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Artists wanted!

Calling all artistic children! Your picture could be turned into a Christmas card thanks to a national design competition taking place at two local garden centres.


30 years of Where Next

The Where Next Association, a charity offering work experience and training opportunities to people with learning difficulties, celebrated its 30th birthday with a get-together at its Nursery site in Redditch.


Showtime at Tardebigge

Visitors flocked to the ever-popular Tardebigge Fair & Show on a sunny September afternoon, when all sorts of fun events were taking place in and around the well-known landmark of St Bartholomew’s Church.


Care homes celebrate

Two village care homes held a day of special events to mark their first year as part of the Spring View Care group and to hand over money raised for charity.


Fin’s cash boost for hospital

Alvechurch youngster Finlay Church has challenged himself to raise £20,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he had brain surgery in June.


Weekend of sailing action

Barnt Green Sailing Club enjoyed a weekend of sporting action when it hosted the Enterprise Class National Under 25 Youth Championsh


Race to raise funds for MSA

A Barnt Green teenager has been inspired by her beloved grandfather to raise funds for research into a rare disease.


DIY SOS for duck house

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .


Bumper crop

An impressive collection of locally-grown produce was on display at Finstall Flower & Vegetable Show, including a number of super-sized vegetables.


Snail mail fail

Alvechurch parish councillors have voted against a plan to bring their communications into the digital age.


Own a piece of history

How would you like to own a piece of village history? Alvechurch resident Karen Green has presented a picture of No 1, Red Lion Street to raise funds for The Lounge.


Cheque in

The Lounge youth project in Alvechurch was one of the beneficiaries of money from the Picnic in the Park held earlier this year.


Season’s greetings

The Coach and Horses at Weatheroak Hill has been named Pub of the Season for Summer 2014 by Redditch and Bromsgrove Campaign for Real Ale.


George’s magic touch

A youngster from Barnt Green is building a reputation as a talented close-up magician – and his skills were recognised in high places when he was given the chance to visit the famous Magic Circle.


Action call over travellers’ mess

Alvechurch residents were meeting with MP Sajid Javid at the end of September to tackle problems caused by traveller encampments in the area.


Open goals celebration

Village MP Sajid Javid declared the renewed football pitch at The Meadows, Alvechurch, ready for kick-off.


Autumn events at Alvechurch Library

Alvechurch Library is offering a course on Emergency First Aid in the Workplace on Friday September 26 from 9.30am -5pm.


Green fingers

Attractive gardens in Lickey and Blackwell were rewarded with prizes in the parish council’s annual Best Front Garden competition.


Car park hope derailed

The new railway station in Alve­church has opened – upgraded and ready for three trains an hour . . . but villagers are still waiting for the new car park to go with it.


Exciting season for Sinfonia

The new season for the Midland Sinfonia has a broadened spectrum of entertainment.


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