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Gates policy under attack
Posted on September 29 2017 at 3:43:15

Residents have called for a village park’s gates to be unlocked after a whole summer and early autumn of restricted access.

Celebrating the world of melody
Posted on September 29 2017 at 2:40:15

The Orchestra of St John’s next concert takes place at 7.30pm on Sat Oct 14 at St John’s Church in Bromsgrove.

Residents’ parking plea
Posted on September 29 2017 at 2:34:27

Villagers have requested residents’ parking spaces outside their homes on Bear Hill, Alvechurch.

A bridge too far for Blackwell
Posted on September 29 2017 at 3:33:15

Blackwell residents have been told to “take firmly out of their minds” the idea of a railway bridge to replace the “yellow brick road” crossing.

Cake sale success
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:41:15

A cake sale held by an Alvechurch youngster has raised £300 for Macmillan.

Parish sinks flood warning proposal
Posted on September 29 2017 at 2:41:15

The topic of flooding in Barnt Green was raised after recent heavy rainfall affected some village roads.

Speedwatch volunteers
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:40:15

Barnt Green Parish Council now has five volunteers for a proposed Community Speedwatch scheme, which would see villagers monitoring traffic.

Traffic request denied
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:39:15

Requests for traffic-calming measures on the southern approach to Alvechurch, including extending the 30mph limit down to Alvechurch Football Club, have been turned down.

Crime concern in Barnt Green
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:39:15

Shopkeepers in Barnt Green have been urged to report any suspicious behaviour to police, after several break-ins and thefts of charity boxes. 

Cycle rack for station
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:38:15

A cycle rack is still to be installed at Alvechurch rail station by London Midland, even though they will no longer have the franchise.

Horse droppings debate
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:37:15

The debate over horse droppings on village roads requires a sensible and balanced approach, Coun Kate Van Der Plank told Alvechurch parish councillors.

Invitation to meetings
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:36:15

An invitation is to be sent to district councillor Kit Taylor from Alvechurch Parish Council to attend their monthly meetings.

Brownfield homes ‘yes’
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:32:15

Plans for nine new canal-side homes on a brownfield site within the Alvechurch Green Belt have been approved.

Bridging the age gap at club
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:31:15

Silver Threads, the Alvechurch social group for the over-60s, celebrated its 11th anniversary with a sing-song led by village musician John Dale.

Carving out a pumpkin show
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:14:15

Villagers are being reminded to get their entry forms in by October 21 if they want to take part in Alvechurch’s first-ever Pumpkin Festival.

Village joins the party
Posted on September 29 2017 at 2:12:15

Alvechurch is planning to put more spirit into Christmas this year as it tries to catch up with its more festive neighbours.

Golfers wanted
Posted on September 29 2017 at 12:48:15

Golfers are wanted to help raise money for a defibrillator in Barnt Green Social Club. 

Green fingers
Posted on September 29 2017 at 12:39:15

Winners of Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council’s annual Best Front Garden Awards celebrated with councillors at Holy Trinity Church, Lickey.

Crafty quilt up for grabs
Posted on September 29 2017 at 12:24:15

The Crafty Ladies group who meet at Alvechurch Library have made a double patchwork quilt with a “houses” design, which will be first prize in their raffle.

Delight after the deluge
Posted on September 29 2017 at 1:13:09

Despite monsoon-like rain at the start, the annual Tardebigge Fair & Show offered a great day out thanks to the community spirit of organisers and visitors alike.

Showing off arts & flowers
Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:49:15

Rowney Green Horticultural Society held its annual Main Show, with Midlands Today’s Satnam Rana presenting the prizes.

Bands, beer & BBQ
Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:47:15

A tropical downpour gave way to sunshine as around 400 villagers enjoyed the second Blackwell Music Festival.

Fun in sun at village show
Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:44:15

Finstall’s annual Village Show featured displays of prize-winning produce as well as games, stalls and music in the late summer sunshine.

Springing into action!
Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:44:15

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Joint training for rugby girls
Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:40:15

Kings Norton RFC hosted a joint training event for the West Midland Girls Tag Rugby League at their Ash Lane, Hopwood facility.

Cup joy for young riders
Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:35:15

Youngsters from two village equestrian centres had the chance to compete at both dressage and show jumping during a summer competition series for Pony Club members.

Cubs help keep our hills tidy
Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:54:15

At their summer camp in June, 1st Barnt Green Cubs did a litter pick on the Lickey Hills as part of a community project. 

Christmas Fair and charity raffle
Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:27:05

A Christmas Fair takes place at Alvechurch Cricket Club on Sat Nov 11, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Alice meets Vinny
Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:18:15

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

Have your say on Neighbourhood Plan
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:48:58

Alvechurch residents are invited to comment on the parish’s Neighbourhood Plan during a three-day exhibition of the plans at the Baptist Church from October 5–7.

Spend an evening with ‘Blind Dave’
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:44:58

Villagers have an opportunity to spend an evening in the company of marathon runner and fundraiser extraordinaire, Dave Heeley – AKA “Blind Dave”.

Busking bonanza
Posted on August 31 2017 at 3:43:46

Barnt Green held its first Busking Festival in August, with local musicians from a variety of genres entertaining shoppers and residents.

Second skiffle CD
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:40:58

Alvechurch’s well-known skiffle band, The 6-5 Specials, have a new CD out, with all proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Research.

Bus to link villages
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:30:41

A community transport scheme linking several of our villages looks set to become a reality after gaining approval from parish councillors.

Explosions in Barnt Green
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:22:58

Residents on the new CALA estate in Barnt Green reported being shaken from their sleep by two explosions on the site shortly before midnight on August 17.

50 fabulous years
Posted on August 31 2017 at 3:12:58

Crown Meadow First School in Alvechurch celebrated its 50th birthday in style, with staff and pupils dressing in fashions from the past five decades.

Music festival offers local talent
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:09:58

Blackwell Music Festival takes place once again in the grounds of Hunters Hill School, from 1–9pm on Saturday September 9.

Horsing around!
Posted on August 31 2017 at 3:08:04

The Bilberry Wake, a traditional annual festival in the Lickey Hills, featured picnics, crafts and hobby-horse racing for all ages!

Knitting for a good cause
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:06:58

The Alvechurch Knit & Natter group have raised cash for Brain Tumour Research through sales of their knitted goods.

Community walk for all ages
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:56:58

Barnt Green’s annual free Community Walk will be held on Saturday September 23, with villagers of all ages and abilities invited to join in.

Pumpkin party!
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:55:58

Alvechurch is getting ready to go pumpkin crazy, as the countdown to the village’s first-ever Pumpkin Festival is under way!

Car park open for all
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:47:58

Barnt Green parish councillors are encouraging commuters to park on the new CALA Homes car park, which is now open and free for all to use.

Rhinos raring to go
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:42:58

Kings Norton Rhinos Rugby Club are raring to get into the new season, with preparations well underway throughout the Hopwood Park club on Ash Lane, Hopwood. 

Georgian-style art on display
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:41:46

For the second year running the Summer Fete at Grosvenor House care home in Alvechurch featured the announcement of the winners of the art competition set up and supported by Kamal Khan, co-owner of both Grosvenor House and Tutnall Hall.

Cycling to beat cancer
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:30:58

Alvechurch resident Ross Dustan is raising funds for Cure Leukaemia by taking part in a 100-mile cycle challenge.

New gardeners sought
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:21:58

Organisers of the biannual Alvechurch Open Gardens event (which takes place on June 23 and 24 next year) are hoping a few more residents would like to show off their gardening skills.

Guess the close-up (No. 6)
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:11:49

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

Bumper day for animal charities
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:02:44

More than 2,000 people visited the Jinney Ring Craft Centre in Hanbury for “Animals R Magic”, a fun day in aid of The Cinnamon Trust and local animal charities.

Family fun at the fair
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:59:25

Blackwell First School’s Summer Fair offered plenty of family fun and games, including skittles, football, performances by pupils and a baking competition.

Kavya wins a Vinny!
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:58:58

Nine-year-old Kavya Maganty, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Could you be a mentor?
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:57:44

Mentor Link, a charity that provides long-term dedicated social and emotional support to vulnerable and distressed children and young people, is seeking a male mentor to support a boy in school with additional learning needs.

Exhibition of prints
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:50:44

Bromsgrove Photographic Society is holding an exhibition of members’ prints in the Meeting Room at Bromsgrove Library, until the end of August.

Farewell, Helen!
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:49:58

Helen Doherty, retiring clerk of Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council, was presented with a gift by councillors in recognition of her service.

Wildlife photographs on display at lecture
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:47:44

Bromsgrove Photographic Society starts its new season with a visit from a world-renowned photographer.

AFC are up for the cup
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:47:20

Alvechurch FC celebrated its past, present and future when the FA Cup trophy paid a visit to the club, as the team prepared to play in the competition’s preliminary round

Crossing campaign deadline
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:41:41

Blackwell residents campaigning against Network Rail’s decision to close the village’s railway crossing point and replace it with a diversion are urging villagers to submit their objections before September 14.

‘Old skool’ entertainment
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:38:44

Rowney Green Village Hall presents an evening of music and comedy on Sat Sep 16.

Guess the close-up (No. 6): ANSWER
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:19:54

Did you guess correctly?

Learning to save a life
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:01:58

A morning’s training in how to use the new defibrillator mounted outside Hopwood Community Centre was given by Rob Underwood of the charity Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts.

Fun run funds
Posted on August 31 2017 at 10:43:26

Money raised from entry fees for the recent Barnt Green Fun Run was donated to Barnt Green Day Centre.

Traveller barrier bungle
Posted on August 30 2017 at 11:29:22

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

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.

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