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Village joins the party

Posted on September 29 2017 at 2:12:15

Alvechurch is planning to put more spirit into Christmas this year as it tries to catch up with its more festive neighbours.

The parish council has formed a working group to team up with Cheryl Welsh, Bromsgrove’s “centres manager”, to bring village businesses on board.

Alvechurch is seen as lagging behind Barnt Green, Lickey and Blackwell, all of which hold big events while Barnt Green, has also invested in a distinctive light display designed by local children.

As reported last Christmas in The Village, funeral directors Thomas Brothers has already offered to contribute towards a new tree. Now the parish council is hoping to bring more businesses on board, culminating in a proposed big lights switch-on on Friday December 1.

Coun John Cypher told the council: “The success of the Barnt Green lights owes a lot to the fact that businesses pay the costs.”

Coun Adrian Smith: “I think we should have a gathering of funds from businesses and then some advertising for those who pay.”

The Working Group Members will be parish councillors Anne Willetts, Natalie Wise and Sue Lambert and district councillor Kate Van Der Plank.

* Meanwhile, in Barnt Green, festival plans are also afoot – the big lights switch-on will take place on Saturday December 2, changing from the usual Friday date to encompass national Small Business Saturday and encourage visitors to browse the village shops.

The lights are due to be switched on between 3.30 and 4pm, and there will be music from Blackwell Concert Band as well as refreshments on sale.

Pupils at St Andrew’s First School have again been asked to submit designs for lights, with the winning creation to be made into a new decoration.

A recent meeting of village traders generated ideas such as a Victorian theme, a reindeer trail and a bar in the bus shelter – these are to be decided upon in the coming weeks, so watch this space!

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