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New Beaver colony
Posted on February 28 2015 at 1:51:23

6th Bromsgrove Scout Group has launched a new Beaver Scout Colony in Catshill.

Crafty Ladies sell their handiwork
Posted on February 28 2015 at 1:36:23

Members of the Crafty Ladies group, which meets in Alvechurch Library, are selling their handiwork in an Easter Sale at the venue.

Can you find Vinny?
Posted on February 28 2015 at 1:26:23

Say hello to Vinny, the newest member of the Village team. . . he was created by Cynthia Lawton of the Alvechurch Knit & Natter group and sold in support of The Lounge.

Sinfonia offers youth and experience
Posted on February 28 2015 at 1:01:23

The Midland Sinfonia presents two musical offerings this month, starting with a diverse evening’s entertainment from the Holborne Brass Ensemble.

More tip misery for residents
Posted on February 28 2015 at 12:53:23

Lickey and Marlbrook residents face more lorries thundering past their homes after an expert engineer said even more material must be imported to make the former Marlbrook Tip safe.

Must-see concert for music fans
Posted on February 28 2015 at 12:50:23

The award-winning Orchestra of St John opens its fourth season on Saturday March 7 with a performance of Handel’s Messiah in St John’s Church, Bromsgrove.

Bridge danger
Posted on February 28 2015 at 12:40:23

One year on from a hair-raising accident that left a lorry teetering off the edge of Callow Hill Road, Alvechurch, the danger spot remains unrepaired and protected only by a flimsy temporary barrier.

Plan to improve school access
Posted on February 28 2015 at 12:39:23

A new scheme to improve pedestrian access to the schools in Alvechurch is being put forward.

28 new homes for Alvechurch
Posted on February 28 2015 at 12:37:23

Work could begin on 28 new homes in Alvechurch this summer, the parish council heard.

Let’s vote party-free
Posted on February 28 2015 at 12:36:23

Villagers who want to make a difference in their communities are being urged to stand as independent candidates in the Bromsgrove District Council elections in May.

Plea to clean up Alvechurch ‘lake’
Posted on February 28 2015 at 12:20:23

Councillors are keeping up pressure on Network Rail to carry out the promised drainage of the “Lake of Alvechurch” at the revamped rail station.

Foot crossing ‘safety risk’
Posted on February 28 2015 at 12:15:23

Network Rail has outlined its ideas for dealing with the “yellow brick road” foot crossings over the railway line at Blackwell, Cofton Hackett and Vigo.

Un-poplar cut
Posted on February 28 2015 at 12:14:23

A prominent avenue of poplar trees has been felled in Alvechurch, despite efforts by tree officers to save them.

Green belt still tight
Posted on February 28 2015 at 12:12:23

Growing anticipation that a Green Belt review is imminent in the Village area has been quashed by district planners.

Chocks away, Dad!
Posted on February 28 2015 at 11:42:23

Father-and-daughter airline pilots found themselves sharing a cockpit for the first time after being paired together by “pure chance”.

Club has a lot to offer
Posted on February 28 2015 at 11:23:23

Alvechurch & Hopwood Cricket Club will have a total of six weekend sides playing in the Worcestershire and Cotswold Hills Leagues this season.

Coaching young talent
Posted on February 28 2015 at 11:13:23

With women’s football becoming ever more popular, young girls are increasingly keen to get involved in the game – and although a few schools do now provide footballing opportunities for female pupils, it’s great to enhance this with some expert coaching.

Beauty with a purpose
Posted on February 28 2015 at 11:07:23

An Alvechurch teenager is hoping to be crowned Miss Birmingham 2015 and raise money for a good cause at the same time.

Cycle champion
Posted on February 28 2015 at 8:25:37

An Alvechurch teenager is enjoying continued success in the world of cycling.

Cyclist seriously injured on A441
Posted on February 26 2015 at 11:33:10

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was seriously injured on the A441 between Alvechurch and Hopwood.

Skiffle at The Lounge
Posted on February 24 2015 at 12:23:51

Alvechurch skiffle band The Six-Five Specials will perform at The Lounge on Monday March 23 from 2–4pm, with proceeds going to the youth project.

Make new buddies in Alvechurch
Posted on February 01 2015 at 2:57:24

Alvechurch Buddies is a new initiative set up by resident Ann Overs, with the aim of providing a forum for communication between members to promote a sense of caring, good neighbourliness, kindness and sociability.

Author’s big break
Posted on February 01 2015 at 1:29:24

Oakalls author Carmen Capuano is celebrating a successful 2014 in which she wrote two novels for young adults and a chick-lit book to add to her four-volume sci-fi series, The Owners.

Trefoil Guild gets crafty for charity
Posted on February 01 2015 at 1:26:24

Members of Lickey Valley Trefoil Guild have raised £575 for a Kenyan children’s home through a series of events in 2014.

Community Christmas
Posted on February 01 2015 at 1:09:24

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Ten ways you can help The Lounge
Posted on February 01 2015 at 12:57:24

The Lounge has a smart new sign featuring an updated logo, which reflects its charity status in supporting the extensive youth work in the parish.

Cup joy for Lions U9s
Posted on February 01 2015 at 12:52:24

Alvechurch Lions Under 9s are celebrating after lifting the Central Warwickshire League Cup. 

The long and short of it
Posted on February 01 2015 at 12:00:24

An Alvechurch Middle School pupil has raised nearly £500 for charity by having her very long hair cut.

Wassail in the woods
Posted on February 01 2015 at 11:57:24

Lickey residents braved the January cold to enjoy a traditional wassail in the Lickey Hills Country Park.

Mummer’s the word!
Posted on February 01 2015 at 11:50:24

New Year’s Day was celebrated in time-honoured fashion in Alvechurch, with morris dancing and the traditional ‘national news’ play.

Sophie’s rising stars
Posted on February 01 2015 at 11:47:24

An Alvechurch woman who played netball at international level has launched her own coaching classes to encourage youngsters into the sport she loves.

George’s tricks are a treat
Posted on February 01 2015 at 11:43:24

Lickey End teenager George Robinson is hoping for a bright career in magic – and he’s already been declared Junior Magician of the Year by one of the magic clubs he attends.

Beavers boost Finlay’s fund
Posted on February 01 2015 at 11:26:24

1st Barnt Green Beaver Scouts raised £145 from a bring and buy sale and donated the cash to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Sign up for fun at fourth Picnic
Posted on February 01 2015 at 11:24:24

Alvechurch’s annual Picnic in the Park will take place in The Meadows on Sunday May 3.

Council seeks Wadderton promise
Posted on February 01 2015 at 11:22:24

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has asked the owner of Wadderton Conference Centre on Greenhill, Blackwell, to confirm in writing that he no longer plans to demolish the historic building.

Rail crossing controversy
Posted on February 01 2015 at 11:18:24

Plans to replace the “yellow brick road” foot crossing over the railway line in Blackwell with a footbridge have been met with opposition by some residents.

Parish gets a new priest
Posted on February 01 2015 at 11:15:24

After a long search, Alvechurch has a new priest, taking over from David Martin who retired in July 2013.

Road sign mystery
Posted on February 01 2015 at 11:12:24

Something has never seemed quite right since the sign went up on the new close by the motorway bridge in Alvechurch . . . “Althestan”?

Dogs welcome
Posted on February 01 2015 at 11:11:24

Dogs are now welcome in the games room bar at Alvechurch Social Club so their owners can enjoy a mid-walk tipple.

Hopwood sign activates “too late”
Posted on February 01 2015 at 11:09:24

The new vehicle-activated sign on Hopwood Hill is coming on too late, a parish councillor has complained.

Growing Cofton comes together
Posted on February 01 2015 at 11:08:24

Cofton Hackett Partners and Communities Together (PACT) is urging new residents to raise any concerns at its next meeting.

Orchard board unveiled
Posted on February 01 2015 at 11:03:24

A new information board for the Lickey Hills Community Orchard was unveiled in a special launch ceremony.

Green belt holds up
Posted on February 01 2015 at 10:55:24

Alvechurch Parish Council has completed its U-turn over plans to build a retirement complex on a Green Belt field close to the village centre.

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