Village News


Village independent wins Barnt Green and Hopwood

The only independent candidate to stand for Bromsgrove Council in The Village area has swept aside the Tory challenge.

Lions seek local talent

The youth section at Alvechurch Lions FC is hoping to attract new talent with an Open Trials event.  

Blackwell pupils take on triathlon

Students from Hunters Hill Technology College in Blackwell are preparing for a four-day triathlon challenge in the Welsh countryside.

Say ‘bonjour’ to students

A Cofton Hackett family who play host to visiting French students are keen for other village families to do the same.

School parking probe

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Where’s Vinny this month?

Liv Caden, of Redditch, was the first winner of our monthly Vinny competition – and if you want one of our exclusive Vinny mugs, then you’ll need to try and spot the little hedgehog hiding somewhere in the May magazine.

Get ready for this year’s panto

It might seem a little early to be thinking about panto season, but Bromsgrove theatre group All & Sundry have already announced details of their 2015 show at Artrix.

Can you help with a reading challenge?

Alvechurch Library is looking for young, enthusiastic volunteers to help support its Summer Reading Challenge.

Lecture success

The Bromsgrove Lecture for 2015, a premier event in the Bromsgrove Society’s year, proved to be an outstanding success, writes Des Clarke.

Pride and joy

More than 10,000 people attended the annual Pride of Longbridge rally in Cofton Park, which this year marked the 10th anniversary of MG Rover’s collapse. 

Time to get the picnic party started

The annual Alvechurch Picnic in the Park, taking place in The Meadows on Sunday May 3, promises to deliver yet another great day for the community.

Hopwood’s litterati

Hopwood residents showed how much they care about their village when they joined the annual litter pick organised by Hopwood Residents Association.

Sign up for cycle ride

Cyclists wishing to take part in the annual Alvechurch to Worcester charity bike ride on Saturday June 27 can find more information and download a sponsor form at     

Summer of discontent

Alvechurch suffered a “summer of discontent” in 2014, the Annual Parish Meeting heard.

School parking problems

Lickey & Blackwell’s Annual Assembly raised the issue of parking outside Lickey Hills Primary School and Blackwell First School, with many residents commenting on the problems caused by parents parking irresponsibly when dropping off and collecting children.

Roads hit by rail delays

Blackwell and Barnt Green residents are facing several more months of travel disruption thanks to delays in Network Rail’s electrification project.

Where are the candidates?

Local democracy has taken a hit across The Village area before a single vote has been cast.

Fashion for survivors

A village dental practice raised £850 for a women’s charity by holding a fashion event.

Blackwell’s royal visitor

Blackwell Adventure got the royal seal of approval as Princess Anne dropped in for a visit.

Village goes Kiwi

Our March feature on “Bunny” Burnham, the young New Zealand airman who died alongside his British comrades when their Wellington bomber crashed in Wythall in 1942, received plenty of interest – not least from Bunny’s relatives in New Zealand.

TinyTalk leader up for award

A leader of baby signing classes in Alvechurch has been shortlisted for a national award.

Cycle trek for Jasper

A group of intrepid cyclists are taking on an epic charity challenge this Easter, inspired by the memory of a much-loved baby boy.

Tom’s enterprise pays off

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Ask the candidates

Local residents will have the chance to question Bromsgrove’s Parliamentary candidates at an Election Forum in Alvechurch.

Support Stuart

The organisers of a charity auction being held in Bromsgrove hope to raise enough funds for their good friend to receive groundbreaking cancer treatment in America.

We’re in the pink

Children at Lickey End Playgroup held a Pink Week, helping to raise more than £645 towards the installation of an automated external defibrillator for Lickey End Methodist Church and the surrounding community.

Ready, teddy, go!

This year’s Picnic in the Park in Alvechurch will feature a Guinness World Record attempt, organised by young village fundraiser Finlay Church.

Probus Club’s visit to MG factory

Nearly two dozen members of the local Kingfisher Probus club recently enjoyed the final guided tour of the MG factory at Longbridge, writes Malcolm Shine.

Plans withdrawn

McCarthy & Stone withdrew its plans for a retirement complex on the Green Belt in Alvechurch before the March planning meeting.

Volunteers sought

The Alvechurch Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is appealing for “community-minded people” to volunteer their time.

Lake saga continues

Parish councillors are continuing to press Network Rail to drain the “Lake of Alvechurch” at the rail station.

Monument anomaly

A boundary change within the parish of Lickey & Blackwell has thrown up an anomaly.

They want your votes!

Meet the candidates hoping to be elected MP for Bromsgrove in the General Election on May 7. . .

Amazing Gracie

A dog from Alvechurch won the “Scruffts” trophy at this year’s Crufts.

Village hall has new lease of life

Hopwood Village Hall, which turned 100 last year, has been given a new lease of life thanks to months of hard work from the new committee of trustees.

Village Views



Whoa! Hold on . . . don’t go away! We won’t even use the “P” word, if you prefer.  But how about the “D” word? Yes, that’s the one: “Disenfranchised.”

Lawton’s View

MAY 2015

Lawton's View May 2015

Sign makes us a little safer

On behalf of the Bordesley Residents Association, we would like to say a very big thank you to Andy Humphries and all at the Alvechurch Parish Council for providing Bordesley with a Vehicle Activated Sign.

Speeders ignore warning signs

I am fully in accordance with the comments made by Karen Hambleton in the April 2015 issue (Village Views).

Happy to live in misspelled close

We live on Althestan Close and personally have no interest in changing the name to Athelstan Close (“Street Name Slip-up”, The Village April 2015).

Labelling Redditch ‘the Bronx’ is village snobbery

I’ve just been reading the Village Views section in the April edition, and my eyes were drawn to the comments made by Tom Molloy of Alvechurch.

Remember this at the ballot box

At the Full Meeting of Bromsgrove District Council in February, the ruling Conservative Group agreed to pass on only a pathetic £87,000 in New Homes Bonus payments to local communities in the next year, despite the council receiving some £1.3 million in NHB payments from central Government (which includes back-dated payments from homes built in previous years).

What will stop people speeding?

Unfortunately, I fell victim to the mobile speed camera on the Old Birmingham Road in Bromsgrove just before Christmas. 

Village young are being priced out

It is well known that when, some 15 years ago, Mill Court in Alvechurch was put to tender, there was a plan for some affordable homes so that kids from the village had a chance to live near their folks.


The line-up for polling day on May 7 is starting to look quite interesting, both in the battle for the Bromsgrove seat in Parliament and among those competing to represent wards in the Bromsgrove District Council elections.

Well, our lake poses a risk to national security . . .

Reading The Village (News, March 2015) I can wholeheartedly sympathise with our near neighbours regarding the appearance of the “Lake of Alvechurch”.

Banging heads against the wall

It is interesting that Bromsgrove council is so concerned to preserve the Green Belt – which I am quite happy about – but is allowing waste meat to be brought in large crates in lorries on to the Balloon Site Field in Hopwood, transferred from the crates into huge open-topped lorries, in the open, before it is transported off the site, sometimes uncovered.

New roundabout danger

I read your recent article about the Newland Homes development. With 25 new homes in such a “landmark victory”, how many additional cars will be added to one of the most congested roundabouts in Bromsgrove?

How can a lack of facilities be thought a victory?

My wife and I are relatively new residents of The Oakalls – my wife was appointed as curate at St Godwald’s Church in 2013, and we moved to Verona Road in June of that year.

Lawton’s View

APRIL 2015

Lawton's View April 2015

Hewell history plea

I am researching family history in the UK and was wondering if there is a repository that holds information on staff that worked at Hewell Grange
around 1900 to 1919?


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Village Features

Bunny’s bomber bravery

Back in 2012 we printed the story of a Wellington bomber that crashed in Wythall during WWII, killing four of its crew. Two Village readers were inspired to learn more about the young New Zealand airman who died alongside his British comrades . . .

Merry mornings of May

Mary Green celebrates the turning point between spring and summer.

It’s all about contrast

Dave Morgan introduces the two very different gardens opening in Burcot for the first time under the National Gardens Scheme.

Look stunning for summer

Summer’s definitely on its way now, and Barnt Green salon BeautyBox has everything you need to get ready for the season.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was going on around here in May 2005.

A spicy celebration

Nearly one hundred guests, including civic dignitaries and customers, joined staff at Spice Valley Balti in Bromsgrove to mark the restaurant’s 15th anniversary.

A place for lace

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton enjoys a lace exhibition with a contemporary twist.

Bob’s book rocks back in time

Village cartoonist Bob Lawton has turned his hand to novel-writing.

A baptism of political fire

Alvechurch Baptist Church hosted all the candidates hoping to be your MP. Here’s what they had to say . . .

Venus to brighten up spring evenings

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

April stays dry and very warm

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Enjoy your May garden

Hannah Genders gets ready for a busy month planting flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Hello, summer!

Whatever else your garden means to you, at Fresh we think it should be a place to relax, unwind and enjoy some quality time with family and friends, writes Nicci Gow of Fresh @ Burcot Garden Centre.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

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

Bromsgrove businesses feel loved

A number of businesses across Bromsgrove have been feeling especially loved recently, following the announcement of results in an annual ‘Most Loved’ national competition.

Circle of friends

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton looks ahead to a spring exhibition.

Brightest and best

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Signs of spring

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Downsizing. . .  into the garden

Hannah Genders introduces one of her favourite projects – a garden to go with an eco-house.

New starts

Mary Green explores our symbols of new life in springtime.

Clean up your estate plan

Ensure your family is taken care of if the worst happens, writes Austin Broad.

200 years of canal history

As the canal that winds through the Village area celebrates its bicentenary, John Hemingway of the Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society provides a history of this important waterway.

You’ll love Lure

A Redditch beauty salon is living up to its name, attracting plenty of clients with its array of luxurious treatments.

A year of changes

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

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