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The VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:06:05

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

NOVEMBER 2017

Lawton's View November 2017

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 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):

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

SEPTEMBER 2017

Lawton's View September 2017

THE VILLAGE VIEW
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

AUGUST 2017

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.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
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.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
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.

Cofton Hackett? More like Aintree or Brands Hatch!
Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:18:13

You are now entering Aintree racecourse – sorry, Groveley Lane, or that’s what we thought when the white picket fences went up.

Bollard is there to slow traffic
Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:16:13

I’m not convinced that the bollard outside Lickey Hills Primary School is there to deter parking. I think it is there to send out a message to approaching drivers: “child, slow down.”

No evidence of demand for loo
Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:15:13

I’m grateful to David Barton of Weatheroak for recognising comedic talent in his letter last month, “Village does not need a new loo”, which asked “are Hotham, Gumbley and Briggs a comedy act?”

Lack of parking hampers trade
Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:09:13

The difference between Alvechurch and Barnt Green village centres is that one is vibrant and bustling with a good choice of shops, all occupied and trading well, and the other has empty premises and limited choice.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:23:17

Can you believe the cheek of Birmingham? Our big city neighbour wants to use our green fields for housing, while keeping its open spaces free for the good of its citizens.

Lawton’s View
Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:15:15

MAY 2017

Lawton's View May 2017

Cobbs Barn ‘lorry park’ an eyesore
Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:44:42

Have you had any comments on this wagon, which is permanently parked just off Cobbs Barn Island in Alvechurch?

Bollard is a distraction
Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:39:42

Have other villagers spotted the new child-shaped bollard outside Lickey Hills Primary School on Old Birmingham Road?

Lawton’s View
Posted on March 30 2017 at 3:28:43

APRIL 2017

Lawton's View April 2017

Council ‘disregard’ for residents
Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:23:42

I am a resident of Kendal End Road and would agree wholeheartedly with the resident of Cherry Hill Road (“Lack of urgency in road closure”, March 2017)

It was nice while it lasted. . .
Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:22:42

Reading the comments from several residents regarding the Barnt Green road closure, I would like to point out that I have also been inconvenienced with the diversions.

Yellow lines = faster traffic
Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:21:42

I write in response to the March Oakalls article, “Lines and Litter”. I am not entirely sure where your correspondent, Sarah Rees, lives, but I assume it is not on Green Park Road?

Traffic scheme ‘foisted’ on village
Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:19:42

Work has now commenced on the traffic-calming measures scheme on Groveley Lane, Cofton Hackett.

High price for toilet
Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:10:42

How interesting it was to read of the “Village toilet tussle” in the March issue.

Village does not need a new loo
Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:07:42

In response to your March article “Village toilet tussle”: are councillors Hotham, Gumbley and Briggs a comedy act? 

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:47:01

Long-time readers of The Village will know this magazine has no party political axe to grind and is, indeed, a fervent advocate of removing national politics from local government.

Two-hour mystery
Posted on February 27 2017 at 12:03:22

I am curious to know who has decided that the two long lay-bys near Hopwood services have been designated for two-hour parking only, and what the reasons are.

The big picture
Posted on February 27 2017 at 11:52:22

Reading recent Village issues, I’ve been prompted to ponder on the so-called big picture. 

Lawton’s View
Posted on February 27 2017 at 12:18:35

MARCH 2017

Lawton's View March 2017

Sadness for Barnt Green
Posted on February 27 2017 at 11:17:22

I moved to Barnt Green some months ago, and I have been so impressed by the warmth and friendliness of residents, and local businesses and services.

Dog dirt spoiling club for others
Posted on February 27 2017 at 11:16:22

Alvechurch Cricket Club has increasingly become an entry to The Meadows for dog walkers, or in some cases just a drier version of The Meadows for dog owners to offer their dogs some exercise.

Lack of urgency in road closure
Posted on February 27 2017 at 11:14:22

I am a resident of Cherry Hill Road, so I am enduring the heavy flow of traffic taking the shortest route around the Barnt Green road closure.

Carving through our idyll
Posted on February 27 2017 at 11:57:22

I’m writing in reference to Mr and Mrs Partridge’s letter, “Bins protect our verges”, in February’s Village.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on February 27 2017 at 10:54:57

Mention “planning policy” in polite company and you can often see eyes glaze over before your very own.

Bins protect our verges
Posted on January 30 2017 at 1:35:08

Following on from the letter and photo from Mr Whitby in January’s Village, I too have enclosed a photo of our grass verge.

‘Nightmare’ of village traffic
Posted on January 30 2017 at 12:23:08

As a long-standing resident of Barnt Green (22 years) I’ve noticed so many changes, from a lovely village location with a fabulous village school to an over-populated, car-ridden nightmare.

No regrets over Brexit and Trump
Posted on January 30 2017 at 12:22:08

You will not be surprised to receive a response to the comment in the Village View in your January issue.

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on January 30 2017 at 11:29:57

Almost 80 women turned out for the inaugural meeting of Barnt Green Women’s Institute in January – quite a success for any new venture.

Heartfelt thanks
Posted on January 30 2017 at 12:28:08

I would like to sincerely thank all the wonderful people of Rowney Green and Alvechurch for the beautiful cards, letters and warm wishes received on the sudden tragic loss of my beloved son Julian.

Lawton’s View
Posted on January 30 2017 at 11:46:57

FEBRUARY 2017

Lawton's View Feb 2017

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on December 28 2016 at 11:13:57

The end of an old year and start of a new one is normally a time of hope and optimism, but not this time.

Verging on the ridiculous
Posted on December 28 2016 at 11:11:56

I have enclosed a photo of the damage caused by a Virgin Media road crew when they laid their cables along Middle Drive in Cofton Hackett.

Bin and gone
Posted on December 28 2016 at 11:08:56

It beggars belief that Bromsgrove District Council wants folk to be nothing more than slave labour to carry bins to and from their abode.

It drives you crazy. . .
Posted on December 28 2016 at 11:08:56

I heard recently that the Highway Code had been amended to the effect that it is no longer mandatory to give way to oncoming traffic when parked vehicles or other obstructions are on your side of the road.

I’ve bin tagged!
Posted on December 28 2016 at 11:07:56

I read in your December magazine about Bromsgrove District Council’s plan to tag the bins of people who don’t recycle properly, and I thought I would share my recent experience.

New bin rules are a waste of space
Posted on December 28 2016 at 11:05:56

Oh dear! This looks like an accident waiting to happen. I refer, of course, to your article in the December issue of The Village, entitled “The Bin Inspectors”.

Lawton’s View
Posted on December 28 2016 at 11:15:43

JANUARY 2017

Lawton's View Jan 2017

THE VILLAGE VIEW
Posted on November 28 2016 at 11:11:30

News has always been an adaptable beast; the same story can be presented in many ways depending on the medium and to suit the purposes of its purveyor, often for political or ideological reasons.

Deer, deer, deer . . .
Posted on November 28 2016 at 11:09:40

This year we have had three deer feasting on the apple-fall in our garden.

Anonymous views
Posted on November 28 2016 at 11:08:40

We don’t agree with the inclusion in The Village of letters from people who wish to hide beneath a cloak of anonymity. 

Church has own cash
Posted on November 28 2016 at 11:06:40

In response to your “Church needs council money” story in The Village (November 2016), it seems strange that a church (St Michael’s), being part of one of the wealthiest organisations in the country and a charity (therefore, does not pay tax itself) feels put out at not receiving parish council money, which comes from the tax payer.

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