Results are in from the Flower & Produce Show – see below – and the seed exchange is underway for next year.
Editor’s note: As most of you know already, I am attempting to leave Birlingham, once again, next week. However, I shall continue to edit the News emails and update the website, for the time being at least. I will be back at my office in the village on a weekly basis and contactable by email at all times so please continue to keep me up to date with information on Birlingham events and other items of local interest. Thanks to all those who have contributed so far.
In this issue:
1. Swan Inn Beer Festival, 13th-15th September
A reminder that the Swan Inn's 21st Beer Festival will be held this weekend (Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September). Featuring over 20 beers and 10 ciders, the festival is open all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Food will be served every day.
Live music will be provided by The Midland Regulators on Friday and Second Crossing on Saturday.
The next Parish Council meeting is on Wednesday 18th September at 7.45pm in Birlingham Village Hall. Come along and have your say on local issues.
The Agenda for the meeting is available at and the minutes of the last meeting on 17th July are at
If you haven’t already sent in your views on Birlingham Village Hall’s application for this year’s New Homes Bonus, please do so before Wednesday.
The Flower & Produce Show last Saturday (7th September) had the highest number of entries for several years and the standard of those entries improves every year. The Show Committee would like to thank the judges for doing an excellent job: John Taylor, Simon Taylor, Paul Groom, Janet Stott and Lesley Catherall, and Ruth Keys for judging the hanging baskets. Thanks to Chris Hermon for presenting the prizes and Nic Carson for being a very persuasive auctioneer. Thanks are also given to donors of the prizes for the raffle: Birlingham Nurseries, Number 8 Community Arts Centre, The Swan Inn, Sadie Yeomans, Joan Hollier, Clare Kew, Alan Williams and Jean Williams.
Once the final accounts are produced and the cups engraved, the Committee will be looking ahead to next year's show. If anyone has any suggestions for improvements for next year please contact a member of the Committee. The Show will be held on Saturday 6th September 2014.
Photos of the day can be viewed at and lists of this year’s winners of classes and trophies is at Further information is also available on the Show Facebook page at
Meanwhile, the seed exchange is continuing to operate from the phone box. The exchange will only be successful if more seeds are added, so please feel free to try some of the seeds on offer but leave your own contributions if you can.
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