Entries for the Hanging Basket Competition are due in today, so if you haven’t already entered yours now’s the time to do it!
 
In this issue:
  1. Hanging Basket Competition
  2. Services at St James’s Church
  3. Dredging at Gwen Finch Nature Reserve
  4. New Homes Bonus
  5. Planning Applications
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Looking around the village, there are some lovely examples of hanging baskets, pots and troughs. Don’t forget to enter these into the Hanging Basket Competition, which is part of the Flower and Produce Show. Entries to Marion New at 2 Church Street or Caryl Mills at 4 Church Street are due by today (Wednesday 7th August). The Hanging Basket Competition will be judged later this month.
 
The Birlingham Flower and Produce Show will be held on Saturday 7th September. There is no theme this year but the men’s classes are tied in
with the centenary of the Cricket Club. The Schedule and Entry Form have been delivered to every house in the village. These and other information about the show are now available at http://www.birlingham.org/organisations/flowershow.htm or in the Show's Information Centre in the phone box.
Latest information is also available on the Show Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BirlinghamShow.
 
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Times of Sunday services at St James’s Church for the remainder of August and September are as follows:
  • 1st Sunday (1st September): Family Service, 10.15am
  • 2nd Sunday (11th August & 8th September): Holy Communion, 10.15am
  • 3rd Sunday (18th August & 15th September): Morning Praise, 10.15am
  • 4th Sunday (25th August & 22nd September): Eucharist, 9.00am
  • 5th Sunday (29th September): Evening Praise, 5.30pm
Everyone is welcome to come, and to stay for refreshments in the Church following Family Services.
 
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Worcestershire Wildlife Trust will be dredging at the Gwen Finch Nature Reserve over the next few weeks. This work was postponed last year because of the bad weather.
 
Two diggers will be delivered to the village on a low loader sometime this week.
 
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Since last year, the parish has been allocated an annual New Homes Bonus by Wychavon District Council. This is money the District Council has received from the Government and is related to the number of new homes occupied in the parish. Currently, the parish is receiving a bonus of £460 per year, which can be used for the benefit of the parish as a whole. Village organisations can apply for some or all of this money through the Parish Council. Last year’s Bonus was allocated to Birlingham Village Hall towards the roof repairs.
 
Birlingham Parish Council has received a request for this year’s allocation to be used by Birlingham Village Hall for the purchase of a commercial microwave. The final decision will be made at the Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 18th September.
 
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The following planning application has been determined by Wychavon District Council:
  • The Paddocks, Broadway Road: Application to extend time limit for the implementation of planning permission ref: W/10/01718/PP for proposed ground and first floor extensions and double garage (Case No. 13/01360). Approved. Full details and conditions can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at www.e-wychavon.org.uk/pl/pl.exe?cs=13/01360.
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