Village News


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.

Claim a calendar!

Our readers told us how much they loved the Village calendar we produced for 2013. . . so we’ve decided to do a different version this year!

Artists wanted!

Calling all artistic children! Your picture could be turned into a Christmas card thanks to a national design competition taking place at two local garden centres.

30 years of Where Next

The Where Next Association, a charity offering work experience and training opportunities to people with learning difficulties, celebrated its 30th birthday with a get-together at its Nursery site in Redditch.

Showtime at Tardebigge

Visitors flocked to the ever-popular Tardebigge Fair & Show on a sunny September afternoon, when all sorts of fun events were taking place in and around the well-known landmark of St Bartholomew’s Church.

Care homes celebrate

Two village care homes held a day of special events to mark their first year as part of the Spring View Care group and to hand over money raised for charity.

Fin’s cash boost for hospital

Alvechurch youngster Finlay Church has challenged himself to raise £20,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he had brain surgery in June.

Weekend of sailing action

Barnt Green Sailing Club enjoyed a weekend of sporting action when it hosted the Enterprise Class National Under 25 Youth Championsh

Race to raise funds for MSA

A Barnt Green teenager has been inspired by her beloved grandfather to raise funds for research into a rare disease.

DIY SOS for duck house

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Bumper crop

An impressive collection of locally-grown produce was on display at Finstall Flower & Vegetable Show, including a number of super-sized vegetables.

Snail mail fail

Alvechurch parish councillors have voted against a plan to bring their communications into the digital age.

Own a piece of history

How would you like to own a piece of village history? Alvechurch resident Karen Green has presented a picture of No 1, Red Lion Street to raise funds for The Lounge.

Cheque in

The Lounge youth project in Alvechurch was one of the beneficiaries of money from the Picnic in the Park held earlier this year.

Season’s greetings

The Coach and Horses at Weatheroak Hill has been named Pub of the Season for Summer 2014 by Redditch and Bromsgrove Campaign for Real Ale.

George’s magic touch

A youngster from Barnt Green is building a reputation as a talented close-up magician – and his skills were recognised in high places when he was given the chance to visit the famous Magic Circle.

Action call over travellers’ mess

Alvechurch residents were meeting with MP Sajid Javid at the end of September to tackle problems caused by traveller encampments in the area.

Village Views



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.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Nov 2014

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.


Regarding “Snail mail fail” (The Village, October 2014), which states: ‘’The proposal would have saved the council money’’ . . .

Seeing double

Everyone loves a good gastropub, and Barnt Green is lucky enough to have two. We moved to the area about a year ago and enjoyed the diversity in dining that this offered.

Birdlife haven

Amid all the controversy surrounding Marlbrook Tip, no mention has been made of its value as a haven for birdlife.

Tip action plea

It will be four years in March when, as Independent Councillor, I finally listened to local residents and not the district council officers, about their concerns over overtipping on Marlbrook Tip

Don’t fob us with ‘policy’

Jon Stevenson must be congratulated for providing an excellent letter on the law regarding trespass and nuisance on private land.

Leave our traditions

I reply to the letter in the September issue regarding Morris men tradition. I can only surmise that the writer must have a lot more time on their hands than I do.

Cemetery woe

I have just read a clipping from The Village magazine stating that an award has been granted regarding the so-called management of the Lickey cemetery.


TheVillage magazine

READ the latest issue of The Village magazine online - just click on the cover (you'll need to sign in as a Villager).
Also see our archive of past issues available to download.
FIND OUT more about The Village magazine, including information for advertisers.

lamb cover is published by Platform Publishing & Media Ltd, of 16 The Square
B48 7LA UK +44 121 445 6757

All content is copyright 1998-2013. For further help or information, please contact the Editor.

Village Features

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was happening around here in November 2004.

My rock ‘n’ roll life

Tim Parsons shares tales from the music business with Sally Oldaker.

Natural swimming

Hannah Genders describes the process of building a natural swimming pool.

See a story in the sky

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Pop along to pop-up gallery

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton looks forward to an art show in Redditch.

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.

Names to remember

Anne Humphries looks at the stories behind the names on some village war memorials.

A shop for all seasons

There’s no doubt that The Tea Shop is one of the most appealing places in Barnt Green, with its attractive wares artistically displayed in the window.

Champion of the road

It’s always interesting to find out about villagers who achieved amazing things in their lifetime.

Caring for the community

As well as caring for customers in their own homes, the Bluebird Care (Bromsgrove and Redditch) team like to look after the wider community too – as shown by their charity fundraising.

Perplexing, intriguing and strange: ****

Film Review: Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg, 2014)


Mary Green celebrates our patchwork landscape of hedged fields.

East is. . . eats

Hannah Genders checks out an innovative food-growing scheme in the city centre.

Clean sheets help AFC settle into new season

Alex Young reports on league and cup action for Alvechurch FC.

Autumn constellations

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Super-dry September

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Looking for a real return

Austin Broad offers ideas for investors in a low interest rate environment.

Art for the people

Sally Oldaker meets an artist who specialises in memorial sculptures.

Beauty for all seasons

The onset of autumn means we’ll be soon be covering up in cosy clothes – but that’s no excuse to neglect your beauty regimen!

Relieve aches and pains

Joint and muscle pain and discomfort prevent many people doing things they enjoy, such as walking the dog, sports activities, gardening or playing with grandchildren.

Feast of fine foods

For village food fans, Warwick’s Butchers in Barnt Green is a real gem – not only does it offer a wide range of top quality meats, but the shop is also packed full of delicious homemade treats and deli items.

Village Twitter Feed



little heath