The Parish Council sent out its first village e-mail in February (for a trial period of six months) and at its recent meeting the Council agreed to continue with the e-mails for the time being.  If you have any ideas for how the e-mail can be improved, or have items for inclusion in future e-mails, we would be pleased to hear from you. Over half the village receives the e-mails – if you know anyone who is not yet included but would like to be, please let us know.
 
In this issue:
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Birlingham IW are holding a Juicing Day on Saturday 20th October from 10.00am to 2.00pm in Birlingham Village Hall. Bring your apples and pears to convert into juice – don't forget empty bottles to take the juice home in. Refreshments will be available, including homemade cake.
 
If you are intending to bring fruit, please let Caryl Mills or Felicity Collier know (the juicing will only take place if sufficient fruit is available).
 
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The County Council will start resurfacing some of our roads this Monday (15th October). The work is expected to last a week. As yet, they still seem unable to tell us which roads they will be closing or when but if you are travelling from Lower End you should expect to have to make a detour. Despite claiming that they are ‘constantly striving to improve the roadworks information we provide to the emergency services, media and members of the public’, the information provided by the County Council is very poor and currently the links on the Roadworks and Road Closures page of their website are not working.
 
The plan of the proposed works can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/road_repairs_2012.pdf.
 
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The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust are planning to excavate the pools at the Gwen Finch Wetland Reserve in the near future. Therefore we can expect low loaders with large tracked vehicles to be passing through the village while the work is done.
 
The Parish Council have been in contact with the County Council in an attempt to ensure that the heavy vehicles do not damage our newly-resurfaced roads but as yet we have no firm reply on this.
 
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The Wychavon Strategic Partnership is a collaboration between Wychavon District Council and other public, private, voluntary and community organisations, working together to meet local needs and improve social, environmental and economic well-being in the area. The latest edition of their newsletter, Communicate, covers items such as Council Tax benefits and car parking charges.
 
The newsletter can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/communicate_2012_oct.pdf.
 
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The following planning application has been received by the Parish Council:
  • Rough Hill House, Upper End: Erection of conservatory and porch (Case No. 12/01980). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=12/01980.
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