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Village independent wins Barnt Green and Hopwood

The only independent candidate to stand for Bromsgrove Council in The Village area has swept aside the Tory challenge.

Lions seek local talent

The youth section at Alvechurch Lions FC is hoping to attract new talent with an Open Trials event.  

Blackwell pupils take on triathlon

Students from Hunters Hill Technology College in Blackwell are preparing for a four-day triathlon challenge in the Welsh countryside.

Say ‘bonjour’ to students

A Cofton Hackett family who play host to visiting French students are keen for other village families to do the same.

School parking probe

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Where’s Vinny this month?

Liv Caden, of Redditch, was the first winner of our monthly Vinny competition – and if you want one of our exclusive Vinny mugs, then you’ll need to try and spot the little hedgehog hiding somewhere in the May magazine.

Get ready for this year’s panto

It might seem a little early to be thinking about panto season, but Bromsgrove theatre group All & Sundry have already announced details of their 2015 show at Artrix.

Can you help with a reading challenge?

Alvechurch Library is looking for young, enthusiastic volunteers to help support its Summer Reading Challenge.

Lecture success

The Bromsgrove Lecture for 2015, a premier event in the Bromsgrove Society’s year, proved to be an outstanding success, writes Des Clarke.

Pride and joy

More than 10,000 people attended the annual Pride of Longbridge rally in Cofton Park, which this year marked the 10th anniversary of MG Rover’s collapse. 

Time to get the picnic party started

The annual Alvechurch Picnic in the Park, taking place in The Meadows on Sunday May 3, promises to deliver yet another great day for the community.

Hopwood’s litterati

Hopwood residents showed how much they care about their village when they joined the annual litter pick organised by Hopwood Residents Association.

Sign up for cycle ride

Cyclists wishing to take part in the annual Alvechurch to Worcester charity bike ride on Saturday June 27 can find more information and download a sponsor form at     

Summer of discontent

Alvechurch suffered a “summer of discontent” in 2014, the Annual Parish Meeting heard.

School parking problems

Lickey & Blackwell’s Annual Assembly raised the issue of parking outside Lickey Hills Primary School and Blackwell First School, with many residents commenting on the problems caused by parents parking irresponsibly when dropping off and collecting children.

Roads hit by rail delays

Blackwell and Barnt Green residents are facing several more months of travel disruption thanks to delays in Network Rail’s electrification project.

Where are the candidates?

Local democracy has taken a hit across The Village area before a single vote has been cast.

Fashion for survivors

A village dental practice raised £850 for a women’s charity by holding a fashion event.

Blackwell’s royal visitor

Blackwell Adventure got the royal seal of approval as Princess Anne dropped in for a visit.

Village goes Kiwi

Our March feature on “Bunny” Burnham, the young New Zealand airman who died alongside his British comrades when their Wellington bomber crashed in Wythall in 1942, received plenty of interest – not least from Bunny’s relatives in New Zealand.



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