A Taste of What Villagers are Saying . . .


Posted on November 27 2017 at 3:19:18 0 comments

Faceless bureaucrats in their Whitehall ivory towers, drawing lines on maps without a care for how they will affect us in our villages 100 miles away from the capital . . . where have we read those words before?

Lawton’s View

Posted on November 27 2017 at 3:21:18 0 comments


Lawton's View Dec 2017

Bridge ‘railroaded’

Posted on November 27 2017 at 3:02:18 0 comments

I read your article in November’s edition concerning the disabled lifts at Barnt Green station with a feeling of frustration and disappointment.

A guide to getting on and off the train

Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:59:18 0 comments

With regard to access for all at Barnt Green station, I would like to expand on what Coun Cholmondeley has stated in Village News (November 2017).

Stop griping and embrace Cofton’s opportunity

Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:57:18 0 comments

As a resident of the “over-built Lego extension” in Cofton Hackett (Village Views, November 2017), I find it disappointing to still see negativity about what is not only a great opportunity for an exciting and cohesive new neighbourhood but also a lovely place to live. 

Where are the whitebeams?

Posted on November 27 2017 at 2:56:18 0 comments

I thought Barnt Green was such a nice place when I came to live here. However, two years ago the chainsaws moved into Rosebank and the whitebeams came down.

Whose dung is it, anyway?

Posted on November 27 2017 at 3:30:39 0 comments

I enjoyed reading The Village last month, especially the fabulous tip given by Cheryl Godfrey regarding using the horse droppings to feed the roses (Village Views, November 2017).

Meadows should be open to cars

Posted on November 27 2017 at 1:54:21 0 comments

This is an open letter to Alvechurch Parish Council and anyone concerned with the situation at the Wiggin Recreation Grounds, known locally as The Meadows, over the past summer and autumn.

Thanks to villagers for generosity

Posted on November 27 2017 at 1:48:21 0 comments

I would like to thank all local businesses who donated the wonderful array of prizes for the Alvechurch Knit & Natter Alzheimer’s Charity Raffle, and all you lovely people who have purchased tickets.


Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:06:42 0 comments

We often hear people talk about how nice it is to live in our villages and how lucky we all are to do so.

Roads to nowhere

Posted on October 31 2017 at 12:33:05 0 comments

Just when it looked probable that I may be alone in thinking that with all the frantic building and road-making going on in this Sceptered Isle, we will all be permanently gridlocked, your editorial and David Barton and Sophie Garner’s letters in the October issue revealed that perhaps other people have been thinking about this as well.

Urgent need to calm speed

Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:32:05 0 comments

Regarding the subject of speeding traffic in Barnt Green, I note that parish clerk Gill Lungley states that Fiery Hill Road is not suitable for the use of a speed gun (The Village October 2017).

Car park safety concerns

Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:31:05 0 comments

I want to raise a very real concern about the car park provided by the builders of the new estate on Fiery Hill. 

‘Golden promises’ forgotten

Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:30:05 0 comments

The October Village View asked what our villages will look like in 20 years. As a long-term resident of Cofton Hackett, I can quite sadly say that what was a pleasant place to live is sadly not any more.

Thanks to those who supported Plan

Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:14:13 0 comments

A sincere thank you from Alvechurch Parish Council to all who contributed to the Neighbourhood Plan displays at the Baptist Church in October; an event which launched the final six-week consultation before the Plan is submitted. 

POW memories

Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:09:48 0 comments

It was so interesting to read about “Our German gentle men” (The Village, September 2017). I, too, lived near the POW camp in Groveley Lane, Cofton Hackett.

Largest total ever

Posted on October 31 2017 at 11:08:48 0 comments

The Macmillan “Biggest Ever Coffee Morning” held at Rectory Cottage, Alvechurch raised an amazing £879.

Lawton’s View

Posted on October 30 2017 at 8:33:23 0 comments


Lawton's View November 2017

Lawton’s View

Posted on September 29 2017 at 12:12:35 0 comments


Lawton's View Oct 2017


Posted on September 29 2017 at 11:11:12 0 comments

What will our villages look like in 20 or 30 years? The answer most of us hope for is: much the same as they do now, thank you very much.

It won’t happen anyway!

Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:23:15 0 comments

While I have every sympathy with Paul Queen’s concerns with regard to the piazza proposals for the village centre at Alvechurch, he does demonstrate the real problem when rightly identifying the centre as a traffic island.

Piazza: plea for common sense

Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:14:15 0 comments

I fully support Paul Queen in his comments concerning our Square in the centre of Alvechurch.

Horses and riders support economy

Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:11:20 0 comments

For someone who claims to be “a horse rider”, Neil Harris (Village Views, August 2017) shows surprising ignorance about this.

Accident waiting to happen

Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:09:15 0 comments

As a regular dog walker in Cofton Hackett I have witnessed numerous near-misses Involving cars speeding along Groveley Lane and on three occasions nearly been hit myself crossing over to Cofton Park.

Oakalls’ open spaces still at risk

Posted on September 29 2017 at 9:10:15 0 comments

I have just read with interest the Oakalls article in your September edition, concerning the erecting of barriers on open spaces in Regents Park Road.


Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:52:50 0 comments

With the rest of the world apparently heading to hell in a handcart, these quiet days of summer in and around our villages have perhaps had an extra sense of the idyllic.

We need control on horse numbers

Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:36:58 0 comments

I have read with interest some of the correspondence about horses in this magazine. I am a horse rider and appreciate them as animals.

Living next door to a bomb site

Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:35:58 0 comments

I live on Fiery Hill Road, Barnt Green, opposite the railway station. I daresay most nearby residents are aware of the demolition of the property at number 47 next door to our house, with a shared drive. 

How is this ruling democratic?

Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:34:58 0 comments

At the rear of our estate there has been a long-running planning application debate: residents in Lickey Square wish to build five houses in their back gardens which will then tower over three or four houses on our estate.

Pavements left like a patchwork quilt

Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:33:58 0 comments

Regarding the letter (“Verging on the ridiculous”, August 2017) about the mess left behind by Virgin Media on Oakfield Drive, Cofton Hackett:

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