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Friday September 21 2018

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Parking plight plea
Posted on August 31 2018 at 2:12:19

Villagers are being asked to come up with ideas that could solve the growing parking problems across Alvechurch.

Mystery of the Lickey latch
Posted on August 31 2018 at 1:11:19

Churchwardens in Lickey are baffled by the disappearance and return of the latch on the gate to the cemetery extension.

Carve or craft a pumpkin
Posted on August 31 2018 at 1:09:19

The second Alvechurch Pumpkin Festival will take place on Saturday October 27 in the Village Hall.

Hall helpers needed
Posted on August 31 2018 at 1:07:19

Villagers are getting behind plans for a new village hall in Cofton Hackett by volunteering their skills to get the project off the ground.

Three walks to choose from
Posted on August 31 2018 at 1:06:19

Barnt Green Parish Council holds its annual Community Walk on Saturday September 22.

Playtime at Meadows
Posted on August 31 2018 at 1:04:19

The Meadows in Alvechurch has been full of kids, old and young, since the installation of new play and exercise equipment over the summer.

Stolen plant returned
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:47:19

A memorial garden to Alvechurch youngster Finlay Church was planted earlier this year by the paddling pool in The Meadows and is being nurtured by retired director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens Philip Aubury.

Post Office in limbo
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:46:19

The future of Alvechurch Post Office is still in limbo after plans for a Simply Fresh grocery store at 14 The Square were turned down on appeal.

Council vacancies
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:44:19

Barnt Green Parish Council was left with two vacancies after the resignations of Sam Harris and Jenny Jellie.

Lack of bins leads to litter
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:42:19

A lack of waste bins on the Parker’s Piece playing field in Barnt Green led to litter problems during the summer heatwave.

Guard of honour for Kay
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:41:19

What seemed like the whole of Barnt Green turned out to say farewell to Kay Cholmondeley when she retired as head of St Andrew’s First School after 20 years.

Chris has left the building
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:39:19

The Lawns residential home in Alvechurch waved goodbye to some long-serving members of staff at a garden party.

Horseplay in the hills
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:27:19

Now in its third year, the Lickey Hills Bilberry Wake has been revived to commemorate a time when real horses were raced for competition.

New season starts
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:26:19

With the new season commencing in September, the junior section of Kings Norton Rugby Club started pre-season training in August.

Waiting for the rain to fall
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:11:19

This scene would normally be mostly water, perhaps with a sailing dinghy or two skipping across the surface while anglers watch their floats from the shore.

Hannah wins a Vinny – at last!
Posted on August 31 2018 at 12:05:19

Eleven-year-old Hannah Dale, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition – having been entering for more than two years!

Music on the lawn
Posted on August 31 2018 at 11:43:19

After nearly two months without rain, a few showers couldn’t dampen the spirit of residents and friends of Burcot Grange, who enjoyed a “Jazz on the Lawn” garden party.

Artist in good company
Posted on August 31 2018 at 11:41:19

Barnt Green artist Alexander Rhys is to have his work featured in an exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London, alongside artists including Banksy.

Football book aims to enthuse young readers
Posted on August 31 2018 at 11:39:19

A Bromsgrove resident has published his first book after it found favour with his own children.

Historical tale
Posted on August 31 2018 at 11:38:19

Alvechurch skiffle musician John Davies has turned his hand to writing, with the first in a planned series called The Belshaw Chronicles.

MP joins music-makers
Posted on August 31 2018 at 11:32:19

Tutnall Hall care home’s summer fete was opened by village MP and Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who also announced the winner of an annual art competition.

Renowned musicians in town
Posted on August 31 2018 at 10:51:19

Bromsgrove Concerts, the well-respected regional concert platform, will once again welcome internationally-renowned guest artists in a series of concerts from September 2018 until April 2019, mainly at Artrix.

Ten top gardens
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:31:18

The sun shone on Alvechurch’s bi-annual Open Gardens event.

Left in dark during leak
Posted on July 30 2018 at 2:26:18

As The Village went to press, Swan Street in Alvechurch was finally open after many weeks of disruption caused by a gas emergency.

A new home for AFC
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:20:18

’Church plan for the future with a move to The Hayes. 

School hosts festival fun
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:14:18

This year’s Lickey School and Community Festival was another big success, with plenty of fun for all ages at Lickey Hills Primary School.

Invaded by the Vikings!
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:13:18

Blackwell was taken over by marauding hordes at its Viking-themed summer festival, where villagers really got into the spirit of the event with some great costumes and props.

Run in the sun
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:11:18

Despite a rather important football match taking place that lunchtime, villagers of all ages turned out for the Barnt Green Fun Run, postponed from snowy March.

Lucian meets Vinny
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:04:26

Six-year-old Lucian Chilton-Davies, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Plenty to see in Penny’s garden
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:57:26

A charity garden party held in Bordesley attracted a host of visitors and raised money for three charities.

Garden housing plan
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:52:18

A housing developer is eyeing up Green Belt garden land in Barnt Green for a potential 20-home estate.

84 miles in three days
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:49:18

A group of 17 teachers and parents from Winterfold and Bromsgrove Schools have raised £6,500 for an African school by walking the full 84-mile length of the Hadrian’s Wall Path, from Newcastle to Bowness-on-Solway, in just three days.

Heading off
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:47:18

Two long-serving village headteachers retired at the end of the summer term.

SOS answered
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:46:18

Village roofing contractors DJ Scriven did their bit for the community by offering their services to TV’s DIY SOS team, who had appealed for local tradespeople to help out with their latest “Big Build” in Lickey End.

Softball success for Divas
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:45:18

A team of Alvechurch cricketers are celebrating after they took the top spots in a festival competition.

Festival is ready to rock
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:44:18

Blackwell Music Festival takes place on Saturday September 8, from 12 noon in the grounds of Hunter’s Hill School.

Parish supports surgery cabins
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:43:18

Barnt Green parish council has backed the village surgery’s plan to expand into two Portakabins.

Birthday ‘girls’ celebrate in style
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:41:18

Two Alvechurch residents celebrated special birthday milestones with parties thrown by their friends and family.

Resurfacing delay
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:40:18

Resurfacing of Sandhills Lane, Barnt Green, will not be done until September at the earliest, county councillor Peter McDonald told parish councillors.

Afternoon of song
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:39:18

Alvechurch Community Choir enjoyed an afternoon of song with a workshop led by professional opera and choral singer Themba Mvula.

Tree to be felled
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:39:18

Barnt Green is to fell its “Christmas tree”.  The large conifer where lights have been hung for the past few years is becoming too high and also blocks the view of drivers
turning out of Sandhills Road.

Footbridge postponed again
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:38:18

The Cofton railway footbridge has been put back again. Work is now planned to start in September, with completion in December.

Colourful display of craft creations
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:37:18

Forge Mill Creative Textile Group attracted plenty of visitors to their Open Morning at Beoley Village Hall.

Car removed from hedge
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:37:18

The car in the hedge on the Bittell Road bends in Barnt Green has finally been removed, parish councillors heard.

Fee agreed for Plan
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:36:18

Parish councillors have agreed to spend £7,500 on an independent consultant to help Barnt Green develop its Neighbourhood Plan.

Rock band entertains villagers
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:35:18

A group of villagers enjoyed a garden party with a difference: featuring a private performance from American rock band Lucky Tongue.

Youth group considered
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:34:18

Vandalism prompted Lickey and Blackwell parish councillors to discuss the possibility of forming a new youth group.

Pumpkins at the ready for festival
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:32:18

Organisers of the second Alvechurch Pumpkin Festival are reminding people of the date – Saturday October 27 in the village hall – and encouraging them to start working on their entries.

Thank you, Sue
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:29:18

Sue Atkinson, office administrator at Tardebigge First School, bid farewell to pupils as she retired after 23 years.

Planners ‘ignored’ parish
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:25:18

Alvechurch parish councillors are “appalled” that Bromsgrove planners ignored their grounds for objection to an application for three new houses in the Green Belt at Hopwood.

Church grant query
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:24:18

Alvechurch parish councillors are in a quandary over whether to give a churchyard maintenance grant to St Laurence Church.

Bin that bra for charity
Posted on July 30 2018 at 1:21:32

Villagers are being encouraged to give their support to a new “Bra Bank”, in a fundraising initiative for the charity Against Breast Cancer.

Call for action on roundabout
Posted on July 30 2018 at 12:52:18

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Seeking Sheila
Posted on July 02 2018 at 2:48:27

A Village reader is seeking a childhood friend, who is now believed to live in Alvechurch.

Parish aims to be ready with its own plan
Posted on June 30 2018 at 2:58:21

Barnt Green is to revisit its Neighbourhood Plan preparations to ensure the parish is ready to deal with future house-building pressures.

Swans walk
Posted on June 30 2018 at 2:56:21

The family of swans featured in our June magazine, including our “cover cob”, have been on the move once more.

Finstall funds defibrillator
Posted on June 30 2018 at 2:54:21

Bromsgrove MP and Home Secretary Sajid Javid officially unveiled the new public access defibrillator at Finstall Village Hall.

Danger bridge to go at last
Posted on June 30 2018 at 2:52:21

After years of pressure from The Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society and Alvechurch Parish Council, the Canal & River Trust (CRT) has finally agreed to demolish the derelict bridge on the “dead arm” of the canal at Alvechurch.

Have your say on plan
Posted on June 30 2018 at 2:50:21

Villagers in Lickey, Blackwell and Cofton Hackett can have their say on the parishes’ future by commenting on a draft of the joint Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), which is out for consultation until July 16.

Raising the pollen count
Posted on June 30 2018 at 2:49:21

Barnt Green is embracing an initiative to protect pollinating insects and their habitats.

‘Transparency’ plea
Posted on June 30 2018 at 2:59:03

Independent councillors are calling for the review of Bromsgrove’s local plan to be halted while fears of a “perceived conflict of interest” are investigated.

100 reasons to celebrate
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:55:21

Family and friends gathered at Alvechurch Sports & Social Club to help Vera Palmer, a long-time resident of Alvechurch, celebrate reaching her 100th birthday.

It’s a snip . . . for £3,200!
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:53:21

A well-known Alvechurch resident has raised £3,200 for a children’s charity by having her long hair cut.

Julie lifts Euro title for a second time
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:30:21

Cofton Hackett resident Julie Davis has retained her title at the European Powerlifting Championships, breaking four British and two European records.

Fresh veg for all in village scheme
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:27:21

A group of volunteers aiming to bring the community together by growing and sharing fresh produce are hoping to expand the scheme in Alvechurch.

Car crime in Cofton
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:25:21

PC Marc Ginder, the new beat manager for Hagley and Rubery, has reminded residents to ensure their vehicles are secure after a number of attempted break-ins in Cofton Hackett and Rednal.

Concern over ‘near misses’
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:19:21

Residents in Alvechurch have expressed concerns that children as young as three years old are playing unsupervised in the streets around Hollington Road.

Barrier a step closer
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:17:21

The planned height restriction barrier for The Meadows in Alvechurch is set to go ahead.

Where is June?
Posted on June 30 2018 at 12:14:21

Alvechurch parish councillors continue to ask for updates on district councillor June Griffiths.

Division over bike rack
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:31:21

Parish councillors in Lickey & Blackwell are still divided over the idea of installing a cycle rack, a bench or bollards outside the Trinity Centre to deter motorists from parking next to the horse trough.

Parking appeal
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:30:21

Lickey Community Group asked parish councillors to help in appealing to Bromsgrove District Council for a police presence outside Lickey Hills Primary School.

Plastics phased out
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:29:21

Single-use plastics are to be phased out by both Worcestershire County Council and Bromsgrove District Council.

Hannah meets Vinny!
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:25:21

Hannah Gorton, aged 23 months, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Ball raises a big total
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:05:21

A Masquerade Ball held in Barnt Green raised more than £20,000.

A picnic fit for a prince
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:07:21

Taking place a week after the Royal Wedding, this year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park was themed around Princes and Princesses

New lines for safer roads
Posted on June 30 2018 at 11:02:21

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Gifts galore at craft fair
Posted on June 30 2018 at 10:08:21

A variety of hand-crafted goods were on sale at Blackwell’s 39th Craft Fair at Blackwell Methodist Hall.

Secretary required
Posted on June 14 2018 at 1:03:15

Finstall Village Hall has a vacancy for a secretarial position.

‘Danger’ lane action
Posted on May 29 2018 at 1:16:24

A Blackwell road described by residents as “the Black Hole of Calcutta” is to have new warning signs after a campaign to make the road safer.

Height barrier to keep gates open at park
Posted on May 29 2018 at 1:13:24

The gates to The Meadows playing fields in Alvechurch, locked for much of the summer last year to keep travellers out, are to be fitted with a height restriction system.

‘Hell-bent’ on Hearn
Posted on May 29 2018 at 2:13:05

Hopes that any consideration of a proposed “garden village” between Alvechurch and Barnt Green would be shelved were dashed when Conservative councillors got together to keep it on the agenda.

Road to be resurfaced
Posted on May 29 2018 at 12:24:14

The plague of potholes in Barnt Green may soon be over, at least on Sandhills Lane.

New kids on the block
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:52:10

Village reader Paul Wilde sent us these pictures showing a new brood of cygnets that hatched in May near Abbey Meadows in Bordesley.

Council considers cycle rack
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:48:10

Lickey and Blackwell parish councillors agreed to consider the possibility of installing a bench or a cycle rack by the horse trough outside the Trinity Centre.

No more slime
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:47:10

Tennis players should find firmer footing at the Rowney Green courts after the parish council agreed to jet wash the surface which has become “slimy”.

Still in charge
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:46:10

Andy Humphries, the long-serving Chairman of Alvechurch Parish Council, has been elected to the role for a sixth year by fellow councillors, despite having said the past year would “probably” be the last.

Forum suspended
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:45:10

Alvechurch Community Safety Forum, which succeeded PACT meetings in the parish, is to be suspended.

Plans to save pets
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:44:10

Pet owners will be able to take their animals to centres at Hopwood and Rowney Green under the Emergency Plan being drawn up by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Choir joins in with joyful duo
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:40:10

While millions of people watched a certain royal event on TV, a somewhat smaller but no less special wedding was taking place that same day in Alvechurch.

The money-spinners!
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:38:10

A sponsored spinathon in Alvechurch raised money for the Pituitary Foundation in memory of a young villager.

Fun Run rescheduled
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:37:10

After being cancelled because of snow in March, the Barnt Green Fun Run in aid of Sport Relief has been rescheduled for Sunday June 24.

New film aims to scare
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:33:10

Barnt Green film company Walktall Productions is getting ready to scare audiences with its current project, a Hammer-style horror thriller.

John’s an inspiration
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:31:10

Alvechurch resident John Davies has been shortlisted in a nationwide competition to find inspirational people aged over 60.

Environment Agency gets ready for tip application
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:30:10

The Environment Agency has completed a survey of the former Marlbrook Tip in the Lickey Hills and is now preparing to apply for planning permission to carry out work to make the site safe.

Victory in close-run road race
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:29:10

Alvechurch cyclist Cameron Biddle is celebrating his latest win, after snatching victory at the last moment of an exciting road race.

On target for team GB
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:27:10

An Oakalls youngster represented Great Britain in archery in her first international competition.

Colts crowned champions
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:27:10

Barnt Green Colts U12s enjoyed a fantastic season of football, ending with them being crowned league champions.

Hockey debut
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:26:10

We usually report on Barnt Green teenager Siena Horton’s skiing success, but she’s also a rising star in the hockey world.

No joy for detectorists
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:23:10

Alvechurch Parish Council agreed to ban metal detectorists from its land, after a resident with a licence asked for permission to search in the area.

School sends DIY SOS
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:21:10

Alvechurch Middle School is sending out an SOS to anyone with DIY expertise who can help with a building project.

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