Saturday August 18 2018

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Ten top gardens

The sun shone on Alvechurch’s bi-annual Open Gardens event.

Left in dark during leak

As The Village went to press, Swan Street in Alvechurch was finally open after many weeks of disruption caused by a gas emergency.

A new home for AFC

’Church plan for the future with a move to The Hayes. 

School hosts festival fun

This year’s Lickey School and Community Festival was another big success, with plenty of fun for all ages at Lickey Hills Primary School.

Invaded by the Vikings!

Blackwell was taken over by marauding hordes at its Viking-themed summer festival, where villagers really got into the spirit of the event with some great costumes and props.

Run in the sun

Despite a rather important football match taking place that lunchtime, villagers of all ages turned out for the Barnt Green Fun Run, postponed from snowy March.

Lucian meets Vinny

Six-year-old Lucian Chilton-Davies, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Plenty to see in Penny’s garden

A charity garden party held in Bordesley attracted a host of visitors and raised money for three charities.

Garden housing plan

A housing developer is eyeing up Green Belt garden land in Barnt Green for a potential 20-home estate.

84 miles in three days

A group of 17 teachers and parents from Winterfold and Bromsgrove Schools have raised £6,500 for an African school by walking the full 84-mile length of the Hadrian’s Wall Path, from Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway, in just three days.

Heading off

Two long-serving village headteachers retired at the end of the summer term.

SOS answered

Village roofing contractors DJ Scriven did their bit for the community by offering their services to TV’s DIY SOS team, who had appealed for local tradespeople to help out with their latest “Big Build” in Lickey End.

Softball success for Divas

A team of Alvechurch cricketers are celebrating after they took the top spots in a festival competition.

Festival is ready to rock

Blackwell Music Festival takes place on Saturday September 8, from 12 noon in the grounds of Hunter’s Hill School.

Parish supports surgery cabins

Barnt Green parish council has backed the village surgery’s plan to expand into two Portakabins.

Birthday ‘girls’ celebrate in style

Two Alvechurch residents celebrated special birthday milestones with parties thrown by their friends and family.

Resurfacing delay

Resurfacing of Sandhills Lane, Barnt Green, will not be done until September at the earliest, county councillor Peter McDonald told parish councillors.

Afternoon of song

Alvechurch Community Choir enjoyed an afternoon of song with a workshop led by professional opera and choral singer Themba Mvula.

Tree to be felled

Barnt Green is to fell its “Christmas tree”.  The large conifer where lights have been hung for the past few years is becoming too high and also blocks the view of drivers
turning out of Sandhills Road.

Footbridge postponed again

The Cofton railway footbridge has been put back again. Work is now planned to start in September, with completion in December.

Colourful display of craft creations

Forge Mill Creative Textile Group attracted plenty of visitors to their Open Morning at Beoley Village Hall.

Car removed from hedge

The car in the hedge on the Bittell Road bends in Barnt Green has finally been removed, parish councillors heard.

Fee agreed for Plan

Parish councillors have agreed to spend £7,500 on an independent consultant to help Barnt Green develop its Neighbourhood Plan.

Rock band entertains villagers

A group of villagers enjoyed a garden party with a difference: featuring a private performance from American rock band Lucky Tongue.

Youth group considered

Vandalism prompted Lickey and Blackwell parish councillors to discuss the possibility of forming a new youth group.

Pumpkins at the ready for festival

Organisers of the second Alvechurch Pumpkin Festival are reminding people of the date – Saturday October 27 in the village hall – and encouraging them to start working on their entries.

Thank you, Sue

Sue Atkinson, office administrator at Tardebigge First School, bid farewell to pupils as she retired after 23 years.

Planners ‘ignored’ parish

Alvechurch parish councillors are “appalled” that Bromsgrove planners ignored their grounds for objection to an application for three new houses in the Green Belt at Hopwood.

Church grant query

Alvechurch parish councillors are in a quandary over whether to give a churchyard maintenance grant to St Laurence Church.

Bin that bra for charity

Villagers are being encouraged to give their support to a new “Bra Bank”, in a fundraising initiative for the charity Against Breast Cancer.

Call for action on roundabout

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Seeking Sheila

A Village reader is seeking a childhood friend, who is now believed to live in Alvechurch.

Parish aims to be ready with its own plan

Barnt Green is to revisit its Neighbourhood Plan preparations to ensure the parish is ready to deal with future house-building pressures.

Swans walk

The family of swans featured in our June magazine, including our “cover cob”, have been on the move once more.

Finstall funds defibrillator

Bromsgrove MP and Home Secretary Sajid Javid officially unveiled the new public access defibrillator at Finstall Village Hall.

Danger bridge to go at last

After years of pressure from The Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society and Alvechurch Parish Council, the Canal & River Trust (CRT) has finally agreed to demolish the derelict bridge on the “dead arm” of the canal at Alvechurch.

Have your say on plan

Villagers in Lickey, Blackwell and Cofton Hackett can have their say on the parishes’ future by commenting on a draft of the joint Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), which is out for consultation until July 16.

Raising the pollen count

Barnt Green is embracing an initiative to protect pollinating insects and their habitats.

‘Transparency’ plea

Independent councillors are calling for the review of Bromsgrove’s local plan to be halted while fears of a “perceived conflict of interest” are investigated.

100 reasons to celebrate

Family and friends gathered at Alvechurch Sports & Social Club to help Vera Palmer, a long-time resident of Alvechurch, celebrate reaching her 100th birthday.

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Village Views



The extended closure of a village road has highlighted once again the problem of the “rat run” from Redditch through much of this area into south Birmingham and the growing Longbridge development.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View August 2018

The aliens have landed!

Right then: Mr Julian Cobbledick of Cofton Hackett (Village Views, July 2018) has a point with regard to “strange lights” in the Lickey Hills.

Mystery of empty housing estate

Every now and then I like to have a browse through The Village magazine although I’m living far from my roots now.

Thanks to garden owners

May I offer a huge thank-you to the lovely people of Alvechurch who opened their gardens on a glorious weekend under the National Garden Scheme.

Record amount raised

I thought you would like to know that in spite of a certain football match taking place on the Sunday of Alvechurch Open Gardens, we managed to raise a record £5,115.

Lawton’s View

JULY 2018

Lawton's View July 2018


You are probably expecting to read another column of head-banging bemusement over the antics of Bromsgrove District Council.

New station, old problems

Last month’s letter, “Traffic frustration”, made interesting reading.

Infrastructure has whiff of decay

I feel truly privileged to live in this part of Worcestershire – the trees are especially beautiful, not only at this time of year but all year round.

Street circus

What on earth is going on with Swan Street in Alvechurch?

Lawton’s View

JUNE 2018

Lawton's View June 2018


You know that feeling when you’re not convinced someone is telling you the full story? They’re doing something you don’t understand, and the justification for their course of action doesn’t make much sense either?

Speed limit conspiracy?

I note that Coopers Hill in Alvechurch has now been reduced to an urbanised 30mph. 

Road only fit for horse and cart

I have just driven from Barnt Green to Alvechurch and my shaken bones are yet to recover.

Traffic frustration

It is high time that something drastic was done about the traffic situation in Aston Fields.

The Lickey cuckoo?

Here is an original verse of seasonal poetry:

Lawton’s View

MAY 2018

Lawton's View May 2018


When Alvechurch and Barnt Green faced an assault on their Green Belt land 18 years ago, this magazine reported the fight by the local planning authority to defend it.

Immoral and wanton vandalism

I have just read your article (April 2018) about the proposed new town, “Barntchurch”, with great disdain.

There are better places to build

Thank you for highlighting the current issues regarding future housing development in this area.


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Village Features

The rise of Jupiter

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Our long hot summer

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Bright planets, space shuttles and meteors

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Hazel & heather

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

Choose the right ISA to maximise savings

Martin Pryor provides a guide to the different types of ISA available.

Donate old travel cash

A Bromsgrove DIY store is running a summer-long fundraising campaign to raise money for its 2018 nominated charity – Dodford Children’s Holiday Farm.

Optician features in top journal

Don Williams, who opened Edgbaston Eye Clinic six months ago, is proud to be featured in the UK’s top Optometric journal:

Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in July 2008.

Party marks sixty years

The Lawns care home in Alvechurch held a tea party to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Happy birthday, Bliss!

It’s been 10 years since Bliss Hair Therapy in Alvechurch welcomed its first clients, and the salon continues to attract plenty of custom with its blend of friendly service and expert styling techniques.

Controlling emotion in the market cycle

Martin Pryor points out the pitfalls of impulsive decision-making.

Flares out of fashion

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Prickly heat

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

Start growing your own

Philip Aubury, organiser of Alvechurch Open Gardens, offers expert tips on growing veg and salad.

Help with hearing aids

We people with a hearing loss come in all shapes and sizes, and so do our hearing aids, writes Pat Booth of Can You Hear Me?

AFC ready for challenge

Alvechurch prepare to compete in a new league for 2018/19.

Diverse art on display

Dave Morgan looks forward to a display of paintings in three very different styles.

Perfect for Wimbledon

In our occasional recipe series, keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, creates a very traditional taste of summer.

Sweet taste of childhood

In our occasional recipe series, keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, creates a fruity cake to bring back memories.

Sinfonia returns to village

2018 marks the tenth anniversary visit of the Sinfonia of Birmingham to St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green.

Festival is bigger than ever

The 58th Bromsgrove Festival will once again bring a wide-ranging programme of arts and cultural activity to the area, with extra emphasis this year on free community events.

Race of the planets

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Hotter than expected

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

King of the woods

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

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