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Monday August 19 2019

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Hills parking poser
Posted on July 29 2019 at 3:05:36

Birmingham City Council’s plan to introduce car parking charges at Lickey Hills Country Park has reached the informal consultation stage, sparking debate at village parish council meetings.

Hanging on an answer
Posted on July 29 2019 at 3:02:36

The traditional red telephone box in the centre of Alvechurch could become a “church library” and noticeboard.

Clean green scheme
Posted on July 29 2019 at 2:59:36

Kate Van Der Plank, district councillor for Alvechurch Village ward, has launched a campaign to make the area cleaner and greener.

County ‘should be recycling more’
Posted on July 29 2019 at 2:20:36

Worcestershire County Council, which recently rejected a motion to declare a climate change emergency, is not doing enough on recycling, Coun Peter McDonald told Barnt Green parish councillors.

Man versus mountains
Posted on July 29 2019 at 2:12:36

Alvechurch resident Tim Roberts is back home after completing the arduous Tour Divide and raising £2,000 for Cancer Research.

Play equipment unveiled
Posted on July 29 2019 at 2:06:36

New play equipment inspired by the “Hopwood Mums” campaign was to be declared open at a small ceremony before the Alvechurch Parish Council meeting on July 22.

Fallen trees pledge
Posted on July 29 2019 at 2:05:36

Beoley Parish Council has vowed to tackle fallen trees in the parish following severe weather in recent months.

Hills and horses
Posted on July 29 2019 at 2:02:36

The fourth annual Bilberry Wake on the Lickey Hills attracted plenty of children and families, who had fun making hobby horses and racing them around an obstacle course.

Cardinal to become saint
Posted on July 29 2019 at 1:12:36

Cardinal John Henry Newman, the 19th-century theologian who founded Birmingham Oratory and is buried in the Lickeys, will be canonised in the Vatican on October 13.

Day of live music
Posted on July 29 2019 at 1:08:36

Blackwell Music Festival takes place on Saturday September 7 in the grounds of Hunter’s Hill School.

Flower patch funding
Posted on July 29 2019 at 1:07:36

Barnt Green Parish Council has been quoted £2,000 to install a low rail around the wildflower patch on Hewell Road.

Birthday bash
Posted on July 29 2019 at 1:06:36

Marie Storey, a resident at The Lawns care home in Alvechurch, celebrated her 101st birthday.

Incredible start for veg project
Posted on July 29 2019 at 1:02:36

The Incredible Edible project in Alvechurch, which sees volunteers planting produce in the village for all to share, has enjoyed a very successful first year.

Burcot homes plan rejected
Posted on July 29 2019 at 1:00:36

Plans to demolish Burcot Garden Centre and build 11 new homes on the site have been rejected.

Caravan site approved
Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:52:36

A site for three caravans has been approved in Hopwood, at the end of Ash Lane near the motorway services.

Tennis parking plan
Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:31:36

Tennis courts at Rowney Green could be given over to parking during the football season under an idea being considered by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Libby meets Vinny
Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:19:36

Seven-year-old Libby Thurgood, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

50 years of village life
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:44:36

Alvechurch Village Society (AVS) celebrated its 50th anniversary by inviting residents to a party at the village hall.

Flower power!
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:33:36

This year’s Blackwell Summer Festival had a ‘Flower Power’ theme, which saw residents fully embracing the spirit of the event with a variety of bright costumes and inventive props.

Yellow lines plan
Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:23:36

Beoley parish councillors are campaigning for double yellow lines on Holt Hill.

Gardeners galore in Withybed
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:37:36

The biannual Withybed Open Gardens event saw eight gardens in the hamlet open to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).

Golf club’s charity day
Posted on July 29 2019 at 10:33:36

Kings Norton Golf Club raised £4,343 for the Parkinson’s Foundation by holding a golf day.

Special visitor at tag rugby festival
Posted on July 29 2019 at 10:27:36

Youngsters from 13 local schools took part in a tag rugby festival at Kings Norton Rugby Club’s Hopwood Park ground.

Duck house disappears
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:21:36

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

New hall cash plea
Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:05:26

Trustees of the new Cofton Village Hall have made an urgent appeal for more funds, to enable the building to open this summer after a “disappointing” response so far from residents.

Council counts cost of vandalism
Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:04:26

arish councillors are looking at ways to deter vandalism after a seat on the new play equipment at The Meadows, Alvechurch, was destroyed and stone seats were marked with paint.

Stations still waiting
Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:03:26

Barnt Green Parish Council is hoping that long-promised lifts at the railway station may at last be a step nearer.

Village braces for parking woe
Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:03:26

Barnt Green is braced for “parking mayhem” when Hewell Road closes for the water main to be replaced, although Severn Trent assured parish councillors that disruption would be kept to a minimum.

Platinum party time
Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:01:26

Husband and wife residents at Burcot Grange care home celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a traditional afternoon tea.

Right-of-way battle looms
Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:00:26

Barnt Green parish councillors have vowed to keep up the pressure on CALA Homes to give all residents access to a public right of way.

Parish ‘quirks’ prompt review
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:59:26

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council discussed the idea of adding a new area to the parish after an enquiry from a resident of Staple Flat.

Woody inspires charity
Posted on June 30 2019 at 2:57:26

A bereaved father has launched a new children’s charity in memory of his baby son.

Lights donation
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:51:26

Lickey Community Group hopes to donate funds for lighting to illuminate the defibrillator at the Trinity Centre.

Fly-tipping increases
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:50:26

Cases of fly-tipping in Alvechurch worsened during May, including a three-piece suite and sheets of asbestos, district councillor Kate Van Der Plank told parish councillors.

Car boot concern
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:49:26

The return of a car boot sale by Cobb’s Barn roundabout, Bordesley, has “caused a lot of anxiety”, district councillor Annette English told Alvechurch parish councillors.

Tribute to chairman
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:49:26

New Alvechurch parish chairman Marc Worrall paid tribute to his predecessor as he took charge.

Car park decision
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:48:26

Alvechurch Parish Council will decide this month whether to continue to pay for surface water run-off at Alvechurch Social Club car park.

Rating improves
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:47:26

The Deedar restaurant in Barnt Green has improved its food hygiene rating from one star to four stars (Good), after an inspection in April.

Garden fun at Lawns
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:46:26

The Lawns care home in Alvechurch had a bit of luck with the weather for its recent Garden Party, with the rain stopping just before the event began.

Finnley meets Vinny
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:35:26

Eight-year-old Finnley Siembab, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Marking 30 years of Morris
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:24:26

Alvechurch Morris celebrated their 30th anniversary with a day of dancing around the village, calling at The Weighbridge, The Crown, The Red Lion and The Swan.

Become a friend of Bittell Reservoirs
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:16:26

Barnt Green Waters is encouraging villagers to get involved in a new “Friends of Bittell Reservoirs” scheme, enabling them to enjoy and appreciate the amenities and to contribute to the site’s upkeep and improvement.

Picnic party!
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:08:26

The annual Alvechurch Picnic in the Park was officially opened by Professor Sir Keith Porter and offered the usual feast of fun for all the family.

Hibs having a ball
Posted on June 30 2019 at 12:58:26

Barnt Green Hibs U13s celebrated another successful season in the Central Warwickshire leagues.

Blackwell ball boosts funds
Posted on June 30 2019 at 12:47:26

The Blackwell May Ball, held at Grafton Manor in Bromsgrove, raised more than £8,000 in aid of Blackwell First School.

GlastonBeoley!
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:32:26

Undeterred by the build-up of rain, rain, and more rain, the second GlastonBeoley charity music festival went ahead as planned – and beat its fundraising target.

Remembering D-Day
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:10:26

Sarah Rees reports on the latest happenings on the Oakalls and Parklands.

Season of success for youth squads
Posted on June 30 2019 at 12:59:26

Alvechurch United U7s have just completed their first season in football, winning the Central Warwickshire Autumn and Spring Cups along the way.

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 1:02:26

An Alvechurch resident is taking part in 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.

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