Sunday February 17 2019



Village News


Our fields are not easy pickings, say villagers

Villagers gave a resounding vote of approval to the Alvechurch Neighbourhood Plan, with 97 per cent voting in favour.

So vane

Here’s a rare close-up view of the weather vane that usually sits atop Alvechurch Village Hall.

Green graffiti protest

An environmental activist is at large in Lickey, daubing pavements, road signs and street furniture with the slogans “Save Our Green Belt” and “Save Our Fields”.

Lamp post poo bag initiative

Blackwell residents fed up with the scourge of dog mess on the pavements have taken matters into their own hands and installed homemade poo bag dispensers on lamp posts around the village.

Creative charity

Alvechurch’s Knit & Natter group raised £1,050 to split between three charities through sales of their knitted goods and a raffle with prizes donated by villagers.

Community clean-up

Young cricketers and their parents pitched in to help clean up Alvechurch Cricket Club after damage caused by a car fire outside the building.

Library ‘a special case’

The consultation into the future of libraries across Worcestershire has still failed to grasp the scale of the problem it faces in Alvechurch, say councillors.

Back at Burcot

Burcot Grange and The Lodge Care Home were delighted to welcome general manager Vicky Osborne back from maternity leave.

Sadness over squirrel death

This may be the last photo of the white squirrel that was often seen around Crown Meadow in Alvechurch.

Roll on Christmas!

It’s only just finished and already they’re talking about the next one . . . Christmas, that is.

Rogue parking bay

A rogue “parking bay” outside Alvechurch Village Hall is to be investigated.

No response from Network Rail

Network Rail had still not responded – or even acknowledged – correspondence since a high-level meeting about the future of the car park at Alvechurch rail station, district councillor Kate Van Der Plank told parish councillors.

Boost for Hall fund

The Cofton Village Hall Trust received a boost thanks to money raised by village restaurant Goa Goa.

The bright side of Brexit?

Villagers gathered in Alvechurch on New Year’s Day for the annual Mummers’ Play and Morris dancing.

Make some noise at the Alvechurch Wassail!

Aelfgythe Border Morris has again organised the Alvechurch Wassail, which takes place this year on Saturday February 2.

Walking and wassailing

A Wassail Walk from Millennium Park in Barnt Green to Fruitfields Orchard on the outskirts of the village attracted 70 walkers and wassailers.

Celebrate books in Barnt Green

A brand new festival is coming to Barnt Green this spring, promising a fabulous day of giggles, drawing, amazing storytelling, and a wonderful chance for children to meet their favourite authors.

Matchday memories

Your chance to own a piece of Alvechurch FC’s sporting history. . .

Joe meets Vinny

Eight-year-old Joe Chandler, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Water-skiing success

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Restoring an 80-year-old landmark

The tale of how Tutnall & Cobley parish councillors have rolled up their sleeves to bring a wind pump back to life.

Waking up after winter

The annual Lickey Community Orchard Wassail, held by The Lickey Hills Society and the Lickey Hills Country Park Rangers, saw more than 180 people enjoy the fun.

Running to beat brain cancer

Alvechurch resident Jonathan Oseland is getting ready to run this year’s London Marathon in aid of Brain Tumour Research.

Back on the water

The Upper Bittell has been refilling more quickly than expected, meaning Barnt Green Sailing Club was able to hold the first and only home event of its centenary year on Boxing Day.

Logo designs wanted!

Village youngsters are invited to design a logo for this year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park, which takes place on Sunday May 26 in The Meadows.

Victory in Neighbourhood Plan vote

The Alvechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan is to be legally adopted after a resounding “Yes” vote in a referendum.

Seeking young musicians

Talented young musicians are being sought for the annual Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform (BYMP), with auditions due to take place on February 21 and 22.

Car park ‘back on track’

A high-level meeting has put a solution to the flooded and pot-holed car park at Alvechurch station back on track, it is hoped.

Library bill ‘too high’

Campaigners aiming to secure the future of Alvechurch Library, which serves most Village readers, believe the current consultation is trying to achieve the impossible.

Lighting up the night

This festive display on Birmingham Road, created by Eric Wadlow, was declared the winner of Alvechurch Parish Council’s Best-Dressed House competition.

Cofton centre under way

Work has started on the long-awaited £1 million community centre in Cofton Hackett.

Chairman in tip site visit

After residents reported concerns over lorry movements and diggers at Marlbrook Tip, district councillor Richard Deeming – chairman of the “working party” formed to keep an eye on developments there – visited the site to investigate.

‘Unitary’ initiative falls on deaf ears

Bromsgrove councillors rejected a motion to discuss the idea of replacing the county and district councils with one “unitary” authority.

‘Vacuum’ of power

The “vacuum” in Alvechurch South ward left by the illness of Coun June Griffiths is no closer to being resolved.

Don’t fuel fear of crime

Villagers should be careful about what they post on social media in case it unnecessarily increases people’s fear of crime, neighbourhood policeman PC Simon Albutt told Alvechurch Parish Council.

Parish council vacancy

Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council now has a casual vacancy for Lickey Grange Ward, after Coun Stephen Tibbitts stepped down.

Precept increase

Residents in Lickey and Blackwell will see an increase in how much they pay towards the running of the parish council in the next financial year, after councillors voted unanimously to increase the precept by 4.44 per cent.

Grants decision

In its annual budget setting discussions, Alvechurch Parish Council decided to stick to the £8,000 it has allocated for grants to outside bodies in the next financial year.

End of an era

Butchers Paul Queen and Geoff Crow, of EJ Crow & Son in Alvechurch, bade farewell to customers as the shop closed for the final time.

Allotment slot

There may be a vacancy in the new year on the Alvechurch allotment site in Old Rectory Lane.

Village Views


Lawton’s View




What a fine mess party politics has got us all into. After more than two years, the mist has lifted to reveal a Prime Minister more concerned with preventing her party being rent asunder than the future of the country she is supposed to be governing.

Libraries should be fully staffed

I attended the public consultation at Rubery Library for the proposed changes to our local libraries and would like to make the following points.

When will the tip farrago end?

So the saga of the Marlbrook Tip continues. Recent inspections have shown that the landowner has been importing hardcore to the site.

Tipping point

On December 13 at 15.20 (3.20pm in old money), as I turned on to Rose Hill, a line of us followed a heavily-overloaded tipper truck up the hill.

The small birds are here!

Richard Page wants to know where the small birds are (Village Views, January 2019).

Thanks for bin collection

We would personally like to thank Councillor Charles Hotham for arranging to get the grey bins collected after we had missed out before Christmas.

Get your facts straight

On Saturday January 5, I received a note through my letter box asking if I could clear an amount of dog waste from the waste ground at the side of my flat.

Parked cars are a real danger

I recently contacted Worcestershire County Council’s Highways department about the parking situation on Fiery Hill Road.

Oh, sugar!

It’s good to have a monthly recipe, but could you and your recipe writer please not describe something as a “healthy treat” and “full of good ingredients” when it is in fact full of sugar?

Lawton’s View


Lawton Jan 2019


With all the talk of referendums (and despite the protestations, it doesn’t look like there’s any sensible way out of the Brexit Mayhem without another one) some villagers have been left scratching their heads as polling cards for a totally different referendum, on January 10, drop through their doors.

Green belt ‘gifted’ to developers

Thank you for alerting me to the District Plan consultation timeframe recently – which, like yourselves, I found to be a challenging read.

Tree trouble

When I was on Barnt Green Parish Council I found out they were paying £200 each year for supply and installation of a Christmas tree.

20mph brings many benefits

I write in response to the letter from an Alvechurch resident in last month’s edition, apparently motivated by the inconvenience caused by having to slow down at the two pinch gates in the village.

Remembering Robin

I read with interest an article written in 2012 in your publication about an Alvechurch resident, Robin Walden.

Where are the small birds?

I moved to Alvechurch just over a year ago and I really like The Village magazine. Now, as I’m keen to be involved with my local community, I thought I would tell you about something I’m experiencing: Where have all the small birds gone?

Planning process should be clearer

Thank you for the article “How To Object” last month, but please could you make a correction?

Thanks for clear path

A big thank you to the guys from Hillscourt Conference Centre/NASUWT for clearing the pathway on Rose Hill.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Dec 2018


Every other week, usually on a Thursday afternoon, I run my near-nonagenarian father from Barnt Green over to the library in Alvechurch.


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Village Features

The food of love

Keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, creates a chocolatey treat for the most romantic day of the year . . . (contains sugar!)

Chance to look after a classic

An unusual project is enabling younger drivers to truly experience ‘classic’ motoring.

The Village Archive. . . 10 Years Ago

A look back at what was happening around here in February 2009.

The Village Archive. . . 20 Years Ago

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

‘Moderate February’ live seminar

If you are doing Dry January then keep going, writes Julie Ward, alcohol specialist and managing director of ACT Alcohol Ltd.

Make plans now to fund a child’s future

Financing a child’s path to adulthood is a long-term commitment, writes Martin Pryor.

Could winter still bite?

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Plant wisdom

Mary Green looks at the hidden powers of our plants.

Don’t miss a garden treat

Dave Morgan looks ahead to garden openings across the Village area.

Imagination & illustration

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith meets local poet and illustrator Penny Turner.

City faces and places

Barnt Green photographer Mark Winson gives us a preview of his first exhibition.

Family-run for 40 years

Family-run Bromsgrove firm Broad Street DIY celebrated its 40th anniversary in January.

Mixed fortunes for AFC

Alvechurch are back in the promotion race after an end-of-year dip in form.

Stars of the winter sky

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Optician features in top journal

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

Village Archive. . . 20 years ago

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

Ethical investment for sustainable returns

Martin Pryor points out some of the ways you can invest while keeping your principles.

Drink differently in 2019

If you know deep down that you need to sort your drinking out, then seize the opportunity of a fresh start in January 2019!

Recipe for success, the Dodderhill way

A good dollop of fun, plenty of friends, a measure of kindness and a sprinkling of ambition – give it a good stir and you have the essence of what makes Dodderhill Independent Girls school a unique place to learn.

Good citizens of the future

Winterfold is a wonderful and stimulating place in which to spend your childhood and your formative years of learning.

Bursarial help at Bromsgrove

At Bromsgrove School, we believe our pupils are happiest when they are succeeding. 

RGS will prepare you for life

The RGS Worcester schools offer an outstanding education for boys and girls aged 2 to 18 years.

Red moon on Monday

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

The secrets of ducks

Mary Green shows why our wildlife is fascinating.

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