Village News


Guess the close-up (No. 1): ANSWER

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Adam meets Vinny!

Seven-year-old Adam McClure, of The Parklands, Bromsgrove, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

New novel describes epic journey

Rednal author Terry Walsh (writing as Jack Walsh) has published his second novel.

Follow Easter art trail

Independent businesses in Barnt Green are hosting a free Easter Art Trail in April, organised by St Andrew’s Church in Barnt Green and St Michael’s in Cofton Hackett.

Village shops shuffle

It’s going to be like musical chairs among the shops in the centre of Alvechurch as the village takes on a more modern feel.

Audience is the jury in courtroom comedy

Alvechurch Dramatic Society presents Mr Grimwhip’s Sandwiches: a Post-Truth Courtroom Comedy With Serious Bits, from Thurs May 11 to Sat May 13 in Alvechurch Village Hall.

Win trophies for your footie team

Barnt Green business The Locker Room is offering the opportunity for one local football team to win 12 trophies for its end-of-season presentation night.

Lounge plea for helpers

The Lounge community café and youth club in Alve-church has issued an appeal for more volunteers as it grows in popularity.

Charity aims for £1m

A charity event in Finstall is hoping to take its fundraising over the £1 million mark in its 29th year.

Five-year plan for hall

Exciting plans are afoot for Alvechurch Village Hall, as a new management committee takes the reins.

A runaway success

Village running group the Barnt Green Chuggers have teamed up with Barnt Green Parish Council to organise a fun run on Sunday May 7.

Blackwell speed check

Data cables are to be used to record the speed of traffic on Dale Hill in Blackwell.

New location for hall

Cofton Hackett’s new village hall will now be located at the entrance of East Works Drive.

Drone ban denied

Drones will not be banned from Alvechurch parish’s three playing fields after the council voted to review its position in 12 months.

‘Natural’ traffic calming

Yellow road lines should not be repainted after forthcoming resurfacing in Alvechurch village centre, parish councillor Martin Ball suggested.

Cypher’s return

Former Alvechurch parish chairman John Cypher has returned to the council after stepping down at the 2015 elections.

Picture this

A large picture of the district council member for Alvechurch Ward, Roger Smith, was included in the meeting pack for Alvechurch parish councillors.

Guess the close-up (No. 1)

Village reader Mark Winson sent us some close-up images of interesting sights around Alvechurch.

Stars line up for charity

An exciting day of football and fun will raise money for a charity set up by an Alvechurch family.

New clerk, new office

New parish clerk Tammy Williams and Assistant Clerk Wendy Carney have moved into the new Alvechurch Parish Council office in George Road.

Cash for Lickey history project

The Lickey Hills Local History Society has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its WWI research project.

A politics-free village voice

Popular independent councillor Charlie Hotham is standing for the Alvechurch seat in next month’s elections to Worcestershire County Council.

Celebrating stories

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Hands off, Brum!

Birmingham is hoping to grab land in our village Green Belt while refusing to consider housing on its own vacant site close by, it has emerged.

Picnic starts village festival season

Organisers of the Alvechurch Picnic in the Park are hoping that the winning entry in this year’s logo competition has correctly predicted the weather for the day. . .

Choir raises cash for inspirational founder

Alvechurch Community Choir is hoping to attract a large audience for a special concert in aid of one of its founders.

Blackwell path facing closure

Network Rail intends to close the “yellow brick road” foot crossing over the railway line at Blackwell and put a diversion in place, Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors heard.

Surgery campaign backing

Alvechurch Parish Council has decided to continue highlighting its concerns over the status of the village’s GP practice.

Red Lion smoking shelter approved

A new pub smokers’ shelter close to homes in the centre of Alvechurch has been approved despite strong objections from villagers.

Village toilet tussle

Barnt Green parish councillors are debating the possibility of having a new public toilet in the village, some fifty years after the previous one was closed.

Exploring the English language

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group that promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an array of intriguing events in 2017.

Museum of waxwings

A group of Bohemian Waxwings, known as a “museum”, was spotted in Lickey End recently.

‘Super’ pupils ready for fundraising fun

Alvechurch Middle School has been awarded “Super School” status by the Comic Relief team, thanks to its fundraising efforts in previous years.

Green Belt development rejected

An application to create a wider entrance on to a strip of land in Alvechurch has been rejected as inappropriate development in the Green Belt.

Evening of energetic music

Lickey Hills Community Theatre presents an evening of uplifting bluesy jazz on Sat March 18, at The Trinity Centre, Old Birmingham Road, Lickey.

Golf star’s incredible year

Young Barnt Green golfer Megan Langford has had an incredible year, including winning the Junior Open in Bristol and being crowned Junior Champion of Moseley Golf Club.

Help Hillfields to survive

Village animal-lovers are being asked to show their support for a local sanctuary that’s home to more than 300 furry friends.

Elderly exercise group forced out

A group of elderly villagers who attend a weekly mobility class have been forced to move from their original venue after it started charging for hire of the room.

Siena skis into top spot again

Barnt Green skiing ace Siena Horton is enjoying further success this season, winning the U16 Girls Slalom at the English Alpine Championships in Bormio, Italy.

Live well. . . drink well!

Pam Morley, of Aelfgythe Border Morris, reports on the group’s annual Wassail.


Village Views



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.

Lawton’s View

APRIL 2017

Lawton's View April 2017

Cobbs Barn ‘lorry park’ an eyesore

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

Bollard is a distraction

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

Council ‘disregard’ for residents

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. . .

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

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

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

High price for toilet

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

Village does not need a new loo

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

Two-hour mystery

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

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

Lawton’s View

MARCH 2017

Lawton's View March 2017

Sadness for Barnt Green

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

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

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

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


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

Bins protect our verges

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

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

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


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Village Features

Exploring the history of Bath

Members of the Kingfisher Probus Club travelled to Bath to explore the Roman Baths, guided by its curator/manager Stephen Clews who had previously given a talk to the group.

If you go up to the woods today . . .

Keith Woolford meets a bear and a Robot in the Lickey Hills.

Title race ramps up

Alvechurch FC are enjoying dominance in league and cup.

Large and small

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Wet, windy and warm

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Incredible edibles

Hannah Genders visits an urban food-growing project in Bristol.

Blue haze

Mary Green takes a closer look at April’s vibrant plant life.

City with stories to tell

Blackwell resident Ludmila Kettle shares her memories of an inspiring trip.

Get ready for LISA

Austin Broad explains the benefits of the new Lifetime ISA, or LISA.

The art of decorating

Now is the ideal time of year to redecorate – and whether it’s just a couple of rooms or the whole house, it’s well worth trusting the experts to deliver a top-quality finish that will give your home the wow factor. 

Learn to make a mosaic

Village readers will recall our photos of the special mosaic at Alvechurch Middle School in memory of pupil Finlay Church – and now its creator is offering workshops where participants can learn to make a mosaic of their own.

Top award for family firm

Broad Street DIY in Bromsgrove is celebrating once again after winning a prestigious accolade at the annual DIY Week Awards.

Do yourself and your family a real favour

Lickey Wills specialist Sue Jenden offers advice on making a Will to protect your loved ones.

Scent of summer

Summer is on its way and perhaps it’s time to dust off that barbecue. . .

Village Book Review: Securing the Narrow Sea

Barnt Green author Steve Dunn’s fifth book on WWI naval exploits is another incredibly detailed account of a crucial but largely forgotten battle.

Act on alcohol problems

Alcohol problems are being tackled at a growing rate by a private practice owned by Julie Ward, a qualified counsellor and coach with extensive experience in the treatment of alcohol-related issues.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

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

Spring-clean your drive

Now that spring is in the air, thoughts often turn to sprucing up your home – but don’t forget about the exterior!

Inspired by spirit of Six Nations

Kings Norton Rugby Club has been holding club social events in conjunction with the Six Nations Championship.

Eyes on prize at AFC

Alvechurch FC are on target for the league and cup double.

Change how you drink

Julie Ward, a qualified counsellor and coach with extensive experience in the treatment of alcohol-related issues, wants to spread the word that she now has offices located in Worcester, Kidderminster and Kings Norton as well as Bromsgrove.

Giant of the skies

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

One ice day of winter

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Sow seeds of summer

Hannah Genders suggests ways to get your garden ready for the year ahead.

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