Plans are in progress for several events this year and details of how you can get involved are given below.
In this issue:
The Swan Inn are offering a five-course Valentine's Dinner on Friday 14th February. The dinner costs £19.95 per person and the menu is available at
Phone 01386 750485 to reserve a table. Advance booking is essential.
The annual litter pick around the village has been provisionally booked for Saturday 15th March (weather permitting). If you can spare an hour, please come along and help. This is our opportunity to make the village tidy for the summer.
Litter-picking equipment is provided and we will meet on the village green at 10.00am.
As part of the commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War, the Bystander is proposing to include an article on the residents of Birlingham who were killed in the war and whose names are listed on the War Memorial. This information is being compiled by Chris Reynard.
It is also hoped to research those who returned from the two World Wars and are listed in the Roll of Honour in the church. A volunteer is needed to co-ordinate the research, so if you would like to help with this task, please contact Edward Farrar at (Thanks are due to Ed Walden for suggesting the idea.)
Some of this information has already been recorded on the ‘Remember the Fallen’ website, which provides details of Worcestershire war memorials and the people listed on them. The website has pages for the War Memorial (, the Roll of Honour ('s%20Church) and the Memorial Window ('s%20Church%20Memorial%20Window).
Following successful village outings to Weston Super Mare in 2011 and Barry Island in 2012, we took a break last year. We are now starting to plan another village outing for this summer. If you have any suggestions for where we might go or for suitable dates, please let us know.
We are also looking for someone to help organise this year’s trip. It is not a huge task so if you would like to be involved, please email
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