A Taste of What Villagers are Saying . . .


Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:06:05 0 comments

We often hear people talk about how nice it is to live in our villages and how lucky we all are to do so.

Lawton’s View

Posted on October 30 2017 at 8:33:41 0 comments


Lawton's View November 2017

Roads to nowhere

Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:33:05 0 comments

Just when it looked probable that I may be alone in thinking that with all the frantic building and road-making going on in this Sceptered Isle, we will all be permanently gridlocked, your editorial and David Barton and Sophie Garner’s letters in the October issue revealed that perhaps other people have been thinking about this as well.

Urgent need to calm speed

Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:32:05 0 comments

Regarding the subject of speeding traffic in Barnt Green, I note that parish clerk Gill Lungley states that Fiery Hill Road is not suitable for the use of a speed gun (The Village October 2017).

Car park safety concerns

Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:31:05 0 comments

I want to raise a very real concern about the car park provided by the builders of the new estate on Fiery Hill. 

‘Golden promises’ forgotten

Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:30:05 0 comments

The October Village View asked what our villages will look like in 20 years. As a long-term resident of Cofton Hackett, I can quite sadly say that what was a pleasant place to live is sadly not any more.

Thanks to those who supported Plan

Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:14:13 0 comments

A sincere thank you from Alvechurch Parish Council to all who contributed to the Neighbourhood Plan displays at the Baptist Church in October; an event which launched the final six-week consultation before the Plan is submitted. 

POW memories

Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:09:48 0 comments

It was so interesting to read about “Our German gentle men” (The Village, September 2017). I, too, lived near the POW camp in Groveley Lane, Cofton Hackett.

Largest total ever

Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:08:48 0 comments

The Macmillan “Biggest Ever Coffee Morning” held at Rectory Cottage, Alvechurch raised an amazing £879.

Lawton’s View

Posted on September 29 2017 at 12:12:35 0 comments


Lawton's View Oct 2017


Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:11:12 0 comments

What will our villages look like in 20 or 30 years? The answer most of us hope for is: much the same as they do now, thank you very much.

It won’t happen anyway!

Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:23:15 0 comments

While I have every sympathy with Paul Queen’s concerns with regard to the piazza proposals for the village centre at Alvechurch, he does demonstrate the real problem when rightly identifying the centre as a traffic island.

Piazza: plea for common sense

Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:14:15 0 comments

I fully support Paul Queen in his comments concerning our Square in the centre of Alvechurch.

Horses and riders support economy

Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:11:20 0 comments

For someone who claims to be “a horse rider”, Neil Harris (Village Views, August 2017) shows surprising ignorance about this.

Accident waiting to happen

Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:09:15 0 comments

As a regular dog walker in Cofton Hackett I have witnessed numerous near-misses Involving cars speeding along Groveley Lane and on three occasions nearly been hit myself crossing over to Cofton Park.

Oakalls’ open spaces still at risk

Posted on September 29 2017 at 9:10:15 0 comments

I have just read with interest the Oakalls article in your September edition, concerning the erecting of barriers on open spaces in Regents Park Road.


Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:52:50 0 comments

With the rest of the world apparently heading to hell in a handcart, these quiet days of summer in and around our villages have perhaps had an extra sense of the idyllic.

We need control on horse numbers

Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:36:58 0 comments

I have read with interest some of the correspondence about horses in this magazine. I am a horse rider and appreciate them as animals.

Living next door to a bomb site

Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:35:58 0 comments

I live on Fiery Hill Road, Barnt Green, opposite the railway station. I daresay most nearby residents are aware of the demolition of the property at number 47 next door to our house, with a shared drive. 

How is this ruling democratic?

Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:34:58 0 comments

At the rear of our estate there has been a long-running planning application debate: residents in Lickey Square wish to build five houses in their back gardens which will then tower over three or four houses on our estate.

Pavements left like a patchwork quilt

Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:33:58 0 comments

Regarding the letter (“Verging on the ridiculous”, August 2017) about the mess left behind by Virgin Media on Oakfield Drive, Cofton Hackett:

I worked with Simon’s father

Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:32:58 0 comments

In response to the letter about a Barnt Green resident bumping into a former villager, Simon Bendall, in London (“It’s a small world!” July 2017):

Pricey pass

Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:31:58 0 comments

I always enjoy Hannah Genders’ garden articles in your magazine, and having read about Shakespeare’s New Place in her August article, I went to visit it.

Lawton’s View

Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:54:26 0 comments


Lawton's View September 2017


Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:22:35 0 comments

We wonder if the saga that has been dragging out over the southern slopes of the lovely Lickey Hills for the past two decades may at last be entering its end game.

Piazza would ruin the village

Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:18:42 0 comments

I think the idea of turning The Square in Alvechurch into a piazza would be the end of the shops and small businesses there.

Verging on the ridiculous (again!)

Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:17:42 0 comments

Recently the residents of Oakfield Drive in Cofton Hackett have seen work undertaken by Virgin Media Group to install underground cables.

History society seeks help with soldier research

Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:16:42 0 comments

Village readers may remember articles in September 2016 and April 2017 about the Hidden First World War Heritage of the Lickey Hills project, sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Tackle the pavement pests

Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:15:42 0 comments

Having visited Barnt Green at about 1pm one day, I was amazed to find the footpath outside the Happy Valley Chinese takeaway blocked by an illegally-parked car.

Leave space for shoppers

Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:07:42 0 comments

I have one of the answers to the Barnt Green traders’ ideas to boost the village in a scheme instigated by Bromsgrove’s Town Centre manager Cheryl Welsh.

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