Birlingham is entering the Wychavon Parish Games and it’s the Swan Beer Festival this weekend. Full details below.
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Nic and Imogen’s final beer festival will be held at the Swan Inn this weekend, Friday 16th to Sunday 18th May. With over 20 beers and 10 ciders, the festival begins on Friday evening and will be open all day on Saturday and Sunday. Food will be served every day and there will be live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Good luck to Nic, Imogen, Romilly and Iona in their new home.
The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Wednesday 21st May in Birlingham Village Hall at 7.00pm. This meeting will be followed by the regular bi-monthly Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm. The Parish Council is your link to the District and County Councils and is there to protect the interests of the village. So do come along and have your say on village matters.
The Agendas for the meetings are available at and The minutes of the last Annual Parish Meeting on 15th May 2013 is at and the minutes of the last Parish Council meeting on 19th March is at
The European Elections take place on Thursday 22nd May, at which seven MEPs will be elected for the West Midlands region. Voting is by party list; your vote will be for a party, rather than an individual, and the number of seats given to each party will be proportional to the number of votes they receive. At this election, you can choose between the following parties:
    An Independence From Europe
    British National Party
    English Democrats
    Green Party
    The Harmony Party
    Labour Party
    Liberal Democrats
    We Demand A Referendum Now
More information about the election is available at Lists of candidates and more news on the election can be found at]
The planting of poppy seeds around the war memorial, as part of the commemoration of the start of the First World War a hundred years ago, proved to be a popular event. Around 25 people attended and photographs are now on the village website at
Denise McGowan has volunteered to co-ordinate Birlingham’s entry in the Wychavon Parish Games this year.
Possible events include 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. The organisers are really pleased to see Birlingham back in the games and information on when the events take place will be available soon.
If you would like to join one of the teams, or organise a specific team, please contact Denise on 01386 750443.
The following planning applications have been determined by Wychavon District Council:
  • Cherry Trees, Eckington Road: Extension and modernisation of existing house to provide efficient internal space and upgrade sustainability of building (Case No. 14/00448). Approved. Full details and conditions can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at
  • Attwood Cottage, Lower End: Change of use of field from agricultural use to domestic use (Case No. 14/00524). Approved. Full details and conditions can be viewed on the Wychavon DC website at
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