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Blackwell’s big day out

Despite the less-than-perfect weather, Blackwell Festival attracted plenty of residents, friends and neighbours for an afternoon of free fun and games.

Riders in the rain

Although the weather was a bit dodgy, some 60 cyclists turned out for the 17th annual charity cycle ride along the canal from Withy­bed Green in Alvechurch to Digliss Basin in Worcester.

Cricket season in full swing

Even before the season started, we had to deal with the challenges of the infamous fallen tree and the badly-damaged pavilion at the Hopwood Ground, writes Pete Gwilliam of Alvechurch & Hopwood Cricket Club.

25 years of ‘The Morris’

Twenty five years ago, a group of Alvechurch men got together to perform a morris dance at the middle school summer fete.

Rhinos conquer Mount Snowdon

A group of children from Hopwood-based Kings Norton Rhinos Rugby Club have scaled Mount Snowdon, raising more than £1,000 for the charity Save the Rhino International.

Survivor’s epic bike challenge

A Bromsgrove woman who almost lost her life to a rare disease is cycling the length of Britain to raise funds for a charity that aims to help other sufferers survive.

Sam battles her way to title

An athlete from Blackwell battled mechanical problems as well as fellow competitors to become the National Triathlon Champion.

‘Awesome’ afternoon

St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green held an “Everything Is Awesome” Lego-themed summer fete – complete with a guest appearance by
Emmet, a favourite character from The Lego Movie.

Parish health in spotlight

The challenge of meeting the health needs of a growing community was highlighted at talks between the Alvechurch GP practice and village representatives.

Withybed celebrates summer

The little hamlet of Withybed Green celebrated its fifth Withyfest on June 29, writes Mary Green.

Wanted: your photos of Bordesley

Bordesley Residents Association is asking residents to send in photographs of the area to illustrate its new website.

Parish office opens doors to residents

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council now has an official Parish Office at the Trinity Centre on Rose Hill for one day a week, following the settlement of a wrangle with Holy Trinity Church over hire fees.

On target in Race for Life

An Alvechurch mother and daughter completed the annual Cancer Research UK Race for Life in Arrow Valley Park, Redditch, reaching their fundraising target of £500.

Allotment assistance

A team from Worcestershire Highways and partners Ringway helped improve the site access to the Alvechurch allotments off Old Rectory Lane, helped by plotholders including Angela Lee and Janet Daniels (above).

Josh’s cycle success

Cofton Hackett youngster Josh Field is celebrating cycling success with a series of great performances.

Lorries ‘blighting lives’

The increasing problem of heavy goods vehicles thundering through Alvechurch is to be investigated by the village’s parish council.

Creation in the woods

The infamous black poplar tree which fell between the cricket club and The Meadows in Alvechurch could be turned into a public art installation.

Couple’s 60 years of happy memories

A happy couple who started their married life in Alvechurch are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary this month.

Knitting in public

A group of women gathered outside Fresh@ Burcot Garden Centre to take part in the first-ever Worldwide Knit In Public Day.

All the fun of the fete

Grosvenor House care home in Alvechurch, part of the Spring View Care group, raised more than £1,700 for prostate cancer support with a summer fete.