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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.

Wendy wins a Vinny!
Posted on November 29 2019 at 1:38:56

Wendy Cooper, of Rednal, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Dance stars light up stage
Posted on November 29 2019 at 1:37:56

A group of village dancers raised funds for a charity close to their hearts with a spectacular annual performance.

Harvest helpers
Posted on November 29 2019 at 1:35:56

Pupils and staff at Crown Meadow First School in Alvechurch enjoyed a traditional Harvest Festival.

Crafty for Christmas
Posted on November 29 2019 at 1:33:56

Alvechurch Knit & Natter would like to thank all who supported their annual Christmas craft fair at the cricket club.

How to make your Christmas greener!
Posted on November 29 2019 at 2:25:56

Why not take the hassle out of your post-Christmas clear up and support Birmingham Children’s Hospital at the same time?

Pumpkin patch
Posted on November 29 2019 at 1:21:56

The third annual Pumpkin Festival at Alvechurch Village Hall was another great success, despite atrocious weather!

Halloween hi-jinks
Posted on November 29 2019 at 1:18:56

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands

Rhinos’ festival of rugby
Posted on November 29 2019 at 1:17:56

Kings Norton RFC kicked off its 2019/20 Primary School Tag Rugby season of festivals in October, with 16 teams taking part from ten local primary schools.

Ravens represent region
Posted on November 29 2019 at 1:15:56

The NEW Ravens juniors, having played in several festivals of rugby league this past year, recently represented the West Midlands in an origin series versus the East Midlands.

U8s celebrate silverware
Posted on November 29 2019 at 1:14:56

Alvechurch United U8s have secured their first trophy of the season by winning the Central Warwickshire Autumn Cup.

Check out the choir online
Posted on November 29 2019 at 12:53:56

Alvechurch Community Choir has just launched a new website, http://www.alvechurchcommunitychoir.org.uk

Closed for Christmas
Posted on October 29 2019 at 12:28:32

Alvechurch Post Office was to close its doors on Monday October 28, villagers were told at the monthly parish council meeting.

Footbridge finally open
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:07:32

The new footbridge over the railway at Cofton Hackett – installed at a cost of £1 million to replace the original foot crossing deemed unsafe by Network Rail – was “christened” when Barnt Green’s annual Community Walk incorporated it on each of its three routes.

Path block goes to top
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:05:58

Bromsgrove’s Head of Planning was “horrified” to learn of the locked gates blocking access to public space on the CALA Homes “Foxhills” development in Barnt Green, the parish council heard.

Always remembered
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:05:58

Fitting tributes to the airmen who lost their lives in a bomber crash in Wythall.

Bare chests for charity
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:04:58

A calendar of “boob art” featuring designs hand-painted on to the chests of village women (and men) is now on sale, raising awareness of breast cancer in both sexes and funds for Cancer Research UK.

Sharing the story of the Lickey Hills
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:03:58

Visitors to the Lickey Hills Country Park were given a tour of its WWI sites during a special Local History Weekend.

Say farewell to Rev Fiona
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:03:15

After 14 years as Minister of Alvechurch Baptist Church, Rev Fiona Lee and her family are moving on to pastures new.

Independents boosted
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:02:58

The group of independent councillors on Bromsgrove District Council have decided to adopt the name “Bromsgrove Alliance Group”.

Double-yellow plan
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:02:58

Highways officers are considering double-yellow lines down the grass side of the Birmingham Road service road in Alvechurch.

Bridge bonus for Acorns
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:02:58

Barnt Green hosted its fourth annual “Café bridge” fundraiser at four village venues, with local businesses donating prizes to help raise £1,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Jake stars in golf contests
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:02:58

A young Barnt Green golfer helped his Bromsgrove Golf Club team-mates to win this year’s Junior West Midlands Golf League

U14s make super start
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:02:58

Alvechurch FC Under 14s have enjoyed a flawless start to the new season, winning their three opening fixtures.

Hall opens its doors
Posted on October 29 2019 at 12:02:58

Cofton Hackett’s brand new village hall was officially opened with a special launch weekend, and is now seeking volunteers to help keep it running smoothly.

Planters stay put
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:02:01

Barnt Green Parish Council agreed to keep the village’s controversial tiered planters for another year.

Bordesley river
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:00:58

Bordesley has a “new natural feature”, according to parish councillor Steve Hornsby, who told colleagues that when it rains a river of brown water runs out of a manhole and down the main road.

Fashion for funds
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:00:58

A charity fashion show organised by the Alvechurch Knit & Natter group was a great success, raising £840 from ticket sales and a raffle.

Railings to be rectified
Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:56:58

Missing bollards and railings bent by wayward vehicles around the centre of Alvechurch are to be the focus of work district councillor Kate Van Der Plank hopes to see instigated in the village.

Christmas lights
Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:55:58

Barnt Green will light up for Christmas on Saturday November 30 between 4pm and 6pm, with Santa doing the countdown in the absence of the town crier.

New drain
Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:54:58

A new gully drain is to be installed at the junction of School Lane and Station Road, Alvechurch, to prevent surface water that freezes into sheet ice over winter, district councillor Kate Van Der Plank told parish councillors.

Lib Dems choose candidate
Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:53:58

The Hagley doctor who turned whistle-blower over the Government’s “Operation Yellowhammer” is to be the Liberal Democrats’ prospective parliamentary candidate for Bromsgrove.

Allotment vacancy
Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:53:58

There should be a vacancy at the Alvechurch allotments in the new year.

Garden festival plans
Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:52:58

Another Garden Festival is planned for Barnt Green for summer 2020, with parish councillors agreeing to a £300 grant for set-up costs.

Raphael meets Vinny!
Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:10:58

Six-year-old Raphael Slade, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition – and has named his new toy “Greenie”.

Police Commissioner to visit
Posted on October 29 2019 at 11:01:01

Beoley Parish Council has invited the Police Commissioner, John Campion, to attend its next meeting.

Eco-party project
Posted on October 29 2019 at 9:57:58

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Flood prevention
Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:56:01

Recent and severe flooding in Beoley village has prompted local parish councillors to look at ways in which natural drainage streams can be cleared of debris before the winter.

Lights stay on
Posted on October 29 2019 at 10:51:01

Beoley residents will be relieved to hear that the lights will be kept on in Watery Lane.

50 years in the saddle
Posted on October 29 2019 at 8:41:58

The Riding for the Disabled group based at Seechem Equestrian Centre in Rowney Green celebrated its 50-year anniversary with a special event for riders and their carers, organisers and volunteers past and present.

Beoley bin
Posted on September 30 2019 at 7:50:01

With the “worst winter for 30” years predicted, Beoley Parish Council has approved the purchase of a grit bin for residents in Portway.

Dogs run wild
Posted on September 30 2019 at 5:55:01

Over the summer, Beoley Parish Council has referred more than 20 incidents of uncontrolled dogs in the parish to Bromsgrove District Council’s dog warden.

Council shock over bill
Posted on September 30 2019 at 5:51:01

The lights could go out for Beoley residents in Watery Lane if the parish council decides to call time on the parish’s only owned lamp post.

Green Belt roll-back keeps Barntchurch on table
Posted on September 30 2019 at 3:17:08

The controversial GL Hearn study, which outlines the concept of a “garden town” in the Village area, is still on the table as Bromsgrove moves into the next stage of its District Plan.

Litter-pick boost for green village
Posted on September 30 2019 at 3:15:08

The campaign for a Cleaner, Greener Alvechurch, launched by independent district councillor Kate Van Der Plank this summer, received a boost with the introduction of a “Two-Minute Litter Pick” board at The Meadows.

Lickey parking fears
Posted on September 30 2019 at 3:07:08

Residential streets around Lickey Hills Country Park could become clogged with parked cars if charges are introduced at car parks serving the popular visitor attraction.

Price-check on nature site sale
Posted on September 30 2019 at 3:02:08

The Friends of High House Woods, formed after the Lickey wildlife area was put up for sale, are applying to Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council for a grant to pay for an independent valuation of the site.

Station lacks information
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:59:08

Barnt Green Parish Council took the opportunity to reiterate its “wish-list” for the village station during a visit by West Midlands Railway representatives.

Pumpkins at the ready
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:58:08

It’s nearly time for Alvechurch’s annual Pumpkin Festival, which takes place this year on Saturday October 26 from 10.30am to 4pm in the village hall.

Vacancies filled
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:57:08

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has co-opted two new councillors.

Library future uncertain
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:56:08

The future of Worcestershire’s libraries, including in Alvechurch, remains unknown.

Fence funding denied
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:55:08

Barnt Green Parish Council agreed to fund seeds for new planting in its wildflower patch on Hewell Road.

HGV concerns continue
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:54:08

Blackwell residents are urging the parish council to press for “no HGVs” signs on Greenhill.

Gang of four
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:52:08

Barnt Green Parish Council almost had to downgrade their full council meeting to an informal discussion when only three councillors were present.

Plan close to approval
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:51:08

A Neighbourhood Plan for Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett parishes is close to being approved by an independent examiner.

Seniors find friendship
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:49:08

The Friendship Matters group that began at The Lounge in Alvechurch this spring has proved a great success.

Path pressure grows
Posted on September 30 2019 at 3:08:08

Almost half of the designated public open space on the CALA Homes “Foxhills” development in Barnt Green is behind locked gates, a councillor has revealed.

Madeleine meets Vinny!
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:04:08

Madeleine Paterson, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition – and she got the good news on her ninth birthday!

Car park plan ‘still a benefit’
Posted on September 30 2019 at 3:00:08

A new parish car park at Rowney Green is still on the agenda, despite a change of heart by a youth football team which had inspired the idea in the first place.

Wind pump rises again
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:52:08

Work has begun on restoring the derelict wind pump at the top of Cobley Hill between Tutnall and Alvechurch.

Lickey End litter-picker
Posted on September 30 2019 at 1:51:08

A “2-Minute Litter Pick” board has been provided for Lickey End by Bromsgrove District Council.

Boys raise big total
Posted on September 30 2019 at 1:49:08

Three village schoolboys raised more than £1,000 for Primrose Hospice as part of a charity challenge.

Vicar takes up post
Posted on September 30 2019 at 1:47:08

The Rev Sheri Gidney was officially installed as Vicar of Holy Trinity, Lickey and St Catherine’s, Blackwell, in a special “Collation” service.

Green fingers
Posted on September 30 2019 at 11:52:08

Rowney Green Horticultural Society was delighted with the success of its annual show.

Made in Finstall
Posted on September 30 2019 at 11:51:08

Finstall Village Show provided its usual colourful array of homegrown vegetables and flowers.

Sunshine show!
Posted on September 30 2019 at 11:49:08

Tardebigge Fair & Show basked in sunshine.

Landmark tree lost
Posted on September 30 2019 at 11:54:08

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Worzel drops in
Posted on August 30 2019 at 2:03:01

Worzel Gummidge was the guest of honour as St Leonard’s Church in Beoley held its annual summer fete, this year with a scarecrow theme.

Speed limit victory
Posted on August 30 2019 at 1:55:01

Beoley Parish Council has successfully persuaded Worcestershire County Highways to temporarily reduce the speed limit along the Alcester Road through Portway to 30mph.

Council seeks inquiry
Posted on August 30 2019 at 1:48:01

Beoley Parish Council is pressing Bromsgrove to take an appeal by travellers, opposing an enforcement order against an unauthorised planning development to create three caravan pitches in Beoley, to a public inquiry.

Wood-sale surprise
Posted on August 30 2019 at 1:06:06

The volunteers who look after High House Wood in the Lickey Hills have expressed surprise and concern on learning that the land has been put up for sale.

‘We all pay for vandalism’
Posted on August 30 2019 at 11:04:47

Village councillors want to stop vandalism by encouraging adults to talk to young people about the costs to the community.

Short-cut concerns
Posted on August 30 2019 at 11:01:47

Cofton Hackett residents are pleading with councillors, police and their MP to prevent vehicles using Ten Ashes Lane as a  “dangerous” cut-through.

Top award for village home design
Posted on August 30 2019 at 11:00:47

A home in Alvechurch has won an architecture award.

Homes plan resubmitted
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:55:47

New plans for the Burcot Garden Centre site have been submitted, after the previous application was turned down.

HGV ban sought
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:54:47

Parish and district councillor Janet King has suggested residents write to county councillor Kit Taylor to ask for signage restricting HGVs from using Greenhill in Blackwell.

Climate emergency declared
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:52:47

Bromsgrove District Council voted to declare a climate emergency, soon after the county council declined to do so.

Play area move to create room for car parking
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:51:47

A bold plan to solve parking problems at Rowney Green’s playing fields is being considered by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Parking ticket warning
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:50:47

Warning notices are to be put on vehicles parking on the pavement in front of Barney’s barbers in Alvechurch, the parish council heard.

Box is listed building
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:49:47

The red telephone box outside Alvechurch Post Office, which local churches want to adopt via the parish council, is a Grade II listed building, it has been revealed.

Rotary fundraiser
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:48:47

The Rotary Club of North Worcestershire raised funds for local charities by hosting an ABBA tribute concert at Artrix in Bromsgrove.

Cards on sale for charity
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:46:47

Packs of Christmas cards featuring scenes by local artists go on sale this month at Alvechurch Baptist Church.

Sculpture risk alert
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:45:47

A memorial sculpture at The Meadows in Alvechurch could pose a risk to small children, a safety expert has warned.

Dec takes the lead role
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:37:47

Barnt Green youngster Dec Foster is preparing to take on the title role in a Birmingham production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

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