The Birlingham Evening Fete will take place on 7th June and we are now looking for volunteers to help make this a success. See below for details . . .
 
In this issue:
  1. Birlingham Evening Fete – First Meeting, 23rd April
  2. Annual Church Meeting, 29th April
  3. County Council Elections, 2nd May
  4. Village Litter Pick
  5. Wychavon Parish Games
  6. Power Cuts and Improving the Electricity Network
  7. Planning Applications
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The Birlingham Evening Fete is on Friday 7th June, starting at 6.00pm. It will be held at the cricket ground and it is hoped to make this an interesting and exciting evening, with a range of stalls and activities for all the family.
 
To be successful, we need a large number of volunteers, each giving a little time. If you would like to help in any way, no matter how small, please contact Steve Morris at smorris@butford.co.uk or phone 01386 751717.
 
The first meeting to discuss ideas for the fete will be held at Brockham, courtesy of Harry Porter, on Tuesday 23rd April at 7.30pm. The meeting will last no more than an hour.
 
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The postponed Annual Church Meeting will take place on Monday 29th April at 7.00pm in Birlingham Village Hall. Wine and nibbles will be served beforehand.
 
Must the church in Birlingham close? If it is to remain open we need:
  • Candidates for Churchwarden. By law, two churchwardens must be elected.
  • Support for Services. The average congregation of 10 is elderly and some are very frail.
  • Money. The church has lost almost £2000 for each of the last three years and has small reserves.
If the church closes, it will not be available for weddings, funerals or baptisms.
 
If you want the church to remain open, please come to the meeting. The letter from Rev. Kenneth Crawford detailing the current situation is at www.birlingham.org/docs/rev_crawford_2013.pdf.
 
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Elections for Worcestershire County Council will be held on Thursday 2nd May. There are four candidates for the Bredon Ward, which includes Birlingham. The list of candidates can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/cc_elections_2013.pdf.
 
More information will be available shortly at www.birlingham.org/parishcouncil.htm.
 
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The annual Village Litter Pick took place on Saturday 23rd March and twelve volunteers spent two hours collecting a large amount of rubbish from the verges around the village. Pictures of the event are included at www.birlingham.org/village/gallery/gallery_av_13.htm.
 
It has been pointed out that the area around Nafford Lock is also strewn with rubbish and we would like to clear that area as well. If you are willing to spend an hour helping to clean up one of the village’s most beautiful areas, please let us know at news@birlingham.org or contact the Parish Clerk at birlingham_clerk@yahoo.co.uk.
 
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Birlingham has been invited to take part in this year’s Parish Games.  This is a series of fifteen events, which are competed for by residents of the various parishes within Wychavon. Events are: Angling, Bell Boating, Bowls, Crib, Cross County, Ladies’ and Men’s Darts, Dominoes, Men’s Five-a-side, Petanque, Pool, Ladies Rounders, Skittles, Junior and Senior Table Tennis.  As you can see, there is something for everyone.
 
One-day events start this year with the Bell Boating on Saturday 29th June in Pershore and end with the Table Tennis in Evesham on Sunday 6th October. The knock-out/pub games start in August and finish in early November. Packs and rules and an entry form will be sent out to parish organisers within the next couple of weeks.
 
If you would like to help organise an entry for Birlingham, or take part in any of these events, please let us know at news@birlingham.org.
 
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Western Power Distribution, which owns and operates the electricity distribution network in this area, are offering advice on what to do in the event of a power cut and information on how they plan to improve the network.
 
Their newsletter can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/western_power_2013.pdf.
 
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The following planning applications have been determined by Wychavon District Council:
  • Rough Hill House, Upper End: Non material amendment to Planning Application Ref W/12/01980/PP to form a single storey link between the proposed conservatory and porch. (Case No. 13/00414). Approved. Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=13/00414.
  • Lower End Farm, Berwick Lane: Two storey rear extension with balcony and side extension. (Case No. 13/00373). Approved. Full details can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=13/00373.
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