Village News


Cycle trek for Jasper

A group of intrepid cyclists are taking on an epic charity challenge this Easter, inspired by the memory of a much-loved baby boy.

Tom’s enterprise pays off

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Ask the candidates

Local residents will have the chance to question Bromsgrove’s Parliamentary candidates at an Election Forum in Alvechurch.

Support Stuart

The organisers of a charity auction being held in Bromsgrove hope to raise enough funds for their good friend to receive groundbreaking cancer treatment in America.

We’re in the pink

Children at Lickey End Playgroup held a Pink Week, helping to raise more than £645 towards the installation of an automated external defibrillator for Lickey End Methodist Church and the surrounding community.

Ready, teddy, go!

This year’s Picnic in the Park in Alvechurch will feature a Guinness World Record attempt, organised by young village fundraiser Finlay Church.

Probus Club’s visit to MG factory

Nearly two dozen members of the local Kingfisher Probus club recently enjoyed the final guided tour of the MG factory at Longbridge, writes Malcolm Shine.

Plans withdrawn

McCarthy & Stone withdrew its plans for a retirement complex on the Green Belt in Alvechurch before the March planning meeting.

Volunteers sought

The Alvechurch Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is appealing for “community-minded people” to volunteer their time.

Lake saga continues

Parish councillors are continuing to press Network Rail to drain the “Lake of Alvechurch” at the rail station.

Monument anomaly

A boundary change within the parish of Lickey & Blackwell has thrown up an anomaly.

They want your votes!

Meet the candidates hoping to be elected MP for Bromsgrove in the General Election on May 7. . .

Amazing Gracie

A dog from Alvechurch won the “Scruffts” trophy at this year’s Crufts.

Village hall has new lease of life

Hopwood Village Hall, which turned 100 last year, has been given a new lease of life thanks to months of hard work from the new committee of trustees.

Powerful version of classic tale

Alvechurch Dramatic Society presents the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations, adapted by Neil Bartlett, at Alvechurch Village Hall from April 23–25. 

Picnic plans take shape

Crown Meadow First School pupils have been getting creative in the annual Alvechurch Picnic in the Park logo competition.

‘National security risk’ if tip report is revealed

The farce surrounding Marlbrook Tip has taken another step into the surreal with the revelation that an engineer’s report was censored because of fears for national security.

Bob’s first book

The Village‘s resident cartoonist has turned his hand to writing and published his first novel.

Street name slip-up

Residents of an Alvechurch road which was incorrectly named by Bromsgrove District Council will have to live with the error, unless at least two thirds of them complain.

Campaign Charlie

The campaign to get more independent councillors representing villages at Bromsgrove has been boosted by the candidacy of a Barnt Green community stalwart.

Marathon men up to challenge

Two Alvechurch men will soon be pounding the streets of the capital as they take part in the London Marathon for charitable causes.

Classic chips in for charity

A family-run business combined the opening of its new Redditch showroom with a fundraiser for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

New Beaver colony

6th Bromsgrove Scout Group has launched a new Beaver Scout Colony in Catshill.

Crafty Ladies sell their handiwork

Members of the Crafty Ladies group, which meets in Alvechurch Library, are selling their handiwork in an Easter Sale at the venue.

Can you find Vinny?

Say hello to Vinny, the newest member of the Village team. . . he was created by Cynthia Lawton of the Alvechurch Knit & Natter group and sold in support of The Lounge.

Sinfonia offers youth and experience

The Midland Sinfonia presents two musical offerings this month, starting with a diverse evening’s entertainment from the Holborne Brass Ensemble.

More tip misery for residents

Lickey and Marlbrook residents face more lorries thundering past their homes after an expert engineer said even more material must be imported to make the former Marlbrook Tip safe.

Must-see concert for music fans

The award-winning Orchestra of St John opens its fourth season on Saturday March 7 with a performance of Handel’s Messiah in St John’s Church, Bromsgrove.

Bridge danger

One year on from a hair-raising accident that left a lorry teetering off the edge of Callow Hill Road, Alvechurch, the danger spot remains unrepaired and protected only by a flimsy temporary barrier.

Plan to improve school access

A new scheme to improve pedestrian access to the schools in Alvechurch is being put forward.

28 new homes for Alvechurch

Work could begin on 28 new homes in Alvechurch this summer, the parish council heard.

Let’s vote party-free

Villagers who want to make a difference in their communities are being urged to stand as independent candidates in the Bromsgrove District Council elections in May.

Plea to clean up Alvechurch ‘lake’

Councillors are keeping up pressure on Network Rail to carry out the promised drainage of the “Lake of Alvechurch” at the revamped rail station.

Foot crossing ‘safety risk’

Network Rail has outlined its ideas for dealing with the “yellow brick road” foot crossings over the railway line at Blackwell, Cofton Hackett and Vigo.

Un-poplar cut

A prominent avenue of poplar trees has been felled in Alvechurch, despite efforts by tree officers to save them.

Village Views



The line-up for polling day on May 7 is starting to look quite interesting, both in the battle for the Bromsgrove seat in Parliament and among those competing to represent wards in the Bromsgrove District Council elections.

Lawton’s View

APRIL 2015

Lawton's View April 2015

Remember this at the ballot box

At the Full Meeting of Bromsgrove District Council in February, the ruling Conservative Group agreed to pass on only a pathetic £87,000 in New Homes Bonus payments to local communities in the next year, despite the council receiving some £1.3 million in NHB payments from central Government (which includes back-dated payments from homes built in previous years).

What will stop people speeding?

Unfortunately, I fell victim to the mobile speed camera on the Old Birmingham Road in Bromsgrove just before Christmas. 

Village young are being priced out

It is well known that when, some 15 years ago, Mill Court in Alvechurch was put to tender, there was a plan for some affordable homes so that kids from the village had a chance to live near their folks.

Well, our lake poses a risk to national security . . .

Reading The Village (News, March 2015) I can wholeheartedly sympathise with our near neighbours regarding the appearance of the “Lake of Alvechurch”.

Banging heads against the wall

It is interesting that Bromsgrove council is so concerned to preserve the Green Belt – which I am quite happy about – but is allowing waste meat to be brought in large crates in lorries on to the Balloon Site Field in Hopwood, transferred from the crates into huge open-topped lorries, in the open, before it is transported off the site, sometimes uncovered.

New roundabout danger

I read your recent article about the Newland Homes development. With 25 new homes in such a “landmark victory”, how many additional cars will be added to one of the most congested roundabouts in Bromsgrove?

How can a lack of facilities be thought a victory?

My wife and I are relatively new residents of The Oakalls – my wife was appointed as curate at St Godwald’s Church in 2013, and we moved to Verona Road in June of that year.

Hewell history plea

I am researching family history in the UK and was wondering if there is a repository that holds information on staff that worked at Hewell Grange
around 1900 to 1919?

Deer me!

May I contribute to your occasional series on wildlife in village gardens?

Getting nowhere

Regarding Marlbrook Tip, I have seen a number of emails asking the same questions and expressing the same concerns as when I spoke with Ruth Bamford, the Head of Planning for Bromsgrove and Redditch, in February 2011 and the lorries were halted.

No place to park

As a small business owner who pays towards the upkeep of this part of The Square in Alvechurch and who cares about the safety of my customers, who are mainly the elderly and moms with young children, I find this sort of behaviour outrageous.

Toilet-stop drivers have no alternative

I was Parish Clerk of Cofton Hackett for many years and there have always been problems with bus drivers who have to relieve themselves after several hours on the road (The Village, February 2015). 


District and county councillors should act solely in the interests of the residents who vote for them and represent the area they have been chosen to speak up for . . . how difficult can this be?

Lawton’s View

MARCH 2015

Lawton's View March 2015


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Circle of friends

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Brightest and best

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Signs of spring

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Downsizing. . .  into the garden

Hannah Genders introduces one of her favourite projects – a garden to go with an eco-house.

New starts

Mary Green explores our symbols of new life in springtime.

Clean up your estate plan

Ensure your family is taken care of if the worst happens, writes Austin Broad.

200 years of canal history

As the canal that winds through the Village area celebrates its bicentenary, John Hemingway of the Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society provides a history of this important waterway.

You’ll love Lure

A Redditch beauty salon is living up to its name, attracting plenty of clients with its array of luxurious treatments.

A year of changes

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Fresh look for Lawns

The Lawns care home in Alvechurch has been enhanced by an extensive refurbishment.

Never underestimate the power of the mind

Julie Hannan offers some advice from a psychological perspective.

In praise of pastels

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton extols the virtues of a colourful medium.

Made with love

A year after it opened, The Tea Shop in Barnt Green is toasting its remarkable success.

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A look back at what was going on around here in March 2005.

Eclipse excitement

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

More of the same in March

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

The journey garden

Hannah Genders describes the creation of a special garden for the Malvern Show.

Use it, don’t lose it

Make the most of your tax allowances as the year ends, writes Austin Broad.

Mad March days

Mary Green celebrates the countryside flora and fauna of early spring.

A village full of character

Alvechurch’s ancient and modern assets have been recorded in a detailed survey.

Panto pulls out all the stops

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