Saturday January 18 2020



Village News


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.

Police Commissioner visits

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John-Paul Campion will be at Beoley Parish Council’s meeting on Tuesday February 11 to meet residents and discuss police activity in the parish.

Parking plan

Parking restrictions on Station Road, Alvechurch, between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday have gone out to police for their comments, county councillor Charlie Hotham told parish councillors.

Plea for ‘Hopwood Gateway’

Speeding on the A441 through Hopwood has not been reduced by temporary cameras in conjunction with the Safer Roads Partnership, Alvechurch parish councillors heard.

Speed watch scheme

Beoley residents, concerned about excessive speeding in the parish, have volunteered to participate in a Community Speed Watch scheme run by West Mercia Police.

Brown river remains

Hearing that street lighting was to be repaired in Bordesley, Alvechurch parish councillor Steve Hornsby told colleagues: “I am very pleased because it will give us an even better view of the Brown River of Bordesley.

Temporary speed limit

Beoley Parish Council has successfully persuaded the county council to impose a temporary 30mph speed limit through Portway.

Tree-cycling for charity

Remember that you can have your real Christmas tree recycled and raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital at the same time, thanks to a scheme by Cofton-based Fee’s Trees.

Crackdown on fly-tipping

The problem of fly-tipping in the Village area is to be addressed by Bromsgrove District Council.

Star player shares skills

The Alvechurch Ladies Under-11 football team enjoyed a special training session when Birmingham City player Claudia Walker (pictured right, with the squad) came for a visit.

Library review leaves readers in the dark

After more than a year under review, the future of Worcestershire’s libraries, including Alvechurch, which serves most Village readers, remains unclear.

Badgers inspire new book

Bromsgrove author Margaret Gardner has written a children’s book inspired by the badgers living at the bottom of her garden.

Polly meets Vinny!

Seven-year-old Polly Butcher, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Villagers ready to wassail

It’s wassail season, and there are several events taking place around the area.

Bin gaffe

County council staff may need a map to help them identify the county boundary – a new winter grit bin destined for Beoley parish has mistakenly been sited in Tanworth parish, in Stratford district, Warwickshire.

Tower takes shape

Despite some setbacks in 2019, work will soon continue on the restoration of the derelict wind pump at the top of Cobley Hill between Tutnall and Alvechurch.

Vote YES to your Plan

Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett parish councillors are encouraging all residents to say “Yes” to their Neighbourhood Development Plan in a referendum on Thursday December 12.

Gates-gate escalates

The dispute over the locked gates blocking public access through a new village housing estate has escalated and could end up going to the Local Government Ombudsman.

Will Foxlydiate homes lift pressure?

Plans for more than 2,500 homes have been approved, mainly on former Bromsgrove Green Belt land at the border with Redditch.

Post Office calls in, for two hours

A mobile post office is now visiting Alvechurch once a week after the closure of the village post office.

Moment of silence

Pupils from Alvechurch Middle School laid crosses at the war memorial on the village green during the Remembrance Day service.

Station still waiting . . .

Installation of the long-awaited lifts at Barnt Green railway station may have moved a step closer, parish councillors heard.

Villagers go to the polls. . . again!

Your guide to the candidates hoping to be elected MP for Bromsgrove in the General Election on December 12 . . .

Traffic survey planned

After residents and parish councillors expressed concerns about traffic on Greenhill in Blackwell, Highways is planning a survey to assess the scale of the problem.

Tip report awaited

A new panel engineer has been appointed for Marlbrook Tip, but Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has not yet seen a copy of his report.

Defibrillator signs

Signs pointing to the defibrillator at Blackwell Club will soon be installed by the parish council, while a new defibrillator has been installed at Tesco in Marlbrook.

Village-made film released

New film 7 Days, the story of Midlands marathon man “Blind Dave” Heeley, is now on Amazon Prime.

Speed limit not enforceable

The 30mph speed limit through Weatheroak Hill is not enforceable, county councillor Charlie Hotham told Alvechurch Parish Council.

Ready for Christmas!

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

Crafters unite for festive fair

The biannual Blackwell Craft Fair, now in its 40th year, saw plenty of visitors stocking up on Christmas gifts at Blackwell Methodist Hall.

New life for village green

The village green in Alvechurch where the Remembrance service always takes place was looking in tip-top condition this year, thanks to the hard work of parish councillor Alan Helmore and his wife Linda (right).

Beoley lights up

Beoley Parish Council has agreed to “light up” Beoley village this Christmas by approving the purchase of festive lights.

Beoley flood concern

Recent heavy rain has highlighted the problems of flooding on Alcester Road.

Village Views


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.

Look after your own leaves

It’s that time of year again when the good folk of Barnt Green believe that clearing their garden of fallen leaves means blowing them down the road and making them someone else’s problem.

Plants just need water

I was upset to read (News in brief, November 2019) that the contractors were blamed for the “disappointing” display this summer in the controversial tiered containers in Barnt Green.

A helping hand

I am sending pictures of myself and my grandson Alex doing our annual cleaning of the dirty road signs in our proximity.

Lawton’s View




We English are a funny bunch. As the very nice chap from Post Office Ltd – a company wholly owned by the Government – finished telling residents their village post office would close its doors before Christmas and he couldn’t really say when another would open for business, he received a polite round of applause.

Don’t sacrifice our play area

I am writing with regard to Alvechurch Parish Council’s proposed car parking options for Rowney Green, and in particular the option to relocate the children’s play area.

Access-only sign is out of date

Having read much of the debate surrounding cars using Ten Ashes Lane between Groveley Lane and Barnt Green Road (Village News, September 2019 and Village Views, October 2019) can we just remember that the “Except for Access” signs are not some ancient historical local by-law.

Path has turned into quagmire

Despite the wet weather, my husband and I and our two 11-year-old Labradors set out on a fairly regular walk route from our home in Barnt Green, on to the path behind the Sports Club in Margesson Drive.

Love for the wildflowers

I wanted to say how much I appreciate the hard work, time and effort of the volunteers who are helping to sow perennial flowers in Greenbank’s wild flower meadow in Barnt Green.


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BeautyBox has a new home

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Join our family

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Apply for a scholarship

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One man versus 50 women!

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Things are looking up

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What can we do for wildlife?

Mary Green suggests ways to help the environment in 2020.

Staying changeable

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Shadows of the Earth

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First creative steps

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Special shortbread

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Gift ideas for book-lovers

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AFC look for new boss

Alvechurch FC hope change at the top will bring better results. 

How much is enough?

Find out how much you need for the life you want, says Martin Pryor.

A wildlife year

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Keep the Christmas spirit

Dave Morgan suggests extending the season of goodwill by supporting local gardens open for charity next year.

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