Thursday June 27 2019



Village News


Drop in to learn about road closure

Residents of Barnt Green can find out more about Severn Trent’s phased closure of Hewell Road at two drop-in sessions.

Tim’s off on Tour

An Alvechurch resident is taking part in the world’s longest mountain bike race to raise funds for Cancer Research.

Power to the people

The power of a “people’s plan” has been confirmed by a planning inspector’s rejection of three houses in the Green Belt at Hopwood.

100-mile ride

17,000 cyclists took part in the 100-mile Birmingham & Midlands Velo, which came through the Village area.

Ready to rock for charity

An up-and-coming band formed by Alvechurch Middle School pupils is preparing to headline a charity gig at Artrix in Bromsgrove.

WI’s birthday bash

Alvechurch WI held a celebration to mark the group’s 90th birthday.

Hall marks 90 years

Alvechurch Village Hall celebrated its 90th anniversary, with committee members and helpers partying like it was 1929.

New faces

The new chairman of Alvechurch Parish Council is Marc Worrall, chosen unanimously by councillors at their May meeting.

Lift saga rolls on

The saga of the missing lifts at Barnt Green railway station rumbles on, with parish councillors seeking a meeting with the Department for Transport.

Views on CCTV

Villagers are being asked to complete a Bromsgrove District Council survey about CCTV provision in the area.

Climate emergency

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council agreed to support a motion acknowledging a “climate emergency” and to consider creating their own policy.

Past, present and future

With the new Cofton Village Hall nearing completion, community groups have buried a time capsule on the site.

Safety fears investigated

Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors expressed concerns over the safety of a half-demolished house on Woodshill Avenue, Lickey.

Crime ‘at a low’

Crime in Barnt Green is at a low level, parish councillors heard.

Emily meets Vinny!

After two years of trying, 11-year-old Emily Giblin, of the Oakalls, won a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Cheques for charities

Alvechurch Knit and Natter, run by Cynthia Lawton and Daphne Cross, presented cheques to representatives of the three charities the group has chosen to support this year.

Summer festival season begins!

Alvechurch Village Society, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is inviting residents from the village and beyond to mark the occasion with a party at Alvechurch Village Hall.

50 years of canal care

Anniversary celebrations for society that keeps a watchful eye on our waterways.

Join the hunt

Families in Barnt Green can take part in a Treasure Hunt around the village on Sunday July 7, organised by the parish council.

Cup joy for Rhinos

Kings Norton Rugby Football Club Rhinos Under 16s are celebrating winning the North Midlands Cup in their age group – for the first time in the club’s history.

10-mile hill walk raises heart funds

Two Parklands residents and their family and friends have raised more than £1,000 for charity by completing a 10-mile walk.

Gardens open for charity

The bi-annual Withybed Open Gardens event takes place this year on Sunday June 30, from 1 until 6pm.

Come to the car wash

1st Lickey Scouts will once again hold a car wash fundraiser in Cofton Hackett on June 15.

Restaurant to the rescue

Aston Fields restaurant Fuso came to the rescue of pupils from Winterfold School in Chaddesley Corbett when their class trip was cancelled.

A handful of votes

The Conservatives hung on to control of Bromsgrove Council by as few as 14 votes in the local elections as independents established firm foundations across village areas on both sides of the district.

Indie hope for poll boost

The candidates are up and running to find a new council to take charge at Bromsgrove – and make decisions that will affect villagers’ lives for years to come, particularly when it comes to the “B” word.

Village independence bid

This month’s elections to Bromsgrove District Council have been given a boost by the large number of independent candidates entering the fray.

Andy relinquishes the parish chair

May 2 is parish council election day, although not all parishes have received sufficient nominations to require elections.

Village milestones

A host of Alvechurch groups and institutions are celebrating milestones this year, with special events taking place across the village.

Golf club won’t play ball

Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors were disappointed to learn that Blackwell Golf Club still does not intend to allow its land to be used as part of the rail crossing diversion.

Still fighting for station

Barnt Green Parish Council has vowed once again that it will not give up the fight for improvements at the village railway station.

Running off to Berlin

An Alvechurch resident is aiming to complete the Berlin Marathon in September, despite having had knee surgery in March.

Burcot build looks likely

Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors expressed sadness that Fresh@ Burcot Garden Centre could be replaced by 11 new houses if a planning application is approved.

Parish seeks village views

Barnt Green parish chairman Robert Cholmondeley told colleagues the council needed to “pick up the baton” now that surrounding parishes had completed their Neighbourhood Plans.

Easter fun in Alvechurch

The “Alvechurch Arise” community celebration, which began with the Palm Sunday procession through the village, continued with a series of events during Easter week – all attended by large numbers of villagers.

Palm procession

Motorists making their way through Alvechurch on Palm Sunday might have been surprised to see “Jesus” (villager Tim Reading) leading a procession along Swan Street, accompanied by a pair of donkeys.

It’s almost picnic time!

Organisers of the Alvechurch Picnic in the Park have announced that this year’s event will be officially opened by Professor Sir Keith Porter.

Murder in mind for village film

Barnt Green film-makers Sheila and Bill Evans of Walktall Productions have announced their next project – a psychological feature called Jacqueline.

Parish planters

Barnt Green residents got stuck in to the planting of a “pollinator-friendly patch” in the village.

Village events planned

Barnt Green Parish Council is busy planning several village events for 2019.

Village Views


Lawton’s View

JUNE 2019

Lawton's View June 2019


The independent wave continued to wash over the Village area in the Bromsgrove Council elections. The whole tract from Redditch, through Beoley, Portway, Alvechurch, Rowney Green, Barnt Green and Hopwood to the Birmingham border is now represented by independent councillors.

We must have clean air debate

I would like to respond to John Impey and John Holland, with regard to my published concerns about bonfires in your magazine.

Let’s consign bonfires to past

I am amazed at the comment by John Holland last month (Bonfires haven’t killed me yet. . .)

Graffiti culprit must come clean

Despite the best endeavours of Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council, graffiti remains steadfast on street furniture including road signs, Virgin boxes and our weather station on Rose Hill and the Old Birmingham Road, Lickey.

Lure of the Lickeys

An original bluebell poem offering for the “smile corner” of your lovely mag.

Lawton’s View

MAY 2019



How often have we or someone else said: “At least we’ll be able to make our voices heard at the ballot box”? Well, it’s been a long wait, four years since the last local elections, but at last the time has come to make a change at Bromsgrove.

Tories won’t stand up for village

I see that once again the Conservative Party has selected a district council candidate for Barnt Green & Hopwood who lives on the other side of Bromsgrove.

Village news or entertainment?

Many years ago, my boss advised me to regard the BBC and ITV news programmes as entertainment. Likewise, The Village magazine is just as much fun.

Cycle concern in Rowney Green

A number of residents in Rowney Green have raised concerns about the speed at which some cyclists go down Rowney Green Lane.

Bonfires haven’t killed me yet . . .

According to Mr Ridarta of Cofton Hackett (Bonfires have the potential to kill, April 2019) I guess I should feel exceedingly lucky to be alive.

Memories of our friend Robin

In answer to the query (Remembering Robin, Village Views, January 2019), the bench at Alvechurch Marina is indeed in memory of our dear departed friend Robin Walden, as is the apple tree alongside The Weighbridge pub.

New homes will spoil Burcot’s beauty

I agree wholeheartedly with the comments in David Barton’s letter last month. I would like to add, “Democracy is a great thing – if only the authorities would use it more often!”

Appeal for democracy

Please let me clarify, after a recent experience, what I would do if I felt I had good reason to object to the planning application to build a house immediately in the vicinity of my property, and why.

Lawton’s View

APRIL 2019

Lawton April 19


The local elections fall at an awkward time for this magazine: we have to go to press with this issue before the deadline for nominations, while the elections themselves are to be held on May 2, within a couple of days of our next issue landing on doormats.

Bonfires have the potential to kill

I agree entirely with the view expressed by Michael Lewis, (Village Views, March 2019), with regard to the selfish menace of bonfires.

Planning process is unacceptable 

I would like to point out to John Williams (How to object to plans, Village December 2018) that the planning process is very clear even if unacceptable:

Stranger than fiction!

I have just read your article on the Marlbrook Tip fiasco. It would be extremely funny if it was not true!

Stuck in the mud

Barnt Green has recently been blessed with its very own balancing pond, located at the Foxhills housing estate.


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Village Features

Town festival brings culture to everyone

Now in its 59th year, the Bromsgrove Festival offers its usual wide-ranging programme of events for all.

Strawberry dream

Keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, makes a summery gateau.

The Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in June 2009.

The Village Archive. . . 20 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in June 1999.

Is a DIY Will legal?

Lickey Wills specialist Sue Jenden explains why it’s best to take expert legal advice.

Ageing is inevitable, but how we age is not

Society is changing. We’re living longer than ever before and the age profile of our society is changing rapidly.


Dr Alan Woollhead and Chris Tomlin, of the North East Worcestershire Beekeepers’ Association, explain how to identify different ‘buzzy’ insects and what to do if you have a honeybee swarm.

Keep your head: the psychology of investment

Martin Pryor advises on how our own biases can affect financial decisions. 

Blowing hot and cold

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

AFC are still smiling

Alvechurch just miss out on promotion after a thrilling season.

The name of the rose

Mary Green explores why we call our flowers by so many names.

Eco, green and growing

Hannah Genders reports on her latest feature at the Malvern Show.

Knowing when to stop

Julie Ward, a qualified counsellor and coach who specialises in alcohol-related issues, offers one-to-one support to those who would like to learn how to reduce their alcohol intake or to stop altogether.

Chaos in the heavens

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Try something new!

Bromsgrove artist Richard McIlwraith looks ahead to a festival of the arts.

Shooting for funds!

Shooting 4 Fun Ltd is offering a rare opportunity to enjoy 90 minutes of outdoor shooting activities for just £20 per person, at a special fundraising day.

Lawns welcomes Lukas

The Lawns care home in Alvechurch had the opportunity to celebrate the appointment of new manager Lukas Rokita with an Easter coffee morning for residents, families and friends.

Celebration for firm’s first year

As Bromsgrove business Carpets Rugs & Runners celebrates its first successful year of trading, customers can find even more inspiration for their homes.

Village Archive. . . 20 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in May 1999.

Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in May 2009.

Financial planning for the 100-year life

Martin Pryor suggests ways to ensure a comfortable long retirement.

Warming up after chill

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Play-offs beckon for AFC

Alvechurch FC keep their eyes on the promotion prize.

Under the spreading chestnut tree

Mary Green identifies ‘useful’ trees to look out for in May.

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