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Sunday February 17 2019

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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.

Musical trees
Posted on December 28 2018 at 2:50:14

The third Christmas Tree Festival at Alvechurch Baptist Church featured entries decorated by village groups on the theme of a well-known carol.

Charlie and Freddie meet Vinny
Posted on December 28 2018 at 2:08:14

Charlie and Freddie Kitchen, of Alvechurch, aged six and three, were the latest winners of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Christmas cheer
Posted on December 28 2018 at 2:51:14

Villagers in Alvechurch, Barnt Green, Blackwell and Lickey got into the festive spirit with all sorts of special events.

Getting ready for Easter!
Posted on December 28 2018 at 12:12:14

You may think all is quiet with Christmas on its way out and nothing but the winter weather ahead, but behind the scenes there’s a hive of activity going on preparing for Easter!

Girls are tag champions
Posted on December 28 2018 at 12:09:14

The West Midlands Girls Tag League held its last tournament of 2018 at Evesham RFC. Kings Norton RFC Rhinos fielded two teams, the Rhinos Reds and Rhinos Blacks.

Love your local library!
Posted on December 28 2018 at 12:02:14

Alvechurch Library writes: Please don’t assume that because we are busy we are not affected by the library consultation process.

Still time to see trees
Posted on December 05 2018 at 1:47:14

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.

Neighbourhood plan passes ‘with flying colours’ - now for the people’s vote
Posted on November 30 2018 at 10:41:26

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

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.

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