This magazine doesn’t carry obituaries because we simply don’t have the space to do everyone justice. But we feel we should bend the rules and devote this column to an appreciation of the work Roger Hollingworth carried out for this community.
It might seem that this space has become the “knock Bromsgrove District Council” column. We don’t mean to, of course, but there seems to be such a disconnect between what we, the people who pay for the council’s services, want and what we get.
What’s in a name? Quite a lot, it would seem, if the goings-on at the boundary between Blackwell and Burcot are anything to go by.
It’s been a busy start to autumn, with a cornucopia of events taking place at villages across the area, as you will see in the pages of this magazine.
We have been berated for suggesting in our last issue that the voters of this area will always be blue – and have even been told that we helped June Griffiths to get elected as the county councillor for Alvechurch division by suggesting that the outcome was a foregone conclusion.
Last month’s Village View about the problem of parents parking outside schools across our area has stirred debate, not least in the offices of
The Village magazine.
As the new editor of this magazine, I didn’t intend my first Village View to be based on my own pet hates. . . but this month’s postbag, coupled with comments from fellow villagers and on social media, proved that the thing that’s been winding me up of late is the same thing that’s getting up your noses, too: bad driving in general, and bad parking in particular.
Long-time readers of The Village will know this magazine has no party political axe to grind and is, indeed, a fervent advocate of removing national politics from local government.
One of the main talking points among villagers this month seems to be the problem of heavy goods vehicles using local roads and lanes.