The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, is inviting people to a local Macmillan fundraising event with a difference.
Two women from Barnt Green are preparing to raise vital funds for brain tumour research with a 10km Twilight Walk.
A new local club aimed at bringing disabled and able-bodied people together celebrated its official opening with a Strawberry Fair.
A Pet Blessing Service will be held at St Stephen’s Community Centre, Edgewood Road, Rednal on Saturday October 4.
More than 200 people attended the Burcot Village Hall Fete and Flower Show, warmly welcomed back after its absence last year.
Barnt Green is holding another community walk and pig roast after the success of last year’s event, hailed the “best in the county”.
A Barnt Green man will follow in the footsteps of elite Royal Marine Commandos as he takes on a gruelling challenge for charity.
If you’ve recently seen a car dressed like a sheep around the Village area, you’re not going mad – it’s just Baabaara, a 1998 Daihatsu Sirion, fresh from her triumph at Monte Carlo Or Bust 2014.
A group of intrepid cyclists took part in the inaugural ride of the new Alvechurch Bicycle Club, one of the innovations aimed at regenerating the village’s Sports & Social Club.
A group of 10 people connected to Hillscourt, the Lickey conference and wedding venue, took part in a charity bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation, raising just under £1,000 for the cause.
On July 18 and 19, people from Alvechurch Parish were invited to open days to comment and vote on some potential housing areas around the village. 114 people attended, writes Mary Green of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.
A Hopwood resident celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family – and of course, a card from the Queen.
Bromsgrove District Council has finally selected the members of a panel which will look into the Marlbrook Tip fiasco and hopefully find a lasting solution.
Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has asked local residents to “be patient” with its efforts to maintain Holy Trinity churchyard.
A fledgling village Neighbourhood Watch group has been left in limbo since January because no one at Worcestershire County Council seems able to give them permission to put up signs on lamp posts to identify the area they are watching.
A team from Rhythm Time, which offers educational music and sensory classes for babies and toddlers, has raised more than £1,300 for charity during a week of fundraising activities.
Village reader LaDonna Sears-Thomas sent us a fabulous photograph of the Andromeda Galaxy, which she captured in her back garden in Cofton Hackett.
As we went to press, artist Andy DeComyn was busy carving a giant apple from the remains of the fallen black poplar in The Meadows, Alvechurch.
Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid faced a room full of irate Alvechurch residents when he held a public forum in the village in August.
Despite the less-than-perfect weather, Blackwell Festival attracted plenty of residents, friends and neighbours for an afternoon of free fun and games.
Although the weather was a bit dodgy, some 60 cyclists turned out for the 17th annual charity cycle ride along the canal from Withybed Green in Alvechurch to Digliss Basin in Worcester.
Even before the season started, we had to deal with the challenges of the infamous fallen tree and the badly-damaged pavilion at the Hopwood Ground, writes Pete Gwilliam of Alvechurch & Hopwood Cricket Club.
Twenty five years ago, a group of Alvechurch men got together to perform a morris dance at the middle school summer fete.
A Bromsgrove woman who almost lost her life to a rare disease is cycling the length of Britain to raise funds for a charity that aims to help other sufferers survive.
An athlete from Blackwell battled mechanical problems as well as fellow competitors to become the National Triathlon Champion.
St Andrew’s First School in Barnt Green held an “Everything Is Awesome” Lego-themed summer fete – complete with a guest appearance by
Emmet, a favourite character from The Lego Movie.
The challenge of meeting the health needs of a growing community was highlighted at talks between the Alvechurch GP practice and village representatives.
The little hamlet of Withybed Green celebrated its fifth Withyfest on June 29, writes Mary Green.
Bordesley Residents Association is asking residents to send in photographs of the area to illustrate its new website.
Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council now has an official Parish Office at the Trinity Centre on Rose Hill for one day a week, following the settlement of a wrangle with Holy Trinity Church over hire fees.
An Alvechurch mother and daughter completed the annual Cancer Research UK Race for Life in Arrow Valley Park, Redditch, reaching their fundraising target of £500.
A team from Worcestershire Highways and partners Ringway helped improve the site access to the Alvechurch allotments off Old Rectory Lane, helped by plotholders including Angela Lee and Janet Daniels (above).
A group of children from Hopwood-based Kings Norton Rhinos Rugby Club have scaled Mount Snowdon, raising more than £1,000 for the charity Save the Rhino International.
Cofton Hackett youngster Josh Field is celebrating cycling success with a series of great performances.
The increasing problem of heavy goods vehicles thundering through Alvechurch is to be investigated by the village’s parish council.
Our villages are, in the main, brimming with community spirit, making them pleasant places to live.
One of the main talking points among villagers this month seems to be the problem of heavy goods vehicles using local roads and lanes.
I took this photograph on the morning after the stormy night of July 17.
We had some visitors to our back garden one evening: a mummy deer and her two babies.
I just wanted to let you know that the “Sunday Club” is still going on in The Meadows, with under-age drinking.
Why is it that a small group of men in Cofton Hackett insist on having garden bonfires during some of the hottest days of the year?
This is a copy of a letter sent to Worcestershire County Councillor June Griffiths and Road Safety and Highways officer John Fraser:
I wonder if I can get you to highlight a little area of concern for me and my husband, about inconsiderate neighbours who let their dogs bark incessantly.
As a concerned village businessman, I just wondered if there was anything that could be done about the parking in The Square – i.e. putting it back to two hours as it was before.
I was horrified to see the August edition of The Village on my doormat when I got home today. I am not normally one to speak up about such things but the cover shot really upset my family.
I write as West Mercia Police’s North Worcestershire Commander in relation to the recent traveller incursion on private land in Alvechurch.
The following is an exchange of emails prompted by Coun Luke Mallett’s letter in last month’s issue of The Village, “A tipping point”, regarding an inquiry into Marlbrook Tip.
Following the deer picture in the last issue, here’s one in my back garden, photographed through the window.
The Lickey Hills rangers work with a small band of volunteers to help them with the many and varied tasks that need tackling in a country park.
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