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Station lifts grounded
Posted on October 31 2017 at 1:17:50

The long-promised installation of lifts at Barnt Green railway station is now unlikely to go ahead as planned.

25,000 volt warning
Posted on November 24 2017 at 4:43:20

Network Rail is warning villagers to take extra care around the railway when overhead power lines “go live”.

Phone box defibrillator conundrum
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:33:32

Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors debated extra security measures for the Marlbook defibrillator, after it was stolen from the former phone box on Old Birmingham Road.

Lessons in fundraising
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:44:16

Crown Meadow First School in Alvechurch hosted a Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, attended by families and friends.

Tip deadline missed
Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:35:05

The Environment Agency is stepping in to carry out safety work on Marlbrook Tip after the site’s owners failed to meet the deadline to do it themselves.

Noise advice
Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:34:05

Reports of problems at Mayfield Farm, Hopwood are “on-going”, district and county councillor Charlie Hotham told Alvechurch parish councillors.

High-end cars ‘at risk’
Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:30:05

Alvechurch is suffering from a “spike” in thefts of cars, with luxury models being the prime target.

Christmas set to be a cracker
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:28:16

Plans for a more festive Alvechurch are gathering pace, with the parish Christmas working group being upgraded to a sub-committee of the council with its own budget.

Life through a lens
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:27:16

Fifty years after work began on building Pebble Mill, a talk in Alvechurch celebrates the life of the iconic BBC studios.

Warning signs
Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:27:05

Signs alerting motorists to the likelihood of horse riders are being sought for Rowney Green by Alvechurch Parish Council after recent concerns expressed by villagers.

Help always wanted
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:26:16

Bill Ulyett, chairman of trustees at The Lounge youth project and cafe in Alvechurch, explains how villagers can help out.

Village school could expand
Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:25:05

St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green has been asked to consider expanding, the village’s parish councillors heard.

Positive thinking
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:21:16

Members of the Alvechurch Neighbourhood Plan steering group held a three-day public display of their draft plan at Alvechurch Baptist Church.

Apply for grants now
Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:20:05

Community groups in Alvechurch are being encouraged to put forward any applications for grants to the parish council as it begins to prepare its budget for the next year.

GP centre idea
Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:02:11

Alvechurch is missing the chance to encourage a Worcestershire medical practice to open a centre in the village, a resident told parish councillors.

Finalists in the frame
Posted on October 31 2017 at 9:44:44

Barnt Green Tennis Club’s end-of-summer finals saw some keenly contested matches across all age groups.

Golf still to the fore!
Posted on October 31 2017 at 10:38:22

Village golfers have been reassured that any changes to Bromsgrove Golf Centre are years away, as proposals to make its land available for future housing were revealed.

Hallowed turf
Posted on October 31 2017 at 9:04:16

More than 20 players from Kings Norton Rhinos took part in a tag rugby festival at the Worcester Warriors ground.

Early birdies
Posted on October 31 2017 at 9:03:16

Barnt Green youngsters Daniel Duffy and Jake Jeff-Johnston, both aged six, celebrated their team’s victory in a regional golf competition.

Showcasing local talent
Posted on October 31 2017 at 8:30:16

Blackwell’s 38th Craft Fair on Sunday November 5 offers an opportunity to buy sensibly-priced gifts from local craftspeople and small businesses.

Bard returns to Alvechurch
Posted on October 31 2017 at 8:27:16

Alvechurch Dramatic Society presents The Merry Wives of Alvechurch from Thurs Nov 23 to Sat Nov 25 in Alvechurch Village Hall.

Village author up for award
Posted on October 31 2017 at 8:26:16

Barnt Green author Steve Dunn has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2017 Mountbatten Maritime Award for his latest book, Securing the Narrow Sea.

Having a ball for charity
Posted on October 31 2017 at 7:39:16

Singleton’s Nurseries, in Bromsgrove, raised almost £8,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital with a Red Balloon charity ball.

Buy our bric-a-brac!
Posted on October 31 2017 at 7:20:16

A village business is raising money for local charities by collecting and selling bric-a-brac.

Trio of Vinny winners
Posted on October 31 2017 at 6:29:16

The Amir family, of Burcot, were the latest winners of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

West End girl
Posted on October 31 2017 at 6:24:16

Finstall teenager Sadie Fitzgerald made her West End debut after taking part in a prestigious summer school.

Charity bridge match
Posted on October 31 2017 at 6:22:16

A charity “Café Bridge” event in Barnt Green raised more than £700 for the Midlands Air Ambulance.

Mentors sought
Posted on October 31 2017 at 6:11:05

Children’s charity Mentor Link is recruiting Volunteer Mentors to support distressed children and young people.

On the crest of a wake
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:45:16

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Wassail walk
Posted on October 30 2017 at 10:33:05

A Wassail Walk will take place in Barnt Green on Boxing Day this year, instead of the usual Post-Christmas Walk.

Gates policy under attack
Posted on September 29 2017 at 3:43:15

Residents have called for a village park’s gates to be unlocked after a whole summer and early autumn of restricted access.

Celebrating the world of melody
Posted on September 29 2017 at 2:40:15

The Orchestra of St John’s next concert takes place at 7.30pm on Sat Oct 14 at St John’s Church in Bromsgrove.

Residents’ parking plea
Posted on September 29 2017 at 2:34:27

Villagers have requested residents’ parking spaces outside their homes on Bear Hill, Alvechurch.

A bridge too far for Blackwell
Posted on September 29 2017 at 3:33:15

Blackwell residents have been told to “take firmly out of their minds” the idea of a railway bridge to replace the “yellow brick road” crossing.

Cake sale success
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:41:15

A cake sale held by an Alvechurch youngster has raised £300 for Macmillan.

Parish sinks flood warning proposal
Posted on September 29 2017 at 2:41:15

The topic of flooding in Barnt Green was raised after recent heavy rainfall affected some village roads.

Speedwatch volunteers
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:40:15

Barnt Green Parish Council now has five volunteers for a proposed Community Speedwatch scheme, which would see villagers monitoring traffic.

Traffic request denied
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:39:15

Requests for traffic-calming measures on the southern approach to Alvechurch, including extending the 30mph limit down to Alvechurch Football Club, have been turned down.

Crime concern in Barnt Green
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:39:15

Shopkeepers in Barnt Green have been urged to report any suspicious behaviour to police, after several break-ins and thefts of charity boxes. 

Cycle rack for station
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:38:15

A cycle rack is still to be installed at Alvechurch rail station by London Midland, even though they will no longer have the franchise.

Horse droppings debate
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:37:15

The debate over horse droppings on village roads requires a sensible and balanced approach, Coun Kate Van Der Plank told Alvechurch parish councillors.

Invitation to meetings
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:36:15

An invitation is to be sent to district councillor Kit Taylor from Alvechurch Parish Council to attend their monthly meetings.

Brownfield homes ‘yes’
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:32:15

Plans for nine new canal-side homes on a brownfield site within the Alvechurch Green Belt have been approved.

Bridging the age gap at club
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:31:15

Silver Threads, the Alvechurch social group for the over-60s, celebrated its 11th anniversary with a sing-song led by village musician John Dale.

Carving out a pumpkin show
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:14:15

Villagers are being reminded to get their entry forms in by October 21 if they want to take part in Alvechurch’s first-ever Pumpkin Festival.

Village joins the party
Posted on September 29 2017 at 2:12:15

Alvechurch is planning to put more spirit into Christmas this year as it tries to catch up with its more festive neighbours.

Golfers wanted
Posted on September 29 2017 at 12:48:15

Golfers are wanted to help raise money for a defibrillator in Barnt Green Social Club. 

Green fingers
Posted on September 29 2017 at 12:39:15

Winners of Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council’s annual Best Front Garden Awards celebrated with councillors at Holy Trinity Church, Lickey.

Crafty quilt up for grabs
Posted on September 29 2017 at 12:24:15

The Crafty Ladies group who meet at Alvechurch Library have made a double patchwork quilt with a “houses” design, which will be first prize in their raffle.

Delight after the deluge
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:13:09

Despite monsoon-like rain at the start, the annual Tardebigge Fair & Show offered a great day out thanks to the community spirit of organisers and visitors alike.

Showing off arts & flowers
Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:49:15

Rowney Green Horticultural Society held its annual Main Show, with Midlands Today’s Satnam Rana presenting the prizes.

Bands, beer & BBQ
Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:47:15

A tropical downpour gave way to sunshine as around 400 villagers enjoyed the second Blackwell Music Festival.

Fun in sun at village show
Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:44:15

Finstall’s annual Village Show featured displays of prize-winning produce as well as games, stalls and music in the late summer sunshine.

Springing into action!
Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:44:15

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Joint training for rugby girls
Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:40:15

Kings Norton RFC hosted a joint training event for the West Midland Girls Tag Rugby League at their Ash Lane, Hopwood facility.

Cup joy for young riders
Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:35:15

Youngsters from two village equestrian centres had the chance to compete at both dressage and show jumping during a summer competition series for Pony Club members.

Cubs help keep our hills tidy
Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:54:15

At their summer camp in June, 1st Barnt Green Cubs did a litter pick on the Lickey Hills as part of a community project. 

Christmas Fair and charity raffle
Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:27:05

A Christmas Fair takes place at Alvechurch Cricket Club on Sat Nov 11, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Alice meets Vinny
Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:18:15

Nine-year-old Alice Denyer, of Blackwell, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Have your say on Neighbourhood Plan
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:48:58

Alvechurch residents are invited to comment on the parish’s Neighbourhood Plan during a three-day exhibition of the plans at the Baptist Church from October 5–7.

Spend an evening with ‘Blind Dave’
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:44:58

Villagers have an opportunity to spend an evening in the company of marathon runner and fundraiser extraordinaire, Dave Heeley – AKA “Blind Dave”.

Busking bonanza
Posted on August 31 2017 at 3:43:46

Barnt Green held its first Busking Festival in August, with local musicians from a variety of genres entertaining shoppers and residents.

Second skiffle CD
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:40:58

Alvechurch’s well-known skiffle band, The 6-5 Specials, have a new CD out, with all proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Research.

Bus to link villages
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:30:41

A community transport scheme linking several of our villages looks set to become a reality after gaining approval from parish councillors.

Explosions in Barnt Green
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:22:58

Residents on the new CALA estate in Barnt Green reported being shaken from their sleep by two explosions on the site shortly before midnight on August 17.

50 fabulous years
Posted on August 31 2017 at 3:12:58

Crown Meadow First School in Alvechurch celebrated its 50th birthday in style, with staff and pupils dressing in fashions from the past five decades.

Music festival offers local talent
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:09:58

Blackwell Music Festival takes place once again in the grounds of Hunters Hill School, from 1–9pm on Saturday September 9.

Horsing around!
Posted on August 31 2017 at 3:08:04

The Bilberry Wake, a traditional annual festival in the Lickey Hills, featured picnics, crafts and hobby-horse racing for all ages!

Knitting for a good cause
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:06:58

The Alvechurch Knit & Natter group have raised cash for Brain Tumour Research through sales of their knitted goods.

Community walk for all ages
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:56:58

Barnt Green’s annual free Community Walk will be held on Saturday September 23, with villagers of all ages and abilities invited to join in.

Pumpkin party!
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:55:58

Alvechurch is getting ready to go pumpkin crazy, as the countdown to the village’s first-ever Pumpkin Festival is under way!

Car park open for all
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:47:58

Barnt Green parish councillors are encouraging commuters to park on the new CALA Homes car park, which is now open and free for all to use.

Rhinos raring to go
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:42:58

Kings Norton Rhinos Rugby Club are raring to get into the new season, with preparations well underway throughout the Hopwood Park club on Ash Lane, Hopwood. 

Georgian-style art on display
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:41:46

For the second year running the Summer Fete at Grosvenor House care home in Alvechurch featured the announcement of the winners of the art competition set up and supported by Kamal Khan, co-owner of both Grosvenor House and Tutnall Hall.

Cycling to beat cancer
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:30:58

Alvechurch resident Ross Dustan is raising funds for Cure Leukaemia by taking part in a 100-mile cycle challenge.

New gardeners sought
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:21:58

Organisers of the biannual Alvechurch Open Gardens event (which takes place on June 23 and 24 next year) are hoping a few more residents would like to show off their gardening skills.

Guess the close-up (No. 6)
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:11:49

Village reader Mark Winson sent us some close-up images of interesting sights around Alvechurch – can you identify where this one is? 

Bumper day for animal charities
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:02:44

More than 2,000 people visited the Jinney Ring Craft Centre in Hanbury for “Animals R Magic”, a fun day in aid of The Cinnamon Trust and local animal charities.

Family fun at the fair
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:59:25

Blackwell First School’s Summer Fair offered plenty of family fun and games, including skittles, football, performances by pupils and a baking competition.

Kavya wins a Vinny!
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:58:58

Nine-year-old Kavya Maganty, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Could you be a mentor?
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:57:44

Mentor Link, a charity that provides long-term dedicated social and emotional support to vulnerable and distressed children and young people, is seeking a male mentor to support a boy in school with additional learning needs.

Exhibition of prints
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:50:44

Bromsgrove Photographic Society is holding an exhibition of members’ prints in the Meeting Room at Bromsgrove Library, until the end of August.

Farewell, Helen!
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:49:58

Helen Doherty, retiring clerk of Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council, was presented with a gift by councillors in recognition of her service.

Wildlife photographs on display at lecture
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:47:44

Bromsgrove Photographic Society starts its new season with a visit from a world-renowned photographer.

AFC are up for the cup
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:47:20

Alvechurch FC celebrated its past, present and future when the FA Cup trophy paid a visit to the club, as the team prepared to play in the competition’s preliminary round

Crossing campaign deadline
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:41:41

Blackwell residents campaigning against Network Rail’s decision to close the village’s railway crossing point and replace it with a diversion are urging villagers to submit their objections before September 14.

‘Old skool’ entertainment
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:38:44

Rowney Green Village Hall presents an evening of music and comedy on Sat Sep 16.

Guess the close-up (No. 6): ANSWER
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:19:54

Did you guess correctly?

Learning to save a life
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:01:58

A morning’s training in how to use the new defibrillator mounted outside Hopwood Community Centre was given by Rob Underwood of the charity Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts.

Fun run funds
Posted on August 31 2017 at 10:43:26

Money raised from entry fees for the recent Barnt Green Fun Run was donated to Barnt Green Day Centre.

Traveller barrier bungle
Posted on August 30 2017 at 11:29:22

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Pirates in the park
Posted on July 31 2017 at 3:23:23

Blackwell Festival enjoyed glorious weather for a change – perfect for this year’s piratical theme!

Down on the farm
Posted on July 31 2017 at 3:10:23

This year’s Lickey Festival, held at Lickey Hills Primary School and involving the whole community, was themed around The Farmyard.

Motor mania!
Posted on July 31 2017 at 3:01:46

The inaugural Barnt Green Motor Festival saw more than 60 cars and motorbikes assemble in the village centre.

Guess the close-up (No. 5): ANSWER
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:49:50

Did you guess correctly?

School bus with a difference
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:39:42

Pupils at St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green now have extra space for their lessons, thanks to the addition of an unusual classroom – “Buster” the double-decker bus.

‘Wake up’ call on closure
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:37:42

A group of Blackwell residents have organised a campaign against Network Rail’s decision to close a popular railway crossing point and replace it with a diversion.

Charity challengers
Posted on July 31 2017 at 2:36:42

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Party time at Burcot
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:34:42

More than 250 guests attended the Annual Summer Garden Party at Burcot Grange Care Home, enjoying an afternoon tea in the beautiful gardens and sunshine.

Lawns launches garden
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:30:42

The new sensory garden at The Lawns care home in Alvechurch was officially opened with a celebration attended by residents, families and friends.

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