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Hunt the hedgehog

Cordelia Lee, a 10-year-old Alvechurch resident, was the latest winner of a Mini Vinny in our competition.


The Merrie Meadows!

This year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park had an ‘Olde Englande’ theme to mark Shakespeare’s 400th birthday. . . and there were plenty of other attractions, too.


Tea parties for the elderly

A village group is aiming to help isolated elderly people by offering monthly tea parties where they can reconnect or make new friends in their own community.


Barnt Green’s big weekend

After watching neighbouring villages hold successful Open Gardens events each year, Barnt Green has decided to get in on the act for 2016 – and it’s going one step further by hosting a weekend of charitable community events.


A dozen delights in Alvechurch

A dozen gardens will be open for the National Gardens Scheme in Alvechurch on Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26.


Hospice garden is ‘People’s Choice’

Primrose Hospice in Bromsgrove has won two prestigious awards for its first-ever entry at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.


Concern for road safety

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .


Could you host French students?

A Cofton Hackett resident who has hosted visiting French students for the past three years is encouraging more people to get involved.


Church school’s unique history

Barnt Green’s village school has a unique claim to fame – it has been discovered that St Andrew’s is the only church school in the country to be founded in the Queen’s birth year, 1926.


Bollard victory

A story in The Village about the missing bollards in the centre of Barnt Green has prompted Severn Trent – which parish councillors say removed three of the bollards when attending to a water leak – into agreeing to pay £600 for replacements.


Family’s fun day

A Cofton Hackett family who raise funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital with an annual fun day for friends and family are hoping to make this year’s event even bigger.


Tree officer to investigate claim

Bromsgrove District Council’s Tree Officer is investigating claims that a tree protection order for land on Cherry Hill Road, Barnt Green, has been breached.


Calls for lower speed limit in village centres

An Alvechurch parish councillor is urging residents to ask County Councillor June Griffiths to consider lowering the speed limit through village centres in the parish to 20mph.


Hats off to Fin!

Just over a year after young Alvechurch fundraiser Finlay Church broke the Guinness World Record for the longest line of teddy bears, his family and friends paid tribute to him by smashing another record.


Charlie chases ‘freehold farrago’

Barnt Green Councillor Charlie Hotham has vowed to “keep chasing” Bromsgrove District Council to secure the freehold lease on its new premises.


Rail footbridge hope

A railway footbridge costing around £1 million is now the likely solution to the closure of the popular village footpath skirting Cofton Hackett and Barnt Green.


Renowned producer gives talk at Artrix

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group that promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents a screening of Cathy Come Home and a talk by its producer Tony Garnett at Artrix on Sun June 5.


Hats off to Fin!

The family and friends of Alvechurch schoolboy and fundraiser extraordinaire Finlay Church are asking villagers to support another world record attempt in his memory.


Lounge volunteers step into the breach

The Lounge youth and community venue in Alvechurch has been given a boost by a swathe of volunteers stepping forward to help manage it.


Taking on Three Peaks

Students from Hunters Hill Technology College in Blackwell are in training for the arduous Three Peaks Challenge this summer, raising money for their school.


Charity ride called off

An annual charity cycle ride has come to an end after 18 years of fundraising because of participants failing to donate to charity, according to organisers.


Got to sing!

Members of a new Bromsgrove choir celebrated a huge turnout on its opening night.


Village doesn’t need vigilantes

Calls for villagers to organise their own crime patrols after a “spike” in incidents have left police bemused.


A very handy achievement

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .


’Church’s big day

By the time you read this article,  we’ll probably know whether or not Alvechurch FC have achieved their dream of promotion to step 4 of the Midland Football League.


Sharp-eyed siblings

Sharp-eyed Cofton Hackett siblings Bram and Bunny Howdle, aged one and three, were the latest winners of a Mini Vinny in our competition.


Alvechurch art on show in Barnt Green

A group of artists who attend Pam’s Art Class each week in Alvechurch Village Hall displayed samples of their work to a wider audience with an exhibition and sale in Barnt Green.


Top award for local Scout

A Bromsgrove Scout was presented with a top award by international adventurer and Chief Scout Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle.


Extreme survival in Africa

A Cofton Hackett paramedic and two of her colleagues have signed up for a gruelling survival challenge in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance.


Lorna’s royal reward

A Rednal resident enjoyed the experience of a lifetime when she was chosen to receive Maundy Money from the Queen.


Trio of books by villagers

Three local authors have published new works.


Musicians call in

Members of Alvechurch’s professional orchestra, The Midland Sinfonia, thanked Burcot Grange care home in Blackwell for its sponsorship by performing for residents.


Festival fun for everyone

Don’t forget that the Alvechurch Picnic in the Park takes place on Sunday May 1 in The Meadows, with a Shakespearean theme.


Ben runs again

Ben Ascott, owner of Ben’s Lickey Hills Fish Bar and Ben’s Pizza & Pasta Bar in Cofton Hackett, will be running the London Marathon this year, raising money for Leukaemia CARE in memory of his father.


Gary’s leap of faith

A passion for a family charity has led one of its volunteers to sign up for a fundraising parachute jump in June.


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Lawton’s View

JUNE 2016

Lawton's View June 2016


THE VILLAGE VIEW

There are many recurring themes of village life, almost all of them positive. Many of us have, tucked away at the back of our minds, the idea that we don’t suffer the negatives of city life and have instead only to step a few hundred yards to be in countryside or to find special views across beautiful landscapes.


THE VILLAGE VIEW

People make a place, no matter how pleasant the surroundings. So it has been uplifiting to see, first, the swell of support at a public meeting in March to highlight the plight of a crisis-hit youth and community project in Alvechurch, and then to find that had crystallised into people stepping forward to offer their help.


Lawton’s View

MAY 2016

Lawton's View May 2016


Racing through Rowney Green

I was interested to read the letter regarding the traffic in Alvechurch. As a resident in Rowney Green and horse owner I have never seen such a change in the traffic on Rowney Green Lane.


Capturing the beauty of our villages

I have taken some photos in the village area for your consideration. I hope you like them.


High speeds are not acceptable

Your correspondent Michael Lewis is right about speeding, with folk flooring their cars in order to get to work on time.


Cameras required to quell speeding

The residents of Weatheroak have been lobbying every official body for a decade or more regarding speeding traffic. 


Leave pavements for people and prams

It strikes me that the footways are just wide enough for people, prams, scooters and dogs on leads. . .


Walls have ears

The village of Alvechurch is renowned for its gossips and we certainly get plenty going on for them to talk about!


Thanks, The Village!

Thank you very much for including the information about the new G. E. M. S. Club in The Village magazine.


Village race track

The speeds around Alvechurch are getting so bad. Outbound towards Redditch at night it’s just like a race track.


Where is action on speeding traffic?

Regarding your “10 Years Ago” article in last month’s Village, where the police had pledged to crack down on speeding traffic in Alvechurch. . . well, where are they?


THE VILLAGE VIEW

So, there will be no Alvechurch Alight festival this year, and perhaps never again, for the sake of a couple of thousand pounds.


Lawton’s View

APRIL 2016

Lawton's View April 2016


Raptor rapture

We are used to seeing many small birds in our garden each morning, but today we were visited by one of the two raptors that we normally see circling high in the sky above the field at the bottom of the garden.


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Village Features

Musical mystery solved

The history of a fondly-remembered village band from the swinging sixties.


Make a positive change

There are many options available for those wanting to make a positive change in their lives, including life coaching, hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).


Advanced scan for eye health

Don Williams of Eye Opticians explains how early diagnosis means a better prognosis.


Cupitt celebrates 70 years

Bromsgrove jeweller marks its ‘platinum anniversary’ with a very special range of hand-crafted engagement rings.


Probus group learns pottery history

Members of the Kingfisher Probus Group recently visited Middleport Pottery at Burslem; the home of Burleigh ware and of BBC2’s The Great Pottery Throw Down, writes Malcolm Shine.


A summer of English song

St Bartholomew’s Church at Tardebigge (B60 3AH) hosts the popular Celebrating English Song series at 3pm on three Sunday afternoons this summer, featuring a starry collection of performers.


The power of the sun

We have had a few lovely days of weather already this year, tantalising us with a taste of what we all hope will be a summer filled with plenty of sunshine and not too many showers, writes Nicci Gow.


Centre stage

Hannah Genders celebrates the diversity of the Malvern Show.


The beauty of Barnt Green

Mary Green explores two special wildlife places at the village edge.


Ensure you’re insured for the ‘what ifs’ of life

Self-employed should think about their cover, writes Austin Broad.


Stars out in force as Tim touches down

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.


Sinfonia visits Barnt Green

St Andrew’s Church in Barnt Green (B45 8NR) will once again host The Sinfonia of Birmingham for an evening of orchestral music under the baton of Mike Seal, Assistant Conductor of the CBSO.


AFC’s super season

Alvechurch FC looks to the future after a successful season.


Village Archive: 10 years ago…

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


Transform your floor

Smart new flooring is a simple way to update the look of your home, whether it’s carpet, vinyl or laminate – and a family business in Rubery promises to make the whole experience a pleasure.


Damp days and spring showers

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.


The Queen of climbers

May! What a glorious month! Spring is well underway and the delicious promise of summer is tantalisingly close, writes Nicci Gow.


Hearts of oak

Mary Green explains the importance of oak trees in England.


Garden festival

Hannah Genders prepares a stage garden for the Malvern Show.


Meteors and Mercury brighten May nights

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.


Pension freedoms make for tax-efficient saving

A Lamborghini may not be the wisest option, writes Austin Broad.


Paul’s Wilde life

Keith Woolford chats to fellow photographer Paul Wilde about his ‘all consuming’ hobby.


Come and join our club!

Open Day offers the chance to try your hand at a range of racquet sports.


New look, same friendly faces

For most new businesses, their first task is to establish themselves in the area and build up a relationship with customers – but for Alvechurch Insurance Services, this part is already done.


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