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Halloween hi-jinks


Sakshi, birthday girl Mili and Amelia


Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

Halloween fell perfectly this year on a dry evening during the school half-term holiday. While there was a marked decline in the number of Oakalls households taking part, there was a significantly higher number of trick-or-treaters.

News of the estate’s reputation for celebrating this annual event seems to have travelled beyond the boundaries of Bromsgrove, with some families travelling from as far afield as Stourbridge. This was evidenced by an unusually high number of cars parked along Regents Park Road on the night.

Resident Jane Perry commented on the Oakalls Facebook page: “We had no sweets left and I keep buying more and more each year! I must have purchased nearly 400 sweets for tonight and still ran out. . . we really never shut our door! Our kids are older now so it really was nice to see the outfits and give away treats!”

Lynn Foxall added: “A brilliant evening. Always grateful to those that dress their houses and gardens. The kids love it!”

While most residents had only good things to say about the evening, some reported incidents of smashed pumpkins and discarded sweets and chocolates thrown on the ground. Chocolate is hazardous for dogs and the wilful destruction of pumpkins which people have taken time to carve is a regrettably negative aspect of what was otherwise a lovely evening.

Please make sure children understand they should be respectful when taking part next year.


The Oakalls and Parklands Christmas Community Carols event takes place on Sunday December 22, starting at 6.15pm with the Blackwell Concert Band playing on the open grassed area by the notice board and Trianon Road; followed by community carol singing at 6.30pm.

Refreshments will be available to buy including mulled Tardebigge Cider, mince pies and candy floss; with glow sticks and sweets for the children. Father Christmas will arrive at around 7pm.

It is hoped there will be another large crowd this year, allowing residents to meet new friends and neighbours. People are encouraged to carry lanterns or torches and wear warm clothes and robust footwear.

For safety reasons a road closure from 6–8 pm has been requested by Coun Caroline Spencer for Royal Worcester Crescent from the top roundabout at its junction with Regents Park Road until the junction with Trianon Road, also including Davenham Road.

Signs indicating an alternative route along Royal Worcester Crescent will be displayed on the roadside. A map showing the road closure and alternative route will be placed on the notice board prior to the event.

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