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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...

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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

Lawn being used as field

Yet again the left-hand side entrance to Greenbank in Barnt Green is being used as a field. Cars parked at school drop-off and pick-up...

Extended route is great news

Re: Noise of the ghost buses (Village Views, July 2014): Regular bus users to Cofton Hackett are becoming aware that the new 45 bus extension is very useful when coming home from work in Birmingham.

Tip inquiry a must

Re: Marlbrook landfill a.k.a. Marlbrook golf course: of course there should be a public inquiry.


October 2010

PACT is reborn in Alvechurch – rejoice! Well, let’s hope so. Readers will be aware of our support for grassroots forums and our fear that the people of a large community would be left with little or no voice after the demise of the previous incarnation of Partners And Communities Together . . .

Whose dung is it, anyway?

I enjoyed reading The Village last month, especially the fabulous tip given by Cheryl Godfrey regarding using the horse droppings to feed the roses (Village Views, November 2017).

‘Affordable’ is not ‘easy’

In response to the letter “Overrun by affordable homes”, I too am disgusted – at the author’s ignorance towards the people who need “affordable” housing.

Happy to be a Parklandian

I have lived on Parklands for nearly 20 years. In the time since Oakalls has been built I have seen it degenerate considerably.

Our plan for verge variety may have suffered cutbacks. . .

You probably know I have just been given the reins as chairman of Alvechurch Village Society and, like others before, I have great regard for The Village magazine and we take in your latest views about daffodils (Village View, May 2010) hopefully in the light-hearted spirit and tongue-in-cheek manner in which I am sure it was written.

Bonfire blight

Why is it that a small group of men in Cofton Hackett insist on having garden bonfires during some of the hottest days of the year?

I’ve bin tagged!

I read in your December magazine about Bromsgrove District Council’s plan to tag the bins of people who don’t recycle properly, and I thought I would share my recent experience.


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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