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Neighbourhood plan passes ‘with flying colours’ - now for the people’s vote
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:41:14

The draft Alvechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan has passed its independent examination with “flying colours”.

Still time to see trees
Posted on December 05 2018 at 1:47:37

If you missed the Christmas Tree Festival at Alvechurch Baptist Church, don’t worry – the trees will now remain on display until after Christmas.

Calendar people
Posted on November 30 2018 at 3:41:20

Alvechurch Village Hall’s committee has produced a 2019 calendar, highlighting the many groups that use the venue.

A selection of Christmas services
Posted on November 30 2018 at 2:20:20

Churches in the Village area offer a variety of Christmas services and events, some of which are listed below. For full information, visit the websites.

Library ‘noise’ wanted
Posted on November 30 2018 at 2:14:20

Villagers are being urged to give their support to Alvechurch Library, as the county council reviews the venue’s future.

Art of rock
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:44:20

The Village’s resident cartoonist Bob Lawton is exhibiting and selling some of his framed cartoons at Artrix in Bromsgrove.

Tip ‘activity’ followed up
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:41:20

Lickey residents have reported concerns over “activities” at Marlbrook Tip to the Environment Agency, which has responsibility for the site’s safety.

Restaurant hygiene alert
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:39:20

Parish, district and county councillor Charlie Hotham has urged villagers to be aware that two Barnt Green eateries have a low hygiene rating.

Sandhills road safety plea
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:37:20

Residents of Sandhills Green in Barnt Green have asked the parish council to look into the safety of their unlit lane, which runs under the railway line.

Housing study is ‘conjecture’
Posted on November 30 2018 at 11:24:20

The “Barntchurch” report would not be accepted as evidence by a judge, the chairman of Alvechurch Parish Council told Bromsgrove strategic planning chief Mike Dunphy during a presentation to the council.

Lottery grant boosts stained glass appeal
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:23:20

St Laurence Church in Alvechurch can go ahead with repairs to its historic stained glass windows thanks to a grant of £113,700 from the Heritage Lottery fund.

Gritty issue for Blackwell
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:22:20

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has decided to fund its own grit bin after a request was turned down by the county’s Highways department.

Bollards must be black and gold
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:12:20

Barnt Green Parish Council decided to buy three new bollards to replace those missing from Hewell Road.

Fashion for charity
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:11:20

A fashion show held in Alvechurch Village Hall raised £1,112 for Brain Tumour Research.

Poppy design for barrier
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:09:20

A poppy centrepiece to a new wrought iron overhead barrier for the gates to The Meadows playing fields in Alvechurch was agreed to unanimously by parish councillors.

Drone code in force
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:07:20

Flying of drones is to be subject to the Civil Aviation Authority Drone Code in Alvechurch after the parish council voted to adopt the code on its land.

New lengthsman delayed
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:07:20

Lengthsman duties in Alvechurch are to be carried out by Bromsgrove council workers at least until the end of March.

Potential parking problems
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:06:20

The loss of parking spaces in Newbourne Hill, Rowney Green, if Bromsgrove District Housing Trust goes ahead with plans to demolish two garages to make way for housing, could create problems.

Club founder remembered
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:04:20

Patricia White, who will be remembered in the Village area as the founder of Barnt Green Art Club, died in June aged 89 years.

Library ‘noise’ wanted
Posted on November 30 2018 at 11:02:37

Villagers are being urged to give their support to Alvechurch Library, as the county council reviews the venue’s future.

Village shutdown fear
Posted on November 30 2018 at 11:00:20

Barnt Green parish councillors expressed their concerns to Severn Trent over plans to close Hewell Road while an old water main is replaced.

Halloween houses
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:55:20

Villagers who wanted to show off their spooky side this Halloween could enter a Best-Dressed House competition run by Alvechurch Village Society.

Toby meets Vinny!
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:41:20

Six-year-old Toby Sallis, of Bromsgrove, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

We will remember
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:13:44

Villagers across the area commemorated the moment 100 years ago when the guns fell silent across Europe.

Coffee raises cash
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:10:37

The annual “Biggest Ever Coffee Morning” at Rectory Cottage in Alvechurch raised £1,045 – the biggest total yet – for Macmillan Cancer Support from cake sales, a raffle and Bring and Buy.

Smashing pumpkins
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:58:44

Alvechurch’s second Pumpkin Festival was a real community event, with villagers creating and growing some amazing exhibits.

Art of remembrance
Posted on November 29 2018 at 2:45:31

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Talented trio
Posted on November 29 2018 at 2:44:52

Three students of Whitehouse Music in Alvechurch were selected as the highest achievers across the entire Birmingham area.

Chance to play tag
Posted on November 29 2018 at 2:44:28

This season has seen a new team established at Kings Norton RFC for boys and girls who want to be part of the rugby family, but prefer the tag version of the game rather than contact.

Awards night fun for Ravens
Posted on November 29 2018 at 2:43:06

North East Worcestershire (NEW) Ravens Rugby League Club held its end-of-season awards night recently at the home venue of Hopwood Park.

Vote for Saski
Posted on November 22 2018 at 4:40:07

A pupil from Alvechurch Middle School has got through to the finals of a national Christmas card competition.

Join the light procession
Posted on November 22 2018 at 4:39:07

Alvechurch resident Karen Hillmansen has come up with an idea to involve more people in the village’s Christmas Lights Switch-On celebrations.

Time to have your say
Posted on October 30 2018 at 3:59:20

Villagers now have only a few weeks left to have their say on the future development of Bromsgrove district.

How to navigate planning maze
Posted on October 30 2018 at 3:58:20

The Village guides you through the readathon that is the Bromsgrove District Plan Review Issues & Options consultation.

Villages ready to light up 
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:54:54

Plans for Christmas celebrations are well under way across the Village area.

Garden helper needed
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:52:54

Alvechurch resident Peter McHugh, who for many years has looked after the small garden behind the dentists’ practice as well as the hedge across the road from the Chinese takeaway, would like to pass on both jobs to a willing volunteer.

Don’t wait, it’s ‘on the list’
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:50:54

Barnt Green councillor Charlie Hotham has launched a campaign for clearer information on when work is to be completed by Worcestershire County Council.

Unitary idea gets hearing
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:43:54

An initiative to get councillors to debate their own demise will be heard this month.

Donations buy defibrillator
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:36:54

A new defibrillator has been installed at Barnt Green Social Club, funded entirely through donations organised by villager Trevor Harris.

Risk assessment plan
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:35:54

Comments on “social” media have prompted Alvechurch Parish Council to spend £450 on a risk assessment of the whole of The Meadows.

New design for gate
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:34:54

A poppy could be the centrepiece decoration on a new wrought iron overhead barrier for the gates to The Meadows playing fields in Alvechurch.

Police pop-up
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:33:54

A “police pop-up” event in Barnt Green saw villagers share concerns with local officers, parish councillors heard.

Sign up for Smart Water
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:33:54

Barnt Green Parish Council has decided to launch Smart Water in the village.

Lorry route concerns
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:32:54

Blackwell residents have expressed concerns about large lorries using Linthurst Newtown to deliver construction materials to Wadderton on Greenhill.

Cross wins ale award
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:26:54

The Cross Inn at Finstall has been declared Summer 2018 Pub of the Season by the Redditch and Bromsgrove branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Police in call for photos of poor parking
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:25:54

Villagers are being urged to help police reduce the scourge of dangerous parking around schools at drop-off and pick-up times.

Interest grows in veg project
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:22:54

Following the success of its vegetable planter in Tanyard Lane car park, Incredible Edible Alvechurch will create a second village installation.

‘No’ signal to signs plea
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:22:54

Barnt Green Parish Council will continue to press West Midlands Trains for improved signage at the village railway station after a “disappointing” response to their initial request.

Suits you!
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:19:54

Steve Ianson, the new men’s captain of Kings Norton Golf Club, Alvechurch, is helped into his official jacket by club chairman Bob Cashmore.

Poppy jar project
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:16:54

As featured on our November cover, Alvechurch WI and Youth at the Lounge have been working together to make poppy lanterns for use on Remembrance Day.

Festival trees return to church
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:56:54

Alvechurch Baptist Church is once again holding a Christmas Tree Festival, from Friday Nov 30 to Tuesday Dec 4, with trees decorated by 20 village groups.

Councillor’s warning on speed signs
Posted on October 30 2018 at 1:56:54

Lickey & Blackwell residents have been warned not to take the law into their own hands by erecting homemade road signs.

A tribute to Tom
Posted on October 30 2018 at 11:54:54

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Bridge bonanza
Posted on October 30 2018 at 11:52:54

Bridge players in Barnt Green raised £1,000 for Bromsgrove’s Primrose Hospice with a Café Bridge tournament plus a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.

Petition with a twist
Posted on October 30 2018 at 11:50:54

1st Lickey Cub Scouts created a special petition in the form of a mannequin as part of the Scout Association’s “A Million Hands Sticking Up for Mental Health” Campaign.

Postcard from the past
Posted on October 30 2018 at 11:48:54

Lickey resident Sally Montgomery wonders if any readers can shed light on this post card, which was found by her cousin among some family memorabilia.

War history in the hills
Posted on October 30 2018 at 11:46:54

The final year of World War I was centre stage when the Lickey Hills Local History Society and the Lickey Hills Society held their annual Open Weekend at the Lickey Hills Country Park.

Village show success
Posted on October 30 2018 at 11:32:54

Plenty of visitors enjoyed the flowers, produce, crafts, stalls and games at a sunny Finstall Show.

Ruby meets Vinny
Posted on October 30 2018 at 10:36:54

Nine-year-old Ruby Liversidge, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

DIY and friendship
Posted on October 30 2018 at 9:57:54

Older men who experience loneliness or isolation in retirement can meet new friends and learn new skills thanks to an Age UK scheme.

Coffee and cake for charity
Posted on October 30 2018 at 10:27:54

Crown Meadow First School in Alvechurch combined its Harvest Festival with a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, raising £1,185.

Village film at festival
Posted on October 24 2018 at 1:53:54

A film made in Barnt Green will be screened as part of the Birmingham Festival of Terror on Saturday October 28.

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.

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