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Lawton’s View
Posted on March 29 2018 at 12:24:04

APRIL 2018

Lawton's View April 2018

Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:17:04

Building homes on green fields is a profitable business. It is much simpler than taking on the challenge of brownfield sites and then, more often than not, the new homes have a greater value because of their lovely location.

New town would swamp us
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:17:04

A proposal is to be considered by Bromsgrove District Council for 15,000 new homes on land between Alvechurch and Barnt Green.

MP should support own community
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:03:04

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government is the momentous title bestowed on Sajid Javid, our Member of Parliament.

Barnt Green folks deserve a first-class service
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:01:04

I am a retired gentleman of class, born and bred in Barnt Green, and am writing to say I am much looking forward to the newly-electrified railway link to Bromsgrove.

Icy scene in Barnt Green
Posted on March 29 2018 at 9:36:00

Village reader Gill Hayes sent us this photo of an “icicle tree” on Sandhills Green, Barnt Green.

Lawton’s View
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:46:07

MARCH 2018

Lawton's View March 2018

Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:45:07

When plans for the “new” Longbridge were first being discussed in the years after the closure of MG Rover in 2005, there was widespread recognition that the development would increase traffic flowing between the new homes, shops and businesses that would be created there and the motorway network through this area.

Better buses request
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:39:07

We have heard a lot recently about the state of the car park at Alvechurch railway station.

Bromsgrove wanted Brexit
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:38:07

I agree with the part of your January Village View that welcomes the “new blood” that has invigorated our local councils, but must strongly disagree with your wish that “Brexit reality will topple the current Government”.

Town parking fees are ‘brainless’
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:38:07

Every week in local newspapers there are complaints about parking in Bromsgrove – justifiably, in my opinion.

Fingers crossed for prediction
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:37:07

I hope your reading of the crystal ball for 2018 (Village View, January) is 100% correct.

Historical knowledge needed to understand case for Brexit
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:36:07

Like thousands across The Village mag’s catchment area, I get a tingle of excitement as each month ends, in eager anticipation of the next issue and the chance to voraciously consume its contents.

Protect our area from rubbish and urban sprawl
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:35:07

Hats off to the members of Alvechurch Village Society’s footpath group, who do so much physical work to ensure that the footpath network through our delightful countryside is in a usable state.

Please take more care of our verges
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:34:07

You may recall my letter in March 2017, lamenting the damage caused to grass verges by vehicles – well, it is truly verging on the ridiculous now!

Not a bridge too far
Posted on January 30 2018 at 2:13:45

In response to Canon Rob Fieldson’s letter (“Prioritise rail cash”) in last month’s Village: I completely agree that disabled access should be greatly improved at Barnt Green, but not at the expense of the new footbridge.

Community spirit in ‘Lego Village’
Posted on January 30 2018 at 1:55:45

My wife and I bought our “Lego House” in Cofton Hackett over four years ago. We settled in and watched happily as our family, and other families on Cofton Fields, grew.

Show us your evidence
Posted on January 30 2018 at 1:26:45

I could not let go unchallenged the claim from your (unnamed) correspondent in January 2018 under the headline “Plagued by chariots of fire”.

Posted on January 30 2018 at 1:24:11

Times, they are a changin’ . . . and they will keep on changing whatever any of us may feel about it.

Fuming outside the school gate
Posted on January 30 2018 at 1:23:45

Is it worth mentioning that the popular practice of driving to school early and then sitting in the (large, diesel-powered) car with the engine running (so as to keep warm) is poisoning hundreds of young bodies?

Party pooper
Posted on January 30 2018 at 1:22:45

I do hope that an apology from the editor of The Village is forthcoming. The irony of extolling the virtue of local democracy in choosing councillors but not of national democracy in choosing Brexit obviously escapes him.

Can you ride tandem?
Posted on January 30 2018 at 1:00:45

This is a personal appeal made in the hope that able and willing cyclists will volunteer to pilot my much-loved Longstaff tandem from time to time.

Lawton’s View
Posted on January 30 2018 at 11:38:39


Lawton's View Feb 2018

Posted on December 31 2017 at 2:21:00

It’s not often that New Year predictions come to pass, but this year we can claim some success.

Lawton’s View
Posted on December 31 2017 at 3:20:00


Lawton's View Jan 2018

Prioritise rail cash
Posted on December 31 2017 at 2:17:49

I live in Cofton Church Lane and enjoy walking and running around the footpaths of this beautiful area.

Network Rail needs to address safety
Posted on December 31 2017 at 2:16:34

Two things seem to be clear in respect of the footpath/footbridge/lifts problem with Network Rail:

Council planners ‘ignoring logic’
Posted on December 31 2017 at 2:15:49

I note from the Village News Round-up in your December issue that the owner of the former veterinary surgery has asked villagers for suggestions of uses.

Warm welcome to Cofton
Posted on December 31 2017 at 2:14:49

As a resident of the Cofton Fields estate, I would like to express my thanks for the warm welcome I’ve received within Cofton Hackett. 

Change is not always good
Posted on December 31 2017 at 2:13:49

Regarding K Cunningham’s response to my original letter about the new Cofton Fields estate (Village Views, November 2017): yes, things did have to change and life moves on, but as many residents would tell you, what was promised in the first plans looks nothing like what there is now.

Plagued by ‘chariots of fire’
Posted on December 31 2017 at 2:10:49

Ah, the sleepy Anglo Saxon village of Cofton Hackett. Or it was until the chariots of fire appeared!

Leaving dog mess is disrespectful
Posted on December 31 2017 at 2:09:49

To those who turn a blind eye when their dogs are walking out with them: if dog mess is left behind, your duty to your canine and to the environment is to “bag it and bin it”.

Posted on November 27 2017 at 3:20:32

Faceless bureaucrats in their Whitehall ivory towers, drawing lines on maps without a care for how they will affect us in our villages 100 miles away from the capital . . . where have we read those words before?

Lawton’s View
Posted on November 27 2017 at 4:19:32


Lawton's View Dec 2017

Bridge ‘railroaded’
Posted on November 27 2017 at 3:02:18

I read your article in November’s edition concerning the disabled lifts at Barnt Green station with a feeling of frustration and disappointment.

A guide to getting on and off the train
Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:59:18

With regard to access for all at Barnt Green station, I would like to expand on what Coun Cholmondeley has stated in Village News (November 2017).

Stop griping and embrace Cofton’s opportunity
Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:57:18

As a resident of the “over-built Lego extension” in Cofton Hackett (Village Views, November 2017), I find it disappointing to still see negativity about what is not only a great opportunity for an exciting and cohesive new neighbourhood but also a lovely place to live. 

Where are the whitebeams?
Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:56:18

I thought Barnt Green was such a nice place when I came to live here. However, two years ago the chainsaws moved into Rosebank and the whitebeams came down.

Whose dung is it, anyway?
Posted on November 27 2017 at 3:30:39

I enjoyed reading The Village last month, especially the fabulous tip given by Cheryl Godfrey regarding using the horse droppings to feed the roses (Village Views, November 2017).

Meadows should be open to cars
Posted on November 27 2017 at 1:54:21

This is an open letter to Alvechurch Parish Council and anyone concerned with the situation at the Wiggin Recreation Grounds, known locally as The Meadows, over the past summer and autumn.

Thanks to villagers for generosity
Posted on November 27 2017 at 1:48:21

I would like to thank all local businesses who donated the wonderful array of prizes for the Alvechurch Knit & Natter Alzheimer’s Charity Raffle, and all you lovely people who have purchased tickets.

Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:06:42

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

Roads to nowhere
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:33:05

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lawton’s View
Posted on October 30 2017 at 8:33:23


Lawton's View November 2017

Lawton’s View
Posted on September 29 2017 at 12:12:35


Lawton's View Oct 2017

Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:11:12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Lawton's View September 2017

Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:22:35

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Horse riders have no choice but to use roads
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:05:42

I am a horse owner. I frequently ride up or down Cofton Church Lane. Does Dr Vohra realise that at either end there is a bridleway – of which there are very few?

Lawton’s View
Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:51:19


Lawton's View August 2017

Bonfire smells great to me!
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:41:46

Should you print my letter I fear I may be in a majority of one, or should that be a minority of one? You see, even though others may disagree, I love the smell of a bonfire.

. . . but I’m fed up with the smoke
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:39:46

In response to the letter regarding bonfires: I live on the Redditch Road in Alvechurch, and this problem has been on going since I moved here 20 years ago.

. . . why can’t people just take rubbish to the tip?
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:38:46

Thank you for highlighting the persistent problem of bonfires. Why is it even necessary to burn rubbish on a summer’s day, when we have a garden waste collection or the use of the tip in Romsley?

. . . I blame austerity, but there’s no need to moan
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:37:46

Bonfires can be annoying, and bless the children’s school uniforms having to be washed again. I’m not sure why the laundry identity was important.   

. . . ban antisocial fires during daytime
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:30:46

I absolutely agree with Roz Miller that garden bonfires are so antisocial.

. . . at least it makes a nice picture
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:28:46

What a beautiful bonfire picture Roz Miller has sent you. So atmospheric.

It’s a small world!
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:20:46

My daughter and I were sitting outside a pub in London, having chosen it at random for a bite to eat. An elderly gentleman came to sit at our table, and asked where we were from.

And the decision is . . . no decision!
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:19:46

I would like to submit two responses for the price of one.

Plant mystery solved
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:18:46

Last month, reader Dave Eckley sent in a photo of a ‘mystery plant’, and wondered whether Mary Green, who writes our Village Country Diary, could identify it.

The dandelion detective
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:17:46

I always look forward to collecting a copy of The Village from Barnt Green Post Office, and the June edition’s front cover was absolutely captivating!

Thanks from Councillor Kate
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:15:46

I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in the district council elections.

Posted on June 30 2017 at 9:59:48

We feel we should join in on bonfires, having wafted the flames ever so gently to start with by asking in the June issue what readers feel about lighting up in their gardens.

Lawton’s View
Posted on June 30 2017 at 10:17:16

JULY 2017

Lawton's View July 2017

Owners should clean up after horses
Posted on June 30 2017 at 9:41:49

I am wondering why horse owners are not made to clear up their horses’ poo from public areas?

Cofton traffic ‘death trap’
Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:27:05

Firstly, I would like to thank Cofton Hackett parish councillors for all their hard unpaid work looking after the area over the years.

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:21:01

It feels as if this is the umpteenth time we have started this column saying that The Village has no political axe to grind, apart from believing there is no place for petty, party politics in local government: but it is election time again, so here we go again . . .

Cofton Hackett: the new Silverstone
Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:20:10

Good to hear about the new Brands Hatch circuit at Groveley Lane, but the real experiences belong to the up and coming circuit on the Barnt Green Road and the new extension at Kendal End.

Lack of lifts is discrimination
Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:19:10

Would someone please be able to let us all know when the long-dreamt-of disabled lifts are due to be installed at Barnt Green railway station?

Mystery plant: can Mary help?
Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:18:10

Can I just say how much I enjoy Mary Green’s feature on the plants of our local area and their uses each month.

Thank you from Charlie
Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:18:10

I would like to thank all those who voted for me in the recent county council election.

Left fuming by afternoon bonfire
Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:17:10

On a Saturday afternoon, when I had a full line of washing out, including the kids’ school uniforms, this is what I noticed out of my window.

Invest in a maypole
Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:17:10

Never mind the public toilet; thinking about May Day, why don’t we invest in a maypole for Barnt Green and the surrounding villages?

Sad to see Edwin go
Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:16:10

I was very sorry to read in the news round-up (The Village, May 2017) that Edwin Gumbley had resigned from Barnt Green Parish Council.

Lawton’s View
Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:33:36

JUNE 2017

Lawton's View June 2017

County needs more of Charlie
Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:20:13

It was so refreshing and uplifting to read your latest edition, not only for its diversity of local articles and information, but for the fact that we have finally got a positive-looking independent candidate without a political axe to grind, hoping to stand as County Councillor representing Alvechurch Parish and Wythall South in the forthcoming May elections.

Cofton’s been short-changed by council
Posted on April 30 2017 at 1:19:13

I refer to Councillor Richard Deeming’s letter last month (“Traffic scheme ‘foisted’ on village”) highlighting the problems encountered by the residents of Cofton Hackett with the traffic-calming measures on Groveley Lane.

In favour of ‘child’ bollard
Posted on April 30 2017 at 1:18:13

My grandson attends Lickey Hills Primary School. Having read in April’s Village Views the letter “Bollard is a distraction” from a Lickey resident, surely anything to slow down the speeding traffic on Old Birmingham Road has to be good.


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