Village News


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.

Green belt still tight

Growing anticipation that a Green Belt review is imminent in the Village area has been quashed by district planners.

Chocks away, Dad!

Father-and-daughter airline pilots found themselves sharing a cockpit for the first time after being paired together by “pure chance”.

Club has a lot to offer

Alvechurch & Hopwood Cricket Club will have a total of six weekend sides playing in the Worcestershire and Cotswold Hills Leagues this season.

Coaching young talent

With women’s football becoming ever more popular, young girls are increasingly keen to get involved in the game – and although a few schools do now provide footballing opportunities for female pupils, it’s great to enhance this with some expert coaching.

Beauty with a purpose

An Alvechurch teenager is hoping to be crowned Miss Birmingham 2015 and raise money for a good cause at the same time.

Cycle champion

An Alvechurch teenager is enjoying continued success in the world of cycling.

Cyclist seriously injured on A441

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was seriously injured on the A441 between Alvechurch and Hopwood.

Skiffle at The Lounge

Alvechurch skiffle band The Six-Five Specials will perform at The Lounge on Monday March 23 from 2–4pm, with proceeds going to the youth project.

Make new buddies in Alvechurch

Alvechurch Buddies is a new initiative set up by resident Ann Overs, with the aim of providing a forum for communication between members to promote a sense of caring, good neighbourliness, kindness and sociability.

Author’s big break

Oakalls author Carmen Capuano is celebrating a successful 2014 in which she wrote two novels for young adults and a chick-lit book to add to her four-volume sci-fi series, The Owners.

Trefoil Guild gets crafty for charity

Members of Lickey Valley Trefoil Guild have raised £575 for a Kenyan children’s home through a series of events in 2014.

Community Christmas

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Ten ways you can help The Lounge

The Lounge has a smart new sign featuring an updated logo, which reflects its charity status in supporting the extensive youth work in the parish.

Cup joy for Lions U9s

Alvechurch Lions Under 9s are celebrating after lifting the Central Warwickshire League Cup. 

The long and short of it

An Alvechurch Middle School pupil has raised nearly £500 for charity by having her very long hair cut.

Wassail in the woods

Lickey residents braved the January cold to enjoy a traditional wassail in the Lickey Hills Country Park.

Mummer’s the word!

New Year’s Day was celebrated in time-honoured fashion in Alvechurch, with morris dancing and the traditional ‘national news’ play.

Sophie’s rising stars

An Alvechurch woman who played netball at international level has launched her own coaching classes to encourage youngsters into the sport she loves.

George’s tricks are a treat

Lickey End teenager George Robinson is hoping for a bright career in magic – and he’s already been declared Junior Magician of the Year by one of the magic clubs he attends.

Beavers boost Finlay’s fund

1st Barnt Green Beaver Scouts raised £145 from a bring and buy sale and donated the cash to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Sign up for fun at fourth Picnic

Alvechurch’s annual Picnic in the Park will take place in The Meadows on Sunday May 3.

Council seeks Wadderton promise

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has asked the owner of Wadderton Conference Centre on Greenhill, Blackwell, to confirm in writing that he no longer plans to demolish the historic building.

Village Views



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

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). 

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Feb 2015


Difficult decisions are by definition unpopular with at least one group of people, and Alvechurch Parish Council’s decision to withdraw support for proposals which included building on village Green Belt land is no exception.

Meadows loses out in Green Belt vote

As someone who works with around 20 volunteers committed to giving youth access to sport, I will be ensuring that Alvechurch Parish Council puts everything it has available behind the development of changing and toilet facilities on The Meadows.

Smoke signals no change

Hello, here we are again. . . a sunny but cold and clear day, 29/12/2014, 3.30 pm. A large smoky bonfire somewhere in Withybed Lane by the railway bridge.

My wheelchair knight

A big thank you to the very kind gentleman – or should I say “knight in shining armour” – who came to my rescue on Christmas Eve when I was having some difficulty with a wheelchair.

Doggone lucky

My dog recently chased a deer across the field, jumped the fence and on to the railway line, just as the 16.05 from Redditch was approaching.

England should do more to celebrate its culture

I was disappointed to note the comments of the writer in the December edition of The Village (“How do we feel?”).

Which way to turn?

In case you did not see the temporary directions due to local roadworks in force to motorists leaving Ash Lane, Hopwood, at the lane’s junction with the A441, I thought you may wish to use this picture (below) for readers’ amusement in The Village magazine.

Please pick up

To a most irresponsible dog owner using Branden Road’s footpaths and residents’ gardens in Alvechurch as a toilet. You are disgusting!


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Village Features

Bunny’s bomber bravery

Back in 2012 we printed the story of a Wellington bomber that crashed in Wythall during WWII, killing four of its crew. Two Village readers were inspired to learn more about the young New Zealand airman who died alongside his British comrades . . .

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.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

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

Village Review: Orphan Belle & the Last Circus

Epic meal at Epi

Louise Robinson samples fine dining at a Bromsgrove eaterie.

Why February is short but special

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

A month of two halves

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Jobs in February

Hannah Genders shares top tips to get your garden ready for the months ahead.

February ‘fill-dyke’

Mary Green sheds light on some of our seasonal festivals.

Creative resolutions

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton signs up at a popular arts centre.

New year just got NISA

Increased flexibility makes NISAs even more valuable, writes Austin Broad.

in her own write

Indica Campbell, daughter of UB40’s Ali, is launching her own musical career.

More than a random name

A Village reader’s trip to the Somme battle sites revealed a very local link to the tragedy.

Easy way to be hair-free

Constantly waxing and shaving to get rid of unwanted hair can be a real chore – but Bromsgrove beauty therapist Anita Powell is offering a quick, easy and affordable way to be hair-free for good.

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