Monday August 19 2019




A Taste of What Villagers are Saying . . .

Lawton’s View

Posted on May 30 2019 at 1:35:17 0 comments

JUNE 2019

Lawton's View June 2019


Posted on May 03 2019 at 3:38:44 0 comments

The independent wave continued to wash over the Village area in the Bromsgrove Council elections. The whole tract from Redditch, through Beoley, Portway, Alvechurch, Rowney Green, Barnt Green and Hopwood to the Birmingham border is now represented by independent councillors.

Church could chip in for the hall

Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:53:36 0 comments

As a resident of Cofton Hackett, I was interested to read the article in last month’s Village regarding the apparent poor response from Cofton residents to appeals for funds to fit out the new village/parish hall.

Grubs to blame for wrecked lawn

Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:52:36 0 comments

Having read Keith Hughes’s letter “That’s the badger” (July 2019), I think I can shed some light on why this has happened.

Chemical solution

Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:51:36 0 comments

Keith’s problem is a chafer grub. They are a larvae that live a couple of inches under the turf and live off the roots; then the rooks, crows, magpies, foxes and badgers feed off the grub which is very high in protein.

Thanks to supporters

Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:50:36 0 comments

Alvechurch Football Club would like to thank the landlords and regulars at the Swan and Crown pubs who continue to support J’s football cards, which has been an amazing support for the youth section over the years.

Time to find a new planet!

Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:49:36 0 comments

With regard to Mr John B Holland’s response (July 2019) to my ongoing concerns about bonfires and their impact on air quality, we will just have to agree to disagree!

How I revitalised my garden

Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:46:36 0 comments

Readers may recall my letter in January 2019 asking Where are the small birds?  I have only been in Alvechurch a short while, but I have turned my garden into a natural habitat to attract wildlife.

Lawton’s View

Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:20:36 0 comments




Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:17:36 0 comments

This month we’ll try to observe the summer convention and keep the bees in our bonnet under control – there will be plenty enough to worry and complain about once September comes.

Bonfire gripe misses the point

Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:44:26 0 comments

While refuelling my father’s bonfire on one of the many Sunday mornings during the 1940s, little did I realise that one day my actions may cause consternation to someone in the 21st century.

Tune in to Radio Cofton

Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:43:26 0 comments

Reservoir Road has two new resident DJs on Cofton Hackett Radio (CHR). Myself (aka Dogtags) and my next door neighbour, Will, have our own shows at 8pm on Tuesday and Friday respectively.

Baskets brighten up village

Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:43:26 0 comments

It was good to see Nick Houghton and his two helpers from Where Next? Redditch planting out containers and putting up the hanging baskets in Barnt Green.

Memories of a great friend

Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:41:26 0 comments

I would like to say a few words about a great friend who lived in Alvechurch for many years.

That’s the badger!

Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:40:26 0 comments

Having lived on the Lickey Hills for 20 years and the land having been in the family for 80 years, we have never been plagued by badgers – until this year.


Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:39:26 0 comments

Even though it’s summer and we usually give the bees in our bonnet a rest for a month or two, there’s one that just keeps buzzing around our head . . . and it is all to do with that fear we have of a looming Barntchurch.

Lawton’s View

Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:37:26 0 comments

JULY 2019


We must have clean air debate

Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:33:30 0 comments

I would like to respond to John Impey and John Holland, with regard to my published concerns about bonfires in your magazine.

Let’s consign bonfires to past

Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:32:30 0 comments

I am amazed at the comment by John Holland last month (Bonfires haven’t killed me yet. . .)

Graffiti culprit must come clean

Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:31:30 0 comments

Despite the best endeavours of Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council, graffiti remains steadfast on street furniture including road signs, Virgin boxes and our weather station on Rose Hill and the Old Birmingham Road, Lickey.

Lure of the Lickeys

Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:30:30 0 comments

An original bluebell poem offering for the “smile corner” of your lovely mag.

Lawton’s View

Posted on April 29 2019 at 3:11:55 0 comments

MAY 2019



Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:10:55 0 comments

How often have we or someone else said: “At least we’ll be able to make our voices heard at the ballot box”? Well, it’s been a long wait, four years since the last local elections, but at last the time has come to make a change at Bromsgrove.

Tories won’t stand up for village

Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:00:04 0 comments

I see that once again the Conservative Party has selected a district council candidate for Barnt Green & Hopwood who lives on the other side of Bromsgrove.

Village news or entertainment?

Posted on April 29 2019 at 1:58:04 0 comments

Many years ago, my boss advised me to regard the BBC and ITV news programmes as entertainment. Likewise, The Village magazine is just as much fun.

Cycle concern in Rowney Green

Posted on April 29 2019 at 1:56:04 0 comments

A number of residents in Rowney Green have raised concerns about the speed at which some cyclists go down Rowney Green Lane.

Bonfires haven’t killed me yet . . .

Posted on April 29 2019 at 1:29:04 0 comments

According to Mr Ridarta of Cofton Hackett (Bonfires have the potential to kill, April 2019) I guess I should feel exceedingly lucky to be alive.

Memories of our friend Robin

Posted on April 29 2019 at 1:26:04 0 comments

In answer to the query (Remembering Robin, Village Views, January 2019), the bench at Alvechurch Marina is indeed in memory of our dear departed friend Robin Walden, as is the apple tree alongside The Weighbridge pub.

New homes will spoil Burcot’s beauty

Posted on April 29 2019 at 1:24:04 0 comments

I agree wholeheartedly with the comments in David Barton’s letter last month. I would like to add, “Democracy is a great thing – if only the authorities would use it more often!”

Appeal for democracy

Posted on April 29 2019 at 1:22:04 0 comments

Please let me clarify, after a recent experience, what I would do if I felt I had good reason to object to the planning application to build a house immediately in the vicinity of my property, and why.

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