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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


Thank you, Hewell Grange

We would like to thank Hewell Grange and the National Gardens Scheme for the opportunity to visit and tour the grounds.


We feel we may have done our readers a disservice in devoting this whole column last month to a defence of parish councils and failing to even mention the elections to Worcestershire County Council.

Bagged up for poosterity?

I recall reading a poem in The Village some time ago about a dog-walker who was bagging up his animal’s poop and then hanging the garish purple bags in the hedge alongside the canal towpath.



What on earth has happened to the leader of our district council? His intervention in the planning deliberations over a Green Belt field at Hopwood is surprising, to say the least.

Network Rail needs to address safety

Two things seem to be clear in respect of the footpath/footbridge/lifts problem with Network Rail:

Level of building is absurd

I feel the level of housebuilding is quite absurd and destruction of the green belt is quite simply appalling.


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