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Choir raises cash for inspirational founder
Posted on February 27 2017 at 3:15:22

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
Posted on February 27 2017 at 3:08:22

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
Posted on February 27 2017 at 2:59:22

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

Red Lion smoking shelter approved
Posted on February 27 2017 at 2:58:22

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

Village toilet tussle
Posted on February 27 2017 at 2:53:22

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
Posted on February 27 2017 at 2:47:54

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

Museum of waxwings
Posted on February 27 2017 at 2:47:22

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

‘Super’ pupils ready for fundraising fun
Posted on February 27 2017 at 2:21:22

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
Posted on February 27 2017 at 3:00:22

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
Posted on February 27 2017 at 2:42:22

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
Posted on February 27 2017 at 1:31:22

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
Posted on February 27 2017 at 12:49:22

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
Posted on February 27 2017 at 12:26:17

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
Posted on February 27 2017 at 1:25:22

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!
Posted on February 27 2017 at 1:19:22

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

Twins win again!
Posted on February 27 2017 at 12:23:22

Last year, eight-year-old Catshill twins Keira and Lara Bennett won our monthly competition. Because they had to share their prize, we said they could enter again – and now they’ve got a Mini Vinny each!

Increase in dog waste disposal costs
Posted on February 27 2017 at 11:05:22

Alvechurch Parish Council is to pay £50 a week to have its 10 dog waste bins emptied.

Masons donate to Lounge
Posted on February 27 2017 at 11:01:22

The Lounge youth project in Alvechurch was chosen to benefit from the Worcestershire freemasons’ tercentenary celebrations.

Speeding in Hopwood
Posted on February 27 2017 at 10:58:22

62 hours of monitoring over eight months on Hopwood Hill by the Safer Roads Partnership found the average speed was 47.7mph, in a 40mph zone.

Train death investigation
Posted on February 27 2017 at 10:56:22

British Transport Police are continuing to investigate the death of a 29-year-old Dublin woman who was hit by a train at Barnt Green station last month.

Nine new homes
Posted on February 27 2017 at 10:41:22

Planners are being asked to approve nine new homes on a brownfield site in the Alvechurch Green Belt.

Villagers line up for fun run
Posted on February 27 2017 at 10:39:22

Barnt Green is gearing up for a year of village events – first up is a Fun Run on May 7, which follows successful Sport Relief runs in previous years.

Picnic line-up grows
Posted on February 27 2017 at 10:23:22

Plans for this year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park on Sunday May 28 are taking shape, with the latest news being the announcement of an MC for the day.

A bicycle built for two
Posted on February 27 2017 at 9:27:22

A Cofton Hackett resident who cycles regularly despite being totally blind is seeking new partners to ride with him on his tandem.

Lines and litter
Posted on February 27 2017 at 10:19:22

Two of the estate’s roads are sporting brand new yellow lines, after residents raised safety concerns with County Councillor Kit Taylor and Coun Caroline Spencer.

Wassailing through the Lickeys
Posted on February 22 2017 at 4:26:36

A larger-than-ever crowd of revellers descended on the Lickey Hills for the annual Wassail, which took place on a clear dry evening and offered fun for all the family.

Have your say on transport plan
Posted on February 02 2017 at 1:44:31

Village residents have until March 17 to have their say on Worcestershire’s new Transport Plan.

Logo plea to all ages
Posted on January 30 2017 at 3:40:34

This month sees the launch of the latest Alvechurch Picnic in the Park logo competition – and this year it is open to all residents of Alvechurch parish, not just schoolchildren. 

Tree-mendous!
Posted on January 30 2017 at 2:54:34

Once again, Alvechurch Baptist Church was filled with trees decorated by village groups on the theme of a Christmas carol.

News year in the rain
Posted on January 30 2017 at 1:57:05

Despite the filthy weather on New Year’s Day, the hardy Morris dancers and mummers of Alvechurch welcomed 2017 with their annual revels outside The Crown Inn and in The Square.

Latest naval tale
Posted on January 30 2017 at 12:19:08

Barnt Green author Steve Dunn has released a new book, adding to his previous tales of First World War naval campaigns with the story of the Dover Patrol.

Boost for tower fund
Posted on January 30 2017 at 12:13:08

The Bromsgrove Society has boosted a church’s rebuilding fund with a donation of £3,000.

Matthew meets Vinny
Posted on January 30 2017 at 12:50:08

Seven-year-old Matthew Holmes, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition!

Festive food collections
Posted on January 30 2017 at 12:04:08

The girls and boys of Otters Scout Group in Bromsgrove donated boxes of food items to local charity Newstarts as part of a reverse advent calendar.

Lake view
Posted on January 30 2017 at 11:51:08

Here’s a winter view over the natural beauty of Cofton Lake.

Mayfield meeting offered
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:38:08

Hopwood and Barnt Green district councillor Charlie Hotham is hoping a meeting including him and Alvechurch parish chairman Andy Humphries along with Worcestershire Regulatory Services over Mayfield Farm, Hopwood, will go ahead this month.

Tributes to parish clerk
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:37:08

Parish councillors in Alvechurch paid tribute to the contribution made to village life by their clerk for more than 10 years, Yvonne Goode, who died in December.

Concern over building plans
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:34:08

Plans to demolish Bear Hill House and build three new houses on the site above the village green in Alvechurch should be refused because the scheme would be “at odds” with the neighbouring Conservation Area, according to Brom­sgrove’s Conservation Officer.

Station upgrade at last?
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:33:08

Hopes have been raised that the car park at Alvechurch Station may be drained, resurfaced and marked out, as was intended during its upgrade.

Villager solves dog bin bother
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:30:08

A Barnt Green resident who complained about dog mess being dumped in the village has taken the initiative by arranging the installation of a new bin.

Bike rack installed
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:28:08

Barnt Green now boasts a village bike rack, located outside the Happy Valley takeaway on Hewell Road.

Morris tradition challenge
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:27:08

The Alvechurch Morris opted to maintain a low profile after they were forced to abandon a New Year dance in Birmingham city centre.

Help parish pick play equipment
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:25:08

Alvechurch villagers are to be asked to help their parish council choose new equipment for The Meadows.

French students seek host families
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:19:08

Host families in the Village area are required for the third annual visit by a large group of young French students.

Huge turnout for new WI
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:04:08

Barnt Green’s new WI attracted almost 80 women to its first official meeting at the village’s Baptist Church.

Pupils dig in for future
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:58:13

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

The yellow poppy
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:56:08

The dull days of winter in Alvechurch have been brightened by the arrival of a bright yellow Mk2 Ford Escort on the village streets after a resident won the car in a competition.

Happy New Yee-ha!
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:53:46

Alvechurch villagers welcomed 2017 with a bang at a big party at the Village Hall.

Tree order upheld
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:36:08

More than 60 letters of support for a permanent Tree Preservation Order on Green Belt land close to the centre of Blackwell were submitted by residents.

Village grinds to halt
Posted on January 30 2017 at 10:08:08

Barnt Green residents and all those passing through have been learning to live with daily traffic chaos after the village was split in two by road closures.

Town photographers retain trophy
Posted on December 28 2016 at 2:32:56

For the second year running, Bromsgrove Photographic Society has retained the Midland Bank Trophy. 

Rewards of volunteering
Posted on December 28 2016 at 2:27:56

Citizens Advice is calling for volunteers who can help make a difference to the lives of people in their community.

Parking peril
Posted on December 28 2016 at 1:01:56

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Deliver The Village !
Posted on December 28 2016 at 1:00:56

If you’re over 13 years old, and reliable, with an email address and bank account, you can join the waiting list for our delivery team.

We want your photos!
Posted on December 28 2016 at 12:58:56

Are you planning to attend the annual mummers play and Morris dancing extravaganza in Alvechurch on New Year’s Day? If so, we’d love to see some of your photos!

Band entertain at Fair
Posted on December 28 2016 at 12:55:56

Alvechurch skiffle band The 6-5 Specials performed at Bromsgrove’s first Pensioners Fair, hosted at the council building by MP Sajid Javid.

Raffle raises £600
Posted on December 28 2016 at 12:52:56

The Alvechurch Knit & Natter group welcomed Emma Dowler, a community fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society, to their Christmas lunch at Alvechurch Village Hall.

Kind-hearted collectors
Posted on December 28 2016 at 12:32:56

Pupils from St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green helped to fill shoeboxes for needy children in Romania through Operation Christmas Child.

Festival date set
Posted on December 28 2016 at 12:27:56

The date for the 2017 Lickey Festival has been confirmed as Sunday June 11.

First draft of Plan underway
Posted on December 28 2016 at 12:17:56

A draft proposal of the Lickey & Blackwell Neighbourhood Development Plan should be ready for residents to view in March.

Cookery queen calls in
Posted on December 28 2016 at 12:05:56

Well-known chef and author Prue Leith was the star of the show when a group of village WIs held a special meeting in Alvechurch.

Join the adventure!
Posted on December 28 2016 at 11:02:56

If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to give something back to your community, what could be more rewarding than to help young people develop life skills through a host of fun activities?

Drains pose flood risk
Posted on December 28 2016 at 11:00:56

Barnt Green parish councillor Edwin Gumbley has undertaken a review of the village’s drains in the light of concerns that blockages could cause flooding.

Christmas crackers!
Posted on December 28 2016 at 11:59:07

With all sorts of events going on, the festive spirit was certainly alive and kicking in Blackwell, Lickey, Alvechurch and Barnt Green.

‘Dogs on leads’ request vetoed
Posted on December 28 2016 at 10:58:56

Barnt Green parish councillors have decided not to make owners keep dogs on leads in the village’s public playing fields.

New date for Picnic
Posted on December 28 2016 at 10:57:56

The organisers of the annual Alvechurch Parish Picnic in the Park are gearing up for another year of fun and games on The Meadows.

Jake wins a Vinny!
Posted on December 28 2016 at 11:54:56

20-month-old Jake Osborn, of Alvechurch, was delighted to win a Mini Vinny in our competition!

Finnley’s fantastic tale
Posted on December 28 2016 at 10:52:56

Alvechurch youngster Finnley Siembab has had his creative skills rewarded with publication in a book of stories by schoolchildren.

Danger bridge to go
Posted on December 28 2016 at 10:51:56

The derelict bridge over the dead arm of the canal in Alvechurch is scheduled to be demolished in 2018, parish chairman Coun Andy Humphries told colleagues.

Clerk loses cancer battle
Posted on December 28 2016 at 10:44:56

Yvonne Goode, clerk to Alvechurch Parish Council for more than 10 years, has lost her battle with cancer, aged 51.

Bollard plan to curb speeding
Posted on December 28 2016 at 10:42:56

Residents living near Lickey Hills Primary School are being asked for their views on the latest proposal to curb speeding and dangerous parking around the school.

Rail squeal reduction
Posted on December 28 2016 at 10:40:56

Barnt Green parish councillors heard that the problem of “rail squeal” from trains taking the bend into the village could at last be eliminated.

Phone box proposal rejected
Posted on December 28 2016 at 10:19:56

A proposal to “adopt” the redundant phone box at Hopwood has been rejected by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Patients ‘still missing out’
Posted on December 28 2016 at 10:08:56

Alvechurch patients are still missing out on locally based services because the village medical practice is run as a branch of one based in Birmingham, according to the parish council.

Village aims to get festive
Posted on December 28 2016 at 10:02:38

Alvechurch is aiming to keep up with its neighbours next Christmas – and is starting to plan now.

Garden clean-up
Posted on December 28 2016 at 10:47:38

Lickey and Blackwell parish councillors have agreed to fund a one-off clean-up at Jen’s Place, the memorial garden in the playing field on St Catherine’s Road in Blackwell.

Village crime rise
Posted on December 28 2016 at 10:35:38

A crime rise in Alvechurch parish this year is “a bit disappointing”, Safer Neighbourhood Officer PC Simon Albutt told councillors.   

Villagers face long walk as works begin
Posted on December 28 2016 at 10:10:29

With the big Barnt Green road closure in January already causing concerns for motorists, it is now becoming clear that pedestrians could have to take a very long walk to reach the village.

Village loses a treasure
Posted on December 28 2016 at 10:05:13

There is a silent space in the centre of Alvechurch where for many years there awaited a loud and hearty greeting.

Lights of Longbridge
Posted on November 28 2016 at 2:39:40

The second Longbridge Light Festival was extremely well attended on a wonderfully clear evening, with lots to see and do.

Join the Scouting adventure!
Posted on November 28 2016 at 2:28:40

Can you build a den? Do you enjoy being in the outdoors?

Signing up for sponsorship
Posted on November 28 2016 at 1:25:40

The signs are looking good for an Alvechurch youth team thanks to a kit sponsorship deal with major Birmingham firm Hollywood Monster.

Spooky celebrations
Posted on November 28 2016 at 12:58:40

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Coffee morning for Katy
Posted on November 28 2016 at 1:55:40

Mothers from Lickey Hills Primary School who are fund-raising for a fellow mum’s cancer treatment are hosting another coffee morning in December.

Festival trees shine again
Posted on November 28 2016 at 12:03:40

The time is almost here! From Sunday December 11 to Sunday December 18, Alvechurch Baptist Church will be lit up with Christmas trees, decorated through the words of a carol by organisations and groups from around the village.

Win a Vinny for Christmas!
Posted on November 28 2016 at 11:21:40

Seven-year-old Scarlet Powell, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our competition!

Teens tackle food poverty
Posted on November 28 2016 at 10:59:40

Members of a Barnt Green church youth group explain how they are helping those in need at Christmas.

Silent reflection
Posted on November 28 2016 at 10:52:40

Alvechurch villagers observed the two-minute silence on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Behind the ‘blockade’
Posted on November 28 2016 at 10:44:40

The Barnt Green to Bromsgrove rail corridor is now “electrification-ready” after a 12-day closure, with a full timetable of increased services due to begin in May 2018.

Frustration over tip talks
Posted on November 28 2016 at 10:43:40

Frustration over the lack of progress in resolving the Marlbrook Tip debacle continues after Bromsgrove District Council cancelled the latest meeting to update residents.

Sam squashes all-comers
Posted on November 28 2016 at 10:40:40

Cofton Hackett squash star Sam Osborne-Wylde proved he’s at the top of his game by winning the British Junior Squash Championships in the Under 13 age group.

Disease outbreak on Lickeys
Posted on November 28 2016 at 10:39:40

The Lickeys have been hit by a new outbreak of the fungal disease phytophthora that could devastate the country park if left unchecked.

Dogs on leads proposal
Posted on November 28 2016 at 10:37:40

Barnt Green Parish Council is to reconsider a plea to make owners keep their dogs on leads on the public playing fields in the village.

Clash over memorial garden
Posted on November 28 2016 at 10:17:40

Blackwell First School has proposed that Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council takes over the maintenance of Jen’s Place, the memorial garden in the field opposite the school.   

Light stars
Posted on November 28 2016 at 10:11:40

Five St Andrew’s First School pupils received certificates for winning a Barnt Green Parish Council competition to have their designs made into Christmas lights for the village, judged and funded by Cala Homes.

Diversion plea to motorists
Posted on November 28 2016 at 10:09:59

Villagers have been urged to be considerate to fellow residents as they find routes around major road closures due to begin in Barnt Green in the New Year.

The bin inspectors
Posted on November 28 2016 at 9:49:40

Bromsgrove District Council will soon be rummaging through villagers’ green bins in a bid to improve the way we recycle rubbish, according to a local district councillor.

Nicola books her place
Posted on November 28 2016 at 10:47:37

Nicola Cocker has been appointed library manager for Alvechurch and Wythall, after Alyson Williams retired in the summer.

Skiffle for Pudsey
Posted on November 28 2016 at 10:34:47

Alvechurch skiffle group The 6-5 Specials performed live on BBC Midlands Today during the annual Children in Need night.

Youth jazz musicians in concert
Posted on October 31 2016 at 3:02:07

Following the success of last year’s event, the Rotary Club of Redditch are reprising their Christmas fundraising concert.

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