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Village Archive: 10 years ago…

Posted on September 03 2014 at 2:42:43 0 comments

Cover September 2004

Our September 2004 cover showed Norwegian Fjords Johan and Sassy, whose owners, Janice and John Corbett, were preparing to ride them along the South Downs Way in aid of BASICS, a charity providing support to the ambulance service.


IN THE NEWS: Hopwood residents were united in their opposition to a planned animal rendering plant in their village.

A newly-formed campaign group, Hopwood Against Rendering Movement (HARM), had hired lawyers to assist in the fight and launched a public appeal to raise funds.

The Village was also inundated with letters from people opposed to the plans, which included a 25-metre chimney and the capacity for rendering 100,000kg of offal every day.

Waterside protest


* Alvechurch FC were starting the new season with a new manager – Peter Frain, a former player for West Bromwich Albion and England Under-18s – and the team had kicked off a run of pre-season friendlies with a 5-1 away win against Bartley Green.

The club was also seeking sponsorship for refurbishment.


* Lickey Hills Primary School celebrated its 50th anniversary with a playground party for pupils past and present, staff and parents.

A Junior School production featured iconic figures from the past five decades, and pupils also buried a time capsule and helped create a wall hanging.


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