Village News


Lecture celebrates Longbridge legend

The 30th Bromsgrove Lecture will take place on Tuesday March 22 at 7.30pm at Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School.

Wreathing the rewards

Lickey resident Verity Smith has raised £1,134 for charity by running a series of festive wreath-making workshops.

Puppets pop in for show

Residents at The Lawns care home in Alvechurch were kept well entertained in the run-up to Christmas.

Mini Vinny winner

Sue Gould of Lickey End was the first competition winner to receive a “Mini Vinny”, a smaller replica of our office mascot!

Tale of two Jeremys

The New Year’s Day mummers play in Alvechurch offered topical characters to cheer or boo, before the Morris dancers took the floor.

Parking problems

When Barnt Green Parish Council asked if police could help with anti-social parking, PCSO Stuart Taylor provided an illuminating outline of the complexities involved.
Here is an abridged version . . .

Picnic with the Bard

Plans are afoot to give this year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park a Shakespearean theme, marking 400 years since the Bard’s death.

Winter wonders

The extremes of the British winter were captured on camera by two Alvechurch readers.

Mongolia or bust!

A crushed car is just one more obstacle in an extreme rally challenge.

Spot anyone you know?

Villagers enjoyed a New Year masked ball at a decked-out Alvechurch Village Hall.

Double delight

Rowney Green twins Harrison and Jacob Knight helped their team, Solihull Cycle Club, to a gold medal in the British Cycling National Cyclocross Championships.

Village crime report

PC Simon Albutt gave Alvechurch parish councillors the crime statistics for their patch for 2015.

Sign up now for Barnt Green Mile

If you’ve not yet signed up for the Barnt Green Sport Relief Mile, there’s still time!

Don’t miss out on elegant evening

If you want to dance the night away in Barnt Green, tickets for the Village May Ball are still available.

Hidden stream runs beneath Barnt Green

A little-known water course has been traced running through the centre of Barnt Green.

New hall ‘next spring’

Plans for a new village hall in Cofton Hackett are reaching an advanced stage, with the project due to be completed by spring next year.

Festive lights switch-on ‘a debacle’

Barnt Green’s Christmas lights switch-on is going to be revamped after the last one turned into “a little bit of a debacle”.

Parish backs junction plan

Barnt Green Parish Council has given the thumbs-up to a property developer’s efforts to get villagers’ backing for their plans.

Villages caught in wake of rail upgrade

Frustration is mounting as villagers try to keep track of the problems being left across the area by Network Rail.

‘Church on the road

Alvechurch FC fans set off from Lye Meadow for their team’s crunch top-of-the-table away match against Hereford in the Midland League Premier Division.

More name shame

Further indignity has been heaped upon the memory of poor old King Athelstan, the revered Saxon monarch whose name was scrambled by Bromsgrove District Council to create Althestan Close in Alvechurch. . .

Parking solutions

Barnt Green Parish Council is to help to set up a PACT (Partners and Communities Together) for Barnt Green after the idea was suggested as a way of combatting anti-social parking in the village.

Band brings festive cheer

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

On song for the Lounge

Alvechurch band Dirty Brass will perform a charity gig in aid of The Lounge youth project on Sat Feb 27, at Alvechurch Village Hall.

O Christmas Tree…

Village groups got together to create a display of decorated trees.

Youth charity seeks volunteers

Children’s charity Mentor Link provides long-term one-to-one social and emotional support to vulnerable and distressed children.

Win a Mini Vinny!

Our Vinny-spotters are getting younger! The latest winner of our monthly competition was two-year-old Olivia Roulston of Lickey End.

Group enjoys tour of famous factory

Nearly thirty members of the local Kingfisher Probus club recently enjoyed a guided tour of the JCB factory near Uttoxeter.

Superb selection of concerts

Bromsgrove Concerts continues its 53rd season in the new year, with all concerts taking place at Bromsgrove’s Artrix on Fridays at 8pm.

Novel plan to get car park built

Alvechurch rail users are being urged to report any accidents at the station in the village.

60 years of service

A combined total of 60 years of service to the Alvechurch Almshouses was recognised at a recent presentation to three retiring trustees.

Ringing for 200

Bell ringers at St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, helped to celebrate 200 years since the official opening of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal by joining in a peal of bells along the canal’s length.

Cleaning up Barnt Green

Two Barnt Green schoolboys have come up with a novel way to help their community while working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Ready to run!

With Christmas over and New Year resolutions to stick to, it’s the perfect opportunity to work towards a running event in Barnt Green.

Home to roost at last

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Village Views



Readers may remember our contemplation towards the end of last year of all the “bungling” going on around us.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View February 2016


2015 has been quite a year around here; peering back from the vantage point of December, it looks like a turning point ... a time when the faces of many of our villages changed forever. 

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View January 2016

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View Dec 2015


Last month’s Village View about the problem of parents parking outside schools across our area has stirred debate, not least in the offices of
The Village magazine.

Leighton leads?

Do any of your readers know where the late actress, Margaret Leighton, used to reside in Barnt Green?

School governor sought

A vacancy has arisen for a new co-opted governor at Crown Meadow First School, Alvechurch. The term of office is four years.

It pays to go local

I recently bought a new car, but the insurance companies I found on the internet wanted an extortionate fee to insure it, so I didn’t drive it for three months as I couldn’t afford the cost.

Don’t leave donkey work to the few

After reading the latest edition of The Village, I felt compelled to write to you regarding the most recent Parklands/Oakalls event, the Christmas carol service, which I am sure will be shown in full colour in the next issue.

Put dogs on lead to show respect

I am a recently bereaved parent of a baby boy and visit St Laurence Church graveyard in Alvechurch regularly.

Wreath woe

On reading your December magazine I was disappointed to read that you had Dave laying a wreath for Neighbourhood Watch, when he was laying it for the Ex-Services men and women of the village, of which he is a member.

That’s my Dad!

In the photograph at the top of page 39 of the December issue, the boy on the extreme left, frowning and closest to the camera, is my father, Leonard Francis.

Come and dig the beat

Banda Sem Nome, the Alvechurch Samba Band, is welcoming new members.  

Keep access clear

Would it be too much to ask that drivers stop blocking the access of residents of The Square in Alvechurch? This is provided by a drive adjacent to parking in front of the Co-op.

Parking is a blight

I am surprised that the Barnt Green Parish Council feel they need to sit on the fence (The Village, December 2015) with regard to the selfish parking that blights our village.


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Village Features

Love your local businesses . . .

Whether you’re planning a small, intimate wedding or the party of the year, it pays to stay local – the businesses on your doorstep are in the perfect position to offer a friendly and personalised service.

Vintage village wedding!

A village bride tells how local businesses helped to make her 1940s-style wedding a reality.

Get ready for spring

Hannah Genders suggests jobs that need doing in February.

Layers of tradition

Whether you need to keep livestock corralled or just want your boundary to look tidier, a traditionally-laid hedge provides a sturdy and natural-looking solution – and this is the ideal time of year to call in the expert.

Parish pathfinders

Ray Yarnell, of Alvechurch Village Society’s footpaths group, pays tribute to a stalwart member and calls for new volunteers.

Local and special

Mary Green takes a look at sites protected under the Wildlife Trust.

Win boosts title hopes

Stephen Denny reports on a League victory for Alvechurch FC.

Back to ‘normal’ with frosty spell

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Size matters in solar system and beyond

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Time to make the most of a system still in flux

There’s plenty to do after two budgets, writes Austin Broad.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

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

Make a start with affordable art

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton suggests buying art in a gallery.

Plain sailing with Jane

Blackwell travel counsellor Jane Ward arranges an Aegean cruise.

Special places

Mary Green points out some of our protected wildlife spots.

Give a welcome to wildlife

Hannah Genders advises on how to make gardens more diverse.

Reward for early risers

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Where are the winter chills?

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

The perfect gift to start a financial education

Austin Broad outlines a simple way to give lasting value.

Matthew heads for the States

A Bromsgrove School pupil has been chosen to participate in a prestigious student initiative in America.

From little acorns. . .

Whether at the Toddler Group, Pre-School, Nursery or Reception, RGS pupils are nurtured and cared for with a high level of attention, giving them the most secure foundations.

Learning through play

The Woodhouse Nursery at Winterfold House School in Chaddesley Corbett takes babies from six weeks and it is always a hive of activity.

The trouble with ‘buy to let’

Former PwC and Deloitte tax adviser Andrew Crowe considers the recent tax changes affecting buy-to-let landlords.

Wealth of W.I. history

When Finstall Women’s Institute began in 1937, its founding members surely could not have realised that their meticulous records would still survive almost eight decades later.

The Dodderhill family

The benefits of transitioning from junior to senior independent education explained.

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