Tuesday May 22 2018

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Village News


Are you the owner of a lost ring?

A Village reader is seeking the owner of a ring found in Bromsgrove high street.

Belt ‘not sacrosanct’

Villagers hoping for reassurance that the suggestion of a new town between Alvechurch and Barnt Green was a non-starter were left deflated when Bromsgrove’s strategic planning chief told them the Green Belt was not sacrosanct.

And action!

Members of the Barnt Green Chuggers running group had their moment in the spotlight when they answered a plea for extras on a locally-made film.

New hope for station lifts

Barnt Green parish councillors are hopeful that the promised railway station lifts may be installed by 2020, after a meeting with Network Rail representatives.

Concern over ‘tree clearing’

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has asked Bromsgrove District Council to look into claims that more protected trees have been cleared from an area of land off Cherry Hill Road.

Tribute to canal historian

A new milestone commemorating the life and work of a local historian was unveiled at Tardebigge on the towpath of The Worcester & Birmingham Canal.

Police burglary pledge

Village burglary victims will still be visited by a police officer, despite other policing areas cutting back.

Gritty problem for councils

Village parish councils discussed installing extra grit bins after the hard winter caused dangerously icy pavements.

Festive repeat

Alvechurch Parish Council is planning to hold a Christmas lights switch-on this year, parish chairman Andy Humphries told the annual meeting.

Pulling power

Phil and Sheila Meads, of the Coach and Horses Inn at Weatheroak, have received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Knitting for funds

Alvechurch’s Knit & Natter group were able to help to three charities after raising money through sales of their knitted goods.

Siena takes ski title

Barnt Green skiing ace Siena Horton took the overall title at the British National Alpine Championships in Tignes and has become U16 Overall British National Champion – a fantastic end to her career in the children’s racing category.

Thanks, Wendy!

Barnt Green Parish Council Chairman Robert Cholmondeley made a presentation to resident Wendy Tricklebank, who for the past 14 years has kept the village’s open spaces litter-free and inspected play equipment to ensure its safety.

‘Patchwork of potholes’

Barnt Green parish councillors discussed concerns about the state of the roads after the winter.

Support local business

Lickey and Blackwell residents have been encouraged to support local businesses.

Consultation on plan

Alvechurch Neighbourhood Plan is now with Bromsgrove District Council for a six-week consultation, before being considered by a Government examiner.

Good news for council relations

The working relationship between Alvechurch Parish Council and the new district and county councillors is excellent, parish chairman Andy Humphries told the annual parish meeting.

Fallen soldier’s family found at last

A photograph of a Barnt Green man killed in World War II has finally been returned to his family, with a little help from The Village.

Can you spot a relative?

Reader Charlie Bateman has asked us to publish this photo, showing pupils and staff at Lickey End First School in about 1900, to see if anyone recognises an ancestor.

Fingers crossed for sunny picnic

The Alvechurch Picnic in the Park is nearly here, and everyone is hoping for good weather between now and then, and on the day itself – Sunday May 27. Rain has never stopped play before!

Musical celebration

Blackwell singing group The Cats Chorus celebrated its first birthday with a music quiz and social night, and raised funds for charity at the same time.

Thomas meets Vinny

Two-year-old Thomas Roulston, of Lickey End, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Oakalls local keeps it real

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Birthday bash to remember

Finstall and Cofton Hackett WI held their 81st Birthday Party at Finstall Village Hall, writes Jessica Wilson.

Fashion for a good cause

A charity fashion show in Barnt Green has raised £2,500 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

It’s summer festival time

Saturday June 16 will be a bumper day in Lickey and Blackwell, as both villages hold summer events.

Welcome to Barntchurch Newtown

The Green Belt around Alvechurch and Barnt Green is under threat – again. This time, it could be really serious . . .

Barntchurch: What do we know?

The Village delves into the housing study to see why this area is under threat and what ‘Barntchurch’ would really mean.

‘Don’t say its name’

There have been mixed responses to the GL Hearn report among parish and district councillors across The Village area, with some fearing that even by talking about it they might be giving it too much credence.

MP responds to Green Belt threat

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid has given his response to the Greater Birmingham Housing Market Area Strategic Growth Study, which proposes building thousands of homes on Green Belt land around Alvechurch and Barnt Green.

The voice of youth

Barnt Green’s new parish councillor, 18-year-old Sam Harris, shares his vision for the village.

Fighting for right of way

Barnt Green Parish Council has joined calls for a public right of way to be reopened.

Street light colour clash

Alvechurch parish councillors had a heated debate over the colour of village street lighting columns after a resident requested that a newly-replaced one on Snake Lane should be painted.

Picnic picks winning logo

As the final preparations for this year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park get under way, the event now has its official logo, chosen from entries into the annual competition.

Young talent on show

Talented youngsters showed off their musical skills as The Midland Sinfonia hosted its annual Young Musicians’ Showcase.

Snow lands parish with fun run bill

An unexpected spring snowfall forced the cancellation of Barnt Green’s Sport Relief fun run and cost villagers up to £500, parish councillors heard.

Consultation letters go astray

Residents of Bear Hill in Alvechurch are to be consulted on whether or not they would support the introduction of residents-only parking on their street.

Parish meeting dates

Village parish councils are preparing to hold their Annual Parish Meetings.

Station lifts meeting agreed

Network Rail representatives have agreed to a meeting with Barnt Green parish councillors on April 5, to discuss the lack of lifts at the village railway station. 

Parking restriction plan

Barnt Green Parish Council has asked Worcestershire County Council to look at the possibility of restricting parking on sections of Sandhills Lane and Sandhills Road.

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Village Views



When Alvechurch and Barnt Green faced an assault on their Green Belt land 18 years ago, this magazine reported the fight by the local planning authority to defend it.

Lawton’s View

MAY 2018

Lawton's View May 2018

Immoral and wanton vandalism

I have just read your article (April 2018) about the proposed new town, “Barntchurch”, with great disdain.

There are better places to build

Thank you for highlighting the current issues regarding future housing development in this area.

Was it a wind-up?

Please tell me that the letter from Major Cuthbert Parker-Smythe (Barnt Green folks deserve a first-class service, April 2018) was a “wind up” for April 1st. . .

Maid message

Dear most excellent Editor – If you would send me the telephone number of the scullery maid mentioned in Major Parker-Smythe’s letter, I would remain forever obliged to you and indebted.

Leaders needed

After 12 years, I will be stepping down as leader of 1st Barnt Green Scouts, and would like to appeal for some new helpers.

Lawton’s View

APRIL 2018

Lawton's View April 2018


Building homes on green fields is a profitable business. It is much simpler than taking on the challenge of brownfield sites and then, more often than not, the new homes have a greater value because of their lovely location.

New town would swamp us

A proposal is to be considered by Bromsgrove District Council for 15,000 new homes on land between Alvechurch and Barnt Green.

MP should support own community

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government is the momentous title bestowed on Sajid Javid, our Member of Parliament.

Barnt Green folks deserve a first-class service

I am a retired gentleman of class, born and bred in Barnt Green, and am writing to say I am much looking forward to the newly-electrified railway link to Bromsgrove.

Icy scene in Barnt Green

Village reader Gill Hayes sent us this photo of an “icicle tree” on Sandhills Green, Barnt Green.

Lawton’s View

MARCH 2018

Lawton's View March 2018


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.

Better buses request

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

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”.

Town parking fees are ‘brainless’

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

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.


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Village Features

The rise of Jupiter

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

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

Happy new tax year!

This month I thought it would be useful to provide you with some of the important tax thresholds for 2018/2019, writes Martin Pryor.

Mark Meads: Equity Release Specialist

As another busy month goes by, I thought it would be useful to show you how some of my clients are using the equity in their property.

Where Next’s new era

John Williams, president of charity Where Next, explains why its work is still so important.

We’re almost there!

Alvechurch FC close in on promotion and hope for cup success.

Till May be out

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

Music, wine & sweet scented flowers . . .

Evening opening for cottage garden full of colour and interest.

Early taste of summer

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes

Doing good with wood

Real wood worktops are a great way to give your kitchen a new look – and as they can be a big investment, they need to stand the test of time.

New recruits join regulars

Dave Morgan looks forward to the bi-annual opening of diverse gardens in Alvechurch.

Try this easy cheesy bread

In our occasional recipe series, keen baker Jen Morris, of Rowney Green, combines fresh chives with classic British cheese.

Perfect for all occasions

In the two years since it opened, The Potting Shed café and restaurant at Singletons Nurseries has proved a hit with its tasty homemade food and relaxed atmosphere.

Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

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

The tree of life

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

Mark Meads: Equity Release Specialist

Firstly I would like to thank you for the response to my last two adverts; I can really see how people value getting personal advice from a local advisor!

The story of your life

A common source of regret for many of us is that we didn’t spend more time listening to the life stories of older relatives while they were still around.

Give up six things to save a deposit

There’s no need to rely on the ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’, writes Martin Pryor.

Weird sci-fi world

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Hypnotherapy for women

Are you a woman struggling to cope with anxieties or challenges? Do you feel as though you could do with some help or support?

Moderation all year round

Julie Ward is a qualified, experienced alcohol specialist who runs ACT Alcohol based in Bromsgrove. Her service provides one-to-one sessions to teach individuals how to gain control over their drinking.

What happened to spring?

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Orchards and community

Hannah Genders introduces a special project celebrating our county’s fruit-growing.

AFC’s final push for promotion

Alvechurch FC gathers support for its crucial home games this month.

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