A Taste of What Villagers are Saying . . .


Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:11:15 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.

Lawton’s View

Posted on September 29 2017 at 10:12:58 0 comments


Lawton's View Oct 2017

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:

I worked with Simon’s father

Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:32:58 0 comments

In response to the letter about a Barnt Green resident bumping into a former villager, Simon Bendall, in London (“It’s a small world!” July 2017):

Pricey pass

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

I always enjoy Hannah Genders’ garden articles in your magazine, and having read about Shakespeare’s New Place in her August article, I went to visit it.

Lawton’s View

Posted on August 31 2017 at 2:54:26 0 comments


Lawton's View September 2017


Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:22:35 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.

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?

Lawton’s View

Posted on July 31 2017 at 12:51:19 0 comments


Lawton's View August 2017

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.

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