Accused claims he was jogging when terrifying lorry hijack took place

5:50pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A BIRMINGHAM man accused of taking part in the ambush of a cash truck at Hopwood services, carrying £435,000 has claimed he was jogging in a nearby park when the raid took place.

Bromsgrove business joins Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Droitwich Advertiser: Marketing and sales director of Controlaccount Paul Husband, business development officer of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Delia Shannon and founder and chairman of Contolaccount Graham Ball

4:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A CREDIT management and debt recovery firm from Bromsgrove has become the latest corporate member of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.

Short film details ambulance service's transformation

2:50pm Thursday 24th April 2014

WITH all elements of healthcare facing significant change the West Midlands’ ambulance service has released a short film detailing its past, present and future.

Barnt Green butcher cooks opposition in national burger competition

12:31pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A BARNT GREEN based butcher has made it through to the final of a national burger competition giving the company the chance to put the area on the map as the home of ‘England’s Best Burger’.

Patriotic Rubery shop is named St George's Day winner

Droitwich Advertiser: PATRIOTIC: The PDSA charity shop has been named the winner of the St George's Day window dressing competition. Lynda Clifton, the shop's manager, receives her winning certificate from John Chatwin from Rubery St George's Society. SP

11:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

PATRIOTIC residents in Rubery were flying the flag and banners to take part in St George's Day.

Woman thanks her neighbours for help during Bromsgrove fire

Droitwich Advertiser: Fire in Foxwalks Avenue

9:53am Thursday 24th April 2014

A WOMAN has thanked her neighbours after helping her and her family as their Bromsgrove house became engulfed in flames.

£3.5m roads revamp revealed for Worcestershire

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8:50am Thursday 24th April 2014

A MAJOR £3.5 million roads overhaul is about to kick off in Worcestershire - repairing 200 different routes across the county.

Young Bromsgrove gardeners prepare to take part in spring festival

7:50am Thursday 24th April 2014

YOUNG gardeners from Bromsgrove are preparing to taking part in a spring festival this May.

New community centre for Charford

Droitwich Advertiser: Darran Moore, the Starlight Community Centre manager with two of the café’s volunteers. Image courtesy of Tony Charnock. SP

4:02pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THIS Friday sees the official opening of the Starlight Café and Community Centre in Charford.

New class launching at Avoncroft Arts Centre

3:14pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A NEW art class is about to start at Avoncroft Arts Centre, designed to help improve skills in everything from pastels, to oils and acrylics. The class, which is being run by tutor Richard Crabtree, is due to run every Thursday from Thursday, May 1 from 1-3pm.

Possible strike for County Hall staff

3:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

UNION bosses in Worcestershire have hit out at the shock news that 1,500 jobs are being axed at the county council - and have revealed that strike action could be on the cards over pay.

Fundraising onesie day held in Rednal

Droitwich Advertiser: ONESIE DAY: Members of St Stephen's Church's playgroup and Victoria’s School of Dance and Performing Arts donned onesies for a day celebrating Autism West Midlands. SP

1:40pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A REDNAL playgroup and dance school joined forces to take part in a special fundraising onesie day.

Fury over claims taxpayers' money went on 'propaganda'

Droitwich Advertiser: Leader of the Labour group at Worcestershire County Council, Councillor Peter McDonald. Ref:s

11:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

MORE than £34,000 of taxpayers' money has gone on a Worcestershire County Council campaign to tell people where their cash is going - with critics attacking it as "blatant political propaganda".

Townsfolk enjoy double celebration for Easter and St George's Day

Droitwich Advertiser: DOUBLE CELEBRATION: Entertainment was provided by the Celebration Reed and Brass Band at the council organised event held on Sunday. SP

11:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

TOWNSFOLK enjoyed a double celebration event held over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Major £3.5m roads revamp revealed for Worcestershire

Droitwich Advertiser: POTHOLES: In Tolladine Road. Worcestershire will receive an extra £3.2m funding for road repairs. 5112205104

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A MAJOR £3.5 million roads overhaul is about to kick off in Worcestershire - repairing 200 different routes across the county.

Bromsgrove charity set up in memory of girl holding major fundraiser

Droitwich Advertiser: THOUSANDS RAISED: The Libby Mae’s Little Angels charity, set up in memory of Libby Mae Sharratt, has raised more than £50,000 in a year. Ref:s

8:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A BROMSGROVE charity, set up in memory of a two-week-old baby who died in hospital, has raised more than £50,000 within a year.

Police hunt two men for attempted armed robbery at Rednal post office

Droitwich Advertiser: HUNT:  West Mercia Police are hunting two men who attempted an armed robbery at Cofton Post Office. SP

5:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

POLICE are hunting two men who attempted an armed robbery in Rednal.

ASDA moves to quash rumours Bromsgrove store is to close

3:40pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

RUMOURS that Bromsgrove's ASDA supermarket is set to close has been quashed by a spokesman for the supermarket giant.

NHS 111 receives 21,875 calls over Easter

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3:12pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

MORE than 21,000 calls – one every fifteen seconds – were made to the West Midlands’ non-emergency NHS 111 number over the Easter weekend.

Rail enthusiasts invited to next meeting of Bromsgrove Railway Club

1:20pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

RAIL enthusiasts are being invited to attend the next meeting of a town railway club.

Celebrating Easter in style at Alvechurch care home

Droitwich Advertiser: Enjoying the Easter party at Grosvenor House Care Home: resident Doreen Williams, with activities co-ordinator Zoe Hughes, and Sapphire the rabbit. Buy photo: BCR171402_01 at or call 01527 889030.

12:23pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

RESIDENTS at Grosvenor House Care Home in Alvechurch celebrated Easter in style this year with a day of fun and entertainment.

Former Lickey Hills journalist passes away

Droitwich Advertiser: Former journalist John Slim

11:26am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A FORMER journalist from Lickey Hills who lived a life of words and wit in a profession he loved has passed away after a battle with cancer.

Bishop's wife passes away on Easter Sunday

Droitwich Advertiser: Denise Inge and Bishop John in the River Jordan, Israel

11:10am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE wife of the Bishop of Worcester passed away on Easter Sunday following her battle with cancer.

Bromsgrove council to check townsfolk are receiving right discounts on council tax bills

Droitwich Advertiser: CHECKS: Bromsgrove District Council is carrying out extra checks to ensure townsfolk are receiving the right discounts on council tax bills. SP

11:10am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

EXTRA checks to ensure Bromsgrove residents are receiving the right discounts on council tax bills are being carried out over the next few weeks.

Celebrity author at Avoncroft Museum sleepover

Droitwich Advertiser: The Guesten Hall at night (photo by Rob and Sarah Gillespie)

10:41am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

FAMILIES in Bromsgrove are being urged get their sleeping bags ready as they are invited to join celebrity author Alan MacDonald at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings for a special sleepover.

Golfers chip in with hospice donation

Droitwich Advertiser: Heather Coughlin, Lyn Robinson and Louise Bennett

10:02am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A CHEQUE for £3,604 has been presented to the Primrose Hospice after a year of fundraising at The Vale Golf Club in Evesham.

Stroke workers to take on three peaks challenge

Droitwich Advertiser: The stroke health workers from Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust taking on the Tree Peaks Challenge

9:21am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AN INTREPID team helping stroke victims in Worcestershire are scaling the three highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales next month in the name of charity.

Staff at Bromsgrove housing trust celebrate excellent results in customer survey

Droitwich Advertiser: EXCELLENT FEEDBACK: Staff at Bromsgrove District Housing Trust have been celebrating receiving 92 per cent in a customer satisfaction survey. SP

8:30am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

STAFF at Bromsgrove's largest provider of affordable housing is celebrating after receiving excellent feedback from its customers in a recent survey.

Take action to reverse the death of the high street

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3:40pm Monday 21st April 2014

A PROPERTY agent has called on the Government to take more positive action to reverse the decline of the high street.

Petition on new homes bonus presented to Bromsgrove district councillors

2:10pm Monday 21st April 2014

A PETITION on the new homes bonus was presented to members of Bromsgrove District Council at its latest meeting.

Teachers vote to walkout again in June

12:15pm Monday 21st April 2014

TEACHERS will walk out of schools again this summer in a row over pay, pensions and working conditions.

More youngsters get their first choice school place - despite shortages elsewhere

12:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

MORE primary school children in Worcestershire have received a place at their first choice school this year - despite a shortage in places elsewhere across the country.

Patriotic Rubery residents turn High Street red and white for St George

Droitwich Advertiser: PATRIOTIC: Rubery shopkeepers have been taking part in the St George's Day celebrations.  Buy this photo BMM171401a at or call 01527 889027.

10:40am Monday 21st April 2014

PATRIOTIC Rubery residents have been turning their village High Street red and white for St George's Day.

Oesophageal cancer team wins acclaim

Droitwich Advertiser: Surgeon Martin Wadley, oesophageal cancer patient Brian Harris from Worcester, Robin Walker MP, patient Stephen Lee from Bromsgrove, specialist nurse Sharon Brown and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Penny Venables

8:30am Monday 21st April 2014

A TEAM treating people with upper gastrointestinal cancer across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire has been nominated for a national award for their work treating people with early oesophageal cancer.

Bromsgrove woman runs London marathon for cancer charity

Droitwich Advertiser: MARATHON SUCCESS: Bromsgrove resident Raj Kaur who took part in the London Marathon to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. SP

3:30pm Sunday 20th April 2014

A BROMSGROVE woman, who was inspired to run London Marathon for her sister who successfully fought cancer, has raised thousands for charity.

Contemporary blues come to Bromsgrove

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11:10am Sunday 20th April 2014

TWO-piece band Babajack are fast becoming one of the most sought after bands on the blues/roots/ acoustic circuits in the UK as well as Europe.

Fire involving conifers, sheds and outbuildings

9:30am Sunday 20th April 2014

FIREFIGHTERS have been called to a fire involving conifers, sheds and outbuildings.

Easter message from the Bishop of Worcester

8:20am Sunday 20th April 2014

IN today’s world we rather assume that no movement can be secret, which is why it seems extraordinary that it has taken so long to find out what has happened to Malaysian Airlines MH370.

Cyclists encouraged to get on their bikes for charity challenge

Droitwich Advertiser: Lucy Baylis, community fundraiser at the Primrose Hospice, is encouraging riders to take in a London bike ride to raise money for the charity.  Buy this photo BCR161403_01

3:10pm Saturday 19th April 2014

BROMSGROVE and Redditch cyclists are being encouraged to get on their bikes for a charity challenge supporting a local hospice.

Bromsgrove housing trust achieves well-being status in health initiative

11:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

BROMSGROVE District Housing Trust (BDHT) has become one of the first companies in the county to have achieved well-being status in a health initiative.

70s band can’t get by without you

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8:50am Saturday 19th April 2014

BACK on the road for more scintillating live shows in 2014, Liverpool based soul band The Real Thing mark an incredible 40 years in the business.

Bromsgrove garage holds special event for women

Droitwich Advertiser: TEST CENTRE: Women from Bromsgrove took part in a special event at the town's Kwik Fit garage. SP

10:40am Friday 18th April 2014

WOMEN from Bromsgrove took part in a special event held at a town test centre.

Man who tried to sell drugs in Bromsgrove pub given suspended jail sentence

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A MAN who tried to sell drugs in a Bromsgrove pub was promptly arrested when staff told police, Worcester Crown Court was told.

Bromsgrove firefighters attending a gas leak in Aston Fields

4:37pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BROMSGROVE firefighters are attending a gas leak in Aston Fields.

Cars taken in Bromsgrove burglary

4:33pm Thursday 17th April 2014

TWO vehicles were stolen in Bromsgrove after offenders broke into a house and took the car keys while the occupants were in bed.

Inquest opened into man found with gunshot to head

4:21pm Thursday 17th April 2014

AN inquest has been opened into the death of a man found in the bathroom of his home with a gunshot wound to the head.

Good Friday march taking place through Bromsgrove

4:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BROMSGROVE Christians will be gathering together for a march to mark Good Friday, (April 18).

New shop to give hospice a fundraising boost

Droitwich Advertiser: Manager Steph Cox outside the new Primrose Hospice shop. Buy photo RMM171401b from or call 01527 889027

3:10pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE Primrose Hospice is seeing business bloom after opening a new fundraising facility.

West Mercia PCC Bill Longmore throws support behind joint property scheme

Droitwich Advertiser: Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore reveals cancer battle

1:54pm Thursday 17th April 2014

WEST Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore has thrown his support behind a scheme which will see local authorities across the region band together to save costs.

Peak displays of bluebells

Droitwich Advertiser: 1514573401. 13/04/14. Bluebells in the grounds of St John in Bedwardine church. Picture by Nick Toogood. (5377740)

12:45pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PEAK displays of bluebells are expected in time for Easter after they sprung into life much earlier than in last year's cold spring.

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