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Tuesday June 25 2019

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From the Past

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 1:02:39

An Alvechurch resident is preparing for 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.

100-mile ride
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:50:30

17,000 cyclists took part in the 100-mile Birmingham & Midlands Velo, which came through the Village area.

Ready to rock for charity
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:50:05

An up-and-coming band formed by Alvechurch Middle School pupils is preparing to headline a charity gig at Artrix in Bromsgrove.

WI’s birthday bash
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:46:30

Alvechurch WI held a celebration to mark the group’s 90th birthday.

Hall marks 90 years
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:44:30

Alvechurch Village Hall celebrated its 90th anniversary, with committee members and helpers partying like it was 1929.

New faces
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:44:30

The new chairman of Alvechurch Parish Council is Marc Worrall, chosen unanimously by councillors at their May meeting.

Lift saga rolls on
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:43:30

The saga of the missing lifts at Barnt Green railway station rumbles on, with parish councillors seeking a meeting with the Department for Transport.

Views on CCTV
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:42:30

Villagers are being asked to complete a Bromsgrove District Council survey about CCTV provision in the area.

Climate emergency
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:40:30

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council agreed to support a motion acknowledging a “climate emergency” and to consider creating their own policy.

Past, present and future
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:39:30

With the new Cofton Village Hall nearing completion, community groups have buried a time capsule on the site.

Safety fears investigated
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:38:30

Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors expressed concerns over the safety of a half-demolished house on Woodshill Avenue, Lickey.

Crime ‘at a low’
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:37:30

Crime in Barnt Green is at a low level, parish councillors heard.

Emily meets Vinny!
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:29:30

After two years of trying, 11-year-old Emily Giblin, of the Oakalls, won a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Cheques for charities
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:27:30

Alvechurch Knit and Natter, run by Cynthia Lawton and Daphne Cross, presented cheques to representatives of the three charities the group has chosen to support this year.

Summer festival season begins!
Posted on May 30 2019 at 10:48:30

Alvechurch Village Society, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is inviting residents from the village and beyond to mark the occasion with a party at Alvechurch Village Hall.

50 years of canal care
Posted on May 30 2019 at 10:46:30

Anniversary celebrations for society that keeps a watchful eye on our waterways.

Join the hunt
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:41:30

Families in Barnt Green can take part in a Treasure Hunt around the village on Sunday July 7, organised by the parish council.

Cup joy for Rhinos
Posted on May 30 2019 at 10:05:30

Kings Norton Rugby Football Club Rhinos Under 16s are celebrating winning the North Midlands Cup in their age group – for the first time in the club’s history.

10-mile hill walk raises heart funds
Posted on May 30 2019 at 10:04:30

Two Parklands residents and their family and friends have raised more than £1,000 for charity by completing a 10-mile walk.

Gardens open for charity
Posted on May 30 2019 at 9:57:30

The bi-annual Withybed Open Gardens event takes place this year on Sunday June 30, from 1 until 6pm.

Come to the car wash
Posted on May 29 2019 at 12:00:05

1st Lickey Scouts will once again hold a car wash fundraiser in Cofton Hackett on June 15.

Restaurant to the rescue
Posted on May 28 2019 at 2:54:05

Aston Fields restaurant Fuso came to the rescue of pupils from Winterfold School in Chaddesley Corbett when their class trip was cancelled.

A handful of votes
Posted on May 03 2019 at 3:35:05

The Conservatives hung on to control of Bromsgrove Council by as few as 14 votes in the local elections as independents established firm foundations across village areas on both sides of the district.

Indie hope for poll boost
Posted on April 29 2019 at 3:41:37

The candidates are up and running to find a new council to take charge at Bromsgrove – and make decisions that will affect villagers’ lives for years to come, particularly when it comes to the “B” word.

Village independence bid
Posted on April 29 2019 at 3:07:37

This month’s elections to Bromsgrove District Council have been given a boost by the large number of independent candidates entering the fray.

Andy relinquishes the parish chair
Posted on April 29 2019 at 3:05:04

May 2 is parish council election day, although not all parishes have received sufficient nominations to require elections.

Village milestones
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:37:04

A host of Alvechurch groups and institutions are celebrating milestones this year, with special events taking place across the village.

Golf club won’t play ball
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:36:04

Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors were disappointed to learn that Blackwell Golf Club still does not intend to allow its land to be used as part of the rail crossing diversion.

Still fighting for station
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:33:04

Barnt Green Parish Council has vowed once again that it will not give up the fight for improvements at the village railway station.

Running off to Berlin
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:32:04

An Alvechurch resident is aiming to complete the Berlin Marathon in September, despite having had knee surgery in March.

Burcot build looks likely
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:30:04

Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors expressed sadness that Fresh@ Burcot Garden Centre could be replaced by 11 new houses if a planning application is approved.

Parish seeks village views
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:29:04

Barnt Green parish chairman Robert Cholmondeley told colleagues the council needed to “pick up the baton” now that surrounding parishes had completed their Neighbourhood Plans.

Easter fun in Alvechurch
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:26:37

The “Alvechurch Arise” community celebration, which began with the Palm Sunday procession through the village, continued with a series of events during Easter week – all attended by large numbers of villagers.

Palm procession
Posted on April 29 2019 at 3:25:37

Motorists making their way through Alvechurch on Palm Sunday might have been surprised to see “Jesus” (villager Tim Reading) leading a procession along Swan Street, accompanied by a pair of donkeys.

It’s almost picnic time!
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:21:04

Organisers of the Alvechurch Picnic in the Park have announced that this year’s event will be officially opened by Professor Sir Keith Porter.

Murder in mind for village film
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:18:04

Barnt Green film-makers Sheila and Bill Evans of Walktall Productions have announced their next project – a psychological feature called Jacqueline.

Parish planters
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:17:04

Barnt Green residents got stuck in to the planting of a “pollinator-friendly patch” in the village.

Village events planned
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:16:04

Barnt Green Parish Council is busy planning several village events for 2019.

Still waiting for inquiry
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:15:04

There is still no word on whether there will be an official inquiry into the Marlbrook Tip saga, Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors heard.

Rise in antisocial behaviour
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:14:04

Total recorded crime in Alvechurch parish rose slightly over the past year, according to police figures supplied to the Annual Parish Meeting.

Cleaning up the streets
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:39:37

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Two-stroke artists
Posted on April 29 2019 at 1:28:37

If you’ve ever been heading up towards Weatheroak from Alvechurch and wondered about the strange patterns cut into the hillside like a neolithic art project, these pictures should give you a clue.

Contact the council
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:13:02

Posting on social media is not the best way to approach a council, Alvechurch parish chairman Andy Humphries told the annual meeting.

Amelie meets Vinny!
Posted on April 29 2019 at 11:49:04

Six-year-old Amelie Burton, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Village TV expert reveals secrets
Posted on April 29 2019 at 11:31:04

Barnt Green WI were treated to some television secrets when Bargain Hunt’s Ben Cooper gave a talk at their recent meeting.

Back at Burcot
Posted on April 29 2019 at 11:30:04

Burcot Grange and The Lodge have welcomed the return of Joshua Oakes, who had been part of the Burcot family since he joined as a volunteer at the age of 17.

U9s triumph in league cup
Posted on April 29 2019 at 11:14:04

Alvechurch FC U9s are celebrating after they secured victory in the Central Warwickshire Youth Football League Winter Cup Winter Cup.

Girls end season on a high
Posted on April 29 2019 at 11:12:04

Kings Norton Girls’ rugby team finished the season on a high, winning the final tournament of the West Midlands Girls’ Tag League.

Flower power
Posted on April 29 2019 at 10:42:04

Bromsgrove Flower Club welcomed talented NAFAS National Demonstrator Lorena Dyer for a demonstration entitled Lipstick, Powder and Paint.

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.

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