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Shoppers observe social distancing as they await the opening of the Co-Op in Alvechurch on March 25 2020, day two of the UK coronavirus lockdown.

Parish grants £1,500 to Alvechurch Cares

Alvechurch Parish council last night agreed to grant £1,500 to help the Alvechurch Cares initiative provide support to vulnerable villagers in the parish during the coronavirus crisis. The monthly council meeting, held via digital video conferencing for the first time . . .

The Village ‘furloughed’ – even online!

And then there was (see post script) none . . . As the coronavirus lockdown took hold, and as the Government's measures to try to keep the UK economy on life support became clearer, the staff behind The Village operation became silent, one by one . . .

Where is The Village magazine this month?

The Village magazine print edition is currently suspended during the coronavirus pandemic. We had already decided not to go to press with the April 2020 issue, despite the magazine being finished and ready to print. The risk, however small . . .

We will emerge stronger, says Bromsgrove leader

Bromsgrove District Council Leader Karen May has urged villagers to enjoy the council's parks and open spaces, while maintaining social distancing. In a statement this...

More Village News

Parish backs 20mph for village centre

Alvechurch Parish Council has given its full backing to a 20mph zone in the village centre, due to be implemented later...

Village Hall ramps up access

The main entrance to Alvechurch Village Hall now boasts a smart new set of steps, incorporating an access ramp so that wheelchair...

Blackwell festival appeals for new venue

The organisers of Blackwell Music Festival are hoping they can secure a new venue before they are forced to cancel the...

Help for litterpickers

Blackwell now has a Community Litter Pick Station, after the recent delivery of a new A-frame and accessories as part of a...

A new seat in the sun

A new bench has been installed on the village green in Rowney Green, overlooking the memorial maple tree. It replaces...

Birthday thank you for Rob

Alvechurch parish councillor Ann Willetts presents a retirement and birthday gift to Rob Watkin, of Rowney Green, who has stepped down as parish caretaker . . .

History loses home

The fate of village artefacts collected over 70 years is uncertain after a local church submitted plans to develop the site of a dilapidated...

Village Features

Beauty at Bellissimo

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE The start of spring is the perfect time to treat yourself to a bit of pampering, and Burcot’s beauty salon Bellissimo offers the...

Let’s go on a journey

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE It’s that time of year when thoughts turn to planning a holiday – but the amount of choice can be overwhelming, and not...

BeautyBox is growing fast

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Since BeautyBox successfully relocated from Barnt Green to Catshill, the salon has gone from strength to strength – so much so that owner Becky Baker realised she needed...

The Village Archive. . . 20 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in March 2000. This issue...

The Village Archive. . . 10 years ago

A look back at what was happening around here in March 2010. Our March 2010 cover showed some of the daffodils planted by Alvechurch Village...


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...

I’m sorry, but the Village Hall can’t deliver a Post Office

Dear Editor – I am writing in response to the letter from Mrs M R Gardner that appeared in last month’s Village,...

Cofton is no longer a village

Dear Editor – I’m afraid Steve and Judy Hewitt (Village Views, March 2020) aren’t the only Cofton residents saying “Spend our money...

Pictures give tacit consent to offence

Dear Editor – I was perturbed to see the opening page of the March edition of The Village magazine devoted to Morris...

Why are the trees being felled?

Dear Editor – As daily walkers to the Lickey Country Park, we are surprised at the drastic cutting down of hundreds of...

It’s for bees, not dogs

Dear Editor – I have just come in after transplanting some snowdrops, Scillas, Aconites and Primroses from my garden into the Pollinators...

Don’t abuse ‘tree huggers’

Dear Editor – The phrase “tree hugger”, as used in the letter “Too many people on the planet?” in The Village magazine...

Do you remember ‘Blackberry Jane’?

Dear Editor – I wonder if anyone can remember a woman nicknamed “Blackberry Jane”, who used to wander around the Cofton and...

Kindness of strangers

Dear Editor – I would like to thank everyone in Alvechurch who rallied round when our elderly ginger cat Bobby was in...

Lawton’s View

MARCH 2020


Grave complaint justified

The person complaining about overgrown graves had every right, when it is very plain to see the main churchyard and surroundings never miss their cuts and shaves despite weather conditions; this cannot be denied.

Please stop the stencilling

May I appeal to the grown-up who gave a stencil set to a young child as a birthday present to take it back as...

Make use of this public space

Now that better weather should be on the way, may I remind everyone of the new facility now available in the development known now as the Black Paddock.

The lynx effect

I think I have just seen a lynx in your village. I have just returned from a stag do (I stopped drinking last night, so I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the alcohol) for which we rented a canal boat and had an absolutely incredible time.

A tipping point

Re: your report on the Marlbrook Tip last month: I’m afraid the information from Coun Cooper is not really correct. The following outlines where I think we are with the formation of this group.

Infrastructure has whiff of decay

I feel truly privileged to live in this part of Worcestershire – the trees are especially beautiful, not only at this time of year...


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