Tuesday July 17 2018

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Seeking Sheila

A Village reader is seeking a childhood friend, who is now believed to live in Alvechurch.

Parish aims to be ready with its own plan

Barnt Green is to revisit its Neighbourhood Plan preparations to ensure the parish is ready to deal with future house-building pressures.

Swans walk

The family of swans featured in our June magazine, including our “cover cob”, have been on the move once more.

Finstall funds defibrillator

Bromsgrove MP and Home Secretary Sajid Javid officially unveiled the new public access defibrillator at Finstall Village Hall.

Danger bridge to go at last

After years of pressure from The Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society and Alvechurch Parish Council, the Canal & River Trust (CRT) has finally agreed to demolish the derelict bridge on the “dead arm” of the canal at Alvechurch.

Have your say on plan

Villagers in Lickey, Blackwell and Cofton Hackett can have their say on the parishes’ future by commenting on a draft of the joint Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), which is out for consultation until July 16.

Raising the pollen count

Barnt Green is embracing an initiative to protect pollinating insects and their habitats.

‘Transparency’ plea

Independent councillors are calling for the review of Bromsgrove’s local plan to be halted while fears of a “perceived conflict of interest” are investigated.

100 reasons to celebrate

Family and friends gathered at Alvechurch Sports & Social Club to help Vera Palmer, a long-time resident of Alvechurch, celebrate reaching her 100th birthday.

It’s a snip . . . for £3,200!

A well-known Alvechurch resident has raised £3,200 for a children’s charity by having her long hair cut.

Julie lifts Euro title for a second time

Cofton Hackett resident Julie Davis has retained her title at the European Powerlifting Championships, breaking four British and two European records.

Fresh veg for all in village scheme

A group of volunteers aiming to bring the community together by growing and sharing fresh produce are hoping to expand the scheme in Alvechurch.

Car crime in Cofton

PC Marc Ginder, the new beat manager for Hagley and Rubery, has reminded residents to ensure their vehicles are secure after a number of attempted break-ins in Cofton Hackett and Rednal.

Concern over ‘near misses’

Residents in Alvechurch have expressed concerns that children as young as three years old are playing unsupervised in the streets around Hollington Road.

Barrier a step closer

The planned height restriction barrier for The Meadows in Alvechurch is set to go ahead.

Where is June?

Alvechurch parish councillors continue to ask for updates on district councillor June Griffiths.

Division over bike rack

Parish councillors in Lickey & Blackwell are still divided over the idea of installing a cycle rack, a bench or bollards outside the Trinity Centre to deter motorists from parking next to the horse trough.

Parking appeal

Lickey Community Group asked parish councillors to help in appealing to Bromsgrove District Council for a police presence outside Lickey Hills Primary School.

Plastics phased out

Single-use plastics are to be phased out by both Worcestershire County Council and Bromsgrove District Council.

Hannah meets Vinny!

Hannah Gorton, aged 23 months, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Ball raises a big total

A Masquerade Ball held in Barnt Green raised more than £20,000.

A picnic fit for a prince

Taking place a week after the Royal Wedding, this year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park was themed around Princes and Princesses

New lines for safer roads

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Gifts galore at craft fair

A variety of hand-crafted goods were on sale at Blackwell’s 39th Craft Fair at Blackwell Methodist Hall.

Secretary required

Finstall Village Hall has a vacancy for a secretarial position.

‘Danger’ lane action

A Blackwell road described by residents as “the Black Hole of Calcutta” is to have new warning signs after a campaign to make the road safer.

Height barrier to keep gates open at park

The gates to The Meadows playing fields in Alvechurch, locked for much of the summer last year to keep travellers out, are to be fitted with a height restriction system.

‘Hell-bent’ on Hearn

Hopes that any consideration of a proposed “garden village” between Alvechurch and Barnt Green would be shelved were dashed when Conservative councillors got together to keep it on the agenda.

Road to be resurfaced

The plague of potholes in Barnt Green may soon be over, at least on Sandhills Lane.

New kids on the block

Village reader Paul Wilde sent us these pictures showing a new brood of cygnets that hatched in May near Abbey Meadows in Bordesley.

Council considers cycle rack

Lickey and Blackwell parish councillors agreed to consider the possibility of installing a bench or a cycle rack by the horse trough outside the Trinity Centre.

No more slime

Tennis players should find firmer footing at the Rowney Green courts after the parish council agreed to jet wash the surface which has become “slimy”.

Still in charge

Andy Humphries, the long-serving Chairman of Alvechurch Parish Council, has been elected to the role for a sixth year by fellow councillors, despite having said the past year would “probably” be the last.

Forum suspended

Alvechurch Community Safety Forum, which succeeded PACT meetings in the parish, is to be suspended.

Plans to save pets

Pet owners will be able to take their animals to centres at Hopwood and Rowney Green under the Emergency Plan being drawn up by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Choir joins in with joyful duo

While millions of people watched a certain royal event on TV, a somewhat smaller but no less special wedding was taking place that same day in Alvechurch.

The money-spinners!

A sponsored spinathon in Alvechurch raised money for the Pituitary Foundation in memory of a young villager.

Fun Run rescheduled

After being cancelled because of snow in March, the Barnt Green Fun Run in aid of Sport Relief has been rescheduled for Sunday June 24.

New film aims to scare

Barnt Green film company Walktall Productions is getting ready to scare audiences with its current project, a Hammer-style horror thriller.

John’s an inspiration

Alvechurch resident John Davies has been shortlisted in a nationwide competition to find inspirational people aged over 60.

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Village Views


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.

New station, old problems

Last month’s letter, “Traffic frustration”, made interesting reading.

Infrastructure has whiff of decay

I feel truly privileged to live in this part of Worcestershire – the trees are especially beautiful, not only at this time of year but all year round.

Street circus

What on earth is going on with Swan Street in Alvechurch?

Lawton’s View

JUNE 2018

Lawton's View June 2018


You know that feeling when you’re not convinced someone is telling you the full story? They’re doing something you don’t understand, and the justification for their course of action doesn’t make much sense either?

Speed limit conspiracy?

I note that Coopers Hill in Alvechurch has now been reduced to an urbanised 30mph. 

Road only fit for horse and cart

I have just driven from Barnt Green to Alvechurch and my shaken bones are yet to recover.

Traffic frustration

It is high time that something drastic was done about the traffic situation in Aston Fields.

The Lickey cuckoo?

Here is an original verse of seasonal poetry:

Lawton’s View

MAY 2018

Lawton's View May 2018


When Alvechurch and Barnt Green faced an assault on their Green Belt land 18 years ago, this magazine reported the fight by the local planning authority to defend it.

Immoral and wanton vandalism

I have just read your article (April 2018) about the proposed new town, “Barntchurch”, with great disdain.

There are better places to build

Thank you for highlighting the current issues regarding future housing development in this area.

Was it a wind-up?

Please tell me that the letter from Major Cuthbert Parker-Smythe (Barnt Green folks deserve a first-class service, April 2018) was a “wind up” for April 1st. . .

Maid message

Dear most excellent Editor – If you would send me the telephone number of the scullery maid mentioned in Major Parker-Smythe’s letter, I would remain forever obliged to you and indebted.

Leaders needed

After 12 years, I will be stepping down as leader of 1st Barnt Green Scouts, and would like to appeal for some new helpers.

Lawton’s View

APRIL 2018

Lawton's View April 2018


Building homes on green fields is a profitable business. It is much simpler than taking on the challenge of brownfield sites and then, more often than not, the new homes have a greater value because of their lovely location.

New town would swamp us

A proposal is to be considered by Bromsgrove District Council for 15,000 new homes on land between Alvechurch and Barnt Green.


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Village Features

The rise of Jupiter

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Optician features in top journal

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

Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

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

Party marks sixty years

The Lawns care home in Alvechurch held a tea party to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Happy birthday, Bliss!

It’s been 10 years since Bliss Hair Therapy in Alvechurch welcomed its first clients, and the salon continues to attract plenty of custom with its blend of friendly service and expert styling techniques.

Controlling emotion in the market cycle

Martin Pryor points out the pitfalls of impulsive decision-making.

Flares out of fashion

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Prickly heat

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

Start growing your own

Philip Aubury, organiser of Alvechurch Open Gardens, offers expert tips on growing veg and salad.

Help with hearing aids

We people with a hearing loss come in all shapes and sizes, and so do our hearing aids, writes Pat Booth of Can You Hear Me?

AFC ready for challenge

Alvechurch prepare to compete in a new league for 2018/19.

Diverse art on display

Dave Morgan looks forward to a display of paintings in three very different styles.

Perfect for Wimbledon

In our occasional recipe series, keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, creates a very traditional taste of summer.

Sweet taste of childhood

In our occasional recipe series, keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, creates a fruity cake to bring back memories.

Sinfonia returns to village

2018 marks the tenth anniversary visit of the Sinfonia of Birmingham to St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green.

Festival is bigger than ever

The 58th Bromsgrove Festival will once again bring a wide-ranging programme of arts and cultural activity to the area, with extra emphasis this year on free community events.

Race of the planets

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Hotter than expected

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

King of the woods

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

Super season for AFC

Alvechurch promoted for the second time in a row.

Time to enjoy your garden

Philip Aubury, organiser of Alvechurch Open Gardens, offers advice on getting your garden ready for summer.

Smart approach to mental health

Fourteen months of hard work has paid off for two authors who launched their first book to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.

Moderation all year round

Julie Ward is a qualified, experienced alcohol specialist who runs ACT Alcohol based in Bromsgrove.

Rolling out new business

If your carpets and rugs are getting a bit tired, a new business in Bromsgrove offers plenty of inspiration to give your home a new look.

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