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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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...

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...

More Village News

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...

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...

Martin’s Budget round-up

Martin Pryor, of Blackwell-based Pryor Portfolio, reviews Rishi Sunak's second Budget. On some counts this Budget was Rishi Sunak’s 15th major announcement since his first...

Dean’s Sahara trek in memory of Sarah

Alvechurch villager Dean Marsh is planning to trek across the Sahara in memory of his partner Sarah Quiney and to raise money for Macmillan...

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

Lure of the Lickeys

An original bluebell poem offering for the “smile corner” of your lovely mag. THE LICKEY THREE PEAKS Today I climbed a mountain, I did it in...

Bonfire bother

Your Alvechurch correspondent is quite right, there is an alternative solution to bonfires and the distress that is caused: either pay for and use a “brown wheelie” or make a journey to the site provided – no great problem.

Bag it and bin it

I endorse the comments by complainants in last month’s Village about some dog owners who fail to pick up their dogs’ mess.

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.

School site ideal for allotments

I agree wholeheartedly with K Thornton (The Village November 04) on the provision of a site for allotments in Alvechurch.

The best option

With reference to the letter from KD regarding the increased use of traffic on Regents Park Road, I agree with the conclusion that the exit from the Redditch highway should be closed.

Self-help is the only answer to litter

“Footpaths resemble the rainforest” letter (September edition). It sounds a very similar situation in ”forgotten” Portway, the poor relation of the Beoley Parish.

Should we carry a shovel?

As a horse rider myself I wish to inform the disgruntled road tax payer that it is near impossible to ride “across the fields” as they put it.

Cornish skies

Village reader Dr SB Vohra, of Cofton Hackett, sent us some atmospheric photos from a trip to Cornwall.

New bin rules are a waste of space

Oh dear! This looks like an accident waiting to happen. I refer, of course, to your article in the December issue of The Village, entitled “The Bin Inspectors”.


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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