Village News


Afternoon tea at Hillscourt

The NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, is inviting people to a local Macmillan fundraising event with a difference.

Twilight walk for brain tumour research

Two women from Barnt Green are preparing to raise vital funds for brain tumour research with a 10km Twilight Walk.

Fun for all abilities

A new local club aimed at bringing disabled and able-bodied people together celebrated its official opening with a Strawberry Fair. 

Bless your pets

A Pet Blessing Service will be held at St Stephen’s Community Centre, Edgewood Road, Rednal on Saturday October 4.

Fete bounces back

More than 200 people attended the Burcot Village Hall Fete and Flower Show, warmly welcomed back after its absence last year.

Barnt Green set for ‘best walk’

Barnt Green is holding another community walk and pig roast after the success of last year’s event, hailed the “best in the county”.

Going commando in the Highlands

A Barnt Green man will follow in the footsteps of elite Royal Marine Commandos as he takes on a gruelling challenge for charity.

Baabaara’s big trip

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.

Sociable cycling

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.

We heart cycling

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.

Potential housing sites: how you voted

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.

Celebrating her century

A Hopwood resident celebrated her 100th birthday with friends and family – and of course, a card from the Queen.

Tip panel members picked

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.

‘Patience’ plea over graveyard

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council has asked local residents to “be patient” with its efforts to maintain Holy Trinity churchyard.

Crime-watch signs snub

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.

Charity challenge

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.

Andromeda over Cofton

Village reader LaDonna Sears-Thomas sent us a fabulous photograph of the Andromeda Galaxy, which she captured in her back garden in Cofton Hackett.

The big apple

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.

Sajid to act over traveller camps

Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid faced a room full of irate Alvechurch residents when he held a public forum in the village in August.

Blackwell’s big day out

Despite the less-than-perfect weather, Blackwell Festival attracted plenty of residents, friends and neighbours for an afternoon of free fun and games.

Riders in the rain

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.

Cricket season in full swing

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.

25 years of ‘The Morris’

Twenty five years ago, a group of Alvechurch men got together to perform a morris dance at the middle school summer fete.

Survivor’s epic bike challenge

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.

Sam battles her way to title

An athlete from Blackwell battled mechanical problems as well as fellow competitors to become the National Triathlon Champion.

‘Awesome’ afternoon

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.

Parish health in spotlight

The challenge of meeting the health needs of a growing community was highlighted at talks between the Alvechurch GP practice and village representatives.

Withybed celebrates summer

The little hamlet of Withybed Green celebrated its fifth Withyfest on June 29, writes Mary Green.

Wanted: your photos of Bordesley

Bordesley Residents Association is asking residents to send in photographs of the area to illustrate its new website.

Parish office opens doors to residents

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.

On target in Race for Life

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.

Allotment assistance

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).

Rhinos conquer Snowdon

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.

Josh’s cycle success

Cofton Hackett youngster Josh Field is celebrating cycling success with a series of great performances.

Lorries ‘blighting lives’

The increasing problem of heavy goods vehicles thundering through Alvechurch is to be investigated by the village’s parish council.

Village Views



Our villages are, in the main, brimming with community spirit, making them pleasant places to live.

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View September 2014

Lawton’s View


Lawton's View August 2014


One of the main talking points among villagers this month seems to be the problem of heavy goods vehicles using local roads and lanes. 

Bright new day

I took this photograph on the morning after the stormy night of July 17.

Hello deer

We had some visitors to our back garden one evening: a mummy deer and her two babies.

Messy Meadows

I just wanted to let you know that the “Sunday Club” is still going on in The Meadows, with under-age drinking.

Bonfire blight

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?

Cycle path plea

This is a copy of a letter sent to Worcestershire County Councillor June Griffiths and Road Safety and Highways officer John Fraser:

Gone to the dogs

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. 

30 minutes isn’t enough

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.

End this Morris ‘tradition’

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.

Police: We did all we could on traveller incursion

I write as West Mercia Police’s North Worcestershire Commander in relation to the recent traveller incursion on private land in Alvechurch. 

Tip inquiry: The wait goes on

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.

Deer appears

Following the deer picture in the last issue, here’s one in my back garden, photographed through the window.

Helpers in the Hills

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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Village Features

The soldier shot by his own side

The tragic tale of a Rowney Green man executed for alleged desertion during the First World War.

Care home’s street of memories

The Lawns in Alvechurch offers residents plenty of mental stimulation.

Plan the perfect day

A selection of great ideas for planning the biggest day of your life.

Discover the past

Your chance to see a treasure-trove of Alvechurch history as the village museum opens its doors.

Take a trip back in time. . .

Hopwood-based artist Paula Hamilton visits a collection of historic buildings.

Pension innovation will bring greater flexibility

Austin Broad delves into the brave new world of retirement planning. 

Village Archive: 10 years ago…

A look back at what was happening around here in September 2004.

Pupils in D-Day trip 70 years on

Although this summer has focused largely on the events of 100 years ago, June 2014 also marked the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings in World War Two – and a group from Alvechurch Middle School headed for northern to France to learn more about the operation.

Families pay a special tribute

Two Alvechurch families made sure that village soldiers killed in the First World War were remembered at the 100-year anniversary commemorations in Belgium.

Guided only by nature

Hannah Genders takes on a special garden using organic principles.

A triumph: the best this year *****

Film Review: Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014)

Boasting a fiction filmography of titles such as La Promesse (1996), Rosetta (1999), The Son (2002), L’enfant (2005) and The Kid with the Bike (2011), Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are two of the most notable and successful filmmakers of recent years.

Our community asset

Alvechurch Sports & Social Club is getting stronger, writes Karl Farrell.

Parks and gardens

Mary Green takes a look at the wildlife found in public spaces.

Rocky start to season for Churchmen

Alex Young reports on a mixed bag of results and a managerial change.

Lighting up the night

Dave Morgan explains how a magical garden display will benefit those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

Black holes and teapots

Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.

King’s appoints new headmaster

From the beginning of September, Matthew Armstrong took up the position as Headmaster of The King’s School, Worcester.

Learning enhanced by new technology at RGS

The RGS ethos is to constantly look at ways to enhance the quality of our pupils’ learning, through creative thinking, critical analysis and hands-on learning.

Autumn arrives early

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

Trips for two

Blackwell travel counsellor Jane Ward arranges a double break.

Benefits of learning piano

Your children’s schedule may be busy with enjoyable activities, making you unsure about adding piano lessons to the list.

Bumper year at Bromsgrove

Bromsgrove School is delighted with results at both A level and IB (International Baccalaureate).

Jazz band makes live recording

Winterfold School’s Jazz Band recently made a recording at the world-famous Metropolis Studios in London.

Squalor in the South: ****

Film Review: Joe (David Gordon Green, 2013)

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