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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.

Councillor co-opted
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:30:13

Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors agreed unanimously to co-opt Steve Tibbits to represent Lickey Grange ward, in which he lives.

Home-grown speeders
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:27:13

Drivers speeding through Rowney Green are home-grown, it has been suggested.

Bring and buy sale for Snowdon trek
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:21:13

As one of its members prepared to climb Snowdon in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Alvechurch WI held a Bring & Buy sale to support her fundraising.

Edwin resigns
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:14:13

Edwin Gumbley has resigned from Barnt Green Parish Council after six years as a councillor.

Co-op charity cash
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:14:13

Shoppers at the Co-op store in Alvechurch have raised funds for three local charities via a rewards scheme.

Traffic-calming ‘waste’
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:12:13

The controversial traffic-calming scheme in Cofton Hackett has been described by parish councillors as “a waste of money.”

80 years of fellowship
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:04:13

Finstall & Cofton Hackett WI celebrated its 80th birthday with a party in Finstall Village Hall.

Cup success for U8 squads
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:00:13

Alvechurch FC’s under-8s (Year 3) football teams are hoping to build on the success of an impressive season by bolstering their squads.

Gran’s African odyssey
Posted on April 30 2017 at 10:57:13

A grandmother from Hopwood has completed an arduous five-day cycle journey across Africa for charity – and is already planning a similar adventure in India.

Delta blues comes to Barnt Green
Posted on April 30 2017 at 11:25:13

Martin Harley, a supremely talented roots and blues guitarist with a burgeoning global reputation, will be bringing his own blend of Mississippi Delta blues to the village area on Saturday May 27.

Guess the close-up (No. 1): ANSWER
Posted on April 07 2017 at 10:46:01

Did you guess correctly?

Adam meets Vinny!
Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:58:42

Seven-year-old Adam McClure, of The Parklands, Bromsgrove, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

New novel describes epic journey
Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:46:14

Rednal author Terry Walsh (writing as Jack Walsh) has published his second novel.

Follow Easter art trail
Posted on March 30 2017 at 2:39:14

Independent businesses in Barnt Green are hosting a free Easter Art Trail in April, organised by St Andrew’s Church in Barnt Green and St Michael’s in Cofton Hackett.

Village shops shuffle
Posted on March 30 2017 at 1:12:42

It’s going to be like musical chairs among the shops in the centre of Alvechurch as the village takes on a more modern feel.

Audience is the jury in courtroom comedy
Posted on March 30 2017 at 1:10:42

Alvechurch Dramatic Society presents Mr Grimwhip’s Sandwiches: a Post-Truth Courtroom Comedy With Serious Bits, from Thurs May 11 to Sat May 13 in Alvechurch Village Hall.

Win trophies for your footie team
Posted on March 30 2017 at 1:05:42

Barnt Green business The Locker Room is offering the opportunity for one local football team to win 12 trophies for its end-of-season presentation night.

Lounge plea for helpers
Posted on March 30 2017 at 1:01:42

The Lounge community café and youth club in Alve-church has issued an appeal for more volunteers as it grows in popularity.

Charity aims for £1m
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:22:42

A charity event in Finstall is hoping to take its fundraising over the £1 million mark in its 29th year.

Five-year plan for hall
Posted on March 30 2017 at 1:20:42

Exciting plans are afoot for Alvechurch Village Hall, as a new management committee takes the reins.

A runaway success
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:15:42

Village running group the Barnt Green Chuggers have teamed up with Barnt Green Parish Council to organise a fun run on Sunday May 7.

Blackwell speed check
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:12:42

Data cables are to be used to record the speed of traffic on Dale Hill in Blackwell.

New location for hall
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:11:42

Cofton Hackett’s new village hall will now be located at the entrance of East Works Drive.

Drone ban denied
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:11:42

Drones will not be banned from Alvechurch parish’s three playing fields after the council voted to review its position in 12 months.

‘Natural’ traffic calming
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:10:42

Yellow road lines should not be repainted after forthcoming resurfacing in Alvechurch village centre, parish councillor Martin Ball suggested.

Cypher’s return
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:09:42

Former Alvechurch parish chairman John Cypher has returned to the council after stepping down at the 2015 elections.

Picture this
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:08:42

A large picture of the district council member for Alvechurch Ward, Roger Smith, was included in the meeting pack for Alvechurch parish councillors.

Guess the close-up (No. 1)
Posted on March 30 2017 at 1:02:01

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

Stars line up for charity
Posted on March 30 2017 at 1:01:19

An exciting day of football and fun will raise money for a charity set up by an Alvechurch family.

New clerk, new office
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:00:42

New parish clerk Tammy Williams and Assistant Clerk Wendy Carney have moved into the new Alvechurch Parish Council office in George Road.

Cash for Lickey history project
Posted on March 30 2017 at 11:57:42

The Lickey Hills Local History Society has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its WWI research project.

A politics-free village voice
Posted on March 30 2017 at 11:54:42

Popular independent councillor Charlie Hotham is standing for the Alvechurch seat in next month’s elections to Worcestershire County Council.

Celebrating stories
Posted on March 30 2017 at 12:17:42

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Hands off, Brum!
Posted on March 30 2017 at 10:55:42

Birmingham is hoping to grab land in our village Green Belt while refusing to consider housing on its own vacant site close by, it has emerged.

Picnic starts village festival season
Posted on March 30 2017 at 10:59:00

Organisers of the Alvechurch Picnic in the Park are hoping that the winning entry in this year’s logo competition has correctly predicted the weather for the day. . .

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.

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