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Shoppers observe social distancing as they await the opening of the Co-Op in Alvechurch on March 25 2020, day two of the UK coronavirus lockdown.

We will emerge stronger, says Bromsgrove leader

Bromsgrove District Council Leader Karen May has urged villagers to enjoy the council's parks and open spaces, while maintaining social distancing. In a statement this...

Villagers queue at a distance

Shoppers observe social distancing as they await the opening of the Co-Op in Alvechurch on March 25 2020, day two of the UK coronavirus lockdown.

History loses home

The fate of village artefacts collected over 70 years is uncertain after a local church submitted plans to develop the site of a dilapidated...

‘Call for sites’ housing fears

Village councillors are calling for more information after Bromsgrove District Council released maps showing potential sites for housing development in the area. Developers were invited...

More Village News

Lost airman: family found

Readers may remember that in November 2019, we reported on the unveiling of a memorial to the crew of a Wellington bomber that crashed...

Thanks for all the fish

The presence of large numbers of cormorants on Bittell Reservoir in Barnt Green has sparked fears of a “cormorant crisis”, district councillor Charlie Hotham told Barnt...

Picnic to mark VE Day

Alvechurch Picnic in the Park now has its official logo, chosen from entries into the annual competition. Local children were invited to create a design...

Revels raise funds

Members of Alvechurch Border Morris presented a cheque for £228 to Sarah James, manager of The Lounge café and community project in Alvechurch, at the...

Snowdrops & storms

The traditional Snowdrop Weekend at St Leonard’s Church in Beoley was definitely one of two halves. On the Saturday, with the weather mild and...

Cala-gate latest

Cala Homes has been told by Bromsgrove planners that it must allow access to the public footpath linking Barnt Green’s Foxhills estate with Cherry Hill...

Bearley or Beoley?

Is it Beoley or Bearley? The chair of Bearley Parish Council in Stratford is to meet with Beoley councillors to share his experience of producing...

Village Features

Beauty at Bellissimo

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE The start of spring is the perfect time to treat yourself to a bit of pampering, and Burcot’s beauty salon Bellissimo offers the...

Let’s go on a journey

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to planning a holiday – but the amount of choice can be overwhelming, and not...

BeautyBox is growing fast

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Since BeautyBox successfully relocated from Barnt Green to Catshill, the salon has gone from strength to strength – so much so that owner Becky Baker realised she needed...

The Village Archive. . . 20 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in March 2000. This issue covered both February and March 2000, and alongside the “RIP Green...

The Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in March 2010. Our March 2010 cover showed some of the daffodils planted by Alvechurch Village...


Lawton’s View

MARCH 2020

‘Hostile’ plans for Green Belt

Early last year the substantial Bromsgrove District Plan document was marketed depicting benign agency models alongside an almost impenetrably extensive questionnaire (think developer site hoarding only...


Predictably, there are now around 300 sites, mostly in our Green Belt, jostling for the jackpot: an “APPROVED” stamp on an application to turn...

Our democracy is a failure

Month on month your pages reflect the gradual decline of our so-called democracy. Our elected representatives at local and national level are abrogating their...

Spend our money on Cofton, please

Can I say how appalled I was to read that some undisclosed amount left over from Cofton’s section 106 money would be spent on...

Too many people on the planet?

Last month’s letters and Village View reflected the current media emphasis on ecological issues, but avoided referring to a major contributor  – human beings. World...

Thanks to hall volunteers

I have seen first-hand how much effort, expertise and thought has been put into planning and the legal side of the new Cofton Village...

Hall has room for post office

People think I am a bit mad when I say that I think the downstairs committee room of Alvechurch Village Hall would make an...

‘Cowardly’ note left on carer’s car

To the individual who left a typed/printed note on a car outside Malvern Grange Flats on Greenhurst Drive in Barnt Green: this obscene and...

Only joking?

In reference to the letter in February titled You just can’t get the staff. . .  is this individual for real? Personally I don’t have...


Parking is a blight

I am surprised that the Barnt Green Parish Council feel they need to sit on the fence (The Village, December 2015) with regard to the selfish parking that blights our village.

How I revitalised my garden

Readers may recall my letter in January 2019 asking Where are the small birds?  I have only been in Alvechurch a short while, but...



As you can read in this month’s letters, the antics of politicians and other decision-makers sometimes leave those they represent hopping in eye-popping frustration.

Calming thoughts

As a resident, I support your general call for diversion of through traffic to the bypass. I think first that we should all acknowledge that the bypass has removed most of the heavy trucks and lorries from the village, and in this regard it has succeeded.

Music was a pain

It is great to hear that there will be another Picnic in the Park this year, and here’s hoping for great weather. To the organisers of this event, however, one request (or rather a plea!).

The Lickey cuckoo?

Here is an original verse of seasonal poetry: Today I heard a cuckoo, the first I’ve heard this year, My heart leapt with much pleasure as...


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