A look back at what was happening around here in May 1999.

Our May 1999 cover showed an orange tulip snapped by local photographer Jo Cound, who froze the flower in liquid nitrogen before shattering the petals. More of Jo’s work was featured inside.


A new bus service from Redditch to Bromsgrove via Rowney Green, Alvechurch, Hopwood, Barnt Green and Lickey was under threat after district councillors said it was underused.

Meanwhile, a reader alerted us to a road sign with the mis-spelling “Alvenchurch”, which had been at the junction of Agmore Lane and Scarfield Hill for years.


Lickey First & Middle School held a special opening for the first phase of an initiative to improve the school environment, attended by original head Dorothy Powell (then in her 90s) and three generations of her descendants – all past, present or future pupils.




Hopwood couple Tony and Ann Turton were photographed by Les Ladbury in their 1914 Ford Model T, which they used for rallies and hired out for weddings. They were only the third owners of the car, which for 40 years had been used by a doctor on his rounds.