The snowdrops are up in the churchyard and the crocuses will follow soon, so now is the time to get your family and friends to visit. Teas are available most days – see below for details.
 
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The Swan Inn will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Thursday 14th February with a special dinner. The menu is available at www.birlingham.org/docs/swan_valentine_menu_2013.pdf.
 
To book your meal, phone 01386 750485.
 
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The Bulb Sunday service takes place on Sunday 17th February at 3.00pm. There will be a short evensong with teas afterwards in the Village Hall.
 
Teas for visitors are also being served in the Village Hall from 11.00am until 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays throughout February. On most weekdays, teas are available at the Old Rectory. There will be a the notice in the church on the days they are being served.
 
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The annual Litter Pick will take place on Saturday 23rd March, weather permitting. More details nearer the time.
 
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Have you seen Rags? He went missing from a house in Eckington Road on Thursday 24th January at around 9.30pm. He is a black and tan, rough haired, 7-year-old Jack Russell and a very friendly family dog.  He did not have his collar on but he is chipped. If you have any information please phone 01386 751260 or email news@birlingham.org.
 
For a photo of Rags, go to www.birlingham.org/pics/rags_on_guard.jpg.
 
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The following planning applications have been received by the Parish Council:
  • Hall Farm, Whitehall Lane: Certificate of lawful existing use for the change of use of agricultural buildings from agriculture to a mixed use for agricultural, agricultural storage, non-agricultural vehicle storage, including the storage of a camper van, vintage vehicles and lorries.(Case No. 13/00004). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 1st March.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=13/00004.
  • Hall Farm Barns, Whitehall Lane: Amendment to Planning Application 98/00977 for conversion of barn to dwelling including insertion of additional rooflights, flue and changing asbestos cement covered roof with glazing to form an orangery. (Case No. 13/00063). Awaiting decision by Wychavon District Council. (Consultation period ends on 1st March.) Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=13/00063. 
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