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THE VILLAGE VIEW

Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:22:42 0 comments

We wonder if the saga that has been dragging out over the southern slopes of the lovely Lickey Hills for the past two decades may at last be entering its end game.

Lawton’s View

Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:51:42 0 comments

AUGUST 2017

Lawton's View August 2017

Piazza would ruin the village

Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:18:42 0 comments

I think the idea of turning The Square in Alvechurch into a piazza would be the end of the shops and small businesses there.

Verging on the ridiculous (again!)

Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:17:42 0 comments

Recently the residents of Oakfield Drive in Cofton Hackett have seen work undertaken by Virgin Media Group to install underground cables.

History society seeks help with soldier research

Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:16:42 0 comments

Village readers may remember articles in September 2016 and April 2017 about the Hidden First World War Heritage of the Lickey Hills project, sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Tackle the pavement pests

Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:15:42 0 comments

Having visited Barnt Green at about 1pm one day, I was amazed to find the footpath outside the Happy Valley Chinese takeaway blocked by an illegally-parked car.

Leave space for shoppers

Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:07:42 0 comments

I have one of the answers to the Barnt Green traders’ ideas to boost the village in a scheme instigated by Bromsgrove’s Town Centre manager Cheryl Welsh.

Horse riders have no choice but to use roads

Posted on July 31 2017 at 1:05:42 0 comments

I am a horse owner. I frequently ride up or down Cofton Church Lane. Does Dr Vohra realise that at either end there is a bridleway – of which there are very few?

Bonfire smells great to me!

Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:41:46 0 comments

Should you print my letter I fear I may be in a majority of one, or should that be a minority of one? You see, even though others may disagree, I love the smell of a bonfire.

. . . but I’m fed up with the smoke

Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:39:46 0 comments

In response to the letter regarding bonfires: I live on the Redditch Road in Alvechurch, and this problem has been on going since I moved here 20 years ago.

. . . why can’t people just take rubbish to the tip?

Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:38:46 0 comments

Thank you for highlighting the persistent problem of bonfires. Why is it even necessary to burn rubbish on a summer’s day, when we have a garden waste collection or the use of the tip in Romsley?

. . . I blame austerity, but there’s no need to moan

Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:37:46 0 comments

Bonfires can be annoying, and bless the children’s school uniforms having to be washed again. I’m not sure why the laundry identity was important.   

. . . ban antisocial fires during daytime

Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:30:46 0 comments

I absolutely agree with Roz Miller that garden bonfires are so antisocial.

. . . at least it makes a nice picture

Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:28:46 0 comments

What a beautiful bonfire picture Roz Miller has sent you. So atmospheric.

It’s a small world!

Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:20:46 0 comments

My daughter and I were sitting outside a pub in London, having chosen it at random for a bite to eat. An elderly gentleman came to sit at our table, and asked where we were from.

And the decision is . . . no decision!

Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:19:46 0 comments

I would like to submit two responses for the price of one.

Plant mystery solved

Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:18:46 0 comments

Last month, reader Dave Eckley sent in a photo of a ‘mystery plant’, and wondered whether Mary Green, who writes our Village Country Diary, could identify it.

The dandelion detective

Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:17:46 0 comments

I always look forward to collecting a copy of The Village from Barnt Green Post Office, and the June edition’s front cover was absolutely captivating!

Thanks from Councillor Kate

Posted on June 30 2017 at 3:15:46 0 comments

I would like to thank everyone who voted for me in the district council elections.

THE VILLAGE VIEW

Posted on June 30 2017 at 9:59:48 0 comments

We feel we should join in on bonfires, having wafted the flames ever so gently to start with by asking in the June issue what readers feel about lighting up in their gardens.

Lawton’s View

Posted on June 30 2017 at 10:17:16 0 comments

JULY 2017

Lawton's View July 2017

Owners should clean up after horses

Posted on June 30 2017 at 9:41:49 0 comments

I am wondering why horse owners are not made to clear up their horses’ poo from public areas?

Cofton traffic ‘death trap’

Posted on May 30 2017 at 3:27:05 0 comments

Firstly, I would like to thank Cofton Hackett parish councillors for all their hard unpaid work looking after the area over the years.

THE VILLAGE VIEW

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:21:01 0 comments

It feels as if this is the umpteenth time we have started this column saying that The Village has no political axe to grind, apart from believing there is no place for petty, party politics in local government: but it is election time again, so here we go again . . .

Cofton Hackett: the new Silverstone

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:20:10 0 comments

Good to hear about the new Brands Hatch circuit at Groveley Lane, but the real experiences belong to the up and coming circuit on the Barnt Green Road and the new extension at Kendal End.

Lack of lifts is discrimination

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:19:10 0 comments

Would someone please be able to let us all know when the long-dreamt-of disabled lifts are due to be installed at Barnt Green railway station?

Mystery plant: can Mary help?

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:18:10 0 comments

Can I just say how much I enjoy Mary Green’s feature on the plants of our local area and their uses each month.

Thank you from Charlie

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:18:10 0 comments

I would like to thank all those who voted for me in the recent county council election.

Left fuming by afternoon bonfire

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:17:10 0 comments

On a Saturday afternoon, when I had a full line of washing out, including the kids’ school uniforms, this is what I noticed out of my window.

Invest in a maypole

Posted on May 30 2017 at 12:17:10 0 comments

Never mind the public toilet; thinking about May Day, why don’t we invest in a maypole for Barnt Green and the surrounding villages?

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