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From the Past

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.

Dogs run wild
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:55:08

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.

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.

Council shock over bill
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:51:08

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.

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.

Beoley bin
Posted on September 30 2019 at 2:50:08

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

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.

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.

Worzel drops in
Posted on August 30 2019 at 11:03:47

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.

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.

Speed limit victory
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:55:47

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

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.

Council seeks inquiry
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:48:47

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.

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.

Cycle trek for organ donation campaign
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:35:47

A group of villagers have raised almost £2,000 for an organ donation campaign by taking part in a 420-mile bike ride.

Theo meets Vinny!
Posted on August 30 2019 at 11:16:47

Five-year-old Theo Church, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Drop by drop
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:10:47

One year on from the picture of the Upper Bittell puddle we published last September, cotton-wool clouds are clearly reflected in the water of the gradually filling reservoir.

Hall gets ramp revamp
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:57:47

Work will soon begin on the construction of a new entrance ramp and steps at the front of Alvechurch Village Hall.

Time for a story or two
Posted on August 30 2019 at 9:39:47

Storytelling is returning to Alvechurch this autumn, as Storytellers Studio presents three evenings of traditional tales at The Lounge.

Hills parking poser
Posted on July 29 2019 at 3:05:36

Birmingham City Council’s plan to introduce car parking charges at Lickey Hills Country Park has reached the informal consultation stage, sparking debate at village parish council meetings.

Hanging on an answer
Posted on July 29 2019 at 3:02:36

The traditional red telephone box in the centre of Alvechurch could become a “church library” and noticeboard.

Clean green scheme
Posted on July 29 2019 at 2:59:36

Kate Van Der Plank, district councillor for Alvechurch Village ward, has launched a campaign to make the area cleaner and greener.

County ‘should be recycling more’
Posted on July 29 2019 at 2:20:36

Worcestershire County Council, which recently rejected a motion to declare a climate change emergency, is not doing enough on recycling, Coun Peter McDonald told Barnt Green parish councillors.

Man versus mountains
Posted on July 29 2019 at 2:12:36

Alvechurch resident Tim Roberts is back home after completing the arduous Tour Divide and raising £2,000 for Cancer Research.

Play equipment unveiled
Posted on July 29 2019 at 2:06:36

New play equipment inspired by the “Hopwood Mums” campaign was to be declared open at a small ceremony before the Alvechurch Parish Council meeting on July 22.

Fallen trees pledge
Posted on July 29 2019 at 2:05:36

Beoley Parish Council has vowed to tackle fallen trees in the parish following severe weather in recent months.

Hills and horses
Posted on July 29 2019 at 2:02:36

The fourth annual Bilberry Wake on the Lickey Hills attracted plenty of children and families, who had fun making hobby horses and racing them around an obstacle course.

Cardinal to become saint
Posted on July 29 2019 at 1:12:36

Cardinal John Henry Newman, the 19th-century theologian who founded Birmingham Oratory and is buried in the Lickeys, will be canonised in the Vatican on October 13.

Day of live music
Posted on July 29 2019 at 1:08:36

Blackwell Music Festival takes place on Saturday September 7 in the grounds of Hunter’s Hill School.

Flower patch funding
Posted on July 29 2019 at 1:07:36

Barnt Green Parish Council has been quoted £2,000 to install a low rail around the wildflower patch on Hewell Road.

Birthday bash
Posted on July 29 2019 at 1:06:36

Marie Storey, a resident at The Lawns care home in Alvechurch, celebrated her 101st birthday.

Incredible start for veg project
Posted on July 29 2019 at 1:02:36

The Incredible Edible project in Alvechurch, which sees volunteers planting produce in the village for all to share, has enjoyed a very successful first year.

Burcot homes plan rejected
Posted on July 29 2019 at 1:00:36

Plans to demolish Burcot Garden Centre and build 11 new homes on the site have been rejected.

Caravan site approved
Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:52:36

A site for three caravans has been approved in Hopwood, at the end of Ash Lane near the motorway services.

Tennis parking plan
Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:31:36

Tennis courts at Rowney Green could be given over to parking during the football season under an idea being considered by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Libby meets Vinny
Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:19:36

Seven-year-old Libby Thurgood, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

50 years of village life
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:44:36

Alvechurch Village Society (AVS) celebrated its 50th anniversary by inviting residents to a party at the village hall.

Flower power!
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:33:36

This year’s Blackwell Summer Festival had a ‘Flower Power’ theme, which saw residents fully embracing the spirit of the event with a variety of bright costumes and inventive props.

Yellow lines plan
Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:23:36

Beoley parish councillors are campaigning for double yellow lines on Holt Hill.

Gardeners galore in Withybed
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:37:36

The biannual Withybed Open Gardens event saw eight gardens in the hamlet open to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).

Golf club’s charity day
Posted on July 29 2019 at 10:33:36

Kings Norton Golf Club raised £4,343 for the Parkinson’s Foundation by holding a golf day.

Special visitor at tag rugby festival
Posted on July 29 2019 at 10:27:36

Youngsters from 13 local schools took part in a tag rugby festival at Kings Norton Rugby Club’s Hopwood Park ground.

Duck house disappears
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:21:36

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

New hall cash plea
Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:05:26

Trustees of the new Cofton Village Hall have made an urgent appeal for more funds, to enable the building to open this summer after a “disappointing” response so far from residents.

Council counts cost of vandalism
Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:04:26

arish councillors are looking at ways to deter vandalism after a seat on the new play equipment at The Meadows, Alvechurch, was destroyed and stone seats were marked with paint.

Stations still waiting
Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:03:26

Barnt Green Parish Council is hoping that long-promised lifts at the railway station may at last be a step nearer.

Village braces for parking woe
Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:03:26

Barnt Green is braced for “parking mayhem” when Hewell Road closes for the water main to be replaced, although Severn Trent assured parish councillors that disruption would be kept to a minimum.

Platinum party time
Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:01:26

Husband and wife residents at Burcot Grange care home celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a traditional afternoon tea.

Right-of-way battle looms
Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:00:26

Barnt Green parish councillors have vowed to keep up the pressure on CALA Homes to give all residents access to a public right of way.

Parish ‘quirks’ prompt review
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:59:26

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council discussed the idea of adding a new area to the parish after an enquiry from a resident of Staple Flat.

Woody inspires charity
Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:57:26

A bereaved father has launched a new children’s charity in memory of his baby son.

Lights donation
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:51:26

Lickey Community Group hopes to donate funds for lighting to illuminate the defibrillator at the Trinity Centre.

Fly-tipping increases
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:50:26

Cases of fly-tipping in Alvechurch worsened during May, including a three-piece suite and sheets of asbestos, district councillor Kate Van Der Plank told parish councillors.

Car boot concern
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:49:26

The return of a car boot sale by Cobb’s Barn roundabout, Bordesley, has “caused a lot of anxiety”, district councillor Annette English told Alvechurch parish councillors.

Tribute to chairman
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:49:26

New Alvechurch parish chairman Marc Worrall paid tribute to his predecessor as he took charge.

Car park decision
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:48:26

Alvechurch Parish Council will decide this month whether to continue to pay for surface water run-off at Alvechurch Social Club car park.

Rating improves
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:47:26

The Deedar restaurant in Barnt Green has improved its food hygiene rating from one star to four stars (Good), after an inspection in April.

Garden fun at Lawns
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:46:26

The Lawns care home in Alvechurch had a bit of luck with the weather for its recent Garden Party, with the rain stopping just before the event began.

Finnley meets Vinny
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:35:26

Eight-year-old Finnley Siembab, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Marking 30 years of Morris
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:24:26

Alvechurch Morris celebrated their 30th anniversary with a day of dancing around the village, calling at The Weighbridge, The Crown, The Red Lion and The Swan.

Become a friend of Bittell Reservoirs
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:16:26

Barnt Green Waters is encouraging villagers to get involved in a new “Friends of Bittell Reservoirs” scheme, enabling them to enjoy and appreciate the amenities and to contribute to the site’s upkeep and improvement.

Picnic party!
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:08:26

The annual Alvechurch Picnic in the Park was officially opened by Professor Sir Keith Porter and offered the usual feast of fun for all the family.

Hibs having a ball
Posted on June 30 2019 at 12:58:26

Barnt Green Hibs U13s celebrated another successful season in the Central Warwickshire leagues.

Blackwell ball boosts funds
Posted on June 30 2019 at 12:47:26

The Blackwell May Ball, held at Grafton Manor in Bromsgrove, raised more than £8,000 in aid of Blackwell First School.

GlastonBeoley!
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:32:26

Undeterred by the build-up of rain, rain, and more rain, the second GlastonBeoley charity music festival went ahead as planned – and beat its fundraising target.

Remembering D-Day
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:10:26

Sarah Rees reports on the latest happenings on the Oakalls and Parklands.

Season of success for youth squads
Posted on June 30 2019 at 12:59:26

Alvechurch United U7s have just completed their first season in football, winning the Central Warwickshire Autumn and Spring Cups along the way.

Drop in to learn about road closure
Posted on June 14 2019 at 2:06:34

Residents of Barnt Green can find out more about Severn Trent’s phased closure of Hewell Road at two drop-in sessions.

Tim’s off on Tour
Posted on May 30 2019 at 1:02:26

An Alvechurch resident is taking part in the world’s longest mountain bike race to raise funds for Cancer Research.

Power to the people
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:51:30

The power of a “people’s plan” has been confirmed by a planning inspector’s rejection of three houses in the Green Belt at Hopwood.

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