The Village Archive. . . 20 years ago



A look back at what was happening around here in July/August 1999.

There was a summery scene on the cover of our July/August 1999 mag, as Les Ladbury snapped a cricket match at Barnt Green. Inside were photos from various school fetes and a history of Bilberry Hill.

Beoley parish had received £10,000 cash from district council funds to improve its village hall. Burcot was planning a “Doomsday project” for the Millennium, and a new cashpoint in Barnt Green was printing receipts calling the village ‘Barnet Green”.




* The first “Rowney Roots” music extravaganza on the Rowney Green playing fields was a major success, with some 600 people gathering to enjoy live music from local bands including Murmur (left).





* As Tardebigge Court re-opened for business after a fire, we learned about its history from 88-year-old George Scoltock (right), who had spent most of his working life as foreman of the Hewell Farm estate to which the former dairy farm and courtyard belonged.