Monday June 18 2018

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Village News


‘Danger’ lane action

A Blackwell road described by residents as “the Black Hole of Calcutta” is to have new warning signs after a campaign to make the road safer.

Height barrier to keep gates open at park

The gates to The Meadows playing fields in Alvechurch, locked for much of the summer last year to keep travellers out, are to be fitted with a height restriction system.

‘Hell-bent’ on Hearn

Hopes that any consideration of a proposed “garden village” between Alvechurch and Barnt Green would be shelved were dashed when Conservative councillors got together to keep it on the agenda.

Road to be resurfaced

The plague of potholes in Barnt Green may soon be over, at least on Sandhills Lane.

New kids on the block

Village reader Paul Wilde sent us these pictures showing a new brood of cygnets that hatched in May near Abbey Meadows in Bordesley.

Council considers cycle rack

Lickey and Blackwell parish councillors agreed to consider the possibility of installing a bench or a cycle rack by the horse trough outside the Trinity Centre.

No more slime

Tennis players should find firmer footing at the Rowney Green courts after the parish council agreed to jet wash the surface which has become “slimy”.

Still in charge

Andy Humphries, the long-serving Chairman of Alvechurch Parish Council, has been elected to the role for a sixth year by fellow councillors, despite having said the past year would “probably” be the last.

Forum suspended

Alvechurch Community Safety Forum, which succeeded PACT meetings in the parish, is to be suspended.

Plans to save pets

Pet owners will be able to take their animals to centres at Hopwood and Rowney Green under the Emergency Plan being drawn up by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Choir joins in with joyful duo

While millions of people watched a certain royal event on TV, a somewhat smaller but no less special wedding was taking place that same day in Alvechurch.

The money-spinners!

A sponsored spinathon in Alvechurch raised money for the Pituitary Foundation in memory of a young villager.

Fun Run rescheduled

After being cancelled because of snow in March, the Barnt Green Fun Run in aid of Sport Relief has been rescheduled for Sunday June 24.

New film aims to scare

Barnt Green film company Walktall Productions is getting ready to scare audiences with its current project, a Hammer-style horror thriller.

John’s an inspiration

Alvechurch resident John Davies has been shortlisted in a nationwide competition to find inspirational people aged over 60.

Environment Agency gets ready for tip application

The Environment Agency has completed a survey of the former Marlbrook Tip in the Lickey Hills and is now preparing to apply for planning permission to carry out work to make the site safe.

Victory in close-run road race

Alvechurch cyclist Cameron Biddle is celebrating his latest win, after snatching victory at the last moment of an exciting road race.

On target for team GB

An Oakalls youngster represented Great Britain in archery in her first international competition.

Colts crowned champions

Barnt Green Colts U12s enjoyed a fantastic season of football, ending with them being crowned league champions.

Hockey debut

We usually report on Barnt Green teenager Siena Horton’s skiing success, but she’s also a rising star in the hockey world.

No joy for detectorists

Alvechurch Parish Council agreed to ban metal detectorists from its land, after a resident with a licence asked for permission to search in the area.

School sends DIY SOS

Alvechurch Middle School is sending out an SOS to anyone with DIY expertise who can help with a building project.

Simply Fresh plan goes to appeal

The long wait for “upmarket” grocer Simply Fresh to open for business in Alvechurch is set to continue.

High turnout for clean-up

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Scout leaders sought

1st Barnt Green Scouts are seeking new leaders and assistants to help offer more opportunities to young people in the Village area.

Rugby event spotlights future stars

Kings Norton RFC hosted young rugby talent of the future in the local Primary Schools Tag Rugby end-of-season Cup Festival at Hopwood Park, Ash Lane.

Open for adventure!

Adventurous types had the opportunity to try out some exciting new activities when Blackwell Adventure held a Fun Day for all the family.

Sam meets Vinny!

Six-year-old Samuel Westwood-Tams, of Cofton Hackett, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition.

Are you the owner of a lost ring?

A Village reader is seeking the owner of a ring found in Bromsgrove high street.

Belt ‘not sacrosanct’

Villagers hoping for reassurance that the suggestion of a new town between Alvechurch and Barnt Green was a non-starter were left deflated when Bromsgrove’s strategic planning chief told them the Green Belt was not sacrosanct.

And action!

Members of the Barnt Green Chuggers running group had their moment in the spotlight when they answered a plea for extras on a locally-made film.

New hope for station lifts

Barnt Green parish councillors are hopeful that the promised railway station lifts may be installed by 2020, after a meeting with Network Rail representatives.

Concern over ‘tree clearing’

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has asked Bromsgrove District Council to look into claims that more protected trees have been cleared from an area of land off Cherry Hill Road.

Tribute to canal historian

A new milestone commemorating the life and work of a local historian was unveiled at Tardebigge on the towpath of The Worcester & Birmingham Canal.

Police burglary pledge

Village burglary victims will still be visited by a police officer, despite other policing areas cutting back.

Gritty problem for councils

Village parish councils discussed installing extra grit bins after the hard winter caused dangerously icy pavements.

Festive repeat

Alvechurch Parish Council is planning to hold a Christmas lights switch-on this year, parish chairman Andy Humphries told the annual meeting.

Pulling power

Phil and Sheila Meads, of the Coach and Horses Inn at Weatheroak, have received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Knitting for funds

Alvechurch’s Knit & Natter group were able to help to three charities after raising money through sales of their knitted goods.

Siena takes ski title

Barnt Green skiing ace Siena Horton took the overall title at the British National Alpine Championships in Tignes and has become U16 Overall British National Champion – a fantastic end to her career in the children’s racing category.

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Village Views


Lawton’s View

JUNE 2018

Lawton's View June 2018


You know that feeling when you’re not convinced someone is telling you the full story? They’re doing something you don’t understand, and the justification for their course of action doesn’t make much sense either?

Speed limit conspiracy?

I note that Coopers Hill in Alvechurch has now been reduced to an urbanised 30mph. 

Road only fit for horse and cart

I have just driven from Barnt Green to Alvechurch and my shaken bones are yet to recover.

Traffic frustration

It is high time that something drastic was done about the traffic situation in Aston Fields.

The Lickey cuckoo?

Here is an original verse of seasonal poetry:

Lawton’s View

MAY 2018

Lawton's View May 2018


When Alvechurch and Barnt Green faced an assault on their Green Belt land 18 years ago, this magazine reported the fight by the local planning authority to defend it.

Immoral and wanton vandalism

I have just read your article (April 2018) about the proposed new town, “Barntchurch”, with great disdain.

There are better places to build

Thank you for highlighting the current issues regarding future housing development in this area.

Was it a wind-up?

Please tell me that the letter from Major Cuthbert Parker-Smythe (Barnt Green folks deserve a first-class service, April 2018) was a “wind up” for April 1st. . .

Maid message

Dear most excellent Editor – If you would send me the telephone number of the scullery maid mentioned in Major Parker-Smythe’s letter, I would remain forever obliged to you and indebted.

Leaders needed

After 12 years, I will be stepping down as leader of 1st Barnt Green Scouts, and would like to appeal for some new helpers.

Lawton’s View

APRIL 2018

Lawton's View April 2018


Building homes on green fields is a profitable business. It is much simpler than taking on the challenge of brownfield sites and then, more often than not, the new homes have a greater value because of their lovely location.

New town would swamp us

A proposal is to be considered by Bromsgrove District Council for 15,000 new homes on land between Alvechurch and Barnt Green.

MP should support own community

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government is the momentous title bestowed on Sajid Javid, our Member of Parliament.

Barnt Green folks deserve a first-class service

I am a retired gentleman of class, born and bred in Barnt Green, and am writing to say I am much looking forward to the newly-electrified railway link to Bromsgrove.

Icy scene in Barnt Green

Village reader Gill Hayes sent us this photo of an “icicle tree” on Sandhills Green, Barnt Green.

Lawton’s View

MARCH 2018

Lawton's View March 2018


When plans for the “new” Longbridge were first being discussed in the years after the closure of MG Rover in 2005, there was widespread recognition that the development would increase traffic flowing between the new homes, shops and businesses that would be created there and the motorway network through this area.


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Village Features

The rise of Jupiter

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Sinfonia returns to village

2018 marks the tenth anniversary visit of the Sinfonia of Birmingham to St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green.

Festival is bigger than ever

The 58th Bromsgrove Festival will once again bring a wide-ranging programme of arts and cultural activity to the area, with extra emphasis this year on free community events.

Race of the planets

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Hotter than expected

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

King of the woods

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

Super season for AFC

Alvechurch promoted for the second time in a row.

Time to enjoy your garden

Philip Aubury, organiser of Alvechurch Open Gardens, offers advice on getting your garden ready for summer.

Smart approach to mental health

Fourteen months of hard work has paid off for two authors who launched their first book to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.

Moderation all year round

Julie Ward is a qualified, experienced alcohol specialist who runs ACT Alcohol based in Bromsgrove.

Rolling out new business

If your carpets and rugs are getting a bit tired, a new business in Bromsgrove offers plenty of inspiration to give your home a new look.

Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in June 2008.

Sounds of sunshine

Album Review: No Stompy on Sunshine by The Stompies

Protecting yourself from financial fraud

Martin Pryor warns against some new trends in investment scams.

Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in May 2008.

Happy new tax year!

This month I thought it would be useful to provide you with some of the important tax thresholds for 2018/2019, writes Martin Pryor.

Mark Meads: Equity Release Specialist

As another busy month goes by, I thought it would be useful to show you how some of my clients are using the equity in their property.

Where Next’s new era

John Williams, president of charity Where Next, explains why its work is still so important.

We’re almost there!

Alvechurch FC close in on promotion and hope for cup success.

Till May be out

Mary Green continues her series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

Music, wine & sweet scented flowers . . .

Evening opening for cottage garden full of colour and interest.

Early taste of summer

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes

Doing good with wood

Real wood worktops are a great way to give your kitchen a new look – and as they can be a big investment, they need to stand the test of time.

New recruits join regulars

Dave Morgan looks forward to the bi-annual opening of diverse gardens in Alvechurch.

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