It’s the Birlingham Evening Fete at Brockham this Friday; come along and bring your friends!
 
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We are sorry to announce that Alan Cooper, a well-known resident of Birlingham for many years, has died. Alan and his wife Virginia lived for many years at the Birches, Whitehall Lane.
 
The funeral will be at Woolstone Church, Gotherington on Tuesday 3rd June at 10.30am, followed by a family cremation service. Ginny has requested that black ties are not worn.
 
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A reminder that the regular ‘Cuppa & Chat’ will take place this Wednesday, 4th June, between 3.00pm and 4.30pm in Birlingham Village Hall. Come along and spend a relaxing hour or so with friends. All are welcome and transport can be provided if required.
 
If you would like to help with these events, which are held on the first Wednesday of the month, please contact Brenda Fletcher on 01386 750173 or Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.
 
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Birlingham Evening Fete takes place on Friday 6th June at Brockham, Upper End, starting at 6.30pm. Stalls will include the tombola, cake stall, produce stall, collectibles, book stall, honey and preserves, among others. There will be a children’s area, including face painting and a make-a-dragonfly competition. Hot food will be available and there will a bar. Other activities include skittles, darts and a fun dog show. Music will be provided by Upbeat.
 
Books should be delivered to Felicity Collier, Whitehall House, Whitehall Lane (01386 751174); cakes to Judy Stanton, The Moors, Lower End; collectibles to Walter Clode, The Grange, Lower End; and items for the tombola or the Produce Stall to Steve Morris, Emli, Whitehall Lane (01386 751717). Entries for the dog show can be made on the day, by 6.45pm. Raffle tickets are available from John Hill, Sycamore House, Church Street.
 
If you are not yet involved and would like to help, please contact Steve Morris on 01386 751717.
 
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The Southern Branch of the Worcestershire & Districts Change Ringing Association will be holding its annual Striking Competition at St James’s Church, Birlingham, on Saturday 14th June, between 3.30pm and 5.00pm . Half a dozen teams of bell ringers, including one from Birlingham, will be competing to produce the most evenly struck changes.
 
There will be further ringing during the early evening.
 
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At the Annual Parish Meeting on 21st May, Birlingham Parish Council appointed Karl Grimston as tree warden to take care of the parish’s trees. Karl replaces Stuart Crowther, who has been warden for the last 14 years, during which time he has planted and maintained about 40 trees around the village.
 
Reports were also received from various individuals and organisations and these will be available to read when the minutes of the meeting are published.
 
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West Mercia Police have asked us to alert everybody to a phone scam that is currently being reported across the district. The offenders are targeting older people as part of a national scam, which is commonly known as a ‘courier fraud’. A person claiming to be a police officer will contact an elderly or vulnerable victim by telephone and inform them that their bank card has been used fraudulently. The victim will then be tricked into thinking they are either calling or being put through to their bank, but in fact they are still speaking to the fraudsters.
 
Full details of the scam are available at www.birlingham.org/docs/courier_fraud.pdf.
 
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