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Taking on Three Peaks

Students from Hunters Hill Technology College in Blackwell are in training for the arduous Three Peaks Challenge this summer, raising money for their school.


Charity ride called off

An annual charity cycle ride has come to an end after 18 years of fundraising because of participants failing to donate to charity, according to organisers.


Got to sing!

Members of a new Bromsgrove choir celebrated a huge turnout on its opening night.


Village doesn’t need vigilantes

Calls for villagers to organise their own crime patrols after a “spike” in incidents have left police bemused.


Lounge volunteers step into the breach

The Lounge youth and community venue in Alvechurch has been given a boost by a swathe of volunteers stepping forward to help manage it.


A very handy achievement

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .


’Church’s big day

By the time you read this article,  we’ll probably know whether or not Alvechurch FC have achieved their dream of promotion to step 4 of the Midland Football League.


Sharp-eyed siblings

Sharp-eyed Cofton Hackett siblings Bram and Bunny Howdle, aged one and three, were the latest winners of a Mini Vinny in our competition.


Alvechurch art on show in Barnt Green

A group of artists who attend Pam’s Art Class each week in Alvechurch Village Hall displayed samples of their work to a wider audience with an exhibition and sale in Barnt Green.


Top award for local Scout

A Bromsgrove Scout was presented with a top award by international adventurer and Chief Scout Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle.


Extreme survival in Africa

A Cofton Hackett paramedic and two of her colleagues have signed up for a gruelling survival challenge in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance.


Lorna’s royal reward

A Rednal resident enjoyed the experience of a lifetime when she was chosen to receive Maundy Money from the Queen.


Trio of books by villagers

Three local authors have published new works.


Musicians call in

Members of Alvechurch’s professional orchestra, The Midland Sinfonia, thanked Burcot Grange care home in Blackwell for its sponsorship by performing for residents.


Festival fun for everyone

Don’t forget that the Alvechurch Picnic in the Park takes place on Sunday May 1 in The Meadows, with a Shakespearean theme.


Ben runs again

Ben Ascott, owner of Ben’s Lickey Hills Fish Bar and Ben’s Pizza & Pasta Bar in Cofton Hackett, will be running the London Marathon this year, raising money for Leukaemia CARE in memory of his father.


Gary’s leap of faith

A passion for a family charity has led one of its volunteers to sign up for a fundraising parachute jump in June.


Cleaning up after tippers

Phil Thomas (the Village weatherman) and Mick Mears spent a morning clearing an area along the bridleway from Redditch Road, Alvechurch, to Rowney Green.


It’s Hall over now

The committee of Alvechurch Village Hall paid tribute to retiring Hall Manager Barbara Baker as she handed over the keys after exactly 12 years.


I found Vinny, too!

Cofton Hackett resident Richard Summersmith was the latest reader to win a Mini Vinny in our competition.


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