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Have your say on Neighbourhood Plan
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:48:58

Alvechurch residents are invited to comment on the parish’s Neighbourhood Plan during a three-day exhibition of the plans at the Baptist Church from October 5–7.

Spend an evening with ‘Blind Dave’
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:44:58

Villagers have an opportunity to spend an evening in the company of marathon runner and fundraiser extraordinaire, Dave Heeley – AKA “Blind Dave”.

Busking bonanza
Posted on August 31 2017 at 3:43:46

Barnt Green held its first Busking Festival in August, with local musicians from a variety of genres entertaining shoppers and residents.

Second skiffle CD
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:40:58

Alvechurch’s well-known skiffle band, The 6-5 Specials, have a new CD out, with all proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Research.

Bus to link villages
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:30:41

A community transport scheme linking several of our villages looks set to become a reality after gaining approval from parish councillors.

Explosions in Barnt Green
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:22:58

Residents on the new CALA estate in Barnt Green reported being shaken from their sleep by two explosions on the site shortly before midnight on August 17.

50 fabulous years
Posted on August 31 2017 at 3:12:58

Crown Meadow First School in Alvechurch celebrated its 50th birthday in style, with staff and pupils dressing in fashions from the past five decades.

Music festival offers local talent
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:09:58

Blackwell Music Festival takes place once again in the grounds of Hunters Hill School, from 1–9pm on Saturday September 9.

Horsing around!
Posted on August 31 2017 at 3:08:04

The Bilberry Wake, a traditional annual festival in the Lickey Hills, featured picnics, crafts and hobby-horse racing for all ages!

Knitting for a good cause
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:06:58

The Alvechurch Knit & Natter group have raised cash for Brain Tumour Research through sales of their knitted goods.

Community walk for all ages
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:56:58

Barnt Green’s annual free Community Walk will be held on Saturday September 23, with villagers of all ages and abilities invited to join in.

Pumpkin party!
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:55:58

Alvechurch is getting ready to go pumpkin crazy, as the countdown to the village’s first-ever Pumpkin Festival is under way!

Car park open for all
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:47:58

Barnt Green parish councillors are encouraging commuters to park on the new CALA Homes car park, which is now open and free for all to use.

Rhinos raring to go
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:42:58

Kings Norton Rhinos Rugby Club are raring to get into the new season, with preparations well underway throughout the Hopwood Park club on Ash Lane, Hopwood. 

Georgian-style art on display
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:41:46

For the second year running the Summer Fete at Grosvenor House care home in Alvechurch featured the announcement of the winners of the art competition set up and supported by Kamal Khan, co-owner of both Grosvenor House and Tutnall Hall.

Cycling to beat cancer
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:30:58

Alvechurch resident Ross Dustan is raising funds for Cure Leukaemia by taking part in a 100-mile cycle challenge.

New gardeners sought
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:21:58

Organisers of the biannual Alvechurch Open Gardens event (which takes place on June 23 and 24 next year) are hoping a few more residents would like to show off their gardening skills.

Guess the close-up (No. 6)
Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:11:49

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

Bumper day for animal charities
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:02:44

More than 2,000 people visited the Jinney Ring Craft Centre in Hanbury for “Animals R Magic”, a fun day in aid of The Cinnamon Trust and local animal charities.

Family fun at the fair
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:59:25

Blackwell First School’s Summer Fair offered plenty of family fun and games, including skittles, football, performances by pupils and a baking competition.

Kavya wins a Vinny!
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:58:58

Nine-year-old Kavya Maganty, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Could you be a mentor?
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:57:44

Mentor Link, a charity that provides long-term dedicated social and emotional support to vulnerable and distressed children and young people, is seeking a male mentor to support a boy in school with additional learning needs.

Exhibition of prints
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:50:44

Bromsgrove Photographic Society is holding an exhibition of members’ prints in the Meeting Room at Bromsgrove Library, until the end of August.

Farewell, Helen!
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:49:58

Helen Doherty, retiring clerk of Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council, was presented with a gift by councillors in recognition of her service.

Wildlife photographs on display at lecture
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:47:44

Bromsgrove Photographic Society starts its new season with a visit from a world-renowned photographer.

AFC are up for the cup
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:47:20

Alvechurch FC celebrated its past, present and future when the FA Cup trophy paid a visit to the club, as the team prepared to play in the competition’s preliminary round

Crossing campaign deadline
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:41:41

Blackwell residents campaigning against Network Rail’s decision to close the village’s railway crossing point and replace it with a diversion are urging villagers to submit their objections before September 14.

‘Old skool’ entertainment
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:38:44

Rowney Green Village Hall presents an evening of music and comedy on Sat Sep 16.

Guess the close-up (No. 6): ANSWER
Posted on August 31 2017 at 1:19:54

Did you guess correctly?

Learning to save a life
Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:01:58

A morning’s training in how to use the new defibrillator mounted outside Hopwood Community Centre was given by Rob Underwood of the charity Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts.

Fun run funds
Posted on August 31 2017 at 10:43:26

Money raised from entry fees for the recent Barnt Green Fun Run was donated to Barnt Green Day Centre.

Traveller barrier bungle
Posted on August 30 2017 at 11:29:22

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

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