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Tower ap-peal pays off
Posted on May 31 2005 at 1:57:30

St Laurence bell-ringer Geoff Franklin reports on the group’s recent recruitment drive.

Happy day out
Posted on May 31 2005 at 1:03:53

Members of Burcot & Blackwell Women’s Institute enjoyed a day trip to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire in May, with the opportunity to explore both the house and beautiful gardens.

New schools ‘open all hours’
Posted on May 31 2005 at 12:33:53

Plans for the new “community use” schools building in Alvechurch reveal a crescent-shaped brick and timber construction nestling into its setting.

Buzzing to the rescue
Posted on May 31 2005 at 12:29:53

If you’re having trouble with bees in the Barnt Green area, local beekeeper John Goult is offering to see if he can help to remove them

Wind band blows strong
Posted on May 31 2005 at 12:24:53

Blackwell Wind Band was formed in 1998 when Blackwell Brass Band dissolved due to a shortage of players and woodwind was allowed into the band.

We won the cup!
Posted on May 31 2005 at 12:14:53

There were scenes of great celebration at Alvechurch FC’s Lye Meadow ground as fans, players and management gathered to mark the team’s victorious cup run.

Barnt Green junior cricket proves a big draw
Posted on May 31 2005 at 12:12:53

Barnt Green Cricket Club has had to close its books to junior boys after seeing more than 200 aged from six to 16 sign up for the club.

Under-11s triumph
Posted on May 31 2005 at 12:11:53

Five Alvechurch Middle School pupils helped a Redditch United Girls team top their division of the Central Warwickshire Girls league against tough opposition.

Poetry launch
Posted on May 31 2005 at 12:00:53

A book of poetry by Charles Johnson, of Alvechurch, is being launched at Waterstone’s, in the High Street, Birmingham, on June 12.

Marathon for tsunami aid
Posted on May 31 2005 at 11:56:53

Blackwell First School pupils completed a Mini Marathon to raise money for victims of the Asian tsunami.

Duck discovery
Posted on May 31 2005 at 11:55:53

Pupils and staff at Alvechurch Middle School were surprised to discover a duck and her ducklings one morning.

Hot meals going down a treat
Posted on May 31 2005 at 11:52:53

Children at Tardebigge First School now have the option of a nutritious hot meal at lunchtime, in keeping with the school’s focus on a healthy lifestyle.

VE Day remembered
Posted on May 31 2005 at 11:43:53

Alvechurch Ex-Services Association marked the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in style, with a special concert at the Alvechurch Sports & Social Club.

Question time
Posted on May 31 2005 at 11:35:53

The four candidates standing in Bromsgrove in the 2005 General Election put forward their ideas and answered the public’s questions (above) in a forum held at Alvechurch Baptist Church the week before Britain went to the polls.

Farewell to friendly face
Posted on May 31 2005 at 11:28:53

Barnt Green residents have bid farewell to popular milkman Michael O’Brien, who is giving up his round after 22 years.

Digby launches Scout & Guide fund
Posted on May 31 2005 at 11:22:53

Barnt Green Scout and Guide HQ Fund was officially launched by Sir Digby Jones, Director General of the CBI and a former member of the Barnt Green Scout group.

Chimney protest
Posted on May 31 2005 at 11:18:53

Protesters were joined by MP Julie Kirkbride and Worcestershire County Council leader George Lord outside County Hall where the planning committee is reported to have unanimously agreed to oppose plans for a 17m chimney at Mayfield Farm, Hopwood.

Geoff’s tour de force
Posted on May 31 2005 at 10:15:53

Barnt Green resident and former football star Geoff Thomas has exchanged his boots for a bike as he takes on a special fund-raising challenge…

With a paddle
Posted on May 30 2005 at 12:30:53

A top team from The Abbey Hotel Golf & Country Club, Bordesley, is preparing for the Spey River Challenge.

Josh savours big victory
Posted on May 30 2005 at 12:17:53

Josh Bourne, captain and defender for U10s Headless Cross Juniors FC, led his team to victory in the Cleethorpes Championship Cup against clubs from all over the country. 

Lions roar to top of the league
Posted on May 30 2005 at 12:06:53

Alvechurch Lions under 10s won the club’s first league with a 4-1 away win at The Glades.

Art exhibition in church
Posted on May 30 2005 at 11:41:11

A special one-day exhibition was held at St Catherine’s Church, Blackwell, showcasing the work of Cheltenham based-artist Jake Lever.

Celebrate with canal club
Posted on May 30 2005 at 11:40:11

Canal boats from all over the Midlands region will gather near the Hopwood Inn on June 11 and 12, as the Weighbridge Cruising & Social Club celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Boat Rally.

Barnt Green festival fun
Posted on May 30 2005 at 11:07:23

Barnt Green’s summer festival on Saturday June 25 will follow the same format as in previous years, with Hewell Road closing to traffic at 1.30pm.

St George’s Day treats
Posted on May 29 2005 at 11:48:11

St George’s Day celebrations at Alvechurch Village Hall included teas served by members of Alvechurch Women’s Institute.

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