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Artists wanted!
Posted on September 29 2014 at 3:38:07

Calling all artistic children! Your picture could be turned into a Christmas card thanks to a national design competition taking place at two local garden centres.

30 years of Where Next
Posted on September 29 2014 at 3:10:07

The Where Next Association, a charity offering work experience and training opportunities to people with learning difficulties, celebrated its 30th birthday with a get-together at its Nursery site in Redditch.

Showtime at Tardebigge
Posted on September 29 2014 at 2:53:07

Visitors flocked to the ever-popular Tardebigge Fair & Show on a sunny September afternoon, when all sorts of fun events were taking place in and around the well-known landmark of St Bartholomew’s Church.

Care homes celebrate
Posted on September 29 2014 at 3:28:07

Two village care homes held a day of special events to mark their first year as part of the Spring View Care group and to hand over money raised for charity.

Fin’s cash boost for hospital
Posted on September 29 2014 at 2:09:07

Alvechurch youngster Finlay Church has challenged himself to raise £20,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he had brain surgery in June.

Weekend of sailing action
Posted on September 29 2014 at 2:07:07

Barnt Green Sailing Club enjoyed a weekend of sporting action when it hosted the Enterprise Class National Under 25 Youth Championsh

Race to raise funds for MSA
Posted on September 29 2014 at 1:57:07

A Barnt Green teenager has been inspired by her beloved grandfather to raise funds for research into a rare disease.

DIY SOS for duck house
Posted on September 29 2014 at 2:37:07

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Bumper crop
Posted on September 29 2014 at 11:49:07

An impressive collection of locally-grown produce was on display at Finstall Flower & Vegetable Show, including a number of super-sized vegetables.

Snail mail fail
Posted on September 29 2014 at 11:40:07

Alvechurch parish councillors have voted against a plan to bring their communications into the digital age.

Own a piece of history
Posted on September 29 2014 at 11:37:07

How would you like to own a piece of village history? Alvechurch resident Karen Green has presented a picture of No 1, Red Lion Street to raise funds for The Lounge.

Cheque in
Posted on September 29 2014 at 11:17:07

The Lounge youth project in Alvechurch was one of the beneficiaries of money from the Picnic in the Park held earlier this year.

Season’s greetings
Posted on September 29 2014 at 10:51:07

The Coach and Horses at Weatheroak Hill has been named Pub of the Season for Summer 2014 by Redditch and Bromsgrove Campaign for Real Ale.

George’s magic touch
Posted on September 29 2014 at 11:41:07

A youngster from Barnt Green is building a reputation as a talented close-up magician – and his skills were recognised in high places when he was given the chance to visit the famous Magic Circle.

Action call over travellers’ mess
Posted on September 29 2014 at 11:32:05

Alvechurch residents were meeting with MP Sajid Javid at the end of September to tackle problems caused by traveller encampments in the area.

Open goals celebration
Posted on September 29 2014 at 11:13:25

Village MP Sajid Javid declared the renewed football pitch at The Meadows, Alvechurch, ready for kick-off.

Autumn events at Alvechurch Library
Posted on September 29 2014 at 10:09:53

Alvechurch Library is offering a course on Emergency First Aid in the Workplace on Friday September 26 from 9.30am -5pm.

Green fingers
Posted on September 29 2014 at 11:05:07

Attractive gardens in Lickey and Blackwell were rewarded with prizes in the parish council’s annual Best Front Garden competition.

Car park hope derailed
Posted on September 29 2014 at 10:57:07

The new railway station in Alve­church has opened – upgraded and ready for three trains an hour . . . but villagers are still waiting for the new car park to go with it.

Exciting season for Sinfonia
Posted on September 29 2014 at 9:54:53

The new season for the Midland Sinfonia has a broadened spectrum of entertainment.

Afternoon tea at Hillscourt
Posted on September 11 2014 at 11:26:57

The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, is inviting people to a local Macmillan fundraising event with a difference.

Twilight walk for brain tumour research
Posted on September 10 2014 at 10:13:46

Two women from Barnt Green are preparing to raise vital funds for brain tumour research with a 10km Twilight Walk.

Fun for all abilities
Posted on September 03 2014 at 3:06:43

A new local club aimed at bringing disabled and able-bodied people together celebrated its official opening with a Strawberry Fair. 

Bless your pets
Posted on September 03 2014 at 2:49:43

A Pet Blessing Service will be held at St Stephen’s Community Centre, Edgewood Road, Rednal on Saturday October 4.

Fete bounces back
Posted on September 03 2014 at 2:22:43

More than 200 people attended the Burcot Village Hall Fete and Flower Show, warmly welcomed back after its absence last year.

Barnt Green set for ‘best walk’
Posted on September 03 2014 at 2:21:43

Barnt Green is holding another community walk and pig roast after the success of last year’s event, hailed the “best in the county”.

Going commando in the Highlands
Posted on September 03 2014 at 1:18:43

A Barnt Green man will follow in the footsteps of elite Royal Marine Commandos as he takes on a gruelling challenge for charity.

Baabaara’s big trip
Posted on September 03 2014 at 1:11:43

If you’ve recently seen a car dressed like a sheep around the Village area, you’re not going mad – it’s just Baabaara, a 1998 Daihatsu Sirion, fresh from her triumph at Monte Carlo Or Bust 2014.

Make a shoe box for a child in need
Posted on September 03 2014 at 1:50:54

A Barnt Green resident who organises a yearly charity project is encouraging more people to get involved. 

Sociable cycling
Posted on September 03 2014 at 12:42:43

A group of intrepid cyclists took part in the inaugural ride of the new Alvechurch Bicycle Club, one of the innovations aimed at regenerating the village’s Sports & Social Club.

We heart cycling
Posted on September 03 2014 at 12:38:43

A group of 10 people connected to Hillscourt, the Lickey conference and wedding venue, took part in a charity bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation, raising just under £1,000 for the cause.

Potential housing sites: how you voted
Posted on September 03 2014 at 12:30:43

On July 18 and 19, people from Alvechurch Parish were invited to open days to comment and vote on some potential housing areas around the village. 114 people attended, writes Mary Green of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Celebrating her century
Posted on September 03 2014 at 12:25:43

A Hopwood resident celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family – and of course, a card from the Queen.

Tip panel members picked
Posted on September 03 2014 at 12:24:43

Bromsgrove District Council has finally selected the members of a panel which will look into the Marlbrook Tip fiasco and hopefully find a lasting solution.

‘Patience’ plea over graveyard
Posted on September 03 2014 at 12:19:43

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has asked local residents to “be patient” with its efforts to maintain Holy Trinity churchyard.

Crime-watch signs snub
Posted on September 03 2014 at 12:17:43

A fledgling village Neighbourhood Watch group has been left in limbo since January because no one at Worcestershire County Council seems able to give them permission to put up signs on lamp posts to identify the area they are watching.

Charity challenge
Posted on September 03 2014 at 1:15:43

A team from Rhythm Time, which offers educational music and sensory classes for babies and toddlers, has raised more than £1,300 for charity during a week of fundraising activities.

Andromeda over Cofton
Posted on September 03 2014 at 12:13:43

Village reader LaDonna Sears-Thomas sent us a fabulous photograph of the Andromeda Galaxy, which she captured in her back garden in Cofton Hackett.

The big apple
Posted on September 03 2014 at 12:12:43

As we went to press, artist Andy DeComyn was busy carving a giant apple from the remains of the fallen black poplar in The Meadows, Alvechurch.

Sajid to act over traveller camps
Posted on September 03 2014 at 12:06:43

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid faced a room full of irate Alvechurch residents when he held a public forum in the village in August.

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