Village News


Villagers face long walk as works begin

With the big Barnt Green road closure in January already causing concerns for motorists, it is now becoming clear that pedestrians could have to take a very long walk to reach the village.

Village loses a treasure

There is a silent space in the centre of Alvechurch where for many years there awaited a loud and hearty greeting.

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 . . .

Deliver The Village !

If you’re over 13 years old, and reliable, with an email address and bank account, you can join the waiting list for our delivery team.

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!

Finnley’s fantastic tale

Alvechurch youngster Finnley Siembab has had his creative skills rewarded with publication in a book of stories by schoolchildren.

Danger bridge to go

The derelict bridge over the dead arm of the canal in Alvechurch is scheduled to be demolished in 2018, parish chairman Coun Andy Humphries told colleagues.

Clerk loses cancer battle

Yvonne Goode, clerk to Alvechurch Parish Council for more than 10 years, has lost her battle with cancer, aged 51.

Bollard plan to curb speeding

Residents living near Lickey Hills Primary School are being asked for their views on the latest proposal to curb speeding and dangerous parking around the school.

Rail squeal reduction

Barnt Green parish councillors heard that the problem of “rail squeal” from trains taking the bend into the village could at last be eliminated.

Phone box proposal rejected

A proposal to “adopt” the redundant phone box at Hopwood has been rejected by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Patients ‘still missing out’

Alvechurch patients are still missing out on locally based services because the village medical practice is run as a branch of one based in Birmingham, according to the parish council.

Village aims to get festive

Alvechurch is aiming to keep up with its neighbours next Christmas – and is starting to plan now.

Garden clean-up

Lickey and Blackwell parish councillors have agreed to fund a one-off clean-up at Jen’s Place, the memorial garden in the playing field on St Catherine’s Road in Blackwell.

Village crime rise

A crime rise in Alvechurch parish this year is “a bit disappointing”, Safer Neighbourhood Officer PC Simon Albutt told councillors.   

Lights of Longbridge

The second Longbridge Light Festival was extremely well attended on a wonderfully clear evening, with lots to see and do.

Join the Scouting adventure!

Can you build a den? Do you enjoy being in the outdoors?

Signing up for sponsorship

The signs are looking good for an Alvechurch youth team thanks to a kit sponsorship deal with major Birmingham firm Hollywood Monster.

Spooky celebrations

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Coffee morning for Katy

Mothers from Lickey Hills Primary School who are fund-raising for a fellow mum’s cancer treatment are hosting another coffee morning in December.

Festival trees shine again

The time is almost here! From Sunday December 11 to Sunday December 18, Alvechurch Baptist Church will be lit up with Christmas trees, decorated through the words of a carol by organisations and groups from around the village.

Village Views



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

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Jan 2017

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”.


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

Excuses let residents down

Once again the residents of Hopwood have been let down by Worcestershire Regulatory Services. Those people want to come and live here; they would soon change their tune.

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Village Features

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.

Too warm for winter?

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Top awards for young engineers

Four students from RGS Worcester have been awarded prestigious engineering scholarships by the Arkwright Scholarships Trust – more than any other school in the region this year.

Arts complex is underway

Construction of Bromsgrove School’s new performing arts complex is now firmly underway. Two distinct 300+ seat theatres are being created, linked by an avenue which also connects the Preparatory and Senior Schools.

Help & advice for parents

Parenting coach Sally Stokes has spent most of her 20-year career helping thousands of parents to gain an understanding of children’s behavioural and emotional issues.

Tales from the cut

Last month we told you that Bromsgrove historian the Rev Alan White has republished his book, The Worcester and Birmingham Canal: Chronicles of the Cut, which details the canal’s complete history.


Mary Green explores our native Scots pine, juniper, holly and yew.

Cup exits and new faces

Alvechurch FC boosts its squad after recent competition losses.

Supermoon rides high

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Colder and wetter

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Should you phase your investments?

Austin Broad explains the decisions to be made in a volatile market.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was happening around here in December 2006.

Christmas at BeautyBox

At BeautyBox in Barnt Green, Christmas isn’t the only celebration on the cards. . .

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