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Fashion fundraiser
Posted on February 20 2018 at 11:32:59

A “Preloved Parade” to celebrate the 30th birthday of Acorns Children’s Hospice takes place on March 22.

Get creative for Picnic competition
Posted on February 14 2018 at 11:21:28

There’s still time to submit your entry for this year’s Alvechurch Parish Picnic in the Park logo competition!

Stations stand-off
Posted on January 30 2018 at 3:49:45

Villagers press for action as rail bosses say: there’s no money

Concern over nursing home’s future
Posted on January 30 2018 at 2:47:45

Lickey residents turned out in force for their parish council’s planning meeting to express their concerns over Lickey Hills Nursing Home.

Wassail with a bang!
Posted on January 30 2018 at 1:49:45

This year’s annual Alvechurch Wassail promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Council considers crisis plan
Posted on January 30 2018 at 1:49:45

Alvechurch parish councillors debated the need for the area to have a formal Emergency Plan, as encouraged by Worcestershire County Council.

Mummers’ the word
Posted on January 30 2018 at 2:13:45

The annual New Year’s Day frolics in Alvechurch included, as always, a Mummers Play featuring traditional and topical characters.

Plugging the skills gap
Posted on January 30 2018 at 1:04:45

Perplexed by plumbing? Frustrated by flat packs? Broad Street DIY in Bromsgrove is launching a new event to help young people learn essential DIY skills.

Parking solutions discussed
Posted on January 30 2018 at 1:01:45

Responses to a car parking survey carried out among Barnt Green shops and businesses has revealed that most people find it difficult to park in the village.

Barnt Green slime queen
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:57:45

A youngster from Barnt Green has set up her own business, tapping into the latest kids’ craze by making “slime”.

Litter fairies
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:50:45

Village reader Mike Bingham sent us a photo showing just some of the rubbish collected by one of the “litter fairies” (local residents) in Grange Lane, Alvechurch, recently.

Council seeks crossing update
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:45:45

Lickey & Blackwell council has asked county and district councillor Kit Taylor for an update the controversial closure of Blackwell’s “yellow brick road” railway crossing.

Objection to homes plan
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:44:45

Alvechurch Parish Council has objected to plans to build three houses on Green Belt land on Ash Lane, Hopwood, saying it would set a “dangerous precedent in the parish.”

Judge’s Crufts call-up
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:43:45

A Rowney Green resident whose dogs have proved successful at Crufts will soon be seeing the show from a different angle – as a judge.

CCTV for shelter
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:16:50

CCTV has now been installed at the new bike shelter at Alvechurch railway station.

Council spot vacant
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:16:45

There is still one vacancy to be filled on Barnt Green Parish Council.

Crime figures
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:13:45

December’s crime figures for Barnt Green consisted of one house burglary in which a car was stolen, and three thefts from the Tesco store, according to PCSO Chelsea Lloyd.

Precept stays same
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:12:45

Barnt Green Parish Council has voted to keep its precept – the part of the council tax that goes to the parish – the same as the previous year.

A winter celebration
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:11:50

The annual Barnt Green Community Walk between Christmas and New Year had an extra twist this time – as well as taking a gentle stroll in the countryside surrounding the village, participants also stopped for a spot of wassailing.

Congestion continues
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:11:45

Bromsgrove District Council has asked Worcestershire County Council’s Highways Department to explain the congestion problems on the roads in Bromsgrove, Barnt Green Parish Council heard.

Speeding still a concern
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:06:45

A report from the Safer Roads Partnership into the A441 through Hopwood states that the average speed is 47mph (in a 40mph zone), similar to previous years.

Alex meets Vinny
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:03:45

Four-year-old Alex Wells, of The Oakalls & Parklands in Bromsgrove, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition

Scouts prepare for Jamboree
Posted on January 30 2018 at 11:58:45

Bromsgrove Scouts are looking forward to a big adventure when they attend the World Scout Jamboree in the USA next year.

Knitting kindness
Posted on January 30 2018 at 11:44:45

Members of the Alvechurch Knit & Natter group raised £1,300 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Princes in the park
Posted on January 30 2018 at 11:35:45

After last year’s decision to shift the Alvechurch Picnic in the Park to the late May Bank Holiday proved a success, organisers are hoping for another day of lovely weather for this year’s event on Sunday May 27.

Village loses leading lights
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:34:45

Alvechurch lost two village stalwarts when Lorna Sage and Jim Parker, who were both honorary Vice-Presidents of Alvechurch Village Society in recognition of their work for the community, died shortly before Christmas.

Cofton community café
Posted on January 30 2018 at 11:22:45

With a new village hall in Cofton Hackett still some way off, residents now have another way to get together thanks to a project set up by local churches.

Waking the trees with merriment
Posted on January 30 2018 at 12:15:45

Record numbers – more than 180 people – attended this year’s annual Wassail in the Lickey Hills Country Park Community Orchard.

Water supply for park
Posted on January 30 2018 at 10:43:45

Barnt Green parish councillors voted to go ahead with plans to install a water supply in the village’s Millennium Park.

Siena tops podium in Austria
Posted on January 30 2018 at 10:40:45

Barnt Green ski star Siena Horton has added to her growing collection of titles by winning the U16 Female Ambition Alpine Championships in Austria.

Zip wire favoured for new play equipment
Posted on January 30 2018 at 10:39:45

More than 400 Alvechurch residents responded to the recent questionnaire about new play equipment for The Meadows.

First aid skills for Finstall folk
Posted on January 30 2018 at 11:22:45

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Get started on stargazing
Posted on January 29 2018 at 3:44:26

Bromsgrove Astronomical Society is holding an Open Evening to introduce people of all ages to stargazing.

Villagers on screen
Posted on December 31 2017 at 3:33:49

A short film involving plenty of local talent is now in production in the Village area.

Shining lights
Posted on December 31 2017 at 3:28:55

Villagers in Alvechurch, Barnt Green, Lickey and Blackwell embraced the spirit of Christmas with a host of sparkling celebrations.

Barnt Green ups stakes over lifts
Posted on December 31 2017 at 3:24:49

Barnt Green Parish Council called an emergency meeting last month to raise its protest over the disabled lifts U-turn at the village station.

Let it snow!
Posted on December 31 2017 at 3:00:49

December’s heavy snowfall meant playtime for kids – and lots of picturesque views.

Cycle shelter installed
Posted on December 31 2017 at 2:13:49

A cycle shelter has been installed at Alvechurch Station by London Midland, in conjunction with Worcestershire County Council and co-ordinated by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Musical money
Posted on December 31 2017 at 2:03:49

Alvechurch Community Choir presented a cheque for £453 to The Lounge café and youth centre during a carol singing session.

Ready to wassail
Posted on December 31 2017 at 1:27:49

Villagers are invited to help ‘wake the trees’ at the mid-winter celebration hosted by Aelfgythe Border Morris.

Villagers rally round for Kieran
Posted on December 31 2017 at 12:51:49

Villagers in Alvechurch have clubbed together to help a fellow resident to buy a new wheelchair.

Lost Notes find fame with debut album
Posted on December 31 2017 at 12:37:49

Barnt Green singer/songwriter Oli Jobes and his band, The Lost Notes, have launched their debut album, Run Free Right Now

Churchyard danger plea
Posted on December 31 2017 at 1:33:49

A village church is hoping to contact the descendants of people whose memorials have become unsafe in its graveyard.

Learn to save lives
Posted on December 31 2017 at 1:22:49

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Vinny joins the council!
Posted on December 31 2017 at 12:22:08

Alvechurch parish councillor Sue Lambert was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Join the Walking Buddies
Posted on December 31 2017 at 11:48:49

A new walking group was set up in Alvechurch recently by local residents Tony Brannon and Diana Ball.

Welcome to the Lodge
Posted on December 31 2017 at 11:45:49

Burcot Grange care home held a launch party to open its new dementia care facility, Burcot Lodge. 

Hall is chosen charity
Posted on December 31 2017 at 11:19:49

Hopwood Village Hall has been chosen by the Co-op in Alvechurch as one of its local charities for the next few months.

Plastic-free village
Posted on December 31 2017 at 11:19:49

Alvechurch might become a plastic-free village after a resident contacted district councillor Kate Van Der Plank to suggest the idea.

Railing repair
Posted on December 31 2017 at 11:17:49

Loose railings in Swan Street, Alvechurch, are to be repaired or replaced by the highways department after officers confirmed they were county council property.

Council’s signage pledge
Posted on December 31 2017 at 11:15:49

Lickey and Blackwell parish councillors have agreed to make budgetary provision for extra signage on Dale Hill if there is inadequate funding from the county council.

Hall is Community Asset
Posted on December 31 2017 at 11:15:49

Blackwell’s Methodist Hall has been declared a Community Asset.

Festive fun in Finstall
Posted on December 31 2017 at 11:02:49

Finstall & Cofton Hackett WI hosted a Christmas Party at their December meeting in Finstall Village Hall.

Library volunteers sought
Posted on December 31 2017 at 10:54:49

Volunteers are sought to help support the day-to-day running of Alvechurch Library.

Thanks to Crafty Ladies
Posted on December 31 2017 at 10:50:49

Following a hugely successful Christmas Craft Sale, Alvechurch Library would like to say a massive thank you to the Crafty Ladies for their hard work and support for the library and local community.

Join the adventure!
Posted on December 31 2017 at 10:45:49

The Scouting team in Barnt Green is seeking volunteers to help ensure that everyone is able to access great opportunities and activities and learn skills for life.

New books for the new year
Posted on December 31 2017 at 11:05:07

Two Village authors have released new books.

Parish fights back on lifts
Posted on November 27 2017 at 3:07:18

Following the revelation that Network Rail will not be providing the promised lifts at Barnt Green railway station in the near future, parish councillors have been discussing their next move.

Speeding plea down ‘black hole’ lane
Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:44:18

A Blackwell resident who describes a village lane as “the Black Hole of Calcutta” is campaigning for speed restrictions in the hope of preventing a serious accident.

End of yellow brick road
Posted on November 27 2017 at 3:36:09

Network Rail has confirmed that it intends to close Blackwell’s “yellow brick road” railway crossing permanently and replace it with a diversion, despite opposition from residents and parish councillors.

‘We’re not in Redditch’
Posted on November 27 2017 at 3:34:09

Voters in Alvechurch, Barnt Green and Cofton Hackett would find themselves electing the MP for Redditch if new proposals are introduced.

Parking fears in school expansion
Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:33:18

Barnt Green parish councillors have discussed submitting an official response to the proposed expansion of St Andrew’s First School.

Thriller based on true mystery
Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:32:19

A bizarre-but-true mystery has provided the inspiration for a villager’s debut novel.

All action for village film-making projects
Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:31:18

A new short film made in the Village area will tell the story of Midland hero “Blind Dave” Heeley and how he came to run around the world.

Keeping tradition alive
Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:30:09

A village Morris dancing side is looking for new blood as the group heads towards its 30th anniversary. 

Villagers asked for land use ideas
Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:29:21

The new owner of the former vet’s building on Birmingham Road, Alvechurch, has asked villagers for suggestions of uses for the land to the rear.

Second defibrillator for village
Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:28:21

Barnt Green parish councillors agreed to contribute £200 towards the cost of a defibrillator at the village’s social club.

Railing danger
Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:26:21

Loose railings on Swan Street (right) close to the centre of Alvechurch are to be investigated after warnings from residents that they have become dangerous.

Lickey on alert after burglaries
Posted on November 27 2017 at 3:26:21

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council is reminding villagers to keep their homes, sheds and vehicles secure, after October’s crime figures from Lickey were released by the police.

Villages light up
Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:24:18

The final details of Alvechurch’s Christmas event on December 1 have been released.

Christmas church services
Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:48:25

Lickey and Blackwell’s churches are encouraging people to come along to their special Christmas services.

Simply Fresh plan setback
Posted on November 27 2017 at 1:48:19

Plans for an “upmarket” grocery store in Alvechurch have been sent back to the drawing board after they were deemed inappropriate for a listed building.

Wassail Walk update
Posted on November 27 2017 at 1:44:19

Meet at 3pm on Wednesday December 27 in Millennium Park for the free Barnt Green Wassail Walk to a local orchard.

Local history in full colour
Posted on November 27 2017 at 1:36:18

The 2017 edition of The Bromsgrove Rousler has been published by the Bromsgrove Society, in full colour for the first time.

Lounge ideas wanted
Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:29:15

Trustees of the local charity that runs The Lounge community café and youth project in Alvechurch are asking residents and those in the surrounding villages to take part in a community survey.

Susie meets Vinny!
Posted on November 27 2017 at 1:27:18

Susie Elias-Jones, of Weatheroak, Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Musical talent
Posted on November 27 2017 at 1:22:18

Alvechurch Community Choir entertained at the third annual Gala Concert hosted by Alvechurch Baptist Church.

Scout groups seek helpers
Posted on November 27 2017 at 12:17:18

Scout groups in and around Bromsgrove are seeking volunteers to ensure young people can experience the fun and adventure of Scouting.

Pumpkins on parade
Posted on November 27 2017 at 12:54:25

Alvechurch’s first Pumpkin Festival was a great success, with more than 100 diverse exhibits grown, carved or made by creative villagers.

Chance to try rugby
Posted on November 27 2017 at 11:53:18

Kings Norton RFC held its Annual All Girls Primary School Tag Rugby Festival at the Hopwood Park facility, with a total of 10 teams involved.

It’s the Spook-alls!
Posted on November 27 2017 at 9:58:18

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Mini monsters on village trail
Posted on November 27 2017 at 9:56:18

More than 50 houses in Barnt Green took part in a Halloween Friendly Trail, helping to raise more than £300 for local charities including The Basement Project in Bromsgrove.

25,000 volt warning
Posted on November 24 2017 at 4:43:20

Network Rail is warning villagers to take extra care around the railway when overhead power lines “go live”.

Phone box defibrillator conundrum
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:33:32

Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors debated extra security measures for the Marlbook defibrillator, after it was stolen from the former phone box on Old Birmingham Road.

Station lifts grounded
Posted on October 31 2017 at 1:17:09

The long-promised installation of lifts at Barnt Green railway station is now unlikely to go ahead as planned.

Lessons in fundraising
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:44:16

Crown Meadow First School in Alvechurch hosted a Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, attended by families and friends.

Tip deadline missed
Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:35:05

The Environment Agency is stepping in to carry out safety work on Marlbrook Tip after the site’s owners failed to meet the deadline to do it themselves.

Noise advice
Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:34:05

Reports of problems at Mayfield Farm, Hopwood are “on-going”, district and county councillor Charlie Hotham told Alvechurch parish councillors.

High-end cars ‘at risk’
Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:30:05

Alvechurch is suffering from a “spike” in thefts of cars, with luxury models being the prime target.

Christmas set to be a cracker
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:28:16

Plans for a more festive Alvechurch are gathering pace, with the parish Christmas working group being upgraded to a sub-committee of the council with its own budget.

Life through a lens
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:27:16

Fifty years after work began on building Pebble Mill, a talk in Alvechurch celebrates the life of the iconic BBC studios.

Warning signs
Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:27:05

Signs alerting motorists to the likelihood of horse riders are being sought for Rowney Green by Alvechurch Parish Council after recent concerns expressed by villagers.

Help always wanted
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:26:16

Bill Ulyett, chairman of trustees at The Lounge youth project and cafe in Alvechurch, explains how villagers can help out.

Village school could expand
Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:25:05

St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green has been asked to consider expanding, the village’s parish councillors heard.

Positive thinking
Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:21:16

Members of the Alvechurch Neighbourhood Plan steering group held a three-day public display of their draft plan at Alvechurch Baptist Church.

Apply for grants now
Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:20:05

Community groups in Alvechurch are being encouraged to put forward any applications for grants to the parish council as it begins to prepare its budget for the next year.

GP centre idea
Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:02:11

Alvechurch is missing the chance to encourage a Worcestershire medical practice to open a centre in the village, a resident told parish councillors.

Finalists in the frame
Posted on October 31 2017 at 9:44:44

Barnt Green Tennis Club’s end-of-summer finals saw some keenly contested matches across all age groups.

Golf still to the fore!
Posted on October 31 2017 at 10:38:22

Village golfers have been reassured that any changes to Bromsgrove Golf Centre are years away, as proposals to make its land available for future housing were revealed.

Hallowed turf
Posted on October 31 2017 at 9:04:16

More than 20 players from Kings Norton Rhinos took part in a tag rugby festival at the Worcester Warriors ground.

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