Following a hugely successful Christmas Show on Saturday, there’s plenty more coming up over the Christmas period.
 
In this issue:
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Carols in the Courtyard takes place on Saturday, 21st December at The Clock House, Lower End, courtesy of Basil and June Barke, from 6.00pm.
 
The evening includes carols, mince pies, mulled wine and hot food . . . and even Father Christmas!
 
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This year’s Christmas services at St James’s Church are:
 
Sunday 22nd December at 6.00pm: Carol Service, followed by mulled wine and nibbles in Birlingham Village Hall
Tuesday 24th December at 4.00pm: Christingle and Blessing of the Crib
Wednesday 25th December at 10.15am: Christmas Day Service – Communion with carols
Sunday 29th December at 10.30am: Benefice Communion in Pershore Abbey – No service at St James’s
Sunday 5th January at 10.15am: Epiphany – Family Service
 
Looking ahead, the Bulb Sunday service will be held on Sunday 23rd February at 3.00pm.
 
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The Swan Inn’s Christmas menu continues until Monday 23rd December (except Sunday). They will also be holding their usual Boxing Day Buffet on Thursday 26th December. This includes a hot and cold two-course running buffet, with two sittings at 12.00pm and 2.30pm. Book your meal on 01386 750485.
 
The New Year’s Eve Party is fancy dress, costumes starting with the letter M. Free entry, complimentary nibbles, prizes and disco. All welcome.
 
The menu and brochure for all events at the Swan over Christmas and the New Year is available at www.birlingham.org/docs/swan_christmas_brochure_2013.pdf.
 
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Dates for bin collections in Birlingham over the Christmas period are as follows:
 
Friday 27th December: black bins (plus up to two extra refuse sacks)
Friday 3rd January: green bins (plus extra clear recycling sacks) & brown bins
Thursday 9th January: black bins (plus up to two extra refuse sacks)
 
Clear recycling sacks are available from the phone box.
 
Full details of collections are available at www.birlingham.org/docs/wychavon_christmas_2013.pdf.
 
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This year Wychavon District Council is not providing Christmas tree recycling at Three Springs Garden Centre.
 
However, you can still take trees to the Hill & Moor Household Recycling Centre, which is open Monday-Saturday 8.00am-6.00pm, Sunday 9.00am-1.30pm (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day). Alternatively, if you have a brown bin, the Council recommends that you chop up your Christmas tree and put it in the brown bin.
 
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Worcestershire County Council is proposing to save £3 million that is currently invested in providing subsidised bus services across the County. Birlingham is affected by the proposal to end the 382 service on Friday and Saturday evenings. Details of the review are available at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cms/transport-and-highways/transport-review.aspx and the full list of buses at risk can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/buses_at_risk_2013.pdf.
 
These proposals are being consulted upon until Friday 17th January 2014. To respond to the proposals, print the questionnaire at www.birlingham.org/docs/bus_questionnaire_2013.pdf and send it to FREEPOST RSGG-GSZK-GSGL, County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester WR5 2NP. Alternatively, there is an electronic questionnaire that is quick and easy to complete at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/researchweb/transport/subsidisedbusservices.htm, or you can email busservicereview@worcestershire.gov.uk.
 
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The Birlingham Flower & Produce Show Seed Exchange has now been suspended for December and will resume in January, when the ‘Grow for the Show’ leaflets are distributed, as this is the time that many people plan and buy seeds for the year.
 
Also, keep an eye on the phone box for an upcoming seasonal display.
 
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West Mercia Police have provided useful information on how to protect your oil tank from theft. This information can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/oil_tank_thefts.pdf.
 
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