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Welcome to Barntchurch Newtown
Posted on March 29 2018 at 1:45:02

The Green Belt around Alvechurch and Barnt Green is under threat – again. This time, it could be really serious . . .

Barntchurch: What do we know?
Posted on March 29 2018 at 1:44:23

The Village delves into the housing study to see why this area is under threat and what ‘Barntchurch’ would really mean.

‘Don’t say its name’
Posted on March 29 2018 at 12:43:16

There have been mixed responses to the GL Hearn report among parish and district councillors across The Village area, with some fearing that even by talking about it they might be giving it too much credence.

MP responds to Green Belt threat
Posted on March 29 2018 at 1:42:40

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid has given his response to the Greater Birmingham Housing Market Area Strategic Growth Study, which proposes building thousands of homes on Green Belt land around Alvechurch and Barnt Green.

The voice of youth
Posted on March 29 2018 at 12:36:22

Barnt Green’s new parish councillor, 18-year-old Sam Harris, shares his vision for the village.

Fighting for right of way
Posted on March 29 2018 at 1:31:50

Barnt Green Parish Council has joined calls for a public right of way to be reopened.

Street light colour clash
Posted on March 29 2018 at 12:30:50

Alvechurch parish councillors had a heated debate over the colour of village street lighting columns after a resident requested that a newly-replaced one on Snake Lane should be painted.

Picnic picks winning logo
Posted on March 29 2018 at 1:29:50

As the final preparations for this year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park get under way, the event now has its official logo, chosen from entries into the annual competition.

Young talent on show
Posted on March 29 2018 at 1:22:17

Talented youngsters showed off their musical skills as The Midland Sinfonia hosted its annual Young Musicians’ Showcase.

Snow lands parish with fun run bill
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:58:04

An unexpected spring snowfall forced the cancellation of Barnt Green’s Sport Relief fun run and cost villagers up to £500, parish councillors heard.

Consultation letters go astray
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:58:04

Residents of Bear Hill in Alvechurch are to be consulted on whether or not they would support the introduction of residents-only parking on their street.

Parish meeting dates
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:56:04

Village parish councils are preparing to hold their Annual Parish Meetings.

Station lifts meeting agreed
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:55:04

Network Rail representatives have agreed to a meeting with Barnt Green parish councillors on April 5, to discuss the lack of lifts at the village railway station. 

Parking restriction plan
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:54:04

Barnt Green Parish Council has asked Worcestershire County Council to look at the possibility of restricting parking on sections of Sandhills Lane and Sandhills Road.

High tea to fund smart toilets
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:53:04

An Oakalls resident is organising a “High Tea” event in Alvechurch to raise money for a Kenyan school.

Joker leads the pack
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:50:04

A Blackwell resident is celebrating after one of her dogs won Best of Breed at this year’s Crufts.

Toby’s 1,000-mile cycle challenge
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:50:04

Blackwell resident Toby Gosnall is preparing for a major cycle challenge to raise money for cancer charity Myeloma UK.

Community car scheme to continue
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:49:04

Rural Rides, the long-running Worcestershire community car scheme, has narrowly avoided closure thanks to Community Transport Wyre Forest (CTWF), which has agreed to take over the running of the service.

Ingenious murder mystery
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:48:04

Alvechurch Dramatic Society’s spring production is Deadly Nightcap, a thriller by the master of the genre, Francis Durbridge. 

The power of poetry
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:47:04

For the 12th year running, Alvechurch Middle School welcomed local poet Giovanni “Spoz” Esposito to work with all Year 8 pupils in a Poetry Slam Day. 

Tribute to canal women
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:46:04

The story of the women who kept Britain’s waterways working during World War Two is being brought to life by a boat-based theatre company.

Halfway there with hedge
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:45:04

An enthusiastic group of volunteers gathered at Tardebigge Community Hall car park to learn the traditional art of hedge laying.

Beastly delay for World Book Day!
Posted on March 29 2018 at 12:43:04

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Get ready for pumpkin-fest
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:43:04

Following the success of last year’s event, Alvechurch will host its second Pumpkin Festival on Saturday October 27 in the Village Hall.

Esme’s £850 charity chop
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:42:04

A kind-hearted youngster has raised £850 for charity by having her long hair cut into a short bob.

Ava meets Vinny
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:32:04

Six-year-old Ava Peyton, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition, helped by three-year-old sister Esmee.

Time to tidy up
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:16:04

Alvechurch Village Society invites villagers to take part in a Springtime Litter Pick on Sun April 15 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

New ideas for Lounge
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:13:04

Earlier in the year, The Lounge café and youth project started the Alvechurch Community Survey, writes manager Sarah James.

Catch of a lifetime
Posted on March 23 2018 at 2:50:04

A village fisherman was amazed to catch a giant pike in the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Alvechurch.

Here we come a-wassailing!
Posted on February 28 2018 at 2:40:13

Mid-winter procession organised by Aelfgythe Border Morris proves the big bang theory applies in village finale.

Footpath safety fears
Posted on February 28 2018 at 3:23:13

Lickey and Blackwell parish council heard that Hunters Hill School in Blackwell had diverted a public footpath that runs through school grounds.

‘Road watch’ may be upgraded
Posted on February 28 2018 at 2:08:13

Hopwood’s “road watch” may be escalated as a result of an accident at the end of last year in which a pedestrian died.

Ready for village fun run
Posted on February 28 2018 at 2:02:13

Barnt Green Chuggers running group have once again teamed up with the parish council to put on a Sport Relief 5k Fun Run, taking place on Sunday March 18.

Village reunion for poets
Posted on February 28 2018 at 2:59:13

In November 2007, The Village carried a feature introducing a new local group, the Withybed Poets, writes Mary Green.

Sam, 18, to join parish council
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:58:04

Teenager Sam Harris was due to become a Barnt Green parish councillor as The Village went to press.

Fears over Lickey parking
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:57:04

Lickey residents and councillors are dismayed at Birmingham City Council’s plans to introduce parking charges for visitors to the Lickey Hills.

Great save at ’Church
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:53:04

An Alvechurch FC “superfan” whose life was saved by a new defibrillator at the club is hoping other sports clubs and village amenities follow Lye Meadow’s lead in installing the equipment.

Handing over a piece of history
Posted on February 28 2018 at 2:35:13

Barnt Green WI has marked a new chapter in its history with the handing over of a special keepsake.

Verge parking plea
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:24:13

Damage caused by vehicles parking on grass verges was discussed by Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors after a resident asked them to discourage the practice via their newsletter.

Yellow lines plan for station
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:21:13

Double yellow lines are likely to be painted at the junction of Station Road and Latimer Road as parking problems around Alvechurch railway stations spill into the streets.

Hopwood homes objection
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:20:19

An application to build up to 21 new homes on a Green Belt field at Hopwood has been shown the red light in a lengthy objection by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Hannah’s Everest trek
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:16:13

A former Alvechurch Middle School pupil will add to her fundraising for a school in South Africa by trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Planning ahead for Easter 2019
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:03:13

Alvechurch Baptist Church leaders and congregation are asking villagers to get involved with a special project for Easter 2019.

Fun-filled programme for WI
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:44:13

The Ark Angels WI group, which looked set to fold at the end of last year, has been rejuvenated with a new committee and is looking forward to attracting lots of new members with an exciting programme of events for 2018.

Birthday fun at library
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:28:13

Alvechurch Library celebrates its 10th birthday in April.

Hats off to Vinny winners!
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:28:13

Alvechurch resident Patrick Dryburgh and three-year-old daughter Georgie won themselves a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Battery trouble
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:15:13

Speed warning signs in Lickey & Blackwell have been padlocked after trouble with their batteries.

Parish lighting survey
Posted on February 28 2018 at 11:13:46

A lighting survey is to be carried out in Alvechurch parish after councillors agreed to spend £2,500 replacing an old concrete lamp-post currently in a garden on Latimer Road with a new one on the pavement.

June Griffiths ‘looking to return’
Posted on February 28 2018 at 11:12:13

Alvechurch South district councillor June Griffiths is on the road to recovery after a minor stroke last year and “looking to come back in a couple of months”, Coun Kit Taylor told parish councillors.

All about the animals
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:04:13

This year’s Picnic in the Park in Alvechurch will be an animal extravaganza, with visits from a TV vet and critters from Dudley Zoo.

Cleaner village aims for plastic-free future
Posted on February 28 2018 at 10:31:04

Alvechurch is planning to clean up its act amid fears it is looking “scruffy” as it embraces a move to become a plastic-free village.

Fashion fundraiser
Posted on February 20 2018 at 11:32:59

A “Preloved Parade” to celebrate the 30th birthday of Acorns Children’s Hospice takes place on March 22.

Get creative for Picnic competition
Posted on February 14 2018 at 11:21:28

There’s still time to submit your entry for this year’s Alvechurch Parish Picnic in the Park logo competition!

Stations stand-off
Posted on January 30 2018 at 3:49:45

Villagers press for action as rail bosses say: there’s no money

Concern over nursing home’s future
Posted on January 30 2018 at 2:47:45

Lickey residents turned out in force for their parish council’s planning meeting to express their concerns over Lickey Hills Nursing Home.

Wassail with a bang!
Posted on January 30 2018 at 1:49:45

This year’s annual Alvechurch Wassail promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Council considers crisis plan
Posted on January 30 2018 at 1:49:45

Alvechurch parish councillors debated the need for the area to have a formal Emergency Plan, as encouraged by Worcestershire County Council.

Mummers’ the word
Posted on January 30 2018 at 2:13:45

The annual New Year’s Day frolics in Alvechurch included, as always, a Mummers Play featuring traditional and topical characters.

Plugging the skills gap
Posted on January 30 2018 at 1:04:45

Perplexed by plumbing? Frustrated by flat packs? Broad Street DIY in Bromsgrove is launching a new event to help young people learn essential DIY skills.

Parking solutions discussed
Posted on January 30 2018 at 1:01:45

Responses to a car parking survey carried out among Barnt Green shops and businesses has revealed that most people find it difficult to park in the village.

Barnt Green slime queen
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:57:45

A youngster from Barnt Green has set up her own business, tapping into the latest kids’ craze by making “slime”.

Litter fairies
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:50:45

Village reader Mike Bingham sent us a photo showing just some of the rubbish collected by one of the “litter fairies” (local residents) in Grange Lane, Alvechurch, recently.

Council seeks crossing update
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:45:45

Lickey & Blackwell council has asked county and district councillor Kit Taylor for an update the controversial closure of Blackwell’s “yellow brick road” railway crossing.

Objection to homes plan
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:44:45

Alvechurch Parish Council has objected to plans to build three houses on Green Belt land on Ash Lane, Hopwood, saying it would set a “dangerous precedent in the parish.”

Judge’s Crufts call-up
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:43:45

A Rowney Green resident whose dogs have proved successful at Crufts will soon be seeing the show from a different angle – as a judge.

CCTV for shelter
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:16:50

CCTV has now been installed at the new bike shelter at Alvechurch railway station.

Council spot vacant
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:16:45

There is still one vacancy to be filled on Barnt Green Parish Council.

Crime figures
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:13:45

December’s crime figures for Barnt Green consisted of one house burglary in which a car was stolen, and three thefts from the Tesco store, according to PCSO Chelsea Lloyd.

Precept stays same
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:12:45

Barnt Green Parish Council has voted to keep its precept – the part of the council tax that goes to the parish – the same as the previous year.

A winter celebration
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:11:50

The annual Barnt Green Community Walk between Christmas and New Year had an extra twist this time – as well as taking a gentle stroll in the countryside surrounding the village, participants also stopped for a spot of wassailing.

Congestion continues
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:11:45

Bromsgrove District Council has asked Worcestershire County Council’s Highways Department to explain the congestion problems on the roads in Bromsgrove, Barnt Green Parish Council heard.

Speeding still a concern
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:06:45

A report from the Safer Roads Partnership into the A441 through Hopwood states that the average speed is 47mph (in a 40mph zone), similar to previous years.

Alex meets Vinny
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:03:45

Four-year-old Alex Wells, of The Oakalls & Parklands in Bromsgrove, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition

Scouts prepare for Jamboree
Posted on January 30 2018 at 11:58:45

Bromsgrove Scouts are looking forward to a big adventure when they attend the World Scout Jamboree in the USA next year.

Knitting kindness
Posted on January 30 2018 at 11:44:45

Members of the Alvechurch Knit & Natter group raised £1,300 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Princes in the park
Posted on January 30 2018 at 11:35:45

After last year’s decision to shift the Alvechurch Picnic in the Park to the late May Bank Holiday proved a success, organisers are hoping for another day of lovely weather for this year’s event on Sunday May 27.

Village loses leading lights
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:34:45

Alvechurch lost two village stalwarts when Lorna Sage and Jim Parker, who were both honorary Vice-Presidents of Alvechurch Village Society in recognition of their work for the community, died shortly before Christmas.

Cofton community café
Posted on January 30 2018 at 11:22:45

With a new village hall in Cofton Hackett still some way off, residents now have another way to get together thanks to a project set up by local churches.

Waking the trees with merriment
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:15:45

Record numbers – more than 180 people – attended this year’s annual Wassail in the Lickey Hills Country Park Community Orchard.

Water supply for park
Posted on January 30 2018 at 10:43:45

Barnt Green parish councillors voted to go ahead with plans to install a water supply in the village’s Millennium Park.

Siena tops podium in Austria
Posted on January 30 2018 at 10:40:45

Barnt Green ski star Siena Horton has added to her growing collection of titles by winning the U16 Female Ambition Alpine Championships in Austria.

Zip wire favoured for new play equipment
Posted on January 30 2018 at 10:39:45

More than 400 Alvechurch residents responded to the recent questionnaire about new play equipment for The Meadows.

First aid skills for Finstall folk
Posted on January 30 2018 at 11:22:45

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Get started on stargazing
Posted on January 29 2018 at 3:44:26

Bromsgrove Astronomical Society is holding an Open Evening to introduce people of all ages to stargazing.

Villagers on screen
Posted on December 31 2017 at 3:33:49

A short film involving plenty of local talent is now in production in the Village area.

Shining lights
Posted on December 31 2017 at 3:28:55

Villagers in Alvechurch, Barnt Green, Lickey and Blackwell embraced the spirit of Christmas with a host of sparkling celebrations.

Barnt Green ups stakes over lifts
Posted on December 31 2017 at 3:24:49

Barnt Green Parish Council called an emergency meeting last month to raise its protest over the disabled lifts U-turn at the village station.

Let it snow!
Posted on December 31 2017 at 3:00:49

December’s heavy snowfall meant playtime for kids – and lots of picturesque views.

Cycle shelter installed
Posted on December 31 2017 at 2:13:49

A cycle shelter has been installed at Alvechurch Station by London Midland, in conjunction with Worcestershire County Council and co-ordinated by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Musical money
Posted on December 31 2017 at 2:03:49

Alvechurch Community Choir presented a cheque for £453 to The Lounge café and youth centre during a carol singing session.

Ready to wassail
Posted on December 31 2017 at 1:27:49

Villagers are invited to help ‘wake the trees’ at the mid-winter celebration hosted by Aelfgythe Border Morris.

Villagers rally round for Kieran
Posted on December 31 2017 at 12:51:49

Villagers in Alvechurch have clubbed together to help a fellow resident to buy a new wheelchair.

Lost Notes find fame with debut album
Posted on December 31 2017 at 12:37:49

Barnt Green singer/songwriter Oli Jobes and his band, The Lost Notes, have launched their debut album, Run Free Right Now

Churchyard danger plea
Posted on December 31 2017 at 1:33:49

A village church is hoping to contact the descendants of people whose memorials have become unsafe in its graveyard.

Learn to save lives
Posted on December 31 2017 at 1:22:49

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Vinny joins the council!
Posted on December 31 2017 at 12:22:08

Alvechurch parish councillor Sue Lambert was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Join the Walking Buddies
Posted on December 31 2017 at 11:48:49

A new walking group was set up in Alvechurch recently by local residents Tony Brannon and Diana Ball.

Welcome to the Lodge
Posted on December 31 2017 at 11:45:49

Burcot Grange care home held a launch party to open its new dementia care facility, Burcot Lodge. 

Hall is chosen charity
Posted on December 31 2017 at 11:19:49

Hopwood Village Hall has been chosen by the Co-op in Alvechurch as one of its local charities for the next few months.

Plastic-free village
Posted on December 31 2017 at 11:19:49

Alvechurch might become a plastic-free village after a resident contacted district councillor Kate Van Der Plank to suggest the idea.

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