Sunday October 21 2018

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Village News


Parish plan holds firm

The grassroots initiative giving villagers a say in planning strategy is pressing ahead despite efforts by a number of housing developers to delay its progress.

Short-sighted road advice

Visually impaired residents in Barnt Green have been advised that an overgrown hedge obstructing the pavement is not “an imminent safety issue” – because they can just cross over to the other side of the road.

Doubles delight

Tennis twins Simon and Paul Cowie went head to head in the men’s final of Barnt Green Tennis Club’s annual championship.

Bridge work begins

Work towards the installation of a footbridge over the railway at Cofton Hackett has finally begun, Barnt Green Parish Council heard.

Traders’ fears over lengthy road closure

Plans to replace the water main in Barnt Green’s high street have been met with concern by councillors and traders.

20mph back on agenda 

A 20mph speed limit through the centre of Alvechurch is back on the cards after a three-way meeting between the parish, district and county councils.

Hopwood mums win play backing

A group of Hopwood mums, with the backing of Alvechurch Parish Council, are a step closer to seeing their children playing on new equipment.

Village crime fears

Fears of a rise in crime have prompted villagers to look at restarting a number of Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

Thanks for hard work

Alvechurch Parish Council officially thanked assistant clerk Wendy Carney (right), who is retiring after 16 years.

Happy birthday, Hopwood!

The Village magazine is not the only local business celebrating its second decade – Hopwood Garden Centre also has its 20th birthday this year.

Good news for cyclists

Finstall and The Oakalls are to benefit from a new cycleway, as part of a transport and highways plan being rolled out across Bromsgrove.

Council vacancies filled

Barnt Green Parish Council has co-opted two new councillors: Harrison Rone-Clarke and Joe Nilsson, both of whom live in the village.

Where is our representation?

Alvechurch Parish Council has made an official complaint to the chief executive and leader of Bromsgrove District Council about representation in Alvechurch South ward.

‘Unitary authority’ proposal

A district councillor is proposing that the council on which he sits should be abolished.

Bra bonanza

1,000 old bras have been donated to a “bra bank” at The Wishing Well health and wellbeing centre in Bromsgrove, in aid of the charity Against Breast Cancer.

The housebuilders’ neighbourhood plan

Depending on your point of view, this map could look like a fantastic opportunity to expand a village into a vibrant near-town . . . or it could leave you feeling surrounded, like beleaguered Britain in the Dad’s Army title sequence.

Marking the end of WWI

Plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I are under way in Alvechurch and Barnt Green.

Prizes to be won in home contest

Alvechurch Village Society is encouraging residents to enter a Best-Dressed House competition on the theme of Pumpkins and Halloween.

Where on earth was Vinny?

If you scoured the pages of your September magazine in vain, there’s no need to book a trip to Specsavers just yet. . . Vinny wasn’t there!

Green show winners

Rowney Green Horticultural Society’s annual Main Show attracted a large number of entries, despite the hot summer.

Tradition on display

Rain didn’t put off visitors to the annual Tardebigge Show, which featured traditional stalls and games, plus displays of produce and crafts and an auction.

Exploring Shostakovich

Exploring Shostakovich, presented by Festive Classics, is a weekend of music and talks at Artrix in Bromsgrove, celebrating the composer’s life and work.

Flower Society enjoys success

Rosehill Flower Arrangement Society (RFAS) has enjoyed a great history of successful flower arrangement demonstration programmes – having celebrated its 50th Golden Anniversary last year.

Seeking volunteer mentors

Mentor Link is seeking volunteer mentors to support children and young people in local schools.

New faces

Two village schools welcomed new headteachers at the start of the autumn term.

Parking plight plea

Villagers are being asked to come up with ideas that could solve the growing parking problems across Alvechurch.

Mystery of the Lickey latch

Churchwardens in Lickey are baffled by the disappearance and return of the latch on the gate to the cemetery extension.

Carve or craft a pumpkin

The second Alvechurch Pumpkin Festival will take place on Saturday October 27 in the Village Hall.

Hall helpers needed

Villagers are getting behind plans for a new village hall in Cofton Hackett by volunteering their skills to get the project off the ground.

Three walks to choose from

Barnt Green Parish Council holds its annual Community Walk on Saturday September 22.

Playtime at Meadows

The Meadows in Alvechurch has been full of kids, old and young, since the installation of new play and exercise equipment over the summer.

Stolen plant returned

A memorial garden to Alvechurch youngster Finlay Church was planted earlier this year by the paddling pool in The Meadows and is being nurtured by retired director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Philip Aubury.

Post Office in limbo

The future of Alvechurch Post Office is still in limbo after plans for a Simply Fresh grocery store at 14 The Square were turned down on appeal.

Council vacancies

Barnt Green Parish Council was left with two vacancies after the resignations of Sam Harris and Jenny Jellie.

Lack of bins leads to litter

A lack of waste bins on the Parker’s Piece playing field in Barnt Green led to litter problems during the summer heatwave.

Guard of honour for Kay

What seemed like the whole of Barnt Green turned out to say farewell to Kay Cholmondeley when she retired as head of St Andrew’s First School after 20 years.

Chris has left the building

The Lawns residential home in Alvechurch waved goodbye to some long-serving members of staff at a garden party.

Horseplay in the hills

Now in its third year, the Lickey Hills Bilberry Wake has been revived to commemorate a time when real horses were raced for competition.

New season starts

With the new season commencing in September, the junior section of Kings Norton Rugby Club started pre-season training in August.

Waiting for the rain to fall

This scene would normally be mostly water, perhaps with a sailing dinghy or two skipping across the surface while anglers watch their floats from the shore.

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Village Views


Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Oct 2018


Twenty years on from our first issue, and what is most noticeable from a brief look at our coverage then and now is the resounding success of the housebuilding industry and their lobbyists.

Despair over speeding

Can I add to your volume of motor-related concerns.

Politicians are too car-centric

I was dismayed to read your article in September concerning our recently-elected “independent” politicians and their desire to “solve the growing parking problems across Alvechurch”.

Bonfires should be consigned to the past

While there is much talk presently of new and old Cofton Hackett coming together and new exciting plans going ahead, what a pleasure it was to experience on a warm end-of-summer’s evening, at no later than 6pm, the sights and smells of thick, white, acrid smoke.

Barnt Green is blooming

Thank you to our parish council for our lovely flowers in Barnt Green this summer.

Links to poignant wartime tale

Your online article [originally published in July 2011] about the tragic crash of the wartime Blenheim aircraft was very interesting.

Happy birthday to you!

Many congratulations on 20 years of The Village!

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Sep 2018


There is an entry in our 1998 office diary from Monday September 28 saying, simply: “Village #1 to press.” And here we are, 20 years later, still just about to go to press, for the 193rd time.

How to slow the traffic

I read with interest your August Village View concerning the “rat run” through Alvechurch, and would like to make the following comments and suggestions.

Roundabout signs are dangerous

It was interesting to read Sarah Rees’ report on the problems with the Oakalls roundabout (The Village, August 2018).

Long wait spoils benefit of new train timetable

In common with so many travellers who have looked forward to the extension of the Cross City line to Bromsgrove, I was dismayed to find that trains stopping at Barnt Green at 19 minutes past the hour result in a wait of over 40 minutes at Bromsgrove for a connecting train to Worcester and beyond.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View August 2018


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.

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.


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Village Features

The Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

A look back at what was going on around here in October 2008.

Goals galore for AFC

AFC are involved in plenty of cup action this autumn.

Autumn has arrived

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Are you due a refund on power of attorney?

Government payout is also a reminder to sort out your ‘living will’, says Martin Pryor.

As black as any sloe

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

Snaps from space

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Perfect planters

Judy Lawrance, flower photographer, shares ideas for the next growing season.

Words to artistry

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith is thrilled by the talent of local embroiderers.

Warm up with autumnal cake

In our occasional recipe series, keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, creates a seasonal spiced bake.

September harvest

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

Tai Chi for all abilities

Whether you want to learn a gentle but effective martial art or you’re looking for health and relaxation, Tai Chi and Chi-Kung (Qigong) can help.

Mars is star of show

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Your journey to recovery

A new physiotherapy and acupuncture clinic in Alvechurch aims to reduce health problems as well as boosting general wellbeing.

Great British blooms

Keen garden photographer Judy Lawrance shares some of her favourite locally-grown flowers.

Summer cooling down

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

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

Facelift for your kitchen

Dream Doors, the UK’s largest kitchen makeover company, has opened a brand-new showroom in Barnt Green.

Character through art

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith visits Bromsgrove Art Society’s annual exhibition.

We’re learning for life

The happiness of the children lies at the heart of everything at Winterfold. Good manners, a cheerful smile and a sense of purpose are seen in every pupil.

An outstanding journey

The RGS Journey offers an outstanding education for boys and girls aged from 2 to 18.

Develop love of learning

Applications from aspiring astronauts welcome! Or future Prime Ministers, architects, physicists. . .

Morris merriment

Pam Morley of Ælfgythe Women’s Border Morris dances through the past year’s activities.

Aiming high and wide

At Bromsgrove, pupils are treated as individuals. Everybody is expected to work hard and to accept that if they choose Bromsgrove, they are aiming high and wide and never settling for anything other than their best.

Winning start for AFC

AFC have their first trophy of the season in the bag.

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