Sunday December 09 2018

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Village News


Neighbourhood plan passes ‘with flying colours’ - now for the people’s vote

The draft Alvechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan has passed its independent examination with “flying colours”.

Still time to see trees

If you missed the Christmas Tree Festival at Alvechurch Baptist Church, don’t worry – the trees will now remain on display until after Christmas.

Calendar people

Alvechurch Village Hall’s committee has produced a 2019 calendar, highlighting the many groups that use the venue.

A selection of Christmas services

Churches in the Village area offer a variety of Christmas services and events, some of which are listed below. For full information, visit the websites.

Library ‘noise’ wanted

Villagers are being urged to give their support to Alvechurch Library, as the county council reviews the venue’s future.

Art of rock

The Village’s resident cartoonist Bob Lawton is exhibiting and selling some of his framed cartoons at Artrix in Bromsgrove.

Tip ‘activity’ followed up

Lickey residents have reported concerns over “activities” at Marlbrook Tip to the Environment Agency, which has responsibility for the site’s safety.

Restaurant hygiene alert

Parish, district and county councillor Charlie Hotham has urged villagers to be aware that two Barnt Green eateries have a low hygiene rating.

Sandhills road safety plea

Residents of Sandhills Green in Barnt Green have asked the parish council to look into the safety of their unlit lane, which runs under the railway line.

Housing study is ‘conjecture’

The “Barntchurch” report would not be accepted as evidence by a judge, the chairman of Alvechurch Parish Council told Bromsgrove strategic planning chief Mike Dunphy during a presentation to the council.

Lottery grant boosts stained glass appeal

St Laurence Church in Alvechurch can go ahead with repairs to its historic stained glass windows thanks to a grant of £113,700 from the Heritage Lottery fund.

Gritty issue for Blackwell

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has decided to fund its own grit bin after a request was turned down by the county’s Highways department.

Bollards must be black and gold

Barnt Green Parish Council decided to buy three new bollards to replace those missing from Hewell Road.

Fashion for charity

A fashion show held in Alvechurch Village Hall raised £1,112 for Brain Tumour Research.

Poppy design for barrier

A poppy centrepiece to a new wrought iron overhead barrier for the gates to The Meadows playing fields in Alvechurch was agreed to unanimously by parish councillors.

Drone code in force

Flying of drones is to be subject to the Civil Aviation Authority Drone Code in Alvechurch after the parish council voted to adopt the code on its land.

New lengthsman delayed

Lengthsman duties in Alvechurch are to be carried out by Bromsgrove council workers at least until the end of March.

Potential parking problems

The loss of parking spaces in Newbourne Hill, Rowney Green, if Bromsgrove District Housing Trust goes ahead with plans to demolish two garages to make way for housing, could create problems.

Club founder remembered

Patricia White, who will be remembered in the Village area as the founder of Barnt Green Art Club, died in June aged 89 years.

Library ‘noise’ wanted

Villagers are being urged to give their support to Alvechurch Library, as the county council reviews the venue’s future.

Village shutdown fear

Barnt Green parish councillors expressed their concerns to Severn Trent over plans to close Hewell Road while an old water main is replaced.

Halloween houses

Villagers who wanted to show off their spooky side this Halloween could enter a Best-Dressed House competition run by Alvechurch Village Society.

Toby meets Vinny!

Six-year-old Toby Sallis, of Bromsgrove, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

We will remember

Villagers across the area commemorated the moment 100 years ago when the guns fell silent across Europe.

Coffee raises cash

The annual “Biggest Ever Coffee Morning” at Rectory Cottage in Alvechurch raised £1,045 – the biggest total yet – for Macmillan Cancer Support from cake sales, a raffle and Bring and Buy.

Smashing pumpkins

Alvechurch’s second Pumpkin Festival was a real community event, with villagers creating and growing some amazing exhibits.

Art of remembrance

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Talented trio

Three students of Whitehouse Music in Alvechurch were selected as the highest achievers across the entire Birmingham area.

Chance to play tag

This season has seen a new team established at Kings Norton RFC for boys and girls who want to be part of the rugby family, but prefer the tag version of the game rather than contact.

Awards night fun for Ravens

North East Worcestershire (NEW) Ravens Rugby League Club held its end-of-season awards night recently at the home venue of Hopwood Park.

Vote for Saski

A pupil from Alvechurch Middle School has got through to the finals of a national Christmas card competition.

Join the light procession

Alvechurch resident Karen Hillmansen has come up with an idea to involve more people in the village’s Christmas Lights Switch-On celebrations.

Time to have your say

Villagers now have only a few weeks left to have their say on the future development of Bromsgrove district.

How to navigate planning maze

The Village guides you through the readathon that is the Bromsgrove District Plan Review Issues & Options consultation.

Villages ready to light up 

Plans for Christmas celebrations are well under way across the Village area.

Garden helper needed

Alvechurch resident Peter McHugh, who for many years has looked after the small garden behind the dentists’ practice as well as the hedge across the road from the Chinese takeaway, would like to pass on both jobs to a willing volunteer.

Don’t wait, it’s ‘on the list’

Barnt Green councillor Charlie Hotham has launched a campaign for clearer information on when work is to be completed by Worcestershire County Council.

Unitary idea gets hearing

An initiative to get councillors to debate their own demise will be heard this month.

Donations buy defibrillator

A new defibrillator has been installed at Barnt Green Social Club, funded entirely through donations organised by villager Trevor Harris.

Risk assessment plan

Comments on “social” media have prompted Alvechurch Parish Council to spend £450 on a risk assessment of the whole of The Meadows.

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Village Views


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.

Planning laws are ‘undemocratic’

The current planning laws are grossly undemocratic, and our local councils should be ashamed that they participate in the implementation of them.

Slower traffic will create pollution

I see the 20mph speed limit is back on the agenda for Alvechurch. I would like to make the following observations.

Thank you, Peter

I am the sister of the late Peter Rippington. I do not live in Alvechurch, but visit the village regularly to see my family. Each time I visit, I go to look at the memorial garden to my brother.

Fireworks caused panic

I hope the people who set off the industrial-strength fireworks in Blackwell on Halloween were proud of themselves for creating so much noise. 

Barnt Green remembered

I have been reading with interest your online article (March 2011) about Barnt Green as seen through the eyes of former resident Gavin Bantock.

Lawton’s View



Too many councils for the coffers

With Worcestershire County Council recently announcing a £17.9 million projected overspend in their current year budget, and the six district or city councils within the county, including Bromsgrove Council, clearly also under financial constraints, surely it is now an appropriate time to revisit the potential financial and other benefits of the whole of Worcestershire being governed by either one or two unitary authorities.

Be bike-friendly

Thank you to Howard Allen for his excellent letter, “Politicians are too car-centric”, which appeared in the October edition of The Village

Double vision

It’s good that The Village magazine highlights and has always supported the Alvechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan.


If you think Brexit is a never-ending nightmare, then a foray into town planning might just tip you over the edge.


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.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Oct 2018

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


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Village Features

The Village Archive. . . 20 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in December 1998.

The Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in December 2008 / January 2009.

A new look at BeautyBox

BeautyBox in Barnt Green has a brand new look after a complete refurbishment – and there are a few added extras still to come in the new year.

The joy of Christmas

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

The story of Finstall 

Finstall author Jennie McGregor-Smith, whose previous works have covered the Victorian expansion of Bromsgrove, Aston Fields, Blackwell and Burcot, has turned the spotlight on her own village with a new book called The Story of Finstall.

Tales of historic Hanbury

The 2018 edition of The Bromsgrove Rousler, the popular local history magazine, has been published by The Bromsgrove Society.

A mine of information

Aston Fields author and mineralogist Roy Starkey has produced a beautifully-illustrated book exploring important mineral deposits in the surrounding area.

Surprisingly dry month

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Increases and frozen thresholds in Budget

Martin Pryor picks out the main points from an unexpectedly interesting Budget.

Birch and pine

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

Design AFC’s mascot!

AFC offers the chance to win goodies such as a season ticket.

White on black

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith highlights the stunning art of Eric Watson.

As easy as pie!

In our recipe series, keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, creates deliciously simple festive treats.

A new chapter for Sue

Oakalls author Sue Watson has branched out from romantic comedy fiction with her latest novel, a dark and twisted psychological thriller.

Reaching for the moon

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Beauty studio open in Burcot

With its name translating as “very beautiful”, a smart new salon in Burcot is dedicated to making its clients look and feel just that.

Christmas concert for charity

Blackwell Concert Band hold their eighth annual Christmas concert at St Andrew’s Church in Barnt Green on Sat Dec 1 at 7.30pm, with all proceeds once again going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Tale of skulduggery on the high seas

For their latest pantomime Alvechurch Dramatic Society are heading to the high seas for a tale of piratical skulduggery: The Lost Treasure of Numbskull Island.

Textures in nature

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith encourages participation in future art workshops.

Autumn delights

Plant photographer Judy Lawrance shares her ideas on some colourful places to visit this season.

Start of winter brings great constellations

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Dark month, dark trees

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

Investment: the key questions

Martin Pryor provides tips on deciding how to invest and how much risk you want to take.

Stirring up some festive flavours

In our recipe series, keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, gears up for Christmas with a traditional mincemeat recipe.

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