Standing ovation for The Piano Player's Son

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Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn author of The Piano Player's SonTURNOUT OFF THE SCALE FOR BOOK LAUNCH

LOCAL author Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn's launch of new novel The Piano Player's Son has been greeted with a glorious fanfare of approval.

People queued at the official launch event for signed copies of the enthralling book about a family torn apart when a death and a deadly secret strike a distinctively discordant note.

Worcester's St Swithuns Institute was packed with eager readers keen to hear Lindsay (pictured) read excerpts from her story and they also enjoyed music provided by local band Slowtrain, Trevor Stanberry-Flynn on the piano, and poetry from Amy Rainbow and Gary Longden.

The Piano Player's Son was picked for publication in a nationwide search by Cinnamon Press, whose founder Jan Fortune said: "It's a novel that hooks the reader from the opening line.

"In the best novels there is a sense not only of immense satisfaction, but also loss when we finish the book. The Piano Player's Son achieves this."

The novel is the second by Lindsay, who teaches creative writing in Evesham, where she lives, and Malvern and addresses groups round the Midlands and Cotswolds.

Her first book, Unravelling, and her short stories have also won awards, and she was recently a winner in the Fish Publishing flash fiction competition.

Lindsay is also turning her writing skills into a chorus of creative high spots, as writer in residence for the English Symphony Orchestra. Her flash fiction stories of the characters were flashed on to the orchestra's website in the build up to their series of productions of Benjamin Britten's Noyes Fludde.

"It has been a busy year so far, and it's not letting up as I'm in the middle of writing my third novel," says Lindsay.

"But it was wonderful to take time out to celebrate the publication of The Piano Player's Son, and I am delighted that so many people came to support me at the launch."

For everyone who purchases a copy of The Piano Player's Son, Cinnamon Press is also offering a free novel. For full details, visit 

The book is also available to buy from Amazon and all good bookshops, including Blandford Books of Broadway.

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Greswolde Construction: MP on site visit

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MP to visit £1.4 million school sports hall development

SUTTON Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell will visit the site of a long-awaited £1.4 million Sports Hall being built at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls by Greswolde Construction.

The MP has been a supporter of the project which has been in the pipeline for decades and has benefited from a massive £500,000 fund-raising effort by students both past and present, staff, parents, donors and the school’s governing body.

“I look forward to visiting the school to see the progress on this exciting development which will be such an asset to the school and which will deliver the sporting facilities that the girls and the local community all deserve,” says MP Andrew Mitchell.

Headteacher Maggie Shackleton says: “We are all hugely excited about seeing this project come to fruition after so many years of fund-raising. The old building was totally impractical for sport in the 21st century. This hall will provide a sporting legacy for generations to come both in school and in the wider community. 

“I am very proud of all the hard work which has gone into fund-raising by students, staff, parents and generous local benefactors, in addition to years of careful budgeting by the school’s Governing Body to bring this about.


“MP Andrew Mitchell has been very supportive and we look forward to welcoming him to the school on October 11th to show him the latest progress.

“The building work is complex, as the old gymnasium shared walls with other parts of the school, but Greswolde is doing a great job minimising the disruption and we are grateful to Greswolde Site Manager Dave Jenkins for his efforts.

The hall, which will be completed in the Spring, will be four times larger than the 1930s building it replaces and will feature state of the art facilities including the area’s first indoor hockey pitch.

The school’s 1000 pupils will enjoy hugely improved sports facilities including spacious changing rooms and an extra community space to promote sporting events in school and in the local community. 

Plans to replace the gymnasium were first discussed some 30 years ago. However fundraising efforts were ramped up in 2008 and students have taken an active part, last year raising almost £5,000 last year from one event alone, when hundreds joined the school team to take part in the Great Midlands Fun Run. 

The school also secured some £800,000 from the Government’s Academy Capital Maintenance Fund.


“We are delighted to be involved in such a prestigious project which will enhance facilities for both the school and the local community,” said Malcolm Priest, MD of Solihull-based Greswolde Construction, which has an excellent reputation in education and health care building projects.

“Our priority as always, is to ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors and to minimise disruption during the project, in line with our usual Building With Care ethos.”


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2. Greswolde Construction is a leading Midlands contractor, based in Knowle, Solihull, with a long-standing track record in educational, health care, commercial and housing association projects.

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Greswolde begins Alcester Grammar expansion

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THE vastly over-subscribed Alcester Grammar School is expanding to welcome in more pupils.
Alcester Grammar, which includes a a sixth form of 500 plus, is continuously rated by Ofsted as outstanding and has over 400 students chasing 90 places in Year 7 every year.

Rethink Your Mind's Bright Free Gift of Support

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Extraordinary people behind Ground-breaking Yellow Book 

A CHORUS of extraordinary people have come together for a startling fanfare to herald the launch of a unique and brightly positive book as a free gift of support for everyone.