Monthly Archives: December, 2010

Land Rover thefts alert

Owners of Land Rover Defenders have been warned that thieves are again targeting their vehicles after thefts in Burcot and the Lickey Hills.

From The Village archives: May 2002 - Lickey End: The parish with an existential crisis

As Lickey End parish comes to an end on 1.1.2011, we reproduce an article from The Village magazine in 2002 on the crazy political stalemate . . .

If you made it up, no one would believe you. A brand new parish where all ten councillors are elected with the sole intention of abolishing themselves. Yet a year later, they are still there, holding meetings – and may yet have to stand for election again to a council they don’t want to exist.


The New Year finally brings to an end the short, sad existence of Lickey End parish after nine years of doing nothing.

Download the abolition order here
The Village archive special
Lickey End lingering on
The End is still nigh
The End is nigh

Warning after serious village house fire

VILLAGERS are being reminded to test their smoke alarms following a serious house fire in Alvechurch in the early hours of the morning.

Tories would vote for a monkey

On Thursday 16th December, Marlbrook and Alvechurch voters, albeit in small numbers, went to the polls to elect councillors to fill the vacancy at County Hall, Worcester, and one at Burcot Lane, Bromsgrove.

Tories take by-election seats vacated by George Lord

Coun June Griffiths
June Griffiths, of Bordesley, was declared the new Worcestershire County councillor for the Alvechurch division tonight after getting around half of the votes cast.
The Marlbrook ward on Bromsgrove District Council was taken by John Ruck. Both seats were vacated by the sudden resignation of former county leader George Lord.
Christmas poll
‘Tories would vote for a monkey’

Parish in spin over Lickey turbine

Sir -  I was in interested to read your piece entitled “Lickey Hills wind turbine rejected”.

Armed raid at village pub

Masked raiders, one armed with a knife, burst into an Alvechurch pub after it had closed and stole the takings after threatening staff.

200-litre acid leak at Hopwood

Hopwood services was the scene of a major containment operation this morning after a tanker containing 23,000 litres of hydrochloric acid was found to be leaking.
Around 200 litres of acid is believed to have leaked from the tanker.


George Lord’s political demise means Alvechurch’s new representative in Worcester can focus entirely on fighting for her electors free from the demands of leadership of the county council.