Village News


Logo plea to all ages

This month sees the launch of the latest Alvechurch Picnic in the Park logo competition – and this year it is open to all residents of Alvechurch parish, not just schoolchildren. 


Once again, Alvechurch Baptist Church was filled with trees decorated by village groups on the theme of a Christmas carol.

News year in the rain

Despite the filthy weather on New Year’s Day, the hardy Morris dancers and mummers of Alvechurch welcomed 2017 with their annual revels outside The Crown Inn and in The Square.

Latest naval tale

Barnt Green author Steve Dunn has released a new book, adding to his previous tales of First World War naval campaigns with the story of the Dover Patrol.

Boost for tower fund

The Bromsgrove Society has boosted a church’s rebuilding fund with a donation of £3,000.

Matthew meets Vinny

Seven-year-old Matthew Holmes, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition!

Festive food collections

The girls and boys of Otters Scout Group in Bromsgrove donated boxes of food items to local charity Newstarts as part of a reverse advent calendar.

Lake view

Here’s a winter view over the natural beauty of Cofton Lake.

Mayfield meeting offered

Hopwood and Barnt Green district councillor Charlie Hotham is hoping a meeting including him and Alvechurch parish chairman Andy Humphries along with Worcestershire Regulatory Services over Mayfield Farm, Hopwood, will go ahead this month.

Tributes to parish clerk

Parish councillors in Alvechurch paid tribute to the contribution made to village life by their clerk for more than 10 years, Yvonne Goode, who died in December.

Concern over building plans

Plans to demolish Bear Hill House and build three new houses on the site above the village green in Alvechurch should be refused because the scheme would be “at odds” with the neighbouring Conservation Area, according to Brom­sgrove’s Conservation Officer.

Station upgrade at last?

Hopes have been raised that the car park at Alvechurch Station may be drained, resurfaced and marked out, as was intended during its upgrade.

Villager solves dog bin bother

A Barnt Green resident who complained about dog mess being dumped in the village has taken the initiative by arranging the installation of a new bin.

Bike rack installed

Barnt Green now boasts a village bike rack, located outside the Happy Valley takeaway on Hewell Road.

Morris tradition challenge

The Alvechurch Morris opted to maintain a low profile after they were forced to abandon a New Year dance in Birmingham city centre.

Help parish pick play equipment

Alvechurch villagers are to be asked to help their parish council choose new equipment for The Meadows.

French students seek host families

Host families in the Village area are required for the third annual visit by a large group of young French students.

Huge turnout for new WI

Barnt Green’s new WI attracted almost 80 women to its first official meeting at the village’s Baptist Church.

Pupils dig in for future

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

The yellow poppy

The dull days of winter in Alvechurch have been brightened by the arrival of a bright yellow Mk2 Ford Escort on the village streets after a resident won the car in a competition.

Happy New Yee-ha!

Alvechurch villagers welcomed 2017 with a bang at a big party at the Village Hall.

Tree order upheld

More than 60 letters of support for a permanent Tree Preservation Order on Green Belt land close to the centre of Blackwell were submitted by residents.

Village grinds to halt

Barnt Green residents and all those passing through have been learning to live with daily traffic chaos after the village was split in two by road closures.

Town photographers retain trophy

For the second year running, Bromsgrove Photographic Society has retained the Midland Bank Trophy. 

Rewards of volunteering

Citizens Advice is calling for volunteers who can help make a difference to the lives of people in their community.

Parking peril

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

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We want your photos!

Are you planning to attend the annual mummers play and Morris dancing extravaganza in Alvechurch on New Year’s Day? If so, we’d love to see some of your photos!

Band entertain at Fair

Alvechurch skiffle band The 6-5 Specials performed at Bromsgrove’s first Pensioners Fair, hosted at the council building by MP Sajid Javid.

Raffle raises £600

The Alvechurch Knit & Natter group welcomed Emma Dowler, a community fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society, to their Christmas lunch at Alvechurch Village Hall.

Kind-hearted collectors

Pupils from St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green helped to fill shoeboxes for needy children in Romania through Operation Christmas Child.

Festival date set

The date for the 2017 Lickey Festival has been confirmed as Sunday June 11.

First draft of Plan underway

A draft proposal of the Lickey & Blackwell Neighbourhood Development Plan should be ready for residents to view in March.

Cookery queen calls in

Well-known chef and author Prue Leith was the star of the show when a group of village WIs held a special meeting in Alvechurch.

Join the adventure!

If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to give something back to your community, what could be more rewarding than to help young people develop life skills through a host of fun activities?

Drains pose flood risk

Barnt Green parish councillor Edwin Gumbley has undertaken a review of the village’s drains in the light of concerns that blockages could cause flooding.

Christmas crackers!

With all sorts of events going on, the festive spirit was certainly alive and kicking in Blackwell, Lickey, Alvechurch and Barnt Green.

‘Dogs on leads’ request vetoed

Barnt Green parish councillors have decided not to make owners keep dogs on leads in the village’s public playing fields.

New date for Picnic

The organisers of the annual Alvechurch Parish Picnic in the Park are gearing up for another year of fun and games on The Meadows.

Jake wins a Vinny!

20-month-old Jake Osborn, of Alvechurch, was delighted to win a Mini Vinny in our competition!

Village Views



Almost 80 women turned out for the inaugural meeting of Barnt Green Women’s Institute in January – quite a success for any new venture.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Feb 2017

Bins protect our verges

Following on from the letter and photo from Mr Whitby in January’s Village, I too have enclosed a photo of our grass verge.

‘Nightmare’ of village traffic

As a long-standing resident of Barnt Green (22 years) I’ve noticed so many changes, from a lovely village location with a fabulous village school to an over-populated, car-ridden nightmare.

No regrets over Brexit and Trump

You will not be surprised to receive a response to the comment in the Village View in your January issue.

Heartfelt thanks

I would like to sincerely thank all the wonderful people of Rowney Green and Alvechurch for the beautiful cards, letters and warm wishes received on the sudden tragic loss of my beloved son Julian.


The end of an old year and start of a new one is normally a time of hope and optimism, but not this time.

Verging on the ridiculous

I have enclosed a photo of the damage caused by a Virgin Media road crew when they laid their cables along Middle Drive in Cofton Hackett.

Bin and gone

It beggars belief that Bromsgrove District Council wants folk to be nothing more than slave labour to carry bins to and from their abode.

It drives you crazy. . .

I heard recently that the Highway Code had been amended to the effect that it is no longer mandatory to give way to oncoming traffic when parked vehicles or other obstructions are on your side of the road.

I’ve bin tagged!

I read in your December magazine about Bromsgrove District Council’s plan to tag the bins of people who don’t recycle properly, and I thought I would share my recent experience.

New bin rules are a waste of space

Oh dear! This looks like an accident waiting to happen. I refer, of course, to your article in the December issue of The Village, entitled “The Bin Inspectors”.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Jan 2017


News has always been an adaptable beast; the same story can be presented in many ways depending on the medium and to suit the purposes of its purveyor, often for political or ideological reasons.

Deer, deer, deer . . .

This year we have had three deer feasting on the apple-fall in our garden.

Anonymous views

We don’t agree with the inclusion in The Village of letters from people who wish to hide beneath a cloak of anonymity. 

Church has own cash

In response to your “Church needs council money” story in The Village (November 2016), it seems strange that a church (St Michael’s), being part of one of the wealthiest organisations in the country and a charity (therefore, does not pay tax itself) feels put out at not receiving parish council money, which comes from the tax payer.

Mother Nature needs a helping hand

I enjoy Mary Green’s articles and appreciate the time and work she puts into her contributions to The Village

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Dec 2016


‘With the Bordesley Bypass now little more than a distant dream . . .” Ah, now there was a thing.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View November 2016


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Village Features

Points are piling up

Alvechurch FC are leading the pack as promotion hopes rise.

Greek legends meet in February’s big sky

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Frost followed by mist

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Magic of Alhambra

Hannah Genders tours some unusual gardens while on a cycling holiday in Spain.

White on green

Mary Green explores the colours and traditions of February.

Prepare to save tax

Austin Broad suggests we make future plans as the tax year ends.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was happening around here in February 2007.

Care in the community

The owner of a new independent home care agency is keen to go “back to basics” by offering a traditional, person-centred care service.

Top-quality carpentry

With spring around the corner, thoughts often turn to home renovations – and trusting an established, family-run business is the best way to ensure you get a top-quality result.

Cruising in the Adriatic

Blackwell travel counsellor Jane Ward arranges an informal cruise.

A busy start to juniors’ season

Junior rugby at Kings Norton Rugby Club – based at Ash Lane, Hopwood – re-started for the new year on January 9, with most age groups in training.

It’s not just cricket!

Even some Barnt Green residents may not be aware that their village contains a hidden gem. . .

Bantock book bonanza

Some of our readers will recall the feature we ran in 2011 when author Gavin Bantock, who grew up in Barnt Green in the 1940s and 50s, launched a book about his eccentric family’s exploits and their memories of the village.

Success enables upgrade for club

A very successful autumn season has heralded further investment at Kings Norton Rugby Club.

Parents go in to bat for club

A group of parents whose children play at Alvechurch & Hopwood Cricket Club are hoping to bring the club to the forefront of local life.

AFC’s winning streak

League and cup victory brings pre-Christmas joy for the Churchmen.

Resolutions for a year in the garden

Dave Morgan suggests a few ideas to improve your garden for 2017.

Colours and shapes

Mary Green admires the local landscape in January.

Musical resolution

Of all the New Year’s resolutions you may be making, what could be better than taking up the piano?

Tailored to your child

Large organisations are increasingly looking for ways to personalise their customer experience, but nothing beats the ability of smaller independent companies to really cater to the needs of their customers.

Happiness and success

At the heart of Winterfold’s ethos lies a very genuine concern for the happiness and success of every child.

A time to keep calm

Austin Broad looks at the ramifications of a sober Autumn Statement.

Fresh start for 2017

Julie Ward, a qualified counsellor and coach with extensive experience in the treatment of alcohol-related issues, wants to spread the word that she now has offices located in Worcester, Kidderminster and Kings Norton as well as Bromsgrove.

See two full moons for the price of one!

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

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