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Monday June 18 2018

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‘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.

Simply Fresh plan goes to appeal
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:21:10

The long wait for “upmarket” grocer Simply Fresh to open for business in Alvechurch is set to continue.

High turnout for clean-up
Posted on May 29 2018 at 11:57:10

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Scout leaders sought
Posted on May 29 2018 at 10:49:37

1st Barnt Green Scouts are seeking new leaders and assistants to help offer more opportunities to young people in the Village area.

Rugby event spotlights future stars
Posted on May 29 2018 at 10:29:37

Kings Norton RFC hosted young rugby talent of the future in the local Primary Schools Tag Rugby end-of-season Cup Festival at Hopwood Park, Ash Lane.

Open for adventure!
Posted on May 29 2018 at 10:28:14

Adventurous types had the opportunity to try out some exciting new activities when Blackwell Adventure held a Fun Day for all the family.

Sam meets Vinny!
Posted on May 29 2018 at 10:15:14

Six-year-old Samuel Westwood-Tams, of Cofton Hackett, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Are you the owner of a lost ring?
Posted on May 02 2018 at 3:16:10

A Village reader is seeking the owner of a ring found in Bromsgrove high street.

Belt ‘not sacrosanct’
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:38:04

Villagers hoping for reassurance that the suggestion of a new town between Alvechurch and Barnt Green was a non-starter were left deflated when Bromsgrove’s strategic planning chief told them the Green Belt was not sacrosanct.

And action!
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:37:04

Members of the Barnt Green Chuggers running group had their moment in the spotlight when they answered a plea for extras on a locally-made film.

New hope for station lifts
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:35:04

Barnt Green parish councillors are hopeful that the promised railway station lifts may be installed by 2020, after a meeting with Network Rail representatives.

Concern over ‘tree clearing’
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:34:04

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has asked Bromsgrove District Council to look into claims that more protected trees have been cleared from an area of land off Cherry Hill Road.

Tribute to canal historian
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:32:04

A new milestone commemorating the life and work of a local historian was unveiled at Tardebigge on the towpath of The Worcester & Birmingham Canal.

Police burglary pledge
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:31:04

Village burglary victims will still be visited by a police officer, despite other policing areas cutting back.

Gritty problem for councils
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:30:04

Village parish councils discussed installing extra grit bins after the hard winter caused dangerously icy pavements.

Festive repeat
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:29:04

Alvechurch Parish Council is planning to hold a Christmas lights switch-on this year, parish chairman Andy Humphries told the annual meeting.

Pulling power
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:28:04

Phil and Sheila Meads, of the Coach and Horses Inn at Weatheroak, have received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Knitting for funds
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:24:04

Alvechurch’s Knit & Natter group were able to help to three charities after raising money through sales of their knitted goods.

Siena takes ski title
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:22:04

Barnt Green skiing ace Siena Horton took the overall title at the British National Alpine Championships in Tignes and has become U16 Overall British National Champion – a fantastic end to her career in the children’s racing category.

Thanks, Wendy!
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:16:04

Barnt Green Parish Council Chairman Robert Cholmondeley made a presentation to resident Wendy Tricklebank, who for the past 14 years has kept the village’s open spaces litter-free and inspected play equipment to ensure its safety.

‘Patchwork of potholes’
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:15:04

Barnt Green parish councillors discussed concerns about the state of the roads after the winter.

Support local business
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:14:04

Lickey and Blackwell residents have been encouraged to support local businesses.

Consultation on plan
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:13:04

Alvechurch Neighbourhood Plan is now with Bromsgrove District Council for a six-week consultation, before being considered by a Government examiner.

Good news for council relations
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:12:04

The working relationship between Alvechurch Parish Council and the new district and county councillors is excellent, parish chairman Andy Humphries told the annual parish meeting.

Fallen soldier’s family found at last
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:09:04

A photograph of a Barnt Green man killed in World War II has finally been returned to his family, with a little help from The Village.

Can you spot a relative?
Posted on April 30 2018 at 10:08:04

Reader Charlie Bateman has asked us to publish this photo, showing pupils and staff at Lickey End First School in about 1900, to see if anyone recognises an ancestor.

Fingers crossed for sunny picnic
Posted on April 30 2018 at 9:54:04

The Alvechurch Picnic in the Park is nearly here, and everyone is hoping for good weather between now and then, and on the day itself – Sunday May 27. Rain has never stopped play before!

Musical celebration
Posted on April 30 2018 at 8:45:28

Blackwell singing group The Cats Chorus celebrated its first birthday with a music quiz and social night, and raised funds for charity at the same time.

Thomas meets Vinny
Posted on April 30 2018 at 8:33:28

Two-year-old Thomas Roulston, of Lickey End, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Oakalls local keeps it real
Posted on April 30 2018 at 9:24:28

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Birthday bash to remember
Posted on April 30 2018 at 8:19:28

Finstall and Cofton Hackett WI held their 81st Birthday Party at Finstall Village Hall, writes Jessica Wilson.

Fashion for a good cause
Posted on April 30 2018 at 8:10:28

A charity fashion show in Barnt Green has raised £2,500 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

It’s summer festival time
Posted on April 30 2018 at 12:33:55

Saturday June 16 will be a bumper day in Lickey and Blackwell, as both villages hold summer events.

Welcome to Barntchurch Newtown
Posted on March 29 2018 at 1:45:02

The Green Belt around Alvechurch and Barnt Green is under threat – again. This time, it could be really serious . . .

Barntchurch: What do we know?
Posted on March 29 2018 at 1:44:23

The Village delves into the housing study to see why this area is under threat and what ‘Barntchurch’ would really mean.

‘Don’t say its name’
Posted on March 29 2018 at 12:43:16

There have been mixed responses to the GL Hearn report among parish and district councillors across The Village area, with some fearing that even by talking about it they might be giving it too much credence.

MP responds to Green Belt threat
Posted on March 29 2018 at 1:42:40

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid has given his response to the Greater Birmingham Housing Market Area Strategic Growth Study, which proposes building thousands of homes on Green Belt land around Alvechurch and Barnt Green.

The voice of youth
Posted on March 29 2018 at 12:36:22

Barnt Green’s new parish councillor, 18-year-old Sam Harris, shares his vision for the village.

Fighting for right of way
Posted on March 29 2018 at 1:31:50

Barnt Green Parish Council has joined calls for a public right of way to be reopened.

Street light colour clash
Posted on March 29 2018 at 12:30:50

Alvechurch parish councillors had a heated debate over the colour of village street lighting columns after a resident requested that a newly-replaced one on Snake Lane should be painted.

Picnic picks winning logo
Posted on March 29 2018 at 1:29:50

As the final preparations for this year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park get under way, the event now has its official logo, chosen from entries into the annual competition.

Young talent on show
Posted on March 29 2018 at 1:22:17

Talented youngsters showed off their musical skills as The Midland Sinfonia hosted its annual Young Musicians’ Showcase.

Snow lands parish with fun run bill
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:58:04

An unexpected spring snowfall forced the cancellation of Barnt Green’s Sport Relief fun run and cost villagers up to £500, parish councillors heard.

Consultation letters go astray
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:58:04

Residents of Bear Hill in Alvechurch are to be consulted on whether or not they would support the introduction of residents-only parking on their street.

Parish meeting dates
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:56:04

Village parish councils are preparing to hold their Annual Parish Meetings.

Station lifts meeting agreed
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:55:04

Network Rail representatives have agreed to a meeting with Barnt Green parish councillors on April 5, to discuss the lack of lifts at the village railway station. 

Parking restriction plan
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:54:04

Barnt Green Parish Council has asked Worcestershire County Council to look at the possibility of restricting parking on sections of Sandhills Lane and Sandhills Road.

High tea to fund smart toilets
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:53:04

An Oakalls resident is organising a “High Tea” event in Alvechurch to raise money for a Kenyan school.

Joker leads the pack
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:50:04

A Blackwell resident is celebrating after one of her dogs won Best of Breed at this year’s Crufts.

Toby’s 1,000-mile cycle challenge
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:50:04

Blackwell resident Toby Gosnall is preparing for a major cycle challenge to raise money for cancer charity Myeloma UK.

Community car scheme to continue
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:49:04

Rural Rides, the long-running Worcestershire community car scheme, has narrowly avoided closure thanks to Community Transport Wyre Forest (CTWF), which has agreed to take over the running of the service.

Ingenious murder mystery
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:48:04

Alvechurch Dramatic Society’s spring production is Deadly Nightcap, a thriller by the master of the genre, Francis Durbridge. 

The power of poetry
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:47:04

For the 12th year running, Alvechurch Middle School welcomed local poet Giovanni “Spoz” Esposito to work with all Year 8 pupils in a Poetry Slam Day. 

Tribute to canal women
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:46:04

The story of the women who kept Britain’s waterways working during World War Two is being brought to life by a boat-based theatre company.

Halfway there with hedge
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:45:04

An enthusiastic group of volunteers gathered at Tardebigge Community Hall car park to learn the traditional art of hedge laying.

Beastly delay for World Book Day!
Posted on March 29 2018 at 12:43:04

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Get ready for pumpkin-fest
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:43:04

Following the success of last year’s event, Alvechurch will host its second Pumpkin Festival on Saturday October 27 in the Village Hall.

Esme’s £850 charity chop
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:42:04

A kind-hearted youngster has raised £850 for charity by having her long hair cut into a short bob.

Ava meets Vinny
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:32:04

Six-year-old Ava Peyton, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition, helped by three-year-old sister Esmee.

Time to tidy up
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:16:04

Alvechurch Village Society invites villagers to take part in a Springtime Litter Pick on Sun April 15 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

New ideas for Lounge
Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:13:04

Earlier in the year, The Lounge café and youth project started the Alvechurch Community Survey, writes manager Sarah James.

Catch of a lifetime
Posted on March 23 2018 at 2:50:04

A village fisherman was amazed to catch a giant pike in the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Alvechurch.

Here we come a-wassailing!
Posted on February 28 2018 at 2:40:13

Mid-winter procession organised by Aelfgythe Border Morris proves the big bang theory applies in village finale.

Footpath safety fears
Posted on February 28 2018 at 3:23:13

Lickey and Blackwell parish council heard that Hunters Hill School in Blackwell had diverted a public footpath that runs through school grounds.

‘Road watch’ may be upgraded
Posted on February 28 2018 at 2:08:13

Hopwood’s “road watch” may be escalated as a result of an accident at the end of last year in which a pedestrian died.

Ready for village fun run
Posted on February 28 2018 at 2:02:13

Barnt Green Chuggers running group have once again teamed up with the parish council to put on a Sport Relief 5k Fun Run, taking place on Sunday March 18.

Village reunion for poets
Posted on February 28 2018 at 2:59:13

In November 2007, The Village carried a feature introducing a new local group, the Withybed Poets, writes Mary Green.

Sam, 18, to join parish council
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:58:04

Teenager Sam Harris was due to become a Barnt Green parish councillor as The Village went to press.

Fears over Lickey parking
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:57:04

Lickey residents and councillors are dismayed at Birmingham City Council’s plans to introduce parking charges for visitors to the Lickey Hills.

Great save at ’Church
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:53:04

An Alvechurch FC “superfan” whose life was saved by a new defibrillator at the club is hoping other sports clubs and village amenities follow Lye Meadow’s lead in installing the equipment.

Handing over a piece of history
Posted on February 28 2018 at 2:35:13

Barnt Green WI has marked a new chapter in its history with the handing over of a special keepsake.

Verge parking plea
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:24:13

Damage caused by vehicles parking on grass verges was discussed by Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors after a resident asked them to discourage the practice via their newsletter.

Yellow lines plan for station
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:21:13

Double yellow lines are likely to be painted at the junction of Station Road and Latimer Road as parking problems around Alvechurch railway stations spill into the streets.

Hopwood homes objection
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:20:19

An application to build up to 21 new homes on a Green Belt field at Hopwood has been shown the red light in a lengthy objection by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Hannah’s Everest trek
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:16:13

A former Alvechurch Middle School pupil will add to her fundraising for a school in South Africa by trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Planning ahead for Easter 2019
Posted on February 28 2018 at 1:03:13

Alvechurch Baptist Church leaders and congregation are asking villagers to get involved with a special project for Easter 2019.

Fun-filled programme for WI
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:44:13

The Ark Angels WI group, which looked set to fold at the end of last year, has been rejuvenated with a new committee and is looking forward to attracting lots of new members with an exciting programme of events for 2018.

Birthday fun at library
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:28:13

Alvechurch Library celebrates its 10th birthday in April.

Hats off to Vinny winners!
Posted on February 28 2018 at 12:28:13

Alvechurch resident Patrick Dryburgh and three-year-old daughter Georgie won themselves a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

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