This month sees the launch of the latest Alvechurch Picnic in the Park logo competition – and this year it is open to all residents of Alvechurch parish, not just schoolchildren.
Once again, Alvechurch Baptist Church was filled with trees decorated by village groups on the theme of a Christmas carol.
Despite the filthy weather on New Year’s Day, the hardy Morris dancers and mummers of Alvechurch welcomed 2017 with their annual revels outside The Crown Inn and in The Square.
Barnt Green author Steve Dunn has released a new book, adding to his previous tales of First World War naval campaigns with the story of the Dover Patrol.
The Bromsgrove Society has boosted a church’s rebuilding fund with a donation of £3,000.
Seven-year-old Matthew Holmes, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition!
The girls and boys of Otters Scout Group in Bromsgrove donated boxes of food items to local charity Newstarts as part of a reverse advent calendar.
Here’s a winter view over the natural beauty of Cofton Lake.
Hopwood and Barnt Green district councillor Charlie Hotham is hoping a meeting including him and Alvechurch parish chairman Andy Humphries along with Worcestershire Regulatory Services over Mayfield Farm, Hopwood, will go ahead this month.
Parish councillors in Alvechurch paid tribute to the contribution made to village life by their clerk for more than 10 years, Yvonne Goode, who died in December.
Plans to demolish Bear Hill House and build three new houses on the site above the village green in Alvechurch should be refused because the scheme would be “at odds” with the neighbouring Conservation Area, according to Bromsgrove’s Conservation Officer.
Hopes have been raised that the car park at Alvechurch Station may be drained, resurfaced and marked out, as was intended during its upgrade.
A Barnt Green resident who complained about dog mess being dumped in the village has taken the initiative by arranging the installation of a new bin.
Barnt Green now boasts a village bike rack, located outside the Happy Valley takeaway on Hewell Road.
The Alvechurch Morris opted to maintain a low profile after they were forced to abandon a New Year dance in Birmingham city centre.
Alvechurch villagers are to be asked to help their parish council choose new equipment for The Meadows.
Host families in the Village area are required for the third annual visit by a large group of young French students.
Barnt Green’s new WI attracted almost 80 women to its first official meeting at the village’s Baptist Church.
Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.
The dull days of winter in Alvechurch have been brightened by the arrival of a bright yellow Mk2 Ford Escort on the village streets after a resident won the car in a competition.
Alvechurch villagers welcomed 2017 with a bang at a big party at the Village Hall.
More than 60 letters of support for a permanent Tree Preservation Order on Green Belt land close to the centre of Blackwell were submitted by residents.
Barnt Green residents and all those passing through have been learning to live with daily traffic chaos after the village was split in two by road closures.
For the second year running, Bromsgrove Photographic Society has retained the Midland Bank Trophy.
Citizens Advice is calling for volunteers who can help make a difference to the lives of people in their community.
Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .
If you’re over 13 years old, and reliable, with an email address and bank account, you can join the waiting list for our delivery team.
Are you planning to attend the annual mummers play and Morris dancing extravaganza in Alvechurch on New Year’s Day? If so, we’d love to see some of your photos!
Alvechurch skiffle band The 6-5 Specials performed at Bromsgrove’s first Pensioners Fair, hosted at the council building by MP Sajid Javid.
The Alvechurch Knit & Natter group welcomed Emma Dowler, a community fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society, to their Christmas lunch at Alvechurch Village Hall.
Pupils from St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green helped to fill shoeboxes for needy children in Romania through Operation Christmas Child.
The date for the 2017 Lickey Festival has been confirmed as Sunday June 11.
A draft proposal of the Lickey & Blackwell Neighbourhood Development Plan should be ready for residents to view in March.
Well-known chef and author Prue Leith was the star of the show when a group of village WIs held a special meeting in Alvechurch.
If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to give something back to your community, what could be more rewarding than to help young people develop life skills through a host of fun activities?
Almost 80 women turned out for the inaugural meeting of Barnt Green Women’s Institute in January – quite a success for any new venture.
Following on from the letter and photo from Mr Whitby in January’s Village, I too have enclosed a photo of our grass verge.
As a long-standing resident of Barnt Green (22 years) I’ve noticed so many changes, from a lovely village location with a fabulous village school to an over-populated, car-ridden nightmare.
You will not be surprised to receive a response to the comment in the Village View in your January issue.
I would like to sincerely thank all the wonderful people of Rowney Green and Alvechurch for the beautiful cards, letters and warm wishes received on the sudden tragic loss of my beloved son Julian.
The end of an old year and start of a new one is normally a time of hope and optimism, but not this time.
I have enclosed a photo of the damage caused by a Virgin Media road crew when they laid their cables along Middle Drive in Cofton Hackett.
It beggars belief that Bromsgrove District Council wants folk to be nothing more than slave labour to carry bins to and from their abode.
I heard recently that the Highway Code had been amended to the effect that it is no longer mandatory to give way to oncoming traffic when parked vehicles or other obstructions are on your side of the road.
I read in your December magazine about Bromsgrove District Council’s plan to tag the bins of people who don’t recycle properly, and I thought I would share my recent experience.
Oh dear! This looks like an accident waiting to happen. I refer, of course, to your article in the December issue of The Village, entitled “The Bin Inspectors”.
News has always been an adaptable beast; the same story can be presented in many ways depending on the medium and to suit the purposes of its purveyor, often for political or ideological reasons.
This year we have had three deer feasting on the apple-fall in our garden.
We don’t agree with the inclusion in The Village of letters from people who wish to hide beneath a cloak of anonymity.
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A group of parents whose children play at Alvechurch & Hopwood Cricket Club are hoping to bring the club to the forefront of local life.
League and cup victory brings pre-Christmas joy for the Churchmen.
Dave Morgan suggests a few ideas to improve your garden for 2017.
Mary Green admires the local landscape in January.
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