Village News


Fashion fundraiser

A “Preloved Parade” to celebrate the 30th birthday of Acorns Children’s Hospice takes place on March 22.

Get creative for Picnic competition

There’s still time to submit your entry for this year’s Alvechurch Parish Picnic in the Park logo competition!

Stations stand-off

Villagers press for action as rail bosses say: there’s no money

Concern over nursing home’s future

Lickey residents turned out in force for their parish council’s planning meeting to express their concerns over Lickey Hills Nursing Home.

Wassail with a bang!

This year’s annual Alvechurch Wassail promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Council considers crisis plan

Alvechurch parish councillors debated the need for the area to have a formal Emergency Plan, as encouraged by Worcestershire County Council.

Mummers’ the word

The annual New Year’s Day frolics in Alvechurch included, as always, a Mummers Play featuring traditional and topical characters.

Plugging the skills gap

Perplexed by plumbing? Frustrated by flat packs? Broad Street DIY in Bromsgrove is launching a new event to help young people learn essential DIY skills.

Parking solutions discussed

Responses to a car parking survey carried out among Barnt Green shops and businesses has revealed that most people find it difficult to park in the village.

Barnt Green slime queen

A youngster from Barnt Green has set up her own business, tapping into the latest kids’ craze by making “slime”.

Litter fairies

Village reader Mike Bingham sent us a photo showing just some of the rubbish collected by one of the “litter fairies” (local residents) in Grange Lane, Alvechurch, recently.

Council seeks crossing update

Lickey & Blackwell council has asked county and district councillor Kit Taylor for an update the controversial closure of Blackwell’s “yellow brick road” railway crossing.

Objection to homes plan

Alvechurch Parish Council has objected to plans to build three houses on Green Belt land on Ash Lane, Hopwood, saying it would set a “dangerous precedent in the parish.”

Judge’s Crufts call-up

A Rowney Green resident whose dogs have proved successful at Crufts will soon be seeing the show from a different angle – as a judge.

CCTV for shelter

CCTV has now been installed at the new bike shelter at Alvechurch railway station.

Council spot vacant

There is still one vacancy to be filled on Barnt Green Parish Council.

Crime figures

December’s crime figures for Barnt Green consisted of one house burglary in which a car was stolen, and three thefts from the Tesco store, according to PCSO Chelsea Lloyd.

Precept stays same

Barnt Green Parish Council has voted to keep its precept – the part of the council tax that goes to the parish – the same as the previous year.

A winter celebration

The annual Barnt Green Community Walk between Christmas and New Year had an extra twist this time – as well as taking a gentle stroll in the countryside surrounding the village, participants also stopped for a spot of wassailing.

Congestion continues

Bromsgrove District Council has asked Worcestershire County Council’s Highways Department to explain the congestion problems on the roads in Bromsgrove, Barnt Green Parish Council heard.

Speeding still a concern

A report from the Safer Roads Partnership into the A441 through Hopwood states that the average speed is 47mph (in a 40mph zone), similar to previous years.

Alex meets Vinny

Four-year-old Alex Wells, of The Oakalls & Parklands in Bromsgrove, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition

Scouts prepare for Jamboree

Bromsgrove Scouts are looking forward to a big adventure when they attend the World Scout Jamboree in the USA next year.

Knitting kindness

Members of the Alvechurch Knit & Natter group raised £1,300 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Princes in the park

After last year’s decision to shift the Alvechurch Picnic in the Park to the late May Bank Holiday proved a success, organisers are hoping for another day of lovely weather for this year’s event on Sunday May 27.

Village loses leading lights

Alvechurch lost two village stalwarts when Lorna Sage and Jim Parker, who were both honorary Vice-Presidents of Alvechurch Village Society in recognition of their work for the community, died shortly before Christmas.

Cofton community café

With a new village hall in Cofton Hackett still some way off, residents now have another way to get together thanks to a project set up by local churches.

Waking the trees with merriment

Record numbers – more than 180 people – attended this year’s annual Wassail in the Lickey Hills Country Park Community Orchard.

Water supply for park

Barnt Green parish councillors voted to go ahead with plans to install a water supply in the village’s Millennium Park.

Siena tops podium in Austria

Barnt Green ski star Siena Horton has added to her growing collection of titles by winning the U16 Female Ambition Alpine Championships in Austria.

Zip wire favoured for new play equipment

More than 400 Alvechurch residents responded to the recent questionnaire about new play equipment for The Meadows.

First aid skills for Finstall folk

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Get started on stargazing

Bromsgrove Astronomical Society is holding an Open Evening to introduce people of all ages to stargazing.

Villagers on screen

A short film involving plenty of local talent is now in production in the Village area.

Shining lights

Villagers in Alvechurch, Barnt Green, Lickey and Blackwell embraced the spirit of Christmas with a host of sparkling celebrations.

Barnt Green ups stakes over lifts

Barnt Green Parish Council called an emergency meeting last month to raise its protest over the disabled lifts U-turn at the village station.

Let it snow!

December’s heavy snowfall meant playtime for kids – and lots of picturesque views.

Cycle shelter installed

A cycle shelter has been installed at Alvechurch Station by London Midland, in conjunction with Worcestershire County Council and co-ordinated by Alvechurch Parish Council.

Musical money

Alvechurch Community Choir presented a cheque for £453 to The Lounge café and youth centre during a carol singing session.

Ready to wassail

Villagers are invited to help ‘wake the trees’ at the mid-winter celebration hosted by Aelfgythe Border Morris.

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Village Views



Times, they are a changin’ . . . and they will keep on changing whatever any of us may feel about it.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Feb 2018

Not a bridge too far

In response to Canon Rob Fieldson’s letter (“Prioritise rail cash”) in last month’s Village: I completely agree that disabled access should be greatly improved at Barnt Green, but not at the expense of the new footbridge.

Community spirit in ‘Lego Village’

My wife and I bought our “Lego House” in Cofton Hackett over four years ago. We settled in and watched happily as our family, and other families on Cofton Fields, grew.

Show us your evidence

I could not let go unchallenged the claim from your (unnamed) correspondent in January 2018 under the headline “Plagued by chariots of fire”.

Fuming outside the school gate

Is it worth mentioning that the popular practice of driving to school early and then sitting in the (large, diesel-powered) car with the engine running (so as to keep warm) is poisoning hundreds of young bodies?

Party pooper

I do hope that an apology from the editor of The Village is forthcoming. The irony of extolling the virtue of local democracy in choosing councillors but not of national democracy in choosing Brexit obviously escapes him.

Can you ride tandem?

This is a personal appeal made in the hope that able and willing cyclists will volunteer to pilot my much-loved Longstaff tandem from time to time.


It’s not often that New Year predictions come to pass, but this year we can claim some success.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Jan 2018

Prioritise rail cash

I live in Cofton Church Lane and enjoy walking and running around the footpaths of this beautiful area.

Network Rail needs to address safety

Two things seem to be clear in respect of the footpath/footbridge/lifts problem with Network Rail:

Council planners ‘ignoring logic’

I note from the Village News Round-up in your December issue that the owner of the former veterinary surgery has asked villagers for suggestions of uses.

Warm welcome to Cofton

As a resident of the Cofton Fields estate, I would like to express my thanks for the warm welcome I’ve received within Cofton Hackett. 

Change is not always good

Regarding K Cunningham’s response to my original letter about the new Cofton Fields estate (Village Views, November 2017): yes, things did have to change and life moves on, but as many residents would tell you, what was promised in the first plans looks nothing like what there is now.

Plagued by ‘chariots of fire’

Ah, the sleepy Anglo Saxon village of Cofton Hackett. Or it was until the chariots of fire appeared!

Leaving dog mess is disrespectful

To those who turn a blind eye when their dogs are walking out with them: if dog mess is left behind, your duty to your canine and to the environment is to “bag it and bin it”.


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


Lawton's View Dec 2017

Bridge ‘railroaded’

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

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).


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Village Features

How to travel in style

Private chauffeured vehicles have traditionally been considered the preserve of the super-rich and famous.

Healthier drinking habits

Julie Ward is a qualified counsellor and coach who specialises in alcohol-related issues.

Lack of interest as ISA cash flows out

There are good reasons why cash ISAs are out of favour,  writes Martin Pryor.

Normal service resumes

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

What to see in the dark

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Willow weaving

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

Mid-season success for Churchmen

Trevor Ball delivers a ‘half-term’ report as Alvechurch FC look towards promotion.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

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

Ready for a new season

Hannah Genders suggests some jobs as spring approaches.

Squad’s double success

With a gap in first XV fixtures, the Kings Norton (Ash Lane, Hopwood) rugby development squad played two fixtures recently.

Financial firm gives back to community

Provest Financial Solutions, which has offices in Barnt Green and Birmingham city centre, specialises in comprehensive lifestyle financial planning, wealth management, estate planning, and generational and legacy planning services to individuals and the owners or managers of small to medium businesses.

Once in a blue moon

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Trio of new garden entries

The bi-annual Alvechurch Open Gardens event will take place again in 2018, with a group of interesting gardens open to the public over the weekend of June 23 and 24.

Wintry end to the year

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Looking forward

Dave Morgan, county organiser for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS), suggests ways to plan for the warmer weather.

The trees of life

Mary Green starts a new series on trees in the Celtic calendar.

The hidden Budget buy-to-let headline

Have the scales now tilted too far against BTL? asks Martin Pryor, of Pryor Portfolio.

Start your RGS journey

The RGS Journey offers an outstanding education for boys and girls aged from 2 to 18.

Welcome to Winterfold

At Winterfold, children are given the freedom and security to work and play, giving them childhood experiences they will never forget.

School is a ‘second home’ for happy girls

What’s new at Dodderhill Independent Girls? To start with, it’s the name.

Centre’s grand opening

Distinguished guests attended the Grand Opening of Bromsgrove School’s Performing Arts Centre.

Shoot-out woe for AFC

Alvechurch FC celebrate a wonder goal but rue the curse of penalties.

Your eyes in good hands

Edgbaston Eye Clinic now offers a dedicated Oculoplastic Service led by Consultant Oculoplastic Surgeon Mr Y Ghosh MBBS (Hons), FRCSEd (Ophthal).

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was happening around here in December 2007–January 2008.

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