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Views from the Past

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

OCTOBER 2018

Lawton's View Oct 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on September 30 2018 at 2:28:11

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.

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.

Record amount raised
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:50:03

I thought you would like to know that in spite of a certain football match taking place on the Sunday of Alvechurch Open Gardens, we managed to raise a record £5,115.

Lawton’s View
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:20:49

JULY 2018

Lawton's View July 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:19:54

You are probably expecting to read another column of head-banging bemusement over the antics of Bromsgrove District Council.

New station, old problems
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:17:21

Last month’s letter, “Traffic frustration”, made interesting reading.

Infrastructure has whiff of decay
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:16:21

I feel truly privileged to live in this part of Worcestershire – the trees are especially beautiful, not only at this time of year but all year round.

Street circus
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:15:21

What on earth is going on with Swan Street in Alvechurch?

Lawton’s View
Posted on May 29 2018 at 12:38:11

JUNE 2018

Lawton's View June 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on May 29 2018 at 12:34:11

You know that feeling when you’re not convinced someone is telling you the full story? They’re doing something you don’t understand, and the justification for their course of action doesn’t make much sense either?

Speed limit conspiracy?
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:31:10

I note that Coopers Hill in Alvechurch has now been reduced to an urbanised 30mph. 

Road only fit for horse and cart
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:30:10

I have just driven from Barnt Green to Alvechurch and my shaken bones are yet to recover.

Traffic frustration
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:29:10

It is high time that something drastic was done about the traffic situation in Aston Fields.

The Lickey cuckoo?
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:28:10

Here is an original verse of seasonal poetry:

Lawton’s View
Posted on April 30 2018 at 1:45:04

MAY 2018

Lawton's View May 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on April 30 2018 at 12:44:24

When Alvechurch and Barnt Green faced an assault on their Green Belt land 18 years ago, this magazine reported the fight by the local planning authority to defend it.

Immoral and wanton vandalism
Posted on April 30 2018 at 12:42:40

I have just read your article (April 2018) about the proposed new town, “Barntchurch”, with great disdain.

There are better places to build
Posted on April 30 2018 at 12:41:40

Thank you for highlighting the current issues regarding future housing development in this area.

Was it a wind-up?
Posted on April 30 2018 at 12:39:40

Please tell me that the letter from Major Cuthbert Parker-Smythe (Barnt Green folks deserve a first-class service, April 2018) was a “wind up” for April 1st. . .

Maid message
Posted on April 30 2018 at 12:38:40

Dear most excellent Editor – If you would send me the telephone number of the scullery maid mentioned in Major Parker-Smythe’s letter, I would remain forever obliged to you and indebted.

Leaders needed
Posted on April 30 2018 at 12:37:40

After 12 years, I will be stepping down as leader of 1st Barnt Green Scouts, and would like to appeal for some new helpers.

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

APRIL 2018

Lawton's View April 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:17:36

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

THE VILLAGE VIEW
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”.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
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

FEBRUARY 2018

Lawton's View Feb 2018

THE VILLAGE VIEW
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

JANUARY 2018

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”.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
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

DECEMBER 2017

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.

The VILLAGE VIEW
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

NOVEMBER 2017

Lawton's View November 2017

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

OCTOBER 2017

Lawton's View Oct 2017

THE VILLAGE VIEW
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.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
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):

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