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From the Past

Station lifts derailed
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:34:25

Hopes of investment to pay for the long-promised lifts at Barnt Green Station have been dashed, but parish councillors are determined to keep up the pressure on Network Rail.

Village-made film gets premiere
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:33:25

The cast and crew of 7 Days, a film about Birmingham marathon runner ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley, celebrated the film’s premiere at The Birmingham Rep.

Library responses raise hopes
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:32:25

County council officers are “reeling” from public responses to the consultation on libraries.

Putting the people first
Posted on March 30 2019 at 4:31:05

Independent councillors in the Village area have been delighted with the response to their appeal for candidates and helpers in the local elections on May 2.

New homes planned for village sites
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:30:25

Eleven new houses could be built on the site where Fresh@Burcot Garden Centre currently stands, if planning permission is granted.

Cross is Pub of the Year
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:28:25

The Cross Inn at Finstall was declared Pub of The Year 2019 by the Redditch and Bromsgrove branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Gated homes ‘blocking footpath’
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:27:25

A new public right of way through the CALA homes site from Fiery Hill Road to Cherry Hill Road, Barnt Green, is impassable because of locked gates to some of the new houses, parish councillors heard.

Homeless choir entertains
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:26:25

Villagers enjoyed a concert by The Choir With No Name at Alvechurch Baptist Church, where the recent Christmas Tree Festival had raised funds for the choir as well as a homeless shelter.

‘One-lane road’ danger fears
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:25:25

“Dangerous” parking on Station Road in Alvechurch is to be addressed by the county council’s Highways department after residents and councillors expressed concerns.

Parish reveals barrier code
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:24:25

Alvechurch Parish Council voted to give residents of Meadow Lane an access code for the height barrier to The Meadows, in the wake of an incident in January and a “storm” on social media.

Agency ‘failing over tip’
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:23:25

The Environment Agency has come under fire for its “failings” over Marlbrook Tip from Bromsgrove’s lead planning councillor.

Dog mess confusion
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:19:25

Blackwell residents were left confused when dog mess left on village pavements was highlighted with brightly-coloured “chalk spray” in a parish council initiative.

Graffiti resists clean-up attempt
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:19:25

The “Save Our Fields” graffiti daubed around Lickey by an unknown activist dubbed “Tanksy” is still in place as the parish lengthsman was unable to remove it with white spirit, Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council heard.

Relief over road closure
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:18:25

Parish councillors in Alvechurch were relieved to learn that a planned closure of the A441 in Hopwood was “not as bad as it first seemed”.

Planning help
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:17:25

An initiative to give villagers a better understanding of the planning process has been developed by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Vehicle obstruction
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:16:25

Building work at the junction of Hewell Lane and Fiery Hill Road, Barnt Green, is causing a “major problem” because of workers’ vehicles, parish councillors heard.

Fence safety concern
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:16:25

parish councillors disagreed at their monthly meeting over whether a fence around CALA’s new balancing pond by Kendal End Road is safe.

Friendship for seniors
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:13:25

The Lounge café and youth project in Alvechurch has expanded its offering with a new project aimed at helping senior citizens.

Dance donation
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:12:25

A barn dance at Rowney Green Village Hall raised £760 for Redditch charity Where Next Association, which creates working and social opportunities and teaches life skills for people with special needs.

Molly meets Vinny!
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:09:25

Nine-year-old Molly Powner, of Cofton Hackett, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Keith’s a wildlife hero
Posted on March 30 2019 at 2:43:25

Lickey resident Keith Woolford has been named as a “Worcestershire Wildlife Hero” for his work at High House Wood in Lickey.

Keith’s a wildlife hero
Posted on March 30 2019 at 2:43:25

Lickey resident Keith Woolford has been named as a “Worcestershire Wildlife Hero” for his work at High House Wood in Lickey.

Planting new life on canal
Posted on March 30 2019 at 2:42:25

Following the demolition last year of the decaying bridge over the Dead Arm on the Worcester-Birmingham Canal in Alvechurch, the Canal and Rivers Trust has replanted the area with trees and climbers.

Running around the world
Posted on March 30 2019 at 2:25:25

A former Marlbrook resident has helped raise more than £17,500 for a disaster response charity by taking part in a year’s worth of tough events.

Plunge for Primrose
Posted on March 30 2019 at 2:23:25

Four villagers have decided to put their fears aside and jump out of a plane to raise money for the Primrose Hospice in Bromsgrove.

Picnic winner picked
Posted on March 30 2019 at 3:20:25

Preparations for Alvechurch’s Picnic in the Park on Sunday May 26 are well under way and the event now has its official logo, chosen from entries into the annual competition.

Share scouting memories
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:55:25

Marlbrook resident Mike Dodman, whose family has a three-generation connection with the 1st Lickey Scout Group, is trying to document its history – which dates back more than 100 years.

Cup success for village U10s
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:39:25

Alvechurch Athletic FC U10s triumphed in the Central Warwickshire Youth Football League Winter Cup Winter Cup after a nail-biting final against Silhill Saints U10s.

Once upon a time . . .
Posted on March 30 2019 at 2:36:25

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Success for rugby festival
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:31:25

An Emerging Schools Festival for Year 10s took place at Kings Norton RFC, Hopwood Park.

A haven for pollinators
Posted on March 30 2019 at 2:22:25

The creation of a “pollinator-friendly” patch in Barnt Green is due to begin this month, with wild flowers and grass planted to attract insects.

Youthful inspiration
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:21:47

A young Alvechurch musician has won a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and will perform at Symphony Hall this month.

Star bakers in cake contest
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:19:47

Cofton Hackett residents revealed some hidden culinary skills when they entered The Great Cofton Bake-Off.

Knitting for dementia
Posted on March 25 2019 at 2:38:20

Keen knitters from the Village area are being asked to get involved with a dementia awareness project.

Last-minute lorry stop
Posted on February 25 2019 at 3:51:43

Bromsgrove District Council served a temporary stop notice on lorry activity at Marlbrook Tip – just one hour before the latest, long-awaited meeting in the tip saga was due to begin.

‘Promising’ path ideas
Posted on February 25 2019 at 3:50:43

The latest developments on the rail crossing diversion in Blackwell look “promising and optimistic”, Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors heard.

Time to have your say on plan
Posted on February 25 2019 at 3:49:23

A public consultation on the joint Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Development Plan will run until March 29.

Celebration time
Posted on February 25 2019 at 3:47:23

Members of the Alvechurch Neighbourhood Plan steering group, past and present, toasted the successful public approval of the plan with a gathering at The Weighbridge pub.

Village’s ‘fallen angel’
Posted on February 25 2019 at 3:42:23

Following complaints over the cutting down of the village Christmas tree in November, two further festive mishaps befell Barnt Green, councillors heard.

Dance donation
Posted on February 25 2019 at 3:38:23

Members of Alvechurch Border Morris presented a cheque for £208 to Redditch Nightstop.

Hoping for your vote
Posted on February 25 2019 at 4:15:23

Neil Harris, a village Conservative hopeful in May’s local elections, explains why he – and his party – should be given a chance . . .

Independents’ day?
Posted on February 25 2019 at 3:52:29

With local election campaigning about to begin, independent hopefuls in Bromsgrove are pooling ideas and experience as they push to change the face of local government.

You really could not make it up
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:40:23

The latest chapter in the sorry saga of Marlbrook Tip sees laden lorries returning to the Green Belt beauty spot with full loads, yet the authorities charged with drawing it to a close appear to be nowhere near finding an ending and the story is beginning to repeat itself. We try to make sense of the latest plotlines . . .

Waes Hael to all
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:35:23

Muskets, Morris dancing and general merriment were the order of the day at the Alvechurch wassail.

Daisy’s story raises smiles
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:28:23

A budding author from Barnt Green has won a young writers’ competition with her short story about a case of mistaken identity.

Oakalls litter pick
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:15:17

The Oakalls & Parklands Community Events Association is to hold its Annual Litter Pick as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

Chance to see classic comedy
Posted on February 25 2019 at 1:02:23

Alvechurch Dramatic Society present Noël Coward’s classic comedy Blithe Spirit as their spring production.

Bromsgrove boys win BAFTA for short film
Posted on February 25 2019 at 12:59:29

Two former Bromsgrove school pupils have won a BAFTA for their short film.

All change
Posted on February 25 2019 at 12:33:23

Out-going Barnt Green parish clerk Gill Lungley handed over the reins to her successor, Tracy Bodley.

Holes in Hewell Road
Posted on February 25 2019 at 12:31:23

By the time you read this, Severn Trent should have finished digging “trial holes” in Hewell Road, Barnt Green, in preparation for replacing the water main in the summer holidays.

Speeding ‘not a problem’
Posted on February 25 2019 at 12:30:23

After speed monitoring on Mearse Lane and Twatling Road, district councillor Kit Taylor told Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council that although residents have a perception that drivers are speeding, the average speeds recorded were “within tolerance levels” so Highways did not consider it an official problem.

No sign of fixed speed camera
Posted on February 25 2019 at 12:29:23

Speed was also on the agenda for Alvechurch Parish Council, which heard that the A441 in Hopwood still does not meet the Safer Roads Partnership’s criteria for a fixed speed camera.

Precept to rise
Posted on February 25 2019 at 12:26:23

Parish councillors in Alvechurch voted to increase the precept – the part of the council tax that goes to the parish – by five per cent after a heated debate.

Bouncing bollards
Posted on February 25 2019 at 12:26:23

New “indestructible” bollards that bounce back into place if hit by a vehicle could be installed throughout Alvechurch thanks to county council cash.

Council ponders pond safety
Posted on February 25 2019 at 12:25:23

Barnt Green parish councillors debated the potential risks of the balancing pond at the bottom of the Foxhills development.

Play equipment boost
Posted on February 25 2019 at 12:17:43

A group of mums from Hopwood have received a grant of £10,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund.

Reuben meets Vinny!
Posted on February 25 2019 at 12:09:29

Seven-year-old Reuben Mole, of Bromsgrove, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Age no handicap for Jake
Posted on February 25 2019 at 12:35:15

Seven-year-old Barnt Green resident Jake Jeff-Johnston was a big winner at Bromsgrove Golf Club’s annual junior awards.

Our fields are not easy pickings, say villagers
Posted on January 31 2019 at 2:25:49

Villagers gave a resounding vote of approval to the Alvechurch Neighbourhood Plan, with 97 per cent voting in favour.

So vane
Posted on January 31 2019 at 2:23:49

Here’s a rare close-up view of the weather vane that usually sits atop Alvechurch Village Hall.

Green graffiti protest
Posted on January 31 2019 at 2:21:49

An environmental activist is at large in Lickey, daubing pavements, road signs and street furniture with the slogans “Save Our Green Belt” and “Save Our Fields”.

Lamp post poo bag initiative
Posted on January 31 2019 at 2:20:49

Blackwell residents fed up with the scourge of dog mess on the pavements have taken matters into their own hands and installed homemade poo bag dispensers on lamp posts around the village.

Creative charity
Posted on January 31 2019 at 2:18:49

Alvechurch’s Knit & Natter group raised £1,050 to split between three charities through sales of their knitted goods and a raffle with prizes donated by villagers.

Community clean-up
Posted on January 31 2019 at 2:00:49

Young cricketers and their parents pitched in to help clean up Alvechurch Cricket Club after damage caused by a car fire outside the building.

Library ‘a special case’
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:59:49

The consultation into the future of libraries across Worcestershire has still failed to grasp the scale of the problem it faces in Alvechurch, say councillors.

Back at Burcot
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:57:49

Burcot Grange and The Lodge Care Home were delighted to welcome general manager Vicky Osborne back from maternity leave.

Sadness over squirrel death
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:54:49

This may be the last photo of the white squirrel that was often seen around Crown Meadow in Alvechurch.

Roll on Christmas!
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:53:49

It’s only just finished and already they’re talking about the next one . . . Christmas, that is.

Rogue parking bay
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:51:49

A rogue “parking bay” outside Alvechurch Village Hall is to be investigated.

No response from Network Rail
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:50:49

Network Rail had still not responded – or even acknowledged – correspondence since a high-level meeting about the future of the car park at Alvechurch rail station, district councillor Kate Van Der Plank told parish councillors.

Boost for Hall fund
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:43:49

The Cofton Village Hall Trust received a boost thanks to money raised by village restaurant Goa Goa.

The bright side of Brexit?
Posted on January 31 2019 at 12:55:49

Villagers gathered in Alvechurch on New Year’s Day for the annual Mummers’ Play and Morris dancing.

Make some noise at the Alvechurch Wassail!
Posted on January 31 2019 at 12:48:49

Aelfgythe Border Morris has again organised the Alvechurch Wassail, which takes place this year on Saturday February 2.

Walking and wassailing
Posted on January 31 2019 at 12:23:49

A Wassail Walk from Millennium Park in Barnt Green to Fruitfields Orchard on the outskirts of the village attracted 70 walkers and wassailers.

Celebrate books in Barnt Green
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:22:49

A brand new festival is coming to Barnt Green this spring, promising a fabulous day of giggles, drawing, amazing storytelling, and a wonderful chance for children to meet their favourite authors.

Matchday memories
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:04:58

Your chance to own a piece of Alvechurch FC’s sporting history. . .

Joe meets Vinny
Posted on January 31 2019 at 11:56:49

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

Water-skiing success
Posted on January 31 2019 at 12:50:49

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Restoring an 80-year-old landmark
Posted on January 31 2019 at 12:43:49

The tale of how Tutnall & Cobley parish councillors have rolled up their sleeves to bring a wind pump back to life.

Waking up after winter
Posted on January 31 2019 at 12:34:49

The annual Lickey Community Orchard Wassail, held by The Lickey Hills Society and the Lickey Hills Country Park Rangers, saw more than 180 people enjoy the fun.

Running to beat brain cancer
Posted on January 31 2019 at 10:45:49

Alvechurch resident Jonathan Oseland is getting ready to run this year’s London Marathon in aid of Brain Tumour Research.

Back on the water
Posted on January 31 2019 at 11:10:49

The Upper Bittell has been refilling more quickly than expected, meaning Barnt Green Sailing Club was able to hold the first and only home event of its centenary year on Boxing Day.

Logo designs wanted!
Posted on January 14 2019 at 10:47:48

Village youngsters are invited to design a logo for this year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park, which takes place on Sunday May 26 in The Meadows.

Victory in Neighbourhood Plan vote
Posted on January 11 2019 at 12:30:47

The Alvechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan is to be legally adopted after a resounding “Yes” vote in a referendum.

Seeking young musicians
Posted on January 09 2019 at 3:17:50

Talented young musicians are being sought for the annual Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform (BYMP), with auditions due to take place on February 21 and 22.

Car park ‘back on track’
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:44:14

A high-level meeting has put a solution to the flooded and pot-holed car park at Alvechurch station back on track, it is hoped.

Library bill ‘too high’
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:41:14

Campaigners aiming to secure the future of Alvechurch Library, which serves most Village readers, believe the current consultation is trying to achieve the impossible.

Lighting up the night
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:26:14

This festive display on Birmingham Road, created by Eric Wadlow, was declared the winner of Alvechurch Parish Council’s Best-Dressed House competition.

Cofton centre under way
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:26:14

Work has started on the long-awaited £1 million community centre in Cofton Hackett.

Chairman in tip site visit
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:24:14

After residents reported concerns over lorry movements and diggers at Marlbrook Tip, district councillor Richard Deeming – chairman of the “working party” formed to keep an eye on developments there – visited the site to investigate.

‘Unitary’ initiative falls on deaf ears
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:19:14

Bromsgrove councillors rejected a motion to discuss the idea of replacing the county and district councils with one “unitary” authority.

‘Vacuum’ of power
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:15:14

The “vacuum” in Alvechurch South ward left by the illness of Coun June Griffiths is no closer to being resolved.

Don’t fuel fear of crime
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:14:14

Villagers should be careful about what they post on social media in case it unnecessarily increases people’s fear of crime, neighbourhood policeman PC Simon Albutt told Alvechurch Parish Council.

Parish council vacancy
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:12:14

Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council now has a casual vacancy for Lickey Grange Ward, after Coun Stephen Tibbitts stepped down.

Precept increase
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:09:14

Residents in Lickey and Blackwell will see an increase in how much they pay towards the running of the parish council in the next financial year, after councillors voted unanimously to increase the precept by 4.44 per cent.

Grants decision
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:08:14

In its annual budget setting discussions, Alvechurch Parish Council decided to stick to the £8,000 it has allocated for grants to outside bodies in the next financial year.

End of an era
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:06:14

Butchers Paul Queen and Geoff Crow, of EJ Crow & Son in Alvechurch, bade farewell to customers as the shop closed for the final time.

Allotment slot
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:04:14

There may be a vacancy in the new year on the Alvechurch allotment site in Old Rectory Lane.

Park barrier backlash
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:03:14

A plea from villagers to have a new height barrier restricting access to a park left open has been overruled by parish councillors.

Tree winners
Posted on December 28 2018 at 2:54:14

Milly Best and Joshua James, winners of Lickey & Blackwell’s “My Favourite Tree” competition, helped to plant trees in their honour in the Lickey Hills Country Park.

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