Village News


Artists wanted!

Calling all artistic children! Your picture could be turned into a Christmas card thanks to a national design competition taking place at two local garden centres.

30 years of Where Next

The Where Next Association, a charity offering work experience and training opportunities to people with learning difficulties, celebrated its 30th birthday with a get-together at its Nursery site in Redditch.

Showtime at Tardebigge

Visitors flocked to the ever-popular Tardebigge Fair & Show on a sunny September afternoon, when all sorts of fun events were taking place in and around the well-known landmark of St Bartholomew’s Church.

Care homes celebrate

Two village care homes held a day of special events to mark their first year as part of the Spring View Care group and to hand over money raised for charity.

Fin’s cash boost for hospital

Alvechurch youngster Finlay Church has challenged himself to raise £20,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he had brain surgery in June.

Weekend of sailing action

Barnt Green Sailing Club enjoyed a weekend of sporting action when it hosted the Enterprise Class National Under 25 Youth Championsh

Race to raise funds for MSA

A Barnt Green teenager has been inspired by her beloved grandfather to raise funds for research into a rare disease.

DIY SOS for duck house

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Bumper crop

An impressive collection of locally-grown produce was on display at Finstall Flower & Vegetable Show, including a number of super-sized vegetables.

Snail mail fail

Alvechurch parish councillors have voted against a plan to bring their communications into the digital age.

Own a piece of history

How would you like to own a piece of village history? Alvechurch resident Karen Green has presented a picture of No 1, Red Lion Street to raise funds for The Lounge.

Cheque in

The Lounge youth project in Alvechurch was one of the beneficiaries of money from the Picnic in the Park held earlier this year.

Season’s greetings

The Coach and Horses at Weatheroak Hill has been named Pub of the Season for Summer 2014 by Redditch and Bromsgrove Campaign for Real Ale.

George’s magic touch

A youngster from Barnt Green is building a reputation as a talented close-up magician – and his skills were recognised in high places when he was given the chance to visit the famous Magic Circle.

Action call over travellers’ mess

Alvechurch residents were meeting with MP Sajid Javid at the end of September to tackle problems caused by traveller encampments in the area.

Open goals celebration

Village MP Sajid Javid declared the renewed football pitch at The Meadows, Alvechurch, ready for kick-off.

Autumn events at Alvechurch Library

Alvechurch Library is offering a course on Emergency First Aid in the Workplace on Friday September 26 from 9.30am -5pm.

Green fingers

Attractive gardens in Lickey and Blackwell were rewarded with prizes in the parish council’s annual Best Front Garden competition.

Car park hope derailed

The new railway station in Alve­church has opened – upgraded and ready for three trains an hour . . . but villagers are still waiting for the new car park to go with it.

Exciting season for Sinfonia

The new season for the Midland Sinfonia has a broadened spectrum of entertainment.

Afternoon tea at Hillscourt

The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, is inviting people to a local Macmillan fundraising event with a difference.

Twilight walk for brain tumour research

Two women from Barnt Green are preparing to raise vital funds for brain tumour research with a 10km Twilight Walk.

Fun for all abilities

A new local club aimed at bringing disabled and able-bodied people together celebrated its official opening with a Strawberry Fair. 

Bless your pets

A Pet Blessing Service will be held at St Stephen’s Community Centre, Edgewood Road, Rednal on Saturday October 4.

Fete bounces back

More than 200 people attended the Burcot Village Hall Fete and Flower Show, warmly welcomed back after its absence last year.

Barnt Green set for ‘best walk’

Barnt Green is holding another community walk and pig roast after the success of last year’s event, hailed the “best in the county”.

Going commando in the Highlands

A Barnt Green man will follow in the footsteps of elite Royal Marine Commandos as he takes on a gruelling challenge for charity.

Baabaara’s big trip

If you’ve recently seen a car dressed like a sheep around the Village area, you’re not going mad – it’s just Baabaara, a 1998 Daihatsu Sirion, fresh from her triumph at Monte Carlo Or Bust 2014.

Make a shoe box for a child in need

A Barnt Green resident who organises a yearly charity project is encouraging more people to get involved. 

Sociable cycling

A group of intrepid cyclists took part in the inaugural ride of the new Alvechurch Bicycle Club, one of the innovations aimed at regenerating the village’s Sports & Social Club.

We heart cycling

A group of 10 people connected to Hillscourt, the Lickey conference and wedding venue, took part in a charity bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation, raising just under £1,000 for the cause.

Potential housing sites: how you voted

On July 18 and 19, people from Alvechurch Parish were invited to open days to comment and vote on some potential housing areas around the village. 114 people attended, writes Mary Green of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

Celebrating her century

A Hopwood resident celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family – and of course, a card from the Queen.

Tip panel members picked

Bromsgrove District Council has finally selected the members of a panel which will look into the Marlbrook Tip fiasco and hopefully find a lasting solution.

‘Patience’ plea over graveyard

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has asked local residents to “be patient” with its efforts to maintain Holy Trinity churchyard.

Village Views



The official opening of the new, improved Meadows football pitch in Alvechurch is the culmination of an eight-year campaign to ensure that village youngsters can enjoy sport all year round – and for years to come.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View October 2014

Police are refusing to use their powers

I am getting sick and tired of individuals in authority seemingly misleading the public.

Our charming village

The history of Morris dancing dates back to medieval times, and certainly does not have any connection – as your correspondent seems to suggest – to racism or impersonation of black people.

Leave my culture alone

I would like to respond to the letter in the September edition of The Village that called for an end to the Morris tradition.

Parking menace continues

It seems that some people are still more concerned about leaving room for motorists to pass than for pedestrians. 

Keep on dancing

When I first read last month’s letter, I thought it might be a spoof letter written by a mischievous local intending to provoke a storm of outrage from “Patriotic and Proud” from Tutnall. Perhaps not, though. 

Come and meet us

I am very dismayed on having read the letter published recently in your magazine regarding the Alvechurch Men’s Border Morris Side and the need to black their faces.

A sad response

How sad! I refer of course to the letter in The Village entitled “End this Morris tradition”.

On a high horse

Oh dear, someone getting on their high horse again and not having checked their facts or history, oh well.

A roarsome event

Thanks to all those who supported the reopening of The Meadows in Alvechurch as a football facility and in particular, a very big thank you to the efforts of Alvechurch Parish Council for the many hours they have spent making this happen.

Look in the box

On page 66 (The Village, September 2014) you publish a small article describing Operation Christmas Child’s shoebox event.

Thank goodness for barking dogs

I felt compelled to respond to the letter entitled ‘Gone to the dogs’ (The Village, September 2014). This lady clearly has no basic understanding of the animal, which clearly needs to bark to communicate.

Tradition we fully intend to uphold

In the 25 years since the formation of Alvechurch Morris, the side has never been the subject of any direct accusation of racism until the publication of the September edition of The Village (Village Views, ‘End this Morris tradition’).

Bright new day

I took this photograph on the morning after the stormy night of July 17.

Hello deer

We had some visitors to our back garden one evening: a mummy deer and her two babies.


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Village Features

Perplexing, intriguing and strange: ****

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Mary Green celebrates our patchwork landscape of hedged fields.

East is. . . eats

Hannah Genders checks out an innovative food-growing scheme in the city centre.

Clean sheets help AFC settle into new season

Alex Young reports on league and cup action for Alvechurch FC.

Autumn constellations

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Super-dry September

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Looking for a real return

Austin Broad offers ideas for investors in a low interest rate environment.

Art for the people

Sally Oldaker meets an artist who specialises in memorial sculptures.

Beauty for all seasons

The onset of autumn means we’ll be soon be covering up in cosy clothes – but that’s no excuse to neglect your beauty regimen!

Relieve aches and pains

Joint and muscle pain and discomfort prevent many people doing things they enjoy, such as walking the dog, sports activities, gardening or playing with grandchildren.

Feast of fine foods

For village food fans, Warwick’s Butchers in Barnt Green is a real gem – not only does it offer a wide range of top quality meats, but the shop is also packed full of delicious homemade treats and deli items.

Bromsgrove pub spices things up

A Bromsgrove chef will be featured on television later this month, thanks to a dangerously hot dish he cooked up.

Caring for the carers

For about 20 years, until the late 1990s, BBC Radio 4 had a weekly programme called Does He Take Sugar?, which looked at all aspects of disability including the rights of disabled people and how we treat them, writes Dave Morgan.

Where everyone is a friend . . .

Barnt Green teenager Xeina Aveyard reports on her summer trip to Malawi.

A new form of realism *****

Film Review: 20,000 Days on Earth (Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, 2014)

In recent weeks I’ve watched a few music films which experimented with the form of documentary. The two most successful and memorable of these were Jean-Luc Godard’s One Plus One (1968) (released in England as Sympathy for the Devil) and Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days of Earth.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was happening around here in October 2004.

Cathedral full of colour

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton finds art within a nearby landmark.

A wealth of talent

Dave Morgan celebrates the success of the third annual Alvechurch art exhibition.

An antidote to Twilight ****

Film Review: Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch 2014)

While the vampire genre has proved consistently popular within both cinema and literature, the 21st century has witnessed a staggering rise in the amount of films centred on vampires. From the profoundly beloved Twilight saga (2008-2012) to the obscure Thirst (Park Chan-wook, 2009) and the upcoming Dracula Untold (Gary Shore, 2014), it would be difficult to hear any filmgoer say that they had not seen one in recent years. 

Care home’s street of memories

The Lawns in Alvechurch offers residents plenty of mental stimulation.

Plan the perfect day

A selection of great ideas for planning the biggest day of your life.

Discover the past

Your chance to see a treasure-trove of Alvechurch history as the village museum opens its doors.

Take a trip back in time. . .

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton visits a collection of historic buildings.

Pension innovation will bring greater flexibility

Austin Broad delves into the brave new world of retirement planning. 

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