It’s the Harvest Festival this Sunday, followed by a Bring and Share Lunch.
 
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This year's Harvest Festival Service will be held in St James's Church on Sunday 5th October at 11.00 am. Donations of tinned and packet foods, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables, will be given to Maggs Day Centre in Worcester.
 
After the church service, there will be a Bring and Share Lunch in the Village Hall, to which everyone is welcome. Please bring a plate of food to share and something to drink.
 
For the rest of the month (12th, 19th and 26th), the services will start at 10.15am. The full rota for October can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/organisations/docs/church_rota_2014_10.pdf.
 
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There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Gerry James at St James's Church on Friday 10th October at 3.00pm. Gerry, who died on 10th September, lived until recently in King William IV Close and was involved in many aspects of Birlingham life.
 
Family flowers only. There will be a retiring collection for the Royal British Legion, or donations can be sent care of E Hill & Son, Fairfield House, Defford Road, Pershore, WR10 1HZ.
 
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You will have received a letter from Birlingham Parish Plan about the possibility of drafting a neighbourhood plan for the village. If there is sufficient interest, a meeting will be organised to discuss the viability of such a plan. If you wish to be involved, please contact the Clerk at birlingham_clerk@yahoo.co.uk. If you don’t wish to take an active part in the process, we would still like to hear whether or not you think a neighbourhood plan would be a good idea for Birlingham; please let us know at news@birlingham.org.
 
The neighbourhood plan letter can be viewed at www.birlingham.org/pc_info/neighbourhood_plan_2014-09-17.pdf.
 
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Eckington Branch of the Royal British Legion has now amalgamated with Pershore Branch but they will be carrying on as usual with Remembrance Sunday in Eckington and Poppy collections in Strensham, Eckington, Birlingham and Defford. Weather permitting, the normal routine of parade and service will be followed on Remembrance Sunday (9th November) at Eckington Cross.
 
Any volunteers to help with Poppy collections at Strensham South during the fortnight leading up to Remembrance Day (Saturday 25th October to Saturday 8th November) would be most welcome. Poppy Appeal Organiser in Birlingham is Chris Reynard (01386 751122) and he will be co-ordinating the collection.
 
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The police will be doing village walkabouts in Birlingham, Defford and Eckington on the fourth Friday of each month, from 1.30pm. The next walkabout will be on Friday 24th October.
 
The mobile police station will also be continuing its regular visits outside Eckington Village Stores on the third Thursday of each month, between 2.00pm and 3.00pm. The next visit will be on Thursday 16th October.
 
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Pershore Food Bank thanks everyone who has contributed to the food bank, which is working very well to support local families. Currently the Food Bank is running short of:
 
Chicken meals
Instant mash
Dog food
Small bags of sugar (500g)
Treats
Sauces: brown and tomato
 
If you would like to donate something please leave it with Angela Fitch, 3 King William IV Close.
 
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