It's another busy week, with plenty to report.
 
In this issue:
  1. Eckington Bridge Closure
  2. Jubilee Village Photo
  3. Cricket 20/20 v NH Jockeys & Trainers, 26th July
  4. All the Bells, 27th July
  5. Vintage & Classic Car Rally, 24th August
  6. Village Hall Roof Repairs
  7. Planning Applications
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1. Eckington Bridge Closure
 
Eckington Bridge is now closed for repairs for approximately three weeks. Pedestrian access is being maintained but the 382 bus will not be running to Pershore.
 
Full details are available at www.birlingham.org/docs/bridge_2012.pdf.
 
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2. Jubilee Village Photo
 
The village photograph taken at the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations on Sunday 3rd June is now available. The photograph can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/jubilee, where you will find details of how to order a copy.
 
Further photographs of the Jubilee weekend will be displayed on the website soon.
 
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3. Cricket 20/20 v NH Jockeys & Trainers, 26th July
 
A reminder that the cricket match between the local team and a team of NH Jockeys & Trainers, postponed from June, will take place tonight (Thursday, 26th July). The match is at Birlingham Cricket Ground, starting at 6.00pm, and the format is 20/20 (each team has 20 overs).
 
There will be a barbecue and raffle in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. All welcome.
 
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4. All the Bells, 27th July
 
There will be a special celebration for the start of the London Olympic Games this Friday, 27th July, at St James's Church. As part of a national event, the church bells will be rung for three minutes, starting at 8.12am, and you are invited to join in. Bring a bell at 8.00am (or use one of the bellringer's handbells) and ring it "as quickly and loudly as possible". Alternatively, you can take part at home by ringing your doorbell at the same time as the church bells.
 
Full details can be found at www.birlingham.org/all_the_bells. Information on the national event is available at www.allthebells.com.
 
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5. Vintage & Classic Car Rally, 24th August
 
The Birlingham Vintage & Classic Car Rally, cancelled last week due to bad weather, has been rescheduled for Friday, 24th August. The rally will be at Birlingham Cricket Club, starting at the earlier time of 5.30pm (5.00pm if bringing a car). In addition to vintage and classic cars and motorcycles, there will be a barbecue, bar, tombola and raffle. Entrance is 2 for adults, children under 16 free. 
 
The rally is in aid of Birlingham Cricket Club and Macmillan Cancer Support. For full details, go to www.birlingham.org/docs/car_rally_2012_aug.pdf.
 
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6. Village Hall Roof Repairs
 
As you will be aware, the Village Hall Committee have to raise a substantial sum of money to make extensive repairs to Birlingham Village Hall roof. A large amount of money has already been raised but more is needed before work can begin. The Parish Council have given 500 to the appeal this year, along with the proceeds from the New Homes Bonus (460), and have pledged a further 1000 for next year (2012/13).
 
It has been suggested that the Parish Council give an additional one-off donation of 5000 towards the repairs next year. In order to do this, the Council would need to increase its share of the Council Tax by an average of 33 per household (18 for Band A, 28 for Band D or 55 for Band H, for example). The idea will be discussed again at the next Council meeting on 19th September.
 
At the Parish Council meeting last Wednesday it was decided to canvass opinion among residents about this proposal and we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please write to info@birlingham.org with your views.
 
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7. Planning Applications
 
The following planning application has been received by the Parish Council:
  • The Paddocks, Broadway Road: Residential conversion of domestic stables and barn (Case No. 12/01111). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at http://www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=12/01111.
The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
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