Friday April 26 2019



Village News


Station lifts derailed

Hopes of investment to pay for the long-promised lifts at Barnt Green Station have been dashed, but parish councillors are determined to keep up the pressure on Network Rail.

Village-made film gets premiere

The cast and crew of 7 Days, a film about Birmingham marathon runner ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley, celebrated the film’s premiere at The Birmingham Rep.

Library responses raise hopes

County council officers are “reeling” from public responses to the consultation on libraries.

Putting the people first

Independent councillors in the Village area have been delighted with the response to their appeal for candidates and helpers in the local elections on May 2.

New homes planned for village sites

Eleven new houses could be built on the site where Fresh@Burcot Garden Centre currently stands, if planning permission is granted.

Cross is Pub of the Year

The Cross Inn at Finstall was declared Pub of The Year 2019 by the Redditch and Bromsgrove branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Gated homes ‘blocking footpath’

A new public right of way through the CALA homes site from Fiery Hill Road to Cherry Hill Road, Barnt Green, is impassable because of locked gates to some of the new houses, parish councillors heard.

Homeless choir entertains

Villagers enjoyed a concert by The Choir With No Name at Alvechurch Baptist Church, where the recent Christmas Tree Festival had raised funds for the choir as well as a homeless shelter.

‘One-lane road’ danger fears

“Dangerous” parking on Station Road in Alvechurch is to be addressed by the county council’s Highways department after residents and councillors expressed concerns.

Parish reveals barrier code

Alvechurch Parish Council voted to give residents of Meadow Lane an access code for the height barrier to The Meadows, in the wake of an incident in January and a “storm” on social media.

Agency ‘failing over tip’

The Environment Agency has come under fire for its “failings” over Marlbrook Tip from Bromsgrove’s lead planning councillor.

Dog mess confusion

Blackwell residents were left confused when dog mess left on village pavements was highlighted with brightly-coloured “chalk spray” in a parish council initiative.

Graffiti resists clean-up attempt

The “Save Our Fields” graffiti daubed around Lickey by an unknown activist dubbed “Tanksy” is still in place as the parish lengthsman was unable to remove it with white spirit, Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council heard.

Relief over road closure

Parish councillors in Alvechurch were relieved to learn that a planned closure of the A441 in Hopwood was “not as bad as it first seemed”.

Planning help

An initiative to give villagers a better understanding of the planning process has been developed by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Vehicle obstruction

Building work at the junction of Hewell Lane and Fiery Hill Road, Barnt Green, is causing a “major problem” because of workers’ vehicles, parish councillors heard.

Fence safety concern

parish councillors disagreed at their monthly meeting over whether a fence around CALA’s new balancing pond by Kendal End Road is safe.

Friendship for seniors

The Lounge café and youth project in Alvechurch has expanded its offering with a new project aimed at helping senior citizens.

Dance donation

A barn dance at Rowney Green Village Hall raised £760 for Redditch charity Where Next Association, which creates working and social opportunities and teaches life skills for people with special needs.

Molly meets Vinny!

Nine-year-old Molly Powner, of Cofton Hackett, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Keith’s a wildlife hero

Lickey resident Keith Woolford has been named as a “Worcestershire Wildlife Hero” for his work at High House Wood in Lickey.

Keith’s a wildlife hero

Lickey resident Keith Woolford has been named as a “Worcestershire Wildlife Hero” for his work at High House Wood in Lickey.

Planting new life on canal

Following the demolition last year of the decaying bridge over the Dead Arm on the Worcester-Birmingham Canal in Alvechurch, the Canal and Rivers Trust has replanted the area with trees and climbers.

Running around the world

A former Marlbrook resident has helped raise more than £17,500 for a disaster response charity by taking part in a year’s worth of tough events.

Plunge for Primrose

Four villagers have decided to put their fears aside and jump out of a plane to raise money for the Primrose Hospice in Bromsgrove.

Picnic winner picked

Preparations for Alvechurch’s Picnic in the Park on Sunday May 26 are well under way and the event now has its official logo, chosen from entries into the annual competition.

Share scouting memories

Marlbrook resident Mike Dodman, whose family has a three-generation connection with the 1st Lickey Scout Group, is trying to document its history – which dates back more than 100 years.

Cup success for village U10s

Alvechurch Athletic FC U10s triumphed in the Central Warwickshire Youth Football League Winter Cup Winter Cup after a nail-biting final against Silhill Saints U10s.

Once upon a time . . .

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Success for rugby festival

An Emerging Schools Festival for Year 10s took place at Kings Norton RFC, Hopwood Park.

A haven for pollinators

The creation of a “pollinator-friendly” patch in Barnt Green is due to begin this month, with wild flowers and grass planted to attract insects.

Youthful inspiration

A young Alvechurch musician has won a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and will perform at Symphony Hall this month.

Star bakers in cake contest

Cofton Hackett residents revealed some hidden culinary skills when they entered The Great Cofton Bake-Off.

Knitting for dementia

Keen knitters from the Village area are being asked to get involved with a dementia awareness project.

Last-minute lorry stop

Bromsgrove District Council served a temporary stop notice on lorry activity at Marlbrook Tip – just one hour before the latest, long-awaited meeting in the tip saga was due to begin.

‘Promising’ path ideas

The latest developments on the rail crossing diversion in Blackwell look “promising and optimistic”, Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors heard.

Time to have your say on plan

A public consultation on the joint Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Development Plan will run until March 29.

Celebration time

Members of the Alvechurch Neighbourhood Plan steering group, past and present, toasted the successful public approval of the plan with a gathering at The Weighbridge pub.

Village’s ‘fallen angel’

Following complaints over the cutting down of the village Christmas tree in November, two further festive mishaps befell Barnt Green, councillors heard.

Dance donation

Members of Alvechurch Border Morris presented a cheque for £208 to Redditch Nightstop.

Village Views


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.

Help us find Heinz

My family used to live at Scarfield Farm. My mother, who is now 92, remembers with fondness the prisoners of war who helped out on the farm.

Lawn being used as field

Yet again the left-hand side entrance to Greenbank in Barnt Green is being used as a field.

Lawton’s View

MARCH 2019



If there was a Top 10 of “You Couldn’t Make It Ups”, the Marlbrook Tip debacle would surely be a chart-topper.

Create hedges to attract birds

I write in response to the letter Where are the small birds? in your January magazine.

Be thankful for hardworking bin collectors

Further to a recent letter (Village Views, February 2019) I would like to thank all our hardworking bin collectors for their faithful and efficient service.

More graffiti from ‘Tanksy’

Following on from your item in the February issue (Green graffiti protest), here is some additional work (above) by the anonymous environmental artist.

Bonfires bring air pollution

This picture was taken on a Friday morning at 9am. All this talk about air pollution, yet as I write this bonfire has been burning for more than two hours and is still going.

Bench makes beautiful sight

I took the photo above while I was out on a run in Lickey Hills.

Lawton’s View




What a fine mess party politics has got us all into. After more than two years, the mist has lifted to reveal a Prime Minister more concerned with preventing her party being rent asunder than the future of the country she is supposed to be governing.

Libraries should be fully staffed

I attended the public consultation at Rubery Library for the proposed changes to our local libraries and would like to make the following points.

When will the tip farrago end?

So the saga of the Marlbrook Tip continues. Recent inspections have shown that the landowner has been importing hardcore to the site.

Tipping point

On December 13 at 15.20 (3.20pm in old money), as I turned on to Rose Hill, a line of us followed a heavily-overloaded tipper truck up the hill.

The small birds are here!

Richard Page wants to know where the small birds are (Village Views, January 2019).


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Village Features

Enjoy a social drink

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

Effective hair-loss solution

A non-surgical hair-loss treatment with instant results and virtually no downtime is now available in Alvechurch.

The Village Archive: 10 years ago

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

The Village Archive: 20 years ago

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

A decade of expert eyecare

Eye Opticians of Barnt Green celebrates its 10th birthday with a brand new look.

Ringing the changes of the new tax year

Tie up loose ends and plan for changes to savings and pensions, writes Martin Pryor.

Soggy start to spring

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Making every game count

Alvechurch FC move into a crucial phase of the season.

Caterpillars and snails

Mary Green reminds us of the important role played by ‘pests’.

Natural water swimming

Hannah Genders explains the benefits of an all-natural pool.

Take-off to the future

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Feed the family

Keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, creates a vegetable quiche that’s bound to be a hit with the whole clan.

On course for bright future

Kings Norton Golf Club is bucking the trend of golf clubs cutting budgets by investing more than £600,000 in its course.

Reinvention in a box

Leila Loves Design is an interior design business based in Barnt Green.

AFC unbeaten in seven

Alvechurch leap back into play-off places with an unbeaten run.

Keeping my cool in TV kitchen

Alvechurch villager Mike Rossiter-Eaglesfield tells how cooking has helped him to handle his anxiety so much that he’s currently starring on TV’s MasterChef.

The Village Archive… 10 years ago

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

The Village Archive. . . 20 years ago

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

Tricky politics of trade war

This is Steve Dunn’s seventh naval history book, and with two more already in progress, you’d think there wouldn’t be many aspects of the Royal Navy’s WWI exploits the Barnt Green author hadn’t already covered.

Tales of mice and men

Four very different books form the latest offering from Rednal author Jack Walsh.

Happy birthday to tax-free savings

Celebrate 20 years of the ISA by making an investment, writes Martin Pryor.

Mild end to the winter

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Here’s a health to the bird in the bush

Mary Green praises ‘good’ hedges and the birds that use them.

All things green and growing

Hannah Genders looks forward to another busy Malvern Show.

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