This issue should include something for everyone, whether it’s trying out aloe vera, tidying up the village, finding out about changes at the Church, planting seeds, taking part in competitive games or upgrading your broadband.
 
In this issue:
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Radka Hlinikova is inviting you for a biscuit, a cuppa and a chat about ‘How Aloe Vera can help you and your family’. She will be at Birlingham Village Hall on Tuesday 8th April from 3.00pm. All welcome.
 
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Following the successful litter pick around the main part of the village a couple of weeks ago, the Parish Council are now organising two more brief litter picks at Nafford and Swan’s Neck. Both of these attractive areas of our village have suffered from rubbish being left by the recent floods and would benefit from being tidied up. The litter picks will take place on the following days:
  • Nafford, Saturday 12th April at 2.00pm
  • Swan’s Neck, Monday 14th April at 2.00pm
If you can spare an hour to help on either of these occasions, please contact John Hill (john@jhill.plus.com, 01386 750147) for Nafford or Steve Morris (smorris@butford.co.uk, 01386 751717) for Swan’s Neck.
 
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This year’s Church AGM, held on 3rd April at Birlingham Village Hall, was attended by 22 people. Reverend Crawford presided, outlining recent achievements and future plans for Birlingham St James, together with a brief summary of his proposed move to a new parish in Darlington and the interview process for his successor to the Pershore Benefice.
 
Retirements: Harry Porter (Churchwarden) and Walter Clode (Sidesman)
Newly elected: Ann Maxwell (Churchwarden and Sidesman) and Felicity Collier (Churchwarden and Sidesman)
 
The Holy Spirit Award was made to Harry Porter and Angela Fitch for the support they have given to St James over the past year.
 
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It’s now time for getting late summer crops in. The Birlingham Flower & Produce Show seed exchange is in full operation once again. Details of what is available can be found on the Show’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BirlinghamShow), along with growing guides.
 
Information on the Show and the seed exchange is also available in the Show’s HQ in the phone box.
 
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Birlingham has again 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 and Junior and Senior Table Tennis. Teams don’t have to enter every event, as last year’s result sheet shows.
 
More information is available at www.birlingham.org/docs/pg_2014_letter.pdf and the results of last year’s games (which were won by Eckington) can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/docs/pg_2013_results.pdf.
 
If you would like to help organise an entry for Birlingham (and give Eckington a run for their money this year), or take part in any of these events, please let us know at news@birlingham.org.
 
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High-speed fibre broadband is due to be switched on in a number of communities, including Eckington, between October and December this year. Whether or not this will include faster broadband for Birlingham is unclear at the moment.
 
More information on superfast broadband is available at www.birlingham.org/docs/broadband_2014.pdf.
 
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