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Pirates in the park
Posted on July 31 2017 at 3:23:23

Blackwell Festival enjoyed glorious weather for a change – perfect for this year’s piratical theme!

Down on the farm
Posted on July 31 2017 at 3:10:23

This year’s Lickey Festival, held at Lickey Hills Primary School and involving the whole community, was themed around The Farmyard.

Motor mania!
Posted on July 31 2017 at 3:01:46

The inaugural Barnt Green Motor Festival saw more than 60 cars and motorbikes assemble in the village centre.

Guess the close-up (No. 5): ANSWER
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:49:50

Did you guess correctly?

School bus with a difference
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:39:42

Pupils at St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green now have extra space for their lessons, thanks to the addition of an unusual classroom – “Buster” the double-decker bus.

‘Wake up’ call on closure
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:37:42

A group of Blackwell residents have organised a campaign against Network Rail’s decision to close a popular railway crossing point and replace it with a diversion.

Charity challengers
Posted on July 31 2017 at 2:36:42

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Party time at Burcot
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:34:42

More than 250 guests attended the Annual Summer Garden Party at Burcot Grange Care Home, enjoying an afternoon tea in the beautiful gardens and sunshine.

Lawns launches garden
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:30:42

The new sensory garden at The Lawns care home in Alvechurch was officially opened with a celebration attended by residents, families and friends.

Tip deadline looms
Posted on July 31 2017 at 2:19:54

After years of stalemate, this month may mark a major turning point in the Marlbrook Tip debacle.

Guess the close-up (No. 5)
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:13:42

Village reader Mark Winson sent us some close-up images of interesting sights around Alvechurch – can you identify where this one is? 

Jessica meets Vinny!
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:04:42

Nine-year-old Jessica Kirk, of Blackwell, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Wonders of Withybed
Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:29:32

The biannual Withybed Open Gardens event showcased 11 diverse gardens in the hamlet.

Afternoon tea at The Lounge
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:39:42

The Lounge cafe and youth project in Alvechurch has added another string to its bow by offering traditional afternoon teas.

Pupils in design competition final
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:18:42

A group of pupils from Alvechurch Middle School reached the final five in the national Land Rover BAR Faraday Challenge to design a problem-solving device for the America’s Cup.

Award for council
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:14:42

Barnt Green Parish Council has become one of only five parish and town councils in Worcestershire to achieve the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) Foundation certificate.

Bob in the Big Apple
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:13:42

The Village‘s resident cartoonist Bob Lawton is showing off his talents across The Pond after he was commissioned to provide artwork for an eatery in New York City.

Wartime history of Lickeys on display
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:08:42

Lickey Hills Local History Society is holding its Open Weekend 2017 on Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17.

Plea for play equipment upgrade
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:08:42

Children in Hopwood could enjoy an upgrade to play equipment on the park behind the community centre after a plea by parents at the July meeting of Alvechurch Parish Council.

Produce galore at village show
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:04:42

Finstall’s Annual Village Show takes place on Sat Sept 2 at the village hall, with classes for vegetables, fruit, baking (including jams and chutneys), floral arrangements, crafts, photography and art.

Don’t miss out on popular Fair!
Posted on July 31 2017 at 11:02:42

Tardebigge Fair & Show will soon be here again to provide a great afternoon’s entertainment and bargains for all the family on Saturday September 9!

Light idea for bus shelters
Posted on July 31 2017 at 10:47:42

Lights may be turned on in Alvechurch village centre’s bus shelters after lengthsman Ron Rand told parish councillors it would deter people from “contaminating” them.

Farm still causing a stink
Posted on July 31 2017 at 10:44:42

A rise in complaints of smells emanating from Mayfield Farm, Hopwood, led Alvechurch Parish Councillors to pass an emergency motion calling on Worcestershire Regulatory Services to reopen its investigation into operations at the site.

Green Belt contender on the Lickeys
Posted on July 31 2017 at 10:26:42

Green Belt fields over the road from the former Marlbrook Tip site could become a housing estate for 165 homes with views across Worcestershire.

Art studios open for weekend
Posted on July 31 2017 at 10:28:42

Artists across the county will open their doors to visitors this August bank holiday weekend as part of Worcestershire Open Studios. 

Afternoon tea at The Ark
Posted on July 26 2017 at 12:16:13

A fundraising event takes place at The Ark, Alvechurch on Monday July 31, with proceeds going to Primrose Hospice and St. Richard’s Hospice.

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