Village News


Choir raises cash for inspirational founder

Alvechurch Community Choir is hoping to attract a large audience for a special concert in aid of one of its founders.

Blackwell path facing closure

Network Rail intends to close the “yellow brick road” foot crossing over the railway line at Blackwell and put a diversion in place, Lickey & Blackwell parish councillors heard.

Surgery campaign backing

Alvechurch Parish Council has decided to continue highlighting its concerns over the status of the village’s GP practice.

Red Lion smoking shelter approved

A new pub smokers’ shelter close to homes in the centre of Alvechurch has been approved despite strong objections from villagers.

Village toilet tussle

Barnt Green parish councillors are debating the possibility of having a new public toilet in the village, some fifty years after the previous one was closed.

Exploring the English language

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group that promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an array of intriguing events in 2017.

Museum of waxwings

A group of Bohemian Waxwings, known as a “museum”, was spotted in Lickey End recently.

‘Super’ pupils ready for fundraising fun

Alvechurch Middle School has been awarded “Super School” status by the Comic Relief team, thanks to its fundraising efforts in previous years.

Green Belt development rejected

An application to create a wider entrance on to a strip of land in Alvechurch has been rejected as inappropriate development in the Green Belt.

Evening of energetic music

Lickey Hills Community Theatre presents an evening of uplifting bluesy jazz on Sat March 18, at The Trinity Centre, Old Birmingham Road, Lickey.

Golf star’s incredible year

Young Barnt Green golfer Megan Langford has had an incredible year, including winning the Junior Open in Bristol and being crowned Junior Champion of Moseley Golf Club.

Help Hillfields to survive

Village animal-lovers are being asked to show their support for a local sanctuary that’s home to more than 300 furry friends.

Elderly exercise group forced out

A group of elderly villagers who attend a weekly mobility class have been forced to move from their original venue after it started charging for hire of the room.

Siena skis into top spot again

Barnt Green skiing ace Siena Horton is enjoying further success this season, winning the U16 Girls Slalom at the English Alpine Championships in Bormio, Italy.

Live well. . . drink well!

Pam Morley, of Aelfgythe Border Morris, reports on the group’s annual Wassail.

Twins win again!

Last year, eight-year-old Catshill twins Keira and Lara Bennett won our monthly competition. Because they had to share their prize, we said they could enter again – and now they’ve got a Mini Vinny each!

Increase in dog waste disposal costs

Alvechurch Parish Council is to pay £50 a week to have its 10 dog waste bins emptied.

Masons donate to Lounge

The Lounge youth project in Alvechurch was chosen to benefit from the Worcestershire freemasons’ tercentenary celebrations.

Speeding in Hopwood

62 hours of monitoring over eight months on Hopwood Hill by the Safer Roads Partnership found the average speed was 47.7mph, in a 40mph zone.

Train death investigation

British Transport Police are continuing to investigate the death of a 29-year-old Dublin woman who was hit by a train at Barnt Green station last month.

Nine new homes

Planners are being asked to approve nine new homes on a brownfield site in the Alvechurch Green Belt.

Villagers line up for fun run

Barnt Green is gearing up for a year of village events – first up is a Fun Run on May 7, which follows successful Sport Relief runs in previous years.

Picnic line-up grows

Plans for this year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park on Sunday May 28 are taking shape, with the latest news being the announcement of an MC for the day.

A bicycle built for two

A Cofton Hackett resident who cycles regularly despite being totally blind is seeking new partners to ride with him on his tandem.

Lines and litter

Two of the estate’s roads are sporting brand new yellow lines, after residents raised safety concerns with County Councillor Kit Taylor and Coun Caroline Spencer.

Wassailing through the Lickeys

A larger-than-ever crowd of revellers descended on the Lickey Hills for the annual Wassail, which took place on a clear dry evening and offered fun for all the family.

Have your say on transport plan

Village residents have until March 17 to have their say on Worcestershire’s new Transport Plan.

Logo plea to all ages

This month sees the launch of the latest Alvechurch Picnic in the Park logo competition – and this year it is open to all residents of Alvechurch parish, not just schoolchildren. 


Once again, Alvechurch Baptist Church was filled with trees decorated by village groups on the theme of a Christmas carol.

News year in the rain

Despite the filthy weather on New Year’s Day, the hardy Morris dancers and mummers of Alvechurch welcomed 2017 with their annual revels outside The Crown Inn and in The Square.

Latest naval tale

Barnt Green author Steve Dunn has released a new book, adding to his previous tales of First World War naval campaigns with the story of the Dover Patrol.

Boost for tower fund

The Bromsgrove Society has boosted a church’s rebuilding fund with a donation of £3,000.

Matthew meets Vinny

Seven-year-old Matthew Holmes, of Barnt Green, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our monthly competition!

Festive food collections

The girls and boys of Otters Scout Group in Bromsgrove donated boxes of food items to local charity Newstarts as part of a reverse advent calendar.

Lake view

Here’s a winter view over the natural beauty of Cofton Lake.

Mayfield meeting offered

Hopwood and Barnt Green district councillor Charlie Hotham is hoping a meeting including him and Alvechurch parish chairman Andy Humphries along with Worcestershire Regulatory Services over Mayfield Farm, Hopwood, will go ahead this month.

Tributes to parish clerk

Parish councillors in Alvechurch paid tribute to the contribution made to village life by their clerk for more than 10 years, Yvonne Goode, who died in December.

Concern over building plans

Plans to demolish Bear Hill House and build three new houses on the site above the village green in Alvechurch should be refused because the scheme would be “at odds” with the neighbouring Conservation Area, according to Brom­sgrove’s Conservation Officer.

Station upgrade at last?

Hopes have been raised that the car park at Alvechurch Station may be drained, resurfaced and marked out, as was intended during its upgrade.

Villager solves dog bin bother

A Barnt Green resident who complained about dog mess being dumped in the village has taken the initiative by arranging the installation of a new bin.


Village Views


Lawton’s View

MARCH 2017

Lawton's View March 2017


Mention “planning policy” in polite company and you can often see eyes glaze over before your very own.

Two-hour mystery

I am curious to know who has decided that the two long lay-bys near Hopwood services have been designated for two-hour parking only, and what the reasons are.

The big picture

Reading recent Village issues, I’ve been prompted to ponder on the so-called big picture. 

Sadness for Barnt Green

I moved to Barnt Green some months ago, and I have been so impressed by the warmth and friendliness of residents, and local businesses and services.

Dog dirt spoiling club for others

Alvechurch Cricket Club has increasingly become an entry to The Meadows for dog walkers, or in some cases just a drier version of The Meadows for dog owners to offer their dogs some exercise.

Lack of urgency in road closure

I am a resident of Cherry Hill Road, so I am enduring the heavy flow of traffic taking the shortest route around the Barnt Green road closure.

Carving through our idyll

I’m writing in reference to Mr and Mrs Partridge’s letter, “Bins protect our verges”, in February’s Village.

Bins protect our verges

Following on from the letter and photo from Mr Whitby in January’s Village, I too have enclosed a photo of our grass verge.

‘Nightmare’ of village traffic

As a long-standing resident of Barnt Green (22 years) I’ve noticed so many changes, from a lovely village location with a fabulous village school to an over-populated, car-ridden nightmare.

No regrets over Brexit and Trump

You will not be surprised to receive a response to the comment in the Village View in your January issue.


Almost 80 women turned out for the inaugural meeting of Barnt Green Women’s Institute in January – quite a success for any new venture.

Heartfelt thanks

I would like to sincerely thank all the wonderful people of Rowney Green and Alvechurch for the beautiful cards, letters and warm wishes received on the sudden tragic loss of my beloved son Julian.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Feb 2017


The end of an old year and start of a new one is normally a time of hope and optimism, but not this time.

Verging on the ridiculous

I have enclosed a photo of the damage caused by a Virgin Media road crew when they laid their cables along Middle Drive in Cofton Hackett.

Bin and gone

It beggars belief that Bromsgrove District Council wants folk to be nothing more than slave labour to carry bins to and from their abode.

It drives you crazy. . .

I heard recently that the Highway Code had been amended to the effect that it is no longer mandatory to give way to oncoming traffic when parked vehicles or other obstructions are on your side of the road.

I’ve bin tagged!

I read in your December magazine about Bromsgrove District Council’s plan to tag the bins of people who don’t recycle properly, and I thought I would share my recent experience.

New bin rules are a waste of space

Oh dear! This looks like an accident waiting to happen. I refer, of course, to your article in the December issue of The Village, entitled “The Bin Inspectors”.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Jan 2017


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Village Features

Spring-clean your drive

Now that spring is in the air, thoughts often turn to sprucing up your home – but don’t forget about the exterior!

Inspired by spirit of Six Nations

Kings Norton Rugby Club has been holding club social events in conjunction with the Six Nations Championship.

Eyes on prize at AFC

Alvechurch FC are on target for the league and cup double.

Change how you drink

Julie Ward, a qualified counsellor and coach with extensive experience in the treatment of alcohol-related issues, wants to spread the word that she now has offices located in Worcester, Kidderminster and Kings Norton as well as Bromsgrove.

Giant of the skies

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

One ice day of winter

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Sow seeds of summer

Hannah Genders suggests ways to get your garden ready for the year ahead.

Sunshine yellow

Mary Green celebrates the return of springlike colour.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was happening around here in March 2007.

Act now to claim your marriage allowance

Austin Broad advises on who can claim and how to do it.

Points are piling up

Alvechurch FC are leading the pack as promotion hopes rise.

Greek legends meet in February’s big sky

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Frost followed by mist

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Magic of Alhambra

Hannah Genders tours some unusual gardens while on a cycling holiday in Spain.

White on green

Mary Green explores the colours and traditions of February.

Prepare to save tax

Austin Broad suggests we make future plans as the tax year ends.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was happening around here in February 2007.

Care in the community

The owner of a new independent home care agency is keen to go “back to basics” by offering a traditional, person-centred care service.

Top-quality carpentry

With spring around the corner, thoughts often turn to home renovations – and trusting an established, family-run business is the best way to ensure you get a top-quality result.

Cruising in the Adriatic

Blackwell travel counsellor Jane Ward arranges an informal cruise.

A busy start to juniors’ season

Junior rugby at Kings Norton Rugby Club – based at Ash Lane, Hopwood – re-started for the new year on January 9, with most age groups in training.

It’s not just cricket!

Even some Barnt Green residents may not be aware that their village contains a hidden gem. . .

Bantock book bonanza

Some of our readers will recall the feature we ran in 2011 when author Gavin Bantock, who grew up in Barnt Green in the 1940s and 50s, launched a book about his eccentric family’s exploits and their memories of the village.

Success enables upgrade for club

A very successful autumn season has heralded further investment at Kings Norton Rugby Club.

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