Village News


Rail path closed over ‘misuse’

A popular village walking route has been closed after Network Rail raised concerns over the safety of a foot crossing over a high-speed line.

Tardebigge goes back in time

A week of celebrations to mark the bicentenary of a village school.

I found Vinny!

Elaine Maughan, of Blackwell, was the latest winner of our monthly Vinny competition.

Credit isn’t due

In a local paper article about legal action to deter traveller encampments, Bromsgrove District Council cabinet member Kit Taylor is reported as saying: “This move not only means that our residents will be better protected, it reiterates that we will not tolerate illegal occupancy of land, anywhere.”

Solar power!

Bright sunshine rewarded the 60 or so cyclists who took part in the 18th annual charity cycle ride along the canal from Withy­bed Green in Alvechurch to Digliss Basin in Worcester.

Half-pipe plans

The removal of a recycling point at Tanyard Lane car park in Alvechurch prompted parish councillor Martin Ball to suggest the village’s mothballed skate ramp could be put there for youngsters to use over the summer.

Explore the neighbourhood

Residents of Lickey, Blackwell and Cofton Hackett are invited to join a Neighbourhood Plan event on Saturday September 12, exploring the footpaths, streets, buildings and landscapes to collect evidence for a historical environment survey.

New estate named

ÆlfgytheGardens was rejected as a suggested name for a new housing development in Alvechurch, with parish councillors fearing the worst after Saxon King Athelstan was mangled into “Althestan” Close for a recent development.

Angels’ adventure

Ark Angels WI from Alvechurch held its June meeting at Blackwell Adventure.

Coming soon to a screen near you!

Village film fans will have the chance to enjoy classic movies on the big screen as two new cinema experiences arrive in the area.

Skills for life at The Lounge

The Lounge youth project in Alvechurch has been registered as an ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) Training Centre, meaning it can now offer educational courses for young people.

Fangs ain’t where they used to be

A serpent sculpted out of a fallen village tree has been left toothless – and vandals are getting the blame.

Life’s a beach!

St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green brought a taste of the seaside to the landlocked Midlands with its PTA Summer Fete, with the theme “Barnt Green-On-Sea”.

A romantic haven

Village weatherman Phil Thomas took a break from his forecasts and visited a local Open Garden with his wife, Chris . . .

Magnificent seven

A septet of Withybed Green garden owners put their pride and joy on public display under the charitable National Gardens Scheme.

Barnt Green welcomes new clerk

Barnt Green Parish Council has a new clerk, Gill Lungley, of Hopwood.

Curry on fundraising

The 10th annual charity curry night at the Deedar Indian Restaurant in Barnt Green raised £3,505 for cancer research.

Losing the plots?

Council enforcement chiefs have decided it is not “expedient” to take action after investigating whether designated allotments were being used as a garden in Alvechurch.

Siena selected for England ski squad

Barnt Green youngster Siena Horton has been chosen to represent England in the Under 14 Alpine Ski Squad.

Week of wellbeing

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .

Aston Fields flasher alert

Police are investigating reports of a stocky man in grey shorts indecently exposing himself in Aston Fields.

Local legend’s musical legacy

Local legend and business entrepreneur Douglas Clark has used proceeds from his recent book to benefit children at his former school.

Challenge completed!

Students and staff from Hunter’s Hill Technology College in Blackwell are celebrating the completion of a triathlon challenge.

School superstars

Children at St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green were inspired by their teacher to help raise money for charity.

Help Rachel to help Nathalie

A Barnt Green resident who recently survived breast cancer is raising funds so that a Togolese woman with the same disease can have life-saving treatment.

Vinny winner

Kate Roberts, of Rednal, was the latest winner of our monthly Vinny competition – with a little help from three-year-old daughter Paige, who enjoyed meeting the real Vinny!

The magic of animals

Animal charity Cinnamon Trust invites you to a special fundraising event in Hanbury on Sun July 19.

Try your hand at carving stone

Forge Mill Museum and Apollo Community Arts are offering the opportunity to learn how to carve stone in a special two-day workshop.

Young talent makes debut

St Andrew’s Church in Barnt Green (B45 8NR) will once again host the Sinfonia of Birmingham on Sat July 11 at 7.30pm for an evening of orchestral music.

Lucky for some

Alvechurch resident Pam Davies found the number 13 was lucky for her as she won £7,500 on game show Deal or No Deal.

Digital volunteer sought

Alvechurch Historical Society is looking for a volunteer who would like to help scan some of its many interesting documents into a safe digital format.

Bus shelter request

Villagers are requesting a bus shelter at the corner of Old Rectory Lane in Alvechurch.

Skatepark wanted by teens

A skatepark is what young Alvechurch teenagers would like to see in the village.

Table toppers

Alvechurch & Hopwood Cricket Club’s 1st XI are celebrating being top of the Worcestershire County League Division 3, having enjoyed a great season so far.

Celebration of classical music

The Orchestra of St John’s fourth annual MusicFest takes place in St John’s Church, Bromsgrove over the weekend of July 18 and 19.

Village Views



The electrification of the railway line between Bromsgrove and Barnt Green has already caused considerable upheaval and inconvenience in some of our villages.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View August 2015

Sajid’s progress?

In your November 2014 edition’s News Round Up you reported that Sajid Javid MP had met with Alvechurch residents to discuss the problem of traveller incursions.

Mayflower sinks

It is with the deepest regret that I announce the closure of the Mayflower Over 60s Group in Alvechurch.

Pavement parkers do not think of others

I was interested in the articles “Pavements are for people, not motorists” and the Village View in the July issue of The Village.

Fancy a year Down Under?

G’day Editor – I am hoping there is someone out there who may be interested in a 12-month house swap with us out here in Australia.

Hang ‘em high!

Watch out, watch out, there are hanging basket thieves about!

Elthebald at the ready

So, there is to be another new housing development in Alvechurch, presumably needing a new road name.

Pavements are for people, not motorists

The “Think Bike!” campaign has done a lot to increase the safety of those using motor bikes, scooters and bicycles on our roads.

Lawton’s View

JULY 2015

Lawton's View July 2015


We agree wholeheartedly with our correspondent about the menace of pavement parkers. Why people decide it’s better to block the path rather the road is beyond our understanding.

Cornish skies

Village reader Dr SB Vohra, of Cofton Hackett, sent us some atmospheric photos from a trip to Cornwall.

Athelstan should be celebrated and not misspelled

Of course the council should correct its misspelling of Althestan Close in Alvechurch (“Street name slip-up”, The Village April 2015).

The lynx effect

I think I have just seen a lynx in your village. I have just returned from a stag do (I stopped drinking last night, so I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the alcohol) for which we rented a canal boat and had an absolutely incredible time.

Generosity helps Nepal

I’d like to thank all those who gave so generously to the collection for the Nepal Earthquake Disaster Appeal, organised by the Rotary Club of North Worcestershire.

‘Bronx’, ‘snobs’ . . . what next?

I refer to the letter from Neil Mortiss about labelling Redditch “the Bronx” (Village Views May 2015).


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Village Features

Family fun in the holidays

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton tells us what’s on at Avoncroft.

Stay up to see Saturn

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

Home and away

Mary Green compares flora and fauna from both near and far.

It’s a wrap!

Austin Broad looks at the benefits of using a ‘wrap’ for investments.

25 acres of gardens for your photos

With its idyllic setting at the foot of the famous Lickey Hills, Hillscourt has become an increasingly popular wedding venue in recent years and prides itself on providing top quality service at affordable prices.

Add sparkle to your wedding!

With almost seven decades’ experience in the jewellery business, Cupitt Jeweller of Bromsgrove is the perfect place to purchase wedding jewellery for the perfect day.

Special outfits for special occasions

Whether you’re a bridesmaid, mother of the bride or a wedding guest, you will find a host of gorgeous outfits to choose from at Continental Collection.

Hot, humid and changeable

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Summer jobs

Hannah Genders on how to care for your garden during August.

Village brides

We asked local brides who got married recently to send their pictures in. . .

Make your day special

A selection of great local ideas for planning the day of your dreams.

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

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

Ready to glow

With its array of luxurious treatments, Lure Beauty in Redditch will have no trouble enticing clients old and new this summer.

Looking to the future

Cupitt Jewellers is something of a Bromsgrove institution, with a well-deserved reputation for quality products and excellent service – and after almost 70 years in business, the family firm is looking to the future with some exciting new developments.

Rooms with a view

Two luxury village nursing homes are creating a buzz in the West Midlands.

Feast of flowers

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton looks forward to a floral art display.

Serpents in the sky

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

A slow start to summer

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

The fields time forgot . . .

Mary Green investigates some ancient meadows and verges.

Where history is fun!

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings in Bromsgrove offers a host of events and activities to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays.

Blackwell’s Wild Wets!

The day before the summer solstice might seem a good choice for an outdoor festival . . .

Life beyond Chelsea

Hannah Genders admires gardens that will continue to delight long after the show’s over.

The value of art

An Alvechurch exhibition will showcase affordable art, writes Dave Morgan.

Don’t prepare to fail in financial planning

Choose your financial adviser wisely for maximum benefit, writes Austin Broad.

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