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Spirit of Christmas

Posted on November 28 2016 at 11:25:40 0 comments



Plan the perfect Yuletide with our guide to village festive services.

Some of you may have thought that November was a bit too early to be harping on about Christmas . . . but now that we’re into December there’s really no escape!

If you’re not in the festive mindset yet, then allow us to do the excitement on your behalf as we take a look at some of the Christmas fun on offer in the Village area.

As you read this, trees and lights will be going up around our villages ahead of various festive events – these include switch-on ceremonies in Blackwell (Friday December 2 from 6pm), Lickey (Sunday December 4 from 4pm) and Barnt Green (also Friday December 2 from 4.30pm).

In Alvechurch, the tree should now be installed and the lights will go up on the first weekend in December.

Replacing last year’s CD “baubles” will be decorations created by village schoolchildren – they have been asked to colour in bauble templates, which will then be laminated and hung on the tree.

There may be those who have already got their decorations up at home (certain Village staff included, although not The Grinch of course!), but if you’ve not given much thought to your own tree just yet, there are plenty of options in the area.

Woods Farm in Shirley has 300 acres of trees on-site, freshly-cut each day, right up until Christmas Eve for all you last-minute merchants! Potted and rooted trees, wreaths, holly and mistletoe are also available.

Top quality British-grown trees are also offered by Fee’s Christmas Trees of Barnt Green, with free local delivery included – plus a free handmade decoration for every child.

Hopwood Plant Centre stocks Nordmann “non-drop” trees as well as potted varieties, and all sizes can be netted for easy transport.

Norway Spruce trees can be purchased from a farm in Hopwood for just £4 per foot – these can also be netted.

At Singletons Nurseries at Lydiate Ash, you’ll find a variety of premium trees as well as Christmas wreaths and fresh flowers for table arrangements. Santa will be in residence to greet children on weekends in December, and you can also enjoy the festive menu at The Potting Shed café.

Speaking of seasonal refreshments, Warwick’s Butchers in Barnt Green will supply all the fresh meat and poultry for your Christmas dinners, plus a range of deli items.

However, if you fancy a break from the cooking, The Coach & Horses at Weatheroak offers home-cooked fare and local beer in cosy surroundings.

The Crown Inn at Withybed is also a good place to relax over the festive period, especially after a chilly walk or bike ride, and of course New Year’s Day will see the traditional performance by the Alvechurch Morris dancers.

Meanwhile, the family-friendly Blackwell Club features live music from Blackwell Concert Band on Christmas Eve, and a ticket-only party on New Year’s Eve.

If you are entertaining friends and family at home over Christmas, you can ensure your house really looks the part with home and kitchenware from Tony’s Handyman in Barnt Green.

From professional barware to festive textiles, the products from top brands also make excellent gifts – and don’t forget the range of snow shovels, sledges and rocksalt just in case the weather takes a turn for the better/worse (delete as applicable)!

The ultimate gift for those who love spending time in their home and garden would be a hot tub or spa, and top-quality Villeroy & Boch designs are available from Pools & Gardens in Wychbold – get your order in quickly for Christmas delivery!

More gift ideas abound at Coconut Pink, which offers lovely jewellery hand-made with vintage and contemporary beads. Choose from the colourful range of earrings, bracelets, necklaces and charms or commission a special piece just for you.

Jewellery makes a fabulous present for someone special, and those who like to be pampered would also appreciate gifts or vouchers from some of our local beauty services.

BeautyBox in Barnt Green has treatments galore to help you look and feel great, from skincare and nail art to massage and aromatherapy – plus various gift items, vouchers and special deals.

Bliss Hair Therapy in Alvechurch offers a selection of presents from top brands such as GHD, L’Oreal and St Tropez – for men as well as women! Stocking fillers and vouchers are also available, and there’s even a gift-wrapping service.

Feet can often be overlooked when it comes to beauty and healthcare, so why not give your tootsies a treat with help from Footcare by Julie Larner, whether it’s relieving pain or discomfort or relaxing with reflexology.

For flawless eyelashes to take your through the party season and beyond, Lashes by Leanne of Barnt Green creates individual lash extensions for a fuller, thicker appearance and there’s a special offer running throughout December.

And finally, don’t forget that all those Christmas parties, presents, food and drink create a lot of waste – make sure you check your bin collection dates with Bromsgrove District Council, and recycle as much of your rubbish as you can!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at The Village – including Vinny!

Woods Farm
Bills Lane, Shirley, Solihull B90 2PP Tel: 0121 733 2633

Fee’s Christmas Trees
Cofton Church Lane, Barnt Green B45 8BH
0121 445 0533 or 07941 936668

Hopwood Garden Centre
Ash Lane, Hopwood Tel: 0121 445 4022

Christmas Trees
Hopwood Tel: 07973 216283

Singletons/The Potting Shed
600 Birmingham Rd, Lydiate Ash, Bromsgrove B61 0HT   Tel: 0121 457 9977

Warwick’s Butchers
89 Hewell Road, Barnt Green B45 7NL Tel: 0121 445 1263

The Coach & Horses Inn
Weatheroak Hill, Alvechurch B48 7EA Tel: 01564 823386

The Crown Inn
Withybed Green, Alvechurch B48 7PN Tel: 0121 445 2300

Blackwell Club
84 Linthurst Newtown, Blackwell B60 1BS   Tel: 0121 445 2134

Tony’s Handyman
6 Hewell Road, Barnt Green B45 8NE Tel: 0121 445 2632

Pools & Gardens
Walkmills Farm, A38 Wychbold WR9 0DH Tel 01527 861321 or 861597

Coconut Pink

8 Hewell Road, Barnt Green Tel: 0121 445 0809

Bliss Hair Therapy
12b Red Lion St, Alvechurch B48 7LF Tel: 0121 445 5009

Footcare by Julie Larner
Tel: 07939 563 890

Lashes by Leanne
Tel: 07789 260295

Bromsgrove District Council
Tel: 01527 881188

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