Saturday, December 2, 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

Clear success

I would like to say thank you to the very kind tractor driver who cleared snow from Snake Lane, Alvechurch.

Bench has pride of place by the canal

When my father passed away last year he left instructions that he would like a bench installed on the canal in memory of him and my late mother.

Very rewarding voluntary work

Following your article in the July/August edition about Bromsgrove Rural Rides, I would just like to add a few comments as a volunteer driver in the hope of encouraging others to join us.


On a September Saturday evening in 1997, as the warmth of the sunny afternoon was replaced by an early autumn chill, hundreds of villagers gathered in Withybed Green, Alvechurch.

Leighton leads?

Do any of your readers know where the late actress, Margaret Leighton, used to reside in Barnt Green?

Selfish driving is endemic in village

How right is Alison Hitchins in her letter ‘Tradesmen blocking our paths with vans’ (The Village March 2014).

Suggestions for improving The Square welcome

Re: The Square, Alvechurch – “Village Eyesore”: It may be helpful to your readers to have a clearer picture relating to the past, present and future of The Square than has so far been expressed by the article in your June issue.

How I revitalised my garden

Readers may recall my letter in January 2019 asking Where are the small birds?  I have only been in Alvechurch a short while, but...

Councillor comments ‘a bit rich’

I find the comments of Councillor Hollingworth, on the Arrow Valley development, a bit rich when you consider the lack of or, at the most, the very tepid support the residents of Hopwood had from both him and the Bromsgrove MP Julie Kirkbride in our battle to protect the local environment.

POW memories

It was so interesting to read about “Our German gentle men” (The Village, September 2017). I, too, lived near the POW camp in Groveley Lane, Cofton Hackett.


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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