Village News


Taking on Three Peaks

Students from Hunters Hill Technology College in Blackwell are in training for the arduous Three Peaks Challenge this summer, raising money for their school.

Charity ride called off

An annual charity cycle ride has come to an end after 18 years of fundraising because of participants failing to donate to charity, according to organisers.

Got to sing!

Members of a new Bromsgrove choir celebrated a huge turnout on its opening night.

Village doesn’t need vigilantes

Calls for villagers to organise their own crime patrols after a “spike” in incidents have left police bemused.

Lounge volunteers step into the breach

The Lounge youth and community venue in Alvechurch has been given a boost by a swathe of volunteers stepping forward to help manage it.

A very handy achievement

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

’Church’s big day

By the time you read this article,  we’ll probably know whether or not Alvechurch FC have achieved their dream of promotion to step 4 of the Midland Football League.

Sharp-eyed siblings

Sharp-eyed Cofton Hackett siblings Bram and Bunny Howdle, aged one and three, were the latest winners of a Mini Vinny in our competition.

Alvechurch art on show in Barnt Green

A group of artists who attend Pam’s Art Class each week in Alvechurch Village Hall displayed samples of their work to a wider audience with an exhibition and sale in Barnt Green.

Top award for local Scout

A Bromsgrove Scout was presented with a top award by international adventurer and Chief Scout Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle.

Extreme survival in Africa

A Cofton Hackett paramedic and two of her colleagues have signed up for a gruelling survival challenge in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance.

Lorna’s royal reward

A Rednal resident enjoyed the experience of a lifetime when she was chosen to receive Maundy Money from the Queen.

Trio of books by villagers

Three local authors have published new works.

Musicians call in

Members of Alvechurch’s professional orchestra, The Midland Sinfonia, thanked Burcot Grange care home in Blackwell for its sponsorship by performing for residents.

Festival fun for everyone

Don’t forget that the Alvechurch Picnic in the Park takes place on Sunday May 1 in The Meadows, with a Shakespearean theme.

Ben runs again

Ben Ascott, owner of Ben’s Lickey Hills Fish Bar and Ben’s Pizza & Pasta Bar in Cofton Hackett, will be running the London Marathon this year, raising money for Leukaemia CARE in memory of his father.

Gary’s leap of faith

A passion for a family charity has led one of its volunteers to sign up for a fundraising parachute jump in June.

Cleaning up after tippers

Phil Thomas (the Village weatherman) and Mick Mears spent a morning clearing an area along the bridleway from Redditch Road, Alvechurch, to Rowney Green.

It’s Hall over now

The committee of Alvechurch Village Hall paid tribute to retiring Hall Manager Barbara Baker as she handed over the keys after exactly 12 years.

I found Vinny, too!

Cofton Hackett resident Richard Summersmith was the latest reader to win a Mini Vinny in our competition.

Easier access

The access road to the Barnt Green Scout and Guide Centre has been given a new lease of life thanks to a grant from Lotto Awards for All.

MS health in spotlight

An Alvechurch resident who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS) is aiming to help others with the condition by raising funds and awareness.

Band on the BBC

The 6-5 Specials skiffle group from Alvechurch are bringing their music to a television screen near you!

Masquerade ball to raise funds

Tickets are now on sale for a Masquerade Ball to boost funds for Blackwell First School.

New lake at station

Alvechurch Parish Council has complained to Network Rail over the temporary repair to the railway station car park after a downpour saw a new lake form in the middle of it.

Boys stake claim for a skate park

Two schoolboys took their campaign for a skate park before the monthly meeting of Alvechurch Parish Council.


A Lickey End resident has signed up for her second London Marathon in aid of a heart disease charity.

A right royal festival

Inspired by the success of the Blackwell Festival over the past five years, Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council is working with a group of residents to put on a similar event for the residents of Lickey.

Countdown to Picnic in Park

This year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park, held in The Meadows on Sunday May 1, offers entertainment for all the family.

Lights stay out

Plans to reignite the biggest village festival, Alvechurch Alight, have been shelved after organisers were unable to raise enough money. 

50 years of the Soroptimists

Soroptimist International Bromsgrove and Redditch is 50 years young, writes Margaret Toole.

Picnic prizes

Children from Alvechurch Middle School and Crown Meadow First School were rewarded for their artistic endeavours in this year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park logo competition.

Village of good sports!

Around 280 villagers took part in the third Barnt Green Sport Relief Mile, filling the streets with colour, laughter and energy.

AFC fan’s sterling support

Meet “Lincoln Pete”  . . . an Alvechurch FC fan who regularly makes a 190-mile round trip to support the ‘Church.

Shock at bus-stop death

Flowers were laid at an Alve­church bus shelter where a man thought to have been homeless was found dead after spending a night there.

Village Views



People make a place, no matter how pleasant the surroundings. So it has been uplifiting to see, first, the swell of support at a public meeting in March to highlight the plight of a crisis-hit youth and community project in Alvechurch, and then to find that had crystallised into people stepping forward to offer their help.

Lawton’s View

MAY 2016

Lawton's View May 2016

Leave pavements for people and prams

It strikes me that the footways are just wide enough for people, prams, scooters and dogs on leads. . .

Walls have ears

The village of Alvechurch is renowned for its gossips and we certainly get plenty going on for them to talk about!

Thanks, The Village!

Thank you very much for including the information about the new G. E. M. S. Club in The Village magazine.

Village race track

The speeds around Alvechurch are getting so bad. Outbound towards Redditch at night it’s just like a race track.

Where is action on speeding traffic?

Regarding your “10 Years Ago” article in last month’s Village, where the police had pledged to crack down on speeding traffic in Alvechurch. . . well, where are they?


So, there will be no Alvechurch Alight festival this year, and perhaps never again, for the sake of a couple of thousand pounds.

Lawton’s View

APRIL 2016

Lawton's View April 2016

Raptor rapture

We are used to seeing many small birds in our garden each morning, but today we were visited by one of the two raptors that we normally see circling high in the sky above the field at the bottom of the garden.

Bag it and bin it

I endorse the comments by complainants in last month’s Village about some dog owners who fail to pick up their dogs’ mess.

Legislation is to blame for bungles

I would refer to your editorial “The Village View” in February 2016. While I concur fully with your interpretation of the effect of the problems, I cannot agree with your interpretation of the cause.

Finstall full of cars

I was concerned to read a feature in your March edition encouraging residents of the Oakalls estate to use Finstall Village Hall.

Homeless need our support, not cuts

It’s not something we ever expected to see: someone dying cold and hungry in an Alvechurch bus shelter while we slept, well fed, in our warm houses.


WALTERS Kathleen Frances (neé Court)

Actress address

In response to the letter asking for information on the actress Margaret Leighton (Village Views, February 2016):


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Village Features

Memorabilia mystery

A Marlbrook resident is asking “readers with long memories” to think back to the 1960s and help him solve a mystery.

Damp days and spring showers

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

The Queen of climbers

May! What a glorious month! Spring is well underway and the delicious promise of summer is tantalisingly close, writes Nicci Gow.

Hearts of oak

Mary Green explains the importance of oak trees in England.

Garden festival

Hannah Genders prepares a stage garden for the Malvern Show.

Meteors and Mercury brighten May nights

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Pension freedoms make for tax-efficient saving

A Lamborghini may not be the wisest option, writes Austin Broad.

Paul’s Wilde life

Keith Woolford chats to fellow photographer Paul Wilde about his ‘all consuming’ hobby.

Come and join our club!

Open Day offers the chance to try your hand at a range of racquet sports.

New look, same friendly faces

For most new businesses, their first task is to establish themselves in the area and build up a relationship with customers – but for Alvechurch Insurance Services, this part is already done.

From birdies to brides

There’s a lot more than golf going on at Weatheroak Hall, Alvechurch’s own stately home . . .

Len’s life on two wheels

Sally Oldaker meets a motorcycle enthusiast who has made his name as a classic bike builder.

Burcot Grange says welcome back, Vicky!

The manager of a village care home is looking forward to returning from maternity leave and overseeing some long-awaited new developments.

Village Music Review: Young Musicians’ Showcase 2016

Now in its ninth year, local orchestra The Midland Sinfonia continues to encourage young musicians by offering a platform to perform.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was going on around here in May 2006.

Musical mystery solved

The history of a fondly-remembered village band from the swinging sixties.

Strange but true?

Alvechurch UFO experts John Hanson and Dawn Holloway have been called in to investigate the recent spate of strange sightings in the area.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was happening around here in April 2006.

Village Theatre Review: Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Trinity Centre, Lickey

Jazz Night in Alvechurch

Come “Down the Mississippi down to New Orleans”, as the song goes. . . .

Blackwell band hosts charity concert

Blackwell Concert Band will host a charity concert on Friday April 8 at St Andrew’s Church in Barnt Green. 

Evening of discovery with Darwin

A night of high-quality musical comedy theatre is on offer at St Andrews Parish Centre, Barnt Green.

‘Perfekt’ crime comedy

Alvechurch Dramatic Society welcomes the legendary Inspector Drake back to the village stage for the first time since he solved his ‘Last Case’ back in 2002.

Pulling out all the stops

The critically-acclaimed Orchestra of St John in Bromsgrove, which gives one choral concert each season, is pulling out all the stops to perform one of the greatest and best-loved choral works of all time – Verdi’s Requiem.

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