It is 100 years this month since Birmingham took a giant leap south and annexed a large chunk of Worcestershire.
The latest village housing estate to get the go-ahead, bar sorting out the final details, almost passed without mention.
It’s refreshing to watch the birth of something so positive in our village lives. The need for some sort of youth club in a settlement as large as Alvechurch has been glaringly obvious for a very long time, but no individual or organisation was able to get beyond flirting with the idea.
In the face of impending cost-cutting in the police force, it would be understandable if officers tried to inflate the problems we face in our communities.
This column has focused on the Marlbrook Tip farrago on several occasions over the past few years; in fact, some of you might even be getting fed up with hearing us bang on about it.
We at The Village would be the first to agree that social media is a positive way to communicate – it brings immediacy to news stories, and Facebook and Twitter are great tools for promoting local events and businesses and for sharing information.
Digging through a ten-year-old copy of The Village for the snippets produced on the right of this page brought back many happy memories of the days when villagers from all over the area would congregate for the Alvechurch Alight procession.