Village News


Lights of Longbridge

The second Longbridge Light Festival was extremely well attended on a wonderfully clear evening, with lots to see and do.

Join the Scouting adventure!

Can you build a den? Do you enjoy being in the outdoors?

Signing up for sponsorship

The signs are looking good for an Alvechurch youth team thanks to a kit sponsorship deal with major Birmingham firm Hollywood Monster.

Spooky celebrations

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Coffee morning for Katy

Mothers from Lickey Hills Primary School who are fund-raising for a fellow mum’s cancer treatment are hosting another coffee morning in December.

Festival trees shine again

The time is almost here! From Sunday December 11 to Sunday December 18, Alvechurch Baptist Church will be lit up with Christmas trees, decorated through the words of a carol by organisations and groups from around the village.

Win a Vinny for Christmas!

Seven-year-old Scarlet Powell, of Alvechurch, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our competition!

Teens tackle food poverty

Members of a Barnt Green church youth group explain how they are helping those in need at Christmas.

Silent reflection

Alvechurch villagers observed the two-minute silence on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Behind the ‘blockade’

The Barnt Green to Bromsgrove rail corridor is now “electrification-ready” after a 12-day closure, with a full timetable of increased services due to begin in May 2018.

Frustration over tip talks

Frustration over the lack of progress in resolving the Marlbrook Tip debacle continues after Bromsgrove District Council cancelled the latest meeting to update residents.

Sam squashes all-comers

Cofton Hackett squash star Sam Osborne-Wylde proved he’s at the top of his game by winning the British Junior Squash Championships in the Under 13 age group.

Disease outbreak on Lickeys

The Lickeys have been hit by a new outbreak of the fungal disease phytophthora that could devastate the country park if left unchecked.

Dogs on leads proposal

Barnt Green Parish Council is to reconsider a plea to make owners keep their dogs on leads on the public playing fields in the village.

Clash over memorial garden

Blackwell First School has proposed that Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council takes over the maintenance of Jen’s Place, the memorial garden in the field opposite the school.   

Light stars

Five St Andrew’s First School pupils received certificates for winning a Barnt Green Parish Council competition to have their designs made into Christmas lights for the village, judged and funded by Cala Homes.

Diversion plea to motorists

Villagers have been urged to be considerate to fellow residents as they find routes around major road closures due to begin in Barnt Green in the New Year.

The bin inspectors

Bromsgrove District Council will soon be rummaging through villagers’ green bins in a bid to improve the way we recycle rubbish, according to a local district councillor.

Nicola books her place

Nicola Cocker has been appointed library manager for Alvechurch and Wythall, after Alyson Williams retired in the summer.

Skiffle for Pudsey

Alvechurch skiffle group The 6-5 Specials performed live on BBC Midlands Today during the annual Children in Need night.

Youth jazz musicians in concert

Following the success of last year’s event, the Rotary Club of Redditch are reprising their Christmas fundraising concert.

Saddle up for Wild West panto!

Buckle up and get ready to shout yee-ha – Alvechurch Dramatic Society are headed to the wild Wild West! 

Triathlete set for success

Barnt Green elite triathlete Alex Moran will be training hard this winter after qualifying for next year’s European Duathlon Championships.

‘Absolute mayhem’

Villagers have been warned to expect “absolute and total mayhem” during the year-long construction of a new roundabout.

Barnt Green’s aces

Barnt Green Tennis Club’s end-of-season finals day saw some keenly fought matches as players tussled for the trophies.

The oak-falls!

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Golf giants

The West Midlands League team of Kings Norton Golf Club, Alvechurch, celebrated winning the trophy for the second time in three years.

Lights bring villages to life

Christmas starts here. . . with a look at a few of the events happening in our area.

‘Human hamsters’ haul in cash

A Blackwell firefighter and a paramedic from Cofton Hackett helped their colleagues raise almost £9,000 for three charities by becoming “human hamsters” for a day.

Into the Valley of Death . . .

A Hopwood fundraiser is gearing up for his biggest challenge yet – cycling 260 miles across America’s Death Valley.

Twin win

Eight-year olds Lara and Keira Bennett, of Catshill, were our second set of twins in a row to win a Mini Vinny in our competition!

Parish office move

Alvechurch parish councillors decided at their October meeting to press ahead with negotiations to move to a new office away from the centre of the village.

Seat of history

Parish councillors have decided to remove a wall framing the bench sculptures on Alvechurch’s village green.

Ski star represents country

Barnt Green ski star Siena Horton has been selected to represent Great Britain in the U16 Alpine Ski Team.

Improvement at last

The ugly concrete blocks at the side of Station Road, Alvechurch, have gone, to be replaced by smart safety railings two years after the station reopened.

Village Views



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.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Dec 2016

Deer, deer, deer . . .

This year we have had three deer feasting on the apple-fall in our garden.

Anonymous views

We don’t agree with the inclusion in The Village of letters from people who wish to hide beneath a cloak of anonymity. 

Church has own cash

In response to your “Church needs council money” story in The Village (November 2016), it seems strange that a church (St Michael’s), being part of one of the wealthiest organisations in the country and a charity (therefore, does not pay tax itself) feels put out at not receiving parish council money, which comes from the tax payer.

Mother Nature needs a helping hand

I enjoy Mary Green’s articles and appreciate the time and work she puts into her contributions to The Village


‘With the Bordesley Bypass now little more than a distant dream . . .” Ah, now there was a thing.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View November 2016

Excuses let residents down

Once again the residents of Hopwood have been let down by Worcestershire Regulatory Services. Those people want to come and live here; they would soon change their tune.

Speed suggestions

October’s Village magazine featured another letter about the traffic issues in Alvechurch and there are comments on traffic in the Neighbourhood Plan.

Church needs council money

I was very disappointed and sad to read in the October Village that Barnt Green Parish Council had turned down the request from St Michael’s Church for an annual sum of £250 for maintenance of its churchyard.


It’s been a busy start to autumn, with a cornucopia of events taking place at villages across the area, as you will see in the pages of this magazine.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View October 2016

More litter louts

For the second day running I have picked up two lots of litter in The Meadows, left by irresponsible. . . I do not know what to call them without swearing.

Pinch-point would save cash

The other morning at about 12.30am a car had a near miss on the bends south of Alvechurch, taking out the two bollards and putting debris all over the road.

Car park concern

I am disappointed to read in successive editions of The Village that the car park at Alvechurch train station has still not been drained, resurfaced with Tarmac and marked with spaces, including for disabled drivers.

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Village Features


Mary Green explores our native Scots pine, juniper, holly and yew.

Cup exits and new faces

Alvechurch FC boosts its squad after recent competition losses.

Supermoon rides high

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Colder and wetter

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Should you phase your investments?

Austin Broad explains the decisions to be made in a volatile market.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was happening around here in December 2006.

Christmas at BeautyBox

At BeautyBox in Barnt Green, Christmas isn’t the only celebration on the cards. . .

A garden for Finlay

Hannah Genders adds planting to a very special creative project.

Rail pioneers remembered

Bromsgrove station commemorates two engineers who brought the railway to life.

Gifts of words and music

Works by village authors and musicians make perfect Christmas present ideas.

Songs for the season

A Lickey End composer of Christian music has produced a seasonal CD with the help of local schoolchildren.

Spirit of Christmas

Plan the perfect Yuletide with our guide to village festive services.

The oaks of Crete

Hannah Genders explores an ancient forest in the mountains.


Mary Green describes the wildlife of our roads, canals and footpaths.

Distant galaxy on view

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Dry and mild so far

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Getting older and working longer

Austin Broad explains the importance of planning finances for retirement.

Excitement of tag rugby

Kings Norton Rugby club kicked off this season’s local schools festivals and activities with a fun Tag Rugby event, for children in years 5 and 6 from eleven nearby schools.

AFC in seventh heaven

Alvechurch FC cruise into next round of cup with 7–0 victory.

Stitched with love

Artrix in Bromsgrove was full of colourful creations when Avoncroft Young Embroiderers held a Stitch Day in the foyer.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was happening around here in November 2006.

Never forgotten

Blackwell resident Philip Denyer tells of the efforts to ensure his great-great uncle is remembered.

It’s time to sparkle!

Whether you’re three or ninety-three, the thing we all love about Christmas is the sparkle, writes Nicci Gow.

Where the streets have new names

Following the recent controversy over ‘Hopping Bob Street’, Anne Humphries looks into the history of some of Alvechurch’s road names.

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