Sunday December 15 2019



Village News


Vote YES to your Plan

Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett parish councillors are encouraging all residents to say “Yes” to their Neighbourhood Development Plan in a referendum on Thursday December 12.

Gates-gate escalates

The dispute over the locked gates blocking public access through a new village housing estate has escalated and could end up going to the Local Government Ombudsman.

Will Foxlydiate homes lift pressure?

Plans for more than 2,500 homes have been approved, mainly on former Bromsgrove Green Belt land at the border with Redditch.

Post Office calls in, for two hours

A mobile post office is now visiting Alvechurch once a week after the closure of the village post office.

Moment of silence

Pupils from Alvechurch Middle School laid crosses at the war memorial on the village green during the Remembrance Day service.

Station still waiting . . .

Installation of the long-awaited lifts at Barnt Green railway station may have moved a step closer, parish councillors heard.

Villagers go to the polls. . . again!

Your guide to the candidates hoping to be elected MP for Bromsgrove in the General Election on December 12 . . .

Traffic survey planned

After residents and parish councillors expressed concerns about traffic on Greenhill in Blackwell, Highways is planning a survey to assess the scale of the problem.

Tip report awaited

A new panel engineer has been appointed for Marlbrook Tip, but Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has not yet seen a copy of his report.

Defibrillator signs

Signs pointing to the defibrillator at Blackwell Club will soon be installed by the parish council, while a new defibrillator has been installed at Tesco in Marlbrook.

Village-made film released

New film 7 Days, the story of Midlands marathon man “Blind Dave” Heeley, is now on Amazon Prime.

Speed limit not enforceable

The 30mph speed limit through Weatheroak Hill is not enforceable, county councillor Charlie Hotham told Alvechurch Parish Council.

Ready for Christmas!

Our guide to the celebrations taking place in the Village area.

Crafters unite for festive fair

The biannual Blackwell Craft Fair, now in its 40th year, saw plenty of visitors stocking up on Christmas gifts at Blackwell Methodist Hall.

New life for village green

The village green in Alvechurch where the Remembrance service always takes place was looking in tip-top condition this year, thanks to the hard work of parish councillor Alan Helmore and his wife Linda (right).

Beoley lights up

Beoley Parish Council has agreed to “light up” Beoley village this Christmas by approving the purchase of festive lights.

Beoley flood concern

Recent heavy rain has highlighted the problems of flooding on Alcester Road.

Wendy wins a Vinny!

Wendy Cooper, of Rednal, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Dance stars light up stage

A group of village dancers raised funds for a charity close to their hearts with a spectacular annual performance.

Harvest helpers

Pupils and staff at Crown Meadow First School in Alvechurch enjoyed a traditional Harvest Festival.

Crafty for Christmas

Alvechurch Knit & Natter would like to thank all who supported their annual Christmas craft fair at the cricket club.

How to make your Christmas greener!

Why not take the hassle out of your post-Christmas clear up and support Birmingham Children’s Hospital at the same time?

Pumpkin patch

The third annual Pumpkin Festival at Alvechurch Village Hall was another great success, despite atrocious weather!

Halloween hi-jinks

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands

Rhinos’ festival of rugby

Kings Norton RFC kicked off its 2019/20 Primary School Tag Rugby season of festivals in October, with 16 teams taking part from ten local primary schools.

Ravens represent region

The NEW Ravens juniors, having played in several festivals of rugby league this past year, recently represented the West Midlands in an origin series versus the East Midlands.

U8s celebrate silverware

Alvechurch United U8s have secured their first trophy of the season by winning the Central Warwickshire Autumn Cup.

Check out the choir online

Alvechurch Community Choir has just launched a new website,

Closed for Christmas

Alvechurch Post Office was to close its doors on Monday October 28, villagers were told at the monthly parish council meeting.

Footbridge finally open

The new footbridge over the railway at Cofton Hackett – installed at a cost of £1 million to replace the original foot crossing deemed unsafe by Network Rail – was “christened” when Barnt Green’s annual Community Walk incorporated it on each of its three routes.

Path block goes to top

Bromsgrove’s Head of Planning was “horrified” to learn of the locked gates blocking access to public space on the CALA Homes “Foxhills” development in Barnt Green, the parish council heard.

Always remembered

Fitting tributes to the airmen who lost their lives in a bomber crash in Wythall.

Bare chests for charity

A calendar of “boob art” featuring designs hand-painted on to the chests of village women (and men) is now on sale, raising awareness of breast cancer in both sexes and funds for Cancer Research UK.

Sharing the story of the Lickey Hills

Visitors to the Lickey Hills Country Park were given a tour of its WWI sites during a special Local History Weekend.

Say farewell to Rev Fiona

After 14 years as Minister of Alvechurch Baptist Church, Rev Fiona Lee and her family are moving on to pastures new.

Independents boosted

The group of independent councillors on Bromsgrove District Council have decided to adopt the name “Bromsgrove Alliance Group”.

Double-yellow plan

Highways officers are considering double-yellow lines down the grass side of the Birmingham Road service road in Alvechurch.

Bridge bonus for Acorns

Barnt Green hosted its fourth annual “Café bridge” fundraiser at four village venues, with local businesses donating prizes to help raise £1,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Jake stars in golf contests

A young Barnt Green golfer helped his Bromsgrove Golf Club team-mates to win this year’s Junior West Midlands Golf League

U14s make super start

Alvechurch FC Under 14s have enjoyed a flawless start to the new season, winning their three opening fixtures.

Village Views


Lawton’s View




It’s hard to believe that, with everything else going on in the world and the country (apparently there’s a General Election), we find ourselves once again exercised to the point of distraction by the planners of Bromsgrove.

The journey to Barntchurch?

Your article “Green Belt roll-back” (October 2019) highlights a concern that the new Bromsgrove District Council (BDC) Plan Review is keeping the GL Hearn study (a desktop study by London consultants) as an option

Harness power of green verges

It’s great to see community spirit in Alvechurch channelled into “green” things like litter clearance and making the village as plastic-free as possible.

Don’t mind the residents, we just live here!

This is a suggestion to the “Cofton Hackett resident” (Village Views, November 2019) regarding their view that the No Entry sign in Ten Ashes Lane is out of date.

Look after your own leaves

It’s that time of year again when the good folk of Barnt Green believe that clearing their garden of fallen leaves means blowing them down the road and making them someone else’s problem.

Plants just need water

I was upset to read (News in brief, November 2019) that the contractors were blamed for the “disappointing” display this summer in the controversial tiered containers in Barnt Green.

A helping hand

I am sending pictures of myself and my grandson Alex doing our annual cleaning of the dirty road signs in our proximity.

Lawton’s View




We English are a funny bunch. As the very nice chap from Post Office Ltd – a company wholly owned by the Government – finished telling residents their village post office would close its doors before Christmas and he couldn’t really say when another would open for business, he received a polite round of applause.

Don’t sacrifice our play area

I am writing with regard to Alvechurch Parish Council’s proposed car parking options for Rowney Green, and in particular the option to relocate the children’s play area.

Access-only sign is out of date

Having read much of the debate surrounding cars using Ten Ashes Lane between Groveley Lane and Barnt Green Road (Village News, September 2019 and Village Views, October 2019) can we just remember that the “Except for Access” signs are not some ancient historical local by-law.

Path has turned into quagmire

Despite the wet weather, my husband and I and our two 11-year-old Labradors set out on a fairly regular walk route from our home in Barnt Green, on to the path behind the Sports Club in Margesson Drive.

Love for the wildflowers

I wanted to say how much I appreciate the hard work, time and effort of the volunteers who are helping to sow perennial flowers in Greenbank’s wild flower meadow in Barnt Green.

Football fundraising

Following the very generous offer of Peter Gwilliam and Scott Wilkinson of Alvechurch FC to donate a season ticket for the first draw of “J’s Football Cards” in August, I was thrilled to be the winner!

Burcot homes plan will change village life

It is sad to learn that the beautiful hamlet of Burcot is being forced to accept a new housing development on the garden centre site.

Lawton’s View




What a fine mess there appears to be on a new housing estate in Barnt Green.

The Lickeys are well managed

As Chair of the Lickey Hills Society (LHS), I would like to respond to the letter from John A Ridarta in your September edition.

Rangers do a great job

Your contributor last month asked about the management of the Lickey Hills. I moved back into this area from Hertfordshire two years ago.

Police should listen to residents’ concerns

With regard to the issue of motorists using Ten Ashes Lane as a cut-through (Short-cut concerns, The Village September 2019), I find it interesting that the local police deem that the speed and volume of traffic was “not of a high level of concern”.


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Village Features

The Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

A look back at what was going on around here in December 2009.

The Village Archive. . . 20 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in December 1999.

Gift ideas for book-lovers

The latest edition of The Bromsgrove Rousler, the popular local history magazine published by the Bromsgrove Society, is now available.

AFC look for new boss

Alvechurch FC hope change at the top will bring better results. 

How much is enough?

Find out how much you need for the life you want, says Martin Pryor.

A wildlife year

Mary Green takes a look back at the ups and downs of our countryside in 2019.

Keep the Christmas spirit

Dave Morgan suggests extending the season of goodwill by supporting local gardens open for charity next year.

Moon’s special effect

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Inspired by nature

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith shines a light on an exhibition of vibrant paintings.

Pies to please a crowd

Keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, makes mince pies with non-traditional fillings.

Rain and more rain

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Village Archive: 10 years ago

A look back at what was going on around here in November 2009.

Village Archive: 20 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in November 1999.

Yoga for your well-being

Barnt Green Zen Den is a Yoga and Wellness Studio dedicated to well-being and creating a relaxing and holistically rejuvenating experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.

Exciting times at Alfredo’s

After almost eight years in the village, Alfredo’s Barbershop is excited to announce the move to a downstairs premises in Barnt Green at the end of this year.

A warm welcome

The Cosy Stove Company is a modern independent company that holds traditional values.

Taking the long view on your investments?

Beware of short-term swings in the market, warns Martin Pryor.

Planets in transit

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

The other harvests

Mary Green explores the fruits, nuts and fungi of autumn.

Wildflowers of Bulgaria

Hannah Genders takes a trip to the mountains.

Hope restored with win

Alvechurch FC end a run of defeats with a morale-boosting victory.

Wartime journey

On the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, it is fitting that the latest production by Alvechurch Dramatic Society, An Unsentimental Journey, should be a new play set in the 1940s.

A saucy toffee treat

Keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, makes a sticky autumnal pudding.

Mithing something? Let Acorn Dental replace those missing teeth

Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile, and can also cause health problems – but Acorn Dental in Barnt Green offers a safe and affordable way to replace them.

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