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Have your say on A38 plans
Posted on March 18 2020 at 12:37:54

County, district and parish councillors are urging residents to have their say on the planned A38 improvements before the deadline for March 20.

EVENT POSTPONED
Posted on March 13 2020 at 12:37:54

A joint choirs concert in Alvechurch has been postponed due to concerns over coronavirus.

History loses home
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:58:31

The fate of village artefacts collected over 70 years is uncertain after a local church submitted plans to develop the site of a dilapidated museum.

‘Call for sites’ housing fears
Posted on February 27 2020 at 4:55:31

Village councillors are calling for more information after Bromsgrove District Council released maps showing potential sites for housing development in the area.

Station lifts still in limbo
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:54:24

Barnt Green parish councillors are increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress on the long-promised lifts at the village station.

20mph zone plan for village
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:53:24

Alvechurch parish councillors are to seek more information on proposals by Worcestershire County Council for a 20mph speed limit through the village centre.

Lost airman: family found
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:51:24

Readers may remember that in November 2019, we reported on the unveiling of a memorial to the crew of a Wellington bomber that crashed in Wythall in 1942.

Thanks for all the fish
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:49:24

The presence of large numbers of cormorants on Bittell Reservoir in Barnt Green has sparked fears of a “cormorant crisis”, district councillor Charlie Hotham told Barnt Green Parish Council.

Picnic to mark VE Day
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:48:24

Alvechurch Picnic in the Park now has its official logo, chosen from entries into the annual competition. 

Revels raise funds
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:46:24

Members of Alvechurch Border Morris presented a cheque for £228 to Sarah James, manager of The Lounge café and community project in Alvechurch, at the annual village Wassail.

Snowdrops & storms
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:43:24

The traditional Snowdrop Weekend at St Leonard’s Church in Beoley was definitely one of two halves.

Cala-gate latest
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:41:24

Cala Homes has been told by Bromsgrove planners that it must allow access to the public footpath linking Barnt Green’s Foxhills estate with Cherry Hill Road, Coun Charlie Hotham told the parish council.

Bearley or Beoley?
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:40:24

Is it Beoley or Bearley? The chair of Bearley Parish Council in Stratford is to meet with Beoley councillors to share his experience of producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

Brown river still flowing
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:39:24

The “brown river of Bordesley” is still flowing, while new street lighting is yet to be installed.

Police area change
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:39:24

Barnt Green’s policing area will change this month, Coun Charlie Hotham told the parish council.

Council’s new clerk
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:38:24

A new clerk, Jayne Smailes, has been appointed by Alvechurch Parish Council.

GlastonBeoley 2020
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:37:24

Music lovers take note: this year’s GlastonBeoley Music Festival is on June 6 and 7 and has a new venue at Birmingham Rugby Club in Portway.

Parishes set precepts
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:36:24

Parish councils have been setting their precepts – the part of the council tax that goes to the parish.

New venue plan
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:34:24

Monthly parish meetings in Beoley could alternate between Beoley Village Hall and other venues in the parish, in a proposal being considered by the parish council.

Be prepared. . .
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:33:24

New parish clerk Jayne Smailes told Alvechurch councillors they should be prepared for “Operation London Bridge” – the protocol for the death of a major royal figure.

Council seeks shed
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:33:24

Barnt Green Parish Council is looking at buying an “aesthetically pleasing yet secure” steel storage shed in which to keep parish equipment, possibly on Parker’s Piece or in Millennium Park.

Centre plan rejected
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:32:24

Concerns around safe and sustainable access by visitors led Beoley parish councillors to oppose a planning application for the change of use of Seafield Farm into a Rural Education Centre.

Mobile post office plea
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:31:24

Beoley parish councillors have asked Post Office Counters if they will provide a mobile post office for residents of Hillcrest Home Park in Portway.

Terry meets Vinny!
Posted on February 27 2020 at 3:17:24

Cofton resident Terry Harrington was the latest winners of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Waes Hael to all!
Posted on February 27 2020 at 2:59:24

Aelfgythe Border Morris’ Squire, Pam Morley, reports on their wassail.

A38 plan goes public
Posted on February 27 2020 at 2:56:24

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

VACANCY: Clerk at Beoley Parish Council
Posted on February 25 2020 at 11:31:57

Beoley Parish Council seeks an experienced, self-motivated individual to join us as Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.

French visit postponed
Posted on February 25 2020 at 10:30:54

A visit from a group of French school students has been postponed until September due to coronavirus concerns – but organisers are still asking for host families to sign up at the ready.

‘Park this plan’ plea
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:49:54

Proposals for street parking restrictions close to a village railway station should be put to residents at a public meeting, say parish councillors.

Bring back ‘Rose’, says councillor
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:46:54

District and county councillor Peter McDonald is hoping to reinstate the child-shaped bollard outside Lickey Hills Primary School after it was removed by the county.

School parking menace
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:46:54

Barnt Green Parish Council is to increase its efforts to prevent vehicles damaging the grass verges on the corner of Greenbank and Hewell Road.

Delay to Post Office plans
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:46:35

The reinstatement of the chimneys at the former post office building in Alvechurch, as recommended by Bromsgrove’s Conservation Officer, has been delayed due to amendments to the planning application.

Acting out the year
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:45:35

The annual Mummers Play and Morris dancing extravaganza in Alvechurch kept villagers entertained.

High spirits at Lickey Wassail
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:44:54

Revellers enjoyed music, poetry, dancing and a topical Mummers Play.

Music & merriment in the orchard
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:43:54

Barnt Green Parish Council held their annual Wassail Walk between Christmas and New Year, with around 130 people walking from Millennium Park to Fruitfields Orchard on the outskirts of the village.

Sucker schedule sought
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:43:32

Alvechurch Parish Council is to ask the county council for its gulley-cleaning schedule following concerns over drainage and flooding.

Barnt Green goes electric
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:42:32

Electric vehicle charging points should soon be installed in the commuter car park in Barnt Green, which has been selected by Bromsgrove District Council.

Keep Blackwell tidy
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:42:32

Lickey & Blackwell parish councillor Bakul Kumar suggested to colleagues that the parish should increase its efforts to keep tidy, perhaps with an “Adopt a Street” litter picking scheme.

Planter plan
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:41:32

Barnt Green’s controversial tiered planters in the village centre are to be planted with ‘Surfinia’ petunias to give a trailing display, councillors heard.

Speed meeting
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:40:32

Concerns over speeding traffic in Weatheroak came to a head after a recent crash on Weatheroak Hill.

Restrictions for Hewell Lane
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:38:32

Barnt Green Parish Council has received notification from the county council of a “prohibition of waiting” order for Hewell Lane.

Effects of train delays
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:37:32

A lack of confidence in the train service could be causing more people to take their cars into Birmingham, Alvechurch parish councillor John Cypher told colleagues.

Toposcope top-up
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:37:32

The toposcope on the Lickey Hills could benefit from “section 106” money left over from Cofton.

Station updates sought
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:36:32

Updates on the progress of the promised lifts and other planned improvements at Barnt Green railway station have been requested by the parish council.

Roads to be surveyed
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:35:32

Dale Hill in Blackwell is to be monitored by a traffic survey, with parish councillors hopeful it will prove the need for a warning sign before the bend.

Rain causes flooding
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:35:32

Recent heavy rain caused flooding near the junction of Twatling Road and Mearse Lane, and also on Plymouth Road and Linthurst Newtown.

Crafty cheques
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:33:32

After raising £2,900 during 2019, the Alvechurch Knit & Natter group was able to make donations to four charities.

Picnic to celebrate VE Day anniversary
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:28:32

This year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park will take place on Saturday May 9 to coincide with the Bank Holiday weekend for the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Cleaning up the canal
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:26:32

The long-awaited programme of dredging on the Worcester–Birmingham Canal around Hopwood, Alvechurch and Tardebigge took place towards the end of last year.

Development fears
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:39:32

Plans for 10 new houses in Hopwood were turned down by Bromsgrove’s planning inspector, but Alvechurch parish councillors fear that the developer could come back with an amended plan.

Lounge looks for help
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:29:32

Volunteering brings rewards for everyone, writes Bill Ulyett, chairman of trustees at The Lounge in Alvechurch.

U10s are on run of victories
Posted on January 29 2020 at 3:28:12

Alvechurch U10 United is one of two teams for boys at under-10 (Year 5) level.

Sisters win a Vinny!
Posted on January 29 2020 at 2:25:12

Alvechurch sisters Evie and Georgia Price, aged nine and eight, were the latest winners of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Hats off (or on!)
Posted on January 29 2020 at 1:55:32

The “public gallery” at Lickey & Blackwell’s December parish council meeting donned Santa hats to thank the council for their hard work.

Window winner
Posted on January 29 2020 at 1:45:32

Barnt Green Parish Council’s Best Shop Window competition was won by Bliss Estate Agents.

Lighting up Finstall
Posted on January 29 2020 at 1:44:32

The well-known spectacular light display in Finstall attracted hordes of visitors as usual.

Council says thanks
Posted on January 29 2020 at 1:42:32

Barnt Green Parish Council held a pre-Christmas buffet at the Social Club to thank villagers who had contributed to the community during the year.

Festive fitness
Posted on January 29 2020 at 1:39:32

A Tai Chi group meets on Beacon Hill every Sunday at 10am as part of the Active Parks events.

Community spirit
Posted on January 29 2020 at 1:38:32

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Best-dressed houses
Posted on January 29 2020 at 1:40:56

The winner of Alvechurch Parish Council’s Best-Decorated House competition was Meadowcrest, Coopers Hill.

Plan gets a big ‘yes’
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:57:59

Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett parish councillors are delighted that residents voted to accept their Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Praise for out-going clerk
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:57:15

Tammy Williams is leaving Alvechurch Parish Council, where she has been interim clerk and Clerk for almost four years, to work for The National Lottery.

Planning chief acts to resolve Cala-gate
Posted on December 19 2019 at 12:56:52

Planners have told Cala Homes to make the planned public right of way through the Foxhills estate in Barnt Green accessible.

‘Heritage site’ outcry
Posted on December 19 2019 at 12:53:52

Missing chimneys should be rebuilt, urges expert.

Ready for an emergency
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:51:22

Alvechurch parish councillors have agreed to adopt an emergency plan outlining what to do in case of a natural disaster or accident.

Season’s Greetings!
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:50:22

Villagers in Barnt Green, Blackwell, Lickey and Alvechurch celebrated the start of Christmas with music and light.

The gift of giving
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:49:58

Finstall Preschool held a present collection for homeless people in Birmingham.

Eco-friendly swap shop
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:49:58

With news stories telling us that Christmas jumpers are bad for the environment, the Cleaner, Greener Alvechurch group offered a way for people to recycle their festive outfits.

Police Commissioner visits
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:48:58

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John-Paul Campion will be at Beoley Parish Council’s meeting on Tuesday February 11 to meet residents and discuss police activity in the parish.

Parking plan
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:48:22

Parking restrictions on Station Road, Alvechurch, between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday have gone out to police for their comments, county councillor Charlie Hotham told parish councillors.

Plea for ‘Hopwood Gateway’
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:47:22

Speeding on the A441 through Hopwood has not been reduced by temporary cameras in conjunction with the Safer Roads Partnership, Alvechurch parish councillors heard.

Speed watch scheme
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:46:15

Beoley residents, concerned about excessive speeding in the parish, have volunteered to participate in a Community Speed Watch scheme run by West Mercia Police.

Brown river remains
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:46:15

Hearing that street lighting was to be repaired in Bordesley, Alvechurch parish councillor Steve Hornsby told colleagues: “I am very pleased because it will give us an even better view of the Brown River of Bordesley.

Temporary speed limit
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:45:15

Beoley Parish Council has successfully persuaded the county council to impose a temporary 30mph speed limit through Portway.

Tree-cycling for charity
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:43:15

Remember that you can have your real Christmas tree recycled and raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital at the same time, thanks to a scheme by Cofton-based Fee’s Trees.

Crackdown on fly-tipping
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:41:15

The problem of fly-tipping in the Village area is to be addressed by Bromsgrove District Council.

Star player shares skills
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:40:15

The Alvechurch Ladies Under-11 football team enjoyed a special training session when Birmingham City player Claudia Walker (pictured right, with the squad) came for a visit.

Library review leaves readers in the dark
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:39:15

After more than a year under review, the future of Worcestershire’s libraries, including Alvechurch, which serves most Village readers, remains unclear.

Badgers inspire new book
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:37:15

Bromsgrove author Margaret Gardner has written a children’s book inspired by the badgers living at the bottom of her garden.

Polly meets Vinny!
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:10:15

Seven-year-old Polly Butcher, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Villagers ready to wassail
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:01:15

It’s wassail season, and there are several events taking place around the area.

Bin gaffe
Posted on December 19 2019 at 11:48:15

County council staff may need a map to help them identify the county boundary – a new winter grit bin destined for Beoley parish has mistakenly been sited in Tanworth parish, in Stratford district, Warwickshire.

Tower takes shape
Posted on December 19 2019 at 10:45:15

Despite some setbacks in 2019, work will soon continue on the restoration of the derelict wind pump at the top of Cobley Hill between Tutnall and Alvechurch.

Vote YES to your Plan
Posted on November 29 2019 at 3:55:56

Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett parish councillors are encouraging all residents to say “Yes” to their Neighbourhood Development Plan in a referendum on Thursday December 12.

Gates-gate escalates
Posted on November 29 2019 at 3:54:56

The dispute over the locked gates blocking public access through a new village housing estate has escalated and could end up going to the Local Government Ombudsman.

Will Foxlydiate homes lift pressure?
Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:54:56

Plans for more than 2,500 homes have been approved, mainly on former Bromsgrove Green Belt land at the border with Redditch.

Post Office calls in, for two hours
Posted on November 29 2019 at 3:53:56

A mobile post office is now visiting Alvechurch once a week after the closure of the village post office.

Moment of silence
Posted on November 29 2019 at 3:52:56

Pupils from Alvechurch Middle School laid crosses at the war memorial on the village green during the Remembrance Day service.

Station still waiting . . .
Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:50:56

Installation of the long-awaited lifts at Barnt Green railway station may have moved a step closer, parish councillors heard.

Villagers go to the polls. . . again!
Posted on November 29 2019 at 3:50:56

Your guide to the candidates hoping to be elected MP for Bromsgrove in the General Election on December 12 . . .

Traffic survey planned
Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:47:56

After residents and parish councillors expressed concerns about traffic on Greenhill in Blackwell, Highways is planning a survey to assess the scale of the problem.

Tip report awaited
Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:45:56

A new panel engineer has been appointed for Marlbrook Tip, but Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has not yet seen a copy of his report.

Defibrillator signs
Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:44:56

Signs pointing to the defibrillator at Blackwell Club will soon be installed by the parish council, while a new defibrillator has been installed at Tesco in Marlbrook.

Village-made film released
Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:42:56

New film 7 Days, the story of Midlands marathon man “Blind Dave” Heeley, is now on Amazon Prime.

Speed limit not enforceable
Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:41:08

The 30mph speed limit through Weatheroak Hill is not enforceable, county councillor Charlie Hotham told Alvechurch Parish Council.

Ready for Christmas!
Posted on November 29 2019 at 3:29:31

Our guide to the celebrations taking place in the Village area.

Crafters unite for festive fair
Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:27:56

The biannual Blackwell Craft Fair, now in its 40th year, saw plenty of visitors stocking up on Christmas gifts at Blackwell Methodist Hall.

New life for village green
Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:09:56

The village green in Alvechurch where the Remembrance service always takes place was looking in tip-top condition this year, thanks to the hard work of parish councillor Alan Helmore and his wife Linda (right).

Beoley lights up
Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:49:01

Beoley Parish Council has agreed to “light up” Beoley village this Christmas by approving the purchase of festive lights.

Beoley flood concern
Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:45:01

Recent heavy rain has highlighted the problems of flooding on Alcester Road.

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