Village News


Bells along the canal

Churches along the Worcester-Birmingham Canal will ring their bells on Saturday December 5 in continued celebration of its 200th anniversary.

Festival of trees

Alvechurch Baptist Church will be full of festive joy as its inaugural Christmas Tree Festival takes place.

Festive delights in Finstall

If you love Christmas as much as The Village does, you’ll be delighted by a new festive charity event at Finstall Village Hall.

Sam’s duathlon success

Blackwell triathlete Sam Boswell received her trophy from European gold medallist Jo Pavey after winning the Worcester Duathlon.

Greg’s triple crown

Alvechurch resident Greg Smith is at the top of his game after winning three crown green bowls titles in five days.

AFC riding high

Alvechurch FC is enjoying an impressive autumn of league and cup action.

Stepping out in the sunshine

The third annual Barnt Green Community Walk, organised by the Parish Council and Worcestershire Countryside Service, took place in glorious weather and was another great success.

Libby meets Vinny

Four-year-old Libby-Rose Lynch, of Bromsgrove, was the latest winner of our monthly Vinny competition.

Cricketers’ ball

Revellers at Barnt Green Cricket Club’s annual ball let their hair down while raising money to help keep the club running.

All aboard for lessons

Barnt Green residents have voiced concerns to the parish council over a new classroom planned for St Andrew’s First School – it’s a double decker bus!

Goldfish controversy

Alvechurch’s annual Mop Fair was a success, although some residents took to Facebook asking if it was legal to give live goldfish as prizes.

Sanctuary’s autumn bazaar

Hillfields Animal Sanctuary in Blackwell has its Autumn Bazaar on November 14 in the Methodist Church Hall on Greenhill from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Hamster mania

Hamster fans will converge on Barnt Green as the Midland Hamster Club has its Christmas show at the Scout & Guide Centre on December 5

Young actors wanted!

St Laurence Church in Alvechurch is looking for under-18s to take part in its Christmas play at both Christmas Eve carol services.

Barnt Green to light up again

After last year’s success, Barnt Green Lights Up! returns on Friday December 4.

Morris men and women sought

Alvechurch’s morris dancing groups are looking for new members.

Tip used as ‘test track’

Lickey residents have asked Bromsgrove’s planning chief Ruth Bamford to investigate why Marlbrook Tip was being used as a “test track” for around ten 4x4 vehicles one Sunday.

Green light for dementia home

Burcot Grange’s application to build a 50-bed dementia care home at the former Uplands site on Greenhill will go before Bromsgrove planners this month.

New zebra crossing

A zebra crossing with Belisha beacons is to be built across Birmingham Road, Alvechurch, at the cycle dismount point outside the schools.

Village people bare all

Forget the Calendar Girls – Alvechurch’s very own “Calendar Boys” will be adorning village walls in 2016.

Fin is Child of Courage

Alvechurch record-breaker Finlay Church was named the 2015 “Child of Courage” at the recent Pride of Birmingham Awards, in recognition of his superb fundraising efforts.

MP’s diner date

Village MP and Business Secretary Sajid Javid cut the ribbon as The Lounge café and youth centre in Alvechurch unveiled its new look – an American-style diner.

Box of delights

Lickey and Blackwell Parish Council chairman Nick Forknell and Coun Janet King celebrated the opening of a book exchange and defibrillator station on the Old Birmingham Road, Lickey, along with people who helped bring it to life.

School parking plea

Barnt Green residents have begun a new battle in the war against unsafe and selfish parking in their village.

Scotched by vandals

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Guitarist’s gypsy jazz

Award-winning guitarist Remi Harris brings his Gypsy Jazz Project to the Lickey Hills on Sat Nov 7, at The Trinity Centre, Old Birmingham Road, Lickey at 7.30pm.

Farcical tale of money trouble

Alvechurch Dramatic Society presents Tons of Money, a farce by Will Evans and Valentine, at Alvechurch Village Hall from Thurs Nov 26 to Sat Nov 28.

Fiery Hill U-turn fight-back

A move to shelve improvements to the junction at Fiery Hill Road, Barnt Green, has provoked disbelief from residents across the Village area.

A Day at the Races

The theme for Rosehill Flower Arrangement Society’s fundraising Annual Luncheon and Demonstration was “A Day at the Races”.

Host families needed

Could you welcome a French student into your home for two weeks?

Annual show proves popular

Rowney Green Horticultural Society held its 73rd Annual Flower & Produce Show at the Peace Hall as usual.

Village hall gets a toilet makeover

Hopwood Village Hall’s makeover continues with the latest update to the 100-year-old building: smart new toilet facilities.

Twinning cash rolls in

A village youngster has been busy raising funds to help improve sanitation in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Council joins 21st century

Alvechurch Parish Council has decided to increase the use of its Facebook page to communicate with parishioners.

Bunny’s name will live on

The campaign to honour Wilfred “Bunny” Burnham, the young New Zealand airman who died in a wartime Wellington bomber crash in Wythall, has come to fruition with four new roads set to be named after him.

Village Views



Stop us if you’ve heard it all before . . . actually, don’t – because the problem is getting worse and worse.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Nov 2015

Worse than bungles

I would like to congratulate you on your editorial in the September issue of The Village. However, I think your adjectives are generally far too mild.

Coffee morning’s £758

Many thanks to all the lovely people who came along and supported our Biggest Ever Macmillan Coffee Morning, those who donated cakes, and to our wonderful helpers.

Pat’s legacy completed

Following successful grants from The Big Lottery Fund and Bromsgrove Council, the remaining original wooden windows in Alvechurch Village Hall have been replaced with “like for like” hardwood, double-glazed windows.

Men needed, too

Alvechurch Morris Men are on the look out for new dancers and musicians.

Refugee help

Following the news from Bromsgrove and Worcestershire councils that refugees under the Vulnerable Person Relocation Scheme will be welcome in Bromsgrove, a group of us met to form a community group called Bromsgrove Welcomes Refugees.

Nostalgia abounds at village Alight!

We read your excellent October magazine and were overcome with a wave of nostalgia with reference to the articles on Alvechurch Alight.

Difference spotted

Paul Whitby has Great Spotted Woodpeckers visiting his garden in Cofton Hackett (Letters, The Village October 2015).

Strictly Morris

Aelfgythe Border Morris had a good season last year and danced at 11 different events throughout the year.


On a September Saturday evening in 1997, as the warmth of the sunny afternoon was replaced by an early autumn chill, hundreds of villagers gathered in Withybed Green, Alvechurch.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View October 2015

Spotted . . .

I thought you might like to put this picture in The Village.

Charity drive thanks

I should like to thank all of the local businesses who gave so generously and helped sponsor North Worcestershire Rotary Club’s annual charity golf day at Blackwell Golf Club.

Support idea

I am thinking of setting up a support group in the village for anyone aged 50 or over who has lost their partner owing to bereavement.

Festival reminder

I would like to draw the attention of your readers to a new venture taking place in December. Alvechurch Baptist Church is organising a Christmas tree festival.


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Village Features

Beasts of the fields

Mary Green looks back at wildlife seen in the past year.

Smells like team spirit!

In only two years, Hopwood-based Kings Norton Rhinos Rugby Club has grown an exciting squad of players that now regularly competes in the West Midlands Girls Tag Rugby league with eight other clubs.

Perfect time for pruning

Hannah Genders advises on how to care for soft fruit.

Rise early to view a trio of planets

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

October stays dry and warm

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was happening around here in November 2005.

Village Book Review: Formidable

Following his biographies of two admirals involved in First World War naval disasters (one made a scapegoat, the other branded a coward), the latest book by Barnt Green author Steve Dunn focuses on a third maritime catastrophe.

One stop for business advice

The Alvechurch firm ensuring its clients’ insurance needs and finances are looked after.

Walking the Heart of England

Covering 102 miles from Milford Common on the northern tip of Cannock Chase to Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds, the Heart of England Way is a journey through the history, buildings and landscapes of the Midland countryside, writes the Heart of England Way Association’s secretary, Mike Norman.

Still clowning around

They say you should never work with children or animals, but Barnt Green’s very own Pat The Clown has been keeping youngsters entertained for 25 successful years – and he’s got animals (well, balloon ones) covered too!

Winter warmers

It’s no surprise that The Tea Shop in Barnt Green is always full of happy customers – spending time in the vintage-style tea room and shop is a delight, with something new to see on every visit.

Village inspiration

Village butcher Paul Queen shares the history of The Archers creator, Alvechurch lad Godfrey Baseley.

Buried close to home

Anne Humphries offers a guide to the war graves in Alvechurch.

Simple yet powerful means of investing

Don’t forget about NISAs, writes Austin Broad.

Get your act together!

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton looks ahead to a local festival in 2016.

Memory makers

If you’re planning a Christmas party, a winter wedding or a special birthday bash, a new village business is offering a novel addition to your celebrations.

Alvechurch Alight!

For ten years Alvechurch Alight! was the event that brought a whole community together. Walking with the crowds, lanterns burning over the heads of hundreds in that first year was an experience few will have forgotten.

Meet the Crow Man

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton visits some friendly scarecrows.

Find Pluto and pals

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Quick change into autumn

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Be inspired by World Cup

As the much-anticipated Rugby World Cup got underway,  Kings Norton RFC celebrated the tournament with some special events of its own.

Golden October

Mary Green enjoys the sights and smells of early autumn.

Sustainable living

Hannah Genders revisits an eco- house and garden project.

Explore your woodland

The kids are back at school, evenings are spent doing homework – and now we are bound to get some really warm sunny weather!

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