Village News


Government takes over major Bromsgrove planning decisions

Bromsgrove’s planning department has been put in special measures by the Government because it is too slow at dealing with applications.

Badgers burglar escapes with jewellery

A burglar stole jewellery from a Barnt Green home after breaking in at the back of the house on a gated community.

Claim a calendar!

Don’t forget that our Village 2015 calendars are now available - and to get your hands on one, all you need to do is show some support to your local traders.

Good news for ducks

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Christmas Concert for Primrose

The Primrose Choir presents a Christmas Concert on Friday December 12 at the Spadesbourne Suite, Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove.

Day of remembrance activities

Pupils at Alvechurch Middle School took part in a day of First World War-themed activities for Remembrance Day.

Wartime memories

St Andrew’s Church in Barnt Green held an exhibition of First World War memorabilia, lent by parishioners whose ancestors were involved in the conflict.

Meet the neighbours

Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Watch, currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, held a Meet & Greet event for residents of the new housing development on the former MG Rover site.

Hannah joins the band

A young Alvechurch music fan got the chance to meet and perform with her favourite band thanks to the Make A Wish charity.

Green Belt decision delayed

Alvechurch Parish Council, which first supported in principle a retirement complex on Green Belt land beside the village cricket pitch, and then said it would decide in November whether its support was still forthcoming, has decided to wait until a planning application is made before declaring its position.

Creative call-up

Alvechurch villagers who like to “make things happen” in the community are being urged to meet similar creative-minded people at
an inaugural event this month.

Heritage under threat

Blackwell residents and parish councillors have launched a campaign to save one of the village’s most important Victorian houses.

Halloween fun at quiz

Teams who attend the weekly quiz at Bridley Moor & Batchley Social Club got into the Halloween spirit by dressing in spooky costumes.

Double raids in Alvechurch and Barnt Green

Police are appealing to the communities of Alvechurch and Barnt Green for information following two burglaries.

Remembrance exhibition

During this month of remembrance, Bromsgrove Library is hosting an exhibition entitled ‘Bromsgrove and the First World War Home Front’.

Sajid says it’s good to talk

Villagers will be able to have their say on local and national issues when Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid holds the UK’s first Parliamentary TeleForum.

WORDS welcomes National Poet of Wales

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group which promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents a special appearance by Gillian Clarke, the National Poet of Wales.

Keeping memories safe

An Alvechurch family who lost their baby daughter earlier this year have launched a charity project in her name, aiming to bring comfort to other families who have suffered a similar loss.

Lost in translation

New dictation software used by the Alvechurch parish clerk is causing mirth among councillors.

Car park delay

Work on the car park at Alvechurch Station is going ahead, but will not be completed until the spring.

Tip update

At a meeting of the Marlbrook Tip cross-party working group, it was confirmed that the site – officially designated as a reservoir – is classified as having a “dam wall under construction” because it has never been signed off by a qualified engineer.

MP plans traveller action

Alvechurch residents met MP Sajid Javid to discuss action over traveller incursions.

Having a ball

The Alvechurch Fall Ball at Kings Norton Golf Club raised more than £8,000 for PHAB, Friends of Crown Meadow and Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Roll up for circus chaos

You know it’s nearly Christmas when Alvechurch Dramatic Society announces its bi-annual panto . . .

Barnt Green lights up!

Santa made a flying visit to St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green to hear the plans for a new community event organised by the school and parish council.

Parish Green Belt U-turn

A proposed retirement complex close to the heart of Alvechurch has put the parish council in a spin over its Green Belt policy.

Save our stained glass

An historic church without stained glass would be almost unthinkable . . . but that could be the future for St Laurence Church in Alvechurch unless thousands of pounds can be raised to carry out urgent repairs to several of its windows.

New biography by Barnt Green author

Barnt Green author Steve Dunn has published his latest book about a controversial figure of World War I.

Day out on canal

A group of people from the Life After Stroke Centre in Bromsgrove enjoyed a canal boat trip organised by The Bromsgrove Lions Club and Anglo Welsh Waterway Holidays.

Golf aid for charities

A charity golf day at Blackwell Golf Club raised more than £8,000 for charitable causes.

Coffee coffer cups runneth over!

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Victory after 47 years

After years of battling in one of the toughest golf competitions in the region, a team from Kings Norton Golf Club, Alvechurch, has finally won the trophy.

Carter the goal machine

Alvechurch Lions U13 player Carter White enjoyed an exceptional goal scoring season in 2013–14.

Barnt Green on foot

The second Barnt Green Walk offered a chance to view the village’s beautiful surroundings on foot, and attracted not only local residents but also people from as far as Harborne and Lichfield.

Life at the Lawns

Residents at The Lawns care home in Alvechurch enjoyed a tea party on a sunny afternoon, with families and friends invited to join the fun.

Village Views



One of our correspondents this month poses a question we suspect might not have been asked ten or 15 years ago. “How do people who see the Morris dancers feel?” he asks.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Dec 2014

MP takes on travellers

Traveller incursions in Alvechurch and around Bromsgrove have been a big problem recently. No one should be above the law, and I completely support residents who want a long-term solution to this once and for all.

How do we feel?

Thanks to all the letters printed in your last issue I now have a good, perhaps biased, knowledge of the history of morris dancing.

My view of Green Belt

I’d like to offer some clarification regarding planning and the Green Belt following the article and The Village View in last month’s issue.

Land swap solution

The subject of “planning“ is guaranteed to raise hackles in any gathering involving more than two people, and Alvechurch, as part of the Bromsgrove constituency, has had more than its fair share of contentious applications in recent years.

A chance to seize the next best thing

Regarding proposals for the land off Birmingham Road, Alvechurch (The Village View, November 2014), we explored whether Alvechurch Cricket Club and Alvechurch Lions Football Club were able to acquire the land long before the McCarthy and Stone development was mooted.

Lions are a delight

I feel compelled to put pen to paper to answer Dr Merrick’s letter, “It’s a great pitch but where do we park?” (The Village, November 2014).


Less than a year ago, this column gave itself over to supporting Alvechurch Parish Council in its fight against plans for 22 houses on a field in Hopwood.

Terrific time

The Bromsgrove Lions Club and Anglo Welsh Waterway Holidays very kindly arranged a canal boat trip and a wonderful day out for The Stroke Association’s “Wednesday Friends” group.

Coffee thanks

Could I offer many thanks to all the lovely people who came along and supported our Macmillan coffee morning.

Parking pests

I felt I had to respond to the letter in The Village “Parking menace continues’” (October 2014).

Tweeting a selfie

I attach this photograph of a full body impression of a bird on our window while attempting to gain entry into the house . . . through the glass!

Deluxe duck

I thought some of your readers might like to know about a male Mandarin duck that has just moved into Cofton Lake.

Bonfire bother

At 8.30am on Friday October 3, somebody started a fire – and they know who they are.

Dog virus alert

I am writing about my poor dog who I believe contracted canine distemper from a dog at Rowney Green park area behind the Peace Hall three or four months ago.


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Meet All & Sundry’s panto dame

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Support and guidance

As the nights get darker, The Lounge youth project in Alvechurch continues to help keep the young people of the parish occupied during the evenings.

Mission to the Maritimes

Blackwell travel counsellor Jane Ward helps a couple visit their son in Canada.

Starry treats brighten the darkest of months

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Will it rain or snow?

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

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My rock ‘n’ roll life

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Natural swimming

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See a story in the sky

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Pop along to pop-up gallery

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Top of the poplars

Mary Green learns more about the history of the black poplar.

Learning to love books

Alvechurch resident Sarah Batstone spent her summer holidays in a rather unusual destination: the Galápagos Islands.

Wet start to autumn

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Investing in the future

Austin Broad explains some of the basics of investment.

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