Village News


Cross-border complication

Patients call for action over ‘hit and miss’ system.

New season of concerts begins

The first concert of Bromsgrove School Concert Club took place on October 22, 1963 with a piano recital by Nina Milkina.

Feast of folk to boost church appeal

The Stained Glass Windows Appeal at St Laurence Church in Alvechurch will get a major boost thanks to a special concert by a folk music icon.

Diverse art on display

Alvechurch Village Hall was filled with a diverse array of paintings, drawings and photographs as it hosted the fourth annual art exhibition by students from Pam’s Art Classes.

Fun in the sun at fete

Grosvenor House care home in Alvechurch couldn’t have picked a better day for its Summer Fete, sandwiched between two days of torrential rain.

Author’s summer success

Oakalls author Sue Watson is celebrating after her latest novel waltzed its way to the top of the book charts.

Here’s Vinny!

Nine-year-old Kali Lawton, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of our monthly Vinny competition.

Finstall fundraisers

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Museum open days

The Alvechurch Historical Society Museum in School Lane is open to villagers on September 12 and 19 from 2.30-4.30pm.

Barnt Green bridge to reopen . . . at last

A main road route into Barnt Green was due to be reopened as The Village went to press.

Bungle halts speed watch

Village traffic campaigners have voiced their frustration after a planned speed enforcement programme had to be abandoned, blaming failures at the county council.

Movie magic in the great outdoors

The organisers of this month’s Barnt Green Outdoor Cinema weekend have released full details of the event, which takes place at Barnt Green Sports Club on September 4 and 5.

Party people plea

Village reader Vicki Stiles is encouraging villagers to help her raise money for two charities by attending a special bash in Lickey.

Villagers trapped in health ‘anomaly’

A patients’ group from Alvechurch medical centre is campaigning to raise awareness of a bizarre anomaly that’s causing difficulties for village residents needing treatment.

Barnt Green gardens to open for charity

Next summer may seem a long way off, but the organisers of a Barnt Green event want you to get the date in your diaries early!

Learn to save a life

Alvechurch residents are invited to come and learn how the village’s new defibrillator works.

I found Vinny!

Elaine Maughan, of Blackwell, was the latest winner of our monthly Vinny competition.

Solar power!

Bright sunshine rewarded the 60 or so cyclists who took part in the 18th annual charity cycle ride along the canal from Withy­bed Green in Alvechurch to Digliss Basin in Worcester.

Half-pipe plans

The removal of a recycling point at Tanyard Lane car park in Alvechurch prompted parish councillor Martin Ball to suggest the village’s mothballed skate ramp could be put there for youngsters to use over the summer.

Explore the neighbourhood

Residents of Lickey, Blackwell and Cofton Hackett are invited to join a Neighbourhood Plan event on Saturday September 12, exploring the footpaths, streets, buildings and landscapes to collect evidence for a historical environment survey.

New estate named

ÆlfgytheGardens was rejected as a suggested name for a new housing development in Alvechurch, with parish councillors fearing the worst after Saxon King Athelstan was mangled into “Althestan” Close for a recent development.

Angels’ adventure

Ark Angels WI from Alvechurch held its June meeting at Blackwell Adventure.

Coming soon to a screen near you!

Village film fans will have the chance to enjoy classic movies on the big screen as two new cinema experiences arrive in the area.

Skills for life at The Lounge

The Lounge youth project in Alvechurch has been registered as an ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) Training Centre, meaning it can now offer educational courses for young people.

Fangs ain’t where they used to be

A serpent sculpted out of a fallen village tree has been left toothless – and vandals are getting the blame.

Life’s a beach!

St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green brought a taste of the seaside to the landlocked Midlands with its PTA Summer Fete, with the theme “Barnt Green-On-Sea”.

Rail path closed over ‘misuse’

A popular village walking route has been closed after Network Rail raised concerns over the safety of a foot crossing over a high-speed line.

A romantic haven

Village weatherman Phil Thomas took a break from his forecasts and visited a local Open Garden with his wife, Chris . . .

Tardebigge goes back in time

A week of celebrations to mark the bicentenary of a village school.

Magnificent seven

A septet of Withybed Green garden owners put their pride and joy on public display under the charitable National Gardens Scheme.

Barnt Green welcomes new clerk

Barnt Green Parish Council has a new clerk, Gill Lungley, of Hopwood.

Curry on fundraising

The 10th annual charity curry night at the Deedar Indian Restaurant in Barnt Green raised £3,505 for cancer research.

Losing the plots?

Council enforcement chiefs have decided it is not “expedient” to take action after investigating whether designated allotments were being used as a garden in Alvechurch.

Siena selected for England ski squad

Barnt Green youngster Siena Horton has been chosen to represent England in the Under 14 Alpine Ski Squad.

Week of wellbeing

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Village Views



You might have thought that by this stage in the 21st century, headline writers would no longer need to be using the word “bungle” in their daily work.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View September 2015


The electrification of the railway line between Bromsgrove and Barnt Green has already caused considerable upheaval and inconvenience in some of our villages.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View August 2015

Digging up history

I thought your readers might be interested in these bricks I found while cutting down a rough patch in my garden.

Not-so-glorious 12th

Today, August 12, walking through and around The Meadows playing fields in Alvechurch watching people enjoying the sun, children playing, I thought, “How nice!” . . .

Fired up – again

I know this is something that has been raised/covered previously but it is still an issue that needs tackling hence why I’m raising it again.

Inspector’s decision is good news in fight to halt homes

The news that the Planning Inspector has upheld the Bromsgrove District Council refusal of the application to build 490 houses at Whitford Road is good news for everyone in the district.

Sajid’s progress?

In your November 2014 edition’s News Round Up you reported that Sajid Javid MP had met with Alvechurch residents to discuss the problem of traveller incursions.

Mayflower sinks

It is with the deepest regret that I announce the closure of the Mayflower Over 60s Group in Alvechurch.

Pavement parkers do not think of others

I was interested in the articles “Pavements are for people, not motorists” and the Village View in the July issue of The Village.

Credit isn’t due

In a local paper article about legal action to deter traveller encampments, Bromsgrove District Council cabinet member Kit Taylor is reported as saying: “This move not only means that our residents will be better protected, it reiterates that we will not tolerate illegal occupancy of land, anywhere.”

Fancy a year Down Under?

G’day Editor – I am hoping there is someone out there who may be interested in a 12-month house swap with us out here in Australia.

Hang ‘em high!

Watch out, watch out, there are hanging basket thieves about!

Elthebald at the ready

So, there is to be another new housing development in Alvechurch, presumably needing a new road name.

Pavements are for people, not motorists

The “Think Bike!” campaign has done a lot to increase the safety of those using motor bikes, scooters and bicycles on our roads.


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Village Features

Rare event will leave the Moon red-faced

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Summer . . . but only just

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Harvests good and bad

Mary Green points out some plants that can kill or cure.

How to make a wildflower meadow

Hannah Genders offers advice on creating a biodiverse area.

The Summer Budget

Austin Broad considers the ramifications of policies free from coalition.

Top of league tables

Dodderhill’s head explains why single-sex education leads to higher achievement.

Dramatic end to the year

Winterfold House School is a small non-selective preparatory school set in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside.

Turning DIY into artwork

To celebrate National DIY Week this month, Broad Street DIY in Bromsgrove is inviting people to create original art works, using the type of materials available at a hardware store.

A tale of two cities

Blackwell travel counsellor Jane Ward arranges an exciting city break.

Could you lend a friendly ear?

Home-Start volunteer Michele Beevers explains why the charity is so important for families.

Warmth and positivity

Many people associate hospices with negative experiences, expecting doom and gloom – but visitors to Bromsgrove’s Primrose Hospice are pleasantly surprised to find a warm and positive place offering many services for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families across north-east Worcestershire.

Riding club’s big day

Alvechurch Riding Club is celebrating a special milestone in its history after becoming the 500th club to be affiliated to British Riding Clubs.

Help with fitness goals

People in Blackwell and the surrounding area will have all the help they need to get into shape, as a personal fitness trainer moves back to the village.

Unique jewellery to cherish forever

A new Bromsgrove business is offering the opportunity to have a bespoke piece of jewellery created just for you, or as a special gift.

New treats at salon

Barnt Green salon BeautyBox looks set to entice even more loyal clients with some extra treatments and a new-look team.

Village archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was happening around here in September 2005.

Excellent in all areas

The latest inspection carried out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has awarded all three RGS Schools the highest grades in all areas of their inspection.

Another year of brilliant results

Bromsgrove School’s A Level results maintained the school’s impressive average of recent years, with pupils achieving 85 per cent A*– B grades.

We’re good with wood

Whether you’re renovating a property, working in joinery or carpentry, or are a homeowner about to perform a DIY task, Davies Timber of Wythall can help with all your timber requirements.

We spray anything!

If you’re looking to update your kitchen or give tired furniture a new lease of life, how about having it spray painted?

Aesthetic experts

The popularity of aesthetic and cosmetic procedures means that there’s no shortage of clinics offering treatments – but it’s important to choose one that provides a safe, professional environment with a choice of researched products.

Sculpture set in stone

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton meets two in-demand local sculptors.

More than a piano shop

Have you ever wanted to play the piano or give your children the opportunity to learn? It is a wonderful hobby and a skill that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.

Family fun in the holidays

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton tells us what’s on at Avoncroft.

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