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Lawton’s View
Posted on May 30 2019 at 1:35:17

JUNE 2019

Lawton's View June 2019

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on May 03 2019 at 3:38:44

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.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:32:47

Yet again, the chairman of Alvechurch Parish felt compelled at the council’s monthly meeting to urge adults to talk to their children about the costs to everyone of vandalism.

Church has no cash to spare
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:31:47

I would like to take the opportunity to clear up one or two misunderstandings in the letter about the new Cofton Village Hall in last month’s magazine.

Please stop the stencilling
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:27:47

May I appeal to the grown-up who gave a stencil set to a young child as a birthday present to take it back as soon as possible.

Lickeys must be protected
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:18:47

I wonder if any of your regular contributors know anything about the Lickey Hills – who currently manages this beauty spot and plans for the future?

Post Office is essential
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:18:47

I wonder when we will discover the fate of Alvechurch Post Office? The building has been sold, but nobody seems to know what’s happening.

Lawton’s View
Posted on August 30 2019 at 10:33:47

SEPTEMBER 2019

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Church could chip in for the hall
Posted on July 29 2019 at 11:53:36

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

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

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

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

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

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

AUGUST 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on July 29 2019 at 12:17:36

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

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

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

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

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

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.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on June 30 2019 at 1:39:26

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

JULY 2019

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We must have clean air debate
Posted on May 30 2019 at 11:33:30

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

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

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

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

MAY 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on April 29 2019 at 2:10:55

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Lawton’s View
Posted on March 30 2019 at 2:10:44

APRIL 2019

Lawton April 19

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:09:44

The local elections fall at an awkward time for this magazine: we have to go to press with this issue before the deadline for nominations, while the elections themselves are to be held on May 2, within a couple of days of our next issue landing on doormats.

Bonfires have the potential to kill
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:06:44

I agree entirely with the view expressed by Michael Lewis, (Village Views, March 2019), with regard to the selfish menace of bonfires.

Planning process is unacceptable 
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:04:44

I would like to point out to John Williams (How to object to plans, Village December 2018) that the planning process is very clear even if unacceptable:

Stranger than fiction!
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:03:44

I have just read your article on the Marlbrook Tip fiasco. It would be extremely funny if it was not true!

Stuck in the mud
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:01:44

Barnt Green has recently been blessed with its very own balancing pond, located at the Foxhills housing estate.

Help us find Heinz
Posted on March 30 2019 at 1:01:44

My family used to live at Scarfield Farm. My mother, who is now 92, remembers with fondness the prisoners of war who helped out on the farm.

Lawn being used as field
Posted on March 30 2019 at 12:59:44

Yet again the left-hand side entrance to Greenbank in Barnt Green is being used as a field.

Lawton’s View
Posted on February 25 2019 at 4:08:29

MARCH 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on February 25 2019 at 3:04:29

If there was a Top 10 of “You Couldn’t Make It Ups”, the Marlbrook Tip debacle would surely be a chart-topper.

Create hedges to attract birds
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:59:29

I write in response to the letter Where are the small birds? in your January magazine.

Be thankful for hardworking bin collectors
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:55:29

Further to a recent letter (Village Views, February 2019) I would like to thank all our hardworking bin collectors for their faithful and efficient service.

More graffiti from ‘Tanksy’
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:53:29

Following on from your item in the February issue (Green graffiti protest), here is some additional work (above) by the anonymous environmental artist.

Bonfires bring air pollution
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:51:29

This picture was taken on a Friday morning at 9am. All this talk about air pollution, yet as I write this bonfire has been burning for more than two hours and is still going.

Bench makes beautiful sight
Posted on February 25 2019 at 2:49:29

I took the photo above while I was out on a run in Lickey Hills.

Lawton’s View
Posted on January 31 2019 at 2:46:31

FEBRUARY 2019

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THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:45:31

What a fine mess party politics has got us all into. After more than two years, the mist has lifted to reveal a Prime Minister more concerned with preventing her party being rent asunder than the future of the country she is supposed to be governing.

Libraries should be fully staffed
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:42:49

I attended the public consultation at Rubery Library for the proposed changes to our local libraries and would like to make the following points.

When will the tip farrago end?
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:40:49

So the saga of the Marlbrook Tip continues. Recent inspections have shown that the landowner has been importing hardcore to the site.

Tipping point
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:36:49

On December 13 at 15.20 (3.20pm in old money), as I turned on to Rose Hill, a line of us followed a heavily-overloaded tipper truck up the hill.

The small birds are here!
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:33:49

Richard Page wants to know where the small birds are (Village Views, January 2019).

Thanks for bin collection
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:32:49

We would personally like to thank Councillor Charles Hotham for arranging to get the grey bins collected after we had missed out before Christmas.

Get your facts straight
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:25:49

On Saturday January 5, I received a note through my letter box asking if I could clear an amount of dog waste from the waste ground at the side of my flat.

Parked cars are a real danger
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:22:49

I recently contacted Worcestershire County Council’s Highways department about the parking situation on Fiery Hill Road.

Oh, sugar!
Posted on January 31 2019 at 1:20:49

It’s good to have a monthly recipe, but could you and your recipe writer please not describe something as a “healthy treat” and “full of good ingredients” when it is in fact full of sugar?

Lawton’s View
Posted on December 28 2018 at 3:14:59

JANUARY 2019

Lawton Jan 2019

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on December 28 2018 at 2:13:59

With all the talk of referendums (and despite the protestations, it doesn’t look like there’s any sensible way out of the Brexit Mayhem without another one) some villagers have been left scratching their heads as polling cards for a totally different referendum, on January 10, drop through their doors.

Green belt ‘gifted’ to developers
Posted on December 28 2018 at 2:12:59

Thank you for alerting me to the District Plan consultation timeframe recently – which, like yourselves, I found to be a challenging read.

Tree trouble
Posted on December 28 2018 at 2:11:59

When I was on Barnt Green Parish Council I found out they were paying £200 each year for supply and installation of a Christmas tree.

20mph brings many benefits
Posted on December 28 2018 at 2:10:59

I write in response to the letter from an Alvechurch resident in last month’s edition, apparently motivated by the inconvenience caused by having to slow down at the two pinch gates in the village.

Remembering Robin
Posted on December 28 2018 at 12:48:59

I read with interest an article written in 2012 in your publication about an Alvechurch resident, Robin Walden.

Where are the small birds?
Posted on December 28 2018 at 12:46:59

I moved to Alvechurch just over a year ago and I really like The Village magazine. Now, as I’m keen to be involved with my local community, I thought I would tell you about something I’m experiencing: Where have all the small birds gone?

Planning process should be clearer
Posted on December 28 2018 at 12:42:59

Thank you for the article “How To Object” last month, but please could you make a correction?

Thanks for clear path
Posted on December 28 2018 at 11:07:59

A big thank you to the guys from Hillscourt Conference Centre/NASUWT for clearing the pathway on Rose Hill.

Lawton’s View
Posted on November 30 2018 at 11:33:55

DECEMBER 2018

Lawton's View Dec 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:57:55

Every other week, usually on a Thursday afternoon, I run my near-nonagenarian father from Barnt Green over to the library in Alvechurch.

Planning laws are ‘undemocratic’
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:54:55

The current planning laws are grossly undemocratic, and our local councils should be ashamed that they participate in the implementation of them.

Slower traffic will create pollution
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:53:55

I see the 20mph speed limit is back on the agenda for Alvechurch. I would like to make the following observations.

Thank you, Peter
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:51:55

I am the sister of the late Peter Rippington. I do not live in Alvechurch, but visit the village regularly to see my family. Each time I visit, I go to look at the memorial garden to my brother.

Fireworks caused panic
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:51:55

I hope the people who set off the industrial-strength fireworks in Blackwell on Halloween were proud of themselves for creating so much noise. 

Barnt Green remembered
Posted on November 30 2018 at 9:48:55

I have been reading with interest your online article (March 2011) about Barnt Green as seen through the eyes of former resident Gavin Bantock.

Lawton’s View
Posted on October 30 2018 at 2:07:44

NOVEMBER 2018

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Too many councils for the coffers
Posted on October 30 2018 at 10:07:54

With Worcestershire County Council recently announcing a £17.9 million projected overspend in their current year budget, and the six district or city councils within the county, including Bromsgrove Council, clearly also under financial constraints, surely it is now an appropriate time to revisit the potential financial and other benefits of the whole of Worcestershire being governed by either one or two unitary authorities.

Be bike-friendly
Posted on October 30 2018 at 10:04:54

Thank you to Howard Allen for his excellent letter, “Politicians are too car-centric”, which appeared in the October edition of The Village

Double vision
Posted on October 30 2018 at 10:03:54

It’s good that The Village magazine highlights and has always supported the Alvechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on October 30 2018 at 10:33:42

If you think Brexit is a never-ending nightmare, then a foray into town planning might just tip you over the edge.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on September 30 2018 at 4:28:22

Twenty years on from our first issue, and what is most noticeable from a brief look at our coverage then and now is the resounding success of the housebuilding industry and their lobbyists.

Lawton’s View
Posted on September 30 2018 at 3:29:11

OCTOBER 2018

Lawton's View Oct 2018

Despair over speeding
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:06:30

Can I add to your volume of motor-related concerns.

Politicians are too car-centric
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:02:30

I was dismayed to read your article in September concerning our recently-elected “independent” politicians and their desire to “solve the growing parking problems across Alvechurch”.

Bonfires should be consigned to the past
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:00:30

While there is much talk presently of new and old Cofton Hackett coming together and new exciting plans going ahead, what a pleasure it was to experience on a warm end-of-summer’s evening, at no later than 6pm, the sights and smells of thick, white, acrid smoke.

Barnt Green is blooming
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:00:30

Thank you to our parish council for our lovely flowers in Barnt Green this summer.

Links to poignant wartime tale
Posted on September 30 2018 at 1:54:30

Your online article [originally published in July 2011] about the tragic crash of the wartime Blenheim aircraft was very interesting.

Happy birthday to you!
Posted on September 30 2018 at 1:52:30

Many congratulations on 20 years of The Village!

Lawton’s View
Posted on August 31 2018 at 1:19:35

SEPTEMBER 2018

Lawton's View Sep 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:18:44

There is an entry in our 1998 office diary from Monday September 28 saying, simply: “Village #1 to press.” And here we are, 20 years later, still just about to go to press, for the 193rd time.

How to slow the traffic
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:17:11

I read with interest your August Village View concerning the “rat run” through Alvechurch, and would like to make the following comments and suggestions.

Roundabout signs are dangerous
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:15:11

It was interesting to read Sarah Rees’ report on the problems with the Oakalls roundabout (The Village, August 2018).

Long wait spoils benefit of new train timetable
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:11:11

In common with so many travellers who have looked forward to the extension of the Cross City line to Bromsgrove, I was dismayed to find that trains stopping at Barnt Green at 19 minutes past the hour result in a wait of over 40 minutes at Bromsgrove for a connecting train to Worcester and beyond.

Lawton’s View
Posted on July 30 2018 at 2:01:55

AUGUST 2018

Lawton's View August 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:00:55

The extended closure of a village road has highlighted once again the problem of the “rat run” from Redditch through much of this area into south Birmingham and the growing Longbridge development.

The aliens have landed!
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:55:03

Right then: Mr Julian Cobbledick of Cofton Hackett (Village Views, July 2018) has a point with regard to “strange lights” in the Lickey Hills.

Mystery of empty housing estate
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:54:03

Every now and then I like to have a browse through The Village magazine although I’m living far from my roots now.

Thanks to garden owners
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:51:03

May I offer a huge thank-you to the lovely people of Alvechurch who opened their gardens on a glorious weekend under the National Garden Scheme.

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