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Summer of English song
Posted on May 26 2006 at 12:23:35

Three years ago the lovely Georgian church at Tardebigge was chosen for an experimental series of summer concerts of English Song, writes Jennie McGregor-Smith.

Famous son returns
Posted on May 26 2006 at 11:26:35

Former Alvechurch FC, Leicester City, Arsenal and England footballer Alan Smith was in attendance at AFC’s 75th anniversary dinner at the Corus Hotel, Hopwood.

A crowning achievement
Posted on May 26 2006 at 11:22:35

The unveiling of the restored Lickey drinking fountain and horse trough took place in May, commemorating the monument’s 100th anniversary.

Art in the Ark
Posted on May 26 2006 at 11:19:35

An art exhibition takes place in The Ark, Alvechurch, on June 17, featuring the work of three artists.

Happy birthday, bells!
Posted on May 26 2006 at 11:07:35

Bell-ringers at St Laurence Church in Alvechurch kicked off their Bell Fund Appeal with a special party at The Ark in April.

Funds roll in for HQ appeal
Posted on May 26 2006 at 10:54:35

Barnt Green Scouts and Guides have raised more than £26,000 towards building a new HQ since Sir Digby Jones launched their appeal a year ago.

Lifeboat ladies send out their own SOS
Posted on May 26 2006 at 10:48:35

A village lifeboat fundraising group has sent out its own distress signal.

Heaven for beer lovers
Posted on May 25 2006 at 11:52:35

The Weighbridge will welcome the start of summer with a Beer Festival, continuing the celebrations after it was named Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Pub of the Year 2005.

The England connection
Posted on May 25 2006 at 11:32:35

England international footballer Karen Carney donated an England shirt for a raffle to raise money for Alvechurch Lions girls teams and Andy’s Fund.

Breakthrough appeals
Posted on May 25 2006 at 10:55:35

The organiser of a Break­through Breast Cancer “Bash” being held in Barnt Green in September is looking for local sponsors to donate prizes for the raffle.

Flying machines
Posted on May 25 2006 at 11:12:35

Alvechurch rider David Hughes competes in the Inter junior race at a meeting of Stratford Pyramids MCC, held at Weatheroak Hill on May 7.

Traffic hopes thwarted by Abbey veto
Posted on May 25 2006 at 10:35:35

Any chance of the long-awaited Bordesley bypass being built in the near future appears to be doomed by the Government’s veto of a major development at the Abbey Stadium, Redditch.

Join the Victory Trail
Posted on May 24 2006 at 11:15:35

The MG Car Club Midland Centre invites all owners of historic cars, cyclecars and motorcycles (pre-1974) and all MG sports cars to take part in a charity rally, with part of the route running through Rowney Green.

Close-ups take the Mother’s Day prize
Posted on May 24 2006 at 12:02:35

Village under-11s showed they love their mums by sending in some lovely pictures for our Mother’s Day photography competition.

Minister’s first baptism
Posted on May 24 2006 at 10:57:35

Alvechurch resident Roger Perks prepares to be fully immersed by the Rev Fiona Lee during his baptism at the Easter service at Alvechurch Baptist Church.

The day a Wellington crashed in Rowney
Posted on May 24 2006 at 10:53:35

In December 1943, a Wellington bomber crashed in Rowney Green, killing its five Canadian crew. Sixty-three years later, Alvechurch Ex-Services Association is hoping to find out more about the incident through the memories of local people.

Around the maypole
Posted on May 24 2006 at 10:50:35

Children from Tardebigge First School celebrated May Day in traditional fashion at Tardebigge Community Hall.

Rid village of ‘eyesore’
Posted on May 24 2006 at 10:39:35

An Alvechurch villager has started a one-woman campaign to rectify what she sees as one of the village’s worst eyesores.

Balloons over Blackwell
Posted on May 23 2006 at 11:16:35

Blackwell youngsters look on as Coun Brian Fuller, of Bromsgrove District Council, and Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council chairman Ron Brown release balloons to open a family Fun Day at Blackwell First School.

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