Village News


Derelict bridge fears

Village canal enthusiasts have raised concerns over the safety of a derelict bridge in Alvechurch.

What a weekend we had!

The second Barnt Green Weekender saw a ‘full tent’ at Barnt Green Sports Club as revellers enjoyed two nights of film-inspired fun.

Dancing in the rain!

Blackwell’s first Music Festival was a big hit despite the weather, with performances from a variety of local musicians.

Foul behaviour!

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Foodbank collection

Alvechurch Library is a designated collection point for Redditch Foodbank, set up to help families in crisis in the Redditch area.

Library volunteer needed

Another volunteer is needed to deliver library books to housebound people in Barnt Green and Alvechurch.

Flower society takes Tea at the Ritz

“Tea at the Ritz” was the theme for Rosehill Flower Arrangement Society’s Annual Luncheon.

Conservation site on display

A Heritage Open Weekend at the Tardebigge Lime Kilns site attracted visitors from as far away as Toddington and Sussex.

Feats of endurance

A charity event in Rowney Green offers the chance to hear about the achievements of two local sportsmen.

Junior golf champs

Young golfers at Kings Norton Golf Club, Alvechurch, celebrated being crowned West Midlands Junior League champions.

Charity score

The 16th Rotary Club of North Worcestershire charity golf day held at Blackwell Golf Club raised almost £10,000 to help local and international charities.

Request denied

Barnt Green Parish Council voted not to grant money to St Michael’s Church in Cofton Hackett after a heated debate.

Complaints rise

There had been 54 complaints about noise and smells at Mayfield Farm in Hopwood, since March, Alvechurch Parish Council heard.

Howdy, champs!

Philippa Fieldson and Martyn Langston were the heroes of an autumn ‘American’ tournament at Barnt Green Tennis Club.

Bags of help

St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green has been shortlisted to receive a grant for an outdoor learning area through the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Picnic benefits Lounge

Organisers of the annual Alvechurch Picnic in the Park (PITP) presented a cheque for £550 raised at this year’s event to representatives of Alvechurch Communities Together (ACT), which runs The Lounge youth project and café in the village.

New crossing unveiled

It was touch and go, with the finishing touches being completed on a Sunday, but a new crossing outside the Alvechurch schools was ready for use in time for pupils’ first day back.

Sister act

Alvechurch sisters Summer and Jessica Smith, aged six, were the latest winners of a Mini Vinny in our competition.

Parish ponders drone ban

The flying of drones may be outlawed at The Meadows playing fields in Alvechurch.

Have your say on the future

A booklet updating residents on the Neighbourhood Parish Plan has been dropping through the doors of homes across Alvechurch parish.

Rowing gold

Cofton Hackett parasport rower Lauren Rowles won gold at the Paralympics.

Top day out in Tardebigge!

Tardebigge Fair & Show kept visitors entertained with traditional stalls, sideshows and the Produce Show, despite the soggy weather!

And the winners are . . .

Rowney Green Horticultural Society held its 74th annual Flower and Produce show, with a fantastic array for the judges to ponder and a host of trophies for BBC news presenter Joanne Malin to hand out.

Hall’s cash boost

Thanks to grants from The Big Lottery Fund and Worcestershire County Council, Hopwood Village Hall now boasts a gleaming new kitchen.

‘Fearless Five’ ready to jump

Five brave members of staff from Thomas Horton Solicitors will each do a tandem skydive this weekend in support of Primrose Hospice in Bromsgrove.

Dellows on display

The Dellow Register is celebrating the 70th anniversary of Dellow Motors on Sunday September 18.

New wicket enhances club

Alvechurch & Hopwood Cricket Club has received a welcome boost with the installation of a new artificial wicket.

The great indoors

A large group of enthusiasts enjoyed Bromsgrove’s first annual board game festival, The Great Indoors, organised by the Bromsgrove Board Gamers club.

Jazz group finds new village home

Lickey End Social Club has come to the rescue after a local orchestra was left homeless.

Tots’ wild walk

Two village playgroups have raised £183 for children’s charity Barnardo’s with a fun event.

Animal attraction

Hundreds of animal-lovers converged on the Jinney Ring in Hanbury to help The Cinnamon Trust celebrate its fifth Animals R Magic event.

Sam’s Ironman triumph

Blackwell triathlete Sam Boswell has achieved her dream of qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, after winning the UK event to earn her place.

D-Day veteran honoured

A Barnt Green man who fought in the Second World War has been honoured by France for his actions during the conflict.

Arty theme for fete

The summer fete at Grosvenor House care home in Alvechurch had an artistic theme once again, as members of Pam’s Art Group entered a competition to have their paintings displayed.

National champs!

Barnt Green Cricket Club’s U15 side is celebrating winning the England and Wales Cricket Board national championship – coming top out of 1,600 teams.

Village Views



It’s been a busy start to autumn, with a cornucopia of events taking place at villages across the area, as you will see in the pages of this magazine.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View October 2016

More litter louts

For the second day running I have picked up two lots of litter in The Meadows, left by irresponsible. . . I do not know what to call them without swearing.

Pinch-point would save cash

The other morning at about 12.30am a car had a near miss on the bends south of Alvechurch, taking out the two bollards and putting debris all over the road.

Car park concern

I am disappointed to read in successive editions of The Village that the car park at Alvechurch train station has still not been drained, resurfaced with Tarmac and marked with spaces, including for disabled drivers.

Laziness to blame for car culture

We wholeheartedly support your views (The Village View, September 2016), and it’s unfortunately all too easy to understand why the car has become so dominant everywhere.

Dazzling dahlias

The gardens in the August edition of The Village were very impressive. I missed making any contribution, but I think our dahlias are worth a view

Heron up close

I spotted this grey heron in early morning light on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal near Withybed Green, Alvechurch.

Seeking stepsister

I am trying to find my stepsister, Carolyn (Rapson) Mansell, whose last location was Barnt Green, England. 

Council decision caused ‘eyesore’

I wonder if the councillors who turned down the retirement homes application by McCarthy & Stone for 2 Birmingham Road, Alvechurch, and the field behind have seen the site recently?

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View September 2016


As we went to press, the road was closed again on the dangerous bends just south of Alvechurch village after yet another accident.

A memory of WWI

I am a 92-year-old WWII veteran who came to Bromsgrove in 1965 and have lived in Lickey End for a number of years. 


This edition of The Village has blossomed unintentionally into a gardens special, so we hope most of you will enjoy seeing what the industrious villagers of Barnt Green and Alvechurch have been doing on their patches.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View August 2016

Rainbow brightens Alvechurch skies

My daughter Caitlin took this photo of a rainbow after a shower.


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Village Features

Secrets of our success

Keith Woolford chats to Marian Barwell, chair of Alvechurch’s very own orchestra.

Bromsgrove family firms are finalists

Two businesses from Bromsgrove have secured a place in the final stage of the 2016 Midlands Family Business Awards, which celebrate the work and achievements of family firms across the region.

A cosy cuppa

As the nights draw in, The Tea Shop in Barnt Green is all prepared for a cosy autumn and winter with a host of treats to eat, buy and admire.

Music on the menu

Having achieved popularity as an attractive cafe during the daytime, The Potting Shed at Singletons Nurseries in Lydiate Ash has branched out into evening fare with a series of after-dark events.

Stop over-drinking

Alcohol coach-therapist Julie Ward has spent the past five years helping thousands of people to gain control over their alcohol issues.

Dental centre boosts team

Barnt Green Dental Centre has boosted its excellent team with the addition of two new faces.

Farm for the future

Hannah Genders visits a farm that benefits the community.

Top service for gardens

Looking after your garden during autumn and winter couldn’t be easier with assistance from North Worcestershire Lawn & Garden Equipment, which offers a full range of top-quality machinery as well as servicing and repairs.

Hairy Bikers in Bromsgrove

Bromsgrove chef Lorenzo Richards cooked up a culinary treat when TV’s Hairy Bikers visited his restaurant on their mission to discover the world’s best chicken and egg recipes.


Mary Green explores how to restore the countryside’s balance.

Dark nights perfect for planet-spotting

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Choice brings complexity

Austin Broad outlines the opportunities and risks of new pension rules.

Positive start to season

With the hard work of the closed season behind them, rugby players of all ages are enjoying the benefits of improved facilities at their Ash Lane, Hopwood Park ground.

All about the music

“I’m not a star – I’ve never wanted to be,” says Barnt Green musician, singer and songwriter Paul Edwards, and he means it.

Fighting on all fronts

Alvechurch FC prepare for cup runs with high-scoring league action.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

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

Warm start to autumn

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Time to plan & plant

Hannah Genders explains why September is a perfect month.

Raise a glass to the countryside

Mary Green looks at plants that make alcohol – and other things!

Uncertainty is certain

Will Humphreys, AFH’s Head of Investments, looks at post-Brexit market responses.

Mysterious mists of our Milky Way

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

How summer ought to be!

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Club attracts new blood

Ahead of the new season, Kings Norton Rugby Club has been improving its facilities and promoting the club to attract new players.

Power of piano

Your children’s schedule may be overloaded with enjoyable activities, so you may be unsure about adding piano lessons to the list – but there are many great benefits to playing the piano.

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