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Afternoon tea at Hillscourt

The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, is inviting people to a local Macmillan fundraising event with a difference.

Twilight walk for brain tumour research

Two women from Barnt Green are preparing to raise vital funds for brain tumour research with a 10km Twilight Walk.

Fun for all abilities

A new local club aimed at bringing disabled and able-bodied people together celebrated its official opening with a Strawberry Fair. 

Bless your pets

A Pet Blessing Service will be held at St Stephen’s Community Centre, Edgewood Road, Rednal on Saturday October 4.

Fete bounces back

More than 200 people attended the Burcot Village Hall Fete and Flower Show, warmly welcomed back after its absence last year.

Barnt Green set for ‘best walk’

Barnt Green is holding another community walk and pig roast after the success of last year’s event, hailed the “best in the county”.

Going commando in the Highlands

A Barnt Green man will follow in the footsteps of elite Royal Marine Commandos as he takes on a gruelling challenge for charity.

Baabaara’s big trip

If you’ve recently seen a car dressed like a sheep around the Village area, you’re not going mad – it’s just Baabaara, a 1998 Daihatsu Sirion, fresh from her triumph at Monte Carlo Or Bust 2014.

Sociable cycling

A group of intrepid cyclists took part in the inaugural ride of the new Alvechurch Bicycle Club, one of the innovations aimed at regenerating the village’s Sports & Social Club.

We heart cycling

A group of 10 people connected to Hillscourt, the Lickey conference and wedding venue, took part in a charity bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation, raising just under £1,000 for the cause.

Potential housing sites: how you voted

On July 18 and 19, people from Alvechurch Parish were invited to open days to comment and vote on some potential housing areas around the village. 114 people attended, writes Mary Green of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Celebrating her century

A Hopwood resident celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family – and of course, a card from the Queen.

Tip panel members picked

Bromsgrove District Council has finally selected the members of a panel which will look into the Marlbrook Tip fiasco and hopefully find a lasting solution.

‘Patience’ plea over graveyard

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has asked local residents to “be patient” with its efforts to maintain Holy Trinity churchyard.

Crime-watch signs snub

A fledgling village Neighbourhood Watch group has been left in limbo since January because no one at Worcestershire County Council seems able to give them permission to put up signs on lamp posts to identify the area they are watching.

Charity challenge

A team from Rhythm Time, which offers educational music and sensory classes for babies and toddlers, has raised more than £1,300 for charity during a week of fundraising activities.

Andromeda over Cofton

Village reader LaDonna Sears-Thomas sent us a fabulous photograph of the Andromeda Galaxy, which she captured in her back garden in Cofton Hackett.

The big apple

As we went to press, artist Andy DeComyn was busy carving a giant apple from the remains of the fallen black poplar in The Meadows, Alvechurch.

Sajid to act over traveller camps

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid faced a room full of irate Alvechurch residents when he held a public forum in the village in August.

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.