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Tuesday October 16 2018

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Parish plan holds firm
Posted on September 30 2018 at 3:03:30

The grassroots initiative giving villagers a say in planning strategy is pressing ahead despite efforts by a number of housing developers to delay its progress.

Short-sighted road advice
Posted on September 30 2018 at 3:02:30

Visually impaired residents in Barnt Green have been advised that an overgrown hedge obstructing the pavement is not “an imminent safety issue” – because they can just cross over to the other side of the road.

Doubles delight
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:57:30

Tennis twins Simon and Paul Cowie went head to head in the men’s final of Barnt Green Tennis Club’s annual championship.

Bridge work begins
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:55:30

Work towards the installation of a footbridge over the railway at Cofton Hackett has finally begun, Barnt Green Parish Council heard.

Traders’ fears over lengthy road closure
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:54:30

Plans to replace the water main in Barnt Green’s high street have been met with concern by councillors and traders.

20mph back on agenda 
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:53:30

A 20mph speed limit through the centre of Alvechurch is back on the cards after a three-way meeting between the parish, district and county councils.

Hopwood mums win play backing
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:52:30

A group of Hopwood mums, with the backing of Alvechurch Parish Council, are a step closer to seeing their children playing on new equipment.

Village crime fears
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:49:30

Fears of a rise in crime have prompted villagers to look at restarting a number of Neighbourhood Watch schemes.

Thanks for hard work
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:47:30

Alvechurch Parish Council officially thanked assistant clerk Wendy Carney (right), who is retiring after 16 years.

Happy birthday, Hopwood!
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:40:30

The Village magazine is not the only local business celebrating its second decade – Hopwood Garden Centre also has its 20th birthday this year.

Good news for cyclists
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:39:30

Finstall and The Oakalls are to benefit from a new cycleway, as part of a transport and highways plan being rolled out across Bromsgrove.

Council vacancies filled
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:38:30

Barnt Green Parish Council has co-opted two new councillors: Harrison Rone-Clarke and Joe Nilsson, both of whom live in the village.

Where is our representation?
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:37:30

Alvechurch Parish Council has made an official complaint to the chief executive and leader of Bromsgrove District Council about representation in Alvechurch South ward.

‘Unitary authority’ proposal
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:36:30

A district councillor is proposing that the council on which he sits should be abolished.

Bra bonanza
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:34:30

1,000 old bras have been donated to a “bra bank” at The Wishing Well health and wellbeing centre in Bromsgrove, in aid of the charity Against Breast Cancer.

The housebuilders’ neighbourhood plan
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:10:30

Depending on your point of view, this map could look like a fantastic opportunity to expand a village into a vibrant near-town . . . or it could leave you feeling surrounded, like beleaguered Britain in the Dad’s Army title sequence.

Marking the end of WWI
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:49:59

Plans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I are under way in Alvechurch and Barnt Green.

Prizes to be won in home contest
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:42:38

Alvechurch Village Society is encouraging residents to enter a Best-Dressed House competition on the theme of Pumpkins and Halloween.

Where on earth was Vinny?
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:26:30

If you scoured the pages of your September magazine in vain, there’s no need to book a trip to Specsavers just yet. . . Vinny wasn’t there!

Green show winners
Posted on September 30 2018 at 1:07:30

Rowney Green Horticultural Society’s annual Main Show attracted a large number of entries, despite the hot summer.

Tradition on display
Posted on September 30 2018 at 1:45:30

Rain didn’t put off visitors to the annual Tardebigge Show, which featured traditional stalls and games, plus displays of produce and crafts and an auction.

Exploring Shostakovich
Posted on September 30 2018 at 12:31:30

Exploring Shostakovich, presented by Festive Classics, is a weekend of music and talks at Artrix in Bromsgrove, celebrating the composer’s life and work.

Flower Society enjoys success
Posted on September 30 2018 at 12:30:30

Rosehill Flower Arrangement Society (RFAS) has enjoyed a great history of successful flower arrangement demonstration programmes – having celebrated its 50th Golden Anniversary last year.

Seeking volunteer mentors
Posted on September 30 2018 at 12:29:30

Mentor Link is seeking volunteer mentors to support children and young people in local schools.

New faces
Posted on September 23 2018 at 2:59:30

Two village schools welcomed new headteachers at the start of the autumn term.

Parking plight plea
Posted on August 31 2018 at 2:12:19

Villagers are being asked to come up with ideas that could solve the growing parking problems across Alvechurch.

Mystery of the Lickey latch
Posted on August 31 2018 at 1:11:19

Churchwardens in Lickey are baffled by the disappearance and return of the latch on the gate to the cemetery extension.

Carve or craft a pumpkin
Posted on August 31 2018 at 1:09:19

The second Alvechurch Pumpkin Festival will take place on Saturday October 27 in the Village Hall.

Hall helpers needed
Posted on August 31 2018 at 1:07:19

Villagers are getting behind plans for a new village hall in Cofton Hackett by volunteering their skills to get the project off the ground.

Three walks to choose from
Posted on August 31 2018 at 1:06:19

Barnt Green Parish Council holds its annual Community Walk on Saturday September 22.

Playtime at Meadows
Posted on August 31 2018 at 1:04:19

The Meadows in Alvechurch has been full of kids, old and young, since the installation of new play and exercise equipment over the summer.

Stolen plant returned
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:47:19

A memorial garden to Alvechurch youngster Finlay Church was planted earlier this year by the paddling pool in The Meadows and is being nurtured by retired director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Philip Aubury.

Post Office in limbo
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:46:19

The future of Alvechurch Post Office is still in limbo after plans for a Simply Fresh grocery store at 14 The Square were turned down on appeal.

Council vacancies
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:44:19

Barnt Green Parish Council was left with two vacancies after the resignations of Sam Harris and Jenny Jellie.

Lack of bins leads to litter
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:42:19

A lack of waste bins on the Parker’s Piece playing field in Barnt Green led to litter problems during the summer heatwave.

Guard of honour for Kay
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:41:19

What seemed like the whole of Barnt Green turned out to say farewell to Kay Cholmondeley when she retired as head of St Andrew’s First School after 20 years.

Chris has left the building
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:39:19

The Lawns residential home in Alvechurch waved goodbye to some long-serving members of staff at a garden party.

Horseplay in the hills
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:27:19

Now in its third year, the Lickey Hills Bilberry Wake has been revived to commemorate a time when real horses were raced for competition.

New season starts
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:26:19

With the new season commencing in September, the junior section of Kings Norton Rugby Club started pre-season training in August.

Waiting for the rain to fall
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:11:19

This scene would normally be mostly water, perhaps with a sailing dinghy or two skipping across the surface while anglers watch their floats from the shore.

Hannah wins a Vinny – at last!
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:05:19

Eleven-year-old Hannah Dale, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition – having been entering for more than two years!

Music on the lawn
Posted on August 31 2018 at 11:43:19

After nearly two months without rain, a few showers couldn’t dampen the spirit of residents and friends of Burcot Grange, who enjoyed a “Jazz on the Lawn” garden party.

Artist in good company
Posted on August 31 2018 at 11:41:19

Barnt Green artist Alexander Rhys is to have his work featured in an exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London, alongside artists including Banksy.

Football book aims to enthuse young readers
Posted on August 31 2018 at 11:39:19

A Bromsgrove resident has published his first book after it found favour with his own children.

Historical tale
Posted on August 31 2018 at 11:38:19

Alvechurch skiffle musician John Davies has turned his hand to writing, with the first in a planned series called The Belshaw Chronicles.

MP joins music-makers
Posted on August 31 2018 at 11:32:19

Tutnall Hall care home’s summer fete was opened by village MP and Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who also announced the winner of an annual art competition.

Renowned musicians in town
Posted on August 31 2018 at 10:51:19

Bromsgrove Concerts, the well-respected regional concert platform, will once again welcome internationally-renowned guest artists in a series of concerts from September 2018 until April 2019, mainly at Artrix.

Ten top gardens
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:31:18

The sun shone on Alvechurch’s bi-annual Open Gardens event.

Left in dark during leak
Posted on July 30 2018 at 2:26:18

As The Village went to press, Swan Street in Alvechurch was finally open after many weeks of disruption caused by a gas emergency.

A new home for AFC
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:20:18

’Church plan for the future with a move to The Hayes. 

School hosts festival fun
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:14:18

This year’s Lickey School and Community Festival was another big success, with plenty of fun for all ages at Lickey Hills Primary School.

Invaded by the Vikings!
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:13:18

Blackwell was taken over by marauding hordes at its Viking-themed summer festival, where villagers really got into the spirit of the event with some great costumes and props.

Run in the sun
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:11:18

Despite a rather important football match taking place that lunchtime, villagers of all ages turned out for the Barnt Green Fun Run, postponed from snowy March.

Lucian meets Vinny
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:04:26

Six-year-old Lucian Chilton-Davies, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Plenty to see in Penny’s garden
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:57:26

A charity garden party held in Bordesley attracted a host of visitors and raised money for three charities.

Garden housing plan
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:52:18

A housing developer is eyeing up Green Belt garden land in Barnt Green for a potential 20-home estate.

84 miles in three days
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:49:18

A group of 17 teachers and parents from Winterfold and Bromsgrove Schools have raised £6,500 for an African school by walking the full 84-mile length of the Hadrian’s Wall Path, from Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway, in just three days.

Heading off
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:47:18

Two long-serving village headteachers retired at the end of the summer term.

SOS answered
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:46:18

Village roofing contractors DJ Scriven did their bit for the community by offering their services to TV’s DIY SOS team, who had appealed for local tradespeople to help out with their latest “Big Build” in Lickey End.

Softball success for Divas
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:45:18

A team of Alvechurch cricketers are celebrating after they took the top spots in a festival competition.

Festival is ready to rock
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:44:18

Blackwell Music Festival takes place on Saturday September 8, from 12 noon in the grounds of Hunter’s Hill School.

Parish supports surgery cabins
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:43:18

Barnt Green parish council has backed the village surgery’s plan to expand into two Portakabins.

Birthday ‘girls’ celebrate in style
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:41:18

Two Alvechurch residents celebrated special birthday milestones with parties thrown by their friends and family.

Resurfacing delay
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:40:18

Resurfacing of Sandhills Lane, Barnt Green, will not be done until September at the earliest, county councillor Peter McDonald told parish councillors.

Afternoon of song
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:39:18

Alvechurch Community Choir enjoyed an afternoon of song with a workshop led by professional opera and choral singer Themba Mvula.

Tree to be felled
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:39:18

Barnt Green is to fell its “Christmas tree”.  The large conifer where lights have been hung for the past few years is becoming too high and also blocks the view of drivers
turning out of Sandhills Road.

Footbridge postponed again
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:38:18

The Cofton railway footbridge has been put back again. Work is now planned to start in September, with completion in December.

Colourful display of craft creations
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:37:18

Forge Mill Creative Textile Group attracted plenty of visitors to their Open Morning at Beoley Village Hall.

Car removed from hedge
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:37:18

The car in the hedge on the Bittell Road bends in Barnt Green has finally been removed, parish councillors heard.

Fee agreed for Plan
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:36:18

Parish councillors have agreed to spend £7,500 on an independent consultant to help Barnt Green develop its Neighbourhood Plan.

Rock band entertains villagers
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:35:18

A group of villagers enjoyed a garden party with a difference: featuring a private performance from American rock band Lucky Tongue.

Youth group considered
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:34:18

Vandalism prompted Lickey and Blackwell parish councillors to discuss the possibility of forming a new youth group.

Pumpkins at the ready for festival
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:32:18

Organisers of the second Alvechurch Pumpkin Festival are reminding people of the date – Saturday October 27 in the village hall – and encouraging them to start working on their entries.

Thank you, Sue
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:29:18

Sue Atkinson, office administrator at Tardebigge First School, bid farewell to pupils as she retired after 23 years.

Planners ‘ignored’ parish
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:25:18

Alvechurch parish councillors are “appalled” that Bromsgrove planners ignored their grounds for objection to an application for three new houses in the Green Belt at Hopwood.

Church grant query
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:24:18

Alvechurch parish councillors are in a quandary over whether to give a churchyard maintenance grant to St Laurence Church.

Bin that bra for charity
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:21:32

Villagers are being encouraged to give their support to a new “Bra Bank”, in a fundraising initiative for the charity Against Breast Cancer.

Call for action on roundabout
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:52:18

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Seeking Sheila
Posted on July 02 2018 at 2:48:27

A Village reader is seeking a childhood friend, who is now believed to live in Alvechurch.

Parish aims to be ready with its own plan
Posted on June 30 2018 at 2:58:21

Barnt Green is to revisit its Neighbourhood Plan preparations to ensure the parish is ready to deal with future house-building pressures.

Swans walk
Posted on June 30 2018 at 2:56:21

The family of swans featured in our June magazine, including our “cover cob”, have been on the move once more.

Finstall funds defibrillator
Posted on June 30 2018 at 2:54:21

Bromsgrove MP and Home Secretary Sajid Javid officially unveiled the new public access defibrillator at Finstall Village Hall.

Danger bridge to go at last
Posted on June 30 2018 at 2:52:21

After years of pressure from The Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society and Alvechurch Parish Council, the Canal & River Trust (CRT) has finally agreed to demolish the derelict bridge on the “dead arm” of the canal at Alvechurch.

Have your say on plan
Posted on June 30 2018 at 2:50:21

Villagers in Lickey, Blackwell and Cofton Hackett can have their say on the parishes’ future by commenting on a draft of the joint Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), which is out for consultation until July 16.

Raising the pollen count
Posted on June 30 2018 at 2:49:21

Barnt Green is embracing an initiative to protect pollinating insects and their habitats.

‘Transparency’ plea
Posted on June 30 2018 at 2:59:03

Independent councillors are calling for the review of Bromsgrove’s local plan to be halted while fears of a “perceived conflict of interest” are investigated.

100 reasons to celebrate
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:55:21

Family and friends gathered at Alvechurch Sports & Social Club to help Vera Palmer, a long-time resident of Alvechurch, celebrate reaching her 100th birthday.

It’s a snip . . . for £3,200!
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:53:21

A well-known Alvechurch resident has raised £3,200 for a children’s charity by having her long hair cut.

Julie lifts Euro title for a second time
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:30:21

Cofton Hackett resident Julie Davis has retained her title at the European Powerlifting Championships, breaking four British and two European records.

Fresh veg for all in village scheme
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:27:21

A group of volunteers aiming to bring the community together by growing and sharing fresh produce are hoping to expand the scheme in Alvechurch.

Car crime in Cofton
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:25:21

PC Marc Ginder, the new beat manager for Hagley and Rubery, has reminded residents to ensure their vehicles are secure after a number of attempted break-ins in Cofton Hackett and Rednal.

Concern over ‘near misses’
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:19:21

Residents in Alvechurch have expressed concerns that children as young as three years old are playing unsupervised in the streets around Hollington Road.

Barrier a step closer
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:17:21

The planned height restriction barrier for The Meadows in Alvechurch is set to go ahead.

Where is June?
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:14:21

Alvechurch parish councillors continue to ask for updates on district councillor June Griffiths.

Division over bike rack
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:31:21

Parish councillors in Lickey & Blackwell are still divided over the idea of installing a cycle rack, a bench or bollards outside the Trinity Centre to deter motorists from parking next to the horse trough.

Parking appeal
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:30:21

Lickey Community Group asked parish councillors to help in appealing to Bromsgrove District Council for a police presence outside Lickey Hills Primary School.

Plastics phased out
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:29:21

Single-use plastics are to be phased out by both Worcestershire County Council and Bromsgrove District Council.

Hannah meets Vinny!
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:25:21

Hannah Gorton, aged 23 months, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Ball raises a big total
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:05:21

A Masquerade Ball held in Barnt Green raised more than £20,000.

A picnic fit for a prince
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:07:21

Taking place a week after the Royal Wedding, this year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park was themed around Princes and Princesses

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