Wednesday February 19 2020



Village News


‘Park this plan’ plea

Proposals for street parking restrictions close to a village railway station should be put to residents at a public meeting, say parish councillors.

Bring back ‘Rose’, says councillor

District and county councillor Peter McDonald is hoping to reinstate the child-shaped bollard outside Lickey Hills Primary School after it was removed by the county.

School parking menace

Barnt Green Parish Council is to increase its efforts to prevent vehicles damaging the grass verges on the corner of Greenbank and Hewell Road.

Delay to Post Office plans

The reinstatement of the chimneys at the former post office building in Alvechurch, as recommended by Bromsgrove’s Conservation Officer, has been delayed due to amendments to the planning application.

Acting out the year

The annual Mummers Play and Morris dancing extravaganza in Alvechurch kept villagers entertained.

High spirits at Lickey Wassail

Revellers enjoyed music, poetry, dancing and a topical Mummers Play.

Music & merriment in the orchard

Barnt Green Parish Council held their annual Wassail Walk between Christmas and New Year, with around 130 people walking from Millennium Park to Fruitfields Orchard on the outskirts of the village.

Sucker schedule sought

Alvechurch Parish Council is to ask the county council for its gulley-cleaning schedule following concerns over drainage and flooding.

Barnt Green goes electric

Electric vehicle charging points should soon be installed in the commuter car park in Barnt Green, which has been selected by Bromsgrove District Council.

Keep Blackwell tidy

Lickey & Blackwell parish councillor Bakul Kumar suggested to colleagues that the parish should increase its efforts to keep tidy, perhaps with an “Adopt a Street” litter picking scheme.

Planter plan

Barnt Green’s controversial tiered planters in the village centre are to be planted with ‘Surfinia’ petunias to give a trailing display, councillors heard.

Speed meeting

Concerns over speeding traffic in Weatheroak came to a head after a recent crash on Weatheroak Hill.

Restrictions for Hewell Lane

Barnt Green Parish Council has received notification from the county council of a “prohibition of waiting” order for Hewell Lane.

Effects of train delays

A lack of confidence in the train service could be causing more people to take their cars into Birmingham, Alvechurch parish councillor John Cypher told colleagues.

Toposcope top-up

The toposcope on the Lickey Hills could benefit from “section 106” money left over from Cofton.

Station updates sought

Updates on the progress of the promised lifts and other planned improvements at Barnt Green railway station have been requested by the parish council.

Roads to be surveyed

Dale Hill in Blackwell is to be monitored by a traffic survey, with parish councillors hopeful it will prove the need for a warning sign before the bend.

Rain causes flooding

Recent heavy rain caused flooding near the junction of Twatling Road and Mearse Lane, and also on Plymouth Road and Linthurst Newtown.

Crafty cheques

After raising £2,900 during 2019, the Alvechurch Knit & Natter group was able to make donations to four charities.

Picnic to celebrate VE Day anniversary

This year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park will take place on Saturday May 9 to coincide with the Bank Holiday weekend for the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Cleaning up the canal

The long-awaited programme of dredging on the Worcester–Birmingham Canal around Hopwood, Alvechurch and Tardebigge took place towards the end of last year.

Development fears

Plans for 10 new houses in Hopwood were turned down by Bromsgrove’s planning inspector, but Alvechurch parish councillors fear that the developer could come back with an amended plan.

Lounge looks for help

Volunteering brings rewards for everyone, writes Bill Ulyett, chairman of trustees at The Lounge in Alvechurch.

U10s are on run of victories

Alvechurch U10 United is one of two teams for boys at under-10 (Year 5) level.

Sisters win a Vinny!

Alvechurch sisters Evie and Georgia Price, aged nine and eight, were the latest winners of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Hats off (or on!)

The “public gallery” at Lickey & Blackwell’s December parish council meeting donned Santa hats to thank the council for their hard work.

Window winner

Barnt Green Parish Council’s Best Shop Window competition was won by Bliss Estate Agents.

Lighting up Finstall

The well-known spectacular light display in Finstall attracted hordes of visitors as usual.

Council says thanks

Barnt Green Parish Council held a pre-Christmas buffet at the Social Club to thank villagers who had contributed to the community during the year.

Festive fitness

A Tai Chi group meets on Beacon Hill every Sunday at 10am as part of the Active Parks events.

Community spirit

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Best-dressed houses

The winner of Alvechurch Parish Council’s Best-Decorated House competition was Meadowcrest, Coopers Hill.

Plan gets a big ‘yes’

Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett parish councillors are delighted that residents voted to accept their Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Praise for out-going clerk

Tammy Williams is leaving Alvechurch Parish Council, where she has been interim clerk and Clerk for almost four years, to work for The National Lottery.

Planning chief acts to resolve Cala-gate

Planners have told Cala Homes to make the planned public right of way through the Foxhills estate in Barnt Green accessible.

‘Heritage site’ outcry

Missing chimneys should be rebuilt, urges expert.

Ready for an emergency

Alvechurch parish councillors have agreed to adopt an emergency plan outlining what to do in case of a natural disaster or accident.

Season’s Greetings!

Villagers in Barnt Green, Blackwell, Lickey and Alvechurch celebrated the start of Christmas with music and light.

The gift of giving

Finstall Preschool held a present collection for homeless people in Birmingham.

Eco-friendly swap shop

With news stories telling us that Christmas jumpers are bad for the environment, the Cleaner, Greener Alvechurch group offered a way for people to recycle their festive outfits.

Village Views


Lawton’s View




Climate change has rarely, if ever, been the focus of this column over the past 20 or so years –  perhaps because it always seemed a global crisis rather than one that could be tackled at village level.

Who would vote no to Plan?

Elections can bring out the best and worse in people, not just politicians, and throw up a whole caboodle of surprises.

Praise for village illuminations

Barnt Green village after dark is usually fairly gloomy – the street lighting being far from satisfactory – especially compared with the adjacent rail station.

Farming methods have to change

In her otherwise excellent analysis “What can we do for wildlife?” (The Village, January 2020), Mary Green reinforces the idea that it’s still OK to eat meat.

You just can’t get the staff. . .

I was interested to read a letter in December’s Village which rightly recommended “paying your gardener to do a proper job” of clearing up leaves.

Disgust at dog poo in graveyard

I want to voice my utter disgust at what my family experienced on Christmas Day.

Gone girl

I drive along the Old Birmingham Road in Lickey frequently and have noticed the disappearance of the creepy child bollard.

Polling confusion

This illustration by Simon Woolford, for the Lickey Community Group newsletter, reflects the apparent confusion of some residents when voting in the Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Neighbourhood Plan.

Lawton’s View




Well, that’s a bit of a surprise: the planners at Bromsgrove District Council are standing up to the developers who have gated off a planned public right of way through Barnt Green.

Gate ‘approval’ is a new low

Regarding the blocked public footpath at Barnt Green’s Foxhills estate (Village View, December 2019): if an unwelcome development is “inadvertently approved” then the district council must be incompetent.

Where were the ‘eyes and ears’?

As chairman of the late Lickey End Parish Council, I was frequently told that parish councils are the “eyes and ears “of the parish and as such play a valuable role in scrutinising/reporting on parish-related planning matters.

Verge parking is a disgrace

I’ve been patient; I really, really have, but I feel that the issue needs to be raised once again.

Sort the station car park!

I know this has been said many times before, but when is the car park at Alvechurch railway station going to be completed?

Clean up after horses

Quite rightly, dog walkers come under fire for not cleaning up after their dog, but horse riders seem to get a free pass. They seem to let their animals poop with gay abandon.

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.


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Village Features

Village Archive. . . 20 years ago

A look back at what was going on in February/March 2000.

Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in February 2010.

All new at Alfredo’s

There’s a new location and a new look for Alfredo’s, the traditional barbershop in the centre of Barnt Green.

A simple will? No such thing!

Lickey Wills specialist Sue Jenden offers advice on making the right Will to protect your loved ones.

It won’t happen to me. . . protecting your income

Guard your money against redundancy or ill health, says Martin Pryor.

Mild winter so far. . .

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Crucial victory in derby

Alvechurch FC have the bragging rights over Redditch United.

What can I do for biodiversity?

Mary Green provides 10 ways to ‘think global, act local’.

No-dig gardening

Hannah Genders peers into the future of gardening.

Venus catches us up

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Art for all the family

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith explores art and pottery activities for all ages in Alvechurch.

Quiche for cold days

Keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, makes a sweet and cheesy winter warmer.

BeautyBox has a new home

After more than 16 happy years in Barnt Green, BeautyBox owner Becky Baker has relocated her popular beauty therapy business to Catshill.

Drink differently in 2020

If you know deep down that you need to sort your drinking out, then seize the opportunity of a fresh start in January 2020!

The Village Archive. . . 20 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in January 2000.

Dynamic and caring

A sense of history permeates every brick of this remarkable school.

The journey starts here

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

Join our family

The happiness of the children lies at the heart of everything at Winterfold. 

Apply for a scholarship

Bromsgrove School believes its pupils are happiest when they are succeeding.

One man versus 50 women!

Sean Tomás Beag, Barnt Green’s Quakerwarden, describes an encounter with the village WI.

Things are looking up

Alvechurch FC boost morale with cup win under new boss.

What can we do for wildlife?

Mary Green suggests ways to help the environment in 2020.

Staying changeable

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Shadows of the Earth

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

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