Monday March 19 2018

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Cleaner village aims for plastic-free future

Alvechurch is planning to clean up its act amid fears it is looking “scruffy” as it embraces a move to become a plastic-free village.

Sam, 18, to join parish council

Teenager Sam Harris was due to become a Barnt Green parish councillor as The Village went to press.

Fears over Lickey parking

Lickey residents and councillors are dismayed at Birmingham City Council’s plans to introduce parking charges for visitors to the Lickey Hills.

Great save at ’Church

An Alvechurch FC “superfan” whose life was saved by a new defibrillator at the club is hoping other sports clubs and village amenities follow Lye Meadow’s lead in installing the equipment.

Here we come a-wassailing!

Mid-winter procession organised by Aelfgythe Border Morris proves the big bang theory applies in village finale.

Footpath safety fears

Lickey and Blackwell parish council heard that Hunters Hill School in Blackwell had diverted a public footpath that runs through school grounds.

‘Road watch’ may be upgraded

Hopwood’s “road watch” may be escalated as a result of an accident at the end of last year in which a pedestrian died.

Ready for village fun run

Barnt Green Chuggers running group have once again teamed up with the parish council to put on a Sport Relief 5k Fun Run, taking place on Sunday March 18.

Village reunion for poets

In November 2007, The Village carried a feature introducing a new local group, the Withybed Poets, writes Mary Green.

Handing over a piece of history

Barnt Green WI has marked a new chapter in its history with the handing over of a special keepsake.

Verge parking plea

Damage caused by vehicles parking on grass verges was discussed by Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors after a resident asked them to discourage the practice via their newsletter.

Yellow lines plan for station

Double yellow lines are likely to be painted at the junction of Station Road and Latimer Road as parking problems around Alvechurch railway stations spill into the streets.

Hopwood homes objection

An application to build up to 21 new homes on a Green Belt field at Hopwood has been shown the red light in a lengthy objection by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Hannah’s Everest trek

A former Alvechurch Middle School pupil will add to her fundraising for a school in South Africa by trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Planning ahead for Easter 2019

Alvechurch Baptist Church leaders and congregation are asking villagers to get involved with a special project for Easter 2019.

Fun-filled programme for WI

The Ark Angels WI group, which looked set to fold at the end of last year, has been rejuvenated with a new committee and is looking forward to attracting lots of new members with an exciting programme of events for 2018.

Birthday fun at library

Alvechurch Library celebrates its 10th birthday in April.

Hats off to Vinny winners!

Alvechurch resident Patrick Dryburgh and three-year-old daughter Georgie won themselves a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Battery trouble

Speed warning signs in Lickey & Blackwell have been padlocked after trouble with their batteries.

Parish lighting survey

A lighting survey is to be carried out in Alvechurch parish after councillors agreed to spend £2,500 replacing an old concrete lamp-post currently in a garden on Latimer Road with a new one on the pavement.

June Griffiths ‘looking to return’

Alvechurch South district councillor June Griffiths is on the road to recovery after a minor stroke last year and “looking to come back in a couple of months”, Coun Kit Taylor told parish councillors.

All about the animals

This year’s Picnic in the Park in Alvechurch will be an animal extravaganza, with visits from a TV vet and critters from Dudley Zoo.

Fashion fundraiser

A “Preloved Parade” to celebrate the 30th birthday of Acorns Children’s Hospice takes place on March 22.

Get creative for Picnic competition

There’s still time to submit your entry for this year’s Alvechurch Parish Picnic in the Park logo competition!

Stations stand-off

Villagers press for action as rail bosses say: there’s no money

Concern over nursing home’s future

Lickey residents turned out in force for their parish council’s planning meeting to express their concerns over Lickey Hills Nursing Home.

Wassail with a bang!

This year’s annual Alvechurch Wassail promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Council considers crisis plan

Alvechurch parish councillors debated the need for the area to have a formal Emergency Plan, as encouraged by Worcestershire County Council.

Mummers’ the word

The annual New Year’s Day frolics in Alvechurch included, as always, a Mummers Play featuring traditional and topical characters.

Plugging the skills gap

Perplexed by plumbing? Frustrated by flat packs? Broad Street DIY in Bromsgrove is launching a new event to help young people learn essential DIY skills.

Parking solutions discussed

Responses to a car parking survey carried out among Barnt Green shops and businesses has revealed that most people find it difficult to park in the village.

Barnt Green slime queen

A youngster from Barnt Green has set up her own business, tapping into the latest kids’ craze by making “slime”.

Litter fairies

Village reader Mike Bingham sent us a photo showing just some of the rubbish collected by one of the “litter fairies” (local residents) in Grange Lane, Alvechurch, recently.

Council seeks crossing update

Lickey & Blackwell council has asked county and district councillor Kit Taylor for an update the controversial closure of Blackwell’s “yellow brick road” railway crossing.

Objection to homes plan

Alvechurch Parish Council has objected to plans to build three houses on Green Belt land on Ash Lane, Hopwood, saying it would set a “dangerous precedent in the parish.”

Judge’s Crufts call-up

A Rowney Green resident whose dogs have proved successful at Crufts will soon be seeing the show from a different angle – as a judge.

CCTV for shelter

CCTV has now been installed at the new bike shelter at Alvechurch railway station.

Council spot vacant

There is still one vacancy to be filled on Barnt Green Parish Council.

Crime figures

December’s crime figures for Barnt Green consisted of one house burglary in which a car was stolen, and three thefts from the Tesco store, according to PCSO Chelsea Lloyd.

Precept stays same

Barnt Green Parish Council has voted to keep its precept – the part of the council tax that goes to the parish – the same as the previous year.

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Village Views



When plans for the “new” Longbridge were first being discussed in the years after the closure of MG Rover in 2005, there was widespread recognition that the development would increase traffic flowing between the new homes, shops and businesses that would be created there and the motorway network through this area.

Lawton’s View

MARCH 2018

Lawton's View March 2018


Times, they are a changin’ . . . and they will keep on changing whatever any of us may feel about it.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Feb 2018

Better buses request

We have heard a lot recently about the state of the car park at Alvechurch railway station.

Town parking fees are ‘brainless’

Every week in local newspapers there are complaints about parking in Bromsgrove – justifiably, in my opinion.

Bromsgrove wanted Brexit

I agree with the part of your January Village View that welcomes the “new blood” that has invigorated our local councils, but must strongly disagree with your wish that “Brexit reality will topple the current Government”.

Fingers crossed for prediction

I hope your reading of the crystal ball for 2018 (Village View, January) is 100% correct.

Historical knowledge needed to understand case for Brexit

Like thousands across The Village mag’s catchment area, I get a tingle of excitement as each month ends, in eager anticipation of the next issue and the chance to voraciously consume its contents.

Protect our area from rubbish and urban sprawl

Hats off to the members of Alvechurch Village Society’s footpath group, who do so much physical work to ensure that the footpath network through our delightful countryside is in a usable state.

Please take more care of our verges

You may recall my letter in March 2017, lamenting the damage caused to grass verges by vehicles – well, it is truly verging on the ridiculous now!

Not a bridge too far

In response to Canon Rob Fieldson’s letter (“Prioritise rail cash”) in last month’s Village: I completely agree that disabled access should be greatly improved at Barnt Green, but not at the expense of the new footbridge.

Community spirit in ‘Lego Village’

My wife and I bought our “Lego House” in Cofton Hackett over four years ago. We settled in and watched happily as our family, and other families on Cofton Fields, grew.

Show us your evidence

I could not let go unchallenged the claim from your (unnamed) correspondent in January 2018 under the headline “Plagued by chariots of fire”.

Fuming outside the school gate

Is it worth mentioning that the popular practice of driving to school early and then sitting in the (large, diesel-powered) car with the engine running (so as to keep warm) is poisoning hundreds of young bodies?

Party pooper

I do hope that an apology from the editor of The Village is forthcoming. The irony of extolling the virtue of local democracy in choosing councillors but not of national democracy in choosing Brexit obviously escapes him.

Can you ride tandem?

This is a personal appeal made in the hope that able and willing cyclists will volunteer to pilot my much-loved Longstaff tandem from time to time.


It’s not often that New Year predictions come to pass, but this year we can claim some success.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Jan 2018

Prioritise rail cash

I live in Cofton Church Lane and enjoy walking and running around the footpaths of this beautiful area.

Network Rail needs to address safety

Two things seem to be clear in respect of the footpath/footbridge/lifts problem with Network Rail:


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Village Features

Village Book Review: Bayly’s War

Barnt Green author Steve Dunn has, for his sixth book on WW1 naval history, chosen to concentrate on a specific theatre of the war and the somewhat divisive figure at its centre.

Spanish lessons for AFC

Alvechurch FC links up with Real Madrid to give young players a world-class opportunity.

Much colder than normal

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Visual activity centre

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Making a woodland

Hannah Genders suggests ways to create a wild garden area.

The tree of balance

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

Cleaning you can trust

In the November issue of The Village, we announced the launch of our Alvechurch-based residential cleaning business, My Clean Home.

Inspirational interiors

If you’re seeking a stylish new look for your home, an interior design agency specialising in luxury residential projects has all the expertise you need.

Balti night brings in cash

Spice Valley Balti in Bromsgrove raised more than £500 for the Stroke Association with a charity night of food and fun.

Bespoke care in your own home

An independent home care agency founded just over a year ago has proved so successful that it has had to take on extra staff as well as moving into a purpose-built office.

Ready for ISA and pensions season

Investors should start to turn their focus to the end of the tax year on April 5, writes Martin Pryor.

The Village Archive: 10 years ago. . .

A look back at what was happening around here in March 2008.

How to travel in style

Private chauffeured vehicles have traditionally been considered the preserve of the super-rich and famous.

Healthier drinking habits

Julie Ward is a qualified counsellor and coach who specialises in alcohol-related issues.

Lack of interest as ISA cash flows out

There are good reasons why cash ISAs are out of favour,  writes Martin Pryor.

Normal service resumes

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

What to see in the dark

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Willow weaving

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

Mid-season success for Churchmen

Trevor Ball delivers a ‘half-term’ report as Alvechurch FC look towards promotion.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was happening around here in February 2008.

Ready for a new season

Hannah Genders suggests some jobs as spring approaches.

Squad’s double success

With a gap in first XV fixtures, the Kings Norton (Ash Lane, Hopwood) rugby development squad played two fixtures recently.

Financial firm gives back to community

Provest Financial Solutions, which has offices in Barnt Green and Birmingham city centre, specialises in comprehensive lifestyle financial planning, wealth management, estate planning, and generational and legacy planning services to individuals and the owners or managers of small to medium businesses.

Once in a blue moon

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

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