Friday, June 9, 2023

Rowney Green fields vote

An impasse over who should manage the playing fields and facilities at Rowney Green is closer to being resolved.Trustees of the neighbouring Rowney Green...

Bordesley’s creative side

Bordesley is fighting back to demonstrate that it is a residential area that really matters to the people who live there.They were stung into...

Eggcellent fun in Blackwell

Blackwell Club hopped into action when lockdown meant they couldn’t open up to members and guests over Easter.A group of “bunnies” toured the village...

Four Chaps brew up a business

A nano-brewery in Wythall is in the process of registering a premises licence with Bromsgrove Council to start operating commercially.  Four Chaps Brewery, on Littleshaw Lane, will be brewing a...

More Village News

Farewell to Rev. Rob

After 25 years’ work in Barnt Green and Cofton Hackett, the Rev. Canon Rob Fieldson is hanging up his cassock. Here, he reflects on...

Pitch battle looms over homes plan

“Immense pressure” is being felt by Alvechurch Parish Council over its stance on an application to build 25 homes on the site of Alvechurch...

Horses’ happy home

Alicia Stanford (centre) and her horses Treacle and Tuffy settle into their new Alvechurch paddock with the help of (from left) Melissa Crow, Mia...

Independents step up

INTEREST is already high in the county elections across The Village area with more than a month still to go until polling day on...

Train of the future takes a test run

There was great excitement among rail enthusiasts when the prototype replacement train for the Cross-City line stopped off at village stations.The new West Midlands...

Eating up the mountains

ALVECHURCH extreme cyclist Tim Roberts is back in training – this time for The Silk Road Mountain Race through Kyrgyzstan.Tim completed the Tour Divide...

Calagate pressure ‘still on’

The public right of way from Barnt Green through the Cala Homes estate to the Lickey Hills will “one day” be open, the parish...

Village Features

Welcome to the Fieldson Orchard

The legacy of Rob Fieldson’s work will live on in many ways, but there will now be a lasting tribute in his name, thanks...


Hannah Genders visits a village farmer whose philosophy is to ‘give something back’ and to enhance the land. During lockdown earlier this year, many of...


Village weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes August was a warmer than average month in The Village area, with a mean temperature of...

‘Selfies’ in space

Village astronomer Brian Watkiss peers into the night sky . . . . Here we are in the middle of October already and the nights...


Mary Green visits the farm where she grew up to see the benefits of organic methods. What an odd year it has been. It was...

22 years of Village Views

How many birds will you spot?

Village weatherman Phil Thomas counted the different birds he saw in his Alvechurch garden over 2010 and compiled the list below, with a total of 44 species.
  We wonder if anyone can count more in their garden over this year – or if anyone sees any unusual birds. Let us know.

Barbed wire danger to walkers

As a resident of Old Rectory Lane, Alvechurch, and a bed and breakfast proprietor, I am writing to express my serious concerns over the footpath that runs from Old Rectory Lane into The Meadows. 

On the buses

I use the 146 Diamond bus service on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to go to work in Redditch.


The line-up for polling day on May 7 is starting to look quite interesting, both in the battle for the Bromsgrove seat in Parliament and among those competing to represent wards in the Bromsgrove District Council elections.

Look in the box

On page 66 (The Village, September 2014) you publish a small article describing Operation Christmas Child’s shoebox event.

It works both ways

Am I alone in thinking that the latest letter from “Name & Address Supplied”, regarding the blackened faces of Morris Dancers, is being intolerant of other people’s beliefs and ancient customs?

City’s expansion

So, Birmingham is building a “town centre” on the Bromsgrove border. That, and they are building, I believe, 1,400 homes – most, if not all, of which will be inside the Bromsgrove boundary and yet count against Birmingham’s housing targets.


News has always been an adaptable beast; the same story can be presented in many ways depending on the medium and to suit the purposes of its purveyor, often for political or ideological reasons.

But what does God say?

Having read Andy Johnson’s comments (Village Views June 2012) on Rev David Martin’s article in The Grapevine (which I have not seen), I felt constrained to mention one or two facts that often get overlooked in discussions about homosexuality.


Building homes on green fields is a profitable business. It is much simpler than taking on the challenge of brownfield sites and then, more...


Dog danger plea after ewe plunge

Dear Editor – They say that sheep are only good at doing three things:- Limping, escaping and dying. My smallholding includes a bridle-path that is...

Watch out for Birmingham!

Dear Editor – I read with interest the articles on planning in the last issue. It appears this Government wants to change the planning laws...

Half a century of nothing

Dear Editor – I share Councillor Hotham’s frustration and despair (Take this lottery win, The Village, December 2020/January 2021). This is yet again a typical...

What good apples you are!

Dear Editor – Last October/November we had so many cooking apples I decided to put some in a tray at the roadside to see if...

Average speed cameras would slow traffic

Dear Editor – Having recently returned to Hopwood and having been born in Alvechurch, I can agree that drivers need to be more respectful...

How can we slow down the Swan Street morons?

Dear Editor – Is there anything that can be done about the speeding after the pinch-point heading towards Redditch, on Swan Street in Alvechurch?...


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