The Village Archive. . . 20 years ago

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

This issue covered both February and March 2000, and alongside the “RIP Green Belt” story, we featured the history of Cofton Hall and the new sustainable drainage system at Hopwood Park Services.

IN THE NEWS:
Cofton Hackett Parish Council faced paying back nearly £2,000 to Bromsgrove, because it hadn’t spent enough money. Elsewhere, Barnt Green parish chairman Tom Gray had suggested that the richest residents should put their hands in their pockets to improve the village for everyone.

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Popular sub-postmistress Maureen Lloyd was retiring from Blackwell Post Office, which she had run for 11 years, becoming well-known for her lightning quips. New sub-postmaster Nigel Emery (left) and Paul Baker were taking over the reins.

Alvechurch Medical Centre was to undergo a major facelift, changing the internal design to make more room for patients and GPs – including Dr Matt Dakin (left), a partner at the practice.