Students from Hunters Hill Technology College in Blackwell are in training for the arduous Three Peaks Challenge this summer, raising money for their school.
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.
Members of a new Bromsgrove choir celebrated a huge turnout on its opening night.
Calls for villagers to organise their own crime patrols after a “spike” in incidents have left police bemused.
The Lounge youth and community venue in Alvechurch has been given a boost by a swathe of volunteers stepping forward to help manage it.
Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands . . .
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 Cofton Hackett siblings Bram and Bunny Howdle, aged one and three, were the latest winners of a Mini Vinny in our competition.
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.
A Bromsgrove Scout was presented with a top award by international adventurer and Chief Scout Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle.
A Cofton Hackett paramedic and two of her colleagues have signed up for a gruelling survival challenge in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance.
A Rednal resident enjoyed the experience of a lifetime when she was chosen to receive Maundy Money from the Queen.
Three local authors have published new works.
Members of Alvechurch’s professional orchestra, The Midland Sinfonia, thanked Burcot Grange care home in Blackwell for its sponsorship by performing for residents.
Don’t forget that the Alvechurch Picnic in the Park takes place on Sunday May 1 in The Meadows, with a Shakespearean theme.
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.
A passion for a family charity has led one of its volunteers to sign up for a fundraising parachute jump in June.
Phil Thomas (the Village weatherman) and Mick Mears spent a morning clearing an area along the bridleway from Redditch Road, Alvechurch, to Rowney Green.
The committee of Alvechurch Village Hall paid tribute to retiring Hall Manager Barbara Baker as she handed over the keys after exactly 12 years.
Cofton Hackett resident Richard Summersmith was the latest reader to win a Mini Vinny in our competition.
The access road to the Barnt Green Scout and Guide Centre has been given a new lease of life thanks to a grant from Lotto Awards for All.
An Alvechurch resident who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS) is aiming to help others with the condition by raising funds and awareness.
The 6-5 Specials skiffle group from Alvechurch are bringing their music to a television screen near you!
Tickets are now on sale for a Masquerade Ball to boost funds for Blackwell First School.
Alvechurch Parish Council has complained to Network Rail over the temporary repair to the railway station car park after a downpour saw a new lake form in the middle of it.
Two schoolboys took their campaign for a skate park before the monthly meeting of Alvechurch Parish Council.
A Lickey End resident has signed up for her second London Marathon in aid of a heart disease charity.
Inspired by the success of the Blackwell Festival over the past five years, Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council is working with a group of residents to put on a similar event for the residents of Lickey.
This year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park, held in The Meadows on Sunday May 1, offers entertainment for all the family.
Plans to reignite the biggest village festival, Alvechurch Alight, have been shelved after organisers were unable to raise enough money.
Soroptimist International Bromsgrove and Redditch is 50 years young, writes Margaret Toole.
Children from Alvechurch Middle School and Crown Meadow First School were rewarded for their artistic endeavours in this year’s Alvechurch Picnic in the Park logo competition.
Around 280 villagers took part in the third Barnt Green Sport Relief Mile, filling the streets with colour, laughter and energy.
Meet “Lincoln Pete” . . . an Alvechurch FC fan who regularly makes a 190-mile round trip to support the ‘Church.
Flowers were laid at an Alvechurch bus shelter where a man thought to have been homeless was found dead after spending a night there.
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.
It strikes me that the footways are just wide enough for people, prams, scooters and dogs on leads. . .
The village of Alvechurch is renowned for its gossips and we certainly get plenty going on for them to talk about!
Thank you very much for including the information about the new G. E. M. S. Club in The Village magazine.
The speeds around Alvechurch are getting so bad. Outbound towards Redditch at night it’s just like a race track.
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?
So, there will be no Alvechurch Alight festival this year, and perhaps never again, for the sake of a couple of thousand pounds.
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.
I endorse the comments by complainants in last month’s Village about some dog owners who fail to pick up their dogs’ mess.
I would refer to your editorial “The Village View” in February 2016. While I concur fully with your interpretation of the effect of the problems, I cannot agree with your interpretation of the cause.
I was concerned to read a feature in your March edition encouraging residents of the Oakalls estate to use Finstall Village Hall.
It’s not something we ever expected to see: someone dying cold and hungry in an Alvechurch bus shelter while we slept, well fed, in our warm houses.
WALTERS Kathleen Frances (neé Court)
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A Marlbrook resident is asking “readers with long memories” to think back to the 1960s and help him solve a mystery.
Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.
May! What a glorious month! Spring is well underway and the delicious promise of summer is tantalisingly close, writes Nicci Gow.
Mary Green explains the importance of oak trees in England.
Hannah Genders prepares a stage garden for the Malvern Show.
Amateur astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the Village night sky.
A Lamborghini may not be the wisest option, writes Austin Broad.
Keith Woolford chats to fellow photographer Paul Wilde about his ‘all consuming’ hobby.
Open Day offers the chance to try your hand at a range of racquet sports.
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.
There’s a lot more than golf going on at Weatheroak Hall, Alvechurch’s own stately home . . .
Sally Oldaker meets a motorcycle enthusiast who has made his name as a classic bike builder.
The manager of a village care home is looking forward to returning from maternity leave and overseeing some long-awaited new developments.
Now in its ninth year, local orchestra The Midland Sinfonia continues to encourage young musicians by offering a platform to perform.
A look back at what was going on around here in May 2006.
The history of a fondly-remembered village band from the swinging sixties.
Alvechurch UFO experts John Hanson and Dawn Holloway have been called in to investigate the recent spate of strange sightings in the area.
A look back at what was happening around here in April 2006.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Trinity Centre, Lickey
Come “Down the Mississippi down to New Orleans”, as the song goes. . . .
Blackwell Concert Band will host a charity concert on Friday April 8 at St Andrew’s Church in Barnt Green.
A night of high-quality musical comedy theatre is on offer at St Andrews Parish Centre, Barnt Green.
Alvechurch Dramatic Society welcomes the legendary Inspector Drake back to the village stage for the first time since he solved his ‘Last Case’ back in 2002.
The critically-acclaimed Orchestra of St John in Bromsgrove, which gives one choral concert each season, is pulling out all the stops to perform one of the greatest and best-loved choral works of all time – Verdi’s Requiem.
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