Saturday September 21 2019



In Full . . .

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. 

Barnt Green’s big lights switch-on featured nativity characters from St Andrew’s Church and performances from Star Project (above) and Cats Chorus.

Barnt Green also held a Best-Dressed Window competition for the shops and businesses in the village, judged by the parish council. The winner was Flooring Boutique on Hewell Road, owned by Neil Webb.

Neil explained that the winter wonderland display was created by his sister-in-law Jakie Shakespeare, a nurse at the Priory Wellbeing Centre in Birmingham, which cares for children with mental health problems.

The youngsters and staff made snowflake decorations for the window, and were very excited to learn that they had won.

In Alvechurch, Alvechurch Community Choir sang carols in the precinct before the tree lights were switched on by Santa, helped by parish chairman Andy Humphries.

Alvechurch also held a Best-Dressed Window competition, judged by Rev Fiona Lee from the Baprist Church, and won by Gin & Pickles on The Square. The Rehabilitation Partnership on Bear Hill was the runner-up.

The Lounge in Alvechurch had a busy run up to Christmas, hosting two sell-out events. The first saw the café packed out for an evening of storytelling from the Storytellers Studio, regaling the audience with tales on a theme of Frost, Fog and Fire.

The second saw a very special visitor when Father Christmas, having officially switched on the village lights, popped in to surprise children and their families having breakfast at The Lounge. He chatted with the children and even brought them an early Christmas gift.

Both events were new to The Lounge and proved a huge success. Organisers hope to repeat both next year and would like to wish all customers and supporters a very happy new year.

Blackwell’s festivities included the Christmas Fair at Blackwell First School, and the lighting of the tree at The Wheel by Santa himself.

The man in red gathered youngsters to form an impromptu choir for some traditional carols, and he was also on hand to present the prizes for Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council’s annual Christmas competition. This year’s theme was ‘Lighting Up our Village’, and the winning design was made into the council’s official 2018 Christmas card.

At Lickey, the annual Christmas concert in Holy Trinity Church included music from Blackwell Concert Band and the Lickey Hills Primary School choir, while Santa presented more prizes to winners of the parish council’s Christmas card competition and switched on the tree lights outside the church.

Santa was also accompanied by ‘Rudolph’ and the elves at Lickey Hills Primary School & Nursery Christmas Fair.


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