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Have your say on Neighbourhood Plan

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’

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


Busking bonanza

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


Second skiffle CD

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

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

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

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

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


Horsing around!

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

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


Community walk for all ages

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!

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

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

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

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

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


New gardeners sought

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)

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

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

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


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