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Weekend of community spirit

Barnt Green’s inaugural Community Weekend raised £5,000 for local charities and provided visitors from the village and beyond with a great day out.


Library manager bows out

Alvechurch Library will host an afternoon tea party as a farewell to library manager Alyson Williams, who is retiring in July.


Gardens of Alvechurch

Don’t forget that the bi-annual Alvechurch Open Gardens event takes place on Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26.


Shelter for outdoor lessons

Pupils at Rigby Hall School in Aston Fields will now be sheltered from the elements as they enjoy their “Forest School” lessons, thanks to the Rotary Club of North Worcestershire.


Sam is British champ

Blackwell triathlete Sam Boswell can now call herself “British champion” after coming first in her category at the British Middle Distance Triathlon.


Squash success

Two Barnt Green youngsters helped England to victory in the Five Nations squash tournament.


Roll up,  roll up!

There was plenty of clowning around at this year’s Blackwell Festival, which brought villagers all the fun of the circus as well as music, games, stalls and sideshows.


Royal revels at Lickey Festival

The inaugural Lickey Festival celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday with music, dancing, cakes and cider – plus a visit from some exotic animals!


Crafty fundraising

Blackwell’s 35th Craft Fair at the Methodist hall on Greenhill raised £134 for Leanna Horne, the Bromsgrove thrower who is hoping to go to the Paralympics in Rio.


Bob is back

A village resident has bucked the naming farrago spreading through Alvechurch by restoring the name “Bob Hopping Street” with a home-made sign.


The ‘great lake’ returns

The “great lake” of Alvechurch returned in June, to the dismay of parish councillors who had been warning the temporary fix to the railway car park was a waste of money.


Parish ‘yes’ to bus shelter ideas

Three murals are to be installed in a village bus shelter with designs created by local children.


Hill speed trap

Speed monitoring will be taking place at Hopwood Hill over the next six months after legal problems with speed limits were finally sorted out, Alvechurch Parish Council heard.


Landowners warned over travellers

Alvechurch Parish Council is urging village landowners to take precautions to prevent incursions by groups of travellers over the summer.


Plan comes out of retirement

Retirement home developer McCarthy & Stone has not given up on its plans to build an apartment block on Green Belt land close to the centre of Alvechurch.


Rugby stars and royal fun

Earlier this year, Year 4 children from Finstall First School won the Sport Relief Tag Rugby tournament at Bromsgrove RFC, beating St Andrew’s First School in the final.


Happy birthday to us!

The summer fair at St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green celebrated the fact that both the Queen and the school are 90 years old this year.


Bikes to Benidorm and back

A group of friends are aiming to raise £20,000 for a village charity with a marathon cycle challenge.


Birthday bash

Pupils at St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green marked the Queen’s birthday as well as their own 90th anniversary – they are the only church school in the country to have been founded in the year of the Queen’s birth.


Village parking plea

The problem of street parking around Barnt Green was in the spotlight once more when residents from Oakdene Drive implored parish councillors to take action.


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