and my dinner date arrived at 8pm on 
a Saturday, the place was ah but deserted, 
with more serving staff than customers. 

It may well be that we were in some kind 
of post-dinner, pre-chucking out time lull, 
or that word of mouth hasn’t started work¬ 
ing for Burger Priest yet. What this at least 
meant was that we got to take up one of the 
sofas in the funky interior - there are sofas, 
regular tables and high-stool diner-style 


counters to choose from. As we entered, 
Rosanna by Toto was playing on the music 
system which I took as a good sign. Largely, 
I was proved correct. 

It’s a fascinating proposition, is Burger 
Priest, with a menu full of the weird and 
the eccentric and the occasionally down¬ 
right loopy. If you wanted, for example, 
you could feast on something called the 
Surf’n’Turf Burger, six ounces of meat 
patties on a bun, with lobster tail meat and 
seafood sauce. 

Trimmings 

Another option might be the Mac and 
Cheese Dog, which as the name suggests 
is a Frankfurter sausage on a bun, topped 
with crispy bacon and macaroni and cheese. 
I think it’s fair to say that one has enough 
stodge for anyone. 

My comrade and I decided to play it safe 
and go for the Altar Burger, one each, 
which is simply a double-patty burger with 
bacon, smoked Applewood cheese and ah 
the salad trimmings. You have the option 
of piling on some extras at no extra cost if 
you feel the need, which I obviously did, and 


so I decided to throw in a layer of sauteed 
mushrooms too - sauteed onions, bell pep¬ 
pers and beef tomato are among some of the 
other choices. 

Now, initially I had intended to just get 
a burger and fries, but at the last minute I 
had a rush of blood to the head and decided 
that my side should be salted beef poutine, 
consisting of French fries in meat gravy 
with cheese curd. 

Well it seems like Burger Priest subscribe 
to the American model of meat patty - ba¬ 
sically, shape a big lump of beef until it is 
roughly round and then slap it on the grill 
with the minimum of frills and let it go. The 
smoked cheese is, I would argue, the per¬ 
fect cheese to accompany a burger, and the 
bacon was thick and rustic. 

Burger Priest definitely isn’t for everyone 
- it’s loud, it’s funky, it’s a bit brash and 
you have to be prepared to literally get your 
hands dirty. My suggestion to them would 
be to provide their customers with multiple 
wet wipes and then they’d be nudging true 
greatness. Even so, they claim to treat their 
meaty products with a touch of the divine, 
and in me, they have a new convert. 


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more. Tel No: 0906 500 3955 Box No: 
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keep fit, karaoke, seeks soul mate for fun 
times. N Shropshire. Tel No: 0906 500 3955 
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BI male seeking male for fun times and 
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MISSING JACK RUSSELL 
CALLED YOGI 

Black body, tan legs and white 
chest, wire haired, lost in 
Fryer Park, since December 
8, limp on back leg, 9 years 
old, suffers from fits, needs 
medication. 

heartbroken Family needs 
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Family 


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beige floral, £60 ono. 

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can deliver, servicing available. 
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SETTEE, medium beige, as new, 
from Next, RRP £1,000, sell for 
£275 o.n.o. 01902 723430. 

TWO SEATER leather electric 
recliner settee, off white, excellent 
condition, cost £2,100, sell £400 
ono. 07828 325258. 


TWO, TWO SEATER brown 
settee’s. Very good condition. 
£150. Must collect. Merry Hill 
/Wolverhampton. 07746 143950. 

2 PIECE SUITE, 3 seater and 2 
seater fabric brown/cream suite. 
Great condition. Real bargain. £400 
ono. 07428 990243. 


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liability should readers 
purchase from this kind of 
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SHIH-TZU CROSS bitch, 5 months, 
house trained, chipped, wormed, 
genuine sale, very playful, ok with 
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CDX2.0 


2004, 79,000 miles, MoT 
December 2017, full leather, 
very good condition, some 
service history. 

£2,600 o.n.o. 

07841 836074. 


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SUZUKI ALTO (NEW 
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2009, 24,000 miles, only 1 
previous owner, both keys, 
books, etc, beautiful inside and 
out, faultless driver, any trial. 

£2,500 ono. 

Telephone 07800 637961 
(Wolverhampton). 

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CITROEN SAXO DESIRE 1.1 

2003, 110,940 miles, silver, 
abs, electric windows, air bag, 
MoT, central locking, pas, 
sunroof, stereo, full service, 
new tyres and exhaust. 
£450. 

07858 232769. 


£700 ono. 07810 590427. 


BARGAIN 


MAZDA 6 SALOON 

56 reg. 

Spares or repair. 

Best offer around £250. 
07850 742388. 


GOOO RUNNER 


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04 reg, red, economical. 

12 months MoT, sunroof, CD, 
new clutch. 

Very good condition. 

£550 ono. 

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CDX AUTOMATIC 

Electric windows all round, 
multi CD player, ABS, 

MoT July, 

R Reg., Spares or repairs. 

£200 o.n.o. 

01902 689071. 


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Spares Always Available 

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MOTORING 33 


New Ignis offers funky, 
good to drive small car 



On looks alone, the Ignis is off to a cracking start 


By Jon Reay _ 

It’s been nearly 10 years since the last of the 
previous generation Ignis rolled out of Suzuki’s UK 
showrooms, and what a difference a decade has 
made. 

While the old car managed to whip up a decent 
number of loyal customers over the seven years it was 
on sale, it’d be fair to say that it was a dull-but-worthy 
creation - well priced and equipped, but hardly the first 
word in desirability. 

Suzuki is hoping that this distinctive-looking new car 
can succeed where the old car didn’t, and provide a 
properly desirable alternative to European rivals. 

On looks alone, the Ignis is off to a cracking start 
already and manages to pull off the chunky-yet-cute 
vibe very well indeed. There’s no doubt it’s a small car, 
but thanks to a squat stance and puffed-out wheel 
arches, it looks far more miniature-crossover than 
jumped-up city car - particularly compared to its rivals. 

The interior is similarly impressive. Materials are what 
you’d expect from a Japanese city car - which is to say 
general hard to the touch and a bit flimsy here and there 
- but all the crucial elements like door handles and 
electric window switches feel pretty solid. 

More importantly, the design is spot on, with brightly- 
coloured details and a two-tone dashboard lifting the 
ambience inside the Ignis considerably. 



Boot space isn’t huge but it’s adequate 

The Ignis is a comparatively tiny car but practicality is 
still surprisingly good. All cars get five doors, and rear 
passengers will find a surprising amount of head and 
leg room - enough for two adults to sit comfortably, 
particularly on SZ-T and SZ5 cars with their sliding rear 
seats. 

Boot space isn’t huge by any means at 260 litres with 
seats in position, but that’s only 10 litres behind the larger 
Ka+’s. Selecting the optional four-wheel-drive system will 
knock that back to 204, however, and it’s worth bearing 
in mind that only the entry-level SZ3 trim can seat five. 

Safety is relatively good too, with the Ignis boasting a 
five star EuroNCAP rating for models equipped with Dual 
Camera Brake Support. Models without the feature get a 
three star rating, however. 

There’s just the one engine option: a 1.2-litre four- 
cylinder petrol borrowed from the Swift. It’s not as perky 
as the 1.0-litre turbocharged ‘Boosterjet’ unit you’ll find 
in the Baleno, but it’s more than enough to propel the 
sub-one tonne Ignis along with ease. As in the Swift, it 
needs some revving to really get going, but if anything 
that adds to the Ignis’s honest appeal. 

Some cars get an SHVS ‘mild’ hybrid system too - 
effectively a way of regenerating the power used when 
you brake. Fitting this not only improves the Ignis’s fuel 
economy a smidge, but knocks a few fractions of a 
second off the 0-60mph figure too. 

You sit deliberately high in the Ignis, so visibility from 
the front and sides is excellent and jumping in and out 
is an ease. The steering wheel adjusts for rake but not 
reach, though it’s still easy to get comfortable. Buttons 
and switches are logically laid out in front of you too, and 
although the touch screen navigation system isn’t the 
most responsive around, it’s easy enough to use. 

The Ignis has been set up for comfort rather than 
sportiness - and that seems about right for a car of this 
type. Ride quality is good even on the larger 16-inch 
alloys, and things are remarkably stable on motorways. 

Take things off the beaten path and things are similarly 
impressive. The Ignis’s optional four-wheel-drive system 
isn’t a particularly sophisticated one, but should be more 
than enough to get it across a muddy field with ease. 

It’s hard to fault the Ignis on value for money - even 
entry-level SZ3 cars get plenty of toys. Air conditioning, 
front electric windows and a DAB radio with USB and 
Bluetooth connectivity are all thrown in. 

When you consider that barely any other cars at this 
price can be fitted with four-wheel-drive too, the Ignis 
makes all the more sense - despite the fact that it’s only 
available as an option on the top-spec SZ5 trim level. 

Priced from £11,000. 


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Halesowen Chronicle Thursday, December 22, 2016 


“MOTORING 


Most extreme school run for Kodiaq 



The off-road route features nud and water crossings Part of the extreme run the Jones family has to make to get the children to school 


British parents spend almost nine weeks 
of their lives ferrying kids to and from the 
school gates, according to new research 
from Skoda. And for many - over a third 
(36 per cent) of UK mums and dads - the 
‘school run’ is the most stressful parental 
duty that they undertake. 

However, whilst traffic (64 per cent) is the 
most common obstacle facing people on 
their daily commute, spare a thought for those 
living in the most remote parts of the UK. 
According to Skoda’s study, in the furthest 
flung places such as the Scottish Highlands 
and Welsh Valleys, delays to school runs 
caused by hazards such as flooding rise by 
as much as 18 per cent against the national 
average (56 per cent vs 38 per cent). 

Livestock on the roads also causes issues. 

In the county of Sutherland in the far north 
of Scotland, and in the mid Wales county of 
Ceredigion, an average of one in ten parents 
regularly has to stop to bypass rogue sheep 
and cattle - almost twice as often as any other 
rural location. 

On the back of these figures, Skoda sought 
out the country’s ‘most extreme school run’ 

- a nationwide search for the family facing 
the toughest terrain and obstacles - to put its 
brand new large SUV, the Kodiaq, through its 
paces in the UK for the first time. 

Step forward the Joneses, a farming family 
based in Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion, 
Wales. 

Nestled amongst stunning picture-postcard 
scenery, the Jones’ land even features its 
own waterfall. However, despite beautiful 
appearances, their location also offers up 
problematic driving obstacles than cause 


the family delays of anywhere between ten 
minutes and two hours. 

Dad William often has to use his chainsaw 
to help remove fallen trees, whilst ice and 
floods also present regular challenges - with 
a broken-down lorry blocking the road for 
two solid days last year. The Jones’ cottage, 
Cwmmoiro, sits within its own micro-climate, 
meaning it can be snowing at home when it is 
raining at the children’s school. 

Mum Sarah Jones explained: “Every day 


when we wake up we don’t know what we’re 
going to come up against on our school run, 
which is part of the fun of living up here really. 
We could take our horse Willow, but a 4x4 
makes things so much easier.” 

Prior to its secretive arrival in Wales from 
the Czech Republic, the seven-seater Skoda 
Kodiaq had completed over a million miles of 
testing in some of the most extreme climates 
around the world. In what was a typically 
wet and windy day in Pontrhydfendigaid, 


that testing was the perfect preparation. 

The Joneses got to experience the Kodiaq’s 
outstanding 4x4 functionality, cutting across 
the valley via a slippery off-road route that 
features lots of mud and water crossings. 

Sarah Jones concluded: “We were hugely 
impressed with the Kodiaq and our journey 
to school was the smoothest we’ve ever 
experienced. It tackled flooded areas and hills 
with ease and we enjoyed the headroom and 
nice little extras such as the heated seats. The 


seven seats would definitely come in handy 
for collecting our children’s school mates and 
when they’re not being used, we can pop our 
dogs in the back. The kids really want us to 
buy one now!” 

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Connor Newell, aged 14 from Willenhall, practises in the water Young club member Jaden Davies, aged seven 


Chloe Hall, aged 12, gets to work in the pool 



Swimming club members are now making a big splash 


Swimming club hoping 
for new wave of interest 



Heath Town Swimming Club coach Rob Bonner at Wolverhampton Swimming & Fitness Centre 


SPORTING FEATURE 


By Lewis Cox 


HEATH Town Swimming Club boast 
a long and illustrious history - and are 
now appealing for ‘fresh blood’ in a bid 
to keep the club afloat. 

The ASA-affiliated outfit have been a regis¬ 
tered club for 83 years, and several of their vol¬ 
unteers and have been involved for around half 
of that time. 

They have seen good and bad times, riding the 
wave of great highs and plunging to the depths of 
difficult lows. 

One of those lows arrived when their home - Bush- 
bury Swimming Baths in Wolverhampton - was 
forced to close in November 2006. 

Numbers dwindled but, thanks to a few hardy souls 
that kept the club going at other baths, the Heath 
Town club lived on. 

“I think we were down to just 16 swimmers at that 
time,” said Sheila Ratcliffe, aged 69, a former welfare 
officer and now assistant coach at the club. 

Important 

“Keeping it running was so important because once 
a club folds then it’s very difficult to get it started 
back up again.” 

It was the dedication of Ratcliffe and the committee 
that helped keep the club afloat. 

They moved on to Wolverhampton Swimming and 
Fitness Centre shortly after and began building from 
the bottom again. 

Ratcliffe, who has been helping out for 42 years, 
estimates there are around 200 members now con¬ 
nected with the club. But while that sounds impres¬ 
sive, she warns many of those are non-swimmers and 
some do not attend regularly. 

They train on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 
evenings and use both the larger and smaller pool at 
the facility. “Numbers dwindle with kids in the sum- 


“Keeping it running was so 
important because once a 
club folds then it’s very diffi¬ 
cult to get it started back up 
a gain. ” _ 

mer holidays but we expect that,” she said. “We need 
about 35 in the big pool and 20 in the little pool to pay 
the centre, it’s quite expensive. 

“We cater for beginners and improvers and then 
they go into the big pool where we train with six lanes 
- our head coach Rob Bonner is a Level Two coach.” 

Like Ratcliffe, Bonner’s association with the club 
began as merely ‘a parent’. Taking their children 
along to learn how to swim quickly turned into a 
hobby and a passion. 

But Ratcliffe, originally from Wednesfield but who 
now lives in Willenhall, reflects the will to volunteer 
at a sports club is not what it once was. “We’ve adver¬ 


tised for new volunteers or coaches - that we’d hap¬ 
pily pay - to help keep our club going but people have 
too many other things to do these days,” she said. 

“It’s not like it used to be. We also have Margaret 
Bennion, Alan Robinson and Joan Jarvis help out as 
volunteer coaches and they’ve been doing it nearly 
as long as me. 

“The president, secretary and treasurer are all here 
but we’re all getting on and we need youngsters to 
step in, we need fresh blood.” 

Club president is Ray Green, awarded the MBE 
four years ago for services to schools and swimming. 
His wife Sheila is secretary and Malcolm Foley - who 
used to swim with Ratcliffe’s daughter Wendy - is 
treasurer. “You can see how it is, we’ve all been here 
for a while and we love it and enjoy it but it is diffi¬ 
cult,” Ratcliffe conceded. 

“I never thought I’d be here all these decades 
later after bringing my children. If it wasn’t for my 
youngest grandson Connor coming to swim I might 
not have still been involved. But looking at it, it’s my 
passion and my hobby. We’ve been associated for so 
long, we just do it for the love.” 



Sheila Ratcliffe with juniors Gracie Harrigan aged six, Zak Davis, seven, Jaden Davis and Lexie Davis, eight Sheila Ratcliffe, president Ray Green MBE and coach Rob Bonner with club youngsters 


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Late free-kick 
earns a point 
for Glass boys 

Stourbridge 1 Spennymoor 1 

A 97th-minute free-kick from substitute 
Drew Canavan rescued an Evo-Stik Pre¬ 
mier Division point for FA Cup heroes 
Stourbridge. 

Glassboys keeper Matt Gould pulled 
off a string of good saves to ensure the 
first half ended goalless. 

He denied David Dowson with an 
excellent stop and then dived bravely 
at the feet of Jamie Chandler after the 
diminutive midfielder had danced his 
way into the area. 

The Glassboys rarely threatened 
before the interval but went close to 
breaking the deadlock five minutes into 
the second half when Dan Scarr’s header 
from a corner was cleared off the line. 
But it was Spennymoor who opened the 
scoring on 59 minutes when Gould was 
finally beaten by Mark Anderson’s loop¬ 
ing header. 

Luke Benbow, another shining light 
for the home side, twice went close to 
equalising as Stourbridge finished the 
stronger but it was left to Canavan to 
level deep into injury time. 

Assistant boss Jon Ford described his 
side’s performance was a little ‘after the 
Lord Mayor’s Show’, but felt they de¬ 
served their point. 

That result leaves Stourbridge ninth 
in the table, four points behind the last 
of the play-off positions, currently occu¬ 
pied by Hednesford Town. 

Ford said: “We’d been knocking at the 
door for a while and had a few opportu¬ 
nities, so I thought it was a just reward. 

“Spennymoor are a very good side. 
You can see why they’re up there and 
their recent form has been good. 

“It was a bit after the Lord Mayor’s 
Show but, following all the events of 
Tuesday night, we’ve managed to come 
away with a point against a very good 
side so we’re pleased with that.” 

Crowd played big 
part in cup success, 
reveals hero Gater 

STOURBRIDGE midfielder Connor 
Gater has revealed just how important 
the fans were in their FA Cup success 
against Northampton. 

The Evo-Stik League Premier Division 
side pulled off a spectacular win against 
their League One opponents, taking 
them through to the third round of the 
FA Cup for the first time in the club’s 
history thanks to Jack Duggan’s dra¬ 
matic winner. 

Stourbridge now face League Two 
Wycombe on January 7. And Gater, who 
came on as a second-half substitute, 
praised the fans, as well as his personal 
friends and family, who roared the team 
to victory: “There’s no greater feeling 
than playing for all your friends and 
family in the crowd,” he said. 

“They didn’t disappoint, the fans were 
incredible, the adrenaline is great with 
the atmosphere like that.” 

He also revealed his pride at playing 
for his home town club: “It was a great 
feeling coming off the bench and play¬ 
ing for my home town club, with a great 
group of lads that made it happen, I’m 
proud of the way they played.” 


Six of the best in DK winning run 


Whitchurch 10 DK 16 

DK hit back from a 10-0 half-time deficit to ex¬ 
tend their winning run to six games, the best 
current winning sequence in Midlands One West. 

In the process, DK recorded their first double 
of the season. 

In front of a good crowd, boosted by a good con¬ 
tingent of the Heathbrook faithful, Whitchurch 
started better, and were 5-0 up when a missed 
tackle on full-back Tom Davies led to the opening 
try. 

DK came under a period of pressure again and 
with so many defensive situations the referee de- 


Rugby 


cided John Mcgregor had infringed once too often 
and it was worthy of a yellow card. During the 
ensuing 10 minutes the DK defence cracked again 
and conceded another try. 

For DK half-time was the turning point, what¬ 
ever was said certainly worked in the next 40 
minutes. 

DK lost scrum half Joe Mullock to a seri¬ 
ous-looking arm injury. But, from a penalty into 
the corner, the lineout, catch and drive led to 
Luke Greenwood crossing the line. George In¬ 


gram was unable to add the extras. Nic Adams 
soon restored parity, though. This time Tommy 
Huggins took the kick, but put it wide. The same 
player did, however, add two penalties to give DK 
the win. 

Stourbridge 26 Luctonians 5 

STOUR took their time to pull clear of the de¬ 
termined but ultimately outgunned challenge of 
their Herefordshire visitors. 

Dan Rundle scored the opening try, with one 
from No 8 Ciaran Moore and a brace from Joe 
Heatley, including the bonus point fourth try. 

Stourton Park hosts the traditional fixtures 
with DK on Boxing Day, 11am kick off. 



Old Halesonians 39 Longton 6 

THERE was a festive feel to this 
game as an expectant home 
crowd hoped for a repeat of 
the previous week’s victory at 
Derby. 

The home side saw a change with 
skipper Steve Leach replacing injured 
Ben Barkley in the centres with Colt 
Kieran Haynes starting in the back 
row and second row Jamie Powell on 
the bench. 

They got off to a great start with a try after just 
five minutes thanks to a brilliant individual try 
from Chris Danks. 

From the restart, Hales again attacked. Long- 
ton were penalised in their 22 and full-back Ian 
Briggs converted for an 8-0 lead. 

On 13 minutes it was 15-0, with Danks scoring 
his second try, converted by Briggs. 

Extended 

Longton forced two penalties to reduce the 
deficit, but they failed to trouble the scoreboard 
again and Hales extended their lead at the break 
with a Briggs kick. 

The second half was only a minute old when 
Jay Reid touched down and Briggs converted. 
Chris Hooper scored the bonus point try, con¬ 
verted by Briggs and the scoring was completed 
by Luke Smith, Briggs again adding the extras. 

Hales play Nuneaton away on Saturday Janu¬ 
ary 7, kick off 2.15pm 

Old Hales 3rds 48 Kiddy 2nds 0 
OLD Hales started well and Dan Smith sprint¬ 
ed clear from 35m to touch down. Rhys Evans 
slotted over the conversion for an early 7-0 lead. 

Old Hales got a grip on the game and from a 
maul deep in the 22, Tony Shaw broke free to go 
over for a try from short range. 

Second half tries came from Steve Deakin, Jon 
Harris and Alex Church, with the latter being 
converted by Evans. 

Harris scored a second well-worked try. Tro- 
mans added the conversion and a seventh try 
came from Harry Higgs. 

The final score came from Church, converted 
by Evans. 


Plain sailing as duo strike gold 



Halesowen’s Crispin Beaumont, left, and Tom Darling celebrate. Credit: Sailing Energy 


A HALESOWEN yachtsman clinched a gold 
medal at the Youth Sailing World Champion¬ 
ship. 

Crispin Beaumont, together with Hayling 
Island’s Tom Darling clinched a dramatic first 
place in the 29er Boys’ in their final race in 
Auckland, New Zealand. 

The 18-year-old pair went in to Tuesday’s 
sole race just four points behind Gwendal Nael 
and Lilian Mercier knowing the title would be 
theirs if they could keep enough boats between 
themselves and their French rivals. 

Beaumont and Darling finished the race in 
third to leapfrog the French pair - who finished 
10th in the race - to the top of the podium, add¬ 


ing the Youth Sailing World Championships 
gold to the 29er class Worlds bronze they won 
this summer and last year’s Europeans silver. 

This was Beaumont and Darling’s last event 
in the 29er. Beaumont said: “We feel pretty 
good. 

“It is really nice to end our partnership win¬ 
ning the big one. It is a great feeling. I have 
been known to bottle it a few times on the last 
day! But today I kept my cool and just enjoyed 
the moment.” 

More than 380 sailors from 65 nations bat¬ 
tled it out across nine classes in Auckland, 
starting last Friday. Britain finish second in the 
Nations Trophy for top overall team. 




Greenwood 
makes return 
to Heathens 

DAN Greenwood is on his way back to 
Cradley - three years after leaving the 
club. 

Greenwood won the league and cup 
double with the Heathens in 2013 but 
was squeezed out of team plans the fol¬ 
lowing season. 

He’s since spent three seasons with 
Coventry and ended last season on the 
injured list, requiring surgery on his col¬ 
larbone. 

He has now agreed to be back with the 
nomadic Heathens, who will split home 
fixtures between Monmore Green and 
Perry Barr. 

Greenwood said: “Even though I’ve 
been riding with Coventry I’ve never lost 
touch with the Cradley lads.” 

Heathens boss Will Pottinger said: 
“I’m sure he can do a good job for the 
team. I’m delighted with the way the 
team is coming together and everyone is 
looking forward to the new season.” 

Heathens have also snapped up Wear- 
side racer Ryan Burton. 

The 23-year-old Sunderland-based 
rider joins Greenwood, skipper Tom 
Perry, Danny Ayres - who has joined 
from Kent - and Joe Lawlor in the 2017 
team. Reserve duo Bradley Andrews and 
Ben Basford are free to speak to other 
teams, however. 

And big-hitters Max Clegg and Ashley 
Morris are now firmly established SGB 
Championship riders who will figure for 
Edinburgh and Newcastle respectively. 

Co-promoter Gary Patchett said: “It’s 
never pleasant having to tell a rider that 
you can’t accommodate him in your 
team. Both Max and Ash will be able to 
concentrate on progressing in the senior 
leagues and I’m sure the likes of Brad 
and Ben will find places elsewhere. 

“They have all been a pleasure to deal 
with and we wish them, and all our for¬ 
mer riders, the very best for 2017.” 

Yeltz continue to 
slide down table 

Coalville 3 Halesowen Town 1 

HALESOWEN Town’s poor form con¬ 
tinued and they have now not won in 
four games, sliding to 19th in the Evo- 
Stik Premier. 

They Yeltz produced a bright start and 
their pressure paid off when Kaiman An¬ 
derson gave them the lead with his 17th 
goal of the season on 21 minutes. 

But Massiah McDonald equalised on 
26 minutes when he neatly slotted the 
ball home. 

Ryan Robbins bundled Coalville ahead 
on 74 minutes and - three minutes later 
- it was game over when Alex Dean 
curled home. 


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