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Village History

The Village magazine has carried many articles relating to the local history of this area. There have been hundreds down the years, but here you can browse a few of our favourites (this list will grow when we have the time to stock up the archive).

The story of my life
Posted on May 30 2017 at 2:37:10

By his own admission, Barnt Green resident Cas Amato isn’t rich or famous – so why did he decide to write his autobiography?

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on May 30 2017 at 2:35:10

A look back at what was happening around here in June 2007.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on April 30 2017 at 3:10:13

A look back at what was happening around here in May 2007.

Village Book Review: The Will of the State
Posted on April 30 2017 at 2:55:13

For his second novel, Rednal author Terry Walsh (writing as Jack Walsh) has tackled an even more epic subject than the Vietnam War setting of his debut tale.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on March 30 2017 at 11:35:00

A look back at what was happening around here in April 2007.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on February 27 2017 at 11:12:22

A look back at what was happening around here in March 2007.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on January 30 2017 at 3:12:08

A look back at what was happening around here in February 2007.

Bantock book bonanza
Posted on December 28 2016 at 2:19:56

Some of our readers will recall the feature we ran in 2011 when author Gavin Bantock, who grew up in Barnt Green in the 1940s and 50s, launched a book about his eccentric family’s exploits and their memories of the village.

Tales from the cut
Posted on December 28 2016 at 1:05:56

Last month we told you that Bromsgrove historian the Rev Alan White has republished his book, The Worcester and Birmingham Canal: Chronicles of the Cut, which details the canal’s complete history.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on November 28 2016 at 1:04:40

A look back at what was happening around here in December 2006.

Rail pioneers remembered
Posted on November 28 2016 at 12:41:40

Bromsgrove station commemorates two engineers who brought the railway to life.

Gifts of words and music
Posted on November 28 2016 at 12:16:40

Works by village authors and musicians make perfect Christmas present ideas.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on October 31 2016 at 1:31:07

A look back at what was happening around here in November 2006.

Never forgotten
Posted on October 31 2016 at 1:25:07

Blackwell resident Philip Denyer tells of the efforts to ensure his great-great uncle is remembered.

Where the streets have new names
Posted on October 31 2016 at 1:15:07

Following the recent controversy over ‘Hopping Bob Street’, Anne Humphries looks into the history of some of Alvechurch’s road names.

Wartime memories
Posted on October 31 2016 at 1:33:07

A village WWII veteran shares a tale of amazing coincidence.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on October 03 2016 at 9:44:05

A look back at what was happening around here in October 2006.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on August 30 2016 at 2:48:22

A look back at what was happening around here in September 2006.

Firing interest in Hills
Posted on August 30 2016 at 2:34:22

Village volunteers are hoping local people may have stories or mementos to share from the days when a First World War munitions testing site was based in the heart of the Lickey Hills.

Village’s own Somme hero
Posted on August 30 2016 at 2:08:22

As the world commemorates the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, Alvechurch can remember in particular a young village man killed in action during that drawn-out conflict.

Gardening through the generations
Posted on July 31 2016 at 11:19:26

When Di Morgan opens her Marlbrook garden for the National Gardens Scheme in August she will be following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather as a third-generation Worcestershire gardener.

Tale of two Alfreds
Posted on June 27 2016 at 12:09:43

A Barnt Green resident aims to ensure that his uncle, who died 100 years ago in the First World War aged just 15, is not forgotten.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on June 27 2016 at 11:50:26

A look back at what was going on around here in July and August 2006.

Villagers with stories to tell
Posted on June 27 2016 at 11:39:26

Sally Oldaker reviews four recent books by three local authors.

Grandad’s army
Posted on June 27 2016 at 10:35:26

Village reader Robert Andrews brought us a photograph of the Alvechurch Home Guard in 1945, featuring his grandfather, Percy Horrix.

Those were the days
Posted on June 27 2016 at 11:09:26

Our May article on village band The Cellarmen offered a detailed history of the group thanks to memories from former members and fans – but there was one gap still to be filled in.

In the driving seat
Posted on June 27 2016 at 10:40:26

Sally Oldaker meets a village racing driver who followed his dream.

Cupitt celebrates 70 years
Posted on May 30 2016 at 3:21:51

Bromsgrove jeweller marks its ‘platinum anniversary’ with a very special range of hand-crafted engagement rings.

Probus group learns pottery history
Posted on May 30 2016 at 11:40:51

Members of the Kingfisher Probus Group recently visited Middleport Pottery at Burslem; the home of Burleigh ware and of BBC2’s The Great Pottery Throw Down, writes Malcolm Shine.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on May 30 2016 at 9:46:51

A look back at what was happening around here in June 2006.

Len’s life on two wheels
Posted on April 30 2016 at 12:12:32

Sally Oldaker meets a motorcycle enthusiast who has made his name as a classic bike builder.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on April 30 2016 at 10:51:32

A look back at what was going on around here in May 2006.

Musical mystery solved
Posted on April 30 2016 at 10:29:43

The history of a fondly-remembered village band from the swinging sixties.

Memorabilia mystery
Posted on March 31 2016 at 3:19:11

A Marlbrook resident is asking “readers with long memories” to think back to the 1960s and help him solve a mystery.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on March 31 2016 at 2:53:36

A look back at what was happening around here in April 2006.

Football legend from Hopwood
Posted on February 29 2016 at 1:29:14

Following our December article on the early days of Hopwood United FC, reader Caroline Spreckley sent us a photo of the youth team in the 1961/62 season.

The mystery of Mr Mills
Posted on February 29 2016 at 1:24:14

A woman who found a hidden photograph of a Barnt Green man killed in World War II is seeking help to return it to his family.

Village Archive: 10 years ago. . .
Posted on February 29 2016 at 11:49:14

A look back at what was happening around here in March 2006.

Parish pathfinders
Posted on January 31 2016 at 2:17:41

Ray Yarnell, of Alvechurch Village Society’s footpaths group, pays tribute to a stalwart member and calls for new volunteers.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on January 31 2016 at 9:47:41

A look back at what was happening around here in February 2006.

Wealth of W.I. history
Posted on December 23 2015 at 12:32:43

When Finstall Women’s Institute began in 1937, its founding members surely could not have realised that their meticulous records would still survive almost eight decades later.

Hopwood’s football history
Posted on November 30 2015 at 12:47:37

Village reader Ron Ashford shares his memories of Hopwood United FC in the 1950s and 60s.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on November 30 2015 at 12:53:03

A look back at what was happening around here in December 2005.

All our yesterdays
Posted on November 30 2015 at 12:39:37

Alvechurch resident Hilary Hughes asked us to print a photo in the hope that other readers might be able to identify some of the people in it.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on November 02 2015 at 12:23:18

A look back at what was happening around here in November 2005.

Village Book Review: Formidable
Posted on November 02 2015 at 12:17:58

Following his biographies of two admirals involved in First World War naval disasters (one made a scapegoat, the other branded a coward), the latest book by Barnt Green author Steve Dunn focuses on a third maritime catastrophe.

Walking the Heart of England
Posted on November 02 2015 at 11:49:58

Covering 102 miles from Milford Common on the northern tip of Cannock Chase to Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds, the Heart of England Way is a journey through the history, buildings and landscapes of the Midland countryside, writes the Heart of England Way Association’s secretary, Mike Norman.

Village inspiration
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:26:58

Village butcher Paul Queen shares the history of The Archers creator, Alvechurch lad Godfrey Baseley.

Buried close to home
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:03:58

Anne Humphries offers a guide to the war graves in Alvechurch.

Alvechurch Alight!
Posted on September 29 2015 at 3:54:52

For ten years Alvechurch Alight! was the event that brought a whole community together. Walking with the crowds, lanterns burning over the heads of hundreds in that first year was an experience few will have forgotten.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on September 29 2015 at 10:23:04

A look back at what was happening around here in October 2005.

Riding club’s big day
Posted on September 01 2015 at 2:20:20

Alvechurch Riding Club is celebrating a special milestone in its history after becoming the 500th club to be affiliated to British Riding Clubs.

Village archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on September 01 2015 at 2:57:20

A look back at what was happening around here in September 2005.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on July 28 2015 at 11:28:38

A look back at what was happening around here in August 2005.

Where history is fun!
Posted on June 28 2015 at 12:04:16

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings in Bromsgrove offers a host of events and activities to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays.

Lost and found
Posted on June 28 2015 at 11:04:16

A year ago, National Gardens Scheme County Organiser Dave Morgan appealed via this very magazine for what he termed “The Lost Gardens of Burcot” to consider opening under the charitable scheme.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on June 28 2015 at 9:44:16

A look back at what was happening around here in July 2005.

The truth is still out there
Posted on May 28 2015 at 1:53:54

An Alvechurch couple who have dedicated their lives to creating an encyclopedia of UFO sightings have just published their eleventh volume.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on May 28 2015 at 1:32:54

A look back at what was happening around here in June 2005.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on April 29 2015 at 1:48:34

A look back at what was going on around here in May 2005.

Bob’s book rocks back in time
Posted on April 29 2015 at 12:05:34

Village cartoonist Bob Lawton has turned his hand to novel-writing.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on March 30 2015 at 3:41:39

A look back at what was happening around here in April 2005.

200 years of canal history
Posted on March 30 2015 at 9:49:12

As the canal that winds through the Village area celebrates its bicentenary, John Hemingway of the Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society provides a history of this important waterway.

Bunny’s bomber bravery
Posted on February 28 2015 at 2:35:03

Back in 2012 we printed the story of a Wellington bomber that crashed in Wythall during WWII, killing four of its crew. Two Village readers were inspired to learn more about the young New Zealand airman who died alongside his British comrades . . .

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on February 28 2015 at 2:21:23

A look back at what was going on around here in March 2005.

A village full of character
Posted on February 28 2015 at 10:58:23

Alvechurch’s ancient and modern assets have been recorded in a detailed survey.

More than a random name
Posted on February 01 2015 at 1:52:24

A Village reader’s trip to the Somme battle sites revealed a very local link to the tragedy.

Village archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on February 01 2015 at 1:39:24

A look back at what was happening around here in February 2005.

Midwinter festival
Posted on December 30 2014 at 1:51:02

Pam Morley of Ælfgythe Women’s Border Morris invites villagers to join their traditional wassail.

Are we Christian?
Posted on December 30 2014 at 1:19:02

Sean Tomás Beag, Barnt Green’s Quakerwarden, offers some answers to the big question.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on December 30 2014 at 1:39:02

A look back at what was happening around here in January 2005.

Village Book Review: The Coward? The Rise and Fall of the Silver King
Posted on November 27 2014 at 10:46:33

As the world recalls the start of the Great War, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the days when self-sacrifice and patriotism were key, and failure to live up to those lofty ideals could stigmatise a man for the rest of his life.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on November 27 2014 at 10:50:33

A look back at what was happening around here in December 2004.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on October 25 2014 at 1:29:58

A look back at what was happening around here in November 2004.

Names to remember
Posted on October 25 2014 at 9:47:03

Anne Humphries looks at the stories behind the names on some village war memorials.

Champion of the road
Posted on October 25 2014 at 9:39:03

It’s always interesting to find out about villagers who achieved amazing things in their lifetime.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on September 29 2014 at 1:24:53

A look back at what was happening around here in October 2004.

Care home’s street of memories
Posted on September 03 2014 at 3:35:43

The Lawns in Alvechurch offers residents plenty of mental stimulation.

Discover the past
Posted on September 03 2014 at 3:14:43

Your chance to see a treasure-trove of Alvechurch history as the village museum opens its doors.

Take a trip back in time. . .
Posted on September 03 2014 at 3:11:43

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton visits a collection of historic buildings.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on September 03 2014 at 2:42:43

A look back at what was happening around here in September 2004.

Pupils in D-Day trip 70 years on
Posted on September 03 2014 at 2:37:43

Although this summer has focused largely on the events of 100 years ago, June 2014 also marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in World War Two – and a group from Alvechurch Middle School headed for northern to France to learn more about the operation.

Families pay a special tribute
Posted on September 03 2014 at 2:31:43

Two Alvechurch families made sure that village soldiers killed in the First World War were remembered at the 100-year anniversary commemorations in Belgium.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on July 25 2014 at 12:46:12

A look back at what was going on around here in August 2004.

Brave Sid saved horses and men
Posted on July 25 2014 at 12:26:12

The full story behind a local man’s act of heroism in the First World War.

Traditional teas for all occasions
Posted on June 29 2014 at 2:58:33

Since relocating to the centre of Barnt Green in March, the nostalgia-fest that is Constance Wallace has been doing a roaring trade.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on June 29 2014 at 3:37:33

A look back at what was happening around here in July 2004.

The soldier shot by his own side
Posted on June 29 2014 at 1:52:59

The tragic tale of a Rowney Green man executed for alleged desertion during the First World War.

Odd Boy memories
Posted on May 27 2014 at 11:31:17

After our appeal for photos from the 1998 Alvechurch community play The Odd Boy, Alvechurch Historical Society were able to provide these pictures, showing various members of the huge cast getting ready before the performances.

‘You stole them turnups!’
Posted on May 27 2014 at 11:27:17

Here’s another extract from The Story of Martha, which was written around 1904 in memory of a beloved village character.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on May 27 2014 at 11:39:17

A look back at what was happening around here in June 2004.

Hall’s heritage on display
Posted on May 27 2014 at 11:23:17

Finstall villagers enjoyed a trip down memory lane when their Village Hall celebrated its 110th birthday with a heritage event.

100 years of Hopwood life
Posted on May 27 2014 at 11:19:17

As Hopwood Village Hall celebrates its 100th birthday, plans are underway to revitalise the building and ensure its future.

Sidney’s story
Posted on April 23 2014 at 12:23:17

A Hopwood man’s medal for bravery in the First World War inspired us to find out more about him.

Martha’s village life
Posted on April 22 2014 at 12:16:15

One of the main characters in The Odd Boy community play was Martha Harber, who lived in the same cottage in Swan Street from her birth in 1817 to her death in 1904.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…
Posted on April 22 2014 at 11:54:15

A look back at what was going on around here in May 2004. . .

Righting a wartime wrong
Posted on April 22 2014 at 12:33:15

Almost 100 years since the start of the First World War, a Barnt Green author is hoping to restore the reputation of one of the conflict’s most maligned figures.

Creative energy
Posted on April 21 2014 at 12:10:16

Richard Peach remembers The Odd Boy community play.

Beauty spot’s birthday
Posted on April 21 2014 at 11:49:34

Cofton Lake celebrates 10 years of ownership by the community.

Belle of the ball
Posted on March 22 2014 at 3:14:06

Another tale from the memoirs of Norah May, in which she starts work, discovers dancing and meets her first love. . .

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