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A walk down Memory Lane
Posted on November 30 2015 at 1:46:37

Memory Lane, the group for those living with memory loss due to age, depression, stroke or dementia, held a very successful fundraiser outside The Lounge.

Busy Christmas for choir
Posted on November 30 2015 at 1:29:37

Alvechurch Community Choir has planned a “Village Christmas”, performing in all sorts of locations in the run-up to the big day.

Get creative for charity
Posted on November 30 2015 at 1:21:37

Lickey resident Verity Smith will be putting her creative side to good use this Christmas to raise money for worthy causes. 

Debate triumph
Posted on November 30 2015 at 12:35:37

North Bromsgrove High School triumphed over Bromsgrove School in the annual Michael Holt Debate, sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of North Worcs and Bromsgrove.

Rising star
Posted on November 30 2015 at 12:32:37

Barnt Green resident Lily Dobson was named Apprentice of the Year at Retail Week’s Rising Stars Awards.

Brownies’ adventure
Posted on November 30 2015 at 12:29:37

10th Bromsgrove Brownies joined Worcestershire’s County Centenary Celebration at Blackwell Adventure.

Fun at Finstall school
Posted on November 30 2015 at 12:02:37

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Win a Vinny mug!
Posted on November 30 2015 at 11:46:39

Joan Baker, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of our monthly Vinny competition.

Books for history fans
Posted on November 30 2015 at 11:32:37

For a Christmas gift for the person who has everything, how about a book on the history of Alvechurch and its surrounding villages?

Tale of horror in the Lickey Hills
Posted on November 30 2015 at 11:09:37

A former resident of Rednal has given the Village area a starring role in his debut novel.

Learning to save lives
Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:46:37

Villagers in Alvechurch, Lickey and Blackwell have been receiving training on the use of new community public access defibrillators.

Recognition for Rob
Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:44:37

Alvechurch parish caretaker Rob Watkin has received recognition for his work in fostering.

Help for villages
Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:43:37

District Councillor Charlie Hotham told the Alvechurch and Barnt Green Parish Council meetings that Bromsgrove District Council is to appoint a new Regeneration Manager, responsible not only for the town centre but for outlying villages too.

Plea to reopen rail line footpath
Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:41:37

Network Rail has been accused of scaremongering to keep the pedestrian crossing over the rail line at Cofton Hackett closed for more than six months.

A visit from Twiggy
Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:38:37

Crowds jostled to get a glimpse of Twiggy as she officially opens the new Marks & Spencer superstore at Longbridge.

Blackwell street is best
Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:36:37

Linthurst Newtown in Blackwell has been declared the most family-friendly place to live in and around Birmingham.

20mph village speed appeal
Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:35:37

A petition calling for 20mph speed limits throughout the villages of Alvechurch parish has been gathering names online.

Save the date for 2016 Picnic
Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:34:37

Organisers of the now-annual Alvechurch Picnic in the Park have already announced the date of next year’s revels: Sunday May 1, 2016.

Respect & remembrance
Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:29:37

Children from Alvechurch Middle School placed poppy crosses at the war memorial on Bear Hill during the annual ceremony on Remembrance Day.

Decision on Fiery Hill is deferred
Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:23:37

The decision on whether a Barnt Green road junction must be moved has been deferred for further traffic figures.

Council on fence over parking row
Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:18:37

Barnt Green Parish Council’s chairman has warned against a ”knee-jerk reaction” in the ongoing row over school parking in the village.

Village surgery group quits, citing inaction
Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:15:37

Volunteers in a village GP surgery patients group have resigned en masse, complaining that their efforts are having no effect.

Skater boys’ petition
Posted on November 30 2015 at 10:31:37

A group of Alvechurch schoolboys are pressing councillors for a skate park in the village so they don’t have to travel to the one in Bromsgrove.

Bells along the canal
Posted on November 26 2015 at 1:54:38

Churches along the Worcester-Birmingham Canal will ring their bells on Saturday December 5 in continued celebration of its 200th anniversary.

Help to beat booze
Posted on November 02 2015 at 2:46:24

A specialist alcohol counsellor wants to spread the word that she is here to help and support anyone who is concerned about their own drinking, or affected by someone else’s drinking.

Festival of trees
Posted on November 02 2015 at 1:45:58

Alvechurch Baptist Church will be full of festive joy as its inaugural Christmas Tree Festival takes place.

Festive delights in Finstall
Posted on November 02 2015 at 1:40:58

If you love Christmas as much as The Village does, you’ll be delighted by a new festive charity event at Finstall Village Hall.

Sam’s duathlon success
Posted on November 02 2015 at 1:26:58

Blackwell triathlete Sam Boswell received her trophy from European gold medallist Jo Pavey after winning the Worcester Duathlon.

Greg’s triple crown
Posted on November 02 2015 at 1:24:58

Alvechurch resident Greg Smith is at the top of his game after winning three crown green bowls titles in five days.

AFC riding high
Posted on November 02 2015 at 1:20:58

Alvechurch FC is enjoying an impressive autumn of league and cup action.

Stepping out in the sunshine
Posted on November 02 2015 at 1:16:58

The third annual Barnt Green Community Walk, organised by the Parish Council and Worcestershire Countryside Service, took place in glorious weather and was another great success.

Libby meets Vinny
Posted on November 02 2015 at 11:33:58

Four-year-old Libby-Rose Lynch, of Bromsgrove, was the latest winner of our monthly Vinny competition.

Cricketers’ ball
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:51:58

Revellers at Barnt Green Cricket Club’s annual ball let their hair down while raising money to help keep the club running.

All aboard for lessons
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:49:58

Barnt Green residents have voiced concerns to the parish council over a new classroom planned for St Andrew’s First School – it’s a double decker bus!

Goldfish controversy
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:46:58

Alvechurch’s annual Mop Fair was a success, although some residents took to Facebook asking if it was legal to give live goldfish as prizes.

Sanctuary’s autumn bazaar
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:43:58

Hillfields Animal Sanctuary in Blackwell has its Autumn Bazaar on November 14 in the Methodist Church Hall on Greenhill from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Hamster mania
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:41:58

Hamster fans will converge on Barnt Green as the Midland Hamster Club has its Christmas show at the Scout & Guide Centre on December 5

Young actors wanted!
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:39:58

St Laurence Church in Alvechurch is looking for under-18s to take part in its Christmas play at both Christmas Eve carol services.

Barnt Green to light up again
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:36:58

After last year’s success, Barnt Green Lights Up! returns on Friday December 4.

Morris men and women sought
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:34:58

Alvechurch’s morris dancing groups are looking for new members.

Tip used as ‘test track’
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:29:58

Lickey residents have asked Bromsgrove’s planning chief Ruth Bamford to investigate why Marlbrook Tip was being used as a “test track” for around ten 4x4 vehicles one Sunday.

Green light for dementia home
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:28:58

Burcot Grange’s application to build a 50-bed dementia care home at the former Uplands site on Greenhill will go before Bromsgrove planners this month.

New zebra crossing
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:24:58

A zebra crossing with Belisha beacons is to be built across Birmingham Road, Alvechurch, at the cycle dismount point outside the schools.

Village people bare all
Posted on November 02 2015 at 10:04:58

Forget the Calendar Girls – Alvechurch’s very own “Calendar Boys” will be adorning village walls in 2016.

Fin is Child of Courage
Posted on November 02 2015 at 9:46:58

Alvechurch record-breaker Finlay Church was named the 2015 “Child of Courage” at the recent Pride of Birmingham Awards, in recognition of his superb fundraising efforts.

MP’s diner date
Posted on November 02 2015 at 9:38:58

Village MP and Business Secretary Sajid Javid cut the ribbon as The Lounge café and youth centre in Alvechurch unveiled its new look – an American-style diner.

Box of delights
Posted on November 02 2015 at 9:19:58

Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council chairman Nick Forknell and Coun Janet King celebrated the opening of a book exchange and defibrillator station on the Old Birmingham Road, Lickey, along with people who helped bring it to life.

School parking plea
Posted on November 02 2015 at 9:25:04

Barnt Green residents have begun a new battle in the war against unsafe and selfish parking in their village.

Scotched by vandals
Posted on November 02 2015 at 9:08:58

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Guitarist’s gypsy jazz
Posted on November 02 2015 at 7:57:58

Award-winning guitarist Remi Harris brings his Gypsy Jazz Project to the Lickey Hills on Sat Nov 7, at The Trinity Centre, Old Birmingham Road, Lickey at 7.30pm.

Farcical tale of money trouble
Posted on November 02 2015 at 7:51:15

Alvechurch Dramatic Society presents Tons of Money, a farce by Will Evans and Valentine, at Alvechurch Village Hall from Thurs Nov 26 to Sat Nov 28.

Fiery Hill U-turn fight-back
Posted on November 02 2015 at 8:44:15

A move to shelve improvements to the junction at Fiery Hill Road, Barnt Green, has provoked disbelief from residents across the Village area.

A Day at the Races
Posted on November 02 2015 at 6:00:29

The theme for Rosehill Flower Arrangement Society’s fundraising Annual Luncheon and Demonstration was “A Day at the Races”.

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