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Pirates in the park
Posted on July 31 2017 at 3:23:23

Blackwell Festival enjoyed glorious weather for a change – perfect for this year’s piratical theme!

Down on the farm
Posted on July 31 2017 at 3:10:23

This year’s Lickey Festival, held at Lickey Hills Primary School and involving the whole community, was themed around The Farmyard.

Motor mania!
Posted on July 31 2017 at 3:01:46

The inaugural Barnt Green Motor Festival saw more than 60 cars and motorbikes assemble in the village centre.

Guess the close-up (No. 5): ANSWER
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:49:50

Did you guess correctly?

School bus with a difference
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:39:42

Pupils at St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green now have extra space for their lessons, thanks to the addition of an unusual classroom – “Buster” the double-decker bus.

‘Wake up’ call on closure
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:37:42

A group of Blackwell residents have organised a campaign against Network Rail’s decision to close a popular railway crossing point and replace it with a diversion.

Charity challengers
Posted on July 31 2017 at 2:36:42

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Party time at Burcot
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:34:42

More than 250 guests attended the Annual Summer Garden Party at Burcot Grange Care Home, enjoying an afternoon tea in the beautiful gardens and sunshine.

Lawns launches garden
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:30:42

The new sensory garden at The Lawns care home in Alvechurch was officially opened with a celebration attended by residents, families and friends.

Tip deadline looms
Posted on July 31 2017 at 2:19:54

After years of stalemate, this month may mark a major turning point in the Marlbrook Tip debacle.

Guess the close-up (No. 5)
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:13:42

Village reader Mark Winson sent us some close-up images of interesting sights around Alvechurch – can you identify where this one is? 

Jessica meets Vinny!
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:04:42

Nine-year-old Jessica Kirk, of Blackwell, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Wonders of Withybed
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:29:32

The biannual Withybed Open Gardens event showcased 11 diverse gardens in the hamlet.

Afternoon tea at The Lounge
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:39:42

The Lounge cafe and youth project in Alvechurch has added another string to its bow by offering traditional afternoon teas.

Pupils in design competition final
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:18:42

A group of pupils from Alvechurch Middle School reached the final five in the national Land Rover BAR Faraday Challenge to design a problem-solving device for the America’s Cup.

Award for council
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:14:42

Barnt Green Parish Council has become one of only five parish and town councils in Worcestershire to achieve the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) Foundation certificate.

Bob in the Big Apple
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:13:42

The Village‘s resident cartoonist Bob Lawton is showing off his talents across The Pond after he was commissioned to provide artwork for an eatery in New York City.

Wartime history of Lickeys on display
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:08:42

Lickey Hills Local History Society is holding its Open Weekend 2017 on Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17.

Plea for play equipment upgrade
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:08:42

Children in Hopwood could enjoy an upgrade to play equipment on the park behind the community centre after a plea by parents at the July meeting of Alvechurch Parish Council.

Produce galore at village show
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:04:42

Finstall’s Annual Village Show takes place on Sat Sept 2 at the village hall, with classes for vegetables, fruit, baking (including jams and chutneys), floral arrangements, crafts, photography and art.

Don’t miss out on popular Fair!
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:02:42

Tardebigge Fair & Show will soon be here again to provide a great afternoon’s entertainment and bargains for all the family on Saturday September 9!

Light idea for bus shelters
Posted on July 31 2017 at 10:47:42

Lights may be turned on in Alvechurch village centre’s bus shelters after lengthsman Ron Rand told parish councillors it would deter people from “contaminating” them.

Farm still causing a stink
Posted on July 31 2017 at 10:44:42

A rise in complaints of smells emanating from Mayfield Farm, Hopwood, led Alvechurch Parish Councillors to pass an emergency motion calling on Worcestershire Regulatory Services to reopen its investigation into operations at the site.

Green Belt contender on the Lickeys
Posted on July 31 2017 at 10:26:42

Green Belt fields over the road from the former Marlbrook Tip site could become a housing estate for 165 homes with views across Worcestershire.

Art studios open for weekend
Posted on July 31 2017 at 10:28:42

Artists across the county will open their doors to visitors this August bank holiday weekend as part of Worcestershire Open Studios. 

Afternoon tea at The Ark
Posted on July 26 2017 at 12:16:13

A fundraising event takes place at The Ark, Alvechurch on Monday July 31, with proceeds going to Primrose Hospice and St. Richard’s Hospice.

Late-date success!
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:43:46

Alvechurch’s annual Picnic in the Park reaped the rewards of being held later in the year as record crowds basked in warm sunshine.

Could you use a marquee?
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:37:46

If you’re seeking a party venue for September, Barnt Green Cricket Club could have the solution.

Paving way for piazza
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:31:46

Plans for a Piazza dell’Alvechurch could be resurrected as the village’s Neighbourhood Plan nears fruition.

A community hub
Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:04:46

A report on Alvechurch Sports & Social Club by its vice president, Karl Farrell.

Trek to raise awareness
Posted on June 30 2017 at 2:55:46

A village resident is to take part in an arduous trek across Oman in aid of Coppafeel, a charity that promotes early detection of breast cancer in young people. 

Tea with the Queen
Posted on June 30 2017 at 2:54:46

Barnt Green parish councillor Judith Jagger was invited to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, in recognition of her work in the community.

Hopwood misses out on crossing
Posted on June 30 2017 at 2:52:46

Hopwood residents have been “sadly let down” by Bromsgrove planners, according to independent district councillor Charlie Hotham.

Post Office plans move
Posted on June 30 2017 at 2:49:46

Post Office bosses are consulting with villagers over a proposed move of the Alvechurch branch into the planned Simply Fresh store in the village centre.

Gate policy to continue
Posted on June 30 2017 at 2:48:46

Alvechurch parish councillors have decided to continue locking the gates to The Meadows playing fields when alerts of travellers looking for a new site in the area are received.

New Executive Officer
Posted on June 30 2017 at 2:46:46

Blackwell resident Lisa Winterbourn has been announced as the new Executive Officer for Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council.

Station scheme draws a blank
Posted on June 30 2017 at 2:45:46

A proposed scheme which could see volunteers looking after Barnt Green railway station has not proved as popular as the parish council hoped.

War memorial adopted
Posted on June 30 2017 at 2:43:46

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has formally agreed to adopt the war memorial outside the Trinity Centre, as neither Lickey church nor Bromsgrove District Council were interested in doing so.

Traffic chaos to ease
Posted on June 30 2017 at 2:12:46

Traffic chaos at the Bovis Homes temporary lights at Bordesley should be easing, site manager Richard Flanigan told Alvechurch parish councillors.

Guess the close-up (No. 4)
Posted on June 30 2017 at 2:49:29

Village reader Mark Winson sent us some close-up images of interesting sights around Alvechurch – can you identify where this one is? 

Unexpected meeting on garden trip
Posted on June 30 2017 at 1:34:46

Members of Finstall Cross WI had an unexpected encounter when they visited Thenford Gardens and Arboretum in Northamptonshire.

Ideas for boosting village
Posted on June 30 2017 at 1:11:43

Barnt Green traders have been coming up with ideas to boost the village in a scheme instigated by Bromsgrove’s Town Centres manager Cheryl Welsh.

Colts aiming to win the league
Posted on June 30 2017 at 12:45:46

Barnt Green Colts Under-14s Team (Year 9 from September 2017) is looking for players with Sunday league football experience who want to win the league next season.

Angels on an adventure
Posted on June 30 2017 at 12:35:46

Members of Ark Angels WI enjoyed an exciting trip to Blackwell Adventure outdoor activity centre.

New path danger fears
Posted on June 30 2017 at 1:31:46

Network Rail’s closure of two railway footpath crossings is still on the agenda for village parish councils.

Guess the close-up (No. 4): ANSWER
Posted on June 30 2017 at 1:29:24

Did you guess correctly?

Tree-mendous
Posted on June 30 2017 at 1:00:46

A much-missed tree that used to form a gateway to southern Alvechurch has been replaced, thanks to Alvechurch Village Society.

Feast of classical music through ages
Posted on June 30 2017 at 12:56:46

The Orchestra of St John in Bromsgrove is staging its sixth annual MusicFest – a feast of classical music through the ages, featuring four performances over two days.

Blame it on the weather!
Posted on June 30 2017 at 11:27:46

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Hannah meets Vinny!
Posted on June 30 2017 at 10:13:46

Twelve-year-old Hannah Gill, of Bromsgrove, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

A taste of Worcestershire art
Posted on June 26 2017 at 1:41:49

A three-week exhibition will showcase the work of 30 Worcestershire artists.

Alvechurch Village chooses independent Kate as Sajid sweeps back in
Posted on June 09 2017 at 4:25:15

THE INDEPENDENT candidate Kate Van Der Plank has won the by-election for Alvechurch Village Ward with a large share of the vote. She polled 893 votes, 310 more than the Tory candidate on 583.
Meanwhile, sitting MP Sajid Javid has been re-elected to the Bromsgrove constituency in the General Election with almost twice the votes (33,493) of the Labour candidate Michael Thompson (16,920).

Spinning in the rain
Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:53:10

Parents and friends of St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green braved the rain to take part in a 12-hour sponsored “spinathon”.

Independents’ day
Posted on May 30 2017 at 4:52:03

A large part of the Village area could soon by represented by independent councillors after a stunning result in the county elections and an enthralling by-election in Alvechurch.

Family’s £3,000 summit
Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:46:51

An Alvechurch resident who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease last October has defied medical expectations to climb Snowdon and raise £3,000 for research into the illness.

Moonwalking for charity
Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:21:10

Ten years after completing the London Marathon, Ruth Dugdale and Kate Van der Plank have done it again – only this time they walked!

Hall seeks help
Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:20:10

Finstall Village Hall is seeking a new secretary to ensure the venue can continue to be run efficiently and provide a meeting place for the village and wider area.

Sun, fun and running!
Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:16:51

The sun shone as 250 runners, including 116 youngsters, took part in the first Barnt Green Chuggers Fun Run, with most completing the 5km course around the centre of the village.

Ten gardens on display
Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:15:10

Withybed Gardens will open to the public again this year under the National Garden Scheme (NGS), on Sunday June 25.

Council’s U-turn on church funding
Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:02:51

Barnt Green Parish Council has made a U-turn over paying for churchyard maintenance at St Michael’s, Cofton Hackett.

Here we all go again!
Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:45:51

Meet the candidates hoping to be elected MP for Bromsgrove in the General Election on June 8 . . .

Villagers play away
Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:37:51

Musicians from the Village area descended on Droitwich to perform at the annual St Richard’s Canal Festival

Save our hedgehogs!
Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:32:10

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

A visit from Henry
Posted on May 30 2017 at 2:26:10

As part of the WI’s 100-year anniversary celebrations, eight local branches enjoyed a visit from none other than King Henry VIII, writes Keith Woolford.

New guide to hills
Posted on May 30 2017 at 2:23:10

A new book is aiming to help visitors make the most of the Lickey Hills.

Alvechurch parking ‘better’ than Barnt Green
Posted on May 30 2017 at 2:13:10

Alvechurch and Barnt Green are so different they cannot be compared, according to Alvechurch parish chairman Andy Humphries.

Manhole ‘danger’ addressed
Posted on May 30 2017 at 2:11:10

After months of trying, Alvechurch parish councillors believe they have got to the bottom of who is responsible for a raised manhole cover they fear is a danger to villagers.

Guess the close-up (No. 3)
Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:41:09

Village reader Mark Winson sent us some close-up images of interesting sights around Alvechurch – can you identify where this one is?

Sisters spot Vinny
Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:36:10

Alvechurch sisters Milly and Cecily Hastie, aged ten and seven, were the latest winners of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Ghost books are back
Posted on May 30 2017 at 11:40:16

Three titles in Anne Bradford’s popular Ghost Book Collection are now back in print.

Death of Rev White
Posted on May 30 2017 at 11:19:14

Rev Alan White, historian, author and former priest-in-charge at St Bartholomew’s Church, Tardebigge, has died at the age of 98.

Reward for star players
Posted on May 30 2017 at 11:16:14

New youth football team Barnt Green Colts U11s celebrated the completion of their first season with an awards night.

Tip frustration grows
Posted on May 30 2017 at 11:11:14

Members of the Lickey Community Group have asked parish councillors to push for a meeting on Marlbrook Tip, to find out if work demanded by the Environment Agency has been carried out.

Have your say on Neighbourhood Plan
Posted on May 30 2017 at 11:01:14

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council is inviting residents to attend consultations on the Draft Policy of its Neighbourhood Plan.

Performing popular classics in village
Posted on May 30 2017 at 10:27:51

The Sinfonia of Birmingham performs in Barnt Green on Saturday July 1, as part of Bromsgrove Festival.

Village party central
Posted on May 29 2017 at 12:09:10

Tickets for the popular Barnt Green Weekender are selling out fast – as we went to press there were only limited tickets left for the two-day event.

Guess the close-up (No. 3): ANSWER
Posted on May 09 2017 at 1:48:09

Did you guess correctly?

Election victory for Charlie
Posted on May 05 2017 at 1:56:34

The results are in – and Independent candidate Charlie Hotham is now Alvechurch’s representative at Worcestershire County Council.

Concert band’s charity gig
Posted on May 02 2017 at 1:45:42

Blackwell Concert Band will take to the stage in Bromsgrove this Saturday, May 6, to raise funds for Mission Morogoro.

Guess the close-up (No. 2): ANSWER
Posted on April 30 2017 at 3:59:47

Did you guess correctly?

A load of rubbish!
Posted on April 30 2017 at 2:51:13

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Library seeks volunteers
Posted on April 30 2017 at 2:40:13

Alvechurch Library is looking for young, enthusiastic volunteers aged from 11-24 years to help with this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

Brass in pocket after charity gig
Posted on April 30 2017 at 1:59:13

Organisers of a charity event for the Alzheimer’s Society were so pleased with its success that they are planning a repeat later this year.

Easter sale success
Posted on April 30 2017 at 1:55:58

The Alvechurch Library Crafty Ladies held a fantastic Easter Craft Sale once again, with lots of handmade gifts and bunting.

Burcot lunch is fit for a Queen!
Posted on April 30 2017 at 1:53:13

Burcot Grange Care Home celebrated the Queen’s 91st birthday by inviting friends to join the residents for a three-course luncheon, a flower-arranging demonstration, and afternoon tea and cakes.

I’ve won a Vinny!
Posted on April 30 2017 at 1:11:13

Eight-year-old Ebony-Rose Parker, of Hopwood, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Welcome to world of work
Posted on April 30 2017 at 2:02:13

Pupils at Alvechurch Middle School gained an insight into the world of work during a Careers Day.

Green Belt bites back
Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:49:13

The battle to stop a Birmingham land-grab across our borders into the Green Belt could be boosted by the initiative of the district councillor for Barnt Green and Hopwood.

Guess the close-up (No. 2)
Posted on April 30 2017 at 1:48:55

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

Village gears up for motor-fest
Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:05:13

Barnt Green Parish Council has confirmed that its Motor Festival will definitely go ahead on Sunday July 2. More than 50 vehicles owned by local residents will be on display in Hewell Road from 2pm–5pm.  

We are the champions!
Posted on April 30 2017 at 1:04:00

It’s party time for Alvechurch FC, who were crowned league champions with one match to spare.

It’s picnic party time!
Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:00:13

It’s nearly here: Alvechurch Parish Picnic in the Park takes place on Sunday May 28 and organisers hope it will be as spectacular as ever, with new and exciting additions to the usual line up of entertainment, stalls and fun for everyone.

Choir concert cash boost
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:59:13

A benefit concert held by Alvechurch Community Choir has raised more than £1,200 through ticket and refreshment sales, a raffle and donations.

‘Finn’ on paw patrol
Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:54:13

West Midlands Police has named a new member of its dog squad in honour of young Alvechurch fundraiser Finlay Church, whose ambition was to become a policeman.

Resident points the finger
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:52:13

A resident of Oakdene Drive has pointed the finger at parish councillors and villagers alike for not taking sufficient care of Barnt Green.

Church funding row is back on agenda
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:47:13

Barnt Green parish councillors are still discussing funding for churchyard maintenance at St Michael’s in Cofton Hackett, after Coun Charlie Hotham was approached by residents who say St Michael’s is as much part of Barnt Green as St Andrew’s.

Alan’s legacy to The Lounge
Posted on April 30 2017 at 12:43:13

The Lounge café and youth project in Alvechurch has received a bequest in memory of a village resident. 

Fun run reminder
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:33:13

Don’t forget Barnt Green’s Fun Run, taking place on Sunday May 7 and organised by the Chuggers running group and the parish council.

Phantom bins
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:32:13

Cofton Hackett Parish Council says it has received conflicting information from Bromsgrove District Council over fees for emptying bins in the village.

Objection to “industrial” plan
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:31:13

The planning committee of Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council took a majority decision to object to an application that would allow “light industrial use” of agricultural land on Alvechurch Highway, opposite Marlbrook Tip.

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